52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Project 26


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This week marks the 1/2 way mark for my decluttering journey! I am very excited about the progress I have made in simplifying our home.

Each and every week another area of clutter is gone and with it our home gets that much easier to clean.

nightstandThis week I worked on my nightstand area. I am not showing you the inside of all the drawers this week because…well….there are unmentionables in these drawers and I am not going to expose my “drawers”.  :)

The middle drawer as you can see was shoved with books an paper junk, and I really wanted to get the basket of magazines gone.

reycle from nightstandThere was a lot of paper junk hiding in those drawers. Most of it was magazine articles I teared out thinking I would make the craft, or try out the recipe.  I resisted the urge to look through them and instead dumped them all saying “there is always pinterest”.

nightstand drawerI went through all the magazines and tossed all those that I had either read already or knew I wasn’t going to get around to reading. I try out a lot of magazines  through free subscription deals and truly only read my favorites.

I know within one issue of a magazine if it is going to be a new favorite and really need to start tossing new issues of those that are not must read titles into the recycling bin the minute they hit my doorstep once I have skimmed through them for coupons.

book drawerI got  rid of enough unmentionables to devote the bottom drawer of my nightstand to books to read as well as my copies of The One Year Bible (I have it in 2 bible versions thanks to yard sale finds and like to rotate versions each year, although this year I took a year off from them to do another type of bible study)

nightstand all doneI did manage my goal of getting rid of the basket in front of my nightstand. Now if I could just get around to repainting both my nightstand and my husbands. They were both yard sale finds from years ago. I have grand plans of painting them to match and getting them the same drawer knobs so that they look almost identical but…well…perhaps another year I will tackle all my refinishing furniture projects.

What area of your home did you declutter this week?

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Grab the plan and join along as we declutter our homes one inch at a time.

You can also join The Snail Pacing Goal Achievers Facebook group where you will find  the support you need to keep decluttering one inch at time.

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2015 Goal Update: How I Did In June


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goals for 2015

10 Goals For 2015

My Mind

1. Read 52 books this year. 

Up to 27 books so far which means I am right on target for finishing 52 books this year.  My favorite for the month would be Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things No One Ever Told You About Being Creative. In fact I liked it so much I want to order it in paperback (I got it in kindle format) so I can reread it whenever I need to be inspired in my work. I reread very few books so that is saying a lot. It is short and simple but impactful.

My Health

I had a few health problems pop up last year, that left me thinking I have reached that age where I should be paying more attention to it so I set two goals for my fitness and one goal  for eating habits.

Make A Fitness Goal For This YearHow to set and track a yearly milage goal (med)

2. 1200 Miles Ran in 2015

Not a good month for this goal, it looks like by months end on Tuesday I will be at around 70 miles. I am going to have to do a lot of make up miles these next few months to get me back on track.

3. Take an overnight, multi-day bike ride trip with my son

I was hoping to at least get our bikes out and ride a few times but between rain, and an event packed month it didn’t happen.

6 habits to form this year for healthier eating creating good eating habits one inch at a time (med)

4. Take six small steps over the year to build better eating habits

Total blow out on this goal. Time to press the reset button.

My Marriage

These goals are ones I set and achieved  in 2014 and I liked how they strengthened my marriage so much that I am doing them again.

5. 1 real date a month with my hubby each and every month: My husband and I enjoyed a meal out just the two of us for his birthday last week


This was the view from our patio at the resort we stayed at. Oh my! I didn’t want to leave. So beautiful.

6. 1 weekend getaway per season just the 2 of us. : We spent an entire week in Jamaica just the two of us in honor of our 20th wedding anniversary. It was amazing! If you follow me on instagram you probably saw all the pictures. We are considering this our spring and summer getaway so we won’t go away for the weekend again until fall.

My Home

52 Weeks To A Simplified Home Decluttering A Home One Inch At A Time (med)

7. Declutter one area of my home each and every week of the year.

Trudging though this goal and starting to get a better attitude about it. With each week that I stay on track decluttering just one small area our home is becoming easier and easier to keep clean.

My Business

8. Write a 30,000 word ebook.

I put this goal aside for now to work on  a free eBook for email subscribers. I am about 2/3rds of the way through writing it. Stay posted for more details.

My Spirit

9. Do a word study in the bible  of the words, discipline, diligence and self control.

DONE all three words. I am now spending time reading the bible starting from the beginning each and every day.

My Wow Goal

10. I like keeping my wow goal very private as it is so dear to my heart. It is just as big as last year if not bigger.

My husband and I decided to take a big step towards making this goal happen. It is going to take a lot of work to see if our investment will pay off but I think it will.

Did you set any goals for yourself this year? If so tell me about them in the comments.

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5 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Day Trips


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Day trips and summer go together like peanut butter and chocolate. However, day trips can get expensive if you don’t take the time to do a little prep work.

5 ways thrifty people save money on day trips

The prep work doesn’t have to take long, but it does require you to think ahead.

5 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Day Trips

1. See if you can grab a daily deal for the outing

When my family had a staycation several years back we did several day trips back to back. When we were planning out our staycation week we made sure to check daily deal sites for great deals on local attractions as well as those in larger centers near us.

Our family has picked up numerous daily deals for day trips from both Groupon and Living Social and never had a problem using them.

2. Pack A Picnic Lunch And Snacks

The most expensive part of day trips can be the meals involved in a full day outing. You can entirely eliminate the cost by bringing food from home.

Our family has used these Rubbermaid divided storage containers for our road trip eating for years. We love that you can fit a sandwich in one side and then either chips or cut up fruit or veggies on the other. They also fit on laps fairly well if you are eating as you travel.

We usually pack everything we need in an insulated bag as it takes up less room than a cooler. We pop a small freezer pack or two in it as well to make sure things say nice and cool.

It is, however, nice to splurge on a few extra treats to either take or grab on the way. We often pack a few foods we normally wouldn’t buy, and often eat one picnic meal and one meal out.

3. Check Websites Of Places You Want To Visit For Discount/Free  Days

Zoos and museums often have times where you can get admission at a reduced cost or even free. Yes, these times can be more crowded, but if it saves your family a significant amount of cash and you’re on a tight budget the extra crowds might be worth it.

Another thing to watch out for is that some sites offer cheaper rates when you pay for your tickets in advance online.

4. Search For Free Activities

My husband and I took a day trip up to a Tulip Festival this year. It was completely free and 100% worth the long drive there and back.

Most tourist information centers have festival guides that you can use to help you find websites and online reviews for the various free festivals within day trip distance of you.

5. Gas Buddy App

With day trips come a lot of driving and gas prices can really make or break the budget for day trips. Although you can do little to change the price of gas you can at least purchase it at the lowest priced gas station on your route by using the Gas buddy app.

What type of day trips does your family enjoy? And how do you save money on them?

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