After the clouds of confetti have fallen and the bottles of Champagne have been popped, it comes time to start thinking about how you want to make this year even better than last. Don’t feel pressured to tie yourself down to one impossibly challenging promise. Ringing in the new year shouldn’t mean striving to accomplish things that are more stressful than they are attainable. Instead, come up with a plan that adds to your life, not one that takes away from it. Taking small steps forward throughout the entire year will keep your aspirations in sight and ensure you’re not too burnt out to reach them. Spread your steps over each month with these 12 tips to make 2018 your most fulfilling year to date.
It’s not too late to get started on the 30-day cleaning challenge and get your home in tip-top shape – just start today, and follow the schedule for the next 30 days! We have been carefully crafting a 30-day schedule for you, assigning tasks that will take up about about 20 minutes to an hour each day. In fact, we made it easier for you by creating a wonderful PDF – download it here – for you to print out and stick on your fridge to keep you accountable. After you’ve finished each task, just mark it off with an “X” to feel that rush of completing a task.
Day 1: Clean microwave and oven.
Day 2: Clean dishwasher and appliances. Here’s how to clean your toaster.
Day 3: Wipe down pantry.
Day 4: Scrub down fridge.
Day 5: Organize and toss expired foods.
Day 6: Clean kitchen sink and under the sink.
Day 7: Wipe down walls, and wash garbage can.
Day 8: Clean stove top, kitchen surface areas, and floor.
Day 9: Clean medicine cabinet and storage.
Day 10: Trash expired items, and declutter.
Day 11: Clean shower, tub, shower curtains, and walls.
Day 12: Clean toilet, bathroom surface areas, mirror, and floor.
Day 13: Clean mirrors, windows, blinds, and curtains.
Day 14: Organize closet and drawers, and declutter.
Day 15: Deep-clean mattress, and wash pillows, linens, and comforter.
Day 16: Vacuum, mop, or sweep floor; clean under furniture.
Day 17: Clean furniture, walls, and fixtures.
Day 18: Wash cushions, seat, and sofa covers.
Day 19: Clean throws, rugs, chairs, and tables.
Day 20: Clean TV and electronics.
Day 21: Declutter, and toss unwanted items.
Day 22: Vacuum, mop, or sweep floor; clean under furniture.
Day 23: Clean walls and fixtures.
Day 24: Clean windows, blinds, and curtains.
Day 25: Clean desk, chair, and walls, and declutter.
Day 26: Wipe down bookshelves, and toss unwanted books.
The Pioneer Woman is full of cooking tips, but this one might be her best yet. The Food Network chef shared her favorite trick for chopping up leftover Easter eggs, and we can’t believe we’ve never thought of it before: a cooling rack! You just place a mixing bowl underneath the rack and gently press the hard-boiled egg into it – you’re left with a perfectly symmetrical chop in a matter of seconds. This is WAY better than using a knife, right? Ree Drummond claims you can chop a dozen eggs in less than a minute with this method, so that sounds pretty good to us. Check out the step-by-step photos below, and see how Drummond uses the eggs in her Easter leftovers sandwich.
Fries and nacho cheese go together like, well, most things and nacho cheese, and Taco Bell has finally added a menu item that combines the two. That’s right, people: Taco Bell officially has Nacho Fries! The fast-food restaurant’s new Nacho Fries debuted nationwide on Jan. 25, and they only cost $1. This addictive new side features french fries “with bold Mexican seasoning” served with “a dippable side of warm nacho cheese,” according to Taco Bell. The fries are also served Supreme for $2.49 or Bell Grande for $3.49, topped with add-ons including beef, pico de gallo, nacho cheese, and sour cream. No offense, tortilla chips, but these fries might have you beat.
Taco Bell tested Nacho Fries at the beginning of last year in Irvine, CA, and left the rest of the country drooling over the possibility of trying them. Taco Bell aficionados across the nation added these to their orders for a limited time, and the initial launch is coming to an end. Don’t worry, though – they’ll be back. Taco Bell can confirm it “already has a return slated for this Summer,” so Nacho Fries won’t be missing for long. This might be the best news you’ll hear all day!