Thursday, December 29, 2011

Jan and Feb Subway art { F R E E D O W N L O A D }

I can't believe that it is almost time to count the new year in. How did that happen?
Not sure, but I must say that I have had a great year. I am loving the last week, soaked up lots of time with the husband-o, hope to soak up a little more too. ;)

I need to get thinking about NEW YEARS resolutions.
I need to post pics of thanksgiving and Christmas.
I need to print out my JANUARY SUBWAY art.
I thought why go to the photo lab twice, so I'll need to print February's SUBWAY art as well.
Oh, and if you didn't print March's SUBWAY art out from last year do that too.  (Get March art link through my post here.)
January 26th is my birthday... so for me, I included "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" in my subway art. If you have a birthday in January feel free to use this version. 

OR... for those who don't have a January Birthday like me then... Click HERE.

AND... for those who want to print these subway prints and KEEP them for years to come, I have this design that doesn't have the year on it. :) Click HERE, for this design. 

Oh, and don't forget Valentines day. February's Subway art.

WHOA, that is a lot of subway art. 


© Christina Marcano. For personal use only. :)
my other subway art here.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Christmas was fantastic! We are enjoying time off of work until Thursday. It is pure HEAVEN.

Here is the Christmas card for 2011!
(. . . and we even sent them out in the mail.)
Hope your Christmas was relaxing and full of the spirit of the season.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

i am happy. 12.01.2011 edition

Today talking with a friend I was reminded how good my life has been, and how blessed I am. I am happy with the way things have gone, and the way they are going. We do have a choice to be happy or not. I completely believe that. 

So, today I bring out another I AM HAPPY post. I haven't posted for almost a year. But I've been happy the last year... no need to worry. 
(I also brought out the cute owl again, with a little christmas holly this time.)
1st time owl here. :)

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What do you love about yourself and the life you live?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas SUBWAY art { FREE DOWNLOAD }

I can't believe that December is tomorrow. Wow, this year has gone by so fast. We had a wonderful thanksgiving with my family. Though, I didn't take many pictures... and the ones I did take are still on the camera. For Black Friday, I did very little shopping, though I did do some.

I've been designing Christmas cards for people. Always fun, and if you want one let me know. ($25 for the design. You print them at your local photoshop.) Last year I designed about 5 cards for myself and never sent one out, this year I plan on doing better on getting one printed. LOL. (If I had sent one out last year 2010, this was my fav.) The picture was when we were in Venezuela. A simple layout.
But my favorite one was done in 2009. I thought that the design was really unique and fun.

Currently, we are in the process of getting our tree up and ready. We have a FRESH tree this year. (Thanks to Cruz's very nice co-worker, who went to the mountains and got one for us.) It is unique, and smells fantastic. It is 12 feet tall!!!! I love it... but not loving how long it takes us to get the lights to work and be on the tree. We hope to finish today. :)
Here is the SUBWAY art for CHRISTMAS, as promised. 

{ Don't use this one above, go to the link for a high res. file!!! }

I hope that you are decking your halls with Christmas love.
I am waiting for December 1st to put mine in it's frame, but it is all printed and ready to go.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Luxembourg 2011

Third Stop was LUXEMBOURG: (Europe trip continues...) Also our wedding anniversary.
We Loved our little visit to Luxembourg! Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe, and we only spent the afternoon there. I did love the little streets, and the gardens were amazing. They had cobblestone paths and really fun old buildings like most of europe does. It is a tiny country, but a pretty one. Look at the picture above with the flags and garden... stunning. They really take pride in the landscape.  

We had lunch while in Luxembourg, though we weren't that hungry. So, we stopped at a little bakery/cafe and bought a sandwich. They warmed it up, and it was super hot.... so as we walked back to the place where the bus would meet us we let it cool off. Once we took a bite, we were sad that we didn't order one for each of us... IT WAS THE BEST SANDWICH I have ever tasted. Cruz agreed. Though I think he wished that I didn't like it so much. LOL. But really it was so yummy with melted cheese... almost like alfredo sauce. Drool it was so good. 

Today was also our 3rd wedding anniversary! 

What a great day we had. It was such an adventure to go to Europe. We planned it to go over our anniversary and believe me it was a awesome idea. Happy anniversary babe. Love you. 

That night we went to Switzerland! 

So, for the evening we were able to go to a dinner with our tour group. At first we weren't sure about going... if that is what we wanted to do for our anniversary... but I am so happy that we did. It was so fun, and very festive for being in Switzerland.

This is us walking to the dinner place. :)
In beautiful Switzerland!!!
 us at dinner.
the dinner program had traditional swiss music etc... 
They even had a contest, and wished us HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.
Cruz was "LUCKY" enough to be part of the contest.
He had to yoodle.
Which was especially funny because before we left for dinner, he asked "what is a yoodle." Good thing we had this conversation. It was so funny. He wasn't very good. ha ha. 
But he gave it his best Yoodle-odle-dee-hee!
He also go to blow in one of those long horns you see above.

Really fantastic way to spend your 3rd Wedding Anniversary!

I wish I had the movie... still sad about loosing our pictures etc. Dang. 

Friday, November 11, 2011


Are you doing something festive for 11.11.11?
At the very least I will making a wish and giving my love a kiss at the pm hour, since we are both at work we can't do the am one. ;)

Today is already fantastic. My cute husband that couldn't sleep made me a yummy breakfast before we both headed out to work. It was delicious, and warmed me up.
I am grateful for those who have served and are currently serving for our country. So that we can enjoy all  the freedoms that we have. I don't want to forget their families for their sacrifices; so a huge thank you to you too. I am lucky to live in a free and safe land. THANK YOU.

Happy 11.11.11!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Brussels 2011

Second Stop was BRUSSELS: (Europe trip continues...)

Day three: Brussels was a very short visit just about a 20 hour visit. It took a long time to get here. But the views along the way were fantastic. We first took a ferry across the channel, which was fun. Then it was time to meet up with our official tour director and tour group. Our tour director was Ilka, and she is seriously one smarty pants. I felt like she new everything about Europe. Our group that we were with ended up being really great too. Lucky us, I guess. Ok, so when we pulled into the hotel parking lot in Brussels it was so beautiful, there were all these flags and a windmill thing, and green grass with lots of trees. We got checked into the hotel, and then we were off again for a historical tour of the city. It's a small place so we got to see lots of the highlights in a short time.
We then went to the town square. I love that place. I loved to cobble stone streets, and all the cute little shops that were filled with yummy chocolate, and other fun treasures.

BRUSSELS favorites and facts:

  1. French Fries are really from Belgium, not France. You can get them everywhere!
  2. Mussels are the MUST HAVE Belgian cuisine. (Cruz ordered this for dinner, it was a huge pot filled with peppers, onions an delicious mussels.)
  3. Belgium Waffles are so amazing! There is a reason why they are Belgium Waffles. Mine was topped with chocolate and fresh strawberries. YUM! I need to go back to Belgium just to get another one... they are that good.
  4. Town square is fun at night, they had color changing lights on the town building. Plus Music to go with. It reminded me of Christmas kind-of. ;)
  5. The Picture above that is on the bottom right: shows all the highlights of Brussels, Manneken Pis (Peeing boy) See his story here, he is eating a Belgium waffle, and then a chocolate store, and also featured in the store is the Smurfs (The Smurf comic strips are by the Belgian cartoonist Peyo.)!!! Well Belgium is also known for it's beer, but since I don't drink I didn't care about it.
We were able to meet up with our friends who live in Belgium, which was so fun and a huge plus. We had waffles with them, and we got a little bonus tour hanging out with them. We got to see the Atomium, and also the university there. Thank you Roman and Ani! We loved visiting with you.

to be continued...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

London 2011

For our 3rd anniversary we went to Europe!
It was amazing, a trip of a life time.
We loved every second.
I am still morning the loss of our pictures. They were on our laptop and the hard-drive went bad. We didn't back it up, we tried to have it recovered with nothing working. A sad lesson to learn with pictures that you can't re-take. My handsome husband tells me "well we will just have to go back so we can take new pictures." I am still very sad. I am thankful that they are on facebook; well, some of them are. They are now low res, and if we printed them... they would be blurry, but at least we can see them. 

First Stop was LONDON: (a long, post.)
(Top left: Piccadilly street, Top right: London street, with double decker bus in background, bottom left: in front of london bridge, bottom right: on the river cruise.)

Oh, how we loved London.
First adventure started when we got off the plane and Cruz was almost deported. Long story... and kind of a funny one now that it is over. He is from Venezuela and so he has a Venezuelan passport, which he just renewed and it is valid for one more year. However, when they renewed it he didn't get a new booklet; he just got a stamp thing that says that it is valid for another year. Venezuelans do not need a visa to go to Europe unless... they have the old style of passport. (Like my husband did.) The kind that doesn't have a chip in it. So, he was detained for 2 hours, when we checked on this before we planned our trip the embassy told us Venezuelans don't need visas to go to England or Europe. So... while I was sent into the air-port to wait his fate. I was so sad. They gave me NO hope that he'd be let into the country. They made me feel like he was going to be sent home. I cried as I walked to the baggage claim. I had to pick up my baggage and enter into the regular part of the airport on my own, I met our tour director and he was really nice and positive. I talked to the information desk and they gave me no hope telling me about the common area where I could say good-bye to my husband before he was sent on a plane back to the states. This is not what I had planned for our 3rd year anniversary trip. I had to sit waiting for the next hour wondering what would happen. Holding back the tears, I waited.
Cruz was being questioned, and the people were all very nice. They basically did a application for a visa right then and there. They let him in the country with a warning, and after some paperwork was filled out they offered him sandwiches and soda/drinks while he and his new friend Peter (a worker in the detainment office) watched a soccer game. Finally he was able to call me, and give me the news.
I was so relieved, and excited for the real trip to begin.

Our hotel in England was very nice, and had a modern design. It was also very close to the tube station which allowed us to go anywhere we wanted with out much trouble. We stayed at the Novetel, I would stay their again.

The first night we arrived we went on a optional excursion with our tour. We took a cruise on the River Thames that included dinner at a traditional english pub. I ate fish and chips for dinner... not really that impressed. Cruz had a English beef pie, it was very flavorful. The night cruise on the river was fantastic, colder than I had expected but we got the history of the area and a view of most of the main tourist attractions.

Day two: we enjoyed the fantastic breakfast buffet at our hotel, and it filled us up until the evening. In the morning we went to big ben, westminster abbey and rode the london eye. It was really fun to go on the London eye... a view of the entire city. We walked the streets for a while until we headed back to the hotel to catch the bus to take us to Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace is The Queen's official London residence, though I am sure she wasn't there at the time. I believe that it is only open to the public in Aug and Sept. so we were lucky to have gone during this time. We walked the halls and got to see Kate's wedding dress, and also their cake. I loved every second of it. I loved all the fancy details in every room. I wished that we could have taken pictures, but they weren't allowed. As part of the tour we also got to see The Royal Mews houses the State vehicles, both horse-drawn carriages and motor car are stored there.  Cruz was very impressed by the carriage that was 4 tons of gold. We also went to piccadilly street which was lots of fun, with street performers and fun little pubs and cafes. We had a yummy dinner, we sort of shared our food. A sausage dish with mash (potatoes) and another english pie. For dessert we stopped at an adorable little bakery. We continued walking the streets of london until late into the night stopping at every tourist spot we felt important. London was great, the people were friendly for the most part. The lines weren't long and we felt like we had a great taste of London for only being there 2 days. We hope to go back one day. :)

Day three: We woke up ate breakfast, and we were on a bus that took us on a last little tour of England. We were headed to the ferry to cross the channel and eventually would end up in Brussels, Belgium. 

to be continued...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


This is one of my most favorite months. It is the month I think that people think more about GIVING, and being thankful.

The other day I read this quote on pintrest.
"It is not happy people who are thankful. It is the thankful people who are happy."
I think it is so important to look at what great things life has given you. What your blessings are. I think when I do that, I notice that I am more blessed then I realized. So, I hope that I can have more gratitude this month. I love the wonderful holiday of THANKSGIVING. It is a great holiday filled with food, family and thankful hearts. I love all the traditions that go with it. 

And here is the NOVEMBER subway art that I promised. (printed size is 8x10)

To download your copy click here

© Christina Marcano. For personal use only.

enjoy! I am going to put mine in a frame today. :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween 2011

We had such a fun and festive HALLOWEEN this year!!!!
Friday was the party me and my friend Camie have been planning for all month.
We had a great turn-out, and most everything came together with out any issue. I loved how the chip dip turned out with the sour cream spider web. The cup-cakes looked great, and the popcorn cones were better than expected. Everyone loved the soda labels. The witch hats looked cute, the ice cream was kinda tricky... but it was a great party. Thanks to all those who came, and brought yummies to share.

We were parting until 2:30 am. So, I am guessing people were having fun. ;) Everyone was festive and came in costume. I was impressed at all the creative things people came up with.

My family had a party on Sunday. It was also very festive. The little kids stole the show, like always. Kevin wore Tyler's (who is serving an LDS mission) batman suit, which was awesome. Little David also liked the batman mask. Emma liked the little pumpkin, and kept showing us where the eyes, nose and mouth were. The taco soup turned out yummy, and the chips, cheese, sour cream made it downright heavenly. We had lots of yummy desserts and treats. Thanks family for joining in on the festive-ness.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween soda labels... Free download printable

I've been working on these for a while during my lunch breaks at work... they took me longer than expected. I did have fun creating them. I debated on how the should look. Spooky or cute.... or something else. Here is what I ended up with.

Here they are!! I love the ZOMBIE VIRUS the best. (Sorry not a great pic. it was dark outside, so it had yellow lighting. Also I fixed the spelling error in the Jack-o Lantern image. )

 newest DOWNLOAD printable files HERE!!
© Christina Marcano. For personal use only.

 This label would look great on Mountain Dew, or Sprite/7-up, as well as any other green bottle.

  This label looks fantastic on 7-up's mixed berry (it's purple) soda. But also any green soda bottle matches.

  This label would looks fun on fruit punch or any red drink!

  This label would looks good with orange drink!

This one is for any cola soda... which ever one is your favorite. ;) Wondering why you don't see this one in my pic...? Well, my husband drank the soda. LOL. So, I never printed it. We will see if it happens this year. 

I am not actually a HUGE soda fan, but I do like  love these spooky wrappers.
They are 14 inches long, so they have to be printed on legal sized papers or take them to your copy store and print them.

FINAL FILE SIZE should be 14.25 x 5.35

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Halloween Cupcake Toppers (F R E E printable)

I am loving these cupcake toppers. I can't wait to use them on FRIDAY! Saturday the husband-o was sick so I spend the entire day designing these... well, and taking care of him. ;) Love the patterns. Hope that you love them too.

FYI... I plan to cut the ones without the scalloped design built into the circle with scallop scissors. We will see how it goes. Seriously, if you have any issue getting these to work email me/or comment below. I will send you a PDF. I want these things to be used up, because I am in love with them. My favorite is either the pumpkin or the cat. Which one do you like best? Would love to hear your comments!

happy, happy halloween!

I plan to have more halloween free printables this week, for spooky soda labels. Stay tuned. ;)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Halloween Party Sneak Peek

My friend and I have been very busy creating things for our upcoming halloween party.
I am super excited. I really couldn't wait to share some pics... Love this fun stuff.

Things we've been working on include:
1. Super tiny witch hats (my favorite)
2. Subway art (free download here.)
3. Spider long legs tag holder
4. Mummy tea light holders
5. Happy Halloween banner
6. Flying bats
7. Creepy soda labels

The best part is that these things were all handmade by us.
(Things made on the computer are handmade, if you ask me.)

Don't you just LOVE halloween?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thai Pineapple Curry F R E E recipe card

So, both my husband and I LOVE Thai food. We often found ourselves going to Thai restaurants around town. We almost always both get curry, usually we do get different kinds. We love the spice, the veggies, and it feels "Oh, so good" on a cold day. Well, fall weather has already began here in Utah. So bring on the warm foods.
I thought I would give a Thai curry recipe a try. It was good, but it missed something. I found yellow curry was better than the super spicy red and I changed up some of the veggies. MMM! It is a new favorite recipe. We have made this twice already and the second time we doubled the batch. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

{ Download and print your own recipe card by clicking the file. Size 4x6 }

Thursday, October 6, 2011

h a l l o w e e n {free download}

If you are like me, you are excited for HALLOWEEN! I love this silly holiday. I love the decor. It is crazy and a little weird sometimes, but overall I like it.
Here is a fun printable for HALLOWEEN! I LOVE subway art, remember St. Patty's Day subway art.
Here is what ya do...

  1. Download this file.... here
  2. Take it to your local photo store to print it. 
  3. Then stick it in a 8x10 frame. 

So easy, and cute don't you think?
Plus, it is only $1.50 to print a 8x10 at Costco. Also you can pick up a simple black frame at the crazy Walmart for something around $3!!! Then you can use it (the frame) throughout the year for cute SUBWAY art. I do.
I am going to put mind in a frame today. So excited.

PS... I already have some ready for November and December!! 
You might as well get your frame now. :)
Would love to hear your feedback as well.

Monday, September 19, 2011


We had to get a camping trip in before we went on our big Europe trip. So the weekend before we left we went to mirror lake. Due to serious lack of planning it was just me and Cruz (we literally just said let's go camping, and we grabbed our stuff and went.) Oh, but what fun we had. We were not totally prepared to go, but we still had a BLAST! I love floating in the lake, and roasting things over a fire... especially bread sticks. Yum!

Dinner was hotdogs over the fire with breadsticks... oh, and smores.

My Dad told me that my Aunt Carol and Uncle Blaine gave these rafts to our family something like 20 years ago as a Christmas gift. I bet they didn't think we'd still be using in 2011! (I love these things.) What a great gift.

The sun was out most of the time, but when it was behind the cloud it was a little bit chilly. There were lots of people fishing around the lake. My favorite comment when we were getting in the lake was a little boy who said "I think they are going to get their bums wet." He was right though... LOL. 

Cruz was excited that we got to use his new camping stove, and I have to say it was really nice. We made breakfast burritos with the yummiest tortillas. I am liking this little stove, and hope to use it more. Cruz brought hot chocolate, and it was so good to drink in the morning. 

We went up a little farther and found that the walk around mirror lake was so pretty. It was a simple little walk but totally worth every step, I loved that we got to walk around the entire lake.

I don't really want to say good bye to summer... but I am excited for Fall and the leaves to change. I do enjoy living in 4 season climate.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Summer Saturday

July 17. 2011
So, one Saturday we didn't have much going on... so we pretended we went to Italy.
Started out by going to an early lunch at Caffé Molise, and the patio seating was so lovely. It was perfect weather, and they have a nice covered shade area... it felt like a vacation. Oh, and the food was great too. They told us that on Friday nights they have live music, I think we shall return before it gets too cold.
Check out their website here. Seriously I loved this place! It would make a great place for a date night.

After that we went and had some goodies at Les Madeleines, I loved the button Madeleines and the Kouming Aman (It is their specialty). Some of the treats were just so... so.

After all of that we went to Tony Caputo's Market, and for a little while it kind of did feel like we were in Italy. Ah, I can't wait for the real thing in a few weeks.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

1st half of JULY 2011

Summer is too much fun. Plus we skip our lunches at my work and go home at noon on Friday. Since I mostly blog during the lunch break hour, I haven't been updating the blog very much. :( However, I am enjoying the summer. I really don't want it to end.

Seriously, this summer has been a little GO.... Go....go! Oh, and I am loving it. We are also going to Europe in just 2 weeks.... I am getting so excited.

What have you been doing this summer?

Friday, July 22, 2011

June 2011

We had such a great time this JUNE. I've been busy, and haven't blogged any of this... so here is the list.
  1. June 4th: drove to vernal, ut... just because we could. Went to the dino park, had dinner and came home.
  2. June 8th: Celebrated the day we got engaged 3 years ago; dinner and a walk from timp park to bridal veil falls.
  3. June 11th: Celebrated OREM FEST, watched the fireworks from the back porch.
  4. June 19th: Celebrated FATHER'S DAY! (I am so lucky to have a great husband and a wonderful Dad!!!!)
  5. June 25th: Iceland days in Spanish Fork.
  6. June 30th: Cruz's Birthday= Dinner, surprise, and a camping trip. (Maybe I'll post more on that later.)
We are loving the summer! We don't want it to end. Wish we could spend more time outside playing, but we will take what we have. ;)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

will you marry me?

(pics are from our engagement photo session.)

3 years ago today (June 08.2008), my handsome husband asked me to marry him.
I said yes! Read the full story here...

And... a little love note for the hubby...
I Love you so much. I love being together.
You know how to cheer me up, and you know how to calm me down.
You take care of me. I love being with you!
Happy ENGAGEMENT anniversary.
I plan to have a festive evening.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

End of April and Most of May 2011

it has felt like a long time since I blogged. I've been busy, and also sick. Not the best combos. But I have still managed to do some fun things....
This was in APRIL (25th, I believe). We celebrated Joel's Birthday by going to dinner at Zuppa's and then headed to the Provo Beach. Felt like summer just a bit. :)

My family were all kinda crazy busy over easter weekend, with a new baby, birthdays, trips, etc... we didn't have a chance to get together for Easter... and Brenda's birthday. So at the end of the week, we finally managed to get almost the whole group together for dinner at the outback. We all had a good time, and emma really enjoyed the camera she took lots of pictures... none were all that great, but she did push the button of the one of Alan and my Dad. No to shabby for a 18 mo. old.

I ran my 1st 5k ever. It was something I'd hope to be more ready for... I'd been training well, and then I got a cold and it just kinda stopped. But I decided, ready or not, I would do it. Cruz was a sweet heart and ran with me the whole time. I have never felt more love, as he helped me make it to the finish line.
It took 44 minutes. 
I know I am slow. 
But I finished. 
I was actually thinking it took me a lot longer, so I was surprised when I finished and saw the clock. 

We celebrated Mother's day on Saturday the day before the actual day. We didn't really take that many pictures. Mostly just of the little kids. :) But we had a good time, with good food!! Mother's day for me included lots of flowers, some from my parents, the ward, and Cruz too. My Mom is amazing, and is always willing to do anything she can for you. Like I said, I've been sick lately, and even though I am an adult my Mom still took care of me lots and lots. Love ya mom! (and dad.)

And for Memorial Day, we ate, and ate... and didn't take ONE picture the entire weekend. How sad is that. Here is to June, I hope it is a healthy month.