Monday, March 26, 2012

A List of Randomness

1. If you are like me and LOVED using the Picnik site that is closing soon, 
you'll LOVE the new PicMonkey which was created by the Picnik team! 
And it's FREE!

The things I love about this site are:

  • It's FREE!
  • It's similar to PhotoShop but it's SIMPLE {and did I mention it's FREE?}
  • It's online - no software required and you can start working on editing pictures on one computer and finish on another. How cool is that?
  • It has SERIOUSLY TONS of options: Crop, Rotate, Exposure, Color, Sharpen, Resize, Effects, Touch Up {like teeth whitening, blemish fix, wrinkle remover, spray tan, plus many others including my FAVORITE....weight loss!}, Text, Overlays, and Borders. 
Seriously if you've always wanted to edit your photos but don't have the time or money to spend on Photoshop, this is your answer! 
Check it out! 

2. We had book club at my house last night. 
Our book this month was The Hunger Games and after dinner
 and discussion we went see the movie. 
If you haven't read it- you so should ....along with the other two in the series. 
Such an interesting and thought provoking story! 

I always love the book way more than any movie 
but I will say this movie was very well done! 
{And it was my first HD movie. I loved the fancy leather rocking chairs but that screen is BIG- so big it kinda made me a little sick to my tummy with all the motion!}

3. I made these tiny little individual 7 layer dips 
{that I first saw on Pinterest} 
for book club and they were a big hit! 
They were easy to make it just took awhile to assemble the layers. 
{my layers were: beans, sour cream, guacamole, chunky salsa,
 cheese, tomatoes, onions/olives} 
I did figure out something that made it go much faster-
 I started using my cookie dough scoop. 
If you don't have one, you definitely should get one. 
I use mine for making cupcakes, muffins, brownie bites, 
as well as cookies and a ton of other things. 
It was perfect for making the layers the same size!

4. A friend told me about another series she was reading that was
 similar to The Hunger Games and I started reading it this weekend and am hooked.  
The first book is called Matched here's the Amazon book description:
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow. 

5. I also made a Strawberry Margarita Cheesecake Trifle for dessert
and it was super yummy!
The original recipe can be found here and I tweaked it a bit.
I used half the butter and fat free condensed milk and cream cheese.
I made little individual cup trifles and they turned out super cute!
A great spring-like, light dessert!

6. I'm pretty sure I've never been more proud of my sweet
daughter as I was this weekend.
After a heart wrenching Friday night and a very sad, quiet Saturday,
she went to a slumber party at one of her very close friends house-
a friend who also tried out for drill team officer and who made it.
She knew it would be hard to go but she knew C would be sad if she didn't come.

Earlier last week her friend C sent her a picture
 of a sports bra she had seen in a store.
For drill team practices the girls must wear all black-
except for officers who can wear colored sports bras.
So C sent her a pic with a message saying
"When we are officers we can buy and wear this!"

So before going to C's house on Sat.,
Madison had me take her to the store and
she bought C the exact sports bra from the pic.
She wanted C to know that although
she was sad she didn't make officer, she was truly happy for C.
Oh how I love my sweet,  big-hearted girl! 

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