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Hold on to your resolutions

People can be very, very different, but when it comes to things that people want do more of or get better at, there are usually a lot of similarities and overarching themes that drive us - specifically with regard New Year's resolutions. So we have a few suggestions to keep you all going strong on maintaining some very popular goals for 2014.

Spend more time with family. Want to do more with your family, but not exactly sure what to do? Nothing pulls family together like food. Have a special dinner or gather around scrumptious desserts. If you want to be active, you could also get the family in the kitchen together and everyone could work to make one meal. You could make things interesting and turn it into a cook-off to see who whips up the best dish.

Weight loss goals. We realize that we're in the business of desserts, which may pose a problem for many people, but the key is to enjoy sweets in moderation. When you order or make your treats, share them with other people first so you are not tempted to overeat. Eat smaller servings and if you don't have a few people to share with, place smaller orders - like a half-dozen of cupcakes instead of a whole dozen. If you have decided to diet, plan cheatdays or reward yourself at the end of a great week. This way you aren't completely depriving yourself of your favorite goodies, which may make it harder to stick to your plan.

Volunteer more. It can be hard to add something new like volunteering to your schedule when you've already got a lot to do. Start small by making donations to shelters and food banks around the area. Providing resources helps out tons and the more you do, the better you feel, and the more you may be driven to take things a step further and devote the time to get in and volunteer. Also, you donations could inspire others to do the same.

Regardless of what your resolutions are, remember it's mind over matter. Just don't get so obssesed that you beat yourself down when things don't go according to your plans. Good luck!