Thursday, March 05, 2015

What I'm Reading: February


Welcome to What I'm Reading - the February edition. February was a very cold month so I spent a lot of it curled up with a book. Let's dig in....

1) Attachments by Rainbow Rowell - This was my second book by Rowell. It was a quick, fun read with a cute love story. I enjoyed the email format woven throughout the book.

2) The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh - This was one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It was a heartbreaking look into the foster care system and went back and forth between the past and present day. I would highly recommend this one!


3) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - Do you sense a theme here? I actually didn't care for this one at all but again I have this weird thing where I have to finish a book. The story ended abruptly and I didn't like the fanfiction sections - I just skimmed over them. 

4) Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline - This was a blend of historical and modern day fiction and was a really great read. I even cried at the end if that tells you anything. 


5) Daring Greatly by Brene Brown - This one took me all month to read for the Lemon Dropper book club. It was very heavy so I had to read a little bit, take notes and then put it down for a while so I could process it. I usually focus on spiritual books if I'm going to read anything outside of fiction. But I would highly recommend this one - it gave me a new perspective on being vulnerable and facing my fears. 
 

Thanks for stopping by! I can't wait to share my March reads with you all! :)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Gossamer Blue: January Life Pages

Happy Monday! So I've decided to get all crazy and do a little Project Life. Because doing something weekly stresses me out, I've decided to take a monthly approach with it. I want to get those photos and moments off my phone and recorded. Gossamer Blue has so many gorgeous Life Pages cards and embellishments that I am excited about taking a new approach to memory keeping. For this spread, I used the February kits from Gossamer Blue.


Here is a close up of page 1 - page protectors are from Simple Stories. Just everyday moments captured here - my dad had surgery, I cleaned up my scrap room, a gorgeous sunset, the books I read in January, big business news and hot chocolate for 4!
 

On page 2, we started back into homeschooling after Christmas break, snuggling with cousin Hayden, sledding with dad, grandpa Allan spent the night, science experiments at Clover Kids and I celebrated my birthday! 



My approach is simple - focus on the photos, add labels for journaling to help tell the story and keep embellishments minimal. 




I'm excited to get to work on February using the March kits from Gossamer Blue!

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

What I'm Reading: January


There's nothing quite like snuggling up with a book. I've always been a reader and usually devour each book I read. I've decided to start a new blog series and share the books I have read each month. I like hearing recommendations from other bloggers and maybe you will find one you would to read. I'm also devoting myself to picking up these books at the library. I'm trying to cut the clutter and books seem to not have a good resale value. And if I keep reading at the rate I am, I can't afford it! :)

1) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - Here's my first book for the month and I could not put this one down. I read it in about two days. It was such a sweet story and yet heartbreaking at the same time. It dawned on me after reading this one that I used to read Rainbow Rowell's columns in the Omaha World Herald when I was in Chuck Offenburger's writing classes at BVU.  


2) Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - I loved the format of storytelling in this one - very quirky and fun. But this one ended up being about a very serious subject - the climax and resolution had twists I didn't see coming.

3) Wonder by R.J. Palacio - This was another YA novel and the story was heartbreaking as well as it focused on bullying and the courage of one young man. Definitely worth a read!


4) Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand -  The whole time I was reading this book I could not stop thinking, "I can't believe this is real." The story was so crazy that it was hard to believe it was true. I'm very much looking forward to seeing the movie.

5) The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion - This was another quick, funny read and I absolutely adored this unexpected love story! I can't wait to read the sequel! 


I'll be back next month with what I read in February. 


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gossamer Blue: Happy 2014

Hello there! Just trying to get caught up on sharing some Gossamer Blue projects. This one is using the January kits and highlights our little New Year's Eve celebration last year. (We ended up not really doing anything this year so I'm happy I got it documented!)


I love that little exclusive piece of wood veneer that say "Happy New Year!" And those vinyl bows are such a fun embellishment!


Love the gold Thickers as well - the "happy" came just like that! 


Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

seasons givings blog hop winners!

Congratulations to the following:

1) Product giveaway (Webster's Pages/Gossamer Blue) -
 
2) Peppermint oil -
 
3) Vanillamint Lip Balm/Thieves/Lavender/Peppermint samples- 
 
Please email me cornellgj@yahoo.com and I'll get your prizes sent out! :)
 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Seasons Givings Blog Hop!


Happy New Year! Today I'm excited to take part in a huge blog hop with over 100 designers and dozens of scrapbooking companies. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog this past year. I haven't always been the best at updating but I hope to change that in 2015 and expand on the topics I blog about - I usually stick to scrapbooking, party ideas, Stitch Fix and essential oils. ;) Every single blog on this hop will have a giveaway!

If you are new to my blog, here's a little bit about me: I have been married for 11 years and am momma to my 5-year-old twins. I stay home with them and we have embarked on a homeschooling adventure this year. I am currently designing for Webster's Pages and Gossamer Blue. 

Feel free to find me on Instagram: @jillcornell or Pinterest

To be entered into my giveaway, please leave a comment and I'll choose my random winners on January 7th and announce them here.

Here's what I'm giving away!

1) An awesome assortment of products from Webster's Pages including a 6x6 paper pad, bookmarks, resin embellishments, flowers and bags and a ton of Life Pages cards from this year's Gossamer Blue kits. I've also included some exclusive stamp sets from Gossamer Blue and a cute Valentine's Day stamp set from Elle's Studio.


2) One lucky winner will also win a 5 ml bottle of Young Living's Peppermint oil. Over the past year, my family has fallen in LOVE with essential oils and I knew I wanted to include that love with my giveaway. We use peppermint oil for EVERYTHING - headaches, congestion, fevers, stomach aches and nausea - just to name a few.


3) And, finally winner #3 will receive these sample packets of Peppermint, Thieves and Lavender - three of my most used essential oils plus a Vanillamint lip balm. I've been carrying these lip balms with my everywhere this winter. It's a must have! If you are curious about oils too, please feel free to leave your email in the comments and I'll send you some info. My group has a "Winter Wellness" online class coming up in January.


Finally, I want to share a layout with you all too. This one features the January main kit from Gossamer Blue and my daughter, Nora. She lost her first tooth in November and it was important to me to document it.


One of the things I love most about the Gossamer Blue kits are the exclusives - printables, Life Pages cards, wood veneer, cork and more!



Here's the rest of the blog hop:

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Young Living Giveaway Winner!

Thank you so much for your comments and interest from my Thieves oil giveaway post! (I'll have some more giveaways in the future!) I just love helping other families get started with oils too. Our team is planning something really fun in January!

Congratulations to...


Oooh, I was excited to see those post pop up in my Feedly today! I use lavendar oil to help me sleep, but I've never used Theive's oil and I keep hearing so much about it!
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Please email me cornellgj@yahoo.com with your address and I'll get your Thieves oil sent out to you!
 
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