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To be present and enjoy every second of every single day that I get to spend with my wild and crazy kiddos!

That a birthday party doesn’t need to be expensive, elaborate, or fancy for it to be special.

To laugh at myself on a regular basis. Yep, even the time when I wore sunglasses while chopping onions… hoping that it would stop those tears from flowing. Ya, that didn’t work too well.

That trying new things is so important… even if I don’t succeed.

That the Tim Allen in my hubby makes me love him that much more.

That it’s OK to give yourself some slack. Like when it’s that time of the month and I want to eat an entire carton of ice cream. Hey, it’s only a pint.

Just how important random acts of kindness are… not just for the recipient, but also for yourself.

That I’m just me and that’s OK.

And finally, to keep it real. And I’m doing that today by sharing this wonderful picture with all of you. Just a nice shot of me with one side of my face numb due to a trip to the dentist. 😉


What about you? What have you learned about yourself and your life in 2012? I’d love to hear! And also feel free to share your 2013 New Year’s resolutions.


Collin founded Hip2Save in 2008 and has over 10 years experience as a deals and lifestyle editor, strategist, and creative copywriter. She is debt-free and has been featured in Parents Magazine, Today.com and MSNBC. Connect with Collin on LinkedIn


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  1. Christa

    Collin you have been such a blessing! I have scored so many deals from your website! It’s just such an eye opener! Somehow you find all the loopholes! I would NEVER be able to pull off what you do! And I know what you mean about being present in the moment and enjoying every minute! I have 2 girls and 2 boys. My girls are older (12 & 9) and my boys are younger (5 month old and a 3 year old). I am re-living what I went through with my girls and it makes me realize how much you can forget and how quickly it goes by! Life is precious! Children are such blessings! Keep up what you do because you are awesome!

  2. Vanessa

    Collin, Thanks for being you! Happy 2013 everyone!

  3. natalia

    this made me giggle

  4. samantha g.

    Thanks for this post, Collin! You’ve not only made my day, but made me realize just how important life and family is and that I need to learn to appreciate every single moment of them and not take them for granted! THANK YOU!

  5. Karen

    Collin,you are awesome!

  6. rebecca huber

    Collin, your amazing and I have no idea how you do all that you do but thank you so much you bless the lives of so many! Thank you for helpling me through 6 months of unemployment, nursing school, misscarrying twins, and the rest of the crazyness we call life. Love you girl!

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