Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Year In Review

Jeez, it's almost February. I was thinking about what I've been doing this month. Wanted to mention the great class that sis and I took at Ever After Scrapbooks. It was our first time at the new location. Loved it! The class was called a Year in Review and was created and taught by Dawn Tumelty. A calendar book that you can add pics to as they happen! Absolutely darling! We got the whole 12 months done in one afternoon. Cool fun! Dawn makes incredible cookies too...mmmmgood!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Learning How to Stamp

Yesterday was fun! I took a card/stamping class with Jill Grace at Cool Scrapbook Stuff. Jill is a very creative instructor for A Muse Art Stamps. She introduced me to stamping. I've been scrapbooking for 10 years and have never taken a stamping class. I have a photo box full of stamps, ink pads, embossing powders and a lot of wishful thinking, but never actually knew what to do with them, other than the obvious and it always looked awful. Jill showed us techniques to ensure a good stamp. Loved the class and the absolutely expert cards that I (me) created. Now I know how to stamp and color it in with Copic markers. Copic markers are my new favorite tools. I also love the Elzybells stamps. Go to the website and click on Elzybells. I want the entire collection. I think I have to figure out a way to buy wholesale because I fear a new collection of stamps and Copic markers is looming in my future. I don't see how I can live without them. Thanks Grace for a ton of inspiration. I'm off to make cards with my new Elzybell stamp and two Copic markers.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Freaking Out about the Diet...

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
-- Beverly Sills

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Dieting...Whatever It Takes

One of the reasons I do this blog is so that I can have a place to put things that inspire me. I am going to attempt to lose weight this year and I am looking for anything that will help me.

52 tips to change your life in 2009
By Liz Doup, Nick Sortal and John Tanasychuk
Published in the San Diego Union Tribune

The problem with New Year's resolutions is that they're way too big.
Lose 30 pounds! Work out every day of the week! Quit eating sweets!
We've been there and we know: Big resolutions lead to big disappointments when our resolve starts to soften around Feb. 1.
So for 2009, we recommend a new tack: Start small. Very small.
With this in mind, here are 52 small tips. One for every week of the year.
We can't guarantee miracles. But we can guarantee that each small tip represents a practical and manageable change for the better.
1. Drink diet soda instead of regular.
2. Keep a packed gym bag in your car at all times. That way you're always ready to work out.
3. By noon tomorrow, do something that has you in a full sweat.
4. When you go into the boss's office, balance on one leg. It will strengthen your core.
5. Include two servings of fruit or veggies at every meal.
6. Pick out a 5K or bike ride in your community and pay your registration fee well in advance. That way you won't drop out.
7. Tell a friend that you did No. 6. Now that you opened your mouth, you gotta do it.
8. Eat from a salad plate instead of a dinner plate.
9. Don't skip breakfast. When we're hungry, we make bad choices.
10. Eat slowly.
11. Don't deny yourself a guilty pleasure. But have just a bite or two – not the whole thing.
12. Keep a food journal.
13. Sit when you eat.
14. Order one dessert and share it.
15. Only drink alcohol on the weekends.
16. If you work out in the evenings, don't stop at home from work. The mail, phone messages – and refrigerator – will still be there after your exercise.
17. Use mustard instead of mayo.
18. Keep in mind that one portion of meat is the size of a deck of cards.
19. Eat fish twice a week. Omega-3 fatty acids are good for the heart.
20. Bookmark on your computer and read it during your lunch hour.
21. Always have salad dressing on the side.
22. Eat your last meal of the day at least three hours before bedtime.
23. Curtail your treat consumption. If you're eating a bowl of ice cream every night, it's no longer a treat. It's a habit.
24. Bake, grill, microwave or steam foods instead of frying.
25. Set little goals and reward yourself, but not with food.
26. If you work out in the mornings, set your clothes out the night before so you'll get dressed by rote.
27. When ordering in a restaurant, ask the server to bring you half of the meal and to set the other half aside to take home. That way, it won't even tempt you on your plate.
28. Use olive oil on bread instead of butter.
29. Substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream – a healthier choice without compromising taste.
30. Skip sugar-laden exercise drinks. You're probably not working out hard enough to need the electrolytes they provide. Instead, have watery fruits such as watermelon or grapes in addition to water for hydration.
31. Choose egg whites instead of whole eggs.
32. Taste food before adding salt.
33. Trim all visible fat from meat.
34. Use fat-free or 1 percent dairy products.
35. Substitute sweet potatoes for white potatoes. More flavor and better nutrition!
36. Gradually shift from eating white-flour pasta to whole-wheat by mixing half of each until you're accustomed to the flavor and texture of whole wheat.
37. And on that note, eat whole wheat instead of white bread.
38. Park far from an entrance and walk instead of driving around to find a closer spot. Saves gas, too.
39. Rather than sitting and having a conversation, take a walk with a friend or loved one to talk about the day's events.
40. Before you eat a calorie-laden treat, go to to see how long you must exercise to burn the calories.
41. Combine a small bit of protein with carbohydrates to keep your blood sugar from spiking and making you feel hungry. For example, add a few nuts to your fruit snack.
42. Always keep nuts and dried fruit with you so you don't get hungry.
43. Instead of eating whole almonds, eat slivers. You'll feel like you're eating more.
44. Make working out a family affair. While your kids are on the ball field, jog around the park.
45. Find workout activities your family can do together. Ride bikes, hike or jog.
46. Alter your exercise routine to avoid getting bored. If you take an aerobics class one day, try yoga another.
47. Get a workout partner so you encourage each other.
48. Schedule your workout like an appointment so skipping the gym is not an option.
49. Create a daily log of fitness activities with specific goals, then keep track of them.
50. Check out several exercise CDs or tapes from your local library. Try them all and buy the ones you like.
51. Go to your local track with a stopwatch once a month and time yourself for a full-out, one-lap sprint.
52. When you're home watching TV, sit on a large exercise ball, rather than the couch, to tighten your core.

Monday, January 5, 2009

20 Tips for a Positive New Year

20 Tips for a Positive New Year
by Jon Gordon
1. Stay Positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can know that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.
2. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement: My purpose is_______________________.
3. Take a morning walk of gratitude. It will create a fertile mind ready for success.
4. Instead of being disappointed about where you are think optimistically about where you are going.
5. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
6. Transform adversity into success by deciding that change is not your enemy but your friend. In the challenge discover the opportunity.
7. Make a difference in the lives of others.
8. Believe that everything happens for a reason and expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.
9. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
10. Mentor someone and be mentored by someone.
11. Live with the 3 E's. Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy.
12. Remember there’s no substitute for hard work.
13. Zoom Focus. Each day when you wake up in the morning ask: “What are the three most important things I need to do today that will help me create the success I desire?” Then tune out all the distractions and focus on these actions.
14. Instead of complaining focus on solutions. It’s the key to innovation.
15. Read more books than you did in 2008.
16. Learn from mistakes and let them teach you to make positive changes.
17. Focus on “Get to” vs “Have to.” Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.
18. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for __________.
Today I accomplished____________.
19. Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants.
20. Enjoy the ride. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy it.

Birthday Party

Oh what fun we had at my girlfriend's 60th birthday party. It was hosted by another girlfriend who was dog sitting at a gorgeous home in McGonagle Ranch. It was a beautiful setting for about 15 girlfriends to just relax, catch up with each other, eat great food, and of course, take pictures.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year 2009

Christmas was really great this year. It's the first year in my life I didn't get many presents. I got a couple from my sister, but that's it...and it was still an awesome Christmas. It may sound corny but having the opportunity to be with my whole family is totally the best present. We had a Christmas Eve party at our house. The food was good, the company was great, and the little kids, grandsons and neice, got presents. Neice is a doll and she's just old enough to get that she likes getting stuff. Course grandsons have known about that for awhile now. I think they all had fun. Mom and Dad were in excellent spirits, which was fun. Here's a pic of our gathering.

Then on Christmas day, hubby and I went to sister's house and had another great time. She got a Wii and we played the bowling game. That was so fun. The food was really good there. I took a great pic of my sister and would love to put it here, but she would kill me so I won't.

The furry brothers got a new tree house.
I'm really praying we all have a fantastic 2009! I haven't quite finished my resolution list, but I'll publish it soon.

Christian the Lion

Holy Cow...a new year. I hope it's the best year ever...for all of us. I just came across this amazing video. I had to put it here for you and for me because it truly shows the ultimate power between man and beast. If you know me, you know I love animals. This video brought me to tears. How awesome! Please visit Christian the Lion for inspiration and the warm fuzzies.