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2016 Monthly Goals: March

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I can’t believe it’s already March! I swear it was just Christmas. Now Spring is just around the corner and I am so ready! So ready to grill out, drink margaritas in the hot tub, and enjoy the longer days. February was a busy and challenging month for us with house reno going on and basketball for 2 kids. I’m glad to see the end of it. I did pretty well on my February goals even though it doesn’t feel like I did.

February Goals:

1- Put the master bathroom back together. I did as much as I possibly can myself. I painted the whole master bathroom. I got both chest of drawers out of there. I bought new towels and bath mats. I switched up the decor. We ran into a snafu with the delivery of our bathroom vanities which delayed the plumber. But we’re almost there. 

2- Clean out the master closet. Holy Hades. I did this one with a big shebang. I pulled every single thing out of my closet. I tried every single thing on and only kept the stuff that fits me now and that I like and will wear on a regular basis. I got rid of SO MUCH stuff! 

3- Clean out the front closet. I halfway completed this one. I pulled out a lot of excess stuff that the kids had outgrown and I got rid of a bunch of old shoes that were torn up. I still need to really pull everything out and organize it better though. But it’s a start. 

4- Read 10 books off my TBR list. Nope. I didn’t even read 10 books total in February. We were just too busy. I read 2 books off my TBR list. 

5- Host a Superbowl party. Yes! We had my sister and her family here, a few friends, a couple of neighbors, and a house full of teenage boys. It was so much fun and I can’t wait to have another party soon. 

March Goals:

1- Clean out kids’ closets. The kids have outgrown a lot of clothes and shoes in the last few months and I need to sort through their closets to make room for new stuff. It always feels so good to get the closets cleaned out so this goal is on the very top of my list.

2- Donate stuff. I have a bunch of stuff that needs to go. Big bags of stuff I’ve been pulling from around the house, plus a couple pieces of furniture, and some household odds and ends. I’m cutting the clutter around here people!

3- Finish up all little projects. I have a bunch of little projects that need to get done. Just little stuff like hanging pictures or touching up paint. I have a list of stuff that I am going to get done in March.

4- Finish the master bedroom & master bathroom remodel. Ugh. The master bathroom. We’ve been without the use of our master bathroom since the first week of January. I’m over it. The room is finally painted, the vanities should be installed soon, and Matt is replacing the shower head this weekend. I have a few plans for the master bedroom too. It will be done in March. I can’t keep living in a Hoarder situation with all the bathroom stuff sitting in the bedroom. I can’t do it.

5- Run on treadmill 30 minutes every day. I have got to get back to running. I feel better when I do and right now I feel like crap. Total crap. My joints hurt, my jeans are tight, and swim suit season is coming up fast. In the master bedroom redo I pushed the treadmill up against a wall so I can mount my tablet and watch movies while I run. Hopefully that’s motivation. 

6- Drink 60 ounces of water a day. I need to stop drinking sweet tea all day long. I’m addicted. I love it. But I need more water. So I’m busting out the big water bottle and I’m going to keep track of how much water I drink. 

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2016 Monthly Goals: February

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January was a month of chaos in my household with all the broken appliances, garage flood, torn up master bathroom, basketball, and snow days. I’m ready for February! I did fairly well with my January goals though.

January Goals:

1- Create a sustainable monthly menu plan with separate grocery lists for Aldi, Wal*Mart, and Sams Club. I did well with this goal. I had my monthly menu plan finalized and we stuck to it for the most part. It was my first month switching to once a month grocery shopping so I learned what works for us and what I need to tweak for February. 

2- Schedule a big donation for household stuff. Yes! I got rid of so much stuff in January. We donated a dryer, a curio cabinet, an old TV stand, an old dresser, 6 big bags of clothing, 3 boxes of toys, and a bunch of other random stuff. My sister took our old dining room table and buffet. It feels so good to declutter!

3- Try 4 new dinner recipes. I planned 4 new ones in our monthly meal plan but we only actually got to 2 of them. 1 was not a favorite but the Chicken Manicotti was fantastic. You’ll be seeing it on the blog soon.

4- Get started on my laundry room organization. I did more than get started on it- I finished it! I decluttered all the cabinets, took everything out, and started from scratch. The space is so clean and neat now. I’ll be sharing it soon.

5- Put my house back together again. Well….I’ve done as much as I can do for now. Our living room is totally put back together. The old couches are gone, the old curio is gone, the wood floors are installed, the new couch is in place. The dining nook is totally done. Unfortunately my master bathroom is still a disaster with no sink top, no vanities, and a huge hole in the wall. I’m practicing my patience. It’s hard.

So I did very well with my goals in January, here’s hoping I can keep it up in February!

February Goals:

1- Put the master bathroom back together. This doesn’t just depend on me unfortunately. We have to wait for the contractor to fix the drywall before anything else can be done. I need to pick out new vanities and sink tops. The room needs to be painted, the tile needs to be fixed, and I want to add some new accessories. It’s going to be a job but it’s time.

2- Clean out the master closet. Oh good gravy, the master closet. And I can’t even blame Matt. He keeps all his clothes in the wardrobe. The master closet is 100% solely my mess. I have plans though. I am going to take every single thing out of my closet and really do an in depth decluttering of what I own. It’s going to be horrible but it needs to be done.

3- Clean out the front closet. It’s a total mess thanks to all the snow days and winter gear. It needs to be organized and cleaned out. I would love to do some work on making true lockers in there but I’m not sure I can convince Matt to assist me. We’ll see. 

4- Read 10 books off my TBR list. I’ve been doing good with not buying many new books because I have so many unread books that I already own. I want to continue to read the books on my Kindle and not get sidetracked. I have a few books on hold at the library that I’m waiting for too so that will help curb the impulse to buy new books. 

5- Host a Super Bowl party! My beloved hometown team, the Carolina Panthers, are in the Super Bowl this year so we’re having a party to celebrate. I can’t wait!

I’m excited to get some stuff done in February. My house is finally coming together and it’s exciting to have a clean, fresh, and decluttered space again. 

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2016 Monthly Goals: January

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I’m still in shock that it’s January. December went by so fast that I feel like I barely had a chance to catch my breath. The last few weeks of the year were a bit stressful in our house, which I’ll share all about later this week, so I’m anxious to get January off to a better start.

My December goals included:

1- Stick to my Christmas budget. I did pretty good on this one. I was within $50 of my original budget so I’m calling that a WIN.

2- Slow down and enjoy the season. I definitely enjoyed the season. I planned less activities, I turned down invitations, and I did 99% of my shopping online. WIN.

3- Finish sorting the books on my Kindle. I finally finished this project last week. It took me forever to go through all those books. But I have updated my TBR lists and it feels great to organize them so I don’t miss any great books. WIN.

4- Have at least 2 family movie nights. We had more than 2! We watched National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Pixels, The Scorch Trials, Ant Man, and Pan. We love movies! WIN.

5- Clean out & donate toys before Christmas. We went through all 3 of the youngest kids bedrooms and donated a bunch of toys and the kids’ rooms are so clean and organized now. WIN.

So what do I want to accomplish in January?

1- Create a sustainable monthly menu plan with separate grocery lists for Aldi, Wal*Mart, and Sams Club. Now that we have 2 fridge/freezers in our garage and the large one in the house I am switching to once a month shopping at both Sams Club and Wal*Mart and every other week at Aldi. So I need to have a firm monthly menu plan so I can get all my ingredients for dinners in one trip.

2- Schedule a big donation for household stuff. We have some furniture, small appliances, a dryer, and a bunch of other stuff that needs to be donated and out of the house this month. 

3- Try 4 new dinner recipes. I need to narrow them down quickly so I can add them to my monthly menu. We’re getting tired of some of our normal favorites so it’s time to make some substitutions and try a few new things.

4- Get started on my laundry room organization. Well, it’s more like a laundry closet and it needs help. Our washer broke last week so I have a new washer and dryer coming tomorrow. I replaced the front loaders with top loaders so I have to remove a shelf and find a way to organize the swim suits and pool towels. I can’t store them because we use the hot tub year round. 

5- Put my house back together again. We had an incident over the holidays with a leaking window in our front living room and the carpet is ruined. So we’re having new wood flooring installed this next week. We took the opportunity to go ahead and get rid of the old beat up couch and loveseat and a few other pieces of furniture that had seen better days. I need to order the new couch, replace the curio cabinet and find a new coffee table. I also am currently without a dining room table because my sister took my old set so I could update to a darker wood set to match the rest of the furniture. So I need to find a dining table. I also want to update some of the decor for a fresh new look. If you hear crying, it’s either my wallet or Matt….probably Matt.

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2015 Monthly Goals: December

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I can’t believe this is the last month of 2015. It feels like the year just flew by so fast! I did good with my goals from November. I sorted quite a few of the unread books on my Kindle but that goal will be rolling over to this month. I planned and hosted Thanksgiving. We started our master bathroom renovation. We pulled the nasty gold shower door off and that’s as far as we got. The shower is functional and honestly right now that’s all I care about. I added a bunch of new recipes to my Key Ingredient app. We kind of celebrated Ty and Maia’s birthdays. Both were sick on their actual birthdays so we did small celebrations when they felt better. 

December Goals:

1- Stick to my Christmas budget- I’m the worst at sticking to a Christmas budget. I always find more stuff to buy. This year I’m determined to stick to both my list and my budget. 

2- Slow down and enjoy the season- I’ve already turned down several invitations and I plan to turn down some more. I want to enjoy the Christmas season and not stress out about my social awkwardness at various parties and events.

3- Finish sorting the books on my Kindle- I had no idea just how many unread books I have on my Kindle. It’s alarming. I sorted a good many of them but I still have some left to do.

4- Have at least 2 family movie nights- Christmas movies are my favorite and I can’t wait to make some delicious Grinch popcorn and watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with the family!

5- Clean out & donate old toys and books before Christmas- I donated a lot earlier this year but I want to take one more pass through the kids’ rooms and weed out anything else I can before Santa shows up with more toys.

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2015 Monthly Goals: November

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I absolutely slayed my October goals, y’all! I am up to about 48 ounces of water every day and I’ve really decreased my sweet tea intake. It helped that I was really sick at the beginning of the month so all I drank was water. We did a great job on our zero eating out- we only ate out once for the whole month and it was for the kids’ school spirit night. I reduced our grocery budget tremendously by just switching to twice monthly Walmart trips and weekly Aldi trips. My goal was to be under $1000 and we ended October at $875 total. That’s huge for us! We have been consistently doing family dinners at least 4 nights a week. It’s going to get harder now that Mase and Ty are both playing basketball but I’m committed to family dinners now. I took 2 weekends and cleaned out my closet and my shoes. It was a chore. I was ruthless- I tried every single thing on and only kept the items that fit, were comfortable, and can easily be matched to make an outfit. Everything else was culled from the closet. I made notes of what items I need and which items are on my wish list for this year. I feel so much better and my closet is less overwhelming now. The only thing on my goal list that isn’t totally done is the kids’ bathroom. We got the bathtub/shower done but I’m still putting everything back together again. 

November Goals:

1. Sort and organize all the books on my Kindle- I have way too many unread books on my Kindle that need some better organization. There are books that I bought a year (or more) ago that I know I was excited to read but they’ve gotten buried in the chaos. I’m going to sort through every TBR list on my Kindle and find those hidden gems.

2. Plan our Thanksgiving feast- I’m so excited. We have at least 27 people coming this year so I need to really sit down and plan out the menu. I want to add a few new dishes this year so I need to nail that down as well. 

3. Start our master bathroom redo- I guess I should finish the kids’ bath first but I want both projects done by Thanksgiving. We’re removing our old, gross, gold shower door in the master. I’d love a seamless glass door but until we redo all the tile work we’re sticking with just a shower curtain. I think Matt has almost reached his limit on home improvement projects for the year.

4. Add new recipes to my Key Ingredient app- I have a ton of new recipes that we’ve tried and love so I need to add them to the app to make it easier when I’m meal planning. I’d also like to go through and add the approximate cost of each dinner so I can tighten the budget even more.

5. Celebrate Ty and Maia’s birthdays- neither really wants a big party so we need to figure something else out. I can’t believe they’re going to be 15 & 11. I don’t know what to do with that. 

Those are all the goals I’m going to make for November because it’s a really busy month. Basketball starts, Thanksgiving happens, two birthdays, and I don’t want to try and take on too much. 

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