Saturday, February 28, 2015


My friend, Mandy started a new series on her blog called #This Week.  #This Week is a weekly series where Mandy provides you with a prompt for the week.  This week's prompt was "Morning Routine."

I didn't get very many photos of my morning routine this week.  This week was actually atypical because Maddie was sick on Wednesday and again on Friday.  I wanted to document Erik and Wolfie getting ready for the day but that didn't happen this week.  Maybe next week I can add those photos.

Mornings start very early at our house.  We get up at 5:35 a.m.  Sometimes I hit the snooze button.  Erik and I get up and get ready for work.  When he works, he leaves the house at 6:10 am.  I get Maddie and JoJo up at 6:20 and they shower.  I get Wolfie up about 6:30 and he showers and gets dressed.  It's usually a mad dash to get out of house on time.  It often involves a little yelling on my part...Hurry up or I'm going to be late for work.

 This is me pretty much immediately out of bed.  I use a mask from Rodan and Fields every morning so I wait for it to dry while I brush my teeth and check Facebook.

 Coffee.  What would a morning be without coffee?  People could seriously be harmed if I didn't get any.  Erik makes coffee for me every morning before he goes to work.

 This is not a typical routine for us.  I usually park in the garage, but Erik had some work stuff in my space so I had to park outside.  The entire car was frosted over and on Wednesday the doors were frozen shut.

The boys in the back.  We leave the house early at 6:35 a.m.

So, here is some information for you so that you can participate too.  Make sure to visit Mandy's blog.

  • Take a photo (or several) to represent the theme.
  • Write a small (or long) story to go along with it.
  • Link up your project below using a URL to your Facebook post, Instagram post, or blog post.
  • Check back each Sunday for a new prompt!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Project Life Week 3

Hello everyone!  I just wanted to share Week Three's layout with you today.  I know there has been quite a gap, but it's because I'm waiting to order prints monthly from Persnickety Prints.  I don't want to pay $5 shipping every week.  So starting next week, I should be able to post weekly again.  I also want to tell you the photos don't do this layout justice.  It's very simple, put I love it.  I couldn't photograph outside because the weather was horrendous and windy for several days.  I didn't want to leave all of the pieces out so I just took the photos inside.  I wanted to clean my office,
which was a DISASTER so I had to put it away.

So here we go.  I had a ton of photos this week.  So many that I had to pair them down and be selective.  This week we went to a birthday party for my best friend's little ones, and then we had a snow day so there are tons of pictures of that.  I wanted to keep it simple so I used black cardstock and a white Distress marker from Tim Holtz to write on the paper.

We had a little incident with this page.  I accidentally made the title page say Week 2, when in fact, it was Week 3.  So I had to completely redo it.  I liked the other page better but hey.  I didn't realize it until after the photos were in the sleeves.  So I just snapped this quickly.  Hence, the glare from the sleeves.

I am totally loving these different photo sleeves I got.  It's adding some versatility and uniqueness to the layouts I think.  It's also sort of fun to have variety.  I really love the 3x3 border prints from Persnickety Prints.

Well, there you have it. Week 3.  I'm hoping to have Week 4 complete next week for you.  Have a great day!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Clique Kits J'Adore

Have you met Clique Kits' March kit, J'Adore?  If you haven't then you really should.  Here are a few photos of the kit.  I'm so anxiously awaiting its arrival.  I CAN'T WAIT!

I love the colors!!!!  Black Doilies...they are calling my name.  

Now here's what's in the kit:

Pattern Papers
We R Memory Keepers: Love Notes - Heartbeat
We R Memory Keepers: Love Notes - Tulip
We R Memory Keepers: Love Notes - Secret Crush
We R Memory Keepers: Love Notes - Wild Love
We R Memory Keepers: Love Notes - Ombre Fence
We R Memory Keepers: Love Notes - Love & Adore
We R Memory Keepers: Love Notes - French Door
Specialty Papers
We R Memory Keepers: Clearly Bold - Green Polka Dot

Journal Cards
We R Memory Keepers: Clearly Bold (6 per kit)
EmbellishmentsPink Paislee: Alphabet - Bella RougeCosmo Cricket: Tiny Text Stickers (black)Kesi Art: Wood Tag (1)Kesi Art: Cards (1/2 pack)We Blow Kisses: Wood Heart (1)We Blow Kisses: Flair - Heart (1)The Polka Dot Barn: Carnival Tickets (1 each, Hot Pink, Coral, White)Enamel Dots (Colors may vary silver or green)
CK Exclusive EmbellishmentsClique Kits: Flair (4)Clique Kits: 3x4 Journal Cards (8)
CK DigitalsClique Kits: Cut FilesClique Kits: Digi Prints

Make sure to visit Clique Kits and check out the other photos and projects.  And if you order make sure to enter MARIAH10 for ten percent off of your purchase.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Clique Kits Pep Rally|Punxsutawney

Well hello there everyone!  I am happy to see your virtual faces!  You should have arrived here from Sandy's blog.  I have two layouts to share with you today.  I LOVED this kit.  One of the cutest and most fun kits I've ever received from any kit club.  Clique Kits hit it out of the park with this kit, Punxsutawney.  Here are my layouts.  The first layout is based off of Kat's sketch.

The next layout I made, I used the leftover scraps from the page above.  I also used the cut files for the kit.  I love the heart cut file.  It's one of my favorites.  I used a few papers from the Clique Kits Store as well.  I hoped to have a video for you but the audio isn't coming out right :(  So maybe in a day or two I'll get that figured out.

Here is a close up of the layout.

I hope you enjoyed the layouts.  You are now off to Marcia's blog.  

Just in case you get lost, here's the entire blog list:

Monday, February 16, 2015

Introducing a new series....Inside My Life

Hello there everyone.  I've been thinking a lot about a few series I can write on here.  One of course is my Project Life posts, but I wanted to try something new in addition to that.  As some of you know, I've been having a big struggle with photography.  I've taken pictures since I was small child.  My dad bought me my first camera when I was 8 years old.  However, after a few years of taking pictures professionally and having to spend time editing them, I've sort of lost my love for it.  As I write this post, I haven't touched my camera since Christmas.

So anyhow, I came up with a new series "Inside My Life."  The purpose of this series is to help me get my photography mojo back, and to have a little fun.  I really want to pick up the camera again and love it.  Not feel like it's a chore and something that has to be done.  So these posts will be photo heavy.  Some of the photos will be taken with my "real camera" and some with Mariphone (gotta love that girl).  I will also try and incorporate these photos into Project Life or into traditional scrapbook layouts.  So, I hope you are ready for some fun.  I will be posting soon with a new "episode" in this series.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

And Fin...

Just a short little post to celebrate the end of my Professional Photography adventure.  It wasn't a decision that was made lightly, but it's done.  Gear has been taken off, photos have all been edited, SD cards have all been erased.  And here she sits waiting for me to get the itch in my fingers again.

It's a little bittersweet.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Clique Kits February Challenge|Lora Bailora|CK Punxsutawney

Hey there everyone!  I just wanted to tell you about the February Challenge going on over at Clique Kits.  This month's giveaway comes from Lorabailora.

Who wouldn't want a chance to win these awesome stamp sets?

And here's a little more info for you:

Web and blog:
Here are a few details to go along with this months challenge!
  • You may combine our challenge with other challenges
  • You may enter our challenge up to 3 times
  • Link up your projects by February 28th, 11:55 pm CST
  • You are not required to use a Clique Kit to link up
  • You are not required to use Lora Bailora products to link up but doing so does give you an extra entry
  • Create any type of project
  • Link directly to your challenge project entry post which is right here.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Clique Kits Punxsutawney

Hi there!  You will absolutely love the new February Kit from Clique Kits, "Punxsutawney."  It is so colorful and fresh and based off of the Dear Lizzy Serendipity Line!  Here is a picture from the Clique Kits page.  Make sure you head over there to check out the AWESOME layouts the Clique Design Team girls came up with.  They are amazing!  There are also more photos of this lovely kit there as well.  If you do want to subscribe make sure you enter the discount code, MARIAH10 for ten percent off.

Kit Content

Dear Lizzy: Serendipity - Thickers (Alphabet)
Dear Lizzy: Serendipity - Puffy Shapes (Full Pack)
Dear Lizzy: Serendipity - Watercolor Words (variety)
Dear Lizzy: Serendipity - Ephemera (variety)
Sequins: Metallic Blue, Fuchsia, Iridescent Aqua
Navy Burlap 

Exclusive Embellishments
Clique Kits: Flair (6)
Clique Kits: Journal Cards

Clique Kits: Cut Files
Pattern Papers
Dear Lizzy: Serendipity - Sweet Swirl
Dear Lizzy: Serendipity - Good Vibes
Dear Lizzy: Serendipity - Little Things
Dear Lizzy: Serendipity - Sugar Sugar
Dear Lizzy: Serendipity - Odds & Ends
Dear Lizzy: Serendipity - Liz Lemon
Dear Lizzy: Serendipity - Very Vanilla
Dear Lizzy: Serendipity - Cotton candy
Dear Lizzy: Serendipity - Smitten
Dear Lizzy: Serendipity - Bright Blueberry
Here are a few of my favorite items from the kit:

Hopefully, I'll have some crafty time this weekend!  

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Project Life Week 2

Hey there everyone.  I wanted to share my Week 2 layout with you today.  It is the other half of my two page spread.  So Week 1 and Week 2 are only one page each.  Things will change for Week 3 because I had so many photos that I actually had to be choosy.  Ha.
Since this is the other side of Week 1, I kept the them the same so both pages would match in the album.  I used a few scraps from Studio Calico and from the Clique Kits January Kit, Tailor Made.  I used so much of my January Clique Kits kit that I have only scraps left.  So there you have it.  There's week 2.  I'll be back next week with Week 3!


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