Project Life: week four


week4aWeek four was a great week. I took the boys to Barnes and Noble for Martin Luther King’s Birthday to look at books. I love the picture of Apollo in his own world with a book on the floor in the bookstore. This was also the Readathon weekend and I smile when I see the selfie of Nicholas and I with our books. He was trying to give me rabbit ears!  After the Readathon, Leao decided to introduce Apollo to circuits. So he was so excited when the final step led to the little green light coming on.

week4I am really enjoying using this page protector with the three large 4×6 portrait oriented photos.

week4bI was so excited I could shrink down the picture of the yummy scones to place on this 3×4 card. The sentiment is spot on! Yummy!

week4cI am not a big fan of my handwriting but I liked making small photos to include information on my One Little Word project which is very important to me. I really want to educate myself more on charitable giving opportunities and humanitarian injustices. I want to find my way to what I can do to help.

week4rightPage two was really fun. I think this is one of my favorite page protectors so far. I like the flow of it. I included a picture of my ‘Wizard’ and love that they will both still like dressing up. I also included my continued love of smoothies with a photo of the way I prepare bananas for freezing and a picture of one of my new favorites, Orange Goji. One of my OLW goals was more connection with family and bringing back Family Game Nights was one of the best things I have done. We play once we finish dinner. It’s a nice way to end the day. Lately Old Maid has become a favorite.

week4dThis boy keeps me laughing. Look how he puts “Bee” his bear on his head while he reads. He had him there the whole time.  It was so funny, I had to capture it on camera.

Overall a great week with lots of memories to cherish.

I will be back next week with week five.

Happy crafting!


Project Life: week three


week3aThis year, I am really challenging myself to really just try new things. I would never use a 3×4 pocket as the title card for the week. But I saw this little girl and her balloon and I thought a sparkling 3 would look so cute in it. So I took the chance and I have to say I really like it.


Apollo still doesn’t like going to the barber shop to get his hair cut so Leao cuts his hair at home. I can’t resist peeking in and watching the usual drama unfold. I always hear Leao reminding him to stay still.  Apollo talks non-stop and of course he has to move so lot’s of fussing usually takes place.

I enjoy seeing the boys revisit using the Wii again. Nicholas even let me take a picture of him and his Mii fighter.  Then later in the week I received a book plate from one of my favorite authors, Sujata Massey to put in her new book.  I want the boys to see how important books are to me and that the authors are important to recognize too.

One of my goals for 2015 is to continue on my path to total wellness and exercise is a big part of it. So I like to capture me doing it to keep me motivated (and honest)! I have a girlfriend, Maria, who we check in via text daily with what we eat, what we did for exercise and general happenings. It has made a huge difference and she really motivates me. We share our “cheats” too as well as good smoothie recipes.  If you can find someone willing to do this with you it is a great way to keep motivated.

We inflated the air mattress and had a sleep over in our bedroom.  They loved sleeping in the air mattress. We have never done that before and they were so excited so I wanted to capture the memory for them.


Apollo loves his bear “Duffy” he got while in Disney World in October. I couldn’t help grabbing my iPhone and taking a picture of the love he was sharing with Duffy.  He still loves his stuffed animals and it’s so cute to watch. I know the days will be limited but it’s an adorable time in his life.

I have a thing about organic foods and smoothies. I have been drinking at least one smoothie a day for over a year now and love it. When I miss a day, I feel it.  So when I shop, I have major requirements. I decided to include a photo of my shopping list of one day I was doing my grocery run. I visit three different stores to get some goodies. I first go to Trader Joes and get much of my groceries and then Whole Foods where I can get all my smoothie add ins and organic meats. Then Hannaford for items they just don’t sell at the other two stores.  It’s exhausting when I do all three the same day but typically I don’t do this all on one day.


I included a picture of more footprints that the boys and I found outside.  Not sure what animal do you think it is. They were kind of small for a raccoon. I love eating plain avocado and sweet potatoes. Not necessarily together but it’s something I can’t get enough of. So one day, for lunch I was eating some Chicken Samosas and I usually have brown rice and the avocado but on this day, I felt like I wanted to eat the sweet potato at the end for a nice sweet finish to this spicy meal.  My mouth waters when I look at this photo. Don’t judge!

I took the boys  to see Annie at the theater and they can’t get enough of the recliner seats. I think it will make it difficult for us to go to a theater without them now.  I also included the tickets so that we could look back at the price and the fact that we had tickets. Because I know they will eventually do away with them too.  Their tickets were free that day because we joined the theater’s popcorn club. So they get a free ticket and snack for joining. The receive other fun items throughout the year and a little bag and membership card. I used a cool sticker that looks like those old punch labels we had back in the day.


Overall a great week and much of it captured in the album makes me happy that I am continuing this process. I will be back next week with Week 4.

Happy Crafting!


Project Life: week two


Here is my week two project life layouts. I filled it with the happenings for the week which was a lot of food, books, and cold weather.

week2aOne thing the boys like is Taco Tuesday which we do twice a month. So it’s really special to them. They like that they can assemble their tacos themselves. Apollo loves the meat, salsa and romaine lettuce on his and Nicholas likes only cheese and ketchup on his. I have never tried ketchup but I know Nicholas loves it. I even captured some homework help from Leao in one of the photos. The photo of the books were the workbooks I used with the boys when I kept them home due to the bitter cold. They thought they would be home and play and I told them school is still in but I believe it was too cold to go so I kept them home for a little homeschooling.  Leao thinks half way through the day, the boys were missing school!

week2bI thought it would be cool to include a picture from my pick up routine. I always go at least 40 minutes early, find a great spot and read until I have to get out and get them. It guarantees me at least 30 minutes of reading each day.  I love it and it helps me relax before their burst of energy enters the car.

week2eWell I will be back next week with week 3. I kept the design simple for this week and guess what? I’m ok with that.

I hope you are all finding ways to keep your precious memories. I like the ease of pocket scrapbooking to capture ours.

Happy memory keeping!


Project Life: Week One


Hello Everyone! For the past two years I have been wanting to include my journey with Project Life on my  blog but lack of time and the fact that I managed to get seriously behind made me refrain.  Last year, was my best year with it – I have only 4 months to complete last year’s album.  I have a pretty good system and a weekly craft hour with my girlfriend Ashley that helps keep me honest. I stopped traditional scrapbooking a while back and really wanted a way to capture our family memories and Project Life really seemed like a logical fit. This year I made even more changes to my system. One thing I am doing is limiting my options by using mostly two core kits. I think having too many choices can really slow me down.

week1bI use WeRMemory Keepers albums. I love the quality and color selection they have.  I chose to only include New Years day (January 1) as the start of the first week because I wanted to keep all 2014 in it’s own album. But I realized that many people included all the days in Week one which included the end of December. Week one included pictures of our New Year’s celebrations. We stayed over my in-laws house and she and I made a yummy Paella as one plate for the celebrations. Another fun thing I included is a little mystery game I started with Apollo and Nicholas. When we are out going to school or coming home we look around for footprints in the snow and try to guess what animal made them. It’s a lot of fun and it helps them to slow down and take notice of nature even if for a moment.

week1fA fun tradition that I learned when marrying Leao is the 12 wishes you make once it is new years. You make  a wish and then eat each grape. It’s fun and the boys just love doing it.

week1cAnother thing I’m doing now is using my handwriting for journaling. I used to type on the computer and although I would say I’m not a great fan of my handwriting, it’s faster to just right it out. I may from time to time if I need to fit more, type out a few but just being able to write it out is helping to streamline the process.


One thing we do a lot of when we are together with family is play board games. One of our favorite is Monopoly Empire. It’s so much fun and a lot faster than the traditional Monopoly game.

week1dMy mother-in-law is an amazing cook. She cooks the most delicious Cape Verdian dishes and her presentation is always a class act.  I always tell her if I were her child, I would have stayed in and eat her food all day instead of playing with friends.


And this is my week one of my 2015 Project Life album. Each week, I will share my journey with my memory keeping. I waited until I had a few weeks complete so that I could ensure content would be available to post. Have a blessed day everyone!



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