Friday, August 27, 2010

Have you heard of this site before?  It is new to me.  I wish there would have been something like this when my kiddos were babies...these great photographers make baby pics so much more fun and personal than the "mall shops" where I had my baby's pictures taken.  Oh well. Anyway, check it out HERE

Here's more information: is a comprehensive resource for moms and dads seeking information about baby photography. This highly informational web site helps parents around the world compare and contrast baby photographers to discover the perfect artist for a mom’s style, goal and budget. Busy moms are now able to locate a great photographer quickly. Sophisticated profile pages let you browse photographer bios or overviews about their services, photo galleries and videos as well as links to all of their contact information. also features articles to educate and inform moms about great topics like “How to Have the Perfect Baby Photography Session.”

There's a great "search" option on the home page so you can locate a photographer near you. 

Also, right now they are holding a “Smile Baby” contest where you can win a $2,000 gift certificate to the photographer of your choice. Second place finalist will receive a $1,000 gift certificate; third place will receive a $500 gift certificate.  All you have to do is tell them what you do to get your baby to laugh. Is it a funny song, humorous stunt – or does dad wear a crazy outfit? Whatever makes that baby of yours giggle; they want to hear about it!  Easy, right?!?  Go HERE for more information about the contest!

They also have a blog HERE.  And you can check them out on Facebook HERE!

[And, just fyi, I was not compensated in any way to tell you about this website. ;)]

Monday, August 23, 2010

early bird fabric...

Did you know Cosmo Cricket has had some of their paper lines turned into fabric?  I was lucky enough to receive fabric made from the same designs as one of my favorite Cosmo Cricket paper lines, Early Bird

Here's what I created:

A headband:



And a little throw pillow cover:



You can see some projects by other Cosmo Cricket design team members HERE.

The fabric isn't the easiest to find, but I know you can get the Girl Friday Fat Quarter Set Here on

There are several Cosmo Cricket fabric designs available HERE also.

And here is one more online STORE that carries the CC fabric.

I haven't ordered from any of these stores, but I thought I'd maybe save you a little time if you were wanting to find the fabric that matches the fun paper! :o)

Thursday, August 19, 2010


I had lots of fun with this new Pixie Line from Cosmo Cricket called Pixie-licious

Once again, I'm out to prove that these "girlie" lines aren't just for girls! :o)



Of course, they ARE dang cute with girl photos too.  (Meagan took this photo of our cute neighbor a couple of years ago)



And this line has lots of elements that are perfect for cards.




Pixie-licious Papers

Pixie-licious Chipboard

more Pixie-licious Chipboard

Pixie-licious Mini Deck (6x6 pad)

Fairy Tales Chipboard Letters

Sweet Sparkle Chipboard Letters

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

birthday (or any day) shopping...

Since CHA ended, I've been watching all of the latest and greatest products appear in all my favorite online stores.  And thanks to some generous family and friends, I've been able to do a little bit of birthday shopping - just thought I'd share some of my favorite items that are in my shopping carts right now! :o)

I am in love with this Alphabet Soup line by My Mind's Eye. 

These alphabet cards are SO cute!  This is the Boy version:

and the Girl version is equally cute!

This paper by Prima Marketing is so fun!

And these coordinating tags are super cute!

I love all of the new Bella Blvd. releases:

Hello Beautiful:

One Fall Day:

Sunny Happy Skies:

I'm definitely stocking up on these Cosmo Cricket chipboard letters:


And this kit:

And I found several Echo Park sets I want:


And a few more random papers:

I'm not quite ready to try digi-scrapbooking quite yet...

but THIS cute school kit will be saved on my computer to use when I am ready! :o)

Of course, I'm excited for these new(er) e-books from Ella! :o)


 Eight is Enough: Easy ways to stretch supplies and use leftovers (by April Foster and Studio Calico) 

And of course, there is much, much more...but that's enough for today - if you have any new favorites, please let me know...I'm in shopping mode for sure! :o)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

shred sled...

Last week, we received another fun package from Team Mom

Inside, we found a great new "toy," and this time it was for the big kids! 

Here's what we received:


It's a Shred Sled!

What is a shred sled?  A shred sled is a next-generation caster board that combines the movements of snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding all into one experience.  There are 4-wheels and two decks, connected by a flexible tubing.  Each deck has a great grip surface too...which is something I was worried about, so I was glad to see that the kid's feet gripped the board really well.

Instead of pushing off like a regular skateboard, you have to use your hips, legs, and arms to move the board.  It really is a great workout...I need to learn how to do it, I bet I'd burn more calories than I do on the treadmill.  (If only I had a private sidewalk where none of my neighbors could see me falling on my rump trying to figure it out, lol.)

I need to get better pictures of the kids riding it - Meagan and Josh are both getting good! 

Here are a couple of quick pictures I took the day we took it out of the box:



[Yes, I know - we need to get some safety gear...we will, we will...]

You can check out the Shred Sled site HERE

They are also available on

Just click the link below for more information!

Thanks, Shred Sled and Team Mom for sending us a fun product to try out and review!  :o)

Friday, August 13, 2010


Meagan and I attended a reception for a girl in our ward last night - then we decided to sneak away and take some new photos - it's been a while since she let me take pictures of her - on purpose! :o)

I see her every single day, but somehow, looking at her through the camera lens, she's suddenly grown up so much!  We had a really great time together last night - hopefully she'll let me take more pictures of her again soon.  Only next time I am hoping she won't seem even more grown up when I see her through the lens.


Isn't that a great name for a Halloween line?  Matilda

It's one of Comso Cricket's newest releases & I love it! 

It is kind of a "mini" release as it only has a mini deck and chipboard sheet,

but there are still lots of possibilities (even 12x12 layouts)!

Here are a few projects I created as soon as I got my happy little hands on the product!






Matilda Mini Deck

Matilda Chipboard

School House Chipboard Letters

Black Chipboard "retro mix" letters

Garden Collection Buttons

Joy Ride Buttons

"Haunted" ribbon

American Crafts White Cardstock

American Crafts Black Carsdtock

Scallop Border Punch

Corner Rounder Punch

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


...just wanted to share a quick and easy idea for dressing up items for party treats/favors.mm_glitterbling_sports_party4

I made this project for the Making Memories Blog earlier this week.


Simply wrap a bottle of water and a granola bar with cute patterned paper and tie them together with a fun ribbon.  Adding a simple tag is the perfect finishing touch.


It's definitely an easy way to make some plain old store-bought items look a lot cuter,

match party decor, or just add personality. :o)

more details about swagbucks...

I've been asked by several people about how to earn more swagbucks.  I'm more than happy to share what I know, but please be aware that I do not know everything - I've just figured out a few things as I've used swagbucks, so, for what it's worth, here's the information I have.

First of all, you need to sign up.  If you haven't already registered, please click HERE to fill out the registration form.

You can also explore, where you'll find tons of information...but here's a quick summary of ways to earn points:

1.  Download the toolbar so every search goes through swagbucks.  (just having the toolbar installed will give you random swagbucks).  If you use Internet Explorer or Firefox, the quickest way to win Swag Bucks is to have always at your finger tips. The toolbar resides on the top of your browser and only takes seconds to install.  Get the Toolbar Here

2.  Invite your friends to join - when they earn points, so do you (this has definitely helped my point balance - and everybody wins!). Every Swag Buck they win searching the web, you'll win as well. Win up to 1,000 Swag Bucks per referral!  Invite Your Friends & Win

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5.  Visit the Swagbucks blog often - they will randomly share codes for swagbucks.  When big news breaks about Swag Bucks, it happens first on the Swag Bucks Blog! Find out about all the newest offers, prizes, and Swag Codes, all in one convenient location. Look for posts by The Swag Guy for exclusive Swag Buck opportunities! See the Swag Blog

6.  Shop online (visit the shop & earn link on  Odds are you'll find the stores and/or brands you're already looking for, and you can earn Swag Bucks when you make your purchase through them!  You earn 2 points for every dollar you spend - that can add up fast!   Visit the Shop & Earn Mall

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Hopefully some of those tips will help you earn more swagbucks more quickly!  You can read more about earning swagbucks by visiting the "winning tips" page on 

Also, please note that I do not earn extra swag bucks simply by blogging about  I do earn, just as you can, when someone signs up through my link, but that's all.

One more thing to mention...while I usually choose to trade my swag bucks in for gift cards, there are MANY MANY MANY other options, including CASH!  Yep, CASH!  You can cash in your swag bucks for gift cards to PayPal, which is the same as earning CASH!  In addition, there are tons of other great gift cards and super cool items.  Also, you can use your bucks to buy entries in many different "swagstakes," with items ranging from additional swag bucks to cool electronics.  So be sure to browse around the store to see what you'd like to save up your swag bucks for!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


I just deposited $75 worth of gift card credit into my account.  Nope, not an early birthday gift...just my latest Swagbucks rewards!  If you haven’t signed up for Swagbucks yet, this is a great week to sign up.  You will get your regular 30 bonus points as a new member, but this week use code BackToSchool to get an extra 70 bonus points added to your account — for a total of 100 points! 

Hurry and sign up soon - the code is only good until August 15, 2010.

In case you haven't read my previous posts about Swagbucks, here's a little bit of information. You can earn Swag Bucks simply by searching the internet (Just use their toolbar instead of Google or Yahoo). Trade your bucks in for fun prizes, merchandise, gift cards and even cash deposited directly into your PayPal account. (My personal favorite is an amazon gift card!) It's easy to do and the bucks accumulate SO quickly!


What are you waiting for?  Click here to start earning your bucks today!

a quick card...

Just wanted to share a quick card I made a few weeks ago.  I just love the 6x6 mini decks from Cosmo Cricket - the designs are perfect for card-making.  And guess what?  Usually you'll find designs in the mini decks that are not available in the regular 12x12 sets. And sometimes they are my favorite designs in the line!!  :o)



Have a great day! :o)


Delovely Mini Deck

Delovely Stickers

White Cardstock

Divine Twine (aqua) - Yay!  I finally found a place to buy this great twine without having to buy a whole 240 yard spool!!! :o) 

Corner Rounder punch

Foam Squares

Monday, August 09, 2010

swim, hike, swim, repeat...

meagan had a blast swimming with the cousins...


this was the 2nd day at the pool,

after they had had a "sleep-over" with no actual sleeping involved...silly girls...DSC_4202vint DSC_4217vintage

we went for a little hike near grandma's...VERY little since it was over 100 degrees...







more swimming - with swim vests...

at first seth wasn't excited about the swim vests, but by the time we left,

he had really started to enjoy floating and swimming with it on...



zach was fearless (as usual) and took to floating and swimming immediately...DSC_4475urganbw

he was even jumping into the "deep" end of the pool, holding his face underwater,

and thought he should just take the vest off so he could swim on his own (um, no.)


of course josh was there too...but for some reason I didn't get photos of him -

he must have done most of his swimming  while I was also in the pool

(instead of taking pictures of everyone else)...

i'll get more pics of him next time...which will be very soon, I hope! :o)