Archive for 2012

Two week challenge

After the first crazy high, winter heating bill we turned the thermostat way down and layered up on clothing. I’m curious to see what difference it makes on the bill next month.

Look at everyone bundled up…

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Isaac seems to appreciate the “gaming mitts” I knit them all for Christmas the most. He wears them every day!

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In keeping with our 2012 financial goals, we have a TWO WEEK no spending challenge going on, starting today. It’s going to be tough! Some might think two weeks is nothing but this is without any preparation. I’m forcing myself to work with the “we-don’t-have-any-food” food.

We are kicking it off with a full tank of gas, 1.5 gallons of milk, leftover homemade pizza and a hearty amount of peasoup prepping in the crockpot. I have several bags of beans, a big container of rice, oats, lentils, masa harina, etc. We should do fine theoretically.

I’ll need to get past the lazy, Jason will need to get past the soda addiction and the kids will need to get past the picky eating. SCARY!

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Note for next Christmas

In my attempts to be financially fit this year I’m already thinking about Christmas 2012(!!!) and birthdays throughout the year. I saw so many handmade items that would have been wonderful and cost effective had I allowed myself the time.

With our attempts to limit the number of gifts the past few years, it still seems like they get a lot of plastic that gets assembled and set aside. This plastic is what they asked for, of course, but even they agree it is a short lived “high” and maybe they didn’t need this or that.

My friend Valerie mentioned a tradition of limiting kids to four gifts:

Something they want, something they need,

something to wear and something to read.

I love it! I did a web search and this practice comes up a lot. How did I miss this until now? What I like about it is the single “want” gift. It will make them think and be more selective in choosing. It will certainly help organize the shopping process.

If you think this seems Scrooge-like, trust me, the kids are not for want;) Christmas is for fun and the element of surprise.

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A little late…

Xander’s birthday was on the 7th and we had cake yesterday, on the 9th.

The boy is EIGHT years old!

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I spy with my little eye

I would not even have known this clutter was here if I didn’t take a picture of it. That is how sloppy our family room has gotten. I’m feeling a major PURGE coming on.

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Are you with me?

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puppies

Lotus sleeping and Simon trying to convince us he is asleep too;)

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