ANTI-PROCRASTINATION

Anti-Procrastination Weekly Update

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You will notice I have taken the Home Zones off of this Anti-Procrastination Weekly Update. I wonder if you all use them? I used to, but lately they have not been working well for me. It seems like I have been able to do daily general upkeep around here, but when it comes to zone work and deep cleaning, I am still not where I want to be.

I am ready for a new routine when it comes to keeping my home clean, and have been reading Simply Clean by Becky Rapinchuk. She is the founder of Clean Mama and knows what she is doing when it comes to cleaning! I am halfway through the book and I’m so inspired! I think it is time to get rid of zones and try a new system.

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I’m sure you will see the influence of this book in my upcoming posts. I have implemented her daily tasks so far {Make Beds, Clean Floors, Wipe Counters, Declutter, Do Laundry} and look forward to learning more!

Her book is so inspiring and full of checklists to keep you on track!

Get yours here –> Simply Clean Book

 

Weekly Goals

Meal Plan — grocery list +5 meals

Rescue My Home — dust, sweep, vacuum, mop, bathrooms in one hour

Dates — my Todd, my girls, one close friend

Do a Pin — Quinoa Budda Bowl

Reading Progress — Anti-Cancer: A New Way Of LifeKatharina & Martin LutherNothing To Prove

 

Daily Goals

Spiritual — journal, Scripture, pray, meditate

Move Body — walk, yoga or strength training

Hydrate + Nutrients — water (80 oz a day); leafy greens & berries, vitamins, powdered greens

One Full Load — dishwasher & laundry

 

Weekly Home Zones Goals

I’m working on a new system inspired by Clean Mama. Home Zones were just not working for me anymore! Do they work for you? Will let you know what I come up with!

 

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Latest Obsessions

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Fresh Basil Plant

I bought mine at Trader Joes. It sits on my kitchen window sill and makes me happy, bringing fresh greenery into my kitchen and the filling it with the scent of basil. I have been using it as a main ingredient in my favorite lunch, Tomatoes on Toast.

Isotoner Clog Slippers

I cannot wait to slip my feet in these whenever I get home.  Isotoner Clog Slippers are warm, light-weight, soft, cushy and machine washable. They have a rubber sole so I even wear them outside of the house to quick drop my girls off at school.

Kindle Fire

I am on the last and final season of Downton Abbey. I know, I know, I am a bit behind the times. I watch it on my Kindle Fire, in the evenings tucked in bed. It’s like my own perfect sized, personal television. Before I indulge, I make sure I read at least a chapter or two of whatever book is on my Kindle. I love using the same device to both read and watch.

Green Tea

I keep reading how important green tea is when it comes to health, specifically when trying to keep cancer away! Yogi Pure Green Tea is what I have been using and loving. I have a goal of 3 cups a day and have been making a pitcher of iced green tea to keep in my refrigerator at all times. I’ve made some Lemon Ginger Simple Syrup (using honey & maple syrup instead of sugar) which is delicious and adds the health benefits of lemon and ginger. I will write a recipe post soon!

La La Land Soundtrack

If you follow my Instagram Stories, you know I am crushing on the La La Land Soundtrack. I often use it as background music for my videos. There are happy songs and sad songs. I just love it!

Essential Oil Diffuser

Still using it daily and love it! The Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser by AromaSoft is amazing for getting scent out into larger rooms. It is priced very reasonably and works so well! After buying 4 other diffusers, I did some research, read a ton of reviews, and bought this one. I’m so happy I did!

 

 

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Recipes I’m Making This Week

{Watch my Instagram Stories for a glimpse of the making of these recipes. I often capture my cooking process!}

Keeping things simple this week! It is the last week of the month which means our grocery budget has dwindled a bit.

Kale & Lentil Salad 

Corned Beef Hash

Pressure Cooker Mongolian Beef

Lentil Soup

Pesto Tortellini (both storebought from Trader Joes)

 

Instant Pot Weekly Staples

Crockpot Bone Broth (made it in Instant Pot this time)

Instant Pot Yogurt  | Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats | Instant Pot Quinoa | Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs


WHAT ABOUT YOU?

What are you wanting to get done this week?

What recipes are you planning on making?

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RECIPES

Blueberry Compote and 10 Ways To Use It

Blueberry Compote Healthy Recipe

Blueberry Compote

This blueberry compote recipe can be made using frozen or fresh blueberries. It is sweetened with honey and has a touch of cinnamon and lemon juice to bring out the flavor of the blueberries. It is simple to make, lasts a week in the refrigerator, and can be used in so many ways! I love having a jar of it in on hand.

10 Ways To Use Blueberry Compote

  1. Top waffles or pancakes
  2. Swirl it into yogurt
  3. Spoon it over oatmeal
  4. Add to chia oats
  5. Serve as a jam on toast, scones or an english muffin
  6. Spread on a dessert plate and serve with cheesecake
  7. Ladle it on ice cream
  8. Add to your favorite BBQ sauce and serve with chicken
  9. Fill a crepe
  10. Sweeten up a smoothie

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ANTI-PROCRASTINATION

Anti-Procrastination Weekly Update

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Weekly Update

My 3 teen girls had spring break this past week, and boy was it a doozy of a week! I loved every minute of it, but must say I am liking the feeling of getting back into a routine this morning.

We did not travel for spring break, but kept plenty busy with friends, family, shopping, eating out and hanging out.

Highlights of my week were shopping at our local outlet mall for spring clothes with cousins, eating out at AmuManu Ramen Bar as a family, enjoying our first 80-degree day of the year, seeing photos of my oldest kayaking with her boyfriend, & taking a walk with a hurting friend.

These are just a few of the life moments that happened this week that I hold close to my heart.

My home fell apart and became a mess as we were on the go so much. I tried not to sweat it. I spent a good few hours yesterday rescuing our kitchen, doing a few loads of laundry, and getting things back in their place. It felt so good!

The home zone this week is the Master Bedroom. I’m eager to reach the goals listed below and keep the home rescuing going!

 

Weekly Goals

Meal Plan — grocery list +5 meals

Rescue My Home — dust, sweep, vacuum, mop, bathrooms in one hour

Dates — my Todd, my girls, one close friend

3 Must-Do — fix vacuum, cull clothes in master closet, cull clothes in dresser drawers

Do a Pin —Quinoa Budda Bowl

Reading —   Anti-Cancer: A New Way Of Life ; Katharina & Martin Luther ; Nothing To Prove

 

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Weekly Home Zones Goals

 

Zone — Master Bedroom & Master Closet

 

Master Bedroom Cleaning:

dust/polish furniture ___ clean cobwebs ___ clean off dressers/desk/vanity ___ wash bedding/mattress pad ___ flip mattress ___ wash widows ___ straighten drawers ___ straighten book basket/shelf ___ wash wood floors ___ dust fan ___

 

Master Bedroom Closet:

straighten shelves ___ arrange shoes ___ hang up all clothes ___ straighten all items on hooks ___ dust shoe shelves ___

 

Daily To-Do

Spiritual — journal, Scripture, pray, meditate

Move Body — walk, yoga or strength training

Hydrate + Nutrients — water (80 oz a day); leafy greens & berries, vitamins, powdered greens

One Full Load — dishwasher & laundry

 

Latest Obsessions

Essential Oil Diffuser

The Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser by AromaSoft is amazing for getting the scent out into larger rooms. It is priced so reasonably and works so well! After buying 4 other diffusers, I did research, read a ton of reviews, bought this one, and I’m so happy I did!

Trader Joes Coffee Glazed Cashews

I apologize if you do not live close to a Trader Joes! I cannot get enough of their new Coffee Glazed Cashews. They are so delicious, a bit of salty sweet with a nice ground coffee glaze.

I love a handful for an afternoon snack or sprinkled on my morning steel-cut oats.  I love these so much that I may just try to create my own recipe version…I feel a blog post coming on!

Contigo Fit Waterbottle

I wanted to do a better job of tracking my water intake each day. I’ve set a goal of 80 oz/day. To drink this much water, I needed a water bottle that I could take with me and that would keep my water cold all day. I wanted it to be leak-proof, bpa free, have a handle, and fit in my car holder. The

I wanted it to be leak-proof, bpa free, have a handle, and fit in my car holder. The Contigo Fit Waterbottle is all these things and I just love it! I fill it with ice in the morning, and refill it with water 3-4 times a day which equals 60-80 oz. The last 20 oz of my goal is usually met with hot tea.

 

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Recipes I’m Making Week

Crockpot Bone Broth –every week (made it in Instant Pot this time)

Instant Pot Yogurt –every week

Annette’s Chicken Enchiladas

Quinoa Budda Bowl

Corned Beef Hash

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

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Decorating FAMILY Frugal HOME Homemaking Kids/Family

Family Room Basement Makeover With The Help Of Credit Card Points

Basement Makeover With Credit Card Points

My husband Todd is someone who has taught me many times what it looks like to live intentionally.  He is a thinker, planner, and is very strategic in making decisions.

He is wise and intentional when it comes to our family decisions and how we spend our money, including what credit cards we use. Thanks to carefully saving up our credit card points for 2 (almost 3) years, we were able to pay off our recent family room basement makeover.

Family Basement Makeover Paid For With Credit Card Points

We use the MasterCard Citi Thank You Preferred Card and earn ‘thank you’ points when we do. We use the credit card for everything that we can. Todd is careful to pay it off, in full, each month. The points add up, allowing us to do extra things that we normally would not be able to do, like makeover our basement.

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Our girls are 13, 16 & almost 18. We wanted to create not just a family space to enjoy the little time we have left with them, but also a space that they could bring their friends (and boyfriends) to hang out and be comfortable (but not TOO comfortable…boyfriends..ahem..) in.

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We finished off our basement 10 years ago when we moved in, but it needed updating. The paint color needed to be changed, the couch was sad and sunken with so much wear and tear that holes were starting to form, and our TV was too small for the space. A bigger TV meant a larger TV console. We also wanted a table with 6 chairs for playing board/ card games and a ping-pong table.

Family Room Game Playing

Our Basement Family Room Makeover Wish List

  • paint
  • new couches
  • large television for movies and video games
  • television console with storage
  • table + 6 chairs for board/card games
  • ping pong table

Thanks to the help of credit card rewards/points, our wishes came true.

We changed the bright orange paint to a warm blue. We found gray couches that were firm but cozy. The table and chairs were hard to find since we were adamant about having 6 chairs but the space we had to fit them in was pretty small. Todd’s intentionality came in handy when measuring the space and making sure the table and chairs would fit. We have made some great family memories around that table already!

Family Basement Makeover Paid For With Credit Card Points

We have so enjoyed our larger TV during family movie nights and the storage in the new console is amazing. It hides all our video games and controllers. The ping pong table is very popular when friends come over.

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Family Room Games

We have so enjoyed our new family room basement makeover and are very thankful for the credit card we use, the rewards we receive and how it is the perfect match for our lifestyle!

Finding The Perfect Credit Card

There are so many types of credit card reward programs out there. There are some reward programs that literally give you cash back, others give travel points, and some even give gift cards to your favorite stores. Some have an annual fee, some don’t.

It can be overwhelming to decide which card is best for your particular lifestyle, but it doesn’t have to be. Creditcards.com believes in empowering people to make smart choices around their credit cards, which means using the right card for you in the right way.

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Their CardMatch tool helps you find the perfect credit card match. It is easy to use and securely matches you with offers in less than 60 seconds. Did you know that 10% of your credit score is determined by the number of inquiries you make to new credit cards? This is why the CardMatch tool is so amazing, you can get matched up with several cards in seconds without your credit score being impacted in any way.

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Using a credit card responsibly can be a great way to make life easier, and being intentional in saving the rewards or making sure the benefits fit your lifestyle can add much value to your life. It sure has ours.

A basement makeover is great, but the memories we are making and continue to make with family and friends in that new space are amazing. Intentionality pays off!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CREDIT CARD? DO YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF REWARDS?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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