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Happy New Year

Every year, I make a few resolutions that I'm sure I'll be able to keep. Sometimes I am successful, such as losing a few pounds in 2009 (I did lose them, but I gained some back!). Other times I'm not, like when I resolved to get us financially sound back in 2006 (and 2007…and 2008…). But I am not a quitter, and I will make resolutions yet again. Hopefully this year will be a triumphant one, but if not….oh well, there's always next year!

7 Resolutions for a Busy Mom

My Resolutions for the New Year

1. Keeping the house clean-er

I'm really not as good about cleaning as I should be, especially since I'm prone to allergies. But with a new dog in the family, I now have no choice but to clean more often, and more thoroughly.

2. Become truly debt-free

Some unforeseen and unplanned-for circumstances got us in some credit card trouble this year. We are working on a way to fix that, and during the last few months we've learned to only spend money we actually have. I hope the New Year brings us true financial stability.

3. Friday night play-dates

Throughout the year, I try to do lots of things for the kids. From taking them to special events around town, to hosting sleepovers with their cousins, I try to make memories that they will always cherish. I can't help but feel like I should do more, though. Next year, I'd like to change our routine a bit, and have Friday play-dates at least every two weeks. These will be special nights, with pizza for dinner, and lots of yummy snacks like Rice Krispies Treats and Soft Batch Cookies on hand. It won't matter if they stay up late because there's no school the next day, and I know they will love knowing they have something fun to look forward to at the end of every week.

4. More "real" dates

Hubby and I aren't big on "date night," but I definitely think that's something we need to work on this coming year. Our lives constantly revolve around our boys, and that's all well and good, but our partnership is just as important.

5. Just a little patience

I've been unusually snippy lately with hubby and the boys. Not sure why, as there's only one major stressor going on right now that might be making me frustrated, and I've adopted an "it is what it is" policy on that one. Regardless of that, I should not be taking whatever it is out on them. So I am resolving to be more patient, and not lose my patience.

6. Monthly mommy spa time

Mommies deserve some "me" time, but I tend to neglect "me" for "them" constantly. I will try my hardest to treat myself to a manicure and pedicure, and maybe a massage, at least once a month. After all, a relaxed mommy is a happy mommy!

7. Remember to not sweat the small stuff…and it's all small stuff

I'm going to not let that driver that cut me off ruin my mood. I'm not going to get frustrated when I'm on hold for an hour and the call drops. I'm going to stay centered and remember that as long as my family and I are healthy, have food on our table, jobs that pay the bills, and a roof over our heads, we have more than enough reason to be happy. The rest, as they say, is small stuff.

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