Monday, November 23, 2015

15 things I'm THANKFUL for

1. My family, who supports me and cherishes me
2. Wonderful friends who love me and welcome me 
3. My kids..for reminding me the true beauty in life
4. A house to stay warm...even if there is paint peeling and walls crumbling. 
5. New snow boots...thank goodness
6. Pumpkin pie, apple pie, and gingerbread
7. The ability to get away, take vacations, recharge as a wife and mom, and know that my children are well cared for
8. Being a part of the Project Life Creative Team
9. MOPS...for the support, friendship, and prayer
10. Sweet potatoes in every possible way
11. Memories of my grandfather that will stay with me always
12. The reminder that my children are healthy and whole and oh so good
13. Wonderful teachers who see the value and worth in my children
14. Photographs...always thankful for photographs
15. My husband...for taking me as I am. For loving me every day and promising to love me no matter what. 

Happy Thanksgiving friends. Be thankful for your many blessings this week. 


Monday, September 21, 2015

15 things I'm loving lately

1. Trader Joe's almond butter....amazing. I eat it with apples, bananas, on a spoon, with honey. I like it all the ways.
2. Dixie Chicks Essential on Spotify. It makes chores way more fun.
3. Podcasts. I can't get enough. I listen to The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, Elise Gets Crafty, and Inspired to Action with Kat Lee. 
4. Lavender essential oil. I put it on my pillow every night.
5. Lisa Genova novels. I recently read all three and devoured them each in a few days. 
6. Cooler weather and riding our bikes to school in the morning. 
7. Having a MOPS group again. I missed this the past year. However it's not as relaxing when your running the group. 
Succulents. I have two that are still alive from last year and I love the little pop of green they add to our living space.
8. Playaway audio stories from the library. My kids are obsessed. 
9. Jars and trays filled with shells from our summer adventures. 
10. Still using my homemade deodorant and loving it.
11. Mountain Mama Cooks blender banana pancakes. So so good.
12. Beauty Counter sunscreen. It's smooth, smells divine, and it's safe.
13. Dr. Brommer's bar soap. I find it at TJ Maxx. We use it at the sinks for our hands and in the shower for our bodies. It's all natural, completely non-toxic, and they all smell heavenly.
14. Noonday Collection. My mom recently bought me a necklace from them and I wear it way too much. I love their mission, their designs, and their sales.
15. Having something to look forward to. We leave for Hawaii in 26 days and it can't come soon enough. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Project Life Mini Album

For my Creative Time project this month I decided to mix things up a bit. Honestly, with all our summer travels I was WAY behind with editing and ordering pictures so I wanted to use what I already had. I keep a basket on my desk of random pictures that don't make it into my Project Life album. So I call this my "Snapshots of our Life 2015" album. 

I started with the cover. I knew I wanted to do 3x4 so I could easily use my PL cards as the pages. For the cover I used the chipboard packaging that comes with the Becky Higgins page protectors. I cut it down to 3x4, one for the front and one for the back. I then used a Studio Calico mist, in Shine, and sprayed the covers. You can't see it in the photo, but it gives it a shimmery shine. I used a chipboard star from the PL Gold Foil Value Kit stitched right on the front. I then typed up my title and date onto cardstock, cut it out, and adhered it to the cover as well.

For the inside pages, I used 3x4 cards from the High Five Edition, Open Book Edition, and Fine & Dandy Edition. I also used some 3x4 white cards mixed in when I had a smaller 3x3 photo on that page (see below photo). I adhered two cards back to back using tape adhesive. On some pages, like the one above, I used a circle label sticker (Paper Source) for my journaling. I then stamped my phrase using the alpha set from Kellie Stamps. I used a typewriter to add a bit more journaling and adhered that on too.

For the pages with the 3x3 photos, I hand drew an outline around each photo using my PL pen in .03.

For the photo pages, I adhered the photo right to the back of whatever 3x4 card I was using for the next page and then cut around the corners to match the rounded edges.

Finally, to finish it up I punched holes in the top left corner, lining each card up with the last to match the holes. I then used a ring to hold the book together. My kids have really been enjoying looking through these little books. They are the perfect size for little hands! How cute would this be of all the kids artwork for the year! Or of drawings by each kid for a teacher at the end of the year! So simple and so cute.

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stamps (similar ones available)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Books I've read this summer

Hello friends! I thought I'd pop in and share the books that I've read this summer. I have been reading a ton, thanks to lots of camping and vacations without TV. It's been really nice and a welcomed change from my Netflix binging. So here's my list.

Promises to Keep - Jane green   
Summer House - nancy Thayer
Heat Wave - nancy Thayer 
The rumor - Elin Hilderbrand
Last Summer - holly chamberlin
Summer Secrets - Jane green 
Nantucket Sisters - Nancy Thayer
A Hundred Summers -  Beatriz Williams
Design Mom - Gabrielle Blair
Love Anthony - Lisa Genova
Torch - Cheryl Strayed 

I highly recommend Love Anthony. I read it in three days. It will make you think about the way you are mothering, about life and why we are all here. ,also every book by Elin Hilderbrand is a must read. She's fantastic. I discovered Nacy Thayer this summer as well and loved Nantucket Sisters. Lastly A Hundred Summers has been on my "to read" list for a few yard now. I finally dived into it and oh was wonderful. Another book I couldn't put down. Be ready for tears. Ok friends, that's it!! I'm off to the lake with the kids and I'm starting Still Alice by Lisa Genova today. I can't wait. 

Happy reading!!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Project Life 2014 // weeks 46-52

Project Life 2014 // weeks 46-52

week 46

week 47

week 48

week 49

week 50

week 51

week 52


All the cards on the end page are from the Sunshine Edition.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Project Life 2015 // weeks 20-22

 Project Life 2015 // weeks 20-22

Hey guys! Did you all think I fell of the face of the planet? I's called summer!
We travel ALOT during the summer months. We have no schedule, no routine, and are only home for a few weeks, which is when we fit all of our day adventures in. I uploaded my camera pictures just a few days ago from the past few's a bit overwhelming. So, I am behind. BUT I will catch up! Once the kids get back to school I'll be on my game again. For now...I thought I'd just pop in with a quick post with my July Creative Team submission. 


LEFT: design F, 4x6 white cards, Sunshine Edition, Kellie Stamps

RIGHT: design A, 3x4 white cards, Sunshine Edition, Midnight Edition, Seafoam Edition, polka dot letters from Target


LEFT: design A, 4x6 white cards, Jade Edition, Midnight Edition, Kellie Stamps

RIGHT: design A, white cardstock, Jade Edition, Kellie Stamps, neutral Thickers


LEFT: deign A, 3x4 white cards, 4x6 white cards, Kiwi Edition, High Five Edition (card cut into phrase and sewn onto striped card), Open Book Edition

RIGHT: design A, Kiwi Edition, Fine & Dandy Edition, "go out and play" stamp by Ali Edwards, Kellie Stamps, stickers are My Minds Eye and Simple Stories

Here's to the last two weeks of summer!