Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Other Boleyn Girl & HP

Hello again. Today my mom had surgery on her shoulder. Everything went wonderful and she is now up in our guest room sleeping. To help make the time waiting pass I finished the book "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory. Let me just say "Wow". It's a wonderful book and it makes you very happy to living in this century. I have not seen the movie but plan on checking it out. I know it will not compare to the book but I'm sure it will be good.

When I got home my DH showed me the new HP trailer. Check it out at this link.


OK the link is ten miles long but that's the link. For those of you that don't know me that well I'm a huge HP fan and I look forward to each book and movie. So any news about them is like a holiday at my house.

Monday, July 28, 2008

This weeks challenge

I worked on a few challenges this week. Below is the card for the 2S4Y weekly challenge. I also did a layout challenge for another site but I'll need to post those tomorrow because my camera battery dead and I need to recharge it.

Other new: my workout class is going great. I'm really not in good shape. The workouts are really kicking my butt. I guess that' s the whole point. I'll be surprise if I don't see any major changes in my body by the end of the 12 weeks.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

I found another really cool card marking web-site - Caardvarks. (http://www.caardvarks.blogspot.com/) I created these two cards for their current contest.

Design Team Cards

The announcement was made for the design team at 2Sketches4You. Unfortunately I did not make it but I'll keep working on my cards and try again next time. Here are the cards that I submitted for the team.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Detour to Ikea

I had the mini van cleaned out. All the seats were removed. There was enough room to pick up all the furniture at Ikea. Too bad the mini-van never made it there.

As we got off the express-way the van made a funny noise and died. I was able to coast into a Tim Hortons parking lot and call AAA. They were able to get a tow truck to me within 30 minutes and luckily DH found a dealer that was open near by. I was also very lucky that Enterprise Rent-a-Car was open at that time. The van will not be looked at until Monday, so I'm driving a Jeep SUV until then.

My mom and me finally got to Ikea two hours later then expected but we were excited to finally be there. Since the Jeep was small then my mini-van I could only get about half of what I needed, but I'm going to Ikea next weekend with my aunt.

That store is so dangerous for me. Everything just looks so nice and most things are so inexpensive that it's easy to put things in your cart and worry about the total later.

I'll have to wait a few more weeks to get the computer room done but I can not wait to start working on it and organizing everything.

Have a great weekend!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Crazy Week

TGIF! It's been a crazy week but a rewarding one.

I started my class at the Gym. It's called TEAM Fitness. I go three times a week for 12 weeks. This week was a lot of testing so we have a base line to work from. I just love the personnal training that is working with me and so far there has only been at the most 4 people there, so it's a lot of hands on with the training.
William had basketball camp this week. He really got into it this year and keeps talking to me about getting a net for the driveway.

I also started my bread baking adventure and I have to say "I love it". There is nothing like fresh hot bread. I'm trying to find a place on my counter were I can keep the bread machine out. I've made 3 loaves of bread and one batch of pizza dough. Now remember the bread is suppose to be mainly for Kyle but everyone wants it.

My mom found out that she has to go in for surgery next week. They need to clean the scar tissue from her routter cuff surgery a few months ago. But before she goes in we are going to go to IKEA tomorrow and have some fun.

I worked on a few layouts over the week. These are pictures from last year but I still wanted to share them with you. I'm trying to get many photo downloading into a routine so it won't take me a year to scrapbook photos.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 21, 2008

New Card - 2S4U

Here's my card for this weeks 2S4U weekly contest.

Healthy Child

I've been reading this great book called Healthy Child Healthy World. http://healthychild.org/ I'm not even done with the book but wanted to share it with you. It's a guide to creating a cleaner, greener, safer home for you and your children.

The reason I like it so much is because it guides you in making small changes that make a big impact. You always hear you should be greener, eat better, use less chemical but no one really gives you a simple way to start making the change. This book does just that. Each chapter focus on a different issue (ie. cleaning your home, eating better, beauty products, etc.) I've followed the steps for changing from commercial cleaning products to making my own. I've been wanting to do this, but it just seemed overwhelming until I read this book. I now have 4 spray bottles filled with cleaner that I made for a fraction of the cost and I'm not afraid of my kids using them. The only commercial, but green, product I buy are laundry soap (Ecos brand), dishwasher soap (seventh generation) and toilet cleaner (seventh generation). But I can clean the toilets with out this but my hubby prefers the liquid stuff.

If you interested in giving eco-friendly cleaning a try here's an easy place to start:
Mix equal parts distilled vinegar with water. Use this to clean windows and as a base cleaner for counter tops or tables (just for quick wipe ups). If your worried about streaks on your windows use newspaper to dry them. Or buy some micro clothes. You can get them at most stores. I bought mine at Sams Club in the auto area. Use one for wiping the window and one for drying. Then just wash them in your regular wash - no wasted paper towel!

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Our newly painted room looks beautiful. I just love the color. (See a sample of the color below). If you are thinking about painting any time soon check out The Fresh Aire Choice Paint http://www.thefreshairechoicepaint.com/ It's an environment friendly paint which doesn't have any VOC. VOCs are the harsh chemicals used in paint that contribute to poor indoor air quality. After we painted we didn't have any "paint" smell in the house. It was great!!

We are starting Kyle's new allergy diet tomorrow. It's not going to be easy to eliminate Soy, Rice, Corn, Lemon, Tomatoes, Sesame Seeds, Peas and Buckwheat. I've come to the reality from my own search in the stores and from on-line message boards that I will need to start making my own bread for him. I love fresh bread but the thought of doing it all the time scares me a little. I have a bread machine that a friend gave me so I'm going to find a place on my counter for it and start it up. Wish me luck!!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Creative Bug

Today I started painting our "dinning room". It's never been a dining room and probably never will be but it's easiest to list it as dining room.

Since we moved in, this room was a play room. It was a great use of the room with 3 little boys running around. When we finished the basement and moved most of the toys down in the playroom we made, I started dreaming of what the "dining room" could be.

I plan on making it a computer/homework/craft room. There will be room for all of us to work on our own projects and still be together. Maybe I'll get more work done.

Tomorrow I should be done with the painting. It's going to be a brownish yellow. I'm going to use red as my accent color. I planned all the furniture out at the IKEA web-site and just need to make a trip out to Canton.

I also got working on a card for the 2Sketches4you challenge. (http://2sketches4you.blogspot.com/) Here's a look at it:

Friday, July 11, 2008

My Trip

My 2 hour flight to Georgia took 6 long hours. There was bad weather in Georgia so we were delayed in taking off and then had to hold a flight pattern for about an hour when we got close. I didn't mind the delay because I got to start my new book and we had some entertainment on the flight. There was a very strange man sitting in the row in front of me and it was funny listening to him.

It was great to get off the plane and stretch my legs and to see my family. I was so excited when I saw Shelly, Bill and the girls all waiting for me. I could tell we were going to have a great time. We didn't really have anything planned but I was just looking forward to hanging out with my sister.

Bill had to go away for work, so it was going to be a true girls only weekend. On Friday we went to the mall were Amanda works. We did some shopping and then painted some potty at the store she works at. That evening I checked my emails and by some weird twist of faith I got a message from one of the message boards regarding a scrapbook convention in Atlanta. The convention was right around the corner from the Palaski home and it was that weekend. So, on Saturday morning Shelly and I put on our best walking shoes and grabbed our credit cards and headed to the convention.

We took one class that was just amazing. The sponsor was Rusty Pickle. I love there papers and the instructor was fabulous. We created a canvas album. It was so beautiful.

The rest of the weekend was spent watching chick flicks, eating out, talking and being silly. The time went by so fast. On the way home I thought about all the fun and thinking about next time. But I was also thinking about how nice it was to get away to all the demands of my family for a few days, but also how great it would be to see them again.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Small World - FACES reborn

I've been toying with the idea of getting our local food allergy group back together. About a year ago it stopped because no one was willing to take of the reins. Ever since we found out about all of Kyle's new problems I felt like I needed to be there for others that get the news. It's so overwhelming when you are first told and I want to make it easier for other families.

Anyways, I decided to contact a few people from the old group. One being the person that started it all, Liz. She had moved away a few years ago, but I knew she would help me get the courage to set up. To my surprise Liz emailed me back and she just moved back to Michigan. She hasn't put the word out yet because they are still getting settled. I'm so excited that we can work on this together now.

Another website that has been helping me get more information is www.kidswithfoodallergies.org I've just started looking around the site but I really like it so far. Everyone seems very friendly and it's such a large community that people always have ideas.