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2016 Monthly Goals: May


We’re down to about 30 school days left until summer vacation. I cannot control my excitement. I am so ready. This seems to be the time of year when I’m anxious to start projects and do stuff. April was not as productive as I’d hoped but I have great plans for May. Let’s see how I did on my April goals. 

April Goals:

1- Find some new recipes to try for Spring. Done! I found a whole bunch. I pinned some, tried some, and have a list of more to try in the coming weeks. 

2- Plan our vacations for the year. Done! Our beach vacation is planned and set. We decided against taking the other 2 vacations this year so we can save money towards a new house. 

3- Continue walking/running on treadmill 3x a week. Done! Some weeks I even managed to do 5 days a week. 

4- Drink at least 40 ounces of water a day. Fail. I did continue drinking at least 30 ounces but I need to keep working on drinking more water. I bought some lemonade flavor drops with no sugar and no calories so I’m going to try those this month.

5- Read 10 books off my TBR list and buy no more than 6 new books. Done! I read 16 books in April and 12 of them were from my TBR lists. I only purchased 3 new books!

May Goals:

1- Make a comprehensive list of house repairs. We want to sell our house as soon as financially possible which is probably 18 months away. But there’s a lot of stuff that needs to get done in our current house so we can get top dollar for it when we sell it. I’d like to start checking things off that list a little at a time so it’s not too much to do later.

2- Make a financial plan to help us get out of debt. We know what we need to pay off but now we need to have a plan to help us pay it off quickly. 

3- Clean out the linen closet. This linen closet is the clutter catcher of the second floor. There’s stuff in there that I have no idea where it came from or how long we’ve had it. I plan to pull every single out and start over. 

4- Narrow down our home search. We know what we want and where we want to be but we need to narrow down our top neighborhood choices and start tracking home sales so we know when prices start going up.

5- Start our garage clean out. This one makes me want to cry. I hate cleaning out the garage but it’s a mess. And it’s going to need a lot of work before we put our house on the market. Better to start now and take our time. 

Hopefully we accomplish a lot in May while the weather is not too hot and we have a little free time. 


2016 Monthly Goals: April


Spring has arrived! Along with the allergies, pollen, mosquitoes, and fluctuating temperatures. But still, it’s not winter! March was a really productive month in our house. Lots of spring cleaning was done and I feel 100 pounds lighter. Figuratively, not literally. Unfortunately. So let’s see how I did on my March goals.

March Goals:

1- Clean out kids’ closets. Done, done, and done. I took out everything they had outgrown to pass on to others and made a list of what they each needed for Spring/Summer. I’m on top of things this year. 

2- Donate stuff. Big ole check! We made 4 trips to Goodwill with loads of stuff to donate. I cleaned out toys, clothes, linens, books, household stuff…it feels so good.

3- Finish up all little projects. I did this one too. I walked around the house and made a list of all the little projects that were unfinished and then I checked them off one by one all month long. 

4- Finish the master bedroom & master bathroom remodel. Almost done. The walls are painted, the vanities are installed, the accessories are almost completed in the bathroom. I’d say the bathroom is 99% complete. I’m still working on the master bedroom. But I’m making progress.

5- Run on treadmill 30 minutes every day. I didn’t do so well on this one. I ran several times a week for the first 2 weeks but my knees started swelling so I had to stop. I’m still walking on the treadmill though. 

6- Drink 60 ounces of water a day. I tried my best. I averaged about 30 ounces a day. I need to do better next month.

April Goals:

1- Find some new recipes to try for Spring. I’m tired of the same old recipes now and I’m in a rut. I want to find some new pasta salads, some grilling recipes, and some easy stuff for busy nights.

2- Plan our vacations for the year. I’m determined to have at least 2, hopefully 3 trips this year. One will be the beach, one will hopefully be to Washington DC to visit Matt’s brothers, and I’m not sure on the third one yet.

3- Continue walking/running on treadmill at least 3 times a week. I feel better when I’m active but running every day just isn’t physically feasible anymore. 

4- Drink at least 40 ounces of water a day. Like I said above, I averaged 30 ounces a day last month. So this month I want to increase that by 10 ounces/day.

5- Read 10 books off my TBR lists and restrict my book buying to only 6 books for the whole month. I just have too many books to read and I need to stop buying books until I make a dent in my TBR lists.


2016 Monthly Goals: March


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. 


2016 Monthly Goals: February


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. 


2016 Monthly Goals: January


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.