2016 Reading List

I love the new year, with all the new goals for every area of our lives. If you can think it, you can make a goal for it! This is both good and bad, I like to look at the good parts of it, and I hope you will join me!

2016 Reading List

This week, I have been planning out what books I want to read this year. Now I am not talking about those read aloud books that you read to the kids. I am talking about the books that mom reads for mom. Those are the good books!

This year I hope to read 24 mom books. That is right, 24 books that are not for the kids or written for kids. Although one or two may be the young adult, (I do like to know what Moe Man is reading). 24 mom books means that I would want to focus on 1 book every 2 weeks. This should not be hard, but this is me we are talking about. I have put all mommy things on hold and only focused on the kids.

To me, 2 books a month that are not mom books is heaven! I used to read mommy books nonstop, then I had kids. The kids made it hard to find time for mommy. But I have plans to change that this year. Not only will I be going back to something I love, reading, but I will be showing my kids that reading is something that we all should do.

So, what books do I plan to read? Well, I have a very rough draft of what I want to read. This will change I am sure! Why? Because the library is full of wonderful books, I have books waiting on my bookshelf and Amazon is killing me with those free book deals! Yeah, those deals make me load up on books I don’t know if I will ever read! But this year I hope to put a small dent in that list!

Here is my list, with links of course!

Right now I am currently in the process of reading these two:

Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1)

Submerged (Alaskan Courage Book #1)

These two are books that I have been trying to finish. I figure I might as well finish them with this goal/challenge that I have set up for myself.

After these two, my ideas are to read:

The Last Survivors: A Dystopian Society in a Post Apocalyptic World

Witch Is When It All Began (A Witch P.I. Mystery Book 1)

The Veritas Conflict

Deer Season (Ray Elkins Thriller Series)

Dead Wood (A Private Investigator Murder Mystery Series) (John Rockne Mysteries Book 1)

Someone Else's Daughter: Book I (A Miranda's Rights Mystery 1)

A Promise for Ellie (Daughters of Blessing Book #1)

The Thorn (The Rose Trilogy Book #1)

Once Upon a Summer (Seasons of the Heart, Book 1)

The Potluck Club (The Potluck Club, Book 1)

Blueprint Homeschooling: How to Plan a Year of Home Education That Fits the Reality of Your Life

The Good Neighbor The Good Neighbor

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Bone Dust: A Medical Thriller (The Gina Mazzio RN Medical Thriller Series Book 5)

Finding Hope (Generations of Hope Book 1)

Death of a Dapper Snowman (Book 1 of a Humorous Cozy Murder Mystery Series): Stormy Day Mystery #1

Transfer of Power (A Mitch Rapp Novel Book 1)

The Life and Legacy of Pope John Paul II

Out of the Storm (Beacons of Hope): A Novella

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

The 'One Thing' Is ­Three: How the Most Holy Trinity Explains Everything

I am hoping to read all of these books by this time next year. But, like I said…this whole free book thing from Amazon, well, that could change things in this list mighty quick!

What are your book choices for this year? Do you have a top three that you really want to read?


Our Must Read Books for 2016 {Dad & Mum's Book Stand}

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New Year, New Goals

New year, new goals

Today is the start of a new year. With the start of a new year, everyone wants to make resolutions. What about instead of resolutions, you make new goals? Goals of varying lengths and outcomes? Wouldn’t that make it a lot easier to feel good about yourself this year?

New year, new goals

I have always had resolutions, and when I don’t accomplish them, or fail because they are too far out of reach, I feel like a failure and give up on them. This is not what I want to show my kids. And I have to say, having them has shown me that short, medium and long term GOALS are a lot better than those silly once a year resolutions!!

So, what are the goals for this new year? I have them in different categories so that I can separate home, school and work. Not to mention mommy goals.

Goals for the House

My goals for our house this year are simple. I want to find a plan to clean and follow it. I don’t want a house out of a magazine! I work from home, daddy works from home, all four kids do school from home. We are always home. This house will be lived in, but it can be clean. I have found some great information over at Clean Mama and have decided that I want to be a part of her Homekeeping Society. Within this society is everything to keep your house clean. You could go for spotless, but we are going for clean!

Goals for School

This year, I have a few different goals. First, I want to work on catching up on my grades during the month of January. That is my first short term goal. My second short term goal is to have all kids “caught up” to my lesson plan by the end of March. This will give us time to take more time off when we need to. I know we are never really on a lesson plan, but I have my ideas of what should be done each month, each quarter and each year. If it takes us 3, 4, 5 or 6 days a week, so be it!

Long term for the school goals is to have Moe Man working on his own, Ray Ray working on more handwriting and Little Miss getting ready for Kindergarten by the fall. This gives me time to assess each child’s needs and work on them as they need the help.

Mommy Goals

Mommy has her own goals for the new year. I want to work on mommy. My short term goals are to first start drinking more water and less pop. This may seem like a super simple goal, but for me, to get this done is a huge accomplishment since I love pop so much! Knowing how “simple” this goal is will make more achievable for me, and achieving this goal will make me stronger to work towards the next one.

Which leads me to my next goal, keeping an eye on the foods I eat. This has always been a struggle for me. I have never had to worry about food before, but now I do. To help me with this, I love the idea of a great filling snack, and Chobani now has their Simply 100 Greek Yogurt!! This is going to be my lifesaver when I need a healthy snack!

Not only will I be watching what I eat and drink, but I will be adding more movement into my day. There are lots of ways to gradually add that in that extra movement. Lots of great ways to burn an extra 100 calories a day! Check out this really cool graphic!!

New year, new goals

By adding in some of these activities I will get a start on my movement goals. I will also be following along with Jessica Smith and her fun workout routines. She has some great ones to purchase, and for FREE if you follow along on her YouTube channel. I love how simple they are, yet by the time I am done, I am sweating and feeling the burn!

Those are my mommy goals, my home goals and my school goals. I don’t do the resolutions thing, I do the goals so that I can see myself achieving them. This is my plan for 2016, what is yours?