7 GOALS FOR 2019 – WEEK 3 OF 52

Posted by Michelle on January 21st, 2019

Hey hey, I’m back today with an update on my goals for the year.

So let’s get right to it, shall we?

1 – Lose 100 pounds.  I think I’ve heard that if you are trying to lose weight, you should only lose 2 pounds per week.  So I guess there’s that.  But because I’ve got a lot to lose, more than that should be coming off each week.  If I’m being real good.  I did good at work Monday through Friday.  And I did well staying on track at my Sunday job too.  My first issue though was Friday night when I got in to some Trader Joe’s cookies we had hidden (and forgotten about) from the holidays.  And then there was Saturday.  Oof.   We hosted family dinner, so I snacked all day as we were cooking, and then at dinner I didn’t eat much of the good stuff, but I did eat way too much of the bad stuff like soda, chips, and cake.  My net loss for the week was 3.9 pounds.  Only 92.6 pounds to go!

2 – Read 4 books.  I should be able to finish Jillian Michaels’ Winning by Losing this week.  And then I’ll be moving on to a Judy Blume book I have.  I would then need to read 2 more books for the year, and I chose my third: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.  My daughter was watching the movie this week, and she had read this book for school in the past.  I had heard the name, but didn’t know what it was about.  I watched the ending of the movie with her (so I already know how the book is going to go), but I’d like to read the book now. 

3 – Canning.  Nothing to report here.

4 – Bake a pie from scratch.  I’ve decided that I want to make a pie for Valentine’s Day.  And I think I’m going to do a chocolate pie of some sort because I can just make the crust, fill with the chocolate, and then be done.  This will help me master the crust.  Ideally the pie I envision for this goal is one with a crust, filling, and a top layer of crust.  I started a Pinterest board for pie recipes because a goal without a plan is just a wish.

5 – Save $1000 cash.  The pharmacy gave me – and charged me – 2 of the same prescription.  We gave it back, and they weren’t able to put the $20 back on my bank card, so they gave me $20 cash which promptly went in the back of the book where I am keeping my saved cash.  (I really need to find a better place to keep the money.)  Only $895 to go!

6 – Self-care.  I finally gave in and bought myself some new shoes.  I have some black shoes that I wear for work that have a giant hole on the outside of the right shoe.  And when winter comes, and I’m walking in rain and snow, my feet get wet.  I tend to make sure that my family has their needs met before I take care of mine.  But shoes with holes is just not a good thing.  So, I bought some new black shoes, these sparkly silver shoes, and a sweet pair of Vans.  I also dyed my hair and did a face mask.  And, today is a holiday which means a 2-day weekend that I rarely get so more time to do something just. for. me.

7 – Do something with the blog.  I’m still here.

I’ll catch you here next Monday with this week’s update.


7 GOALS FOR 2019 – WEEK 2 OF 52

Posted by Michelle on January 14th, 2019

Hey hey, I’m back today with an update on my goals for the year.

So let’s get right to it, shall we?

1 – Lose 100 pounds.   Oof.  Not a good week.  I barely lost another pound.  My dailies were pretty good.  But we have too many desserty sort of things at home left from the holidays and I know about them.  I think about them.  My husband calls it “doing clean-up.”  Yeah.  I have this thing in me that says that I need to finish them off so that I get rid of the temptation.  So finish them off, I did!  The upside to the week though is that I did well at my Sunday job – only eating the food that I brought and not hitting the vending machine.  Only 96.5 pounds to go!

2 – Read 4 books.  I started reading Jillian Michaels’ Winning by Losing.  I found an hour that I can read every other week.  I almost got halfway through the book.  I can’t say that I’m enjoying it though.  She brags a lot about her success as a coach on The Biggest Loser and it gets to be a bit nauseating.  I’m not really getting anything out of the book or learning anything new.  But I am going to finish it because a girl’s got goals!

3 – Canning.  Nothing to report here.

4 – Bake a pie from scratch.  Nothing to report here.

5 – Save $1000 cash.  I picked up some hours at my Sunday job over the holidays and netted $140.  I gave myself $35, put $35 towards my $1000 goal, and then gave the other $70 to the house.  Only $915 to go!

6 – Self-care.   I worked on some more Valentine’s cards Saturday morning.  I made myself a giant cup of coffee, and put on the Frank Sinatra station.  I have been working only with crafty supplies that I have on-hand because I just have too many things that I have bought or have been given as gifts, and they go unused.  This week I used some little matryoshka cards that I had and stamped them with a Valentine sentiment.  I also sent out 3 (not Valentine) cards – sending real mail makes me feel good.

I trashed my knee at the end of November and just started getting Synvisc injections.  This week was the last of the 3.  They say I should feel better 2 weeks after the last one.  Here’s hoping, because I have been in pain + walking with a cane! for far too long now.

7 – Do something with the blog.  Hi, 2 weeks in a row!

I’ll catch you here on Monday with this week’s update.


7 GOALS FOR 2019 – WEEK 1 OF 52

Posted by Michelle on January 8th, 2019

Hey hey, I’m back today with an update on my goals for the year.  So let’s get right to it, shall we?

1 – Lose 100 pounds.   I’m down 2.6 pounds in 5 days.  I weigh every day (you don’t have to remind me that I shouldn’t do that because I hear it all the time) and I was down more, but then the weekend came.  My Sunday job is a 12.5-hour shift and even though I pack my proper breakfast, lunch, and snack, I get super snacky and hit the vending machine.  I need to do Sundays better or be even more better during the week so that the Sundays don’t take the number too far backwards.  Only 97.4 pounds to go!

2 – Read 4 books.  Nothing to report here.  I have 2 books, but I haven’t thought about when or where I have the time to read.

3 – Canning.  Nothing to report here.  I jotted down a site on how-to canning, and I need to find that.

4 – Bake a pie from scratch.  Not yet.  But I did bake a cake (from scratch) with prunes in it and didn’t tell the family that it had prunes in it and they. loved. it.  #winning

5 – Save $1000 cash.   I gave myself a running start on this one and had set aside/saved $40 cash in December.  And last week I saved another $10 by selling my kid a $20-off Vans coupon for $10.  Hell yeah I sold it to her instead of giving it to her.  I had to spend the money to earn it in the first place!  Only $950 to go!

6 – Self-care.   I started working on Valentine’s cards.  I sat at my craft table and played the Frank Sinatra station on my Echo Dot and it was delightful!  I also dipped in to the cosmetic bag that has about 30 different lotions and potions that have been given to me or earned as a gift with purchase and starting using some.  Soft skin is good, right?

7 – Do something with the blog.  Hi, 2 days in a row! 

I’ll catch you here on Monday with this week’s update.



Posted by Michelle on January 7th, 2019

I’m not really one for New Year’s Resolutions, but there is a blogger that I follow who posts goals for the new year and then a weekly update on where she is to those goals.  I think there’s probably something to writing them down and updating them as the weeks go by to keep you accountable while also watching your progress.

So, I’ve got some goals for the year.  One that I did not write down initially but am going to add to the bottom of the list is:  do something with the blog. It’s my blog, it’s got my name on it, I pay for it, so I might as well use it.  I don’t craft or coupon as much as I used to, but I want to do something here, and maybe my weekly goals update is a good place to start.  And with that being said, I present to you my goals for 2019.

1 – Lose 100 pounds.  Wow.  That’s a lot.  I can’t believe I actually typed that.  I read THIS STORY last year, which led me to a site (that I can’t find anymore) which talked about all the different diets there are out there but that the bottom line (in their opinion) was calories.  It had you punch in your weight, your age, your height, your activity level, and then choose do you want to maintain, lose, or lose fast.  I’m all for losing fast, so it gave me a daily calorie target.  And that’s what I’m starting out with.

2 – Read 4 books.  The last time I remember LOVING reading was in Mrs. Richardson’s class in 8th grade.  I’ve heard that reading, doing puzzles, doing crosswords, and word searches can help your mind stay healthier as you age.  My Yaya had Alzheimer’s and died less than a year after being diagnosed.  So, I’ve got that in my family.  And if a little reading can help me be as mentally intact as possible for as long as possible, I’ll give it a shot.  I bought a Jillian Michaels book from DollarTree, and then I got a Judy Blume book for Christmas, so I’ve got books to start with and now just need to figure out where to program the time to read.

3 – Canning.  We have a pretty good size garden, and a couple of peach trees that should both be bearing fruit this year, so I’d like to try my hand at canning.  I don’t want to spend millions on supplies and then find out I can’t do it or don’t like it, but I want to try it and see how it goes.

4 – Bake a pie from scratch.  I got in to The Great British Bake Off last year and tried some bread-baking and it turned out pretty good, and I enjoyed it.  I have also been making quiche with a homemade crust.  Now I want to try baking a pie.  I need to figure out a kind that all 4 of us will enjoy because we all have different tastes.  I am thinking it’ll probably be peach.

5 – Save $1000 cash.  I have no idea what this is for, or why.  I just want to see if I can do it.  Maybe I’ll buy some new clothes if I hit goal number one!

6 – Self-care.  I work 6 days a week, and I need to do something just for me.  Maybe it’s doing a face mask.  Maybe it’s doing my nails.  Maybe it’s making a card.  Something that I enjoy and makes me feel good inside and/or out.

7 – Do something with the blog. 

So, there you have it.  My 7 goals for 2019.  I officially started on January 2nd.  Come back tomorrow for the update on how my first partial (5 days)week went.  If you’re still here – do you have any goals?  Or any tips for me accomplishing mine? 


Easy Happy Mail.

Posted by Michelle on October 15th, 2018

Fall is officially here which means the holidays are going to be here in a jiffy.  I love sending smiles across the miles, but with the to-do list being long and time being short, I’m always trying to find ways to maximize efficiencies.  Jazzing up a plain paper sack, with a personal touch, fits the bill.

First up is a little feel-good package I put together for a friend.  I designed an image on my phone, printed it out at Walgreens, and then put it on the front of a Brown Paper Middy Bitty bag along with some stickers.

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A friend of mine took a really cool fall picture of the Capitol here in Boise, Idaho and I asked her if I could use it to send happy mail.  She said yes, so I added some words to it and adhered it too to the front of a Brown Paper Middy Bitty bag to easily and affordably send pictures to family across the country.

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And lastly, I thought I’d share a quick shot of a gift box I am putting together to ship for Christmas.
To add some crafty in the midst of all the standard wrapping paper, I used various red and gold bags from Whisker Graphics, and tied some off with Divine Twine.

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This time of year is my favorite!