Project Life 2014 | Week 51

Week 51. Only one more week left in the year, crazy! There was lots to say this week so I created a double spread.

Full spread view.

Left page, WRMK 12×12 page protector, print through Persnickity Prints. 

Right side, design G.

Second spread full view.

Left side, design G, where I (mostly) documented some sprucing up to the kitchen.

Right side, design f. This was actually my last of my design f pages, so I treated myself to a couple more small packs on amazon on boxing day.


* Project Life is a product, system and a lifestyle created by Becky Higgins. In 2014, I’m creating spreads throughout the year. Here are all of my pages from 2013, 2014 + 2015.

DJ, at 21 months

I want to remember the way you say “mmmm” when you eat something you really enjoy.
I want to remember how when you get a hold of something you know you shouldn’t have, you turn to us and hold up your index finger close to your face as if to say, “I just want to play with it for a second!”
I want to remember how much you love the bench at our new table. That you seem to eat much more if we set your plate down and let you eat standing up at your own pace.

I want to remember how until I bought you the Mickey Mouse plush toy, you had shown absolutely no interest in stuffed animals. Now you carry it around with you like it’s your best friend.

I want to remember the way you run for the door when we say “let’s go on an adventure” or that as soon as we pull out your shoes you sit down on the floor so that we can put them on you.
I want to remember the sound of your laughter when I tickle your armpits, and the way you lift up your shirt when we ask where your belly is. You’ve even started lifting our shirts to look for our bellies.
I want to remember that you tug on the fridge doors when you want a drink, yet refuse to say “juice” or “baba” no matter how much we encourage it.
I want to remember your obsession with “doing your hair.”
I want to remember the way you will run across the room towards me when I ask for a kiss. And that you walk around giving Mickey Mouse eskimo kisses. How did you get to be so sweet?
I want to remember you pointing at the sky with wonder every time we hear an airplane, your eyes squinting because of the light.
I want to remember the way you say “sssshhh-aaaa?” with that great inflection at the end, your way of asking “what’s that?” and how when you want something, you point at it and say “hi.”
I want to remember that you say “nigh-nigh” every time we walk into your room together, even if it’s only for a diaper change or to get dressed.
I want to remember that you found a pair of cowboy boots in your closet that were handed down to us and despite them being far too big for you, you are obsessed with wearing them in the house. Clack clack clack is all I hear right now, and then cries of frustration when one falls off and you can’t get it back on.

I want to remember that you’re going through a phase now where everything is “MINE!” Oh boy.

 ( Inspired by this post by Elise, which she then turned into an awesome project life spread.)

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“A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014”

Another yearly tradition in the bag: family photos at Christmas time in the Bellagio atrium. So happy that we have done this for five years now.

And just like that this incredible, frustrating-at-times, inspiring series comes to an end. Will I continue on in 2015? I think I just might…

Project Life 2014 | Week 50

Week 50. Are there really only two more weeks left in 2014?!

Full spread view.

Left side, design g.

Right side is a WRMK 12×12 page protector. I used Persnickity Prints for the large photo, and will certainly be doing that again. The price was great, the shipping was quick and the quality is amazing.


* Project Life is a product, system and a lifestyle created by Becky Higgins. In 2014, I’m creating spreads throughout the year. Here are all of my pages from 2013, 2014 + 2015.

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“A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014”

This week, despite it being so up and down, he blew me away with how much he is beginning to really understand us. I’m truly starting to feel as though my baby is officially gone.

10 Project Life Pages I Wish I’d Created

There is some amazing talent out there, that’s the truth. And I’m constantly finding inspiration for my own creative projects each time I turn on my computer.
Here are ten project life pages I absolutely adore, and wish I could claim as my own.

1. Manda Townsend is genius. This spread is no exception.
2. Jamaica is the small format queen, lets just get that out right now. This spread is one of my absolute favorites. That book photo? Be still my heart.
3. Kim is an amazing photographer from Toronto, and so naturally her photos constantly blow me away. This particular page is just so incredible. I love her repetition.
4. Caylee’s spread are always fun, but this week in the life insert is one of my favorites.
5. Another Manda Townsend page. This spread, with all it’s colorful goodness just makes me smile every time I see it. She is probably my favorite PL-er.
6. I’m bad at using white space in my spreads, but this spread by Cat is oh so delicious.
7. I never have the guts to write on my big photos, but this page by Trisha Harrison is perfect.
8. I kind of love the idea of a food themed spread, like Ali Edwards did here. Might have to try this out in the new year.
9. Liz makes some awesomely minimalistic spreads, this one being a particularly inspiring one. The white space!! the blues!! so much love for this spread.
10. If Jamaica is the small format queen, then Kristi Prokopiak is…. whoever is directly under the queen… the vice queen? This spread is genius.
What Project Life pages do you love and wish you could claim as your own? Comment below with links so that I can check them out.

Project Life 2014 | Week 49

Week 49! How we’re this far into December already is beyond me!

Left side, design F. Still one of my absolute favorite page designs, hands down.

Right side, design G.


* Project Life is a product, system and a lifestyle created by Becky Higgins. In 2014, I’m creating spreads throughout the year. Here are all of my pages from 2013, 2014 + 2015.

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It is 12:15 on a cool, Saturday afternoon and my son has just gone down for his nap. With a steaming, black cup of coffee beside me, I finally have a moment to sit and get some of these thoughts out of my head.
I feel as though I have reached an all-new level of exhaustion. This one is different from the debilitating exhaustion you feel with a newborn, and beyond that of the average stay at home mom. I’m exhausted with myself; with my emotions and the million excruciating thoughts that domineer my mind. I’m exhausted by the status quo, and how long I’ve been merely existing instead of truly living my life.
The worst side effect of this new level of exhaustion is that I feel as though I’m angry, all the time. I stepped on a duplo block and nearly twisted my ankle? Angry. My son won’t stop throwing his apples on the floor? Angry. My husband talks to his cousin on the phone about cars for twenty minutes while I continue struggling to entertain our toddler that hasn’t stopped fussing the whole day I’ve been home alone with him? Very angry.
All roads these days lead straight to anger. And that shit’s not healthy, people. I know that as well as the next person.
I honestly never thought I’d be a stay at home mom at all, let alone for so long. I believe there are women who are truly made for this role, and others who are not, like me.
I miss busy-ness. I do. I like having a schedule, deadlines, someone praising me when I complete a task, someone to report to, a pay check.
I don’t know what 2015 will bring, but I do know that I am going to seek out more of the real kind of busy-ness, the good kind. The kind that fills your heart to the brim, that sends you to bed happy. I don’t have enough of this in my life. I need more of this in my life.
Maybe, just maybe, it will help me to stop being so angry. Because if I look around me, there is a hell of a lot to be thankful for.

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“A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014”

To date he hasn’t shown even the slightest interest in stuffed animals. When I spotted this Mickey toy, I had a feeling he would adore it. Turns out, he can’t get enough of it, and carries it around constantly, always tucked closely against him. It was meant to be a Christmas present, wrapped under the tree. I’ll give him just this one early. 

A Story About our Kitchen

I’m going to ask you for your help at the end of this all, but first, a little story.

I have this thing with my kitchen. I seem to never be satisfied with how it looks. I want to change this, I want to change that. I don’t like the positioning of this, or how much counter space that takes up. It’s a battle (and a dumb one at that) that I wage on myself.

I’m constantly moving things around, looking for new storage solutions, trying to keep as much off of the counters as I can, then adding things back in. And don’t even get me started on how the kitchen table always ends up being a dumping ground (new years resolution number x: stop dumping).

Where to hold my small collection of cookbooks seems to be one of the biggest battles. I’ve moved them around about a hundred times, never satisfied for too long with where they have been positioned.
And then it hit me: the cookbooks don’t have to be in the kitchen!
I have perfectly good storage in the family room just around the corner. Ample bookshelf. And they would probably look better there anyways!

So when I went on a cleaning frenzy like I seem to do most Mondays, I moved the cookbooks out of the kitchen, clearing off the counters just a little bit more. And it made me oh so happy.
And the new table! The new table built by my husbands hands has made such a difference. We now have something that suits us better, that is ours.

But that’s just the beginning, really.
The kitchen is the only room in the house that feels forgotten. It doesn’t say anything about the people who cook there and live there. It’s cold and boring and lacking… something.
I would like to change that. I have thoughts of making curtains for the window, and of candles adorning the counters.

Thanks so much for everyone’s suggestions. You, dear readers, are the best.