This month was the first time I set goals in months and months, and it felt so good to have goals to strive for again!  Even better, this month I achieved about 80% of my goals:

Make Six Freezer Meals

Sprout’s had grass fed ground beef on sale for $2.99 a pound earlier in the month, so I ended up making my 6 freezer meals using ground beef:

Easy Hamburger Soup

Beef Tortilla Taco Casserole

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Paleo Chili

Burrito Pie x2 meals

Raise $275 for Barton Level 1.  (This is the recommended program for teaching a child with dyslexia to read more smoothly.  I want to buy Level 1, so that I can start this with my dyslexic child as soon as possible.  I plan to raise the money by selling homeschool curriculum and possibly having a garage sale.)

This week, I sold an additional $99 in homeschooling curriculum, so adding that to the $232 I sold earlier in the month along with our garage sale profit of $25, I raised $356, which is more than enough!!

Read 100 pages of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat and take notes on it.

This month I read and took notes on 74 pages, so I’m a bit shy of meeting this goal.

List my kids’ outgrown clothes on eBay

The girls were sick one day and just chilling with Netflix, so I listed everything then.  It’s been a long time since I’ve listed things on eBay, and it took much longer than I remembered!  However, I already sold something, so it was worth it.

Sew at least one Barbie outfit for Cuddlebug for a Christmas present

So far, I have sewn her a Barbie skirt, and the dress is halfway done.  I’m having trouble making the darts on the top even, but as soon as I finish that, this goal will be accomplished, though probably not until December!

Sew at least one American girl outfit for PB & J Girl for a Christmas present

Ugh.  I decided following a pattern would be easier, but either I no longer can read a pattern, or this is the stupidest pattern ever!  The bodice top had two pieces to cut out, but in all the pictures, they only show one whole piece, so I improvised and cut it on the fold to make one whole piece.  When I went to stitch the arm into the armhole, the pattern shows putting right and wrong sides together to sew it.  How is that even possible?

I’m trying now to ignore the pattern and just wing it, but my goodness, I’ve never felt so inept at sewing.  This project is set aside, half done, because I’m too frustrated to deal with it now!

If anyone knows of some easy to follow, free online 18 inch doll patterns, I’d love if you could share in the comments!