Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ikeagoddess has this fun set of Q&As on her blog. I loved reading her answers, so I decided to join in the fun. Why don’t you join too?


What is your salad dressing of choice?
cilantro ranch

What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
oh tough one...depends what I am in the mood for. Ummmm...Costa Vida (you sit down to eat...but it is more like Chipoltles. I also like El Zarape, Chili's, Olive Garden etc.

What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?
Chicken mango salad.

What are your pizza toppings of choice?
Pepperoni, olives and pineapple

What do you like to put on your toast?
strawberry preserves or my daughters home made pomegranate jelly


How many televisions are in your house?
4 (too many)

What color is your cellphone?

Do you have an iPod?
Yes indeedy


Are you right-handed or left-handed?

Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
Two children (heheheh)

What is the last heavy item you lifted?
bowling balls...collecting them for an art project so grabbed some from the junk pile by the bowling alley

Have you ever been knocked unconscious?


If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
No, that would freak me out. no no no

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
I love what a little girl called my today while I was working in the Kindy class. Mrs Rocketship. That's so my new name!!!

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1,000?
Hmmmm. Not sure on that one.




Day of the week?
Sunday. Cause that's my fun day. My I don't have to run day.

October. Fall and Halloween baby.


Missing someone?
Yes. My grandson, some friends, my sanity.

Goofy and tired.

What are you listening to?
Hayden singing while on the potty ;-P

Current worry?


First place you went this morning
after my morning home routine. it was off to the boy's school.

What’s the last movie you saw?
oh let me think. My sister's keeper I believe


How many pairs of flip flops do you own?
I currently have five

Last time you had a run-in with the cops
The boys were talking out the window to one at a stop light this morning :)

Last person you talked to?
A nice woman in the personnel department for the school district

Last person you hugged?
group hug with hayden and chase.

Do you always answer your phone?
No. Only for friends, family...not telemarketers etc.

It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?
Won’t happen. I don't text anyone.

If you could change your eye color what would it be?
Green, I even wore colored contacts for a bit as a youth.

What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic
Diet Cherry limeade please

Do you own a digital camera?
two. konika minolta and panisonic lumix

Have you ever had a pet fish?
yes...they don't do well here

Favorite Christmas song(s)
Rudolf, Santa claus is coming to town, Silent night. I love them all. Love xmas music.

What’s on your wish list for your birthday
Disney Land.

Can you do push ups?

Can you do a split?

Does the future make you more nervous or excited?

Do you have any saved texts?

Have you ever been in a car accident?
a few....the worse was when a car hit me while i was on a bike

Do you have an accent?
I don't think so :)

What is the last movie to make you cry?
Sister's Keeper and 7 pounds

Plans tonight?
homework, dinner, two soccer practices.

Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?
pretty close

Name 3 things you bought yesterday?
two school lunches (it was a treat)and apples

Have you ever been given roses?

Met someone who changed your life?
Yes...a few :)

How will you bring in the New Year?
Hopefully with friends and family

What song represents you?
oh man...too tough for afternoon

Would you go back in time if you were given the chance?

Do you have any tattoos/piercings?
piercings in ears. bellybutton gone. tattoo coming soon to cover a scar

Does anyone love you?
Oh baby yes.

Would you be a pirate?
Nahh. sea sickness...yuck ;)

What songs do you sing in the shower?’
I sing constantly so it varies.

Ever had someone sing to you?
sighhhh. yes.

Do you like to cuddle?
only with my kidlets.

Have you held hands with anyone today?
my babies.

Who was the last person you took a picture of?
the kindy class kids this morning

Are most of the friends in your life new or old?
New as in the last 10 years. I would like to reconnect with some old.

Do you like pulpy orange juice?

What is something your friends make fun of you for?
talk too much, too loud, too freely. my heart on my sleeve ways.

ok...that's it for today. tomorrow pics of my vacay to missy's, some layouts and some fun thrift store finds.

hugs and happy scrapping.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hi and howdy scrappers! How has life been treating you? It has been many moons sine I have visited this poor neglected blog. But guess what?!?! I am backkkkk. I made some life changes and shifted and looked at my priorities and here I am. Want to know what I have been up to?

The end of the school year was when I last checked in with you. I was bombarded with parties, swim days, preschool graduation and more. We made it through with nary a scratch and hit the summer vacation full speed ahead.

I got to go on many little side trips with my family...much needed.

My cousins from Massachusetts came out and we went with them to Calistoga. We stayed in a lovely little place with mineral pools (three with varying degrees of temp) and cozy rooms (more like little apartments). I could have stayed for a month. Very relaxing and such a cozy little town. While there we went to the Petrified Forest and to Old Faithful. The boys LOVED it!!

Here are a few pictures:

Then we spent the Fourth of July w/Brandon's friends. Lots of fun!

then off to Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in Nevada. There is an old mining town and Ichthysaurus fossils. Chase has been itching to go there for two years! It was veryyy cool!

Then the highlight!! We flew to Minnesota to visit my bestie...Missy and family. We stayed for two weeks and had so muchhhhh fun! We went camping where we played bags, drank a lot, ate a lot, rode four wheelers and laughed! Then we went back to their house where we thrift shopped, went to the zoo, the lake, Duluth and saw the most awesome storm. I had so much fun. I miss them soooo much. I will save my pictures of that vacation for next post :)

Now the boys are in school (Chase started 3rd grade and Hayden is in kindy.) I am at the school quite a bit...even trying to get a job part time there. They both are playing soccer as well! woohooo. Go Red Bulls and the Tigers!!

All this fun led me to my decision to take a break from designing my templates for sale. I just couldn't keep up with everything. And I wanted to get back to the side of scrapping I love...the actual scrapping! Woohooo! So get ready for lots of pages!!! This decision had nothing to do with my love for FPD. They are still my girls and I love them dearly. They have new and great stuff going on there and I look forward to participating!

And I will be giving my templates away again...another woohoo. Today I am giving you a template to continue my project 65! I have some die hards who really wanted to continue!!

So...without further ya go. Personal use only. No direct linking to the template...send your peeps here yada yada!

click here to download

I look forward to posting my ramblings on a regular basis. and I have some surprises in store for you! so stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

thanks for all the love for my friend jess. boy do I have some exciting news where she is concerned. I cannot tell you now...but woowweeeeeeeeeeeee. gigggle!

what have we been up to. lots and lots of baseball. chase had his last game (which we wonnnnnn) and his end of year party. went to a birthday party at the Gauche Aquatic Park in town. that was funnnnnnnn. have a big water slide. lap pools w/diving boards. then a pool that goes from chest level on me to angle level. it has lots of things for the little ones to play on including kid slides, water cannons, sprinklers etc. love that place. then Chase's last musical concert of the year. the whole second grade sung...very cool. the trike a thon the preschool did for st judes children's hospital went great!!! on friday I will be chaperoning Chase's end of the year party at the aquatic park. woohooooo. so we haveeeee been so so so busy.

what do ya'll think about the Idol finale? I was shocked. I like them both...but assumed that Adam would win. wowza.

on to scrappy news.

my friend Iara did it again. another Oh so cute boy kit. how can I resist that??

a boy and his cars by baers garten at scrapbook graphics

my layout with it

and I made a baseball brag book album. we were looking for one to make as coaches gifts. couldn't find what we needed, so made my own,lol. click here to go to store.

buy this week and you get the bonus kit for free!!

and here is the cover freebie for ya! click here to download. please send people to the blog.

on monday, I will have the templates so you can make a brag book for any occassion. woohooo

ok kidlets. on to speed clean and do some laundry. ickkkkkkkk

hugs and happy scrapping!!

Saturday, May 16, 2009


thanks for all of your sure is nice.

without further winners are




email me at tmblankenship at gmail com for your prize.


Friday, May 15, 2009

Want a present from a dear friend of mine? It is one freaking rocking present. Comes out of a bad thing for her, though. So go over, tell her how great it is. Leave her a nice note and a thank you. Let's cheer her up. Please.

Go to Jessica's blog

love and kisses!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hi all sweet scrappers. Hope all is going well. Things are swimming along smoothly. I can't wait for summer vacation. For many reasons. Getting to have my babies (who drive my bananas) home with me. I cannot believe next year I will have a kidlet in 3rd grade and one in kindy. Wahhhhhh. I am also looking forward to making our own schedule. The "have tos" are getting to me a bit. The idea of camping, swimming, trips to the library, zoo and Marine World, bowling (the bowling alley gave all kiddos k-8 at our school a pass for one free game plus free shoe rental EVERY day of summer break. Sure wish Hayden got one though. That would be nice to take them to a lot.), bbqs, some fun homeschooling projects, etc etc. ahhhhhh. just a while longer.
Though I am not looking forward to the wildly crazy coming weeks. Birthday parties, hubby out of town, end of baseball plus two end of season parties, three end of year school parties ('s school is having two), hayden's graduation, getting the person taking my place on the preschool's board up to speed, three upcoming Mom night outs (oh poor me lol), helping get my aunt's retirement party set up, etc etc etc. ahhhhh. fun fun fun.

I haven't been to the gym for almost two weeks!?!?! I was busy for a few days and then I got what I think was the flu. I am still not all the way recovered from that. I really can't wait to get back into the gym though. I was seeing real progress (almost 10 lbs lost and inches off everywhere) and it sure put me in a better mood. My patience was a lot better too ;) so. yeah. hopefully next week I will be able to go back at it!

So. That is that.

In my scrapping life....been working on some layouts. Making some fun layouts. And some challenges.

Are you in the market for a free template and a chance to win a $5 GC to Valorie Brown's store?

here is the template I am giving away: click here to go to challenge

and how bout a little love for my peeps? ;) here is something I made just for you.

click here to download. leave me a hi and howdy why don't ya?? thanks. I do appreciate it.

now. we all know times our tough right now. I love hearing about money saving tips.
Link me up to your fave freebies (non scrapbooking related), coupon sites, etc etc. I will pick two people Friday night 11p PST to win a $5 to my store. leave your name in the comment section with your link woohooo.

hugs and happy scrapping!

Monday, May 04, 2009

well hi and howdy scrappers!!

did you all have a fabo weekend? get anything good? win any goodies??

I had a good time cruising around.

baseball games got rained out (I know right? Wasn't it just 98 degrees here a few weeks ago? CRAZY).

Last night we had two of my daughters and their fellas over for a bbq. fun fun.

Got big plans for mommy's day. my mom got us season passes to Marine World. So we are going that day!! yayay. Usually mother's day is spent doing something for his mom and/or mine. Really my first doing something IIIII want to do ;). My mom and aunt are coming with. Friday will be a Mommy's Day Lunch at Preschool! yummmm. Saturday we are going up to his mom's house after two bball games. So busy busy.

Do you miss me enabling? heheheh

some great schtuff out there right now!

Miss Tina over at FPD is celebrating her bday today! woohooo! she is having a sale (enter item in cart to see discount) and has a great freebie too! Go here

Baers Garten has some new kits and good sales going on at Scrapbook Graphics

I have used her wonderful creations on these layouts

Bren Boone has some of my fave kits on sale for $1~~ woohoo

here are just a few

My whole kaboodle deal is still at the intro price:

Tracy's Whole Kaboodle...$29 for limited time!

what do you get?

alllll the page and element templates in Tracy's Store

like these

anything I add for the months of may and june (at least 12 templates-4 packs of trios- each month)

access to a forum that has lots of extras. retired templates, freebie templates, kits and elements. templates made just for you. wanna a peek at what will be in there?

all in all you will get hundreds of dollars worth of products!

check it out here!

I also wanted to let you know about my challenge up this week. A template challenge, imagine that?!?! Grab this template, follow the rules and you could win $5 to Valorie Brown's store (each week you can win from a different FPD designer).
How fun and easy is that?!?!?!

This week's free template:

Click here to go grab it!

hugs and happy scrapping