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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Repurposed Notebook

I have a ton of old notebooks - several are branded promo items.  I decided to revamp a few of these.  Here is a mini-notebook that I turned into an art journal.  (The prismacolor pencil is added for size reference).  I love this because of the smaller size - I can take it with me virtually anywhere.  I also love the funky lettering, motivating statements, contrast of the black against the colorful painted background and the overall aesthetics.

How To:
This is a very quick and simple project that you can make using scraps.  I used painted paper created on my gelli plate, mixed media stickers, washi tape, black cardstock, cardstock letter stickers and metallic gold rub-on shapes.

the painted paper was trimmed to size and mounted on the cover.  Then I decorated until I was happy with the end result.

Here is the inside - an art card that I made a while back mounted on the inside cover.  On the next page you can see a list of planned projects and my dirty little secret - (I have horrible penmanship).

I have made other repurposed notebooks from composition journals, moleskin journals, etc.  This is a quick, easy and fun project that can be given as a gift or made for personal use.  

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Drawing in colored pencil 101

I recently started drawing again but have had to basically reteach myself the basic fundamentals.  I have swatched all of the pens and pencils that I own and have been practicing different shading techniques.

At Good Will I purchased a book on bulb flowers with the intention of.using the photos to practice drawing.  I definitely need to work on better use of white space.   I also need to apply less  - the finished project had a waxy / glossy finish which means I used too much product - I either layered too much color or applied too much pressure when drawing.

The project below was completed using a variety of colored pencils and Faber Castell Pitt Pens.  I plan to finish up the top right corner but this is otherwise complete.

Original image

Initial outlining, coloring and shading

Adding more color and shading

almost finished!

Friday, May 08, 2015

Updates and Six ingredient Paleo recipe

I am still posting older posts that had to be deleted a while back tue to an issue with "unnatural inbound links".  I debated on whether or not it was worth the effort or not but decided that it was.

I decided to work from oldest through newest posts so if you see things coming through, please check the dates.  I am back dating to the original post.  Right now I am still on 2008.  regardless of how tedious this project has become I will continue to post until most of my original content is back on the blog.

Since the above is rather boring, here is something a little more fun.  Recently I have been going on and off Paleo.  I have probably lost 20 lbs total over the last year but have plateaued recently.  I also find it difficult to stick to beyond a couple of weeks

This is one of my favorite dishes - it is not only delicious, but also very simple and easy to  prepare.  I love breakfast but cannot eat first thing in the morning so usually I prepare this for brunch or dinner.

- 2 - 3 eggs, scrambled (tip: add water, not milk, to make your eggs light and fluffy)
- chopped tomato I used about a half of a large tomato
- 1/2 an avocado, sliced
sea salt and course ground pepper to taste.
- hot sauce  I used Sriracha but for someone that is on a strict Paleo diet, stick with regular hot sauce (or no hot sauce) as Sriracha contains sugar.

Bon appetit!

Saturday, May 02, 2015

"Graduation Day with Mom and Dad" chalkboard themed layout

I have not posted much lately.  Blogging really has fallen to the bottom of the priority list.  Between work, my kids activities and my other interests, I just do not have the time or passion that I used to have.  

Lately I have been doing more mixed media / fine art but still occasionally scrapbook.   I worked for a couple of months on this album and wanted to share double layout.  

I made a graduation scrapbook for my DD.  This is one of my favorite layouts.  The pages both have an abundance of layers but these did not photograph with as much depth and dimension as I would have liked.  The entire album was created with chalkboard themed paper and embellishments.  By the time I was finished I was completely over this trend but overall I was happy with the results.

National Scrapbooking Day is today so it is an appropriate time to share!  Please feel free to linkup in the comments section any recent projects that you may have completed.  

Friday, February 13, 2015

What is the most popular post on Momanthology?

It would be this gem >  CLICK HERE

Apparently this is much more common than I thought when I initially posted.  I do appreciate the comment from Charles which gives a great scientific explanation.   Thanks Charles!!!! :) 

2015 updates

It has been so long since I posted so I am sharing several random musings.  Sorry for the long post!

I am still in the process of re-posting old reviews.  It is tedious but I did figure out how to backdate these to the original date they were published.

What else has been going on?   I have been very busy at work -  after the first of the year my work load increased significantly (as did everyone else's).  This was expected and I have been trying to get as much done as quickly as possible to avoid becoming buried because new work will continue to come in.  I have been in my current role for close to a year.  Leaving the company that I worked at for 15 plus years was a bit of a journey but in the end it could not have worked out better.  I love the company I now work for and feel very fortunate.

On to the family...  I look back at earlier posts from 6 years ago and I cannot believe how quickly the girls have grown:

- Miss C. left home over the holidays to live with her girlfriend and is busy living her own life.  

- Miss N. has a boyfriend.

- Miss E is 21 mos younger than Miss N but has surpassed her in weight, height and shoe size!  Miss N. has always been tiny for her age but she has leveled off.  I am thinking that she should have one more decent growth spurt but only time will tell.

The girls are back in soccer already.Below is a recent picture of  Miss N., 14, and Miss E., 12,  taken at the mall around x-mas time.  This picture cracks me up - both are wearing Hollister jeans, Ugg boots and Victoria's Secret shirts.   I did not buy them these - I refuse to spend a fortune on kid's clothes for the brand name.  That is where their grandmas step in - they do not have the same objections I do :)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Rainbow Loom Layout

Here is a fun Project Life layout I did of the Rainbow Loom craze with a plain sheet of rainbow paper on the left.   X-mas 2013 she received a tote that held 3 - 4 plastic organizers and plenty of bands to fill it up.  What fun it was sorting thousands of bands (NOT!).  I ended up doing most of the work but it was a labor of love and I love the picture of her little hand sorting the bands.

Miss E. loved making bracelets on her loom and you could find her weaving away any day of the week.  She still does love making the bracelets, but not obsessively like she did about a year ago :)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Get Your Betty On - Review and Giveaway

I have a long standing partnership with Betty Crocker and am pleased to be sharing another fantastic giveaway with my readers.

I have been blogging since 2008 and during that time I have worked extensively with Betty Crocker and General Mills.  I have shared this before but for those of you who are new, in 2010 I was one of an extremely fortunate, select group of bloggers who was invited up to the General Mills facility to tour the campus, learn about the company and bake in the test kitchens.  I am not really sure how I got invited because I am a home baker - most of the ladies I shared this adventure with were hard core bakers :)  Regardless, I had such a wonderful experience that I will treasure forever.

Here are a couple of pictures from the event:

Me!  Posing as Betty Crocker
Photo Credit Matt Holland

Baking with Betty Bloggers
Photo Credit Matt Holland

The Betty Crocker name has always been synonymous with baking to me - I inherited my grandmother's 1960's Betty Crocker cookbook and it is my absolute favorite one.  I refer to it quite often - especially when I bake from scratch.

Thanks to Betty Crocker am thrilled to be sharing another awesome giveaway - #GetYourBettyOn.

This holiday season make sure to set aside time for baking.  It is a tradition in our house.  I love making frosted xmas cookies, pizzelles and pumpkin bread.  I also usually try to bake a new recipe.

Betty Crocker created a basket filled with baking goodies for me and one lucky reader. The basket  includes:
- Kitchen tablet stand
- Betty Crocker™ Mixing Spoon
- Betty Crocker™ Oven Mitt
- “Get Your Betty On” Apron
- Gingerbread Cookie Cutter
- Betty Crocker™ Sugar Cookie Mix
- Betty Crocker™ Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
- Betty Crocker™ Whipped Vanilla Frosting
-  Betty Crocker™ Holiday Recipe Booklet 2014 – featuring The Top 10 Cookie Decorating Ideas of 2014

I look forward to trying one of these recipes when I bake next weekend.  I WOULD have already tried one and shared it with you but my kiddos already baked both the Betty Crocker™ Sugar Cookies AND the Betty Crocker™ Chocolate Chip Cookies (both of which were delicious by the way)!

Here are just a few of the recipes you can try:
- Holiday Blossom Cookies
- Cookie Wreaths
- Melting Snowman Cookies

The fine folks at Betty Crocker are all about sharing the memories of baking cookies with kids this season, and pulled together a helpful online Kid's Cookie Corner featuring their Top 10 cookies for kids and short, inspirational/how-to videos on each.
This will be a quick giveaway.  I will select a winner next Monday (12-22) so make sure to  #GetYourBettyOn and check it out!

To enter to win, you must follow me via one one of my pages (blogger, twitter, facebook, google plus, etc).  To win, simply post how you follow me and your favorite holiday recipe from Betty Crocker.  Once you have done that, fill out the rafflecopter form below.  Extra entries are available!

Thank you to Betty Crocker for this review and Giveaway opportunity!  

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Disclosure:  I did receive a gift basket for review purposes.  I did not receive monetary compensation nor was I required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

2014 Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas (Kids) - Review

I love reviewing products or simply sharing great finds with readers.  Here are some amazing last minute gift ideas for children.

Jump on the "Frozen" bandwagon.  If you celebrate Halloween I am sure that you lost count of the number of Elsas that ran into.  If you are looking for a fantastic Frozen themed gift, look no further!  · Disney Frozen Poster-A-Page: Magical Moments is a fantastic gift for kids.

With wintry scenes and cherished characters, this book follows Anna and Kristoff as they encounter Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman, in their epic journey to find Elsa.

This book is really great - each page features a different scene.  The book is thick and heavy so there are a ton of pages to thumb through.   There are character and story synopsisis through the book and the images are also suitable for cutting, cropping and hanging on a wall.  Miss E. claimed this for herself and loves it!

Disney Frozen Poster-A-Page is currently available on   If you are a prime member, get it within 2 days!

Not a Frozen fan or have a little boy that prefers sci fi?  Star Wars Poster-A-Page: The Skywalker Saga is a great option also.   Someone at work has a little Star Wars fanatic so he was the lucky recipent of this book.    If you are interested in buying you can also use the Amazon coupon code for this purchase

Check out the fantastic deal below posted today (12/13/2014) that expires tomorrow.  This could be used on either book!

  • Take an Extra 25% Off Any Book: Use promo code BOOKDEAL25 at checkout to get an extra 25% off any book for a limited time. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks. Restrictions apply.Learn more.
If you are more interested in games than books, here is fun option. Battle Sheep Game is involves strategy and is great for kids and adults. I sort of works the opposite of checkers. Each player starts off with a stack and the idea is to split the stack and try to occupy as much of the board as possible. The strategy comes in with determining how you will split your stack, how you plan to occupy the board and how you try to block your opponent.

What I like about this game is that it is something the entire family can play.  It is fun for kids but challenging enough that adults or older kids will not get bored. For more info watch the informative video below or visit the following link.   Battle Sheep Game is currently available on on sale (12/13/2014).   Prices may be subject to change so if interested act quickly!

Disclosure:  I received sample products for review purposes.  I did not receive any form of compensation and I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

General Mills "Cereal Box Prize" Review and Giveaway

Growing up I remember fighting with my brother over who got the toy in the Cereal Box.  I don't remember how we worked it out but I recall having my fair share of prizes.  

Right now each participating brand of General Mills cereals is offering a free Mega Bloks car with a set of Hello Kitty and Power Rangers stickers and instructions to cut out a pattern to construct a cardboard jump from the cereal box. This car is COMPLETELY customizable.   Let the arguments commence!  

When we received our sample, Miss E. opened the box and found the toy.  At first she was upset because the car was completely bare.  I explained that she could decorate the car - she then noticed the "Hello Kitty" stickers and her eyes lit up.  We are both big fans of Hello Kitty :)  Within minutes we had a completely jazzed up car!

Oh, and a great way to prevent those pesky arguments?  Buy two boxes!

This promotion is running through Monday 12/01.  While you are out holiday shopping this weekend, don't forget to stop for groceries!  Make sure to pick up a box of your favorite General Mills Cereal.

Participating Brands:
- Honey Nut Cheerios
- Reese’s Puffs
- Cocoa Puffs
- Lucky Charms
- Golden Grahams
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch

For a little fun, check out the video below!  General Mills partnered with Maker Dad – Mark Frauenfelder – to rev up the breakfast table with a Rube Goldberg style contraption seen in this video made entirely of General Mills Mega Bloks cereal boxes. 

Thanks to General Mills I have a giveaway for my readers - One lucky, random winner will receive a a $50 Target gift card, an exclusive Mega Bloks collective car kit and participating Mega Bloks cereal boxes. 

If you would like to enter to win, please follow the prompts in the rafflecopter form below:

Disclosure - I was provided with products to review as well as a prize pack for my readers.  I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.  

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