Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Is your New Year's resolution to de-stress already stressing you out? Here are some tips to help you unwind.
2013 will bring lots of New Year's resolutions, and the stress of keeping them up along with it. Dr. Megan Hood, a clinical psychologist with an expertise in stress management at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, said trying to attain a more stress-free existence is a pretty popular goal around the holidays and the new year. But staying away from stress is not as simple as making a New Year’s Eve wish. “That tends to be a common goal, a nice broad goal,” Hood said. “But it also tends to be challenging.” Still, Hood has some tips to keep stress at bay. TELL US: How do you de-stress? Are you resolving to stress less in 2013?
Monday, December 31, 2012
An invigorating way to welcome 2013, and reconnect with nature.
The Friends of Holmdel Open Space (FOHOS) will guide a leisurely walk through the beautiful Ramanessin Section of Holmdel Park on New Year's Day from 10-11:30 a.m. The group will meet at the Ramanessin Trail Access parking area on Roberts Road (across from the Holmdel Park arboretum on Longstreet Road). The walk, to be led by outgoing Holmdel Township Committeeman Larry Fink, is rated “easy to moderate” and will follow scenic farm and forest trails. Families are welcome. It will be held rain, snow, or shine. For more information, call 732-946-3656. Elsewhere around New Jersey, the state Park Service will conduct guided hikes and other special outdoors activities at 10 locations on New Year’s Day as part of America’s State Parks First …
A survey of fares for your night out.
Best Xpress Car & Taxi Service, Matawan (732) 619-8257 This new car service is willing to go anywhere. Their fare to Newark is $35, plus tolls. To JFK costs $145, plus tolls. Patsy's Car Service, Matawan (732) 566-2375 Patsy's is one of the larger taxi services in the Northern Monmouth area, you can spot their cabs by their bright blue coat. Their rates to Newark airport is $70 and JFK $180. Plus, they have discounts if you stay at certain hotels. Cat Limousine, Freehold (732) 409-9961 This car service has executive sedans, Mercedes sedan, vans, ultra stretch limos, luxury mini buses, Hummer limo, buses, trolleys, etc. Call Cat Limo for any price quote to any U.S. city. Around the Clock Taxi, Manalapan (732) 787-2464 Around The Clock Taxi …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Choosing the appropriate sparkling wine for New Year's Eve can make you dizzy before the first sip. Here's a handy guide to the intoxicating world of bubbles on a budget.
The pop of the Champagne cork is as much a part of the New Year’s Eve soundtrack as "Auld Lang Syne" and fireworks. The tiny, tickling bubbles evoke celebratory moods. With so many sparkling wines to choose from, picking the best bottle can be daunting. Prices for sparkling wine range from less than $10 to more than $500 per bottle. Keep in mind that while you usually get what you pay for, there are some great options for those of us on a budget. Large “negociant” champagne houses that purchase much of their fruit, such as Veuve Clicquot, Bollinger, Roederer, Taittinger, Perrier Jouet and Nicolas Feuillatte, dominate the market. However, in the last decade or so, Champagne from small growers has gained some traction with Champagne …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Five tips to help you keep your resolution.
Are you making a resolution this year? Do you want to lose weight, gain a new skill or organize your house? Whatever your resolution is, here are some tips to help you stick to it throughout the year. 1. Make it attainable. Be sure that your resolution is attainable. Sticking to your monthly budget is attainable—making a million dollars may not be. 2. Tell everyone. If you tell everyone about your resolution, you are more likely to keep it. If you want to quit smoking, you can even go as far as telling your friends that you'll give them $50 if they catch you lighting up. 3. Be specific. If you want to get fit in the new year, set a specific goal. For example, instead of saying you want to get fit, say you want to lose 10 pounds and tone …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
How much will we spend this year? And what's the best-selling Christmas song of all time? Find the answers below.
We know that there were three Wise Men, 12 days of Christmas and that Santa delivers all his presents around the world in one night. But did you know... $23,439.38 How much it would cost to buy your "true love" all the gifts in the 12 Day of Christmas. 12.9 billion hours, $447 billion How many hours Americans were expected to spend shopping, wrapping and returning gifts last year. That was about 42 hours and $688.87 per person. Get your postman/postwoman a gift According to Hallmark, Christmas is the largest card-sending occasion. Nearly 1.5 billion cards are sent to friends and family every Christmas Season. (That's actually down 400 million cards since 2004.) $983 million The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from …
Tips from a Matt Prentice restaurants expert on everything from picking the right glassware to serving it at just the right temperature.
Ready for New Year's Eve? Here are five Champagne tips for party-givers and partygoers: By "clean" I don't mean free of dirt and debris, but instead free of soap residue, as many liquid detergents don't rinse off completely. Aside from imparting undesired lemon and lavender scents in your wine, they will cause Champagne to go flat faster or prevent your wine from adhering to the glass and releasing aromatic qualities. Tip: For hard to clean decanters use a nonscented denture cleaner. After a little soak and good rinse, your crystal is good as new. Each wine has various qualities and aromas; science has proven that these molecular compounds release differently based on the shapes and sizes of glassware. By picking the right glass for …
Monday, December 24, 2012
The North American Aerospace Defense Command has a website that now offers a Santa tracker mobile app to follow the jolly man's magical flight.
They sent him their wish lists, sat on his lap, and left cookies and milk for his arrival. Now the only thing left for children to do is track Santa's progress as he delivers gifts around the world on Christmas Eve. Thanks to the folks behind the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) website, families worldwide can now follow Santa's Christmas journey in real time. The tradition started in 1955 after an advertisement for Sears Roebuck & Co. misprinted a telephone number for a special "Santa hotline." Instead of reaching Kris Kringle, the number put kids through to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Commander-in-Chief’s operations, according to a description on the NORAD Tracks Santa Facebook page, which has more than …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Leave something Santa will 'ho ho ho' about.
Wondering which treats to leave out for Santa this Christmas Eve? The Savory Spice Shop in Westfield has a recipe for a homemade alternative to a store-bought favorite. Almost Oh-ree-oh! Ingredients: For chocolate cookies: For creamy filling: Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Set rack in middle. In mixing bowl, thoroughly mix the flour, cocoas, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugars. After combined, on low speed, add the butter then the egg. Continue mixing until dough comes together in a mass (about 3 minutes). Place 2 tsp. of batter on a parchment lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. With the bottom of a glass slightly flatten the dough. Bake for 9 minutes, rotating once. Set on baking racks to cool. For filling, mix …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Capturing holiday lights on your camera can be a challenge. Get some tips. Photograph your lights. You could win $100,000.
We put up holiday lights to see how pretty they look when it gets dark. You want to capture those lights on your camera, but getting those lights to look right in your pictures can be more of a challenge than you bargained for. Professional photographers have lot of experience and cameras with all sorts of settings that most of us wouldn’t know what to do with. Here are three tips for the amateur photographers out there. Want to get more technical than that? Here are some other resources for taking holiday photographs.