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Happy 2016 From The Shopping Mama

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Happy 2016, friends! We hope you had a wonderful evening ringing in the New Year and celebrating with family and friends! I baked a confetti cake with my kids and then we watched a faux countdown (thank you, Netflix!), and toasted with "special" chocolate milk (no, that's not code for spiked). It was super low-key--just the way I like it! I kissed my kids goodnight, then the hubby and I ordered in dinner for two, and we on-demanded The Intern (such a great movie, BTW.) We were in bed by 11 PM. It was amazing. Around the stroke of midnight I heard fireworks, turned over, smooched my husband and went back to sleep. My kind of New Year's celebration.

I'm not much of a "resolutions" girl, but I definitely have major goals and big plans. This is the first time I've taken my Christmas tree down before January 1st, and that's because I am so ready for a fresh start. I'm grateful for everything in my life. I'm optimistic. And I'm motivated...

In spirit of the whole "New Year, New You" adage, two of the TSM team members (myself included!) shared a few things we're looking forward to...

Lauren Barth, Managing Editor

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What's your personal resolution for 2016?
I'm in serious cleanup mode at my house. I want a mess-free home and a clutter-free life. Out with the old! I spent four hours yesterday bagging clothes for donation. I had seven huge garbage bags of donations within 60 minutes--and that was just the start of this process. Then I moved on to toys (sorry kids!)! If it's missing pieces. If it doesn't get played with. If it's big and bulky and annoying... it's got to go! Stuffing my local donation bin has never felt more rewarding.

What's your family resolution for 2016?
Get out of our pajamas before noon. Just kidding... Sort of. It sounds cliched, but I want to be more present. I have to devote some time to my children--no phone, no laptop, no work, no nothing. I also want to have more family dinners around the table. I usually make dinner for my kids and then my husband and I eat once they go to bed. That's fine once or twice a week, but we should really get into the habit of eating together. There's about a million more resolutions I could name, but I'm going to take it one day at a time. I'm not of the belief that everything should immediately change on January 1st. It's not realistic. But it's always good to have goals and try to make the best of every day.

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What's your kids' resolutions for 2016?
Grant (3) - "Listen to my Mommy and Daddy. Just teasing!"
Penelope (1) - "Sleep more." {Okay fine, I made that up. Wishful thinking.}

Catherine Murton, Writer

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What's your personal resolution for 2016?
To make more time for myself. I want to read more books, do more yoga and focus on my hobbies again. I used to feel guilty about taking the time for myself but I've realized it's important to focus on yourself too and I know it makes me a better wife and mother.

What's your family resolution for 2016?

To travel more. We love traveling together and seeing new places. We have big plans for 2016. A trip to the Grand Canyon for sure! Hopefully we can connect with some friends who live in different states too!

What's your kids' resolutions for 2016?
Ariana (7) - "To learn to be a good roller skater." She just got new roller skates for Christmas so this makes sense. Looks like we'll be spending a lot of time at the rink in 2016.
Judah (2) - "To be Darth Vader." Hahaha! Welcome to the dark side!!

Happy New Year to you and yours from the team at The Shopping Mama.

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