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Why Goals are Better Than Resolutions

Happy New Year!  The first week of January is one of my favorite times of year.  My GO MOM!® Planner is all set, ready for me to write the story of our lives on each and every color coded page.  Which is why this week is also the perfect time to reflect and focus on what changes I'd like to see in 2017.  Nothing is off limits here. From personal items like health or wellness to finance and home >> Read More

Best Mom Planners for 2017

Do you love a good paper planner? Me too. In fact, I've been smitten with paper planners and color coding since childhood.  That's why it's no surprise that GO MOM!® offers the best Mom planners for 2017! Like you, I've been putting dates on my 2017 GO MOM!® Planner for months now and I can't WAIT for the New Year to start. But along with my planner, I have four additional planning tools I can't live without. Here at GO MOM!®, we >> Read More

Tips for a Fabulous New Year’s Eve Party

For as much as I plan ahead, when it comes to New Year's Eve I'm all about the last minute party at home.  Surprising I know, but we have the biggest time without any of the fuss.  Everyone who gathers wants to be there. No one has expectations. And you ring in the New Year with the people who make love you most. When our kids were babies we spent New Year's Eve at home, celebrating early with >> Read More

How to Make a Dream Board

Have you ever heard of a Dream Board? Years ago as a Mom with little ones, my husband and I stayed home on New Year's Eve. Looking for something special to do beyond making resolutions, I decided to try a Dream Board and have been hooked ever since. A simple concept based on the Laws of Attraction, a Dream Board is meant to reflect not just what you want but how you want to feel.  Once >> Read More

How to Clean Up Holiday Clutter

Every year I'm amazed at how quickly holiday decor and gifts turn into holiday clutter.  We've waited all year for this precious season, so excited to decorate Thanksgiving weekend. But as soon as the gifts are open I want them put away and I have a really hard time waiting before its time to start packing up for next year. If you share my pain, there are four kinds of holiday clutter that need your attention now ~ >> Read More

Packing up an Organized Christmas for Next Year

Are you twitchy to take down your holiday decor? If you decorate on Thanksgiving weekend or even before, it's time to start packing up an organized Christmas for next year.  And because there is no way I want to spend the first day of the New Year doing chores and cleaning, our un-decorating process happens pretty swiftly. December 30th we put away all indoor decorations, window wreaths, living room tree, and porch decor. We leave the kids' tree up >> Read More

Fun White Elephant Gifts for Teens

I've never been a huge giver of white elephant gifts and I think I might be missing out.  I have friends who exchange them with family and friends and always share such fun tales about the gift exchange and what a great time everyone has.  I think I've always been too practical to start this tradition on my own.  But when it comes to teens, I'm finding ~ at least for our youngest ~  it's >> Read More

My Favorite Teacher Christmas Gift

With kids from middle school through college, I've got years of helping our kids give what I hope are great teacher gifts. But truth be told, my personal favorite teacher Christmas gift has become a treasured family tradition. Teachers are the most influential partners parents have in raising children. Once your precious bundle heads off to big school, they spend more time at school ~ and activities as they grow ~ than at home which means >> Read More

How We Stopped The Elf on the Shelf

Time to clear there air. We stopped the Elf on the Shelf.  And I'm not ashamed to say that I could not be happier to be done with all the chaos it brought. After spending years having to remember to move that Elf at the end of each incredibly busy day throughout the holidays, I was secretly hoping every year that we could find a graceful exit for him to leave our holiday traditions forever.  Added not because >> Read More

Easy Donation Ideas for #GivingTuesday

Now that the madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, #GivingTuesday is the best opportunity in the world to chase your holiday spend with generous giving. So easy to overlook at this expensive time of year, without even thinking about it families put charitable giving at the bottom of the holiday gift list.  I think it should be at the top. I fight hard to keep the spirit of giving focused on others and >> Read More