New Habits in the New Year

by Jennifer Donovan

New Habits in the New YearWell, it’s that time again. Even if you aren’t one to make a formal resolution for the new year, the changing of the calendar is always a time to reevaluate some of our habits. There are certain areas that many of us look at improving, reevaluating, or overhauling as the new year dawns.

We often examine our health–spiritual health, physical health, and relational health.

We wonder about our responsibilities–for our children, for our earth, for our finances.

Over the next eight days, you will find new posts each day relating to these key areas. We will have informational posts and–of course–giveaways! If you are interesting in participating in any of the giveaways, you will need to comment on each individual post, but please help us spread the word by doing a post on your blog, or putting the button in your sidebar. If you don’t have a blog, you can email some friends.

Come back every day between January 1 and January 8 for new giveaways. The winners will be announced January 9. This page will be kept updated with each giveaway, but you must enter each giveaway separately that you want to win:

Our first giveaway is the Busy Body Book Family Planner.
Our second giveaway is for three Minusbags totes.
The third giveaway offers two winners a Family Dinner Box of Questions.
Our fourth post announces two contests and advice on how to Squeeze in Breakfast.
Next, we have five copies of the book Growing Friendships to give away.
Is changing your eating on your list for the year? We are giving away a copy of The Ultimate Tea Diet.
Our seventh giveaway is the book How Strong Women Pray.
Our eighth post offers some parenting encouragement and a change to win a copy of Parenting Power in the Early Years.

This contest is now closed.  You can find the winners HERE

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Laura December 31, 2007 at 1:12 am

I’ll be here. :D

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2 Shawna December 31, 2007 at 2:47 am

Can’t wait for the fun to begin :) Maybe I will be a lucky gal this time.

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3 ELLIE December 31, 2007 at 4:23 am

This sounds like fun – have already placed your button on my sidebar….HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! :)

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4 Andrea Lynn December 31, 2007 at 5:15 am

Same resolutions again. But it is good to examine your life and try to start anew.

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5 Tami December 31, 2007 at 10:15 am

Sounds wonderful! I’ve added it to my sidebar!

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6 Liza's Eyeview December 31, 2007 at 10:17 am

Another great idea from you guys (gals :)

I am in the process of doing resolutions and goals. This is perfect for me :)

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7 Vanessa December 31, 2007 at 11:10 am

Sounds great! I’ve added it too!

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8 Melissa Markham December 31, 2007 at 11:38 am

This sounds likeloads of fun! I have blogged about it and put your button in my sidebar!

I am planning to work on losing weight, spending more time in The Word and learning HTML, CSS and website design.

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9 Mama Zen December 31, 2007 at 11:54 am

Got the button up!

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10 Stephanie December 31, 2007 at 2:34 pm

I look forward to it! Your button is now up on my blog (great looking button, by the way).

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11 Amanda December 31, 2007 at 2:41 pm

I psoted about this and I also put up the banner

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12 Jane December 31, 2007 at 4:00 pm

I’ve put the button in my side bar & I’ll be checking in here each day. :)

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13 Multi-tasking Mommy December 31, 2007 at 4:23 pm

I’ll be back tomorrow :)
I posted a button on my blogs for you :)

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14 SJ December 31, 2007 at 4:24 pm

I’ll be back for sure, as always! And the button is awesome, it’s posted on two of my sites!

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15 oh amanda December 31, 2007 at 4:56 pm

Fun!

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16 Lisa - The Scrap Princess December 31, 2007 at 5:02 pm

I posted about this on my blog and can’t wait to participate! Sounds awesome!

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17 Denise December 31, 2007 at 5:05 pm

Forming a post today and placed the button on my side bar!

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18 Carey December 31, 2007 at 5:17 pm

I cant wait to see what you have planned. You always have great stuff. I have the button on my side bar. Happy New Year to you all!

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19 Jamie December 31, 2007 at 6:46 pm

Sounds like fun!

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20 Bebemiqui December 31, 2007 at 8:16 pm

You’re on my sidebar!

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21 Jodi December 31, 2007 at 8:22 pm

I have the button in my sidebar. Sounds like fun!

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22 rachel December 31, 2007 at 10:17 pm

put up the linkage – great timing, I had just finished editing a resolution post!

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23 stephanie rickert January 1, 2008 at 12:49 pm

I would love anything that would help me get organized.

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24 jennifer January 1, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Oh,I love contests!!Thanks for hosting such a great one!!

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25 Connie January 1, 2008 at 2:00 pm

I love give aways!!

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26 Patricia Smith January 1, 2008 at 2:13 pm

wow a new year, a new start.

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27 Marcia G January 1, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Hi, I have added your button to my site!! I’ll be stopping in!!

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28 Katherine January 1, 2008 at 3:51 pm

I a looking forward to this!! :)Kat

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29 Tara January 1, 2008 at 5:03 pm

I love this site !

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30 jessie January 1, 2008 at 7:30 pm

sounds fun-please count me in!

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31 Diana January 1, 2008 at 7:46 pm

I’m looking forward to this! I’ve placed your button in my sidebar near the top.

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32 Christi January 1, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Awesome! I’ve blogged ya, too!

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33 westy January 1, 2008 at 10:16 pm

I’ll be here too!

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34 Dee January 2, 2008 at 12:51 am

This site is so much fun! I love the idea’s and possibility of rewards, what woman would not?! = )

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35 Teri Meairs January 2, 2008 at 9:12 am

I love these bags! Everyone should have one!

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36 Elizabeth January 2, 2008 at 10:14 am

This looks great and i put a link to it on my site thanks

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37 Jax January 2, 2008 at 10:50 am

Just what my household needs!

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38 mama k January 2, 2008 at 12:33 pm

I”m putting you in my side bar!

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39 Denise January 2, 2008 at 1:12 pm

I’m in!

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40 Colleen Palat January 2, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Great idea…I’m in, too! :) Thanks for the great ideas.

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41 Pam January 2, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Hi … just discovered your website! Happy New Year! Great idea! Helping make the world a better place … sounds like a Sexy thing to do …

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42 Sandra January 2, 2008 at 6:58 pm

Count me in as well.

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43 Leann January 2, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Adding it to the sidebar and doing a post right now…

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44 Jennifer (Saving $$$ !) January 2, 2008 at 8:20 pm

I’d love these!

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45 Bethany January 2, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Love that idea…busy moms need all the help they can get! :)

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46 Beth January 2, 2008 at 11:42 pm

I so need some organization in my life !!

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47 Heidi January 3, 2008 at 9:34 am

I’m in! I added the information on my blog.

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48 Cara January 3, 2008 at 9:38 am

Sounds like fun!

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49 Sandra January 3, 2008 at 11:50 am

I am hoping to turn off the TV during dinner hour…these questions would be a great diversion for our transition.

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50 Joanne January 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm

We eat dinner as a family, that is a hard and fast rule in our home. This would be so fun.

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51 heather h January 3, 2008 at 10:43 pm

Ohhh, this is such fun! I’m totally in!

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52 heather h January 3, 2008 at 10:52 pm

I’m having a hard time adding the button to my blog. The only thing coming up is “New. Is their an error in the code? Hmmm. I might be doing it wrong–I’ll keep working on it.

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53 melody is slurping life January 4, 2008 at 12:00 am

I’ve tried, but cannot get the button to show in my sidebar. Is there a code error?

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54 debbie tyler January 4, 2008 at 12:06 am

what a great idea. I will add it to my sidebar.

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55 Caryn Bailey January 4, 2008 at 1:14 am

I am having a difficult time with the code but I did blog about the contest….

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56 LadySnow January 4, 2008 at 11:12 am

I can’t get the code to work for be either…

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57 alice January 4, 2008 at 2:04 pm

the code won’t work for me either. guess i’ll have to be content with a simple link in a post.

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58 Diana January 6, 2008 at 2:26 am

I can’t get the code for the button to show up since I changed my template. I can copy the picture to my blog, but it doesn’t link back. I’m copying and pasting the code, but it’s not working. Can you help?

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59 Darlene Levy January 6, 2008 at 6:17 pm

Would green tea work as well, or is the caffeine in regular tea part of the “trick”?

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60 Liz January 6, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Tea is the only way!

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61 jennifer January 6, 2008 at 7:59 pm

I love tea, so that diet would be great for me.

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62 Teresa M January 6, 2008 at 11:29 pm

This is just what I need. A helping hand to help me get started.

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63 Wendy January 7, 2008 at 12:31 am

I have been trying to add the button and it’s not working:( All it keeps saying is “new” in a blue box!! Any idea why?

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64 Cyndi Loveless January 7, 2008 at 7:15 am

I would try this

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65 Rhonda Petersen January 7, 2008 at 7:40 am

I love tea and I DEFINITELY need to lose weight. I would love a copy of this to see if it would work for me. Thanks

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66 John Marshall January 7, 2008 at 8:41 am

very interesting

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67 jeanne pellin January 7, 2008 at 12:58 pm

The tea diet has me interested. I like tea and want to lose a few pounds – well maybe more like several.

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68 Dina Cox January 8, 2008 at 9:03 am

I need this book!!!

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69 Sonya Haff January 8, 2008 at 10:01 am

Hello guys! I would love to win this organizer and could certainly put it to use with my four sons and our crazily busy lives! Thanks for all you do! : )

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70 Starla Brunson January 8, 2008 at 1:30 pm

I would love to win the tea diet book. I already drink a lot of tea and I thought I needed to cut back on it. This changes everything! I don’t have a blog yet(guess one of my resolutions is to start one!) I am going to email everyone in my address book about the site.

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71 Lyn Chomiw January 8, 2008 at 1:51 pm

I love tea and could really use this.

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72 Keisha Negron January 8, 2008 at 2:10 pm

Wow this great a nice opportuinyt o experience this book i drink tea ll day especailly at night but i never knew about tea as a diet aid. i hope i win this i just started my diet for the new year too!So hopefully you pick me ..and i like to ass that i am glad to have found this website. it has so much info on it. i am going now to check out all the interesting facts and such that this site does have..thanks for the opportunity.
Keisha

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73 Vickie McCoy January 8, 2008 at 7:44 pm

I love tea! I’m having trouble figuring out how to use the button, but I’m still trying. Thanks.

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74 Sabine Blanch January 8, 2008 at 11:22 pm

Great, I love tea!

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75 Diane Perkins January 9, 2008 at 9:02 am

I would love this book, I am an avid tea drinker and love to learn more about teas

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