Friday, March 27, 2015

five on friday

Happy Friday! I'm looking forward to the weekend. (I always do). We're heading to my sister Jennifer's place tomorrow during the day to spend part of the day with her. Sunday I have plans to get together with my good friend Kerri. Hooray!
five on friday
Here's a little peek at a Greek yogurt recipe I put together for my Greek yogurt 52 ways project. I didn't get the recipe just right, so I have to retry it. Oh, the woes of this project. ;)

I came across 5 links (or more) this week that I'd like to share with you:

1. I came across Stephanie Bryan's work on Instagram first, immediately started following her there, then headed to her blog Stephanie Makes, and am now following her there, as well. I love her work. Her Project Life album is beautiful! See her March spreads here.

Speaking of Instagram, are we friends there? Let's! @jessicarrodarte

2. I switched up my breakfast this week. I've been having lightly fried eggs topped with fresh salsa and baby Swiss cheese. I was happy to see that eggs made the list for The Top Foods People Who've Lost More Than 10 Pounds Eat for Breakfast via Women's Health Magazine.

3. I'm going to be freezing my girls' cereal for April Fool's Day. I can't wait to see their faces. I got the idea from Jordan Ferney's 3 Easy April Fools Ideas. I need to prepare myself for retaliation.

4. I'm not a work at home mom (I don't get paid anyway), but I appreciate all attempts at salvaging my sanity. ;) Read Staying Sane While Being a Work at Home Mama by Ann-Marie Espinoza. I wholeheartedly agree with learning to "Let it go." Ann-Marie says, "I’m slowly learning to give myself grace and accept the fact that I am doing the best that I can do at this stage of life."

5. Establishing an evening routine is on my list of goals for April. I've mentioned the imperativeness of establishing a morning routine a time or two; haven't I?  ;) Anyway, I'm taking notes from 10 Things Productive People Do Before Bed by Luigi Potenza for my evening routine.

P.S. I really enjoyed this week's episode of Elise Gets Crafty "Getting Organized" with Beth Penn of Bneato Bar. They discussed how getting organized can increase productivity. This is a topic I love.

Hope you have a great one!!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

september / october 2014 layouts :: pocket memory keeping / project life

Still catching up and still forcing you to read about it. ;)
I completed my layouts for September and October. (!!!)
september / october 2014 layouts :: pocket memory keeping / project life
These are my layouts for September:
september / october 2014 layouts :: pocket memory keeping / project life
september / october 2014 layouts :: pocket memory keeping / project life
september / october 2014 layouts :: pocket memory keeping / project life
(See our 50's sock hop here).
september / october 2014 layouts :: pocket memory keeping / project life
These are my layouts for October:
september / october 2014 layouts :: pocket memory keeping / project life
september / october 2014 layouts :: pocket memory keeping / project life
september / october 2014 layouts :: pocket memory keeping / project life
(See Addy's birthday picnic celebration here).

I can't believe I'm almost done! I had told Jesse how behind I was a few weeks ago. He said, "Oh, just forget about it! Move on to 2015." Gasp! And I'm sure I got a crazy look in my eye and my determination was set. So, thank you, Jesse, for your lack of confidence in me. You helped me push through. ;)  ;)  ;)

Supplies and embellishments include:
Design A pocket pages; labels stamp set from Close to My Heart; Martha Stewart office labels; Freckled Fawn arrow clips; calendar cards from Amy Martin DesignsMidnight Edition core cardsSeafoam Edition core cardsProject Life 3x4" grid cards; My Big Ideas theme cards and stickersKraft project life core kit; "Hey girl!" rubber stamp; clips and post its from Target; vellum labels; flair badges from A Flair For Buttons and The Crafty Pickle; Kellie Stamps' "Nom nom" rubber stampJenni Bowlin labels acrylic stamp set and labels; labels and "Handmade by..." acrylic stamp set from Michael's; heart gems from Joann's $1 spot (years ago); Martha Stewart "who, what, where, when" label; roller date stamp from Heidi Swapp; Sharpie; Fiskars' 12"cutter; Pilot razor point black pentacky adhesive circlesglue dots.
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.

So help me- I will be documenting for 2015 soon! See my memory keeping approach for 2015 here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

workspace wednesday

workspace wednesday
(Read about our 50's sock hop here).

Please excuse the late post today. I got caught up with real life. ;)

I intend to share a few of my layouts (in my pocket memory keeping book for 2014) tomorrow. Of course, they're not complete yet. It'll be embarrassing if I'm a no-show tomorrow. ha.

I'm working on completing them today. I've been too picky with my layouts lately- redoing my journaling, etc. It's silly. If they're not "perfect," it's okay! Move on with your life, self.

It's good to set deadlines. I'm trying to respect those deadlines, which puts the time I spend redoing anything into perspective. I want to like my layouts, of course, but I don't want to get too picky and over think things...

Product sources:
Design A pocket pages; flair badges from A Flair For ButtonsMe & My Big Ideas theme cards; calendar cards from Amy Martin Designsroller date stamp from Heidi Swapp; Close to My Heart black archival ink pad; Stampin' Up label stamp; grid washi tape; heart washi tape from Joann's $1 bins; Elle's Studio Good Times acrylic stamp set; Tim Holtz 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.

Anyway, gonna get back to it! What's on your workspace?

See other Workspace Wednesday posts here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

greek yogurt 52 ways: #6 caramel apple

This is embarrassing- I skipped over Greek yogurt 52 ways #6 and went straight to #7. I did that one time with my 52 sandwiches project, too! Counting is kindergarten 101. ;) I think what happened is I blogged about the health benefits of Greek yogurt 2 weeks ago. I had "Greek yogurt #6" scheduled on my editorial calendar for that day though. Last week I had #7 on my calendar and didn't remember or realize I had skipped over #6. This is how I feel.

Anyway! I'm excited to share the next recipe with you. It's a good one! My family and I went hiking 2 weekends ago. I blogged about it yesterday. See here. I packed apples and caramel to snack on while we were there. We didn't get around to having them while we were there, but when we got home, I had the idea of pairing the apples and caramel with my Greek yogurt.
greek yogurt 52 ways: no. 6 caramel apple
Mmmm! For this recipe, mix in a tablespoon or two of caramel dip with 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt (vanilla flavored or plain- I typically use vanilla). Top your yogurt with chopped apples and drizzle caramel over the top. That's it!
greek yogurt 52 ways: no. 6 caramel apple
I mean. It doesn't get easier or tastier. Right?
greek yogurt 52 ways: no. 6 caramel apple
Right. ;)

Have any Greek yogurt recipes you'd like to tell me about? Leave your recipes or links in the comments. :)

If you try a recipe I share, be sure to let me know! Use the hashtag: #greekyogurt52ways.

**This year I'm making Greek yogurt 52 ways. Why? Read about my motives right here. See all of the ways I've made Greek yogurt so far here. I recently completed a 52 sandwiches project. Read more about that project here.**

Monday, March 23, 2015

tips for hiking with kids

My family and I went hiking 2 weekends ago. We had a really good time.
devil's punchbowl hike
We went to Devils Punchbowl. We've been there before. See here.
devil's punchbowl hike
This is the view from the top of the "punchbowl" (the park gets its name from its deep canyon):
devil's punchbowl hike
Here we are at the bottom of the canyon:
devil's punchbowl hike
devil's punchbowl hike
Do you see the owl eyes in the picture below?
devil's punchbowl hike
And this is the view looking up from the bottom:
devil's punchbowl hike
We had planned for lunch after our hike in the park's picnic area, but forgot some of our items- those that needed to be refrigerated stayed in our... *drumroll* refrigerator. Oops. We also didn't pack sunscreen or enough water. Amateurs is what we are. We're hoping to make hiking a regular activity for our family. So we don't make the same silly mistakes again, I decided to research tips for hiking with kids. I've compiled my own list to share with you, but I link to those articles I read at the end of this post.

Make sure they're wearing the proper shoes + clothes
You don't want the lack of proper clothes or shoes to inhibit their experience. You know what your child is safest and most comfortable wearing- hiking boots, athletic shoes, light tops, etc.

Bring plenty of water + snacks
You want your little ones to stay hydrated and energized.

Pack sunscreen, hats, first-aid kits, extra clothes
You don't want your little ones to sunburn, and you definitely want a first-aid kit around if they get hurt.

Consider investing in a back carrier for you little ones
Juli is our youngest at 18 months. Jesse used a back carrier and used it for the duration of our hike. She was happy for the entire hike.

Choose a kid-friendly hiking trail
That is, make sure it isn't too long or strenuous at first. As they get older or better  at it, challenge them (and yourself).

Don't venture out too far at first
You don't want the travel to drain their energy and you need to be prepared to head home quickly if need be.

Get an early start
It's all about maintaining their energy. Kids can get very grumpy if their energy has been drained. You want them at their happiest/most cooperative. I had my littlest ones take a nap before we headed out.

Stop if your child wants to stop
What are you their hiking trainer? ;) If they want to stop and look at a lizard (mine did), discuss flowers, etc., let them. They're also learning as they hike- encourage your tiny explorer.

Invite friends
Your child is more likely to have fun if friends come along.

Consider not calling it "hiking"
Hiking can imply "arduous miles of work to a child. Call it 'adventuring,' as in 'Who wants to go on an adventure today?'" I love this tip from Ivar Chhina.

Finally and most importantly, be flexible
With kids, flexibility is essential with any activity. The "adventure" might not be going so well, and you may have to head home. That's okay. There's always next time!

These are the articles I read, which helped me compile my tips. (I highly recommend the first one).

Expert Advice: Kids and Hiking via REI

Hiking With Your Child via BabyCenter

6 Tips for Hiking with Kids by Jessica Sanders for Active Kids

Take a Hike! 8 Family-Friendly Tips via Parents

Take Your Kids Hiking: 10 Tips to Make the Adventure Fun for the Whole Family via Wilderness

Happy adventuring! :)