5-Day Clean Your House for Christmas: Day 3

Join Me For the Clean Your House for Christmas Challenge

Welcome to the 5-Day Clean Your House for Christmas Challenge. Otherwise known as: Crystal really needs to deep clean her house and she needs the public accountability to get it done. Ahem. :)

{Thank you for humoring me. If your house is in great shape, please just skip over these posts. I may be the only one who has kind of let my housework and decluttering slide a bit the past few months.}

I feel like I need to apologize in advance for today’s assignment. Because we’re going there, oh yes we are…

Today’s assignment is to clean the kitchen.

{Cue the groans and people clicking away from this post as fast as possible in and effort to try to pretend you didn’t see that. :)}

Here’s my plan for this morning (feel free to follow it somewhat, if you find it helpful… or you can get a laugh out of how detailed I am!):

This Morning’s Plan

1. Read my Bible, exercise, and shower.

2. Get dressed to my shoes. (Thanks, Flylady!)

3. Eat some breakfast, read aloud to the kids, start a load of laundry.

4. Morning chores with the kids.

5. Get the kids started on their schoolwork. Kindergarten with Silas.

6. Switch the laundry.

7. Make apple pie.

8. Attack the Kitchen:

  • Surface clean.
  • Go through cupboards & pantry. Clean out/organize.
  • Clean fridge & freezer.

9. Celebrate a job well done… maybe before 6:30 p.m. today?? :)

So, that’s my morning plan. I’m hopeful to have it all done before dinner time today — maybe even lunchtime if my morning goes perfect. Which never happens, but I can always dream that today might be the day! :)

I’ll take pictures and will post an update later today to let you know how it goes.

Want To Join Me?

Are you joining me? If so, what room(s) are you planning to tackle today and what’s your morning plan? Let us know in the comments. If you are blogging about it, I’ll have a link-up that you can link your post to in my post later today.

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5-Day Clean Your House for Christmas Challenge (Day 2)

Join Me For the Clean Your House for Christmas Challenge

Welcome to the 5-Day Clean Your House for Christmas Challenge. Otherwise known as: Crystal really needs to deep clean her house and she needs the public accountability to get it done. Ahem. :)

{Thank you for humoring me. If your house is in great shape, please just skip over these posts. I may be the only one who has kind of let my housework and decluttering slide a bit the past few months.}

I was planning to move on to another area of the house today, but since I didn’t get the Kids’ Room done yesterday like I’d hoped, I’m going to stick with that today in an effort to be a little more realistic. :)

If your bedrooms are spotless and clutter-free, pick another area of your house that you’ve been putting off and tackle that today. Maybe the coat closet or the office or the storage room… er, maybe not the storage room unless you have a LOT of time and ambition! :)

Here’s my plan for this morning (feel free to follow it somewhat, if you find it helpful… or you can get a laugh out of how detailed I am!):

This Morning’s Plan

1. Read my Bible, exercise, and shower.

2. Get dressed to my shoes. (Thanks, Flylady!)

3. Eat some breakfast, read aloud to the kids, start a load of laundry.

4. Morning chores with the kids. Put away laundry from yesterday.

5. Get the kids started on their schoolwork. Kindergarten with Silas.

6. Switch the laundry. Fold another load of laundry & put it away.

7. Attack the Kids’ Bedroom:

  • Pick up/remove clutter — either throw out or put in Goodwill pile.
  • Organize things that need to be organized.
  • Vacuum thoroughly.
  • Dust — especially fans/light fixtures.

8. Celebrate a job well done… maybe before 6:30 p.m. today?? :)

So, that’s my morning plan. I’m hopeful to have it all done before dinner time today — maybe even lunchtime if my morning goes perfect. Which never happens, but I can always dream that today might be the day!

I’ll take pictures and will post an update late afternoon/early evening to let you know how it goes.

Want To Join Me?

Are you joining me? If so, what room(s) are you planning to tackle today and what’s your morning plan? Let us know in the comments. If you are blogging about it, I’ll have a link-up that you can link your post to by late afternoon/early evening.

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10 Goals For This Week (+ an update on last week’s goals!)

10 Goals For This Week

So we got back in town last Monday evening and stayed in town the entire rest of the week (which is the first week I’ve been home all week in quite a few weeks). And guess what? Even though we had out-of-town guests and lots of meetings and then most of us got sick with head colds, I got every single thing done on my goals list!!

10 Goals For This Week

It felt SO good to have a quiet weekend at home. I slept, read, we watched a few Christmas movies, and we hung out as a family. And it was incredibly relaxing and just what we needed.

I am grateful for the opportunities to travel and be stretched personally this past year, but I’m also thankful that we have a 5-week break from travels (except for Christmas travels). I forgot how much I enjoy quiet days at home!

Last week’s goals:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1. Start reading Unwrapping the Greatest Gift with the kids.

2. Write a love note to Jesse.

3. Have a movie night with Jesse.

Personal Goals

4. Work on reviewing and memorizing Romans 1 and Romans 2:1-4.

5. Finish the She Reads Truth Thankfulness study (yes, I’m a wee bit behind!)

6. Finish at least two books.

7. Run or exercise at least 3 times.

8. Get back on the Trim Healthy Mama plan.

Business Goals

9. Have end-of-year meetings with my executive team & map out big business goals for 2015.

10. Answer interview questions for an upcoming magazine interview.

This week’s goals:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1. Continue reading Unwrapping the Greatest Gift with the kids. Finish reading Nobody Loves Me.

2. Write a love note to Jesse.

3. Have a movie night with Jesse.

4. Watch a Christmas movie as a family.

5. Take the kids to The Gift of Christmas Tour.

Personal Goals

6. Work on reviewing and memorizing Romans 1 and Romans 2:1-5.

7. Finish at least two books.

8. Run or exercise at least 4 times.

9. Continue on with the Trim Healthy Mama plan.

10. Clean the house from top to bottom and blog about it (look for a post coming in just a bit with today’s assignment!)

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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Cardstore.com: Flat Holiday Cards for $0.69!

Cardstore.com: $0.69 cards!

Today only, Cardstore.com is offering Flat Holiday Cards for just $0.69 when you use coupon code DDCCP4821.

This deal is valid today (December 8, 2014) only. Shipping is not included.

Based upon what I’ve seen, I’m guessing this is the best price we’ll see this Christmas season from Cardstore

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Target: Spend $75 today, get 20% off coupon for next week

Target 20% off deal

Today only (December 6, 2014), spend $75 at Target and you’ll get a coupon good for 20% off any one shopping trip next week (December 7-13, 2014).

There are some exceptions, so be sure to read the fine print carefully:

Your $75 purchase must be made in a single transaction in stores and the $75 qualifier will be calculated after other discounts. Prescriptions, optical, clinic purchases and tax do not count towards the $75. Limit one 20% coupon per guest to be used in a single transaction.

The 20% off coupon will be redeemable in store only and will apply to all qualifying items in the transaction. Exclusions are: gift cards, online gaming cards, airtime, iTunes/entertainment/prepaid cards, Nespresso, Vitamix, DSLR cameras & lenses, Nikon PS30 camera, Apple, Bose, Playstation 4 console, Xbox One Console, Hotwheels RC toys, Fisher Price Imaginext toys, printer ink, alcohol, diabetic glucometers & lancets, Pseudoephedrine products where prohibited by law, prescriptions, Clinical/Optical/Portrait studios, and Target Mobile purchases. No other same department wide coupon will apply.

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