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New App!!

So I just have to share with you a new App I’ve discovered. It’s an excellent time saver for busy moms! It’s called the Zip List. Now you may or may not have heard of it, but let me assure you it is great!!

http://get.ziplist.com This is an article that tells all about it. It’s basically a to do list, a menu planner, a recipe finder and more!

There’s a spot where you can save all of your recipes that you like the best. The recipes on it alone is worth it for me. And best of all? It’s free!! We all love free!

So please if you get a chance check it out. Let me know in the comments what you think of it and how it has helped you.

Random

So sorry I’ve been MIA for so long. I’m still trying to figure out how to maintain balance and priorities. My family is number one priority so blogging got swept to the wayside for a bit.

We’ve been having struggles with our eldest in school, so I’ve been focusing with him. We have also cone to the important decision to give homeschooling a try next year. Our goal is to hopefully get our son excited about school and learning again, as he didn’t have a good experience this year.

In the past I did homeschool him for preschool and kindergarten, so I’m not a total stranger to it. However I have two grades to homeschool this year, kindergarten and 3rd grade.

I have an overwhelming peace about our decision, yet I’m terrified. Is that possible? LOL. I’m not going in with blinders on, I know it will be difficult, the days long, but I feel as if this is the right choice for this next year.

Now the next big decision is choosing our curriculum. I know God who is ever faithful will lead us in this as well. What about you, do you homeschool your children, if so do you have any tips or advice to share?

Finding True Fulfillment

Have you ever felt stuck? Like no matter how many times you spin your wheels you can’t move? You pray, you study, you read but can’t get the ball rolling? I have. In fact, most of my life I have been there. What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result? Well it just dawned on me what on earth is happening.

For years I’ve been caught in a cycle of defeat. Oh I had lofty ambitions. Keep my house perfectly spotless at all times, have perfect, happy kids who obeyed at the drop of a hat. And a beautiful marriage where we never had an argument and all was bliss.

Fast forward to the present: I almost never can keep my house clean. I’m a perfectionist so while things are falling apart I’m cleaning out my linen closet so every towel roll can face the same way. My kids almost never have what they need in their drawers clean but I’m always washing, always washing clothes to the point I detest laundry. I make an immaculate menu for our weekly meals….but don’t actually get to the store to by the said ingredients for the meals.

Can you see a cycle here? It just occurred to me…..I want it all done perfectly all the time every day all day. When it can’t be that way, I give up. I never follow through with all my lofty ambitions because I would never have time to do if the way I want it!!! Now I’ve been a follower of flylady for years, so don’t ask me why this concept is just sinking in!!! I run myself ragged all day over things that don’t matter, and the things that stress me out the most don’t get done, therefore causing more stress. So basically I’ve had enough. I wrote out my priorities, the things that I let slide when I’m getting all perfectionist you know and gave myself a plan. Want to see it? Here are the 5 F’s of my priorities:

1. Family
2. Faith
3. Fitness
4. Friends
5. Finances

These are all areas I’m lacking in, yet they are the most important! I broke them down into manageable goals and plan to work toward them therefore giving me a sense of accomplishment. So at the end of the day, even if my house isn’t perfect, if I’ve focused on my 5 priorities, I have succeeded! What a relief and joy knowing that I don’t have to be caught in the awful cycle of defeat anymore!!

Care to join me? What are some of the areas you struggle in that you need to make changes? Share them below!!

Beyond Beautiful

I know it’s been a few days since I last updated my blog. I’ve been gone on a weekend retreat with ladies from my church. It was an awesome weekend. We attended Women of Joy conference in Louisville, Ky.

We heard some great speakers, experienced awesome worship, and enjoyed a concert by Chris Tomlin on Saturday evening. It was by far one of the best ones that we have attended. The theme was Beyond Beautiful, talking about how important inner beauty is.

It really struck a nerve deep down in my heart because I am so hyper focused on what others like it don’t like about me and super sensitive. One of the greatest statements I heard was by Sheri Rose Shepherd on Friday night and she said: “Other people don’t think about you as much as you think about you.” So true!! The theme pretty much revolved around being authentic.

I was so very much thankful for the opportunity to go because it changed my outlook on life. No matter who you are, young or old, rich or poor, smart, or lacking in wisdom, be yourself. Don’t try to impress people with things you do not have a clue about! Live a life if purpose that God created for you, not the life others want you to be! I do appreciate this wonderful truth and hope to somehow live out this concept in real life.

1 Cor. 13 For Moms

I love this poem by Moneysavingmom . She said that I may share it with you! I hope it inspires you as much as it did me!! So many times I get caught up in getting my ‘house’ cleaned, I forget about keeping my home! Does this resonate with you? If so please take time to read this poem based on 1 Cor. 13.

1 Corinthians 13 for Moms

If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place,
but have not love,
I am a housekeeper not a homemaker.

If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements,
but have not love,
my children learn cleanliness not godliness.

If I scream at my children when they don’t follow instructions,
get frustrated and fault them for every mess in our house,
and have no grace and love
my children learn that Mom cares more about having things done exactly her way
than about listening to the needs and hearts of her children.

Love leaves the dust in search of a child’s laugh.
Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window.
Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk.
Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys.

Love accepts the fact that I am the ever-present “mommy,”
the taxi-driver to every childhood event,
the counselor when my children fail or are hurt.

Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, and runs with the child,
then stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood.

Before I became a mother I took glory in having it altogether.
Now I glory in knowing that God’s in control and His grace is sufficient for each day.

All the projections I had for my house and my children
have faded away into insignificance,
And what remain are the memories of my kids.

Now there abides in my home scratches on most of the furniture,
dishes with missing place settings,
and bedroom walls full of stickers, posters, and markings,
But the greatest of all is the Love
that permeates my relationships with my children.

-adapted from 1 Corinthians 13 by Jim Fowler

Menu Planner Tuesday

Well my kids headed back to school yesterday after a wonderful week off for Spring break. We had to deal with some sickness, but we still made some time for fun!!

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Since it’s Tuesday, I thought is share my menu I made for next week. I try to do my menus at a set time every week so it’s easier to remember.

Monday: Spaghetti Squash
Tuesday: Chicken fajitas
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Bowtie chicken
Friday: Meatloaf
Saturday: Chicken and dumplings

It’s a pretty simple menu really. Right now I’m trying to gather enough recipes for a whole month so that I can switch them out for variety. It’s so easy being able to look at the menu board and know what to get out for supper!!!

Do you have a favorite menu you’d like to share? I’d live to hear from you!!

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12 Weeks to a More Healthier You Challenge, cutting back on sugar!

As promised, today is my first post on the 12 Weeks to a Healthier You. I came upon this challenge late in the game, but I will post the other 4 that I missed and just jump in where you can!!

This month the challenge is to cut back on sugar. Now this is a big issue for me. I love sweets!! I know I would be a lot more healthier if I would cut back on the amount of sugar I consume daily. Right now I eat sweets daily and I put way too much sugar in my coffee. So my goal is to cut back on the sugar I put in my coffee, (I hope to use only honey by the end of the month). Also I’m only going to eat dessert once a week.

Remember to keep your goals attainable. I’m a totally all or nothing person but I’m trying to learn balance in all areas of my life. I have found this is the best way to actually make a life change instead of just for a season!

Here is the list for the whole year at a glance. 12 Months to a Healthier You Focus Areas for 2014

Here are the focus areas I’ve planned out for 2014:

January: Exercise Regularly
February: Eat More Fresh Fruits & Veggies
March: Drink More Water
April: Cut Back on Sugar
May: Get More Rest
June: Create a Morning Routine
July: Read More
August: Go to Bed Earlier
September: Declutter Your Home
October: Cut Back on Caffeine
November: Keep a Gratitude Journal
December: Simplify & Say No

So if you’re joining us how are you going to start implementing these changes?

Goals, Goals, Goals!!!

Awwww, a beginning of a new month!! Not just any month, but April. The beginning of Spring!!! I feel a renewed sense of energy and excitement. Not just because its Spring, but because I love beginnings!!
Having recently completed Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Moneysavingmom I am energized about life again! I have realized the importance of goals, especially for Stay at Home Mom’s like me because its easy to feel as if you’re drifting along with no end in sight. I also recently took the course PUSH by Chalene Johnson and it has helped encourage me to be proactive about life instead of reactive. So instead of waiting for life to come to you, go after it yourself!! Set weekly, daily, and yearly goals.
I thought I’d share what my goals for April are. I made them simple, yet great enough to feel like I’ve accomplished a few things to feel good about! I broke them down into categories so that they are more easily readable and doable.
April’s goals:
1) Fitness:
A. Drink more water
B. exercise 4 times weekly
C. Add more veggies to diet

2) Faith:
A. Read ‘A Confident Heart’ by Renee Swope
B. meditate more throughout the day on the Scripture I studied that morning.
C. Be diligent in praying for God’s will for our future

3) Family Life:
A. Read The Five Love Languages for Couples
B. Read The Five Love Languages for Kids
C. Do something extra thoughtful 2 times a week for hubby.
D. Intentional time with kids

4) Business:
A. Put in more job applications
B. Get advertising on my blog
C. Host a giveaway on my blog

I encourage you to make up your own list. Tomorrow ill be starting the 12 months to a healthier you on Money Saving Mom’s page and ill be blogging about my progress! Hope that you’ll join me!!

Menu Planning

Happy Wednesday to you!! It is beautiful here yet again and I’m so thankful!! My kids are on Spring break and we’ve really enjoyed getting out in the nice weather.
Since the days are warmer and we will be outside more, I don’t want to spend my evenings in the kitchen scratching my head wondering what on earth I’m gonna fix for supper. I’ve been there, done that, but I don’t want the t-shirt!! Today I sat down and took a little extra time and planned my menu out for the week. If you follow flylady at all then you know habits are a big thing. I’ve recently added making menus to my habits because this is something I’m lacking in. I always have a freezer full of food but no idea what to fix….
So I spent some time on…wait for it, Pinterest! 😉 And came up with a weeks worth of meals. I hope to get a whole month’s worth together and just rotate our favorite. I also thought it’d be fun to come up with names for the days. I’ve heard of this before but never really implemented it. So, here’s my list:
1. Meatless Mondays
2. Taco Tuesdays (I got this from flylady herself)
3. Warned up Wednesdays (leftovers)
4. Thrifty Thursdays (low cost meal)
5. Family’s choice Fridays
6. Soupy Saturdays
We usually eat out with friends on Sunday so u didn’t include that. I went a step further and got online typed in free menu planners and came up with a plan that worked well for me. Just stick it in a picture frame, and voila, a menu board!!

What do you usually do to keep up with your meal planning? Do you have any great tips to share?

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