Thursday, February 28, 2013

Book Review: Raising Happiness

I wasn't real sure about this book after the 1st chapter.  It is not typically a book I would PICK to read, but it sounded good and I do like the idea of happy children. Raising Happiness has impressed me by reminding me what the real issues are. Doing things that involve the kids. Include them in your planning. Teach them something you love.  Run errands with them (something I am deliberately doing this year as one of my goals).  Support and Encourage their activities and interests. That one is the hardest for me because with boys I REALLY don't enjoy their activities. I am just not into electronic. My 9 yr old can hook up a DVD player... I can't. Glad I have him around. LOL!

A few other things that stuck out in my mind.. Share failures, but use them as stepping stones. See I did this wrong, but I learned this from it. I never really thought about that. I do tell my children sorry when I wronged them. I never thought to talk about hey, I failed here, but I learn xyz.

An idea I want to try that was mentioned in the book. A thankful box.  Each child puts something they are thankful for that day in a box and read them at the end of the week. I think that would be a great idea and kinda fun. I am sure the kids would LOVE to decorate the box.

Role play empathy and forgiveness. I never thought to do that. I think that could be kinda interesting. Trying to get the children to think about what the OTHER person is going through.  I struggled with that. I never really cared or thought what others though.

Teaching the children to be optimistic. I really see I am failing in that area. I get down in the dumps and I can't shake it. I want them to not struggle with that.  Instead of blaming myself for things that go wrong, put the blame where it belongs.

I had to smile when she talks about turning up the music and dancing around. We love to do that at our house. I struggle with it because it makes me a dizzy to go in circles, but I still like to join in on the fun.

There are also a few things in the book I don't agree on obviously. But it did have some useful nuggets. :-)











Wednesday, February 27, 2013

30 Day Early to Rise Challenge



Money Saving Mom is challenging her readers to a Early to Rise Challenge. I have been wanting something/someone to keep me a motivated to get up and actually DO my quiet time etc. I figured this could help me with that.

The recommended  Early To Rise looks very good. I wish I had a Kindle that read to me... since that is included in the download... "drool"

So everyday in the month of March I will have to take a picture of the clock when I get up. I am not sure I will post EVERY day, but we'll see.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Goals for Feb 24- March 2, 2013

Goals for This Week

Homemaking
Finish Kitchen Challenge for the week- I did most of it. I still need to organize my coupons
Organize Freezer - I need to work on this!
Write up a cleaning schedule for Sat/Fri - started
Organize Coupons/Binder - I have clipped many, but I have not finished.


Family/Relationships/Ministries/Marriage
Game Night - DONE!
Write a note -DONE!
Finish up dates with children - Finished! 

Personal
Finish Memorizing Ps: 1:1-4
Finish reading: October Song, John, Shadows On Stoney Creek, Mary Jones and her Bible, Goals and Bound For Oregon
Start Reading: Desperate Marriages, Write It Down, Make it Happen,  Tiny book of BIG garage sale secrets, 10 Simple Steps For More Joyful Kids And Happier Parents, and A Love That Multiplies.
Keep up with Reading Through the Bible Lev 14-27
Walk/Run 3 days a week

Blogging
Menu, Book review,, Recipe, and weekly goals - schedule their publishing for the week instead of all at once. Bad habit ... LOL! - I did it!


What I want to do NEXT week 



Homemaking
Finish Kitchen Challenge for the week
Organize Freezer
Organize Coupons/Binder 
Piano and Violin Practice


Family/Relationships/Ministries/Marriage
Game Night
Write a note
Finish up dates with children 

Personal
Finish Memorizing Ps: 1:1-4
Finish and Start reading: October Song, John, Shadows On Stoney Creek, Mary Jones and her Bible, and Bound For Oregon, Write It Down, Make it Happen,  Tiny book of BIG garage sale secrets, 10 Simple Steps For More Joyful Kids And Happier Parents, and A Love That Multiplies.
Keep up with Reading Through the Bible Lev 14-27
Walk/Run 3 days a week

Blogging
Menu, Book review, Recipe, and Weekly goals 

Book Review Succeed by Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D

Succeed by Heidi Grant Halvorson

I am trying to decide what my opinion of this book is. I didn't dislike it, but it was almost confusing for me to read.

She describes 2 different kinds of people. I was really expecting the book to be another book like Goals and it was not. It was a different perspective and I thought it was very good.

In all honestly though I struggled to follow the author's line of thinking. I agree with her on the different types of people. I did however take notes (a new thing for me) and was able to take a few things from the book that I will apply to my life. All in all the book was a good read, but not necessarily a life changing read for me.  Anyone else read this book?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Book Review : Goals by Tracey

I think this is one of my favorite books about Goals. Goals by Brian Tracey is very motivating and easy to read and understand. This is my first book I actually took notes with. LOL! I actually wish I had read this book BEFORE I wrote up my goals for the year. Not that I think I did a bad job, but I now know MORE and I think I could do better and be more specific now. :-)

I recommend reading this BEFORE you make a list of goals. It helps you break it down into bite sided chunks. I was sorry to finish up this book.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Pita Bread

These went perfectly with Aarti's Hot Dogs recipe I made last week. I haven't made Pita bread in AGES. I forgot how EASY it was.

First things first. I ground my flour and put all the ingredients in my bread machine. 

This is what I put in...

1 cup warm water
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 TBSP oil and Honey (or sugar)
2 1/4 tsp yeast

Set it to the dough setting.

I divided the dough into 8 sections and rolled it into circles. Pricked the dough with a fork.

I baked it at 350 for about 20 minutes.

Cut the circles in 1/2  and split the bread to make a pocket inside. Enjoy... We have used them for Egg and Tuna Salad as well as Aarti's Hot Dogs. YUM YUM!



Book Review: Desperate Marriage by Gary Chapman

Desperate Marriage by Gary Chapman

I REALLY enjoyed this book. I was very surprised by some of the contents. I think it was a timely read for me considering what my crazy life has been the last few years.

I liked especially the disclaimer in the beginning saying that you can do everything right and still the straying spouse does not return.  I am so tired of most books saying oh, just do this and this and everything will work out. No, not in real life it doesn't. Maybe in books and movies.  You can NOT control your spouse, but you CAN control your actions and reactions.

Some of the real - life stories were painful to read. I can really relate to several of the woman in the stories. It totally warmed my heart to read several stories that MEN actually went in for help. That seems to be such a rarity these days. Seems like we ladies are usually the ones that are asking for help. Not all the stories had happy endings in the book.  Sad, but nice that they were included because they are reality. Not EVERYONE is going to have a success story.

I highly recommend this book EVEN if you don't have "marriage issues".

Menu Feb 24 - March 2 2013

On with March this week. WOW! With Daddy on vacation this week our menu is going to be more of his favorites.


Breakfast:
Muffins - Banana with chocolate chips
Broccoli Quiche
Kefir/Yogurt
Cereal/Oatmeal
Shredded Potatoes and scrambled eggs

Lunch:
Chicken and Bean Enchilada with Mexican Corn Salad
Fish n Chips with Salad
Spinach Quesadilla with Beans and rice
Tacos / Fajtas
Burgers and Fries with 7 Layer Salad











Supper: all soup served with Garlic Bread, biscuits, and/or crackers
Chicken Chili
Aarti's Lentil Soup
Garden Veggie Soup
Mexican Bean Soup
Beef Stew

Monday, February 18, 2013

Spinach Quesadillas




  This is one of our family favorites. Thanks to a friend Jennifer Moore for introducing it to us. I think we could LOVE on these. This is the BEST way that we ALL love to eat our greens. Even none green lovers might even be tempted to eat these. How do I know that? That was me!


Jen's Spinach Quesadilla

1 pkg Spinach or Greens
1 jar minced garlic
1 oz pkg your favorite shredded cheese
8-10 low carb flour tortillas

If you don't have a quesadilla maker then just a griddle will work fine. Cook on both sides and enjoy. :-)

Take out a tortilla, Add a handful of greens,I like to cut my green up fine, then add minced garlic, and then sprinkle with cheese.

Be sure to ad another tortilla for the lid. I have made the mistake of forgetting the lid. ACK what a mess that is. Don't do it. :-)
The finish product.. ready to be eaten by my children. We like to dip ours in Salsa. How about you?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Spinach Strawberry Salad



This is usually a salad that we enjoy every spring. But it isn't spring and we were so longing for Spinach Strawberry Salad. So when strawberries are on sale it was time for our "spring salad", since it was raining a few days ago it almost FELT like spring. Hehe

Simple Spinach and Strawberry Salad

8 strawberries sliced
1/2 pkg Spinach greens
1/2 cup diced onions
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Mix together. Enjoy. :-)

I have tried to make a dressing, but in the past no one has been excited about any recipe I have tired. We just prefer it without, or maybe a little drizzle of honey.

My goals for Feb 17-23 2013

How I did LAST week.

Homemaking
Finish Kitchen Challenge for the week- I worked on it, but it isn't finished.
Organize Freezer - I did one of them. :-)
 
 Family/Relationships/Ministries/Marriage
Game Night - We did it.
Write a note - I did a few.
Finish up dates with children  - I have 1 left!

Personal
Finish Memorizing Ps: 1:1-4 - I didn't do it at all. i am not sure WHY this is so hard for me. I struggle with memorization
Finish reading: October Song, Life Without Limits, Madeline Takes the Lead, John, Shadows On Stoney Creek, , and James Harriot's Treasury for Children. 
Start Reading: The Life You've Always Wanted, Desperate Marriages, Write It Down, Make it Happen,  Tiny book of BIG garage sale secrets, 10 Simple Steps For More Joyful Kids And Happier Parents, and A Love That Multiplies.
Keep up with Reading Through the Bible Lev 14-27 - I am a bit behind on this.
Walk/Run 3 days a week - I walked 2 days.

Blogging
Menu, Book review, Coupon Trip, Recipe, and weekly goals. I really didn't do a coupon trip this week, like I thought I would.

What I am working on for NEXT week.

Homemaking
Finish Kitchen Challenge for the week
Organize Freezer
Write up a cleaning schedule for Sat/Fri
Organize Coupons/Binder


Family/Relationships/Ministries/Marriage
Game Night
Write a note
Finish up dates with children 

Personal
Finish Memorizing Ps: 1:1-4
Finish reading: October Song, John, Shadows On Stoney Creek, Mary Jones and her Bible, Goals and Bound For Oregon
Start Reading: Desperate Marriages, Write It Down, Make it Happen,  Tiny book of BIG garage sale secrets, 10 Simple Steps For More Joyful Kids And Happier Parents, and A Love That Multiplies.
Keep up with Reading Through the Bible Lev 14-27
Walk/Run 3 days a week

Blogging
Menu, Book review,, Recipe, and weekly goals - schedule their publishing for the week instead of all at once. Bad habit ... LOL!  

Menu Feb 17-23 2013

We are FINALLY not sick. Shhhh. Don't tell the kids. hehe.  Here is my menu for the week.  How about you?


Breakfast:
Muffins - Blackberry/Banana with chocolate chips
Broccoli Quiche
Kefir/Yogurt
Cereal/Oatmeal
Shredded Potatoes and scrambled eggs

Lunch:
Chicken and Bean Enchilada with Mexican Corn Salad
Fish n Chips with Salad
Spinach Quesadilla with Beans and rice
Pesto with Spaghetti  and Chicken Cashew Salad
Ham and Broccoli croissants with green beans and potatoes

Supper: all soup served with Garlic Bread, biscuits, and/or crackers
Chicken Chili
Aarti's Lentil Soup
Garden Veggie Soup
Mexican Bean Soup
Beef Stew

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Aarti's Hot Dogs

We were fans of Food Network's Star Aarti Sequeira from the moment she was introduced. Our love of Indian food was because of her.   I am so glad we have been willing to try new foods. I have really enjoyed Indian food. 



Aarti's Hot Dogs

1 tablespoon butter
1 large onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly
1 1/2 tsp ginger
1 handful shredded carrots, optional
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 large tomato, diced
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 (12-ounce) package hot dogs, sliced about 1/16-inch thick




 I saute the onions and garlic in butter. When they are soft I add the ginger, shredded carrots (I shredded them in the food processor), and salt N pepper.

I cooked that up until it was soft. Then I added the spices, ketchup, tomatoes, and hotdogs.  It was SOOO yummy. I also made Pita bread to put this amazing hot dog dish. I will share my recipe later.


Aartti's Hot Dogs all cooked up and ready to be eaten by my family. Mmmmm

Monday, February 11, 2013

Weekly Goals Feb 11-17 2013


GOALS FOR THIS WEEK!
Homemaking

Finish Kitchen Challenge for the week- failure
Organize Freezer - Failure I went through it, but did not organize it.


Family/Relationships/Ministries/Marriage
Game Night
Write a note
Finish up dates with children - I have done 3 already!

Personal
Finish Memorizing Ps: 1:1-4 - I am working on it, but only have 1 verse finished so far
Finish reading: October Song, Life Without Limits, Madeline Takes the Lead, John, Shadows On Stoney Creek, , and James Harriot's Treasury for Children. 
Start Reading: The Life You've Always Wanted, Goals, Desperate Marriages, Write It Down, Make it Happen,  Tiny book of BIG garage sale secrets, 10 Simple Steps For More Joyful Kids And Happier Parents, and A Love That Multiplies.
Keep up with Reading Through the Bible Lev 14-27 - I missed out on this.
Walk/Run 3 days a week - I went once this week. Between sick kids and so much snow I haven't gotten to do much at all outside.

Blogging
Menu, Book review, Recipe, and weekly goals 

GOALS FOR THIS WEEK!
Homemaking

Finish Kitchen Challenge for the week
Organize Freezer


Family/Relationships/Ministries/Marriage
Game Night
Write a note
Finish up dates with children 

Personal
Finish Memorizing Ps: 1:1-4
Finish reading: October Song, Life Without Limits, Madeline Takes the Lead, John, Shadows On Stoney Creek, , and James Harriot's Treasury for Children. 
Start Reading: The Life You've Always Wanted, Desperate Marriages, Write It Down, Make it Happen,  Tiny book of BIG garage sale secrets, 10 Simple Steps For More Joyful Kids And Happier Parents, and A Love That Multiplies.
Keep up with Reading Through the Bible Lev 14-27
Walk/Run 3 days a week

Blogging
Menu, Book review, Coupon Trip, Recipe, and weekly goals 
 

Cheesecake Pie

I have been SO hungry for cheesecake. I was able to whip this up for a midnight snack with my husband.  It was SUPER simple and you can make it quickly with little effort. I used this recipe here

Easy Cheesecake Pie

1 Pillsbury pie crust - bake according to directions.
1 pkg cool whip - thawed
1 pkg cream cheese - softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 tsp sugar


So I baked the crust...  



 Then mix the cool whip and cream cheese with the vanilla and sugar.  When the crust is cooled put the mixture in the pie shell.


  Cool for about 3 hours. Enjoy. YUM YUM!

Feed My Starving Children Jan 2013

My church, Grace Reformed Church had a great opportunity for our family to help serve. As a mother of little children it is not an easy task to be able to do something WITH my children. Feed My Starving Children is a great opportunity for even your younger children to participate in serving.  Even my 8 yr old, who was nervous about doing it had a GREAT TIME.

Feed My Starving Children is a Christian 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. A single meal costs only 22 cents to produce, and 92 percent of total donations goes directly toward the food program.


The packing day was very energy filled. We had a rather large group from church that came. Adults, teens, and children. We all competed to see who could fill the most boxes. They had an assembly line to get the bags filled and sealed. It was so much fun.  Please take the opportunity to participate if they happen to be in your area. It will be a great experience and a fun time for all. We can't wait to go again next year!

Book Review: Life Without Limits

Wow this book is fabulous.  Life Without Limits is a journey of one man's outlook on life.  Talk about a positive attitude DESPITE his obvious disabilities is just wonderful. I hope and pray I would have that kind of an attitude if I had his disabilities.

One of the things that surprised me was that his parents, especially his mother struggled at the beginning. I have no idea what I would do in their shoes, but I hope that I would not react that way. I want another child so badly. I would take what He would give me. Disabilities or not. I truly believe each and EVERY child is a gift and blessing, no matter if they are "perfect" or not.

His while aspect of just letting go and living life without limits. Laughing and having a great time no matter what.  I laughed heartily at his antics on the luggage carousel and the luggage compartment in the airplane. My children are now begging me to PLEASE read them the story. I think I just might need to do that.

Be prepared to laugh and be totally blown away with his love of life.  I recommend it for anyone that needs a good laugh. :-)




Sunday, February 10, 2013

Menu Feb 11-17 2013

Another sick week here in our home. So hopefully a simple menu to clean out the freezer and drop into the crock pot.

Breakfast:

Muffins - Blackberry/Banana with chocolate chips
Broccoli Quiche
Kefir/Yogurt
Cereal/Oatmeal
Shredded Potatoes and scrambled eggs

Lunch:
Italian Shredded Beef Sandwich with Spinach and Strawberry Salad
Hamburgers, Fries, and Cashew Chicken Salad
Ham Steak and Scalloped potatoes with Peas
Orange Chicken with Oriental Salad
Chicken and Bean Enchilada with Mexican Corn Salad


Supper: all soup served with Garlic Bread, biscuits, and/or crackers
Chicken Chili
Aarti's Lentil Soup
Garden Veggie Soup
Mexican Bean Soup
Beef Stew

Book Review: The Life You've Always Wanted

The Life You've Always Wanted by John Ortberg has been a great read.  I recommend it highly.

There are so many things in this book that I could relate to.

I had to giggle about the story of the stain on the couch. They were advised to NOT get the mauve couch, but they did anyway. The joke about not even looking or thinking about sitting on it etc.  It finally got a bad stain...a big RED one at that.  His wife had sat the children down to ask who had put the stain in the couch. Of course they could not tell her because the author himself did it. Oops.

The thought of Sarah being a mother at her age. The image of Sarah going to Walmart and getting diapers and depends at the same time.   And then the thought of Isaac offering his ONLY son up because God asked him. Could I do that? I have no idea.

The idea of  actually expecting God to talk to you.  I think we don't accept that in our churches. We think He can't possibly do it. He does. I know He has talked to me. Many times. In a still small voice. A time I was so low begging Him for something to help me get through the day. I will never forget it. Sometimes it was encouragement. Sometimes it was a warning. I long for those moments and treasure them.  Thankful I have had them.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

How I am doing with my goals for the year, Jan 2013


Personal
Listen/Read through the Bible in a year  - I am on track!
Read through 48 books  - I have read 4 on the list. I had to do some from next month since the book did not come in at the library in time to finish them up at the end of the month.
Run in a 5K race - I need some work. I am walking, but not running yet.
Do 12 DIY projects - I have done 4 projects already!
Focus on keeping 1 room company ready per month - Working on 3 rooms now.
Memorize Psalm 37 - I could work more on this one. I have 2 verses memorized so far.

Marriage
Plan 2 surprise dates - I have an idea for BOTH
Strive for 2 dates a month - Accomplished. YAY!
Pray together for the kids - Working on it.
Read 4 books about marriage etc. - I just got my book for the month from the library.


Children/Homeschooling
Read 12 books to my children. - I have read 1, and we are working on the 2nd.
Take each child on a one on one trip a month - DONE!
Do 1 fun outing/activity per month - DONE!
Help Ashlianna establish her own devotional time - Still working..
Teach each child a new recipe they can make on their own - We have picked out their recipes.
Let child pick a book and read it to them during our 15 minutes together - Working on it
Each child picks 1 place to go or an activity - All activities picked
Piano and Violin lessons - We are still doing it about 1/2 the time.
Establish game night - Did it 3 times this month.


Ministry/Family
Write a note weekly to encourage someone - I did 3. :-)
Visit Grandpa once a month - If we ever get over being sick we can do it.
Help or serve someone in the community or church - We helped pack meals at Feed My Starving Children with our church.
Call/Talk to my brother once a week. - Glad he calls, because I never remember. Oops.


Blogging
Weekly Menu - Faithful
Weekly Goals - Faithful
Monthly Goals - Faithful
New recipe we tried - Faithful
Book reviews - Faithful
DIY projects- Faithful
Coupon Trip - Faithful

Monday, February 4, 2013

Goal for Feb 4 - 10 2013

Homemaking

Finish Kitchen Challenge for the week
Make Pita Bread


Family/Relationships/Ministries/Marriage
Game Night
Write a note

Finish up dates with children 

Personal
Finish Memorizing Ps: 1:1-4
Finish reading: Pocketful of Pinecones, October Song, Life Without Limits, Almost Home, John, Shadows On Stoney Creek, Frisky, and James Harriot's Treasury for Children.   
Keep up with Reading Through the Bible Ex.33- Lev 13
Walk/Run 3 days a week

Blogging
Menu, Book review, Coupon Trip, Recipe, and weekly goals  

GOALS FOR THIS WEEK!
Homemaking

Finish Kitchen Challenge for the week
Organize Freezer


Family/Relationships/Ministries/Marriage
Game Night
Write a note
Finish up dates with children 

Personal
Finish Memorizing Ps: 1:1-4
Finish reading: October Song, Life Without Limits, Madeline Takes the Lead, John, Shadows On Stoney Creek, , and James Harriot's Treasury for Children. 
Start Reading: The Life You've Always Wanted, Desperate Marriages, Write It Down, Make it Happen,  Tiny book of BIG garage sale secrets, 10 Simple Steps For More Joyful Kids And Happier Parents, and A Love That Multiplies.
Keep up with Reading Through the Bible Lev 14-27
Walk/Run 3 days a week

Blogging
Menu, Book review, Recipe, and weekly goals 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Menu Feb 4 - 10 2013

Welcome to the first week in February!  I did fairly well sticking to my menu last week. Hoping I will do as well this week. Anyone else have a menu plan?

Breakfast:

Muffins - Blackberry/Banana with chocolate chips
Broccoli Quiche
Kefir/Yogurt
Cereal/Oatmeal
Shredded Potatoes and scrambled eggs

Lunch:
Beans and Cornbread with all the fixings
Tomato, Bean, and Greens Burritos with corn salad
Potato Bar with all the fixings
Steak and mashed potatoes with Peas
Orange Chicken with Oriental Salad


Supper: all soup served with Garlic Bread, biscuits, and/or crackers
Chili
Split Pea and Ham
Chicken Chili
Aarti's Lentil Soup
Garden Veggie Soup

Friday, February 1, 2013

Goals for February 2013

How I did in January

Personal
Listen/Read through the Bible in a year – Gen 1-Ex. 40
Read through 4 books on my list 
Finish week 1 of the 5K program - I walked, but never ran.
Do 2 DIY projects
Focus on keeping 1 room company ready - I worked on the kitchen, but failed miserably. I would have it done for a few hours. ROTF!
Memorize Psalm 37: 1-4 (1 verse a week)

Marriage
Plan/Work on surprise date - Still a work in progress
Strive for 2 dates a month
Pray together for the kids
Read 1 books about marriage- I ordered a book from the library and it NEVER came in

Children/Homeschooling
Read 1 books to my children. I am still working on the book, but we ARE accomplishing this!
Take each child on a one on one trip a month
Do 1 fun outing/activity per month
Help Ashlianna establish her own devotional time
Teach each child a new recipe they can make on their own (pick recipes) - We picked the recipes!
Read to EACH child 15 minutes their special book 
Piano and Violin lessons
Establish game night

Ministry/Family
Write a note weekly to encourage someone
Visit Grandpa once a month - between being sick and bad weather I miss out on this one.
Help or serve someone in the community or church
Call/Talk to my brother once a week.

Blogging
Weekly Menu
Weekly Goals
Monthly Goals
New recipe we tried
Book reviews
DIY projects


February Goals
Personal
Listen/Read through the Bible in a year – Gen 1-Ex. 40
Read through 4 books on my list 
Finish week 1 of the 5K program
Do 2 DIY projects
Focus on keeping 1 room company ready
Memorize Psalm 37: 1-8

Marriage
Plan/Work on surprise date
Strive for 2 dates a month
Pray together for the kids
Read 1 books about marriage

Children/Homeschooling
Read 1 books to my children.
Take each child on a one on one trip a month
Do 1 fun outing/activity per month
Help Ashlianna establish her own devotional time
Teach each child a new recipe they can make on their own (pick recipes)
Read to EACH child 15 minutes their special book 
Piano and Violin lessons
Establish game night

Ministry/Family
Write a note weekly to encourage someone
Visit Grandpa once a month
Help or serve someone in the community or church
Call/Talk to my brother once a week.

Blogging
Weekly Menu
Weekly Goals
Monthly Goals
New recipe we tried
Book reviews
DIY projects