Week In Review (February 11 – 17, 2013)

Hello, friends!  Happy Sunday!  I’m back with my second Week In Review where I share some thoughts and feelings about the previous week with you.  Thanks for your support for last week’s post!  I really enjoy being able to share with you and it means a lot to me that you guys enjoy it, too. 🙂

Working On Time Management:

I’ve been concentrating specifically on time management recently in an effort to find the right balance between my internet life and my personal one.  I talked last week about realizing I can’t possibly achieve all I think I should be able to in one day and that realistically I can do about half of that.  I put this realization into play when making my daily to-do lists this past week and it’s feeling a lot more doable already.  I think this is the first step in really figuring out a good schedule that suits me at the moment.  I’ve been a busy litte bee trying to get some extra videos filmed, edited, and lined up for YouTube when I’m on vacation.  I think I’ve really put my time to good use and am feeling productive as opposed to overwhelmed by the end of the day, more often than not.  Of course, some days you just feel overwhelmed and that’s life, but I’m seeing a shift in the right direction for me.

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Positively Polished, my new nail blog on Tumblr, is officially linked on OrganizedJen.com!

I’ve been enjoying my newest adventure, Positively Polished, my new nail blog on Tumblr, which has been up and running for over a week now.  I posted most every day to catch up on my January and February #POTM (Polish Of The Moment) photos.  Now that I’m caught up to current time I expect to post about twice a week on average with #POTMs, new polish launch info, and polish hauls.  If you enjoy all things nail polish you should check it out!

TBBB Welcomes Don’s Cook Nooks:

Don and I introduced his first Cook Nook video this past week on TBBB, featuring his Greek Style Chicken Burgers.  He makes this recipe for us about once every two or three weeks.  It’s one of our favorites of late!  I encourage you to check it out if you haven’t already.  Don has a great cooking style, making tasty recipes with simple, clear instructions.  He’s a natural!

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Yummy Greek Style Chicken Burgers!  Scary Jen faces!

I definitely felt the love this week with Don’s fabulous feast he prepared me for Valentine’s Day.  He actually filmed some of his cooking process (I wasn’t allowed in the kitchen since the meal was a surprise) and we showed all of the finished courses (he made seven!) on my MHWL vlog, Valentine’s Day Feast (February 14, 2013).  Between that and his first cook nook, Don received such a warm response from viewers he decided to open a YouTube account so that he could answer cooking related comments.  He ultimately chose DisorganizedDon to be his YouTube username, since, as he likes to say, it playfully shows how the two of us keep the universe in balance.  If you ever get a comment response from DisorganizedDon now you know it’s my cute husband being the sweetheart that he is!

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Don’s fabulous Valentine’s Day feast!

Love Is In The Air:

I love Valentine’s Day, because I can go that extra mile to show my family how much I love them.  I honestly believe in sharing love openly, honestly, and without holding back each and every day.  Valentine’s Day just happens to be one of those special days of the year when I give extra tokens of my affection.  I usually send flowers to all of our grandparents and I like to hand deliver sweet treats, cards, & bouquets to our close by relatives.  In addition to a personal gift, I make a handmade Valentine for Don every year.  This annual Valentine making tradition also serves the purpose of reminding me how much I enjoy crafting and how I wish I made more time for it.  I find it very grounding to work with my hands on a focused activity such as making cards.  It’s a bit of a gift to myself every Valentine’s Day to set aside the time to make a card for my very sweet husband.

My Valentine for Don this year.  I loved writing a tiny letter in tiny handwriting for the last page for his eyes only!

My Valentine for Don this year. I loved writing a tiny letter in tiny handwriting for the last page for his eyes only!

I am so blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing family, whom I get to spend quality time with on a regular basis.  We celebrated my MIL Suzanne’s birthday with a lovely family party yesterday at Don’s sister and her husband’s house.  Everyone pitched in, as we are wont to do, with the food, decorations, and party spirit to make the celebration a real group effort.  Don and I had brunch at my parent’s house this morning and then my Mom & I spent a lovely afternoon together downtown to see the Joffrey Ballet’s American Legends program.  It was amazing, just as I have come to expect from the Joffrey.  Nothing beats a weekend spent with my loved ones!

It’s definitely been a better week for me in terms of feeling prepared, productive, and happy with my life and my choices.  I’m very much looking forward to our upcoming Disney World trip and running in the Princess Half Marathon next Sunday!  I can’t wait to share our adventures with you, as always.  Thanks for sharing the love with me and making my Valentine’s Day and week all the more sweet! ❤

28 comments

28 thoughts on “Week In Review (February 11 – 17, 2013)”

  1. I am also finding it hard to get everything done that I think I should be able to. It took me 3 days to finish a project that should have taken an afternoon. LOL Our schedules have recently changed so that one of us is always home, therefore, the kids are out of daycare and with us all the time. I love the time I get with them now, but it is a change, for sure! No more quick crafting or organizing projects for this mama!

    I loved Don’s Cook Nook and his Valentine’s Day meal. (Valentine’s is my favorite holiday!) I’m glad to see he opened a YT account!!

    And I am SUPER jealous you’re going to Disney. We just went for the first time in December and I already miss it 🙁 Say hi to Mickey for me! 🙂

  2. Hi Jen, could you please do a time management video when you get a chance? I loved your Filofax organization video but really need to work on setting realistic goals. Thanks

  3. I’m a housewife and also struggle with overplanning my days and feeling overwhelmed so recently I put pen to paper and created a weekday schedule for morning, afternoon and evening. My mornings are for the daily routine chores and exercise. My afternoons are more flexible for cooking, cleaning, laundry, bill paying, correspondance and any projects for Home, Holiday or Church, as needed. My evenings include some outings, some TV and always cooking dinner. I try to end my day with a final sweep of the house to tidy up and a To-Do-List for the following day. It may sound a bit mundane but I love routine and I’m learning to prioritize and set a realistic schedule! Anyway… not sure why I felt the need to share…
    Love your Week In Review post, keep ’em comin’!

  4. Hi Jen!

    Glad to hear you had a good week! I did also! I tend to way overestimate what I can actually accomplish in a day as well, so recently I have been using the timer/stopwatch on my iphone to see how long it actually takes me to clean different rooms. I try to use that information to figure out what I can realistically expect to accomplish in a day. It also kind of makes it into a game, similar to when you did the 20 minute kitchen clean up video.

    Anyway, I loved Don’s Cook Nook and I bought all of the ingredients for the Greek Style Chicken burgers- we will be having them for dinner tomorrow night!

    Thanks for sharing, and I hope you have a blast in Disney!! 🙂

  5. Love DisorganizedDon! What a nice week it’s been. I wish I could go to Disney next weekend but hubby says it’s not feasible right now with the finances. I am so bummed. I was hoping to have the chance to finally meet you guys. Oh well, there’s always next year again. Third times the charm I suppose. Well I hope you have a productive yet restful week and that the race goes off without a hitch. I hope you enjoy it. If you go to Downtown Disney, there is a store there called Basin and they sell bath bombs, soaps etc… It’s not Luch but people love it and they have Disney themed items like soaps with Mickey shapes and soap with paw prints that would go nicely in Winnies bathroom. I hope you try it out. Have fun and we’ll be rooting for you. God Bless Jen.
    Terry

  6. Another great week review. Thanks for letting us know Don’s channel, I’ve now subscribed and I look forward to him sharing more wonderful meals. Cheers FiLoMa

  7. The time management thing, I totally hear ya. I’m struggling to get the right balance both at work and at home of late and it hasn’t been helped by a back injury I’m trying to recover from. I have a huge list of things I need to do at home (including a vanity and closet re-organisation) and I just can’t seem to get there. I’m hoping once the back pain stops I’ll be able to get on it!

    I think Disorganized Don is a the perfect name and as you say – its the Yin/Yang thing isn’t it!

    Have a great week!

    Bx

  8. I love Don’s youtube channel’s name ! It’s so funnt it makes me laught when I read your post ! ^^
    Really good find !

    Good luck Don !

  9. Hey jen just wanted to tell you I made Don’s greek chicken burgers and they were AWESOME my husband liked them so much he took the leftover to work the next day for lunch (which he never does) Don needs to do his own cooking channel, like Byron Talbot …………. Have fun in Disney, you are coming to my neck of the woods FL PS bring some warm clothes there is a cold front coming LOL maybe in the 50’s LOL Love you
    Doris (Scrubby261 yt)

  10. I so enjoy your vlogs and love that your blogging now too 😉 Thank you for all the time & energy you put into sharing! 🙂
    Don’s first cook nook was terrific & your “Scary Jen face” with the chicken burger completely cracked me up! Ahaha!
    Glad you two {& Winnie too ;)} enjoyed a beautiful Valentine’s Day!! The meal your hubby created looked absolutely delicious!! Your handmade valentine looked equally lovely! <3
    It's exciting that your WDW trip so getting so close! Have an amazing vacation!! At the start of each week I do a "Magical Monday" blog post dedicated to all things Mickey & Magical … would love to have you stop by and say "hello" sometime! :*)

    Have a beautiful week!
    Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

  11. Don’s meal looked fabulous! I am glad you have so many supportive people in your life who love you unconditionally. They are lucky to have you. You have made a difference in so many lives through youtube and your blog. I hope you feel our love and support too. I have a feeling many husbands (and wives) are saying the same thing my husband says “are you watching your organizedjen?” Thank you for making a difference in my life. I love your ideas and projects. I love it when you share your life with us. I guess I just love you! Good luck on your race! <3

  12. Love your blogs Jen, I really enjoyed Don’scooking video , so will. Definately be subscribing to his new You Tube channel, thank you for sharing your time and life’s adventures. Best wishes from a UK subscriber.

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