Monday, September 1, 2014

Goals: Week of September 1st


I hope that you all are having a great labor day! Have you taken some time to enjoy not laboring?!

I was thinking about my goals that I wanted to do this next week. I really wanted to not put down the getting rid of 10 things from my spare bedroom. Does this just mean that things are getting a little harder? I knew I needed to keep at cleaning out, but didn't want to take on this task. I gave in and put it back on the list.

Last weeks goals

1. Find a permanent location for 10 things in our spare bedroom. 

2. Can the rest of the tomatoes.

3. Write post on diaper pail liner tutorial.  You can find the link to this tutorial farther down in the post. 

4. Complete Kitchen, Dining, & Pantry Declutter. I did the basic, but didn't really get to dive in and declutter.

This weeks goals

1. Find a permanent location for 10 things in our spare bedroom. 

2. Pull weeds at our house.

3. Write a post about selling on eBay. Do you have any questions that would be good for me to answer?

4. Spend an hour cleaning in the garage. 

Recent Posts

I posted my post about making a diaper pail liner



You can check up on our September Mortgage Update

Sunday, August 31, 2014

September Mortgage Update

Is it really September already? If you remember, I talked about how I was going to give you an update of how our mortgage pay off is going.

Last year, we paid off $6,000. So far this year, since July, we have been able to pay off $1,180 of our principal. On track to meet our goal. Now to try to beat that goal!

The couple in this video are some great inspiration!

Friday, August 29, 2014

DIY Cloth Diaper Pail Liner Tutorial

When we decided to cloth diaper, I knew there were other supplies that we would need. A diaper pail liner was one of them. I wanted to try my hand at making one on my own.

My conclusion. Not too hard to make. Just 3 straight lines to sew. Sounds easy right? And if you use a coupon, way cheaper than pail liners you can buy.



Supplies

26 inches of PUL fabric (I found mine in the baby/ diaper section at Joann Fabrics)
36 inches of 1/4" elastic

Cost

Fabric: 5.94 (It is 14.99 regular price, so make sure you use a coupon!)
Elastic: I had this on hand, but would not be much.

Directions


1. Lay your fabric out flat with right sides together. 


2. Pin down the long sides. Be careful to keep your pin holes near the outside. If you have a pin hole in the inside, it may leak. So, try to keep the pin as close to the edge as you can.


3. Sew down the sides with 1/2 inch seam allowance.


4. Measure your elastic to cut. I put mine around the outside of my pail liner to make sure that the elastic fit well. I then pinned the elastic and cut. My trash can is 12.3 gallon and I used 36 inches. 


5. I then sewed where the elastic overlapped. I like to sew over this several times to make sure that it holds well.


6. Pin elastic to the top on the wrong side. I folded the elastic in half and put the folds on the seems of my bag. Pin so the elastic stays in place. The elastic will be smaller. 


7. I then folded the sides in half. I pinned together the fabric and the elastic on the halfway point. The bag looks kinda messy at this point. 


8. Start to sew close to the edge. See how the fabric isn't flat? Go to the next step. 


9. Pull the elastic so that it is the same length as the fabric. Keep sewing. I did this for each of my sections that are a quarter of the liner. 


When you are done, the top of the bag will bunch and fit nice and snug on the top of your diaper pail. 



Don't want to make a pail liner? The Planet Wise Reusable Diaper Pail Liner works just as well! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Free Audiobook from Audible


Get an audiobook of your choice, free, with a 30-day trial. What a fun way to try out audible for free for a month and listen to a free book.

Make sure you schedule a reminder to cancel before your 30 days is up if you don't want to pay.

Anyone else going to check out a book that they can listen to for free? I am thinking this would be great to listen to while doing something around the house!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Great Reads

If I were back in school, Get to Know Mary would have been a great book for a book report. I like that this book tells about the time period that Mary live during. There are many pictures that make the book exciting. Part of the text sticks pretty much to what we are told in the Bible. Then we are given more information that would help to understand what was going on in Mary's life.

I am looking forward to getting more books in this series.

BookLook Bloggers provided me Get to Know Mary in exchange for an honest review.






 Great Dates: Connecting Love, Marriage, and Fun on a Budget0 Great Dates: Connecting Love, Marriage, and Fun on a Budget was a fun book to get some ideas from for dates. The dates were broken down into categories for adventure, out-on-the-town, at-home, great outdoors, marriage pick-me-ups, romantic, seasonal specials, and unique and unusual dates. I like that they try to keep the dates cheap and focus on the relationship. Some of the dates included trips to estate sales, picking out cards, and watching a movie at a unique location. Great ideas to consider and make your own.

Thanks to Bethany House for a copy of Great Dates: Connecting Love, Marriage, and Fun on a Budget0 Great Dates: Connecting Love, Marriage, and Fun on a Budget.





Miracle in a Dry Season was a great book to get lost in while breast feeding. My little one has been a hungry little girl recently, so I have managed to spend some time reading.

A friend and I were both reading this book and talked about how the time period in this book was confusing. The book took place in 1954, but felt like it should have been the 1800's. When they got in a vehicle, I was so confused!

The theme of forgiveness ran through this book. I was reminded that I need to be granting forgiveness to people even when they do not come and ask to be forgiven.

Bethany House provided me a copy of Miracle in a Dry Season for an honest review.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Goals: Week of August 25th


I just realized that other than my goals last week, I haven't posted anything. I felt like I spent a lot of time this last week with tomatoes. I still have a peck and a half to deal with this week. I am excited to see the food that we have ready for this winter. 

Oh that spare bedroom. I think I have gotten rid of most of the easy stuff from there. I now need to dig in and see what all I can get rid of from the house. 

Last weeks goals

1. Find a permanent location for 10 things in our spare bedroom. 

2. Can tomato sauce. Got 11 quarts and 23 pints!

3. Can peaches

4. Touch up the paint on the trim of the house

5. Complete Living Room Declutter. Find out more about the challenge here

This weeks goals

1. Find a permanent location for 10 things in our spare bedroom. 

2. Can the rest of the tomatoes.

3. Write post on diaper pail liner tutorial. 

4. Complete Kitchen, Dining, & Pantry Declutter. This will be a little more challenging than the living room. 


Monday, August 18, 2014

Goals: Week of August 18th


Last weeks goals

1. Find a permanent location for 10 things in our spare bedroom. Either needs to be someone else in the house or gotten rid of to somewhere else.

2. Make second changing pad cover. 

3. Touch up the paint on the trim of the house.


This weeks goals

1. Find a permanent location for 10 things in our spare bedroom. I did this last week. Pretty sure the bedroom doesn't look better. Small steps and it will eventually look great. 

2. Can tomato sauce

3. Can peaches

4. Touch up the paint on the trim of the house

5. Complete Living Room Declutter. Find out more about the challenge here

Recent Posts

I was challenged to think about what kind of example I am being to my daughter. 

Our goal to pay down the mortgage.

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