THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!
The 2014 Light the Night walk has come to an end but it was a memorable one again. It amazes me to hear how the Leukemia and Lymphoma spends the money. As I sat in my seat reading the big screen with some facts regarding blood cancers, my heart sad as I reminisced about my mom but happy to see how far cancer research has come.
I might not have raised as much money as last year but I feel the amount I raised is still making a big difference. They are still accepting donations for a couple more weeks so feel free to donate here: http://pages.lightthenight.org/mn/TwinCiti14/AFlanigan
If you have already donated- THANK YOU! I believe cancer cures are coming forth and people will not have to lose a mom or any other family member too soon.
It is always important to me to have my two children participate with me. During fundraising and the walk weekend and during the event it helps me share stories about my mom, their grandma. They never had the opportunity to meet Grandma Bette but I know she would be in so much love with my two kids.
As I was walking that evening one of my cousins was there and asked me how old my mom was when she passed. My mom was 46 and then my cousin told me she was about to turn 46... I don't know why but my heart kinda crushed again. I'm not really sure why... maybe because I know my cousin has a daughter the same age I was when my mom passed away. Maybe it was just all the emotions from being at the walk or maybe it was me realizing more and more that 46 is way to young! I am 30 and getting closer to that age and even though there is no fear of me getting older there is a little sadness that I feel when I start to realize that pretty soon my mom will have been gone longer then how many years I had her. I was 18 when she passed and this month will mark 12 years since she went to be with Jesus. 12 years of memories without her...yet I feel her love almost daily!
Walking to honor and love my mom! 1956-2002
Since you all loved the other cookie giveaway I did last week I thought a St. Patrick's Cookie Giveaway would be another great one for those of you who have a sugar tooth. :) This giveaway is sponsored by Gourmet Cookie Bouquets ! I personally have not tried these cookies but looking at the pictures of all the cookie bouquets made me ready to try them! I absolutely love the creativity in all their Holiday Bouquets! 2 Lucky winners will win a fun St. Patrick's Day Bouquet that is valued at $50. GOOD LUCK! I hope one of my readers wins!! Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter the St. Patrick's Day cookie giveaway. The mandatory entry is commenting on this post, but once that entry is completed, various other entry options will become available. Any option is acceptable, but the number of entries per person are limited to the number indicated in the contest rafflecopter form. Entries will be reviewed and duplicate or uncompleted ones will be removed
St. Patrick's day is March 17th so its approaching quickly. I have a few ideas on art and food projects that i want to do with the kiddos. Hopefully I will have enough time to complete them and share them with you. This was a super easy one for those little hands. I cut the stripes of colored paper but if you are working with a preschooler or school aged child then they can practice cutting. The two toddler boys here only had to glue the pieces on their piece of paper. EASY, but they enjoyed it! :) It sure has brightened my kitchen with them hanging on the fridge! :) I also talked more about the Promise God gave us with the rainbow since I know that history a whole lot better then the history of the Irish Holiday!
MY MEMORIES SUITE Review and giveaway! (#1 rated scrapbook software) The above is one of the scrap pages I have created. Super easy and super fast. I only took a couple minutes to create a 8 page photo book. I am still going to do some more with adding more embellishments! The below is one I created all from scratch and it only took me about 5 minutes! :) SO EASY! Here is a great video explaining more about the product. There are also tutorials available on youtube.com I am not sure if you are like me but I have spent hours online trying to upload photos to the web to place them into something I was trying to create. THE BIGGEST BONUS to My Memory Suite is the fact that it is downloaded to your computer so you do not have to wait forever for a picture to upload! It made my experience much quicker then other programs I have used online. The scrapbook software was very easy to download on my computer and did not take long to learn how to create. :) One feature t