Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Charles Perrault's Birthday!

Thank you, Google Doodles, for telling me that today is Charles Perrault's birthday!



I love fairy tales - especially well-illustrated ones! In honor of his birthday, here are my favorite illustrated versions of these tales! (And a few more fun books as well!)






I hope you have as much fun reading them as I do!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Porcupine's "Lovey"

I might be wrong but...there's probably a lot of DIY in this kid's future.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Hello, Scentsy in Giant Boxes!


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I know I said that is try not to spam this blog with Scentsy, but I can't help it! (It's not spam, yet, is it?) I love it and it's something new in my life! I love scheming for the best deals - and Scentsy can be a dream for that: combine and save packages, hostess rewards, monthly specials, oh my!
 
(I want to get my act together to tell you all my Shutterfly deal-scheming, too! I have a lot of photo books that still need to be made and bought with coupons. My next Tuesday should be my love of coupons!)(Ok, I'm officially babbling.)
 
Anyway, my first few Scentsy basket parties have been pretty successful...it's like Christmas here! Look at all this great stuff that my friends/family/customers got!
 
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I got a bottle of the Vanilla Cinnamon Clove Natural Oil to try! Exciting!
 
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And of course, I immediately plugged in my new Let it Snow warmer – the November Warmer of the Month. This pretty warmer is part of why I joined Scentsy in the first place!! And let me tell you, so worth it! It’s so gorgeous in real life! I love that it is wintery, not just Christmas-y, so I don’t have to feel bad about using it all season ;)
 
Scentsy Let it Snow Warmer
 
Such an exciting first order! This is fun! :) I would have been posting about some cute Scentsy stuff whether I had joined or not…I can’t help it, I just love chatting about things I love! But I promise to keep it to cute stuff :) :) :)
 
(This was actually last week, but my lucky Friday the 13th is to be posting it today! (I got another fun Scentsy box today!) Anything fun happen to you on this “spooky” day?)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Porcupine’s First Birthday Party

As we’re coming up on his second birthday party, I thought I’d finally get around to posting a few pictures from Porcupine’s first birthday party. We had a blast and everything turned out just the way I wanted it to! (Except all the snow on the ground, but what can you do when you have a baby in February in Indiana!)

The theme was kind-of Alphabet-y. Everything I do is Alphabet-y (I still have to post baby shower alphabet things! Another thing to add to the to-do list!) I found inspiration for an Alphabet-y invitation from this blog.

Alphabet Birthday Inviation (Fonts are Century Schoolbook and LaurenScript. I used the “Pencil Sketch” feature on Picasa to make Porcupine’s picture seem schoolbook-y. Then I printed them on cardstock – 2 to a page.)

I’d been pinning all kinds of cute desserts forever, so I just made a bunch! Cupcakes with rainbows, goldfish, teddies, “balloons”, and of course As, Bs, and Cs!

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My mother-in-law made Porcupine a giant cupcake to smash in to!

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I ordered the “one” plates from BirthdayExpress.com, along with some other things. I couldn’t believe that I couldn’t just find blue “one” plates locally! Oh well…I love internet shopping!

I knew I wanted some kind of cool “backdrop” (again, I owe you a baby shower post, because there, we did balloons, kind of like this.) made of balloons or streamers or something. Then, on the same blog where I found the invitation inspiration, I found a cool “Happy Birthday” sign inspiration.

first_birthday I cut the letters out on my Cricut using the font from the “A Child’s Year” cartridge.

Our house was full of family and fun, and I couldn’t have asked for a better party.

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I think Porcupine had a great time, too…and he loved his cake!

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Hopefully, I’ll post pictures from his second birthday in a more timely manner! And I’ll get to work on a baby shower post, pronto!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

FibaFuse Paperless Drywall Tape

I have probably said this before, but I don't love drywall finishing work (and I am certainly not a pro at it!), but I always get stuck doing it because I have more patience than Brian.

I recently found this joint tape and have only mudded with it a few times, but I think I really like it. I can't yet speak to its longevity, but it embeds easily into the mud and seems easy to cover. I don't like that the fiberglass feels like it gets in your hands like insulation does, but if I was using it a lot, I should probably wear gloves. 

Has anyone else used it? Does anyone actually like mudding drywall?  

Monday, November 2, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from Kitty Anderson!

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He loves the cats at his grandma’s house so much! Here he is with his costume inspiration:

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Ha! Aren’t they cute?

He had an awesome time trick-or-treating for the first time :) (on his second Halloween!)

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(He was all about the Dum-Dum suckers!)

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Things I Love Tuesday : Audible

Well, after 6 years, I finally gave up my trusty iPod Nano + Creative speaker and joined the ranks of those who use their smartphones for everything, including my always-necessary audiobooks.
I am still a huge fan of my local library, so I use the Overdrive app for free, instantly downloadable audiobooks that you can borrow.

But for things the library doesn't have, I saved my pennies and got myself an annual subscription to Audible.com. (This is actually my 2nd year!) You get 12 credits to use whenever and other audiobooks are discounted. I buy cheaper books/shows and save my credits for more expensive ones.
The app is great, the instant gratification is phenomenal. You can download previously purchased books from the cloud, or get new ones. 


I have a whole homepage on my phone dedicated to various audiobook players.


Now I just need to figure out the perfect bluetooth speaker situation  (one that can rival my little Creative speaker). Any ideas? Anyone else use/love Audible?
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