Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Holiday Cards

 This cute Thanksgiving card was made by my sister-in-law at one of our card clubs. It is so simple and so cute! She used fingerprints to form the turkey. She used 4 different colors of ink for the body and the feathers. Googly eyes were glued onto the body and feet were drawn with a sharpie. In the right corner of the card she stamped "give thanks". To complete the card she tied a piece of raffia around the top. Voila! Simple, fast and cute!
 I cute out the legs and feet for this card on my silhouette machine ... another invention I am in love with. Everything was glued onto a glittery green card.
I can thank my silhouette again for this lovely treat. A paper casket with a bat. I filled each casket with a couple of tootsie rolls and gave them to the women in my card club.


One way I show my appreciation to others is to make home-made cards. It is a way for me to inexpensively say thank you or get well. Cards come in many shapes and sizes, but each one says "I care" because I took the time to make it just for you! Here are some of the cards I have made.


Earlier I told you about cozi.com and how much I love love it. Well, I have another love in my life and this one is Pinterest.com. I enjoy browsing the internet for gift ideas, upcoming holiday decorating ideas and DIY - do it yourself- projects. Over the years I have found lots of ideas and you know.....I can't remember a one. Without anywhere to collect these ideas I lost them. Pinterest is the online revolution to organizing and collecting the ideas you find on-line.

Pinterest allows you to organize into categories and "pin" or save ideas from other blogs or websites. This has revolutionized on-line browsing! I love it. Give it try and see how much you love it. WARNING: Not responsible for those who just can't shut off their computers after finding this website:) Happy hunting!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Moms Who "Do"

When I was pregnant with my first child, a friend told me my life was about to drastically change and that I would not be able to do anything that I was currently doing. Her experience was that once a child came into your life, biking, hiking, running, etc. went right out the back door. It was at that moment that I vowed to never become a mom who "couldn't do it" because I had children.

Equipment, equipment, equipment! This is the secret. Plan now to purchase that bike turn stroller or the baby backpack. My personal favorites have been our Chariot bike trailer (we also purchased the cross-country ski attachment and jogger attachment) and my Kelty kids child carrier with sun shield. We have used these pieces of equipment through 3 children and they are still in great shape. The cost up front is a bit high, but considering how much use we have gotten out of them and how long they have lasted, it was worth every penny! Having the proper gear is the first step to adopting the mindset that family recreation is not only doable, but enjoyable for all.