I’m 29 1/2 !!

October is here which marks the half-way point in my 30 x 30 goals project

Here’s what I’ve been working on for the past 6 months:

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        13 Complete     4 In  Process

  1. Win Top 10 Under 40
  2. Travel to Rome
  3. Grow plants in garden boxes
  4. Send Christmas Cards
  5. Go Glamping
  6. Commit to Walking Team – May to September
  7. Try skiing
  8. Learn how to be happier in the wintertime
  9. Play tennis weekly for 8 weeks
  10. Learn Italian – practice for 90 out of 100 days (April-July)
  11. Write a book / document each item on this list
  12. Become a famous alumni
  13. Be a tourist in Indianapolis
  14. Try cake decorating
  15. Visit Notre Dame
  16. Be involved in a charity/cause I care about
  17. Create a Wedding Album
  18. Complete 2018 Reading goal (16 books)
  19. Go to a CycleBar class with Brooke – April 28th
  20. Walk the full distance around neighborhood pond
  21. Hang photos/art in the front room
  22. Decorate guest bathroom
  23. Buy new pajamas
  24. Learn the words to school fight song
  25. Research  local elected officials 
  26. Vote in a non-presidential election
  27. Visit Fair Oaks Farms
  28. Try making coconut syrup
  29. Make 6 new recipes from my Pinterest boards or Meal prep 20 meals
  30. Call or text 3 friends each week

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Keep it Together Blog Hop: Hobbies vs Minimalism

As I mentioned in a previous post, memory keeping involves soooo much keeping! Not only do we hang on to mementos to include in our photo books, many of us memory keepers  also have lots of craft supplies.

Between Project Life core kits and value kits, Heidi Swapp embellishments, and various subscription boxes we’ve become proud of showing off a haul and end up building up a stash of paper, pocket pages and cards we may or may not ever use.

In the past couple years as I became interested in minimalism, I have tried to be more conscious of what I spend money on and bring into my home. This hobby is one of the exceptions I’ve allowed myself lately, but I still want to clear out things I don’t expect to use instead of using the excuse of keeping them ” just in case”.

I’ve put together 2 kits of supplies that I would like to sell or swap. Reply in the comments or send me a DM if you’re interested!

15 items for $3.00 + shipping OR swap

  • Simple Stories Snap Studio 2 pocket pages (6×8 with 1 2×8 and 2 4×8 pockets)
  • Simple Stories Snap Studio 8 cardstock pages
  • Project Life 30 paper clips
  • 3 4×6 Project Life cards
  • 1 4×6 Project Life acetate overlay card
  • 1 3×4 Project Life acetate overlay card

15 items for $3.00 + shipping OR swap

  • Simple Stories Snap Studio 2 pocket pages (6×8 with 1 2×8 and 2 4×8 pockets)
  • Simple Stories Snap Studio 8 cardstock pages
  • Project Life 30 paper clips
  • 2 4×6 Project Life cards
  • 1 4×6 Project Life acetate overlay card
  • 1 3×4 Project Life acetate overlay card

What do you do to organize or minimize your craft supplies?

Let me know in the comments, or better yet – join the link-up!

Keep It Together Blog Hop: Heidi Swapp Travel Kit Unboxing


This month, I’m keeping this post short & sweet. I found a Heidi Swapp Travel Embellishment kit on clearance at Michaels and I want to share what’s inside!


Most of the albums I’ll be making are for vacation pictures, so the travel theme is perfect.

I had been wanting to use stamps for a while to decorate 3×2 cards, so I was happy to find a stamp set was inside. I ended up purchasing this acrylic stamp block to use them.  Also inside are 6 flagged paper clips and 7 tags.

This kit also included colorful washii tape strips, transparent stickers, regular stickers with travel-themed phrases,  a gold alpha/numeric sticker set and divider tabs for the most important nouns – people, places, and food and adventures!

To get this amount of items in the kit for $4.99 was a great deal!

How do you share or display your vacation photos?

Let me know in the comments, or better yet – join the link-up!

Glossies Made Me Do It – August 2018


This month’s “Glossies Made Me Do It” is inspired by Essence Magazine’s July/August issue.

This full page ad made me pick up a pint of Talenti Gelato

Inspired by upcoming travels, and the book Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch, I decided to give it a taste.


Photo Credit: Goodreads

Love & Gelato is categorized as Young Adult fiction, but it didn’t feel too immature for me to enjoy the story. Lina, the main character is a high schooler adjusting to her new home in Florence, Italy. Along with the typical experiences of having crushes and making friends, she is also getting to know her father and unfolding the secrets of her mother’s college years as a photography student in Italy .

I enjoyed the book Love & Gelato and the Talenti Gelato very much!

This is Style & Savings so of course I have a tip for you!

If there’s a Pay-Less Super Market (or Kroger) near you, download their app and clip this $1.00 off  Talenti Pints coupon to your Plus Card. Using the coupon, I was able to get a pint for $2.99

What have glossies made you do?

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Keep it Together Blog Hop: Low-Budget Project Life


I have always been sentimental – almost to a fault. I have saved so many photos, birthday cards, art projects from grade school, movie ticket stubs, programs from plays, etc. I started making scrapbooks in elementary school and have several scrapbooks of photos and memories from then through high school. In college I didn’t make time for scrapbooking (although I continued to collect meaningful items). During that time, we were all about sharing photos on Facebook.

After having not made a scrapbook for a while, I started to become interested again when I made Walgreens and Shutterfly photo books of  vacation photos. I hadn’t heard of Project Life or pocket scrapbooking until I saw it on My Favorite Things and started watching Simply Alexandra’s YouTube channel.

I was already familiar with Simple Stories because I used their 6×8 binder and the 4×6 pocket pages to hold my my postcard collection. They were perfect for that purpose, but I hadn’t really thought to use them for an album. I decided to give pocket scrapbooking a try!

First, I needed pictures. I like to print photos through Walgreens because they are often ready in 1 hour or less and the location is convenient. If I don’t need the photos right away, I wait to get a good coupon code in my inbox. The best deal that I have gotten is 10 cent 4×6 prints.

As a Project Life beginner, I found Simply Alexandra’s videos to be an inspiration and really helpful to learn what types of supplies to use.

Of course I wanted to have the stamps, cards, pocket pages, and washii tape – but all at low prices!

I don’t think I ever would have purchased Project Life cards if I hadn’t found value kits on clearances for $2 and $4 at Walmart. Looking at the original price, I knew this was an outstanding deal! I quickly fell in love with the colorful prints, fun wording, and embellishments.


After searching Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann fabric, I found Wal-Mart also had the best deal on the Simple Stories 6×8 album and this Fiskar’s paper trimmer.

Michael’s has been my go-to for the rest of my supplies. I have been able to find sales on both the Simple Stories and Becky Higgins brand pocket pages.  Before shopping at Michael’s be sure to look for their coupon for 40% off any regular-priced item!

Also inspired by Simply Alexandra, I have made my own Project Life cards using cardstock, scrapbook paper, unlined index cards, washii tape, and stickers.


A peek at a page from my San Francisco travel  album


Have you ever created a scrapbook or photo book?

What are your favorite brands for paper crafting ?

Where do you find the best deals on your memory keeping supplies?

Let me know in the comments, or better yet – join the link-up!

Glossies Made Me Do It- July 2018

Happy Independence Day!

This July 4th holiday, I’m thankful to have time off to spend relaxing at home. I love summer and today with temperatures in the 90’s, I’m waiting until dusk to go outside.

In the meantime, I’m catching up on my favorite magazines. What will Glossies Make Me Do this month?

The July 2018 issue of  Oprah magazine features Oprah (obviously!) sitting among beautiful flowers with the headline What Would Make You Happy?

I like how 2018’s magazine issues have each featured a thought – provoking question. I especially like this question because it’s not always something we take the time to think about. Many of us assume that happiness is effortless or that you either have a happy disposition or you don’t. Happiness is a conscious choice that we make in the way we react to situations, how we choose to spend our time and who we choose to spend it with. Knowing what would make you happy is the first step in making the right choices.

Summertime makes me happy and ice cream sandwiches are the perfect treat to enjoy on a staycation day!

This article on page 92 featured 10 different ice cream sandwiches with flavors including mango sorbet, strawberry, coconut, and key lime. Only 5 of the flavors had recipes in the magazine.

To make the Double Chocolate Mint ice cream sandwich, I went to Pinterest and found this recipe

The recipe was simple and easy to follow. For the first batch, I made them as drop cookies (see photo). In an attempt to make more perfect circles, for the next batch, I rolled the dough and used a drinking glass as a cookie cutter.

Purple Cow makes a delicious mint chocolate chip ice cream. Using an ice cream scoop, I placed one scoop of ice cream on a cookie for each ice cream sandwich. It helps to flatten the ice cream with a fork before pressing the second cookie on top.

The cookies are delicious on their own. Adding the ice cream makes a frozen treat to cool down the summer heat.

What have glossies made you do?

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Glossies Made Me Do It – Royal Wedding Scones


It’s time for another edition of “Glossies Made Me Do It”.  Link up with Happy Pretty Sweet or Shooting Stars Mag to join the fun!

This article in the  May 2018 issue of Oprah Magazine made me recall the first royal wedding I have seen and made me excited for the upcoming royal wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle.

The wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981 was known as “the wedding of the century” and still makes headlines over 35 years later. My first royal wedding memory is of waking up early one Friday morning in April 2011 to watch Prince William and Kate’s wedding on my 26″ flat panel screen from the loft bed in my dorm room. I also remember the buzz surrounding Pippa’s dress and Princess Beatrice’s and Princess Eugenie’s hats.

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Photo Credit: people.com

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After getting married, I have an appreciation for what weddings represent. Weddings are celebrations that bring people together – and this time on a world-wide level.

Also, despite there being  no monarchy in the USA, I along with most little girls in America grew up with fairy tales, Disney movies, and princess dresses.

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There’s something special about seeing an American girl become a royal.

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Photo Credit: glamour.com

 The Oprah Magazine article about how to host a royal wedding watch party, has a recipe for Devon scones.

The first time I remember having a scone was when  a high school friend made them after returning from a summer with her grandparents across the pond.

I had been thinking of trying to make them at home for a while, and the royal wedding seemed like the perfect occasion. The recipe in the magazine looked more like a biscuit and I wanted something sweeter, so I tried this recipe from Pinterest.

I’ll consider this a Pinterest Win since they were not only picture perfect but also very tasty.

What have glossies made you do?

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