Do you make resolutions? I’m one of those people who enjoys this process.
There’s something about fresh start that are so appealing to me. I usually begin the new year with a new journal (ah, all those empty pages that promise to reward me with new ideas and brilliant designs), sit down for a quiet hour, and jot down some ideas on how to make some clean starts in the new year.
Last year I shared this post, 5 Creative Resolutions for the New Year. My most favorite idea of the five, and the one that readers keep telling me they love, is to take mystery trips. Check it out and come back, I’ll wait
This year I thought it would be fun to take a trip around the internet to bring you some family-friendly resolutions that are sure to make 2013 a good year.
1. Project Organize Your Entire Life
Stephanie at Modern Parents Messy Kids (MPMK) just launched her first ebook, Project Organize Your Entire Life (POYEL). She’s a regular writer for The Organized Parent, has grown her blog into an internet sensation in a short period of time, and the lessons she teaches are real and practical.
Stephanie says this about the book, “No unattainable goals, only real-life expectations. If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that simplifying and organizing is a journey, not a destination. So we’ve set up our quick start guide accordingly. By offering lots of different strategies for tackling a problem, we’re arming you with the tools you need to be successful when life changes on you.”
You can order your copy of this totally helpful, quick-to-read 50 page book here. Note: I’m an affiliate for this book, but I only share links to things I love or think you’ll find useful.
2. Take a picture a day
Join Zina and Tiffany of Peas and Carrots Studio who host a daily photo-taking project called Project 365. It’s a lot of fun and very easy to join. From the site: “Project 365 is the commitment to take a single photo every day for a full year. It is one of many avenues we will explore here at Peas and Carrots. Many people start their project on a major holiday like New Years Day, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, but you can begin on any date. It is a wonderful way to improve your photography skills, get to know a friend, or document ordinary family moments. Will you join us in 2013? Find the support of over 900 people capturing the “gift of an ordinary day.”
3. Bond with a child through reading
This is a simple one, and maybe something you already do on a regular basis. Reading with a child not only helps build vocabulary, imagination, and an understanding of good storytelling, but it’s a chance for parents and children to grow closer. Experienced mom, Dawn Lantero, says, “the time I spent reading with my children resulted in some of the happiest moments of motherhood.” Read more about her story here.
4. Replace one meal a day with a Green Smoothie
No matter how hard I try, I cannot get my kids to regularly eat green vegetables. I started following Simple Green Smoothie’s inspiring photos on Instagram, and for the past month or so we’ve been starting each day with a blended scoop of spinach or kale. My kids love them, and I can feel good about what they eat for the rest of the day.
In the month of January, they’re starting a Green Smoothie challenge to kick off the new year. Here’s the skinny scoop: Replace at least one meal a day with a nutrient packed green smoothie. You’ll find recipes, tips and challenges along the way, it’s free, and a great way to change your diet. You can sign-up for the challenge here: www.simplegreensmoothies.com/
5. Savor your child’s childhood
Alissa at Creative with Kids says that “small habits make the biggest difference for enjoying parenting,” and will share one habit for happy families each month in 2013. Hop over to her blog, sign up for her free newsletter, and you can take this journey with her: I will savor their childhood.
6. What would you add?
I’d love to hear your ideas for connecting with family, getting healthy, building creativity into your life…or anything else!