Quirks and quotes: an authentic way to tell a story

Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking16 Comments

Some of my favorite scrapbook pages or projects are those documenting both the things that my subjects say, verbatim, or the quirky things they do that make them unique. I featured one of my favorite albums in my 2nd book, called "Things You Say," a collection of random quotes from my then 6-year-old walking quote machine, Coleman. Here's a sample … Read More

Cathy ZielskeQuirks and quotes: an authentic way to tell a story

Move More Eat Less 2011…an invitation to you

Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking296 Comments

A year ago I was in a place where I wasn't very happy about how I looked and felt. I spent a lot of energy thinking about changing, but mostly I just whined about not being happy about how I looked and felt. A blog reader offered some advice: "Enough with the whining already! Why don't you DO something?" I'll … Read More

Cathy ZielskeMove More Eat Less 2011…an invitation to you

One day of my Week in the Life

Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking66 Comments

It's official. I heart Ali's Week in the Life project. One day done. I took 259 photos on Monday. What? You so crazy! I did. And there were many I loved that didn't make the final cut. Photos like these, with lots of wood in the background:         Honestly? I can't remember the last time I was … Read More

Cathy ZielskeOne day of my Week in the Life

Mirror in the bathroom

Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking58 Comments

No, it's not deja vu. And no, Mondays aren't the new official day to post pics of me in my somewhat dirty bathroom mirror. But there ain't no law that says I cain't post about mybestlife.com more than once a month, right? Last week I upped the ante on my Fitness Diversification Portfolio by adding a Zumba class to my … Read More

Cathy ZielskeMirror in the bathroom

A Tale of Two Scales

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life40 Comments

Last weekend, I bought a new digital scale to replace my old, get-a-different-weight-on-5-successive-step-ons-in-the-span-of-one-minute scale.  It was time. I was tired of the old scale's annoying habit of never going back to "0" on its own, not to mention the "jump-up-and-down-a-few-times-until-you-get-the-number-you-like" factor. I should back up a bit here: before I started my new fitness regime, I went to the doctor … Read More

Cathy ZielskeA Tale of Two Scales

Video Tutorial: working with layered templates

Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking, Tutorials61 Comments

I’ve been fielding a number of requests from blog readers that go something like this: “I like the idea of your templates, but I have absolutely no idea what to do with them, or how they work.” Let me say this: you and me? We’re not so different. Until January of this year, I had basically never worked with layered … Read More

Cathy ZielskeVideo Tutorial: working with layered templates

Here’s a layout not yet hidden away in the Scrapbooking Vault

Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking34 Comments

Last friday, I had an idea to make a page. The idea was this: I really, really love having my girl home this summer. Sure, she might not wake up until 11 a.m. or later, but I've really enjoyed having her home. I'm sure those of you with way more kids underfoot all summer long might think otherwise, but right … Read More

Cathy ZielskeHere’s a layout not yet hidden away in the Scrapbooking Vault

First month on The Plan

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life142 Comments

So I did it. I rejoined Weight Watchers Online on Saturday. Day 1. Ahhhh… it brings back so many memories of moderation. I plan to post on the first monday of each month, as it relates to my quest for reduced poundage. Just one post, per month, to either celebrate victory, or lament failure. With each post I will report … Read More

Cathy ZielskeFirst month on The Plan

Well, if you MUST know: blog reader Q & A

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life34 Comments

Attention blog readers: you asked, and I have answered. This will be a LOOOOONG post. Rather than break it up into parts…i'm just going to let it roll. Sound good. If you didn't actually ask a question, I didn't copy it in here, but i do appreciate all comments. This was fun, man. Now I must get back to my … Read More

Cathy ZielskeWell, if you MUST know: blog reader Q & A