The Benefits of Being Intentional

Benefits of Being Intentional

I’m sharing a bit of my life with you today.  I hope to do this more often, because Simply Frugal is my “voice” and behind my voice there is more than coupons, freebies and sales! :)

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately.  About life in general but also about being intentional.  Intentionality is something that has been lacking in my life to some degree for some time now.  Since becoming a mother just over two years ago, I’ve really noticed my need to be more intentional.  It’s taken me getting to some of my lowest points in my life to come to the realization that things aren’t just going to get better without some work and intentionality. Whining won’t fix it either ;)

Relationships, the website and other areas of my life have taken a hit.  I’m sad, because those things are important to me!  But I guess I needed the lesson of hitting bottom in order to wake up with a new zest for life.  While I’ll always be a work in progress, I feel as though I know some of the steps I need to take at this moment in order to gain traction.

Being intentional has many benefits:

  • Better relationships
  • Better grip on finances
  • Better time management
  • The creation of things that have impact
  • More rest
  • More happiness

Here’s how, I intend on implementing more intentionality into some areas of my life:

Relationships:  Speak kind and encouraging words to friends and family, especially my husband.  Less whining (especially in front of my husband.)

Finances: Create a budget and keep track of all spending and income, thus creating more intentional spending habits.

Time: Make to-do lists every day.  I flounder without a list and I’ve too often gone without a list and felt discouraged at the end of the day because I “didn’t get anything done”.

Menu planning: I plan on revamping my menu plan system to create something really easy to follow.  Stay tuned for details

Simply Frugal:  Along with the daily coupons, deals and freebies, I want to create helpful products for you that will help you be more intentional in your life.  I’ll roll out more details as they become clearer to me.

Myself: Take time to read Take naps on Sunday afternoon if I feel like it.  Take time away from the website to enjoy a morning out and not feel guilty “a certain number of posts” aren’t up.  Because it’s only me behind Simply Frugal, I feel a lot of pressure to do all.the.things. all.the.time.

Mothering: Take the time to talk and snuggle with Sienna.  Also take the time needed to implement some discipline even if it isn’t “convenient” for me at the time. (Does unruly behaviour ever come at a convenient time?)

Friends, how are you doing?  Are you struggling with any areas in your life?  Do you need to implement more intentionality into your life? How can I help?

Links Worth Sharing: Week of July 19, 2014

Links Worth Sharing

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Reader Question: Stinky Garburator Solutions?

Simply Frugal reader question

Sandy has a question about garburators that she’d love an answer to.  Can you you help her out?

I have a question about garburators. I have a smelly one, and was told to use orange peels or coffee grinds.  Works for a day or so… BUT even if I don’t use the garburator, it still stinks.  I have been hunting online again, and have come across sites saying NOT to use these or egg shells because they will clog pipes.  Have you  come across any permanent solutions? Or even one that lasts more than a day? Thanks!

Links Worth Sharing: Week of July 12, 2014

Links Worth Sharing

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

5 Inventive Ideas for Mason Jars

5 Inventive Ideas for Mason Jars

Mason jars can be found in almost any store these days.  They even make plastic containers that look like mason jars!
While they are easy to find brand new, thrift stores and garage sales are great places to find older mason jars.

If you happen to have some empty mason jars around your house, here are 5 inventive ideas for mason jars:

Pantry Storage

Mason jars are great for pantry storage solutions.  Make your own labels and use them to organize your pantry. (I love these printable Chalkboard ones from World Label)  The larger mason jars are great for items like pasta or rice.  Mason jars are generally  a great solution because they’re decorative and because they’re made of glass, you can see exactly what’s in them.

Bathroom Storage

Mason jars are also great for storing bathroom supplies like cotton balls, cotton swabs, makeup sponges and even little soaps.  You can also store bobby pins.  I have found they are especially great to hold makeup brushes or toothbrushes.

Sewing Kit in a Jar

All you need to create a sewing kit in a jar is fabric, batting, spray paint and of course the mason jars.  Here is how to make them:

  1. Spray the lid whatever color you want it to be.
  2. Then, use the lid of the mason jar to draw a circle on the fabric; you want the circle to be about an inch wider then the jar.
  3.  Cut the fabric circle out.
  4. Turn the lid upside down and place it on the fabric circle.  Using a hot glue gun put a line of hot glue almost all the way around the lid and start folding the fabric over onto the lid bunching it as you go.   When you are about 3/4 of the way around the lid, take the batting and stuff it into the opening of the fabric so it is on the top of the lid.  You want it to be even and poofy.  Now glue the last section of the fabric to the lid.
  5. Now on the outer piece (the rim) you will need to make a line of hot glue.  Press the fabric covered section of the lid into the outer piece and let it dry.

Now you can fill the inside of your jar with sewing essentials like thread, thimbles, sewing needles, mini scissors etc.  Once you’ve filled it, screw the lid onto the jar.  Because of the fabric the lid will be a little difficult to screw on.  Now you have a beautiful little sewing kit with a pin cushion lid!  These make great little gifts for teachers, moms or really anyone.  They’re handy to keep in the car incase you have a little fashion emergency that requires a little sewing, such as a fallen off button. (or a broken soccer shin pad in my husband’s case!)

Cookie or Soup Gift Jar

This is a simple gift idea that can look beautiful when everything is carefully put layered in a mason jar.  The best way to layer the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies, for example, is to start with an ingredient like flour and add the other white ingredients like baking soda, baking powder and salt which will mix in with the flour.  Next, add the quick oats or M&Ms or chocolate chips.  Finally, add the brown sugar and/or white sugar.  Tie a ribbon around the top of the jar and add a tag with the directions on what wet ingredients they will need and directions on how to bake the cookies.

For the soups you can add different beans or noodles and other spices and dry ingredients the soup calls for.  Again, layer the ingredients in a way that it looks visually appealing. Don’t instructions on how to cook the soup.

Gift containers

Mason jars make great little gift containers for things like a DIY manicure kit.  Just get all the manicure must-haves like a few
different shades of nail polish and some nail art supplies.  You can find some super cute nail art supplies at dollar stores. Take everything out of the packages so it will fit into the jar better.  Then, to fancy it up a bit, wrap some of the smaller items
in tissue paper and tie it shut with a little thin ribbon or twine.  Add a few cotton swabs and cotton balls and you have your manicure in a jar all ready to give as a wonderful gift!

How have you put mason jars to use in your life?

Links Worth Sharing: Week of July 5, 2014

Links Worth Sharing

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Links Worth Sharing: Week of June 28, 2014

Links Worth Sharing

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

25 Brilliant Organizing Tips

brilliant organizing tips

Isn’t it time to get a little more organized? You keep putting it off, but now’s the time to buckle down and really get to it. These 25 organizing tips will help you get organized in no time.

#1. Use old snack containers - If you’re strapped for cash, then using old containers is an excellent way to get a little more organized in your junk drawers or in your computer desk.

#2. Use a chalkboard – People forget to use their calendars, so write your important to-dos on a chalkboard. Place it somewhere you can see it on a daily basis.

#3. Keep like items in one spot – Instead of storing like items in various spots around the house, keep them all in one spot.  Finding magazines everywhere?  Store them all in a magazine file on a shelf.

#4. Create a charging station – Don’t play the “find your charger” game. Create your very own charging station within your home. I like this DIY Charging Station from Four Generation,s One Roof.

#5. Use a Magnetic strip – Place magnetic strips throughout your home to hang items like: knives, spice jars, and even nail clippers.

#6. Use old suitcases for storage – Using old suitcases as decor for your walls will give you a vintage feel, but you can still store items within the suitcase.  Double purpose!

#7. Use ice cube trays to store small items – Whether you have smaller toys or office supplies, consider using ice cube trays to store these items in.

#8. Use wine boxes to store your shoes – Maybe this organizational idea isn’t so conventional, but it sure is brilliant.  Here’s a picture for your reference.

#9. Leave reminders on or in your fridge – One place you know you’re heading today is to the fridge, so leave your most important reminders in there.

#10. Use an organizer for the shower – Instead of having items fall everywhere as you use the shower, buy a shower organizer.

#11. Start recycling – If you’re trying to clear out some of the trash, you can get a little more organized by recycling some of your items.

#12. Clear out the clutter daily – Some people only clear out clutter once a year, stay organized by getting rid of clutter on a daily basis.

#13. Only keep a couple of your kids papers – School papers can really add up. Keep just a few of your child’s papers and put them on display on a cork board or a mini clothesline.

#14. Utilize hidden storage – Put your items into a hidden storage bench in the mud room, living room, and make a few benches for outside.

#15. Put a grocery bag in your car for garbage - If you are tired of having garbage in your vehicle, then keep a grocery bag in there to collect garbage as you finish with it.

#16. Organize by color – Make your house a little more fun by organizing everything by color. You might take your family and guests by surprise!

#17. Use mesh bags around your home – Instead of trying to put socks and undergarments in the laundry basket, have your family put them in mesh bags.  If they’re all together in a mesh bag, there’s less chance to losing some.

#18. Use a shoe organizer for multiple purposes in your home – A shoe organizer can be used for bathroom items, little kid’s clothing, or even crafting items. Let your imagination run wild with this one.

#19. Organize your priorities – Everyone says organize your time a little better, but organizing your priorities makes more time for the things that matter.

#20. Ban clutter in your house – If you are tired of seeing clutter all over the house, then make a rule that no one can bring clutter into the house. If you bring something in, you have to get rid of something else.

#21. Sell your unneeded items and give to charity – If you buy items with the thought process “I can sell this later” then don’t buy it. Put some of your items up for sale and then donate that money to charity.

#22. Utilize under the bed space - A lot of storage can be found underneath beds. You can buy bed risers to raise your bed if you need more room underneath it.

#23. Donate your magazines – You may have a lot of magazines lying around the house. Instead of throwing them away, keep the pages you want and donate the rest.

#24. Utilize hallway space – If you have a long hallway; utilize the wall space as much as you can. Try to hang storage items up high.

#25. Use one basket per person for laundry – Mixing everyone’s laundry together can make more work for you. Make it easier on yourself using one basket per person.

I hope these brilliant organizing tips help you get a little more organized this year. What tips would you add to this list?

Links Worth Sharing: Week of June 21, 2014

Links Worth Sharing

Happy first day of Summer!!  Do you have any exciting plans to welcome in summer?  We don’t, but I’m really okay with that!  My day is looking like it will be full of laundry.

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Links Worth Sharing: Week of June 14, 2014

Links Worth Sharing

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!