Project Life: Week nine


Hello! Happy Monday. Here I am with another week of project life to share. As I was writing this post, I realized that this is the first week that I featured mostly myself in the layout. So many times I think about how I am always the one taking the photos and that I won’t have enough record of me for my kids and future generations but I seem to have made up for this in week nine if nothing else!!

week9aFirst off, I love the graphic of the older telephone on the title card. I remember using a rotary dial telephone growing up.So it is fun for me to see the image. I remember feeling like we were the last family on the Cape where I grew up with a rotary phone. I thought my mother was doing it on purpose to make my life miserable (yup, I had my bratty moments as a kid too!).

When I look at the two-page spread, I laugh and say, if you squint real hard you might that was me on the cover of InStyle magazine. NOT!! That is Ms. Kerry Washington and for those of you that don’t know her, she is a pretty amazing actress and activist that I have gained some inspiration from over the last few years. Not only is she an amazing actress, but she speaks her mind so eloquently and has immersed herself deeply into her activist endeavors. Just a great person all around. So when I saw an interview with her, I picked up the magazine.

week9bI included a photo of Apollo with his first big Silhouette project he made. I truly love that he is interested in my crafts and wants to participate. He has even joined my ATC swap group and loves making and receiving art from my friends.

This week I also ordered a Zumba DVD set from non other than QVC. You know how those infomercials hook you!  Actually, I had been researching some cardio DVDs including Zumba prior to the QVC offer. So it just helped me go ahead and take the leap.

I have always incorporated fitness in my life. In college, I began weight lifting, after college I added Yoga and then Pilates. So recently I thought I would give Zumba a try. Now, I have taken spin classes and yoga classes with no inhibitions but Zumba…nope. I am too shy to partake in a class with real people. So the next option was to research DVDs so I could avoid humiliation.

I have to say, weeks later, that I am enjoying it. This set came with so many DVD workout options and even a step for a Zumba step class. It’s a lot of fun, I sweat a lot and I am slowly learning all the movies. Ultimately it’s a fun way to incorporate cardio without having to go running (something, I am not interested in doing). It even comes with a schedule so all I have to do is show up in my living room and dance.

The photo of the chalkboard on the far right is in the boys’ playroom. I noticed it one day when I was coming down the stairs so I took a picture and sent it to Leao at work to ask him what this tally system represented. He didn’t know. I only hope that it is something good, since I have more tally marks!

My “Hi, honey” photos. Well, throughout the week, I like to send what I call my Hi honey selfies to Leao to remind him I am thinking of him. The picture of me holding the tea cup and the two on the second page are my Hi honey photos. It’s what I do. Don’t judge.

As winter was winding down, I found myself drawn to any window in our house that let in rays of sunlight. Fortunately, in the afternoon, I can lay on my couch and close my eyes and pretend I am sitting outside somewhere warm.  So I naturally grabbed my book and soaked up the rays. Apollo joined me and Nicholas took the photo.

I also included a photo from our night out with the boys to go see the High School drama club perform The Jungle Book. It was great. They liked it. Apollo asked his usual questions which are, “Is there an intermission so we can go to the concession stand?”.  Is he a mini-me or what? Definitely going to look for more opportunities like that for them.

week9cI included a photo of the complementary workstation I sat at the Honda gallery while waiting for my car to get serviced. It was actually nice and I used my laptop with their free WIFI and got some work done. But then it turned into a longer stay so I sent a text to my friend Maria. She is so sweet. She came and picked me up, took us to lunch where we laughed and ate some yummies and then when my car still wasn’t ready, she drove me to pick up to get the boys and then back to finally pick up my car. It was one of those unscheduled girlfriend moments that was so great. The time went by fast because we had time to catch up and laugh at silly things. Like me complaining about how big the portions are that the restaurant served and yet, there was nothing left on my plate at the end of our meal! So funny.

I also included a photo of my ATC cards I made for February. I chose Black History for my theme and made them on my Silhouette.

A great week overall. I will be back next week with week 10. Wow we are moving into the two digits!!

Have a blessed day!


Project Life: Week eight


I am a bit off schedule on pretty much everything. My oldest son was sick for the past three days and the back burner everything went. So I am posting this rather later than usual.

week8aWeek eight was a fun week but also very stressful with the sheer volume of snow we had. Never before had I thought about our roof and trees during the winter months before this winter. Every time I watched the news I would see another roof collapsing and trees come down. I think our roof is pitched enough that we didn’t have to worry so much but our deck is covered and the pitch isn’t as steep. Leao bought a long tool to pull some of the snow off of the roof and then he took out our ladder and climbed up (yes, in hindsight, it was dangerous and we probably should not of done it). I watched him shovel off our deck from the boys’ bedroom window. It was insane. Looking at the photos it doesn’t look like he is shoveling a roof!

week8bTo escape the house we took the boys to The Yardhouse to eat on one day. What can I say about that but pure yumminess!!

week8cThe crazy thing is that I had Leao take the picture of me on our walkway to show how high the snow was, well it got much higher. At it’s peak, it made me feel like we where walking through a snow tunnel to get to the cars and I am pretty sure the neighbors could barely see us come and go.

week8dI love capturing our reading sessions on my camera. It’s so important to me and I hope they look back and remember the times with fondness. Last year, in addition reading my books I started listening to audiobooks. I just love it. So I decided to take a picture of me walking around with my iPhone listening to my audio books. It’s something I do when I work and sometimes when I cook.

On our way to visit my in-laws we saw all sorts of warning signs up on the highway so I snapped a picture of that.

My niece’s that lives in Florida celebrated her birthday this week and my sister-in-law sent me this beautiful photo of her. Wow, I remember her in diapers and now 13!! What a beautiful and intelligent young girl she has become.

Still Fan Girling Sujata Massey. So when I received an email from her, I still did my little happy dance. Perhaps this year, I will get to meet he in person. Love her books.

Well that is all for this week. I will be back next week with week nine!

Happy scrapping my friends!!




Project Life: Week seven

week7aHello Everyone!  Happy Monday!  Today I would like to share with you my Week 7 of Project Life. This week I just love how the colors and pages came out. Some weeks, I am just ok with the layouts and then there are others that I really love. This week for some reason I just felt things flowed nicely and the colors look good.

week7bI wake up before sunrise to meditate and exercise at my home. So after I meditate I always grab my phone and look out the window for the sun. I love capturing sunrise. It’s a special moment in the day. This one was exceptionally beautiful sunrise with the silhouette of the trees around my neighbor’s yard so I thought I would include it in the album.


The picture of our front yard and garage buried under the snow is unbelievable and now that we broke the record for most snowiest winter, it is a great documentation for the boys to look back and see. I also included Nicholas working with his science partner at the library on their report. And Apollo working on his Valentine he made me on his Silhouette Portrait.


I recently downloaded the Project Life app and played round with a journaling card and added a photo for my Valentine lunch with Leao. I liked how it came out and it was simple to do. So I will definitely incorporate some more in weeks to come. Besides, I am not the biggest fan of my handwriting so any opportunity to reduce the occurrence is good by me.

week7eMy friend Joan knows I love Tiana from Disney’s Princess and the Frog movie.  When we took the boys this fall to Disney, I couldn’t find her. So when Joan went a few weeks back, she found the most beautiful ornament of Tiana and bought her for me. Well, I knew exactly where she would go – in my craft room! She hangs above my head on my cabinets. So when I need a little Disney magic to pick up my day, I glance up at her.

week7dI always read before bed and so one day, I decided to take a picture of my Nook on my bed before I started reading. It’s one of those daily habits that I overlook when documenting my life. I’ve captured reading at pick up but not bedtime.  I love catching the boys writing their Valentines’ cards. This will be Nicholas’ last year since I am pretty sure in middle school they stop exchanging them.  I want more pictures of Leao in my album too so I took the opportunity when we went out for our Valentine lunch to take one of him.  He still can rock the chopsticks like a pro. Me..not so much but believe me, I manage. I also love the photo of the boys walking out from school. The mounds are so high but the point also to note is after I stand out there freezing my butt off, they often rush ahead of me to the car!

Another great week. I will be back with 8 next week.

Happy crafting!


Project Life: Week six


week6aHello Everyone! Happy Monday! I am really proud to say I am officially caught up on all of my Project Life. I had a major craft session this weekend so now I can enjoy the process more. I don’t enjoy it when I get too far behind. But I am going to try to modify my schedule a bit to keep up with it.

Week six was great. The Patriot’s finally were able to have their Superbowl Victory parade in Boston. It was delayed due to the volume of snow we were experiencing here.   I had to work so since I work from home, I was able to watch it live on the television. I took pictures and cheered standing in my living room just as if I were actually there. I also saved the souvenier newspapers with the win and will include in a 12×12 page protector at the end of the album. What a great season.

week6cI captured Nicholas working on his Science project in my craft room. I’m so proud of all his efforts. It was his first big science project that required a research paper and oral presentation. He worked very hard on it.

I included a screen shot of Google celebrating the first day of Black History Month as well as the first book I was reading for the month.  Despite the snow, I still was able to go to my friend Joan’s monthly crop at her church. We had so much fun eating, chatting and crafting.

Overall, a great week.

I’ll be back next week with week 7 for sure since I’m all caught up!

Have a blessed day my friends!



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