Today's blog post is written by Liz Weston aka @TheLizWeston on twitter. By day she's the Founder of Weston Communications - a social media and PR agency. By night, she writes at CambridgeMummy.co.uk
Five gooooooold rings - here's five things that I want this Christmas, to make the last weeks of 2012 go out on a high.
1. My family around me.
It's hard work having your family around. I'm hard work, they are hard work - it's hard work. But to know that my mum and dad, brother, husband and boys are with me, is getting more and more important, the older I get. Seeing my mum and dad's faces watching the boys playing and messing about makes me realise how much they and I miss out on because they live so far away from us.
2. To not over buy food
I feel like we waste so much food. I'm going to menu plan. I know that sounds a bit Martha Stewart. But I hate it when we're overwhelmed by volumes of food and throw it away. I'd rather budget and try this year, to make a donation to a food shelter so they can help others. I don't mean this in a Mother Theresa way - I just feel like I want us to set the boys an example that we don't have to over induldge - it's enough to just have us all together.
3. To be more of a help at home
My husband works so hard to keep us going, let alone doing all the prep for our having a house full at Christmas. So I need to step up to the plate and do more - I've actually started already - it's not enough to say that I work full time and can't do any more, because he is constantly on the go. The bloke deserves a break. So I've got to do more - it will help me burn calories and stop me eating!!
4. To get out in the fresh air with my family
We live in a beautiful place and I actually quite like being outdoorsy, but it's like the phrase about running - it's getting the shoes on and the first step out of the door that's most difficult !!! I get stressed getting the boys in their kit and I'm sweating by the time I go to put my own on, which isn't a great start. But I want to remember outdoors stuff. I want the boys to remember it.
5. To do less work than I did last year!
Last Christmas and New Year, I did quite a bit of work. This Christmas, I'm buying myself some great books to read, so that I'm distracted enough to not want to check in on things, and to only work at fixed times. I think that I'll be better at the work I do, if I take some more time off.
I know that this is quite serious, for the type of blog I usually write, so if you're disappointed, I'm sorry! I promise there's very little sincerity on cambridgemummy.co.uk
- it's much more about the trials of wiping little people's bottoms and taking a sideways look at the world and life in general.
Here's to a brilliant Christmas for everyone and a fabulous 2013! xx