Well, it’s here: 2015! And, a new year means that it’s time for my “New Year, New You” series (check out last year’s here), where I take a few of the top new-year’s resolutions, and match them up with fun, new products that may even inspire you to hold true to your resolution past January!
1. Eat Healthier:
Just like working out, you somehow feel that much more motivated when you have some new gear to use. These new “LunchBlox” kits from Rubbermaid allow you to customize your lunch bag in a fun way (the containers snap together), while also allowing you to be mindful of portion-sizes (the individual containers have measurements on the sides). Need to keep your lunch cool? Just add a “Blue Ice” snap-in, and you’re good to go! You can purchase starter kits, such as the one above, or individual containers to customize your lunch any way you please. The containers are microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe, and have lids that seal securely.
2. Drink More Water:
So, I know, this one kind of goes along with “Eat Healthier”, but as an avid mug collector I couldn’t leave out the opportunity to include a fun water bottle! This “S’Well ‘Hers’ Shimmer Water Bottle” from Chapters/Indigo is not only adorable, it’s also made of double-walled aluminum, allowing you to keep your water nice and cool (or your tea nice and hot) for hours. It is also “virtually unbreakable”, and has a mouth-opening wide enough to add ice cubes. Another thing I’m loving lately: adding a few squirts of Crystal Light Aloha Pineapple Coconut Liquid Drink Mix to my water (and then pretending I’m on a beach).
3. Get More Sleep:
This resolution speaks not only to catching more hours of zzz’s, but also to getting a better quality sleep. I’ve learned from experience, that having a room lit up by 15 different electronic devices does not help your sleep situation. I’ve also learned that the blue light emitted from your phone actually tells your body to wake up, so those last-minute Twitter checks may be preventing you from falling to sleep sooner. I recently received one of these Bucky “40 Blinks Sleep Masks” for Christmas, and was pleased to discover that they they block out light perfectly, and also have an adjustable strap so you can sleep comfortably (no headaches here!). Even better? They have deep eye-cups, so you don’t need to worry about messing up your eye makeup during mid-day naps (you can even use them to protect eyelash extensions)!
4. Workout More Often:
Remember what I said in the “Eat Healthier” section? New gear (a.k.a shopping)=motivation. It also helps when the gear itself has a fun motivational phrase on it, such as those from Blogilates. One of my favorites? This blueberry-coloured “Train Insane or Remain The Same” gym tank. Other fun ones are the “Stronger Every Day” tank, and the “Sore Muscles Happy Pain” Y-tank. Don’t lie, you feel like hitting up the gym now, don’t you!?
5. Read More Books:
A simple solution to the “I don’t have time to read” excuse is Audible (because we all have time to listen, whether it’s while we’re commuting to work, while we’re cleaning the house, or while we’re lying in bed). Audible offers a membership program, where $14.95/month gets you a credit for one audio book, plus 30% off additional books (and, should you choose to end your membership, you can keep all your audio books, no questions asked). Sign up now to receive your first audio book free! Some of the books I’ve been loving lately? My Story by Elizabeth Smart and #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso.
6. Try Something New/ Treat Yourself:
While I purchased this late in 2014, I still consider my Clairsonic Mia 2 (in the colour “Joy”) to be “something new”. It’s also something I’d been debating treating myself to for a few years. After learning more about it during the Spark Sessions conference, I decided to take the plunge. I was lucky enough to have little to no “purging” (basically, where your skin breaks out over the span of a few weeks as it cleans out your pores). I use the sensitive brush daily, and then add in the deep pore brush 1-2 times a week. I’ve definitely noticed a difference in the smoothness of my skin, and am excited to continue seeing results as time goes on. I highly recommend trying out the Clarisonic, and with a 90-day 100% money back guarantee, what have you got to lose? Don’t forget to sign up at Clarisonic.ca for tips, tricks, and discounts!
“And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that have never been” ~Rainer Maria Rilke