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I have a new obsession. My home management binder! I have made fun of my mom my whole life for having filing cabinets full of folders labeled with everything from the dogs names, to cleaning schedules. I can now say that the apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree, and I think I’m becoming an organiz-aholic. It’s a thing. So I started seeing all of these really awesome home management printables and binders on pinterest and blogs and thought it would be a great way to kick-start our new budget planning! The printables that I have made so far include: Daily expense tracker, Bills & payments, Monthly savings tracker, Monthly budget, Monthly glance, Spending plan, Recipe lists, Weekly menu plan, Grocery shopping lists,  Weekly cleaning, Wish lists, Log-in passwords, Goals tracker, Week at a glance, Medical information, Special dates, DIY + art projects, Master to do list, Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes, Family traditions… and more to come!

Now available here in my etsy shop! I will be updating it and including free printables in the future.


Branch out for date nights– I just love dates. Matt and I usually end up going on at least one a week, but most of the time we are lucky and it ends up being more than that. At the beginning of our marriage we had heard that it was a good idea to schedule a date night once a week, so we considered it. I know one day we will get there, but for right now we are just loving our freedom as a young married couple, and the surprise, simple joy of hearing my hubby say “LET’S GO ON A DATESIES!” (yep. We add “sies” to almost everything. At first we were making fun of other people who say stupid things like “footsies” or “twinsies”… but now it has reached a new level of shame, and become a habit.)

I digress…

All that to say, we love date night but we always end up doing the exact same thing. Dinner and a movie, or just dinner… or just a movie. I mean, we are really exciting over here. Since the weather is slowly turning I have been trying to think of some fun outdoor things to do. On my list so far are:

-hiking at a nearby nature park

-picnic and playing cards in the Botanical Gardens


Any suggestions?

Limit coke & dr.pepper addiction to 1 day a week – The first step is admitting you have a problem.

Paint once a week – This was one of my goals last month, and I did pretty good. I have found it’s the most relaxing to paint on Saturday mornings. Generally we don’t have much going on, and Matt likes to sleep in but my internal clock wakes me up at 9 without fail, so I decided to take advantage of our quiet living room and watercolor.

Finish hanging art & decor on walls – I only have our bedroom, the hallway, and the dining room light left to go. Almost there! (post with photos of the new digs coming soon!)

Establish a budget & financial goals – this is WAY past due, but now that we know what our bills will look like at the new place, it’s time to bite the bullet, as they say.

Continue to cook dinners more often and bring my lunch at least 3 times per week – I would like to officially and virtually pat myself on the back for cooking dinners lately. I mean, this has been a war. The primary battle being the grocery store. Let me just say, Wal-Mart is NOT the happiest place on earth. I still cook the same things over and over but I am slowly adding in a few new ventures, the most recent being jambalaya and chili.

Finish reading “The Resolution for Women” by Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Stephen Kendrick – I started this book about a month ago, read the first couple of chapters and LOVED it, but got side tracked. I do that a lot. I make a habit of starting a few books and never finishing any of them. In September I read “Sacred Marriage” by Gary Thomas and I would very much recommend it. Such a beautiful read.

What are your October goals?