Category: Organization

Aug 22 2016

We are officially on the new school and work schedule starting this week.  The girls are now in middle school.  It has been a little bit more of an adjustment, but they (and their parents) are doing well.  Looking forward to seeing the schedule get into the new normal rhythm.  I a positive there will be a lot of fun and exciting events as we fly through these next few weeks.

Thankful for a great summer.  We had a lot of great opportunities to catch up with family and friends across the county.  We were able to cover a lot of territory over the past couple of months.  Last week we had close friends staying with us for a few days which was awesome.  Grateful for friends who check in on our house and pets while we were traveling and that work was flexible with the slightly insane schedule.

I am hoping to get back up, running, and staying on top of things more regularly with the house, blog, and personal goals.  You should be seeing some of our fun adventures over the summer break.  Hoping to ease back into some of these items so I am not over committed as I gear up for a busy week.  Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading The Forgotten Filly by Karle Dickerson to the kids   the kids loved this book and were looking up more books by the same author or if this one was part of a series
  2. Read 7 more Stories from the Bad Pets on the Loose by Alan Zullo book to the kids – these are fun, short stories that make the kids giggle.  We actually saw one of the locations where one of the stories took place when we were traveling through Alaska!  Very exciting!!!
  3. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids. – somehow this set got placed in a random spot and didn’t go through it until later in the week
  4. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kidsthese have been a fun learning tool for me too
  5. Reflect on our blessings and prayer time with kids every nightalways love hearing the neat things they are thankful for in their days
  6. Plan one special activity with the familyspent time with our friends that were visiting from Maine
  7. Play a Game with the Kidswe did a Nerf war with friends while they are visiting all adults and most of the kids participated (Savannah slept through the whole Nerf game)
  8. Create Memories with the Familythankful for great memories and special times together – I took off the girls last day of summer to hang out with them and our friends from Maine
  9. Spend Quality time with each family member – the girls did a slumber party with Bradley this week so we did not do one-on-one time with everyone this week
  10. Do a new, unique, or different activity with the family this weekcraft time and science experiment fun over the weekend

Kid Goals

  1. Spend time Monday –Friday encouraging the kids to find creative ways to learn and grow their skillslots of fun learning and being creative as well as attending the first few days of school
  2. At least 30 minutes of outside play, fresh air, or activity time a day – didn’t get this on a couple of the school nights

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water, wear FitBit, and do yoga (or at least stretch out) each day – I didn’t get all these goals accomplished this week.  Had some technical issues with the TV for yoga while Jake was out of town with work.  Did well on the water and decent on the FitBit though.

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. Focusing on my Family not the “to do” list

Business Goals

  1. Focusing on my Family not the “to do” list

Ministry Goals

  1. Quality time with my family

Financial Goals

  1. Focusing on my Family not the “to do” list

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Pick out a new Chapter book to read to the girls and start reading 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. Create Memories with the Family
  9. Spend Quality time with each family member
  10. Do a new, unique, or different activity with the family this week

Kid Goals

  1. Do Homework Monday – Friday
  2. Pack Lunches and Prep for the next day
  3. Spend one-on-one time with kids each day

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water
  2. Wear FitBit (at least 10,000 steps and 10 sets of stairs every day)
  3. Do Yoga at least 5 times this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. Give Skipper a bath this week
  2. Speed clean & pick up the house 15 minutes a night

Business Goals

  1. Update Work Notes
  2. Get caught up on blog posts
  3. Work on a few special projects

Ministry Goals

  1. Go to breakfast or lunch with a family member or friend
  2. Counting my blessings journal

Financial Goals

  1. Schedule a meeting with the financial advisor
  2. Get our finances and budget back on track
  3. Pay down debt we owe
  4. Limit amount spent on Groceries, Household, and Other Items (use what we already have at home)

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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Aug 13 2016

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Aug 08 2016

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We are back now after an amazing family vacation!  We had a blast exploring Alaska and Canada.  It was the first time any of our family had been to Alaska.  The girls and I have never been on the west coast prior to our trip.  I’ll share a little bit more about our adventures soon.

This week we have a mix of activities on the agenda.  We are getting back into the work and regular schedule as well as gearing up for fun with family, friends, and the upcoming school year.  We have friends coming to visit for a few days, the girls are attending their last summer camp, and we have the Meet the Teacher night this week which means school is around the corner.  Our menu is going to be simple and easy.  Here is our menu plan for the upcoming week:

Our Weekly Menu Plan

  • Monday (Beef or Pasta Entree): Crockpot Roast, Potatoes, & Green Beans
  • Tuesday (Seafood, Soup, Salad, or Sandwich Entree):  Minestrone Soup, Garlic Bread
  • Wednesday (Chicken or Vegetarian Entree):  Grilled Mustard Chicken, Fresh Fruit
  • Thursday (Pork Entree or Kid‘s Night to Cook)Special Event
  • 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.http://www.blessingsmultiplied.com/wp-admin/post-new.php

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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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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Jul 04 2016

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Thankful for extra time with family.  It was a week with a little bit of an adjustment with the girls on the summer camp schedule.   They had a blast.  This week is going be another fun adventure for them.  Thankful for the opportunity to spend extra time with the girls during the summer schedule.  While they are in camp I will be at work so we can have time after work and camp.  I want to keep our menu fairly simple and easy not only to save time, but to not heat up the house too much.  Here is our menu plan for the upcoming week:

Our Weekly Menu Plan

  • Monday (Beef or Pasta Entree): Holiday Event
  • Tuesday (Seafood, Soup, Salad, or Sandwich Entree):  Baja Fish Tacos, Fresh Salad
  • Wednesday (Chicken or Vegetarian Entree):  Sweet & Spicy Teriyaki Chicken, Steamed Rice
  • Thursday (Pork Entree or Kid‘s Night to Cook):  Seasoned Pork, Grilled Summer Squash
  • 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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