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2016 Goals

I did a lot of thinking during my break from the blog through the holidays. I reflected on my goals from 2015, and wondered if I was focusing on the things that would make me the most happy and fulfilled in 2016.

When it all came down to it, there are four areas of focus that I seem to gravitate toward. These are the things I think about the most often, the things I pin on Pinterest, and I’m excited to push myself to execute some of the things I research and “plan” to do.

2016 goals

So, what made my list?

If you’ve been checking out the new blog design a little, I bet you can guess. Although, in my header, they are in no particular order…

First and foremost, my goal has always been to be a fun mom for my kids, to set a great example, and teach them all I can. Some of my previous goals definitely distracted me from this, and I am determined to bring this back to the forefront!


Kids Goals

  • Spend more quality time together
  • Plan projects and activities for us all
  • Be present
  • Read more
  • Focus on healthy eating and exercise in a fun way together

Next, I’ve always tried to focus on setting a healthy example for the kids. This year, I want to be more concrete with the things I change, healthy recipes I try, healthy habits I put in place, and increasing my activity level.


Health Goals

  • Focus on small changes
  • Serve healthier meals and snacks to the family
  • Get active together as much as possible
  • Schedule and plan
  • Take time for myself and make it a priority

We bought our home before having kids and we’ve definitely outgrown it. However, we aren’t finding much in our target area and our mortgage is so low, we are looking into more ways we can make our home work. Add to that that I’m a bit of a pack rat and have some severe hoarding tendencies, and organization and decluttering is an area that is pretty important to me. I’m determined to make some changes here!


Organization Goals

  • Declutter
  • Tackle small tasks
  • Deep cleaning schedule
  • More effective planning and scheduling
  • Making our small home work better for our growing family

I work part-time from home and my husband has recently changed professions and is working his way back up, so  money saving is an important thing for me. I want to continue to stay home and, to be honest, I definitely get a bit of a thrill out of saving money. The more we do for ourselves and the smarter we are with our money, the further we can stretch what we do have.

Saving Money

Money Saving Goals

  • Budgeting
  • Finding small ways to save
  • No spend periods
  • Savings plans
  • Making things at home

A lot of these areas overlap, and that’s when I  really love it! My goal is to check something off each list each week. I’m looking forward to it!

What are your goals for 2016?

Do we have some in common?

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Ready for 2016!

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Have you noticed some changes taking place around here?

I’m back from my holiday break and feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on 2016! I’ll explain more tomorrow, but I’m getting more focus around here and in life and devoting time to the things that really matter.

Before 2015 comes to a close, I have one more quick review to share. Like so many things during the holidays, I meant to do it sooner, but we’ve added remodeling to the craziness – which I’ll also share more about, but you can see some photos on Facebook.

As you can tell from the new header, organization is one of my main focus areas, and that includes the car.

I have no idea why it took me so long to get a backseat organizer. When the kids were babies, I had wipes, diapers, pacifiers, extra clothes, toys, and anything else that fell on the floor piled up in my back seat. My car doesn’t even have pockets back there.

I got to try the Fancy Mobility Backseat Car Organizer for free in exchange for my review, and boy did we need it!

Fancy mobility backseat car organizer

I love having two new organizers in the backseat! There is so much room for the kids’ stuff and it keeps things up off the floor – especially during the slushy, dirty winter.


  • plenty of pockets of all shapes and sizes
  • comes with a visor organizer
  • nice width for the back of the seat

Fancy mobility backseat car organizer

Fancy mobility backseat car organizer


  • not the best attachment to the seat- it buckles around the headrest and somewhere around the bottom. The other version we have uses hooks that go under the seat and it was much easier to install
  • the visor organizer if really awkward in my car – the elastic straps either cover the mirror or the spot that snaps it Into place

Fancy mobility backseat car organizer

Sorry about the terrible picture, we haven’t been out that much lately without being in a rush and it was too cold to get a nicer one!

This is not my favorite organizer due to the fit in my particular car and the way it is attached, but it does come with the visor and seat back organizer and gives you plenty of pockets for all your goodies. Definitely a better method than a crowded floor with random junk and bags of stuff.


I can’t wait for 2016 and the feel of a fresh start! I hope you check back to see what’s going on around here in the new year!

The Dummy-Proof Meal Plan System

I’ve started dreading the time between naps and dinner like no other time of the day.

Planning a dinner everyone will enjoy, that is healthy and delicious, that uses the fresh food before it goes bad, and that I can find time for after the kiddos wake up and want my attention and before my husband gets home is exhausting!

I have a new plan!

dummy proof meal plan binder title

It’s completely Dummy-Proof:

  • easy enough for the busiest person
  • keeps everything at a glance for easy ideas
  • allows for a quick way to save and remember recipes for the future
  • helps use fresh food before it gets lost in the fridge.


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