Friday, April 29, 2011

My LRS April Design team designs




The LRS April kit was so much fun to work with! I LOVED getting to use the Open Faced Corrugated Sheet of paper! I think I used it on all three layouts and my card :) It's full of great embellishments that totally matched the kit and I even purchased the addons which made the main kit pop so much more! Here are my three layouts and one card, plus some close up shots that show more detail.

































Thanks so much for looking :) Stay tuned, I just received the May LRS DT kit and plan to work on it this coming week :)

Nikki

Creative Xpress Halloween Banner and more


Last summer (June/July 2010) I was given an assignment from CX and Provo Craft to make a 3D object out of the (at the time) new Cricut Cartridge "Happy Hauntings". My first thought after reviewing the cart was "3D Banner". Banner's were not really "in" yet so I thought it would be unique and fun! Almost every shape on this banner came from the cricut. The banner shape, the frame, the circles and the font. I love the way this turned out! So much so that I have made a few custom banners for friends and family. I also have been working on some for my Etsy store, which will be uploaded and in my shop this coming Monday :) I made birthday themed banners, Holiday themes, and even "name" themed which people hang in their children's rooms. I also have some custom handmade cupcake toppers, 3D embellishments, Birthday hats, cards and layouts I will be uploading, so please bookmark my shop if you think it's something you might like :)

I am posting this Halloween banner because I just received it back in the mail from CX and can now share it on my blog with you :) I am also sharing a Custom "Name" banner I made.


























Here is the custom name banner I made for my cousin's new beautiful baby girl "Adriana" :) But first here are some pictures his wife (and great photographer) Angel took of her nursery so you can see how well it will match up to it, I made sure to add some Swarovski crystals and some crystal buttons because I know Adriana's mommy likes those :) and they really go with the room, which I LOVE! (Click on pictures to make them larger).







































Thanks for looking and stay tuned, I have a bunch more projects that were returned to me this week that I will be sharing with you soon! :)

Happy Friday!!!

Nikki

Monday, April 18, 2011

My morning breakfast routine


Some of you know from Facebook, that for the last two years, I pretty much make this smoothie (or something close to it, most of the time I use strawberries not blackberries) everyday for breakfast, if I don't make this, I love to have a bowl of plain cheerios.



My mom got me started on the Coconut milk(1 cup) and the whey protein powder (1 scoop) ( both from whole foods, you can now get the coconut milk from pretty much any store). She just used those two things and the fruit in her morning smoothies. In time, after learning more about food, and good foods I could eat for more protein, which I love for my morning workouts, and the extra energy, I started adding more of my own touches to my smoothies. I started adding 1/2 a cup or more of the plain oatmeal, which is great for your heart! I also started adding my favorite (of all time lol) yogurt...



It's an all natural Greek yogurt called Chobani. I love to add it into my smoothies (or just eat it out ofthe tub lol), not only does it add more flavor, but it packs in alot more protein for that extra energy.
I also add a banana everytime. The banana helps make the smoothie thicker, which helps me feel more full. I love these so much! Sometimes if I am craving icecream or something sweet at night, I will make this to help the craving pass, only I leave out the whey powder and the yogurt, so it's not to many calories I am consuming late at night.



I am off to go make one now...with strawberries :) Yummers!

Nikki

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Borders books....


SO back in Jan, I received an email from one of our five local Borders (book store for those who don't know lol) that picture above was taken from my cell phone, not the greatest), they were one of over 100 stores in the US that were closing. I was upset, but at the same time happy it was not the one close to my house (my fave). From Jan-April, I received more emails from them with more discounts. Finally about two weeks ago, I received the last one saying it only had a couple days left, everything is 80% off. I never made it out to the closing and I was sad. I was just super busy with school and baseball with the kiddos right now. I had this Borders GC burning a hole in my wallet and I missed this HUGE sale!

Last week I received yet another email from another Borders close to us, it was closing as well. Everything was 40%-60% off (see picture above). I told my hubby that we needed to go, so I would not miss out again. Yesterday at my oldest son's game, my MIL said she needed my hubby's help picking up a table from Borders in another city close by. This store was only opened one more day and she bought the table at 80% off. He went and said the store still had a ton of books left. The store was closed for the night when he got home, so I asked if we could go to the one that had stuff 40%-60% off. The whole family went. Each of my kiddos got a book. I picked out two that were 40% off each. They have both been on my wish list :)



Fast forward to today. Hubby and I took Bella to the movies today to see "Hop". After the movie I told hubby that I wanted to go to the Borders that had everything 80% and that was only opened ONE more day (today). When we got there, there were signs outside saying everything was now 90% off. I felt like a kid in a candy store, or something close to what it felt like as a young child on Christmas morning! I had my phone out to take a picture but as I was trying to take it, my phone rang, so I had to close out the camera and did not get the picture :(

When I walked into the store, it was still pretty much filled with books. Mostly paperback. All children's books were gone :( so I did not get the kiddos anything, but the signs said, everything was 90% off or buy 4 books (paperback or hardcover) for $5. I went right over to the YA section first. I found 4 books that I have wanted for months!!! I was thrilled! I worked my way through the store in 15 minutes, looking at everything and adding more books to my basket. I kept thinking it was unreal, this feels like a dream! They even had all the Twilight series DVD/Bluerays for 90% off. At about 20 minutes in, a woman at one of the front registers said the store was now closing, for everyone to come up and make their purchases. I was just glad we made it there in time to see the store and get a few books. Hubby was trying to decide if he wanted to buy one of the book shelves which was also marked down along with the fans and lighting fixtures, for 90% off, which made the shelf $10. He did not get it, but might later when the one we went to yesterday gets close to the last days opened.

As I was standing in line waiting to purchase the 12 books I had in my basket, super excited for the HUGE discount I was getting on the books, I started to feel super guilty. I feel so sad that this is happening to so many book stores! One of my favorite things in life is BOOKS, always have been, I love the smell, the adventures they bring, the memories I have with them growing up, the fact that my house is a mini library lol, and of course that my children take after me, with their love of reading and books. I could not help but think, is this a sign of the future? One day will there be NO book stores? No libraries? I am not knocking the kindle or other electronic devices, but because they are such a HUGE hit now, real books and book stores are suffering. This makes me sad! This is what I thought about as I bought these 12 books that (last week while I was at the Borders (my fave) near my house picking up "City of Fallen Angels") were all selling (are still selling for there) for $17.99 each.But here I was getting 12 books and the total for those 12 books did not even equal ONE book last week.

Don't get me wrong, I am beyond thrilled for my purchases today, but it still makes me sad! So the deal I got today was, My 12 books I purchased ranged from $.90- $1.25 each. Most of these full priced were either $17.99 or $9.99 originally. I spent a total of $14.80 for all 12 books. Below is my receipt were it shows I saved $161.30.


Here are the 12 books I got, one book my hubby picked out because he thought I would like it lol...well actually he said " look at the pretty girl on the cover (MEN! lol), I think this one looks like one you would read"...not sure how to take that LOL. But for $.90 I got it, I do have some of the authors other books.



They are all now on the shelves either next to the rest of the series/Authors or just put away. I am very sad again that this has happened to Borders, but I am also thankful I was able to make it to the closing Borders today, to get these books! I am hoping to read a couple this week during Spring Break :)

Nikki