daybook 11.11.12

Outside my window…
Darkness and cold.

I am thinking…
about faith.

I am thankful for…
spending time with extended family.

Last week, I shared some of the things my children are thankful for as part of our Family Thankful Project for November.

I am pondering…

I prefer to explore the most intimate moments,the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on.
~Jody Hauser

Living a green/frugal lifestyle…
After being at my children’s school for 5 years, I finally got around to signing up for a Target Red Card and directing Target to donate to my children’s school. I went with the debit card which is linked to our checking account. I save 5% on each purchase. My school gets 1% of each purchase. It’s a good thing. I just wish I had done it sooner.

If you want to sign up for a Target Red Card which is linked to your checking account, you need to bring your driver’s license and a blank check to Target. The check is voided as part of the sign up process. When you receive your card and activate online, you can choose then which school you want Target to support.

From the kitchen…
After pulling together my baking supply list and coming up with 4 cookie recipes last week, I had my 9 year old son make a double batch of sugar cookie dough for the freezer.

I am creating…
plans for the holidays. As I said, I started with the baking plan. Then, I lucked out with a Living Social deal for Picaboo(my personal link) to save me money on my family calendars, making them about half the original cost. Now, I need to look at the rest of the list and move forward.

I am going…
to stay home, write, and take care of my kids.

I am reading…
A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France – an incredible story of French female resistance fighters during World War II.

Living A Healthy Lifestyle…
I shared my holiday fitness plan on Friday while coming down with a cold. I’ve been fighting off the cold in hopes of running a 5 mile race this morning which I signed up for on Thursday. However, I decided this morning that a 5 mile race might be too stressful for my immune system. My 4 young ones woke up in various stages of a cold, including one child potentially getting bronchitis.

To help everyone get better, I’m trying some homeopathic remedies I bought yesterday. For myself, I’m using Natrum Sulphuricum and an Echinacea Extract. I also gave my son who is developing bronchitis the Natrum Sulphuricum along with Singulair. Yes, I’m covering my bases.

I am hoping…
For beautiful weather this week.

I am hearing…
my husband and 9 year old watch a show on IFC about the making of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Around the house…
My 4 year old and I put away the Halloween decorations and put up some of our Thanksgiving decorations. I also added 2 subway art Thanksgiving pictures to my mantel (picture at the end of the post).

One of my favorite things…
Instagram. I started a hashtag for sharing my holiday baking: #holidaybaking. Feel free to use it and share your own baking for the holidays.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Venturing, and a visit to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Expansion with other Philly Social Media Moms.

A picture for thought…


More of my frugal fall decorating in my ALB Facebook Album

Disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate and a Tell Your Time Affiliate.

Meet Barb

Barb Hoyer has written 4212 posts.

After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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