I’ll be celebrating my 40th birthday in less than a year. Eleven months and six days to be exact. I go back an fourth between feeling anxiety and excitement. I never, ever thought
I’d actually be 40. When I was a kid, 40 seemed SO old. Now I’m almost there and I feel a mixture of “I’m really old” and “I’m not old at all.” Does that make sense? My body is really the part that’s feeling old. I have arthritis and that makes for lots of aches and pains. But in my mind, I don’t feel 40. Having relatively young kids helps. Having a full and bust life helps.
Anyway. I decided since 40 is a pretty significant birthday, I’d make a list of 40 Before 40: 40 things to do before my 40th birthday.
- Read 50 books
- Walk/Run 400 miles
- Take my family on a fun/exotic trip
- Complete a photography project
- Take an in-person spanish class
- Take an in-person painting class
- Buy something at a thrift shop and refurbish it for our home
- Take Shelby on a girls only trip
- Drag Mike to a ballet/musical
- Sew a dress/skirt from scratch
- Make a quilt
- Draw 100 faces
- Get a new tattoo designed by KB
- Take my family horseback riding
- Camp at Yellowstone
- Volunteer at Pregnancy or Literacy Center
- Start my book
- Add some fun art pieces to our home decor by local artists
- Take up yoga or pilates…and stick to it
- Bury a time capsule…and dig it up when Cooper graduates high school.
- Take dancing lessons
- Complete an embroidery project
- Throw a party
- Watch the sunrise on the beach
- Go on a fun road trip
- Be debt free (minus our house)
- Plant a garden
- Lose 10 pounds and keep it off all year
- Write letters to the five people who have impacted me the most in my life
- Make French Macarons
- Take a cooking class
- Write to someone I admire, and ask how they’ve achieved their goals
- Plan and execute a “girls” trip
- Walk on the Golden Gate Bridge
- Stay in a non-chain hotel
- Take a tour of the White House
- Run a Disney Half Marathon
- Paint a series of paintings
- Do a gallery show
- Sit in the audience of a live TV show
Personally, I love having a list of things to do. I make lists all the time, so it feels natural to make a life list like this. I need a goal. I don’t do well when I don’t have a plan, so this should give me a good kick in the pants.
I’ll check in the next 11 months and let you know how I’m doing.
I’ve never been a huge fan of themed kits, but that doesn’t mean I don’t buy or use them. I love the challenge of finding a way to use a themed kit in different way than it was originally intended for. Case in point: the layout below was created with a Christmas kit, but you’d never know.
I challenge you to look a little deeper at each kit you come across. Is there something else you could use the kit for? This is a great way to stretch your kits and ultimately your scrappy dollars.
I don’t say it enough, but … I. love. you. I am grateful for you. I am so very proud of you. You make my life better. Thank 030you my love. I. Love. You.
This layout was created for the Daily Digi using a kit from the December 2013 Digi Files. Check out The Daily Digi here. It’s a screaming good deal.
Hello! I update my shop with some Christmas printables. I’ve been having so much fun making these puppies. I love, love Christmas and I’m thrilled to be creating some home decor items to honor the season.
Here’s what a few of the prints look like printed out and on display in my home.
In addition to the instant downloads, I also have lots of prints that are ready to ship . Just add a frame and they’d make perfect Christmas gifts. Stop by my shop and check out all the fun goodies I have to offer.
Happy December! I can’t believe it’s already December. This year has flown by. Since it’s a new month, I have some new Simple Scrapper layouts to share.
This layout was inspired by one of the December Story Starters. The theme for this month is “The Past.” I have a ton of older photos that need to be scrapped, so this was just the kick start I needed to get the memories recorded and on a layout.
One of our favorite paces in the world to visit is Papa’s house in Idaho. It’s beautiful. It’s quiet. It’s relaxing. And it’s the place where lots of cousins can come and play together. Cooper made his first trip to Lava Hot Springs when he was just a few months, in July 2009. Auntie Amy and her family came up, as well as Uncle Brad and his family. There were lots of cousins to play with, climb hay bails with and splash in the creek with. Coop was happy to be passed around from Auntie to Uncle and Papa and Mama Shelley. A favorite of all the kiddos were the Rhino rides around the ranch. Papa would pile all the cousins into the Rhino (the 4-wheeler) and take them all around the property. He’s hold Cooper in his lap and the rest of the kids would be tucked into every bit of space available. They scream and yell as Papa sped around the ranch. All the bumps made them squeal in delight. We still love our regular trips to Papa’s.
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… We’re preparing to host Thanksgiving. This year, we’re shaking things up a bit and making all the sides we found here. Sadly, there’s no green bean casserole on my menu this year. I’m torn … should I make it anyway or stick with my fun, new menu?
I updated my Etsy shop. I added some Christmas printable posters. I had one of them printed super big and I can’t wait to frame it and hang it up.
Mike lost his wedding ring. It slid off his finger when he was swimming in the ocean. This is the downside of losing so much weight. We stopped by a jewelry store to see about replacing it, and were shocked at how expensive a simple band is. I’m pretty sure we only spent about $100 on his band when we got married. The cheapest ring we saw was almost $700. How’s that for inflation? Needless to say, Mike is still without a ring!
We already took the kids to see Santa. Shelby doesn’t believe in the old guy anymore, but she plays along for her brother. Shelby asked Santa for a wall calendar and a sewing machine and Coop asked for a skateboard and a big, big ball.
We’re looking forward to a long weekend, family time (Hello Papa and Mama Shelley) and lots of good food.
Hello, Happy Tuesday. Excited to be offering up a seat in Big Picture Classes’ 12 Days of Christmas: December Duos, a delightfully fun and new way to document your holiday.
About the Class
The “December Duos” concept is easy, stress-free, and inspiring. Every day for the twelve days leading up to Christmas Day, two of our twelve instructors will share a scrapbook layout, video message, and a page prompt in the form of a duo (“warm & cold,” “give & receive,” “near & far”). That’s a total of two-dozen inspiring ideas!
You can follow the instructor’s lead or march in your own direction as you snap your photos for the day. Then, after printing our fabulously free journaling cards and title cards, you’ll either slip the cards and your photos into a Project Life mini album from American Crafts or use them on a traditional (or digital) scrapbook page.
12 Days of Christmas: December Duos makes it easy to capture all of your most important holiday moments—in a festive new format—while keeping up with all the parties, presents, and pageants that make the holiday season magical.
Learn more and register here. Class starts 12/12/2013 and costs just $24.00. But you can win a seat by entering below.