Jan 7, 2015

Café con Leslie: January Goals

Aside from my New Year's Resolutions that I shared with you last week, I also have a couple of goals that are specific to this first month of the year. Nothing big or drastical, just simple practical things that I want NEED to do around the house.

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January Goals:
(in no particular order)

1. Take down and put away Christmas decorations here at home and at my suegro's house. Okay, this was at the top of my list and it's the first of my January goals that I've already accomplished. Yay for me!

2. Get back to my "normal" routine/schedule. December was a month full of celebrations, visiting in-laws, and family gatherings. Now that the holidays are over and the kiddies returned to school today, it is time to get back to our regularly scheduled routines. I don't know about you, but I function so much better when I have a set routine/schedule to follow. Mind you, my routines aren't set in stone and my schedule isn't very strict. But I do have certain time frames that I need to follow to get everything done. I've made a few tweaks to my routine/schedule this month because Hope is still on winter break for a few more weeks, and because I'm making a conscious effort to schedule time to accomplish some of my New Year's Resolutions (like blogging more regularly) and also some down time to just relax, watch a movie, play a board game with Hubby and the kiddies, or read a book.

3. Try out my new cleaning schedule. Along with the few adjustments I made to my daily routine, I've also made some changes to my cleaning schedule at home. For years I followed the FlyLady method of dividing my home into zones, tackling one zone per week. But that method just isn't working for me anymore. So this month I'm going to try something a little different. Instead of tackling one zone per week, I'm going to spend an hour every afternoon tackling one zone (room) per day, aside from my regular morning cleaning schedule. I just started this week and I'm already seeing a difference. We'll see how things go as the month progresses.

4. Find an easy and fail-proof way to back up my photos from 2014. I need to find a fail-proof method of backing up my photos. I can't tell you how many times I've lost tons of photos because my "back-up plan" failed. For instance last year I backed up 4 years of food photos from my food blog and from work to one of those flash drives. As long as it was in my possession, everything was fine and dandy. But the moment I lent that flash drive to one of the kiddies who desperately needed to borrow my flash drive to save an important homework assignment to take to school the next day because he lost his flash drive... Yeah, I never saw that flash drive again. I haven't completely recovered from losing so many pics, especially the ones I hadn't gotten around to sharing.  Anyway, this year I don't want to lose any of my pics so I need to find a way to store my pics, besides just storing them on my laptop, that won't get lost like flash drives and disc thingamajigs. Do I dare store them in "the cloud"? I'm open to suggestions.

5. Plan Jack's birthday party. Jack (my youngest) will be turning 10 at the end of the month. Usually we just have a small party with all of Hubby's siblings and their families to celebrate Jack's and my suegro's (father-in-law) birthdays. (They share the same birthday.) But this year Jack wants a big soccer themed birthday party at la presa (the reservoir). I've never planned or thrown a really big birthday party, so I'm a little nervous. (Make that a lot nervous.) But with the help of Hubby and my sis-in-law who lives here in town, I hope it turns out to be one of the happiest birthdays Jack's ever had.


Do you have any goals you want to accomplish this month?











Jan 1, 2015

New Year's Resolutions 2015...


The older I get the quicker time seems to fly by. It seems like just the other day that I sat down to write my resolutions for 2014, and now it's time once again to make another list of resolutions. As with every new year, my feelings about resolutions aren't the same as they were the year before. When writing out my resolutions for 2014 I was a lot more optimistic, hopeful, and full of exciting energy. This year??? I don't know how to explain how I'm feeling. I'm still very excited about what this new year has in store for us, and as usual I have a long list of ideas and things I want to accomplish in 2015. But my feelings about it all are slightly different than last year. Practical! That's the word I'm looking for. This year I'm taking a more practical approach to my new year's resolutions.


My Resolutions for 2015...
(in no particular order)

Read 52 books in 2015. I have loved to read for as long as I can remember, but because I get so caught up in the busy-ness of life I don't always make time to do it. I chose the number 52 because I figure I can easily read (I say that now) one book per week. But you'll notice I didn't actually say I'd read one book per week, because sometimes there are books that take me a lot longer than a week to read. In years past when I've set a goal of reading one book per week, I feel guilty and/or bad when I'm unable to finish reading certain books in that one week time frame. And it ends up being too much self-imposed pressure. So we'll just leave it at 52 books in one year. I'll try to remember to link to the book that I'm currently reading in the sidebar. And as always if you have any suggestions for books you think I might enjoy reading, let me know in the comments below.


De-clutter and organize every room in my house. Just like my trying to conquer the never-ending pile of laundry, this particular resolution is a constant battle. It's at the top of my lists of weekly and monthly goals, but it's also one of the goals that gets pushed to the back burner for whatever reason. This year I want to go through each nook and cranny of our house and get rid of the things we no longer use, and organize the things that are left in such a way that it works for our family so that things don't pile up on the kitchen counter or on the kids' desk. I'm far from reaching hoarder status, but I want to tackle things so they never get to that point.


Blog regularly and consistently (on both my blogs). This should be called "The Little Resolution That Could." Because every year I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. And dammit, one of these years I'm actually going to do it. So why not this year?! Blogging is the other resolution that gets pushed to the back burner, more so than the de-cluttering and organizing. But it's also the resolution that I can't stop thinking about, nor can I let it go. So this year I am determined will be the year that I get back to blogging (and writing) on a regular and consistent basis. I've set up a blog planner, I have a list of blog post ideas and recipes for each month, and I'm trying to figure out a blog posting schedule that's totally doable for me.


Write and send letters via snail mail. Once upon a time, a long, long time ago I used to be an avid letter writer. I'd mail letters that were at least 6 pages long to friends and family across the globe. There wasn't a holiday (including Groundhog's Day) that went by without me sending out cards to my nearest and dearest of friends. Of course this was before the age of email, social media, and text messages.  As much as I love hearing from my friends on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, I miss that special feeling of happiness and excitement of having a letter hand-delivered by the postman. So because I miss sitting down to write a letter to friends and family that live far away, and because I would love to recieve something in the mail beside bills, I am going to bring back the ancient art of letter writing.


And that's it. These are my four main resolutions that I'm going to make a conscious effort to work on throughout the year in addition to my monthly goals, which I'll continue to share here on the blog. Wish me luck and share your New Year's Resolutions in the comments.








Aug 18, 2014

Café con Leslie: First Day of School 2014

First day of school 2014 - lacasadeleslie.com

Hard to believe since the kiddies just got out of school, but a new school year has started. So it's time to share the kiddies' first day of school pics. But first a little disclaimer... The pics are a little darker than usual because I took them before the three older kiddies left for school at 7am, and it was still pretty dark outside. And well, flash photography never looks all that great.

Aug 8, 2014

August Goals

I’m one of those people who would forget everything if she didn’t write it down somewhere, that’s why I’m sharing my goals for the month of August. This month I’m keeping things simple with just a handful of goals that should be easy to accomplish. I hope!

*Set-up the kids’ homework station. The start of the new school year is just around the corner and I’d really like to set up a homework station on the desk I have in the living room with supplies the kiddies might need to do their homework. Also on my to-do list is to clean out the desk drawer. It’s the kiddies’ catch all for chargers, odds & ends, and everything else they don’t know what to do with. Who knows what I might find in there! I’ll share pictures of my finished project if/when I’m done.  


*Use only one journal for the month of August. This is the one goal I am most excited about. Something you may not know about me is that I love notebooks and journals. I carry around five or six journals/notebooks in my day-to-day purse at all times. I have my gratitude journal, a journal where I track all of my dreams, another journal for my daily to-do lists and random lists I come up with, a notebook dedicated to just meal planning, another notebook for writing (my least used notebook), and a small notebook for my 365/30 lists. That’s a lot of notebooks! And that doesn’t include my monthly/weekly planner that I keep on my desk where I track appointments, deadlines, and all of the kiddies’ school/sport schedules.

Aug 6, 2014

July Favorites

Because I like to keep track of the things I’ve been loving from month to month, I thought it would be fun to share some of those things with you here on the blog. So, without further ado here are some of the things I was loving during the month of July…


July Favorites - lacasadeleslie.com

TV SHOWS: Early in the month I discovered that Netflix Mexico had added seasons 6-10 of FRIENDS. For the longest time Netflix only had seasons 1-5, and I had been waiting for them to add the remaining seasons. Hubby and I used to watch FRIENDS when we lived in the US, I think we got through season 5, but could never find it on our local cable listings once we moved to Mexico. (Plus it just felt weird to watch the show in Spanish.) Last month Hubby and I slowly worked our way through seasons 6 – 8, watching a one to two episodes a night before going to sleep at night. And hopefully in August well finish watching seasons 9 and 10. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, and have really loved hanging out with our FRIENDS Monica, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, and Joey again. How you doin’?!

Aug 4, 2014

Café con Leslie: Catching Up with July

I'm not even going to get into how I haven’t posted anything on this blog since May 2nd. ¡Ay Dios mio! I’m just going to jump right in and catch you all up with what we were up to during the month of July.

Ashley's 6th grade graduation - lacasadeleslie.com

*The biggest (and most important) thing that happened in the month of July was that Ashley graduated from 6th grade. My baby girl is growing up. Sigh! Our architect nephew Lalo was her padrino (godfather) for the mass. There was a big party afterwards with lots of dancing. We all had lots of fun, and Hubby and I couldn’t be prouder of our little princess.

The older I get the quicker time seems to fly by. I think when I first started blogging, Ashley had just started 1st or 2nd grade. Now she’s about to start junior high. (Sniffle, sniffle.)

May 2, 2014

May Goals: Home & Life Edition

I don't know what it is about posting my goals here on the blog, but when I do I tend to get more stuff done. And that makes me a very happy camper. So, in that spirit I'm sharing my personal home & life goals for the month of May.

May Goals: 

1. Organize/clean my closet. Most older houses in Mexico don't have closets, but what I do have is a cute little armoire where I store some of my clothes, and all of my make-up & nail polish. I initially bought it to store Hope & Nick's clothes when we first moved to Mexico, then Jack & Ashley's clothes, and for the last couple of years it's home has been in my room. I still have junk stuff stored in it that I haven't touched since Jack was a baby. Time to go through it all and move all of my clothes over to the armoire.


2. Take new spring photos of the kiddies. The presa (reservoir) is beautiful this time of year. The jacaranda trees are in full bloom. It's such a gorgeous back drop, I take the kiddies there every year to take photos.  I'm thinking this year's photos would look great framed and set on top of my armoire when I'm done cleaning and organizing it.

My family tree - lacasadeleslie.com
Spring 2012