Binder Business

I am working on a few binders:

Family Binder- this has  a calendar,  the week at a glance, important dates like birthdays, a daily to do, and so on. I use this in conjunction with our fridge calendar. I’m super crazy about organizing and trying to keep to a “routine”, but any parent can agree this can and does change. When I am on the go I enter things into my phone calendar, but honestly I will forget quickly if I am not writing things down. So I make sure to have the calendars in the family binder up to date.  The fridge is only the current month; while the binder has all twelve months. I use protector sheets, a permanent marker to write on the protector sheets) and just clean off with rubbing alcohol. So ideas below to add to your binder

  • 1-2-inch binder
  • protector sheets
  • address and phone number pages
  • daily to do
  • calendar
  • meal planning
  • shopping list
  • homeschool schedule and other materials ( grade book, etc)
  • Special Dates to remember pages ( for birthdays and anniversaries)
  • The week at a glance
  • Recipe card section ( with the meal plans- if you needed to quickly jot down recipe from the net)

Emergency Binder- now some people think this is the same thing, it is not. The Family Binder is for day to day, etc. The Emergency binder houses all your important documents and personal information. For a Relief Society activity for the LDS Church I did a booth on the emergency binders for our preparedness fair. These are things I listed to put in the binder. You can find printables for free to help you organize. I suggest using a binder that zips up so you can keep the mini first aid kit in there along with other pertinent items ( for example let’s say you bottle feed your baby- packets of formula- diapers I even place feminine pads in there because you NEVER know) Keep your binder in safe that will be protected from damage like fire, flood, etc. Or keep it close but where no one else can find it but you so in case of emergency you can grab and go! make sure it is in a place that will not cause you harm! Also this is just a list to help you get started.

  • Family I.D kits ( there are also pet I.D kits)
  • birth certificates
  • social security cards
  • Medical records/ list of medications/ allergies for each family member
  • Immunization records for all family members
  • Pet medical records
  • Copies of credit and debit  cards front & back
  • Cash/ Checks
  • Property titles (homes, autos, boats, RVs, etc)
  • Insurance policies ( auto/ property/life)
  • Copy of car registration
  • Will
  • Marriage License
  • House Inventory- include photos
  • Map(s) – of your area, etc
  • Mini first aid kit
  • Internet passwords (banking, personal, work etc)
  • Utility statements
  • All other important documents ( work related, taxes, diplomas, certificates, licenses, etc)
  • Passports
  • Money ( cash and blank checks)

Here are my resources I used for the above. I am sharing my Pinterest board for the plethora of resources listed LOT’s of printables to choose from to fit your personal tastes.

Family Binder Board LexxyV

this was my favorite printable:

Home Organization Printable Pack Link

The Emergency Binder Printables are here ( these are the ones I used)

Free Printable Emergency Binder Pack

Now the third binder is my Health and Fitness binder. This can vary for everyone out there. Due to hormone issues and autoimmune ( I swear real crap, not trying to get a pity party or have an excuse, it affects me daily, I am working on it have lost 17 pounds already slow and steady is the course. I will get there and whoot! 17 pounds! )

Again Pinterest, ( admits to being a Pinterest addict, honestly it’s the best site out there. I have used it to make virtual mood boards for my textile design classes and I have utilized at least half of the crochet patterns I have pinned. it’s my go to for DIY project ideas and tutorials. If I had to be without Pinterest I’d probably suffer withdrawals *wink*)

The first link is free printables to help build up your fitness binder

Planning to Get Fit- Printables

the second is a paid download but totally worth it! it’s seven dollars- what is seven dollars for a lifetime of health? (  I totally bought this!)

SMART Weight Loss Fitness Planner

Along with this check out my Health, Wellness, and Motivation board:

Lexxy’s H, W, and M Board

I would have taken some pictures of my binders, but… I ain’t gonna lie; I’m lazy it’s 9:32 pm ( so my bedtime haha) and more often than not I prefer to use the WordPress app with such posts so I can use instacollage. ( I’ll edit this post later and add pictures that way)

So anyway there you have it. Do you have binders set up to help you get organized? If not, I highly recommend at least getting the emergency binder going.

Alexis

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Weekly F.H.E 2.0 

I better get this posted quick! So here is our plan for family home evening. 

Gospel Library App: children’s section- New Testament stories- chapter 1 

I chose two songs that are about faith. In the story of Elizabeth and Zacharias- he had no faith in the words that the angel told him. I figured those songs would be a good fit. 

Hymns pg 84 and then the children’s pg 14 

I also utilize the LDS Hymns app to play the songs. 

Cranberry pear sauce- it’s like apple sauce but so much better! We use canned pears and canned cranberry sauce to create this tasty treat. Place one large can of pears and a can of cranberry sauce into food processor or blender- blend and viola! An easy treat everyone will love can be served with graham crackers. 

Again this is short- simple- easy- great for the littles. 

If you need a rundown of how we do FHE check out previous post: 

Weekly F.H.E 1.0 

-Alexis 

  

Army Life 

It has been a very interesting ride as an army wife. This post is geared toward creating a schedule that slowly gets the household ready before your spouse goes off for training. This year has been extremely trying for us as the hubs has been in and out of the field for months. 

I won’t disclose dates but he is due to leave for A months training and I’m contemplating what I need to do in order to get things going for myself. 

While he is away I assume all chores, meal prep, etc. I’m blessed to have a husband who helps me with little things like taking out the trash, dishes, laundry, and yard work. 

Even with his crazy, busy schedule he manages to do more than I expect him to( like a new garden fence) In our day to day adventures; our week days consist of him leaving early for work, coming home just in time for dinner and bedtime starts for the munchkin it goes by quickly. 

Our weekends are spent trying to improve the house and using reclaimed materials for our DIY projects. Anyway! I’m attempting a small novel of our life hahaha! 

Basically as he gets ready to leave I assume all chores and create a schedule that works for me. I was in the habit of waking up at 5:30 and I need to get back to that.  

As your spouse prepares to leave choose what chores and other activities he/ she needs to do with the family. I prefer Jim to spend as much time with Lana as he can. I’m used to him leaving, my mind understands why; children have a hard time with the constant training and leaving of one parent- it doesn’t hurt to have your spouse be the one to get bedtime going, read or sing to kids ( or whatever you do based off children’s ages we have a three year old) I always prep her, I let her know daddy is leaving, we let her see him packing, etc. 

Honestly it’s a great idea for the working spouse ( if you’re a stay at home mom) to come home and immediately spend time with the kids. Jim does this with our munchkin no matter what. 

So along with prepping family and slowly doing all chores, etc. I also like to do a super clean on the house. It’s not easy to be a one-woman show ( I applaud you single parents you all rock! Seriously! Don’t forget your level of awesome). 

Make it easier on yourself by organizing closets if need be, move furniture and clean underneath and behind it ( kitchen appliances too) I wash walls, dust up high. I’ll wash and sanitize all toys, vacuum mattresses on beds, wash curtains. Do the extra chores you don’t usually do weekly. 

I also tend to purge the paperwork area, shred what needs to be shredded and so on. Whatever makes it easier for you when your spouse is gone do it. 

Do a check of the house, vehicle maintenance, it never fails when the hubs is gone something goes wrong when I haven’t properly prepared or asked him to look at the swamp cooler, etc. 

The list can vary. I suggest having meals prepped and snacks too. We do Montessori inspired areas around the house and I’ll leave a snack within arms reach for munchkin throughout the week. I take one day to prep food like bread ( yes we bake it) and other things. 

If I cook a roast in the crock pot I’ll use that meat for the next few days in our meal. 

Right now though some meals aren’t planned to a T since we have our garden producing cucumbers, green beans, peas, and squash. These get included in meals as they harvested.

Utilize the crock pot, a rice cooker, and so on.  I do this anyway. You can also shop for less with your spouse gone don’t buy food you won’t get to eating especially if you have littles. 

Stock up first aid kits. Since I have animals they also have a first aid kit. Have all passwords and log in names for bill pay. We usually pay bills together but when he is gone I do that all. 

You don’t want to be without any important information. Everyone household runs different but make sure you can take the vehicle in to be fixed or call your landlord or mortgage center and be able to pay, whatever needs to be addressed. 

I’ve seen some people keep thing separate maybe it works. For us it doesn’t since he is gone a lot. Always make sure power of attorney is up to date, get into doctors if needed for yearly checkups if it is around that time. 

Get your prescriptions filled. I think you all get the idea. If you want to be super organized with visuals have a family board center. We use the fridge with dry erase boards- chores board, calendar, family home evening assignments. I also have a family binder. I might take things a bit overboard 😉

I can’t think of anything else. Whether you’re an army spouse or have a spouse whose work takes them elsewhere it’s always good to prepared. 

-Alexis 

Why You Need to Get Yourself Some Castile Soap 

Castile soap has become my best friend in the world of house keeping, and gardening. I’ve used it for just about everything and while I’m sure somewhere else on the inter webs someone has raved about it and you’re probably familiar with this amazing schtuff… But if not, then you’ve come to the right place.

What I’ve used Castile soap for:

Dish washing detergent for the dish washer 

Washing dishes by hand 

Washing clothes it’s low susding works perfectly with the h.e machines. No issues

Soaking my moon time pads before washing – yeah I don’t care if that’s too much tmi for y’all it’s good to know you can soak reusable anything in Castile soap just think this can be applied to clothe diapers  too! Whoot whoot! 

Personal hygiene- hair, body, not a fan of it on my face but it can be used for that. 

I mix it a small amount with filtered water to clean up kitchen counters, tables, have even used it when dusting the furniture ( usually with more water and lemon essential oil) 

Spot cleaning the couch 

Cleaned sink, tub, and toilet in bathrooms-worked wonders! 

Totally works for mopping floors too 

Check out previous post on garden spray using Castile soap.
(I usually get lavender Castile soap it smells divine plus I like to add its complimentary EOs like lemon or tea tree when cleaning) 

I think that’s it, now go get thyself some Castile soap. 

P.S so many more uses! These were just a few 

Alexis

Weekly FHE 1.0 (Toddler friendly) 

Below is our plan for Family Home Evening( oh and hello long time no blog) and I thought it would be perfect to plan it on Sunday in the morning  and post it for everyone to use either this evening or whenever you plan to your family time. 

We keep ours pretty simple right now I’m utilizing the children’s stories which include all the scriptures. I wanted to keep it Christ centered so I chose to do the New Testament and we will be reading the introduction as our lesson.

We usually do a story which is short and then an activity like coloring or some other craft. We do our treat before closing prayer I feel it’s weird to  have the treat after because we usually do this all right before bed so we make it glide right into bedtime for munchkin. 

( opening prayer is where I utilize to bless our family home evening as a whole with closing being what finishes it off. Of course you can choose what you want to do).

If you’re just starting to read my blog I’m LDS( often called Mormon) and we do one night a week of family time centered around our beliefs. This honestly can be applied to any religion or spiritual path/ any family. 

As I always says do what works for you. It’s really nice to have this time together centered around faith. ( or just a good family night) I know not all families share the same faith this is the best part again it can be tweaked to fit your needs. You could choose to explore different beliefs or include a moral story for a lesson like teaching children to be kind, etc. Maybe use some folk tales that has such. 

It’s really versatile and it’s nice to reserve a special family day. We like to get munchkin super excited and I have her help me get things ready for the evening. 

I’m going to start posting a weekly FHE post so stay tuned each Sunday. 

I took some screen shots and photos to give a good visual. I took a dry erase board some letter stickers and created our FHE board. ( for now) 

I also prefer to use the LDS Gospel Library app works wonders for quickly finding what sing and lesson you need. 

If your looking for more FHE ideas check out my board on Pinterest: 


 

That Joy 

That fills your soul when you harvest from the garden for the first time. My late start to the garden had me worried, but this didn’t stop those awesome plants from doing what they do best. 

Right now we are getting lettuce, peas, green beans, kale, and cucumbers. Here in a few days we will surely be picking squash. We have a lot of blooms and several little squash. 

Hoping to wake up one morning and find these squash all ready!