It’s day 3 of Week in the Life.

I didn’t sleep well last night and I really wanted to call in sick to work today but I got up and headed into the office because I had a meeting on my calendar. This project was another reason I wanted to get dressed and leave bed. I figured I wanted to document a regular week, and a regular week doesn’t include a sick day.

Week in the Life 2017 - Wednesday with Kam of Campfire Chic

I had planned on taking a few photos of my morning routine this morning, but because I wasn’t feeling very well I just wanted to get out the door. I did take a photo of the thermostat this morning because it was cold overnight so I put up the heat a little bit to warm up our apartment. This is the first apartment where we have central heating and air and we value having it as an option.

Another cloudy morning. The ground was wet when I left this morning so it was more than just the offshore clouds we get every night. I was kind of hoping it would rain to help with the pollen in the air.

Week in the Life - Wednesday 2 Kam of Campfire Chic

Heading to the car.

One of my favorite things about where we live is the obsession with star jasmine. The medians in the roads are covered in them, we have them throughout our apartment community, you’ll find them everywhere. It’s really nice to drive around on a warm day with your windows down and smelling the jasmine in the air.

Week in the Life 2017 - Wednesday 3 Kam of Campfire Chic

An obligatory shot of the building. I don’t work on the same floor as I did during the last WITL.

Another elevator selfie, but this time not hiding how terrible I feel…terrible enough to get a Pepsi from the vending machine pretty early in the morning as a pick-me-up.

Week in the Life 2017 - 5 Kam of Campfire Chic

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned wanting to take photos of me working at my desk this week. I used the timer option on my phone and propped it against my printer to get the top photo. I had a huge headache and overall crumminess and looked like this most of the morning between projects. The photo captures a few things that are different from my previous “working at the computer” photos from previous projects, and it’s those small details that make yearly or semi-regular projects like this a favorite of mine.

My boss encouraged me to go home early in the day but I needed to get a big project done. The meeting on my calendar got moved to tomorrow so once lunch time came around and I finished what needed to be done, I headed home to rest. I used the timer again to take this photo of me on the couch. I stuck the phone between of the cushions to get this, which is why it’s not level. I watched The Last Witch Hunter while I ate something (to take some medicine) and fell asleep while watching All the President’s Men. A few hours of rest helped a little bit, but I’m still not feeling 100 percent.

Week in the Life 2017 - Wednesday 4 Kam of Campfire Chic

Once I woke up, I put the TV on and read the #vanlife article from the New Yorker that has been floating around Twitter for the past few days. You can read a few articles on their website for free each month, or you can subscribe and get the weekly magazine digitally/hardcopy. I started my subscription a few months ago and I really enjoy the long articles and easy-to-tackle size of the magazine.

We needed to run errands so Alex and I went to the market and Target to get some essentials for the next few days. We got some drinks before walking around the store and I wanted to capture our errands in an easy way. I didn’t get any good photos inside the stores, so this photo of putting the cart away, my drink, and how the sun sets around 8:00 p.m. now is just what I needed.

Things I didn’t document today:

  • The bagel I ate this morning
  • Trying to clean up my desk
  • That project I was working on, way too boring
  • Going to the Office Supply fair, which is exactly how lame yet exciting as it sounds
  • The lunch I picked up before heading home because I knew there wasn’t anything I wanted to make at home and soup sounded like exactly what I needed
  • Sitting on the couch blogging

I plan on being back in the office tomorrow, I need to go to that meeting. As I look back on the photos and stories I captured so far this week, I would like to make sure to capture lunch tomorrow, more of me working that isn’t me sitting at my computer, leaving at the end of the day, doing something that isn’t sitting on the couch watching television…


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It’s day two of Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life project and let me tell you, it was a long day.

I took a total of 5 photos today. I can’t share one of them because it has to do with a project I was working on at work, and it’s pretty boring.

Week in the Life 2017 - Tuesday with Kam of Campfire Chic

One thing I wanted to do today was take a few photos of my morning on my way to work. Yesterday, I got a photo of walking up to my building so today I tried to fill in the gaps of what I do to get there. It was very dark when I got up, so my photos of getting ready didn’t work out, but I did get a photo of the overcast skies and my coffee for the day.

I don’t always stop at Starbucks, but I do it often enough that including it in this week’s stories was natural. I’m stopped at a stoplight in the photo, I don’t take photos while driving.

Week in the Life 2017 - Tuesday at Work with Kam of Campfire Chic

One photo I try to take a few times throughout the Week in the Life project is my desk at work. I sometimes use my timer and take a photo of me working to get me in the photo and to show how my outfits change throughout the week.

I’m 2 for 2 on getting an elevator selfie this week, so I think I will try to keep getting those photos in order to show what I’m wearing to work. I took two elevator photos today and decided this one is the winner. My early morning photo was had me looking a little rough around the edges and was very similar to yesterday’s photo. This photo includes something I work with on a regular basis and I know I will recognize this orange folder in the future as I look back on these photos.

Things I didn’t get to document today:

  • Listening to a podcast as I got ready this morning
  • Lunch with Ben and Carolyn at Rubio’s for Taco Tuesday
  • The big red mark on my left cheek from leaning against my wrist for too long while reading reports
  • Starting The Handmaiden’s Tale as soon as I got home. I’m just over halfway through the book.  (Amazon Affiliate link. If you’re a Prime member, you can get this book on Kindle for free this month. If you’re interested in getting even more titles, check out Kindle Unlimited)
  • Making dinner (simple pasta), watching basketball, checking in for a flight for my boss



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Today is the first day of Ali Edwards’ challenge: Week in the Life.

I love this project. It’s less pressure than Day in the Life and it’s not as labor intensive as December Daily. It’s a great medium. I haven’t been taking many photos of everyday life lately because I haven’t printed out photos for my Project Life albums in ages and I haven’t been feeling very motivated.

What is Week in the Life?

It’s a challenge by Ali Edwards to document your every day for one week. While Day in the Life focuses on the details of a single day, this project focuses on the details of an entire week. It’s a great way to see the patterns of your life and give your memory keeping an infusion of stories that go beyond birthday parties and vacations. Document your week in photos and stories!

Week in the Life 2017 - Kam of Campfire Chic

I was looking through my Week in the Life blog posts and I think my favorite two ways I documented my weeks involved including 6×12 pocket pages in my Project Life albums. While Project Life is my main way of long-term memory-keeping, I am very behind. Hopefully, this will help me get caught up in my monthly documenting.

My plan for Week in the Life

I started taking some photos this morning on my way to work, a couple while I was at work, and a few right when I got home. I don’t have a very exciting week planned, which is perfect for this project, but I do get tired of seeing the same photos over and over, so I’m hoping to push myself a bit this week to get different stories told.

In the photos above, I wanted to capture my walk into my work. I’m so happy that it’s light out when I get to work now. There are a few weeks in December when I get to work in the dark and leave in the dark and it’s very hard on me emotionally. Today’s view wasn’t too bad. I wasn’t sure if my hair would cooperate today, but I ended up looking pretty cute! It’s a good thing, too, my undercut is a little shaggy so putting my hair up is out of the question and I was playing hostess for a Board of Directors meeting and looking decent is important to me. Also, I like taking elevator selfies to share what I’m wearing throughout the week.

Week in the Life 2017 - Kam of Campfire Chic 4-17

Once I got home, I planted myself directly on the couch to play some Skyrim and ended up sitting here long enough to see the light change as we watched some of the basketball games on tonight. I didn’t want to clean up my coffee table or straighten up the room at all to show the real story of my week. My apartment isn’t always tidy and my memory keeping should reflect that.

Once thing I love about this project is seeing what my friends put together. I’m looking forward to seeing what Kristin puts together and if Odessa decides to play along. I love their styles so much and how they focus on their stories in addition to the people around them.

Here’s to another Week in the Life!


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Now that the March 2017 edition of 30 Days of Lists has come to a close, I want to share my lists!

For this edition of 30 Days of Lists, I made a travelers-style notebook (TN) using cardstock and some computer paper. I then made my lists on cardstock (both colored and patterned) and adhered those lists to the notebook. It made the notebook a little chunky toward the end of the challenge. I will need to remember to make my cover a little oversized for the next time I make a notebook for a project.

30 Days of Lists - March 2017 Lists 1-4 by Kam of Campfire Chic

I used a TN (by I Love It All) as one of my list books in September and really enjoyed the process of using a TN but wanted more practice using the smaller canvas to create my lists. I love that 30 Days of Lists is the perfect challenge to try new techniques and ways of creating. Like I mentioned earlier, I made my own TN this time to give myself a little wiggle room with how I approach the project.

You can see that instead of making my lists directly on the computer paper, I created layouts on cardstock and I added them to the notebook. This was such a good option because I felt like I had more freedom when it came to making the lists instead of making the album with the cardstock pages from the get-go.

30 Days of Lists - March 2017 Lists 5 - 8 by Kam of Campfire Chic

I love layering when I am doing any sort of memory keeping, so using a TN that trying to keep it from getting too chunky proved to be a little bit of a challenge for me. I normally include wood veneer and other dimensional embellishments, but I worried that not having a sturdy cover to stand up to the different layers underneath. I was able to get my layering “fix” with cut outs from different patterned papers and washi tape.

Tip: If you love a paper line and want to work with it in smaller formats like TNs, look for 6×6 paper pads. They have the same patterns, but in a smaller size!

30 Days of Lists March 2017 Lists 9 - 12 by Kam of Campfire Chic

You’ll see that I am using the same set of sticker alphas throughout the TN. If you’re looking for a great set, check out Kelly Purkey’s shop. I love the simple font and she does a good job of having plenty of the letters you will probably use the most. Kelly Purkey kits usually have a set of color coordinating alpha stickers in her monthly kits and whenever she has the option to buy sets of them outside of the kit, I try to order a few sets to have a good supply on hand.

30 Days of Lists March 2017 - Lists 13-17 by Kam of Campfire Chic

I love following people on Instagram who use TNs on a regular basis to see what they are creating in this small space. I tried to vary my layouts throughout the challenge to see what I like the most and what comes more naturally to me. As I’m scrolling through these lists, I can see that I’m very drawn to the same look as when I’m scrapbooking in other sizes: straight lines, grids, small clusters of embellishments.

I did try to do different things (see the grid below) and I already cringe a bit when I look back on them…like list #21. If I was the type of person who would go back and redo a layout, that would be the first one I would tackle. But I’m not, I want that reminder that I tried something different even if it didn’t speak to me in the end.

30 Days of Lists March 2017 - Lists 18 - 21 by Kam of Campfire Chic

30 Days of Lists March 2017 - Lists 22 - 25 by Kam of Campfire Chic

Toward the end of the month, I started reaching for more Project Life-style cards to add to my layouts, even though I find it difficult to switch up the look of including those cards in a TN. In the set above, I cut down a 4×6 card from a Kelly Purkey kit for #24 and included a Project Life card for #25. There are a few more throughout this project, but I generally trim the cards to remove the rounded corners.

30 Days of Lists March 2017 - Lists 27-30 by Kam of Campfire Chic

The last list in this challenge isn’t the “official” list prompt from the challenge. I got confused and used a different prompt, but I’m okay with that. Maybe we’ll use it in another challenge.

After using the TN for the month, I think I’m ready to start another project in the same size. I’m thinking maybe an ongoing project about the TV I watch or the screenshots I take on my phone. If you have a suggestion, let me know!

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Visit: Big Morongo Canyon Preserve 11055 East Dr, Morongo Valley, CA 92256

Hiking Big Morongo Canyon Preserve - California Desert Oasis Hiking with Campfire Chic

Day two of the Feral Female Weekend was spent partially in the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, which is just a few minutes from Mission Creek Preserve.

There is a large sign pointing the way to the preserve from the main highway. Take it slow as you leave the paved road and head into the dirt parking lot. There are bathrooms and trash cans here. As you enter the preserve, you’ll walk through an exhibit that talks about the flora and fauna of the preserve and more information about the Sand to Snow National Monument.

This is a good spot to pick up a map of the preserve and leave a donation.

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve - California Desert Oasis Hiking Trails - Kam of Campfire Chic

I believe we took the trails that went around the edge of the preserve, which is just over 2 miles total of trails. There is elevation gain in parts and it is very exposed, so be prepared for that. You can find a map here.

Hiking Big Morongo Canyon Preserve - California Desert Oasis Hiking - Kam of Campfire Chic

Hiking Big Morongo Canyon Preserve - California Desert Oasis Hiking with Campfire Chic - Diversity Outdoors

Cactus Mart

We saw signs for native tacos at Cactus Mart on our way to the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Paulina and I got pretty excited and it was great that Shawnté and Oshie (in the car in front of us) were equally excited about the idea of some native tacos for lunch. We vowed to visit Cactus Mart after checking out the preserve.

Cactus Mart near Big Morongo Canyon Preserve - Campfire Chic

Cactus Mart is located in Morongo Valley, and is part nursery part hardware store part gallery. I have driven by many times on the way to Joshua Tree and was always interested in stopping but the sign for food was really what got me to stop this time!

Martha's Fry Bread Menu at Cactus Mart - Big Morongo Canyon - Campfire Chic

First, let’s talk about these native tacos. They are also known as “Indian tacos” and are made using fry bread. You can get tacos with the fry bread or you can sweet fry bread, is which also awesome. I had a beef native taco and pineapple spinach drink, abd shared a dessert fry bread. I wish I ordered a second taco to take home with me…or to eat right then and there.

Marthas Fry Bread Native Tacos at Cactus Mart in Morongo Valley - Campfire Chic

Photo courtesy of Oshie

Seriously, how good does this taco look? I could eat a million of them. It was very satisfying after hiking in the warm weather! My drink is in the background and the pineapple spinach combo made the juice not overly sweet, which was perfect for me.

Cactus Mart Morongo Valley - Kam of Campfire Chic

Butch of Cactus Mart in Morongo Valley - Campfire Chic

Second, there are no dogs allowed at Cactus Mart because there are two furry mascots: Butch (above) and Sundance! They are both very friendly and used to visitors. Paulina found Butch hanging out in the part of the nursery where the cuttings are set aside to take root before they’re sold. It was a perfect spot for him.

Plan to spend at least 30-1 hour here depending on if you plan on eating. There are a few places to explore, lots of plants to check out, and a great gallery/boutique area to browse. I picked up a small back of coffee beans from the Joshua Tree Coffee Company and an amazing yucca bloom candle from the Joshua Tree Candle Company, two of the local brands carried at Cactus Mart.

Hadley’s Date Shakes and Dinosaurs

Date Shake from Hadleys in Cabazon California - Kam of Campfire Chic

Before saying goodbye, we took Paulina over to the iconic Cabazon dinosaurs that were featured in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure even though she isn’t familiar with the movie. We made a stop at Hadley’s market for date shakes and to get some samples before parting ways. I got a giant date shake, which comes with this reusable cup! It’s the little things in life.

If you find yourself with extra time on your way to Joshua Tree or in need of a break from the #poollife of Palm Springs, head to Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, Cactus Mart, the Cabazon Dinosaurs, and Hadley’s for a quick day trip.


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