Welcome To My Blog

Just a little about me.....I'm a stay at home mom of three children....17, 11, and 4. My Dear Husband works hard for our family as a truck driver. In my free time I love to scrapbook, sew, read, and most of all spend time with my family.



My hope with this blog is to share some of the things that I enjoy and through that I learn what you enjoy.



Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Years!!!

Happy New Years to all my family and crafting friends....as we end 2010 and begin 2011 there is a lot I want to say. First, thank you sticking with me!! My hope is with the new year I will be able to fullfil a few goal I have for myself, one is to be more decicated to my blog thru posts and videos. In 2010 I started making videos and I want to make more, so that is what I am going to do. My second goal is to get back to the basics....and by that I mean scrapbooking....I seem to have forgotten why I started this craft to begin with. I am so far behind and with each passing day I get farther behind. I would like to become a bit more orgainzed....I would also like to practice using my Cricut Cake more....I feel like I rushed to buy it and am now afraid to use it. So these are just a few of the things that I am going to work on this year.

A lot people don't know that I am a shy person and I tend to hide from people, I find it very hard to make friends. It's nice to have an outlet to say how I feel and to share what I love.

I know that 2011 is going to bring changes.....some I can handle and and some maybe not but I will take them all one day at a time.

So may this New Year bring you health, happiness, hope, peace, wealth, joy, and most of all love.
Always,
Brandy

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!!



Merry Christmas!!

May everyone have a holiday filled with love, happiness, and family. I am lucky enough to have a wonderful husband and great kids. This Christmas we are going to just spend it together...I'm going to make a small dinner...our friends Kaija and Jose and their son Christopher are going to come over and we are just going to enjoy the day.
So my wish for all of you, is for you all to do the same....Merry Christmas!!

Brandy

Monday, December 6, 2010

Wacky Wednesday #17



I almost didn't think I was going to be able to make this challenge...This is my busiest time of the year. I don't get to get much card making/scrapbooking done. Most of my time is spent sewing or baking. But I did find time to make this card and of course I had fun doing it...lol

My card finished card is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Solid card stock is Stampin' Up
Printed paper is DCWV Christmas stack
Snowman is cut at 3 1/2 from cricut cartridge Snow Friends
Martha Stewart punch
Ribbon from Michael's
Merry Christmas stamp from Hero Arts

I hope that you enjoy the card if you have any questions just let me know....Thank you!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

How Thankful I Am

I just wanted to make a post to let everyone know just how thankful I am. I am lucky enough to have a husband that works so hard for us. He goes out everyday and works for our family and never complains and never asks for anything in return. He is also my best friend...not many woman can say that....I'm one of the lucky few.

I'm thankful for the health of my family...we have been very lucky. As Thanksgiving gets closer I get more excited....what started as a small dinner has turned into a big family affair and I can't wait!!! We went from having 7 to having 20....it is going to be fun!!

And then the best part is the day after...Dean and I have our own traditions...we love Black Friday shopping....so we will be one of the crazy people out there shopping in the middle of the night....
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OF YOU!!!
BRANDY

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wacky Wednesday #16




I think that this is my favorite card so far....I love this time of the year...I love being with my family...I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner and I love Black Friday shopping (I know crazy)....I made this card and the candy bar for my son Nikolas' teacher. I actually have to do 5 more because he has 6 teachers in all...so it will be a busy night...lol

The card's finished size is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Solid paper is Stampin' Up
Printed paper is DCWV Amber Autumn
The turkey is from Create a Critter cut at 3 1/2
Ribbon is chocolate chip from Stampin' Up
Stamp from Stampin' Up
White gel pin

The candy bar
Regular size Hershey bar
Solid paper Stampin'Up cut at 5 1/4 x6
Printed paper DCWV cut at 4 x 6
Ribbon cut at 5"
Flower

I hope that you enjoy the card and candy bar...have a wonderful weekend!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Wacky Wednsday Challenge #15


I'm back again for another Wacky Wednesday Challenge with Paula over at More Than Favors
I had a wedding to go to....so what better way to use the color challenge. So here's what I used:

Solid colors were Stampin' Up
Glitter paper DCWV
The paper dolls were cut 3 1/2
Prima fowers
White gel pin

If you have a questions just let me know...Thank you for looking

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wacky Wednesday #14


I'm back again...lol

I love these colors together!!....This is a card for a my son for his birthday...Here's what I used

Solid card stock from Stampin' Up
Printed card stock Me and My Big Ideas
Stamp from My Pink Stamper
Sorry the ribbon I don't remember
The finished card is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4

I hope that you enjoy it!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wacky Wednesday Challenge #13


Well I'm back again for another challenge over at More Than Favors...this time it is birthday themed.

The finished card is 5x5
The patterned paper is DCWV All About Boys
The solid paper is Stampin' Up
The Robot stamp is from Recollections
The Happy Birthday stamp is from My Pink Stamper

I hope that you enjoy the card...If you have any questions just let me know!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Blog Candy!!!


More blog candy....it is for an awesome cause...Breast Cancer Awareness!!! Be Aware!!...So go check it out http://thebearyscrap.blogspot.com

Awareness Candy!!!


Check out this awesome blog candy at http://scrapaholicreations.blogspot.com.....you don't want to miss this!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ontario Convention Center Haul

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I was lucky enough yesterday to go to the Ontario Convention Center....I went with my favorite person....Dean!!...Most people can't say this but I am lucky enough to be married to my best friend and he enjoys going to most anything scrapbooking with me.....Sometimes I think he has more fun then me....lol. He knows all the right things to pick out, exactly what I'm looking for, and how to find the best deals.

We had a perfect day and after we were done at the Convention he took me to lunch....it was our perfect day.

I hope you enjoy the haul...if you have any questions just leave a comment and I will get back to you!!! Brandy

Saturday, October 23, 2010

My Pink Stamper's Pink, Purple and Green Challenge



My finished card is 4 1/2 in diameter...I used cricut card stock. The stamp was from Stampin' Up. Then I used Stickles. And to finish it off I used a brown ribbon with pink stitching.....and I finished all under 30 minutes...I hope you enjoy the card! Brandy

Friday, October 22, 2010

More Blog Candy


http://tll-melissac.blogspot.com has some awesome blog candy....stop by and check it out...You won't want to miss this!! Brandy

Awesome Blog Candy

www.thestampingboutiquechallengeblog.blogspot.com has an awesome candy going on worth $250 and check it out 36 copics!!!! You really need to check this out!!!
Brandy

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wacky Wednesday Challenge #12




I know two post in one day....But I finished the card so I wanted to get it posted....I think it turned out so cute!!
The finished card is 5 1/2 x 5
I used Stampin' Up cardstock
A white gel pen
Stickles
And a Halloween stamp from K&Company

I hope you enjoy the card....Have a great weekend!!

Brandy

Blog Candy

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I was the lucky winner of blog candy....A couple of weeks ago Canadian Nickel Scrap'n hosted a blog hop and one of the blogs included in that hop was creepyglowbugg.blogspot.com. She has some awesome things on her blog....if you get a chance you should check it out!!....So I just want to say a BIG thank you!!!...Watch my video and tell me what you think!!!...Have a great weekend!!! Brandy

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My Happy Thoughts!!

I thought I would take some time to share some of my happy thoughts with all of you!!....In the past few weeks I have been pretty lucky. First I won my very first blog hop...It was The Little Hop of Horrors by Canadian Nickel Scrap'n and the blog I won at was http://creepyglowbugg.blogspot.com If you get a chance you should check it out, she does some amazing work!!..I can't wait for my blog candy to get here....I have become a postman stalker...lol

Then yesterday I found out that I had won over at My Pink Stamper's.....I know I know...YAY!!! This time I won Happy Haunting's...The cricut cartridge...I just can't believe it...

Now I need to start video taping again...I haven't had much time lately but I will get one up soon.

On one last note I am lucky enough to have a great husband who is taking me on a date.....and you ask where our date is???...He's taking me to the Ontario Scrapbooking Convention....Man do I love this man!!!!

I have the health of my family, good friends, and so many other things to enjoy....all my happy thoughts!!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Wacky Wednesday #11



So I am back for another challenge over at Paula's More Than Favors.

This time it is Christmas themed...which is great because that is one of my favorite holiday's....So here we go

The finished card is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
The solid card stock is from Stampin' Up
The printed card stock is from Debbie Mumm
The ribbon is from Stampin' Up
I don't know who made the stamps sorry :( I have had them forever

If you do have any other questions or comments just let me know, I would love to hear form you!! Thanks, Brandy

My Pink Stamper Challenge



Well I want to give it a shot so here is my chance...My finished card is
5 1/2 x 4 1/4
My solid paper is from Stampin' Up
Printed paper is from Debbie Mum
And then at the end I heat embossed trick or treat on the card

I just love this card and I can't wait to give it to one of Nikolas' teachers. I hope you like it. If you have any questions or comments just leave them for me...I love comments!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wacky Wednesday Challenge #10



Well I am back for another challenge over at More Than Favors....I'm excited because I got to use my favorite cartridge....Create A Critter....I hope you like!!
Just leave me a comment and tell me what you think!!

The finished card is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
The solid color are Stampin' Up
The printed paper is DCWV Nana's kids
MS Border Punch
Create A Critter cut at 3 1/2

Thursday, September 30, 2010

My Pink Stamper Challenge



Wanted to share with you my entry for the My Pink Stamper Challenge. I hope that you enjoy it.

If you have any questions or comments just leave them for me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wacky Wednesday Challenge #9



I had fun working on this card because I was working with one of my favorite colors....purple!! I love any color purple. So on to the card, I made it for a friend and here is what I used:

DCWV Latte Stack
Solid cardstock Stampin' Up
The scalloped cut was from Designer's Calendar cut at 3 1/2
Embellishments from Recollections/Heidi Grace
Ribbon is Stampin' Up Eggplant

The finished card is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4

I hope that you enjoy the card. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them and I will get right back to you!

I Won!!!!

I won the Wacky Wednesday Challenge over at More Than Favors. So this will be a quick post to say I WON!!!!.....YAY ME!!!
Now I wanted to say thank you to Paula at More Than Favors for the chance to win.....I look forward to many more challenges!

Brandy

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Another Wacky Wednesday Challenge!!!



I decided to go ahead and do another Wacky Wednesday Challenge over at More Than Favors with Paula.....it has been a pretty busy week and I was sure I wasn't going to have the time to do it this week. But lucky for me Paula extended the date and I got a little free time. So here is what I used:

The Sweet Treats Cartridge flower #5 cut at 3"
The bird print paper is from the stack "Love Nest" by My Minds Eye
Solid cardstock is from Stampin' Up
Ribbon is from Michaels
Stamp is from the My Pink Stamper set Punny-licious
The finished card is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wishing Everyone A Happy Thursday!!!

We are finally in full back to school mode....we have a schedule down and everything seems to be running pretty smooth. I haven't been paper crafting too much. Hopefully this weekend I can get back to it. My little one Chase needed some new pajamas so I have been working on sewing him new ones. That is our little tradition.....we NEVER buy pajamas I ALWAYS make them....usually it is around the holidays.....problems is I don't think Chase could have lasted until then....I have already made him four.....so maybe I will go through more piles and piles of fabric and see what I have and make him so more.

And if I have time this weekend I will do some paper crafting too. I hope that you all have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wacky Wednesday Challenge!!



This is my Wacky Wednesday Challenge....I decided to make a card using the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge, Stampin' Up solid card stock, My Pink Stamper stamp set, Stampin' Up ribbon and stickles. My finished card is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4.
If you have any other questions just let me know...Thanks for looking, Brandy

Monday, September 6, 2010

Ready For The First Day of School

We are in the final hours leading up to the first day of school....I am so glad that school is starting and things are days are getting back to normal. We seem to have lost our normal here and I am ready to find it....does anyone else feel that way??
We look forward to the summer all year long....but then it's hot and we hide in the house all day...lol
I am so excited to have my days back and to have a routine and especially some crafting time.....so bring on SCHOOL!!!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010




I did another challenge....I know two in one week....lol....This one is a Wacky Wednesday challenge over at
www.morethanfavors.blogspot.com

This is what I used if you have any other questions just let me know.....Brandy
I use the Everyday Paper doll Cartridge doll cut at 3 3/34
The card is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
The next layer is 5 1/4 x 4
The next layer is 5 x 3 3/4
I ran the top layer through the Cuttlebug using Spots and Dots
Chocolate Chip ribbon from Stampin' Up

Monday, August 30, 2010

Video #2 My Pink Stamper Challenge

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I hope that you enjoy the video....please tell me what you think...I would love to hear your feedback!! Brandy

Things That I Used

Winter Woodland Cartridge (snowmen cut at 3 1/2)
Card is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 Solid paper 5 1/2 x 3
K & I Memories stamp set
Chocolate Chip Stampin' Up stamp pad
Ribbon
Martha Stewart border punch
Diamond Stickles

My Pink Stamper Challenge


My Pink Stamper is having a challenge and I have made a card and made video making the card......so here is the card and I will upload the video soon....so watch out for it and tell me what you think....Brandy

Sunday, August 22, 2010

My first blog award!






Ok I am so SUPER EXCITED!!!!...I just won my first ever blog award....it was given to me by Alma over at My Pink Life (almabrooksblog.blogspot.com) Check out her blog it is awesome!!! Ok...now on to the requirements.

3 things I like about myself:
1.) I think that I am loyal
2.) I love being a mom to my three beautiful children
3.) I like being a wife and mother




I love this picture of the five of us together. We are all smiling and happy. Everyone is just together!!

I now get to pass this on to 5 other blogs and i'm so excited because I truly admire these girls and their talents. These ladies each inspire me to do what I do everyday!! :)
1.)Emma at www.creativetimeforme.com
2.)Bridget at bridgetsworld2010.blogspot.com
3.)Paula at morethanfavors.blogspot.com
4.)Karlee at Karleekrafts.com
5.)Robyn at mypinkstamper.com


The rules in accepting this award are:

1. you must thank the person who passed it on to you:
2. copy award to your blog.
3. list three (3) things you love about yourself,
4. post a picture that you love on your blog,
5. pass award on to five (5) others

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Video #1

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Here is my very first card making video.....Hope you like it!!!.....Tell my what you think!!!

What I used
Create a Critter Cricut
Cartridge Stampin' Up
Solid paper DCWV
Printed paper
Frog cut at 3 1/2
Stampin' Up ribbon Chocolate Chip
Martha Stewart border punch

Card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 fold in half (4 1/2 x 5 1/2)
Printed paper 4 x 5 1/4
Solid paper 3 x 5 1/4

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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Just wanted to give you guys a little tour of my new scrapbooking wall...as i like to call it. My husband was nice enough to give up one wall in the living room...and that is my area....my wall. Check back tomorrow because i will be posting my very first card video. I am super excited....and there will for sure be more to follow!!! See you tomorrow. Hugs, Brandy

Two Posts In One Day!!!

I know it's crazy!!! But I am so excited...I just finished filming my very first video making a card. Once I figure out how to post the silly thing I am going to. I'm excited to show all of you and to hear what you think. Then the ball will be rolling. Have a great day and hope to hear from you soon!! Brandy

New Video

I have a new video for you guy, I am just having some problems loading it. I'm going to to have to wait until my husband comes home to help me. If you can't wait to see it just go over to youtube, my user name is penbrandy1 and you can check it out there. Thank you so much!! Brandy

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Boy I have been terrible at keeping up at my blog......I'm sorry guys! My summer has been so busy and I have had little time to craft. And that makes me sad. The good news is that school is about to starts so maybe we can get back into a routine and I can start posting things again :)
I still have to make a video of my new scrapping area and I would like to maybe even attempt to video me making a card or scrapbook page. I do need to get busy though for sure. I hope that summer is treating you all well and all are happy and safe....hope to hear from you soon.
Brandy

Tuesday, July 6, 2010




We went the beach this past weekend to take our family picture.....I have an awesome camera and it takes great pitures. So whenever we need a really nice family picture we head to the beach. This is the picture that we have chosen to go over the mantle. The next one is my favorite of the three kids....I just don't know where the time has gone, they are growing so fast....it makes me sad and proud at the same time. And the final one is my favorite of my guys together. We had a great day with great friends you wouldn't believe I took over 300 hundred pictures....So I have lotsa more to share.....I hope that everyone is having a great summer!!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I Haven't Forgotten

I'm sure you all think that I have forgotten.....but I promise I haven't......Life has just been really crazy. School is finally out and I can breathe a little. I promise that in the next week or so I will post some pictures of some of the things that I have been working on and maybe even a video of my new scrapbook area. I can't wait to share with all of you what I have been up too...Miss you bunches!!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Pink Stamper Challenge


Finally I am able to enter a challenge.....I am so excited!!!......My craft area is coming together and soon I will have a little sneak peak for all of you. I made my card for my husband for Father's Day using Create a Critter and My Pink Stamper new stamp set. I made the card simple and different then most Father's Day cards because that is the way he likes them. I hope that you all have a happy, healthy, safe holiday weekend. I will be spending my time with my three favorite guys....just missing one girl :( but we will see her on Monday....See you soon...HUGS...Brandy

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Update

Just wanted to give you a little update and let you know how things are going......we are moved in and working together to get stuff put away. My wonderful husband Dean put my shelves up last night and I am still working on the painting. We still have a long way to go but we will get it done. The kids are working towards the last days of school.....Katelynn only has 2 weeks left and I think that Nikolas has a month. So I am ready to say bring on the summer.....I am ready for a break. As soon as my area is finished I promise I will post pictures and maybe a video...I hope all is well for all of you....talk to you soon!!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Final Performance


Nikolas and his proud momma

Nikolas and his proud daddy

Nikolas and Katelynn

Nikolas waiting to perform

We are so proud of this young man....he has been playing the violin for 2 years now and this is the final performance of the year. There has been a lot of budget cuts and there is a lot of uncertainty about the music program at his school....So this could very well be his final performance all together. So we want to make sure he knows just how proud we really are of him. Nikolas you have done a wonderful job we love you and are so very proud of you.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Working On It

Well we are counting down the days until the big move....we are lucky enough to be able to move some of our stuff into the garage ahead of time.....so that should make the move easier. We were able to see the house yesterday and it open the flood gates of inspiration. There are so many things that we want to do....it will be fun setting thing up.....I just hope that everything runs smoothly and that goes the way we plan.

Monday, April 26, 2010

We Are Moving.....

So I am sad and happy at the same time.....We are moving.....We have been living in an apartment since Chase was 6 months old....The apartment worked for us for a long time....it fit all of our needs.....well as the years have passed the needs have changed....so we have decided to move to a house. It's bigger then the apartment and we have a front and backyard so the kids have lots of room to play (as well as the dog)
The best part is it gives Dean a bigger area for himself and a bigger area for me too!! So all these things should make life a little calmer and comfortable.
Now on to the bad parts packing....I HATE packing.....But I'm excited so it seems to be going pretty fast.....Dean and I are a pretty good team so as long as we stick together we can get it done.....
So look forward to new videos and new pictures once we get settled...Hope everyone is having a great week!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

My First Cake






Well I did it....This is my first cake...and for a first cake it didn't come out too bad. But let me tell you I am tired. It is a lot of work. I started at about 9 this morning and just finished at 1:30pm. And I feel it all over....lol I feel good about it for the first cake. The good thing is that I know that I can do it again and it can only get better. I can't imagine how people do it with home made fondant though....it was hard enough with the store bought stuff. So tell me what you think....I hope you guys are have a great weekend....now I have to go and clean the kitchen.....YUCK!!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Cricut Cake







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I was one of the lucky few to get a Cricut Cake. HSN had a great package deal.....one that we just couldn't pass up. My first attempt was not on a cake like most it was just on some cupcakes. I know I have so much more to learn, but for me that is the fun part. In the next few weeks I will be learning everything there is about cake making, icing, fondant and just about anything else there is to know.
I am so lucky to have a friend that has been cake making for a while now and when I begged her to teach me what she knows she sure without a second thought (thanks Arlene!!!) So as the weeks progress I will post pictures and videos so that you can see how far I have come.
One last thing before I go you can now buy my cards online the website is

thepinkcricketonline.com

It's not just cards it's so much more so if you get a chance check it out and tell me what you think.......Thanks again everyone and have a great week!!!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010







I thought I would show couple of cards I have been working on. To be honest if I showed them all it would be the longest post ever....lol I have been working hard on making cards because I am going to try and sell them.....not to sure how it's going to work out....I never seem to have enough faith in myself and my abilities. But I do think the cards are getting better with the more I make. I actually like the puzzle part of the card making.....by which I mean matching the colors and picking what papers and embellishments go with what....I love that! Well I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that it doesn't go by too fast......Happy Crafting!!! Brandy

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Part 2 Utah Haul

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I had such a great time looking and finding all this great stuff....it was even more fun to be able to share it....I hope you all enjoy it too.....tell me what you think!!!

Part 1 of My Utah Haul

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This is part one of two videos about my trip to Utah......This is the first haul don't forget to check out the one above this one....there is lots of goodies!!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

What I Did While I Was In Utah

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I'm finally home and back from Utah.....it was a wonderful trip and great to see old friends. I went for more then that though....I went to check everything that I can't seem to find here in California.....boy have I been missing out. My first stop was Hobby Lobby (It took two trips) The first trip was short, only 30 minutes but the second trip lasted much longer.....lets just say I know the store backwards and forwards now. They had some great deals that you will get to see in my second video. The second place I got to go was the Scrapbook Expo and they too had so great deals...the best I think was DCWV...they had their own booth and way discounted paper packs. Then we went to Roberts crafts...now Roberts crafts was nice but they didn't deals I had hoped...I did find a couple of things that I just couldn't live without....but it wasn't my favorite store. My last stop on trip was to Riverton, Utah and for all you stamper you know what is there.....yes Stampin' Up Headquarters.....and as many of you know I recently became a Stampin' Up demonstrator.....so it was really cool to see where it all comes from. It was a jam packed filled little vacation filled with lots of fun...I will have another video for you maybe later tonight or tomorrow....Have a great night!!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Off to Utah

Today we are off to Utah....We are going to spend some time with our friend Pete. Dean is going for the fun of hanging out with his friend, secretly I am going so that I can go to the craft stores that they don't have in California. Is that wrong? I love our friends and will have a great time with them, but can't help but think about all of those store just waiting for me to enter.....Hobby Lobby.....Roberts Crafts....These are just two that I know of if anyone knows of any other store PLEASE just let me know.....PLEASE!! I know they would love for me to check them out...lol

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Happy Birthday to My Bestie!!

Just wanted to say a big Happy Birthday to my Bestie Anna...She says she doesn't like birthday's but I have made it my mission to change that. Can't give away plans or details just yet but I hope that she has a wonderful day!! We will for sure have pictures and maybe even some video.....have a good day everyone!! Talk to you soon :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

I Got My Bottle!!!!



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I don't even know where to begin.....At first I wasn't sure how much I would like this bottle swap thing.....I can for certain say I have changed my mind. It is wonderful. It's wonderful to share with someone you don't know things about yourself and for them to do the same.
Julie you out did yourself. Thank you for being so very thoughtful in everything you picked...I think that is what makes the bottle swap so special. And a special thanks must go out to Yoliebean for putting it all together. Thank you for all your hard work!!