New Year, Same Me: Navigating 2024 with Three Kiddos and a Sense of Humor

New Year, same Jamie – reporting live from the zoo that is my life – three kids, a mountain of laundry, and a constant struggle to remember where I left my sanity. As we dive headfirst into the new year, I can’t help but think, “New Year, Same Me.” Let’s be real, folks, resolutions are great, but who are we kidding? The chaos is still very much intact.

Sure, we’ve all got those grand plans of becoming fitness gurus, master chefs, and meditation experts, but let’s be honest – the chances of me turning into a zen yogi with a gourmet meal on the table every night are about as likely as finding a unicorn in my backyard. So, here’s to embracing the beautiful mess that is life, and if we decide we’d like to sneak in a few upgrades along the way, well, Amazon Prime is just a click away.

Fitness Goals: I like fitness goals I know I’ll keep. I aim for 20 minute workouts 3 times a week and I’m obsessed with Melissa Wood Health because there are a huge variety of classes that feel manageable but also challenging. Shout out to my girl Neeti who is the newest Yoga instructor with the MWH team. I love seeing my friends achieve big goals! I also invested in a fitness tracker that congratulates me for reaching the kitchen on the days I sit on my toosh in doom scroll land. And my favorite Amazon fitness find? A pair of leggings with an elastic waistband – because we all know spandex was invented by someone who never had to chase a toddler around.

Kitchen Chronicles: Cooking a four-course meal from scratch? Let’s not get carried away. Amazon delivered a lifeline in the form of a slow cooker – my secret weapon against hangry meltdowns. Toss everything in, press a button, and voilà! I’m practically a gourmet chef. And don’t forget the liners to make clean-up easy breezy! Bonus points for the instant pot – because who has time to wait for water to boil? I’ve also recently tried out Factor, a pre-made meal service and I am a big fan!

Meditation Mishaps: Picture this: I’m attempting to meditate, surrounded by the soothing sounds of a guided meditation app. Meanwhile, Zach and Evan are staging an epic Lego battle in the next room. My solution? Noise-canceling headphones. Now I can pretend the chaos doesn’t exist for a glorious 10 minutes.

Organization: I am huge on organization. When everything else in my life feels like complete chaos between work and kids sports schedules, a pristine pantry or closet with everything color coded and in its correct section makes me feel together-ish. I swear by these pantry bins to keep all of my kiddo’s snacks and supplies neatly stocked. Trust me, you will be thrilled every time you reach for a bag of fruit snacks without knocking over a tower of canned goods. Next – I’ve said goodbye to stained and mis-matched Tupperware chaos and invested in a pristine set of glass storage containers. No more hunting for that elusive matching lid! And lastly, the day I upgraded my closet to a set of uniform velvet hangers was life changing. Because nothing says adulting like tossing out the wire hangers I had since college!

Energy: If there’s one thing that’s not changing in the new year, it’s my love affair with sweets and caffeine- but also, dairy free. I am very into this Chai Latte with Oat Milk. Amazon’s subscribe and save feature ensures a constant flow of my liquid sanity. And if you’re the type that needs coffee strong enough to wake the dead, check this out.

So, here’s to embracing the chaos – and honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Let’s tackle 2024 with a sprinkle of humor and the realization that sometimes, surviving the day is victory enough. Cheers to another year of parenting adventures, Amazon deliveries, and the beautiful mess that is our lives!

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