New Year’s resolutions aim to enhance our personal health
and overall well-being and that of our loved ones. Here are
some products to help you achieve those goals by inspiring
you to boost your creativity, brain power, inner and
outer beauty, and physical fitness.

January 2015

Flip2BFit Fitness in a Box

This exciting new kids fitness board game innovatively incorporates yoga, cardio, stretching and strength to get everyone up, moving, jumping, laughing and just simply having fun while exercising. You can play as individuals or groups, and no equipment or experience is needed. Spin a wheel, pick a card, complete an exercise individually or as teams and strategically make your way to the finish line. Flip2BFit is a board game like no other and will create healthy lifestyles that will last a lifetime. Visit Flip2BFit.com.

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Drawing Room Scrabble Game

There’s nothing like keeping your mind sharp with a game of Scrabble. This luxurious version comes in a stately wooden box that can be proudly kept on display between matches. The burled-walnut veneer box integrates a storage drawer that holds the tile racks, tiles, timer, drawstring pouch, and hardbound scorebook. The turntable board spins so each competitor gets a right-side-up view of the lexicographical battlefield. The faux-leather game board bears a raised grid with gold-foil stamping. Visit Hammacher Schlemmer at hammacher.com or call (800) 321-1484.

 

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Bio Seaweed Gel, a Safer Polish

You’ve resolved to remove environmental toxins from your life, and Bio Seaweed Gel can help by allowing you to have gorgeous gel nail polish without the nasty ingredients found in many of other brands. And with the BSG SolarCure technology, no lamp is needed; your nails will cure in the sun. Bio Seaweed Gel nail polish brand does not contain the “Big 5” of harmful ingredients. There is no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, BHA or solvents in any of their formulas. This ensures that the polish does not weaken, dehydrate or cause staining of the natural nail, all side effects that are known to be serious drawbacks when considering gel nail polish.

The Unity All-in-One Colour Gel Polish is a base coat, color, top coat and nail strengthener, all in one bottle.  The No-Wipe Top Coat provides an optional coat that will make the polish last longer and provides a beautiful shine. The No-Wipe Top Coat will also cure in the sun. Visit bioseaweedgel.com.

 

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Ozobot Augmented Reality Toy

Kids can’t get enough technology, evidenced by their hours on an assortment of digital devices from tablets and smart phones to wireless controllers and Apps. Ozobot, designed by electronics company Evollve, is a one-inch robot that moves kids from augmented reality back to physical play. Launched in 2014 at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the American International Toy Fair, tiny Ozobot made it to Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Technology list for 2014, and USA Today and Popular Science named it to their Best Tech Toys of Toy Fair.

Playing with this tiny bot introduces kids to simple (or complex) coding, expands their imaginations and encourages life skills such as deductive reasoning. Kids use color—
black, red, green and blue—to program Ozobot to follow a path forward, backwards, fast, slow, right, left and more. The bot can move on physical surfaces like paper and digital planes like a smart phone or tablets. Kids and grownups will find Ozobot's free downloadable games like OzoPath and OzoLuck creative, strategic and competitive. Kids in middle school are captivated by Ozobot and high schoolers are attracted to its ability to navigate through multidimensional environments. Visit Ozobot.com.

 

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LP and Cassette To CD

Digital Converter

There’s nothing like the healing power of music to soothe and life the spirit—especially when it’s from your own music library. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this combination recorder and stereo system preserves classic vinyl records and cassette tapes by recording them to audio CDs or converting the songs to MP3s. It transfers an LP or cassette to a digital audio CD-R or CD-R/RW, and at any time during recording you can pause to select only certain songs, turn the album or cassette over, and change albums or cassettes to make compilation recordings. Using the free downloadable Audacity software that works on Windows 8, Windows 7, XP, Vista, or a Mac, it can convert LPs and cassettes to MP3s for use on a computer or MP3 player. The system also plays 33s, 45s, 78s, and cassettes through two 3 1/2-watt speakers, and has a built-in AM/FM stereo with digital tuner and single CD playback tray, all in a footprint less than 2 feet square. Visit Hammacher Schlemmer at hammacher.com or call (800) 321-1484.

 

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Jojoba, a Vitamin for Your Skin

Your resolution is to be kinder to your skin. Enter 100% Natural Ultimate Jojoba Youth Potion, which harnesses the anti-aging powers of jojoba. Jojoba is not an oil, but rather a wax ester that is chemically comparable to those that form about 30% of a young human skin’s moisture barrier.  Along with other natural and organic botanicals, jojoba helps improve skin texture, boost radiance, and minimize the look of wrinkles and expression lines.  Jojoba can be called “the multi-vitamin for the skin.” This product comes in a beautiful gold bottle. Visit www.thejojobacompany.com.

 

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Mexico: The Cookbook,

for Culinary Growth

You’ve resolved to expand both your world view and your culinary skills this year. Phaidon, with an array of superb ethnic cookbooks that bring authenticity to your kitchen, is the go-to publisher for the task. Among Phaidon’s latest is Mexico: The Cookbook, the definitive bible of home-cooking from Mexico. With a culinary history dating back 9,000 years, Mexican food draws influences from Aztec and Mayan Indians and is renowned for its use of fresh aromatic ingredients, colorful presentations and bold food combinations.  Mexico: The Cookbook features more than 650 delicious and authentic recipes, including tamales, fajitas, and moles to cactus salad, blue crab soup, and melon seed juice. The cookbook is organized by food type/style (Street Food, Starters, Drinks, Fish and Seafood, Meat and Poultry, Vegetables, Pulses and Rice, and Dessert. Visit Phaidon.com.

 

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What to Bake and How to Bake It

Also from Phaidon, and offering plenty of confidence-building skills in the kitchen, is What to Bake and How to Bake It, the ultimate cookbook for amateur bakers looking to master the classics and expand their repertoires.  Each of the 50 delicious and accessible recipes is accompanied by photographs of the ingredients, a clear image of every step and a stunning finished dish shot, ensuring foolproof results every time. Every element of the bakers craft is covered, from everyday cakes and cookies to special occasion breads and pastries.  Visit Phaidon.com.

 

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Spri DVD Series from Gaiam

With high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts gaining popularity as one of the most effective ways to quickly blast calories and burn fat, fitness media distributor Gaiam has released the Ignite by SPRI DVD series. Featuring workouts designed by two high-profile celebrity trainers– “The Biggest Loser’s” Brett Hoebel and celebrity personal trainer Ashley Borden–Ignite by SPRI offers two new HIIT at-home workouts that will get the heart pumping and the body burning.  “HI-INTENSITY: The Ultimate Body-Weight Workout featuring Brett Hoebel” and “900 Calorie Burn: The Ultimate High Intensity Training Workout featuring Ashley Borden” each offers four 25-minute high intensity workouts, featuring rigorous exercises and powerful movements that will build muscle, burn fat, and tone trouble areas. Visit gaiam.com or call (800) 869-3603.

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J. Garcia Artwear for Inspiration

This line of fashion scarves, inspired by the mesmerizing artwork of guitarist Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, speaks to the soul. Grateful Girls specializes in eye-catching, sophisticated pieces based on the designs, colors, and aesthetics of Garcia's creations. Featuring both bold and ethereal color palettes, there is a wide array of special Garcia Artwear Scarves just waiting to be discovered. At once both a fashion statement and an irresistible ode to art and music, these beautiful scarves are affordable, colorful, and meaningful gifts that perfectly complement any outfit. Each scarf is crafted from 100% Viscose for a light hand and silky feel, and is inked with the authorized Jerry Garcia signature as the brand is officially licensed by The Garcia Family LLC. Visit gratefulgirls.com.

 

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SoapBox Soaps for

Hygiene and Charity

It may seem simple, but one of the best lines of defense against catching the flu or a cold is washing your hands, and SoapBox Soaps is spreading the word. SoapBox Soaps is an all-natural soap company with a social mission at its core—for every item they sell, SoapBox donates a bar of soap, a month’s supply of water, or a year’s supply of vitamins to someone in need around the world. In 2014, SoapBox Soaps donated twice as many bars of soap as they’ve sold, a testament to their mission of bringing basic hygiene and sanitation practices to those who need it most. Offering delectable scents such as lavender, tea & ginger, mandarin and pomegranate, SoapBox Soaps sells bar soaps, liquid soaps and body washes. Visit www.soapboxsoaps.com.

 

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Batman: The Complete

Television Series

There’s nothing like a little nostalgia to put the mind and body at ease. One of the best bits of nostalgia we’ve seen was recently released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment: the original 1960’s Batman TV series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. “Batman: The Complete Television Series” features all three classic seasons of the fan-favorite show, including all 120 original broadcast episodes remastered, as well as over three hours of never-before-seen enhanced content including interviews with both Adam West and Burt Ward. In addition to favorites West and Ward, the series featured a long list of notable guest stars and cameo appearances over the course of three seasons including  Julie Newmar, Cesar Romero, Liberace, Vincent Price, Burgess Meredith, Bruce Lee, Sammy Davis Jr. and many more.

 

 

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