Friday, February 13, 2009

Moving... Again

NO --- we are not physically moving again - I'm madly in love with our new home.

It's my blog that's moving. I've been having huge issues uploading photos and losing posts, so I'm moving on - moving up to I'll eventually have my own .com name but for now join me over at the new and improved blog:

click the image to be directed to Another New Season

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Snow Delay and a Valentine Snack

I think I will use SNOW as my excuse for not finishing my filing, if you don't believe me look at these pictures of our 2 year old playing in the foot of snow that we got last week.

Claire was fascinated with the snow she kept scooping it up and throwing it in the air!

You really shouldn't believe that the snow caused me to slack on the filing really I just got busy and FORGOT!

Well the files are, well still in a pile. We've had a few unexpected distractions this week and I promise that by Monday I will continue the filing excitement. While you wait I'll share what I spent my day doing yesterday:

Making these cute and yummy Valentines snacks!

I used the technique from Bakerella.

Aren't they cute???

They were really yummy!!
You have to check out - she makes amazing cupcakes too!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Filing Overhaul - Part One

Photo courtesy of Richard Dudley

I'm finally ready to tackle the filing cabinet. It took me a long time to decide what method I would use to file our paperwork this year. I've come to the conclusion that I don't want to waste time filing, which lead me to decide to mix two of the options that I listed HERE.

My plan is to go paperless as much as possible.(Option 1) Our credit cards, bank accounts and Verizon bill will all be online only. I'll set up my blackberry to remind me to pay these bills each month. I will only file a printed confirmation paper when I pay these bills online.

All other paper work will be filed using Option 3 -Like bills in a single file folder. For example all of our credit card statements go in one file folder, "Credit Cards" instead of having a folder for each individual credit card company. All of our utilities (phone, electric, gas etc) go in one general "Utilities" folder.

Here is an idea of what my files will look like:

INCOME: (pay stubs or other income documents)

LOAN: (Yes we're still paying off our wedding)

UTILITIES: (electric, phone, cell phone, trash, oil, gas, etc)

CREDIT CARD: (I hope we won't need this category for long)

INSURANCE: (includes: Medical, car and renters)

HSA: (our health savings account will have it's own folder so I can keep track of our medical expenses)

CAR: (car loan info, repairs etc)

IMPORTANT PAPERWORK: (We have some important info like a copyright release for our wedding photos and other miscellaneous stuff.)

CHILDREN: (This is used for everything from Baby Well Check reports, cards the kids receive and other memorabilia for the kids)

I'm sure I'm missing a few categories. I hope that by the end of the week I can carve out a few hours to get this done and post some pictures of a pretty and organized drawer of files!!

I'll also share with you how we organize all of those pesky product manuals so that when your new remote goes crazy and you can find the TV manual to reset all the codes!