With the arrival of 2020 and a new decade comes new hopes, dreams and, of course, resolutions. To celebrate, we searched the Magic City and discovered some local FINDS to assist you in keeping all your new resolutions. From items and hobbies that benefit your mind, body and soul, to 2020 diet-approved FINDS and services to amp up your work and fitness routines, here are our January FINDS!
INVEST IN YOURSELF
SereneHouse essential oil diffuser
If your New Year’s resolution is to take better care of yourself, both mentally and physically, you can create an at-home, spa-like experience with a new essential oil diffuser. Pick the perfect spot in your home and fill the diffuser with your favorite essential oils to create a warm and relaxing aromatherapy-filled room. Diffusers are a great way to breathe in the calm and breathe out the stress! Find this diffuser by SereneHouse for $26 at Suite Dreams.
In the never-ending journey of self-care, it’s essential to carve out time in your schedule each week to invest in yourself and truly relax. Some weeks may only allow time for a simple face mask, but it can still make all the difference. Find these for $4 each at Wrapsody.
Refresh your makeup routine
Let the talented team at Tonya Jones SalonSpa help you feel refreshed and recharged with a helpful makeup lesson. Whether you have a big event coming up, a long-awaited date night, or you want to learn the newest tips and tricks in the world of makeup, stop by Tonya Jones at any of their convenient locations and let them get you all dolled up. Makeup lessons start at $120.
Treat your skin
The winter months wreak havoc on our pores, leaving us with dry, acne-prone skin. Show your skin some much-needed love with a relaxing, soothing HydraFacial from SpeedSpa. You deserve 45 minutes out of the day to take care of your beautiful face! Book your HydraFacial for $175 at SpeedSpa.
Update your skincare routine
Are you hoping to revamp your skincare routine in 2020? Start with replacing your current lotion with one that truly works wonders. This Portus Cale body lotion from All Things Grace not only soothes dry and cracked skin, but it also smells delicious. Find this lotion for $26.50 at The Mercantile by Miller.
Upgrade your fitness routine
Is one of your resolutions to get physically fit and healthy in 2020? If so, look no further than Three15 Studio. This innovative facility features three concepts during their signature workout class – barre, cycling and strength work. With motivating instructors, world-class equipment and a high-energy atmosphere, you are sure to crush your fitness goals this year. A single class is $22, and membership packages start at $175. Find out more about Three15 Studio and its classes at three15studio.com.
If you’re looking to detox from the holidays, choose a delicious cleanse for one day or seven days from Kale Me Crazy. Flush your body of toxins, and show your digestive track some love. Choose different flavors to customize your cleanse and reach your goals. Starting at $51, find these juices at kalemecrazy.net.
A lot of people vow to abstain from alcohol in January, following a month full of holiday soirees and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Stock up on great mocktail mixers to help you stay on track! We love the brand Perfectly Cordial, as it makes all of its mixers with fresh fruits. Find several flavor options for $7 each at SB Shop.
If learning to cook at home is at the top of your priority list for 2020, you’ll need a trusty cookbook to get you started. Taken from the world-renowned Ottolenghi restaurants, this cookbook features 140 recipes that were inspired by Mediterranean culinary practices. It will have you cooking like a pro in no time! Find this for $35 at A’mano.
The best way to succeed in staying organized for the new year is with a planning notebook. Jot down your goals, hopes, dreams and plans to ensure you have your most organized year yet. It doesn’t hurt that this is a super cute notebook, too! Find this for $15 at Wild Things.
The absolute best way to enter the new year is in a beautifully organized space. Organize Bham is the Magic City’s dynamic custom organization service that will declutter and create custom functional solutions. They help with any room in the home — kitchens, bathrooms, garages, closets and everywhere in between. They’ll even haul away trash, recyclables and donations after the session! Visit the website to get started.
DISCOVER A NEW HOBBY
Learn to make pottery
Make 2020 the year you learn to do something new and exciting. Learn to handcraft your very own bowls, mugs, sculptures and more at MAKEbhm. Participants will leave each session with several of their own pieces and a fun new hobby. After completing four sessions, participants are welcome to purchase a ceramics membership at MAKEbhm. For more information, including class times and costs, visit makebhm.com.
Friends of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Flex your green thumb in 2020, and support a local treasure in the process. Friends of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens have access to exclusive classes, children’s summer camps, admission privileges at more than 300 botanical gardens across the United States and so more. Learn more about their membership opportunities at bbgardens.org.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn a new skill, there is no time like the start of a new year. Take a step out of your comfort zone and attend an interactive, hands-on calligraphy class at Samford University. No prior experience is required or needed. Classes meet Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. from January 23 through March 5. Enroll now for $215, plus a $15 fee for your calligraphy pens. For more information and to register, visit samford.edu.
Happy January, and best of luck with your New Year’s resolutions, Birmingham!