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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. 

 



What I’ve Been Amazon Priming

It’s no secret that I love Amazon Prime. I hate to go into stores, I hate to run errands, and I hate lines. So Amazon Prime is pretty much the best thing ever invented in my eyes. Ha! Here’s some of my favorite purchases over the last couple of months. 

Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm Lip Balm– This is the best lip balm ever! Tyler had such a hard time with extremely dry and cracking lips while he was on Accutane and this was the lip balm recommended. Now we’re all addicted to it! 

Not Your Mother's Deja Vu Do Style Extending Hair Primer Spray 6 oz [688047130340]

Not Your Mother’s DeJa Vu Do spray– I love this stuff! I don’t wash my hair every day, usually every other day or every 2 days sometimes. On the day I do wash my hair I spray this on my roots of my wet hair before I blow it dry and style it. The spray helps eliminate oil the next day and then I use dry shampoo. It’s a game changer if you have fine hair that gets greasy after one day!

 

Intex PureSpa Cup Holder– I needed cup holders for our new hot tub and this one turned out to be perfect! It fits snugly on the side and holds 2 drinks. It’s worked perfectly for my margaritas!

Skywalker Jump ‘N Dunk Trampoline– We promised the kids a trampoline when we moved because our new backyard is completely flat and even. But I didn’t want a huge one so we finally chose this one. It’s big enough for the kids to have fun but it doesn’t take up the whole yard. 

Gourmia Electric Kettle– I’ve been working hard to limit myself to one cup of coffee a day but I still want hot drinks. I bought this kettle so I can make myself cups of tea. My mom is British- hot tea is a staple! I love how quickly this kettle boils water and I’m going to use it for priming thermoses when the kids go back to school. 

Tazo Awake English Breakfast Tea– speaking of tea, this is my absolute favorite tea! It has enough caffeine to keep me awake and moving! It also has a pretty strong taste- I cannot handle weak tea. Blech! 

Whitmor 5 Section Closet Organizer- One of my least favorite things about the school year is the fighting about clothes. My kids wear uniforms, you would think that would cut down on the arguments. It does not. Zoey is the worst for this- she never wants to pick out her outfit the night before and then we spend 15 minutes arguing about it the next morning. I’m not doing this anymore. Every Sunday night we will pick out 5 outfits for the week. And that’s the end of the discussion. Pray for me. 

Mpow Cell Phone Holder– My old cell phone holder doesn’t fit in my new car so I needed a new one. After reading about a gazillion reviews I finally chose this one. I’ve had it for about a month and so far it’s been great! I try not to use my phone at all while I’m driving since the new Pathfinder has navigation but I like to charge it and having it in this holder keeps it from sliding all over the place. 

Baby Foot Exfoliant Foot Peel– I bought this last month in prep for our beach trip because my feet are awful. I played soccer for so many years and I have soccer player feet. It’s embarrassing. I was so pleased with this foot peel. I applied the booties, waited the recommended amount of time, and then about 5 days later the dead skin started peeling right off my feet! I’ll definitely buy this again!

So that’s some of the things I’ve bought off of Amazon Prime lately. It’s probably the most random collection of stuff ever. Ha! I love me some Amazon Prime!

 



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!