52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week 35


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week 35 before clutterThis week’s decluttering area is even smaller than usual. Our family has had a very busy week, and truly I just wanted to skip out all together but….I chose to just do something… a tiny space decluttered is better than no space decluttered.

So I picked my bin full of work clothes (the green striped on pictured above, the blue striped one is my hubby’s work clothes). These are the clothes I wear when I am painting or working in the garden. Truthfully besides wearing an outfit for dying my hair every few months these clothes have not been worn in a while.

week 35 dumped out binI dumped the entire thing out onto our bed and found that there were long johns in the bottom. Those would have come in handy a few times last winter…oh well, now I know where they are for next time.

pile of clothes to tossIn the end I tossed about 1/3 of the clothes. They are covered in paint and stains so they went to the trash.

week 35 doneI folded up the clothes that I wanted to keep and they fit in the container with room to spare now. I use to have to squish the clothes to fit but not any longer.

This project really took so little time and left me feeling like I was still keeping my promise to myself to declutter something each and every week this year.

If you are joining along, and feeling discouraged because you are not reaching your goals each week, take sometime to re-evaluate them and see if perhaps you made your projects just a bit too big to fit in the daily life your are currently living.

Make sure your project fits your current week.

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.


How I Did In August With My Yearly Goals For 2015


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10 Goals For 2015

My Mind

nobody's cuter than you

1. Read 52 books this year. 

Up to 37 books so far which means I am ahead in my reading goal right now.  My favorite for the month would be Nobody’s Cuter Than You. I really just started it but I am already in love with it. I love all of Melanie Shankle’s  books including Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope In The Living Room. They are great for lifting the spirits with good old fashioned belly laughing humor.

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

I am so happy to report that I am caught up again in this goal and I actually am going to finish August a few miles ahead!

me in bike

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

This goal got downsized to a 4 hour bike ride that ended in lunch…then my eldest son came and picked my middle son and I up. The reason for this was mainly the rainy spring and summer that Indiana has had this year. My son and I were not able to get many bike rides in before his soccer season started and now that soccer is in full swing the chances of time to bike are slim.

Still we enjoyed our ride and hope to fit a a longer trip in next year.

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

I have entirely changed my eating habit these last few weeks in a last ditch attempt to get rid of a health problem that has plagued me for over a year now. I started researching in depth changes in diet that are suppose to help this particular problem. I did not expect a weight loss from these  changes BUT I lost 5 pounds in two weeks.

I don’t know if I will keep it off but I am very happy about the weight loss and plan to keep up these new eating habits although so far it isn’t helping my problems yet.

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.

date day tea and shopping

5. 1 real date a month with my hubby each and every month:  Our date day in August included breakfast at Panera (using a gift card earned through My Points), a tour around a few small towns in the area we have wanted to check out for a while, a look at a few RV’s, lunch at McAlister’s , car test driving (we plan to get a new to us vehicle in spring but we are not sure what yet) and lots of talking along the way.

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 in June . 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 am still on the Master Bedroom! I think by the end of September I will finally be done with it thought.

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. {did not get further on the free e-book this month}

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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I watched all the videos  and even though I have followed a lot of the principles shared in the videos for years, I found the course inspired me to improve and live life with even more intention.  It has challenged me to rethink my evenings (yes evenings) and tweak my morning routine.

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3 Big Name Brands With Great Loyalty Programs


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Although our family is thrifty, we still have some name brands that we remain loyal to regardless of the price. Usually because of either the taste or quality of the product.

3 name brands that reward you for buying their products

Choosing a name brand over a store brand often means paying more, so when our thrifty family finds out about a loyalty program for a family “must” brand we are all over it like butter on bread.

3 Big Name Brands With Great Loyalty Programs

For this post I am concentrating on brands who sell products you buy in the store. I can only think of 3, but I am sure there are more so feel free to share in the comments below of others you know about.

1. My Coke Rewards

My husband is addicted to his 2 to 3 cans of coke a day–which is why I was so happy when the coke mycokerewards program began years ago.

It has changed a bit recently in that it now offers bronze, silver, and gold levels which effects what prizes are open for you to choose from. However, even at bronze level the choices of prizes are numerous and it doesn’t take too many actions within the program to get there.

How it works: On boxes and bottle caps of coke products you will find codes, keep them and enter them online (there is a weekly limit as to how many you can enter each week). Points will add up quickly and cash out begins at just 55 points for a free, 32 oz bottle of Powerade (prizes change all the time so check frequently).

Rewards include: Shutterfly albums, e-gift cards to Walmart & Amazon, subscriptions to magazines, free coke products and much more.

Go here to sign up for My Coke Rewards.

2. Kellogg’s Family Rewards

Our family doesn’t often buy Kellogg’s products with the exception of birthdays, Mother’s Day, and Christmas where I let the kids pick out a favorite sugary cereal as a treat and 2 of them pick a Kellogg’s cereal.

You might not think it is worth it to sign up for a loyalty program for a product you don’t buy often, but Kellogg’s Rewards offers a lot of free codes {my favorite source to find these free codes is Money Saving Mom}.

How it works: When you buy Kellogg’s products you can upload your receipt to the website or connect your grocery store loyalty cards to your Kellogg’s Family Rewards. For free codes you simply enter them manually into the site.

Rewards include: Shutterfly products, magazine subscriptions, e-gift cards to Starbucks, high value coupons, and more.

Go here to sign up for Kellogg’s Family Rewards.

3. Pampers Rewards Points

Okay, so obviously since I am a mom of teenagers our thrifty family doesn’t take advantage of the Pampers Rewards Points program. However, I have heard so many good things about it I decided to share it.

How it works: Enter codes found on packages of Pampers diapers and wipes into the website. You can also earn points for review products. Be sure to like their Facebook page too for special offers. Money Saving Mom also shares free codes for Pamper Rewards from time to time too.

Rewards include: Shutterfly products, baby toys, and supplies such as sippy cups, high value coupons, magazine subscriptions, and more.

Go here to sign up for Pampers Rewards.

If you like loyalty programs you might want to check out my list of point programs that you can use to earn gift cards and more.
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