Friday, June 29, 2012

I "do" social media

and apparently I am not alone! Love the facts shared in this infographic about Social Media and my hometown, Cincinnati.
My early introduction to LinkedIn and then Twitter were a godsend. I was an early adopter of both channels and they have led me to incredible opportunities. I am now solidly established as a social media consultant and I love my job! Along with the two mentioned, I sincerely embrace Facebook for business, Pinterest and email marketing. When all of these channels are properly connected and maintained with an influx of great content, it is a winning combination.

Go Cincinnati!

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Meal Plan:: June 25

By planning out the week's menu I can accomplish several things: we will eat better, I will have a menu in mind and I have something to share on this here blog!
Monday: Poppy Seed Chicken (in the oven right now) along with steamed broccoli
Tuesday:  Frozen pizzas with side salads and/or veggies for dipping (Work Day + late afternoon orthodontist appointment)
WednesdayKraft Sizzling Salads Asian Kit. I bought this on sale at the grocery. I think I will marinate Salmon instead of chicken since we will have had chicken on Monday and Dave has become a big salmon fan recently. I think this is a great idea: marinate and dressing packaged together and the portion is not huge.
Thursday: girls night in or out...Dave golfs so we will likely have something simple at home
Friday: Dinner with friends at our favorite Mexican restaurant (woot!)

On Saturday night I made this Butterfinger Grape Salad. I know it is an odd combo of things and it doesn't really photograph well but trust me it is outstanding! My friend Kim has been making this for about a year and I finally tried it myself and took it to a potluck where it was a hit.

It has been an extremely hot here and while my pooch is not a fan of plain ice cubes, he does love treats. LOVES them. So, inspired by this idea, I mixed equal portions of water and beef broth together and filled muffin tins. The girls broke up a few soft dog treats and put those inside too. Skipper gobbled his first two right up. Bonus, it kept him busier longer than 15 seconds. We are going to try this in a jello mold and than drive a stake in the ground to hold it in place while he works on it. Seems like it could be a good, lengthy distraction for when we have guests over...otherwise he non stop begs for people to throw a ball to him.

And in unrelated news, CatScrap has closed and {Scrapflower} has bloomed beautifully in it's place. I am supporting the site by providing content via Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Join in! Great freebies available this week.

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Friday, June 15, 2012


Hmm. Not been blogging much. Not much at all. Trying to find a rhythm in the chaos that allows me a manageable balance of being a mom + employee. Especially now with the kids at home. I am making it all work. Not effortlessly but we are all surviving.

So how about I share some phone snaps in an effort to resuscitate this blog?

Pre Recital

Post Recital

Traveling to the lake for a few days. Mason came in our car for the last hour.

The lake bath. Classy.

Go Fish at the lake house.

Marina view from the lake house

Loads of laughter

Driving the boat

And this very frightening find in the camera roll.

Linked up at LifeRearranged. 

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Framed photo canvas

I will work backward on this one.

My good friend Carla took gorgeous photos of us in the fall. This canvas is a result of that photo shoot. It is 16x20 which I thought would be plenty big enough over my couch. It was not. So...I began a search for a large frame to...frame it.

My community had their yard/garage sale days about two weeks ago. My first several stops were fruitless and I almost quit. Until I saw this big guy priced at $2. The owner promptly offered it to me for $1. Sold!

 Typically I do not get right to work on my projects but on this one I did. That same afternoon I dismantled the whole thing until I was left with this, just ornate enough, frame. I spray painted it in a nickel finish and Dave hung it last weekend. Go me!

My overall inspiration came from this find on Pinterest.

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