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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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638 thoughts

  1. Jenny Alfonso says…
    10/01/2008

    I'm thinking of all the holidays but haven't done anything except order wrapping paper from my kids' school fundraiser :)

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  2. Courtney says…
    10/01/2008

    I have not started making any plans. Probably need to get started, especially on the Christmas card photos.

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  3. Robyn says…
    10/01/2008

    I bought my first presents yesterday. :)

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  4. Betsy Partridge says…
    10/01/2008

    I have started thinking about a felt album I want to make to showcase the Christmas Day pics (Donna Downey inspired)...copies for me, mom and sis.

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  5. Danielle says…
    10/01/2008

    Love all of your pictures from Tuesday, I am truly enjoying this project though my husband's Aunt thinks I'm nuts I kinda enjoy that too :)
    Did a little shopping today and found myself planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas I'm eager to pull out decorations and get going on my shopping.

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  6. Cass says…
    10/01/2008

    I must admit that I haven't started planning for Christmas yet as my daughter turns 1 only 10 days before it and I have been thinking more about her birthday. :)

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  7. Deanna says…
    10/01/2008

    I have just started thinking about the holiday cards and making a list for Christmas gifts. I really, really hope I get the cards out early this year! I would love to win a spot in Kolette's class. There is nothing better than a handmade gift.

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  8. Candy M says…
    10/01/2008

    Last year I made all my xmas cards, through a xmas card exchange... Great idea in principle, but it totally stressed me out! So this year, I've already decided to do digital costco cards. The only thing I need to stress about is the 'right' picture!

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  9. GiGi says…
    10/01/2008

    I have started thinking about gifts for Christmas. Still in the planning stages though. Haven't actually started anything yet.

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  10. Michelle S in Nebraska says…
    10/01/2008

    I haven't even thought about the holidays!!

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  11. rebecca keppel says…
    10/01/2008

    I have not started planning or doing anything for the holidays yet and it is totally stressing me out because our budget is the smallest this year that it has ever been. Which means I need to get started on some home made gifts....yesterday! HELP!!!!

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  12. Leslie Keithley says…
    10/01/2008

    Hi, Ali!
    I've been working on a few Christmas gifts so far, Quilts. I actually just made out my "Who to Give" list today for all the people I want to give something to this holiday season. I'm wanting to experiement with some new products this weekend for ideas for my Christmas cards. I'm also thinking of making some center pieces for Thanksgiving/fall since October is here! These are just a few things I'm working on.
    Leslie Keithley

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  13. Sharon Larmour says…
    10/01/2008

    I'm trying to move away from commercialised gift giving this year. I'm trying to make more gifts or search places like Etsy for something a little bit different and handmade. I've been waiting for the glorious Christmas papers to hit the stores here so that I can get started on making my cards and other gifts in plenty of time for Christmas.
    That book sounds like juts what I need for some extra inspiration.... and reading your blog of course ;)

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  14. Shelly Kettell says…
    10/01/2008

    Glad I checked back in....I'm starting to think about the holidays and planning a list of "to do's"...I really want to do your project from last year with the dec. daily...a long version of this week! Wish me luck getting it all done...usually more ideas than time! Had a great day at the school with 3rd graders doing "economy"...so much fun and creative genius at 8 yrs. old!

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  15. Christina Heeren says…
    10/01/2008

    Hi! I have started on my holiday cards, gift tags, and making a list of gifts to purchase. I am mostly enjoying Fall/Halloween activities & crafts with my family right now.

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  16. Katie - Fiskateer #4052 says…
    10/01/2008

    I'd love to win this class. Christmas will be very tight for us this year, so my goal is all handmade gifts. I want them to be meaningful......hope I win!

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  17. michelle collazo says…
    10/01/2008

    I really haven't started much major holiday planning, except that my spouse and I are keeping the gift-giving more minimal (yet meaningful)amongst ourselves and our kids. We will do the advent project again this year and focus on what Christmas can mean besides getting stuff.
    On a side, I am enjoying this current project so much, Ali. It's certainly opening my eyes to the "boring" everyday stuff...the journaling is my favorite part. The subtleties of my life are being recorded, and that's exciting.

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  18. Tiffani says…
    10/01/2008

    Yes, and realizing the holiday season is going to be here in the blink of an eye! I'm hoping to make my daughters pioneer outfits for their dolls to match the ones I made for them this past year (and really need to get started on it!), a Native American dress-up outfit for my son, and some photo gifts for grandparents. I'll be lucky to get all (if any) of that finished in time!

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  19. June says…
    10/01/2008

    Thanks for pointing this class out Ali. I really need help in this department.
    I haven't had a chance to think about the upcoming holidays yet. We are still trying to settle down from a big move, a new kindergartener, and an upcoming deployment for my husband. Life is never dull around here!

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  20. Tanya says…
    10/01/2008

    I haven't really thought about Christmas yet. Life has been pretty crazy lately. I do have ideas floating around for the kids, but haven't even bought one present yet.

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  21. alex hardy says…
    10/01/2008

    wow! what an amazing way to put the "love" in gift giving!
    i am definitely getting into holiday mode ... chuckle.

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  22. Debra E says…
    10/01/2008

    I haven't even *started* thinking about the holidays yet. Fall is my favorite time of year and I like to just enjoy it the way it is. I'll start thinking about the holidays after Halloween.

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  23. Michelle says…
    10/01/2008

    I haven't started planning for the holidays yet - unless you're referring to 4th of July. Good intentions, poor execution! Never taken a BPS class before but did meet Kolette & Jason at CE and am interested in checking it out. Thanks for the chance!

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  24. milkcan says…
    10/01/2008

    I usually spend the last two weeks before the holidays madly making things! It would be great to start earlier!

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  25. Amanda says…
    10/01/2008

    I can't even think about Christmas when the weather is still so nice outside!! I love BPS classes.... Kolette's looks interesting, thanks for sharing it. :)

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