With a new year comes a fresh start, so you’ll discover organizational tools, exercise gear, healthy eats and more on our must-have list this month. Many of our FINDS cost less than $50, so those of you who pledged to save money in 2015 are already on the road to resolution success!
The Five-Minute Journal
You can journal your way to a happier life, according to the behavioral scientist behind this book. With prompts like “I am grateful for” and “3 Amazing things that happened today,” it’s a positive way to start or end your day. Plus it only takes five minutes, which makes us super happy! $24.95 at Paper Source
Mind-Blowing detox bath
Wash away the last remnants of holiday partying with this portable spa treatment from Homemade with Love. Owner Erica Lewis compares the all-natural remedy to the Native American sweat-lodge experience, so drink lots of water and consult a physician if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. Available at Simply Put Paper for $15
3 Realms necklaces
These handmade sterling silver necklaces convey universal messages of well-being, including strength, faith, energy, joy and harmony. Give one to a friend who inspires you, or to someone as a sign of support. Necklaces are $86 and can be ordered by visiting www.3realms.com.
Anything Jenny Levison (aka Souper Jenny) touches is foodie gold, in our opinion. Her new organic juice bar boasts the cold-pressed fruit and veggie varieties, along with a miniature buffet of vegan and gluten-free dishes. An $8 small box holds enough for a hearty lunch and then some.
Garnish & Gather
Want to whip up a healthy gourmet meal without having to plan, shop or prep? Garnish & Gather creates ready-to-cook dishes with locally sourced organic food that you can pick up at one of several convenient locations. Or have it delivered directly to your door. Meals average around $15 per serving.
Explore new recipes the stress-free way. PeachDish brings all the ingredients to your doorstep with an eclectic rotation of weekly menus that average about $12.50 per serving. Simple instructions accompany the supplies and are also posted online so you can repeat favorite dishes.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
We’ve been bitten by the reading bug again, thanks to this debut novel by Celeste Ng. Voted Amazon’s best book of 2014, it begins with the mysterious death of a Chinese-American teenage girl and then unearths the family secrets that contributed to her tragic end. $26.95 at A Cappella Books
The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven Pinker
A subject near and dear to our hearts, the art of writing is explored in this book, which asks questions about its relevancy in the age of texting and social media. For anyone interested in improving their writing, it’s a must-read. Available at Tall Tales Book Shop for $27.95
The Year of Living Virtuously by Teresa Jordan
When Benjamin Franklin was in his 20s, he embarked on a quest to achieve moral perfection by mastering the 13 virtues. Author and visual artist Teresa Jordan follows in his footsteps, and while she doesn’t achieve perfection, her journey is full of lessons on how to live a more authentic life. $23 at A Cappella Books
I Love ATL sweatshirt
Spread some local love while running around town in this ultra-soft sweatshirt from Alternative Apparel. Pick one up at West Stride, the only local, woman-owned running store. $35 at West Stride
Wizbang hats and headbands
If exercising isn’t your thing, you can fake it by donning one of these colorful, Montana-made sport hats and ear warmers. Stretchy enough to fit most heads, they’re designed to keep you toasty, but won’t cause overheating during outdoor activities like running, hiking and skiing. Hats, $27.99 and ear warmers $14.99 to $17.99; these items are available at the Big Peach Running Company.
Clip-on personal alarm
A late afternoon jog or walk often winds up in the dark during short winter days. For a safer stroll, clip on this nifty alarm from The Container Store. It’s super easy to activate — just pull it off your shirt or jacket, and a piercing sound alerts the neighbors and gives you time to get to safety. $14.99 at The Container Store (Currently back-ordered until February)
Garmin vivofit Fitness Bands
On our quest for the most functional fitness band, we discovered the Garmin vivofit. This version does the usual tricks — tracks steps, distance traveled, calories and sleep — but also displays time and data on the wrist. Plus it uses watch batteries, so it won’t need recharging. Find it at Mountain High Outfitters for $129.
Ann Mashburn accessories
Friends will be green with envy when you flash these leather accessories. Handmade in Italy, the wallet, credit card holder and iPad cover collect all your everyday essentials in classic Ann Mashburn style. Wallet, $275; credit card holder, $175; iPad case, $295
Bespoke Wardrobe Consulting
Style consultants Molly Fuller and Caroline Fierman’s new company promises to turn a disorganized closet back into your happy place. They’ll evaluate, coordinate and streamline your clothes, making it easier to pull looks together in a shorter amount of time. Wardrobe crisis averted! Call or email for a consultation. www.bespokeatlanta.com
Peel & Stick Chalkboard
When it comes to managing our family schedules, we often feel like air traffic controllers. Luckily, these removable 9-inch by 12-inch chalkboard panels work anywhere we need a little reminding — on the fridge, inside a kitchen cabinet or right on the wall. We’d wear one if we could! $19.95 at Paper Source
Mabel’s Labels tag mates
Want an insurance policy on all the new gear the kids found under the Christmas tree this season? Stick these personalized labels on everything from winter coats to soft toys. No sewing or ironing is required, and they won’t come off in the wash. Looks like the finds in lost and found just got easier. The cost is $21 for a pack of 70. Order online at www.mabelslabels.com.
PSA Essentials self-inking stamp
If it’s time to freshen up your stationery supplies, the personalized address stamp from PSA Essentials gets our seal of approval. Each one is peel-and-stick, so you can switch out the middles according to the occasion. Price includes one stamp body, one black ink and one custom dye of your choice. Order yours at Paces Papers for $40.
Straw tote from Le Jardin Francais Boutique
Handmade in Savannah from natural seagrass, this intricately woven bag has year round appeal, thanks to its sturdy, wrapped leather handle. We plan on toting ours around the farmers’ market or using it to collect reading materials for long waits in the carpool line. Once the weather warms up, it’s park- and beach-bound. $95 at Le Jardin Francais
Way cuter than a savings account, these silver alloy and gold-plated banks from Hunter Collective are a great way to collect loose change. Choose your favorite animal, each topped with a little reminder of the wealth that awaits. Prices range from $34 to $76.
You can bank on the lessons learned from this three-part money jar. Kids divvy up their allowance according to what they want to save, spend and share. There’s even a $7.95 foldable version, in case parents want to save a little, too. $25 at www.moonjar.com