It happens every new year, you have great intentions, you enthusiastically put together a list and then you get busy.  The list gets shoved under papers, you find it and stress a little because you haven't gotten to it and ultimately it gets forgotten.  Not this year, I'm here to help!  Here are 5 super easy things to get done and feel accomplished.


  • Elizabeth, Dental Hygienist at North Country Dental
    Elizabeth, Dental Hygienist at North Country Dental

    Make That Dental Or Doctor Appointment

    This is an important one.  Whether it's the dentist or the doctor if you've been putting it off, don't.  If you don't have your health, it's hard to enjoy everything else in life.  I'm just as guilty, I still need to make my yearly mammogram appointment from last year.  But, I do go to the dentist twice a year like clock work.

  • Cathy Kates
    Cathy Kates

    Apply For A Pet LIcense

    This may require that you make a vet appointment, but that's a good thing too.  You need to have proof that your pet has had their rabies shot when you apply for your pet license with the city.  You can even apply online and save time!

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    Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    Get A Library Card

    I just got a library card for the first time in years because Library Laura enticed me with everything the Duluth Public Library has to offer.  She is on with Ken and I every Tuesday at 8:10 and we hear about all the free programs and fun events the library offers besides the incredible selection of the latest books!

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    Miles Willis/Getty Images

    Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

    I put this one off all the time, I never think they'll dry in time before I need to use them again.  But, once I was them they seem to work SO much better.  They have "make-up brush soap", but don't spend the extra money.  Using the liquid foaming hand soap works just as well and they smell great!

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    Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

    Try A New Recipe Once A Month

    This again, should be an easy one.  You've got to eat!  Choose easy ones if you need to and make them ones you know your family will like.  Or, use this once a month trial to be exotic or search out healthy recipes to try.  The latest one I tried my family loved.  Stove Top Stuffing Meatloaf, it was easy to put together and very yummy.  The only thing I would do differently is let it set longer after it comes out of the oven.  Apparently I tried to get it out of the bundt pan too early and it really wasn't formed.

    You try it:  Stove Top Stuffing Meatloaf Recipe

    • 1 package of Stove Top stuffing (use any one of your favorite flavors, I prefer chicken but savory herb is good too!)
    • 1 cup of hot water
    • 2 packages brown gravy mix (one for inside the meatloaf and one for on top)
    • 1.5 lbs ground beef
    • 1 cup cold water
    • 2 large eggs, beaten
    1. In a medium sized bowl add stuffing mix and 1 cup of hot water.
    2. Let the stuffing sit for 5 minutes
    3. Meanwhile, in another medium sized bowl mix 1 package of brown gravy mix with 1 cup cold water.
    4. Add in ground beef and egg, mix well (this is easiest to do with your hands, gross, I know)
    5. After the stuffing has sat for 5 minutes, incorporate the stuffing mix into the ground beef mixture.
    6. Grease a bundt pan with non stick spray and then press the ground beef mixture into the pan
    7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until no longer pink inside
    8. Once baked, let rest for 5 minutes or so and then invert onto a plate
    9. Serve with mashed potatoes and brown gravy in the center of the meatloaf
    10. Enjoy!

    BTW: The picture is not my meatloaf, lol!

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