Tuesday, January 18, 2011


(Better late than never.)

Here are the resolutions I made for 2010. I did great at some, terrible at some. But I learned a lot about myself this year, and learned to balance life as a mommy. Despite my failures at some things, I feel pretty good about how I did.
  • Work out 3x per week -- I did great at the beginning of the year (i.e.when Emme was little and slept a lot), and worse as she got older and more mobile...and as I got sick of all of my workout videos. But then I bought a treadmill (yay!), so we're on the upswing again because running is sorta my thing.
  • Make weekly meal plans -- I had streaks of good and bad at this one. But I've got a plan in the works to make this even easier, soon. I'll post about it when I finish.
  • Learn to bake breads with yeast -- Check! Consider the phobia officially conquered. My rolling techniques could still use work because my breads & rolls aren't as pretty as my mom's yet, but we're getting there. Oh, and hello -- yum! Homemade is so much tastier.
  • Read more books -- Check! I read lots of baby & parenting books this year, as well as a few others, and even got President Monson's biography for my birthday, which I'm enjoying but haven't finished yet.
  • Keep up with couponing and deal-blogging -- Check! This one has been hard. I've finally adopted the "I'll deal-blog when I feel like I have time" mentality, so that it's not a stress to me. I also became a Grocery Smarts instructor this year, which has been fun and it's given me a little spending money.
  • Spend under $100/month on groceries -- Ha! It's more like $200/month these days...but in our defense, we've been dealing with some funky allergies and actually paying for formula (when I had planned on nursing). All surprises -- but nevertheless we're working through them. Still, $200/month is not bad.
  • Sew more and craft more -- Check! I think Chris has hated how often the sewing machine was out on the kitchen table, but I did get some fun crafts done this year. They saved us some money and gave me a fun outlet.

Without further ado -- here are my resolutions for 2010. Nothing ground-breaking, but I like setting goals. Must be the control-freak in me that likes to cross things off my list.
  • Hold Family Home Evening regularly -- We've just started this one with the Bambina. Currently, they last about 6 minutes. I'm hoping that increases with time. Our Book of Mormon picture book is our staple, for now, and Emme loves it.
  • Make Weekly Meal Plans -- Same goal as last year, but with renewed effort. :) And I've got a plan to make this easier on myself. Stay tuned.
  • Work out 3x per week -- Same goal as last year...with (lets be honest) probably the same amount of effort. But the beautimous treadmill is helping.
  • Spend under $200 per month on groceries -- I'm giving myself some cushion here, but I'd like to be closer to $150 or $160.
  • Be a better housewife & mother -- I've got a new resolve to keep my house a little cleaner, vacuum a little more often, fold the laundry a little faster, and make our home a nicer place to be for the Bambina & the hubby. (I got my inspiration from this.)


Devrie Pettit said...

K. How on earth do you even spend $200/month on groceries? I spend $100-$150/week. I'd like to spend less, but I am very picky about them. That darn formula does add up quickly especially when you weren't planning on purchasing it!! You should post a pic of all the things you purchase in a week or month so I can see what you get.

The Martin Family said...

Man, you are good! I am NOT showing Ryan this post.:) I admire your desire to be better. Good for you!
We need to hang out again soon and maybe you can rub some of your organizational goodness on me!

kevin said...

Great goals. I am impressed with your grocery bill. I was thinking about how you could spend so little on food, and the only way is cheap food like pasta, or some serious coupons. How much would you say your grocery bill would be without coupons? Where do you get coupons for groceries? Katie goes to Fred Meyers. Any quick tips.

Nikki said...

Great goals! I have similar ones. I really need to get back into couponing and menu planning. It's hard here without Grocery Smarts! The other blogs and sites just aren't the same.

When Marshall was younger I would use the nursery manual and a coloring/activity handout from a book like these:
http://deseretbook.com/search/search?x=0&y=0&query=nursery+help Also, I'm sure you've heard of Sugardoodle, The Idea Door, Green Jello with Carrots, and so many more. They all have great ideas for FHE lessons.