Sunday, January 23, 2011

Lemon Water and Your Diet

It's that time of year when it seems that the "masses" are on some sort of a diet or another! While I thought I would never find myself in this place in my life, I am there! I would like to think of 100 reasons why I am there. (Or should I say excuses-but I will not go there because I once heard that excuses are for those who need them!) No excuses needed here...just the facts that I LOVE SUGAR! As I start a new day again today I still love sugar and just day dream of what I could have for a treat. (They don't call me Auntie Treat for no reason at all!) Truth be told I learned of a new diet (Not extrememly big in MN yet) called the HCG diet! It's tough, but it works! What is my biggest lesson so far...cheating doesn't fit in, 3.5 ounces of meat (That we should all be eating) is NOT very much (But it is enough!) and tea and lemon water help alot! I have had many people ask about this I thought I would share. If you would like to learn more about it, check out this website. I spoke with Tamera on Friday and she is happy to help others if you are interested!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pillows for Missions

Pillows for Missions, you may ask, "What is this all about?"
Just about 2-3 weeks prior to Christmas while making a pillow case for my bed-pillow, the thoughts came to me as to how simple and quick the pillow cases were to make and just how cute they are. The next thoughts were to make pillow cases and stuff them with a pillow for the homeless. We did just that! I shared the idea and by Christmas we had 54 pillows with beautiful pillow cases to share with the women and children's shelter at the Union Gospel Mission in downtown St. Paul, MN. It was such a well received donation/gift that we have decided to continue on with the mission! Things keep happening that just tell me that God truly has his had on this mission. One example is the stack of fabric in the photo here was purchased at the Mill End wearhouse and while I was somewhat watching what the total would be...I was not fully adding it up. I got up to the register and it was $29.90 worth of fabric and I had a donation of $30.00 for the mission! If you would like to contribute toward the mission in any way, please let me know! You can donate $$, you can donate fabric, you can sew or you can even donate pillows! (We are getting the pillows at Target or Walmart for only $2.50 each!) Prayers are asked for God's continued blessing on this mission!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Curling Iron Bag-A Fun Package in the Mail

How fun was it to find a package from my mom in the mail today!
While I was visiting my parents, I had cut out these curling iron bags. While I cut them out, my mom said, "I could sew them for you!" Of course that was an offer I could not turn down! She does a beautiful job with all of her projects! I thought I could get them on my next visit and instead my mom mailed them to me! How fun! My mom makes these cute bags and is selling them. Should you so someone you know like one, please let me know! They are great for quick packing while traveling and for use at home!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Hot Chocolate with the Sisters

It was bitterly cold yesterday! Upon arriving to my sisters house, we had planned to go out for a walk and little photoshoot as we LOVE to do! We both landed some fun photos for our websites and blog and decided to warm up with some hot chocolate. Of course, we could not settle for just hot chocolate. So, off to Walmart to get the ingredients! Yes, it was packets of hot chocolate, but as you can see, it was new cute mugs, marshmallows and cream and then we tried out Debbie's Pampered Chef grinder for the Hershey chocolate. The Pampered Chef grinder is a MUST! I am ordering my very own this week! I'm sure I can find other uses for it as well! Don't forget to do these so very simple things in life! We had the best of times and made memories as sisters!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Journaling Notebook

I wonder if you are like me??? Do you like cute paper, cute ribbon, little notebooks...
I love them all! I especially love what you can put inside of those little notebooks. I have many at my house, but my favorite is the one that has the most inside.
My favorite little notebook just got an upgrade! It was getting messy, just too small and it is the New Year and I simply wanted to make a new one! You can put whatever you want inside. My notebook has the following so far:

-List of 100 things that make me happy
-List of things that make me sad (this list is very short)
-List of my favorite fonts for digital scrapbooking
-List of APS for the IPAD (which I can hardly wait for version 2 to come out)
-Tutorials for digital scrapbooking
-Jesus things (Will the road you are on get you to my place? God)
-Favorite quotes (Enjoy this moment-This moment is your life and It's the little things in life that are important, for one day you will find that the little things are the big things!)
-Health and exercise (Complexity stresses us-Simplicity Blesses us! Bill Bohline)
You can use whatever little notebook you can find. Don't go too small-you'll soon be going bigger! But don't go too big that you can't just stick it in your purse or tote bag and take it along with you! I made mine by covering a composition notebook with cute papers and ribbons!
Somedays I can be relaxing and just get lost in the contents of my little notebook!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Mocha Torte Cake aka Cindy's Birthday Cake

You asked for it and here it is! I will be coming to your house if you make it!

Birthdays Bring Good Things

This post is a little late, oh, am I forgetting that I just started blogging in January and my birthday is December 31st! Just the same, I have to share this photo and a bit about it!
I am blessed each year of my life to have spent my birthday with my family! Sometime in my teen years the tradition began that my mom would make my birthday cake. Just one year of my life have I not been with my mom on New Years and my older sister stepped in and made "The Cake!"
The cake is a chocolate mocha-torte. The receipe came from my cousin's grandmother.
This is the very best cake-torte that I have ever had! My goal is to learn to make it myself...until then, my mom has a loving task each New Years Eve day! (I think she doesn't mind making it)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I am a photographer who loves to capture memories!

A Smile Happens in a Flash,

but Memories can last a Life Time

Here are a few highlights from 2010 in the life of Simplicity Photography by cindy

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Ice Lantern How To

In our traditional visit to welcome Santa Clause at Bachman's Floral in Richfield, we stumbled across this Ice Lantern mold. It is such a fun thing to make for the holidays. I had so much fun making them that I ended up gifting them to friends for their Christmas decor. The mold was just under $11.00 and after Christmas I picked up a few more for only $2.74. You gotta love a sale!!! I'm brainstorming what can go into a lantern for Valentines Day and will have so much fun with this again next Christmas! Check out this website: It is as simple as using a hot glue gun to secure the items you choose to freeze in your lantern and then fill it up with water and freeze. The website has good instructions.

A Snowy Winter

What could be more fun than to discover a snowman on your weber grill! (Ok, we helped him to appear there!)