One Summer Fun Goal For The Week: April 21 to 27

one summer fun goal for the week

Yes I know it is not summer yet, but  hold on in just a few minutes you will see why I am starting summer really early around here

A Picture From Our Week

I loved you dadThe Lego words above are not made by my daughter but instead by me, and you will notice that the word “love” is in its past tense “loved”.  On Tuesday I came home from the gym and my son passed me a letter, what was inside changed all the plans I had for that day, and for the week, and probably for several weeks more. With the words “I regret to inform you” I learned that my father had passed away in his sleep on March 17th almost 1 month before I received word.

Why did I receive word so late, and in a letter? It is complicated, and a story that I am not so sure I will ever share in full detail unless God makes it clear that He wants me too.

The important thing is I am giving grace, and waiting for more details.

Because of that …..

Last Weeks Goals

I didn’t do number 1, 2 , or 3.  I spent the first 24 hours in a “how did this happen?” fog and the next 24 in a “why, and what now?” fog. The rest of the week I worked slowly at just regular daily things getting stuff done as I felt like it and giving myself grace.

This Weeks Summer Fun Goal

I have accepted now that what happened happened and am now on to grieving what has been lost, and thanking God for what blessings I did receive from my dad. Since I have already walked the grieving a parent road  a few years earlier with the loss of my mom I know though that the grief will keep me puttering at a slower pace than normal for a while yet, and so I am creating room in my life for the next while to do just that.

So instead of 3 goals I am setting just 1  for the duration of the warm weather.

1. Get my swing chair hung up so I can enjoy the warming weather.

My Summer Blogging Schedule

I was going to announce my summer blogging schedule the last full week of May, but given the circumstances I am starting my summer blogging schedule now.

Monday: A Summer Fun Goal Post

I love all things summer, bike rides, ice cream parlors, swimming, camping, kayaking, and relaxing on the swing chair on my own front porch with a good book and some sweet tea. Yet, sometimes summer just seems to slip by and I don’t get to do what I wanted. This year I am making a summer fun goal each week, and sharing it as my goal post each Monday.

The goal post will also be missing, the picture from our week, the 3 things tossed this week, the post to check out, and the deal of the week. I will be keeping it sweet and short.

My 3 Snail Paced Goals posts with all the added features  will come back in September, or if we should be blessed with a hot dry fall then October.

Tuesday: A Picture from our week

From  now until fall  I will take this out of my goal  post and give it its very own day with a few words.

Wednesday: A post on one of the following: Fitness/ Time Management/ Faith

Thursday: A post on one of the following: Recipes/ Reviews/ Tutorials

Friday: A Frugal Themed Post

Weekends: Off

Having lost both my parents now I have been reminded once again of the importance of today….because you just might not have tomorrow. I want to encourage my readers to  make a bucket list today of all the things you want to do this summer with those you love, make it a goal to cross one thing off your list every week. Get  out there and make some memories. Trust me it will be those moments they remember.

Linked to Money Saving Mom’s 6 Goals For The Week

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The Best Time Management Tip I Have Ever Learned

The best time management tip I have ever learned I am really still in the process of learning. Oh I know it, I just don’t apply it as often as I should.

the best time management tip I have ever learned

 What is the best time management tip?

Stop trying to be a ” Jack of All Trades A Master Of None”.

According to Wikipedia ” ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’ is a figure of speech used in reference to a person that is competent with many skills, but is not necessarily outstanding in any particular one”.

The phrase “Jack of all trades” was actually at one time considered a positive one, but after the “master of none” was added it soon become a negative one.

I think the reason why was because in our modern world there are just so many more skills that we could develop. In our current day we simply cannot become competent in all the areas that effect our lives.

When the phrase was created, there were no computers, no electricity, no indoor plumping, no cars , no internet, no coupons, and on and on and on. There are simple too many areas in our life to become competent in so we must instead choose those we will become masters of.

Being a master (or expert) in an skill takes time. Time researching ,time practicing, time doing.

We are all given the same 24 hours a day 7 days a week, not an hour more not an hour less. When we spend our time trying to do everything, we don’t have time to polish up and let our God given talents shine.

Yes you have talents. I know what it feels like to wonder am a I really talented in anything. I have just one single top of the class reward in my 40 years of life and it is in……wood working (grade 10). Not exactly a talent I use today.

It took me a long time to get beyond that voice in my head that says “I am not number one in that so I guess I am not really talented?”. Guess what talent doesn’t mean that you come in first, talent means that it brings you joy, makes you come alive, and your love of it makes you want to improve in it. Your zeal for the skill  enriches not just you but those around you.

I use to think “I am not an Olympian so I really don’t have talent to run”. True but I do have talent to inspire others to try. Talent to teach my children how. Talent to run marathons and use that time to pray and grow closer to God. Talent enough to run with a friend almost every Saturday who keeps me grounded and encourages me to try harder in other areas of life.

What areas of your life make you come alive? Those things are your areas of talent.

Make time for those things, and  stop trying to be an expert at the rest. Now this doesn’t mean that you stop cleaning your house all together because it doesn’t bring you joy to try out new methods of cleaning. There are some things that we just have to do anyways whether we are talented  in them or not.

But it does mean if that area of your life that brings you passion should cause you to flourish financially, don’t think twice about spending money on a housekeeper so you have more time to develop your talent.

It does mean that you can stop stressing out about not having a home that looks like it jumped out of the pages of Better Homes & Gardens and instead you can concentrate on how to streamline the housework so that it gets done to a livable standard, and you define that standard, not the super talented housekeeper next door who cleans her ceiling fans once a week.

(And yes I realize some people actually LOVE housekeeping so if that is you switch out the words about housekeeping in the last 3 paragraphs and put in something you loathe doing)

Set priorities for your time, and those areas that bring you passion, those are the ones that get the most time.

When you do that, trust me the passion will have an oozing effect and soon all those areas you hate to do but can’t delegate (and please delegate all you can) start to get done with less effort and more energy as you know that they don’t have to be done perfectly they just have to been done good enough so that you can get back to working on your passion(s).

So instead of being a Jack of all trades, master of none, become a master of all your talents and delegate and streamline  the rest. When you do, you will discover the passion to enjoy all.

Linked to WFMW, WHW, Wednesday Homemaking Link Up, The Mommy Club, Thriving Thursday, Epic Friday, Titus 2sday,

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3 Snail Paced Goals For The Week: April 14 to 21

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Last weeks goals

View last weeks goals in full here…

1. I got to bed on time and up on time all this week.

2. I mended my daughters Big Joe chair.

3. I sent out the piece of mail.

This weeks goals

1. Fill up and send out a bag of clothes to ThredUp.

2.  Get one extra post done for the blog. I like being a full two weeks ahead (with the exception of my goal posts) so that I can take a Saturday off blogging now and again and not scramble to get posts written during the week.

4.  Help my eldest son complete a few tasks on his to do list.

A picture from our week

All week long I share photos on Instagram so be sure to follow me there.

bare armThat is a picture of my bare arm. Finally for the first time in 2014 I was able to run in a t-shirt and capris.

A post to check out

6 ways big batch cooking in changing my life (small)A few months ago, I started cooking 3 casseroles, soups or stews most Sunday afternoons and it is changing my life.

Books I read this week

I made it my goal to read 1 book a week this year.

I finished: How She Does It and Inspiration To Pay Off Debt

I am currently reading

1. In real paperback form: Longing and Loving (both found at my local library)

2. On my  Kindle Paperwhite: Reclaiming Lily

3. On my Kindle App: Plan to Be Flexible

A deal for the week

Need a gift for an upcoming wedding? Right now ibotta is offering a $5 rebate on any variety of Corelle 16 piece sets. You can pick from various stores to purchase. Not familiar with ibotta? check out my step by step ibotta guide.

3 Things I tossed this week.

Inspired by The Clutter Busting Challenge I decided to toss, sell or give away three things each week and post a picture of it here for accountability.

I tossed 3 nightgowns I don’t wear anymore. No picture since…well…I didn’t think you needed to see my bed clothes!

Need some goal setting inspiration and know how? Follow the Goal Setting & Time Management Tips Board on Pinterest.

 Linked to 6 Goals For This Week at Money Saving Mom

Disciplined Life (150)Want to become better at setting realistic goals and breaking them down into manageable pieces? I recommend Crystal Paine’s ebook 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life.

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3 Snail Paced Goals For The Week: April 7 to 13

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Last weeks goals

1. I did see the bottom of the laundry day pile by mid week and I have kept it up all week long. I know it won’t last forever but for now I am feeling pretty empowered by going to bed each night without huge mounds of laundry waiting for me.

2.  I did mend my daughters pants. I  love my Janome New Home sewing machine (newer model than mine shown in link), I can’t get over how much difference it makes to sew on a good quality machine verse the inexpensive $99 base model of another brand I use to own.

3. I did not get to bed by 9 nor up by 6. I caught a cold that had me so congested I could barely breathe and I am on medications that conflict with cold medicine, needless to say I had trouble sleeping. However, I am getting closer to being all caught up on past seasons of 19 Kids and Counting, since they were my friends those hours I couldn’t sleep.

This weeks goals

1. I am finally able to breathe easy at night so I am going to aim to be in bed by 9:30 with lights out by 10:30  and up at 6:30 this week, to give myself time to ween off the late nights the cold got me use to.

2. Mend the hole in my daughters beloved Big Joe chair. I think the dogs nails got caught in the seam and ripped it open a bit (mental note get dog in for nail clipping).

3. Send out a piece of mail that got some how buried and now has been found again, thankfully it wasn’t anything time sensitive.

A picture from our week

All week long I share photos on Instagram so be sure to follow me there.

hand cleaning couchThat is my hand cleaning out the cracks of the leather couch that sits along the wall where the open stair well of our house is located. These cracks constantly get filled with dog hair, I swear the dog must shake out as many hairs as it can as it rushes down the stairs. Inspired by Rebekah of Simply Rebakah Just Clean Something series, I grabbed a rag and cleaned out the cracks this week.

Also thanks to Rebekah’s series I now have a cleaned out bathroom cabinet. All week long when I find myself with just 5 minutes to spare before I need to go on to another task I hear Rebekah’s voice in my head saying “just clean something”. Which is odd because I haven’t ever meet Rebekah in person, so I really don’t know what her voice sounds like yet but I am sure it is Rebekah’s.

A post to check out

step by step grocery shopping with a thrifty person (small)Ever wondered just a thrifty person approaches grocery shopping? Well here is you chance: Step By Step Grocery Shopping With A Thrifty Person.

Books I read this week

I made it my goal to read 1 book a week this year.

I finished: The Listener (psst… got this through paperbackswap)

1. In real paperback form

Good Hope Road (psst….got this from paperbackswap too)

2. On my  Kindle Paperwhite

How She Does It (found it free in Money Saving Mom’s weekday listing of free ebooks)

3. On my Kindle App

Inspiration To Pay Off Debt  I didn’t get further on this ebook simply because I normally read from my kindle app while I am out and waiting in line or for an appointment to begin but with my cold I have been home all week.

A deal for the week

captain america

Did you know that the ibotta app can save you money on movies? My son went to see Captain America with some friends this weekend and I was able to get a $1 rebate back on his ticket. If you have yet to sign up for ibotta you can start your account with a $2 rebate bonus when you sign up through these links to ibotta  first and then download the app and complete one rebate withing 10 days of signing up.

3 Things I tossed this week.

Inspired by The Clutter Busting Challenge I decided to toss, sell or give away three things each week and post a picture of it here for accountability.

barbie stuff I told my daughter to go through her room and place the toys she no longer wanted in the hallway. As you can see she is giving away her entire collection of Barbies, which equals way more than three items. This marks and end of a parenting era for me, toys are on their way out being replaced by iPods and nailpolish, but at least the Duplo and Lego still stayed.

I sold these in under 5 minutes using my favorite way to sell items we no longer want or need.

Need some goal setting inspiration and know how? Follow the Goal Setting & Time Management Tips Board on Pinterest.

Linked to 10 Goals For This Week At Money Saving Mom 

Disciplined Life (150)Want to become better at setting realistic goals and breaking them down into manageable pieces? I recommend Crystal Paine’s ebook 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life.

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3 Snail Paced Goals For The Week: Mar 31 to April 6

(post contains affiliate links see disclosure) 3 snail paced goals for the weekLast weeks goals

You can check out last weeks goals in full here….

1. I made it out of bed by 6 (ish) every day except for one.

2. I wasn’t always in bed by 9 but I did get the lights out by 10.

3.  I did do a few small tasks each evening.

This weeks goals

1. Have a day this week where I see the bottom of the laundry pile. I think it has been well over a month since I went to bed with all dirty laundry baskets empty.

2. Mend a pair of pants of my daughter’s that ripped. If my husband reads this he may be asking where his real wife went, but I was inspired by this post by The Frugal Girl, she makes mending seem FUN!

3.  For my 3rd goal I am going to repeat all 3 of my goals for last week, up by 6, in bed by 9, lights out by 10 and a no-brainer task after dinner.

1 picture from our week

All week long I share photos on Instagram so be sure to follow me there.

tim bitsI LOVE Tim Bits from Tim Hortons, however currently the closest Tim Hortons to me is right around a one hour and thirty minute drive. I got a chance to get my fill this week though when I met up with Heather Greutman of Golden Reflections, Vicki Arnold of The Vicki Arnold Blog and Thaleia Maher of Something 2 Offer . We met at Ikea but Tim Hortons was on the way. I am loving all the bloggers I am meeting at various small meet ups this year. It is really helping me feel like part of a bigger community.

Oh and in 2015 I will no longer have to drive so far for a Tim Bit! A city 45 minutes away from me  is opening several in 2015 . Our family is very excited.

A post to check out

easter basket fillers for teenage boys and girls (small)It is easy to fill a little child’s Easter basket. It gets a bit more tricky when they are teenagers to give a basket that is both inexpensive and full of things they will use and like.  Here are 10 ideas for teenage girls and 10 ideas for teenage boys.

A book a week for 2014

I made it my goal to read 1 book a week this year.

I finished: A Promise To Remember

I am currently reading

1. In real paperback form

Beyond Ordinary (psst…. got this book free from Tyndale Rewards)

2. On My  Kindle Paperwhite

Reclaiming Lily

3. On my Kindle App

Inspiration To Pay Off Debt ( I am now 65% done this ebook and really like the encouragement within its pages for people trying to pay off debt.  I am also loving  getting to know the author Cherie Lowe of The Queen Of Free  through Facebook, she has an amazing positive spirit)

A Deal For The Week

I love Lucky Vitamin for their low prices on high quality vitamins, endurance running products, natural beauty products and various whole and organic food products. Right now Living Social is running a deal where you can buy a voucher for $12 worth $24 to spend sight wide on any of Lucky Vitamins amazing products. That is a 50% off value.

3 Things I tossed this week.

Inspired by The Clutter Busting Challenge I decided to toss, sell or give away three things each week and post a picture of it here for accountability.

Sorry no picture this week, but I did put aside 2 pairs of capris and a skirt that I plan to place in a bag to send to Thred Up to try out their clothes selling services, I am just waiting on the collection bag to arrive in the mail.

Need some goal setting inspiration and know how? Follow the Goal Setting & Time Management Tips Board on Pinterest.

Linked to Money Saving Mom’s 10 Goals For This Week

Disciplined Life (150)Want to become better at setting realistic goals and breaking them down into manageable pieces? I recommend Crystal Paine’s ebook 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life.

 

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Trade Your Fear For Faith

(post contains affiliate links see disclosure)Do You Suffer From African Impala Syndrome? Trade Fear For Faith

While reading Enough:Finding More By Living With Less I was deeply impacted by a quote of Vincent Muli Wa Kituku that the author shared.

 Over 80 percent of adults don’t live up to their greatness because they suffer from what I call “African Impala Syndrome”. Jumping high and forward is an inborn talent for the survival of the African impala. The impala is known to jump about ten feet high. This high jump propels the impala to land about thirty feet from the spot where it starts. With this ability of vertical and horizontal jumping, the impala survives and thrives in the carnivore-infested savannas of Africa.

However, the impala has a unique limitation. It jumps only when it can see where it will land. I once read from an issue of “Bits and Pieces” that when the African impala is confined in a three-foot high fence, it won’t jump. As I think of the African impala, I often wonder how we fail to live up to our potential because we suffer from “African Impala Syndrome.” We don’t “jump” unless we can see “where we will land.” (from the book Overcoming Buffaloes at Work and in Life)

This verse has been rolling around in my head since I finished Enough, and so I want to ask you the same questions this quote is asking of me

“What are you afraid of?”

“What is holding you back from making that leap?”

“Do you have the ability yet lack the faith?”

“Is it really a no time problem or is it a fear problem?”

“What could happen if you would just take that leap?’

“Can you dream that big? or are you too afraid?”

“If you really trust God as much as you say you do, then shouldn’t you be able to take that jump knowing He is going to help you leap over that fence and soften the impact of your landing on the other side?”

trade your fear for faithTrade your fear for faith, take that leap even though you don’t know where you will land, and watch amazing things unfold.

Looking for more inspiration to set and reach goals? Follow the Goal Setting and Time Management Tips Board onPinterest.

Linked to Thriving Thursdays, Wednesdays Homemaking,

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3 Goals For This Week: Mar 24 to Mar 30

(post contains affiliate links see disclosure)3 snail paced goals for the weekLast weeks goals

View last weeks goals here….

1. I didn’t mail out that letter

2. I didn’t reorganize my coupon collection.

3.  I charted my calories and steps about half the week.

This weeks goals

I have to admit I am getting kind of discouraged with my weekly  goal setting. I set out to do three small goals each week beyond blogging, homeschooling, my daily routine of devotions, working out and cleaning house and all those other things that make up daily life and yet…….lately I haven’t been making much progress. So this weeks goals are more time management oriented in hopes that if my manage my time better, I will find time to complete a few simple tasks each week.

1. Set alarm for 5:45 each morning and be ready to start my day by 6.

2. Be in bed by 9 and lights out by 10 at latest. (It takes me forever to fall asleep so I have a long unwinding routine)

3.  Pick one low energy task to work on each night after dinner, instead of giving in to how tired I feel and just reading or surfing the web. (you would think with how tired I am all evening that I would fall asleep quick but no)

3 pictures from our week

All week long I share photos on Instagram so be sure to follow me there.

truck break in gadgetMy favorite knitting needles come in handy for more than just knitting. Earlier this week they helped a friend break into his truck after my daughter managed to lock him out of it with the engine running.

children's museum glass towerI got to meet some of the ladies of Indy Social Media Moms for a meeting at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Afterwards I enjoyed wandering around the incredible multi-floor museum. My favorite exhibit is by far the Fireworks of Glass exhibit. This picture is taken from the rotating observation chair under the 43 foot tower, where you can look through a glass ceiling at all the unique pieces of hand blown glass placed around the base of the sculpture.

bare feet in springSo last week it was a picture of my bare feet in Birks, this week it is completely bare feet enjoying some rays. I can’t stress enough how hard this winter has been for me.  I am so loving the signs of spring that keep popping up more and more each day.

A post to check out

20 ways thrifty people save money on clothing (small)Here are my top 20 ways to save money on clothing.

A book a week for 2014

I made it my goal to read 1 book a week this year.

I finished:Enough:Finding More By Living With Less, It Takes An Egg Timer: A Guide To Creating Time For Your Life

I am currently reading

1. In real paperback form

Beyond Ordinary (psst…. got this book free from Tyndale Rewards)

2. On My  Kindle Paperwhite

A Promise To Remember

3. On my Kindle App

Inspiration To Pay Off Debt ( I started this book a while ago and really did find it to be inspiring and then it got put on the back burner but after getting to know the author Cherie Lowe of The Queen Of Free  through Facebook I want to finish it, she is an amazing lady of great faith)

3 Things I tossed this week.

Inspired by The Clutter Busting Challenge I decided to toss, sell or give away three things each week and post a picture of it here for accountability.

Sorry no picture this week, but I did toss an old pair of shoes my son had thrashed and out grown. I also put a pair of out grown soccer shoes in the give pile, and tossed a stack of magazines into the recycling bin.

Need some goal setting inspiration and know how? Follow the Goal Setting & Time Management Tips Board on Pinterest.

Disciplined Life (150)Want to become better at setting realistic goals and breaking them down into manageable pieces? I recommend Crystal Paine’s ebook 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life.

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Little Steps Lead To Big Things

If you join along with Snail Pace Transformations on Facebook then you might recognize the quote below. I shared it the other day on Facebook because I loved how it went along with my goals here at Snail Pace Transformations, to encourage you to reach your goals at a pace that you can endure rather than try to live out the all or nothing pace we often try to aspire to but get nothing but burn out from. Why? because little steps lead to big things.

don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do

It is a quote by the belated college basketball coach John Wooden. The quote was going through my head all day to the point that I had to do some research on him, and I found another quote that reinforced the first

 

it's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen

Often women think, I don’t have ……….so why bother. I don’t have time.  I don’t have money.  I don’t have the skill.

I don’t have time to exercise for an hour each day 5 times a week so why bother. I don’t have time to declutter my home from top to bottom over the course of a weekend so why bother.

I don’t have the money to start my own business, so why try. I don’t have the money to pay off that debt in full this month, so why bother.

I can’t write like, so and so so why bother to write at all. I can’t cook like so and so, so why bother to try to cook at all.

Sure perhaps you don’t have ALL the time, ALL the money, or ALL the skill right now, but you don’t need it. What you need is the courage to push through all those excuses masking your fear of failure and just start.

True few of us can declutter a whole home top to bottom in a weekend, but I bet you could find 30 minutes each and every weekend to attack one area, a draw, a cabinet, a bookshelf. Over time those little 30 minute sessions will add up and by the end of a few months of dedicated work you will start to see huge improvements in the organization of your home.

Perhaps you really can’t exercise 1 hour 5 days a week, but that is no excuse to not get out there at least once or twice a week for 30 minutes and enjoy the health benefits even a little exercise can provide you.

You might not have all the money you need to start your business right now but you do have access to free resources on the web and your local library to research it further. You might not be able to pay your credit bill in full, but I bet you can squeeze one more week out of the food in your cupboards and use the money you save to make a dent in the balance.

No you don’t write like so and so, but I tell you what God did not make you so and so’s clone He made you, you for a reason, unique for His glory. He wants you to write like you, using all the skill you posses right now this day, and when you obey Him chances are He will provide you the light you need to improve.

You might not be a gourmet cook like your neighbor, but perhaps that shouldn’t be your goal, perhaps your goal should be to provide simple healthy meals for your family on a regular basis.

Stop letting the big picture overwhelm and defeat you and instead break it down into little manageable steps that you can have success with.

Stop spending time and effort on things that are not your God given talents and start concentrating on growing the talents He has blessed you with.

Looking for help and inspiration for reaching your goals? Follow the Goal Setting & Time Management Board on Pinterest.

Linked to WFMW, Wednesday Link Party,The Mommy Club, Titus 2sday, Share Your Stuff Tuesdays,  Wednesday Homemaking,

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3 Goals For This Week: March 17 to 23

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Last weeks goals

Really these are goals from 2 weeks ago that you can view here, since I took a week off for my birthday.

1.  I did manage to get all my blogging for the week done before my husband and I left for a full weekend away just the two of us. This goal took so much time that I did not manage to complete my other two goals but it was worth it 2 days completely off blogging really refreshed me.

2. I didn’t take another stab at creating a gift for my daughter’s friends.

3. I didn’t clean out the humidifier but the outdoor air has finally warmed up enough that I don’t need it..but I still do need to clean it and put it away till next winter.

3 goals for this week

1. Mail out a letter that has been sitting around our home a few days too long.

2. Work on reorganizing my small and getting smaller collection of coupons. The less processed we eat, and the more homemade cleaners we make the less I am using coupons.

3. Chart my calories and track my steps. (I took a week off from this )

3 pictures from our week

All week long I share photos on Instagram so be sure to follow me there.

my feet in sandalsWords cannot describe how good it felt to free my feet from socks and shoes and let them enjoy sunshine one day this week. The winter here in Indiana has been long and brutally cold.

me and my kids runningThis happened Friday and it was a proud mommy moment. Those are all the feet that once kicked my ribs from within my womb, and Friday for the first time all of them ran the local running trail with me. We have special family plans in the works that involve these feet,  I can’t wait to share them with you really soon.

the melting potMy closest friends and I went to the Melting Pot to celebrate my 4oth. I think it was the most expensive dinner my husband and I have ever had, but you only turn 40 once. The experience was amazing. It took over 4 hours from start to finish to work our way through the 4 course meal. Amazing food, amazing friends, amazing conversations all equaled up to an amazing night I won’t forget.

A post to check out

oatmeal breakfast bars (small)These Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are my husband’s favorite grab and go breakfast. They freeze well too.

A book a week for 2014

I made it my goal to read 1 book a week this year.

I finished: Further Still, Tidewater Inn and How To Make Money Blogging (I did a lot of reading during my b-day week)

I am currently reading

1. In real paperback form

Beyond Ordinary (psst…. got this book free from Tyndale Rewards)

2. On My  Kindle Paperwhite

Enough:Finding More By Living With Less

3. On my Kindle App

It Takes An Egg Timer: A Guide To Creating Time For Your Life

3 things I tossed this week

Inspired by The Clutter Busting Challenge I decided to toss, sell or give away three things each week and post a picture of it here for accountability.

tossedOne pair of  shoes went in the give pile, and 2 shirts with stains went in the rag pile.

Need some goal setting inspiration and know how? Follow the Goal Setting & Time Management Tips Board on Pinterest.

Linked to 10 Goals For This Week At Money Saving Mom

Disciplined Life (150)

Want to become better at setting realistic goals and breaking them down into manageable pieces? I recommend Crystal Paine’s ebook 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life.

 

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Simple Bible Memorization System: Free printable

simple memorization system and free printable sheet of 12 bible verses to memorize this yearOne of my goals for 2014 was to memorize one bible verse a month, yet I was hitting mid February and I still had not even written out 12 verses to memorize yet alone started to memorize them.

I was determined not to give up. I knew I had set my goal small enough to catch up. What was holding me back from working on the goal was coming up with a simple memorization system that would work for me.

I have tried the note card in the pocket trick, and sadly the note card quickly becomes this weeks drier lint disaster as it was soon forgotten moments after I placed it in my pocket and the busy day began.

I have tried post it notes stuck here and there but since the kids took over the washing of the dishes this method doesn’t work for me since I don’t stand still long enough in one place to read a verse over and over.

I also had another problem brewing my daughter had gone to Disneyland with her father and brought me home a Disney lanyard as a gift. I am not sure why how she thought an at home mom would use a lanyard but she was verbally expressing her disappointment in me not using it.

While brainstorming both how to come up with a simple way to memorize bible verses and how to use my new Disney lanyard suddenly the two merged into an idea.

What if I printed out all 12 verses on one sheet of paper, then cut them apart, laminated them ,cut them,hole punched them and then wore the lanyard around the house with the current verse I am memorizing dangling from it.

My idea is working great! Every time I find myself walking from one area of the house to another I grab  the verse card so I can see it and work on memorizing it. It is going so well in fact that I am thinking of shooting for one verse memorized each and every week (well except for our week of vacation) for the rest of the year.

Simple Bible Memorization Using A Lanyard

bible versesFirst I made a simple 3 by 4 grid and then played around with fonts and font size until I was able to fit all 12 verses in the squares and still have enough room at the top of each square to punch a hole. (you can make your own, or follow the link at the bottom of your post and print out mine if you want)

papercutterAfter printing out the sheet of verses I then cut each square apart.

preparing versesI then placed the verses as evenly as I could in an 8 by 11 laminating pouch and put them through the laminator.

verses to memorize all cut outOnce they had cooled off from being laminated I  trimmed around each verse and then hole punched the top.

simple memorization systemI clipped one verse to the lanyard and then searched around for something to store the rest of the verses on. I found this small clip that I had bought in a pack of three from the dollar store (the other 2 are in use for house keys for the kids) . The clip works great making it simple to flip to the next verse I need to memorize and place the one I just memorized back on.

If you want to try this method you can print out my bible sheet for your own use if you would like.

12 verses to memorize this year

The verses deal mainly with words of wisdom God has laid on my heart about blogging ethics, but they can be applied to so many more areas of  life. For instances the first one I memorized was on the power of words and I noticed that it  is making me think more not just about the words I type but about the words I speak, especially to my loved ones day in and day out.

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