September 30, 2014

It's here!

My new planner that is. I've been eyeing up these beautiful planners made by Erin Condren for some time now, but money has been tight and I rarely spend money on myself. So knowing this, my grandmother and sisters bought me one for my birthday. I LOVE IT! And I've already filled my October calendar. Aren't the triangles fun?






September 29, 2014

Zva Creative September DT Blog Hop!


Hello friends! Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcome you to our August blog hop! We are very excited to kick off another blog hop and to have you join us today. We hope you are inspired all of the beautiful work that we are about to share!

The hop begins at Zva Creative’s blog! Be sure head on over to check it out! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way).

As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. If you like what you see along the hop you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.



Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts, Patterned paper: Die cuts: Tags: Stickers: Flair sticker: Basic Grey, Jewels: Zva Creative, Markers: Faber Castell, Pen: American Crafts, Kit: Clique Kits (October Masquerade kit).

I made this layout using the new October Clique Kit. It is currently sold out! Clique Kits is taking new subscribers beginning November 1, 2014, don't miss out on these fabulous kits. I promise you won't be disappointed. And if you find something in the school store that you'd like. Use my coupon code for 10% off your purchase. The code is NICOLE10. Enjoy!
 
If you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path. I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!

The Blog Hop starts today, September 28th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, September 29th.

***Prizes***

Hidden on FIVE of the blogs along the way is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. All you need to do is leave a comment on one post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, September 30th on Zva Creative’s Facebook page. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to Zva’s page on Wednesday to see if you are a winner!

The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative’s blog. Your next stop is Tina McDonald. Enjoy!

Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on October 26th for our next Zva blog hop!

September 21, 2014

Maryland Renaissance Festival

To celebrate my birthday, we went to the Renaissance Festival. We haven't been there in three years so I was pretty excited. While waiting in line, Edward wanted to climb the castle... He wanted to get his hands on those flags.

 
The lines were insane, but Edward was so good while we waited to get in. Next time, we will order our tickets online!
 
 
Edward spotted the bubbles... Enough said.
 
 
 
 
Then the boys played the archery game.
 
 
Our first stop for me was the wine shop. I got a cool mug and some Honey Meade that was so strong, I got a buzz off of $10. So great! LOL
 
 
Edward though he wanted some devil ears, but he had a choice between devil ears or a sword.
 
 
This woman was hilarious. LOL. She said the men looked like they left their balls at the pub and I almost spit out my wine. We watched her for awhile. Needless to say, she got dunked for that comment.
 
 
Edward loved the poney ride. Can't you tell?
 
 
So I thought Edward would pick the sword instead of the devil horns, but he decided on the mace instead. Daddy said it was better because it was softer... haha.
 
 
Edward asked all day to get his face painted. We spotted a face painting stand at the beginning of the festival, but it was all girlie paintings with glitter and bling... and then we spotted this stand...
 
 
 
He was one scary looking dude!
 
 
They had lots of food everywhere... Edward wanted a pretzel and lemon ice, daddy got some beef and mommy got a baked potatoe with cheese and broccoli.
 
 
Edward wanted some slippers. We said no.
 
 
I love blown glass... aren't these beautiful? I didn't bother looking since I didn't have any money to spend on these beauties...
 
 
 
 
Overall, it was a fantastic day and Edward had a blast with his mommy and daddy.
 
 
Cheers!
 

September 14, 2014

Smithsonian's National Zoo

We had such a great time at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C. today. And what a beautiful day it was. The weather was perfect. We haven't been there in three years.


The last time we went, Edward was a little over a year old! WOW, It's amazing how time flies. We thought it would be fun to take another shot like the one we took a few years ago. LOL. Love how my family likes to humor me with my love for photos.


Ah, I love this!
 

 
Isn't this kitty cute?



 
And I loved this little guy.

 
Hoo, Hoo!

 
OMG, these little cubs were so adorable. We literally stood and watched these guys for like twenty minutes. They were so fun. We even watched the mommy put the cubs in time out...



 
This lion was soooo mad. He was yelling at everybody. I think it was getting closer to feeding time and I think he just wanted to eat...

 
Edward loved the Merry-Go-Round. He said it was his favorite part of the day. I was shocked that he didn't want the tiger.





We had such a great day! And we all definitely got our exercise. Haha.
 


September 13, 2014

Nothing much...



Hi everyone. Hope you're having a great weekend. Nothing much going on today! I do need to clean the bathroom though... I'll get that done later. Maybe.

This right here is a mess... I went through an old album and discovered that the layouts were falling apart. Sad!! So I scanned all of these pages that were falling apart before tossing them in the recycle bin.

 
 
Lately, I've had no mojo. I'm hoping that it returns soon. I haven't done much scrapping lately. I mean, really... just take a look at my desk. THIS IS NOT NORMAL.
 
 


 
 
If you're looking for a challenge this weekend, hop over at Clique Kits to participate in their "Anything goes" challenge for a chance in winning a $25 gift certificate to Pinkfresh Studio! http://cliquekits.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/clique-kits-september-challenge/. Here's a quick and easy card that I made for the challenge! And if you feel like shopping, here's a 10% coupon code for the Clique Kits school store! NICOLE10. Enjoy!



And before I go, I want to share these darling drawings that my four year old did at school. I love them both and I think I'll frame them!