To kick off the new year, we’re enjoying a new-found sense of hope, optimism and excitement for the year to come. To celebrate that, we scoured the Magic City to discover some local FINDS meant to refresh and rejuvenate after a hectic holiday season. From invigorating items for your mind, body and soul to 2019 diet-approved FINDS and services meant to amp up your work and fitness routines, here are our January FINDS!
FOR THE MIND & BODY
Essential oil diffuser
One easy way to relax your mind, body and soul is through an essential oil diffuser. Simply place this piece in a shared environment and fill with your favorite essential oils to create a warm and cozy aromatherapy-filled room. SB TIP: Put one or two drops of your favorite essential oil in your shower or bath for the ultimate spa experience! This diffuser is $49.99, and the oils are $12.99 each at Organic Harvest Market & Cafe.
Start the day with a page of inspiration from Be Awesome Today! Each page features a beautifully designed and decorated phrase meant to inspire and motivate. Rip out your favorites and carry them with you, or tack them up in your office for whenever you need a little boost. Find the book for $22 at Wrapsody.
Did you know that most commonly used perfumes carry chemicals and synthetic scents that often cause negative side effects? This Mullein & Sparrow body oil is completely cruelty-free, paraben-free, organic and made in the USA. Spritz yourself with this sweet-smelling lavender blossom or rose blossom body oil to soothe cracked winter skin and enter 2019 stress-free. Find it for $20 at Wild Things.
There are nothing but positive reviews of this laundry detergent! Made by Tyler Candle Company, this luxury “Glamorous Wash” has been specially formulated to effectively clean while being gentle on clothes and leaving a long-lasting classic fragrance. Find this Glamorous Wash, ranging from $19 to $25, depending on size, at The Blue Willow.
After a hectic holiday season, you deserve to treat yourself. This “Spa Experience” package from 1818 Farms is the perfect way to do so — and all while using completely organic products and supporting a local Alabama farm! The box includes shea creme, cuticle balm, hint-of-mint lip balm and bars of goat’s milk oatmeal, honey and milk soap. Find this package, ranging from $32 to $35, online or at Alabama Goods.
Natural charcoal deodorant
Much like perfume, deodorant is often made with synthetic chemicals not meant to mix with your body on a daily basis. This charcoal deodorant is made by botaniko skin, a small-batch local cosmetic company that uses its 80-acre flower farm to formulate intentionally made clinical skincare. It is 100% natural and made with activated charcoal, vitamin E and organic essential oils to leave a soft, powdery scent with no residue. It is also paraben-free, aluminum-free and non-GMO. Find it for $22 online or at The Pantry.
Body wrap treatment
Immerse yourself in total tranquility this January with a body wrap treatment from Escape Day Spa. The “Rejuvenating Salt Glow” is our treatment of choice when searching for a way to recharge. Dead sea salts are combined with aromatic essential oils to softly exfoliate the skin and reveal a natural, soft, smooth and silky glow. Individual sessions are available for $110 with the option to add on a 60-minute relaxation massage for $65.
If you’re looking to pamper yourself in the new year, head to Tonya Jones SalonSpa. Awarded “Best Blowout in the City” by Birmingham Magazine‘s “Best of Birmingham,” they’ll get you feeling and looking great for an elegant date night, girls’ night out or your next interview. Their blowout bar features services such as heat style, half updo and full updo — available for a one-time purchase or in blowout bundles of four, eight or 12. One-time services range from $39 to $80, while bundles start at $140. Be sure to check our their LUXE salon inside Saks Fifth Avenue at The Summit as well!
Tired of working from home?
Step up your work-from-home game by joining Downtown Birmingham’s best coworking space, Forge at The Pizitz. Not only does having a workspace add structure to a busy work life, but it also allows for networking and access to some of Birmingham’s most successful businesses and innovative entrepreneurs. Flexible office spaces allow for the change of scenery many people need in order to focus. And the large windows, modern decor and locally sourced snacks create a space that fosters productivity while remaining comfortable and welcoming. From private offices to large conference rooms, Forge has a workspace that will fit any business’ needs. Membership starts at $175 monthly.
Upgrade your fitness routine
If you have fitness and weight loss at the top of your 2019 resolution list, then you’ll want to know that Ignite Cycle is a fantastic resource to help you stay on track. Classes feature low lighting, exhilarating music, motivating and experienced instructors and the chance to finally reconnect to your mind and body one pedal at a time. Right now, they’re hosting pop-up classes across the street (2829 2nd Ave. S.) from their permanent location in Pepper Place. Learn more and join their Sparks Club here.
Organize your space
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 streamline your life. They help with any space in the home, from kitchens to bathrooms and garages to closets and everywhere in between. They’ll even haul away trash, recyclables and donations after the session! Services start at $180. Learn more here.
Get on the right track
If you’re looking to make 2019 your best year yet, Dr. Martha Anne Rich, a psychologist-coach with more than 20 years of experience, can help. Professionals seek executive coaching with Dr. Rich to develop specific leadership skills, enhance emotional intelligence, improve job satisfaction or performance and increase productivity. Individuals seek life coaching to make progress toward goals related to well-being, wellness and meaningful productivity. Life coaching can help clients design a purposeful and pleasurable life. Still undecided if a Life Coach is right for you? Rich Potential offers a free 15-minute “get to know you” call that provides a glimpse of what the benefits of working with a coach could be for you. Learn more here.
Before you’re able to commit to a healthier lifestyle, you must first find a few healthy and delicious recipes to add to your repertoire. The Ashram Cookbook’s The Way We Eat: Recipes for Healthy Living offers up more than 100 recipes for all meals from breakfast bowls and hearty vegetable dishes to satisfying snacks and sweets, energizing smoothies and more. It also explains the health benefits of certain ingredients and preparation methods. It’s ideal for a “new year, new you” commitment! Find it at a’mano gifts for $50.
If cooking isn’t your specialty, consider opting for a healthy meal plan this year. Nourish Foods Co. offers weekly subscription plans for individuals, couples or families at competitive prices. Each meal comes fully prepared by trained chefs and is delivered fresh to your doorstep at your convenience. All you have to do from there is heat each meal up according to the directions! To learn more, click here.
Hit the reset button this year in the way that feels best for you. Here’s to 2019!