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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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2018 Monthly Goals: February

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It’s my very first monthly goals post of 2018! And I have a whole lot of goals that need to be met in the very near future. We are short of time and long on stuff to get done. Our goal is to sell our house in the next 3 months to enable us to move closer to the kids’ charter school. The commute is killing us. So all of my goals this month have to do with getting this house in order. 

1. Get all the trim in the house painted. I didn’t realize just how much trim and moldings were in this house until I started prepping to paint. Oh my gosh. It never ends. I’ve already gotten the trim in the kitchen, nook, and family room done. I’m working on the living room right now. So much trim. I’m going to have nightmares about painting trim. 

2. Make all necessary small repairs around the house. Ugh. I have a list started for each room and I’m already tired just looking at it. I just keep telling myself it will all be worth it. 

3. Clear out all the clutter in the house. I’m going room to room and decluttering every single part. I foresee a whole lot of trips to Goodwill in the very near future. There is so much stuff in this house that we really don’t need and I have zero intention of moving anything we don’t need. I’m being ruthless. It’s just stuff. 

4. Get every room staged. There are several rooms that need to be painted- 2 bathrooms, Mason’s bedroom, Zoey’s bedroom, and the master bedroom. The other rooms just need to have the paint touched up. But pretty much every room needs to be staged. I’ve already removed all personal photos but I need to remove any furniture or knick knacks that are unnecessary. 

5. Take pictures of each room after it’s staged. We’re considering giving this new OfferPad service a try. I don’t know if it’s legit or if the offer will be any good but we’re willing to give it a shot before listing with a realtor. Who knows, maybe they’ll make us a good offer and we can be out of here sooner? You never know unless you try, right?

So all in all, February is going to be a busy month! Wish me luck!

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2017 Monthly Goals: December

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How is it already December? How? The first half of this school year has literally zoomed right past me. I’m totally unprepared for December. I was equally unprepared for November but it came along anyway. Rude. 

November Goals:

1. Shave $100 off of the monthly grocery budget. NOPE. I failed to take Thanksgiving into consideration. Sigh. I managed to not go over budget but I definitely did not come in under budget. 

2. Plan and decorate for the holidays. HALF DONE. I planned our holiday lists and planned my decor but I didn’t get any actual decorating done until this past weekend. I had to recover from Thanksgiving first. 

3. Write and schedule blog posts for the month ahead of time. NOPE. Fail. Big fail. 

4. Purge all closets. DONE. I pulled out all the outgrown clothes and made a list of things the kids actually need. Both Mason and Zoey needed all new pants and all of them needed new socks. Thankfully everyone is set on uniforms until next year. 

5. Meet with the head of schools about Tyler. DONE. I still cannot say much but I had a great meeting with the head of schools about one of the football coaches. He basically accused Tyler of faking his concussion and made his life a living hell for months while Tyler was trying desperately to recover. That crap has been handled. 

December Goals:

1. Slow down and enjoy the holiday season. Our lives have been so dang busy for the last few months that I feel like I haven’t been able to take a breath. I need to sloooooooow down. We have a jam packed full schedule for the next 2 weeks and then we have 2 glorious weeks off for Christmas break. I intend to enjoy every second.

2. Write and schedule blog posts for the rest of December. I will get this done. I will. I already have my posts planned out so now I need to actually write them. 

3. Decide where to go with this blog in 2018. I’ve been kind of in a rut for awhile. I need to figure out what my plan will be for 2018. Gone are the days when I can commit to 5 posts a week. It’s just not going to happen at this stage of life. But I want to do better than I have been lately. I’ll sort it out this month. 

4. Do at least 3 family nights/activities. I would love to take the kids to see Jumanji during Christmas break. We want to drive around and look at Christmas lights one night. And we are going to do our annual Redbox movie-a-thon after Christmas too. We don’t have that many Christmases left with Tyler at home. He’s already barely home. 

5. Just say no. I will not overcommit this season. I will not say yes to every single invitation that comes our way. I will focus on soaking in the season and my kids. Our friends and family will understand. We’ve already declined invitations to visit out of town family during the holidays and we’ve decided to not have any house guests ourselves. 

 
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2017 Monthly Goals: November

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This is going to sound awful but I barely even registered that it was already November. I mean, seriously?! What is wrong with me? Oh yeah, kids. Kids are what is wrong with me. It’s been a long hard couple of months in our household. I’m counting down the days until our week long Thanksgiving break. It cannot come fast enough. 

October Goals:

1. Plan and enjoy Varsity Football Homecoming. DONE. It didn’t go quite as planned, but what does around here? Tyler was not cleared to attend Homecoming at all, he could not even be on the sidelines. So our family from out of town did not attend. We went because I’m team mom and had responsibilities to attend to. The kids all had their friends there and it was a good time. 

2. Choose new recipes to try. DONE. I tried 4 new recipes last month and all 4 were a huge hit. I’ve added them to our regular monthly rotation. You’ll be seeing them on the blog soon. 

3. Shop around for cheaper TV service. DONE. Kind of. I shopped around but didn’t find anything cheaper that’s reliable. Matt is adamant that we need all the sports channels and I agree. So for now we will keep our existing service and just pay the $20 difference. 

4. Organize recipes on app. DONE. It’s so much easier to find recipes now and I was able to weed through and delete recipes that we didn’t like or that I won’t make again. 

5. Plan Thanksgiving menu. DONE. It’s planned and I’ve already started buying some of the non-perishables. Boom. 

November Goals:

1. Shave $100 off of the monthly grocery budget. We are drowning right now. Between Maia’s $40 a week therapy appointments, Tyler’s $150 a week post concussion PT therapy appointments, and planning for the holidays, something has to give. And the only place we have to cut right now is the grocery budget. If I can shave $100 off it will help considerably. 

2. Plan and decorate for the holidays. I love the holidays. It’s truly my most favorite time of the year. I decorate for Thanksgiving and then we decorate for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving. 

3. Write and schedule blog posts for the month ahead of time. I’m sure you’ve noticed, blog posts have been….irregular around here lately. Having 3 therapy appointments every week plus Tyler sees his sports medicine doctor every week, on top of school stuff and football stuff…it’s been really hard to blog. I want to take some time and schedule an entire month of posts. 

4. Purge all closets. Mason has grown so tall and I know his clothes from last winter won’t fit. I need to go through and pull out outgrown clothes and make a list of what the kids need for this year. They’re good on school uniforms so it’s just evening and weekend clothes. 

5. Meet with the head of schools about Tyler. I hesitate to share too much right now but we’ve had an ongoing issue with one of the football coaches about Tyler’s concussion. The coach has made the last 9 weeks absolutely awful for all of us and now that the season is over I need to address these issues. 

 
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2017 Monthly Goals: October

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It’s Fall, y’all. Too bad it still feels like summer here in the South. My chunky knit sweaters and tall boots are just sitting there on the shelf…mocking me. October is one of the busiest months in this house and I have lots of things I need to get done. 

September Goals:

1. List all outgrown uniforms for sale. DONE. I sold 99% of them in the first 2 hours that I had them listed. I still have a few things that need to be re-listed but I’ll wait until I have more and do it all at once. 

2. Plan and implement a new monthly meal plan. DONE. I did great on the first month of our new meal plan. We ate only off of the meal plan, did not get take out at all, and did not buy more than we needed. 

3. Cut the grocery budget. DONE. We went from a triple digit grocery bill in July to spending almost half the amount in September. I feel great about it!

4. Organize the pantry for lunch packing. DONE. And life is so much easier now. Lunch packing will never be one of my favorite things but I have it down to spending less than 10 minutes every evening packing all 4 lunches. That’s a win. 

5. Read 10 books. NOPE. But I did read 8 so that’s pretty good, right?!

October Goals:

1. Plan and enjoy Varsity Football Homecoming. It’s coming up quickly on 10/13. Tyler is still not cleared to practice or play and I don’t know if he will be by then. But I’m still the team mom so I have a job to do. We have family coming in town for homecoming and it requires a lot of work on my part. 

2. Choose new recipes to try. I did great on the monthly meal plan last month but I want to switch out some of the recipes. I have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to recipes that I think I’ll make soon so I need to see which of those can be made on my budget. 

3. Shop around for cheaper TV service. We have had Google Fiber for a year and while I love the high speed internet I just got notice that our TV service is going up by $20 in December. The TV service has issues- the remote rarely works, it freezes, and I don’t know if it’s worth paying $20 more monthly. So I want to shop around a bit and look at some of the streaming services like Sling TV, Hulu Live, etc. My problem is that we are sports lovers and we cannot go without live sports. No. 

4. Organize recipes on app. I downloaded a great app for recipes and I’ve been importing them but I need to organize them into categories. 

5. Plan Thanksgiving menu. I can’t believe I’m thinking about Thanksgiving already but I am. I need to get a rough head count and start making the menu and grocery lists. We typically host 20-30 people so I have to start buying non-perishables in advance to avoid a big $500 grocery trip. 

 
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