Sunday, April 19, 2015

This Week's Goals: 4/20-26/15



Taking the time to write out your weekly goals is a great way to stay motivated towards completing them - looking for other reasons to set goals? Check out our post 4 Reasons You Should Write Weekly Goals. Goal setting can seem a bit scary at first, but we have you covered - How To Create Weekly Goals. Do you struggle with ACTUALLY accomplishing your goals? We can help you with that too!

Without further delay... here's my goals for last week & this week. I'd love to help you stay motivated, so join me by posting your to do list for the week in the comments below. :)

Last Week's Goals:


Classroom Goals
  • Finalize term 3 grades & grade comments by Wednesday deadline
  • Introduce final term expectations & projects
  • Lesson plan for coming week
Household/Family/Mommy Goals
  • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our April budget
  • Organize little man's toys and clothing after his birthday celebration
  • Look at paint color swatches I brought home from Lowe's for a future bathroom project
  • Finish building bookshelf in basement
  • Call Sprint & Verizon to get account quotes (we're looking at switching or demanding a cheaper rate, fingers crossed for success!)
  • Finalize 2014 Taxes
Marriage Goals
  • Make a point to spend at least 1 solid minute cuddling with hubs each evening when he gets home
  • Write a love note to hubs <3
  • Publicly praise my husband (A great tip I picked up here!)
Personal Goals
  • Exercise at least twice this week
  • Journal at least once this week 
  • Listen to the Flipped Lifestyle Podcast while running, driving, etc.
Blogging Goals
  • Send out April Newsletter
  • Post 3 planned posts this week
  • Schedule social media posts throughout week
  • Finish Opt In Product for new site (coming in May!)
  • Continue to work with mastermind group on improving my skills at blogging
  • Finish updating post tags to match our new navigation bar buttons

This Week's Goals: 

Classroom Goals
  • Finish May After School Program Check List
  • Continue updating after school program finance report
  • Look into ordering final supplies for the school year
  • Continue lesson planning
  • Look over M-Step requirements for the coming week
Household/Family/Mommy Goals
  • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our April budget
  • Finish building bookshelf & hanging drywall in basement
  • Schedule next project work date with my dad
  • Call Sprint & Verizon to get account quotes (we're looking at switching or demanding a cheaper rate, fingers crossed for success!)
Marriage Goals
  • Make a point to spend at least 1 solid minute cuddling with hubs each evening when he gets home
  • Write a love note to hubs <3
  • Publicly praise my husband (A great tip I picked up here!)
Personal Goals
Blogging Goals
  • Post 2 planned posts this week
  • Write 8+ blog posts for new site (TeachYourKidsToStudy.com will launch in May!!!)
  • Schedule social media posts throughout week
  • Finish Opt In Product for new site
  • Continue to work with mastermind group on improving my skills at blogging
  • Finish updating post tags to match our new navigation bar buttons

Wish me luck! What's on your schedule this week?


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Monday, April 13, 2015

4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking

A few times each year I like to bring YOU - the Wife.Mother.Teacher. tribe - great content from Ultimate Bundles. This is one of the main ways I support my blog financially to ensure I can keep the great content coming! For all the ladies out there stressed out by keeping their house - whether your work at home or away - this bundle is for you. Sit back & enjoy this post - brought to you by Ultimate Bundles.

Thank you & enjoy the free 4 step course!





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Sunday, April 12, 2015

This Week's Goals: 4/13-19/15



Taking the time to write out your weekly goals is a great way to stay motivated towards completing them - looking for other reasons to set goals? Check out our post 4 Reasons You Should Write Weekly Goals. Goal setting can seem a bit scary at first, but we have you covered - How To Create Weekly Goals. Do you struggle with ACTUALLY accomplishing your goals? We can help you with that too!

Without further delay... here's my goals for last week & this week. I'd love to help you stay motivated, so join me by posting your to do list for the week in the comments below. :)

Last Week's Goals:


Classroom Goals
  • Visit school to feed fish over Spring Break
Household/Family/Mommy Goals
  • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our April budget
  • Host little man's birthday party
  • Look at paint color swatches I brought home from Lowe's for a future bathroom project
  • Finish building bookshelf in basement
  • Call Sprint & Verizon to get account quotes (we're looking at switching or demanding a cheaper rate, fingers crossed for success!)
  • Finalize 2014 Taxes - Yuck! :(
Marriage Goals
  • Make a point to spend at least 1 solid minute cuddling with hubs each evening when he gets home
  • Write a love note to hubs <3
  • Publicly praise my husband (A great tip I picked up here!)
Personal Goals
  • Exercise at least twice this week
  • Journal at least once this week 
  • Listen to the Flipped Lifestyle Podcast while running, driving, etc.
Blogging Goals
  • Start working on new content for an upcoming website project
  • Send out April Newsletter
  • Post 3 planned posts this week
  • Schedule social media posts throughout week
  • Continue to work with mastermind group on improving my skills at blogging
  • Finish updating post tags to match our new navigation bar buttons




This Week's Goals: 

Classroom Goals
  • Finalize term 3 grades & grade comments by Wednesday deadline
  • Introduce final term expectations & projects
  • Lesson plan for coming week
Household/Family/Mommy Goals
  • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our April budget
  • Organize little man's toys and clothing after his birthday celebration
  • Look at paint color swatches I brought home from Lowe's for a future bathroom project
  • Finish building bookshelf in basement
  • Call Sprint & Verizon to get account quotes (we're looking at switching or demanding a cheaper rate, fingers crossed for success!)
  • Finalize 2014 Taxes
Marriage Goals
  • Make a point to spend at least 1 solid minute cuddling with hubs each evening when he gets home
  • Write a love note to hubs <3
  • Publicly praise my husband (A great tip I picked up here!)
Personal Goals
  • Exercise at least twice this week
  • Journal at least once this week 
  • Listen to the Flipped Lifestyle Podcast while running, driving, etc.
Blogging Goals
  • Send out April Newsletter
  • Post 3 planned posts this week
  • Schedule social media posts throughout week
  • Finish Opt In Product for new site (coming in May!)
  • Continue to work with mastermind group on improving my skills at blogging
  • Finish updating post tags to match our new navigation bar buttons

Wish me luck! What's on your schedule this week?


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Saturday, April 11, 2015

How Recycling Saves My Family Money Every Month


When we were in the midst of starting our Total Money Makeover journey a little over two years ago, the daunting road in front of us lead us to cut as many areas from our spending as we could.

Surprisingly, one of those items was our road side trash service. I had always looked at those large rolling carts as a life necessity, but I really started to question if we could make do without.

Our family already uses very little in the way of disposable products, so we had much less trash than an average family, but we hadn't done much with recycling at that point. I knew we could drop off recyclables free of charge in a neighboring town so we decided to give it a try for awhile.

We used bins we already had (similar to this affiliate link), to store the different varieties of recyclables in our garage. For the extremely small amount of trash we did have, I ordered a set of ten bag tags for $15. The tags would allow us to put out one bag for pick up at a time as we needed to. The good news is that they've lasted us forever - our most recent set of bag tags was ordered in October and we just used it up - it's the last week in March. :)

It might not be a huge savings, but when you're working your debt snowball every penny counts. So what do you think - do you save money by recycling and cutting back on trash? I'd love to hear your tips in the comments below.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Having a Hard Time Accomplishing Your Goals? Try an Accountability Partner

A huge part of feeling productive every week has been setting and accomplishing my goals. On this blog, you'll find a ton of helpful advice, to help YOU become a master of your time through the use of goal setting:

Unfortunately, even with the most thought out plan, the best of us can fail to take our goals from a great list of dreams to actual reality. That's where an accountability partner steps in!

An accountability partner, by definition, is exactly what it sounds like - a person that makes sure you actually DO what you set out to accomplish in life. But what does that actually look like in the real world? Well, that depends on the person.

Just like some women find meeting their fitness goals easier to commit to by scheduling exercise dates with a good friend, goal setting in the other areas of your life can be the same way. Plan a weekly phone call or coffee date with a close friend to share your accomplishments from the previous week, and then to plan out your next week.

That being said though, many people find accountability in their spouses, coworkers, online communities or a plain old weekly planner (check ours out here). Personally I've found that posting my goals for the week on the blog every Sunday is all the inspiration I need. I know the Wife.Mother.Teacher. tribe is watching and I don't want to let you down. (P.S. I'd love to have you join me, every week I invite readers to share their goals for the week in the comments - that way we can accomplish big things together.)

Do you use an accountability partner to keep you on your toes? I'd love to hear about the difference they have made in your life in the comments below. Happy goal setting (and accomplishing)! 

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