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2018 Monthly Goals: September

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Where did August go? How is it already September? I feel like I blinked and August is over. I guess the stress of back to school made the month go by much faster than normal. But looking back at my goals for August- I rocked them! 

August Goals:

1. Finish buying uniform pieces. DONE. All 4 kids have full uniforms for the entire year! It’s such a relief to not have to worry about finding uniform pieces until next year. 

2. Get back on the monthly meal planning train. DONE. I’ve been really good with the meal planning. I’m going to start doing a weekly meal plan post again soon, I think. 

3. Get back in the school year groove. DONE. It was painful and it sucked all the life out of me. But we did it. Kids are waking up with their alarm clocks every morning, I’m going to bed before midnight, all the laundry is done on the weekend, and dinner is at 6:00. Go me.

4. Enjoy our last 2 weeks of summer. DONE. We enjoyed the heck out of our last 2 weeks of summer. Carowinds, swimming, the movies….we enjoyed every last minute.

5. Get organized. DONE. All my calendars and planners are up to date, closets are organized, pantry is organized. It feels great!

September Goals:

1. Spend more one on one time with the kids. Maia, in particular, needs some one on one time right now. She’s still having a hard time. I need to be more conscious of taking her out for coffee or to window shop. 

2. Celebrate 2 birthdays. Zoey turns 8 and Camden turns 16 this month. We’re planning parties, and outings, and school celebrations. 

3. Volunteer. I’m class coordinator for Zoey’s class again this year and I’m co-chair of the used uniform committee at their school. I want to do more volunteering on a weekly basis in the middle school though. 

4. Have a minimal spending month. Birthday presents are already purchased, uniforms are purchased, weekend clothes are purchased, shoes are purchased….I want to spend nothing extra this month. 

5. Try 5 new recipes. I’ve found so many new recipes that my family loves since buying the Instant Pot and there are so many more out there! I can’t wait to try even more. 

 



2018 Monthly Goals: August

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I got a lot of things marked off my to do list in July! I love getting things done! 

July Goals:

1. Finish the kids bedroom decor. SEMI-DONE. Everything is ordered but some things aren’t delivered yet. The kids love their rooms and I’m super happy with how they turned out! I can’t wait to share them!

2. Find some new recipes for the Instant Pot. DONE. I have a big list of recipes I plan to try. So far we’ve loved everything I’ve made! I even talked my mom, my sister, and my mother-in-law to buy an Instant Pot!

3. Create a cleaning station in the laundry room. DONE. It literally took me 2 minutes! And it’s saved me a lot of time already when I’m cleaning the upstairs! I love having a laundry room on the second floor. Love it!

4. Finish the bonus room. SEMI-DONE. I created the art center and hung a huge canvas map in the art center. I still need to do the movie posters on the TV wall. 

5. Sort through school uniforms. DONE. I not only got them sorted but I already sold most of the ones the kids had outgrown! I’m ahead of schedule!

6. Furnish and decorate the front 2 rooms. SEMI-DONE. Again, everything is ordered but some pieces haven’t been delivered yet. 

August Goals:

1. Finish buying uniform pieces. I’ve already made my list and bought some items but there are still some on my list. All 4 kids need various things- from uniform polos to hoodies to jackets to bottoms….it never ends. 

2. Get back on the monthly meal planning train. Now that school is about to go back in I need to get back to monthly meal planning. I’m going to plan 4 weeks at a time but I am going to shop every 2 weeks. I think that will work best for my schedule.

3. Get back in the school year groove. I need to get back into the habit of waking up early, doing laundry before everyone is out of clothes, cooking dinner before 8pm, etc. It’s going to be painful.

4. Enjoy our last 2 weeks of summer. School goes back in 17 days. I want to cry. But I’m determined that we will enjoy our last 2 weeks of summer. I’m hoping to take the kids to see one more movie, maybe hit Carowinds at least once more, go to the beach at the lake, and maybe go bowling. We’re saying goodbye to summer with a bang.

5. Get organized. I need to get my calendar and my planner in sync and get folders done for the new school year. I still have to set up the lunch box area and hang up new uniforms. We’re not going to talk about school supplies. Ugh. 

 



2018 Monthly Goals: July

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I accomplished a lot in June! It felt so good to get back on track and do some things that didn’t revolve around moving! ha!

June Goals:

1. Get the rest of the house unpacked. DONE-ish. I still have a couple of boxes but they are things that don’t have a spot yet so I’m waiting. 

2. Finish the decor in each room. DONE-ish. ha! The main living areas are done- kitchen, dining room, and family room. All 3 bathrooms are done. I’m 90% done in the bonus room. I’m only waiting for curtains in the master bedroom. And I’m getting there with the kids bedrooms. 

3. Figure out the backyard. DONE. It’s fantastic! I added a hammock, the hot tub, the trampoline, and then I had to figure out where to put everything. It took several weeks and lots of trial and error. Matt’s over it. ha!

4. Organize all the things. DONE. Every closet, cabinet, and drawer is organized. And it feels great. 

5. Take the kids on some outings. DONE. We did the zoo and the movies already. I did buy season passes for Carowinds so we’re going to do that soon. The kids are having a good summer so far!

July Goals:

1. Finish the kids bedroom decor. I’ve bought their new bedding and some of the decor. Now I just need to put it all together. 

2. Find some new recipes for the Instant Pot. I’m loving the instant pot. I want to use it all the time. Now I need new recipes to try! I’m scouring Pinterest!

3. Create a cleaning station in the laundry room. I have enough room and it will make life easier so I want to create a cleaning station in the laundry room with duplicates of all the cleaning supplies I use on a regular basis. It’ll be so much easier than carrying everything up and down the stairs. I already bought a stick vacuum for downstairs and it was life changing to not have to carry a vacuum up and down all the time. 

4. Finish the bonus room. I want to create an art center for the kids and I need to hang some things on the TV wall. I think I’m going to do movie posters. 

5. Sort through school uniforms. I need to list the ones we’ve outgrown for sale and make a list of what I need to get for the upcoming year. People will start listing things fast and furious in late July/early August and you have to be ready to jump on the things you need or they’re gone!

6. Furnish and decorate the front 2 rooms. They’re intended to be formal living and dining rooms but we won’t be using them as such. I’m doing a office/sitting room on one side and a bar/lounge on the other side. I’ve already ordered some of the furniture and I can’t wait to pull it all together! Decorating is my favorite part!

 



2018 Monthly Goals: June

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So it’s been a few months since I did a monthly goal post! My last one consisted mainly of goals to get our house sold. Well, those goals were definitely met. ha! We’ve been in our new house for a month now and we’re settling in nicely. It’s definitely been a big transition and lots of changes, which I’ll discuss in a post coming soon. So for now, I’ve made some goals for June to get me back on track!

1. Get the rest of the house unpacked. We’re probably 90% unpacked at this point. There are some boxes in the garage that need to be unpacked though. 

2. Finish the decor in each room. We hosted a family BBQ for Memorial Day so a good portion of the house is already fully decorated but I have some rooms and spots that need attention. I want to get that done this month.

3. Figure out the backyard. I ordered several things for the backyard and I need to get everything in place. We don’t have a deck anymore so things are going to look quite different but I’m excited!

4. Organize all the things. I need to get all the closets, cabinets, drawers, and stuff organized in every room. I can’t take clutter and disorganization. This will be done this month!

5. Take the kids on some outings. We don’t have a neighborhood pool anymore but we live super close to the lake now so we want to take the kids to the lake a lot. I also want to take them to the movies and bowling. I also bought a year membership to the zoo and I might get season passes to Carowinds. 

Here’s to a great June!



2018 Monthly Goals: March

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Man, February went by so fast! I blinked and it was gone! I accomplished so much this last month though. I hit my goal list hard and got so much done. 

February Goals:

1. Get all the trim in the house painted. DONE! I finished the last bit of trim earlier this week just scraping by under my February 28 deadline. It was so much work and took 3 full cans of paint but every piece of trim in this house has been painted. And I also painted all the walls in 2 bathrooms, Mason’s bedroom, and Zoey’s bedroom! Boom!

2. Make all necessary small repairs around the house. NOPE. Well, half done probably. I have a list of about 15 repairs that needed to be done and I finished about 9 of them. So it’s still a work in progress.

3. Clear out all the clutter in the house. DONE. Holy cow, where did it all come from? We made 3 trips to Goodwill and we have one more trip to make this weekend. Every single room, closet, drawer, and cabinet was cleaned out. 

4. Get every room staged. ALMOST DONE. The entire upstairs is completely staged and finished. Tyler’s room is done. The staging part is done but it’s the deep cleaning part that I’m working on now on the main floor. 

5. Take pictures of each room after it’s staged. ALMOST DONE. The entire upstairs is finished and all pictures have been taken and edited. Now I’m working on the main floor. I should be done this weekend hopefully. That week of the flu really screwed up my schedule.

March Goals:

1. Watch less TV. We are seriously contemplating cutting off the cable. It’s such a time suck. None of the kids watch television- the stick to YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. Matt and I have noticed that most of the time the television is just background noise or we’re watching reruns of the same old shows. So why are we paying $100 a month for it? I’m thinking about switching to Hulu Live because we can still watch the few shows that we really love and sports. That’s pretty much all we need. So my goal this month is to keep the television off during the daytime and evening and only watch a few shows at night. We’ll see how it goes.

2. Find some good pasta salad and slider recipes to add to my Spring meal plan. I’m trying something new for our meal plan this Spring. I’m doing a set meal plan- for example Monday is subs & salads, Tuesday is sliders, Wednesday is pasta salad, etc etc. 

3. Finish getting house fully staged and photographed. I’m almost done so this should be an easy goal to meet! I want to be ready to sell this house by mid-March!

4. Have family dinner at least 3 nights a week. We’ve seriously slacked off on the family dinners lately. We pretty much eat at different times every night and I hate it. Tyler pretty much is never home in the evenings but the little kids can all sit down at the table with us and eat together with no television.

5. Get more sleep. We’re up at 5:15am every weekday morning so staying up until 12:30am is not working for me. I’m tired and cranky and by the middle of the afternoon I’m completely unproductive and unmotivated. I’m a natural nightowl so this is going to be hard for me. But it has to be done. I’m going to try to be in bed by 10:30 and lights out by 11. We’ll see how this goes.

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