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.

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!!!

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!!!

 

BODYARMOR Sports Drink Review

BODYARMOR Sports Drink Review

bodyarmor sports drinkI recently had the opportunity to review the super drink, BODYARMOR sports drink. When this promotion came about I was especially interested. As I’ve written before, Piper trains as a dancer for 15-20 hours each week. Keeping her hydrated is a huge concern. Filling her with sugar drinks is not an option, but sometimes she prefers more than just water!

BODYARMOR is a natural sports drink. As a mom and a shopper, I know that the word “natural” does not “natural” in my book. So often, it seems that if even a part of the drink is natural they slap the label on the bottle. BODYARMOR is packed with electrolytes, coconut water and vitamins. It is low in sodium and contains natural flavors, natural sweeteners and no artificial colors. We all know that young athletes don’t need extra sodium or artificial ingredients. These things are my fear when my daughter drinks other sports beverages on the market currently.

bodyarmor sports drinkI took a look at the label on the fruit punch flavor of BODYARMOR, and I was pleasantly surprised. The first ingredient is water. That’s always a good sign. The second is pure cane sugar. I know that sugar gets a bad rap, but our bodies need it – and our bodies can absorb can sugar, it the other artificial sugars that cause our bodies so much harm! After that, coconut water, vegetable juice concentrate, just to name a few. Only 15mg of sodium are inside! 300mg of potassium! I think it’s also good to note that BODYARMOR is caffeine free and gluten free. Caffeine free is HUGE to me. I don’t want my kids to have it at all.

The important thing to most child athletes is taste, let’s face it! BODYARMOR comes in 8 great flavors: fruit punch, orange mango, strawberry banana, tropical punch, lemon lime, mixed berry, grape and blackout berry. The flavors are rich, but not overpowering. They don’t leave a strong aftertaste which I often hear complaints about it.

BODYARMOR is available nationwide. In my local market, you can find it at HEB, Kroger, Target, Randalls, and Brookshires. To check in your area, click here. Would you like a coupon? Click here to print one.

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I received this product free-of-charge in return for this review. Samples were used by my family and the words written here are my own. 

Kendra Scott Gifts for Young Girls

Kendra Scott Gifts for Young Girls

kendra scott gifts for girlsKendra Scott is all the rage, but what can you buy when your tween daughter wants a piece of her jewelry? My daughter is graduating from 5th grade in a few weeks and she is asking for a Kendra piece as her gift. (Good taste, right?) Did you know that there are pieces that are a great size for tweens? Kendra Scott gifts for young girls are plentiful when you know where to look!

Before I get to my recommendations, do you know the story of Kendra Scott? Just 3 months after having her first son, she literally went door-to-door to boutiques trying to pedal her jewelry. Her foundation has always been utilizing natural stones (so beautiful and youthful) and custom shapes. But, here’s what I love (or several things that I love):

  1. She’s a fellow Texan. She started and continues to run her business from Austin.
  2. Just this past year, she donated over $1million and 50,000 pieces of jewelry to local and national organizations! I just love that she gives back in a big way!

Kendra Scott Gifts for Young Girls :: My Top 5 Recommendations

kendra scott, magenta gift set This Magenta Gift Set is a great color and the perfect size for a young girl. Coming in at $85, it’s a nice set and it doesn’t break the bank.

Magenta is the perfect color for a tween girl – what girl doesn’t own a closet full of pink! And, it is a great color to have for summer fun!

DETAILS
Studs:
• 14K Gold Plated Over Brass
• Size: 0.69″L x 0.38″W on post

Pendant Necklace:
• 14K Gold Plated Over Brass
• Size: 0.63″L x 0.38″W stationary pendant, 15″ chain with 2″ extender

 

kendra scott, tween girl giftsThese Tessa Stud Earrings are so great! My daughter actually got these in Rose Quartz from her dance sister as a Christmas gift. In a neutral color, they would be really nice on a younger girl. The color options for these are varied which is nice! Only $50.

I especially love the Rose Quartz if you want a bit of color, but don’t want the boldness of one of the brights.

DETAILS
• 14K Gold Plated Over Brass
• Size: 0.5″L x 0.38″W on post

 

kendra scott, tween girl giftsThe Dira Stud Earrings are perfectly delicate! Also at $50, they have the noticeable Kendra Scott filigree. These would go with every outfit and would also go from casual to dressy in a snap!

All of her friends will know she has a designer set of earrings with this set, and let’s face it – that’s important at this age!

DETAILS
• Rhodium Plated Over Brass
• Size: 0.63″L x 0.63″W on post

 

kendra scott gifts for girlsI really love this Elisa Pendant Necklace in white pearl. The chain comes in silver or gold, and the color options are enormous. This necklace is delicate enough to go for a bolder color, and it not look out of place on a smaller neck. But, it can also stay neutral and be a nice piece to wear everyday! The cost of this necklace is $50, so again … it’s a good quality piece of jewelry for a reasonable cost.

DETAILS
• 14K Gold Plated Over Brass
• Size: 0.63″L x 0.38″W stationary pendant, 15″ chain with 2″ extender
• Lobster claw closure

 

kendra scott gifts for girlsI got this necklace, the Kiri, from my friends for my birthday — in my birthstone of sapphire (which doesn’t appear to be available any longer.) It didn’t take long for Piper to scoop it off of my neck and onto her own!!! It even made it into her class photo! If you have a child that wants a larger color piece, this is a good way to go. It’s still small enough to remain a nice proportion to their body, but it does offer a bit more color than the Elisa.

DETAILS
• 14K Gold Plated Over Brass
• Size: 0.75″L x 0.5″W pendant on 18″ chain with extender
• Lobster claw closure

 

 

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