10 Goals for the Week

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

I was able to cross almost everything off my list for last week.

I completely missed drinking a single one of my lemon (or lime) water concoctions. And I only wrote one blog post last week, but this week should be different.

Now that the July 4th holiday has passed, and my neighbors are no longer having illegal fireworks competitions in their backyards… My kids should be able to sleep a little better, and I should (hopefully) get back to having more time to myself after they go to bed. :)

Here’s what I accomplished last week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Continue to work on memorizing two verses of scripture as a family — We tend to go around the table during mealtimes and practice each verse.

2. Organize a fun Family Day at home

Personal Goals:

3. Read 20 pages of Virtual Freedom (affiliate link) by Chris Ducker

4. Walk a total of 90 minutes on the treadmill

5. Drink water with lemon (or lime) and cayenne pepper 5x

6. Read 20 pages of Tasty Food Photography by Pinch of Yum

Home Management Goals:

7. Clean bathrooms

8. Unpack one box in the basement

Business Goals:

9. Fix recipes on my blog that are no longer working because of a plugin that I had to deactivate

10. Write 3 blog posts

Here are my goals for this week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

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

2. Plan a fun Family Day at home — Our family days usually happen on Sunday afternoons, and lately, they’ve involved a movie and fun snacks. To be completely honest, we’ve been watching The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films week after week for a while now. We went through all five movies and now we’re checking out the extended versions from the library. :)

Personal Goals:

3. Read 20 pages of Virtual Freedom (affiliate link) by Chris Ducker

4. Walk a total of 95 minutes on the treadmill

5. Drink water with lemon (or lime) and cayenne pepper 5x

6. Read 20 pages of Tasty Food Photography by Pinch of Yum

Home Management Goals:

7. Organize Elisabeth’s play area — It’s become overridden with LEGOs.

8. Unpack one box in the basement

Business Goals:

9. Get caught up on emails

10. Write 3 blog posts

What are your goals for this week?

10 Goals for the Week

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

I did pretty well knocking out nearly all of the goals I set for last week.

But after thinking about the area I struggle with most – my business goals – I’m going to make a little change moving forward. I realize that week after week I keep biting off more than I can handle in terms of my business goals, and it’s just not good or helpful.

So, instead, I’m only going to create two business goals per week, and I’m going to add an additional personal goal in order to maintain ten goals per week.

It’s so much easier to work on personal goals around my kids anyway.

Business goals? Those generally have to be saved for after they’re in bed or for when I’m able to get some time alone to work on them.

Anyway, here’s what I accomplished last week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Continue to work on memorizing two verses of scripture as a family — This has been such a blessing to our family. Even Elisabeth, my 2-year-old daughter, is doing great with her memorization. It helps that we work on the same verse for a few weeks at a time.

2. Enjoy a Family Day outside of the house

Personal Goals:

3. Read 25 pages of Virtual Freedom (affiliate link) by Chris Ducker

4. Walk a total of 80 minutes on the treadmill

5. Read 25 pages of 52 Things Kids Need From a Mom (affiliate link) by Angela Thomas — I finished reading this book and plan on sharing some of what I gleaned in a future post.

Home Management Goals:

6. Clean the microwave — I’m not really looking forward to this. — Thanks to my hubby for getting this done for me. :)

7. Unpack one box in the basement

Business Goals:

8. Add a header to my email newsletter

9. Attend a local one day blog conference

10. Write 3 blog posts — I only wrote two posts.

Here are my goals for this week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Continue to work on memorizing two verses of scripture as a family — We tend to go around the table during mealtimes and practice each verse.

2. Organize a fun Family Day at home

Personal Goals:

3. Read 20 pages of Virtual Freedom (affiliate link) by Chris Ducker

4. Walk a total of 90 minutes on the treadmill

5. Drink water with lemon (or lime) and cayenne pepper 5x

6. Read 20 pages of Tasty Food Photography by Pinch of Yum

Home Management Goals:

7. Clean bathrooms

8. Unpack one box in the basement

Business Goals:

9. Fix recipes on my blog that are no longer working because of a plugin that I had to deactivate

10. Write 3 blog posts

What are your goals for this week?

10 Goals for the Week

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

I know that it’s almost Thursday.

But that’s okay, because it’s never too late to set goals, right? I may have had this post published earlier, but I was a bit thrown off when I woke up this morning and went to change Elisabeth only to find that there wasn’t a diaper or Pull-Up in sight.

We were all out.

That took our little potty-training adventure down a new path today and meant that I had to spend a lot more time in the bathroom with a little person. Oh, and then there’s the extra laundry that needed attention… ;)

Anyway, here’s what I accomplished last week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

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

2. Plan a Family Day

Personal Goals:

3. Read 25 pages of Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker

4. Walk a total of 70 minutes on the treadmill

5. Read 25 pages of 52 Things Kids Need From a Mom by Angela Thomas

Home Management Goals:

6. Organize the files on my computer

7. Unpack one box in the basement

Business Goals:

8. Design a new Facebook cover for my page — I finally got around to this! You can see my new Facebook cover here. :)

9. Set up my blog feed on Mad Mimi — I did this. Then I found out that Mad Mimi’s web forms are not what I expected, and after doing more research, I decided to switch back to my old email service provider. Perhaps Mad Mimi will work out another time, but for now I’m back with Feedblitz.

10. Write 4 blog posts — Once again, I only got around to writing two posts.

Here are my goals for this week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Continue to work on memorizing two verses of scripture as a family — This has been such a blessing to our family. Even Elisabeth, my 2-year-old daughter, is doing great with her memorization. It helps that we work on the same verse for a few weeks at a time.

2. Enjoy a Family Day outside of the house

Personal Goals:

3. Read 25 pages of Virtual Freedom (affiliate link) by Chris Ducker

4. Walk a total of 80 minutes on the treadmill

5. Read 25 pages of 52 Things Kids Need From a Mom (affiliate link) by Angela Thomas

Home Management Goals:

6. Clean the microwave — I’m not really looking forward to this. ;)

7. Unpack one box in the basement

Business Goals:

8. Add a header to my email newsletter

9. Attend a local one day blog conference

10. Write 3 blog posts

What are your goals for this week?

JORD Wood Watch Review and Giveaway!

Thanks to JORD for partnering with me on this review and giveaway.

JORD Wood Watches are gorgeous and great for guys and gals!

My husband is a special guy.

He handles so many things for our family — even most of the errands and grocery shopping. So when JORD (pronounced “YORD”) asked if I’d like to review one of their gorgeous wood watches on my blog, I knew I wanted Ruben (my husband) to have it.

Ruben hasn’t owned a watch in a very long time. I believe the last watch he bought for himself was before we were married, and I was probably around 17-years-old.

I’m in my thirties now, so that was ages ago. ;)

Dad fixing a bike for his son

So Many Watches, So Hard to Choose

JORD has so many beautiful watches to choose from for men and women that selecting the right one wasn’t easy. After visiting the JORD website and taking a peek at pictures and even videos online, Ruben decided he preferred the Cherry & Maple Sully Series JORD Watch.

I think he made a great choice.

JORD Wood Watches are gorgeous and great for guys and gals! #giveaway

I know it’s hard to tell from the pictures, but this watch is truly lightweight and not clunky at all. I love the colors and the intricate design, but most of all, I’m happy that Ruben finally has a new watch that he enjoys wearing.

That’s the best part.

JORD Wood Watches are gorgeous and great for guys and gals! #giveaway

And…It’s Giveaway Time!

Now that you know more about JORD wood watches and how delightful they are, let’s talk about this fabulous giveaway! JORD has generously offered to give one of my readers a JORD wood watch of their own! :)

JORD Wood Watches are gorgeous and great for guys and gals!

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Do you wear a watch?


Scrumptious Baked Pumpkin Donut Muffins

If you're looking for a fabulous donut recipe, you must try these scrumptious baked pumpkin donut muffins! #donut #doughnut #pumpkin

Do you know what resourceful people do when they want to make donuts, but they don’t own a donut pan?

They make donut muffins.

And that’s what I did.

I made the most scrumptious donut muffins ever. Ever. Ever. Ever.

They’re that good. ;)

Baked Pumpkin Donut Muffins

If you're looking for a fabulous donut recipe, you must try these scrumptious baked pumpkin donut muffins! #donut #doughnut #pumpkin

Here’s the recipe:

Baked Pumpkin Donut Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg (for Vegan donuts, use egg-replacer - I used Ener-G Egg Replacer)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup rice milk

Instructions

  1. Adjust oven rack to the middle position, and then preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease muffin pan or line with baking cups.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and ground ginger.
  3. In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, brown sugar, egg (or alternate egg substitute), vanilla extract, pumpkin, and rice milk.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and, with a spatula, mix just until ingredients are incorporated.
  5. Divide the batter evenly among baking cups. *I used a 1/4 measuring cup and a spoon to measure out the batter and then scoop it into the baking cups.
  6. Place donuts in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few crumbs on it.
  7. Allow donuts to sit in the muffin pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack and glaze. See recipe below this one for the glaze.
http://thesensiblemom.com/2014/06/baked-pumpkin-donuts/

Donut Glaze Recipe

Donut Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix ingredients together until smooth.
http://thesensiblemom.com/2014/06/baked-pumpkin-donuts/

I used a regular nonstick muffin pan (not mini) and found that with this type of pan, you can expect to make eleven absolutely delicious donut muffins.

Scrumptious Baked Pumpkin Donut Muffins

I hope your family enjoys these as much as mine. :)

Have your ever made donuts at home?

10 Goals for the Week

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

Ah, Monday.

I welcome a fresh new week and a chance to once again work on my goals.

Here’s what I accomplished last week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

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

2. Plan a Family Day — Last week, we ordered pizza and watched right around six hours of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. We never do that, and I’m not really into movies. But I was hooked. No guilt. ;) It was fun!

Personal Goals:

3. Read 20 pages of Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker

4. Drink water with lemon (or lime) and cayenne pepper 5x

5. Read 20 pages of 52 Things Kids Need From a Mom by Angela Thomas

Home Management Goals:

6. Vacuum upstairs

7. Clean coffee maker

Business Goals:

8. Design a new Facebook cover for my page — I didn’t get to this again. It’s been moved on my Google Calendar to this week.

9. Move subscribers over to Mad Mimi

10. Write 4 blog posts — I wrote two posts.

Here are my goals for this week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

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

2. Plan a Family Day

Personal Goals:

3. Read 25 pages of Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker

4. Walk a total of 70 minutes on the treadmill

5. Read 25 pages of 52 Things Kids Need From a Mom by Angela Thomas

Home Management Goals:

6. Organize the files on my computer

7. Unpack one box in the basement

Business Goals:

8. Design a new Facebook cover for my page

9. Set up my blog feed on Mad Mimi

10. Write 4 blog posts

What are your goals for this week?