Make A Personal Revolution With Non Resolutions

In Uncategorized on December 28, 2016 at 4:38 pm

We are just a few days away from the New Year.  During this time of year, many people reflect on the year that has passed and vow to make major life changes in the upcoming year such as getting fit, eating healthier, saving more money, keeping in touch with loved ones, so on and so forth.  While these are all wonderful and important goals, the bottom line is, many will start off strong only to revert back to old habits by February 1st.  It doesn’t have to be that way.   Here are some tips on how to make some life changes without making them a New Years Resolution.

  • Don’t wait until January 1.  Many people like to clean slate it because they want to make a fresh start so they will wait until a major date like January 1st to make major changes.  Now (or any time) is a good time to start.  By taking baby steps you will take the frenzy and pressure out of starting a new habit the first of the year. It also will give you a feeling of accomplishment and power/control knowing that you didn’t wait for a particular date to make a change.  Start at any time.
  • Realize it takes time to create new habits.  At the beginning of the year, many people make rigid plans to go cold turkey with stopping or starting a new habit:  Stop smoking.  Start saving.  Bring lunch to work.  Stop eating meat.  Get fit.  However these rigid plans can quickly lead to feeling defeated.  Remember, this is a process of breaking an old habit as you create the habit a new habit.  For instance, if you want to stop eating meat, commit eating meatless 3 days out of the week.  When you get used to that, add that 4th day.   By realizing this is a journey and that it takes time, you will be more likely to be gentle with yourself whenever you hit a roadblock.
  • Have a plan in place.  Your plan is your road map to success.  This will help guide you in the direction you want to go in.
  • Don’t depend on inspiration or motivation. These two feeling usually won’t show up for your 4am workout.  There will be days when you just won’t feel like doing what it is you need to.  This is when you have to remember the commitment you have made to yourself.  It takes more than good intention to stick with a new habit.
  • Write it down.  Keep a journal to track your progress and how you are feeling about the goal you have set for yourself.  It will be a wonderful reminder of where you have come from and motivation for where you are going.
  • Have an accountability partner.  Your accountability partner should be someone who has the same/similar goals AND the same level of commitment as you do.  This is important because unless you are self-motivated, an accountability partner will be able to share in your triumphs and opportunities as well as encourage you to keep going when you feel like giving up.

Keep These Items On Hand For Entertaining

In etiquette, how to, lifestyle on December 24, 2016 at 1:30 pm

It’s that time of year where entertaining is becoming more frequent and addition to considering where to go and what to wear, partaking of delicious food and drink is also top of everyone’s mind.  Instead of going out, many people will take on the task of being the host of the party and if that’s you, there are a few things to consider.  Whether you are hosting an impromptu gathering of friends “just stopping by” or having a more formal get together, there are some pantry staples that you want to keep on hand (or at least top of mind) to make entertaining a breeze.  Ahead are ideas for items you can pick up at your local market to make your get together fun, festive and delicious!

Wine, Champagne, Sparkling Water/Juice. In addition to always having water nearby, these particular beverages speak sophistication and can enhance the flavor of the items you serve your guests.

Popcorn.  Great for impromptu gatherings and easy to prepare, popcorn is the perfect snack without a ton of calories.  Sprinkle on a mixture of various seasonings to take your popcorn to the next level.  Give the following recepie a try:  a little olive oil, paprika, oregano, parsley, seasoned salt, chili powder and parmesean cheese.  Tortillas and salsa are also great options.

Crudite Platter.  Generally speaking, crudite platters usually consist of various vegetables.  Be creative and include various cheeses, meats,crackers/bread, fruit as well as hummus (or dip) and fruit spread.

Frozen Ravioli/Various Sauces.  Keeping these items on hand can make food prep a breeze.  Serve with salad and baguette.

Assorted Nuts and Chocolates.  Accessible at your local grocery store.  More variety and fun with a monthly subscription box or on

Ice Cream/Gellato.  Perfect to end the night.  Serve with coffee, berries, nuts, etc.

Candles/Flowers.  Perfect for the entryway and area where you are entertaining.

Serving Trays.  Serving trays make everything look more elegant.

Music Playlist.  Create ambiance with a continuous stream of great music.  This is easy to achieve with Pandora, Spotify and Apple Music.




So You’re Still Shopping

In lifestyle, style on December 23, 2016 at 1:36 pm

The Perfect Last Minute Gifts For The Foodies, Beauty And Product Junkies In Your Life.

The holidays are here (and almost over) and chances are you still have a few names to cross off of your list.  Fret not – the following is a list of holiday favorites that are sure to delight.

Godiva Truffle Flights Sampler (3 months) – For the foodie/chocolate lover in your life.  Features 3 months of beautiful bite sized truffles perfect for sharing or keeping to oneself.

diptyque A Night At diptyque Candles (Act 1, 2 or 3) – Great for that someone who has a penchant for the decorative beauty of candles as well as for creating a warm and cozy beautifully scented home.

Lush Secret Garden – Perfect for that someone on your list who loves the power of flowers to give them soft, beautiful glowing skin.

Jack Black The Balm Squad – The perfect gift for anyone waiting under the misletoe.

Tyvek Paper Wallet – Any minimalists in your life?  This paper wallet is durable enough to hold everything and stand up to daily wear and tear.

Happy Plugs – These earbuds/in-ear headphones come in an array of fun colors and are perfect for that person in your life who likes to color coordinate everything.

OXO Good Grips 3-Blade Handheld Spiralizer – For the health conscious person in your life or for someone who just likes to make pretty designs with their food.  This handheld spiralizer will help them make delicious and healthy fruit and vegetable spirals.

Sephora Favorites – Give the gift of beauty and variety with these Sephora Favorites sampler gift sets.  These samplers, which can include anything from lippies, mascaras, lashes or fragrance is perfect for introducing that certain someone to something new.  The best part is that these sample gift sets come with a voucher to redeem a full size favorite product.

Dry Bar Let It Blow – For the friend who is serious about the perfect blow out.  Included in the set is a full size dryer, Dry Detox Shampoo and Conditioner as well as hair clips and a brush.

Monthly Subscription Boxes – Subscription boxes are perfect for that someone who a “thing” for something in particular such as beauty, cheese, wine, socks, pets, etc.  Opt to gift them a subscription for 3 months, 6 months or the entire year.