New Years Giveaway!

Christmas is over.

All the prep, all the work, all the anticipation…over.

My decorations are down and the stuff is put away.  Sigh.

 

New Years is up next, and I have to say that I am excited for 2012.

2011 had its ups and downs for me.

I lost my mom this year to pancreatic cancer, but I have realized through that loss that I am incredibly blessed in my life.

I have a husband that I love.

I have children who are healthy and happy and a job that I am crazy about.

This little blog has changed my life in multiple ways.  It has given me a creative outlet, a justification for my sugar obsession and has led me to new people who now seem like old friends.

I have started a new site where I even had enough guts to open my fridge and let the world ogle my cheese obsession.

 

I have gotten to go on some incredible trips…like here and here.

I have friends that are some of the best in all the land.

And have developed a slight obsession with Instagram and Pinterest.  You need both of those in your life, I can’t go down alone!

 

I begin 2012 with an open mind and an open heart, knowing that it could all be gone in a second.

 

Please remind me of all these things when I am knee deep in dirty laundry and my children are melting down, mmkay?

 

So thanks to all of you for reading as often as you do and especially for taking the time to leave me comments.

Even you haters out there.  Your comments always make me laugh…and laughter’s the best medicine, right?

 

With all that said, I want to give you a little something to sign off 2011.

Actually I want to give 3 of you a little something.

It’s from the awesome people at Smuckers.

  • A gorgeous crate filled with Smuckers premiere “Orchard’s Finest” Preserves.
  • Some spreadable knifes
  • A beautiful cheese platter from Crate and Barrel
  • And an $100 gift card from Cooking.com

 

So to enter I wanna know…are you a resolution person or no?  And  if so, what’s yours?

 

Contest closes Monday, January 2nd at 11:59 pm, 3 winners will be chosen by random.org and is open to US residents only

Contest CLOSED!

Winners are Natalie comment #312, Kelly comment #4 and Theresa comment #602

I have emailed the winners.

Thanks for entering!!

799 Responses

    1. sheila

      I’m not a resolution person: However, this year I resolve to start taking better care of me! I want to put more of my thoughts into action and be fearless.!

  1. KAREN Capasso

    I am not a resolution person either, but with that said; I promised to resolve to be more “real” a kinder person, love fully and live deeply!

  2. What a great giveaway! I have enjoyed reading your blog this year, and look forward to 2012 too! I am a resolution person and for 2012, mine is to get back to recycling. I think I’ll come up with one more but haven’t gotten there!

  3. KellyR

    I hate making resolutions, but I do it every year. Here goes! Quitting smoking, being more healthy, and to not tank with all my scary new responsibilities at my job.

  4. Heather

    Not a resolution person, but this year I’m starting. More exercise, less junk food, more positive, less negative, more organization, less clutter, more fun, less work πŸ™‚

  5. Carolyn

    I am a resolution person…but I am horrible at keeping them!!! 2012 I am making goals…to lose weight and try at least 52 new healthy recipes. I am sure I will come up with more before Saturday but that is where I am right now. Happy New Year and I hope your Christmas was blessed!

  6. Didn’t used to be, but we definitely are resolution people now! So far for 2012 we have resolved:

    -To be more organized (whatever that means, exactly)
    -To participate in at least 1 organized race a month
    -To take at least 1 riding lesson a month
    -Lose 10 pounds before March.

    Woohoo! πŸ™‚

  7. Mary Anne James

    I am not a resolution person any longer. I used to be and then I would just break them all of the time. So I try to be a little kinder in the coming year, to give more than I take, and to make everyone that I have the pleasure of meeting, feel a little better about themselves, whether by just giving them a smile, or telling them something that I really like about them. That is my little non-resolution for the coming year!!

  8. I should probably say I’m NOT a resolution person, because even though I always make them, I NEVER keep them!! This year, like everyone else, I’m going to try and improve my health and fitness, because I have so many things in my life that I want to stick around for! I have the most incredible son in the world, a great family, awesome friends, AND a wonderful man to share my life. I think 2012 is going to be a great year!

  9. My resolution is to slow down a little and take more photos of my kids. They grow so fast! We welcomed a Baby Boy into our Family this year, which opened a whole new world for me. Thank you for all the delicious recipes in 2011 and looking forward to new ones in 2012 πŸ˜€ Happy New Year!

  10. Deanna

    I am not normally a resolution person but this year I have decided to give it a try. I want to become more healthy and fit in the new year, but doesn’t just about everybody? I also want to make sure I take some “me” time and just let stuff go that bothers me. Nine times out of ten, it’s just not worth it. I want to be happy!!

  11. Not a resolution person – learned a long time ago, that it was just a way to set myself up to fail. I try to break things down into smaller, more manageable goals now. Easier to manage. My goals this year are to get re-organized in all areas of my life. Sounds really big and scary, but if you look at my lists here at home, it’s really not so bad. Thanks for sharing such wonderful and inspirational recipes with all of us!

  12. Lauren Jones

    I am absolutely a resolution person. There’s something satisfying about being able to say I stuck to mine for the entire year. Sometimes I don’t accomplish that, but I also don’t beat myself up. The trick is to male realistic resolutions!

  13. Mia Morrison

    My resolution for this upcoming year is to prepare one healthy meal a day. I realize it’s too unrealistic to be “perfectly healthy” (at least for me) for every meal, so I decided to put some time and love into preparing one healthy meal a day.

  14. One of my resolutions is to take more walks with my husband around our neighborhood and around town. We did a lot of walking last year when I was training for a 3-Day walk for breast cancer, I miss all of the walking we used to do!

  15. tracey mandarano patacca

    My resolution is to get this baby weight off! I have two babies 13 months apart and I feel like a bit of a train wreck. LOL!

  16. I usually don’t do resolutions but this year i’ve got a few.

    1 – to lose weight, I’d put a pound amount but I’ll keep that number in my head instead of being humiliated by the large amount that I need to work on.

    2 – to organize my craft room and declutter my home.

    3 – to spend more time working on projects with my kids instead of working on projects to escape my kids.

  17. Nicole

    I usually try to make resolutions but never end up completing them, so every year I make a resolution to not make a resolution. πŸ™‚

  18. Michelle Rodriguez

    I am not a resolution person. I just try to do a little better today than I did yesterday. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes not so much.

  19. Victoria V

    I am not a resolution person at all, but I kinda wish I was one. πŸ™‚

    If I were able to stick to resolutions, mine would be to be more organized and to be healthier. We’ll see how that goes. πŸ˜‰

  20. mary fanara coleman

    No I’m not a resolution person. I just keep doing what I’m doing as long as it’s the next right thing. Also I would probably buy the jams and such if I saw that for sale. What a great gift that would be.Thanks.

  21. I used to be but I found that by setting goals throughout the year, I was better at “gettin er done” (Texas girl through and through)
    This year one of my goals is to have a photo theme for each month, take at least one photo a day and share them at the end of the year….maybe little sneak peeks throughout too.

  22. Celina

    I am Not a resolution person, but I’m going to try it for next year. I want to get fit and healthy in order to live a long healthy life with my family.

  23. Kathleen

    I make some resolutions every year; some I keep, some I don’t. This year my only resolution is to enjoy the life, the family, and the friends I have.

  24. I am not a resolution person. I don’t like to focus on things only at the beginning of a new year, but instead try to focus on making things better all year.

  25. Runa Gupta

    Hated that this year went by in a flash. So, next year I’m resolving to enjoy my time each and every day so as to not regret not doing anything by the end of the year.

  26. Ann Marie

    I like to use the new year to make a fresh start…this year I want to become more organized with meal planning by doing more freezer meals and crock pot meals. I have 2 sons who are active in sports and the evenings they have practice can be quite hectic….having meals ready to go would make things so much easier. I also want to get back to my routine of eating healthy and going to the gym.

  27. I’m generally not a resolution kind of gal, but this year I’m setting two goals for myself. 1) Lose weight (I know, I know, overly common). I’m training for a half marathon but I have been overweight since I had my daughter over a year ago. Time to shed the baby weight! and 2) keep our clean laundry put away. Right now my clean clothes, and my daughters, are all piled in a corner in my bedroom.

  28. faye

    My new years resolution for 2012 is to bake more and explore the pastry arts more. Also since i am due to give birth to my son in a few weeks…to be a good mother to my firstborn cutie

  29. I dont know about the resolution thing. I have never been daring enough to make a resolution for something unattainable. For this new year I am thinking about coming up with a better baking/blogging schedule!

  30. Juliet

    I am a resolution person– I need the fresh start– to turn the page and leave things to rest.
    This year I will attempt to practice more patience and be a source of love and peace in my corner of the world.

  31. Jeannie S.

    I am not really a resolution person either, but I made one last year and it worked (I quit smoking!), so I figure I’ll try again this year. This year my wish is to find a job.

  32. Kasey

    I’ve never really made resolutions because I seem to forget that I made them like the next day. However this last October my husband and I decided that we needed to lose weight. He has lost 40 pounds and I’ve lost 26 thus far. So I will make a resolution for the new year, and the years after that to continue to make better choices about the food I eat. I’ve got three little boys that I want to live to see have grandbabies, so giving up so many yummy foods will be worth it.

  33. Domanique

    I am not a resolution type girl, I like goals. And for life goals I just want to be healthy and happy. Not too shabby, I am very blessed with an amazing husband and a fabulous job. I don’t work out as much as I should but now that things are slowing down I should be able to better accomplish healthy along with better eating goals.

  34. Kathleena

    I’m not normally a resolution type person, but I do have a few goals for the new year.
    I would like to lose some weight, and set a date for our wedding.

  35. Tammy Vazquez

    I used to be a New Year’s Resolution person. Now, I work hard on myself, mentally, physically, emotionally, etc., all year long. πŸ™‚

  36. Maureen Chapman

    My resolutions aren’t exactly resolutions. I look at them as things I must accomplish and things that are certainly achievable. One. ..Start my blog on January 1. Finish my kitchen renovation. Get my cooking business established and solid. I can do all that I set my mind to and I have a New Year and a fresh start to do so!!

  37. Kristen M

    I can take or leave resolutions but i do resolve to be a more patient mother with my very, very strong-willed four-year-old daughter and her mischievous sidekick, her two-year-old sister!

  38. Tricia

    Yes, I always like making New Year’s Goals. I print and post them on my bedroom wall so I can see them often. One of my goals will be to lose my baby weight once he arrives in January/February and another, to have a more positive attitude.

  39. Joan

    I like to set goals for the new year. This year I have two baking goals. Become better at making breads…want to try bagels. Also, I saw these adorable Cookie Monster cookies and want to give my creativity a challenge!

  40. Sorry about your mom! This year has had it’s ups and downs for me as well, but I’m ending this year much happier than I was last year! I am not so much a resolutions person, but I have decided not to make any sweets for January and just stick to cooking dinner…my family (or rather, my mom) will thank me!

  41. I am not a resolution person, but I do like to set some goals for myself throughout the year. I will be blogging about a reading challenge I will take on in 2012, as well as a few others πŸ™‚

  42. Jill

    I’m not really a resolution type of person… I’ve tried before but just like rules, they’re pretty much meant to be broken… lol. The beginning of the year does make me think about what I’d like to do… Hopefully I will get motivated to exercise more and get healthier… but I kinda say that every year… all the time… lol.

  43. Joan Cannon

    As soon as my Divorce is final, I want to begin the research and development of my Baby Skincare Product….I totally want to lose some “Mommy” weight by using a mini-trampoline…..I must learn how to make bento boxes for my daughter’s lunch (at least once a week!)…..AND I NEED TO BAKE MORE! Have a blessed New Year, and thank you for all of the joy you bring us! πŸ™‚

  44. I don’t do resolutions, but I do make yearly goals. Same thing, really, but I feel like I can always be working on my goals whereas a resolution is either met or not.

  45. Karen Montgomery

    Last year was my first resolution that I actually stuck with! Yay me! I think I will try again this year, and like most, make it a weight reduction year ! Happy New Year to all πŸ™‚

  46. Jenn M

    I would say I’m not a resolution person. Every year I try to make resolutions for the New Year, and every year I end up giving up on them because they seem so overwhelming. So this year, I will not make any and just work on living a healthier and happier lifestyle, one small goal at a time.

  47. I always make a resolution to lose weight. . . but this year I think I’m going to go a different route and make a goal to just cook healthier (except for the occasionally necessary sweet!) and keep up the exercise

  48. Aubrie

    I have two little kids under 2 years old, and while I love them to pieces, sometimes I need a break. My resolution is to go on at least 2 dates a month with just the husband and no kids!

  49. I do like to make New Years resolutions because it almost “pumps me up” in a way and I think this years is going to have to be to get back into the gym. I currently pay for a gym membership and am stupid for not using it which most people would kill for right?! Ugh, I may need to start this resolution a little before the 1st (specially after all the lbs put on over Christmas) eek! πŸ™‚

  50. Autumn

    Screw resolutions, I’ll break em by evening but I do have A LOT of changes I need to make in my life. How can I stay accountable??
    Love your recipes! You are my new favorite monster cookie and I wish I had all your cheese and butter! I ran out of butter about 5 times over the holidays so my hubs would head to the 7-11 for 3more lbs. I really should buy it in bulk!

  51. Cynthia Acierto

    Sometimes I am a resolution person. This year, I resolve to eat healthier and exercise! My goal is to finish the Honolulu Marathon in December! Slowly, I hope to start training on Jan. 1…….. Wish me luck!

  52. elizabeth chong

    Im not big on resolutions but I do think the new year is like a new start πŸ™‚ im sad the old year is over but also look forward to things changing in the new year!

  53. I’m not much of a resolution type person, but I must say in 2012 I am going to try my best to be a better mother. Working full time and going to school full time takes its toll on my toddler. So in 2012, I will try to capture those “toddler moments”, not to lose my patience at the many meltdowns she has and to bake more with my new kitchen aid stand mixer.

    I hope that you and your family will have a 2012 filled with fond memories.

  54. Laura

    I have always made resolutions, usually no more than 2 each year. This year I have decided to do something a little different. I am resolving to get my house in order…room by room. I am going to start in the dining room. I have inherited furniture over the years and really want to find my own style and get furniture that actually “works” for me and my family. And I value dinners around the table with my family so that is why I chose the dining room as my starting point. I hope I can keep it going all through 2012 as I usually drop off the during the summer with my resolutions.

  55. i resolve to stop biting the inside of my lips. it is a problem that I must overcome. On the brighter side, I resolve to tell at least one person how great they are each and every day

  56. Misty

    Yes, I am a resolution person but I hardly ever follow through. This year I am just going to take it slowly and make a weekly list of attainable goals rather than impossible resolutions. πŸ™‚

  57. Megan

    I’m really not into resolutions- at least not on January 1st. I like to have goals, but they are mostly longterm, always working on them, sort of goals. I mess up those goals a lot….too often to set them just once a year.

  58. Patti S

    I’m not really a resolution person…I do try to set some goals for the year. Some will be within easy reach and others a challenge. If I don’t reach them I’m not going to fret about it. I like to just take life one day at a time and enjoy each to the fullest. πŸ™‚

  59. Cat

    I’m not really a resolution person… but I do like to make goals throughout the year. Recently I made a goal to spend more time reading rather than watching tv/movies.

  60. Susan Rea

    I should be a resolution person….but I’m not! πŸ™ I always think I’m going to be, but always know I’ll chicken out! HA!!

  61. Stacy K.

    I pretty much never keep resolutions . You’d think I’d learn by now, but I try to set goals for myself every year. I’ve given up the weight loss resolution (even though I desperately need to lose!) and instead say that I need to just get fit & healthy — the biggest motivator for that is my precious son, for whom I want to be around for a very long time! I want to be more organized, and I want to get our house ready to sell this year! We are busting at the seams in our current house. My biggest goal/resolution/whatever you want to call it though is always just to be a kind person — maybe kinder than I need to be. Because 1.) the world has too many crappy people in it, and 2.) the person you are finding it hard to be kind to may be fighting a tremendous battle that none of us can see. Happy New Year!

  62. Mary

    No resolutions for me…….just a daily prayer for all that are struggling now and hopes that our country will be able to turn around.

  63. Linda M

    I’m not a resolution person. But I do try to be my best (and eat healthy) everyday. Although the eating healthy part gets kinda hard! πŸ˜‰

  64. I’ve actually never written resolutions before but this year I want to try to eat only 1 cookie a day….i mean i know that’s really hard but i think my health is taking a toll by the amount of cookies i eat everyday…it sounds like a joke but really…TOO MANY COOKIES! haha

  65. Jill J

    I’m not really a resolution person but I’m trying to make a list of goals…things I really want to accomplish this next year which includes staying in better touch with family, reconnecting with old friends, and keeping up a regular workout routine to maintain good health πŸ™‚ to name just a couple. Thanks for the awesome giveaway opportunity!

  66. lisabella

    I make goals for myself. One goal is to read 100 books in a year. I’ve done that for the past 7 years. In January of this year I made a new goal: cook 52 new recipes and I did that and more! I had a blast with it so I’m repeating that one next year. πŸ™‚

  67. mandy k

    No I am not a resolution kind if gal. Too much pressure!! I just try to always stay within a certain weight range, and when I get near the higher range I know I need to adjust some things! Works for me. Love your blog, thanks for the smiles on a daily basis!

  68. Renee S.

    Normally, I do not make resolutions but in 2012, I resolve to show my husband and kids how much I love them every single day. Even on the yucky days! : )

  69. I’m not a resolution person. However, I could stand to lose a few pounds. How do you expect me to do that when you post such tempting stuff?! I think I gain weight by looking at the photos. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  70. Alyse

    Ugh, I am so NOT a resolution person. However…. it is my resolution this year to become a resolution person. 2012 will be the year that I finally get my butt of the couch and feel better about this body I live in!!

  71. Those gingham spreaders are SO CUTE! And I’ve been enjoying Smuckers jams on my toast since I was a toddler … and I’m 58+ now so that’s a whole lotta Smuckers! My resolution is to try and LIVE in the moment in 2012.

  72. Emma

    Sort of. I definitely think that goals are important, but I don’t think they need wait until a new year to start working on them : )

  73. Vickie

    With a new year is a fresh clean slate, so I guess I am resolution maker. I resolve to be grateful everyday, not fret the small things in life and to be sure to tell the people who mean the most to me in life how important they are.

  74. Emily

    I’m not really a resolutions person because I feel like it puts unnecessary pressure on people. The idea that it “has to be done” makes people seem to dread the change when it should really be something people WANT to do

  75. My new year’s resolution this year is to lose one more pants size. It is also to be more productive in the books I am writing and teach my teenagers to be more productive in what they dream too.

  76. I am Not a start the new year with resolutions type of girl.
    I make & break goals all through the year.
    Seriously, why should I limit setting myself up for failure just once a year when I can spread it throughout??? πŸ˜‰

  77. I am a resolution person! I only set resolutions that I know I can achieve, though. My New Years Resolutions are to-
    1. read more food blogs
    2. blog more
    3. try out more new recipes
    4. try out Pinterest

  78. My resolutions are usually very straightforward :

    1. Lose weight ( we want to have a 3rd child and I need to be a healthy weight before the pregnancy starts)

    2. Be more organized. I am already but I want to fine tune it

    3. Grow my blog

    4. Start a sugar cookie business to supplement my DIY obsesssion

  79. Cathy

    I AM a resolution person. My stubbornness helps me achieve my resolutions too πŸ™‚ This years resolution will be to try and pay off more bills/save more money, so that my BF and I can move back east to be closer to our families by the summer!

  80. I am a resolution person, if I can think of a resolution to have. I know a lot of people say lose weight or exercise more, but I don’t really need to do that. A lot of people do the save money thing, but I already do that too.

    This year my resolutions are to generate some amount of income on my food blog AND to read a zillion books.

  81. Lori

    I never make a New Years resolution because I never stick to it. So sad πŸ™ BUUUTTT winning this giveaway would make me very happy!!!

  82. Johna DeRosier

    I am a “secret” new years resolution type person. If i say it out loud the pressure is on and I fold like a cheap lawn chair. So, yes i do have a resolution, but I can’t tell you what it is LOL..

  83. I am not a resolution person. I believe is subtle changes over time. However, this weekend, I change “back” into the person who exercised regularly. πŸ˜‰

  84. Laura

    I have the best of intentions for resolutions each year; to eat better or to do a good deed for someone once a week, but it always fizzels out after a while. At least I start out good and usually end up remembering it at least one more time durning the busyness of the year πŸ™‚

  85. I am a resolution maker but my goals often are focused around improving my home and family life. I like those kind of goals but they are unmeasurable so success is kind of hard to pinpoint sometimes. This year I want to listen to my kids more and feel exasperated less. Really it is about rediscovering the joy of motherhood in a way. See what I mean-kind of hard to measure my progress until I reach the end result. Then the result will fell immeasurable, right?

  86. Lesley

    I always make a new years resolution, but I never stick to it. This year I’m hoping to change that: I need to be more organized in my kitchen (and the rest of the house wouldn’t hurt πŸ™‚ ). I love to bake and since I have found your blog, I can’t wait to try many new recipes!

  87. Rachel

    I wouldn’t call it a resolution, necessarily. I just start every year the same way, with a goal of trying to do better this year for myself and my family.

  88. Melissa

    I try not to make New Years Resolutions as it is just depressing when I don’t keep them. I like to relax and enjoy a beginning to a new year and think of the possibilities for the future.

  89. I generally just make the resolution that I’ll be healthier in the upcoming year. This year I was actually successful at it, so I’d like to just keep it up. But my main resolutions this year have to do with being creative. So here they are:

    * Make at least 2 garments each month. I know I’ll probably make more than that, but I want to be realistic, and I want to focus on quality and doing things right.
    * Finish the quilt that I started earlier in the year. If I don’t commit to this, it’s never going to get done!
    * Keep up with the blogging! I do a weekly baking post, and then posts throughout with my other crafty projects, so I just want to keep enjoying this way to connect with other crafty people.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway and wishing you a happy 2012!

  90. emily

    I’m not a resolution person, but I did get a bunch of exercise stuff for christmas… so I guess I have to start working out. (BTW, I did ask for it; it’s not like passive-aggressive gifting). πŸ™‚

  91. Wow! What a great giveaway. Thanks so much for this chance to win. I used to be a resolution person, but then I’d be disappointed in myself by the end of January, which made me quit altogether.

    I do plan to start my diet in January (but you can still send me jams if I win …lol). I was doing really well on it until I lost my Mom last October (2010). Then it just wasn’t a priority. I am going to start it up again in January and hopefully I’ll be able to make some progress.

    Thanks again, for the chance to win! I love your blog. You always make me smile.

    Hugs,
    Snoopy πŸ˜€

  92. Tracy

    Not really a resolution-maker, but I do like to use the new year as a new beginning. The holiday parties are over, so it’s back to a healthier diet and more time for exercise and getting ready for warmer weather.

  93. Jessica

    I’m not a resolutions type of person, or at least one to hold them. I try to start the new year off with changing bad or no habits to good habits. The usual, exercise, eating right. This year, I think I’m gonna try to read one book a month and try to work on some personal development (less griping, communicate better). Maybe these will be easier to achieve.

  94. elaina

    This year my resolutions will not defeat me!!!
    1. Loose 60 pounds (may be hard since I discovered your blog)
    2. Read the Bible through
    3. Try and conquer rolled fondant!

  95. I am a resolution person. This year I resolve to keep track of all of the books I read/listen to. I listen to books in my car all the time, but really have no idea if I read 20 books this year or 40. Obviously, I like to keep my resolutions as attainable as possible. No losing weight or working out more here! πŸ™‚

  96. Amy

    I am and I am not a resolution person. I try to make goals all year long and try to reassess frequently where I am and adjust. I try not to only do it once a year!

  97. Ashlee

    I will say this…I “resolve” to do things all year round. If I limit myself to one new goal, or one new challenge a year, I don’t feel like I would get very much accomplished in my life.
    My goals for self-improvement inlcude: reading more, rewarding my body more, spending more time with people that matter to me, and being less critical of myself.

    We shall see how it goes πŸ˜‰

  98. Elizabeth Heiser

    I am and I am not a resolution person and I haven’t decided if I am going to make a resolution for 2012 or not. Either way I do know that I am going to quite trying so hard and listen to what God wants me to do.

  99. Doris

    Life is short and there is a reason for my baggage, thank you. I resolve to only get rid of what totally is no longer useful to me and I resolve to add nothing but good. Control what I can and be entertained by what I can’t control. I’m 52! I need chocolate (no need to get rid of that), I need peace (remove myself from temporary or compulsively mean people) I need money…..better get my butt in gear here… I could get rid of socks with holes in them….no wait they still have a use! *note to self* take socks (unmatched) with holes to friends houses and slip them into their dryer convince them that their dryer is a teleport for missing socks….I’m going to do what I can to make everyday a peaceful, happy and fun day for myself and everyone I come across (Dear Traffic God….you have work to do)

  100. Kait

    Not so much a resolution person as a goal person. This year my goal is to complete the 3 Day 60 Mile walk for breast cancer and to run my second 1/2 Marathon with a faster time

  101. They aren’t really resolutions…usually just things I want to do better in the coming year. I guess that IS the definition of a resolution, huh?!

    I have lost 16 of the 50 pounds I want to lose. Miraculously, I didn’t gain any over the holidays. But I also haven’t weighed myself for a few days…on purpose! I have a goal to finish losing that weight this year!

    And to eat more chocolate. Oxymoron?

  102. Rebecca T.

    I am not a resolution person, but I think I’ll resolve to take time for myself this upcoming year as I know it will be hard with the new baby to make time for myself!

  103. Lisa

    I always like to take an inventory of myself and think back on how I did in the past year, and what I’d like to work on for the coming year.

  104. Marilyn

    I am a resolution person. My resolution this year is to surrender. I am pretty sure I won’t always be able to surrender but the plan is to just let God have his way without a fight.

  105. Jena

    I’m not a resolution person but try to stay on track and keep motivated throughout the year whether it’s exercising 4-5 days a week, flossing regularly, or keeping my sweet tooth in check.

  106. Denise

    I am not one to make new years resolutions. The minute I say I am going to diet I get extra hungry sooooooo why bother. Here’s to a better year for everyone! PS-love your blog!

  107. I always make resolutions, but they are almost always the same every year. Oops. This year is a big one that I will make good on – getting some backyard chickens!

  108. I’m a resolution girl but I’ve never kept one. So sad. But 2012 is going to be different. I’m pregnant with my first baby and I’m resolving to not stress about it. Cause as my husband keeps saying “it’s bad for the baby to worry all the time.” Such a wise man.” LOL
    Great giveaway

    I’m sorry to read about the loss of you mom. Losing a parent is so tough. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  109. I set intentions, or goals. Not resolutions. Semantics, perhaps. But a wise yoga teacher of mine a decade ago mentioned that resolutions can be broken; intentions cannot. Therefore, I set my intentions. Some big, some small.

    Eat more chocolate is a good start!

  110. Jodilyn

    I always make at least one or two and usually fail within the first month. This year one of my resolutions is to keep my resolutions. Think it will help?

  111. I am a Resolution person. Last year’s was to workout more (and I became an aerobics instructor teaching 7 classes a week!) and this years is to finally lose this last 30 pounds I’m hanging on to. I would LOVE to lose it by my 25th birthday, but I’ll take loss over timeframe.

  112. I’d like to say I’m a resolution person, but I’m not. I think “oh I should do _____ this year, ” but I never fully commit. I heard Carla Hall saying something about “Operation 2012.” So instead of a resolution you think about in Jan & maybe Feb, you think of it as a whole year project. I like this. My Operation 2012 mission is to get a set workout routine and loose 10-15 pounds every 4 months. If I can loose the baby weight (from both my kids) I’ll take it. If I reach my weight goal, wooo!

  113. Sarah

    I am not a resolution person. However, in an effort to try and eat more veggies, I did buy some spinach and frozen fruit today. Hoping I can have some “green monster” smoothies for breakfast instead of the junk food I’ve been eating for the last month or so.

  114. Adri

    I am a resolution maker. And at the top of my list is to be healthier, make a trip out of the country, and move from the town I currently live in.

  115. greta

    I am a resolution maker. This year (2011) I ended up so consumed by a number of things that I stopped following a budget. Ironically, at work, I am fantastic at meeting, beating, exceeding budgets. So for 2012, I’ve gone back to basics with my resolutions. I have three categories Personal, Home Improvement, and Professional.
    My personal goal is to make (done!) and much like I do at work meet, beat, exceed it. My Home improvement goals are immense so I’ve change it to 2012 – 2017 goals. My professional goals are simple, work hard and gain the skills needed for the next rung on the ladder.

  116. Sara L

    I am not much of a resolution person, but I decided to try for general principles for 2012 instead specific resolutions. So my theme for 2012 is exercise and organize.

  117. I always fail at “resolutions,” so I make “goals” instead. Some of which are easily achieved within weeks of the new year, others that take time. This gives me benchmarks to hit, which I can, which ultimately keeps me progressing!

    This year’s first goal: Have baby.
    Beyond that: Learn to let go of structure after having said baby. Flexibility will be key!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win such a lovely prize!

  118. Vera

    I’m not much of a resolution person but I need to work on my weight this year and do some uncluttering. Condolences on the loss of your mother. Take care.

  119. Claire

    I’m not really much of a resolution person, I try to make small resolutions all year long. Happy New Year to all, and thanks for the giveaway!

  120. Kristen

    I am very much a resolution person! But I have a secret to accomplishing all of them… I make them super easy! For example, here are three of my top resolutions for 2012:
    1. Take a nap lasting at least 3 hours
    2. Bake a batch of brownies and eat no less than three!
    3. Continue to feed my obsession with this awesome blog

    Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

  121. Jacca

    Im definatly a resolution person,this year my resolution is be healther and to stick to my guns when dealing with my Drs and getting the answers to what I ask! for once!

  122. i’m not a resolution type of person … i think of it more as i need to make a change in my life & i come up with a plan … & that involves making some rules or suggestions i need to try & live by. it works … if it doesn’t i try again. we all fail … we have to give ourselves the chance to do the best we can … & if we fail …try again. Happy New Year to you!! (:

  123. Lacey W

    I’m one that makes the ‘normal’ resolutions (loose weight, be more organized, etc)… last year I decided to not make resolutions cuz I end up breaking them and failing… but things need to change this year, still haven’t decided if I’m really actually making ‘resolutions’ but I know the changes Ineed to make πŸ˜‰

  124. Jess Kaurala

    I’m not normally a resolution type person, but this coming year I would like to spend more time with my kids doing baking, cooking crafty type things. Happy New Year!

  125. Liz

    Not a resolution person, but want to change a few things up…eat out less, read more, but the biggest change is to worry less and live each day to the fullest…with no regrets!

  126. Heather@Kids in the Sink

    I’m not really a resolution person, but I would like to lose my baby weight this year and just make healthier choices in general. Starting Jan. 1st. Which means I can binge until then, right?

  127. Elissa

    I don’t make resolutions. I use the New Year as a way of re-evaluating my life, being grateful for all I have, and continue to be the best that I can be.

  128. Andrea

    I don’t really think of it as a resolution in the stereotypical sense, but I do like to set a few goals and reevaluate where I am at in my life. I’m a fairly new Scentsy Independent Consultant, and the founders have a motto of “Always give more than you take”. I am striving to make that a big part of my year, and to find new ways to give back to those around me and make positive changes in my life and community.

  129. Peggy Cousar

    I don’t usually make resolutions, but I have this year due to watching my mother’s health fail due to unhealthy living on her part. So, this year I resolve to eat healthier, exercise, and to study the Bible more. πŸ™‚

  130. Misty

    I choose to set goals (resolutions) when I feel inspired instead of forcing them on myself at certain times of the year (new years).

  131. I’m more of a goal person than a resolution person. But I make goals all year long. For 2012, I’m hoping to be published by the end of the year. I write fiction, and since I just graduated from college, I’ll have more time to focus on writing πŸ™‚

  132. <3 you girl!

    I used to be a resolution maker but not so much anymore…though three years ago my resolution was to start a blog, and that's one I've certainly kept to. I like to think I strive to be the best I can everyday…some days are better than others, but that's life, right?

  133. Rachel

    I don’t normally set new years resolutions. If I do set them I only work on them for maybe a month or two and get off track. πŸ™

  134. Jennifer

    Many years ago I made a resolution to never make another resolution. I never kept any of my past ones. Now I just try to make little improvements to my life! That seems to work better for me!

  135. Nikia

    I am not a resolution person! However this year I’m dumping worry! I have anxiety and worry issues. However this year 2012, I’m laying EVERYTHING at the foot of the cross! I plan onn having less tears this year and more of a clear and happy head for myhusband and children! Its going to be a challenge but I’m committed to giving my shoulders a rest and leaning more on the promises that I now are true as a christian!

  136. Maria

    I’m not really much of a resolution person. Of course I always resolve to lose weight, but that gets forgotten very quickly. *sigh*

    Thank you for a chance to win!

  137. Beth

    I’m the stereotypical resolution person- and always make mine to be healthy, happy, and appreciative for all I’ve been given. Works for me πŸ™‚

  138. Jennifer Hamilton

    I usually set a resolution each year, but I usually completely break them by the end of January. This year my resolution will be to keep a cleaner home. With a toddler and a new baby on the way, I need to get my act together and find a way to keep my house clean with a full-time (plus) job.

  139. sharman cooper

    Hmm! Yes and no.I always have the best of intentions,however,those intentions don’t always
    happen.On paper I am a total resolution mama.That said,this year,I am going to get organized,lose 10 lbs and find a way for single moms to connect and help each other in times of need….

  140. Emily Jellick

    My brother taught me to set easily attainable resolutions. One year his resolution was to eat more pie. This year my resolution is to learn how to make decent biscuits. I am a good cook and baker and have lived in the South way too long to be making my biscuits from a mix.

  141. I am not a resolution person. I have goals and plans throughout the year that I update as needed but I feel like making big profound resolutions about a new year only leads to guilt later when the impossible was not attained πŸ™‚

  142. kjasus

    my resolution is to jog more. it was easy when my son was a baby and i could push him in a stroller. now he’s 4 and not able to run with me.

  143. Sara Z

    I don’t do resolutions, per se, but I do choose a word (or theme) for the year. 2012 is going to be “purposeful living”. πŸ™‚

  144. Shelby

    Just started reading your blog and really like it and have pinned quite a few recipes to try! I love the concept of resolutions and fresh starts, the follow through is just so darn hard. I might try to stick to one or two for a month. Start small and attainable.

  145. Lesley Wert

    I’m not an official New Year’s Resolution person, but I like to start fresh and I usually set goals at least in my mind. They don’t last all year long, usually, but I like the idea. πŸ™‚

  146. Aimee

    I’m not a resolution person, but I do need to lose some more weight. It’s taken me two years to lose 25 pounds. And I have 25 more to go. Hopefully it will take less than two more years.

  147. Dani Eastwood

    I’m an informal resolution kinda gal. I will make one but not really follow it or half way do it. This year I want to have a cleaner more organized home. I’m trying to simplify.

  148. Lisle

    I’m not much for resolutions, but I made one last year and kept it. Sounded like it would be easy, but it was much harder than I thought it would be. See, I like to drink soda. Not tons–maybe one a day, usually only a couple in a week. But for as long as I’ve done that, I’ve justified every single one to my children or to myself. I decided that it was going to be okay to have them, and I told everyone that I wasn’t going to justify or explain how I was quitting–I was just going to have one when I wanted it. It took me nearly 4 months to get to a point where I could just buy one because I wanted it! Upside? I think I drink less now because I don’t have to think about it so much. Yay!

  149. Kalynn

    I am not a resolution person because I’m continually setting new goals for myself! I feel like if I give myself an entire year to “complete” something, I’ll just keep putting it off. So instead, I’ll set short-term goals, and then make new ones once those have been accomplished!

  150. April

    I have always been a resoultion person but the last few years I’ve gotten smart and started making ones that are easy to keep like, gain a few pounds, be more fab-u-lous!, and this year’s make more cookies! Here’s too a great 2012.

  151. Marina

    I am not a new years resolution person. Whenever I’m ready to make a life change, I start NOW rather than waiting for the new year. What can I say, I have a high sense of urgency πŸ˜‰

  152. Adele Udy

    I am a resolution person and have had some success. I too have the get in shape resolution like so many others. I am so sorry about you loss of your mother. Mine died 20 years ago and I miss her everyday. I am new to your site and to Pinterest but have found an addiction! Love your great humor as well as your creativeness.

  153. Emily P

    I wish I was a resolution person. Instead, I made a “wish list” for the new year and work to make it happen! Number one on my list? Graduate from college…!!

  154. Not really a resolutions kind of person cause I know I will break them all! lol I mostly try to promise myself to not beat myself up when I don’t always follow through with everything I undertake but to keep picking myself up and try again.

  155. Lisa L.

    I am not a resolution person. But the New Year is going to bring a return to school for me.. I hope to be able to apply to nursing school in 2013. So I need to finish my pre-reqs this year. Thank you for the chance to win and Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

  156. I not longer call it resolution list but goals that I set for the upcoming year. Here it is the 28th and I am just starting on my 2012 goals. One is to get my Etsy shop up and running full force and another is to take 30 minutes a day to get outside and walk. I would also like to learn to use my camera without having it on Auto. I will be adding to the list between now and Saturday.

  157. Jodi S.

    I usually am not a resolution person but this year I want to make one to keep in touch with friends more because we all get so busy in our lives. I dont want to lose touch anymore.

  158. Marlys Folly

    I am not really a resolution person, but each year I try to stay healthy by eating right and exercising…. although not easy when I follow blogs like yours…. Glad I found yours though, have gotten some great recipes….. Thanks for this opportunity and have a great New Year!

  159. Athena R.

    I’m not really a resolution person; I just try to be the best me I can be each year. In 2012, I do have goals I want to accomplish though, but I won’t call them resolutions.A couple of my goals are learning how to either knit or crochet or maybe even both. I also want to take a sewing class because I got a new sewing machine for Christmas and it’s been a while since I used one.

  160. Madison Hazelett

    I don’t usually make resolutions but this year I have several things that I am working on that I plan on finishing/starting this year. I can’t wait to continue working on my goals and starting to do what I really want to do in life.

  161. Courtney Mac

    I love to make resolutions, always seems so promising, keeping them, another thing..but I think that I’m going with 1) getting my kids to church more often 2) hollering at said kids less often!

    thanks so much!

  162. Regina

    Not really a resolution person, but I definitely set goals each year. I usually don’t set them until around February though. There’s something about January that just seems too difficult to deal with. πŸ™‚

  163. Melissa D

    I am a resolution maker, at both New Year’s and my birthday, but not a very good resolution keeper.

    I do want to make this the year I finally stop thinking about losing weight and just do something about it. And I need to be better organized.

    One resolution I would like to make and think I can keep is to bake more. Bake more and then give it away. I really love when I can surprise someone with a plate of cookies or a loaf of bread. And besides, if I give it away, then I get the fun of baking without eating the whole thing…and defeating the resolution to lose weight.

  164. Diane

    I am a resolution person – some years the resolutions stick, some years they don’t. This year my resolutiona consists of 2 tasks – give myself a break on a more regular basis and enjoy the simplest of things like the beautiful smiles from my two wonderful teenage girls.

  165. Really so sorry to hear your Mother passed away …I still have my Mom, but it’s been 11 1/2 years since my precious Dear ole Dad went home to be with the Lord. Happy to hear you’re blessed with such a wonderful family :o) While I’m not much for resolutions, I would just like to strive to be a better all-around person. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

  166. Brenda

    Not a resolution person but am so pleased to have found your blog/site! My condolences on the loss of your mom- I hope you are able to reflect on the joyous memories and find some solace there.
    Have a blessed New Year!

  167. Shelby

    My resolution is to be a better housekeeper — I hate cleaning and wait until the house is a mess to do anything. I’m going to try and do certain tasks each day so things don’t get out of control!

  168. Pascale

    My resolution…. eat more whole foods…. we do a great job but I would like to do better… especially for my kids. And…. LESS sugar! In so many ways: sweets, wine, sweets, wine, sweets, wine…..

    Happy new year!

  169. Melissa D

    I’m not a resolution person. I have some goals for the upcoming year like losing weight & keeping it off for good. I’m tired of losing & then gaining it back. I’d also like to be more organized. I guess I just don’t like the label resoultion.

  170. Hayley

    I am a resolution kind of gal but never anything concrete because those are for liers πŸ™‚ Usually just general things like “be more patient and kind.” Immeasurable things so that I will never know if I failed! PS, the Smuckers thing looks awesome.

  171. Lindsay

    I’ve pretty much had every resolution I can think of in the past, so this year I’m going without any. I honestly feel that many set themselves up for failure by having unrealistic goals…who wants that extra burden? I’m going to be the best I can be this year in every aspect….thats broad enough to cover it all for me!

  172. Krista

    I was a resolution person pre kiddos when I had energy at the end of an evening!! But this year I AM planning on making some resolutions….hopefully I will stick to them πŸ™‚

  173. Ashley

    Usually I am not the real hard core resolution girl, but this year after just moving into our first house I have ORGANIZING the basement on the top of my to-do list!!

  174. Jenn M

    I’m not a resolution person, but I have a motto that seems to take care of the need for resolutions. No regrets. I make the best decisions I can with the information that I have that day and then move forward. No beating myself up and second guessing. With my crazy life it’s the only way to survive! Thanks for sharing your end of year thoughts. It really is a great time to count our blessings, isn’t it?

  175. Jessica C

    Same resolution as every year – lose weight. Except this year I at least have a head start and am 26 lbs down thanks to Weigh Watchers…just about 20 more to go!

  176. LaurieJ

    Don’t do the resolution thing, why, never stick with it, except the year I quit smoking and I have stuck to that for 2 years now!! YAY ME!!

  177. Carley

    My only resolution this year is to be more organized in my school work and daily life! I’m also hoping to making a few more healthier meals throughout the week!

  178. Jill Bos

    No, I’m not a New Year’s resolution person, however I because I’m a teacher I do pick a few things in August I want to work on professional for the next school year=)

  179. Annie

    My new years resolution is to keep up with sending birthday and anniversary cards to friends and family. I’m famous for buying cards they just never make it to the mail πŸ™

  180. Dottie Wyatt

    I have often thought of having a resolution but felt I never would follow through so that’s as far as I ever went with it…..just thinking about it.

  181. What a wonderfull giveaway! I have enjoyed reading your blog this year, ! I am a resolution person and for 2012, mine is return to work. Hard resolution but necessary.

  182. You made me teary. Now I feel like an ass for whining yesterday. I guess a grouchy mom is better than no mom…as for me, no resolution, a goal. To make enough money to give it away to people who have real problems and worries. I just wanna make this place better. I love you to death you know, you mean the world to me. xoxoxo. I have a good feeling about this year too!

  183. Ashley

    I am not a resolution kinda person. I like my life and I think I am a pretty darn good person. I guess if I had to choose one, it would be to be more positive. We are stationed (us military) in a place I despise and I just want to leave so bad. So this new year I vow to be more positive.

  184. Amy K

    I’m not a resolution-type person; however, this will be the 2nd year I participate in Ali Edwards’ One Little Word. It has helped guide me throughout the year in what I would like my life to look like, and what specifically I’d like to focus on, plus it allows me another creative outlet.

  185. I always make a resolution and then forget about it by Jan. 2nd. NOT this year. I am resolving to find a balance in my life. To not ALWAYS be feeling like I have one foot nailed to the floor. To be organized, keep up with my weight loss/fitness plan (20# gone so far) and grow my business. I have written it down and hung it on the bulletin board. Happy New Year!

  186. anash

    I am always making resolutions, at all times of the year…I strive to live more morally upstanding! thats my resolution! Thanks for a super giveaway!

  187. I used to be a resolution person, but this year I have resolved not to be that (ironic, huh?). I’ve decided that the best way for me to get better on those things that I would typically resolve to do is just to do them rather than make a huge resolution proclamation at the beginning of the year!

  188. I try to be a resolution person, but sometimes it doesn’t work out too well. But this year will change…..I’ve got to get ready for my wedding in 1 year and 4 months πŸ™‚

  189. Monica

    I don’t necessarily make resolutions…but I find that Dec 31st is a good time to create some goals for the upcoming year.

    -Monica

  190. Joanna S.

    I’m a resolution person but I like to do it in February just to be different. By that time the gym is less crowded b/c so many others have given up on their resolutions anyway. I’ve resolved to spend more time with my kiddos individually this year.

  191. Donna

    I am not a resolution person. I do try to improve things throughout the year. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I do not. I view life as a work in progress…I do enjoy trying some of your recipes and your viewpoint of things. Keep up the humour and keep up the good recipes. Thanks….

  192. alexis

    Welp…since I just joined Weight Watchers..my resolution is to continue to lose weight and get active. πŸ™‚ Additionally, I would also like to try to stop being such a worry wart and enjoy life as it comes!

  193. I am not a resolution person, but I am a chronic list-maker. I always have a list of things that I want/need to accomplish…so I am basically making resolutions throughout the year.

  194. Jessica C.

    I am not a resolution person, and frankly I HATE that my gym is packed to the brim with all you resolution people. No offense though! Maybe my resolution should be to be more tolerant πŸ™‚

  195. I make resolutions but keep them to myself throughout the year. I might talk about them with my husband at the start of the new year, but most of the time no. I figure resolutions are for me and they aren’t anyone else’s business. It would only make me not want to do them if anyone tried to “remind” or “motivate” me to stay on task. I’m stubborn that way.

  196. Jenny

    I am totally a resolution person, and last year for the first time I actually wrote them down and am looking at them now to see how I did!

    On my list for 2012 is:
    -Communicating with my family members more frequently
    -Finishing the half marathon in 2 hours 10 minutes
    -Saving, Saving, Saving

  197. Mary Beth

    I’m not usually a resolution person but this year I’m graduating with my Master’s degree and getting married so I’m trying to stress less and enjoy all the fun in my future! πŸ™‚

  198. Jeanne ODonnell

    Yes….I do it every year. This year is the same as last year. I am going to try to eat five to seven servings of vegetables. You would think it would not be that hard, but I find it difficult, to say the least!
    Any who, I am going to try again! Wish me luck!!!

  199. Lorie H.

    I am not a resolution person, but I would like to loose the rest of my pregnancy weight. It’s more of a goal than a resolution I guess.

  200. Kristin M

    I usually don’t have a resolution, but I have decided to be more creative (more time to draw and quilt) and to get moving more. The kiddos got a wagon from santa so momma is real excited to take walks.

  201. Everytime I have made resolutions for the new year, they never stick, so I stopped. I just know that there are lots of new things I want to try in life so I will, whether it be in 2012 or whenever. Im gonna take my time and go at my own pace.

  202. Jodi Pavlik

    I was never a resolution person until last year…I decided I would resolve to floss every day and I did! So, this year, I am trying to come up with another attainable resolution…I think it might be committing to walking 4 times a week…at least!!

  203. Courtney

    I want to be a resolution person but sadly I never stick to them. This year I think I may just try to set a few small goals to achieve one at a time instead of a resolution that seems to be so far out of reach that I never achive it.

  204. I am not an resolution person, but I have one resolution this year, to make healthy life style changes as we have only one life to live, so want to extend the years if I can so by eating right.
    Love Ash.

  205. lauren

    i am usually not a resolution person but am going to try somethig new this year! i am going to start crossfit and attempt to get in shape.

  206. Ashley R.

    I’m not much of a resolution person. I think people should make goals all year round. But I am going to continue my goal of exercise (not necessarily lose weight, just be in shape).

  207. Meaghan

    My Resolution is to try and cook more than I do already, and try new things. I always have the same go to recipes so I need to branch out a little more.

  208. I’m definitely a resolution person – although I like to call them ‘goals’. Sounds better, I think! πŸ™‚
    My hubby and I always sit down together and list them out – which we actually haven’t done yet for 2012! But I do know losing weight is on my list every year!!
    Thanks!
    Stephanie

  209. Julie P.

    I LOVE those spreaders!! Yes, I am a resoultion-type person, I just like to start the new year thinking of one positive, helthful change I could make. This year I want to cut down on the amount of diet pepsi I drink—it’s gotten completely out of hand!! :0

  210. My only resolution this year was to cook/bake something new once a week – and I only missed a few weeks! So I’m going to keep the same one again this year, especially since through this year’s resolution I’ve found some awesome blogs (like yours!). Thanks for everything!

  211. Emilie

    I am not usually a new years resolution person but this year I need to start working out again. I signed up for a triathalon in June to motivate me to work out 5 days a week until then hopefully πŸ™‚

  212. Kris H

    I am not a resolution person either. I used to be, but I never followed thru, so I figure it’s easier to just not make them! Happy New Year to you and yours! May your 2012 be filled with peace and happiness! God Bless!!!

  213. Kimmie @ The Cookie Puzzle

    I would like to be a resolution person……really I would….but I am a person with NO WILL POWER…….so I know that any resolution that I would make….well, I would fail…so I save myself the guilt and just make no resolutions……and then I am a happier person….and the world is a better place!

  214. I would like to be able to say I am the type of person that makes a resolution and sticks with it throughout the year but alas I am not. I make a resolution (normally to eat healthier) and then something with chocolate/sugar/cream cheese calls my name.

  215. Dawn

    I am a resolution person even though it doesn’t usually last past February. This year my husband and I have committed to losing weight. Buying a treadmill and going low carb. Also hoping to go back to school to finish my degree.

  216. Such a great recap of 2011! We lost some of our loved ones this year too. So sad, but we all need to look ahead to 2012, right?! My resolution is to focus on being happy, healthy and most importantly – to blog more! All the best to you and yours!

  217. AdriAnne E.

    I used to be a resolution person. Now, I try to make life changing promises. Last year I promised by age 40 (this year) to lose weight and be fab by my anniversary in Oct. I lost 45obs. Next years life changer is to lose 15 more pounds and keep my house organized. Things to change my life…not promises for just a year.

  218. DEE W

    usually I am not a resolution maker…but this year my resolution is to continue on the trail of never settling for less than I deserve and to keep my eyes open and be ok with the hard choices that I make knowing that I am not settling!

  219. Kristin

    I have been on again off again over the years with resolutions, but this year I’m feeling it. So my resolution will be all about balance: balance between work and home and balance between healthy eating and indulgences. I’m optimistic!

  220. What a great giveaway πŸ™‚
    I guess I’m a resolution person, but my resolution is always the same~to be healthier and more organized. It’s an ongoing battle. Happy New Year, Shelly!

  221. Kate

    I am not a resolution person, but this year’s will be pretty easy, it’s to not stress over my wedding in the Spring and to just enjoy the day and celebrate spending the rest of my life with my husband!

  222. Roberta C

    I am not really a resoultion person. I have goals that I have set for myself month-to-month, and when I reach one goal, I set a new one so I really don’t do a resolution.

  223. Traci Severson

    so not a resolution person but I do need to rehab my leg so I can run again which may end up being my one and only resolution. bring on 2012!

  224. I’m not a resolution person, but I do like making goals that I’ve had in mind for awhile. I guess this year mine would be to make more soups, make a wonderful dinner for my family and to use at least a few fruits/veggies I’ve never tried before. I’m thinking this winter should be quince and a new kind of squash!

  225. Shari

    It varies from one year to another with me. Some years I make them and even do halfway decently at keeping them, and then other years I KNOW I’m going to flake out, so I don’t even bother. πŸ˜‰

  226. Alissa

    I am definitely NOT a resolution person. After 3 days, I wouldn’t remember what I said anyway. But I do like feeling like I have a fresh start with a new calendar and a mental “reset”.

  227. Emma Brunner

    I’m not usually a resolution person. However this year while I’m not going to call it a resolution but I am resolved to have a great year! Nothing is going to get me down. I would rather spend my life being happy then constanstly worrying about things I can’t change. Wow I sound like I just had a major breakthrough or something!! Anyways Happy New Years to everyone!!

  228. Lisa

    I love making resolutions! My family has a tradition of writing ours down and putting them somewhere to open up the next year! This year my resolution is to put myself out there and be happy!

  229. I make resolutions every year so I guess I am, however I’m terrible at keeping them so I usually make the same ones over and over.

    This year’s resolutions – to stress less and enjoy life as it happens. With an almost 1 year old and another one on the way, plus working full time and trying to remodel a house, there is plenty of stress but I also need to be more in the moment and enjoy whats happening instead of always looking forward to the next milestone.

  230. Tasha

    I don’t call them resolutions but goals and have written 12 Goals for 2012. Now here is to accomplishing those goals. Happy New Years!

  231. elizabeth k

    I am resolving to start my day with prayer and a list. I have never been much of a list person – but I need one – and will do my best to do this daily, except maybe on Sunday — where I hope to resolve NOT to be online at all…to read, relax and be with family.

    I am sorry for the loss of your mother and know too well the beginning of appreciating ALL we do have.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  232. Cassie Tucker

    I am not usually a resolution person but this year I plan to be. I want to not only become a healthier person but get my house set-up the way that I want it. So my resolutions are:

    *No Fast Food (except Subway I don’t think this counts)
    *No Soda’s
    *No store bought baked goods (I can bake my own thank you very much)

    And with all the money that I’m saving from ^ I’m going to use it to completely stock and remodel my kitchen the way that I want. Hopefully by next December I’ll have my dream kitchen πŸ˜€

  233. Maryn

    I sure like the idea of resolutions…but unless I have a REAL plan to make mine succeed – making a resolution can simply be setting myself up to fail. Hopefully, my plan to lose a few lbs this year will work well! LOL πŸ™‚

  234. I’m not a resolution person, but I believe in setting goals. You won’t accomplish much in your life if you don’t set a goal for yourself.
    With that being said, I just started selling Paparazzi jewelry and I’m hoping to be successful with that in 2012!!

    Also, okay I am making one resolution, and that is to get knocked up.

    The end.

  235. Lisa

    I’m not really a “resolution maker”, but over the last few months I’ve been trying to live a healthier lifestyle (eating well, exercising etc) and I intend to keep that up.

  236. PennyW

    My husband has leukemia, my son has diabetes and my sweet 84 year old mother just moved in….my resolution for 2012 is “don’t sweat the small stuff” and find something each day to be thankful for. Next year I might work on losing the extra 30 pounds!

  237. Erica Y

    Not typically a resolution person, but of course this year I decided I should have a couple. We’ll see how it goes this time around and if successful, might need to make it an annual thing πŸ˜‰

  238. I’m not much of a resolution person (because I never seem to follow through) =o( but this year I am telling myself I need to eat healthier…. and not sweat the small stuff so much! Fingers are crossed that I can follow through this year =o)

  239. Jess :)

    I always set goals for the next year- trying to make them as obtainable as possible so I can feel good and check them off of my list!

  240. Kristin

    I am definately not a resolution person. I can never seem to stick to them which can be depressing. So I stopped making them. Life is better that way.

  241. Tara

    I am not usually a resolution person….but htis year I am going to try to stay calm and not be so rushed all the time! I just want to be able to enjoy my children while they are young!

  242. Maria G

    I used to make resolutions but then would “fail” at keeping them and I thought that was harder for me. So now I try to make “suggestions” to myself… try to make more time for what is really important, try to be the person that I want my children to be, and really try not to get caught up in the little things.. life is too short….
    Love your blog.. thank you for the sharing and this great giveaway!!

  243. Stacy

    I am usually not a resolution person but since I have gotten out of my exercise regimen, I should probably make a resolution this coming year to get back to the gym!

  244. I normally pretend to be a resolution person because it makes me feel productive and motivated. However, I always fail.

    This year, though, I made an early resolution! I’m running a half marathon in March, so my resolution is to be dedicated to my training for that race and to finish it (forget having a time goal, hah).

  245. abigail

    i am not a resolution person. i don’t like to make promises that i don’t intend to keep lol. even though i don’t promise anything i do try to eat better and workout more often. which is totally possible because i am a pastry chef at a restaurant and we sell baked goods to order also. so i am not around as much sweets and i have more time so i can workout. most people don’t order as many desserts after christmas.

  246. I’m not really a resolution person… but I do enjoy the feeling of a fresh start in the new year. This year, we will concentrate on a preparedness kit for our family. With so many natural disasters… we want to be able to survive if one hits us. πŸ™‚

  247. Debbie Painter

    I am not a resolution person! I hope you & yours have a Happy New Year!! Thank you for a chance to win this lovely giveaway!!

  248. Wendy

    I just want to try to get back into my exercise routine, be more timely to church, and do a better job of studying for a licensing exam.

  249. Christa

    I try to be a resolution person…every year I make a resolution..to make resolutions!!! BUt of course, like the resolutions I USED to make..I never keep this one, either. This year I think mine will be NO resolutions!! πŸ™‚

  250. Kristin

    I reluctantly make a resolution or two every year, and most times don’t stick with it. But this year I resolve to take an art class of some sort. And also try and eat better!

  251. Jackie

    I’m a new follower, having stumbled across you via pinterest. I love your posts and your recipes look awesome!

    I’m not a resolution maker, but each year, I try to be a better person than I was the previous year. I try to make more time for my twins and enjoy the people in my life more. I also lost my mother to pancreatic cancer (although it’s been almost 3 years for me).

    God bless you and your family in 2012!

  252. Linda F,

    I try to make one resolution on New Year’s and that is to always do my best throughout the year. I haven’t always fulfilled it to my satisfaction but I still always try.

  253. kayla

    i need to be a resolution person this year! things have gotten crazy in our life. that being said, my resolution is organization. plain and simple. in every possible aspect of my life i can fit it into.
    i think that will help!? LOL

  254. Juliann

    I’m not really a resolution person. I have been working pretty hard at staying healthy and working out and I’ll continue that and maybe add a goal weight to get to:)

  255. Linda F,

    I always make one New Year’s resolution and that is to try my best throughout the year. I don’t always fulfill it to my satisfaction but I still try.

  256. Erin

    I like to make resolutions, even if I don’t always accomplish them. I’m definitely making some for this year. Here’s hoping that with a little faith I can accomplish them. πŸ™‚

  257. Nette

    Definitely not a resolution person – Hey, why set myself up to fail – LOL! I do, however, like the idea of starting fresh/anew with better habits, and in that interest, I simply have to stop reading blogs at this second (so I can hurry back to reading, of course) and pay my bills – LOL!

    Happy New Year
    Hugs
    Nette

  258. Kate

    Yes! I am a resolution person! My resolution for 2012 is to continue my 2011 resolution to lead a healthier lifestyle! This year I resolve to get my family on board with leading a healthier life!

    Happy New Year to all!

  259. I am a resolution person. I love making resolutions. It is the one time each year I can change something I dislike or make a new commitment. It is a great feeling for me.

  260. Audra Bell

    No!!! well, I use to be one, but it always ended in disappointment for me. So, I just take one day at a time type of person and make more achievable and realistic goal base on a good choice rather than a fleeting emoitional resolutions.

  261. Laurie

    Insteas of creating resolutions, I opt to set goals to reach instead. This coming year it is to get a permanent job teaching; to purge, organize and clean out 1 room each month; spend extra time with family (especially my 96 year old grandmother); and be happy and healthy each and every day.

  262. Cassie

    I do seem to always make a resolution, HOWEVER I never follow through. πŸ™ And I always have an excuse …….. wah wah wah! This year though I am making a resolution to follow through with my resolution! LOL I am bound and determined to quit smoking which I actually already started 3 weeks ago and so far so good! I am also making a “resolution” to be more patient! So with that said Happy New Year!

  263. Jules

    Never have been a resolution type of gal. I live live to the fullest, and try to remember to put me first sometimes. Treat everyone with kindness and a huge smile, because that’s what makes this world go round baby!

  264. I don’t make resolutions. If I do, I feel like I need to break them. LOL! I’m more of a goal sort of gal. The goal, I want to attain and I will. It’s really the same thing from a different perspective. πŸ™‚ Happy New Year!

  265. Julie B.

    I always make a resolution and never fulfill it.. so that makes me sad. So this year, I am making a resolution to not make any resolutions!! πŸ™‚

  266. Sara Bastings

    I try to be a resolution person. I usually tend to do really well for the first couple of weeks and then I slip. My goal for 2012? Try to finish all my other goals. Most importantly for me, though, is to take more time with my kids and husband and show them how important they are to me.

  267. Rebecca Ednie

    I am not into resolutions. But I do have ongoing goals(in reverse order of priority). 1. Don’t hoard the prettiest and most expensive of my craft supplies. When I get the urge to use something, I try and use it even if it was expensive or I had really intended it for another ‘specialer’ project. 2. Spend tons of time with my kids. My new baby is 11 days old and now the others look so big. I don’t want to miss or waste a second. 3. Follow my faith more diligently. Get to more meetings, study more with and without my kids and help others.

  268. I normally do not make resolutions because I am weak and give up (usually before February). This year, however, my resolution is to make time for my stuff, my dreams, my passions… all my time has been given up for the good of the family, which makes sense, but this Mama needs to recharge by doing stuff that speaks to my heart and soul.

  269. I am not really a resolution person, but my husband would like it to be that I would bake less in 2012…. psshh! Like that’s going to happen. πŸ™‚

  270. amy moore

    I am not a resolution person either but try to stay healthy while eating my junk food too. My baby just turned one so I plan on getting back into my workout routine towards my pre baby body!

  271. I’m so glad I found your website this year. Great year end recap and congrats on your new website! All the best for a fabulous new year!! As far as resolutions go I don’t make them. I set goals for the year, but know that in life everything is subject to change.

  272. Lysa Christopher

    I’m not a resolution person. However, if I did make resolutions it would be to ensure that my laundry pile doesn’t exceed my height! Happy New Year, everyone!

  273. Kristen DD

    i am not so much of a resolution maker ! I usually sit back and think of some trips and some fun activities i want to do in the following year as well as what hopes and dreams i have.

    HAPPY 2012 and Thanks for the great giveaway!

  274. I would like to try to really listen to my friends and family when we talk. I listen now, but sometimes I have other things racing around in my head that take over and I don’t “hear” what is being said. I would like to try to focus on what is going on in the lives of my loved ones by connecting with them and paying more attention. As always, I will try my best!!!!!

  275. Julie

    Yes, I usually make resolutions, and am quite successful with it! I love fresh starts and a clean page! Last year the focus was weight loss, this year more on attitudes!

  276. cheryl

    Happy New Year everyone!
    I too tend to make resolutions but not stick to them, but my goal is to get back to my exercising regularly and eating healthy. Spending even more time with my precious grandchildren! Love em!!!

  277. Lynda

    I’m usually not, but this year:
    -I am going to decorate my house thanks to Pinterest!
    -Get organized
    -Save more $$
    I am sooooooooo excited to get started on everything!

  278. Not usually much of a resolution person, but this year I am making one.
    I want to try and keep the top of the dryer clear of all laundry…. so this means folding it and putting it away as soon as I pull it from the dryer… not just leaving a messy pile (although clean) or a folded pile. The dryer top will be clear!

  279. Erica W.

    I am a resolution person, but not in your typical New Year’s sense. Everyday I resolve to check off something and to try to learn something new. In the grand scheme of things, I’m resolving to finish my bachelor’s degree in 2012. It’ll be a great achievement and one that I hope will motivate my kids to do well in school and always further their education.

    Happy New Year’s Everyone! Prospero Ano Nuevo!!

  280. Christa

    Seems like a make a goal every Monday to start eating better and drop 5 pounds so for 2012 I’m going to focus on drinking more water!

  281. Caryn

    I’m not a resolution person…..HOWEVER…this year, my resolution is to win one of your darn give-aways! πŸ™‚ Whatever it takes….I may have to take a few hundred people down….and I’m ok with that. PICKMEPICKMEPICKMEPICKMEPICKMEPICKMEPICKMEPICKMEPICKMEPICKMEPICKME! πŸ™‚ Totally love your blogs…LOVE.Them.

  282. Jennifer

    Resolution…no. Adopting a new thought process…yes. I think when a resolution is made its a bit like bondage…and not the fun kind. By adopting a new thought process, it gives you a chance to determine if what you want to do actually adds a benefit to your life and allows your mind to wander into new territories. Not near as guilty feeling if you end up finding it really wasn’t for you in the first place!

  283. Melissa m

    I prefer to call them goals…I want to lose 10 pounds by April (we are going on a cruise for Easter) and I want to find a job that will love. I think the weight loss will be easier πŸ™‚