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Sharing Our Spoons Kickoff!

The day is finally here to kick off the new Sharing Our Spoons campaign! You may have read some of the background on the Sharing Our Spoons page but in case you missed it, the idea for this campaign came to me after I noticed just how important the online community has been for fighting my illnesses as well as for health/weight-loss. I wanted to see what would happen if we combined the two and after getting come feedback, Sharing Our Spoons was born!

“Sharing Our Spoons” will be a weekly link-up where you are able to find support and encouragement to focus on your entire health. Not just physical but all of you. For this link-up you will be able to choose holistic goals to help you achieve optimal health. The five goals include:

  1. Physical: could be weight loss or exercise related or it could be goals like eating more veggies or cutting soda
  2. Mental/Emotional: take a day to be alone, write a letter, paint, etc
  3. Spiritual: start a new devotional book, commit a certain amount of time a day for prayer/meditation
  4. Something fun: Take time to treat yourself – maybe a pedicure or Starbucks (if you don’t typically splurge for specialty coffee)
  5. BONUS: One thing to get you out of your comfort zone a week – try something new, sign up for a class you maybe have been putting off.

Get your thinking caps on to select what your first set of goals will be & you can share next week for our first official link-up!

In the meantime, add your blog url to the link up list so we can pay each other a visit this week!

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*Giveaway* My Memories Digital Scrapbook Software

What better way to kick off the week than with a giveaway!


If you have been a reader long, you know that I love pictures! Especially after being gifted my Nikon DSLR. Whether its formal shots (like at a studio) or snapshots around the house I love them all! I think its a trait I inherited from my mom. She could totally be on hoarders for pictures of the grandbabies. She talks to them and kisses them. Maybe we need to sign her up for Intervention instead. Now y’all know where I get my craziness from but I digress.


I have two problems that interfere with my love of pictures:

1- An almost 3 year old who doesn’t slow down long enough to snap a shot or she will be doing something cute (like singing)  for 20 minutes but as soon as the camera comes out she stops. She’s realized that our phones have cameras too. Nuts.

2- Energy or lack-thereof. When I first became a mom, I went crazy buying scrapbook supplies to start Abby’s lifebook. Not sure where I thought all my free time was going to come from but I had good intentions. Unfortunately those scrapbook supplies sat in my closet for months. Oops. I did manage to get some money back when I sold them on Craigslist when I accepted the fact that I would never be a scrapbooker or so I thought…


Then I heard about a wonderful invention called digital scrapbooking software. It is a great way to create a scrapbook of your memories without the hassle and expense for traditional scrapbooking. Another perk of digital scrapbooking? No clean-up or storage required! I loved how completed scrapbook pages looked but I hated dealing with finding a place to store the papers, embellishments, scissors, etc that would be organized and convenient. I would have much rather spent the time I took to unload and pack up my supplies with my family so when I was contacted by MyMemories to try out their software I was stoked!


MyMemories Suite  is a “complete digital scrapbooking solution that provides a comprehensive powerful set of creative tools no other scrapbook software can offer. With its intuitive workspace and enhanced time-saving features, this application is perfect for a beginner to create a complete album in minutes, or to empower the design pro to build a scrapbook album masterpiece.”


I love that this scrapbook software is completely customizable to your skill level! You can choose to build your pages from professionally designed templates or create completely on your own using a wide variety of papers, embellishments, and text! Here is a sample of what I was able to create in a matter of minutes:

My Memories Digital Scrapbook Software Giveaway

 I loved that there was a wide range of paper, fonts, and embellishments available so I was able to put my personality into the layout. I would classify myself as a girly-girl but not a sweet girly-girl if that makes sense. I love pink but like to take my pink with a little edge on it! Grays and black of course are other favorites! I chose to not go with pink on this page because I loved the blue matched up with the gray houndstooth! I am officially in love with this software! Did I mention that there was nothing to clean up? 🙂


Now its  your turn to have some fun! One lucky reader will win her own copy of MyMemories Suite Software! Here is how to enter:

1- Check out and then come back here and tell me what digital paper pack was your favorite! **MANDATORY**

2-“Like” MyMemories on Facebook and leave a separate telling me you did!

3- Follow MyMemories on Twitter and leave a separate comment telling me you are now following!

4- Tweet about this giveaway! *2 additional entries.


Winner will be drawn Friday February 10th! Good luck!