Month: January 2016 (page 1 of 3)

Make an iPhone Wallpaper with the Project Life App

Today I am here to show how I changed my iPhone wallpaper from this:

IMG_0703 to this: IMG_0704

I made this change by using the Project Life App for iPhone to create the second wallpaper. I love using photos of my daughter as my iPhone wallpaper. The problem is, depending on the orientation of the photo and the photo contents themselves, it is impossible to make every photo work as an iPhone wallpaper. No matter how cute the image is, sometimes you just can’t get the photo to look good on your lock screen, especially if you don’t have some sort of negative space in the photo (specifically at the top of the image.) It’s annoying and it’s one of my least favorite parts of the iPhone.

Then, I took this photo of my daughter, fell in love with it, and desperately wanted to use it as my wallpaper… and I had an “ah-ha!” moment. I could use a Project Life card for the top half of the photo, to go underneath the clock. GENIUS. (Or so I thought, anyway!)

It’s such a simple concept and an easy fix, so I just had to share it with everyone. I hope you will find this tutorial useful. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or can’t figure out how I did something in the tutorial. Thanks all. Until next time!

P.S. In February 2016, the Project Life App will be available for Android. I am assuming this tutorial would work very similarly for a wallpaper for Android phones, as well. You’ll have to give it a whirl when the app comes out!

One Little Word 2016

My one little word for 2016 is




This is the first year I have done Ali Edwards’ “One Little Word” project. She’s been doing this for nine or ten years now and I have been aware of it for probably the last three or four years, but have never felt the urge to participate before. But this year, in December, I was feeling very… reflective. We were going through kind of a rough patch with our daughter (she is now 17 months old). You know how people talk about the Terrible Two’s? Well, I am pretty sure Gracie went through a short bout of that in months thirteen through sixteen. She was hitting, biting, and not listening. In short, she was wild.

From the day I was born, I have not been a very patient person. Patience is not one of my virtues, I always say. And this challenging time we went through was very frustrating for me. I did not handle it the way I hoped I would. I was not the mother I wanted to be, which in turn snowballed into other aspects of my life. I was impatient, frustrated, angry. I wasn’t a good wife. I wasn’t a good daughter.

I knew something had to be done. I did a lot of self reflection and I decided to give the One Little Word project a try, though I did not sign up for Ali’s class. I don’t feel that I need to scrapbook my journey with the word Better throughout the year, but I can definitely spend some time on it in my personal journal. I have and will continue to do so.

So what does Better mean for me?

I want to be a better mother: calm, patient, happy, joyful, fun, without frustration. More.

I want to be a better wife: less selfish, thoughtful, calm, patient, happy, fun, without frustration. More.

I want to be a better daughter: mature, less selfish, thoughtful. More.

I want to be a better person: happy, joyful, fearless, thoughtful, hard-working, calm. More.

And thankfully, this rough patch with Gracie has ended. We put her through sleep training with the Sleep Lady Shuffle and for the first time in her life, got her on a schedule. It was like magic. She is a totally different kid. And I’ve come to realize, the poor kid was just tired. She just needed structure. She needed me to be an adult and do what was best for her. Granted, I wasn’t not doing these things because I didn’t want to do what was best for her, but rather because I just didn’t know any better.

There’s that word again; better.

I can be better. I will be better.

Do you have a word for 2016? Tell me your word and why you chose it. I would love to hear it in the comments. 🙂

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