Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Project Life: 7 steps to complete a layout in small pockets of time

As you know I have already been following behind on Project Life.
At least I know I am not alone in this.
I have been reading Jessica Turner's new book The Fringe Hours.
This book is has really hit home with me.
I am a time waster and this is all about taking your free time
whether is be a little pocket of time or a few fringe hours to do something you love.
We all have those little pockets of time through out the day.
Five minutes here and there that we would normally just grab our
phone and veg out until time for the next task or we are needed.
I decided to take my little pockets of time and use them to do things
that bring me joy and happiness. One of those things being completing
each day a small task to create my project life layout for the week.
I get overwhelmed sometimes thinking I have to sit down and complete it all at once.
Here are some steps I came up with to slowly complete my layout during the week.
Each step takes about no longer then 15 minutes which is perfect for
little pockets of time in your day or week.

Step 1: Decide on photos
Go through the weeks pics from phone and camera and pick which ones you want to use.
 Also keep in mind what pocket layout you are using. To make things easier for me I use the same layout every week design A.


 Step 2: Print up pictures
I print up pics from my phone using project life app for 3x4s and print them from my
canon selphy printer. Cut pics if needed. If you don't have a home printer then get pics ordered.



Step 3: Pick your cards
Look through cards and pick enough cards to fill in the layout. I have all my cards sorted by kit and within each kit by color. When looking for cards I can either pick a kit or if want to search by certain
colors that is easy to do too.



Step 4: Journal your week
Write up journal cards using notes from the week, Instagram, Facebook, texts and calendar.
Another way is to take a little pocket of time each day to journal a little or
through out the day if you want to remember a certain conversation, way you felt during a moment, or something your child said.
Step 5: Bring everything together and put in or on layout.
I put all my stuff on top because I know I will be photographing
it after I am done for my blog.
Step 6: Add any special touches such as embellishments, letter stickers, stamps ect.
Also this is a good time to look over writing and check for errors.
Halfway through the layout below I realized I had the wrong dates.
I included a close up pic on how I fixed it.

Step 7: Photograph for blog and put in album





 Now on to the link up!

Here are a few simple "rules" for the link up.
Please consider sharing this link up on Facebook, twitter, google+,
Pinterest or instagram #projectlifemondaylinkup
Link up to your post, not your main blog.
  Visit other links, leave some love, and most of all have fun!

 Feel free to grab my button on the right side to add to your post.
Also by linking up you are giving me permission to share
your post in next week's link up or on Pinterest! 
Can’t wait to see what you link up!
If you have a question please leave it here, and I'll answer it in the comments.
  You can also email me at daytodaydesignsbykd at gmail dot com. 


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Project Life Monday Link Up {March}

Welcome to Project Life Monday Link Up
 

This is a great way to see what others are doing with their Project Life Albums,
get some inspiration and encourage each other throughout the year.
My hope is that you visit each one of their blogs and leave them wonderful comments!
 
Be sure to check out my cohost to Project Life Monday Link up
Sarah from Color.Paint.Create.!!
 
A few new things are happening this week!
After some feedback from fellow bloggers I am going
to make my link up open for the month.  I will still
post weekly but this gives more bloggers a chance to link
up. 
 
Each week I would like to have a different blog post
featuring a different blogger, favorite project life pinterest finds of the week,
a giveaway, and then a monthly wrap up. Please let me know if
you and your blog would like to be featured!
 
Also to help spread the word I am going to require you to link back to my blog.
This will help promote the link up more and get the word out there so we can
hopefully get more participation.

Here are my digital pages for last week using the app!



Now on to the link up!
Here are a few simple "rules" for the link up.
Please consider sharing this link up on Facebook, twitter, google+,
Pinterest or instagram #projectlifemondaylinkup
Link up to your post, not your main blog.
  Visit other links, leave some love, and most of all have fun!

 Feel free to grab my button on the right side to add to your post.
Also by linking up you are giving me permission to share
your post in next week's link up or on Pinterest! 
Can’t wait to see what you link up!
 
If you have a question please leave it here, and I'll answer it in the comments.
  You can also email me at daytodaydesignsbykd at gmail dot com. 
 
 
 


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Project Life Monday Link Up

Welcome to Project Life Monday Link Up
 

This is a great way to see what others are doing with their Project Life Albums,
get some inspiration and encourage each other throughout the year.
My hope is that you visit each one of their blogs and leave them wonderful comments!
 
Be sure to check out my cohost to Project Life Monday Link up
Sarah from Color.Paint.Create.!!
 
Thank you ladies for linking up.
As always it is inspiring and fun to check out
what you guys are up to.
 
Again this week I went with the app to make my pages.
We were gone for the weekend so it just made sense.
I just starting reading the Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner
and hoping to work out some time that I can devote to
project life so I can fill my creative void.  I love being creative!
More on that book and my time management in another post soon.
 
This week was busy yet a very typical week for us.
The kids had Monday and Tuesday off of school.
Josh and Jordan went to play golf Monday and Michelle returned
from her weekend away at Great Wolf Lodge.
Tuesday Jordan got to come babysit his cousins with me.
Wednesday I locked my keys in the house as I was headed to
go to court for an expired tabs ticket.  I borrowed my sister in laws
van, still made it to court on time and then met Josh for lunch
and his house key.
Back to school Wednesday for the kids.
A very short week for them.
Jordan has been working hard on his famous American
report. We spend forty minutes a day reading and note taking on
top of his other home work!
Michelle has also been working hard on keeping her grades up at A's and B's.
 
For the weekend Josh and I got a weekend away while the kids
went to stay with Josh's parents.  We got two date nights in a row,
lots of relaxation, softball in the sunshine and time to reconnect.
 

 
A few thoughts before the link up.
How is everyone liking the link up and posts?
Do you have any suggestions or thoughts?
I am tying to keep this link up alive and growing but
feel like I am not able to do that so would love any input!
 
 
Now on to the link up!
Here are a few simple "rules" for the link up.
Please consider sharing this party on Facebook, twitter, google+ or Pinterest.
Link up to your post, not your main blog.
  Visit other links, leave some love, and most of all have fun!
Feel free to grab my button on the right side to add to your post.
Also by linking up you are giving me permission to share
your post in next week's link up or on Pinterest! 
Can’t wait to see what you link up!
If you have a question please leave it here, and I'll answer it in the comments.
  You can also email me at daytodaydesignsbykd at gmail dot com. 
 


Monday, February 16, 2015

Project Life Monday Link Up

Welcome to Project Life Monday Link Up
 

This is a great way to see what others are doing with their Project Life Albums,
get some inspiration and encourage each other throughout the year.
My hope is that you visit each one of their blogs and leave them wonderful comments!
 
Be sure to check out my cohost to Project Life Monday Link up
Sarah from Color.Paint.Create.!!
 
Thank you ladies for linking up.
As always it is inspiring and fun to check out
what you guys are up to.
 
I may be making the switch back to the app!
I made my pages today and got them ordered in less then 15 minutes!
I love making the pages, being creative and having the different
embellishments but I just not finding the time right now.
I never ordered prints from the app yet so I will have to see what I think.
 
Here are is my week!
 


 
Now on to the link up!
Here are a few simple "rules" for the link up.
Please consider sharing this party on Facebook, twitter, google+ or Pinterest.
Link up to your post, not your main blog.
  Visit other links, leave some love, and most of all have fun!
Feel free to grab my button on the right side to add to your post.
Also by linking up you are giving me permission to share
your post in next week's link up or on Pinterest! 
Can’t wait to see what you link up!
If you have a question please leave it here, and I'll answer it in the comments.
  You can also email me at daytodaydesignsbykd at gmail dot com. 
 


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Stop Giving up

If you follow me on Facebook or instagram you know I have been on
another getting fit, getting healthy kick with 21 day fix!
You may be saying to yourself here she goes again. Starting another diet,
workout plan, and lets gets healthy phase. She never sticks to them.
All that is true and I am guilty of yo-yoing with my fitness journey
for the past few years. I have been stuck for two years now bouncing
back and forth between being fully on board and then back to well
this happened so I will start again Monday.
Always the next week or next Monday.
Before I know an entire month has passed and my weight
just slowly climbs back up.
I hate myself for that so I start over again.
And as you know this cycle continues over and over again.
My weight has been stuck in the same 10 pound area
for over two years now. I track my weight on my phone
and looking over it the other day I realized just how long it has been.
Something clicked and I knew it is time to change that.
I am tired of being at my highest weight ever and not liking myself for it.
I don't feel attractive, amazing, confident or full of energy.
I hide out in yoga pants with either a larger shirt or zip up sweatshirt.
My hair is just always pulled back in a bun and most days I don't bother
with make up. Why? Honestly, I just don't care enough about myself.
Why should I look like something I don't feel.
Putting on jeans, a cute top and some make up isn't going to change
the way I feel about myself.
 
Fast forward a few weeks later I am now in the midst of my new me.
Three weeks ago I made the choice to try again but this time it is for life
not a quick fix or until I reach this weight.
I started out the first week by just working out for five days that week.
I also tracked food on my fitness pal.
The next week I started with the support of my facebook group with
the 21 day fix. I did one round back in September before Vegas and
saw amazing results but never got back on track.
Now I am almost done with week 2 of 21 day fix.
The workouts are 30 minutes a day 7 days a week.
There are two active recover days but I think Pilates is pretty
tough stuff. I have gotten into a routine and I look forward to it.
I have found that they perfect time for me is late afternoon.
I have always struggled with the time between the kids coming
and dinner.  I always feel completely drained and unmotivated to do
anything especially cook dinner. Now I get my sweat on and feel so much
more energetic to tackle dinner and even cleaning up after.
I also do couch to 5k in the mornings three days a week.
We have consistently stuck with that now and are on week 4!
 
My eating is worlds better. I am following along with the 21 day
fix plans with is mainly portion control and clean eating.
I still track everything on my fitness pal.  I am not perfect though
and still daily have ranch on my salad. I need to make a 21 day fix
approved one but I do love my ranch a lot!
My other weakness is night time snacking.
When the kids are in bed and we are watching shows upstairs.
That is also Josh's favorite time to snack or eat.
He will come to bed with a plate of nachos, cheese/pepperoni/crackers,
or pull a bag of sour patch kids out of no where and start eating away.
I am working on my self control but sometimes I can't handle it
and dive in with him.  That is habit we both need to get out of our lives.
 
I am a work in progress.
I will always be a work in progress
but I am ready for the challenge.
I am sharing this all with you so that I
am not alone. I would love encouragement,
accountability, and just be there to pick me up when I need it.
Stick with me as I over post my journey on social media but for me it helps.
I want to look back and know that I will never be that person again.
I am excited for this journey to health and possibly finding an ab.
 I can honestly say I don't think I have ever had one!
 
Another way I will be documenting this process is with
weight loss journal I made with a smash book my actually gave
me back in 2013.  This is a way for me to satisfy my creative size while
tracking my journey.  I love the freedom I have to do as I please with the
pages and content I include. Here are the pages I have so far.
I will update with future posts and my journey continues.
Don't be frighten by my weight or before pics.
 I can post them knowing that is an old me and I working toward
a better me. That weight is a weight I will never see on the scale again.
 




 
I am always looking for quick, easy healthy meals so please share
any you may have! Also your go to snacks that can replace sour patch kids lol!


Monday, February 9, 2015

Project Life Monday Link Up

Welcome to Project Life Monday Link Up
 

This is a great way to see what others are doing with their Project Life Albums,
get some inspiration and encourage each other throughout the year.
My hope is that you visit each one of their blogs and leave them wonderful comments!
 
Be sure to check out my cohost to Project Life Monday Link up
Sarah from Color.Paint.Create.!!
 
Thank you ladies for linking up.
As always it is inspiring and fun to check out
what you guys are up to.
 
Honest moment here.
I started this link up to keep me motivated to keep up
and current with Project life this year.
I have found myself falling behind and we are only in February.
Luckily I am only 2 and 1/2 weeks behind.
I gave myself a half for this week.
I started my layout but still need to journal
and some embellishments if feeling creative juices are flowing.
This week isn't my most creative week but Project Life is supposed to
be simple and easy. Maybe that is why I am falling behind
because I want to be creative with my pages.  I think I need to go back
to basics and if there is a week I feel more creative then I will go for it!
The may goal needs to be to keep it simple and get it done.
How are all you ladies doing?! 
Do find yourself falling behind or trying to get to fancy with it?
Here is my half done week.
 
Monday
 I totally didn't even take a pic.  I think I was still recovering from the hawks lost.
Tuesday
I got to spend the day with my two adorable nephews at their house.
Wednesday
is a picture of my new healthy eating...yum yum
Thursday
was quite the eventful day for Michelle.  Short story she ended passing out in front
of the entire group of 8th grade girls during a HIV/aids talk.  She is like me and doesn't do blood/needles well.  I picked her up and took her for some food and a drink at Starbucks.
She was feeling better so I dropped her off only to get a call a short while later that she
was seeing stars again.  Went and got her so she could come home to rest.
Friday
Fridays I help in Jordan's class and then have lunch with him.
This Friday was extra special because it was his half birthday!
I brought in donuts and juice for snack.
The class also sang him a half birthday song.
Saturday
Jordan had his last winter league basketball game.
It was also national ice cream for breakfast day!
We let him have it for lunch instead after his game.
Later he went to a friend's birthday party and we had family
movie night after dinner.
Sunday
The first Sunday in a while without football!
Bonus the sun was out!
After church we all went outside to enjoy it.
In the evening Josh took Jordan to a basketball game
his friend was coaching and then Michelle and I met them for
dinner at NY Pizza.
 


 
 
Now on to the link up!
Here are a few simple "rules" for the link up.
Please consider sharing this party on Facebook, twitter, google+ or Pinterest.
Link up to your post, not your main blog.
  Visit other links, leave some love, and most of all have fun!
Feel free to grab my button on the right side to add to your post.
Also by linking up you are giving me permission to share
your post in next week's link up or on Pinterest! 
Can’t wait to see what you link up!
If you have a question please leave it here, and I'll answer it in the comments.
  You can also email me at daytodaydesignsbykd at gmail dot com. 
 
 
 


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Super bowl Sunday

Sunday night after the devastating, heart-wrenching, last-second loss of the
Seahawks in the Super Bowl, I ate some desert browsed 
Facebook reading over and over again peoples reactions to the game .  Mindless comfort activities. 
I know it is kind of silly to  feel so sad about something like this, but they were just so close.  
Like down to the last seconds with in feet of a touch down.
One beast mode play from taking the win!  Ahh!  
Patriots took the win 28-24.
 
Monday morning I’m still feeling a little bummed about the game, though a little
less so knowing that they will be back.  For sure.
I got the house put back together and put away all the d├ęcor for next season!
 
Even though they lost we still had a fun time with family, friends and a ton of food!