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Oh, Hello!

Hello, LGP friends! I have neglected this blog like no other for months and I feel bad. Since I haven’t had much time to craft since our son was born on November 7th (!!!), I decided that I will be posting any crafts I do complete over on my other blog, The Accidental Wallflower.

I’ve had a lot of fun posting on that blog since creating it last summer, I’d love for you to check it out if you haven’t already. I post often documenting my life as a new mom, which has been everything and nothing like I expected :).

I’ll probably stop by LGP every once in a while but I don’t have any plans to post here right now. But like I said, I will be making an effort to post my crafty stuff on The Accidental Wallflower.

Thank you everyone, and I look forward to seeing you over at my other blog!

Our Wedding Venue

Continuing with my wedding series, today I’m going to talk about our wedding venue!

Finding a wedding venue was definitely the most stressful part of planning a wedding in two weeks. When we first got engaged we went and looked at Alta Villa banquets in Addison. My step mom-to be’s family owns this banquet hall, and I had been there a few times for different events.

When we actually started planning our wedding, I didn’t even think of Alta Villa because I figured they would be booked the night we were holding our reception. So, we looked elsewhere. We ended up looking at a venue at the park district my FIL works for. The facility was nice, but they don’t offer food on site, so we would have also had to find a caterer. The woman we spoke with said that the room was available for the date and time we wanted. So, the very next day we faxed in our information. That afternoon we got word that the room wasn’t available at the time we specified, and wouldn’t be available until 8pm that evening. I called to speak to the woman who we had met with to give her a piece of my mind. “Conveniently,” she was out of the office, so I spoke with her assistant who had noticed the mistake. I didn’t go completely crazy with her, but I made it very clear how upset I was. She said she would try and see if there was anything she could do and would call me back.

Well, as soon as I hung up the phone I decided to just see if Alta Villa was available. Much to my surprise, they had one room available, so I raced over to the banquet hall to book it! Within an hour of hearing that our first choice wasn’t available, I had a different venue booked, I think that might be a record! It worked out better in the end going with Alta Villa, since all the food is included and we wouldn’t have to hire outside bartenders and bring our own alcohol.

Alta Villa also has on-site event planners, who were able to set up our reception space, which was one less thing I would have to worry about.

So, if you live in the Chicago area, and are looking to host an event, I highly suggest Alta Villa! I was really impressed with how well everything turned out considering the time constraints we had. And as a bonus, their food is ahh-mazing!

Red Hatters Blog Hop

Welcome to the Red Hatters Blog Hop hosted by Dusti from Scrappin With Cricut! And if you’re new to LGP, I’m so glad you’ve stopped by and are participating in the hop! My name is Lindsey and I’ve been scrapbooking since 1999 and just started card making last year. I recently became  a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, and would be so appreciative if you would visit my SU! website here. The Sale-A-Bration is going on now, and you can get awesome, free product with every $50 you spend!

I actually had recorded a video for my YouTube channel for this blog hop, but I have been having trouble uploading it. It seems like every other video I try and upload I have issues with. Any suggestions/solutions welcome! If I get it to upload before Sunday, I’ll post it.

If you’re following the hop, you should have gotten here from Deanna’s blog, and once you’re done here, continue over to Sue’s blog. Here’s the entire list of the Blog Hop participants.

Dusti at Scrappin With Cricut

Lindsey at La Georgia Paperie

Sue at Sue in CT

Jessica at Chick-n-Scrap

Here is what I came up with for the hop!

As you can see, I made an A2 sized card (which is simply an 8.5”x11” sheet of cardstock, and then folded in half!). Here are the supplies I used to make the card:

-Red, purple, cream and black cardstock
-Amy Butler paper
-Swiss Dots and Polka Dots Cuttlebug folders
-Red and purple bling
-Red embroidery floss
-Fired Brick, Dusty Concord and Pumice Stone Distress Inks
-Fiskars edge punch
-Heidi Swapp Distress Tool
-“Thankful for You” stamp
-Black embossing powder

Along with all the supplies mentioned above, I used my Forever Young Cricut cartridge. I cut the girl out at 4.75” and the hat at .5” and then put it all together! I am pleased with how the card turned out, and it was fun to really put my Distress Inks to use, I don’t typically do this much distressing on a project.

What blog hop would be complete with some blog candy? This is my very first giveaway, and here is what you can win!

You’ll get 2 Inkadinkado stamp sets and 2 stamp pads! To win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post with your email address. Unfortunately this giveaway is only open to US residents, and if you don’t include your email address, you won’t qualify to win. One comment per person please. And as I mentioned, I just became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, so if you make a purchase through my SU! website you’ll get an extra entry for every $25 you spend! So you potentially have unlimited chances to win! The giveaway will close Monday, March 14th at 10pm CST. I will draw the winner by Tuesday, March 15th.

Thanks for hopping with the Red Hatters Blog Hop, and good luck with the blog candy!

Veggie Spaghetti!

Yesterday the hubster and I did the unthinkable, and joined a gym! We just joined the club at our local Park District, so it’s nothing fancy, but will get the job done! Plus, it’s close to our place, and we got a great deal on the memberships. We got to the gym around 10:30am and had an hour long orientation with one of the gym’s trainers. Not only did  he show us around, he showed us the proper way to use the equipment, so we were able to get quite a workout in! After the orientation we played a not so quick game of P-I-G in the basketball court (I won, P to P-I-G!). I don’t see us going to the gym every day, but we are definitely going to try and go 2-3 times per week.

A quick word to the wise: If you’re doing WW (or any other weight loss plan where you “weigh in”), do not workout before your weigh in! It might sound like a good idea, but trust me, it’s not! During a workout your muscles warm up and expand a bit, causing you to temporarily gain a bit of weight on the scale. Save the workouts for after the scale!

On our way home from the gym we stopped and grabbed some 6” subbys from Subway.

Turkey + lettuce + pickles + cheese + mustard + spice = delish!

I had a lazy afternoon yesterday, and was pretty much parked in front of my laptop catching up on different blogs. When I got thirsty I noticed we were out of both Minute Maid Light Lemonade and VitaminWater Zero. It’s hard for me to drink a glass of water unless it’s right before I go to bed, so I opted for this beverage to quench my thirst!

MGD 64 > Bud Select 55

Don’t worry, drinking by myself in the broad daylight will not become a habit, but it was a nice treat :). MGD 64 has to be one of my favorite beers. I usually ask for it when I go out, but most places don’t carry it. If I can’t get a 64 I’ll usually opt for a Coors Light or Bud Light (I went to college in Missouri, which is total Budweiser country!).

For dinner I had originally planned on making a healthier version of my Crunchy Onion Chicken, but had a better idea instead! I had remembered hearing about making a spaghetti-type meal out of squash a while back, and looked in to it a bit more. To my surprise, you can’t use any squash to make this dish, it’s a specific type of squash, appropriately named Spaghetti Squash. It looked pretty easy to make, so off to the Jewel I went to find one!

I found it, and picked up a few other items to complete the meal.

Ingredients!

First thing I did was poke a few holes in the Spaghetti Squash, and then put it in the microwave for 11 minutes. While the squash was cooking, I cut up the yellow squash and zucchini.

I then sprayed a pan with some PAM and started to cook the veggies.

Mushrooms make everything better!

After about 5 minutes I added some Baby Bella mushrooms to the pan. After the Spaghetti Squash was done cooking, I carefully cut it in half, and cooked each half for an additional 2 minutes.


After the squash was done cooking, I scooped out all the seeds and goop (I’m so technical!). If you wanted you could cook the squash seeds like pumpkin seeds, but I just tossed them because you guys know about my hatred for seeds.


To create the “spaghetti” all you have to do is take a fork and scrap the meat of the squash and it will magically appear! It was kind of neat to see it happen.


I did this to both sides of the squash.


The squash yielded quite a bit of “spaghetti!”


In to the bowl went some steamed cauliflower…


And the squash, zucchini and mushroom mix.


I mixed it all up and added some pasta sauce.


Finally I added a generous portion of light parmesan cheese. I really liked how this dish turned out! Although, the “spaghetti” was a bit crunchy, so next time I will definitely cook it a little longer to make it softer. And for those interested, all the veggies are free on WW, but with the sauce and cheese this huge dish was just 4 points!

One Spaghetti Squash makes about enough for 4 large portions, so I had leftovers for lunch today!

Have any of you tried Spaghetti Squash? How did you prepare it, and what did you think?


Why Hello There…

Hello blog land, it’s been a while! I’ve been in a big funk the past few days, and just haven’t felt like blogging. I’m not quite ready to talk about the bad news I received last week, but once I get all the info, I’ll fill you in.

Over the weekend we finally got our wedding pictures! I can’t wait to order them and put them up around our condo. And speaking of weddings, I went over to my dad’s new house this weekend to show him and his fiance some ideas for Save The Dates (well, the real reason for going over was to have him change my oil 🙂 ). My dad recently closed on his houseand moved up to Schaumburg with his fiance. They’ll be looking at houses in the area soon. I’m glad they moved up to “our neck of the woods,” they currently live about 10 minutes away, as opposed to the 30-40 minute drive it would take to get to Wheaton from Roselle. Rose also surprised me with this belated birthday present!

Thanks Rose!

Annnnd, this is what I woke up to yesterday morning!

Red Velvet and White Hot Chocolate cupcakes from Crumbs Bake Shop

Both of the cupcakes were delish, although I must give it to the White Hot Chocolate!

Winter Blues Card Swap

Hello everyone! I’ve decided to put together a little card swap. I’m so tired of winter, so I thought it would be fun to call it the Winter Blues Card Swap, and all participants send bright and sunny cards to each other, reminding us spring is just around the corner!

Here’s what you need to do to participate!

1. Email me at lageorgiapaperie@gmail.com by Friday, February 18, 2011 with your name, address, YouTube name and blog (if you have either). Please put “Winter Blues” in the subject line.
2. If you have a blog, add the Winter Blues Card Swap button (found to your right) and encourage your readers to join the fun!
3. Make some cards! If you’re new to the world of crafting, check out YouTube for some great card making tutorials! And if you’re really not the card making type, purchase some from a local craft fair, or websites like Etsy, eBay or WebStore.
4. Write your cards! I think it would be fun to include springy quotes or funny antidotes, but whatever you write, just make it positive!
5. Mail your cards out to your group no later than Monday, February 28, 2011.
6. If you have a blog, share the cards you received on Monday, March 14, 2011.

What I’ll do to help you participate:

1. After I get everyone’s addresses, I will put participants in groups of 4-5, and will email out details by Tuesday, February 22, 2011.
2. I will link back to your blog via the Card Swap tab at the top of my blog (if you don’t wish to be featured on LGP, please let me know).

Send someone a cheerful card!

 

Wedding Website

I set this up right after Ant and I got engaged, but haven’t done anything with it in a long time. The other day I updated it and put all our info in it :).

mywedding.com/zaldivar