Monday, May 9, 2016

Week in the Life 2016–I’m In!

Pin ItToday marks the first day of Week in the Life project by Ali Edwards.  I’ve participated in this project before but never fully followed it through to a completed album. This year I’m hoping to execute and document the week completely (fingers crossed) and my plan is to blog about my photos and thoughts daily.  I am setting my intentions now so that I can focus my efforts on the specific shots that I want to accomplish rather than taking tons of random photos which will overwhelm me and prevent me from finishing.  In the past, I have partially filled out worksheets and I have taken lots of photos of the week but somehow the week went by without me fully immersing myself in the project and the completed album just never happened. My one accomplishment was that I did make a Flipagram of the photos from the week. Yay!

This year, I am going to use what I have on hand and put the project in my 6x8 Simple Stories Snap Burlap binder in a black chevron pattern with some pocket pages.  I will be using the Simple Stories Daily Grind Snap card kit as well as other elements I may find in my stash.  I have been using this binder for my 2016  One Little Word project and well as for Day in the Life.  I will definitely do another Flipagram with the final photos but I plan to include some journaling on those photos as I think the story behind the photos is important to include in the video.

In order to keep the project at the forefront of my mind, I printed out the daily sheets in the 6x8 format and am keeping them on a clipboard on my kitchen counter so that they are highly visible throughout my day.

I will mostly be using my iPhone 5  and the Camera+ app to capture my images and I’m also going to use my fairly new Canon t5i for some self-portraits and for additional camera practice.

I am most excited about capturing the changes we made to the house this year in terms of switching the kids rooms around and each of my kiddos getting their own room.  I want to document each room/space in the house as I know that those spaces have changed significantly since even the beginning of 2016 and no doubt will change again.

Here are a few of the shots I’d like to capture:
A daily self-portrait
Books that I’m currently reading
Each room in the house
Our vehicles
A photo of each family member (including the dog)
My daily outfit
The meals we’ve eaten
My daily routines
The kids’ current activities

Are you in?  If so, leave a link to your blog so I can follow along with your journey.  If you are just hearing about this, don’t worry! You can start right now, or tomorrow, or just pick any day that will be good for you.  Happy snapping!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Menu Plan Monday– June 22, 2015

The first week of summer vacation is finally here!  We are having a relaxing week with not many plans.  I like to start out summer vacation slow and give the kids some time to unwind from the school year.  We do have the girls’ dance rehearsals and recitals this week and the first of several high school band mini-camps this summer for Kiki.  This is the first year that the girls have 2 different shows for the recital so that will be a busy day and we’ll be eating out.  For the rest of the week, I’m preparing a fairly typical menu for us, however, this summer I’d like to experiment with some new recipes. I’ll be scouring my Pinterest Board and adding some new selections to our dinner menu and hopefully we’ll find a few that the family will want to add to our rotation.


Menu Plan Monday



Here’s what we are planning for this first week of vacation:


Monday-    Thin spaghetti with spicy tomato & basil sauce served with a side of oven roasted broccoli and Pillsbury crescent rolls

Tuesday-  “Mommy’s” Chicken (breaded & fried chicken cutlets) with a Spinach/Kale salad

Wednesday- Grilled Steak (hot dogs for the kids), oven baked french fries and Broccoli salad

Thursday- Leftover Night

Friday- Pizza Night – Frozen pizza, the kids’ fave is Freschetta Oven Baked 5 Cheese

Saturday-Mema’s Salmon- my mother-in-law’s recipe with a side of mashed potatoes and Spinach salad

Sunday- Recital Day -Dinner out tonight



What will you be eating this week?


I’m linking up with Menu Plan Monday at

Monday, June 15, 2015

Menu Plan Monday– June 15, 2015

This week is going to be a busy week for our family. It’s the last week of the school year so there are lots of activities happening. My oldest is getting promoted to high school so there is an 8th grade pool party at the local pool and also her middle school promotion ceremony. Our Girl Scout troop (I’m the leader) has a Build-a-Bear trip to the mall. The twins are heading to an end of school year pool party at a friend’s house on Friday. Then, for the weekend, we have a Cub Scout Crossover picnic/space derby and then a Father’s Day/Promotion celebration at our home. Phew! This crazy, busy week definitely needs a menu plan!  


Menu Plan Monday


Here’s what we’re eating for this last week of school:

Monday-       Thin spaghetti with jerk shrimp, Pillsbury crescent rolls and a spinach salad

Tuesday-       Beef tacos with shredded cheese, sour cream and salsa (we like using Old El Paso seasoning and Stand N Stuff shells)

Wednesday- Leftover Night

Thursday-      Ham steak with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli

Friday-            Pizza Night (Domino’s Pizza this time- we haven’t had that in awhile)

Saturday-       Burgers and hot dogs at the Cub Scout picnic; We’ll bring this Broccoli Salad minus the almonds as there are some scouts with severe nut allergies

Sunday-          Barbeque chicken, burgers and hot dogs for our Father’s Day/Promotion celebration


That’s the plan. What are you planning to eat this week?



I’m linking up with Menu Plan Monday at

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wordless Wednesday– A Little Birdie - May 2, 2012

Little Birdie

A little birdie visited our yard a few weeks ago. I was only able to take a few photos before she flew away and this was the only shot that was in focus.  I have not seen her since.

I'm linking up to Wordless Wednesday on these great blogs: 5 Minutes for Mom and Angry Julie Monday

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday–April 18, 2012

We Sprung a Leak on Spring Break!

A single water stain on the ceiling leads to calling a plumber who cuts one hole in the ceiling:

who finds multiple leaks in pipe 
that leads to a LARGER hole in ceiling AND a second hole :

And, that leads to hole number THREE being cut:

And, replacing DAMAGED pipes:

with new FANCY pipes:
P1010105 (2)

Thereby eliminating MUCH of my tax refund before it was even deposited- SIGH!

I'm linking up to Wordless Wednesday on these great blogs: 5 Minutes for Mom and Angry Julie Monday

Monday, April 16, 2012

Ultimate Blog Party 2012- The Party Started without Me!

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

This past month or so has proven to be a challenge to my blog.  My posts have been non-existent since March.  I have drafted a few but never got around to completing them.  I’m sure we all know how it goes.  Mommy gets sick, then the kids follow, then daddy gets sick only to have mommy get sick a second time.  Add that to arm injuries, eye doctor appointments, birthday party for my 6 year old twins, etc., etc.  I could go on and on with excuses, but I’ll stop there.   Spring Break was last week and I had a great time with the hubby and kids running around our area doing fun activities but  I took a break from Twitter and my blog reading only to realize this morning that the The 2012 Ultimate Blog Party hosted by  5 Minutes for Mom has started – WITHOUT ME!  Oh No! 

When I read about the 2011 UBP last year, I didn’t have a blog to link up at the time, but I followed along and watched- blog-less and wanting to party.  I told myself that I wanted to have a blog by the time the next UBP came along.  Now I do, and here I am, better late than never! 

A little bit about me and my blog -   My name is Shelagh (pronounced like Sheila for all those of you wondering )  and I have a wee baby blog.  I am a stay-at-home mommy to 3 kids – one 10 year old girl and 6 year old boy/girl twins. I love photography, crafts,  reading, and party planning and many other interests (sometimes too many!). My blog is my creative outlet and my way to express and explore that creativity.I just started blogging this year and I am slowly finding my way.  For now, most of my posts have been about my project 366 and some menu planning but I plan  to expand that to books I’ve read, apps I like, fun party ideas, crafts and more.  At this point, I have one or two followers that are not family members or friends and I am hoping to add some more followers by participating in the UBP.  I hope to find some more great blogs to add to my reading list because I believe that there is no such thing as too many blogs to follow!


Friday, March 2, 2012

Birthday #6 Times Two

My twins are turning 6 years old today.  It’s both a wonderfully happy and bittersweet day.  I love celebrating their birthdays with parties, cake, and presents, however, I am saddened by the fact that they are growing up so fast.  Now don’t get me wrong, many days with my twins seemed like they were never going to end.  Especially, those days when they wouldn’t sleep through the night or they wouldn’t nap or they tore up twenty or so books instead of napping.  Oh, I have lots of "war" stories!

I guess part of what makes me sad is that they are now in that stage where they are identifying more with their friends, they are learning to read, and becoming much less dependent on the "mommy". They are no longer babies or preschoolers - they are now “school-aged” kids. <<tears welling up in eyes>>   Okay, I am drying my eyes now and am looking forward to celebrating with them tonight with a Carvel ice cream cake and pizza and then again tomorrow when they have their first “friend” birthday party. 

My "babies" six years ago:
Devin&Sierra 025        Devin&Sierra 100

My "babies" now:

IMAG2596   IMAG2595

HAPPY 6th BIRTHDAY!!!!!!  Love, Mommy