There’s something about a good, homemade stuffing (or dressing as some call it) that makes the whole Thanksgiving meal that much better. I have tried a number of different types of stuffing in my years, but I always found them to be very soggy and while many love it that way, I’m just not a fan of the mush. Once we had kids and I started wanting to cook entire thanksgiving feasts by myself, I realized that without the perfect stuffing recipe, my feast was going to be more of a flop. Over the years, I finally perfected the recipe and now, I’m excited to share it with all of you on the blog today (link is in my bio or you can swipe up in stories).
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Apparently, it’s my birthday 🎂 … Isn’t it funny how as you get older, your birthday gets less and less exciting? I used to do a countdown, like a month in advance. I would remind everyone I saw. It was ridiculous. Now, if it wasn’t for the 3049823048 notifications that I get from FB, from all of the people that I haven’t heard from since last year, I might not even remember it’s my birthday at all. But since the cat’s out of the bag, yes, it’s my birthday. I’m 35 + shipping and handling and feel every bit my age, especially when I try to keep up with my kids . I’m spending the day packing for my birthday vacation (whoop!) and look forward to celebrating with my family! Since I can’t take you all with me, I’ve joined a bunch of really awesome bloggers to give away $430 on the blog today! So take a minute, click on the #linkinbio or swipe up in stories and enter to win! What would you do with the extra money?
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What are your plans for Thanksgiving? AD: If you’re looking for a convenient and delicious dessert option for the holidays, check out @blueapron! For the first time, Blue Apron is introducing new dessert recipes just in time to wow your friends and family this Thanksgiving! Whether it’s your annual Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving dinner, Blue Apron supplies everything you need to create fresh, modern takes on Thanksgiving staples like pie and other desserts. We love it because you get exactly the right amount of ingredients and there is no over-buying or waste! 🙌🏻 This Pear Pie with Spiced Almond Crumble is Blue Apron’s take on a classic fruit pie. It’s brimming with quintessential fall flavors thanks to a sweet pear and currant filling. The warming blend of nutmeg, ginger, white pepper, and cloves (known as quatre épices, or four spices) adds a burst of flavor — the perfect complement to an irresistible crumble topping. They also offer a Cornmeal Upside Down Cake with Raisins, Fig & Walnuts. Both are incredibly delicious! The new desserts are available for one week only. Order before November 19, 2019 for delivery the week of Thanksgiving.  Visit blue apron.com/thanksgivinghero to save $20 off of your first 3 boxes!  #blueapronpartner #blueapron #pie #pies #thanksgiving #thanksgivingdinner #thanksgivingday #familyfriendly #kidfriendly #kidfriendlyfood #pearpie #convenience #whatsfordinner #foodstyle #foodpassion #foodography  #foodinsta #foodielovers #instafoods #yummyyummy #foodielife #foodielifestyle #deliciosa #palmbeachblogger #westpalmbeach #raedunnfinds #homegoodshappy #homegoodsfinds #hobbylobbyfinds #raedunn

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While I do talk about it in DMs when people reach out, it occurred to me that many of you are unaware of my other blog, @thesuperblogcoach. The story behind it is that I had a couple of incredible women who taught me what I needed to know to become a successful blogger and influencer so I could support my family through this fun career. I wanted to make sure I did the same for others. It got difficult repeating things over and over again so I decided to create a site where I would blog solely about tips for bloggers and influencers, no matter where in their journey they are. That way, I could direct people over there and they can read at their own speed. I don’t charge for any of the info. It’s totally free. Just my way of paying it forward. I hope you’ll check it out and if you have anything you’re currently struggling with, let me know. I’ll add it to my topic list for future blog posts! Now tell me, did you know about thesuperblogcoach.com?
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Once upon a time there was a rich man that was driving past a farm, he looked over and saw a beautiful stallion standing in the field. The rich man thought, ‘Wow I gotta have him’ so he pulled into the farm’s entrance. He found the owner and said, “I want that horse out yonder in that field. How much do you want for him?” The farmer said, “He don’t look to good.” “Nonsense” said the rich man “I’ll pay you $1000 for him.” “But he don’t look to good,” said the farmer. The rich man sighed and said, “$2000 dollars is my final offer.” The farmer sold the beautiful horse to the rich man. One week later the rich man came back angry as ever and said, “Darn you, you sold me a blind horse!” Then the farmer smiled and said, “I TOLD YOU HE DIDN’T LOOK TOO GOOD!!!!” .
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I just ordered a chicken and an egg from Amazon.  I'll let you know.
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One thing I regret is not having newborn photos taken of all three girls. I’ve looked back at Falynn’s photos so many times over the years and they still give me all the feels. We were so blessed to have been able to have them taken by @jenpriesterphotography. Jen is so talented and really the sweetest person. I am forever grateful that she made the trip from Michigan to Florida to capture these for us. Did you have professional newborn pictures taken of your kids?
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Halloween is over, so we can start talking about Christmas now, right?! 🙌🏻 The holidays are usually a blur for me. Between decorating, cooking and prepping the house, its non-stop. It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed when you add in our everyday chores as parents. I think it’s important to keep the kids occupied with something that you can use, instead of sitting them in front of a screen. Plus, it’s great to encourage your little one’s creativity. We love to choose a few projects every year and have the girls create our holiday décor. They love that we proudly display their projects and they make a great gift for your guests or their school friends! This year, we are excited to share our first Christmas craft idea, the snowman jar! What do you think?
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Setting Realistic Family Goals for 2019

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Our family starts every new year making a list of things we want to do differently. On the 1st of every year, we tell each other what those goals are and try to hold each other accountable. This year, I thought it would be fun to write them down and share them with our readers and then look back at the end of 2019 to see how many of our goals were achieved, how many we are still working on and how many we gave up on and why. The only requirement I had was that we make goals that are realistic, so that we have a real shot of achieving them. Here are our family’s 2019 goals.

Mom’s 2019 Goals

  1. Live fearlessly and not let anxiety stop me from living.
  2. Grow as a person, recognize my faults and improve them.
  3. Challenge myself to grow professionally as a writer and photographer.
  4. Learn SEO.
  5. Make time to read for fun.
  6. Find our forever home (build or buy).
  7. Get healthy and stay healthy, both for myself and my family.
  8. Make new friends and invest time to grow the relationships that already exist.
  9. Travel a little farther out of my comfort zone.
  10. Make more “me” time. Do my hair, makeup and relax more.

Dad’s 2019 Goals

  1. Spend more time with the family.
  2. Read more books.
  3. CENSORED *will share this one at a later date.
  4. Read the bible.
  5. Eat healthier.
  6. Finish all of the unfinished projects around the house.
  7. Take Mom out on more dates.
  8. Land the ideal job.
  9. Be more involved in the community and church.
  10. Take up a new hobby with my wife.

13 Year Old Lucia’s 2019 Goals

  1. Do better in school and get all A’s.
  2. Improve my drawing.
  3. Be more organized.
  4. Spend more time with my sisters.
  5. Keep my room cleaner.
  6. Eat healthier.
  7. Exercise more.
  8. Get more sleep.
  9. Walk our dog more.
  10. Spend less time on my phone.

9 Year Old Iyla’s 2019 Goals

  1. Be more organized.
  2. Read more books.
  3. Learn to speak Spanish.
  4. Get more work done at school.
  5. Be better at Social Studies.
  6. Travel more.
  7. Work on my coding skills.
  8. Help around the house more.
  9. Face my fear of windows.
  10. Get more rest at night.

6 Year Old Falynn’s 2019 Goals

  1. Go on a field trip to Universal Studios.
  2. Play with our new dog.
  3. Play soccer outside.
  4. Play on the trampoline.
  5. Learn how to make planets.
  6. Learn how to draw animals that are hard for me.
  7. Have fun with my friends.
  8. Go to Jensen Beach.
  9. Do all of my homework.
  10. Have fun with my family.

What are your goals this year? Do you believe that they are realistic and achievable? Have you ever written them down and looked back at the end of the year to see what you accomplished? Since this is our first year doing this, I’m excited to see if it’s worked for you. Comment below and let us know.

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We've recorded our goals for this year so we can look back and see how many were achieved. Here are our family's 2019 goals.

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  • Francis
    January 21, 2019

    Hello Heather,
    This is a very helpful interesting article. It shows that each and everyone in the family must participate on activities and goal setting. This is such a unique and wonderful lists of new years resolution.
    I will try to set this article as an example for my own family too.
    Thanks for the article
    I will surely share this

  • The Frugal Samurai
    January 15, 2019

    Awesome goals here, I like how achieveable they are – hopefully you’ll be able to get them all!

  • Tracey Faulconbridge
    January 12, 2019

    i love how you have set goals for each family member

  • Amanda
    January 12, 2019

    I love how everyone in the family has their own goals. We create goals as a family, but should also try individual ones.

  • To Be The Perfect Mother
    January 11, 2019

    I loved these plans especially for your daughter Lucia (spend less time on my phone). By the way, happy new year, I hope you can achieve all your goals.

  • Traci Frett
    January 11, 2019

    I love this! Falynn’s is my favorite 🙂 You can totally tell she is just loving life as a kid!

  • Amanda
    January 11, 2019

    So cool that you already have your kids setting goals!

  • leah
    January 11, 2019

    I too struggle with anxiety and am always looking for ways to cope. Love these goals for you, mama!

  • Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome
    January 11, 2019

    Playing with the new dog is such a sweet yet amazing goal! Love it

  • Mimi
    January 11, 2019

    I want to learn SEO too, that’s a good goal mum

  • Bindu Thomas
    January 11, 2019

    These are some ideal goals. I love that you included everyone’s resolution. SEO is always on my list.

  • Rachel Lavern
    January 9, 2019

    That sure is a lot of goals to keep track of. Hope you have a tool to manage.

    • Heather Castillo
      January 9, 2019

      It’s right here on the blog where we can go back and review 🙂

  • Pradnya
    January 9, 2019

    I have stopped making lists of things I want to achieve. As they are more often than not very unrealistic. But it’s great to see it’s working for you guys to do a fun activity together as a family.

  • David Elliott
    January 9, 2019

    Those are all really great goals there. I admire the dad’s desire to get through the Bible this year. I should really do that myself if I want to be honest.

  • Sandra
    January 9, 2019

    I love this!! This is a good family activity, and makes it clearer for all members what each other’s goals are. I love the idea, and it makes a more harmonious end to it as well. I aim to live a healthier life this year!

  • Thuy Linh
    January 9, 2019

    I find that many of my friends fail their New Year’s goals by burning out by having too many unrealistic goals and the frustration leads them to not creating any resolutions at all. I find that it’s great to have goals to achieve and grow as a person and that it should be like a challenge accepted

  • Kim Glad
    January 8, 2019

    I love this idea. We still need to do ours. I’ve been talking about it.

  • What Corinne Did
    January 8, 2019

    This post is such a great idea. I am not big on new year goals as i always find that they are unrealistic but those are so realistic and down to earth! i love that everyone has their own

  • Mommy Sigrid
    January 8, 2019

    It’s good that you were to put your goals into writing. At least you can tick off what you have achieved. Sigh…I just breezed through last year.

  • Jessi Joachim
    January 8, 2019

    I love these realistic family goals! I want to make more time for myself this year, and read more just for fun! I feel like a mom taking time for herself is good for the while family.

  • Ruth I
    January 8, 2019

    Love that you all have great goals to achieve this year! I listed mine already and made sure all are realistic unlike last year’s. ha!

  • Chubskulit Rose
    January 8, 2019

    Oh I would save this and show it to my 13 year old daughter. She can learn from the list especially of organizing..

  • Cathy Mini
    January 8, 2019

    These are awesome goals for the family this year. I really love it, I need to list down everything like those.

  • Dani
    January 8, 2019

    What a great idea! I love the idea of getting the kids to have goals too. All the best for reaching your family goals for 2019!

  • Shoshana Sue
    January 8, 2019

    This is lovely that you have set goals as a family. I will be doing this with mine now, thanks for the inspiration.SEO is always on my list and I continue learning.

  • Nabanita Dhar
    January 8, 2019

    I love that you are setting goals as a family.
    For me, I just don’t want to put too much pressure on myself this year. I just want to be..Makes sense?

  • Tina
    January 7, 2019

    It is always better to set realistic goals than the ones that looks like dream! I have set some goals for myself as a mom and as an entrepreneur which i wish to stick to.

  • Terri Steffes
    January 7, 2019

    I’m dying here that you all made goals. I’m so excited for you and your family. What a wonderful idea!

  • Ashley
    January 7, 2019

    My goals are to travel more, see new places, and worry less. I love that you asked your kids for their goals as well.

  • Pam
    January 7, 2019

    It is so important to make sure that your goals are realistic AND achievable. You all have some great goals this year.

  • Dennis Littley
    January 7, 2019

    I think it’s great you all made goals together. What a good way to encourage each other to grow and meet those landmarks throughout the year!

  • Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    January 7, 2019

    Setting goals is one of my favorite parts of the New Year. I love that you outlined the goals of various family members here!

  • Alvern @ Success Unscrambled
    January 7, 2019

    These are all lovely goals. I think it is so special that as a family you have all these goals written down so you can hold each other accountable.

  • Marysa
    January 7, 2019

    I like how you organized everyone’s resolutions for the year! I still have to write mine down. I need to work a lot on organizing and focusing on tasks (lol!), and it is nice to get the whole family involved too.

  • Tara Pittman
    January 7, 2019

    I like that your goals have me time on it. Taking care of you will help you reach the other goals.

  • Farrah Less
    January 7, 2019

    I have no problem setting goals for myself. It is sort of my guide to improves my self and to be more productive. I am with you on more time spend for family , to have fun on traveling and stay healthy.

  • candy
    January 7, 2019

    We have things that are priority to get done around the house. We do these as a family so everyone always works together.

  • Amber Myers
    January 7, 2019

    Good luck with your goals! These are some good ones. I like how one of your husband’s is censored. I can guess what it is 😉 My husband’s is probably the same, ha!

  • Teresa
    January 7, 2019

    This is great that you list all your family goals by family member. I do somethign like this at the beginning of the school year for my children and try to help them set life and school goals. I should do this for my husband and myself too.

  • robin rue
    January 7, 2019

    It sounds like you guys all have some really great goals. My goal this year was not to make any goals LOL.

  • Tasheena
    January 7, 2019

    I love that you guys sit down as a family and create goals. This is a really awesome idea, and a wonderful way to bring in the new year.

  • Karen
    January 7, 2019

    I love that you are all setting goals as a family! I also love that you’re setting goals and not making resolutions. Resolutions are made to be broken, goals aren’t.

  • Jeanette
    January 7, 2019

    It sounds like you all have some great goals for this year. I definitely need to do this with my family so that we can have some ideas of what we achieve during the year.

  • Healthdosedaily
    January 7, 2019

    How beautifully you have written this article and the goals you have mentioned for 2019 is super cool. Thank you for the great article.

  • Healthdosedaily
    January 7, 2019

    This is really a good post to read and how a family is really important to us. You have done this job so beautifully and i am very much impressed with your work!

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