So it's almost mid-January. I've promised to work out daily, and worked out once. I swore I'd limit sweets, but here I sit with a sweet tea and my father-in-law's amazing cookies. I pledged to at least put away the laundry from Christmas vacation, but, y'all, I can't even do that. Mt. Washmore looms high every time I walk past my laundry couch (you have one, admit it).


Cut Yourself A Break Cookies, my gift to you.This is the point in the year (yes, on day seven) that I give up... normally. Not this year.

I'm cutting myself some slack this year, and deciding that it doesn't matter when I start (or when didn't, rather), only that I'm starting today. Or tonight.

So here goes. I'm not one for making resolutions, but I am big on goals. Otherwise, I look back over a year and wonder where it has gone instead of noting what all I've accomplished.

Goal 1: More dinner, less take out. Frozen salmon bakes quickly and the grill will be my best friend.

Goal 2: Move. Every day. Take a walk with friends, walk the pup on a lap around the block, or break out a workout video after the kids are asleep.

Goal 3: Declutter. Keep kitchen tools, books, and clothes that I love and let the others go to people who need and want them.

Who's in for cutting ourselves some slack? And perhaps the occasional slice of cake?

By Ashley Kappel and Ashley Kappel