Commitment

How To Organize Your Week

When a new week begins, and we've had our Sunday fun I sit down at the kitchen table and plan the weeks activities and to-do's out! 

I couldn't live without my planners, I think if anything happened to them I would have a full blown panic attack.

I love to write things down. I hate using the calendar on my phone. There's just something wonderful about putting all that I need to get done on a piece of actual paper!! I think I remember things better too when I write it all down. I was that college student who wrote their notes in class in their binder and then re-wrote them once she got back to her dorm so they looked beautiful and well thought out. Maybe that was just me. :) 

Anyways, now there are two other schedules to be in charge of, plus myself and my husbands crazy schedule! 

To keep it all straight I have a to-do and scheduling planner and a financial planner. Let's start with the to-do planner, shall we? 

I got this amazing family planner for $7 at Barnes and Noble! Always try and get your planner for the year mid-January. Everything will be on clearance! 

I got this amazing family planner for $7 at Barnes and Noble! Always try and get your planner for the year mid-January. Everything will be on clearance! 

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I have a to-do side of everything I want to accomplish that week, and all appointments, play dates, and things we are going to make their way in their designated day! It's the best, because it's all right there for me to be productive that week.  

My financial planner is even better. Isn't it cute? I got it from Mardels Christian Bookstore here in Cedar Park for $2!  

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I apparently didn't pay any bills the month of March or had any budget whatsoever. 😂 I'm not showing you May silly, that's none of your business.  

I apparently didn't pay any bills the month of March or had any budget whatsoever. 😂 I'm not showing you May silly, that's none of your business.  

This planner has only monthly views which is perfect for making sure to pay all of those bills on time! I write down at the beginning of every month what is due when, and cross it off as it is paid. The space on the right I use to make my list of maintenance expenses that need to happen that month, hair cuts, bday presents, how much will we try to put into savings. All of that info goes there.

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And then that nifty little pocket is where I store my stamps, paid bills, and receipts. At the end of every month I go through this stack of paper and either throw it away, or if it is a paid bill I file it away for the year.

I've also started to do my grocery shopping online so Sunday evenings when I'm paying bills and planning the week. I'll also plan my meals for the week, and order my groceries so that I can go pick them up the next morning. Which makes me feel super #momfamous ladies.

I also try to plan out fun things to do with the kids each day of the week. I found this super cute print out for weekly planning! http://cf.somewhatsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/weekly-schedule-color.pdf

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Isn't it cute?!

Meal planning printables are everywhere online. I really love having one that offers a space for breakfast, lunch, and dinner too. I try to stick to a meal plan. It helps me not to be tempted to go spend money at Chickfila so I don't have to make lunch or dinner. I save money writing things down and making it to where I have to look at these plans constantly throughout the day. Keeps me accountable! Just google "meal plan free printables" and you'll find so many fun things to print for your meal planning!

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When I'm done doing my part of planning, Will usually joins me and we have a sync meeting of sorts. I write his schedule on my planner, he writes mine down on his, and we stay connected during the week so much better because of this. We also plan out what we'll do the following weekend as a family and that's my favorite part of the meeting of course! :) 

If you aren't a natural planner, that's okay. Take baby steps. I promise you'll feel more productive, happier, and ready to face the day. Because on that morning when you dread to wake up, you can at least know that you have a plan for that day! 

Ready, Set, Get Organized!! 

 

Share the ways you keep you and your family organized by commenting below! Share your knowledge!!!  

 

Xoxo- 

Amber  

A weekend to remember

If you didn't hear from me much this weekend, there's a good reason for that. 

 

We went away, for the first time, as a couple, since we spent two nights away at Myrtle Beach over five years ago. That was when we just had our two boys. 

 

Three babies later...

 

Most of you know, we've had a really rough year. 2015 has been the hardest, most challenging, stressful, but most blessed year yet. 

 

Our friends coordinated the most amazingly generous and thoughtful weekend away for the two of us. Completely paid for.  (A special thanks to our FAMILY for graciously keeping our quintet of children.) 

 

We had NO idea what a Weekend to Remember was. All we knew was that we were the most loved, grateful couple on the planet to receive such a selfless gift. A weekend away from reality. A weekend to just be us.  

 

We went in with the ONLY expectation being sleeping past 7am both days. So when everything else blew our minds, and our only expectation was crushed (thanks to roof construction at 6:30am on the roof next to our window), we still felt amazing. But we're pretty tired now... 

 

We didn't see much of Charleston. We've both been a few times before, so it wasn't a total bust to stay in a conference room 90% of the time. In fact, it was LIFE CHANGING.  

 

We prayed, we laughed (a LOT), we cried (well, I did), we hugged, we kissed, we were honest, we were stretched, we were reminded, we were taught, we were rebuked, we were both the receivers and givers of grace. It was beautiful.  

 

So, if you ever, EVER get the opportunity to do this...to go and change your marriage from mediocre to amazing, DO IT. 

 

I wish I could've spent five more days alone practicing all that we learned before diving back into life. That is the only thing I would change. Everything else was amazing.  

 

So beyond grateful.  💗

You MUST go to here when you're in Charleston. Seriously.  

You MUST go to here when you're in Charleston. Seriously.  

Pulled pork hash is like...well, let's put it this way, it's like my tongue was hugging me after every bite. I'm not kidding.  

Pulled pork hash is like...well, let's put it this way, it's like my tongue was hugging me after every bite. I'm not kidding.  

My AMAZING best friend and her never ending sacrificial love on display once again as she watched our children,along with her own four, for most of the weekend. And no, we did NOT ask her to do that.  

My AMAZING best friend and her never ending sacrificial love on display once again as she watched our children,along with her own four, for most of the weekend. And no, we did NOT ask her to do that.  

The last bite of the fried green tomatoes. It was hard to say goodbye.     

The last bite of the fried green tomatoes. It was hard to say goodbye.  

 

We saw the ocean for five seconds, but really, who cares. We were ALONE.  

We saw the ocean for five seconds, but really, who cares. We were ALONE.  

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I have equal love and hate for this bridge. It's so super cool to drive under, but I hate bridges, let's be honest.  

I have equal love and hate for this bridge. It's so super cool to drive under, but I hate bridges, let's be honest.  

This is where we wrote love letters to each other. It was one of the highlights of the weekend.  

This is where we wrote love letters to each other. It was one of the highlights of the weekend.  

Go here (to find out more info on a Weekend to Remember in your area): http://www.familylife.com/WeekendToRemember

 

Oh, and we already signed up to be volunteers at the one in our area in June on our eleventh anniversary. Yes, we can't wait.