Monday, May 27, 2013

A Small Break

I have been keeping up with de-cluttering. In fact, we are having a garage sale this Wednesday. We hope to get rid of some no longer used items and make some money. 

With school being out and my husband off for a couple of weeks, I have decided to take a small blogging break. The time off will be spent with family and friends. 

I will be back after the first week in June. I hope you have a blessed and safe Memorial Day!


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Monday, May 20, 2013

De-Cluttering Day #14-20


I am way behind on these posts. This last week of school has had me running ragged. I am so grateful that I am able to attend all of the children's activities. I know they love having mom there.

These photos were taken over the past week. I have not cleaned out every day, but I am making a big dent.

A mixture of recycling, trash and items to sell.

2 magazines, books my little one has outgrown, recycling

Papers for recycling

Before closing this post, I wanted to mention a change in that you can now follow me on Bloglovin. The link is below. I have converted to reading blogs (lots of them that I love!) from Google Reader to Bloglovin.

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Menu Plan May 20-26


Three more days of school for my children! Once things slow down, my posts will get back to normal.

We have 4 games this week and it is heating up, meals will be quick and light.

Monday- Pork Loin and Vegetables

Tuesday- Chicken and Waffles- new recipe for me 

Wednesday- Hot Dogs- last day of school choice

Thursday- Pizza

Friday- Out

Saturday- Chicken Tetrazini

Sunday- Hamburgers and French Fries

Extra's that I will be making for snacks and breakfast (most from my busy week last week):


French Toast

Cinnamon Rolls


I am making one item a week to freeze. This week it will be: Pizza Pockets-I plan to have the children help me with this over the summer.

What is on your menu this week?

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Monday, May 13, 2013

De-Cluttering Days #10-13


These last few days of school have me running in too many directions. I have stuck with the challenge. The real challenge for me is finding time to post.

I did do some minor garage cleaning this weekend. I filled my recycling bin halfway and filled a trashcan.

Here are the items that I photographed:


Most of this went in the trash. My purse is going into my garage sale pile (we hope to have this in the next couple of week's).


The two pair of pants have holes and went into the trash. My daughter's dress and hat are going for the garage sale.  

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Menu Plan May 13-19


We are halfway through our first month using the envelope system and doing great! I feel so good knowing that if I don't have the money on hand, I don't buy it.

Food can really take a toll on a budget, and we have money in our envelope for the rest of the month! Usually my big shopping trip at the beginning of the month wipes the grocery budget out.

This is my plan this week for the last full week of school:

Monday- Fettuccine Alfredo

Tuesday- Chicken Enchiladas

Wednesday- Ziti

Thursday- Pizza

Friday- Chicken Tetrazini

Saturday- Lasagna 

Sunday-Sausage Hoagies

Extra's that I will be making for snacks and breakfast (most from my busy week last week):


French Toast

Cinnamon Rolls

I am making one item a week to freeze. This week it will be: Pizza Pockets

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Friday, May 10, 2013

De-Cluttering Day #9


These challenges (spring cleaning and de-cluttering) have been a blessing to me. During this busy time of year, I can easily become distracted with other things and neglect my home. But, I need to focus on this, as well.

My family depends on me to care for our home and make it a comfy, welcoming place. Of course, they help me out with daily chores. But, I need to set the tone for my home.

Yesterday was a good day for cleaning out a few things.

I had another bag of cans to go to a friend. She makes jewelry out of them! (My husband was wondering why I had pictures of a trash bag on my camera.)


Two pair of shorts and 2 dresses that my youngest has outgrown.


Four magazines. I always either pass these onto a friend or donate them to the library.



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