Plan Plan Plan! ( How I spend my Sunday evenings)

If I didn’t plan my week–my whole life would fall apart so every Sunday I spend about two hours sitting in front of RHOA and Desperate Housewives and plan out my blog post ( just started that), weekly menu, make my To Do list and clip/organize my coupons/binder.

 

planning my coupon trip-- browsing The Krazy Coupon Lady site-

yes– that’s my little M’s sleeping foot :)

clipping and sorting my 20+ inserts from the past weeks

I really shouldn’t let them build up but I do

after clipped and sorted-- then I add to my coupon binder

I love this thing– I take it every time I go to a store– people use to stare but now I see everyone with them

go to The Krazy Coupon Lady for details on how to coupon and how to get your binder set up! ( love  her site)

Then I match whats on KCL and my sales papers and make my store list notice I have an envelope for each store?– it’s easier that way ( but I still take my binder just in case I find another deal)

 After I make my coupon list– I usually start on my weekly menu plan– I go through all my pins of recipes from Pinterest, through my favorite cook books and match ups with whatever sale is going on in the sale papers and make my menu
sorry for all the ugly pics but It was at night and I didn’t feel like editing anything

THEN after planning my menu– I go planning my post for the week

Weekly blog planner

and THEN after finishing that up– go into planning my little K’s school lessons for the next week—- sorry no pics– maybe I’ll do a post sometime next week on our homeschooling schedule :)

So there you have it– our week is planned and ready to go — it took about 3 hours but it’s well worth it considering that we have a crazy busy weekly schedule– but honestly…….. nothing prepares you for everyday life experiences so even though I do all this planning– most of the time– It doesn’t go  as planned :)

 

What do you do to get ready for your week? Please share :)

Mommie I want a snack! {Healthy snack options for kids}

Little K: Mommie can I have a snack?
Mommie: Sure grab it out the snack cabinet.
Middle D: Mom, can I Have a snack?
Mommie: Go ahead D, look in your snack basket.
Big T: Hey mom, I’m getting a snack ok?
Mommie: Ok, T– go ahead.

Am I crazy or do your kids ask for a snack every 5 minutes? I swear 1/2 of our grocery budget goes to their snacks. About three or four months ago– I started my new snack routine which is filling their snack basket with a variety of snacks
and then having fresh fruit, veggies, pudding and juice– already prepackaged and ready in the fridge


This was a great idea but my kids are going through their snacks so fast– I’m starting to run out of snack ideas. I try to keep our household as healthy as I can but my kids are now getting bored with my snack options. So of course I did what any mom would do……  and hit up Pinterest.

Here are some of my favorite:

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Now I just need to put together my shopping list together and hit the store. I know the kiddos will love all the new snacks, problem solved (well kind of) Now I need to find a way to stop them from growing :)

PM’s 2011 ReWind & some goals for 2012

Bye Bye 2011 and HELLO 2012!— While I’m blessed that I made it through this past year– I’m so happy to start fresh and try some new things this year. This past year has been a huge learning experience for me in many different ways– some of them being my new homeschooling journey with my youngest son Little K. When I 1st moved to Louisiana– I knew that it would be different for my family but one of the biggest things that caught me off guard, was the public school system. They suck!  So I decided to move my two older boys to a different school district  and started to home school my youngest. It’s been a struggle but it’s also one of the best things that I’ve done this past year and I can’t wait till this year to have all three of them homeschooling. 2011 was full of learning experiences, private crying sessions, laughter, and self- reflection. PM has a been a big part of that and I’m so appreciative of all the relationships that I have made through blogging and I can’t wait to continue to build even more relationships.

Any Who –some of my goals for this coming here are:

Blogging more– I will still continue to write about diys, organizing, and parenting but I’m also would like to share more of my party planning tips, fitness and fashion post as well. Stay tuned

Be more proactive and productive: I’m such a slacker but I’m planning to put a stop to that ASAP!

Try new hobbies and projects: I have over 800 pins on Pinterest, two huge binders full of craft inspirations and a zillion projects saved to my computers that I’ve been dying to try. Stay tuned to ( I’m trying that! Tuesdays)

Organize the W household: I’m really good at starting new routines but then I fall off and there goes the entire family

Get more healthy– yea I know it’s cliche for the new year

Build a stronger spiritual bond with the man above: This is my biggest goal– gotta get it together– I feel like I’ve lost a little connection in the past year, that’s not good– I need that and plan to reconnect fully :)

Spend more alone time with kids individually— four kids are a lot but I’ve seen mothers with 6 or 7 kids do it so I can too

Spend more “alone” time with my hubby–if you know what I mean ;)– jk– kind of.

Go to visit family and friends back home more often– I miss them dearly

So what are some of your goals for 2012– please share– you know I want to be know :)

Happy New Years Peeps!

It doesn’t have to start in 2012 people!

It doesn’t take much to get healthy– just a little determination and consistancy. I was that conplancent mama back in the day that was ok with still looking somewhat young and wasn’t out of shape but wasn’t in shape and healthy. I was that mama that had one kid that thought I was going to be the coolest chicest mom out there and then got a rude awaking after my fourth child. I was that mama that took care of everyone else but took little care of myself. I was that mama that had a rocking style but now wear the same 7-10 sets of clothes and was ok with it. I was that mama never really watched what she ate because she never really had time to eat. I was that mama that made excuses for everything because excuses were better than admitting that I was getting lazy and conplacent.

But hey things can change, right?

I’m no longer any of those things and am proud that I am taking the first steps to living the life that I deserve!

It all started with this

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Mama Maintenance {move it mommy!}

Ok have you ever woke up one morning running late and having a million things to do? Well yesterday morning was that morning for me. Usually my morning routine is wake up at 6, prepare Little K’s work for school, wake my older boys up( at 630) so they can get ready for school, kiss them bye onto the bus at 7 and then off to get my hour workout in till about 8.

Didn’t happen that way yesterday because for one I didn’t hear my clock alarm and then on top of that I had to be at my middle son’s Christmas party at 9. So instead of my normal hour workout– I had to cut things short and race off to the gym and do a quick 30 minute workout.

Which consist of :

Got in a good sweat, cleared my mind and was ready for the rest of the day!

Even if you have limited time– always make time for mommie :) Remember if we don’t keep our maintenance up then the whole machine breaks down ( family)

picture via weheartit.com

So what’s one of your “go to” workouts when you’re crunched for time? Please share, thinking about starting a linky party for next week :)

Also remember only 30% is the gym and the other 70% is nutrition— so take a look at my Work IT tab and see what  we use as a family and provide our clients. It’s the best thing popping:)

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I’m no Betty Crocker, but I try

This weekend was full of baking and sharing special moments with the family. So often throughout the holidays, people forget about what Christmas is all about– so this year I decided to spend less time running around shopping and more time making lasting traditions with the family.

First it started out with little Kendrick’s Picasso Birthday–not a lot of pictures– not enough hands, but know that it was super cute :)

Then it was time to make goodies for Duriel’s class and the kiddos at the daycare. I found these really cute tags over at Organized Christmas and used the following recipe to make a simple treat for each kid.

Recipe

Oats

red & green glitter

Christmas sprinkels

and then it was on to making cookies for the kids teachers (7 total). I’m not a baker so we stuck to the store bought pre-cut cookies and baked away. There was a total of 9 dozen completed but after my husband and kids got to them it was a total of 8 batches.

I know I’m not Betty Crocker but I try:) Now it’s time to package them up and send them on their way.

What did you guys bake or are you make this weekend?

10 Things to do w/ the kiddos during the holiday break

Next Tuesday is the kid’s last day at school so that means for the next two weeks my house will be extra noisy, extra dirty, and the fridge will be extra empty from 4 little sets of hands opening and closing it every five minutes. All of which I love but I also thought it would be a great idea to have some EXTRA fun things for us to do to make this time a little more enjoyable.

So here are 10 things that we will be doing  at the Ws house during the Christmas break

  • Make and send Christmas cards
  • Make a craft together
  • Visit Santa

So what are you guys doing with your little ones?