Friday, July 31, 2009

Kristin Aagard @ Shabby Pickles!!!

That's right my friends!!! Kristin has found herself in a pickle...shabby pickle that is! She's one of their newest designers. Can I get a Whoot whoot!! She's exclusive now folks! ONE STORE, ONE BIG HAPPY SMILE! So join me in congratulating, my Cyber Sister! Let's show her some love! Here's her New STORE!!! And that's not all, you can save 20% on July 31, PLUS another 30% off with this code: KASPD30 exp. 8-7-09 so hurry. Tell her Rach sent you! See my new header! A la Zoo Day!!! I love it!

Thursday, July 30, 2009


I love them!

Especially the shabby kind!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Oh my word....this is my 1000th post on my blog!? Dang...That's amazing! heehee

So let's see...what can be so news worthy?? How about...I'm in a rotten mood today! LOL I'm super stressed out over life right now and I feel like I have too much to do and don't even know where to start. We have a city wide garage sale this Fri/Sat and I have no clue where to start to get ready. We have some things stashed out in the garage and in the basement but nothing is marked. I am thinking I will just mark it as I put it out? I don't know??? Maybe when Josh gets home tonight we can spend some time in the garage figuring it out.

I have to get my stuff around for California next weekend. That won't take too long so that's not really an issue, I guess. I just want to get this garage sale stuff around. I have ONE TOTE left of scrapbooking stuff and it will be gone or burnt! I'm sick of looking at and it will NOT be coming back in this house!

I did get my grandma's yardwork done yesterday so that's one less stressful event off my list.

I have to back up my EHD. I have a few kits waiting to be put on discs and I wanted it done BEFORE Cali just in case something bad happens to my EDH while going out there. UGH...

My house is a pig hole from all the garage sale crap setting around. Some stuff is ebay, some is Garage sale. UGH...I want this over with! LOL

So my 1000th post will go down in history as a b***h session! ahh...feels good to get that off my chest! LOL

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Will

My baby turns 7 TODAY!! wowsers! We spent the day at the zoo for his party. They took care of it all and all we had to do was show up and pay! Ahhhh


Saturday, July 25, 2009

ElisaLou Rak 2

Had to do another RAK for Elisa of Elisa and I have formed a friendship over the years back when I sold purses for her and I have always just kept in touch with her via the blogs. She's an awesome mom of 3 sons and recently adopted a daughter, Eva! Miss Eva is such a doll baby and since I don't have a daughter of my own, I 'borrow' Elisa incredible photos of Eva from time to time. I joke with Elisa that I will have her first year album done for her! Isn't she so darn cute!!!

Tomorrow's the Day

We head off the Zoo for Will's Big Zoo Birthday Party! He has invited a few friends and couple family members and we are off to see the animals and party down! This is his very first FRIENDS Birthday party ever! I'm so excited as is he! I'm letting Zander take a friend too.
Can't wait to see how this plays out! It will be so nice to have it all DONE for me. They provide the food, cake, and entertainment. Ahhhh...No clean up for me!

I've got my camera batteries charged and my Memory cards emptied. I'm ready for some awesome photos! Hard to believe my baby will be Seven! Man...where does the time go? My Oldest turns 11 in 6 weeks ack!

Also, California is coming in 11 days now!!! WHOOT!!! It will be done and over with before I know it too. Time goes so fast. Gotta make those memories while we can!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Round 2 BOTCT contest

This weeks contest is called I've got Rhythm. It has to be a music based layout. Our theme was Somewhere over the rainbow. Our key word was Rainbow. Credits for this kit can be found by clicking the layout. Of course it's ALL KRISTIN AAGARD!!

Peta Boardman-Moody Days

Peta Boardman has new kit out called Moody Days. It's full of yummy blues and browns. Super fun kit.

Monday, July 20, 2009

VOTE!!! ---Kristin's Peeps

Ok! The polls are open!! Feel free to click the dot for Kristin's Peeps if you heart so wishes! LOL
you have to be registered to do so remember! ANYONE can register!! HINT HINT amy, mom! Kidding...sorta!

Here's a link to the original post too. Just click on FAVORITE DESIGN TEAM>Look for Kristin's Peeps>click the bubble>click VOTE.

Remember you will have to sign up at the site to vote. It takes just a few minutes to complete teh process. And I will love you forever if you do! heehee

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Jennifer Fox-Under the rainbow

Well Jennifer has a new funky bright kit out! It's bright and bold! My favorite type if you all remember correctly! And it's 40% off now thru Monday at FPD. And MONDAY ONLY you get a set of Quick Pages too! So if you think you want it...get it Monday!! Or now?!
Of course I had to use the ORANGE paper! LOL This is from the Joe Reilly concert at the school back in March. He's so awesome. We adore his CD. And we just found out that he is going to be performing at a local music fest on August 23rd at 3:50pm.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Peta Boardman-Filled with Joy

Credits; Peta Boardman-Filled with Joy available at

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Battle of the CT Round 1

Here's my layout for ROUND 1~ White Space We had to use a color theme and the if we wanted we could tie a general theme to it as well. We picked BLUE as our color and our theme was RAINBOW. We also each picked a corner or center for me to create the cluster or layout area. I am not a big fan of this style of layout but here it is. It just sorta seems like a waste of paper to me! LOL I'm all about big and bold and bright usually. So if you wouldn't mind...go leave me some love and then make sure you come back a VOTE for our team! LOL BEGGER...that's me!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Krystal Hartley-Pockeful of Sunshine

well She's done it again! Another must have kit for all those summer layouts! And its at the DIGICHICK not SSD!!! So go there to find it!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

DSA CT contest starts tomorrow!

I have no clue what I got myself into but I think it's going to be super fun!! The only's still happening while I am in california...hmmm...Shell does the venue have internet? Please say yes! Or else I need to take a road trip to find a place that offers free service.

Anywho...I'm supporting Kristin Aagard. I have to use her stuff and her stuff only for the contest! Yeah super tough, huh! ooohhh....don't force me to use something I love, oh no! *biting nails!* hahahaha This is going to be a blast!! So if you feel you want to vote for my team...feel free! LOL I am not above begging, I guess! Heres' the link to the forum for you. Its right at the top of the page. I do believe you need to be a registered user too. So go ahead and get that all set up! Hurry!

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Yeah right, you know better than to even ask me when I started "running". I mean, busy busy busy!! That type of RUNNING! Silly you!

Let's see, where did I leave off last?? hmm...Well, my MIL is home from the hospital with her "New Girls"!! She's just very sore and tired but it was a success as far as we know right now! She came home on Friday. Thursday we spent the day at Warren Dunes State Park on Lake Michigan. We were gone all day and I got fried. Still sore from it on my back. Picture to show up on a layout in the future for sure! I'm saving my pics for the retreat! Gotta have something to scrap there! Today we went on a behind the scenes tour of the zoo. HOLY FLIPPING CHEETAHS!! It was one of the coolest things we have done as a family next to Disney! We saw the giraffe barn, fed the moneys, fed bamboo to a red panda, and petted a cheetah. UNBELIEVABLE DAY! My dear friend Bev's Daughter in Law works as a zoo keeper and so she was ever so kind enough to allow us the once in a life time chance. THANK YOU SARAH!!
Pictures to follow after the retreat too! I will give you a sneak peek of the Cheetah Experience:

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tshirt Designs by RealRach

ok...Remember I kept saying I was busy doing something very secretive?! Well, I feel it's ok to share it now. Here's the back story...Shari Boggs (one of my uplines when I was in Direct Sales and dear friend) asked ME to come up with some Tshirt designs (thanks to Krystal Hartley for being too busy! LOL) I can live with the fact that I was second choice! hahahaha So I went to work. I was in heaven but still very worried (shocking I know) that I couldn't do it. I have no clue what I am doing nor do I have the faith in myself to believe I could do it. But Shari just kept on believing in me and together this is what we came up with:

there are others too but this will give you an idea of what I did! Shari will have these up on her website soon. I will let you know when they are available for purchase. If you can't wait and must have them NOW...Let me know. I can try to hook you up faster! I'm sure she won't mind and I SURELY won't mind?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Saying good bye to MJ

Well we are watching it. Can't believe it still? Good Bye Michael Jackson. You are/always will be the King of Pop! No matter how odd you became you were still gifted and oh so talented. You achieved things that no one will ever be able to do again in my lifetime. Sad day in the World. Mariah Carey is going to make me cry to watch more.

Life info

My MIL had her reconstruction surgery yesterday. According to FIL all went well. The boys are asking to go see her...jury still out on that one. Not sure they need to see her while she's miserable. Especially after the emotions that surface during her removal surgery with my oldest. So what's Mommy to do?? Let him go or just wait until she comes home on Th or Fri? Help me?!

Today is my Nephew Jackson's Birthday and also the day Josh's Aunt passed away 13 years ago. I can't begin to tell you how much I loved that lady. She was soooo awesome. Truly. I know she wasn't really related to me but I loved as my own Aunt. Just as I do her whole family. We are just blessed to have had her in our life for as long as we did. The month of July is a horrible month for me. We lost Josh's dad in July 14 years ago at the age of 47. Same age his Aunt was too. Both died from the same thing almost a year apart. ugh...Therapy much?! Tomorrow is my Grandma's Bday! LOL got a day a head of myself someplace?! Sorry!

I'm on vacation this week and I have NO MOTIVATION to do anything. I had all these big plans on what I wanted to do and I never got dressed yesterday. And I have not desire to move today. What's wrong with me? I must go to town today to get...oh I forgot...I can't tell you what yet. Sine (zina) would kill me! LOL I have to remember you don't say it like After a year of doing it, it's hard to break! LOL

We talked about going to Michigan Adventure this weekend but I just don't want too? What's wrong with me? I suggested we go to Warren Dunes...Josh doesn't want too. Kids want to go to the zoo. I would do that! ugh...need some motivation and energy.

I have dear (online) friends going thru some personal stress at the moment and I really think its bothering me more than I think. So you know who you are...This to shall pass. XO And note to self: you can't do anything about it so move on...

I need to mow here, apparently out at my grandma's too and I just do not want too. But I must. Off to walk on the treadmill, shower, go to town, get groceries, go to staples, Tshirt for Will to tie-dye, then home to mow. And I have to be home in time to watch Michael Jackson's funeral. That's history in the making baby! He rocked. I grew up on him. Didn't approve of his actions but you can't deny he had talent. And his sister makes me melt me some Janet!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Libby Weifenbach Stuff

Just playing along with Libby's Anniversary event and trying to win a little something from her! But hey...I'm already a winner with getting these layouts done anyways!! I just love Libby's stuff! She's so awesome!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Jennifer Fox SALE!

Yeppers Folks....Jennifer is turning 30!! And you get the best deal around! Go peek! Promise you will find something you can't live without for only ONE BUCK!! But HURRY! Image linked or click here!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Krystal Hartley MSA Featured Designer for July

Krystal has designed the coolest Mini Kit for the Flourish Newsletter from

subscribers to this newsletter will get this Mini kit for free. You had to be signed up before July 1st though. So make sure you sign up for future newsletters as they feature a new designer each month. Anywho...I adore this little kit!

PS....don't let the label fool is NOT at SSD! So don't go looking for it there as you will NOT find it there. (not yet anyways!)

Krystal Hartley Guest at TheDigiChick

Krystal the featured Guest at The Digi Chick for July!! Look at the kit she has available only there!

She will be getting around A LOT this month actually! Watch for her at My Scrapbook Art-MSA, Digishoptalk-DST, and TDC. Plus her usual home at SSD! July will be rocking with Krystal Hartley!

Ettes & Co. Wonderful World

The Ettes have released another new HUGE Collection! This one is called Wonderful World. Lots of great Ettes things in this one too. I just had to use that Earth. I went round and round on my layout. Created a few of them until I found one I was totally happy with! LOL Sorry Fayette! heehee But this is the one! I love it! Zander was sitting on a rock down by the creek and I just put on top of the world instead! LOL Fitting for him for sure!

Kristin Aagard-GP Spotlight Designer for July!

My Cyber Sister, Kristin Aagard, is the Designer spotlight at this month! She has a free collab kit called Sea Wonder that you collect over the entire month of July available. Its super cute. (as usual) If you don't want to wait to collect can always join the Pixel Club membership and get it all at one time plus loads of other free things too! And if you want her KITS then you will find them 30% off for the month of July at GP too!

ScrapbookGraphics-IO Travel

Ok... I know I loved up last month SBG Mega kit but seriously....THIS ONE is a total must have. The colors are great the elements are awesome and who doesn't TRAVEL daily?! I loved this kit. The papers are so awesome I couldn't figure out which one I wanted to use first. I seriously changed my paper selection several times on this layout. Yummy!
Grab it here or at least go look at it! and you know its on sale!
This is my lil Sis and I last weekend on our Fiestaware trip! We seriously had a blast. We talked for 8 hours there and back. I needed that. Sometimes life gets in the way and you don't get a chance to get into the little details of life. Well, I try. We talk almost daily! LOL It's so awesome how we have become more like Friends than Sisters. If you would have asked me 20 years ago if I would be like this I would have punched you in the mouth! LOL I HATED MY SISTER GROWING UP. But I adore her more than ever now. Funny how God works huh!?