10 Goals For This Week (+ some random thoughts on motherhood)

10 Goals For This Week

So, I didn’t get everything crossed off my goals list for last week, but I did make some good headway on goals — and that’s always encouraging!

I think my biggest win of the week was that I got good sleep almost every night last week, we had a great first week of our new homeschool schedule, and I got all caught back up on the laundry again!

I took the picture above while I was in the middle of working on getting caught up on the laundry. Yes, I may have been just a wee bit behind on it. :)

10 Goals For This Week

Kaitlynn and I had a nail-painting date yesterday. I think all of my kids (and Jesse) have the love language of quality time. Which has been good (and a learning process) for me — a girl who is much more inclined to do rather than to just be.

I’ve been trying to be more intentional about regular one-on-one time with each of my kids each week as I’ve discovered this is something that fills up their tanks like almost nothing else.

10 Goals For This Week

This child. I can’t get enough of him. This morning he woke up early to snuggle with me while I finished some blogging work.

While we were snuggling, he told me all about how much he loved me, how much he loved spending time with me, and how he would never get married so he could live with me for the rest of his life and help me.

A little while later, he said, “You know, in 7 years, I’m going to be a teenager!” I did not need that reminder this morning. And yet, it was good to remember just how quickly they are growing up and how important it is to cherish the everyday moments. Because they are fleeting.

Here’s my goals update:

Last week’s goals:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1. Start our new homeschool routine/curriculum.

2. Write a love note to Jesse.

3. Get caught back up on the laundry.

Personal Goals

4. Exercise at least 3 times.

5. Finish reading at least one book.

6. Listen to at least two inspiring audios/podcasts while working/driving.

7. Go to bed by 10:30 p.m. every night.

Local Ministry/Hospitality/Friendship Goals

8. Have a coffee date with a new friend.

Business Goals

9. Record a short video for a project.

10. Get all details finalized for the Make Over Your Mornings Course Launch.

This week’s goals:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1. Spend the day with Kaitlynn at Ice Skating Camp.

2. Write a love note to Jesse.

3. Go through and declutter at least two rooms in our house.

Personal Goals

4. Exercise at least 3 times.

5. Finish reading at least one book.

6. Listen to at least two inspiring audios/podcasts while working/driving.

7. Go to bed by 10:30 p.m. every night.

Local Ministry/Hospitality/Friendship Goals

8. Dinner with a friend from out-of-town who will be in TN this weekend.

Business Goals

9. Record a short video for a project.

10. Get the sales page finished for the Make Over Your Mornings Course.

How did you do on last week’s goals? What are your goals for this week? I’d love to have you share your progress on last week’s goals and your goals for this coming week in the comments. Of, if you’ve blogged about it, leave your direct link below. Let’s cheer each other on to live purposeful and productive lives! You can download a free customizable weekly goal-planning sheet here.


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Freedom Isn’t Free: A Heartfelt Thank You to Our Military Families!

As we celebrate Memorial Day today, I am humbly grateful to the many men and women who have risked and given so much for the freedoms we enjoy in this country.

Thank you — from the bottom of my heart — to the many military families who are readers here. We so appreciate the sacrifices you make on a daily basis to protect and defend our freedoms. We don’t say it enough, but thank you!

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Educational Deals & Freebies Round-Up

Here are some of the best educational deals and freebies available right now from Katie who writes at Cincinnati Cents:

ALEX Toys 24-Piece Modeling Clay Set for $4.88: Amazon has their ALEX Toys 24-Piece Rainbow Modeling Clay Set on sale for $4.88. This set typically retails for $7.99 and it features 24 different colors of modeling clay for hours of imaginative fun. There are several other ALEX Toys craft items on sale as well including 10-Pack Glitter Pens for $6.96, Origami Paper for $3.76, 12-Inch Paper Roll for $6.74, and 12-Count Glitter Dough for $4.44.

25% Off at DaySpring: DaySpring is offering 25% off sitewide when you enter the promotional code 25MEMORIAL at checkout. With this promotion, you’ll be able to pick up kids’ journals for $5.99, dry-erase activity tablets for $3.71, dry-erase flashcards for $4.46, books for $5.99, and Crayola craft supplies for as low as $1.12 each. Shipping is a flat rate of $4.95, or free on orders of $50 or more.

$15 Off Plus Free Shipping at Discount School Supply: Discount School Supply is offering customers $15 off your order of $79 or more plus FREE shipping. Simply enter the promotional code 15MEMDAY at checkout to receive this promotional pricing. This offer is valid through May 25th.

8 Educational Freebies from Educents: Educents has 8 different free resources available for download. These resources include a Spring Math Set, Essay Writing 101, Mini Robot Theme Lesson Pack, Summer Magic Square Puzzles, and more.

63% Off Rosetta Stone Language Learning Software: Amazon is featuring 63% off their Rosetta Stone Language Learning Software today. This software can be purchased as a Rosetta Stone Power Pack, Mac Download, or PC Download. The following languages are included in this sale – Spanish (Latin America), English, French, Italian, and German.

Ranger Rick Magazine for $11.99: DiscountMags is featuring a huge Memorial Day Sale. There are a variety of different publications to choose from such as Ranger Rick for $11.99, Thomas & Friends for $14.99, Boys’ Life for $4.99, Disney Frozen for $14.50, and many more.

20% Off at Half Price Books: Half Price Books is featuring 20% off storewide this weekend. This offer is valid through Monday, May 25th.

Free End of the School Year Interview Printables: The Pinning Mama has a free set of end of the school year interview printables. This is such a fun way to treasure the special memories of your child’s school year.

Save Up to 70% On Craft Supplies from Craftsy: Craftsy is featuring a huge Memorial Day Sale, with up to 70% off all their craft supplies in a variety of different categories such as art supplies, cake decorating, paper crafts, yarn, and fabric. This sale is valid through Monday, May 25th.

LEGO Creator Power Digger for $4.99: Amazon has their LEGO Creator Power Digger Set on sale for $4.99. This set features a working, flexible crane arm, a rotating vehicle body, and a warning light on the roof of the cab. Plus, the power digger can be rebuilt into a dump truck and a front loader for more building fun.

40% Off at Family Christian Store: Family Christian Store is featuring 40% off one regularly-priced item when you enter the promotional code REMEMBER at checkout. With this promotion, you’ll be able to pick up children’s Bibles for as low as $1.79 each, storybooks for $1.37, and VeggieTales DVDs for $4.18. Plus, if you choose in-store pick up, you’ll receive free shipping as well.

Free Frozen Themed ABC & Math Pack: Educents has a FREE Frozen-Themed ABC & Math Pack available for download from the Frugal Homeschool Family. This pack includes more than 40 pages, and it features such topics as letter recognition, handwriting, addition, multiplication, and more.

Anne of Green Gables 12-Book eBook Collection for $0.99: Amazon has their Anne of Green Gables 12-Book eBook Collection on sale for $0.99. For less than a dollar, you’ll receive the Anne of Green Gables Series, related books featuring Anne Shirley, a poetry collection, and bonus works by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Katie is a wife and homeschooling mother of four who writes at Cincinnati Cents about saving money and having fun as a family without breaking the bank. She enjoys sharing new recipes, ideas for frugal family fun, and tips for spending less at the grocery store.

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