9.17.2014

Moving In

I'm exhausted.

Totally, completely, unbelievably happy, but exhausted.

I spent the past three days floating around on some crazy New House Energy.  For real, it was like I couldn't stop unpacking boxes and exclaiming how much I love the new house.  Josie asked when I was going to quit saying that and I really just think the answer to that is never.

We haven't stayed the night yet, but we are getting close.  Probably tomorrow or Friday.  We all have beds set up now, however there are limited places to sit and I'm not sure I'm fully committed to doing school on the floor.

What I am sure of is that the house is starting to look like home.

I'm surprised how all of our things are fitting.  A major perk of getting rid of so much before the move is the things I brought are all things I love.  And how fun is it to finally get to put my Pinterest boards to use?!?

Anyways, here's a peek at my past few days.






















9.15.2014

TOS Review: The 7 Minute Life

What Is It:

The 7 Minute Life is a company started by Allyson Lewis in an effort to help women prioritize, organize, and simplify in order to get things done.  Allyson's goal in this is to help people find joy in their work instead of always feeling behind.  Allyson is an awesome motivational speaker that does training seminars through webinars, in person, and radio and TV.  She believes that in taking small steps everyday, you can make big changes.  This is what lead her to The 7 Minute Life philosophy.

For this review, we were sent a copy of The 7 Minute Life Planner.  This planner  It measures 7.3" by 8.5", which is a really great size for a planner.  It won't fit in most purses, but it isn't too big to carry.  It is pretty thick.  The cover is a sturdy, plastic material that will protect the paper pages underneath.  This is for sure a durable planner.


The goal of this planner is to help you prioritize, organize, and simplify in order to help you accomplish the tasks that you really want to.

7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review

How I Used It:

I'm a bit of a planner addict.  While I have one that I adore, I just couldn't help myself from wanting to try out this totally different kind of planner.  While it does have calendar pages, the main focus of this planner is to help you prioritize your tasks in order to help you get things done that matter.  This appealed to me because there are a lot of days that I feel like I was moving all day, but didn't finish any of the things I really wanted to.

Like most of us, I have a lot of plates spinning all of the time.  I like to be busy and to have my hands in a lot of different projects.  Trouble is, I'm also easily side tracked.  I may have a great plan in my head of what we will accomplish in a day but then the phone will ring or a new idea will pop in my head and our whole schedule will be gone.


The 7 Minute Day Planner helped me to sit down every night and think of 5 things I wanted to get done before 11 the next morning.  Sometimes these were chore like things, sometimes it was just reading to the kids.  I put things here that are very high on my "Want To Do" list but also very easy to say I'll do later and never get to.  Doing this exercise at the end of each day worked really well for me.  I took that "man, I wish I would've..." moment and decided to do it the next day.

I love checking off boxes and, most days, that was enough of a motivator to get me to actually do those things!

I don't contact as many people in a day as the planner gave me space for.  So I used some wasabi tape and turned that into another To Do list.  This is where I put random things that I thought of throughout the day that I wanted or needed to do.


I loved the Life Connections space.  Again, I didn't use this exactly as it is intended.  There are many times in a week that someone will come to mind that I know I need to pray for or send a letter to or reach out to in some way.  Usually, it's not at a convineint time.  So I used this section to jot down who came to mind and any specifics I felt like as far as how to reach out to them.  Loved this!

I used the unfinished tasks section as more To Dos if I needed it.  Anything not checked off either got tossed or I just moved it to the next day's list.

I didn't track my spending.  That's just not fun!


The bottom section was my favorite part.  I like the water tracker and the boxes for recording sleep, reading, and other personal things.  I do wish the meal section was bigger.  Our meals never fit in those boxes.

My Opinion:

Overall, I think this is a really neat way to track things and get some of your priorities in line.

When I think of a planner, I think of days listed and appointments.  This isn't that kind of planner.  This is great for tracking the things you really want to get done!

I would think this layout and format would work fabulously for someone that has a job outside of the home.  Although, as I did, you can for sure customize it to make it work for you if you don't.

This isn't a planner that I would carry with me everyday, but it will be something I turn to when my mind is working faster than I can keep up with and I need to get my priorities in line.

Product Details:

The 7 Minute Life Planner - $24.95

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Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes

Last week, Gabe started his My Amazing Body box from Mother Goose Time.

We talked about the parts of the body, made puppets, learned about letter B, and started his journal for the month.  One week in, I can tell this is going to be a perfect fit for my gentle approach to pre-k.  It gives him something constructive to do while introducing some new topics.

Our actual lesson time only takes about 20 minutes total.  The crafts take longer because both of my kids love them some glue.  I'm supplementing just a little with a handwriting program and a phonics program, but I'm so happy with what Mother Goose Time adds to our day.  I can't even imagine pulling all of this together by myself.













Gabe decided he hated life halfway through this craft so no picture of his finished product

every month comes with a new book.  this year, the book characters show up all 
throughout the month in different activities!


this month's character training word


this craft was supposed to be done on a yellow circle, but we had
just bought a bag of balloons so they were the center of all activities.

Next week we are going to learn about the 5 senses.  I remember doing this unit with Josie and it just happens to line up with her biology unit.  Love when that happens!

9.13.2014

Whew!

I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve.

Tomorrow we get the keys to our house and I'm having a hard time waiting.  I can't remember ever being this excited.  

So basically, this week was full of me being totally preoccupied with thinking about life in the new house while trying to keep up with my full calendar.  We had three doctor appointments, the kids started AWANAS, I joined a women's group at church, Josie had school two days, we went to a skating party with her class, and Gabe started T Ball.  Plus we had our normal school work to plow through.

Next week gets to be all about setting up the house and I can't wait!  



Did you know tie dye shirts have to cure for 6-8 hours?  Guess how many times I told them, "not yet!" that day...


PE


Finally hit up Home Depot's kid's workshop.  No fingers were injured and only one shirt was paint covered so I call that a success.



School, school, school.


Josie has fully entered the "My Parents Are So Embarrassing" stage of life.  One, I'm certain I wasn't embarrassed of my parents until at least age 10 (just kidding Mom and Dad, you never embarrassed me).  Two, Andrew and I discussed it and we are most definitely the cool parents so she obviously has no clue what she's talking about.  It was kind of nice to have our own little date this night though.


Tuesday Tradition.  They know his order by heart.


I was feeling awkward and nervous before my women's group.  I never know what I'll get walking into a big group of women that already know each other.  Lucky for me, these gals are some of the nicest I've met!  I'm so glad I went and know I'll make some great friends.



Whoever thought roller skating was a good idea is on my hit list.  Wheels, concrete, and excited kids are not a good combo.  Josie spent most the time talking to BOYS and these pictures of Gabe sum up my two hours.  


Josie, in her element.

Little kids need "coaching"?  She's all up on that.  Never mind that she's never actually played baseball.


For real though, T Ball is going to be the highlight of my Fall.  Gabe is the tiniest dude out there and kept looking at me and giggling behind his fat hands.  He just could not believe he was out there on the big field.  Ugh, this boy slays my heart!


That's a wrap!

Can't wait to share the new house with you next week!