Seriously… Can we skip them?
I know a lot of people who feel like they have to do them because of traditions, or it helps them feel like they are in control. If that is you, awesome! You do you.
If you are on the fence, feel like it might cause you more stress than it’s worth, it’s ok to skip New Years Resolutions or anything else that causes undue stress. We all have enough stress right now.
If you want to do them, I did a round-up of the top ten NYR in 2018 (for 2019) here. Some of the links within the articles may be outdated, but if you are looking for something specific, please feel free to reach out to me either via email or via Instagram or Facebook.
The one end of year/new year tradition that I do is to buy 4 new calendars: One for the kitchen, one for my bathroom (next to my vanity), one for each of the kid’s rooms. I update them all monthly with appointments, birthdays, and holidays. I usually buy a calendar with the daily silly “holidays” on it for the kitchen. I bought this one for 2021.
You will probably start to see more posts from me (and my helpers), as one of my plans (not resolutions) is to start posting more now that I am able to have a pretty solid daily and weekly routine.
If there are topics that you would like to see or learn more about, drop me a message. I’ve got a lot of fun and good stuff planned (like quarterly Amazon Gift Card giveaways), and I’m going to continue sharing savings tips and deals, and of course crafts and recipes!
Three weeks into the new Year and there are so many of us that are settling into our routines that incorporate our New Year Resolutions (NYR). One thing that really helped me is posting our family’s weekly meal plan. I love the Weekly Meal Planner pad from Shutterfly- It’s easy to use!
I’ve partnered with my friend Brooke, over at Crying Out Loud to help one lucky winner with their NYR with an awesome Uplifting Prize Pack!
This Prize pack includes:
- Yoga Toe Socks
- Adult Coloring Coffee Tumbler (I go one of these for Christmas and I love it! I use it daily- it helps me stay out of the coffee shop). I’ve stuffed it with some of my favorite tea bags!
- The Gratitude Journal for Women
- Weekly Meal Planner pad (30 pages)- That’s enough for a whole year, plus a few extras.
- Multi-color Unicorn Pen
- $25 Tiny Tags Gift Certificate
- $10 Starbucks GC (not shown)
To Enter to win, Click here or here to enter. We’ll randomly choose a winner on 1/27/18. Giveaway is open to all US residents.
Don’t forget to leave a comment as part of the mandatory first entry! Have you turned your NYR into a habit yet? If so, how? If not, Do you need support?
This year, I wanted to add a few new weekly posts in. I already have Meal Plan Monday, and I try and post freebies on Fridays. This year, I’ll be adding in Why I Love… on Tuesdays. Each post will have a Talk Back question. I’d love to hear from you to help make my blog more about what you want to learn about and be a part of.
I’ll be sharing products, services, books, whatever I am into at the time. Starting off, I’ll be sharing my love of… The YMCA.
We joined our local YMCA two years ago when Bitty Bird was about 6 months old. What drew me to our local Y was all of the incredible options it held:
- Child care for 2 hours a day while I exercised, took classes, swam, or just went and took a shower. There is child watch for kids 5 and under, and kids club for bigger kids. Each area has toys, games, and books, as well as a staff that interacts and plays games with the kids. When the weather is nice, the bigger kids go outside to play field games. When it’s cold or wet outside (or crazy hot- come on, this is a desert), the kids get to go into the gymnasium and play games, do obstacle courses. Both kids love to go. I try to go at least 5 times a week.
- Great fitness classes included in our membership fee.
- A great pool with an area just for kids.
- Our membership includes access to all of the YMCA locations in San Diego, and access to YMCA locations across the country if we go on vacation.
- Guest passes to bring friends.
- Free classes and events for kids and the family (Our local Y does a free movie night once a month or so).
- Free local community days- Usually on holidays, our local Y offers the community free access. It’s a great way to bring friends and neighbors to see what the Y is all about.
- Free guest passes- I can bring friends whenever I want!
- Low cost personal training and speciality classes. They offer personal training, TRX, and other specialty classes for a low rate. It’s a great way to get a “boost” to my fitness goals and stay on budget. There are also classes for kids: Gymnastics, karate, tumbling, art-pretty much anything they could want!
- Scholarships and discounts. If you have an EBT card, receive WIC, SSI, or other social services, or you are active duty or retired military, you can qualify for a scholarship (a discount on your monthly dues), or a military discount.
Right now, most YMCA locations are offering deals for the new year.
Join the Y anytime in January and get up to $50 towards any program of your choice! From personal training & swim lessons to summer camps, at the YMCA, there is something for everyone!
For more information and details, contact your local YMCA.
And if you join a San Diego area YMCA, please give my name as a referral: Abby Hewes. I can earn discounts or a free month for referring new members (and once you are a member, you can too!).
I can’t wait to share more about what’s going on in our lives and what we are into.
Talk Back: If you are a member of the YMCA, what is your favorite part?
Ya’ll know how much our family LOVES Legoland, right? Well if you are looking for a family friendly way to ring in the new year and have the kids to bed before the real big ball drops, consider spending the day at Legoland!
The grand finale of Holidays at LEGOLAND® California Resort is the annual Kids’ New Year’s Eve party! This lively party begins with special musical performances from kid favorite groups Twinkle Time and Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band on Fun Town Stage and in Heartlake City.
Then, for the first time, the party moves to San Francisco in Miniland U.S.A. where like the famous Times Square party, guests gather for the countdown followed by a huge LEGO® brick dropping 22 feet into 2017 and spectacular fireworks at 6 p.m. to end the night(with plenty of time to spare to get home for bed!).
And right now, the deal gets sweeter!!
LEGOLAND California Resort is offering a gift for holiday guests: From Nov. 21, 2016 through Jan. 1, 2017, buy a one day admission to LEGOLAND California and return a second day to LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE® Aquarium for free between Jan. 2, 2017 and March 1, 2017.
All Holidays at LEGOLAND California Resort activities located inside the Park are included with regular Park admission (Kids 3–12 $89; Adults $95; Parking $15).
For more Holidays information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).
I’ve had such a great year being a Legoland Blogger, and I hope to continue next year, bringing you great promotions and sharing news straight from Legoland! I’ll be sharing some tips on how to save money when planning your Legoland trip in the next few days, just in time for NYE!
One of the most common New Years Resolutions is to to save money. And it’s a good one!
Last year I wrote a series with the top ten resolutions:
If you feel like you are too busy to “deal with” coupons:
I hope these tips and articles help!
So this is the last one! I’ve been meaning to post this for a week or so, but I hurt my wrist (I fell while hiking!), so I’ve been off the computer a lot.
#10 is a big one for our family! Reduce, re-use, recycle!
- Buy less stuff. That one is pretty simple.
- Use what you have on hand. There are some pretty awesome websites like Recipe Key and Recipe Matcher that help you find recipes based on what you have in your pantry.
- Reduce your waste out put. I’m not asking you to hold it when you gotta go, but put your eggshells and coffee grounds in your house plants and tomato plants. Try composting. You’ll be reducing your carbon foot print and you’ll make your plants happier!
- Re-purpose items! This includes eating your leftovers.
- Here, here, and here are some great Pinterest boards that have re-using ideas.
- I love this one: Making re-usable shopping bags out of old t-shirts (they make a great gift too).
- Mend your clothes- including fallen hems, loose buttons and minor tears. Sewing kits are inexpensive. If you don’t know how to sew or even thread a needle, check out YouTube for some tutorials. And hey, you’ll learn a new skills!
- In some areas, recycling is done by weight (like the majority of the recycling centers we have here). You bring all of your aluminum cans crushed up or your glass bottles in big garbage bags and they are weighed, and you receive a per lb. price.
- In other areas (like where my in-laws live back east and very few locations here in So Cal) there are machines that you deposit bottles and cans into one at a time and a per piece bottle deposit is returned to you. Re-Planet is one of those companies.
- Some areas mandate recycling- Where we live there are special cans: Black for trash, green for yard waste, and blue for recycling. The items that cannot be returned for a bottle deposit like milk cartons, soup cans, cereal boxes can be placed into the blue bin.
- Recycling doesn’t only mean bottles and cans , it can also be to give an item a new life and a new home. Donate clothes and other household items to charity or use freecycle and help your neighbors. I especially like the Buy Nothing Movement.
- You can also sell items on Craigslist, have a garage sale or sell your items via a consignment shop. They will go to a new home, you will have kept the stuff from a landfill, and you’ll have a little cash!
- Did you know that in some states you can recycle your unwanted house paint? Check out PaintCare here for more details!
How do you incorporate the three R’s into your daily life?
#9 is a resolution that I don’t really have a lot of into to share, but I figured that I’d try to help! Some people need help quitting smoking.
I won’t rag on you about how cigarettes are bad for you, so instead I’ll appeal to your monetary side. Here is a calculator that will let you know how much money you are wasting.
If you want to try the patch or gum, there should be coupons in the Sunday Inserts in January.
And finally, the CDC has some tips here.
Former smokers, how did you kick the habit?
#8 is a resolution that I thought would be closer to the top of the list: Learn something new!
There are lots of ways that you can learn and grow without breaking the bank!
- Borrow books from the library- most libraries have their card catalogs online, so you can check and see if your local library branch has the book(s) you are looking for before you step foot in the library. AND- some libraries have the ability to hold the books for you until you can get down there (usually 24 hours).
- Can’t find the books in print near you? Check out Google Books. There are tons of free books that you can read online.If you head over to Amazon you’ll find thousands of Free E-books on Amazon in all reader formats.
- Check out community learning opportunities. Grossmont Adult Education has tons of great classes, including some great Mommy and Me style pre-school classes for kids!
- Check YouTube for tutorials or seminars that are of interest to you.
- Harvard (yeah, *THAT HARVARD*) has free, no credit open courses here. Other Colleges including MIT, Yale and Stanford offer free online no credit classes for the public to take/sit in on.
- Check your local museums for free days for locals. San Diego Locals- here is a list of free museum days in Balboa Park.
- Craftsy has a ton of free classes and patterns! Check out this post with just a few of my favorite classes!
- There are tons of free opportunities for kids to learn here. Most public libraries have story time or other free activities and workshops for kids. Check out Red Tricycle’s website for all kinds of free and cheap learning opportunities for your littles!
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