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Sep 22 2016

Migraine sufferer?

Good morning!  Happy Thursday!  This morning I get to sit back, relax and sip on a cup of coffee.  The girls are with their father and Chris is out of town for work.  I'm flexing my day since I'm teaching prenatal classes this evening.  The house is so quiet.  Days like today make me realize how fast my daily pace is..  Life can get so crazy… A couple of weeks ago, I saw a neurologist for migraines "migraines that have been so intense these last past couple of months".  The doctor wants me to take daily medication to control them.  My response was, this doesn't currently affect my work, I mostly get them on weekends or on holidays.  His response was that I must have weekend migraines, "the saturday syndrome."   That I role on such a high pace all week that when I relax, they just hit me like I've been hit by a brick…  Working full time out of town, running around with the kids, working out less, I can go on…. must have an impact.

Here are 7 Tips to Avoid the Weekend Migraine Pattern:

  1. Get up at the same time on Saturday as you do Monday – Friday.  Sleeping an hour or two later can be a trigger.
  2. Keep stress levels somewhat steady all week, trying not to mentally, physically or emotionally strain yourself during the week and then completely chilling on the weekend.  Don’t rev your engine and then coast.
  3. Consume caffeine like a drug, or not at all.  Weaning yourself off caffeine isn’t easy, but can be done over time.  Just know that consuming your coffee two hours later, or not at all on Saturday, is a controllable migraine trigger.
  4. Eat some kind of breakfast.  Skipping a meal is a trigger.  On an ordinary Saturday, you should have a shake, fruit or oatmeal with your breakfast to boost hydration.  On a sports Saturday, eat a banana and sports drink before exercising to boost electrolyte levels
  5. Drink more water.  Drinking more water while exercising and after, to replenish fluid you’re losing.  You’d need half your weight in fluid ounces on an ordinary day, more when you’re exercising.
  6. Wear quality sunglasses to diminish the sun glare and block UV rays.
  7. Take a tepid instead of a hot shower.  And bring water into the shower, since hot water zaps moisture from your skin.

MA Takeaway:  Don’t snooze, or let a weekend migraine ruin another Saturday.  Keep your stress, sleep and caffeine habits as steady as possible and you’re less likely to spend the day in pain.

Finding ways to relax has been my goal more than ever.  I've been stamping lots, starting working out on my lunch hour again, trying really hard to drink plenty of water.  I've also learned to listen to my body and taking holidays when I feel I need it.  I've also been minimizing and purging my house.  Going back to simplicity…. I'm still a messy stamper…

Things I need to work on a little more, asking my kids to help out a little more around the house… I love them dearly but I think when they get here on my custody week, it's kind of holiday central…  Mostly by my own fault. I miss them dearly and try to compensate the week they are here.  There has been a couple of shopping trips for back to school, and activities are back in full swing.  We live in a small town we commute often to Ottawa or Montreal when we want specific things…

If you have migraine tips that work for you, please let me know.  I'd love to try them out…

This morning, I'd love to share one of my relaxing home crafting project from the weekend.   It really represents my style.  I was inspired with the monochromatic theme from my own decorating style at home.  My house is decorated with cream and soft sky palettes.  I love the simplicity and relaxing effect I get when I walk in from a busy day.

My card was created with the stamp set  Frosted Medallions #142189 (clear) and #142186 (wood) from the holiday catalogue. This stamp set is pretty versatile, you can very easily use it all year long.  It is also available in french for my french customers:)  I embossed the medallions.

step 1:  ink your medallion stamp with versamark #102283

step 2:  ink the same medallion in soft sky ink #131181

step 3:  stamp image on whisper white cardstock #100730

step 4:  add clear embossing powder and remove the excess #109130

step 5:  Heat with heating tool #129053

This is why the image above looks like a darker soft sky. 

I then used the layering circles framelits #141705 for the whisper white cardstock and soft sky cardstock #131203 See the image below.

My very favorite product from the catalogue is the cable knit dynamic textured impressions embossing folder #143537.  You really really must get this product.  I've seen so many projects with it.  On my card it creates the perfect background accent.  You need a big shot #143263 for this.  If you don't have one, host a workshop/stamp party to get one at a discount or possibly free or get your starter kit and include it in your order.  Ask me how!

My embellishments include:  the fancy frost sequins #142519, the 3/8 glitter ribbon combo pack #142015 (comes in sugarplum and silver) and delicate white doilies #141701.  Here's a tip, to set your frost sequins, use the fine tip glue pen #138309.  I even used the tip of the glue pen to pick them up directly from the jar.

If you would like the frosted medallions card kit, email me.  It includes the stamp set as well.

Housekeeping:

Check out my promotion page for the current specials, click HERE

There are great details about the holiday catalogue, weekly deals!!!

also don't miss out on the paper pumpkin promo:  I love my paper pumpkin monthly kits. 

Offer Dates: August 11–October 10, 2016

Offer Details: When you use promo code “BOGO” at PaperPumpkin.com, they’ll pay the regular price of $26.95 CAD and get their second month for FREE!

To order the products to make my frosted medallions card, don't hesitate to contact me or place your order in my online store. If you are ordering online, don't forget the check that box so I can see your details that you ordered so I can make you part of my VIP customers and reward you. When asked about your demonstrator select Kim Assaly.

VIP bonus points:  If you are part of my VIP customer list, don't forget my special for September plus if you order online use my hostess september code to get bonus points for a free stamp set:  FZA3CN32  Not part of my vip club, ask me how to join.

Enjoy your day, bonne journée, HUGS!!!

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Sep 20 2016

Tags or cards

 It was the perfect Saturday to do a marathon of stamping!  Cold rainy Saturday…  I had an amazing time creating.  My plan was to create cards, a stack of them.  But then I started liking what I was seeing.  The planned card design turned out to be an amazing tag as well.  I was torn between a card or a tag.

I must say if you want to minimize the stamping, this project is perfect.  Most of the design comes from the pretty pines thinlits dies #141851.  The coordinating stamp set is Christmas Pines #142049, it is available in french as well.  Christmas blessings comes from that stamp set.  It includes 22 photopolymer stamps.   If you wish to buy the stamp set and coordinating thinlits, the bundle saves you 10% off #143496.  I love my color combo used:  cherry cobbler, early expresso, very vanilla and garden green.  Perfect "christmassy" combo…  My background is the Holly textured impression embossing folder #141634. I also used the layering ovals framelits to create the tag #141706.  the Stampin up catalogue also has the circles #141705 and squares #141708.  They are the perfect layering framelits to create different shape and size tags.

My accessories included linen thread #104199, rhinestones #119246 and this christmas specialty designer series paper #141628

Please share your comments, do you prefer my project as tags or cards? I could not make a decision… Leave a comment and get the chance to receive this project…

If you would like to receive this card kit with the stamp set, please email me for more details. It could be mailed to your door…

Housekeeping:

Check out my promotion page for the current specials, click HERE

There are great details about the holiday catalogue, weekly deals!!!

also don't miss out on the paper pumpkin promo:  I love my paper pumpkin monthly kits. 

Offer Dates: August 11–October 10, 2016

Offer Details: When you use promo code “BOGO” at PaperPumpkin.com, they’ll pay the regular price of $26.95 CAD and get their second month for FREE!

To order the products to make this christmas card or tag, don't hesitate to contact me or place your order in my online store. If you are ordering online, don't forget the check that box so I can see your details that you ordered so I can make you part of my VIP customers and reward you.

VIP bonus points:  If you are part of my VIP customer list, don't forget my special for September plus if you order online use my hostess september code to get bonus points for a free stamp set:  FZA3CN32  Not part of my vip club, ask me how to join.

Enjoy your day, bonne journée, HUGS!!!

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Sep 11 2016

Made with little love

For once, I get to sit down and blog a little…    Very rarely I get to take some time to relax and  do the things I love like blogging these days.  Have I been stamping? Lots!!! But to be physically home and sitting at my computer, it rarely happens these days.  I feel like summer went by so very fast and the end of August arrived and bam! the girls were getting ready for school.  It will get easier in the fall as we seem to be more at home, having the crock pot on, sipping on a chai latte, fall is just my favorite season.

I had to share a pic to update you on how my daughters are growing way too fast…  Megan just had her braces removed, she is now 16 years old, in grade 11.  Last 2 years of high school.  Lauren is 14, almost 15, she is in grade 10.  They both worked very hard this summer and I'm very proud of them.  Not easy doing so many hours at work when you are a teenager… and mommy had to take her holidays to drive them:) Jordan just turned 11 years old, she is in grade 6.  Last year at elementary school, next year she will join her sisters… wohoo!

It's been my yearly tradition to take their pictures on the first day of school.  I'm preserving these precious memories..  I've got some serious scrapbooking pages to catch up. A quick way to catch up on their first day of school is to print my pictures and do a page for every year.  It's on my to do list… I know that project life will let me achieve this in a very speedy time…

If you wish to follow my posts and are a instagramer or facebooker… I suggest you follow up on me on my instagram account or facebook page, look for: riverfrontstampin.

 

I guess it's faster to post on instagram then blogging..If you are following me, you would have seen yesterday, my post about the cute baby card and matching tag that I made for Chris's buddy!  The guys at one of the OPP offices is having a baby in 3 weeks.  Some of the staff decided to host a diaper party for him and his wife.  I thought it was amazing.  They received more than 25 boxes of diapers…I hadn't bought diapers in a long time.  I'm amazed how these cops can come together as a big family for one of their colleagues.  They are such a great gang… 

I found cute wrapping star paper and decided to embellish it with a matching tag and card.

 

There are so much stamp choices for babies in the annual Stampin up! catalogue. I picked the stamp set Made with love #138662,  you get 20 photopolymer stamps and something for baby stamp set #134030 or wood stamp #134027.  I used the coordinating Baby's first framelits dies #133735 to cut out the onesie and hanger.

My cardstock consisted of very vanilla #101650, crumb cake #120953, so saffron #105118 and water color paper #122959.

I stamped the onesie with jet black stazon ink #101406, colored using the aqua painters #103954 with so saffron #126957 and crumb cake ink #126975.

For the baby hanger, I stamped my image in so saffron but added on top a coat of wink of stella glitter #141897.  It gave so sparkle to my hanger:)

The stars embossed images are from the lucky stars embossing folder #135817.  I also added delicate white doilies #141701 and linen thread #104199 as embellishments.   The congratulations was from the made with love stamp set and I punched it out with the classic label punch #141491.  There are so many possibilities with this punch… Love it!!!

Housekeeping:

Check out my promotion page for the current specials, click HERE

There are great details about the holiday catalogue, weekly deals!!!

also don't miss out on the paper pumpkin promo:  I love my paper pumpkin monthly kits. 

Offer Dates: August 11–October 10, 2016

Offer Details: When you use promo code “BOGO” at PaperPumpkin.com, they’ll pay the regular price of $26.95 CAD and get their second month for FREE!

To order the products to make this baby card, don't hesitate to contact me or place your order in my online store. If you are ordering online, don't forget the check that box so I can see your details that you ordered so I can make you part of my VIP customers and reward you.

VIP bonus points:  If you are part of my VIP customer list, don't forget my special for September!

Enjoy your day, bonne journée, HUGS!!!

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