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Scrapbooking Saturday 021 | Designers I Love - Two Tiny Turtles

8/16/2014



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....

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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

8/13/2014



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

8/02/2014


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

credits:
Stay Cool Collection by Bella Gypsy Designs
and
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

8/01/2014

Get a room!! :-)
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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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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