Month : January 2010

Liz Ink & Paper in the news!


It's been a tough little secret to keep quiet, but Liz Ink and Paper is featured today in the Cedar Rapids Gazette. A huge thank you to Meredith who wrote the article!

Check out the online version here.

26 on the 26th: celebrated in 26 ways

How to celebrate a golden birthday (or ANY birthday for that matter):

1. Make it a week-long celebration. Seriously…WEEK-long.

2. Go out for drinks and laughter with girlfriends.

3. Make your favorite kind of cupcakes (or get your husband to make them).

4. Blown up yellow balloons the eve of the big day and let them float around at the bottom of the stairs so in the morning it feels all celebratory as you come down to leave for work. 🙂

5. Have breakfast in bed, even if it IS a Tuesday and you feel rushed. (Thank you, Page <3).

6. Dress up.

7. Upgrade your grande size latte to a venti, en route to work.

8. Explain to anyone who doesn’t understand the “golden birthday”
concept just HOW big of a deal it is, and that they should really catch

9. Eat a cupcake in lieu of the typical healthy mid-morning snack, while chatting with a happy-birthday-wishing bestie.

10. Gratefully read Facebook birthday posts (don’t you just love that Facebook reminds you of all bdays?)

11. Skip the brown bag and go out to lunch.

12. Buy yourself a present, taking it as a sign that MJ’s This Is It came out on DVD on your birthday. 🙂

13. Check the mail. Nothing beats an old-fashioned birthday card. And grandparents are always SO on top of that game.

14. Take a day off from the gym.



15. Squeal with delight as you unwrap gift cards for mystic tanning. No skin cancer this year!

16. Read a blog post featuring you through the years, compiled by Mom.
A mix of misty eyes, then mortification at just how bad your eyebrows
were, washes over you as you read her words and look at the pics. What
a lucky girl to have such amazing parents these 26 years.

17. Forget the diet for one day and splurge on your favorite deep dish pizza for dinner.

18. Have a drink. Or three.

19. Enjoy phone calls, texts, and emails from friends and family, (in particular a text from Dad, telling me he can still remember just how funny I looked the day I was born) :). So lucky to have each and every one of these people in my life.

20. Take some reflection time. Write an email to your future self on your 27th birthday. Set Google Calendar to send it to your inbox one year from today.

21. Try not to kill your husband when he points out it’s only four years until you’re thirty. (And your grandmother, when she makes it known that you’re more than halfway to fifty).

22. Eat your second cupcake of the day. It’s your birthday – there’s no “stop after one” rule.

23. (Resolve to make tomorrow’s workout extra long).

24. Settle in on the couch to watch a good movie, courtesy of Netflix.

25. Smile blissfully, reflecting on a simply delightful day.

26. In the middle of blissful state, glance out window. Make mental note to self that next year, it should be considered that you live in freezing cold, icy, blizzardy Iowa and that January 26, 2011 should and will be spent at a resort in the Caribbean.


Thank you to all the family and friends that bless my life in small and large ways every day, and celebrate with me not just on January 26, but every day. You are all loved beyond sane reason.

so thankful…


For girlfriends.

We all agreed these kinds of nights need to happen more often! After seeing the movie Precious, it was time for some serious pick-me-up celebrating! My first trip to The Continental downtown and I loved it! The tapas were delish, drinks were tasty, and the atmosphere was perfect for six girlies to sit around and laugh and chat for hours. Thanks to all to such a fun birthday night! So lucky to have such fabulous friends.

save the date photo card


This southern belle and her hubby-to-be wanted to incorporate their wedding colors with a favorite recent vacation photo when announcing their Big Day news to family and friends. Photo card as shown is 5×7 and comes with white envelope.

Baby Announcements


There is something very special about being asked to be a part of announcing a new baby to the world. They are SO tiny and fresh and downright magical. This little sweetie is no exception!

Mama wanted a very clean and simple design so the focus remained on the gorgeous photo taken on day one at the hospital. The color is sampled from the sweet little hat baby is wearing. Above is the final version her mama chose to go with…a couple of "runner up" versions are below. 


These and all baby announcements are printed on glossy high quality photo paper and come with white envelopes. Go here to see more baby announcement templates. Or, drop me a line any time to request a custom announcement – for baby or any other occasion!

Doing my small part…


…to spread the word on the dangers of texting while driving.

We've all taken or made a phonecall on the road. I am proud to say I'm not one to text and drive, but after watching Oprah's episode this week, I am determined to spread the message about making your car a no phone zone.

I was shocked to learn the following:

  • You are 4 times more likely to be involved in an accident if you are TALKING on the phone than if not.
  • You are also 4 times more likely to be involved in an accident if you are legally drunk (.08 blood alcohol content).
  • You are 8 times more likely to be involved in an accident if you are TEXTING – twice the likeliness than if you are a drunk driver.

Visit for more information and make the commitment to put down your phone when you're behind the wheel.

EVERYONE thinks they are more than adequate at keeping their attention on their phones and the road at the same time, but obviously some are wrong, as more 6,000 deaths last year were caused by texting drivers. And don't think just because you have a hands-free headset, that you're 100% on your game. As one of Oprah's guests so eloquently put it, it's not about where your hands are, it's where your head is.

wedding monograms!

Informal Monogram 

Consider them your very own "logo" to set the tone for your nuptial celebration! After presenting her several mockups based on her colors, this bride chose both a formal and informal version to use on various favors, programs and other items.

Planning a wedding and want a one-of-a-kind monogram for you and your hubby-to-be? Drop me a line! Final files are handed over to you to use as you please and print on whatever you like. You can personalize every aspect of your big day!

Formal Monogram

Eat Your Veggies (without knowing it)

I love, love, LOVE vegetables – I like them raw, cooked, mashed up in favorite dishes – it doesn't matter. I love the taste, the crunch, the colors, and more than anything, the nutritional value. Unfortunately, I live with a dude who doesn't quite have the affinity for veggies that I do. He'll eat some of the basics, but is very weird about the "texture" of how things taste, and this fact turns him away from some of my faves.

SO, being the oh-so-sneaky wife I am, I've taken to hiding veggies in dishes like this one, above. I originally found a recipe I liked from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food (their version is shown above) and modified it a bit. It's a very light, subtle mac and cheese. It's not the ultra-cheesy Velveeta style you think of when you think mac and cheese, but that's okay with me. I am all about lightening up my dishes these days.

This mac is definitely creamy, and fills you up, but with less of the guilt and a double serving of veggies, stealthily hidden. Page didn't even flinch eating this, and when I admitted later that it contained not only butternut squash, but cauliflower (a least fave) he could not believe it and I thought I was messing with him. So there you have it – the ultimate testimonial!

Eat Your Veggies Mac & Cheese

1 lb. elbow macaroni (I use Barilla Plus multigrain)

2 c. cubed butternut squash (peel and seed before chopping)

1 c. raw cauliflower florets

1-1/2 c. skim milk

1 c. chicken stock

1 c. shredded 2% cheddar

1/2 c. part skim ricotta

4 Tbsp grated parmesan

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt (plus more to salt pasta water)

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp fine bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine squash, cauliflower, stock, and milk in a
medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to
medium; simmer until squash is tender when pierced with a fork, about
20 minutes. Remove from heat. Mash contents of saucepan; stir in
nutmeg, cayenne, and salt.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt. Add
noodles; cook until al dente, according to package instructions, about
8 minutes. Drain, and transfer to a large bowl; stir in squash mixture,
cheddar, ricotta, and 2 tablespoons Parmesan.

Lightly coat a 9-inch-square baking dish with
cooking spray. Transfer noodle mixture to dish. In a small bowl,
combine breadcrumbs, the remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan, and oil;
sprinkle evenly over noodle mixture.

Cover with aluminum foil, and bake 20 minutes. Remove foil, and
continue baking until lightly browned and crisp on top, 30 to 40
minutes more. Serve immediately.