New Year, New You 2021 By 3T's Boutique
Those resolutions you rang in the new year with are already showing up in the rear-view mirror. How can you make sure that they last? The secret is to create new habits.
A new behavior doesn’t become automatic overnight, but you can enjoy some of its benefits quickly. For instance, as you start to take walks regularly, you'll find that you won't feel quite right if you stop. That's a great incentive to continue. So, keep nudging yourself in the direction you'd like to go and try the following tips to help you create long-lasting change.
- Don’t try to change fifty things at once. The more things you try to change in a short time frame, the less likely you are to change anything over the long term. Choose no more than your top two things. You can add others later after you tackle the top two.
- Break down big goals into smaller steps. Small steps move you forward to your goal. Just getting to first base can build your confidence to tackle more difficult tasks. If your goal is to exercise more, start with parking farther away in the parking lot every day. Next add a daily walk of 10 minutes. Then add a twice a week workout with a friend. You get the idea. Each step builds your confidence and motivates you to keep going.
- Create an accountability system. Once the excitement, the motivation and the initial momentum subside, what will keep you doing what you need to do? Commit yourself. Make yourself accountable through a written or verbal promise to people you don't want to let down. That will encourage you to plow through tough times. You can make a private promise to a friend, a family member, or a teacher. Want more support? Post your promise on Facebook, tweet it to your followers, or seek out folks with like-minded goals online.
- Work in four-week blocks. The four-week time frame is long enough to produce significant practical change but also short enough for us to stay focused, motivated and in the game emotionally. A series of twenty-eight-day game plans seems to work for most people.
- Give thanks for what you do. Forget perfection. Set your sights on finishing that marathon, not on running it. If you compete to complete, you'll be a winner even if you wind up walking more than you run. With exercise, you'll benefit even when doing less than you'd like to do. Any activity is always better than none.
- Give yourself a medal. Don't wait to call yourself a winner until you've pounded through the last mile of your big dream marathon or lost every unwanted ounce. Change is incremental. Encourage yourself to keep at it by pausing to acknowledge your success as you tick off small and big steps. Blast your favorite tune each time you reach 5,000 steps. Treat yourself to a new pair of earrings or a healthy smoothie.
Now that you have a plan for making your resolutions last, here’s hoping that 2021 will be a year of great success for you!
- LaShundra Robinson
Holiday Movie Marathon Ideas
Turn on the Christmas lights, snuggle up and don’t forget to pass the popcorn. Not many things are better than movie night with your family or your BFF’s. Get ready to laugh, cry or both with these holiday favorites.
Thanks to a blizzard, a group of kids get stuck at the airport without their parents on Christmas Eve. The cast, who are wildly different from one another, end up creating hilarious chaos for an uptight airport official and his assistant.
Let It Snow
When a snowstorm hits a small town on Christmas Eve, the friendships and lives of several high school students become intertwined. Let It Snow is a rom-com that'll make you laugh and say "awww."
The Holiday Calendar
When Abby, a struggling photographer, inherits an Advent calendar, she didn't know that her life was about to change. The calendar can magically predict her future, and it's predicting a new romance.
A Cinderella Story: A Christmas Wish
The movie follows an inspiring singer named Kat, whose evil stepmother and two stepsisters make her life more than difficult. To follow her dreams, Kat picks up a job dressing up as an elf, but everything changes when she starts falling for Santa.
The humor of the classic movie, Elf, makes it a perfect Christmas movie for teens. It follows a child-like man named Buddy who was mistakenly sent to the North Pole and raised among Santa's elves. Now, he's on a mission to find his real dad and build a relationship with him, no matter how awkward the process might be.
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Jake hasn't been home since his mother died and dad remarried, but his father offered him a deal. If he made it to Christmas dinner, he'd offer him his Porsche. Jake accepts the deal, but he soon learns that getting to New York isn't as easy as it seems when everything that can go wrong, does.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This classic is the perfect holiday movie for the whole family, but the Grinch's jokes will have teens rolling on the floor. The Grinch is a rude, bitter creature who hates Christmas and wants to ruin it for everyone else. But little does he know the sweet Cindy Lou Who is about to derail all his plans.
This one is on the list simply because it's one of the best Christmas movies of all time. When Kevin's parents mistakenly leave him at home as they head out to the airport, Kevin's wish that he had no family kind of comes true. But being home alone isn't as fun when two con men are trying to rob your house. Now, Kevin's determined to (hilariously) defend his home.
Christmas With the Kranks
Facing their first Christmas without their daughter, Blair, the Kranks decide to go on a Caribbean cruise instead. Their lack of Christmas spirit really upsets their neighbors. Then, Blair announces that she is coming home for Christmas after all, forcing the Kranks to get into the holiday mood quickly.
Based on the popular tale, A Christmas Carol. This movie is a reminder of what's important during the holidays. Frank is a successful, but cold TV executive who's about to learn some important lessons. After firing a staff member, he's visited by a couple of ghosts who will make him reevaluate his life and his actions.
Fred is Santa's troublemaking, criminal brother. Fred ends up in big trouble and Santa, aka St. Nick, tries to help him out by giving him a job at the North Pole making toys. But Fred ends up being more of a headache than St. Nick ever imagined.
The Knight Before Christmas
Brooke is a high school science teacher who isn't really into the idea of love, but a knight named Sir Cole who's really from the 14th century is about to show her that she doesn't really know herself as well as she thinks she does.
Happy Holidays from 3T’s Boutique!
Holiday Gift Giving Pandemic Style
If 2020 has taught us anything, it has pushed us to become savvy online shoppers, buying everything from groceries to gifts. Read on to find unique picks for the teens and tweens in your life and knock that shopping list out in no time.
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These adorable little critters bite the end of their cords to keep them from breaking and fraying. They're just $6 a pop so you can stock up for every one of your teen's chargers.
Even on nights when the full moon isn't in clear sight, this nightstand-friendly lamp lets them fall asleep to the moon's glow. With a click of a button, they can switch between 16 different moon colors, instantly changing the vibe of their space.
Tiny Gold Initial Heart Necklace
This dainty gold choker is a heartfelt way to remind your special young woman that she's always in your heart.
Cinematic Light Box
With 105 interchangeable letters and symbols to choose from, this light box makes it easy and fun for your teen to share a new message each day.
Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone
Great for a night in with family and friends, this microphone will have your teen belting out her favorite songs. They can pick from thousands of songs using an app or their own Spotify, iTunes, or Pandora account.
Stick-On Phone Pocket
The teen in your life may forget their wallet, but they'll never leave their phone at home. This phone pocket sticks right onto any phone or phone case and can stash cash, cards, and keys.
Smile Instant Print Digital Camera
Of course, they have their phone to take photos with, but this Kodak camera will print out any snap instantly, and on sticky paper so they can hang it anywhere.
Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat
This silicone mat makes it super easy to clean makeup brushes. Clean brushes help to keep skin clear.
Perfect for summer pool parties or after-school hangs, this easy-to-carry speaker can be moved from one room to the next. It uses Bluetooth to connect to a phone or laptop.
These floral boots keep feet extra dry without sacrificing style.
Holographic Fanny Pack
Fanny packs are back! Up your teen’s style with a snappy holographic one.
100% Chilled Eau de Parfum
In addition to looking cute on their vanity, this 1.7-ounce perfume promises to be as chill as your teen. The unique blend of bergamot, cashmere wood, and sandalwood will make her feel relaxed and well, as cool as a cucumber.
Make Your Own Lip Balm Set
With this easy-to-follow kit, she can customize the scent, color, and shimmer of five lip balms at a fraction of the price.
Original Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets are said to do wonders for teens who toss and turn at night.
Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette
With 12 new shades ranging from rose gold to black cherry, your teen will by psyched to try Urban Decay's latest, fiery flavors.
Flower Monogram Journal
You can never go wrong with a monogrammed pick. It'll be her favorite notebook to draw, journal, doodle and more.
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer
For minimalist teens, this gloss comes in classic nude and has just the right amount of shimmer.
Avril Round Metal Sunglasses
Available in brown, black, and millennial pink, these stylish sunglasses are affordable enough for you to snag a pair for yourself!
Enjoy your holiday shopping! 3T’s wishes you a safe and merry holiday with your family and friends.
The Benefits of Thankfulness
November rolls around each year and everyone starts to reflect on what they have to be thankful about. We take thankfulness out along with the other holiday décor and as soon as the holidays are over, we pack it back up until the next November. What if we chose to be thankful all year? What if we chose to focus on one thing, we were thankful for each day, each week, each month?
The benefits of thankfulness have been extensively researched.
Thankfulness improves relationships.
Everyone has a need and desire to be appreciated—spouses, children, parents, friends, coworkers, even the strangers we meet in passing. When we express gratitude for people, we make them feel validated and that improves the quality of our relationships with them.
Thankfulness creates contentment.
The media is constantly telling us to buy more, do more, look like this, or act like that. By choosing to be thankful, you can ignore these messages and embrace contentment.
Thankfulness feels good.
You know how happy you feel around the holidays? When you chose to count your blessings and turn your heart and thoughts toward gratitude, the warm and fuzzy feelings follow.
Thankfulness keeps us healthy.
Reflecting on what we’re thankful for reduces stress. Feelings of thankfulness have tremendous positive value in helping people cope with daily problems. Thankfulness and optimism boosts our immune system.
Thankfulness cultivates humility.
When we choose to be thankful for the big and small things in our lives, we foster a heart of humility and a spirit of graciousness.
Thankfulness is contagious.
When we’re inspired by others’ gratefulness, it prompts our own grateful thoughts and actions as well.
Thankfulness produces positivity.
When we’re intentionally thankful, it naturally redirects our thoughts to see the good in other people and in our everyday lives.
Thankfulness promotes generosity.
When we are thankful for what we have, we can hold our abundance with an open hand and freely give to others. become a blessing to others.
Thankfulness increases likability.
When you are grateful, people see you in a positive light and they naturally like you and want to be around you.
Every day we get to choose to be thankful and to experience the benefits. Sometimes, it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. Take time out to make a list for yourself. See how many things you can come up with. It can be anything from a few good friends to a raise at work.
Here a few ideas
- Good Health
- Fresh Air
- A Bed to Sleep In
- Clean Water
- Cell Phones
- Kindness of Strangers
- Waking up Today
- Indoor Plumbing
- Grocery Stores
- Your Mind
- Moon and Stars
- Air Conditioning
- Modern Medicine
- Warm Clothing
- An Internet Connection
How many things can you add to the list?
- LaShundra Robinson