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In My Bag

Yesterday’s Project Life 365 photo prompt was one that I’ve become quite familiar with.

It started when one of my Flickr friends challenged everyone to take a photo of the contents of their bag, then after Lucy was born I was flipping through my photo stream when I came across the original and wanted to do a comparison shot, now three years after that we’re at the the daily prompt for PL365.

After shooting the image for yesterday’s challenge, I wanted to go back and look at the three images in comparison, and I realized that all were shot almost exactly three years apart from each other! The first image in the series was taken on March 12, 2007, the second on April 24, 2010, and now the third on February 20, 2013.

Looking at the photos, I love to see how things have subtly changed over the course of six years… Then, I decided to get really wild and crazy {snort} and break the images down for you in a similar way I did utilizing the “notes” feature of Flickr, years ago.

So here you go… six years of my life, summed up in the contents of my purses. I’m sure there’s a whole lot of psycho-analyzing that could happen as a result of this post. But you can read into this as much {or as little} as your heart desires.

{You know you love me.}

{2007}

1. My wallet, filled with a random assortment of “stuff”. Credit cards, check cards, my brother’s senior photo, blah, blah, blah.

2. Pens, pencil, and a Sharpie.

3. Pre-iCal days… my 2007 day planner. This little book was like a diary of my life at the time. There was very little that didn’t get noted on those loved pages.

4. What feels like a billion store “reward” cards.

5. My coin purse. I loved this thing… and I’m pretty sure it’s still stashed away in the very back of my dresser drawer. Maybe I’ll use it again when I’m 70?

6. Oh, my first iPod, complete with iTrip for the complete listening experience in my car. I bet that thing was loaded with all sorts of terrible music that I’ll never admit to listening to.

7. House keys, the key to my rusty old Dodge Neon, hand sanitizer, and my favorite keychain ever… the Coach heart that my parents gave me for Christmas that year.

8. The current read at the time. I must have made my way through every Jodi Picoult novel available at the time in a matter of three or four months!

9. Winter gloves.

10. Hahahahahaha… remember when you actually used {and carried} a checkbook with you? At least I had a cute cover for it!

11. American Eagle perfume and MAC lipstick. Right next to…

12. The Victoria’s Secret lip glosses.

13. Hand lotion, more chapstick {just in case the three other tubes of lip products weren’t enough}, and a Tide to-go pen. Those things came in handy, even before kids!

14. Pink earbuds.

15. Do you also remember what it was like to have a phone that wasn’t smart? Nope. Neither do I. But at least there’s photographic proof that they did exist.

16. Sunnies.

17. My coupon organizer. This one is still alive and kicking… though it’s been taped back together more times than I can count.

18. Notebook for list-makings.

19. Film!! In the days that I actually shot film!!

20. Goofy little finger “toothbrushes”, oil blotting tissues, contact lens case, and mini-nail files.

21. Mini scissors. A girl’s got to be prepared…

22. Random bobby-pins and a rogue tongue barbell. Yup. You know what that means. No, I don’t have it anymore.

23. Pretty little powder compact.

24. Sweet tooth!! Gum, Cadbury creme eggs, and a handful of candies that probably were scrounged from the dark and crusty corners of my purse.

25. I loved this little Bluetooth earpiece, and I secretly kind of wish it still worked. Though, I’m sure there are far better options available six years later…

26. And finally, my eyeglasses case.

{2010}

1. Two more notebooks and pens. The thought of not being able to make a list makes me nauseous.

2. The same old wallet from three years ago. I think some of the cards inside have changed…?

3. Gum. Never without.

4. Ticket stubs and light rail passes from a night out at Target Field with my hubby.

5. One of Lucy’s pacifiers.

6. Sunnies. They’re getting bigger…

7. Kleenex and a reusable coffee cup sleeve.

8. A bookmark that says, “Where there is love there is life.” Words to live by.

9. Sweet Pea antibacterial lotion and Aquaphor. Minnesota winters are harsh!

10. Down to one tube of chapstick and half a roll of Tums.

11. The cutest little tin of mini Altoids. I wonder if those are still around?

12. My watch my parents gave me for my birthday. The silly thing needs a new battery, but hopefully I’ll have a reason to wear it again someday.

13. Loose change.

14. Upgraded my non-smart phone to an iPhone the Christmas after the first photo was taken, and I believe this was now my third model… but look! It has a pretty little pink cover on it!

15. Ponytail holders, bobby-pins, and hair clips. Necessities.

16. The rusty Dodge Neon has been upgraded to a shiny new Jeep Patriot, the house keys have been moved to their own keyring, and those silly store reward tags are still hanging around. I wonder if any of them have changed?

{2013}

1. The heart keyring from my parent’s is back and attached to what feels like a wad of keys. One for the Jeep {which now has it’s own little rusty spots}, one for my husband’s Jetta, and house keys. Oh, and those silly store reward cards. Seriously… I can’t remember the last time I used one of them!

2. Little Italian candies that I keep in my zippered pouch. You never know when you’ll need a sugary pick-me-up.

3. Sweet Pea antibacterial and clear lipgloss. I’m finally learning…

4. $0.71.

5. My lifeline. This silly thing never leaves my sight. Sad right? I kind of long for the non-smartphone days.

6. Olloclip. For taking suh-weet iPhone photos. Or something like that.

7. A leftover heart from this weekend’s yarn bombing. I’m sure it will find a home while I’m out running errands this week.

8. Earbuds. My version of a hands-free device. Are Bluetooth headsets still “a thing”?

9. Sunnies. The biggest pair yet. If I were to keep this trend up, I wonder how big they’d be in another three years?

10. My favorite little Gussy Sews wristlet. Perfect for corralling all of those little items you see on the table.

11. Stupid cold.

12. Mentos gum. I’m not a gum loyalist. I’ll chew whatever happens to strike my fancy at the checkout on the day I run out.

13. Ponytail holders and bobby-pins. Creature of habit.

14. A new wallet! Okay, not really “new” at this point, but it’s an upgrade from the previous two photos.

15. Because you never know when you’ll need an SD card…

16. Yup. You guessed it. Another notebook and pen for my famous lists. It would be a shame to be somewhere and not have a fresh sheet of paper!

 

 
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Kate - February 21, 2013 - 4:55 pm

I can personally vouch for those cute Altoids Smalls because that’s all I buy AND they’re pictured in my own #in_my_bag shot from this week.

As is notable, some things never change. :-) And that’s a good thing.

creole wisdom - February 21, 2013 - 2:14 pm

I need to do this! It’s on my board as something to shoot. I have one from a few years ago, but haven’t looked at it recently.

So many fun things, and yes, I love you:
-The sunglasses, girl, I am imaging you with a pair the size of your head in three years
-Those store reward cards are the bomb.com, start using ‘em!
-Aquaphor is my lifesaver. I wish it came in larger containers :)

angela king - February 21, 2013 - 7:14 am

this is a great post! it’s very interesting to see the way your purse has changed over the years. i can only imagine how different mine is!

Project Life 365 {Week 7}

February 12th: #Good_Times

After a rough morning filled with clingy babies, I convinced my little mover to sit in her high chair and play for a bit. Entertained with some of Lucy’s toys and a handful or two of snacks, June was thrilled to take advantage of this generosity while I got some baking done. Killer brownies and bread were on the list, and I got both finished and in the oven before she was bored and wanted to roam again.

Good times for all!

February 13th: #Steps

This little girl is just killing me. She’s done everything considerably earlier than her sister did… but of course, she has a stellar example in Miss Lucy.

She took her first steps just after Christmas, and now this {almost} eleven month old girl is just cruising along as fast as those little chubby legs will carry her.

Her newest trick is climbing up on things, specifically stairs and low furniture, and my mama heart just isn’t ready for all of this!

I just want my baby to be a baby for a little while longer… please?!

February 14th: #Romance

My husband is self-admittedly unromantic in a traditional sense. His idea of romance is getting away for a weekend together, or giving me a shiny new electronic gadget. A couple of Valentine’s Days ago he gave me a plane ticket to visit one of my favorite girlfriends in San Diego.  {Trust me, I’m not complaining about any of that!} But in the six years that we’ve known each other, I can count the number of times he’s sent me flowers on one hand.

Here’s a little secret… I love the little things far more than those grand items. So when he had flowers delivered this year, my heart was swollen with love. I’m still smiling while looking at this photo! And that card he had sent with the arrangement? That’s how I know he loves me… that sarcastic wit that most people would cringe at. That’s our love. And it’s perfect.

February 15th: #Reward

A lovely vanilla spice latte and a cheesecake brownie from Starbucks are just part of my Friday night reward. The other half is the amazing women I’m surrounded by, and spending a night out with them doing absolutely nothing but enjoying each other’s company.

Over the last year I’ve developed this incredible friendship with a small group of ladies. We may all be at different points of our lives, but despite that, we get each other. There’s zero drama, no cattiness, no gossiping behind each other’s backs… and after knowing how those types of friendships end, these are the ones that I’ve been waiting so long for.

February 16th: #Heavenly

Saturday was a near-perfect day. I spent the morning doing a donated session with a very deserving family, I took part in One Sheepish Girl‘s yarn-bombing event and decorated parts of the city with tiny crocheted hearts in the hopes that the people that found them would feel loved by a stranger for a small moment, and I spent the remainder of the day snuggling with my sick little girls.

While those were all heavenly moments, the hot cup of tea I savored at the end of it all was like the icing on the cake. It was perfection.

Sometimes it should just be about being thankful for the little things in life.

February 17th: #Shared_Space

Lucy’s bed is my favorite shared space in our home. It’s the place where, at the end of the day, the girls sit down with Matt and soak up some love for a few minutes before bedtime. They read stories, they climb all over each other and play silly games, and it’s wonderful.

February 18th: #Best_Dressed

Lucy is always the best dressed in our home.

There’s rarely a day that goes by that you won’t find her dressed up in her current favorite sparkly dress, decked out with “glass slippers” and a tiara.

When I was pregnant with her, I dreamed that I would have a little girl that I could play dress up with. The thought of a daughter wearing pink sparkly things made me incredibly happy. Now that day is here and it most definitely lives up to my dreams. I pray that she never loses this incredible imagination of hers, because it’s such a beautiful piece of her.

You can find my Project Life 365 photos here:

White Peach Blog Facebook Page

White Peach Photo on Flickr

@Whitepeachphoto on Instagram

 
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creole wisdom - February 19, 2013 - 11:09 am

I’m lucky to call you a friend!

These are great shots. I love the one of J walking :) Such cute, chubby legs indeed.

Project Life 365 {Week 6}

February 5th: #Arrangement

My morning essentials are all laid out for an hour of peace and quiet while June naps.

February 6th: #Saved_Up

Last year I saved up to go to WPPI in Vegas, and ultimately purchase this gorgeous Kelly Moore bag while I was there. A year later, and it’s still one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

February 7th: #My_View

Thursday night ladies’ night at Elins, complete with crochet hearts and wine. My kind of night.

February 8th: #Center

Down the center of our table at Republic with Matt and the wonderful Joy Studios duo of Ryan and Bethany.

February 9th: #Adventure

Matt and I joined a gym this month, and Saturday was our first trip there. The start of a new adventure. It’s definitely time for these poor old running shoes to see some action again.

February 10th: #Lucky

I’m lucky for so many different reasons, but specifically for the evening that I had on Sunday. The girls went to bed early, Matt and I opened up a couple of beers and rented a new movie. It’s always the little things that make life so wonderful.

February 11th: #Tasty

Homemade bread slathered in peanut butter. Yum!

You can find my Project Life 365 photos here:

White Peach Blog Facebook Page

White Peach Photo on Flickr

@Whitepeachphoto on Instagram

 
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{Instagram} Friday

{My sweet little girl and “her” cat snuggled up watching cartoons.}

{For as much as I like to complain about winter, specifically snow, I’ll let you in on a little secret… I really do love it. I hate driving in it, and I’m not a big winter activities fan, but it’s absolutely gorgeous when it falls in fat flakes from a soft grey sky.}

{This girl has her own incredible and unique sense of style. This has been her outfit choice for the last week. Pajamas, the pink dress and shoes that Matt and I brought her from Chinatown {that she hasn’t taken off in three days} and her pink fairy wings.}

{I teased on my personal Facebook page earlier this week about wanting Starbucks to deliver after a crummy morning. Then later that day, sweet Betsy showed up with not only a Starbucks vanilla spice latte, but also a box filled with her incredible homemade cupcakes. I seriously feel so blessed to have friends like her in my life!}

{Someone’s super excited to be riding on her puppy!!}

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creole wisdom - February 9, 2013 - 12:50 pm

J’s smile on that puppy is just too much.

I’m glad you had a nice trip and are home :)

I think winter is beautiful, too!

angela king - February 8, 2013 - 11:11 am

love little girl style. so carefree and awesome!

30 Good Deeds

I spent this past weekend in San Francisco with my husband, and on Sunday while we were passing time before we had to leave for the airport, Matt and I left the comfort and quiet of the adorable little B+B we were staying at to walk down Union Street one last time. On our way back to our room to collect our bags, one of the sweet little shops I had been admiring all week had opened for the day and I decided that we needed to pop in and browse a little bit. Within moments I spied an adorable book on the shelf that was beckoning me to pick it up and flip through the pages. When I did? The contents made my heart want to burst just a little bit.

The idea is simple. Perform one of the listed good deeds {or create your own on blank pages in the back of the book} then mark the date and journal any reaction that you or your recipient had. I have a serious soft spot for paying the good things in life forward, and nothing makes me quite as happy as knowing that I’ve spoken to another individual’s heart.

I clutched the book in my excited little hands and headed for the register to pay for it as I saw Matt roll his eyes a bit. At least he decided to bite his tongue. Smart man.

Now that we’ve been home for a few days, I’ve read through the pages several times, yet haven’t known quite where to start. Then this morning, in what was most likely a caffeine-deprived haze, I suddenly knew how I wanted to start using it.

I grabbed a stack of mini Post-It notes, counted out thirty of them and started marking the things that would not only have some impact on me but also on others around me. I’m going to complete these thirty good deeds before my thirtieth birthday on April 19th!

I have a little over two months to complete them, and I’m hoping to share some of them here as I complete them. We’ll see about that part… chances are better that it’ll end up being one big post after my birthday, if I don’t forget about it. I’m kind of a bad blogger… but what else is new?

Want to know what I’ve chosen? Maybe you’ll be inspired to complete your own list as well…

Here are my THIRTY good deeds before I’m THIRTY:

{1} Send a friend a beloved book from your shelf.

{2} Tell a friend she’s beautiful.

{3} Allow everyone else to go first all day.

{4} Stand on the corner with a sign that says, “You are perfect.”

{5} Send a friend a thank-you note for being a good friend.

{6} Buy a coffee for the person behind you in line.

{7} Send your mom flowers for no reason.

{8} Buy a nice water bottle, so you’ll be less inclined to buy plastic bottles.

{9} Leave some homemade cookies at your neighbor’s door.

{10} Bake with your kids.

{11} Ask your Twitter followers or Facebook friends if there’s anything you can do to support them right now.

{12} Leave your mail carrier a thank-you note for delivering your mail every week.

{13} Mail homemade cookies to a friend.

{14} Take a yoga class.

{15} Leave someone a handwritten note to “have a good day.”

{16} Offer to do someone a favor.

{17} Hide some money in the pocket of a coat that’s for sale.

{18} Make a really fancy and complicated dessert and deliver it to a friend as a surprise.

{19} Send a handwritten thank-you note.

{20} Send a note to a favorite teacher telling him the best thing he taught you.

{21} Instead of ignoring someone’s pain because you don’t know what to say, send a small gift card.

{22} Share a family recipe.

{23} Tell a friend why he means the world to you.

{24} Hang a bird feeder to support the local avian population.

{25} Sneak over to a friend’s house and plant bulbs to surprise her next spring.

{26} Leave flowers for a stranger.

{27} Carry a bunch of balloons. Watch heads turn.

{28} Send one of your grandparents a photograph.

{29} Buy double the canned goods and donate the extras at a food bank.

{30} Buy lunch for a homeless person.

Some of those are definitely going to be outside of my happy little bubble. But that’s okay!

I’m going to give the list the best that I have and hopefully spread some of this overflowing love around for everyone else to enjoy!

 
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creole wisdom - February 9, 2013 - 12:43 pm

How neat! I love the font of that cover, too. You have such a good heart, Mary. I am lucky to call you a friend.

Kate - February 7, 2013 - 4:39 pm

That’s such a great list, and what a fun concept! I’m excited to hear about how it all comes out. Good luck and have fun!!

And you share a birthday with my son… he has his golden birthday this year as he turns 19.

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