I finished!!! Project Life 2013 is done!!!

Sorry for the excessive exclamation points, but I am really excited!  Here are the front and back pages.

front page blog

last page blogNow I just need to figure out how to get it printed.  Any suggestions?  It’s 40 layouts which I’m thinking might be a bit more than a shutterfly book can be.  I’d love to do a blurb book, but I’m concerned it will end up costing a million dollars.  Thoughts?



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Week 39

I’m almost done!  All I have left to do are the front and back pages.  Here’s week 39.

week 39A blog

week 39Bblog

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Sandwich Bags!

You may have heard the sobbing going on around here.  That’s right, Raptor’s going off to kindergarten!  EEEPPP!!!  I’m not ready!!!  She, however, is more than ready.  :)  I’ve been doing some crafty kindergarten stuff to get my mind off the fact that my *tiny baby* is almost 5.  First up, reusable sandwich bags.  These have been in the works for a long time (meaning I bought the PUL 2 years ago and have done nothing with it) but I finally decided that I needed to get on it since Raptor is (hopefully) starting kindergarten in early August.

snack bagI still need to add some snaps, but I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out.  And bonus, the first one ended up tiny (whoops) so I’m going to use it for little snacks like bunnies.  I think Raptor and I are headed off to Joanne’s now to get some more PUL!


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Shaving Cream

Raptor thought this was just about the coolest thing ever.  I gave her a can of shaving cream and she went to town playing with it in her water table.


IMG_8704Have you ever played with a can of shaving cream?  It just feels neat!

IMG_8729We were having so much fun (and it was so hot) that we decided to fill up her baby pool too.

IMG_8752RaptorDad gave her a shaving cream hat.  lol.

IMG_8753Incidentally, I have a little summer time photo tip.  Baby pools make great colorful backgrounds!

IMG_8794That sounds so dumb, but I love the way she “pops” against the blue pool.

IMG_8775And this one?  Love.  I *may* have skipped ahead (by 24 weeks) and created a title card for my 2014 week 23 Project Life spread using this picture.

TL;DR?  Go to the dollar store and buy a can of shaving cream.  Your kids will love it.  :)







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Week 38 Project Life

Almost done!  Just finished Week 38.  Then all I have left is Week 39, the front half page and the end half page.  :)

week 38AblogI used a photo for the title card and I really like how it turned out.  I also did most of the journaling on the photos.

week 38B blog


Fun times!


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Letter a Week Recap

All right sports fans, it’s summertime!  That means that Raptor is out of school for the next couple of months and I need to amuse her.  What does this mean for you guys?  Mainly that I’m planning on bringing back the Letter a Week fun!  First I thought I’d recap some of our previous letters.  (Click on the links for the full posts with more activities.)

We did A is for Apples which included some new lacing cards and this transfer work.

IMG_7547Next up was B is for Bumblebee in which we explored a honey comb and did lots of bee crafts.

Raptormama B is for Bumblebee_-10C is for Caterpillar though we also played with some butterflies.  (Hey, caterpillars turn into butterflies, it totally works.)  We did a lot of fun The Very Hungry Caterpillar activities and made these cool number butterflies.  

Raptormama C is for Caterpillar_-2D is for Dinosaur!  Raptor was begging for worksheets so I found some neat ones online.  We also did some sorting and classification activities.



E is for Elephant!  This one was tricky because everything I found was elephants and peanuts.  Since E is allergic to peanuts, I didn’t want to present them as a plaything.  We went with umbrellas instead.  :)



F is for frogs.  I found these awesome multicolored frogs at the teacher store.  We did some color theory and some basic phonics work.  Plus math!  Raptor loves math.

F is for Frog - RaptorMama-4


G is for Garden.  More math and more crafts.

G is for Garden- RaptorMama-3H is for Heart!  I’m a big fan of repurposing stuff so I busted out all of our Valentine’s Day stuff.  The girls loved it.



I is for Ice!  It’s so hot here in the summer and we had lots of fun playing with the ice outside.  Among the activities were some dinosaur ice excavations and more phonics work.

I is for Ice RaptorMamaYou’ve probably noticed by now that these aren’t actually letter activities.  Raptor and I just like to play with a theme.  I’m almost done with an awesome J is for Jungle unit, just in time since this is Raptor’s first week of summer vacation!  Hopefully I’ll get it up next week.  :)






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DIY Wine Charms

Y’all, my baby sister is getting married!  I am so so excited for her.  She had an engagement party a few weeks ago and asked me if I could make her some wine charms.  After checking out her pinterest boards, I came across these.  I have to be honest, I love my cricut, but it’s old and I can’t see it cutting out anything that detailed.  I drew up a simpler shape in SCAL which I liked even more.  Here’s the end result.

IMG_7681I cut a slit on one side to get the ring on the glass.

IMG_7682We just put them out in a little dish along with a mini-sharpie.  They were a huge hit!



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Week 37 Project Life

Here’s week 37!  That means there’s only 2 more weeks in my 2013 Project Life!  Maybe I’ll buckle down and finish them this week.  Outlook not good.  ;)

Week 37 A blog

Week 37 B blogOh, and the actual good pics (the 4 4x6s on the right hand page) are our some of our professional pics from this year from the lovely Kelly at Happy Soul Photography.


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Project Life Week 36

So…  It’s been a while, huh.  What can I say, Raptor and I have been having too much fun soaking up the awesome weather to do much crafting.  We have a short window before it’s too hot to even contemplate going outside so we’re making the most of it.  :)

I did take some time today to work on my (woefully behind) 2013 project life.  Here’s Week 36 (which is the second week of December in my book.)

week 36 A blogI didn’t even bother to do much journaling since all of this stuff is in December Daily already.

week 36 B blog


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Biggest Bluebonnet Field Evah!

My friend (you can check her out over at Happy Soul Photography) invited Raptor and I to go see the largest bluebonnet field *ever* in the history of the world.  Y’all, it took us an hour and a half to get there, but it was soooooooo worth it!

IMG_7298 copyWe loaded up the kids in my car, put on the Frozen soundtrack and we were good to go.

IMG_7320Y’all, it was amazing!  I have never seen even a fraction of the number of bluebonnets that we saw.  We had a picnic and then let the kids run around while we took pictures.

IMG_7334It wasn’t possible to take a bad picture.  :)

IMG_7370Though Raptor lost interest after a while.

IMG_7422So cute!  The kids had a blast, especially since they basically got to run free as there were no cars or roads to worry about.  Just bluebonnets as far as the eye could see.  We saw a few other people out there taking pictures, but there was so much space that it was no problem keeping out of each others shots.

IMG_7446The girls and their boots.  Love it.  Totally unplanned and totally awesome.










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