It is a new year and after what we have all gone through last year it is time to live! Bucket lists are often thought of as a list of things you want to do before you die. Let’s change that and stop waiting and start living. January Bucket List is filled with simple, fun things for mom’s and family to all enjoy and grow from.
The purpose of these monthly bucket lists are for us mom’s to enjoy life. They are mixed with self-care goals and moments to enjoy our kids laughter no matter what their age. It is about good old fashion fun and family time mixed with a little mama sanity time. As well as, some fun ways for your kids to get to know you better.
If we have learned anything from the past year is that we can’t take life for granted. We have to live life to the fullest, even when things look bleak and just downright grim. We have to do what we can to make the best out of the life we were given. But! More importantly we have to teach our kids life is what we make of it.
It is January and we all have thought of what this year is going to bring, we all have goals and hopes for this new year. My hope for you coming into this new uncertain time is that you get out and you enjoy laughter, you enjoy every speed bump life brings. I hope you make mistakes because that means you are learning and trying new things; you are pushing yourself and changing yourself. I hope you don’t freeze and learn to worry less. I hope you stop aiming for perfection and start chasing inspiration. Whatever it is holding you back I hope you face it and show the world the true you, because you are amazing!
January Bucket List Breakdown and Free Printable
- Create a weekly family tradition: We all get busy, us mom’s often wish there was more time in the day, we feel mom guilt because we can’t always be there, but we understand there are so many hours in a day. Make a plan, a time, when you can show up 80% of the time every week. Whether it be dinner around the table 3 day a week, movie night every Friday, Sunday brunch… just something and a time where you can all pause and enjoy being present together.
- Read a new book: This one can be just for mom or for the whole family. Books can both inspire and educate. However, sometimes reading is not possible that is why audiobooks are so amazing. Most of your favorite books or books on your must-read list you can rent for free (both audio and text) through an app called Libby by Overdrive. All you need is a library card and you are good to go.
- Have a family game night: One night out of the month for just a few hours. Enjoy board games or video games with your kids. Talk, laugh, and enjoy the small moments
- Build a blanket fort: Do you remember the hours you spent as a child in blanket forts? Let’s cut back the screen time and bring some simple joys and pleasures back into childhood for our kid’s sake.
- Make visual boards of this year’s goals: Do you have goals for this upcoming year? Do your kids? Make it an art project cut out pictures of things that represent your goals and put them on aboard. Put it up in your rooms to remind you of what you want to accomplish this year.
- Try a new flavor of hot cocoa: Trying something new is a good thing and it is good to teach our kids that. So why not do it in a fun delicious way? Need some hot cocoa ideas? Check out this hot cocoa roundup.
- Celebrate MLK Jr. Day: Please do not make this political learning about other cultures is a great way to teach your kids about equality and the struggles many faces. MLK was on the front line of this battle and tried to educate with love and kindness. He is a great example of how to fight a battle without fists but with education and facts.
- Go on a winter adventure (take lots of pictures): Bundle up and go get some fresh air. Not only good to move but can also improve your mental health.
- Make a bird feeder: Spring is right around the corner. This project is a gift that keeps on giving. A small project to help keep the kids busy and away from the screen, plus will bring the birds to watch in the spring, summer, and fall and many years to come.
- Have a Pajama Day: We are always on the go. Take a day to chill.
- Take 5 minutes to be still and grateful: It is easy to look back and wish we could slow-down time. It is easy to say how busy we always are. The truth is we need to pause and take it all in from time to time count our blessings because before we know it these kids will be moving out and having lives of their own.
- Make your favorite childhood cookies and tell your kids why you loved them: As we grow our taste change it is nostalgic to make and taste things from our childhood, even the smell brings us back to a simpler time. Give your kids a taste of your childhood allow them to get to know you.
I hope you all enjoy the new year, I hope you start a new chapter… scratch that… a new book to the saga of your life and have a blessed month.