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7 Ideas for Creating Family New Year’s Resolutions

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of On-Cor. The opinions and text are all mine. #CountOnCor

Does the thought of setting New Year’s resolutions get you excited for the next year? Or do you worry about how to stick to them?

This year, we’re creating family New Year’s resolutions.

Making popcorn for family movie night

Sure, I’m also setting individual personal and business goals, but resolutions are a little different than goals. These resolutions are meant to be ongoing changes in our lives and we’re more likely to stick with them if we approach it as a team effort.

You may already be doing some of these things. We’re already doing several of these, but we want to do them more and with more intention.

7 Ideas for Creating Family New Year’s Resolutions

Practice Gratitude as a Family

I think this one is important, especially right after the holiday season. It’s easy to get caught up in things we want and focus on negativity. Practicing gratitude and focusing on the positive is something we want to do more of together. It can be as simple as going around the dinner table to say one thing we are thankful for each evening. Other ideas include starting a family gratitude journal or jar.

Using planner for meal planning and keeping track of activities.

Be More Organized

Resolving to be more organized as a family can mean a few different things. For us, it means keeping our house tidier and meal planning. It even means having a Plan B!

Household organization will definitely be a family effort. Everyone is expected to pitch in to pick up the living room and we all need to be more intentional with putting things away in our bedrooms. Clutter is my nemesis! Meal planning is also a family effort. We have to work together to plan ahead, communicate about the menu, and stay on budget by eating at home more often. This is where On-Cor comes to the rescue!

AD: Do you set resolutions as a family? Here are 7 Ideas for Family New Year's Resolutions to get you started! From gratitude to organization, these ideas are great to do with your kids. #CountOnCor #newyears #resolutions #familytime #parenting

Have you ever forgotten to thaw meat from the freezer? Or forgot to pick up a needed ingredient or two when you went to the store? Even with meal planning, I need to have convenient options on hand because sometimes things do not go as planned. Or my timing is off because some days are busier than others. On-Cor is just a freezer away for an always easy, always satisfying and always ready solution for “one of those nights.”

Go on Adventures

We want our kids to try new things and experience the world, but that means we have to leave the house. There are lots of ways to go on adventures with the kids from visiting a new local restaurant or park to taking a road trip across the state. Adventures create memories!

Eat and Cook Together

Not only is cooking an important life skill, but it’s a fantastic way to encourage children to eat different foods. The kids get excited looking through colorful cookbooks and picking out recipes to make. Bringing them into the kitchen with me helps them gain confidence and independence in preparing simple dishes.

My kids picking out recipes to try from their new cookbook.

Plus, I don’t want to be a short order cook.  I don’t want to make separate meals for everyone and wish I’d never fallen into that parenting trap! I love that On-Cor’s multi-serve entrée products feature popular flavors and varieties that our whole family enjoys. I don’t mind slightly customizing how the main entrée is served or offering a couple different side dish options.

Better yet – let the kids make dessert while dinner is in the oven!

Encourage Creativity

Creativity comes in many forms – crafting, dancing, building, writing, and cooking.

Easy dinner solutions with On-Cor

For example, just because it’s convenient doesn’t mean it has to be boring. You can keep your On-Cor entrée as is, or put a personalized spin on your favorite meal, such as turning the Gravy & Sliced White Meat Turkey into hot sandwiches, sliders, or rollups. Add your favorite sandwich toppings such as cheese, bacon, a creamy cranberry cream cheese spread or even garlic mayo. It’s easy to add a side salad, roasted veggies, or pasta salad for a complete meal.

We already encourage creativity and will continue to provide opportunities for every family member to be creative in new ways.

Spend More Quality Time Together

I don’t want to feel like I have to choose between making dinner or spending quality time with my family. I want to do both! The frozen, fully-cooked On-Cor entrées are conveniently packaged and ready to heat and serve. This gives me the option to pop dinner into the oven while I get other things done around the house or do an activity with the kids.

Popcorn for family movie night

We love playing board games together and frequently have family game nights. Throughout the next year, we’d like to plan more family movie nights. It’s fun and more budget-friendly than going to the movie theater (which we’ll still plan as a special outing). We spend time reading with the kids in the evenings and want to find more books to read aloud together as a family.

Learn New Things Together

The kids are learning all the time at school and we want them to become lifelong learners like us. What better way than to learn something new together? You can learn how to do something or learn more about something. You can put it to a vote to choose something everyone will work on together or let each family member pick one thing.

What I love most about creating family New Year’s resolutions together is it sets the expectation that we are a team. We are in this together. Plus, it fits perfectly with increasing quality bonding time.

For your next family meal, head to the freezer aisle of Meijer or check out the store locator at to pick up one of On-Cor’s entrées.

Family night prize pack from On-Cor

Thanks to our sponsor for providing a prize package for one of our readers! Winner is Juanita May. The prize will include:
(1) Coupon Valid for One Free On-Cor Entrée (1) Children’s Apron, (1) Kitchen Tools Set, (1) Children’s Baking Cookbook, (1) Board Game, (1) Popcorn Maker, (1) Popcorn Bowl, (ARV: $200)
Giveaway is closed.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of On-Cor. The opinions and text are all mine.

AD: Do you set resolutions as a family? Here are 7 Ideas for Family New Year's Resolutions to get you started! From gratitude to organization, these ideas are great to do with your kids. #CountOnCor #newyears #resolutions #familytime #parenting


Friday 26th of January 2018

They used to have a Chicken and Dumplings that was so good! I liked it a lot! I' m watching what I say more so that I talk nicer about people. I wanto set a better example to my kids to follow.

Amanda Whitley

Thursday 25th of January 2018

my favorite en cor meal is chicken parm. my biggest resolution is to start eating better...or at least eating the right portions.

Stephanie Grant

Sunday 21st of January 2018

Our favorite On-Cor dinner is Southern Style Gravy with Breaded Beef Patties and one of my resolutions this year is to spend more time with the family without any kind of social media or screens!


Sunday 21st of January 2018

My fav is the lasagna. It is cheap and fast to make. When You are a single mom you look to save money and time! Plus it is delicious. My son loves it so much! Which gets me to my next point. My new year's resolution was to lose weight and also spend more time with my son. The best part of En-Cor dinners is the time it saves. I can exercise and my son and I can go for walks. Its perfect!


Saturday 20th of January 2018

My favorite is their Sliced Turkey and Gravy! We love making open faced sandwiches with them...bread...the turkey...scoop of mashed potatoes..and gravy on top! YUM! My New years resolution this year is to get back into using coupons and saving my family money!