Outside my window…
It’s COLD – Golden grass and the sky, a blanket of overcast white. Chilling breeze that cuts through, shifting leaves and branches as it goes. There is no trace of the fluffy cotton-ball snow that fell earlier today.
I am thinking…
About creating a recipe/menu-planning ebook. Every time I cook a dish my girls love (which is daily), they ask, “Mama, when I’m big, can I have this recipe, too?” They’ve already decided that when they grow up and move away, they want a book filled with my recipes. It makes my heart smile.
But, as many friends, family, and acquaintances have asked for recipe after recipe and menu ideas… I was wondering how much interest there would be in a menu-plan book complete with our favorite, tried-and-true recipes. It would be under $5 and a fabulous help. My system and these recipes have taken me a long time to compile and come up with, so I’ll be sharing YEARS of trial and error and hard work for just a few bucks.
I am thankful…
63. for a local Church who believes in us and supports us and encourages us both.
64. for an extra little smiling face who lights up our lives
65. for artwork on the fridge by my darlings
66. for friends who sit at the feet of Jesus with me
67. for the opportunity to walk along someone else on the discovery to who Jesus is
68. for a sound mind
69. for giant floating snowflakes
70. for warm, sunshine-y days
In the kitchen…
I made my first loaf of braided Challah Bread:
I am reading…
I just finished reading Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. It’s super good. The kind that you don’t want to put down, good.
We/I am learning…
Around the house…
I’ve been implementing some of my goals for the New Year (you can see them HERE). Scripture on some walls…
We’ve been working for a while now, with the kids, teaching them the fruit of the spirit. When we saw this, we both new it belonged in our home.
We’re still SLOWLY working on de-cluttering and organizing. SLOWLY.
My Erin Condren planner FINALLY came in (I was counting down the days!). I chose my cover and turns out, it couldn’t have been a better fit. A friend of mine suggested skipping E.C.’s pens and going a cheaper version and buying Paper Mate Flair Pens…
You can buy them HERE. You can also buy at Walmart for the same price.
They are PRETTY and don’t bleed through the pages…always a PLUS! (Sharpies DO bleed…even the ones that say they won’t.)
So, I have those and some washi tape in my pink pencil pouch from Thirty-One (already had it). The little notepad that you see is my prayer list. I flip through it over and over and it helps remind me what’s on my prayer list.
“Pray without ceasing” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
The only other “extra” I bought was the silver band you see above to keep my planner shut. Had they not been sold out of coil clips, I would’ve bought those as well. I like the idea of being able to clip in invitations, etc to my calendar week.
As a mom to littles who is constantly moving, I really appreciate the thick coil binding. Planners come to my house to die…but this one is NICE! It also came with this little zip pocket (right) and the perpetual calendar…and a folder pocket (dual-sided). The perpetual calendar is a great way to list birthdays so EVERY year, you just grab it and put those dates in your calendars.
Here are my weekly pages. I go back and forth between one verse for the whole week and a daily tidbit from Proverbs (corresponding the chapter to the day of the month.) For next week, I really want to focus on Philippians 4:8.
There are 8 blue droplets at the top of each day, as well, to help me keep track of water consumption.
I also use these pages as a homeschool planner. And, family planner.
I used to use paper-planners all the time until hubs convinced me to try Google Calendar so we could all keep synced. It seemed like the easiest way to keep track of our goings-on. Until it began to delete and change times of events *insert horrified gasp!* I have to say, even before that, I missed being able to see the whole month and week at one glance. I like the way paper feels in my hands. (I also prefer the REAL books to kindle books.)
I’ve been super-pleased with this planner. It’s a little pricier than what I normally spend on myself, but considering that it’s now taking the place of both personal/family planner AND homeschool planner… it’s a great deal! (Hubby bought an ugly black planner from the Office store that’s beyond simple and it still cost $23 or so. )
Want your own Erin Condren Planner? Use my referral link and we will BOTH receive $10 off future purchases!! Here’s my LINK. In order for it to work, you will need to open a new account after you go to this link (it looks like the regular link but it knows you came from here). Open your account and then, wait for an email. You will get a welcome email, and then a bit later, you will get a coupon code! Apply it to your order. To get what I got, select LIFE PLANNER. Then, customize to your liking! Change the cover up, add font, pictures…whatever suits you.
Oh yes…another plus? The cover is laminated…so sippy cup spills or babies who spit up? No worries, mama!
Another Favorite Thing…
My new swimsuit. Photo is CLEARLY not me. :) It’s advertised as both a cover-up and swim-dress, depending on where you look. It’s swim-suit material and has great coverage in the right places. I’ve been looking for a much more modest swimsuit for my after-babies body and I REALLY like this one! (If you like it, you can find it at Macy’s by Kenneth Cole)
Moments I Want To Remember…