Saturday, May 20, 2006

May 20 is National Strawberry Day


Warm weather brings yummy strawberries. How about some quick recipes, courtesy of Kraft Foods recipe website?

Strawberry Pink Lemonade

Simple Sensational Strawberry Shortcake

Philadelphia New York Cheesecake Swirl

Easy Strawberry Mousse

Summer Jobs and Work Permits

In California, young people under age 18 who have not graduated from high school are required to have a work permit even during the summer for every job they have. Check with the appropriate agency, in your area for age requirements and documentation.

Have a fun summer.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

May 17 is Go Fishing Day


This summer our teen is attending a one week fishing camp. The highlight of the camp is a deep sea expedition. He'll also have the opportunity to go lake fishing.

If you are looking more information on fishing and kids, take a look at Kids All-American Fishing website. This website includes tips on taking your kids fishing, a checklist , contests and much more. They can apply for a 2006 KAAF Ambassador Team position or find out about fishing derbys.

So get your kids, poles and bait ready and head out for a great day of fishing.

Getting Hitched...the Good, the Bad and the Ugly Blog

See where Emily and Topher are finally going to be married. (yes, they changed their minds again) It's in beautiful California, at the Braemar Country Club.

It reminds me of the Hilton LaJolla Torrey Pines Hotel grounds. The last time we were there, my husband took me for a walk. It's was so gorgeous and peaceful. I definitely do understand why couples have their weddings and receptions there.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Off to the Gym We Go!

My husband loves to tell me that he's going to the gym, in the morning, but when he gets home he's too tired. Our teenage son has no problems coming up with a reason not to go. I'm no angel either, so yesterday, I decided we would go as a group.

When we arrived, signed in and stretched out, my son and I decided to spend our twenty minutes of cardio, on the bikes and my husband headed towards the Ellipical machine. I really got my heart rate up! It was much more challenging then the treadmill. I was so into 'Dr. Phil' that I didn't realize that our time was up.

We then headed to the weight machines. My husband acted as our own personal trainer, making sure we kept the correct form, pace and breathing. I really challenged myself yesterday and even had fun.

As I looked around, I noticed that there were other families working out together. What a great way to keep your family fit and still enjoy some time together. So no more excuses, we're off to the gym...together.

Journaling in Your Scrapbook by Audrey Okaneko

Many people like to add words to their scrapbooks. Words help to tell the story behind the picture. There are several ways to add words to your scrapbook pages.

One way to journal is through premade words and phrases. You can find stickers, diecuts and word cutouts, all with different phrases. You can also use alphabet sets to create words on your pages. One page I did has my daughter’s four high school pictures, one from each year. Down the middle of the page I put the letters DPHS. In 50 years, when she looks at the page, she’ll know those 4 pictures were her four high school pictures.

Other folks enjoy writing in their albums. If you are going to write on the pages, choose an ink color that matches the color theme of your page. You can write directly on the pages, or you can write on paper and then attach the paper right to your scrapbook page.

How much, or how little you journal is completely up to you. In some cases, I just wanted a year attached to my pages, so that my kids would have a general idea of how old they were at the time. In other cases I wanted a city name or building name to remind me of where I took the picture. In yet other instances I wanted to put people’s names and a little bit about the people in the pictures.

I know some folks who included song lyrics or poems with their photos. They believe the song lyrics or poem truly tell the story of the photos on that particular page.

I have several photos of my own grandmother. On page one, I have just one photo of her, and then a lot of journaling, speaking of where she was born, what year she was born, where she grew up etc. On other pages, I put many photos of her, with very little journaling. It really depends on why you are making the album, who the album is for and what information you want to add with your photos that will determine how much journaling you’ll do.

If your children are young, or your grandchildren are young, it’s fun to ask them to write something each year and include that in the album so they can see their writing as they grow up.

Sometimes, if I have a lot to say, I’ll type it on acid free paper and then cut out what I’ve typed and add it to the page. Typed words will allow me to say a lot more than if I write the words.

Often, we want to include a photo or article from a newspaper on our scrapbook pages. My suggestion is to copy the article onto acid free paper, as the newspaper will yellow and crack with time. One friend has a son who was on the high school football game during his 4 years in high school. He was often written up in the newspaper. She copied every picture and story written about him and he now shares those stories with his own son.

Another technique I use with journaling to cut shapes; ovals, hearts etc. and then journal on those pieces of paper and then attach to my scrapbook page.

If you are making a scrapbook for a friend, it can be fun to share your thoughts, versus just telling a story. For example, maybe you and a friend had a girl’s night out and took some photos. You can share “I remember how much we laughed and laughed this night. My stomach hurt from us laughing so much”. This shares not only photos but you are also sharing yourself with your friend.

Acid free index cards are great for journaling. They are just the right size to write on and then attach to your scrapbooking pages.

There is no right or wrong way to journal. The key is to have something in words to help tell the story of your photo.

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Audrey Okaneko has been scrapbooking for several years now. You can reach her at audreyoka@cox.net or www.scrapping-made-simple.com

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

May is Date Your Mate Month

I'm guilty! I admit it. My husband and I get so busy with work, family, school and all the extras that we forget to spend time on us. And that's not factoring in the exhaustion from trying to maintain these crazy schedules.

Last Friday, we decided to remedy that by spending some time together. We went to a local farmers' market, after he got out of work. It was definitely a lot of fun. We chatted with the various vendors and made some purchases. We tried some sweet peas and fresh strawberries. He even purchased me a beautiful, huge bouquet of mixed flowers.

As I sit at my desk I can smell the fragrances of my flower arrangement. It reminds me of a nice evening that I spent with my husband. We shouldn't put off times like this. Don't forget to make a date with your mate this month.

Work and Home are a Healthy Combo: Not For Me!

I had to click on this article, on Yahoo News, when I saw the title. I definitely have to say that this doesn't apply to me. I actually lost weight when I came home. Maybe it's the fact that I'm always on the run. Or could it be that I now have time to go to the gym? Anyways, I'm definitely not saying that you shouldn't read this article just approach it with any an open mind.

Monday, May 15, 2006

May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day


It's time to get your flour, milk and eggs out because we have another great reason to be baking. It's National Chocolate Chip Day!

Here's some kid friendly recipes that will keep everyone busy today! So get your aprons on and get baking.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies