Jan 162016

It’s hard to believe we are half-way through January already, and it’s even harder to believe that I haven’t broken my New Year’s resolution yet – getting healthy! This year, I have vowed to become a happier, healthier person, for myself, my husband and my children, and I’m getting them all involved too! I think working together as a family unit has really helped us to keep our momentum going.

How are you doing on your resolutions for the new year? Are you still on track? Today I am partnering with Gerber® Good Start® to share my family’s #FormulaForHappiness for the New Year. After listening to consumer feedback, and hearing that most parents wanted a formula free of genetically engineered ingredients, they decided to do just that! Now all Gerber® Good Start® infant formulas are free of genetically engineered ingredients. I love it when companies listen to their consumers, don’t you?! That is something that really makes me happy.

Speaking of happy, my family has made several lifestyle changes this year that have greatly improved our overall happiness. I think it’s so important for every family to have their own #FormulaForHappiness and to make the most out of each and every day.


Here are 5 things we are doing to be happy and healthy in the new year:

5 Ways to be Happy & Healthy in the New Year

Eating Healthy Foods – My husband, John, and I had completely fallen into a rut last year. We were eating very unhealthy foods all the time, ordering take out a few times a week, eating giant portions of food, drinking soda, etc. While we felt a little sense of happiness during the few minutes in which we stuffed our faces with all of that bad food, we immediately felt disgusted with ourselves after. We were left feeling overweight and lethargic – not great for happiness.

We now eat as clean as we possibly can, cutting out sugar, bad carbs, starches, junk food. We no longer order out, and we make our own meals every morning, noon and night, using lots of lean protein and fresh fruits and vegetables. Our kids (Kayleigh, 2.5 years old and Logan, 10 months) have been enjoying the healthy foods with us, and I love that we are now setting a good example for them, and making sure that they are eating good foods to fuel their growing bodies. They are happy, even when their faces are covered with sweet potatoes!

Logan sweet potatoes

Getting Active – John and I normally aren’t very active people. We love to be couch potatoes and spend the day playing video games, but we realized that was really doing us no good. So, we’ve been getting out of the house more with the kids. Before the snow came recently, we went to the playground a lot to swing and run around. Now, we like to bring the kids out to places like the pet store where they can be entertained, and we can get some exercise by walking around. I have also been dancing and doing yoga with the kids during the day while John is at work. They absolutely love running around and getting all of that energy out, and I have a lot of fun with them and getting some exercise myself.

kids swinging

Spending Quality Time Together – In addition to being more active with our kids, we have been spending more quality time together. At night, we like to turn off the television, put down our phones, computers and mobile devices, and wind down from our busy day together. We all sit on the couch and read stories together. Then, when it’s time for bed, John rocks Logan to sleep and I rock Kayleigh to sleep. We love the bonding time with the kids, and I really think it helps them to sleep better at night. I also get plenty of cuddle time in with the kids during the day. They seem to be happier and more relaxed at bed time.

me and logan

Keeping a Clean Home – I’ll be the first to admit that trying to keep your home clean when you have a toddler and an infant is pretty hard, but I really think it is important to keep it as clean as you can. I know I always feel so much happier and relaxed when my house is clean and organized, and my kids are happier when I am happy. So, I set aside an hour every day to quickly tidy up – wash the dishes, take care of laundry, take out the trash, vacuum, wash down the table and countertops, etc. I get Kayleigh to help me with as many things as she can, and when Logan is old enough, I will get him involved too.


Getting Enough Sleep – There have been many times in my life when I would stay up until 2 or 3am, just browsing the internet or watching television, then I would wake up really early in the morning and feel absolutely lousy, and my whole day would be ruined because I had zero energy. John and I have always put the kids to bed by 7:30 at night, because we felt it was important for them to have a sleep schedule and to get enough sleep every night, but we weren’t doing that for ourselves. So, we have started to get ourselves ready for bed by 10:30pm every night, instead of staying up into the early morning hours.

John and Logan

What is your #FormulaForHappiness this year? What do you think of the Non-GMO initiative?

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