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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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  1. Mary Anne says…
    10/01/2008

    Love all the pics of day to day life.Would love to win the class and learn more fun things to do for the holidays.

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  2. Cheri says…
    10/01/2008

    Love reading your blog and being inspired. About ready to start Cathy's class Design your life so didn't join in this time but with week in the life but can always come and do it at a latter day.
    Holidays....well I took my Dad to Honduras this summer which will cound as a Christmas present for him. Now I guess I better get started on the others.
    Cheri

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  3. Patti says…
    10/01/2008

    Already have my two christmas card samples made and supplies bought. Gifts will be another task. Deciding who and how much to spend, how much we CAN spend while still making it nice.

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  4. ConnieC says…
    10/01/2008

    Nope, I haven't started thinking about any holidays yet. I need to get a move on. I need something for Halloween treat bags. I have to figure out what we're doing for Thanksgiving. We usually spend it with my husband's family, but he started a new job, so we're spending Christmas with them this year. So I need to figure out what I'm making for all of them. I really need to get started.

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  5. Caryn says…
    10/01/2008

    The best thing I am doing so far is to have a family photo taken on the beach in November. It is a PTA fundraiser, I will use it for holiday cards and I will have reprints done as a gift for family. Cant wait!

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  6. Judy Grubbs says…
    10/01/2008

    I bought a Christmas craft and decorating magazine yesterday. I am trying to decide what color scheme I am going to use this year: green & red & silver, or gold & red & green. I like to make ornaments each year, so I need to decide pretty early what colors I want.

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  7. Judy Grubbs says…
    10/01/2008

    I bought a Christmas craft and decorating magazine yesterday. I am trying to decide what color scheme I am going to use this year: green & red & silver, or gold & red & green. I like to make ornaments each year, so I need to decide pretty early what colors I want.

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  8. Kelly says…
    10/01/2008

    Oh I was interested in her class! I struggle with trying to be super crafty around the holidays and I end up stumped and have to buy everything at the last minute. Maybe this would jump start my mojo.
    Also thank you for doing the week in a life with us. I am learning quite a bit about myself and what I want to do better by just reading what I do all day long. I am so happy to be participating in this, thank you again.

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  9. Melanie says…
    10/01/2008

    I've started typing up recipes for custom cookbooks that I'm going to give to my close friends and family. I've designed a set of calendar pages but haven't started customizing them yet: that should go fairly quickly once I decide on the photos. The last thing I'm hoping to do before Christmas is finish a book about the highlights of the year for our family. I usually give one of these to each set of parents as well as us. It's my kids favorite book to look at! Thanks for the chance to win a spot in this class. It sounds fabulous!

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  10. NotSoccer Mom says…
    10/01/2008

    yes, i've certainly already started thinking about it! i've picked a theme (the candy cane) and am in the process of designing my cards. already started on my gift list too!

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  11. Emma (ratqueen) says…
    10/01/2008

    I am far too overwhelmed by the idea of Christmas to have started planning yet. I always make my own cards, but I would love to have a number of gifts I could make too.

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  12. Peapodamus says…
    10/01/2008

    Love the Eugene Farmer's Market. Glad you included that picture as I also visited the very same table full of nature's bounty yesterday. Can't wait to check out Kolette's class.

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  13. carolkola says…
    10/01/2008

    I haven't started planning yet, but am craving simplicity...

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  14. michelle says…
    10/01/2008

    I haven't started planning yet as I am still waiting for the creative juices to start flowing. This class sounds like just the ticket.

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  15. Suzanne says…
    10/01/2008

    This class would be perfect for me since I haven't even begun to think about the holidays! I love the month of December and know everything will come together, but I should probably start thinking about it now:)

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  16. Christy Pair says…
    10/01/2008

    Hey Ali- I would love this price. I am taking my first ever Big Picture class and loving it (with Elizabeth Dillow). My toughest gift each year is for my father in law. For Father's Day I made him a frame with a poem he liked inside. Maybe for Christmas I will do something with photos of his grandbabies!

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  17. Krista Lamb says…
    10/01/2008

    After reading a post on Emily Falconbridge's blog, I have begun thinking of Christmas, how to make it handmade (affordable), and how to keep myself from going crazy! I am inspired to start Christmas planning now!

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  18. Diane Arias says…
    10/01/2008

    As I type this ... I have a gift I just bought for my daughter's teacher sitting inside my mini-van. As I held it in my hand and left the store with it I knew it's the thought that counts, but really not a lot of "thought" went into the gift. Not sure what I'm going to do with the $15 coffee mug "basket" (oh, now I do), but it won't go to Mrs. Syrcle. Would love a book to lead me through a better "giving" process.

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  19. Sherry G says…
    10/01/2008

    Have not thought much about the hioliday except how hard it will be without my Dad who passed away July 29th.

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  20. paula says…
    10/01/2008

    My plans have gotten as far as I'm having my family from Michigan come for our Christmas celebration the saturday before christmas. That's as far as it's gotten..we don't exchange...I'm trying to earmark some money for the children so we don't charge up a storm and end up being poor in January when it's time to pay off the cc's. Translation...I'm going to try to pay for Christmas gifts with cash.

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  21. Cathy K. says…
    10/01/2008

    I have completed a few small gifts for my coworkers, and have a few items to alter for family. I would love to win the class to get some new ideas!

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  22. Jennifer McKinney says…
    10/01/2008

    Yes, I have started my holiday planning. I plan to have a lot of great ideas for gifts, creating new family traditions, and doing holiday crafts with the kids. Then I plan to either have a huge project at work, or a rotten virus run through the entire family, or, what the heck, maybe I'll do BOTH of those this year! Then the crafts won't get finished, traditional activities will be forgotten, shopping will be done at the last minute, and we'll mail our Christmas cards on New Year's Eve. Yep, that's my plan for this year. Again.

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  23. Amanda says…
    10/01/2008

    I have a few things put away for stockings but no major gifts planned yet. We are hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas this year and I want to have much of the "work" done before hand so I can enjoy the moments as they happen.

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  24. mandms mom says…
    10/01/2008

    I've collected albums and supplies for the great-grandparents and grandparents, but haven't started the projects yet.

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  25. Cary says…
    10/01/2008

    Kolette keeps it so REAL. Love the class concept.

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