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17 for 2017-March Roundup

March, wow, what a month, it totally flew by. At the end of the month I made an instagram collage of my March makes, and was surprised by how much I had done. I’m not sure I met that many of my other goals, things have been a bit upside down here!

17 cupboards/drawers/storage areas sorted (7.5)

Our house seems to feel more and more cluttered and I’m sure we don’t even need half of it. Drawers bursting at the seams with leads for mobile phones which we no longer have, cupboards with coats the children wore two winters ago, a half pack of mini dominoes from pre millennium Christmas crackers, you get the picture. One step at a time seems to be a good approach here!

Lots of baby things have gone to a new home now, and I sorted out my craft work surface in the conservatory. Through the winter it gets a bit neglected as it’s too cold out there to use it, so I just bring my die cutter into the house. Now the weather is nicer I felt motivated to sort it, and the bonus is that some of the unwanted items have been sold on eBay!

16 new recipes tried (6)

I’m not an enthusiastic cook really, or an especially good one. However, practice makes perfect (or at least a hopeful slight improvement). In order to achieve my slimming goals I think I need to keep things fresh by trying new recipes, whether that is for family main meals or a twist on my packed lunches. Blogs and magazines will be my friend here!

I can’t think of anything new that I’ve tried this month, but I do have a few recipes from the Slimming World magazine that I’m planning on trying. It’s finding the time and the motivation that are the tricky parts!
15 minutes per day on household admin

Please don’t think I’m a slob, I already do chores! This is on top of what I already do, I just think 15 minutes of clearing/sorting areas that seem to attract clutter, such as the kitchen worktop, will prevent me from having to have massive tidying and sorting splurges. Just an area a day, or an extra mini tidy up before bed, scanning and checking that things are in the right places will hopefully help the house to run more smoothly. (Especially on school days when there are letters to be returned, money to be put in envelopes etc.)

I’m definitely getting better at dealing with things instantly, because it’s so easy to put something down, forget it needed dealing with and then discovering it’s too late. (Like taking your child to school in uniform on non uniform day, and then having to fetch clothes and spend half of the day trekking to and from school!)

14 blog posts per month

It sounds ambitious on the surface, but looking at my stats for the months where my blog has performed best it seems that posting fairly regularly is the way forward. Updating this each month will count as one so that’s only 13 more each month!

I managed a whole 17 posts in March (I think having 5 Wednesdays helped as I do WIP Wednesday every week!)

13 tutorial posts in the year (5)

This follows on from my last target, and my tutorials so far seem to be the most popular posts so it makes sense to continue. At least if I know I want to publish one I can plan it further in advance. I’m not sure whether I will stick to one craft e.g. crochet or a variety, i guess we will see as the year goes on.

I’ve written 5 tutorials so far, the most recent being the Worry Monster pattern. There’s a bit of an update on that one coming soon!

12 frugal things

Whether I use leftovers wisely, make the most of buying bargain items (that I will use and that I need!), or do a spot of upcycling, I want to try and live a bit more frugally so that should work dry up in the summer we are well prepared.

In March, Mr C had 2 pay days, so we put one of them aside for our summer holidays. Not frugal, more planning ahead, but still useful. We also found a local butcher who sells sausages cheaply if you buy 6lb of them (for us that’s about 6 meals), and they’re low fat ones too. We’ve popped quite a few in the freezer, so the weekly shopping bill is reduced a little bit. (Between those and some very cheap chicken we rarely buy meat on our other shopping trips).

11 photos of the whole family

I seem to be really good at avoiding being in photos, which is quite sad. I’m going to make more of an effort to make sure the 4 of us are captured on camera more times this year! (Hopefully losing weight will make me a bit happier to be in the photos too.)

Still a no, but I know April definitely has one!

10 comments/likes/both on other blog posts per day

I really value the comments and likes on my posts, and I follow an awful lot of brilliant blogs which I need to make more of an effort to read and comment on.

I’m working on this, I read posts and ‘like’ them, but feel I could comment more. Also, WordPress hides a lot of the blogs I follow and so I miss posts, which is a bit disappointing. I think I may try reading posts through my followed tags, rather than the reader, as that tends to show me the posts from blogs I follow mo

9 crochet projects completed (3)

Well, it had to be included somewhere! I haven’t aimed for 1 a month as some projects I have planned are quite large.

I fibbed a bit last month, as I forgot my daughter’s baby doll blanket. I also finished Mr C’s epic blanket this month. A few more are in the pipeline for April too.

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8 times more spent setting up photos than taking them

Random, and probably tricky to take literally, but I do need to work on my photography. I’ve mentioned it before, and it’s something I still want to get better at. ‘Santa’ ( via Amazon) bought me a light box so I should be able to get better quality (less yellow) photos during the winter of my smaller projects. All I need to do now is figure out Mr Craft’s camera!

I didn’t set up the light box much at all, as I was in a rush to get photographs taken. However, one or two cards made it into there. I’m going to look around for a new backdrop as the white one isn’t quite white enough for my liking. When taking photos I have tried to be more careful with the camera and get it straight though. Surely that counts? And the massive blanket got a special photo shoot on the patio!

7 patterns written

This is another area I’d like to develop more. I’m not sure how this one will pan out, but I have enjoyed the mental challenge of figuring out what I want to achieve and how I can do it.

I’m counting the Worry Monster pattern in this, so that’s one done!

6 new places visited

We do like to get out and about, though I suspect more progress will be made with this one on holiday as we’ve been to most of the local attractions several times. It’s always good to find a new place to explore, and we have National Trust and Wildlife Trust membership. One of the places I know I want to see is Donna Nook in November when the baby seals are born.

One new place got visited this month, and that was Mr C’s parents new bungalow. They’ve moved to our village and Mr C has been helping out a lot. We have discovered various new routes to get there, and given that we’ve lived here for almost 11 years, it was quite interesting. (There’s even a path there from the football field, guess who gets a Saturday morning visit from slightly muddy children?)

5 outings with friends organised

Although we are in regular contact, I don’t see my friends nearly enough. It is challenging with distance, work and children being factors involved in organising a meet up. I shall definitely be making more of an effort, too often I think about sorting things and then get distracted and completely forget.

Not quite an outing but one of my lovely friends came here for a cuppa and kindly took away the baby stuff! Two birds, one stone, and we had a lovely catch up.
4 cards made per month

I am so disorganised, half of the time the glue is still drying when I write in a card. I need to make a list of birthdays and make 4 cards per month so I’ve always got a stash ready. Of course, I also need to keep track of where these are so I can find them when I need them!

This month I think I’ve made 7 cards, which nearly makes up for the lack of them in previous months. The little sheep cards have gone down a treat!

3 seasons of harvesting on the allotment

This year I want to keep my harvest going for longer, for example having early varieties of carrot, cabbages ready for late autumn/winter and parsnips waiting to be dug up for Christmas lunch. It will take a bit of planning, and we will have to stagger planting a bit more than last year, and of course we cannot control pests and the weather, but we can try our best. I also want to plant some heirloom varieties, depending on seed availability.

The potatoes are in, planting areas planned, and seeds sorted ready for planting. We didn’t do a lot else, apart from planting the potatoes, as Mr C spent his days off building a fence for his parents and helping them to move their things from their old house. The children and I have plans for planting some seeds very shortly.

2 workouts per week

Ideally it would be 3, but I have to be realistic given the amount of other things I have on. I have been doing 2 a week since September so I am aiming to keep that going and do more when I can.

Most weeks I’ve managed one, but we have done a lot more walking to and from Mr C’s parent’s house, and to football and so on. Mr C’s parents have been stopping with us whilst sorting their house, so when I would maybe have done workouts in the evening I’ve been chatting to them and so on. (It’s a bit rude when you have guests to start prancing around the living room to an exercise video, plus I think they’d prefer to watch the TV!) Now the nights are lighter I think there’ll be more allotment visits, whereas during the winter I’d have done workouts in the evening.  I think I may have to adapt this target to include allotment work and longer walks. (Although it’s not quite the same as planned exercise, my Garmin picks up increased heart rate for digging at the allotment and gives me intensity minutes for it!)

1 Slimming World Target certificate

This is a biggie, but I’ve already lost 1.5 stone out of the 4 I wanted to lose so I’m on a mission to make this my year. Ideally I will achieve it before the summer so I can treat myself to a couple of nice outfits.

 

Another couple of pounds off, not amazing but not bad. When I really focus I can do it, I think maybe more speed food is going to be on the menu here. I’ve got bored of having the same things all of the time too, so it’s time to try new recipes.

0 unnecessary craft purchases

I added the unnecessary clause as some purchases are needed to get the best from a project, e.g. buying the same type of yarn when you run out near the end. However, I do need to use up some of my stash. Basic supplies like double sided tape are ok, but if I have something that will do the job then I will make do, as I really do need to declutter and reduce the space I use to store craft items. Hopefully my other little goals will help me with this!

I treated myself to some fairy cutting dies for a project I’m planning. A bit naughty, but I’d sold other things on eBay so technically I’ve not spent money I shouldn’t have!

We are now a whole quarter of the way through the year. As things stand, we have lots of plans for the house and the allotment which should help me to achieve these goals. I’m feeling more positive that I will complete them now, I just seem to be taking the scenic route with some of them! How are you getting on with your goals?

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30 thoughts on “17 for 2017-March Roundup

  1. What a month!!! I believe I may have commented last month that I needed a nap after just reading about how busy you were. If so, then the same applies, if not then phew it’s naptime!! i love the way that you have these goals set and such a great way to track them! 😀

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  2. You are doing brilliantly. You can set goals at the start of a year but things change so the goals need to be changed too. Well done on the weight loss and beingactive. I need to work on that too. Good luck with your April plans.

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  3. A lovely summary and a great way to keep track of your goals! A big one for me is to write more posts, I just haven’t got there yet. I really need to organise my time more! I’m so glad I’m not the only where WordPress hides posts in the reader – so frustrating!

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  4. What a brilliant summary . A lot of that puts me to shame! Reading yours, makes me think ‘must do better’ particularly noted, lose weight and stop buying needless craft items. (2nd one might be harder than the first!)

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  5. Great progress, bit scared we are a quarter of the way through the year, can’t say have steamed through my goals , but definitely making progress with my making , which is progress right ?
    Oh and we’ve all taken a child in uniform to non uniform day, it’s a right of passage for any child .

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    1. Oh I’ve also started using bloglovin’ for reading blogs. It really helps and shows a count of unread posts per blog. It also allows you to make groups so you can go right to your favorites to catch up on first!

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