Saturday, April 30, 2011

Shutterfly & Mother's day

Mother's day is a week away. It seems early this year. To me Mother's day is more for people who never talk to their Moms or never see them. It gives them a chance to call and go visit. I call my Mom pretty much every day or every other day. We're pretty close. I know that Mother's day is to honor mothers, but I try to honor mine everyday, not just a day in May. If you are looking for Mother's Day Cards/Stationery you will find it on Shutterfly. They have so many to chose from.

I've been a Mom for almost 4 years. It's so hard to believe. Just recently I've been getting sad realizing that my daughter isn't a baby anymore. Time has gone by so fast. I think being a Mom is one of the hardest jobs anyone can do. So many hard decisions. Not knowing if you are doing the right things.

This past Christmas I got my Parents 1 of Shutterfly's Photo Books . They loved it. It was the 1st Photo book that I have ever made. It came out really nice. A photo book would be a great gift for Mother's day. I would love to do a Wedding photo book for my husband and I. Our 5 year anniversary is coming up at the end of May. You can also find Cards-stationery/thank-you-cards on Shutterfly. Lots of graduations, weddings and birthdays coming up the next few months. We have 7 birthdays coming up, including mine. Haha.

If you have a blog, Shutterfly is running a promotion for bloggers. Just write a post about Mother's day. Click here to find out more info.

CK scrapbooking convention

My 1st class. I took 2.

Megan Hoeppner from Creating keepsakes magazine taught the 2nd class. She was so nice. She showed me something different to do with my cutter.

Shopping. I bought a t-shirt. The 1 that I wanted was sold out in the smaller sizes, so I got another 1. Also some stickers/embellishments.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

My husband banned me from buying anymore snacks

I knew it was coming. I'm the 1 that does the food shopping most weeks, plus I go to other stores & see new snacks that I want to try. Lots of times I buy things & T doesn't like them or I don't.

I can admit that it is getting a bit out of hand & I wish I could get a professional organizer to organize it.

We have another closet downstairs with more food. At least we won't starve.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Trouble with Blogger

Has anyone else had trouble with Blogger lately? When I go to sign in, the "Page cannot be found" page comes up. The same thing when I go into Dashboard. I'm not sure if it's just my computer or not.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Curly or straight?

I have naturally curly hair & I really don't like it at all. In the Summer I wash my hair & let it air-dry, but I mostly do it because it is easier. Hubs likes it curly. I have a flat iron, but don't use it much anymore because of the carpal tunnel (& it takes like 20 minutes to do). I did straighten it a few weeks ago & I probably will try to straighten it again on 5-13 when we go to a concert & have a night away. So this is my hair with some of it straightened & some curly. Do you like the hair that you have or do you wish it was different? I love my hair color, but wish the texture was different. I have fine, but thick hair.

(p.s. I always section it off when I straighten it & was in the middle of straightening it in this pic. That's why I had a scrungie in it. I don't wear it out with it half curly & half straight).

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

The Easter bunny made a stop at our house last night.

We forgot to get white eggs. We were running around yesterday doing errands. So A & T tried coloring brown eggs. They didn't come out so good, but they decorated them with stickers.

I forgot to put her poncho on. I was going to put it on after she colored the eggs, but I forgot & noticed it after my parents left. I still took 2 pics of her in it. She wore it for all of 2 minutes. She hated it because she couldn't move her hands/arms.

I ate so much that I feel like I need to detox. We got a Red velvet cake from Cheesecake factory (I got it at BJ's) for dessert.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Carpal tunnel

Last year I was told that I have carpal tunnel in my right hand (I'm a rightie) & now I'm pretty sure I have it in my left hand. The doc gave me a brace to wear on my hand & said she didn't think I needed surgery. Well my hand has really been hurting me. So I'm hoping that I don't need surgery. I have my yearly check-up in June, so I'm going to try to wait till then, to go. But I might need to go in sooner. So my posts might be a bit shorter since being on the computer irritates my hand. My fave things are writing, computer stuff/blogging & scrapbooking, so I'm not happy right now. I'm trying to take a little break from letter writing & trying to stay off of the computer.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sephora Beauty insiders free birthday gift

This year the Beauty insiders free gift is this cute shower gel, shampoo/conditioner.
I will be getting this in June. Don't forget to sign up for the Beauty insiders club the next time that you're in Sephora.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Yum of the day

I have 2 awesome & healthy yums today. The 1st 1 is the new mint slimfast bars. They are so good. I've been eating them as a snack after dinner & they are only 100 calories.

I saw this cereal in the grocery store & thought I would try it. I've been eating this every morning. I think it is addicting.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Catching up

On Friday while Tara was in school, I had my nails done. My nails have been in such bad shape since I had T. They're like rubber & bend back whenever I try to do something like open a pudding (pulling the tinfoil off). So I went & got a paraffin treatment done. I was planning on just having that done, but I ended up having a gel nailpolish manicure done. It last 3 weeks & my nails are so hard right now. The bad thing is I like to change my nailpolish once or twice a week, so I'm not sure I'll make it 3 weeks with the same color on them. I won't be doing this often. Maybe again sometime later this year. I learned a few things. The girl told me that I need to drink more water (that's why my nails are rubbery & pealing), keeping the nails square helps them not crack as much & they also sell the paraffin baths at Walmart (it made my carpal tunnel feel great, just for a little while).
We made a "Welcome home" sign for Anthony. It was T's idea. He got home around 10pm on Friday night & she waited up for him.

Saturday we did the town Easter egg hunt. It was cool & windy.

After the egg hunt I got my new tattoo, #5.

We also went to dinner at this awesome little diner called "How's your Onion?" on Saturday night.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mozarella chicken roll-ups

I made this recipe tonight. It is so good. I found it on Kraft foods website.
Mozarella chicken roll-ups

total time 50 min

prep 15 min

servings 4 servings

Recipe photo by: Kraft


2 oz. (1/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened

1/4 cup finely chopped green peppers

1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves

1/4 tsp. garlic salt

1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided

4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.), pounded to 1/4-inch thickness

1 cup spaghetti sauce

HEAT oven to 400°F.

MIX first 4 ingredients until well blended; stir in 1/2 cup mozzarella.

PLACE chicken, top-sides down, on work surface; top with cheese mixture. Starting at one short end, tightly roll up each breast, tucking in ends of chicken to completely enclose filling. Place, seam-side down, in 9-inch square baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Top with spaghetti sauce; cover.

BAKE 30 min. or until chicken is done (165°F). Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella; bake, uncovered, 3 to 5 min. or until melted. Kraft Kitchens TipsServing Suggestion Serve with hot cooked pasta and a mixed green salad tossed with your favorite KRAFT Light Dressing, such as Zesty Italian. How to Pound Chicken Breasts Place 2 chicken breasts in large freezer-weight resealable plastic bag; pound to desired thickness with side of heavy can, rolling pin or meat mallet. Remove chicken from bag; set aside. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.


Omit green peppers. Prepare as directed, topping the flattened chicken pieces with a layer of baby spinach leaves before topping with cheese mixture

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Got my new Tattoo today

I went to Tattoo Fever today in Pelham, NH & got my 5th tattoo. I waited an hr & 1/2 for the guy to do my tattoo & it only took him about 15 minutes. I kind of thought the T looked like a J & I'm not sure if I like the curlies in the a's, but I do love it. He did my 4th tattoo in 2004. He's done some celebrities, so that's kind of cool. I found out that a certain rockstar singer has a house in my town. How cool. He doesn't live there, but has a house here.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


A Mother's Daybook I got this idea from Supermom's blog. It is dark & quiet. That I miss my hubby so much & can't wait for him to get home tomorrow night. Looking forward to spending time with him this weekend.
My Dad. He helped so much this week with Tara while Anthony is away. The week would have really dragged without him here for a few days.

That it's okay if I can't get everything done on my to-do list.

A scrapbook with all the photos from this year so far. I just need to add the pages to the new book that I got this week.

To have a paraffin wax done on my nails/hands tomorrow. My 1st time ever.

Creating Keepsakes new issue.
That it doesn't rain on Saturday because we have the town Easter egg hunt.

The clicking of the computer keys.

Are tons of stickers, business cards, beads etc.. My daughter collects the strangest things.

Is Spring & I am looking forward to the warm days ahead.

School for Tara tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fave new Spring fragrance

Today I was in Kohls & found this awesome perfume, Flirt! Flowerific (A blooming blend of tingling fruits, water lily and blue freesia) . I was going to buy the tiny 1, but I was looking at some stack rings & forgot to get it. I did buy the stack rings & they're very cute. They have tons of cute rings on sale right now. I use to always wear rings, but since I had T my knuckles have remained larger. So I can't wear any of my old rings.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How do they do it?

Anthony is away in Atlanta for training for work. I love Atlanta. It's his 1st time there. This is only the 2nd time he's gone away for work. I have friends who's husbands go away almost every week & they have more than 1 child. I'm not sure how they do it. Everyone needs a break once in a while, but my mommy friends seem to handle everything. Their houses are clean, their kids are bathed, they still go do playdates & host playdates, food shop, bake etc... I'm not sure how they do it. I've been trying to keep busy, but the days seem so long lately. Tara hasn't been napping much. I can't wait for hubs to get home Friday night.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Mommy & Me Monday~Went for a walk

Mommy and Me Monday at Really, Are You Serious?

Hosted by Krystyn at Really, Are You Serious?

We went for a walk around the neighborhood on Friday. This wasn't exactly what I had planned (carrying an almost 4 year old kid). No, I only carried her for about 2 minutes & then she walked too. So glad we can get out & walk.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Happy Mail

I got this awesome package in the mail yesterday from my pal Donna in England. Such great Scrapbooking stuff. I love writing to people & swapping things (post cards, recipes, coupons, stickers, stationery, scrapbooking things & other small things) if anyone is interested. I have a ton of scrapbooking things I need to get rid of, so I could pass it on.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Stonyfield farm

We did a tour of the Stonyfield farm factory the other day (we did the tour last year too). We went in & watched a short video of when Mr. Rogers did a tour on his show. Really old video. Then they gave us free yogurt & ice cream to try. We split a cup of this Creme caramel ice cream. It's very very good. I think this chocolate Greek yogurt is new. I haven't seen it in stores, but I'm going to check when I go food shopping. If not I will go back to the factory to get some. It's that good.
I bought this After dark chocolate ice cream (I ment to get the frozen yogurt. Oops) & got T some smoothies. The ice cream is so creamy. I was licking the bowl after. haha.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Easter bunny will be @ Van Otis chocolate~Manchester

The Easter Bunny is Coming to Van Otis 04/23/2011.The Easter bunny is taking a break from candy making and egg decorating to visit Van Otis Chocolates! Come take your picture with the Easter Bunny; you'll even get a special chocolate treat. The Easter bunny is only here for ONE day: Saturday April 23rd from 9am-1pm. This is a FREE event and NO reservations are required. Van Otis Chocolates*41 Elm Street.*Manchester, NH.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


I got these cute earrings on Groopdealz for $9 total. That's the 1st time I got anything from one of those group sites. I love them & they are my new fave pair of earrings.
Click on this link to join, Groop dealz

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Check out my other blog

I have another blog & not too many followers over there. It was just a family blog, but now I'm trying to make it a bit more of a toddler/child blog. Recommending books or crafts. Also School outfit posts on what Tara wears to school. So check it out if you can & follow me on there too. Thanks. katg family blog

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

My craft room

These are some pics of my craft room (guest room). I might paint it (well hubs might) sometime. I wanted to paint it pink, but I'm not sure. I added the pink curtains, so I probably won't do pink walls, unless I do 1 wall pink.