Sunday, July 22, 2012

Summer lovin' digital freebies

I got some new digital elements recently and was able to play around with them before church. Hopefully you guys can make use of some of these. Just click on the image to enlarge then save to your computer and use your favorite software to simply slide your photo under the frame and voila!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Two month dieting update

So I've been eating clean (almost 100%) and exercising for 2 months now.  So far my total weight loss is 34 pounds.  I only lost 13 pounds this month as opposed to the 21 of last month.  That's not surprising but what has surprised me is this past week or so.  I typically lose at least 1 pound every 3 days but the last week or more I haven't budged. 
I think I'm experiencing my first weight loss plateau and it's AWFUL!  I haven't really changed anything as far as caloric intake or exercise.  In fact I have been implementing more HIIT (high intensity interval training) into mywork out routine and have tried to be even more strict with eating clean (using unsweetened almond milk, eating quinoa instead of brown rice, supplementing with milled flax, etc.) but I have been losing and gaining back the same 2 pounds over a week now. 
It's super duper depressing since I feel like I'm busting my butt and NEVER cheat on my diet. 
From what I've read all I can do is just keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully it will end soon and I'll start dropping weight again.  I'm still 3 pounds shy of not being considered "obese" anymore and that is killing me to be so close.  I hate that I'm just striving to be "overweight". 
I have found some great recipes to share with you guys and will be posting those soon. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Printable carnival game signs

Here are a few more freebie printables from the kids' birthday party. Here is an image of the treat bags and sign that I created seen below.

I just printed out the signs to my desired size then used a rounded corner punch for the treat bag signs to make them look a little more finished.  Then using silver brads I attached them to these paper bags.   

Just click on any of the images below to enlarge then save to your computer.  You can add text as you see fit and then print at home. 

Just add text under the "It's Party Time" line.  this can be made into an invitation as well!

I forgot to save the files for the other game signs  - sorry

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Some photos and a few digital freebies

This week Michael and I took Ezra down to Fossil Rim wildlife refuge in Glen Rose, TX. We like to make a yearly pilgrimage out there to see the animals which Ezra adores! I have more photos but only had time to make these few frames. I'll work on some more and post more freebies and photos later.  You can click on any image below to enlarge it.

To download the freebies to use yourself just click on the image of the empty frames and save to your computer then use any photo editing software to simply slide your photo underneath the .jpg file and presto! It's that easy!

After waiting in line for what felt like forever, Ezra was too scared to pet the giraffe so the only photo I got was this one with his big nose.
Our handsome boy with his million watt smile!
One of the very few photos I have with myself and Ezra.  I'm usually the one behind the lens :)
Making new friends :)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Photos from the kiddos carnival birthday party

Unfortunately for all of my planning and preparations the morning of the party was still really hectic. I greatly underestimated how much room over 100 balloons would take up in my car not including the 6 jumbo balloons I purchased so I had to make a couple trips to the store to pick them up which ate up a chunk of time. Because I was running behind unfortunately I didn't get to take photos of everything but here's what I did get of the party.

Michael obliged me and served as my "vendor". He had all the hotdogs, peanuts, cotton candy, and PB&J sandwiches.

Here is my brother Weston taking his turn at vending some of the goodies!

This is what the inside of the box looked like.  I bought some sandwich wrapping paper in red and white checks then used Gartner studios pre-cut printable scalloped sticker templates to print the "peanut butter and jelly sandwich" labels onto.  I also purchased vintage looking hot dog and peanut bags online and created my own little "cotton candy" labels and just stapled them onto ziplock baggies of cotton candy.  The template for these can be found in a prior post.

I wish I had a better photo of the dessert booth, but basically I used my antique hutch as a backdrop and just added fabric for the awning and backed the shelves with red and white striped wrapping paper. 

I didn't have enought time to created the banner topper I wanted to make for the cake but fortunately the bakery who made the cake had included some fondant spirals so it didn't look too bare.

With little time to lose I quickly lined the walkway to the house with ballons.

There were multiple "booths" set up with games and the prize table was centered under the tent.

The prize table:

I made little treat bags which were on the prize table so the kiddos could put all their goodies in there and the parents weren't left holding armfulls of prizes.  All signage seen here can be downloaded and printed out in previous posts.

I created a little accordianed photo gallery of Libby and Ezra and placed that at the top of the hutch which was bordered by some rainbow jello shooters.  I wish I had a better image of that but alas I didn't get one before people started arriving.

My Father in law made this super cute lemonade stand for me.

A few snapshots from the party:

Some of the yummy snacks:

Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures in from of my photo booth wall but here are some fun ones I got of our family/friends and their photo props:

Ezra got a Harry Potter outfit including broom, wand, etc. Luckily he loves Harry as much as Michael and I do. Here he is in full Harry Potter regalia:

Love him!
Have you ever seen a cuter wizard?!?

I still can't post photos of Libby since we still haven't completed our adoption but I just HAD to show you guys her headpiece from the party!
I had it custom made by Fairytale Jubilee on etsy.
The party was  a success and we had a lot of fun but I was happy for it to be over.  Our house had been taken over for months with carnival regalia and it's nice to have our dining room back :)  If you see anything here that you'd like the file for or would like to use as a printable just let me know and I can send you the file.  I'll be posting some files for the game signs with in the next few days.

Monday, July 2, 2012