Favorite Instagram Photo(s) | #blogtober14


Hey, You! 
This is going to be short and sweet. It isn't really an Insta-Lately post. However, today's #blogtober14 prompt is about my favorite photo that I have posted to instagram. So, that header seemed appropriate.  By the way, I don't just have one...I have 4! Here they are...in no paticular order: 

One summer Monday morning. I was working 3rd. He wanted to play in the sprinklers.

Spring 2013...the 1st really warm day of the season. We were ready for summer!

He feels like he can conquer any fear with Daddy by his side.

A Day at work with Mommy. He couldn't figure out why I did this all day.

So, there you have it. My favorite 4 instagram photos. Now, I am off to go pick some apples!

Helene in Between Blogtober

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The One Thing I Cannot Live Without


TGIF!! This week has flown by. Not that I am ready for the weekend. We are going apple picking tomorrow. Super excited about that. Let me tell you what happened yesterday! ........

Someone LOST THEIR FIRST TOOTH!! How awesome is that.  I love watching my baby grow up before my eyes. However, this week I have gone from Mommy to Mom. He will not let me help him with ANYTHING anymore and then he lost his first tooth. According to him, he is becoming a man. That's right. A man. It went a little like this (exactly): 

Bug: Today is the best day ever!
Me: Why is that bub?
Bug: I lost my tooth and turning into a man.
Me: WHAT?!
Bug: Yep! I cannot wait for the tooth fairy to come!

So...maybe not growing into a man yet. You know, waiting on the tooth fairy and all. However, to him, he is one step closer to being a man. I don't know what I am going to do with him. 

So, I really am here to blog along with #blogtober14. Today's prompt is about the one thing I cannot live without. Of course besides my better half and snaggle tooth up there, there really is only one thing I cannot live without. Well, I am lumping two things into one. 

My Camera & my computer!! If you know me for about a half a minute, you know that I love panda bears, the color yellow, and documenting my life. I am an avid scrapbooker and photo taker. The 1st year of Bug's life he probably had more photos taken of him than I had in my entire life to that point. I love being able to have something to pass on. At least, hopefully, for a few generations we will be remembered. I am THAT mom following my kid around with a camera. 

So, there you have it. The things I cannot live without. (I almost went with coffee. lol) What can you not live without?

Helene in Between Blogtober

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Blog-tober Day 2


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Good morning!! In October, blogs across the land, paticapate in "Blogtober". Where you blog every day for that month. I've taken a little break from blogging, but thought it would be fun to partake in #blogtober14!! I missed yesterday, so I am just going to jump straight to day two.

Day two: Dream job when you were little/What is it now?

I've wanted to be many things in my life. Usually they all were super dorky. Sadly, I didn't finish college. I do not regret anything in my life. It has all lead me up to where I am today. However, given the chance, I would go back to college.

When I was younger I wanted to be a zoologist (panda bears!!), an archeologist (Egypt!!), a writer, a teacher, and a historian. I was actually in school studying history when I dropped out. I still nerd out and enjoy all these things. I love going to the zoos, watching and reading about history (especially Egypt), and would still love to teach. Unless it is my son. Our matching personalities make that super difficult.

I am 31 years old and do not have a college education. What is my dream job now? It used to be that I wanted to be a stay at home mom. Now that Bug is going on 7, that dream has diminished some. I think, given the chance, I would go back to college and end up getting my interpreters license for the hearing impaired. I've always loved communication, learning, and taking part in the ASL community. So, that is what I would do. Which is strange, I was talking to the hubby about that last night!

So, there you go. Day two blogtober and a little bit about me. If you want to partake in this, HERE is the link for the info and topics.

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Scrapbooking Saturday 021 | Designers I Love - Two Tiny Turtles


Good afternoon! See, I told you I wouldn't be gone too long this time around. Today, I thought I would drop by and introduce you to a digital scrapbooking designer that I love. I am not on their CT and I am not getting any kind of reward for doing this. I just genually love the designs of some of the designers out there, and tought I would share. So, here is this month's designer I love....

I am a fan of Two Tiny Turtles for many reasons. One being that I love scrapping with templates and she has some of my favorite ones out there. They are fun, funky, and clustery! I love clusters of elements on my page. Not to mention that her kits....too cute!! Want some examples? I thought so.

You can purchase this HERE.

You can purchase this HERE.
You can purchase this HERE.
You can purchase this HERE.
See why I really enjoy her designs? A lot of times the kits and templates out there can start looking the same. I am not a designer. I can only speculate as to why. Two Tiny Turtles' designs stand out to me. They are orginal and fun. They have fun color schemes and not to mention themes. I am always on a look out when she puts out something new. 

I am not just blowing smoke. I scrap with the designers that I feature on my blog. Here is one of my layouts using one of her designs. You can click HERE for full credits. Now...go get your scrapping on!

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Back to School & Back to Blogging


Good morning!! I sent my kiddo off to school this morning and drug my rear to work. It is the 1st day of 1st grade for my not so little one. I am not one of those parents that cry at my child's milestones. Don't get me wrong, I think there is absolutely nothing wrong with crying! I just never have (and I am a crier!) Instead, I get a sense of pride and another milestone reached and how independent he is becoming. I told my husband this morning, that I probably will cry when he starts high school. That is the last few years of your kid being a kid!

The reason I haven't been around on here is because I have been living up the last few weeks of summer break. I did lax on my project 52. I am sorry for those who were keeping up with me. I am just going to call it bust this year. I am going to think of something to do next year. Another photo project. Back to living up the last few weeks. What did we do?

We celebrated Jeremy's 30th birthday...3 months after it.

Went to the GA aquarium!

Had a few "go to work with mommy" days. The tent was my boss' idea!

Jeremy & I went to the ATL zoo while Z was in FL....PANDA BEARS!!

Had a great (but hot!) time at VBS.

Did a LOT of swimming

and had a family party.
The summer break was a lot of fun. I enjoyed spending so much time with my guys. We are ready for Autumn to officially get here though. Z and I are big Autumn fans. HALLOWEEN & FOOTBALL!! So, with all that being said, enjoy your last bit of summer. I wont be gone as long this time.

Enjoy your kid free days!!

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Scrapbooking Saturday 020 | Layout Catch-Up


Good morning!! I am sure you can tell that I have been on a bit of a hiatus. I am sorry for the people that I have disapointed with the Project 52. I am going to be on a hiatus for a bit. Well, as far as everyday blogging goes. At least until the kiddo starts back to school. I will be here most every Saturday to talk and share some awesome scrapbooking goodies. Where I slacked on blogging, I have picked it up on scrapping. :-) This week, I am going to show some of my latest layouts.

credits: Weird is Rad-Kit by Meghan Mullens & Studio Basic Designs and Little Bits Of Life - Template Pack 2 by Aprilisa Designs

My sweet nephew credits: Some Kind of Wonderful by Bella Gypsy Designs Be My Baby by Bella Gypsy Designs and Fuss Free: Shabby Boho 2 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs

My shutterbug! credits: Make Memories Collection by Bella Gypsy Designs Make Memories Add On by Bella Gypsy Designs and The Write Stuff by Little Green Frog Designs

Stay Cool Collection by Bella Gypsy Designs
I Love You Infinity by Little Green Frog Designs

credits: A Happy Family: Water Days by Traci Reed and Shawna Clingerman and Picture Perfect 66 by Aprlisa Designs

So, there you go. Some of the fun layouts I have done here of late. Some of them are not even CT related. I just sat down and scrapped with my huge kit collection. It was a lot of fun. I forgot how much fun it was. All these designers are in my top 10 favorite designers. Including the ladies I CT for. If you want to know more about them, I will happily give you the info. You can check out more of my layouts and all credits HERE.

Happy Scrapping!!

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3 Secrets to a Happy Marriage by March to December


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Hi! I am La'Shawn. I blog over at March to December. I am very excited to be guest blogging here at Never the Same Spice Twice. Stephanie's blog was one of the very first that I sponsored and a blog that I read daily. I really wasn't sure what to blog about today. I am no cook! I promise you that. I then had someone ask me, "What is your and J's secret?"

That got me thinking. We have only been married for nearly 8 years. To some that is a drop in a bucket. To others, that is huge! I am not sure where I stand. However, we are happy! We are not trudging through life just making it. We are happy, and I guess it shows. He and I have been asked this more than once.

Don't get me wrong. We have our ups & downs...what couple doesn't?! I like to think we have more ups than downs though. Believe it or not, it is the little things that make our world go round. These "secrets" are not really secrets. I bet you guys know them! That being said, sometimes we all need a little reminder about the things we know.

Secret #1:  LAUGH! 

Laughing is good medicine! I have seen all kinds of articles out there about what the power of laughing does for individuals (and couples). My husband (and now kid), seem to make it their mission to have us laughing at all times! Be it funny jokes, being silly, or jumping out and scaring one another. There isnt a day that goes by that we are not laughing, most of it! You will find it hard to argue, think negative thoughts, or worse if you are laughing!

Secret #2: Forgive
I know that is easier said than done. I am no way saying, forget. I am only saying that we are human. Your spouse/significant other is just as human as the rest of us. I come from a line of grudge holders. This one is hard for me. It seems my husband comes from a line of forgivers. I will just go ahead and say it. I am the one asking for forgiveness the most. He doesn't think twice. Forgiveness is given. Big things and little things throughout our 7 year marriage and 11 year relationship. I might think twice, but always end up forgiving.

Everyone feels better in the long run. No, waiting for that shoe to drop. No, fighting over it. No, trudging it all back up. Forgive, learn, and move on. Most things, we are not going to forget. We shouldn't. Use them as learning points in your relationship...stepping stones to the next best part of said relationship.

Secret #3: Don't Nag!

I take great pride in the fact that I don't nag. I really didn't realize that I did, until my husband pointed out that it was one of my best qualities. lol. Hi! I am La'Shawn & I don't nag. :-) Yes, our spouses (especially men!) are not always going to jump right up and tackle the Honey Do list. They might drag their behinds on one simple task you asked them to do. I don't know about you....I am not perfect and I drag rear from time to time often as well!

I don't know any person that enjoys being nagged at. There is no real since of accomplishment when said task is done. There is a since of "Now she/he will be quite about it!" That isn't a good feeling on anyone's part. By the way, you likely could do the same thing you are nagging your spouse about. I understand there are some limits to that. I also understand we all work (inside and outside the house) as well. "Could you just do this one thing for me?!" If it is that important, do it yourself. ;-) I say that with all the blogging love I can muster. I promise you. In the long run, your spouse will notice and will thank you for it. Because, let's be honest. Who wants to be that nagging person and who wants to be nagged?

There you go. Those are my secrets to a happy marriage. I hope I didn't offend anyone. That wasn't my intention. Take them to heart. Throw them away. Whatever you like. I just thought I would share. :-) Sometimes all anyone needs, is a little reminder.

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