I didn’t want to set myself any big ambitious new year’s resolutions, but wanted to have little goals instead. Little things I can do here and there, small things that will put a big smile on my and my family’s faces.
I used to love baking but rarely get the time these days. Ideally I’d love to bake something every week, and actually so far this month I have done that! Today I made a banana loaf, using the Hummingbird Bakery recipe, and last week I made Nigella’s Christmas Muffins - I know Christmas was well and truly over with but who cares, they were good! With a toddler and a baby I think a monthly goal is more achievable and if I manage to bake more often then that’s a bonus.
I taught myself how to crochet little over a year ago. In the beginning I started a lot of projects that were way too complex so they are sat unfinished in a box. This year I aim to dig out those forgotten creations and finish them off, as well as starting some new projects.
This is a term I picked up from my old housemate. One day I came home to find his room looked like a bomb had gone off in it. He said he was doing “life laundry” which is basically de-cluttering and reorganising EVERYTHING. I started to do this regularly myself but am well overdue a good life laundry session. I need to overhaul my wardrobe, clear out my shoes, rifle through my beauty drawers and also sort out the children’s things.
More manicures might be slightly adventurous with the toddler and baby occupying my every waking minute, but I really need to start taking better care of my hands. I’ve put a hand cream in the bathroom, my baby changing bag and my bedroom and will try to apply them as often as I remember. Ideally I’d like to have gel overlays once a month – I’m currently sporting black gels with a rose gold accent nail – but if I don’t have time for that then just keeping them neatly filed and well moisturised is a good start.
I now have some regular toddler groups that I take Little N and Baby J to each week, but there are a couple of days of the week where we don’t go to any groups. We spend those days at home and it’s so easy for me to get lost in housework, before I know it it’s time to make dinner and we have wasted the day. I am planning to find lots of ideas for fun crafts and activities that Little N and I can do at home. As a family I’d like us all to go out each Sunday, nothing fancy, just a hot chocolate at a cafe, maybe lunch somewhere or just a stroll. I don’t get much time with Ian and with such a young baby dates are totally out of the question but we can at least make a little time to catch up each week.