Tuesday, January 27, 2015

hey there, internet

2015-01-21 10.59.41 1As you can tell by now, posting will be spotty this week. We have family visiting from Texas. I will begin posting regularly again next week.

Hope you have a good one. :)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

five on friday, er, saturday

five on friday
Hey there! Friday got away from me, but here are some links I've come across this week that I'd like to share:

1. I've made a goal to read a physical book at least 15 minutes every day this year. I appreciated this article: The Delightfully Short Guide to Reading More Books by Leo Babauta on Zen Habits.  One of his tips is to "Enjoy the reading. Don’t look at reading books like a chore that you have to rush through to get to more urgent things. If you do, you’ll stop reading. Instead, look at the reading sessions as a treat, a spa break in the rush of your day." Reading is stress relieving.

2. Stephanie Howell recently linked to Creating the Ultimate List: 100 Books to Read Before You Die by Joel Patrick for Medium. He compiled "the greatest list ever created" by culling several lists of books from reputable sources.

3. Emma from A Beautiful Mess recently made a Funfetti Buttermilk Birthday Cake. She decorated it with Trix cereal. How colorful and cute! We're constantly celebrating birthdays around here. I want to make this cake for a birthday party this year

4. Zie Campbell shared 4 Steps to Fighting Stress. She lists day dream journaling, silence, tea time, and planner updating as part of her system to fight stress. I was nodding throughout the article.

5. I enjoy Rachel Del Grosso's Project Life videos. She shared Project life 2014 | Volume Two- Video Overview this week on her blog Big City Quiet. See other videos she has shared here.

Hope you have a good one!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

greek yogurt 52 ways: #2 piña colada

This Greek yogurt dessert is another winner. I can see myself stuffing my fridge full of vanilla, Greek Yogurt; sweetened coconut flakes; and my pantry full of canned pineapple, so that it's readily available for when I need a quick, low-calorie, satisfying dessert.
greek yogurt 52 ways: no. 2 piña colada
I found this recipe on the Good Housekeeping website here. To make this Greek yogurt dessert, toast 1/4 cup of shredded, sweetened coconut flakes. The recipe said to do it in the microwave for a few seconds. I toasted the coconut flakes over a low flame for a few minutes. (Do whatever works for you. ;) The flakes will be slightly golden brown and fragrant when ready. Then, layer 1/2 cup of vanilla, Greek yogurt in a bowl. Then top the yogurt with 1/2 cup of pineapple chunks and your toasted flakes.
greek yogurt 52 ways: no. 2 piña colada
This makes for an excellent dessert or breakfast. I'm having it for breakfast this week. Y-u-m.
greek yogurt 52 ways: no. 2 piña colada
If you try a recipe I share, be sure to let me know! Use the hashtag: #greekyogurt52ways.

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

**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.**

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

memory keeping: 2015

memory keeping: 2015
I am planning to scrapbook in 2015. Does anyone say "scrapbook" anymore? Have you noticed that paper craft marketers don't use the word "scrapbook" as often before? I guess it's too old-fashioned, they want the products to be innovative, or something. Here's news, friends: we're still scrapbooking even if you're not calling it that. Ha. Anyway, I'm planning to print some pictures, date them, journal about them or other noteworthy happenings, add some pretty papers and embellishments, and finally stick them in a page protected book for all to see. Call it what you will. ;)

This year I'll be doing what I did last year because it works for me (never mind that I'm super behind):
memory keeping: 2015
I'll be using this We R Memory Keepers 12x12" binder and sectional pocket page protectors (these Design A pocket page protectors from Project Life mostly and occasionally a few different page protector designs from Project Life). I will be using a 12x12" binder for most of the year- January to May and part of August to November. I will be sticking to a weekly format as I have in the past because I like the structure.

I will also be using 2- 8 1/2x11" binders (these are the ones I used last year- they're from Target)- one for our summer break (June to part of August) and one for December Daily. For those books, I will be using these BCW 4-pocket page protectors mostly and possibly a few other inserts.

I will be using several Project Life core kits (my sister and I purchased several kits and split them for variety). I have the Midnight Editionthe Kraft Editionthe Seafoam Edition, the Sunshine Edition4x6 grid cards, and 3x4 grid cards.

I am using Pilot's razor point extra fine tip pens, American Crafts' slick writer markers, and Sharpies for journaling.

I am using Close to My Heart's archival black ink pad because I've had it forever and a variety of stamps from the many I've collected over the years including several roller date stamps. The Heidi Swapp roller date stamp I purchased recently is my new favorite.

As far as basic supplies, I will be using Fiskars' 12" cutter, tacky adhesive circles, and glue dots. I will be having my pictures printed locally (though the service where I go is t.e.r.r.i.b.l.e. You can imagine where I'm going. It starts with "wal" and ends with "mart." I might have to look into other options this year).

I will be using a variety of embellishments like flair badges (my favorite shop is A Flair for Buttons), wooden veneers, washi tape, paper clips, labels, adhesive gems, cutesy stickers, etc. I buy embellishments in a variety of places- Michael's, Joann's, Target, Walmart (be sure to check out their dollar bins) and online- Freckled Fawn is one of my favorite online vendors.

Are you scrapbooking memory keeping this year? If so, what are you doing? I'd love to know!

See my setup in 2014 here/ 2013 here.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

kids' assignment lists / chore charts

I made a goal this month to make "assignment lists" for everyone in my family to help us be more orderly. I was trying to think of what assignment lists would look for a while. I thought and thought about it when I realized that like my morning routine (I also recently established an afternoon/evening routine, as well), I could establish morning and after school routines for my kids.

I thought about what things are expected for my kids to do in the morning and after school, and made a list: brush their teeth, get dressed, tidy up their room, do their homework, do their chores, etc. To make the list, I made a few drafts before I compiled the final copy. I also found some clipart images to make the list more kid-friendly and fun, but also because Addy is still learning to read. She needs a visual. They all liked the look of them, so that felt like a good start. Evie said the little girl with the braids was her "favorite" because "she's so cute."
kids' assignment lists / chore charts
I printed the lists and put them in page protectors. They use dry erase makers to cross off their completed tasks. Then in the evenings I erase it all, and they start over the next morning.
kids' assignment lists / chore charts
The lists have been well received by my girls. My oldest has an type A personality (like I do), so she enjoys crossing things of of her list just 'cause it feels like a huge accomplishment to cross it off (that's exactly how I feel about it). My other girls aren't as worried about crossing them off, but they do refer to them if they get distracted. I'm most happy about that. It's exhausting playing drill sergeant. ;)

After making their new assignment lists, I decided to revamp their chore chart. The chore charts for my kids have evolved over the years as they get older and as we become aware of what works better for our family. Sometimes I feel weird that I have chore charts and sometimes I feel like a genius. There isn't a right way or a perfect way to do this. This is our way. Lani, Evie, and Addy (11, 8, and 5) rotate various tasks around the house. I obviously expect more from my older kids than my younger kids. I include Addy mostly because I know she would feel excluded if I didn't, but also because I think it is important for her to learn to help around the house at this age. I help her with her chores every day. For example, when it's her turn to do the kitchen counters, I tell her where things go and ask her to put them away if they're within her reach. It works well for us this way.

I'm sure our assignment lists and chore chart will evolve with time, but for now they are working out very well for us.

Do you have kids? How do you help keep them organized and have them help around the house?