Some more Friday Fun ~ 7/1/2011

Friday Fill-Ins from Janet {6/24 questions}

1. Getting away with murder.

Ms. E is now 20 months, and she definitely is trying to murder the kitty.  Despite her attempts on his life, ‘Boots’, still thinks she is the best thing ever, and keeps coming back for more.  Ms. E is getting better about not holding him around the neck, but… it is still a close call sometimes.

2. Definitely need coffee to start your day off right.

Does this one need any further explanation?  Coffee to start the day, and a nice relaxing cup of tea after the kiddos go to bed.

3. Coffee, tea or ????. I would say water, but I am not sure if that really goes there or not.

4. I use honey in place of sugar.  It’s ‘supposed’ to be healthier.  Not sure if it truly is or not, but it makes me feel better.

5. “The lights from the  Ferris wheel look like fireflies from a distance.  Dancing through the night.”  Line from Disaster Status by Candace Calvert {my current book}

6. Being a child is all about happiness.

Ms. E and Ms. V are constantly reminding me of what happiness truly is.  They have so much wonder in how they view the world around them.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to Mr. SD and I are going to a fancy, schmancy place to eat dinner for our anniversary, tomorrow my plans include sleeping in {thank you mom for keeping the kiddos at your house} sewing in my newly rearranged and cleaned sewing space and Sunday, I want to sew some more!  And Monday… I want to sleep in!  Hooray for a three day weekend.

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Five Question Friday from My Little Life

1)  If you had the opportunity to bungee jump, would you?

Nope.  Had the opportunity to in Africa, and there wasn’t a chance in you-know-where that I was going to take that offer up, LOL!

2) Would you rather go to the movie theater or to the drive-in?

Movie theater.  I like my ac, and here in Texas it would be rather warm to watch a movie with the car windows down.

3) Do you have your groceries delivered?

They deliver groceries???  That would be really neat.  But how do they pick out the produce?  I tend to be really picky about my fruits and veggies.

4) Eyebrows; Do you wax, thread, pluck, or stay ‘au natural’?

I love the look of having waxed eyebrows.  But… I can’t remember the last time I got them waxed.  The ‘au natural’ look is what this mommy tends to sport.

5) Would the people you went to high school with be surprised by your life today?

Honestly?  I am not sure.  I am surprised where my life is today.  I am incredibly happy where I am, but never in a million years would have thought that being a mommy and not activly pursuing a career in horses would give me the happiness I have today.

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Here are the first 2 of 12 blocks for my ‘Lovely’ quilt.  This is one of the proejcts I want to work on this weekend.

I hope you have a fantastic holiday weekend, and if you can do fireworks {can’t here because of the draught} please remember “Safety First”.  Emergency rooms are no fun on holidays.  Trust me, I know, LOL!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Check out the quilt I finished last weekend; Quilt for Baby ‘R’

Wordless Wednesday was Ms. V playing Peek-A-Boo

Friday Fun with Photos ~ 6/24/2011

Before we get to the Friday Fun I wanted to make sure you know about SwagBucks.  I am sure most of you have heard of them, since they are very popular, but do you know what/how they work?  Swagbucks.com is a search page that pulls results from Google and Yahoo when you ‘ask’ a question {search the web}.  Because of the amount of advertising on the site {all easily avoidable in my opinion} they offer you Swagbucks that you can trade in for prizes.

You receive Swagbucks sporadically during the day for your searches.  Sometimes earning 7 SBs, sometimes 11SBs or even more.  If you make Swagbucks your home screen, it makes it very quick and easy to run your web searches through them.

My favorite prize is the $5 Amazon Giftcards.  I have gotten six since Jan of this year, that is $30 of money from running searches I would normally run through Google!  I also traded in Swagbucks for a $15 iTunes gift card, making the total ‘money’ I have received from Swagbucks {again just for this year} to be $45!

In addition to running your searches through Swagbucks, you can earn 4 Swagbucks everyday quickly and easily.  Here is how;

4 SBs everyday for a 30 day month {say June} equals 120 SBs.  Add to those the SBs you are earning from your daily searches and you may earn 450 SBs a month!  450 SBs is the number you need to trade in for the $5 Amazon Giftcard.  I highly recommend Swagbucks to everyone!

We all search the web… why not get ‘money’ for doing it?

 

And… off my soapbox and onto Five Question Friday from My Little Life;

1. What is your current favorite tv show? Okay… this is the question I suggested, and though I do have a favorite show right now, So You Think You Can Dance, I HAVEN”T GOTTEN TO WATCH IT!!!!

 

I have watched up through the audtions, skipped Las Vegas week {still on the DVR so I can go back and watch those episodes}, and we are now in the process of watching the Top 20 Selection episode.  UGH!  I am having major withdrawels.  I guess it is to be expected with the two little ‘Divas’ though.  And I wouldn’t trade them for anything.  Ms. Diva isn’t quite sure what to make of SYTYCD yet, LOL!  She is so busy watching, she hasn’t figured out if she can dance at the same time or not.

 

2. What’s the worst haircut you ever got? My mom got me an afro.  Think pre-teen with super curly hair and a mullet.  What do you think that looked like???
And no, I am not posting any pictures from that part of my life.

 

3. What was something that you did as a child that you thought you were so cool for doing? Definitly not the mullet/fro thing.  I don’t know that I did anything really ‘cool’ as a kid.  I always seemed to be the misfit.  If I tried to do something ‘cool’ it usually backfired on me.  So I stuck with my horses.

 

I don’t know that I thought I was cool for the horses, but definitly good at it.  I am pretty sure that I thought I was better at it than I actually was until about 12, when I got my first horse {after having ponies} and found out how much I didn’t know, LOL!  Talk about a lesson in humilty.

 

4. Do you have any GREAT frugal family fun tips? If I did, we wouldn’t be working on the debt thing, LOL!

 

My biggest tip is the Dave Ramsey quote: Life like no one else now, so You can live like no one else later.

 

Don’t get caught up in having the latest clothes, daily coffee from the coffee shop, fast food that isn’t good for you anyways.  That kind of stuff.

 

But… don’t ask me about fabric and sewing stuff.  That is trully my downfall in the frugality area.  I just try to make up for it by getting stuff using my Swagbucks {see above}.

 

5. Would you drive across country if you had the money to fly? Yes.  No better way to see the countryside.  If I had the time.  I can’t wait to take the girls camping, and that normally envolves a road trip.

 

Friday Fill-Ins from Janet; arn’t up yet.  I will add them later once they are up.  Here are a few fun pictures of Ms. Diva Playing with her new magnetic numbers from Hoohobber’s.

 

Have a great Friday and a super-duper weekend!

 

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Ready for Friday? Here we go…

Five Question Friday from My Little Life
1. What is your favorite summer time activity? Swimming.  Though now we live in Central Texas, it is more like a year round activity.  So… do I have to pick a different activity?
2. Do you have one laundry soap you stick to, or do you buy whatever’s on sale? Whatever gets into the cart.  Normally is includes Oxi-Clean in the label.  Hubby likes Oxi-Clean anything, LOL!
As for fabric softener… I always get Downy.  I can’t handle anything else.  I am sure it is just in my brain, but I don’t care.  And yes, mom… I understand that a splash of vinegar works just as well.
3. What is your favorite dinner to make in the summer? A cold pasta salad.  Anything cold is good in 100+ degree heat.  I also love hamburgers and all ‘picnic’ standards.  However {as stated above}, being in central hamburgers and picnics are pretty year round.
4. Do you have any talents? I can match colors really well.  I like to be crafty, but am not sure that it is really a talent. or just stubbornness winning out.
5. If you could instantly be an expert in something, what would it be? Why? Family law… no Estate Law… as for why.  Take a wild guess.  Nothing like somebody dying to find out who the scum in the family is.
Friday Fill-ins with Janet
1. One of my favorite birthday presents was when I got a piano keyboard.  My aunt gave me the sheet music to Fur Elise, and taught me the first section of it.  To this day, I can still play it, love playing it, and it drives my momma batty, LOL!
2. And then I stuck the stamp on the envelope, it was as simple as that.
2. I would have died if I hadn’t eaten all the ice cream, it is as simple as that.
3. The moon was absolutely gorgeous last night.  I am very lucky in that I was sitting on the couch {watching Twilight no less}, and could see it rise from where I was sitting.  Pretty darn cool.
4. Every math problem includes a question and an answer.
4. Every pair of Stay-Put Towels {from the Spunky Diva shop}  includes directions on how to hang them from your fridge, oven or towel rack.  {shameless plug}
5. I was tempted by the comfort of sitting on the couch and not exercising.  I succumbed.
5. I was tempted by chocolate.  I succumbed to this also, but…  it was ‘healthy’ chocolate, or in this case Righteously Raw.
6. Relax, swim, tan, not get sick, relax, read a book are some of the things I like to do on vacation.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to watching the end of New Moon {Twilight Movie No. 2}, tomorrow my plans include watching the third Twilight movie if they have it at RedBox and doing some sewing, and Sunday, I want to hand out with dad’s friend and wife visiting from WA State! {just a few things to fit in, LOL} I also will be working on my first block for the Quilter’s Skill Builder quilt along that starts today.
I decided to include a couple answers to a couple questions, since there were a couple I skipped last week.  Enjoy your family this weekend!
Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Friday Fun ~ June 9th, 2011

Baby Diva is just one week shy of being 5 months old.   Where does the time go???  We moved her into the crib, and she is now sleeping in the same room with Ms. Diva.  Which makes bedtime very entertaining with Ms. Diva wanting to pop up and check on the ‘baby’.  Ms. Diva is such a good big sister.

I can’t wait to hang out with my Aunt M!!!  She is visiting from home {the Seattle area}.  Maybe she will bring some rain with her?  I can hope… I think we might soon wither and blow away around here.  Yikes.  We got the pool set up so she can really enjoy the hot weather with some pool time in the sun.  Ms. Diva helped scrub the algae off the bottom, and off of Big Bro’s legs, LOL.  Mom didn’t have a camera, but apparently Ms. Diva was a site to behold before her bath.  Now the pool is full of fresh, clean water.  Baby Diva shrieked when they dunked her toes, and Ms. Diva wanted to have her ducks all in a row just like last summer. {pool pics from last summer}

Friday Fill-Ins by Janet

1. I remember when I first heard um, um, um… .

2. “Rain is showering down from above.”  Boy, do I wish that were true.  We are in desperate need of rain in Central Texas.  The crops are failing due to lack of moisture, and our hay fields look like it is the middle of winter.

3. Most humans are just trying to make their way through this world.  A few are making their mark, and others are just out for what they can get.

4. _____…sound familiar? Eek.  I am not doing very well at these this week.  Most of these I am just drawing a complete blank on.

5. I was inspired by these amazing quilts.

6. Nobody who knows where!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to playing with the fabric I got in for my attempt at a Stamp Quilt variation, tomorrow my plans include hanging out with my aunt visiting from the Seattle area, and Sunday, I want to hang out some more and maybe get some shopping in!

Five Question Friday at My Little Life with Mama M.

1. How close to your childhood dreams is your life now?
My is totally different than my childhood dreams.  As a child I dreamed of being a horse trainer ‘god’, going to the Olympics, not having any ‘yucky’ diapers to change, etc.
I am so glad my life is different than I imagined.  My babies are such a neat blessing!  I love horses, but… it takes an awful lot of work, money, and time to be successful at it.  And, you never know when you may be physically hurt doing a sport you love.  All in all I think my current life is much better than the one I imagined.
2. What is one must have item for the summer?
A pool, capris, good flip flops, even better pedicure, a POOL!
Can you tell I am happy our pool is ready for swimming?  As hot as it has been, I can’t wait to hop in and cool off.
3. Do you have your kids stay up on school stuff during summer vacation? (Or, if you don’t have kiddos, did your parents make you keep up on school stuff during summer?)
My kiddos are to young to worry about school stuff.  I didn’t have to stay up on school stuff during the summer, but… I was a total geek and probably read more books in the summer than during school.  My stepson does have to work on his reading while he is with us over the summer, but he isn’t all that keen on picking up a book just for the heck of it.
4. Do you can or freeze fresh produce?
Haven’t done either.  We haven’t done any gardening this year, except for my flowers.  It has been so hot, and with the new baby {Baby Diva} and with how poorly we did at keeping up the garden last year… we just decided to skip it this year.
5. Do you get ready for the day first thing in the morning? Nope.  I get on the computer and/or do some sewing first thing.  Drink my coffee breakfast drink.  Fed Baby Diva now that she getting baby cereal in the morning.  Take them to Grandma’s.  Go feed the horses.  Then I take a shower and get dressed for the day.

The above is just in case you missed that fact, LOL!  Enjoy your weekend and stay safe!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

In case you missed it…

I got Part Two of the Tumbler Toddler Pillow Tutorial posted.

I lost three pounds from last week to this week.

Friday Answers Post ~ 6/3/2011

Hello Summer!  Big Bro’s first week of summer vacation started Saturday when he arrived in Austin.  Unfortunately he sprained his ankle on the last day of school, and is spending the first two weeks on crutches.  Oops!  Ms. Diva is totally glued to his side {photos in progress} and loves lounging with him, and getting him to ‘color’ with her.

Baby Diva had her 4-month check-up and is in the progress of digging into her formulad-down cereal.  She is in love with the texture, and is a very happy baby while eating/sucking it down. 

I have been playing around with my B-day gift, Photoshop Elements.  There is a lot to learn, and there is so much that you can do.  I think this is my new crush… sorry fabric, but you have been temporarily replaced, LOL!  My Wordless Wednesday post was two collages I made using a pre-template in PSE.  I might be a tad bit biased, but I think these are the two cutest kiddos ever.  Playing with scrap book elements is even more fun, but it takes a lot of work.  I think I need a lesson on how to use keywords {send me a link if you know of some good Photoshop tutorials, thanx!}.

Friday Fill-ins with Janet ~

1. Hey! Jude.  ~  I couldn’t help myself.  Can you tell I am missing Idol already, LOL?

2. Just a kernel of truth.

3. Eat dirt and die!  ~  We have been watching a lot of war movies.  The dvr was a magical thing this past Memorial Day weekend.  It can record all the war movies AMC had playing; Dirty Dozen, Longest Day {at least that one has John Wayne}, Pearl Harbor, etc.

4. Malcolm in the middle.  ~ or ~ Meet in the middle; from the country song by Diamond Rio, one of my favorite songs.  {PS – I never watched Malcolm in the Middle, but that is certainly one that pops into my head when I saw that blank.}

5. First thing to note: is… I love spaghetti, spend way to much time on the computer, have an ocd condition when it comes to organizing my fabric scraps, suffer from procrastination syndrome, hate housework, hate working out more… anything else?  Yup, I love my veggies.

6. I love my fabric to distraction, and am constantly looking for new patterns I can try out for quilts.  Not that I have any intention of starting any of them soon, LOL!  However, I did grab two of the ArtBin 12×12 satchels at Joanns, and I am putting two long term scrappy quilt projects in them with the directions so I can work on them as I go over the next 10, 15, 20 years.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to hopefully finally watching some So You Think You Can Dance {SYTYCD}, tomorrow my plans include doing something with my Liberated Wedding blocks {see below} and doing lots of laundry, and Sunday, I want to play around more with DigiScrapping!   Here is a Studio for Paper Scrapping that is very drool worthy.

Five Question Friday at My Little Life ~

1. If you had to choose, how would you prefer to choose to spend money…on landscaping or a pool?  I’d be going with a pool.  It is already in the 90′s here, and we haven’t gotten our Costco deluxe above ground set-up, and am dying to go for a swim.  However, if I had that kinda money… I would probably be spending it on a house.  Just sayin.

2. (Scott likes to get things stirred up…) Death penalty, yay or nay? 
Not sure.  I just wrapped up Now I Walk on Death Row: A Wall Street Finance Lawyer Stumbles into the Arms of A Loving God, and he view on the Death Penalty is very interesting.  Did you know how much it costs to kill someone versus having them live out their life on Death Row?  It is much more expensive to kill them.  I have always thought is was more expensive to let them life their life out in jail, but that is not the case. 


Another point he makes is that the Law of the Land is that Abortion is legal.  Does that mean you support it?  Just because the Death Penalty is the Law of the Land, does that make it morally right when God says that justice is his?


Just a few things to think about on that topic.  PS, I will be posting my full review of this book on Sunday {June 5th, 2011}, but will tell you right now that I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a better understanding of Death Row.


3. What’s the worst thing your kid has gotten into when you turned your back/ blogged/ showered/ blinked?  So far nothing to bad.  Of course both are mine are so young that they don’t get left alone at all {both under 2 years old}.
 
4. How often do you REALLY go to the dentist?  Pleading the 5th on this one.

5. What is your favorite animal (doesn’t have to be a pet-type animal)?  Horse, hands-down.  They don’t lick, they can carry you, and they pop outside.

That’s it for the questions.  Here are a few progress shots of my Liberated Wedding Ring Paper Piecing Experiment.

Have a fantastic weekend!  I have several post for tomorrow with some great crafty giveaways.  Posts start at 8:30 a.m.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Friday Fun and my new project… {5/27/2011}

Happy Friday ~

I hope you have some wonderful plans for this holiday weekend.  I am certainly looking forward to three days of bliss.  Okay…. maybe I am not expecting ‘bliss’ but at least I will have three straight days to enjoy my babies.  Baby Diva is growing up so fast!  She is four months old now, and started eating cereal this week.  She is consistently rolling from her back to front {hasn’t quite figured out how to get back onto her back though, LOL}

Ms. Diva has decided the only boots to wear are these pink ones that her daddy got her at Tractor Supply.  I think the main appeal is not the little horsies on them, but the fact that she can put the on all by herself.  {and kick them off by herself too}  I have the cutest picture to share with you next Wednesday of her with her boots and her stuffed horse from her Big Bro.

Now onto the Friday Fill-in…

1. This week I fed Baby Diva her first cereal, got attacked by a tree while running {for the first time since having Baby Diva}, washed the GSD 3 times {someone needs to tell him that even if it is over 90 degress he needs to stay out of the yucky pond}, surived grocery shopping, and that is about all I can think of right at the moment.

2. Big Bro returns to Texas from spending the school year with his mom in Nebraska.  I am pretty sure that Ms. Diva is going to be his shadow, because she pretty much was stuck to him when he was home for Christmas and now she is even more mobile.  He doesn’t stand a chance, LOL!  I can’t wait to see him, and I now that Mr. SD is super excited for him to be home too.

3. It’s all aboutMe.  Oh… you want me to be serious… Okay.  It is all about paying off the debt at the moment.  I am working really hard on not spending on my crafts.  Which is super hard to do, when I have the fabric hording tendencies I have.  I decided to go through and reorganize my scraps using a modified version of Bonnie at Quiltville’s scrap system.  It is ‘almost’ like shopping at the store.  Not as fun, but it is guilt free.

4. I ran in the sun.

5. I demand nice weather for this weekend’s bar-b-q.  I would demand that I get some serious sewing time in, but… I think that would be a little on the self centered side {going along with question 3 above}

6.  Life’s path, it’s filled with plenty of characters, trouble and strife, joy and hope.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to watching last night’s So You Think You Can Dance {also know as SYTYCD} tomorrow my plans include laundry, cleaning, picking up Big Bro at the airport, and hopefully some sewing time, and Sunday, I want to celebrate family birthday’s with family!

Here is my newest sewing/quilting project.  It came from wanting to do something with these left over scraps from the Moda Fresh Flowers Jelly Roll I used for Ms. Diva’s quilt.  The pattern is called Liberated Wedding Rings by Anita at Bloomin’ Workshop {small world, Anita is in the same area outside of Seattle I grew up in before moving to Texas}.  Anita started a Flickr group you can join if you like to join this quilt along.

Five Question Friday from My Little Life:

1. Do you apologize to your kids?  Yes.  It is your responsibility to model proper behavior to your children.  If you don’t apologize for something to them, how can you expect them to apologize to others.  It is just like saying please and thank you.  Manners are manners.  And everyone should be treated the same.  Children, friends, parents, mentally ill, the homeless.  {getting off my soapbox now}

2. What color are your nails right now?  Au natural ~ Who has time for nail polish?  Plus, it never lasts because I am always outside doing stuff.

3. When you were growing up, how difficult was it for you to stay home from school sick? (As in, did you have to vomit or just say “I don’t feel good”.)  Just say that I didn’t feel good we enough most of the time.  But… if you stayed home from school that meant no T.V. {unless you did vomit and proved you were sick}, and you didn’t get to do anything.  You had to just lay on the couch all day.  Cured us of saying we were sick if we weren’t, LOL!

4. When is the last time you bought a new comforter for your bed?  My comforter is over 5 years old {probably older than that, LOL}, but Mr. SD’s {we don’t share blankets, LOL} is just a few months old.  I finally found one that he would let me trade out for his old ratty one.  Thank you Lord!!!!!  I have been trying to find the ‘perfect’ one for a year now.  Talk about being a Goldilocks of comforters.

5. Favorite website(s)?  The Fat Quarter Shop, Sewing and Quilting blogs, I am currently in love with Twitter and finding giveaways to enter.
Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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I'm Kimberlee, the owner/creater of 'The Spunky Diva'. Here is a little about me... In addition to my love of blogging I adore all crafts, sewing, quilting, improving my non-existent cooking skills, and playing with my two girls. We have a 'collection' of animals around the place to keep us busy; two 'huge' dogs, a cat, kittens, several horses, and assorted wildlife. We live east of Austin, Texas, in the middle of farm country. Here at 'The Spunky Diva' blog I get to share daily life moments, fun crafts, sewing and quilting progress/finishes, and brag about my 'Babies'. Thank you for visiting and sharing some of your day with me!

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