Monday, September 15, 2014

This Week's Goals: 9/15-21/14

Goal Line

Last week's goals:

Classroom Goals
  • Work on lesson plans & setting classroom management routines
  • Continue my new daily lesson plan record routine with help of my mentor teacher
  • Practice our new RTP Classroom Management expecations
  • Complete self evaluation in preparation for meeting with administration
Household/Family/Mommy Goals
  • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our September budget
  • Bring home boxes for items in basement
  • Continue to organize the basement by filling my new storage shelves (ongoing - my goal is to have a pseudo living room in the basement even though the walls aren't finished by the end of winter)
  • Finish sanding our deck & set date to stain it
  • Install patio stones (ongoing)
  • Spend a little quality time with my mamma while she's in town this week 
Marriage Goals
  • Make a point to spend at least 1 solid minute cuddling with hubs each evening when he gets home
  • Attend Legacy Journey LIVE in Grand Rapids with my hubby Thursday!!!!!! (So excited to see Dave Ramsey & Rachel Cruise in person!)
Personal Goals
  • Paint my nails
  • Exercise at least twice this week
  • Journal at least once this week
  • Watch this week's episode of Outlander :) 
  • Continue back to school shopping - September focus is to find 1-3 pairs of shoes
Blogging Goals
  • Continue to revamp my blogging routine now that the school year is officially starting
  • Post at least 2 times this week
  • Promote our September Giveaway
  • Promote our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts
  • Highlight & add sticky notes to my copy of  Mom Blogging for Dummies (This job is going to be on here forever at the rate I'm going!)
    This Week's Goals:

    Classroom Goals
    • Work on lesson plans & setting classroom management routines
    • Continue my new daily lesson plan record routine with help of my mentor teacher
    • Practice our new RTP Classroom Management expectations
    • Complete list of strengths & weaknesses in teaching in preparation for meeting with administration to set this year's goals for my PGP
    • Finalize after school program paperwork for next week
    Household/Family/Mommy Goals
    • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our September budget
    • Bring home boxes for items in basement
    • Continue to organize the basement by filling my new storage shelves (ongoing - my goal is to have a pseudo living room in the basement even though the walls aren't finished by the end of winter)
    • Finish sanding our deck & set date to stain it
    • Install patio stones (ongoing)
    • Water new garden transplants daily (new post about free gardening advice coming soon!)
    Marriage Goals
    • Make a point to spend at least 1 solid minute cuddling with hubs each evening when he gets home
    • Attend a local fall festival with hubs & our little one
    Personal Goals
    • Paint my nails
    • Exercise at least twice this week
    • Journal at least once this week
    • Watch this week's episode of Outlander & continue catching up on Gossip Girl Season 2 
    • Continue back to school shopping - September focus is to find 1-3 pairs of shoes (One pair so far... crossing fingers for at least one more, then I'm hitting the consignment shops with the remainder of this month's clothing budget) 
    Blogging Goals
    • Continue to revamp my blogging routine now that the school year is officially starting - the first few weeks are always difficult for readjusting ;) 
    • Post at least 2 times this week
    • Promote our September Giveaway
    • Promote our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts
    • Highlight & add sticky notes to my copy of  Mom Blogging for Dummies (This job is going to be on here forever at the rate I'm going!)
    Wish me luck! What's on your schedule this week?



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    Monday, September 8, 2014

    This Week's Goals: 9/8-14/14

    Goal Line

    Last week's goals:

    Classroom Goals
    • Work on lesson plans for first few weeks of school - setting classroom management routines
    • Advertise and finalize after school program Sep/Oct events
    • Start new daily lesson plan record routine with help of my mentor teacher
    • Complete self evaluation in preparation for meeting with administration
    • Clean classroom fish tank & rat cage
    Household/Family/Mommy Goals
    • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our September budget
    • Bring home boxes for items in basement
    • Continue to organize the basement by filling my new storage shelves
    • Finish sanding our deck
    • Move stepping stones to downstairs patio
    Marriage Goals
    • Work on surprise anniversary date for my hubby (5 years this September!)
    • Make a point to spend at least 1 solid minute cuddling with hubs each evening when he gets home
    Personal Goals
    • Paint my nails
    • Get my haircut
    • Exercise at least twice this week
    • Journal at least once this week
    • Continue back to school shopping - September focus is to find 1-3 pairs of shoes
    Blogging Goals
    • Revamp my blogging routine now that the school year is officially starting
    • Post at least 2 times this week
    • Promote our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts
    • Promote our September Giveaway
    • Highlight & add sticky notes to my copy of  Mom Blogging for Dummies (This job is going to be on here forever at the rate I'm going!)
      This Week's Goals:

      Classroom Goals
      • Work on lesson plans & setting classroom management routines
      • Continue my new daily lesson plan record routine with help of my mentor teacher
      • Practice our new RTP Classroom Management expecations
      • Complete self evaluation in preparation for meeting with administration
      Household/Family/Mommy Goals
      • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our September budget
      • Bring home boxes for items in basement
      • Continue to organize the basement by filling my new storage shelves (ongoing - my goal is to have a pseudo living room in the basement even though the walls aren't finished by the end of winter)
      • Finish sanding our deck & set date to stain it
      • Install patio stones (ongoing)
      • Spend a little quality time with my mamma while she's in town this week 
      Marriage Goals
      • Make a point to spend at least 1 solid minute cuddling with hubs each evening when he gets home
      • Attend Legacy Journey LIVE in Grand Rapids with my hubby Thursday!!!!!! (So excited to see Dave Ramsey & Rachel Cruise in person!)
      Personal Goals
      • Paint my nails
      • Exercise at least twice this week
      • Journal at least once this week
      • Watch this week's episode of Outlander :) 
      • Continue back to school shopping - September focus is to find 1-3 pairs of shoes
      Blogging Goals
      • Continue to revamp my blogging routine now that the school year is officially starting
      • Post at least 2 times this week
      • Promote our September Giveaway
      • Promote our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts
      • Highlight & add sticky notes to my copy of  Mom Blogging for Dummies (This job is going to be on here forever at the rate I'm going!)
      Wish me luck! What's on your schedule this week?



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      Monday, September 1, 2014

      This Week's Goals: 9/1-7/14

      Goal Line

      Last week's goals:


      Classroom Goals
      • Attend 4 days of professional development to kick off the new school year
      • Attend our school's open house
      • Finish first week of lesson plans for September
      Household/Family/Mommy Goals
      • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our August budget
      • Create our September budget
      • Bring home boxes for items in basement
      • Continue to organize the basement by filling my new storage shelves
      • Start sanding our deck
      • Move stepping stones to downstairs patio
      Marriage Goals
      • Work on surprise anniversary date for my hubby (5 years this September!)
      • Make a point to spend at least 1 solid minute cuddling with hubs each evening when he gets home (its sad how often this can get pushed aside and all the sudden you realize you haven't even hugged that day! Yikes!)
      Personal Goals
      • Find some motivation - I'm slacking ladies, totally slacking! (Anybody have a motivation tree I can pick some fruit from?!?!) - Yep, still slacking....
      • Exercise at least twice this week
      • Journal at least once this week
      • Continue back to school shopping
      Blogging Goals
      • Revamp my blogging routine now that the school year is officially starting
      • Post at least 2 times this week
      • Promote our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts
      • Highlight & add sticky notes to my copy of  Mom Blogging for Dummies (This job is going to be on here forever at the rate I'm going!)
        This Week's Goals:

        Classroom Goals
        • Work on lesson plans for first few weeks of school - setting classroom management routines
        • Advertise and finalize after school program Sep/Oct events
        • Start new daily lesson plan record routine with help of my mentor teacher
        • Complete self evaluation in preparation for meeting with administration
        • Clean classroom fish tank & rat cage
        Household/Family/Mommy Goals
        • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our September budget
        • Bring home boxes for items in basement
        • Continue to organize the basement by filling my new storage shelves
        • Finish sanding our deck
        • Move stepping stones to downstairs patio
        Marriage Goals
        • Work on surprise anniversary date for my hubby (5 years this September!)
        • Make a point to spend at least 1 solid minute cuddling with hubs each evening when he gets home
        Personal Goals
        • Paint my nails
        • Get my haircut
        • Exercise at least twice this week
        • Journal at least once this week
        • Continue back to school shopping - September focus is to find 1-3 pairs of shoes
        Blogging Goals
        • Revamp my blogging routine now that the school year is officially starting
        • Post at least 2 times this week
        • Promote our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts
        • Highlight & add sticky notes to my copy of  Mom Blogging for Dummies (This job is going to be on here forever at the rate I'm going!)
        Wish me luck! What's on your schedule this week?



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        Friday, August 29, 2014

        Our Meal Plan: 8/29 - 9/11/14


        Pay day is grocery shopping day at our house, and since we get paid on a bi-weekly schedule that means I do two weeks worth of meal planning and grocery shopping at a time. I've shared my meal planning process before, from budgeting to posting the menu on the wall, but I've never taken the time to actually post a two week meal plan before. So here it is... our two week meal plan for 3 people at a total cost of $130.

        Friday - Pizza Night
        We love pizza, and on occasion I've made pizza from scratch, but I'm just not that good at it. But pizza delivery isn't in our budget, so instead we started buying Aldi Supreme pizzas. They're premade and only take 15 minutes to bake in the oven. Best yet is the $5.99 price tag on a 16 inch Supreme pizza.

        Saturday - Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes & Corn On The Cob
        One of my all time favorite meals. I've been making my meatloaf with a mixture of beef, venison & turkey burger lately, but we're all out of venison from last year so it'll just be beef & turkey burger this week. Michigan grows phenomenal corn and I just stopped to buy corn from a roadside farmer this afternoon... I'm excited already!

        Sunday - Fend For Yourself/Family Date Day
        We'll be spending the day at the Michigan Renaissance Festival eating soup out of bread bowls & turkey legs. No cooking for this mama will be necessary!

        Monday - Spaghetti with Vegetables
        We love pasta. That is all.

        Tuesday - Pork Loin, Scalloped Potatoes and Broccoli
        I love purchasing meat in bulk and freezing individual portions - that's exactly what I did last week so tonight's meat wasn't on the grocery list this week.

        Wednesday - Dirty Rice with Turkey Burger & Peas
        I don't know how I missed out on this delicious and frugal meal for the first 27 years of my life - but for the last few years I've been really enjoying it thanks to my husband introducing me! We eat Dirty Rice 2-3 times each month for two reasons: 1) We love it and 2) It's super cheap which allows us to splurge on other menu items throughout the week.

        Thursday - Asian Night (Stir Fry, Orange Chicken & Brown Rice)
        I'm not a natural cook. I enjoy it, but I still have so much to learn. I'd love to say I'll be making this meal from scratch, but I won't be. It's going to be straight from a frozen bag to the pan around here. (But at least I'll be using my favorite Wok - that earns me some points right?!?!) LOL

        Friday - Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells with Zucchini In Tomato Sauce
        Yum! I love stuffed pasta even more than I love plain pasta - and that's saying something! We have zucchini coming out of our ears as our garden explodes with them so there will be lots of zucchini making a sneak appearance in our meals this fall.

        Saturday - Pork Loin with Mashed Potatoes and Vegetables
        Here's the last portion of that bulk meat I told you about previously!

        Sunday - Anniversary Date <3 - Dinner Out!
        Our anniversary is September 5th, but because of my husband's work schedule we'll be celebrating today. It's our 5 year anniversary and I'm planning a slew of surprises for hubs, which includes going out to eat!

        Monday - Tacos
        Last week we had nachos, but I saved some of the meat and refried beans to freeze for this week's tacos. That makes the total cost of this meal.... tortilla shells.... score!

        Tuesday - Turkey Burgers with Fries
        Turkey burgers are one of my husband's specialties. (He is a great cook - lucky me!) And of course, we both have an unhealthy obsession with french fries so why not pair them. :)

        Wednesday - Kielbasa with Vegetables
        Mmmm.... I love basically every form of sausage I've ever had and Kielbasa is just as pleasureful! (It must be the German in me.)

        Thursday - Fast Food on the drive to see Dave Ramsey & Rachel Cruze LIVE in Grand Rapids!!!
        Eeeeekkkkkkk! I can't even explain to you how excited I am to see Dave & Rachel live. We'll be attending the Legacy Journey live and grabbing fast food on the way, that's why I made this grocery budget fit into $130 instead of our usual $150 - this way I have $20 left over for drive through.

        So that's our meal plan, but I can hear your question already... what about breakfast & lunch? Our breakfasts & lunches aren't as formal as our dinners. I don't plan ahead certain foods for each day for those meals, instead I just have a collection of choices we can pick from each day. Here are the choices we have for the upcoming two weeks:

        Breakfast Choices

        • Cereal
        • Oatmeal
        • Peanut Butter Toast
        • Protein Bar
        • Yogurt
        • Fruit
        • Leftovers (yes, I know I'm weird, but I love cold leftovers for breakfast!) 
        Lunch Choices
        • Turkey & Cheese Sandwich
        • PB & J
        • Leftovers (yep, I like them for lunch too!)
        • Soup
        • Ramen Noodles
        • Frozen Burritos
        • Random Snacks

        So that's it - our two week meal plan. I'd love to hear from you. Do you meal plan? Does your family have a favorite delicious, budget friendly meal? I can't wait to talk food with you. 



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        Thursday, August 28, 2014

        September 2014 Giveaway - $50 Starbucks Gift Card


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        Monday, August 25, 2014

        This Week's Goals: 8/25-31/14

        Goal Line

        New season... new routine! Starting this week, in addition to my usual goal categories, I will be starting a Marriage Goals topic. It's time to make my wife role more important! :) 

        Last week's goals:


        Classroom Goals
        • Start lesson planning for the first week of school
        • Finish teaching summer school this Friday
        Household/Family/Mommy Goals
        • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our August budget
        • Finish putting up plastic to cover the wall insulation in the basement as part of our organization project
        • Continue to organize the basement by filling my new storage shelves
        • Start sanding our deck
        • Organize shoe/coat closet and replace broken shelf
        • Move stepping stones to downstairs patio
        Personal Goals
        • Find some motivation - I'm slacking ladies, totally slacking! (Anybody have a motivation tree I can pick some fruit from?!?!) LOL
        • Exercise at least twice this week
        • Journal at least once this week
        • Continue back to school shopping
        • Read my coworkers book - Flowers for Rodney
        Blogging Goals
          This Week's Goals:

          Classroom Goals
          • Attend 4 days of professional development to kick off the new school year
          • Attend our school's open house
          • Finish first week of lesson plans for September
          Household/Family/Mommy Goals
          • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our August budget
          • Create our September budget
          • Bring home boxes for items in basement
          • Continue to organize the basement by filling my new storage shelves
          • Start sanding our deck
          • Move stepping stones to downstairs patio
          Marriage Goals
          • Work on surprise anniversary date for my hubby (5 years this September!)
          • Make a point to spend at least 1 solid minute cuddling with hubs each evening when he gets home (its sad how often this can get pushed aside and all the sudden you realize you haven't even hugged that day! Yikes!)
          Personal Goals
          • Find some motivation - I'm slacking ladies, totally slacking! (Anybody have a motivation tree I can pick some fruit from?!?!) - Yep, still slacking....
          • Exercise at least twice this week
          • Journal at least once this week
          • Continue back to school shopping
          Blogging Goals
          • Revamp my blogging routine now that the school year is officially starting
          • Post at least 2 times this week
          • Promote our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts
          • Highlight & add sticky notes to my copy of  Mom Blogging for Dummies (This job is going to be on here forever at the rate I'm going!)
          Wish me luck! What's on your schedule this week?



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          Saturday, August 23, 2014

          Summer Bucket List Conclusion: 2014


          This summer I had high hopes of accomplishing big things - some just for fun & some for work. I had two "summer buckets" to fill. My fun bucket was full of the items I hoped to accomplish this summer just for the pure joy of life. My Not-So-Fun bucket was full of chores & tasks needing my attention. Throughout the summer I kept track of what I was able to accomplish and now it's time to publish my results. 

          In some ways this summer went VERY well, and it others I fell way behind my goals. Its kind of a mixed back of emotions I'm experiencing now that its time to go back to school - on one hand successful and on another not so successful! :) Here are the results:

          Fun Bucket
          1. Go camping
          2. Swim in Lake Michigan
          3. Enjoy countless fires in the back yard (The problem here is the word *countless* - we fell short on that one part of this goal.)
          4. Visit my family in Kentucky
          5. Attend our local county fair
          6. Take weekly visits to local attractions like the science museum and zoo
          7. Visit my husband's family's cabin up north
          8. Follow the HowTheyBlog Podcast for improving this blog
          9. Have a monthly picnic as a family
          10. Go on a monthly date night with my husband
          11. Take a bike ride as a family
          12. Go garage sale shopping :) 

          Not-So-Fun Bucket
          1. Power wash our deck 
          2. Power wash our driveway
          3. Stain our deck
          4. Set up outdoor patio furniture
          5. Purchase & install stepping stones for patio
          6. Re-caulk kitchen
          7. Re-caulk bathrooms
          8. Build basement storage shelves
          9. Organize garage (We completed this job - but we need to do it again before fall is here with its full strength)
          10. Dog Area Fencing
          11. Plant vegetable garden
          12. Get rid of extra items at a garage sale
          13. Organize basement
          14. Continue to weed gardens
          15. Build a new garden to surround our utility boxes
          16. Continue to seed our yard to improve our grass
          17. Apply weed & feed and grub control to our yard at the end of summer/early fall
          What was on your summer bucket list? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. Check back soon - in September I'll be posting my fall goals. :)



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