5 Things

5 Things on your To-Do List…

1.  Disney Dream Scrapbook ~ I have been working on it… but it’s REALLY slow… so many other things take up my time.  And I have to be in a creative mojo mood… and I need like 2 hours at a time to get on a roll and be productive.  IT WILL GET DONE before it’s time for New Years 2013.  🙂  That’s my goal.  🙂

2.  Exercise!  This is ALWAYS on my to do list.  I did a REALLY good job this fall.  Winter hit and I don’t want to do anything!  ?Now it’s spring and I’m ready again.  Summer is easier… I can swim outdoors.  I hate to be cold.  I have a bag of gym clothes in my car, so there’s no excuses.  Yet, still I find an excuse.

3. Put away the laundry.  It gets washed… just never gets folded and put away.  Sometimes I really good at getting it done… but mostly it just sits in the laundry basket and I pull things out to wear and they end up back in the dirty clothes.  🙂  Oh to have a laundry folding fairy!  I coveted Kate Gosseling’s (from John & Kate +8) laundry folding fairy.  I don’t think Jim would think getting 8 kids is worth the price of having a laundry fairy.  🙂

4.  Create a business plan, workflow procedures, and pricing guide for my photography business.  I’m the artist… I work in the right side of my brain.  All that is stuff that comes out of the left side of the brain.  It’s PAINFUL for me to think about, but it will make this adventure a more profitable, fulfilling, and generous experience.

5.  Be a yes mom!  This is something I learned while I was devouring parenting books in the first year of Mercedes’ life.  I am a selfish, selfish woman.  As I type this, my daughter is sitting on my lap because she just wants to be with me.  I need to shut it down… shut it off… and spend time with her.  And by it I mean ANYTHING else I want or should be doing.


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Quiet Book

So I have been scrapbooking this summer.

I used to use an online website, but the shut down. I’m still bitter and sad and have unfinished projects. But I’m getting over it, as I have figured out how to use PhotoShop to create memories for Mercedes.

While I have figured out how to scrapbook, I have also found TONS of online stores that sell digital clip art, fonts, papers, etc.  There are many of these stores that have FREE stuff too.  🙂

One of these such stores (Lilypad.com)has a WONDERFUL artist (Jaque Larsen)who created this quiet book template.

Well, I spent some time last week and created a book for Mercedes.

The idea behind the book is to print the template as 4×6 pictures and slip them into a bragbook type photo album you can get at Target.

The template came with an option that allows you to insert your own pictures to go with the letters of the alphabet.

It’s the perfect size to put in my purse.  I’m hoping it will catch on and she will enjoy “reading” it, but who knows.

She LOVED the E is for Elmo page.

I had a great time putting it together.

Went all the way back to the day she was born and added pictures.

Mercedes loves to look at pictures of herself as a baby.

If nothing else it was a great trip down memory lane for me.

Although it was harder than I thought it would be to connect pictures to the ABCs.