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Is there anyone out there besides me who hits snooze a gazillion times in the morning? Who wakes up foggy-brained? Do you need the biggest pot of coffee in the world just to be somewhat alert? Do you run out of energy too quickly or can't keep up with your kiddos or to-do list? How about junk food cravings? I'm glad I am not the only one!
Recently I was invited to attend a Thrive party on Facebook. The party lasted about 35 minutes, and consisted of five different people telling their personal before and after stories. I had heard of Thrive a few months ago - my best friend started taking Thrive and has been posting on Facebook about what Thrive is doing for her. So when I was invited to this party, I was very interested to find out more. Those who attended were encouraged to participate in different ways in order to be in the running for a five day Thrive experience. Guess who won? Yup, this girl!!
What is Thrive, you ask? Well - let me tell you. It is basically three products - vitamins, a healthy shake, and a skin patch (which they call DFT - derma fusion technology). Take the vitamins, and then 20 minutes or so later consume the shake and put on the DFT. Simple, right? =) What it does is fill in the nutritional gaps left by our eating habits. Even if we're eating the healthiest we can, our bodies do not absorb ALL of the nutrients they should. I've learned that the absorption rate of regular vitamins is only about 2% or so. The absorption rate of the high quality Thrive products is around 98%. Wow!!
With my experience sample pack, I did not expect to feel any differently the first day. I noticed right away that I was not foggy-brained at all. During the day I did not feel hungry in between meals, and I was not craving junk food. I am normally a sugar fiend - I can consume an entire bag of candy corn or a huge chocolate bar - gone in a flash. Soooooo not healthy! I have not even WANTED sugar of any kind. That's how fast and well Thrive works!! I usually take naps on weekends; I didn't need one. (I tried to take a nap, because that's what I do...couldn't even fall asleep).
Other benefits that Thrivers have told me about:
- helps with moods - get your "happy" back
- improves gut health - contains prebiotics
- helps get rid of joint pain
- helps with weight loss
- improves your sleep
- the longer you Thrive, the better the benefits!
So as I am finishing up my five day Thrive experience, I have decided that I will be a Thriver for life. It's worth looking into - it's worth trying out and experiencing these wonderful benefits. Click here and find out for yourself!
P.S. The company has an excellent referral program, in which you can get your Thrive for free! They also have a Promoter's program. You can get PAID to Thrive. =) You can find out more about those programs by clicking the link above.
June 27, 2018 update: I have since bought a month's worth of Thrive products. I absolutely love this stuff!!! I am able to keep up with my kiddos; I am not dragging in the afternoons like I did before Thrive; I have lost a couple of pounds so far; I have noticed that my moods are more balanced; I am awake and alert when the alarm goes off, sometimes before my alarm goes off! I am looking forward to more benefits as I continue to use these products.
I will be buying some of these products for my oldest son, who is 14 as of this update. He is on the Autism Spectrum, and also has severe ADHD. I will add in his results as we get them.
A first happened for me this week. I was invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new business in the next town over. I had seen the invitation in my Facebook newsfeed, and clicked on the website link. I discovered that this business owner is not only a caterer, but also a wedding planner, and an event planner. Her name is Melissa, and she mentioned on her website that she "can handle the smallest details of your wedding planning such as… save the dates, invitations, guest list, place cards, favors, guest book, welcome bags, ceremony programs and more." Since these things are what I do, I decided to send her a message. I asked if she handled invitations and enclosures in house or if she worked with outside vendors. Her enthusiastic answer was that she loved to work with outside vendors, that I should attend her ribbon-cutting, and to bring my work along with me because she'd love to see it! So, I attended this event. The space is beautifully decorated. Simple touches, but elegant. Melissa's food display was amazing. I loved the little signs and the wooden accents. She is very personable and friendly. (And she loved the different invitations I brought to show her!).
This company is called Twelve 31 Events, and you can visit her website at http://twelve31.events.
Today's episode of Easy Scrapbooking Techniques with Emilie is all about silhouette cutting. This is a basic skill, and is great for those times that you don't have a punch or a die that goes with your stamped image. Or if you are learning how to scrapbook, and don't have a lot of tools yet.
That's how I created a lot of my early scrapbook pages. And now, one of my favorite pages of all is from several years ago...I was making a Halloween page, showcasing my two boys in their costumes, and then a picture of the three of us after trick-or-treating. I wanted a pumpkin or two and a jack-o-lantern to spice up my page a bit. My favorite stamp company, Stampin' Up!, had a pumpkin stamp set that I really wanted, but didn't have the money for at the time. I can't draw a stick figure, but I was able to sketch out what I wanted and cut it out. I also silhouette-cut the picture of the boys and me, and matted it a few times.
I just love this page!
Another scrapbook layout I created is a Christmas one. I think it was done the same year as the Halloween one. I had several pics of my boys, and wanted to do something different with a couple of them. Here's the result:
I love how the technique sets of my kids on the top of the page, and adds a little something to it. =) It is not something I use for every scrapbook page I create, but it does have it's place.
Thank you so much for reading! Most of my blog posts about scrapbooking are about scrapbooking for beginners, or budget scrapbooking. However, if you need a jumpstart, or are looking for something different, this is also for you. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or comments about learning how to scrapbook, any techniques you've seen that you would like to learn, anything about diy wedding projects or wedding invitations. Come back soon!
I think one of the best parts of getting one's wedding ready for guests is decorating the venue. It's the last day before you get married, or it is a few hours before you get married. Hanging up garlands, banners, or photos; setting up the guest book and place cards; making sure everything is what you want it to be.
Every season has its own pieces that you could choose to add that special something to your wedding, but fall seems like it has the most fun decoration pieces! For instance, there are the wonderful autumn colors that can be incorporated, pumpkins and gourds that you could use, etc.
I found two fall wedding decoration ideas that I want to showcase today. One is painted pumpkins to use as centerpieces or aisle decorations, and the other is small gold-leafed gourds or pumpkins for use as place cards.
The project on painting pumpkins is perfect for a wedding because they were painted to look like vintage lace. This looks like a fun project to do, to enhance the beautiful fall wedding you are having. The full project is located at http://alisaburke.blogspot.com/2013/09/lace-inspir....
Aren't these beautiful? These are made by painting the pumpkin black, and letting it dry. Then you get out your trusty white paint pen and start drawing the little lines and swirls, to make it look like vintage lace is draped over the pumpkin. This would make a perfect centerpiece or addition to the flowers for fall wedding table decorations.
The second project is a small pumpkin that has gold leaf adhered to it. The gold leafing really adds another level of perfect to your autumn wedding decorations! This project is found at https://cupcakesandcashmere.com/diy/gilded-harvest....
I love how the gold leaf makes this look! You could do the whole pumpkin, but I think that only gilding half of it makes it stand out more. These are perfect for place cards, extra table decorations, and can double as wedding favors!
Both of these pumpkin projects look beautiful, and fun to complete. Let your imagination free, and add that something special to your other fall wedding decorations!
In the last blog post, I talked about how to use scraps to make an easy scrapbook page. This post is showing you one project you can do with some of those scraps. I used squares to make triangles, and I also used up some strips of paper I had left over from another project. These leftover pieces were given new life in the form of a border for a beach themed page. You can use any shape you wish to do something like this. Just let your creative juices flow! Below is the video I created for this post. Enjoy!
I will be devoting a post sometime this year to sketching, but I did want to give you an extra tip that is not in the video. Usually when I am attempting to figure out what I want to scrap, and how I want it to look, I sketch out a layout or two. Sketching is my go-to for placement of pieces and pictures. I discovered sketching from a scrapbooking magazine, and just fell in love! I've included a picture of the sketch I made for today's project. As you can see, it is small, but it is enough to work out what I want to do. I made two sketches, because I most often create two scrapbook layouts that go together. I did not end up making the second page with this one.
This is a small post today, but I hope that it is a place that you can start from and keep going in your scrapbooking journey. If you know someone who would like to take this journey with you, share, share, share! I have stated this in the first scrapbooking post, but I am going to repeat it. =) My scrapbooking technique videos are perfect for those who are beginning scrapbooking, new scrapbookers, anyone who is scrapbooking on a small budget, anyone who wants to learn how to scrapbook, etc. If you would rather make cards instead of scrapbooks, these techniques will work for you as well. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions about scrapbooking, card making, diy wedding projects, or wedding stationery. Thank you for watching and reading, and please come back soon!
Hello again! Welcome back, and welcome to the first in my Scrapbook Techniques series. Today's technique is very quick and easy. If you are new to scrapbooking or card making, if you have recently started scrapbooking and don't have a lot of tools yet, or you have a lot of paper scraps left over and you are not sure what to do with them, then this is for you!
All I did for today was to cut some paper strips down to small squares (mine are 1.5"x1.5"). Then I cut each square in half to make triangles. You can keep the larger triangles, or cut them down into smaller ones. Whatever you prefer. You don't even have to use squares and triangles. You could do small circles or whichever shape you would like.
I am going to be using these triangles, some long strips of paper, and some circles to make a border and layout for a double scrapbook page. (I usually make a double layout when scrapbooking). I will unveil the scrapbook page in the next video, and will probably have a card sample using this technique as well. Please watch the video, and you'll see how easy this really is.
I think that learning how to do something for the first time, especially if you're an adult, can sometimes be a little overwhelming. There is so much information out there on how to scrapbook, you may just not know where to turn. I do very simple scrapbook pages and cards. This series is kind of a "Come grow with me" type of series. I will show you some fun techniques, that are easy to do. I will talk about different tools (I call them my toys!) that will make your life easier. I am not an affiliate of any company, and I am not a consultant of any company at this time, so the products I show you are just my favorites. =)
Thanks for watching, and don't forget to come back for the next video so I can show you what I create from these pieces of paper. Happy Scrapping!
I had wanted to learn how to scrapbook for the longest time, and at one weekend getaway I took a chance on a scrapbook class. The scrapbook I made was very simple, but it showed me that I didn't need all the fancy gadgets. All we used on that project was patterned paper, a paper trimmer, and adhesive.
I am starting a new blog series. The next post is going to be a video showing you how to do a scrapbooking technique. I will follow that up with a full scrapbook page or card (or both) featuring that technique. Then I will write about a D.I.Y. wedding project, and at the end of the month I will host a question and answer session. I am not sure yet if that will be by live video or plain text. Maybe a mixture of both! Which would you prefer? Please feel free to email me your questions on scrapbooking, card-making, or a diy wedding project.
If you want to learn how to scrapbook, this series is for you. If you haven't scrapped in a while and are thinking you might need a "refresher course", this series is for you.
So this is kind of a prequel. Here is a list of the basic supplies or tools you will need to get started. And by the way, I am the queen of Budget Scrapbooking. I will not steer you wrong.
First, you need a place to play, I mean work. ;) And something to keep your supplies and unfinished projects in. Then you'll need a good pair of scissors. I have a small set that is super sharp and is ONLY used for cutting paper, usually cutting around small things. Third comes the paper trimmer!!! This is very important. In scrapbooking, and especially in card-making, you need accurate measurements if you'd like your pics and mats to fit well together.
This is a Fiskars Paper Trimmer. It will cut paper up to 12 inches. This one, or one like it, is what you'll need if you are going to be doing lots of scrapbooking or card-making. You can find it in any craft store.
And you can't forget adhesive. Adhesive comes in all shapes and sizes, and prices! My best advice to you would be to go to your local craft store, and just gaze in wonder at the wall of adhesives. Drink in all the pretty colors, read all the labels, and just pick one to use. If you find you don't like it, you can use a different one when that one is empty. They all work pretty much the same.
Of course you'll need paper. Cardstock and patterned paper. You can get a stack of coordinating patterned paper at the craft stores; I would wait until they have their 40% or 50% off all scrapbook paper and stacks sale. Joann Fabric stores have these sales or really good coupons quite frequently. As does Michaels.
I will be talking about gadgets and other tools as we go along, but these are the basics you'll want. Happy Shopping!
A newly engaged couple can become overwhelmed with the sheer amount of choices available for each aspect of their upcoming wedding. How do you decide which venue, which wedding stationer, limo service, flower company, etc to choose? Not to mention the most important thing - THE DRESS! Where should you start looking?
An excellent place to begin, besides online, is a bridal show or expo. These shows have everything an engaged couple could want! They will usually feature a fashion show with the latest in wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, and some classy tuxes for variety. Hundreds of wedding professionals attend bridal expos, so you will have plenty of vendors vying for your attention.
Some tips for you as you start researching local bridal shows...Allow yourself plenty of time to take in all the information you will be receiving. No decisions have to be made at the show. You will want to take notes about the vendors that appeal to you. The bridal expos in my area all post which vendors will be attending, along with their contact information. If you have time before the show, check out their websites. This way you already have an idea of which booths you want to visit.
Are you the type of person who keeps up with the newest trends in fashion, home décor, and maybe weddings? If you are, then The Huffington Post is a great resource for your wedding. Debra Witt explores several new trends for this year in her article, "The 17 Hottest Wedding Trends for 2017".
One of those trends that Ms. Witt talks about is wedding invitations. This year, the trend is leaning toward mixed patterns. I don't like mixed patterns in clothing, but somehow it works on paper! As long as the color scheme coordinates through the entire invitation suite, mixed patterns makes the design pop. It is different, can be subtle or bold, and works well with stripes and florals. A good place to have the "off" pattern is the envelope liners.
Handcrafted items is another trend included in the article. Ms. Witt specifically discusses calligraphy on invitations. Calligraphy is so beautiful, and really adds that extra something that you may be looking for. Should handcrafted calligraphy be out of your budget, this is the age of technology! Many stationers offer machine-crafted calligraphy.
Have a look through the article, which you can find at
Wedding pictures are so important because the pictures are the best way to remember your wedding day. Everyone has a different idea of what they would like to have memorialized, so this is where a checklist comes in handy. If you are not organized, you still need a checklist.
For my first wedding, our photographer had a questionnaire for us to fill out, however, it was not complete. We were clueless. Don't get me wrong, our pictures were beautiful, and the photographer took so many! We should have taken some time to think out what we really wanted. For example, I have one picture of my siblings and me. It had the potential to be one of my favorites. But my eyes were half-closed, and we were caught mostly off-guard. No one was smiling, and the photographer never took another. If I'd had a checklist ready, I would probably have an awesome picture of my brother, sisters, and me.
The moral of the story is, PLAN! Have a good idea of what you are looking for. Here is a checklist I found on www.theintentionalmom.blogspot.com to get you started.