In case you haven't noticed, there is an additional child in our family photo. I would like you all to meet the newest member of our family. She is the pretty little 7 year old in the purple dress. "Eloise" now has a little sister. We have decided to call her, "Amelia Bedelia".

Monday, June 25, 2012


Don't automatically shred your junk mail.

Luckily my hubby opened this one.
I usually just shred if it looks like junk.

This was the easiest $5 I ever earned.
All I had to do was write "zero"
in the slot that asked how many T.V. 
sets we have in our home.

I also filled in the box that asked 
why the viewing journal wasn't complete.

I sealed the post paid packet 
and will hand it to the mail lady
when she passes tomorrow.

 I read everything and 
the company is ok with
 people keeping the money, 
as long as they mail the survey back.

I posted the links for the "squash books"
at the end of my previous post.

Also, if anybody used the "liquid hand soap" recipe I posted a few months back, I have added instructions(to the original post) on how to fix the consistency problem you may be experiencing.
Link to original post:

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Oh What Fun...

 I have had a blast making
 "squash books"
with Eloise.

In case you are not familiar,
squash books are what happens when
scrapbooking meets origami.
(Shh...This one is for Sis. M.W.)

There is so much more 
that I could have done,
 but I was nervous.
It actually wasn't nearly
 as hard as I had imagined.

Below I will post a link to the tutorial.
It is very basic.
I used 8"x8" paper,
so I ended up with a 4"x4"
The tutorial calls for 6x6,
which yields a 3x3 book.
I do not recommend this.
As it is, I had to print my photos
 in wallet size.

The Tutorial:

After you have the basics down pat 
and you want to learn how to do
 a more intricate squash book look at the link below.

Hope some of y'all try it
and share your creations with us.
We had so much fun.
Some crafts are nerve wracking,
but this was fairly easy.

You can purchase "Zip Dry"
 and chip board 
at your local craft store.
I scored the chip board
 with my rotary cutter,
 then bent,
 and finished cutting.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Transformation Report....

A couple of posts ago,
I wrote about the changes 
we have made.
I am pleased to announce 
that hubby has lost another 15 lbs.
and I have lost another 3 1/2 lbs
 That brings us to a total of
25 lbs. lost for hubby
10 lbs lost for me
(went down 1 skirt size!)

 This is not the fastest way to lose,
but for the most part
(minus my little episode Sun.) 
we are both feeling great.
We eat little bits every couple of hours
and we never feel hungry.

We even allow ourselves little treats.
Once we figure out how to 
squeeze in a little exercise 
and a little more sleep,
we will be well on our way 
to being the fit & healthy family
God created us to be.

P.S. Congratulations to all of my friends who are winning the battle of  the bulge. Y'all are looking great. Keep up the good work.

We will be headed to Camp
at 4:00 am
so I won't be posting for a few days.
Be sure to check next week
for all the details!

Friday, June 1, 2012

We Believe...

In case you were wondering.