Today, a twist on our traditional monthly FINDS list. Here are a few ideas to help you get organized, sleep longer, spend more time with your family and take care of yourself!
GET MORE SLEEP
Dress for bed in some stylishly comfy new pajamas. This tunic-style set ($128) from BedHead boasts super-soft fabrics in sophisticated prints you’ll be happy to linger in on these chilly winter days. BedHead designs are available locally at Neiman-Marcus and online at www.bedheadpjs.com .
Sometimes the problem can be falling asleep and staying asleep, particularly if your schedule gets altered or you’re under stress. Adding a low-dosage Melatonin supplement to your nightly routine could help get your sleep cycles coordinated better. The brain produces melatonin naturally; it’s the hormone that creates your “body clock” for sleeping and waking. As with so many other hormones, the production decreases with age, often causing sleep problems. The Vitafusion Sleep Well gummies combine melatonin with chamomile, lemon balm, and passion flower for an all-natural blend designed to help you get some Zzzz’s. Available at drugstores for around $7.
*Note: As with any supplements, be mindful of any prescription drugs you may be taking and call your doctor to check for possible interactions.
Rise & Shine Wake Up Clock
Brookstone’s popular Rise & Shine Wake Up Clock features an alarm clock with a programmable lamp that gently lowers light as you fall asleep and slowly raises it to mimic natural sunlight. In addition, the color-changing light options can be synchronized with the included radio and sound machine, creating a full relaxation experience to soothe away or start your day. Available for $99 in Brookstone stores and online at www.brookstone.com.
The Slim Down South Cookbook by Carolyn O’Neil
We got a sneak peek of this book and loved everything about it! Nutritionist, Carolyn O’Neil takes a fresh approach on “healthy cookbooks” with her delicious recipes that use real ingredients (nothing funny or hard to find). We also love her snappy graphics, bright photos, and easy to follow instructions that make it nothing like your mother’s diet cookbooks! www.carolynoneil.com
Newton Running Shoes
All the rage amongst the personal trainers and fitness instructors. Newton running shoes are colorful, but it’s not just about how they look, everyone with a pair raves about their comfort and their ability to keep you injury-free. Available at Deka and Big Peach Running Company.
New Workout Locations
There are so many choices when it comes to boutique fitness in Atlanta. It seems every month a handful open up and so many choices make for a great variety of workouts. Below is our list of new workouts locations in Atlanta.
Virginia-Highlands: 1402 North Highland Avenue NE. (404) 883-3882
Orange Theory Fitness
East Cobb/Marietta: 1401 Johnson Ferry Rd (678) 920-9455
Iron Tribe Fitness
on Ponce: 699 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE (404) 858-9945
John’s Creek 9700 Medlock Bridge Road. (678)417-8742
Boot Stand Sticks
I was tired of my boots falling over in my closet so I picked up these boot stand “sticks.” The sticks clip your boots together and keep them upright and off the floor of your closet. www.containerstore.com
Yours Is The Earth Calendar
I use my phone’s calendar to keep my family’s life moving smoothly, but I also love to hang a large, pretty calendar by our backdoor to keep us on track. This one from the local paper company Yours Is The Earth is our pick for 2014. Available from their etsy shop. www.etsy.com/shop/yoursistheearthshop
Family Cooking Classes
A wonderful way to spend time as a family during cold winter days! The Viking Cooking School has three family classes coming up: Party Food, Family Night (Steak and Bake), and Pizza Workshop. A perfect way to spend time with your budding chefs. www.vikingrange.com
Gather your entire crew together and volunteer at one of the many charity organizations around Atlanta. Strengthen your family bonds and work to build a stronger community, helping fulfill countless needs. The VolunteerMatch website lets you find volunteer opportunities based on a personalized search with filters for the type of charity, the age of the volunteer, the time commitment and the distance from your home. There are even ways to assist virtually! You’ll be amazed at the variety of possibilities and the impact your family can make. Visit www.volunteermatch.org and find your niche.
EAT DINNER AS A FAMILY
Dinner: A Love Story Cookbook
We have mentioned our love for the blog Dinner: A Love Story and their cookbook in the past, but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention it again while talking about eating dinner as a family. We think their blog is one of the best resources to turn to when trying to make “family dinner happen” and we use their cookbook every week (seriously) for easy weekday dinners. www.dinneralovestory.com
Kid-Friendly Placemats from Cake
Keep the kids entertained at the table with these placemats from Cake. Each pad has 25 sheets that your little ones can color and then punch out their colored accessories for even more fun. $27.50 available at Boxwoods Home. boxwoodsonline.com
TAKE BETTER CARE OF YOUR SKIN
Revision Skincare Intelli-Shade
Protect your skin from the sun, cold, and wind and look flawless at the same time. This miraculous tinted moisturizer with SPF 45 sunscreen self-adjusts to any skin tone perfectly. The light creamy formula absorbs completely leaving your face feeling soft, clean, and fresh. Wear it everyday, alone or in place of foundation makeup. Available at Woo Skincare + Cosmetics, $50. wooskincareandcosmetics.com
Delta Community Credit Union Youth Programs
Maybe now is the time to revamp your finances, assess your fiscal health, and start teaching your kids the truth about money — nope, no trees growing Benjamins or sweet green magically growing in our wallets. Atlanta-based Delta Community Credit Union offers programs to help educate the younger generation. The SandySavers™ Club teaches kids all about saving, spending, and earning through a variety of resources geared towards various age levels. When sponsored by a DCCU member in good standing, kids 12 and under can open a savings account, then receive their own newsletters as well as access to some wonderful online activities, all designed to support healthy financial development. Teens and young adults are eligible for the QuarterLife program, taking those economic lessons to the next step with credit cards, car loans, student needs, and even first-time home buyers. www.deltacommunitycu.com
The Allowance Game
Accolades roll in for this board game teaching realistic applications of earning, spending, and saving. Play along with your kids to facilitate conversations about budgeting and developing realistic financial goals. Geared towards ages 5 to 11, The Allowance Game sells for $16.99 in stores at Lakeshore Learning and online at www.lakeshorelearning.com.
READ ONE GOOD BOOK A MONTH
We love the New Year’s resolution of reading one book a month. To get you started here are four books that we plan on reading this year.
The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver
Declared one of the best books of 2013 by the New York Times, The End of the Point follows three generations of one family and their emotional connection to family’s summer home. Available at A Capella Bookstore. www.acappellabooks.com
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park is actually a young adult novel, but we have heard rave reviews from every age group. The novel focuses on the budding relationship between Eleanor and Park and the complexities and difficulties that each have. Available at A Capella Books. www.acappellabooks.com
I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This by Kate White
If bolstering your career makes the resolution list this year, then pick up this non-fiction title by former Cosmo editor and motivational speaker Kate White. She pulls no punches with savvy woman-to-woman advice to help you get back in the professional game or take your goals to the next level. www.acappellabooks.com
The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe
Howe transports readers to the elegant world of high society Boston circa 1915 in an eerie mystery that exposes the underbelly of such opulence. Romance, scandal, glittering galas and seedy opium dens — it’s all here for your enjoyment. www.acappellabooks.com
Belkin WeMo Switch
A friend told us about this genius device. Just add a Belkin WeMo Switch into a regular outlet and then you can easily control anything that is plugged into the device with the touch of your phone. Want to have a light on when you return home late at night? Just turn it on on your way home. At work and wondering if you turned your hair straightener off? Just click “off” while sitting at your desk. You can also set all of your electronics on a timer, saving electricity. It is a bit pricy, but we promise it is worth it! $49.99 at Home Depot. www.homedepot.com
BECOME MORE CIVICALLY INVOLVED
Educate yourself on our country’s political issues with this fabulous app. iCitizen is your place to learn. “iCitizen allows you to efficiently follow and speak out about issues that mean the most to you. You will know more about your elected representatives and have a simple way to share your views — all from the palm of your hand. Download the free app now. Make your voice count.” Find out more, and download the FREE app: www.icitizen.com.
Happy New Year!
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