Saturday, March 13, 2010

Weekly Goals.

Well, I did pretty well with last weeks weekly goal of blogging every day. Unfortunately I fell off that wagon the moment last Sunday came around. The point of my weekly goals is to set up positive behaviors (for lack of a better word) for myself. Doesn't do as much good as intended if I quit the first day I'm allowed. But I'm still proud of keeping up with the goal for a week.

This week hasn't gone so well. I kind of shot the original goal down the first night, so I ended up changing it. First goal was to go to bed by midnight every night this week. Got in bed about 12:15 the first night and then totally ran that one into the ground by staying up to watch a movie with my hubby until 1 in the morning another night. So I changed the goal for this week into getting small things done that I'd been putting off. Baking- check. Put away hubby's clothes that have been sitting around for a week- check. Vacuum my sons room- check (eek!). Clean my car- check. Pick up my wedding dress from the cleaners- check (finally!! But now what do I do with it?). Vacuum my room-... uh working on that one as well as the next one: make my hubby chocolate chip cookies. Think I'll go get started on that one right now...

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Spending Hiatus

the challenge is to not spend money on this little guy.

So I have unofficially enrolled myself in the Simple Lovely Spending Hiatus. I say "unofficially" because, let's face it, I suck at not shopping. I think it'll be good though, especially since all the (necessary) super spending that was involved with the wedding last year and Christmas are over. So the idea is not no purchasing at all, but just not unnecessary purchases. So I'm still allowed to buy stuff for my son's birthday party coming up next month and I do have a gift card from Janie and Jack that I'm sure will scream my name if I find something I'm in love with there (went there last week and didn't buy anything!).

But I've surprised myself since deciding to hop on the wagon two weeks ago. Today I went to Nordstrom Rack and bought NOTHING. I surprised myself. I even had a return which has granted, get this... a negative balance on my Nordstrom account (squee!!). I can't tell you how long it's been since I had a $0 balance on that card. Heck, I can't remember the last time the balance was less than $100, not since before their big sale last summer, that's for sure. So other then slipping up last weekend and getting two tops from Gap (buy one get one free + an extra 20% off- seriously, you can't beat that) I think I've actually been doing pretty well. I even tried to look for something to buy at Nordstrom Rack today and just couldn't get myself to purchase something I didn't need.

So it's not entirely my strong will power that's keeping this spending hiatus thing going, I think it's party because I haven't found things that I get that "must have" feeling over. Maybe part of it's just because I've changed my mind set and am looking around my room at all the unnecessary (and some necessary) things that I have no room for. We'll see how it fares for the rest of the month.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I'm moving to North Carolina (not really).

I know that the housing costs are ridiculous in California but browsing a real estate page for Huntersville, North Carolina is making me want to pack up and move there right now. It's crazy for me to imagine that for the same cost of a teenie tiny two bedroom house in the area that we're looking to live in here in California, could also afford us this house in North Carolina. Isn't it gorgeous? Check out the cute little white picket fence on the side! They've got beach over there too- I'm going to start packing ;)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Children and Snacking.

I was reading this post and article over on the Ohdeedoh and all the comments about children and snacking and it got me thinking. Is it really so bad to take a snack out with you if you know it's going to keep your child happy and quiet(er) while you're out running around?

Granted, I don't think it's the best idea to continually bribe my son with cookies and candy every time we run out, but we usually take some cheerios (usually the multi-grain, his fave) or crackers or a banana with us because he tends to get hungry when we're out. Though, he does usually get a treat at the candy store when we go to the mall, but I've finally limited his intake of the dark molasses chips he get's from See's Candy from 3 to 1 for a day.

I did notice a huge difference in my son's mood and ability to keep himself from "falling apart" one day when I realized that I hadn't given him any sugar that morning. It took me a while to figure out that although he might be screaming over that piece of candy that he wants at the moment, he'll probably be over it in 5 minutes and he'll be just fine. Giving him too much sugar to keep him quiet in the car for an extra minute usually come back and kicks me- hard.

So I do see the problem with offering children too many sugary and non-nutritional snacks (especially if they're kindergarten and elementary school children eating Twinkies and Doritos as a snack every day), but I think it's healthy to eat something healthy in between meals, though maybe not every 20 minutes. I'm not going to stop with his healthy snacks, but once he turns 4 he's not eating at Church anymore, even if it means having to take him out because he won't be quiet.

New Music.

I really need new music. I'm debating over Lifehouse's new album or some Brad Paisley album, since I still own none of his.

Weekly Goal.

Ok, so I haven't been great with keeping up to date with my weekly goals, so here goes. I just figured out the goal for this week and it's to blog EVERY DAY. Not necessarily on this blog, but one of mine. And even though it's technically 1 in the morning on Tuesday, I'm still counting this as Monday, since I just figured out that this is going to be my goal for the week. I've done ok so far, but I need to be more committed.

One week my goal was to take a shower every night before bed, which doesn't seem like a big deal, but a lot of the time I just end up falling asleep with a book in bed or in front of the laptop, and occasionally in the middle of SNL. So that was a hard one to keep up with, but once I did, I just felt so much better and relaxed by the time I was in bed. Another week was to drink more water and well, that one didn't go so well. But it's also the week I got sick, so I sort of threw it out the window, although I probably should have been drinking more fluids, not less. Anyway, I'll keep you posted on the results of this week and if I can keep up with this one.