THE ULTIMATE 12-MONTH “SELF-CARE” CHALLENGE THAT TOPS ANY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

2d7436b1c1293c8a2722b99810332275Now that we’ve officially crossed the half-way mark of January, I thought it was only fitting to take a second and check in on each other. How are you doing? How is the new year going so far? I finally took the plunge and tossed out our Christmas tree last weekend. Even though it sure was hard to say goodbye to that bone-dry mini fir, I convinced my husband to leave up a few strands of lights around our apartment. That way, we can enjoy the spirit of the holidays for just a tad-bit longer. Plus, those warm white bulbs always illuminate such a cozy vibe, don’t you think?

Anyway, enough of my off-tangent rant. Time to get back on track.

How are your new year’s resolutions coming? I know I mentioned some simple resolutions to revitalize your body, mind and soul here that are totally doable any time of the year, but then I got to thinking: What about the people that are looking to grow and evolve but aren’t really keen on resolutions in the first place? And that’s why I’m here today.

Instead of creating one, two, three (four, five, six) giant self-care goals to achieve throughout the next 365 days, why not take the year one month at a time? That way, you can tackle smaller challenges with each 30/31 days that pass and revel in just as much (if not more!) self-improvement success by the time December rolls around. Enticing, right?

Now of course, everyone is unique so your idea of self-care might differ with what I’ve listed below, but I’m hoping it will at least help you get started on your journey!

January: Infuse your mind with inspiration.

With the cheerful holiday decor all packed up and the outdoor temperatures consistently dropping, it doesn’t take much for January to seem a bit dreary. But don’t let the cold frigid weather get you down. Instead, take time to infuse your mind with inspiration. Plan a trip. Add adventures to your bucket list. And if you don’t have a bucket list, create one. The excitement of having something to look forward to will be the heat needed on even the coldest of days. FULL ARTICLE AT WIT & DELIGHT

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Leonia Chamber Musicians Society Performs ‘A Passion for Music’

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The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. Photo credit: Stan Kurtis

The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. will perform their second concert of the season, ‘A Passion for Music’, on Sunday, February 4, 2018.  The performance starts at 4:00 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, located at 150 Park Avenue in Leonia, New Jersey.

The concert will highlight Leonia soprano Wonjung Kim, singing excerpts from Handel’s German Arias, including Süße Stille, sanfte Quelle and Meine Seele hört im Sehen.  Kim will also perform four songs set to William Blake’s poetry composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Musicians Theresa Norris, flute and Daryl Goldberg, cello will also play a duo “A Little Sweet”, by New Jersey composer Stanley Grill.  The final piece on the program will be the gorgeous Dvorak String Quintet for Two Violins, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.  The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society’s members — Theresa Norris, flute; Marsha Heller, oboe; Roy Lewis, violin; Maggie Speier, viola; Daryl Goldberg, cello; and Patricia Dougherty, bass — will be joined by guest violinist Ashley Horne. Continue reading

Color for your commute

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On a recent freezing afternoon, artist Raul Rubio of West New York was focused on finishing his latest mural, nestled under the Route 495 helix bridge to the Lincoln Tunnel in Weehawken. He just needed a few extra touches to capture the iconic New York City skyline.

“This is twilight,” Rubio said, of the orange tinge covering the city’s buildings on the mural. “When night comes, that’s when all the tourists come and park in Weehawken to see the city light up.”

For those taking jitney buses from Hudson County to the Port Authority bus terminal for work, or driving into Midtown, Rubio’s now-finished work will definitely light up the commute. FULL STORY AT HUDSONREPORTER.COM

9 Scented Candles Interior Designers Always Buy

jo-maloneCandles may as well be currency in the interior-design world. Interior designers use them as the final touch to a room, the one that elevates a space to the next sensory level. We mortals love them too but have a hard time knowing where to start.

To help you wade through the morass, we rounded up our favorites. Psst — they are also on every interior designer’s list!

Get ready to buy matches in bulk.

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If it’s good enough for Kate Middleton, then it’s good enough for us. The Duchess of Cambridge had Jo Malone’s citrus scents — Orange Blossom ($65) included — perfuming Westminster Abbey during her royal wedding. ‘Nuff said.

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Avora buyers reap benefit of Weehawken tax cut

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Weehawken Township recently announced an historic reduction in its property taxes, lowering the rate from 2.23 percent to 1.49 percent — one of the lowest along the New Jersey Gold Coast.

Slated to take effect in 2018, the new rate is quickly reverberating throughout the region as buyers factor in the significant cost savings it will yield over the length of their home ownership.

 At Avora, Weehawken’s signature new condominium building which features 184 waterfront residences, unobstructed views of midtown Manhattan and an impressive amenity offering, purchasers will enjoy up to $96,190 in savings over a ten-year period on a new two-bedroom residence priced at $1,225,620.

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Hudson Bike Share installs eight new bike stations

54dz_12weebrfs24___1Hudson Bike Share and Port Imperial have announced they will collaborate to provide bike sharing service, further improving the transportation options available to Port Imperial residents and the public.

Port Imperial will get eight bike stations, stretching along their Hudson River waterfront of Weehawken, West New York, and Guttenberg and expected to be completed by year end, connecting with 57 other stations throughout Hoboken, Bayonne, North Bergen, Weehawken, West New York, and Guttenberg.

In addition to Hudson Bike Share, Port Imperial provides a Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit Station, New Jersey Transit Bus service, New York Waterway ferry terminal and internal PIPOA shuttle bus transportation.

Continue reading at  Hudson Reporter – WEEHAWKEN BRIEFS 

Edgewater Mom Wins Millions On ‘Wrong’ Lottery Ticket

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Oksana Zaharov of Edgwater won $5 million. Photo Credit: New York Lottery

via Cliffside Park Daily Voice – An Edgewater woman is planning a vacation to the Bahamas for her family and to put away funds to put her to two kids through college, after winning $5 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket, according to multiple media reports.

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50 COCKTAILS TO GET YOU THROUGH HOLIDAY DRAMA

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HAVE ONE GLASS (OR SIX) OF THESE COCKTAILS AND PUNCH BOWLS—WHO’S COUNTING DURING THE HOLIDAYS, ANYWAY?

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All you need are two steps to survive Christmas: Take a deep breath and make a cocktail, stat. Cozy mulled wine, spiked egg nog, and dangerously-strong bourbon punch will help you get juuuust drunk enough to survive everything from fake-smiling through bad gifts to your post-feast food coma.

Take me to the cocktails! >>>

Strong Sales Continue as Avora Nears Early 2018 Opening

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via Brownstoner.com – Something special is about to awaken Weehawken’s imagination. Rising above the Hudson River waterfront facing midtown Manhattan on the southern tip of Port Imperial, the dramatic 11-story, 184-residence Avora luxury condominium building is nearing completion and its spring 2018 occupancy.

Phase 1 of the project sold out quickly, appealing to Brooklyn, Manhattan and New Jersey Gold Coast buyers not only with the homes themselves but also the location. Avora is right on the waterfront, steps away from the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal. From this perch, residents can take advantage of a quick commute to downtown and midtown Manhattan. Its location also provides unobstructed views of the iconic Manhattan skyline.

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B-THE UNDERWATER BUBBLE SHOW

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Sunday, January 14th at 2pm & 5 pm at BergenPAC

B-The Underwater Bubble Show takes place in colorful underwater world of Bubblelandia. After another long day full of meetings and deadlines, Mr. B finds himself transported to a magical world that’s inhabited by seahorses, dragon fish, starfish, mermaids, clown fish and more. They carry Mr. B along his imaginary journey in this beautiful underwater world where fantasy becomes reality and you are invited to follow him.

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