October 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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Christmas Card Time! :)

Pssst.... there's a giveaway at the bottom of this post!

Last year I used Shutterfly to make a family Christmas card. I LOVED it!

It's no secret that I'm a fan of photography and that year we had our family photos done by a friend of ours, so I had some nice ones that I wanted to use :)
I loved choosing my favourite design and making it our own!

This year they have a ton of new Christmas Cards designs and I love so many of them!
I've shared a few of my favourites in this post.

I was able to choose one and have almost finished customizing it for our family.
(I only wish we had had family photos done this year- I am not in very many photos!)

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: Germ Bugs!

Want to motivate your kids to clean properly?

You might like to try Germ Bugs :)

I'm posting about these over at HowDoesShe today.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Leisha & Dan (Engagement Photos)

Leisha, Dan & I met at a local park a few weeks ago to take some engagement photos.
Here are a few favourites from our session:

Thanks for a fun session, you two! I look forward to your wedding in December :)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

October Sharing Time 2012

Welcome to Sharing Time! I can't wait to see what you link up! :)

Here's what's been going on at Raising Memories this week:

I made a vlog tutorial on how to make a pumpkin roll

I shared some Creative Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin

and we discussed Katrina's imaginary friends.


Ask your questions about Planning for Disney World- it's your chance to ask an expert!

(Come ask your questions in the comments!)

You only have a couple of days left to enter the Awesome Paper Coterie Giveaway! (if not, go do it!)

Friday, October 26, 2012

8 Creative Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin

I have been looking around the web at some creative ideas for ways to decorate pumpkins and I love what I'm seeing- there are so many creative people with great ideas! Here are some of my favourites that I've found:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thursday Thoughts: Imaginary Friends, Bullying, and Pingo

Katrina has imaginary siblings.
...and cousins.

It started with a sister named Flower, and now there's a brother named Keek, and a cousin named Rainbow.

Generally, these come up when we are talking about something we don't have or can't do (that Katrina wishes we could or thinks is interesting). She will then tell us a story about how Rainbow DOES have that thing or HAS done that thing.

Ken tried to explain to her that these stories are not true because the people are not real. She then started telling us stories about Emma (who is a real person in her class at church). But the stories are just as false ;)

We still hear about Keek and Rainbow fairly often, and I don't mind too much- it's totally amusing! :)

So, I was pretty happy when we received a copy of Pingo and the Playground Bully (published by Shadow Mountain) and found out that it involves a bunch of imaginary friends! :) I had to share this with you- I think you'd like it!

I love this cute story! It's very fun for both my 3 year old and my 6 year old. The 3 year old loves the imaginary friends, and I love that my 6 year old gets to find out about things like bullying that she might face at school, and see positive ways to deal with it. And I think the pictures are fabulous and the story is really cute :)

Here's a peek into the story:

Who has the best imaginary friend? Is it Gary, who protects the galaxy with Sparky the robot? Is it Tiffany, who helps save the day with Awesome Girl? Or Dustin, who can hide Mr. Bob in his pocket? During recess, Chad and his imaginary pet, Pingo, are invited to participate in the contest to see which imaginary friend is the strongest or the smartest or the sneakiest. But when Jeremy, the schoolyard bully, and his imaginary friend, Grunt, barge into the contest, demanding to be included, no one expects what happens next—or how Pingo saves the day.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Shopping With Sears Club Points - #SearsClubPoints

A few weeks ago I found out that I had been chosen to be a part of the Sears Club Points Blog Tour. :)
This meant that I was given some Sears points to spend so that I could share with you what the experience was like.

I started shopping online and then visited the store and it was not easy to decide what to spend my points on! I could've gotten clothes, bedding, jewellery, Christmas decorations, electronics, the list goes on & on!
It was pretty sweet to know that I could spend my points on so many different things.

I ended up finding a set of cookware that was on sale for a great price. We have been married for nearly 9 years and have always had second hand cookware, so it seemed like a great opportunity to get a new set!

It was very easy to redeem my points. I just handed them my points card at checkout & they ran it through like a gift card, told me my remaining balance (which I paid with my credit card) and that was it!

I've had other points cards before, and have never really redeemed them. It's good to know how easy it is to redeem Sears club points, now that I've tried it!
(So, hey, if you were wondering how it worked, now you know- it's very easy!)

Disclosure – I am participating in the Sears Club Points program by Mom Central Canada. I received compensation for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

How to Make a Pumpkin Roll Video

Last year I posted at HowDoesShe about the Pumpkin Roll recipe that I use that seems to be a hit everywhere I've taken it.

Since then I've had several people say that even with all of the photos in the tutorial, they're hesitant to try it. A friend of mine mentioned that a video tutorial might be helpful, so last time I made the pumpkin roll I had Ken video tape the process for me and I squished it into a 5 minute video.

I'll add in the photo tutorial as well, as it has all of the instructions whereas the video mostly shows you how to do it.

Here's the recipe:

Pumpkin Roll Recipe


1 cup sugar
1 tsp. soda
3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup pumpkin (canned- not pie filling, pure pumpkin)
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup walnuts (optional- I exclude them cuz I'm not a fan of walnuts)

Mix everything except nuts.
Grease & wax cookie sheet.
Pour into pan & sprinkle nuts.
Bake 15 min. at 375 degrees.
Roll into T-towel for about 10 minutes.
Unroll & spread in filling.


8 oz. cream cheese (250g)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp. soft butter

Mix well.

Here are the photos & description:

Above is a photo of the grease & wax part (wax paper first, then grease).
 I crease the wax paper around the edges so that it stays in place better, like this:

(which helps the shape of the cake-ish part of the roll)... also, grease it really really well (it's not cool when the cake won't come off of the wax paper).

Now pour your mixture onto the pan & smooth it out so that it fills the pan like so:

...and you're ready for baking. Keep an eye on it near the end of the baking time- you want it a bit brown- if it turns black... you've gone too far!

Once you've got it out of the oven, you're at the flip stage. I usually put the pan down first, then a tea towel, then an upside down pan. (I was using my other pan this time, so I used a lunch tray- but you get the idea). Grab hold of the whole thing (with oven mitts on!) and flip it over onto the cool tray.

Congratulations, you pulled off the flip! (are you still with me?) I threw the above picture in for you in case it helps illustrate the order of things (I've now removed the pan I cooked it in, and we're ready to remove the wax paper).

Carefully pull the wax paper away- you really don't want your cake to stick to the wax paper or start to come apart- this part is really important (that's why I wanted you to grease your wax paper really well).

...oh, and now you know what my other pan was busy doing (did you notice the tea towel switch?)
I was making 2 rolls when I photographed this (you only need one tea towel ;) ).
Next you're going to roll up the end of your tea towel (as shown above) and then continue rolling- with the cake and the tea towel. Do this carefully- the cake can crack at this stage if you're not gentle with it.

Leave your roll sitting like that for 10 minutes so that it'll cool before you spread your filling in. You can mix your filling during this time.

Unroll (careful that the cake doesn't stick to the tea towel & get pulled apart). Plop the filling on top.

Spread it around- almost to the edges, but you don't have to quite go all the way or it'll just goosh out when you roll it again.

Re-roll it & voila!
Wait 'til you taste it... I'm in love with the filling!

If you want to make this, be sure to pin this post for reference when you do!


If you liked this post, you might like my 

"Cinnabon" Cinnamon Roll  tutorial- click here to check it out!

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