Friday, December 28, 2007

Happy Birthday To Me!

I celebrated another birthday this past Christmas! Whoo-hooo!!!

I have some pictures I want to share and I haven't forgotten about the RAK I promised all of you. So sorry...something unexpected came up. All good, not to worry. Just haven't had a chance to pop in just now.

I promise to post another RAK real soon! Just wanted to say hello and hope you're all doing well this holiday season!

I'll be back real soon......for now, be safe and be good! {wink}

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Mai-Tai Recipe

As you know, I'm having a Cocktail Party on the 29th - you're all invited BTW. Well, if you can't make it, bring the party to you and here's an FANTASTIC Mai-Tai recipe to indulge in. Tried it last night, and it's out of this world! I know someone who'd enjoy this ---- missing me Rene?! {wink}

Mai-Tai

2 oz. Bacardi Rum
3 oz. Mr & Mrs. T Mai-Tai Mix
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1/2 oz. Orgeat (vanilla flavored liquor)
1/2 oz. Vanilla Syrup
Lime juice to taste

Put all in a shaker with ice. Shake away. Pour in a nice cocktail glass, and DRINK!!!

ENJOY!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Thanks For Making My Day....

Yesterday I was a bit disappointed about a situation and so my reason for posting this yesterday. Then a real good friend of mine said this to me:

"Sometimes you plant the seed. Other times you get to harvest. Being a seed planter is a blessing too- remember that. Your reward will be in Heaven and God gives the best rewards of all!!"

Those were music to my ears ~ thanks for making my day!

Like I said, I count my blessings...

Thank God for friends!



xoxoxox

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

I'm Glad It Finally Clicked!

People don't listen until they're ready to listen.


Have you heard that saying before?

How many times have you given advice to people and often you think it's going in deaf ears.

Then one day you hear them say, "so and so told me such and such and I'm so glad for it". Only that the so and so and such and such isn't you?!?

I know, it's heart crushing.

But.....we have to look at it another way, so it doesn't hurt too much.

Like, at least NOW they finally get it.

It's taken me until I'm blue in the face to say the same thing to someone but it took someone else for them to listen to.

UGH!

Such is life, I guess.

{dot} {dot} {dot}

I'm counting my blessings.....

Monday, December 17, 2007

Mai-Tai

Happy Monday!

DS and I went to Target this morning. They're starting to put all Christmas stuff on clearance! I finally bought a 48" wreath to go over our front door. Gotta love that Target!

If you haven't caught on yet...I love to shop. The funny thing is so does my son. My daughter I can understand....but my son?? I wonder if he'll ever outgrow it. The first thing he always tells me when he wakes up in the morning is "Mommy, can we go shopping now?!" Too funny!

We're having a cocktail party on the 29th, so I'm getting ready and buy all the necessities. You guys wanna come?! {wink}

Who here has a great recipe for Mai-Tais?? Post it!

TTFN~

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Ode to Dan

Not sure if you all heard.....Dan Folgerberg died this morning after 3 years of battle with prostate cancer. Here's to Dan. May he rest peacefully in heaven.

Do you guys all know this song?

***

Met my old lover in the grocery store
The snow was falling christmas eve
I stole behind her in the frozen foods
And I touched her on the sleeve

She didnt recognize the face at first
But then her eyes flew open wide
She went to hug me and she spilled her purse
And we laughed until we cried.

We took her groceries to the checkout stand
The food was totalled up and bagged
We stood there lost in our embarrassment
As the conversation dragged.

We went to have ourselves a drink or two
But couldnt find an open bar
We bought a six-pack at the liquor store
And we drank it in her car.

We drank a toast to innocence
We drank a toast to now
And tried to reach beyond the emptiness
But neither one knew how.

She said shed married her an architect
Who kept her warm and safe and dry
She would have liked to say she loved the man
But she didnt like to lie.

I said the years had been a friend to her
And that her eyes were still as blue
But in those eyes I wasnt sure if I saw
Doubt or gratitude.

She said she saw me in the record stores
And that I must be doing well
I said the audience was heavenly
But the traveling was hell.

We drank a toast to innocence
We drank a toast to now
And tried to reach beyond the emptiness
But neither one knew how.

We drank a toast to innocence
We drank a toast to time
Reliving in our eloquence
Another auld lang syne...

The beer was empty and our tongues were tired
And running out of things to say
She gave a kiss to me as I got out
And I watched her drive away.

Just for a moment I was back at school
And felt that old familiar pain
And as I turned to make my way back home
The snow turned into rain --

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Snow and More SNOW!!!!

It's snowing again!!!! So far it looks like we have 5" covering the ground; maybe even more! But you know what?! That didn't stop me from shopping today. What is it with us girls, snow, rain nor sleet can't keep us away from shopping. LOL!

But anyway, if you like Victoria's Secret, you MUST go check them out. Either go to the store or do some online shopping, you can get these for $10 each". Enter offer code as "SLEEPTEE" and you can get one or all of them for just $10 a piece. They're super comfy and oh so cute!!! And if you sign up to get their SPECIAL announcements via email, you can also get 20% OFF your entire order. But this offer expires tomorrow, SUNDAY, so GO NOW!!!

And PSSSSST! They also have "Santa Baby" outfits there. And I'm not telling if I got some for Mrs. Claus! :}

Happy Shopping!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Eat, Shop & Drink

Hello, Hello!

Last night I went out with the neighborhood girls to do our Annual Eat, Shop & Drink festivities. It's a great way for a night out plus we get to do some shopping and a grab bag to boot! It's a lot of fun things all rolled up into one.

We started off having dinner at Stir Crazy. Had salmon in black bean and teriyaki sauce served with brown rice. Oh yeah, and of course, my mojitos. YUM! After dinner we did our grab bag. We each pick a number out of a hat, then the first person gets to pick a present. The second person, can either pick another present or steals a present that has been opened. The next person then does the same thing until all presents are opened and have a new home. As you can figure out it's best if you're the last person, cause you can have the present you really want and it's not so hot to be the first person, since your present can be stolen from you!

So guess who got #1? The one and only....so I start. I open a small present. Big things come in small packages, you know. And what was it? A nice hand-made jewelry with shells that pick up the color of your outfit. I love it! It's mine. So player #2 goes, What does she do? YEP! She steals mine! Ahhh! I loved what I got...now it's gone. Waah! At the end of the night I ended up with a wine stopper...and if you know me, that is a gift I can totally appreciate! Love my wine, especially reds! {wink} But lately, I have been drinking Rieslings. My favorite the Polka Dot.

After dinner, we did our shopping. We hit up the Gap, Express, Bebe, Macy's. Etc...etc....

So what do you think is next?! Drinks! of course. At The Cheesecake Factory. And of course, we had Snicker's Cheesecake, Chocolate Fudge Cake and Apple Crisp. We all shared!

Oh what a night!

How about you? Do you have a Holiday tradition you do with your girlfriends? Do tell!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

12 Days of Christmas: WINNER!!!!

Good Morning All!

Before I announce the WINNER of the 12 Days of Christmas Goodies, I just want to first thank you all for playing along and making me smile everyday. You all just really brightened up my day! For this I thank you very much!!!!

I hope that you all have a great day and a very wonderful holiday coming up! Speaking of which, I'm born on Christmas day {yeah, I know, eeek!}, but to make it exciting for me, and YOU, come by and I'll have another special for you guys! I won't ruin the surprise, but I'll have another RAK going on for my birthday, okee-doke?


So, OK, I know you're all dying to hear who won so here you go. The LUCKY WINNER of the 12 Days of Christmas Goodies is:



CAKVD ~ Make sure to email me and let me know your addy so I can mail this to you! ENJOY!!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

12 Days of Christmas: Day 12

And here we have it the 12th and final day of Christmas. All the guesses were great. However, just not what I had in mind. I gave you a hint.....I tried.....remember, I said? "Now, wait 'til you see what I have for Day 12. It's just the right dose to sweeten all these 11 days of treat I had collected for you. "?

Now, do you have an idea what it is?!?!?!

Here it is....now don't tell me you don't create without snacking on one of these?!?! {WINK} I'll have one packed in with your goodies. You will have a FUN time creating now!

Post away and good luck to all of you!!! Make sure you tune in tomorrow as I post the name of the LUCKY WINNER!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

12 Days of Christmas: Day 11

Now, you didn't think I'd give you stamps and tile (see Days 1 & 2) without an ink pad, did you? {wink}

So here you go, a black ink spot to complete your stash. Hope you like it.

Now, wait 'til you see what I have for Day 12. It's just the right dose to sweeten all these 11 days of treat I had collected for you. Listen here, I have something extra --- try to guess what I have for Day 12 and I will throw in three more name entries for you in the hat. That's right, I will throw in your name three more times in the hat so you get triple more chance to win; IF you guess the item right!

So post away and guess what item you think I'm going to post for Day 12!

Have a great day and stay warm. We got "Snow Day" today, except it's not really snow it's ICE, ICE baby!!! Did I just hear you sing like Vanilla Ice?!?!? LOL!

Ciao!

Monday, December 10, 2007

12 Days of Christmas: Day 10

Good Monday Morning Everyone!

Hope you're all doing good so far this week. I have made great improvements in my Art Room. I can see my table! YEAH!!! OK, the challenge -- to keep it clean all week! LOL!


I can't create when my room is a mess, can you? Let me rephrase that, I can't get started creating when my room is a mess. While I'm at work, however, that's a whole 'nother story. Then by the time I'm done, it's like a tornado hit it! How about you? Do you keep things neat as you go? Or do you "let the chips fall where they may!"

Well, look what I've gathered up for you today! Some tags!!!!
These are so fun to play with. You can even use them with your Christmas gifts this year! Have FUN with them!


I know you're all happy and anxious that we're coming to a close....but I kind of like doing this. I'm going to be sad, when you guys don't visit me anymore. BUT make sure you do as I have LOTS to give-away and I may just do it, CORRECTION, I WILL DO IT every now and then. Afterall, that's why they call it a RAK {Random Acts of Kindness}, right?!

Ok so here you go....TAG!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

12 Days of Christmas: Day 9

Good Sunday Morning Everyone!!!

Here's your Day 9 goodie --
Some Christmas shapes you can alter with patterned paper, beads, ribbons, flowers, anything and everything your heart desires! Have FUN posting!


What are you guys doing today? I'm organizing my Art Room. Some of you may not know, but I have converted our living room to my very own escape place. Except I can't really, since I'm surrounded by my favorite people. :) I love it though. I can really multi-task and do what I love without feeling guilty of abandoning my family. Hehehe!

So anyway, I need to reorganize and maybe it's time to visit and get rid of stuff on eBay once again.

Have a great day!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Breast Cancer Awareness Stamp

I interrupt this program to make a public announcement---

Do you know where I can get a "Hand Stamped By {insert my name here}" stamp that has the ribbon image on it so it looks like the Breast Cancer image?

I'm making cards and the proceeds will go to the cause. And I would love to stamp the cards with a "hand-stamped by Jozzie" on the back.

Please post here if you know a source.

Thanks bunches!!!

12 Days of Christmas: Day 8

Ohhh look at what goes in the box for our 8th day!!!! RIBBONS, a bunch of RIBBONS! You know what to do....post away.

I must say, you've been really nice playing along with me here. I've gotten to know some of you better because of this. Make sure to let me know your blog names so I can visit you!

Tootles!

Friday, December 07, 2007

12 Days of Christmas: Day 7

Factoid: 95% of all women that get their hair done, get their hair done before Christmas than any other holiday. They say that they get their pictures taken a lot on Christmas more than any other time of the year. So there! Go get your hair done everybody!!!! :)

On the seventh day of Christmas my Jozzie gave to me more bling bling for you my dear! HAH! I hope I got that tune on your head now so you can sing it all day! You can use these beads to add more shine to your creation! Have FUN with them! Ohhh I got an idea, maybe you can sew them in your nice under things and dance! Teeheehee! Naughty girls!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

12 Days of Christmas: Day 6

Hey All!

Did you miss me? Sorry I'm late with this one....had to get my hair done and did a bunch of errands. OK, so where were we? Oh yeah, Day 6 -- let me see.....what do I have????Alpha stickers!


I'm sure you can use these for cards, scrapbook pages, or any altered art. So post away and this can be yours along with the other goodies!!!

Make it a good one!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

12 Days of Christmas: Day 5

Good Morning All!

How's the weather by you? We got lots of snow last night and it's still snowing by me! It's sunny though so it's real beautiful and an added plus, I don't have to be anywhere....so I'm staying warm and toasty!

So, here's what I have in the bag for you guys today. Some yummy photo corners. Now, I know you're all creative and just because they're called "photo" corners, doesn't mean that's what you use them for. Use your imagination and make something non-conventional with them in anything that you create!

Better yet, make a list of ideas on your post for ways to use them and share your ideas with everyone that reads my blog! I'm so happy that I get a lot of traffic, especially lately.... ;)

Well, have a great day everyone and see you you all soon!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

12 Days of Christmas: Day 4

Did anyone say flowers?!?! Well, how do these look? ....some flowers for you on Day 4!!!!

ENJOY!!!

Monday, December 03, 2007

12 Days of Christmas: Day 3

On the third day of Christmas guess what Jozzie gave to me?! Some buttons to embellish your creations with.

It really does go with the tune. Aren't you glad you're not hearing me sing this!!! LOL

So here you go, some buttons! ENJOY!!! All you have to do is post me some love and your name will go in a hat for a chance to win ALL the goodies I post for 12 days!!!! FUN, FUN, FUN!!!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

12 Days of Christmas: Day 2

Well, what's an acrylic tile without some clear stamps?! So here you go....this is what you get on Day 2 of Christmas!!!! Another collection from Autumn Leaves called "three flowers". They will fit nicely in your clear tile below.

I'm sure you can all add this to your collection. One can't have too many stamps!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

12 Days Of Christmas: Day 1

Starting today and for the next 11 days, I will be putting a FUN treat in our Christmas box. This can be anything from stamping, scrapbooking, eating and anything else our heart desires. Of course, I will post photos of what they are for each day so you can drool over them.

At the end of the twelfth day, I will have my DS pick a name out of a hat. That one lucky person will then get the whole shabang! One big loot of Christmas present all for you.

So what do you do to win you ask?! All you will have to do is post comments and post some more and them some more followed by and then some. For each post you make, I will put an entry in the bag. So the more you post, the more your chances of winning!

Ready?



Here's the first goodie item that goes in our Christmas box. It's a 3" x 3" acrylic block for clear stamps from Autumn Leaves! Whooo-hooo! How FUN is that?!?!?

Friday, November 30, 2007

RAK Give-away!!!

Don't forget tomorrow is December 1st......and that my friends mean, it's the 1st Day of Christmas!!! So make sure you come by and visit me!!!!

And while you're here answer my monthly survey!!! I plan to have a new one every month, so come on and humor me! {wink}

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

What To Do With Left-Over Turkey...

I love cooking, did you guess?

So since I've made turkey on Sunday, I've been using it up to make new and fresh dishes. Here's what I've made so far and will be making it looks like for a few more days... I cooked a 12 pound turkey and there's only four of us!

1) Turkey Tetrazzini (we had this for dinner on Monday)
2) Turkey Ala King (we had this for dinner Tuesday night)
3) Turkey Stock (I'm making this right now so I can make soup; and ohhhhh how the house smells so good right now. Nothing beats the aroma of home-cooking!)
4) Turkey Pot Pie (this is for dinner tonight)
5) Turkey Noodle Soup (for dinner tomorrow)
6) Turkey Salad
7) Baked French Onion Soup (will make this using the turkey stock I made)

WOW! How about you, if you made turkey last week, what will you be doing with the left-overs?

Inquiry minds would like to know.... :)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Post Thanksgiving Greeting

Hey Guys!

Sorry it's been a while. I don't know what it is about the holidays...it seems like you wait forever for it to be here, then when it's here, it's gone in 30 seconds! HAH! Was that a movie or what?! Well, in any event, I had a fabulous Thanksgiving. How about you?

We started off with spending the holiday dinner at the in-laws. Celebrated Connor's birthday then too. He got a lot of Superman anything. He's into Superman this year! His cake also had a Superman picture on it. We had a nice time.

The next day, we went downtown to see the Tree Lighting. Sorry about the picture. It's hard to keep a steady hand with hundreds of thousands of people near you and I think it was some 10 degrees too cold that night! I can barely feel my fingers! The kids also saw Santa @ Macy's. We finished it off with a dinner at Greektown. Then took the train back. FUN, FUN, FUN!!!

Saturday, Kurt and Connor went to hang out with his cousin. Ava went to lunch with her cousin. I went shopping! What's a girl to do?!?!?! LOL!

Sunday, we did our little family tradition of me making the turkey and all the trimmings. Well, actually, I roast my turkey stuffed with onion, citrus and herbs. And I prepared my own stuffing made with ciabatta bread, which was baked OUTSIDE of the turkey. It's healthier, safer and yummier that way. I also made my famous corn casserole and cranberries with Amaretto! While I cook, DH put all the holiday decor and lights outside, while DD and DS decorate the tree and put out all the rest of the Christmas decorations all over the house. I must say, the house looks beautiful and so festive. Dinner was also a success!

I am grateful for my little family and the things we get to do together. We build memories that hopefully, my children will pass on to their own families someday... I am forever thankful for what God has given me.

I hope you all had as great a time as I had this Thanksgiving! Here's to you guys...

xox

Friday, November 16, 2007

Look who's 3 today!



Happy Birthday to you....happy birthday to you.....happy birthday dear Connor......happy birthday to you!

This is the one and only turned 3 today! Time sure flies when you're having FUN!!! We will be celebrating more of it during Thanksgiving at the in-laws.

TTFN....

Thursday, November 15, 2007

"Bubbly"

I really {LOVE} this song. It has a feel good feeling to it! Hope I find you singing to the lyrics. Make it a good one!

xox

~~~~~~~

(will you count me in)

I've been awake for a while now
You've got me feeling like a child now
Cause everytime I see you're bubbly face
I get the tinglies in a silly place

(chorus)
It starts in my toes and I crinkle my nose
Wherever it goes, I always know
You make me smile please stay for a while now
Just take your time, wherever you go

The rain is falling on my window pain
But we are hiding in a safer place
Undercover staying dry and warm
You give me feelings that I adore

Its starts in my toes, then I crinkle my nose
Wherever it goes, I always know
You make me smile please stay for a while now
Just take your time, wherever you go

What am I gonna say
When you make me feel this way
I just...hmmmm......

And it starts in my toes makes me crinkle my nose
Wherever it goes, I always know
You make me smile please stay for a while now
Just take your time, wherever you go

I've been asleep for a while now
You tuck me in just like a child now
Cause everytime you hold me in your arms
I'm comfortable enough to feel your warmth

It starts in my soul and I lose all control
When you kiss my nose, the feeling shows
Cause you make me smile
Baby just take your time now
Holding me tight....

Wherever, wherever, wherever you go
Wherever, wherever, wherever you go
Oh wherever you go, I always know
Cause you make me smile even just for a while

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I'll Miss You........

My eye-candy {Cameron} from "Dancing With The Stars" got voted off last night! What a sad, sad day! He and Edyta were so FUN to watch....they steamed up the dance floor. Tsk, tsk. You can read more about it HERE if you missed it. I'll miss you Cam!

And now there are four....Jen & Derek, Mel & Max, Helio & Julianne and Marie & Jonathan.

So who do you think will go home next week?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Couple of Announcements!

FIRST - I don't know if you know, but I'm a Stampin' UP! Demonstrator and with the holidays coming up, I'm running a special! EMAIL ME for details! Also, look at the left hand side for more links to more Stampin' UP! specials we have going on! HURRY!

SECOND - What goes around comes around and with my friend Theresa showing such great example, I will be having a RAK give-away beginning the first of December. So make sure to visit me then and see what I have cooked up for my "12 Days of Christmas FUN!"

Friday, November 09, 2007

I've Got A Nice RAK!

Now that I've got your attention......
My good friend Theresa, sent me this in the mail for winning her RAK Contest! Make sure to go check her out. She's awesome and so very thoughtful! I so LOVE her even though I haven't had a pleasure to meet her in person.

These are great stamps, I can't wait to use them. And oh by the way, I went to Target yesterday and saw some of those acrylic tiles from Autumn Leaves in their clearance bin. Mine was 3" x 3" and cost me $1.38!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

I See Polka Dots

What's for dinner? I'm having Herbed Seasoned Roast Chicken {I made the herbed seasoning myself}. Side with acorn squash {holy mother-flippin' squash} - those things are so hard to peel. Maybe I need to come up with a Squash Peeler invention. Also, I prepared asparagus seasoned with garlic, balsamic vinegar and EVOO and rice with black beans and sweet peppers. YUMMMMMM-O!

And look what else I'm having with it --- Well, I can't very well have white meat without my Riesling! {join me?}

My Hallelujah Diet Revelation

They say that you have to do something for at least 30 days until it becomes a habit. Well, I am proud to say that I'm a "JUICE FREAK"! The book " Hallelujah Diet by George Malkmus inspired me to add juicing in my daily food intake. Actually, my friend Pat told me about the book. She's a cancer survivor. YEAY PAT!!! So anyway, since I've been reading this book, and juicing quite a bit, I have lost about 10 lbs. WHOOOOAW I feel good! I juice at least once a day sometimes even up to three times a day. And I snack on fruits and vegies a whole lot; everyday. That coupled with exercise three to five times a week, I'm solid baby! {WINK}

I hope you guys check out this book and adapt some of the practices mentioned on there. Then we can all live a long happy life together! Heehee! But seriously, I have never felt this good in my entire life. And I have been doing this for WAY over 30 days now....way over! You can go check out their website here to learn more ---> Hallelujah Acres!

And here's the juicer I use....BREVILLE Juice Fountain Plus

And one last thing, everything in moderation, OK? That's a wise advise from your wise Nutritionist! Guess who!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

And then there were 5!

Do you watch "Dancing with the Stars"? I DO!!! I just love that show! My daughter and I enjoy watching it together and we get all the phones out (all 4 of them) and make sure we VOTE! Make sure you do too!!!

My TOP 3 are: Cameron and Edyta, Jenny and Derek & Mel and Max.

How about you - who's at the top of your list?

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Let's Get Creating and Give Thanks!


What can I say - I am inspired!!! Inspired to be CREATIVE!!!

I don't know what it is about Autumn.......must be the color of the leaves changing, the smell of crispness in the air, holidays are just around the corner and here I am with my creative juices flowing and I made several cards already for Thanksgiving! Can you believe it?

Well, it's never too early tp start making some Thanksgiving cards! You can view more of my creations at the bottom of the page - go see!

I hope I have inspired you!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Buzz Light Year


And of course here's Buzz with a pose for yah! Funny thing was Ava told him that on Halloween he can fly like Buzz so what was he trying to do all day?! YEP! Trying to jump off a couch to see if he could fly....of course he landed on his face and started crying and disappointedly saying that "he can't fly"....... Big sisters sure can be mean, can't they???

Little Red Riding Hood


Here's my Little Red Riding Hood, and of course, she's not so little anymore. She's now 5'6"! WOW!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone. How's the weather by you? It's sort of chilly with the sun peeking in and out. Hope it warms up some for the kiddies time for Trick or Treating.

Ava is dressed as Little Red Riding Hood. She's all dolled up. My little girl is becoming a beautiful little lady. Picture will be posted soon.

Connor is going to be Buzz Lightyear! Cute! He can't wait to go and collect some candies. But I have to be careful with him. He's allergic to peanuts. So we told him he can't eat everything.

Kurt and I got dressed up too but silly me I forgot to take pictures! I was dressed as Scarey Spice and he was dressed as Old Spice! LOL! Maybe I can get some pictures from friends.

I'll try to post pictures here soon! But for now Trick or Treat and don't let the goblins get yah! Hope all the ghosts out there are having a bobbin' of an apple great time this year!

TTFN~

Monday, October 29, 2007

You Made My Day!



Here's me with my Assistant VB Coach Pat! She and the team gave me a nice present at the end of the VB Season. But what she wrote on the card was very meaningful. She wrote:

"You've showed great class and unbelievable strength this year. I'm proud to call you my friend! ~Pat"

So I made her this card.



Thanks Pat! I couldn't have done it without you! I wasn't sure I was going to coach again this year. Long story... But I'm glad that I did. We all stuck together as a team and look at what we got!

We finished in 2nd place for the Season and 2nd in the Tournament! YEAH!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

We Are The CHARGERS!


Here's the 8th grade girls volleyball team. We finished 2nd in the season and placed 2nd in the tournament. Not a bad year at all! But thank goodness it's over. ;)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

XOX

Hey All!

I'm too busy to blog.....my mom is in town from Florida visiting and tomorrow my sister is coming in too for the weekend. It'll be a blastin' FUN all girls weekend....well, Connor is home with us.....but the big guy is hunting/fishing somewhere in ND!

Make it a great day everyone! And for all my friends that come and visit my blog - I love you all!!! xox

I'll catch up with all of you soon!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Scarey Spice....Spicey Girl!

Right now I'm listening to "Spice Up Your Life" by the Spice Girls.....and it reminded me, I don't think I ever told you, I'm going to be Scarey Spice for Halloween!!!! LOL! Betcha can't wait to see what I'll be wearing.... I'll post pictures, IF, you're nice. Heck, maybe I prefer it, if you're BAD! {wink, wink}

Here you go - have fun with this video!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Happy Discovery Day!

I'm enjoying the last of the four-day weekend.....aren't you? Friday, the kids and I went shopping and had lunch. Connor was uncontrollable. We had to cut the shopping short as he was running around the store like a monkey. People have warned me about terrible threes....I didn't think it could get any worse.....HAH.....I was wrong. One time I was trying on boots (yes, thigh highs)....and he whipped the shoe tree across the dressing room floor. Good grief! We only got to go to that one store. I was exhausted after that. So we went home. We capped the night with a nice "quiet" movie with my daughter and some Whirley Pop pop corn. YUM! The best popcorn I've ever had. Go check out their website and see why they're so good!

Anyway, the next day, we went to Long Grove to get some gourmet popcorn and I didn't realize it was the apple festival. I've never seen so many people since Taste of Chicago. We went to one store then left. LOL!

Kurt came home that evening and we just relaxed. He had been driving for 36 hours straight with his cousin whom he helped to move back from AZ.

Sunday was house-cleaning day. Then I took Ava and some of her friends to a free VB camp. Connor and I stayed the whole time. I learned some drills to use for the girls' practice. They're in for a treat. I'm trying to get the girls to join the club. These two are one of my strong players and they'll be silly not to do it. So I hope they do, do it! Then Kurt got the kids pizza and he took me out for an Italian dinner. It was wonderful! We went for a short stroll afterwards. When we got home, we did some online shopping and we were up 'til midnight. Talk about some Discovery! Whooo-hooo! ;)

Today, I'm getting ready to workout......then go to the grocery......cook.....I'm having my in-laws over to celebrate her birthday......Ava has another VB practice later today......dinner time afterwards......then, that's the end of my four-day weekend.

Overall, I had a FANTASTICTABULOUS time!!! How about you? Did you have a nice weekend? How are you celebrating this day? Made any discoveries? ;)

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Realistic or Romatic? Take A Guess!!!

You are a Total Romantic

For you, love is like a fairy tale.
Or magic. Or a Meg Ryan movie.
Problem is, you sort of want all three.

You bring the spark in the relationship
In turn, you expect your guy to keep the fire burning
Not a bad deal, as long as you find the right Prince.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

If Only I Can Bring Back Time


Hmpf! Two years of my childrens' lives gone into never land! I tried to recover them but they're nowhere to be found. I did some major system cleanup a few days ago and I must have cleaned up a folder I wasn't supposed to and now they're totally gone! I'm miserable! So take it from me. BACK UP YOUR SYSTEM!!!! Don't be like me and procrastinate. I've always wanted to buy an external HD to store my priced files and never did. I finally did today. Now if only I can bring back time....

Lesson learned: I'll be better about taking photos on a regular basis, sharing them and saving them!

Here's a photo I took today of my son.....the BUG GUY!!!

TTFN~

Monday, October 01, 2007

Argh! The case of the missing photos....

OK, so I logged on to my iPhotos yesterday and guess what?! ALL my photos are GONE!!!! GONE!!!! did you hear that? Who took it?!? So now I have to figure out what happened to them. Like I need more things to do. I just hope I recover them or I'll die. And this time around, I'm buying a back up system. I know ME BAD! I always say I'll get one then I never do...so now, I'm learning my lesson.

Ava and I had a great weekend. She and I went out for sushi and did some shopping. Kurt and Connor took the kayak out on the lake and went fishing. It was a nice quality time with the kids. Housework? Well, that's another story.... I think I really need to get a housekeeper since I can't keep up with that. I managed to get the upstairs clean and some laundry...but that's it!

Kids - gotta love them! :) I thought with Ava growing up, she'll need me less. WRONG!!! Academically, I need to work with her to develop better study skills. She's a A student, but she's struggling with AP Math. So, yes, she needs me. I dread the days when boys start to occupy some of her time. Then I mentioned earlier how Connor was being potty trained...well, we've graduated there. Whooo-hooo! But if you're a parent, you know that a toddler, requires plenty and I mean PLENTY of time. He constantly wants to play, in between bathroom breaks, and snack breaks....I swear it's all about him! What?! What happened to my ME TIME?!? Hah!!! Well, I'm lucky that I have Thursdays for that. He goes with my in-laws so I can have my me time, then. But, Oh Calgon, take me away.............NOW!

Ok, Connor is calling.....will talk to you soon! Hope you're having a great one, wherever you're at!

xox

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Happy Birthday Anj!!!!


This is dedicated to my special friend in the Philippines! She celebrated her 20th birthday yesterday. Though we've never personally met I feel like she's been my BFF! Here you go Anj.....it's from Elliott! ;) Make sure to turn up the volume and play the you tube! ENJOY!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!


You're looking kinda lonely girl
would you like someone new to talk to
ah yeah alright
I'm feeling kinda lonely too
if you don't mind can I sit down here beside you
ah yeah alright

If I seem to come on too strong
I hope that you will understand
I say these things 'cause I'd like to know
if you're as lonely as I am
and if you mind

Sharing the night together
woah, yeah
Sharing the night together
woah, yeah
sharing the night

We could bring in the morning girl
if you want to go that far
and if tomorrow finds us together
right here the way we are
would you mind

Would you like to dance with me and hold me
you know I want to be holding you

ah yeah alright
'cause I like feeling like I do
and I see in your eyes
that you're liking it too
ah yeah alright

I'd like to get to know you better
is there a place that we can go
where we can be alone together
and turn the lights down low
and start

Sharing the night together
woah, yeah
sharing the night together
woah, yeah
sharing the night

You're looking kinda lonely girl
would you like someone new to talk to
ah yeah
I...I'm feeling kinda lonely too
if you don't mind, can I sit down here beside you
oh yeah
sharing the night together
we are sharing the night together...

{wink, wink}

Friday, September 28, 2007

What European City?

Well, I'm here visiting my friends blogs and came across this one. Thanks Rene for this fun little tidbit. I guess I belong in Milan. :)

You Belong in Milan

Stylish and sophisticated, you want to enjoy a truly European life - away from tourists!
Milan fits you perfectly. Great shopping, high quality food, lots of culture... with very little hype.


So much is going on in my life right now yet I haven't had the time to blog and share them with you. Partly because I don't know if there are any freaks out there being nosey and just checking me out. HAH! Anyway, friends only please! ;)

So what's new? I'm coaching my daughter's volleyball team again this year. The final one -- YEAY! Our record so far 3:4. Oh we should have won that POP game...it was a nail biter nonetheless!

My almost 3 YO son is now potty trained! WHOOO-HOOOO! Such a milestone. I got it done before his 3rd birthday. Whew!

Still home remodeling.....kitchen looks sexy......right Tammy?!? ;) I need to post some pictures soon...I will, I will. The tile people scratched my stove top.....my brand new stainless steel range! Luckily, I still have a balance for the tile work...guess they won't be getting that!

What else, what else, got some unnerving news about something personal. I'll know more in March. Hope all is well. Please pray that it turns out "B" for me!

Hmmm.....lots more stuff going on.....I need to get a handle on them....but for now....Cie La Vie!

Thanks for stopping by....

Oh yeah one more thing --- {INSPIRE} to stimulate to creativity or action.....to be the cause or source of. {IDIOT} - you know who you are!

{SMILE - you're on candid camera!}

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Desire To Inspire

Look at this blog I spotted! I just love the inspiration on this one. I even love the blog title. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

For all you tea drinkers out there.....



I have discovered the best tasting tea ever! It's called Revolution tea! Have you heard of it? We went to P.F. Changs for dinner last week and I had the Tropical Green Tea. YUMMMO! Check out their website. I just placed an order and I can't wait to get them. I ordered all the samplers!

So far the Tropical Green Tea is my favorite! Is it any wonder????

Thursday, August 16, 2007

My Photography Goals

I have been frustrated long enough in not knowing how to take great photo shots. Mostly, they're all trial and error. But you know, there are so many resources available to us, right here on the internet. So, I've finally decided to take time to learn. I'm so happy about that!

Anyway, here are some plans I have in the works...

1) I'm taking an online course to learn how to use my digital camera. My goal is if I master this, I will buy myself a digital-SLR, finally! I put it off before as I couldn't justify spending so much if I didn't know how to use it. Now I have a motivation... It's a WIN/WIN, yes?

2) Learn how to use my Photoshop Elements 4.0. There's also an online course I can take. Basically, it's a subscription to newsletters and such so I can learn how to use this software. This way, I can enhance the photos I take and make for a very compelling layout.....which leads me to goal #3......

3) Organize photos that I have taken that are still sitting in my harddrive. I need to do the following: (a) pick out which needs to be scrapped, then edit those, (b) print out the ones that aren't going to be scrapped and (c) delete the ones that will be neither. Do this SOON!

Stamp & Scrap Trivia Question #4

We're already on question #4! Go here! Come play with us at The Chalet!

Stamp & Scrap Trivia Question #3

Question #3 is right here! These girls are FAST! They know their trivia! Ready for the challenge? Go visit us at The Chalet!

Stamp & Scrap Trivia Question #2

Question #2 posted right here! Make sure to check us out!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

SU! Shirt Give-away!

Shown here are two Stampin' UP! T-shirts that I am giving away to anyone interested. It's hardly worn, very clean, no stain, smells exquisite and it's free! Great for any SU! demonstrator that wears a size Small or Medium. These seem to run big as they were kind of big on me. It's made of a stretchy material too.

Just pay for shipping. Local inquiries only please. Send me an email via the sidebar on my blog!

Stamp & Scrap Trivia Question #1

Posted right here! Prizes are given at The Chalet! So sign up and join our family!

Good Luck!

Physical Trainer?

My new quest.... yes, I have been thinking about the possibility of me becoming a Physical Trainer. Why not? I have a Food & Nutrition Bachelor's degree. I worked as an Aerobics Instructor for several years. I'm fit, I'm healthy and I eat well (hah! for the most part anyway).

The first part of seeing whether I stick with this plan or not is go work out regularly again. I want to get it back in my blood. I remember working out so much that when I didn't I go through withdrawals. So I want to get active again and exercise a lot to make it a habit. I figure I have 30 days to do that.

Then after that, I want to look into hiring a Personal Trainer myself. Just to get an idea of the different styles and approach of different trainers. This will help me see it from their perspective. Maybe I'll get first-hand experience and see if this is something I want to do.

Once I figure that one out, then I'll look into certification. When I complete it is entirely up to me. The more time I give it, the earlier I will finish the course.

My family is supportive of my desire. So we'll see where this goes. Wish me luck guys and pray that I stick with this venture. I will keep you posted along the road of my adventure....

'Til then....

Stamp & Scrap Trivia Game at The Chalet!

I posted a NEW GAME CHALLENGE at The Chalet! Click here to take you directly to the link!!!

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It’s Stamp & Scrap Trivia Week! Whooo-hooo! Here’s how we’re going to play this game. Throughout the week, from August 15th thru the 22nd, I will post some Trivia questions at varying times during the day. The object is for you to come up with the correct answer and be the first one to PM it to me. Note that on some days, I will have more than one question. So the key is to check us out often!

You will get points as follows:

5 points = be the first person to PM me with the correct answer.

1 point = for other PMs I get with the correct answer. BUT only until I get a winner. Once the winner is announced......no more points will be given and no more PMs will be honored.

So you have to be QUICK in PMing me the correct answers to get points!

What do you WIN?!

$5 gift card from The Chalet = goes to the person with the most points by August 22nd.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER = all the participants will be eligible to win! So remember, the more you participate, the more your chances of winning this fabulous prize we have for you!!!

How do you WIN?!

All you need to do is stay tuned at The Chalet every day this week so you won’t miss the questions. I will post it under "Stamp & Scrap Trivia Question #". Remember, be the first person to PM me with the correct answer to get your 5 points! Oh yeah, one important thing to remember -- your PM must have “Trivia Question # (indicate which question number it is)" on the subject line.

How do you know if you WIN a Trivia question?!

I will post the correct person’s response under that post. That will also be your clue to know that the next Trivia question will be posted shortly after that!

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Hope that all makes sense! Post any questions you have here. Otherwise, keen up on your scrapping and stamping know-how and play with us! Here's some hint on getting the correct answers --- Use any available resources you have in front of you!

Oh yeah, one more thing, I’m a stickler to following directions. So make sure you do! Ciao!!!

GOOD LUCK!!!!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

ISO: Wooden Dish Drainer

No, it's not a book, it's not even a bird! But I am in search of a wooden dish drainer. Not a dish rack, but just a wooden one that can lay flat on my countertop that I can use to dry dishes on. Then when I’m done, I can stash it away. I haven’t had any luck googling. I don’t want one like the photo attached. Just a flat one that almost looks like a large wooden slat trivet.

Can you help? If you find the one I'm looking for, post a link here and I'll send you a nice RAK! ;) Promise!

Digi-Cam

Guess what time it is?! I've been sitting here for the past four hours learning how to use my digital camera. There's this neat website called Creative Learning Zone from Epson and I'm learning a lot so far. Uhmm, I've also been blogging so you'd know if I have visited your site 'cause there will be comments from me.

If I haven't heard from you in a while, I would love to know what's been going on. Post me a comment or email me, I'd love to hear from you.

Hope all is well! Oh yeah, if you have a digital camera, make sure to visit Creative Learning Zone and learn something new!

Ciao!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Song Lyric...

Here's another Chalet Blog Challenge......If you could be a song, what would you be?

This one sticks to mind from many moons ago! We joked about this among friends.... you had to be there!

She's into superstitions black cats and voodoo dolls.
I feel a premonition that girl's gonna make me fall.
She's into new sensations new kicks in the candle light.
She's got a new addiction for every day and night.

She'll make you take your clothes off and go dancing in the rain.
She'll make you live her crazy life but she'll take away your pain
like a bullet to your brain. Come On!

[CHORUS:]
Upside, inside out she's livin la vida loca
She'll push and pull you down, livin la vida loca
Her lips are devil red and her skin's the color mocha
She will wear you out livin la vida loca Come On!
Livin la vida loca, Come on!
She's livin la vida loca.

Woke up in New York City in a funky cheap hotel
She took my heart and she took my money
she must've slipped me a sleeping pill
She never drinks the water and makes you order French Champagne
Once you've had a taste of her you'll never be the same
Yeah, she'll make you go insane.

[CHORUS]

She'll make you take your clothes off and go dancing in the rain.
She'll make you live her crazy life
but she'll take away your pain like a bullet to your brain. Come On!


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Now, do you remember who sang this song?! ;)

Me? a T-shirt?

One of my Blog Challenges at The Chalet is if I were a T-Shirt what would it say?

Well....I've always been a do-er. I never ever want to wonder how things may have been if....so I just do it! So did you guess then what my T-Shirt would have said? Yep, you got it......the Nike Ad of "Just Do It"...that would be me.

My sister sent me a nice surprise in the mail which I got in the mail the other day...check out my T-shirt! Yep, my hubby's name is Kurt. LOL!!! Of course there's Connor who just had to be in the picture! :)

Card Sketch - 0807

Hello Girls!

I posted this at The Chalet but feel free to make your own. Just make sure to give me credit for the sketch! ;) If you join us at The Chalet you can also WIN great prizes too!

Well here you go...

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Here's a card sketch to take a mini-break from making some layouts. Just make any size card and use some scraps of patterned paper, any left-over embellishments and place your greeting anywhere on your card! This sketch is mainly a guide for your card.

So make your cards, and upload it in the gallery by midnight at the end of the month. The more cards you make, the more chances of you winning! So get creating! Remember to link it back here so we can leave you some love!

Happy Card Making!

The Chalet's Blog Challenge - 0807

I posted this at The Chalet but feel free to do the challenge with us! But read further.....if you join us at The Chalet you can also WIN PRIZES!!!

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Hello People! Ready to do some BLOG CHALLENGE WITH MOI!?!? Read on!!

Did you know that having a blog is like having a place for your friends to come visit you without you having to clean, get dressed or cook up some snacks?! But how do you ensure that your friends do come and enjoy their visit?

Well, one way is to have fresh content on there so when they come and visit, they have something to read and catch up on without you having to do any of the above I mentioned. So how can you have fresh content on there? Here’s Jozzie to the rescue!!

Do the Blog Challenge with me so your friends and web surfers out there can and will enjoy reading your blog. Look below and do as much of the challenges I’ve listed. When you’re done, link and post under this thread to let me know which you’ve done. There are two ways you can WIN! (1) The one with the most points at the end of the month, will be our Blog Challenge Winner and (2) All entrants have a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE from the Chalet! So keep tabs of your points! Just like any of the challenges here at the Chalet, the more you participate, the greater your chances of winning something FUN!

Here's how you win points. You get 1 point for every entry you post on your blog. Include a photo for each entry you get 1 extra point. Sorry, but this is for new entries only. Entries already posted in your blog from the past, are not eligible for new points. Remember you have to link back here and all posts must be in by August 31st at midnight!

Ready? Here we go. Here are some possible blog entries. I have listed 30 topics here, so you can have one fresh entry for the whole month! WOW! That’s a possible 30 to 60 points! AND…your friends will have something FUN to read everyday! COOL huh? Good luck everyone!!!!


1. One scrapbook item you cannot live without!
2. My most favorite indulgence
3. Blog about your parents
4. Complete this sentence, “In High school, I Was The One Most Likely To….”
5. 5 Random Things About Yourself
6. Blog about your scrapbooking room.
7. It’s good to let the child in each of us come out from time to time. What is a child-like activity you like to participate in?
8. Reminisce about your favorite childhood memory?
9. Do you have a childhood friend? Are you still in touch?
10. Talk about a life-changing experience
11. What is your most prized possession?
12. Is there something you haven’t learned to do yet as an adult? Why not?
13. If you were a T-Shirt what would it say?
14. If you could be a song which one would you be?
15. What magazines do you subscribe to? Give us a review of it.
16. What was the last movie/video you’ve seen? Give us a review of it.
17. Are you a junk-food junkie? Blog about it.
18. List 5 scrapbooking dos and don’ts.
19. 5 things I want to tell my spouse.
20. Write about something you love to do with your children.
21. Write about your favorite actor/actress.
22. Write about your favorite author.
23. Is there anything exciting happening in your life right now? Share it with us!
24. Love/Hate Relationship. Write about it! EX: I love a clean house. I hate cleaning!
25. Write about your best friend.
26. Do you have a nighttime ritual with your kids?
27. When was the last time you went on a date night? Where did you go?
28. What’s your favorite food?
29. What’s your favorite drink?
30. Where do you love to shop? Give us a review of it!

Oh yeah and one more thing --- the idea is for you to have a blog entry every day, so you may not combine more than one topic per entry!

Now get BLOGGING!!!

EXTRA POINTS:

Visit and post a comment on your friends blogs and receive a point for doing so. You get a point for every comment. So the more you visit and comment, the more points you can get. So get commenting!!!!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Sorry Guys!

I'm so bad....I challenged the girls at The Chalet about blogging more and here I am with stale-dated content. I promise to get back on and post some stuff. I just wanted to post a quickie to let you know that I'm here. I'll post soon and please come back again...OK?

I'll have some goodies for you.... ;)

Love you guys!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Hanging out with the girls....

Hello!

My sister is in town from Florida with my nieces......so if I don't get to post so much, you know why! Today we're shopping at DeerPark, lunch at Panera Bread or CPK or Noodles (we'll take a vote - there's 8 of us total), then ice cream at Oberweiss. DOn't you get hungry when you shop?! LOL! Anyway, I'll see you soon....

Monday, July 23, 2007

As Promised! Pictures from CHA!!!

Ok so here are some photos I took from CHA. Bear in mind this is my first ever to attend this ever so wonderful event. Thanks to my buddy Valerie for taking me! Thanks Val! You're THE BEST! So anyway, the whole place was incredible. Booths after booths of scrapbooking related items. Just in case you didn't know, CHA stands for Craft Hobby Association.....so any crafters are there, but the scrapbookers rock the house! I tell you, the majority of displays there were of scrapbooking stuff. The displays are out of this world! They take vintage doors or windows and decorate them with patterned paper, ribbons, flowers, the works. Again, being this is my first.....{nyuk nyuk, nyuk} I didn't take pictures of those. Sowwy! Instead, I took pictures of layouts that inspire me. Hope you like them nonetheless. Next time I go, I'll know better....

There were also oodles of make and takes. That alone was so worth it to go! I mean yes, there were lots of tags, bookmarks, mini-albums, all of which seem to be the in-thing to make. Perhaps, because it's less time consuming to make? But other booths had those lunch tin cans, 6" x 6" photo album, 8 1/2" x 11" wooden frames to alter. Unfortunately, I didn't get to make any of these since the line was way long and some of these ladies, I kid you not, seem to have forgotten where they're at at the moment. Hello! You're at CHA and there are 10 women in line behind you. So glue that sucker down and hurry up would yah?!? I swear, they were taking their sweet old time. And some of them, think this is a social party like, get to know me, 'cause I so want to be in your Design Team?! Get real!!!! But I did enjoy myself despite of... LOL!

I did take a picture with Elsie! She's nice. Her booth was that of a kitchen, which I can so relate.

And then some places, give away free magazines, books, catalogs, products. Val, told me I should go all three days ---- I should have! Well, maybe next time. Heck, YES, NEXT TIME!!!!

So here are just a few of the things I took pictures of.....just enough to wet your appetite! I know, I'm a tease, what can I say?! :)

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Oh My CHA!!!!

I'm so thrilled to blog about my going to CHA today! But you all have to wait, 'cause I am so tired right now. In a good way though. My eyes have never been so spoiled before and oh my brain is so overwhelmed with LOADS of ideas! I am sooooooo inspired and I can't wait to create something.

I'll post some photos of things I've seen and people I've met! So come back again.....I'll tell you more later!

TTFN.....

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Good Saturday To You All!

Woke up early this morning to get the ceramic tiles installed on our basement floor. The guys did an awesome job. Tomorrow they do the grouting. This is sooo exciting! Can't wait to see the final outcome.

DD went out for a sushi lunch with her cousing LK. She's growing up much too fast. DS and I were home all day. This little guy sure keeps me busy.

It definitely is a good Saturday.....had a nice visit too with an old friend. That is always nice! :)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Announcing the NEW Scrapbook Chalet Design Team!

Hi Ladies,

THANK YOU so much for applying to our Design Team. Over the last several days I have spent many hours going over all the entries and I have to say, this was a very tough decision for MANY reasons. I think it was the hardest one yet, especially since we're going to add a Design Team to our Retail store as well.

The creations submitted Rocked the house and my God they are awesome ~ I wish I had the room to take all of you on.. The Chalet has the best gallery on the net thanks to all of you!

Therefore, I have made the decision that the following ladies will become our new Creative Crew.

Congratulations Everyone!

Tropicalart77 ~ Tammy
Becky Thackston ~ Becky
Charlee ~ Charlee
Jocelyn ~ Jozzie
Scraptastickat ~ Kat
Fruitysuet ~ Suzanne
Crafty Girl ~ Dawn

Oooops! Me bad.....

I'm looking forward to seeing my sweet friend Tree over at CHA too! :)

MIA!!!

Yep, that's me! UGH! I hate that I haven't kept up with my blog. So are you seeing what time it is? Yep, it's 4:42 AM CST. I have been tossing and turning all night.

10 Random Things At The Moment:

1) School VB Season is coming up, but not for another 2 1/2 months and it's keeping me up at nights already. I'm Da Coach!
2) I haven't heard from my friend Rene, I hope she's doing well.
3) I'll try to keep up to date with my blog. Starting now!
4) My basement tiles will be installed this weekend. Carpeting the following weekend.
5) I'll pick out my granite countertop sometime next week. My glass tiles for backsplash are on order.
6) I want to catch up on my scrapping so maybe I can try out for some Manufacturer's DT.
7) I'm going to CHA in July and meet up with my sweetest friend, Valerie! Thanks Val!!! :)
8) I need to paint the basement walls and trims.
9) I'm taking my daughter and her friend to the movies tomorrow (well, in a little while) while I shop for some kitchen stuff.
10) I know I'll be tired today, since I hardly got any sleep!

Anyway, how have you all been? Leave me a comment and tell me what you've been up to lately?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

New Design Team Call At The Scrapbook Chalet

Creative Team Call for Scrapbook Chalet

Scrapbook Chalet is sending out a Call for New Creative Team members to join us.
We’re looking for energetic, fun, creative individuals who love to scrap and share with others. People who love to push everything to the next level!
As a Creative Team member, you MUST be an active member of the forum and the gallery on a daily basis.

To be considered for these positions, you will need to submit your favorite layouts and/or altered items into our gallery or send them to scrapbookchalet@aol.com.

All submissions need to be submitted no later than midnight July 10th, EST to be considered. Winners will be chosen and notified by email on or before July 14th.

Please answer the following questions so we may get to know you better:

1. Name, Address, Phone Number, E-mail address:
2. Scrapbook Chalet's Message Board Username
(Please take note that when you sign up on the board, you will need to be approved. Due to the spam we get, I’ve set up approval first)
3. Please provide a current list of any Design Teams you are on:
4. If you have a blog, please share your link
5. What online communities are you currently participating in and what is your username?
6. Have you been published? How many times? Where?
7. How long have you been scrapbooking?
8. Have you written any articles? Tell me about them.
9. Tell me a little bit about your style and the subjects of your layouts.
10. Do you create any altered work? Do you create any cards?
11. Tell me why you'd like to be on the team and what you would bring to it:

What is expected from our Creative Team

1. Two layouts and an altered item prepared with product sent monthly. The layouts are to be posted in the Scrapbook Chalet gallery, as well as other galleries and/or blogs per month. You must put in your description that "Products are provided by Scrapbook Chalet as part of the monthly Creative Team kit."
2. One scrapbook related article per month. The article can be a how-to or an article about the latest trends in scrapbooking.
3. Include details about each project, products used and any special techniques such as paper tearing, painting, stamping, inking, distressing, ect. in your description in the gallery.
4. Host at least one challenge or contest per month.
5. Participation in our monthly Creative Team chats are expected.
6. Our goal is to be an active & friendly site. Posting to the gallery means positive feedback for all layouts submitted.
7. Put "Creative Team member for Scrapbook Chalet" in your signature line, as allowed on other groups and message boards you post on.
8. If you're late more than once (without a VERY good reason) on any commitment, you will be replaced.
9. A six-month commitment given to Scrapbook Chalet

Here is what you will get in return:

1. Provide Creative Team members with a 20% discount (up to $25 in discounts per month) before shipping and handling on orders from Scrapbook Chalet. Discounts will not be applied to specials or sales.
2. Alert the Creative Team members of all NEW arrivals before posting to the store
3. Recognize Creative Team members on our site.
4. Send full kits, not partial kits to each Creative Team member per month.
5. Creative Team members will receive 1 point for every active referral to our message board and gallery. For every 20 points you will receive a
$ 10.00 credit towards shopping at Scrapbook Chalet.
6. All Creative Team members will be eligable to enter some, but not all of the contests & challenges given during each month

Thursday, May 17, 2007

A Serendipitous Kind Of Day!

I've had such an AMAZING day!!!! OK, so get this.....I had a 10:30am appointment at Asha Salon over at Woodfield. Well, I didn't realize my clocks at home are behind. I swear! Anyway, I get in the car it's 10:15am. I'm speeding, hoping I'd make it there in 15 minutes. Screech! Traffic! In the middle of the day, right by Deer Park. So I call, I'm on hold, nice announcement. BTW, Rene your voice is still on there... hold, hold, hold, OK so they finally get back on. I told them I'll be 15 minutes late. She puts me on hold, {whistling here}, hold.....she gets back on and tells me that if I get there in less than 15 minutes, she'll just do a cut, that's it. If later than 15 minutes, I'll have to come back another time. What?!?!? I'm paying you $65 for a haircut?!? $@#&* Sorry Charlie. Sorry Rene, I know you like her, but come on.....

So, I turn around, and drove by Avalon @ Deer Park. Posh place, not bad, I looked at prices, not bad. So I asked if they had someone available. Yep! Crystal at 11:30am. It's 10:30am so what do I do?!? What's a girl to do at a strip mall?!?!?!? Care to guess?!?

Yep, I went to Pier 1. They're having an awesome sale. I found suede throw pillows regularly at $35 a piece for $6 a piece! I got two! Then I saw an espresso coffee table regularly at $350 for $42! Yes, you heard it right. SOLD!!! Ok, so I don't want to miss another haircut appointment so I told her I'll pay now but I'll pick it up after my hiarcut. She said, no problem. I go for my haircut. She gives me a scalp massage! WOWOWOWOWOW! Love that!!! Oh she was amazing! I got a fantastic haircut. Lookie at what she did for $50!!! Crystal, I'm going back to you girl! You're awesome!!!

So about an hour later, I go back to Pier 1 to pick up my coffee table. Cheryl, the saleslady tells me that she found the matching console table still all boxed up regularly at $275 for guess what?!?!?!? $30!!!! Yeah, baby!!! SOLD!!! Talk about serendipity. All because my clocks are all off! ROFL LMAO!!!

I'm one happy girl. So do you like my haircut?!?

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

I fixed it!!!!

Yeay! I fixed my banner......and now please resume to your regularly scheduled program. LOL!

I promise I'll blog soon. Just have to get ready for a garage sale I'm having this weekend. If you're in the area, stop by! I'm selling some scrapbooking and stamping stuff along with some household items. I'm remodeling so out with the old and I'm getting all new stuff! Whooo-hooo!

See yah!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Pardon my new look...

I was resizing my banner to be used in my siggy line and I screwed it up!!! So sorry about how it looks right now. When I have a minute (LOL) I'll work on my blog!

For now, feel free to post me a comment and say hello or email me. I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007


I got this in my email and thought I'd pass it along.... I know you have some loved ones that can use these.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

National Scrapbooking Day!

Huh?! I thought everyday is scrapbooking day but I guess this weekend it's a real BIG deal! Go check out Scrapbook Chalet and you'll see how BIG! We will have guest celebrities joining us for chats! Go check out our website and you'll see our weekend's jam-packed schedule of FUN events and activities. We'll also have lots of games, prizes and more surprises! Make sure to register and see what's going on.

Also, to see the latest and the greatest check out My Scrapworks you'll never guess who's on our Inspirational Series. Right there, smack dab of it all. BH herself!!!! While you're there, check out my latest article on "Fluorishes". I'm sure you'll be inspired!!!

Oh and BTW, in the middle of all these festivities, I'm painting my house! Ask how, ask now, ask Sherwin Williams!!!! The BEST paint ever! Hello! I never knew I'd love paint so much! But this one not only goes on smoothly, but it covers nicely, it comes in a plastic easy to pour container. LOOOOOVE it! Finished the hallway already. Now I'm working on the family room.

Ok, have to go.....lots of things to do! Remember to come and join me at The Chalet and My Scrapworks. I'd love to see yah!

Ciao!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Designing Like A Star - Challenge #3

Here's my Dreamy Layout: Make sure to vote for your favorite here!

Friday, April 27, 2007

CAPRICORN: The Passionate Lover! I told yah! :)

Got this from my sister! Thought it ws funny, well, actually, I thought it was right on! Go check out what you are and post it! I'm a CAPRICORN, yeah baby!!!

CAPRICORN the passionate Lover
Love to bust. Nice. Sassy. Intelligent. Sexy. Predict future. Irresistible, awesome kisser. Loves being in long relationships.
Great talker. Always gets what he or she wants. BY FAR the BEST in BED. Very sexy. Coolest. Loves to own Gemini's in sports. Extremely fun. Loves to joke. Loves to be your first. So you'll never forget. Smart.
24 years of bad luck if you do not repost.


TAURUS the tramp
Aggressive. Freak in bed. Rare to find! Loves being in long relationships. Likes to give a good fight for what they want.
Extremely outgoing. Sexy as ... loves to help people in times of need. Outstanding kisser. Very funny. Awesome personality. Stubborn. Sexual as ... most caring person you will ever meet! One of a kind. Not one to #### with. Are the most sexiest people on earth!
15 years of bad luck if you do not repost.

VIRGO the Virgin
Dominant in relationships. Sexy. Someone loves them right now. Freak in bed. Always wants the last word. Caring. Smart.
Intellectual. Attractive. Loud. Loyal. Easy to talk to. Hard to forget. Love at first sight. Everything you ever wanted. Easy to please. The one and only. Ultimate sexiness.
7 years of bad luck if you do not repost.

SCORPIO:. The sex addict
Can be mean. EXTREMELY sexy. Intelligent. Energetic. Predict future. Most erotic. (Freak in bed.) (GREAT kisser.) Always get what they want. Sexy. Attractive. Easy going. Loves being in long relationships. Talkative. The sexiest ever... romantic. Caring.
4 years of bad luck if you do not repost.

LIBRA:. The Lover
Very pretty. Very romantic. Nice to everyone They meet. Their Love is one of a kind. Silly, fun and sweet. Have own unique sexiness. Most caring person you will ever meet! Amazing in Bed..!!! Did I say Amazing in Bed? Not the kind of person you wanna #### with.... you might end up crying ... the most irresistible.
9 years of bad luck if you do not repost.

ARIES the Liar
Outgoing. Lovable. Spontaneous. Not one to #### with. Erotic-Funny. Take you on trips to the moon in bed. Excellent kisser EXTREMELY sexy. Loves being in long relationships. Addictive. Loud. Best in bed.
16 years of bad luck if you do not repost.

AQUARIUS does it in the water
Trustworthy. Sexy. Great kisser. One of a kind. Loves being in long-term relationships. Extremely energetic. Unpredictable. Will exceed your expectations. Not a Fighter, but will Knock your lights out. Amazing in bed, THE BEST LOVERS - BETTER THAN EVERYONE!
2 years of bad luck if you do not repost.

GEMINI does threesomes
Nice. Love is one of a kind. Great listeners. Very Good in bed. Lover not a fighter, but will still knock you the #### out. Trustworthy. Always happy. Loud. Talkative. Outgoing VERY FORGIVING. Loves to make out. Has a beautiful smile. Generous. Strong. ULTRA SEXY. THE MOST IRRESISTABLE.
9 years of bad luck if you do not repost.

LEO the Lion in bed
Great talker. Sexy and passionate. Laid back. Knows how to have fun. Great kisser. Unpredictable. Outgoing. Down to earth. Addictive. Attractive. Loud. Loves being in long relationships. Talkative. Not one to mess with. Rare to find. Good when found.
7 years of bad luck if you do not repost.

CANCER the Cutie
MOST AMAZING KISSER. Very high ### appeal. Great in bed!!! Love is one of a kind. Very romantic. Most caring person you will ever meet! Entirely creative. Extremely random and proud of it. Freak in bed. Spontaneous. Great telling stories. Not a Fighter, but will knock your lights out if it comes down to it. Someone you should hold on to.
12 years of bad luck if you do not repost.

PISCES the piece of ass
Caring and kind. Smart. Center of attention. Too Sexy, DAMN IT. Very high ### appeal. Has the last word. The best to find, hardest to keep. Fun to be around. Freak in the sheets. Extremely weird but in a good way. Super good in bed. Good Sense of Humor!!! Thoughtful. A partner for life. Always gets what he or she wants. Loves to joke. Very popular. Silly, fun and sweet.
5 years of bad luck if you do not repost.

SAGITTARIUS the sexy one
Spontaneous. Horny. Freak in Bed. High appeal. Rare to find. Great when found. Loves being in long relationships. The one. So much love to give. Not one to mess with. Very pretty. Very romantic. Nice to everyone. They meet. Their Love is one of a kind. Silly, fun and sweet. Have own unique sexiness. Most caring person you will ever meet! Amazing in bed..!!! Did I say Amazing in Bed? Not the kind of person you wanna with you might end up crying.
4 years of bad luck if you do not repost.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Mike & Joe @ The Fuel Room

Last night I went out with the girls (Amy, Dawn, Nicole, Chris, Tracy, Mary, Anne, Nancy, Heidi, Kim and Lisa) and we had an absolute great time! I was apprehensive at first, as I originally wanted to go to The Bamboo Room, but OMG, can those guys sing?!!!! They sang alternative rock and I just LOVE IT!!! I would love to see them again! Go check out their music here...

We first had dinner at Austin's. Had a burger and three margaritas on the rocks! YUMMY! Then we went next door to The Fuel Room, where we had more drinks and a shot of tequila. Look girls I was up at 6:30am (no hang-over). I went to bed at a little after 1am. I'm in pretty good shape! :)

Check out the gallery for April 20, 2007 to see me and the gang!

The food, the friends, the music, it was all the BEST! I had an awesome time and I love my GNOs!!! I can't wait for the next one. And the music, I can't get enough. I would have stayed longer if I could, but the girls had to be home early. Anyway, some of the songs they sang, I kept thinking about how I would love to see Mike....& Joe again. "Hey, it's all relative!"

Music always inspires me! So here I am as I type I'm buying some iTunes! All Alternative music. Here's my list, do you have any of these songs?

  • Fidelity - Regina Spektor

  • Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • The Middle - Jimmy Eat World

  • Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence

  • This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race - Fall Out Boy

  • Mr. Brightside - The Killers

  • Dance, Dance - Fall Out Boy

  • Sugar, We're Going Down - Fall Out Boy

  • Dirty Little Secret - All American Reject

  • Island in the Sun - Weezer

  • Nothing Left to Lose - Mat Kearney


  • Mark your calendar: Next GNO, The Bamboo Room, May 11th ~ we're on the VIP list! Tell them I sent yah! See you then...

    Friday, April 20, 2007

    Basic Grey Gallery!

    Check ME out! My round layout below made it on the Basic Grey gallery! Whoo-hooo! I submitted my page this morning and I got a quick response saying my work was selected! :)))

    Me so happy!

    Monday, April 16, 2007

    Designing Like A Star - Challenge #2

    Here is my entry for the Design Like A Start Challenge #2. Don't forget voting starts Thursday, April 19th! Here's the link so you know where to go....VOTE HERE!

    What do you think of my creation?

    Friday, April 13, 2007

    Challenge Update!

    I move to the second round!!! Whoo-hoooo!!! Come back here again so you can see my latest creation. We have a sketch challenge. Here it is courtesy of Becky Fleck!



    Voting is next Wednesday! Don't forget!

    Thursday, April 12, 2007

    Don't Forget to VOTE!!!

    Remember you can vote today until tomorrow at noon EST for your favorite Designer! Check it out HERE!

    You can see my entry down below at yesterday's post.....

    Wednesday, April 11, 2007

    Design Like A Star Challenge #1

    So it shall be DONE!!!! Make sure to check out my Scrapbook Chalet gallery! And vote here for your favorite!!!

    Here's my All About Me Layout ---- A to Z of Being Jozzie ~

    Tagged By Marge....

    Each player starts with 7 random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their seven things, as well as these rules. At the end of your blog, you need to choose 7 people to get tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them that they have been tagged and to read your blog! OK, here goes:

    1. I have been retired from the work force since 2001! And LOVING IT!!!!
    2. My family and I are planning to move to Florida by 2012!
    3. I made sushi this weekend; I love sushi and can eat it every day!
    4. I miss Rene!
    5. I want to give my house an up-do. Doing lots of research right now and I plan to get started with this project by June 2007!
    6. I finished my entry for Designing Like A Star Contest! Make sure to vote for you favorite designer!!!!
    7. I'm making spaghetti for dinner tonight!

    So, now… 7 people get to play along, I choose…Rene, Theresa, Angela, Charlene, Dawn, Chelsea, Di!! Can’t wait to read what your seven “things” are!!

    Tuesday, April 10, 2007

    Busy Me!

    Gosh I feel so bad I haven't posted anything and I have had so much I can share with you.

    1) I should still show some downtown photos -- from when sis and I went to the Water Tower.
    2) Ava's VB tournament photos in Indianapolis -- she played at the RCA Dome!

    I have projects that I need to get done. Here's my list:

    1) My Scrapworks article.
    2) Scrapbook Chalet entry for Designing Like A Star.
    3) Layout and Card creation for Theresa's Blog.

    On top of all I want to remodel my house!!!! Ahhhhh....

    Color is my strength yet I'm having such a hard time choosing colors for my walls!!!! Calgon, take me away!!! See, I love reds, with some brown. But I have this mural in my dining room that I created with a palm tree, on the water.....so it has lots of blues, green and browns. NO RED!!! So according to my Interior Designer (my sister) I need to go with those colors, ditch the red....OR paint over the mural and then I can have some red! Say what?!?!?! Hubby says he won't have the heart to color over my mural. He says I should leave it alone since it's a Jozzie thing.

    Here, look at a picture of my mural, what do you think?