Capture the Everyday: A Laugh

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Thursday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment: A Laugh

Nothing like a popsicle to make a kid go from this…

To this…

To this…

OMG. Pure, hysterical laughter. I mean, his expression could almost be mistaken for crying as much as that cute face is scrunched up. But it’s definitely laughter.

I don’t know about you but I love a good scrunched-up laugh.

Next Assignment: Your Stash (or whatever sorts of things you stash and are willing to share- lol)

Your turn!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now? But just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

Capture the Everyday: Weekday Dinner

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Thursday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment: Weekday Dinner

I didn’t quite plan it this way but today’s assignment fits perfectly with my post earlier this week about capturing recipes.

I’m a meal planner. We plan a week at a time and this month I actually planned about 2 weeks’ worth. It’s not that I’m super organized. It’s just that I’d be in a frenzy if it were 5 pm and I was just then deciding on dinner (not to say that NEVER happens though- ahem).

Daddy Roo and I like easy meals during the week but not typically not out-of-the-box stuff. One of our fave meals is Mujadara. It’s a Middle Eastern dish with lentils, rice and caramelized onions. And it’s YUM.

We use this recipe from The Confused Homemaker but add red peppers (cook them) and fresh cucumbers. We buy the lentils from Trader Joes (they’re vacuum-packed instead of from a can, although that would work too).

We serve it with some pita and hummus and sliced cheese (it’s Mexican cheese but for some reason it works with this). YUM!

 

Next Assignment: A Pretty Landscape

Your turn! Make me hungry!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

Capture the Everyday: Shot of Your Computer Screen

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Thursday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment: Shot of your Computer Screen (what do you DO on there all day?)

Good lord, mine looks complicated! I didn’t realize how much so until taking a screenshot of it.

The first thing you see is my baby right now, my new Momcomm eBook called the DIY Blog Critique (Momcomm is my other blog, if you didn’t know). I’m designing the book myself so that’s all the stuff you see. I guess this could be considered your second sneak peek!

Behind it, you can see another window with a few words here and there. That’s the copywriting I’m doing for a children’s product company. I was making the final edits based on their feedback.

I’m on a Mac so at the bottom, you’ll see the GAZILLION other applications I have open. Daddy Roo gets mad at me for having too many windows open then wondering why my old-as-shit Mac is running slowly. Heh.

Here are the apps I have open: the FinderFirefoxMac Mail (with too many unreads), Safari (cause I need two browsers to surf the Internet, apparently), HootSuite (cause Twitter is my drug), Pages (like Word, but suckier), InDesign (the one you see here) and Acrobat. I really should contain myself.

Next Assignment: Weekday Dinner

Your turn! I’m dying to get a glimpse into your computer lives!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

Capture the Everyday: Your Kid’s Favorite Outfit (or Yours!)

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Thursday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment:

You’re probably not surprised that a four year old’s favorite shirt has Cars on it. Cars 2 to be exact. He’s especially fond of Francesco now, the Italian race car.

He honestly doesn’t have many “character” shirts but man does he love this one. Although he’s also grown fascinated with a retro graphic T that says Hawaii on it. Go figure.

Next Assignment: Screenshot of your Computer Screen (what do you DO on there all day?)

Your turn!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

How to Capture the Everyday: Sayings and Milestones

Today is the third post in a seven-part series about Capturing the Everyday as a spin-off from my Baby Center post called 7 Ways to Capture the Everyday. If you missed last week, I wrote about the time-lapsed play-by-play.

Oh, the things kids say and do. What I wouldn’t give to remember some of those lost moments… the ones that were SO hilarious or cute at the time, only to forget about them days later. Okay, I won’t lie. In some cases, MINUTES later. (Ya know that baby brain syndrome that pregnant mamas get? Mine never went away.)

I try my best to capture the milestones my kids hit as well as some of the clever things they say. They give me little slices of their life that I’ll want to remember. But how much do you capture? And what are the best ways to capture them?

Capturing Sayings

“I ask a lot.” (to his uncle after asking him a gazillion questions)

“I broke my piggy.” (hurt his toe)

“I’ve got an idea emergency!” (after watching Imagination Movers)

These are some of the brilliantly funny things that have come out of Big Roo’s mouth. I’m so glad I wrote these down because 9 of the 10 cute things he says I’d forget if I didn’t capture them (perma-baby-brain, remember?).

I don’t write down these sayings everyday. There’s no schedule or method to it. It shouldn’t be a chore, right? Instead, when Big Roo says something that I MUST remember, I jot it down, along with a note so I remember the context in which it was said.

We’ll all gotten a chuckle out of something our kids’ said. So take those words that make you laugh, that bring a tear to your eye or that are just plain creative and write them down somewhere (see below for some tips about that).

You can be sure to bring some of them up on their first date.

Capturing Milestones

I’m a stickler for capturing milestones. Little Roo’s first word. Big Roo’s first visit to the ER. Our first family vacation.

I want to remember this stuff years from now. Sure, maybe some of this stuff isn’t SUPER important. But every time I sift through the things I’ve captured over the years, I always get drawn in. I can’t help but reminiscence. And of course, sometimes those milestones come in handy when you want to peek back and see when your baby girl’s big brother started walking (not that I compare too much or anything- hehe).

For some milestones, you may just write them as they come. However, try picking certain intervals of your kids’ life and capturing those too. For example, when the Roos were babies, I’d write down a little about them each month.

In looking back at my notes, I know that at six months Big Roo cracked UP at our dog, didn’t care for the Bumbo chair and had a death grip on my hair and earrings when I held him. There’s no WAY I’d remember most of those things now if I hadn’t written them down.

Now that they are older, I capture this stuff every six months. Jotting down the first things that pop into your mind only takes a few minutes but capture SO much about their childhood. You’ll also notice neat patterns, like the fact that Big Roo has been obsessed with cars for YEARS.

Cool Tools to Capture Sayings and Milestones

Now that I’ve convinced you to capture more everyday stuff, how should you go about it? Try using a mix of two, three or all of these:

Good ole pen and paper

Sometimes there’s no easier way to jot down a kid-ism than to just write it down. I always have notebooks or Post-its handy for writing down all sorts of things, including this stuff.

Evernote

While it took me a few tries to figure Evernote out, it’s now my go-to place for writing down sayings (and blog post ideas and all sorts of other stuff). Evernote has a very robust free version and is available for computers as well as most smart phones. Plus, they have tons of awesome videos to teach you how to use the app.

Plain digital notepad

On my iPhone it’s just called “Notes.” If you have a smart phone, I’m sure it has a notepad-like app to write notes in. Before Evernote, I used to keep running notes of the kids’ sayings and milestones. I’d then transfer them later to somewhere more permanent. I mainly use Evernote now for this but it’s nice to have when I need it.

Macjournal and Winjournal

Daddy Roo bought Macjournal (Winjournal for PC users) for me as a Christmas gift one year. From day one, it was a place I recorded milestones and sayings. Although Macjournal has other uses, I mainly use Macjournal to write. I especially like the full-screen mode for when I really have to concentrate.

Do you write down sayings and milestones? If you haven’t, are you going to give it a shot?

Stay tuned next week when I dig deeper into taking pictures of everyday objects and happenings.

Capture the Everyday: A Place Where Things Pile Up

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Thursday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment:

A Place Where Things Pile Up

We all have ‘em. A place in your house that would put Hoarders execs on notice. You may even have MORE than one of these places (cough, cough). A place that accumulates all the things you don’t know where the hell to put. And then those things stay there until they topple over, the drawer doesn’t shut or you enter non-pregnant nesting phase.

Our worst offender has got to be on our kitchen island above the sink. It’s SUPPOSED to be a nice, quaint place where you have sit on a stool and eat your cereal or chat with the unlucky sucker who has to do the dishes. Instead, it’s a place where things sit.

And sit.

And sit.

Next Assignment: Summer food

Your turn!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

Capture the Everyday: Something You’re Good At

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Thursday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment:

Something You’re Good At

If there’s one downside to blogging and freelancing, it’s that my other hobby has gone to the wayside. I love scrapbooking. Officially started in 2003 and was a scrapbooking fein for a few years there. It’s a similar industry to blogging in that there are celebrities and huge followings as well as lots of sponsorships, giveaways and other opportunities. I never got all into that although I WAS published in the Better Homes and Garden owned Scrapbooks Etc. That was pretty cool

Anyway, I’m still working on an album of the kids from Christmas 2010 and I’ve only scrapbooked about three pages of just Little Roo. It makes me sad because I LOVE this craft. I plan to make more time for it though. Even once a week will beat where I’m at now.

Here are a few pages I’ve done. They’re older but you get the idea.

Here’s one of my oldest son with your adorable cousin… back when Big Roo was a little roo.

And why yes this next page is two years old but it’s one of my favorites.

Finally, one of the three pages I’ve done for just Little Roo is in fact one of him in the womb. Man, I really need to get to scrapbooking!

I get lots of compliments on my scrapbook pages but man do they take me a long time. I hem and haw about the placement of each little thing. I’m such a perfectionist sometimes. I’m letting that go though for the Christmas album I’m working on. After all it IS June so I just gotta finish the darn thing!

Next Week’s Assignment: Fun with water

Your turn!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

Capture the Everyday: Playing with Your Kids

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Thursday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment:

A Picture of You Playing with Your Kids

This is a tough one, right? We’re usually the ones TAKING the pictures. Being the sentimentalist that I am, I want my kids to have pictures of me when I was “younger.” Maybe they’re boys and just won’t care, but I know I will. Playing with the kids is something I do daily so why wouldn’t I want to capture it?

I’ll also say it’s hard as heck to capture with a self-timer. In fact, I could only get the little guy in the shot.

Little Roo loves this toy. It’s a hand-me-down from my half-brother (who’s over 20 years younger than me). It doesn’t really work well but it makes pirate noises. That’s enough for any boy to be mesmerized.

For good measure, I also snapped a picture of Daddy Roo playing with the kids. Well, it’s more like the kids having fun sitting on Daddy while looking at who-knows-what. I love pictures like this because they’re real. Not a perfectly posed shot at the beach (which also have their place but you get my point). This is my life, silly and fun and just plain normal. I like it that way.

Next Week’s Assignment: Something you’re good at

Your turn!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

Capture the Everyday: Three Kitchen Items You Can’t Live Without

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Thursday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment:

Three Kitchen Items You Can’t Live Without

 

Okay so I skipped the bowls this week. You’ve already seen them. This week, I went for kitchen utensils. While they look strangely like torture devices, I assure you they aren’t.

The big thing is a meat tenderizer. I guess you could say it’s a torture device for meat. While we don’t use it daily or even weekly, when we want to make a nice chicken piccata this thing pounds the hell out of some chicken. We suffered through a cheap one for years and finally sucked it up for this one. It’s a winner.

The second one is our garlic press. Okay, maybe torturing food IS a theme here. We use this thing also daily to squeeze the life out of some garlic.

I guess measuring spoons are gentle and non-torturing. We got these as part of a gift years ago and love them. They’re kinda fancy, right?

Next Week’s Assignment: In honor of Earth Day, one way you’re kind to Mother Earth (recycle, compost, etc)

Your turn!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

Capture the Everyday: Modern Technology

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Thursday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment:

Modern Technology

Aaaah modern technology. I’ve always had an inner geek. My dad was in IT so we always had gadgets in the house. When I was little, I remember telling my friends about this new thing my dad bought called A MOUSE.

My mouse has changed a lot since then. See that sleek thing over to the right? That’s one of my mice. My Mac is my baby… grew up with PCs but switched to a Mac when I was on the newspaper staff in high school. Then I met a Mac lover in college (hello, Daddy Roo). Never looked back.

My iPhone– we all know how obsessed people are with their iPhones.

And that thing on the left? That’s my Wacom tablet. I feel really cool owning it but REALLY need to break it out more often. I mean, at least MONTHLY for cripe’s sake.

By the way, there’s no particular reason all my gadgets are white. Apparently, I like white. Who knew?

Next Week’s Assignment: Top 3 Kitchen Items You Can’t Live Without (I already know my bowls will be featured again as one of those)

Your turn!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).



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