2018 Project Life | February

In the beginning of the year, I wrote about giving Digital Project Life a try. It was not an easy decision for me because I don’t know if it will be worth it. I did a fair amount of research and went ahead and purchased not only the Project Life App, but also LetterGlow (both apps purchased from the App Store). So far, both apps have been useful in documenting my early 2018.

Here is my February 2018:

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What It’s Like Having Two Kids | Week 1

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Last Saturday, February 17, my husband and I welcomed our second child. Despite the amount of pain I had to endure, my hospital experience was much better this time around.

Having 2 kids for the past week has proven to be challenging. Even when our youngest sleeps most of the day, it always seems as if I don’t have enough time to do what I needed to do. I bounce from breastfeeding, to burping, to changing diapers, to playing with my eldest, to trying to get a bit done around the house, and back to breastfeeding again. Once in a while I’m able to figure out how to squeeze in a shower. I am incredibly thankful and grateful my mother-in-law took the week off in anticipation of the baby to lend a hand.

The idea of having more than one kid is not foreign to me. However, now that we finally have a new addition to our family, I realized there are a few things I was not prepared for:

  • How excited and accepting our daughter was. She was excited to get to hold her sister when the rest of the family came for a visit. She wanted all the turns she could get. It was adorable. I needed to adjust to the fact that she’s eager with everything: from helping to change her diaper, to burping her; from giving her a bath, to story time cuddles before bed.
  • The combined demands of my kids. I’m stretching myself thin between one who needs to be fed every two hours (on the dot too, by the way) and changed, and another who constantly want to play and cuddle.
  • The guilt. It so easy to feel incredibly guilty whenever I can’t quickly attend to my eldest. I went from being able to drop everything when she needs attention to needing her to wait until I’m done attending to her sister. Sometimes she doesn’t wait very long, and sometimes it’s a good half hour to 45 minutes. It gets worse for me when she starts pouting. I know she’s only 3 and she doesn’t fully understand that she’ll have to share our attention with her sister now but it doesn’t help alleviate the guilt.

So what is it like having more than one kid? So far atleast is it’s a lot of work. It’s a constant explaining of why we need to be gentle, why we need to wait a few minutes, and why we need to use our quiet voices with diaper changes and getting puked on in between. It’s me running on sugar and exhaustion. At the end of the day though, we have 2 amazing kids and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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2018 Project Life | January

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In the beginning of the year, I wrote about giving Digital Project Life a try. It was not an easy decision for me because I don’t know if it will be worth it. I did a fair amount of research and went ahead and purchased not only the Project Life App, but also LetterGlow (both apps purchased from the App Store). So far, both apps have been useful in documenting my early 2018.

Here is my January 2018:

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3 Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

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Since Valentine’s Day is a few weeks away, I figured I would write about celebrating Valentine’s Day on a budget. I am aware some of us would want to elaborately go on dates but the truth is sometimes we simply can’t afford it. However, there are things we can do to celebrate without breaking the bank.

  • Netflix and chill. Literally Netflix and chill. Netflix offers a variety of films to choose from when you want to watch a movie but don’t feel like going out and spending the extra money. This is one of the best time to catch up on your favorite TV shows, watch (somewhat) new films / documentaries, or to simply cuddle up with your significant other while you have a Nicholas Sparks movie on. If anything, you might need to spend money on snacks but there is a big chance those would be readily available at home. It doesn’t even have to be Netflix. It can be Youtube, the sports channel, or your PVR and chill.
  • Celebrate on a different day. I find celebrating on Valentine’s Day itself a bit overwhelming. There’s this pressure of making sure the day / evening / date goes perfect. But see, you don’t need to celebrate on the 14th and here’s why:
    • It takes the pressure off. It allows you to just enjoy the time spent with your partner focusing more on each other.
    • Something is always happening on a different day. Take Tuesdays for example. Take advantage of Toonie Tuesday events. Some cinemas offers either $2.00 or half price on movies on Tuesdays. You still get to go and watch a movie without it costing too much.
  • Stay at home. Bake a cake or cupcakes. Have some wine. Sit on the porch and catch up with each other. Raid your DVD / Blu-Ray collection for old favourites. Cuddle. Have a bath together. Play a board game. Go for a walk even if it’s only around the block. Make supper together. There are a lot of things you can do at home to make the day special.

So there you have it. A few ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank. Remember though, Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be the only time we make our partners feel special. Also, what’s more important on this day is how we are able to set aside the time to simply enjoy each other’s company.

What about  you? What are your ideas for budget friendly Valentine’s Day activities?

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2018 GOALS: Life, Reading, Blogging and Project Life

2018 GOALS | Life, Reading, Blogging and Project Life
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The beginning of the year marks the time where everyone is writing about their goals and/or resolutions for the year. I lot of the blogs I follow have blog updates regarding their goals for 2018 and here I am doing the same thing. I used to give myself a definite number of resolutions to fulfil but have come to realize that method simply doesn’t work for me at all. This time around, I would be giving myself goals to work on this year to better in certain aspects of my life/self. Here are my goals for 2018:

 

ON LIFE

  • Be a better parent. I want to work on being calmer, more patient, more present and more understanding. I want to be able to look at what my kids will do and be able to tell when to not make a big deal out of it.
  • Be a better wife. I need to learn what my mom does. SHe’s so good at keeping her distance when my dad is upset about something. She knows how not to take it personally and I greatly admire her for that. I seem to get upset when my husband accidentally blows up at me because he’s mad at a video game. I would end up thinking our day is ruined when truthfully he probably just needs to cool off a bit. I also need to learn how to keep my cool when the situation calls for it to keep both of us from turning on each other.

 

ON READING

My reading goal last year was to re-read books I fell in love with to re-kindle my love for reading. I did ok in the first month. All of a sudden I didn’t have the time and a whole lot of books are being turned into movies. And well, my TBR just kept growing.

This year my goal is to simply read. I’m not going to worry about how many books I get to read. Reading challenges will serve as inspiration for when I get in a rut instead of an actual challenge to fulfil.

So yes, this year, all I’m aiming for it to be able to read.

 

ON BLOGGING

I learned two things last month when I participated in Blogmas.

  1. It pays to plan out your posts. I did 12 posts for Blogmas and thank goodness I decided to plan my posts ahead of time. I was able to complete it without struggling to come up with ideas every morning before I go to work. Plus having a list of what I wanted to blog about allowed me to schedule a few at a time so I didn’t need to work on my blog as much during the holidays; and,
  2.  It IS a lot of work. As much I’m not exactly new to blogging, I’m still learning about the ways you can get traffic and exposure to your blog / posts. This means I do things manually. I am aware about services which will do social media sharing for you but I’m not in that place yet where I can afford to spend extra money for it.

This year, I’m hoping I stay on track with scheduling posts. I started using a blogging notebook to get all my ideas in one place, so hopefully that helps.

 

ON PROJECT LIFE

If you haven’t heard of project life, it’s pretty much a much simpler form of scrapbooking as it features pocket pages. That is the main reason I get into it because a blank canvas intimidates me. I can never get a proper page layout on my own so having pockets to insert pictures in are a lifesaver.

My main goal about documenting this year is to give digital scrapbooking a try. Becky Higgins offers an app where in you can make digital scrapbook pages right in your device. I’m still on the fence about it because I know I can pretty much do the same thing using photoshop. All I’m paying for is the convenience of being able to create pages on the go. I’m hoping to make up my mind soon enough.

 

So there it is. These are all of the things I would like to work on in 2018. What about you? What are your goals/resolutions for this year?

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