40 Goals For 2017: Week 3

I’m keeping myself accountable this year by tracking my progress on my 40 Goals for 2017 every week. 

Week Three

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. We’ll see where we are end of month.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. This will start in late May.
  3. Save $3000 for HVAC replacement. Not yet.
  4. Save $4000 towards the mister’s car replacement fund. Not yet.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. Not yet.
  6. Save $1800 for outdoor playset. Week three and we are already scratching this! We ordered a new toilet for our upstairs bath, and the mister will be installing it himself.  We are still letting every layer in that ceiling air out, and our dehumidifier has been working overtime. Sometime in the next couple of weeks we will start getting estimates, once the toilet is here and the mister has replaced it. Of course, Murphy called again this week and we had to replace all four tires on the van. That was $1300. We have another issue that has come up and we’re not sure we’ll be in this house long-term. We’re shelving this completely.
  7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). We had a garage sale last year and I put the cash in a box,and that box seems to have gotten tucked away in a drawer. I found it while cleaning this week. We have $113 in there that I am putting towards our vacation fund.
  8. Spend $500/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on entertainmentI spent $134.28 for groceries out of my $500/month budget this week.  I will get a $0.25 Ibotta rebate that will get tucked away and eventually added to my Roth IRA fund. Why bother fussing with those rebates? Just $5 per week adds up to $260 to add to my fund by the end of the year. That’s about 5% of what I need to save to max my Roth.  As far as entertainment, we spent $9.50 on Bill’s Donuts.
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. So far, I have given 90 minutes of my time to the Girl Scouts. We have one more meeting, plus a field trip to the police station this month. We had an ice storm and I cancelled my Gifted Children’s Association meeting.  I donated $35 towards cancer research beyond what I give monthly to sponsor a child, so my giving goal is met. I am donating our Pack’n Play to a young mother at a local foster program we support, and I donated one of my Broadway Series tickets to charity, as I wasn’t too keen on seeing The Little Mermaid.

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I was up until 10 last night completing the last of my homework for this class session. Today is a new week, and we have a break!  I will have to head to Indiana University East to do a few things to be ready to start clinical next week, so my mother will hold down the homestead. I will have to email IT at my school to get myself added to one of the classes I am teaching, but other than these things I can take a break. Next week begins a busy 10 weeks of student teaching.
  2. One date per month with the mister. Impromptu Chik-Fil-A date. Check!
  3. Read 1 book/month. I am going to indulge this week. I have Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and intend to read both if I can. I got both for free using a coupon code and credit card rewards on Amazon.
  4. Monthly me-time with friends. I met my two fellow Girl Scout troop leaders at a local place for drinks to plan some meetings and kvetch. I saw A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and lunched with a friend beforehand. Monthly outing with friends: check! On Saturday my sister and I are having dinner and seeing a drag show, while my mom babysits the girls and the mister and the boy have a man’s night. I bought the tickets for the show months ago.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. This is going to be languishing until late spring.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. It’s still in its container. My Aunt Judy gave me scrap fabric to practice with for Christmas. No time this week.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. The toddler officially became a preschooler today. It’s her 3rd birthday. I am making Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes and will try to fancy up the icing using a YouTube tutorial.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily. I started keeping track on MyFitnessPal again.  I have hit it every day this week so far.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. It starts the last week of January. My clinicals will be from 12p-5p once a week with an hour drive each way. I won’t need a meal break but I think I may bring a small cooler in my van with cheese, crackers, jerky, nuts, and bottled water for the drive home.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. The girls and I did this marbled paper shaving cream art project. I played with our youngest while she practiced to count with dried fava beans. The boy and I watched a couple episodes of the new Lemony Snickets series on Netflix together.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. These are hiding in the closet.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. We plan on making the girls’ combined birthday present a fish tank. We want to be ready by their birthday party next month. This looks cluttered and messy but was way worse. The mister spent his day off recycling old art, throwing things out, and organizing the craft supplies. He even bought an extension for our rainbow drawers. We are getting close to goal with this.
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. I haven’t done any extra this week as it was a double homework week. Nothing has been piled back on there though.
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! We are using a free printable reward chart. Our youngest has been keeping dry pretty often at the sitter’s house. She has worn underwear most days this week at home, with a few refusals.  Slowly but surely…
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. But my SIL sent us a framed family portrait from my in-laws’ 50th anniversary, and I hung it right away above the piano.
  8. Plant front yard tree. It’s still winter.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet.
  10. Visit 6 different parks. Too cold!

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Not yet. School has the priority this week again.
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. I’ve been in school emergency still mode and have not posted once. This week!
  3. Purchase the virtual real estate for the other four sites I want to create. Not yet. Waiting for a sale.
  4. Incorporate as an LLC. I am putting this off until after my practicum.
  5. Explore affiliates for my sites. I signed up for Share a Sale but need to look at which ones to work with.
  6. Double my daily traffic for Frugal Stepping Stones. Facebook locked me out from posting for most of this week. It claims I had a virus and wants me to download something. (This is legit, we checked). However, I have not been hacked and no viruses, my husband checked. Apparently if you wait it out, they give you access back.  I could upload pictures and comment on posts, but I can’t share a link until 3 PM today.  I get a lot of Pinterest traffic, but some from Facebook too, so my stats are a little lower. It just shows you, don’t put all your eggs in one basket!
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year. These are my most popular posts by far! I have the ideas for four more menus. This is on my agenda for this week.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed.

How are your goals going?

 

Frugal Step: Make A Menu

Most of the recipes I link to can be found in my Pinterest boards. Check them out- lots of frugal dishes! If you’re dealing with snow and ice, check out my Eat Like A Peasant-Soup board.

Monday: Reheating frozen Swedish Meatballs from my mom in the slow cooker with grape jelly/chili sauce, Broccoli

Tuesday: Baby Girl’s 3rd Birthday! She gets to choose, so it’s Spongebob Mac ‘n Cheese, Hot Dogs, Sliced Tomatoes and Bell Peppers,  Corn, and Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Wednesday: Skillet Beef Fajitas

Thursday: BLT Chopped Salad

Friday: Lentil and Onion Spread over Rice, Salad

Saturday: Bob Evans with Dad, then seeing a show with my sister

Sunday: Hunt and Peck

Making: Bone broth, Berry Coconut Breakfast Bowl, Veggie Hash with Eggs

Feeding 5 For $125 Per Week: 3rd Week of January 2017

Kroger: $78.43

This week begins a bit of an experiment for me. I have multiple autoimmune issues and IBS, and my IBS has been very active lately. I’ve been told to go off dairy and all grains for a short time to see if it helps, so meals are going to focus more on meat, eggs, veggies, fruits, and some legumes. It was a little more pricey this week (thanks to the meat) so we’ll see how successful this is for my health, and if I need to adjust my grocery budget upwards.

Aldi: $55.85


Monthly goal: $500

Weekly total: $134.28

Running total: $383.68

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

Frugal Steps:

  1. I baked brownies from scratch for about $0.30. This has been my go-to recipe for years because it is dairy-free.
  2. I had to drive to a city an hour away to meet with my preceptors for my graduate school practicum. My mom babysat. They gave me two textbooks to use, so I won’t have to buy them, and I learned if I contact the security office each day I go, I won’t have to buy a parking pass. They will treat me as a visitor instead.
  3. I worked two days this week.
  4. CVS sent me an email with a random $3 Extra Care Bucks.
  5. One of my preceptors gave me her old textbook to use for my population health class, and I picked it up this week. When I picked it up, I learned I won’t have to pay for parking.
  6. I watched Sherlock via the PBS Roku app.
  7. I printed out free coloring pages for our Daisy troop using a free printable I found online (you can see my Free Printables Board on my Pinterest page). The paper I used is from 2009, when I was able to get two cases of copy paper for free using a Staples Rewards deal. Yep, we are still not done with that free paper 8 years later.

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. I got a flat tire on the minivan on Thursday night. The van is three years old and we learned the tires on the Toyota Sienna we have are known for poor quality. After looking at the other ones, my husband determined they needed to be replaced too. How annoying! We have an appointment on Monday for the new tires, and they will be $1000. D’oh!
  2. That drive to a city an hour away cost a bit in gas. It will be about 6-7 weeks of doing this drive, so my fuel costs are going to increase. Thankfully this is only short-term.
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40 Goals for 2017: Week 2

I’m keeping myself accountable this year by tracking my progress on my 40 Goals for 2017 every week. 

Week Two

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. We’ll see where we are end of month.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. This will start in late May.
  3. Save $3000 for HVAC replacement. Not yet.
  4. Save $4000 towards the mister’s car replacement fund. Not yet.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. Not yet.
  6. Save $1800 for outdoor playset. Our 6 year old flooded the kids’ bathroom two days ago, causing it to rain in our living room, and we had to cut a hole in the downstairs ceiling to let it dry out and keep mold from growing. Depending on the cost to fix the ceiling, we may be nixing this goal. Stay tuned. 
  7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). Not yet.
  8. Spend $500/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on entertainmentI spent $126.02 for groceries out of my $500/month budget this week.  I will get a $1 Ibotta rebate that will get tucked away and eventually added to my Roth IRA fund. Why bother fussing with those rebates? Just $5 per week adds up to $260 to add to my fund by the end of the year. That’s about 5% of what I need to save to max my Roth.  As far as entertainment, we spent an impromptu $30 at Chick-Fil-A where we let the kids run wild and we had “date” time on Saturday, and I spent $18 on lunch and parking on Saturday before seeing a show. We’re already at$63!
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. Yesterday we had our Daisy troop meeting from 615-745. That clocks 90 minutes for me this week.

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I was up to the wee hours Sunday night completing all of my portfolio submissions. I was up until 10 last night completing all of my homework that was due by midnight. Today is a new week, and we have work due in two classes instead of one. *sob* I had a meeting with my clinical preceptors at Indiana University East and we have set all of my clinical dates. It will all be OB, and I think it will be fun. I love OB! My preceptor sent a couple copies of the books home with me, so I didn’t have to purchase them. I also learned the campus police will allow me to park as a visitor as long as I check in every time I go there, so no need to buy a parking pass. I bought the books I needed to teach an online session of Leadership and Management, and since I will be helping to rewrite the course as part of my master’s project experience, I only had to buy books for a single class. I used my $25 Amazon gift card from Swagbucks to help with the costs. I did have to spent $72 to buy a scrub top, pants, and lab coat, and replace my watch, which appears to have croaked. Since I will probably be teaching again at some point, and am considering subbing as a school nurse in our district, that watch purchase is not a waste. I bought the scrubs on sale and I can sell my scrubs on Ebay if I need to do so.
  2. One date per month with the mister. Impromptu Chik-Fil-A date. Check!
  3. Read 1 book/month. There will be no time until next week.
  4. Monthly me-time with friends. I met my two fellow Girl Scout troop leaders at a local place for drinks to plan some meetings and kvetch. I saw A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and lunched with a friend beforehand. Monthly outing with friends: check!
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week. So. Much. Homework.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. This is going to be languishing until late spring.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. It’s still in its container. My Aunt Judy gave me scrap fabric to practice with for Christmas. No time this week. My friend Dawn is talking about coming up for a visit and teaching me to sew.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. I am detoxing from the holidays. No cake and cookies for us- at least until our Girl Scout Cookies are delivered.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily. I started keeping track on MyFitnessPal again.  I have hit it every day this week so far.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. It starts the last week of January. My clinicals will be from 12p-5p once a week with an hour drive each way. I won’t need a meal break but I think I may bring a small cooler in my van with cheese, crackers, jerky, nuts, and bottled water for the drive home.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. This week may be a bit of a fail. I have had to sequester myself writing papers.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. These are hiding in the closet.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. Don’t tell my kids, but I secretly threw away a few of the broken toy bits that had been shoved up on that counter.
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. I was forced to move things around to try and find out if I had some of the old textbooks from my BSN program. (Nope, I sold them all). I have three bankers boxes full of books in my hall now, but I shredded and recycled quite a few papers. I now have space on the bookcase to actually put all of my nursing texts. As a bonus, my wallet had been falling apart and I knew I had a Tommy Hilfiger wallet that my SIL gave me when she worked for Tommy Europe years ago. I just couldn’t find it! I found it on the bookcase and am now using it instead of buying a wallet on Ebay.
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! We are using a free printable reward chart. She had been refusing to even consider wearing underwear, and she let me put some on last night. She peed on our floor 4 times before bed.
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope.
  8. Plant front yard tree. It’s still winter.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet.
  10. Visit 6 different parks. Too cold!

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Not yet. School has the priority this week again.
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. I’ve been in school emergency mode and have not posted once.
  3. Purchase the virtual real estate for the other four sites I want to create. Not yet. Waiting for a sale.
  4. Incorporate as an LLC. I am putting this off until after my practicum.
  5. Explore affiliates for my sites. I signed up for Share a Sale but need to look at which ones to work with.
  6. Double my daily traffic for Frugal Stepping Stones. My traffic was up this week! Several days I hit double what I usually hit.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year. These are my most popular posts by far! I have the ideas for four more menus. This is on my agenda for this weekend after I finish my school work.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed.

How are your goals going?

 

Frugal Step: Make A Menu

Most of the recipes I link to can be found in my Pinterest boards. Check them out- lots of frugal dishes! If you’re dealing with snow and ice, check out my Eat Like A Peasant-Soup board.  I’m whipping out my copy of Julia Child’s Mastering The Art of French Cooking and making Potato Leek Soup this week.

Monday: Instant Pot Pork Chops and Celery Rice

Tuesday: Didn’t make Baked Beans last week since we were still recovering from a virus,but I think I will try this Instant Pot Baked Beans tonight, Beer Bread

Wednesday: Leftover Baked Beans and Beer Bread

Thursday: I have an errand to run in the evening, so it’s hunt and peck

Friday: Taco Salad made with Beef and Pintos

Saturday: Potato Leek Soup from Mastering The Art of French Cooking, Fresh Homemade Bread and Butter

Sunday: Hunt and Peck

Making: Copycat Starbucks London Fog Tea Latte, Plotting to make Healthy Freezer to Slow Cooker Meals to prep for my 6-week practicum. If you have any healthy favorites that do not use canned or dried soup mixes, please share a link!

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Feeding 5 For $125 Per Week: 2nd Week of January 2017

Kroger: $126.02

Ibotta rebate: $1 (If you sign up through this referral link, you’ll get an extra $10 cash back bonus after submitting your first rebate).

Kroger had ground beef in the discount meat area, so I grabbed a couple of them. They have a little Christmas stuff on clearance and I found napkins at $0.37 each that I will save to donate to class parties next year. I also bought the more expensive organic milk, organic beef, and eggs, as planned. Ibotta has a $0.75 rebate for Laura’s Lean ground beef this week.

Someone was so excited about raspberries that she couldn’t wait until I took a picture

Monthly goal: $500

Weekly total: $126.02

Running total: $249.40

Frugal Steps and Stumbles

Frugal Steps:

  1. I used an Amazon gift card to buy two Epi-pen pouches for myself and our youngest, so we don’t have to try and fit a giant box in our bags where ever we go. It also fits an asthma inhaler and Benadryl.
  2. I earned enough Swagbucks to get two more $25 gift cards! This time I chose $25 from Ebay and $25 from Amazon. I have to buy the texts for the classes I am teaching and hope that card from Amazon will help with that cost. (Get a bonus $5 if you sign up through my referral link).
  3. I made yogurt in my Instant Pot. It only took 8 1/2 hours to make perfect yogurt.
  4. I made Sahlab at home (a hot Egyptian vanilla milk sprinkled with cinnamon) and now have a new favorite hot drink. It has a lot of calories, though, so it will be a once a month treat. If you don’t do dairy, coconut milk will probably work great.
  5. A local artist painted a beautiful portrait of my Uncle Angelo, who is  98 and has been a priest for over 65 years. He’s a little “famous” locally and when the Pope was in the country, our senator invited Uncle Ang to the state dinner with the Pope in Washington (he declined due to his health).  I tried to buy two canvas prints for my mother and myself, but she refused to let me pay, instead giving me the prints for free, out of respect for our uncle. I decided to pay it forward and donate what I would have paid to charity instead,as that is what my uncle would do. If I ever want to get a portrait done, I know who I am asking. 
  6. I had a CVS gift card I had bought on Raise.com at an 11% discount, several CVS coupon codes, and $18 in Extra Care Bucks. I got a prescription, a couple Vitamin D bottles, and a ton of beauty supplies for only $10 out of pocket after the gift card. I got $10 in ECBs back.
  7. I volunteered to send in a box of Chex cereal for the kindergarten class and their 100 Day celebration. We already had the cereal in the stockpile.
  8. I am seeing a show today with my friend and her daughters using a subscription I already have. We are riding down together and will split the cost of parking.
  9. One of the professors I am working with during my teaching practicum offered me an old textbook she had so I didn’t have to buy one. So kind!

Frugal Stumbles:

  1. We had to run some errands after I picked the kids up from the sitter yesterday. We decided to get Chick-Fil-A (within our budget) but opted for just a huge order of nuggets, a sandwich for the mister, and shared large fries to keep the cost lower.
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Slow Cooker Beef and Cabbage

I have seen recipes for unstuffed pepper soup or unstuffed cabbage roll stew and came up with this by ditching the things we hated and keeping the things we liked. This has only a pound of beef in it, but is still very filling. You can increase the salt if you want, but we don’t go crazy with the salt in this house.

This is low-carb and gluten free.

Cost estimate:

Beef or bison: $3 for conventional and $6 for grass-fed organic

Cabbage: $0.50-1

Onion: $0.25-50

Celery:$0.10

Tomatoes: $1.50

Tomato Paste: $0.39

Flour/sugar/seasoning: $0.20

Total: $5.94-9.69

$0.99-$1.62 per serving

Slow Cooker Beef and Cabbage

Serves 6

1 lb. ground beef or bison (don’t go too lean, as this is your only source of fat). I get 85% lean.

1 small green cabbage, roughly cut into shreds

1 medium yellow onion, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

3 15-oz cans stewed tomatoes (or 2 cans stewed and 1 can fire roasted)

1 6 oz can tomato paste

1 TB flour (Use wheat flour or GF flour to make GF. Can also use oats.This is to just help thicken it.)

1 TB sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

Dump everything in a slow cooker and cook on low 8-10 hours or on high for 5-6 hours. Boom! You’re done!

 

40 Goals for 2017: Week 1

I’m keeping myself accountable this year by tracking my progress on my 40 Goals for 2017 every week. 

Week One

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. We’ll see where we are end of month.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. This will start in late May.
  3. Save $3000 for HVAC replacement. Not yet.
  4. Save $4000 towards the mister’s car replacement fund. Not yet.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. Not yet.
  6. Save $1800 for outdoor playset. Not yet.
  7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40thbirthday trip ($125/month). Not yet.
  8. Spend $500/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on entertainmentI spent $123.38 for groceries out of my $500/month budget this week.  I will get a $5 Ibotta rebate that will get tucked away and eventually added to my Roth IRA fund. Why bother fussing with those rebates? Just $5 per week adds up to $260 to add to my fund by the end of the year. That’s about 5% of what I need to save to max my Roth. I spent $15 at a restaurant Monday night. Saturday I see a show using tickets through a subscription I bought last year. I will have to pay for parking and lunch though-maybe $15?
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. I had an hour-long orientation session for a local organization that works with refugees and immigrants. We sponsor a child in Guinea through Plan USA, and have paid our $27 sponsorship fee for the month (I have been sponsoring since 1996, so my fee is lower than a new sponsor fee.)

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I have 8 portfolio submissions due by 1/9/17. I completed one on Monday, two on Tuesday, and two are planned for today. The remaining three will be done this weekend on Saturday/Sunday. I submitted three required documents for my practicum and followed up with two preceptors whot still need to sign and submit the agreements. I talked with one preceptor for 30 minutes on Monday to discuss my goals for my onsite teaching experience and I have good footing to start preparing for that teaching experience. I completed one homework submission on Tuesday and have one planned for today. I will do the third, fourth, and fifth over the next two days,since I need to focus on my portfolio this weekend. If I have to, I can finish homework on Monday that is due that night at midnight
  2. One date per month with the mister. No dates this week!
  3. Read 1 book/month. I put a few things on hold on the digital library app, but I have no time to read between homework and my portfolio.
  4. Monthly me-time with friends. I met my two fellow Girl Scout troop leaders at a local place for drinks to plan some meetings and kvetch. I’m seeing A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Saturday and will lunch with a friend beforehand. Monthly outing with friends: check!
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. This is going to be languishing until late spring.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. It’s still in its container. My Aunt Judy gave me scrap fabric to practice with for Christmas. No time this week.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. I am detoxing from the holidays. No cake and cookies for us.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily. I started keeping track on MyFitnessPal again.  I have hit it everyday this week so far.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. It starts the last week of January. No planning done yet.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. I played with the toddler on Sunday while the other two were occupied. I played Battleship with my son yesterday and am plotting some Easy Bake Oven time with the soon-to-be six-year-old before Saturday.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. These are hiding in the closet.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. There was a random roll of wrapping paper sitting in that mess and I put it in the gift bag tote in the basement. Does that count?
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. My son’s old coats were sitting on the pile and I sent them back to the closet. I went through a small stack of papers and shredded them..
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! We are using a free printable reward chart. At least she isn’t refusing to sit on the potty every time,but she is still going in her pull-up a few times a day.
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope.
  8. Plant front yard tree. It’s still winter.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet.
  10. Visit 6 different parks. Too cold!

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Not yet. School has the priority this week.
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. I got one post done this week. It’s been so long, I had to scramble around to find my login password!
  3. Purchase the virtual real estate for the other four sites I want to create. Not yet. Waiting for a sale.
  4. Incorporate as an LLC. I am putting this off until after my practicum.
  5. Explore affiliates for my sites. I signed up for Share a Sale but need to look at which ones to work with.
  6. Double my daily traffic for Frugal Stepping Stones. Not yet.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year. These are my most popular posts by far! I have the ideas for four more menus. Stay tuned mid-month for the first of those!
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. Not yet.

How are your goals going?