Category: Family Finances

Jul 11 2016

It was wonderful starting last week off with a Holiday!  We were able to get some extra items done around the house and spend some time together as a family.  Having the holiday on a Monday did through off our week a little bit, but we adjusted just fine!  We had a spontaneous dinner and gathering midweek with extended family which was a lot of fun too!  The girls had fun at bike camp while Jake and I tackled projects at work.  We’ve been busy working through a lot of items and project around the house as well.    Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein to the kids. – finished reading it, the girls loved it!
  2. Read 7 more Stories from the Bad Pets on the Loose by Alan Zullo book to the kids.
  3. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids.
  4. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids.
  5. Reflect on our blessings and prayer time with kids every night.
  6. Plan one special activity with the family
  7. Play a Game with the Kids
  8.  Attend After Work Activities
  9. Lunch Boxes packed the night before work & other planned activities
  10. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure(s)
  11. Prep & Figure out Schedule for upcoming Summer Break
  12. Work on family projects together
  13. Daily 15 minute “Speed Clean” for entire family to keep the daily clutter under control

Kid Goals

  1. Have kids do work in their Summer Workbook(s)
  2. Encourage Kids to read independently at least 30 minutes a day
  3. Have kids work on our approved educational websites to encourage growth (at least 2 hours for the week)
  4. Have kids work for at least 1 hour on this week on improving their typing skills
  5. Each kid finish creating at least 2 blogs posts for their Fun with Sis blog
  6. Spend time Monday –Friday encouraging the kids to find creative ways to learn and grown their skills
  7. At least 30 minutes of outside play, fresh air, or activity time a day

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Keep up with my FitBit Goals
  3. Do yoga at least 5 times a week – not so great on this one, got out of my regular routine
  4. Go to my Appointments Scheduled this week
  5. Update Counting My Blessings and Other journal entries daily
  6. Tackle some lingering projects on my “to do” list
  7. Read over the kids blog posts

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day – it took more than 1 day with everything going on this week
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Clean House (Focus – Clean Living Room)
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – Label & Hang Up Kids Necklaces)
  5. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Pick up Sticks found in the yard from the past couple of storms)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Work of the Goat & Dog Fences)
  7. Repairs – (Focus – Check on Water Heater Recall Notice we received) – haven’t been able to do this one yet

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 – need to wrap up one more
  5. Notes typed for work – need to update with new information
  6. Meeting regarding work goals and upcoming tasks completed – update and review
  7. Folders Labeled for work – working on it
  8. Training on new projects – making progress
  9. Desk drawers organized – getting it there
  10. Do at least 5 blog posts this week
  11. Catch up on Hootesuite
  12. Upload pictures from last few weeks and update – have more of them completed

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch
  2. One-on-one quality time with Jake (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)
  3. One-on-one quality time with Brina (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)
  4. One-on-one quality time with Karlie (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)

Financial Goals

  1. Schedule a meeting with the Financial Advisor – narrowing down the schedules
  2. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt – working on it
  3. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  4. Go grocery shopping one time this week and stay within budget – went more than once with the impromptu family dinner with 17 people on Thursday night! 🙂
  5. Sell, giveaway, donate, or through away items no longer use – making good progress, but still have a ways to go
  6. Take items to the recycling distributor
  7. Make meals with items from pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to use up what we have and eliminate any extra spending

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading The Forgotten Filly by Karle Dickerson to the kids.
  2. Read 7 more Stories from the Bad Pets on the Loose by Alan Zullo book to the kids.
  3. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids.
  4. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids.
  5. Reflect on our blessings and prayer time with kids every night.
  6. Plan one special activity with the family
  7. Play a Game with the Kids
  8.  Attend After Work Activities
  9. Lunch Boxes packed the night before work & other planned activities
  10. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure(s)
  11. Prep & Figure out Schedule for upcoming Summer Break
  12. Work on family projects together
  13. Daily 15 minute “Speed Clean” for entire family to keep the daily clutter under control

Kid Goals

  1. Have kids do work in their Summer Workbook(s)
  2. Encourage Kids to read independently at least 30 minutes a day
  3. Have kids work on our approved educational websites to encourage growth (at least 2 hours for the week)
  4. Have kids work for at least 1 hour on this week on improving their typing skills
  5. Each kid finish creating at least 2 blogs posts for their Fun with Sis blog
  6. Spend time Monday –Friday encouraging the kids to find creative ways to learn and grown their skills
  7. At least 30 minutes of outside play, fresh air, or activity time a day

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Keep up with my FitBit Goals
  3. Do yoga at least 5 times a week
  4. Go to my Appointments Scheduled this week
  5. Update Counting My Blessings and Other journal entries daily
  6. Tackle some lingering projects on my “to do” list
  7. Read over the kids blog posts

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 – Family Room)
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – Laundry Room)
  5. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Blow off deck, sidewalk, & driveway)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Refill Goat & Dog Food)
  7. Repairs – (Focus – Check on Water Heater Recall Notice we received)

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
  5. Notes typed for work
  6. Meeting regarding work goals and upcoming tasks completed
  7. Folders Labeled for work
  8. Training on new projects
  9. Desk drawers organized
  10. Do at least 5 blog posts this week
  11. Catch up on Hootesuite
  12. Upload pictures from last few weeks and update

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch
  2. One-on-one quality time with Jake (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)
  3. One-on-one quality time with Brina (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)
  4. One-on-one quality time with Karlie (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)

Financial Goals

  1. Schedule a meeting with the Financial Advisor
  2. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt
  3. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  4. Go grocery shopping one time this week and stay within budget
  5. Sell, giveaway, donate, or through away items no longer use
  6. Take items to the recycling distributor
  7. Make meals with items from pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to use up what we have and eliminate any extra spending

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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Jun 28 2016

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Have you ever been in the middle of hosting an event at your house and realized you are out of napkins?  Gone to brush your teeth only to discover you are out of toothpaste?  Went to start the laundry only to find out that you are out of laundry soap?  All of these are possible scenarios and can be quite frustrating.  I speak from experience!  It is not cool to run out of essential items when you really need them!

At the time it is not funny when you realize you need something and do not have it on hand.  It can be a big inconvenience because you may have to stop what you are doing and go to the store to pick up the missing product. You may need to be creative with your available resources because you cannot pick up the missing item (using cloth napkins while your guests are still visiting or napkins).  Whatever the resolution in those crazy times it simply would have been easier to just have the item already at the house!

Avoid the Oops

No one likes that sinking feeling when you reach for something only to realize it’s all gone. Avoid those oops moments by stocking up at Walmart.

One of the best ways to “avoid the oops” and running out of staple items is to keep a stock of essentials from Protector & Gamble.  Whether it is an impromptu summer event, gathering, or last minute outing.  It is always great to keep the daily or regularly used items on your list and small stockpile (one or two spares). The best way that we  have helped to “avoid the oops” in our household is to create and use a system.

First, we try to keep at least 1 extra of the essential items that we use regularly in our house.  Whenever, any member uses or opens up the last of an item they automatically add it to our shopping list.  It doesn’t matter if I use the last item, my husband or kids, everyone has the freedom to update the list.  It helps us keep what we need in stock.  Until recently I would pick up any items on our shopping list around town, however, using WalMart’s “avoid the oops” program would save me the time and energy of running errands.  Plus, I get the opportunity to order great products and have them delivered directly to our house (extra bonus)!

Save Time and Money:

Who doesn’t want to have a little extra time at the end of the day or extra money left in the budget at the end of the month!  Some weeks it takes everything you have to balance schedules and all the activities (school, work, family, extra curricular, and more).  If you could have something already in place that would allow you to quickly and easily order quality staple products online for a reasonable price and have them delivered to your home it may reduce some of the unnecessary stress in your already busy schedule.  Most shoppers don’t realize they have the option of shopping for the same great household essentials at Walmart’s everyday low prices on Walmart. And by doing so, they’ll also save time so they can enjoy more of that summer sunshine.

Share Your “Oops” Moment:

Have you ever had an “oops” moment?  Please share!  We are all human and have had those moments at various times throughout our lives.  We can laugh or cry together about them!

I was thrilled to hear that SheSpeaks teamed up with Walmart to showcase their “Avoid the Oops” program.  Practical products are awesome!  I love it when my house is stocked with the basic necessities and the house looks as well as smells fresh!  Thank you Walmart and SheSpeaks for helping me tackle my shopping list and clean my house!  It is always great to find products that are useful and easy to get.

She Speaks, WalMart, Avoid the Oops Review

AMAZING Household, Cleaning, and Health & Beauty Items from Walmart that we Received:

  • 2 – Pampers Baby Fresh Baby Wipe Tubs (72 count each)
  • 6 – Bounty Basic Big Roll Paper Towels (95 sheets per roll)
  • 9 – Charmin Basic Toilet Paper Bulk Rolls (319 sheets per roll)
  • 1 Box – Gain Powder Laundry Detergent Original
  • 1 Pack – Gillette Simply Venus Disposable Razors (4 count)
  • 3 – Crest Cavity Protection Toothpaste 6.4 oz each
  • 10 – Ivory Original Soap Bars
  • 2 – Mr. Clean Magic Kitchen Scrubbers
  • 4 – Puffs Ultra Soft Strong Non-Lotion Boxes of Facial Tissues (56 sheets per box)
  • 4 – Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Original
  • 2 – Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power House Cleaning Pads
  • 1 – Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Original Scent
  • 1 – Mr. Clean Hawaiian Aloha Multi-Purpose Liquid Cleaner (40 fl oz)
  • Sample goodies to try too!!!!

I received ALL these products shipped directly to my house for under $60!  They were super easy to order online at Walmart and arrived quickly.  It was a big time savings for our family!  Head on over and try out avoid the oops today so you will be stocked up on your products for tomorrow!

You can shop in all of the following categories:  Kitchen, Laundry, Cleaning, Health & Beauty, Baby, Bathroom and More!!!

Additional Information Can be Found About This AWESOME Program at:

As a member of the SheSpeaks Blogger Society, I was given samples of these products and program to write an informed review.  The opinions expressed in this post are my own.   A special thanks to SheSpeaks and Walmart for providing the products to review.

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Jun 06 2016

It was really nice having an extra day tacked onto our weekend this past week with Memorial Day, but felt like we were playing catch up at work and in other areas the rest of the week.  Thankful for the extra time with my family.  We (mostly Jake really) got a lot done on the laundry room.  It is looking good.  We still have some more work to get it finished up, but at least it is usable and the washer and dryer are hooked back up.

The girls wrapped up their last couple of days of school.  No more elementary school drop offs for our family.  They are enjoying the start of their summer break.  Late on Friday afternoon they joined me at work and helped get some items organized at the office.  Thankful for their willingness to pitch in and help!  They were excited to spend time with me at work.    Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein to the kids. – over halfway through the book, the chapters are short, however, sometimes we only have time to read 1 chapter a day with everything going on.
  2. Read 7 Stories from the Bad Pets on the Loose by Alan Zullo book to the kids.
  3. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids.
  4. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids.
  5. Do devotions, reflecting on our blessings, and prayer time with kids every night. – prayer time and blessings (yes), but did not do kids devotions every night – they were crashing on us a couple of nights at bed time.
  6. Plan one special activity with the family – planned a SUPER AWESOME activity, but cannot share yet – they may read it here…..I will reveal our fun activity once we’ve had a chance to tell the kids the surprise first! 🙂
  7. Play a Game with the Kidsplayed a Horse board game with the girls (cannot remember the exact name of it, but you collect ranch and wild horses as you go around the game board).  Neat game the girls got from my parents a year or two ago.
  8.  Attend After Work Activities
  9. Lunch Boxes packed the night before work & other planned activities
  10. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure(s)yes, we prepped for our upcoming trip and was able to get some items completed – still have a little more planning to get done over the next few days / weeks!
  11. Prep & Figure out Schedule for upcoming Summer Breakgetting everything figured out
  12. Ride Bikes with the Kids – was not able to get this done this weekend, we had fun, got things done, but couldn’t do everything! 🙁
  13. Work on family projects together – moving forward in the right direction on our projects (wish we had more time to get more items accomplished)
  14. Start packing suitcase for next family adventure
  15. Daily 15 minute “Speed Clean” for entire family to keep the daily clutter under control – we did this several times, but not consistently every day.  It did work well when we did do it!

Kid Goals

  1. Have kids do 1st week in Summer Workbook(s) – since it was a partial school week / summer vacation week they did not get this done, hopefully we’ll get it done soon.
  2. Encourage Kids to read independently at least 30 minutes a daythey read daily on their non-school days when they were on summer break
  3. Sign up kids for the Easley, Anderson, & Greenville County Summer Library Reading Programs – was only able to make a quick trip to the library to return books, wasn’t able to get them signed up for all the programs yet
  4. Sign up kids for Barnes & Noble and other similar reading programs – hoping to do it this week
  5. Have kids work on our approved educational websites to encourage growth (at least 2 hours for the week)
  6. Have kids work for at least 1 hour on this week on improving their typing skills
  7. Each kid finish creating at least 2 blogs posts for their Fun with Sis blog – one finished 2 blogs another did not get 2 completely done
  8. Spend time Monday –Friday encouraging the kids to find creative ways to learn and grown their skills
  9. Kids start packing suitcases for next family adventure
  10. At least 30 minutes of outside play, fresh air, or activity time a day

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Keep up with my FitBit Goals – hit a bunch of my goals, but missed a few!
  3. Do yoga at least 5 times a week – missed one day….so close!
  4. Go to my Appointments Scheduled this week
  5. Update Counting My Blessings and Other journal entries daily
  6. Tackle some lingering projects on my “to do” list

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 – Laundry Room Remodeling Work Completed) – was able to get a lot of items completed, but the entire laundry room is not done quite yet. Will need to put it on hold as we tackle some other activities the next couple of weeks, it is still on our priority list though!
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – Refill Kids Snack Bins – hope to focus again on the laundry room in the future once further along)
  5. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Plant Lilly Flower and Blueberry Bush – weather permitting)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Replant grass in Goat pen) – Jake was able to get their collars working again, but we weren’t able to replant the grass yet
  7. Repairs – (Focus – Refinishing our Laundry room, painting and laying new flooring) – flooring is completely laid – thanks Babe!  Still need to add the molding, fix the door frame, paint the doors, add the closet door, put up 1 more wall, ceiling, and add the last sections of shelving.

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
  5. Notes typed for work – was able to get some of them completed
  6. Folders Labeled for work – made good progress
  7. Desk drawers organized – was able to move forward, still more to do
  8. Do at least 5 blog posts this week – close but not quite there this week
  9. Catch up on Hootesuite – almost caught up
  10. Upload pictures from last few weeks and update – was able to get a start but have more to catch up!

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch
  2. One-on-one quality time with Jake (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)
  3. One-on-one quality time with Brina (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)
  4. One-on-one quality time with Karlie (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)

Financial Goals

  1. Schedule a meeting with the Financial Advisor – still trying to get it on the schedule
  2. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt  – made one extra payment this week
  3. Pay Bills & File Paperwork – paid and filed most of them
  4. Go grocery shopping one time this week and stay within budget – very close
  5. Sell, giveaway, donate, or through away items no longer use – work in progress
  6. Take items to the recycling distributor – was not able to get this done this week. 
  7. Make meals with items from pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to use up what we have and eliminate any extra spending – got home late one evening and didn’t have dinner already prepped

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein to the kids.
  2. Read 7 more Stories from the Bad Pets on the Loose by Alan Zullo book to the kids.
  3. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids.
  4. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids.
  5. Do devotions, reflecting on our blessings, and prayer time with kids every night.
  6. Plan one special activity with the family
  7. Play a Game with the Kids
  8.  Attend After Work Activities
  9. Lunch Boxes packed the night before work & other planned activities
  10. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure(s)
  11. Prep & Figure out Schedule for upcoming Summer Break
  12. Ride Bikes with the Kids
  13. Work on family projects together
  14. Pack suitcase for next family adventure
  15. Daily 15 minute “Speed Clean” for entire family to keep the daily clutter under control

Kid Goals

  1. Have kids do 1st week in Summer Workbook(s)
  2. Encourage Kids to read independently at least 30 minutes a day
  3. Sign up kids for the Easley, Anderson, & Greenville County Summer Library Reading Programs
  4. Sign up kids for Barnes & Noble and other similar reading programs
  5. Have kids work on our approved educational websites to encourage growth (at least 2 hours for the week)
  6. Have kids work for at least 1 hour on this week on improving their typing skills
  7. Each kid finish creating at least 2 blogs posts for their Fun with Sis blog
  8. Spend time Monday –Friday encouraging the kids to find creative ways to learn and grown their skills
  9. Kids start packing suitcases for next family adventure
  10. At least 30 minutes of outside play, fresh air, or activity time a day

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Keep up with my FitBit Goals
  3. Do yoga at least 5 times a week
  4. Go to my Appointments Scheduled this week
  5. Update Counting My Blessings and Other journal entries daily
  6. Tackle some lingering projects on my “to do” list

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 – Normal Maintenance Cleaning)
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – Start getting the Laundry Room back together and organized so we can clean up the family room downstairs)
  5. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Plant Lilly Flower and Blueberry Bush – weather permitting)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Refill Skipper’s Feeder)
  7. Repairs – (Focus – Check on Water Heater Recall Notice we received)

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
  5. Notes typed for work
  6. Meeting regarding work goals and upcoming tasks completed
  7. Folders Labeled for work
  8. Desk drawers organized
  9. Do at least 5 blog posts this week
  10. Catch up on Hootesuite
  11. Upload pictures from last few weeks and update

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch
  2. One-on-one quality time with Jake (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)
  3. One-on-one quality time with Brina (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)
  4. One-on-one quality time with Karlie (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)

Financial Goals

  1. Schedule a meeting with the Financial Advisor
  2. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt
  3. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  4. Go grocery shopping one time this week and stay within budget
  5. Sell, giveaway, donate, or through away items no longer use
  6. Take items to the recycling distributor
  7. Make meals with items from pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to use up what we have and eliminate any extra spending

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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May 23 2016

Last week was an incredibly busy week with everything going on, but we made positive progress in the right direction for some of the items on my list.  There were a lot of activities and later nights.  I am thankful for that the grading part of the school year is done now for all the year end parties, activities, graduations, and other excitement over the next week and half.

I have had a lot of big projects going and have been keeping track of the progress personally, however, I have not been faithful in updating my blog like I used to do.  Even though the busy summer days with the kids at home are just around the corner I am going to try and be more consistently with my weekly goals and other postings for you.  Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein to the kids. – got a great start on it, but wasn’t able to finish with all the extra activities this past week
  2. Read 7 Stories from the Bad Pets on the Loose by Alan Zullo book to the kids. – only read a couple
  3. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids. – was only able to get through a few cards
  4. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids. – got through some, but not very many this week
  5. Do devotions and prayer time with kids every night. – devotions we were not very consistent on, but we did do prayer time
  6. Plan one special activity with the family – working on it
  7. Play a Game with the Kids – spent most of the extra free time on projects that were due soon
  8. Spend time Monday –Friday helping the kids with HomeworkBrina finished her “Cupcakes on the Rise” and Karlie finished her “Less = More” Science Fair Projects.  Both did really well.  Brina won for the 5th grade class and will be going on to the next level of competition this Thursday, 5/26/16. 
  9. Attend After School Activities  – Brina and Karlie finished their last day of swimming lessons, they loved it!
  10. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  11. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure(s) – working on it
  12. Prep & Figure out Schedule for upcoming Summer Break – have some activities planned, but need to finalize the rest
  13. Ride Bikes with the Kids – did was a rainy week and spent most of our time working on projects that were due.
  14. Work on family projects together – started working

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Keep up with my FitBit Goals – did better some days than others
  3. Do yoga at least 5 times a week – did it more than once, but was not consistent
  4. Go to my Appointments Scheduled this week – had to re-schedule one due to a conflict, but did everything else
  5. Update Counting My Blessings and Other journal entries daily
  6. Tackle some lingering projects on my “to do” list – somehow the list continues to grow ever longer….

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day – we were working on the laundry room so the washer and dryer were unavailable a good chunk of this past weekend
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Clean House (Focus – Laundry Room Remodeling Work (get all of the subflooring cleaned and prep and help Jake with getting at least 1/2 of it completed) – work in progress
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – Find Bins / Containers / Baskets to put on shelves in Laundry Room once up) – starting to look but haven’t decided what I want yet
  5. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Annual Termite Inspection)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Give Skipper a Bath)Brina and Karlie helped get this one done
  7. Repairs – (Focus – Refinishing our Laundry room, tearing out the old linoleum and sprucing it up) – working on it

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails – have some more to go through
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention  – some days I didn’t have time to get it all done
  4. Work completed for clients – couple special projects that need to be done still
  5. Notes typed for work – didn’t get to it
  6. Folders Labeled for work – got a couple done before getting pulled away
  7. Desk drawers organized – working on it.

Ministry Goals

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

Financial Goals

  1. Schedule a meeting with the Financial Advisor – made reached out, waiting to confirm with schedules
  2. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt – working on getting it eliminated
  3. Pay Bills & File Paperwork – paid all bills that came in this past week but need to do some filing
  4. Go grocery shopping one time this week and stay within budget – went to several stores and spent extra money for Brina & Karlie’s graduation celebration.

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein to the kids.
  2. Read 7 Stories from the Bad Pets on the Loose by Alan Zullo book to the kids.
  3. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids.
  4. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids.
  5. Do devotions and prayer time with kids every night.
  6. Plan one special activity with the family
  7. Play a Game with the Kids
  8. Spend time Monday –Friday helping the kids with Homework
  9. Attend After School Activities
  10. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  11. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure(s)
  12. Prep & Figure out Schedule for upcoming Summer Break
  13. Ride Bikes with the Kids
  14. Work on family projects together
  15. Brina & Karlie’s Graduation Ceremony
  16. Brina & Karlie’s Award Ceremony
  17. Prep & decorate for Graduation party (Meet with people Mon / Wed) after school
  18. Take Brina to the Science Fair Competition

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Keep up with my FitBit Goals
  3. Do yoga at least 5 times a week
  4. Go to my Appointments Scheduled this week
  5. Update Counting My Blessings and Other journal entries daily
  6. Tackle some lingering projects on my “to do” list

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 – Laundry Room Remodeling Work (get all of the subflooring cleaned and help Jake with getting at least 1/2 of it completed)
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – Find Bins / Containers / Baskets to put on shelves in Laundry Room once up)
  5. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Plant Lilly Flower and Blueberry Bush – weather permitting)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Give Skipper her vitamins)
  7. Repairs – (Focus – Refinishing our Laundry room, tearing out the old linoleum and sprucing it up)

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
  5. Notes typed for work
  6. Folders Labeled for work
  7. Desk drawers organized

Ministry Goals

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

Financial Goals

  1. Schedule a meeting with the Financial Advisor
  2. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt
  3. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  4. Go grocery shopping one time 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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May 09 2016

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SURPRISE!!!  I’M BACK!!!  Yes, I am still alive and kicking (in case you were wondering)! 🙂  The past few weeks (umm….months really) it has been a little wild around our house.  All good stuff, but a lot of transitions, adjustments, work, school, travel, and everything else.  Also, was experiencing some technical difficulties with my blog and my IT person was super busy so I didn’t want to bug the daylights out of him.  Now that everything seems to be back up and running smoothly again, it is my desire to get everything back up and moving along for you.  A big shout out to those who have commented, emailed, called, texted, and checked in with me to make sure I was still alive during this little blogging siesta.  A huge THANK YOU for being patient and hanging in here with me as my family made some adjustments.  Will have to share more about what has been going on these past few weeks….lots of good stuff and a very full calendar!  It gets easier and quieter as the kids get older, right!?

It is my goal to stay on top of our dinner menu once again.  We have found a good rhythm for the most part (now that school is wrapping up for the year, ha).  We are finalizing several details regarding our summer schedule, but overall I hope to be available and more up to date in the blogging world.

It is nice to have people who help keep me accountable and organized throughout my week.  It is encouraging to know that other Moms have to work through all the balancing fun of family, work, home, and a multitude of other activities that I seem to experience.  If you have it all figured out, let me know because I would love to be able to get my ducks in order, have a positively balance life in every area plus a happy family and clean house (at least longer than 5 minutes).  If you haven’t reached that level yet, no worries, I am there with you.  We can do our best and   I am going to give it my best shot to stay on top of everything and organized so here we go!!!!  Here is our menu plan for the upcoming week:

Our Weekly Menu Plan

  • Monday (Beef or Pasta Entree): Crockpot Roast, Mash Potatoes & Brown Gravy
  • Tuesday (Seafood or Soup Entree):  Tilapia Fillets, Italian Herb Bread
  • Wednesday (Chicken or Vegetarian Entree): Sweet & Sour Chicken, Steamed Rice
  • Thursday (Pork Entree or Kid‘s Night to Cook): Mesquite BBQ Pork Tenderloin, Green Beans
  • 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 pasta 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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