Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Project Life >>> March 2014 Part 1

Still loving this Project Life documenting!

Here's a look at my March 1 - 15 spread.

This was a busy two weeks for us. It included a lot of festivities involving our Gilbert Temple dedication plus spring great. Lots of good memories!

PAC-12 Trip to Tucson for our Ward & Max /// Playground Pic /// Spring Break /// Cousin's 2nd Birthday /// Yard Renovations

We had so many spring break pictures, so I used an insert page protector for a bunch of 2 X 3 inch pictures to include a few spring break favorites on one side and a big photo of our family in front of the Gilbert Temple cut to fit into the pockets on the other side of the page.

Besides the photo inserts, I also included local newspaper clippings talking about the temple celebration and dedication. Perfect place to store these!

Playing Ticket to Ride /// Temple /// Forefoathers for Dinner with Aunt Michelle /// Singing the National Anthem at Spring Training /// Aquarium Field Trip /// Dr. Seuss' Birthday

One of my favorite things about scrapbooking and documenting our life is the gratitude I feel for all of the things our family is able to do. Recording all of this really helps me focus on the blessings in my life.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Brother & Sisters

A couple of weeks ago on National Siblings Day I though it would be fun to share a layout of my siblings on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page. Guess what? I discovered that I didn't have a page with the five of us. That surprised me and I decided that I should remedy that by creating a page.

The last time that the five of us were together was a year and a half ago and thankfully we did a little photo shoot and got this picture. We will all be together again this summer and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone!

Layout Supplies /// Portobello Road Kit /// New Goods Kit

Friday, April 18, 2014

What We Ate - April 18

Everyone has to eat, so I've started a new Friday feature here to share what we ate during the week. Hopefully you will find a few new dinner ideas here.

Monday - Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Ward and I were lucky enough to be given tickets to a Phoenix Suns game on Monday and the tickets included dinner. Got to love that. But our kids were all going to be home and needed something they could make for themselves. So grilled cheese was on the menu.

What goes better with grilled cheese than tomato soup? This tomato soup is a quick recipe that I've made many times. The soup tastes so fresh and delicious and it only takes a few minutes to put together. I highly recommend you give it a try.

Tuesday - Honey Lime Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Corn Tacos

This was a Pinterest find and it was really delicious. I used pinto beans instead of black beans, but other than that, I followed the recipe. It was a perfect meatless meal and I'll definitely be making these again. The honey and lime added great flavor to the taco filling.

I used my "inside-out" cooking method to crisp up the cheese on the tacos.

Wednesday - Bean & Cheese Burritos + Salsa

The teenage girls at church did a fundraiser on Wednesday where they sold homemade bean burritos and salsa. Of course, I wanted to support them. We picked up two dozen burritos. I plan to freeze most of them and then have them on hand for quick lunches.

I hear the girls used this salsa recipe from the Pioneer Woman.

Even though I didn't make these burritos, I do like cooking up a tasty pot of bean for burritos. Here's my go-to recipe for crock pot refried beans. All you need is beans and tortillas and dinner is ready.

Thursday - BBQ Beef Sandwiches

Since we'd gone meatless all week, I decided that I'd better throw some meat into our meal plan. I just put a 3 pound roast in the crockpot, poured 3/4 of a bottle of BBQ sauce over the roast and cooked on low for 8 hours. Before eating, I shredded the meat with two forks. This was a perfect meal for our busy come and go night and dinner was ready whenever people were ready to eat.

We used little slider buns and topped the meat with avocado slices and coleslaw.

It was a bit of a simple dinner week around here, but sometimes that is just what is needed.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Stitch Fix >> April 2014

My April Stitch Fix box arrived yesterday and I was excited to dig into my box to see what came this month. It's been a couple of months since I've blogged about my Stitch Fixes because time has gotten away from me, but I made it a point to get pictures right away today so I could share.

Wondering what Stitch Fix is? You can read more about it in my post here.

I'm still loving this service. Here's my top list of why I love this service:

1. Element of surprise
2. Clothes is my size are picked out and arrive on my doorstep
3. No need to did through clothes racks at stores
4. Saves time
5. It's fun!

Okay, I have until Saturday to mail back what I don't want to keep. What should I keep and what should I send back?

Here's a look at what I saw when I opened the box. I was excited to see a cool tribal print, polkas and stripes. It looked promising.

Somerville Tribal Print Short Sleeve Top

I love the print on the front and think the mix of the solid fabric on the back adds an interesting touch. This shirt is size XS, but it's still a bit baggy. It could just the the style? So what do you think? Too baggy? Cute and keep?

Jojo Polka Dot Capri Jean

I've requested that all shorts and skirts are knee length (which is sometimes really hard to find!) and I was happy to see these meet my length requirement. But they seem to hit at an odd spot. Thinking that if I keep them I might want to cut off a couple in inches and let them be frayed at the bottom.

Callafia Short-Sleeve Wrap Dress

At first this dress had me reminiscing about wrap dresses that I owned 10+ years ago. Are they coming back in style? Did they never go out of style? What do you think? The fabric is super soft, so that's a point on the positive side. 

Downing Striped Knit Shirt

Okay, this is is cute and fine. I could probably find something similar at Old Navy. Fits well and is soft. Love that. I'm on the fence on this one.

Daisy Embroidered Hem Fit and Flare Skirt

This was a favorite when I pulled it out of the box because of the cool design along the hem of this skirt. Plus it's knee length. I would pair the skirt with a different shirt if I keep it. Stitch Fix suggests pairing it with a grey tee here and that could be the perfect look for a casual day. 

There you have it. My 5 items from my April Stitch Fix box. What do you think? Keep it all? Send it all back? 

Here's a look at my past Stitch Fixes:

Stitch Fix January 2014
Stitch Fix #10
Stitch Fix #9
Stitch Fix #8
Stitch Fix #7
Stitch Fix #6 (forgot to blog about this one!)
Stitch Fix #5
Stitch Fix #4
Stitch Fix #3
Stitch Fix #2
Stitch Fix #1

This is not a sponsored post. I just love Stitch Fix, use my own money to purchase the items and just want to share with you. The links in my post are referral links, so it you click and sign up for your own stitch fix, I will receive a referral credit.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Project Life >>> February 2014 Part 2

Collecting bits and pieces from our family's daily activities and compiling them into my Project Life album continues to be one of my favorite memory keeping activities. This album helps me keep the "must save" papers under control because there is a planned place to put them. Plus, I will never have enough time to create a single layout featuring all of these photos, so it's another way I enjoy telling our family stories.

Doing two weeks per spread has proved to be the best thing for getting me excited about this album again. Producing a spread for each week in 2012 and 2013 just became a little too much for me. It is great to look back on those albums and see so much detail, but simplifying a bit is much better for me. It was either simplify or take a break from PL for a bit and simplifying was definitely the right choice.

Santa Barbara Choir Trip Highlights

Mom's Birthday Brunch /// Our Backyard Pool Digging Begins /// Bike Riding /// Basketball /// Water Gun Fight at the Neighbor's House

Since going to two weeks per spread, there have been more insert pages. Fine with me! In the end, the same highlights from what is going on are recorded and I love that. This spread's inserts include our choir badges from the Santa Barbara trip Audrey and I took, a program from the choir trip, a report Hannah wrote on Egypt and an All About Me poster Hannah made for school. Perfect place to collect all of this!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Go Tigers!

Early in January a friend called and asked if Audrey would want to join a lacrosse team. No one in our family had ever seen a lacrosse game, let alone thought about playing it. But Audrey was really excited about giving it a try, so we signed her up and she started the next day.

Since then she's been practicing every weekday for 2 hours after school. (Except for Thursday because of a choir conflict.) These girls are in really great shape. Seriously. I kind of wish I had to go to a two hour workout everyday. Then again, do I really want to work out for two hours a day?

I love team sports not just for the exercise, but for everything that can be learned about team work, working hard, kindness, respect and dedication.

So now we are three months in and still loving it. I love watching the girls play hard in their games. It's amazing and exciting to watch them progress throughout the season.  Games end in a couple of weeks and I'm sure Audrey will miss the daily practices which is a good sign that she is doing something she loves. That means that I love lacrosse too.

Layout Supplies /// Portobello Road Kit /// New Goods Add-on

Monday, April 14, 2014

Around Here: April 2014

Here's a little peek at a few of things things we are up to around her right now.

Trying to let these daffodils hang on for one more day. A sweet friend dropped them off for me last week.

Making lists and getting grocery shopping for the week done today.

Looking forward to breaking into my Freckled Fawn embellishment kit very soon.

Working on a layout inspired last week by National Siblings Days using the Portobello Road Kit.

Playing at the park with my youngest. Love that she still loves to run and play on the playground.

Restocking our fruit and veggie bowl.

Enjoying our newly rebuilt and freshly stained deck in our backyard.

Watching a lot of lacrosse games this month. Only two games left which is probably good since the weather is really heating up around here. 

Waiting for our backyard projects to be finished. The original finish date was April 15, but now I'm just hoping it's finished by June 1. 


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