Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving from www.TriciasCreativeStudio.com

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Here is to wishing happiness, good health, and being surrounded by family on this day of Thanks and Gratefulness.

I am grateful for my family, my dog, my source of joy and creativity: My two blogs, and for YOU; my readers.  Thank you for sticking around when I was at low points in my life.  I am truly grateful for your readership and friendship.

We wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Let’s Talk Thanksgiving Plans!

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Good morning everyone!  Thank you for visiting Tricia’s Creative Studio!  It is that time of the year, bakers get their frenzy on, Christmas music starts playing on the radio and the weather drops a few degrees.  I LOVE THIS TIME OF THE YEAR!  I LOVE THE HOLIDAYS!  LET’S TALK THANKSGIVING PLANS!

In the past for our Thanksgiving plans, I have had to split my time between my mom, Dad and Step-mom, and my in-laws.  But that is the usual for adult children of divorced parents.  It has worked for our family and I am grateful for the time spent with everyone.

It will be emotionally tough this year since it will be the first holiday season without my Dad, but I know that my dad would want us to continue our traditions.  Our Thanksgiving plans are different from Christmas.  On Thanksgiving we usually see my mom, my sister and brother in the morning/early afternoon hours then we head to my in-laws in the late afternoon to evening hours, then we visit my Dad and Stepmom the day after Thanksgiving. This year will be drastically different.  My siblings and I are all going our separate ways except for seeing my step-mom on the day after Thanksgiving.  I am a bit sad, but its ok.  My brother and sister-in-law are dealing with her elderly mom who has mobility issues so they wanted to keep their celebration plans small and not have to travel anywhere.  My mom will be celebrating with my husband, daughter, brother-in-law & his wife,my mother-in-law, and possibly another brother-in-law for dinner.  Which I am very excited for because my husband and I will be doing most of the cooking for the first time this year.

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Usually my mother-in-law does every dish with my husband helping her with heavy things like turning the turkey over.  This year however, my husband wanted his mother to take a break from the stress of planning and doing all of the cooking.  We wanted to give her a break so she doesn’t stress so much this year.  However, she is adamant to do something so we have assigned to her some of the easier dishes. Here is our list of dishes and duties for our Thanksgiving dinner:

Turkey (Prep, stuff & Cook) – My husband
Stuffing – My mother-in-law
Pies (Pumpkin & Apple) – Me
Mashed Potatoes – My husband
Green Bean Casserole – My mother-in-law
Rolls – Everyone

I really enjoy baking.  Its fun, almost therapeutic for me.  Did I tell you that I am a good baker?  Well I know that everyone raves about my baked goodies and I have been scouring Pinterest for apple pie recipes for Thanksgiving.  I also am looking for cookie recipes that I want to give away for Christmas gifts to my coworkers.  For Thanksgiving, when I bake the pies, I will need to bake about 4 of each pie.  At my mother-in-law’s house, we are not a big crowd – maybe 8 of us, so two of each pie should be enough with my brother-in-laws taking leftover home.  However, at my Step-Mom’s house, we have my siblings and step-siblings, their children, and their children’s children.  So I will have to bake two of each pie for that meal with more than likely no leftovers for taking home.  I have planned ahead and I am taking the day off before Thanksgiving to do most of my baking and I am actually looking forward to the baking.  I don’t do enough of it.

So far, I haven’t picked the final pie recipe.  For the Pumpkin, I was hoping to do a pumpkin pie from scratch, but I haven’t seen the type of Pumpkins that are used for that in the markets.  What I usually do from the past, is buy the Libby’s brand of pumpkin puree.  I have used the one with all of the spices included and one without the spices (pumpkin puree) and added my own.  Both versions have come out delicious.  I think I will use the pumpkin puree this time and add my own spices.  However, I have never made an apple pie before.  I know that it should have 2 pie crusts and that granny smith apples are best for baking, but I don’t have a go to recipe to use.  So I am scouring my husband’s grandmother’s recipe and on Pinterest for recipes.  So stay tuned for details on the recipes I have chosen to use.

Tell me what’s is your favorite for the holidays?  Pumpkin or Apple Pie? Or both?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Happy Holidays and…

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My Sensitive Skin Care Routine for Beautiful Skin

As my first post on Tricia’s Creative Studio website after the refocus, I thought it would be fitting to tell you a little about my routines, both skin care and makeup.  This post will concentrate on my skin care routine.  Please note:  This is NOT an affilitate or sponsored post.  I am NOT being paid to make these statements.  These are the actually products I use.

My Skin Care Routine at TriciasCreativeStudio.com.

Let me tell you a little about my skin.  I have combination skin and I also have a skin condition called Rosacea.  You can read more about Rosacea at the National Rosacea Society’s website.  It lists the symptoms, triggers and treatments that are available for Rosacea.  What does this skin condition do to my face?  Well it is the cause of the thickening of skin on my nose and redness on my cheeks, chin, and forehead (mostly between my eyes).  Several years ago, I had seen my doctor and a dermatologist about my Rosacea and after trying some creams, he suggested that I switch to skin sensitive cosmetics and recommended Neutrogena.

So now my skin care routine consists of using my cleanser (Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser) and my moisturizer (Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer).  That is what I use during the day.  At night, I try to remember to use my Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Toweletts.  I do get a bit lazy when getting ready for bed and sometimes I forget to clean my face before bed.  I know, I know…it’s bad to do.  But when I do clean my face, I use these toweletts, it’s faster than regularly cleansing my face and it gets me into bed faster which is a plus to me.  I do not use any toner of any kind.  Usually the ingredients in toners (including witch hazel) aggravate my skin condition and make my face red.

So that is it that is my skin care routine.  I know it’s simple, but it is what works for me.   There are some additions that I plan to add to my skin care routine.  After the past several months of grief (read my post about it here), I have notice that I have deeper crow’s feet, darker circles under my eyes and just more wrinkles overall.  I do want to try to minimize these as much as I can while still not aggravating my skin condition.  I have checked out Neutrogena’s website and have notice a few more products that might be helpful and they are not as expensive as department store brands.  I will follow up with another post to address these new products that I purchase and keep you all up to date with the results.

What is in your skin care routine?  Do you have products for crow’s feet or wrinkles around the eyes?  Comment and let me know what you might recommend me to try.

Thanks for reading and as always,

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Honey! Tricia’s Creative Studio is Back!!!!

Welcome Back to Tricia’s Creative Studio.com

I am so grateful that you have returned to read my blog and to see what I end up doing with it.

Here is the video I created and if you don’t want to see it, you can continue reading below it.  I used my blog post as my script.

The last 5/6 months have been hard on my family.  You all know about my dad passing away in March, well my two aunts (his sisters) passed away also and within 4 days of each other.  More recently my husband lost his 18 year-old nephew due to a car accident.  So it has been a long process of grieving for me and my family and I honestly believe that being away from this blog was very helpful for me.  Although I am no longer crying at a drop of the hat, I know that it is healing to cry, so when it happens, I don’t try to hide it or hold it back.  I let it flow.

What also helped was that my daughter and I went on vacation to Hawaii.  This trip was planned at the beginning of the school year.  It was just what the doctor ordered for me to relax.  I woke up and watched Waikiki come to life with my cup of Chamomile Tea and read a few passages in my bible.  When I got back, I felt so rested and relaxed.  It really help to put me in a better frame of mind.

I really am so grateful that you have come back to check on me, see how I am doing and where Tricia’s Creative Studio is going.  It really touches my heart and I feel so blessed.  Thank you.

So this blog is not going anywhere.  The focus will be changing however.  But don’t worry, I am still going to work on craft projects but I will also be adding more DIY project.  My husband and I have been talking about projects to work on together and I can’t wait till you read about them.

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I am also including other topics such as Living with Type 2 Diabetes, Beauty and Style for those over 50 and lifestyle topics such as becoming an empty nester and what to do now without my daughter at home so much.  Another thing that I have decided to do will also be posting more videos as well.  It really is fun for me create and I hope you enjoy them.

So, check back often to see what new posts I make and in fact, subscribe so that you will be notified of when new postings are made.    Also if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave them at the end of this post I will read and respond to all of them.

As always I wish you…

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I will be on hiatus until September 1st.

I know that I haven’t been around, but my family and I lost my father on March 25th and it has been hard this past month and a half.  My husband had a recent health scare that had my blood pressure going up and in about two weeks, my daughter will be graduating from high school.  So it has been a really fun rollercoaster, not!  On top of it all, I am also no longer a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  I felt that with everything going on, I wasn’t able to keep all of the balls up in the air and I just couldn’t juggle them any longer.

After giving it much thought, I have decided that although I have been absent from this blog for almost two months, I will need to be absent for a few more and I will be taking a leave from this blog.  When I do come back, I will begin posting but I am not sure if the focus will remain the same.

Thank you for reading and supporting this blog.  I really appreciate it very much.

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March’s Paper Pumpkin is here!

March's Paper PumpkinMarch’s Paper Pumpkin is here!

Here is the latest video for March’s Paper Pumpkin monthly kit.  I can’t wait to open mine!  This March kit makes it easy to celebrate all the birthdays, babies, graduations, and weddings this spring. In just minutes, you’ll have eight adorable cards, each with a pocket for a gift card. Now that’s what we call a pocketful of cheer!  If you would like to get your Paper Pumpkin box of cute fun stuff every month, you can order your subscription here!

February Paper Pumpkin

Here is February’s Paper Pumpkin video.  I can’t wait till I crack my open and use it!  It is currently on sale.  Order a 3 month subscription for $55!  The details:  3-Month Prepaid Subscription (137859) $59.85 $55.  Save on a 3-month prepaid subscription and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!  Place your order using the item code listed above and get your discount! You can place your 3-month subscription here.

5 Tips for creating your own planner pages

5 Tips For Creating Your Own Planner Pages

I must confess, I still use an actual paper planner.  I also use my Google Calendar for my timed appointments to set up the reminders.  However, at the beginning of each year  I update my planner with the dated pages.  I wanted to give you 5 tips for creating your own planner pages.

This year I am doing my planner 100% DIY.  Yup, I created 90% of the forms that I am using in my planner.  The exception is my monthly dated calendar but I will post about that another time.  The other exception is my Bill Payment page.  I originally had an etsy store create the page for me and it was beautiful with color too.  However, when I was getting ready to update my calendar pages for this year, I had so many changes I wanted to make on the Bill Payment page and I had already exceeded my allotted changes allowed, that I just created the page in black and white and made the changes I wanted.  The rest of the forms, I created myself in Word.

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Not including the Bill Payment page, the rest of the pages are for my Stampin’ Up! business or for My Genealogy Obsession blog.  The Video and Blog Post Idea pages both have a check box at the top so I know if the idea is for my Stampin’ Up! blog or for My Genealogy Obsession blog.  The Event Planner page is only for my Stampin’ Up business.

Thinking about creating your own DIY planner pages?  Here are 5 tips on creating and customizing your own planner pages:

  1. Not all planner pages on the market are one size fits all.  In fact, I found that it was one size fits NONE for me!  The only, on the market, pages that I purchased that was useful for me was a monthly calendar page.  All of the others, didn’t quite fit what I needed.
  2. Decide what pages you need so that you can be as efficient as possible when your working.  You don’t want to have to look in numerous places for one piece of information.
  3. If you don’t feel comfortable creating your own pages, look on Etsy.  They have many designers that you can use.  Search through them and find one that comes close to your style.  Contact them about what you need and if possible, email them a hand drawn sample of what you want.  That’s what I did with my Bill Payment page.
  4. Know that this is not going to be completed over night.  When I created my Blog Post Idea page, it took me two weeks to create the original version then another two months to use it and tweak it to my specific needs.
  5. Add your own style to your planner pages.  I kept my pages black and white, because, except for the Bill Payment page, I will be decorating the other pages with colored pens and possible stickers and washi tape.  Decorate your pages the way you want, use color or photos if you want.

Now that you have my top 5 tips, will you be creating your own planner pages?  Leave a comment and let me know.  All comments will be read and responded to.

As always,

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Prepaid Paper Pumpkin is on sale!

Paper Pumpking is on sale

Prepaid Paper Pumpkin is on sale!  What is Paper Pumpkin you ask?  Paper Pumpkin is a fully designed project kit that arrives at your door each month with stamps, ink and paper – everything cut and ready to go.  You will be surprised with fun projects like cards, gift packaging, home decor and more.  There is even more great news!

Prepaid Paper Pumpkin is on sale during Sale-A-Bration which ends March 31, 2016!  It’s a great and easy way to earn FREE Sale-A-Bration items.

3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription (137859) on sale for $55.00
Save on a 3-month prepaid subscription (regularly $59.85) and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!  Click the 3-Month button below to purchase now!

Prepaid Paper Pumkin is on saleOr, take it to the next level with a 12-month prepaid subscription.

12-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription (137861) $215.40 
Save $24 a year with this everyday awesome price, earn Stampin’ Rewards, and get (4) FREE Sale-A-Bration items!  Click the 12-Month button below to purchase now!

Prepaid Paper Pumpkin is on saleAs will all of the specials being offered, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact or email me.

As always,

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Year-End Sale Starts Today!

Year-End Sale

The Stampin’ Up! Year-End Sale is here! It’s time to stock up and save on Stampin’ Up! products and clearance products.  Some items are up to 60% off plus many items on the Holiday Catalog Retiring List have been discounted, some up to 40% off. 

Have you been holding off on some of your projects because you didn’t have all of the tools and supplies needed?  Well the Year-End Sale is a great opportunity for you to stock up on items you need to finish your projects especially if they are gift products!

These products are only available while supplies last so please don’t wait to order your favorites.

Click here to see all items on sale

The Details:

  • Promotion Dates: December 10, 2015-January 4, 2016.
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • No refunds or exchanges on Year-End Sale items.
  • Items offered during the Year-End Sale are while supplies last.
  • Year-End Sale & clearance items may be combined on your order with other Stampin’ Up! products.
  • Year-End Sale orders are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.

Combine your Year-End Sales order with the following:

  • 15% Off Bundles
  • Weekly Deals
  • Holiday Catalog Retiring Products List (new discounts to 40%)
  • $99 Starter Kit (the best deal of all!)

Remember,

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