Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rubber Ducky…

Bathtime 1

…you’re the one.

  Bathtime 2      Bathtime 3

You make bathtime so much fun!

Bathtime 4      Bathtime 5

New in my Etsy shop

Bathtime 6       Bathtime 7


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Summer weddings?

Wedding 1

I know…this mini scrapbook can’t possibly hold ALL the photos from your wedding.   

Wedding 2       Wedding 3

But…it’s the perfect size to fill with your favorite snapshots of the day…

Wedding 4       Wedding 5

and then you can throw it in your purse…

Wedding 6       Wedding 7

or put it on your desk at work so it’s handy when someone asks about your special day!


Bride 1

Oh, and don’t forget the bachelorette party!

Bride 2      Bride 3

Those pictures are worth capturing in a special scrapbook.

Bride 4      Bride 5

Need one for every member of the wedding party?  No problem…

Bride 6       Bride 7

Just send me an email at apicketfencelife at gmail (dot) com to place your order!


It’s so easy…

exercise…to fall off the exercise wagon!  It’s really hard for me to keep with it when my routine changes.  This past spring it had become a part of me, just like breathing (okay…maybe that’s a bad example since breathing isn’t always the easiest thing for me!!).  Anyway, I was getting up every morning at 4:30 to workout before I left for work and I actually got to the point where I was looking forward to it.  Even craved it!

But then summer happened.  A vacation at the beach…with no physical activity (apparently laying on the beach doesn’t burn any calories) and too many awesome meals out on the town.   Then another vacation spent sitting on my butt and eating out.   And a flexible summer work schedule.  You’d think that would be helpful but sleeping in till 8a.m. on my days off makes me feel like my morning is almost over and I don’t have time to fit in a workout.  Crazy, I know.  Plus the kids are home (off and on) this summer so there are too many “treats” around the house and since I’ve decided I don’t like to cook anymore, it means more eating out. 

So, there ya list of excuses!  BUT no more.  I know I feel so much more alive when I stick to my workout routine.  My body feels better…more flexible, stronger, healthier and my mood also gets a boost.  Those little endorphins really do kick in and perk me up. 

Yep…back on the wagon and holding on with both hands!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Oh Baby, it’s HOT!

Cool in the Pool 1

If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for summer for awhile now.  Back when the snow was flying I couldn’t wait till it was hot….well it’s definitely HOT now!  This weekend the temps hovered around 95 degrees here in western Illinois.  Hot and sunny!  Just my kind of weather…especially when I can hang out in the pool. 

Cool in the Pool 2     Cool in the Pool 3

Usually I’m off work for 8 weeks in the summer but this year I’ve been working off and on all summer.  It’s been a good mix though…work, vacations and just plain ol’ down time.   But it sure makes the time fly by fast.

Cool in the Pool 4      Cool in the Pool 5

Pretty soon this summer will just be a memory.  I’ve still got pictures waiting to be printed…and scrapped!  How about you?  How are you going to capture the memories of the Summer of 2011?  

Cool in the Pool 6       Cool in the Pool 7

Check out my Etsy shop for more summertime scrapbooks!  

Enjoy your day….

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What a smart guy…

Savannah Tour 16Almost everything--
all external expectations,
all pride,
all fear of embarrassment or failure--
these things just fall away in the face of death,
leaving only what is truly important.
Remembering that you are going to die
is the best way I know
to avoid the trap of thinking
you have something to lose.
You are already naked.
There is no reason
not to follow your heart
- Steve Jobs


Sunday, July 10, 2011

So Inspired…morning light

Sunrise 4

You can only come to the morning through the shadows.  - J.R.R. Tolkien

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Beach Feet 2

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know this is MY paradise!  I love the beach…and that someday I AM going to live on or very near the beach.  I’ve been told that when you have access to it all the time that it loses its luster…but I don’t believe it.  I can’t imagine taking its beauty and power for granted. 

What’s YOUR paradise?  Do you have pictures?   Then maybe this scrapbook is for you!  It can be found in my Etsy shop!

Paradise 1

Paradise 2   Paradise 3 

Paradise 4     Paradise 5

Paradise 6     Paradise 7


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