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A couple of links and a Giveaway! July 17, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jyeger @ 11:48 pm

Did you think I forgot?  I didn’t…just another crazy day at the Jillibean house! 


First,  let’s share some links…


*Read story below and then check this out.


Kathy (SIL) sent me this link – Kathy, why don’t you start a blog?  It’s a link to Aleida’s Challenge.  Read the story below and you’ll understand…


Many scrapbookers knew Aleida Franklin. She was a wonderful wife and mother and a brilliant artist. I didn’t know Aleida personally, but she taught me something I will never forget.

She emailed me last year to tell me she loved my blog and to ask if I like my short hair-cut. This lead to a series of emails which eventually led me to remark that I really loved how often she posted pictures of herself with her children on her blog. And she replied to me, “Have you ever seen a photograph of your own mother and thought to yourself how fat she looked? Or how she wasn’t wearing make-up? Or wasn’t dressed in a glamorous outfit?” Of course my answer was no.

She then responded with saying that she made it a goal to take a picture of herself with her children at least once every month. And that to use excuses about how we look, as women, is ridiculous, since our children will never care what we looked like, but only that we had physical evidence of the bond between mother and child.

Aleida tragically and unexpectedly passed away last September, leaving 2 small children and a grieving husband. After she passed I thought of how those children must feel to have those precious photographs. I have made it my personal goal to follow her wise suggestion and I now take photos of myself with my children….double chins, make-up free, bed-head and all.

I invite Mothers everywhere to take Aleida’s Challenge. To photograph yourself with your children each and every month. And to post them here so that we can see Aleida’s legacy unfolding.


I will be the first to say that I hardly EVER take photos with my children for the very reasons that were listed (hair not done, no makeup, bad angles, looking frumpy).  I think this is a good reminder and I’m taking on this challenge for the next 6 months.  Let’s see if I can do it!  Thanks Kathy!


Paper Pinwheels


*A couple weeks ago, Ingrid had some Jillibean pinwheels on the Bean Talk blog.  Check here for instructions from Martha.


*I posted pics of our new buttons today on the Bean Talk blog.  If you love vintage buttons, check these out on Etsy.  I think that’s a pretty good deal!


*I get tracebacks on the Bean Talk blog all the time for  She’s wraps up the weeks best blog posts (which yes, I’m excited to say Jillibean has had some links posted there).  Tutorials, templates, tips and tricks….it’s all there!  Warning…you might get addicted and spend hours in blogland!


Oh, and did I mention a giveaway too? 


If you’re interested in winning a paper pack of each the new Lentil, Alphabet and Talk Soup collections than leave a comment about July and what you’ve been up to!  A winner will be picked next Thursday, July 23rd 9:00pm EST.  I leave for CHA on the 24th so I’ll be sure to get it in the mail before I leave. 😉


Have a great weekend!