Episode 24 – Documenting 2017 Roundtable

On today’s show, I speaks with fabulous roundtable guests: Jennifer S Wilson, Krista Wells & Barbara Picinch. In our conversation we chat about how we documented 2016 and the plans we have for the new year. We also discuss what is making us happy with our memory keeping right now.

Enjoy the show!

Show Notes:

Jennifer’s Approach to Project Life

Jennifer’s Book – The New Rules of Scrapbooking 

Krista’s Brooklyn Layouts

Krista’s KTOL – The Paperie

Barbara’s – Minc Pocket Page Tutorial

Android Fabulous App

Gretchen Rubin – Better than Before

Stephanie Makes – Mini Albums

Barbara’s Personal Album – Instagram Shot

Jess’, 9×12 – 2017 Title Page

We R Memorykeepers Powerpunch

Mint Michaels Recollection Punch (For Planners)

Episode 23 – Kelli Rich

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On today’s show, I speak with the wonderful and whimsical Kelli Rich. Known online as Forever and a Day Create, Kelly lives in Utah with her husband Quincey, and three sons: Radley, Greyson and Crew. A hairstylist by day, Kelli designs beautiful layouts for Coco Daisy and makes and sells adorable bow ties for kids. I love Kelli’s use of white space and bright & bold pops of color on her pages. In this conversation, we discuss living with our memories, color choices and how she chooses between documenting in her planner vs. a mini book vs. a scrapbook page.

Enjoy the show!

Show Notes:

Parabo Press

 

Episode 22: December Daily Roundtable #2

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On today’s show, I have another special roundtable episode. Jessica Upton of Colorcast Designs, Kellie Winnell of Kellie Stamps and Tracy Banks from her Mercy Tiara youtube channel, discuss how their are tackling their December Daily projects. Guests discuss a variety of approaches to documenting the holidays including incorporating their photos into an existing Project Life album and how to balance self care with being an intentional documenter during the month of December. This is a motivating conversation for those in the middle of completing their 2016 December Daily project.

Enjoy the show!

Show Notes

Episode 10 – Kellie Winnell

Episode 15 – Jessica Upton

Tracy Banks Facebook Group

Jessica’s Elf on the Shelf Page

Episode 21 – Barbara Picinich

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On today’s show, I chat with the energetic and creatively enthusiastic, Barbara P. Living in Sacramento, California with her husband Larry and her daughter Simone, Barbara has scrapbooked since 1999. Formerly a Studio Calico Design Team member, Barbara currently creates for ColorCast Designs, Kelly Purkey Shop and is a teacher at Big Picture Classes. In our conversation, Barbara discusses her evolution from traditional to digital to pocket page scrapbooker and her favorite colour and font to create with. Barbara also reflects on what kind of crafter she is. This is a really fun chat that will make you want to scrapbook!

Enjoy the show!

Show Notes

Barbara’s Blog

Barbara’s Instagram

The Crown Pocket Page

Elf on the Shelf Pocket Page

Ziggy Ziggy Ziggy Pocket Page

One Second Everyday App

Episode 20 – December Daily Roundtable

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On today’s special roundtable episode, I am speaking with three great former Pocket Talk guests about December Daily. Jennifer S Wilson of Simple Scrapper, Krista Wells from the Kelly Purkey Design Team and Petra Corcoran from Jot Magazine share their tips and tricks for completing your favourite holiday project.

Enjoy the show!

Notes:

Jess’ December Daily Unboxing Video

The New Rules of Scrapbooking by Jennifer S Wilson

Pocket Talk Episode 2 – Petra

Pocket Talk Episode 9 – Jennifer

Pocket Talk Episode 19 – Krista

Halloween 2016

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Scary Family Selfie 2016!

I don’t know about you, but I think I woke up with a sugar hangover on November 1st! Headache or not, we celebrated October 31st in grand style this year.

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With Halloween falling on a Monday this year, we had lots of time on the weekend before to prep, which included taking photos of the kids in their costumes. Seriously, the weather in Toronto was 18 degrees, feeling like summer. This year Ro dressed up as Owletter from the cartoon, “PJ Masks”, a favourite in our house right now. Besides the orange bandana that I bought at the dollar store, we dressed Sam up as a farmer from items in his closet. What can I say, I love a good homemade costume.

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We tried to make the day special for the kids. Aaron walked Rowan to school in her costume and I attended the school parade at 1 pm. I think Ro smiled the entire day. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Halloween is Rowan’s jam!

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Besides putting pumpkins in his mouth, Sam was content to follow Ro around the entire evening.

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Given that Sam goes to bed at 7 pm, we raced through dinner and had both kiddos knocking at our neighbour’s door at 5:45 pm. Yes we were one of “those people”. But it worked for us and thank goodness we live in an awesome kid friendly neighourhood.

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In total Rowan brought home 68 pieces of candy. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that Rowan doesn’t like chocolate. Anywho, hope you and yours had a great night!

Episode 19: Krista Wells

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On today’s show, I am speaking with clear headed, kind and creative, Krista Wells. Living with her husband Matthew, adorable cocker spaniel, Eugene in St. Johns NewFoundland, Krista is the lover of food, fashion and travel. Currently, designing for Kelly Purkey & Feed Your Craft, Krista also teaches classes in person at The Paperie. She has also been published in Scrapbook and Cards Today. Scroll through her instagram account or blog, and you will understand why I think she is the “Canadian Kelly Purkey”! In this episode, Krista shares her product driven approach to pocket page scrapbooking and shares how she uses photos as “place holders” in her album. Here are a few examples of Krista’s work, including her obsession with Beyonce that was mentioned in our chat:

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Enjoy the show!

 

WITL 2016: Saturday

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7:03 AM Today is cold and wet. Blergh. I have to turn on the heat and put on my socks. I refuse to put my winter jacket on. Winter I am so done with you.

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7:49 AM After breakfast, we have time to play. I love that we don’t have to rush out the door or get Sam dressed. Fun fact, I like to keep Sam in in his Pj’s until after his morning nap. This just makes life that much easier.

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11:01 AM As Sam naps, I take maternity photos for friends who come over to the house. Out of privacy for them, I am not sharing a picture. I am excited and honoured that they let me photograph this special time in their lives. I also feel the pressure to take “good pictures”. I contemplate having a side photography business.  I may or may not explore this option in the future.

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11:31 AM Love that Aaron cooks lunch for us. Today, like most Saturdays we have fried eggs. Clearly both Sam and Charlie are happy.

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12:35 PM It’s a quick turn around from gymnastics, to lunch to dance class. We load up everyone, including Sam in the stroller and Charlie on leash and walk to the community centre which is two blocks from our house. Have I mentioned how much I love living in the city and being able to walk everywhere? Rowan poses with her pink dress on. She has being doing ballet for 1 year and it has helped her gross motor skills. She loves “dance class” and I like the family outing.

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1:03 PM As Rowan dances, we throw the green squeaky ball for Charlie. This guy will only chase balls if the make a sound. Funny eh? I can remember a time that it would just be the two of us at the school yard. Those days are long gone. However, it is nice to have a moment with just Sam and Charlie. Sam giggles as Charlie runs.

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1:34 PM We take a different route home. Everyone, including girlie, are enjoying the cherry blossoms.

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2:42 PM As Sam naps and Aaron and Rowan watch the movie Tangled, I clean the kitchen. We have babysitters booked and I am pretty excited to have some adult along time together. I am helping to prep dinner so that the transition will be easy. There is nothing I love more than a clean kitchen.

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5:01 PM Fancied up, baby free and feeling relaxed!

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5:01 PM We arrive at Boxcar Social, a hipster independent coffee shop / bars that keep popping up over the city. I feel kind old but immediately don’t care….it’s date night! As I age, I realize I don’t take myself too serious – which is a good thing!

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6:02 PM He drinks a pint of Stella.

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While I work on my computer and drink an almond milk latte. I am trying to be diary free. I struggle with adult acne and I giving this as well as being gluten free / wheat free / sugar free a try. Three weeks in, my skin hasn’t had any crazy reactions and I feel pretty good. Also, my pants are kinda lose!

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7:42 PM We finish off the evening having dinner at our friends new home. We are excited to see their new house and talk parenthood / US election / summer plans / living in the east end of TO.  The night includes a delicious cheese tray, quiche and strawberry salad with rhubarb dressing from their new garden. I love having adult conversation and laughing. It feel so good to reconnect with M + K. This is exactly what the doctor ordered in order to hep me recharge my batteries.

Saturday Reflections

After a busy week, I am happy to have a slower paced day. Although Rowan has gymnastics and dance class scheduled in the day, it is nice to have Aaron at home to help out. Over the years, our routine has changed and instead of focusing on Rowan’s nap schedule we are know focused on Sam’s sleep and her activities. We still take Charlie for a long walk and play but these days it is between activities.

Gratitudes

  1. I am thankful for a slower paced day
  2. I am thankful for a night out with Aaron
  3. I am thankful for time to reconnect with old friends

Favourite Moment of the Day

Jess: Enjoy coffee at Boxcar social as Aaron drank a beer.

WITL 2016: Friday

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6:11 AM I’ll love you forever, my baby you’ll be. This little person is growing up fast. All moms say this, I know but part of the reason, I will always make time to complete #weekinthelife is to document growth.

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8:02 Fun fact: As soon as breakfast is done, I put on my jacket. I do this most days just to make sure when it’s time to go we can leave the house. It’s silly and I am often sweating by the time we head to school but it’s just one more thing, I check off my to do list in the mornings.

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8:49 AM One of my not so great traits is that I can be indecisive. This is especially true when it comes to getting myself and the kids dressed in the morning. Add in a week long photo project and confusing weather patterns and I become a stressed out mama before school drop off. Good thing Rowan doesn’t mind being dressed in head to toe rain gear when it’s hot and humid. The reason she likes it? She gets to jump in muddy puddles.

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9:00 AM With a flat tire in the blue car, Aaron takes the black car to work. This means I will walk to meet a friend for lunch. Good thing the rain is going away! I am looking forward to the walk. Fun fact – I walk more than 8 km today!

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10:40 AM Early and we found a spot in the back at the Lazy Daisy cafe. Sam is taking this advice literally as he is taking his morning nap in the stroller.

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11:01 AM Someone wakes up and discovers the train table by our chairs. Sam is in love. I see more of this in our future.

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11:41 PM Catching up over brunch and coffee.

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2:51 PM Sam is still sleeping and we are going to be late for pick up. I hate to wake him, but it must be done.

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3:49 PM Off to Eds Real Scoop for a cool treat. This is  a Friday tradition with out kiddos and mamas group. Rowan has strawberry and I get raspberry / coconut. Sam loves both.

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5:31 PM WE are at home and having too much fun playing. As I wish for someone else to make dinner, the little man figures out how to open the shutters. Needless to say he’s pretty excited.

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6:01 PM Dinner prep. BBQ tonight.

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6:21 PM Running in and out to check on dinner. It’s busy but I am relaxed. Charlie try to sneak out the door. Hoping Aaron arrives home to enjoy some of this!

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7:15 PM I love Fridays and after dinner dance parties. Tonight we deviate from our normal routine. We divide and conquer putting the kids to bed.

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8:21 PM She is done by Fridays. We let her watch some Paw patrol before bed. Ten seconds after snapping this picture she cries and has a bit of a meltdown. This is typical and we know its gonna happen. C’est la vie! As Aaron puts her to bed, I clean the kitchen, loading the dishwasher. I head upstairs to blog and watch some Netflix. I am tired, so I head to bed early.

Friday Reflection

Today is the first day that it has felt like summer. Minus the rain in the morning, the whole day was sunny and somewhat humid. From walking to school drop off, to walking to meet a friend for coffee, to walking with the moms / kiddos to get ice cream, I spent most of my day outside. To me, summers can be pretty magical. As a child, I got to spend summers at home with my mom as she worked at our school. On some level, I realize that this will be my last time I will have an entire summer off until I retire. Pretty crazy when you think about it that way. I want to enjoy the rest of my maternity leave and soak up all these little moments I have with my kids.

Gratitudes

  1. I am thankful for birkenstock sandals. If I could only wear one pair of shoe for the rest of my life – these would be it.
  2. I am thankful for new traditions and the opportunity to watch other kids grow.
  3. I am thankful for a change of pace.

Favourite Moment of the Day

Jess: Being outside, soaking up the sun with my kids and friends.

Week In the Life Intention 2016

To capture the fullness of our life right now

 

WITL 2016: Thursday

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ThursdayBreakfast

6:15 AM We are up and at it early today.

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7:59 AM I remember that it’s library day at school. I feel like I am going to win mother of the year! Let’s be honest, I totally forgot about library day, most weeks. I put this book in Rowan’s back pack as soon as I remember and pat myself on the back.

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8:41 AM As we leave the house, Girlie asks if she can take “And then it is spring” book for show & tell. She is excited as the JK class is learning about spring & the seasons. In the evening, Rowan tells Aaron that teacher read the book to the class. She was so excited! I hope she always has a passion for stories & books.

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9:54 AM Oh hi! Feeling kinda like a rockstar. Sam plays in his stroller as Moni aka Ufirstwellness pushes on my feet to work my core / abs. It’s a beautiful day by the beach and I am feeling at ease mentally if my body isn’t. Ha! This was just another reminder to stay focused and present. Although I don’t have abs of steel yet, I am getting there!

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10:03 AM Cherry blossoms. They are a rare sighting in Toronto this year, given our long winter. I could take so many pictures of these trees…..

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10:15 AM …And I do take lots of photos! So gorgeous against the blue sky. There is something magical about springtime and being outside with the flowers. I feel so alive.

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12:02 PM Sam and I play until lunch. We have eggs again. I spice mine up with some “Mad Mexican” salsa, my favourite brand.

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12:43 PM Our nap routine goes as follows: We read a few stories and sing a few songs. Today we read “Each Peach Pair Plum” & “Zingy”. After I sing “Twinkle, Twinkle”. Sam smiles and rubs his eyes. Although Tuesday and Wednesdays are busy with both kiddos, I appreciate the one on one time with my main little man today. Sam loves to sleep on his tummy. Although he looks like he’s having a meltdown in the crib, he is getting some much needed sleep.

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3:15 PM. School Pick up. I stand in the kindy yard, chatting / laughing / joking with other moms. I have met an incredible group of mama friends since September 2015. It is through these interactions that I am able to feel sane. It kinda awesome to hangout with your friends, 5 days a week!

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3:47 PM Rowan shows me her “rock collection”. Thanks to the Little Mermaid, we have learned about the concept of “collection”. Most days, Rowan loves run and a dig in the dirt. Her nose always has a little proof that she’s been outside. A real nature lover that one. Also – we are trying to teach her the difference between left and right. Here she is sporting “banana feet” as Auntie Megan likes to call it 🙂

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5:30 PM After dinner we head outside to blow bubbles. I am relaxed know that I have the night off and appointment to have a facial. Hooray for Mother’s Day gifts! I may or may not be counting the minutes until Aaron gets home! Girlie plays in the yard while Charlie chews a stick. Sam and I hang out on the porch.

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7:37 PM More lovely flowers to in the neighbourhood to admire as I walk around, enjoying my baby free alone time. It’s the little things, right people?

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8:41 PM When I arrive home, this is what I see. The books change often, but one thing is for sure, this man loves to read. I bring home take out for dinner. He has a chicken burrito and I have a southwestern quinoa salad. We chat about the day and plans for the weekend. Afterwards I go upstairs to blog and he sits at the kitchen table to work.

Thursday Reflections

Today felt like someone hit the refresh button. From the extra help in the morning with the kids, to working out after drop off to having a facial in the evening – I feel at ease. This is a stark contrast from Tuesday. Somedays I am able to go with flow, others not so much. Overall, I would like to be a more patient person. Sometimes I have a hard time balancing my kiddos wants and needs, with my own. What can I say, I am human. If I could, I would blog and scrapbook all day long – but that friends is a dream and not a reality. In the meantime, I am shooting for somewhere in between. I am just hoping to be “good enough” parent / wife / daughter / friend/ social worker / crafter /  human.

Gratitudes

  1. I am grateful for fresh air and playing outside after dinner.
  2. I am grateful for reminders to stay present & mantras to keep me focused.
  3.  I am grateful a little “me” time in the evening.

Favourite Moment of the Day

Jess: Feeling generally well physically and emotionally.

Week in the Life Intention 2016:

To capture the fullness of our lives right now.