Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Project Life Weeks 4 and 5

Good evening everyone, I really need to catch up with posting my project life pages so here is my layouts for weeks 4 and 5.

Week 4:

I tried out a few new things this week, firstly I have had a set of stitching patterns sitting in my drawer for ages, so I pulled them out and gave it a go on my title - I really love how this has turned out. I have used the WeRMK - Webster collection again (I did mention I loved this collection didn't I?) I have also made a 6 image photo collage for this page - Think I will be using this again, I love being able to see all the photos without it taking up another whole page - it really tells the story.

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Week 5:
Bit of mixed bag with this week, collections used were Webster, rain and some Azure. Quite and eclectic mix.  Really like the 3 images on the 1 photo. The love card is using a white rub-on - love this effect. Not many embellishments this week - just letting the photos do the talking.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Project Life Week 3

Slowing getting through all of these layouts.
Here is my week 3 pages. I have used the WeRMK - Webster collection for this layout (I love this kit so much, I think it is my favourite - I actually have 2 sets).

On my title card I used some large black thinkers, I cut up a 3x4 card and then splattered on some back ink.

There is definitely a theme appearing - me taking photos of Sam sleeping, not sure if it's creepy or cute? 

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Taco salad - Paleo style

I just had my new favourite dinner, Taco salad.  I had seen it on a blog a couple of years ago and never paid much attention (I think it is more of an American dish - well  I have yet to see it on a menu here). So while trying to come up with idea's for dinner this week I was given a suggestion of Taco's, which got my mind wondering "how can I have Taco's on a Paleo diet?" so off on a Google search I went, what came up?  Taco Salad!  So here is my version, adapted slightly from a couple of other blogs.

Taco mince mixture

Spice mix1T oregano
1T garlic powder
1T onion powder
1.5T cumin
1/2t chilli powder (you could add more if you like yours spicy)
1T thyme
salt and pepper

Mix all these ingredients together in a bowl and set aside (this should be enough for 2 mixes).

Meat mix
1T coconut oil
1 red onion (you could use brown)
500g beef mince
Tomato paste

Heat oil in a frying pan, add onion (leave about 1T aside for your guacamole), cook onion until softened.
Add half of the spice mix and stir through (store the other half in an airtight container to use next time).
Add the beef mince and cook until just browned. Stir in the tomato paste.  Let it sit on a low heat while you prepare the other ingredients.

Prepare all your sala/d veges while the meat in cooking. I used chopped lettuce, grated carrot, cherry tomatoes (quartered) and chopped avocado.

1 avacado
1T red onion (use the left overs from the meat mix)
1 clove of garlic
Juice of half a lime
1t oil
salt and pepper

Add all the ingredients into a blender (or in a bowl with a stick mixer). Pure until combined, you should get a smooth paste like consistency.

Lay our lettuce on a plate and top with other vegetables, add your mince mix (recipe below) then top with some guacamole (recipe below above).  Franc did add some cheese and sour cream to his - I resisted the temptation, after feeling so great being back on the wagon for 2 weeks I couldn't let a little sour cream get in my way of a healthy lifestyle!

This meal was rated 9/10 on the husband scale, so definitely a winner in this household.

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Stampin' Up! Christmas cards

Good morning everyone,

Here to share a Christmas cards I made with you today.

First up:


I used my blender pens and ink pads to colour the stamped image (which I stamped using black stazon ink), I also stamped the sentiment in matching colours and punched out using the decorative label punch.  I embossed a piece of Whisper White card stock using the Perfect polka dots embossing folder - I wanted to give it a snowy feel.

I used our new Get your Santa on stamp set.

 I can see so many potential cards coming up with this set.  It is also one of our new photo-polymer stamps. To be honest I have not had much luck with clear stamps in the past so I was super skeptical in buying this one, but it stamps wonderfully I am super happy with it and can;t wait to get my hands on some more.

Here are the products I used to make this card.

You can find the card for sale in my Etsy store here.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Project Life Week 2

Hi everyone, here to share my week 2 layouts:
This week I had a few extra photos from the weekend so ended up with a small 6x8 insert.

I really liked my title this week. I used the Amy Tangerine stitching templates for the words, along with  some home made "enamel dots".

Bit of mixed bag of colours in this weeks layout, not entirely sure what look I was trying to go with here a rainbow effect maybe?  It is definitely not one of my favourite layouts, but it works and hey at least the photo's are in an album.

Insert pages from our weekend:
Think I liked the back of everyone's heads this weekend.

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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Project Life 2014 Week 1

Ok so I am a little - alright A LOT behind on my project life for this year.

I think we are on week 34, I am still scrapping week 19 :(
I am going to start sharing my layouts with you starting way back in week 1.

My weeks go Monday to Sunday so this years album started on December 30th 2013 and went through to 5th January 2014. I am trying to do a photo a day, which in most cases is working. Sometimes there is no photo for a day and other days I have more photos than spaces. I try to just make it work without making it fit into a perfect timeline every week. Here are a couple of close ups.

Tile Card - I am making my own each week.

I loved this card, but couldn't fit it in a 4x6 spot, so I cut it down and paced it over 2 3x4's then added a little bit of bling.

Love seeing my grandma and grandson playing together.

I made this little title card to celebrate the new year.

I have used a mixed array of cards for this layout, from 4 different kits.

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Paleo life

Ok so I feel off the wagon a little bit in the last week - well if I am really honest the whole wagon fell apart :(
To say I felt a little sick after having a bit of a blowout last week (there may have been ice cream and chocolate involved) is an understatement, I felt terrible, had a bad sleep that night and bloated and horrible the next day. So I have come to the conclusion that this clean eating lifestyle is definitely good for me!!

So I have been back on track this week, I have even joined in on a few other weight loss challenges:
- Daily squats challenge
- Couch to 5k
- Increasing my water intake to 4L a day

So after doing all of these things for the last 5 days, my legs ache, I actually want more water (never thought that would happen), I'm staying fuller for longer and in general feeling great.  If you want a really great app to help you track your weight loss goal I have been using "my fitness pal" it is avaliable for iPhone and Android. (please note I am in not way affiliated by this company)

Here is the meal plan I have followed for this week:

MondayBreakfast - Poached eggs + tomatoes and mushrooms 
Lunch - Egg salad in a lettuce wrap with veges
Dinner - Steak with and salad

TuesdayBreakfast - Hard boiled egg
Lunch - Asian cabbage salad
Dinner - Lamb loin chops with asparagus and baked sweet potato fries.

WednesdayBreakfast - Poached eggs + tomatoes and mushrooms 
Lunch -
Pea and ham soup
Dinner -
GF sausages with sweet potato mash and broccoli 

Breakfast - 2 Hard boiled eggs
Lunch -
Tomato and chickpea soup - not strictly Paleo (my aunt made it and man it was YUMMY!)
Dinner - Chicken breast

FridayBreakfast - 2 Hard boiled eggs
Lunch -
Tuna lettuce wrap
Dinner - Chicken, leek and bacon "pie" I wont have the pie crust.