Setting Goals Month by Month: March 2013

winter in Massachusetts

I’m seeing more and more warm weather blog posts, but here in Massachusetts it’s definitely still winter! My Japanese Maple tree is STILL hanging on to a handful of leaves, but there are fewer and fewer every week.

celebrating Emma's 7th birthday

February was a busy month in our house! Emma turned seven, and enjoyed a fun crafty birthday party with five school friends. Her birthday was during our much-too-short school vacation week, and we all enjoyed celebrating on a no-school day!

five-year-old handmade valentines

We made 60 (well, 59, but do you blame me for rounding up?) valentines for the kids’ teachers and classmates. five-year-old Johnny’s were my favorite – all very detailed and very unique!

the awesome side of parenting

I spent a lot of time ignoring housework and hanging out with Anna instead. I’m good at that! It was a big month for her – she turned six months old, got much better at sitting up, and now has two teeth!


My parents drove up from Florida, and we have enjoyed spending some time with them!

I did get the house a little more organized – mostly by getting rid of stuff. I’ve adopted my sister’s strategy: if it’s something you would bring if you were going to live somewhere for six months, keep it. If not, ask yourself if you really need it!

monthly goals linky at mama smiles

Goals for March:

  • Simplify! This is important for me, because there is a lot going on behind the scenes in my life at the moment – some that you’ll probably hear about soon (I hope) and some that just isn’t my story to tell. And simplifying is always a good thing! For me right now, simplifying specifically means cutting down on commitments and continuing my unending decluttering and organization quest. Focus area: gratitude, simplicity, and responsibility
  • Make our traditional crayon shaving eggs for Easter, and any other crafts we make time for. Focus area: education

What are your goals for March? I’d love for you to grab this button and join in! Have a goals post? Share your link in the comments!


  1. says

    I love that photo of your kids – I have trouble getting both of mine in one shot – I don’t know how you do it with four. I’ve also been trying to declutter. We are planning to move in the next few months and I’m trying to get a head start on packing by getting rid of a lot of stuff we don’t need. We are also planning to make your crayon shaving eggs this month!

  2. says

    I love the month-by-month goals you have here! Perhaps I will get motivated and join you. :) The picture of your kiddos is beyond adorable, by the way. Since you’re in a de-cluttering phase, can you stop by my place? That is at the top of my to-do list as well. Hope you have a great week ahead. :)

  3. says

    Oh I adore that photo of you and Anna!! You’ve certainly made the right choices this month. I’ll have to keep your sister’s mantra in mind…. I always feel great when I declutter!!


  1. [...] Mama Smiles of Joyful Parenting is over in her part of the blogosphere setting monthly goals.  I thought that was a great idea.  I never make New Years Resolutions – simply because things change, priorities change – and I have always thought it was just a waste of time.  However, I loved the idea of setting new goals every month – then holding myself accountable at the end of the month – not a year later. [...]

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