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Weekly menu

Even though it’s been a few years, I still haven’t completely adjusted to a once-a-month paycheck.  I would go do one HUGE shopping trip on payday and pick up produce, bread and little things throughout the month.  I’d buy stuff that I wanted to make and forget about it.  Meat would get buried in the freezer, taco shells pushed to the back of the cupboard.  Anyway, I tried to do the weekly menu thing and it just didn’t work.  How could I plan what on wanted to eat on Friday when it was only Sunday??

So, this last payday I sat down and made a menu.  Went through the freezer, panty and cupboards to see what I had on hand.  Made a shopping list and stuck to it…and my grocery bill was $125!  Stuck to the menu too!

This week, I did the same.  Made a menu.  Made a list.  And made a weekly menu planner for my fridge!  The grocery bil this week…$65!!  And, no, I am not an extreme couponer.  As a matter of fact, I don’t use coupons at all.  I buy generic!  I love Wegmans brand products!

Anyway, here is my planner.  I created it in Microsoft Word and printed it on cardstock.  I trimmed the cardstock a bit and glued it to a piece of kraft paper.  Then I covered the front in clear contact paper so I could write on it with a dry erase marker.  I cut a slit for my notepad (grocery list) and put a few magnet strips on the back.  Voila!  My menu planner:

A Solution!

I have received some beautiful ATCs in the swaps that I’ve joined but a few are larger than the standard 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 size because of embellishments.  And, because of this, they don’t fit in the sleeves that I have in my binder.  I had them in a sleeve in the pocket in the binder but they weren’t really displayed…until now!

I took a regular full size page protector and made it into 4 sections!  Now the oversized ATCs fit nicely and I can add the pages to my binder!

First I put cardboard in the page protector and using an Xacto knife I made a slit horizontally through the middle (you HAVE to use the cardboard because you don’t want to cut all the way through the page).  Then I went to my sewing machine and sewed across the page just above the slit to seal the top section.  Then I made a vertical seam through the middle from top to bottom making the 4 sections.  I was surprised at how well it worked- who knew you could sew plastic!  🙂

2 of my sewn pages. One already filled with ATCs I've received

A close up of the sewn page

Oh, and if you’re going to try it, make sure you start at the bottom for the verticle seam!  The first one I started at the top and the plastic bunched up a bit at the center.  The second one I started at the bottom and had no issues!

I’m pleased with how my pages came out- a cheap solution when you’re on a budget!


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Mickey Mouse travel set

Organizing digital photos

I’ve been asked by friends how I keep all my photos organized; anyone that know me knows that I take A LOT of pictures!! So, Kristy, this is for you! LOL

The first and most important thing- transfer photos off your camera often!!!  It is much easier to organized even a couple weeks worth of photos than a whole year…or more!

To start:

Make a folder named :To upload then transfer

Inside that folder, make a folder named: To transfer

And inside that folder make one more named: Transferred

Now, anytime you load pictures onto your computer:

Create folders and sort the pictures by date.  If you have a class field trip, Easter and random snapshots from 2 months make 4 folders- DATE each one!

This is how I would label the folders: 5-4-11 Field Trip, 4-12-11 Easter, 4-1-11 photos (snapshots from April), 5-1-11 (snapshots from May)

Labeling the folders this way will keep them in chronological order (right click, click sort, sort by date- do this in each folder!)

If you do any post editing, do it now. Once post editing is done move the folder into Upload then Transfer folder.  This way you know that your post editing is done but you haven’t uploaded them yet.

However you choose to upload your photos (I usually wait til there is a good deal) be sure when you upload them you label the folders on the website the same (it will make it easier if you need to reference back).  Most sites have free online storage- I prefer to use Walgreens photos.

Once your photos are uploaded, move the folder into the To Transfer folder.  Back up your photos onto CDs or DVDs (depending on the file size) every few months.  LABEL your discs with the date and subjects!

Moved transfered folders to the Transferred folder.  Once you check your discs to make sure there are no errors, delete the folders in the Transferred folder.  You now have your photos in 3 places- prints, on disc and online!

This may seem like a lot, but once you get into the habit of doing it it won’t be too bad!  Now, just be sure you put those prints into albums!

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