Monday, March 2, 2015

March Goals


I don't know about you, but I'm so ready for spring time!  It's been nice having some snow days these past couple of weeks, especially since it means having Daddy home, but I really could use some warmer weather.  How about you?

I mentioned in my 2015 goals post about my plan to do more specific monthly goals.  My hope is that I can get some traction by posting them and then updating you all at the end of the month.  Let's face it, sometimes yearly goals sound lofty and generic, but hopefully these monthly goals are more specific ways I can focus my efforts and get some things accomplished.

So, here's my plan for March goals.

1.  Have a date night with Kevin.
Kev and I are overdue for a date night.  We attended a marriage conference at our church last month which was really good, but we need some intentional time alone this month.  It's going to be a busy month, so this date night may have to be an at-home date night.  Either way, this one needs to happen.

2.  Paint the upstairs bath closet.
After a long hiatus, we're making some progress on the upstairs bathroom for the kids.  The shower tile is up and I want to get the linen closet painted this month before we move on to hanging bead board.  The shelving has been put up in the linen closet, but I need to paint it before I can load it up.

3.  Research new pediatricians.
Since we changed our health insurance at the beginning of the year, it's been an adjustment getting used to how our new insurance company works.  Our pediatrician is considered non-network {bummer!} and it has been a pain submitting my own insurance claims.  I'm learning a lot about how complicated the health care and insurance system are and it's also made me more desperate to see if we can find an in-network pediatrician so that I don't have to deal with all of the paperwork.  I hate to switch, but I want to start researching options. 

4.  Do another freezer cooking session.
Last month, I spent a couple of hours one afternoon doing some freezer cooking.  I made 6 meals {5 of which were slow cooker meals} and it was a huge help throughout the month.  I'd done a little bit of freezer cooking in the past, but I'm going to try and do it at least one afternoon a month from here on out.  Having the baby has made cooking dinner more of a challenge, so freezer cooking seems like the ticket to less stressful meal prep.

5.  Take Brady out for Mommy/son date
Kev and I are trying to be more intentional about having one-on-one time with each of our children.  Kev took Savannah out last month, so I'm planning to take Brady out for some fun this month.  It should be really nice to have time to focus on just him.    

6.  Research options for gym memberships.
I'm really getting the itch to rejoin a gym.  For the past couple of years, I either haven't had the time to even think about working out or we haven't had the money in the budget.  I really want for this to change.  My goal is to get some prices for some gyms in the area, so we can see if it might be possible to squeeze it into our monthly budget.   

7.  Finish reading Life Interrupted.
I've been reading through this book with a friend from church.  It's been a good read and I still look forward to discussing it together, but I'm planning to go ahead and finish it up this month.  I don't like to be reading too many books at once, so I'd like to finish this one up so I can feel free to start some others.  I know, I'm a weirdo!  :-)
    
8.  Work a minimum of 10 hours each week on the blog.
I'd really like to get back to more consistent posting, but I also need to be realistic.  In the past, I've stayed up way too late at night in order to work on blogging, jeopardizing my sleep and leaving me fatigued and groggy the next day.  I want to work intentionally on blogging, while also keeping my family and my own health a higher priority.  When I spend those 10 hours will probably change from week-to-week, but I want 10 hours to be my goal so that I can get some consistency back.

There you have it.  I'll report back at the end of the month to let you know how I did!

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What are your goals this month?


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ways We Save: Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner


I love the character and charm found in older homes.  One of my favorite things typically found in older homes is hardwood floors.  Even though you can find hardwood floors in new construction too, I love the imperfections and creeks found in the hardwood floors of older homes.  It's probably no coincidence that both of the homes we've owned were at least 50 years old when we bought them {our current home was over 60 years old when we bought it}.

Aside from the charm of hardwoods, I love that they do not hold stains like carpeting.  Potty training my daughter wasn't nearly as horrible as it could have been since our first floor is hardwood.  Even still, with messy kids, hardwoods need to be cleaned.  

This week's Ways We Save post is all about how we save money on hardwood floor cleaner.

Megan from Homemade Ginger shows you how to make your own homemade wood floor cleaner.
In case you missed it, her recipe has TWO ingredients - white vinegar and water.  I haven't used the essential oils {they are optional} because I don't have any on hand.  But, if you use essential for other things, then using them won't add any extra expense to this recipe.

Aside from the fact that this is a dirt-cheap cleaner, I love that this cleaner does not leave a residue on my floor.  So many of the others that I have tried leave my floors feeling "hazy."  I'm not sure if that's a real word, but this cleaner cuts through all that and leaves my floors actually feeling clean.  No more yuck and grime.

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Do you prefer hardwoods or carpet?


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Kathy for 
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Rachel for WednesdayWhatsits

Ruth for Thrifty Thursday
Carrie for 
Think Tank Thursday
Allison for 
Handmade Hangout

Friday, February 20, 2015

My Favorite Drug Store Concealer



Ever since I quit working outside of the home to become a stay-at-home mom, one of the things I've had to cut back on is cosmetics.  I used to be a BeautiControl gal {which isn't terribly expensive in the scheme of cosmetic prices}, but  I've been on a mission recently to find some good drug store makeup.

The jury is still out on foundations {I've been trying some different ones out and haven't decided which I like best}, but I've officially found a concealer that I love, so I thought I'd pass it along to you!

Here's the thing.  When it comes to concealer, I like something that is lightweight, yet provides enough coverage for underneath my eyes.  {I may be in my 30's, but I need some help with dark circles}.  It's a delicate balance, really.

I love this concealer because I feel like it's the perfect combination - it is heavier than a liquid, but light enough that it doesn't look too heavy when I put foundation on over top of it.  Even if I don't wear any other makeup, this concealer helps give my eyes a "boost."  It comes in a variety of colors, but I have very fair skin.



The links above are for Amazon, but I've recently purchased mine from CVS and Target.  Here's the thing though - the packaging has recently changed and I almost panicked when I couldn't find it at first.  The tube has more of a turquoise look to it now.  It looks more like this picture below.  
Under Eye Concealer | CG Smoothers

If you are looking for a good, yet inexpensive concealer, I would definitely encourage you to give this one a try.  The price will depend on where you purchase it, but you should be able to snag it up for less than $10, and certainly less if you wait for a drug store sale or use coupons.

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Do you have a favorite concealer?

Linking up with:
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Emily for Create Link Inspire
Kathy for 
Titus 2 Tuesday
Kelly for Whimsy Wednesdays
Rachel for WednesdayWhatsits
Ruth for Thrifty Thursday
Carrie for 
Think Tank Thursday
Allison for 
Handmade Hangout

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