10 Goals for the Week

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

I hope you were able to enjoy extra time with your family last week.

We stayed home most of the week, but we did get out as a family to see the final Hobbit movie in IMAX 3D. It was a wonderful experience. :)

As far as my goals, I wish I could’ve crossed off more. But that’s okay; I should have time to really tackle them this week.

Here’s what I accomplished last week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

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

2. Make homemade cinnamon rolls

Personal Goals:

3. Do resistance band exercises 4x

4. Walk a total of 120 minutes on the treadmill

5. Read 20 pages of The Most Important Place on Earth (affiliate link) by Robert Wolgemuth — I’ve been having a hard time picking this book up lately. Not because it isn’t good. I’ve been truly inspired and love what I’ve read so far. It’s just that I can’t get enough of J.R.R. Tolkien’s stories. As a family, we’ve been spending time reading & listening to the books, watching the movies, Googling history about the characters, and, well, Middle Earth has captive my imagination right now. ;)

6. Journal 3x — I only journaled twice.

Home Management Goals:

7. Spend 15 minutes cleaning/organizing in the basement

8. Move photos and files over to an external hard drive

Business Goals:

9. Create and photograph a DIY project to share in a future blog post

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. Plan a fun family day

Personal Goals:

3. Do resistance band exercises 4x

4. Walk a total of 120 minutes on the treadmill

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

6. Journal 2x

Home Management Goals:

7. Spend 20 minutes cleaning/organizing the basement

8. Spend 20 minutes de-cluttering the kids’ rooms

Business Goals:

9. Create and photograph a DIY project to share in a future blog post

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

What are your goals for this week?

10 Goals for the Week

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written a goals post.

For some reason, I kept starting this post but not finishing it. Oh well. It was nice to have a break, I guess!

I am ready to start back up again, though. :)

Here’s what I accomplished three weeks ago:

Family/Mothering Goals:

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

2. Plan a fun family day

Personal Goals:

3. Do resistance band exercises 3x

4. Walk a total of 90 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 — I’m STILL struggling to wake up before my kids in the morning.

Home Management Goals:

7. Go through a box of Christmas stuff and take out the things we’ll use this year

8. List one thing to sell on ebay 

Business Goals:

9. 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. Make homemade cinnamon rolls

Personal Goals:

3. Do resistance band exercises 4x

4. Walk a total of 120 minutes on the treadmill

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

6. Journal 3x

Home Management Goals:

7. Spend 15 minutes cleaning/organizing in the basement

8. Move photos and files over to an external hard drive

Business Goals:

9. Create and photograph a DIY project to share in a future blog post

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

What are your goals for this week?

Review and Favorite Features of the Sharp AQUOS Crystal Smartphone

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Sprint. I received a sample device to facilitate this review. #SprintMom

Review and Favorite Features of the Sharp AQUOS Crystal Smartphone #SprintMom #Smartphone

For the past few weeks, I’ve been getting to know the Sharp AQUOS Crystal Smartphone. I carry it around in my purse, use it at home, pull it out in the car (but only when my husband is driving), and today, I took it with me to the movie theater to see the latest Hobbit movie with my husband and kids. :)

I wanted to snap some pictures of my kids with the Sharp AQUOS smartphone to test out the picture quality yet again. And while I wouldn’t say the overall picture quality is awesome on this smartphone, I think it’s pretty good.

Sharp AQUOS Crystal Smartphone Review

There are a lot of things to love about the Sharp AQUOS. For starters, there’s the fact that you can make calls and exchange text messages over a Wi-Fi signal.

And I love that I can use this smartphone as a mobile hotspot and easily get online when I’m away from home. My kids like it, too, because it means that they can be on the internet during our long car rides to David’s appointments in Chicago.

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Another feature that makes this smartphone stand out is that it comes ready with OfficeSuite 8, which allows you to create and/or edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files. This could be very hand for working away from home or even for drafting a quick blog post.

In addition to OfficeSuite, the Clip Now feature is great tool, because once you enable it, you can take screenshots of your screen with one quick swipe. Those screenshots are then saved on your Sharp AQUOS smartphone with an embedded URL for easy sharing!

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Screen & Sound Quality

My kids watch videos on YouTube just about every day. In fact, we don’t have cable, and the television in our home is mainly used for watching our favorite movies. Instead of watching TV, when my kids have earned some “electronics time,” they get to pick a device and watch pre-approved kid’s videos online. :)

And now they can watch their online shows on the Sharp AQUOS Crystal smartphone’s amazing 5-inch edge-to-edge HD screen! Trust me, streaming video on this smartphone is something you’ll enjoy! It’s feels like you’re watching a small television. Impressive!

Review and Favorite Features of the Sharp AQUOS Crystal Smartphone #SprintMom #Smartphone

The final favorite feature I’ll mention is the fabulous sound quality you get from the Sharp AQUOS smartphone, and it’s because of the built-in Harman Kardon LiveStage with Clari-Fi technology.

I like using the AQUOS smartphone to play music throughout the day, but when I’m using the phone while at my desk and put in earbuds… wow! :)

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As you can see, there’s much to like about the Sharp AQUOS Crystal smartphone. And if you’re looking for a budget-friendly smartphone for yourself or even to give as a gift, this smartphone is a great option.

What are some of your must-have features in a smartphone?

Recipe: Easy Christmas Cookies

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Easy Christmas cookies — I’m all about them.

In fact, today, I’m sharing a super simple recipe for Christmas cookies and some ideas for decorating them, either on your own or with your kids. I think you’ll be able to tell from the pictures I share below just which ones I decorated and which ones my kids had fun with. :)

This Christmas…

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on where my family was at in life this time last year. I could write a whole blog post about that, but the short version is that this time last year, my 5-year-old son, David, had just received his life-saving bone marrow transplant, and we were living between his hospital room and the Ronald McDonald House near the hospital.

We spent Christmas in the hospital. In fact, when I woke up that morning, along with all the wonderful presents David’s nurses had snuck in for him as he slept, I noticed that my son was getting yet another blood transfusion. Thankfully, it would be his last.

But this year? Oh, this year is SO different! It’s different in the most wonderful and marvelous way, because we’re HOME! David has continued to get better, and his immune system is stronger and able to fight for him in ways it couldn’t before. However, knowing this doesn’t make me want to rush out and do a bunch of things we may have “missed” last year.

No, instead, we’re remembering to celebrate Christmas in simple ways, because believe it or not, while we expected Christmas to be simple last year… friends, family, and people we didn’t even know blessed our socks off with so many gifts! And let me tell you, those gifts helped to encourage David to take yet another dose of one of his many medications or go through yet another painful this or that. :(

To everyone who blessed us and prayed for us last Christmas, thank you! I wish I could thank each one of you personally.

Searching for Holiday Inspiration

One of the ways we’re celebrating a simple Christmas is by making holiday treats at home. Because when we do this, we also get the benefit of creating sweet memories together in the kitchen.

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I own a couple of cookbooks that I can’t live without like using on a regular basis, but I also enjoy using my Asus Intel Tablet to look for recipe inspiration on Pinterest. In a previous post, I talked about how easy it is to use my tablet to stay organized, but it’s also handy and small enough to keep in the kitchen, either to search for new recipes or to follow a recipe you might be trying for the first time.

I said it in my last post, but I’ll say it again… I love the screen quality of the Asus Intel tablet. It’s amazing. It makes looking for new ideas on Pinterest even more enjoyable. :)

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Easy Christmas Cookies

As for the treats, besides recently making chocolate pretzel bites for the first time, over the weekend, we also whipped up my favorite Christmas cookies ever.

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Trust me. They’re delicious without any additions. But when you “frost” these cookies with melted white chocolate and sprinkle on a little red and green colored sugar, well, that’s when they become my favorite. :)

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There’s no right or wrong way to decorate a Christmas cookie… at least not in my house. The possibilities are endless, especially when children are involved. ;)

However, here are just a few ideas for toppings when it comes to Christmas cookies:

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And here’s the printable version of my favorite Christmas cookie recipe:

Easy Christmas Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened (use softened coconut oil for dairy-free cookies)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour (white whole wheat flour works great as well)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • sprinkles, colored sugar, frosting, melted chocolate chips, red and green M&M's (optional for decorating)

Instructions

  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl and using a mixer on low speed, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Then beat in the vanilla extract. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Slowly beat the floured mixture into creamed mixture until the ingredients are all incorporated.
  5. Using a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon (so that the cookies are the same size) and an additional spoon (to help scoop the dough out of the measuring spoon), measure out the cookies and drop them onto an ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  6. Roll each cookie into a ball, and then using the back of a spoon or your palm, gently press down on each cookie to slightly flatten it.
  7. Bake cookies for 10 minutes. Then remove them from the oven and allow them to cool completely.
  8. Optional: Decorate cookies using frosting, melted chocolate, sprinkles, M&M's, and colored sugar. This recipe makes approximately 38 cookies.
http://thesensiblemom.com/2014/12/recipe-easy-christmas-cookies/

This is a recipe for deliciously easy Christmas Cookies! Use sprinkles, melted chocolate (white & milk chocolate), colored sugar, M&Ms, and frosting to really have fun with this recipe! Seriously, good! #Christmas #holiday #cookies #ChristmasCookies #easy #recipe

This Christmas season is one I’m holding near to my heart. It’s a reminder of God’s grace and how far David has come over the past year. I think keeping this entire month simple has been a meaningful reminder of how absolutely blessed we are. :)

Do you make Christmas cookies with your kids? What are some of your favorite holiday treats?