Monday, November 17, 2014

Goals: Week of November 17th

It has been a few weeks since I have posted goals. I have tried to limit my screen time a little bit the last few weeks. Ok, I am sure I have still spent way too much time online, but I tried!

We got out first snowfall that accumulated today! I have enjoyed watching the snow and the fire today. Some days are just made for being a hermit. Today is one of those days! I won't say it too loudly, but we have been listening to Christmas music as well today!

This precious little girl and I are going to work on trying to take longer than 40 minute naps this week. Would love if you have any tips. 

What a fun little helper as I write my goals!

This Week's Goals

1. Dig out and see what Christmas gifts I have and need. Part of me just wants to wrap some Christmas gifts! 

2. Make dumplings

3. List 5 things on eBay

4. Enjoy some quality time with my husband

5. Finish sleep sacks I need my dining room table back!

Have you all gotten any snow yet this year?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Four Months, Esther!

Weight: Somewhere around 13 pounds
Sleep: You have been doing great at night! You don't like to sleep during the day. Mommy is learning to figure out your different cries and when you are letting me know that you are tired and need to sleep. Cat naps are your thing. 

Social: When you are on the floor, you love to talk. You have definitely got the cooing down this month and it is absolutely adorable. 
I love when I feed you in the middle of the night and put you back to sleep. You have to talk to yourself for about 5 minutes before you can go back to sleep.
Diet: Only breast milk. You have started drinking some from a transition sippy cup. 
Likes: Everything is going in your mouth these days. Who needs toys when your pants have a drawstring!
You love to watch the tv and the fire. This picture was your attempt to watch tv. 
Dislikes: You still don't like the car after dark. We bought you a lantern which has helped some. 
You don't like to cuddle, so those rare moments when you do are precious.
Firsts & Milestones: You rolled from your belly to your back twice. You have to have your arm still under you and a little propped up. Some might not consider it a true roll. You would not roll at all for daddy when he got home. 
You had your first bath without crying at all. 
First Halloween. 

Looking a little sleepy!

You can check out how much Esther has grown since 3 months

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Orajel Review and Coupon

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I received a free tube of baby Orajel from Smiley360. I am suppose to review the product. Thankfully, teeth aren't coming in yet on Esther, so I am not able to give a good review. Have any of you used this product?

Here is how they are marketing the product:

With the soothing power of Chamomilla (commonly known as Chamomile) and passion flower, Baby Orajel™ Naturals Nighttime Teething Gel helps to relieve teething pain discomfort and calm the restlessness that comes from teething, so your baby can get a good night’s sleep. • Homeopathic Formula • Benzocaine-free • Belladonna-free • Paraben-free #1 Pharmacist recommended homeopathic brand for teething pain relief.

 Follow the link to get a $1 coupon.

I would love to hear your best teething advice, cause I know that I will need it soon!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November Mortgage Update

Pretty sure this is by far my favorite debt free scream. If you haven't listened to any of the others, I encourage you to listen to this one. Great story of redemption!

My husband and I were just talking the other day about paying off our house and how we would like to get the mortgage paid off completely in 10 years. I love watching our mortgage chart on our fridge get lower. Super close to marking off the next $1,000!
Breakdown of Extra Money

  • Gift Cards- $76
                   My mom used some of my gift cards at a store I don't go to very often. Trade off for cash!
                   I am excited for a new month in order to get more free listings on ebay. Ready to list more!
                  my husband needed to get a new computer and it came with a rebate. 
  • Huntington offer- $270
                 Offer of opening a checking account doing 10 transactions and then getting paid. Not bad money for a little bit of my time!


Since our update in October, we have been able to pay off $733 from our principle. Giving us a total of $2,810 for our 2nd year so far. $2,804 to go before next July in order to hit our goal of 6 grand this year. Half way there! Promising that we will be able to make our goal.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

These Books Are Getting Me Ready for Christmas!

The First Christmas Ever lays out the Christmas story in a very Biblical way. I love when books don't stray from what is in the Bible.

For a book that is only $1.99, you can't beat it. The book is small, but would make for a cheap and profitable gift for those on your Christmas list.

This book is for 4-8 year olds. It took my daughter (who is 3 months) four nights to finish this Christmas story. I am glad to have this book in my Christmas book collection.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of The First Christmas Ever in exchange for my honest review.


I really enjoyed getting to flip through Your Family in Pictures. Sometimes, I think it would be fun to be a great photographer. Then, I think about all that they put into editing pictures and I change my mind instantly!

Me Ra's purpose in writing this book is to give moms the ability to capture their children's lives in the form of a story. She is big on getting your pictures to tell the story of what is happening. Don't just snap a picture, but frame the picture with what is going on in the picture. She says that sometimes less is more.

Holidays are coming up, the first for Miss Esther. I want to try to make sure that I capture the stories that come across during the holidays.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for a copy of Your Family in Pictures in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Goals: Week of October 27th

I spent some time in my spare bedroom this last week. There is still a long ways to go, but I feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is one area that looks so much better. Will still take some time to get things done, but I feel like I will be able to accomplish a decent finished project.

Our week this week is gonna be a little more hectic. I am not going to have a long list of goals because I know I won't have a whole lot of time to get them done. Gotta make sure when we aren't running, that I am enjoying time with my husband and my little one! 

Last weeks goals

1. Transfer old budget numbers to the new budget.

2. Paint one little patch on our shed.

3. Get garden ready for winter. Our neighbor got us manure. Need to get that spread and some compost taken over.- My awesome husband did this!

4. Make another sleep sack for Miss Esther.- Realized I didn't have a zipper. :(

5. Move 10 things from the spare bedroom.

6. Redo ads on blog.- I need to figure out how to get the ad out from behind my title. 

This weeks goals

1. Make a calendar for my grandma for Christmas.

2. Make a sleep sack to sell. Not going to make it to the store for Esther's zipper this week.

3. Go through fabric that is in the spare bedroom.

4. Move around things in the filing cabinet. 

I hope you all have a productive week filled with time with your family!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Goals: Week of October 20th

I really focused this week on getting little projects done. Most of the projects took me less than 30 minutes, but let me tell ya, they felt good to finally get them knocked out. 

Can you believe that October is almost over and there is only 2 months and 5 days until Christmas? Where has this year gone?

Last weeks goals

1. I have a list of little projects that need done. Plus those projects just sitting on my coffee table and dining room table. 

2. Redo ads on blog

3. Find a permanent place for 10 things in the spare bedroom

4. List 5 things on eBay.

This weeks goals

1. Transfer old budget numbers to the new budget.

2. Paint one little patch on our shed.

3. Get garden ready for winter. Our neighbor got us manure. Need to get that spread and some compost taken over. 

4. Make another sleep sack for Miss Esther.

5. Move 10 things from the spare bedroom.

6. Redo ads on blog.

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