Tag: new year

7 books to help you feel fabulous right now (because shame is so 2016)

Yep, I’m one of those suckers who dives head-first into the self-help section every January. Not only because I actually have a few days of leisure to read as long as I wish, but also because the cold, dreary weather makes me want to hit my reset button and make a little sunshine of my own. Here are some of my favorite self-help books that focus on laughs, positive steps, good health, loving yourself, and focusing on the things you can actually control. No impossible goals, fasting, six-hour workouts, tough love, or house-wide decluttering. Promise. CMP is an rstyle affiliate...

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Web Coolness: The son we want ours to be like, books you need to read this year, and inspiration for the new year

Here are some links to what we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   17 inspirational quotes to help you rock 2017, via Mom Spark. Laughing so hard at this satirical trailer for 2016: The Movie. Books that inspire young readers to be activists. We want to raise all our sons to be like this one. Sniff. The 100 trendiest baby names of all time. The reason behind #1 is pretty fascinating. The big parenting trend of 2016 is one we can relate to for sure. 7 female trailblazers of 2017. 16 women of color...

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Good luck charms to help get you through 2017

As we bid adieu to 2016 — or, more appropriately, don’t let the door hit you on the way out, 2016 — I’ve been thinking about friends who’ve had it particularly hard this year. If you know anyone who’s had a rough go of it too, then you might like this idea we’ve had to send notes of well wishes and a little good luck charm for a better 2017. I first got inspired to do this when I spotted these wooden good luck charms at Areaware. These little desk toys are what I’m going to add when I want to send just a bit...

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18 pretty, printable 2017 calendars, lots free! Because free is a good way to start a new year.

If you’re looking to plan ahead for 2017 and impose some organization on the post-holiday chaos, we’ve scoured the web for beautiful printable 2017 calendars and put together 17 of our very favorites. There are tons of cool designs available online, whether you want a clean, structural design or illustrations pretty enough to blend in with your wall art. Plus, plenty of these options are free, so you can switch motifs mid-year if the calendar you liked in January isn’t jiving with your mood in July. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: One-word New Year’s resolutions: The trick to making one you can finally...

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15 Glitzy and glam 2017 New Year’s party printables, recipes + DIY decorations to help you kick 2016 out the door

While every year we put together our favorite New Year’s printables for those of you partying like it’s…well, the beginning of a new year, this New Year’s Eve feels a little different for a lot of us. Maybe you’re saying goodbye to a really tough 2016; maybe you’re throwing a glam, glitzy shindig as a brief respite before the reality of what may be a tough 2017 sets in. Or hey, maybe you’ve got a lot to celebrate in your own life. As I stare at my own personal fire hazard (A.K.A. the Christmas tree) and dread taking down the lights and ornaments...

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7 inspirational 2017 planners to help you own the new year like a boss.

If you’re anything like me, the end of 2016 may have hoping that 2017 will somehow offer something better than where we feel we are now. However that’s something that happens by planning and doing — not just hoping. Which is why finding inspirational 2017 planners may have even more meaning right now than it has in years past for lots of us. There’s nothing quite like opening the pristine white pages of a new day planner to make me feel like this year is going to be totally different and better than ever before. You know, the year I finish that novel,...

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What’s in that high performance water bottle? Not vodka.

If you’re looking for a great gift for a friend’s New Year’s party — someone who’s unique, a little cheeky, and maybe into yoga, hiking, or any other activity — you’ve got to check out these high-end, high performance water bottles with a name that’s a real conversation starter. Not Vodka water bottles are made to allow your preferred drink (water, or otherwise) to stay cold for 30 hours, hot for 12 hours, and fizzy forever. No BPA, no yucky chemicals, no annoying bottle sweat, either. And they donate $1 from every bottle sold to your choice of one of two charities — Project Thirst...

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One-word New Year’s resolutions: The trick to making one you can finally keep. | Spawned episode 27

This week on the Spawned Show, we closed out our year (or, we’re opening the new one if you’re listening now) with a really good talk about New Year’s resolutions: The good, the bad, and the very very broken. I really love Kristen’s perspective about calling them goals, not resolutions. And she has great tips on phrasing things positively, and being specific (“I will research and sign up for a yoga class this week”) which is far more effective than the general goals we tend to make this time each year (“I will stay fit and get healthy.”) Real Simple has a list...

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16 of the prettiest modern 2016 planners, to help start the new year with a little positivity.

Is it really almost 2016? And time to look for a brand new 2016 planner? Whoa. Every year it’s like the change in the calendar year blindsides us, as if it doesn’t happen every single year at this time. When will we learn? This year if you’re committed to getting more organized (cliche, we know, but still a good resolution) it can be easier when you start with the right tools, right off the bat. So we spent a whole lot of time tracking down some of the most stylish planners in every price range,  to keep you organized in all different...

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Detox recipes for every meal that aren’t extreme, make you full, and taste really, really good.

I’ve always been wary of detox diets. I’m an everything in moderation kind of eater, so the idea of fasting, juicing, and otherwise keeping my caloric intake to a minimum in hopes of flushing my body of toxins strikes me as extreme. My idea of detox is nothing more than “clean eating” with a focus on whole foods without a lot of processing. These detox recipes are all about fruits and veggies, grains and lean proteins that can help kickstart deliciously healthy eating, three meals a day.   Breakfast Detox Recipes Last year I stumbled upon a juice joint...

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New Year’s eve as a parent: How to celebrate when things don’t quite go as planned with the kids.

We all know that parenting means giving up sleep, hygiene (admit it), disposable income, and perhaps, the wild New Year’s Eve plans of our wonderfully misspent youth. So you can see why I had the best time sitting down with my partners at American Express on behalf of their Amex EveryDay Credit Card, and remembering just what happened one New Year’s eve a few year’s back with my kids, when they WOULD NOT GO TO SLEEP. (I’m not big on all caps, but holy heck, kids!) I imagine quite a few of you will be able to relate to this. And don’t worry, there’s a happy ending. (While I’m no...

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How to make a fancy cheese plate with not-so-fancy supermarket ingredients

If you ask me, the most important aspect of throwing any cocktail or dinner party host to know is how to make a cheese plate. And not just any cheese plate, but knowing how to put one together that looks fancy, even when it’s made with affordable supermarket ingredients. Because we don’t all happen to have Murray’s Cheese Shop in our hoods (mmm…)  I’ve put together this simple primer on how to make an elegant, people-pleasing cheese platter without the help of a top cheesemonger and definitely without spending a ton of money.   1. Start with a variety of cheeses. As in, a...

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11 of the coolest 2015 calendars you won’t mind looking at for a year

Is it overkill to hang a different calendar in every room of your house? Because there are so many gorgeous 2015 calendars that I’m struggling to choose just one. Here are 11 of the coolest calendars for next year, ranging from wall calendars to desk calendars to calendars you can use as gift wrap. I say let’s just give ourselves permission to buy as many as we’d like and simply call them pieces of art. They’re all so pretty! Above is Kristina Krogh Studio’s 2015 wall calendar, which combines two of my favorite design elements: black typography and gold foil. Simple yet stunning, it would look...

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11 ideas for end-of-year family photo books to make them even more special

We are the first to admit that we get so caught up in getting gifts for others (and recommending them for you all!) that sometimes, we forget to devote the time to our own memory-making keepsake gifts. One great idea that Kristen puts to use every year: once the holiday craziness has died down, she hits the photo book sites (some of which offer great post-Christmas discounts) and makes an end-of-year family photo book.  That way she can actually include all of those special Christmas morning and New Year’s Eve photos which never make it into holiday photo book gifts....

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A twist on holiday photo cards that’s shiny and bright (and pretty darn neat)

Holiday photo cards have become such indelible parts of the season, they’re right up there with shiny wrapping paper, gift-giving, Cyber Monday sales, and gingerbread lattes at Starbucks. (Take a seat, PSL™, you’ll have had your time by then). Since some of you are already asking us about cool holiday photo cards–and we bow down to you–the first really newsworthy ones have come across your desks. This year, the talented folks at Artifact Uprising, whose gorgeous photo books our readers have all gone nuts for, have added a cool twist to the usual holiday greeting tradition with a clever new 3-in-1 Photo Card. It’s...

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Minted foil pressed holiday cards: Order now at a discount, personalize later. (We know, you’re busy!)

Even though it’s just the beginning of fall, before you know (and we hate to say it) the holidays will be here soon. If you’re like us, that means when they crees up, you’ll be doing your best to frantically knock as many items off of your holiday checklist as possible in the least amount of time. We admit it, we’ve been there. We will be there again until probably forever. And we know we’re not alone. Thanks to one of our very favorite partners, Minted, you can tackle a big holiday to-do list item right now: ordering holiday cards. If you’ve got that gorgeous photo...

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DIY New Year’s Eve party favors full of good fortune

I’m all for noisemakers and bubbly to ring in 2014, but I love the idea of infusing a little inspiration into the New Year’s Eve celebration as well. That’s where these adorable — and very easy — DIY new year fortune cookie messages come in. All you need is some paper, scissors, and a bit of glue to make these adorable fortunes, which you can fill with typed or handwritten messages for the new year. Round up your favorite inspirational quotes, or just share your own resolutions, good thoughts, or well wishes for the year ahead, whether you’re throwing...

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6 delicious champagne cocktails for New Year’s Eve. Bring on the bubbly!

Well, cool moms, one thing is clear: you love your drinks as much as I love mine so of course I’d put together some delicious champagne cocktails for you just for New Year’s Eve. Together we’ve filled our glasses with festive holiday cocktails, sipped on boozy eggnogs, and even whipped up cocktail/mocktail pairings to keep our non-drinking loved ones in the party mix. But bubbles seems the perfect way to end the year. So raise your glasses one last time this year: here’s to an awesomely fantastic 2014! Featured photo: Bubbly cocktails by Maxime Lattoni, via Saveur.   I have...

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13 stunning New Year’s party printables and DIY ideas

We have been seeing so many cool New Year’s party printables and DIY ideas around the web, that we have carefully culled it down to 13 of our very favorites to spare you the challenging Pinterest search with promising how-to photos that  lead to dead ends or instructions in Japanese. Whether you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve with a hundred of your closest friends (because you know, parents get to do that every year), or you just want to feel festive while you’re snuggled on the couch watching Ryan Seacrest, we hope these DIY ideas help make your evening sparkly and...

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The ultimate guide to the best holiday cocktail recipes and winter drinks. Because you’ll need these long past Christmas.

We’ve covered so many fantastic holiday cocktail recipes over time, we thought we’d put them together in one handy guide to our very favorites. Find links to more than 30 of only the very best recipes, both boozy and non-boozy. And don’t be thinking we won’t be drinking that candy cane martini well into February. What else are leftover peppermint candies good for, anyway?   8 Delicious Holiday Cocktail Recipes to Toast the Holiday Season: From candy cane martinis to the perfect mulled wine. 5 Apple Cider Recipes including variations for mean mocktails, for those abstaining this holiday. Cheers to...

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