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Not the site (yet!) but my living room! Ben started this tedious, messy, hard  exciting project on Monday night and things are moving along nicely. Despite being under the weather and working all day, my dear husband has worked hard the last few nights to bring down the walls!

More pictures to come as the project moves on!

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In order to save some grocery money to do a OAMC day, I’ve decided to clean out the panty/freezer/fridge. I made a quick trip to the store last night for milk, veggies, fruit and a few pieces of meat.

Here is what I have to work with:

  • 20 lb turkey
  • 5 lb whole chicken
  • 3 lbs bs chicken
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 3 lb beef roast
  • frozen veggies
  • applesauce
  • rice
  • whole wheat tortillas
  • dry red beans
  • canned tomatoes
  • canned veggies
  • potatoes
  • frozen hash browns
  • eggs
  • shredded cheese
  • baking goods to make some yummy treats
  • lots of odds and ends too!

Hopefully by the end of the day, I’ll have some kind of menu worked up! I think this is going to be fun…want to join me?

coupons

My “couponing buddie” and I are on a mission to reorganize our stash! We’ve realized that our shopping trips would go a lot smoother if we had a better organization system. I’ve tried different methods in the past, but I think we finallly hit on one that will be perfect!

Jaime over at I’m a Money Magnet did a series a few months ago about her method. My favorite tip from this is Stapling your stack of coupons BEFORE you cut them out! It makes so much sense and is so easy to do.

Part 1 HERE – clipping tips

Part 2 HERE – organizing your stash

computerwomanThe Weekly Schedule Page has been updated…check it out to see what is in store for this week!

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Here’s what I have planned for this week. Check back everyday for something new!

Monday –

  • CCC Update
  • Menu Planning Monday

Tuesday –

  • CVS for Beginners : week #2
  • Kitchen Tip Tuesday

Wednesday –

  • Mid-week – CCC check
  • New Recipes

Thursday –

  • Guest Post on Becoming a Submissive Wife

Friday –

  • Frugal Friday
  • Freebies & Giveaways

Saturday

  • taking the day off to finish assignment #3 in the CCC 🙂

Sunday

  • CCC Assignment #5
  • Menu Planning

laundry

Time for a confession…I hate Laundry! I don’t use that work lightly…literally, I HATE doing laundry. I have a “crazy” friend that loves doing laundry as much as I hate doing it. She says it’s calming…uh, no…not me. I get frustrated at the mention of washing clothes…or at least I did until this past weekend! No, I still don’t like doing laundry, but there is something about hearing the washer whirring and the dryer tumbling that reminds me of what a blessing it is to have clothes to wash and the conviences of a washer and dryer. Why the sudden change of heart? Here is a timeline of the last week…

Friday- wake up to a frozen kitchen pipe and washer line ; thawed out that night

Saturday – laundry pipe frozen again…thawed out toward evening.

Sunday – wake up to find that the washer had popped a leak and had been dripping all night all over the laundry room floor

Monday – Thursday – washer fine…do most of the laundry

Sunday – pipe frozen again…thaw out for after church. Go to do a load of laundry only to discover the drain pipe had sagged and water had frozen in about a 2 ft section.

Tuesday Night – finally able to get the drain cleared and everything put back together.

So, now it’s Wednesday…laundry is washing away and I’m thankful for doing laundry (at least for a few days)!

Just a quick note to let you all know that my dear sweet husband thawed out my pipes for me when he got home this evening 🙂 What a praise! I had been praying all day that the pipe wouldn’t burst before he got home to take care of it and God was so very merciful. Not only did they not burst, it only took about 30 minutes to thaw out the kitchen pipe and about an hour to thaw the laundry pipe.

Now…back to tackle some more laundry!

I have to admit….I’m not off to a good start with making my morning routine a habit! Maybe Monday will be better…here’s how it went this morning;

Alarm goes off at 5:30 , hit snooze, hit snooze again ( I really should move the alarm to the dresser so I have to get OUT of bed), roll out of bed (literally) at 5:50.

Go downstairs, tidy up kitchen, grab Bible & a blanket and get ready for some Quiet Time. Start with prayer….promptly fall back to sleep until Vonnie gets here at 6:20 with the baby!

At 6:30 I decided to start coffee and plan my day, only to discover there is no hot water in the kitchen sink! Both bathrooms have hot water, but not the kitchen! Somewhere between the Kitchen Bathroom and the Kitchen Sink, a pipe froze…or so we think! Ben tried to figure it out, but since nothing burst in the basement, we had to let it go until he gets home from work tonight.

7:30 the kiddos get up. They are off for a teacher-in-service day, so they head for the couches in the Family Room with books, DS games & blankets. It was below zero last night and, although the thermostat was set at 67, it was only about 63 in here…brrrr!

At 8:30, I give Ben his coffee to go, a kiss and a “Have a good day” and send him on his way. We eat breakfast and hang out in the Family Room for a little while to keep warm. We have a space heater in there to help keep it warmer than the rest of the house.

At 9am, I decided to start laundry…only to discover…the water line to the washer is also frozen! This happened a few years ago with disastrous results and we thought we remedied the problem.

We have an old house (over 100 years we estimate) and the plumbing is very strange! We’re pretty sure the hot water was originally run to the bathroom from a boiler in the basement to the kitchen sink. Now the hot water heater is in the basement under the kitchen sink and the pipes run from the hot water heater, to the bathroom to the kitchen sink. The laundry room pipe run through a hole in the dirt basement wall to the mudroom. This room was a definate afterthough when the house was built. It still has the oringinal water pump that is hooked to the cistern! The room was built around it. The space under the room is unaccessible (so far as we can tell) and there is no insulation out there. We’ll have to figure out a permanant solution for that problem!  I know…all very confusing…but, if you own an old house you probably know what I’m talking about!

At this point, I’ve pretty much given up on accomplishing anything at all today! I did heat a big kettle of water to wash the dishes and clean up the kitchen and I decided we’re having Subs, Chips & raw veggies on paper plates for supper!

Like I said…maybe Monday will be a better day!

Crystal over at Biblical Womanhood is on a mission to get “Back on Track” and has invited others to join her. This is coming at a great time for me. Since starting the Colossal Clutter Cleanup, I’ve been struggling with maintaing a routine ; with myself and my family. I guess I was trying to do too much all at once. So, I’m choosing you as my Accountibily Partners! For those participating in the Cleanup, this is a great idea to get in place before we get too far into everything.

Here is my “proposed” schedule…based on what I’m already sort of doing.

5:30- up, bathed and dressed

5:45 – make coffee and eat breakfast

6:00 – spend time in God’s word & prayer

6:30 – make breakfast for family

8:00 – Spend a few minutes with Ben before he leaves for work

I agree with Crystal…it sounds SO easy written down! Now, I pray I can stick to it for the next month.

Are you ready to de-clutter?? Here are a few things you MUST do before we begin on Sunday:

  1. Print out the necessary materials. See the tab at the top of the page.
  2. Follow these instructions for putting away Christmas decorations:

*republished from A Clean Heart Blog

  • Make sure that EVERYTHING you put away for next year’s Christmas has:
    • sentimental value
    • AND/OR meaning tied to Christmas (remember… your children are learning from you and what they see will determine how they decide to “do Christmas” in their homes someday)

This includes lights (how many strings do you need?), tree ornaments (your tree can have special meaning as well… you don’t need to hang something just because you have it.  Make sure that next year’s tree reflects a story of your family as well as the true celebration of Christmas), decorations (make sure everything is used and quit keeping items for “someday”), etc.  By doing this now, you won’t have to deal with it next year, and will also have some “free space” upon getting rid of items in boxes/totes.

  • As far as getting rid of things… well, if you know of someone who would appreciate something, then bless them!  Otherwise, use the nearest charity shop to donate your items.
  • If you have a child that will be leaving for college or leaving home, then box their stuff up separately so it will be easy to give them next year for their own decorating of their home or dorm.

Remember the true celebration behind Christmas, and this year as you put things away, get excited about the upcoming de-cluttered year!  Begin praying about your heart as well by asking the Lord to reveal areas that need attention.

Follow these few simple step this week and you’ll be ready in no time. Doesn’t the sound of having a de-cluttered , well organized year sound good? It does to me! Personally, I have to remember to follow the challenge day by day and not get ahead of myself.

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