i think one of the things I love MOST about CE is all the things that I have to ‘remember’ CE! Whether it’s the little gifts people give me, or stuff I make, or the swag everyone loves to get and collect…it all adds so much to the whole thing! I have been needing to clean everything up, and put it away, and as I have been organizing and working on my own memory book, I took a few photos to include in my own ‘history’ of CE.

here are most of this year's buttons.  i have collected all the buttons from every year, and i love them, and all the memories they hold. each year they really reflect the theme, and personality of that particular year.

Mints i came home w/ a stash of wintergreen mints thanks to my sweet friend and counsel Leslie. i needed this photo in my CE memories! anyone who has taught or even volunteered at CE knows what this is all about!

Jeweledscissors at CE the more SPARKLY the better… from the Scissors to the watches…


and even the CUPS! check out this adorable cup holder the one and only Margie Romney-Aslett made for me! i love it… all the layers of glitter !


every year i have been given an amazing gift by all the individuals that participated in the 'charm swap'… this year, it was a little different because they gave them to me so i coudl see who made each one. these little mini-creations are amazing! so cooL! i loved opening them all up and studying each one! all so unique..


a couple weeks before the event, i was telling my good friend Liz Eaton about my 'speech' that i would be giving on Saturday night, as well as some of the things i was working on for the event… and she made me this amazing necklace to remind me of this year's event… i love Liz's jewellry-i have quite a collection! and all of it holds so much meaning to me.

some jewelry is just for fuN! and you buy it for a certain outfit, or an event… i am a huge lover of buying cheap, flashy jewelry at Forever 21!  and then there is that jewerly that reminds.  allows you to hold a little piece of that memory always! Liz sold some of her pieces at CE:

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this last one is my favorite. i love it… she said i could give one away here on my blog… so if you want to check out Liz's Etsy shop you can go here…

and if you want to WIN this gorgeous necklace… leave a comment right here on my blog about what is 'worth it' today…


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  1. Rossbree3 14 September, 2011 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Would love to win this sweet necklace! Off to check out her shop! thanks for the giveaway! xo. Bree

  2. Kathy Northup 14 September, 2011 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    love all of liz’s works of art!!! i wanted to purchase one while at the final CE….unfortunately it wasn’t in the budget@ alas, there is always etsy!
    having my husband home safe and sound after a crazy day of storms and flooding is definitely worth it for me!!!
    thanks heidi!

  3. 14 September, 2011 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    When I saw your question “what’s worth it?” I immediately thought “me!, I’m worth it! I’m worth the time to take care of myself, document my journey, and show myself love”. This necklace is awesome!
    Went to CE this year (it was my first) and thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Excited to see what you come up with next. 😉

  4. Jennifer Henson 14 September, 2011 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    What is worth it? Knowing that my husband is gone on a 10 month deployment but will love the homecoming..that is so worth it!!!

  5. Jodie Groves 14 September, 2011 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    oh to attend such a wonderful occasion such as CE…it would be “worth it” however i live just too far away (in australia). I love the necklaces and will go and check out Liz’s shop – they are quite special.

  6. Karalyn Burnside 14 September, 2011 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    What is worth it? Hanging out with my two little girls….Hayley (6mo.) and Isabelle (2.5 yrs). They are truly the light of my life (even if it gets a little crazy around here sometimes!! 🙂

  7. Christie Miranda 14 September, 2011 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Picking up the kids at the high school is such a nightmare here as there is only one way in and one way out. My kiddos board to school so I don’t fight the traffic…. When the oldest called to say he needed his baseball glove to begin training today, I said yes, but in the back of my mind was regretting it. Long story short, it was so worth seeing the smile on my son’s face that I was there with mitt in hand ;)Happy about the little things that make my kids happy and know that I love them!

  8. Victoria Sturdevant 14 September, 2011 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Every day is “worth it!” Thanks for a chance to win.

  9. patty 14 September, 2011 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    coaching my daughter’s third grade cheerleading squad… is so W*O*R*T*H I*T !
    (even with all the high pitch sounds that evoke headaches…lol)
    love liz’s cReations! thx for the chance to win!

  10. Leonie Aland 14 September, 2011 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    I would love to win this necklace for my daughter, she is working really hard at University to become a teacher as well as spending all her spare time working with her boyfriend in a business he is trying to build up. So we are always saying to each other it will be “worth it” in the long run. 🙂 Thanks for the chance.

  11. Cropdocmom 14 September, 2011 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    ce was totally WORTH IT!!!!! I had a ball! It made me feel alive , young and creative! every 45 yo woman needs this! thanks Heidi! I would love this necklace! So cute! I can’t wait to attend whatever fun new event you come up with to inspire us! Please host it in New Orleans! You all need to come to this fun city with fabulous food! hugs!

  12. Ashley Meredith 14 September, 2011 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    love this necklace! today was worth it to know that I have friends and family that love me. CE was worth it as well! 🙂

  13. Doris Murai 14 September, 2011 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    I teach in a juvenile hall and alot of times kids don’t really care about things. Today one of the boys offered to share his lunch with me – probably as a thank you for a mini-book project we’re working on (I sewed one of the CE flowers because we can’t have needles)…sharing lunch is a big deal because their food is measured out so everyone gets an equal portion and there aren’t any seconds. Worth it.

  14. Suellen Coverdill 14 September, 2011 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    There is so much worth remebering about CE. I had the wonderful luck to participate the last 4 years. I will always be gratelful for the good times, good eats (desert first) and great friends. Thank you Heidi

  15. Jill Green 14 September, 2011 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    What is “worth it”? Every ounce of energy spent on my kids and husband – even when I think I’m all tapped out. Time goes by too quickly to be skimpy on the moments.

  16. Having kids – LOTS of hard work, but totally worth it 🙂

  17. LisaHenderson00 14 September, 2011 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Today is my birthday, and I discovered how many good friends I really have as I was surrounded for lunch & dinner! Totally worth it!

  18. Marlene 14 September, 2011 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Having children is worth it every day, even though sometimes they make you want to tear your hair out. I have learned this last year to hold every moment close as they are only with you for a short time.

  19. Hartmant 14 September, 2011 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    When I saw this necklace I immediately thought of my sister and brother-in-law. After a series of struggles (deaths in the family and infertility) they decided to sell most of their possessions and travel the world, volunteering and travel blogging. Money and the corporate life weren’t worth it.
    After a year in South America, they decided to get tattoos as inspiration for themselves. It is Vala La Pena – Spanish for “Worth It”.
    She is a perfect match for this necklace.

  20. Delilasc 14 September, 2011 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    So many things in my day are so “Worth it”. Family, friends, service, kindness, love, faith, work, creating…….

  21. my baby girls are so worth it!!!!

  22. D 14 September, 2011 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    Life is ‘worth it’.

  23. Pafwolfe 14 September, 2011 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Life is SO “worth it.” Every day one has on this earth is a blessing. But my fantastic & loving husband is a godsend and is SO “worth it”.

  24. Diane Howard 14 September, 2011 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    What a great collection. I’ve always loved those necklaces. This one “worth it”..says it all.
    p.s. loved the post about your terrific family journey with WASASH (did I say it right?) Your T-shirts you made for everyone “rocked”.

  25. 14 September, 2011 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    When I get to see my 5 month old laughing with excitement when watching his 8 year old sister dance around – I’m reminded what’s worth it!

  26. Leslie McLaughlin 14 September, 2011 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    I love her necklaces. I would give this necklace to my 21 year old daughter who is having self doubts these days. She needs to be reminded she is “worth it”.
    Thanks for the giveaway! Congrats to the winner!

  27. Lyn Meeker 14 September, 2011 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Well any day is worth it… being a 5 year Breast Cancer Survivor.. you look at each and every day differently… But I think giving is more fun than receiving.. so if my number comes up.. Give it to my dear friend Bree Ross who couldn’t make CE this year! (I’ve got this years pins glued on my tote… and I got one of the coveted “I’d Swapp Heidi” Pins as well!!!)

  28. Heather Redmore 14 September, 2011 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    all the paperwork and waitng will be worth it, when we bring our daughter home from ethiopia!

  29. Tracykuethe 14 September, 2011 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Being a mom and surviving the hard days, challenging moments, class pets…they are all worth it bc the good far outweighs the struggles.

  30. Who knew that being a grandmother to a boy would be all about bugs, sweat, and dirt? But sooooo worth it!!!

  31. 14 September, 2011 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    For me the boring mundane life of living, getting kids to school, cleaning, cooking normal chaoas of life is worth it today, you see a friend is in hospital having a bone marrow transplant and I am sure she wishes she had the everyday life, we sometimes all take for granted.

  32. Brenda Magliacane 14 September, 2011 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    All the moments that make up our day-that is “worth it” oh and reading your blog that is “worth it” I can always come here for inspiration!

  33. Danee Kaplan 14 September, 2011 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    I always want to leave comments and never can…so thanks for allowing comments for today. Beautiful jewelry for sure. What is “worth it”? Stopping what I am doing and taking the time to really listen to what your kids are saying is worth it. They are so profound sometimes and it can be easy to miss while checking Facebook or sending one short text.

  34. margie 14 September, 2011 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    It is SO worth it to take the time to scrapbook and document the events and even the every day things in our life! hugs, Margie

  35. Kimberly Kalil 14 September, 2011 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    My kids are worth it. They bring me so much joy.
    Thsnks for the chance to win.

  36. Brenda Lubrant 14 September, 2011 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Enjoying each day that God gives us is worth it.

  37. Michelle Aguilar 14 September, 2011 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    today and each and every day before I get up @ 5am to cook my Juan and only’s lunch, each and every day but Sunday, I say out loud, “thank you Lord for allowing me to get up today”, to be me. to be what he calls me to be in the world, just being happy, making someone else’s life better today. Rising above, when society tries me knock me down, being a strong advocate for my son Andrew, being a very supportive mom to my gifted son Jesus, being there for my dramatic daughter, and know that she is taking the best care of my precious grandson, Cooper ryan.
    That is what living means to me today, and that my friend, makes it all, “worth it”. Yippee!!!!! 🙂

  38. Elizabeth Guerra 14 September, 2011 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    What a great reminder to always have! I would love to win this!

  39. Colleen Teaf 15 September, 2011 at 3:35 am - Reply

    What fun! My kids are worth every step of life!

  40. Linda Rivera 15 September, 2011 at 4:34 am - Reply

    that sounds like such an amazing experience. to be in one place with so many wonderful women of the craft. to be inspired by everything you see and hear. it must be like a mojo explosion. that is an enviable thing, but i won’t hate on ya! lol. because like all crafters you bring that inspiration back and share with the likes of me and others. one day. one day i will be able to do that. i hope 🙂 oh your friends jewelry rocks. love those dog tag like charms.

  41. Heidi Ratliff 15 September, 2011 at 5:02 am - Reply

    Aren’t those buttons the best! sadly, I lost the ones from this year 🙁
    But i do have the ones from the past to love!
    And what’s worth it to me…my family, my husband, children, parents, siblings, they are worth every day.

  42. I have a couple of Liz’s necklaces and absolutely love them!
    What is worth it to me…. Watching my kids learn from their actions without me having to tell them what they should have learned. They grow up so fast but it is good to know that my husband and I have guided them down the right path

  43. I just celebrated my 15th wedding anniversary
    it’s WORTH IT
    (thanks for the chance–I love all the jewelry)

  44. Cori Jepsen 15 September, 2011 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Living is so worth it.
    ..In the past few months cancer has come to my family…one being in their 40’s and one being just 16.
    It makes me so thankful for my sometimes boring life because my life and living is so worth it.

  45. Lisa Hampton 15 September, 2011 at 6:40 am - Reply

    Getting ready to turn 50 and 10 year wedding anniversay!! SO worth it! Thanks for the opportunity to win!! Love the LizEaton collection! Peace Lisa

  46. D 15 September, 2011 at 6:55 am - Reply

    It’s worth it – getting out at 6:30 this morning to get my 3 boys to their football practices – in a few years I won’t have that, so it’s worth it times 10!!

  47. Elisha Wiggins 15 September, 2011 at 7:07 am - Reply

    This is kind of personal…but I lost a pregnancy at 14 weeks earlier this year and now I am expecting again and feeling the effects of morning sickness again. I know that it’s a blessing that I have the opportunity to try again and even though I feel awful I keep telling myself “it’s worth it!”.

  48. Melissa Fascenelli Papke 15 September, 2011 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Every minute of every day is worth it, but those special moments like when my husband makes me giggle (and that happens a lot) or when my new puppy, who is normally very quiet, sees his reflection in something and starts barking at it, are what make life really living and totally worth it!

  49. What a beautiful necklace. Liz makes beautiful jewelry. You have to make everyday “worth it”.
    Crystal McConnell

  50. Holly Sloat 15 September, 2011 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Today what is “worth it” would be my husband who works tirelessly for our family to have what we want and need. Love him for that.

  51. Love the necklace! Life is worth it even during strugles that we do not always understand!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  52. Jenifer Locke 15 September, 2011 at 9:37 am - Reply

    I am *swooning* over Liz’s jewelry. What an awesome giveaway. Thanks to you both!
    I am home sick today with asthma exacerbation + pneumonia. Today. breathing even though it hurts is worth it.

  53. Leslie Kiley 15 September, 2011 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Well,life is worth it! Some days don;t feel that way, when all goes wrong but it is! I have a beautiful daughter that proves it!

  54. Annette Abrahamson 15 September, 2011 at 9:42 am - Reply

    my best friend just lost her mom…i’m leaving town to be with her. friends and family are worth it!

  55. Elaine Workman0461 15 September, 2011 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Heidi, It is all worth it! Life is truly a blessing.
    Elaine in Jersey

  56. Pinkplaid 15 September, 2011 at 10:55 am - Reply

    a weekend away with the hubby is “worth it” – even though I missed my little bigs so much!

  57. Anda Williams 15 September, 2011 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Today having my amazing spouse of 21yrs give me a pick me up because I got kinda down is so very worth it.

  58. Shannon Jones 15 September, 2011 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Worth it – my 3 year old daughter and all the “mommy’s” i hear.

  59. Erikab 15 September, 2011 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    What’s worth it to me to is to be a stay-at-home mom of 3 incredible kids. Some days are better than others, but I wouldn’t trade for the hugs, the kisses, the waves, the giggles and all the artworks that have been placed lovingly on the gallery that is my living room wall. I am blessed and they are worth it!!!!!!

  60. Worme66 15 September, 2011 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    My new puppy, Pepper, is totally worth all the time, effort in training and the messes he makes!

  61. Jnorimoto 15 September, 2011 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Worth it describes the memories of every day life.

  62. Dina Grant 15 September, 2011 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Life is worth it. Not always easy, but so good!

  63. Kirsten_juenke 15 September, 2011 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Okay, this may not be what you had in mind, but what popped into my head is I am “worth it” – been having a pity party lately, and have been trying to be kinder and gentler to myself because I am worth it….

  64. Barb Toennies 15 September, 2011 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    It was worth it for me today to drive another 40 minutes after working to my 8 hour day to watch my son’s soccer game – then another hour home. All too soon these days will be over so I understand just how worth it is each day…

  65. Rena Allred 15 September, 2011 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    I just had the most amazing idea on how you can store and display every momento you get every year from your events.
    A wood frame with chicken wire inside. You can place your jewlery,cards,etc. on the chicken wire with details about the event, ribbon,and lace, then hang it on the wall or store somewhere you can get them out and ooo and ahhh over them every now and then!possibly display this years on the wall, then replace next year….

  66. Melissa Huie 15 September, 2011 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Cooking dinner for my family is always “worth it”!

  67. Evelyn Pintor 16 September, 2011 at 6:25 am - Reply

    Living life to it’s fullest is worth it! in pain,sadness…..worth it all!!

  68. Worth It! Life!! Family, we made homemade pizza’s together last night – we just all spent time together talking, laughing – being a parent is hard but so WORTH IT!!!
    Thanks as always Heidi!! Can’t wait for your new launch, any sneaks!!

  69. Thedelmargores 16 September, 2011 at 6:55 am - Reply

    Oh, I love the charm. What is worth it today? Helping serve at the Homeless Shelter this week was a reminder of how worth it it is to serve others who might not have as much as we do.

  70. Cheryl Ting 16 September, 2011 at 8:34 am - Reply

    It’s worth it to give all of your love to your children. To love them and give them kisses whenever you can sneak one. The warmth that gives me in my heart is more than “worth it”.

  71. D 16 September, 2011 at 8:57 am - Reply

    It was worth it to accompany my dad on his bucket list trip to Disneykand this week. He wanted to go one more time before he got too sick to go. I didn’t really want to go because I knew it would take a lot of work to get him around to where he wanted to go. We just got back yesterday, and I am glad we could go and help him have a good, memorable time. It was worth it.

  72. Geekgirltami 16 September, 2011 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Watching your child reach out to those who don’t have a friend or watching them display good manners makes all the times that they try your patience worth it! 🙂

  73. RitaHCobbs 16 September, 2011 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Rockin’ awesome giveaway!!!

  74. RitaHCobbs 16 September, 2011 at 9:29 am - Reply

    …it posted before I finished lol…what is worth it today? A positive happy attitude…

  75. 16 September, 2011 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Hi Heidi and thanks for the fun necklace give-away!
    The emotional stress of taking care of my precious, aging dogs is so “worth it” considering the many years of fun, love, and friendship they’ve blessed me with!

  76. Renee' Smith 16 September, 2011 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Working out every day is worth it! I feel so much better and I’m down three sizes! 🙂 Thanks for another great giveaway!

  77. Glee Stormont 16 September, 2011 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Every moment is “worth it”. The big the small the sad the happy. And each one only comes around once in this lifetime. Celebrate them all.

  78. Kimberly Fusselman 16 September, 2011 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    TODAY is worth it. You just never realize how valuable each day is until you face the harsh reality that you may not have another day after this one.
    TODAY, I looked down at a white piece of paper that had these words written on it: “Pelvic ultrasound. Reason for exam: pelvic pain, R/O mass.” Rule out mass. Not such a good word really. I guess it’s a good thing to rule it out. As I laid on the stretcher, listening to the ultrasonographer take picture after picture, I wondered what tomorrow will look like if today ends on a less-than-happy note. But you know what? I’m still in TODAY.
    So I will make TODAY completely worth it. And then tomorrow, no matter what it looks like, I will make that TODAY worth it too.

  79. Kathy Northup 16 September, 2011 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    today was so worth it…….after purchasing a patio chair and loading it into our truck, and driving down the interstate, the chair blew out onto the interstate! i was able to drag the box out of the lanes and onto the shoulder….when a man walked down from a off ramp and lifted the 55lb box into the truck! he was so WORTH IT…… and now i shall pay it forward and make someone else fell “worth it” thank you

  80. 16 September, 2011 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    it’s “worth it” staying up all night working as a registered nurse so that i can be home with my two kiddos during the day. Sometimes i am soooo freakin’ tired i can’t stand it… but it’s still worth it!

  81. ViMai Tran 17 September, 2011 at 1:13 am - Reply

    Life, friends, family. But on a more transient note, just spent $300 on an 18 course meal at the #1 restaurant in the US (Alinea). SOOO worth it!

  82. 1 17 September, 2011 at 8:40 am - Reply

    this quiet rainy day is worth it. Just to sit and read a book and spend time with my family.

  83. Crystal Nowak 17 September, 2011 at 10:48 am - Reply

    What is worth it….spending a rainy day (our first rain in many months here in our part of Texas) relaxing at home with my husband and kids, reading, playing games, cooking, baking and eating. Taking a break from the rest of the world to make our family the priority!

  84. 1 17 September, 2011 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    The Liz necklaces make it worth it.

  85. 1 17 September, 2011 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Watching the children play and fall fast asleep while watching “The Wimpy Kid” is so worth it.
    Thank you.

  86. Windy Sea 19 September, 2011 at 9:26 am - Reply

    When I see our personal debt level decreasing, I think work is worth it.
    WindySea in Gulf Shores, AL

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