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family measuring stick


As a child, my room was always very well … “decorated.”  *clearing throat*

If you know anything about my personal style, I am such a fan of clean + organized. I also appreciate creativity and I’ve always been inclined to infuse that in my space. But as a child, I was far more about the creativity and less about the clean + organized.  ; )

This picture is a corner of my childhood bedroom (I have no memories of any other bedroom). You can see a hint of the awesome wood panel walls, but for the most part, they were covered with things I loved. The big map was dotted with special people & places I loved and/or visited. Inspirational posters geared toward youth covered much of my walls. And if you look really closely … you’ll see that even my door frame was covered with something – a bunch of writing.


My bedroom door frame was the designated family measuring stick. I’m not exactly sure how it even started, but for years, my brothers and I (and an occasional friend) would put our back to the door frame and mark our height. And that door frame in my childhood home in Maryland remains really marked up to this day.

Fast forward to now. I have a family of my own. Our three children are 11, 8, and 5 and growing, growing, growing (something I never want to take for granted). Through the years, I’ve continued to appreciate the idea of a family measuring stick, but it was only this past year that I actually GOT one. I fell in love with this one from the PopPop Shop. More on that in a minute.

But first, I wanted to walk you through how I “caught” up on 11 years of NOT doing this. Know what I mean? I haven’t had a wall or a door frame or a cute life-size ruler that I’ve been marking all these years, but I knew I could catch up. How? I went through the kids’ scrapbooks, one by one. I had made notations about their heights, particularly on their birthdays. I found a few other notes and wrote down every measurement at every age I could find.

Inevitably, there were some gaps. So I turned to the kids’ pediatrician’s office. I simply requested that I get the growth chart records that they each had in their files. That’s it. I knew they had this information in their medical charts and that’s all I needed to find out their measurements through the years.


I then put pen to paper wood. One by one, I would find the measurement / height, then write the child’s name and date. I then realized it made more sense to write their AGE and the date could be smaller / underneath … so I switched how I did that. The perfectionist side of me was cringing. But the more practical “get over it” side of me was like, Hey – that’s all right. It’s all good. Carry on.


Okay – I said I’d come back to this handmade wooden growth chart. It’s so cool, right? I knew I would love it. The style is fantastic, the quality is impeccable, and it’s handmade. So what’s not to love? But I love it for another reason, too. It’s made by the PopPop Shop, which is Emily Ley’s dad.

Emily Ley is one of our Project Life® designers and she has become our friend through working together to bring you the Strawberry Edition of Project Life. Emily completely adores her parents, which is pretty apparent in her social media sharing. I have a deep adoration for my parents, too, and I think buying a product that her dad made just feels really special to me – but I’m not exactly sure how to articulate why. It just does.


So up on the wall it went! Our family measuring stick found a home. I placed it in a busy little corner of our home, just inside the garage door where it opens up to the family room.


I loaded in all the information I have for each of the kids and I will continue to add any other information I find. And, of course, we will be adding measurements through the years. The nice thing is – if and when we one day no longer live in this house, the family measuring stick comes with us.


PS – The yellow cabinet is something we got several years ago at either Razmataz or Potato Barn here in Arizona (I can’t remember which one exactly). I imagine that question will come up.  ; )

This post is part of a weekly blog series called At Home with Becky. Each Wednesday, I share a little something from home – routines, organization, traditions, decor, etc. If you are interested in seeing all of these posts in one place, just click on that turquoise button at the top of my blog that says At Home with Becky.


30 Responses

  1. Kristie says:

    Oh wow – what a great idea!!!!!

  2. Debbie Pyle says:

    Can you post/tweet a link to the Pop Pop Shop. Googled it with no success

  3. Sherry Keiser says:

    That is a wonderful idea

  4. When I first saw this pic, I thought “hey, Emily’s dad makes those too”…lol. So glad to see you promoting them :-)

  5. Jamie says:

    Absolutely love this idea!! Thanks for sharing, I just ordered my measuring stick!!

  6. Sandra B. says:

    They’re gaining on you! My mom used to use a clipboard or school folder (something flat) on our head to get an accurate measurement.
    Thanks (to you & Ali both) for the reminder that the simplest solution is often the best–no need to recreate documentation that already exists.

  7. Shannon C says:

    I LOVE this and will be ordering one today! We’ve moved around a bit and I’ve been searching for a way to preserve this precious info. Thank you for sharing…

    Can you tell me what kind of pen(s) you used to write the info on it?


  8. Diane says:

    How does the measuring stick attach to the wall? Is it all one piece, or is it in multiple sections? What a wonderful idea, especially its portable-ness!

    • It’s one piece. And it comes with hanging hardware, but I opted for 3M Command strips (I use them for everything in our home!) – so I don’t put holes in the wall. ; )

  9. I love the idea of the wooden ruler. To late for my home as all of my children are all grown up. :) However, I do have a great granddaughter that I see at least once a month. I love the idea of measuring her height and recording it in her book. I have been recording her weight because Gracie loves getting on my scale. :) I know that my granddaughter appreciates my creating and recording her memories and milestones. I wish that Project Life had been around when my children were little. Thanks so much Becky for sharing all that you do.

    Mary from NH

  10. Carrie says:

    I’ve wanted to do this for awhile, and since we are in a season of renting a home (or on our 2nd rental home rather), something that we can move with us is so appealing.
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. Monica says:

    I loved seeing this, my neice and nephew(by marriage) just made a growth stick for their little boy that they just had – – he just turned 1, but they’ve been putting their growth stick to great use. I loved seeing that you’ve done this too.

  12. Jenn says:

    This was so good for me to read! I have a big wooden measuring stick that is very similar (made by a local mom). My kids have asked to mark their heights on there, but I wanted to keep it looking nice and neat. We currently mark it on the pantry door. I love how you wrote it on there…it’s a great memory and still looks nice. I don’t know why I didn’t just go ahead already and do this. Thanks for pushing me to do it, Becky! I’m getting out my Sharpie right now and making a memory!

  13. Heyam says:

    Can you please give me the website where I can order the measuring stick from. Thank you.

  14. Melissa says:

    They sell these pre-made at Kirkland’s (home goods store) for $35. I loved the idea but REFUSED to pay that amount for something so simple.

  15. Veronica says:


    How do you know how far from the floor to mount the board in order to get an accurate height measurent?

  16. dawn says:

    Love this!! We use the wall in my son’s room but I like this idea so much better. Thanks Becky!

  17. Tricia McClain says:

    I love the measuring stick, but its so funny that you never used the one that came with the school kit so many years ago. I had that on the wall for years and we just moved, so while I taped it back up, I definitely need something new. Thanks for all your products that help me document my family life.

  18. Rebecca says:

    Where did you get your shirt? It’s so cute

  19. Mary says:

    Love the stick- just have to find a place to put one in our house!

  20. Karen says:

    Your bedroom wall is like your scrapbook…showing likes of your years.

  21. Kathy Boss says:

    I love this measuring stick. It holds to much meaning to it. I have to make one for each one of my grandkids as they start their families. I have one great-grandson who will be 2 yrs. old in September and another one due in January. This will be an heirloom for them. I can’t wait to get started.

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