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Things to do in January

I don’t know about you, but putting away the holiday decorations nearly does me in every January.  The gloomy weather and a cold I can’t seem to kick (kids and their germs, I tell ya) aren’t helping.  

Winter Elizabeth is a lot less fun than Summer Elizabeth.

things to do in january

Semi-related: Winter Elizabeth somehow lost one of her children’s birth certificates. Not my finest work.  Hence, baby Nick and I made our way to the registry office at City Hall today.  As much as I would have rather stayed home, curled up on the sofa with a blanket and a book…

  1. One-year-olds don’t do that.  They just don’t.
  2. An object in motion stays in motion… while staying put is a great way to lose momentum.  And I’d already lost the birth certificate, so…

I couldn’t help but brighten up a bit as we approached City Hall, though.  I love the juxtaposition of old and new less old buildings.  I like seeing tourists milling about. I like the buzz of it all.  

Once we finished the grown-up business part of our outing, I figured we may as well embrace a bit of adventure, too.  We were bundled up and had plenty of snacks, why not?

mother juice unicorn blood

We split a cup of Unicorn Blood (yes, really… it’s a delicious mix of beet, carrot, celery, watermelon + pineapple) from Mother Juice at the Boston Public Market, walked along the Greenway and did some people watching at Faneuil Hall.  A little adventure was the perfect antidote to my winter mood.

matthew hoffman greenway art

So good, right?  Click to learn more about MAY THIS NEVER END by artist Matthew Hoffman currently installed along the Greenway.

For me, keeping busy (especially with good, fun, interesting things… not just boring, necessary things) goes a long way in keeping the winter blues at bay.  In that vain, here are a few things to do in January.


  • Get outside for a walk to improve your mood + overall health.
  • Take an art class. (Creative Bug is my favorite source for online classes– I gravitate toward the painting and drawing classes, but you’ll find really accessible courses on knitting, sewing, collage, drawing, etc.)
  • Or take a yoga class.
  • Join in a day of service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  You can find projects in your community here.
  • Put together a new playlist (Stevie Wonder on repeat here currently).
  • Celebrate an obscure January holiday (I’ve got big plans for National Popcorn Day on the 19th… mostly, my plans involve me + eating popcorn).
  • Unpack your holiday decorations.  No one can deny the magic of twinkle lights.
  • Ride the subway (i.e. the T) sans pants… or don’t. 
  • Spend an afternoon at a museum.  The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and The Clark Art Institute are my (Massachusetts) favorites and I’ve been dying to take the kids to the Children’s Museum.  
  • Refresh your walls with some new (or DIY) artwork.  What you look at all day matters, obvi.
  • Get outside for another walk.

P.S. While the acronym SAD is sort of laughable, Seasonal Affectedness Disorder and winter depression are no joke.  Please don’t be afraid to seek help if you need it. <3

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s on your January to do list?

Today: A Stages of Beauty giveaway.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false] It’s high time we had a giveaway On Tap, wouldn’t you say?  With grey snow piling up in Boston, and seemingly perpetual gray skies above, my winter could use a little brightening.  I’m finding that a few small changes make  a big difference in keeping the winter blues and blahs at bay.

Keep fresh flowers on hand

"Pink and Yellow," my soon-to-drop awesome rap jam.

I try to pick up a few inexpensive bunches of flowers at the market each week– usually tulips or roses, in bright, cheery hues.  I am strictly anti-baby’s breath, and think the most simple arrangements are also the most gorgeous.  I worked at a florist when I was in high school and swear that I am the rose whisperer.  I can de-thorn a dozen roses faster than, well, someone who doesn’t know how to.  Bringing a little natural beauty indoors is a great mood elevator.

What do you calla this lily? Get it...? Oy.

Nick took over flower duty this weekend.  They’re so beautiful, our wallpaper person thought they were fake.  Until he poked them.  For the third time.

Work out more than once a month (and enjoy it)

Get a grip, woman. Or at the very least, take a shower.

I feel like I am finally bouncing back from a little (um… month long) motivation rut and exercise hiatus following the marathon.  During the week immediately following the race, all I wanted to do was run.  Our coach had us under strict orders to do nothing of the sort.  As soon as we were cleared for light cardio and easy runs, all I wanted to do was curl up like a beetle on the couch and be fed cheese doodles by my French bulldog.  Not normal.  I’m happy to report though, after sweating like a man during last week’s soccer game and running faster than I’ve ever run before in this weekend’s 6k, I’m finally feeling like I have some motivation back.  Hey, if Stella can get her groove back, who says I can’t run for more than two minutes today?

Woo! Exercise is scientifically proven to make you happier!  And happy people do not flip off plow drivers or shovelling-challenged neighbors.

Re-evaluate my beauty routine

Between whipping winds outdoors and poor air quality indoors (I think our office thermostat is permanently set at “Sahara”), the winter always punishes my skin.  I was definitely in need of a change when this arrived at my door:

Hey, beautiful? Oops, was this for Clark?

Stages of Beauty is a new skin care line, developed just around the corner by a brilliant young woman in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Their full line is launching soon– I was thrilled to get a little sneak preview.

What I love:

  • All of the products are dye-free and fragrance-free.  As someone with hyper-sensitive skin (and feelings… juuust kidding), this is a major plus.
  • I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but beauty products are not books.  So I can judge freely.  Stages of Beauty‘s packaging is whimsical, cheery and eco-friendly.  First impressions matter, and fabulous first impressions really matter.
  • The line of skin care features four special formulas for women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s– each line addresses the special challenges and priorities for those age sets.  For example, women in their 20s benefit from the Radiance formula, which help to protect skin from daily stressors and sun exposure.  Factors such as hormonal changes, changes in sun sensitivity and moisture levels helped to determine these different formulas.
  • At the risk of sounding like a Spice Girl, I love that these products were developed by a young woman.  I’m all about the girl power.
  • It works.  I wouldn’t be saying this if it didn’t.  I’ve been using the Radiance treatment cream for a few weeks and just this morning, as I checked myself out in the glass door of our condo building, I thought– Yowza!  That is one good lookin’ lady!

What I’d love to see:

  • I’d love to see some SPF injected into the treatment creams in the future.  Otherwise, I think this product is pretty much perfect.

Whether it’s fresh flowers, a fresh attitude, or a fresh face, trying something new is a surefire way to keep  a smile on my (glowing) face this winter.  I want you all to keep smiling, too, sooooo….

The lovely ladies at Stages of Beauty are offering one lucky reader (US only, sorry my beautiful Canadian friends) a full line of their age-appropriate products: Radiance for the 20-somethings, Harmony for the 30-somethings, Elegance for the 40-somethings, and Grace for the 50-somethings.

To enter:

  • In the comments section, let me know what you love about your age.

For extra entries (please leave an additional comment for all extra entries):

A winner will be randomly selected on Friday, February 18th. 🙂

So let’s hear it.  What do you love most about your age?