My Goals for 2017

This year I decided to do my goals a little different. I am going to have some goals that I know for sure that I want to complete this year and I intend on adding a few more along the way during the  year. I wanted a little more freedom this year in my goals, plus I wanted to make sure that I was actually going to complete said goals in a reasonable time frame instead of spreading it out throughout the year.

So what are some of my goals for this year?

Some of my goals are:


  • Loose 50 pounds by October.
  • Exercise 3 times a week.
  • Read 12 books.


  • Get rid of 2017 items
  • Clean and de-junk every room in the house.
  • Work on budgeting
  • Go on a big trip to the NE in October.


  • Earn $900 in Amazon Gift Cards for gift giving.
  • Earn $200 in gift cards for our trip in October.


  • Sell $3,000 in profit on eBay.


  • Attend the 2:1 conference in October.
  • Earn $500 a month from blogs.

I would love to hear what some of your goals are. Do you have any for this year? If so  leave a comment with what they are.


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This is my Mississippi – War Memorial Park in Pass Christian

War Memorial Park

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My theme for 2017

Every year for the past few years, I have had a word that was to be my theme for the year. Last year was action that actually went to rest and relaxation. This year my theme is going to be “double time”.

Double time is used in the military and means a fast marching pace. But I don’t want to use the word in that context. I don’t want to be going on with life at a fast marching pace, instead I want to make up for lost time.

Doing so is important to me, but I also don’t want to kill myself. So this year as I move forward in double time, I am meaning that I want to make up for lost time. I want to be productive this year and really accomplish some things by the end of the year. I just don’t want this year to be another ho hum year. This is the year to make life count. Anyone with me?

Do you have a word or theme for this year? I would love to hear about it.

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Frugal Friday – Using the library

Going to the library can save you tons of money as long as you return your books and movies on  time or those little late fines just might kill you.

The library is a great source for getting books without having to buy them. Also most libraries have movies and music that you can check out. Sometimes if your local library doesn’t have what you are looking for, they can get it from another library.

Sometimes libraries have special programs at the library that you can attend or some even sponsor trips to different places for a fee. Growing up our library used to go into New York city to see some of the museums there and we took advantage of it a few times.

So go check out your local library, you might be surprised what you will find there.


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Setting Goals for the New Year

It is getting near that time of year when I start to think about the new year that is coming and how I want my year to look when I look back on it. This past year my word for the year was “action”. I am sorry to say that I have failed miserably at this, this past year. What started to be high hopes for lots of action has turned into needed rest and reflection.

It seems like I started off to a great start with getting things going, but life has gotten in the way. I also think I fell off the band wagon and didn’t keep on top of my progress. Basically, I didn’t set my goals right.

So when you are setting goals, what are you supposed to be aiming for? Well for one thing, you need to come up with SMART goals. What exactly are smart goals? Well smart goals are:

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Attainable

R – Relevant

T – Time Bound

If you plan smart goals, you should have better success than when you don’t and that was my problem last year. But this year, I plan to do better at planning and achieving my goals.

Are you ready to get serious with your goals for next year? I know I am.

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This is my Mississippi – Ship Island Pier

It has been so foggy lately here that it is getting to me. I really needed a reminder of how pretty it is here.

This is a picture of the Ship Island pier where the ferry docks when you go over to Ship Island on the ferry.  This picture was taken on top of Fort Massachusetts.

This particular  day was so clear that you could see the mainland from the island. We have been to Ship Island 3 times as a family and we have never seen the mainland so clear from the island.

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After Christmas Thoughts….


That magical time of year that I look forward to every year is over and done with. This year has been a little different for us, it seems like it was hard to get into the Christmas spirit. This is something that is not new to me. It seems like every few years I go through this where I just don’t feel like doing Christmas and everything that goes along with it.

This year it just didn’t feel like it was Christmas time. I think this was partially due to the fact that we as a family have been so busy doing things that needed to be done and  we just didn’t get the time to slow down at Christmas. We had  a few added things to our plates this year, a big one being getting ready for a Christmas play that was going on at our church. The whole family was involved so we spent a lot of time on the Christmas play.

I have learned from the past that it is OK if we don’t do everything that we normally do at Christmas time. Some years it is good to take a break from the normal routine of Christmas stuff. I have found that we look forward to those things that we skipped the next year.

As I was sitting at the kitchen table drinking coffee with my husband this morning, I asked him if it was OK if we started planning Christmas for next year. He was like why not. I mention this because this year has been different and we didn’t do all the normal stuff that we traditionally do and I  feel like next year we will be ready to do the normal stuff that we usually do.

Here is to next year.

Happy planning.

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Merry Christmas

We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

From Families Around the Kitchen Table.

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This is my Mississippi – Davis Bayou

Davis Bayou

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Frugal Friday – Shop the after Christmas sales

Every year after Christmas, I usually go out and buy a few things that are on clearance. You can find all sorts of things that are 50% off and eventually all the way to 90% off. Obviously the sooner you get to the stores the better selection their is. In recent years, I have seen some stores start to put the Christmas stuff on clearance before Christmas.

If you take advantage of these clearance sales, be sure and buy only what you need. I know it can be quite addicting getting stuff on clearance, but it really isn’t a deal if you buy stuff that you aren’t actually going to use.

Something that I have noticed over the years is that stores don’t have as much stuff left over after holiday’s so the selection isn’t as much as it was in the past. But some of my favorite things to get at the after Christmas sales are:

  • Ornaments
  • Wrapping paper – Not just Christmas paper, but paper that can be used any time of the year.
  • Christmas cards
  • cute decorations

As you can see you can get some stuff at the after Christmas clearance sales, but remember you need to store it and not forget about it next year.

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