Sunday, April 29, 2012

Stylin' and Profilin'

Hi everyone!!

The other day I had a layout go live on Artful Delight's blog! This is using Artful Delight's April kit!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this kit!! And I wanted to share it here too!!

And last night we went to a carnival that was going on at a local church and I wanted to share some pics!

And we won some prizes!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

Friday, April 27, 2012


Hi everyone!!
 Today on Nikki Sivils blog --- we are doing a cross promo with Glue Arts!! Head on over and see everyone's projects and enter to win a prize!!

Here is my layout I made using Nikki Sivils Noah collection and Glue Arts!

This is little Adam.... and I just have to tell you this story....

The journaling reads:

"One Sunday morning Adam and I were walking to the convenience store next to our apartment. 

Adam turns to me and says, "Mom, since we are outside, can I use my outside voice?" 

"Um...sure" I say - not knowing what he had in mind...

Next thing I know, Adam is yelling "HELP!!" at the top of his lungs!

OMYGOSH! I freaked out! 

I had NO wallet on me, NO ID, NO pics of Adam on me to prove he was mine...and I was so afraid someone was going to think I was hurting him! 

I laugh about it now - but not then!  

Sorry for the bad quality pics of little Adam... these were taken in my old apartment wayyyyy before I had a digital camera! LOL!!

Also today I wanted to share a layout that I made for the Blue Moon blog!! (It went live last night...I would love it if you could take a moment and visit me there too!)

The products I used will be listed on the Blue Moon blog

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thank you and Helmar!!!!

Hi everyone!!

Just dropping in real quick today to say THANK YOU for all your love, support and encouragement on my "Being Ugly Matters" post... your heartfelt stories of your children and your OWN childhood stories touched me in such a loving way... and I can't thank you enough for sharing with me... {{{hugs}}} to all of you!!!!

Also I wanted to share that yesterday it was announced that I am a part of the Helmar Design Team!!!!! EEEEEEKKKKKKK!!! So excited!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Being Ugly Matters....

Hi everyone...

Thanks to all that left me some love on the my exciting news yesterday!! I truly appreciate it!!!

I recently got some new Webster's Pages papers from and the topic of bullying has been weighing on my mind A LOT lately... too many kids are taking their lives because of being bullied... and it compelled me to make this layout about ME as a little kid/teenager.....

My journaling is tucked into the circle and it reads:

"Growing up is never easy.  There’s awkward growth spurts, acne, bad hair days etc. But growing up ugly seems to be harder, at least for me it was. I had glasses at 4 years old, along with a lazy eye that I got to wear an oh-so-attractive eye patch, I was taller than EVERYONE in my class, I was pigeon toed, greasy hair, crooked teeth girl.  And I was UGLY. And people knew it. Not my family. They always made me feel special and important and beautiful. But as a kid, who listens to that? 

And I was bullied. But back then, they didn’t call it bullying. They just said there were mean, ugly people in the world. And oh did those mean, ugly people find me. 

I remember the four-eyed comments, the comments about my height, I was socially unacceptable. I was picked on, poked at and really didn’t have a lot of friends. Oh and to top it all off, I was really smart and had amazing grades. Not a good combo.

There was a girl named Julie Ruiz (pronounced REESE) when I was growing up that HATED me. Why? Because people kept confusing her name with the UGLY girl Julie REEVES ( me!). She was pretty and popular, and how DARE people confuse the two of us.  I remember her chasing me home one day, as she was gonna teach me a lesson for having a name that sounded like hers. I guess I should have known better than to let our Fathers have those last names. Shame on me. 

There were other occurrences.  Being the smart kid and being ugly on top of it is never easy. But I survived it. I won’t say I am stronger for it. But I will say I survived it.  

But I have to remember something. That was then. This is now. Now I know my family was right, and I am beautiful in my own way. I may not be the skinniest, or the prettiest, or even the smartest anymore. But I know that there are people in my life who love me for me. I have kids that I am teaching to be nice to others, no matter what they look like. 

And the one thing I will always remember. Avoid those mean, ugly people. There are so many beautiful people in the world, I don’t need the mean, ugly ones."


And to go along with my exciting news yesterday...I wanted to share pics of our new house!!!!

The dining room

Brookie's room!

Adam's room!

The living room!

Family room/Great room --- aka my scrappy space!



Master Bedroom!

Master bathroom (yes! That's me in the mirror!)

Backyard! (and for those wondering....there is NO grass... that is ALL rock in the backyard... long story short... "desert landscaping" is popular in Arizona, it's cheaper than watering/maintaining grass)

2nd bathroom!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Happiness is......and EXCITING news!!!!!

Hi everyone!!
I wanted to share my layout I made for the last Lily Bee sketch!!! It was due on the 16th (I shared it on the Facebook page then) ... but I wanted to share it here too!!! 

I used the Lily Bee Double Dutch papers and stickers that were in the April Artful Delight kit!!

The journaling reads ... "Happiness is --- her happy face...her serious face....either way... I love this face" 

And and and I have the winner for my Kanban Crafts stamps!!! The winner is.......


Yay Cindy!! Please email your addy at and I will get those out to you ASAP! :)

AND my EXCITING news.............

Some of you will remember that last year, me and the family moved into a smaller/cheaper place while Brookie was continuing her surgeries....

well.... we have been able to get MOST of her surgeries done (we have about 5 more to go)...

and .....

We put a bid on a house a few nights ago.....


last night our OFFER was accepted!!!!!!!!! We signed papers Monday night and now everything is on it's way to be finalized!!!!

We will be moving in the beginning of June!!!! (Which -- if you are familiar with Arizona at all... UGH! That is one of the WORST times to move, as it's about 105 during that month!! *phew*)

So EXCITED!!!!!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)