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March Madness Terrell Style

It’s time for March Madness…Terrell Style!

We here in the Terrell house are not really into following sports, of any kind really, so the March Madness craze doesn’t really effect us (unless you count the frustration of our favorite shows going MIA for 2-3 weeks, grrr.) I’ve decided to come up with our own March Madness.

My “game” has been off ever since the holidays hit. In November and December, we not only have the usual holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas), but we also have two kids with birthdays and at least one trip home to Nebraska for the holidays (this year was just one but some times we make the trip twice.) So now it’s march 1, and not only have I NOT lost any weight since the holidays, but I’ve GAINED (!!) several pounds back, ugh. I realized I needed a kick in the pants and just blogging about it isn’t enough. So I have enlisted the help of my dear husband. He and I are doing a 30 day push-up and sit-up challenge. My husband is skinny by nature, and never has been known to workout, but he loves me, and so he is graciously doing it with me so I have someone to do it with every day.

I’m also striving to drink 8 8oz of water everyday for the next 30 days. Water is so good for you in SO many ways, and is great in aiding weight loss. I’ve been really bad about this in the past and am determined to develop this habit! Along with water I’ll be drinking Good Girl Moonshine. You can go to Trim Healthy Mama for the recipe. It has Apple Cider vinegar in it which has loads of health benefits, two being weight loss and appetite suppressant. It really does the trick and it doesn’t taste gross like you might think. I like mine with a couple dashes of cinnamon.

I’ve been very loosely following the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) plan over the last year, but am really kicking it in gear now that Sammie (our second child) is on a gluten free diet nad I’ve been feeding her THM foods, which are gluten-free, and have been making enough for the two of us. We’ve also had a little more give in our grocery budget so I’ve been able to buy more on plan foods. I got totally off plan during the holidays, hence the reason I gained several pounds. But this mama says no more. You can buy the book from their website or from Trim Healthy Mama” target=”_blank”>Amazon (affiliate Link).

Joel and I have already done our push-ups and sit ups for yesterday and today. I think I met my water quota for yesterday, and am almost there today! It’s a good start. Two days down 28 to go. Wish me luck! March Madness Terrell Style is in full swing!

 

Have you found yourself in a slump like I have? How about creating your own March Madness challenge?

July Frugal and Money making Update-Wk 1

July Frugal and Money Making Update

So I know that we’re almost through the second week of July but I really wanted to give you an update for week one to help keep myself accountable. If you want to keep up with my progress throughout the week you can like me on Facebook. I’m combining both my July frugal and money making updates for this week. I may or may not do it next week we’ll see. My computer is going out after serving me faithfully for three years. Considering when my husband bought it for me for mother’s day he was happy to get a year out of it (it was a cheap model) we are both happy that it lasted this long, however I find it ironic that the month I’m trying to cinch the belt tighter and bring in a little extra money (which requires me to have a computer) is the month that my computer bites the dust. I am so thankful I have a husband who does IT for a living and can diagnose the problem for “free” so we can know what our next step is. For now, if I speak sweetly to it and keep the cord just so it is working. Aaaannyway, moving on to the July Frugal and Money Making Update for week one.

Frugal Update

  •  We went the first 6 days in July without running the A/C! It got a little warm towards the end of the day, but we would just remind ourselves that it would be just a couple of hours until we could open the windows again. We might have made it Sunday as well, but we forgot to close the windows before Church and when we got home our thermostat was maxed out at 90 degrees! Yuck. So the A/C went on. We’ve been keeping it up around 78-80 degrees during the day, and 76 degrees at night. The ceiling fans are a HUGE help as well as the box fan we brought in from the garage.
  • The dryer has remained unused and all the laundry has been hung outside or on the rack inside.
  • I’ve been working to keep lights off and at least three days last week the entertainment center was unplugged.
  • I’ve been taking pails of dish rinsing water and water from dirty cups out to the garden and watering some of the sagging plants.
  • I bought a target gift card with my Dillon’s plus card and got fuel points for it. I knew I would be shopping at Target later in the week so I planned ahead.
  • Joel only ate out for lunch once during the work week, We did eat out on Saturday when we met up with an old friend of mine, but we had purchased a gift card last month for the restaurant during Dillon’s 4x the fuel points so it didn’t come out of this month’s budget.
  • When I shopped at Aldi I tried to buy everything we would need from there for the whole month so I would only make one trip and thus save on gas.

Money Making Goals

  •  I have posted the dryer on Craigslist with no bites. I’m thinking I might take new pictures and reduce the price. As much as we want to make some on it, ultimately we want it out of our garage.
  • I made a list of things leftover from the garage sale that would be worth selling on Craigslist or ebay.
  • I started the process of opening an Etsy shop.  I haven’t taken any pictures or posted anything yet. That will have to wait until at least next Tuesday once I’m past both the parties I’m hosting in the next few days.
  • I checked into swagbucks, Jingit, and mypoints emails everyday last week to add to each tally.
  • I also entered a few giveaways. I’ll see if I end up winning anything. Since I started entering giveaways last November I’ve won a “Cars 2” Lego Duplo set, a lipstick, and a blueray copy of “Return to Nim’s Island. I gave the girls the legos for Christmas and the Blueray made for a great family movie night!

That’s it for last week that I can think of.

 

What have you been doing this week to save or make money for you and your family?

 

I’m linking this to Homestead Barn Hop!

January Recipe Goals Update (2012)

I made baking bread my first kitchen goal of the year because I didn’t want to put it off any longer. After some failures I did have some success. You can read about my adventure here.

I will continue to bake bread. In fact I plan on baking more today with my new yeast!

This month’s goal is to make raisin bread. Once I find a recipe I think will work for us I will be unstoppable!

January

Basic Bread Recipe

February

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

March

Homemade Crackers-” target=”_blank”>Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it

April

Homemade Mustard-” target=”_blank”>Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it

Homemade Ketchup-” target=”_blank”>Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it

May

Homemade Soda-” target=”_blank”>Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it (this one will be with the help of hubby since he’s the one who reeeally wants to try it!)

June

Chipotle Burrito Recipe

July

Homemade Salsa

August

Better then Panera Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

September

Homemade Tomato Sauce-” target=”_blank”>Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it

October

Homemade Pie Crust Recipe

November

Homemade Pitas (I want to make Gyros)

December

Homemade Granola

BONUS

Homemade Runzas (once I get the bread thing down I will be whipping up a batch of these babies! I made them with my mother-in-law once but she had already made up the dough. They are so good and are great to keep in the freezer and pull out for a quick lunch or dinner!)

Have you tried any new recipes lately?

January Reading Goals Update and February’s Reading List


I had two books on my reading list for January. I actually ended up changing the organization book to another that I got Free for my Kindle. It was actually the one I wanted to read and was homing the first would be similar. Unfortunately its wasn’t and I struggle through every page that I did read. Thankfully the book I really wanted to read was offered free for Kindle on Amazon.com!

” target=”_blank”>Skinny B*tch

I wanted to read this book because I wanted to know how our bodies react to the different foods and additives we ingest. It was not with the intent of becoming a vegan (which this book promotes) or even vegetarian that I decided to read this book. I had heard that it did a good job of giving the facts in an easy to understand format, which is true. However there is a lot of language and some semi lewd content. The intent was to get the reader’s attention. I felt a little offended, but was able to get past it. It was indeed very informative about each food group and how it helps or hinders your body. They also did a great job of giving you a brief breakdown of labeling and the best way to shop.

I wouldn’t recommend this to just anyone. You really have to look past the language and be very interested in what you are eating and how to eat more responsibly.

Considering I picked it up at a garage sale for $1 I would say that it was money well spent.

” target=”_blank”>Organizing for a Fresh Start

This is the book I was disappointed in and struggled to push forward in. It’s not that it had bad information, more that I am not in a place in my life where I need that kind of information. This book is about organizing during and after a big life change. It is organizing on a large scale. I was more looking for ways to simplify through organization and decluttering. I have two little kids and a third on the way. I need small steps that make big impact.

Also I did really gel with the author’s writing style. You could tell that she was very new age and I had a hard time connecting with her.

If you are going through the loss of a loved one, job change, divorce, empty nesting, or anything else of the sort and are feeling lost, this may be the book for you.

” target=”_blank”>Organized Simplicity

This is the book I really wanted to read that wasn’t available at the time I made my list. And boy I wasn’t disappointed! With the move to Kansas in the near future having this information in mind as a pack and set up house again is invaluable. I love the fact that it was written by a mom trying figure out how to live in a small space. She does such a great job of creating a game plan working from room to room with check list for cleaning, decluttering and organizing.

I would recommend this book to any mom who is trying to find things easier, be able to spend less time cleaning and more time living and enjoying family.

I also am half way through the first of three books in” target=”_blank”> The Complete Tightwad Gazette.

January

“>Organizing for a Fresh Start

” target=”_blank”>Skinny B*tch (Don’t judge, I didn’t make up the title. I’ve already started this and it has great straight forward nutritional information. I can’t say that I appreciate some of the language or the way they address the reader, but I do like the way they clearly explain things. Plus I think I only paid $1 at a garage sale for it. And Yes, I did change the “I” so that it wouldn’t be the whole word. That isn’t actually the way it reads on the book.)

February

” target=”_blank”>Blogging for Dummies

” target=”_blank”>Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it

March

” target=”_blank”>Miserly Moms

” target=”_blank”>Becoming a Woman of Freedom

April

” target=”_blank”>The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams

May

” target=”_blank”>Four-Season Harvesting

” target=”_blank”>The Power of a Praying Parent

June

” target=”_blank”>Seed to Seed

” target=”_blank”>Calm My Anxious Heart

July

” target=”_blank”>How to Dry Foods

August

” target=”_blank”>Root Cellaring

September

” target=”_blank”>Quitter

October

” target=”_blank”>Margin

November

” target=”_blank”>Entreleadership

December

” target=”_blank”>The Money Saving Mom’s Budget

Books I’m going to read over the entire year

These are books that are more how-to’s or not chapter books.

” target=”_blank”>The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook

” target=”_blank”>Back to Basics: A complete Guide to Traditional Skills

” target=”_blank”>The Complete Tightwad Gazette

What’s on your reading list this month?

2012 Goals: Recipes

 

Along with reading and crafting goals, I am challenging myself in the kitchen as well. I figure if I try just one new skill or recipe per month (save April) I can overcome my fear of failure in the kitchen once and for all. Granted I have tried new recipes and different takes on recipes, but my biggest fear is waste. “What if it turns out badly and no one will eat it and I’ll have to throw the whole thing away or worse yet, I’ll have to suffer through eating all the leftovers myself because I can’t bring myself to throw it away?” That is over my friends! It has been a looong time since I have screwed something up so royally or picked such a terrible recipe that we had to scrap the whole meal. And even if it were a total flop, so what, you live and learn and do better next time.

With that, here is my list of skills/recipes for 2012 broken down into monthly goals:

January

Basic Bread Recipe

February

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

March

Homemade Crackers-” target=”_blank”>Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it

April

Homemade Mustard-” target=”_blank”>Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it

Homemade Ketchup-” target=”_blank”>Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it

May

Homemade Soda-” target=”_blank”>Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it (this one will be with the help of hubby since he’s the one who reeeally wants to try it!)

June

Chipotle Burrito Recipe

July

Homemade Salsa

August

Better then Panera Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

September

Homemade Tomato Sauce-” target=”_blank”>Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it

October

Homemade Pie Crust Recipe

November

Homemade Pitas (I want to make Gyros)

December

Homemade Granola

BONUS

Homemade Runzas (once I get the bread thing down I will be whipping up a batch of these babies! I made them with my mother-in-law once but she had already made up the dough. They are so good and are great to keep in the freezer and pull out for a quick lunch or dinner!)

How about you, do you have any recipes you are dying to try? How about that culinary skill you need to suck it up and try? Share with us below and we’ll give you lots of encouragement!

I’m linking this to Monday’s Homestead Barn Hop!

2012 Goals-Crafting

 

With the aid of pinterest I have made myself a list of crafts I would like to try this year. I would like to consider myself a creative person, but over the last couple of years that creativity has taken a back burner to motherhood. Even though we will be adding a third little to the Terrell Clan, I am determined to keep up with my Goals and get back into the crafting game. There will always be something keeping me from it if I let it.

Here is my list broken down into monthly goals:

January

Crocheted Dish clothes

February

Freezer paper shirt printing

March

Produce Bag from old t-shirts

April

Grocery Bags from Recycled T-Shirts

May

Dipped Candles

June

Braided necklace from old shirts

July

Bent Spoons Wall hanging

August

Baked Marbles/Glass Stones

September

Vegetable Stamps

October

Button Bobby Pins

November

T-shirt Shag Rug

December

Paint Dipped Pinecones

Bonus

DIY Gift Bags

Do you have any craft projects you hope to tackle this year? Please share with us below! You never know when it will be just the project someone else has been looking for!

2012 Reading List Monthly Breakdown

 

I am a huge fan of Crystal over at Money Saving Mom. I’ve been following her blog since Emma was a little baby and I was trying to find ways to cut down our budget. Last year she listed her goals and books she wanted to read that year broken down by monthly goals. Since it worked so well for Crystal, I am going to try my hand at it. This is the year that I am going to get things done and not let fear stand in my way.

So here is my reading list broken down into monthly goals.

January

“>Organizing for a Fresh Start

” target=”_blank”>Skinny B*tch (Don’t judge, I didn’t make up the title. I’ve already started this and it has great straight forward nutritional information. I can’t say that I appreciate some of the language or the way they address the reader, but I do like the way they clearly explain things. Plus I think I only paid $1 at a garage sale for it. And Yes, I did change the “I” so that it wouldn’t be the whole word. That isn’t actually the way it reads on the book.)

February

” target=”_blank”>Blogging for Dummies

” target=”_blank”>Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it

March

” target=”_blank”>Miserly Moms

” target=”_blank”>Becoming a Woman of Freedom

April

” target=”_blank”>The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams

May

” target=”_blank”>Four-Season Harvesting

” target=”_blank”>The Power of a Praying Parent

June

” target=”_blank”>Seed to Seed

” target=”_blank”>Calm My Anxious Heart

July

” target=”_blank”>How to Dry Foods

August

” target=”_blank”>Root Cellaring

September

” target=”_blank”>Quitter

October

” target=”_blank”>Margin

November

” target=”_blank”>Entreleadership

December

” target=”_blank”>The Money Saving Mom’s Budget

Books I’m going to read over the entire year

These are books that are more how-to’s or not chapter books.

” target=”_blank”>The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook

” target=”_blank”>Back to Basics: A complete Guide to Traditional Skills

” target=”_blank”>The Complete Tightwad Gazette

I’m linking this to  Money Saving mom’s My Goals for 2012

2012 Reading List

I received quite a few books for Christmas that were on my wish list so I am ready to get started devouring them. Actually, I’m already several chapters into 3 of them and I flipped through another. I want to read all the books that I got for Christmas, some books that I got through Amazon for free using the free kindle program on my computer, plus a few more that I have or still need to purchased. Also, I want to have a regular time set aside each day to read to the girls. We aren’t to the point of doing chapter books yet, but I’m able to ready longer stories and keep their attention.

I know this is a long list and for someone (meaning me) who finished two maybe three books last year it seems a little ridiculous, but I am determined to read a lot more this year and be more disciplined with my time. I am becoming far less interested in watching TV and using that time learning in one way or another or working on writing for my blog.

Books From Christmas

” target=”_blank”>Four-Season Harvesting

” target=”_blank”>Miserly Moms (I’m doing a bit of skimming in some sections of the book since a lot of this stuff I already know or is outdated.)

” target=”_blank”>The Complete Tightwad Gazette (there are 3 volumes total so there is a lot of info to go through. I think I will ready a little each day and spread it out over the entire year)

” target=”_blank”>Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables

” target=”_blank”>Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it-And other cooking projects (This is a recipe book that Joel and I have already flipped through. I love that she describes how each food actually tastes. There are several recipes that I want to try in the next few months)

” target=”_blank”>Back to Basics: A complete Guide to Traditional Skills (This one won’t be a cover to cover read, but more of a flip through and see what all is included and what we could learn sooner than later. Really it’s a reference book.)

” target=”_blank”>Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners

” target=”_blank”>How to Dry Foods: The Complete Guide to Drying Foods at Home

” target=”_blank”>The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook (This will be a book I read throughout the year as well)

Books on Kindle

” target=”_blank”>The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams

” target=”_blank”>Organizing for a Fresh Start: Embracing Your Next Chapter in Life (This one is still currently free for Kindle)

” target=”_blank”>Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives

” target=”_blank”>Becoming a Woman of Freedom

” target=”_blank”>Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Contentment

Other Books

” target=”_blank”>The Power of a Praying Parent

” target=”_blank”>Blogging for Dummies

“>The Money Saving Mom’s Budget

“>Quitter

“>Entreleadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches

” target=”_blank”>Skinny B*tch (Don’t judge, I didn’t make up the title. I’ve already started this and it has great straight forward nutritional information. I can’t say that I appreciate some of the language or the way they address the reader, but I do like the way they clearly explain things. Plus I think I only paid $1 at a garage sale for it. And Yes, I did change the “I” so that it wouldn’t be the whole word. That isn’t actually the way it reads on the book.)

 Note-All of the book links are through my Amazon.com affiliate program. All the books were chosen by me without any outside influence.


I’m going to break down these lists of books so that I have smaller goals. I’ll post that once I have it done.

What’s on your reading list for 2012? Do you plan on adding any of these books to your list?