The Start of A New Venture

As most of you know, I’m a SAHM.  I went back to work in 2013 at a gas station and I worked 3rd shift for a year.  It was tough on my family since I did nothing but sleep all day and was not mentally present when I was awake since I was always exhausted.  I struggled toward the end with whether it was the right decision to keep working or not.  Needless to say, I got my answer.  I am back at home and every time I have talked about going back to work, Hunter melts down.  It creates too much change in our house for me not to be here and managing things.  So, what can I do?  I need to do something.

I’ve have been praying for awhile now about what the answer would be and I could never get peace about me going back to work outside of the home. Well, Tevis works at a place where he has access to discarded furniture. Every so often he would call me and say, “Hey!  There is this _____.  Do you think we could use it?”  I didn’t pick up on it then, but over the last few months it started dawning on me that maybe we could just start repurposing these things.

He brought home this coffee table one day.  It has sat in our basement for a few weeks while I tried to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with it.  I decided on a bench.  Pinterest is a handy little tool!

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I went to Hancock Fabric and found a piece of upholstery that was 90% off AND I got to use a 15% off coupon, too!  Then we went to Michael’s and bought some black spray paint and got to use a 50% off coupon for it.  And we were ready to go!  Oh, forgot to mention that the padding for it, Tevis got from work too.  We were able to put a memory foam seat on it!  Sweet!

First things first…Time to dismantle the thing!

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Next, we had to measure and cut the padding for the seat cushion.  We used a thin piece of regular foam for the bottom and then memory foam for the top.

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After cutting the pieces to size, we sprayed an adhesive glue to the table top, just to hold it in place while we maneuvered it around.  Tevis lined up the pieces of foam on the material before we placed the top down.

Then, as Tevis pulled the material taut, I stapled it down.  He made sure that it was just taut enough to where it didn’t dimple the fabric around the edges.  We started on the short sides, then the long sides, leaving the corners for last.  We gathered the corners together and then stapled them down after we got it shaped in a way we liked.

Now, we get to paint!  We tried to get it done in one day, but we just couldn’t see since it had gotten dark and we noticed that the paint wasn’t liking the finish on the wood.  Tevis took it all to the shed and sanded it a little to give the paint something to adhere to.  I ended up having to finish the painting the next day in the basement since the temperature was too cold outside for the paint.

Once everything was dry, it was time for the fun part!  Putting it back together and seeing how it turned out!

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And then….TADA!!!

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It turned out great!  It wasn’t that hard to do.  It was a fun project and we will definitely be doing it again.  I just have to keep reminding myself that I can’t keep everything!  HA!

Tevis called the next day and said that he had found a dresser and head & footboard.  The dresser was not salvageable but the drawers were.  Now I have drawers in my basement and I can’t wait to show you what I plan to do with those!  As far as the headboard and footboard goes…it may end up as another bench.  Who knows!  I think I’m going to like this new adventure and I think I understand why I’ve not been given a “yes” about going back to work.  Is it going to be a huge income producer?  No, but it will supplement the same, if not more, that I would be making it I did go back to work.  And, I get to stay home and take care of my family still.  I think it’s a win all the way around.  =)  Be Blessed!

 

A New Year With New Adventures

Ahh, the freshness of a new year.  Don’t you just love it?  It’s like the new car smell or that of a newly cleaned house, ready to settle into.  I love the beginning of the year.  I start getting the itching early in December when it dawns on me that new seed catalogs should come rolling in soon.  Oh how I love that!  Yet, I hold off (as best I can) until New Year’s Day to crack those beautiful catalogs open, pen and marker in hand, ready to circle and write all through it…and dream.  THAT is what really sets my gears turning for the upcoming year.

I don’t do resolutions.  I despise them.  To me, the emphasis put on them puts extra pressure on yourself and they set you up for failure.  Then you beat yourself up afterwards when you don’t do a complete 180 within a short period of time or you don’t stick to it.  If you have had a habit for a long period of time, it’s not going to change overnight.  We like to set personal and family goals.  We set short term (6 months to a year) and long term goals (1 year +).  Do we always achieve them?  HA!  No.  But, that’s okay.  It was something that we set for ourselves and strived for.  So then, we give ourselves a little more time or adjust it accordingly.

We haven’t been able to sit down yet and go over our goals for this year.  But, for me, I know what I’m going to strive for.  So, what do I want to do?

1) Yes, get healthy is on my list.  My sister’s wedding is in May.  Besides that, I need to get healthy for me and break some very bad habits.  I will not set a target weight or anything like that.  My goal is just to make better eating choices.

2)  Work hard (this year) at my garden.  I want to really focus on having plenty of healthy foods to choose from and to put up for winter for my family.

3) Start playing piano again.  Also, learn to read cord sheets so I can help Tevis when he needs it.

4) I would like to write more.  I haven’t been very consistent at all with posting.  I would like to find a rhythm with it and stick to it.

What would I like to do with my family:

1) Do a regular Bible study with Destiny.  Just she and I.

2) Have regular date nights with Tevis.

3) Go camping a few times this year.

4) Have more Nerf battles with Hunter.

5) Do a Bible study with Hunter.  Just he and I.

6) Find balance and healthy consistency within our craziness.

Now, will these all be for this year?  No.  Some will take more time than others.  Remember when I said if the habit has been for a long time, it will take awhile to change it?  Some of these fall under that category.  Time management ISN’T one of my strong points.  That’s okay though.  It’s on my list under finding balance.

Please check in with me and see how I’m doing.  Hold me accountable.  I love accountability.  Yes, I will throw a fit when you are first holding me to it, but I really do love it.  So, what are some of your goals that you and your family have?  I would love to hear.  =)  Be Blessed!

Coming Home

I know, I know.  I haven’t posted in forever.  I have a good reason.  As most of you know, I went back to work.  I was working the graveyard shift, so, something had to give.  That being said, my blog had to take a back burner to everything else.  There have been a series of things that have happened over the last several months that have been telling me that it was time to come back home full-time.  I have wrestled with if what I was feeling was from me or from God.  I got my confirmation the other day when I went in to change our insurance.  It was at that moment when I felt God tell me, “Hey, trust me.  I got ya covered!”  So, I will be putting my notice in this week and returning to where I feel most called…Home.  That’s where my true mission field is, as of right now.  Yes, God blessed my with the job that I have, but it was to be only for a short season.  It also helped me to realize where I have been falling short and the things that I have been avoiding to work on but need to be dealt with within myself.

Now, I need to focus on being more obedient and listening more clearly to Him.  There is freedom in He who loves us.  Why we run away from that I will never know.  All I know is that I need to get myself together and to surrender and listen to Him wholeheartedly and walk in His grace and guidance.  Thank you Lord!  Thank you for loving me regardless of my rebellion and stubbornness.  You are the Almighty and you definitely know what is best for me.  =)  Be blessed!

Household Notebook (Part 4)

(Continuation of the series on creating a household notebook.  Read Household Notebook (Part 2) here.)

To finish up our notebooks we will be covering the final 3 sections.  The sections I used in our notebook (Financial is a separate binder for us) are:

Goals

Calendar

Schedule

To Do

Menu Planning

Ministry

Blogging

Contacts

     We have a Ministry section since Tevis is a pastor and it is a huge part of our life.  For you, this could be anything from your job to whatever takes up a lot of your time and needs to be organized.  In this section I have a folder to put things that I need to file, inserts from events coming up, bulletins, any notes, basically anything that I must have to stay on track.  It just gives me a place to organize those items so I know where they are instead of just dropping them on a counter, dresser top, fridge…you get the point.  =)

     For my Blogging section I have blank printables that I can organize topics, ideas or other sites that I need to make contact with.  A “Blog Schedule” I reckon.  If you are a blogger or are just getting started, here are a couple of sites that have printables for blogging:

Living Locurto – simple, easy to use calendar

Bringing Up Bauer – She has links 3 from another blogger.  I really like them.

Wild Olive – A blog contact printable.  Very handy.

     The last section is Contacts.  This is pretty straight forward.  It’s an address book in you binder.  Easy access for when you tackle the calls on your To-Do list.  You can go all out here and put in birthdays or whatever.  That could actually be its own section if you are one to keep up them.  Here are a couple sites for contacts pages to print:

Organized Home – TONS of great printables on all sorts of things

Believing Boldly – Simple contact page.

     I will more than likely update this in the future with more pictures and such, once I get ours finished and get some use of it under my belt.  I may tweak it a bit as we go along.  All I know is that having one is wonderful and I’m glad to have settled enough to be able to implement it again.  It’s helps you feel grounded as far everything that we have to manage in our households.  Hope you  are having a great week!  =)  Be Blessed!

Household Notebook (Part 3)

(Continuation of the series on creating a household notebook.  Read Household Notebook (Part 2) here.)

Today, I will cover the Menu Planning section in creating your notebook.  This is my favorite section.  Mainly because I love to cook.  I  love to try new things.  The sections I used in our notebook (Financial is a separate binder for us) are:

Goals

Calendar

Schedule

To Do

Menu Planning

Ministry

Blogging

Contacts

     Menu planning can be a huge asset to your family.  Not only is it a money saver, but with some careful planning, it can be a time saver as well.  It is also healthier.  I have used several methods over the years.  I have done the bulk cooking where you cook everything for a month and freeze it, planning for 1, 2 & 4 week periods, and I’ve done no plan at all.  Normally the no plan method doesn’t work real well for us.  We would end up eating more convenience and quickly type stuff.  Not real nourishing.  

     In this section, you can have different types of things.  You can have subcategories also which would include: grocery list, restaurant menus, favorite recipes, recipes to try, holiday plans.  You can plan for all the meals you have in a day or you can plan for just supper.  It’s really your preference and depends on what your schedule looks like.  

     To start, find a menu sheet that you like.  Some suggestions are:

Fab-N-Free – 20 great  printables, mainly for weekly planning

Money Saving Mom – Great list of all the different ways (weekly, biweekly & monthly)

Holy Spirit Led Homeschooling – Love her site!

     Once you have your printable, get your calendar out and plane the busy days first.  For us, those days are normally crock pot cooking.  It’s easy to whip together and just toss in and it will be ready when we finally get home.  When you figure out those days, then you can move on to the rest of the days.  We like to leave a day of “Fend For Yourself”.  Those are our leftovers days and they fall on Sundays typically.  It all comes down to your schedule.  We even have built-in “dining out” days.  Those fall on Wednesdays since we have evening service and worship rehearsal afterwards at church.  Once you get the hang of it, you will find that it really does help with the flow of the family.  And it’s a huge stress reliever to you.  

Please let me know how your notebooks are coming or if you have any tips, ideas or things that you do that work wonders for you family.  I would LOVE to hear.  =)  Be Blessed! 

Household Notebook (Part 2)

(Continuation of the series on creating a household notebook.  Read Household  Notebook (Part 1) here.)

I didn’t get to post yesterday.  I totally forgot about my 31 Spring Open House being today and had to get ready for it.  Also, it’s Destiny’s 14th birthday.  So, those things took precedence.  =)

Picking up where I left off on Saturday, we have covered Goals & Calendar.  Today we will cover the next 2 pages in creating your notebook.  Again, The sections I used in our notebook (Financial is a seperate binder for us) are:

Goals

Calendar

Schedule

To Do

Menu Planning

Ministry

Blogging

Contacts

Schedule tab will/can include several things.  It really does depend on the family.  YOu can even create subcategories if you wanted to for each family member. This is where the sports, music, school, work, etc, schedules would go.  This is also where you could put a detailed yearly cleaning schedule like the one here.  There are others that are more detailed and include things like the grill, gutters, etc.  Just do a search for yearly cleaning schedules.  Here’s a couple:

Homeschool-life – Great PDF of weekly, quarterly/seasonally & biannual.

Tidy Mom- Very simple list

The next tab is my To-Do section.  This one might not be full since this is more for a quick reference spot.  This section can have a daily, weekly or monthly To Do list.  All depends on what helps you function best.  Here are some links to some printables to help you along.

The Creativity Exchange  – Daily simple

The Practical Mom Guide – Weekly

Organize For Free – 10 different types

Thursday I will cover Menu Planning.  This has got to be my favorite part of the notebook.  Have you decided to make a Household Notebook?  How is it coming along?  I would love to hear all about it!  =)  Be Blessed!

Household Notebook (Part 1)

I cannot tell you enough, how much I LOVE having a Household Notebook.  I am actually redoing mine…completely.  I decided to put our budget and financial section in it’s own binder.  Since we just moved, I am using pages that I have found across the internet to fill my notebooks.  I am in the process of creating my own pages so they fit our needs better.

So, over the next several days I’m going to do a breakdown of building your own household notebooks.  Today, I’ll cover the  tools that are nice to have included in your binder and the first 2 pages.  You can pick and choose what works for you and your family.  The sections I use for this notebook are:

Goals

Calendar

Schedule

To Do

Menu Planning

Ministry

Blogging

Contacts

So, what is it that you need in your notebook?  Here’s a list of “The Gear”:

Gear for Notebook

1″ Binder with clear cover

Pencil Pounch (with holes for binder)

Pens

Pencils

Highlighter 

White Out – (I’m currently out)

Calculator

Sticky Notes 0r sticky tabs

Hole puncher 

Plastic Dividers (I used Avery Style Edge Insertable, that way the labels wouldn’t fall out)

Folders or Receipt Envelope

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First things first.  You will your goals to be the first tab in your binder.  Do you have any?  Have you written them down or are they floating around in your head.  Put some solidity to them by writing them out.  What is your families Mission Statement?  You always want to have a direction.  Setting goals at the beginning of the year is a great way to set the course for that year.  What goals do you have for yourself, your marriage, your kids, your job, financial?  Whatever they are, write them down and put them in your binder.  Reference them often.  We plan to do this this evening.  Finally getting back on track.  I’ve always had mine but this time I will be including a page for everyone in our family.

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The next tab in your binder should be your Calendar.  You will want  monthly ones and one that has the entire year on it.  You can find these all over the web for free.  All depends on you style.  I have used:

Creative Mamma – Very colorful

Who Needs A Calendar – Basic, but has room to write

The Printable Calendar – Also basic, but has room to write

Mein Lila Park – GREAT list of all kinds

Ellinee – These are the ones I used for this year

I also, at the beginning of the week, fill out a weekly shot of what is going on and put it at the front of my calendar.  I’m using this printout from Mommy Tracked.  If you want, you can print one off and put it in a plastic sleeve and use a dry erase marker and fill it out every week instead of always printing them out.

I will the next 2 pages on Monday.  Have a wonderful weekend!  =)  Be Blessed!