Project Life App

Project Life App

I’m absolutely in love with Project Life, a product that was developed by Becky Higgins. I began Project Life in 2010 and I’ve never looked back. Although there are several ways to use Project Life, I have always used it to capture one-photo-a-day. In 2016, I switched to the Project Life app and it has made life even easier.

Becky Higgins Project Life App

When Becky says that the Project Life app puts scrapbooking in the palm of your hand, she is telling the truth. The app has the functionality of so many things that you would find in a traditional paper kit. Everything is at the touch of a fingertip.

Here are the steps:

  • Pick a collage
  • Import your photos
  • Choose a kit within the app for additional cards and journaling (there are some free options for kits)
  • Add journaling
  • Save/Export

It really is that easy! There are so many collage options and fun kits to choose from!

Project Life App

This is a layout that I did for a week in January. I use the same collage layout for every week during the year. The kits that you can buy within the app all have cards that coordinate, but I tend to mix and match them depending on the topic.

Tip: While I use the app to capture one photo a day for our large family album, some (probably the majority of users, actually) use Project Life layouts to capture a snapshot of each week or month of the year. It’s much less to think about and still gives a good glimpse at what’s happening in your family.

When I do specific layouts on kids or family events, I tend to vary the collages. I always stick with a 12×12 so that all of my albums are the same size.

Project Life App

While I still love traditional paper scrapbooking, I have really grown to love the Project Life App. If you are in a busy season of life and you are already so behind on memory-keeping that you are thinking of giving up, I hereby give you permission to use the app. It IS NOT a cop-out. It is not cheating.

Here’s a quick video from Becky Higgins herself to show you how easy the app is to use:

 

Finally, let’s talk about what’s next. You’ve made your pages, it’s time to print. You can order prints directly from the Project Life app. The “order prints” bar is at the bottom of the opening screen of the app. You can order in four sizes: 4×6, 6×8, 8×8, 12×12. (My second choice for printing is Persnickety Prints.)

Tip: If you are going to use square collages, always save/export as a 12×12 because the resolution will be suitable for an 8×8 print. But, it doesn’t necessarily work the other way around.

More questions? I’m happy to help. I might not be an expert, but I am an active user! Here’s where you can download (iOS and Android).

 

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Review

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Review

2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Review

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is one of our favorite family activities each year. We are lucky that the rodeo always falls during our spring break, so you can count on us to take one day and make it a rodeo day.

This year, I needed to work through spring break, so my husband loaded up the kids and took them for the day. They had a fantastic time.

2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Review

2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Review

2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Review

The rodeo with young teens is a lot of fun. They love everything that there is to offer. One of the biggest tips that I have is find a rodeo committee member that is near you to buy half-price carnival tickets when they are available. Most of the bigger rides cost 10-ish tickets, so you can run through tickets quickly. Buying the ticket booklets beforehand can save you a ton of cash.

From the animal pavilion, to the shopping, to the midway and the carnival rides — oh, and the food — the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a must do for every Texan. It matters not if you have children, there really is something for everyone. So, mark your calendars for February 27 – March 18, 2018.

This post is sponsored by Rodeo Houston and US Family Guide. I received rodeo tickets in exchange for my honest opinion.

Stella & Dot Stylist Opportunity

Stella & Dot Stylist Opportunity

As an independent Stella & Dot stylist, you can set a flexible, manageable schedule while earning extra income.

Stella & Dot consultants represent a line of jewelry and accessories that is fashion-forward, high quality and adored by fashion editors and celebrities.

Each stylist provides one-on-one style consulting through trunk shows, helping guests find exactly what they’re looking for. Have a busy week? You decide when to host style parties and can even take them online, hosting from the comfort of home.

You’ll earn a 25-35% commission on any sales you make, and get up to 50% off for yourself. Plus, you’ll receive up to $350 in free products.

Whether you’re looking for a second part-time job, or something that can be done on the side while the kids are at school, Stella & Dot can provide you with the flexibility to be your own Style Boss.

Affiliate links are used in this post.

Products I Love – Shutterfly Freebies

Products I Love – Shutterfly Freebies

Spring2017x2 HeaderI’ve long been a fan of Shutterfly, so it’s no surprise that I always take advantage of Shutterfly freebies!

Shutterfly helps you make the most out of life’s most memorable moments. As a leader in personalized photos and services, they allow you create lasting keepsakes; award-winning photo books; custom stationery, including cards, announcements, and invitations; as well as unique home decor and photo gifts.

Shutterfly is very generous with their discount codes. It’s a great way to try products that you might not normally try, and also a way to stockpile gifts for special occasions.

This week – through 3/1 – you can pick TWO gifts! This is valid on the Shutterfly site or the app! Click on the link below to choose your products – then use the code FREE4ME at checkout.

Pick Two Gifts! Get One Mouse Pad, One Laminated Placemat, One Set of Coasters, One 16×20 Collage Poster, or One 16×20 Print! Use code FREE4ME at check out. Valid 2/28-3/1

Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Mouse Pad – a teacher gift with a picture of the class
  • Placemat for a toddler – use a photo of the extended family to identify names/faces
  • Coasters – with vacation photos
  • 16×20 collage poster – filled with action shots from a sports, dance, or band season
  • 16×20 print – favorite shot from your holiday photoshoot

Enjoy and share with your friends!!!

Beauty & the Beast Final Trailer

Beauty & the Beast Final Trailer

beauty and the beast

I have been so excited to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie! I didn’t think anything could beat the animated version until I saw the first trailer that was leaked months ago, and then — wow!!! I was instantly hooked! Now that the Beauty and the Beast final trailer is out, I literally can’t wait another second to see this film!

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017

Are you planning to see this film in the theater? Our family CANNOT wait!!!


Unboxing Hello Fresh

Unboxing Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh has quickly become a staple in our house. I tried it on a whim when a fellow blogger offered up a free trial. I was a bit skeptical of the price, but once I tried and saw first hand the quality of the ingredients – I was hooked. I am so guilty of being tired after work and just running through a drive-thru or ordering takeout. Hello Fresh has kept us at the dinner table with great meals and it’s honestly cheaper than takeout!

Hello Fresh offers 3 plans: Classic (meat and fish recipes for 2 or 4 adults, you choose from 6 recipes); Veggie Plan (vegetarian recipes, serves 2 or 4 adults): or the Family Plan (meat, fish, and veggie recipes, serves 2 adults and 2 children, handpicked recipes). We are using the Classic Plan as of now. I’ve liked picking the recipes, but honestly – I’m getting ready to switch to the Family Plan only because I totally trust the recipes! I don’t need to pick any longer.

Take a look at the video and then I’ll give you some final tidbits and a trial code!

Each week, you can log into the Hello Fresh website and, if you are on the Classic Plan, you choose your meals. You will see 6 choices and you choose the 3 that you want.

Another awesome thing that I’m finding is that the recipes are things that I can make on the nights that I don’t have the service. So, the longer I’m using Hello Fresh, the more I’m breaking out of our rut of spaghetti and tacos. I’m keeping every recipe card and referring to it on the off nights.

Using this code CLICK HERE will get you $40 off your first box!

Let me know if you have any questions! I’m happy to answer as best I can!!!