The Soup Bowl

Tidbits about Jillibean Soup and the life behind the bowl…

Who’s getting some new Jillibean products? December 25, 2009

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Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-12-26 03:24:50 UTC

guillauma … Congrats!!!!!!

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All my prayers for Nate (and a card !)
Thanks for the chance to win some JBS products


Thank you everyone for playing along!!!  Guillauma, when you get a minute, can you send your address to so I can get your goodies out to you!!!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Merry Christmas!!!

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In the words of Kami – Ha lle Lu La,  Jesus Christ is born.  Merry Christmas!  Wishing you and your families a Very Merry one!  

One last Christmas card to share…

Enjoy this glorious day! 


Fun Bits for the Week… December 22, 2009

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Fun Bits for the Week of December 14th…


Has it really been a month since I posted my last Fun Bits?  Oh my…  Let’s see if I can remember how to do this. 😉

  • Brooke has started doing cookie monster impressions which I must say are quite amusing.  Her mum, mum, mum, mum, mum coooookie monster low tone is right on!
  • Kami was a cute little angel in her pre-school Christmas show.  For some reason it was more fun to play with her halo, wave to mom, turn around in her chair,  wave to dad, and do a little dance with her legs than it was to sing.  In between songs she could be heard saying  loudly “Hi Brooke” to a little girl sitting on my lap. 
  • The girls are very excited for Santa to come!  Our elves however have had to go back to the north pole for a couple of days.  The girls have been fighting over who finds the elves in the morning and the big elf is about to lose his legs.  Grandma might be sewing some elf legs before too long. 😉
  • Leah lost her 2nd tooth.  The tooth fairy visited with a couple bucks and a mini penguin (which seems to have gone missing already).  The penguin is one of those Asian erasers that are popular right now.  Good thing the tooth fairy is so cool and stays up with the trends. 😉
  • Brooke still loves the crayons!  Her latest masterpiece was on one of the windows in the playroom.
  • Kami insists on putting “lips chapped” on her lips several times a day.
  • Hubby and I were talking about Christmas tonight and I’m so thankful I started my shopping prior to Thanksgiving.  We’re both not sure where October, November and December went!!!!  2010 here we come!
  • We hosted a gingerbread house party this past weekend which was quite fun!  If you’ve never made a gb house before, I would recommend it!  We had some real talent in the group.  Take a look…

Have a great holiday week!!!


A little bit of everything… December 17, 2009

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News, prayer requests, card request, a sneak peek and a giveaway…a little bit of everything…

You know it’s bad when I could not remember my log-in id for the blog. 😦   New Year’s Resolution for 2010: Better Blogger :).  I think I have too many outlets to post what’s going on in our everyday life and it’s just too much.  Facebook is going to have to suffer.  Tee Hee.

As we approach the Winter Craft and Hobby show, we have LOTS going on!  Travel plans, booth reservations, booth changes, design team assignments and new products – not to mention all the holiday stuff as well!   The show is in Anaheim again so I’m looking forward to a little sunshine.  Also, I love the breakfasts at the Embassy Suites!  I’m really looking forward to having an omlet made for me every morning.  Yum.  Oh, and free happy hour too!  Can’t beat that!   And of course spending time with friends. 🙂  Soooo, what about NEW products – you ask and where are they?  We’ll I thought I would share one little quick sneak peek – it’s my favorite piece of paper from all of our new lines and it makes me smile everytime I see it.  I should really carry it in my pocket or something.

It’s from my Old World Cabbage Soup line and I LOVE it!!!  My favorite line to date. 

We are discontinuing several lines now, including all of our first kraft lines.  If there’s something you absolutely love, you may want to get it before it’s all gone. 😦

Prayer Requests – this time of year is very difficult for some people.  The holidays should bring joy but to some it brings sadness as they remember the loss of a loved one that may not be at the dinner table this season.  If you have a minute or two say a prayer for these familes.  I have a few extras as well…

* This from my SIL Kathy:

A friend’s daughter is a senior in HS and has been having a difficult time for the last several years.  As of this past year, it has resulted in panic attacks and more recently, hallucinations.  There is some concern that she may have been abused by a school employee.  After recommendation from several psychiatrists and therapists, she is currently in an inpatient rehabilitation facility for 90 days (thousands of miles from her home).  In addition to all the stress with trying to figure out what has happened and the best treatment for her, now there is also a financial burden.  I’m sure the holidays will be especially difficult, as she is an only child.  It is my understanding that they will only be able to see her for a few hours on Christmas day, even if they travel that far.  The family needs everyone’s prayer.  Thanks.



* My friend Missey’s sister could use your prayers.  Her husband recently lost his job.  What a horrible time to lose your job – I couldn’t even imagine.  Please say couple of prayers for this family as well.

* One other note…I got this message from my friend Holly…

My cousin Nate Elfrink is 7 ½ years old and has been fighting cancer his entire life.  They thought the tumor was finally gone earlier this year, but we found out last week that it has returned and is growing more rapidly than ever.  Unfortunately, there is not much more they can do for him.  His last wish is to receive as many Christmas Cards as possible, (hopefully 1 million)!    If you get a moment, could you please send a Christmas card to Nate?  

Here’s his address:


If you have a moment, can you send Nate a card? UPDATE: The family has said they have received enough cards but are asking people to make a donation in Nate’s name to the Children’s Hospital of Columbus.  You can read more information here.  Thanks Holly D. for the update.



Switching gears – so sorry for the random post.  How about a giveaway?  It’s been a while!  I have some new samples sitting in a box just waiting to get used.  If you would like to get NEW product before it’s even on the market, leave a comment.  Nothing special, just a note. will pick a winner on December 25th.  Christmas here in the states. 

Good Luck and thanks in advance for your prayers.


McClimans Family Tree Farm December 6, 2009

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Hmmm, this blog is still here.  It just doesn’t seem to go away.  Just kidding!  I hate that I can’t keep up with it but unfortunately, duty calls.

Some of you know that my brother and his wife own a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania.  It’s the McClimans Family Christmas Tree Farm and I would tell you to go get a tree but I’m guessing they’ve sold out again this weekend.  Anyhow, we’ve had the pleasure of helping them sell trees on Thanksgiving weekend for the past 2 years.  They have a hayride that will take you out to the trees, have equipment to cut down your own tree, sleds to pull the tree, hot chocolate, cookies and it’s just a fun time.  The girls LOVE the hayride!  Brooke wasn’t so sure at first but quickly became a fan after her first trip.  Last year we had lots of snow…this year not so much.  It was quite nice on Sat and Sun and the girls had a great time playing outside.  Here are some pics to prove it…

Trees, trees and more trees. 😉

The crew hanging out on the wagon.  See the tall one on the left…that’s the Daffin’s sales lady.  Thank you Alyssa for this extra 4 pounds I have now. 😉

One cute reindeer…

and another…

Here’s Brooke in search of the perfect Christmas tree.  We brought one home with us and it did fine on top of my car – rain and all!

Here’s Kams doing her best Vanna impression to showcase our tree.

Check out that face…oh that look…get it all the time.  The sleigh she’s sitting in has been passed down in my family. 

These two are of hubby pulling Brooke in one of the sleds (used to tow trees).  She was lovin’ it. 

Glad that we have started these traditions – great memories for the girls!

Have a great week!


Danger, Danger… December 1, 2009

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See this…

Well, you can barely see it.  It’s a Daffins candy bar.  Do you know how many I’ve eaten since Thursday?  8 – that’s right – 8!!!  I LOVE this chocolate and my niece was selling them for a fundraiser.  Besides eating several in Pennsylvania while visiting for the holiday, I bought several extra to cover with patterned paper and give out at Christmas.  I’m not going to have any to give.  <embarrassed face inserted here>