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Mid-Month Motivator: New Year’s Resolution List Check In!

Good Morning, Kansas City! Now that we’re mid-way through the month, it’s time for our new year’s resolution check in. We’re so blessed to have Connie on our team for your mid-month motivator today. As you know, Connie is our resident fitness guru here on the team and, like you, she’s got some lofty goals for the year. So come on it, let’s chat…


Mid-Month Motivator: New Year’s Resolution List Check In!

Resolution check in—how is it going?

Alright guys—how are we doing with our resolutions so far?  It’s only a couple of weeks into the new year and I already find myself struggling to find motivation some days.  January is hard for me.

I am happy to report that I have seen lots of new faces at both the gym I work out at and the gym I teach at.  It appears that lots of people have made fitness resolutions and are sticking to them so far.

Me, on the other hand, not so much.  Maybe I shouldn’t say that.  I have been working on my resolutions, they just aren’t coming along as quickly as I had hoped.  If you’re with me, maybe we can help each other out with a few tips.

Adjust your goals.

Maybe your resolution was to work out 5 days a week, but your schedule just isn’t allowing it.  Perhaps cut it back to 4 days a week, but make sure that those workouts are a bit revved up and more challenging.

Write it down.

Write your resolution down in a notebook, and check in with yourself.  If you have a day that is particularly rough, make note of why it was so challenging.  Focus on what you can do to have better luck tomorrow.  On the same note, write down your successes as well.  If you had a particularly kick butt resolution day, make note.  Maybe there are things about that day that you can carry over to others and continue kicking butt.

Change your resolution completely.

Sometimes we make resolutions because it’s what everyone else is doing, or because at that moment it seems like something that is really important to you, but turns out, it wasn’t really.  The bottom line is, if you aren’t committed and invested in your resolution, you most likely won’t stick with it.  So choose to make a change that you are invested in.  Maybe make a resolution to find a hobby you are really passionate about.  Try crafting or yoga or board games.  Try knitting or baking or take a cooking class.

Change is hard—remember that.

Don’t give up.  You can do it!  You just have to decide that you are going to.  Track everything and stay focused and try to remember why you started.  Commit to making small adjustments that will get you closer to your goal. Add more veggies to your plate at dinner and less starch.  Eat one more piece of fruit every day for a week.  Remind yourself to make good choices every day.

The year has just begun—lets stay on track together.

From iFamily to Yours,


A How to Guide for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution List

Happy New Year, Kansas City! It’s hard to believe that 2018 is actually here and bitterly cold weather has settled into the metro area for the forseeable future. With temperatures close to zero, it’s hard to maintain the motivation to realize and achieve your New Year’s Resolution goals. Connie, from our Mom Squad team here at iFamilyKC, shares some great tips for us today on how to keep up with your plans for the upcoming year. Take a look…

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A How to Guide for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution List

We’re all guilty of the same thing around this time of year. We have a motivating start to January with a plan to attack our New Year’s resolution list with the very best of intentions. We tell ourselves that this is the year we will keep our resolutions…and we get super into it. If your resolution is to eat healthy, you buy all the produce the grocery store carries, you pin all the healthy recipes and you plan your meal prep day. Things go really well for about a month and then suddenly– you’re over it.

If your resolution was to be more patient with your children, you start reading all the Love and Logic books and articles, you remind yourself to breathe everytime one of your children cries because you can’t control the weather or they can’t have the 18th snack they’ve asked for that day.  And then you lose it.  It’s too much, you can’t take it and your newfound patience is gone.  Sounds all too familiar, right?  Happens to me every year!  This year will be different.  Here are a few tips to help you stay on top of your New Year’s Resolution list this year.

#1 Create Measurable Goals

First things first.  Make a resolution that is measurable and specific.  Instead of “I will be healthier this year” try “I will workout 3 times a week and lose 15 pounds by the end of the year.”  The more specific the better.  Instead of “I will be more patient with my kids” try something like “I will count to ten before I react when my kids are upsetting me.”

#2 Have Benchmarks Throughout the Year

Have benchmarks that keep you on track throughout the year.  Let’s say your goal is to run a half marathon before the end of the year, try setting monthly distance goals, so that you are staying on track to make it to half marathon distance.  If you are trying to be more involved at your kids school, start by attending monthly PTA meetings or emailing your child’s teacher about volunteer opportunities.  Or, if you’re aiming to lose 20 pounds, set a monthly goal of 2 pounds.  Weigh in weekly to keep yourself on track.  That way you’re not trying to lose 20 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Years.

#3 Make a Visual

Make yourself a visual.  Whether it just be a post it note on your desk at work, or a calendar where you put a checkmark on everyday you made it to the gym, or a jar containing a marble for every pound you want to lose, with an empty jar to place the pounds lost marbles in.  Whatever will serve as a reminder everyday of what you are working toward.

#4 Reward Yourself

Treat yourself for sticking to the plan.  Maybe if you make it to 5 pounds lost or 7 miles run, you buy yourself a new pair of workout pants or a fun new top or water bottle.  If you remain patient with your kids for a couple months, you treat yourself to a manicure or a bottle of wine.  Whatever motivates you.  Change is hard and you need a reason to keep it up besides some tired promise you made to yourself at the beginning of the year.

#5 Find an Accountability Buddy

Enlist an accountability buddy.  Another mom friend who is more patient than you, or maybe less patient to make you feel better, whatever works.  A friend at the gym who will shoot you a text if you miss a class.  A friend who already volunteers at school and can tell you about opportunities for you to do the same.

#6 Adjust When You Need To

Adjust your goals if you need to.  Sometimes a goal is harder than we thought it was going to be, or in the case of fitness goals, our body just doesn’t want to cooperate. Like me, if your knee won’t allow you to run that half marathon distance, adjust your goal to a 10k.  If being patient with your kids all the time is just not happening, make a goal of not raising your voice at least 3 days a week.  When you are doing everything right but the scale is just not cooperating, change the way you measure your success and either start measuring inches or judging by the way your clothes fit instead.

Keep in mind that no one is perfect.  There is no reason to completely quit on your resolution just because of a little bump in the road.  As Jillian Michaels says “Sometimes we miss a workout or eat something that isn’t ideal, but if you had a flat tire on your car, would you puncture the other three?  Of course not!  If you slip, just shake it off and do better the next day.”

Happy Resolution Getting!  We’ve got this!

From iFamily to Yours,


5 Quick and Easy Strategies to Help Your New Year’s Goals

Good morning, Kansas City! As we say goodbye to 2016, many of us are looking forward with goals for the new year. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, has some great strategies to set your 2017 year up for success. Check it out (and have a great and SAFE New Year!)

5 Quick and Easy Strategies to Help Your New Year's Goals


5 Quick and Easy Strategies to Help Your New Year’s Goals


It’s no surprise that when the New Year rolls around, everyone will have their resolutions underway, or they are setting their goals in place. But one thing about the New Year is for sure. How you start it will set a tone for the remainder of the year!

When I start thinking of the upcoming year, I like to think about all the things that went wrong, went right or I didn’t get to do! In case you don’t know me, lists are like my little mind saving, stress reliving life saver! I make lists for just about everything, so why not for the upcoming year?!


#1 Find a Calendar

When I start planning, the first thing I do is find a super cute calendar! In my mind, if it’s pretty it will keep your attention lol. I find a cute calendar that I can place in my “mommy binder” (how I keep my #momlife in order), and I fill it with our set in stone dates i.e. birthdays, Holy Days, anniversary and so on. Knowing the dates and seeing those written keeps me from double booking our days and allows me to work other schedules around them!


#2 Set Goals for Yourself

Second, I set my goals for ME. I set my weight loss goals by dates, my blogging and promoting times and anything else that I need to take care of that are for me, (hair, threading, girls night etc). Once I have those dates marked down, it gives me some peace of mind knowing that no matter how crazy or hectic my life is, I can plan my “escape” and enjoy a little me time! I’m sure you also get wrapped up in what your families have going on and often forget or neglect time for yourself. I chose to put my dates second because I know that they are needed and if I put them in last or after my family’s dates, my calendar will fill up without me!


#3 Add plans from the other people in your family/life

Third, I add everything dealing with my kids and husband. We home school so most of what I plan for them are school dates, field trips and fun days to kind of get them out of their routine and have a little extra “school free” time. I also add in appointments for the Dr. Office, dentist and I make little notes to ask for referrals for specialists so I won’t forget!


#4 Reflect on areas of improvement from the past year

Fourth, I think about all the things that went wrong during the year, my short comings or things that I need to get better at. Once I know what those are, I hit up Pinterest for a little motivation. Pinterest has great motivational articles, pictures and tips.. so go crazy! I have two boards specifically for motivating me as a mom and wife and they truly have helped me more than I would have thought.


#5 Set the Tone

Fifth, I set the tone! I tell myself that the upcoming year will be great! I remind myself of all the things that I want to accomplish in my home or in my business and I burn it into my brain! My husband and I sit literally for an hour or so and talk about how things are going to get better or change for us in the New Year. The more I talk about the things I want to change or accomplish the easier they become to achieve them!


I hope you had a great year and I hope your 2017 is even better!


From iFamily to Yours,











10 Ways to Start Your New Year Off Right

Hello, Kansas City! We’re now less than a week away from the new year, and many of us are ready to tackle a new year, or perhaps make a few changes. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, has an awesome list of 10 ways to kick your new year off on the right foot. Check it out!

10 Ways to Start Your New Year Off Right


10 Ways to Start Your New Year Off Right


The new year can be something that you either look forward to or not. You can be over stressed, over worked, and completely out of order. So why not take the remaining few weeks of the year to plan out how you will attack the upcoming year!

Here are 10 tips that are sure to get you focused, organized and ready to start a new chapter in your life!

#1 Clean

A lot of people do their annual deep cleaning in spring, but what about all the stuff that gets accumulated during the summer and fall? New school clothes, summer camp and family vacation souvenirs have filled your home and now it’s time to break out the winter coats and make room for all the upcoming holidays, birthdays and new family pictures! Doing a deep clean in the winter not only makes your spring cleaning easier but it will get you ready for a fresh start in the New Year.

#2 Organize your house

Along with cleaning, organizing your house takes away so much stress! You can what you have too much of, need more of and it gets your new year started off in an organized way instead of total chaos!

#3 Finish projects

Another thing that goes along with cleaning and organizing, finishing projects! Take a week or weekend to finish up all your Pinterest projects!

#4 Set new goals

This speaks for itself! Create a brand new bucket list, weight loss/gain plan or whatever task you have been putting off. Make a plan to get it done before the new year or if it’s a really big one, set a date in the new year and start a countdown.

#5 Organize your life

One thing people forget to do outside their home, is to organize their life! Weather it’s setting up a bill paying schedule, a family menu or even planning a family calendar. Organize all those small things in your life to keep it as organized as possible.

#6 Get rid of negativity

This can be people, a job or habit. Get rid of it! If someone in your life is always negative, a lot of times it’s necessary to remove them. Job causing unnecessary stress or negativity in your life, look for a new one or change your career path. Have a bad habit? Use the remaining time of this year to get ready and kick it. Don’t go into the new year with a habit that causes you stress, creates negative emotions or so on in your life.

#7 Start a vacation fund

Saving for a whole year can really pay off! So why not start a vacation fund and take a winter vacation or visit distant family.

#8 Pick up a new hobby

Unless it is a true passion, drop the old and pick up a new hobby! There are so many things out there that you could experience why only stick to one?!

#9 Start a journal

This is something that I love to do! Journaling is very freeing and relaxing! Having a journal where you can pour all of your emotions, thoughts and goals into is a great feeling. Try challenging yourself by writing in it every day for the year and see how you have changed at the end!

#10 Create a vision board

This is my favorite! I am a pretty artsy person so vision boards are definitely one way I can get myself focused on starting off on the right foot. You can make one about anything or as many as you want! Keep it somewhere where you will have to see it every day!

I hope you found some inspiration from these tips on how you can start your new year off right!

From iFamily to Yours,