cellphoneA new year is a good reason to make a fresh start–with resolutions to lose weight, travel more and be more thankful, according to the partiers at our January 3 Monday Night Twitter Party. Since we were giving away iGiftThanks apps for iPhones, we also talked about what we’re most grateful for: technology to keep us connected (smart phones and wifi) and get us where we need to go (GPS).


What is your #1 resolution for 2011?

@londonmodgirl: Resolution is to get back to photography. Not to worry about getting the perfect shot but just photograph.

@ramblingstump: #1 resolution is to write more, travel, and try to keep a tidier house!

@thegeekwife: To lose ALL my weight and have a healthier me!

@lifeonprint: To be slow to anger and quick to listen

What’s your travel resolution for 2011?

@foodforthought: Travel less, but more significantly.

@londonmodgirl: Big scale: London. Never been. Small scale: Chicago. Not since 2002.

@CindyRichards: I’d like to visit the last 3 states—SD, ND and Alaska –I still haven’t seen.

@CarissaRogers: We actually may be traveling less this year in order to travel MORE next year! Fun stuff planned though.

What are you most thankful for in 2010?

@londonmodgirl: Most grateful for being laid off in Dec 2009 and having the balls to start my own biz.

@lovelimes: I’m most thankful for a healthy birth of my son in 2010!

@DebMomof3: Most thankful for family, good health, amazing friends, and neighbors… We have so much to be thankful for!

What can you do to remember to be more thankful in 2011?

@StressFreeBaby: My family says what they’re thankful for at dinner every night.

@travelingmoms: I will not take any of my days in 2011 for granted. Amazing opportunities ahead!

@kimorlando: Volunteer locally throughout the year. Find causes that are close to my heart and dive in.

natureWhen you visit friends/family how do you show gratitude?

@elissapr: If traveling out-of-town and staying at a friend’s, we’ll take family out for brunch or dinner, or arrive with champagne.

@_royalresorts: By giving them a big, warm hug and telling them I love them.

@thisenvy: I also show gratitude by listening and being patient. I think people appreciate that.

@ramblingstump: If they have kids, the best gift is to send them out to dinner without you and watch the kids

What new breakthroughs in travel are you grateful for?

@sleatham1: DVD player for our van—Ipod too—both keep kids and adults occupied and happy

@londonmodgirl: IPad. Hands down. Awesome for my two year old on trips.

@_royalresorts: Yelp’s Monocle – Augmented Reality Travel app for Android http://rww.to/h3Rpoo

@that_danielle: Portable DVD player makes car/plane trips enjoyable with 5-year-old. GPS makes car trips SO much better/easier.

@AnaRC That airports are getting kid friendlier. I see a lot more play areas and facilities for kids now.

What are some of the best Thank Yous you have received?

@ramblingstump My boss sends great harvest bakery gift packs at Christmas. Mmm carbs.

@doubleadventure: Target gift cards are always a big hit with me as well.

@camiloolea: My 5-year-old’s bright, smiling face. Best “Thank You” ever!

Next TravelingMom Monday

Please join us every Monday at 9 pm EST for another rousing TMOM Monday Twitter party. On Jan. 10, 2011, we’ll be talking about about winter travel. Do you head southf or warm weather? West for skiing? North for the Iditarod? Share your winter travel dreams, plans and tips with us during our Jan. 10 Twitter party, beginning at 9 pm EST. Don’t forget to RSVP to be entered to win a nifty prize.

Past Twitter Party Fun

Read the sometimes hilarious (don’t miss the ideas for flight attendants uniforms if there were family-only sections on planes or the great ideas for honoring the military) recaps of our previous TravelingMom Monday Twitter parties:

Dec. 27: Celebrating New Year’s

Dec. 20: Christmas Traditions

Dec. 13: Shopping

Dec.6: Unlucky Travels

Nov. 29: Hanukkah and Ethnic Celebrations

Nov. 22: Eat Pray Love

Nov. 15: Thanksgiving Fun, Food and Travel

Nov. 8: Honoring Veterans

Nov. 1: We Love Our Parks

Oct. 25: Lucky and Unlucky Travels

Oct. 18: Trading Klout for Travel Upgrades

October 11, 2010: Discovering America

October 4, 2010: Karate Kid

September 27, 2010: Electronics on Vacation

September 20, 2010: Uber Fans

September 13, 2010: Packing Tips

September 6, 2010: Family-Only Sections on Planes

August 30, 2010: 3-Day Weekends

August 23, 2010: Back to School

August 16, 2010: Travel Rage

August 2, 2010: Cooking on Vacation