Whole Parenting Family

16 things to do better in 2016


1) wear actual pajamas to bed that I change into at bedtime and out of in the morning.

2) brush my hair everyday.

3) five minutes of quiet prayer. okay, maybe more like four is realistic, but quiet prayer. intentional quiet prayer.

4) no more buying hot cocoas at coffee shops.

5) when one of my kids ask me to read to them, or help with legos, or play dolls, do it right then.

6) stop complain-texting my husband.

7) get a dog. think about how much work a puppy is. think about it again. sit uncertain about a dog.

8) put *it* away right away. whatever it is. procrastination means it will sit there for days.

9) make our bed every morning. launder our sheets every week.

10) clean the bathrooms once a week. DID YOU HEAR THAT, UNIVERSE?!

11) say I’m sorry without following up with why I’m really right and totally justified.

12) tell my husband I love him fiercely everyday. especially when I’m annoyed with whatever.

13) eat family dinner in the Dining Room once a week.

14) reflect on the characteristics that bug me in other people–insofar as how I do them too.

15) stop picking my kids’ noses.

16) use the cold press juicer I gave AA for Christmas every day for maximum GI tract benefits.

How typically New Years’ Resolutions of me! But now you know them. Hold me to them!!



  1. Caitlin E on January 3, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    #15!! BAHAHAHA! I thought I was the only one… I should add this to my resolutions too.

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 5, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      oh my golly!!!! so bad!!

  2. Lis Luwia on January 4, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    I don’t know, Nell. My daughter asks me to pick her nose. It would be unfair of me to stop doing that… 😉

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 5, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      hahahahah oh, mine too!

  3. AnneMarie on January 4, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Launder the sheets every week? People do that?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! When I was in college (and I only just graduated last spring), I think I washed sheets once a semester…I’m slightly better now, and my husband and I wash them…maybe once a month? I mean, I’m guessing kids will change that frequency with bedwetting and stuff, so eventually I’ll have to get more on top of it haha. I think these are pretty golden resolutions, and I hope that it goes well for you! (I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions, but all power to you!)

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 5, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      hahahaha I’m so bad about laundry in general!!

  4. Emily on January 4, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Good list Nell! Pretty much my sentiments exactly. Maybe you should offer free prints so everyone can print it out & hang on our foreheads! Just kidding about the forehead part, but reminders are good! Sounds like each point would be an awesome blog post. Happy New Year to you and your family!
    Blessings, Emily

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 5, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      haha i need it on my forehead!!! XO Happy New Year, friend!!

  5. Patty on January 4, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    LOL! About hal of these I laughed so hard out loud!!! My Mom never picked our noses but ALWAYS would lick her hand and wipe stuff our face…we still raze her about it now 😉

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 5, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      hahah totally!