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. Annette says…

    I've already started with the gift buying... have been since September! I'm working on sketching out my card plans and already have my mailing list set. I've even got my Amazon wish list updated!

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  2. Suz says…

    I've started a mini album on Thanksgivings past-favorite memories and favorite traditions and recipes. Really looking forward to getting it done! I think it will be an album I'll savor for years to come.

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  3. Lynn Judge says…

    I have so many projects started- i just need to do a finish the projects that i have started day!!

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  4. Rhonda says…

    would love to try Kolette's class! I so love homemade gifts!

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  5. Trish says…

    Hello Ali! First, thanks for so much inspiration! It's never too soon to start thinking of the Holidays. I've begun my on-line shopping, got out my Holiday Planner Notebook and am ready for another beautiful, stress-free holiday season.

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  6. Lisa Bracale says…

    I have started to plan for some gifts. Candles with pictures on tissue paper set into the candles. These are great for my nieces and newphews who have newborns.
    I went to Toys R Us today and purchased 2 Nintendo DS bundles for 25% off so 2 big presents down.

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  7. kimberly says…

    I have started getting ready for the holidays by trying to buy and create meaningful, personal gifts throughout the year and putting them away in a designated place so I can avoid the "mad holiday rush" at the mall, etc. which not only stresses me out but also tends, for me, to lead to overspending on items that most people either don't need or don't feel very personal. I am by no means done but I have a pretty good head start. One of my favorite gifts to collect this year is a book for everyone on my list- a tradition started by my mom- it is fun to match a book with a person's interests.

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  8. Kate says…

    All I know about the holidays so far is that we're staying home this year. No plans yet - I'm the Queen of Procrastination. So many good ideas floating around :-)

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  9. Julia in MI says…

    I have not yet started my Christmas gift shopping, creating or anything. Only thinking about it just a touch. I have been dong the week in my life project this week. I love how my kids are really into it with me. I would love to be entered into your contest. thank you.

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  10. Nikki Schmith says…

    I have started to plan not to over-plan for the upcoming holiday season. I find that sometimes the planning stresses me out more than the actual events, so Im being proactive and have only started playing with card designs, thinking about a tree "theme" and planning who will get the 2009 handmade calendars. Other than that, Im enjoying today for what it is and LOVING this project. Really. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  11. Susan says…

    I was feeling good that I had picked up a few gifts already and had plans for making a few others...that's until I read about some of these uber orgaznized ladies!
    I'll get right on it just as soon as I finish making this Homecoming dance dress, Halloween creations, thanksgiving, several birthdays...oh dear, I'm overwhelming myself. One thing at a time, back to the dress!

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  12. Brek says…

    Love the Darth costume - just picked up a Clone Trooper costume for my 6-year-old yesterday. Gotta love little boys who are into Star Wars! :)
    The only thing I've planned for the holidays so far is the card that I am going to do. I need to get going!

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  13. Raven says…

    What a great class. I've definitely started *thinking* about the holidays, but putting it into action is another story!

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  14. SusanB says…

    Well, I have the Christmas card photo picked out already. We went to Italy this summer and I got a few nice photos of our daughters there. I really need to get working on a gift list soon because I like to get most of the shopping done before Thanksgiving so I can relax and enjoy the holiday.

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  15. Debbi Hyden says…

    i have really started to get into the Week in the Life project-- being a bit bolder each day about what i do and taking more pictures of the simple everyday things. Today i am concentrating on documenting the day in earnest. I have started thinking about the holidays and have bought 1 gift for my son (Wii Game-- didn't want to wait lest it be gone). Other than that...just trying to get thru Church festival and vacation next week. Halloween is next (big pot luck at our house) and then between there and Thanksgiving thoughts really turn to xmas as my family comes at thanksgiving and that is when we exchange. Thanks for letting me run on and on...

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  16. Heather Jordan says…

    What a great giveaway!! I would love to win this class! Thanks!

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  17. KathleenA says…

    Ali, I am doing this week in the life project and really enjoying it so far - I actually am feeling motivated to do some scrapbooking rather than just take pictures!
    Every year in November, I have a crafters brunch and after we eat, we all make our Christmas cards, so I have started planning that gathering and designing my cards. The class you are giving away sounds awesome!

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  18. Jeannine says…

    I have started to think about the holidays and don't want to shop for gifts but would rather make homemade gifts to give to my friends and family.

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  19. Heather H. says…

    I usually begin my gift making process about the middle of October. Up until then I have a notebook I jot notes in of ideas and what I would like to make for family and friends. I'd be lost without the project notebook!

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  20. NCkimberleigh says…

    I'm already DEEP into Christmas planning, and already have a day set aside with friends to make my cards!

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  21. Rebecca says…

    As sad as this sounds, I start planning for Christmas right after Christmas and hit all of those sales. Or the places that are clearancing out their toy stock.

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  22. Davinie says…

    Good Morning Ali!
    I too am participating in your challenge, albeit a little late. I started this morning. I am excited and scared at the same time. I fear my life is quite boring, lol!
    Yes, I have started planning for the holidays. We are already deciding where to go for Thanksgiving, my family just made reservations based on the number of attendees for a beach house on the Oregon Coast for the first part of December for an early celebration, and I've already done some Christmas shopping for the kids. :)

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  23. kirsty says…

    I have planned nothing! I think I'll get through Halloween first. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Calgary, Canada

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  24. Lynette C says…

    Way no! My household is full of procrastinators! But I must say we do a pretty good job at pulling everything off last minute (oh! not to exaggerate. More like the last few days ;> )

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  25. Cassie Tarr says…

    I just picked up the special issue of Papercrafts to get some ideas on holiday cards and gifts. I tend to 'research' ideas in October and then hustle to get everything done in Nov/Dec.
    Thanks for the chance to win a spot in Kolette's class.

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