The Homemaking Housewife

Striving to make our house our haven.

Eat at home in April March 29, 2010

Filed under: 101 Goals,Frugal living — Sarah @ 5:52 pm

We have once again fallen into repeating a nasty habit.  The eating out habit.  This is one my true vice.  I have such a hard time with this!

So I have decided to face it head on.  I have declared April a “Month of Eating at Home.”  Every meal, from breakfast to dinner, will be eaten at home.  Or at least packed from home.  For all 30 days of April.  All of them.  Wow, this is starting to sound a little intimidating!  This month is also going to help me on the way to finishing goal #61 of my 101 goals in 1001 days challenge.  I love multitasking!

No!  I refuse to be intimidated!  My plan is to put together a meal plan for every week and stick to it.  Normally I will put the plan together, but then I get tired by the end of the day and don’t want to cook what I have planned, so we end up getting take out.  Not only am I putting horrible food in our mouths but I am also wasting money and putting on extra pounds.  Let’s not even talk about the lesson I am teaching the boys!  Actually, maybe we should go there.  Maybe that will give me a bit of added inspiration to get the job done.  No, that’s a topic for another post.

OK, so the plan is to have a plan.  Next is to actually take action on that plan.  I already know that I lose a lot of motivation at the end of the day.  Once 4 o’clock rolls around I have lost all momentum and I am having conversations with myself on how to talk The Mr. into going out.  That’s why the next idea I have is to get as much prepped as I can at lunch time.  I figure I’m already in the kitchen, why not start on dinner? 

Another part of my plan is to research cooking for my freezer.  I want to fill up my freezer with lots of frozen meals that I can take out on the weekends or on those days that are just going to be too busy to do much else.  I want to avoid too many bowls of cereal for dinner if at all possible!

I hope in the next few weeks to report back what I learned, what worked and what didn’t.  Hopefully I will post some recipes as well, so maybe you can get some ideas too!


101 Goals in 1001 Days March 26, 2010

Filed under: 101 Goals — Sarah @ 1:14 pm

Awhile back I found a post on a blog (I can’t remember which it was) about setting 101 goals for yourself to complete in 1001 days.  Being the list maker that I am I loved the idea.  I also thought it would be a great exercise in not only making the list, but actually finishing it.  I told my sister about it and we decided that we would each come up with our own lists and keep each other accountable.  Although it’s not finished, I thought it would be fun to post my goals and update every now and then on my progress.

Date Started: March 3, 2010

End: November 27, 2012

  1. Finish this list!
  2. Come up with action plans for all 101 goals
  3. Buy greeting cards for the following month by the last day of the current month
  4. Only get books from the library (DO NOT BUY ANY!)
  5. Return all books to the library on time
  6. Get Big I on a commission system
  7. Get Little E on a commission system
  8. Get family portraits taken
  9. Update Little E’s baby book
  10. Update Big I’s baby book
  11. Make sure Big I’s homework is done by Sunday nights
  12. Have 8 clients by 12/31/10
  13. Have 10 clients by 12/31/11
  14. Have 12 clients by 11/27/12
  15. Make a schedule to back up client files regularly
  16. File once per week
  17. Get all client monthly work done by 5th business day
  18. Get MOUS certified
  19. Get Client tax returns done by August 15th
  20. Get Quickbooks certified
  21. Bill clients on the first of each month
  22. Declutter boys toys before Christmas
  23. Declutter boys toys before their birthday
  24. Sell unused CD’s
  25. Watch one movie per week
  26. Read 33 non fiction books
  27. Buy a DSLR camera with spending money
  28. Save Emergency fund by 3/31/2011
  29. Save house downpayment by 11/27/2012
  30. Get taxes done by March 15th
  31. Make a Legacy Drawer
  32. Take Family to Disneyland
  33. Take Family to a professional baseball game
  34. Take Family to a professional football game
  35. Take Family to the zoo
  36. Go camping 3 times
  37. Establish a set family game night
  38. Keep to budget each month
  39. Take boys to park once per week
  40. Make a spring cleaning list
  41. Clean bottom of refrigerator
  42. Figure out how to use rechargable batteries
  43. Clean oven
  44. Come up with a theme for Little E’s room and decorate
  45. Come up with a theme for Big I’s room and decorate
  46. Fix The Mr’s sink in the master bathroom
  47. Get all digital pictures printed
  48. Organize pictures by date
  49. Get all pictures in photo albums
  50. Get something to hold all our DVD’s
  51. Hang mirror in bedroom
  52. Hang family pictures on the walls
  53. Clean out and inventory wrapping paper supplies
  54. Light candles 1x per week
  55. Organize shelving by garage door to be a pantry
  56. Organize white garage cabinets
  57. Declutter garage
  58. Come up with a weekly outline of what needs to be done each day
  59. Make homemade bread once per month
  60. Make menu plan for each week
  61. Eat at home for an entire month 12 times
  62. Have 10 frozen meals in the freezer by June 30, 2010
  63. Make salsa to jar
  64. Make a recipe from Cooking Light once per month
  65. Pull weeds weekly
  66. Spend 1/2 hour outside every day
  67. Be able to do 50 pushups at once
  68. Be able to do 100 situps at once
  69. Run a mile without stopping
  70. Run in a 5k
  71. Lose 20lbs by 12/31/2010
  72. Eat one piece of fruit or vegetable per day
  73. Be properly measured for a bra
  74. Exfoliate face 1x per week
  75. Get 6 manicures
  76. Get 6 pedicures
  77. Get 6 massages
  78. Keep toes nicely manicured all sandal season
  79. Set up a blog to document my progress with goals
  80. Keep a daily diary of our activities for the boys to read when they are older
  81. Serve on the school PTA
  82. Volunteer for more at school
  83. Learn to identify all the States on a map
  84. Read the Argus Courier every week
  85. Create a wish collage
  86. Learn to speak Spanish
  87. Paint a nice color by numbers painting
  88. Learn to create websites
  89. Come up with cheap ideas for date night at home
  90. Have a date night with The Mr. at least 2x’s per month
  91. See a play in a theatre

Menu Plan – Week of 3/26 – 4/1 March 25, 2010

Filed under: menu planning — Sarah @ 1:51 pm

This week marks the beginning of baseball season for us.  This year The Mr. has decided to coach Big I’s team.  Well he was going to assistant coach, but then due to lack of volunteers, he got switched to head coach.  He seems excited about it, and maybe a little nervous, as this is his first year coaching anything.  Our first practice is on Tuesday at 6pm, so I planned something quick and easy.  If The Mr. doesn’t get home early enough I will make him a sandwich of some sort to eat at the field.

Friday – Pizza night (I am going out to dinner with my sister, yippee!)

Saturday – The boys are having a sleep over at my Mom’s so The Mr. and I are having a date night out

Sunday – Roast Beef with roasted veggies

Monday – Sonora Cassarole (recipe coming soon)

Tuesday – Quesadillas and carrots

Wednesday – Pancakes, hashbrowns, and oranges

Thursday – Apricot Dijon Pork Chops with salad


Spring Cleaning – Part 1 March 24, 2010

Filed under: Cleaning — Sarah @ 5:15 pm


Everyday after I get out of the shower and brush my teeth, I catch a glimpse of a spider web covered in dust attached to a light and going up to the ceiling.  (Can you see it there coming off of the light bulb on the left and going up?)  I promised myself this is the day that I will knock it down and clean the lights that are covered with dust too.  I finish getting ready for my day, go downstairs to get breakfast started, and completely forget about the spider web until the next day when it starts all over again.

Today I have decided that I am going to start my spring cleaning.  Being the list maker that I am my first job was to make a list of all that needed to be done.  Easily overwhelmed, this is the point every year that I look at the list and say forget it, I’ll do it next year!  Not this year though.  If it takes me until June, I will get it done!  Here’s what I came up with:

  • Dust light fixtures
  • Dust high ledges (In our bedroom and living room we have higher ceilings with some alcove-y ledge type things, that are really good for nothing except catching dust.)
  • Clean the corners of ceilings and walls of cobwebs
  • Clean fronts of bathroom cabinets
  • Clean door handles
  • Clean light switches and wall plates
  • Clean windows, including casings and sills
  • Spot clean walls
  • Clean all vents in ceiling
  • Move furniture to vacuum
  • Vacuum/dust window blinds
  • Wipe down kitchen cabinets
  • Deep clean fridge and freezer as well as upright freezer
  • Clean oven (which will first take learning to use self cleaning feature)
  • Clean bottom of fridge (grill thingie)

Wow!  It’s definitely easy to get overwhelmed with this list.  I’m going to take it slow and work on it little bit by little bit.