10 New Year’s Resolutions for Columbus Parents

Call me crazy, but I actually like making (and tend to keep) New Year’s Resolutions! I think the key is making them realistic, attainable and easy to measure. (It also helps if you have a task-oriented personality, which I do. It is a strength AND a weakness, trust me!)

One year I resolved not to eat store-bought breakfast cereal for one year. And I did it. It’s like a little challenge I know I can accomplish. In 2016, I resolved to exercise 208 times (an average of 4x per week) and I did it! (Yes, the last week of December I was exercising twice a day…) 😉 Must. check. off. those. boxes. . . Okay, now I’ve let you see a little bit too much of my crazy. 😉

Whether or not you make (or keep) New Year’s Resolutions, I think sitting down and being more intentional about the year ahead is always a good thing to do! Here are 10 ideas for being more intentional this year:

1. Exercise More Often

Try out one of these options where you can exercise WITH your kids:

2.  Plan Your Meals in Advance

Try out these freezer meals! They’re not only for the grill, they can also be baked or sautéed on the stovetop!

3. Have More Date Nights

If you find it as hard as I do to get a date night out, try some of these at home date night ideas!

4. Take More Road Trips

Here are 6 Ohio road trips to take this year!

5. Save More Money

If going out with the family is breaking the bank, try one of these free and/or cheap options around town:

6. Be Present with Your Kids

Being a parent is hard work! But sometimes we make it harder than it has to be:

7. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others on Social Media

Here’s some inspiration:

8. Make More Money

Try selling your kids’ clothes and toys at one of these area consignment sales:

9. Read More Books

Check out one of these great local libraries:

10. Be Featured on this Blog!

Click the picture to tell me 3 places you love to take your kids in Columbus and you might be featured in an upcoming blog post!

Thanks for following along with us and making 2016 a really great year! Happy New Year!

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What to Expect After Spending 10 Consecutive Sick Days at Home with Your Kids (it’s not pretty!)

  • There will be lots of tears, mostly yours. Sometimes those tears will happen at the dinner table when it sinks in that you will be doing all of this again tomorrow.
  • Your household will be in a mixed state of being “dressed”. That may include one kid completely dressed and one in pajamas, or one kid in pajamas and one kid wearing jeans and a pajama top. But there will always be pajamas.
A mother's badge of honor.

A mother’s badge of honor.

  • You’ll give up trying to avoid being coughed on, sneezed on or covered in snot. The effort is futile. I advise giving this one up early just to lower your stress level as soon as humanly possible.
  • Time will move backwards. No really. Like moving backwards at the slowest pace possible. 4:45 PM will slowly creep back to 3:30 PM and that’s the exact moment when you will lose. your. mind.
  • You will become jealous of cartoon characters. “Must be nice to spend all day working on your container garden and running your own business, Kelly from Handy Manny!  Must be nice to have hobbies and friends and get up and walk around whenever you feel like it.”
Welcome to the couch...you're gonna be here for a while!

Welcome to the couch…you’re gonna be here for a while!

  • Calling it a “sick day” will become an excuse you can use for just about anything you want to justify. Want to watch TV all day? Make popcorn at 8:45 AM? Skip a bath for 3 days? Drink juice all day? Bake cookies? Cry into your chicken noodle soup? Be my guest. It’s a sick day.
Sitting at the doctor's office looking sad.

Sitting at the doctor’s office looking sad.

  • You will feel (real or imagined) judgement for having sick kids at the doctor’s office, of all places. Whose idea was it to have parents bring 2 week old babies to wait in the same waiting room with your kid who is currently coughing up a lung?
  • Motivation will hit an all time low. Like lower than low. You might look at Pinterest ideas or google something like “activities for passing a sick day” but in the end you will watch TV. And then you will get mad when your kids don’t want to watch TV anymore and want to “play” – which means disintegrate into a pile of whining and hitting and snot.
  • You will walk a fine line between letting your kids nap during the day and wanting them to be awake so they can go to bed at 6:30 PM. Expect this one to be tough. Their sleep is your only escape, choose wisely.
Feel sorry for me!

Feel sorry for me!

  • Your kids may be sick but, I’m sad to say, you will feel most sorry for yourself. Yes, this selfishness is embarrassing. Your kids might be crying and miserable…. but you will be sitting there next to them on the couch, staring out the window, wondering what it would be like to be a mail carrier, walking out there in the real world, by herself, thinking clear, uninterrupted thoughts . . .
  • You might forget what it feels like out there in the real world. Expect shock upon reentry. Especially if it is sunny. It will feel like FREEDOM!! It will feel like the world is new and amazing and every person you meet is your best friend. You will smile at strangers and let people out in front of you while driving. You might even enjoy going to the grocery store with your children and sing along to the music overhead.  Even Miley Cyrus songs.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Anyone else have one to share?!

When my kid wakes up at 4:50AM, I make DONUTS!

My youngest woke up at 4:50AM this morning.  Needless to say, I felt like making a “treat” for breakfast.  (And LOTS of coffee!)  It’s Saturday, after all!

My kids loved these and I felt that they weren’t all that terrible for them to eat!  I cut the sugar way down and honestly, I feel that with the banana and chocolate chips, you could probably omit it all together.

I got the original recipe here.  I changed a few things based on my preferences:

Ingredients:

1 cup Mashed Ripe Banana (2 small bananas)
1/8 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Full Fat Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup Unsalted Butter (Melted)
2 Eggs (Room Temperature)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
3/4 cup Mini Chocolate Chips

Bake at 325 degrees.

I used my stand mixer to mix the bananas, sugar and yogurt together well.  Add the rest of the ingredients in order and then fold in the chocolate chips.  I used a quart-sized Ziplock bag to pipe the mixture into my donut pan.  Bake for 12-15 min.  Mine took 15.

Jaden asked me if these were for Valentine’s Day so I said “yes”!  Bonus!  A Valentine’s treat without extra work!

Remember if you’re looking for something to do today, you can check out my list of ideas here.