Monthly Archives: December 2012

Goals for 2013

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Goals for 2013

My 24 goals for 2013, in no particular order are:

~ Read through the Bible in one year using this plan.
~ Complete at least three Bible studies.
~ Teach my daughter (2.5 years old) numbers 11 – 20.
~ Teach my daughter weekly on the ABC’s.
~ Work on one new habit per month.
~ Take pictures of the children each week.
~ Have monthly dates with the hubby, however simple they may be.
~ Have monthly family dates.
~ Take at least two overnight family trips.
~ Write at least two encouraging notes every month.
~ Write at least two blogs per week.
~ Start (and complete!) at least six crafts or projects.
~ Invite someone to our house for lunch/supper at least once a month.
~ Try a new recipe (or two) per month.
~ Make homemade baby food.
~ Save up for an elliptical machine.
~ Save up for a new washer and dryer.
~ Read my ever growing stack of ebooks/books.
~ Give to Goodwill/Salvation Army monthly.
~ Reorganize and declutter the garage.
~ Reorganize and declutter the shop.
~ Lose 40 pounds.
~ Walk 500 miles during aerobic activity.
~ Take at least two online classes/webinars on something I enjoy or want to learn more about.

I will make monthly updates to keep me accountable on my goals.  Some will be easy, some will be hard, but I really want to complete all of them.

I used to be one of those New Year’s resolution kind of gals… you know, those “go on a diet” and “get organized” resolutions that you either (1) forget about (2) totally bomb or (3) lose interest in by about the third week in January. And the reason this happens tends to be lack of planning or unrealistic expectations. Usually both. There’s no way you can expect to stay on a juice diet for the whole year. It’s not feasible OR safe.

So instead I settled on these goals which will be challenging but doable. I just have to keep plugging away at it. Every day.

Because the things that matter take time and dedication. I owe it to myself and to my family to make my life what I want it to be. And these goals will help me achieve that.

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12 Habits for 2013

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12 Habits for 2013

Inspired by Flylady, who has helped me so much, I decided to make my own list of habits for 2013. I have based my list on her monthly habits, but changed some of the ones that I’m doing well with (like daily laundry) to ones that I need to make a more conscious effort on (like less procrastination).

They say that it takes 21 days for something to become a habit. I’m so stubborn that I’m pretty sure I’ll need the solid month for each. 🙂

So, each month I’ll share my focus and how I did on the previous month’s habit. I’m a great planner but I need help with the followup… I’m hoping this will help!

I’m not sure yet which month I will focus on each habit, but here is my list.

~ Drink 8 – 10 glasses of water daily.

~ Plan and incorporate a morning routine.

~ Plan and incorporate an evening routine.

~ Exercise daily (even if it’s just 10 minutes).

~ Daily Bible study. {This one will be January’s habit. I want to read the entire Bible in 2013.}

~ Get dressed to the shoes every day.

~ Declutter 15 minutes every day.

~ Be early or on time for everything.

~ Eat a healthier diet (need more freggies!).

~ Spend intentional time with each of my family members.

~ Less procrastinating, more doing!

~ Pamper myself. Because I am worth it.

What Will Be Cookin’ in the Kitchen

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Some recipes I want to try over the next few months:

Slow Cooker Easy Baked Potato Soup
Taco Filled Pasta Shells
Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast
45 Minute Cinnamon Rolls {From Scratch}
Beefy Mexican Cornbread
Cheddar Bay Biscuits
Slow Cooker Hashbrown Casserole

One of my goals for 2013 (more on that later!) is to try more new recipes. Otherwise I tend to get in a rut. I would love to get a couple month’s rotation so we don’t seem to have the same things quite so often.

Are you in a what’s-for-supper rut? Join me in trying some new recipes. Who knows, you might find a new favorite!

{Update} December Fitness Challenge

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First off, I have a confession to make. I hate squats. I don’t mind 30 at a time, but I can not do more than about 50 in a day. And that may be pushing it a bit. So that being said, the squat challenge I talked about in the original December Fitness Challenge post has kind of fallen by the wayside. I will continue to do at least 30 a day though, and maybe one day I’ll be able to power through 100 squats at a time. And then I’ll have buns of steel. 🙂

I have, however, been keeping up pretty good on my fitness minutes. Not great, but good. I don’t know if I’m going to hit 1,000 minutes this month, but I’m going to give it my best shot. I’m not making excuses here but I am finding it more difficult than I expected trying to find time time exercise with two little ones. It helps when they both nap at the same time but lately that hasn’t happened often.

I will have to come up with a better routine for that. Something to think about this week…

Anyway, I’m still plugging along. I haven’t seen any real weight loss this month but I have lost 1.5 inches so far. Yipee!! And I’ve always said that I didn’t really care how much I weighed as long as I was fit and didn’t look like I weighed a ton!

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

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I don’t know about you, but I can always use a healthy, easy, delicious recipe that my whole family loves. I love to cook, but most of the time I don’t have time to make “The Perfect Meal”. Ok ok, so I’ve never made a perfect meal. A girl can still dream, right?

So anyway, when I saw this recipe for Crockpot Chicken Tacos I knew I just HAD to try it. Just having the word “crockpot” in the title made me want to make it. (Side Note: If you’re not using your crockpot on a regular basis, you should totally rethink that. And if you don’t have a crockpot/slow cooker, shame on you! Go buy one now! 🙂 ) A crockpot meal or freezer casserole has saved my sanity way more times than I care to count. But I digress…

Crockpot Chicken Tacos Closeup

I used 2 cans of Ro*Tel in mine since it was a throw together meal and I didn’t have any fresh pico. I actually used one can of mild and one regular since I have a two year old and didn’t want it to be too hot. (Although she’s been eating salsa at Mexican restaurants since she was old enough to dip her own chips so I’m not sure why I bothered.)

The recipe itself is only about 200 calories per serving by my calculations, and I figured six pretty good sized servings. That’s over 23 grams of lean protein per serving as well. And of course you can make it even healthier by using whole wheat/grain tortillas and loading up on the tomatoes, lettuce, onion… whatever veggies you put on your tacos. If you got eight servings out of the recipe then it’s only about 150 calories and 17 grams of protein.

The taste was great, the prep work pretty non-existant, and I didn’t have to slave in a hot kitchen. That definitely counts as a winner to me!

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The Way I Coupon

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I love to use coupons. Really. I enjoy getting a good deal on anything I buy. If I didn’t have to budget and could spend whatever I wanted, I would still coupon and look for good deals. I think I enjoy the challenge. (Hey, it’s the little things, right?)

That being said, I am NOT one of those crazy coupon enthusiasts who use hundreds of coupons every week. I only clip coupons if they match these criteria:

  • it’s for an item I use
  • it’s for an item I’ve been wanting to try
  • it’s for an item that I can donate

 That’s all. I do not have a huge binder with the baseball card holders stuffed full of coupons, although I did start out like that. I would clip every coupon and try my best to match and double and all that other stuff… but then I realized that I was spending MORE on stuff that I didn’t really need anyway. Who cares if you got a good deal on it if you’re not going to use it?

So once I really figured out what worked for me I retired the binder and bought a small plastic accordian style thingie (I’m sure that’s the techical term) and labeled the dividers according to the different areas of the store I most frequent. (I’ll add another blog soon to show you my system.)

I usually only get my coupons from two different sources:

Occasionally I’ll find a good coupon on the manufacturer’s webpage (i.e. a coupon for Malt-A-Meal cereal on their website, which I did recently) but usually I just use the newspaper or Swagbucks.

I spend a few minutes on Sunday night or Monday morning clipping and organizing coupons, then I base my weekly meal plan around the sales and what I have in the freezer. (PS. I LOVE making freezer meals!) Then Monday morning after breakfast I load up the kiddos and off we go! My two year old even wants in on it. But I don’t share my coupons with just anyone. 🙂

But that’s it. It doesn’t really take that much more time. It saves me money. And it helps give me a bit of a challenge to find the best deals… and we all know that a stay at home mom needs a bit of mental stimulation sometimes.

But that’s a whole other subject.

* Please note that if you sign up for Swagbucks using the above link I can receive Swagbucks on your referral. I mean, it’d be great if you would, but I did want to let you know that you don’t have to.

December Fitness Challenge

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Since I’ve been released to begin exercising again after my c-section less than two months ago, I really have no excuse not to get back to the grindstone. Well, I’m sure I could come up with an excuse but that’s just what it would be… an excuse.

No more excuses!!

I want to finish this year off strong! Who says you have to wait til January to make resolutions anyway?

So, my goal this month is to do at least 1,000 fitness minutes. This can be cardio or strength training. Whatever, just as long as I’m moving.

I’m also doing this squats challenge which will either kill me or make me stronger. 🙂

Hello Out There!

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I really don’t know what I’m doing here.  I’ve never blogged before and really don’t know if I’ll be any good at it.  But the idea has been going through my mind for the past several months.  And after debating it with myself I finally came to this conclusion:

I need an outlet. 

Even if no one else ever sees this, I need to do it.  I LOVE being a stay at home mom and wife (along with everything that goes with those two titles) but both can be very exhausting roles at times.  Instead of doing for others all the time, I also need something that I do for ME.

And I think this is it.

And if I can help someone else along the way that will just make it all the better.