Friday, January 8, 2021

How was your week? I am linking up today with Andrea, etc. right here for some favorites and more!

This week has been a lot. It was a full week of back to virtual teaching for me and the last week with my boys home. And, of course, the strife in our country is unsettling – not to mention that we are dealing with a global pandemic.

I have a few goals for this year and one of them involves streamlining my house cleaning. When I run out of current cleaning products I want to replace them with better for the environment supplies, too. My mom gave me this Scrub Daddy for Christmas (among other things!) and it works really well. You simply wet it and it works like a charm. It won’t scratch your pans. Here is the Scrub Daddy on Amazon. Also, he smiles at you while you are scrubbing, so what’s not to love? Who’s your Daddy? Scrub Daddy!

I had a Kroger pick up during my lunch break one day. It’s working really well for me. Their app now has a feature where you tell them you are on your way so they are ready for you. Then, when you get there you open the app again and say what spot you are in. No joke that I pulled in and my groceries were out to my car in less than a minute. I have some friends that complain about the grocery but refuse to learn to use this service. So. frustrating. I have offered to help! It is wonderful! This is definitely a favorite.

Love this brand of hand soap I picked up and lemon is such a good smell for me. It is so kitchen-y and my Dad loved the smell of lemon. With washing my hands so often, a nice soap in the kitchen and bathrooms is super important to me. I am big on smells and having a nice one really affects me.

I also picked up some bird seed so I could watch birds again – I hope! That was one of my spring hobbies!

While walking Ernie I saw something shiny in the grass. I thought it was a penny and it was 3 pennies, a dime, and a nickel! Special day for me – many of you know that I see coins as signs from my Dad. Even if you think my belief is silly look at it this way – I made 18 cents on my walk!

So, we got rid of ATT Uverse and got Youtube tv. Therefore, we lost the small kitchen t.v. that wasn’t a smart t.v. (I know we could have gotten another fire stick but we didn’t) and the cable box that was taking up counter space. I have been using this photo frame holder that I have had forever as my ipad stand for streaming shows while I cook and clean the kitchen. I decided it is also nice to read blogs like this. It is always a favorite to fill a need with something I already owned.

So, another goal this year is financial.

Pretty crazy, right? I would have no problem adding to cart in the amount of $27.40 each day. I am really trying to put things in my cart and have a holding period where I wait a few days and see if I still “need” it. I am paying for two college kids this semester, we are trying to renovate, I would like to take a trip, and I just don’t want to look back on this year and have Amazon boxes and clothes I don’t need to show for it. So, if you are also in the same boat, I will be talking about some things I am doing. Now, I do want to say that I recognize my privilege in being able to choose how I spend my money. I know there are so many people in our country really struggling. I will still spend a bit on myself and on helping local restaurants by getting take out or enjoying their patios, but I am being more intentional with my discretionary money.

So, my 30 Bags in 30 Days project ties into my financial goals. I could have easily bought gloves because I was disorganized and didn’t realize how many pairs we already own!

I tackled the hall coat closet one afternoon this week. What a mess! The floor was the main problem. I had tote bags, cooler bags, and so many scarves, hats, and gloves.

I also found my wooden beads that I thought I had and my blue January decor garland! Why did I put it there?

Being disorganized costs money and I hope to improve this situation! So far I have done hall closet, nail polishes, spices, and medicines. I am a little behind but I can take some time this weekend to knock out several areas. This is a favorite and I hope you will join me in your own project!

And, finally, I am doing a wardrobe challenge that I hope you will participate in with me. Every season I want to wear all of my clothes for that season if I can. If there is a reason that I don’t want to wear it – fit, style, out of date, etc. I need to let it go. Also, about half way through each season I get bored with my clothes so this really helps to breathe new life into my closet.

Here is my plan for next week – it is very low key and easy to do:

Monday – blouse and long necklace

Tuesday – jeans that I haven’t worn in a while – it’s time to gauge the holiday treats, gals. It’s gonna hurt

Wednesday – scarf – a scarf serves as a necklace and it keeps you so warm and cozy

Thursday – t-shirt with cardigan

Friday – plaid

Easy, right?

Happy Friday!

Amy

17 thoughts on “Friday Favorites – Winter Wardrobe Challenge, 30 Bags Progress, and More!

  1. I went straight to the kitchen and threw away a couple of things after reading your post! And I filled a bag of old beanies and gloves the other day… It feels so good! I’m still quite organized thanks to building new wardrobes two years ago – it forces you to throw away things!
    Great outfit plan for next week! It will work well with my “The Holiday -style” :-D.

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  2. Oh boy, that was sobering to see how little one needs to spend in a day to blow 10k! UGH, I can easily do that too !
    Have you ever tried Norwex products? I swear by them and have not purchased cleaning products in almost 2 years – they are phenomenal!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. I felt the same! I didn’t do the math for myself so I hope it’s correct. I did go to a Norwex party once and got some of their cloths. I should go to YouTube and learn exactly how to use them. Great tip!

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  3. Wow, so many great things in this post and things I’ve thought about too. For example, buying a Scrub Daddy sponge. Did you know there is a Scrub Mommy too…lol I just donated a big tote full of things from around my house last week and it felt so good making that drop off to the donation center. So we do the Kroger Clicklist religiously. I typically pick up on Saturday mornings and I never thought of adding birdseed to my list – brilliant! I’d love to see your bird feeder too. Looking forward to your posts on being mindful about spending – something I want to be better at this year too! Enjoy our weekend!

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    1. Maybe I need an entire Scrub Family! I did not know that! I am hoping to have a bag to donate soon. I keep one in my closet at all times. But, I need to get rid of house stuff. My bird feeders are so old. And they are not squirrel proof. One of mine is a wedding gift and I’ve been married 20 years. I wasn’t sure if anyone would like to talk money bc most blogs are spend, spend, spend so that makes me happy!
      You too!

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  4. I have the same soap and I love it because I think of Dad every time I wash my hands. You know I think the coin thing is silly, but Dad loved to collect things he found on the ground during his walks/runs. So, in addition to making 18 cents you are keeping his tradition alive!

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  5. This year I really worked on pausing before buying, and it works. When I see something I like (usually on Amazon), I put it in a “shopping ideas” list. Later if I’m still thinking about it or decide I need it, I put it in my cart. Sometimes I even let it sit there for awhile! It really helped on spending. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. I have that same brand of hand soap (in the coconut scent) and we just love it! We put up a bird feeder over the weekend and I am anxious for our birds to discover it. Bird watching was such a fun hobby before our old feeder broke and I completely forgot to replace it.

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