31 October, 2011

Happy Halloween!

A simple snap out of the window of my brother-in-law's guest room, where we stayed over the weekend in Poznań, Poland. It's not "Halloweeny" per se, but this holiday in Poland is called 
"Dzień Wszystkich Świȩtych" or "All Saints Day" and celebrated as a day of reflection - remembering friends and loved ones who have passed on. Sure, there are still the occasional Jack-o-Lanterns and fancy dress parties, but as far as I understand, children don't walk around the neighborhood collecting candy. Instead, they visit the graveyards and light candles for those who have gone before.
A lovely thought.

We had a wonderful, albeit short, time with my husband's brother and his fiance. Lots and lots of delicious food and a bit of shopping... not to mention getting our teeth fixed at the Dentist - but more on that later.
As much as I like handing out candy, I have no self control when it comes to the leftovers... tonight, we have decided to go on a date to the cinema to see Drive. I'm glad to have the option to purchase tickets online as I believe the cinema will be packed on this bank holiday Monday. 

How was your weekend? 

26 October, 2011


A few years ago, as I was browsing the wide world of Flickr, I happened upon this image.

Sock Drawer
(click image for source)

I fell in love. 

22 October, 2011

21 October, 2011

Just a Bad Day. Not a Bad Life. - Freebie Fridays

Welcome to another Freebie Friday!

This week, I've got a free 8x10" download for you. 

This week's freebie is inspired by my moodiness. I have days when just EVERY single thing goes wrong and I start to doubt myself, my life, and my priorities. Fortunately those days are not terribly often, but they do still happen on occasion. It's on those days, when I head up to my craft room to find some serenity (and inevitably trip while getting there, as well as break a nail and stub my toe) that I could use this reminder.

I'm so incredibly grateful for the things I have, the opportunities that are open to me, and the people who love me and surround me. I have a good life, but sometimes I forget.

To download this free printable and to see others that are available to print, visit the "Freebie Fridays" tab at the top of the page, or click here.

19 October, 2011

Some Zenfolio Love...

When I first started my photography as a business, I realized that I wanted to have a place to upload my clients' photos so that they could view them online, and send the link to their families. A friend of mine mentioned a few options, including Zenfolio.

(a screen shot of my Zenfolio "client viewing" page)

18 October, 2011

Ten Things I Love Tuesday

Welcome to 10TILT! This is a weekly post about things I've found around the internet that are, in my opinion, pretty darn cool. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week's Ten!

17 October, 2011

A Blustery Day

It is a grey Autumnal day here in Clondulane. The winds are racing and the rain is coming down seemingly sideways. The wind is whistling through the vents in our home and making our curtains wiggle and doors creak open and closed as if they were alive... or haunted. It might be appropriate for this time of year, anyways with Halloween approaching. 


After watching the The Velveteen Rabbit videos that I posted in my recent blog post I started thinking about other cartoons that I really enjoyed as a child. Of course, there were things like Chip N Dale: Rescue Rangers, Duck Tales, Tale Spin, The X Men, Muppet Babies, and about 100 others (I am a little ashamed to admit that I watched a lot of TV as a kid - but since I don't watch much, if any TV now so I figure it evens out somehow, haha). The real favorites though, were the pre-1960's Disney and Buena Vista cartoons.

16 October, 2011

Sunday Adventures

 Something about the sunshine in Autumn in Ireland... just brings out all the people. We're like flowers here. Fine with rain, but when the sun comes out, we all turn our faces up and just soak it in!

15 October, 2011

How to Make Medium Boiled Eggs

14 October, 2011

The Velveteen Rabbit

One of my all time favorite stories as a child was The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. It was simple yet poignant and as a youngster, made me feel an extreme adoration for all my toys.
I suspect that it is because of The Velveteen Rabbit that when Toy Story came out, it was instantly one of my favorite films. 
The Velveteen Rabbit
(click image for source)

12 October, 2011

The Elusive Spaghetti Squash

I can't tell you how many times I've looked up the calories in a dish I want to make - only to freak out when I find that it's a million calories because of the PASTA that's in it or the BREAD. I never thought I'd be one of those girls who shuns pasta and bread!

07 October, 2011

Meal Planner - Freebie Friday!

Hello friends!

It's the end of the week, and you know what that means! It's Freebie Friday!

This week, I'm sharing a Meal Planner!
I started creating a weekly meal plan about a year ago and it has been such a help to our finances, and definitely a help to our waistlines. No more aimless wandering through aisles picking up what looks good, and coming home with a bunch of junk and no idea what to do with it!

Here's how I usually fill it out:

(We don't actually have friends named Tom or Sue... haha)

It's a 5x7" print, so you can fit two on a standard 8x10 (in the states) or A4 (over here) sheet. I made it 5x7" so you can bring it with you to shop without feeling like you've got a huge piece of paper taking over your life... I don't know about you guys, but I usually write my lists on 4x6 scraps. I can't imagine whipping out my A4 sheet (which is 8x12") and walking around Tesco with it. I might as well be carrying a news paper! Ha! 
To download this free printable and to see others that are available to print, visit the "Freebie Fridays" tab at the top of the page, or click here.

04 October, 2011

Ten Things I Love Tuesday

Welcome to this week's edition of 10TILT! It's a collection of things (often random, sometimes not) from around the internet that I'm really enjoying this week. Join in the fun, and hopefully you'll find something new to love too!

03 October, 2011

Bringing Autumn in

Autumn has arrived, and what better way to celebrate than bringing it indoors? I purchased three 22" pillows at the second hand shop, with no other idea in mind than to decorate with them, and that's just what I did!

01 October, 2011


Guess who reached her first weight loss goal and got her prize
(and is well on her way to reaching her second goal)?


Down 2.8kg (6.17lbs)
19kg (44lbs) to go!

Also... yesterday was Freebie Friday! 

I totally spaced! Be sure to go "like" Jocelyn's Facebook page, and download the new printable (which is super cute, btw). Have a great weekend!


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