Category: Valentine’s Day

Feb 10 2015

Gift Prime

The Valentine Holiday will be here soon, at the end of this week in fact!  So EXCITING!  If you are still looking for the perfect gift for someone on your list you can give the gift of Amazon Prime.  This gift is perfect for anyone (men, women, kids, college students, couples, and more) on your gift list!  You can now give the gift of Amazon Prime Membership.

Gift of Amazon Prime includes:

  • FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items (no minimum order size)
  • Unlimited, ad-free access to over a million songs and hundreds of playlists
  • Instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video
  • Free unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive
  • Read free books each month through Kindle First and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

Amazon will send your recipient their gift on the day you choose along with the redemption instructions.  The gift recipient can begin their Prime Membership immediately.  If the recipient currently has a Prime Membership they can exchange their gift for an Amazon.com Gift Card.

The Amazon Prime Membership is perfect for any family and friends that enjoy online shopping.  They will get FREE Shipping and many other perks with their membership.  It is a great gift that could be used for as a Holiday, wedding, birthday, anniversary gifts, and more!

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Feb 09 2015

Valentine's Day Breakfast

The kids are super excited because they have a short school week.  WooHoo!  There is a Teacher’s Professional Service Day on Friday so we are looking forward to some extra time with the kids.  This week is also special due to a fun Holiday – Valentine’s Day!  Here is what our breakfast menu looks like this week (the items in parenthesis are examples of the extra items we will add and change from week to week):

  • Monday – English Muffins (Yogurt)
  • Tuesday – Toast (Parmesan Cheese)
  • Wednesday – Cereal (Yogurt)
  • Thursday – Pancakes, Poptarts, or Oatmeal (Green Veggie & Fruit Smoothie)
  • FridaySpecial Event Breakfast
  • Saturday – Family Brunch (a lot of times we make Saturday breakfast together and it is whatever sounds good that morning or a new dish we want to try out.  It is not always planned in advance and could be an egg or breakfast casserole, omelets, hashbrowns, waffles, pancakes, etc… this is our big family meal of the day since Saturdays are often spent with extended family, friends, or doing other afternoon and evening activities)  Since we make more complicated breakfasts on Saturdays it is usually between 8 to 10 before we sit down to eat therefore they have become our Family Brunch.
  • Sunday – Make Your Own Breakfast (everyone makes their own breakfast before church which is usually something easy like cereal, toast, poptarts, oatmeal, smoothie, etc….)

We are pretty consistent with our week day breakfast menu.  For each day of the work and school week Monday to Friday we have the same main menu item from week to week the only thing that changes is the “extra item” we add each day such as an egg, sausage, fresh fruit, cottage cheese, bacon, smoothies, or other items that we have in the kitchen.  During the school week the girls always have their main breakfast, at least one side (usually fruit, sausage, egg, etc…), vitamins, milk (one has non-dairy milk due to allergies), and small glass of juice.  When I am ambitious, awake, and my creative juices are flowing I will add a little extra silliness to make breakfast more enjoyable for the kids.

We first started doing a different main breakfast item everyday a few years ago because I have one child who if she eats the same thing too many times in a row she stops eating.  Adding a little variety from day to day was enough to keep her motivated to eat breakfast.  It wasn’t until several months later when the girls pointed it out that I realized that we do the same main item on the same day every week.  “Mom, Tuesday is Toast Day…..”  So now it has become our rotating breakfast menu which helps keep us on track because we know exactly what we need to prepare for the next breakfast.  Plus the girls are sometimes still waking up when they come to breakfast and the morning menu helps them figure out the day of the week as well as prepares them for the upcoming activities they have that day.

There are times I will mix it up (just for fun) or Jake will get up first and make breakfast!  The girls don’t hesitate to let him know if he makes a main food item on the wrong day….ha!  Our breakfasts are not fancy, but it gets us up and started for the day.  What do you make for your family breakfasts?

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Feb 09 2015

Last week flew by so quickly and we are now entering the middle of February.  I am excited about some of the fun events coming up this week.  My parents will be coming to visit us in SC for a few days.  The kids are thrilled and I have to kick into gear to get my house picked up before our guests arrive.  Also, this week is special because we are celebrating Valentine’s Day which is a great time to demonstrate our love to those around us.   Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Wonder’s Victory by Joanna Campbell to the kids
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Play a Game with the Kidswe did it different this week, we split up in pairs to play games one-on-one with the kids (Jake played Chess with Karlie and I played Trouble with Brina)
  4. Prepare for Upcoming Winter Events
  5. Spend time Monday – Friday helping the kids with Homework
  6. Attend After School Activities
  7. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  8. Plan a Fun Birthday Activity for the Kids – working on it
  9. Confirm my parents plans for their upcoming visit

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Go to my  Doctor Appointments Scheduled this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Use up food items in our pantry and freezer – still going through the various items
  4. Clean House (Focus – Dining Room)
  5. Organize Chaos (Focus – Game Closet) – isn’t quite finished yet
  6. Yard Cleanup (Focus – Clean Kids Outdoor Toy Storage Containers)
  7. Pet Care (Focus – Pick Up More Dog Food)

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car – working on it
  2. Payoff Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, bed, medical, and other debt)- working on it, made a small extra payment this week
  3. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  4. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget – went to more than 1 store
  5. Sale Items no longer using or do not need on Facebook / Craigslist / Ebay – sold a couple items and used the money to make an extra payment on our debt

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Ashleigh’s Dream (Thoroughbred Series #5) by Joanna Campbell to the kids
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Play a Game with the Kids
  4. Prepare for Upcoming Winter Events
  5. Spend time Monday – Friday helping the kids with Homework
  6. Attend After School Activities
  7. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  8. Plan a Fun Birthday Activity for the Kids
  9. Confirm my parents plans and activities for their upcoming visit
  10. Celebrate Valentine’s Day
  11. Spend Extra Time with Extended Family

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Go to my  Doctor Appointments Scheduled this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Use up food items in our pantry and freezer
  4. Clean House (Focus – Overall House Cleaning)
  5. Organize Chaos (Focus – Game Closet)
  6. Yard Cleanup (Focus – Yard Clean Up)
  7. Pet Care (Focus – Pick Up Salt Block for Goats)

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car
  2. Payoff Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, bed, medical, and other debt)
  3. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  4. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget
  5. Sale Items no longer using or do not need on Facebook / Craigslist / Ebay

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results.

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Feb 09 2015

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Feb 09 2015

Olive Garden

On Friday, Feb. 20, Olive Garden will break down the barriers to date night for parents through a national partnership with My Gym. Olive Garden will cover the cost for kids to have a fun-filled evening at My Gym while parents enjoy an affordable Four Course Festa Italiana dinner as part of its second annual Parents’ Night Out.

Parents Night Out Banner

A recent survey found that the overall cost, including childcare and dining, combined with lack of trustworthy child supervision are the largest barriers to date night for nearly 75 percent of parents.* Parents’ Night Out is designed to solve this dilemma. Parents can enjoy quality time over an affordable and delicious meal at Olive Garden while their kids are entertained with games and activities in a safe environment.

Couples can participate in Parents’ Night Out by contacting their nearest My Gym location to confirm participation, obtain event details and register. Space is limited to approximately 30 kids at each of the 148 participating My Gym locations in the U.S. and Canada, and reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis (deposit required).

To help parents make the most of their evening, Olive Garden is offering its first-ever Four Course Festa Italiana starting at $12.99, featuring unlimited breadsticks and choice of homemade soup or famous house salad, and choice of small plate, entrée and decadent Dolcini mini dessert.

For more about the great deals at Olive Garden, visit www.olivegarden.com or connect with Olive Garden on social media atFacebook.com/OliveGardenTwitter.com/OliveGarden and Instagram.com/OliveGarden.

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