July 19, 2011

How I Stay Organized...and Baby Bear Feet

I first found the world of blogging while I was online searching for a way to organize my days, and find out how other homeschooling mom's managed their responsibilities.  What I found that benefited me the most was using a Household Management Binder.  I am one of those people who works better with a list. I abandoned my binder in late pregnancy/early baby days...well, now my baby bear is starting to crawl, we finished our homeschool year, and I need to get back on track!!  

In my binder, I have my morning routine page, to get me off to a good start, followed by a poem entitled, No Time for God...(read poem here) to remind me what's important.  Then I have tabs, each with a clear pocket to tuck important papers in, and extra notebook paper to jot little thoughts onto.

My tabs are: To-Do's (with lists printed from OrganizedHome.com); Meals/Recipes; Cleaning; Activities/Projects; Budget/Finances -with pockets for incoming bills to pay, and outgoing bills to file; School Info and Records; Books (to request, read, write notes on); and Purchases to Consider.  I feel so much better having a place to write things...and to remind me to do everything! Rather than being busier and more hectic with a whole list of to-do's, I am more productive and efficient.  I end up getting to spend more quality time with my children and husband! 

Speaking of the children, look at my baby's bear feet: Aren't they adorable?!

July 15, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy Birthday, Mom!
Happy Birthday to my sweet and special Mom! 
Wish I could spend the day in person with you, but I am thinking of you! Have a lovely day!

July 11, 2011

Paper Medallions - A Cute Craft With Many Uses

I made these medallions for the Fourth of July, after seeing some for sale at Michael's.  They were selling them for $5 each, and I knew I could make them myself! So I found some instructions, Spotted Canary blog, with videoHow About Orange blog, No Biggie blog; some people call them paper lollies, some call them pinwheels, and some medallions.  I saw them on this blog (see picture below), made large and used as a backdrop for party decorations. 

Hostess with the Mostess Blog
 You could make these for kids to wear for birthdays, give them as awards for school or good behavior, put them as a ribbon on gifts, and even use them in home decor!

ThriftyThurs Thrifty Thursday Week 32

July 8, 2011

This Year's Garden

Pumpkin patch in foreground

Our garden is flourishing this year!  And I am very happy to have a drip system set up this year- last year I had to water with the bubbler, and spend half an hour to an hour every day out there.  The weather was fairly cool this year until mid June, so between that and being busy with three children, we got a later start than usual this year.  We have lots of pumpkins, carrots, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, one tomatillo plant, cucumbers (my favorite!!) and beans.  We had zucchini, but it fizzled out already. 

All the credit for this garden goes to my husband - I didn't do a bit of it! He is a sweetheart. 
I am posting lots of pictures, at my mother's request!

Fresh tomatoes

Cool, crisp, juicy cucumbers

Rattlesnake beans - so sweet right off the vine!

Pumpkin vines twirling and swirling

We planted way too many radishes!

Lettuce and peppers

Tomatillos - first time growing these

A summertime rainbow!

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