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Congratulations On a Winning Monday!

Congratulations On a Winning Monday!

Typically Monday is one of my favorite days of the week.

I’m sure most people are the complete opposite of me, but Mondays  mean a FRESH start for me.

On a typical Monday I jump out of bed all happy pants and ready to face the day.

Today I should have stayed in bed.

While today was frustrating to say the least, there is humor weaved throughout the day.  I even made myself laugh hysterically at one point.

My goal today is that if you are someone who is having a bad day… this will make you smile and feel better about yourself.

If your new to my website… it’s just one of those random days I write on a more personal level.  Don’t be scared.

And OF COURSE I have a card to share… a congratulations card. More on this card at the end of the post.

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Morning Rituals

In our home the Prince gets Brandon off to school each morning and I get up with Alexis to see her off to school.  Basically I have the late shift.  Russ has to get up at the crack of dawn with Brandon…. that is not my cup of tea.

This morning I took a longer snoozie and noticed that my house was unusually quiet.  I decided to check on Alexis.  This is where the day starts to go downhill.

Alexis was still in the bed and had 5 minutes to get ready for school.

The daughter I know was not who jumped out of bed in a panic.

She screamed.  “WHAT? I’m late???”  She looked like a crazy person. Kinda frightening.

Honestly I was kinda scared.  I decided to let her pull herself together while I grabbed coffee.

A few minutes later she comes to me with tears flowing.  The drama was magical.  I’m pretty sure she has been taking acting on the side without me knowing it.  This was not my girl. She normally has it all together.

After a little mama pep talk I told her to get herself together… it’s not the end of the world that she would be late.  All will be okay.


Remembering Your Own Advice

As I drove Alexis to school I wanted to remind her that just because she woke up late, don’t let this ruin the rest of her day.  As she walked into the school building she turned to me, smiled and waved.  Total attitude change.

Honestly, I felt a little puffed up.  Kinda like a moment of “super mom.”  I had given her great advice this morning.  It was time to really get my awesome Monday started.


I decided to run a few errands before heading home.  Simple things like returning an expired  1/2 gallon of creamer that I bought on Saturday.  Evidently 10 other women decided to do their returns at the same time of day.  Really?  I never realized so much happened that early in the morning.

As I opened the back hatch of my car to put my groceries in, there in the back corner was the fresh sweet tea I had purchased on Saturday.  The one I looked everywhere for.  Now its sour and in the trash.


Creative in the Kitchen

Getting creative in the kitchen is not my happy place.  The entire process is overwhelming to me unless I’m making something I really enjoy.

I decided on a Tortilla soup that the entire family loves.  It was only 1030 in the morning and I had dinner on track.  This is HUGE. Seriously, it never happens. This Monday was definitely on track for #winning!

I continued to work and let my soup simmer.  The house smelled so good.

Work was a disaster.  Anything I touched was breaking.  The printer jammed, the paper I was cutting was completely wrong and to top off this day… the card I tried to create was going no where.    No biggie because this happens, right?

Moving on…


Retirement Blues

Russ was in the living room watching something on the TV and while waltzing past the TV I got sucked in.  45 minutes passed, the show ends and I had a complete hissy fit.

Wish I was kidding.

I was so mad at myself.  My list of to-do’s is long.   There I sat on the couch sucked into some stupid TV show.  Typically I never watch TV.  Nothing!!

I’m struggling with our new routines.  Actually,  I’m struggling with HIS routine.   For 20 years he went to work….  Now he’s home 24/7, watching TV and lots of other things….   and sometimes I’m watching TV with him.

I could write a novel on the hissy fit, but the scaled down version is I felt awful for feeling the way I do.  It’s just a HUGE adjustment.  Working at home takes discipline. Something I’ve had for long time… until now it seems.

I Don’t Remember Adding These Bits To My Soup!

After getting over my hissy fit, apologizing to Russ and getting all of that off my chest… it was time to check on my soup and add some other ingredients.

As I was getting ready to add my extra ingredients, I noticed something floating in my soup… lots of them.

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After further investigating, there was an extra protein that I did not intend to be in my soup- BUGS!

At this point I was freaking frantic.  Where did these come from?  Oh my word.

Ya’ll! HOW and WHERE?  I’m almost speechless.

The only thing it could have come from was one of the spices I used… YEP!

Sure enough I opened the Chili Powder and there they were.

I know…  disgusting.

Needless to say the soup was dumped.  I cried.  Then I gave myself the same pep talk I gave my daughter this morning.  Don’t let this ruin your day Kimberly…. then I laughed so hard I cried again.

My entire dinner in the trash…


As This Day is Ending…  

It definitely hasn’t been the best day, but it’s not been the worst day either.

Obviously the family will eat something like hot dogs or PB&J. Nothing out of the ordinary to be truthful.

I will try not to feel overwhelmed by the laundry that is sitting in my bedroom waiting to be folded and tackle that problem tomorrow.  Along with cleaning out my spice cabinet.  YAY!

I will be kind to my Prince…

I’ll think about all of this tomorrow and pray that next Monday I’m back to my happy pants again.


Back to the Bird… 

The stamp set Best Birds is one of my favorites.  Timeless set that you can use forever!

If you are a brand new stamper, this stamp set is a perfect set to start with.


  • You can color the images using markers and a Blender Pen.
  • The images can be fussy cut if you do not have the Big Shot (highly recommend the Big Shot!)
  • Greetings for many different occasions.


Congratulations, Stampin' Up!




Congratulations, Stampin' Up!


End of Year Close Out Sale 

Click the photo below and see all the GOODIES on sale.



Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale




Best Birds- Stampin’ Up!

Best Birds- Stampin’ Up!

The Best Birds stamp set has been calling my name to see the ink and I finally had the chance to do it!

I thought for sure I would spend a little more time over the holiday weekend with stamps in my hand but instead I ended up pool side and surrounded with family.  If there is anything better than stamping, it’s spending time with my family.  It was a win-win for sure.


Bundle & Save

If you haven’t noticed yet, I’ve been sharing a lot of the sweet Bundles that are in the new Idea Book & Catalog.  I love a great savings, but even better are the sets I’m able to save on.  I love them all.

Best Birds, Stampin' Up!


I love birds and most of all, I love stamping them.  The Best Birds stamp set jumped out at me as soon as I had seen it.  This set was even better when I noticed the matching framelits that coordinated with this set.  NO CUTTING.  You could probably hear me singing and dancing when I noticed this.


Create It!

Best Birds, Stampin' Up!


The greeting was perfect for this card as it was a good day once I started putting this card together.

My first thought for pairing embellishments with this card was the music note paper from the This Christmas Specialty Designer Paper.  Instantly this made me think of a song bird.  In fact, one thing Russ and I love to do is listen to the sweet birds in our backyard sing.  It’s so peaceful. How about you?

Best Birds, Stampin' Up!


Here are a few tips to create this card:

  1. Stamp the mesh stamp image using Sahara Sand onto Whisper White cardstock 4″ x 5-1/4″.
  2. Attach a Delicate White Doily (1/4 of a doily) to the backside of the music note pattern paper (1/2″ x 3-1/2″) using Snail adhesive.
  3. Adhere a piece of Pool Party cardstock (1/4″ x 3″) above the music note paper.  Staple a piece of coiled Linen Thread to the Pool party cardstock to keep the thread in place.
  4. Stamp the branch, bird and flower onto Watercolor paper using Archival Basic Black ink.  Let images dry or heat set with Heat Tool.
  5. Color branch with Early Espresso ink for the branch and Cucumber Crush ink for the leaves.  Color the flower using Daffodil Delight ink.  Color the entire bird with Pool Party ink, and then go over the image around the edges using Island Indigo ink. Color the birds beak using Tangerine Tango ink.  Die cut the images using the Birds & Blooms Thinlits Dies on page 194 of the Idea Book & Catalog.  I used an Aqua Painter to color the images.
  6. Adhere the branch, and bird using dimensionals.  Adhere the flower to the branch using Mini Glue Dots.
  7. Stamp the greeting onto the card front using Archival Basic Black ink.
  8. Adhere Pool Party Enamel Dots to the card as shown in picture.
  9. Go over the body of the bird using the Clear Wink of Stella Brush.  (ohhhh … how I love!)
  10. Attach the Whisper White card front to Pool Party cardstock 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ using dimensionals.
  11. Attach the Pool Party cardstock to the Whisper White Thick cardstock base (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″) using dimensionals.

Best Birds, Stampin' Up!


Order Your Best Birds Set Today!

Save 10% when you order the Best Birds Bundle.  Here are a few things I recommend having on hand when you order this set. You can click on the product links below to order your set and start creating.

  • Aqua Painters
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Delicate White Doilies – my personal favorite!!



New to My Website? 

If you are new to my site you will learn I love to thank my customers when they purchase from my Online Store.  You will receive a special gift and a free class tutorial when you make a purchase.  You will also receive a hand stamped card from me in the mail.  I do appreciate you!  Click HERE to browse new Stampin’ Up! products.

Speaking of Birds….

I’m kinda excited about something…
I noticed about two weeks ago that a morning dove has made a nest in my hanging flower basket on the porch.  She is sitting on two sweet little eggs.  This mama bird is so good.  She has weathered a few storms and sits in the blazing hot sun every single day. I can’t wait to share her babies with you.
Here are a few pics of her and the eggs.  I haven’t watered my plant but a few times when I see her fly off to grab some dinner.  I don’t want to scare her, so the hanging basket is slowly dying.  AHHH.  The things I will do for this mama bird.
Best Birds, Stampin' Up!
Isn’t this exciting??? I can’t wait to see the babies hatch.
Best Birds, Stampin' Up!
Not the best picture, but she is sitting quietly, in the heat…