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Week in the Life | Thursday | Megan

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This week I’m participating in Ali Edward’s Week in the Life. You can read about my plan for this year and how I’ve tackled this project in the past here. For Monday-Thursday, I’m focusing on one of us per day. Thursday was all about me.

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When I woke up, I put on new pajamas for the day, helped Eliza get ready for school, made coffee, and settled in to check into the message boards for the first day of Catch Up with Project Life.

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After Jake left, I gave Jonas a bath and started laundry. I finished up the blog post for the day.

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I attempted to clean up the first floor before my little charges for the day arrived around 10:30, but they beat me too it.

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My friends’ kids Ava and Lydia played here this afternoon. Jonas and Ava ran around like cute little tornadoes and Lydia was very snuggly. I watched Gilmore Girls during bottle times.

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We read a HUGE stack of books.

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While Lydia napped, I tried to set up Jonas and Ava with a movie so I could do yoga. Didn’t work. I snuck in bits of work here in there when I could.

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Eliza and her friend played after school, so there were 5 kids here for a while! All of the extra kids went home and Paul stopped by before work so we could vent to each other and watch an episode of The Daily Show.

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I made cauliflower quiche and green beans for dinner (I sautĂ© the green beans with olive oil, garlic, and a bit of lemon juice). Of course I forgot an ingredient, so Jake had to run to the grocery store for me. Luckily there’s one in our neighborhood.

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We played with the kids and ate dinner. Jonas fell asleep on Jake while we were watching Modern Family. Jake watched a bunch of educational You Tube videos while I answered questions on the Project Life Message boards.

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I took a bath and read The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury before bed.

It might not look like it, but it was a VERY exhausting day.

Week in the Life | Wednesday | Jake

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This week I’m participating in Ali Edward’s Week in the Life. You can read about my plan for this year and how I’ve tackled this project in the past here. For Monday-Thursday, I’m focusing on one of us per day. Wednesday was all about Jake.

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Wednesday was Jake’s birthday, so he took the day off of work. He slept in with Jonas (who swapped from his bed to Jake’s and mine as I was waking Eliza up).

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We all got ready and then hit the town. Jonas used his toy drill as a magic ray to turn Jake into a turtle, so Jake hid is face in his jacket and walked to the car sllllooooooowwwwwwlllllyyyy.

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We went out for brunch because breakfast food is our favorite food.

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Jake wanted a lazy day, so we went home and vegged out. He fixed my corner punch, watched some funny videos on his iPad, did a tiny bit of coding, and researched prices for parts for the quad-copter he wants to build / is obsessed with.

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Then there was some rough housing, which left us laughing so hard we were crying.

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Poppy stopped by to bring Jake a card and hang out with us a bit. We had a good time visiting with him for a few hours. (Though he did bring the news that our second car is dead.) It was an early release day for Eliza, so towards the end of the visit, things were chaos with her and Jonas playing, crafting, and running around.

There was some more lazing about and playing. We watched an episode of The Flash. He calmed me down when I got super stressed out and overwhelmed at my to-do list.

Then we all headed to JoAnn so I could grab fabric for Halloween costumes. Jonas ended up falling asleep in the car, so only I went in, which means that basically the whole family just chauffeured me on an errand. Jake and Eliza played the charades-like game Heads Up on his phone in the car while they waited. One of her words was “pole dancing” (!!!) and Jake had no idea as he watched her “basically act out a fireman musical.” I’ll have to steal evidence of that off of his phone later.

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We got home just in time for Game 7 of the World Series. Paul came over to watch, and I made Caribbean Jerk burritos because it’s Jake’s favorite. We watched the game during dinner.

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We’ve been pretty into the games, even though we don’t usually watch sports. The whole city has been excited and energized–the Royals hadn’t been to the World Series since before we were born.

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We snuck in singing and brownies during a commercial break. The Lego brick looking candles melted bottom up into the hot brownies. Ooops!

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The kids stayed up late for the end of the game and everyone was on the edge of their seats in the bottom of the ninth. (Except me. I was behind the camera.)

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And the moment we lost, captured.

We sent the kids off to bed, watched an episode of Orange is the New Black with Paul before he went home, Jake watched an episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun while I took a bath, and then we snuggled up for bed..

A totally slow day, but life’s been crazy lately, so Jake wanted a molasses birthday. We’re celebrating for real Saturday at his parents’ (it’s his older brother’s birthday too!)

Week in the Life | Tuesday | Jonas

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This week I’m participating in Ali Edward’s Week in the Life. You can read about my plan for this year and how I’ve tackled this project in the past here. For Monday-Thursday, I’m focusing on one of us per day. Tuesday was all about Jonas.

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Jonas climbed in bed with Jake and I after my soft wake up call for Eliza woke him up too. He snuggled us and hummed a little snuggling song. He and Jake made cinnamon raisin toast for breakfast.

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Jonas and Jake had a goofy breakfast conversation.

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My sister and niece came to hang out with us a bit, and after a nice warm (long long) bath with plenty of toys, Jonas watched Despicable Me all wrapped up in a towel while I did a bit of work and took my own bath.

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We all walked to the hardware store for batteries and then to the coffee shop. Jonas had hot chocolate and a chocolate muffin. Picking out pastries is his favorite: I hold him up and there is MUCH deliberation.

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My mom swung by picked up my sister and niece. This blurry picture sums up Jonas’s interactions with everyone perfectly. His energy might exhaust you, but you are GOING TO HAVE FUN.

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We whipped together some pizza dough (Jonas loves cooking and likes the measuring / pouring best) and had leftovers for lunch. He played loudly with his toys (I love listening to him pretend) and climbed all over me while I had a video chat with Annette. In true Jonas fashion, he took off his shirt and stashed it somewhere, claiming it needed to be done because of a spaghetti spill.

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It was craziness and chaos for a bit after Eliza came home and Paul swung by, but after having fun they did some chores and I let them each have a piece of candy. They RAKED IT IN trick-or-treating at my great-grandpa’s assisted living facility Sunday. Of course, you have to be able to see every piece to choose a piece. There was a lot of running around and general playing, then the kids watched a cartoon upstairs after Jake got home while Paul, Jake, and I watched a grown-up show.

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Lots more running around and playing and a bit of snuggling while game 6 of the World Series was on. We’re not big on sports, but when your team makes it to the playoffs for the first time since you’ve been alive, you watch it. (Though I work while watching it. I’m not totally changing.)

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Jonas helped me roll out the pizza dough, but got kicked out of the kitchen later when too much cheese sneaking made a big mess.

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Then Jonas joined Eliza on crafting her Medieval themed Kiwi Crate.* They built a castle and catapult, which is way cool. They ate their pizza at their little table, as Jake and I ate on TV trays so we could watching the World Series.

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Jonas fell asleep a few hours after his usual bedtime snuggled up to Jake, watching the series. Jake laid down our couch for the snuggles and then carried him off to bed when the game was over.

*It’s sort of weird to throw and affiliate message into Week in the Life, but Kiwi Crate is Eliza’s favorite gift she’s ever received and also how we bribe her to clean her room. She gets so excited when the box arrives and drags the little information books that come with them everywhere she goes. We’re planning on renewing Kiwi Crate for Jonas for Christmas and getting Eliza the new Tinker Crate. We are using their offer of 25% off a first month subscription to any family brand subscription (they now have 4 different subscription choices) with code OCTOBER25 and I thought some of you might want to take advantage of that discount before it expires at the end of the month. We get a small commission from purchases through our links, but we’re only affiliates because we really really love the product.

Announcing 12 Catch Up with Project Life Guests

Catch Up with Project Life Guests

Catch Up with Project Life begins tomorrow, October 30! I’m getting pumped and wanted to share an exciting piece of the class with you: the wonderful guests who are joining in!

One of the most fun things about the course is the big party we have planned for the end of class. For this 12 hour event on November 22, we’ll have 24 posts with bonus takes on the workshop challenges AND 12 prizes to giveaway. During the party, each of our 12 amazing guests are sharing a take on one of the challenges from the workshop. I love the Project Life work that all of these ladies do, and in their variety of approaches there really is something for everyone. I think you’ll love their work too!

Here are the 12 guests joining Annette, Trish, and I in Catch Up with Project Life:

Catch Up with Project Life Guest | Kam Altar

Kam Altar of Campfire Chic

Catch Up with Project Life Guest | Tracy XO

Tracy Armstrong of The Single Girl’s Scrapbook

Catch Up with Project Life Guest | Stephanie Bryan

Stephanie Bryan of Stephanie Makes

Catch Up with Project Life Guest | Jess Forster

Jess Forster

Catch Up with Project Life Guest | Caylee Grey

Caylee Grey

Catch Up with Project Life Guest | Jenni Hufford

Jenni Hufford

Catch Up with Project Life Guest | Tracy Larsen

Tracy Larsen

Catch Up with Project Life Guest | Lenna Loh

Leenah Loh of Finding Nana

Catch Up with Project Life Guest | Olya Schmidt

Olya Schmidt

Catch Up with Project Life Guest | Amy

Amy Schubert of Lemon and Raspberry

Catch Up with Project Life Guest | Allie Trumpower

Allie Trumpower of Alexandra Rae Design

Catch Up with Project Life Guest | Kristin Tweedale

Kristin Tweedale of rukristin

I hope you’ll follow along with these talented ladies’ Project Life adventures. I can’t wait to share their perspectives with those of you taking the class!

Catch Up with Project Life

Have questions about the class? You might find them in my FAQ post.

I also want to make sure that you’ve seen the Big Picture Classes Announcement about their switch to a new website. Not all classes are transferring over to the new site, and while this class and all other 2014 classes will transfer, the gallery and message boards in this class will be unavailable after 1/31/2014. We’ll work with you in class to help you save whatever content from the message boards you want to retain as you go!

Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll do my best to answer!

Week in the Life | Monday| Eliza

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This week I’m participating in Ali Edward’s Week in the Life. You can read about my plan for this year and how I’ve tackled this project in the past here.

I love this project of documenting our routines in-depth with photos and words. I actually started documenting Sunday, but I’ll just be sharing that once it is in the books. For Monday-Thursday, I’m focusing on one of us per day. Monday was all about Eliza.

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She slept on the couch because we got home so late after watching the World Series game at Jake’s parents’ Sunday night and she didn’t want to walk up the stairs.

I woke her up gently (Jake and I take turns sleeping in) and grabbed her a uniform, and after that she gets ready on her own. She made herself cereal and brushed her hair. (I helped a bit with that part. Important to note: we kept losing the brush, so we tied it to the banister with a string. Hah!) Usually we’re running late and mornings are rushed, but this morning was chill with plenty of time… she even got a bit of reading in.

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We realized right before the bus came that it was picture day and she didn’t need a uniform. I ran upstairs and grabbed her a different shirt just in time.

Eliza leaves around 7:20 and gets home a bit after 4:00. I interviewed her and wrote down things about her school day to fill in the gap.

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Eliza’s friend got off of the bus with her and they played for a bit after school, mostly building with Lego (it’s their favorite thing to do together).

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Then she started in on chores. Her main thing is emptying the dishwasher.

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Then homework. There was a lot less than usual today. She opted to take a nap when she was done because she didn’t get enough sleep the night before. When she got back from her cat nap, she helped clean up a bit before our friends came over for dinner. Then she read some Shel Silverstein to me while I was cooking.

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Dinner with our friends was a little hectic: 3/4 of the kids were super wild after we were done eating. Eliza was upset that her friends and brother messed up her room (though honestly it just looked like your average post-Eliza tornado to me). She read to calm down. I didn’t get many pictures from this part of the evening, but the one crazy blurry one I have says it all.

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After everyone went home, Eliza hung out with Jake, talking about their days, and then she showed me a project she brought home from school and told me all about it.

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We started on Gathering Blue by Lois Lowrey, and Eliza begged for another chapter. Not this time!

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She read a whole Junie B. Jones book before bed. She came down while Jake and I were watching Doctor Who a few times to ask for word definitions (“tussle” and “gesture”), brought it down to me and recommended that I read it too when she’d finished, and then fell asleep while reading another book.

So very Eliza.

I’m on the Freckled Fawn Creative Team!

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I’m so honored and excited to announce that I’m now on the Freckled Fawn creative team! Freckled Fawn’s embellishments are hands down my favorite to use. I love how easily I can pair them with my favorite patterned papers, Project Life cards, or just white cardstock. I love how far my Oh Deer Me kit stretches each month. And I love the team behind the company.

Virtually everything I’ve made for months has something from Freckled Fawn on it, so you might not notice a big change in my projects (hah!), but I’m excited to share inspiration with you nonetheless. Join me in welcoming my fellow new team members!

Here are a few of my favorite projects using Freckled Fawn from over the past few months. Click the images to go to the full post about them!

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#projectlife at The Nerd Nest

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My Style Circa 2001 | #mydetailsclass take from The Nerd Nest

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Document a Series #NerdNestChallenge

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Do you love Freckled Fawn as much as I do? I’d love to see some of your favorite FF projects. Leave a link in the comments!

Can’t Beat That Color | Fall Leaves Photo Walk

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Every year, I obsess over all of the wonderful colors of the ash trees in my neighborhood. And every year, I fully intend to photograph them, but a windy day or a rainstorm thwarts my plans. Not this year! I remembered to sling my camera over my neck when Jonas and I took a walk yesterday to capture all of that fall goodness. (He took this picture of me with my phone. How cute is that?)

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I’m hoping to get out for a few more photos to capture the rest of the color range (they turn maroonish at one stage!), but even if they all fall off tomorrow, I’m happy my procrastination didn’t get the best of me this year. Next time I’m cursing Kansas City weather in the dead of winter, I can look at these photos to remember that living in a place with actual seasons is totally worth it.

Let Your Photos Inspire Your Color Scheme | Red Barn Farm PL Page

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As I mentioned earlier this week, I’ve been in the mood to document some of my past Autumns lately. As I was browsing through my 2010 photos, I came across these cute shots from one of my favorite Fall traditions: the pumpkin patch. We’re likely skipping that activity this year and will be grabbing our pumpkins at the farmer’s market instead, so that made me want to make something with these photos all the more.

Because I had a lot of photos and I wanted them to stand out, I decided to make a pocketed page with them. I knew I needed to keep the products very simple and minimal to keep the focus on those photos! But I also needed quite a bit of room for words, and simple white cards weren’t working.

To keep the balance of the page going in the journaling pockets, I chose cards that mimicked the background colors of the photos (blues and greens) with embellishments that mimicked the focal colors in the photos (orange and purple). This kept the color balance going throughout the whole spread.

This color trick won’t always work, especially if your photos have clashing colors or colors that are difficult to match, but it’s a good place to start when you are picking your color scheme!

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Tip: Don’t have embellishments in the color you need? Try cutting out a stamped image.

Tip: Try attaching resin shapes with embroidery floss.

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Tip: I’m a big fan of covering up parts of products that don’t work for my story. This strip of washi tape serves not just as a decorative element–it also covers up words that didn’t make sense for my page!

Tip: Repeat a stamp to frame your title.

Supplies: October Oh Deer Me kit, The Underground Studio Calico kit, Project Life Design D page protector, Project Life corner rounder, Project Life pens, Purple Rain ink, embroidery floss.

Tips for Documenting Autumn

If you’re gearing up to document Autumn, you might like this old Tips for Documenting Autumn post.

6×6 Minibook Insert Video Tutorial

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Last week I shared a minibook insert I created for my Project Life album. I’m back with another album insert today to give you an additional look at how the technique can be used!

To learn how to make this simple minibook for yourself and how to get it in your album, watch this tutorial:

I love this simple mini book so much. These photos have been sitting in page protectors waiting for me to fill out cards for a year, and this is a much better (and cuter!) solution for these photos in my book. (Pun intended.)

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I’d love to see your take! Please share a link to your own washi mini or minibook insert in the comments if you try out these techniques!

Selected Supplies: Oh Deer Me kit, Basic Grey Attach Me Stickers, Red Tape, and Crate Paper Notes & Things ephemera pack.

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To see another album using this technique, check out my Birthday Party Minibook Insert.

Fall Favorites

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It’s been a rough few weeks around here. Autumn is my favorite season, so I’ve been trying to savor it to find some joy. I’m not quite ready to make things about now, so I went back and made some 2010 pages.

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I used old blog posts and photos to make a page celebrating my favorite Fall things in 2010.

The page is very simple: I used plain white 8.5×11 cardstock and the October Oh Deer Me Kit to put it together. I made an unmeasured grid with washi tape dividing the page roughly by thirds both horizontally and vertically, printed my photos at all sorts of weird sizes based on the measurements I took from the rectangles, and filled in the empty spaces with words and little embellishments. Cute and quick!

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I thought it would be fun to make a similar list (and, later, another scrapbook page) about what my favorite things about Autumn are now, four years later.

Because my thing is to document now, make stuff later.

Here are some of my favorite things about Fall right now:

  • Ash Trees I love that these trees can have three or four different colors in them at once: They move from bright green to deep maroons, rich reds, bright yellows, and subtle oranges. I’m so happy that there are so many in my neighborhood.
  • Pumpkin! I love baking pie pumpkins and using them in all sorts of recipes, like pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin bread. Plus, it makes the house smell amazing.
  • Cold Nights During Summer, there is a lot of arguing about where the line in the middle of the bed is and who may or may not be crossing over to the other side with their horrible body heat. But now, there’s tons of snuggling in the warm blanket bubble. (A curse on whoever lets cold air in!) It does make it harder for Jake and I to be on time in the mornings, though.
  • Leaves Raking them might not be one of my favorite things, but I love the smell of the leaves fallen from the deciduous trees and the sounds the make rustling in the wind or beneath my feet.
  • Comfy Clothes If I’m not in pajamas, you’ll find me in jeans, long silly socks, a t-shirt, and a jacket. The best.
  • Fall Food. I love the produce that’s in season now (Squash! Apples! Brussels sprouts!) and the hearty meals that come with them. Some of the things I’ve been making lately: creamy chicken apple chili, pea risotto with squashy soufflĂ© (with fresh squash subbed for frozen), chili, and spaghetti squash alfredo (I used this recipe’s method for squash baking and this easy sauce). This is making up for a few weeks of hospital and frozen food. We even had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner one night, no lie.
  • Perfect Weather Kansas City usually hovers somewhere along the freezing or gross/hot/humid degrees, so I’m going to enjoy the few weeks out of the year when taking a walk, watching the kids’ soccer games, or playing in the park is pleasent instead of miserable.

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What are your favorite things about Fall (or Spring, if you’re in the Southern hemisphere)?