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5 Fun Things To Do in January

5 Fun Things To Do in January

By Isabel Kallman

After a hiatus in December (I figured your calendars we just a liiiitle full), we’re back with some ideas for this month.

1) Schedule your critical appointments for this year.
That’s right, get on the calendar for the dentist, pediatrician, GYN and any other medical visits you and the family need. Also, it’s a great time to schedule any home maintenance appointments. Take an hour out of your day and start smiling and dialing. While you’re at it, consider doing some fun things too. How about a hair appointment for a new cut or trim. Even better… how about a mani/pedi for the new year?

2) Make over your desk.
But first celebrate National Clean Off Your Desk Day on Monday, January 10th. My friend Laura at Blog Con Queso found all these beautiful, yet useful, desk accessories to start off the new year. I plan on breaking out my new personalized pencils. I had the values my family’s manifesto embossed and I just can’t wait to start writing with them.

3) Make an appointment to test drive the Nissan LEAF, the world’s first affordable all-electric car.
This electric car is priced in the $25k range (after-tax incentives) and just hit the market. Nissan is going around the country holding test drives introducing the zero-emission car to consumers and educating them face-to-face about this new technology. Click here to see when the LEAF roadshow will be in your city and book an appointment.

4) Read with your child about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This year, we honor his birthday on Monday, January 17th. My favorite read is the Caldecott medal-winning picture book Martin’s Big Words. Every time I read it, it brings big fat tears to my eyes for its pitch-perfect message.

5) Pick-up a new hobby.
Keep your mind sharp and your soul refreshed by finding a new hobby. I’ve always wanted to learn graphic design. So at lunchtime this week I did some research and found a non-credit course at a local college that meets just Saturdays for 5 weeks. The class only lasts 3 hours at a time, so it’s not that huge of a time investment– 15 hours in class time. By early March, hopefully I will have a new skill I can use and a hobby that I can jump into further.

What do you have on the calendar for January?

Photo by The_Skinny_Boy

Isabel Kallman
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Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.


Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.

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Definitely pick-up a new hobby too, and focus more on the good/positive in my life and less on the negative! Be happier! 🙂