Five January Favorites

The first month of the Roaring Twenties is over! And so soon, too. It usually seems like January drags by, but I don’t even know where this month went. Hopefully, that won’t become a mantra for this year– I don’t even know where this month went.

January was a cold and soggy month filled with ice and snow storms and perhaps going a little stir crazy so even spending the afternoon grocery shopping sounded fun. But, not everything in January was so dreary. It’s always good to take a moment to reflect on all of the positives, so here are my Five January Favorites:

Discovering the Great Start Parent Coalition

I said I wanted to both explore in 2020 and find new experiences to bring enrichment to Oliver’s days, and I discovered a wonderful program– the Great Start Parent Coalition, which provides a plethora of resources to families in the community.

There will always be this thought badgering me about whether or not being a work-at-home-mom was the best decision for Oliver. I often feel selfish for keeping him home with me, and I feel like being in daycare, at least at his current age, would provide him more enrichment and definitely more socialization. Lately, I have been considering enrolling him in a morning program two or three times a week so he has the opportunity to be around other children more, and also so I can have a few hours of uninterrupted work without all the mom guilt associated with not giving him my undivided attention. But, until I finally make that decision, I have the Great Start Parent Coalition and their biweekly play dates to break up the week.

I’m not sure if this is something Great Start does in the summer, but at least in the winter, kids from infants to five years old meet up every other week on a giant indoor soccer field and run around like little maniacs. Oliver loved his first play date, and we are eagerly waiting to go back next week.

Watching Oliver Turn into a Tiny Human

One of the reasons I love staying home with Oliver is I get to watch him accomplish new things. This January, he learned how to point to his belly button, ears, nose, teeth, and head. He jumped for the first time, and he loves to stomp his feet. He is obsessed with climbing steps (with mom right behind him, of course). And he knows how to hiss like a snake, growl like a lion, and quack like a duck!

Family Dinners

Every Parenting 101 book emphasizes the importance of family dinners, but we have been without a kitchen table ever since Jon and I moved into the house three years ago. We’ve spent the last year hovering around Oliver’s highchair and the kitchen counters while eating, but we finally bought a kitchen table.

It feels like the family dynamic shifted the first day we sat down to dinner together. We were forced to tune into each other, and it was great. I think Oliver appreciated that we were finally sitting at his level too because he just kept whipping his head back and forth to look and Jon and I, and he had this huge smile on his face.


I think I received packages every week with tea-related goodies. Some of them were sent for review (thank you Japanese Green Tea Co., Esteas, and Plum Deluxe). Some were sent to test the interest in a new subscription service, like the Adagio communiTea. And some I purchased because I wanted to step out of my comfort zone; I wanted to explore more single-origin teas and new steeping styles. I am so excited to dig into all of it though.

The Burgeoning Desire to Create

This really started back in December when I overhauled my blog, but I haven’t stopped since. Granted, I took a break from blogging last week, but in my defense, I was filming, editing, and posting a daily YouTube video! I have also made it a point to post daily over on Instagram, and I’m just really loving the tea community over there right now. I’m learning and discovering so much!

Honorable Mentions

Visits from family. Re-establishing my 8 glasses of water routine. Finally tackling the stairs which became shelves at the end of my pregnancy. Destroying Jon in a game of Rummikub…twice. Finishing the Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. Amy’s Black Bean Burritos. The library, always the library.

How was your January? Share with me in the comments!

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Jackie A.

Michigander. Bookkeeper by day; blogger by night. Some of my favorite things include: travel, photography, video games, sweater-weather, reading, and tea. The Harry Potter books are my favorite, and I can never have too much peppermint tea.

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