How do you keep track of your goals? I have an idea I came up with several years ago. It came about when I set my goals and I forgot about several goals because I had written them down and then forgot to refer back to them due to a busy job I had at the time. Life just had gotten so busy and I was not working from home every day so I forgot about them.
Well, I didn’t want that to happen anymore! I came up with a Goals Board solution! I love it. You can do it in any size large or small. You can write them on the glass or you can print them out. It is up to you. I choose to print them in an 8 x 10 frame and I write them on a larger 30 x 30 picture putting the goals I’m working on that month.
I just scouted my local thrift stores and the local Goodwill and found a lot of really nice picture frames that I was able to update and use in my kitchen and office as my Goals Boards. It is so simple to do and will only take a few minutes to do. If you want to get creative with the frame you can and paint and decorate it any way you choose.
I had found a beautiful old wooden frame so I just left it the way it was and I just use Old English on it every couple of weeks.
You don’t have to use it as a goals board you can use it for your chore chart, or for an information center for your family. I actually have used mine for a message board as well. I have since created a message board out of a pretty frame. To hang right by the door so everyone can see it. It has it’s own dry erase marker so they don’t have to hunt for a marker.
a picture frame you like
a sheet of pretty paper, wrapping paper or poster board the size of your frame
brightly colored set of dry erase markers
a nice bowl to put your markers in
Cut the piece of paper or poster to fit inside your frame. I change my paper with the seasons. sometimes I find wrapping paper I like and use that.
Hang your goals picture frame and you’re done.
Thats all there is to it. It is an easy to do project that will give you somewhere to post the important things you don’t want to forget or the doctor’s appointment you can’t miss.
When you create your Goals Frame or Message Frame be sure to post a photo in the comments I would love to see how you decorated your frame.
Here is my finished Family Board and two of my Goals boards in my study. We all love it and have somewhere to put important notes, chores, and things we need to remember.
If you make a family or goal board be sure to share it with me I would love to share it on the blog with others and I will share it with my readers on my Facebook page.
Good morning, I sure hope your day is off to a great start. Today I plan on sharing about Green Cleaning and why we all should be finding out more about it. With all we do in a day now days the last thing we want to worry about is what type of toxic chemicals we use in our homes.
We are all guilty of just picking up a cleaner, like the smell and take it home to clean everything with. Next time you go to the grocery store take two minutes and read what is in the ingredients of the cleaner you are planning on buying. I did, most of the words I had no idea how to pronounce or let alone knew what it was!
I was working full-time outside the house and also working part-time at another job this was in early 2003. Someone had spilled something on the carpet and I cleaned it with water and a little dish soap. I made a note to pick up carpet cleaner at a local store so I could clean the carpet with the shampooer. I came home and started cleaning the carpet and I started itching between my fingers! Then I started breaking out in hives. Well with in 15 minutes I was in serious condition with my throat swelling shut. I called a friend and they were able to get hold of my family to come take me to the hospital. At the hospital I had a lot of test run and they gave me a lot of medicine to stop the swelling and hives. I looked horrible!
After a lot of allergy testing and months later they were able to find out I was seriously allergic to most chemicals found on your grocery shelf to clean things with. I had to change the way I do things or risk more allergic reactions. The doctors told my husband and I that the reactions will get worse with every allergic reaction I would have. Just the simple act of cleaning the counter and getting the cleaner on my hands and putting my hand near my mouth, just to swipe away my hair out of my face could potentially send me to the emergency room. That was scary!
The first thing we did was git rid of everything we had that was a chemical. Every cleaner had to go! I started using vinegar to clean with. I was able to still use a few brands of dish soap but I put vinegar in my dish water to kill the germs. I have always used vinegar in my dishwater it just works.
Several months later I had another reaction, I bought some corn at the farmers market and fixed it for dinner, I again broke out in hives and started itching! This is when they found out I was allergic to glyphosates. Well this changed everything. I now had to check every type of produce I ate, eating out became hard due to most restaurants don’t use organic produce. Our family had to eat organic. We started a garden and loved gardening it was a lot of fun and we were able to eat the fruits of our labor. This is my family’s story of why we are an organic house hold.
Studies show that using a common house hold cleaner (you take your pick) used just once a week raise the risk of a child developing asthma. With every cleaner you use you release harmful chemicals into your home environment and chemicals last a very long time, you may not smell it any more but it is still there. When you use a cleaner to clean your floor, a sink scrub, an oven cleaner, then a antibacterial kitchen spray to clean all the germs from your cabinets and appliances you have released multiple chemicals into your home and into the air in your home. What are they doing to you and your children?
Today there are a lot of companies that try to create cleaners that are safe for you and your home. Here are a few examples of the ones I personally have used. Mrs. Myers, and Method Both these cleaners work very well. When you compare them to other cleaners that clean as well as they do they are in the same price range it really doesn’t cost more to clean with Green Cleaners.
I now make and use my own cleaners, hand soap and dish soaps. I make my own laundry soap and love the way it cleans my laundry. I used Mrs. Myers Laundry for a very long time and loved it. I still use it for delicate items and things I hand wash. The fabric softener is excellent! I also use dryer wool balls with essential oils on them for drying my clothes, this is one of my favorite essential oil blends for the dryer balls.
I will have two more post coming soon on how to start green cleaning and a post with my favorite home-made recipes for cleaning things in my house.
Here is a link to my Dusting Spray. It works so well and it actually repels dust so you don’t dust as often. I have wood floors in every room of my house, even the kitchen and I dampen my mop and spray this on the floor and mop as usual and my floors just shine. I personally love mopping now because I love the peppermint smell through the house. I will share more of my recipes in another post next week so be sure to check back and get your recipes.
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Here is what I am doing right now.
There you have an idea of what I have planned for the month. I have been so busy over the past few months that lots of things have collected in our house and they need to go to new homes. I love it when things are in place and neatly organized.
If you have projects you are working on feel free to share them with me. I would love to see how others organize their spaces.
Have a happy day,
There is so much information on the web, in the news, your friends have advice, your parents are constantly telling you to do this and do that so you will have money when you retire. You have just started you life and you think you have all the time in the world to save for your retirement, anyway that’s so far away I have plenty of time to save for when I get old.
Why do I need to save my money? I see so many cool things I want to do, places I want to go I want to party, I just turned 21 and the world is mine to conquer! I don’t want to put my money in a 401(k) I don’t even understand what that really is. Why would I put my money there? I made my money and I want to spend it myself I don’t want any body telling me what to do with my money.
If you are a parent like me I know you have probably heard every one of these excuses why your son or daughter doesn’t want to prepare for their future and save their money. I know you have tried to even help your children live within a budget, I know I have. They learn in school from their peers that credit is a good thing and they can have anything they want right now! They don’t have to wait for anything, they haven’t yet learned the life lessons that the bills will come due at the first of every month. They see just the minimum they need to pay they don’t read further and see the high interest rate and the amount of years they will pay the minimum just to pay the debit off.
Then there are some of our children that are savers and they think about things differently they want to save their money for those big-ticket items and for them to retire when they’re in there 30’s . They want to travel and they understand they will have to work hard and save their money for the first part of their life so they can live the life they dream about in there late 30’s and onward into there 50’s and 60’s.
Now lets talk about what you should be doing if you are in your thirties or getting ready to turn thirty. You aren’t doomed if you have spent your money instead of saving it. You will be a little behind on having a 6 figure income when you retire. For that income in your 50’s and 60’s you have to start saving when you are in your teens. If you have done that, that is awesome! You are well on your way to a wonderful life when you are in your 40’s and older.
This post isn’t to nag you for spending your money I know it looks like it but it isn’t! I promise. This post is for those that need to have a place to start in getting their financial life in order so they can have more when they are older.
It’s a check list to make sure you are ready to take on life in your thirties. If you have a family I am sure you are well on your way to conquering a lot of the goals listed here.
There you have it. A game plan to work on if you are in your 20’s or a check list to see how you are doing in your 30’s. I have put together a Budget Binder just for you if you haven’t started using one yet. It has everything you need so you can start getting your financials together and on track. It helps you set goals and set a budget every month.
Have a Great day!