Saturday, May 29, 2010
I know I am not alone this graduation season. Whether it is your son or daughter, or a close family friend or family member, I wanted to share a few of the books that I'm using as gifts this season (and it makes me feel better about just handing them a check...)
Feel free to add any you would like to share... (These can all be found at Amazon or any local book store!)...
Friday, May 28, 2010
Summer has arrived because yesterday I walked by my kitchen counter and saw this little pile of vegetable that my mother had prepared for supper. I was captured by their bright and vivid colors. Don't they look good?
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
The book is actually a letter to her daughters and this excerpt from the book really spoke to me:
I heard once that the average person barely knows ten stories from childhood and those are based more on photographs and retellings than memory. So even with all the videos we take, the two boxes of snapshots under my desk, and the 1,276 photos in folders on the computer, you'll be lucky to end up with a dozen stories. You won't remember how it started with us, the things that I know about you that you don't even know about yourselves. We won't come back here.
You'll remember middle school and high school, but you'll have changed by then. You changing will make me change. That means you won't ever know me as I am right now - the mother I am tonight and tomorrow, the mother I've been for the last eight years, every bath and book and birthday party, gone. It won't hit you that you're missing this chapter of our story until you see me push your child on a swing or untangle his jump rope or wave a bee away from his head and think, is this what she was like with me?
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
First, if you have an iphone I have an awesome app to share with you today. If you haven't already seen it - it is amazing and so fun! It is the Hipstamatic app. It is a camera app that you can change the film, flash, lens, etc. It is fun! And really it is hard to take a bad pic with it. Shimelle does a fabulous job at explaining what this app is all about.
Here are a couple of photos that I uploaded a couple days ago.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Memorial Day is just a week away. Sigh…summer is in sight. For many it’s a day off of work, time with friends and family, and maybe even a weekend camping trip. But I want to remember its original intent, and that is to memorialize those who have fallen for the sake of our country. We have family members who served and gave their all. As well as many involved in the military that went on to live productive lives, yet are no longer with us. It’s a day to remember those and cherish the memories they give to us.
A few ideas for celebrating the day::
Send a card to someone in the military
Fly the U.S. flag
Bbq with friends and family
Try a new summer food or drink recipe
Tell a story of a loved one for your family album
Lay flowers or a wreath on the grave of a veteran
Be thankful for your freedoms
And most importantly, thank a veteran.
These would be fun items to go with whatever festivities you may plan::
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
..once dated the keyboardist from Nine Inch Nails.
...just ran a half marathon this past weekend (not bad for someone who quit smoking 7 years ago--way to go, Tina!!)
Pretty cool, eh??
Have a wonderful weekend, friend. :)
Thursday, May 20, 2010
This article on composition is awesome, and this follow up article also proved to be informative and fascinating. Love that site.
*Sometimes I point my camera in a direction and just take pictures and don't even look through the viewfinder--and end up with awesome, unusual shots. Kind of fun to just play.
*To prevent camera shake, breathe out as you snap the release button--don't hold your breath.
Enjoy your day!!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
*Peppers with three bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating raw. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
*Add a small amount (1 Tbsp.) of water when cooking ground beef. The water will help rinse away the greasy fat and is equivalent to buying lean meat, but with the flavor.
*When using canned store bought frosting, be sure to whip it with your mixer a few minutes before putting it on the cake. It will nearly double in size--giving you loftier frosting and fewer calories per slice!!
*For a really rich scrambled egg, add a couple of spoonfuls of heavy cream, cream cheese or sour cream to the eggs before beating, then whip them for an extra minute--delish!
Enjoy your Tuesday!
Monday, May 17, 2010
*You should scrub your lint catcher from your dryer every six months. Even if you're meticulous about removing the lint, the build up from dryer sheets over time creates the motor to burn out quicker than normal. When I tried this tip, water just gathered in a pool and didn't seep through the screen until I scrubbed the residue. Cool tip!
*If you own a whirlpool tub, fill it with the hottest water you can, and add a cup of bleach and a Cascade Dishwater Packet, and turn on the jets for a solid 20 minutes for a good cleaning. When the time is up, drain the tub water and refill it with clean water and run it for another 10 minutes with the jets on as a rinse. No need to purchase those expensive Jacuzzi tablets to maintain your spa tub experience!!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Jing-Jing Nickel and Debbi Tehrani!!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Oh, Martha. I love you so...
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
today i want to take some time and tour a few of my favorites from the may gallery. may was one of my personal favorites as far as trish's kit selections go. the colors were so full of springtime goodness and possiblities.
emily's is the classic in terms of bringing spring to the page through photo and color and keeping it all full of light. i loved how she layered the lily bee chipboard with some of the flowers from the dear lizzy elements. but then...i just love layering.
and laina here is stepping out of her box! and it was a hit with me. not only did she use one of the lovely doily's from the main kit, but then played it up with some lime and teal mist. and don't miss out her sewing here and there. she tied this together so beautifully.
and how fun is this? michelle made me smile with the chipboard elements and using them as clouds. don't you love that? another thing that i thought was sweet were the 'flower boxes' placed lovingly under the 'windows'. very creative!