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. Dawn Madigan says…

    I have started making my list as well as ideas of what i would like to start looking for. Will be doing a Month of December book (ala AE.) Would love to be done early so that i can enjoy the holidays, a goal a week seems to work and ordering early is also better for shipping.
    I am trying to simplify and be creative this year with my gift giving and plan on giving more consumables.
    Basically lists, and more lists!
    Dawn M

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  2. Kellie B says…

    I start thinking of Christmas gifts right after Christmas. I stuff things away in a closet and keep a list going. I am in the process of coming up with my cookie list. My best friend and I bake for a whole day every year.
    Would love a class to help with the gift making ideas!!! Thanks

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  3. Annie says…

    I love to make gifts, but haven't even begun to make plans! Is it really October already?!!

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  4. Rachel M. says…

    I am still shocked that it is the 1st of October already! Wow! Christmas will be here in a blink. I have been working with the PTO planning a Holiday Craft Fair so that is starting to get me into the spirit! :)

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  5. Kristen DeSimone says…

    I plan for the holiday season in my mind all year long! :-) But I really kick it in to high gear around August! The months from September through December is my absolute most favorite time of the year!!!

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  6. Stacy says…

    I've picked up a few new holiday magazines. I better start planning. lol

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  7. Tiffany H says…

    I have started putting together my mother in laws book I make for her every year of all of her grandkids (she has 31), and started scoping out places for our family christmas card photo in the new town I moved to this summer. I also have a plan for what I will be making for all my sisters and sister-in-laws. So I feel like I have been planning for months!

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  8. SusanC says…

    Oh, I'd love the give-away! You betcha I am already geared up about the holidays! I designed some really neat gifts (if I say so myself) and hired my best friend to sew them for me! They came out awesome! I am so excited to see the faces of the recipients! I've started on my Christmas cards, too! I just love the holidays!

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  9. Kathy says…

    No way have I started planning for the holidays. Maybe soon?!

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  10. GAIL says…

    well I am planning and buying now because I am going to my homeland for Christmas, I leave my country of residence in Nov. SO what I want to give for christmas needs to be taken with me then. Thats handy to beat the crowds!
    Im thinking light and unbreakable when Im shopping, since it will be in a suitcase for 33 hours of traveling. Argh!

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  11. Tina Schadone says…

    I have not started to think of holiday gift giving yet. I love getting hand made gifts and do give out some... to those who I think would enjoy it most and appreciate it.
    Sounds like a cool way to get it started and stay on top of it which I am sure each one of us could use! Thanks for the opportunity again Ali!

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  12. Anne S. says…

    I really should start early this year with Christmas since my daughter is graduating from college on Dec. 20th! I have made calendars before and people loved them but they took so much time. I love being creative but would love some fresh, new ideas. This class sounds like just the thing.

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  13. Peggy says…

    Oh, yeah, I've started! Long ways to go but am thinking about/planning decor, firming up menus for Christmas Day, buying/planning gifts and all that jazz. :)

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  14. Julie says…

    I have been thinking about the holidays, but no real action yet. I did buy my calendar templates though - yeah!

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  15. Susan says…

    I have started planning for Christmas. We are flying to Canada this year and with all the weight and luggage restrictions, I need to think light and smaller size than usual gifts this year. But, I love, love , love gift giving, so it's been fun coming up with ideas. This is the first time I've heard of the class...may just have to take it whether I win a place or not. Thanks!!

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  16. Mary S. says…

    I just went to Michael's and bought a $1 journal to start my planning. I have made several lists and added a calendar of "stuff" I need to get done. I took Kollette's class year and it was wonderful!!

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  17. TriciaH says…

    I have not started planning for the upcoming season ... well, if you count buying a live Christmas wreath from my son, who is selling them for Boy Scouts, then yes I have!!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  18. Juel says…

    Yes, I've started thinking about Christmas. It will be a bit differant than what we are use to, living in a new town with no family around. We are planning though on picking out a few of our new neighbors and making them red velvet cakes. That will be fun!

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  19. Verna G. says…

    I started planning for Christmas presents and budget a couple of weeks ago. Still wading through my Christmas themed papers and elements to figure out some card ideas.
    I'm always open for more ideas and would love a chance to Kollette's class.
    Thanks for everything, Ali!

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  20. caro says…

    okay, not too sure about the time on your blog - right now its 7.25pm here which makes the earliest easter side of the US, approximately 1.30pm -ish.
    So I gues I'll throw my baited hook in - this class looks tremendous - Thankyou for the heads up, Ali!

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  21. Betsy says…

    oh....fun giveaway today! Thanks!
    I haven't been planning too much for the holiday season quite yet. I just made out a "christmas card list" so I know how many cards I need to make. As far as gifts, I haven't pinned that one down yet! Our Fall decor went up this week, so I'm definitely in the mood for the change!

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  22. kimberly says…

    I reallyhaven't started planning for the Holidays yet, aside for trying to plan our Christmas card. I went to my local scrapbooking store to check out all the new paper for Christmas and am trying to come up with a card idea. The idea is the hardest part for me!

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  23. elana says…

    I've actually made a few Christmas cards already and started a gift list as I'll be ordering most of my stuff online this year. It'll be a busy season as my brother is also graduating from college so I've gotta be organized!

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  24. sara says…

    So funny... I looked at the photo and thought, "Wow, wish she was giving the bowl away, too." :) You have such great taste!
    One of the things I'm doing for people this year for Christmas (I'm low on funds) is designing gift tags and cards and such to give them BEFORE Christmas to use for other people. That way it's useful and one of their chores is marked off their list.
    Sounds like a great class...

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  25. JenRay says…

    Christmas? Good Heavens! Wasn't it just Independence Day?! Since I had my daughter (16 months ago) I have a really hard time thinking much beyond a week from today. It looks like I am in the minority here. And I probably desperately need the class!

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