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Where Have I Been?!

7/14/2014



Hi! Long time, right? Where have I been? Well, I will post some instasnaps below as to what I have been up to. It has been a crazy last few weeks! Some good, and some bad.

I have been doing a lot of working. Haven't we all though?! Some times during the work week, I just don't want to blog. As I said before, I usually do not pre-post my blogs. I used to, but I like doing them as my life is happening.

My kiddo was out of town with the grandparents for a week. Two weeks ago. So, my hubby and I decided to go to the Atlanta Zoo. We used to dork out, and go to the zoo as dates, when we were dating. I might have cried when I saw the panda bears. We are going to take the kiddo back before he goes back to school. Despite being in Florida, he thought it was a bit unfair we went without him.

We rounded up the weekend by making it back to town just in time to watch fireworks. I LOVE fireworks! We snuggled down in the car and watched them. It was a wonderful day! It was kinda cool being just husband and wife for a week. We got pregnant a month after being married, and never really have experienced just being married. Although, I missed my kid so much it hurt!!

Photo 1 and 2 here are of the same event. Once Z got back from FL, he couldn't wait to see his best friend (cousin). Well, they couldn't wait to see each other! Before Z left, these two planned a fireworks and cook out party. That's right. They schemed and came up with it on their own. Leaving the parents and grandparents to put it on.....we did. That is how we roll! It was hands down the best family get-together I've ever been part of. It was my side of the family & Jeremy's. Hosted by my parents. There was so much good food, fireworks, and laughing. Not to mention boys running around everywhere. It went late on in the night. We didn't get to bed until midnight. Z couldn't keep his eyes open the next morning.

Although, it might just be a normal thing for him. He is not a morning person, just like his momma. Although, I will admit it. Photo 3 was right after he said, "I am not sleeepy!" In that really whining voice of his. Followed by this huge yawn and him promptly falling asleep. lol.

So, that is a little bit of what I have been up to. I will be back tomorrow with a HUGE project 52 catch up. It will be later in the day as well. My Aunt passed away Friday. My sister and I have been going up to visit her and was there right at the end. We left in order to give her girls & husband privacy. It was heart wrenching. Please keep my Uncle and 3 cousin's in your prayer. Well, not just them. There are sisters and parents in need of it as well.

I will be back tomorrow with: Inside my closet, low angle, outside, something red, movement. Sheesh. I didn't realize I was that behind on posting my project 52. Thanks for sticking with me!

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Scrapbooking Saturday 019 - Digi Scrap Designers I Love - Pixelily Designs

6/28/2014


Good afternoon! Today finds me being, just a wife. I miss my guy so much. I am really enjoying having a week to just me and the hubs! We have been Dad & Mom 9 months after we got married. :-) So, a little married time is nice!! I didn't want to not show off some digi-goodness, though!

I really didn't scrap this past week. With everything going on and swimming every day after work, scrapping took a hit. That doesn't mean I don't have anything to share though! Last week, I showed you some fun 4th of July kits and the week before introduced you to a favorite designers of mine. This week, I thought I would do volume 2 of  Digi Scrap Designers I love. Let me introduce you to

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Pixelily Designs!! I love her designs and she is a sweeite, to boot. Yep. This is another designer that I used to formally CT for. I will make it a mission to have a non-CT designer next time. That is the thing with me though. I CT for people's who designs I love. I really hated leaving her team & will apply to her next creative team call. That being said, let me introduce you to her designs! They are hands-down, some of my favorite!


As a mom of boys, this is perfect for me. One of my favorite things about Pixelily Designs, is her choice of colors. She has great themed kits as well. There is even a crown for him! :-) You can veiw/buy this kit HERE. (there is also a girl's version!)


I'm telling ya...great choice of colors!! This kit though, grabs me because, not only is it bright, it has fantastic patterned papers. One of my favorite things to utilize in scrapping, is patterned paper. Not to mention...who doesn't need a little ME TIME.


If you know La'Shawn, you know this kit is perfect for me! Truthfully, it is perfect for any scrapper. That is what scrappers do! We take tons and tons of photos! The mustache is cute, right? Click HERE photo junkie to buy/view.


Last but not least, she has a "Collecting Moments" collection. A month-to-month kit that packs in everything about that month. As a project 52-er, this is perfect for me. It is perfect for anyone doing a photo project or just wants to document what happens month-to-month. That is what scrapbooking is about, right? Documenting our lives. Click HERE to view/buy.


Great stuff, right?

Here is a layout, done by me. This is using last year's monthly collection. LIFE CAPTURED
I cannot leave out of here, without telling you that you can grab some of Pixelily Designs at a great price. She is having a summer clearance sale. The items in this sale will be gone to the archives after this sale! The sale ends at the end of this month. Don't miss out!!


There you have it. The last Scrapbooking Saturday of the month. I have some fun summer kits, designers, and layouts coming next month. Not to be missed out on. Do you have a favorite designer?! Share! I love finding new people to buy from.

Interested in getting started in digi-scrapbooking? I taught myself. Seriously! If I can do it, you can too. I got a photo editing program and looked up tutorials. There are a lot more now than there were 7 years ago. I did a lot of googling. I would suggest starting HEREHERE. There is a great collection on TUTS. From the beginning to the difficult.

Let's see who is paying attention. Here is a coupon for one person to get my Be My Guest ad space. This is the ad space where you can take part in every post. As you know, I post a lot!! There is a lot of shout outs and a guest post. Your 600 x 100 banner will be at the end of every blog post. It also comes, for a limited time, a 250x250 ad spot on my side bar! Yay! Please note, that if you chose to use the coupon code, it does not qualify for the next month free option. Ready for that coupon code? Well, here it is: M2Dscrappin

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#march2healthy - Week 3 : I found my healthy groove

6/27/2014

Me and my nephew getting our swim on!

Well, I said I wasn't going to blog anymore this week. However, I skipped last week's #march2healthy update. I did it on purpose. Week 1, I failed. Week 2, I failed again. I was quite embarresed about it and really didn't want to post another week of how I suck at getting healthy. I was not having it for 3 weeks in a row. That is nearly a month of not living up to my personal goals.

So, this week I got my rear in gear. My dad has a membership at the Elk's lodge and they have a pool. We went everyday but, Monday. I LOVE to swim. My son loves it even more. My nephews ended up coming as well. They don't care for it too much. They had fun though.

I did swim. I did some laps and raced my husband and dad. On top of that I was constantly in the deep end holding 1 to 3 boys and trying to keep afloat. Oh my at the sore legs! Trying to keep this 200lbs plus clinging kids afloat is a lot of work. There hardly wasn't a time I was kicking my legs and arms.

I must have worn my legs out this week. Last night, my husband and I, were tossing a toy football around in the pool. I think he just liked seeing me jump in my bathing suit. Nearly everything he threw to me, I had to jump for. Well, one jump I had the worse cramp in my leg that I ever had. La'Shawn down!! I couldn't move & I just ended up getting out. The dang thing still hurts today! I nearly fell into the wall getting up this morning.

I love the summer! It allows for fun working out. I might just end up having to get a membership to a gym with a pool, in the winter. I love being active that way. That has been my main problem with getting my rear in gear. I don't mind the sweating or the pain, while working out. Working out is freaking boring to me! Ugh.

Not only did I get my rear in gear nearly every day this week, I also made concious decisions on what I ate. Didn't go back for seconds . Had shakes instead of muffins. Cut down on my coffee (with cream!) and ate smaller portions. I am quite proud of myself in that aspect. I really don't beat up on myself for not being active. I can pack away the food though. They worse it is for me, the better!

I didn't set any goals for myself this week. I was just trying to kick start new habits. I did end up losing a pound though. I thought this week, I would actually set a goal. I am going to stay active and eat right this week. Let's see if I can knock off 2 lbs!

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Wordless Wednesday - #letmetakeaselfie & a GIVEAWAY!

6/25/2014

 Hi! So, I am taking it easy this week. I mentioned earlier this week, that I was just trying to make it through to the weekend. That is still the case. There is a lot going on this week. So, I thought I wouldn't stress too much about blogging. I am also a blog in the moment kinda gal. No pre-posting here. So, I will be back later. Either this week or next. I did want to stop by and let you in on the giveaway I am a part of. Not to mention my "wordless Wednesday" post...not so wordless, huh?

This is my son's selfie. he took it in order to send to his best friend (cousin) via my phone. Funny stuff!


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Insta Lately 011

6/23/2014


Good afternoon! Better late than never, for this week's insta-lately...right? I have been really busy this past weekend and today. My aunt is in the hospital on life support. :-( I really haven't been here at work. We were really close to our cousins growing up and then just faded apart. Possibly due to my parents getting a divorce and everyone moving on with their lives. That being said, they are family! I miss them. 

I am going to be short and week for this week's insta-lately. I really didn't do much last week anyway. That being said, this is what my week looked like, according to my phone. 


1. It was just like another summer week, in Georgia. Bright and sunny one moment and next thing you know a storm is blowing in. Literally blowing in! This was the view from my bedroom one day this week. Most the time, these storms, blow in and then right back out. 

2. My sisters family and mine all went over to the pastor's house Wednesday. We are part of a little start up church. I have only been going there for a few months. I think since February. However, it feels like home to me. It did from the 1st time I stepped in. I have had some bad experiences with churches in my life. So, it was nice to find a place that felt like home! 

3. swimming!! Boy, did we do a bit of that this week. Of course, not as much as Z or I would have liked. However, I got to hang out with my best friend (waaay too long since we done that) and our boys swam. This was Tuesday. Thursday we were supposed to do it again, but I got sick. Like crazy sick! Pouring sweat and nearly passing out. None the less, after church Sunday (and a really yummy lunch), Z and I went swimming again. 

So, there you go. A pretty quite week. I like them like that. I am just trying to get through this week. With everything going on & Z going on vacation (without us!) next week. Not to mention that I have 2 days off next week. It will also be just me and the hubs. Yeow! :-) 

Check back tomorrow...I might have another giveaway I am taking part in! While you are here, did you know there is a hidden coupon in one of my posts this past week? :-) If you are wanting some free advertisement, you should probably check that out.

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Scrapbooking Saturday 018 - My Picks - 4th of July

6/21/2014



Good morning or nearly afternoon! Enjoying your weekend? I am cleaning and scrapping today. Yay! Well, not the cleaning, of course!

Since we are coming up on the 4th of July, I thought I would show you my favorite 4th of July | Independence Day kits, templates, and elements. I have quite a few on my wishlist and scoured the digital scrapbooking stores and found some more...which have gone on my wishlist now. lol. The one thing about digital scrapbooking that I love, is the themed kits! I have shown you some kits last year. You can check those out HERE. Let's get into the new edition of My Picks.


I chose this one because it is packed full of goodies and there is this shabby feel to it. I especially like the map paper and the banner across the top. You can buy or view more about this kit HERE.





This one was chosen because I adore Sara Gleason's little bits and bobs collection. I love scrapping with templates and these are great. However, my favorite part of this collection is the little stamps and clipping templates. She has more, for different seasons and time of the year. They are my fav! You can buy this or view more about it HERE.




Flairs are the perfect little bits and bobs to go with your scrapbooking layouts. They also are perfect for just adding a special touch to a photo. These are my favorite flairs for the 4th of July. Check them out or buy them HERE.




I've mentioned before that I like scrapping with templates. They are great for quick scrapping or when your mojo isnt flowing. These are, hands down, my favorite 4th of July templates. They are not just a bunch of stars thrown on a page. The bottom right one looks like a flag. You can buy or check them out HERE...they are being bought by me right after I finish this post!




I love a really well done alpha. A lot of kits come with their coordinating alpha. However, a really well done alpha can really add to a page! They can make your title pop and a good title, with a well done alpha, is like the icing on the cake of your layout! This 4th of July alpha jumped out at me in the store. It isn't super fancy, but it is very well done. You know how it goes...HERE.




I chose this one because, not only is it packed full of goodies and is very well designed, the color scheme grabbed me. I like the choice of red and blue with the touch of army tan. This kit is perfect for more than 4th of July scrapping! There is banners, paint splats, and another great alpha! Check it out or buy it HERE.




This is a fun and cartoonish kit. I especially like the fireworks. Let's be honest...what 4th of July scrapping is complete, without some fireworks?!? My guys would say it isn't! They love fireworks. Even when Bug was 6 months old, he was fascinated by them. I thought he would be scared, but he wasn't. This is last but not least, and you can check it out and buy it HERE!

So, if you are looking for some great 4th of July | Independence Day scrapbooking kits for those holiday photos these are some suggestions for you! Of course, there are so many more out there. You can just go to the store and search for "4th of July", "Independence Day", or "Patriotic". That is how I found all of these.

So, now I am back to scrapping and washing clothes. Anyone want to come do the cleaning part for me? I now have lots of scrapping mojo! :-)

Interested in getting started in digi-scrapbooking? I taught myself. Seriously! If I can do it, you can too. I got a photo editing program and looked up tutorials. There are a lot more now than there were 7 years ago. I did a lot of googling. I would suggest starting HERE &  HERE. There is a great collection on TUTS. From the beginning to the difficult. 

Let's see who is paying attention. Here is a coupon for one person to get my Be My Guest ad space. This is the ad space where you can take part in every post. As you know, I post a lot!! There is a lot of shout outs and a guest post. Your 600 x 100 banner will be at the end of every blog post. It also comes, for a limited time, a 250x250 ad spot on my side bar! Yay! Please note, that if you chose to use the coupon code, it does not qualify for the next month free option. Ready for that coupon code? Well, here it is: M2Dscrappin 

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Project 52 - Week 24 - Black & White

6/19/2014



Hi!
I am on lunch and I thought that blogging seemed to be in order.  I need to post my project 52, anyway. :-) This week's was and wasn't hard for me. "Black & White". If you met me in person, you would realize that I wear black and I wear white. Pretty much the only colors I wear. I do pepper yellow (favorite color) and red (go Dawgs!), from time to time. That being said, it is usually always black and white. So, I thought that I would capture that. The hard part came when trying to figure out what to photograph. I am not really up for taking photos of myself at the moment. Just kinda down on La'Shawn. Photographs really do not help. So, when I was putting my shoes on one morning, it dawned on me what I wanted to take to portray my love of wearing black and white. 

Some might have noticed there isnt a week 23. There is, I will post it next week. It is on another camera.

 So, there you go. Black and white. I am not much for shoes. I have black ones, brown ones, every color flip flop you can imagine, and these. My most comfortable shoes! Of course, they match my clothes...always with the black and white. :-) 

Now, it is your turn! It is never too late to start taking photos and documenting your life. Just because it is a project 52, doesn't mean you cannot join in now! You know, a project 28! :-) Document the rest of your year.


Here are the "rules" for this P52
- There are no rules when it comes to taking your photo
- Link back up here (right now it is just in the comment section)
- If you will, link back to this blog. You can use the button HERE if you like
- Show some love for anyone else taking part.

Here are the prompts for the Project 52 (P52):


xoxo, 
La'Shawn


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