Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Also, I sold my 2nd bow in ebay. I have 7 listed on etsy right now (www.cuteaspie.etsy.com) and I really want to use etsy because it is more economical. But right now ebay is the one giving me the results. So, I shall continue to use both until I can truly identify which option is going to work out better.
Honestly, I am very afraid that this isn't going to work. I have found doing this is very fun and rewarding for me. I want to really dig in and start making a lot. But I am trying to be smart and slow. Don't get ahead of yourself, Lindsey! I am just going to trust God and know that if this is supposed to be another way to support my family then He will provide a way for it all to work out.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
So, now that we have begun to makeover our financial strategy, I am realizing that I am aware of the change needed in many other areas. I need to take back responsibility for my life, and the way that our family is run. Let me highlight that I said “responsibility” and not control. Control is not mine to take, control is in God’s hands and I need to trust Him for the guidance. But I am responsible for how my time and attitude, and my children’s time is spent.
So, here’s what I’m talking about...
I am on a new mission to keep my house up. Not that I expect it to be perfect, but I had fallen into a habit of sleeping in, rushing around, and barely scraping by on the household duties. Then I would end up spending one whole day cleaning the whole house. Repeat. In order to break this pattern I have established a pick-up routine for every morning and evening (dishes, pick up toys, put away clothes, basically straighten up). In addition, I have set up a cleaning schedule of deeper cleaning tasks that I need to do each day. Weekly, I will have special projects to complete, such as cleaning out the basement cupboards, or some other project.
I have also realized that Payton is coming to an age where she would greatly benefit from a little more structure in her life. By structure I mean not sitting around watching tv all day! So, I am embarking on a mission to put together one activity for her to do a day. This will also give me an opportunity to begin teaching Payton more formally about Jesus, and lay the groundwork for her to be introduced to a relationship with him.
I do not want to be come so rigid with my schedule that I am inflexible. We have begun practicing some of my new policies, and it has helped to let me feel more relaxed and peaceful throughout the day, which is going to a result in a more peaceful family. So, I hope to continue to recognize areas in which I can take responsibility and make our lives better. Because I am realizing the change in my attitude it has truly shown me how much of a mood influencer I can be for my family. When I choose to be in a good mood and joyful, not matter what we’re encountering, then it helps my family to move through whatever we may doing with a joyful attitude as well. Not that it’s all rosy and pretty, but I can help to make things as positive and productive as possible.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Okay, so in keeping with the theme of lightening my load I am also returning to being frugal in the kitchen as well. We have realized that we are letting our costs get out of control, and I am going to control the parts that I can. In order to help support this new goal of money-saving I have come to a couple of conclusions. First, I am only going to shop at Aldi's and Save-A-Lot. Of course, I will go to Wal-Mart of larger commercial store if necessary. But I am going to avoid these stores at all costs because they make me want more stuff that I don't have. If I don't go, then I don't want. Secondly, I need to make a menu and be consistent with it. Here is my menu for this week:
S: Crackers & PB
L: Egg Salad Sandwiches & Yogurt
D: Baked Spaghetti Pizza
B: Eggs & Toast
S: Tortilla Chips & Salsa
D: Mexican Lasagna
S: Pumpkin Bread
S: PB Crackers
D: Chicken Quesedillas
L: Tator Tot Casserole John - Hot Pockets
S: Tortilla Chips & Salsa
D: Barn Payton-Ramen
S: Bananas & Pretzels
L: Leftovers John - out to lunch
S: PB Crackers or Popsicles
D: Barn Payton-Chicken Noodle & Grilled Cheese
B: Egg Sandwhiches
L: Italian Sub Sandwhiches
D: Barn Payton- Mac & Cheese
Thirdly, I am going to look for any coupons and deals in order to sweeten my deals. Any thoughts, suggestions, or tips will be greatly appreciated! Wish me luck!