Monday, March 31, 2014

March Master Calendar

I have to apologize for not going over ANYTHING on the Master Calendar for the month of March.  It is my goal to go over more in April.

However, I did check off nearly everything on my calendar, and I hope you did, too!  Here is a summary of what I did this month:

Well, for starters, I am going to mention what I did NOT do, which was add to the garden the things that are in season to plant.  For two reasons: 1) we did not increase our garden plot like we had initially planned, and 2) we got fruit flies in our existing garden that I have yet to exterminate completely!  I tried spraying them with vinegar.  I need to Google more options.

I DID purchase artichokes and mushrooms, since they are in season here.

Recycled bottles and cans ($15!), cleaned the HVAC filter, took a country drive (free date night activity with Mr. Perfect), watch the moon (free date night activity with my son - check out the app, SkyView Free to  see the constellations!), file taxes, and shred old documents.

We still need to check tire pressure, and clean the garbage disposal, which I happen to know will be completed today!

I had on the list to schedule an HVAC inspection, but we are working on updating a bunch of energy-suckers in our house, and the HVAC inspection is included in that.

I don't have very many Easter or Spring decor items, one basket for each of the kids that I reuse each year, and a bag of plastic eggs that we use for egg hunts and other Easter games.  I have a shopping list for basket stuffers.  I found this great list of non-candy basket items, and this great list of Easter crafts for toddlers.

We couldn't afford to replace our two broken sliding screen doors at this time, so that's going on an on-going list of things to do once we have two incomes again.

I finalized my tax prep (see the How To with a free printable here).

I decluttered my e-mails.  I use the Bloglovin' app in order to keep all of my blogs in one place.  Then my e-mail isn't cluttered with tons of separate e-mails from blog posts.  If I want to remember a store, but don't necessarily want to continue receiving advertising e-mails from them, I unsubscribe, but write the store name and type on my Brain Dump List.

We recently had a home inspection completed (for an energy saving assessment), so I knew the gutters were clean and there has been no damage to the roof or attic.  We also inspected the exterior of the house for siding repairs and paint touch up.

Whew!  All of this along with my Daily Zone clean up, seems like a lot, but over the course of the month, doing just a little bit each day, you can really get a lot done!

I hope you will check in during the month of April for more tips, ideas, and Google searches!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Weekly Agenda Planning

Typically, I plan the following week in my planner on the previous Friday.  On Saturday morning, I will finish planning by menu planning with Mr. Perfect.  This is my process for planning:

Step 1.  Pull the week out of my planner and lie on a flat surface.

Step 2.  Choose color coordinating stickers/washi/post its based on my own ideas, or inspiration I find online (Instagram or Facebook planner groups).

Step 3.  I make notes ahead of schedule in pencil.  I do this because things can, and often do, change.  During this step, I erase the pencil markings and note my permanent items with color coordinated pen.  This is the color coordination I use:

Blue - son
Peach - daughter
Mint - Mr. Perfect
Orange - menu plan
Pink - me (work/personal appts)
Aqua - photography

Step 4.  Decorate.
Step 5.  Add sticky notes with grocery list/to do list.

Step 6.  Return pages to planner.
Step 7.  Take pictures and post!

I do this every single week.  It helps me to get prepared for the following week.  I can see what is coming, and what I might need to put on my To Do list, or get at the grocery store.  It also lets me know if I need to communicate anything with my husband or kids about the week ahead.

As a reminder, I do have another system that I use for recurring household tasks (i.e., clean HVAC filter, daily zone cleaning, seasonal items, etc.), that are not part of this planning system.  I keep that calendar in my household planner, and reference it daily!

How do you plan your week?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Day In The Life of a Goddess

I am super nosy.  This shouldn't come as a surprise.  Part of being nosy is a thirst for knowledge.  Being a google-er satiates that thirst.  So does peeking in someone's medicine cabinet.

I am that person who will peek in your medicine cabinet when I use your restroom.  Not to be a gossip about what anti-depressant you're taking.  More for informational purposes, such as, she has this perfume, that's why she always smells good, or she uses this make up, that's why she looks flawless.  I just tuck the information away in the back of my brain, and feel satisfied that I have learned something new today, and learned something new about a friend.

Since I know I'm not the only one who does this, I'm going to reciprocate.  I can't invite you all over to snoop in my medicine cabinet, but I will give you a peek into my "daily life medicine cabinet".

First, let's do recent Google searches/thirst for knowledge/nosiness:

"diy healthy protein bars" (research for a friend)
"funny things to give up for Lent" (I settled on giving up giving things up)
"quick tomato sauce" (research for another friend)
"are Ellen and Portia still together" (yes)
"Jared Leto short hair" (way better than long hair)
"causes of bad breath" (also known as - your daughter stuck something up her nose, and now it's rotting and you need to take her to urgent care to have it removed)
"best stationery stores in Sacramento" (for someone visiting)
"bikini body mommy" (great FREE workouts)
"angela adams" (I am searching for a clutch that a co-worker had years ago, in case anyone has one)
"geocaching" (mega cool free scavenger hunt! Check it out in your area)
"free little library"
"community garden" (I'm starting to feel like a hippie)

Whew, that was a lot!  What have you researched recently?

I'm going to give you a peek into my weekdays.  They go a little something like this:

As you read, keep this in mind:  Baby - 20 months old girl, Toddler - 3.5 year old girl, my son is 11, and Mr. Perfect is my husband.  He is out of work right now, so I do have a lot of luxuries that I wouldn't have if he was working.  For example, you won't see laundry in my day.  Sometimes, I do laundry.  But for the most part, he takes care of it.  He is able to start dinner before I get home.  Those things will change when he starts working again.  Also, I would like to add an exercise routine to my day.  At this point, I choose sleep or TV over working out.  One step at a time!

6 a.m. Baby wakes up.  Nurse baby.  Snuggle in bed with baby.

6:30 a.m. Toddler wakes up.  Snuggle in bed with baby and toddler for as long as possible without being late to work.  Watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  Quick check of E-Mail, Instagram, and Facebook to make sure nothing life altering occurred while I was sleeping.  Think about what I should wear today.  If I come up with a complete outfit, I snuggle 5-10 minutes longer.

6:50 a.m. Shower.  Shave and wash hair (every other day, once a week, okay...never).

7:10 a.m. Dry off with baby clinging to legs, throw hair up in a clip, moisturize legs and face with coconut oil.  Share coconut oil with baby and toddler.  Sometimes, toddler give me a "massage" on my legs with the coconut oil.  Sometimes, baby eats it.

7:15 a.m.  Choose clothing with baby clinging to legs and toddler asking where I'm going (EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.).  Get dressed one handed while holding baby.

7:20 a.m.  Make lunch if I didn't make it the night before (it happens).

7:25 a.m.  Gather sweater, purse, lunch, try to pawn off lunch to toddler to carry to the car, carry baby like a football to the car.

7:30 a.m. Say good-bye to all of the children and husband.  Includes hugging, kissing, hugging tighter, good byes, tears, more kisses, binkies, what's going on in the front yard?  BIRDIES!  Whining, more tears, toddler says, "Don't burn the toast!" (I burned the toast ONE TIME), finally drive away while kids watch somberly and rip out my heart.

7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. Drive to work.  Sometimes I listen to music, or my favorite radio segments.  Sometimes I enjoy the peace and quiet.  I reflect on the morning, think about being intentional with my actions and words at work and in the evening.  Mostly, I listen to rap.


8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Work, coffee, Facebook, coffee, Google, Pinterest, coffee, Instagram, coffee, Google, blog, coffee, plan, eat, read, drink water, work, work, more work.  I do a lot of my planning and blogging on my lunch breaks.

5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Drive home.  I am much more inclined to enjoy peace and quiet on the drive home.  I know that I will be greeted by a very loud household when I walk in the door.  Baby and toddler will attack me and cling and whine and not let go until bedtime.  I try prep myself for this barrage.  If I don't, I find that I feel very anxious in the evenings, and I am not as patient.

5:30 p.m.  Walk in the door.  MAYBE put my purse away.  Get attacked at the knees by baby and toddler.  Eleven year old walks in, doesn't notice that I'm trying to deal with screaming children, decides this is an excellent time to slowly and wordily talk his way through his day with me.  Take a deep breath.

5:45 p.m.  Change out of work clothes, one handed, while holding baby.

6:00 p.m.  Dinner.  Which Mr. Perfect almost always makes.  I am so blessed.  Baby eats five bites of her own meal in her seat, and then decides my food (the same food) is better.  Sits on my lap and eats all my food.  I'm working on a Weight Loss Book called "Have a Baby Who Eats All Your Food".  Ask everyone what their favorite thing was today.  Discuss those events.

6:15 p.m. Clean up dinner.  This often involves packing up part of the leftovers for lunch the next day.

6:30 p.m. Grab diaper bag and snacks, and head out to whatever extra curricular activity we have for the night.  Usually, karate for my son, more recently, tap dance for toddler.  If we don't have anything scheduled, we play in the playroom.  If the kids are playing well on their own, I will sometimes sneak off and start my evening routine of addressing my Daily Zone, or packing my lunch for the next day.  Sometimes, I will watch them play because it is so much fun.  Sometimes we read or color, or play together.

7:00 p.m. Baths for the kids.  As they take baths, while still being able to watch them, I will pick up the bedroom, or do a Daily Zone if it's within eyesight of the bath.

7:15 p.m. Pajamas and reading books to baby.  I take her to her bedroom and we read alone together.  Sometimes Mr. Perfect joins us.  I relish alone time with my kids, and try to focus on each of them every day.  It doesn't always happen, but most nights, it does.  Then, when I miss a night, I know it's okay.

7:30 p.m. Bedtime for baby.  Kisses.

7:30 p.m. This is my one on one time with toddler.  Sometimes, I go into the master bedroom after putting baby to bed, and my son is reading to her.  I love watching this.  But if he's not reading to her, I read to her, or we jump on the bed, or I just listen to her talk.  She says the funniest things.

7:50 p.m. Potty, Pajamas, and books in toddler's room.  Mr. Perfect comes with us, and tucks her in.  She likes to be piled with blankets.

8 p.m. Bedtime for toddler.  Kisses.

8 p.m. - 9 p.m. This is my one on one time with my eleven year old.  We go over homework, do his pennies for the day (more on that another time), sometimes read together, or watch a show together.  This kid can TALK, and he is very intellectual.  I try to listen to whatever he wants to say, even if it makes me want to jam a pen in my eye.

9 p.m. Bedtime for my son.  Hugs, because he's eleven, and kissing your mom isn't cool, APPARENTLY.

9 p.m. One on one time with Mr. Perfect.  We will watch a show, talk about our days, lie in bed and be on our phones, or he will be on his phone, and I will do my daily read for "Simple Abundance", or plan, or check Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest.  If I need to, I can do some pick up in the kitchen and great room, fix my lunch for the next day, etc.

Anywhere between 9 p.m. and midnight, usually around 10/10:30 p.m. Bedtime.

In the next week, let's talk about my process for planning my weekly agenda, as well as address the March Master Calendar, and maybe I can work on sharing a day in the life weekend edition.

If you share what your week looks like on your blog, post a link in the comments!  I would love to be nosy and see what you're up to!