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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Weekly To-Do Checklist

I have a feeling I'm in a different creative mode this week.  From different ways in doing my hair to the experiments we have been doing in school and to the realm of digital creativity I am finding myself dabbling in different things.  It is actually very freeing and exciting!  I have even found myself purchasing clothes that I never would have in the past.

Since I've turned 30, I've found myself in the realm of reinventing.  And with that is me creating my own printables.

Yesterday, I shared with you my Monthly Budget Worksheet.  It is still available for download and will be available until 30 September.  Then it'll only be available in my Etsy shop.

Today I am sharing with you a weekly to-do checklist.  It is simple and straight forward.  Nothing fancy or frilly (at least in my opinion it isn't) but it gets the job done.  Nice thing is that you can slip it into a page protector and stick it on the fridge.  Voila!  No wasting printer ink and it can change relatively easy.

Without further ado, I present you the Weekly To-Do Checklist.




You can purchase it for $2 and it comes as a PDF file that is an instant download.


I have many other things churning through my head.  I hope to get started on some more tonight!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Budget Worksheet

Today I decided to create a budget worksheet and am sharing it with you today.  This will be available until the end of September and then can be found in my Etsy shop for purchase.





I hope you all enjoy and look forward to what everyone likes about it or doesn't like about it!


Monday, September 8, 2014

I didn't finish....and a catch up.

Well I didn't finish The Abundant Mama challenge.  My grandmother arrived in town for a week so reading emails and blogging took a back seat.  What did I learn?  A lot.  Waking up, even at 6:30, resulted in a more productive day.  I felt better.  I drank more water.  I did more.  Was I tired?  Oh yes I was, but that was to be expected.

So while she was here, we enjoyed her company.  She is such a fun lady and we had fun.  The dog adored her too.  After she left we enjoyed a labor day weekend into a week.  We are now back into the swing of things.

Here are some pictures of my grandmother here and some school we completed today.



This dog was by her side the entire time.  He loved her and I'm so glad I got this picture.



Generation gap.  Great grandmother and great grandson.  Can you tell why?



We finished Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  The kids had fun.  The lapbook and printables I purchased from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

So what is on the plate for this week?  More school.  We are learning about Japan this week and we start our new co-op on Friday.  Woot-woot.  I'm also slated to go into the quilt shop to do my Halloween quilt and then a GNO with some good friends.

I sure am going to miss Boise when we leave.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Travelling Wallets

I recently went through all my orders and decided to put a map together.  Here it is.  This is every place I have shipped a wallet.  I'm so happy!






Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rise and Shine - Day 4

So my 6:30 wake up has been working out well for us.  I've been able to get ready without kids, and get myself going.  Today we started school before 9.  Amazing and yesterday I deep cleaned the kitchen in prepartion for a stock/broth making party today.  It feels so great to be that accomplished.

So what is today's goal?  Extreme Planning.  In a nutshell it is getting things ready the night before and taking 3-5 things that you need to do in the morning and hate to do and doing them before bed.

So what are my 3-5 things:

- Hubby's lunch
- Dishes
- Tea/coffee prep (which has been non-existent for months now)
- 15 minute pick up


So I'm going to try and have them all done before bed.  We shall see. It shouldn't be too hard as I do have my kids maintain some sort of order through the day.

I can accomplish this.

And last night I slept somewhat better.  I'm now to the point in my book where I have to force myself to put it down.  Just the best feeling in the world!

Rise and Shine - Day 3

I forgot to mention yesterday about how when you are tired and a mom, eventually you land in the Land of Bitter and Sour.  I can't recall a time that I have been bitter or sour.  Are there times I am frustrated and not feeling like doing the "mom" thing?  Of course.  But I've never been bitter about my kids and how they get more sleep than I do.

This is completely my thing and we all adapt and function the best that we can.  My perspective is just different and I often have to remind myself of that.

Do on to day 3:

This is about being organized.  Yes, organized.  Seriously?!?  I don't have time for one more thing to organize in my life.....and then it dawns on me that, yes I do.  Because more sleep - more organized sleep - will result in a better organized day.  It will.  I guarantee it.

Abundant Mama goes through 5 rituals.  They are The Organized Ritual, The Peaceful Ritual, The Unplugged Ritual, The Reading Ritual, and The Gratitude Ritual.

Do honestly....I suck at them all.  S.U.C.K.  I do but I do know that I can always improve.  So what thing am I focusing on tonight?  The Unplugging Ritual.  Electronic devices do interrupt REM sleep and I've noticed that when I've finally gone to bed and dear hubby is still on the iPad, I can't fall asleep or I wake up telling him to turn it off.

So the goal for tonight is to not allow any electronic devices, except for the phones on the dresser, into the bedroom.  The kids are going to hate us but I'm going to enjoy a book I got for Christmas.  Let's see how it goes.


Oh and for how did I do waking up?  6:30 again.  It has been working.  I'm not going to force too much right now.  I'll eventually get to 6 but until then, I'm just fine with 6:30.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rise and Shine - Day 2

Well I didn't get up at my normal time but I also didn't get up at 6 am.  I got up right at 6:30 am.  And guess what?  I've actually had a pretty productive day.  We have a play date later today which will really help in getting us going.

So on to day 2 and what to reflect on:

What nightly ritual can you do before going to sleep to really foster and earlier, and more sleepy, bedtime?

This one is tough.  I have young children and 2 of them sleep in bed with us.  I love it but id does at times impede on sleep.  The best thing I can think of is to turn off all the electronics.  That'll be hard but doable.

I will have to think some more and I'll weigh in a day or two.  Until then, I will try going to bed earlier and even getting my kids and hubby more involved in prepping the night for bedtime.