Switch to Gentle, Eco-Friendly Beauty Products

    One Bite at a Time Project 49, Switch to Gentle, Eco-Friendly Beauty Products

    I hate to just skip a project, especially when I’m so close to the end, but I’ve got to admit: I’m not really feeling project 49. I’ve tried the natural toothpastes, and they exacerbated my sensitive teeth so I went back to the toothpaste my dentist recommended for me.

    I’ve tried castile soap and it was awful on my skin.

    I’ve tried some homemade body lotion and, well, I can’t afford to use them exclusively because I typically use so much lotion (ridiculously dry skin here, and yes, I know that the homemade or hard lotions are supposed to be able to use less. I used less, but I still need to use way more than I think most people must.)

    I’m guessing that it must just be my skin, because I know those sorts of products work for a lot of people. I have super sensitive skin and have to be very careful about what I put on it, so I’m going to stick with the brands I’ve learned will work for me and not cause reactions. I wish the more natural, eco-friendly ones worked for me; I love the idea, and I’d love the savings they’d provide.

    Do you use any natural beauty products?

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Seven Quick Takes: Kid Edition

Seven Quick Takes

— 1 —

My girl is really starting to talk a lot lately, and it is so cute. It seems like every day there’s some new word that she says and we find ourselves saying “did you hear her say ___?” She says “WUN” as in “one … two … three” and then races across the room to grab us. She says “GO!” as in “ready … set … GO!” when she’s doing the same thing; apparently it just depends on her mood.

— 2 —

My mother-in-law returned home Monday afternoon (home = Arizona). This was kind of a strange visit; she was in the state for almost 3 weeks, but we saw her for only 10 days, and those days were all split up with a couple of days here, then she’d be gone, then back, and repeat and repeat. It actually ended up being kind of rough on the kids; it was never a long enough stretch for H to get used to her, and there were so many goodbyes for G and he tends to be CRANKY CRANKY CRANKY the first day after she leaves. So there were a lot of cranky days. So, my hopes for all that I’d accomplish during her visit did not come true; she was here a lot less than I thought, H never wanted to stay with her so that I could have some peace and quiet, and we ended up having to use two of her afternoons here dealing with buying the van. Ok, so it didn’t take the whole afternoon, but it took up all of H’s naptime which in many ways is the same difference. My thinking/blogging/organizing time was claimed.

— 3 —

H has taken after her big brother and is OBSESSED with eating ice. All the time. And our ice maker cannot keep up with the demand of three ice fiends. I’ve taken to virtually never getting ice in my drinks so that there’s as much as possible for the other three people in the house. I’d buy some ice cube trays to try and help with the demand, but our freezer is a drawer, and the one time I tried to do that, it ended up sloshing water everywhere when I closed it. And that was trying to close it gently! I know me to know that there’s no way I want to deal with the cleanup of the regular spills that would result from me trying to fill lots of ice cube trays. So instead R buys a bag of ice every so often and dumps it into the bin. Kind of ridiculous, I know.

— 4 —

I don’t think I have any pictures from Halloween that turned out, but my kids were ridiculously cute. And that’s not just my opinion; several of the houses where we visited I heard them saying as they opened / shut the door that they were the cutest trick or treaters they’d seen all night. It helps having small kids, I realize. G was a firefighter, and H was a tiger. G’s costume was really cool, but H’s was ADORABLE. She wore the hood happily, and toddled around in the little suit that came complete with a tail. Seriously, it was unbelievably cute. And their cuteness scored with a boatload (err, wagonload) of candy.

— 5 —

We went to Costco earlier this week and I thought that G was going to lose his mind at some of the toy displays. There was this one train table and then a fire station/police station doll house that had him enthralled. I’m not sure what we’ll end up getting him (them?) for Christmas, but I’m thinking this may be the last year he won’t have really really strong opinions on what he should get. And I might be wrong about that; last year might have been it. ;)

— 6 —

H’s hair is starting to grow, but for right now it’s mostly growing in the back so she’s almost-kinda-borderline getting a mullet. Yeah, I’m keeping a close watch on that and will be trimming it before it gets to be a true mullet.

— 7 —

Both kids have very strong opinions on car rides. As in, they like them and feel that they should always be brought along on any trips that are going on. Daddy going to hang out with his friends? It’s all I can do to peel them away from the door. And H’s tears and fury are amazing. Daddy will be doing that hang-out-with-friends thing tonight, and I’m not especially looking forward to their reaction when they realize that someone is going somewhere and not taking them. There will be tears. There might be tantrums.

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November Goals

November Goals:

  1. Purchase vehicle & deal with getting it legal (tags, insurance).
  2. Read at least 4 books.
  3. Get caught up on writing reviews.
  4. Platelet donation (assuming health allows)
  5. Share photos of the kiddos.
  6. Menu plan for the month. By the 1st weekend.
  7. Spend 30 minutes working on filing.
  8. Spend 30 minutes working on kids clothes (get ready for cooler temps; box up outgrown items, etc.)
  9. Read for bookclub. And attend bookclub (assuming children/health permit).
  10. Quicken kept up and budget stuff caught up.
  11. Send a letter to my friend S. in Colorado.
  12. Passwords streamlined/saved and computer backup done and a routine scheduled.
  13. Read MacArthur book and post review.
  14. Read Davis book and post review.
  15. Read Zondervan books and post (or schedule reviews).
  16. Get next DR series half written.
  17. Go to camera store & see if my camera can be fixed.
  18. Make plans for Thanksgiving
  19. Try and schedule family pictures. Sickness hit hard lately and it’s been ignored. Hopefully the photographer has some time available still!
  20. Get sponsorship/button swap stuff figured out for other blog.

Do you have any goals for November?

Use the Envelope System

    One Bite at a Time Project 48, Use the Envelope System

    Yeah, I don’t exactly follow Tsh’s method here. We rarely use cash (even though earlier this year I said I was going to give it a try; life intervened and I still haven’t attempted it.) We do use “virtual” envelopes via the budget I keep. The Excel spreadsheet I’ve developed has lots of line items and most of them end up working as sinking funds. When we want to know how much money we have for something, it’s very easy for me to see.

    Need to buy a new computer hard drive? There’s a “computer” line item. Clothes? We all have our own category. If anything, I’ve gone overboard on the number of categories but it makes me happy tracking it in Quicken and Excel.

    But actually running to the credit union to withdraw cash? That doesn’t make me happy. So for now, it doesn’t happen.

    Do you use an envelope system? Physical or virtual envelopes?

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Seven Quick Takes

— 1 —

We bought a van this week. That’s right, I’m now driving a minivan. From a sporty red Integra, to a white minivan. While it’s not as fun to drive, it’s so nice for dealing with car seats. And groceries.

— 2 —

My son was super excited when we drove the van home; he hadn’t known we were getting it, so it was a big surprise. He ran around and around opening the doors & closing them. Then when I walked in (I drove home in the truck and made a stop on the way), he came rushing up to tell me about the new white car parked inside (i.e., in the garage). And he didn’t like the silver truck anymore (he loved that silver truck). And he didn’t like grandma’s car anymore (he loved her rental car). He liked the WHITE CAR!!!

— 3 —

The car dealership also sent us home with some giant balloons, which thrilled the kids. Three balloons + two children = recipe for disaster normally, but not when grandma is visiting. G assigned the balloons: H got the pink one, grandma got the red one, and he took the white one. I hate to think what would have happened if she hadn’t been here to get the red one.

— 4 —

The big question now is, how long will it be before the van gets the first dent/scratch/scuff? When I bought my car, there was a hail storm the first night I was home with it, and it got a couple of dents on the trunk. I was almost relieved because there went the pressure of keeping it pristine. The van is parked in the garage so no hailstorms will get to it, but something will eventually. I’m guessing it’ll be a stroller or wagon knocked into it by one of the kids.

— 5 —

Our next road trip should be super comfortable, and I’m excited that I’ll no longer have to squeeze in between the two car seats anytime we try to take an extra person anywhere in the truck.

— 6 —

If you’re local and are looking for a Toyota dealership/salesperson, let me know & I’ll share her name . We were really really happy with the whole experience, almost all of which we (and by we, I mean R) handled by email. Super easy and so much simpler than lining up babysitting!

— 7 —

The real question is: how long will it take before I get used to driving it. And parking it. hahaha

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October Goals Review

Monthly Goals ReviewOctober Goals:

  1. Go to Influence.
  2. Done!

  3. Go to Dr. and get health screening form sent off to R’s employer.
  4. Done!

  5. Decide about G joining TKD class or not. Sign him up if decide “yes.”
  6. Have mostly decided to sign him up in January. Too much going on right now to want to add it to the schedule, but January will probably be a good time.

  7. Decide about buying vehicle. If possible, buy vehicle while R’s mom is in town to watch kids.
  8. Done! If all goes according to plan, we’ll pick it up later today.

  9. Talk to R about composting
  10. Not done. Too many other things to talk about this month when we had time. Like the vehicle, which seemed to take most of our time.

  11. Read at least 4 books.
  12. Done!

  13. Get caught up on writing reviews.
  14. Well, was kind of done. And then I read more books and added to the list. So the review list isn’t any worse than it was, and it’s mostly new books added to it, which is something I suppose.

  15. Platelet donation (assuming health improves)
  16. Whew. Good thing I put in that disclaimer. The days I could have done it (thanks to R available to watch kiddos) I wasn’t feeling well enough. Planning on trying again this weekend.

  17. Share photos of the kiddos.
  18. Not done.

  19. Menu plan for the month. By the 1st weekend.
  20. Done!

  21. Spend 30 minutes working on filing.
  22. Not done.

  23. Spend 30 minutes working on kids clothes (get ready for cooler temps; box up outgrown items, etc.)
  24. Probably done. I never used a timer, but I’m pretty sure I hit 30 minutes when it was all added up.

  25. Read for bookclub. And attend bookclub (assuming children/health permit).
  26. Half done. The “read for bookclub” half. And the attend part wasn’t done, thanks to sickness which was included in that disclaimer, so still kind of done.

  27. Fix Goodreads records (the TBR list part)
  28. Not done. Spent my computer time doing other bloggy stuff.

  29. Quicken kept up and budget stuff caught up.
  30. Quicken part done, budget part mostly done, but not 100%. Some budgetary changes have slowed me down.

  31. Send a letter to my friend S. in Colorado.
  32. Not done. I think I need to concede that email is much more likely to happen.

  33. Passwords streamlined/saved and computer backup done and a routine scheduled.
  34. Not done.

  35. Read MacArthur book and post review.
  36. Not done, but I have half-finished the book which is progress at least.

  37. Get next DR series half written.
  38. Without completely sitting down and counting posts, I think this is done. If not I’m close to halfway.

  39. Go to camera store & see if my camera can be fixed.
  40. Not done. Hoping this weekend.

Do you have any goals for September?

Wake Up Earlier

As I ease back into blogging from my unexpected break, it was nice to discover that this week’s project (#47, Wake Up Earlier) was one I am already doing! Thanks to Hello Mornings and Inspired to Action, getting up earlier has been a priority. I can’t say that I’m always 100% successful, but when I’m not it’s usually because of multiple wake-ups in the night due to one child or another.

If you follow me on twitter, I tend to post a “I’m up! sort of tweet to my group. It’s very motivating for me to know that people are looking for me, and I’ve made a commitment to others to be looking for them. If you want to get up earlier and find it a struggle, I encourage you to sign up for the next Hello Mornings session. It has been a huge help for me! And to tide you over until the next session starts, you can download Kat’s free ebook “Maximize Your Mornings.” It’ll help get you started!

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