Realistically Crafty

Way back in my pre-kid days, I picked up a great hobby of Scrapbooking from my Uber-crafty friend, Mary. 

Pre-kids, I had TONS of time to gather, document, craft and scrapbook our memories. 

Then I had kids. 

Baby #1 has a multitude of scrapbooks of her first two years.

Baby #2 has a few less

and poor Baby #3 has even less than that.  But he still has some……

But I found that the way I was working before, scrapbooking our lives and memories for all of our posterity to enjoy, just wouldn’t work for the life we are living now.  Both parents working, opposite shifts no less, three very active kids and our struggles with our economic situation.

But I still wanted to record those memories and USE the pictures I take.

And then I found scrapbook genius and my new hero, Becky Higgins. Okay, so I didn’t MEET her meet her.  But I was introduced to one of her products, Project 365.  It is a Picture of the Day (POTD) format where you take a picture each day of something in your life.  It could be your breakfast, part of your routine, something exciting that happened that day, anything really.  And you put it in the album, day by day, week by week with a little journal of what the picture is, what happened.  Awesome.

I did this for 2009 and it was liberating.  Awesome.  I loved it.  The entire family got into it.  Seriously, even my husband loved it.

So I’m doing it again for 2010 with her Project Life

Her kit gives you everything you need.  Seriously, the only other thing you need is your daily pictures and a pen.  That’s it.  Seriously.  Totally realistic.

I print my pictures a week or two at a time from Snapfish or Walgreens.  Becky swears by Costco.  And I take about 20 minutes to update the album and then I am done.  Easy Peasy!


Realistically Going Green

One of the hardest things for me to do, is to go against the grain (our friends and family are very mainstream) and be green. 

It’s just so easy to buy the snack size packs of things for lunch boxes, juice boxes/pouches, disposable water bottles, sandwich baggies and the like.  It takes a little more effort to buy the bigger bag and separate it out into reusable bags, use a reusable water bottle, etc.

But it’s SO important.  And realistically, it’s a baby step process for me.  I started 2010 wanting to kick our Green-ness into high gear.  But I didn’t want to do too much too fast and not keep my family on board.  So each month, I picked a new thing to change.  January was a switch from plastic sandwich bags to a reusable container for sandwich in lunch boxes.  February was a (failed) attempt at composting, which I intend to try again later this summer. 

We’ve always recycled so that’s not a big deal, but I’ve tried to recycle more. 

I’ve also tried to use what we have before buying more.  Why have 3 half used lotions and buy a new one?  Use what we have first.  And along those lines, find a new purpose for something.  I keep my paper craft scraps and use them for other crafts or for the kids to use for art projects.  Cereal boxes have become magazine holders, etc. 

On one of the many blogs I follow, Simple Mom, today’s post is about Earth Day, which is April 22.  40 Tips to Go Green At Home (Besides Recycling).  I think this list is totally realistic, and even the most unorganized, busy family could try and be successful at most if not all of them. 

Try it and let me know!

Whether you take the big leap and do them all at once.  Or baby step it like me, it can’t hurt to try!

Trying Tuesday

So last night I got home from work about 1:30am, this is a little later than normal, but fairly typical.  I could not sleep!  I tossed and turned until 4am.  It was brutal.  I was hot.  I was cold.  I couldn’t get comfortable.  Hubby was hogging the bed.  You name it.  And then my alarm went off at 6:45 am, like it does every morning.  Ugh. 

Most days I get a nap, anywhere from 1-2 hours. But today, of course, I have something important I have to do during my usual nap time.  So no nap for me today.  And of course, I work tonight (as usual).  I am going to be dragging my tush all night.  Wonderful. 

Is it too early to be looking forward to Wednesday’s nap time?  I think not. 

So today, my Trying Tuesday is just trying to stay awake.

10 Things to do before going to bed

Great info/advice I saw today on another blog.

10 Things to Do before Going to Bed

This is something that A Realistic Mom can do!

I plan on checking out more on Planning With Kids

This is what I am doing today

What is in your Purse Challenge

Earth Day Freebie

I’m always up for a freebie! 

Fresh & Easy is one of my fave places to grocery shop.  They have some great bargains and a great selection on some of the things my family likes. 

To celebrate Earth Day 2010, they are offering a free canvas reuseable bag with a $20 purchase.  Click HERE for the link to the coupon

I’m sure supplies are limited, so hurry over and get one.

Today’s Realistic Revelation

  • Today the kitchen needs to be cleaned and de-germified (as hubby did not do that last night after dinner while I was at work). 
  • A load of laundry needs to be washed.
  • A few boxes need to be packed
  • A few phone calls need to be made.


But realistically, we’ll be lucky if I get a shower before I go to work today.