Here’s To A New Year

Have a New Year’s Resolution? Ready for a New Year, New You?

 Whatever it is, you got this!

2018 was a good year, but it can be topped. We celebrated our daughters first birthday and our sons fifth. We went on an amazing family vacation, celebrated our second wedding anniversary, and updated our home. Let’s just say buying a new oven topped the list for me. Oh, the little things.

But for 2019, I’m coming in full force. I want to make it a successful year and I want to look back 365 days from now feeling fulfilled. You would think that 365 days is such a long time to carry out your resolutions, but it’s not. It goes by so quickly, in a blink of an eye. So, make the best of it.

While I do have three goals going in the new year, my mindset about carrying out these goals will be completely different. Things won’t always go as planned. Mistakes will be made, lessons will be learned, tears will be shed. Things will be broken that can’t get fixed. There will be fights and battles. You’ll feel like giving up at times and feel like the world is against you. But, positivity can go a long way and always remember you grow through what you go through and come out stronger than ever.

With that being said, here’s my three…

I want to visit places. I want to get away from Central Pennsylvania at times and explore. To start 2019 off right, we’re visiting Boston the first weekend in January. It was a last minute, spontaneous trip that I am so excited for. I also want to visit wineries, all over. If you already didn’t guess, I’m quite the wine drinker. I love wine tasting and exploring different flavors and makes. It can be day trips or weekend trips, but this mama is doing it.

Organizing is going to be a big priority this year for me. We have a nice size home, but not large enough for the number of toys these children have. 2018 ended with toys thrown in random bins, missing pieces to everything, and broken toys taking up space. That’s no longer the case. I’ve spend these past few weeks throwing away the old and bringing in the new. I’ve hung up an adorable dry erase calendar, to do list board, and mail holder. With t-ball, soccer, gymnastics and more on the agenda this year, a planner and calendar are a must in this household.

Remodeling the home is going to be the biggest project this year. We’ve recently bought new kitchen appliances and are installing a new kitchen floor as I type this. I’ve bought all new home décor and I can’t wait to get rid of these ugly yellow walls. We are painting the entire bottom floor of our home. We’re also hoping to install all new hardwood floors. Let’s just say, I’m ready for the change. It’ll be a long stressful process but so worth it.

New Year, New Home!

With those being the top on my list, of course I’ll stick to the basics too. Going places with my kids, keeping up with my exercising and eating healthy, getting outside more, having date nights. Those are a given and will be happening throughout the year. I’m not really the person to set resolutions, but I like to have a positive mindset going into the new year. If these ideas don’t get accomplished, so what. That doesn’t mean my year will be unsuccessful or that I can’t continue to push towards these goals for another year.

Happiness is most important. Positivity and kindness can go a long way.

I hope everyone has an amazing New Year.

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Family Goals For 2018 That Everyone Can Achieve

Happy New Year Everyone!

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Not to long along, I posted about New Year’s resolutions for myself. Well, last night as I was watching the ball drop on the television, I thought why not set some family goals for the new year too. Family goals don’t have to be difficult, they can be simple and I feel they are even more powerful then self-goals because you are holding each other accountable, and motivating each other to achieve these goals as a team. This is a fantastic way for us bond as a family and although Liliana is still young, I’m hoping it will teach Kyle (and eventually Lilly) some valuable lessons in life.

I am setting daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly goals for 2018. Time goes by too quickly and my kids are growing faster than ever. I’d hate to waste quality time with them, and I’d also hate for them to grow up lacking responsibility. Empty nesters nailed it when they said your kids grow too quickly. I want to make the most of this upcoming year. I get my kids are quite young, but I believe responsibility and quality time with family needs to be taught at a young age. So, who’s with me? Let’s set some goals 🙂

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Daily

  • Be On Time
  • Pack Healthier Lunches
  • Nightly Story Time For The Kids
  • Create Daily Chores
  • Get To Bed At A Decent Time
  • Set Clothes Out Nightly
  • Talk About Our Day
  • Get Outside (Weather Permitting for us Northerners)
  • Pray Before Dinner
  • Drink More Water (Less Juice & Tea For The Kids & Hubby)
  • Tell A Daily Joke

Weekly

  • Take a Family Walk/Hike (Again, Weather Permitting)
  • Eat Dinner Together
  • Eat Breakfast Together On Saturdays
  • Weekly Chores With Allowance
  • Game Night
  • Have Kids Help With Putting Away Groceries
  • Put Down Devices (Just One Night! No Electronics, Just Family Time)
  • Talk About How Our Week Went
  • Visit Grandparents
  • Mother/Son & Daddy/Daughter Date Day

Monthly

  • Save For Something Fun Outside Of The House (Dinner, Bowling, Arcade, Etc)
  • Try A New Recipe Each Month (My Son Is Such A Picky Eater!)
  • Have The Kids Help Me Make Dinner
  • Go Out With Grandparents/Family
  • Spend The Night In A Hotel (Maybe Every Few Months)
  • Buy A New Book To Read
  • Get A New Toy (If Chores Are Completed)
  • Organize Our Bedrooms

Yearly

  • Save For Our Family Vacation
  • Donate Old Toys/Clothes
  • Host A Family Party
  • Start A New Tradition
  • Volunteer Somewhere
  • Create An Emergency Plan
  • Clean Out Our Closets
  • Visit A New Place
  • Take A Family Photo
  • Visit An Indoor Water Park In The Winter
  • Visit An Amusement Park In The Summer

I’m truly excited to incorporate these goals into our daily routines and create some responsibility for the little ones, but also to reward them in exciting ways. Have you set any family goals for 2018? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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2018 New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve honestly never truly been the person to have any resolutions set for the new year. Usually, if I want to change something I try to start it right then and there. This year is a little different. I decided to write myself a list on what I’d like to change in 2018 and I want to blog about it along the way. I want to be able to come back to this post one year from now and talk about my accomplishments. I have a few ideas on what I’d like to achieve. Some are simple and a few will take a good bit of dedication, but I’m excited to give it a go, and to share my journey along the way. My husband is surprisingly joining me with creating some resolutions, so I’m lucky enough to have him by my side to support me along the way. Our kids will be fabulous motivators.

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  • Save More Money. This is a very cliché resolution but it’s something I really want to do. From working full time to becoming a stay at home mom, I don’t have the income like I used too, yet my spending habits haven’t changed. Now I just use my husband’s money, which isn’t what I want to continue doing. I’d like to save that money for a getaway trip for the hubby and I each year. A well-deserved vacation to an island once a year is definitely something on our bucket list.

 

  • Control My Anxiety. I am guilty of always thinking the worst of a situation. I overreact over small mishaps and usually take it out on my husband. I’m terrible at “talking things out” when an issue arises. I skip the talking and go straight to anger and yelling. No matter how small the matter, my anxiety shoots through the roof and I never give myself time to think of a solution. I’d really like to work on staying calm and figuring out a solution for something because giving up.

 

  • Get More Organized. With two kids and toys starting to pile up, I have things everywhere. Kyle has random toys laying in boxes that I don’t even know what they belong to. Liliana has clothes still hanging up from when she was a newborn. It’s just piling up and I need to sort it all out. Pinterest is going to be my life saver for this resolution. I’m going to experiment with tons of organization hacks to do around my home. I’m sure I’ll be excited to share a few of these. I’d also like to partake in a few yard sales. It’s a good way to earn a few extra dollars and declutter my home.

 

  • Have More Patience. This is mainly when it comes to my children. I tend to lose my patience very quickly when it comes to motherhood. I overwhelm myself, huff and puff, or storm out of the room. I tend to think their minds are just like mine, but I need to remind myself that they are young. They don’t know what patience is yet. I want to find ways to calm my patience and teach my children the meaning of it also.

 

  • Plan More Activities. Now that I am home with my kids a lot more often. I’m going to create a weekly agenda of crafts to make, inexpensive trips to take, creating learning activities, etc. Liliana won’t be in child care, so I am going to be her main source of education until she starts Kindergarten. Luckily, she has her brother who is extremely intelligent to guide her along they way. She is a smart girl also, so I know she won’t have any problems learning with Mama.

 

  • Change Up My Fitness Routine. I am completely satisfied with my workout routine I’ve been using. I have made an unbelievable change since I’ve started and I continue to better myself each day, but I tend to hit a plateau at times which discourages me. I’d really like to try something new, maybe a keto diet or incorporating more weights into my routine, who knows! I’d really like to gain muscle and tone my body more. I’m excited for this one, I really enjoy sharing my weight loss progress and motivating others.

 

  • Learn Photography. I am the queen of taking photos. It’s a hobby that I really enjoy, but I want to expand it further then just using my iPhone lens. I do have a Nikon at home, and I’m going to start educating myself on photography and how to take stunning photographs.

 

Of course, you can’t leave out of the obvious resolutions; drink more water, get more sleep, relax more. I’ll certainly be keeping those in mind also. I’m not only making resolutions for myself, but for my kids also. My well being impacts them, and if I feel like I’m not being the best Mom I can possibly be then I’ll change what I need to so I can get there. This is going to be a good year for Cunningham family. We’ve overcame a lot this year, and of course brought a beautiful baby girl into the world. I’m not sure if we can top that, but we’re going to try our best!

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