Thursday, August 2, 2012

September No Spend Month

This post was supposed to be about our closet decluttering. But the closet is still a work in progress and will be for a little while. I'm trying to learn how to juggle motherhood, wifehood and workhood. That's a lot of hoods! I don't even know it's been one of those days.

Anyways. My husband and I are going to try something new for the month of September. No Spend Month.
Of course I have Pinterest to thank, for introducing me to yet another lovely blog.

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Basically we will be budgeting $250 that will be used for groceries, gas, eating out and entertainment. We are not including our bills in the $250 budget THAT would be impossible. I am pretty excited and nervous at the same time. Can we do it? Rachel from the Small Notebook and her family of three did it! and for the fourth time just last month. Surely our family of three can, especially with Kyle nursing.
Now, why have we chosen to try this project? Christmas is such a special time of the year for us we love Christmas and we love gift-giving and now that we have a little one we want to make this Christmas a special one. So any extra money at the end of the month we are going to use for Christmas gifts, treats, pictures with Santa and any other christmasy activities.
Why am I blogging about this in August? Well because I am going to start preparing today! Today (thursday) is grocery day and we have decided it would be a good idea to eat two "freezer pleasers" a week. I have this wonderful cookbook that a friend bought for me when Austin and I got married.


I love this cookbook. It's the one that I use the most because the ingredients for the recipes are cheap and I usually have the ingredients in my pantry. Bonus.
Hopefully by the end of the month we can have 8-10 freezer meals stored away for September No Spend Month. Hopefully all the cooking this month will be successful and we will save lots of money for Christmas so we don't overspend. Wish us luck! More posts to come about our No Spend Month.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Back so soon...not really.


Where have I been? Well adjusting to my new life of course! As some of you may know we had a baby boy a month and a half ago. His name is Kyle and he is one of the greatest gifts God has blessed us with.

When people told us while we were pregnant your life is about to change they were right. We didn't really understand how until he actually came but we sure are glad our lives have changed.

While I've been away I have worked on a ton of project a ton! Does after labor nesting exist? Maybe it was being stuck in the house for several weeks that pushed me to finish incomplete or not started projects. We have gotten rid of a lot! Decluttering is what I am all about. Or at least what my blog is about among other things like family, finances and fun tidbits thrown into the mix.

Does your mind ever race with so many ideas you have for your home? For your finances? Marriage? Children? Mine has these past two weeks. I will let you in on a few and maybe you can join me in some of my crazy ideas. Pinterest is where it's at these days right? Pinterest features everything from dreamy vaca locations, health tips, recipes, home decor ideas, organization ideas, funny pictures, fashion and well the list goes on and on.

I am so excited about the months to come and the projects I have started and will start inspired mostly by Pinterest.

Here's just a sneak peak:
  • September no spend month. Found this idea via Pinterest via Small Notebook My husband and I are so excited to try it out coming this September. More on this project to come!
  • Training for a marathon!
  • Little organization projects around the home. Pinterest.
  • Weight Watchers diet.
  • Really early Christmas projects. (My absolute favorite holiday)
These are just a few I can think of off the top of my head. I love sharing my life and hopefully my family and I can inspire others the way so many have inspired us.

Next post: Bedroom closet declutter.

Thanks for reading!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Baby Room Ready!

  
Kyles room is finally finished...for now. There are a few other projects we would like to do in his room but that will wait for later. Getting Kyles room ready has been quite the task. Buying him toys, washing his clothes and decorating his room has been a BLAST! To say the least. We have been going to garage sales every Saturday morning and it has been so much fun. My husband doesn't usually have opinions when it comes to decorating the home, things I buy or honestly anything home related. But since we found out we were pregnant and we were having a boy my husband has been very particular about what I buy Kyle how I decorate his room, etc.

I initially wanted Kyles room to have one wall painted with gray stripes and Austin was not having it ha! I was so surprised, I didn't think he was serious. He was and that's okay I like how his room came out. He's asked me to not keep clothes that look like they could be baby girl clothes. It hasn't bothered me it makes me happy...Kyle will be like his daddy.

 
Here is a before of Kyles room, not fit for a baby huh. Yeah we didn't think so either.

 
BEFORE

 
Here are some after pics.

 

 
 


I love the way his room came out I can't wait to read to him in there, sing to him and play with him. While organizing Kyles room there were a lot of things that came up that I had to think about:

  1. Where to store his clothes that won't fit him for a while?
  2. Where to store diapers that he won't use for a couple of months?
  3. How do I store his toys? Books? Socks? Seriously this kid has about 50 pairs of socks already!

I also have thought a lot about what kind of system/routines I will need to have in place to make his bathtime, diaper changing, feeding time easier. But then I thought there really isn't a way to know how to establish those without him being here so I have organized those areas the best way that I can.

I will admit there is a mess I am hiding in one of his closets. We plan on putting up shelves in one of his two closets and using them for extra storage. What do you think? Are you working on any projects?

Thanks for reading!


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mothers Day!

Things have been a little busy here in the Hahn home. Preparing for Baby Kyle, the hubbs starting a new job, trying to work from home still full-time while on bedrest, and keep our home clean and clutter free. Doesn't sound like much I know but try doing that while pregnant phew! I mean no walk in the park guys. I can't imagine when he's here, I think I don't have time now?

Can I just say mothers with more that 1 kid are AMAZING! Yes A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Because if they don't only have one child that means they were/are pregnant while they had/have another child at home. Insane. Mothers Day is tomorrow and I am excited to celebrate it with my family I can now say three generations of mothers. My Grandma-My Mother- and now Me! I can say I'm a mother now right?

We are now 37 1/2 weeks, it feels like just yesterday we found out we were pregnant and impatiently announced it to the world. Seems like just yesterday we heard Kyles little heartbeat for the first time. Oh how I will never forget the beautiful thump-thump-thump-thump and it seems like just yesterday we found out Gods plan to give us a little boy. I feel we as women desire to be loved by a man and I believe God intended it to be that way and maybe he didn't intend it to be that way these are just my thoughts. Think about it, Jesus gave up his life for us (men and women) because he LOVED us (John 15:13). He knew that is what it would take for us to see his love, there was no other way. I say all this because God shows us He loves us in many ways every day and one of the ways He shows me is through my husband. The kind of love my husband shows me I have never experienced through a man and to top it off God gave me a son (a man) who will in a lot of ways love me like his father does. Kyle will love me, adore me, protect me, forgive me and trust me. I am blessed and I don't deserve it.

Hope you have a wonderful Mothers Day! Kyles finished room will be posted next week, until then.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Save with Coupons!

Who doesn't like to save money?

These days couponing has become so popular and for very good reason, money on a colored piece of paper! So you can keep more of your green paper, pretty genius. You may not be an extreme couponer, you may use a few coupons here and there or you may not even coupon at all. But you should! Even if it's a buy1get1 at a local ice cream shop. That's one ice cream you didn't have to pay for.


I first started getting interested in couponing after watching a marathon showing of Extreme Couponing while house sitting for some dear friends. If you're in need of some inspiration visit TLC Extreme Couponing. Now I am no Extreme Couponer and probably never will be, I just want to save money in any way possible.
My very first couponing trip I bought $68.00 worth of groceries for $30.00 it was an adrenaline rush! With a little more experience and a few months later I bought $200.00 worth of groceries for $17.00 dollars! That was the most I had saved in one trip. My husband and I walked out of Wal-Mart with huge smiles on our faces. I will take you through my process.
  •  First I buy 2 Sunday papers. I used to buy 8 but I fell off the couponing band wagon when I got pregnant. So now I am starting over and working my way back up.
  • I take all of the coupon inserts out of the 2 sunday papers I bought and put the same ones into a pile of its own.

  • Once I have placed all the coupons in a pile of its own I take one pile and seperate the two inserts. I have my scissors ready.

  • I then start seperating the coupons page by page.

  • I then place those pages into a pile. I do this so when I clip them I can organize the coupons in my binder right away without losing one.

Once I have cut all the coupons and organized the coupons into my binder I then go through the Ads that come in the paper to see what the sales are and if I have a coupon I can match it with. Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens and Target. I also go to my favorite couponing blog KrazyCouponLady to find the weeks coupon deals. I then make index cards labeled Walgreens, CVS, Target and sometimes Wal-Mart. I put the deals I want to grab on the index card and paperclip the coupons to each index card. Now I am ready to save money!

Couponing Tips:
  1. Before buying the paper(s) check them and make sure there are coupon inserts in the paper(s). I once bought 8 papers with no coupons because I didn't know coupons don't come with the Sunday paper on holidays. You live and you learn. Also people have started stealing the coupon inserts out of the paper.
  2. Take a friend. If you need to make several transactions you have a friend there to help you. My husband comes with me and also helps me make the best decisions. Be prepared the deals aren't always there.
  3. Take advantage of your resources there are so many blogs and articles out there about couponing.
  4. There are coupons available online. Click the links Target and Coupons. Emailing manufacturers about their products and how much you like them will also score more coupons.
  5. There are coupons in magazine. H-E-B has a coupon area with a pegboard full of coupons.
  6. Read up on your favorite stores coupon policies.
  7. Cut/print coupons you're going to use. I don't cut/print coupons on items like contact lens solution or food Austin and I will never use unless I can get it for free and donate it.
  8. When you have too much donate! To organizations, friends and family. Let others share the benefits of your savings.
Happy Saving!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, April 27, 2012

IKEA Hack

I am so so excited about this project my husband I completed several weeks ago. My husband and I love our bed we had been eyeing it for a while at Ikea and found it for a sweet deal on craigslist and jumped on it quick! This is our bed. NOT our room I can only dream.

We have this IKEA bed in brown with the shelves on the end.



In the picture above you can see the shelves aren't very tall and medium sized books don't fit on the shelf. Example below. The book won't stand straight up...not a good use of shelves if I can't put my books on them!


Now there are different holes to change the height of the shelves. But even if the shelf is set on the lowest hole this medium sized book still didnt fit. Not going to work. I was about to let it go and try to figure out what else to store on our bed shelves.
But then while talking to my husband about my disappointment in not being able to store our books on the bed bookcases my husband without any hesitation said "Why not just just drill more holes?" Seriously? that easy? I had already thrown in the towel. This is one of the reasons I fell in love with my husband. So my husband first took measurements and started drilling.


                                                                           Voila!


It's like a breath of fresh air for me and the book! Ha. Below is a pic of the finished project.


I love it! There isn't any room in our apartment for a bookcase, so I am pretty happy it worked out.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, April 20, 2012

DIY Menu Board

I love me a cute DIY project and if it helps with relieving clutter well then double, whamy. BONUS! My inspiration on these projects come from Pinterest, occasionally other places too but mainly Pinterest. Here is a project I worked on that I found on Pinterest.

                             
      Pinterest Find                                Clutter Relief
    www.makesandtakes.com                                             Thats me!

Supplies Needed:
  •  A picture frame.
  • Scrapbook paper of your choice.
  • Stickers.
  • Dry Erase Marker.

Why this works for us: My husband knows what's on the menu for the week and so do I! I am not scrambling to figure out what to feed us because I planned my grocery shopping trip around our weekly meals and all the ingredients are waiting to be eaten in the pantry.
Do you have any DIY projects your working on? Love to hear about it!
Thanks for reading!
 
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