This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

DIY Whalecome Baby Card

Celebrating a new life on the way is always such a blessing. Whether it is a couple’s first child or their fifth, it is still an occasion to celebrate. One of my favorite things to include with gifts, besides a DIY baby book, is handmade cards. The fun of cards for babies is that you can be super cutesy with them. No one has ever looked at anything baby-related and said, “Nope, that’s tacky. It’s just too adorable.” This DIY Whalecome Baby card is a perfect handmade card that fits the adorable baby motif!
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This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Materials

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Step 1

Orient your card so that it opens up from the bottom.

Step 2

Add a strip of striped scrap paper to the right side of the front of your card. Trim any overhang.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 3

Ink your whale stamp and stamp on the bottom left of your card front.

Note:

  • I centered mine in the bottom side of the card not covered with paper.

Step 4

Next, cut out a small rectangle of your plain scrap paper.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 5

After you have cut your rectangle, round the corners and write “Whalecome Baby” in the center with the fine tip end of your marker.

Tip:

  • Add extra definition, as pictured, by tracing over “Whalecome” with the broad tip end of your marker.

Step 6

Next, chalk the edges of your rectangle with your chalk ink. (See the picture in step 5 for reference.)

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 7

Attach your rectangle in the center of your scrap paper strip with adhesive foam squares.

Tip:

  • Put one square in each corner and 1 square in the center to make the rectangle more stable on the card.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 8

Finally, add gemstones to the top left of the card, centered above the stamped whale image.

Tip:

  • Start with the largest gemstone in the center first. Next, add your smaller gemstones on either side.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 9

Next move on to the inside of your card and stamp your sentiment with pigment ink.

Step 10

Immediately after stamping your sentiment, cover it with your holographic powder.

Step 11

Shake off excess powder and return to the container.

Tip:

  • I have this awesome little tray with a pluggable spout that makes it super easy to put the excess back into the container.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 12

Next, blast your powder-covered saying with your heat tool to emboss. Allow it to cool before closing your card.

Tip:

  • If the heat causes your card to curl a little, place it between some heavy books to flatten it back out.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! I’m secretly hoping more of my friends have some babies so I can make some more. Plus, you know, babies are so adorable and loveable! Any expecting momma will be thrilled to receive such a thoughtful, handmade card attached to her baby’s gift. In case you haven’t notices, I’m absolutely in love with the cute little animals on these stamps. You can check out the coloring page I made with them in this DIY Coloring Book!

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Are you ready to get your grocery budget under control and your spending back on track? Find out why you need a grocery freeze to make it happen.

Why You Need a Grocery Freeze

Do you feel like your grocery budget is out of control? If you are spending hundreds each month on groceries and still having to run out weekly for ingredients then something has to change. It can be hard to get your spending on track and reign in your food budget. In the post Creating Your Future: January 2017 Goals I mentioned that this month we are doing a grocery freeze this month. It is a huge part of my finance goals because of how much money it saves my family. Keep reading to find out what it is and why you need a grocery freeze to get your budget under control.

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Are you ready to get your grocery budget under control and your spending back on track? Find out why you need a grocery freeze to make it happen.

What is a Grocery Freeze?

A grocery freeze is a specialized no-spend challenge. For an entire month you don’t spend one penny on food of any kind. It helps you reset your grocery budget and also prevents food waste. When I do it, I don’t spend any money at all on food. I don’t buy coffees, slip through a drive-thru, and no popping by the store for milk. If you want to adjust it, you can make exceptions for basics like milk, eggs, and bread. The perk of not allowing exceptions is that it forces you to get creative with your meals and, in some cases, learn alternative ways to prepare them.

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Why Do You Need a Grocery Freeze?

I don’t quite know how it happens but we always end up with things in our pantry and freezer that keep getting shoved aside each month. Canned goods sit unused and vegetables in steam packs never get eaten. A grocery freeze is the way to fix that. It forces you to use up those lonely items because you simply don’t have anything else. It can also force you to eat more vegetables is you run out of meat to prepare. (I admit that in all my years of doing grocery freezes, I have only run out of meat once.)

Grocery Freeze Steps

Now that you know why you need a grocery freeze, it’s time to get started. These easy steps will walk you through the basics. It may seem intuitive but without preparation you can stumble (or give up) when you hit road blocks. I want you to be successful reigning in your grocery budget.

Step 1

Pick you month. Don’t pick a month too far away. The closer the date is the better. That will keep you from padding your pantry with extra items before the freeze.

Step 2

Start on the first of the month and create an inventory of everything in your freezer, fridge, and pantry. If you need help, I’ve got tips and a free printable for your at You Can’t Meal Plan without Knowing What You Have.

Step 3

Take a look at your list and come up with a meal plan.

Step 4

Make and freeze the meals you can in batches. If it’s not easy on you then you will be more likely to give up as the month goes on.

 

Are you ready to get your grocery budget under control and your spending back on track? Find out why you need a grocery freeze to make it happen.

Are you ready to get your grocery budget under control and your spending back on track? Now you know why you need a grocery freeze to make it happen. Clean out your inventory and stop wasting food (and money) each month. I like to do these twice a year. Doing one in January sets the tone for my grocery budget the rest of the year. A second grocery freeze during the summer resets my pantry/freezer before the new school year. Come back next week for Grocery Freeze Tips to be successful and stretch your groceries.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
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Woo hoo! Welcome back to the Merry Monday Link Party 137! Today I’m catching a marathon of Flea Market Flip which has me totally inspired and excited to see what you have been creating. It also has me wondering, where do you find inspiration for your ideas and projects? I’d love to hear about it in the comments! Speaking of inspiration, before we get to the party check out the awesome Tailwind Tribe that our host, Lindsay, has created. It is a great free way to get amazing content for your Pinterest account and get inspired by your fellow creators. See more details below:

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Don’t be like everyone else this year. Decide right now to rock your resolutions with one class this year! (Free this weekend only!!)

Rock Your Resolutions with One Class

How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? If you are like most people, probably not so well. How many of your workouts have your already missed? Have you looked at your budget since creating it at the beginning of the month? Setting resolutions is easy but then we hit snags and snares that quickly make us revert back to old habits. Don’t be like everyone else this year. Decide not to give up on your goals. Decide right now to rock your resolutions with one class this year! Oh, and did I mention that it’s free this weekend only?

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The 4-Hour Life

It is so rare to find a class that covers so many areas of your life, unless you want to pay thousands of dollars. That is what the 4-Hour Life is. The creator, Tim Ferriss, want to help you live a life that is “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise” which is what all of your resolutions boil down to.

“New York Times best-selling author Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, introduces a new holistic life strategy aired only on CreativeLive: The 4-Hour Life: Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise. This business course features the best of mind, body, and enterprise strategies that Tim Ferriss has to offer. In the footsteps of the infamous scientist/sociologist Ben Franklin, Tim presents his best lessons, principles, and hacks for becoming (and remaining) ‘healthy, wealthy, and wise.’ This CreativeLive course includes never-before-discussed tactics related to The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef. From accelerated learning to investing, The 4-Hour Life is as comprehensive as it is broad.” – CreativeLive Course Description

 

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About Tim Ferriss

In case you have no idea who Tim Ferriss is, here is the biography straight from CreativeLive:

“Tim Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People”, Forbes Magazine’s “Names You Need to Know,” and is the 7th “most powerful” personality on Newsweek’s Digital 100 Power Index. He is an early-stage tech investor/advisor (Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Shopify, Duolingo, and 20+ more) and author of three #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers: The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef. His podcast — focused on deconstructing world-class performers — is the #1 business podcast on iTunes and was selected as ‘Best of 2015’ by Apple.” – Creator Biography from CreativeLive

 

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Snow days are unexpected gifts that you can fill with fun and creativity. Create Smile Worthy moments with these 3 creative activities to rock snow days! #GoldfishMoments #ad

3 Creative Activities to Rock Snow Days

Being a parent is a full-time job and you’re never off the clock. Unexpected snow day can throw a wrench in your routine making you stressed or frustrated. I get it. Your responsibilities don’t stop because school is closed. Instead of letting snow days aggravate you I want to challenge you to see them another way. Snow days are unexpected gifts that you can fill with fun and creativity. They provide you with moments you can’t replace. Goldfish brand knows this, too, and together we want to help you create Smile Worthy moments with these 3 creative activities to rock snow days.

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DIY Look and Find Book

This is an incredibly simple way to get creative on a snow day.

Materials

  • Small Toys
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Construction Paper
  • Phone
  • Small Photo Album

Step 1

Gather a collection of items: small toys, art supplies, and other small objects.

Step 2

Give each child a piece of construction paper.

Step 3

Have your kids fill their paper with small items. Let them have fun with it and get as creative as they want.

Step 4

Sprinkle Goldfish crackers over the scene your child has created.

Step 5

Take a photo of the scene using the edges of the construction paper as a guide.

Step 6

Do this for each child. Feel free to let them dump the scene after you’ve photographed it and make another.

Tip:

  • Let your kids keep creating as many different scenes as they want. The more pictures you have, the better you can fill their Look and Find books.

Step 7

Print out the photos and place them in a small, inexpensive photo album.

Tip:

  • Be sure to print out multiple copies of each photo if you want each child to have his or her own book.

 

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Goldfish Cracker Mosaic

Make macaroni art a thing of the past with Goldfish cracker mosaics. This low-mess activity will make it easy for your child to discover their inner artist.

Materials

  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • ½ Cup of Water
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Construction Paper
  • Paintbrush

Step 1

Mix your flour and water in a small container to create a non-toxic paste.

Step 2

Give each child a piece of construction paper, a paintbrush, and a small bowl of Goldfish crackers.

Step 3

Show them how to create their mosaics by painting flour paste on the back of a Goldfish cracker and attaching them to the construction paper.

Tip:

  • If your child wants an idea to follow you can draw a shape or outline on the paper before he or she starts adding Goldfish crackers.

Step 4

Allow their artwork to dry then hang it on the wall to display.

 

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Stop Motion Video

This is a fun, creative activity that will have your kids excited for days! They will love coming up with the story, making the background and costumes, and showing off their movie masterpiece. If you’ve never made a stop motion video before, don’t worry. It’s easier than you think. GoldfishTales has an awesome video tutorial to help you out but essentially it is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Step 1

Think of a story and create your background.

Step 2

Place your Goldfish crackers on your background and take a picture each time you move it.

Step 3

Add all of your photos to your favorite video app and play.

Tip:

  • If you need app suggestions, check out the Goldfish how-to video.

This is an absolute blast! My kids and I had so much fun brainstorming and creating. Right now Goldfish Brand wants to inspire you to create your own stop-motion video as a family with an awesome contest. Get information, tips, and ideas at GoldfishTales.

 

Snow days are unexpected gifts that you can fill with fun and creativity. Create Smile Worthy moments with these 3 creative activities to rock snow days! #GoldfishMoments #ad

These 3 creative activities to rock snow days are so much fun you will find yourself looking forward to snow days as much as your kiddos! Enjoy the opportunities to have fun together. Create smile worthy moments that become cherished memories for years to come. Don’t forget to visit the GoldfishTales page to submit your stop motion for a chance to win $5,000!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Unique DIY Wedding Guest Book

Weddings are expensive. Even when you DIY everything you are still looking at a hefty chunk of change. Add to that the fact that you want your wedding to be unique and special and it can seem like an impossible task. Last year I had the awesome privilege of being a part of some of my best friends’ wedding. I helped them with decorations, photos, and the inevitable emergencies that crop up on the big day. One of my favorite projects from the wedding was this unique DIY wedding guest book.

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This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Materials

 

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Step 1

Remove all of the packaging from your canvas.

Step 2

Place your wall sticker in the center of your canvas.

Tip:

  • The adhesive on these probably won’t be strong enough to keep it in place, especially once guests start signing it. Make it stronger by applying Mod Podge to the back before attaching it to the canvas.

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Step 3

Allow Mod Podge to dry completely.

Step 4

Have guests sign your canvas during the wedding with Sharpie markers.

Tip:

  • Easily make this match your décor by choosing coordinated marker colors.

 

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Step 5

After the wedding, seal your entire canvas with Mod Podge and allow it to dry completely.

 

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

This unique DIY wedding guest book becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come. The best part is that you can change the style by simply changing the wall sticker and colors. I already had the canvas for this project so it literally only cost me a dollar! Even if you have to buy the canvas you are still only looking at a few bucks to create a unique wedding memento that will last forever. That is much less than a traditional guest book would cost you. Be honest, how often would you open your guest book to look at the signatures anyway? Mine went in a box after the wedding and I never looked at it again. Don’t let that happen to you. Save your money and enjoy your special day long after it ends.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
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How are those resolutions coming along? I just read last week that over 90% of people of given up on their New Year’s resolutions by February! Can you believe that? Most of us aren’t even making it a month into the new year. That blows my mind. If you are considering giving up on your resolutions check out my January 2017 Goals for inspiration and support. I want to see everyone reaching their goals this year. Make a promise to yourself not to give up (and feel free to shoot me an email when you feel like you want to and I’ll be your cheerleader). Now it’s time to work on growing your blog by sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party 136! I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

You Can’t Meal Plan without Knowing What You Have

Is meal planning on your list of resolutions? If not, it should be. Meal planning saves you time, save you money, and saves your sanity on busy weeknights. It can be tempting to just jump in and pick out 7 recipes for the week, write them down in your planner, and call it a day. Unfortunately if you do it that way you will never be successful. You will go to make one of your meals, realize you are all out of the milk you need to make it, and promptly call the pizza man. You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

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You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

 

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You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Create Your Inventory

 

Step 1

Print out your pantry and freezer inventory.

 

You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Step 2

Write down what you have in your pantry and freezer in the itemized areas on the sheets.

Tips:

  • Remember to include your quantities in the square provided when filling out your inventories.
  • I like to write down the number I currently have in the first box then mark it out and update it as ingredients get used. (See picture above for reference.)

Step 3

Decide on some freezer meals that you can make. Prepare those meals and add them to the “meal” section on your freezer inventory sheet.

Tips:

 

You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Meal Planning Tips

Now that you know exactly what ingredients and meals you have, you are ready to start meal planning. There are many different ways to do this so I’ll share specifics in another post. For now, I want to share some extra tips that make meal planning easier for my family.

Breakfast and Lunch

Don’t forget about breakfasts and lunches when meal planning. Even if you don’t typically eat these meals at home they will affect your meal plan. For instance, if you don’t pack a lunch to work each day then you will need to make a plan for your leftovers. This can be as easy as planning a leftovers night for one of your dinners. You can also incorporate leftovers into a brand new meal later in the week.

Group Meal Items Together

There is nothing more frustrating than going to make a planned dinner and finding that someone in your family has eaten one of the ingredients. Prevent this by grouping meal items together in a labeled basket in your pantry. For example, if you need rice noodles, coconut milk, and peanuts for Tuesday’s dinner place them all together in a small basket labeled “Tuesday”. Next, simply let your family know that items in the labeled baskets are off-limits for snacking.

Get Creative

Instead of running out to purchase an item you’re missing, get creative. See if something else you have on hand will work as a substitute. Here is a pin with common ingredient substitutes to help you out. Also, don’t forget that most veggies can be swapped for any other with only a small change in flavor. Most proteins can also be switched (or ommitted altogether).  I substitue ground turkey for ground beef all of the time.

Pre-Portion Leftovers

I am a firm believer that the easier you make leftovers to eat the higher the probability that they will. Instead of dumping leftovers into large containers after dinner, pre-portion them into smaller containers. When you or your family members need a quick, single-serving meal these pre-portioned containers can be heated up. This will also make lunches a breeze whether you eat at home or pack them for work.

 

You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Now that you have your pantry/freezer inventory you are ready to save money and time with meal planning. Don’t forget to keep updating your inventory as you use items and meals. This will help you save money by keeping items from going to waste as well as keep you from eating out due to convenience. Before you go, tell me, what is the biggest money-waster for your family when it comes to food? Let me know in the comments!

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Dream big, plan big, and then work hard. That's the recipe for an awesome year. How do you start? You start by writing down your January 2017 goals!

Creating Your Future: January 2017 Goals

Are you as excited for 2017 as I am? I can’t explain why but I am absolutely confident that this year is going to rock. It is something I know in my bones. If you are going into this year skeptical or pensive, stop it. Decide right here and now that you are going to make 2017 the best year of your life. Dream big, plan big, and then work hard. That is the recipe for an awesome year. How do you start? You start creating your future by writing down your January 2017 goals! See my monthly goals and last month’s evaluation below for inspiration.

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Dream big, plan big, and then work hard. That's the recipe for an awesome year. How do you start? You start by writing down your January 2017 goals!

 

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Dream big, plan big, and then work hard. That's the recipe for an awesome year. How do you start? You start by writing down your January 2017 goals!

December Evaluation

Business Goals

Affiliate Marketing – Fail

  • I was incredibly blessed to have a lot of sponsored post offers for December. While this was fantastic, it meant bumping some of the affiliate articles I had planned.

Create a 2017 Business Plan – In Progress

  • This goal has been eye-opening. Writing down my processes and scheduling social media work is easy. Defining areas like my mission statement is really difficult for me.

Take the Week of Christmas Off – Semi-Success

  • For the most part, I did not work the week of Christmas. I was fully present at all of our celebrations and dinners. However, there were nights when the kids were in bed and TV was boring. To be frank, I missed it. I truly love what I do and I think that not allowing work to distract me from the holidays and being with family is successful.

Finance Goals

Save another $200 – Success

Continue Meal Planning – Fail

  • When all of the parties, dinners, and gatherings came my meal plan went poof! We were often sent home with leftovers that needed to get eaten. Many nights involved me reinventing the leftovers into a different meal.

Re-Read the Total Money Makeover – Fail

  • There is no reason that this failed. I could have made the time to do it but instead would turn on Netflix or pick up a fiction book. I plan on being more intentional with this one in January.

Organizational Goals

Continue to Get Rid of 1 Item a Day – Success

  • After continuing to do this I have come to realize something: I don’t think we have ever gotten rid of a piece of clothing in our lives! My goodness! There are at least 20 boxes of clothes to donate right now. It is madness.

Finish Living Room – Success

  • Yes, my friends, the living room is done! Yay! Of course, then Christmas happened so I’m currently working on finding homes for the gifts but I’m still very excited.

Start Moving Office – Success

  • I can promise you that I am highly motivated to finish this one this month. Having no home to work in is killing me.

Self-Improvement Goals

Develop a Specific Routine – (Insert Maniacal Laugh Here)

  • Whose genius ideas was it to try and develop a daily routine on the busiest and most chaotic month of the year? Oh yeah, that’s right: mine!

Do One Activity that Brings Me Joy Each Week – Success

  • These typically were me taking a bath with a book. On one week I did take an entire day and spent it with my mom. We had so much fun and it was incredibly rejuvenating.

Family Goals

Weekly Family Nights – Success

  • Our Advent gifts made these super easy in December. Almost every week we ended up having 2 instead of one because of how the activities fell in the Advent calendar.

Create and Enforce Chore Charts – Success/Fail

  • Were the chore charts created? Yes. Unfortunately they have not been hung up yet and subsequently not enforced.

 

Dream big, plan big, and then work hard. That's the recipe for an awesome year. How do you start? You start by writing down your January 2017 goals!

January 2017 Goals

Business Goals

  • Start Outlining ProductsI am planning to launch 2 new products this year. I want to have each of them outlined by the end of the month as well as a rough working timeline.
  • Affiliate IncomeThis one is the same as last month.
  • Build Twitter Following I have been focusing heavily on Pinterest in November and December. I have now grown it to over 5,000 followers (thank, guys!!). Now that I have my systems in place there, I want to start focusing on Twitter.

Finance Goals

  • Save $100If you are wondering why it is less this month that is because one paycheck isn’t hitting until February 1st. The beauty of budgeting allows me to know this in advance and plan accordingly.
  • Grocery FreezePeriodically I will do a grocery freeze to clean out the freezers and pantry. It saves money and it helps older items get used up.
  • Re-Read the Total Money MakeoverThis month I’m going to break this down by daily page goals. It will be easier to make myself do this if I say, “I only have to read 10 pages today.”

 

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Organizational Goals

  • Finish My Craft Room/OfficeI need my space to write and create. Not having it has only proved to highlight that need.
  • Keep PurgingI am so tired of storing all of this stuff that we don’t use, don’t want, or don’t need. That is why I will continue to keep getting rid of items. Honestly, I haven’t even gotten to the point that it is difficult yet.

Self-Improvement Goals

  • Daily RoutineWe’re going to give this another try. With school starting back and the holidays ending, this should be a more conducive month for it.
  • MoveNo, I don’t want to pack up boxes and relocate. I want to make sure that I am moving every day. Dance to a 5 minute song, play tag with the kids, or do some activity that gets me moving.

Family Goals

  • Learn Something New TogetherI haven’t decided quite what it will be yet but I want us to learn something new as a family. We could cook a new recipe together or change a tail light on a car. As long as it is something new that we can all do together, I’m happy.
  • Try Out New Family Night ActivitiesThis month I want to change up the family night activities. Some ideas I have are a coloring night, a DDR (Dance, Dance Revolution) night, and an electricity free night.

 

Dream big, plan big, and then work hard. That's the recipe for an awesome year. How do you start? You start by writing down your January 2017 goals!

Given how chaotic December was I am incredibly proud of all that I accomplished. If you goals for December have a lot of “Fails” next to them cut yourself a little slack. Decide that January is going to be your month to dominate and jump back up onto that horse. Don’t forget, you can find a helpful “Evaluation Worksheet” in the free Monthly Goal Setting Planner. It will help you dig into why your goals were or were not successful as well as help your adjust so that you are more successful this month!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.