Wednesday, February 24, 2010

FlyLady: 1 week!!

Today celebrates my 1 week anniversary with my journey with Flylady.net.

Here is where I am and what I've come to realize.

1. My sink is still shinny. I have been doing really good with keeping the dishwasher emptied and my sink cleaned and shinny. Which is always really nice to see and to have.
2. I have been getting up and getting dressed, to my shoes. Which I see is important to help with the motivation and gets you moving!
3. The post-it notes help! (I have 2; 1 in the bathroom that says "Brush your teeth, clean out litter box and get dressed to your shoes. The one near the sink says "empty dishwasher, keep sink clean and shinny"). It's a nice reminder of what I need to be doing to keep myself on track.
4. I have been reading more on the bigtent site and let me tell you, there is a TON of information.

Today I managed to keep my sink clean and shinny, dishwasher is loaded (youth tonight, so not enough to run the dishwasher) and all of the laundry is folded and put away. I worked on the first hot spot for 2 minutes, which is our bar.

Today's task is to pick my clothes out. I don't normally do this because I never know what the weather is going to be like, but in the spirit of doing new things, I will give it a shot!

~danielle~

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

FlyLady: Day 6

"Identify hotspots". Yes we have a few of those. Sadly our bar has become one of those :( The top of the entertainment center is another one. Those are just two I have chosen to start with since they are the first things you see when you walk into the house.

My sink is still shinny! I'm quite proud of this fact. Would you like to come over and see it? Please close your eyes to the rest of the hosue though. I've been doing laundry but we're still living out of baskets. I really dislike folding and putting away laundry! Why can't we all just live out of baskets? Ok, so I'm running out of basket room. I get the point!

Tomorrow I will fold all the laundry and put it away.. I hope..

We made chili for dinner tonight. It was wonderful! Tomorrow night will be dinner at youth so I wont need to prepare dinner! I guess that means I should get the laundry put away!

Almost a week of a shinny sink!

~danielle~

Monday, February 22, 2010

FlyLady Day5!

"Write down what you hear" - Flylady.net

I know what things need to be done around the house and it's always easier for me to write down a list of things that I need to accomplish. I'm a very goal oriented person! So, my biggiest "nagging voice" is "you wont be able to keep this up". I may not be able to do it every day, but I'm making a big step in working towards doing things better!

Today is day 5 and my sink is still clean. I DID get up and empty the dishwasher, did two loads of laundry (still need to be folded) and I swept the floors.

I made a roast for dinner tonight with broccoli and we had vanilla ice cream cake for dessert. I didn't fix a big meal because Mikie wasn't home and I wasn't starving. The roast cooked for 3 hours and it was very tender. Yummy.

~danielle~

Sunday, February 21, 2010

FlyLady: Day 4

Today is Day 4 of my journey with Flylady to help get rid of all the CHAOS in my house and life!

"Write these things down" - Flyday.net

Today my job is to get dressed to laced up shoes, shine my sink and to read messages on BigTent!! I have been asked to put up post it notes to help remind me of these things. She tells me these little notes will help to remind me of the new habits I'm trying to establish. I'm going to put my post it notes up on my bathroom mirror and one above my sink.

I can honestly say my sink is shinny and clean, I managed to get dressed (I had a pearl party today) and I did my one load of laundry, which still needs to be folded.

So I'm working on it. One step at a time!

~danielle~

Pearl Party!!

I had a wonderful Pearl Party tonight! I realize how much I really enjoy being an independent demonstrator for Vantel Pearls in the Oyster!! It's SOO much fun to spend time with adults, open oysters and to make/see people smile!

It's amazing to me that I get paid to have so much fun!

We opened up an oyster that had a beautiful 8mm blue/silver pearl! I was just amazed at how large and how heavy it was! It's going to be paired with a 7mm white pearl in the Mother's Love necklace! I can't wait to see how it turns out!

I can't wait until my next Pearl Party!

~danielle~

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Dinner tonight!

For dinner tonight I'm going to fix a chicken sandwhich (sort of) that my mom told me about. They fix this at the La Vernia schools.

Ingrediants:
Chicken breasts (cooked)
sliced deli ham
swiss cheese
Texas Garlic Toast.

Grill up your chicken breasts any way you like. Bake your Texas Garlic Toast per directions. Pull out the Texas Toast and layer your chicken breasts, ham and swiss cheese and then top with another piece of Toast (looks like a huge sandwhich). Put back into the oven to allow the cheese to melt and then you have sandwhichs!

I'll fix a veggie (green beans probably) and then we have ice cream cake for dessert!

And that's for dinner.....

~danielle~

FlyLady: Day 3

Today happens to be a very beautiful day! The sun is shinning, the temp is near 70 and I'm feeling better today! I hope the weather keeps up but I know it's not going to!

Babystep Day 3 is to continue doing what we've already done. I got up this morning and got dressed and my sink is still pretty shinny! I have also been looking over the bigtent site and the "Flight plan" she has for today! It will take me a little while to get used to it, but I'm working on it :)

I swept the floors today and moved the laundry. I really need to fold and put it all away. I'm going to pick a room/area to work on "Decluttering for 15 minutes" a day. I think I'm going to choose our bedroom. It's really getting bad. I'll start on the pile of "stuff" next to Mikie's dresser.

I also wanted to metion I cleaned out my car yesterday. I make it a weekly habit to get all the trash out of my car on Fridays, after I grocery shop, I fill up with gas and get all the trash out. It really needs a good vacuum, but atleast there isn't any trash in there!

~danielle~

Friday, February 19, 2010

Shopping deals!

I had a few good deals when I did my shopping today!

Walgreens - 4 6.4oz of crest toothpaste for $.75!! They were 2.50 each. Walgreens had a store coupon for 1.50 off, I had 3 $.75 off coupons and 1 $1.00 coupon. Nice score for toothpaste!

CVS - 4 12-packs of coke for $6.48. CVS had a deal going if you bought 3 12-packs of coke for 9.99, you could get a 4th free. I had 4, $1 off coupons which made them $6.48. That makes them $1.62 a 12-pack.

Walmart- I managed to get a free package of golden double stuffed oreos, free package of bic razors (10 ct), $1 toothbrushes and 2 pairs of pants ($1 each) for Julie. Not nearly as good of deals at Walmart, but I was pleased with my trip! :)

~danielle~

FlyLady.net Day 2!

Friday is my busy day! I usually try to run as many of the errands as I can as well as get the grocery shopping done! I was pleased to see today's assignment was realtively easy!

Day 2: Get dressed to lace up shoes!

I didn't do it right off this morning since I have to take Lane to school. But once Julie was down for her morning nap, I took a shower and get myself dressed and ready to go run errands! Today was a pretty easy task as it was something I was going to have to do anyway!

She also asks me to shine my sink before I go to bed. It's pretty shinny as we speak! I put a hand towel over the faucet to remind myself to try it out after I use it! So far, so good!

~danielle~

Thursday, February 18, 2010

My shinny sink!

I have completed Day 1 of babysteps from FlyLady.net!! I am very pleased at how it turned out. Who knew my sink could look so good? I even used baking soda and a toothbrush and scrubbed! Now I will have to remember to dry it out after I use it to keep the water spots from forming!

Let me know if anyone else is following her steps! I'm curious to see how others do as well!

~danielle~

Trying something new!

A friend of mine recommended a website to me called "flylady.net". It is a way to help you get organized, declutter and have a happy and clean home. I thought that I may try it. It certainly can't hurt. My hope is to come away with some new tips, tricks and habits in the process! Maybe you'd like to take the journey with me?

Today I am starting on day one of the baby steps. I love that she starts easy and simple. It's kind of like couponing. I couldn't just dive in head first.

Day 1:

"Go shine my sink"

Sounds kinda silly and simple. But she's the lady and I'm going to take it one day at a time. I'm currently soaking the second side with hot water and bleach. Who knows the last time I really cleaned the sink more than just rinsing out the sink. I LOVE that she actually walks you through shinning your sink. She isn't expecting that you already know how to do it. That's actually what I need!

I will update it after I'm finished!

Monday, February 1, 2010

My new Vantel Pearl Jewelry

This is "A Mother's Love". It's absoluately beautiful. I love the way it looks and the way it feels. The Pearl at the top is slightly larger than the one on the bottom.

This is the "Twirl Ring". I have a Pink freshwater pearl (not quite a perfect circle) and an Akoya white pearl. It's a very simple ring, but I think it's really beautiful.
I am just amazed by the quality of the jewelry I have seen personally. I have quite a nice display going now as well. I just love sharing and show it off! I couldn't be happier working for any other business!
~danielle~

Happy Birthday Grandma!!

My Grandma Onderko is 77 years old today! I hope she was able to spend the day with grandpa!

My card went out today. Late as always, but I guess it's better than not getting it out at all!

~danielle~

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Taxes are done!

I'm glad to breathe a sigh of relief now that our taxes are finished. I decided this year I wanted to save some money and ventured into cyber land and used turbotax online. It cost us about $60 to file our return and it was VERY easy to use. I highly recommend it. We had 2 W-2's and 1 1099 and I still felt it was an easy process.

We got our confirmation email today from turbo tax to say it was received and accepted. We should expect our money next Friday. I decided to just have it direct deposited.

My hubby tells me we will be rich for a couple of hours!!! Then it will be time to start paying off some debt. Being rich is only going to be short lived!! BUT we will be a couple steps closer to being debt-free and that is what really matters in the scheme of things!

~danielle~

Monday, January 25, 2010

Julie's rockin'!

video

I took this video of Julie today in her exersaucer. The quality isn't great as I'm using my webcam! I have a video camera but the software is no longer available to put it on my computer! I'm hoping to get a flip video camera for my birthday :)

She loves her exersaucer and get's herself so excited! I can't believe how much she is rockin in that thing. She is 5 months old now! :)

~danielle~

Eye opening!

Mikie and I have been married for 6 years now. We've been through a lot in those 6 years! We got married, I moved from Va to Texas, we bought a house and had a baby all in the first year. It's amazing how much happened that first year together. We managed to do alright, but we did have to most of our first christmas on credit cards. That was a huge mistake, one of which we're probably still paying for, 5 years later!

We now have two kiddos, two cars, a house and a whole host of credit card debit. My parents introduced us to Dave Ramsey in the summer of 2009. We listened to him in the truck (mikie has xm radio) when we were running errands. We read up on him with his website and eventually got a hold of some of his books. We decided we were sick and tired of being sick and tired. We wanted better for ourselves and our family. We wanted to be debt-free and to be able to build a house. We got such a great deal on the current house but we knew it would be too small before too long.

It's amazing how real your situation becomes when you start to right it down on paper. We sat down together and got real with ourselves. We had more debt than I think we realized. We decided we no longer wanted to live that way. We started our debt snowball list and decided what we needed to do to start getting rid of it.

We currently have about $22,000 in credit card, student loan debts and mikie's truck. My car is at $11,500 and the house is about $43,000. Our goal is to have the $22,000 in credit card, student loan and mikie's truck paid for by December of 2011. That will leave us just my car (by then should be around $6-8,000) and the house. That means we need to pay off $11,000 this year and $11,000 next year to meet our goals.

Budgeting tends to be hard for us since Mikie works concrete and his actually pay check is dependent on the weather and work. He gets paid weekly and we sit down now on Sunday nights to work out the bills and budget. I have started to really work on being "frugal". I clip coupons, shop at multiple stores, buy what's on sale and price match as much as possible. I don't keep a running total of what we save, but I KNOW we're making a huge difference. I manage to spend about $100 a week on groceries (that includes baby stuff, dog food, toiletries, laundry, etc). For a family of 4, I feel that's very reasonable.

So! We've been working our tax refund and it seems we are going to get a nice refun (close to $6,000). We plan to pay off the care credit card ($979), Mikie's truck ($1400ish), Best Buy card (1,382), put $250 in the savings to have a $1000 in our emergency fund. Mikie is getting his crown put on at the end of February and we'll pay cash for it ($850). I am getting my cricut for my birthday and Mikie is getting is $100 that we used for pay bills last month (from his original christmas money). The rest will go towards the next debt to pay, which is the Capital One bill ($1800).

It's amazing how real it all becomes when it's all sitting in front of you. There's no way to hide or ignore the fact we've gotten so much debt. You can't erase it and you can't pretend it doesn't exist. So here it is. We are getting real with our debt. Just by paying those debts off, it will free up about $400-$450 a month to go towards other debt (hence the debt snowball theory).

Our "new years resolution" is to get out of debt. 2 years and then we'll have just my car and the house. After my car is paid off, then we can start to look for land. We want to build. Our goal is to be out of debt and into a new home in 4 years (our 10 year anniversary). Here's to the long road ahead of living like "no one else" so that we can LIVE like no one else!

~danielle~

Cash is King and being Frugal is cool!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Prayers for my Grandpa!

My grandpa has been fighting his battle with Alzheimer's for a couple of years now. He's also had to fight bladder cancer andmom called me tonight to tell me things aren't looking good. He's been moving to a nursing home a week or so ago (grandma had to have a stint put into her heart, she was 80% blocked) and he's now refusing to eat, doesn't want to get up or go into sun light. He's come to the point he doesn't recognize anyone and asks for his mom and dad a lot.

Please say a prayer for my grandmother and grandfather and of course my dad and his brothers and sister. It's been a long time coming but it certainly doesn't make it any easier. Sometimes I hate being so far away from my dad's side of the family (Ohio).

~danielle~

Thursday, January 14, 2010

My hopes for my buisness

As most of you know, I've started a new business venture. I felt it was time to do something for me and help to bring in some extra income. I am an Independent Vantel Pearls Demonstrator. I love the people that I work with and for and I love the products. I'm very excited about this new business for several reasons:

1. Vantel Pearls in the Oyster is a relatively new company and I get the opportunity to help build a wonderful business. There aren't any demonstrators in my area and that allows me free rein for my business!

2. It gives me a reason to get dressed up and feel like a girl!! I LOVE being a wife and a mother and I wouldn't trade it for anything!! But I love the idea of being able to get dressed up and go hang out with other ladies! I'm able to get some adult time, which I really need and enjoy!

3. Vantel Pearls is so different from any other home party I've ever experienced and I know, if given the opportunity to experience it, others will love it as much as I do.

My thoughts/feelings/goals/ideas for my business is as follows:

1. To become a qualified demonstrator by the end of the month.
2. My goal is to do 4-6 shows a month, which I think is realistic with small kiddos (5 and 4.5months) and a hubby who does concrete work and tends to be very unpredictible.
3. I would like to become a Manager by the end of the year and eventually Sr. Manager.
4. To earn a paid for vacation/trip for my husband and I (who never had a honeymoon). I don't know that I will earn it THIS year, but I WILL earn one!

My goals/expectations are not crazy or out of this world. I know I just need a couple good parties so that I can get the bookings I need to get up and running. I'm going to pray about this as I know others will love Vantel Pearls in the Oyster as much as I do!

I am excited to meet some of my team members and upperlinks at the end of the month in North Richland Hills. I am also excited about having a party scheduled for that same night and getting to see someone people I haven't seen in a long time!

~danielle~

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

THE SICKNESS....

is taking over my house!!! I hate that I can't get rid of the sickness of my house. I was able to get everyone healthy during christmas vacation and Lane went back to school last week and now the nasty cough is back. Julie ends up getting it and can't have any meds due to her age.

I'm soo frustrated!! I know it's part of going to school but it's really REALLY hard when your kiddos are coughing and throwing up (due to the mucous) and no fever so there's nothing they can do.

Back to catch up on laundry. So tired..

~danielle~

Monday, January 4, 2010

Julie's 4 month checkup.

Julie had her 4 month checkup today! She weighs 12lbs 14oz and is 24 inches long. She's definitely getting bigger and the doctor said she's right in the middle of the measurements. She is holding her up really well and it wont be long until she's rolling over from back to front. She was NOT happy about the doctors checking her over today and of course the two shots she received.

Lane also had to have a swine flu booster shot today. That was NOT fun and I had to wrap him up like a pretzel. I hate that he had to get two of them but with his allergies and asthma I felt it was the right decision. Plus we don't need him to bring it home from school and share it with his sister. I'm just glad he wont need to have any more shots anytime soon.

What a rough way to start a Monday! My babies are sleeping now though. Mikie is still working and I hate that he has to be out when it's so cold. That's part of the job though :(

Tomorrow is another day! We have our prayer shawl meeting and I'm excited to see the ladies. I really enjoying knitting and spending time with the ladies. They are such a great group of people!

~danielle~

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Blockbuster express codes!

We recently have gotten a blockbuster express in our local grocery store. I'm very excited about this, even though I'm a member of netflix but this will allow me to rent a movie when I don't currently have one, or to get new movies quickly or to be able to get a movie that both Mikie and I want to see and use my netflix more for myself! I have gotten a few freebie codes and I thought I'd post them here for myself and anyone else. Keep in mind, you may use the codes more than once as long as you use different credit cards. Not that I'm suggesting you should have credits cards, nor should you USE them, BUT if you're good enough to return your movies and not get charged an extra night, might as well enjoy it while you have it :)

GW9TB5 - ROGO 1/5/10
GW11B3 - ROGO 1/25/10
G211A2 - ROGO 1/28/10
GT11A - Free Rental 1/31/10
KIOSK - Free Rental 2/11/10
GT95A - Free Rental 2/28/10

My hope is, we will get a Redbox at our McDonalds to create some competition and hopefully more codes in the future! :)

~danielle~

6th Anniversary!

Last night Mikie and I went out for our 6th wedding anniversary. Today we can saw we've managed to stay married for 6 years (and not kill each other)! We were able to put money away into our envelope system (thanks dave) and went to Texas Roadhouse and then to see Avatar 3D!! We had cash for gas and a babysitter!

Stephanie came over to watch the kiddos at 4:30pm. I had gotten them a walmart pizza to eat and had most everything out and ready for her. We went to Texas Roadhouse where I had my usual ribs and Mikie had a steak! I got myself a strawberry daquari, yummy they are so good. I haven't had one in ages! My dinner was wonderful, as always! Once we were done we made a stop at the Verizon store to see if we could get a new phone for Mikie. His phone gets very little reception, drops calls and doesn't ring half the time. He was able to get a new one, which should arrive on Tuesday!

We then headed back to Marshall (cheap theater, but VERY nice). We got our tickets to see Avatar 3D, which was Mikie's first 3D movie. It was completely amazing! The graphics and the world of Pandora was just too cool. The colors were so vibrant. I'd love to meet the mind behind that movie. It just amazes me. It was defintiely one you want to see in the theaters. It's ashame we don't have an IMAX theater closer, I can only imagine what that would be like!

We came home and watched the rest of the Texas Tech vs Michagan St. game! It was an awesome 4th quarter!

So today, we can say we've been happily married 6 years. Here's to another year!

~danielle~

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Years Resolutions

I don't usually make New Years Resolutions but here's to trying something new:

1. Lose the last 8 or so lbs from being pregnant with Julie and "tone up" my body some - Wii fit and Zumba
2. Work on the kiddos scrapbooks
3. Finish up some UFO knitting projects
4. Build my Vantel Pearl Business
5. Continue to work to help get our family out of debt and closer to our "out of debt plans"
6. Ride my horse more often
7. Continue to be a good mom to my kiddos (and neice and nephew when needed).
8. Read more books (because I love to read)
9. Have a date night once a month with the hubby.
10. Blog more and post some of my "scores" and "deals" I find when I'm being frugal!

Some are easier than others and all I can do is my best to continue to do what I do and to improve on others.

~danielle~