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Dinner Menu Week 2

Here’s this week’s dinner menu. I really should put it up earlier to give people a chance to decide if they want to use anything from it.

This week, I plan to take a day off from cooking. Saturday is our family night, and I’d prefer to grab something quick so we can continue our fun.

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Dinner Menu

I always have a hard time coming up with dinner ideas. I have to cook for many different people, with many different tastes. We were eating out too much and I finally decided, NO MORE.

I’m trying a variety of new recipes and trying to avoid fast (or semi-fast) foods. Each week I make a menu for the next week. The meals are generally easy to make because I am short on time and I really don’t like cooking much.

I thought it might be helpful to share the menus here. Hopefully, they’ll give you some ideas. Feel free to use them as they are, or pick and choose as needed. If you enjoy a menu, please SHARE it. If you need a recipe for any of the meal ideas, just ask. I’d be more than happy to share upon request. 😀

You can also find the menus on my Facebook page.

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Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

I made this list for my daughters. I think they get a little overwhelmed when told, “clean the bathroom!” It’s much easier to follow a checklist and tick off things once they are done. I’m sure you’ve noticed I’m a list maker. Lists keep me on the right path or else my day ends up a mess.

Anyway, this list combines things for our two bathrooms. The main bathroom has a regular tub with shower curtain. No window. The guest bathroom has a shower with door and a high window. Those are the two main differences.

This is our Sunday routine. The Wednesday routine is a quick 10 minute tidy, while this one takes about an hour.

This probably won’t fit your bathroom, but feel free to use and remove or add to the list.

BATHROOM CHECKLIST

  • Gather supplies (spray cleaner, glass cleaner, paper towels, 2 cloths, bucket, vacuum or broom)
  • Put away anything out of place (hair brushes, laundry, toys, etc.)
  • Remove all towels for washing (once per week)
  • Empty small trash can
  • Remove items from on top of sink, tub, or toilet (toothbrush holders, shampoo bottles, etc.)
  • Spray the cleanser on sink, cabinets, toilet (on & around), tub, shower door & walls, door & knob, and inside trash.
  • Use paper towel to wipe down sink and cabinets.
  • Use cloth to wipe down bathroom door, knob, light switch and walls (where necessary)
  • Use same cloth to clean the trash can.
  • Use cloth to clean tub (inside & out) and shower (inside & out), including walls.
  • Use paper towel to clean the outside and inside of toilet. Flush to rinse. (do not flush paper towels)
  • Use paper towel and glass cleaner to wipe mirrors and bathroom sink/tub fixtures.
  • Use vacuum hose to suck up dust and hair around the bathroom or use a broom to sweep the floor.
  • Fill bucket with warm water and cleanser.
  • Use the bucket and cloth to quickly scrub the floor. Don’t forget behind the door and toilet.
  • After the floor is dry, replace all items (rugs, toothbrush holders, candles, etc)

What is your bathroom cleaning routine? Is it something quick? How often do you do it?

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I’ve Got an Excuse.

WARNING: THIS POST WILL BE EXTREMELY RANDOM. And I likely won’t proofread because I’m in a rush.

I haven’t posted in a while, and there’s really a good excuse this time. I’m trying to get this year’s lesson plans done (well, at least the first month). Summer learning is coming to an end, and while I didn’t do a great job of keeping what we did updated around here, we definitely learned some great things. I do have a lot of drafts written up, mostly not related to homeschooling, and one day I’ll get to them for publishing.

Anyway, here we are in August (almost mid August) and I’m knee deep in lesson planning. I’ve also been working from home (2+ jobs). That keeps me pretty busy. I’ve felt like there was no time for fun (for me), but you wouldn’t say that if you saw what went down in this house yesterday evening. Let’s just say, it involved mom (me) riding a toddler toy, wearing rain boots, drinking a Capri Sun, popping wheelies, and doing donuts. Oh, and lots of screaming. Hmmm. My daughter said there should have been video evidence, and I’m kind of glad there isn’t.

About those jobs? I love them. I just wish I could get more hours with them. I especially love anything related to homeschooling and community, and one of them is.

I haven’t been on any social networks this week, which is hard, but not the end of the world. Actually, when I say social networks, I just mean Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. I’m just now realizing how much time I wasted on them. My spouse and I were taking a break from them to see if we’d spend more time talking to each other. I’m finding I have more time to do things around the house (like donuts in the living room). I do think this is a very good thing, and when my month is over, I hope to use the networks much less. I hated mindlessly scrolling through reading updates. I do miss my news though! My weatherman posted there regularly and I’m finding myself searching for weather info on the boob tube. And it’s actually harder to get weather reports there. Go figure.

I’m not on Facebook to wish anyone a happy birthday, so if I miss you…I’m sorry. I should probably have you all in my contacts so that I could actually email, text or call anyway. Humph.

Yesterday I watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with the kids. Oh boy do they say “sh!t” a lot. The movie is definitely PG13, but I’d probably say more PG15 for my house. :) There was even one f-bomb. I’ve gotten more lenient with language. They know what’s appropriate or not. I’m still very hard when it comes to sex. They think it’s hilarious that I make comments like, ugh…how long are they going to kiss. Sheesh. Kissing is fine…total tongue downs make me cringe.

Remember the contest I did last month? Well the winner received her book. I wish she had posted here to say that, but she did email me:

Hi Robin,

I forgot to let you know that we recieved the book! Thanks again!!

Katie

You are very welcome Katie! I like contests! I’d like to do another, but I don’t have anything to giveaway right now. LOL. Soon. Soon.

 

I know this post was all over the place and hardly organized, but I did warn you. I’ll be back in the next few days because I have many more random things to talk about…

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Chores Suck.

There are a lot of people in my house. The more people, the more mess. Sometimes I have CHAOS. You know, “can’t have anyone over syndrome.” I don’t get that much company, but when people are going to stop by, I don’t want to have to spend more than 10 minutes straightening things. I know, I know…there are 4 kids in the house all day long. Things are bound to be a little messy. My 2 middle kids are the king and queen of MESS. I don’t know how it happens, but they always leave a pile of something behind. My son is often banned from the kitchen because of the mess he leaves. Little Pig Pens.

Anyway, I developed a schedule for cleaning. So far, it works out well (as long as I do it). The only thing that seems to stay totally out of control is LAUNDRY. But there’s plenty of room in the backyard for that. I’m rambling.

Here’s my schedule:

Daily

  • Make bed
  • Load dishwasher
  • Clear/wipe kitchen sink, stove, & counters
  • Sweep kitchen floor and entryway
  • Straighten entryway
  • Wipe out bathroom sinks
  • 1 load of laundry
  • 20 minute tidy of house & bedroom before bed

 

Sundays

  • Bathroom (includes sweeping, mopping, toilets, shower walls, mirrors)

Mondays

  • Living room (includes sweeping, mopping, dusting, window sills)

Tuesdays

  • Kitchen (includes sweeping, mopping, wiping down cabinets & appliances)

Wednesdays

  • Bathroom (quick tidy)

Thursdays

  • Living room (quick tidy)

Fridays

  • Kitchen (the girls do it this day)
  • Wipe down walls and doors
  • Mop entryway/hall

Saturday

  • Bedroom

 

Monthly

  • Help the kids in their rooms
  • Wash shower curtains
  • Clean out kitchen cabinets
  • Fridge (this needs to happen more, but I can never find the time — sue me)
  • Bathroom cabinets

 

Bi-Annually

  • Clean carpets
  • Wash curtains (maybe blinds, eh)
  • Wash windows
  • Closets
  • Oven

 

Kids

  • Clean rooms (including 10 minute tidy before bed)
  • Cleaning the other bathroom (once per week)
  • Caring for pets
  • Emptying dishwasher daily
  • Keeping their things put away
  • Helping clean after the baby

Do you have a chore schedule? How do you keep your house in order? Do you have CHAOS? Believe me, it’s okay if you do. Our homes are lived in, it’s hard not to have some mess!

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