Freebies, Holiday

Mother’s Day

Did you forget Mother’s Day again? Well you’re not alone. Me, you, and millions of other people* did too. Well I didn’t really forget it, more like procrastinated until this week.

My mother never asked or wanted anything on this on this special day but a homemade card. Over the years these cards have progresses little kiddle drawings, to scrapbook/papercraft cards, to my digital illustrations.

Since I dropped the ball this year and almost forgot to make a card I thought I’d help out all you other slackers too.

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Here are three cards; one for the hot momma in your life, one for the mom that deserves a drink, and one that is that shows your excitement for Mother’s Day. You can print these at home (preferably on cardstock), write something sweet in them (sorry I can’t help you there), and deliver one to your sweet mom along with a big hug.

Download all three cards:

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*not an accurate statistical number

 

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Freebies, Life Lessons

Life Lessons: #BeTheKnope

I started writing this post awhile ago just to touch on the inspiration I get from Leslie Knope. I didn’t finish writing the post because at that time things were going well and I sort-of lacked the inspiration I needed to finish it. This week life threw some rotten lemons at me that I haven’t yet figured out how to turn into lemonade but it did give me the motivation to finish this post.

For those of you don’t know, Leslie Knope is the obnoxiously driven, kind-hearted, binder-making character from the series Parks and Recreation. It is my all time favorite show and if there is anything to be taken from it besides joy and laughter, it is the lessons that Leslie teaches about achieving our goals. Cheesy sounding I know, but this really hit home for me this week.

In the show Leslie works for the Parks Department of Pawnee, Indiana which she thinks is the best town in the US. It isn’t.

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It has a horrible past filled mistreatment of the Wamapoke Indians that settled there before the pawnee people drove them out. In present day the town is know for its obesity rates and is in constant competition with the neighboring, more superior,  town  Eagleton.

Many of the episodes involve her relentless struggle to improve the lives of others with constant retaliation. This always happens and she always gets right back to it no matter what the set back is.

So here are my takeaways from Leslie Knope.

  1. Make a Binder aka Be Organized. There is nothing like having a good planner and a project binder.

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2.  When in Doubt, Waffles. In other words, find that one thing that brings you joy, no matter how   simple, and hold on to it.

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3.   Don’t let anything get in your way, even a perm.

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4.   Be Confident in Yourself.

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5.  Most Importantly, “Be the Leslie Knope of whatever you do.” Do everything with overwhelming optimism.

To help keep you inspired I’ve created a few freebies for you to enjoy. There’s  desktop background, a iPhone background, and an image that you can print to go on your wall.

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Download here (Wallpaper, iPhone Wallpaper, Print)

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Freebies

August Calendar

August here in Alabama is the hottest month of the summer. So I was inspired by the little cacti that are able to survive in this crazy heat when I made this calendar. Enjoy!

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Here’s a version without the calendar as well!

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All photographs/designs are made by me, Emma Antaillia, unless otherwise  stated.

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Freebies, History, joys

National Doughnut (or Donut) Day!

It’s that time again. We’ve waited all year for that faithful first Friday in June, National Donut Day. What is National Donut Day? Why it’s the one day a year where many establishments give out free donuts. Yes, I said FREE DONUTS or doughnuts (whatever you prefer).  Well, just in case you don’t know what’s up I’m here to give you a mini guide to this oh-so-sweet day.

History

It’s likely that the doughnut has been around for quite some time but it wasn’t until the doughnut machine was invented in the 1920’s, that they really picked up in popularity. The recipe became more refined from the greasy, heavy doughnut to the light and flaky pastry of today. Even in the wake of the Great Depression the doughnut was still in the reach of most costumers at less than a nickel a piece. Many of them were accompanied  with encouraging words such as “As you go through life make this your goal: Watch the doughnut not the hole.”

Now on to Doughnut day.

National Donut day began in the 1930’s with the Salvation Army. They would have their “Donut Lassies” hand out donuts to the American soldiers in France during World War I. On June 7, 1939  the day was made official. Now every first Friday of June we get to enjoy this sweet treat but while you’re doing the don’t forget the men and women that made it possible.

Doughnut vs. Donut 

So have you ever noticed how doughnut, or donut, is spelled different in different places?  Well, from what I’ve read either is correct. Donut is merely the simplified version of doughnut. The term donut became more popular since the founding of Dunkin Donuts in the 30’s. It’s purely a matter a preference, but if writing a school paper I’d stick with doughnut.

Where do I get my free doughnut?

It all depends on where you live. Donut Day USA has a locator to show you doughnut shows in your area. Krispy Kreme, nationally,  will give you one doughnut of your choice and Dunkin Donuts will give you a free donut with a purchase of a beverage.

Doughnut Wallpaper!

Here I have included an iPhone and computer wallpaper.

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Resources and other additional articles:

https://www.krispykreme.com/about/Our-Story

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-history-of-the-doughnut-150405177/?page=1

For Alabamians:

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/06/free_donuts_today_on_national.html#incart_river

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/06/9_alabama_donut_shops_you_need.html#incart_river

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All photographs/designs are made by me, Emma Antaillia, unless otherwise  stated

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