link roundup / 7

July 25, 2014


Today I’m sharing some stuff I found around the internet. Enjoy!

>On chasing achievement.

>If you’re looking for something to do with your kids at home this summer, I highly recommend you check out Janssen’s “summer unplugged” series. Each week has a different theme including books, crafts, activities, and recipes.

>I’m pretty excited about the new app Party Party from the girls at A Beautiful Mess and I downloaded it the day it was available. We don’t have a good photobooth in our area so I’m excited to try some fun projects with this!

>White potatoes are now whole30 approved! (But not chips or fries.) I’m kinda mad they are just making this announcement when I did without them during mine. I think that would have really helped me as far as breastfeeding is concerned.

>This colorful car wash looks like such a fun kid activity!

>Paislee Press is a favorite digital designer of mine. I was looking through the shop and discovered a bunch of free downloads! Check out the photobooth strip diy, designing a photobook, and 4×6 photo templates volume 1 and volume 2.

>Seven things you can control in life.


I’ve been home sick for Liam and myself all week because of a fevery virus, but we were finally able to return to school/work today, yay! Just in time for the weekend! I do still have a headache that hasn’t gone away for four days, so I’m currently trying to manage that, figure out its cause, and possibly see a doctor if needed. Hoping it just goes away soon though! Have a great weekend all!

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whole30 afterthoughts

July 24, 2014

Today I’m going to share with you the results of my whole30 experiment, plus a bunch of other thoughts and things I learned along the way. I hope that this will encourage anyone who is thinking about it to consider giving it a try! And if you are planning your first whole30 and, like I was, are searching online for success stories and tips, I urge you to reach out to me and I will help as best I can! I want you to know up front that it was definitely not as scary or as hard as I expected it to be. Now for the rundown! What my life used to be like: So, I wasn’t a total mess. I…
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project life 2014 : weeks 27 – 28

July 23, 2014

Today’s Project Life spread is from June 30 to July 13. I included an insert because I had too many photos, but here is the whole spread without it: And here it is with it. The front: The back: The insert was “summer” themed and I wrote a little about our Fourth of July. Back to the regular spread now. On the left hand side I wrote about curating my closet, Liam eating in the high chair, and Meredith potty training. I love the way this simple little card came out below. I originally had the entire 4×6 photo in there, but cutting it back to allow for some white space and journaling made a big difference. On the right…
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my summer capsule wardrobe

July 22, 2014

I’ve been mentioning that I’m in the process of determining my personal style and putting together capsule wardrobes for each season. Recently I was able to purchase some sorely needed summer items, and as of now I feel pretty good about what I have. The following clothes are what I’m wearing almost exclusively, apart from a few items that I have in duplicate colors. black pullover / black striped shirt (maternity from Ross) baseball tee (Gap, in stores) / gray striped shirt (Gap, in stores) / gray sleeveless henley white shirt (Gap, in stores) / cream tank / black & cream striped shirt (maternity from Ross) army green open tee (old from Target) / green v-neck / flowered shirt (maternity from…
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meredith is three!

July 21, 2014

Well my crazy girl is three. We had a casual family party in the park for her on Saturday evening. There was picnic food and cake. An awesome jungle gym and plenty of room to run around. Uncle Scott led the kids on a nature hike where the highlight was throwing sticks in the creek and looking for frogs. Even though Meredith spent the first half of the party subdued because of a bug bite that puffed her hand up, she eventually rallied and had a blast hanging out with all her favorite people. Then on Sunday, her actual birthday, we kept things pretty routine but she did get some extra treats, gifts from us, and more cousin play time…
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July 18, 2014

snacking on dark chocolate covered almonds. limiting dairy in my diet because it makes me feel bloated. hoping it doesn’t rain tomorrow for Meredith’s birthday party in the park. keeping the party stuff simple. starting a new daily photography project involving my Instax. wishing for a digital camera other than my iPhone. itching to tweak my blog design. loving my morning Bible study time. evaluating our budget. planning my whole-life personal organization notebook. needing to dig deep for patience with the kids sometimes. missing one of the daycare teachers who I’d come to like, who just left to continue her schooling. enjoying the company of David’s aunt who is in town. taking Liam for his six-month checkup this afternoon. feeling energized…
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