Thursday, May 26, 2016

Project Life 2015: Lilacs Blooming

The lilacs in our backyard are almost ready to bloom again!  I look forward to it every year and it's a tradition to take the kids' photos by the bush every spring.  Here's how I documented this very day, one year ago.

My daughter had a half day so we met my husband for lunch.  We came home to take pictures in the backyard and then went to the park for a quick walk and some swinging.

Cards are from the Seasons Snap Set (3X4 & 4X6) by Simple Stories.

***Notes: I photographed this page before journaling or as they say, "Before the pen" so to speak.  I think I will be doing this whenever possible, since it saves me from having to digitally edit out names and personal details, which my husband prefers I not share.  It really cuts down on the time needed to get a blog post up.  I hope this does not detract from your enjoyment of my pages.***


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Disney•Pixar's Finding Dory FREE Printable Activities

*PR Materials Provided

Are your kids as excited as mine for the new Disney•Pixar movie?  Finding Nemo is already one of our favorite family movies, so we already know we're going love this one too.  We're less than a month away from it's release and I have some really fun downloadable activities to share.

One reason we're especially looking forward to this movie is because we went to Disney World over spring break in April.  We didn't tell the kids about the trip until Easter morning, so they only had a week to wait until they were checking into our All Star Resort.  As you can imagine, it was a magical trip!

One of the most anticipated rides for the whole family is The Seas with Nemo & Friends.  I definitely recommend using a FastPass+ for this popular attraction as the wait time can be quite long.  Don't forget to stop by the really fun photo spot my kids are at in the photo above, and get a picture with your favorite underwater friends!

This trip my little guy selected a Squirt plush as one of his souvenirs because turtles are his favorite animal.  He had a really amazing experience with some sea turtles at The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion at Epcot after the ride.  Three swam by right on the other side of the glass and the look of amazement and joy on his face was priceless.  He was so in awe that he sat watching them for almost ten minutes.  Anyone with an active four year old boy knows that's really something!

After such a memorable experience, we can't wait to see our favorite forgetful blue tang again as she goes on a search for answers about her past in Disney•Pixar's “Finding Dory”.  Joined by her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory will be looking for the answers to: What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?

I can't wait to see the film!  Here is the official trailer, followed by the FREE"Finding Dory" activities.  I hope your kids have as much fun doing them as mine!  Click on each link to download the PDF and print!  (Let me know if you have any problems accessing the PDFs.)

Finding Dory - Memory Match Game

Finding Dory - Coloring Pages

Finding Dory - Connect the Dot Pages

Finding Dory - Maze

Finding Dory - Weekly Calendar

Finding Dory - Character Mobile

Don't forget to mark your calendars!  “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016


Monday, May 23, 2016

Project Life 2015: Bloom & Grow

Last week we picked out the flowers for our front planters, I was inspired by this display at a local garden center.  Getting our front walk ready for the season reminded me of this Project Life Spread from last spring.  My little guy got really into gardening, even if he wasn't completely on board with the all pink color scheme his older sister had selected.

I'm notorious for having a black thumb so my daughter's Godmother came over to help me set everything up.  Then after an afternoon of outdoor work we all took a break at the neighborhood park.  It was a fine day indeed!

Do you remember the magazine Creating Keepsakes?  I remember the founding editor Lisa Bearnson writing something along the lines of scrapbooking a memory doesn't have to take longer than creating the actual memory.  That really stuck with me.  It's one of the reasons why I like Project Life so much.  This was another quick page, even with a little bit of embellishing, and features the Garden Party collection from Pebbles.

Have you gotten started on your garden yet?  Do you plant flowers, or do you have do vegetables too?

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