Monday, January 26, 2015

Meal Plan Monday and Goals for the Week

Last week, my goals were to:
Clean my Closet
Clean my Craftroom and 
Organize 3 LEGO bins in the Builder's room

I got the closet cleaned and cleaned the big stuff in the craft room.  Apparently, some of the bricks in those three bins in The Builder's bedroom are KREO bricks and Megablok bricks, which are NOT allowed to be intermixed with the LEGOs.  So that didn't get done.

This week my goals are:
Visit as many people as possible on the Grow Your Blog Hop 
Begin organizing things on the shelves in Craft Room
Wash out the Filters and Canisters of Vacuum Cleaners
Organize and Create List of Passwords

My Meal Plan for the Week: 
Monday:  Red Pepper, Spinach and Chicken Sausage Pasta ~~ Never made it last week
Tuesday:  Fish Sandwiches and Homemade Steak Fries
Wednesday:   Crock Pot Veggie Soup
Thursday:   Salmon (don't know how yet) Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Veggie or Salad
Friday:   Crock Pot Vegetarian 3 bean Chili
Saturday:  Leftovers or Sandwiches or something from Pantry
Sunday:   Baked Potato and Salad Bar

What are Your goals for the week?

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog

Hello!  I'm participating in the Grow Your Blog hop that Vicky from 2 Bags Full is hosting this week!

Welcome to my "main" blog.  This is the blog where it all began for me.  I'm not going to lie to you, I began blogging back in the very beginning of 2011 because I knew that women were making money blogging. . . . . . somehow.  I was upset that we didn't have enough money to keep my kids in the Christian school that they attended. 

I didn't have a clue about blogging.  I truthfully don't even know why the word "blogging" popped into my head that day.  I think maybe I had seen some bloggers on Oprah. . . in passing. . . . I don't even think that I watched the show.  I think I was flipping channels, but for some reason when I needed to figure out how to make money from home that popped into my head.

  Everything that I read said that you had to have a "niche" to be successful.  The thing about niches is that it's only one specific thing and I like A LOT of different things.  I love cooking, sewing, kids' crafts, sharing my feelings, beauty, makeup, helping people, causes and charities, fitness, nutrition, DIY projects, decorating, reading. . . . . . .

I think you understand what I'm saying, right? 

I just couldn't narrow it down.  I love everything. 

I eventually began to make money on this little ol' blog, but it was taking a lot of my time and my family just wasn't on board  with that.  So, I took a break from blogging.  Now I'm back to blogging, but it's different now. 

Back in 2011 there were a lot of community get-togethers "just because."  I'll call them good old fashioned blog hops.  These were the blog hops when you would just link your blog, not a specific post.  You would go visit people, they would visit back.  It was fun.  I miss that.  So, I was hoping that this "Grow Your Blog" hop would be like that.  I'm excited to join in and meet some new people. 

If you have no idea where to start on my blog, I've chosen one post from each year that I enjoyed writing or that meant something special to me.  I was re-reading some of my posts yesterday and it's funny how young my kids were when I began and how quickly life goes by.  I read some of those posts and thought about how I really need to re-read those posts and put some of those things back into my heart again.


From 2011:  In 2011 this Wine Bottle Craft was popular
http://www.heartfeltbalancehandmadelife.com/2011/11/joy-christmas-table-decoration.html


From 2013:  You can see the adventure that some of my friends and I had in Punxsutawney for Groundhog's Day on my friend's birthday.


From 2015:  My Gratitude Jar

So, Welcome to my Blog!  I hope we can be friends.  I look forward to visiting with you!

 








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Friday, January 23, 2015

Awww, Mornings!

I'm not a morning person.  Never have been.  I'd rather stay up until 3:00 in the morning and wake up after 9:00.  Really, I figure I need about nine hours of sleep for optimum performance.  Of course getting nine hours of sleep would be darn near impossible.  

Yesterday I was so tired I actually poured a cup of water into the garbage can instead of the sink.  I'm not sure how many of you remember the post when I posted this picture. . . .
 
 Um, yeah.  That would be coffee in a bowl.  Instead of pouring the cereal into a bowl and the coffee into a coffee cup, this happened.  It happened in October 2011.  You can see it in my post entitled 
"Tired Much?"
So even 3 1/2 years later, waking up early every day during the school year, I'm not much better at this "morning person" thing.

Recently my son has begun getting up at 6:00 in the morning so that he can watch Netflix before school begins.  He has is own little morning ritual now.  Sometimes I come out and he has fallen back to sleep.  Usually on my way out of my room, I stop in Future Fashionista's room and try to get her up.  I poked around all of the blankets today trying to find her to wake her up and she wasn't there.  I had already checked the couch to see if The Builder was awake and didn't remember seeing her there.  I called for her and asked The Builder if he knew where she was.  He told me that she had had a bad dream last night and she was sleeping in his bed.  Ooooohhh, Okay.  I went back to ask her what she wanted for breakfast and she said,
"AB"
I asked, "What?"
"AB"
"Girl, I have no idea what you're saying."
"AB"
"Baby, Try Again!"
"AB"
"What the heck is AB"
"Abby.  She's from Monster High!!"

"WHAT in the world are you talking about?  I asked you what you want for breakfast."

"OH!  I thought you asked me what I want for Christmas.  I want Cinnamon Toast"

Good Grief!  I'm not the only one in the house who is NOT a morning person.  I'm surprised the two of us don't have worse communication skills than that!

So, everyone got up and got on the bus in time and now it's time for me to do my hour and a half workout.  Yes, One and a Half hours.  That doesn't even include any upper body strength training, which I really need to do.

I would love to sit around and blog and visit blogs and work on projects that I have in mind for my blogs today, but I MUST finish the projects that I need to do around the house.  Remember I was going to clean my closet, my craft room and help The Builder separate out LEGOs from three random bins?? 

Yesterday I got the closet clean.  Woo Hoo!  Plus, my hubby helped me hang some pictures and things on the walls.  So excited I actually got something done on my list this week.  Usually things just get pushed to the next week or the following week and so on and so forth until it's two months later and those projects still aren't done. 

Here's some pictures from how the closet turned out and some of my future projects for this space. We eventually need to rip the carpet out~~it's old and stinky and I'd like to put black hardwood or laminate in.
We finally got this iron thing hung.  I found it at a garage sale two years ago for $5 and I spray painted it red.  Love how it turned out.  It's been sitting in our living room for two years, just hanging out with no real home.  Now it's hopefully found it's forever home.
And these are my next two projects in the closet.

Now seriously, I've got to go work out for an hour and a half before I can finish cleaning that craft room.

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