4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Days 6-9

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I’ve been supremely slacking in following up with this challenge! I find it’s easier for me to tackle a few days’ worth of projects together, but I’m working on spacing them out a little every day so I don’t get overwhelmed. One of my goals this week is to catch up on this challenge!

Complete a 15-minute pickup of main living areas

My main living areas are becoming less and less of a problem with clutter. I’ll be also focusing this time on the master bedroom as well.

Day 6 – Clean out your vehicle

I try to keep my car clean as best as I can, but it still can use a good cleaning every now and then. I was SHOCKED at how much debris there was on the floor of my car! It’s soooo much cleaner now that it’s been vacuumed and washed!

ahhh... so pretty!

ahhh… so pretty!

bag of stuff to leave the car!

bag of stuff to leave the car!

Day 7 – Wipe down all the baseboards in your home

Day 8 – Wipe down all the door handles in your home

Day 9 – Wipe down all the light switch plates in your home

Find 7 things to get rid of
(These are from my car)

  1. 2 textbooks
  2. 5 old maps
  3. 1 tub of lotion
  4. 1 takeout menu
  5. 1 expired coupon

We spent 2-3 hours on Sunday clearing out the future nursery. Lots of stuff got thrown out, moved to storage, and given away. I have no idea how many things there were, but it was more than 7.

Did you complete last week’s tasks? How’d it go?

Menu Plan Monday

Hello! I’m here with another Menu Plan Monday!

We’re trying to eat from the pantry this week, which means minimal shopping. I’m also planning another freezer cooking day soon, but this one won’t be as large of an effort. I’m thinking 3-4 recipes at the most.

Here’s the plan for this week:

Breakfasts:

Shakeology mocha frappuccinos

Cereal with milk

Snacks:

Homemade Energy Bites

Greek Yogurt

Fruit

Lunches:

Leftovers

Cobb Salad

Brown Butter Fish

Dinners:

Monday – Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake

Tuesday – Leftovers

Wednesday – Easy Chicken Bake

Thursday – Italian Wonderpot

Friday – Corn dogs

Saturday – Chicken wraps

Sunday – Leftovers

24 Weeks

24 weeks

How far along: 24 weeks! 16 weeks to go!

Gender: BOY!

Weight gained: About 19 lbs so far. I’m gaining an average of ¾ – 1 lb a week.

Workouts:  
Monday: Piyo Sweat, Taught Zumba
Tuesday: Piyo Define: Lower, Zumba choreo review at home, taught a Zumba Kids demo class
Thursday: Taught Zumba
Friday: PiYo Core & Define: Upper
Saturday: PiYo Sweat
Sunday: 2 hours of clearing out the nursery
I’m loving the PiYo program so far! Want to join me? Click here!

Clothing Choices:  Dresses, dresses, dresses. I’m also loving my Gap workout pants.

Belly button: Inny

Sleep: I’m waking up at 2-3 times a night now.

Best moment this week:  Announcing the full name for our baby and beginning the process of clearing out the nursery!

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Hardest moment this week:  Telling my temp agency about my pregnancy. I’m still not sure what will happen!

What I’m missing: Sleep. And cocktails. I’ve been making mocktails with sparkling water lately.

Movement: He definitely moves more on certain days than others. He’s getting quite wiggly, and I’m pretty sure he had the hiccups this week!

Cravings:  Thanksgiving dinner. Soup.

Queasy or sick: I’m feeling great!

Looking forward to: Finishing up the nursery clear-out so we can start putting the room together!

Strange Dreams:  Last night I dreamed my grandma was 38 weeks pregnant. Her, my mom, and my aunt went to redeem treat receipts on the last day and I couldn’t go with them for some reason. My mom tried calling to see what I wanted, but the phone was too complicated for me to figure out how to answer it. I called her back 30 second later, and they were already walking in the door. I was really upset.  I woke myself up sobbing, “It’s fine.”

Another dream crossed Hook with the mole people episode of Bones. It was SUPER weird.

10 Weekly Goals

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I fell behind on a lot of my goals this week. I got caught up with being lazy in the afternoons, and I watched too much TV this week. I made Friday a “no TV day” to try to catch up on some work. We spent a good chunk of time clearing out the nursery this weekend, but I need to get back on track with my organizing challenge. Here’s to a fresh start!

Last week’s goals:

Marriage/Homemaking Goals:

  1. Write a love note to Spencer
  2. Read part 6 of Happily Ever After: Six Secrets to a Successful Marriage
  3. Complete days 6-10 of the “4 weeks to a more organized home” challenge

Personal Goals:

  1. Finish reading 2 Samuel
  2. Keep up with daily routines
  3. Exercise 6 days this week

Financial/Hobby Goals:

  1. Blog 6 times
  2. Work 5 hours on BeachBody
  3. Read Developing the Leader Within You, and finish part 1 of Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
  4. Work on a crafting project

 

This week’s goals:

Marriage/Homemaking Goals:

  1. Write a love note to Spencer
  2. Start a baby registry
  3. Catch up on days 6-10 & complete days 11-15 of the “4 weeks to a more organized home” challenge

Personal Goals:

  1. Read 1 Kings
  2. Keep up with daily routines
  3. Exercise 6 days this week

Financial/Hobby Goals:

  1. Blog 4 times
  2. Work 5 hours on BeachBody
  3. Start a P90X3 challenge group
  1. Take the Strengths Finder 2.0 test & read about my 5 strengths

What are your goals for the week?

 

Menu Plan Monday

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Hello! I’m here with another Menu Plan Monday!

I’m not feeling super inspired this week for menus. I need some inspiration to hit! I’m sharing a super simple menu plan this week.

Here’s the plan for this week:

Breakfasts:

Shakeology w/almond milk and spinach

Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Snacks:

Homemade Energy Bites

Greek Yogurt

Green juice

Protein shakes

Lunches:

Cobb Salad

Homemade Freezer Hot Pockets

Dinners:

Monday – Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake

Tuesday – Homemade pizza

Wednesday – Chicken Soft Tacos

Thursday – Italian Wonderpot

Friday – Grilled salmon w/veggies

Saturday – Fried Rice

Sunday – Leftovers

What’s on your menu this week?

23 Weeks

23 Weeks

I hit my 23rd week on Friday! It’s the start of my 6th month!

How far along: 23 weeks!

Gender: BOY!

Weight gained: About 17 lbs so far. I’m gaining an average of ¾ lbs a week.

Workouts:  
Monday: Piyo Align, Taught Zumba
Tuesday: Piyo Define: Lower, Zumba choreo review at home, taught a Zumba Kids demo class
Wednesday: Piyo Define: Upper
Thursday: Taught Zumba
Friday: 1.5 mile walk, PiYo Sweat, 4 hours of cooking
Saturday: PiYo Define: Lower
Sunday: 1.5 hours of housecleaning/organizing
I’m loving the PiYo program so far! Want to join me? Click here!

Clothing Choices:  Dresses, dresses, dresses. I’m also loving my Gap workout pants.

Belly button: Inny, but I officially “popped” this week. There’s no mistaking the shape of this belly!

Sleep: I’m waking up at 3:30am on a consistent basis. I usually toss and turn the rest of the night, sometimes getting up 3 times a night. I spent pretty much all Sunday afternoon sleeping to make up for my crappy sleep patterns.

Best moment this week:  Saturday was fantastic! I got my hair chopped off, which I’ve been wanting to do for a few weeks now. I also got to go on a date with my hubby! He took me out to lunch at Olive Garden, and then we went shopping at Hobby Lobby to get some crafty supplies to make nursery décor!

Hardest moment this week:  My horrendous sleep pattern as of late…

What I’m missing: Cooler weather. I can’t wait for fall!

Movement: I SAW my belly jump for the first time this week during worship team practice!

Cravings:  I had a desperate craving for a mushroom swiss burger this week, so I picked one up for lunch. No regrets!

Queasy or sick: I was feeling queasy all day yesterday, but that was probably from lack of sleep. Napping seemed to help a lot.

Looking forward to: Starting back at the CSU Stanislaus writing center as a tutor! I loved tutoring last year, so I’m thrilled to have the chance to go back to it!

Strange Dreams:  I’ve had several strange dreams lately, but I can’t remember any specifics.

New haircut!

New haircut!

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4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Days 4 & 5

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Sorry I’m a bit late on this post! Better late than never. :)

Complete a 15-minute pickup of main living areas

I completely missed these days and only did the daily tasks. Oops! My main living areas are getting to be less and less of an issue. Hooray! This week I’ll be focused on picking up the master bedroom, too.

Day 4 – Move furniture & vacuum underneath

Yuck.

Yuck.

Day 5 – Clean your couches

Since I can’t move furniture due to pregnancy, I had to wait for the weekend to finish these tasks so my husband could help. While he had the couches moved, I vacuumed and mopped underneath. I also cleaned the baseboards behind the couches since that’s on the task list for this week! I still need to move the bed and TV stand to get everything good and clean underneath, but that will probably wait until next weekend.

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And a photobomb from Pippin…

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Find 7 things to get rid of

I found a few random things under the couches. They’ve at least been dealt with!

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  1. A pack of tissues
  2. A felt foot for furniture
  3. Disposable protective eye wear for after a visit to the eye doctor
  4. A cat toy
  5. Broken pieces of an outlet
  6. A recipe
  7. 2 pennies

Did you complete last week’s tasks? How’d it go?

10 Weekly Goals

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I’m still working on my list of goals. I was able to finish quite a few of them!

I was able to complete the first week of the 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home challenge, even though my blogging about it was lax. I’ll be posting my results from Day 4-5 today. I was able to keep up with exercise 6 days this week, and still remained active on my rest day.

Last night, my husband and I were able to work on a crafty project together. We’re making some décor for the nursery! We painted wooden crosses last night. It was so fun to bust out my paint set again!

Last week’s goals:

Marriage/Homemaking Goals:

  1. Write a love note to Spencer
  2. Read part 4 of Happily Ever After: Six Secrets to a Successful Marriage
  3. Complete days 1-5 of the “4 weeks to a more organized home” challenge

Personal Goals:

  1. Read 2 Samuel
  2. Keep up with new daily routines
  3. Exercise 6 days

Financial/Hobby Goals:

  1. Blog 6 times
  2. Work 5 hours on BeachBody
  3. Read Developing the Leader Within You, part 1 of Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  4. Work on a crafting project

 

This week’s goals:

Marriage/Homemaking Goals:

  1. Write a love note to Spencer
  2. Read part 6 of Happily Ever After: Six Secrets to a Successful Marriage
  3. Complete days 6-10 of the “4 weeks to a more organized home” challenge

Personal Goals:

  1. Finish reading 2 Samuel
  2. Keep up with daily routines
  3. Exercise 6 days this week

Financial/Hobby Goals:

  1. Blog 6 times
  2. Work 5 hours on BeachBody
  3. Read Developing the Leader Within You, and finish part 1 of Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
  4. Work on a crafting project

 

What are your goals for the week?

 

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Days 2 & 3

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Welcome back to the 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home challenge! I’m delighted by the amount of things I’m finding to get rid of!

Complete a 15-minute pickup of main living areas

I missed day 2, so I’m roping these two days in together! That means I spent 30 minutes picking up main living areas.

Day 2 – Clean out your fridge

Day 3 – Clean out your freezer

I was able to do both of these tasks fairly quickly, as I recently cleaned out the fridge. I threw out anything that was expired from both the fridge and freezer. I definitely need a wire shelf for the freezer to utilize the space better!

Fridge before

Fridge before

Fridge after

Fridge after

Fridge door before

Fridge door before

Fridge door after

Fridge door after

Freezer before

Freezer before

Freezer after

Freezer after

Freezer door before

Freezer door before

Freezer door after

Freezer door after

Find 7 things to get rid of (that means 14 for me!)

2014-08-06 13.36.21A stack of expired coupons

  1. 1 receipt
  2. An old thank you note
  3. 2 old pieces of mail
  4. 1 packing slip
  5. 1 “we missed you” notice
  6. 2 catalogs
  7. 2 magazines
  8. 2 balloon weights
  9. 1 box unopened tea
  10. 1 Weight Watchers salad Tupperware
  11. 2 Starbucks reusable cups
  12. 4 partial bottles of booze (1 not pictured)
  13. A large stack of egg cartons

If you count those individually, that’s 22 items for today, or 37 items total since the beginning of the challenge!

Have you done today’s tasks yet? How’d it go?

Routines: Week 1

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It’s officially been 1 week of trying out my new routines! I have to say, forming new habits is tough!

I’ve had the most success with my evening routine so far. As a refresher, here’s what that entails:

Evening routine

  • Pack lunch (if working the next day)
  • Tidy kitchen
  • Take pills
  • Lay out clothes
  • Fill out tomorrow’s daily docket

So far, I’ve been 100% on with taking my pills and laying out my clothes for the next day. I’ve been about 45% on task with filling out tomorrow’s daily docket at night. The other 55% of the time, I fill it out first thing in the morning. I only need to pack my lunch 3 days a week for work, so I’ve been able to do that 100% this week. As far as tidying the kitchen… that’s usually my last priority. I does set my mind at ease, and it makes me happy to see an empty sink in the morning, but if I’m really sleepy (or feeling lazy), I’ll just go to bed. The number one thing that is missing from my evening routine is having a set bedtime. My alarm goes off on my phone every night at 8:30 for me to start my evening routine, but perhaps I need to move that back to 9pm in order to make sure I set time aside for it.

The success of my morning routine depends entirely on the success of my evening routine the night before. I’m really working hard at getting up to exercise first thing in the morning (mostly because it’s still so hot later in the day!). Again, I think that having a set bedtime will help me greatly with this. Other than exercising, scheduling time to read my Bible in the morning consistently is the other big struggle. If I don’t do this in the morning, I usually don’t get to it later in the day. I really want to carve time out in the mornings to read God’s word. It’s the best way to start the day!

My afternoon routine is sketchy right now, mostly because I have a different schedule almost every day. I’m going to work on that one more this week. Because of this, my afternoon routine is my lowest priority in this endeavor.

I know that this was only my first week and that building habits takes time. I’m looking forward to getting even better with these as time goes on!