Friday, January 20, 2017

1st Father's Day Scrapbook Page

I did my first Mother's Day layout a long time ago, but I'm just now getting around to making one for my husband's first Father's Day. This page uses Crate Paper patterned papers from a paper pad that I have. The music notes embellishment is also Crate Paper but from a different collection.

I made the title using October Afternoon mini letters and some old black sticker letters that have been hidden in my stash. I found them just in time to create this page!

The "I Love Dad" card was made by my mother-in-law as a card from the baby. I also made a separate page with card holder to keep all of the other Father's Day cards together in the scrapbook.

And here's another one of those clearance embellishments with the rogue button. The banner embellishment came from my stash.

This was a very simple layout to get done. I am trying to get caught up in my personal album (not the baby's), and so I needed to just get this picture scrapped and done with so that I could move on!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Big Girl Scrapbook Page

The baby was able to sit up on her own at 6 months, and we had one of those milestone stickers to put on her for a picture. Or in my case, many pictures!

I used some Echo Park baby-themed banner stickers to create the banner at the top of the page. (And yes, my child likes to eat stickers.)

And the glittery letter stickers are old American Crafts Thickers that I've had for awhile. I think that sheet of stickers is just about done.

I also used some Me & My Big Ideas sticker embellishments on this page to give some dimension. The patterned papers are all from an old paper pad that my mom actually gave me years ago (can't remember the manufacturer) mixed in with some other papers from a 6x6 paper pad that my mother-in-law gave me last year for Christmas. All of the colors went together, thankfully!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Meal Plan Monday - January 16

Wish I could say that I'm enjoying a three-day weekend, but every weekend is a three-day weekend for me, so this one is just another of the same.

And here's another meal plan!

Sunday: Turkey and Vegetable Meatloaf (We had to postpone this on Saturday because we ran out of milk and it was snowing so we couldn't go out!)

Monday: Tacos

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: on our own

Saturday: Tuna Sandwiches and Fries

Friday, January 13, 2017

Chebe Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Mix Review

I wrote about Chebe's gluten-free Brazilian cheese buns after attending the Gluten-Free & Allergen Friendly Expo last year. (Read that post here.) And the kind folks at Chebe sent me two boxes of the cheese buns mix and two boxes of their pizza crust mix for me to try out!

Making the pizza is pretty straightforward. You have the option to have shredded cheese if you want. Both times I made this, that's what I did because who doesn't like more cheese? You can also bake the crust for a few minutes before adding the toppings and then bake it, or just add the toppings and bake for one longer time. Because I had two boxes of the mix, I experimented and did both baking methods.

I think I prefer baking the crust without the toppings first, and then baking a second time with the toppings. But either way, this came out really well. My parents and my husband were fans of this pizza. I didn't get my crust looking super perfect,and it certainly didn't come out looking like the crust on the box, but it was crispy around the edges, and the inclusion of the extra cheese made it a little chewy and gooey in the center.

We like the pre-made gluten-free pizza crusts, but this is actually so easy to make that you won't mind the extra five minutes it takes to put the ingredients together and roll out onto your baking sheet!

I received free product from Chebe in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

All Fall Down - Scrapbook Page

The baby is officially 10 months old today! But let's take a look back at when she was 6 months!

This is what happened after our six-month photo shoot. The baby discovered the panda, and kind of fell over trying to eat the panda's foot.

I used Crate Paper patterned paper for this layout, with some coordinating embellishments that I found on clearance a few weeks ago. They were on clearance because the little buttons in the middle had fallen off, but all I needed to do was adhere the buttons back on with Glue Dots!

I also got to use up some old Basic Grey letter stickers to create the title. I think this was the last usage I could get out of these two letter sticker sheets.

The little bear sticker was on an Echo Park sticker sheet that my mom gave me. It's not a panda bear, but it's still a bear, so I thought it would be cute to add.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Meal Plan Monday - January 9

doing my HHHM workout
while the baby naps
I'm participating in a Healthy Habits Happy Moms January #screwresolutions challenge, and every Sunday, we are supposed to meal prep. As you already know, I do meal planning, so this was not really that difficult of a challenge for me. I always try to incorporate something healthy for us to eat during the week, but it doesn't always happen because of budgeting issues. But I guess this month I'm going to have to make more of an effort. So, here's what we're eating this week:

Sunday: Chebe pepperoni pizza

Monday: Italian Sausage and Potato Roast

Tuesday: Manwich Sloppy Joe's and fries

Wednesday: on our own

Thursday: Jennie-O Turkey Burgers and fries

Friday: Grilled Chicken Penne Alfredo

Saturday: Turkey & Vegetable Meatloaf (new recipe from Eating Well magazine)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Strange Bird Scrapbook Page

I swear that NOW I am done with all the paper in my Basic Grey stash. I really wish this company was still in the business of making scrapbook paper. I really loved their collections. This scrapbook layout is a collection of silly photos of the baby.

I thought the bird patterned paper went really well with my title of "Strange Bird". I don't know about any of your babies, but my baby loves sleeping with her butt in the air, and I always think it's funny when I find her with her little legs sticking out of the crib.

Along with the Basic Grey papers, I used an October Afternoon button embellishment and a little bird sticker from a collection of K & Company baby stickers.

The letters for the title are also old Basic Grey (used up that letter sheet), and then I threw in one of my orange hearts because I just love them so much! The frames are also Basic Grey, and I like the layered look that I accomplished on this layout with the embellishments.