August 22, 2011

Back Home & Mail Love

Hi friends! Well we are back home from a fabulous trip to Riviera Maya. It was so great to get away with just the hubs, but we were definitely ready to come home and see our little Manny-guy. :) I will post more details (and pictures, of course!) this week.
So call me crazy, but one of my favorite things about going on vacation is coming home to a stack of mail. Yes, weird...I know. But I love getting the mail everyday. And the only thing better than getting the mail everyday? Is getting a whole week's worth of mail in one day. And this time, it did not disappoint! Because I know you care, let me share some of the gems that were waiting for me upon my arrival home.
--Erin Condren Life Planner: It arrived, and ohhh was it worth the wait. I'm fairly certain a chorus of "Hallelujah!" was resonating when I opened this. Me and my Sharpie pens have been staying busy with this little jewel. Have I mentioned I love it?
--Rosie Posie Designs Sippy Cup: All of Manny's stuff for MDO needs to be labeled or personalized, so when I saw these cups I knew I wanted to get one for him. All of her designs are SO cute and she's great to work with. I wasn't sure how he'd do with it since he prefers sippy's with straws, but he really likes it.
--Waterproof Labels: As I just mentioned, I'm working on labeling Manny's things for MDO. I looked at waterproof labels on etsy and couldn't ever decide what I wanted, so I ended up just ordering some plain waterproof labels so I could design my own. I made a few the other night...I want to try them out to see how they hold up to being washed before I print a bunch...but if they work? I just might label everything, whether it needs it or not. You know how much I love my labels! :)
--And last, but certainly not blog book arrived! I've said on here several times that I'm using this blog as a scrapbook of our lives, so I really wanted to have it printed as a book. I bought a Groupon  to Blurb a couple of months ago, which is a great option to have your blog turned into a book. Unfortunately I forgot about it,  and with 2 days to spare I found out that it was about to expire. So I quickly tried to design it, which was a bit of a process because I'm OCD. The further I got into the book, the more I figured out the software. But since time was of the essence, I wasn't able to go back and fix the earlier pages. I still love the way it turned out though. It's excellent quality, and when I print my next book (which I should start working on NOW!) I think (hope?) I won't have as hard of a time designing it.
--Oh and I also have to share something fun I just ordered that will be arriving in the mail soon! I saw these menu boards on GroopDealz this morning, and decided to get one. They're only $8 ($9.95 with shipping) and are the perfect size. You can get one here...I think the deal is good for the next day or so. I'm hoping it will inspire me to start cooking on a regular basis...fingers crossed.

Happy Monday friends! :)


  1. So glad y'all were able to get away for a little while! I am doing a book for Cooper's first year on Blurb right now! it is so addicting. And like you, I'm OCD so it's going to take me forever. Haha. I'm just doing them in MS Publisher and uploading them as a jpeg. I'm hoping that it works.

  2. I loooove the new blog look! So clean and crisp!

    We have the same taste in Erin Condren planners ... I got the same one! :)

  3. Man, I love those Life Planners, but just haven't been able to bring myself to spend the $! So tempting though!

  4. I'd love to hear how those washable lables hold up in the dishwasher, please report back :)

  5. Girl!! You are soo crafty!! How do you design everything?? Do you use a certain program??? I must know!!! And sounds like y'all had an awesome trip! I know it is hard to be away from the babe, but it is so great to spend that extra quality time with the hubs too. I bet Manny was over the moon when he saw y'all :)))) So which menu calendar did ya get?? I was gonna order one but I just can't decide between chalk or dry erase. I am leaning towards dry erase. wanna catch up soon!

  6. Glad y'all had a good trip! I'm like you & LOVE getting mail. Of course, good mail only. No bills!

  7. Great picture of you two! Love the waterproof labels...too cute!!

  8. Ummm... that looks like the best mail to come back to. EVER! I wish I could have a mail day like that! I missed the Erin Condren deal on Plum and am just kicking myself! I can't justify full price - but you ordered the design I wanted! So cute.
    Glad y'all had a good trip! As much as I'd love a vacation to the riviera maya (where we went on our honeymoon!), I don't know how I'll be able to leave Hadley!

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  10. What a great trip! And, I just bought the chalkboard menu. :)

  11. Simply killing some in between class time on Digg and I discovered your article . Not usually what I choose to examine, but it was absolutely price my time. Thanks.

  12. Can't wait to see more vacation pictures! I bet it was gorgeous! We had plans to go there for our honeymoon, but rescheduled 2 weeks before our wedding and went to dominican republic instead! It was right during the scare of swine flu, so we were nervous to go to mexico! Where did you guys stay? I'm keeping a list of good hotels and resorts in riviera maya! I would love to go there someday though! Those planners are just too cute! I love writing with sharpie pens! The colors are so fun :)

  13. Riviera Maya is BEAUTIFUL! I actually got married on the beach in Riviera Maya. We stayed at the Moon Palace! Glad to hear you loved it, it is such a beautiful place to visit!

  14. So glad you enjoyed your trip! The picture of you and Patrick on the beach is just gorgeous! Love the new blog look too :)

  15. I love that sippy cup! So cute! The beach picture is fantastic. I'm sure it was so nice to get away.

  16. Where did you order your waterproof labels from? They are so cute!!


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