Sunday, January 29, 2012

And the winner is...

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway.  Since I've been busy, I used to determine the winner instead of cutting up little pieces of paper.

This means Debbie is the winner!! Congratulations, Debbie! I will be in touch with you shortly to tell you how to download your free software! Can't wait to see what you make!

As for the rest of you, don't forget you can still use my code STMMMS39106 anytime to get $10 off your purchase of My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the store.  They have lots of great papers, cute tags, frames, etc. to make your pages come alive!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New Haircut!

I got my hair cut yesterday and I just wanted to share it with everyone.  My hair is thick, so it had gotten very heavy.  I've always had okay haircuts, but never one I've really loved.  That changed yesterday!  I feel like a new person!  I doubt my classmates will recognize me. :)

I took a picture to my hair stylist and she did an excellent job.  I got 5 inches cut off.

This is a side view.

Hope everyone is having a great week!  Don't forget to enter my giveaway!

Friday, January 20, 2012

MyMemories Software Giveaway!

A few months ago, Liz Gardner contacted me about reviewing My Memories digital scrapbook software.  Since I'm all about making and sharing memories, I jumped at the chance!  This software comes pre-loaded with TONS of papers and embellishments!  It is very easy to use! 

I created a calendar for my Granny for Christmas, and it was a breeze to drag and drop the photos into place.  I added frames and shadows around some of the pictures to make them pop.  My grandmother is a simple lady, so I didn't add too many extras.  For my next project, though, I will add lots of things!  The possibilities are endless (recipe albums, photobooks, etc).  You can also add music and narration to your pages for a complete package.  I'm going to experiment with creating a DVD next.  All you have to do is download a simple plugin.

If you don't have the My Memories Software, you can still use their awesome designs! Just select general files when downloading your papers and embellishments then play with them in Photoshop or whatever software you use.  Here are a few of the pages I created for the calendar:

This is the front of the calendar created using paper, tags, and embellishments in the My Memories software.

Liz has been generous enough to offer one of you a chance to win a copy of My Memories digital scrapbooking software!!

To enter:

"Like" MyMemories on Facebook (Required)

For additional entries: (leave a separate comment for each entry)

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  • Post about this giveway on your blog, making sure to link back to this blog post.  Leave the link of the blog post in your comment
Winner will be announced on Friday, January 27th!

As a special for all of my readers, they have given me a  code that provides a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the store - $20 value!)

Special Code:

Disclosure statement: I was provided one copy of the MyMemories digital software to review and one to give away.

Monday, January 16, 2012

No More Excuses!

For me, this month started off with a bang! I purposed in my heart a long time ago to do all that God had for me no matter my circumstances. Believe me, the circumstances of life have not always been in my favor. Countless surgeries, physical pain, and much more have tried to hinder me from doing what God has called me to do. Even on the days when excuses could roll off my tongue with ease, I'm reminded of my commitment to God. 

That simple choice has led me to where I am now. I'm doing more than ever thought possible a few years ago. For example, I'm continuing to write articles for church magazine, transcribe sermons into books, all while maintaining my courses in communication at college. It's in His strength and grace that I'm able to do all these things. What excuses have you let creep into your life? Whether you realize it or not, these excuses slowly eat away at the passion you once had for life. You may have been a vibrant person, and after you let the weight and cares of this life weigh you down, your friends and family may not even recognize the depressed person you've become.

It's not too late to make a change, though! Humble yourself before God and ask him to let his thoughts about you be your thoughts about yourself. When you start to see yourself as God sees you, you will realize his grace has always been there. You just have to reach out and grab it! After you recommit yourself to God, do something! You've heard it said time and time again that actions speak louder than words. If your passion is children, go where they are. Spend time teaching them how to read through the school system. You'll be surprised at the opportunities that will come your way as a result of your decision to quit making excuses!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Free Books for Kindle!

Just wanted to share a great resource I found with all of my friends who might have a Kindle.  It's called Pixel of Ink.  They send out daily emails with several free e-books.  Not all of them are free, so make sure it says $0.00 before you click buy. :) 

I downloaded two completely free books this afternoon, The Fence my Father Built by Linda S. Clare and Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet by Cameron Conway.  I'm excited to read these when I have time because I've never read any of their books. A new book to read is great. A new FREE book is even better!

If you go to this link, they do have some free books for the Nook as well.

Happy reading, everyone!

Monday, January 02, 2012

New Things on the Horizon

I'm excited to share with everyone that I'm the newest intern at Athena Magazine for Girls!  This magazine was founded in 2007 and seeks to inspire young women around the world through articles about current events, music, clothing, etc.  the internship is fully online, which is a blessing to me. 

I will be the current events writer in a team of talented and creative women. Over the next few months. I know I will be challenged, but I'm excited  for what's ahead! 

Click this link (link has been removed because the website no longer exists)to subscribe to the magazine.  It's free!  We are in the process of planning the February issue, so be sure to tell all your friends, nieces, and young women in your life.