Simple Ways to Find Time to Read: The Busy Person’s Guide to Reading More Books

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The Busy Persons Guide to Reading More Books

I remember thinking that when I get to the next stage of my life, my marriage, raising kids, that I would be less busy. As soon as they are in school, I’ll be less busy. As soon as they leave for college, I’ll be less busy. As soon as I have the house all organized, I’ll be less busy. As soon as the Christmas holiday is over, I’ll be less busy. Well guess what? I’m still busy. And really, busier than ever. Whether I create that busyness for myself is not the issue here, the real issue is that busyness often prevents me from doing the things I love. One of which is reading.

So I’ve decided to change that. You know I’ve embarked on my 52 Book in 52 Weeks Challenge. I’m going to incorporate reading into my busy lifestyle instead of allowing my busyness to prevent me from it. Here’s how:

Carry a book wherever I go: If I’m traveling, this is pretty much a given. But I find a few minutes of wasted time when I’m waiting for prescriptions at the store, between waiting to pick my son up, sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. Wherever the setting may be, if I always keep a book handy, I’ll be able to get in some quality reading.

Join a book club: This doesn’t necessarily have to be a meet-once-a-month coffee and gab session at your girlfriend’s house {although are totally awesome, too}. This could be as simple as an online club where you determine the book you are reading and then set a date for everyone to finish before discussing. This will hold me accountable to finishing in a timely manner. Plus, I love getting other people’s perspective on the same book. It sometimes helps me see the book in a way I never would have otherwise.

library books

Head to the library: Being surrounded by so many books not only gets me in the reading mood, it inspires me to branch out of my normal book genres. While I don’t have a ton of time to visit the library, the occasional trip does my mind good. It’s almost like a dose of calming meditation when I walk in. Plus, as a total bonus, the books are free to read!

Stock up on books: Anytime a book catches my eye, I’m going to buy it {if the price is reasonable of course. Remember he library is always an option here, too!}. It’s obviously unrealistic to believe I’ll read the 100 books sitting unread on my shelf in the foreseeable future, but having them available is the first step. And knowing I have a genuine interest in so many books gives me something to look forward too.

Put devices down: I get easily distracted if I’m reading and my phone is beeping, alerting me to new texts and emails. If I pick it up, I’ll inevitably get sucked in and before I know it, I’m reading Facebook feeds and online news articles and my book has all but been abandoned. If I turn my phone off or at least silence it for a good chunk of time, I can get through a book fairly quickly. Plus a little less phone time is never a bad thing!

Read before bedtime: For some reason, this seems to be the universal time for reading. It’s possibly because all of your work for the day is done and you can focus on something else. It’s also nice to switch gears and wipe my mind of all the craziness that has happened during the day so I don’t lay awake in bed for hours thinking of it. Picking up a book and losing myself in it helps me to let go of the day and fall asleep easier.

Set a goal: My goal this year is a lofty one: 52 Books in 52 Weeks. But yours doesn’t have to be so crazy. If it’s 2 books a month or a few chapters a night, setting a goal always helps me hold myself accountable. And it’s not like I’m limiting calories or setting a goal to run so many miles each week. This kind of goal is a really enjoyable one!

So there you have a few tips I’m implementing to help me read more. Do you have any great way to encourage reading? Please share!

 

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How to Cut Your Grocery Bill Shopping at Costco Week 8 of 52

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The one thing that is starting to annoy me about shopping exclusively at Costco is the portion sizes. For instance, even though Monkey Boy’s beloved Doritos were on sale for $3.99 this week, if I was going to treat him to a bag from the grocery store I would have waited until they were on sale for $2 a bag. Sure the LOVES the fact that he is getting more… but I miss being able to spend that other $2 on something else. First world problems, I know.

ham and egg

I do love those Costco croissants though. Especially when they are stuffed with eggs, cheese and ham. Yummarooo! Talk about the perfect breakfast to fill your belly.

turkey

Last fall Zaycon was offering 6 packs of seasoned turkey breasts and let me tell you Bob they were delicious! Sadly I used up the last one I had this past week. :( Must.Get.More.
turkey casserole

I whipped up an easy peasy turkey casserole with the leftovers.
peach crisp

I made a peach crisp using some canned peaches I had in the pantry. Earlier in the week I also cooked a sweet and sour freezer meatballs freezer meal and it served it over rice. It took us 2 days to finish. And I served pasta one night as well.

simple salad

Check it out! My first homegrown salad of the season. I added a little balsamic vinegar and shredded cheese and it was perfect. If you’ve never grown lettuce indoors before you should really try it during the winter months. It will make you heart happy. :)

simple cheesecake

When I was at Costco last week I wanted so badly to buy one of their giant cheesecakes for $12.99. I’ve had them before at sports banquets and the Costco plain cheesecake is delish. But I didn’t want to blow 1/3 of my budget on it so I found a basic recipe and slightly modified it to what I had on hand and made one. The recipe called for a fresh fruit topping but I thawed some blueberries I’ve had in the freezer since last summer and the cheesecake was WONDERFUL.  {I’ll post the recipe soon}.breakfast

And last but not least, the HH’s Sunday breakfast tray. I serve him breakfast in bed every Sunday. Did you know that?

Feeding your family yummy food using the staples you already have is easier than you think.

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $39.21
Total Spent Year to Date $273.73

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Free Kindle Books, Free Kotex, Snowshoes, BOGS, Under Armour, 10 Days of Redbox Deals and More

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Word of the Day: Postulated  Definition: Assumed, taken for granted Used in a sentence: His proof is postulated upon certain maxims.

Today is going to be AWESOME! I don’t know why, but I have a good feeling about today. :)

Yesterday the HH started pulling up the tile in the Jack and Jill bathroom while I removed cabinet drawers and doors. The cabinet hardware is pretty dirty right now so I think today I’m going to scrub it and then spray paint it with the same paint I used for my brass office fixture. I really like how it turned out and I’m hoping the paint will stick to the hinges as well. We’ll see.

Have a great Monday everyone,

Mavis

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

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It’s a task so many people hate {me included!}. But it has to be done. Here are some Tips on How to Clean Gutters. Find more cool projects on my DIY Pinterest Board.

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Cabela’s has their Cabela’s Snowy Range Snowshoes on sale for $69.99 {was $109.99} shipped. Use code 25BARGAIN at checkout out to save an additional 10% off bring the price down to $62.99.

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I love pasta and I love avocados. So it makes sense that I would think combining the two in this Creamy Avocado Pasta would be a match made in heaven! Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more recipes on my Pasta Pinterest Board.

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Amazon has the popular Kitchen Active Spiralizer Spiral Slicer on sale for just $8.97 {ships free with Amazon Prime}.

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Go HERE to get a FREE Kotex Tampons, Pads, or Liners sample kit. I LOVE freebies!

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Amazon has ITALIAN 1500 Thread Count 100% Egyptian STRIPED 4PC  Sheet Sets on sale starting at $24.99. These sheets have great reviews and there are a ton of colors to choose from.

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Amazon also has the highly rated Mildew-Resistant Antibacterial Heavy-Duty Shower Curtain Liner on sale for $13.95 and it ships free with Amazon prime. The reviews are AWESOME.

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Jack and Jill Bathroom Remodel Part 1

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double oak vanity

The HH and I started on the upstairs bathroom remodel today so I thought I would share the before pictures with you and hopefully glean some ideas from you before I start picking out colors for everything. We plan on using 12×24 tile on both the floor and the counter tops. Right now the tile on the floor is 8×8 inches and the counter top is a pale pink/blue/cream laminate.

Just like the cabinets in our master bathroom, these ones are low {32″} and made of heavy duty oak. The reason I decided to refinish them instead of replacing them was because this is a child’s bathroom and so the low cabinets don’t matter as much. And of course there is the cost to consider as well. ;)

Chino and I went back and forth about replacing the cabinets and ultimately he was very confident that I could {and should} refinish them instead of buying new ones. The HH was totally neutral of course. I’ve decided to go for it and give it my best shot. I figure the worst thing that could happen is that I totally mess them up and have to replace them. I think I’ll be able to do it though.

old oak bathroom

Chino has an aunt and uncle who own a hotel in town, and when his aunt and uncle remodeled their hotel Chino and his brothers snatched up 20+ Kohler sinks with hardware for free. And guess what? Chino is giving us two of those sinks for free. YAY! Goodbye old outdated plastic sink knobs… hello chrome. :) double bathroom vanity solid oak

I like glamour lights just as much as the next guy {GAG} so those will have to go as well.

bathroom remodel pictures before

The shower unit is in great condition so we won’t be replacing it. {Lucy says hello!}bathroom remodel

We will be installing a new comfort height toilet and a new toilet paper holder and towel racks too. Right now the room is painted a pale, dreary blue. I’m not sure what color I’ll be painting it yet. white ceramic towel rack

My budget breakdown for this project:

  • Paint for the walls $30 {I should only need 1 gallon}
  • Sandpaper, brush and stain for the cabinets $30
  • 1 towel rack, 2 hand towel holders, 1 t.p. holder $60
  • Tools to remove tile $19 {the HH already bought these and we will be using them for both bathrooms}
  • Tile for floors and counter-top $250
  • Tile installation $500 {?}
  • New toilet $150
  • Light fixture $60
  • Light fixture installed FREE {the HH will install it}
  • Sinks and faucet hardware FREE thanks to Chino
  • Sinks installed by plumber $0-$100 {Maybe the Italian plumber who lives with his mother will install it in exchange for a delicious homemade casserole since he will already be here installing the master bath plumbing. We’ll see.

What do you think? Does this budget of $1,200 seem reasonable to you? Do you think I am way off on the price for the tile installation? I forgot to ask Chino how much his tile guy charges.

~Mavis

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures 2/22/15

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I headed off to The Home Depot early this morning to pick up a few supplies for the remodel {the HH and I are going to start working on the demo today} and would you believe while I was there I managed to put a few gardening items in my cart as well. ;)

Some women like shopping with their girlfriends or hanging out at the wine bars, but I’m a Home Depot addict. I.Can’t.Get.Enough. Seriously, I pretty much have the store layout memorized. I should apply for a job there.

casoron

Anywho, have you ever tried Casoron? It is “designed to help prevent the growth of 52 different weeds and grasses, and is recommended for sprinkling around established ornamental trees and shrubs, fruit trees, nut trees and berry plants.”

Yes it is a chemical. No it not organic {shame on me!} Yes it smells bad and you have to wear protective gear {mask, gloves} while applying it, but you know what? It kills all of weeds for up to a year {sometimes even two!} and it is worth it’s price tag of $25 a bag if you ask me.

casoron

Mrs. Hillbilly, Chino and I have all used it before in our rock borders to squelch out weeds. The only trick to getting your weeds to not come back for an entire year is to pull them all out before applying the product. I used Casoron {sparingly} at our last house in the front yard because I didn’t lay landscape fabric down before we installed the garden beds when we were building our house. Luckily I noticed how quickly the weeds were growing soon after we moved in, and used landscape fabric like crazy in the backyard and didn’t really have a weed problem back there.

Now I like a organic garden as much as anyone else, and my vegetable garden has always been an organic one {I do sprinkle a little Sluggo from time to time} but since this place doesn’t have landscape fabric and I don’t want to spend all summer pulling weeds from the gravel walkway, I went ahead and investing in a bag of the stuff. Have you tried Casoron before?

raking up moss

Another little project I’ve been working on is removing the moss from our lawn. It is a total pain let me tell you. metal rake moss

But luckily I found a little metal rake at The Home Depot for $6.99 and it’s making the job go pretty fast. I plan on re-seeding the area once the weather warms up. I’ll let you know if I get a letter in the mail from the HOA telling me my lawn looks like crap. ;)

rock path

Last week I planted 9 blueberry bushes and 75 strawberry plants. So far so good! Everything is still alive.

day lily

And the day-lilies I transplanted a few weeks ago are looking good as well.back patio

The sugar snap peas I planted in containers haven’t popped up be I should start to see them poking through the soil in a few more days.
oregano

Check out my oregano!! I started a half flat of oregano seeds about a month ago with plans to transplant them to individual containers once they reach about 4″ tall. I plant to divide up the 12×12 clump of plants into 9 or 12 smaller containers before planting them into the garden later this spring.I’m excited. If all goes well I should have a nice little hedge of oregano in my herb garden.

basil

And take a look at my homegrown basil. I’m keeping in near the kitchen window and plan to make a batch of pesto when they leaves get nice and fat.

How is your indoor or outdoor garden coming along these days?

~Mavisbotanical interests seed tape

This years garden is being sponsored by the awesome folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2015 Garden Seed Catalogor see the seeds I’ll be growing in my garden this year HERE

Up for a tour? Read about our behind the scenes tour of Botanical Interests Seed Company.

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The $20/$20 Challenge: Kaia’s Tiny House Will Blow Your Mind

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KaiaI’m not sure if you knew this, but I’m obsessed with the tiny house craze that is sweeping the nation! I want one. So I was THRILLED when Kaia sent in pictures of her tiny house as part of our $20/$20 Challenge. Here’s her story:

Hello Mavis!

I don’t really have a pantry, so I hope my “food storage in a tiny house” counts!  I wanted to point out my areas of food storage in the first photo but couldn’t figure out how to draw on it.  So, I’ll attempt to explain!  I have a couple jars of dry goods on the shelf below the toaster oven, some food on the shelf highest above the stove, the bottom drawer between the sink and stove, fridge, and loft.

Kaia1I have beans, rice, pasta, and honey above the stove.  The chickpeas I got from Azure Standard, but as I discovered one person doesn’t really need 5 lbs. of any certain food at a time, the rest of the dry goods are from the bulk bins at Fred Meyer or Winco. Kaia4 I’m an intern at a raw dairy farm, and I get raw honey (from Tacoma) through them.
Kaia5My drawer of food is a great big mixture of things.  Snacks, dried fruit, nuts, and even a bag of marshmallows from the time I was craving a s’more to go with my fresh milk ;)  Kaia2I guess the one thing I didn’t show is the rubbermaid of baking products I have that resides underneath my table or on the extra chair.
Kaia6Up in the loft on the left I have a couple boxes of cereal and a box of batteries.. I mean a battery box full of food.  Crackers, pasta, peanut butter, and the overstock of the dry goods in jars.  On the far right I have home canned tomatoes and applesauce.  Which I totally thought I knew how to do since I’ve helped my mom can forever, but learned there was a lot of things I didn’t know when it came time to can!  On the top of the fridge, I have a bunch of spices.  The ones I used most frequently are directly above the stove, so these are the rest.
Kaia7My fridge isn’t very exciting.  Raw milk (of course) for drinking, eggs, cheese, peanut butter, bread, and veggies are the staples there.  I used the other two jars of milk to make yogurt.
As far as meals, I’ve totally slacked since like Thanksgiving, but I think I’m getting back into it now!  I’ll usually make a meal and eat it once a day until I need to make another.  I will usually have a sandwich or a previous meal from the freezer for lunch.  And I make scones almost every Sunday morning!  We grew up on Dad’s waffles before church every Sunday, and I think with my future kids it’s gonna be scones–I love them!  I guess my point here being, I don’t really “meal plan,” or need to for that matter.  I go by what I have as far as meat, and try to make something out of that.
Thanks for helping out and doing this project!  I love to other people’s pictures and ideas.  And of course the most important, “food bombing” across country–that sounds so fun!
Kaia

pantry-pictures-ideasAre you getting your pantries camera ready? You can participate in the $20/$20 Challenge by simply sending in pictures of your pantry. Find out more about the $20/$20 Challenge: Show Your Pantry – Fill a Pantry!

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Free Kindle Books, Free Coffee, Free Gardening Classes, Free Basil Seeds and More

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postern

Word of the Day: Postern  Definition: Rear, private  Used in a sentence: All deliveries are to be made through the postern gate.

Happy Sunday everyone!

I spent yesterday gathering information to plan my next trip to the East Coast. The Girl and I are headed to one of my favorite places on earth… Maine. I hope. ;) The weather has been a wee bit crazy up there lately so I do have a plan B in place…. but I’m hopeful we will be able to hang out in Maine for a few days for a little R&R. Fingers crossed.

Do you live on the east coast? How have you been handling all the snow? Do you have any tips for us?

Mavis

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

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Zaycon Foods is offering boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.99/lb and it’s great way to stock up on chicken when this deal comes around. The chicken is sold in 40 pound cases for $79.60. 40 pounds may sound like a lot of chicken {and it is!} but buying in bulk is such a great way to fill your freezer and you can always split a case with a neighbor. Go HERE to place your order.

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Anyone baking on this lazy Sunday? This one simple tip on How to Keep Dough From Sticking to Your Hands will be a life saver! Find more helpful hints on my Easy Kitchen Tips Pinterest Board.

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Amazon has the Blue, Green or Purple Ball Jar Ball Heritage Collection Pint Jars with Lids and Bands for $10.99. These ship for FREE with Amazon Prime.

Kitchen Houseware Organizer Pantry Rack

Amazon has the DecoBros Kitchen Houseware Organizer Pantry Rack on sale for $13.87 and it ships FREE with Amazon Prime. I need one of these!!

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Still need to place your seed order for this years garden? Botanical Interests is offering FREE packet of Basil Seeds {though tonight} and FREE shipping on orders over $60. See what I’ll be growing in my 2015 garden HERE.

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Get a FREE one-pot ground Gevalia ground coffee sample just by filling out this form. I LOVE FREEBIES!!

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Amazon has the Black & Decker Cordless Screwdriver on sale for $9.73.

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Looking for a great teachers gift? Amazon has this Leopard Print Scarf on sale right now for just $3.09 shipped! I have one of these and I wear it all the time with my black pea coat.

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Chocolate Crepes with Bananas are what’s on the menu this morning. Heaven on a plate, that’s what they are. Get the recipe HERE or Pin for Later.

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REI Outlet Deal of the Day – Women’s Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Rain Jacket $62.73 shipped {was $140}

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 2/21/2015

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Mavis Butterfield on InstagramFollow me as I share some random goodness

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Garden Updates

Homemade Chocolate Chip Brownies

Recipes

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Giveaways

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Mornings with Mavis 

How to Divide and Transplant Daylilies

Tips and Tricks

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Weekly Shopping Trips and Other Stories

Videos

Peace Out Girl Scouts, have a great weekend!

Mavis

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Friday Night at the Movies – Remember the Titans

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If you are looking for a family movie {tweens and older} that everyone will enjoy, check out Remember the Titans.  It came out several years ago, but it is great movie, with a feel-good message.  The movie is pretty clean, minor cussing, I think is about it.  It’s about a high school football team that is being racially  integrated for the first time.  It’s based on a true story, and is really well done.

remember the titans

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Looking for more movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE!

 

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My Goals for This Year – Week of 8 of 52

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lucy the puggle dog1. Get Organized.

Did I tell you Mrs. Hillbilly said I would be out of here in a year? When I was at her house last week she said I’ll be crawling the walls pretty soon because there are only a limited number of projects for me to do here at our new house. Apparently Girl Girl agrees. What a bunch of meanies!!

2. Run, walk or crawl a Marathon, half marathon, 10k, and 5k race this year.

Besides taking Lucy for long walks, I haven’t done any additional exercise LOL. And I need too because I am feeling super sluggish lately {although that’s probably because I have been stuffing my face with sweets and sitting on the couch catching up on Grey’s Anatomy and rug hooking instead of exercising}.

3. Remodel our Master Bathroom, Master Closet and Monkey Boy’s Bathroom.

We start demoing this weekend!

sideboard

4. Finish Every Room in Our House.

My goal is to have all the rooms in the house furnished by the end of the year. I’m hoping to find  a coffee table and tv stand this summer at a yard sale so I can finish up the living room.

messy desk

5. Turn Spare Bedroom into a Cozy Home Office Space for myself.

I don’t see why I can’t just stay in the HH’s office and use the spare bedroom as my craft room. I mean really, it’s not like he needs his own office space. Right?

onion sets

6. Create a Vegetable Garden.

I’m hoping to get my onion sets planted this weekend. The Home Depot has them on sale 100 for $3.99 right now.

laurel hedge

7. Build a Path into the Hillside for Easy Access to the Upper Garden.

red vines

8. Limit my personal spending to $100 a month.

All I spent this past week was $1 on a box of Red Vines. :) I’m headed to the East Coast again soon so I’m trying to be good and save my money for something exciting.However… if I come across those delicious Russel Stover Pectin jelly beans they sell in the stores this time of year, all bets are off. ;)

Total spent so far this month $29.91 Still have $70.09

In January I Spent $84.33

thrift store donations

9. Purge… Weekly. Find 10 things each week to donate to the thrift store.

This week I got rid of:

  • 2 Coffee carafes
  • 1 box of crappy pens
  • 1 glass jars {the hinges hurt my hands when I open them}
  • 1 Good Dog Bell {It did not work for us}
  • 1 Cow Bell from the Race for a Solider 
  • 1 tube of cross stitch thread {I’ve decided cross stitch just isn’t for me}
  • 1 old Canon camera a battery charger
  • 1 Fossil watch the HH gave me 10 {?} years ago {I don’t wear a watch}

the last lecture

10. Read 1 book a week. – My goal is to read 52 books this year

This past week I read The Last Lecture. I knew I would love it’s message of living life without regrets.

primitive hooked rugs

11. Slow Down.

I cannot stop rug hooking. Seriously. It has become my new addiction. I may need an intervention soon.

raspberry jam in weck jars

12. Canning

We are out of raspberry jam so I think I’ll try and get some canned this week using the last bit of last summers raspberries I have tucked away in the freezer.

Did you set any goals for this year? If so, how are they coming along?

~Mavis

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