A belated Happy New Year!

This time last week, Andy and I bid a fond farewell to 2016 with numerous games of pie-face, a delicious meal, and fun and frolics with good friends and all our little ones. It was the perfect end to a brilliant year.

A year that seemed to pass by in the blink of an eye.

A year full of adventures and fantastic holidays.

A year of fabulous friendships, old and new.

A year that saw Jack starting a new chapter without us when he started ‘big school’ in September.

A year that Phoebe became Miss Independent(!)

A year that will be hard to top…

But i’m excited about 2017. We have lots of lovely things to look forward to on the calendar already (namely holidays – whoop!) and I’m looking forward to witnessing the growing bond between Jack and Phoebs. They utterly adore each other and I pray that their friendship and reciprocal adoration remains as they grow up.

And what about resolutions I hear you cry?? After all surely a New Year and resolutions go hand in hand?? Well I’m normally terrible at keeping New Year’s resolutions and they usually last a few weeks tops, but this year is going to be different for me and I have set myself some ‘goals’ rather than resolutions which I have every intention of sticking to.

1. I am determined to get fit again (and lose weight!)

Since having the littles I have piled on the pounds and I want to get back to the old me. The me that was at least 2 stone lighter. The me that was happy in a bikini. The me that didn’t shudder at her reflection in the mirror. The me that was a lot fitter and could run a half marathon. The me that didn’t feel completely done for after a netball match.

2. I am determined to be healthier

I go through phases of eating lots of fruit and veg and ‘cutting the crap’ but I really need to be more consistent and eat well every day. At the moment I am most definitely not eating ‘5 a day’, so I’m going to use my trusty Nutribullet to help me on my way and I will be sharing my favourite ‘recipes’ with you over the coming months.

3. I need to look after my skin

Now I’m in my thirties I really need to look after my skin a little better. I need to drink a LOT more water to start. Some days I can go for hours without drinking anything and it’s only when a headache kicks in that I remember to drink! I also need to maintain a better daily skin care routine, as at the moment its a bit haphazard.

4. Spend more time as a couple

Since having two little ones in tow, there are days when we are just parents and forget that we are a couple! A whole day can pass by with us barely uttering a word to each other as we are both so busy but now that Phoebe is more settled at night, I want to get back to our date nights and spending more quality time together. I have kick started this goal already. For his birthday last week I bought Andy a little mini-break away, just the two of us. We are both approaching it with mixed thoughts; super excited as the prospect of lazy days and lie ins but we will miss the kiddies terribly and will probably pine for them until we return!

5. Be tidier

For the sake of my husband’s sanity I’ve added this to the list! He is the tidy one in our relationship and constantly clears up after me.

6. Relax

In 2017 I really should spend more weekends relaxing at home with the husband and the kiddies. Over-planning every second of spare time tends to be one of my major flaws and sometimes I’m sure they all just want to relax at home rather than playing in another park or feeding more ducks!

7. Be more organised with the blog

I started my little blog in 2014 and I am absolutely loving it. It has been my creative outlet and although it’s hard work and most of my spare time when the kiddies are asleep is spent writing and researching, it has brought us some wonderful opportunities and I am very grateful to the lovely brands and PRs that have been very kind to me over the last few years. In 2017 I want to grow my blog further, but not to the expense of family time, and I must must must become more organised with my planning and scheduling.

8. Enjoy life with my family

It goes without saying that family is my number one priority and maintaining a happy home is, and always will be, my number one goal. I want to continue creating memories, have wonderful adventures as a foursome and make the most of every minute spent with them.

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Happy New Year everyone, here’s to a healthy and fun-filled 2017.

Have you made any resolutions / goals for this year? I’d love to hear all about them in the comments.

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  • DonnaJanuary 8, 2017 - 1:13 pm

    Happy New Year lovely! I can’t wait to meet you at Blog On :) I love your aims for the year, they’re all so achievable and realistic xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 8, 2017 - 7:53 pm

      Happy New Year to you too hun. Yes! Me too!! It will be long overdue. xReplyCancel

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