Happy New Year! 2017 already! How were your festive celebrations? Did everything go to plan? We had a fairly relaxed night in playing multiple board games with the family accompanied by some fizz. And then just like that it was January 2017; sometimes I wish time would slow down a little bit.

That said, the RMS team stopped long enough to jot down a few of our wishes and New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. Rather than write a rather rambling long list of utterly unattainable goals we’ve opted for a selection of mini targets that we know we can smash and then feel uber good about ourselves for doing so… 😉

Shall we get started?


  • Become more like Mary Berry. I made two crumbles last year and this year I’d like to make at least three and a few cakes for good measure.
  • Stop procrastinating and do more instead of whingeing about how much I have to do.
  • Finish the house and start on the garden.
  • Make more time for relaxation and go on a foreign holiday. I really, really missed going abroad last year.
  • Lisa

  • Stop buying maternity clothes.
  • Start doing my pelvic floor exercises.
  • Decide how we are going to make over the kitchen … and stick to that decision.
  • Sort the blinking back garden out.
  • Lolly

  • Move into our own house in 2017… preferably sometime before next Christmas!
  • Address my hoarding tendencies and learn to let some things go (we do not need seed packets from 1989!).
  • Read at least 50% of the gardening books I’ve recently ordered rather than stacking them up and thinking to myself ‘oh don’t they look nice’.
  • Attempt at least one new veggie recipe every week. Crudities and dip does not a dinner make.
  • Grow more fruits and vegetables; I’m feeling pumped up after the success of the raised beds in 2016. SO many peas!
  • Try to visit some of the gardens I’ve always longed to visit; Sissinghurst is just one of them.
  • Charlotte

  • Consume less sugar (I’m not about to give up biscuits completely but my lunchtime menu of a kitkat and a packet of soft mints has GOT to stop).
  • Introduce more colour into my home decor palette.
  • Grow my own vegetables (the beds are all set up in our new garden from the previous owners).
  • Make more time for nights out with the girls.
  • Read more books.
  • Arrange more family weekends away to unexplored places in the UK we have always wanted to go.
  • Follow my dreams.
  • What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2017 or perhaps you don’t really believe in them. I used to think that they were utterly pointless since most of them are forgotten half way through January but I now I really like them as they give me goals to meet for the year ahead.
    We’d love to hear your ambitions for 2017 so feel free to share them in the comments box below.