Friday, August 18, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly happy/grateful list link up.


1. Target

2. Driving

3. Women in Sports by Rachel Ignotofsky (review coming soon)

4. First sponsored post!!!! (check it out here)

5. Happy Mail

6. Cinnabon Bakery

7. Chick-fil-A

8. Spending time with my older sister

9. Soft blankets

10. Pepperidge Farm Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies

What made you happy this week?

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Awesome Gift Ideas with Uncommon Goods

How many of you have a hard time picking a birthday gift for a family member or friend? I know I do. My husband's birthday is in a month and I have no idea what to get him. So imagine my surprise and excitement when I was contacted by Uncommon Goods to do a gift guide featuring some awesome finds on their website.

Uncommon Goods is a Brooklyn based company that offers handmade, recycled, and organic products. They created a fantastic program called Better to Give which lets consumers pick a non-profit organization to receive a $1 donation from them. Uncommon Goods is a B Corporation member which is an organization that helps consumers understand how their purchases can help make social and environmental impacts.

When I found out that they wanted to work with me, I was absolutely excited. Usually when I have to shop for a gift, I try to think about what my friend or family member interests are. Eventually, I end up just purchasing a gift card. I usually buy John a gift card to one of his favorite stores, but this year I really want to get him something different. So I decided to check out some unique birthday gift ideas for men on this page. I also found some unique anniversary gifts  here. Uncommon Goods even has amazing gifts for men that would be perfect for a "just because" gift.

Below are some of my favorite gift ideas:

We love coffee mugs and actually have a collection of them. Whenever we go somewhere new, we always make sure to get a mug. This awesome moustache coffee mug would be a perfect gift. You could even pair this mug with some of your recipient's favorite coffee beans or teas.

As I said before, I tend to buy gifts that I know the recipient will love or types of products that fit into the recipient's interest. John is always trying to find something that will be good for shaving and I just love this a DIY kit. This kit is fantastic and comes a recipe book with instructions on how to make shaving serums, a body scrub, a massage oil, hair rinse, and a hair and scalp serum.


I don't think you can ever go wrong with a tool kit. The Fix It Kit is awesome and has a flashlight, pliers, foot tape measure, slot screwdriver, interchangeable handle, four sockets, ten assorted screwdriver bits, and a socket extension.

I really think I found my new go to online shop for unique gifts. I am so glad that I found out about such an amazing company that has great products, wonderful customer service, and has an inspiring mission.

Do you like giving unique gifts? Are you planning to shop for someone soon? 

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Disclaimer: I was compensated for this sponsored post, but all opinions are my own. As always, thank you so much for supporting The Emi Times.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.


Watching: I don't even know where to begin with the stuff that happened in Charlottesville, VA. I think I'm going to take a break from watching the news again.

Reading: I just started reading Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell. It's a poetry book and I will have a review on it soon.

Listening: I am loving Utopia by Bang La Decks. You can check out the song here.

Making: I've been working on some blog posts and have most of my posts drafted and edited for this month.

Feeling: I'm feeling much better. I've been sick for the past few days and have been trying to get some much needed rest.

Planning: I have so many projects to work on and I feel like I'm a bit behind because I was sick. So I'm definitely going to get my planner and make some adjustments to my schedule.

Loving: I really don't mean to brag and hope that this doesn't come out the wrong way. I have been receiving some good news and I am so excited. I'm loving and feeling thankful for the opportunities that are coming my way.

What are you currently up to?

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Back to School Project Life Layout

Happy Monday! Last I week, I shared a scrapbook layout of my oldest son's first day of school. You can check it out here. Today I'm going to share a Project Life layout of my youngest son's first day of Kindergarten.


To make this layout, I used some blank Project Life cards and one sticker pack. I used a circle punch on my photos and love how they turned out. Once I adhered my photos onto the blank cards, I added some embellishments onto the cards. Then I took another card, added some journaling lines and a sticker. I added my journaling on the card and wrote down the date on sticker. I also added a sticker on another blank card. I love that the stickers adds a bit of dimension to my layout. The globe sticker is my favorite sticker. Seriously, it's so cute. I also love the hint of glitter on the chipboard sticker with the heart image.

I really love how simple and cute this layout turned out. I can't wait to continue to document my boys' school year.

Supplies Used:

  • Project Life 3x4 white cards
How are you going to document your child(ren)'s first day of school?

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Friday, August 11, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly happy/grateful list link up.


1. Horchata Frappuccino

2. Manicure

3. Exciting news!!!!!

4. Me Time

5. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

6. Journaling

7. Trying a new recipe

8. Cloudy days

9. Hershey's Symphony Chocolate Bar

10. A visit from my Mami

What made you happy this week?

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Back to School with Crayola

Back to School season is here! My boys are already in school and a few of the things that were listed on their school supply lists was Crayola crayons and markers. We are a big fan of Crayola and always use Crayola products at home. Whenever it is time to shop for school supplies (and also to replenish our art supplies at home), I always make sure to purchase Crayola products. Crayola's products are decently priced especially during Back to School season. At Walmart, you can find crayons for 50 cents and markers for less than $3.00.


Crayola was so kind to send us a bunch of products for review. I am a big fan of Crayola's classic products such as their markers, crayons, and colored pencils. I even use them in my art journals or when I want to try a new art technique. My boys love using all of the classic products in their coloring books and notebooks. We love to make arts and crafts together and always use Crayola. It's definitely an art staple in our home.


Crayola has a new collection of art tools called Silly Scents. The collection includes 6, 10, and 12 count sets of Silly Scents washable markers, 12 and 24 count sets of crayons, and a 12 count set of colored pencils. The colors in this collection is amazing, bright and of course is scented. I love the twistable crayons. I don't have to worry about sharpening the crayons or peeling back the wrapper.

My boys were so excited to try out the new Silly Scents collection and loved the scents. Nostalgia hit me hard when I tried the Silly Scents markers. I remember using scented markers when I was kid so it's so cool that my boys get to try some scented markers.

I highly recommend Crayola for all of your arts and crafts as well as for Back to School shopping.

What do you think of Crayola? Are you excited for their new collection?

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Disclosure: I did receive these products for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own. As always, I only recommend products and services that I have personally used.
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday!  Today I'm sharing a Currently List that I made in my Moleskine sketchbook using my Currently List stamp set from Rukristin. My stamping was not the best this time, but that's ok.



Watching: I will never get tired of watching Law & Order: SVU.

Reading: I finally caught up on some blog posts. Usually on the weekends, I don't read a lot of blogs so I try to catch up on Mondays.

Listening: One of my favorite things about Hacksaw Ridge is the music. There are some really great songs in this movie. My favorite song from the soundtrack is Praying.

Making: I've been making some new Fall cards and I plan to make some Halloween themed cards soon.

Feeling: Even though I've been a bit stressed out, I am still feeling very optimistic. Hopefully it stays that way.

Planning: I really want to start meal planning again so today I'm going to try and come up with a meal plan for the rest of the month. Any suggestions on some recipes?

Loving: Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones was amazing! I don't even know where to begin! I'm so glad that Arya is back at Winterfell. That battle between Jaime Lannister's men and Daenerys Targaryen's dragon and the Dothraki was awesome.

What are you currently up to?

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Back to School Scrapbook Layout

Happy Monday! Last week was such a busy week. My boys started school and I cannot believe that I have a second grader and a kindergartner. My boys are getting so big. Today I'm sharing a layout of my oldest son's first day of second grade.


To make this layout, I used the Freckled Fawn's August sketch as a starting point. I added a few twists to the layout and decided to use just two photos instead of three. This layout was very simple to make. I just adhered some washi tape to the top and bottom corners of my layout. Then I adhered my photos. I added some journaling lines and then my journaling. Once all of that was in place, I put all of my embellishments around the photos and added some on top of my photos.


I tried to use embellishments that matched the colors of my photos. I love the hint of glitter on some of the chipboard stickers.


I loved making this layout and documenting my son's first day of school. Be on the lookout this week for the Project Life layout of my youngest son's first day of Kindergarten.

Supplies Used:

Are you ready for Back to School season?

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Friday, August 4, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly happy/gratitude list link up.



1. Day date with John

2. Dairy Queen dipped cone

3. Annabelle: Creation 

4. Teen Titans Go!: The Night Begins to Shine episodes

5. Cloudy days

6. Random Acts of Kindness

7. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

8. Going to bed early

9. New office supplies

10. Being brave

What made you happy this week?

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

August Goals

Happy Thursday! Can you believe that it's already August? Summer is almost over and that means that Fall is almost here! I just can't wait! Today I'm going to share a recap of my goals for July as well as my new goals for August.



Recap of my July Goals

  • Read 1 book: This was a fail. I really need to get it together and make more time to read a book. I read a lot of blogs and articles, but never seem to have enough time to read one book in a month. However, I am taking my time with the current book that I am reading because I am taking notes on it. Hopefully I can finish the book this week.
  • Post 15 blog posts: This was a success. I only published 16 blog posts, but it's still a pass.
  • Work on my Project Life album: This was a success. I have been working on my Project Life album. I'm currently using my Project Life album for documenting my Summer as well as for layouts for The Awesome Ladies Project
  • Try 2 new recipes: I'm not sure whether or not this is a pass or a fail. I did try a "new recipe". While I was making dinner, I realized that I didn't have enough ingredients for one of my usual recipes so I ended up substituting some ingredients. I guess you could call it a new recipe?
  • Work on increasing social media and blog engagement: This was a success. My social media and blog engagement is slightly increasing. Hopefully it continues to grow in the next few months.
August Goals

  • Read 1 book
  • Make 5 new cards
  • Pitch at least 1 brand a week
  • Practice painting
  • Exercise more
What are your goals for August?

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

5 Ways to Save on Back to School Shopping

Although school has already started for many kids, I thought I would share some tips on ways to save money during this time of year. Even though you may notice folders that are 50 cents and 25 cents glue sticks, having to purchase so many school supplies can definitely add up. Check out the ways I save money on Back-to-School shopping below.



1. Gather Sales Ads

Once I have the school supply lists, I always start to keep an eye out on the sales ads. I usually look out for ads for school supplies, clothing, and shoes. I always gather Walmart and Target sales ads for school supplies. For clothing and shoes, I check out The Children's Place, Kids Footlocker, Payless, Gymboree, and Toys R Us.

Sometimes, I even check online for sales ads. There's this amazing website called Southern Savers that teaches you how to coupon, has specific store sales ads (they even have unadvertised deals for some stores), coupons, and a Sunday paper coupon insert schedule.

2. Use Coupons

You may want to purchase the Sunday newspaper for the coupon inserts. The past few weeks, I have found some coupons for school supplies. If you get random mailers in your mailbox, don't throw them away. I found a lot of coupon inserts in them and there were tons of coupons for back to school shopping.

3. Buy Generic

You don't have to get name brand school supplies. Most school supply lists have the words "Suggested Supply List" at the top so don't feel pressured to buy brand name products. Often times, you may not find the exact brand that is listed on the school supply list so just get the generic brand. I purchased some generic "Pink Pearl" erasers at Walmart for nearly half the price of the brand name erasers.

4. Use Reward Programs 

So many of the stores that I shop at have reward programs. I highly recommend that you sign up for them because many stores will email or mail exclusive coupons. Sometimes you may even be able to find out about sales before everyone else.

Some of my favorite reward programs are Toys R Us, The Children's Place, and Payless. You can sign up for the Toys R Us reward program at Rewards R Us or at your local Toys R Us and Babies R Us store. You can learn more about The Children's Place rewards program here. You can also learn more about the Payless rewards program here.

I also love to use Ibotta. Ibotta is such a great way to get cash back for buying items. Before you shop, you add rebates and complete tasks. Then you simply purchase the items at participating stores. You redeem your rebates by scanning your receipt.

I also recommend Target's Cartwheel app. You can save so much money on everyday items, seasonal items, clothing and shoes. The cartwheel app currently has a section specifically for Back to School and Back to College.

5. Sign up for email lists

Every store that I have listed so far has an email list. I always get sales ads, coupons, and even birthday rewards from several of my favorite stores. I definitely recommend that you sign up for your favorite stores' email lists.

How do you save on Back-to-School shopping? 

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.



Watching: Hacksaw Ridge is such a good movie. It's about a man named Desmond Doss who was a pacifist combat medic in World War II.

Reading: I've been taking my time reading this book because I'm taking a few notes from the book.

Listening: I still love this song. I just found out that Foster the People released a new album this month so I definitely have to check it out.

Making: I've been journaling a lot more and I love it. I think keeping a journal is so important and therapeutic. I love adding lists, quotes, random thoughts, drawings, etc. in my journal.

Feeling: Today is the first day of school for my boys. I can't believe that my boys are in second grade and kindergarten. I hope they have a great first day and an amazing school year.

Planning: I have to update my planner. Now that school has started, I have to start adding lots of school events in my planner. I also have to work on some blog posts and update my shop.

Loving: I woke up today feeling so energized and full of positive vibes.

What are you currently up to?

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Friday, July 28, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Chrissy for their weekly happy and grateful list link up.



1. Cooking

2. Finally finished back to school shopping for the boys

3. Awesome finds at Tuesday Morning

4. Instagram

5. My boys

6. Yoga pants and leggings

7. Rain

8. Popsicles

9. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

10. Cold soda on a hot day

What made you happy this week?

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Fun Day Scrapbook Layout

Happy Thursday! Today I'm sharing a layout I made using Freckled Fawn's July 2017 embellishment kit. I also used the June 2017 embellishment kit. This month's kit is full of adorable embellishments and it's perfect for documenting your Summer stories. 



My wedding anniversary was on July 20 so I just had to document the day. The boys and I decided to visit John while he was at work. There's a restaurant nearby that he loves so it was the perfect opportunity to buy him a gift card there as a wedding anniversary gift. Since the area is "new" to us, the boys and I decided to go for a walk and explore all of the shops. 

I loved combining both the June and July kits. Both of these kits are Summer themed and coordinate very well. The chipboard word phrases and the pearl stickers are from the June 2017 kit. The rest of the embellishments are from this month's kit. 


I don't normally use rubber embellishments, but I am loving the doodle phrase rubber shapes. I may just have to order an extra pack of the rubber embellishments. I love this month's washi tape. It has several phrases and the font is so cute. I chose four phrases and added them below my photo. Then I added some of the pearl stickers on each end of the washi tape. The transparency alpha stickers are so awesome. I really think that the font that was chosen for the stickers and washi tape is so cool. I knew I would have a hard time using the chipboard stickers from July's kit, but I just had to use the banner sticker on this layout. 

This layout was so much fun to make and is now one of my favorite layouts. I can't wait to continue to document my Summer adventures and stories.

How are you documenting your Summer?

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Having Fun Together Scrapbook Layout

Happy Wednesday! Today I'm sharing my take on Freckled Fawn's July Sketch Challenge. I was so inspired by how Megan used her frames so I decided to use the frames as well. I had been struggling to find a way to use up the frames that came in a previous kit.


I decided to document our day at Six Flags. I tend to take lots of photos of my boys and husband so a lot of times I am not in the pictures. A really nice employee offered to take a couple of photos of us with Daffy Duck so I knew that I had to use the photo in a layout.


I picked a few of the frames and adhered them together onto the cardstock. Then I added my photo. Once my photo was in place, I added the chipboard letters that spells out "Together" and then added my journaling. Then I just simply added the rest of the embellishments.


I don't normally use rubber embellishments in my projects, but I am loving the new rubber shape embellishments that came in this month's kit.


I really loved using the sketch because I was able to quickly put this layout together. I think sketches are also great when you have no idea how to use a specific product or when you're suffering from "creative block". 

Supplies Used:
  • Freckled Fawn pearl stickers
  • Ruler

Do you use sketches when creating?  

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.



Watching: I'm still annoyed that Still Star-Crossed has been cancelled. I also watched Ouija: Origin of Evil. I love supernatural horror films so I was a bit excited to watch this. I also have to catch up on Game of Thrones and Attack on Titan.

Reading: I caught up on some blog posts and emails. I also plan to finish reading my book this month.

Listening: I love this song. Hopefully Christina Perri makes more music because her songs are amazing.

Making: I just finished making blog posts for this month. I also finished my 100 Day Project. I made my last card on Saturday. Even though I did miss a few days here and there, I am so happy to say that I finished this project.

Feeling: I find it amusing when people post articles based on the title or a caption without reading the article. For the past few days, I have noticed that my Facebook timeline has been filled with people sharing articles and being angry simply because of the title. They didn't even bother to read the article and if they did they would have known that it was a satirical article.

Planning: I really want to get a bunch of blog posts written in advance for August. I've been wanting to share more personal stories for a really long time, but always end up getting afraid. I've been really inspired by Holl & Lane Magazine and love all of the personal stories that people share. Seriously finding out about this magazine really came at the perfect time.

Loving: Old Navy has the best lounge pants ever. Unfortunately, Old Navy does not sell the ones that I have anymore, but they do have some other ones that looks comfy.

What are you currently up to?

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Monday, July 24, 2017

The Nerd Nest Challenge -- Repeat a Shape

Happy Monday! Today I'm over at The Nerd Nest with my take on this month's challenge. This month's challenge is to repeat a shape. You can check out my entire take on the challenge over here.


Are you participating in this month's challenge?

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Friday, July 21, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsayChrissy for their weekly link up.



1. Scrapbooking

2. Happy Mail

3. Maybelline VoxBox

4. Six Flags

5. Family day at White Water

6. Peanut M&Ms

7. Awesome sales

8. Iced Caramel Macchiatto

9. Cold Reese's peanut butter cups

10. Makeup

What made you happy this week?

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Project Life with Studio Calico

Last month, I mentioned that I planned to start a new Project Life album in July. I was really afraid to start a new album since I never did finish my old one. I felt so pressured to make a layout every week and eventually fell behind. This time, I decided that I would take it easy and just make a layout whenever I felt like it. 


For this month, I decided to use Studio Calico's Fairground Project Life kit. This is an older kit that I barely used. Using a kit is extremely helpful because I didn't have to worry about going through my stash to find the right embellishments or cards. I also used a Currently List for my first layout. Currently cards are such a great way to document your day, week, or month.


This chipboard piece is so cute, but I did have a hard time trying to figure out how to use it in my layout. I ended up adhering some different patterned papers to the chipboard and then adhered it to a blank Project Life card. I wrote down the year and made a couple of doodles.


This is one of my favorite layouts. I love the "Dear Summer" card and decided to use the colors in the words as my palette. I chose two other cards that matched the colors as well as the coordinating alpha stickers.


This is also one of my favorite layouts. Since this was a Fourth of July layout, I decided to stick with a red, white, and blue color palette. I adhered my photo onto a blank Project Life card and then embellished it with a blue and red star as well as used a phrase sticker as a sentiment. Below is a closeup of the layout.


So far I am loving how this album is turning out. I'm not sure if I will only document my Summer, but I can't wait to see how this album looks at the end of the month.

Have you started any new projects?

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.


Watching: This is a really interesting anime series. It's an adaption of the Japanese manga series Attack on Titan. I've been watching season 2, but plan on watching season 1 soon. The show isn't really scary, but it is a bit gory.

Reading: I was finally able to catch up on some blogs. I've also been reading some articles on Holl & Lane Magazine's blog. I'm so glad that I found out about this magazine and plan on subscribing soon.

Listening: This song has been stuck in my head for days now. I like the original version way better.

Making: I'm still making cards for my 100 Day Project as well as some new cards for my shop.

Feeling: July is always a busy, but exciting month for my family. I am so excited because my wedding anniversary is just a few days away! I'm not sure what we are going to do to celebrate, but I know it's going to be fun. I'm also excited because so many of my favorite shows are going to premiere on July 30th.

Planning: I have so many projects that I have to (and want to) work on and I really need to get organized.

Loving: Game of Thrones premiered on Sunday and it was such a great episode. I'm so excited for this season, but am really nervous about who may end up getting killed off the show. If you watch this show then you know that anyone can die. Seriously do not get attached to the characters.

What are you currently up to?

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Happy Summer Card

Happy Monday! I'm getting close to completing my 100 Day Project and wanted to share a card that I made last Friday.


I was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches. I used my new Freckled Fawn embellishment kit for this card. I also used two separate stamps for the sentiment. This card was really easy to make. I used a washi stripe for the background and then punched a Project Life card using my circle punch. I adhered the circle with my Tombow Xtreme Adhesive glue runner. Then I adhered the resin flip flops to the circle and then added some pearl stickers. I wasn't sure what I wanted the sentiment to be, but ended up deciding to go with "Happy Summer". I used a Happy Birthday stamp that I have in my stash and made sure to only put ink on the word "Happy". Then I used the "Summer" stamp from my Studio Calico stamp set. Once I stamped my sentiment, I added a few more pearl stickers and then colored the word "Summer" with my colored pencils.

Supplies Used:

  • 2 1/2 circle punch
  • Stampabilities "Happy Birthday" stamp set
  • Tombow Xtreme Adhesive
  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink
How was your weekend? Did you get to make anything?

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Friday, July 14, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Chrissy for their weekly link up.



1. Back to School shopping

2. Working in my Project Life album

3. Sending my first pitch letter (wish me luck)

4. Shaker cards

5. Winning a super cute notebook

6. Soft blankets

7. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

8. Old songs

9. New opportunities

10. Dipped ice cream cone from Dairy Queen

What made you happy this week?

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 2017 Freckled Fawn Embellishment Kit + An Exciting Announcement

Happy Wednesday! I am so excited because my Freckled Fawn embellishment kit has arrived and I love it. This kit is perfect for documenting your Summer adventures, making cards, layouts, and journaling.


This month's kit included the following:

  • A roll of yellow doodle phrase washi tape
  • A sheet of chipboard stickers
  • A sheet of white/blue glitter icon stickers
  • A sheet of label stickers
  • A set of resin hearts
  • A set of 2 sheets of vellum alpha stickers
  • A set of wood topper paper clips
  • A watermelon flair
  • A package of doodle phrase rubber shapes
  • A zipper pouch
Below are some close ups of the kit.



I love absolutely everything in this kit! The chipboard stickers and label stickers are so cute! This kit has several items that I don't normally use like rubber embellishments, but I have the perfect project for the rubber shapes. The alpha stickers and label stickers will be perfect in my personal journal as well as my scrapbook layouts, Project Life layouts, and mini albums.


I don't normally use paper clips, but these paper clips are awesome! I think they will be perfect in my Project Life album. I also don't use a lot of resin embellishments, but I think I may make my own paper clips using the resin hearts. I love that this kit has a few items that I don't normally use because it will challenge me to get out of my creative comfort zone and try new things.

And now for the exciting announcement...I am now a Freckled Fawn brand ambassador! I have been such a big fan of Freckled Fawn and have subscribed for a couple of years now. I absolutely love making projects using Freckled Fawn products. 

 Do you subscribe to Freckled Fawn? What is your favorite item in the kit?

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.



Watching: I just watched the first episode of The Bold Type. I'm not too sure how to feel about this show. Some of the storylines looks like it's going to be interesting so I'll have to check out the next episode.

Reading: I finally decided which book I am going to read this month! I'm currently reading Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. So far I am loving this book! I will post a review once I finish reading this book.

Listening: AquĆ­ Estoy Yo by Luis Fonsi is an oldie, but a goodie. You can check it out here.

Making: I'm so glad that I decided to start Project Life again. I'm also glad that I decided to change how I am going to work on this project. I really think that the smaller format is perfect for me.

Feeling: I'm so excited because my Freckled Fawn embellishment kit is going to be delivered today! This month's kit is so cute and I can't wait to use it on my layouts and cards.

Planning: I'm going to work on my media kit today (and the rest of the week). I would love to start working with brands and I know that having a media kit can definitely be helpful.

Loving: It may be Monday, but it's been a great day so far. I was able to sleep in today. The weather is awesome. It's only going to be 84 degrees today which is way better than being 90 degrees and up. As I said before, my Freckled Fawn kit is going to be delivered today. Today is basically going to be a crafty day and I am so excited!

What are you currently up to?

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Until next time...

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Favorite Things Giveaway Blog Hop

Happy Sunday! Lauren over at Shooting Stars Mag is hosting a favorite things blog hop and I am so excited to participate!



One of my favorite places is Starbucks! My favorite Starbucks drink is a hot caramel macchiato. I used to only purchase hot caramel macchiatos, but I have been drinking a lot of iced caramel macchiatos and I am loving it. Don't get me wrong...I still love my "regular" drink, but it's nice to change it up every once in a while.

Since I love Starbucks so much, I decided to giveaway a $10 Starbucks egiftcard. Just enter below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Please note that this giveaway is open to U.S. only.*

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*Below are the blogs that are participating in the blog hop.*

Friday, July 7, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Chrissy for their weekly link up.



1. Celebrating Mami's birthday

2. 4th of July

3. Buying things that I actually needed

4. Catching up with friends

5. Smoothies

6. BBQ ribs

7. Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream

8. Clean car

9. Cold Kit Kat bars

10. Becoming a brand ambassador for Freckled Fawn (I'll share some more info on that soon)

What made you happy this week?

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Until next time...

*Please note that since I am a brand ambassador, any purchases made using the link above will help support The Emi Times.*

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday and Happy Fourth of July! It's time for another Currently List.



Watching: I caught up on an episode of Fear the Walking Dead. So far this season is actually pretty good. I also watched several episodes of La Querida del Centauro. I finally have only seven episodes left before I am caught up with the season. Thank goodness for my DVR.

Reading: As usual, I read some blogs. I also need to choose a book to read this month and I'm having a hard time picking a book. I have so many books that I need to read so it's kind of hard having to choose one.

Listening: I am loving Riverside by Agnes Obel. It's such a good song.

Making: I love making pizza bagels. They are easy to make and are so delicious.

Feeling: It was such a great day. I started working on my Project Life album, journaled in my Moleskine sketchbook, and made a card for my 100 Day Project.

Planning: I'm currently planning blog posts for this month and I also need to make a lot of to do lists. This month is going to be really busy so I better get started planning...like now.

Loving: I love quiet nights. I'm starting to love quiet nights way more than quiet mornings.

What are you currently up to?

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Until next time...

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July Goals

Happy Saturday! Another month has passed and now it is July. Time really is flying by. Today I'm going to share a recap of my goals for June as well as my new goals for July.




Recap of my June Goals

  • Read 1 book: This was a fail. Although I did get some reading done, I didn't actually finish The Handmaid's Tale.
  • Post 20 blog posts: This was a success. I am happy to say that I accomplished this goal. Drafting some posts in advance definitely helped me achieve this goal.
  • Start journaling again: This was a success. I started journaling and I absolutely love it. I'm using a Moleskine sketchbook since I like adding writing, drawings, and small embellishments like stickers and ephemera. I love writing down my random thoughts, favorite quotes, ideas, etc. in my journal.
  • Try 2 new recipes: This was a fail. I found two recipes that I want to try, but I didn't get the chance to actually make it. 
  • Do more research on buying a home: This was a success. I did a lot of research and am feeling a bit more confident with the process of buying a home.
  • Work on handmade home decor: This was a fail. I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to make and ended up getting frustrated so I decided to just skip the project this month.

July Goals
  • Read 1 book
  • Post 15 blog posts
  • Work on my Project Life album
  • Try 2 new recipes
  • Work on increasing social media and blog engagement

What are your goals for July?

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Friday, June 30, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Chrissy for their weekly link up.


1. Chili Cheese Hot Dogs

2. Gummy bears

3. Blogging

4. A Bad Moms Christmas trailer

5. Riverside by Agnes Obel

6. Blogging

7. Aveeno Clear Complexion Moisturizer

8. Me time

9. Cooler weather

10. Art videos

What made you happy this week?

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Until next time...
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Project Life Update

Happy Thursday! I have been slacking off with Project Life. I haven't made any Project Life layouts since early January, but you may have noticed that I have been making a lot of 8.5x11 scrapbook layouts. I plan to start a new Project Life album starting in July, but I'm going to try to keep it simple. My goal for this project is to just document my Summer rather than making it a year long project.


Normally, I use 12x12 Project Life albums, but I am going to use a 6x8 album. I also plan to use my Freckled Fawn embellishment kits. I still have a lot of kits to use up so this will be a great chance to try and use up some of the embellishments. I'm also going to use an old Studio Calico Project Life kit that I bought during one of their sales.


These are just a few of the kits that I plan to use. I'm very happy to say that I have made a lot of progress with using my kits on various projects. I just finished using 3 kits in just a couple of weeks. The only thing that remained from the kits are the washi tapes. 


These are the items that I received in the Studio Calico kit. As you can see I have already used some of the items, but I still have a bunch left. I'm hoping to use the entire kit in July. I can't wait to see how this album turns out.

Are you going to work on any projects in July? If so, what do you plan to do or make?

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Until next time...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

When I Was Young...

Happy Wednesday! So not too long ago, I had a conversation with my younger sister about what it's like being an adult and all the responsibilities that comes with being an adult. She's a teenager so she's at that age where kids think they know everything. During our conversation, I told her about how my views had changed over the years and I also mentioned some random facts about me that she may not know or remember. I definitely think she's starting to change her views since we had our conversation. Today I'm going to share just a few thoughts that I had when I was younger.


When I was young, I thought I would live in New York City for the rest of my life.

When I was young, I said I was going to be a bachelorette forever and that I didn't think I would ever have children. My mami would laugh whenever I told her that.

When I was young, I couldn't wait to be a grown up. I'm pretty sure every kid goes through that phase where they can't wait to grow up and do whatever they want.

When I was young, Hey Arnold and Rugrats were the best cartoons ever!

When I was young, the first movie that made me cry was Saving Private Ryan. The first cartoon that made me cry was Rugrats. I cried during the episode about Chucky's mom. Just thinking about that episode makes me want to cry.

When I was young, I thought that my mami was just old school. I never really asked her for any advice. Now that I'm older, I realize that she was right about so many things and I go to her for advice.

When I was young, I wanted to be a doctor, a zoo keeper, a scientist, a paleontologist, a librarian, and a writer.

When I was young, I thought watching the news was for old people. Now that I'm older, I watch the news everyday.

How have your views changed over the years?

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.




Watching: You guys have no idea how excited I am that the second season of Preacher finally premiered on Sunday. When I watched the show for the first time ever, I didn't know how to feel about it. I didn't hate or love the show, but I was so intrigued that I just had to keep watching. I also have been catching up on La Querida del Centauro. I am so behind on this show that I have been trying to watch a couple of episodes everyday.

Reading: As usual, I have been catching up on some blogs. I also really need to finish reading The Handmaid's Tale. Hopefully I can finish reading the book by the end of this week.

Listening: I love listening to my boys sing. Gabriel loves to sing and I think it's so cute when he makes up his own songs.

Making: I've been making blog posts for the rest of this week and have started drafting a few posts for next month.

Feeling: I definitely did not get enough sleep last night, but I'm feeling so awake and energized.

Planning: I have to start meal planning again. I also need to find new recipes to try so if you guys have any recommendations, please let me know.

Loving: It rained for almost an entire week so I am loving all the sunshine. Don't get me wrong, I love the rain, but a week of just rain is annoying.

What are you currently up to?

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Until next time...