Wednesday, December 15, 2010
To raise awareness about the national issue of hunger, Hamburger Helper® is partnering with GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter and actor Tim McGraw to help Feeding America deliver millions of meals to local food banks through the Show Your Helping HandTM campaign. McGraw will lend his voice to the campaign through a Public Service Announcement which will be distributed nationwide.
Support the campaign by submitting codes from specially marked boxes of Hamburger Helper at www.showyourhelpinghand.com or by logging on to make a donation. Hamburger Helper has already donated more than half a million dollars and will contribute up to an additional $100,000 to Feeding America through this program. Don´t think one code will make a difference? The 17 cents Hamburger Helper donates per code is enough for Feeding America to deliver one meal to a local food bank.
Show Your Helping Hand is an amazing opportunity to help those who are less fortunate, especially during the holiday season!
Would you like to win a prize pack that includes a box of Hamburger Helper skillet meals, a Hamburger Helper foam "Helping Hand" and a copy of Tim McGraw´s "Southern Voice" CD? If so, just leave a comment here telling me how you give a "helping hand" during the holidays. Do you volunteer somewhere? Donate food, money or clothing to local food banks or shelters? It could be something as sending cards to troops far from home. Just let me know and you will be entered to win. I will pick a winner on the morning of Sunday, December 19th.
***I received the same prize pack being donated to one of my readers in exchange for sharing this information with you. Please be assured that I support this campaign and would never share a product with you that I don't like.***
Saturday, December 4, 2010
On December 1st the girls opened the first window on their advent calendars and were so very excited to do so!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
When it comes to starting off your day right, a new survey from Kix found that 84 percent of parents turn to cereal with milk for a quick and healthy breakfast. Cereal is one of the healthiest breakfast choices parents can make. Ready-to-eat cereal has fewer calories than almost any other common breakfast option, while also being nutrient-dense and convenient. In addition, cereal eaters consume less cholesterol and more fiber than non-cereal eaters.
With the same great taste kids have loved for more than 70 years, Kix makes it easy to serve your family a simple and healthy breakfast! Whether you choose to serve Original Kix or Honey Kix, you can be sure that your kids are getting a wholesome food with nutrients they need to grow. The "Kid-Tested Mother-Approved®"cereal is made with whole grain corn and is an excellent source of iron. It also is a good source of calcium, fiber, and Vitamins C and D. Original Kix has no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
To find out more, visit the recently launched Kix website, http://www.kixcereal.com/, featuring background on the history of Kix, nutritional content, and special offers.
My girls love Kix cereal and to be honest I do too. I loved Kix as a kid and it tastes just as good to me now. The cereal fills them up and I feel good about giving them a simple breakfast that they enjoy. I like the slightly sweet flavor of the Honey Kix and feel good giving this cereal to my girls.
Kix provided me with the awesome prize pack you see in the photo above and has an additional one to giveaway to one of my readers! The floor puzzle and number flashcards have been a huge hit around here with the girls and we are happily eating our way through the cereal.
Do you want a box of goodies from Kix to arrive at your door? Leave me comment telling me if you or your kids eat cereal for breakfast of if you eat Kix at your house. I will pick a winner on Monday, November 22nd. Please make sure you check back then or leave your email in the comments so I can contact you if you are the winner. If you are reading this on Facebook and would like to entry the drawing please comment visit my blog at http://scrappingandtraveling.blogspot.com/.
***Kix provided me with the information I have shared in this post, prize package and additional prize package for my readers. I have shared my opinion because I genuinely like Kix cereal and feel comfortable sharing this information with my readers.***
Friday, November 12, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
We are big fans of cute hedgehogs here at the Gibson house. The girls have adorable hedgie jammies from Old Navy and a cute hedgie inflatable toy we picked up from Ikea a few years ago. Now we have a real live hedgehog in our yard! This little guy (or maybe gal) has been a frequent visitor as of late. A few weeks ago, just as it was getting dark, I told JG we had a giant rat running across our yard and he told me it was a hedgehog and after a better look I could see it really was. Yesterday the hedgie returned several times throughout the day and I was able to get this photo from the safety of our patio! Not that I am scared of him, I didn't want to scare him away. I think he has been hiding out in our bushes and I don't mind. I hope he becomes a regular visitor as he is fun to watch.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Once it was finished I had no idea what I was going to do with it but knew I wanted it on display so I used an 8x8 piece of a Scenic Route chipboard album and printed out the background from Echo Park's Apothecary patterned paper pack (I have gotten so much use out of this line and to think I only paid $1 for it from the Jessica Sprague Website on One Buck Wednesday). I used a thin coat of Mod Podge to adhere the paper and then used a dry adhesive to attach the house. The adorable little bat is from a free download I got from the Paper Glitter blog. It was originally part of a tag but I just needed the bat so I fussy cut it and attached just his body so the wings lift slightly off the paper.
I love, love, love the way this turned out! I seriously couldn't be happier. I worked with supplies I had on hand and that certainly helps to clear out some of my stash.
On another Halloween note my paper cone wreath is featured on the Creating Keepsakes Blog today! I am so flattered that Megan Hoeppner was inspired by my project and asked to share it on the blog alongside her take on the project! If you get the chance you should check it out!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I have loved Cosmo Cricket's Nutmeg line since they released it. The papers are gorgeous and the embellishments are so cute. The entire line is perfect for pictures of my girls. The layout is one I made recently from a sketch challenge Cosmo Cricket shared on their blog last January/February-ish. I loved the sketch so much I decided to re-use it!
These photos are from 2 years ago when we first moved here! I love scrapping older photos because it reminds me of how fast my girls are growing but I also get to remember the day I snapped these. I am not a chronological scrapper so I jump around scrapping the photos that I love the most when an idea or mood strikes.
All the papers and embellishments on this layout are from Cosmo Cricket and I used a Fiskar's border punch on the strip of brown patterned paper.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I have plans on posting the last couple Halloween projects this week as long as Blogger cooperates with me. I planned on posting these photos earlier in the week but I did not have the patience to mess with the blog settings to fix the problem.
I hope you had a great weekend and a chance to enjoy the weather in your neck of the woods.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
This project took me 15 minutes and I used supplies I had on hand, minus the cost of the garland which was $6 and I picked it up at the Post Exchange about a month ago. The garland is fluffy enough that you would not really need a foam or metal wreath form unless you wanted to or have one on hand.
I am linking up with Eighteen25 for this post...if you haven't visited their blog before you really should! It is full of great ideas.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
I want to share this card that I made to include with a housewarming gift. I was so pleased with the way this came together and was looking for a reason to use this stamp set again but have yet to sit down and play with it some more. I fussy cut the trees from a scrap of patterned paper and then used my micro tip scissors to fringe cut the scrap of green to make the grass. I cut the rectangle for HOME and then used a hole punch placed over the corners to make the tag.
White Cardstock - Xerox
All inks - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - We Are Memory Keepers
Twine - Martha Stewart
Trees - Kaisercraft patterned paper
Grass - green cardstock from my stash
Zots to place behind the trees and green house
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Friday, October 1, 2010
I am not a digi scrapper but I wanted to play along on a Club Creating Keepsakes challenge and I don't have any Halloween-ish papers so I tried my hand at a digi page. I used PSE 7 and find myself working on many projects and have taken a few free classes from Jessica Sprague so I know enough to do a basic page but I never took the plunge until now.
I also do not have an abundance of Halloween photos so I pulled this gem out of my photo album and scanned it in. Yup! That is me. I am pretty sure it was 1985 or 86 and I was dressed as a Wuzzle....click here if you don't know what a Wuzzle is. I was a huge fan and I think I felt pretty darn cute wearing this costume.
The digi papers and adorable little characters across the bottom are from Echo Park and you can find those on the Jessica Sprague website. The bats and title across the top are from a Club CK freebie download that you can find here. If you have never been to the Club CK page before you should take a look around. You can create an account for free and there are a ton of resources available just be clicking around.
I have a few more Halloween projects to share but I have had a hard time getting good photos so I will keep working on it and give it another go next week.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
I purchased the tutus from Paisley and Posies on Etsy.com and I have been more than satisfied with my purchases from here. The adorable smiling pink tea pot is from Fisher-Price. It was a Christmas gift for the girls last year and this has gotten a ton of use and it has taken a beating and still works like a charm. It sings and talks and makes real tea pot noises.
I challenge you to surprise your kids with something special this week! I bet there will be lots of smiles from everyone.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Want to win? Leave me a comment telling me if you have ever traveled to Eastern Europe. Want 2 entries in the drawing? Become a follower of my blog and leave another comment telling me you are a follower. I will leave this giveaway open until Saturday, September 25th and I will select a winner using Random.org and post the winner here. If you are reading this on Facebook please visit my blog and leave a comment here.
Disclaimer - I am in no way associated with Rick Steves. My husband purchased the same DVD twice so I am giving one away to my readers rather than return it. If you don't win but are interested in purchasing a copy you can click on the link below.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
The Krivoklat Castle was our last stop in the Czech Republic. It gave us a chance to admire the Czech country side and see a few other castles in the hills along the way. This is an older castle which was originally built as a hunting castle for Bohemian kings then later used as a royal prison. There have been several rebuilds on this site due to fire. The current structure was built in 1800s.
I liked this simplistic castle. The grounds were small and craftsman were scattered about. There were a few things to do for people of all ages such as a small archery demo and even an old fashioned coin press where you do the work and a small play area for kids. This was a great place for my girls to stretch their legs. We parked near the castle and had just a short walk to the grounds. A 30 minute tour is offered (not sure if they offer it in English) but we skipped it because it is hard to keep the girls quiet for such a long stretch of time and they really have quick fingers that want to touch everything...which does not go over well with the guides.
|This door was stunning. I love the contrast between the iron and red paint.|
Friday, September 17, 2010
|The chandelier contains at least 1 of every bone in the human body.|
It should come as no surprise that James liked it more than I did. A bit creepy and slightly interesting for at least a minute. At least it wasn't expensive to take a quick look around...50 crowns or roughly $2.50 per adult and students were discounted.
At least, with the help of the Pioneer Woman's Photoshop actions and the CK Pirate Font, I was able to use a photo for our Halloween Party invitation which I designed all by myself!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
|The train tracks lead to the dividing platform and then the back of the camp.|
|Toilets from a latrine building.|
|Bunks where an average of 400 prisoners slept.|
|View of the camp from the dividing platform.|
|Looking back towards the gate from the dividing platform.|
|Rail car placed here as a memorial to the Hungarian Jews that were murdered.|
|Only the chimneys of many buildings remain today.|
|Camp monument in tribute to all that were murdered here.|