Saturday, October 22, 2011

Halloween Shopping Deals in Waco

Here's some Halloween deals I spotted around town!

Glow Bracelets
Get a tube of 15 glow braces for $1 in Target's Dollar Section!  That even beats Walmart (where $1 only gets you 6 bracelets).  You can attach these together to make necklaces, too.  That's cheap enough to hand out in stead of candy, if you wanted a cool non-sugary alternative!

Target's Dollar section also has some plastic fireman and yellow construction hats  (looked small...for toddler, maybe up to Kindergarten).  For Fedoras, try the Thrift Store on Hewitt Drive (between Ace Hardware and Sonic).  They had about 4 or 5 nice 1920s gangster hats in pinstripes and brown (cloth, not plastic).  They had a LOT of other good stuff too!

Foam Swords and Sheilds
Target's Dollar section also had foam swords and sheilds.  The sheilds are pretty cool in my oppinion, though small (wouldn't go well for children over 6 yrs old, probably).  The swords looked like they might not last the night...but if you're only using them for halloween (and not as a toy afterwards) they're a cheap alternative.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Don't Clean Your Oven!

Lori over at Our Forever House was singing the praises of using an oven liner to catch drips so you don't have to clean your oven.  It's a great idea, and one I'm going to try!   But even cooler is, I know exactly where I'm going to get mine!

Our kids just brought home the Charleston Wrap fundraiser catalogs from school, and on page 9 of the Kitchen and Home Catalog, they have an dishwasher safe oven liner for $15, which is $5 less than the one Lisa listed from Bed, Bath & Beyond!  Cool huh.  And shipping is free cause the kids deliver it to you!

If your kid's school isn't doing this fundraiser, and you want to get this, give a shout out to your friends and see if there kids brought a catalog home, and it's likely you'll find someone who would be more than happy to sell you one  ("What, you're ASKING if you can buy something from my kid's fundraiser?  Bless you!").

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Happy River

So happy to see the rivers full of water again!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Internalizing My To Do List/Daily Schedule

Sherry, who is doing a series on her blog about Emerging from the Chaos, had a post last week where she invited people to make a goal list and take a picture of it and send it in to share.

Well, I'm going to share my list...but I'm not writing it down on paper.  Why?  Because I've done this so many times before I know it's pointless.  I either loose it or forget about it (usually both).

But I DO see the point of goals....and getting into a daily schedule (her list of goals read sort of like a schedule).   The trick for me is internalizing this schedule!

There are things I want to get done on a daily basis (except Sunday for some of them).    Now, if I tried to remember ALL my goals at once...the perfect, I want to get this done every day schedule, it wouldn't happen.  So, what I've been doing, and it's starting to work, is focus on one goal until it becomes a habit...then adding my next one.

Here's the goals I've gotten internalized already (or making good progress on)...

  • Do a load of dishes and two loads of laundry before 3:00
  • Accomplish one other thing (honestly, doesn't always happen...but I'm aiming for it) before 3:00
  • Bible Study at 3:00
  • Ask kids about day and look through folder when they come home.
  • After their game-time, do a BLITZ with the kids.
  • Get Dinner started by 6:30
  • Read to the kids before their bedtime.
  • Kids in bed by 9:00
  • Me in bed by 11:00 (barring sleeplessness, which can't be helped)
That may not sound like much, but believe me this is an improvement.  You notice there's nothing about blogging or other things like that there...that's because I'm drawn to do that like a bee to honey (not that you cold tell from this blog...but I have two others, an online shop, Squidoo pages, name it).   I don't need to put that on my list because I'm temped to fill every square minute with it.

Now, there is other stuff I would like to add...

*Kitchen Counters cleaned daily
*Kitchen floor swept daily
*Table cleared before breakfast

Of course, that's not the final "where I want to be" but I'll just stop there until I get those down (or somewhat near there).

I want to talk more about a couple of the items on my list.

You will not believe how helpful that has been!  I struggled for so long to find a regular time to spend praying and reading God's word.  In the morning I was groggy, at night I usually left it until too late.  But 3:00 pm is perfect!  It's long enough before the kids come home that I have time to spend on it, and it helps prepare me for their arrival.  That, and it gets me off of the computer so I'm not still in the middle of a project when they come home.  It's a great transition.

The blitz is something I discovered on a blog (click here to read the post).  It was the first progress-making step I was able to make on THE MESS.  It's a way to get your kids involved in a mad, fast as you can, fifteen minutes of cleaning.  It's amazing.  But the problem was, I hadn't found a good time for it.  When they came home from school they didn't feel like doing it (and I didn't blame them...they were worn out).  But if I waited they would disappear to play with friends and by the time they came back I was mid-dinner-prepping and it just got left by the wayside.  So, now what I do is when they come home is I set a timer and  let them have 30 minutes of screen time (TV/games, whatever) and then immediately after they blitz.   Works like a charm! 

That's on there for a reason.  Messing up my sleep messes up my world...I really struggle to get enough sleep regularly, cause I'm always tempted to stay up later and later.  And I'm a big glob of pudding (or worse, explosive clump of tired dynamite) when I don't get enough rest.  So that's an important one.  One I'm breaking right now (but it's Saturday...I can today).

More To Do List Posts and Goodies:

And Blog Parties...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Reasonably Clean House

A Reasonably Clean House is the series posted on Like Mother, Like Daughter that is giving me hope than I can achieve a reasonably clean home. Unlike other cleaning articles I read it didn't leave me discouraged or angry. I could tell this person had BEEN where I was, or somewhere near it at least...and had gotten out.  Her posts are not judgmental or "pie in the sky/Martha Stewart" types...and they give me hope that I can make my way to "reasonable".

She used to not have them organized from a central place, but she does now, so I'll just link you all to there.  Click on the photos to go to each post...

Other useful posts not in the series:

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Emerging from the Chaos

There's a whole bunch of blogs doing "31 Days of SOMETHING" this month, where they write on one topic for 31 things.   I'm linking to some of them on the blogroll this month.

One of the series that caught my eyes was 31 Days of Emerging from the Chaos by Portrait of an Artist as a Young Mom.  THAT sounded like one I might want to follow.  I know chaos.  My kind of messy makes other people's messy look clean....and that's not where the chaos ends.  I forget dates, loose things, show up late more time than not.   Well, when I read her first few Chaos posts I knew I had found a kindred spirits....these quotes will give you an idea of what I mean:

"I checked a few of those 'clutter' blogs out today, and was fairly disheartened to find that some of the 'before' photos posted in their 'before and after' segments looked pretty darn good to me. I'd love to get to the point where my afters look as good as their befores. That alone would be a triumph."

Amen!  Glad I'm not the only one!

"There's some serious workaholicism (another made up word!) mixed with laziness...When I get on a scent of something interesting on the internet, boy-howdy, I can stick to it like a hound dog and research a topic until I know more about it than should ever be necessary."

Uh can't believe how motivated I can be on things that AREN'T HOUSEWORK.

"Let's not even talk about what happens when I get into a good book.

Let me guess...

"...this usually leaves me realizing at midnight (or later, sometimes much later) that I didn't do the dishes yet and I never moved the morning's load of laundry to the dryer, let alone put the next three loads in. I wash up a few essential breakfast dishes, give up, and go to bed." 

Yeah, been there!  Done that!

I'm glad the Flylady approach works for a lot of people. I've tried it out, but I have learned about myself that I don't want someone else to tell me what to do--and especially not in lots of email notifications."

Are you my clone?

Anyways, you can read more of her blog here.  As it happens I'm trying to get my house clean for my son's birthday party in a few weeks (yes, it may take that long to do it).  While I will NOT be posting for 31 days  ( I can't clean AND do that can I?  Well, maybe I can...but I'm not going to try.) there are some things I'd like to share with you on my "trying to be cleaner and more organized" journey, and I'll share what I can here.