Got Juice?–Day 2

Green Smoothie

I made it through Day 1 with flying colors!  I had a Raw Green Smoothie for dinner and it was yummy.  But, not your typical smoothie that you would pay $5 bucks (or more) or the fun ones you make at home.  I started with baby spinach than added kale, strawberries, mangoes, pineapple, a banana, coconut oil, some raw almonds, flax, water, apple and avocado.  The strawberries, mangoes and banana were frozen so I didn’t have to add ice to make it cold.  I had never had a green smoothie before and just the thought of it, well, was not appetizing.  But….I blended all this stuff up in my handy-dandy blender/food processor combo and had a sip and it was delish!  Made a whole blender full, so tonight I will blend it a little and have the rest for supper.  It’s green, but it’s good.  Here’s a peak…you can see the green stuff hugging the glass.

I love my coffee in the morning, but on the detox caffeine is a no-no.  But, Tiffany said organic green tea would be a good substitute and full of antioxidants.  Don’t know what they are, but must be a good thing.  Anyway, I am not a hot tea drinker.  Tried it.  Didn’t like it.  Didn’t try anymore.  But, I do have lots of nice teabags, all flavors, for my tea-drinking buddies.  And, I just happened to bring home several big boxes of the stuff from Shanghai.  So, real Chinese green tea.  Served this morning with a touch of lemon and Truvia in this gorgeous teacup- also from China. I felt pretty special.

 

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I am feeling pretty good, although today I woke up hungry and even with the lemon water and juice, I got hungry before lunchtime.  But, I ate another big ole salad, then drank my juice mid-afternoon, so now I am feeling much better.  I spent the day working on my craft room.  The last three or four months have been loaded with classes, clubs, family parties, baby and wedding showers and as soon as one project was over I was working on the next.  So, as I finished, the supplies would just go in the floor.  No time to properly store them.  Now I am suffering because I can’t find a dang thing.  So, today we simply put the stuff in the floor in the kitchen.  I am giving myself three, maybe four days to finished this project.  I pledge that not quite half will go into a huge garage sale.  I mean, how many shades of pink ribbon do you need?  Apparently a lot, cause that is what I have.  Here’s a couple of pictures of the breakfast area- this doesn’t include the stuff on the floor in Bob’s office. No one should have this much stuff.  But, I have been “collecting” for over 30 years….so….

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Signing off ‘til tomorrow,

Blessings,

Diane

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Got Juice?

Well, I do!  Today is the first day of my “juice cleanse” or “detox” and I am excited to start this journey.  What, pray tell, prompted me to jump on the juice bandwagon.  I could say it was because I love juice, veggies, salads and smoothies.  Which is true.  But not the real reason.

I want and need to get healthy and stay healthy.  I want to chase after my little granddaughter- Sweet Isabella.  I want to climb to the top of a lighthouse easier than I did last month in Maine.  I want to be here for my family for many more years.  And, in order to make those things happen, I must change my eating habits, lose weight and get movin’.
I am going to share my 6 day detox with you, mainly as a record for me and because I think I will be more accountable if know I am going to blog about it.
My juice is provided by Tiffany Finney, creator of Pour Me Some Juice.  Tiffany has degrees, certifications and mucho training in nutrition and fitness.  She is a raw food counselor and master juicer.  She gets up at 4 AM to make our juice and have it ready by 8 AM.   I actually started eating healthier a couple of weeks ago and had 10 oz. of her wonderful juice 6 out of 7 days.  Folks, I tell you, it is yummy!  The juice for the 6 day detox is a little different.

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Each day’s “menu” is the same.  I start with 8 oz. of warm lemon water, then 8 oz. of juice for breakfast.  For lunch I can have a big ole salad with lots of colorful veggies mixed with oil and vinegar dressing.  Mid-afternoon is another 8 oz. of juice, then at dinner I will have another big ole salad.  Warm lemon water for a nightcap and I’m done for the day.  Oh, she also gave me some yummy smoothie recipes that can substitute for a meal.
Tiffany warned that Day 1 juice was not very tasty, but I had no problem drinking it.   It consisted of:

Kale, Apple, Collard Greens and Lemon
It just sounds green doesn’t it?  Well, it is. You can see it on the far right in the picture.  I forgot to get a photo until after I drank the first half for breakfast.  Day 2 and 3 are in the picture, along with a jar of her very tasty homemade Almond Milk for my smoothies.
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Here’s a little “juice” card I made for Tiffany when we started our journey together.  I used the terrific new Perfectly Preserved Stamp Set, the Cannery Framelit Dies and our new fall Designer Series Paper, Orchard Harvest. Jar for you
Thanks for going on this journey with me.  I will update each day of the detox and then as I move forward, I want to keep you up to date with my overall progress.
Now…I gotta get movin’!
‘Till next time….

Blessings,
Diane

our one and only

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God.  And that is what we are!”  1 John 3:1

“If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me.  Your right hand will hold me fast.” Psalms 139:10


Bob and I have had friends say we act like our grand-daughter is the only one in the world.  We are crazy about sweet Isabella, that is true. She is our one and only.  We waited a long time for her and she is the “gold” in our golden years.  We understand now what our friends have been saying for years about their grandchildren.  You know- that if they had known what a delight grandchildren would be, they would have had them first!  That kind of thing.

Some of you know that she is a little miracle baby.  Our son was in his 40’s when she was born.   Poppy and I (Mimi) were both on Social Security when she was born.  Many of our older friends have grandchildren graduating from high school – and even some have great grandchildren.  We have one perfect and sweet Isabella who will be 18 months old tomorrow.  Blessed we are.

We try to bring her home with us at least once a month and keep her a long weekend to give the parents a break.  We just completed a weekend.  Did I mention she is 18 months old?  Large and in-charge?  A little whirlwind?  Never still?  Acting just like an 18 month old should act.  A large chore for a 25 year old parent (me, many, many moons ago).   But, at my age (64)… well, I can only say- you nap when they nap, cause it is like getting on a moving train that never stops when she is awake. Oh how we enjoy the visit, but I’ve got to say we breathe a sigh of relief at the “hand off” to the parents.  And say a thank you to God for giving us energy and patience to last just long enough.

But when she smiles…oh my.  We call it the Bella smile and it is awesome.  Heart melting.  Brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.  You can tell by her actions and expressions that she is quite fond of us.  But, she is not saying many words yet.  I don’t know if I will be able to contain myself the first time she says Mimi and Poppy.  I look forward to having little conversations with her.

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My boys are both in their 40’s now and I remember those days with them.  I don’t remember the exhaustion.  I only remember the joy.

As I think about this it brings to mind how God must have felt when he created Adam and Eve.  And, subsequently, me.  His love for me, and you, at our birth brought him great happiness.  Our smiles fill him with joy.  He wants us to love and adore him, just like I want Isabella to love and adore me.  Just like an earthly parent, he is there to mend our heart when we hurt and when there is sorrow, he comforts.  He gives us challenges to strengthen our faith.  He is always with us.  Never far away.  Just call and he will answer.

Like a parent he sometimes has to let us go our own way.  And he welcomes us back with open arms and helps us heal when our way doesn’t work out like we planned.

But unlike earthly parents, he never naps and is never exhausted.   He is unchanging.  Open. Ready.  Always prepared.  Does the right thing –  always.

He delights in us, just like we delight in our children and grandchildren.  It is as if we are his one and only.  We bring him joy.  He gives us eternal life.  I look forward to sharing this with Isabella someday soon.

Blessings,

Diane

Bella in China

Our Princess has been a China doll for almost a month and we sure miss her! She went with her parents to Shanghai to visit the other grandparents and has been amazed at this new adventure.

It would have been awful without Facetime. We got to see her several times a week and that made it a little easier. Gotta love all this new technology.

She was very good and easy on the long flight – 15 hours – and is loving her grandmother’s cooking! She has also met some new friends and made her first trip to McDonalds!

We will be heading to the airport in a few days to meet their flight. I sure hope she hasn’t forgotten Mimi and Poppy!

Blessings,

Diane

A Glorious Baby Shower Brunch for Sweet Jill

Last Saturday I hosted, with a lot of help from my sisters and mother and, of course marvelous hubby Bob, a baby shower brunch for my niece Jill.  She and Jamie are expecting their first – a little boy due May 19th.  We are so happy for them.  They will be wonderful, loving parents to this precious child.

So, I wanted her day to be special and one to remember and how do you make a celebration special?  With Stampin’ Up! products and projects!!!  So, without further adieu, here’s a snapshot (or rather several snapshots) or our glorious day.

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I really liked how the invitations turned out. They were made with all Stampin’ Up! product.  Jill’s nursery has a bird theme so I tried to incorporate that in all the decorations. I also was pleased with the photo banner. It was on two sides of the foyer and a big hit with the guests.

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I had a ball making the decorations.  Banners, birds, diaper cakes – even little mini diaper cakes for the table decorations.  The banner on the mirror reads “Baby Parchman” and the spring colored M and M’s are in a baby food jar.  I loved making the tissue paper pom poms.  I remember making these when I was a young girl.  What sweet memories.

The food was delish! My sister Charlotte and mother brought lots of goodies. Mother made a marvelous sausage and egg breakfast casserole. I tried a Cinnamon Roll casserole that turned out yummy. The flavored water was a hit! I used lemons, limes, cucumbers and strawberries. I discovered the secret is to wait until about 30 minutes before you serve to put it together. Use cold water, add ice and do not squeeze the fruits. A nice fresh taste. This will be a staple at my events from now on.  I made a little banner with the baby’s name on it for the diaper cake.  What a cute way to welcome the little one.  The diaper cakes are now in their new home in Drake’s nursery.  The birds flying above the table were made with Stampin’ Up!’s brand new Elegant Bird Die.  Leaving those up all summer!

And, of course, opening the gifts was so much fun. I think Jamie was a little overwhelmed among all the gals, but he was a good sport and enjoyed all the hoop-la. This was their first shower and was a great success.

We are all looking forward to the arrival of Drake Christian in May.  Jill is a sweetheart and it is hard to believe she will be a mom soon.  She was a precious little girl, a cracker-jack softball player and now a Registered Nurse.  I am so proud of her and can’t wait to be Aunt Di to another precious little boy.  I hope I will earn the honor of being a “great” aunt.

Blessings,

Diane

Beautiful Banner

I am sure you have noticed that banners, in all shapes and forms, are uber-trendy in papercrafting right now and I am in LOVE with them.  I made banners for Isabella’s first birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day…and many for absolutely no occasion.  Shelli Gardner, co-founder of Stampin’ Up! loves them too and so much so that banners are her Creative Challenge for this month.  So….I really wanted to join in.  An excuse to make one more.  Don’t need excuse really, but did enjoy making something for me after all the decorations I just finished for my niece Jill’s baby shower.  Check out the next post for lots of pictures of our fun time.

Until then, enjoy my heart banner.  All supplies by Stampin’ Up! and you can purchase them in my store 24/7…

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I can’t sign off without sharing a memory from yesterday of sweet Bella and her Poppy checking out the Camellia she plucked from the bush in our backyard.  My loves.

And, I wouldn’t be offended if you left a comment on her cuteness!

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A New Header and Too Many Things to Talk About

 

Can you believe how long it has been since I last posted?  I really don’t have a good reason other than…..I’ve been soooooo busy.  Now I know we are all busy with home, work, kids, church, stamping, scrapping and all that stuff…it’s just that I don’t seem to be able to get it all done so something suffers.  Unfortunately one of those things is my blog.  I sure hope I can do better.
So much has been going on and I want to share it all with you.  So, in no particular order, I will be sharing what is and has been going on in Isabella’s grandmother’s life these past few months.
Today I am on the fourth day of a very bad head cold.  I feel lousy.  We were looking forward to going to Franklin to see the little Princess Friday, but alas, could not risk exposing her to this crud.  Here’s a couple of recent photos of the little darlin’ in case you have been missing her sweet face.

 

 

I don’t really feel like stamping, so I must feel bad.  I really want to sleep all day, but can’t breathe when I lay down, so I thought….Hey, girl, why don’t you make a new blog header?  So, I did!  The entire header was designed in My Digital Studio using exclusive Stampin’ Up! images.  And it was so easy.  I love the new Subway art trend and found some awesome words to use.  You can take a 30 day look at MDS….just to my Stampin’ Up! site and download the Express version for free.  It’s not just for scrapbooking anymore!
Here’s a card I made a couple of months ago for a dear friend’s son and his new bride.  I loved how it turned out.  Lots of silver paper, embossing and glitter paper.  Plus the terrific Flower Fest stamp set.  I don’t know why I don’t use it every day!  So sorry my photos are so crummy.  I am working on making a photo box and getting the proper lighting.  Hopefully soon.

So many exciting things happening at Stampin’ Up!  I will be back tomorrow with all the deets.
‘Til next time…