10 Goals for the Week

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

Last week was busier than usual, so I didn’t get to a lot of my goals.

I can’t say I’m not disappointed. ;)

But it’s a new week. And because we have even more planned this week than the previous week, I’m going to keep my goals simple and doable.

Here’s what I accomplished last week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Continue to work on memorizing two verses of scripture as a family

2. Try a new science experiment with the kids and record it

Personal Goals:

3. Do resistance band exercises 3x

4. Walk a total of 75 minutes on the treadmill

5. Read 20 pages of The Most Important Place on Earth (affiliate link) by Robert Wolgemuth

6. Find an accountability program/group/person/something that’ll help me to start waking up earlier

Home Management Goals:

7. De-clutter the living room — My husband and kids helped with this and did a great job! We ended up buying a piece of furniture from IKEA to help organize the toys in the living room. Now the toys are in bins that are easy to pull out and put back when they’re finished.

8. Organize and clean Elisabeth’s play area — My son ended up getting this done for me.

Business Goals:

9. Edit and post the DIY video on how to make homemade hair conditioner

10. Photograph a product that’ll be featured in an upcoming blog post

Here are my goals for this week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Continue to work on memorizing two verses of scripture as a family

2. Go shopping for dressy clothes we need for a family event later this week — We won a family giveaway. More to come on that later. :)

Personal Goals:

3. Do resistance band exercises 3x

4. Walk a total of 75 minutes on the treadmill

5. Read 20 pages of The Most Important Place on Earth (affiliate link) by Robert Wolgemuth

6. Wake up by 7:00am every day — So far, so good! I was up at 7:00am today!

Home Management Goals:

7. Plan out Thanksgiving menu

8. Clean upstairs bathroom

Business Goals:

9. Edit and post the DIY video on how to make homemade hair conditioner

10. Photograph a product that’ll be featured in an upcoming blog post

What are your goals for this week?

How I Use My Intel Tablet to Stay Organized

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If it’s not on the calendar, it’s not REAL.

This is a saying I heard earlier this year, and it made a huge impact on my thinking. How so? Well, now I schedule as much as I can on my Google Calendar. Getting ready for the day, homeschooling, cleaning, blog posts, reminders to schedule blog posts, recipe testing, photo shoots, social media reminders, emails, exercise and on and on.

I schedule it.

I’ve stopped using a paper planner and instead plan out the important and even mundane tasks on my Google Calendar. It’s made a world of difference, and I don’t see myself ever going back to writing out my schedule again. One huge reason is because Google Calendar allows me to block out time for each task, and that makes it easy to see when I’ll have time for something and when I’m over scheduling myself and need to make a change.

How I Stay Organized

I’m not able to sit down at my computer as often as I’d like to (kids, you know ;) ), so I’ve been relying mostly on my smartphone for Google Calendar reminders throughout the day. I’ve also loved using my smartphone to quickly create short notes or lists that I can come back to when I need them.

Honestly, this way of getting things done works for me.

But… when there’s an opportunity to make staying organized even easier, well, I say try it! And that’s exactly what I did when Intel sent me an Asus MeMO Pad 7 Intel Tablet to review.

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As you can see, the Intel tablet is larger than my smartphone, but it’s still small enough to carry around the house and not feel like it’s a burden. It has a 7-inch screen and is quite thin and lightweight which makes it easy to slip into your purse.

The display is AMAZING! Whoa. I wasn’t expecting such a high-quality display from such a budget-friendly tablet! I’m so impressed. ;)

By the way, electronic devices are difficult to photograph well, but trust me, the screen display is crisp and clear.

Asus MeMO Pad Apps and Organization Tools

Besides the great outward features, the Asus Intel tablet is equipped with its own apps. One of my favorites is the “Quick Memo” app. In a flash, this app allows me to create a note or list like the one I made in the picture below.

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I can then pin that list to the home screen of the tablet, so that I can see it and tackle whatever it is that needs to be done.

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There are a lot more Asus apps on this tablet. I’m personally looking forward to understanding the Asus “Do It Later” app very soon! :)

Google Calendar on the Asus Intel Tablet

I still use Google Calendar every single day. I would be a mess without it. But it’s bigger and better on the tablet than it is on my smartphone. It’s so much easier to see my schedule and move things around. And calendar reminders go straight to my tablet as well.

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So, for staying on top of everyday life and so much more, I love this Asus Intel tablet! :)

What are some of your favorite ways to stay organized?

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Do you love a good Twitter Party?

I know I do. :)

And that’s why I’m excited to host a Twitter party about Thanksgiving dinners! On November 18, 2014 at 12:00pm CT/1pm ET, I’d love for you to join us for the #MyMarianos Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing the holiday season, sharing the best ways to prepare for celebrations and giving you a chance to win prizes!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to get excited! And it’s time to start thinking about cooking and baking those special holiday dishes.  Whether you’re planning to host a Thanksgiving gathering at your house or you’re simply bringing a dish to the celebration, Mariano’s is the perfect place for gathering the ingredients you need for a memorable and delicious Thanksgiving meal.

From gorgeous floral arrangements to pre-made bakery delights, Mariano’s has got you covered.

We’ll be talking about these things and more Thanksgiving goodness at the Twitter party. So come and chat with us about Thanksgiving recipes and how to make this year’s celebration unforgettable.

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Minted: Christmas Card Ideas and Inspiration

Thanks to Minted for partnering with me on this Christmas card holiday blog post.

Christmas Card Ideas and Inspiration

Christmas is right around the corner.

So why not get a jumpstart on your Christmas cards before you start feeling like your schedule is overcrowded with all the time-consuming holiday goodness that’s coming?

When that happens, you may feel like you’d rather forgo sending out holiday cards altogether — and then hold out hope that no one notices. Or, if you’re like me, you’ll procrastinate sending out your family’s Christmas cards and then feel guilty receiving beautifully created holiday cards in the mail from friends and family members who’ve obviously thought ahead. ;)

Does that sound familiar?

Truthfully, last year, I had a reason not to send out holiday cards, and it was because David was constantly in and out of the hospital. We actually spent most of the month of December in the hospital so that David could receive his bone marrow transplant. We spent Christmas there, too.

David and Santa at the Children's Hospital

It was a rough time. But do you know what blessed us tremendously while we sat in that hospital room day after day?

Christmas cards.

They were sent to us by family, friends, schoolchildren and people we didn’t even know. They brought us so much joy!

Christmas Cards Ideas

This year is very different than last year… in a good way. And we will be creating Christmas cards to share with others. :)

I’ll be using one of the beautifully crafted designs on Minted.com to make our cards. I can’t wait! I’ve been purchasing my business cards from Minted for a long while now, and I always get compliments on how great they look. I use one of the unique designs on Minted’s website and love not spending extra time in Photoshop creating my own design.

Back to Christmas cards — there are so many lovely holiday designs on Minted; it’s going to be hard to choose which design wins!

Here are some of my favorites:

In this first one, I love the playfulness of the fonts. I adore the different styles, too.

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Here’s another card with a fun font.

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I’m sure you already know this, but these are photo cards. You get to personalize them with your family pictures. :)

This next card has a shape that’s different from traditional cards. It’s just one of several distinctive shapes offered by Minted.

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I love this one in the shape of a wreath.

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These cards are made with real foil which give them a brilliant shine. So pretty!

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Here’s a non-photo foil pressed card. It’s called “Oh Holy Night Sky.”

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The elaborate design on this card is eye-catching. I love the way everything flows together.

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Here’s another one along those same lines but simpler.

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I’m a big fan of the color teal, and I love the use of it in this next card. The fonts go well together, too.

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And finally, I love this last card! It pretty much sums up life right now. ;)

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I hope these holiday cards have given you some great ideas for when you sit down to create your own cards. Me? I’m going to get started on our Christmas cards next week. (It’s on my calendar.)

I think I’ll be going with that last card.

Because even though life isn’t perfect, it is perfectly wonderful.

Do you create Christmas cards every year?