Take it on Tuesday #33: Taking charge of my Calorie Intake

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Thanks for linking up last week! I’m excited to see what you all will share this week. {Next week I’m going to have a 4th of July DIY post!!)

 

Last week I talked about my June goals and priorities. One of my goals is to lose 5 pounds for the month of June. In order for that to happen, I want to track my calorie intake and weight. As an app lover, I’ve tried several. Recently I came across MyFitnessTracker and I LOVE it!! It’s so easy to use, very customizable, and FREE.

 

Instead of just “going on a diet”, I want to change my lifestyle so that I am consistently living and eating healthier. With MyFitnessTracker I can easily track my eating habits and weight loss in one place!! (By the way My Fitness Pal doesn’t know I’m writing this, so I’m getting no compensation.)

 

I just

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Take it on Tuesday blog hop #32: May update, June Goals & Priorities

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Thanks to everyone who linked up last week! YOU make this a success!!

 

This week I’m focusing on Google +. I would love to start following your page on Google + if you have one, then please follow me back!!

I make it my priority to follow everyone’s blog by the second time they link up (usually in my Google Reader). I also pin your projects on my Favorite’s Board.

 

First, I’d like to show you what I’ve been up to this week, then I’ll reveal my favorite 5! Finally, scroll down to link up your new projects!!

 

May’s Goals list Update

In January, I shared most of my goals for 2012. Then, I broke those goals down into monthly and weekly goals. Last month, for the first time I decided to start sharing my monthly goals here. I know that this additional accountability (and the personal discipline of getting up earlier) has helped me

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Menu Plan Monday: Once a Month Cooking Plan & May Goals

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For the month of April we took on a “once a month grocery shopping budget plan”. Meaning, we spent the majority of our money the first week of the month and stocked up. Then, I was left with $16 per week to spend for the rest of the month. I planned each week’s menu week by week, looking at sales and what we had on hand. We did well! I only took $2 out of our cash general funds the last week.

 

This month, I want to try the “once a month menu planning” as well as the “once a month budget”. I will also be working on calculating the cost of every meal we make, so that in future months I can be even better prepared at planning!!

 

Next week, I’ll bring you a breakdown of what we spent money on for our first week of grocery

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Take it on Tuesday blog hop #25: Daily Goals List Printables

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Hello all you wonderful people! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was wonderfully restful (well, Sunday was restful). It’s nice to have those every once in awhile.

 

I love seeing all your projects! You all are very inspiring. I do pin your projects on my Favorite’s Board.

For those that love parties, especially Pinterest Parties, please link up to my Spring is Here Pinterest Party (the linky will close on the 22nd)!!

 

I am in need of guest posts! I want to feature a guest post every Saturday, or at least every other Saturday! Email me if you are interested!!

 

Now for my Favorite Five!

(You need to have a link back to Romance on a Dime on the project post or sidebar to be featured.)

 

Katie’s {Creatively Living} Dishtowel Pillow

 

 

 

Take it on Tuesday blog hop #25: Daily Goals List Printables

Simplify: Project Declutter

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I’ve been mentioning in several posts about how we’ve taken on the task of going through each room in our house and decluttering. (I’ve gotten this idea from Money Saving Mom’s book.)

 

 

We first gathered boxes together and labeled them as:

- Sell/Give away

- Put away

- Upcycle (or this could be called craft/DIY supplies)

- Trash (in a bag)

- File (tray)

 

Then, we had two scratch pieces of paper to list out:

- Big Projects to Tackle

- Furniture to sell

- Things to do

- Organizational things to buy

 

Tackle each room:

1. Set the timer for 30 minutes.

Take this 30 minutes to look throw everything in the room and decide whether you should keep it, or get rid of it. Have you used it in the past year? Just because you have room to store something, doesn’t

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Money Saving Mom's Budget review & Giveaway!!

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“Streamline your life and cut the clutter. You might have great intentions, but if you’re drowning in clutter, it won’t work.”

 

The Money $aving Mom’s Budget

I have been a follower of the blog Money Saving Mom, by Crystal Paine for a little over a year. Her blog was one of the first blogs I started reading. It was after reading Crystal’s blog and others that I first wanted to blog more myself. I have been so inspired by her over this last year.

So it came as no surprise to my husband when I wanted to buy Crystal’s book The Money $aving Mom’s Budget as soon as it came out last January. However, since I’m the type of person that loves to live a full and busy life, I didn’t get very far into reading it. (I tend to put reading last on

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10 Goals for This Week

Yesterday I posted my goals for the year (better late than never – right?) and soon I’ll post goals for the month of March. Also, each week I will plan on blogging about my 10 Weekly Goals. By breaking down my goals to manageable bit size pieces, I’m more likely to follow through. Here are my goals for this week:

 

(Side note: Normally I post my Menu Plan for the week on Mondays. This week I’m getting my kitchen put back together, so I don’t have a menu plan ready.)

 

Wife/Marriage Goals

1. Ask my husband daily: “Is there anything I can do for you today?”

 

Home Management Goals

2. Put kitchen back in order and organize (post on that Thursday)

3. Grind whole wheat

4. Make Italian Bread (recipe coming next Monday)

 

Personal Goals

5. Go through clothes and get rid of clothes that don’t

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Goals for 2012

I know it’s already the end of February and not New Year’s day, when we are supposed to making resolutions. But, better late than never – right? Tomorrow (Monday) and each week I will be posting Weekly Goals – this will help me accomplish these broader goals.

 

**Stay tuned for a Pinterest Party I will be hosting each Sunday for the month of March!! Here’s a hint**

 

Wife/Marriage Goals

- Go on a planning weekend (overnight trip with hubby for planning, talking, goal accountability) – Have monthly date nights – Read at least two books on marriage – Ask my husband daily: “Is there anything I can do for you today?” – Complete Resolutions for Women

 

Home Management Goals

- Organize and clean out each room in the house - Take on one organizational or decor project each week - Weekly cook something for the freezer –

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Simplify: Create a De-Stress List

I have followed Money Saving Mom® almost a year now and have learned much. Crystal’s articles on Time Management have been in inspiration to me, but it’s still one of those things that takes time, putting it into practice and sometimes learning the hard way.

Even though I know that “I can’t do it all”, sometimes I plan like I can do it all. I am over ambitious and it takes me longer than the average person to figure out what I can or can’t do with my time. It is VERY important to determine your priorities, so you don’t get stressed with everything that you COULD be doing.

 

Learning the Hard Way

 

Last fall was one of those times in my life that I was becoming stressed out a little too often. It was a very busy time for my husband and I. Both of us were gone

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Priorities – Goals for December

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My last post about goals was for the Month of October. I don’t know how November got away from me so fast!! I DID write done goals for November, just never posted them.

This list of goals I will try to prioritize, because most of the time they are not time sensitive, but still very important.

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