Saturday, December 29, 2012

{ project life update and printables - this week cards }


The end of the year brings about varying emotions in people. Some are excited about the coming year, some are a little melancholy as they reflect on the past or some are like my husband and fret over the fact that he has to remember to write "2013" on all his paperwork now. Seriously.

I am one that is a little of both; I look back on the year but like looking forward to what's ahead. A new year also means a new start to Project Life. Last year was my first time doing a project of that size and I am surprised at how much it changed how I look a our everyday life. Last year was learning what I wanted it to mean to me and what I wanted my family to remember. I can remember bits and pieces of things from my childhood but a lot of it kind of runs together and even now some things from when my oldest was a baby are getting that way. I hate that. I want to remember the funny things they say or what their favorite toy was at that time.

I'm also going digital this year. It just works out best for me his way. And it's way more cost effective. Another reason is because I like making my own journaling cards and inserts. I also like sharing them. I'm planning on including a card each week that sums up the little things of our week and I even done them up in other colors schemes too. Click the link below each card for a downloadable PDF of that image.




What other kind of cards would you be interested this year? Color schemes? Sizes? Leave me a comment or shoot me an email. I love inspiration!



Friday, December 28, 2012

{ new years resolutions }


It's almost the New Year and it's a time for a lot of us that means new commitments and resolutions.  I've had a better than usual time this with setting goals and keeping them. Thank you ladies of Let's Get Physical! And I'm always interested in other people's resolutions as well.  Some are personal and sometimes they are goodnatured.  

My resolution this year is going to take a lot of commitment from me and a little more research that usual.  My resolutions this year is to cut down on the sugar that we eat.  I know that I'd be setting myself up for failure if I said I wanted to cut it out completely so I'm going to slowly work on cutting all the "bad" sugars out and cutting down severely on the pop and junk food that we eat. 

I'm fairly diligent on what the kids eat and drink.  I don't ban junk food or cupcakes because really, they are kids.  But I'm not getting any younger and they are at the age where the choices they make will start to become habits so lets set some new ones together.  

I also asked my featured sponsors this month what their New Years resolutions would be I love how alike Emily and I are and how much I realize that Danette's is somewhere I want to be this year too.  


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Emily's Resolution: 
Yes, I plan to exercise more and eat healthier (but doesn't everyone? ha)!


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Danette's Resolution:
I'm going to try organize my closet, but I'm really going to strive to walk justly before God and men. To love mercy. And to show love. And to not waste time. Time is such a precious gift.

Stop by and show these ladies some love.  You don't want to miss Emily's love story or Danette's kindness linkups.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

{ the book chat - christmas goodies }


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Did you have a wonderful Christmas?  We had a quiet Christmas at home with the kids, lots of treats and fun times.  I even got a nice Christmas sinus infection as well.  Usually it waits until New Years to show up but it came early this year.  

Other than that we had a great time.  And it's book chat day!  This week's chat is all about what you received for Christmas.  Anyone who knows me knows I love books but also knows that it's impossible to keep up with what I've read or bought.  As a matter of fact when I wrote out this post I bought two books as I was browsing.  And that's why I get Amazon gift cards for Christmas. 

I have more than 50 books on my wish lists.  Yes, lists.  And my mind works in a strange way that if I'm using a gift card to buy a book it has to be a book that I wouldn't typically buy for myself or an author that I haven't read before.  Strange I know but it's crazy up in my head a lot of the time anyway so my logic amy not be your logic.  Or any logic really.  

Anyhow this is my tentative list of what I'm going to buy.  I can get lost in the recommended for you section or the other people bought these books sections for hours if I'm not careful.  It's like Pinterest in that way. 


  

   

Have you read any of these yet?  The reviews are promising on all of them.  Decisions, decisions...


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

{ merry christmas }




May you have a wonderful and joyous holiday. Merry Christmas friends!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

{ resolutions in motion - final link up }



I am amazed at how the last 6 weeks have flown by.  It really seems like I just wrote my first post for Resolutions In Motion, which you can see here.  My goal for this round was to organize my digital photos and my digital scrapbooking items.  

It was a lot more daunting than I thought.

The first thing I tackled was the scrapbooking side because really, I had more than a thousand photos not categorized or edited and it was scary.  I began by sorting everything into kits and then by type.  A lot of what I have are full kits (papers, elements and alphabets) so moved those into their own file and then into subfolders like Christmas, Sports, Girls, etc.  I also deleted the kits that aren't really my style anymore or that   I just haven't used.  

The second part of the scrapbooking part was sorting through the "other" pieces.  I have frames, tags, overlays and so much more that are just basic pieces that can be used with a lot of different things.  I did the same thing with them as the kits and sorted, purged and categorized everything.  I then moved it all to my external hard drive so all those files weren't taking up space on my laptop.  It's almost 2gb of files that I moved and it took forever to transfer.  Staring at that little moving file folder is very tedious.

Finally came the photos part.  I was procrastionating starting this because I really didn't know where to start.  How did I want to sort my pictures? How did I want to back them up? So many things and I didn't know where to start.  I googled a lot of other bloggers to see what I could find and after reading through many articles and seeing what my software offered I came up with this solution.

I upload all my photos into Photoshop Elements and I started by creating a main YEAR folders (2012, 2011) and MONTHLY subfolders which I labeled as "01-January".  The numbers to have them in numerical order and the month because my eyes pick up words better than numbers when I glance at something honestly.  I didn't get them all edited but I'm only about 2 months behind at this time which is better than the 15 months that I started with.  As I was sorting them I did deleted duplicates and ones that I didn't like.  

That was actually the easy part.  I spent a lot of time researching how I wanted to back up my photos and where I wanted to print them.  In my PSE I can directly share my photos to Shutterfly.  It's so easy.  I just selected the photos I want to upload and click a button and they go right to my account.  No more exporting to jpeg  for me!  I also choose Shutterfly because I can also print my photos at my local Walgreens as well.  


But I didn't stop there.  I wanted to have all my photos in one place but I also wanted a site where I could back up ALL my photos not just the ones off of my camera.  That is where I found This Life.  



I LOVE This Life.  It's a cloud style service that I can load ALL my photos into.  I can pull my photos not only from Shutterfly, but also Instagram, Facebook and Twitter automatically.  I love automatically.  A lot.  Another great thing is that I can sort photos into "stories" and include text to narrate that story.  This helps out a lot in my scrapbooking because usually its a few weeks (or months!) before I can scrap that story and the details are not as fresh in my mind.  There's a great FAQ page where you can learn more.  

So that's where I'm at.  I managed to complete all my goals except having everything edited but I think that for times sake I am just going to edit as I go.  Why edit a picture that I'm not going to print? And lets hope it sticks!
  

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

{ the book chat - the best books of 2012 }



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I've read a lot of books this year.  Some were short stories and some took me several days to finish.  Some were good and some I couldn't put down.  And some I couldn't believe that I was still reading that.  Thankfully those last ones were few and far in between.  I didn't have a goal of how many books to read this year but I'm thinking of making a few goals in the next year to read books that are not outside of what I typically read because when I did step out of my comfort zone this year I was amazed.  

My favorites of 2012...


Celebrity In Death - there's no way a Nora Roberts book isn't making my end of the year list.  Anything Eve and Roarke do is my favorite though.

Fifty Shades of Grey - love it or hate it this book had a lot of people talking this year.  I've mentioned before that I'd read this book when it was still fanfiction and seeing it out in print was like knowing something was cool before everyone else did.  

 
Lover Reborn - I wish there was more than one BBD book a year but each one is fantastic.  There was a lot more than just the "love" story going on in this one and sometimes I love the secondary story better.  But I need more Zsadist!

About That Night - sometimes I think that Julie James gets a little overlooked in the romance category but her books are wonderful. The hero in About That Night is the minted "Twitter Terrorist" who shut down Twitter for a few days after his model girlfriend broke up with him via tweet.  The story of him reconnecting with a woman he met just one time  and rebuilding his career is one of my top three of the year. 

Wallbanger - I can't stop laughing when I read this book.  It reminds me of when I was younger and wanted to talk like the kids on Dawson's Creek. I want to have conversations like the characters in this book do.  
The Night Circus - I would have most likely have never read this book if it wasn't for Literary Junkies making it the first book that we read and I would have missed out on a extraordinary story.  I've never read such a wonderfully woven tale and the words made you feel like you were right in the middle of things.  I stayed up a few late nights to finish this.

Gabriel's Rapture - it's a "sequel" to Gabriel's Inferno and I loved all the twists and turns in the plot.  And I just love when the mean girls and guys get what's coming to them.

A Political Affair - I'm usually big on political books because I don't really understand the language politics.  At all.  Political Sciences were not my strong point in school but that doesn't matter because while the story is set in the political world it doesn't overshadow it.  

Well, that's my list for 2012. Are any of my picks on yours?  What else did you like?


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

{ i'm a literary junkie }


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It's time for the December link-up for Literary Junkies and it's some really fun questions.  We had our first twitter party yesterday and while I didn't make it I did read through all the fun.  


1. What are you currently reading? Tell us about it.
Since I've finished Night Circus I've started on "Wallbanger" by Alice Clayton. It's a little more of a explicit it book but the dialogue is hilarious.  I love when the characters have a lot of banter back and forth and conversations like you would have with your friends.


“Wine?”
"Am I breathing?"

“Wine it is” 

And I love the text conversations...

“You done with work?
Yep, at home waiting for you.

Now that's a nice visual...
Prepare yourself, I'm taking bread out of the oven.
Don't tease me woman...zucchini?
Cranberry orange. 
Mmmm...No woman has ever done breakfast bread foreplay the way you do.
Ha! When you coming?
Can't. Drive. Straight.
Can we have one conversation when you're not twelve?
Sorry, I'll be there in 30.
Perfect, that will give me time to frost my buns.
Pardon me?
Oh, didn't I tell you? I also made cinnamon rolls.
Be there in 25.” 




2. If you could choose any author in the world to write a story based on your life, who would you choose to be the author? Why?
I'm pretty sure I'd pick Nora Roberts.  I love the way that she weaves a story and the way she writes her dialogue.  I'm pretty sure she'd make me sound more funny than I actually am.

3. Tell us about your favorite place to read.
My favorite place to read is my little reading corner of the living room.  It's a little couch right next to a table with my favorite lamp.  I think of it as the place where I read all my favorite characters and we hang out together.

4. What books would you buy for lovers of a) suspense/mystery, b) chicklit, c) comedy, d) literary fiction, e)nonfiction, f) classics? (You can choose how many of those subcategories you want to talk about)
I don't really read many other books than my "favorites" so I would tend to buy for what I know I guess. And most the people I would buy books for read the same things too!

For the chicklit...


For the classics...

What would your answers be?  Head on over to Lesley or Taylor's blog to link up with your answers!

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