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Tips for Starting Off the New Year Right

Here we are at the beginning of another New Year…2019. I’m not sure if you were ready for it or not, but I felt like 2018 just kind of rushed its way through. It just seemed like it was over before it really had a chance to get started. However, that’s probably just because I’m a mom. It seems like every year goes by a little quicker than the last now that I have kids. (If you’re a mom, then I’m sure you agree!)

Since we are at the beginning of another New Year, I thought this was an appropriate time to give a few tips for how you can get the year started off right (for you and your family).

Organize holiday decorations as you put them away. If you haven’t packed up all of your holiday decorations yet, then take the time to organize them while you pack them away in the attic for next year. Spend a little money on a few nice totes to store various holiday décor in. Don’t forget to label everything! You’ll be amazed how much better you will feel once you’ve got your holiday decorations stored away, knowing they are organized! Have the house cleaned. For me, one of the most irritating things about the holidays is how disorderly my house gets during those two hectic months. If you feel the same way, then do yourself a big favor and hire someone to come and clean your house once the kids go back to school. Even if you don’t want a housecleaner to come on a regular basis, hiring one to come at the beginning of the New Year is a great way to get off on the right foot. This is especially true if you are like me and function better…

How to Find Time for Your Spouse in 2018

In one of my earlier posts, I stated that it seems like every year (since I’ve had children) goes by faster and faster! While I enjoy watching the months go by, my children grown and the seasons change…I don’t like the fact that I get so busy with life in general that I lose precious time with my spouse.

My husband and I went and saw Parental Guidance last weekend and the adult daughter was having a hard time leaving her kids with her parents so she could go with her husband on a business trip. Her mother (Bette Midler) pulled her off to the side and told her that she needs to go be with her husband because her children are all going to grow up and then she will be left with her husband.

Take a minute to think about that statement. It’s true. Our children are going to grow up, go to college, get married and start their own lives, leaving us with our spouse. Therefore, while it is important to spend time with our children, if we spend all of our time and energy focusing on them and not our spouse, when they leave, we will essentially be left living with a stranger. So, this year, why not make a promise to yourself to spend more time with your spouse. Here are a few suggestions for how you can do it.

Rent a movie. I understand it’s hard to get out when you’ve got kids, especially little children. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little time alone with your spouse. Rent a movie and make plans to have a “movie” night after the kids have went to bed. Go all out and pop popcorn and drink your favorite soda too. Just spending two hours…