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Thursday
Apr162009

Last Day of Boot Camp...

What a wonderful time I have had doing this boot camp endurance and strength training program at my local YMCA!  Yesterday was the last day of the six week session and we had to do a timed obstacle course.  I felt like I was on Survivor!  Only I had a bathroom and cold water to drink!! LOL!  The next session starts in two weeks and I plan to sign up for that one as well!!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Friday
Apr102009

It Took Awhile, But...

Saturday
Apr042009

Untapped Possibilities...

I read this quote the other day and thought I would share:

“Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.”  ~ Dale E. Turner

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More images from my Multiples Series:

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Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Wednesday
Apr012009

Hooverball...

We played Hoover Ball in Boot Camp this morning!  It was awesome!  I never knew I could have so much fun while exercising!  What is Hooverball?   Wikipedia defines it as:

"Hooverball is a medicine ball game invented by President Herbert Hoover's personal physician to help keep then-President Hoover fit. 

In general, the game is played on a volleyball-type court of grass or sand and involves throwing a heavily weighted medicine ball over the net. Officially, in Hooverball, the medicine ball weighs about six pounds and is thrown over an eight-foot volleyball-type net. The game is scored just like tennis. The ball is caught and then thrown back. The weight of the medicine ball can make the sport to be quite physically demanding."

Watch a couple of short videos here and here to see how it works!

We made a few adjustments to our game.  Whenever a team dropped the ball, they dropped down and did 10 push ups!   It was a blast!!  :)

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Tuesday
Mar312009

Identity Theft & Web Finds...

In the summer of 2007 I read an article about "Identity Theft" and then heard Clark Howard, the consumer action expert, discuss it on his show.  It is easy to have a false sense of security, and I was compelled to look into placing a credit freeze on my credit.  Clark Howard defines a credit freeze as:  "...one of the most effective tools against economic ID theft available to consumers. They allow you to seal your credit reports and use a personal identification number (PIN) that only you know and can use to temporarily "thaw" your credit so that legitimate applications for credit and services can be processed. That added layer of security means that thieves can't establish new credit in your name even if they are able to obtain your ID." 

My husband and I took the time that summer to issue the freeze to our credit. 

Why am I mentioning this?  I feel strongly about this topic and debated whether or not to share my story as it is a rather boring topic, but hear me out.  In January of this year, my husband became a victim of identity theft.  We received a letter from Target indicating that he had tried to open a credit card account, but he had not.  Both of our credit card numbers were stolen and I received a call from a police detective that someone had used my husband's driver's license to rent a car.  Someone created a fake license and tried to pass it off as my husband's.  I share this because we are very careful and it still happened to us. 

Read about this security measure here on Clark's website. He explains exactly how to request a credit freeze and even has sample letters to make the whole process easy.

Webfinds

•Have you seen this new web store called Shop Handmade?  Great handmade goodies here!!
•Find some beautiful vintage "pretties" at Pretty Petals!
•I found this site where you can have your own artwork gallery wrapped!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Sunday
Mar222009

I'm in Boot Camp...

Okay, it isn't real boot camp, but it sure feels like it! About a  year ago, I began slacking in my work-out routine.  Where I once would not let more than a week or two go by without working out, soon turned into months.  Life got busy, I got stressed, lazy and a little out of sorts.  I have struggled to get back to the gym after so many years of hard work and commitment.  It has been hard.  Been there?  Then you know what I mean.  Anyway, my former trainer and friend, invited me to join his Boot Camp training a few weeks ago and I agreed.  During the first session, I was mulling over in my mind how I was going to break the news to him that I was a wimp and didn't think I could live through another session.  Thank goodness we had a four day break before session two.  For three of those days,  I could hardly bend my legs and my arms would not bend out straight.  UGH!  This is what I deserved for not keeping in shape.  I discovered, however, in session two that everyone else felt the same!

Enter four sessions later and I am doing better!  I don't feel quite as sore and I am actually having fun.  I didn't realize how much I had been missing the social aspects of working out and I am feeling better mentally and physically as well.

I wasn't sure I wanted to share this because when you put it out there, you are accountable.  I don't talk about riding my bike or boxing or any of that because I haven't been doing it.  I want that to change, so I am sharing that I am working toward changing my mindset and getting back to my commitment to being healthy!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Sunday
Mar152009

Where You Are Standing...

I came across this quote today and wanted to share:

“What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what kind of a person you are."  ~ C.S. Lewis

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Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Monday
Mar092009

Textured...

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1. Red Brick, 2. Revealed, 3. Dry Rot, 4. Cracked Blue, 5. Message Board, 6. Tape Texture, 7. Cellar Window, 8. Stained Brick, 9. Lamp Post

All photos taken in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Sunday
Mar082009

An Entrance...

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“Every exit is an entrance somewhere else."  ~Tom Stoppard

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Saturday
Mar072009

Around Asheville...

Spent the day shopping and taking pictures around Asheville.  Here's several things from my perspective...

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Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Friday
Mar062009

Biltmore Estate...

It was a gorgeous day in Asheville today!  The snow had already melted from the weekend, but here and there you could see a few areas of ice.  We toured the Biltmore Estate as well as the gardens.  We could not take photos inside the house, so I had to focus on the outside. There was still a lot to see!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Thursday
Mar052009

Knoxville to Asheville...

At one time, I lived in North Carolina for four years and never once ventured over to see the Biltmore.  This is not the perfect time of the year to visit and I read that Asheville was hit with snow last weekend, but I fly to Knoxville today for a long weekend with my sister.  We are driving over to the mountains to shop, sightsee and of course, take pictures!  The last time I was in Asheville I went with my parents.  It was the last trip I took with my dad before he passed away.  Mom and dad loved to visit Chimney Rock, or at least this small park at its base.  More in a residential area, the road through is narrow and the beauty of nature rises up around it.  I remember a small river and this gorgeous home on the hill just across from the park.  Glad I have that memory! :)

Spring is almost here!

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LITTLE GARDNER by Roben-Marie

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Credits: Flower Garden, Tattered Stacks No. 1, Grunge Tape and Merry Love Kit all at Paperbag Studios. Photos: Dreamstime.

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Saturday
Feb282009

Digital Studio...

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Happy to announce I have an article called Creative Brush Work published in the Spring 2009 issue of Digital Studio!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Wednesday
Feb252009

Grungy Scrapping...

Been playing around with some grungy brushes on some of my digital scrapping layouts!  Here's a sampling!

SEE BEAUTY

SEE BEAUTY by Roben-Marie

Credits: Beaded and Sparkled Overlays, Hazy Forest Papers and Bubbles & Stuff Brushes all by Roben-Marie Designs at Paperbag Studios. Photo: Dreamstime.

SWEET BOY

SWEET BOY by Roben-Marie

Credits: Cherish Ribbon Frames, Dreamy Papers, Charcoal Alphabet and Bubbles & Stuff Brushes all by Roben-Marie Designs at Paperbag Studios. Photo: Dreamstime.

SHY

SHY by Roben-Marie

Credits: Dainty Ribbon Borders, Insight Papers and Bubbles & Stuff Brushes all by Roben-Marie Designs at Paperbag Studios. Photo: Dreamstime.

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Monday
Feb232009

Our Red Bud...

It isn't even March yet and our Red Bud tree is already beginning to bloom!  It is simply gorgeous!

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OUR BUD TREE by Roben-Marie

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Grunge Frame: Paperbag Studios
Texture: Clive Sax

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