Happy New Year!!! Hope you had a wonderful holiday. We got back from California late last night, and I’m looking forward to catching up:)

First order of business: Are you making any New Years Resolutions? I skipped them last year, partly because I had never followed through with them in the past (case in point: still biting my nails, still dressing like a 10-year-old boy), but I was in the mood to try some this year. Then I came across this Amy Poehler quote: “I am a firm believer that every few years one needs to shake one’s life through a sieve, like a miner in the Yukon. The gold nuggets remain. The rest falls through like the soft earth it is.” Isn’t that lovely?

So. My three resolutions have shaped up to be:

1. Create a weekly ritual. Remember this woman’s story of how meatballs changed her life? I’d love to create a weekly ritual, both for us and our boys (since kids seem to love tradition and predicability so intensely). Perhaps we’ll do family Taco Sundays, or Friday movie nights, or whatever random thing ends up sticking. Bonus: Studies show that rituals actually make food taste better. (For example, once you blow out birthday candles, the cake will taste more delicious.)

2. Stop eating cheese for every meal, for the love of God. In fact, I’m taking an unprecedented CHEESE BREAK for the month of January (which is going to be especially grueling since I have this print staring at me in my office).

3. Quit biting my nails. But for real this time. I ordered this magical solution two years ago, and it has been sitting quietly in our medicine cabinet ever since. I’ll be getting it out tonight.

What about you? Will you be making any resolutions or big changes this year?

Lots of love to you, it’s nice to be back! xoxo