Ditching the New Year’s Resolution

Like so many people, this time of the year I usually sit down and think about all the changes I would like to make in the new year. I set resolutions, and in a way set myself up to epically fail. It is not realistic to make so many huge changes all at once. After reading a post by Amanda called Ditching the New Year’s Resolution this morning, I realized I was about to make the same mistake as years past. Instead of setting a bunch of resolutions she focuses on picking just one word she would like to embrace in the upcoming year.  I decided to join her in this one word challenge.

What is my one word for 2018?

Ditching the New Year's Resolutions One Word Challenge: Determined

I am determined….

  • To be patient as a mother rather than let the little things  get me work up
  • To live a healthier lifestyle rather than setting unrealistic weight loss goals
  • To let 2018 be a fresh start rather than focus on the negative things from last year

I am excited to walk away from the crazy list of resolutions I started writing a few days ago. It is like a fresh breath of air, and I look forward to all that 2018 has in store for my family.

Are you ready to join Amanda and I in ditching the New Year’s resolutions?

Let us know what your word is this year by commenting below or over at Joyful Wife Life. I hope 2018 is a wonderful year for all of you and your families!

Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Party Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Party Edition…

This week our friends from Joyful Wife Life joined us for poetry tea time. I think Amanda and I may have went a little overboard with all the treats and decorations, but it was worth it to see the excitement on their faces.

Featured Poem

Spooky Tea Time Tuesday rewritten by Roxanne Raiche

Double, double, toil and trouble,
Fires burn, and cauldrons bubble…
Calling all witches, wizards, and ghosts
The Raiche Family will be your host…

Stop on by for a cup or two,
Watch out for the goblin goo…
Spooky Tea Time Tuesday begins at quarter past one
Wear your costume and be ready for fun!

I can’t take full credit for writing this poem… I found my inspiration here, but wanted to change it up to fit our Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Party Edition invitation better.

Featured Recipe

This week Jack decided to make dirt cups. To make your own dirt cups you will need:

  • 1 package (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
  • 15 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 1-1/4 cups), divided
  • Gummi worms
  • Tombstone and bone candy

As you can see, we switched things up a little bit and made tiny grave yard dirt cups! We found our candy pieces at Walmart. You can find the instructions to make these yummy treats here.

Our Table

Under each of the children’s plates Amanda and I wrote some questions and Fun and Freaky Halloween Facts. Some of the questions were:

  • Why are pumpkins a Halloween tradition?

  • Why do we don masks and silly costumes for Halloween?

  • What’s with the door-to-door begging for candy? 


Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Party Edition.

I think ALL of the children are suffering with gut rot, and may need a visit to the dentist immediately… But we had a spooky spectacular time! Want to see more from our party? I am uploading an album on my Facebook page in just a few minutes.

Would you like to check out my past Tea Time Tuesdays? Head on over to my Tea Time page.