Just some new pics to share. . .

Look at this tired puppy! Spring is my favorite time of year with Miley and Howie. They are so used to the cold winter air, and so lazy from practically hibernating all winter, that when the slightest warmth of spring comes around, they get sooo tired sooooo much faster after playing outside!! :) Since it’s been way too long, I decided to take a minute and update Miley and Howie’s blog with what we’ve been up to since you heard from them last… I also gave their blog a new design and a fresh layout… run over there and check it out, it’s one of my favorites yet! :)


Here’s a new pic of us from last Sunday. It was taken in the master bedroom. It was actually really nice last weekend, then it got cold again. Then I got sick. That always happens, when the weather goes back and forth from hot to cold I get sick every year!! Fortunately, it’s on it’s last leg… We all hope. I tend to think I am sick, dying, deathly ill and practically on my deathbed at the slightest sign of a cold. :p


This past Friday I went out to dinner with one of my oldest friends, Rebekah. We’ve known each other since the 4th grade, and she just recently moved just a couple miles down the road from me. Sweet! It’s been great to catch up. Rebekah has an *awesome* recipe blog. I have gotten several wonderful recipes from there! Her blog’s called Easy Meals for the Working Wife, and her tagline says it all: “Quick and Easy Meals for a Working Wife who wants to provide delicious and nutritious meals for her husband every night, but doesn’t want to spend all evening in kitchen.” Gotta love that! :)  Several of her recipes have made it into our dinner rotation, here are a few of our favorites (if you’re looking for some new ideas!) : Chicken Creole (spicy, but good!), Greek Chicken Pasta, and Rebekah’s brother’s award winning Farmhouse BBQ Muffins! They are goooood! :)


BTW, did ya’ll notice my earrings in the previous pic? :D They are from my friend Lori at The Charming Lamb! :) Aren’t they cute? Lori has some really cute jewelry in her store!

Would ya’ll like to win a $30 gift certificate to The Charming Lamb?? We’ll today’s your lucky day! :D

To be entered to receive a $30 gift certificate to The Charming Lamb, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. One entry per person, please! The winner will be chosen by his or her comment number, which will be picked by’s number generator. Contest will run until 11:59 pm CST on Monday, April 6th, 2009.

Thanks for looking, and good luck!! :)

P.S. Thanks so much for the great response to the blog background tutorial and the digital scrapbooking freebie kit! :) What would ya’ll like to see next? :D

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139 Responses
  1. Leslie Young

    Count me in… I absolutely love your photography of your dogs. Your pictures are crystal clear. I love these contested you do. Thanks for offering fun and entertaining days.

  2. LollyChops

    I read every single thing you send my way in your newsletter and I just never comment (I sorry). I just wanted to say HI and I promise I’ll comment. I think my fav part about your blog are the dog pics. They are seriously the cutest dogs on the planet (shhhhh…don’t tell my dogs ok).

    Easter HUGS Amanda!

  3. Donna B

    I love your pictures, that look so clear. Is that because of the camera you use or do you do anything to them before posting them? And your dogs are so cute. I have 4 chihuahua’s that I really want to get some good pics of but my camera just doesn’t make pics look that good. I really need to upgrade. And I love your site by the way. I am new to it and in complete awe. It is really good.

  4. Tiffany H.

    Your dogs are so cute! I can’t wait to try some of your friends Rebekah’s recipes. I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy yet tasty meals. Love your earrings and would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

  5. Colby

    Can’t wait to check out the new blog for Howie and Miley (next on my agenda!). Thanks for the info. on the dog collars. I got one ordered and we got our new puppy this past Sunday! :)

  6. Leah

    I’ve missed Miley and Howie updates. Tank and Buckeye are so excited about spring too. It’s hard to get them to come inside. Enjoy the sunshine with your furkids!!

  7. Cyndi

    Hi, I am fixing to open an online scrapbooking store and was just looking around to see what all is out there and I am so impressed with your site. Great job!

  8. Jennifer Aloyan

    What can I say…FABULOUS as always, you are so talented! I just love the jewelry, just got married two weeks ago and would love to get the initial necklace with my husbands initial or I also love the men’s bracelet.

  9. Shannon

    Hey Amanda…those are super cute! Do you think she has one that says “rocker mom and soccer mom”? Cuz I’m both…or at least my kids are , I’m a taxi driver…lol

  10. beth p

    I’m so excited to see that you have added your friend’s recipe link! I have tried some of your recipes and they were very easy and dee-lish! I have never been a “lucky” person but do hope I win this one…LOVE the jewelry!

  11. Desiree

    I LOVE your website. I’ve been addicted since day one when I saw your scrap room :) keep up the great inspiring work. :)

  12. Ambrosia C

    Hey Amanda!
    I came across your blog a few days ago and haven’t been able to pull myself away! You are so multi~talented! I love everything you website has to offer! Wondering if you offer free blog layouts besides the one in your last post? I’m particularly interested in the layout on your rag quilts page…very scrappy and adorable!

    Love your fonts and you SCRAP ROOM!!!!! Wow!
    Thanks a million!
    ~ambrosia :]

  13. Bonnierose

    Love those charms… they sure are beautiful!
    Would make such a wonderful gift to anyone!
    Pick me pick me! LOL LOL
    hugs, love your blog!
    bonnierose in Fargo ND

  14. Leah Schroeder

    I really appreciate all the thoughtful ways you give to us even though you don’t even know most of us! Thanks for all the free give aways and thoughtful contributions!

  15. Brandi Vowell

    Cute jewelry! I love your blog:} Thanks for the chance to win some jewelry.n Your dogs are so precious. Amanda, because of your blog, I am buying the Canon EOS d50! I am so excited and can not wait to take gorgous pictures like you!

  16. Annette Bowers

    Hi Amanda! This jewelry is just beautiful. The heart earings are very pretty. My dog gets very tired as well once spring comes and he loves running around outside as my husband and I have six acres.

  17. Lori Mc.

    Hi Amanda – love your site – have been drooling over your scrapbook room ever since you first posted pictures of it! I saw you this past Friday night at SF – but being the shy type in person, I didn’t come up to you.

  18. martina fegan

    Love your designs, your photos, and your creativity. They are inspirational. I am a new digiscrapper and love visiting your site. Thank you!

  19. Andrea

    I just love your site Amanda! Your recipes are so great and have been added to our rotation! Isn’t that awesome :) I had never seen the jewelry at The Charming Lamb, but it looks awesome! Thanks for a chance at winning! -Andrea

  20. Stephanie Bowden

    A friend sent me the link to your blog, and I’ve been checking back often since! In fact, I’m cooking another one of your fabulous recipes tonight…yum!

  21. Desire'

    I love reading your updates and seeing the great pics, especially of those boston puppies!! Meep!!! :) I’d love a chance to win, thanks

  22. Barb DeSousa

    Great pictures. Hope you are feeling better. I can’t wait to check out the recipes. Love the jewelry!!! Thanks for sharing! Barb

  23. Stefany

    I love your site, but then you knew that. I am really interested in the lighting. I know you are picking rooms with natural light, but what kind of fill are you using (I am new to ‘good’ photography)

  24. Susie

    Amanda, I always get sick with the weather changes too! When I am sick I think I need to move to warm weather, but when I am well, I LOVE having four seasons! Thanks for the recipe hook-up!

  25. Tina

    Amanda, The earrings are really cute. Thanks for your friends recipe blog. I sure can use some help in that department.Maybe this will be the end of the same old, same old.

  26. Lorinda Lamb

    My last name is Lamb so I’m doubly excited to have a chance to win the gift certificate at The Charming Lamb! The jewelry is very cool and the recipes on your site have definitely grabbed my attention. Making your Penne with tomato cream sauce tonight! Thanks for the opportunity and recipe.

  27. Marcie Raplee

    Wow…would love to win…thanks for doing this! I think it is so cool for the 2 of you to now be so close and getting back together. My friend from High School (class of 196) is Cathy and have totally lost her…you are so lucky. Maybe with the twitters and facebook sites one day I’ll meet up with her again…

    HEY..thanks again for the give away and of course all the goodies you share with us…

    Marcie –
    happy weekend!

  28. Judy

    Hi Amanda,
    Being a closet doodler and lover of all things inky and written, I was entertained for quite some time when I stumbled upon your website. I fear I have been sucked into the land of “fontdom”, never to return. This could be a lot of fun! I love the uniqueness of The Charming Lamb. Everything is so much better personalized…what a great collection your friend has created…and what a great friend you are to share her with your readers!

  29. Carly

    Thanks for the link to the recipe blog! And everything at The Charming Lamb is adorable. I’ll probably buy something even if I don’t win the gift certificate! :)

  30. Casie

    Thanks for the recipe blog link!!!! I love new food ideas that are simple & easy and not too Martha Stewartish (like, I don’t have a single ingredient in my cupboards that she makes her upity recipies with).

    Requests for what to see next….how about some more embellishments (flowers, brads, clips, more buttons, ribbons, stitches, fun stuff to use for digital scrapbooking). You are so good at it!

  31. PandaMom

    I have told so many people about your blog and how much I love it! They do too! You’ve started something really fun here, Amanda! ; ) Going to the Jewelry Store now…

  32. Danis

    Love your website!! I found it in the Creating Keepsakes magazine and now I am adicted! Love your recipes – I made the Chicken Parm and it is delicious! Thanks for the new recipe site. Love all the fonts and scrapbook stuff! Keep it up!

  33. ANiheartsjapan

    What beautiful jewelry…who wouldn’t want to win a gift certificate! :) Love your blog…your recipes, especially! :)

  34. terri d

    cute earrings, who wouldn’t want to win something from her store!!!! I love your blog and following it~ lots of great recipes and fun stuff…

  35. Kelly

    What a great site!!! The swamp Boston’s were too cute. Thanks for giving the heads up on the jewelry and the recipe blog for working wives. We have been trying your recipes for the past year and love all of them.

  36. Laura

    Super cute earrings. I love Loris stuff at her website. It is all really cute stuff! Oh and thanks for the blog tips, they helped a ton!

  37. Peggy Whisenhunt

    I so enjoy your website, feel like I have know you for some time and now a chance to win moolah for jewelry. I love jewelry, so I hope today is my lucky day. thanks amanda

  38. Kaylea

    Thanks for the chance to win some yummy silver jewelry. Love the chance. I appreciate everything you’ve been up to lately.

  39. Sue

    I just love the charm that says ‘Rocker Mom Not Soccer Mom”!

    I also love your site! I look forward to the emails! :) <

  40. Michele

    I’m new to your blog and really enjoying it! Always has great info! What kind of camera do you use? You’ve probably answered this before, but I’m new and missed it if you did! You have the best pictures, so clear and crisp! Thanks for sharing you “stuff” with us!

  41. Lynda

    I love the jewelry from Charming Lamb! I also really love your blog! Your scrapbook room is an inspiration! I have been enjoying Rebekah’s recipe blog too! Thank you!

  42. Kristen

    I just came across your site from the free fonts page. Love it! I love the jewelry that can be personalized with just about anything! Beautiful! And looks like I found it just in time for the giveaway! I’ll be checking out the rest of your sites for more ideas and great readings!

  43. Ashley

    Love everything about your site. I’ve already used the fonts, and working on some new layouts with your free digi-kit. Thanks!

  44. Robin

    Love the pictures of your pups, like always they are adorable. Your blog is one of my favorites! Thanks for the chance to win the jewelry certificate!

  45. Marty Philpot

    Your site, and that of The Charming Lamb are such wonderfully personal lights in an increasingly inpersonal world! Thanks so much for a glimpse into your world, and for sharing photos of your adorable “canine kids”! :-)

  46. Gail

    I would love to win a gc for Lori’s jewelry. It’s gorgeous and I certainly could use some new jewelry. Also, thanks for your friend’s recipe site. Lots of interesting recipes that I can’t wait to try.

  47. Erin Snapp

    As you know I LOVE the pictures of Miley and Howey…and I also dream of having a crafting room like yours.
    Your work is simply beautiful!
    Always look forward to the updates

  48. sandy

    What creativity. My daughter put together jewelry pieces, but does not “create” the actual piece, so these were quite enjoyable to look at. Keep up the good work, they are awesome.

  49. Missty

    Love your site!!! I look daily for great inspiration. Thanks for all you do. Loved your 1st digi kit. You are very talented.

  50. Olga

    Super cute jewelry! I love your site… Maybe you could make us some more tutorials on web page set up and backgrounds in other themes like black and pink, my favs? Thx for sharing!

  51. Tiffany

    Thanks for the chance to win such a great gift. I love looking at your photos, learning new things and your wonderful creativity.

  52. Merredith

    Thanks for the new pics and the opportunity to win the $30 gift cert to The Charming Lamb! I hope I win. Is that selfish?! LOL

  53. Stephanie

    You don’t look like you have been sick at all–you are just as pretty as ever! And you are going to have to share more pics of that bedroom—it looks like it has Amanda style all over it. Off to visit Miley and Howie…..

  54. ErinW

    I’m a new follower (although I’ve had your scrapbook room bookmarked and I’ve drooled over that for ages!).

    Love your blog… could it be any cuter?!?! (I’m thinking NOT!)

    Thanks for a great giveaway… their stuff looks wonderful!

  55. Pam Morris

    What a great giveaway. I just had my 3rd baby boy and love the necklace with the baby stats. I really need that. It is too cute!

  56. Emily

    Hello Amanda

    I’d love to maybe learn a little bit about photo editing! I don’t know if you’ve already done that or not, but thats something i would like to get better at.


  57. Megan

    What a fun giveaway! Thanks for telling us about the recipe site. I’m always looking for new recipes, and I can’t wait to check them out!

  58. Ali

    First off, love the current background! Super cute! And yes your earrings are super cute! Plus I love the way that your dog is sitting still in the picture! I try to get pics of my puppies and they just keep trying to lick the camera! Anyway I love your site and visit all the time! Thanks!

  59. Joann

    Just love your site! thanks for all the goodies
    I had a chance to do the tutorial scrap blog background
    of course PSE 6 is somewhat different
    you can’t imagaine where they hid the layer style setting. I would have never thought of looking for it there but done a search and bingo found the info almost right a wat
    have a great Sunday;

  60. Elizabeth

    Love the pictures of your dogs and your recipes. My granddaughter, Sophia, is in love with the dog pictures too.
    Have a great Sunday…………..

  61. Jodie

    I’d love to win the certificate to The Charming Lamb! Lori’s jewelry is so nice! Thanks for the chance… BTW, your pictures are fabulous.

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