Goodbye February. Hello March.
February was the longest shortest month I have ever lived through. Ok..that is probably a bit of an exaggeration but I do feel like February took it’s toll on me more than I would have liked it to.
February is always in general a very busy month for our family. First there is Valentine’s Day. While it is not a holiday I personally think is necessary there are people that I love that enjoy the day so we take some time to celebrate. The day right after that is Dusty’s birthday so of course we are celebrating the existence of the man God has placed in my life. My birthday is just five days after that. So we spend a lot of time celebrating and eating cake during the month.
But now here we are three days into March and I am hoping that maybe, just maybe we can work toward getting back on track and working off of some sort of schedule.
Weekly Goals for March 1-7
I got off track with writing out my goals for each week and I can really tell. My focus throughout the week has been beyond non existent so I am really looking forward to getting my life somewhat in order. My goals for the first week of March are:
Casa De Marshall (Homemaking)
- Menu Plan/Grocery Shop/Budget
- Laundry..all the laundry
- Re-assess the weekly cleaning/laundry schedule now that the kids bedrooms are separated (more on that to come later)
Mars Hall Legacy Academy (Homeschooling)
- Begin school by 9 AM each day.
- Continue to encourage Collin to work independently on his grade level work.
- Lesson plan for the next week by Saturday evening
- Spend time working with RaeLynn to memorize lines for The Hobbit.
- Week 7 of DDP Yoga.
- Log food to track daily intake and get back on a good nutrition path.
- Read 30 minutes a day of both my fiction and my non-fiction books
- Work with Dusty to create a weekly written schedule to fit everything into our busy lives.
A Wise Woman in Progress (My Little Corner of the Internet)
- Write and post a second post for this week
- Work on a better social media sharing schedule.
- Brain storm future blog ideas.
New Life Baptist Fellowship
- Work with Dusty to begin developing a plan for community outreach
- Begin rearranging the side room of the church for children/nursery usage
- Plan a Sunday School lesson for the kids during the 10 o’clock Sunday School time.
- Schedule weekly calls to church members to establish connections and relationships.
Weekly Menu and Budget
One area that I am really needing to tighten down is our weekly menu and our grocery budget. When we were living in Fort Worth I had access to a fantastic food ministry through the Seminary as well as grocery store options that allowed me to keep our food budget often times to less than $100 a month. Now that we have moved back to New Mexico my grocery store options are sorely limited so I am having to readjust how I menu plan and budget to keep our menu nutritionally sound while still paying as little as possible.
The first step is menu planning. It is absolutely amazing how much time, brain power, and money you can save when you take a little bit of time to menu plan. This weeks menu is:
- PB &J
- Ham/Cheese Sandwiches
- Mac & Cheese
- Black Bean Veggie Sandwiches
- Pear, Gouda, Turkey Sandwiches
- Meat Loaf/Green Beans/Scalloped Potatoes
- Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
- Dinner @ Mom’s house
- Slow Cooker Beans
- Fiesta Lime Chicken/Cilantro Lime Cauli-Rice
- Slow Cooker Round Steak/Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
- Oven Fried Chicken/Smashed Red Potatoes
In an effort to minimize the non-essential spending I tried out the Walmart Grocery Pick-Up for the first time this week. I am going to give it a try a few more times before I make a firm judgement call on the whole thing. I was pretty low on several things so I ended up having to restock on a lot of stuff we will not need to purchase again for a while. I also hope to have some of the other things I bought stretch for 2 weeks. My goal is to only need to get produce and a bit of meat to fill in gaps for next week.
The grand total for this week’s grocery trip was: $147.24. The store was out of stock on 2 of the items I had selected and rather than allowing for substitutes I chose to make what I already had on hand to modify my recipe. I am hoping to get through the rest of the month without going over $200. That leaves me about $52 and some change.
Pop back in next week to see my goals and what we will be eating.