Lament of a cracked iPhone screen

IMG_0010 Today I dropped my iPhone.

Its happened so often before.

I didn’t think anything of it, as I picked it off the floor.

But this time something was different. To my horror and dismay.

This time my iPhone had cracked. I didn’t know what to say.

I ran to my husband to tell him, my luck had just run out.

He took a quick look and said yup. You have a few months to hold out.

A few months til iPhone 6 he continued. Hopefully it will last until then.

I thought no way can I do it and off to the computer I ran. I quickly did some research.

There were lots of choices for me. We could fix it ourselves, take it somewhere, or upgrade to iPhone 5c (or 5s).

After (what seemed like) an eternity spent lamenting, the answer became crystal clear.

Apple Care + to the rescue! I was no longer living in fear.

I have already made my appointment. We will be making the drive up today.

All I can say is phew! Everything turned out okay.

I hope you enjoyed my little poem. It is so funny how one drop of a favorite device can send us into a panic. Luckily, this time around I was saved and can still covet the iPhone 6 instead of “wasting” my upgrade. Let this be a lesson to all you girls and boys out there. No high ledges and get a good case! 

Divergent | My 2014 Reading Challenge

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This year I’ve challenged myself to read at least one book per month. I’ll be selecting titles from this list of books that will be coming to the big screen this year. You can read more about my 2014 Reading Challenge here


I actually finished this one in March. Another two-book month! Go me! For the most part I’ve not gotten into many of the big Young Adult trilogies that have been popular in recent years. So I haven’t read The Hunger Games or Twilight. I know (gasp)! In reading Divergent I’m reminded that one of the great things about YA fiction is what a quick read it can be, so even if you’re not feeling it you know you’ll be done soon. I finished this book in just three days. I loved that this book was fast-moving books and had a lot of high energy that made me want to keep reading to keep up with the pace of the book. (I may have to read The Hunger Games after all). I’m finding that it’s easier to quickly get through a book when you’re reading it on the Kindle since you can pretty much take it anywhere. (The Kindle Paperwhite is actually on sale right now for $99 so head over to Amazon and scoop it up if its been on your wish list.)

Divergent is set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago. The citizens who live in the city have been divided into factions based on their strongest personality trait: peaceful, selfless, intelligent, brave, honest. The story follows a young girl, Beatrice (later known as Tris) as she takes her aptitude test and selects her faction. She chooses to leave Abnegation (selfless) and join Dauntless (brave). Though behind the scenes someone is making a move to disrupt the established structure. Tris’ abnormal aptitude test results make her divergent (something that is not welcome in the new order) and her characteristics will instead help her play a big role in trying to thwart the secret plan. I thought this book was entertaining and definitely want to read the next one.

I was able to watch the movie with Ally a couple weeks ago. We met up at our mid-way point, Culver City. The movie didn’t encompass all the psychological mind-game aspects of the book but was still a good visual of what happened in the story. Really, my favorite part was actor Theo James, who played Four. Yummy! I had no idea when the movie started that it was the same person who played Kamal Pamuk in Downton Abbey, one of my favorite shows. (Ally let me in on that juicy little tidbit) He sure looks good when not playing a pale white dead guy.


The next book I’ve already finished is The Fault in Our Stars and this is my favorite book yet. Though I won’t be sharing on this one until next month after the movie is released. Shailene Woodley is really getting around the movie circuit this year.

How are you doing with your own reading goals so far?

The Art + Science of Scrapbooking *Giveaway* from Jennifer Wilson and Big Picture Classes

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Today I’m so excited to be giving away, to one lucky Heartmix reader, a spot in The Art + Science of Scrapbooking at Big Picture Classes! Art + Science is taught by two of the best scrapbooking teachers around, Stacy Julian and Jennifer Wilson. Over four fun-filled weeks, using videos showcasing their own right brain vs. left brain creative personalities, these amazing teachers issue 16 brain-boosting layout challenges to help you strengthen your own creative process.

Art + Science teachersWhether you’re new to scrapbooking or a papercrafting veteran this class will get you thinking about this wonderful hobby in a brand new way, by both tuning into and challenging your own creative personality type. Class starts on May 15 and costs $45 so get  your Mother’s Day present request in now. (This class is currently on introductory special for $35 so get signed up quick!)

From the Class Description:

Are you a right-brained person who embraces possibility and spontaneity, thrives on imagination, relies on feelings, and thinks in symbols and images? Are you a left-brained person who practices strategy and order, finds comfort in facts, relies on logic, and thinks in words and language?

The answer to both questions is “yes!” In The Art + Science of Scrapbooking, a mind-bending workshop from Stacy Julian and Jennifer Wilson, you’ll learn to harness the creative power of both sides of your brain.

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In four illuminating weeks, right-brainer Stacy Julian and left-brainer Jennifer Wilson will help you embrace your natural cognitive strengths. But they’ll also challenge themselves, each other, and YOU to find a new sense of balance and power as you explore the other side of your brain.

You can learn more about the class and get signed up here.

I took this class last year and had a blast creating 8 brand new layouts, including the one below which involved a challenge on color and is now one of my favorite layouts ever. (My first class where I completed ALL the challenges!) I’m really so excited to offer a seat in Art + Science to one of our lucky Heartmix readers.


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How to Enter: To enter to win a free seat in this amazing class just take a guess at you’re own personality type by commenting left-brain or right-brain. Comments will close and a winner will be chosen at random on April 22 @ 9pm PST.

*If you are selected as the winner but purchased the class before the giveaway is over you will be reimbursed by Big Picture Classes. Giveaway winner will need to claim their seat in the class before registration closes on May 24, 2014.

Mushrooms in Green Sauce

This post is part of my Family Jewels project.  You can read about it here

Hi!  It’s been ages.  Hasn’t it?  I even aged a year since last time I posted.

I decided that I would just make whatever I felt like in the Family Jewels this time around.  No rhyme, no reason, just eeine meenie miney mo and voila! Mushrooms in green sauce.  Sound weird?  I thought so.  I also thought, after reading the ingredients,  that mushrooms in green sauce sounds like something Charlotte would like to try after eating green eggs and ham during Dr Seuss week at school.

Let’s do this.

Mushrooms in Green Sauce

If your mushrooms are large, like mine were, cut them up a bit.  Chop onion finely and mince garlic.

Mushrooms in Green Sauce

Saute mushrooms in olive oil to soften them a bit.

Mushrooms in Green Sauce

Saute onion for two mins, then add minced garlic.

Mushrooms in Green Sauce

add flour and cook about one minute. Add white wine and chicken stock .  Add mushrooms back in. While mushrooms cook in sauce, finely chop parsley and add to the pan.  Stir to combine.

Mushrooms in Green Sauce

Serve at room temperature as a side dish or do what I did, serve over steak.

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God, I love vermouth.

Some notes.  This recipe mentioned I should refrigerate the mushrooms after first cook.   I didn’t do that as I thought it was written as I make ahead dish.  I loosely followed that part of the recipe and really have no idea if it would have made a difference.  It didn’t make much sense to me so I cooked everything together and omitted that part from the recipe below.

Mushrooms in Green Sauce

  • 3/4 lb small to medium size white mushrooms
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine ( I used vermouth)
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • salt and pepper
  • large bunch of parsley, cleaned

Clean mushrooms and set aside.

In medium side skillet, heat two Tbsp of oil over high heat until oil reaches smoking point.  Add mushrooms and saute for 3-5 minutes, stirring until they browned and softened but still retain their liquid.  Turn off heat, remove mushrooms and set aside.

Heat remaining oil over medium heat.  Add onions and saute two minutes or until wilted but not colored.  Stir in garlic.  Add flour and cook, stirring, about 1 minute.  Gradually add wine and stock.  Add mushrooms.  Stir.  Sauce will thicken.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add parsley and stir to combine.  Simmer until mushrooms are cooked through.

Can be served as a side dish or as topping to a steak.


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