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Every year we go through a similar routine. We get to December after 12 months of hard work and decide that we’re going to go all-out over the holidays, celebrating the good times while we can. Then, as the first week of January hits, the realization dawns that we’ve put on ten pounds in weight. Only the most drastic of New Year’s resolutions will save us!

Sticking to New Year’s resolutions, however, is trickier than you might think. Yes, people want to lose weight and tone up, but they often need help doing it. 

What are the top 5 New Year’s resolutions?

The top five near years resolutions are: 

  1. To eat healthier or go on a diet
  2. To exercise more
  3. To lose weight
  4. To save money and spend less
  5. To learn a new skill or hobby

How do you set goals for New Year’s resolutions? 

Setting goals for your New Year’s resolutions is easy. Just follow these easy steps: 

  • Write down your goals and then check back with them periodically to make sure that you still want to follow them
  • Set goals for different areas of your life, whether financial, health or quality-of-life related
  • Create goals that you can measure, such as losing a certain amount of weight before a particular date
  • Include your partner or significant other in your goal setting decisions

Why are New Year’s resolutions important? 

New Year’s resolutions are important because they help clarify your priorities. They help you focus on the things that you most want from life. 

What gifts can help people keep their resolutions?

Are you wondering which gifts can help people keep their New Year’s resolutions? If so, you’re in luck. Take a look at these personalized gifts for him and gifts for her. 

A Wall Grid

A wall grid is a little bit like a personalised planner but for everyone to see. It’s essentially a frame that you put on the wall that allows you to hang post-it notes reminding you what you need to do next. It’s like a calendar, but a bit more flexible. 

A Gym Bag

Is there a person in your life who wants to improve his or her fitness in the new year? If so, a gym bag might be just the thing that they need to give them that extra push to go out and train.

Gym bags have come a long way in recent years. They’re no longer giant duffel bags with vulgar branding scrawled all over them. Instead, they are elegant, stylish, and help the recipient look their best whenever they rock up to the gym. 

A Personalised Planner

Anyone who wants to make a significant lifestyle change needs a personalized planner – a vital piece of kit for writing down what they plan to achieve their resolutions for the new year.

A Personalized, Framed To-Do List

People who have great routines tend to have great lives. While exercising, eating well, and working hard are all difficult in the short term, they pay off massively over the decades. A person who does everything right from age twenty-five to age fifty-five can look forward to a relaxing retirement, freedom, and a much-reduced risk of adverse health problems.

Sometimes, though, people need a bit of a nudge in the right direction to help them make the right choices. That’s what’s so wonderful about personalized daily to-do lists. You can personalize a shortlist of perhaps ten things that the recipient should do every day to make their lives better. It could be something like, wake up, drink a cup of green tea, have a green smoothie, go for a 20-minute walk, and so on. Thus, it could be the perfect way to remind them how to live, day after day, if they traditionally struggle to stick with their New Year’s resolution. 

Healthy Chocolate Alternatives

A lot of people resolve to give up eating chocolate for New Year’s. Chocolate not only contains loads of sugar, but it’s packed full of fat from the cocoa bean, too, making it an ideal food for gaining weight. 

Modern health-orientated companies, however, now make a variety of chocolate substitute products made from whole foods that don’t cause weight gain but still taste great. 

Going cold turkey on chocolate is hard. Chocolate contains dozens of feel-good compounds that send genuine chocolate-lovers wild. Most of these compounds, however, are in the defatted cocoa powder, not in the other elements. Cocoa is a health food. Hence, you can now buy a range of chocolate products that do not contain any of the refined ingredients you would typically find in regular chocolate. Instead, the sweetness comes from dates (a whole fruit) and the fat from nuts (like cashews blended into a paste). 

A “More Self Love” Badge

Sometimes people need a gentle reminder to be kinder to themselves. A “More Self Love” badge is the perfect present for anyone who is trying to look after themselves better in the new year. 

A Matcha Brewing Kit

Matcha is ground up green tea leaves. It’s become a popular choice of beverage over recent years because of the extraordinary health benefits of daily green tea consumption. Green tea contains potent compounds that help to improve health at the fundamental level, switching your cells into maintenance mode, making it a vital part of any weight loss plan. 

Making matcha tea, however, isn’t always straightforward. It requires a little know-how. Fortunately, with a Matcha Brewing Kit from companies like Matchelogist, it’s easy. The kit comes with a double-walled glass teapot, a hand whisk made of bamboo, and a bamboo measuring spoon. There are also instructions showing you how to drink this tea like a true Buddhist monk. Just leave it to brew, and you’re all set. 

A Tea Subscription

You can get a subscription for practically anything these days, including, it seems, for tea. A tea subscription is an excellent gift for her because it completely takes care of the drinks side of the diet equation. With an endless supply of healthy teas, she won’t be so tempted to reach for the double cream macchiato. 

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Many beginning entrepreneurs and future people in business believe that they do not need education, because a large number of well-known billionaires dropped out, and despite this, became incredibly successful. They prefer to use services like WriteMyEssayOnline which promise to write an essay for you and save the time. Let’s have a look at who these people are and how it happened that they have no degree.

I know one guy…

Yes, we all heard about them too. Steve Jobs, one of the founders of Apple and the former CEO of the company, dropped out of university, which did not prevent him from creating one of the largest and most successful corporations in the world. Mark Zuckerberg studied at Harvard, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, but left it to develop his project, which is now the largest social network in the world. Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group corporation and the owner of a vast number of companies of various profiles, also does not have a higher education. Even Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and the richest man in the world for 13 years, quit Harvard to develop his idea.

But all these people are geniuses who from very early childhood had many ideas and worked on their implementation, studying entrepreneurial business through hard work and a large number of failures, which gave them valuable experience and became the reason for success. Besides, I am sure that you can recall just a few other names of famous business people who have the same achievements and do not have a degree because the above people are exceptions to the rules. If you are over 20 years old, you have not yet implemented a single project, you do not even have a garage that you converted into a workspace, and you are reading this article, then most likely you are not one of these people.

And I know even more of them!

At the same time, I can give examples of a vast number of people who are successful businessmen with a degree. Elon Musk, your personal favorite, the founder of PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX, and the future conqueror of Mars, has a bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire founder and owner of Bloomberg L.P., the former mayor of New York, and the 13th richest man in the world, has an MBA at Harvard Business School. Jeff Bezos, founder, and owner of Amazon, and also the richest man in the world graduated from Princeton University in 1986 with a degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. This list can be much longer, and since I do not want to waste your time, you can recall any well-known entrepreneur, open their Wikipedia page, and you will most likely find out that this person has a degree.

Diploma or knowledge

Moreover, the huge advantage of higher education is not the diploma you get after graduation, but the structuring of knowledge, which is very important in any business. Any field of activity has an almost unlimited amount of knowledge that you can absorb, but you cannot be sure what information is vital and in what order should it be studied. Developers of educational programs base them on their experience and the characteristics of students’ perception of information, so they know exactly what information and in what order is needed for you to learn the materials most effectively.

In general, higher education is not a necessity to become an effective manager and create a business that will make you a billionaire. But I can assure you that without self-education, your business will not be able to survive even one year, because if you do not develop, then your business will struggle as well. People like Elon Musk work on themselves every day and strive to become better; they continuously absorb new information, even which is indirectly related to their business, but it allows them to expand their worldview, which is essential to see the wide picture. If you do not develop your thinking, you will not be able to come up with a project that will benefit people, so it will not interest them, and your business will be a failure.

Every day you should become better than you were the day before, because if you do not develop, then how can you grow a business? I can say without exaggeration that your business is your reflection, so work on yourself, as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did before, in the process, and after creating their businesses. If you want to increase your chances in business significantly – start getting higher education right now. Colleges develop the curriculum in such a way that students absorb the studied information as efficiently as possible, which is very important for structuring knowledge in your mind. Consider higher education as your first investment, which now may not seem to you the most rational, but in the future will save you a massive amount of time, effort, and finance.

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Around half a million new businesses are started every month in the United States, though many go on to fail. Fortunately, Cincinnati has a dynamic and thriving female startup scene that you can easily access. In order to do this, you need to make sure you are prepared to be a business owner. Ohio has a unique market, and it needs to be studied carefully. By getting your finances in order first, you can then make sure that your business idea fulfills the needs of local customers. From here, you can start setting out the plans that will maximize your chances of making it in a competitive market. You’ve taken the leap into self-employment; now get the set-up right. 

Make Sure Your Finances are in Order

Debt can profoundly affect women since females are more likely to attend college than men and therefore tend to take out more student loans. If you are worried about paying off student loans, you should first prioritize your repayments and make sure you enter self-employment with sound finances. Use your business dreams as motivation to pay off any outstanding loans if you have the means. This way, any early profits can be put back into the business so that you can expand in the future. 

Research the Ohio Market

If you already have debt, it is important that you understand the consequences. Ohio has its on unique rules regarding the statute of limitations (SOL) on debts, so you may find that you are still able to acquire the funding required for your business startup. You can find each state’s SOL listed here and then go onto research your local target market. Once you are sure that Ohio is the best state to set up your business, then you can go ahead and take the plunge. 

Make a Plan with Clear, Achievable Targets

Planning is the key to success. When setting target, think SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. SMART goals are the best way to get your business up and running straightaway. Write out a detailed business plan so that you have clearly defined targets to work toward. When businesses fail, the most common reason is a lack of a workable strategy, so pour your energy into making a plan and sticking to it in the early days. Once you have built up a profitable company, you will be able to be more flexible and take more creative risks.

Women are increasingly creating incredible brands and building successful businesses in Cincinnati. Once you have decided you want in on the action, make sure that you set up your business to give you the best chance of success. Build a strong credit score, research the market, and set realistic goals to make your business dream a reality.

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New cosmetic procedures are emerging on a daily basis, and one of the newest treatments (which is already making noise in professional circles as well as amongst celebrities) is AquaGold therapy. Dr.Numb, the leading anesthetic cream brand, is getting up close and personal with this new trendy procedure.

In short, AquaGold Therapy is the new, revamped, and upgraded microneedling. It uses the same principle, with one significant difference: the AquaGold needles hollow and filled with a cocktail of revitalizing substances, to be precise Botox, Hyaluronic Acid and patient’s PRP. During the procedure, the dermatologist makes thousands of microscopic punctures in patient’s skin, which itself generates collagen, and the additional ingredients are being delivered directly into the skin through hollow needles.

This sounds like dream for a skin, honestly. 

Just like with any microneedling procedure, it is important to prevent any painful sensation for the patient. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to apply a numbing cream before the procedure.  Dr.Numb Topical 5% lidocaine cream is a perfect choice for numbing during any cosmetological treatments. Due to its unique formula, it takes only 15-20 minutes to fully numb the face, with strong effect lasting for about 3 hours – just enough to finish the treatment. This product also contains Vitamin E and a moisturizer for a maximum comfort of the skin.

Any microneedling procedure involves skin-pricking, which is why the highest level of hygiene must be preserved at all times. In case drops of blood appear, it is recommended to use Dr.Numb Topical Anesthetic Disinfectant Foam Soap with 4% lidocaine, which effectively cleans the skin and renews the numbing effect as well. The formula amplifies the use of benzethonium chloride, a powerful antiseptic and anti-infective agent synergized by aloe vera leaf juice, well known for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, intensified by leuconostoc-radish root ferment filtrate, an ingredient capable of restricting the growth of other microorganisms by acidifying its environment.

The end results of AquaGold treatment may be seen around a week after the procedure. In the meantime, remember that the skin is very sensitive after any cosmetology treatments, so the patients have to be very gentle to it all days following their visit to aesthetician.

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With record low temperatures, a local lady launches her annual Clothes Drive across Cincinnati and needs more help than ever. Read on for more.


Cincinnati’s brutally cold winter weather makes it tough just to walk out the door, let alone live in these conditions. That’s what inspired Liz Wu to launch the #Kindflash City-Wide Clothes Drive four years ago.

According to Wu, the annual #Kindflash Citywide Clothes Drive demonstrates kindness and how people can get involved and make a difference. It’s a weekend long event and this year, from Jan. 19-21, where as many donors and volunteers as possible distribute warm clothing such as hats, gloves, scarves, and socks across the city.

“I thought it would be the least I could do to gather a few friends and put out some warm clothing items,” Wu says. “I created a Facebook event and invited a dozen or so people to join in.”

Quickly, Wu’s small gesture turned into something grand. In fact, in the first year, Wu says, there were 20 drop-off sites organized around the area, within 35 Greater Cincinnati neighborhoods.

Each year, the #Kindflash Clothes Drive has grown and Wu is preparing to reach 60 neighborhoods, with 40 items each, totaling around 2,400 items distributed. Wu and her team are expecting at least 100 volunteers who will help throughout the weekend.

“A big part of this project is in bringing visibility to the plight of vulnerable populations, especially during the winter,” Wu says. “Connecting the items with people who need them is an important part of the project, but raising awareness of these issues, and also demonstrating how simple it can be to take direct action (however small) is also our intention.”

Wu says there are two ways to get involved in the #KindFlash Clothes Drive: volunteering your materials or with your time.

For item donations, Wu says they’re looking for anything warm, and they’re accepting items until Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. For more information visit #Kindflash City-wide Clothes Drive on Facebook.

If interested in donating your time, sign up as a volunteer to distribute the items. #Kindflash is looking for volunteers Jan 19-21 to help bag items and pass them out. If interested, click here.


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The line between technology and the media is becoming more blurred all the time. From ten or twenty years ago when the media was restricted to the television and the newspapers, it has now become part of our daily lives. You can’t use Twitter or Facebook without a company trying to sell you something or tell you about an important news story. With all of this increased exposure, also comes a growing need for you to be aware of your data and where it’s going. 

Be Aware of New Trends

The best way to stay aware of new trends in technology and the digital world is to read one of the many popular websites that cover and review new technology. The more mainstream sites will give you a consumer’s eye view of new products such as cell phones and laptops. These sites are great if you want to know what new gadget you should be looking for, or if you want to know which phone upgrade to accept. They can also sometimes draw attention to new security features that can make your phone or laptop more secure. 

Take Note of New Scams

When it comes to the internet and social media, there are always sites or advertising that look official or legitimate but are there to scam innocent people. Many of these scams work hard to look like something else to give them credibility, though you will soon find accounts of people becoming affected by them. If you see an ad or a webpage that is asking for your personal information, you need to ensure that it is a legitimate site. Any site asking for personal details should use an encrypted way to store your data. If you have any doubts about it, then try searching the internet for that company. You may find accounts of others that have been the victim of their scam. 

Monitor for Viruses

There has been a lot of news and advice on the internet about protecting your data by securing your phone and computer from viruses. New viruses are developed all the time, and they are finding their way into almost all technology. It is important that you are aware of where viruses can potentially come from and have adequate protection from them. The most common way to get a virus at home is through your emails; if you find an email that you don’t recognize, it is best not to open it or any attachment that is sent with it. 

Recovering Your Lost Data

In some cases, your computer can be affected by a virus without you knowing where it originated. If you do find that you have lost data as a result of a virus, then there are ways that you can recover the data with companies like Secure Data Recovery Services. It is important to remove the virus beforehand from your computer using your anti-virus software, or your data will still be at risk. 

By staying in touch with trends on the internet and technology, you can try to protect yourself from any adverse effects.  

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Learn about the dynamic healthcare duo that’s now offering a revolutionary same-day total hip replacement outpatient surgery option.


St. Elizabeth and OrthoCincy now offer same day total hip replacement surgery

St. Elizabeth and OrthoCincy’s Dr. Grunkemeyer now offer same day total hip replacement as one of our many outpatient orthopedic surgery options. At the forefront of orthopedics, we provide surgical innovations including same day outpatient joint replacement procedures that offer a faster recovery time.

When you choose the St. Elizabeth Total Joint Center, you receive the most advanced orthopedic care and in some cases you can return to the comfort of your home rather than staying overnight in the hospital following joint replacement surgery. 

Total hip replacement is a minimally invasive surgery that involves removing the damaged hip and replacing it with a hip prosthesis. This surgery helps relieve the grinding between the two surfaces of the ball and joint in patients with chronic hip arthritis so they are able to walk without pain.

Can I have same day total hip replacement?

Not everyone who needs hip replacement surgery is a candidate for same day total hip replacement. You may be a candidate if you meet certain clinical criteria, are motivated to return home the same day, and have a home environment conductive to a healthy recovery.

Benefits of same day surgery

The number one benefit of same day total hip replacement is that you can plan to return to the comfort of your home after surgery, rather than staying overnight in the hospital.

We also offer:

  • A minimally invasive, anterior (front) approach to the surgery, resulting in less pain and shorter recovery time.
  • Spinal anesthesia, which helps you avoid the use of a breathing tube and possible pulmonary complications associated with general anesthetic.

To find out more about same day total hip replacement or to make an appointment with Dr. Grunkemeyer at OrthoCincy, please call (859) 301-2663 (BONE), or request an appointment.

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It’s something we’ve been told since we were kids: Getting a good night’s rest is important. But with our busy schedules and long list of responsibilities, getting eight hours of restful slumber can be difficult. So why is it so important to get good sleep? And how can we ensure that we do get a good rest? Let’s check it out.

Why Is a Good Sleep Important?

While one night here and there of bad sleep can’t be avoided, regular unrest can see numerous consequences for both your health and beauty.

In a recent study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that less than seven hours of sleep a night on an ongoing basis increases an individual’s risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and various mental illnesses. As your body has not been given the chance to adequately rest and restore itself, your cognitive and physical functions are severely impaired, leading to lack of focus, constant tiredness and higher risk of accidents.

Not only does lack of sleep affect your body, but it can impact on your beauty, too — especially your skin. Without the chance to restore itself, the moisture and pH levels in your skin reduce, causing you to lose that glow and youthfulness in your face. Dark circles are another big side effect of lack of sleep, as well as dry, flaky and acne-prone breakouts due to your body being tired and not performing at its optimum capabilities.

How Do You Get a Good Sleep?

Now that you’re convinced that a good sleep is essential to your health and beauty, you’re probably wondering what you can do to help you get a consistently good rest. There are a few things you can do, some big and some small, to encourage a deep sleep:

Buy a Good Mattress

Having a mattress that caters to your specific sleeping style (like a Tempurpedic mattress) and support needs is essential to ensuring your body is relaxed, comfortable and well rested. Consider the mattress type and the size that is appropriate, and if you’re struggling to identify what is right for you, try visiting a mattress store website to do some research.

Establish a Sleep Schedule

By going to sleep at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning, you will be able to regulate your body’s internal clock. After a while, your body will become accustomed to this schedule and you will no longer find it difficult to fall asleep and wake up.

Have a Good Bedtime Ritual

By preparing your body for sleep a couple of hours before bed, you will find that it is easier to fall asleep. Establish a bedtime routine that involves keeping your body relaxed by avoiding bright lights from televisions, computer screens and phones, as well as anything that will stimulate your body, such as large meals and loud music.

Be Active

In order to sleep through the night, your body has to be tired. Therefore, remaining active during the day through adequate exercise and avoiding daytime naps is a great way to make sure your body is tired enough to crash at night.

Good sleep is essential to maintaining your health and beauty. Be aware of the consequences of inadequate rest and try and follow these few simple steps to help you sleep well every night.

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While a heart attack affects men and women in the same way, they experience the symptoms differently. Experts at St. Elizabeth Healthcare explain the key symptoms a woman should take to heart.


The pressure between her shoulder blades would not let up. And when Karen Lugo, who is always cold, started sweating, her son called 911.

“I had no idea that I was having a heart attack,” said Karen.  She’s young (just 54), in good shape, and had no cardiac history. “I never had chest pain. My arm didn’t hurt.” No sharp shooting pains, just pressure. “Everybody who knows me, knows my family, was pretty shocked.” Neither of her parents had heart problems. She was fatigued and her stomach was upset, but she thought that might be the flu.

“Since I had my heart attack, I’ve had the symptoms printed up.” And, she’s eager to tell women that the symptoms for women are different than those experienced by men.

Unexplained feelings of nervousness and anxiety.  Tingling in hands and arms. Headaches. Pain in the jaw or neck, shortness of breath, nausea. Or, breaking out in a cold sweat.  They are all on her list and the list of the American Heart Association.

“And I tell everybody to quit smoking…I’d already started quitting” before the heart attack, Karen said. Since: no more cigarettes. Within an hour of her arrival in the St. Elizabeth Hospital emergency room, Dr. Daniel Courtade, a cardiologist with St. Elizabeth Physicians, put a stent in one of her arteries.

“Luckily,” said Karen, “it was one of the smaller ones.” But it was completely clogged. Two weeks later, Karen was back at work as a quality technician for a local factory.

There are no restrictions on what she can do and that means the world to Karen, who can run and play ball with her four grandchildren, ages 16 months to 13 years. “I enjoy my grandkids. They keep me young.”

If you believe you are having a heart attack, call 911 or have someone drive you to the emergency room right away – do not drive yourself.

To learn more about heart health and the simple steps you can take to get to a healthier lifestyle, click here to register for Women Take Heart: Wine and Watercolor, a fun social and educational event for women offered by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Call (859) 301-9355 for more information.

Editor’s Note: This is a special advertising supplement, paid for by St. Elizabeth Healthcare.