DH got a raise this pay period (the first one of the new year). Hooray! He deserves it, he's really good at his job. So with that raise, 401k contribution went up. With the remainder I think we'll try to build sinking funds quickly over the first few months with our snowball, and then the remainder of the year snowball will go to the mortgage. We just emptied the property tax fund, so that is really the only one to fund right now.
One of my new year goals was to try a new recipe each week. I am loving it! I'm wanting to expand my repertoire and cook more ethnic foods. So far I'm feeling pretty confident with Indian flavors and now Lebanese. Some friends and I have decided to have a once per month dinner club. The rules are that we try cuisines from around the world and we do themes. First month is Thailand. I'm bringing spring rolls and dipping sauce. For my month, I'm pretty sure I want to do Lebanese or something in that flavor region. (That's why I've been practicing those recipes.)
The other focus I have is making our home nicer. Paint, countertops, and new sofa pillows! I'm making the sofa pillows, using what I already have on hand. I am NOT looking forward to having to paint. I still haven't gotten estimates on countertops, but January is too tight any way... and too cold to drag the baby all over town looking at showrooms. Giving myself leeway on that one.
I am still loving my life, the slow gentle pace, the homemaking, and the child raising. I feel like we're doing really well as a family, very little stress.
Edit, let's see if this works. These are the floor tile countertops that I want to replace.