Winter 10

Back in December, I drew a 6th grade looking artwork piece of things that I wanted to experience during the holiday season. I hung it up in the kitchen where I saw it everyday- reminding me of great times to be had (and the fact that I am not an drawer). It actually worked, we did almost everything on my picture-goal-experience sheet.

So, I thought I would try to do it again, only this time it would include my projects, some fun and some not as fun.  Maybe I will do this each season? And since I have been playing with PicMonkey, I decided to make my picture a little more graphic.

winter 10

They are all pretty self-explanatory, so I will save the details for later posts after they are done!

Wont you join me for Winter 10? Post a blog like this and link in the comments.

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COMPLETED: click below to link to more info. on that project

1. valentine mantel


Weekly Grocery Shopping Made Easy!

Look what I made… a Master Grocery List! So I guess that makes me a master grocer? Hardly!  I am not a fan of grocery shopping, but…. it must be done. So why not make it as easy and efficient as possible. I have been wanting to make myself a list for awhile and finally got around to it tonight.

I quickly did a Pinterest search for some inspiration. Anyone else do that? Here are some ideas I found. Some were beautiful, but I only really needed mine to be functional, low maintenance and quick was good. Here is what I came up with in a half hour + excel + home printer…

banner_grocery-listI made it pretty simple – with only the things that I mostly by for our family. I also left a lot of blank spaces. I added a Misc. category at the end, you know… for those things that you add to your grocery run and don’t want to forget! This is just my first draft, I plan to add and update over the next few weeks as I shop. This is to use on a weekly basis, but I also have plans to make a monthly version, that way I can do a major stock-up on as much as I can in that trip, and pick up produce, dairy, meat and etc. each week.

Want to make your own? Here are a few steps to become a Master Grocer yourself.

Project: Master Grocery List
1. Make list of items you buy monthly
2. List these in order as they appear in your regular grocery store, so they are in order as you shop.
3. Start an excel or google spreadsheet of the list, use columns.
4. Leave blank spaces/lines for add ons (items you do not by as often).
5. Highlight the items you need for that shopping trip on the list before you shop.
6. Put a “C” by the items you have coupons for, add notes as needed.
7. “X” out the items you have put into your cart.
8. Update the list as needed.

Eat the Frog

How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.

How do you eat a frog?
I don’t know…you just eat it?


A friend mentioned a book that he read with the terminology “Eat the Frog.” (*Note this is not the book depicted above. ) If you think about eating a frog, literally, you’d probably look at it, contemplate it, and justify why it should wait for another time. It is awkward, those legs and head. And, that nasty belly. Yeah, I would put that off.

So sometimes that’s what people do with projects – you know the ones that are too huge to accomplish in a day or just boring. I always say, ” I need to do that” and, well, I don’t. Then I feel bad because I know that one thing has been there for so long and I STILL have not done it. Am I the only one?

As a project manager, I have a system to how I work. (Oh and I made this usp, so feel free to use it, tweak it, whatever). It’s as easy as A,B,C. Well, how about A,B,C, and D?

(A) Analyze
Make sure that I understand the project.Decide what the objectives are and write them all down. Decide what this project will look like when it is finished and sustainable.

(B) Blueprint
Take the objectives and set them to time – realistic time. Have a start date, and a deadline. Chunk the items into manageable tasks. (Cut up that frog into bite-sized pieces!) For some this looks like a check list, for others it may be a calendar, for the creative types it might help to draw up an artistic goal sheet with pictures. Whatever your method have a specific plan on paper!

(C) Complete
Now we do the work, one step at a time. Do each item in the plan, while adhering to the schedule. Do it all. Eat that Frog, one bite at a time.

(D) Debrief
Look back at all you’ve done. Note what worked and what could change for next project, and document anything that would help. Call that baby done!

Yes, this seems like a detailed plan for a project right? But, remember this is not for some quick DIY ornament with a baby handprint that I made on the fly in 15 minutes. This is creating a system to accomplish that hard task that has been looming in your closet for too long! I know that there are some things, I must prepare myself for it I will never get to them and do them correctly.

So I introduce to you, my frog…. The Dining Room Closet…dun, dun, dun!

Dining Closet – needing some attention!

I literally have worked on this closet for years, reorganizing, trashing, but it never gets better. And, I have decided, I just need to EAT THE FROG. Stay tuned.

Listy McListerson.

So here are some things that have been on my mind to do. Projects… I like to call them. I am hoping that as I write them down here, then I will not feel obligated to remember them… ha. So here they are in no particular order and no particular completion deadline. Maybe I pick 2 or 3 a month?

Christmas list, plan, and done by the Saturday after Thanksgiving
Create a home binder
Start envelopes for spending money
Redo my recipe binder
Create a calendar for house maintenance upkeep
Get our will done, professionally
At my bucket list to my blog
Get rid of half my clothes/Do the hanger turn around
Sell some items – purses, rugs, etc.
Look into 529 for Isaac
Buy some Apple stock, just for fun
Isaac’s 1 year book
Isaac’s 1 year video
2012 family yearbook
Isaac’s 1 year quilt (made from picture fabrics) Isaac baby book
Re-org the bathroom closet
Window covering in bedroom & living room
2nd coat on Isaac’s animal canvases
The horrid organization project of the Dining Room closet
Add doors to black sideboard
Get refrigerator containers
Get rid of/or pack up maternity clothes
Basement (ugh)
Go through files, and create a new yearly system
Create a monthly home task list that I will actually follow
Try 2 new meals a month
Hang something on the kitchen walls
Re-org the pantry shelves
Finish the garage corner
Raise Doug’s Life Insurance
Refinance our home
Answer the question – what is cincynanny and where is it going?

…that’s a lot. How to accomplish? 1 at a time. Again, no deadlines. It is the new thing that I am trying 🙂 So unlike me.

Update: You know when you think that you made something up and it was so clever, and you read what you wrote then laugh and think “I guess I am funny!” Then… weeks later, you think, “have I read that somewhere before and totally stolen it?” Yeah that happened. Listy McListerson was orginally written here, by Young House Love. Ha, apparrantly I am not so clever and funny.