Author Archives: Elizabeth Kartchner

Lovely Day #newdearlizzy

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Picked up a bag full of the new products from American Crafts today! It’s funny cause I was like, wow, this is really super cute!! Like I was all surprised about it. lol Made me excited all over again for you guys to get to see it and creative play… or hoard. Whatever suits you. ūüėÄ

The flags above are darling. Comes four to a pack and has a foam dot on the back so they are ready to attach to make your project pretty!
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My fave paper! I always love the cut-a-parts! Sorry it was super dark so these pics aren’t the best. Love how it gets dark at 5 pm (insert eyeroll!) But sweet Lola was such a trooper and helped me display the goodies. I’m so inspired to make a mini album this week for CHA and we will be filming a walk through of all the products this week. I bribed and begged Collin to help me and so he said he would! haha Yay! xoxo Lots of love, Lizzy
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New Dear Lizzy: Lovely Day

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(My computer is still dead so I’m on this crappy laptop that barely loaded these pics… computer problems are my nemesis. hehe)
For some of you that don’t know there’s an important holiday in January! Or at least it should be considered a holiday. ; ) CHA… craft hobby association! ie: new products start popping up and makes all of us dream of hoarding everything. And lots of us do. :) ¬†SO add this one to the list of must haves cause it’s freaking adorable!!! (Prepare for lots of exclamation points in this post! lol) The newest Dear Lizzy collection is Lovely Day!! This has some of my favorite icons of all time… the fox and bunny, chic topknot crafter and car with luggage on top.¬†All the heart eyes!
I love the uplifting and cheeky phrases and the colors! Can’t wait to share more! I’m picking up a box of these these goodies tomorrow and I’ll be having some creative fun and film a video so you can see them up close! I made a few projects but they’re being shipped to CHA at the moment for the craft conference in a couple weeks! I always get excited, nervous and anxious to share new stuff so I hope you guys love it! Oh, did I mention the coloring washi tape? A fun twist to the coloring book craze plus it’s adorable. There’s some coloring 12×12 papers too!
Thanks so much for all your support and enthusiasm over the years! Lots of love, Lizzy

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Minty Christmas

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Well the Grinch decided to come early and ruin Christmas in the form of a computer disaster. My desktop mac won’t turn on. So the last year of photos are suddenly vanished. Somehow I’m pretty calm about this and not having a panic attack which even surprises me. Maybe cause I know the ending and the Grinch’s heart grows and he will fix my computer and we will hold hands and sing… “Fahoo Fores Dahoo Dores… welcome Christmas, Christmas day!”
Praying that they will be saved… It’s crazy cause a couple days ago I had a¬†feeling to upload my photos to my hard drive that I completely brushed away like an annoying fly. Sheesh and now here I am staring at a blank screen and wishing I would’ve trusted my heart¬†and listened. Cause I’m usually watching out for mah self. ; )

Here’s a little look at our cards this year… We got them through Minted and I love¬†how they turned out. I couldn’t decide so I got two versions… One is a book of some beach photos and the other is a gorgeous gold embossed Christmas one! Oh, and I ordered a few ornament photo cards for gifts. The funny thing is I forgot to change the name so it reads, “Merry Christmas!” Love, The Chen Family” ahahahah That’s classic Lizzy move. Going to put it on my family gifts and they’ll get a kick out of it. But really I love the paper Minted uses to print the cards on… and I know my paper! Basically consider myself a paper snob¬†; ) They have some really cute Happy New Year cards that would be fun to send out if Christmas cards aren’t you’re thing.
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What the heck are Macros?

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This past year I was inspired by my awesome husband (who lost 50¬†pounds in a few months) and I wanted to get stronger and more healthy. You may think that I wouldn’t¬†need to lose weight necessarily but I know that my eating wasn’t healthy, I was tired…¬†and strong is the new skinny, right?¬†Plus, I get really ornery when I don’t eat, the saying, “Sorry for what I said when I was hungry.” Might as well be tattooed on my forehead. The thing with being a busy mom, that I’m sure some of you can relate, is that sometimes I don’t make time to eat. Or I grab something that’s not good for me. I heard about counting macros and I wanted to know more about it this past summer. I started exercising cause I needed more energy and I can definitely link my mood and mental healthy to exercising.¬†I had been working out at boxing/crossfit gym 4-5 times a week. I thought I was eating heathy but I didn’t really know what I was really putting into my body until I started tracking my macros. It’s crazy how much of getting in shape is eating.¬†I’ve heard people say it’s 90% eating and 10% working out.

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So what are Macros? Macros or Macronutrients are what makes up the caloric content of food. It’s better than just counting calories because you could eat candy and stay in your 2000 calorie diet but that would be mostly carbs. This helps you balance your calories and make sure you get protein and even some fat too.
Use the app, Fitness Pal, and it¬†will take the¬†calories you want to eat in a day, say you want to stick to a 2000 calorie diet, then an online¬†calculator or dietitian¬†will¬†break down your macros¬†which is different for everyone, but it could¬†look like this: 40% protein 35% carbohydrates and 25% fat. As you are eating through out the day you will enter the food for each meal into the app and you can track everything to¬†make sure the food you eat stays in¬†those percentages. If you eat all candy, breads, pastas then it will be higher percentage for carbs. And if you eat a bag of cocoa almonds like I like to do haha it will sway my percentage to mostly fat. I love that it helps me balance it all. I’m seriously happier because I try to eat every 2-3 hours and I don’t get to the starving phase like I¬†used to which leads to grabbing a handful of Goldfish crackers or crappy food. No no.

I called on an expert to explain this. Her name is Bree Carver and she’s a certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor. She creates customized meal plans as well as online training programs to help you reach your fitness goals. Check out¬†her website¬†Body By¬†Bree¬†and if you’d like fitness and nutrition tips her Instagram is @bodybybree2! So here we go…
“IIFYM stands for “If It Fits My Macros.” The IIFYM diet focuses on the three most important energy sources needed for our bodies to function properly. I’m talking about¬†protein, carbohydrates and fat. How it works:¬†I¬†will calculate your daily¬†caloric needs, then split those calories into certain percentages according to your height, age, weight, body type and activity level. ¬†You give me your¬†food preferences and I¬†will create a 7 day meal plan according to your prescribed macros. The beauty of macros is you have the flexibility to eat whatever you want as long as it fits your target macro numbers. ¬†This is the most effective for muscle growth, fat burning and consistent energy levels without feeling restricted to eating boring, bland foods all the time. ¬†You can have your treat and fit it into your macro count without feeling guilty! ¬†It’s a very balanced, healthy approach to “dieting” and reaching your fitness goals.”
Thanks Bree! I was so excited she introduced me to the app Fitness Pal and also created a custom 7 day meal plan! It’s weird because I know some food are bad for you but I didn’t realize just¬†how crappy and unbalanced some of the food I put in my body was.
Like take¬†Swedish¬†fish candy.¬†You can eat¬†7¬†sweedish fish that have 38 carbs and 150 calories. SEVEN. Which is the same as a piece of Good Seed bread + turkey, tomato, lettuce, honey mustard! Crazy.¬†I’d much rather fill my body with the healthy stuff. The thing that I love with counting macros is IIFYM (if it fits your macros)¬†you just count your carbs and I’ll fit in a cookie if I want. I try to stick to the plan but I do sneak in and reward myself with some treats or a cheat meal every week! It’s especially tricky this time of year so this would be great to think about for the new year and new goals!¬†img_0659
I’m sharing this because I love it! It’s truly been more of a lifestyle change for me and not a fad diet that I will get sick of in a few days or weeks. I am adding more and more healthy options snacks, meals etc all the time. Sheesh, I eat protein pancakes everyday. Pancakes. (Chocolate protein powder, egg whites, cottage cheese and oats + sugar free syrup.) I used to never eat breakfast I’d skip it which is so not good. But protein¬†pancakes are both-good for you and delicious. My friend Jenna also came out with Macros Made Easy¬†¬†that I want to check out!
Love finding healthy alternatives! I’ll share more of that if anyone is interested.

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Recipe:
1 scoop of Protein Powder (I use Frosted Chocolate Cupcake or Snickerdoodle)
1/3 c Quick Oats | 1/3 c 1% Cottage Cheese | 3/4 c Egg Whites | A little water if needed | When I use Snickerdoodle add a little vanilla and cinnamon | Cook on griddle or pan | 1/4 c sugar free low calorie syrup
Let me know if you have any questions! xoxo Lizzy

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December Daily part 1

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Yesterday was¬†a race against the sun to photograph my December Daily album and the sun won. At 5:24 pm. Crazy that’s it’s so dark by then. Today it was quite¬†dark inside. So I took my album and a foam board outside and it started… snowing! ha! I can’t win. If you see specks on the sides of the pics. It’s snow.¬†ūüėÄ
This year my December manta is Simplify and Savor the Magic. Or since I am keeping things simple just simplify and savor. ; )
This theme also translates to my album. DecDaily is¬†my favorite project¬†to create every year and if I want to get it done I have to keep it simple. I¬†absolutely¬†love creating it and all that entails! Some of the things I am incorporating this year. Printing on canvas paper (from a¬†Dear Lizzy album), layering and transparency (a must every year), focusing on the photos and printing large 7×8.25″ as well as 3″x4″, and making sure to journal now. Last year I skipped¬†journaling if I was busy designing the pages and now I still need to fill in gaps then¬†I can post that one too.¬†Here’s the start…

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Printed a strip of photos then attached to chipboard.
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Love my sweetie¬†bear… more pics of our snow day here!
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My fave trees printed on canvas paper. I might change out the right side cause I don’t love it but we shall seeee…
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Supplies: Ali Edwards December Daily + stuff from a box of Christmas supplies I keep together over the years. Dear Lizzy number transperancy and album.

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I showed it to Myles and he could care less… just was eating ribbon the whole time instead of looking at it. lol So hopefully someone¬†out there in blog land cares. ; )

Hope you are having a wonderful December!! Love you all! xoxo Lizzy

December first

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So just like that the magic begins… of twinkle lights, giddy children counting down the days, wrapping gifts with love and thinking more about Christ and how to give as He did.
This morning Collin had already made breakfast and they watched a video about the spirit of Christmas. (Link to video in the¬†sidebar.)¬†Might have made Collin cry but don’t tell him I told you that. Later when the older girls were heading off to school he said, “Find someone to share your light with. Remember to spread your light!” I loved it. Exactly what this season is all about.

You better believe these will be the start of my December Daily album! yay!

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How cute is the camper and truck?! I’m obsessed. It’s all slightly inspired by camping. Adorable stuff. And these knitted stockings are my fave. Also I want these car with the tree on top ornaments! Look just like some Dear Lizzy stickers from the Christmas collection! I filled the truck with my bottle brush trees and it makes me so happpyyy! It’s the little things. ; )

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Feeling Festive over here…

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Putting these little elves to work stringing tiny balls for the tree… !
Feeling festive and decorating slowly but surely. I might have even snuck some decorations out before Thanksgiving. (Gasp!)
Still need to get my ornaments out this was just one storage container with the socks and some stuff so the tree definitely still needs some love. But I’m never the best at the tree. I let the kids do it sometimes I rearrange it but the next day they move it all around anyways. : ) Eventually I give up.

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One of my favorite parts of Christmas is getting and sending Christmas cards. And since today Minted has a 20% off…¬†perfect¬†timing to get¬†the kids to bed and order some those happy holiday mail to make your friends and family see how cute y’all are! Did I just say y’all. Anyways, can’t wait to receive ours. I linked some of my faves below. Looked through a ton of pages and pulled a few that caught my eye.¬†Click on the photo for a direct link to that design!¬†


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Catching Snowflakes

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There’s no end in sight with the snow falling right now. It’s so magical!
Lola said Myles woke her up this morning when she was having a “really good dream” and¬†now¬†she doesn’t remember what it was about. But she said he shook her saying, “Lola look at the snow! Look at the snow! It’s Christmas!!” They’ve been sleeping in the bottom bunk bed together because they both are scared at night and they’re learning slowly but surely it’s not a good idea to wake sleepy momma bear. hehe
And then we caught snowflakes outside with my cozy little snow bear.

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Linked to this cute jeweled head wrap cause it’s seems totally pointless to not keep your head warm but so cute and a fun change from wearing beanies.

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What’s your wish?

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One of our favorite traditions for Christmas besides the carols, family parties, live nativity scene, yummy food, ugly Christmas sweaters, favorite holiday movies, playing in the snow, decorating the tree, hanging stockings, visiting temple square, opening presents, writing letters to Santa… are the pajamas! It would be like Thanksgiving with out the pie. Something is missing.
I remember when I was little and my mom would buy us all matching flannel pants. I wouldn’t take them off all Christmas day or maybe even Christmas break…¬†even when we go to the movies Christmas¬†night. Which was my dad’s favorite tradition… I never really wanted to go. I thought, why don’t we stay and play with all these awesome presents?¬†But now I get it, he probably wanted us to be entertained and sit quietly for 90 minutes. :)

I teamed up with one of my favorite places to shop to share their cute pjs styles. And, you guys, all the sleepwear is 50% off today!! I wanted Q and Lola to be twinners and loved the gold hearts on cream top and bottoms.
Avery loves her cool cat top that reads, “Meowy and Bright” haha! I also loved this red striped onesie for her!
Collin has on some comfy joggers and baseball tee which is nice cause he can wear them year round too.¬†And striped onesies are always a classic for Christmas on Myles and me. And my socks (pictured below) of bulldogs wearing a santa hat. ūüėÄ So festive!

Looking at these photos with the wish lights, I have been thinking about what my wish is this Christmas and my thoughts turn to my family and my mom and all that I wish I could give them! Feeling grateful this week for this beautiful, crazy season of my life.
What’s your wish this Christmas?

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Thanksgiving is so last year

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Finally got around to posting our Thanksgiving feast from… uh… last year. But it was such a wonderful day and it was quite fun to put it all together. One thing I will never forgot about last Thanksgiving¬†was when we were done eating and going around the table saying what we are thankful for with my siblings and their spouses and my mom were sitting around the table some how we started singing old 90s and 80s songs. haha! I snapchatted it if anyone follows me and remembers how crazy my family is. But it made all the time and hours of putting this together worth it. And you guys, Collin cooks the turkey and it’s insanely good!! He uses the recipe from Gordon Ramsey on youtube and it includes putting butter and spices under the turkey skin and finishes with bacon on top. I’m literally drooling thinking about it. I wish I would’ve gotten more pics but things got crazy when all the family starts arriving and I guess I was too busy stuffing my face to take more.
Sweet Tooth Fairy had sugar cookies with all the kids names on it that as really fun for the kid table.
For the place cards I cut everyones’ names with my Silhouette and had a succulent in a gold foil box. The napkin holders, give thanks banner and giant poster above the kid table are from Caravan Shoppe and they’re so great to print on your own and decorate with.
Oh and one more thing, the crate I¬†found by a dumpster behind a grocery store and managed to get it home (it’s huger than I thought) with part of the back open.

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TIPS for hosting:
If you are hosting this year I just wanted to share some quick tips that I’ve learned over the years.
-Set up the morning before (then you know if you are missing anything). I always think I have time the day of but it gets pretty hectic.
-Start a list of what you need at the store a week before. Then I keep adding to it and hopefully (crossing fingers) I get everything in one shot.
-Assign people things to bring. Then you don’t have to guess what they’re bringing. Assign people food out that doesn’t necessarily need to be hot or can be reheated easy.
-Have to go containers on hand.
-Use the throw away foil cooking pans for cooking so you can transfer it to something pretty but don’t have to clean the pan.
-I couldn’t find a table cloth big enough so I bought a flat sheet folded in half and it fit great.
-Have something for the kids to keep them busy the day of they love to get into everything.
Hopefully that helps a little… share some tips you have below!

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