31st Dec2011

*CLOSED* My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software {Review and Giveaway ~ $39.97 Value}

by Daenel

My Memories GiveawayWhen Miss 18 was born, I sat down with my art supplies and started putting together a scrapbook/baby book that I was sure would bring a smile to her face and tears to my eyes in the years to come. For two years, I maintained her baby book ~ updating it with photos, notes, comics and letters. Then I had the twins.

So I created two more books and began the process all over again. But lemme tell ya, when baby #4 came along, I didn’t have the energy or the time. So all of the pictures were put into a photo box to be filed away at a later date. Skip ahead fourteen years later and guess where the pictures are? Yep, still in the box.

But recently I was introduced to digital scrapbooking. Have you ever done this before? You take your digital pictures and place them in “prefab” scrapbooks, add embellishments, text ~ whatever your heart’s desire ~ and bingo bango, your memories are ready for sharing with family and friends.

THE REVIEW

My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking SoftwareThis was my first time using any sort of digital scrapbooking software, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. There are several designer templates available for use (other templates are available on the My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software website) and you have the ability to customize the templates to fit your needs. If you’re the creative type, you can even customize your own photo album.

Now, I do have to admit, there is a bit of a learning curve if you’ve never used digital scrapbooking software before. Initially, I wasn’t sure how to get the pictures to appear in the prefab boxes but after a few tries, I figured out that if I double click in the box, the picture will appear and from there you can edit the pictures.

I didn’t play with all of the options (adding music, customizing the photo album, etc) but I did create a movie using my photo album and it was really easy once I downloaded the free supplemental software.

Overall, I would give this product a B+ because it is fun to use and it’s pretty exciting to create a scrapbook that you can share electronically with friends and family. The negative is that the software isn’t intuitive (meaning you really have to sit down and focus to figure things out but once you do, the software is a breeze to use).

THE GIVEAWAY

I was given the opportunity to review and giveaway a copy of My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software by  my memoriesMy Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software is an award winning digital scrapbook suite that allows you to create digital scrapbooks, photobooks, calendars, cards and other gifts without having to purchase expensive software. They’ve also been generous enough to provide a coupon code for $10 off the purchase of My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software for all of my friends. At checkout, just enter coupon code STMMMS98379 to receive $10 off your purchase of My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software.

I know you’re wondering what you get for free (if you’re the lucky winner) or for $10 off (if you use coupon code STMMMS98379):

  • Over 1500 papers
  • Over 1000 page elements
  • Over 30 album templates
  • Ability to enhance scrapbooks with music, narration and videos
  • Compatibility with both Mac and Windows

OFFICIAL ENTRY

To enter, let’s keep this simple:

  • Visit My Memories and leave a comment letting me know your favorite digital paper pack or layout

For additional entries, leave a comment for each action:

Please make sure you leave a way for me to contact you.

Contest is open to U.S. residents only.   Contests ends on Saturday, 7 January 2012 at 10 AM (CST).  One winner will be randomly selected using Random.org.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of My Memories Suite for the purposes of this review. I was also provided with a copy to giveaway to one of my lucky readers. All links are affiliate links and I receive payment when you purchase the My Memories Suite using code STMMMS98379.

30th Dec2011

Christmas Ornament {Shoot. Edit. Submit.}

by Daenel

The final Christmas ornament of 2011. I hope your year has been as happy and blessed as mine has been and I pray continued blessings upon you and yours into the coming year…
Shoot. Edit. Submit. {Christmas Ornament}
I’m linking up with Misty and Kim at Through A Photographer’s Eyes for Shoot. Edit. Submit. To join in the fun, all you have to do is:

  • Shoot. Edit. Submit.Photo must be taken this week (Saturday ~ Friday)
  • Only one entry per person
  • “Shoot. Edit. Submit.” button or link back to the contest must be on the post to qualify
  • Link only to the post, not the main blog

I also think it’d be cool if you left some comment love for other participants but that’s just my thing, not one of the rules…

29th Dec2011

2012 {To Be Read List}

by Daenel

2011 Reading ChallengeAccording to that sweet little widget on Goodreads, I met my goal of reading 12 books during the year 2011. Hmmmm…. that may have been my stated goal on Goodreads, but I didn’t come close to making my personal goal. But I will celebrate the small victories and aim to do better next year. I had a whole list of books that I wanted to read, you know, some were classics, others were books I’d heard about through my internet wanderings and the rest were ones I saw that had interesting covers. Yes, I do judge books by their covers. What of it?

In the coming year, I’d like to branch out and read my own finds as well as a few recommendations from around the web. And by around the web, I mean those that have been suggested to me from those little “based on what you’ve read, you might like this” sorta stuff.  I’m going to use my handy dandy iPad, (thank you, honey) download some books and read. And to keep me on track (and accountable), I’m going to maintain my reading list at Goodreads and LibraryThing (if you’re at either place, make sure you hit me up). I’ll also review the books as I read them (you can read my previous reviews by clicking here).

So here’s my 2012 reading list:

Wanna know what the book is about? Click on the title and that will take you to the description.

What will you be reading in 2012?

29th Dec2011

Cinnamon Buns {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

When I was a little girl my mother used to surprise us with little breakfast treats. Sometimes it was cornbread pancakes. If you’ve never had them, for the love of all things good and delish, go buy yourself a box of Jiffy Cornbread mix and make some right now. Really, stop reading right now and go buy some. I’ll wait… Sometimes she’d surprise us with cinnamon buns. And she’d leave just enough icing in the container for us to dip our little fingers in and lick off. Really, isn’t that the best part of cinnamon buns anyway? This morning I decided to share a special treat with my family.

Breakfast: Cinnamon Bun

Like my mother, I used a cast iron skillet, lightly greased… Have you ever used a cast iron skillet? I remember watching my great grandmother use one and I just knew that someday I’d have one too, even though I was not one for cooking.

Breakfast Cinnamon Buns

Watching my kids reach into the skillet to grab the cinnamon buns brings back such wonderful memories for me. Really, why don’t I do this more often?

Breakfast Cinnamon Buns

What childhood treats do you share with your family?

This or That Thursday is hosted by deb duty photography, if you’d like to join up all you have to do is:

This or That Thursday

  • Submit the url of your blog post, not your homepage
  • link up a photo that was taken by you
  • include a link back to deb duty photography (use the button or text link)
  • visit a few other blogs and leave some comment love

Easy, right?

28th Dec2011

What I Wore Wednesday #31

by Daenel

Who was a photographic slacker this week? Looks around. I was. And to be honest, I didn’t do much in the way of getting dressed either. The hubs has been on vacation for the past week and a half (this is his first vacation in over 13 years), so the family and I have been kicking back and enjoying each other’s company. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from my photography friends is to remember to sometimes put down the camera and be in the moment. I’ve been in the week. But I do have two pictures to share:

What I Wore Sunday: Looking All Festive and E’erything

What I Wore Sunday

The “dress” is actually an embroidered tunic that I bought from HSN.com about a year or so ago but wear very rarely. I was never really sure how to style it, I mean jeans are always an option but I wanted to dress it up. So I put a black sheath dress on under it (can you believe I do not own a black skirt?), added black tights and a black cardi and I fell in love all over again. It just screams festive and we were celebrating the birth my Lord and Savior last week…

Christmas Socks

Socks

My daughter has been rocking her stylish Christmas socks! They have polka dots and faux fur, what’s not to love?

As we head into a new year, I pray you all have a happy, healthy, safe and blessed 2012! And continue to be stylish….

I’m linking up with:

The Pleated Poppy

Real Momma Real Style

What I Wore Wednesday

Please check them out for some fashion inspiration.

28th Dec2011

Word Filled Wednesday: Peace

by Daenel

Branch with Snow ~ Word Filled Wednesday
My prayer for you as we head into the year 2012 is that your family will have the peace and prosperity that comes from knowing the one true God.

I’m linking up with:

Word Filled Wednesday

Scripture & a Snapshot

HAVE A SAFE, HAPPY, HEALTHY AND BLESSED NEW YEAR,

27th Dec2011

Photography {The Best of 2011}

by Daenel

This year, my interest in photography was piqued when I took a picture of the hubs while walking around downtown Wilkes~Barre, Pennsylvania. It was like something inside me came to life and I kept thinking I can’t believe I took this picture but I didn’t really take photography seriously as a hobby. I’ve since graduated from taking pictures with my cell phone to using a GE X500 to a Nikon D3100.

Over the past year, I’ve participated in many photography challenges (I even had a picture make it into the Top 5! Woo hoo!), started following a few photography blogs and tried to challenge myself to look at ordinary things differently. I think I’ve done a pretty good job and I look forward to seeing how much my photographic skills grow in the coming year.

The hubs and I sat down tonight and went through a year’s worth of photos to come up with our top picks. It wasn’t easy ~ some we liked for sentimental reasons, some we disagreed over and others we both loved. I hope you enjoy our picks:

1. Into the Light

Into the LightI took this picture with my cell phone and it’s definitely one of my favorites. I just like the way the light is reflecting off the concrete. The blue and gray tones also get me. {BlackBerry}

2. Self Portrait

Self PortraitThis picture placed in the Top 5 for Shoot. Edit. Submit. To say I was happy would be putting it mildly. I’m still trying to learn how to use the self~timer and take nice selfies, so getting recognized for my efforts was pretty encouraging. {Nikon D3100}

3. Burfordville Covered Bridge

Burfordville Covered BridgeI took this picture a couple of days ago when I was out with Miss 18. It’s a beautiful old wooden bridge that was built in the 1800s. I love the romantic setting, it kind of reminds me of the bridge from the movie Bridges of Madison County. {Nikon D3100}

4. Joy

JoyI absolutely love this picture of my girls. My daughter’s face while she’s jumping just exudes joy. Every time I look at this picture, I smile. {Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS}

5. Coffee

CoffeeThe hubs picked this one. You’d think as the coffee lover that this would have been amongst my faves. I do like it ~ the coloring, the texture, the coffee… Really, what’s not to like? {GE Power Pro X500}

6. Gazebo

GazeboCan you believe this gazebo was in someone’s back yard? Seriously, if it belonged to me, my family would never see me. I’d have a trained helper monkey bringing me coffee. {Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS}

7. Boy with Flowers

Boy with Flowers
I just love his face! {GE Power Pro X500}

8. Bridge

BridgeThe hubs and I both like the perspective on this picture. Can’t you just hear the birds chirping and hear the leaves crunching under foot? {GE Power Pro X500}

9. Family Picture

FamilyA sentimental favorite. This picture marked the beginning of a new life for our family.

10. Chipmunk Eating Beggin’ Strip

Chipmunk Eating Beggin StripIs this not the funniest thing ever? My dog left his Beggin’ Strip outside and a chipmunk pilfered it. {GE Power Pro X500}

I hope you’ve enjoying strolling down memory lane with me.

What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

26th Dec2011

Posts {The Best of 2011}

by Daenel

Frost Covered Branch

Last year, I wrote a post called 2010: The Best of Living Outside the Stacks, where I went back over the year and picked out my favorite posts from the year and I thought I’d do it again this year. It’s a fun way to look back and see how much life has changed over the past year. And, boy, let me tell ya, we’ve had some changes this year: my family moved half way across country, I took up photography and, most importantly, we found a church home.

It was nice to be able to go back and relive the memories, the excitement and the ohmygosh what did we just do?! I pray that your year has been as blessed and exciting as you can handle and I pray the coming year finds you healthy and happy, but most of all, I pray it finds you enveloped in God’s everlasting love and grace.

To read my favorite posts, simply click on the title in bold text.

January: Book Review {Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay} ~ If you’re looking for a book to add to your “To Read” shelf for 2012, let me recommend Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. This is one of the few books that I read in 2011 that made me cry, do further research and cry some more.

February: I Love My Kids, But It’s On Now ~ My family and I love to play pranks on each other but, I’ll be honest, most of the time, it’s me doing something to them but one night my kids finally got their revenge…

March: Mommy, What Color Were Our Eggs? ~ You know how you have more than one child and you have to explain the birds and the bees to the oldest one but you make them promise not to tell the younger ones? Well, this is what happens when the older kid doesn’t keep their promise.

April: Religious Civility, Where Has It Gone? ~ On Resurrection Sunday (aka as Easter) I was stunned by the amount of nasty comments regarding the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I know not everyone holds the same reverence for that day that I have, but I was hurt by the mean spirited comments and wondered how others deal with hurtful comments.

May: Happy Mother’s Day! ~ My kids managed to surprise me a second time! This time it was for Mother’s Day and the whole thing ended up on Facebook.

June: Congratulations to the Newest P&G Manager ~ The hubs promotion from Technician to Manager started our lives on a new and exciting journey that took us half way across the country by plane and by car.

July: Guest Post {My Daughter Shares Her Thoughts on Moving} ~ Sometimes when we’re making life changing decisions, we sometimes forget that our childrens’ lives are also being impacted, so when my daughter offered to share her feelings on the big move, I was both honored and proud to allow her space on my blog.

August: You Can’t Run from God, Not Even at Walmart ~ When we moved from Pennsylvania to Missouri, the hubs and I agreed that we wanted to make some changes in our personal lives as well as the lives of our family, and one of those changes was to find a church home. God made sure that we kept this promise by sending someone to chase me down in Walmart.

September: How I Met My Husband ~ Let’s just say it involves a little bit of stalking, possible breaking and entering and a few other minor crimes and violations of basic etiquette.

October: No Cell Phones in Hospitals, Or How the Hubs Almost Killed Me ~ I said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a practical joker, even when I’m coming out from under anesthesia.

November: How Photography Helped Me ~ You can’t tell from reading my blog, but in “real life”, I tend to be a bit shy. I know, right? Hard to believe, especially when you consider that I’m a librarian and that I’ve taught college level American History. One of the things that has helped me to become more social is photography ~ people love to have their pictures taken!

December: This or That Thursday ~ I have the navigational skills of a monkey in a wind storm and this has benefited me greatly. My kids and I have had many great experiences exploring towns and historic districts, furthermore, it’s allowed me to take some incredibly beautiful pictures.

What are you most proud of this year?

26th Dec2011

Get $10 Off My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software {Coupon Code STMMMS98379}

by Daenel

My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking SoftwareI took a ton of pictures yesterday and I know you did too! So how are you planning to organize and preserve them? I’m going to create my first digital scrapbook. I was given the opportunity to review My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software by  my memories. My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software is an award winning digital scrapbook suite that allows you to create digital scrapbooks, photobooks, calendars, cards and other gifts without having to purchase expensive software. They’ve also been generous enough to provide a coupon code for $10 off the purchase of My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software for all of my friends. At checkout, just enter coupon code STMMMS98379 to receive $10 off your purchase of My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software.

I know you’re wondering what you get for your money:

  • Over 1500 papers
  • Over 1000 page elements
  • Over 30 album templates
  • Ability to enhance scrapbooks with music, narration and videos
  • Compatibility with both Mac and Windows

If you decide to give the My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software a try, leave a comment and let me know. And don’t forget to use the following coupon code for $10 off your purchase: STMMMS98379.


Disclaimer: All links are affiliate links and I receive payment when you purchase the My Memories Suite using code STMMMS98379.

24th Dec2011

From My Family to Yours

by Daenel

Christmas Greeting {From My Family to Yours}

Luke 2:10~11 {KJV}

(10)And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

(11)For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

I pray you find all the joy and peace of the season and that you receive the greatest gift of all ~ God’s love.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours,

23rd Dec2011

Shoot. Edit. Submit. {Getting to Know Missouri}

by Daenel
Shoot. Edit. Submit. {Old House}

To see the original, click the picture

On our way home from an appointment, the hubs and I decided to take a little detour and look for the Old McKendree Chapel.  The Old McKendree Chapel is the oldest Protestant church structure standing west of the Mississippi River, along the way, we passed this beautiful old home and I had to take a picture.

I’m linking up with Misty and Kim at Through A Photographer’s Eyes for Shoot. Edit. Submit. To join in the fun, all you have to do is:

  • Shoot. Edit. Submit.Photo must be taken this week (Saturday ~ Friday)
  • Only one entry per person
  • “Shoot. Edit. Submit.” button or link back to the contest must be on the post to qualify
  • Link only to the post, not the main blog

I also think it’d be cool if you left some comment love for other participants but that’s just my thing, not one of the rules…

22nd Dec2011

This or That Thursday {Getting to Know Missouri}

by Daenel

Two days ago, while out driving with Miss 18, I got a little lost and ended up in a town called Burfordville. Burfordville is a sleepy little historic town which boasts one of Missouri’s few remaining covered bridges as well as a mill that was built in 1800, damaged during the Civil War and later rebuilt. If you’d like to read more about the Bollinger Mill Historic Site, you can click here (there are also some pretty sweet pictures of the mill and the bridge).

While wandering around, my daughter and I noticed a little antique shop and decided to look around.  The owner was gracious enough to allow me to take pictures.

The River Runs Thru It {Antique Shop}

The store is located in a home that was built in the 1800s and still has the original hardware.

The River Runs Thru It {Door Knob}

The store is full of all sorts of beautiful old things ~ cast iron pans, needle point purses, vintage irons…

The River Runs Thru It {Back of the Store}

But I think one of my favorite pieces is the flower brooch that Miss 18 picked. Isn’t it beautiful?

The River Runs Thru It {Brooch}

You can see the rest of the pictures from our exploration by clicking here.

This or That Thursday is hosted by deb duty photography, if you’d like to join up all you have to do is:

  • This or That ThursdaySubmit the url of your blog post, not your homepage
  • link up a photo that was taken by you
  • include a link back to deb duty photography (use the button or text link)
  • visit a few other blogs and leave some comment love

Easy, right?

21st Dec2011

On the Table: Parmesan Crusted Chicken

by Daenel

This is quite possibly the juiciest chicken ever. And I do mean ever. You will thank me for this. You will want to shower me with money and love and all sorts of accolades for this recipe. But, really, all I ask is that you come back and let me know how your family liked it.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Parmesan Tomato Pasta and Green Beans

Please note that I’m a dump and stir kinda cook, so I very rarely have exact measurements. Anyway, Big Momma always said “Real genuine cookin’ comes from the heart and the heart just knows…”

Ingredients

10 Chicken Thighs (you can use breasts or strips)

1/2 jar Hellman’s Mayonnaise (yep, I used half a jar, you may not need that much)

2 rows Ritz Crackers, crushed fine (I love Ritz Crackers as a replacement for bread crumbs)

1 package shredded Parmesan Cheese

Salt

Pepper

Garlic Powder

Thyme

Oregano

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°
  2. Spray glass dish with nonstick spray
  3. In a large bowl, mix the mayo and the cheese
  4. In another large bowl, add crushed crackers and dry seasonings, blend well
  5. Dip rinsed and dried chicken into the mayo and cheese mix, make sure it’s well coated, then dip into the cracker and seasoning mix
  6. Place in glass baking dish and bake for about 20 minutes or until juices run clear
  7. Let sit for 10~15 minutes before serving

If you try this recipe, please let me know if you like it. Thanks and happy eating!

Disclosure: I didn’t receive any compensation for this post. I just think Ritz Crackers are ~ hands down~ the best substitute for bread crumbs and Hellman’s was my mayo of choice for this recipe.

21st Dec2011

What I Wore Wednesday #30

by Daenel

Can you believe how close we are to Christmas? This year, my family and I are doing things little bit differently. Usually, we ask the kids what they’d like and they write out a list, this year they replied that they couldn’t think of anything they wanted and they have everything they need so there were no lists. Out of 3 teenagers, not one list. Do you know what a blessing it is to have your teens say they have everything they want and there’s nothing that they need? So we’ve decided to give to a family in need and spend Christmas evening making cookies, watching Christmas movies and enjoying some family time.

I AM BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED!

What I Wore Wednesday: A Good Hair Day

What I Wore Wednesday

I was having such a good hair day on Wednesday that I was taking all sorts of pictures. I’m in the process of transitioning from relaxed (or straightened) hair to my natural hair so I never know from one day to the next what my hair is gonna look like. I think it looked fab and it fit with my sorta boho look. See the blue scarf? I made it. Pats myself on the back. The tunic is a little something something I bought myself with my first check for blogging. Do you reward yourself with clothes or accessories?

What I Wore Friday: Office Christmas Party

What I Wore Friday Night

So the hubs had a Christmas party on Friday night and I stressed for a week about what to wear. I trolled different fashion sites, asked friends and watched TV shows, trying desperately to decide if I should go glitzy with sequins, wear something Christmasy (and not a crazy sweater either) or just go casual. I wish I’d gone a little more casual but I’m glad I didn’t go with my original plan of metallic gold cardigan and pumps. Have you ever overdressed for an event?

What I Wore Sunday: It Looked Better in My Head

What I Wore Sunday
In my head, I thought this was a really cute outfit. In reality, not so much. That’s Miss 18 and me getting ready to go to churchHave you ever found out after the fact that something looked much cuter in your head than in reality?

I’m linking up with:

The Pleated Poppy

Real Momma Real Style

What I Wore Wednesday

Please check them out for some fashion inspiration.

20th Dec2011

Bollinger Mill Historic Site {Getting to Know Missouri}

by Daenel

I’ve said it before, but I have the navigation skills of a monkey in a windstorm. I used to be able to drive myself across state lines without so much as a map, gps  or cell phone without getting lost, now I spend 85% of my time listening to that infernal “Recalculating” over and over and over again. The rest of the time is spent laughing at the fact that I can get lost driving in a straight line.

So as it usually happens when Miss 18 and I get in the car, we got lost. I don’t know how or why but she and I always get lost when we head out. I used to panic and worry that we’d be driving around for days before we’re found two states over in the middle of a corn field. Now I just go with it and, unless I have a pressing engagement, we usually end up sight seeing and having the best time ever.

Yesterday’s adventure took us to the Bollinger Mill Historic Site in Burfordville, Missouri.

Bollinger Mill

Bollinger Mill

The Bollinger Mill was built in 1800 by Maj. George Frederick Bollinger on a 640~acre grant from Louis Lorimier, the Spanish Commandant of Cape Girardeau District of Louisiana. The mill was damaged in the Civil War and later rebuilt. It operated until 1950.

I love love love old buildings and the history geek in me was totally excited about what we discovered.

Burfordville Covered Bridge

Burfordville Covered Bridge

The Burfordville Covered Bridge is one of Missouri’s few remaining covered bridges. Construction on the bridge began in 1860 but was suspended due to the Civil War, and wasn’t completed until 1867. The bridge is made completely of yellow poplar and was built by Cape Girardeau contractor Joseph Lansmon.

I think it looks a lot like the bridge used in the movie The Bridges of Madison County, don’t you?

The River Runs Thru It

The River Runs Thru It Antique Shop

The River Runs Thru It is a sweet little antique shop in the town of Burfordville, Missouri. 

The owner of the shop was so incredibly nice. He let Miss 18 and me roam through the shop, while he talked about the area’s history. Really, how often do you get an history lesson while shopping?

I can’t wait to take the rest of the family and go back when there are leaves on the trees and flowers in bloom. Until that time, you can check out the rest of the pictures by clicking here.

What do you do when you get lost? Panic or go with the flow?

19th Dec2011

Oh My Gosh! Oh My Gosh! I’m in the Top 5!

by Daenel

Shoot. Edit. Submit. {Daenel}

Last week I submitted the above picture for Shoot. Edit. Submit., a photography meme/challenge that’s hosted by Misty and Kim at Through a Photographer’s Eyes and my picture was chosen to be in the top 5. How crazy cool is that? I mean, seriously, how crazy cool is that?

Please do me a favor and go show this week’s participants some love and encouragement by clicking here.

Through a Photographer's Eyes {Shoot. Edit. Submit. Top 5}

So now I get to post that cool badge on my blog for all the world to see!

18th Dec2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

by Daenel

Eep! This is my first time participating in Scavenger Hunt Sunday and I’m pretty darned excited. I’ve been stalking reading so many of your blogs and thinking Maybe this week I’ll join up but I haven’t had the nerve until now.

1. What Is It?

Scavenger Hunt Sunday: What Is It? In the eighties, this item was responsible for a lot of bad contouring.

2. Children/Fur Babies Sleeping

Scavenger Hunt Sunday: Sleeping Children / Fur BabiesSqueekerz isn’t shy about sharing his opinion about the camera, even when he’s sleeping.

3. Joy

Scavenger Hunt Sunday: Joy The story of His birth gives me the greatest joy.

4. Window

Scavenger Hunt Sunday: Window “Windows to the soul…”

5. Half

Scavenger Hunt Sunday: HalfWhat’s his is mine and what’s mine is his, but when it comes to Twinkies, I’m lucky if I get half.

Scavenger Hunt Sunday is hosted by Ramblings and Photos.

The rules for participation are:

  1. Anyone can participate.Scavenger Hunt Sunday
  2. You’re encouraged to take five new photos this week for the challenge. Creativity is encouraged!
  3. If you get stumped, you may use one photo from your archive.
  4. Link up here on Sunday (or Tuesday at the latest) ~ you can use the button above.
  5. Leave comments for at least five entries around yours.
  6. Have fun!

16th Dec2011

Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel

Shoes and Pearls

Shoes and Pearls

To participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is

  • Shoe Style Saturdaytake a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners.

And don’t forget to grab my badge!

16th Dec2011

Random Thoughts

by Daenel

Christmas Nativity

  1. Is your church putting on a Christmas pageant this year? I remember when I was little, the pageant was the highlight of the Christmas season for me. I always begged to play Mary and, one year, they let me. The little Nativity set above reminds me of our church pageants with all the kids decked in bathrobes to portray wise men or shepherds, girls clothed in white sheets with glittery wings and, of course, the requisite kid with cotton balls portraying the sheep. Those were good times.
  2. I heard that Alabama has passed an ethics law limits the amount of money students can spend on teacher gifts. Or, at least, that’s how it’s being portrayed in the media, in truth the ethics law is directed at all public employees and I don’t have a problem with this. Violating the law could result in a year in jail and a $6000 fine. The law is really to keep your law makers honest but I think there should be a limit on how much parents spend on gifts for teachers. I’ve personally seen teachers receive items from Coach, gift cards in the hundreds of dollars, etc. My question is why are people tipping teachers for doing their jobs? Do you tip your doctor? How about the cashiers at the various stores you shop at all year long?
  3. Miss 18 is back from college for Christmas break ~ it’s crazy how the addition of one person can change the vibe around here. Yesterday, the kids were so loud and crazy that I had to channel my inner librarian and shush ‘em. But it was really cool to hear and see everyone talking and laughing.
  4. Tonight I’m attending an office Christmas Party with the hubs and I’m totally at a loss for what to wear. I don’t know if everyone dresses up or if they go casual. I’m thinking about wearing a sweater dress, boots and lots of jewelry. You can never go wrong with a ton of glitzy accessories, right?

What about you, do you have anything planned for the weekend?

15th Dec2011

This or That Thursday

by Daenel

This or That Thursday {Chess}

Chess Set

Playing Chess

My sisters and I spent most of our formative years in Italy (thanks to my stepdad and the United States Air Force) and while we were over there, my parents acquired many beautiful treasures ~ statutes, glass pieces, vases, etc. But the one thing they had that I always wanted was the marble and wood chess set, where my dad and I used to sit and play chess (for minutes on end ~ I’m really bad at the game). When I moved out on my own, my very first piece of furniture was the chess set and it has been displayed in every home I’ve lived in for over 18 years.

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