2015 New Year’s Resolution: Let’s Do This!

Dec 19, 2014 by

In just a few short weeks it will be the New Year and with that comes resolutions. Last year, I vowed to be a more patient person, but I don’t think that turned out so well. I wish I tried harder, but with being super busy with moving and renovating a house, I think I would give myself a grade of a B. In 2015, I hope to become even more patient, but just saying that one “hopes” to become more patient, isn’t enough. I believe New Year’s resolutions should come with a well thought out plan with deliverables and goals. That being said, below are some goals to achieving a better level of patience:

– Accepting you’re not superwoman. I need to understand I can’t do it all and accept it. There are only so many hours in the day, I am not a robot

Through the Good and the Bad

Dec 12, 2014 by

I am probably like most parents who base a good time around whether or not their child is in a good mood. I can also guarantee that most parents, like myself, only tend to remember the melt downs and tantrums and easily forget about the sweet moments with their children.

My outlook changed this past weekend when I decided to switch things up a bit. Saturday morning we woke up, cuddled in bed for awhile and it felt so good. She even looked at me, gave me a hug and said, “Mommy you’re my best buddy!” Right then and there, she melted my heart. Later that day, I asked myself, “why do I always remember the tantrums and not these special moments?” I felt as if I needed to change my viewpoint on her behavior towards me. I could either sit back and watch her grow and only remember the tantrums or I could enjoy these early years of her life, with her, soaking up all the hugs, kisses and laughs. I chose the second. I am going to stop wallowing in her “difficult” times, and instead, accept them for what they are – age appropriate releases of emotions, hug her through it and move on to the next moment.

A Christmas Tradition

Dec 5, 2014 by

Each year we get together with my husband’s family to cut down our Christmas tree, in which we kick off the day with a nice family brunch. This year, we are hosting brunch at our new house and are very excited to have all 15 family members over in a house that can actually fit that many people. Our old house was too small, so this year will be very special. It’s been a busy week grocery shopping, cooking and of course, cleaning, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

After brunch, we will be going to my mother-in-law’s house where Santa will be visiting us on a fire truck! I know, right, how cool is that?! After a quick Santa appearance we will be heading to a Christmas tree farm in Middlebury. My husband is always quick to find a tree, where me on the other hand, takes about an hour to find the perfect tree! Hopefully this year, as our daughter is now 2 ½, she will understand it a little better and help pick out the tree.

Holiday Savings Tips!

Nov 28, 2014 by

Have any of the Black Friday and holiday commercials made you sweat at the thought of tapping into that bank account this holiday season? If so, don’t be too scared, below are some tips to save you some money and time.

– Determine a budget. The first thing anyone should do is create a budget and a list of people you need to shop for.

– Develop an excel sheet. Add in people you need to shop for and items you’ve purchased along with a cost. Tally it up at the bottom to make sure you stay on budget.

– Do your homework. Research best deals, sales and online stores that offer free shipping.

– Shop online. Not only will you find some great deals and (hopefully) free shipping, but you will also save gas and wear/tear on your car. Not to mention, who wants to deal with all those crowded stores? Not me!

A Thankful Holiday

Nov 21, 2014 by

2014 has been such a great year for my family. We purchased our dream home, tackled some of the largest renovation projects we still had a few breaks to be together as a family. For that, I am grateful.  As I sit back and reflect upon this year there are so many other things I am grateful for.

- Being a mother. It is the hardest, but most rewarding job I will ever have.

- Going five years strong with my husband, who is one of the most patient, hardworking man I know. I am lucky.

- Healthy and happy parents who spend so much time with my daughter. They just can’t get enough of her.

- A mother-in-law who has literally given up almost every weekend this summer to work on our house. We wouldn’t be where we are today without her.

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