Maple Syruping Saturdays

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1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve

Please let the environmental educator know you are coming before the program by calling 718-605-3970 x201 or email emily.becker@parks.ny.gov.

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Hibernation Pajama Party

MUSCARDINUS AVELLANARIUS1:00 pm on Saturday, February 3rd

Greenbelt Nature Center

700 Rockland Avenue

Hear a hibernation story, search outside for animals, and help construct a cozy den to play in. Dress in pajamas and bring a stuffed animal or blanket, if you wish.

Ages 4 – 8 with adult

A FREE event but registration is required. Call (718) 351-3450 or email: naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org

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

Ireland – A History in Song

larrykirwanSat, January 20, 8pm – 9pm
Join musician/playwright Larry Kirwan as he tells through song and prose the history of Ireland’s musical journey through the centuries, and how immigration brought the traditions of music and storytelling to the shores of New York. Attribution: The museum’s public programs are supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Price: $25 in advance – visit their website 

Winter Holidays Show

winter-holidays-show-newsletter-300x216Saturdays & Sundays now through January 22nd at Art on the Terrace located at 776 Richmond Terrace

The “Winter Holidays Show” celebrates the beauty and dreams of this festive season.

Suggested Donation $2

This exhibit is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by Staten Island Arts.

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?

via Alyse Whitney at Bon Appetit

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.

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Check Out These Impressive Landmarks Built Out of Gingerbread

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‘Tis the season for recreating our homes and favorite buildings out of dough. Even though no one has put baked panel to icing and build the Gilmore Girls home in Stars Hollow out of crispy gingerbread or frosty fondant (yet), these landmarks both real and fictional have us whispering, “I smell snow.”

ApartmentTherapy.com has put together an amazing array of gingerbread houses that imitate architecture artistry. I can’t take my eyes away!

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Low-Stress Holidays: The Art of the Gift Basket

2017-12-01_13-04-42via ApartmentTherapy.com – Growing up, I remember the time leading up to Christmas being weeks that my mother had the makings of her annual gift baskets strewn throughout our infrequently used formal dining room. Baskets or buckets, Carrs crackers, pepper jellies, candied pecans were a few of the items. Oh, and rolls and rolls of cellophane and ribbon. Our dining room became her own little elf workshop where she carefully put together anywhere from 10-50 gifts for the people in her life – co-workers, teachers, neighbors, and distant relatives who might unexpectedly drop by for a holiday visit.

While I personally couldn’t stand the look of cellophane and curled ribbons (I know, what 10-year-old isn’t into curled ribbons?), I did appreciate the attention she put into making the perfect gift basket. It is, in fact, an art.

If you’ve turned your nose up at gift baskets in the past, I’m with you. They can be tacky, impersonal, and sometimes just full of, how shall I say, crap. But knowing how much time and effort my mother put into creating the perfect assortment, it might just be the way to go this holiday season – especially if you’re gifting to the masses.

Follow these simple guidelines for the best gift basket:

  1. Pick a theme. Having a game plan helps guide you in all your purchases. Think themes like A Cozy Night At Home, Family Game Night, Gifts for Hosting, or End-of-Semester Teacher Survival Kit to get you on the right track.
  2. Start with a good container. Pick something that can easily be reused or repurposed. And by all means, don’t just go for a brown basket! (See our favorite picks below.)

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