Monday, February 2, 2015

January Resolutions Ain't Black N White

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Hello, Friends!

Last year, I made a list of Easter resolutions and today I would like to share with you of how it had been, as well as making new resolutions. Since it's still the month of January, I just think the timing is perfect.

Here they are:

Intentionally praying for my Husband everyday

It's a hit and miss, there are days that I forgot or was already in bed and too lazy to get up again and read from my little prayer book. It's still a work in progress.

Making to do list and actually doing them everyday

I have to say that it does wonders to my productivity level! I'm getting back to making list again since I didn't do it during the holidays, but it's something that I'm doing regularly and I have found to be extremely useful.

Story Time with My Son Everyday

It's "play time" instead of "story time"; because not everyday that my son would ask me to read him a story. Sometimes he would ask Mommy to sit with him and listen to music, sometimes we would dance, build blocks, play hide and seek, etc.

Finding Time to Read Books Again

Done. So happy! Not much time to do it, but I do some regular reading almost everyday now.

Incorporating family journal into Style N Season blog

Done. Yayy!

Now for January resolutions.

Fitting into my jeans again

Being skinny almost all my life, I used to be able to eat anything I wanted, as much as I wanted, without gaining weight. However, now that I'm a thirty seven years old mom, my metabolism is slowing down and I noticed slowly but surely extra pounds crept in, adding thickness to tummy, waist, hips, upper arms and thighs. Actually, I think I still look and feel okay with my rounder body shape. Still, it's not nice that I cannot fit into any of my jeans and fitted skirts! I'm not interested to invest in a whole new wardrobe! So, I'd better lose a few pounds, nothing extreme, just so that I could fit into my clothes comfortably again. Better do it now than letting it spirals out of control. Not to mention the health benefit!

The plan:
  • Reduce carb intake during dinner.
  • Walk around for 15 minutes after lunch time at the office instead of sitting down.
  • Stop late night binging that I usually do right before bedtime.
Dress better at home for my family

I'm not a slob, but I do wear not-so-pretty house dresses at home. Now that I have a son and I often play with him on the floor, I realize that wearing almost-kneelength shorts are much proper so I don't accidentally flash my underthings! Also, I don't wear any makeup when I'm home. I mean, don't my most loved ones deserve to see me looking pretty and making effort to look nice for them is more important than doing it for other people?

The plan:
  • Wearing cute, colorful knee-length shorts and tops at home on daily basis.
  • Cutting up my old, faded housedresses and turn the pieces into rags for cleaning.
  • Making up my face a bit even if I'm just staying home. Nothing fancy. Just brushing my eyebrows and wearing some color on my lips. 
 Incorporate one slow-cooker menu a week to our meal plan

I have successfully introduced one meatless dinner per week to our weekly meal plan. Now I want to go a step further by reducing that delish deep-fried things like fried chicken and fried tofu to our diet. My mother in law gave us a slow-cooker last year and we have not made use of it yet, but now it's about time. I figure I can cook a healthy, hearty, delicious, easy dinner that doesn't need to be fried. By using a slow-cooker, I can throw potatoes, broccoli, carrots, beans, and some broth to make a tasty meal with minimum unhealthy oil. I can even reduce the meat intake, because cooked with galic, shallots and spices for 7-8 hours, the food will be flavorful enough without us craving for deep-fried crispy things nor meat!

The plan:

  • Monday is for meatless dinner.
  • Thursday is for crock-pot/slow-cooker dinner.
  • My goal is to add one more night of soup dinner per week, but we'll just take baby steps.

Introducing Church and praying habit to our son

Michael is two years old now and I have begun teaching him to pray before meal times and bedtime "Just like Mom and Dad!". Also, we begun to take him to mass. We have to change his eating schedule a bit, but so far, so good. Sitting quietly for nine minutes at Church could be quite boring sometimes even for an adult, but Michael bore it sweetly. Though he often asked, "Mommy, are we done yet?" during mass. ^__^ Bringing him to mass would also force us, the parents, to give a good example, and I need that extra push from time to time! Haha!
Later on I will start introducing him to Bible stories, as well.

Besides all these humble resolutions, of course I will continue doing my previous resolutions that have become habitual to me. Well, quite. Afterall, isn't life is all about self-improvement?

"So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect."
(Matthew 5:48)

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JES said...

Great resolutions. I like the menu planning idea of a crocket pot meal on a certain day and meatless Mondays, etc. It makes it easier to decide what to make. Also, taking your son to church and teaching him about his Creator is the best investment of your time! Thank you for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! Glad to have you back :)

dimple khadi said...

Beautiful outfit!
Nice resolutions. I hope you keep doing them
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Susan said...

I love all of your resolutions. So many of them are such great reminders for me! You mentioned a little prayer book - what book do you use when praying for your husband? I have been looking for a good newlywed prayer book!

Thanks for joining the Celebrate Southern Linkup with J and me! Cheers!

LeeAnne, Style N Season said...

Hi Susan, the prayer book that I mentioned titled "The WIfe Who Prays". You can read more about the book in this post

Thank you for visiting!

Lauryncakes | Lauryn Hock said...

I love this outfit! I just came from the Favorite Fashion Friday Link-Up.
You should come link up over at my style & beauty link up! The Style Files Link-Up

Garaytreasures said...

What an awesome plan for this upcoming year. I agree and need to implement the goals of doing lists for the day of tasks and sticking to them as well as look nicer at home or even to the grocery store. Cute blog, I believe it has been awhile since I dropped in but I am glad to check it out again. Thank you for linking up to "What Wives Wear" link up. It has been great getting inspired and meet other bloggers. Please stop by sometime.
Rachel xo Garay Treasures

GreenForever said...

great outfit! always love black and white combo. you look happy and confident!

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