Die Yet? :D

That’s how I spell diet, which is the latest adventure I embarked on two days ago. 😀 I exchanged my See Food diet with the South Beach diet (which is yet the best diet for me so far, because it actually forces one to take on a healthier lifestyle!)

For one who loooooves eating, this is not an easy journey. Show me anything from entrees to main meals to desserts and snacks: you’ve got me in the palm of your hand. 😆 (It doesn’t help that people in my country will find every single possible excuse to celebrate with food, and that kind of culture is deeply ingrained in my psyche, hehe). But! It’s good to pull up my jeans and strut around without having to unbutton the top of my jeans by the end of the day just because it feels like total freedom to do so. 😆

Is it hard? Yeah. Does temptation abound? Heck, yeah!

But it’s amazing. Because I realized that if I can overcome the temptation to eat what I want to eat (given that eating is not bad at all), then I suppose that strengthens my spirit and trains my resolve, so that it becomes easier to stay on the good path in other aspects that may not be so good, should temptation arise in those, whatever they may be (hmmm, the temptation to be impatient, for instance, or the temptation to scream when the telemarketers make their calls one after another in the span of 5 minutes. 😆 ) It’s sort of a variation of that principle that if you have been faithful in little things, then you can be faithful in bigger things. 😉

Another realization: this is a great exercise in staying cheerful. I mean, it’s great to have a better, healthier, non-junk-filled body… but if you don’t have a smile and a cheery disposition to go with it, then what’s the point right?

And yet another realization: talk about diets is probably boring, so I should stop now. 😆

(Psst! One last: So far… I’ve lost 3 pounds! Woohoo!!)

In one of my first posts for this year, I made a list of resolutions that I was hoping to accomplish this year. With the first month of the year over and the second one beginning, I decided to revisit the list to do a little self-evaluation and see whether I’ve been living up to my… ahem… lofty goals. 😆

To my utter delight, I realized just a few minutes ago, while re-reading them, that I actually have not done a bad job so far! 8)

(When you bite your nails in nervous anticipation waiting for your report card to come, and you realize all the butterflies in your stomach can stop flying around in there cos you’re doing okay after all–isn’t that always a cool thing? 🙂 )

So let’s see:

1. Make a layout a day – did pretty okay with this the whole January, thanks a whole lot to LOAD. (I need to kick myself into scrapping mode this time, with LOAD over… before I fall into my bad scrapping-procrastinating habit again!)

2. Lose 10-20 pounds – ha! We shall see on this one, but at least I’m making some effort towards achieving this in the next few weeks.

3. Give out at least one freebie a week – hmmm. This needs some working on. I promise! 😉

4. Consider having Lasik surgery done – I get an A on this one! Jumped in with both feet, a wish, and a prayer, and now all that’s left to do is go religiously to the post-op appointments for the entire year, and make a layout on this! 😉

5. Clean and organize stuff in our home storage areas – okay, I get a total F on this one. 😳

6. Clean and organize my compy stuff – have been working on this (slaving is more like it). I’m a far way from “done” but baby steps are good, baby! 😆

7. Learn some more, play some more, pray some more – yep, some here and there… after all, I wouldn’t want this particular struggle ever to end (too much fun, learning, playing, and praying!)

8. Stop pushing things to the last minute – okay, if any of you have the secret pill to swallow that makes this achievable, send an entire bottle my way, please! 😆

Awww, shucks!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you my sweet friends, for your warm, warm fuzzies that you left in your comments here, and on our playground message board, and on the 4shared site… THANK YOU!!!

Your sharing in my joy over the Oscraps challenge touches my heart in ways that words cannot express. Wish I could hire Aladdin to take me on a carpet ride to you all so that I could give you enormous hugs!!! But since I can’t do that, give yourselves a kajillion hugs for me, please? 🙂

Thank you. You know I love you, right? 😉

Oh, here’s a HUG!

A bear hug from me! 😀

Here’s the second set of the Bear Hug mini kit…

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LivEdesigns Bear Hug Set2 Preview

This comes with a humongous hug from me to you 🙂 … plus 3 textured papers (2 patterned, 1 solid), a felt-embroidered heart (with gratitude to hawksmont, whose designs and generosity inspire me, I have named this heart HawkHeart 😀 ), and a chipboard journaling tag… Hope you like this set and can find some use for it! You can download it here. Thank you in advance for the love you leave on my blog!!! Loooove having your warm fuzzies right here! 🙂

Funny, again

My 5-year-old J does it again! This guy cracks me up big time.

Yesterday, we were having our usual chats (we talk all the time, have you noticed? Must be the shared love for words, haha)

Suddenly, out of the blue, he says: “Mama, can you please, please, please get me a large meatball?”

Hmmmm. I’m thinking, okay, where did this thought come from? But I say, “Sure, honey, let’s get you that. But for what?”

He says: “We’ll get A (his eldest brother) to tie a string on it, because he’s really tall. Then he can hold it while I punch, punch, punch it, and then I’ll become really strong, and my friends are going to call me lean-mean-muscle-machine, and I can defeat all the bad guys!!!”

I swear, this is the very first time in my whole life that I have ever heard of a meatball being associated with a punching bag. 😆

This excites me!

I was just over at my dear friend Jessica’s blog the other day, where she placed a link to Shutterfly for her own little ABC book that she created for her son Elliott. I loved the ABC-book templates that she created (and that she’s giving away for free!!! FREE!!! Gotta loooove this woman!). Seeing what she did with it for her dear little son totally inspired me even more to create my own for my… wait a minute, I have 5 sons… omg, does this mean I need to create 5 ABC books??? 😆

Go ahead, hop on over to Jes’ blog, and see what a fantabulous book she has created! I’ll bet you all my little fingers and toes that you’ll want to create your own too! 🙂

And if you do (and you know you do 😉 ), here’s what can come in real handy when you start off on that exciting adventure!

Join me! Let’s do the ABC!!! 😆

EDIT: The templates come “free” on Shutterfly (which is where you go if you want to create the ABC book), and then you have the option to order the printed book from Shutterfly (it’s 20% off too for an 8×8 book)! Just wanted to clarify that in case my excited post was misleading… 😉

Word for the Month

Have you thought of yours yet? I’ve figured out mine for this month: JOY.

n. – intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness;  the source or object of such pleasure and satisfaction

v. – to enjoy; to take great pleasure; to fill with ecstatic happiness, pleasure or satisfaction

[ from the French joie, and Latin gaudium, which means to rejoice… which reminds me of a wonderful encyclical I read, called Gaudium et Spes, or Joy and Hope ]

related words: cheer up; gladden; jump for joy; walk on air; delight; pleasure; positive stimulus; excitement; jubilation; high spirits; exuberance

Wow! So much to be joyful about! And those related words make me want to use them as jumping points for lots of everyday ordinary things!

What’s your word for the month?

To my friends in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee

Are you all okay? I just read in the papers this morning about the twisters that hit last Tuesday evening! Please know that I am praying for your safety and that you are all okay, and I would love it if you could leave a note in my comments here to let me know that you are well and doing fine! Hugs and prayers to you!!!

You Ask, You Get

is what my friend Veevs always tells me. 😆

So… let’s take her motto (which makes a whole lotta sense) and apply it to us, why don’t we?

I have so many ideas swirling in my head for freebies, but I do want to make sure that they’ll be items that you can actually use and will want to use. (Yeah, we have our hard drives filling up, don’t we?, so it’s always good to give what will deserve the space on those sleek and sexy hard drives 😆 )

Would you want…

1. More papers

2. More elements – which ones are your favorite and go-to items?

3. Themed kits – which themes?

4. Templates, Quickpages, Ploppers?

So help me out please: let me know what you want? Would love to hear… go ahead, click on that Comments button and let me know! Thank you in advance!

Okay then… Busy day today, gotta attend to some things related to a trip I’m making in June 😉 — so I must be off for now… but you know I’ll be back soon, right? Thanks for visiting! Have a happy day, my sweeties!

23 thoughts on “Die Yet? :D

  1. Wow, that was a long, highly appreciated post 🙂

    How are you doing Southbeach? Do you prepare your own food or do you get it delivered for you? Good job on shedding 3lbs! I did SBD years ago and I agree, it’s a real good plan and still lets you eat. I should go back, I bet I need it more than you do. 🙂

    thanks for the bear hugs!


  2. Liv, I wanted to let you know that you have been “tagged.” But this is a different kind of tag. If you’d like to play along, take a look at my blog to find out the details about being “blogging blessed.” :o)

    Big hugs to you!


  3. You lost 3 lbs./ I found them, they’re riding in my stomach! I think I’ll go get some of those SB frozen dinners. Maybe then I could lose some weight too. Loved reading about the meatball….LOL. Congratulations again on winning that challenge. Your talent is so amazing GF! I just downloaded your Bear Hugs. Thanks so much GF!


  4. I know I already posted my thank you’s earlier…but that was a loooong post. I got to the end and wanted to give my two cents….
    What I use the most in a kit are the papers and elements. Which type of elements depends on the subject in my LO or the theme, such as a holiday or the season. I tend to go for big things that go across the page, like frames, swirls, bows…things like that.
    I don’t use templates, quickpages etc….much because they are such large files and take up too much space on the old hard drive. I like to make them and share them, but I don’t usually use them myself.


  5. Hey, Liv! Thanks for the great freebies! I think the papers in these two bear hug kits are my favs of what you’ve done. Any chance you could give a quick “how-to” with some pointers on making the text-patterned paper? Pretty please? 😉 After all, it’s your fault I even want to try and create my own…LOL.


  6. love the kid stories, Liv! you make us all laugh!
    All your freebies are so wonderful and we really appreciate you sharing your talent with us all!
    I really like papers and elements and templates. I was thinkng about doing an album for the countdown to bday 40 or 40days to 40yrs, so how about a birthday kit, template for a photo or 2 and jornaling or wordart. just ideas I am mulling over.
    have a great day and smiles all around! jackie


  7. Are you still working on that meatball? I’m thinking for it to be as big as it would need to be to help someone become a “lean, mean, muscle machine” it’ll take an awful lot of meat and hard work 🙂 Love your take on diet … something I REALLY need to get focused on to prepare for the beach! Love your kit, too!! Now, go get things ready so you can be in Chicago!!!


  8. Hey Liv, Thanks so much for your freebies, they are awesome! Your blog makes me laugh, it must not be dull around your house. And thanks for the prayers as the tornado victims really need them. I am in Memphis where 9 of them went thru and it was harry scary! We are all ok but lots of folks have damage. It was a miracle that more people didn’t get killed. Well, keep up the cute blog and designing. Love to ya.


  9. You better get to making that ginormous meatball!!! LOL! How cute is that? Your freebie is beautiful, as always! You always do such an amazing job and it is so wonderful that you share your amazing talents and time with us. I love you friend!


  10. Thanks for talking about dieting (as I am popping a malted milk ball in my mouth) just has to be one of my favorite subjects. Well I am happy you lost 3 lbs. Like Deb said though I think you found some mysterious way to send it my way. Hopefully I will find the resolve and start soon so I am looking svelte for Chi-town. If only I could stay away from this computer and get on my treadmill. Thanks for the freebie. I don’t have any special requests, only stop talking about diets. Love you to pieces.


  11. Hey Liv!
    Congrats on yesterday- the whole winning the contest thing- how very AWESOME. And way to go on the 3 lbs! (Are you sure 10 to 20? How about just 5?!!!)
    OK- on the ask and get question— I would love to see holiday stuff that is “boy-ed up”. Like a mini-kit for Easter that would be good for scrapping my boys. Not too pastel-ish, not too pretty-ish. You know what I mean, after all, you have FIVE boys! So, an Easter kit and maybe even something for Mother’s Day that celebrates being a mom to BOYS.
    There- just a few more on your ‘to-do’ list right?
    Thanks for asking Liv!


  12. Liv,
    You cheered me up, today, again, GF…you are so inspiring! I sorely need to write down goals..Still can’t figure out how you do so much in one day…
    Love the stories about the boys…
    All my family and friends are okay after the storms crashed through Louisville, KY for a second time. My brother was without electricity for two days, losing some food,..but that is miniscule! Thanks for asking.
    Freebies: I seem to need quick pages and ploppers these days…can’t seem to get any LO’s done.


  13. Great post! Awesome job on your goals. Congrats on losing 3 pounds. Note: I found them! haha

    LOVE the journaling tag on your freebie.

    LOL, meatball for a punching bag. Thanks creative! Must be YOUR son! Creativity runs in the family.

    FYI: My family is very much into sports, lots of sports. Would you consider a sports kit?

    LOVE YA GF!!!!!


  14. Thank you for the “hugs”, I love the little heart! I love fun papers and overlays and word art. I seem to use a combination of classic, flowery things and grungy and graphic stuff (probably shows how I scrap my girls and my boys more than anything). Best wishes with the diet effort. I need to get more serious. I’m really not overweight, but I haven’t lost those last 10 pounds since having my daughter (who is now 3.5) and it bugs me–so keep up the good work and I’ll use you for some inspiration on the diet thing and well as all the wonderful scrapping you do!


  15. Wow, it’s been a while since I visited. I happened to see a preview flying around out there and said “hey, that’s Liv’s designs”….and here I am (no worries, there wasn’t a link to d/l or anything…just the preview)
    I love it BTW, and thank you for sharing it.


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