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If you need anything from this newest collection it’s the wood veneer numbers and shapes! Love them so. And the 12×12 paper pack, clothes pins and the Project Life kit and and…  Seriously everything makes my hoarding heart happy.
All Dear Lizzy products are 40% off still… and they stocked some of the Fine & Dandy collection and Happy Place which have some cute stuff!

Love this page by Olatz:

This new collection is quickly becoming one of my favorites! I have to admit that when I saw the Saturday collection for the first time I thought it seemed like a city/travel/getaway/weekend themed collection. But when I begin to work with it, oh well, the ideas started to flow in so many directions. It really is such a versatile collection!
As you can see here, I used the Saturday collection to create a birthday layout for my little niece. I chose a soft color palette of white, mint, pink and a pop of black to go with the theme of the layout. So cute! I love how numbers are repeated thought the collection on papers, stickers and embellishments. And they are just the perfect icon for this spread, aren’t they? 😉

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Saturday Layout

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Just wanted to pop in and let you know that all the Dear Lizzy products (including all of the AC brands) are 40% off today at Scrapbook.com! Because you know I love a good sale.
They are stocked with all the new Dear Lizzy Saturday products too! Like the wood bead strings, chipboard number tags, and mini puffy stickers. Yay! Kids are in school here so thank goodness for the free time and we can scrap the summer memories.

Love this layout by Emma!
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Forever 35

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Who says Junior High is the most embarrassing time? I still manage to embarrass myself as a grown adult. Like today, when my daughter answered the door for me and I forgot that I hadn’t snapped the bodysuit and it was untucked. I had also ran errands all morning. Sooo yeah. There’s a reason everyone stopped wearing these in the nineties. Because A: It’s a permanent wedgie and B: Because of what happened to me. But mostly cause the wedgie thing.
Why did I buy a bodysuit you might ask? You see, in my defense, I was with my girls school shopping and we stopped at Forever 21 and I thought I’d just give it a go since it was so cheap. But after this, I realized maybe it’s time I start shopping at Forever 35. bwahaha

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Jump! Jump!

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When you let your kids pick out new shoes for back to school you better believe they will choose the ones that light up! Every time.
I mean, I think if they made adult ones we would love it too. Probably burn more calories with all the jumping around and checking out the flashes. ; D So it’s not a bad exercise plan either. Seriously though these new kicks from Zappos (Leepz by Stride Rite) are really fun for school! Quincey is excited about starting third grade but also gets nervous. She talks about missing us and if she won’t be able to find a friend at recess. Hearing stuff like that breaks my heart as her momma. We talked about finding someone else who needs a buddy and I told her every time she gets sad to tap her soles so the lights turn on and smile cause we are thinking about you and can’t wait to see you! So with school starting it tends to be bittersweet but I know once she gets in the swing of things she really thrives there and loves learning.
Checking to-dos off the list: SHOES-check!
Click here to check out the Black ones + Pink ones
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Summer Reads

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I am looking for a good summer read and also I’ll be taking a road trip by myself with my kiddies and will need to listen to some books on tape to drown out the Chipmunks and Barney movies on repeat from the back seat. :) Posted a pic and asked friends on Instagram for recommendations then decided to compile them into a list! Feel free to add to it and share a book you’ve read in the comment section… XOXO
This red Free People skirt is my fave! Can be found here
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The Lost Wife: Alyson Richman (couldn’t put it down)
Girl on the Train
David Baldacci (mysteries and thrillers)
The Husband’s Secret (won’t be able to put it down)
Left To Tell (best book I’ve ever read)
Breaking Night by Liz Murray
Our Song (lovely read)
The One That Got Away
Ghost Child
Matilda is Missing by Caroline Overington
Big Little Lies
The Start of Me and You (quick read and so good)
James Patterson women’s murder club series
Judy Blume’s newest book
The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah is three thumbs up
Anything by Malcolm Gladwell
What the Dog Saw
What Alice Forgot (So good)
The Happiness Advantage
The Anatomy of Peace
The History of Love
I’ll Give You The sun
Dark Dark Wood
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Beauty Detox Foods by Kimbery Snyder
All Fall Down by Julie Bellon (a neighbor and friend of mine)
Kate Morton novels
We Were Liars
Anything by Amy Harmon
Breathing Black
When I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker
The Light Between Oceans
Miss Read (vintage books) Thrush Green series
Jan Karon novels
Beatriz Williams (good historical fiction reading)
When Breath Becomes Air
Kristin Hannah (books about friendship and relationships
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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Say Cheese

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So I wanted to talk a little more about my new camera… I know some people are often looking for a dslr or upgrading the one they have. Since my husband is traveling a lot (everyyyy single weeeeek of summmerrrr!!! No, I’m not bitter. 😉 He takes the cameras we have a Canon Mark 3 and Mark 2. Leaving me with my phone which actually isn’t so bad but I missed having a big girl camera to capture those eyelashes and details of my kids faces.
After a little research, I ended up getting the Canon 6D. Only because it had wifi and full frame sensor. But mostly for the wifi. I can take a photo and through an app on my phone then download the pic directly to my phone. Which I really appreciate and enjoy cause I can post to Instagram or text to Collin while he’s away.
It’s also a nice size. Feels smaller than the Marks. The buttons are different and settings but just took a bit of learning curve to get used to it. So far I likey likey. But we all know it’s all about the lens… and the Canon 24-70 is still my go-to for the zoom and I can get it close.
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A few of my favorites from the past month… also, please stay forever and forever summer.

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Zoodles

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Here’s the deal, this whole cooking and housekeeping business is sometimes not my thing. Like yesterday I dropped a glass washing dishes and three bandaids later, that Quincey loving stuck to my foot, I was a defeated, domestic momma. But not today! Today I decided to make zoodles (zucchini noodles) and homemade pesto for the first time ever and who would’ve thought I’d be licking the bowl clean. (Which is actually really hard to do unlike a plate and I was laughing at my failed attempt and green tipped nose.)
I didn’t wake up thinking about zoodles or that I would eat 4 zucchinis for dinner. Four. I don’t even know the last time I ate 1… or a bite. Oh wait I do, it’s when my neighbor baked zucchini bread which at that point it is no longer a vegetable but basically cake. And soooo good! Anyways, today the mailman showed up with my new Kitchen Aid Spiralizer attachment and even though I’m not the best cook– I was on it like Bobby Flay and his grill. Let’s do this!
Then all the attachments and do-dads were super intimidating and I gave up in about two minutes of staring at the box. But I watched a Youtube video of a cute husband and wife team putting it together for the first time and gave it a go. Super easy and crazy to say-it’s tasty too!

Not sure why I am talking so much about this stupid thing. haha! Collin is out of town and I’m too tired to walk to my bed and just keep typing instead.
Speaking of Collin, he has lost 37 pounds or something over the past couple months. Eating healthy has become a priority and something we enjoy together so I’m excited to try out more recipes. We usually ate rice a couple times a week but now I eat cauliflower rice instead and we eat salad every night. He hasn’t ate any treats since my trip to Australia. Crazy! Not sure where he gets his dedication. I’m always sneaking them when he’s not looking. heehee But I hope he likes this when I make it again. I used THIS RECIPE for the zoodles and sauce.
It was really late… almost 9 pm that’s why I didn’t make chicken or cut tomatoes so I will have to add that next time.
Oh, and if you don’t have a Kitchen Aid you can get a Spiralizer for under 30 bucks too. Have you ever Zoodled? Share any recipes if so!

 

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New Dear Lizzy Collection: Saturday

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Today I am thrilled to share some sneak peeks and close looks at the newest Dear Lizzy collection- Saturday! I love the colors and the crisp patterns. Happy Place had such a vacation vibe. I imagined it as if you were on vacation with your girlfriends to Palm Springs. This has a city vibe mixed through out! Before I meet with designers for each collection I come up with a story to help everyone get on the same page and illustrate it better. For Saturday, I imagined a girl who lives in Brooklyn, New York. She loves exploring the city, stashing away memorabilia from her day in a junk journal, Meg Ryan movies (which you will find a couple quotes here and there), mixing patterns, painting during her kids nap time, capturing and creating memories of her everyday! There’s a fun mix of icons to work with for a wide variety of projects. There’s also lots of numbers used in creative ways on paper and products. Including wood veneer numbers, chipboard number tags and cardstock number accents in the Bits. The puffy stickers are one of my favorites as well as the beaded strings!!! I’ll share more through out the week! Can’t wait to see how you create with it! xoxo Lizzy

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Capture weekend vibes and everyday, happy moments with Saturday by Dear Lizzy. Fun graphics and icons are presented in a coordinating palette of bright blue, taxi yellow, and cheerful red-orange with accents of bold black. Images of cameras, glasses and food are featured on patterned paper, stickers and other versatile embellishments.

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Busy summer days means simple is best. Even not on summer days this is exactly the kind of layout that inspires me! The cactus icon from the Happy Place collection is one of my favorite die cuts and patterned paper!
The shaped paperclips are darling to add to the corner of photos, attach to layered paper and so many easy ways to use them! Plus, there’s the cutest shapes from flamingo, ice cream cones, bows and pineapples.
Thanks to design team member Emma for this awesome page!
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Lola & Her Bear

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When I was traveling in Australia… Tasmania to be exact! There was the sweetest lady I met and she asked about our dog and I told her I would post some photos of him. So here ya go! These are for you!
Lola and her bear. She still loves on him. He still follows her around and waits for her to drop something to eat. Or licks any extra off her cheeks.

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Since my husband travels for work I didn’t have a camera cause he would have to pack up all the gear. I am excited to get a new camera and can start taking photos again of our day to day. Still figuring it out though! I got the Canon 6D. I will do a more extensive review but I am liking it so far and getting to know it. I also use the Canon lens 24-70. It’s by far the best lens we’ve shot with. Sharp photos and the zoom is great. For these pictures I used this Sigma lens 50mm lens.