My Goals for the Week {4/14/2014}

I’ve literally been in survival mode for the last month, but I need to get my life back on track!  With that in mind, my goals are a little bit different than usual, but hopefully this will get me moving in the right direction.

Family/Homemaking Goals

1. Read 6 chapters of The Boxcar Children to the twins.

2. Make bed and do 1 full load of laundry every day.

3. Go through 10 bins in the garage. This should hopefully help me get the 11 bags I still need for the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge.

Personal Goals

4. Exercise 5 times.

5. Drink 3 liters of water per day.

6. Be in bed by 10:00 pm 5 nights.

7. Finish reading Jab Jab Right Hook. Read Miracles Happen (I’m hoping this will get me moving in the right direction with my new It Works business!)

Blog/Business Goals

8. Finish 4 pending reviews.

9. Continue to work on launching my new It Works business {I am sooo excited about this. I love the products and I really love that the company believes that Debt Free Is The New Sexy. They even offer G.O.O.D (get out of debt) bonuses!}

10. Get LisaJoyThompson.com up and running and post upcoming speaking/singing engagements! {If you’re local, I’m singing the National Anthem at the TinCaps game on Friday night, April 18th.}

I’m feeling quite inspired and I am going to tackle every single one of these this week!

What are your goals for this week? Any suggestions to help me with my goals?

5 Tips for When You Feel Overwhelmed

The past 6 months have been seriously hard.  The past 8 weeks have been the hardest of my life.  During this time I’ve felt extremely overwhelmed.  Without going into details, here’s a brief overview of the last 6 months.

10/1 – Adoption of the twins finalized

10/8 – We decide to homeschool our son since he is extremely behind academically and is exhibiting behavior problems at school (Hubby and I both work full time, but we work from home so we juggle our schedules to make this work).

November – Basketball season begins and we have lots of late nights with away games.

November – We get a call that my father-in-law i s losing his battle with ALS and is not expected to make it through the week.  We head down to Tennessee that weekend for a visit. We also head down the next weekend.

Mid-November – My grandmother gets in a car accident (not her fault) that leaves her unable to walk or manage on her own.  She ends up in a rehab facility for a month.

December – We head back to Tennessee to visit with my father-in-law.

December 21- 1 year anniversary of getting custody of the twins.  We’ve seen lots of progress, but there are still lots of days where they are missing their old siblings.

January – Crazy snow storms here in Indiana.  We have no school for a week. My lupus begins one of its worst flares in the last 15 years.  Khrystyna’s basketball schedule continues to be crazy. Homeschooling and working continues to be crazy.  My father-in-laws health continues to deteriorate.

February – My father-in-law is having trouble breathing.  He gasps for breath throughout the day and we know that the end will be soon.  My husband and I barely sleep as we expect the call to come during the night.

February 11 – We get the call that my father-in-law has passed away during our daughter Khrystyna’s sectional basketball game.

February 13 – We head out of town for the funeral. The grief is overwhelming for all of us, but especially for my husband.

The remainder of February is a blur with the funeral, my husband’s grief, our anniversary, and a lot more snow.

The beginning of March saw more snow still and my dad slipped on the ice and blew out some discs in his back.  What followed was doctor’s visits, MRIs, emergency back surgery, and quite a few trips to the hospital.  And my lupus continued to get worse.

After the craziness of the last few months, I was completely fried.  And with my lupus as bad as it was, I felt like I was barely surviving.  I was completely overwhelmed.  I was so busy trying to survive that I cancelled on friends, missed obligations, and failed to keep up with things that needed keeping  up (one of them being this blog).

While I’m beginning to feel like the fog is lifting, I know I’m not out of the woods yet.  If you’re in the same boat I’m in, here are some things you can do to help you get back on track.

1. Make a list of priorities.

Eating, sleeping, caring for your children etc are priorities.  Make sure those are getting done.

2.  Make a list of obligations.

If you’ve missed fulfilling these, send a note of apology with an explanation. (This is on my to-do list for today).

If you have upcoming obligations you will miss, send a note of apology with an explanation and if it’s something you can do in the future, give them an estimated completion date.

3.  Give yourself grace.

There are things that happen in life that you have no control over.  Give yourself grace to deal with whatever curve ball life threw at you.

4.  Make a schedule.

When you’re overwhelmed, the smallest things can be overwhelming.  Make a s reasonable schedule of what you need to  get done and commit to doing it.

5. Seek help!

There are times where you just need a group of friends to rally around you.  It’s OK to be needy every once in a while.  Let your friends bring you a meal or do your laundry.  Let them watch your kiddos for you.  And be honest about how hard your life is.  People aren’t mind readers.

We’ve all had moments (or months) when life is overwhelming.  What are your tips for when life is overwhelming? Leave your tips in the comments!

 

Mabel’s Labels: Save $2 on the Limited Edition Camp Combo

As a mom of 4, my life tends to be busy year round.  But summer is busiest of all!  The kids are out of school, we have various camps, our daughter K plays travel basketball and then throw in a family reunion and some other vacation and life is officially insane.  With camp season just around the corner, you’re probably already scrambling to sign your kids up (or trying to find 10 extra jobs to pay for all the crazy camp fees) and soon you’ll be sorting through the piles of sunscreen, swimsuits and sneakers.

If you want to help your kids be a little more organized and if you want to save yourself from having to replace all of your kids belongings, you’ll want to pick up some Limited Edition Camp Combo Packs from Mabel’s Labels . These UV resistant, waterproof labels and tags are designed for kid camp equipment — clothing, toiletries, swim gear, backpacks and more — and ready to take a summer beating. To complete the outfit of adventure,receive 20% off of an insulated water bottle from Eco Vessel with your Limited Edition Camp Combo Pack purchase.

Let Mabel’s Labels help you to get them sorted, tagged and prepped for a summer they won’t soon forget. Plus, save $2 with early bird pricing now through April 30th! Happy Camping!

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Crazy 8 Sale

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Warmer weather is quickly approaching, but not as quickly as your kids grew out of last year’s clothes! I’ve been going through the twins spring and summer clothes and I can’t believe how much they’ve grown!

It’s time to start stocking up on this season’s styles for spring. Luckily, Crazy 8 is offering 20% off markdowns so your kids can get everything they need (and some they don’t!) without cleaning out your wallet. That’s up to 60% off!

The sale starts Friday (4/11) for a limited time, so hurry before it’s gone!

Kiwi Crate: Creativity Kits for Kids

Delightful kids' crafts delivered right to your door. shop now ›› Creativity kits for kids! 

I love being crafty and it’s one of my favorite activities to do with the kids!  Even though my craft room is in our boring basement with concrete floors and cinder block walls, it’s still one of our favorite places to be in the house!

While I love crafting, sometimes after a long day of work, figuring out what to make with the kids can be overwhelming! Thankfully there is Kiwi Crate!

Kiwi Crate is an award-winning, monthly subscription service that provides all the hands-on materials to inspire creative, educational fun. With themes like Music, Color, Robots, and Safari, these crates deliver everything needed for unique activities that you and your kids can enjoy together.  see sample crates ››

 And for even more crafty inspiration, visit their DIY Ideas page to check out the latest and greatest on easy projects you can do right at home, right now!

 

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Kiwi Crate offers a range of subscription levels, all shipped for free:

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Restaurant Coupon Roundup {3/28/2014}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Bakers Square – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 4/18/2014)
BJ’s – $5 Off $20 Food Purchase (exp: 4/7/2014)
Buffalo Wings & Rings – 5 Free Wings with $5 Purchase (exp: 4/17/2014)
Corner Bakery – Free Latte or Small Espresso Beverage with Breakfast Purchase (exp: 4/8/2014)
Del Taco – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Egg & Cheese Muffin (exp: 4/2/2014)
Jamba Juice – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Juice or Smoothies (exp: 3/30/2014)
Longhorn Steakhouse – Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Lunch Combos (exp: 4/11/2014)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Dinner Entree WYB 2 Drinks (exp: 4/6/2014)
Olive Garden – Free Dessert WYB Adult Entree (exp: 3/30/2014)
Outback Steakhouse – $5 Off 2 Adult Dinner Entrees (exp: 4/10/2014)
Quiznos – $1 Off Regular or Large Sub or Salad (exp: 4/3/2014)
Red Lobster – $10 Off 2 Lobsterfest Entrees (exp: 4/13/2014)
Smokey Bones – $5 Off $15 Purchase (exp: 3/30/2014)
Taco Bueno – Free Muchacho Crunch with Any Purchase (exp: 3/29/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Reebok Kid’s ATV19s for $24 {Today Only}

Org $59.99
Now $24

The world is your child’s playground with the Reebok Kid’s ATV19s. This all-terrain running shoe features 19 large ATV lugs to help provide traction wherever kids roam. Today only, get the Kid’s ATV19s for only $24 when you use code ATV19.

Shop now!

Reebok March Madness Sale: Over 50% Off Men’s Basketball Shoes

March Madness is off to a crazy start! We’ve seen lots of upsets this year and many surprises.  I’m currently in 30th place out of 34 in my office March Madness pool.  Yep, I’m cool like that.  Thankfully, March Madness is not just about brackets and basketball.  Reebok is celebrating March Madness by offering over 50% off on two of their hottest men’s basketball shoes! That’s my kind of March Madness! :)

Click on the links below to grab a pair, enter in the promotion code MADNESS14 at checkout and you’ve just scored yourself an amazing deal! Check these out…


Q96 CrossExamine Men’s Basketball Shoes
Org $114.99
Now $55


Pumpspective Omni Men’s Basketball Shoes 
Org $124.99
Now $55

How are your brackets doing?


KidKraft Sale

Right now Zulily is having an amazing KidKraft sale.  The prices for most of the items I checked were cheaper than Amazon!

Here are two of my faves:

KidKraft Master Cook’s Kitchen

Reg. Price: $260
Amazon Price: $146.55
Zulily Price: $119.99

KidKraft Espresso Laundry Playset

Reg. Price: $140
Amazon Price: $100.97
Zulily Price: $89.99

 There are plenty of other great deals too! You’ll want to shop soon before items sell out!

Couponing: Tips for Saving Money and Your Sanity

 

Let’s face it – some of us shy away from couponing because we think it might tax our sanity…and if you’re like me, your sanity is hanging on by a thin thread on most days!  In this day and age of “extreme couponing” (and the phenomenon of “coupon” becoming a verb), it can seem like saving money with coupons borders on the insane.

However, you don’t have to be extreme to save some money and save your sanity. Here are some tips to help.

Budget Your Time

One key to preventing the coupon craze from taking over your life is to budget the amount of time you are willing to spend on studying sales flyers, clipping and/or printing coupons, and loading electronic coupons onto your store’s loyalty card (more on loyalty cards below). Otherwise, you may feel like you’re spending all your time organizing and clipping and obsessing over coupons and sales!

Stop the Running

Sources agree that narrowing down your shopping to two stores is very helpful in saving money and sanity. For one thing, you don’t spend as much on gas if you only go to one or two stores. For another thing, you can save more when you focus on just a couple of stores and their sales and coupons. Trying to save a few dollars at six different stores will only contribute to the insanity.

Loyalty Cards

If your store offers a loyalty card, sign up for it. It’s usually free, and even if it isn’t, it’s likely to be well worth it. It’s not just that the loyalty card gives you access to all the store’s sales (you’ll have to pay full price every time without it), but the card also puts you “in the system.” That means that the store may send you special coupons or deals, especially if your loyalty card is involved in logging in to your store’s website.

The point is to get connected to the network as a shopper and coupon user in your particular stores. They can’t inform you of deals if they don’t know you exist!

Keep It in Perspective

Okay, so you missed a deal or let some coupons expire. Don’t sweat it; it’s just not worth it. Learn to let it go when you have to and you’ll take a lot of the stress out of couponing.

Matching the Coupons to Sales…and Your List

Most people know to match coupons with sales, but matching them with your list is just as important. When making out your grocery list, go through your coupons and make your list accordingly.

It wouldn’t hurt to put a little “c” in parenthesis beside the items on your list for which you have a coupon. This is especially handy if you have electronic coupons loaded onto a loyalty card – it’s easy to forget just what’s on there. So check your online list as well, and maybe make a note by putting an “ec” beside the items for which you have an electronic coupon.

 What other tips do you have for couponing without losing your mind?

Abbey Post Made to Measure Twitter Party April 1st

I love a good party, but with 4 kids, a full-time job, a blog and lots of other life responsibilities, I don’t get out of as much as I’d like.  Thankfully, there are Twitter parties!  They’re the only type of party I attend regularly these days.  I can dress however I want for these parties and I don’t even have to leave my house!  If you’re not already following me on Twitter, you can follow me here!

Have you ever been to a Twitter Party? They are a lot of fun and easy and you can win awesome prizes. In a couple of weeks I am going to be hosting a Twitter Party with Abbey Post and 10 of my blogging buddies. We will have 4 Sephora gift cards to give away and the grand prize winner will receive a Made to Measure Custom Dress from Abbey Post – worth up to $185!

This isn’t just any dress. This dress is made just for you! You send in your measurements and they mail you a dress that fits. So if you have a hard to dress figure – this is going to be your new favorite company.

Join AbbeyPost for a Made to Measure #CustomDress Twitter party on April 1!

  • Time: 9-10 pm EST
  • Follow: @abbey_post and @Janellcp on Twitter
  • Hashtag: #CustomDress
  • Prizes: Four Sephora Gift Cards
  • Grand Prize: A Custom Made Dress (Up to a $185 Value!)

Make sure you RSVP for the Twitter Party so you have a chance to win prizes!

Check out some of the reviews of the new Made to Measure #CustomDress

 

adidas End of Season Sale

adidas has over 670 products discounted up to 50% off right now! They have amazing deals for guys, gals and your little ones too! I love the adipure Crazyquick Shoes (pictured above) and they’re on sale for $70 right now!

Click here to shop the end of season sale!

 

Retail Coupon Roundup {3/21/2014}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Adidas Outlet – $10 Off New Shoe Purchase When You Donate New or Gently Used Athletic Shoes (exp: 3/31/2014)
Aeropostale – 30% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/23/2014)
Ann Taylor Factory Store – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/23/2014)
Bath & Body Works – FREE Fine Fragrance Mist with Any Purchase (exp: 3/21/2014)
Bealls – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/27/2014)
Big 5 Sporting Goods – $10 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 3/24/2014)
Children’s Place – 30% Off Entire Purchase In-Store and Online (exp: 3/23/2014)
Express – $15 Off $30, $30 Off $75, or $60 Off $150 Purchase (exp: 3/23/2014)
GAP Outlet – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/23/2014)
Kohl’s – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/23/2014)
Lifeway Christian – 30% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 3/22/2014)
Lord & Taylor – 20% Off Regular & Sale Price Purchases (exp: 3/25/2014)
Macy’s – 20% Off Select Sale & Clearance Apparel for Him, Her, Kids & More (exp: 3/23/2014)
Mardel – $10 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 3/22/2014)
OshKosh B’Gosh – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 3/26/2014)
Radio Shack – $10 Off $30 Purchase (exp: 3/23/2014)
Shoe Carnival – $15 Off $75 Purchase (exp: 3/22/2014)
Toys R Us – 20% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item* (exp: 3/22/2014)
Yankee Candle – Buy 2 Get 1 Free Large Jar Candle (exp: 4/20/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {3/21/2014}

We’re on our way to Florida for spring break which means we’ll probably be eating out more than we usually do.  I’ll be using as many printable coupons as I can to help make this trip more affordable.  If you’re planning on eating out this weekend, make sure to check out the following coupons.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Bakers Square – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 4/18/2014)
BJ’s – $5 Off $20 Food Purchase (exp: 4/7/2014)
Chili’s – Free Chips & Choice of Dip WYB Adult Entree Starting 3/20 (exp: 3/23/2014)
Corner Bakery – Free Latte or Small Espresso Beverage with Breakfast Purchase (exp: 4/8/2014)
Del Taco – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Egg & Cheese Muffin (exp: 4/2/2014)
Denny’s – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 3/23/2014)
Logan’s Roadhouse – FREE Appetizer (exp: 3/31/2014)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Lunch or Dinner Entree WYB 2 Drinks (exp: 3/23/2014)
Olive Garden – Free Dessert WYB Adult Entree (exp: 3/30/2014)
On The Border – Free Bowl of Queso with Adult Entree Purchase (exp: 3/31/2014)
Outback Steakhouse – $5 Off 2 Adult Dinner Entrees (exp: 4/10/2014)
Quiznos – $1 Off Any Regular or Large Sub or Salad (exp: 4/3/2014)
Red Lobster – $10 Off 2 Lobsterfest Entrees (exp: 4/13/2014)
Smokey Bones – Free Appetizer with Any Purchase (exp: 3/21/2014)
Souper Salad – $5.99 Adult Buffet (exp: 3/23/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Have You Tried That Crazy Wrap Thing?

I’m skeptical by nature…although I want to believe that the next great thing is just around the corner.  So when I heard about that crazy wrap thing, I just shook my head wondering how anyone could believe a wrap could change their lives.  Now I’m kicking myself!  If I had tried this 2 years ago when I first heard about it, I’d probably be a heck of a lot thinner and healthier…plus, I’d probably have a lot more money in my bank account.  Oh well, hindsight is 20/20.

I’m sure you’re wondering why I’m sharing this now.  I’m sharing it because I don’t want you to miss out too!  If you’ve never tried the Ultimate Body Applicator, you owe it to yourself to try one!

I was amazed at the difference after I wrapped the first time. I lost over an inch off my waist. That’s a big deal!  And while I love the wraps, the biggest difference for me so far has been the other products I’ve tried.

I’ve been taking Greens daily and have noticed significantly more energy.  (Between my lupus and my thyroid issues I’ve been a basket case and this alone has helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel!).  My kids also love Greens and I love knowing that they’re getting the equivalent of 8+ servings of fruits and veggies!  I’m also thrilled that they don’t use artificial dye in their products and that Greens are sweetened with Stevia!

My other favorite products are the Advanced Formula Fat Fighter (perfect for taking with those less-than-healthy meals that I’ve been eating in the last few weeks while life has been extremely stressful) and the Lip & Eye cream (perfect for making me look a little less crazy after the many nights of less-than-ideal sleep in the last 6 weeks)!

Best of all, I’m excited to be helping people change their lives!  I’m thinner and healthier since I started using the It Works! products and I want the same for my friends!  I’m so impressed by the It Works! leadership too!  They believe that Getting Out of Debt should be a priority which is why they’re offering a G.O.O.D. (get out of debt) bonus of $10,000 to anyone who joins by March 31st and reaches Diamond within 3 calendar months (Diamonds average $1910/month). I have an amazing team and the leadership above me includes some of the top earners in the company!  If you’re ready to change your life, I hope you’ll join me!

HappilyWrapped.com

Talking Shapes iPad App Review

Talking Fingers Review
One of the things I’ve struggled with in homeschooling is how to keep James learning without making things boring!  My goal is to catch him up to grade level academically, so when Talking Fingers, Inc. offerered me the chance to review their Talking Shapes iPad App, I jumped at the chance.  Let’s face it, “playing” on the iPad is way cooler than writing in books according to my son!

Talking Fingers Review
Talking fingers is an iPad app that helps to teach children about the alphabet, the sounds it makes, and the way those sounds become words.  It is a fun interactive learning tool that helps young readers understand how letters work and how they make words.  This product was developed by a neuropsychologist who used the most recent research on reading and learning to make an app that would help young learners to become skilled readers.  The research noted that struggling readers used the right side of their brains for reading, but that skilled readers use the left side of their brain for reading.  This app using pictures and words to help activate both side of the brain!  I was impressed that this science and research was put to such good use in a way that kids would not only get to play on the iPad, but they’d also be improving their learning and not causing a variety of issues that other online games can cause.  The app is a bargain at only $5.99 in the iTunes store.  I’ve spent a lot more than this on other tools to help with reading and not all of them have been as beneficial as Talking Shapes.

Talking Fingers Review
My son can typically work and focus for 30-45 minutes before he needs a break or a change of scenery.  Sometimes changing subjects does the trick, other times he wants “free time”. I started using the Talking Shapes iPad app when he got tired of whatever he was working on.  It was a great change of pace for him and he didn’t realize that he was actually learning.

While Talking Shapes is designed to give Preschoolers and Kindergarteners a head start on mastering reading, it could probably be used on slightly older kids who struggle with reading.   My son turns 8 in 2 weeks, but he is immature for his age.  While many parts of the app were enjoyable for him, there were times that he complained that it was too babyish for him.  Babyish or not, it has definitely been beneficial to him as far as reading goes.  We were already making progress in the area of reading and phonics, but after using the app, his reading seems more intuitive and less forced.  He doesn’t seem to be struggling as much either (which makes this mamas heart super happy)!

I’m a big fan of this app.  While it was at times to young for my son, I can’t argue with the results.  He enjoyed playing on the iPad.  I enjoyed watching him learn.  And we’re all enjoying the improved reading we’ve seen in the last 5 weeks.  I’m going to continue to use this with him to see if his reading continues to improve!

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Vera Bradley Sale

I am obsessed with aprons and my favorites are Vera Bradley. Today, I was delighted to see that Zulily is having a Vera Bradley sale that includes bags AND accessories including aprons!

Vera Bradley is an Indiana company and I love supporting our local businesses!

Click here to shop the Vera Bradley Sale!

Stella & Dot New Spring Arrivals

 

 

The weather has warmed up around here.  It’s 50 degrees! Spring is in the air… can you feel it?  The days are getting longer, the birds are singing louder and the air is finally warmer. It is hard to contain the excitemen even though we’re expecting another 4-8 inches tomorrow.  I’m pretending that’s not what the weather forecast holds and instead I’m choosing to celebrate!   If you’d like to celebrate too,  Stella & Dot is happy to help you celebrate.

Take a look at these new spring arrivals ! The Stella & Dot Rory Necklace – Blue is the same delicate blue as a robin’s egg and looks so perfect with a scoop neck tee. The matching Stella & Dot Sardinia Bracelet – Blue and the Stella & Dot Aviva Chandeliers bring to mind a lively mix of sweet spring blossoms.

Check out all of the Stella & Dot new spring arrivals and get ready to bloom!

My Goals for the Week {3/10/2014}

I hoped to have a somewhat normal week, but alas, it was not meant to be. For starters, my lupus flare didn’t go away. To top it off, my dad hurt his back last week. On Thursday, I told him I’d drive him to his MRI appointment and after the doctor saw his MRI, I spent the rest of the day driving him to various doctor’s appointments to prep him for the emergency surgery he ended up having the next day. Needless to say, I didn’t get to everything I had planned.

Here are my goals from last week!

1. Read 6 chapters of The Boxcar Childrento the twins.

2. Make bed and do 1 full load of laundry every day (Did this 4 days)

3. Declutter 30 things. I started the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge and that was HUGELY helpful!

4. Make Remineralizing Toothpaste. I need to tweak this recipe a little before I post it.

Personal Goals

5. Exercise 5 times. I only exercised twice…darn lupus!

6. Drink 3 liters of water per day.

7. Be in bed by 10:00 pm 5 nights.

8. Finish reading Jab Jab Right Hook. Start reading Outliers. Start Lanterns and Lace.

9. Finish organizing my craft room.

Blog/Business Goals

10. Spend 30 minutes per day working on ebook.

I’m really hoping and praying for a more uneventful week this week! Here are my goals:

Family/Homemaking Goals

1. Read 6 chapters of The Boxcar Childrento the twins.

2. Make bed and do 1 full load of laundry every day.

3. Get rid of 7 more bags for the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge.

Personal Goals

4. Exercise 5 times.

5. Drink 3 liters of water per day.

6. Be in bed by 10:00 pm 5 nights.

7. Finish reading Jab Jab Right Hook. Start reading GTD for Homemakers. (This book is also available in this week’s Bundle of the Week)

8. Finish organizing my craft room. {Last week I ended up tackling the kitchen instead of the craft room. You can see a picture of some of my finished cabinets.}

Blog/Business Goals

9. Launch my new It Works business {I am sooo excited about this. I love the products and I really love that the company believes that Debt Free Is The New Sexy. They even offer G.O.O.D (get out of debt) bonuses!}

10. Spend 30 minutes per day working on ebook.

 

 

 

What are your goals for this week? Any suggestions to help me with my goals?

40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge: Declaring War on Clutter

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you probably have stumbled across a post or 2 that’s talked about my problem with clutter.  I’ve been tackling it bit by bit, but it keeps coming back.

Starting today, I am declaring war on all the clutter in my house!  I am joining Ann Marie from White House Black Shutters in her 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge.  The goal is to get rid of 1 bag of clutter a day!  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am.

If you’re interested in joining in, make sure to check out Ann Marie’s blog a she has a printable and a Facebook group.  And leave me a comment.  Misery loves company…I mean, I’d love to have you join me on the journey! :)

Make sure to follow me on Instagram as I’ll be posting pictures of my progress!