Archives for August 2014

Happy 7th Birthday Apollo!!


Happy birthday to my sweet boy Apollo! Today you begin a new adventure as a seven year old. I hope our day is filled with lots of smiles and laughter. I say our day because I remember the day.  I remember going to the hospital and all the kind and confident doctors that helped me bring you into this world.


You were so little and trying to look at everything. I wonder what was on your mind.


Nicholas came in to meet you and then took a nap with you in the bed. It was so cute to watch.


Your dad was still glowing on your first day at our home.


I couldn’t put you down. Despite being tired, I just wanted to snuggle.


After settling in a few days, I just felt blessed to now have two boys.


Every mom thinks their baby is cute and you were no exception. I loved and still love taking pictures of you.

Thank you for being my good little boy and I wish for you another year of growth, good health and lots of love. I am so very proud of you.




Shrinky dinks with My Boys


Hello Everyone! Happy Monday! I had to run some errands today so I was unable to post the happenings this morning.


When I was little I remember loving when my mom and I would use shrinky dinks. We made such cool things. One of my favorite things to make was keychains.  So for a few years now I have been thinking about doing it with the boys. I have bought the sheets that you can stamp on etc. but hadn’t used them.  So I loved the idea of a kit with a theme. And I don’t know about you but monsters were  definitely appealing to my boys. So I picked up the kit from Michael’s.


It was fun watching them each take turns looking into the toaster oven to see their creations curl up and shrink then lay down flat.  It was a short activity and I am finding that this works best for them. I lose them if I try to get too involved.  Which is quite easy for me to do since I enjoy creating.

shrinkydinks4Another cute thing about this kit is that it came with a little background and stands for the monsters. This would be a great craft around Halloween.

Well I am off to go do some reading. I have book club tomorrow and I still have 150 pages left of reading. Thank goodness it is a good book!

Have a blessed day!



New Card: Girlfriend Series #1

girlfriends1Hello my friends!  I hope you are all doing well today. I am feeling especially happy.  Happy to be in my craft room today and happy to be going to a crop tonight with my girlfriends.

So what better card to share with you then the latest from my girlfriend series. I will be offering this on my shop and many others this fall. This is my first Stamping Bella stamp. I bought quite a few to use in my girlfriend collection among others.

I haven’t paper pierced in a long time so it was so much fun picking the pattern paper for their dresses.  It was like dressing Barbie! I used my Copics to color the rest and glossy accents on the glasses to make them look real.  I included a new favorite wine glass of min in the photo. I also bought this one for my girlfriend who loves Zinnia’s too and when I saw them at Crate and Barrel, I knew we had to have them. They don’t really look like Zinnia’s to me but the fact that they are called Zinnia’s was enough for me.

I hope to work on some more cards for this collection tonight at the crop.  I am still sneaking in time here and there but when the boys go back to school I will be able to do more.

I hope you find some time to create today!


Belinda’s Book Nook Review: The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal


Title: The False Princess
Author: Eilis O’ Neal
Copyright: September 11, 2012
Genre: fiction, fantasy
Format: audiobook Narrator: Mandy Williams

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia’s led a privileged life at court.  But everything changes when it’s revealed, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection.  Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city of Vivaskari, her best friend, Keirnan, and the only life she’s ever known.

Sinda is sent to live with her only surviving relative, an aunt who is a dyer in a distant village. She is a cold, scornful woman with little patience for her newfound niece, and Sinda proves inept at even the simplest tasks.  But when Sinda discovers that magic runs through her veins – long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control – she realizes that she can never learn to be a simple village girl.

My Thoughts on The False Princess:

When I work in my craft room, I enjoy listening to music, podcasts and audio books. I enjoy this because I can listen to something while I work. Over the last six months I have really enjoyed being able to keep up with my “reading” while still getting my crafting time .  The first place I go when I need an audiobook is Overdrive since it is free from the library. I read the description, listened to a preview of this book and checked out it’s ratings on Goodreads and it sounded just like the right book to listen to.

The False Princess  is a fantasy book filled with magic, romance and mystery. Mandy Williams did a great job with the narration. Which I believe can make or break the listening experience.

I enjoyed this debut novel by Eilis O’Neal right from the start because it brought you right into the mystery.  I liked the main character Nalia who was really Sinda.  She was a strong character with definite flaws.  Many typical of a 16 year old girl. Which I had to keep reminding myself.

Most of the women in this book were very strong characters. Sinda’s aunt despite the shock of a niece she thought had died appearing on her doorstep, did not let her poverty keep her from taking care of her niece.  Filanthra, who was portrayed as a bit of a loose canon and  an outsider, still managed her home with help from servants and found a place for her magic and potions to maintain her lifestyle. Melaina, although the antagonist was a very strong women that took command of the situation and planned a through deception. Which I think would have been very difficult in such a male dominated society. Perhaps magic was the great equalizer.

I enjoyed the light romance in the novel with Keirnan. He was a charming friend for Sinda and a little love in stories is always good.

The only thing I would say that I was frustrated with was the fact that Sinda was so strong and bright and yet they made her so naive when it came to love and romance. Over and over, her doubt presented itself and at times, I felt could be skipped. Perhaps that is how authors create drama but I felt it was a little overkill at times.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and the detail and the descriptions for the settings. I felt I could really see the settings and the narration was spot on. I haven’t read many books with magic so this was a little fun for me. I ended up listening to the last few hours of the book into the wee hours of the morning to find out how it all would turn out. I think the message finding out who you really are and learning to accept yourself for who you are was a strong message in this book. Particularly with Sinda.

I think if you are looking for a light read with good narration, you should give it a try.

I give this book 4 butterflies.


Happy reading!



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