Scraps of Life

Life As a Scrapbooking Newlywed

Blank Scrapbook Pages – First Batch

So our church has a craft fair every year and this year I have already started making some blank scrapbook pages to sell for the first time ever. I’ve only ever scrapbooked for myself or others but always with pictures. I’m hoping they do well and I still plan on making some others. Besides the ones below, I plan on making more Christmas/Winter pages and Wedding pages. I think the Christmas and Winter themed pages will do the best at this craft fair because it is Christmas themed and most of the items for sale are related to Christmas.

Besides making this scrapbook pages to sell, I also got an iPhone, both of which “accomplishments” are on my Day Zero Project List.  Yay for checking a few things off the list! (That I have less than a year to complete AKA a lot of those things will be put on a new list). The new iPhone actually makes a few appearances in the pictures as shadows.

I’m also pretty sure I’ve watched a few more documentaries since I updated the list but I can’t remember the names of them. Time to check my Netflix.

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Broccoli with Orecchiette

Or least that’s what it started out as with the recipe online. I turned it into Broccoli with just whatever pasta I wound up buying at the store. (I had other pasta to buy for a recipe so I just bought them both the same). Also, I find it amusing that I post more recipes than scrapbooking things here. I’m finding that I rather enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, as shocking as it is for me to say those words.

Anyway, I found the recipe on Pinterest and it can be found here. For mine, I used whole wheat spiral pasta instead of orecchiette, didn’t garnish it and added some grilled chicken. I also used frozen broccoli because I was feeling extra lazy at the store yesterday. Regardless of those changes, it still tasted delicious. If you’re not a huge fan of garlic, I would cut some of it back because I would consider it to be kind of strong. Delicious though, so take your chances!


It made more than that, but I made this to pack some in other containers as well.

In other news, I got a new job tutoring children which is only part-time so I’m also back at Home Depot cashiering. I’m loving it so much! Matt and I also celebrated our one year anniversary that I’ll take some time and back a back-dated post about soon, maybe even today! It was a fantastic time and now I know more than ever that they really aren’t kidding when they say that the first year flies by. Wow.

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Happy Anniversary – To ME!

A whole year since we were married is just impossibly hard to believe. Wasn’t I just getting all of the final details together and making sure everything would run as smoothly as possible? Wasn’t I just get phone calls from the guys who had questions about where everything went despite the detailed instructions with pictures we gave them? (Read jokingly, it was funny. We were never mad)

Wasn’t I just waiting anxiously in the nursery at church watching my two flower girls play with each other, wanting nothing more than to get to Matt at the other end of that aisle?

Apparently not. We’ve been through the best summer, fall, winter and spring of my life and we did it together. We had ups and we had downs but we did it together and it flew by so quickly I can’t even find the words to describe it. It was filled with love, laughter, joy, tears, chance, silliness and many other things that this life has to offer.

To start the day off right, we each ate a small sliver of the top tier of of wedding cake that still smelled and tasted just as fresh as that day one year ago. Amazing, I tell you. Downright amazing.

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We decided to celebrate by treating ourselves to dinner at the Riverfront Club in the ballpark and nicer seats that usual at the game. Originally, the game was scheduled for the afternoon but with it being a Reds versus Cardinals game, ESPN decided to make it the Sunday Night Baseball game. Clearly, the logical thing to do is make a sign saying it’s our anniversary and try to get on ESPN. Sadly, this did not happen but we did, however, make it onto the jumbotron. Matt held the sign up above our heads for every break between innings and it only took until the 8th before we were shown.


Dinner was fantastic. The Riverfront Club is a buffet that offers some pretty fancy choices at atmosphere. Calamari, beef cut specifically for you, fresh cheeses, salads, fruit, etc. Matt decided to order us an entire bottle of champagne to celebrate and it was delicious.

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The only thing that would have been better was if the Reds had won. Thanks to our sign, we had all kinds of people wishing us happy anniversary and shooting smiles our way.

To rewind a little bit in the day, with our afternoon free, Matt’s brother Pat treated us to a free movie complete with popcorn and a drink. He works at this theater and when we got there, everyone behind the counter was clapping. The cutest part? It wasn’t even his idea. These coworkers of his just decided to do it on their own. Hangover 3, it’s hilarious. Stay after the credits. So worth it in every way.

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It’s All in the Details

It's All in the Details

Many things are all in the details. Weddings are one of those things. Apparently my mind was in other details because that name on the spine there? Yeah, it’s not ours. We just noticed today. Our 1st anniversary is in less than a month. I thought it was just too funny not to share.

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Reach for the Moon

Even if you miss, you’ll be among the stars.

Okay, enough corniness. 😉 I crossed another thing off of my Day Zero Project list!

Wednesday I used my community service day from work to finally volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and I can tell you that it will for sure not be the last time I volunteer with that organization. Myself and two coworkers spent the morning putting insulation into the basement and cutting the blue insulation to go between the beams. We had to get a little creative with some of them when it came to pipes and wires getting in the way but it was a fun puzzle for us. Meanwhile, two other coworkers were building shelving in the various closets and another was all the way in the once useless top floor grouting shower tile.


When we broke for lunch we had to get creative yet again because no one, including the Subway delivery guy, remembered plates. We improvised though. Tops of plastic cookie containers make great plates.

After lunch we continued with the our previous duties and then did a lot of clean-up while learning more about the wonderful program that is Habitat. We also got to see the original plans of the house and the renovation floor plans. Very interesting stuff. We even got to meet the home owner! The site leaders of this house signed on to the project as their thesis and they even have their own blog!

I’ve also decided to add some pictures where possible to the items marked as done on my list to add some more flair to it.

In other news, I got a part-time job at a tutoring company (SO EXCITED), the third book in the Divergent series has finally been named and there’s only 164 more days until it is mine to read, I tried (and loved) yet another Pinterest recipe with edamame and in less than a month, I’ll be married for year.

Where does the time GO?

Tomorrow is my brother-in-law’s college graduation and next weekend we’re going to Columbus for an extended weekend trip. We’re seeing Les Mis and I am so excited!

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Edamame is Delicious Beyond Measure

We have Matt’s aunt and uncle whom reside in Florida to thank for our obsession with all things edamame. They introduced it to us when we visited them on our honeymoon and we haven’t been able to get away from it since. When I found this recipe on Pinterest, I just had to try it. I was happy to find the shelled edamame it calls for in the organic section of our Kroger so I didn’t have to try and do that myself.

Besides accidentally purchasing meat-filled tortellini, I was extremely happy with my little experiment. It still tasted great and I look forward to the leftovers tomorrow at lunch time. Next time, I’ll double-check that I do in fact have cheese tortellini.

I would suggest prepping everything before boiling the water because I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off but I also may just be slow at chopping.


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I Did It!

I’ve been in the choir at church for quite some time now and a member of the same church for basically my entire life. I am very comfortable with my voice and sing just about everywhere about anything without a single care in the world. Put me on the spot and ask me to sing by myself? I immediately turn beat red and get really nervous. Go figure.

Singing a solo in front of church has been out of the question for a while now but when our director gave us the parts CDs for this year’s Easter Cantata, I felt drawn towards the solo in “At The Cross”. It’s one of my favorite songs anyway and I felt like the solo was extremely well-suited for my voice. I began singing along to the solo part on the track and ignoring the soprano part when necessary. You wouldn’t believe how nerve-wracking it was for me just to ask our director if he had thought about who was going to get the solo. Then the two weeks of practice afterwards when he still didn’t say. Then that third week, without even telling me privately, he tells everyone right before we start the song that I was going to give it a try. Cue the bright red face that just so happened to match my sweater that day. I wasn’t mad, nope. Just nervous and wanting to know if I had it then or not since there was less than a month before the performance at the time.

I did well sitting there with only the choir members, whom I’m very comfortable with those first few practices, but then I got to practice at the microphone with a few people hanging out in the pews. For some reason, this made me so nervous my voice shook. Everything shook. This made me more nervous. At the end of this last practice before the performance, we were asked if anyone had a bad spot they needed to go over. I requested that we sing my song again and am I ever glad we did. I was able to collect myself and not have my voice noticeably shaking this time.

Today was performance day (we split our Easter Cantata into two parts). I practiced with the track twice on the way in and prepared myself to warm up due to nervousness during the performance by dressing in layers (Hey, those choir robes are hot enough as it is!). What else could I do?

I requested that Matt be there in the service from the very beginning to help calm my nerves beforehand but I couldn’t see him from where I was sitting. Yet another time when x-ray vision would have been really helpful as he was just on the other side of the lectern I would later be standing at and singing my solo. He was right there in the front row happily supporting me.

When it came time for my solo, my heart had already started beating faster and my legs were shaking. A lot. It seems that heels were a bad idea. They were even shaking for at least ten minutes after the song was over and done with. Thank goodness for the lectern that I could shake behind without any worries while I sang without the shake interfering with my voice. Matt recorded the entire song to capture everything and even though I felt very accomplished immediately afterwards, watching the recording was even better. I literally amazed myself and I normally despise any recordings of my own voice. Second service, I was even more comfortable and only shook a little. People who were there for both services told me that second was somehow even better than the first! I was told by countless people how much they enjoyed it and how well I did. Some even accused me of holding out on them. 😉

Yet another thing off of my Day Zero Project List. It feels great! Now that I’ve gotten that first ever solo out of the way, I look forward to more opportunities.

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Daily Prompt: Buffalo Nickel

I didn’t dig through my couch cushions or my purse but I went to the change bowl we have on the counter, reached in and grabbed a Tennessee quarter from 2002. Now on to the rest of the prompt. What was I doing that year?

I turned 16 that year but I didn’t get my license like most 16 year olds. I also started my job at Thriftway, a grocery chain that’s been closed in this area since 2004, pushing carts and bagging groceries. It’s also where I experienced one of the worst bathroom cleaning stories of all time. I will spare you the details.

It’s also the year that I doubled up in math so that I would be able to take AP Calculus my Senior year. I took Advanced Geometry and Algebra II. On Crazy Hat Day, a Senior football player in my Algebra II class didn’t wear one but still wanted to be in the picture so he took my folder and wore it on his head.

It was the first year I wasn’t in band since the sixth grade because I chose the path of the Commonwealth Diploma and my advanced classes didn’t line up correctly for me to take band.

Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s died that year, and it also gave me a personal scare. We had someone in our grade nicknamed “The Wendy’s Guy”. He also happened to be in my first period Algebra II class yet wasn’t there when someone came in and informed a group of us that The Wendy’s Guy had passed. I thought it was the one I knew personally, not the actual founder of Wendy’s.

Isn’t it funny what we remember?


Forward – Weekly Photo Challenge

I was going through some photos and found a few different interpretations of this week’s photo challenge of “forward”. This one, however, is by far my favorite and a future that I’m looking forward to seeing. With more than just this one kind.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

Some Penguins at the Gatlinburg Aquarium showing some love. Brought to you by the weekly photo challenge at Daily Prompt.