Monday, April 20, 2015

{The A-B-C's of Gratitude} Lists

I am so thankful for my lists!!  I have lists in my planner, lists in my bullet journal, and lists in my housekeeping notebook.  I make to do lists, off my mind and onto paper lists, lists of things I'd like to buy, lists of things I'd like to read, lists of gifts I'd like to give, and lists of projects I'd like to make.  I even keep a list of every detail of my day - in order - that I can follow when I have a day that I justdon'tknowwheretostart!!   I'm actually following that list today!  Lists are so helpful in today's fast-paced society.  Our brains are bombarded with so much information each day that it is a good thing for us to get it out in front of us so we can prioritize and plan, rather than just react.

Here are some list making tips I've learned through the years...

L - Limit each line to one item.
Don't write feed the dogs, take them outside, clean the dog bowls on one line.  It makes it much harder to know when the task is done!
I - Is the action doable?
it is much easier to mark off Take everything out of filing cabinet, which is an action that can be completed, than to mark off Redo filing system.  As I mark off one task, I like to add the next step to my list, so I can keep moving forward on my project!

S - Set a date for completion.
If it needs to be done - and isn't just something in the planning / thinking stage - put a target date by it.  It helps you to realize that it is important!

T - Take time to think.
A jumbled list of everything that is on your mind is a starting place, but don't let it end there!  Separate your thoughts into categories, so you can prioritize your actions.  Our Keeping in Mind Page and Simplicity page are great for this, with places for things to do, errands to run, people to pray for, tasks to complete, and even special days to remember!

How about you?  Are you thankful for your lists?  Be sure to leave a comment if you have any list-making tips to share!  I'm going to get back to mine right now.

Blessings!

Tricia



Saturday, April 18, 2015

{Home Bless-A-Thon} Week Sixteen



Hello again!  I'm sitting here today with the windows open enjoying the warm Spring air, the birds singing, and the sweet notes of the wind chimes.  What a lovely time of year!

Ready to do our WEEKLY REVIEW??  Let's... 

1.  Read through the goals we've set for the month/quarter/year and then make some notes of things we would like to be reminded of this coming week. 

** I've noticed as I've gone through the year that I'm getting more and more lax in reviewing my yearly and monthly goals... and it is showing in what I am getting done and how productive I feel.  I'm going to really make a concentrated effort to do get back on track this week!!

2. Transfer any appointments or special reminders on the monthly calendar to our weekly pages. 

3.  Bring forward any unfinished to do's to a new "To Do This Week" list.

4. Look through our menus for the upcoming week and jot down when to take out meat, make things ahead, etc.

5.  Remind ourselves of our saving and spending goals. 

5. Schedule time to work on this week's Monthly Home Blessings

** Can you bless someone this week?  A note, a gift, a meal, babysitting, a visit, a call, some clothing? Be on the lookout for opportunities!! **

MONTHLY HOME BLESSINGS
Week Sixteen

Let's do a little more in the Master Bedroom!

Wash the windows, curtains and mini blinds.
Inside the windows for sure, and outside if you are able!

 Clear and dust the top of the dressers.
Are there things that have accumulated that have become clutter?  Do a clean sweep and start again!

* Straighten your dresser drawers.  
Are there any clothes you can donate?

Blessings!
Tricia

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

{Mastering Your Menus} Dinners


Merchandise Research: Dinners 

Today we’re going to talk about the meal we usually think of when we make our menus. Dinner (or supper, as it’s called at my house!). Most of us don’t have the time or resources to make fancy, gourmet type meals - in fact most of us would like ideas for crockpot recipes, or things that could be made ahead and put in the freezer. Here’s a great crockpot recipe resource… http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/ This gal made something in the crockpot every day for a year, and blogged her successes and failures. I’ve found a number of fun recipes there.  There are also tons of recipes to be found on Pinterest and other cooking blogs and sites.  Just type in your main ingredient into your search engine and you can have new recipes galore!

Today your challenge is to list a number of main meal entrees, both crockpot and non-crockpot.  If you can come up with 20-25 entrees that would be great.  And perhaps you can try a new recipe or two to add some variety to your lists!! The more the merrier. :-) 

Be sure to ask your family members some of their favorite meals. You may be surprised! I asked my son once when he was younger and he came up with something like waffles, crepes, pepperoni bread and ice cream - as one meal. :-) Hmmmm…. maybe not!

Have fun with this. You should be accumulating lots of resources for our next step!!

Blessings!

Tricia

Monday, April 13, 2015

{The A-B-C's of Gratitude} Kindness

Have you ever experienced an out of the blue act of kindness that took your breath away because it was so unexpected?  Like the gal in the car in front of you that paid for your meal at McDonald's?  Or the little gift that you received one day for no reason from your husband or friend?  It is so easy to overflow with gratitude at times like that, but often I find myself taking for granted all the little kindnesses that happen around me every day.  Have I stopped seeing them? Kindnesses from my Heavenly Father like a sweet spring rain to water the flowers... Kindnesses from my husband like working hard to provide for my needs... Kindnesses from my daughter like vacuuming and mopping so I won't hurt my shoulder.  There are so many things to be grateful for each day!!

Speaking of kindness, though, can be quite convicting...  Have I given the blessing of kindness to anyone today? Kindness just for the sake of Christ and not just to be thanked??

Could I have...

Spoken without irritation when someone was having a bad day and took it out on me?
Done something special for someone just to be a blessing to them?
Planned a surprise to brighten someone's day??

In gratitude for kindness received, let's see how much kindness we can give this week!  Let's start today!

Here's today's Happy Monday prompt...
When I woke up this morning...



Saturday, April 11, 2015

{Home Bless-A-Thon} Week Fifteen



Hello friends!  Ready to look ahead to another week?  This is a fun week for me because I have a trip to the cross stitch store planned.  : )  But that means I'll have to adjust my schedule as I do my planning so I'm sure I fit in all the essentials!

On to our WEEKLY REVIEW!!  Let's... 

1.  Read through the goals we've set for the month/quarter/year and then make some notes of things we would like to be reminded of this coming week. 

2. Transfer any appointments or special reminders on the monthly calendar to our weekly pages. 

3.  Bring forward any unfinished to do's to a new "To Do This Week" list.

4. Look through our menus for the upcoming week and jot down when to take out meat, make things ahead, etc.

5.  Remind ourselves of our saving and spending goals. 

5. Schedule time to work on this week's Monthly Home Blessings.

MONTHLY HOME BLESSINGS
Week Fifteen

Let's do a little more in the Master Bedroom!

Spot clean or wash the walls.
Is it time for a new paint job??

 Wash the blankets and comforter.
You can take large comforters to the laundromat if they won't fit in your washer or dryer.  If you're blessed with a clothesline, you might just want to take advantage of the sunshine!

* Vacuum under the furniture.  
Have fun looking for dust bunnies under the bed!

Blessings!
Tricia

Monday, April 6, 2015

{The A-B-C's of Gratitude} Joy

Last night, after dark, my daughter and I took the dogs out for their final run before bed.  As we stood there, suddenly, clear as a bell in the silence of the night, a cardinal sang his joyful song.  We looked at each other in wonder.  The cardinal was one of my mom's favorite birds - she had a shelf full of cardinal cups, pictures, statues and even a cross stitched pillow that my daughter had made for her a number of years ago.  What a precious, precious reminder to finish off our Easter day.  Remembering with gratitude that the darkness of the grave cannot dim the joy and hope of a future resurrection for those that are in Christ.  And remembering that in our times of darkness in this life, we have reason for a "song in the night seasons".  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!!!!

--ooOoo--

Your Happy Monday prompt for today...

Because Christ is risen, I ...

Saturday, April 4, 2015

{Home Bless-A-Thon} Week Fourteen



Isn't it a quiet day today?  Even as we get ready for Easter tomorrow, my heart is remembering Christ's death and the sorrow and discouragement of his disciples, when they didn't yet know the end of the story... that Christ would conquer death and rise from the dead!!  What a precious, precious time of remembrance this is!

As we look ahead to a new week let's do our 
WEEKLY REVIEW... 

1.  Read through the goals we've set for the month/quarter/year and then make some notes of things we would like to be reminded of this coming week. 

2. Transfer any appointments or special reminders on my monthly calendar to our weekly pages. 

3.  Bring forward any unfinished to do's to a new "To Do This Week" list.

4. Look through our menus for the upcoming week and jot down when to take out meat, make things ahead, etc.

5.  Remind ourselves of our saving and spending goals. 

5. Schedule time to work on this week's Monthly Home Blessings.

MONTHLY HOME BLESSINGS
Week Fourteen

This month we will be working in the Master Bedroom.  Great timing for me, as we will be getting a new mattress this week! : )

* Take Monday to do a crisis clean, if necessary, after the Easter holiday.
Holidays can be busy and Mondays tend to leave us a little overwhelmed.  Plan some time into your schedule to get things around the house back in order.

 Look up!  Any cobwebs that need to be swept or vacuumed down?  Now check the corners and the walls.

* Clean the light fixtures and dust the lamps.  
Do you need any new light bulbs or lamp shades?


Have a blessed week.  Remember, He is Risen!!


Blessings!
Tricia