Stick Puppets made from Stickers

Adelle was SO EXCITED to get these stickers, so I didn't want her to just put them on random things and use them all up right away.

  I just glued them on to paper, then hot glued popsicle/craft sticks onto them.  Now they're stick puppets!  She's been playing with them for hours!


Bamboozled - A Personal Note

Yesterday afternoon I took a little break and got on Pinterest to look for a little Independence Day-themed activity I could do with my 3 and 1/2 year-old daughter.  Let me first say that I have a love-hate relationship with Pinterest... there are SO MANY great ideas, things to make (as if I have the skills to really make most of them).  It's like a one-stop guide on how to be perfect at everything in life.  Honestly, it kind of overwhelms me.  There are enough things in my life that I want to do and haven't found time to do yet.  I only open it maybe once a week or if I'm looking for something specific.  Well, as I was looking, I of course got sidetracked by some other things that had been pinned by friends.

I have fallen prey to pinning anything I think I might want to look at again... and like most women, I'm sure, I have a "Get Healthy" board.  I know that I can live a healthier life than I do now, so why not, while I'm pinning what I seem to think is the complete guide to PERFECTION, pin a collection of healthy foods/recipes and fun workouts that will keep me active.  Well, I came across a pin yesterday that looks like this:

The picture already made me hesitant to put it in my own Get Healthy board, but I saw the caption... simple instructions for a simple routine that I could easily do every day before I get in the shower.  Great!  Well, I have this bad habit of pinning things without actually going to the website it was originally pinned from... I know you do it too.  So, this morning I got a second to get on the computer (Pinterest was already open from the night before), so I clicked on the pin after I had already pinned it, seeing that some of my friends had repinned it as well.  By actually clicking on the pin, it revealed the website where it came from (I'm not even going to provide a link to the website - I couldn't even find this picture as I scrolled through and saw way more than I wanted to.) - a bombardment of photos of extremely lean and barely dressed women (practically pornographic), doing "fit" poses and showing close-ups of their abs and rock hard bodies.  My stomach seemed to rise to my shoulders and then do a back flip into my rib cage.

My body is a temple.  It is a house for my spirit and I am amazed everyday about what I can accomplish because I have a body.  I need to take better care of it and I WANT to be healthier.  I want to have more energy than I do now.  I want to be an example of good health for my daughters.  BUT.  I will NOT let something posing as "good health" become something that makes me feel ashamed about my body or about who I am as a person.  My weakness in this area does not define who I am as a person!

My worth is not defined by how I look (neither is yours).  It is definitely not defined by how I look compared to others.  Learning how to live a healthy lifestyle that suits your life - that is a worthy pursuit.
We can make positive changes that can help us feel better physically and emotionally.  We can make small, realistic goals (I write this for myself as well).  We can reward ourselves for meeting those goals (a reward does not have to be food!).  We can do ALL of this without comparing ourselves to others.  We can even do it without stepping on a scale.  Imagine that.

I found this article interesting... what do you think about it?

Please excuse my rant.  I'm done... for now.


This week, I have the opportunity to be a sponsor at 365 Cards!  As I'm sure many of you know, this blog started out as a home to my handmade cards, something I still love to do, though don't find as much time for these days... as a former DT member at 365 Cards, I am so excited to see what these wonderful card makers come up with using my digital papers!  So far, there's no disappointment!!  Also, I am offering a special 40% discount to 365 Cards readers and anyone who sees it!  Just use the code 365365 on ANYTHING in the shop through Saturday, June 2nd!



The Ashleigh Album

I'm excited to introduce a new product in the Heidi Stock Design Shop!

The Ashleigh Album!  This is a 10x10 Album Template (WHCC) which includes 10 page spreads and cover designs as well.  I love how simple and classic these layouts are.  You really could use this for any occasion.  What do you think?

Thanks to Lori George Photography for the use of her beautiful images.


Why Easter and a Free Printable!

Easter is my favorite holiday because of the hope that it gives.  Jesus Christ was resurrected and so, we will also be resurrected.  That is a promise extended to all of us, whether we accept His atoning sacrifice or not.  We will all live again.  I love the opportunity that we have to celebrate that gift and how personal and meaningful it is for me.  I'm grateful for the example of Jesus Christ and for all that he did during his mortal life on the earth.  I want to share this video, which is a simple depiction of what happened that day.

If you're still reading, I also want to share a free printable.  You can print it, frame it, display it in your home, whatever you like.  Just please don't distribute it.  If you want to share it, send them here to download it.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday and find the opportunity to remember why we celebrate.

Happy Easter! (Check out the previous post about the HSD sale tomorrow, April 5th!)


I love getting to see the final printed product of one of my designs.   These Christmas cards turned out great!  Thanks, Lori, for sharing!

This card could be so easily adapted for any occasion by simply changing the wording!  You can find it here.


Hello!  I haven't updated in quite a while, but I've been a little busy... :)

Evelyn Elizabeth joined our family in January and we just love being a family of four.  My grandma (who we live with) also returned home recently from a rehabilitation center and is stronger than ever!  We are truly witnessing miracles everyday.

On the business side, I'm excited to be contributing to Jen's Fabulous Stuff, a website specifically for professional templates and photographer tools.

I've also added several new items to my Etsy Shop that I'm very happy about, so when you get a chance, check it out!


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