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Goals for 2016

Happy New Year!!

It's a new year and I'm excited about starting fresh again! This is one of the best things about life - you can always start over - no matter how many times you've done it before.

Last year, my blogging fell off around mid-year because of some personal issues I was dealing with but this year, I'm determined to start again. I have a lot of plans for this year but I'm going to try to be realistic as well. I'm going to be facing a lot of challenges and changes in my personal and professional life and I will blog about them as they happen. But keeping them in mind, I'm going to be ambitious but not disappointed if I don't end up meeting them.

Goals for 2016:
  • Blogging:
    • One post a week: I want to try to blog at least once a week, hopefully even when life is extremely busy
    • Family:
      • Get my daughter potty-trained: This is going to my major focus for the first half of the year. My daughter's 3 and a half and we need her to be potty trained soon. She's half-way there already and we just need to push her to the finish-line.
      • Get her ready for Kindergarten: I want to spend some quality time with her and teach her stuff and play with her. 
    • Professional:
      • Learn one new technology over the course of the year: I would like to learn some new technology like Selenium or write an iPhone app. Basically, I want to learn something new and implement it in some way. 
    • Home-making:
      • Organize the entire house top-to-bottom and room-by-room: This has been a long time coming and I have to get this done this year. This will involve some purging and re-organizing. 
    • Financial:
      • Create a budget every month and stick to it: This is going to be challenging but is also very important to our family's financial health.
    • Personal Goals:
      • Read 12 books this year: I want to spend a little more time getting back to reading this year
      • Do some craft projects: I want to try some craft projects which I've been wanting to do for a few years now



    Some iPhone tips you didn't know about

    I came across an article recently about some iPhone tips and it had some suggestions which I didn't know about even after years of using iPhone.

    Here are those suggestions:Invert display colors for easy night viewing. o to Settings --> General --> Accessibility --> Invert Colors to change your nighttime display.Slide texts left to read timestamp. A few days ago, I found myself trying to find out when a message was sent in iMessages and was not able to figure it out. This is useful info for the future.Ask Siri what's happening on Twitter. For some reason, I've not used Siri much beyond basic stuff like setting a reminder or an alarm. I should start using it more.Putting the phone in airplane mode to charge faster. I don't know if this really works but something i need to try

    Saving money on groceries

    Recently, we had some family visiting for a few months and as a result, our grocery bills shot through the roof. It's back to being just us again and I'm trying to reduce our grocery expenses.

    One of the reasons our grocery bill gets so high is we buy a lot of groceries at the local indian grocery store and it tends to be the biggest part of our grocery budget.

    Use a discount grocer or warehouse club - options for me are Trader Joe's, Market Basket, Costco, ALDI's and Sam's ClubChoose your primary store and learn its layoutWatch the store flyer each weekMake a meal plan and grocery listStock up big on sale-priced non perishablesListen to uptempo music while you shopFigure out the price per unit when buying a specific non perishable itemShop your pantry - meal plan around the items in stock in your pantry So I'm going to start meal planning soon and use the rest of these tips to reduce our grocery costs every month. I will keep updating on how that's going.


    Free Printable Baby Shower Planning Checklist

    This would have been really helpful when I was planning my friend's baby shower and even when I was planning my own baby shower.

    Check out this FREE printable Baby Shower planning checklist from Unoriginal Mom

    Free Printable Baby Shower Planning Checklist - unOriginal Mom