And if that doesn't spell it out enough for you . . . .
:) My due date is August 28th and I've felt great so far. Just super, super, super, super, super tired. That happens to me in the first trimester of all my pregnancies. I can hardly move off the couch. It's disgusting! (Thus my lack of blog posts this past month.) I'm at the beginning of my second trimester now though, so hopefully some energy will be coming back to me soon.
Last night was my Sale-a-Bration Kickoff Open House/Mystery Hostess Event. One of the snacks I made was a Jalapeno Popper Dip recipe that I found on Pinterest. Many ladies asked for the recipe, so here it is -
A few posts ago, I mentioned that we had our family pictures taken at our farm on Labor Day weekend. They were done by Jenine Henninger and Yvette Seal of Firefly Studios. I would definitely recommend them to anyone in the central part of Illinois. They are very talented photographers - friendly, great with the kids, and not afraid to get dirty as we even made them crawl under a fence, climb down a steep hill, and trek through the woods to take some extra pictures in the creek! :)
You should also know that this was probably one of the worst possible days for these pictures. It had poured for days so the grass was still soaking wet and everything was very muddy. And it felt like we were in a rainforest - very muggy and sticky. Not a great day for us naturally curly haired girls! :) We all couldn't wait to go home and take showers afterwards!
Another funny story - I had spent so much time shopping and coordinating everyone's clothes for the pictures. Well, it's quite a job to pack up the 6 of us when we head down south for a weekend and the morning of the pictures I panicked when I realized that I had forgotten to pack my own picture outfit! AHHHHH! Luckily, my sister was able to call a good friend who hooked me up with a brown shirt and I somehow squeezed myself into my sister's jeans! Aye, aye, aye!
I just had to include this last picture to show off my cool Stampin' Up! mud boots! :) These were a pillow gift on one of the Founders' Circle trips that I earned. They matched some of our designer paper at the time. They crack me up!
Over Labor Day weekend, we took a trip down south to visit family and get family pictures taken at our orchard. Super talented Jenine Henninger and her mother, Yvette Seal, of Firefly Studio took the pics and these are four of the six we've seen so far. We love them and can't wait to see the rest. I'll share more when we get the others!
Aria - 7
Roland - 5
Elysia - 3
Esme - 1
I will be holding a garage sale of retired stamping items on Friday, August 24th & Saturday, August 25th. I know that many of you, like me, have tons of papercrafting items that you no longer use and would like to get rid of. Therefore, I have decided to help you sell your “old” or unwanted items at my garage sale, while also giving you a chance to obtain new Stampin’ Up! products! Here’s how it will work:
- I will do all of the paid advertising and prep work for the sale.
- A few days in advance, you may bring any old stamping/scrapbooking items to me that you’d like to sell. They must be clearly marked with your initials and your desired price on the outside of the packaging.
- You can be present or not during the garage sale.
- I will keep track of how much you sell. You will not receive cash for the items you sell, but will instead receive a gift certificate from me for the amount you earned through the sale.
- The gift certificate will be valid for 6 months and can be used on NEW products from the Stampin’ Up! big catalog or current mini.
- You will be responsible for taking back any items that do not sell within a short amount of time.
We spent our last Disney day at Hollywood Studios. We enjoyed lots of shows and met even more characters. Our character lunch included Roland's favorite character, Jake, from Jake and the Neverland Pirates along with other Disney Junior characters like June, Handy Manny, and Special Agent OSO. I thought the Green Army Man from Toy Story was the coolest character yet!
In the evening, Stampin' Up! had set up a Kids' Night Out event so that the parents could go and enjoy the Final Night Event. Stampin' Up! outdid themselves again with the Final Night Event! They took us to our own private showing of the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular which included Stampin' Up! employees and demonstrators! At one point, the stage broke away to show tons of workers setting up our special dinner back behind the scenes. It was set up to be like a Middle Eastern night filled with great food, belly dancers, and the Aladdin characters. The best part was that they had photographers taking our pictures in front of "green screens". They would tell us to act a certain way - "run in place like a giant boulder is chasing you!" Then when they developed the pictures for us to take home, there was actually a giant boulder behind us in the photo. They were hilarious to see! When we returned to our hotel room, our pillow gift was a beautiful Thomas Kincaid painting of Snow White in the forest.
Roland was so happy to be wearing his Jake shirt when we met Jake!
Loved this Green Army Man outside of the Toy Story ride!
Here you can see our dinner being set up while a Stampin' Up! employee acts out a death scene for the show.
The kids were so very excited that we got a picture with the evil Jafar from Aladdin!
Mike was slightly embarassed when the belly dancer came his way! :)
Well . . . that is the end of my Disney posts! Thanks for letting me share and thanks to those of you who supported my Stampin' Up! business and helped to make that trip possible! So many memories were made and I thank Stampin' Up! for providing my family with an opportunity we might have never had otherwise!
We spent our first full Disney day at the Magic Kingdom. The morning began with a special Stampin' Up! only showing of the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. Then it was off to ride rides! We must have been visiting at a great time of year since the longest we waited for any ride was probably only 20 minutes. In the afternoon, we surprised the kids with appointments at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Both girls were made into bee-yoo-ti-ful princesses by their Fairy Godmothers In Training while Roland became a knight. They loved it! After they finished, we surprised them again with a dinner hosted by Cinderella & Prince Charming. The stepmother and stepsisters were there too, so it was a hoot! We wrapped up the night with the fireworks and Electrical Parade.
This was one of the treats at my recent Open House. I promised I'd share the recipe. Enjoy!
- 2 (18 ounce) package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip or use a jar of marshmallow fluff
- strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, canned peaches, raspberries, etc.
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice cookie dough and arrange on large greased cookie sheet. Press dough flat into pan and slightly build up the edges. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool.
- In a large bowl, soften cream cheese, then fold in the whipped topping (or marshmallow fluff). Spread over cooled crust. You can chill for a while at this point, or continue by arranging the fruit.
- In a saucepan, combine sugar, salt, corn starch, orange juice, lemon juice and water. Cook and stir over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and cook for 1 or 2 minutes, until thickened. Remove from heat, and add grated orange rind. Allow to cool, but not set up. Spoon over fruit. Chill for two hours, then cut into wedges and serve.