Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Did your New Year resolutions make our top ten list?

1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends

Recent polls conducted by General Nutrition Centers, Quicken, and others shows that more than 50% of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year. Make plans to meet up with friends for an evening of camaraderie at a favorite Phoenix restaurant or take the family to one of these popular Phoenix places for family fun. Work shouldn’t always come first!

2. Fit in Fitness

The evidence is in for fitness. Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better. Why not make this the time to start getting in shape for one of these popular Phoenix runs, walks or rides.  
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 3. Tame the Bulge

Over 66 percent of adult Americans are considered overweight or obese by recent studies, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program, and the key to success for those millions of Americans who made a New Year’s commitment to shed extra pounds.
More: Weight Loss Help in Phoenix

4. Quit Smoking

If you have resolved to make this the year that you stamp out your smoking habit, over-the-counter availability of nicotine replacement therapy now provides easier access to proven quit-smoking aids. Even if you’ve tried to quit before and failed, don’t let it get you down. On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. Start enjoying the rest of your smoke-free life! Even Maricopa County is smoke-free, and it’s taken them a few tries as well to get there. Locally, there are a variety of free support services, hotlines and smoking cessation classes to help you kick the smoking habit.

More: Stop smoking Phoenix

5. Enjoy Life More

Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Americans, it is no wonder that “enjoying life more” has become a popular resolution in recent years. It’s an important step to a happier and healthier you! Consider one of Phoenix’s holistic healing centers for products designed to bring balance to your body, mind and soul. Or just get out and try something new! Take up a new hobby or try your hand at skiing. Go to a theater performance, or head to the local spa. Phoenix offers a wealth of artistic and recreational activities to meet just about anyone’s wishes.
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6. Quit Drinking

While many people use the New Year as an incentive to finally stop drinking, most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey but do much better when they taper gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking. If you have decided that you want to stop drinking, there is a world of help and support available. Phoenix Alcoholics Anonymous offers meetings throughout the greater Pittsburgh area. There is also a Pittsburgh group for Parents of Teenage Alcohol and Drug Abusers. There are also a number of treatment-based programs, as well as support groups for families of alcoholics.
More: Alcohol Recovery & Support in Phoenix

7. Get Out of Debt

Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions of Americans who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. It’s a promise that will repay itself many times over in the year ahead.
More: Find a Financial Planner in Phoenix

8. Learn Something New

Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language, or just how to fix your computer? Whether you take a course or read a book, you’ll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year’s resolutions to keep. Rio Salado Community College offers a wide variety of “lifelong learning” courses, and local YMCA’s offer great recreational training for beginners of all ages. Most local colleges and universities offer distance and adult education programs. Or if the arts are more your thing, places such as the Mesa Arts Center and the Arizona Actors Academy are great places that provide the proper lessons for you to start your acting debut.

9. Help Others

A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local library, mentoring a child, or building a house, there are many nonprofit volunteer organizations that could really use your help. Phoenix Volunteers makes it easy by connecting volunteers with projects to fit practically any schedule. Or if your time is really in short supply, maybe you can at least find it in you to donate the furniture, clothing and other household items that you no longer need, rather than leaving them out by the curb to fill up our landfills.
More: Volunteer Opportunities in Phoenix

10. Get Organized

On just about every New Year resolution top ten list, organization can be a very reasonable goal. Whether you want your home organized enough that you can invite someone over on a whim, or your office organized enough that you can find the stapler when you need it, these tips and resources should get you started on the way to a more organized life. Phoenix has quite a few professional organizers who can help you reduce the clutter in your life and find peace in your home.

More: Phoenix Home Improvement & Renovations

 

Poulson’s Christmas Party 2012

Another great year celebrating The Poulson’s Christmas Party in Anthem Arizona with friends, family and coworkers. It’s always a blast to get together and be able to bring the year to a wonderful close. This may have been the first year that Foto Frenzy Photo Booth was there but I’m sure not the last. The photos started off clean and PG but by the end of the night we had a few snaps that we are unable to share on the website lol.  Special thanks to Jake Ryan for providing the amazing 80’s hits, the band was awesome!!  All in all it was a blast, thanks for having us and we will see you next year!

Best Peppermint Bark Recipie

Total Time:1 hr 0 min

Prep 5 min

Inactive 45 min

Cook 10 min

Yield: about 2 pounds of candy
Level: Easy 
 

Ingredients

  • Crushed candy canes, to yield 1 cup
  • 2 pounds white chocolate
  • Peppermint flavorings, optional

Directions

Place candy canes in a plastic bag and hammer into 1/4-inch chunks or smaller. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Combine candy cane chunks with chocolate (add peppermint flavoring at this point if desired.) Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet layered with parchment or waxed paper and place in the refrigerator for 45 minutes or until firm. Remove from cookie sheet and break into pieces (like peanut brittle.)

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How to wrap the perfect gift!

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Wrapping a gift beautifully is a process.

A beautifully wrapped gift contains more than the present inside the package. Perfectly wrapping a gift means paying attention to the components that comprise gift wrapping. With each step, from box to bow, you will see the ideal in your head meet with the product of your careful efforts. You can wrap a perfect gift.

Instructions

  1. Box and Paper

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      Perfect gift wrapping begins with the box.
      Perfect gift wrapping begins with the box.

       

      Choose a box. The right box should accommodate tissue paper with room for your gift to easily fit inside.

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      Use wrapping paper that matches the occasion and the recipient's personality.
      Use wrapping paper that matches the occasion and the recipient’s personality.

       

      Select wrapping paper, matching ribbon and a bow that suits the occasion and the recipient. You may want a solid color or paper with patterns. The Container Store recommends selecting paper with small print for small packages and larger print for larger boxes.

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      Tissue paper comes in many colors.
      Tissue paper comes in many colors.

       

      Line the box with tissue paper. Allow enough to hang over the sides of the box. Place the gift in the box. Wrap the tissue paper over the gift. Put the top on the box.

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      Cut wrapping paper to fit the box that holds your gift.
      Cut wrapping paper to fit the box that holds your gift.

       

      Spread or unroll a sheet of wrapping paper on the table. Place the box upside down on the paper. Situate the box on the paper so that it will fold across the box and overlap on the bottom (which is facing up) of the box. Leave enough paper on the ends of the box to fold and cover the ends of the box.

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      Fold the paper with one side over about an inch of the box bottom, and tape in place. Wrap the paper all the way around the box, over the secured side and even with the edge of the box. Secure with two-sided tape.

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      Turn the box right-side up. Push in the sides of each end, creasing the top and bottom of the paper in toward the box ends. Fold the bottom end of the paper up, and fold the top end of the paper downward to cover the bottom end that is taped to the box. Fold the top edge of the paper so that it aligns with the bottom of the box end. Tape in place.

    1. Ribbon and Bow

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        Select a ribbon color to complement wrapping paper.
        Select a ribbon color to complement wrapping paper.

         

        Set the box facing up. To make a basic bow, wrap ribbon from a spool around the box length and bring the spool to the center of the box. Leave sufficient ribbon to form a handmade bow.

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        Tie ribbon around a box to meet in the center.
        Tie ribbon around a box to meet in the center.

         

        Cross the loose ribbon end with ribbon on the spool end, wrapping each ribbon end around the box width. Cut the spool end of ribbon to match the length of the the other end. Tie the ribbon in a knot where the ribbon crosses in the center.

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        A handmade bow is simple to make.
        A handmade bow is simple to make.

         

        Make a handmade bow by cutting wire-edge ribbon in a length to accommodate the size of bow you want to make. Make two matching loops, and cross the right loop over the left. Tie the loops in a knot. Tie the bow tight, and make the bow loops match. Tape to the center of the ribbon on the box.

Keys For A Successful Holiday Party

Not everyone likes to attend the company holiday party…after all you work with the people day in and day out and most likely you see them more than your own family. Here are a few tips that will help make your holiday company more enjoyable and less of a headache.  http://blog.thomasecon.com/hr/keys-for-a-successful-holiday-party-infographic/attachment/holidayparty/

 

 

 

Maddies Sweet 16 Birthday Party at Zona Hotel

Foto Frenzy had a blast celebrating Maddie’s Sweet 16 Birthday at the Zona Hotel and Suites in Scottsdale.  The teens loved the photo booth and got crazier as the night progressed. Special thanks to Living Energy Events and Productions for providing Maddie and her friends with awesome lighting system and tunes and entertainment from DJ Adam.

 

 

 

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