Ringing in the New Year with New Resolutions 

2015 is finally coming to an end, and I find myself excited and hopeful for 2016.

Why it takes the start of a new year to start getting motivated beats me, as really you could start on your goals at any time. Must just be habit and the fact that everyone and their mother decides to ask you what your New Years resolution is.

In general, most years I skip out on New Years resolutions. But this year I actually have a few and I’m excited for them! So, without further ado, here are my New Years resolutions for 2016.

‘Cuz if I’m going to join the crowd, I’m going to do it right.


  1. Start saving money. We have zero savings. Literally. No savings. As a single income family of 4, we are one of the many families that live paycheck to paycheck. We don’t struggle necessarily, but we also haven’t been trying to save. I have a plan for the new year and am excited to see how we do!
  2. Meal Planning. Part of my money saving plan is to meal plan so that I don’t have to go to the store 7 days a week and waste money. They more times you go to the store, the more unnecessary items you buy. I am hoping that by meal planning and only shopping 1-2 times a week that I can cut my grocery bill at least by half.
  3. WORK OUT MORE. Ok. I know this one is cliche. But seriously. I have put on 10 pounds since September, have stopped working out, and eat like crap. Going to get back on track.
  4. Spend more quality time with my children. I love the time I get with my boys. But I often find myself in the trap of picking up the phone and mindlessly playing games or on Pinterest rather than giving them my full attention. This is going to change.

    Who wouldn’t want to spend more time with this goof ball?
  5. Decrease my anxiety. This is a hard one for me. 2015 was fraught with anxiety and panic attacks for me. In 2016, I want to work on being happy, calm, and enjoying life.

I may delve deeper into these topics as 2016 begins and I work on these goals, so keep an eye out!

What are your goals or plans for the new year? Do you typically make resolutions and how do you do at keeping them? Let me know!

Have a great day and a happy New Year!


Discover New Blogs: Liebster Award


I was given the Liebster award by Julia Goss of Beyond The Books Homeschool and let me just say, thank you Julia! These challenges really help me to keep blogging and plucking away at it. I have really enjoyed being part of the blogging community and the acceptance I have found in it.

So,the Liebster Award is a thing where you tell 11 facts about yourself, answer 11 questions that the person that you nominated you asked, and award 11 people, who you then ask to answer 11 questions you come up with. The rules are posted at the end of this post.

So to start it all off, 11 random facts about me:

  1. My favorite movie still to this day is Labyrinth, because it reminds me of spending time with my dad watching sci-fi and fantasy movies.
  2. I started college in high school because I was bored with the classes that were offered at the high school, and hey- free college.
  3. Both of my kids were born at 37 weeks.
  4. I am NOT an outdoor type person. At all. Like, completely. Just… no.
  5. I would much rather be at home than at a party or with a bunch of people. Total introvert.
  6. My favorite past time is reading, I just wish I had more time for it .
  7. I love painting, but I don’t feel creative enough to come up with something on my own, so I find things I like and do my own version of it.
  8. Coffee is a MUST to start the day.
  9. Pinot Grigio is my favorite wine. I’m not a fan of sweet wines.
  10. We are a Whovian household. (If you don’t know Doctor Who, check it out on Netflix and go back to my roots in sci-fi and fantasy. )
  11. I love baking but I have mostly stopped because then I eat all of it!!!

The 11 questions that Julia asked were :

  1. My least favorite thing to do with my kids- disciplining. But it has to be done.
  2. The last time I did something for myself- honestly I can’t remember…… I should work on this.
  3. When’s the last time you cleaned your fridge- umm… See the answer for #2……
  4. Burgers or pizza- PIZZA. 100%
  5. Best movie of 2015- Out of the few new movies I saw this year, Star Wars The Force Awakens definitely has my vote.
  6. What am I most excited about for the new year- meal planning and saving money. I have a plan and I can’t wait to start!
  7. Did you make a New Years resolution- along with the meal planning and saving money, my goal is to lose the 10 pounds I put on this year. What the heck happened?!
  8. What was my favorite moment from 2015- taking my children to Disneyland
  9. The perfect time for me to wake up in the morning- between 7 and 7:30.
  10. My go to dinner when I am out of ideas- nachos. See #7…..
  11. My favorite thing to do with my children- spend time with them. Doing anything at all, just as long as I am with them.

I want to nominate the following people to do this challenge because I love you blogs and am curious about you!!!

Ashley of Mommy Lanes Adventures

Kerry of Fishbowl Fortune 

Deedee of Morning Mojo

Jessica of Lildonbro

Audrey of I am justaudrey

Aliick Delancy of Steps To Excellence

Breann of Stop the Frown




The 11 new questions I would love for my awardies to answer are :

  1. What was your favorite toy as a child?
  2. If you could do ANYTHING today, what would you do?
  3. What are you listening to?
  4. Who is your favorite fictional character and do you have a reason or just because?
  5. What is your favorite holiday and why?
  6. Star Wars or Star Trek?
  7. Who’s your favorite James Bond?
  8. Do you have a favorite game and what is it?
  9. What is you least favorite word or the word that makes you cringe?
  10. Do you play and instrument and if so what?
  11. Who is your favorite Youtuber or do you have one?

Please answer these questions, and the rules are as follows:


  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Display the Liebster Award on your blog
  3. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Answer the 11 questions you were asked.
  5. Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers for the Award and have them answer 11 questions.
  6. Let the other bloggers know you’ve nominated them.
  7. Copy the rules into your post.

Days after Christmas 

Everyone have a good Christmas?

Santa came and ate some cookies!

The days after Christmas are always a little depressing to me. My oldest was even upset on Christmas morning, saying even before he got out of bed that “I will miss Christmas when it’s over!”

We all had a wonderful Christmas, but the next few days following I have been filled with dread of having to take down all the pretty Christmas decorations….. Putting them up is easy. Taking down is the WORST!

Christmas left me sick, probably just from being run down after all the events that occur over only a few days, meaning I have been achy and have had a headache since yesterday.

But it was all worth it for the joy on the boys faces on Christmas. To see them excited to wake up, hear my oldest open his stocking ( which contained a few educational activities) and hear him exclaim “thank you for school work Santa!”, and actually mean it. Because I’m sure in a few years that statement will be more sarcastic.

I was overjoyed with how well behaved both children were through everything and how TRULY grateful for everything they were.

I was amazed to watch them as they opened gifts, not as a free for all as I half expected them to, but slowly, watching each other open, and being so happy for what they or their sibling received.
Overall, it was a wonderful time spent with family, enjoying our time together, and being amazed at our children.

I hope you all had a merry and blessed Christmas, are recovering well, and are ready for the new year!

Christmas Blogging Challenge- FAIL 

So…. I failed at the challenge. I’m not even trying anymore due to everything that still needs to be done for Christmas. 

But instead of being upset about failing at it, I’m looking at a few of  the things I am grateful for today and putting them into a short and simple post.  

Here are the first 4 things that come to mind that I am grateful for as I sit here cuddling my youngest kiddo. 

  • I am grateful that I find random pictures on my phone from my kids. 


  • I am grateful I get to cuddle my children every chance I get (and that they are still young enough to want me to!) 


  • I am grateful for the time I get to spend watching my children watch Christmas movies and seeing the wonder in their eyes. 


  • I am grateful for the extra time Christmas creates with reasons to get together with extended family and friends.  

There are so many things to be grateful for this Christmas! What are you grateful for this year? 

Merry Christmas!!!! 

Library day

My kids LOVE the library.

However, I tend to forget to return stuff until I have received multiple late notices.

I’m tying to be better about getting them to the library, as it’s great to change out books, look for videos, and it gets them in some play time.

So today, as my husband took the youngest on an errand, I packed up the oldest and headed to the library, overdue books in tow.

Lately we have been focusing more on reading in our homeschool. My oldest will  try to sound out words, but for some reason is having issues with blending the sounds together even though he says all the sounds, so a trip for some new books was needed.

We hadn’t been there long when my husband called to say he was done with his errand and wanted to bring the youngest to meet up.

We have been spending a lot of time at home lately, so it was nice for the kids to get out and do something different.

I know with me working full time, their days are mostly spent at home doing things there with dad, rather than going out.

It’s such a simple thing, going to the library. I need to work on getting them out more, and since the library is free AND close, we really should make this a weekly or bi-monthly outing.

Do you have any tips for getting out with the kids that are low cost? Or any ideas on how to help a child with blending sounds? Let me know in the comments!

Days in Disneyland

I know this has been a long time coming. I mean, this trip happened in September and I am  just now getting off my butt to tell you about it.

Disneyland!!! We planned this trip FOREVER. Like, for so long that when we started planning, we were to go with my bro-in-law and his girlfriend, and by the time we went, they had broke up and were on friendly enough terms to be able to enjoy the trip together. It was THAT LONG.

It meant that we had that long to look forward to it, but now it’s really sad that it’s over!

Holidays at Disneyland

One of the things that I thought would be cool, but that I actually found a detriment to the trip, was that they were all decorated and things were changed for Halloween.

Space mountain was total crap. Changed mostly to a dark ride, with short increments of an orange-ish light and what is supposed to be an orange colored ghost “chasing” you,  it loses the magic of going light speed in space.

 Haunted mansion was decked out in Nightmare Before Christmas, which was fine except that my oldest, who had been super excited and watching YouTube videos on the haunted mansion, was very disappointed with how it was redone. He was not into the whole Jack Skellington thing.

Next time we go, I will be planning it for no where near a holiday.

A few helpful tips we found while there: 

  • Don’t buy toys or gifts early in the day. Unless you want to haul that crap around all day and pack them on rides. Not cool.

  • No stroller. Do you really want to push a stroller through these crowds only to have to abandon it for rides and try to find it again? The youngest was almost 4 and hadn’t used a stroller in quite awhile so I figured that if he got tired, between the 4 adults we could manage carrying him. My only mistake was that he only wanted me. But I feel like this was still better than having to maneuver a stroller through crowd, and built up those muscles! (Ok for real it was exhausting but still better than a stroller in crowds in my opinion )
  • Switch rider passes ROCK. For some of the rides, the youngest was too small. This meant that one of us could go with the older child, get a switch rider pass (good for 3 people) and the other three adults could go later WHENEVER THEY WANTED. These suckers are good for anytime of day, unlike fast passes which have a specific time you have to use them or they are no good.


My oldest child’s favorite ride, California Screaming
  • Wear good shoes. It’s a lot of walking, especially when carrying a child everywhere. Also, go on any wetter ride and you could be walking in wet shoes the rest of the day. Trust me, you don’t want blisters 2 days in with multiple days to go.

We were in the actually park 5 of the 6 days we were there, with a day off in the middle to rest and hang by the pool.

 This was perfect as by the third day the youngest was so tired he wasn’t even interested in attempting Disneyland again. He continued for the whole rest of the trip saying he didn’t want to go to Disneyland, and that we can always “just go tomorrow” (sorry honey, that’s not how this works).

On a rainy day, we still were out and about riding rides and meeting characters

Overall it was a fantastic trip, with lots of wonderful memories. The kids had fun, the adults had fun and were EXHAUSTED, but it is something we won’t forget.

Only thing is, we now have to save up for it again because the oldest loved it so much.

I just keep promising “when your older”. I figure that’s true enough……