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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    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Scentsy: 10% Off Through the End Of The Month

    This August my dear friend Kari started selling Scentsy, and I'm helping her get started by hosting a Back To School Basket Party. 

    For the month of August everything is 10% off plus you'll be helping me earn a warmer for my classroom - helping to keep down the stench of middle school boys! :) 


    To order online just visit https://kariwellfare.scentsy.us/ then choose "Tiffany's Back To School Basket Party" from the drop down menu in the top center of the screen - this is super important, if you don't do that I won't get credit for your purchase. 

    Fall is a great time to start your holiday shopping in order to save money and stress come December - Scentsy offers great options including home fragrance, laundry, bath & on the go products. Happy shopping! :)




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    Monday, August 18, 2014

    This Week's Goals: 8/18-24/14

    Goal Line

    Last week's goals:


    Classroom Goals
    • Continue teaching our summer bridge program
    • Finish lesson planning for summer bridge program
    • Start lesson planning first week of school year
    • Place classroom orders with 2014-2015 classroom fund
    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
    • Get power washer to finish the back deck
    • Organize shoe/coat closet and replace broken shelf
    • Move stepping stones to downstairs patio
    Personal Goals
    • Exercise at least twice this week
    • Journal at least once this week
    • Continue back to school shopping
    • Continue rereading the Outlander Series (I'm finally on book #8 - the new one!) 
    Blogging Goals
      This 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
      Wish me luck! What's on your schedule this week?



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      Wednesday, August 13, 2014

      Family Memberships = Family Fun + Budget Friendly Price Tag


      I'm guessing it won't shock any of you to hear that as a teacher, education is very important to me. (Gasp - I know!) That's why exposing my son to great opportunities to explore and learn is important to me. Because I'm a public school teacher, I'm blessed to have my summers home with him which makes going on these adventures very feasible. There's only one problem.... our budget.

      On this blog I often share about our Total Money Makeover Journey (if you're new to my blog, check out the link to explore my many posts on the topic). While paying down debt using the debt snowball, we limit our spending by following a strict budget most of the time. That means we miss out on some cool opportunities just because the funding is not available, but we realized last year that our budget doesn't have to stop us from great learning opportunities for our family. :) 


      Last year, I posted about our experiences visiting the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI. We had only planned on making a special one day trip, but soon found out that many attractions, the Henry Ford included, allow you to purchase a year long family pass for the same cost of just 2-3 visits depending on the size of your family. This was a budget friendly, no-brainer for our family! Unlimited visits for only one small price, making our trips free starting with the third visit. Ever since discovering this budget friendly trick, we've been taking full advantage.

      This year my family is enjoying a family pass to both a local zoo & children's science museum. Because we go frequently, it means we can stay as short or long as we like. There's no rush to see everything, but also no push to stay longer than you wish, just to get your money's worth. Instead we often visit for only 45 - 60 minutes each week. That way we avoid an over tired child or grumpy parents! :) I also love the freedom it gives us - we can pack a picnic and enjoy the shade of large oak trees growing outside of our local zoo while other families rush to see all the different animals and my son can visit the same exhibit over and over until he tires of it.

      Do you take advantage of family memberships to meet your family's budget & offer great educational experiences for your children? I'd love to hear about your successes in the comments below! 



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      Monday, August 11, 2014

      This Week's Goals: 8/11-17/14

      Goal Line

      Last week's goals:


      Classroom Goals
      • Start teaching our summer bridge program
      • Lesson plan for week 2 of our summer program (next week)
      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
      • Get power washer to finish the back deck
      • Organize shoe/coat closet and replace broken shelf
      • Move stepping stones to downstairs patio
      Personal Goals
      • Exercise at least twice this week
      • Journal at least once this week
      • Continue back to school shopping
      • Continue rereading the Outlander Series (I'm currently on book #5)
      Blogging Goals
      • Post at least 2 times this week
      • Announce our July Giveaway winner :) 
      • 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
        • Continue teaching our summer bridge program
        • Finish lesson planning for summer bridge program
        • Start lesson planning first week of school year
        • Place classroom orders with 2014-2015 classroom fund
        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
        • Get power washer to finish the back deck
        • Organize shoe/coat closet and replace broken shelf
        • Move stepping stones to downstairs patio
        Personal Goals
        • Exercise at least twice this week
        • Journal at least once this week
        • Continue back to school shopping
        • Continue rereading the Outlander Series (I'm finally on book #8 - the new one!) 
        Blogging Goals
        Wish me luck! What's on your schedule this week?



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        Monday, August 4, 2014

        This Week's Goals: 8/4-10/14

        Goal Line

        Last week's goals:


        Classroom Goals
        • Collaborate with my coworker on our 8th grade units of study/curriculum changes
        • Meet with coworkers to plan for our August summer school program
        • Lesson plan for summer program that starts next week (August)
        Household/Family/Mommy Goals
        • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our July budget & creating 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
        • Get power washer to finish the back deck
        • Create list of items to purchase at garage sales for my son's closet in the coming year
        • Change heating/cooling filter
        • Organize shoe/coat closet and replace broken shelf
        • Prepare side yard for fencing that will be going up in our dog area next week
        • Move stepping stones to downstairs patio
        Personal Goals
        • Exercise at least twice this week
        • Journal at least once this week
        • Continue the Doctor's Diet
        • Continue back to school shopping
        • Continue rereading the Outlander Series (I'm currently on book #5 - a bit behind on my reading)
        Blogging Goals
          This Week's Goals:

          Classroom Goals
          • Start teaching our summer bridge program
          • Lesson plan for week 2 of our summer program (next week)
          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
          • Get power washer to finish the back deck
          • Organize shoe/coat closet and replace broken shelf
          • Move stepping stones to downstairs patio
          Personal Goals
          • Exercise at least twice this week
          • Journal at least once this week
          • Continue back to school shopping
          • Continue rereading the Outlander Series (I'm currently on book #5)
          Blogging Goals
          • Post at least 2 times this week
          • Announce our July Giveaway winner :) 
          • 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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