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The Best Present and an Easy Resolution to boot

The Best Present and an Easy Resolution to boot.

The short answer is health.

The longer answer includes taking care of yourself and your family, and while there are many factors out of your control, there are a lot of things you can do to keep everyone healthy and not so stressed out. My family had some health issues this holiday season, some minor and some not so minor, and staying healthy and unstressed is my goal for us in 2015.

Obviously – the basics always apply. Eat healthy food. Exercise regularly.

Okay, sure, sounds good. What I wasn’t considering was additional body work that affects your overall heath. So while there is no shortage of options and everyone has a favorite, here are a few suggestions –  yoga for working on your core and calming down, Reiki and/or meditation for even more calming, and stretching and massage for overall wellness.  And I love getting a massage, I just don’t do it very often, maybe it’s the frugal thing I have going, or a concern that it takes so much time. But I learned that it doesn’t have to be expensive and a whole day spa experience, it can be a built in wellness appointment that you make for yourself.

IMG_1462Two weeks ago I received a gift card to Massage Envy on Needham Street in Newton, and I made an appointment. While I drive by it on the way to my usual places (Home Goods, Marshalls or T.J. Maxx), I had never been in. And when they called the day before to confirm the appointment, it occurred to me to find the gift card. Sadly, this thought was not acted upon. Fast forward to the next day (surprise) when I realized that I had no idea where the gift card was – great.

I called Massage Envy and left a possibly frantic voice-mail about not being able to find the card – should I reschedule? They called back while I was still in my driveway assuring me that it was fine and to head on over. I’m so glad I did! Obviously my holiday stressed self really needed a re-set and this was the perfect way to recharge, reflect and slow the heck down.

The waiting room was warm, comfortable, quiet and welcoming with sunlight streaming through the huge windows. While I filled out a Massage Wellness Chart, the wonderful people behind the desk gave me a warm neck wrap and some spring water to keep me hydrated. Not a bad start.

Then my massage therapist and I talked about specific areas in which I might be experiencing pain, or would like to address during the massage. The treatment room was clean and pleasantly lit, and the heated massage pad on the table was an unexpected bonus. But the biggest bonus was how I felt post-massage – terrific, calm and centered and much less scattered and anxious. Also, my neck and shoulders felt completely tension free. Evidently I hold some tension in my neck. Go figure.

Massage Envy in Newton has an extraordinarily lovely group of professionals working there, which is evident  in their kindness, energy, and ties to the local community. From the Toys for Tots donation box in the waiting room to the well wishes cards taped to the wall behind the desk, you can just tell this caring group of people will do their best to make you comfortable. Check out the monthly plans – don’t worry, you don’t pay if you don’t go – the session rolls over to the next month or you can gift it to someone else which is nice, too.

From the Massage Envy website:

Massage therapy helps you relax, re-align and rejuvenate. There are many positive aspects to receiving massage therapy on an ongoing basis, and with the busy lives we lead, we can all benefit from a little stress-management.

There are over 1,000 Massage Envy locations across North America. So, to find one near you, find them on Twitter or Facebook or go to the website. I think I’ll be better served health-wise if I make this a regular stop on my route. This is a prescription for health that’s going to be easy to fill!

Disclosure: I received a gift certificate for a massage to facilitate this review. All opinions are, and always will be, my own.

Fun Activities at the Auburndale Community Library!

Fun Activities at the Auburndale Community Library!


Tonight! Pajama Story Time and Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Tuesday, July 22nd 6:30/7:00 pm
Inviting one and all to a Pajama Storytime at the the ACL!  Wear your PJ’s and bring your favorite stuffed animal.  After the stories are over, your stuffed animal will get to spend the night with the giant Curious George!  How cool is that?  Hopefully they wont’ stay up too late…we’ll take lots of pictures of their overnight antics and post them on our Facebook page.

Date: Tuesday July 22
Stuffed Animal Check-In Time: 6:30 pm
Storytime Begins: 7:00 pm
 
*Retrieve your stuffed animal the next evening at the outdoor concert (see details below), or anytime during regular ACL hours.

Thanks to our amazing teen volunteers for helping to run this event!!!

 

Tomorrow! Summer Concert at the Auburndale Library on Wednesday, July 23 6:30 – 8:00 pm
We are thrilled that the Auburndale Community Library has been selected as a venue for the city’s “Dancing in the Parks” concert series on Wednesday, July 23rd at 6:30 pm.  Newton Community Pride and The Village Bank will bring John Burrows and the Copabanana Band to the grounds of the ACL as part of their annual Dancing in the Parks summer concert series.  We’re looking forward to their Caribbean rock with a Latin back beat–bring your chairs, blankets, and dancing shoes!
Wednesday July 23rd – “Dancing in the Parks” concert at the ACL

“Dancing in the Parks” at the ACL 7/23

Just Added! Interactive Hands-On Composting Workshop
Thursday, July 29th at 7:30 pm
Have you wondered if composting is for you?  Have you tried composting, but aren’t seeing the results you wanted? Would you and your family like to learn more about composting in a fun, interactive workshop?  Dirty Boys Composting, a company started by two Newton high school students, Grant Berman and Max MacKenzie, will teach your family about the benefits, science, and art of composting as they share their experiences setting up and maintaining backyard compost piles throughout the city.  Create working, table top composting containers to take home, while learning how to take the guesswork out of composting.  Auburndale Community Library, July 29th at 7:30 pm.  For more information about Dirty Boys Composting:  http://www.dirtyboyscomposting.com.

 

Bumper Crop of Hot Reads Have Landed…
The ACL…your library for all seasons.  In anticipation of summer vacations and getaways, Janet Linder and Ellen Chu from the circulation department just cataloged a HUGE batch of hot reads for us.  They were flying off the shelves as fast as we were loading them earlier today.  Be sure to swing through for a title or two in the next couple of weeks!



Auburndale Community Library

Hours of operation
Tuesday 10 am to 3 pm
Thursday 3 pm to 8 pm
Saturday 10 am to 3 pm

Visit us online: http://www.auburndalelibrary.org

Another Great Event in April in Newton – NewTV’s Open House on April 8th

NewTV’s Open House 

Tuesday, April 8, 6-8pm

Wow, there is so much going on in April! Newton Open Studios, The Newton Kitchen Tour and NewTV’s Open House! What fun! Have you seen the renovated digs at NewTV? It’s gorgeous with state-of-the art equipment, a new theater and classroom facility. And they are hosting a community wide open house and there will be prizes. Yes, prizes. NewTV’s Open House April 8 from 6 pm-8 pm.

Walk in, take a tour and explore the HD control room and studio, HD Dolby 7.1 surround sound screening room and cutting-edge training center.

Enjoy Newton Open Studio’s 2014 Winter Juried Show –


Sign up for a class
Learn more about NewTV’s full roster of production and post-production courses. Become a new member and enter for the chance to win a flat screen TV (existing NewTV members can also win some great prizes by referring new members).

For more info on the event and membership, please contact Member Services Coordinator, Michael Sills at michaelcs@newtv.org and visit NewTV Open House.

Other NewTV News:

NewTV’s Emmy® Award-winning original program, “The Folklorist” is currently seeking talent for our upcoming segment,“Shackleton’s Voyage of Endurance” to film at the NewTV Studio on 4/11/14. Please email folklorist@newtv.org with your headshot, full body shot, and a resume, as well as the role(s) you are interested in.

Actors must provide their own transportation to the shoot. The NewTV Studio is located at 23 Needham Street in Newton, MA. Public transportation is available via the Green D Line “Newton Highlands” stop.

All roles are non-speaking, non-union, and unpaid. Actors will receive meals during the shoot, as well as IMDb credit and a DVD copy of the program upon its completion.

SHACKLETON’S VOYAGE OF ENDURANCE (1914-1916)
Filming on 4/11/14 at the NewTV Studio
Available Roles:
• Ernest Shackleton – Male (ages 35-50)
• Captain Frank Worsley – Male (ages 35-50)
• Frank Wild – Male (ages 35-50)
• Harry “Chippy” McNish – Male (ages 35-50)
• James Francis Hurley – Male (ages 25-35)
• Perce Blackborow – Male (ages 18-25)
• Sailors – Male (ages 18-50)

Internships Available 

NewTV offers interns fantastic opportunities that could include covering a community event for Newton News, editing a documentary for the Government Channel, working on your own project with the Education Channel, or even designing marketing and promotional materials for the station.

 

Mission Statement

NewTV is a non-profit Newton-based organization dedicated to providing the diverse Newton community with a platform for opinions, news and local information not generally available from commercial or public media.  NewTV also offers training, a media facility and content distribution while supporting the First Amendment right to free speech of the Newton community.

 

 

Thanks to these Open House Sponsors:

 

Tutors and Teachers – Day 5 of 12 Days of Shopping

Tutors and Teachers – What to buy? Pragmatic Mom is handling the Teacher component – I have Tutors (and Coaches).

Chocolate Passport from Trader Joe's via Capability Mom
Chocolate Passport from Trader Joe’s

Coach gifts are easy – the challenging part is collecting the money from everyone. It’s not that people don’t want to contribute, it’s just that the kids are generally from different schools and parent schedules conspire to make this the trickiest of exchanges. We always get gift cards – to local restaurants (Farmstead Table was this year’s choice), sporting good stores like City Sports.

Tutors – Gift cards are also a good choice for tutors, too. Luckily you can pick one up at almost any grocery store, or pharmacy. If you do give a gift cards, have your child make a card to go with it. It is always my favorite part of any gift.

Want something more personal?

wilder glassworksSearch out local artists – Here is a gorgeous fused glass plate from Wilder Glassworks – keep it simple or fill it with candy. This small square dish is only $15.00 – Wilder Glass has larger pieces and makes custom plates, too.

Want to find local artists? Try Indalo Gallery in Newton Highlands. Sharon Schindler Photography has some gorgeous photos on birch wood (I just won one at the NewTV auction last week) and photos printed on gorgeous stone coasters. These are great gifts for the hard to buy for folks on your list.

If you want to make your own gifts, there is a great drop-in art studio and they have classes, too, in case you are artfully challenged.

Indalo Gallery Website: From the novice to the most seasoned of artists, Indalo’s open studio space is right for you! Come on in and experiment with creating in resin, sterling silver clay, felting, acrylic paint, colored pencils and a whole host of media. We even create websites and teach you how to manage them! How’s that for creativity?
Sharon Schindler Photography - Stone Coasters capability mom blog
Sharon Schindler Photography – Stone Coasters
Here is my post from last year – Teacher and Tutor Gifts – if you need more inspiration.

The 12 Days of Shopping

Dec 1: Make Your Own Gifts Granola, Day 1 of 12 Days of Shopping – Granola versus Homemade and Personal – Granola from Flour and Barefoot Contessa.

Dec 2: Kids Make Gifts CRAFT (ModPodge versus Clove Fruit)

Dec 3: Personalized Gifts (Fancy Address Stampers versus Pretty Papers Giveaway)

Dec 4: Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

Dec 5: Tutors/Teachers

Dec 6: High Tech/Low Tech

Dec 7: Hostess/Gifts That Give Back

Dec 8: Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer, etc. (a.k.a. who else did I forget?) and Emily Post’s Etiquette on this subject.

Dec 9: Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List); Capability:Mom Husband/Wife

Dec 10: Dog/Cat

Dec 11: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store

Dec 12: ‘Cause I Am So Together, Last Minute Home Made Gifts: Pragmatic Mom and Capability : Mom

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