Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Weekly Goals - not even going to pretend it's Monday this week


I am a master procrastinator.  I meant to get to this Monday but it was a bit daunting this week as I have not completed them again. It would be so easy for me to just quit doing it now as I have with so many things over the years. However, I am going to continue even if I don't get it done on time.

Last weeks goals
Family/Mothering Goals

1. Get back to doing Family Game Night once a week!
2. Do a fun project each day with the boys (made Borax crystal ornaments yesterday!) 
3. Greet Bill with a smile on my face and a good attitude when he arrives home in the evening - didn't do good this week, I am so sorry love!
Personal Goals
4. Go for a walk 4 times this week
5. Blog at least 2 times
6. Finish chapter 3 and read chapter 4 in A Woman's Guide to Overcoming Depression - need a break from this for a bit.
Home Management
7. Work on getting Household Binder in order - create sections and print off any lists I will need
8. Get out Bill's & my Spring clothes and put Winter clothes away! -- got mine done and thinned it out a bit
Garden
9. Purchase onions and get them in the ground, make sure peas are back underground after the wind & rain - peas are sprouting, onions will go in this week
Business Goals 
10. Get tax information finished up - so close, just a little left!



On to this week, do some of these things seem like wimpy goals? Maybe they are but I am going to try them anyhow!

Weekly Goals  March 26 - April 1



Family/Mothering Goals
1. Get back to doing Family Game Night once a week!

2. Do a fun project with the boys

3. Do something to show Bill how much I appreciate him on a daily basis

Personal Goals
4. Try some new things with my hair, this ponytail thing is just not cutting it!

5. Blog at least 2 times

6. Don't allow myself to be overwhelmed by these goals

Home Management
7. Work on filing the massive amounts of papers 

8. Get out Bill's Spring clothes and put Winter clothes away!

Garden
9. Put onions in and make seed tapes for other veggies & flowers

Business Goals
10. Get tax information finished up & make 1 thing to sell


In other news I WON a custom maxi dress from CCB Custom Dresses and it is shipping this week! I am so excited to get it! I will definitely be posting pics of me in it! 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thrifty Thursday March 22nd



We have had FOUR consecutive days of rain here. Which I am thankful for, just not quite as thankful that it has been during Spring Break.  I did send the boys out today while it was drizzling to find worms, they were able to get 9 of them! 

Yesterday my oldest (G) and I went thrift shopping with a friend of mine and her 3 boys. That's right 2 women, 4 boys (ages 9-13) and 5 thrift stores. We totally rocked it. Oh and lunch at Taco Bell so that 3 of the boys could try the new Doritos tacos (6 thumbs up). We tried out a couple of new stores and went to three of our faves.  I had a list of a few things that I was looking for and found quite a few of them! 


One thing I ALWAYS look for is canning jars. Yesterday I found the 9 on the right of the pic, the still wrapped case of jelly jars on the left was found by my cousin today at a yard sale for $2! I never pay more than 75¢ for the large jars or 50¢ for the small jars, any more than that and it's better to buy them new.  The ice chest is something I have been wanting to have in my van, for shopping trips and vacations. We live about 15 minutes from a large grocery store and in the summer that is a long way with refrigerated/frozen goods. I payed a whopping $4 for that ice chest and spent about 15 minutes cleaning it up! I also picked up a couple of Christian novels at 50¢ a piece, which after I read I will sell at our garage sale! 



With boys who outgrow and outplay their clothes, it is much smarter of me to pick up clothes for $1-$2 each then to spend more and have to replace them anyhow! The Angry Birds shirt was the most exciting find of the day, it's for my 6 year old (D) who totally loves it! I also picked up a pair of Transformer undies for him and a pair of almost new Old Navy jeans a size bigger. For G, I was able to find a pair of Old Navy denim shorts, 2 pairs of athletic shorts and a pair of Reebok wind pants. None of these items were more than $2 and all are in great shape.


The items on the left are what I got for me! Not shown is the Victorias Secret over the shoulder boulder holder I picked up for 95¢! Two pairs of jeans, at least one of which will become capris. A Minnie Mouse shirt that says "Don't even go there" and a plain black tee which is destined to become awesome. The large Jayhawk on the left is a KU snuggie that my 11 year old purchased with his own money. I looked up how much they run and it is between $20 - $30, he paid $3.50. My son is so awesome! 

All in all it was a very successful day! Not to mention the fun we had hanging out with friends! My little man also had a great day hanging out with my mom, he LOVES his Grammy!  Does anyone else love thrift shopping as much as I do? I just love the thrill of the hunt and finding a gem in among the rest of the stuff!

I am looking forward to hanging out with some gals tomorrow night, I am ready for some estrogen in my life! I love my boys but sometimes I just need to hang around some women! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Weekly Goals March 19 (just pretend it's still the 19th)





In addition to the things on here we also started our Family Garden this week by planting potatoes on St Patrick's Day. I think I am going to have to add a garden section to my goals as it will start taking up a lot of my time as it matures! 


Last Weeks Goals


Family/Mothering Goals
1. Get back to doing Family Game Night once a week! - meant to but just didn't get it done
2. Have one-on-one time with each of the boys
3. Be purposeful about doing things Bill will appreciate on a daily basis
Personal Goals
4. Go for a walk 4 times this week - went once
5. Blog at least 2 times
6. Read chapter 3 in A Woman's Guide to Overcoming Depression - almost through it!
Home Management
7. Get dining room de-cluttered and ready to move in new desk. Desk moved in! 
8. Work on getting Household Binder in order
9. Get out the kids' spring clothes, make a list of anything they need  Wow have they outgrown a lot of clothes!
Business Goals
10. Get tax information ready to go - still working on it, figured it would take me more than a week though!


Thankful to get things marked off even if it wasn't all of them! This week is Spring Break for my kiddos and it is cloudy & rainy ALL week. So the main thing I hope to accomplish this week is to come out with my sanity and no extra gray hair!!

Weekly Goals March 19-25

Family/Mothering Goals
1. Get back to doing Family Game Night once a week!

2. Do a fun project each day with the boys (made Borax crystal ornaments yesterday!)

3. Greet Bill with a smile on my face and a good attitude when he arrives home in the evening

Personal Goals
4. Go for a walk 4 times this week

5. Blog at least 2 times

6. Finish chapter 3 and read chapter 4 in A Woman's Guide to Overcoming Depression

Home Management
7. Work on getting Household Binder in order - create sections and print off any lists I will need

8. Get out Bill's & my Spring clothes and put Winter clothes away!

Garden
9. Purchase onions and get them in the ground, make sure peas are back underground after the wind & rain

Business Goals
10. Get tax information finished up

Not terribly exciting this week but I am ok with that! Tomorrow my oldest & I are going thrift shopping with a friend and her boys. Last time we went it was a total hoot, the kids kept us laughing with the wacky things they found! Going to charge my camera so I can take it along tomorrow. 


Also, The Hunger Games movie comes out this week and I am going on Friday night with some friends and I am super excited! I am re-reading all the books and I am on the last one now, they are so hard to put down! I originally read them to see if they were okay for my oldest, which they are NOT. I would not recommend these books to anyone under 15 due to the graphic nature of the books (note that the movie is rated PG-13).  Granted, I am very cautious as to what goes into my kids' minds (books, tv, movies) because what goes in will come out (garbage in, garbage out)!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Weekly Goals March 12

I realize I am a day behind but things never really go as planned here! Had a crazy busy weekend hanging out with my awesome cousin who is getting married in June! We worked on a couple of things for the wedding and a fun project for a baby shower she is doing. Went to G's dodgeball game, did some thrift shopping, went to church, did lots of laundry and just kept busy! Yesterday the school called and I had to go pick up G with a stomach ache and bad sinus headache. Took him to the Dr because he had been up late Friday with the same symptoms and found out he had a sinus infection and the mucous was causing the stomach pain. So now he is on antibiotics and hanging out at home today!

On to the Weekly Goals! I did not get 7 things crossed off last weeks list but considering the week was a bit crazy I am happy to mark a few things off. I am also seeing some things on my list that I seem to be having trouble with so I am going to change things up this week and see if that makes it more do-able.

Family/Mothering Goals
1.  Read a chapter a night with the kids in Hank the Cowdog - The Case of the Booby-Trapped Pickup
2. Write a letter to our Compassion child, Maikol
3. Make an effort to look nice for my hubby when he gets home
Personal Goals
4. Be active/exercise 20 minutes a day
5. Blog 2 times, not including this post
6. Re-read chapters 1 & 2 in  A Woman's Guide to Overcoming Depression and make some notes!
Home Management
7. Get dining room de-cluttered and ready to move in new desk. - not all the way done, but progress was made!
8. Plan 2 weeks of menus - focusing on becoming more low-carb
9. Make a cleaning schedule I can stick to
Business Goals
10. Create 2 items to sell and post on business page -Karla Creative  - I have a kitchen item and a baby set that I am wanting to make, just need to make the time!


Here are this weeks goals:

Family/Mothering Goals
1. Get back to doing Family Game Night once a week!

2. Have one-on-one time with each of the boys

3. Be purposeful about doing things Bill will appreciate on a daily basis

Personal Goals
4. Go for a walk 4 times this week

5. Blog at least 2 times


Home Management
7. Get dining room de-cluttered and ready to move in new desk.

8. Work on getting Household Binder in order

9. Get out the kids' spring clothes, make a list of anything they need

Business Goals
10. Get tax information ready to go

Going to see if this will be a little easier for me to follow. Previously there were some things I thought would be great for us (or me) to do as a family but just weren't a great fit for us. This is a learning process for me and I am going to figure it out at some point!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Weekly Goals March 5



How on Earth is it Monday again?? Where is all the time going, it seems to go faster by the day! We had a fairly busy week, ending with a couple of dodgeball games Saturday and a nursery full of toddlers on Sunday! 

Only two weeks in on this "weekly goals" and I have yet to mark everything off.  I am still not feeling discouraged as I am marking some things off.  I am ready to start week 3 and I'm feeling pretty good about it!  Here is a recap of last weeks goals:

Goals for the week of February 27 - March 4
Family/Mothering Goals
1.  Read a chapter a night with the kids in Hank the Cowdog - The Case of the Booby-Trapped Pickup
2. Write a letter to our Compassion child, Maikol.
3. Do at least one thing a day I know that my husband would really appreciate
Personal Goals
4. Walk 5 miles this week
5. Blog 2 times, not including this post
6. Read one chapter in A Woman's Guide to Overcoming Depression I read TWO chapters plus jumped to the section on PMDD so I could discuss it with my Dr today. 
Home Management
7. Get dining room de-cluttered and ready to move in new desk.
8. Get some freezer cooking done - breakfast items
9. Make a cleaning schedule I can stick to
Business Goals
10. Create 2 items to sell and post on business page -Karla Creative 



Goals for the week of March 5-11


Family/Mothering Goals

1.  Read a chapter a night with the kids in Hank the Cowdog - The Case of the Booby-Trapped Pickup

2. Write a letter to our Compassion child, Maikol.


3. Make an effort to look nice for my hubby when he gets home

Personal Goals
4. Be active/exercise 20 minutes a day

5. Blog 2 times, not including this post

6. Re-read chapters 1 & 2 in  A Woman's Guide to Overcoming Depression and make some notes!

Home Management
7. Get dining room de-cluttered and ready to move in new desk.

8. Plan 2 weeks of menus - focusing on becoming more low-carb

9. Make a cleaning schedule I can stick to

Business Goals
10. Create 2 items to sell and post on business page -Karla Creative  - I have a kitchen item and a baby set that I am wanting to make, just need to make the time!

I am going to make a valiant effort to mark off at least 7 of these next Monday!! I know I can do it, I just have to get up off my behind and get it done!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

BBQ Chicken, Tornadoes, and Leaks, Oh my!

I had planned on sharing this on Tuesday, instead we spent the evening in the basement. Apparently tornado season has already begun here in Kansas. It was one heck of a storm, wind blowing the rain amazingly hard. We ended up with water inside blown in under the back door. We also had some leaks in the basement through cracks in the wall and through a crack in the floor! We had been wanting to clean out  all the boxes from that room anyhow, this just forced us to do it!

This "BBQ Chicken" is one of my super easy go-to meals that has become a favorite around here. It is also one I have taken as a meal to friends. There are two main ingredients: chicken breasts & barbecue sauce. Please feel free to admire the pretty flowers the love of my life brought home to me 'just because'!

I use whatever BBQ sauce I have on hand, this one ended up being one of my hubby's favorites. I use anywhere from 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of chicken breast, straight from the freezer. I put the frozen chicken into my crock pot, then dump the sauce right on top. I usually add a little water to the bottle to get out all the saucy goodness and add that to the crock pot also.


 Cover, cook on low 8 hours or high 4 hours - works fine either way. If you have the time and like to bake, you could whip up some home made buns at this point!

Once the time is up, you will need to shred the chicken. This is where one of my favorite kitchen tools comes in, the chop-stir. I am able to use it to shred up the cooked chicken in less than a minute without having to get close to the hot food! I also love to use my chop-stir when cooking ground beef and sausage as it gets it into small pieces and I feel like it helps to extend the food, thereby also saving me money!
Don't worry about the burnt looking area, it doesn't affect the taste. The chop-stir makes quick work of shredding the chicken.
See how quick that was! Now you are ready to eat, gather what you need and dig in!

I serve it on buns with my home made pickles, we had raw veggies and dip with ours on Tuesday. It made enough to serve all 4 of us TWICE! We had the leftovers tonight and it was just as delicious as the first time! This is really a great meal any time of year and can be adjusted to your tastes by switching up the sauce flavor.

Another twist on this would be to make chicken taco meat using a can of Rotel tomatoes and a packet of taco seasoning (or homemade - this is what I use) shred it at the end of the cook time and serve wrapped in tortillas. Everyone at our house really likes that also! I love my crock pot and how easily I can prepare a meal for my family without spending all day in the kitchen!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Thrifty Thursday March 1st


I am SO excited to share this weeks thrifty find, it will be saving me so much money! A few weeks ago I was talking to a friend about how expensive our auto insurance seemed for the ONE vehicle we had that is 15 years old. When she almost choked at how much it was I knew it was time to do some comparison shopping. The first thing I did was to call my insurance company and see if they could get me a better rate. My agent said he would see what he could do and call me back. When he called me back he gave me a whole list of excuses reasons why that was as low as it could go, and it had dropped recently too! By 60 whole cents! Woo! Nevermind the $20 it had gone up 5 months ago. Apparently the parts for our car are very expensive and that is why we were paying so much. After about 15 minutes of listening to him I told him I was going to have to hang up as I really just couldn't listen to any more.

I am almost ashamed to say how long we have been getting gouged through that company, whose hands were in no way good to us. I can't believe that someone who loves a good deal as much as I do didn't even think about how much we were paying. I had thought a couple of times that it did seem like a lot for one vehicle when neither of us have anything on our records, no accidents and we have good credit. While I wish I had done this sooner, I am just so thankful we did it now!

I went in to a local agency who was able to give me a quote on full coverage for our 15 year old car and on renters insurance. Not only were they friendly, they explained everything very clearly to me and I felt like they did a more thorough evaluation on our house contents for the renter's insurance. The quote they gave me almost knocked my socks off! The amount just for the car was less than HALF of what we we've been paying. The Renters insurance was more thorough than what we had and was $7 less a month.

Then we added the new van into the mix and the old insurance was going to add on $12/month for just liability. I have no idea how much it would have been for full coverage but I would guess it would have minimally been an additional $25/month. That was not going to fit into our budget!

Monday I went down to the Insurance Agency to get going with the new coverage, this was quite exciting for me! Needless to say I left with a huge smile on my face. When it was all said and done I am paying less for renter's insurance and to fully cover both of our vehicles than I was paying to fully cover our ONE vehicle with the old insurance.  Here is a little comparison of how this breaks down:

Old Insurance:
1997 car, full coverage
2002 van, liability
Renter's


New Insurance:
1997 car full coverage
2002 van full coverage
Renter's

We will be saving minimally  $588 a year!! Not only are we saving money on it, we are getting more coverage!

I was showing my 11 year old how much we are saving and he said "that is almost enough for an iPad!".  Why, yes son it sure is! I love that he gets excited about some of my money saving adventures!

Obviously this will not be the case for everyone, but I do urge you to get a second opinion if you feel you may be paying too much. I am so glad I took the time to look around. This was definitely my best deal of the week!