Wednesday, July 1, 2015

july goals

It's July!
july goals
(Printable calendar from Jillian McClenahan)
(cactus weekly to do list notepad from Wit & Whistle)

This month I have a few goals, some of which are repeats of last month:
  • For real: catch up with my 2015 pocket memory book / Project Life book (I plan to share April and May very soon) 
  • Do at least 1 fun activity with my girls every day of their summer break (see our activities so far here)
  • Continue with our summer memory book and keep up 
  • Work through our summer bucket list
These are my ongoing goals from previous months... I'm not just listing them for kicks. They really are ongoing goals! ;)

Ongoing goals from June:
  • See above!
Ongoing goals from May:
Ongoing goals from April:
  • Not only track my meals and snacks regularly (I did this successfully in March), but stay within my points (calorie count) for weight loss [I'm currently using Weight Watchers online tools/food tracker, but I have used a regular, ole, food journal and pen. See here.]
  • Prepare our garden // plant fruits and vegetables Tend to our garden- see it here!
Ongoing goals from March:
Ongoing goals from February:
Ongoing goals from January:
  • Eat healthy desserts [see my work in progress here]
  • Read at least 15 minutes every day [See my current reading project here]
  • Document some of our family's favorite recipes 
Notice that I dropped several of my previous "ongoing goals" and modified a few of them. Some are not as important or relevant as they once were and some needed modifying.

Here's to a productive month!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

june recap

Every month at the end of the month, I recap my monthly activities and goals and link to various personal blog posts. See this year's monthly recaps here. See 2014's monthly recaps here.
june goals on the blog!
(Printable calendar from Jillian McClenahan)

June was short, yet eventful. Here's some of what I shared on my blog this month...
june recap
This month I had intended to completely catch up with my 2015 memory book. I got through January, February, March, printed all of the pictures for April, and printed pictures for half of May. I'm so close. I still have the rest of today, right?? I'll let you know if I was able to finish by today. :) Either way, I'll be sharing my layouts for April and May in early July.
june recap
This month I added 3 new Greek yogurt recipes to my Greek yogurt 52 ways project:
#17 shortbread strawberry crumble (gotta try this one!)
#18 s'more
#19 spinach smoothie (I attribute losing 4 lbs this month partially to having this smoothie!)
june recap
This month was my girls' first month of summer break. We have done something fun every day. They seem to be enjoying themselves. Keep up with summer break activities here.
june recap
I've been keeping up with my summer book and share my layouts here every week. See here. I plan to do this again in July.
june goals on the blog!
As far as my goals for June, this is how I did:



  • Catch up with my 2015 pocket memory book / Project Life book
  • I'm so, so close. I still have the rest of today, right?!


  • Do at least 1 fun activity with my girls every day when their summer break begins
  • Yup!


  • Begin our summer memory book and keep up 
  • Yup!


  • Work through our spring cleaning list (we're okay with this turning into a summer bucket list) 
  • We did a few things. Could've, should've, would've done some more.

    I'll be back tomorrow to share my goals for July. See you then. :)

    Monday, June 29, 2015

    summer break diary 2015: week #3

    **My daughters are currently on summer break. Like last year and the year before, we are planning to do one, fun activity with them every day of their summer break. 

    (See 2015's summer break activities so far hereSee 2014's summer break activities here and 2013's summer break activities here).

    I will be documenting our various projects together and sharing them here on Mondays (typically) and possibly more detailed projects within the week. Read more about how this project got started here.**
    summer break diary 2015: week # 3 We celebrated Father's Day at the beginning of week 3 (Sunday, day 16). Jesse requested burritos for breakfast. My girls got up extra early, cleaned our house (what?!!), and got started with breakfast by pulling out all that we would need. I helped them prepare it. It was very sweet. That evening we went to watch Inside Out (LOVE!). Then we headed to my parents' house for dinner. It was perfect. For the rest of the week (Monday through Saturday- day 17 through day 22) our girls attended VBS at our church. They had dinner, played outdoor games, listened to stories, and crafted. They liked it very much. Tuesday they went to the library with my mom (as they do every week) and Friday we took them out for banana splits (yeah, we did!). It was an excellent week.

    Jesse took the pictures this week. I had to choose from a bazillion (lol). I love that he took so many pictures of our girls.
    These are my layouts for this week:
    summer break diary 2015: week # 3
    summer break diary 2015: week # 3
    summer break diary 2015: week # 3
    Supplies and embellishments:
    binder from Targetthese 4-pocket page protectorsProject Life grid cards; Heidi Grace "Cheerful Bee" paper and rub-ons (discontinued); A Little Buzz stamp set and black ink from Close To My HeartMe & My Big Ideas stickers; Heidi Swapp roller date stamp; Freckled Fawn emoticon wood chips; Pilot razor point black pen; Jenni Bowlin labels; Martha Stewart office labels

    To note: some of my supplies and embellishments are old and likely retired and/or I don't remember where I got them from, but if I missed something, ask in the comments and I will do my best with figuring out the source. I respond to most comments and questions within the comments section.

    Related: my summer 2015 book's set upmy 2014 summer book; week #3 in 2014; week #3 in 2013.
    summer break diary 2015: week # 3

    Friday, June 26, 2015

    five on friday

    If you keep up with me, sorry for missing my post yesterday. "Real life" can be chaotic sometimes. I'm sure you understand. ;)

    five on friday
    I have 5 links I'd like to share with you!

    1. Nina Christensen shared a DIY String Closure For Your Traveler's Notebook | Tutorial. Notebooks with string closures look so sophisticated. Don't you think?? 

    2. If I'm going to take blog advice from anybody, it's definitely going to be from Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess. They just shared Our Top 12 Posts About Blogging this week. Mandi's distressed wood backdrop is still on my list of things to do.

    3. Yeah, I could use help with this! 15 Productivity Hacks For Stay-At-Home-Moms by Katarina Milovanovic. I am working on getting up earlier (tip #1) even now that they're not in school. It's easy to hit the snooze button, but I feel like a saner mom when I've had time to myself in the morning. Also, I need to have this printed and framed: "Embrace the chaos and concentrate on other things."

    4. I agree with this: "When your partner is humorous, life is just brighter, funnier, less stressful and you feel so much better. A sulky or bad tempered partner just cannot compete" via 10 Reasons Humorous People Are Amazing Partners by Robert Locke. Have you met my husband Jesse??

    5. Finally, 24 Free Things Extremely Happy People Do Every Day by Sarah Lipoff. It's a good list! I need to work on #7 "Accept praise," #8 "Take nothing for granted," and #18 "Let go of grudges." Oof.

    Hope you have a good one!

    See more Five on Friday posts here.

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    march 2015 layouts :: pocket memory keeping // project life

    Last week I mentioned that I have a goal this month to catch up with my 2015 book. Today I'm sharing March. I had hoped to be sharing April today, as well, but I'm not quite there, yet. :/
    march 2015 :: pocket memory keeping // project life

    These are my layouts for March:
    march 2015 :: pocket memory keeping // project life
    march 2015 :: pocket memory keeping // project life
    march 2015 :: pocket memory keeping // project life
    Whew!
    (See my recap of March here).

    Supplies and embellishments:
    Project Life Design ADesign D, and Design BProject Life grid cardsMe & My Big Ideas pocket cards and stickers; Pilot razor point black penNursery Bash stamp set and black archival ink from Close to My Heart; alphabet stickers from Joann's $1 bins; October Afternoon Sticky Keys stickers; Seafoam core cardsflair badges from A Flair for Buttonsblack and white weekly cards from I'm A Paper Nerdvellum labels; Harley Quinn and Co. 2015 calendar

    To note: some of my supplies and embellishments are old and likely retired and/or I don't remember where I got them from, but if I missed something, ask in the comments and I will do my best with figuring out the source. I respond to most comments and questions within the comments section.

    Related: Memory Keeping: 2015

    It's Workspace Wednesday! See Workspace Wednesday posts here.
    march 2015 :: pocket memory keeping // project life