Thursday, February 26, 2015

PinCrazy Thursday: My Favorites this week

Welcome to Almond Place!  I'm so excited to be cohosting Pin Crazy Thursday today with Keri and Elizabeth!

These are a few of my favorite pins this week! I hope you enjoy them! Be sure to follow me, Almond Place on Pinterest to see my daily pins.

from dear lillie
I love this guest bedroom makeover....I'd do this in my own room someday!

from Damn Delicious
Salmon is one of my most favorite things to eat...I love it so much!

My kids will LOVE this foam dough project from Mom Trusted!

Hope you check out these 3 great pins and link up your own!  Be sure to grab a button so you can link back!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Project Life Update: Tuesday Talk Link Up

Welcome to the Tuesday Talk Link Up!  I love co-hosting this link up and am thrilled to have you join us!  If you are linking up, we'd love for you to grab our button to share with your friends/readers!  It's right over there....see it?!

Meet your hosts here:  They are all lovely, and thoughtful, and creative.

Becky from BYBMG,
Beth from Our Pretty Little Girls,
Chelsea from The Contented Wife,
Elizabeth from All Kinds of Things,
Tara from Mrs.Coach Sims,
Keri from Living In This Season,
Sarah from Abiding In Grace,
Lauren from Simply Free ,
Andrea from Mitchael Journey,
Jessica & Katie from Sweet Little Ones,
Teressa from Teressa Jane

This week, I've played a little catch up with Project Life...You see, I got super behind in in, I never got past February in my book.  So, I've been working hard the last month or so to get my act together and get that done.  I also decided to focus more this weekend on getting January and February of THIS year done.  Because I maintain a book for the family, and one for each of the kids, I've decided to simplify it even more this year and really limit myself to the 2 page spread.

It's HARD to limit, but I am so tired of not being able to maintain the books like I want to, so for now...two page spreads are the goal :-)

In an effort to stop buying and start using my supplies, I've committed myself to using up my stash and decluttering it at the same time.  I very easily fall into the trap of "I need to keep this because it's pretty"....and then I NEVER use it.  Such a shame.  So, I've decided I either use it, or I donate it. This is part of my #40bagsin40days Lenten resolution as well :-)  I'm using a combo of the Project Life Midnight Edition and Studio Calico PL Subscription kits for our 2015 Album.

I managed to carve out some #fringehours this weekend and got my January 2015 pages done for our family album!  I also got the kids' photos sorted and to get them into their albums!  I'll be using the "Happy" Project Life Edition in their books this year.

Here are my January pages:

I'm looking forward to reading your posts in this week's linkup!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lent 2015

I don't share a whole lot about my faith here on the's very intentional in that it's not the focus of my blog.  That being said, it's not hard to figure out that I'm Catholic.

This time in the church year, we enter into the season of Lent...if you're not familiar, it's a time of repentance, reflection, sacrifice and charity.  It's a rather somber time as we seek to work on the personal things that are causing us distance from our relationship with Christ.

While I have lots of spiritual things to work on, I've chosen this little ahem BIG project for these 40 days.  #40bagsin40days was started a few years ago by the blog White House Black Shutters. I've never done it and I've decided it was something I wanted to focus on this Lenten season.

It's time to DECRAPIFY....both spiritually and materialistically!  This challenge though is purely materialistically and I LOVE IT.

I am ready to be done with all of the extra stuff.  It's suffocating and I'm tired of it.  My husband is tired of it. My kids are tired of it.  Imagine a world where cleaning up doesn't have to take ALL day.

So here's my list of challenges...

Today, I tackled the glasses cabinet.  It was truly out of control.  I couldn't find what I needed, we had way too many kids cups and everything was disorganized. It took a total of 15 minutes to clear this cabinet out.

Two bags of crap came out of this cabinet.  TWO.  That's ridiculous.

And now....the after!  So much better!

No family needs 87 Dutch Brother cups...dare I say I'm even more embarrassed that we go there THAT often.  I mean, seriously...there are starving children in Africa, but we go to DB every other day.  Clearly some changes need to be made there.

The more excess we can clear, the more we have for others....more time, more money, more energy, more love.

Here's to Lent 2015 - Decrapify edition. #40bagsin40days

Follow along on Instagram as I post daily photos of my progress through these 40 days!

I'm linking up:  Blessed is She