The Lane family is pretty much MIA during the month of December.  We have two birthdays, a family Christmas party, prep, work  and tons of other activities going on.  With that said, I really couldn’t find the time to make blog posts.  I had to give up something temporarily and unfortunately, this was it.  However, I’m back and (hopefully) better than ever!  😉

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There’s nothing like that first chill in the air to get you excited for fall! It’s definitely my favorite season and there is so much to do! As you may know by now, I am a total geek and I love to make lists. Every season, my family and I make a list of fun things we want to do together before its over. Fall is always a long list but a very fun list. Here goes:

*Go on a hayride
*Take a road trip
*Go apple-picking

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*Carve pumpkins
*Go to the pumpkin patch

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*Visit Port Discovery in Baltimore
*Go to Sesame Place
*Donate blood
*Go to a festival
*Hike a trail
*Walk for charity
*Make stew in the crockpot

*Attend Punkin Chunkin

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*Go to a craft show
*Decorate for fall

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*Try a new recipe
*Drink cider
*Bake pumpkin bread
*Host a Halloween kids party
*Plan our Halloween costumes

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*Buy a mum
*Make a new play dough recipe
*Write a letter to a friend
*Clean out and have a yardsale
*Make pine cone bird feeders
*Go to a local football game
*Make applesauce
*Host a pinterest party
*Have a pumpkin spice frappuchino at Starbucks

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*Get a start on Christmas gifts

I think this is a good start. I try to keep costs down and do one thing per week. I got the Sesame Place tickets on Groupon, for instance. We have so many things to look forward to! What are some things that you are planning to do this fall? What would you add to the list?

Summer is quickly approaching and it’s time to make our family ‘To Do’ List.  Not to worry, this isn’t a list of projects that need attention.  This is a list of fun things that we want to accomplish this summer.  We make a list for every season because if it’s one thing the Lane Family does well, it’s working towards a goal!  The temperature is rising and my patience is dropping so I figured that I should start keeping a list of ideas to keep us entertained.  My sister and I used to do this every summer on the last day of school.  It was also part of the tradition that we watch ‘A Goofy Movie,’ a tradition that we kept until we graduated high school!  As I’ve said before, I’m a dork and I’ve never tried to hide it.

In addition to said list, we have also decided to take my daughter’s doll (Tay Tay) around with us and take photos of her on all of our adventures.  A lot of people do something similar with a stuffed animal or a paper doll.  Tay Tay has been on the move lately with trips to Stay & Play, the library, and a behind the scenes tour at Chickfila!  One great thing about the list is that we can incorporate a photo of Tay Tay into a lot of the ideas.

Here are some photos from previous years:

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Now, as I’ve said before, I try to keep my list as inexpensive as possible while still adding some fun stuff that we already had planned.  Without further adieu,

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  • Pick berries
  • Go to a new flea market or group of yard sales
  • Walk in a charity walk
  • Go to the beach
  • Attend our family reunion
  • Go to a farmer’s market
  • Donate Blood (This is mine. The kids are too little)
  • Take a trip to the lavender farm
  • Visit the State Fair
  • Host a party
  • Join the summer reading program at the library
  • Go to a library event
  • Plan a mall day
  • Go to a baseball game
  • Visit Port Discovery
  • Get a Delaware State Parks Pass
  • Plant a vegetable garden
  • See a movie
  • Try a new recipe
  • Go to Busch Gardens
  • Do 5 new things on Pinterest
  • Swim in a pool
  • Test out our new sprinkler
  • Go to the Salisbury Zoo (a local free zoo)
  • Host a huge yard sale
  • Go to a local festival
  • See a band play
  • Pack a lunch and spend the day at the playground
  • Walk the entire Ocean City boardwalk
  • Take advantage of a free yoga class

I love adding things to the list as we do them too!  (It’s not cheating!)   What fun things do you have planned this summer?  Do you make a list with your family?

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I already make a lot of ‘earth-conscious’ decisions naturally since I am such a cheapskate.  It’s pretty awesome that I am reducing my carbon footprint by doing things that save me money too!  Some of these things are pretty easy to do, while some require more time, but in the long run it’s worth it to my family and to me.  Everyone always wants to know your plans for Earth Day.  Well, I want to know your plans for the rest of your life?  You shouldn’t aim to be earth-conscious for one day.  You need to plan to change your habits and your lifestyle!  An added bonus is that you will lengthen your own life but doing a lot of these things too.  But where to start?  Here are some ideas that we already do in my family:

  1. We make our own laundry soap and other cleaning products.
  2. We rent books and DVDS from the library.
  3. We use a GPS instead of writing or printing directions to a new place.
  4. We reuse printed paper for scrap paper, then recycle it.
  5. We switched our trash plan to a bi-weekly plan & got an extra recycling can.
  6. We are planting a vegetable garden.
  7. We make a meal plan every two weeks. (a LOT less waste)
  8. We cook dinner at home 6 days a week.
  9. We eat leftovers. (I add one day in the meal plan for a leftover ‘buffet”)
  10. We carpool as much as possible.
  11. We make a lot of our food from scratch.
  12. We buy a lot of food in bulk and use or share it.
  13. We open our windows and use fans instead of AC as often as we can.
  14. We wear warm clothes when it’s cold and keep our heat very low.
  15. We use reusable gift bags or we reuse wrapping paper for gifts.
  16. We use my parents’ water filter instead of buying bottled water.
  17. We buy reduced produce at the store or produce stand, then incorporate it into that day’s meals.
  18. We buy local goods.
  19. We use reusable bags at the supermarket and other stores (some even give you a discount!)
  20. We have a box of reusable items for crafts.
  21. We donate or sell items that we can no longer use.
  22. We use and/or wear items from yard sales and thrift shops.
  23. Our ripped, old clothes become rags for odd jobs around the house.
  24. We put a brick in our toilet tanks in order to use less water.
  25. We like to park the car and walk to various places.
  26. We take snacks and drinks with us when we go on trips.
  27. We plan our trips for certain days & group them together to save gas.
  28. We use one particular car for work since it gets better gas mileage.
  29. We keep the trunk as empty as possible to help with gas mileage.
  30. We do routine maintenance on our cars to keep them running as long as possible.

See?  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.  I love finding new ways to save money.  The weirder, the better too!  My husband laughs at me because I am usually up for anything if it saves a buck. I am currently planning on using family cloth soon.  Look it up.  So, Happy Earth Lifetime, instead of Earth Day.

What are you doing that saves money and reduces the strain on our resources?

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I love making lists. I think, at times, it drives my poor husband crazy.  I have a list for everything.  Grocery lists.  Things to Do lists.  Vacation Planning Lists.  You name it and I make a list for it. In fact, my last few posts were about lists.  Please keep reading.  I promise that there’s a point to my rambling.  I feel like lists help keep me organized and on track.  When I was around fifteen years old, I decided to hand write a list of Things To Do Before I Die.  That was the exact title and everything.  I had about one page, front and back.  It included things that I could do quickly and in my younger years, but also things that would take awhile, like study abroad and get married.  Then I got to work.  I promised myself that I would always be working towards some type of goal on the list.  This really makes me feel determined and purposeful.  It’s sounds weird to say, but this list has really helped me keep going at times.

Then, that movie, Bucket List, came out and stole my thunder.  But it’s cool.  I think everyone should make a list and work towards completing things on it.  You can always change things, update them or delete them.  That’s the beauty of the list.  You don’t answer to anyone but yourself.

Since you can pretty much find anything online now, I stumbled upon the site, 43 Things, a few years ago.  43 Things is a goal setting website.  You make a list (with up to 43 things, of course) and then you work towards achieving your goals.  The fun part is that you receive ‘cheers’ from other people and you can ‘cheer’ them on too.  It’s so much fun having complete strangers root for you!  I have also met some great people and friends on this site.  I love it because you can put as much or as little effort as you want into it.  Then when you achieve a goal, you can check it off, write a review and then help other people achieve the same goal.   There is even a book about it:  Find it here!    One of my friends is quoted in it!

I love getting ideas from other people’s lists and helping them with their goals.  I love getting help from others and all the interaction too.  When I first made my list as a teenager, a lot of people thought it was ‘morbid’ and that I was ‘jinxing myself.’  I think it’s the complete opposite.  I think that this list actually makes me want to live my life and enjoy it!  Here is my list on 43 Things:

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These are the things that I am currently working on. There are some long term goals and some short term ones too.  I saved my big list on a word document.  I still have my old list too.  Yes, the one I made when I was fifteen.  I still look at it from time to time to see where I’ve been and what I’ve learned.  Won’t that be cool to show my kids when they grow up?  I can only imagine what life has in store for my family and I can’t wait to cross it off my list.  😉

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My family will be the first to admit it: We’re dorks. We like doing things that some people might deem ‘weird’ or ‘unorthodox.’  But we’re fun.  At least, that’s what we tell ourselves.  So every season, we all make a list of things we want to go before that season is over.  I used to do this with my mom and sister when we were kids and now I do it with my own family.  I actually look forward to doing this because it’s fun to work towards goals and try to get the list completed.  It can be as long or as short as you want.  It can also be as detailed or as vague as it takes.  It’s all up to you!  That’s the beauty of it!

Spring is finally in full force so it’s time to make the Lane Family’s Spring 2014 List.  I usually type it up and then save it so I can look back on it and get ideas or remember the fun stuff we did!  I try to make the list as free or low cost as possible too.  That adds to the fun.  Plus, if something turns out to be horrible, it will make a great story.  Here is the beginning of our list.  Remember, you have three months and then you make a summer list!  Get moving!

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  • Go to a baseball game
  • Plant a vegetable garden
  • Donate Blood
  • Participate in a 5k
  • Make pine cone birdfeeders
  • Dye Easter eggs
  • Make deviled eggs
  • Make egg salad
  • Bake cookies for the firefighters/emts
  • Try a new recipe
  • Go to a party
  • Try something new
  • Pick flowers
  • Buy a bouquet of flowers
  • Get new books from the library
  • Make a spring-related craft
  • Watch how something is made
  • Call an old friend
  • Coupon & get my order completely free
  • Visit the State parks
  • Hike a trail
  • Watch the sunrise (or set) on the beach
  • Take the dog on the boardwalk
  • Try a new exercise
  • Ride on a motorcycle
  • Visit a new state
  • Clean out the clutter
  • Spring clean our house

I hope this gets you motivated to make your own list.  It’s so much fun when you get to check something off of it too.  It’s about taking the time to enjoy the simple things in life, while still having a plan or goal in mind.  We’ll be busy this spring but it will be a good busy. It will be the kind of busy that’s fun and worthwhile.  If you think about it, isn’t EVERYTHING in life worth celebrating?  It is to me!  I want to enjoy it!  How about you?  What are some things on your spring list?