Thursday, April 24, 2014

Playing Fetch

Beau........I crack up at him. Like any Golden he loves to play fetch - he'll find a stick and bring it to me with the look in his eyes of "okay........it's time to play, I want to chase something." I've caught him many times playing fetch on his own........throwing up the stick and then trying to catch it.

Well........as these photos show........fetch with Beau - a 70 pound Golden is serious business! Heck with chasing a little stick - lets find something bigger!

I love the 2nd photo, it shows how beautiful his "golden" coat is.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Hunting!

I hope everyone had a great Easter - it's such an important holiday for us to celebrate.

Mel has a great new release perfect for the Easter photos you  just took! Plus to sweeten the deal she has it at 50% off the regular price, how awesome is that! Take a look!

You can find the kit over at My Memories >>>> here






Friday, April 18, 2014

Something New and a Discount!! The Hope Collection

There is a great new way to get great digital scrapbook supplies at Weeds and Wildflowers! How would you like to choose just the items you want and bundle them together to make a kit? Well that is exactly what Gina is offering with her new huge Hope Collection! You can DIY and choose which items you like the most, be it solid or pattern papers, ribbons, doodles, paint, floral, etc......

Here is how it works. Each specific set is only $1.00 and you can choose some or all of the sets and build the type of kit you want to have. Plus - to make the deal even sweeter, Gina is offering a discount  - take a look!

http://weedsandwildflowersdesign.com/

The new Hope Collection is amazing - here are my CT layouts and below are the previews to the new collection items.



And.............the previews! There are allot of them, so be sure to scroll ALL the way to the bottom to see everything! Get more info over at Weeds and Wildflower

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A New Sweet & Simple QP and a Sneak Peek

Things are gearing up at Weeds and Wildflowers and I want to give you a sneak peek of the new kit coming out. It. Is. Amazing! Wait till you see all the creative possibilities. The CT team has created a ton of inspiration! Keep an eye out for the release date announcement and what we all have planned for International Scrapbook day! How does a Blog hop sound with lots of freebies? :-) 

Please follow me to keep up with announcements and future freebies! :-)



I've created another quick page for you from the Sweet and Simple Life Collection. This is the Sweet and Simple Life #1. You can find the elements >>> here and the papers >>>> here in the shop.



.......and here is the Quick Page. I hope you like it. With the Easter holiday coming up I thought something simple yet bright and springy would be appropriate. Enjoy and leave me some love.

http://www.4shared.com/zip/-nwhtKk-ba/WWQPSS1.html

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ready to RUN!

I can walk or hike for miles but running? that's a different ballgame. I've never been one to enjoy running/jogging (whichever term) but as of late I've decided to start a running program. There are tons out there for the beginner runner, and I chose one I thought would allow me to build my stamina, running time and distance without making me hate it the 2nd day out. My goal as of now is to simply reach a 5K distance (approx. 3.5 miles) without feeling like I'm going to keel over at the end (all running time - no walking). From there maybe I'll strive for a 10K - but first things first.

A few friends of mine are going to do the training program with me. We will keep each other motivated and have the responsibility to check in on our progress.

So why start running? I'm in good shape, but "good" isn't good enough for me anymore. I want to be stronger, a bit slimmer, and more toned. I've been working out for the toning and strength aspect, but it's time to add some serious cardio and burn more calories. Warm weather is finally starting to arrive which is a motivator in of itself. I haven't decided yet, but I may post before and after pics - I don't do "selfies" but for this I may make an exception just to show myself the difference over time. It's hard to recognize slight changes when you see yourself everyday.

This is the training program and from the research I have done, it's one of the best out there. There is also a community you can join for inspiration and to stay motivated. I found it on Cool Running.

............and let the race (against myself) begin!

5K Training Schedule

Week Workout 1 Workout 2 Workout 3
1 Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
2 Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
3 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:
  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:
  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:
  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
4 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
5 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog two miles (or 20 minutes) with no walking.
6 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2-1/4 miles (or 22 minutes) with no walking.
7 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).
8 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).
9 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes). The final workout! Congratulations! Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Little More Sweet and Simple

Ready for another quick page from the Sweet and Simple Life at Weeds and Wildflowers? This page was created using Sweet and Simple Life #10. I only used a fraction of the elements available in this kit. It's another oldie but goodie that never goes out of style. Please click on the "follow me" link as the Creative Team at Weeds and Wildflowers have big plans for the upcoming International Digital Scrapbook Day!! You'll definitely want to know about all the freebies, specials and.....well I can't let everything out of the bag!! :-)

Click on the previews to follow the links to Weeds and Wildflowers to pick up this great kit and create coordinating pages!

Hope your week is going good. Leave some love please and let me know what kind of QP's you like - 1 photo? 2 photos? 3 photos? 4 or more?? Are you scrapping family? friends? events? It always helps to know what everyone is looking for.

http://www.4shared.com/zip/qu5OaQOzba/WWQPSS10.html


http://weedsandwildflowersdesign.com/shoppe/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=569

http://weedsandwildflowersdesign.com/shoppe/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=568

http://weedsandwildflowersdesign.com/shoppe/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=570

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Promise........

This time of year always reminds me there are new beginnings and fresh starts. It's what the spring season is all about - new growth and the promise of new life. We sometimes fall into the thought process that nothing changes or ever will change, however regardless if we know it, notice it, or understand it, the world is ever changing, be it within ourselves or all that surrounds us.

The winter was long and hard and not just in the physical sense, but rather in the emotional sense for me. I have struggled over the last many months, struggled with an internal turmoil that even the strongest will would feel defeated. I have shouted at God through my anger, my pain, my disappointment and discouragement. (Now mind you I'm far from a Bible beater and I despise people that try to "preach" to me, but I am spiritual and it's something very private to me.) I have prayed over and over for comfort, guidance......for hope. I have felt God has been silent......then on a day I didn't think I could handle one more moment of feeling so down something happened.

I got a phone call from Paul, a friend of mine. It was as though he knew exactly what I was thinking, feeling and he called at the precise moment I felt I could explode. During our conversation, he presented my situation in a profoundly different perspective than I was envisioning. He made me realize that what we go through, the experiences we have (good, bad, happy, sad) are stepping stones towards the answer to our prayers, to the happiness and hope we seek. The way I understand it is that we should thank God for the pain we feel. Then when the pain eventually departs we will understand and know it, to learn from it and never be put in a similar situation again...........and therefore never feel the depth of the pain we have experienced.

I'm not talking about the pain of a bad day, or something that lasts a very short time.......but rather a long term pain that is so deep you feel you can't breath. The pain that constantly builds tears, one in which you feel nothing good will ever come your way again, a pain that hides behind a smile and is always deep in your soul.  It's the type that drains your spirit, mind and body.

But ............we have a Promise. The promise of a new day and fresh beginnings; the promise of hope for what we want and need in our life. Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes it's to prevent us from being hurt (physically or emotionally); we may lose a job and then gain a better one; two people may need to be separated for awhile and come back together with more understanding and strength; we may lose a friend but meet someone else that becomes a best friend. Regardless of the what, where, why, how or who.......there is always a bright light at the end of the tunnel, a dawn after the darkest night........and everything happens at just the right time and for the right reasons. We just have to have faith.........and remember The Promise.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

It's Great to Reconnect!

As you know I got away from digital scrapping for a while and I also had deleted this blog. I was a CT member for Mel Hains Designs for years and I had resigned from the team over a year ago. Well, Mel invited me to come back and be a part of her CT again! I was excited to tell her YES! by all means! I have missed the team a great deal. Mel was one of the first Designers that brought me onto her team and I will always be thankful she (along with Vicki and Stacey) gave me the opportunity to share and grow my digital scrapping skills. So now I'm back to two CT's which means I have to bunker down and concentrate on taking more photos, which is fine considering I always end up regretting not have more pics during the times I slack off.

I also want to share that meeting wonderful ladies around the world that have become friends is a blessing. My son Cory traveled to Europe last spring and was able to meet and stay a bit with Vicki and her husband Rob. They were gracious hosts and Cory had a wonderful time. Another digital scrapping friend who has parents in France (she now lives in Canada) lent a comforting hand to Cory after he ended up in a French hospital due to a motorcycle accident. It was a comfort to me and I so appreciated Marie's father stopping at the hospital to check on Cory. This really is a small world and it's amazing how a little thing like digital scrapping can bring people together.

I'm excited to show you Mel's newest kit and my first CT layout as I come back into the fold.

The kit is called Sweetie Pie and can be found over at My Memories.

I've reinstalled the "follow me" gadget and I hope I can reach all the people that use to follow me for quick pages, freebies, and new products. So be sure to "follow me" on Google+ and the "follow me" blog roll so you'll be one of the first to know of freebies, crazy life events, new products, and whatever else this constantly spinning mind of mine comes up with.









Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sweet & Simple Spring

I think spring is finally here! Yay! The temps are still chilly, but the birds are migrating, the snow and ice is pretty much gone, and I noticed a few trees have leaf buds beginning to swell. The warmer weather and longer days always put me in a better mood.

I have a new quick page for you from one of Gina's past kits in her Sweet and Simple Life line. I love this kit because it's bright and sunny and shouts "spring" to me. The kit is Sweet and Simple Life #5 and I've included links to the kit parts, just click on the preview for that product.

http://weedsandwildflowersdesign.com/shoppe/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=532

http://weedsandwildflowersdesign.com/shoppe/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=531

http://weedsandwildflowersdesign.com/shoppe/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=522

Here is the quick page. This kit has so many great elements I had a hard time choosing just what to use! Be sure to pick up the kit so you can create additional coordinating pages for your photos.

Don't forget to follow my blog for additional freebies, sales, and new products!

http://www.4shared.com/zip/sJunEoGHba/WWQPSS5.html

http://www.4shared.com/zip/sJunEoGHba/WWQPSS5.html

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Happy Day

We celebrated my Granddaughter Lilly's birthday today. It was a day full of happy smiles and laughter from her and her friends. Her party theme was "Spring" and instead of having games all the kids painted and decorated little bird houses. It was a hit! they all loved being creative and taking home a little something besides candy and goodies. 

Lilly is such a blessing. She is star student, polite, listens well, appreciates even the littlest thing, is creative (one great imagination), and I love it when she tells me it's "extra hug day" and wraps her arms around my neck for a second hug. Lilly says she wants to be a "scientist" when she grows up. She loves science and will choose that subject over any other when she visits the library. I'm so glad she is not afraid of bugs or getting dirty. Lilly has a natural curiosity about the world around her and understands more than a child of her typical age. As "grown up" as she is about science she is still a little girl that giggles, likes to play dress up, and snuggle while watching a movie. A grandmother can't ask for a sweeter granddaughter.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Kraft or White? and a Give-Away

Kraft and white papers are a must for your scrapping files. They are so versatile and can be used in a variety of  ways.  Gina has a new release this week of two collections for both kraft and white papers. If you head over to the Weeds and Wildflowers Facebook page you can enter to win both sets just by "liking" the post. You don't have much time, as the winner will be selected this evening (Saturday, March 29), so best head over quick!

Here are the previews to the papers. Below you'll find a couple of layouts I did using two of the kraft papers and a layout using a couple of the white papers.

Check back soon as I have another quick page for you :-)