On the last day of every month, I post a little reminder to “roundup” your memories for the month. This simple little exercise will prompt you to take a few minutes and jot down the details of the ending month before the new one takes over.
I’ve been doing monthly roundups since January of 2006 and I can’t even begin to tell you how much easier it has made memory keeping for me! I am constantly referencing my past roundups for ideas for scrapbook pages, and I always have material for journaling now.
Look over your calendar, your blog posts, your photos, or whatever types of records you have kept throughout the month. I find that even reviewing my bank statement jogs my memory about what has happened in the month. After I answer the questions I just post them to my blog and my roundup is done.
Here’s a written list of the Roundup Prompts:
- List what you watched, read, and/or listened to in the past month.
- What fun things did you do with friends and/or family?
- What milestones occurred? Any holidays or celebrations? How about special events?
- Talk about the everyday and routine bits of life in the past month.
- What good stuff happened? What were the hard things? Anything unusual?
- Report on the progress you’ve made toward your goals or list any new goals you have set.
Feel free to copy and paste the above list to use for your own notes. Use these prompts as reminders as you go through your calendar and memories from the past few weeks.If you share online, it would be great if you could also include a link back to this post so others know where to find the roundup.
This is also a great time to get your photos off of SD cards or from your phone. Remember, this is just the gathering phase! Once you are done with your roundup, then it’s time to save your memories and share them if you want to.
Here are a few ideas on how you can use the roundups in your memory keeping:
If you want to download a free Roundup Prompt card to use in your projects, I have a free gift for you here! You will have to enter your email address to get the download, but it isn’t used for anything, it’s just to make sure your file can be delivered.
Have fun doing your roundups!
Going to School in the Seventies
These are pictures from my very first day of school back in 1974. I’m the one with the cute green dress and dark green knee socks. My mom made me that dress and made a lot of my clothes when I was young. I decided to pull out these pictures after reading this very funny blog post about starting school in the 1970s vs. today.
I can’t relate to everything in the post (for both eras), but a lot of it rang true. It made me think a lot about what school was like for me “back in the day”.
- Back to school shopping used to happen in late August. You never saw back-to-school stuff in the stores in July, let alone Christmas decorations!
- Cold lunches were extremely plain. I took hot lunch for many years and then started packing my own in 4th grade. Lunch meat sandwiches were as exciting as it ever got. I don’t even think we had fruit roll-ups in those days? They came out when I was in Jr. High.
- Backpacks were no big deal. I don’t even remember thinking about them until about 7th grade.
- I don’t remember needing to bring certain school supplies to elementary school - we just used what was there. I vaguely remember having my very own box of crayons in about 3rd grade. My parents were certainly never asked to donate anti-microbial wipes or big boxes of Kleenex to each classroom.
- We also didn’t have very many class parties. We just decorated cookies for Halloween and Valentine’s Day. No games. No pinterest-worthy spreads. There were no rules about Halloween costumes or masks.
- We played tag at recess. We had a real swingset with some gravel underneath. One kid jumped off his swing while it was high in the air and broke his leg in several places and his collar bone. He missed the first half of his first grade year because of that.
- Some people had piano lessons or dance lessons once a week after school, but that was about it. I don’t remember people being all that busy.
There have been so many changes since then. Many of them are good (like softer playground surfaces). Some of it makes me a little sad though. I guess it’s nostalgia for a simpler time. Probably a good sign that I’m getting older.
Real Life Pinboards
Photo by Aaron Dyer from the September issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. Used with permission.
Now that Pinterest is so popular, I wonder how many people still create actual pinboards (bulletin boards, inspiration boards, etc,)? I’ve always love big board filled with inspiring quotes and images. I’ve had some form of board going for as long as I can remember.
In high school and college, I used to tape quotes, cards, and magazine images to the back of my bedroom door. When I was a newlywed, we put a bulletin board up in our small study space. When my kids were little, I hung up two giant boards and filled them with their artwork and many educational pictures.
These days, I have a big board full of photos in my office, but I’ve lost track of my beloved bulletin board habits. It’s just so easy to virtually pin things to my Pinterest boards. This image from the Martha Stewart magazine made me long for a physical board filled with beautiful ideas.
Do you still physically pin items, or is it all done electronically now?
Food Truck Fun
One of the trends to hit the food world over the last few years is the popularity of food trucks. Social media channels are the perfect companions for these mobile kitchens because you can find out when they will be in your area.
I’ve seen many instagram photos of the Waffle Love truck that is well-loved here in Northern Utah (and one in Arizona) and I’ve been wanting to try it for myself. On a rainy afternoon last week, my daughter found out that we were going to be close to a Waffle Love stop so we decided to go for it.
I had “the works” - which means I paid $7 for a waffle from a truck. LOL! It was very moist, but crisp and it seemed almost like it was sprayed with a coating of sugar. It was topped with Biscoff spread, which is a naughty spread made from ground up cookies. (I’m not even joking) On top of that was a big old pile of fresh whipped cream and raspberries.
Here’s a link to a copycat recipe if you want to try to recreate this yumminess for yourself.
When I say that we like sugar in Utah, it is NOT an understatement. It’s not a good thing that I live in Utah because I L-O-V-E sweets. *Sigh* It was delicious and the experience itself was fun. We would definitely like to try more food trucks. I’ve put my daughter in charge of scouting them out for us and she is thrilled with this “assignment”.
Food is for eating of course, but there are also many memory making moments associated with it as well. Have you ever eaten from a food truck? Did you take pictures? Do you remember what you had? It’s fun to document these things so don’t forget to include them in your albums!
SMASH Book of our Travels
I’ve been “smashing” up our memories lately and putting all sorts of loose little pieces into SMASH books. I especially love our book of travels. I scan everything I can that I collect on trips so I can use it on digital scrapbook pages, but I don’t like to throw these types of treasures away. I’ve found Smashbooking to be the perfect answer for me and we all love to look through these books. I even bring them with me on vacation sometimes. You can read more about the beginning of this project that started with a December trip to Disneyland over on Capturing Magic.
I just continued on filling up this book with our travels from 2013 and 2014. I plan to finish it up by the end of the year with some upcoming trips. Then it will be time to start a new volume. So fun!
If you are looking for more ideas on how to use these clever little books (or any type of notebook scrapping), be sure to download my free pdf list. It’s been pinned and repinned thousands of times on Pinterest!
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