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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. Kris M. says…
    10/01/2008

    I have been thinking about the holidays, and how to make them more memorable and not so stressfull.

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  2. Jill R says…
    10/01/2008

    I'm involved in a Christmas gift tag swap, and it has started my mind-gears working on what else I can do ahead of time since we're moving cross-country the week of Thanksgiving!

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  3. MaryAZ says…
    10/01/2008

    I always make teacher gifts...no ideas yet for this year, could use some help!

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  4. Jo Ann Laurencio says…
    10/01/2008

    I am always more on the procrastinating side. I tend to make the base of our Holiday cards early (with the intent of putting our photo on it) however, I'm usually picky about the photo, which means, the cards won't get done and sent out until it is almost Christmas, so this class would be a great thing for me to get started early!

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  5. Dana says…
    10/01/2008

    I haven't bought any supplies, but I have been thing about holiday crafts and making a list of potential projects. I would love to take Kolette's class!
    I started my Week in the Life yesterday. It's a lot of work but it is so much fun.

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  6. tammy b says…
    10/01/2008

    i've got nothing in the works, and i desperately need to be making some gifts this year! and the only way ill be taking this class is if i get to win it. sigh. my dh is on strike. we have zero disposable income right now. isn't it weird how we get so used to doing the things we want? like that coffee with girlfriends. or a book from the bookfair for the kidlets. or a pedicure. or a class....i'm not complaining. i'm just remembering how good our life is.

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  7. young c-m says…
    10/01/2008

    Isn't great to be able to be generous~! Love that feeling...haven't started on holiday cards yet, but they're on my mind. Thanks for giving away this class!

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  8. Jaana says…
    10/01/2008

    I've been thinking about my Christmas cards -and that's about it!

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  9. Erin Nusbaum says…
    10/01/2008

    The Holidays are crazy as is. I am trying to make them more "special" and not so commercial. Last year I made homemade hot chocolate in mason jars and put a cute ribbon on them with little bells! It was a hit!

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  10. shannon says…
    10/01/2008

    With a trip to DisneyWorld as a Christmas present, I am already planning the autograph books I am going to make as well as the way I am going to "present" their gift to them. I just can't wait. I don't know who will be more excited.

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  11. Katherine McKamey says…
    10/01/2008

    I have been looking forward to the Holiday Season but I haven't started planning anything. I am trying to stay in the 'here & now' for a while. I spend too much time looking back or looking forward and I wind up missing out on the now. Trying to change that.
    I have been amazed at the items that have ended up in my Week in the Life photos. This is a neat project and really works with my 'here & now' goal.

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  12. MandyK says…
    10/01/2008

    Loving this week in the life of project it has been so mucj fun!
    We have started planning for the holidays because we have decided to do something a little different this year instead of doing the whole boat load of gifts we have deciced our fam and my parents are going to have a family getaway. We will still be giving a couple gifts to the kiddies but I think this new idea will be a fun thing too something different,something new.

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  13. Tami says…
    10/01/2008

    I have started going through all of my Holiday Cookbooks, looking for some festive new recipes to try.

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  14. Marlene Moore says…
    10/01/2008

    No I haven't started planning yet, my oldest has his birthday right before Christmas so we always focus on that first. I would love to take Kolette's class to help me out.

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  15. Shannon S says…
    10/01/2008

    Thanks for the chance to win. Fabulous prize. I have trouble with celebrating holidays, due to simi-recent deaths in the family, that make the holidays really hard for me. I am really going to try to put up a Christmas Tree this year. I am hoping to make plans for a hotel in Leavenworth to go to the Christmas lighting ceremony this year later today.

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  16. angie says…
    10/01/2008

    hi Ali!
    i have started thinking about what i want to do, but haven;t yet decided. so taking this class could be the jump start i need! i am enjoying the week in the life project, and even took photos of me! that's a first. thanks for the project and the chance to win a spot in class:)

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  17. Mary Ann says…
    10/01/2008

    I need this class to come up with new ideas for the Holidays. I have made the list of people now ideas for gifts to make. I would enjoy this class.

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  18. Carol says…
    10/01/2008

    I have had lots of thoughts....budget(or lack of) is a big factor this year! I love to create around the holidays but want the gift to be special. I'm always looking for ideas. I have one idea for how to incorporate our family picture into our annual card.

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  19. Monica says…
    10/01/2008

    Last night we just discussed how we want this year's holiday season to carry the theme of less is more and that is our plan!

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  20. Pam says…
    10/01/2008

    I haven't started yet, but hope to have ita all done by Nov 10th when I'll be working almost full-time until after Christmas.

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  21. Addie says…
    10/01/2008

    I've started thinking of what I can make for everyone on my list, but I haven't executed any of those ideas yet. This class sounds great!

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  22. Tabitha K says…
    10/01/2008

    I have not ben planning for the holidays much at all. I've made a few random Christmas cards, but that's about it. My DD and I LOVE Halloween and Autumn, so that's what's been occupying our time thse days.
    The class sounds like a blast! Thanks for another great giveaway!

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  23. Jakes Mom says…
    10/01/2008

    I am making chipboard address books (tailoring the design to each person) and note cards for each family group. Also planning on visiting more this year than last. Less spending of money but more sharing of time.

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  24. Leslie P says…
    10/01/2008

    This class sounds awesome. I'm always looking for new gift-giving ideas. Lately I feel like I've been giving out the same gift to everyone and I'm really looking to mix it up this year.

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  25. brooke says…
    10/01/2008

    I have thought about making some homemade gifts - maybe ornaments or wall hangings with a fave quote, but can't quite decide what I'd like to do. Also, I plan to make my cards this year. Thanks for the giveaway!
    -Brooke in Dallas

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