Giving My Kids More

Like many parents, I’ve wanted to give my kids ‘more than I had’ – to the point where I sometimes worry that I’m giving them too much or things are too easy for them. I also struggled with this when I quit my job in January. Our family’s discretionary income certainly dropped without my civil service job.  But – I felt having more time with them, and not feeling the stress of getting everything done when I was home was more important than ‘the stuff’.

On a recent backpacking trip, I came to realize how much more I was actually giving my kids.  I definitely felt better about these experiences than any of the material things I could ever give them.


  1. Lake Swimming – We live solidly ‘in town’ – there are no lakes, ponds or creeks for them to play in, so this is not a regular occurrence. I grew up with a creek (we pronounce it ‘crick’). We would damn it up, look for crayfish or just tromp through it. So when we went to the Uinta Mountains,the boys got to play in a cold clear mountain lake  – with a log. No goggles, no diving toys, no diving boards – just nature.IMG_3508
  2. Starry, Starry Nights! I grew up in rural Pennsylvania. It was normal to see the stars. We don’t always get to see the stars where we live because of all the light pollution plus the fact that it stays light for so long in the summer! When we head to the mountains – there are lots of stars to see – if we can stay awake long enough (that’s the great thing about backpacking – it definitely wears these to boys out!) – yea, I know – this picture doesn’t actually have stars – but the moon was pretty!IMG_3515
  3. GOATS! Growing up I saw lots of white tail deer, red tail hawks and even an occasional bear. But the first time I saw a mountain goat, I was in my 30’s or maybe even 40’s. But, my boys had the privilege of seeing this beautiful mom & her baby. They came right by our camp (we were really surprised that they came so close!). Then they even heard the mama & baby calling for each other – it was an odd squeaking, almost crying noise.

So – I still want to give my kids more than I had. But, at least now I don’t feel guilty about giving them too many material things. I love being able to show them the beauty that God has surrounded us with in nature!




Welcome Home Kit

Hello on a rainy Monday (I would really rather snow!!).  I wanted to show you this sweet succulent wreath that is our January Constant Campaign.  First I have to say I was a little intimidated by 3D flowers and plants – but this kit makes it soooo easy – anyone can make this fun project.

This is a Cut Above Kit – which means that all the pieces you need are pre-made/cut.  All you need to do is break apart the pieces on the perforated lines, roll up the roses and glue away.  If you want to add a little more you can ink the edges, add some bling or whatever makes your heart happy.


Here are those adorable 3D roses that I thought were so intimidating.  A quilling tool makes them easier – but I didn’t have one, so I used a skewer and they turned out just fine.

How about those succulents – Cats & Kittens, Chicks & Hens (do you have another name for them?) they are all precut on colored cardstock, so just punch them out, layer & use the quilling tool to curl the edges to add a little dimension.



The kit comes with 2 sheets of gold foil letters so you can personalize your wreath. Oh -and there are little gold dots on those sheets as well (I missed that part, so I used a hole punch to get the gold dots in the middle of my plants!)



So – now you might be wondering how to get this cute wreath.  You can purchase the Welcome Home Wreath Kit for $18.95 – or better yet get it for free by –

  • Purchasing $60 in product!
  • Hosting a Gathering!
  • Becoming a consultant!

Do you have more questions – just give me a call!


Other products used Quilling Tool, Liquid Glass, Fern & Juniper Exclusive Inks, Sponge Daubers.  Find all you need at


CTMH June My Crush Special

What a great offer CTMH has for us this month!  Have you ever wanted to keep up with memory keeping in the midst of a vacation or outing?  The My Crush series is just the thing for you.  Each wire-bound book has 60 10” X 7” cardstock weight pages.  The pages are designed, so you can easily add your own journaling, stamping and pictures of your awesome summer.  Add the complementing assortment of journaling cards, 2” X 2” envelopes, alphabet stickers & My Stickease sheets to dress up your pages. These are the perfect size to bring along on your adventures this summer – journal as you go, add your ticket stubs in the envelopes, bring your summer to life.


This month, when you purchase any My Crush book and it’s accompanying assortment from the Annual Inspirations 2014-2015, you can get the coordinating stamp set for FREE – a $9.95 value!  Choose one of the 5 fun books as the background for your favorite memories.

Some fun ways to use the My Crush albums – gifts for new graduates, Girl Scouts, keep a summer or travel journal.  You can also disassemble your book (that was hard for me – to take apart a perfectly good book!) and reuse the pages in your traditional scrapbook layouts.

This offer is only available during June (while supplies last) so get yours today.  I just got mine, I haven’t totally decided what’s going into it, I might journal 2015 and see how it works.  I’ll have to break out of my chronological mindset and jump from 2003 (yes I’m that far behind – or as I like to see it – reliving those fun infant years of my boys!) to current – I’ll let you know how it goes!  I’d love to see what you create!

Do something you love today!