10 Goals for 2017

I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that the holidays are over. But, I also love the feeling of possibility that the new year brings! I’ve been thinking a lot over the past few weeks about what I hope to accomplish in 2017. I used to come up with resolutions, but I’ve found that isn’t very useful. Instead of just a wish or a hope to improve in some way, I like having a list of tangible, measurable goals.

Setting measurable goals is a great way to start off the new year. What do you hope to achieve in 2017?

I broke down my list into categories to make it easier to track my progress: Personal, Family, Home and Blog. I decided to limit my list to ten goals. Too many goals can feel overwhelming and gives me less chance of success. Too few can make each goal seem overly important. So ten is my number. read more

How to Have a Stress-Free Holiday Meal

The holiday season is my favorite time of year, but it can be really stressful if you’re hosting dinner. Getting all the food ready to serve while it’s still hot and making sure all your guests are comfortable while doing it… that’s a daunting task! Over the past several years of hosting holiday meals, I’ve learned a few tricks to make the process go more smoothly. Not only does everything get done, but I actually enjoy myself at the same time.

Five tips for a stress-free holiday meal.

Delegate responsibilities

Just because you’re the hostess, that doesn’t mean you have to do everything. Ask local guests to bring side dishes that can be reheated before dinner. Desserts and appetizers are a great option if you really like to have control over the menu. Give your kids cleaning duties. Even younger ones can help unload the dishwasher or run a vacuum before guests arrive. I’m not super confident about making gravy so I put my dad in charge of that task. read more

How to Get Out of a Rut and Into a Routine

Four ways to find balance and get out of a rut.

The past couple months have been busy for our family. Between Mother’s & Father’s Day, my daughter’s birthday, a camping trip, and end-of-school stuff, it’s been pretty crazy. I’ve been productive out of necessity, but it’s completely thrown me off my routine and I’ve been feeling beyond frazzled.

I know I’m not the only one who feels a little less than motivated by this time of year. Jen Hatmaker’s post “Worst End of School Year Mom Ever” will literally validate everything you are thinking about the last month of school when we must do ALL THE THINGS. Field trips, plays, socials, projects. It is thanks only to Amazon Prime that my daughter even had a costume for the second grade play about bugs. read more

Thanksgiving Kid’s Craft Packs

My kids have been a little restless lately. They’re a little harder to entertain. They’re a little more sassy. And they are driving their mama CRAZY. Time to do a little Pinterest exploration and find some activities that will not only help keep us busy, but get us excited for Thanksgiving too!

turkey craft for kids

One of my fave sources for kids activities is No Time for Flash Cards. If you want to do a project or craft or activity of any kind with a child of any age, it’s a great place to look. I found a couple for Turkey Day that I thought would be easy enough for both my kids (22mos & 4 1/2yrs). read more

31 Days to a More Organized Life : Day Fifteen : Meal Planning, Part One

Confession: meal planning is not my strong suit. It’s one of the areas that I know would really help my day go more smoothly, but I really struggle at implementing this strategy. I’d really like to improve in this area so the next few days will be about taking some steps towards consistent menu planning. If you’re here for the first time, this is day 15 of 31 Days to a More Organized Life where I talk about creating a more peaceful home through purposeful organization. See all the posts in the series here. read more