This morning I got a pleasant surprise. I was supposed to watch my grandson until 1:00 but my daughter called and said I had the WHOLE day off! She wasn't feeling well and was going to stay home from work. Immediately I thought of all the things I'd LOVE to do if I just had the time. So my morning started with a wonderful Strawberry/Banana smoothie that I didn't have to make for anyone else or share. Then I watched a recorded movie, Things We Lost In The Fire, with Halle Berry, Benicio Del Toro and David Duchovny. It was really pretty good, sad, but good. When that was done I did a little straightening up and went upstairs to do some card making. That's when I found out I didn't have a 1 7/8" square punch.... so I HAD to go to Michaels. That was a trip to San Luis Obispo. Michaels didn't have it, but Beverly's did. I thought about having lunch in San Luis, but I had some really good leftover Lasagne waiting for me at home. Then it was down to the beach for a quick walk along the surf. When I got back home I wanted to work on finishing up the cutest little baby card for my daughters boss. As I was putting the finishing touches on it, my daughter Tiffany called and said, "come on down and get your hair cut." I was heading out the door and nearly bumped into my hubby coming home early from work, so we both went down to the salon. We picked up some quick dinner at Taco Loco.... mmmmm, soft chicken tacos. And now we are just chillin' watching TV. I'm already feeling relaxed. It's a great way to start the weekend.
My daughters and I love a challenge. So, back in late May we decided to take each other on in a $5 Dollar Store Challenge. We found inspiration over at Lindsay's Blog , Living With Lindsay. This is how this challenge goes. You shop your local Dollar Store spending no more than $5 on supplies. Then you put your purchases together, in a different way and make something brand new. You CAN use SOME supplies that you have on hand at your house already to complete it. For our challenge, we decided to put in that it would have to be something patriotic, red, white and blue, or something using 4 th of July type supplies, knowing that the completion date would be right around the first of July. I walked in the door of the store about a month ago and found some really nice, thick placemats like these. The ones I picked up were red and white stripes with a blue star pattern. I was already thinking a purse of some kind so I knew I would need about 3; one for each side and one to cut up for