Wednesday, February 3, 2016

15 of 52 Weeks of Living Full!!

Hi all!

  Today I will share my February goal list.  I really enjoy making a goal list like this.  It makes for a fun challenge!  So here it is….

Hunting hat for me still needs to be made
Add getting completely dressed first thing back to my normal daily habits
Post on blog enough to get caught up on my 52 Weeks of Living Full (behind 11posts at this point)
Plan my square foot garden
Yarn still needs finishing touches with organizing

Vanquish all expired coupons from my coupon binder
Aldi price match at Walmart
Library trips to satisfy need to read/learn
Eat our traditional Valentine's Day meal
Need to print out planner I won by random draw and put to use
Try homemade body wash recipe
Infamous Apron needs completing
Need to get back in the habit of weekly savings with coupons
Exercise with my daughter by learning one clogging routine
Super Bowl Sunday Favorites (make everyone's requests)

Declultter for 15 minutes a day as often as possible
Artistic craft of some kind with daughter
Yellow sachets for drawers/closets/gifts (by repurposing an old shower curtain)

  Ok, now that looks like one big, fun list!  I'll post as I go along checking off my list with each accomplishment.  Anyone else making a goal list for this month?  Would love to hear about it!

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Jennifer

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

14 of 52 Weeks of Living Full!!

Hi all!

   After having a nice breakfast Sunday morning, my husband said he needed to run to the store.  While he was gone my daughter and I set in to our cleaning routine to get prepared for the upcoming week.  Not to much time had passed when my husband called and asked me to head outside that he would be pulling in shortly.  When he pulled in I was so excited to see that he had been to the home improvement store and bought the wood we needed to make a raised garden bed!  I had no idea when he mentioned this the day before that he would be ready to go full steam ahead the very next day, but…..I'm in!!!  We set to work.  We have never built anything ourselves before….ever….so this was a new experience for us.  My husband has been doing quite a few DIY projects around the house and I had no doubt that woodworking would be just another thing that he could do and do it well.  Despite some equipment issues, he made me a raised bed that I am just tickled pink with!

I think this is a perfect spot.





  I love it so much!  It's 4 X 8.  I think this will be a 
perfect size to start since gardening is also a new 
project for us.  I did grow up on a farm, but moved 
into the suburbs before I learned all the how to's of 
gardening, canning, etc.   



 We picked a spot just beyond our grass line.  This spot will get a good dose of sunshine for most of the day.





Isn't it beautiful?!



  I'll be able to walk right off my deck, go sit in the swing, that's begging to be sat in more often and watch our garden grow.  I can't wait!  Hmmm….what to plant….tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber for sure!  My husband would like potatoes, so I will definitely be adding that to the list as well.  I see gardening posts in the near future!  Yipee!!    :)




  That's all for the moment, but stay tuned for my new goal list for this month!

Have a great day!

Jennifer

Sunday, January 31, 2016

13 of 52 Weeks of Living Full!!

Hi all!

  Today I'll fill you in on the rest of yesterday's full living.  After soaking up the sunshine and appreciating the nature that we have right in our very own suburban backyard, we made a trip to the store to prepare for the week ahead of packing lunches and quick dinners.  Since I didn't have a specific coupon shopping plan in place, Walmart is the go to place for reasonable prices for us.  I really want to get back on board with my coupon shopping/planning and begin posting those savings again.  Maybe you will see more of that in the near future.

  After getting home from the shopping trip we decided to wash all three vehicles….

Before
After
 
 

The car was pretty dirty from all the salt on the road.  Yuck!






and give the dog a bath.  So I was able to check off some of my Happy New Year list in just one afternoon.  Speaking of the list…..let's see how I did….

Hamper (determined to wash, dry, iron, put away all clothes and get back to 1 load a day)I would say this was a success since I now am down to a manageable one load a day amount of clothes!  Check!
Before
After

Appliances in kitchen need a good cleaning
I thoroughly cleaned the outsides of the refrigerator, toaster, oven, microwave, dishwasher and coffee maker.  So…check!

Prepare a meal that I can freeze for quick lunches.
My daughter and I had a hankering for some Black Bean Soup, and while I didn't make enough to freeze, I do have enough to take for lunch a couple of days next week.  I would say that's a successful Check!

Pup needs a bath
Before

After

As usual, a good snuggly nap was in order directly after! Check!






Yarn needs organizing
I did get several skeins of yarn untangled and rolled into a ball, but still a lot to do.  It's a start!

New recipe (daughter and I will have fun looking through cookbooks passed down from her great-grandmother--Love you, Nanny!  We miss you!)
We didn't try anything new, but I'm hopeful to do this in the upcoming month.

Exercise with my daughter (join her while she practices clogging). EPIC FAIL!! 

Wear my new stylish bright orange hat I plan to crochet for myself for hunting.
I didn't make a hat, but I did make some more dishcloths and started a new project.  Not what I was planning, but an accomplishment none the less. ;)

Yield a nice batch of homemade dishwasher soap
I made a nice batch of dishwasher soap with this recipe.  Works great! Check!

Evaluate and exile the dreaded unused kitchen supplies cluttering up cabinets
I managed one cabinet.  This particular cabinet was dangerously close to becoming one opening away from a plastic avalanche! Don't ask me how a box of light bulbs ended up in there.  I threw away all non matching pieces, stacked the rest and put round lids in one baggie and square/rectangle lids in another baggie.  Check!  Definite success!!!
Before
After



Apron (finish apron that was begun 2 years ago!)
I have got to get over the procrastination of learning this new craft!  Put off once again. :(

Rest (I need to force myself to go to bed earlier, so that I can get up feeling refreshed and ready to go)
Several nights I averted the temptation of getting on Netflix and accomplished going to bed at a decent hour. Check!


  All in all I'm ok with what was accomplished.  I will start a new list for next month.  Stayed tuned for my Happy Valentine's Day goal list. ;)

Talk to you soon,

Jennifer

Saturday, January 30, 2016

12 of 52 Weeks of Living Full!!

Hi all!

  Today, we went out for a family breakfast and came home full.  My husband stayed outside to do some tinkering around while my daughter and I went on inside.  After a bit of putting away some clothes, checking emails, daughter hopping on the computer to watch clogging videos and some lazying around, I asked my daughter if we wanted to make some popcorn and snuggle up with the pup and watch a movie.  She said sure.  We had no sooner sat down to watch the movie, popcorn and pup in tow when my husband asked me to come outside to help him with something.  So we put the movie on pause and out I went.  He wanted to discuss some ideas he had for some outside yard improvements, and the possibility of us making a raised garden bed for the spring.  Yes please!!  While we may live in the suburbs and haven't found our dream house on property there's no reason we can't start a small garden right here.  Right? Right!  So we will be studying how to do this and deciding what we want to grow.  I love new projects!!

  After discussing the future garden a bit, my husband went off to finish his tinkering that he had started, and I started looking around and noticed what a gorgeous day it was!  The sun was out, the sky was blue and the temperature was in the low 60's.  Just perfect!  So instead of heading back inside I sat in the back yard on the swing that needs to be sat in much more often and just listened.  I heard some squirrels scurrying around, and the rat a tat tat of a Woodpecker nearby.  I sat real still and noticed the most beautiful Golden Finch flitting from tree to tree.  I could feel the warmth of the sun, but the breeze was just enough to keep it comfortable.  Ahhhh…..I was in heaven.







 Why don't I do this more often I thought.  I pulled out my phone, not to ruin the moment with technology, but to text my daughter  (I didn't want to take a chance of getting sucked back into the house by getting up) to come sit with me and bring the bowl of popcorn with her.  A few moments later she comes with the bowl of popcorn and says, "What are you doing?"  I said, "Shhhh…just sit here a minute and listen."  What a nice moment to remember.  She and I just sitting eating the popcorn and watching nature instead of the iPad.


The squirrels have certainly been busy with the acorns….


  That was only part of our day….I'll finish the rest tomorrow….going to go spend some more quality time with the family. :)

  In the meantime….next time you think about watching some tv/movie….make some popcorn and go sit outside a spell.  The show was quite captivating today!

Have a great day!

Jennifer

Friday, January 29, 2016

11 of 52 Weeks of Living Full!!

Hi all!

  Yesterday instead of zoning out in front of the computer, my daughter and I opted to play a good 'ole game of Monopoly.  We love this game!  We play it so much that we have gotten quite fast at it.  My daughter and her grandpa have played up to 3 full games in an afternoon.  She even got Papaw the Hallmark Monopoly ornament this year to hang on our tree so that they can always remember all the great afternoons they've spent playing and laughing!  

  If you all could just be a fly on the wall listening to the friendly smack talk that goes on before, during, and after these games!  When my daughter approached me yesterday with the idea, it's never…."Hey, Mom?  Wanna play Monopoly?"  It's more like, "Hey, Mom?  Up to getting your butt sopped in a game of Monopoly?"  Of course I respond with a more mature comeback, "Bring It!!!"  

  Yeah, it's serious bragging rights around here!  So, I have to be a grown up and admit that my daughter kicked my tail yesterday……No worries though…..we have a tally sheet going……




  Mom 24 to Daughter 20!!! Oh yeah!  Uh huh!    Totally doing the cabbage patch right now!  So, what games do you like to play at your house?

Until next time!  Have fun with your family! 

Jennifer


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