Thursday, December 5, 2013

DeeP ThoughTs by KiM (Not ReaLLy DeeP)


Thursday Thoughts

We are linking up with Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for Thursday Thoughts.

~ I love market research companies. I just got approved for a $200 market research study and they're even giving me lunch.

~ I have found that here in TeXas where we live the street names are SOOOO LONG Such as street name.... Summer Walk Lane  Hi I Live on Summer Walk Lane or you will find ones that say Blushing Meadow Grand Street.....It is crazy my street name never fits on those lines when you are filling things out. There is no easy way to make it shorter.  Not to mention that the street signs themselves are 10 feet long.  They have signs for the trucks like they have on bridges to let you know the height because these things are so long.  LOL

~ Seriously my son just texts me to bring him food at school Here is his list... Subway, Chick Fil A or McDonalds.  Seriously are you nutz...Its after school, he is at his theatre production practice and I am sitting here trying to decide if I need to pick up my youngest because it is on and off raining.  Who are these children and how did they get to make me so CRAZY.

~Do people still wear ankle bracelets?  I saw a woman wearing one the other day and I thought Really??

~Why is it so hard to cut a spaghetti squash. If you have any good ideas let me know.  You can see loosing a finger right here. Yes we are still eating Vegetarian/Vegan. H has lost 50 Thousand Pounds in one week.  I am losing about .000000001 pounds a month.  UGH  Boys stink!!  lol


~ Don't you hate when you are Doing the dishes. Think you're done. Turn around and there's 10 more things on the counter right behind you.

~Would someone tell the woman that is in the carpool line with the sign attached to a hanger blocking her entire windshield she can take that sh@t down. She obviously can't see where she is going and we are picking up kids. By the way she is driving she is gonna run someone over.

At the EnD of the DaY there is Nothing like picking up dog poop under pressure at 6am while you hear the garbage truck coming down the street. ~Kim from TeXas

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday Thoughts with Kim. Renee' Eah


Thursday Thoughts

We are linking up with Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for Thursday Thoughts.

Happy Halloween

~As I ease back into blogging I just could not keep up with the rigorous pace of blogging.  It was becoming stressful so I have pulled back.  My goal is to post at least once a week and Renee' Well you will have to ask her....We may never hear from here again.  LOL

~I have started selling Origami Owl and I have been enjoying it.  Being a former employee in a direct sell corporate office I know the back side of direct sell and the face of direct sell.  I really liked this company because of the ease of selling and being a consultant.  If you would like to follow along my OO journey you can LIKE my Facebook Page HERE  My goal is to get to 75 followers (currently at 49) so if you get a chance go help me out.  

~Besides (can you tell I don't like to be board?) this my neighbor Lynn and I have started a little crafty Hobby selling Customized Acrylic Cups and Water bottles.  You can see those HERE which have been pretty exciting to make.  We just got into a local boutique selling spirit wear cups for the local High Schools  WHOOP WHOOP our first shop.  We don't plan on making millions just to provide everyone in TeXas with one of our cups.  LOL  Again if you get a chance we would love to have you follow us on Facebook.

~I wanted to share those with you because that what has been consuming my life besides my BoYs. 

~Just cause I know you were wondering NO people still don't use their turn signals in TeXas.  Infuriating I wish....Never Mind.  Trying to not be so negative. LOL 

~Yes you card swappers out there we are starting the Swaps back up....So if you are interested go to our Chatty Crafters Facebook page and Message me with your email.  I will get you added to our monthly Card Swap email.

~ I am sure there will be more to add because I think all the time that would be something good to share...Now that I have my phone upgraded with Suri I can now dictate instead of type...Blogging goes much faster.  

At the End of the Day...I am glad to be back blogging...~Kim from TeXas

Monday, October 28, 2013

September 2013 Card Swap

September Card Swap Cards.
Our Theme for the month was Fall/Halloween.  
Check out the amazing cards that were made. 
~Kim from TeXas

















Tuesday, August 20, 2013

CooKing with KiM ~Vegan Tofu Stuffed Peppers

Well my intentions were good with this recipe but it just did not have the WOW factor so of course it has not been made again.  But I will share my recipe with you.

Green Peppers were the best looking thing EVER look at those colors.  YUM


Garlic sautéed for a bit before the Tofu


Catchup and spices



Vegan Cheese (maybe the brand?) 



ToFu Saute for a bit




Mix with the Sauce


Rice






Tofu



Cheese



Bake


And there you have it.  Over all it really needed a TON more spices but for a mom who is Vegetarian/Vegan trying to eat clean I have to make it SIMPLE.  These are recipes for the MOMs who need the convenience of boxed pre-made stuff.  Again not great but I am still trying...If anyone knows a great cookbook using everyday convenience stuff that is Clean and can make it Veg/Vegan super Fast MOM style let me know.  I am running out of ideas. HELP ME  Thanks!!

 ~Thats All for today from My Kitchen In TeXas ~Kim


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thursday Thoughts with Kim


Thursday Thoughts

We are linking up with Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for Thursday Thoughts.

And what a great way to jump back into our BloG.  

~If you are still around and reading this THANK You for sticking around while I took a mental break...Because really lets take a look back this year and WHO?? did most of the Talking. Moi (KiM) 

~I am slowly going to be easing back into blogging because there are so many times that I have such great stories but no time to sit and TYPE.  That being said I am in great need of dictation app so I can just say what I am thinking and it will type it for me.  That way you our readers will get so much more from my random thoughts.

~ I have decided that the Under Armour Compression Underwear for men is really Male Spanks!!  LOL

~ Still living in TeXas and enjoying it...Going back up to Illinois for a visit...I will actually see Renee' We have not "seen" each other in over a Year.  Hope to have some updated pictures on the BLOG of us.

~I am still eating Vegetarian Vegan but have been sooooo unmotivated to cook and my menu is shrinking...Hoping to get revitalized in the Kitchen soon.  Though I do love cooking when me and dear H are cooking together it is FUN.  My oldest whipped out a batch of chocolate chip muffins yesterday and my youngest whipped up some scrambled eggs for breakfast this morning.

~Why are there so many earwigs infiltrating my house.  I have killed 5 in the past three days.  That is only the ones I have seen I can't imagine how many are around that I don't see.  UGH.

~Don't forget to check out our Card Swaps....I am also starting those back up for September.

~Like our Facebook page for Card Swap Info...It is free to do and lots of FUN!!

~Thats all I have for today...Email us (Me) questions and I will add them to my next post or leave me a comment below.

At the EnD of the Day I do like Blogging I really DO!!
Kim from TeXas!!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Social Sunday with Kim & Renee'


Sunday Social


Today we Renee' and I (Kim) are participating in Social Sunday. 

Thank you to Neely and Ashley for hosting some fun questions.


1. What is your favorite kind of surprise?

Renee: My favorite kind of surprise is when someone brings me something unexpectedly. It can be simple like an iced tea:) Just something when I don't expect it.  A Happy Surprise!

Kim: When Renee' shows up at my door unannounced.  

2. Flowers or Chocolate?
Renee: Are you kidding? Chocolate! I like flowers but they die quickly and my cats knock them down.

Kim: Chocolate...YUM

3. What is your favorite summertime activity?

Renee: My favorite summertime activity is sleeping. Once the school year is over I get to catch up on some 'ZZZZ'sss':)

Kim: Swimming in our pool...Since moving to TeXas we can spend a lot more time out doors.

4. Do you have any vacations planned this summer?

Renee: Yep, Going to California with the family. LA and Palm Desert area

Kim: Possibly going to Destin Florida and Chicago to see all my friends.

5. Favorite Summer Holiday?

Renee: Is there another summer holiday besides Fourth of July??? I enjoy barbeques and watching fireworks.

Kim: HuMMm I think there is only one...4th of July

6.What is your Dream Vacation?

Renee: Exploring other countries, especially Greece and then staying on some remote island like I see pictures of on Pinterest

Kim: Bora Bora and Cruising Northern Europe, Scandinavian countries, and Russia.



Wednesday, May 15, 2013

KiMs Review of the Kreate-a-Lopes® Envelope Template


How excited was I to be approached by The Kreate-a-Lopes® company to review their Envelope Maker.

I think I was the most excited because I was having a conversation with one of my friends A, who mentioned that she would like to make envelopes for the monthly cards swap.

Well shortly after that conversation we received a message asking if we would like to try this Kreate-a-Lopes® Envelope Maker.  How exciting was that!!!

While I was thinking about reviewing this I was most curious about how I would get the envelope to stick. I could use my scrapbook adhesive but it would depend on the paper. Glue? How am I going to make these stick. Well before I got too stressed thinking about this the Kreate-a-Lopes® company said they were sending Lick & Stick remoistenable envelope glue. Great for making hand made envelopes.

The products that I was sent to review were the A7 envelope size, A2 envelope size (which is the size of our card swap cards) and Lick & Stick Remoistenable Envelope Glue.

Make an envelope using scrapbook paper, wallpaper, magazine pages, rubber stamp art, computer art, digital photography, wrapping paper and more.

Check out their website Kreate-a-Lopes® for more information

Now onto my trying to make some envelopes....





















I had so much fun making these envelopes. Who knew it was so easy to make envelopes to go with the cards that I make. It took no time to whip up these envelopes using magazines and scrapbooking paper. I put a bit too much glue because it took a while to dry before I could lick and stick the top closed.  

Thank you to Kreate-a-Lopes® for sending these to me for review.

Kim from Texas

Disclaimer I was given this product to review my opinions are my own. There are links in this post. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Another Year of Teacher Appreciation Done....



Tis' the time of year for Teacher Appreciation week! What to do, what to do.....I perused Pinterest and found some ideas and then made up a couple of my own. I thought I would share my final creation just so everyone out there can get even more ideas:)

My kids wanted to give their teachers something everyday so I found some ideas that would lend itself to that. 

On Monday, my kids brought in a pack of pens with a tag that read "You have been just WRITE  for me!". 

On Tuesday, they brought a pack of sticky notes that was in the shape of a "thumbs" up and a tag that read, " You're THUMBS up in my book!"

On Wednesday, they brought in a pack of highlighters and a tag that read, " Thank you for making my school year  BRIGHT!" 

On Thursday, they brought in a colored pack of paper clips with a tag that read,"  Thank you for holding EVERYTHING together". 

Finally, on Friday they both brought in custom made vinyl cups with their names on them, drink mixes inside, with a tag that read, "Thank you for QUENCHING my thirst for knowledge".

All in all, the project for two kids cost around $20. I had my own vinyl at home to use with my Cricut Expression so I used that for the cups that I bought. It was a creative way to say thanks to their teachers and they both sent emails saying how much they appreciated everything.

I have included a couple of pictures of the items and of one of the cups I made. I hope that you enjoy taking a peek! Until next time........

Peace out: Renee~from Illinois

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Social Sunday with KiM & Renee'


Sunday Social


Today we Renee' and I (Kim) are participating in Social Sunday. 

Thank you to Neely and Ashley for hosting some fun questions.


1 Year ago I was doing...
Kim: living with my mom and my boys finishing up school before we moved to Texas.
Renee: about the same thing as this year. Swim team, running, boy scouts....

5 years ago I was doing...
Kim: planning a Mediterranean cruise with my mom and watching my boys grow.
Renee: I was pregnant with my third child. That was a fun summer:)

10 years ago I was doing...
Kim: working at Pampered Chef taking care of my 1 1/2 year old boy enjoying our new little family. Me and Renee were just beginning our relationship. Little did she know we would be besties for ever.
Renee: I had only 1 child and I was still working in the same position I am now. I had also just moved out to the area where Kim lived.

1 year from now I'll be doing...
Kim:Keeping my family sane, stressing because I will have a son in junior high, still participating in bootcamp, eating vegetarian/vegan, hopefully my Origami Owl business will be going strong, our blog will be generating more than 50-80 views a day, and my Crafty Cups is continuing strong.
Renee: more running without injury, scrapbooking more, hanging out with kids and friends more

5 years from now I will be doing...
Kim: stressing even more because I will have one driving. Taking vacations with Renee. Excited because dear h and I will be married for 19 years.
Renee: I will still be teaching....probably forever:), still scrapbooking, enjoying my older children, and apparently taking vacations with my bestie:)

10 years from now I will be doing...
Kim: visiting my boys (hopefully) in college and enjoying life. And traveling with Renee.
Renee: Visiting two children in college and getting my third through high school. Traveling, still teaching, still scrapbooking, still healthy, everyone that is!!