The Longest Thursday

I went to bed last night with such great expectations for today.  I had the Longest Thursday planned: Cleaning everything that became a mess during my 2 days of clinicals and 1 day of school, then I was going to make breadcrumbs for this Aldi Meal Plan I have been experimenting with so I could make Turkey Meatloaf for dinner tonight.  Somewhere in the day, I wanted to tackle some homework because I have 6 assignments, 1 exam review, and a 4 page surgical procedure record to do this week.

It’s the days that you have planned down to the end of the day that end up going haywire.. Poor Kennedy has a 102 temp that started in the middle of the night.  So duty has called.  The craziest things about these 2 year old girls is that for some reason if their medicine is of a pink variety they will take the entire syringe and push it in their own mouth.  The Children’s Motrin that we have on hand is dye-free, so I added a pen point drop of neon pink food coloring and WA-LA!  I don’t know why I haven’t thought about food coloring before!

Now, she’s laying on the couch all snuggled up watching Dora the Explorer with Haven.  Haven is being such a good ‘big sister’ (she was born a whole 1 minute before Kennedy) and it makes my heart happy.

I may not get the Longest Thursday to-do list accomplished, but the snuggles, cuddles, and time spent making 1 sick baby girl feel better is SO MUCH MORE worth my time.  Everything always gets done eventually! 🙂

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Printable Pre-School Number Activities

I’ve been doing my internet rounds for deals and ideas this morning, and I just stumbled across this page!  Check out these cool FREE printable activities for your toddler/pre-schooler.. just click on the images to be directed to the website’s printable number page.

 

          

Plan Your Week, Shopping List, & Meals

Planners are so expensive and usually, they lack the layout you like.  You’re never able to fit everything you want on one page… Well, I found a crafty website, Artsy Fartsy Mama, that posted an awesome printable weekly planner!  The best thing about printable planners is that you don’t have to bind them to anything, so if you’re on the run, you can just grab your page for that week and have your shopping list, menu, and to-dos with you!  Or you can post them on the fridge so your family can keep track of your plans and the menu.  So awesome!  Click on the planner image to be directed to the webpage related 🙂

 

I Dominated Today With 1 Coupon

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Today, I woke up feeling… AWAKE for once!  I had energy and the motivation to go with it.  That motivation took me to my computer where I printed off one simple coupon that led me to saving about $75  in one stop.  The coupon was only {and I use only lightly} 40% off from Hobby Lobby but this coupon got me out of my house.  I saw sunlight, I breathed fresh air, I got dressed, I… was unchained from the bindings from this house! 🙂  All kidding aside, I got to use a gift card that I received for Christmas combined with this coupon to total over $100 stuff for $9 from my pocket.  I’ll call that a WIN 🙂

This one coupon also got me back on the printing coupons online kick, again.  To coupon effectively, though, you need to be aware of your retailers rules and regulations when it comes to coupons.  You can find a good list here.  Just scroll down to find the list of retailers and click on the appropriate one.

Once you have the rules down, it’s time to print!  Here are some good coupon printing sites:

  • Target Coupons – Note these are NOT manufacturer coupons, so they will stack with any manufacturer coupons you have.
  • Coupons.Com – Loads of manufacturer coupons
  • SmartSource – Loads of even more manufacturer coupons
  • CVS – While these aren’t necessarily printable coupons, CVS has the best deals for ‘bang for you buck’.  It also has the most lenient couponing rules, as they allow you to use a BOGO Free coupon on their BOGO deals to get both items free, in example.  That paired with CVS bucks and you are getting back what you spend.

I also added a new page ‘Printables‘ to my blog, under the ‘Resources’ tab!  There you will find more printable jewels for living, crafting, budgeting, and more!

If you have any couponing advise or additional places for online printing, let me know!

Thee Domesticated Journey

 

One of the greatest goals of any wife and/or mother is to become the end all be all mom.  A lot of people call this person ‘domesticated’, and as the end of school closes in, my urge to become a better the end all be all grows!  I have more time now to think about all of the little details and oil this machine we call home.

Now, being the ‘perfect’ wife/mother is not in my definition of the end all be all domesticated lady..  Nobody can be the perfect wife or mother.  Nobody can be the perfect anything for that matter.  My goal is to keep this machine {home} well oiled.  What do I mean by well oiled: clean, organized, debt free, fed, and most of all… HAPPY!

My main areas for concentration needed are being clean, organized, and fed.  I need to find ways to fit in laundry for a family of four while keeping every room clean, in the midst of 2 toddlers running around.  I need to find a way to get on a ‘dinner plan’, so we don’t buy unnecessary groceries and we don’t have things to throw away in the fridge.  I NEED to find a way for every room to be ORGANIZED, for my SANITY!

On this journey, I have been researching things that work for others and tweaking them to fit my family.  There are a plethora of resources available for those on the same journey as I.  Websites, books, shows, and the list goes on.  So I know I’m not alone!  As I find these golden nuggets of precious ideas, I will share my findings in hopes that someone out there as desperate as I am will find some golden nuggets of their own.

If you have any bits of precious secrets to keeping your machine oiled, please, let me know!