Mom Life, My Life

101 Goals in 1001 Days

With the new year coming I feel like everyone is frantically searching for the perfect New Years Resolutions or goals to be set. I personally love setting goals because it allows me to grow and when I achieve them it gives me a great sense of accomplishment.

I have always been a goal setter. Daily I make to do lists to cross off what I get done. It doesn’t stop there though, my obsession grows to weekly lists, monthly lists, cleaning checklists, etc. Pretty much if I can track it there is probably a notebook or calendar laying around this house with some sort of list in it that documents some sort of progress on a goal that I have in mind.

Several years ago I ran across the idea of 101 goals in 1001 days. The idea of these goals is to set goals in a variety of categories to really help you grow. Some of these goals might be big goals that are difficult to accomplish, like saving enough money to take the family to Disneyland, but then some might be easy that you just haven’t made the time for, like meal planning each week to save money. With 1001 days (over 2 ½ years)  to accomplish these goals it allows you the opportunity to be really creative while planning out what you want to accomplish. It also allows you time to try, try and try again when you hit a stumbling block while accomplishing your goals.

Another perfect thing about 101 in 1001 is you can start it any any point throughout the year! So if you are finding this in June, don’t wait until January 1st; the best time to start setting goals is right now! I started my 1001 days on December 20, 2017 so my 1001 days will be up on September 16, 2020. (Crazy to think at that point I will have a almost 16 year old, an almost 14 year old, a 13 year old, a 5 year old, and a 3 year old!)  So when setting your goals you want to keep the timeline in perspective that you can go on a cruise with your spouse and leave your baby at home, because they won’t be a baby when the 1001 days is up! To calculate 1001 days from any date, click here. There are so many bloggers out there who have blogged about this great idea, so if you are finding it hard to set 101 goals do a google search or look on Pinterest for great ideas! Of course, feel free to steal any of mine as well! I have categorized my ideas in the following  categories, you can use these same ones or create your own! Family, Personal/ Self Improvement, Home Life, Spiritual, Health and Fitness, Financial, Create/ Sew, Travel, Organization, and Misc. goals.

 

Now that I talked your ear off about another way to set goals and achieve them here are my 101 Goals in 1001 Days!

(I will update my progress throughout my journey! Be sure to keep me posted on your journey as well!)

 

101 Goals in 1001 Days

Family Goals

  1. Teach Colby to drive (I can’t believe I am writing this!)
  2. Have a planned family activity once a week for 6 months
  3. Take a trip with my Mom on a girls weekend
  4. Teach Chase to tie a tie
  5. Go to the Farmer’s Market in Dallas
  6. Teach Talie to read
  7. Teach Talie to write her name
  8. Have preschool time with Talie 3 times a week for 6 months
  9. Have 10 minutes of intentional time with each child one on one for 1 month
  10. Create a family Motto/ theme for the year
  11. Teach Colby and Chase to iron
  12. Adopt a family for Christmas
  13. Mail Taya a just because box twice
  14. Send a note to Grandma K. every month for a year
  15. Go through everyone’s clothes get rid of what they never wear. Don’t replace it.

 

Personal/ Self Improvement Goals

  1. Learn to play the Piano
  2. Write a Book to help Blended Families be more successful (started 12/20/17)
  3. Learn to take Pictures and edit them
  4. Shave my legs once a week for 6 months (Hey! I have kids and no time)
  5. Don’t complain for one month
  6. Keep a journal for 5 months
  7. Have a wifi free weekend/ no games on phone either
  8. Make a list of birthdays send out birthday cards to everyone for an entire year (started 12/27/17)
  9. Write 5 posts for another blog or a magazine/ newspaper

 

Home Life Goals

  1. Built in cabinets in Playroom for toys
  2. Acquire 4 month food Supply (started 12/20/17)
  3. Make 72 hour kits for each member of the family
  4. Decorate for each holiday for one year
  5. Plant a garden each season for a year
  6. Plant and maintain 6 fruit trees
  7. Declutter, clean out, donate, throw away what we don’t need
  8. Meal Plan for 6 months (started 12/20/17)
  9. Acquire a 8 month supply of food (started 12/20/17)
  10. Try a new recipe Twice a month
  11. Make Homemade baby food for 1 month
  12. Make homemade bread that my family will eat
  13. Change photos to new ones around the house. Have some with the littles in it
  14. Redecorate bedroom, find the perfect mirror for above the bed
  15. Have family jobs and stick to them for 4 months (started 12/20/17)

 

Spiritual Goals

  1. Read all the General Conference talks for a year (started 12/20/17)
  2. Study the Book of Mormon for 30 minutes a day for 6 months with the Book of Mormon Study Guide
  3. Pray daily morning and night. (started 12/20/17)
  4. Have meaningful FHE lessons for 6 months
  5. Increase my spiritual knowledge/ keep a scripture journal
  6. Read the Book of Mormon as a Family
  7. Memorize the Proclamation to the World
  8. Memorize the Living Christ
  9. Memorize 10 scriptures or quotes
  10. Index 1000 names

 

Health and Fitness Goals

  1. Take 10k steps a day for 1 month
  2. Drink half my bodyweight in water for 1 month
  3. No soda for a month (no lemonade)
  4. Exercise for 30 minutes 5x a week for 4 months
  5. Do a Pinterest Ab challenge
  6. Cut out junk food except once a week for 4 months
  7. Get back to Prepregnancy weight (started 12/20/17, but let’s be honest this has been ongoing for awhile now)
  8. No eating out for one month (no take out delivery etc.) except on Date night for 1 month 
  9. Floss Daily for 1 month ( I know, I know… with 5 kids this will be a challenge, trust me!)
  10. Buy a piece of exercise equipment for in the house (Bike, treadmill) (accomplished 12/25/17)

 

Financial Goals

  1. Save $500 in Household Budget to spend in Hawaii
  2. Plan a budget and stick to it for 3 months

 

Create/ Sew Goals

  1. Redo Mom and Dad’s Wedding Album
  2. Scrapbook the kids’ lives
  3. Sew a blanket for mom
  4. Make a quilt for each one of my kids for Christmas
  5. Create a work environment for blogging
  6. Create Daily Marriage Tips
  7. A homemade Christmas to all Extended Family Members that we buy for
  8. Make church books for the littles
  9. Create a preschool lesson plan with printables
  10. Sew an Apron
  11. Sew matching PJ’s for all the boys for Christmas
  12. Sew matching PJ’s for all the girls for Christmas
  13. Learn to bind a quilt
  14. Create a family photo album
  15. Make/ fix Recipe Book (one with all the recipes and a smaller one with the ones we cook all the time)
  16. Print out recipes I always look up on the internet for a hard copy
  17. Coffee Table for the living room
  18. Matching end Table for the living room
  19. Learn to Calligraphy/ Hand Letter
  20. Teach Taya to sew
  21. Make all the birthday cards and thank you cards I send out this year (started 12/26/17)

 

Travel Goals

  1. Take the kids to Maui
  2. Go to Vail, CO in the summertime
  3. Visit both of Ty’s and my Family in 2018
  4. Go on a cruise with just Ty and I
  5. Take the kids to Disneyland
  6. Travel some place outside the USA
  7. Take a road trip with the kids. Stop along the way and see cool stuff

 

Organization Goals

  1. Gather and make emergency preparedness notebook
  2. Create a cleaning schedule and stick to it for 6 months
  3. Organize closets and cupboards. Keep them organized for 6 months
  4. Organize bathroom cupboards. Keep track of what we have so we don’t run out
  5. Send out Christmas Cards
  6. Organize all financial paperwork. Keep it organized for 3 months
  7. Organize kids’ clothes and get rid of what they don’t need or want

 

Misc Goals

  1. Get 1000 Likes on FB (blog related)
  2. Get 4000 Followers on Instagram and Twitter (blog related)
  3. Make an income blogging (blog related)
  4. Follow a blog Schedule for 6 months (M, T, W (Wandering Wed), Th, Fri (only reviews)
  5. Compile a new 101 list when this is done

 

So what’s on your 101 goals in 1001 days list?!

 

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Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday #16

Wandering Wednesday

With it being just a couple days after Christmas and the kids on break and other kids sick… Yes! Even on Christmas I’m just popping in to drop the link for the blog party! We will be back to running normal next week I promise with featured posts and even a guest host! Can’t wait to see you there! Drop your links below!

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Kids, Product Review

Helping Kids Discover Journaling

I love this time a year… A time of new beginnings and fresh starts, of course we don’t always have to wait for the New Year to do this, but it seems for the most of us we always do… For me, it usually is an excuse to still continue to eat chocolate! 🙂

One of my FAVORITE things about the New Year is taking the time to start a journal! Many people wonder why they should keep a journal. Journaling allows me to really discover who I am. It allows my children and grandchildren to one day understand my trials and struggles and exactly how to get through them (when I give them all to them when I get older). It allows me the opportunity for personal growth and self discovery. So many times I have turned back to my journal for answers that I am seeking. Journaling offers us the ability to spill our guts and really reflect on the things that are bothering us. It really helps us improve our understanding and insight on situations that are occurring around us. 

As a mom I want to have my kids discover these same benefits of journaling, but I always have felt like journals are a little above their head until now!

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My Gratitude and Dream Journal

I love the My Gratitude and Dream journal because it is not like any other journal that I have written in. This colorful journal is sprinkled with quotes that are not only meaningful, but inspiring as well. It also allows plenty of room for you to write your thoughts, feelings, and ideas on what you are thankful for. What I love about this journal is the fact that I don’t feel the need that I have to write in it every day, but I certainly can!

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Perfect for Kids and Teens

If you are trying to inspire your kids or teens to write in journals this is the perfect one for them to get started with! It allows them room to color, write, and truly express themselves on each page. It has a variety of colors and is truly inviting. It is never too early to introduce journaling and expressing gratitude to your kids, and this is the perfect book to do it!

If you are looking for a journal for your kids that offers more self reflection and personal growth the My Happy Place journal is just what you are looking for.

My Happy Place

This journal allows them to grow as they discover themselves through self-reflection, school and hobbies, family and friends, and helping the world.

It will help your child:

*express themselves through writing, pictures, and drawing

* Unlock their feelings, hopes, and dreams

* Discover who they are and what they want to become

* Build Confidence and strengthen relationships

* Give them awareness that they can make a difference in the world in which we live.

 

These journals were created by a mom and a daughter who had a dream to make and create products that inspire, educate, and entertain the young and the young at heart and My Gratitude and Dream Journal and My Happy Place certainly does just that!

If you are a parent or grandparent wanting to teach your children the beauty of journaling these are the perfect journals to get them started! I am so excited for my 10 year old daughter to open both of these journals on Christmas morning so that she can begin to understand the beauty of journaling. You can find both journals on Amazon here and here.

 

*These opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. For a full disclosure please see my disclosure statement.

Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday #15

Wandering Wednesday

6 days until Christmas can you believe it? I am running around like a crazy person trying to get everything done! Think I FINALLY ordered the last present today! It is for Ty (well, who am I kidding, it’s more for me :); Isn’t that how married people Christmas shop sometimes??), and I am super excited about it, click here to see what the finally purchase is! Do you have one? Do you love it? I have heard such good things about it!

Well, with it being so close to Christmas, I known we are all BUSY! So let’s get to the Link up! BUT before we do I want to do a Blogger Spotlight!

I wanted to spotlight the A-MAZING Amy, from NeededInTheHome. Amy is a mom of 7 kids from Wisconsin. She has been married for over 20 years, homeschools her kids, blogs, and runs an Etsy store! She is a great mom and blogger! Every week she comes to the linkup reads other blogger’s posts and votes on her favorite! Thank you, Amy for being part of Wandering Wednesday with us! GO visit Amy’s website here!

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Blogmas, Christmas, Holidays, Kids

How Older Kids Can Help Little Ones Still Believe

Welcome to Blogmas 2017! We are so excited to have Romina from Mini Mummi Blogger with us today!

I discovered that Santa Claus was a myth when I was 7 years old. Now, I say discovered, because I worked it out myself, rather than being told by my parents (or other kids in school). You see, that year, I had asked Santa to bring me a bike. But not just any bike, a specific, pink bike, with streamers coming out of the handles, and a little silver bell. It would be my first real bike, and I was super excited!

One day, I was playing hide and seek with a family friend’s niece, at his place. The family friend was a tiler, and he had a number of pallets in his driveway (which extended behind the garage door, and into the enclosed patio he’d had built onto his house). There weren’t really a lot of place to hide at this house, so I went out to where the pallets were. I noticed that one of them seemed to have a space in the middle, which looked like the perfect hiding place, so I snuck in to hide. Lo and behold, there, in the centre of this pallet, was a very specific, pink bike, with streamers coming out of the handles, and a little silver bell. I knew this must be my bike, which my parents had hidden here until Christmas, knowing I’d probably manage to find it at home. Rather than feel disappointed at the realisation that Santa was, in fact, my parents, I was pretty pleased with myself at having made this discovery. Yes, I was a bit of a smarty pants.

I didn’t, however, let my parents know that I knew. I guess I thought it would make them sad, or something. More importantly, I didn’t want my brother to find out! He was only 4 years old at the time, and really loved Christmas. So, I let my parents continue to think I still believed in Santa. After dinner, I would help Dad put out the milk and cookies he would later help himself to, pretending we’d had a visit from the jolly fat man and his reindeer. I’d go along on the “Santa spotting” strolls we traditionally took with Mum after dinner, while Dad presumably laid out the gifts under the tree. When my parents finally decided to tell me that Santa was make believe, I simply said “I know”, and was met with bemused expressions.

I knew it had been worth it (and, let’s not lie, it had been fun to go along with it all!), when my parents told my brother, a year later (prior to Christmas, when some kid in his class had spilled the beans). When my mother confirmed the rumor, my brother was devastated. He cried. I told him it would all be okay, he’d still get presents. This seemed to calm him down a bit, but he was still sad at losing the magic of that belief. And this is why I was excited to put together a post on this topic, for Confessions of Parenting. I love telling this story, because it really illustrates how the spirit of Christmas can be maintained, and what it means to the children who believe. Not blowing my own trumpet here, but it’s a good example of how older siblings can keep the magic alive for their little siblings.

Here are ten things your big kids can do to help their younger brothers and sisters believe:

 

  1. Read a Christmas Storybook

If your older children can read, get them to choose their favourite Christmas story and read it to their younger siblings. It’s a great way for them to spend time with their siblings, and perpetuate the myth of the man who knows if you’ve been naughty or nice!

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  1. Make Handmade Ornaments

Doing crafts is also a good activity for older children to do with their siblings. Depending on the kind of activity, you may need to supervise (scissors, glue, disaster, whatnot …), but be creative! Kids can come up with amazing ideas given a bunch of odds and ends: macaroni, buttons, streamers, cardboard, ribbons, empty toilet rolls, egg cartons, lids, fake flowers – seriously, anything is useful. Once they’re done, make a big deal about each child hanging their ornament on the tree!

  1. Go for a “Santa spotting” Walk

Whether it’s to distract them from a parent setting up the presents, or simply to add an activity to Christmas Eve, take your children for a walk outside. Get your older children to help you point out interesting things that may be signs of Santa and his reindeer. If you don’t look too closely – and use a bit of imagination – you can see Santa’s sleigh crossing in front of the moon (the dark shadows made by the moon’s craters). If going for a walk isn’t practical, pop out into your backyard or onto your balcony, and have your children look for shooting stars or the same “man in the moon”. This way, you may even be able to leave this duty to your older children, while you bustle about getting things ready for Santa’s visit.

  1. Write Letters to Santa

Have your older children write letters to Santa, to encourage your little ones to do so, as well. If your little ones can’t write yet, their older siblings may even be able to pen the letter while the younger ones dictate their wishlists! If the local post office or shopping centre is hosting a “Santa’s mailbox”, perhaps organise a trip to actually post the letters (and leave this in your older children’s hands, if they’re old enough!

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  1. Decorate the House

Set out a box of decorations for your kids to put up around the house. If your little ones aren’t tall enough to reach, they’ll have fun instructing their older siblings on where to drape this bit of tinsel and hang that Christmas stocking! Putting up decorations in their own bedrooms will also add to the holiday cheer.

  1. Recount Past Christmas Experiences

Older children will often remember particular Christmases quite clearly. Ask your older kids to tell their younger siblings about their favourite Christmas, focusing on the make believe aspects that the little ones will relate to and enjoy!

  1. Bake Christmas Cookies

Involving your children in the preparation of the food that Santa and his reindeer will consume is a great way of selling the story. Santa needs cookies, so get the kids baking! Appoint the older children as supervisors for cookie decoration duty, or ask them to help the little ones select the choicest carrots for the reindeer!

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  1. Set the Table for a Feast

Okay, so you do get some benefit out of this one! Seriously, though, setting the table with special napkins, cutlery holders, centrepieces, and other Christmas-y tidbits can build excitement. Fancy place settings for the yummy dinner that will be had will impress Santa! Place the older children in charge of napkin folding or a similar activity, so that they can show their younger siblings how a simple Christmas napkin can become a fan or a sailboat! (Note: reasonable origami-like skills required for this one!)

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  1. Take Santa Photos

Whether you head over to the local “Santa’s workshop” or DIY, taking photos with Santa is a sure-fire way of perpetuating the myth of the jolly fat man. Get your older kids to help you organise the trip or set up your own Santa throne (or whatever setting works for your location and family). If your older kids are photography aficionados, perhaps they can even do the camerawork while the little ones pose with Santa!

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  1. Wrap Gifts Together

A great lesson to teach your kids is that giving is as good as receiving (better, even!). There is magic in seeing someone’s face light up when they’ve opened a gift carefully chosen for them. Place your older kids on supervisor duty, and have all your children help with wrapping the presents and putting them under the tree. This will encourage them all to work together, and, more importantly, to appreciate the thought that goes into gift giving.

 

Well, there you have it! Ten ways to get your older children to help your little ones believe. The younger ones will enjoy the magic for as long as they can, while the older ones will learn the satisfaction of helping maintain the sense of joy their siblings have during the holiday season. That is a lesson truly in the spirit of Christmas.

 

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Romina is a first time mummy to a beautiful baby boy. Her blog is a place to share her thoughts and experiences, so other mummies can find useful and friendly information, and to encourage them to believe in themselves and have confidence in their mummy-wisdom. You can find her over at Mini Mummi Blogger

 

 

 

 

 

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Blogmas, Christmas, Freebies, Holidays, Recipes

Gingerbread Cookie Sugar Scrub

Welcome to Blogmas 2017! I am so excited for Anna Panza, from PanzaAvenue.com to be joining us with this fantastic Gingerbread Cookie Sugar Scrub as a last minute gift idea! I am definitely making this for friends and neighbors this year and some extra for me! Visit her website and say hello! 

 


The Holiday Season is here and if you are anything like me, your holiday “buy for” list grows a little each year. On top of my list growing, there is the added pressure I place on myself to find the perfect gift for everyone on my list. Something thoughtful, something more than a gift card, and something most definitely unique. Can you relate?

As you can imagine, every year I am rushing around searching high and low for the perfect gift. I am usually rushing out for that last minute gift that meets a laundry list of criteria, too. Again, something thoughtful and something unique. I have finally realized the best last minute gift can be made at home.

I wanted to share with you a simple, last minute gift you can make for anyone on your holiday list this year.