By Diamond Dallas Page

It’s a brand new year—the perfect time to make resolutions and set new goals. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier or take on another challenge, we have the tips to help you achieve those goals.

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  1. Set a clear and realistic goal that is specific and measurable.
    For example, your goal may be to lose 50 pounds in 10 months or to exercise four days a week for 30 minutes each day. Be consistent, take notes and monitor your progress.
  2. Don’t just think it—INK IT!
    Writing down your goals makes them tangible. Use sticky notes and stick them to your car dashboard and your bathroom mirror, or send yourself a reminder every day on your smartphone. The more you see your goal, the more it will help you maintain focus.
  3. Connect with like-minded individuals for support and accountability.
    You become the five people you hang with the most. Choose those companions wisely. If you want to eat healthier, join a local group that meets weekly or check into an online forum for meal ideas and food strategies.
  4. Schedule the time.
    Add in the dates and times on your calendar (just as you would a business meeting) and make that appointment with yourself.
  5. Stay inspired.
    Find what inspires you and revisit it often—whether it’s a speech, song or a simple quote. Inspiration is positive energy, and that positive energy can give you the strength to achieve any goal you desire.
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Snow Mountain at Stone MountainNo need to hop on a plane to experience a winter wonderland. Until February 28, Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park brings winter to you. The region’s largest snow park boasts more than 20 snow tubing slides, special lanes for families, a Snow Zone area for the little ones and over 50,000 tons of snow. After a long day of tubing, snowman building and epic snowball fights, finish the day snuggled up next to a roaring fire and roast some marshmallows.

Details: stonemountainpark.com

 

 

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Kids Connect

According to the FBI, a child goes missing every 40 seconds. A specially designed mobile device for children called KidsConnect is working to lower that staggering number. KidsConnect includes four pre-programmed numbers, built-in GPS, real time tracking and voice monitoring. KidsConnect provides parents peace of mind with the Geofencing feature, which notifies the parent via text message when a child leaves or arrives at a specific location. In case of an emergency, KidsConnect has an SOS button, which continuously dials all four pre-programmed numbers. The best part? KidsConnect offers their own easy and affordable service plans.

Details: mykidsconnect.com

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Pew Researching Parenting

In a world of Internet mom shaming and polar opposite parenting styles, the question comes down to: when it comes to the title of “good parent,” whose opinion really matters anyway? According to a recent Pew Research poll, 93 percent of parents said the opinion of their spouse or partner matters the most, while the opinion of the people in the community came in last at 45 percent. So, let’s put an end to #mommywars.

Details: pewresearch.org

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AZIAM Girlz

 

The youngest yogis bring a special toy onto the mat with AZIAM Girlz, the World’s First Yoga Doll™. The flexible figure dolls have a full range of motion, allowing them to contort into every yoga position imaginable. Created by celebrity yoga instructor Alanna Zabel, AZIAM Girlz dolls encourage yogi mamas and their kids to enjoy their passion and practice together.

Details: aziamgirlz.com

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CacaoFor some, folding back the wrapper on a rich piece of decadent chocolate can be a euphoric experience. For sisters Kristen Giorgi and Laura Naples, the artists behind NG Collective Studio, that indulgent chocolate provided them with a creative muse of the most delicious variety. Kristin Hard, master chocolatier and owner of CACAO, invited Giorgi and Naples to join in a unique collaboration, using chocolate as their medium. This eclectic meeting of the minds has produced culinary delicacies such as salame di cioccolato (chocolate salami), chocolate bars with fennel-orange spice and an Italian-inspired truffle collection with flavors such as fig balsamic, campari and espresso, just to name a few. Made with 60 to 70 percent dark chocolate, the full NGC Studio CACAO collection can be found (and tasted) at CACAO Buckhead.

Details: 3035 Peachtree Rd NW, Suite A150 Atlanta, GA 30305; cacaoatlanta.com

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Wine and Chocolate

If you make conscientious decisions about how your food is cultivated and processed, there is no reason to compromise those principles when browsing the wine racks. We sought out Ian Mendelsohn of Vine & Tap for information about choosing organic wine, and he connected us with Hardy Wallace of Dirty and Rowdy Family Wines and Eric Crane, Advanced Sommelier and Director of Training and Development for Empire Distributors.

Navigating the world of organic wine can be tricky since, unlike food, there are no federal requirements to include a list of ingredients on the wine label. According to Wallace, that means there are around 200 additives (yikes!) that could be added to your wine without you ever knowing. However, don’t judge a wine by its label. Terms such as “natural” and “sustainable” are more often used as a marketing ploy to pique shopper interest than to provide accurate information. Crane advises to look for organic or biodynamic certifications, which indicate that the grapes were grown without chemicals or pesticides and the wine was produced in an environmentally friendly manner.

If you’re still unsure, strike up a conversation with a trusted sommelier or vintner, and they’ll lead you to the right wines for you. To start you on your way, here are some suggestions from the local pros:

Ian Mendelsohn:

  • Some Napa Valley picks: For a white, the 2012 Semillon from Dirty and Rowdy Family Wines, and for a red, the 2010 Robert Sinskey POV
    Details: dirtyandrowdy.com; robertsinskey.com

Hardy Wallace:

  • From Italy: “Wines of Radikon. They primarily produce ‘orange wines’ (whites fermented on their skins like a red wine). The Radikon wines take the casual drinker down the rabbit hole into another dimension of wine.”
    Details: radikon.it; lecaveauwine.com
  • From California: “Everyone should try the wines of Forlorn-Hope. Each bottle is dubbed ‘another rare creature.’ Matthew Rorick makes wines primarily from grapes and places you have never heard of.”
    Details: forlornhopewines.com

Eric Crane:

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Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

All month long, the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead is offering decadent spa services that take pampering to a whole new level. Revive your complexion and your senses with the Sweet Red Rose Facial, which uses sweet red rose petals, honey and lemon to bring back your glow. Or, get your whole body in on the action with the Sweet Escape, which begins with dry exfoliation to slough off dead skin and continues with a hydrating warm chocolate truffle body mask followed by a full body Swedish massage with vanilla lotion. Lastly, treat your feet to the Chocolate Covered Pedicure, which includes a strawberry-based exfoliation, a chocolate mousse for deep hydration, a classic pedicure and warm stone massage.

Details: ritzcarlton.com

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Sinucleanse

 

Somewhere between five and 20 percent of people in the U.S. will come down with the flu this year. If that doesn’t make you want to reach for the hand sanitizer, then we don’t know what will. But it can take more than keeping hands clean. Cleansing the nasal passages also relieves congestion and the swelling that can harbor bacteria or infection. The new SinuCleanse Micro-Filtered Nasal Wash System clears tap water of any microorganisms and then rinses out nasal passages safely with a gentle flush.

Details: sinucleanse.com

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Go Red with Macy's

 

In honor of American Heart Month, Macy’s is once again inviting you to go red with them in collaboration with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® campaign. Go Red for Women seeks to provide women with knowledge and tools to protect their heart health. From February 3 to 8, shoppers can support the Go Red campaign by purchasing an official Red Dress pin ($3) to receive an exclusive discount on most items throughout the store. All sales of the red dress pin benefit Go Red for Women.

Details: macys.com 

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