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kelly sill
Virginia
I am a wife, a mother and have a passion for the paper arts!
Interests: Paper arts, scrapbooking, photography, cooking, spending time with family and friends, shopping, traveling
Recent Activity
...Amber B.! Amber said: "I would love to take The Poster Project and the Keep it Together - Recipe Edition. Thanks for the giveaway!!" Amber won seats in of her choice of 2 of my 3 classes I teach at Scrapaneers.com in celebration of their first birthday and my one-year... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at September Blue
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My Keep It Together (K.I.T.)–Recipes organization workshop opened this week and it's been great! I've been wanting to make a recipe album of favorite family recipes for gifts and it feels so good to finally get this project started! I thought I would quickly share a section title page and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at September Blue
Scrapaneers is turning 1!!! Come and celebrate with us! Scrapaneers is throwing a big birthday bash the week of August 4-11! Visit Scrapaneers.com where all of their self-paced are up to 25% off! If you've been wanting to take my Empty Nest Scrapbooking Workshop, create a BIG poster in The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at September Blue
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...and it's for our son, Ryley. Last week I dropped him off at the airport for him a six-week study-abroad-european-exploration-boon-doggle. I'm a little envious of that boy right now (forgive me, I mean man. He is 21 you know!), but I couldn't be happier for him, or more proud. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at September Blue
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Our oldest son, Dustin, is getting married in September. As the Mother-of-the-Groom, I don't have as big a role in the planning as the Mother-of-the-Bride does, but I did offer to help in any way I can. So when they asked me to make their invitations, I was like "Oh... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at September Blue
Awww, thanks Christine! I can't wait to get back to PL. I feel guilty for not finishing up 2013 and I think that is what I'm going to do before diving into '14. For 2014, I've decided to do monthly layouts instead of weekly. By no means will that mean one double-page spread each month. But it frees me from worrying about "Oh, what if I didn't take any photos during week 23!" you know?
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2014 on A YEAR IN REVIEW | PART FOUR at September Blue
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Hey Alison! I'm so glad you commented! It's great to hear what you've been up to! It's funny how we close we lived to one another in Virginia and only would see each other in the waiting room at the dentist! It seems like it's been more than 8 years since Wes retired. Timing, choices & planning are everything when it comes to retirement on whether or not it will be an easy transition. It's had it's ups and downs, but we are rolling with the punches and having some fun along the way, too!
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2014 on A YEAR IN REVIEW | PART FOUR at September Blue
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It's still a roller coaster ride, isn't it? Chris has talked with several soon-to-be-retirees who have said they can't wait to retire and just find a job that is low-stress and can leave work at work and not take it home with them. He even spoke with a General who said all he wants to do when he gets out is work at Home Depot! So we'll see what happens in the near future. I sometimes have a hard time imagining my husband in a job position that is so different than what he has done in the past. He has a few opportunities on the horizon, so fingers crossed!
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2014 on A YEAR IN REVIEW | PART TWO at September Blue
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Thanks for your comment Christine! I know what you mean about not missing your stuff after four years of not having it! Since we weren't able to bring the majority of our belongings overseas (the embassy furnished our flat for us), we did miss our furniture! But the rest of the stuff, if I could light a match to it, I would! :) It's great that your husband was able to do 33 years! Thank him for his service...and thank you for yours, too!
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2014 on A YEAR IN REVIEW | PART ONE at September Blue
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Welcome to part three in my "Year In Review" series. This is the third in series of four posts where I have just been rambling on about what life has been like being back in the U.S. for a full year now and settling into a life after 26 years... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2014 at September Blue
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Over the past three days, I have addressed the topic of what it's been like being separated from the military for a year now. If you haven't followed this series, you may want to read the previous posts before you continue reading this one. Here are the links: Part One,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2014 at September Blue
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Once that exciting "honeymoon period" of being back in the U.S. was over, and we decided to give living in Florida a whirl, I slowly began to realize that the transition to civilian life wasn't going to be as easy as first thought. Especially when it came to employment. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at September Blue
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Yeah, I know what you're thinking: "Shouldn't a "Year In Review" post be saved for the end of the year?" Well this is a different. July 9th, 2014 marked one year since we moved back to the U.S. after a two-year tour in Riga, Latvia. And although Chris officially retired... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at September Blue
...Kelly! (what a great name, right?)! Kelly left this comment: "Organized? Nope. They are above the stove, on the counter, in the cupboard, in my purse, in a binder, at my desk at work, on top of the washing machine and in books. The only place they are not is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at September Blue
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This is it! This is what I've "been cooking up" during the month of June. This is the reason things have been a little quiet around here (that is soooo going to be changing). This is the first class in a new series of organization classes exclusively at Scrapaneers.com using... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at September Blue
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I know it's been a little quiet around here during the month of June, but there's a good reason! I've been "cooking" up a whole lot of awesome over at Scrapaneers.com and I can't wait to share it with you on Monday! Until then, here's a little hint: And by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at September Blue
With Memorial Day behind us, graduation ceremonies in full swing and school activities winding down, I think it is safe to say that summer is upon us, right? Right. I know I loved it when Dustin and Ryley were home in the summer and we had no schedules to follow.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at September Blue
I CAN"T WAIT to see your new site! I've been toying around with the idea of moving my blog to WordPress as well, but a little scared to take the plunge! You're fortunate you'll have someone to take on that headache for you! Gosh you sure have a lot going on-new site, new logo, a new high school graduate! Sending you a big virtual fist bump! Best of luck with everything!
Toggle Commented May 27, 2014 on Wanna see my new logo? at Cathy Zielske's Blog
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This past Saturday was a first for me. I ran my very first 5K. A few months back Jill saw a deal on Groupon for half off the registration fee for the Color Me Rad 5K Race in Tampa. Neither one of us are runners. Jill spins, I get my... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at September Blue
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Pun totally intended! Why? Because look at what a student in the class help her friend do with the enlargement action that is included in the class: Irene Buemer-Zanini is from The Netherlands and a member of the Peer/Mentor team at Scrapaneers.com. She was also a student in my class,... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at September Blue
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For those who have been on the challenge and reading my posts, I apologize for being MIA the past few days! Sunday evening I worked on a post for Monday and kept it open on my computer without saving it. Well, Typepad came under another "Denial of Service" attack, and... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at September Blue
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I fell off the "no-added sugar" wagon slightly today when I had a piece of bread with 2 grams of sugar per slice. But I'm not beating myself up over it. I can't seem to find that Ezekial bread people talk about in my local grocery stores (I've had it... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at September Blue
Thanks for that link Rebecca! I wish there was a better explanation of this before the Challenge started! I am going to share this link it today's post!
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So I have been "added sugar free" for three days and I am a little surprised to find that my energy levels are a bit low and I've had a headache. This made me think about the amount of sugar in the processed foods that I do eat on a... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at September Blue
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Well today's sugar count was just slightly lower than yesterday's: DAY TWO: 32.7 grams DAY ONE: 38.5 grams Post work-out | Two hard boiled eggs=1.2 grams sugar Breakfast | 3/4 cup Fage Greek Yogurt, 1/2 cup fresh mixed berries = approx. 15 grams sugar Lunch | Tossed Salad of kale,... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at September Blue