7 Tips to Help Keep Your Family’s Resolutions



New Year’s Resolutions aren’t just for moms and dads. They’re for families too!


I know what your thinking. It is hard enough to keep my own personal resolutions and goals. Why would I want to set goals with my family too? Why? Because setting goals together, and working towards those goals, brings us closer as a family. It builds trust, unity, and is a great opportunity to teach our children values and skills.  


So, Whether you have a word of the year, make New Year’s resolutions, or just have a few goals you want your family to work on this year, here are a few tips to help your family stick with those resolutions so you can grow and improve together.
1. Make your resolutions something that YOUR FAMILY really wants. Your family’s goals and resolutions should NOT be something you think you should do as a family. Or something that you are doing just to keep up with what you see on Pinterest, the internet, or that your neighbors are doing. Honestly evaluate what is best for your family. One of the biggest mistakes families make is making resolutions to keep up with “the Jones’ “  Don’t worry about what other families are doing.
2. Make sure your eyes aren’t bigger than you stomach. AKA, don’t set too many goals. In fact, two or three is perfect for your family. Too many and they get hard to keep and focus on.
3. Goals should be specific. For example, “Save money”, is a good goal. But it is not specific. “Save 5 dollars a week” is a better goal. Being specific makes the resolutions more do-able and makes it easier for everyone to understand what is expected.
4. Leave room for forgiveness. No family is perfect and there will be many times when we falter on our resolutions. That is normal. The difference between those families who reach their goals and those who don’t, is the way they react to set backs. Instead of throwing in the towel, problem solve. Then you can rebound and get back on track.
5. Include the entire family. It is easy to think that successful family goals are only achieved by the parents. But family goals should include the entire family. Including our children provides opportunities for us to work together, hold one another accountable, allows us opportunities to teach our children, and gives our children the chance to see success and failure. Not to mention, each member of our family has great ideas. I can’t tell you the number of times that our children have come up with the solutions to family situations. Including them also lets them know that they have a voice in your family. Knowing that they are heard makes them feel loved, important and understood. (Which also leads to kids being better behaved.) Not to mention that kids are great at keeping us accountable. :)
6. Create short term goals to keep you accountable. We hear this all the time, because it is true. As a family, set a resolution, and then set short term goals to help you along the way. Your family will be much more likely to achieve your goals that way.
7. Make it fun and celebrate! Whoever said resolutions have to be boring? Find fun ways to achieve your goals and celebrate your milestones along the way. This also helps to keep it fresh in everyone’s mind…because a year can seem like a really long time.
Looking for a fun way to set resolutions for your family? Create a vision board! Have each member of your family sit down with old magazines, newspapers, markers and crayons, even the computer. Have everyone cut out or print off pictures, words, phrases that represent what they see for 2014 for the family. Put them all on a big piece of cardboard. Then, step back and evaluate the themes that are most prevalent on the board. Use the common themes to create two or three resolutions to best benefit your family this upcoming year.
And remember, everyone’s resolutions look different, just like our families. And that is okay.
We would love to hear what your family resolutions are for this year?
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A Year in Review–Top 13 Projects of 2013


It is time once again to share with you the TOP 13 Projects of 2013!  Thank you so much for your support over the past year.  I am so grateful for all of you.  Many of you have recently joined us and many of you have been with me from the very beginning.  And I want you to know that I really appreciate your support and nice comments and emails! I read each and every one even if I can’t always find the time to respond!

I always enjoy looking back over the past year and the projects that I have shared with you.  The following projects are the most visited projects from 2013.


Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes





Sealed with a Kiss—Valentine’s Day Gift





DIY Tufted Headboard





Chocolate Zucchini Cake





DIY Pallet Head Board





Handmade Soap Recipes




Homemade-Lavender-Soap Tutorial




Easter Bunny Gift Jars





Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub





DIY Ping Pong Table





Wood Pallet Map





Home-Made Lemonade Gift Kit

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Oreo Brownie Recipe





Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub




My favorite project from 2013 would have to have been the DIY Tufted Headboard and Bed we made for my youngest daughter!  I LOVE it!

Did your favorite project make the TOP 13?

And…in looking back…it is fun to look forward to new projects for the coming year.  What would you like to see more of on The Idea Room in 2014?

New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses

I have one last New Year’s Eve party printable to share with you for your “Mint” Night (Midnight) Kiss on New Year’s Eve.  I love a fun play on words, don’t you?

I came up with a little gift idea or party favor that you can give to your New Year’s Eve Party guests.


Take some Hershey’s Mint Kisses (you might notice these are NOT the mint version, which I am very sad about…I had some and then for the life of me can not find where I put them so the kids wouldn’t eat them) and add these printable New Year’s Eve Kiss Stickers to the bottom of each of them.  Simply print them out on white paper.  Then take a 3/4 inch paper punch (found in the scrapbook section of your craft store) and punch them out.  Then glue them onto the kisses with a glue stick.

Fill up a pretty jar of cellophane bag with the “Mint” Night Kisses and attach the printable gift tags and the bottle topper if needed.

A super easy New Year’s Eve party favor!


If you would like to download the “Mint” Night Kisses Printables, click on the link below.

{New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses Printables}

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Looking for other New Year’s Eve Ideas? Check out our past posts here:

New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props

New Year’s Eve Banner Printable

New Year’s Eve Bottle Labels and Printables

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game

New Year’s Eve Printables

As promised, here are the rest of the New Year’s Eve Printables for your New Year’s Eve Party and activities!  If you would like to see the other posts I shared with you earlier, you can check them out here…

New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props

New Year’s Eve Banner Printable

New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses (coming soon)

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game


I printed out the labels on some white cardstock and then cut them out.  To cover the bottle labels, simply cut out a strip of scrapbook paper to cover the original label and glue into place.  Then I cut a smaller black strip of cardstock paper and then attached the round labels.  I also cut out and made some tags for the tops of the bottles.  If you want the labels to be smaller, simply print less than 100% to get the size you need.

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You can also use these tags for a lot of other things.  I used them in the photo booth as some fun photo props or use them as party favor or gift tags!

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I also came up with some fun party favors.  You can give your guests some confetti (if you want to clean it up :) and some party blowers or party hats.  I also thought it would be fun to add some “pop-it” fireworks for the guests to pop at Midnight!  The labels are meant to be printed out and stapled onto little cellophane bags that are 4 inches in width.  You could also cut out the rectangle and add to another piece of paper to fit another size if needed.

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If you would like to download the New Year’s Eve Bottle Labels & Printables, click on the link below.

{New Year’s Eve Bottle Labels & Printables}

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New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props

Throwing a New Year’s Eve Party?  Or just spending it at home with some family and friends? Why not pass the hours taking some fun photos with your loved ones with these fun New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props.


Today I am sharing these free New Year’s Eve Printable Photo Props with you so that you can use them with your family and friends.


Simply print them out on cardstock and then cut them out.  I glued and then added some tape to secure them to the photo prop.  I attached them to a wooden skewer (used for Kabobs and found in your local grocery store).


You can set up an area in your home where the photos can be taken.  Use a white sheet as a backdrop or find a wall that you can add some “New Year’s Eve décor”.  I simply used a wall in my kitchen that already had a large wall clock and then hung some Gold and Silver Christmas Ornaments from the ceiling.


So simple and easy!  Then snap away!  If you are extra ambitious, you could print them out for your guests to take home that night or send them to their homes as a thank you after the party!  I think it is a great souvenir to take home from the New Year’s Eve Party.


If you would like to download the New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props, click on the link below.

{New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props}

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Now…obviously…these were not taken at midnight.  In fact…the only time I had time to snap these pictures was right before we headed out to church…haha!

If you are interested in some other New Year’s Eve Party Printables you might also want to check out the following:

New Year’s Eve Bottle Labels and Printables

New Year’s Eve Party Photo Props

New Year’s Eve Banner Printable

New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses (coming soon)

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game


I am curious…do you let your kids stay up until Midnight?

Printable New Year’s Eve Banner

Planning on decorating for the New Year or a New Year’s Eve Party? This New Year’s Eve Banner is a really simple addition to your New Year’s Eve Party Décor.


The banner can be printed on any color of cardstock or even patterned scrapbook paper so that you can customize it for your personal preferences.  Then simply cut it out and hang it up where your party guests can see it…


Or use it as a New Year’s Eve Photo Prop for your friends and family!  A fun way to ring in the New Year and to capture the memory on film.  And my kids do not normally dress up for our New Year’s Eve Party in their Sunday clothes…the only time I had a chance to snap some pictures was before we headed out to church!  Don’t they look thrilled?!


If you would like to download the New Year’s Eve Banner, click on the link below.

{New Year’s Eve Banner Printable}

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If you are interested in some other New Year’s Eve Party Printables you might also want to check out the following:

New Year’s Eve Party Favors

New Year’s Eve Bottle Labels and Printables

New Year’s Eve Party Photo Props

New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses (coming soon)

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game


New Years gift and giveaway

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Are you headed to someone’s house for a little New Years Eve Celebration?  Why not give your hostess a fun little gift…a sparkly ice bucket and personalized bottle label.  Or, if you are staying in for your own celebration, you can use this for your own party guests.


The challenge for December’s #LowesCreator Creative Network was “Sparkle!”  We were challenged to come up with something that would fit the theme.

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So of course, I immediately thought of Krylon’s Glitter Blast Spray Paint.  I picked up one of these metal buckets in the paint department of Lowe’s which was right by the spray paint.  I picked up the same silvery color as the bucket just to give the bucket a sparkly finish.

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Then I picked up some “Sparkling” Cider (since we aren’t drinkers at my house…but you can use your drink of choice) and covered it with a fun and unique New Years Label.


A really simple gift idea and festive addition to your New Years Eve Celebrations.

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Want to make it too?  I have provided the label as a free download.  Click the following link to download a copy for yourself.

New Years Eve Bottle Label

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Lowe’s is going to give One Idea Room Reader a $75 gift certificate!

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Want to enter for your chance to win it?  Simply leave a comment here.  Any comment!  It doesn’t get simpler than that!

But, if you are interested, you can also sign up for the Lowes Creative Ideas Magazine.  They have a lot of great project ideas there and its free!

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Looking for some other New Years Eve party ideas? Check out these past posts:

New Years Eve Countdown Activity Bags

New Years Eve Game

New Years Eve Treats (scroll to bottom of post)

Family “New Year” Resolutions

It’s time once again for Heather Johnson from Family Volley as part of her “Parenting Tips” here on The Idea Room. Here’s Heather in her own words.



What a wonderful time of year. Hopefully your homes have been filled with family, togetherness, and the spirit of the season.

It is also a time of year for renewal and re-commitment. New Years Resolutions aren’t just for us as individuals, they are for families too!

There are lots of approaches for making family resolutions. One that is always fun, is to choose a theme. This could be a key word (such as service, love, kindness, or organization.)

You can also choose a motto, quote, or a saying that represents a focus your family would like to have for the upcoming year.

Or you can choose a weakness that your family would like to make a strength. Let that be your focus for the year, and create a few resolutions focused around that strength.

When you are ready to establish some resolutions, gather the entire family together. It is much more powerful to make the decisions together and have the input of the entire family. Plus, when everyone is involved in the decision making, they will be much more likely to commit and follow through. They will take ownership because they had a say.

Then, start by focusing on all of the things your family did well during the last year. If you have a white board, or even just a piece of paper, write all the strengths down for everyone to see. This is an important step. Remember, you are focusing on the family as a whole. Don’t start pointing out individual weaknesses of family members.

Then, once you have built your family up, start talking about what you would like to focus on and change. A good place to start, have everyone in the family suggest a weakness they see your family has, and/or something they would like to see different or changed, or do more of. 

Take a vote and have everyone weight in and narrow the suggestions down to two or three. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Choosing 20 resolutions for your family is setting yourselves up for failure.

Once you have chosen your 2-3 resolutions, establish the details. It isn’t just about the goals. You also need to establish how you will reach your goals.

The last step during your resolution setting meeting, is to schedule follow up family meetings. Your family should sit down each month and evaluate how the resolutions are going.

If you are not sure what resolutions would be good for your family. Here are three that every family should implement this year, and every year.

1. Commit to eat dinner together at least 5 days a week. I recognize that this may seem like a lofty charge, but eating together has benefits beyond belief. For starters, children who eat dinner together with their families are less likely to get involved in drugs and alcohol. They also get better grades, are more adjusted, and better able to handle stress and disappointment. That alone, is a great reason. On top of that, research shows that around the dinner table is where families used to teach morals and values. But now that families eat together less, where are children learning these skills? They aren’t. They are learning from television. We need to gather our children back around our own tables to reconnect and teach.

If dinner doesn’t work for your family, try breakfast. If 5 times is more than you can do, then do what you can.

2. Plan one family activity each week. It is true, families that play together, stay together. Family activities provide opportunities for families to bond in a non threatening environment. These activities also provide families opportunities to develop adaptation and negation skills. Don’t just talk about it. Put it on the calendar. Schedule it into your life just like your other obligations to ensure that it will happen. Consider it the most important event on your calendar each week.

3. Work together. Family work is vital. It is key to raising moral children. Instead of keeping our children from work, rally together and work together each week. It can be household work, yard work, or a project that you choose specifically for this resolution. Regardless of the task, do it together. You will be amazed at how it strengthens.

Don’t just sit down and plan out your personal resolutions for 2013. Take some time to create resolutions for your family also, and watch 2013 be your families best year EVER!

Does your family set New Year’s Resolutions?

What can you see your family working on this year?

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2011–A Year in review

I can NOT believe that we have made it through another year of projects here at The Idea Room.  Time just seems to be flying by doesn’t it?  It is time once again to reflect and review 2011 and all that came along with it.  Personally it was one of my more difficult years…I have had better.  But a person is the sum of the good AND the bad.  And I like to focus on the positives.  Don’t you? 

I thought it would be fun to share with you the most popular posts of 2011 according to the ones that received the most pageviews.  I chose to share the top eleven projects in celebration of the year 2011!  Did you have any favorites?  Here they are…

Top Projects of 2011

#11  Minnie Mouse Oreo Pops


#10  DIY Trumeau Mirror


#9  Be Mine Valentine’s Day Decoration


#8  Soda Bottle Covers


#7  DIY Labeled Bathroom Jars


#6  DIY Pomander Kissing Balls


#5  Soda Can Coasters


#4  Painted Rug


#3  DIY Headboard and Bed Frame


#2  Antiqued Acid Mirror



#1 Tissue Rosette Kissing Balls


Were some of those your favorites too?

This year I also was able to accomplish some of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year.  I am happy to say that I was able to accomplish almost every single one.

Here are some of the posts about those resolutions that I could share.

I shared with you about finishing my first Half Marathon.  {Check}  Finishing off the BasementBuild Shelf for freaking long wall. {Check}  Did some mad reading in the last couple of days to finish reading my Scriptures to reach my goal…I have one section left…I think I can! {almost Check}  And I Learned I had Hypothyroidism…not in the plans but glad to get some answers to some personal issues I had been dealing with.

I have truly enjoyed another year of sharing projects and interacting with all of you.  I am grateful for your kind comments and emails.  I love hearing from you.  And I feel so blessed that I have been able to meet so many amazing people whom I would have otherwise not had the opportunity to interact with.  Here’s to another great year!

Happy New Year!!  Hope everyone has a safe and happy Holiday with their loved ones!  See you next year…haha {couldn’t resist using that juvenile “year book signing” pun…}!


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New Year’s Eve game

*Update–The clock printables have been removed from the original source where I found mine stated in the post below.  I have added some that I was able to find that might work for you.  You can find them here:

Printable Clock Face 1

Printable Clock Face 2

Printable Clock Face 3

I thought I would share a simple game that I came up with to help entertain your kids (and even adults) during your New Year’s Eve Countdown party this year.  The whole premise behind the New Year’s Eve game is fairly straightforward and simple so even the youngest of children can play along with minimal help.


We named it Rolling Around The Clock.  Simply because that is all you do. First off you will need some clock faces.  I found some fun free printable clock faces from White Life. They have the following four clock faces that you can download for free.


If you download some, be sure to drop them a quick note and tell them thanks! Aren’t they so fun? They also print out the perfect size.

I printed them out onto some white Cardstock paper. You can also glue them onto some chipboard or cardboard to give them some stability. Adding a quick layer of Matte Finish Mod Podge will also seal them up nicely and keep them from ripping from little hands and overuse.


I cut some thin strips of cardboard to make the clock hands.  I made one small for the hour hand and then one longer one for the minute hand of the clock.  I colored them black with a black permanent marker.


Then I simply took some brads which can be found in any craft store that sells scrapbook supplies and used them to attach the hands to the clock face.


Now that you have made your game pieces here are the rules for the New Years Eve game.

Roll Around the Clock Game Rules:

Each player will need their own clock face.  You will need two dice to play.  To begin each player will roll the dice.  The player with the highest number will go first.  Each player will start with their clock at 1:00. Then you will take turns rolling the dice.  To start out everyone will just roll one dice. You need to roll the time that is next on your clock and make it from 1:00 to 2:00 to 3:00 and so on all the way to 12:00 or Midnight.  The player needs to roll the number of the dice that corresponds to the next number needed.  After you have gotten to 6:00 you will begin to roll two dice to get the higher numbers. If you don’t roll the number you need, your turn will end and it is the next players turn.  The person who rolls to 12:00 first wins.

You can even add some strategy to the game if playing with older people.  For example, if someone rolls doubles they can choose someone to trade clocks with or choose someone to lose a turn.  Etc.

{Phew…that was tough…explaining the rules of play…if that doesn’t make sense, leave a comment and I will try to re-explain them. The game is much simpler than trying to explain it apparently}.


I would love to hear if some of you end up making and playing this with your kids and family this year! My kids are excited, but I think that mainly has to do with the fact that they get to stay up past their bedtimes!!

And…one last thing…I made some Oreo Pops for New Year’s Eve…who is shocked?!  Haha! You knew it was coming right? But these have a special surprise inside.


I am not going to take the time to write up a tutorial since there are so many other Oreo Pop Tutorials you can choose from, that I have already shared with you, to follow if you need one. (For example my Snowman Oreo Pops, Santa Belly Oreo Pops and my Mummy Oreo Pops) This is basically a Double Stuft Oreo covered in white chocolate with some sprinkles on it.  BUT…these are special because of what is inside of them…

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Exploding Candy!!

{I found mine at the Dollar Store…Pop Rocks will work too…I just couldn’t find any}

How fun huh?!  And…they really work! I simply removed the double stuff icing and put some melted chocolate on the inside of BOTH cookies.  Then I opened and poured a package of the Exploding Candy on one of the cookies right on top of the chocolate.  Stick the sucker stick on and then place the top cookie on top.  Then I let them harden by popping them in the freezer.  Then simply cover the Oreo with the chocolate and add some sprinkles.  For full instructions for making an Oreo Pop you can see these other tutorials.  For the little New Years Eve Cheers tag go here.


These are so fun! I had to test one out to make sure it worked.  And they really do pop right in your mouth…like edible fireworks for your mouth!

Interested in our other New Year’s Eve posts? Check these out!

New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props

New Year’s Eve Banner Printable

New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses (coming soon)

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game


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