Scrapbook Swaps

There are a lot of groups out there dedicated to doing scrapbook swaps – where several people make duplicates of the same element for scrapbooks and then swap – so you make 21 (or whatever the agreed upon number is) items and then get yours and 20 other designs back all based on a theme.

I finally decided to join a swap last month and found one that had a deadline I was able to participate in.  I did 2 swaps actually – county fair – where I made popcorn and Nautical where I made a nautical rope frame.  Cuts need at least 2 layers and have designated sizes as well (usually 3-4 inches)

This was incredibly tedious and I didn’t realize that although I made sure to make the deadline despite having a life – many others in the group did not. So there was a major delay in getting the swap items back.  I’m not sure I will participate in a swap again. (It’s also harder to participate when you don’t go to Disney yearly and don’t have any kids to scrap either)  I could have used that weekend instead to make my own unique cuts and been farther along on my own scrapping than I am now after taking a weekend off!

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Music Monday: Bea Miller Not An Apology

Image result for bea miller 2015 album

Young Blood
Fire N Gold
I Dare You
Paper Doll
Perfect Picture
Enemy Fire
Force of Nature
This Is Not an Apology
We’re Taking Over
Rich Kids

When Bea was on XFactor, I really wasn’t a fan of her. I just couldn’t get into her performances. But when I was looking for new releases for Music Mondays, I saw her album and figured I’d give her another chance.  My main issue with her was always that she seemed to talk more than singing – which does come through on some of the songs on this album, but it seems to work more. Maybe because they are new songs so I am not comparing her to the original performers.  It’s also been about 3 years since XFactor so she has no doubt grown a bit since then.  I have to say that I enjoyed this album a lot more than I thought I would. A lot.

Scrapbook Saturday: Disney, etc

Some etc Disney posts that don’t fit anywhere else… maps and my ECV license plates and some food.

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Book Review: Dirty Blvd

loureedDirty Blvd. Is a biography about the life and times of Lou Reed. It talks about his early days, his time with the Velvet Underground, solo, and all other endeavors in between.  I found it to be very interesting and very well written. A must read for music fans and Lou Reed fans.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

A tremendously insightful biography of the man who helmed the Velvet Underground and single-handedly created alternative rock

This book covers not only the highlights of Reed’s career, but explores lesser-known facets of his work, such as his first recordings with doo-wop group the Jades, his key literary influences, the impact of Judaism upon his work, and his engagement with the LGBT movement. Drawing from original interviews with many of his artistic collaborators, friends, and romantic partners, as well as from archival material, concert footage, and unreleased bootlegs of live performances, Dirty Blvd. exposes the man behind the myth, the notoriously uncompromising rock poet who wrote songs that transcended their genre and established himself as one of the most influential and enigmatic American artists of the past half century.

Book Review: The Story of my Tits


The Story of My Tits is a graphic novel / memoir by Jennifer Hayden.  The book starts out with her as a young girl, wishing for breasts.  She finally got what she had been longing for. She went to college. She met a guy. Her mother was diagnoses with breast cancer.  She finally convinced her boyfriend they should get married and then finally convinced him to have kids. They had 2. Then she found out that she too had breast cancer.  This book tells her story in an interesting way – since she drew it and wrote it.  It’s a different approach to a memoir and one that I enjoyed reading.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

A landmark work of graphic memoir and a cancer narrative that pulls no punches! When Jennifer Hayden was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 43, she realized that her tits told a story. Across a lifetime, they’d held so many meanings: hope and fear, pride and embarrassment, life and death. And then they were gone. Now, their story has become a way of understanding her story. Growing up flat-chested and highly aware of her inadequacies… heading off to college, where she “bloomed” in more ways than one… navigating adulthood between her mother’s mastectomy, her father’s mistress, and her musician boyfriend’s problems of his own — not to mention his sprawling family. Then the kids come along… As cancer strikes three different lives, some relationships crumble while others emerge even stronger, and this sarcastic child of the ‘70s finally finds a goddess she can believe in.For everyone who’s faced cancer personally, or watched a loved one fight that battle, Hayden’s story is a much-needed breath of fresh air, an irresistible blend of sweetness and skepticism. Rich with both symbolism and humor, The Story of My Tits will leave you laughing, weeping, and feeling grateful for every day.

Book Review: My Hometown

My Hometown is a picture book, it doesn’t have many words, yet it manages to tell the story of the hometown of the main character – which you may find similar to your own, depending on where you live. Beautifully illustrated and a great book for kids.

I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for this review.

About the Book
Every town has a story. Experience small-town life and American history with this nearly wordless picture book. A magical newspaper takes a young boy on a journey through the history of a beloved hometown, from the 1860s to present day. Striking illustrations celebrate main-street Americana as the boy discovers the past and its importance.
For ages 6-8.
*Nostalgia for adults, and a history lesson for children*Wordless picture book format supports and encourages storytelling and writing in young readers*For much of the book, the background of the art features the evolving main street of the town, allowing readers to observe changes to architecture and culture through history

Throwback Thursday: American Idol 7\25\06


Headliner: Taylor Hicks
Opener(s): Mandisa, Ace Young, Lisa Tucker, Paris Bennett, Bucky Covington, Kellie Pickler, Chris Daughtry, Elliott Yamin
Venue: Arena at Harbor Yard
Cost: $76


I’m Every Woman
If I Was Your Woman

Mandisa & Ace – I’m Your Angel

Father Figure
Harder to Breathe

Signed Sealed Delivered
Your Song
Someone Saved My Life Tonight

Lisa & Paris:

Midnight Train to Georgia
Crazy in Love

Drift Away

Bucky & Kellie:
You’re The One That I Want

I’m The Only One
Walkin After MIdnight

Whole Lotta Love
Wanted Dead or Alive

Chris & Elliott:
Savin’ Me

All My Love
Moody’s Mood For Love

Boys – Patience

Jailhouse Rock
Living for the City
Do I Make You Proud

Girls Medley
Takin’ It To The Streets
We Are The Champions
Living in America

Kat McPhee was ill and missed this performance.

Fun fact: the ladies behind me were enjoying peanuts and also enjoying dropping their shells down the back of my pants. When I got home and went to the bathroom a bunch of peanut shells fell out of my pants.



Book Review: The Plans I Have For You

plansThe Plans I Have For You is a book all about God’s Plan for YOU! Yes, You!  It is a rhyming book all about how you can do anything you want to do and that everything you need is already inside of you.  Whether you want to be a nurse, work at a zoo, a firefighter, etc, it is all part of God’s plan for you to be the best you and to make the world a better place!

This is a hard cover book, a lot of great illustrations and very good at making you want to be the best you that you can be after reading it!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

About The Book

Bestselling author Amy Parker inspires children to dream about their future and trust that God has great plans for their life.

The Plans I Have for You combines playful rhyming text written by bestselling children’s book author Amy Parker with whimsical illustrations by award-winning artist Vanessa Brantley-Newton to create a book that inspires readers of all ages to dream about their future.

God has great plans for each and every one of us and this book encourages children to think about the talents that make them special and will help them imagine how God may use our unique traits to make the world a better place.

Love with food box august


Adventure is calling and that calls for some serious snacks to keep your summer road trip rolling. While you’re noshing with the wind in your hair, you’l know your choices have helped make a difference. After all, for every box sold we donate money to fight hunger. So crank up those tunes and hit the open road!

Popcorn by 479º
Turn those long hours on the highway into a party with a classic snack, jacked up with scrumptious seasonings and absolutely no GMOs.

Cheddar popcorn is my favorite, but this asiago, parmesan and cheddar popcorn may be taking over! So good.

Apple Hard Candy by GoOrganic
Is candy really such an indulgence when it’s this organic? Go ahead, have another – these bite-sized bits of apple-y goodness won’t judge you.

Wasnt really a fan of these, they had a bit of an after taste.

Peanut Butter by Wild Friends
No matter what flavor, peanut butter goes with everything. Here it’s an even more perfect match for your road trip pick-me-up with zero trans fat.

Mom tried this one because it was coconut and I am not a fan. She was, though!

Roasted broad beans by Enlightened
Trust us. Five minutes into your trip you’ll realize these crunchy broad beans are the snack you never knew you needed.

Mom tried these too. She said they were delicious though she didn’t know what a broad bean was and that the wasabi was strong.

Popped Salted Caramel Kind Healthy Grains Bar
The ultimate grab and go road trip snack, each Popped Salted Caramel bar is packed with 20g of whole grains to make every mile count.

This was really good, I have a road trip coming up next month and I may have to stock up on some of these!  I am usually not a fan of these bars because they have no flavor – but this one was absolutely delicious.

Rosemary Croccatini by La Panzanella
No matter your actual road trip destination, these light, perfectly seasons crisps will have you feeling just a little bit closer to italy.

Really enjoyed these crackers/crisps though they were VERY messy so keep that in mind if you’re taking them on the road

Lemon Rooibos Iced Herbal Tea by Stash
Forget that extra-large soda, simply pour one of these sticks into bottled water for a light, refreshing thirst quencher. No brewing required!

This smelled really good, but I found that the taste was rather weak. I poured it in a glass of water vs a bottle of water but I’m not sure that should have made a difference!

Fruity Pie
Never had pie on a road trip? Taste what you’ve been missing with this naturally sweet and energizing treat that will keep the good times rolling.

Our pie was fig and walnut. Since my Mom is the fig fan in the family she got to try this one as well. She said it was good, but she didn’t taste any walnut.


Music Monday: Carrick Hypercolor


I Get High
Wild Child
The Spirit
All I Think About
Different Drum
Ancient History
Where We Belong
Chain Me To the Wall

Carrick Moore Gerety was first introduced to me as a part of the band Everybody Else when they opened for Hanson.  Since then, the group has disbanded but Carrick has shown up at a few of Hanson’s song writing camps and recently put together a kickstarter campaign in order to release a solo album, Hypercolor.  The album was released on September 18th and is available now for everyone to purchase, not just backers.

I never did get into Everybody Else so I can’t really tell you how these songs compare to the stuff that they had put out as a group versus just Carrick solo. But I can tell you that this is a really good album. A bit different than what I usually listen to, but very catchy!