Wednesday, August 22, 2012

My Weight Loss Journey

This particular post has nothing at all to do with scrapbooking, card making, or crafting in general.  It does have to do with a journey that I started when we moved to TX.  When we came to TX, I made a conscious decision to live a healthier lifestyle. I figured that since we were moving to a new state, to a new home, to start a new life, why not start new with my health as well.  A whole new chapter to our lives all the way around.  I also have 2 beautiful little girls to think about, & when they say to you, "Mommy, why don't you exercise?"  or "Why don't you eat healthy?"  It is time to do something about it, & lead by example.  I also need to be around for them for a long time!!!

About the 2nd week of January, I decided to join Weight Watchers. I followed it to a tee for several months.  It is a wonderful plan, & it does work!  I walked several times a week on the paths in the neighborhood, & around the beautiful lake. Then a neighbor, & new GREAT friend, talked me into joining a gym.  Me!  A gym!  I had never been a member of a gym in my entire life!  What is she, NUTS!! She proceeded to introduce me to yoga & I love it!  Also a new love is Zumba!  How much fun is that?  So, because of the monthly fees for the gym, I had to stop going to Weight Watchers, but I did do a 90 day weight loss challenge at the gym. 

So, over the past 8 almost 9 months now, I have been completely watching what I eat, writing down every single thing that goes into my mouth, working out as much as I can (I have to admit, this summer I really slacked in that department), & really staying focused.   As of today, August 22, I am down 65 lbs!  Yes, you did read that right!  65 lbs!  I have been taking pictures of my progress along the way, & didn't really realize how much weight I have lost until I saw these:

BEFORE:


AFTER:


When I saw these pictures, I really cried, & cried hard!  I have a neck!  I have a waist!  All that hard work, it really paid off.  I haven't reached my goal weight yet, I would like to lose another 25 lbs, but I am certainly happy with the progress that I have made thus far!  I guess this is a very good excuse to go out & buy new clothes, huh? 

Anyway.  I am sorry to have shared a non-scrappy related post with you, but I really really wanted to let you know of my progress.  I am feeling great, motivated, & I hope to maybe motivate others who don't fee it is possible. 

Thank you for allowing me to share this with you.
Have a fabulous day!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

From Here 2 Scrapternity

As you may or may not know, From Here 2 Scrapternity (a Christian, non-store, scrappbooking forum) is having an online crop going on right now.  Pam was a little late getting it up & running due to work commitments, so she has extended the dead line until August 26th, 11:59pm PST!  If you haven't checked it out yet, please head on over there now & join in on the fun.  There are great challenges, & a few games, & lots of prizes!  I posted a recipe challenge:

2 pictures
a banner
3 different patterned papers
at least 3 brads
a ticket
a title


The layout that I created is of the girls in 2007!  They are ages 2 & 5 months!  (Boy am I far behind!).  We were at my aunt & uncle's pool, as we always were in PA in the summers. 

I used the supplies from a Memory Works kit.  

Head on over to the FH2S boards & check out all the fun!  I am offering a prize for my challenge, so be sure to post in the appropriate thread to be eligible for a great prize from me.  I also noticed, that one of the gals posted a kit as her prize!!  & as long as you do just one of the challenges, & "sign in" on the crop page, you will be in the drawing for a grand prize.  You don't want to miss this.  Be sure to tell them that Liese sent you! ;o)

I hope to see you there!

 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Red Carpet Studio Giveaway

Red Carpet Studio is giving away a Cuttlebug Machine, sponsored by Erica's Craft Room!
For those of you who may have never heard of a Cuttlebug, it's a fantastic embossing/die-cutting machine created by ProvoCraft that regularly retails for $69.99. Here's a brief description of the machine straight from the Cricut website:

"Using unique rolling technology, the Cricut Cuttlebug™ machine can cut shapes, emboss shapes, or cut and then emboss shapes to add texture and dimension to your latest creative endeavors.

Combine Cricut Cuttlebug™ dies and embossing folders to easily create inspired, professional-quality designs for scrapbooking, school projects, home d├ęcor, and more."

Wondering how you can win? Here's how!
Contestants can enter to win up to five times by doing the following:

1.) Become a follower of Red Carpet Studio
2.) Became a fan of thier Facebook page
3.) Leave a comment on their post on their blog
4.) Share this giveaway on your blog
5.) Share this giveaway on your Facebook page

Please make sure to leave us a link when sharing the giveaway on your blog and/or on your Facebook page. The giveaway may either be posted on your blog or your blog's sidebar.
PLEASE LEAVE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION.

This giveaway runs through August 31st.

The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on the day of our first challenge, September 2nd.
 
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Well, there you have it!  Head over to the Red Carpet Studio blog & get entered for your chance to win!
Good Luck!!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

From Here 2 Scrapternity Crop

Heads up!!
This weekend, over at From Here 2 Scrapternity, there is an online crop.  It will run from Friday, August 17th, until Monday, August 20th 11:59pm PST.  The theme is "Hot Summer Nights."  These crops are always loads of fun, & there are prizes to boot.  If you have some time, stop on over & join in on the fun!  We would love to have you!!!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Sketchabilities

Oh my gosh!  Oh my gosh!  Oh my gosh!!!
It was announced today at Sketchabilites that I am a member of the design team!  I am beyond thrilled!
These DTs are exactly what I needed to light a fire under me to get my mojo back.

Here is the layout that I created to submit for the DT:





It is of Emma (again) at 9 months old, just crawling around & being Emma.  Look at that bald head!  Now she is 7 & has a million freckles & "monster feet".   I guess another reason why I am scrapping from "the beginning" is so that I can remember what they were like when they were so small.  I love scrapbooking!

So, yes, another DT!  I am just so excited!  So, with that being said, my blog should definately be active in the weeks to come!

See you soon!
xoxo

Sunday, August 12, 2012

From Here 2 Scrapternity

Can you believe that I am back again?  ;o)  Today I would like to share with you a few more challenges that I completed at From Here 2 Scrapternity.  They post great challenges each month, & there is an awesome group of ladies, so if you get the chance, please stop by & introduce yourself, & join in on the fun! 

This is a card that I made for the August card challenge.  Audra helped me make it, so it was basically made by a 5 year old! 

This layout was made for the August stash challenge.  You needed to use a kit that was more that 6 months old.  I used an old Scraptacular kit that I bought right before moving to TX, & it wasn't even touched.


The picture is of Emma right before we were going to a Reading Royals hockey game.  I just love this picture.  She is about 10 months old here. 

Thank you for looking. 
Have a blessed day!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

From Here 2 Scrapternity

Wow!  I really feel like my mojo has returned.  The other day we had no plans, so I holed up in my scrap room, & started doing some challenges.  I am on the DT at From Here 2 Scrapternity, so I thought I would give the challenges a go there.  I haven't done them in quite some time, & I thought it was about time!  So, for the sketch challenge I came up with this layout:



This layout is of Emma when she was 7 months old.  She would be in her walker & just hang with me in the kitchen while I was making dinner.

And this next layout was created for the color challenge:


It is of Emma at 10 months with her Paw-paw (my dad).  She had, & still does, have him wrapped around her little finger.  

The supplies that I used for both layouts were from a kit from Memory Works.  

Can you tell that I am trying to scrap in order these days, instead of just willy nilly?  I am sooo far behind that I thought I should start at the beginning.  So, you will be seeing quite a bit of layouts of Emma & Audra when they were babies....even though they are 5 & 7 now!  

Thanks for stopping, & I hope to see you passing through again soon.





Friday, August 10, 2012

Red Carpet Studio Design Team

This has been my week!!

Have you heard of the new blog called Red Carpet Studio?  It is a new challenge blog based on all kinds of movies & being in the spotlight & walking the red carpet.  They had a call for both layouts & cards, & it was announced today that I made it onto the card design team!  Holy smokes!  That is so exciting!  One, because I made the design team, two, because it is the first card design team that I am on.


The challenges will alternate each week with a card creating challenge one week and a layout creating challenge the next. One challenge a month will be an anything goes challenge featuring both the card and layout design teams.
Be sure to check out the blog, & I will post here (of course) of the creations & reveals that I come up with.  
Congratulations to all of the fellow design team members that were announced today!!  
Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Nuts About Sketches!!!

Guess what, guess what, guess what?!!!!
I have been chosen to be a part of the Nuts About Sketches Design Team!!!  I know I have been on the team several times before, but who wouldn't want to be?  Shawn's sketches are amazing, & it is just so much fun!!!  I love it!  I can't wait to see her new sketches & work with them, & then share with you what I create. Oh, I am just so excited!!!

Here is the layout that I submitted to be on the team:


These pictures are of Emma & Audra at the Houston Rodeo this year.  Aren't they just beautiful?  The supplies are from a Memory Works kit.  

Thanks for stopping.  I hope to see you again soon!