Friday, March 18, 2011

Calling All Colors

You are being warned. I now have a way to use you to your full potential and I can't wait to get started.
I bought a color wheel the other day because I thought it would help with the whole process of scrapbooking. My main issue is that I second guess the layout over and over again. I lack the ability to truely visualize something in my head and make it happen in real life.

I googled how to use the color wheel because I obviously was not paying much attention in Art class in school. And to my surprise found an awesome site. Let me rephrase that, I saw an awesome portion of a site I frequent often that I never even knew existed. It is called Scrap By Color!. Basically it is the exact same thing as my color wheel I bought except 1) it is online. 2) I can upload the pic I plan to scrapbook and it will give me color ideas based on the colors in the pic. And 3) it tells me which colors would look best based on the color wheel. Did I mention it was online :D I love that I am able to plan the page, the color scheme at least, online so that it leaves less to figure out and hopefully help me scrapbook more pages.

Check it out yourself here.

I know what I plan on doing tomorrow. :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

So today was not as cool for me as it used to be. But hopefully it was for the kids. :D

We started out the morning with a fun twist to breakfast. For one I got up early enough to cook for them which is amazing all by itself. I fixed them Green Eggs and Bacon. They look really nasty when you put the food coloring in it.
 It looked a lot better once they were done and the kids liked it. Sam did not like that his milk was Green, even though it is his favorite color, and wouldn't drink it.

Based on info I researched online about giving babies eggs, I fed some to Gabe as well (there are no known egg allergies in our families). He gave his approval as well.

For their afterschool snack I found a recipe for Easy 1-2-3 Shamrock Milk Shake that I thought they would enjoy. Served with extra chocolate cookies. I don't think they really liked it at all, except for the cookies. Alex and Sam said they liked it but didn't drink much and TJ said he didn't like it at all. So I think next year I find a different fun drink to share with the kiddos.

The boys had a baseball scrimmage tonight. I love baseball season and can't wait for the games to start.

For dinner I wanted to make an authentic Irish meal but had to find one that I thought the family would enjoy as well as not take forever to make. So I made Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage. It was DELICIOUS. And definitely something I will make again.

Overall the day was pretty good. Can't wait until next year.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sooo Happy!!!

All the pics that I thought I lost back in May, I found. Well they weren't lost so to speak but I couldn't access them. I had all the pics on a disc that for whatever reason I am no longer able to see on my computer. I decided to try the boys' computer again just to try it and was so exstatic that all the pics were there. Now I just need to get a new CD so that I can view them on my PC too.

Better yet, I just need to invest in an external hard drive. :P

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Almost 2 months!!!

Since I last posted. That is not good. What is also not good is that not only am I slacing off with the blog but I have slacked off with the coupons too. I plan to get those in order tonight while catching up on some TV shows.

Gabe is 8 months now and started to crawl. Well, not really crawling but more like a military style commando crawl. It is too cute and he is pretty darned fast. We have kind of hit a small speed bump because he has stopped eating baby food. He doesn't seem to show an interest in it anymore, at least not with me. He did eat pretty good for my sis today so I think he just doesn't want me to feed him. He would rather nurse. I don't blame him though, I enjoy the bonding we get. He is an awesome little Peanut in the mixed nuts that I call my family. :D

Friday, January 7, 2011

So much for blogging everyday

I have been having issues with my Internet service for about a year now. It is off and on issues but within the last few months it had gotten progressively worse that about every 15-20 minutes I would get this error message about rebooting the system.

Can I tell you how annoying that is? I am just glad that I made it through the semester of school before it started to get worse. I finally got fed up with it and called the company. After troubleshooting over the phone, AGAIN, the nice young lady said that I needed a new modem but unfortunately it was going to cost me. OF course it was.

I got the new modem yesterday and finally got around to installing it today. I am in l♥ve!!! After getting it installed and setup I went and started messing with our home network. Don't worry nothing major, just putting names to the correct IP addresses. Tomorrow I plan to fix it to share files throughout hte computers. I guess I am a slight nerd at heart. :)

Crossing my fingers that this really was the cause of the connectivity issue. If not, we are going to be out more than $60.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Holy TP Batman

Sooo...thanks to my new love of We Use Coupons I am trying my hand at the whole CVS game again. I had tried it once before but never able to do as well as others I knew.

The whole idea is to go in and spend as little out of pocket (OOP) as possible. It is also important to try and get more ECB's (extra care bucks) to use towards future purchases which help to reduce total OOP.

So with this being said, there was a deal on toilet paper and a few other items that if you purchased $25 of product you get back $10 ECB. For a "first time" I think I did pretty good.

1st Transaction
1 Quilted Northern 12 double rolls - $7
2 Angel Soft 24 rolls - $9.99 ea
- $0.50 Northern
- (2) $0.50 Angel Soft
OOP = $27.64 ($0.38 per roll --where double roll is counted as 2 rolls)
ECB received = $10

2nd Transactions
(2) Huggies jumbo diapers 36ct - $8.99 ea
- $10 ECB
- $3 manufacturer coupon
- $2.50 manu. q
- $1 ECB
OOP = $2.84
ECB received = $1

Although I did need TP,I now have a mini stockpile,  the diapers are the real score here... $0.04 per diaper :)

Looking forward to more CVS deals.

Monday, January 3, 2011

And here's to weightloss

Gabriel is 6 months now and I have not gotten back to my pre-preggy weight. *crys* I have people tell me that I look great and that I look like I am losing the weight, which makes me feel good, but I don't see it. Mainly because that scale is just not budging with the numbers. :( Maybe it is broke ;)

I use MyFitnessPal for their calorie counter and wouldn't you know it, they have an app for my phone that will allow me to track my calorie intake/burned while I am out and about. (Woot Woot) I also found out that because I nurse my son, I am burning up to 500 calories per day. So that means that I get to eat 2080 calories per day versus the 1580 they reccomended for height and weight. Unfortunately, this being the first day of me counting calories, I have went over my limit by 126 calories :( Not too bad but I definitely need to rethink what I am eating. I also need to remember to spread my food intake throughout the day so I don't snack a lot. Oh and drink more water.

Does tea count as water intake? Hmm.

Well it is only day 1 and I have not started adding in exercise yet either so we will see. 35 lb. in 5 months. I think I can do it.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

It's Clean!!!

But for how long? That is the question. After church today I worked on cleaning my office while everyone else took a nap. It only took me about 2 hours so not too bad.

Here are the after shots.
Interesting how less cramped it looks after cleaning up the clutter. LOL

Now that my scroffice is nice and clean I can get started on my layouts. First step, Sam's 1 year album. I already have the pics printed out in 4x6 prints and I found this awesome blog, Got Sketch?, that has a bunch of sketches of layouts using 4x6 photos. She has other sketches too but the 4x6 LO's is how I found her blog.

I will show some pics of finished pages as I go along.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!!!!

Hope everyone's 2011 has started the New Year off right. We had a good day today. We of course watched the ball drop at midnight then watched a movie. A Man Apart with Vin Diesel and Lorenz Tate. It was a really good movie. Slept in til 10am and then went to celebrate the 40th birthday of a good friend of ours.

Now hubby is watching the college games like he has since we got home and I am playing on the Internet, go figure.

I should straighten my scrapbooking table up so I can get started on Resolution #2: Scrapbook 5-7 pages a week and Resolution #3: Catch up on scrapbooking. Matter of fact I think I will do that.

Here is the before of the clutter.