Wednesday, May 30, 2012

favorites at 7

I wish I knew what my favorite things were at each stage in my growing up years . . . scrapbooking wasn't a huge thing back when I was little (but I do have tons of pictures! thanks mom and dad!) I am sure each of my kids will love looking back on these "favorites" layouts when they are older. Even now, they love looking at them as they change so much from year to year.

I started these layouts when they were 3 years old. They love being interviewed--though I have to interview them separately, otherwise they influence the others' answers and often pick the same answer!

 I used my Green Tangerines Kit Club to put together this layout. Love all the bright colors!

Do you keep track of what your child is into each year? What is your favorite way to keep document favorites? (Even if it doesn't involve scrapbooking!) gasp! : ) 


Thursday, May 24, 2012

owl birthday party

Months ago, my daughter requested an owl birthday party. I never ask "Why?" when my kids come up with themes, I just roll with it. As it happens, owls are pretty popular right now, so it was a fun theme to run with! These are my first attempt at cake pops!

In theory, they are pretty simple to make . . . but I will admit they were a bit time consuming. I'm not sure exactly how long it took me to make these as I worked on them in stages. At least two hours . . . maybe three. My friend, Heather, came up with the creative idea of how to display them--don't you love my owl's nest? That was the easy part!

Awhile back, I found this cute template that showed how to make owl buckets. Unfortunately, I have no idea where I saw it--sorry! Paige cut the owl parts out of adhesive foam and put these together all by herself. Then we loaded them up with some owl favors and treats!

The girls have been in a drawing art class for the last year. The LOVE this class! Paige wanted me to teach everyone how to draw an owl and to use chalk pastels. So, I grabbed a step by step drawing book that I had on hand and taught the girls how to draw an owl. They were totally into this! It was complete silence as they focused on drawing. : )

 Happy Birthday Paige! We are so blessed to have you as our daughter.

Friday, May 18, 2012


Are your kids into Squinkies? My kids are into collecting just about anything right now so of course I had to document it!

This layout is made with the bright at fun May Kit from Green Tangerines.

 The girls had to sacrifice three Squinkies for this layout! I used the Treat Cups from Stampin' Up to house each Squinkie. I used clear thread to sew and secure them inside the cups. 

The girls are SO good about including Seth in their play. I love how well they get along together and I love capturing it on camera.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine!


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

my creative husband

Because this is a "craft-ish" blog, I like to occasionally show the cards my husband makes me . . . if they are not too personal. This one was pretty creative and I just have to brag on my fabulous husband a little . . .

His handmade card complete with matching white daisies . . . which he tells me were hard to find. And he also apologized for buying me daisies . . . as they are in the "weed-like" family and usually drive my allergies crazy. But since I am already sneezing a ton anyway right now, what's a few extra sneezes--the flowers matched the card!

I always give him free reign of my scrapbook room. Even though he uses it several times a year to make me cards, he still has to ask me where certain things are. Does that mean I have too much stuff?

Interpretation of his writing: "You never need to worry. The last petal will always be . . . He Loves Me."

So thankful for him.

Friday, May 11, 2012

may card club

My card class for May is one week from today. There are five spots left if you are a local and are interested! Here's a sneak peak at what we'll be doing.

Call the store to sign up! 916.771.8010. I'd love to see you there! Have a great Mother's Day weekend!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

everything yummy cookie

Whenever I make these cookies, I get requests for the recipe. I think people like eating something that tastes good and doesn't leave them feeling sick or guilty afterwards! So, this is for the friends that keep asking me for this recipe--sorry it took me so long to get it on my blog. Enjoy!

3 c. almond flour (almond meal at TJ's is cheap)
1 c. oat flour (you can just blend oatmeal really well if you don't have this on hand)
1 c. coconut flour (this is a must!)
1 c. unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 c. melted butter
1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 c. honey
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup organic raisins
1/3 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips (optional)

Mix wet ingredients first, then dry and finally add your raisins and chocolate chips.

Bake at 325 degrees (make sure you don't do 350) for 14-18 minutes (check them!) until they just start to look light brown on top. This recipe will make a big batch. I put them in my freezer and eat them right out of the freezer. This is my favorite way to eat them!