Monthly Archives: December 2011

FREE (Crappy) Portraits – Rock on!

I was surfing and catching up on my Google Reader the other day (surprise, surprise) and stumbled across Free Crappy Portraits which, for some reason, sounded very intriguing.  I’m not sure if it was the word free or the word crappy that lured me in more.

The overview in 20 words or less…

  • Select stellar photo
  • Draft crafty overview about people in photo
  • Email both
  • Wait
  • Receive Free Crappy Portrait from artist
  • Giggle

Here are the details I provided them…

Blurbs about each of us

A little about us… Krista loves to travel and experience new cultures, she’s a very picky eater and like everything plain, but she’s obsessed with spices, her favorite color is aqua blue, she’s addicted to ice cream…well, any kind of sweet, but ice cream would have to be one of her favorites, currently, she’s obsessed with all things vampire, she’s an animal lover and has a cat name Kington 2.0 – she adopted him from an animal shelter (Kingston 1.0 got lost), she’s terrified of being in deep water if she can’t see the bottom – something about dead bodies coming up to grab her legs, weird, I know…

Jesse left his heart in San Francisco, where he grew up, he’s a technology addict and constantly has gadgets in his hands from his iPad to his Android phone to his tablet, just like American Express, he doesn’t leave home without them, he also has a strange habit of piling his laundry in a mountain beside the bed instead of putting it in the laundry hamper – this drives Krista crazy…

Nate is a comedian, he loves telling jokes and making people laugh, he also loves all electronics and his favorite movie is Star Wars…

Riley is a little diva, she knows what she wants and goes after it, she loves reading books and her favorite series is Barney…


And here’s what I received in return!

I’m guessing this could become very addictive, but I promise I’ll refrain from bombarding them so you all can experience the fun too!

Thanks to artist, Cheryl, for the family portrait and to Free Crappy Portraits for the brilliant concept!


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Family Rules Project

I reignited my love for Picnik last night and finally completed one of the things that’s been on my ever growing to-do list FOREVER …

Our Family Rules Poster!

Unfortunately, the dishes are still in a pile beside the sink.  Ah well – you can’t win them all!

So, take your vote…which one should I print to hang up in our entryway?  Black, Green or Red?

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Posted by on December 27, 2011 in Decor


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Headlights for your feet…really?

I stumbled across this on my Groupon today and had to share it with all of you.

BrightFeet Lighted Slippers

I can just hear the infomercial in my head now…

…the powerful lights illuminate paths up to 25 feet to prevent wearers from being eaten by a lion disguised as an ottoman!

…you too can be the envy of your household!

…BUT WAIT!  If you order within the next 10 minutes, we’ll double your order!  Four headlights for the price of two!

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Posted by on December 20, 2011 in Misc.


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O Christmas Tree…O Christmas Tree

Here’s what happens when you try to capture a good photo of your kids standing still beside the newly decorated Christmas tree…

Funky eh?

Ah well!  At least I got a few good ones of them putting ornaments on.

Riley loved helping!

Nate hanging his ornaments. Notice that Riley even decorated her kitchen by placing a stocking on it!

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Posted by on December 19, 2011 in Decor


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I sure do like those Christmas cookies, sugar…

Christmas cookies have to be the BEST THING ON THE PLANET.

Not all Christmas cookies…I’m specifically referring to the cut-out kind with frosting and sprinkles that take FOREVER to make….mix, roll, cut, roll again, cut again, bake….by the time you get done making them your feet are so tired and you’re so sick of the smell that you don’t even want to eat them.  That’s why I typically let my sister, Angie, do all the hard lifting.  We expect her to bring them to every family gathering and boy, are they delicious!

Since we’re not travelling home for Christmas this year, I had to face the cold, hard truth that if I wanted the buttery, soft, scrumptious, addictive things, I was going to have to break down and make them myself or not have any at all.

So, that’s just what we did this weekend.  Besides, what would childhood be without a little Christmas cookie making memory?  I couldn’t deprive my kids of that!

Yes, I did cheat.  I have my sister’s fabulous recipe, but I opted not to stand on my feet for 5 hours and instead, looked to one of my favorite new addictions, Pinterest, for some inspiration.  Lo and behold, I found just what I was looking for here.  What could be easier than 4 ingredients?!

Cake Mix Cut-Outs Recipe from the Christmas Cookie Jar cookbook

Image & Recipe Source

Here are the kids in action…

The first thing Riley did when I turned my back was take a BIG bite of raw cookie dough (she’s her mother’s child alright!)

Riley cutting out cookies

Nate rolling out the cookie dough

Riley rolling out cookie dough - notice she's trying to imitate Santa with a beard full of flour

Nate picked a reindeer to decorate and eat

Riley picked a snowman to frost and eat - mmmm

Funfetti Christmas Cookies - easy peasy

Last, but not least, I’d like to leave you with my favorite Christmas cookie song (yes, you heard me right, there actually is a song out there about them – and the best thing about it is the artist!)


Posted by on December 18, 2011 in Kids, Random Crap I Love


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Thought For Thursday – MLK Silent

Wow!  Very powerful statement and so true!

I’ve always been the laid back, take it-all-in, silent type, but people who know me well know that I speak my mind when it matters.  I have always believed in standing up for what I believe in no matter how much confrontation I encounter.  If you can’t stand for something and be yourself when it matters, what’s the point?

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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Thoughts for Thursday


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Things that make me laugh until I cry

There are so many things I love about the internet that it’s hard to pick my favorite, but I can say one of my favorites is the ability to search and instantly find the things that make you laugh so hard you cry…just for those days you need it the most…

Something I can’t get enough of lately is Damn You Auto Correct – A site that captures submissions of epic failed auto-corrects from your phone.  I’m certain if someone walked into my home office when I was browsing this site, they would think I was insane – cackling at the screen while wiping tears from my eyes.

And the best Marketing of all time – Budweiser’s Real Men of Genius!

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Posted by on December 14, 2011 in Random Crap I Love


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