Sunday, November 6, 2011

Christmas Shopping

Yes, it's that time of year again!I can't believe it's already here! I've been working for a major department store for seasonal help, and seeing all the sales makes me want to buy it all! But then I always have that nagging feeling that I could get it cheaper somewhere else. My budget is already tight, so any little bit I can save helps! I prefer to comparison shop as much as I can, but I never have the time. I search many sites and even download apps to do it for me. Why spend hours browsing a toy store when I can look online and instantly see the best price? This year my kids are getting older and no longer are excited by a new cup and a pack of socks. Austin wants a new Mario game, William is loving his blocks, and Chloe Beth is just getting into baby dolls. And since they all have a birthday within a few weeks of Christmas, I get the joy of shopping for twice as many gifts! I haven't decided what exactly they should get, but they'll likely still get some socks! Grandparents buy them enough toys, so one toy from Mommy and Daddy should suffice, the rest will be much needed clothes, school supplies, and some new toddler bedding for Chloe's new big girl bed! They grow up entirely too fast!

Winter is Here!

Contribution by Stevie Kirby

It’s hard to believe it’s already the time of year when we need to turn on our heat in New York. After a beautiful summer and brief fall it’s getting colder by the day. Last year our heating bills were higher than my roommate and I were comfortable with so I decided to look online for some tips on energy efficiency. Although it won’t help, I learned a lot about building design and location and how it affects heating and cooling efficiency. Everything from topography and building location as well as where you place windows can have a major affect. I guess these ideas did not come into play in 1955 when my apartment building was built! After getting side-tracked by all the interesting information that I could not use, I went back to my original search for things that would be helpful. I visited www.newyorkenergyrates.com to see if I could get some pricing relief in my area. I also looked at the new energy star rated appliances at the major department stores. Maybe if I save enough on my bills I can get a new dishwasher!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Day 14

Sunday! We hope to accomplish more today with both of us home, but it really depends on the kids. B has a high fever so we are keeping a close eye on him.

We need to finish yesterday and today's chores:
-scrub kitchen
-take out trash
-more laundry
-vacuum living room
-scrub nursery (again)

Day 12 & 13

I have two sick kids, so I did little cleaning yesterday and today.

My lists were:
Laundry
Take out trash
Scrub down kitchen
Pick up clothes in bedroom

I managed to get laundry and the bedroom done, but thats it. I do not expect tomorrow to be very productive either.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Day 11

Today I hope to accomplish much more! I have more laundry to wash, fold and put away. More work to do in my bedroom, and a few more errands to run.

Laundry: another load of kids clothes, mommy clothes and perhaps some pillows
Errands: go to the drug store and the post office -DONE!
Home: find, wash, dry and package all items sold. (2 diapers, 3 longies, 2 soakers) - DONE!
Cleaning: scrub toilet,(DONE!) take out trash, vacuum living room and kitchen.
If I have time: pick up master bedroom, box up old baby clothes


Its 3am, and there is so much to do, but I simply don't have the energy tonight!
A friend just had her baby (like 30 minutes ago) so I have been waiting up for that. She is a beautiful healthy little girl! I stopped to order her a new baby gift, and stayed up to make sure Lee's clothes were ready to go. But now I must sleep!

Day 10

Today was another simple day. Lee had to do some household repairs, which required me to contain the babies, so there wasnt much I could do.

-laundry:diapers, Lee's clothes, kids clothes, spare bedding. All done!
-fix nursery door and pick up nursery-done!
-fold a few more baskets of clothes-done!

I was not planning on making a big dinner, but that changed last minute so I made a big pot of chicken and dumplins, which took much longer then the burgers I planned on having.
Also managed to wash a few dishes and pick up the bathroom. Yay me!

I was hoping for more progress this week, but between family visits, surprise errands, and a teething toddler, I got less done than I hoped for. But tomorrow ia another day, with room for growth and more progress!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Day 9

Because the last two days have been smaller tasks, though still progress, Tuesday's list is slightly more intense.

-organize filing cabinet
-dust and organize desk, bookshelf, end tables
-move shoe rack from living room to closet, replace with wicker basket
-wash and fold 4 more loads of laundry
-wash diapers, fold and put away
-clean out large dresser in bedroom

The chores are smaller, but more tedious. If I can get all this done, my bedroom can be easily cleaned and organized!