Taking time for yourself

It’s important to take care of yourself …

How many times have you heard this?

Next question … How many times have you listened?

Just like you, I have heard this ten thousand times, probably more often than that … and I know it’s true, but I am more than guilty of not listening.

This aging process is not fun, nobody told me it was, but nobody told me what to really expect.  Being a woman is not easy (now I am not saying it’s easy being a man) and sometimes I feel like a crazy person.  This past year has been a tough year of learning for me.  I have learned that I cannot do nearly everything that I used to, and most importantly, that if I don’t take care of myself and take time to do things for myself … it’s not good, and it just turns out making things much harder.

This year I have made a promise to myself that …


With that said, I truly am taking time for myself, and although I still do extra work at home, I am limiting myself and only doing what is absolutely necessary.  I am learning to ask for help, learning to pace myself, and learning that a little relaxation and pampering can go a long way.

I know that each and every one of you deserves some time for yourself, and I know it’s hard … and I didn’t listen for years either, but … please do, please try … it makes a world of difference.

With all of that said, I am going to show you something that I am doing for myself this year … and I can’t even begin to tell you how relaxing it is.


I am back to taking nice long relaxing baths and I am adding this amazing tub soak and a bath bomb to each and every bath.


I had become a shower person, hop in the shower, get ready and go.  It serves the purpose, right?  You get clean, you smell good and you are ready for the day.  But … it’s not taking any time for yourself or giving yourself any relaxing time.


I cannot tell you how awesome it is to hit the tub and to soak and relax.  I have even been taking a great book in with me to enjoy the time more.


What’s better than smelling good, having smooth skin, having something relaxing time and getting a chance to read?  Wow, up until I have started doing this regularly, I can’t even tell you the last time I had a change to soak and read.

These products are all available in our store.  The bath bombs and tub soak are from Lend Me Some Sugar and I made the cards and tags with the Hunkydory Card kit which is also available in the store.


If you want to give a little gift and you do not have time to make any of these packages, cards or tags, we also have them pre-made and available in the store.  If you just need to grab a jar of tub soak and a bath bomb, we are fully stocked.

Remember, it’s very important to …



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This post was written by Lori on February 26, 2017

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Documenting with ephemera…

Remember when…we used to scrapbook ALL the photos on one layout?  And when we saved all the bits and pieces from an event to include on that page?  If you’re a scrapbooker who still does…then my job here is done.

But if you’re like me and you’ve gotten away from the 2-page, memento-laden layouts, then this might be something of a walk down memory lane!  At least the ephemera part.

visit-redRecently we traveled to Utah to visit our youngest son and watch him play hockey in a charity tournament.  Guns vs Hoses.  Because he works in Corrections, he plays with and for the Guns side.  Besides those games, we watched an ECHL game (exciting!!), took a gondola ride up the mountain for lunch, sat and talked and generally caught up.  Cleaning out my purse after returning home, I found several pieces that I knew would help tell the story of our quick weekend trip.


For the purposes of incorporating this ephemera, I fell back on the ever-reliable grid design for the page.  I used my 2″ square punch to cut portions from the hockey ticket and flight boarding pass.  Including them also establishes the dates and times of this event, so I don’t need to worry about adding them elsewhere.  And happily, the gondola pass was close enough in size to fit within the grid too.


I used machine stitching lines to further emphasize the grid design.  I also used some BoBunny Noteworthy die cuts, stickers from Simple Stories Bloom & Grow, wood veneer from Kaisercraft, a Bella Boulevard Illustrated Faith enamel heart and word and phrase stickers from Cosmo Cricket and Authentique.

visit4 Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Check back soon for another blast-from-the-past, featuring double page layouts!!

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This post was written by Norine on February 22, 2017

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