40 Goals For 2017: Week Sixteen

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

This post may contain referral/affiliate links.

Week Sixteen

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. I am thrilled to say the Mister is already nearing 100% with his 2017 Roth and is at $4500. I have $1000.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. The classes won’t start until the last week of May, but we have opted to do their summer fast track lessons.  The cost was $643 and half the amount we originally expected to spend. We cash-flowed this one. Boom!
  3. Save $3000 for HVAC replacement. This will be sitting in savings until next year, but we are also at 100% for this as well. Done!
  4. Save $4000 towards the mister’s car replacement fund. Not yet. We tend to build up and then dump every few months, so we’ll see how this looks at the end of summer.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. $264 in my Christmas savings so far.
  6. Save $1800 $3000? for outdoor play set.   We are thinking of talking with a landscaper to prep and get this done. We mulched, but we don’t want to cause drainage issues when we level out the curvy spots.
  7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). We have $113 from last year’s garage sale earnings that I put towards our vacation fund. I am not putting anything towards this until the play set is bought. The good news is that my friends and I will probably be staying rent-free at one of the ladies’ parents Florida condo for our big trip. Flight, car rental, and spending money will likely be all I need. I hope to use my credit card points to help with my flight.
  8. Spend $500/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on entertainment.  What’s new? I signed up with Platejoy.com to help me plan low-carb healthy meals within the macros I am striving to meet. This is my first week, so tuned tuned about how that is working for me. I hope to lose weight. I lost 20 pounds and kept it off, but PCOS makes it hard to do more. I know our grocery budget is going to increase in the short term, so I’m not pushing it too much. This will be my first week combining my planned meals, Kroger trip, and Green Bean Delivery.
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. We had two Girl Scout meetings this month so far. We will also be doing an Earth Day service project cleaning up a park tomorrow. I will be holding a meeting for local parents of twice exceptional children next week as well, which will put me  well over 5 hours. I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan. I also started donating $42/month to St. Jude’s every month for the next 12 month.  I almost didn’t get a clinical placement for my teaching practicum, and truly thought I would have to withdraw from school and try again in 10 weeks. I found one at the 11th hour and this was my pledge. Although I am a lapsed Catholic, I am way too superstitious to blow this off. Goal hit 4 of 12 months. 

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! As of tomorrow,I will have 9 weeks of homework to go! The last day of my program is July 3rd. Graduation is mid-August!
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We plan on using our Groupon for a local dinner/movie place at the end of the month. Our only cost will be the sitter.
  3. Read 1 book per month I am  still  working on Organizing Solutions for People With ADHD.  Homework has started again. This makes 6-going-on-7 books read out of 12.
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  At the end of this month I am traveling an hour to another city to hang out with my bestie for our birthdays.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week. I will schedule it in for July.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. Sunday is the next day I have open to sit and crochet.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen yet.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. No cakes planned until the summer.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.  I have hit it 5 out of 7 days this week. I
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer. No date set yet.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. The Little and I always have lots of quality time when the bigs are in school. Our 6 year old and I did some reading and a trip to Home Depot to pick out flowers, and my son and I played a game together.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. These are hiding in the closet. I am putting this off this until the summer
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. Done!
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. The clearing off I did is still intact and looking good.
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! The Toddler, or should I say the soon-to-be-Preschooler, has officially crossed over and is completely in underwear during the day. Even her night-time diapers have been dry 90% of the time. I have put off our monthly Subscribe and Save order of Huggies Pull-ups. This will save us $20-30/month. Success!
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though. This is a project I want to work on this week but I don’t know if it will make the cut.
  8. Plant front yard tree. We learned this week that if we let the old roots decompose for another year, it will be easier to plant the new tree in the same spot next year and require a smaller hole. Bonus: it will save us money this year. We will be filling in the area and planting a little grass instead. Deferred! New goal: weeding and mulching flower beds, improving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken), and fixing and painting the mailbox. Weeding and mulching has been done, and a few flowers bought. The mister replaced all outdoor lights this weekend. 
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. The taxes are done as of this weekend. Next on agenda is fixing a leak in the master bath so we are safe to finally drywall the ceiling. Once that is done we paint!
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  Spring is here! We tried two new parks so far. Two of six completed. 

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Not yet. Maybe next Monday?
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. Let’s be real, until my degree is done, this is on the backburner. I have posted on the Facebook page a few times though.
  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 master’s is complete.
  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. I haven’t hit it once this week, but I also haven’t been very active on other blogs that bring traffic. I gave myself permission to relax during my break.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet. Also on the agenda for the next two weeks.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year. Yikes! I am still procrastinating on this.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my master’sis complete.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

How are your goals going?

40 Goals For 2017: Week Fifteen

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

This post may contain referral/affiliate links.

Week Fourteen

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. My 2016 Roth funds have officially transferred. Now that we have everything settled and calculated, I am thrilled to say the Mister is already nearing 100% with his 2017 Roth and is at $4500. I have $750. Without having to pay grad school tuition, this will fill up faster this year! We won’t transfer anything over until the end of the year, when we have a good idea about what our income was and if we still qualified for a Roth. I am 99.5% certain we will, but I will be working a little more this year and hoping to pick up a teaching position as a second job once my degree confers. I can’t reliably predict my income.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. The classes won’t start until the last week of May, but we have opted to do their summer fast track lessons.  The cost was $643 and half the amount we originally expected to spend. We cash-flowed this one. Boom!
  3. Save $3000 for HVAC replacement. This will be sitting in savings until next year, but we are also at 100% for this as well. Done!
  4. Save $4000 towards the mister’s car replacement fund. Not yet.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. $264 in my Christmas savings so far.
  6. Save $1800 $3000? for outdoor play set.  This is back on. My FIL suggested that even if we move (and that is up in the air still) we could always break it down and bring it with us. I finished weeding flower beds and ordered mulch, which will be delivered soon. We have to level out part of the yard with extra mulch to get the play set to settle evenly, but we will be ordering it within the next week or two. News: it may cost more than $1800. The Mister doesn’t want to get one that will quickly degrade in a couple of seasons.
  7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). We have $113 from last year’s garage sale earnings that I put towards our vacation fund. I am not putting anything towards this until the play set is bought. The good news is that my friends and I will probably be staying rent-free at one of the ladies’ parents Florida condo for our big trip. Flight, car rental, and spending money will likely be all I need. I hope to use my credit card points to help with my flight.
  8. Spend $500/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on entertainment.  I am probably going to go over this month due to our twice yearly Sam’s haul, and the Mister is not on board with me skimping on the rest of the month to make it squeak by. After we have had Green Bean Delivery for 3 months, we will reevaluate our food budget to see if we need to raise it. Now that I am out of school, we are focusing on nutrition and organic foods more. I may have mentioned it before, but after changing to grass-fed meats and dairy and getting more Omega-3s in my diet, my lipids were normal for the first time in 20 years, and that includes the years I was a vegan and vegetarian. We spent about $40 on a family dinner out (with coupon) last week and $5 on a movie rental, and this week the kids enjoyed their Staycation with $40 and trips to Wendy’s and Chick Fil-A.
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. We had one Girl Scout meeting this month so far. We will have another meeting in a week and we will also be doing an Earth Day service project cleaning up a park. I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan. I also started donating $42/month to St. Jude’s every month for the next 12 month.  I almost didn’t get a clinical placement for my teaching practicum, and truly thought I would have to withdraw from school and try again in 10 weeks. I found one at the 11th hour and this was my pledge. Although I am a lapsed Catholic, I am way too superstitious to blow this off. Goal hit 3 of 12 months. 

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I am on break and I start my last 10 weeks on the 18th. The last day of my program is July 3rd! Graduation is mid-August!
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We plan on using our Groupon for a local dinner/movie place at the end of the month. Our only cost will be the sitter.
  3. Read 1 book per month I am  still on a roll. I finished Holly Madison’s The Vegas Diaries (it was OK) and am now working on Organizing Solutions for People With ADHD.  I will be honest, what I have read so far will be VERY helpful for our family. It’s kind of funny, because my engineer husband already figured out some of the exact solutions recommended for us, including the “never sort socks again by buying only one exact-matching brand of socks in both black and white, and dumping the same color socks into two halves of the same sock drawer”. This makes 6-going-on-7 books read out of 12.
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  At the end of this month I am traveling an hour to another city to hang out with my bestie for our birthdays.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week. I will schedule it in for July. I did just receive the copy of the nursing textbook I helped write, however. *cue excited dancing* 
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. I crocheted about 6 more inches of it yesterday, when it was raining and stormy, and we had an “indoor”day.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen yet. I was in a nice groove with my afghan. I am moving this to Friday.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. We are making rice krispie treats with Lucky Charms again and molding them into Easter Eggs for our contribution to Easter Lunch this week.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.  I have hit it 7 out of 7 days this week. I have been keeping this glass water bottle  on my desk. It holds 22 ounces, so I am drinking my normal 4 cups of tea a day and 2 of these bottles to hit my quota.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer. No date set yet.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. The Little and I always have lots of quality time when the bigs are in school. Our 6 year old and I pulled weeds together again this week and the Boy and I did some gaming.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. These are hiding in the closet. I am putting this off this until the summer
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. We plan on making the girls’ combined birthday present a fish tank. The fish tank is on the counter and the Mister is getting it ready for a fish still. The water needs prep for several weeks now that it is clean. Done!
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. The clearing off I did is still intact and looking good. I will work on this more this weekend-maybe.
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! The Toddler, or should I say the soon-to-be-Preschooler, has officially crossed over and is completely in underwear during the day. Even her night-time diapers have been dry 90% of the time. I have put off our monthly Subscribe and Save order of Huggies Pull-ups. This will save us $20-30/month. Success!
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though. This is a project I want to work on this week but I don’t know if it will make the cut.
  8. Plant front yard tree. We learned this week that if we let the old roots decompose for another year, it will be easier to plant the new tree in the same spot next year and require a smaller hole. Bonus: it will save us money this year. We will be filling in the area and planting a little grass instead. Deferred! New goal: weeding and mulching flower beds, improving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken), and fixing and painting the mailbox. The weeding is complete, we are waiting on the mulch to be delivered, and the lights have come in. I am in the process of ordering flowers and may stop at Lowe’s Friday to get the $1 annuals.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. The taxes are done as of this weekend. Next on agenda is fixing a leak in the master bath so we are safe to finally drywall the ceiling. Once that is done we paint!
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  Spring is here! We tried two new parks so far. Two of six completed. 

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Not yet. Maybe next Monday?
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. This is on the agenda for 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 master’s is complete.
  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. I haven’t hit it once this week, but I also haven’t been very active on other blogs that bring traffic, thanks to practicum hell.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet. Also on the agenda for the next two weeks.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year. I am planning this for next week.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my master’sis complete.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

How are your goals going?

40 Goals for 2017: Week 14

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

This post may contain referral/affiliate links.

Week Fourteen

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. We just finished taxes last night but haven’t discussed where we are yet. I will transfer my 2016 Roth funds over in a few days. More next week on how 2017 looks!
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. The classes won’t start until the last week of May, but we have opted to do their summer fast track lessons.  The cost was $643 and half the amount we originally expected to spend. We cash-flowed this one. Boom!
  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. $264 in the Christmas savings so far.
  6. Save $1800 $3000? for outdoor play set.  This is back on. My FIL suggested that even if we move (and that is up in the air still) we could always break it down and bring it with us. This week I am weeding flower beds and ordering mulch. We have to level out part of the yard with extra mulch to get the play set to settle evenly, but we will be ordering it within the next week or two. News: it may cost more than $1800. The Mister doesn’t want to get one that will quickly degrade in a couple of seasons.
  7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). We have $113 from last year’s garage sale earnings that I put towards our vacation fund. I am not putting anything towards this until the play set is bought. The good news is that my friends and I will probably be staying rent-free at one of the ladies’ parents Florida condo for our big trip. Flight, car rental, and spending money will likely be all I need.
  8. Spend $500/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on entertainment. March was a 5-week month and I budgeted $625. I spent $638 last month, which is slightly over. I am probably going to go over this month due to our twice yearly Sam’s haul, and the Mister is not on board with me skimping on the rest of the month to make it squeak by. After we have had Green Bean for 3 months,we will reevaluate our food budget to see if we need to raise it.Now that I am out of school, we are focusing on nutrition and organic foods more. I may have mentioned it before, but after changing to grass-fed meats and dairy and getting more Omega-3s in my diet, my lipids were normal for the first time in 20 years,and that includes the years I was a vegan and vegetarian. We spent about $40 on a family dinner out (with coupon) last night and $5 on a movie rental.
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. We had one Girl Scout meeting this month so far. We will have another meeting in a week and we will also be doing an Earth Day service project cleaning up a park. I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan. I also started donating $42/month to St. Jude’s every month for the next 12 month.  I almost didn’t get a clinical placement for my teaching practicum, and truly thought I would have to withdraw from school and try again in 10 weeks. I found one at the 11th hour and this was my pledge. Although I am a lapsed Catholic, I am way too superstitious to blow this off. Goal hit 3 of 12 months. 

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I am on break and I start my last 10 weeks on the 18th. The last day of my program is July 3rd!
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We plan on using our Groupon for a local dinner/movie place at the end of the month. Our only cost will be the sitter.
  3. Read 1 book per month I am on a roll and finished Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia a few days ago. I loved it. Not only that, but I started and finished the book Dyslexia Advocate in 24 hours last Wednesday/Thursday to prepare before a school meeting. If you have a child with dyslexia, I highly recommend it. I am already 60% of the way through a more fluffy book, Holly Madison’s The Vegas Diaries. I got it through the Ohio Digital Library. It’s OK- let’s just say I’m glad I didn’t pay for it, because if you read the first book, it doesn’t really do more than expand a little on what was already covered in the 2nd half of that book. This makes 5-going-on-6 books read out of 12.
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  At the end of this month I am traveling an hour to another city to hang out with my bestie for our birthdays.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week. I will schedule it in for July.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. I ended up running a lot of errands on my days off this week and haven’t touched it. It’s next to my chair, though, so I might do some tonight. On the bright side, I got all of the paperwork completed, including the bits signed by the doctor, to register our youngest for preschool in the fall!
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen last week, but planning on Tuesday!
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. We are making rice krispie treats with Lucky Charms again and molding them into Easter Eggs for our contribution to Easter Lunch this week.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.  I have hit it 7 out of 7 days this week. I have been keeping this glass water bottle  on my desk. It holds 22 ounces, so I am drinking my normal 4 cups of tea a day and 2 of these bottles to hit my quota.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer. No date set yet.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. The Little and I always have lots of quality time when the bigs are in school. Our 6 year old and I pulled weeds together last night and the Boy and I did some reading.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. These are hiding in the closet. I am putting this off this until the summer
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. We plan on making the girls’ combined birthday present a fish tank. The fish tank is on the counter and the Mister is getting it ready for a fish still. The water needs prep for several weeks now that it is clean.
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. The clearing off I did is still intact and looking good. I will work on this more over this next week.
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! The Toddler, or should I say the soon-to-be-Preschooler, has officially crossed over and is completely in underwear during the day. Even her night-time diapers have been dry 90% of the time. I have put off our monthly Subscribe and Save order of Huggies Pull-ups. This will save us $20-30/month. Success!
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though. This is a project I want to work on this week but I don’t know if it will make the cut.
  8. Plant front yard tree. We learned this week that if we let the old roots decompose for another year, it will be easier to plant the new tree in the same spot next year and require a smaller hole. Bonus: it will save us money this year. We will be filling in the area and planting a little grass instead. Deferred! New goal: weeding and mulching flower beds, improving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken), and fixing and painting the mailbox. We just ordered the new lights today and spent yesterday weeding.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. The taxes are done as of this weekend. Next on agenda is fixing a leak in the master bath so we are safe to finally drywall the ceiling. Once that is done we paint!
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  Spring is here! We tried a new park last weekend and yet another today! Two of six completed. 

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Not yet. I am plotting my schedule for week two of spring break and may add one of these.
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. This is on the agenda for 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 master’s is complete.
  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. I haven’t hit it once this week, but I also haven’t been very active on other blogs that bring traffic, thanks to practicum hell.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet. Also on the agenda for the next two weeks.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year. I am planning this for next week.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my master’sis complete.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

How are your goals going?

 

40 Goals for 2017: Week 13

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

This post may contain referral/affiliate links.

Week Thirteen

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. I have $750 in my fund but I haven’t closed out March yet and expect to transfer more. The mister has $1000 but hasn’t transferred the extra over and won’t do so until taxes are done.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. The classes won’t start until the last week of May, but we have opted to do their summer fast track lessons. They are held in two-week sessions of 4 times a week lessons each summer. We decided to get two two-week sessions and are basically having lessons 4 times a week through the month of June. This leaves the rest of the summer open. The cost was $643 and half the amount we originally expected to spend. We cash-flowed this one.
  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. I transferred $88 to my savings fund in January and February. I have $176. I plan to save $88/month for this. I will transfer $88 again when I do my March close-out.
  6. Save $1800 for outdoor playset.  This is back on. My FIL suggested that even if we move (and that is up in the air still) we could always break it down and bring it with us. Nothing yet. We will probably order it after taxes are done, because the Mister wants to do one big project at a time.
  7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). We have $113 from last year’s garage sale earnings that I put towards our vacation fund. I have picked up extra hours the last two weeks of this month, and I have a little surplus,but I’ll see where I am for sure by next week.
  8. Spend $500/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on entertainment. March was a 5-week month and I budgeted $625. I spent $638 last month, which is slightly over. We just vastly increased our amount of organic produce, dairy, and meats through Green Bean delivery so I’m not sure if we need to inch up the budget more or not.  I spent about $80 on entertainment.
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week! I have two weeks off starting today and this is on my agenda.
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. We had two Girl Scout meetings this month. I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan. I also started donating $42/month to St. Jude’s every month for the next 12 month.  I almost didn’t get a clinical placement for my teaching practicum, and truly thought I would have to withdraw from school and try again in 10 weeks. I found one at the 11th hour and this was my pledge. Although I am a lapsed Catholic, I am way too superstitious to blow this off.

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I turned in my last project today. I will now have 2 weeks off before I do my last 10 weeks. The last day of my program is July 3rd!
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We hired a sitter and celebrated our birthdays at our favorite local foodie joint.
  3. Read 1 book per month I just finished Prairie Tale by Melissa Gilbert last week. I am on a roll thanks to my reduced homework load this week and am already 75% of the way through Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia. If you loved Downton Abbey, you may enjoy his novels, as he is the writer of the entire series. I borrowed this book from the library and it is definitely pushing all of my Downton Abbey buttons. I have already added his other novels to my digital library wish list.
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  The Girl and I saw Beauty and the Beast this month with the half-price tickets I scored on Atom and last Friday I am went out with a couple girls from work for a nice kvetching session. This afternoon the kids and I had a family lunch with my mother, aunts, a cousin, my sisters, SIL,and niece. Next month I am seeing Matilda the Musical and am traveling an hour to another city to hang out with my bestie for our birthdays.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week. I will schedule it in for July.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. It’s April 1st! I need to pull it out and have it ready tomorrow. I work 3 days this week and 1.5 days on the kids’ spring break the week after, so I should have plenty of time to crochet. I anticipate a little TV catch-up time and crocheting when the big kids are both in school in the morning and the little is playing.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. It’s still in its container but I am penciling it in for this week. My big goal is to set it up on Monday and learn how to work a few of the simple settings using scrap fabric from my Aunt Judy.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. We made rice krispie treats for the Mister’s birthday this month. I gained back 5 pounds of the 20 I lost during my practicum so I’m calling a moratorium on this for at least a couple months. I am off Monday and Friday and plan to take the little to the YMCA so I can hit the elliptical machines or take a Zumba class.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.  I have hit it 7 out of 7 days this week. I have been keeping this glass water bottle  on my desk. It holds 22 ounces, so I am drinking my normal 4 cups of tea a day and 2 of these bottles to hit my quota.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer. We are all set for summer camp right now (our older kids will do 2-3 weeks each,  computer programming and 3-day cub scout camp for the boy, art for the girl, and a combined week of outdoor park camp for both), and have an inkling about when the schedule allows.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. The Little and I always have lots of quality time when the bigs are in school. Our 6 year old and I worked on her Goldieblox. I read a chapter of a book out loud to The Boy before bed several times.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. These are hiding in the closet. I donated some of them to a little boy moving here from the Philippines who is being treated at the local children’s hospital. Our 6 years old needed new shoes and decided she loved her brother’s gently used Star Wars shoes and the worn-only-once black hiking boots. I might work on this during spring break.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. We plan on making the girls’ combined birthday present a fish tank. The fish tank is on the counter and the Mister is getting it ready for a fish still. The water needs prep for several weeks now that it is clean.
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. The clearing off I did is still intact and looking good. I will work on this more over these next two weeks.
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! The Toddler, or should I say the soon-to-be-Preschooler, has officially crossed over and is completely in underwear during the day. She is having an accident maybe once a week at most. I no longer remind her to go every hour and she has been managing fine.I was even comfortable taking her to the Olive Garden without a pull-up today, and there were no accidents. Even her night-time diapers have been dry 90% of the time. I have put off our monthly Subscribe and Save order of Huggies Pull-ups. This will save us $20-30/month!
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though. This is a project I want to work on this coming Friday.
  8. Plant front yard tree. Spring is officially here, so we need to start thinking about this. We are thinking of a small Japanese Maple. Again,another larger project the Mister won’t think about until after taxes.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. We will need to repaint the ceiling when the ceiling is repaired, so we are talking about just painting the living room, which has never been painted since we moved in 12 years ago, the half bath, and the master bedroom. The ceiling won’t be repaired until the Mister fixes the master bath shower, which – well, who knows when that will happen…Probably after taxes. At least it’s covered well enough that the casual eye can’t see a big hole.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  Spring is here! I have a couple places on my list to try. We will hit one on Spring Break for sure. Let’s hope Mother Nature doesn’t send us a week’s worth of rain.

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Not yet. I am plotting my schedule for week two of spring break and may add one of these.
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. This is on the agenda for this week!
  3. Purchase the virtual real estate for the other four sites I want to create. Not yet. Waiting for a sale. I may do this during this coming week.
  4. Incorporate as an LLC. I am putting this off until after my master’s is complete.
  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. I haven’t hit it once this week, but I also haven’t been very active on other blogs that bring traffic, thanks to practicum hell.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet. Also on the agenda for the next two weeks.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year. I am planning this for next week.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my master’sis complete.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

How are your goals going?

 

40 Goals for 2017: Weeks 11 & 12

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

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Weeks Eleven and Twelve

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. I have $500 in my fund. The mister has $1000. The goal is for him to add $1000 every month until the 2017 fund is full, and then use that towards the HVAC, car replacement, play set, and extra savings. I am working 4 days this week and next, so we shall see if I can squeeze $460 out of that.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. This will start in late May. I will be working more then and should be able to easily cash flow this.
  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. I transferred $88 to my savings fund in January and February. I have $176. I plan to save $88/month for this.
  6. Save $1800 for outdoor playset.  This is back on. My FIL suggested that even if we move (and that is up in the air still) we could always break it down and bring it with us. Nothing yet. We will probably order it soon.
  7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). We have $113 from last year’s garage sale earnings that I put towards our vacation fund. I have picked up extra hours the last two weeks of this month, so we’ll see where we are in 10 days.
  8. Spend $500/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on entertainment. I spent $489 so far this month and have $135 left to spend this weekend, since it’s a 5 week month.
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. We had two Girl Scout meetings this month. I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan. I also started donating $42/month to St. Jude’s every month for the next 12 month.  I almost didn’t get a clinical placement for my teaching practicum, and truly thought I would have to withdraw from school and try again in 10 weeks. I found one at the 11th hour and this was my pledge. Although I am a lapsed Catholic, I am way too superstitious to blow this off.

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I have completed my project and my three teaching practicum experiences. In 10 days, I will have to turn in a 20 slide Powerpoint presentation about my project, including an audio narrative, but it shouldn’t be too bad. I will then have 2 weeks off before I do my last 10 weeks.
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We have a sitter scheduled for Saturday night to go celebrate our birthdays at our favorite local foodie joint.
  3. Read 1 book per month I just finished Prairie Tale by Melissa Gilbert today. I was a HUGE Little House fan when I was younger, both the books and the show, and even tried to make my own hoop skirts (fail). This book started off slow and I wasn’t sure I would finish it, but then it became very interesting. I had no idea she hung out with the Brat Pack in the 80s and dated Rob Lowe- but of course in 1985 I was only 7 and I was way more interested in Scooby Doo than Judd Nelson and Emilio Estevez. There are more tales of naughty sex, drunken brawls, and cocaine use than I was expecting. Total books read this year: 3.
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  The Girl and I saw Beauty and the Beast last Friday with the half-price tickets I scored on Atom. It was awesome! Tomorrow night I am going out with a couple girls from work tomorrow night for a nice kvetching session.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week. This will probably happen when I am done with my master’s.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. This is going to be languishing until April 1st. I need to pull it out and have it ready though. I’m hoping I put the afghan book with the pattern in the bag with the half-finished afghan. It’s been so long I don’t remember!
  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. I have Girl Scout patches that need to be sewn on, but those will have to wait. Maybe early April?
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. We made rice krispie treats for the Mister’s birthday. I gained back 5 pounds of the 20 I lost during my practicum so I’m calling a moratorium on this for at least a couple months.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.  I have hit it 7 out of 7 days this week. It helps that I am no longer teaching OB clinicals.  I got this glass water bottle to sit on my desk and it has upped my game. It holds 22 ounces, so I am drinking my normal 4 cups of tea a day and 2 of these bottles to hit my quota. It has a ceramic cap that is held on my silicone. We are phasing plastic out of our lives and as much as possible and I am known to be a total klutz, having spilled things on my work desk and laptop numerous times, so a cap is a must.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer. We are all set for summer camp right now (our older kids will do 2-3 weeks each,  computer programming and 3-day cub scout camp for the boy, art for the girl, and a combined week of outdoor park camp for both).
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. The Little and I have had lots of quality time this week.We shopped at Target yesterday and came home and I was her patient while she played doctor. Our 6 year old and I went to Girl Scouts together and had a date night seeing Beauty and the Beast. This was the first time she made it through an entire movie. I read a chapter of a book out loud to The Boy last night before bed.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. These are hiding in the closet. I will see how my last classes are as far as work, and may work on this in April/May.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. We plan on making the girls’ combined birthday present a fish tank. The fish tank is on the counter and the Mister is getting it ready for a fish still. It really needed a deep cleaning.
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. The clearing off I did is still intact and looking good. I have a little more to do, but this will wait until my 2 week break starts.
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! The Toddler has made huge strides the past two weeks. She as been wearing underwear every day and is starting to independently go to the potty without reminders, at least at home. The sitter still prompts her, but she has been staying dry and earned the right to pick out new undies at Target yesterday. Our Huggies shipment came in from Amazon this week and we noticed we still have one and a half boxes of pull-ups left in the basement still. We had no idea how many we were using before this. Now she wears one for naps, night time,and trips longer than an hour,though she stayed dry the entire time we were at the kindergarten book fair and Target trip yesterday, a total of 3 hours. I am hopeful she will be ready for preschool in the fall.
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though. This is another project I want to work on during Spring Break.
  8. Plant front yard tree. Spring is officially here, so we need to start thinking about this. We are thinking of a small Japanese Maple.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. We will need to repaint the ceiling when the ceiling is repaired, so we are talking about just painting the living room, which has never been painted since we moved in 12 years ago, the half bath, and the master bedroom. The ceiling won’t be repaired until the Mister fixes the mater bath shower, which may happen this weekend.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  It’s going to warm up soon, so I am starting to make plans. I have a couple places on my list. We will hit one on Spring Break for sure.

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. It’s probably unrealistic to expect to do anything extra until my practicum is fully done. That means 10 days more, however!
  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. I haven’t hit it once this week.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year. I am planning this for early April.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my practicum.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed.

How are your goals going?

 


40 Goals for 2017: Week 10

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

This post may contain referral/affiliate links.

Week Ten

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. I have $500 in my fund. The mister has $1000. The goal is for him to add $1000 every month until the 2017 fund is full, and then use that towards the HVAC, car replacement, play set, and extra savings. When I pick up more shifts this month and next, I want to save $460/month for this.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. This will start in late May. I will be working more then and should be able to easily cash flow this.
  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. I transferred $88 to my savings fund in January and February. I have $176. I plan to save $88/month for this.
  6. Save $1800 for outdoor playset.  This is back on. My FIL suggested that even if we move (and that is up in the air still) we could always break it down and bring it with us. Nothing yet. We will probably order it soon.
  7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). We have $113 from last year’s garage sale earnings that I put towards our vacation fund. I have picked up extra hours the last two weeks of this month, so we’ll see where we are.
  8. Spend $500/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on entertainment. I spent $457.85 in February, and spent $132.59 for this past week.   I got $0.75 back from Ibotta.  This is a five-week month, so my budget is $625. My sister and I had lunch yesterday at a little vegetarian bistro for $15.
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. We had a Girl Scout meetings this month. I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan.

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I am basically working 7 days a week now. I am still doing a lot of grading and have a huge course rewrite project to finish. Is it April yet?  I won’t catch a breather until then.
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We have a sitter scheduled at the end of the month for a date.
  3. Read 1 book per month– We had to drive 90 minutes away and back on Saturday and I had time to read while the Mister drove. Debbie Reynolds’ memoir Unsinkable was available on the Ohio Digital Library, and I was able to finish it. It was a hoot! I love old movies, so it was fun to hear all the behind the scenes dish about the filming and the actors. And yes, there are some juicy bits, like the time she thought her 3rd husband was trying to murder her and she crawled to the top shelf of her closet and hid behind the luggage. Worth the read!
  4. Monthly me-time with friends. I have tickets to see Mamma Mia on the 11th, but I’m not going. I have too much work to do, so I am donating my ticket to charity. I did have a quick lunch with my sister yesterday when I had to drive an hour south for a medical appointment, hit two pharmacies, and drop off Girl Scout cookies.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week. This will probably happen when I am done with my master’s.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. This is going to be languishing until April.
  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. I have Girl Scout patches that need to be sewn on, but those will have to wait.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. The mister and I have birthdays in March,  but I won’t be icing a fancy cake. Instead, I’ll be making our favorite Tuxedo Cake on Friday when the kids are off school. Think of it as a giant Ding Dong. I’m thinking of doing some shamrock or flower sugar cookies with royal icing to work on those skills this month though. 
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.  I have hit it 6 out of 7 days this week.  Better than last week!
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. Since my work this week is grading, grading, grading, and course writing, I can avoid this. As an aside, grading big long papers for dozens of students takes forever.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer. We are all set for summer camp right now (our older kids will do 2-3 weeks each,  computer programming and 3-day cub scout camp for the boy, art for the girl, and a combined week of outdoor park camp for both).
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. The Little and I have had lots of quality time while the big kids were in school. The Boy and the Mister worked on soap carving and knife skills with Cub Scouts this past week. Our 6 year old and I played a game 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. The fish tank is on the counter and the Mister is getting it ready for a fish.
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. The clearing off I did is still intact and looking good. There are a couple more things on top to store away, but it looks good.
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! The Toddler has been waking up dry most mornings and had gotten herself to the potty a few times without help. Now that’sit’swarming up, we hope to let her play outside without a pull-up to get her used to using the potty.
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though.
  8. Plant front yard tree. It’s still winter, but spring seems to be coming early. This may be happening in 2 months.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. We will need to repaint the ceiling when the ceiling is repaired, so we are talking about just painting the living room, which has never been painted since we moved in 12 years ago, the half bath, and the master bedroom.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  It’s going to warm up soon, so I am starting to make plans. I have a couple places on my list. We will hit one on Spring Break for sure.

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. It’s probably unrealistic to expect to do anything extra until my practicum is fully done. I am committed seven days a week and am coasting on fumes and caffeine. 
  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. I haven’t hit it once this week.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year. I am barely treading water right now. I finish two of my practicum sites around March 7th, and my OB site on March 10th. I still have to do a week of grading and massive project work on top of class work. The project will stress me out until the end of the month.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my practicum.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed.

How are your goals going?

 

40 Goals for 2017: Week 9

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

This post may contain referral/affiliate links.

Week Nine

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. I have $500 in my fund. The mister has $1000. The goal is for him to add $1000 every month until the 2017 fund is full, and then use that towards the HVAC, car replacement, play set, and extra savings. When I pick up more shifts this month and next, I want to save $460/month for this.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. This will start in late May. I will be working more then and should be able to easily cash flow this.
  3. Save $3000 for HVAC replacement. Not yet.
  4. Save $4000 towards the mister’s car replacement fund. Not yet. Waiting to see the fallout from the ceiling repair, which will probably happen early March. Right now we have it covered up.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. I transferred $88 to my savings fund in January and February. I have $176. I plan to save $88/month for this.
  6. Save $1800 for outdoor playset.  This is back on. My FIL suggested that even if we move (and that is up in the air still) we could always break it down and bring it with us. Nothing yet.
  7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). We have $113 from last year’s garage sale earnings that I put towards our vacation fund. This month I am knee-deep in my practicum and have cut my hours. I may have no bandwidth to do extra saving until next month.
  8. Spend $500/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on entertainment. I spent $457.85 in February, and spent $138.84 for this first week of March.   I got $0.75 back from Ibotta.  This is a five-week month, so my budget is $625. We will spend money on Chick-Fil-A tonight, since it’s the last night of the class I am teaching and I’m bringing it for a carry-in.
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. We will have two Girl Scout meetings this month. I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan.

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I am basically working 7 days a week now. By this time next week, I will be done with three of my four practicum experiences. At most, I may have a little grading to catch up on.
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We have a sitter scheduled at the end of the month for a date.
  3. Read 1 book per month– I am 50% of the way through The Rule of Benedict. I have had so much grading to do that I haven’t made any progress.
  4. Monthly me-time with friends. I have tickets to see Mamma Mia on the 11th, and I am having dinner with a couple girls from work one night soon.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week. This will probably happen when I am done with my master’s.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. This is going to be languishing until April.
  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. I have Girl Scout patches that need to be sewn on, but those will have to wait.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. The mister and I have birthdays in March,  but I won’t be icing a fancy cake. Instead, I’ll be making our favorite Tuxedo Cake. Think of it as a giant Ding Dong. I’m thinking of doing some shamrock or flower sugar cookies with royal icing to work on those skills this month though. 
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.  I have hit it 4 out of 7 days this week.  Not a great week.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. This week = fail!

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer. We are figuring out summer camp right now (our older kids will do 1-2 weeks each, probably computer programming and cub scout camp for the boy, art for the girl, and a combined week of outdoor park camp for both).
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. The Little and I have had lots of quality time while the big kids were in school. The Boy and the Mister worked on soap carving and knife skills with Cub Scouts this past week. Our 6 year old and I played a game 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. The fish tank is on the counter and the Mister is getting it ready for a fish.
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. The clearing off I did is still intact and looking good. There are a couple more things on top to store away, but it looks good.
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! The Toddler has been waking up dry most mornings and had gotten herself to the potty a few times without help.
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though.
  8. Plant front yard tree. It’s still winter, but spring seems to be coming early. This may be happening in 2 months.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. We will need to repaint the ceiling when the ceiling is repaired, so we are talking about just painting the living room, which has never been painted since we moved in 12 years ago, the half bath, and the master bedroom.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  It’s going to warm up soon, so I am starting to make plans. I have a couple places on my list. We will hit one on Spring Break for sure.

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. It’s probably unrealistic to expect to do anything extra in February. I am committed seven days a week and am coasting on fumes and caffeine. 
  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. I haven’t hit it once this week.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year. I am barely treading water right now. I finish two of my practicum sites around March 7th, and my OB site on March 10th. I am shooting for after that point.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my practicum.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed.

How are your goals going?

 

40 Goals For 2017: Week 8

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

This post may contain referral/affiliate links.

Week Eight

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. I have $250 in my fund. The mister has $1000. The goal is for him to do this every month until the 2017 fund is full, and then use that towards the HVAC, car replacement, play set, and extra savings. I expect to add only $250 to mine this month, but once end of March/early April rolls around and I pick up more shifts, I want to save $460/month for this.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. This will start in late May. I will be working more then and should be able to easily cash flow this.
  3. Save $3000 for HVAC replacement. Not yet.
  4. Save $4000 towards the mister’s car replacement fund. Not yet. Waiting to see the fallout from the ceiling repair, which will probably happen early March. Right now we have it covered up. We were all sick this past weekend, so the toilet replacement is happening today.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. I transferred $88 to my savings fund in January. I plan to do the same at the end of this month.
  6. Save $1800 for outdoor playset.  This is back on. My FIL suggested that even if we move (and that is up in the air still) we could always break it down and bring it with us.
  7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). We have $113 from last year’s garage sale earnings that I put towards our vacation fund. This month I am knee-deep in my practicum and have cut my hours. I may not have the bandwidth to do extra saving.
  8. Spend $500/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on entertainment. I spent $135.45 on groceries out of my $500/month budget this week, and spent $457.85 for the month.   I got $2.95 back from Ibotta.  As far as entertainment, had a date night at Olive Garden and used a gift card for part of it, spending another$20 on dinner. We are at $105 for the month.
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. We had two Girl Scout meetings this month, so 5 hours have been completed. I have donated $52 to charity this month, so that goal is met.

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I am basically working 7 days a week now. This week is more teaching in the classroom and at the hospital and lots of grading papers.
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We went to the Olive Garden on Saturday. We were going to see a movie, but everyone was coming down with a cold and we went home and turned in early instead.
  3. Read 1 book per month– I am 50% of the way through The Rule of Benedict. I have this story idea and am getting some really good information about not only how a monastery is designed, but also in understanding the motivations of the people who may be living there. The Kane Chronicles is finally available to me on the digital library app, so I am reading that next. I haven’t had much time to read this week, so I haven’t made much progress.
  4. Monthly me-time with friends. My friend Jen and I love theater, and we’re seeing Something Rotten on Saturday.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week. This will probably happen when I am done with my master’s.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. This is going to be languishing until April.
  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. I have Girl Scout patches that need to be sewn on, but those will have to wait.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. The mister and I have birthdays in March,  but I won’t be icing a fancy cake. Instead, I’ll be making our favorite Tuxedo Cake. Think of it as a giant Ding Dong. I’m thinking of doing some shamrock or flower sugar cookies with royal icing to work on those skills this month though. 
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.  I have hit it 6 out of 7 days this week.  I’m still not getting enough on the days I teach at the hospital.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. Last week I hit Wendy’s and got a Coke again. I have two to three long Fridays of teaching left and, well, it’s helping me survive.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer. We are figuring out summer camp right now (our older kids will do 1-2 weeks each, probably computer programming and cub scout camp for the boy, art for the girl, and a combined week of outdoor park camp for both).
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. The Little and I went to the park yesterday because it was a balmy 65 in February! The Boy and the Mister worked on his Pinewood Derby car for Cub Scouts this past week and our 6 year old and I did some reading together.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. These are hiding in the closet. Our sitter heard of a family that is moving here from the Philippines so their son can get treatment at the local children’s hospital. They will need furniture and winter clothes, and I am donating our son’s winter 18m-2T clothes and his 18M winter coat to them.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. We plan on making the girls’ combined birthday present a fish tank. I tackled this and cleared it off yesterday, and our kindergartener dusted it.
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. The clearing off I did is still intact and looking good.
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! We are using a free printable reward chart. Our youngest has been keeping dry pretty often during the day but still has daily accidents. She has been waking up dry pretty frequently though! No changes here.
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though.
  8. Plant front yard tree. It’s still winter, but spring seems to be coming early. This may be happening in 2 months.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. We will need to repaint the ceiling when the ceiling is repaired, so we are talking about just painting the living room, which has never been painted since we moved in 12 years ago, the half bath, and the master bedroom.
  10. Visit 6 different parks. The Little and I hit the neighborhood playground yesterday. It’s going to warm up soon, so I am starting to make plans.

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. It’s probably unrealistic to expect to do anything extra in February. I am committed seven days a week and am coasting on fumes and caffeine. 
  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. I haven’t hit it once this week.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year. I am barely treading water right now. I finish two of my practicum sites around March 7th, and my OB site on March 10th. I am shooting for after that point.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my practicum.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed.

How are your goals going?

 

40 Goals for 2017: Week 7

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

This post may contain referral/affiliate links.

Week Seven

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. I have $250 in my fund. The mister has $1000. I expect to add only $250 to mine this month.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. This will start in late May. I will be working more then and should be able to easily cash flow this.
  3. Save $3000 for HVAC replacement. Not yet.
  4. Save $4000 towards the mister’s car replacement fund. Not yet. Waiting to see the fallout from the ceiling repair, which will probably happen late February or early March. Right now we have it covered up. The mister will replace the toilet Monday when he is off work, and then we will call a contractor for an estimate.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. I transferred $88 to my savings fund in January. I plan to do the same at the end of this month.
  6. Save $1800 for outdoor playset.  We’re talking about moving to make sure we have space in case family needs to move in with us. We’re shelving this for the moment until we have a better idea of what we will do.
  7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). We have $113 from last year’s garage sale earnings that I put towards our vacation fund. This month I am knee-deep in my practicum and have cut my hours. I may not have the bandwidth to do extra saving.
  8. Spend $500/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on entertainment. I spent $74.68 for groceries out of my $500/month budget this week, for a total of $322.40 so far.   I didn’t get any rebates from my rebate apps.  As far as entertainment, we spent $16 on donuts for our kindergartener’s birthday treat and $20 at Wendy’s. That’s $85 spent this month so far.
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. We had a Girl Scout meeting last week:  2.5 hours completed. I have donated $52 to charity this month, so that goal is met.

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I am basically working 7 days a week now. I did a lot of grading this week, hours of research for the course I am helping to rewrite, will teach Population Health for 4 hours tomorrow, and head out to teach students on the OB unit Friday for 5-6 hours.  I had two pieces of homework due by Saturday and I already completed them.
  2. Date night with the husband once per month  I have a Groupon for this movie/fine dining place, and we hoped to use it Saturday, but the only movie playing is Newsies the Musical- bleh! We have a sitter scheduled for the evening, so our alternative is to see a cheapie dollar movie and use our gift card to Olive Garden. We want to see Hidden Figures, so we may use our Fandango gift cards if it’s not at the cheapies yet.
  3. Read 1 book per month– I am 50% of the way through The Rule of Benedict. I have this story idea and am getting some really good information about not only how a monastery is designed, but also in understanding the motivations of the people who may be living there. The Kane Chronicles is finally available to me on the digital library app, so I am reading that next.
  4. Monthly me-time with friends. My friend Jen and I love theater, and we’re seeing Something Rotten at the end of February.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. This is going to be languishing until April.
  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 birthday party was Saturday. I just didn’t have time to ice the cake like I planned, so we printed some pictures instead.  I’m calling it a delicious cakewreck, lol. My girls didn’t care. It was all made from scratch, including the icing. 
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.  I have hit it 6 out of 7 days this week.  Clinical days are the worst, as I have no time to eat or drink when I am with my students. I am basically chugging water as soon as I get to my car.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. Last week I hit Wendy’s and got a Coke. I teach until 10-1015 the night before my OB clinicals, and it is an hour drive there and back. I really need the caffeine to stay alert behind the wheel. It’s not healthy, but I am bringing a small can to fuel after clinical this week. It’s left over from the party. We usually don’t have pop in our home.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer. We are figuring out summer camp right now (our older kids will do 1-2 weeks each, probably computer programming for the boy, art for the girl,and a combined week of outdoor park camp for both).
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. I plan on playing a board game with the boy tonight (Battleship). The girls and I have made art projects and done reading together. The toddler gets lots of 1:1 time when the big kids are in school. Lucky girl!
  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. This is piling up again.
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. The clearing off I did is still intact and looking good.
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! We are using a free printable reward chart. Our youngest has been keeping dry pretty often during the day but still has daily accidents. She has been waking up dry pretty frequently though!
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though.
  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. It’s probably unrealistic to expect to do anything extra in February. I am committed seven days a week and am coasting on fumes and caffeine.
  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. I haven’t hit it once this week.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year. I am barely treading water right now. I finish two of my practicum sites around March 7th, and my OB site on March 10th. I am shooting for after that point.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my practicum.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed.

How are your goals going?

 

40 Goals for 2017: Week 6

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

This post may contain referral/affiliate links.

Week Five

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. I have $250 in my fund. The mister has $1000.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. This will start in late May. I will be working more then and should be able to easily cash flow this.
  3. Save $3000 for HVAC replacement. Not yet.
  4. Save $4000 towards the mister’s car replacement fund. Not yet. Waiting to see the fallout from the ceiling repair, which will probably happen late February or early March. Right now we have it covered..
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. I transferred $88 to my savings fund in January.
  6. Save $1800 for outdoor playset.  We’re talking about moving to make sure we have space in case family needs to move in with us. 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 have $113 from last year’s garage sale earnings that I put towards our vacation fund. This month I am knee-deep in my practicum and have cut my hours. I may not have the bandwidth to do extra saving.
  8. Spend $500/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on entertainment. I spent $124.46 for groceries out of my $500/month budget this week.   I will get $4 in rebates from Checkout 51, Saving Star, and Ibotta that will get tucked away and eventually added to my Roth IRA fund.  As far as entertainment, I got McDonald’s twice this week for our son. The poorkid had a rough week. He had testing in another city for 6 hours on Monday, and it went way past schedule. We got out at 2:30 and had not eaten since 7:30 and were starving. Wednesday night he got sent to urgent care and we were there for 4 hours until almost 11 pm. We don’t feed the kids fast food very often, so it was a special treat. Luckily the kid is on a high-calorie diet, so the extra calories were a plus for him. That’s $49 for February entertainment so far.
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. We had a Girl Scout meeting this week and I prepped the craft for our Clover patch. We made bird feeders from empty water bottles, made Valentine’s cards, and read a book about recycling. The meeting went over a little bit, but the girls had a great time. Between prep time and meeting time, it was about 2.5 hours. I have donated my usual $27 to Plan USA and I donated $15 to my friend Kym’s Donors Choose account. Kym is an awesome teacher and is always coming up with new ways to engage her students in her classroom. I also donated $10 to my best friend’s Pelatonia ride. Over the past 7 years, she has raised almost $45K for cancer research this way.

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I am basically working 7 days a week now. I did a lot of grading this week, came up with some quiz questions for the course I am helping to rewrite, taught Population Health for 4 hours last night, and head out to teach students on the OB unit today.  I spend a lot of time preparing, but those hours don’t count towards my practicum hours. Thank God there is no homework due this week!
  2. Date night with the husband once per month  I have a Groupon for this movie/fine dining place, and we hope to use it this month. We have a sitter scheduled for the 18th. So far the movie place only lists Newsies as playing that day, and we both have zero desire to see that, so our alternative is to see a cheapie dollar movie and use our gift card to Olive Garden.
  3. Read 1 book per month– During my son’s appointment on Monday, I got some schoolwork done, but I also read 3 (free) magazines and got 25% of the way through The Rule of Benedict. I have this story idea and am getting some really good information about not only how a monastery is designed, but also in understanding the motivations of the people who may be living there.
  4. Monthly me-time with friends. My friend Jen and I love theater, and we’re seeing Something Rotten at the end of February. We are already excited about the shows that are coming next season, and HAMILTON in 2018. Squee! We will be buying the el cheapo matinee subscription again.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. This is going to be languishing until April.
  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 birthday party is tomorrow! I am going to stretch my icing skills by making an Octonauts cake. Cross your fingers that it doesn’t look like a Cakewreck.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.  I have hit it 5 out of 7 days this week. I I brought two bottles to class last night and was able to drink as I taught. Clinical days are rough because I am on the unit from 1130-5 and we don’t have a break. I can’t carry a bottle around with me, so all I can do is duck in and chug a cup once during the day. The life of a nurse!
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. I made it through last week without eating trash, but my son and I had McDonald’s twice after long medical appointments. Today I am bringing water, nuts, and string cheese to snack on after my clinical day.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. My son and I had a late lunch at Mickey D’s after his appointment. The toddler has gotten a lot of 1:1 time when her siblings are at school and I am not working. The 6 year old and I did an art project yesterday and we have been doing reading/alphabet time daily.
  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 will be doing an express clean tonight.
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. The clearing off I did is still intact and looking good.
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! We are using a free printable reward chart. Our youngest has been keeping dry pretty often during the day but still has daily accidents. She has been waking up dry pretty frequently though!
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though.
  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. It’s probably unrealistic to expect to do anything extra in February. I am committed seven days a week and am coasting on fumes and caffeine.
  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. I’ve hit it maybe one day this week.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year. I am barely treading water right now. I finish two of my practicum sites around March 7th, and my OB site on March 10th. I am shooting for after that point.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my practicum.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed.

How are your goals going?