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25 Realistic Family Goals For 2016

January 5th, 2016 - By Martine Foreman
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As the New Year approaches, we are all actively thinking about the year we just experienced and what we want to improve in the coming year. And, as moms, the New Year is not just a chance to focus on our individual goals, but it is also a great time to focus on the goals we have for our families.

I know that all I want for my family is what’s best for them. I think I did the best I could in 2015, but I know that 2016 comes with a great opportunity to take things up a notch. Now what mom doesn’t want to step things up and do what they can to help their family have the best year ever?

Here are 25 family goals for the New Year. We hope these suggestions serve you and your family well. Have a Happy New Year!

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  1. Make yourself a priority. When you fall apart, your family does too. If you make yourself a priority, everyone benefits. Treat yourself with kindness in the New Year.

2. Say “no” more often to the countless things that want your attention outside of your family. That way you’ll have more time and energy you have to commit to the people you love most.

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3. Plan family meals. Cooking everyday can almost be impossible, but try to designate at least one day where you have a nice family meal together (and it doesn’t have to be Sunday).

4. Plan family fun days. Having designated days to just have a good time with your family, play games, and relax is good for everyone’s soul.

5. Pursue a dream. Putting your dreams on hold because you have kids doesn’t serve anyone. Make this the year you finally pursue a passion.


6. Make healthy eating a priority. Try to make a conscious decision to prepare healthier meals and have healthier snacks available for everyone.

7. Exercise together. Dance, walk, or kick a ball. It doesn’t matter what you do, really. Just get moving, do it together, and do it often.

8. Stop yelling. We’ve all been there. Life starts to get too stressful and next thing you know you keep yelling. The thing is, your message doesn’t get across at all when you yell, and it sends your kids a bad message.

9. Limit screen time. We all love television and our devices a lot, but nowhere near as much as you love your kids. Pick days throughout the month where the entire family disconnects so everyone can reconnect.

10. Buy less stuff. Buying stuff for yourself and your kids doesn’t really make anyone happy—at least not the type of happiness that will last. Spend more time together and less money on stuff. You’ll have a happier year.

11. Drink more water. Dehydration can make people tired, cranky and too many sugary drinks can lead to lots of other problems. That said, more water (and less juice) for everyone is a great idea.

12. Plan a staycation. Who says you have to spend a lot to have a great time. Plan a spectacular staycation for your family this year and I bet your kids will remember it for years to come.

13. Save more. Debt is just a pain in the butt. Make this the year that you spend less and save more. Your entire family will be better off.

14. Get everyone involved with cooking. Why should mommy do all the work? Come up with fun, easy recipes and get everyone involved in the kitchen.

15. Take responsibility for your own happiness. Your kids and spouse are not responsible for making you happy. They should just add to your existing joy.

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16. Let go of resentment. Resentment is toxic. If someone did you wrong, forgive them, find peace, and move on with your life. It’s tough to be happy with your family when you have feelings of resentment brewing on the inside.

17. Conquer some of your fears. Fears will take over your life if you let them. And conquering them is not just good for you, but it also sets a great example for your children.


18. Connect with other moms. We all need mommy friends we can trust and we need to spend time just connecting with them. When you take the time to reenergize by spending time with girlfriends, everyone wins.

19. Become more patient. Patience is essential, and without it everything become far more stressful. When you develop more patience, you find more peace.

20. Encourage spirituality. Praying with your family is so important. Take the time to pray for them and with them, and also encourage your children to pray on their own.

21. Work Less. Show me a mom and I will show you a woman with too much on her plate. If we can figure out how to work smarter, not harder, everybody wins.

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22. Create a book nook. Reading is so important for everyone. Create a book nook for your kids so they can find a peaceful place to hangout and read, and then create a spot for yourself so you can relax and read, too.

23. Practice what you preach. If you want happier, well-rested, healthier kids, you need to be a happier, well-rested, healthier mom.

24. Don’t get mad often. It’s okay to get upset at times but your children shouldn’t expect to see your angry side often. If you’re always angry, get to the root of what’s really bugging you.


25. Bond with your kids more. Go on dates with your kids, read with them, and spend more quality time together. We work so hard to give our family what they need most, when what they need most is time with us.

Martine Foreman is a freelance writer, lifestyle blogger, speaker and coach. To follow her journey as a busy mom, wife and honest chick from Brooklyn, NY (now living in the burbs), check out her personal blog, CandidBelle.

14 Awesome Things You Get To Do When Single On New Year’s Eve

December 31st, 2015 - By Julia Austin
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If you’re single, this might be that time of year when the 4-course dinner “for two” menus start showing up under your door, and you want to crumble them up and slam dunk them in your trash can… like your ex used to do. But don’t look at New Year’s Eve as a night for lovers: this isn’t Valentine’s Day! New Year’s Eve, much like Halloween, is filled with a sense of adventure. And who is better for adventure than a single woman? Here are 15 awesome things you get to do if you’re single on New Year’s Eve.

What Bold Steps Will You Take In 2016?

December 28th, 2015 - By MommyNoire Editor
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“A bright and shining vision has value only when you have the courage to follow it.” – Ralph Marston

December – this is the time we all reflect and think about the things we would like to do better in 2016. For me this is a regular exercise. One I do every week using my Success Planner. Every week I check-in – assess what I have accomplished, what I did well and what I could do better in the upcoming week.

I do this because I believe that my actions drives my success. And that how I spend my time determines whether or not I deliver my goals for the week.

Action is key. Action is everything. Nothing happens if you don’t take action. The beautiful thing about action – about taking that next step is that you can implement it anytime. Any day. At any moment.

One of the key success factors for action is asking for what you really want. If you do so, the results will enable you to accomplish the goals that you have set for yourself.

As you reflect on 2015 – in most cases did you ask for what you really want? Did you take big, bold steps and ask with courage from a place of worthiness or did you ask from a place of scarcity or shame?

It is extremely important to know this as each drives different results.

Scarcity and shame drives small steps and worthiness drives “BHAGS” – Big Hairy Audacious Goals – legacy building, life changing, community and world impacting goals.

I say go for the big hairy audacious goals. Big hairy audacious goals require bold steps.


The gifts and talents that you were given at birth aren’t yours to keep. Your role is to utilize it and share it with your community and the world at large. This is the only time you will feel fulfilled and content in life. When we don’t action our goals/dreams or ask for what we want, and we hold back in one area of our lives, we end up giving only a small percentage of our true potential in life, love, work, family etc.

As you ponder and set goals for 2016, my question to you is this: Are you taking or will you be taking bold steps on your behalf?

What will you do to ensure that you are living the life you really want?

  • Will you commit to standing/speaking up for you?
  • Will you say no more often?
  • Will you ask for the projects/assignments that will enhance your career?
  • Will you call that doctor that you have been meaning to call?
  • Will you foster deeper connections with those who matter?
  • Will you speak with authority?
  • Will you raise your hands and share your perspective?
  • Will you update your development plan and commit yourself to your leadership growth in spite of how you may feel?
  • Will you show up at work fully engaged, ready to lead?
  • Will you hold your boss accountable for your coaching by sending a meeting invite and reminding him/her of your coaching sessions?
  • Will you own your success?
  • Will you communicate your executive presence through your posture/communication?
  • Will you acknowledge that you are worth the time and effort it takes to put you first?

You can create a life you love. But you need to take that step. When you take one step on your behalf, life/the universe takes 10 on your behalf. And as noted by Sheryl Sandberg – “How will you know what you’re capable of, if you don’t try?”

So today right now, at this very moment go ahead and take that bold step for you. Give yourself permission to do whatever you need to do in order to ensure a successful 2015. Start with one building block/area in your life – be it family, financial, personal, professional, health – choose one – because when you enhance one area, it enhances all areas of your life.

And if you are still struggling with the one step, I leave you with these words from the late Steve Jobs:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition” – Steve Jobs

Have the courage to ask for what you want. The only obstacle between you and your next step is you.

How will you show up BOLDLY for you in 2016?

Thank you for dropping by and reading this post. Take what resonates with you and if you are inspired to share your one bold step/ask please do so below. Here are some other posts I have written:

15 Simple Reminders On Life, Leadership, Love and Living with Purpose.

13 Perspectives That Will Change The Way You View Life

5 Tips on How To Be A Superstar At Work

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Karlyn Percil-Mercieca is a leadership coach, speaker and creator of the SisterTalk Group – a women’s leadership network which has appeared on the Oprah’s Lifeclass three times. Through SisterTalk Group women have elephant story-like conversations about life, love, relationships and career. Karlyn provides tools and strategies like the “Permission Slip” to help women identify their internal barrier and break their personal glass ceiling.  SisterTalk Group elevates, celebrates and support women with their ambitions and goals in life. More on

15 Ways To Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet

December 31st, 2014 - By Rich
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Who doesn’t love a new year? It’s that great moment where you’re given a clean slate with a divine opportunity to start all over again. If it didn’t work in 2014, now’s the time to take another stab at it. However, whatever you do, don’t look back. Don’t spend your new year focusing on what you didn’t do in 2014. Get out of the past and focus on the present by strategizing a master plan to make 2015 your best year yet! When you click continue, you’ll be motivated by the 15 tips on how to make 2015 the best year you ever had!

15 Ways To Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet

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15 Ways To Get 2015 Started Right Now

November 21st, 2014 - By Rich
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You shouldn’t be waiting for December 31st in order to have a plan for the next year. We can all agree that by the time Halloween hits, the year’s pretty much wrapping up. You and your family should be in preparation mode for 2015, if you aren’t already. There are couple of things that you and the kids can do to get ready for New Year’s Day and beyond. Even if your kids aren’t thinking about future goals it’s important that you instill a tradition of always being ready. With that said, Mommynoire has compiled a list of 15 things you and yours can partake in before the ball drops.

15 Ways to Get 2015 Started Right Now

New Year. New Me! Are You Living Up To Your Resolutions?

January 15th, 2014 - By Ezinne Ukoha
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2014 is here! In fact we’re in our third week of it. For some of us, it signals a fresh start, a new beginning. For others it’s a continuation of a fulfilling journey that we hope continues without a hitch.

New Year’s resolutions allow us to set goals and construct the path we need to utilize in order to realize our dreams. Over the years, I have spent way too much time trying to come up with an impressive set of priorities and I can’t honestly say that I have honored every requirement. I had the best of intentions, but I ultimately succumb to the pressures of everyday living and never quite live up to the expectations that I have set for myself.

We are all guilty of this. How many of you have upheld the resolutions you just made less than a 16 days ago?  No judgment but as I get older, I am more determined than ever to connect with my inner self in order to unearth my true passions because those are the connecting dots that eventually form the bigger picture. Life is too short, so time is of the essence and as the days go by, and the years pile up, you want to be able to look back and feel a sense of accomplishment on every horizon. That is the best way to configure your resolutions. At the risk of sounding philosophical, being alive is a privilege that can be taken away without any warning. When you consider that fact, you will find yourself, strategizing your next move so that you can be content with the life you are living.

My hope this year, is to start building a legacy. 2013 was a year that revealed the essence of life and death in a drastic way. When you are younger, you are more preoccupied with superficial ventures, at least I was. Now that I am maturing, I am suddenly aware of how important it is to make a difference and possibly change lives. It doesn’t cost anything to volunteer and offer your services to people who are less fortunate than you or stranded in challenging conditions. We are so used to being caught up in our own predicaments but the truth is that we owe it to ourselves to give back in any way possible.

In order to be able to inspire, you have to be inspired. The reason why I feel ready to help out those in need is because I did the work. Last year, I promised myself that I would work towards leaving behind all the bitterness and frustration that plagued me for years. It wasn’t easy, but it became clear that my corporate job was hampering my ability to respect myself and I became obsessed with the notion of chasing my true passion. It takes courage to admit that you are not mentally sound but once you make that leap, the sky is the limit.

You have to be happy with who are because that is the only way your blurry vision can be restored. Now that I have left all the baggage behind in 2013, I am ready to tackle what’s ahead. I am also hoping to reinvigorate others so they can experience the joy of life in the most honest way. I think it’s important to spread the wealth, and that doesn’t necessarily mean dollars and cents. You can start by getting involved in neighborhood activities. Sometimes we tend to over complicate things and that’s the main reason why we end up defaulting. Keep it local and work your way up. You will be amazed at how easy and rewarding it is to positively affect someone’s life.

7 People To Kick Out Of Your Life In 2014

January 3rd, 2014 - By Julia Austin
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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all just be friends? Well, we can’t. There are some people whose motives will never match yours, or people whose perspective on life you’ll never be able to change. It’s not your job to help them, and you’re certainly not mean for giving them the boot. Your time is precious and you should only give it to those who enhance your life, help you see the truth, and help you reach your goals. Here are 7 people to give the boot in 2014. Don’t worry; they’ll find other friends. Misery loves company.

Do Better: 15 New Year’s Resolutions Celebrities Should Make

January 2nd, 2014 - By Kelly Franklin
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Most of us are trying to do better in 2014 and we think famous folks should be no different. Here are 15 celebrity new year’s resolutions we wish would happen.

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Dwayne Wade – Stop Being Sloppy

Perhaps Mr. Wade will stop being so sloppy in the new year, what with his recent engagement to Gabrielle Union and all. Eyebrows are still raised about this new baby popping up out of the blue, with conception conveniently around the time of his brief break with Gabs. Something’s not quite right, ya’ll. Plus, this comes on the cusp of his bitter six-year divorce battle with ex, Siohvaughn Funches. S-l-o-p-p-y.

Pucker Up! A History Lesson On The New Year’s Eve Midnight Kiss

December 30th, 2013 - By Raven Carter
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New Year’s Eve is the last hurrah of the year, the culminating event in a holiday binge of eating, drinking and celebrating. It’s a time to don glitzy outfits, reflect on the past, and ponder future resolutions. And then there’s the kiss at the stroke of midnight.

Whether you ring in the new year by watching the Times Square ball drop from your living room TV or toasting champagne at an upscale nightclub, tradition makes a case for celebrating the new year with people you enjoy. According to English and German folklore, the first person you encounter in a new year—and the nature of this encounter—sets the tone for the rest of the year. A kiss is about strengthening ties you wish to maintain in the future. If a couple celebrating together doesn’t take the time to lock lips, it doesn’t bode well for the relationship.

For single people, there’s a superstition that not kissing anyone portends a year of loneliness… and probably a lot of bad online dating. (OK, I made that last part up.) Then again, kissing some sleazy random who may or may not have a girlfriend is worse than kissing no one at all.

Passionate New Year’s Eve kisses have featured prominently in popular culture. In Bridget Jones’s Diary, a New Year’s Eve kiss brings Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy back together. The Godfather: Part II also features an emotional New Year’s Eve kiss, but this one’s not about sexual tension. Instead, Michael Corleone gives his brother Fredo a furious kiss of death after being betrayed.

The New Year’s Eve kiss at the end of When Harry Met Sally is the beginning of happily-ever-after for the two estranged friends, and it’s just as memorable as the fake orgasm scene at the deli. Harry finally admits he’s in love with Sally.

“It’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible,” he says. Sally’s shocked response: “That is just like you, Harry. You say things like that, and you make it impossible for me to hate you.”

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10 Quick & Wise Financial Decisions You Should Make Before The New Year

December 6th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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The year is almost over, and after some wise (and perhaps some very unwise) personal financial decisions throughout the course of 2013, you may be ready to close the books on another year. Don’t miss a beat before this year is out. There are many financial decisions you should make before the end of year, such as starting a retirement fund or making room for a little extra cash with a side hustle.

Before the year is over, challenge yourself and accomplish these financial resolutions before the New Year.