Week in the Life : Tuesday Photos + Words (and a workshop giveaway)

Just a note that Stacy Julian organized a really cool project encouraging everyone to give ourselves the gift of the present moment. This is precisely what we are doing with this week in the life journey. Check out her blog today.


From Tuesday:

week in the life : tuesday morning by you.

week in the life : tuesday morning before school by you.

week in the life : morning work by you.

week in the life : chris at work by you.

week in the life : driving to the farmer's market by you.

week in the life : farmer's market by you.

week in the life : capturing me by you.

week in the life : coming home by you.

week in the life : hello darth by you.

week in the life : pumpkins on the porch by you.

week in the life : simon's day by you.

week in the life : farmer's market bounty by you.

week in the life : fresh flowers by you.

week in the life : simon + chris fixing tostadas by you.

week in the life : german apple cake by you.

week in the life : reading homework by you.

Went with the simple list idea again - not as detailed as day one, but still much more than I would ever do without this project.

1. Super happy Simon wake-up this morning. He came into our room around 2am. I stayed for a bit and then went to his bed (which happens to be a bit more comfortable because of a firmer mattress). He joined me at about 5:45am just before the alarm went off at 6am.
2. Breakfast routine same as Monday: bagel + cream cheese for Simon, cereal for Chris, and me, I have to wait a bit for my thyroid medication. I usually eat after Simon leaves for school.
3. Every morning that Simon is cheerful I am so very thankful.
4. Working on a project for Australian Creating Keepsakes.
5. Listening to OPB.
6. Head out to the Farmer’s Market. Pick up spinach, carrots, celery, red onion, raspberries, and flowers. Grab a toasted bagel from Bagel Sphere.
7. Ship package to Australia.
8. Look up some recipes at www.allrecipes.com. Do a bit of meal planning for the week.
9. Text Chris to pick up a couple things at the grocery store.
10. Make German Apple Cake + eat hummus and pita chips for lunch.
11. Clean up kitchen.
12. Move laundry around.
13. Back to work. Internet. Emails.
14. Talk to Mom on the phone. Ask her about how to get the cake out of the bundt pan.
15. Totally bummed that Mothering.com message board has been down today.
16. Simon comes home on the bus.
17. We check out his Communication Notebook. Looks good. He brought home the same library book he brought home almost every trip last year.
18. On comes the Darth Vader costume and Star Wars video.
19. Chris talks on the phone. Mom reads about cloth diapers.
20. I take a little nap.
21. Dinner is tostadas (Chris cooks). Dessert is the German Apple Cake.
22. Simon does his math homework (no complaints tonight) at the table and then puts on his PJ’s.
23. Reading homework on the couch.
24. Family light saber battle.
25. Simon in bed. Read Green Eggs + Ham.
26. Back to work for a bit.
27. Watch Tivo’d John Stewart.


This week I am excited to give away a spot in Kolette Hall's Giving Well (In 2-hours or Less) online workshop at Big Picture Scrapbooking.

Kolette is one of my favorite people and happens to be having a baby right around the same time as me next year. She is a fabulous product designer and instructor who really keeps the emphasis on things being meaningful and coming from the heart.

Here's the basics of Giving Well:

Gift-giving is an art. From the gift tag and wrapping paper to what's inside the package, you are saying something when you give a gift. Back by popular demand, Kolette Hall has designed a fresh round of fabulous, manageable gift ideas for the holiday season and all year long. This class is literally packed with everything you need to give well for the holidays or any special event all year long - and Kolette has designed every idea you will see in this class!

Every other day, you will receive a new idea for "Giving Well (still in 2-hours or less!)." True to form, Kolette has also included her exclusive downloadable artwork to help you create the perfect gifts, holiday cards and gift tags. As those of you who joined us last year for Giving Well know, you will be amazed with what you get in just four weeks of class time.

You asked for it, so we're starting class a month earlier than last year to make sure you have plenty of time to get those projects done for the holidays! Whether you are mass producing one gift idea or choosing to craft a different gift for each person on your list, you'll get tons of ideas for creating personalized gifts in less than two hours. Come join Kolette as she guides you in your new art form: the art of Giving Well.

You can read all the details about this online workshop here. It runs October 9 through November 5th. While you are there you can also check out her year long workshop for 2009: A Life Well Crafted.

To be entered leave a comment below and let us know if you have started planning for the upcoming holiday season yet. Comment section will be closed at 5pm today (Wednesday) and the winner announced shortly after.


A complete list of posts related to the week in the life project can be found here.

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  1. Jeanne says…

    I have to make it through my younger daughter's birthday first, which is the 21st of this month. But generally my intentions are grand and my execution leaves a lot to be desired. Would be neat to be able to take the class.
    Am enjoying your blog very much. I hope to participate (see the intentions remark above) someday. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. o says…

    I haven't started any planning for the holiday season yet other than thinking about the cards...did I buy some at an after-Christmas sale? How many do I have, if so? I make cards for my 5 siblings...something a little funny or sentimental that will mean something only to them or especially to them...so I've been thinking about what to do with that project. I'd love to join this class. I hadn't heard about it before so thanks for letting us know about it, Ali. :) I try to give well, even in the smallest measure but I'd love to learn how to do this better.

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  3. Sandee says…

    I have made 3 mini albums ( one for each niece ) ,numerous sets of thank you cards for teacher gifts, working on another mini album for one of my dh's co-worker who had a baby right around Christmas time last year, one set of everyday occasion cards for my MIL. I would love some more ideas on what to make!

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  4. Denae says…

    I have begun planning a few things. I am not excited for winter but this year my daugther is entering that perfect age. So fun and full of light. I have begun making a few gifts but other than that I am just so excited to have my fall wreath on the front door.

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  5. Cheryl says…

    I've started a bit of planning. I'm trying to make mini-books for our family members plus cards for everyone. I usually give 1/2 handmade and 1/2 bought but I'm trying to give all handmade ones out this year. It's a big project but I've already started. I'd love some more ideas from Kolette that I may be able to work into other gift giving ideas.
    Thanks for posting some of your daily photos. They are great and I really appreciate you sharing all of your wonderful ideas with us. Thanks for always inspiring me.

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  6. Margie says…

    The only planning I have done is to think about when I should book my flight home for the season. We are living abroad this year so it will be very, very good to go home. I hope to spend lots of time making small meaningful gifts to bring with me. I took Collette's class last year and made some really cool things. Thanks for this chance as I'd love to take it again.

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  7. Suzi says…

    I have started planning for the Christmas season. It has become a fun tradition for my husband and I to start in October. Our son's birthday is in around Thanksgiving in November and then the Christmas season seems to fall right on the heels of that. So in October we take an afternoon and have lunch and then shop for birthday and Christmas for our boy and the nieces and nephews. We have the best time!
    Also, I am thinking about putting my tree across from where I normally do so that this year I'm not shooting into the windows, but rather getting the light behind me. Hope it will be better.
    I would love to join Kolette's class.

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  8. Nancy L says…

    I really can't believe that holiday season is upon us. But if they have the Christmas decorations are up at Costco, then I better start thinking about it now. For my sister and friend, I think some gourmet goodies are on the list.

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  9. Lynn Herrick says…

    This is a good coincidence. I was thinking about this topic in the shower this morning and considering making gratitude journals for my friends this year as holiday gifts (using your template on Designer Digitals). I would love to take Kollette's class and get more ideas.

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  10. brandie says…

    i always have a running list of gift ideas in my planner. that way if i am out thrifting/shopping and i find something, i can cross it off my list, take it home and stash it.

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  11. lauren says…

    planning for the holidays? nope. haven't started. DREADING the holidays?? yeah. i'm totally on it! :)
    (ok, i'm kidding--sort of--but if i win, i will have officially started planning...and perhaps also less dreading...the holidays! how's that? thanks ali!)

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  12. Libby says…

    I am a planner by nature, so I have already started thinking about the holiday season, but I haven't started any projects yet. I would love the chance to take Kolette's class and get even more ideas and inspiration!

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  13. Courtney says…

    I have started thinking about it! I think I'm going to make gratitude baskets for all the women in my life and include a gratitude journal and maybe some other things. It's the other things I haven't figured out yet!!

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  14. Dawn says…

    OOhhh Ali, this sounds like a GREAT class...right up my alley. Pick me pleeeease...

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  15. tracy b says…

    I start saving gift ideas, especially ones that I can make in September (when the kids are back in school). I always intend to start making and shopping in October, but sometimes I don't get around to it until November. I am loving the project this week. Thank you!

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  16. Leigh Anne says…

    WOW what a wonderful class idea. I have started the bare bones of preparing. I have a list of people we give to and have started collecting ideas for them. Small steps. Perhaps I should start the Christmas card list next :)
    Leigh Anne

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  17. Lenea says…

    I have started my holiday book, trying to get some ideas for gifts. I know this year will be a homemade christmas for all but the kids!!! Hoping to save money! Thansk for the chance.

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  18. Claire says…

    My mom and I just spent two weeks together immersed in craftiness. Two of our projects were for Christmas gifts...fabric/paper/glass magnets & homemade gift enclosures. Fun! Would love the chance to try Kolette's class and get some ideas for more handmade gifts!

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  19. Kerry G. says…

    I have started planning for the holiday season. I know I will have to make this holiday smaller in scale commercially and I'm excited about thinking of ways to make it fun and special without spending so much money. I think this year will be very special.

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  20. Sharon Trumble says…

    Good day! Love looking at your weekly project pics. I was just on the BPS site and listed the few classes I really want to take...and Giving Well was at the top of my list! That would be so cool to get chosen. For Christmas planning, I am behind this year as I've started a new job, am coaching, and swamped with life stuff at the moment. Anyone relate? :) Anyways, I LOVE making handmade gifts and always try to do so each year. Since I'm behind the game, this would be a great class to get me caught up.
    :) Sharon T

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  21. shelley s. says…

    planning for the holidays when it's only october 1? goodness, no!
    looking forward to them nonetheless.

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  22. Nancy says…

    I bought my first Christmas present last weekend!! And have been looking to find the perfect tree (artificial) to replace mine with the broken branch - no success so far! I have plans to design Christmas cards this weekend. I love Kollette - she just ROCKS! And what an inspirational couple she and Jason are.

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  23. Lynn says…

    I have purchased my Christmas card kits and decided on the gift to my children's' teachers - hot cocoa mix in a mason jar. They each have two teachers so I needed six simple gifts.
    Lynn A
    Marion, OH

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  24. angie says…

    I'd love to take this class!

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  25. Kelly Butler says…

    My family exchanges homemade gifts for the holidays & I've just begun to look for idea. This class would be so helpful in gathering ideas for my gifts this year.

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