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Domestic Goddess Guide Book aka your witchy Home Management Binder

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well another year has come and gone and so as I like to do during this quite time between years, I am assessing and analyzing how my systems are working for me and figuring out what changes need to be made. There are A LOT of changes that have to be made! We have moved to different house and Little has started preschool. So I have modified my original Homemakers Binder so that it will better fit my needs and my family needs. There are a lot of pictures and a lot of links. I have taken a week or so to put this together and I am still working on it.

What you will need:
A binder I have a one inch binder with clear covers so you can slip papers in for the cover
tabs
post it type flags
paper
a printer (if you want to print out the links)
and a hole punch
and tape I always need tape.

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I wanted a homemakers binder or home management binder that fit me better. Yes I clean my house but I also cleanse my house. Lots of magic things happen here and so just like my BOS this book starts with a few little tie bits of magic.  A prayer for patience and a picture of Cerridwen to bless my home hearth and endeavors.

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I then have two sets of tabs one is the typical down the side type and I have used the set of 8 from Martha Stweart avery line.
They are:
1. Launch pad (don’t worry I will explain it)
2. Cleaning
3. Menu Planning
4. Food storage
5. Projects
6. Financial
7. Garden
8. Cleaning Recipes.

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1. Launch Pad Section

I have those extra post it tabs across the top in just my Launch pad section.  So lets walk through what I have in there. First up is this daily rhythm which I made based on this one.

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next up our weekly Rhythm. This one is still in flux but since Little and I have had our schedules changed this needed to be changed as well. As you can see I’m still literally penciling it in until I find a rhythm that really works for us but its still a good example. IMG_0127

Next up is our Yearly Themes now if you have followed me on here or in my life you realize I am sure that I am crazy and like to plan things out. So much so that my wonderful fellow admins at The Pagan Mama have started calling organizing Poppy-fing. So you might know, or might not be surprised to see that I have monthly themes for Little and I. We try to plan activities with them in mind and check out books from the library within the theme.  These themes have been the same since she was 10 months old or so. Each year it feels new though as each year what is age appropriate is changed.

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Next up is the 30 day challenge which I got from here. Go check it out because it is really much prettier. She did it all in color but my printer was acting up and I just can’t wast paper. Anyway If I’m am trying to establish a new habit I like to do one at a time, one month at a time. It helps solidify it for me. So I will be printing out one for each month. IMG_0129

Next  I have an sheet for important dates. I didn’t show it to you as there are you know personal dates and names on it but you can find one here.

Next up is a to do list. there are lots of pretty ones out there but I just used a sheet of scrap paper (again I hate to waste paper) and scribbled January to do List at the top.

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Next up is the 52 Weeks to an Organized Home challenge from Home Storage Solutions. 

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Which of course is followed by A donation tracker. Because I am sure as I go through each area I will be purging items and passing them on to a new home. Might as well use it the numbers for our taxes. IMG_0132

I have a calendar in her too. This one is just for tacking cleaning and house to dos. I am not sure if I will keep it like this or not as I do use a Flylady. Wall calendar and my personal Filofax which has this same calendar in it. I just LOVE this calendar! It is from Lime Tree Fruits and all of her printables are just beautiful!

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2. Cleaning

Ok next up a cleaning schedule and hey i’m still working on it.  I also have a smudging prayer taped on the inside of my cleaning divider.  You can find this daily/ weekly  sheet here along with one that is filled in for how she does it.  After that I have a Monthly Zone sheet from here. You might also like this weekly sheet  I am not sure which one I will end up using myself. I say check them both out and see what works best for you.

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Because as I said I cleanse my house not just clean it I added this sheet that I originally wrote for my Facebook pageIMG_0135

3. Menu Planning

We eat. We eat a lot here and I cook a lot here. so here is my menu planning and shopping sheet.  There are lots of good ones out there but I made this one years ago and just keep using it. You can get the PDF here menu plan I also keep a few recipes behind this for things I will be cooking this week. I am also working a few other sheets for this section and I will share them when I finish them. IMG_0136

 

4. Food storage.

I think a lot about food. I spend a lot of time with food. growing, buying, cooking, reasserting on and on and on. so this section Might not be for everyone but it is for me. I know some people are prepers and this will not meet their needs and some people for religious reasons feel they should have a years worth of food ready. I on the other hand lived through the 1989 San Andres earthquake. My house was 2 miles from the epicenter. My entire neighborhood pitched our tents and camp around our yard. While other people went to stand in lines for food and water for hours and hours I never had to. Mom being the good Girl Scout she was, was prepared and we had enough food for us not to worry and enough to share too. I took from that experience how important it really is to be prepared and so it is something I have been working on. I also have started canning, which means I need to take a better assessment of what kind of food my family eats and at what rate. Just how many pints of strawberry jam will they consume and how many pounds of tomatoes will it take to make 52 jars of sauce? These are questions I am working on answering. The following section has some sheets that help me track and figure it all out.

 

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you can get this sheet here IMG_0138

Canning Inventory here

I also have a Panty inventory and a freezer inventory which I failed to get a picture of somehow.

5. Projects

We all have them.  We all need to track them and think them through so we can complete them and do a happy Yay me I finished it dance! I found this cute sheet here to help out with that.

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6. Financial

mostly what I have here is a sheet like this from Organizing Home life.d410fd0d49f47b365a367a564a54beb9

7. Garden. I found a whole lovely downloadable notebook for the garden section. Again I am trying to answer one of lives questions how many tomatoes do you need to grow to make 52 jars of sauce, have enough for salads and eating and not have too many?  And how many plants do I need to plant to get that many tomatoes. Not to mention all the other yummies that need to be grown and of course the herbs. What herbs can you grow to cook with and make potions with? You might want to make a list.

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8. cleaning recipes.

Finally a section to keep all the fabulous diy natural cleaning recipes. Both to clean the house such as uses for lemon below or rosemary salt to bless the house and how to make moon water. All the good Kitchen witch recipes I need to know. IMG_0143

There are a few more things but that is pretty much it for now. I know it’s a lot so what I think I might do is break it down now that I have given you the whole shebang maybe I will go back over each section and do a step by step for that section. This way I can add in all the extras.

also just for you I made a pin board with most of the links 🙂 http://www.pinterest.com/heleneliz/domestic-goddess-guide-book/

 

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Decorated my Filofax tabs

This section is for Little

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Back to Rhythm

A lot has happened for Little in the past few months.
We have moved
She has started preschool
Which means she is not playing with her nanny
Mama has had to work more
Daddy has had to work in a different city sometimes.
Pretty much her whole world got turned upside down.

While it has been tough for me I am an adult and have some coping skills to deal with it. Truth be told even though most of the changes have been positive they are still some times hard. I have been having a rougher time dealing with it then I thought.

Sometimes I’m slow on the uptake but I realized if I am having a hard time coping then what must she be going through?

So finally yesterday I printed out her routines for her. She has had them before. She calls them her maps. Her map of How to get to bed.
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I always start with our night routine because it sets up the morning to work well. You can find this one here.
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Her map of how to get herself ready in the morning.  You can find a morning routine in the same place or you can find this one here.
Litte was really happy to see them. She loves to know what is coming next and loves to feel like she is “in charge” of her getting ready. I choose this morning routine because it had a hair brush on it and that is something Little does not like at all! Already she has seen it and gone over the routine and said that she needs to brush her hair which is a small miracle given usually that is somewhat of a daily battle. I love setting her up for success and not having to nag. All in all a win win!

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down

wpid-IMAG1551.jpgDown the street thousands of church goers are ecstatically enjoying summer camp.

Down the hill my neighbors are partying it up with really loud (thankfully good) music.

Down the path the bobcat is hunting dinner

Down the hall the child is sleeping

and down here I am showered and calm and ready to lay down with my new book.

 

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Mr No Tail

This is Mr No Tail or NT for short. He is a particularly fat lizard and lives right outside our kitchen door. Thought you might to meet some of our neighbors 🙂

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back to basics

today I have seen the spotted towhee and the scrub jays. I saw a bird I don’t know which might be a grosbeak type two acorn wood peckers and a wren and a titmouse (I think) and lots and lots of humming birds both Annas and Alans. I am clearly going to need a better camera to get pics of the ones I don’t know so someone can tell me what they are. At the very least I clearly need a better bird book.

so here I am in a beautiful house with a beautiful yard and I feel completely out of sorts. I am grumpy and snappy and just not doing well. Of course it is because we are moving and so much is changing. of course it is stress but there are different ways of dealing with stress. There is the freak out option. The constant fight or flight heart racing cranky person or (in my world anyway) there is the calm person who writes down lots of lists and systematically tackles them.

<oh my stars I just saw the hugest raven out my window maybe 15 feet from me and at eye level soar by. made me catch my breath.>

And so I am going back to my basics, which I think is a good idea whenever it feels like you have too much. I also am now in a house much bigger and much different then my last one.

So I need a routine for keeping it clean and running. I will be using Flylady

I have a kid who is out of sorts and who doesn’t feel as connected to her mama as I have been working so much and even when I’m home I am working instead of playing. And so I am going back to our Rhythm of play and fun.

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I have a HUGE yard that I have no idea how to take care of and so I need a routine for that. including when and how to water. I also need a list of things that must be done in the garden like build a deer fence around the fruit trees and vegetable garden. I also want to start a dream list that will include chickens and bees and maybe goats. shorter term I need a few more vegetable beds.

so todays goal is simply to make all the lists and find my map so to speak. plan out the journey of accomplishing the duties that need to be accomplished.  Knowing where I stand and where I am going always make me feel better and take my  from crazy lady to calm and cheerful. Hope this day finds you bright and happy.

❤ Poppy

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Earth day Earth month

April’s focus for Little’s education (for lack of a better word) is the Earth and Nature. Fitting of course because we have earth day this month. Now don’t get crazy on me yes we pay attention to the Earth all year round
so I was cruising around pinterest and found a fun pin for an earth lantern. You can find the original blog with step by step pictures here.
Earth Day lantern

But I do have a few pointers.
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I got a map here and used it to trace out the land masses. Y’all know I can’t draw.

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The finished piece is Little’s and will go on her nature table or in her room and so I am not willing to put a real live candle in it. I got a 3 pack of little LED tea lights at the dollar store. Much better for kids safety.

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Little wanted to add a few more land masses. So there they are. Sure why not.

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Masterpeice Monday Bread

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Turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. Not bad for gluten-free bread of course we cheated and used Pamela’s Mix but still it turned out well and Little had fun so maybe next week we will try our own. Maybe

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And 3 cheers for actually being back into a rhythm again! Even if it is for one day I will take it!

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Little’s nature table

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Garden mess masterpeice

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The California Poppies have finally started to show their cheery faces all over the yard.

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This is an interesting picture for a few reasons. The first is that you can see my husbands and my compromise on our back yard. I have a very loose interpretation of the word weed. After all those “weeds” are wild radish, plantain, and poppies. So he cute a swath down as a path way (he did avoid the bunch of poppies though) and I get the rest to be wild so the bees, bugs and fea like my yard 🙂

You can also see our dwarf lemon which I have brought back from the brink my planting peas around it in the fall (those lovely purple flowers you see) and squash around it in the spring.

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Here is a close up on the squash I just planted. Don’t ask me what it is either because I don’t know. Some sort of winter squash that we ate and I kept the seeds.

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Here are more of them coming up through last years squash. It was a patty pan though I had meant to plant the mini pumpkins.  In a week or so I will thin these out and give the extras away to folks.

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These are all my tomato volunteers. I don’t harvest the last bit of things and so they stay in the garden and come up again in the spring just like normal plants.  I try to plant lots of different things in the same space so that the soil doesn’t get depleted. so far it has worked  well. I call it lazy gardening, though intuitive might work too.  I am certainly not the first person to leave an offering in the field.

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These are the sugar snaps and we did plant them this year as Little is a huge fan. I tried to leave some last year but I think the birds got all of them. This plant is part of our summer morning routine. We go out into the garden and have peas off the vine first thing.

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I let a chard go to seed last year. It went wild. I have a ton and even found one in my front yard under my deck.

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Apparently I also had parsley because I know have a ton of little parsley plants coming up everywhere.

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