Sunday, February 26, 2012

This week's links

It's nearly the end of the weekend and I thought I had nothing to share then I remembered these couple of things.

1. I've made this Pulled Pork a couple times in the last two weeks. Yum!

2. The pulled pork required BBQ sauce.  Double Yum!

3. And if you did make some extra sauce I'm sure you could bottle it and slap a cute label on it using this Jam Labeliser. (via How About Orange)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Project Life: Week 6

The Mom Creative

I started with Becky Higgins Project Life Template A (Jessica Sprague) and replaced one of the 6x4 photos with two 3x5s, to fit the photos I wanted to include. The big words were inspired by Liz's project life album.


This week also includes my 12on 12 for February. I decided to keep the design of these pages the same for the whole year.


Grey BG Paper: Emily Powers and Paislee Press collab Everyday Ordinary (Oscraps)
Date Stamp: Biograffiti Month Stamps Clean (Oscraps)
Papers: TracyAnn Designs Friday and Monday both retired.
Journaling Block: Ali Edwards Title and Journal Blocks #1 (Designer Digitals)
Fonts: Impact, American Typewriter

Saturday, February 18, 2012

This week's links ...

Still working out what this year's blogging will look like. I'm not sure what I will have time for ... we are still trying to get used to new routines, I have looming work deadlines, camps coming up to make sure the kids are ready for and I haven't even started back at uni yet. Let's just say that at the moment the balls are up in the air but they're not staying there. A case in point ... last Thursday I was woken up by a text at 6:35am from a friend checking if we were still taking their daughter to diving. My daughter was still in bed and they needed to be at diving training by 7am ... I think she probably got the shock of her life when crazy mummy came in and woke her. Anyway as I was saying, I'm unsure what will be happening on the blog but my plan at the moment is to at least continue my weekly links posts and Project Life Tuesdays. So here we are ...

1. The first link is may be especially relevant given the above ... Patience and Cells (Momastery) - "Love your neighbor as yourself. This implies that you’re taking pretty darn good care of your own self, no? I mean - unless God meant that we should ignore our neighbors needs and run them ragged. Probably not."

2. I see a pattern emerging ... overload at sleepy time girl. Managing digital overload.

3. A new sketch over at the SAG blog.

4. Organising the lego instructions. When I did ours a couple of years ago I started with display folders but they dropped them and the pages came out but my biggest mistake ... not putting one page per pocket. Was I really deluded enough to think they would put the instructions back in the pocket when they'd finished with them. This is what I'll be doing if I ever get the time ... or I will get the page protectors and put the kids to work.

I also made some yummy, yummy, yummy biscuits last weekend but I didn't follow the recipe I pinned so I'll do a post later with my recipe.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Project Life: Week 5

The Mom Creative

My plan for this album is to include "normal" layouts as well ... interspersed throughout the book. This week the first page is one of those ... a back to school layout because that is the type of story that deserves it's own page. I began inspired by Amy's sketch over at the SAG blog. As you can see it's looking quite different now after being rotated and the two blocks split into three, but I doubt Amy's going to mind me taking a few liberties. The papers and clip are from In Good Company by Leora Sanford and Paislee Press. The brush is from Hello School by Ali Edwards.


The second page using a Project Life Template style A and details our busy weekend.


Grey BG Paper: Emily Powers and Paislee Press collab Everyday Ordinary (Oscraps)
3x5 Journal Card: Valorie Brown designs free on her blog.
6X4 Journal Card: Valorie Brown Designs (free on her blog)
Fonts: Fonts: CK Becky, American Typewriter

Saturday, February 11, 2012

This weeks links

1.  We don't really do much of the valentine thing but these cute and free printables are tempting.

2. Love You and Love Wins free printables by Ali Edwards.

3. How to Store Fresh Produce

4. A fresh use for paper bags at Momastery.

5. Man Seeks (Straightforward) God - "Indeed, if truth really is something that exists outside and independent of human minds and hearts, then perhaps the first question to ask—for Nones and for all the rest of us—is not, “what works?” or “what seems to make the most sense to me?” or “what do I prefer?” but “what is true and how do I align myself with it?”"

6.  Is That Fair? - " I don’t believe that “fair” means everyone gets the same thing. To me, “fair” means everybody gets what they need."

7. "Woe to the Rich" - "Often, it seems, those Christians who attack homosexuality frame things primarily around morality. This is sometimes called legalism, or pseudo-pietism, or Pelagianism. But while Jesus Christ did talk about morality quite a bit, He spent far, far more time talking about something else: namely, Himself. To discuss morality at the start of a conversation about Christianity is to have already missed the point."

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

School's started


Last week was all about getting back into our "normal"routines. The Big Girl started high school on Wednesday. She was a bit nervous but had a really positive start apart from losing her diary on the second day. The Little Girl was back at swimming this week on Tuesday and Thursday nights and she started back at school on Thursday. She was chomping at the bit, asking me a few times on Thursday morning whether we could go to school yet. The Boy had a visit on Thursday to his classroom with his OT and teacher before starting on Friday. He had a great day so by Friday afternoon it was smiles all round.

Our weekend schedule was youth group for the Big Girl Friday night and Sunday afternoon, a birthday party for Little Girl and The Boy on Saturday afternoon then dinner tonite for Hubby, The Boy and Little Girl while I went to a small group leaders night, church Sunday morning.

We also fitted in a applying the second coat of stain to the deck ...


almost putting the basketball ring together. (we were going to finish it Sunday but the wind was so bad we stayed inside)


A sleepover for the kids in the fort they made in the activity room.



Bottling 14 bottles of white peaches.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Project Life: Week 4

The Mom Creative

I may be getting into a groove with these , although I think it would help if I got all the journal cards and other bits and pieces that I think I might use into a single place instead of having to search through my whole iphoto catalogue ...



Grey BG Paper: Emily Powers and Paislee Press collab Everyday Ordinary (Oscraps)
Striped Paper, Bunting and Blue Striped Border: One Little Bird Jubilee (Oscraps)
6X4 Journal Card (also used on the small journal cards): Valorie Brown Designs (free on her blog)
Fonts: Cry Kitty, CK Becky, American Typewriter

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My Month in Numbers: January

AS I said earlier, I'm going to be sprinkling my monthly numbers throughout my project life pages so some of you may have seen some of these already but I'll continue to summarise them here on the blog as well.

41 = our top temperature on 2nd January. A hot start to January that didn't keep on keeping on. The temperature kept rising after I snapped this photo as it hit the 40C mark.


38 = the number of hours between beds on our trip to Whistler. We woke at 4am Melbourne time on the Sunday and went to bed at 9pm Sunday at Whistler, crossing the date line in the process. I was putting the video together in imovie and I used a animated globe to show the plane flight, gee it's a long way.


-22C = the coldest day we had while at Whistler. That's the highest temperature reached that day and it also happened to be the coldest day at Whistler this season. Wind chill bought it down to -35C. Hand warmers, foot warmers, multiple layers and no exposed skin was the order of the day. Plus I refused to ride any lifts, confining myself to runs off the gondola and went in after each run to warm up. One girl in the Little Girl's ski group got frostbite on her cheeks and had to go home.


1175m = the vertical distance from the round house to the village ... it's about another 400m from the peak to round house. Compared to the vertical drop at Falls Creek which I think from memory is about 400m in total I don't feel quite so slack that some days we only did three runs. This is also the drop of The Boy's first adventure snow boarding outside of ski class.


2 = the number of coffees I had in the 15days I was away. One while we waited in vain for the lines to diminish on the Saturday morning at Whistler and one at Vancouver airport. Both came from Starbucks ... a first for me ... one was a mocha, also a first, I usually stick to lattes but it was pretty good.


10 - the number of days The Boy did in snow board school. The rest of us had a day off but I said no way was he going to miss one or he's be climbing the walls ... still not sure how he's going to go settling back into school this week.


6 = the number of braids the girls got done in Fiji adding up to a total of 12. They had to go back to school in a couple of days so I didn't want them getting their whole head done.