Earrings and Buttons

lots of earrings + colorful buttons = fun & happy organization  
 My daughter thinks this {fantastic} tip from Peter Walsh (as seen on Rachael Ray show) is the perfect solution to disappearing earrings!

MyMemories Suite Giveaway *over*

Are your scrapbooking supplies taking up space and collecting dust?   
My Memories can help with that!  
"MyMemories Suite Version 4 digital scrapbooking software is a fun and creative way to create scrapbooks, photobooks and more!"

CLOSED.  Winner-- emeraldmaz!!

If you're already a digital scrapbooking enthusiast or just want to get started you can enter to win MyMemories Suite right here!

TWO entries possible--
1 REQUIRED: Visit My Memories and choose a kit you like-- leave a comment about it.
2 Do one of the following and leave a comment for an extra entry: Follow My Memories facebook, My Memories Twitter, subscribe to My Memories blog or join My Memories mailing list (right side of blog, scroll down).
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*Giveaway ends March 14th at 10 pm MST*
-winner notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or new winner will be chosen-

Paper Dolls from Peonies and Poppyseeds

Peonies and Poppyseeds has a free paperdolls printable with 3 cute girls and another one with swimwear for the girls!  Her skeleton paper dolls are also cute!

MyMemories Suite Review

** I've invited my little sister Charlee to join me on Fantastic Find.  This review is written by her.**

I am all for anything homemade. Take, for example, the extra things I do for my 8 month old daughter. Each week I make her diaper wipes as well as baby food from scratch. No jarred stuff around this place. But when it comes to scrapbooking, I make zero extra time to sit down and create beautiful pages of tedious craftiness. Maybe if I had a dedicated room or space for scrapbooking specifically, I might make the time to do it. Though, who seriously has an extra room in their house to dedicate to all things scrapbooking? Even if you do, are you really in there scrapbooking often? I dream of a scrapbooking room, but my life requires more of me. Cooking. Cleaning. For heavens sake, sleeping!

Playing around with the features of My Memories Suite, I realized how much easier it is to digital scrapbook vs. traditional scrapbook. You could lose several minutes per page by searching through your scrapbook supplies to find the exact paper or button you need, but searching for those things in digital format takes much less time. Additionally, with traditional scrapbooking, you have to make sure your page looks just right before gluing everything in place. Using digital scrapbooking software, you have the unique opportunity to play around with different paper and layouts before you ever have to "glue" anything in place.

Both traditional and digital scrapbooking can be very costly. Using My Memories Suite costs money to download to your computer, and if you want to buy more digital paper or embellishments, you need to spend more money still. I find it easier to spend money online, because I don’t have to swipe a card or hand over some cash. If money isn’t an issue, then this is an obvious advantage over running to the scrapbooking store to gather supplies.

After downloading My Memories Suite, I spent a few hours just navigating through different things. It has a small learning curve, but once you know where everything is, you can get a whole book done in a cinch. After spending some more time on the program, I was able to create a template for a photo book and a few pages for a calendar. I loved using the shadow feature for any embellishment I placed on the pages. It makes the pages look more like a traditional scrapbook with 3D elements. As for some of the truly digital features, I didn't find a use for them for my specific projects. You can add music, videos, or links to web pages to the albums if you are truly just going to leave the book or project in digital format. It would be compared to using Microsoft Powerpoint, and you could send the project in an email to friends and family.

So while traditional scrapbooking can take up a lot of space in your house, digital scrapbooking only takes up space on your computer. The way I see it, you will spend more money on traditional scrapbooking unless you plan to the very last page. One drawback I do see for digital scrapbooking is that you don't get the real homemade feel that a traditional scrapbook gives you. In the end, it is all a matter of preference, but for someone like me without extra space and money, digital scrapbooking with My Memories Suite makes a lot of sense.

 *Although I received this product free of charge to review, I have made up my own mind about it!

MyMemories Suite is a software for making scrapbook layouts, videos, photo books, cards, decorations and more! From their site: 'Print directly from the software to your home printer or export and take your project to your favorite printer. MyMemories Suite lets you export your projects as JPG, PNG, PDF or SVG.Come back tomorrow to enter to win MyMemories Suite v4 digital scrapbooking software.

Free Music from Mindy Gledhill

Mindy Gledhill wrote a song for a Fruit of the Loom commercial that aired during the 2012 Summer Olympics-- download 'Bring Me Close' for free on fruit.com

Mindy also has a free song download on her site if you subscribe to her email newsletter.

Billy Bones Paper Doll

Print a free Billy Bones paper doll with 4 Halloween costumes--
Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolf-Man, Mummy -- on Education.com!

Free Shaun T. Workout on Dr. Oz

Fitness trainer Shaun T., known for his Insanity workouts, was on Dr. Oz this past February.  He shared his 3 steps to getting your best body back and a short workout. 

Shaun T's Miracle 15-Minute Workout is at the top of my fantastic list-- it really gets my heart pumpin' and forehead sweatin'!  It's important to first watch the exercise demonstration in parts 3 and 4 of the episodeGet movin'!

Mom, What's for Dinner?

Delicious dinners my family has enjoyed:

My husband said "This is good!" more than once and he was even eating it wrapped in a 100% whole wheat tortilla (he prefers white flour anything)! 

 It's great to have some of these in the freezer!  Don't skimp on the cheese.  I like making them with pizza sauce for more flavor.  My husband's favorite filling is garlic and ranch sauce with chicken, green peppers, and mozzarella.

Warm and yummy!  Make a batch of brown rice and freeze in 2 cup portions.  Makes this soup easier to throw together.

Put chicken on bottom.  Cook chicken before making the foil-pack if you want oven time to go quicker (see notes at bottom of recipe).

PBS KIDS!: The Democracy Project

PBS KIDS! has an informative and fun online community called The Democracy Project.  Kids can get excited about the election by reading about the candidates, creating a campaign sticker with issues important to them, stepping inside a voting booth, printing Presidential cards and more!  Aimed at interesting kids ages 6-9!

Monster Mania

monster bookmarks
Make a monster bookmark with instructions on Tally's Treasury!

Dress up paper monsters with free printables on Education.com-- monster 1 & monsters 2!

Make simple monster cards and send snail mail!  Pictured are Happy Monster Valentines from Chef Messy but you can love a monster anytime!
 Seriously creative monster jacket on Fiskars from designer Lisa Storms.  Make it for a Halloween costume or for dress-up fun!

Free monster printable from No Time for Flashcards to make awesome monster blocks! (via OhDeeDoh)

  Free mp3 download on Oddio Overplay-- Munster Beat! by Martinibomb and The Coconut Monkeyrocket!  This song plays over and over at my house!  
(right-click on words below Frankenstein on Oddio Overplay and 'Save Link As')

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