Contest Extended to September 6th

Monday, August 29, 2011

Well, just as I updated my blog with the MyMemories Suite Giveaway, I discovered that MyMemories decided to launch their new Facebook Page that same time with lots of giveaways (including the software) for new fb friends. So, my little blog contest seemed to have gotten lost in all the exitement :(
So, I decided to give it another shot and extend my deadline to Tuesday, Deptember 6th, 2011. Check the orignal post for giveaway details.
To the readers who participated thus far, thanks a bunch for hanging in there!


Summer Yummies

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Now that it appears as though Summer has finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest, I'm taking every opportunity to get some outdoor shots before the rainy season returns.
So, when I saw beautiful sunlight this morning, I grabbed my little table, my tripod, and my camera and set up on the front porch. I had just bought some lovely little mini watermelons and decided to cut them up and prepare a little summer fruit snack. No recipe, just yummy fruit :D


Giveaway: Win Digital Scrapbooking Software

Monday, August 22, 2011

The nice people at sent me a copy of their super easy Digital Scrapbooking Software to review and a great opportunity to pass along some sweet offers.
Years ago, like many, I used to do Paper Scrapbooking, but with two kids and two sets of grabby-fingers, keeping track of all my supplies during the short nap times, not to mention removing all sharp objects from view, was becoming waaay too much work.

My Memories Suite small jpg

Enter Digital Scrapbooking!! Having all your stuff on your computer is wonderful and if you have a laptop, you can even take it with you--how great is that! You may have seen some of my Digital Layouts I've done over the years here on my blog or in my flickr stream. Some of them are pretty detailed and took layers upon layers to complete. I started out with Photoshop Elements and eventually moved on to the full version Photoshop.
Lately, I like to spend more time taking pictures and making them look their best, which means I spend a lot of time in Lightroom and Photoshop; so anything that can save me time and make it easy to put my pictures in digital layouts is great news for me.
I'll be doing more detailed testing of MyMemories Suite in the coming weeks so check back often, but just after watching a short youtube video to get started, here is a Layout I put together in almost no time at all:

The Eyes Have It 001

Not bad, right? This was just a quick-n-easy one. You can do so much more, like your own custom layouts, adding music, narration and video to your pages. The program comes with a pile of layout templates, background papers, embellishments, word art and, of course, you can get more supplies at the store--even freebies from some of your favorite designers (hello Vera Lim--love her)! The output options include printing, export to jpeg (this is good for saving individual pages for the web), even calendars. You can create Interactive Albums and save your creations as DVD movies. I can't wait to see what else I can do with it. Come back and check my Reviews Page for more updates.

With My Memories Suite you can even create and share professionally printed and bound calendars, send greeting cards to all your friends, make posters or trading cards for your son's soccer team, post a movie of your scrapbook on your Facebook page-all with the click of a button. If you are serious about creating the ultimate scrapbook that preserves and shares your memories with a serious amount of "wow" factor, then My Memories Suite is the one-stop solution for you.

Now, here is some great news for you.


Here's what you can win:
How To Enter:
  • Comment. To qualify, go to the MyMemories website, check out the gallery and store and then come back here and leave a comment. Tell me about your favorite digital paper pack or layout and what software you currently use for DigiScrapping.
  • Like NKM photos: Like my Facebook Page. I have free stuff there too, like textures you can use for layouts.
For Extra Entries:
Here is the Fine print:
  • The Giveaway starts on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011. The winner will be selected via on the evening of Sunday, August 28th, 2011 Tuesday, September 6th, 2011.
  • Be sure to add a comment for each one of the extra entries to increase your chances of winning. One entry per 'extra' please.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.

But wait, there's more (sorry, couldn't resist)

If you don't win the whole package, here's a Coupon Code (STMMMS72992) for $10 off the purchase of MyMemories Suite, as well as $10 off at the store. Feel free to share the code with friends.

How's that for a fabulous deal?

Good luck everyone 


Mmmmm, bacon

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I found this recipe while looking at the latest uploads to pinterest and thought immediately that I must.try.this.asap!! Because, of course, it has bacon and eggs and toast and, did I mention bacon? Oh, I did, well, it does and as we all know, if it has bacon, it must be good. :D
Turns out this recipe comes from the Martha Stewart website (should have guessed that one) and is incredibly easy to do, except the part where you have to wait patiently (about 20 minutes) while your breakfast cups of bacony goodness are getting ready in the oven, but it's worth the wait. Trust me.
For my first time, I think they came out pretty darn good. Hubbs and kids loved them. Personally I like them a bit softer, so next time I might take a few out early just for me.


Second Harvest

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Just picked another bowl of red currants fresh from the garden. I started this little plant from a 1 gallon container I bought at a garden center a few years ago. I don't have enough yet for a pie or any other recipe that requires more than a couple of cups worth, but we have fun picking them and watching more berries grow each year. In the meantime, I love them on ice cream or in my morning yogurt. Yum!

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