New Year’s Resolutions

New Years resolutionsHappy 2013, beauties!

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you good health, wealth and happiness in the New Year.

Speaking of the New Year, I have a few resolutions for 2013. Do you have any? I don’t usually buy into the whole resolutions thing, but I’ve had some self-improvement goals that I’ve put on the back-burner for too long. So this year, I’m making them official. And by posting them this year (and outing myself), I hope to hold myself accountable and accomplish most of them in the next 12 months.

So here we go…

1. Buy a house: Mr. Spoiled Pretty and I have been living the gypsy lifestyle for far too long. Renting, especially in this economy, has had its perks – but I’m ready to take the plunge. We live in a house now, but what I really want is a home. Some place for Westley to run and play, with a big backyard and room for the pet that my son has been begging for. This will be the year.

2. Lose 20lbs: I need to drop some serious poundage this year. I want to be healthier and look better in my clothes. When I think of how much time,  energy  and money I’ve spent trying to dress thinner – it’s probably way easier (and cheaper) to just work out more and exercise some portion control. After years of wishing, hoping and praying that the weight would just magically fall off, it’s time to face reality and work my ass off. Literally.

3. Cook more often: It’s not that I can’t cook. It’s just that I don’t enjoy it. I have a full-time job, I’m the mom of a toddler and I blog in whatever free time I can scrounge up. By the time I get home from work, I’m so exhausted that I typically heat up something frozen or have food delivered. That kind of lifestyle worked pre-Westley, but now I need to be a grown up and start making more healthy meals for my family. So, this year, instead of picking up the phone to call for pizza or sushi, I’m going to pick up some pots and pans and get cookin’.

4. Stop being a hoarder: Okay, so I’m not actually a hoarder…at least not to the extent you see on TLC. But I have a bad habit of holding on to things past their prime. So I’m resolving to de-clutter my life – and not just my house. I’m going to clean out my email inbox and keep it clean (unsubscribe from all of those newsletters and junk that I never read), stop using my purse as a repository for useless crap, and say sayonara to stuff that doesn’t serve me anymore.

5. Enjoy more me time: When I became a mom, my priorities completely changed. Hell, everything changed. I became selfless, to a fault, and I hardly ever take time to focus on myself. Almost everything I do is for others – and I feel guilty when I’m not worrying about or doing things for other people, particularly my family. But then I start to resent the fact that I’m exhausted and don’t do the things I enjoy as often as I’d like. I’ve realized that it’s me who’s been holding me back from more “me” time. So this year, any time my husband insists that he can handle the baby and that I should get out of the house, I’m going – even if I don’t have a plan or a destination. I’m just going to drive away and I’m not going to feel guilty.

I’m sure I could think of a few more things to add to this list, but these five are about all I can commit to right now. What are your New Year’s resolutions? Tell me in the comments.

Vaseline Intensive Rescue Lotion Answers Your Dry Skin SOS

20.3oz IR Repairing Moisture Fragrance FreeI dread the cold. My skin gets Sahara dry and I’m prone to eczema.  Not all year round – just December through March.  Sometimes, my eczema is just a minor irritation.  Other days, I’m covered with dry patches and the itchiness is almost too much to endure.  In the decade that I’ve been suffering from this seasonal affliction, I’ve learned that prevention is the best medicine.  So when the mercury drops, I become a moisturizing fool.  Day and night, I layer on the lotion – praying that I can keep the bumps at bay.

But this winter, I’m very confident that I can keep my eczema under control – thanks to my new secret weapon: Vaseline Intensive Rescue Lotion.

Vaseline Intensive Rescue is a line of powerful and therapeutic moisturizing lotions that not only feel good, but also have been proven to relieve dry skin after just one use and help heal dry skin in three days.  I’ve been using it for a few days and I can assure you that this is not hyperbole.  I noticed a dramatic improvement in my skin the first time I used it.  After smoothing it on, I was shocked at how it instantly hydrated my skin (no more itchy tightness) – leaving it silky smooth all day, without greasy residue.

Though it works like magic, there is actually some hard core science behind Vaseline Intensive Rescue lotion.  Stratys-3, a multi-layer moisturizing complex, infuses and suspends moisture across multiple layers of the skin (the top, the core and deep down).

Now, I know some of you are thinking, “I don’t have eczema. What can Vaseline Intensive Rescue do for me?” Well, it instantly boosts moisture levels by 300% and delivers 24 hours of hydration…so if you’re in the market for a new winter lotion, you’d be a smart gal to add it to your shopping list.

Vaseline Intensive Rescue comes in three  variants:

Stay tuned for an upcoming post where I’ll put Vaseline Intensive Rescue Lotion to the ultimate test.  My winter challenge will be baking cookies with Westley (cooking with a 2-year-old is going to require lots of hand washing), and I’ll report back on how Intensive Rescue comes in handy (pun intended).

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Vaseline, however, all opinions expressed are my own.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Prada Candy Eau de Parfum Gift Set

prada candy

This Christmas, give the gift of Candy. Not sugar plums or candy canes. I’m talking about another sweet treat.

If Prada Candy isn’t on your recipient’s wish list, it’s because she hasn’t smelled it yet. With notes of white musks, noble benzoin and caramel, Prada Candy isn’t overwhelmingly saccharine, as the name might imply. Powder tempers the sugar, giving this gourmand a classic sophistication.

Prada 'Candy' Eau de Parfum Gift SetYou could buy the 1.7 oz bottle for $80. Or for $2 more, you could pick up the Prada Candy Eau de Parfum Gift Set, which includes an eau de parfum (1.7 oz.), body lotion (2.5 oz.) and mini eau de parfum (0.24 oz.).

For more expert gift picks, check out Spoiled Pretty’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2012: The New Black Candy Cane Scented Nail Polish Set

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