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2016 Monthly Goals: November


How is it already November? I don’t understand how this year is going by so quickly. I guess when life is busy it goes by faster. I understand it but I sure don’t like it. October was so very busy with football and basketball is starting so I didn’t do great with my goals. But I kept everyone alive and fed and the house did not fall down around us so I’m calling it a win. 

October Goals:

1. Finish organizing my kindle categories. I worked on this a lot but I’m not quite done. I’m getting there. It’s been a slow process but it will be worth it when I’m done.

2. Finish the master bedroom redo. Nope. I got nothing done in the master bedroom. At all. 

3. Finish up some small house projects. I got a few little ones done but not as many as I hoped to do. And I added twice as many to my list as I crossed off.

4. Start planning for the holidays. I actually did some of this. I figured out Thanksgiving- at least I figured out what time we’re going to eat. I made Christmas lists. That’s progress, right?

5. Organize the pictures on my phone. I got a decent start on this but I’m not done. It takes a long time to go through 3500 pictures. A long time.

November Goals:

1. Finish organizing my Kindle categories. Ha! It’s staying on the list until it gets done, y’all. I’d say I’m 70% done. And I have well over 4000 books on my Kindle. 70% of 4000 is….well, a lot. That’s math and I don’t like math.

2. Finish all the projects on my house list before Thanksgiving. We’re hosting a huge crowd for Thanksgiving and I need to get this house in order so I’m not stressing out the day before they arrive.

3. Finish Christmas shopping. I do not want to be doing last minute shopping this year. I want to be done. I’ve already gotten a good head start but there’s a lot left to do. 

4. Celebrate all the birthdays. Tyler turns 16 this month, Maia turns 12, and we have 3 other birthdays in November too. It’s a busy month.

5. Find some new dinner recipes. I need to add some new stuff. Preferably some stuff that all my kids will eat. I’m tired of them turning their noses up at dinner and eating PB&J sandwiches instead. I’m going to find some recipes that they all will enjoy.


2016 Monthly Goals: October


Oh my gosh, September went by so dang fast! I swear I blinked and it’s already October. I feel like I say that every single month these days. Life is busy. I did pretty well on my goals list for September.

September Goals:

1. Finish the large gallery wall in the living room. Done. I finished the large gallery wall and tweaked the small one too. I’ll be sharing them in a post soon or if you follow me on Instagram then you’ve already seen sneak peeks. 

2. Work on the master bedroom. Done. Well the room isn’t totally done but I worked on it. I got the furniture moved around, got the television mounted on the wall, and I’m working on purging and doing some decor tweaks. 

3. Clean out and organize my closet. Ugh. I started this but didn’t get very far. I purged some things that don’t fit and a couple of things that I don’t really wear anymore but I still have a bunch left to do.

4. Clean out the kitchen cabinets. Nope. All the tupperware still falls out at me every time I open the cabinet. It’s still on the list. I’ll get to it. Eventually.

5. Finish organizing my Kindle. I got a lot done. I don’t think I realized just how many books were on my Kindle. What I thought would be a weekend project has been dragging on for months now. But I’m halfway done so I’ll keep plugging away.

October Goals:

1. Finish organizing my kindle categories. Still. I think I’m a little more than halfway done now so that’s something. I’m finding a lot of great books that I forgot I even had so that’s great. But my TBR lists are going to be out of control!

2. Finish the master bedroom redo. I want the master redo done completely this month. I want to walk into the room and not feel stressed out and the only way to do that is to get the room back in order!

3. Finish up some small house projects. I have lots of little projects waiting to get done- like touching up paint in several rooms, rearranging the bookcase, etc. I need to just buckle down and get it done. 

4. Start planning for the holidays. We’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, as usual, and are planning to have 25-30 people here which means I need to get planning. I love hosting Thanksgiving but this year is more stressful because of Ty’s football. If his team makes it to the third round of the playoffs then they will practice on Thanksgiving for a game the day after Thanksgiving. So I need to get planning now. I also need to get started on making my Christmas gift lists. How is it time to plan the holidays already?

5. Organize the pictures on my phone. We are switching back to AT&T next month which means I need to upload and back up all 3,000 + pictures on my phone. I’ve let that slide recently and I’m going to pay the price now. But it has to get done. 


2016 Monthly Goals: September


So it’s September. Really? How did this happen? August was a whirlwind blur of getting ready for back to school. I’m not even sure what happened in August, to be honest. I blinked and it was already over. I accomplished a lot in August, not necessarily the stuff on my monthly goal list but at least I got some stuff done.

August Goals:

1. Finish up my Back to school list, which included finishing up back to school clothing shopping for both Ty and Maia, purchasing school necessities for all 4 kids, and organizing some of the hot spots in our house. I did well on this goal. Both Maia and Ty have all the uniform pieces they need to make it through Fall. Ty needs 2 more hoodies. Maia needs some long sleeve uniform shirts and 2 more pairs of pants. All school supplies are bought including insanely expensive calculators. And I organized 5 out of 7 of the hot spots. The only ones I haven’t gotten to yet are the garage and the kitchen cabinets. It’s on the list.

2. Clean out closets. I got all 4 kids closets cleaned out and organized. I didn’t get to mine yet. 

3. Organize my Kindle. It’s in process. I’m about halfway done. It’s a tedious process but I know it will be so worth it when I’m done.

4. Start the Couch to 5K program. Nope. I’ve mentioned that I have a form of autoimmune arthritis and I had a big time flare up in August so that meant no running or even light jogging. 

5. Finish up house projects. I got a good start but I still have a list. But when don’t I have a list? Sigh.

September Goals:

1. Finish the large gallery wall in the living room. I have the small gallery wall done but I’ve been waiting on some pieces for the big wall. I think I have them all now so it’s time to get busy.

2. Work on the master bedroom. I have plans for the master. I need to rearrange some furniture, mount the TV, and do a little mini makeover. I’ve been putting it on hold while I worked on the downstairs but it’s time to get busy.

3. Clean out and organize my closet. My closet. Oh my closet. It is awful. I need to do a major purge and I need to try on a lot of stuff.

4. Clean out the kitchen cabinets. Especially the tupperware cabinet. Does that stuff multiply at night or something? And where do all the containers go? I have a hundred lids that don’t go to anything. Why? How?

5. Finish organizing my Kindle. I’m halfway there. I’m finding so many books that I forgot I had that I want to read. I’m sure I’ll find a lot more too!

Here’s hoping I accomplish all of my September goals!


2016 Monthly Goals: August


It’s August. How is this possible? Where did my summer vacation go? Oh right…high school varsity football. Time suck. So now I’m in full back to school mode with lots to get done in the next few weeks. But first, how did I do on my July goals? Not great, my friends. Not great. 

July Goals:

1. Finish the gallery wall in the living room. Nope. I bought almost all the pieces to do the gallery wall but a few of them haven’t arrived yet. 

2. Get all paperwork done for Ty and Maia’s new schools. Done! And it was a lot of paperwork, y’all. 

3. Go through the kids closets. Nope. I started this project. Then I got distracted. 

4. Create a new master meal list. I started this and it’s almost done. I’m working on it. 

5. Do some fun stuff with the kids. We did a few things but it was too hot for the zoo and the kids didn’t want to go to the movies. So that was a fail. Most of our time was spent in the pool with friends.

August Goals:

1. Finish up my Back to School list that I shared last week. I’ve made some progress but I still have work to do. 

2. Clean out closets. I need to work on the kids’ closets. I just bought new school clothes for Mase and Zoey so I need to weed out their outgrown stuff. Maia is getting a whole uniform wardrobe for her new charter school so we need to get rid of the stuff she doesn’t really need. And the same goes for Ty. Not to mention my own closet…

3. Organize my Kindle. I spent 40-some odd minutes searching for a specific book the other day. If that’s not a clear cry for help then I don’t know what it.

4. Start the Couch to 5K program. I used to run every day. Ever since my diagnosis of auto-immune arthritis I have slacked off. My joints are often sore and swollen and overdoing it brings on flu-like symptoms. So I stopped running. And I feel like crap. I’m determined to get back into good health. I’ve used this program before when recovering from a knee injury and I know it works for me. I won’t be running any 5K’s but at least I’ll feel better.

5. Finish up some house projects. I need to do the large gallery wall in the living room and I also want to do a smaller one in the living room too. I want to try my hand at making a couple of big wooden signs for the kitchen and the family room. I want to clean out and organize the master bedroom. Just stuff that has been lingering on my to do list for quite awhile. 

I still can’t believe we’re so close to school starting. Ty starts in 17 days and the other 3 start in 28 days. I’m not ready. I’m not on board. Sad panda.


2016 Monthly Goals: July


School is finally out and we are basking in the glory of sunshine and summer time. We’ve been spending a lot of time at the pool and we had our beach vacation in June so I may have been a tad unrealistic with my June goals. Ha! 

June Goals:

1. Finish all little projects. This one kind of got halfway done then I ran out of time and steam. And the pool was much more inviting than working. Oops.

2. Do a huge declutter/donation. I did do a pretty big donation in June. But I still have a lot more that needs to be decluttered and donated. It’s a work in progress but every little bit helps!

3. Finish the master bedroom/bathroom. Nope. Not even close. It looks exactly the same as it did when I wrote out my June goals. I just ran out of time. And nobody sees the bedroom and bathroom except for us so it’s always last on my list.

4. Finish the living room redo. Almost done. I need to do the gallery wall above the couch and buy some new cushion covers for the throw pillows but other than that, it’s done.

5. Relax and Enjoy summer break. Doing it and continuing to do it. I love summer. 

July Goals:

1. Finish the gallery wall in the living room. The space just looks totally unfinished with the wall blank so I need to work on that. And I want to spend no money if possible so I’ll be pulling things from around the house to use.

2. Get all paperwork done for Ty and Maia’s new schools. With school transfers come paperwork. Lots of paperwork. I’m in the middle of working on Ty’s NCHSAA waiver so he can play football for his new school next year. Maia still has to pick her 6th grade classes and turn that in. I need to secure spots on the buses for both schools. I have about 15 checks to write. And both Ty and Maia need physicals and forms signed. 

3. Go through the kids closets. I need to do another big purge. They have all grown so much in the last few months and I need to weed out the old clothes. Plus Maia and Ty will be wearing uniforms next year so I really want to cut down on the amount of clothes they have. They don’t need 3 weeks worth of outfits when they wear uniforms 5 days a week. I like this. 

4. Create a new master meal list. Next school year is going to busy. Really busy. 2 kids in charter schools that require me to transport them, plus multiple sports being played, and I’m going to need to step up my meal planning game so we don’t either starve or resort to fast food every night. 

5. Do some fun stuff with the kids. We go to the pool almost every day and play in the hot tub almost every night but I want to do some more stuff. I want to take them to the movies a couple of times, go get sno-balls from our favorite Pelicans Sno-Balls, do another zoo trip, and a few other fun things that don’t cost a ton of money.

We’ll see how much I accomplish in July. Wish me luck. Ha!