Guess what? April is Autism Awareness month! As most of you know by now, I have two little boys with autism. They are all kinds of wonderful, but they have several delays and need therapies to help them along. We have been very lucky and have been able to get the therapies and other help that our boys need, but there are lots of families out there who need a little help. Michelle of 4MyBabies Scraps started a blog train to help raise funds to donate to the Son Rise Program, to help children with autism, and I am happy to participate in the blog train this year. :D
Here’s is my contribution, a set of 10 happy doodles! Just click the image to download.
Now head on over to Cinnamon Scraps for her part!
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!
Hello, digi friends! I actually have something new in the shop (and a freebie for you here, and another one in my next newsletter if you are subscribed), so I will post about that all first and then get on to the rambling that only some of you are interested in! lol
My new kit is called Inspired by Spring, because it was inspired by Spring and also because it was late at night when I finished it and my creativity was seriously waning. But I think it’s a pretty cute kit, despite that. You can get it in my personal shop and it’s 25% off through March 16. Just click the image to check it out:
And here’s a matching freebie for you. Just click the image to download:
And don’t forget, there will be another matching freebie (a mini kit) in my newsletter that I’ll be sending out later today. If you aren’t subscribed (and you want to be), just click the “Subscribe to my newsletter” graphic at the top of my right sidebar.
So that’s the business part of my post!
In personal news, things have been not so great the last couple of months just because the kids have been so sick, so often! I’ve been sick, too, which is unusual for me and I actually ended up going to urgent care and the ER over the past weekend. Let’s just say that things have to be pretty bad for me to get myself to the doctor, nevermind the ER! Over the years I’ve been told by several doctors that I have an auto immune disease, but none of them can seem to decide on which it is. I’ve been told lupus, fibromyaligia and rheumatoid arthritis, but it’s never very clear and they’re never very certain. Whatever it is has been flaring up in a big way and I’ve been in crazy pain the last week or so and am managing on steroids and pain killers, which are not fun but at least I can get out of bed and take care of the kids, so I’m grateful. Anyway, all that to say that if I go missing for long periods of time, that’s most likely why.
Last year I mentioned that I was going to try to lose weight and I even posted a hideous photo of myself. That was difficult, but not as difficult as trying to lose weight! I was a real slacker about it until my brother and his family moved here in the summer. He and my sister in law really helped me start to take things seriously. I said I couldn’t find time to exercise and they would come over at 5:30 in the morning – he would go walking with me and she would watch the kids. They are big into juicing and they would bring me fresh juice and make me drink it. It took me a while to begin to appreciate broccoli-kale-beet-apple-carrot juice they made, but eventually I did! Then I started making real changes on my own, in my diet, and exercising on the side. By the end of the year I had lost 40 pounds!
I know, I kind of look like Hugo from Lost in my before picture. Yeesh. I’m still not ready to do a full body photo, I still have a long way to go, but I feel like I have made some good changes.
Anyway, that’s pretty much how things are going at the moment. I’ll try to be better about updating my blog, but no promises! lol Take care and enjoy the rest of your week!
Well, I had planned to take the summer off to enjoy with my family and ended up taking autumn off, too! We had a great time, though, and now the kids are back in school, Thanksgiving is over (Boohoo! It’s my favorite holiday of the year!), and Christmas is fast approaching. Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I’m about halfway done with mine.
This year my kids know about Christmas. Last year they were vaguely aware of it, but it wasn’t a big deal. This year it’s a big deal and they know about presents now, too! Speaking of presents, I made some printable gift tags. Just click the image to download.
Hope you’re having a great season!
Here is my part of the train. Just click the image to download.
Now head on over to Fran B’s blog for her part!
Thanks for stopping by!
I decided to participate in the DSC Blog Train this month and I’m so glad I did. I really love the theme, it’s just perfect for this time of year.
As always, just click the image to download.
And here’s the rest of the train in case you get lost along the way:
Central Station: Digi Scrap Connect
Karen Diamond Designs
Created by Jill Scraps
Digi Deborah Designs
Ronda’s Scrap Bits
Ellie Lash/That Girl
Simple Girl Scraps
Dancing Princess Designs
Designs by Krista
Designs by Angel
Digital Harmony Design Studio
Partners in Crime Designs
Brenda’s Scrap Design
Precepts and Promises
Phlox Dragon Designs
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!
As some of you may know, I have twin boys. This is Luke.
He is loud and crazy and roll-around-in-the-dirt fun. He has more energy than 10 puppies and the strength of a gorilla. He LOVES anything by Disney/Pixar and is attached by the fingertips to my iPod Touch. His favorite food is white cheddar rice cakes (I know he didn’t get that from me! lol) and he has a frighteningly deep obsession with 20th Century Fox (the logo! the fanfare! the searchlights! oh my!).
This is my other son, Adam.
Adam is sweet and gentle and loves anything with wheels. He is very concerned with everyone’s feelings and is so empathic that he cries whenever anyone else is sad or upset. He LOVES the Wonder Pets and his favorite “character” is the Fly Boat. LOL
I just wanted to take a minute and show off my boys – both of whom are dealing with the challenges of autism, but are otherwise normal, healthy, lovely children. Autism is quite prevalent these days and most people know someone who is autistic or has an autistic child. Jodi and I made this kit to celebrate those people/kids/families. We’re giving it away FREE and we made the colors slightly more useable than the usual primary-colored autism kits so that you’ll be able to use it to scrap all kinds of things!
Just click the links below to download my part of the kit, then head over to Jodi’s blog to get her part.
Thank you super-duper-extra-much to Jodi’s creative team for the beautiful layouts!
Now head on over to Jodi’s blog for her part!
I don’t know why, but I’ve had rainbows on the brain lately. Then this morning I came across this video and just completely fell in love with it!
That really, really made me homesick for Hawaii!
Anyway, it also made me think about doing a rainbow for St Patrick’s Day, so that’s what today’s freebie is. Hope you enjoy, just click to download.
Have a great weekend!
I know… it’s Sunday. lol I’m a little behind this week!
I’m really looking forward to tomorrow; I think Mondays are my most favorite day of the week. Am I the only one? Mondays are nice because I’m able to get back on schedule, send the kids and husband off to school, clean up the weekend clutter, and spend some time with myself. Mostly I just work (have I mentioned how much I love my job?), but sometimes if I have time I read and those are the best days of all!
This last week my whole family was sick and I was still healing my sprained wrist, so it was kind of a hard week around here, but everyone is well now and my wrist is good as new so I am a very happy camper! I think this week’s freebie is an appropriate one.