Friday, September 30, 2016

Family Scrapbook Page

Yesterday was a flashback, but today we're flashing forward a bit. This scrapbook layout uses two pictures from when my parents came to visit in June.

I got to use up some papers and embellishments from my stash on this one. It was just a quick page. I knew what patterned papers I wanted to use, I remembered a sticker that I had that kind of matched one of the patterned papers, and then I randomly looked over at a pile of embellishments on my desk and saw the big "Family" chipboard sticker and went, "Perfect!"

It's so crazy to look back at the baby in these pictures. June wasn't that long ago, but the baby was so little and didn't have much hair and now she's so much bigger and not as bald!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

What the Elf? Scrapbook Page

So every year, my mom finds these hats and makes us wear them in a family photo in front of the Christmas tree. Last Christmas, we were elves.

I thought the title was kind of funny and luckily, I happened to have a package of American Crafts Thickers that had all the letters I needed to spell it out!

The big white chipboard snowflakes came from my Christmas scrapbook stash. I added the red ribbon (gasp! Using ribbon!) from my ribbon stash.

And all three of the patterned papers are from a Me & My Big Ideas holiday paper pad. The green cardstock is just a generic brand from Walmart.

Does your family have a holiday tradition like this?

Side note, aren't you proud of me that I've scrapped my way up to December 2015? I am making progress!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Dancing Through Life - Book Review

When I went to Book Expo America back in 2015, I saw in the daily newsletter that review copies of actress Candace Cameron Bure's latest book were going to be available. The newsletter didn't say when, so I made it a point to stop by the publisher's booth first thing to ask about when I should come back so I could pick up a review copy! And the nice guy working at the booth opened up a drawer and gave me a copy!

And even though it took me a year and a half to read it, I still read it!

I've always been a fan of Candace. We don't always agree on everything, but I do like her as a person. I didn't read her first book, and I didn't even know that she was on Dancing with the Stars, which is what Dancing Through Life is all about. So if you watched the season where she danced with the stars, then you might really enjoy reading this book.

Candace basically gives you a behind the scenes look on what happened each week on the show, from picking songs and learning dances to standing up for her convictions when it came to certain dance moves and costumes. While reading, part of me kept thinking, "Oh come on, Candace! Just give it up! What's the big deal about dressing as Ariel from The Little Mermaid?" But just because I might not have a problem with a costume like that doesn't mean that other people won't for whatever reason. And if Candace's reason is because she wants to remain modest and keep things for her husband, then that's just fine. You have to applaud someone for standing up for what she believes in and not worrying about what other people are going to say! I mean, non-Christians and Christians alike had problems with Candace's choices and told her so on social media. So you know, sometimes you just can't win and you can't please everybody. Just be yourself and don't let anybody tell you otherwise!

There were two parts of the book that I really liked. The first one is about what the Bible says about modesty. Candace writes, in reference to 1 Timothy 2:9-10, that this passage doesn't give us a dress code. Instead, it's more about how we "clothe" ourselves with God-like qualities.

And the second part was a blog post that Candace's friend wrote comparing Candace's journey on DWTS to our journey with God. Just like Candace had Mark, we have God. He's our coach and when we think we've forgotten the steps, He's right there to tell us the moves. The blog post is printed in the book, but if you want to read it now, just go to the post on Karen Ehman's website here. (Reading it might make you cry.)

If you're a fan of Candace's acting and reality show work (Full House, The View co-host, Make it or Break It, Fuller House, DWTS, those Hallmark movies) or you're a fan of Candace's faith (or both!), then you'll enjoy reading about Candace's journey on DWTS and her continued journey of faith in this book.

Dancing Through Life is on bookstore shelves now. It's published by B&H Publishing. I received a free advance review copy at BEA with no obligation to review.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

How to Do the Teal Pumpkin Project

Last year I wrote about my participation in the Teal Pumpkin Project. (You can read about it here.) And this Halloween, I'm doing it again!

If you don't know, the Teal Pumpkin Project is the Food Allergy Research & Education's (FARE) program to create a safer and happier Halloween for ALL kids. Taking into account that 1 in 13 children in the U.S. has a food allergy, instead of handing out candy, households that participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project pass out non-food treats to trick-or-treaters.

The TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT® and the Teal Pumpkin Project® logo 
are registered trademarks of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).
Food allergies are life-altering and can potentially be life-threatening. Even a tiny amount of an allergen can cause a severe reaction, and many popular Halloween candies contain nuts, milk, soy, wheat, or egg, which are the most common food allergies among children and adults. Not to mention that some of the miniature-sized candies contain different ingredients from the full-size candies, and those mini candies don't always include an ingredients label, so it can be difficult for parents to determine which candy is safe for their child. That's why non-food treats are a fun and safe alternative for those kids.

Last year, households in 50 states and 14 countries put teal pumpkins on their doorsteps (or a Teal Pumpkin Project poster on their doors). You can sign up to participate this year by visiting FARE's website. FARE provides free downloadable fliers and signs so you can advertise your participation, plus you can shop for fun Teal Pumpkin Project goodies, including premium non-food treat kits to give away to your trick-or-treaters. And don't forget to add your address to the map so that trick-or-treaters can see in advance which houses near them are safe!

Last year I handed out bubbles, and this year I know someone who is giving out temporary tattoos. (Please be aware that even some non-food treats, such as Play-Doh, may still not be safe. Play-Doh contains wheat.) I haven't decided yet what to hand out this year. We don't get many trick-or-treaters, sadly, so I think the leftover bubbles from last year will probably suffice.

If you choose not to purchase your non-food treats from FARE (though if you do, all proceeds will go to food allergy research), there are lots of other great places to find some fun goodies. Last year I hit up Target, but the Dollar Store (whichever version you have near you) is also a great place for buying a lot of things at an affordable price. I also like Oriental Trading Company because they sell a lot of bulk goodies at reasonable prices, too.

And if you don't have a teal pumpkin but would like one, you can always go out and buy a craft pumpkin at Michael's or even Walmart (which has a pretty decent craft section) and paint it teal! (I mixed acrylic white paint and acrylic blue paint to make teal for my pumpkin.) A lot of stores also sell pre-painted teal pumpkins and even pumpkin decorating brands such as Pumpkin Masters offer teal pumpkin painting kits!

I hope you'll consider participating in this great program! You can, of course, still hand out regular candy, but providing the option for kids with food allergies to still enjoy trick-or-treating by bringing home a non-food treat will really make those kids feel good!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Meal Plan Monday - September 26

Last week's meal plan got a little hijacked. We ended up with unexpected leftovers, so things got pushed back a day. Because of that, our Baked Alfredo is now happening THIS week. I'm very excited about it. I'm also very excited about a new Rachael Ray recipe that we're going to try because a) butternut squash is on sale and b) Italian sausage is on sale! Yum-o!

Here's what we're eating this week:

Sunday: Baked Alfredo with peas and bacon

Monday: Sausage and Butternut Squash Skillet Supper

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: Eggs, Bacon, and Pancakes

Thursday: Chicken Strips and Fries

Friday: Turkey Burgers, Fries, and Mini Corn Cobs

Saturday: on our own

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ghosts from Our Past - Book Review

Do you want to be a ghost hunter like the famous Ghostbusters? Well, now you can! The book that Abby Yates and Erin Gilbert wrote way back when is now being published again in an updated version!

Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally & Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal gives you the background that got both Yates and Gilbert interested in the paranormal. From there, you get a history of ghosts and other ghost hunters, plus the research that Yates and Gilbert have done on ghosts. And then you'll read about the proper methods and tools that should be used when investigating paranormal activity. For aspiring ghost hunters or for anyone who is just interested in the paranormal, this is a very helpful book that will guide you on your quest to study ghosts.

Okay, so this book is a parody. If you saw the new Ghostbusters movie, then you'll remember Yates and Gilbert (played by Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, respectively) talk about this book. So here it is, ready to go for movie fans.

This book seems to take itself so seriously that you almost wonder what is being made up and what is real. (Make sure you have your phone or computer handy so you can do a lot of Googling. You can also check out this interview that did with the book's author, Andrew Shaffer.) And at times, you almost forget the book is supposed to be funny. There were a few chuckle-worthy moments, but this book is definitely no Lord of the Rings parody book Bored of the Rings.

But this parody book might make a fun gift for a mega fan of the new Ghostbusters movie.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Color Run 2015 Scrapbook Page

I did The Color Run again this year, but of course, I'm not even close to scrapbooking any of this year's pictures unless they have to do with the baby. So here is the layout I made for the pictures from last year's Color Run. I went with a friend from book club and we got lots of color! I was also three months pregnant, and I remember drinking a lot of water beforehand and throughout the run (we walked) as advised by my OBGYN. And boy did I have to pee!

All of the elements on this layout came from a kit I had purchased last year at a scrapbook store while visiting my parents in St. Louis. I think the actual scrapbook store is in Illinois.

Oh, I did add the pink letter stickers from my own stash just to label the photos as "before" and "after". Just look at my very yellow arms!

Next year I'm going to do a tips for doing The Color Run blog post. Remind me!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Eligible - September Book Club

This month, I picked the book! Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld has been on my to-read list for awhile now, and I convinced my fellow Jane Austen-loving book club members to read this modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Instead of England, our setting is present-day Cincinnati, Ohio. You've still got all your favorite characters: Lizzie, Darcy, Mr. Bingley, Jane, Lydia, Kitty, Mary, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. And the main gist of the story is the same, but certain details have been changed to bring the story into the 21st century.

What did I think? I liked it! Although, I had trouble picturing the characters speaking with American accents because I'm so used to Pride and Prejudice being British! I also couldn't picture Darcy looking like anyone but Colin Firth. I'm sorry, but nobody else will ever be able to play that part. Just no.

Even though this is a pretty faithful retelling, there's enough difference in the details to keep you interested. Because I knew the basic story of Pride and Prejudice, I knew what was going to happen in this book, and the suspense of JUST. GETTING. THERE. ALREADY was killing me.

Not sure how I felt about the very last chapter, though. Was it necessary? Did Austen throw in something like that at the end of her version? I don't remember. Seemed like it was just there to tie up loose ends for all of the characters.

What did my book club think? One person said she was disappointed at the "scandalous" thing that happens. You might remember that in the original story, Lydia runs off with that guy, and while that may have been CRAZY way back when, it's just not as family-reputation wrecking in today's world. So the author had to come up with something else, but what exactly is scandalous anymore these days?

Overall, the consensus was that we liked this book. One person finished it in a day, while another one finished it in a weekend. So it's definitely a book that you don't get bored with, and the chapters are pretty short, so you feel like, "Oh, I'll just read one more chapter. Oh, I'll just read another one." And before you know it, you've finished another 50 pages!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Meal Plan Monday - September 19

Even though I'm making meal plans, that doesn't mean everything always goes to plan. Like last week. I had to rearrange things when Monday night I went to make something that actually took eight hours to cook in the Crockpot.


And I bought baby spinach for something last week but I never used it. Have no idea why I bought it.

So we'll see how this week goes. Here's what's on the menu.

Sunday: chicken tacos (leftovers)

Monday: rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes with gluten-free gravy, and corn

Tuesday: turkey burgers and fries

Wednesday: Sunny's Easy Chicken Parmesan

Thursday: rotisserie chicken BLT salad with cheddar cheese and ranch dressing

Friday: chicken strips, fries, and mini corn cobs

Saturday: baked penne alfredo with peas and bacon

Friday, September 16, 2016

Babies, Binkies, and Baseball Scrapbook Page

Let's close out the week with some baseball! Our baby LOVES baseball, especially the St. Louis Cardinals. (We are raising her right.)

In the above pictures, we had a Cardinals game on TV, and I thought it would be cute to get a picture of her wearing her Cardinals bib while standing in front of the TV while the game was on. Well, this little cutie just couldn't take her eyes off the game to look at the camera for the picture.

This layout is from the baby bib scrapbook that my mom made me. All I had to do was put the pictures on the pages. I also added the journaling spot.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Honey Bunches of Oats Scrapbook Pages

Alright, I just have SO many pictures of the baby, I have to scrap them in pocket pages. It's the only way I'm going to get anything done!

Here's the start of one, featuring pictures of the baby at 1 month.

"Honey Bunches of Oats" is my nickname for her. Those letter stickers were just in my stash. I liked the colors, and they matched the colors on the sticker border from the Basic Grey Kioshi collection.

On this side, I managed to add some cute embellishments and journaling so I could document what some of the pictures were of. The same month the baby turned 1 month, we celebrated my husband's 33rd birthday and had a nice family picture taken.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Showered Scrapbook Page

Taking it back to November 2015 - here's a scrapbook page from my first baby shower. (Doesn't that panda look yummy? It's actually cupcakes!)

This page used up a lot of random stuff from my stash. I've had baby-themed pop-up stickers for, like, EVER. And I finally got to use one on this layout. I loved the umbrella patterned paper and thought it went well with the whole baby shower "showered" theme. The heart paper and the envelope paper are from an American Crafts collection, and the black letter stickers are American Crafts Thickers.

I also added a cupcake sticker because I thought it worked with not only the party theme but also the fact that the panda "cake" was actually made of cupcakes.

I had so many pictures from this shower, so I just used pocket pages for those and inserted some embellished patterned paper into pockets that didn't have photos. Sorry, but I didn't take photos of those pages. You'll just have to use your imagination!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Greater Than Gold - Book Review

The Rio Olympics are over. Which events did you watch? How about diving? The men's synchro diving competition was one of the few events I did catch on TV, so I got to see diver David Boudia win the silver medal along with his diving partner Steele Johnson. After they won, an NBC reporter quickly interviewed them, and here's what I gleaned from that interview:

1. David Boudia had a terrible previous Olympic experience
2. David Boudia was a Christian

I got to read more about both of those fun facts in Boudia's autobiography, written with Tim Ellsworth, Greater Than Gold. This book is essentially Boudia's testimony, his story of how he came to Christ. Oh, and then there's the diving stuff, too.

This is a guy who was pretty much a huge jerk. He was really good at diving. It consumed him. It inflated his ego. He thought only of getting to the Olympics, and it didn't matter what needed to move out of his way so that could happen. And then it did happen! He made it to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But the experience was not what he had hoped for.

Shortly after that, he started college and met a couple who forever changed his life. They brought him to Jesus. The road to Christianity wasn't always easy for Boudia. He still struggled with smoking. He still struggled with his ego. He still struggled with being a good person to his girlfriend (who just kept taking him back every time he decided that he did want to date her). But by surrounding himself with good and positive people, he was able to keep the focus on God and not on himself.

Lest you think, "Oh, he became a Christian and then won some gold medals!" Well, yes, he did win a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, but he's quick to point out that it had nothing to do with becoming a Christian. You can still lose competitions as a Christian, so don't read this book and think that converting or re-dedicating your life to God is going to make everything better. That's not how it works.

But if you're interested in Olympic athletes, if you like diving, if you like reading stories about people who have overcome their sins, then you might like reading this book.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Meal Plan Monday - September 12

Oh my gosh, you guys! It's baaaaack!

I've still been doing meal plans for the past several weeks. I just haven't been sharing them. That changes this week! Hopefully you get some inspiration from these. Feel free to share what you're eating this week in the comments!

Here's what we've got this week:

Sun - turkey burgers, baked beans, fries

Mon - white bean and kielbasa stew

Tues - leftovers

Wed - taco chicken bowls

Thurs - leftovers (taco chicken in tortillas)

Fri - chicken caesar salad

Sat - Pepper Jack Cheesy Mac

Friday, September 9, 2016

Family Roots Scrapbook Page

Who does the baby look like? That's always the question you get, right? Well, I decided to scrapbook it! I took a picture of the baby and put it on a page with baby pictures of my husband and me. What do you guys think?

I had these cool metal tags in my stash that said "mom" and "dad", so I used them to label our baby pictures.

And "Family Roots" is from a sticker phrase set that I purchased a couple years ago. The two words were actually separate on the sticker sheet, but I thought they fit together nicely for a title.

The background paper and the pink paper behind the photo is from a Me & My Big Ideas paper pack. The printed paper on top of the background paper, the sticker border, and the sticker flower are from the Basic Grey Kioshi collection.

And the journaling spot was just something I had in my stash.

I'm making progress with my photos and I'm using up stuff in my stash!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tips for the Best GFAF Expo Experience

I've posted about the Gluten Free and Allergen Free (GFAF) Expo many times in the past. (You can check out those posts here and here.) So what else can I tell you about this awesome expo designed just for those with Celiac disease and other food allergies?

If you don't know, this year's NYC-area expo is October 15 and 16 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. (I'll be there again as an official blogger!) The show is a great resource for parents because you get to talk to representatives from the companies that exhibit there and ask questions about the food they're making. There are more than 80 exhibitors attending this year's expo! You get to attend different seminars/classes to learn tips on living, traveling, and cooking when you have Celiac disease.

So how can you have the best GFAF Expo experience? Here are a few tips:

1. Come hungry!
Each exhibitor gives out samples, and you'll want to stop by each booth to make sure you get a taste of it all. The Exposition Center has concession stands but only for beverages during the GFAF Expo. So that means, the samples are going to be your main sustenance.

Exhibitors at the 2015 NJ GFAF Expo ready for the show to start
2. Bring cash!
You can also purchase directly from the exhibitors, sometimes at discounts that you won't find in the supermarket. This is also a great way to have lunch while at the show. But not everyone accepts credit cards, so make sure you have cash on-hand just to be safe.

3. Bring the kids!
Kids are, of course, welcome to attend the show. It's like one big playground for kids with Celiac disease because they're surrounded by food they can actually eat! Even the little one can attend, but if they're in a stroller, you're advised to only bring single strollers. Double strollers (or larger) will be too big to fit down the aisles.

4. Bring a notebook and pen!
You'll want to take notes from all of the classes you take while you're there! You can find this year's class list here. There are four classes each day. I took the one from Peter Green, MD, last year, and it was really good.

the 2015 NJ GFAF Expo
5. Be safe!
Before you and your kids attend the show, you should know that the expo is not 100-percent free of any potential allergen because it is a multi-use facility. All products are gluten-free but many booths do contain other allergens. These allergens will be listed at each exhibitor's table. Don't take samples of products you can't have, take appropriate precautions, and carry necessary medication. If you have any other questions about the GFAF Expo, visit its FAQ page.

And most importantly, have fun! This is a great show. I always learn a bunch of new things and discover lots of new brands every year. I expect that this year's expo will be no different!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Last June Scrapbook Pages

I'm really loving the baby having a set bedtime, going to sleep, and sleeping through the night because it means I can get some scrapbooking done in the evening!

Here are two recent layouts I completed in one night!

"By the Bay" uses the Basic Grey Offbeat collection, along with some other elements from my stash, such as American Crafts Thickers. I also incorporated the map of the Monterey Bay Aquarium as part of the background to this layout. We went to the aquarium last summer after my brother- and sister-in-law's wedding.

And "A New Car" uses the Basic Grey Lemonade collection, plus some random letter stickers from my stash. These are pictures of me with my very first brand new car!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

1st Mother's Day Scrapbook Page

This year was my first year as a mommy, so I got to celebrate my first Mother's Day. And here is the layout I made to commemorate it! I used up the rest of my Basic Grey Lemonade papers and embellishments. And the letter stickers are American Crafts Thickers that I found at T. J. Maxx.

This was my Mother's Day card from my mother-in-law the baby.

I thought the "Pucker Up Buttercup" sticker would be cute with this photo. Now I am torn, though. Do I put this picture in the baby's scrapbook or a separate scrapbook for myself? I want to put all of my Mother's Day cards with it, too, and I feel like I wouldn't put those in the baby's album. Do I make two different layouts? As the baby gets older, I feel like our scrapbooks will merge more. Right now, most of her album is just pictures of her playing with her toys, but once we take her on vacations and we go out and do things together, I will just make one general album.

How do you guys do scrapbooking for your kids?

Monday, September 5, 2016

D & J: I Do Scrapbook Page

Here is the final layout from my brother- and sister-in-law's wedding last summer. I thought the Basic Grey Kioshi Collection was just perfect!

The sparkly orange letter stickers are not Basic Grey. They are very, very old and have been in my stash ever since I won them back in I don't even know when. I can't even remember the manufacturer's name! But I'm glad I kept them around because the sticker sheet still had just the right letters I needed and in the right color.

And the little phrase stickers are also not Basic Grey. They came from my stash and seemed to have the right colors. Same with the quote bubble above.

Well, I'm finally making progress on scrapping pictures from last year. I still have to do our Paris pictures from 2014 and then get working on all the pictures of the baby! I will never be caught up will I?

Friday, September 2, 2016

Breakfast Pizza - Pinterest Challenge

This one was so easy, I don't even know why I had to pin it. I should have just come up with it on my own! I mean, it's just scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheese on a pizza crust.

But I'm glad I did find this recipe for Breakfast Pizza on Pinterest because this recipe calls for ricotta cheese as the base on the pizza crust. And that was a really good call!

What's also nice about this pizza is that you can make it from scratch or just make it easy! We used pre-made Udi's gluten-free pizza crusts and baked the pizza according to Udi's instructions. We also used Hormel Real Bacon Bits instead of cooking bacon and crumbling it up. So this whole meal took about 15 minutes to make.

This was also a great way to use up leftover ricotta cheese. Over the weekend I made one of our favorite pasta dishes, Penna with Ricotta Cheese and Greens, and every time I make it, I end up with half a container of ricotta cheese left over. But I never come up with a way to use up the rest of the cheese. Until now!

If you can scramble eggs, then you can make this pizza. Great for breakfast, brunch, or dinner! (Lunch, too.)

Thursday, September 1, 2016

August Pinterest Challenge - How did I do?

Well, as you know by now, August is over. So how did I do with my August Pinterest challenge? Let's review the list, shall we?

1. Mini Shepherd Pot Pies

2. Craft Room Makeover - Work Station

3. Put together THIS outfit

4. Bedroom Art

5. Nail Polish Apothecary Jar

6. Grocery Bag Container

7. Artwork for Baby's Room

8. No Heat Curls

9. Dining Room Wall Art

10. T-shirt Blanket

11. Fridge Organizer

12. Go-to Snack Center

13. Golden Girls Valentines!

14. Buy this book pillow

15. Googly Eyes Halloween Picture Frame

16. Healthy and Delicious Pumpkin Bread

17. Twix Cookies

18. Gluten-Free Mozzarella Sticks

19. Read Tips for Sleep Training Baby

20. Summer Gift Idea

21. How to Clean &; Dry Your Pillows

22. Book Holiday Tree

22. Turkey, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Panini

23. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Popsicles

24. Create a scrapbook layout based on this sketch

25. Gluten-free Chocolate Donuts with Cookie Dough Frosting

26. Buy this T-shirt Display Frame

27. Fruit and Herb-Flavored Water

28. No-Bake S'mores Protein Bars

29. Roasted Smashed Potatoes

30. Chai Tai

31. Do a Mario Batali Food Tour in Greenwich Village

32. Read "Marketing for Introverts"

33. Breakfast Pizza (More on this tomorrow!)

34. Create Blessing Bags for homeless people in NYC

35. Valentine's Day mason jar craft

36. Get a head start on Easter cards for 2017

37. Turn tea cups into candles

Well, I didn't get done as much as I had hoped, but you've got to give me credit for getting ANYTHING done on this list with a baby at home and working part-time! I might take a Pinterest break for September, and then follow up with this list in October.

Did you guys give yourselves a Pinterest challenge, too? How did you do?