Dear Emma- unstressed mom loves/ end of the year bucket list:

I’m so happy to be relaxing with you on the couch. You fell asleep watching your ALL time favorite movie Tangled.

You actually love this movie so much you act out bits and pieces of it and run around the house dancing. Tonight you fell asleep watching it. 

You seemed a little grumpy so honestly I’m not that surprised. I thought I would share a little end of the year “bucket” list. I get so many things going I lose track so I have to stop and setup a list-

Finish the Blog (Design) Love course I’m taking over at A Beautiful Mess. It is a fantastic E-Course that’s teaching me about html/java/and blog design. The new blog will reflect it… once I complete it 😉


Finish at least ONE DIY project for the new house. I have a couple in mind… I just hope to complete at least one of them. 


Keep up all of the Project Life pages and December Daily pages before the next year begins. I’m caught up now that’s a start. 


Well that isn’t too bad… just add that into – running a retail business through the holidays, 2 thanksgivings, 2 christmas, 1 black friday, buying our first home, working 50+ hrs a week, daddy working full time, both of us watching you full time………

yep I can make it happen!! Keeping everything simple and exciting!!


much love Mom.

Project Life Year 3!!

So I finally caught up and was able to start your 3rd album. I’m finishing it up at the end of the year 2 until I pick up another album.

cover page:


I’m super happy with how this turned out. I’m happy with the decision to go black and white with the kit components and then the photos here I went black and white as well. The rest of the album wont be, but what it did and how daddy worded it too… was it feels like autumn!!

Going black and white/neutral based kit theme has allowed the pictures to stand and make a statement themselves.

here is some up close photos of the cover

I used some fabulous products from Becky HIggins, Paislee Press, Amy Tangerine, and Designs by Lili.

We Will October

We Will: October!!
so its completely feeling like fall outside and of course with halloween just around the corner the October  list is pretty fall/halloween oriented. 

finally decided!!

Believe it or not I finally made a decision on year 3 project life albums and our mommy/daughter journal.
Holy Cow its a miracle. 
Project Life year 3 will be in 
6×8 page protectors from Studio Calico
I’m also going to trim Becky Higgins page protectors that I have left over from year 2 album.
and an album that fits. I’m waiting until the 18th to see the new daybooks mentioned by Studio Calico, if not I’m seeing a Kolo album that will work, they are just super pricey. 
Mommy/Daughter Journal year 3 will be in 
Mod Journal from Invite.L 
I’m almost finished with year two albums… hopefully by the end of the week so I can have a fresh start with this years albums and journal. 
I’ll update some photos soon!!

Happy 2nd birthday sugarplum!!

Happy Birthday!!
Its official you are 2 😉 makes me one happy mama.
You’ve grown up so quick its really hard to believe its been another full year. I love every second and I love age two *most of the time ;)* its just a bittersweet thing because you aren’t my tiny baby anymore.

Lets have another amazing year kiddo.

Dear Emma- sleepless momma

Currently Im lying in bed hoping to find some type of rest. Its already 5:11 am … it still hasn’t come. You are still unable to find a way to unwind and sleep. Its a build up of complete and uttered wore out and the prospect of sleep is becoming further and further from a possibility. These increasingly longer and longer nights are becoming a normality in our house. It began as a late night… stretched to help daddy catch a few more hours of sleep to a straight up day/night shift. Its stretched so far that we are touching day break. Im beyond the point to even be able to sleep and youve been fussing and crying on and off for over an hour since ive decided its not okay and made you go to sleep. I will close now since I pray that you may have just drifted to sleep. These heavy eyes hope so.

Love one hopelessly sleepy momma.

Emmas 3 year bucket list- toddler bucket list

So as I’m planning a second birthday and browsing pintrest for all fantastic ideas.. I came across a post that gave ideas fora  toddler bucket list. I came up with a bucket list for you that I want to complete in the next year (hopefully)
dress up
play in the rain
go to a play place
ride a tricycle
ball and bat
glow sticks 
bake cupcakes
bake cookies
decorate cookies
go for a hike
play in the snow
toss leaves
collect rocks
pet an animal
pillow/blanket forts
make artwork with the usual crafty stuff
sidewalk chart art
Holiday Specific:
Elf on the Shelf 
pick out someones gift
give to charity 
Special Trips:
Build a Bear
1st movie
Charity Walk