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New Year’s Resolutions

The new year is almost here, and it’s time to ask that question – what is your resolution? Do you want to get into shape? Run a marathon? Eat healthier? Talk to your mom more often? Use your phone less?

We have compiled a list of the most commonly used – and broken – resolutions and some alternatives you might consider instead (and keep).

1.  Get in shape and lose weight

What you say you're going to do: This is probably the one people hear most often. “I am finally going to lose those extra 10 pounds this year and get into shape” – and then it never happens.

What you should try: Take it slow – it’s hard to do a complete 180 with fitness in your life. Tell yourself that you’re going to eat one piece of fruit a day as a way to eat healthier and take a walk around your neighborhood two nights a week. Once you get used to that, step up your game and increase the number of walks per week or incorporate another healthy food in your life.

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2.  Travel to New Places

What you say you're going to do: Travel is a common pleasure for many people – the problem is that it is so expensive, and often, when people say they want to travel to new places, they mean somewhere exotic and outside of the country.

What you should try: Travel doesn’t have to be expensive. Yes, if you have the time and money, take a trip around the world! But if you are on a tight budget or don’t have many vacation days, go on a smaller vacation. Take a long weekend to a city you have never been to or visit that friend who you always said you’re going to visit. It can be as simple as driving across your state to visit someplace new or taking a weekend getaway at the lake.

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3. Learn Something New

What you say you're going to do: When many people think of learning, they think they need to go back to school and take classes. But it doesn’t have to be that much of a time commitment or expense.

What you should try: Pick up a book from the local library. Attend a free seminar at the local college. Surf the internet. There are tons of places to learn new things that don’t cost an arm and a leg.

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4. Volunteer

What you say you're going to do: You say you are going to volunteer every week at the local homeless shelter or spend time at the animal shelter caring for the pets. But often times you don’t get motivated or you don’t have enough time.

What you should try: Schedule a volunteer effort once every 3 months – and then if you like it or find you have more time, donate more time. You can also coordinate a food drive, either where you work or within your neighborhood. Get your friends and coworkers to donate a canned food item or a toothbrush, and then take those items to the local food bank. They appreciate every little thing they can get, and it makes a world of difference for the less fortunate.

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5. Enjoy Life

What you say you're going to do: You don’t need to live a high and expensive life to love the one you live. Many people think they need to spend a lot of money to do lavish things to enjoy themselves, but this is far from the truth.

What you should try: Enjoy the simple, everyday moments in your life. Make time to meet up with that busy friend who you always say you will meet up with, but never do. Take your niece, nephew, cousin or neighbor for ice cream on a hot summer day. Watch your favorite movie with your loved ones, try a new restaurant or read a new book in your backyard. It is all about finding joy in the simple things in life.

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We hope you take these ideas and have success with them! We wish you the best of luck, and a very happy new year from The Event Group!

Polished & Pretty

OPI has released a new collection for winter 2014, and we are loving all of the new colors! The collection is called Nordic, and it features a wide range of colors, from a warm beige to glittery gold to deep purple -- and every color in between!

Going My Way or Norway?

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Ice-Bergers & Fries

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OPI with a Nice Finn-ish

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My Voice is a Little Norse

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Can't aFjörd Not To

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How Great is Your Dane?

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My Dogsled is a Hybrid

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Suzi Has a Swede Tooth

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Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm?

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Thank Glogg It's Friday!

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Viking in a Vinter Vonderland

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Skating on Thin Ice-Land

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For more beauty tips, check out our Pinterest boards!

A Very Pittsburgh New Year’s Eve

Not sure what to do this year for NYE in Pittsburgh? Bring in the new year with a bang with these great ideas for a fun time!

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Highmark First Night Pittsburgh

Starting at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, First Night Pittsburgh is fun for the whole family. Located throughout downtown Pittsburgh, the night includes games, a parade, balloon animals, concerts and fireworks.

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New Year’s Eve Cruise

Enjoy dinner or dance the night away on the Gateway Clipper fleet for a festive time! Tickets range from $65 to $85 for this memorable experience. Must be 21+ for the dance cruises, and all ages are welcome on the dinner cruise at 6:30 p.m.

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New Year’s Eve at the Omni William Penn

Celebrate in style as the Omni William Penn ushers in 2015 with a luxurious evening and overnight stay – from a 4-course dinner to live jazz music to breakfast for two in the morning. It even includes late check out the next day!

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Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh 

Right in the heart of downtown and Highmark’s First Night, the Wyndham offers a New Year’s Eve package which includes a bottle of champagne upon arrival, breakfast for two people in the Three River’s restaurant and a late checkout the next day. You can bring in the New Year with your sweetie or the whole family at the Wyndham. For more information, you can also look here.

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"Noon" Year’s Eve at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium

Celebrate 2015 a little earlier in the day with the Noon Year’s Eve celebration at the zoo. All activities are included in the general admission to the park.

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New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Phipp’s Conservatory

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the 31st, ring in the new year with activities at Phipps Conservatory.

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It's not too late to make reservations!