With a brand new snazzy blog I thought it would be fun to have a brand new snazzy feature!  What is this feature?  I’m calling them color calling cards!  I absolutely love color palettes.  I would say that is one of the number one things that inspires me.  My mother in law and myself are totally in love with the blue/indigo trend that is popping up right now.  I’ve been collecting blue glass bottles to put on the mantle and we are in the never ending search to find just the right pillows for the living room.


This picture is from House Beautiful.  I absolutely love the blend of bright colors with really traditional colors (cue in the dark indigo, cream & gold) Like this card?  Feel free to pin it or use it in your next project!



STOP!  I know you.. the one with the “MUST DOWNLOAD ALL THE THINGS T-SHIRT”  I’m going to ask for a tiny moment of your time and then you can get all up into the goodies that I’ve prepared for you! :D

First off I want to show you two kits!  I know, I know.. you are probably like “SHOW ME THE MONEY!” but I figure while I have your attention (if you aren’t a person who scans only for pics and clicks) I might as well show you what I made!  First off is a Patriotic Kit and the other is a Sugary Sweet sorta’ kit.  I think that says enough, right?  Ok, so here they are:

Ok.. ok.. now you can get your train freebie!  I made some styles to match this time!  If you aren’t used to styles give them a try!!



Are you an aspiring designer or perhaps just a really savvy digi-scrapper?  Then SAY HELLO to the 60% off sale going on now at SHCo!

You know how you are like “MUST DOWNLOAD ALL THE THINGS!”? Well, I was like “MUST CREATE ALL THE THINGS!”  This is my 3rd year in the SHCo Parade and I wanted to create something useful.. so I made some back to school patterns!  But before you can see those you have to see the other goodies I’ve made for you!  And remember these are 60% off!

and last but not least is a “clicker”  I feel crazy excited about this next project I worked on with the talented Vicki Robinson.  It is a CU mixed media bundle!  it is great for designers and scrappers alike.  Don’t miss it.. as it is a full 70% off!

Ok… now you can get your CU freebie <3


 Now.. HAPPY PARADE DAY!!!  Have an amazing 1st of August and a fantastic day!




Blah!  See that.. just BLAH  I say I am going to do something and I MEAN to do it.. then I get pulled five zillion different directions!  I’m sure you all know what I mean!  Answer emails, nurse the baby, work in photoshop, nurse the baby.. try not to kill an 11 year old.. nurse the baby. LOL.  Seriously though, I am happy I’ve stuck with nursing.  I’m wanting to make it the full year (if not a little longer) So I’m almost there-ish!

MjAxMy0xODE3MTEyYjU5ZjMxZTdmDid I mention I’m also on a diet?  Wait, we aren’t supposed to call it a diet.. right?  Something about how we think and diets are temporary and blah blah blah.  As far as I am concerned any way of eating that doesn’t allow me to eat unlimited amounts of chocolate is a diet.  I’ve cut sugar out.  BYE BYE SUGAR.  Some of you may not know, but might have guessed… that I’m a fatty.. like “fat kid running to chocolate cake” fatty.  Like “Triple X Fat Girl” Fatty.  I’m ok with saying this because I am trying to get out of the mindset that having extra (a lot extra) fat on my body makes me somehow gross or unworthy or unhealthy or whatever.  I’ve been blessed thus far in my life with good health.  (Other than my mental health.. you all can tell by now that I’m a little eccentric aka. nice word for weird)

I was thinking about it.  I want to lose weight to make sure I maintain good health!  I also want to run/walk a 5k eventually.. be able to shop at almost any store.. not feel self conscious no matter how body positive I say I am trying to become… etc.  You guys know how it is.  We women are put up to an impossible task of obtaining physical perfection.  I *never* was perfect.  I get it.. “No one was perfect but God..” That isn’t what I mean.  Most people have the “I wish I was 16 again, blah blah blah.”  Well.. I don’t.  I was still heavy back then!  In fact I was BORN heavy. (cue lady gaga’s born this way)  11lb 9oz.  I was a MONSTER!  So I like to say I just started off heavy..

Anyway what does this have to do with Monday Mania?  Well.. I am going to share a recipe I made.. It is actually a modified recipe from another website called “All Day I Dream About Food.” I think I’m going to name this recipe this:


Nice ring to it, right?

So.. here we go:

Give Me Cake of Give Me Death Pound Cake:


  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup of whey protein powder (I used my french vanilla designer whey)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Mix together the above ingredients in a separate bowl.  In another bowl blend until smooth and creamy:

  • 4 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 stick butter (softened)
  • 1 tsp almond extract (or lemon or vanilla or whatever you want extract)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar substitute (I use truvia.  You want the amount to equal to a cup of sugar..most have equivalency charts)
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk (wait until you’ve mixed in the dry mix before adding this)

Once everything is all creamy and awesome you will add the dry mixture into the wet.  Add 1/2 cup of Almond Milk (unsweetened) to the dough.  The dough will be thick, so be forewarned.  Set oven at 325 and bake for 50-60 mins until top is golden brown (use a bunt cake pan)

This is very much a pound cake.  It has a consistency more like banana bread.. it is the best way I can describe it. Some other options you might consider are adding a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg or lemon extract with lemon juice and perhaps a bit of lemon zest, I also think walnuts might taste really good in this.

So how is that for a weird rambling Monday Mania post?  I’m not going to tell you the fat in this recipe.. but it is only about 4g carbs per slice and 14g of protein!

Alright so next up is a public service announcement.  My email has been eating my Customer Service emails via spam filter.  I am trying to get to all emails but if you receive more than one from me I am sorry.  I <3 my customers and I try to get to each of you in a timely fashion.  I hate writing to folks and never being answered!!