Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Year, Oprah and Project 365!

Happy New Year!!

So excited to start a fresh new year! I am totally into making my New Year's resolutions and trying my best to keep them....I've been especially motivated by Oprahs "Best Life" week and this post by my favorite blogger Cathy Z. If you have never read her blog before you are missing out...once you start you'll never stop. But I love everything she has to say about becoming healthy in 2009 and I'm with her! I start brand new at WW this week...and I'm doing pretty good so far.

I love this from Cathy's blog - she's an awesome graphic designer and made this to look like Oprah's January cover page - seriously how can you NOT love Cathy!!

I'm also working on stressing less, being more deliberate with my time and enjoying the simple moments of life. I'm also committing to completing this one scrapbook project that I'm totally excited about: Project 365. It's a "photo a day project" that includes all these cool, simple tools to highlight a photo everyday for the year, along with journaling. Pre-printed journaling cards, page protectors, stickers, transparancies, etc....so all you do is slip in your photos, write your journaling on the cards, slip those in the album...and you're done! I usually don't promote "other" products that we don't carry, but this concept is so cool ... I just wanted to share. You don't even need the kit...you can use your own supplies to create your own personalized Project 365.

This kit is designed by none other than Becky Higgins (my all time scrapbook hero) and it's received a huge response and unfortunately there were major issues the CK Media's (Creating Keepsake's Magazine) ordering system, it was a holiday and no one was there to man customer service, their website crashed because so many people were trying to order the kit right at 9:00 am on New Year's Day, the kits sold out in minutes, tons of upset customers, blah, blah, blah. Unfortunately the dark side of the industry has come out on her blog with people being so critical and unbeleivabley rude and cruel to Becky. She's taking the brunt for CK's customer service...and is handling everything with grace. I know all too well when things don't go right with your business, or your computer system....and you have angry, upset customers and a big icky knot in your stomach. It effects your family, your life...everything...so I totally feel for Becky!! It took me a while to order the kit...and I'm still wondering if it was actually ordered...but I received a shipping confirmation so I'm hoping...but if I don't get it I WON'T be upset and angry....I'll just use things I already have in my stash and come up with something cool too!

I wanted to share a few of my daily photos so far...totally excited becuase I'm actually doing this and caught up and everthing:

Day 1: December 28 (I'm starting this day so I have a full week at a time...) Loving the feeling in our house after Christmas....enjoying the relaxed atmosphere after the busy craziness of Christmas. It's the day after my birthday....and enjoying the Christmas decorations that will soon be ripped down.

Day 2: December 29 - Spent a fun (and crazy) afternoon with my neighbors and friends Holly, Julie, Marli and all of our kids at Pizzeria. It's about the only place we can go with all of our kids...feel really sorry for everyone else that was there at the same time :) It was Holly's birthday on Christmas day, mine was on December 27 (Holly is also my first counselor in the Primary Presidency and our primary secretary had her birthday on December 24...too funny!)....this was our way of celebrating! Julie and Marli also got me a bucket of popcorn and refillable mugs for Megaplex 13...an awesome gift!! Thanks guys....

Day 3: December 30 - After our outing to Pizzeria, I took the kids to Target (very brave...I NEVER do that) and bought curtian rods with Target gift certificates I got for Christmas...I've been dying for Kevin to put up the new curtians I got for Christmas - so he didn't have an excuse anymore!! I practically begged him to put them up that night...now our house is becoming more like a home...sigh.

Day 4: December 31 - Spent a fun night at a spur-of-the-moment party with long-time friends Heidi and Courtnie (we've known each other since middle school!) The party was at Heidi's house....her house is beautiful and so fun...the perfect place for a party. We played Apples to Apples (so excited....I had always wanted to play that game so we bought it for the party) and we also played our new Guitar Hero. Bradley, Heidi's son, was totally good! Courtnie was a blast to watch...and the big boys loved it too. We actually didn't leave until almost 1:00 am....with our kids in tow!!

Day 5: January 1 - Spent a low-key New Year's day at home...which are the very best! Kevin took the kids sledding so I could get some stuff done around the house (sweet guy!) Love this picture of Katelyn and Ashlyn!

I may not post my photos for everyday...but I just wanted to share these fun snippets of our life so far in 2009...I totally LOVE this project!
Amber :)


kelly l said...

amber, i totally loved Becky's project 365 idea, but i didn't order it because i was worried i wouldn't follow through with the whole picture a day thing. good luck. you'll have to let me know how it goes. you need to come up with another scrapbook night.

Courtnie said...

Amber, tell me more abouit this project 365 on friday night. i think i might like to order it. how much is it?
i have enjoyed watching the oprahs new shows this week! i am recording them every day!
can't wait to see you guys this friday!

Heidi Green said...

That 365 idea is so great! I would love to able to look back on those pics. I don't think I could actually remember to take one every day... that would be a fun challenge!

Betty said...

I love that you are doing Project 365! You so deserve some time to create something just for you :)

I am always amazed at the 'all about me' attitude of people. Sadly mostly women... So it sold out - So the system was overwhelmed - So WHAT! Life happens and the last time I looked it came with no guarantees but if someone out there has them please share cause maybe I've been doing this all wrong.

Sarah said...

Hey Amber! I'm doing Project 365 too! I have a blog I started to post my photos and then I'll be able to print them out later - (hopefully if/when I get the kit I ordered on the 1st). I agree, people were SOOOoooo rude to Becky. Just awful. But, either way I'm excited about the project!

Sara said...

Hi Amber, thought it was about time I checked out your blog as we are facebook friends! The only trouble is I get so jealous seeing all the gorgeous stash you have in the US that is too expensive for me to have shipped to the UK!!