Thursday, July 25, 2013

I'm Reading Again

Okay, I bet you were wondering where I have been?  The summer is really crazy here as I have to keep the kids busy because we can't afford any camps so we are doing this and that.  Haven't had much time to scrapbook.  However, even with this busy life, I have been reading again at the parks and pools.  Before the  kids were born I used to read a lot especially when I was working in New York City commuting to work via bus or train.  So anyway if you want to follow my reading.  I have made up a new blog which you can find at the tab above or you can go to

Sunday, May 05, 2013

CT - P52 Save the Date - Kathy Winters Designs

Kathy Winters Designs has her 2nd set of P52 Save the Date in her store and it's on sale.  Here's a few items that I picked up.

Here's my week 16 layout.  Yes, I am falling behind.

Friday, May 03, 2013

INSD Ginger Scraps Blog Hop

Ginger Scraps is having a facebook INSD blog hop till May 5.  

Here is Kathy Winter's Designs contribution.  Go to her facebook page.  Like and find it under freebies to download.  There also you can follow along to all other other designers.  

Happy downloading.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sunday, March 31, 2013

CT - P52 Save the Date Collection - Kathy Winters Designs

Kathy Winters Designs has a great new P52 Save the Date Collection 01.  She plans to make more in the year so watch her store.  She has them as a full collection or if you want just one or two or five you can do so as well.

Yes, I'm still on top of my project 365 or should I say Project LIFE scrapping.  It's my 5th year doing this project and I really enjoy the Project LIFE format and just love Kathy Winters Designs new kit.  Here's my week 13.

Friday, March 22, 2013

CT - P52 Save the Date - Kathy Winters Designs

Kathy Winters Designs has a few new Project 365 type kits available in her store.

A few layouts I made with her amazing kits.

Friday, February 01, 2013

February - Project Life Shopping

I'm always on the look out for project life kits.  I have a few on my wishlist and whenever they go on sale I try to snatch them up.  Today, I was able to get 3 more kits by Pixelily Designs in her  Life Captured series all for $1 each.  They are on sale till Feb 5 so hurry.    Last month I got a few of the other months.  I'm now just waiting for July and August to go on sale and I should have the entire series.




I got December last month but if you missed it's on sale again for $1 but only till Feb 5.

CT: Kathy Winters Designs - Listen to Your Heart

Listen to Your Heart Mini by Kathy Winters Designs is on sale for $1.

My layout using the above kit.

Monday, January 07, 2013

More Shopping Project 365 and Week 1 Complete

I found some more kits for my 2013 Project Life pages.

2013 Calendars by Crisdam Designs

And I found Life Captured December on sale for only $3.  Still need to get July to Nov.

I finished week 1.  Here's my layout

Most can be found at Ginger Scraps
CL2013 template by Crisdam Designs
52 weeks of border frames by Creations by Julie
Toothtale by marieh
Project 2013 January by Connie Prince
Life wordart by Connie Prince
Twenty 13 wordart by Kathy Winters Designs
LCJ wordart by Pixelily
LIB2 wordart by Pixelily
5256000 minutes wordart by Connie Prince
LCJ wordart by Pixelily
Project 2012 June camera by Connie Prince
font: another typewriter

Sunday, January 06, 2013

What's For Dinner - Chicken & Calico Beans

I struggle with  meal planning.  I just can't do it.  I have tried but it just does not work for me.  I'm always struggling to get a meal on the table each night.  Tonight it's chicken night.  I always look in freezer to see what we have and then I either try a new recipe or something I've done in the past.  My husband requested this again.  I'm going to share it with you.  Of course, I have picky triplets so I made an additional batch of grilled chicken and am making pasta for those picky ones.

This is one of my husband's favorites:

Chicken & Calico Beans

1 tbsp veg oil
1 onion chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp prepared Mustard
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp salt
2 cups chopped cooked chicken (I grill it).
1 (16 oz) can red kidney beans, drained
1 (16 oz) can baked beans

1. Preheat oven to 375.  Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat; add onion and celery.  Cook stirring occasionally, until celery is tender about 5 minutes.

2. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar and salt in a small bowl.

3. Add chicken and beans to skillet; stir well.  Pour ketchup mixture over chicken and beans; stir to coat.

4. Spoon mixture into a med casserole.  Bake chicken mixture until hot and bubbly, about 35 minutes.

Variation: If you have white beans or pinto beans on hand, they can be used instead of kidney beans.

Also turkey, ham or pork can be in place of the chicken.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

CT - Kathy Winters Designs - Twenty 13

Here is my cover page for Project 365.

I used the following kits

Quotes found here and here.

2013 - Project 365/Life

It's been a while since I actually written on my blog about my life.  I decided I will try to post more in 2013.  What have I been up to?  I've been keeping myself very busy.

In 2012, I returned to work part time working at my children's school which has been taking up a lot of my free time.  I also joined the PTA as treasurer in addition to my being still a girl scout leader for my daughters' Brownie Troop.

In 2013, my children are starting to add more activities to their daily schedule.  My son has decided to give up on baseball and take up piano lessons instead.  My one daughter will do gymnastics while the other will return to dance.  This is in addition to girl scouts and boy scouts that they already do.

In my free time I have added reading and knitting to my schedule which has also cut down on my scrapping time.  But I must say that I did complete 2012 project 365 in life style digitally.  That makes 4 years completed project 365.  You did read that correctly.  I am starting my 5th year doing photo of a day for 2013.

What has helped me to keep up.  Most definitely my iphone and my point and shoot camera.  I posted every night to my journaling for the day which really helped when I fell behind in the summer still taking my photos just not enough time to get my layouts done.  Ohlife sends you an e-mail every day and you just reply to it about your day.  It was a lifesaver.

Okay, now it's time to start 2013.  I just did some shopping thanks to my mom for giving me some money for Christmas and would like to share what I have gotten so far and plan to use for my 2013 project 365/Life pages.  Since I am usually at GingerScraps most of the time I decided to shop there for most of my new products. Most of these are on sale now so hurry if you want to get them before price increases and right now if you spend $10 you get this free kit below.

The templates I will be using for the yearly project are from Crisdam Designs.  Right now they are on sale 25% off.  I have followed this designer from another sight and so glad that she is now at Gingerscraps so I can continue to use her designs.

I wanted to start with a January kit by Connie Prince.  I've been collecting her kits for a while now as well.  I love her wordart and her style as well.

and I had to get the matching January Wordart (only because I wanted the Aquarius that's my birth sign and I'm a sucker when it comes to wordart) also by Connie Prince

Speaking of wordart I just had to have this one since my favorite show is DAYS OF OUR LIVES been watching it since I was a teenager.  This wordart is on sale too for only $1 but hurry as I don't know when it will go back to normal price.

If you are working on your cover page for 2013 you must have this wordart by my friend Kathy Winters Designs who I CT for.  These will be great for the cover page.

Last year I used these frames and may continue to use these this year.  They are great as it tells me which week it is and it's out of the way so I can fit my photos and journaling.

While searching for items for my 2013 project I found Life Captured collabs by Pixelilly and Ginger Scraps.  January to June is actually on sale for $1 each but  hurry before price increases.  So I picked them up and added July to Dec in my wishlist.  These are awesome since I like to mix and match my kits especially while working on my project layouts.

Have fun shopping and Happy New Year.