Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sunny Fun + Template Freebie

Before I start, look at this photo we took on Sunday on the way home from my dad's house.
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Isn't that a weird sight? Snow on the mountains, while it was over 80 degrees outside with blue skies.

Anyways... back to my story.
For the first time in 2010, I took a vacation day on Monday. It was President's Day and Todd's company had the day off. Well, not mine. I had to take it as a vacation day. We decided to go out to the beach for a walk, because it was super sunny and warm, and because I really wanted to get out of the house and just get some fresh air, after a tough Sunday.

We walked about 2.5 miles in Encinitas. There were a ton of sunbathers out. We weren't sure if it was spring break already or what, but we sure saw a lot of teeny tiny bikinis, LOL.

The scenery was awesome.
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After the walk, we went to Beach City Cafe for brunch. We were super-excited because some time last year, we had gone and seen the closed sign. We were under the impression that our favorite breakfast place was closed for good. Todd just found out a few weeks ago that they've reopened! Same food!

Todd had tacos because he doesn't eat breakfast food.
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My favorite: Florentine Omelette (spinach and mushrooms) and fried potatoes.
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Yea, Monday was a better day than the sadness of Sunday. :)

Peppermint has released a new kit, this time on a Tuesday. It is called Tranquil and it is a collab between her (One Little Bird) and Leora Sanford at Little Dreamer Designs! Two of my favorite designers, together!

Tranquil
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Isn't it pretty?  And if you purchase the kit between now and 2/21 (for 20% off even!), you also get four templates designed by One Little Bird and Leora Sanford, free with purchase!  What a great deal!

I made this layout with Tranquil.
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Full credits here.
It's more white-space than my usual style, but some people seemed to like it.

So then I thought, hey, maybe others might like it too, as a template!  So I have this freebie template for you.
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Download here or here.

Also, it's my first offering for $1 Wednesday at Little Dreamer Designs! You can pick up Template Set #8: Artsy Fartsy for just a dollar!
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Oh, I almost forgot... head on over to Todd's blog to see the most perfect chocolate chip cookies ever! Really!

14 comments:

  1. So nice to have a day off! Sounds like you really needed it. And great that your brunch cafe is back!

    I love the first pic too, it is beautiful with the snowy mountains and bright blue sky. And you've got a Swedish Volvo in your lane. :P

    Thanks for the template!

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  2. Not only do I enjoy your thoughts and creativity, but all your beautiful beach photos help me get through this long winter. Thanks for the template. I'll have to check out $1 Wednesday too.

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  3. I didn’t think the snow on the mountains was odd, but I guess for 80-degrees and sunny...we still have a half foot of snow piled up on the sides of the driveway and it’s not melting yet!

    I’m glad you took the day off. It sometimes helps just to take some time to regroup ma little. As the years pass, it hurts a little less, but the anniversary is slower to catch up with the other days. September 4 is still a little rough for me. I lost my Mom on that day in 2003, As a kindred spirit in the pain of that loss, now my prayers for strength and healing are always with you.

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  4. Beautiful pictures! I don't think I would get anything done if I lived near the beach. (many thanks for not showing photos of the bikinis...who needs that when they have dry pasty white skin covered with layers of clothes..just sayin')

    Thanks for the freebie..loved the verse!

    Don't you just love Peppermint's choice of colors?? Beautiful!

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  5. Thanks for the template! Your pictures are just beautiful!

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  6. Thanks for the template!

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  7. Thanks for the template!

    80 degrees? I have nothing else to say... :)

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  8. As always, your photos are terrific! I so wish I could have the snow with the 80 degree weather. I'd be in heaven! Thank you so much for the template. :)

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  9. Thank you for the template.

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  10. Thank you so much for teh template!! Breakfast looks yummy too!

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  11. Great pics. I miss going to the beaches there. Especially sunny warm days. 32 degrees right now. Thanks for the template.

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  12. I love your template! Thank you very much for sharing!!!

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  13. hello listgirl ... sorry, I´m still busy with the hospital stay of my son - so I have not enough time for regular blogging.

    I miss your fantastic shots - great weather you are having.. here in germany it´s grey, grey, greay and cold and we have many snow

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  14. Fabulous scenic shots!
    Thanks for a lovely template.

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