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?
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?