Sunday, August 30, 2015

This Week's Goals: 8/31-9/6/15



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
  • Finish photo copying unit 1 for the upcoming school year
  • Start creating lesson plans for the first unit of the school year
  • Visit my classroom every couple days to feed the fish
  • Enter school year dates into my personal calendar
  • Attach seat numbers to student desks for the new year
Household/Family/Mommy Goals
  • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our August budget & create our September budget
  • Continue weeding our gardens & watering as weather requires
  • Clean house
  • Go garage sale shopping - I always have a running list on my phone of items to be on the look out for. Right now I'm hoping to find fall/winter clothing for little man and perhaps even some shirts for me. 
  • Start working on painting our master bathroom - first step deep clean & tape edges
Marriage Goals
  • Make a point to spend at least one minute cuddling with hubs after he gets home from work everyday
  • Write him a love note <3
  • Publicly praise my husband (A great tip I picked up here!)
  • Start planning my next date with hubs - I'm thinking a high ropes course adventure plus dinner???? Who knows.... ;)
Personal Goals
  • Exercise at least twice this week
  • Journal at least once this week 
  • Work to schedule dates with a dear friend I haven't seen in awhile (We finally had plans... but then her son got sick. Boo!)
  • Finish reading The Struggle by Wanda Brunstetter
  • Start reading Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford
Blogging Goals
  • Schedule posts for this week
  • Continue reading Smart Passive Income's Niche Site Duel post series (here's week 2 if you're interested)
  • Continue listening to the Flipped Lifestyle podcast when I go running


This Week's Goals: 

Classroom Goals
  • Start creating lesson plans for the first unit of the school year
  • Attend professional development sessions all week
  • Enter school year dates into my personal calendar
  • Create seating charts for the new year (one week to go!)
Household/Family/Mommy Goals
  • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our August budget & create our September budget
  • Wash & organize little man's clothes (I brought home tons of new items from garage sales, so it's time to do a major cleaning out of his closet)
  • Start working on painting our master bathroom - first step deep clean & tape edges
  • Plan a really basic meal plan for my first week back to school (no need to add any extra stress right now!)
Marriage Goals
  • Make a point to spend at least one minute cuddling with hubs after he gets home from work everyday
  • Write him a love note <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 
  • Find a fitness DVD at the library that I enjoy (it's time to add something besides running into my schedule)
  • Continue reading Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford
Blogging Goals
  • Schedule posts for this week
  • Finalize my review & giveaway for September (stay tuned!)
  • Create my September editorial calendar
  • Wrap up our August Era Organics Giveaway
  • Continue reading Smart Passive Income's Niche Site Duel post series (here's week 2 if you're interested)
  • Continue listening to the Flipped Lifestyle podcast when I go running

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

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

FREE "4 Essential Habits of Healthy Families" eCourse

Today I'm bringing you something a little different - a limited time offer from Ultimate Bundles available to all you lovely mamas starting today - check it out:

Like me, I’m sure you worry a lot about the health and fitness of your family! (It's been on my mind A LOT lately - as my email subscribers know!)

You want everyone to eat good, wholesome food. You want to have plenty of energy. And you’re suspicious of all the unnatural chemicals in the products you use around the house – not to mention in the medication you give your kids.


But it’s tough to know where to go for more information, right? Where should you start? Who should you trust? You end up flailing around, following a few principles and pieces of advice when you have time, but not really having any sort of road map to follow.

Until now.

My friends over at Spark Health and Ultimate Bundles have put together a FREE mini-course called “The 4 Essential Habits of Healthy Families”.

The course contains a collection of quick and easy-to-follow lessons from trusted bloggers:
  • Essential Habit #1: “Nurturing your Best Self” (with Heather from Mommypotamus)
  • Essential Habit #2: “Staying Fit as a Family (Gym Membership Not Required)” (with Crystal from Money Saving Mom) 
  • Essential Habit #3: “From Scratch Meal-Making” (with Katie from Kitchen Stewardship)
  • Essential Habit #4: “Using Natural Remedies” (with Katie from Wellness Mama
Each lesson comes with a 20-minute audio lesson, PDF transcript, and a practical “Take Action” guide.

(Did you notice my all time FAVORITE blogger - Crystal from Money Saving Mom - is on the list... she's amazing guys!)

If you want to get your family on the road to real health, it’s simple to get started: sign up for your FREE mini-course now!

P.S. Hurry because this mini course is only available until Sunday, September 6th. Don’t miss your chance to access this exclusive content! Grab it now.


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

20+ Books Every Wife & Mother Should Read


I'm a lover of books. 

They entertain, teach, inspire & provoke change in our lives. If you're not turning to books in times of need, you're missing out - there are big lessons to be learned out there people!!!

With that in mind, I've compiled a list of 20+ books I believe every wife & mother should read. In the words of reading rainbow... "don't take my word for it" borrow, download or purchase these books today. (Note: All direct links below are affiliate links - thank you!)

Make It Happen by Lara Casey
"Surrender your fear, take the leap, live on purpose"

Happy Wives Club by Fawn Weaver
The old saying "happiness is a choice" seems to fit really well with this book - a truly inspirational book about marriage and what it looks like all across the globe. So many amazing stories to teach you about the love of your life (or your future love)!

by Crystal Paine
Crystal Paine is hands down one of the most influential moms I've had the pleasure of reading. Her straight to the point & honest writing will make you feel at ease & comforted no matter where you're at in the motherhood game.


by Tsh Oxenreider
If you'd love to learn more about living with less & loving it, this is the book for you. (Plus some added cool info from Americans living over seas.)

Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey & Rachel Cruze
Have you ever wondered HOW to teach your kids about money? This book breaks it down by age and is full of first hand stories from the Ramsey family - its informative & entertaining.

Miss You Like Crazy by Pamela Hall 
Read this one with your kiddos - it's perfect for working moms & does a great job 
explaining WHY you go to work everyday to your young people.

The Doctor’s Diet by Dr. Travis Stork
The best diet/weight loss book I've ever read - I love it's easy to understand and follow guidelines.

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
"A proven plan for financial fitness" & one of my all time faves!

Growing Up Social by Gary Chapman & Arlene Pellicane
"Is technology bringing your family closer together, or driving them farther apart?"

The Surrendered Wife by Laura Doyle
"A practical guide to finding intimacy, passion & peace."

"The secrets that helped me win $500,000 in free money for college. Plus you can too!" (A must read for any parents of middle school - college aged students.)

Balancing It All by Candace Cameron Bure
"My story of juggling priorities and purpose" - if you were ever a fan of Full House or were curious about the "surrendered wife" life style then this book is for you.
A Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex by Sheila Wray Gregoire
"and you thought bad girls have all the fun"

"Over 200 Freezer Friendly Recipes"

Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford
"A guide to putting down the phone, burning the to-do list, 
and letting go of perfection to grasp what really matters!"

Deliberate Motherhood by The Power of Moms
"12 powers of peace, purpose, order, and joy"

"A one-year experiment and it's liberating results."

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
"The secret to love that lasts."

The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell
"Everything depends on the love relationship between you and your child. When children feel loved, they do their best. But how can you make sure your child feels loved?"

Do you have a favorite book you think we should add to this list? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

This Week's Goals: 8/24-30/15



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
  • Finish photo copying unit 1 for the upcoming school year
  • Start creating lesson plans for the first unit of the school year
  • Visit my classroom every couple days to feed the fish
  • Schedule fall open house
Household/Family/Mommy Goals
  • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our August budget
  • Continue weeding our gardens & watering as weather requires
  • Help a neighborhood committee with planning our voting process this summer
  • Clean house
  • Go garage sale shopping - I always have a running list on my phone of items to be on the look out for. Right now I'm hoping to find fall/winter clothing for little man and perhaps even some shirts for me. 
  • Babysit my step-brother while my mom & step dad attend her high school reunion
  • Take in both of our vehicles for repairs
  • Rotate tires & have the oil changed on my car
Marriage Goals
  • Make a point to spend at least one minute cuddling with hubs after he gets home from work everyday
  • Write him a love note <3
  • Publicly praise my husband (A great tip I picked up here!)
  • Start planning my next date with hubs - I'm thinking a high ropes course adventure plus dinner???? Who knows.... ;)
Personal Goals
  • Exercise at least twice this week
  • Journal at least once this week 
  • Work to schedule dates with a dear friend I haven't seen in awhile (I caught up with the other I hadn't seen in forever last week!)
Blogging Goals
  • Schedule posts for this week
  • Continue reading Smart Passive Income's Niche Site Duel post series (here's week 2 if you're interested)
  • Continue listening to the Flipped Lifestyle podcast when I go running


This Week's Goals: 

Classroom Goals
  • Finish photo copying unit 1 for the upcoming school year
  • Start creating lesson plans for the first unit of the school year
  • Visit my classroom every couple days to feed the fish
  • Enter school year dates into my personal calendar
  • Attach seat numbers to student desks for the new year
Household/Family/Mommy Goals
  • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our August budget & create our September budget
  • Continue weeding our gardens & watering as weather requires
  • Clean house
  • Go garage sale shopping - I always have a running list on my phone of items to be on the look out for. Right now I'm hoping to find fall/winter clothing for little man and perhaps even some shirts for me. 
  • Start working on painting our master bathroom - first step deep clean & tape edges
Marriage Goals
  • Make a point to spend at least one minute cuddling with hubs after he gets home from work everyday
  • Write him a love note <3
  • Publicly praise my husband (A great tip I picked up here!)
  • Start planning my next date with hubs - I'm thinking a high ropes course adventure plus dinner???? Who knows.... ;)
Personal Goals
  • Exercise at least twice this week
  • Journal at least once this week 
  • Work to schedule dates with a dear friend I haven't seen in awhile (I caught up with the other I hadn't seen in forever last week!)
  • Finish reading The Struggle by Wanda Brunstetter
  • Start reading Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford
Blogging Goals
  • Schedule posts for this week
  • Continue reading Smart Passive Income's Niche Site Duel post series (here's week 2 if you're interested)
  • Continue listening to the Flipped Lifestyle podcast when I go running

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

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Summer Bucket List Results: 2015

I'm so thankful that as a teacher I get to enjoy my summers at home playing wife, mother & house keeper. It's a role change I was really looking forward to this year.

It's a time of year where I'm usually able to catch up on my other life obligations (besides my classroom), but its also a great time to catch up on big classroom projects that I can't find time for during the school year.

Last summer was a very productive and fun one, but 2015 wasn't quite as productive as I had hoped! :( Yikes!



This summer I had high hopes of accomplishing big things - some just for fun & some for work - so like last year I had two "summer buckets" to fill. 

My Fun Bucket is full of the items I hoped to accomplish this summer just for the pure joy of life. 

My Not-So-Fun Bucket is full of chores & tasks that needed my attention. 

Throughout the summer I've been checking in to see how my bucket lists were going, because lets face it - accountability is a major trick in accomplishing your goals! :) But none the less, fall (or the new school year anyway) is just a few weeks away and I still have many items to finish.... fingers crossed I get my butt in gear!

Fun Bucket
  1. Go camping in the back yard
  2. Swim in Lake Michigan
  3. Enjoy countless fires in the back yard (Not really countless, but we did at least enjoy some fires.)
  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. Continue following the Flipped Lifestyle Podcast (great info for anyone looking at online business)
  9. Enjoy picnics in a variety of outdoor locations near our home
  10. Attend a friend's wedding in Germany
  11. Read a few great summer reads & take part in our local library's summer reading program
  12. Go on a monthly date night with my husband
  13. Take a bike ride as a family down our local river trail system
  14. Go garage sale shopping :) 
  15. ???

Not-So-Fun Bucket
  1. Install a "doggy door" in our garage
  2. Add rocks to our garden & dog area
  3. Find a solution for my ever spreading collection of strawberry plants
  4. Create a garden path out of wood chips
  5. Fill in my second square foot garden (affiliate link - thank you!)
  6. Re-caulk kitchen
  7. Re-caulk bathrooms
  8. Organize garage for fall/winter
  9. Get rid of extra items at a garage sale
  10. Continue basement finishing project
  11. Purchase & install a storm door on our front entrance
  12. Purchase & install a hanging screen door for our deck
  13. Add flowers below stairs to our deck
  14. Fill in holes in garden with new flowers
  15. Paint & redecorate two upstairs bathrooms
  16. Continue to weed gardens
  17. Build a new garden to surround our utility boxes
  18. Continue to seed our yard to improve our grass
  19. Apply weed & feed and grub control to our yard at the end of summer/early fall
  20. ???
What's on your summer bucket list? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. Check back often - I'll be updating my list regularly throughout the summer. As tasks are completed I'll cross them out & as we think of new ones we'll add to the list! Wish us luck - it's sure to be an action packed summer. :)

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