We are finally done cleaning (sigh of relief)..... and now we are ready to do a giveaway. Today we have three giveaways. Post a comment and tell me why you deserve it. I will pick three lucky winners tomorrow.
Making Memories has been super busy lately. CHA - a craft and hobby show - is just around the corner. For Making Memories this means we are busy getting ready for this show. For you it means lots of new products to enjoy. We are also in the process of doing a lot of spring (actually summer) cleaning. As soon as we are done we will share some goodies with you. Stay tuned. We will do at least one giveaway today.
Last Friday I told you how Making Memories' graphic design team has a scrapbook day. They do this so they can use the products they help design and so they can get inspiration. Today I wanted to give you a scrapbooking tip from Tara.
The last touch that Tara puts on her pages is journaling. Tara likes to journal, but she does not always want everyone to be able to read it. She creates a lot of pockets and hidden journaling spots on her pages to keep it hidden.
Journaling is very important to Tara. She uses her own handwriting, not because she loves it, but because it's easier and she wants her children to be able to see it in the future. Her journaling varies depending upon the type of page she creates. Normally she describes the situation and always includes the date. However, when she makes layouts for her daughter Gwen (who is adorable by the way), she adds an extra personal touch because she wants Gwen to know how much she loves her.
So, if you are like Tara and do not want everyone to read your journaling, try creating little pockets on your layout to keep it hidden.
We are so excited that Jodi from customer service is expecting her first baby. Her new little guy is set to debut in July, which is just around the corner. We celebrated with her by having a homemade ice cream party. It was fun to socialize, talk about babies, and watch her open gifts.
Wendy Anderson, one of Making Memories' designers, created this menu planner.
I'm SO excited to put this into use in my house - I hate deciding what to make for dinner every night and my kids are so picky -- this will help all of us. I've been letting each of the kids take a week and decide what they want for dinners, but this will make the process easier for all of us - and so much more organized!
In the MENU section, I created a weekly meal planner on my
computer. I printed out several sheets to keep in the binder. At the
beginning of each week I'll fill out the meal plan (hopefully with the
help of my family). I'll keep "old" meal plans saved in the back of
this section for future reference.
In the SHOPPING section, I created a shopping list on my computer.
Again, I printed several sheets to keep in the binder. As we're
deciding on the meals we'd like to eat, we'll create a shopping list to
go along with it. It'll be easy to take this list to the grocery store
and buy everything we need for the entire week in one trip - a dream
come true! :) If you are interested in seeing my shopping list, visit my blog so you can download my template.
The FAVES section has a page for each family member. I asked each person to create a list of things they like to eat. This will help in the planning process as well. I'll jot down items as we go - new things we try that someone likes, meals that are a hit with ALL of the family members, etc.
The RECIPES section will be a new home to the recipes I use over and over - and also a place to save new recipes I am anxious to try.
The COUPONS section will be a place where I can keep all of those random coupons - hopefully keeping them organized will help me remember to use them before they expire. This can also help with meal planning - matching up items I can buy for less with meals we like.
I'm excited to start a new routine of meal planning with my family, and this binder is the perfect way to stay organized and streamline the entire process!
I hope you like it. Post a comment and let me know if your family has a good system for organizing meal time.
I don't know about you, but trying to figure out what to have for dinner can be a challenge. I wish I could magically wave a wand and have delicious food appear on the table that my kids would eat. Have you ever tried doing that? Maybe my magic wand just does not work.
We have an idea that will help make the process of dinner easier for you and your family. We are going to share this idea tomorrow. Today, we want you to share your dinner ideas.
Post a comment and let us know WHAT'S FOR DINNER. And if you want to go the extra mile, post the recipe. :) Make sure to check back tomorrow so we can help you put it all together.
Every Friday the product design team at Making Memories spends time scrapbooking. This helps them to not only use the product they help design, but also figure out new ways to make scrapbooking even easier for you. Each week they are given an assignment for their projects. Today they created pages about friendship.
We have been in the process of updating some of the back-end functions on the Making Memories' blog. We wanted to make sure you can still see us. Is the blog pulling up for you? Does it still work on your Google Reader?
Post a comment and let us know. Of course we will thank you will a special prize. We will pick one winner tomorrow to win a Making Memories style program - of your choice.