20. 11.

I'm not too big on resolutions.

I do, however have a few hopes/goals in mind for the new year. Are goals different then resolutions? If not then I guess I do have a few resolutions.


1. A grocery budget. $100 a week. Maybe this figure is easy for you, but I struggle with it. I have a plan though. It just means eating more oatmeal, (maybe with chocolate-chips in it) having homemade pizza once a week, (which we already do) better meal planning, (cooking a whole chicken and using the bits and pieces in recipes and the carcass for stock) and lots of beans, rice, and potatoes. :) Wish me luck on this one.

2. Be with my girls more. For the past two years I have constantly been in two places at once. I admit I have let me mothering slide a little. I'm so excited to be with my girls more. Coloring, playing, creating with them. I can't wait.

3. Date my husband.

4. Read. With school out I'm so excited to pick up a good book again. I'm hoping to read some classics like Moby Dick, The Catcher in the Rye, The Count of Monte Cristo,
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, etc.

5. Yoga. Yoga. Yoga.

So there it is. Just a few.

I'm so excited.


Cherish Stockdale said...

$100 a week is tough for me too! But it is doable with enough planning...

banananutmeg said...

on beans...one of my resolutions a few years ago was to eat beans as a main dish at least once a month. I tried a lot of recipes. A few were nasty. Most were delicious, and now we eat beans twice a montha as a main dish, and put them in everything.
Black beans and cilantro lime rice? Yummy. And it's cheap. yay.

For the date thing, another one of our resolutions in past years that we have kept up is to go on two kid free, real dates a month. A month goes by faster than you'd think on that one. We found that if we budget to pay a sitter 1x a month and go on a cheap or free date, and then swap kid-sitting with another family for the other date, it works out really well. We aren't watching other peoples kids all the time (cuz let's face it, sometimes the payback part sucks even if the kids are having fun), but just enough to totally enjoy our night/day out.
And sometimes, we just meet for a long lunch. If that's all we can squeeze in, so be it. It's something...and I still totally dress up cute for it, so that counts, right?

good luck with your goals! Let us know if you find any new tricks for trimming the fat on the grocery budget.

Christen said...

Good luck...I have always had problems with grocery budgets. I am going to totally copy you on #3. That is a fabulous goal/resolution!

Mrs. Nettles said...

hey have you seen those awesome books on amazon that have really awesome covers? they are all the classics... and you would love them!

Rachelle said...

girl, the only way we stay on budget with groceries is by meal planning AND sticking to the meals! you can do it!

Lori said...

We are trying $100 a week, too. So far so good... but it is only the 7th. As far as reading the classics go, start with "the Count". I wish I could read it again for the first time. LOVE IT!

Sally said...

I LOVED reading the Count of Monte Cristo, one of my favorites for sure. Yoga is on my list too! Wish we could go together. Miss you!

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