Every holiday season, my friends try to one-up each other in the holiday greeting card department. Keep reading for some of the best holiday cards, whether they be witty Christmas slogans or fashion-based holiday greetings!

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Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a general holiday party, it’s important to dress the part. When you only see certain family and friends a couple of times a year, you should make a great impression. Keep reading for our outfit tips, and get some trendy recommendations for how to look stellar regardless of the occasion.

Last weekend, I told you about how I checked off the first item on my list of fitness resolutions for the year- running the Lake Geneva Marathon. After going back and reviewing my list, I realized that 3 out of my 4 resolutions were fitness related.  For me, this makes sense because I love to workout, compete and find new ways to stay in shape. I’m always looking for new ways to challenge myself.

Here’s that list I made back at the very end of December:

1. Get in shape for my wedding.

2. Run at least 2 marathons.

3. I want to run a triathlon, too!

4. Keep cooking new, healthy food.

Today, I wanted to look back at my New Year’s goals that I created back on December 29th. I mean a lot can happen in 4 months. Honestly, I can’t even remember all my goals, which is why I think it’s time to revisit them and see how I’m doing.

Here are the goals I set at the very end of last year:

1. Get in shape for my wedding. Classic, right? At least my wedding is in September, so there’s an end in sight for this one. I already work out consistently, so the key will be to keep things new and fresh so that my workouts don’t become stale. I want to include a larger focus on strength training, which I do, but not as much or as well as I could.

Now that February is almost here, it’s probably time to evaluate your fitness/weight loss resolutions for 2011.  There’s no shame in making a resolution and slipping up a bit – it happens to the best of us! Don’t worry if your list doesn’t have any check marks yet. But why not use the start of a new month for a fresh start at your resolution(s)?

Here are a few common problems that I’ve noticed in my own life when it comes to sticking with a resolution.

A.) Not writing it down – I feel like every good resolution needs to be written down somewhere, even if only on a post-it note stuck on your computer.  Writing it down makes it official and more likely that you’ll see it and remember to stick with it.

I’m not very good when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions.  I, like many, start the year with a ton of enthusiasm and dedication, then fizzle out after a little bit. Last year, my resolutions were to work out 3 times per week, blog twice per week, and play the guitar for 1 hour a week.  I stopped working around September (and even then it was closer to 2 times per week), I managed to blog until July or so, and my guitar gathered dust for pretty much the entire year.  Fail.

This year, however, I really want to try to jump on the fitness bandwagon again.  Thankfully, I’m armed with 6 great tips to help me do so.   Read them after the jump!

It’s that time of year when if you’re a gym-goer, you notice a sea of shiny, new faces; and if you’ve just made that resolution to get fit, you may be embarking on that first trip to the gym. Either way,  the beginning of the year is the perfect time to keep up with the workout that you stuck to last year, or turn over a new leaf and make this year different from years of failed fitness resolutions.

Either way, it’s a good thing that the new year’s fitness hype starts in January because there’s nothing about January weather on its own that makes it easy to decide to leave your cozy, comfortable home to exercise. But if you use your renewed new year’s vigor to make it out the door, then all the better!

New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to go out, drink a little (or a lot!) and have a grand old time. But let’s face it. Many of us wake up the next morning feeling less than stellar.

In fact, I can bet that many of us have missed a good portion of New Year’s Day because we saw too much of NYE. Whether that’s because we had an extra long night (say 5 a.m.), or we drank a little too much tequila, or because we ended up on the other side of town without shoes or a cellphone.

Either way, I’m going to share a couple tips on how to keep that hangover to a minimum.

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