My 10 Goals For This Week (+ we’re ready for some R&R!)

10 Goals For This Week

{Read the story behind this crazy photo here. And yes, it was staged, but it was pretty accurate to how we were feeling at the time!}

June was an especially full month. It was full of good things, adventures, outings with friends, time with people we love, many projects completed, and five different trips.

Whew! I don’t regret the “yeses” we said, but the truth is: I am tired and ready to take some time to slow down and catch my breath. So that’s exactly what the next few weeks are for our family.

Other than a few commitments, we’re taking the next few weeks to really slow down, unplug, hang out together as a family, catch up on sleep, and be intentional about resting and recharging.

Goals from 2 weeks ago:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1. Write love notes to each of the kids and to Jesse.

2. Have an at-home movie date with Jesse.

Personal Goals

3. Finish reading at least one book.

Local Ministry/Hospitality/Friendship Goals

4. Have a coffee date with a friend.

Business Goals

5. Finish writing an article for an upcoming project.

6. Finish reading and writing an endorsement for another author’s book.

This week’s goals:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1. Write love notes to each of the kids and to Jesse.

2. Have an at-home Family Movie Night.

3. Have an at-home Movie Date with Jesse.

Personal Goals

4. Finish reading at least one book.

5. Track my macros on My Fitness App.

6. Do one thing every day to refresh myself/recharge my batteries.

Local Ministry/Hospitality/Friendship Goals

7. Have a coffee date with a friend.

Business Goals

8. Finish writing an article for an upcoming magazine feature.

9. Launch our new t-shirt line with Cents of Style. (So excited to show you these!!)

10. Work on outlining the video course for Money-Making Mom.

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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Office Depot/Office Max: Back to School Deals for the week of July 5-11, 2015


Here are the best back to school deals at Office Depot and Office Max this week:

$0.01 Deals (with $5 purchase)

  • Tug 2-Hole Manual Pencil Sharpener — $0.01
  • Pencil Pouch — $0.01
  • Office Depot Brand Beveled Erasers, 3-pk — $0.01

Other School Supply Deals:

  • Office Depot Brand & Office Max Brand Plastic 12″ Ruler — $0.25 (reg. $0.89)
  • Sharpie Fine-Point Permanent Markers, 5 pk. — $1 (reg. $5.49)
  • Paper-Mate Clearpoint Mechanical Pencils, 2 pk. — $1 (reg. $8.79)
  • Mini Stapler — $1 (reg. $3)
  • Scholastic & Office Max Brand Glue, 4 oz. — $0.25 (reg. $1.49)
  • Scholastic Art Broad Tip Markers, 10 pk. — $0.25 (reg. $2.99)

Head on over to Frugal Finds During Naptime for a scenario for how to get about $50 worth of products for just $5!

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Get a pair of Slingback T-Strap Sandals for just $12.95 shipped!

Cents of Style Sandals for just $12.95 shipped!

I think that these sandals are SO adorable! And this price is excellent!

Get a pair of these Slingback T-Strap Sandals for just $12.95 shipped when you use coupon code MSMSANDALS at checkout.

Cents of Style Sandals for just $12.95 shipped!

These sandals come in ten different colors: Black, Coral, Metallic Gold, Metallic Silver, Cognac, White, Bright Pink, Purple, Yellow, and Turquoise.

Cents of Style Sandals for just $12.95 shipped!

I bought some similar sandals in Metallic Silver and they have become my go-to sandals this spring and summer. I wear them with dresses and dresses, with jeans, and with shorts. They dress up any casual outfit.

The Coral, Bright Pink, Purple, Yellow, and Turquoise versions of these sandals would be a fun way to add pop of color to your wardrobe!

Cents of Style Sandals for just $12.95 shipped!

The coupon code MSMSANDALS is only good through July 13, 2015.

Note: These run a half-size big. So if you wear a size 6 buy a 5.5.

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How I Saved (and made) Money on My Daughter’s Figure Skating


The following is a testimony from Jennifer:

When my daughter completed the USFSA basic skills and freestyle programs a few years ago, the cost of her ice skating training skyrocketed.

First I tried to save a few dollars here and there.

  • choosing a more affordable private coach (not such a good idea as it costs more time and money to fix bad habits)
  • supplementing private lessons with jumps classes, juniors (semi private) lessons, and camps (very helpful)
  • extra practice during summer public ice (freestyle ice time at our rink runs $15/50 minutes while public ice is $5/80 minutes once at day a noon)
  • sewing my daughter’s skating dresses (this is where the story gets good)

A few years ago I thought I would attempt to sew my daughter a figure skating dress. I’ve always been able to sew, but the slippery lycra and power mesh (the see through — usually flesh tone — panels on skating dresses) took some time to master.

I made her first dress with some bright blue lycra, the wrong kind of elastic and my basic sewing machine. Once I added a few crystals, it didn’t look too bad, so I kept going.

A few dresses later (along with one overlock machine and some experiments with lining and specialty threads) I was making dresses for my daughter’s competitions and drafting my own patterns. Then I volunteered to make a few character dresses for my daughter’s synchro team’s spring show. They were a hit.

skating costumes

I started working with her coach, making all the team dresses in exchange for the cost of participating. Her coach provided the fabric, a higher-end overlock machine, an industrial coverlock machine, and a great opportunity to show off my designs.

I have since made dance dresses for a collegiate synchro team, dresses for learn-to-skate groups, and custom freestyle dresses that range from $150-$675. In the past 12 months, I have made 275 dresses!

My business has become a wonderful way to pay for my daughter’s skating and my son’s activities while still allowing me to be a stay-at-home-mom. It has also provided me with a fun creative outlet (and my daughter loves that I can make just about anything we can dream up)!

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