Yearbook Review and Tips

I looooove yearbooks!! I look forward to the day my book comes in every year. It is my favorite tradition and memory keepsake. ❤️ I’ve used Photobook America for every one since 2011, and they’ve always turned out great.

A few yearbook-making tips before we dive into this beauty…

1. Go month by month.

The last two years, I’ve built my yearbooks little by little, month by month. I don’t even have kids yet, and I still ended up with 142 pages for 2016…I can’t imagine trying to put all of those pages together in December. Start your book in January, keep your photos in monthly folders, and build it as you go through the year. It makes it LOADS easier.

2. Take pictures of the everyday stuff.

If you’re struggling with finding photos you want to include, don’t be afraid to put in the everyday things. As brilliant as our brains are, they can only remember so much. When I go back through my yearbooks, I repeatedly say, “Oh, I forgot about that!” It’s nice to remember the little things. Yes, food. Yes, evening walks. Yes, my dog making weird faces. Those are small but precious memories.

3. Wait for the sales.

Photobook America is great about promotions. I’ve always gone over the allotted 40-pages (and this year it was 100 pages over lol), so I have to be careful about ordering because every extra page costs money. If I had purchased my book at regular price, it would’ve cost me $246. 😳 But because I had it finished and ready, I waited until there was a sale email to pounce. We paid $86 for the whole thing. (And that included shipping from Malaysia.) HOORAY!

2016 was a tough one – one of the hardest we’ve had, but it’s hard not to be grateful looking back at it in photos. God is faithful.

I like the leather covers the best – this color was called “elephant.” We rotate between this, navy, and aqua. (I’ll never give up on nautical.⚓️)

We always come up with a name for the year. This was the phrase we probably said the most last year. 😂

I’m not posting all of the pages, but here are most of my faves. 🙂

Take me back to Florida. 😭

I want to jump inside this page and eat all the foods in that snack stadium.

Last year was so crazy that we kinda forgot we went on a cruise. I’d have no memory at all if it weren’t for pictures!

Until the Lord blesses us with babies, Henry dominates the yearbooks. 😉


I’ve been trying to come up with something different to do for my birthday this year, but I’m currently just dreaming of all the same foods. Would another trip to Lambert’s be so crazy?

The face swap of Dad and me in the bottom left corner is the creepiest / most hilarious thing that happened last year.

One of my favorite months!

So. Much. Food.

I’ve had dreams about that sundae from Serendipity.

I so miss adventuring with these cuties!

I think my husband looks the most attractive when he’s next to chips and queso.

My people. 💕

That tourist picture of Henry is gold.

We pick a verse every year and end the yearbooks with them. It’s so fun to see how the Lord uses them throughout the years!

Happy weekend, lovelies! 🙂


Current Obsessions

1. Milk chocolate Cadbury bars.

Cadbury has taken over Reese’s, Hershey’s, and all other chocolates I have previously been obsessed with, although I’m currently about 5 pounds away from letting myself have any. The struggle is real.

2. Goldfish.

The love affair continues. I’m also keeping myself from these until my weight is under control, because I’m incapable of eating a normal serving size. I can polish off a bag in minutes.

3. Andy’s Frozen Custard.

Facebook comments tell me the Andy’s on Penn and 150th is due to open in February. I AM SO EXCITED. Do yourself a favor and get a Reese’s concrete with a hot fudge jackhammer. (Yeah, half of these are totally food-related. Judge me.)

4. Parmesan-crusted chicken from Longhorn Steakhouse.

Andrew and I spent a good portion of our first year of marriage eating at Longhorn Steakhouse. I got the same thing every time – the renegade sirloin with a salad and baked potato. It was divine, but soon we became devoted to Cheesecake Factory. When I lunched at Longhorn with Alyssa a few months ago, we decided to shake things up and split the parmesan crusted chicken. My life was forever changed. The flavor is FAB. It has now dethroned Cheesecake Factory; that’s how serious I am about it. Go forth and feast.

5. Swagbucks.

I’ve been using Swagbucks for over a year now, and it is still hands down the easiest way in the world to make extra money (that I’ve discovered so far lol). I’ll do a full post soon on the quickest way to earn points and gift cards!

6. This Is Us.

I have long hated TV for its tendency to be so full of filth and ridiculousness, but I’m in love with this show. It is the most well-written, emotion-filled series I’ve ever seen. If you haven’t watched it yet, you can catch up online I believe. Just make sure you have a box of tissues.

7. Chick-fil-A.

Guys. I’ve had a religious awakening. I lived most of my life thinking that Chick-fil-A’s nuggets were too sweet and not worth the calories. That is, until about two months ago. My work bestie in her great generosity brought us chicken nuggets for lunch, and I went back for seconds. Then thirds. And now I’m broke because I’m eating there all the time, but it’s worth it.

8. These Tombow markers Alyssa got me for Christmas.

I. Love. Them.

9. These super cheap Pentel Fude brush pens.

Judge not my lettering – I’m just beginning to practice. 😉

10. Monk.

Andrew and I have been making our way through the entire series of Monk, and we’re about a season and a half away from finishing. We LOVE Tony Shaloub. He is brilliant, and the show is hysterical. (If you are remotely OCD, you’ll love it.)

What are you currently obsessed with these days?


Coming at Ya, 2017

Can you guys handle the fact that I’m a professional photographer that only took iPhone pictures for this blog post? I’m currently embracing the lazy side because it’s been so long since I’ve had the pleasure of being lazy. 😉

Say hello to my labor of love, the third homemade planner I’ve slaved over to feed my unrealistic expectations when it comes to picking a planner. She’s a beaut.

Don’t worry. I won’t include all 96 pages. 😉

This year I thought it would be fun to include a month tracker and a mission board before every monthly spread. Since these planners are ginormous and really kind of a memory keepsake, I thought a little list of what’s happening that month would be fun to look back on later.

Yes. That black, whiskery blob is my dog’s nose.

I also made a companion book for all the pages I couldn’t fit in the planner. 😉 I don’t have real pictures, but here’s the gist of what’s included.

I like the year-at-a-glance pages; they help me prepare for each month better.

I usually print the adventure and feast bucket lists out for our fridge, but I put them in the book so my fridge would be less cluttered this year.

I’m already in love with these new gratitude pages. 💕

I also made a “doodle” section full of blank card stock because I’m in love with my new Tombow markers Alyssa got me for Christmas!

Any other obsessive planner-makers out there? Truth be told, I’m considering just buying one next year if I can find the courage. 🙈 What are your favorite planners?

Happy Tuesday! 😘