6.28.2012

CHA Week...and a Winner

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I'm going to CHA in July:).  I'll be hopping around the show, checking out some booths I've already got on my 'snoop list'...and also be setting up shop for part of Tuesday and Wednesday in Booth #918, where my new rubber stamps will be revealed!  That is pretty exciting:).

To be honest, my heart sinks a little when I think of leaving the kids and Phil.  I really have parting issues:).  (Seriously.  I feel homesick away from them.)  But, my mom asked to come along.  She has always wanted to go to Chicago...and I've never had the opportunity to just go on a vacation with mom.  Just mom and me:).  So she is making this a special and exciting trip.  I'm very thankful for this working out and getting that one on one time with her!  

During the week of CHA, I'm planning a super fun string of posts, giveaways, and guest posts!  It will be a lot of fun around here that week-- you definitely won't want to miss it!:)  I'll have two more cameras to giveaway (yup.  TWO more!) and a bunch of other goodies.  I'm excited to invite some friends to guest post as well...And yes!  I will post a free digi for ya'll.  

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OH!!  And before I go...

'Lil Nutes Craft Blog...YES!! Mzzzzz. Dawn W. ... You just won the mini Diana.  Random.org smiled down on your comment, mama!  Please email me to claim your prize, and I'll get this sweet little camera  out to you ASAP!  

Thank you to all who entered the giveaway-- 
and stay tuned on how to enter for a chance to win again:)! 

xx

6.27.2012

Smash Summer

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I'm not always good about sticking to a theme in any particular Smash book.  I have stayed true to a couple.  I use my big purple book for the kids and one of my books for faith-related things, like hymnals and sermon notes, even devotions.  The others, if they originally had a theme, I've probably scrapped it by now:) and moved in a more random direction in them.  Anyways, I had this green guy..and thought he was sort of perfect for summer 2012.  

I love summer photos.  They are some of my favorites of the kids...and summer is simply my favorite part of the year.  I love it!  I've kept this book full of only summer...and expect that by the end of August, it will be chalk FULL of beautiful memories:).  

These two pages I devoted to my running/clean eating.  (I'm much more faithful on the first part of that...but I'm trying to eat clean more consistently:)...I saw this quote in my Oxygen magazine by Tosca Reno, and it really spoke to me-- so it had to go in my book:).  I really do run a lot, and even more in the warm months, so the calendar part is an easy way for me to keep track of the days I've done my long runs (I also do this here and there on Map My Run).  Also, the days I've respected my body and ate clean.  I like the thought of that-- eating to respect your "finely tuned cells."  God's creation deserves to be taken care of, and that means us, too!:)

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I'll be announcing the winner of the mini Diana tomorrow!! Along with some exciting things planned for the week of CHA (July 15-22)...Like, how you can get another shot at winning a camera...or two!  

Stay tuned!  It's going to be an exciting month!  I'm so totally stoked!:)
xx

PS, Hey Jackie, you just won the giveaway from Covered in Grace!  Please email me to claim your prize, hun! 

and PSS, Drama Queens Mum, you just won the Dotty Pink giveaway!!  Please email me to claim your prize:).

6.25.2012

Weekend.

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He still generously gives me kisses whenever I pucker up
...although, he does come back with the occasional question, "is there lipstick on me now?"  

To which I reply (in my shaky, heartbroken voice), "YES!! Who have you been kissing??!!!!"  

hehehe.  

Our weekend was slow and fun and filled with smiles.  Just the way a weekend should be:).  Niamh went away with her Grandmom to see her Great Grandmom.  And we hung out with mr. baseball on Friday.  The kids and I even managed to see Brave.  Yes.  Another Disney movie to add to the 'Made Me Cry' list.  

Really, Disney...stop being so touching.  
It is ruining my tough exterior :).  

Loved the last couple days!

Anything fun happen this weekend??
Any Brave movie goers?  
You really need to confess if you cried, too!
don't leave me alone in my sappy tears, mamas!

xx

6.20.2012

OCNJ Beach

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Beach Day # 1 is in the books.
3 hours of fun in the sun...and water, too!

And boy is it hot today!  95 degrees!  And tomorrow, even hotter.  
I'm grabbin' the hubs and heading down again tomorrow!  
I tell ya, we could just live there.  Right on the sand.  

If you've got an iPhone and want to play around with some photo stuff on it, check out *this* lens shop.  I took some of these photos with the fisheye lens (see the distortion around Philly:) and a couple with the wide/macro lens.  They are awesome little gadgets to attach to your phone for easy-peasy, cool pics!  

Okay...so what's the surfer sign Philly has got up there??...I'm not up on the hand signal stuff-- although I'm pretty sure this one has been around forever:).  Hang Loose??  Surf's up??  Or is it just a messed up 'I love you, mom' ???  

Who knows:)... 
Here's to surfer lingo and hot beach days! 
x

6.19.2012

Mom-ish Sneaks.

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sneakers/Blowfish. skirt/? tank/Target. bracelet/Khols

I love these little sneakers from Blowfish.  They aren't a typical shoe I gravitate towards.  They are just little flats.  Simple and comfy. 

I thought they made great 'mom' shoes:). I know, I know.  Who wants to dress mom-ish??  EEK.  I'm definitely not one to jump on that train...but I started to think recently that maybe it's not such bad thing after all.  I mean, moms can be stylish, too...There is a little glimmer of hope for us, right?  I have ump-teen pairs of heels in my closet.  Many never worn.  They just sit there so pretty.  I imagine that someday I will need a hot pink, 5 inch heel.  But today.  I'm just a mom picking up my kids from camp...and I'm at the point in life where it makes me happy to dress like a mom.  It is a privilege to love these two goofballs...so, even though these little sneaks don't add any height (and, therefore, don't give me the illusion of losing 5 lbs), I'm okay with it:).  And they aren't *hot* pink.  But they are super cool--as in mesh-- so yeah, actually *cool*.  

And this mom can BOOK.IT. in these sneaks.  I could never impress the kids with my lightening speed in my hot pinks...

So...mom-ish is okay sometimes:)...even stylish!

And the mom part, specifically...
Well, that part just totally rocks.
xx

6.18.2012

June Giveaway-- a Mini Diana!!

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So, this is a nifty little camera.
And it is super cute, too

...even if you don't take amazing pictures, you'll still look good doing it!  
This Diana mini leopard print is one of my all time favorite cameras ever.  
It's just the coolest.

I played with it for the first time this past week.  While I still need some practice, I did take some pretty fun shots...double exposures are probably the coolest.  There is so much you can do with this tiny baby!  And the photos are perrrrrrfect for your SMASH books!  They are soft and dreamy; perfect to add to your summer pages!

This is my giveaway for the month of June:).  I have a new, still in the package mini Diana in leopard print just waiting to be mailed to one of you!  oh.  And a whole pack of film-- just itching to be loaded and shot!  

Here is how to enter the giveaway:

You must be a *follower of Saturated Canary to enter.
*Please leave a comment telling me what 'summer photo' you want to capture.*  

You can increase your chances of winning by commenting for each of the following as well:

~Follow me on Bloglovin'
~Follow me on Pinterest
~Share this giveaway via Twitter or Facebook!
~Share this giveaway with a link on your blog or in a post!

This giveaway ends on Saturday, June 23 and is open to international girls as well!  

Good luck, lovelies!!  
xx

PS, If you are Chelsea, you just won the Agape Love Giveaway!  Please email me at krista7smith@yahoo.com to claim your necklace:)!

PSs, If you are Regan,  Pamela,  or Kathleen than you just won the next release of Saturated Canary digis!!  Woop.Woop!  Please email me at krista7smith@yahoo.com to claim the upcoming digis!

*This giveaway is not associated with any site or camera manufacturer.  It is my gift to one of my loyal followers:)*

6.17.2012

Phil,

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You are their Columbo buddy.
Their wrestle match.
A stern look
...that turns into a marshmallow hug.

You are their wiffleball pitcher.
Their late night scare.
A funny joke.
A lesson learned.
...and their afternoon fun.

You are an amazing dad, Philip.
I'm so proud of you...
So happy to think that someday,
when they are both parents and have children of their own, 
they will sit and talk about you to their own babies...
realizing then just how much time and love you gave them.

You make an exceptional parent.
an amazing friend.
and a totally awesome dad.

Happy Father's Day, Babe.
x

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