Organization, And The Power Of The To-Do List

Organization is something some people have mastered, and some people, well don’t. I’m an in-betweener. Once Mr. B. starts calling, texting, or my favorite, e-mailing me with a laundry list of things to do, I quickly revert to my Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead line. “I’m right on top of that, honey!” Only to realize a week later, that e-mail he sent still sits in my inbox unopened and unfulfilled. Eek! (Eagerly holds hands out for Wife Of The Year trophy!)

I believe I might be a little ADD, or ADHD, or OCD, or all the ends in D words that mean you have a hard time concentrating on one task at a time, or you just get fixated on one freaking thing, and you can’t move on. (Raises hand.) Guilty.  It’s a flipping miracle I’ve completed one manuscript much less seven now, (really ten if you count the ones the public will probably never see), but who’s counting, right?

Wait, what was I talking about?

Oh! Organization. Yes, and the power of the To-Do list. Untitled design-11If you’re like me, busy with children, and a husband, and a big hairy dog, and editors e-mailing you telling you to get your butt in gear, then you might need the power and the help of a To-Do list. Even if you’re not like me, start writing a To-Do list. Every night before you go to bed, jot down all the stuff you know you need to get done the next day. List them in order from top priority to not so top priority, and then let it go. Breathe, and focus on reading a good book before you go to sleep because you don’t have to remember everything anymore.

If you want to put it in your phone, that’s great. But, know, there is something therapeutic about taking pen/pencil to paper and writing down your To-Do’s, then when one is accomplished, taking that same writing utensil and marking it out. I mean really get in there and scribble it out real good. Take that you stupid three weeks of ironing!  But, keep in mind, you actually have to do the task before you can scribble it out. I know, bummer of all bummers, right?

You can do it. I believe in you!

Internet Distraction

 

Do you get enticed with social media too? If so, what do you do about it?

Reasons to Brown Bag Your Lunch #mom #mommy #mommyblogger #savingmoney

In this economy, families all over the US are looking for ways to save money every month. From groceries, to gas, to extras, cutting down the amount of times you swipe your credit and debit cards have become a daily part of our lives.

One of the ways families can save money is to brown bag their lunch. Whether it’s for school or work or both, taking your homemade lunch has many benefits and can save families hundreds of dollars a year.

While the idea works, there can be snags, so here are some helpful tips on how to overcome those snags and start saving money and eating healthier today!

SAME THING DAY AFTER DAY ~ One of the biggest problems with taking your lunch to work is you run the risk of packing the same thing day after day—a sandwich (usually the same kind), chips, and some piece of fruit or vegetable. Even if you switch up deli meats, having that particular lunch everyday will become boring. Instead change up the routine.

ALLOW YOURSELF A TREAT ~ Allowing yourself once or twice a month to go out for lunch will help keep you motivated to take your lunch. While I would not suggest once a week, because that can get expensive really quick, a couple of times a month would be perfectly acceptable.

HAVE FUN WITH YOUR IDEAS ~ Take leftovers from the night before, or a frozen dinner and cook in the microwave. In the time it takes to make lunches for everyone you could even cook something.

Spaghetti is quick and easy if you just make the pasta and sauce. Cooking a turkey burger in a pan can take about fifteen minutes, and can be reheated. Grilled chicken tossed in a salad is great twist, or some homemade stew you cooked in a crock pot the night before.

Make extra for dinner each night so you have something, either for the next day or the day after and always make extra meals on Sunday night. Last but not least, try different and new types of sandwiches using different meats, cheeses, vegetables, and condiments.

KNOW IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT SAVING MONEY ~ While I mostly stressed in this article the money benefits of taking your lunch to work, there is another benefit as well.

Bottom line is it’s healthier. Unless you are going to a restaurant and eating a healthy meal, or going to a healthy sandwich shop – which if you are doing that you are spending even more money – making a healthy lunch is going to win over a fast food meal.

GETTING OUT OF THE OFFICE ~ It’s true that when you bring your lunch you run the risk of staying cooped up in your office all day. Getting out of the office even if it’s for only 10-15 minutes is essential for maintaining a level of sanity while in the work place.

Even though you bring your lunch, that doesn’t mean you have to eat it at your desk. Finding a nice park to sit in can be more relaxing than a busy restaurant or sandwich shop.

Above all, have fun with taking your lunch to work. Buy yourself a nice cooler type lunch bag. Leave notes for your spouse and kids, or make sure everyone gets a surprise everyday. Doing little things really does help, and in the end you will eat healthier, save money, and feel better.

BOkhRL4XAngela Christina Archer is a wife, mother, author, and blogger who is ridiculously addicted to coffee. Currently, she has four Historical Romances available on Amazon. For more information visit her WEBSITE.

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5 Grocery Store Sins #mom #mommy #mommyblogger #savingmoney# #grocery #groceryshopping

thDAZ0KU1HEach week many of us fall prey to the hazards of grocery store sins—the bad habits, if you will, that most American’s don’t realize they even do until it’s too late.

As you watch the grocery store checker scan each item and the dollar amount climbs and climbs, you begin to recount everything you placed in your cart. Was every item needed? How did this happen? Or more importantly how can it be avoided?

What are the top five grocery store sins? And how can you stay clear of them?

SIN # 1: NOT USING COUPONS

You don’t have to be an extreme couponer to save money using coupons. Most people think cutting coupons takes too much time—time they don’t have. Certainly, scouring through the paper each Sunday, searching online, and printing and cutting coupons does take effort. But who wouldn’t want to take an hour out of their day to save some money? On average for every hour spent cutting coupons, $100 is saved at the grocery store.

SIN #2: NO LIST, NO MEAL PLAN

Going to the grocery store without a clear plan of the meals you wish to prepare for the week and a list will end up busting your budget. Buying products and items you don’t need will only cause you to have to return to the store for the things you do.  Making a meal plan for the week that uses not only the same ingredients, but uses items on sale will save you money and allow you to enter the store with an organized list.

SIN #3: SHOPPING HUNGRY

You’re starving and walking through isles and isles of delicious food. What else would a person do except load up the cart with everything your eyes fall upon? Before you leave for the store eat a snack or even a meal.

SIN #4: SHOPPING WITH FAMILY

Shoppers who shop alone spend less money than if they shop with their spouse or children. When shopping with others your attention is distracted and leaves your cart at risk for being filled with purchases you didn’t plan. So hire a sitter, enlist a friend or relative to babysit, and leave your spouse to do something they want to do while you go shopping.

SIN #5: IMPLUSE BUYING

Nothing, repeat nothing, will bust your budget more than impulse purchases. Even if it’s just one item, allowing yourself to indulge with one item has the potential to become two, three, or more. When faced with the temptation, instead of putting it in the cart, leave it on the shelf and when you are done shopping return to the purchase. Nine times out of ten you will forget about it, which only means you really didn’t need it in the first place.

BOkhRL4XAngela Christina Archer is a wife, mother, author, and blogger who is ridiculously addicted to coffee. Currently, she has four Historical Romances available on Amazon. For more information visit her WEBSITE.

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A Painful Tug

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot. – Ecclesiastes 3:1,2 

She stands tall and proud, a striking queen palm positioned a little too close to our swimming pool. Pieces of concrete patio start to lift. A sprinkler pipe breaks, sending a flood of water into the yard. The damage, though seemingly minimal, is costly. And as much as I cringe at the thought, I realize that it’s simply time to let her go.

My husband and I wrestle with whether or not to save her. But a $250.00 estimate pretty much makes the decision for us. Time to get the chainsaw out of the shed and start working to carve away at her branches.

SPRINGTIMEI thought about how God will sometimes ask me to uproot a beautifully planted tree along my spiritual journey. And at the time, I find it difficult to make any sense out of it. My tree can take many beautiful forms, like serving in church ministry, writing that book, or finally deciding to be intentionally hospitable. It looks great on the outside, moving gracefully as the wind catches its leaves. Providing shade from the sun, my tree creates life-giving oxygen and it offers a perch for wearied friends. What could be so bad about that?

But it is the underworking that often goes undetected. It is important for me to consider my heart while participating in these life-giving activities. Unresolved anger or a poor attitude has potential to cause harm. A tree that provided years of protection will suddenly become a dangerous detriment to God’s pool of Living Water. Is that because the tree has stopped fulfilling its tree-like duties? No. The tree is still a tree. But if I’m not careful to submit every branch to God, my own dreams can do more harm than good.

What has God asked you to uproot lately? Do you harbor a secret sin? Maybe you find yourself in an unhealthy relationship, and you are starting to see the signs of broken communication. Perhaps the Lord may be asking you to make a career change and you’re finding that your life purpose has taken on a new meaning.

Wherever you are, take heart, my friend. If it is time to do away with a giant weed-looking tree in your life, take comfort in knowing that you won’t have to pull it alone. God’s Word is full of powerful promises.

It’s time to take hold of one, and tug.