This weekend has flown by, but it has been good. I have gotten almost caught up on laundry, which has become a lot harder to keep up with now that I am back to work. Brownie cookies are currently in the oven to take to Elias’s sweet caregivers tomorrow. I have done more scrapbooking and plan to get caught up on my thank you cards today. We have been blown away by all the sweet gifts we have received for Elias. It is so fun to go to the mail every day and find a card or a gift.
Favorite Children’s Books
My parents read to my sister and me every day when we were little. I ended up being quite to voracious reader because of this. So, now that I have a baby, I am already reading to him and buying lots of books. (I think I have blogged about this before.) Well, a cool program they have in Tennessee is Dolly Parton’s Imagination library, where kids from birth to age five receive a free book every month! How cool is that? We got Elias’s first book yesterday – The Little Engine that Could. It took me right back to my childhood. I read it to Elias right away.
What are your favorite children’s books?
Online Scrapbooking Class
I am thinking about taking this class from Big Picture Scrapbooking: Product Playground Two: The Albums. About every six months or so I go on a “scrapbooking fast,” where I try NOT to buy any new products and instead, use up the items in my stash. This class is perfect for me because one of the focuses is using what you HAVE and not going out and buying a bunch of stuff. If you have never checked out Big Picture Scrapbooking, you should. They offer dozens of great classes for all levels of scrapbooking. I love the owners Stacy and Paula. They really GET it when it comes to scrapbooking and their wonderful company reflects their awesome philosophy.
We are getting ready to get new carpet installed in our condo. We REALLY need new carpet, so I am super excited about this. We met with Empire yesterday, and I am going to set up appointments with Home Depot and Costco to make sure we are getting the best price. We hope to have it installed by the end of the month, which will be so nice. Did I mention how excited I am about this!?! It is going to make such a difference in our condo and will be so nice and soft for Elias as he learns to crawl.
Well, my oven is beeping – time to go pull out the cookies. I hope I will be able to get them cooled and boxed up without eating too many.
Here’s the super easy recipe – perfect for busy moms!
Box of brownie mix
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Mix about 50 strokes. Plop on baking sheet. Cook for 8-10 minutes at 350.
***Be sure to check out the videos we made for Elias’s grandparents below!