We’re following a budget!

April turned out to be a weird month and halfway through we drafted a budget for us to follow. Our purpose: get rid of all our debt, medical and vehicle. I’ve had a loose budget in my mind for some of our expenses that I can control, mainly grocery shopping and I’ve been tracking our expenses for years using the Mint app. Now, we have a true, pen to paper, written budget for everything we spend money on.

I’ve been obsessed with budgeting for years and I am super excited to put everything I’ve read about and learned about into practice. It is now May and I’m pretty pleased with how we did in April. I went over the grocery budget by about $15 buuut the charge didn’t clear the bank until May 2. So on paper I was under budget but I know I went over budget on April 29. I’m not going to get too caught up in that kind of technicality because 1) we are just starting out and 2) almost every article I’ve read cautions that it will take several months to get a good flow going.

I’m pretty glad that I have always had the Mint app running in the background because it was an easy way to track my spending which made it easier to come up with a budget fairly quick. My next step for May is to get a spreadsheet set up that will allow me to input our income and expenses to see how we should be doing at the end of the month. Also, I love spreadsheets so any reason to make another one makes me happy!

We have a huge expense due this month and it will basically leave us breaking even in our main checking for two days. And that is why we are deciding to start this budget process and make it work. There’s some large expenses that we anticipate to pop up every month for the next few months and we want to have a better grip on where our money is going. Having a budget will give us the control and knowledge of what we’re doing with our money!

Meal Plan no. 20

Here’s what we’re eating this week:

Sunday: Meatballs

Monday: Tacos

Tuesday: Breakfast

Wednesday: Corndog nuggets

Thursday: Meatballs and veggies

Friday: Dinner with family

Sunday: Bagelbites

Meal Plan no. 19

I’m looking forward to our meals this week, I’ve been trying to make what I eat to be more healthy. Since I’m breastfeeding, it’s so easy to just eat anything and everything I can get my hands on. So I’m trying to make more filling foods to keep me full for longer.

This is what we’re eating this week:

Sunday: Chili

Monday: Pizza

Tuesday: Tacos

Wednesday: Cajun shrimp

Thursday: Meatballs and veggies

Friday: Dinner with family

Saturday: Sloppy joes

The secret to successfully keeping a clean house

As a home keeper and mom of three tiny humans, I am always looking for the secret to having a clean house. I’ve figured it out and it is exactly what I was afraid it is.

The secret to keeping a clean house is the most simple and common secret to being successful at anything: doing the work. That’s it. There’s no perfect one size fits all of cleaning the house that will work if I don’t work myself.

I’ve thought that this what it takes for a long time because with any good and successful venture, the only thing that works is doing the work. Luckily, doing the work is no harder than doing anything else. But what is it about a simple and uncomplicated solution that keeps me from doing it for so long? I mean, it has taken me almost 30 years to get to this point of actively wanting to keep my house clean instead of just looking around and wishing it was clean.

I also know the answer to that question and it’s not one that I really want to admit. It’s because I want to be lazy lately. This is a hard reason to accept because nobody likes to think of themselves as lazy. I know I sure don’t.

But maybe there’s something else holding me back. Maybe the reason that all of those wildly successful pins on Pinterest that claim to have the magic solution do not work for me is that I have not found a solution that works for me to keep a clean house. Because there is no magic solution, I just have to do the work and the results will come.

Meal Plan no. 18

I’m starting to branch out even more and get out of this spaghetti/taco/ground beef rut. I remembered that Kevin and the kids like to eat chili. And also since I’m no longer preggers, I can cook shrimp without feeling sick. Hooray for more variety!

This is what we’re eating this week:

Sunday: Leftovers

Monday: Chiki

Tuesday: Tacos

Wednesday: Meatballs and veggies

Thursday: Bagelbites

Friday: Dinner with family

Saturday: Grilled shrimp and veggies

Spring Cleaning 2019 part 2

Y’all my house is so clean! Or at least the front part of my house is. I started with my kitchen last week and then I cleaned the walls and baseboards in our living room earlier this week.

The living room is the room that I see the most lately since I’m often stuck to my chair while nursing Jacob. I’ve really noticed how dirty and dusty the baseboards are for a while now, but I just now got up the motivation to clean them. It looks so clean! I’m so very proud of how I can tell that they’re clean.

Unfortunately now I can tell where I need to touch up with paint on them. That’s probably a good thing, actually. We are talking about selling our house someday and touching up the baseboards is something that will need to be done. Painting the doors is also on my list of touch ups to do. Some of them are painted, but some haven’t been painted.

I took advantage of the kids spending the night at my parents house and cleaned the floors up front really good. I put some lavender drops in my roomba and it made it smell wonderful while it was running.

I’m not sure which room I will tackle next. Doing the cleaning room by room has been the right technique for me. To continue cleaning the rest of the rooms I will need to do some decluttering first. Which is totally fine by me, I am addicted to decluttering! It’s so nice to only have exactly what I need and not be distracted by having things I don’t need or even want.

I’ll keep you updated!

Working on my flowerbeds

I’ve been promising Kevin that he wouldn’t have to weedeat around my flowers that I planted in the front of the house and after three years, I finally made that promise come true! I’m not done, but I got one section finished, yay!

Spring Cleaning 2019

For the first time since we moved into our house 7 years ago I am deep cleaning the house. Or I’m attempting to do so. I started this morning with the kitchen by cleaning the cabinets and the baseboards. It took me two hours and I am so sore and tired. I never knew how much cleaning took physically. Of course I am embarrassingly out of shape.

When I decided that I wanted to do some cleaning, I knew I should ask my mother in law for advice on how and where to start. The first thing she asked me was “what did I want to get out of cleaning” and I told her that I wanted to just feel clean. My main goals were the kitchen and living room, I wanted the baseboards clean because every time I looked at them, they were just gross looking!

So she told me I needed to start at the top and clean the walls first, then the baseboards, then the floors. And since I had a limited amount of time to work then I should do just the kitchen first and then I can see progress rather quickly. Just like decluttering I thought!

Aaaand two hours later I had scrubbed my entire kitchen except for the floors. I am so proud of how it looks and I can’t wait for Kevin to come home and see if he can tell a difference. He probably won’t know exactly but he’ll be able to tell something is different.

And I made my own cleaning solution which is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. It’s so easy to do, I’m embarrassed at how long it took me to do it. Actually, I know why it took me so long and it’s because it would just take more work than I thought it would to use other cleaners. Now I fully expect to go down the rabbit hole of essential oils and different ways to use them.

Meal Plan no. 17

We are stuck in a meal plan loaded with meatballs. But my children love them soo I’m gonna make them as long as they will eat them!

Here’s what we’re eating this week:

Sunday: Meatballs, green beans, corn

Monday: Sloppy joes, corn, potatoes

Tuesday: Must-goes

Wednesday: Bagel bites, potatoes

Thursday: Chili

Friday: Dinner with fanily

Saturday: Pizza