Category: Financial

Apr 20 2015

The price to download these books is currently $0.00 (although the price may change at any time, please confirm prior to downloading).  The ebooks are specifically for Kindles, however, you can click here and download the free application that allows you to read Kindle ebooks on your PC.

Download a free copy of Life Without Clutter: A Textbook on The Most Effective Ways to Dispose of All Types of Clutter by Janet Curry

Download a free copy of Focus: Natural Ways to Elevate Your Focus & Concentration by John Franz

Download a free copy of Zap Your Procrastination (Time Management and Productivity) by Romuald Andrade

Download a free copy of Critical Thinking: Think Clearly and Logically by Ava Young

Download a free copy of Nikola Tesla by Sean Patrick

Download a free copy of  Frugal Hacks: Money Tips, Tricks, and Innovative Ways to Maximize Your Dollar by Will K. Kowl

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Apr 17 2015

The price to download these books is currently $0.00 (although the price may change at any time, please confirm prior to downloading).  The ebooks are specifically for Kindles, however, you can click here and download the free application that allows you to read Kindle ebooks on your PC.

Download a free copy of Money Lifehacks: A 60-Minute Beginner’s Guide to Rethinking Your Personal Finances by Gabriel Aviles

Download a free copy of Dinosaurs – Amazing Pictures & Fun Facts on Animals in Nature by Kay de Silva

Download a free copy of 100 Bundt and Tube Pan Cake Recipes by Tera L. Davis

Download a free copy of The Loud Bird Forest (Jack and his friends at Jungle Gym Heights) by P.C. Adams

Download a free copy of YOGA for Weight Loss and Overall Fitness by Radha Yadav

Download a free copy of 12 Australian Mammals with Native Wildlife Pictures  by Leanne Annett

Download a free copy of Gluten Free Cookbook Box Set: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Bread Recipes by Charity Wilson

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Apr 13 2015

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Everyone was able to get back into rhythm last week with work and school.  While it was a busy week we managed to squeeze in some fun activities too.  We took the girls to the Zoo for Member Night and went on Date Nights with the kids so that was fun.  On the weekend we worked for several hours on their Science Fair Projects (a new step for us).  This week will be another busy one so I am doing very simple and easy meals.  Also, we have leftover food that needs to be eaten up at the beginning of the week so we don’t waste it so the menu won’t be too exciting.   Here is our menu plan for the upcoming week:

Our Weekly Menu Plan

  • Monday (Beef or Pork Entree): Leftover Buffet (which is what we call leftover night at our house)
  • Tuesday (Kid’s Night to Cook):  French Bread Pizza, Fresh Salad
  • Wednesday (Chicken or Vegetarian Entree): Mustard Chicken, Steamed Vegetables
  • Thursday (Pasta or Seafood Entree): Baked Salmon, Mixed Vegetables
  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday:  Leftovers, Family Preference, and Hosting

I have a general pattern I try to follow for my weekly Menu Plan (for example Monday we have a beef or seafood entree and so forth).  It is my goal, at least in the beginning, to have at least the main dish and one side planned.  I will put together the remaining side dishes (veggies / fruits) based on the food items that need to be used up first and compliment the main entree.

Setting a weekly menu plan helps me utilize my time better, thus freeing up extra time to spend with my family.  On the days that I am working longer hours I can prep the meal in advance so it will be easier to pull together once I am home.  As I go through the menu planning process I will try to share some of our favorite family recipes.  If there is a specific recipe you would like please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate (some recipes are a toss together meal and I do not use any set measurements).

As a family of four our life can get busy.  What’s for Dinner is our weekly menu planning series and one of the ways to help keep us organized, on schedule, and within budget.  Our family typically eats 6 to 7  dinner meals at home a week.  We do try to go out to eat at least once a month as a special treat.  Breakfasts are eaten at home before work and school, lunches are eaten at work, school, or home, so dinner is our main meal together as a family.  Dinner is our time to reconnect, share, and enjoy being together after a busy day.  Our weekly menu plan covers Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday only because the weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) is our time to spend with family and friends.  The weekends tend to be more spontaneous and my husband (who is the better cook) likes pitching in therefore we keep the menu open for variety.  We use up the leftovers throughout the week for our lunches and on the nights that we are busy or can’t cook.

Photo by Liz

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Mar 30 2015

The kids are on Spring Break this week!  WooHoo!  I am looking forward to spending extra time with them.  We have some fun activities and adventures planned for the week.  We’ll be wrapping up March, starting April, enjoying Spring Break, and celebrating Easter this week so it will be a fun one!  The main goal this week is to spend some time with the kids.  I have a lot of items I would like to get accomplished, but there are second to my family this week.  Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Rascal by Sterling North to the kids – we are getting further into it, the girls love this book about a pet Rascal (this was a book I had as a kid)
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Play a Game with the Kids
  4. Prepare for Upcoming Spring Events
  5. Spend time Monday – Thursday helping the kids with Homework
  6. Attend After School Activities
  7. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  8. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure
  9. Figure out the kids Science Fair Projectsgot them approved now we need to get started on them….
  10. STEM Club Event Presentations for Family Night at School
  11. Prep for upcoming Spring Break

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. Clean House (Focus – Unpack Suitcase and Items Away from State STEM Robotics Trip this weekend)
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – All pictures downloaded & organized from FL and STEM trips) – still working on this one, school and other activities took priority last week but hoping to get everything caught up soon
  5. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Sweep out my side of Garage)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Pick Up Mineral Bucket for the Goats) – store was out of mineral buckets, will need to check another location or check again this week

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 Medical Bills – working on it
  3. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, bed, and other debt) – working on it
  4. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  5. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Rascal by Sterling North to the kids
  2. Plan 3 special activities with the family
  3. Play Games with the Kids
  4. Prepare for Upcoming Spring Events
  5. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure
  6. Start prepping for the kids Science Fair Projects
  7. Enjoy extra time with the kids on Spring Break
  8. Celebrate Easter with the family
  9. Spend time working on projects with kids
  10. Focus on quality family time
  11. Upcoming STEM Event
  12. Play with the kids
  13. Go for a bike ride, walk in the woods, and have relax
  14. Take time to really listen to the kids and what they are thinking / doing, etc…

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Keep up with my FitBit Goals (Walk 10,000 steps / 5 miles / 10 sets stairs per day)
  4. Go to my  Doctor Appointments Scheduled this week
  5. Update Counting My Blessings and Other journal entries daily

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. Clean House (Focus – Deep Cleaning on all 3 Bathrooms)
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – All pictures downloaded & organized from FL and STEM trips)
  5. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Vacuum Van)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Pick Up Mineral Bucket for the 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 Medical Bills
  3. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, bed, and other debt)
  4. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  5. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget

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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Mar 23 2015

Last week were were somewhat into the normal routine.  This past weekend we went with the kids to Columbia, SC for their State STEM Lego Robotics Competition.  We spent Friday night at a hotel near the meet because we had to be up early and ready on Saturday morning for the competition.  The kids had a blast and did well.  There was a lot of competition and with this only being their 2nd year doing STEM Club it was a real honor to be at the event.   Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Rascal by Sterling North to the kids – it was a busy week but made a little more progress through the book
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Play a Game with the Kids
  4. Prepare for Upcoming Spring Events
  5. Spend time Monday – Friday helping the kids with Homeworksome extra homework with them being gone last week
  6. Attend After School Activities
  7. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  8. Prep for upcoming Family Adventurewent to the girls STEM State Comprtition this past weekend and spent the night before in a hotel
  9. Get the kids caught back up with Homework from missing school last week while in Florida
  10. Prep for upcoming State STEM Competition
  11. Prep for upcoming Spring Break
  12. Take kids to Eye Dr and Dentist for regular Cleaning eyes looking good and no one has any cavities just more lose teeth, the last of their baby teeth are starting to fall out…look out tooth fairy

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 dayI did it twice this week because we had a couple items that needed washed before the STEM competition on Saturday.
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Use up food items in our pantry and freezer
  4. Clean House (Focus – Extra Laundry Done from Traveling)
  5. Organize Chaos (Focus – Unpack All Suitcases and Put Items Away from Florida Trip)
  6. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Clean Out the Van from the Florida Trip)
  7. Pet Care (Focus – Pick Up Hay for the 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 – working on it
  2. Payoff Medical Bills – working on it
  3. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, bed, and other debt) – working on it
  4. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  5. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget – went about $15 over budget this week

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Rascal by Sterling North to the kids
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Play a Game with the Kids
  4. Prepare for Upcoming Spring Events
  5. Spend time Monday – Thursday helping the kids with Homework
  6. Attend After School Activities
  7. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  8. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure
  9. Figure out the kids Science Fair Projects
  10. STEM Club Event Presentations for Family Night at School
  11. Prep for upcoming Spring Break

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. Clean House (Focus – Unpack Suitcase and Items Away from State STEM Robotics Trip this weekend)
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – All pictures downloaded & organized from FL and STEM trips)
  5. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Sweep out my side of Garage)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Pick Up Mineral Bucket for the 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 Medical Bills
  3. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, bed, and other debt)
  4. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  5. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget

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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