In just a matter of seconds, 2016 will be over. All of those bad days, good memories or life changing moments are now in the past. 2017 is a year of hope. Many people look forward to a new year to make changes, goals, and resolutions. Let’s celebrate 2017 by making it a great year! Here’s how to start.
New Year’s Eve History
Before digging into all the new year’s stuff, let’s take a second to reflect on the history of New Years Eve. All around the world, people have been celebrating the start of each new year for at least four millennia. People began celebrating New Year’s Eve in Times Square as early as 1904 but it wasn’t until 1907 that the New Year’s Eve Ball made it’s first appearance. Today, the ball is 12 feet in diameter and weighs about 11,875 pounds. Join the world as the watch the ball drop this New Year’s Eve!
There’s something special about ending a year and starting fresh with a new one. The whole feeling brings about a sense of change and newness. It gives people hope to start fresh, to make resolutions and goals to become better. Many times people make these new goals and resolutions but find that they don’t happen. Instead of letting that happen this year, make the decision to achieve and reach your goals and new year’s resolutions!
Make New Goals
Grab a notebook and a pen and start writing down your goals for 2017. They don’t have to be goals that take all year to accomplish. Instead they could be simple goals such as buying that new cellphone, getting a haircut or even finally asking that girl out that you thought was cute all semester long. There is a sense of accomplishment that comes from checking off a finished goal that you have reached.
Break It Down
After writing your never ending list of goals for the upcoming year, you are probably feeling like you have a huge amount of things to get started on. Instead of letting yourself get burdened with all of the things you’d like to do for the year, why don’t you break your list down instead. Instead of setting just yearly goals, try something different this year. Check out these pintables that have you break down your goals in separate categories such as yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily. This helps break it all up and helps you feel more accomplished along the way.
Live Your Year
2017 is a new year that we’ve all been waiting for. They key to having a great year is by simply having a plan. Write down your goals, work on them and make them happen! Work hard to accomplish things that you have set forth to do! It’s time to plan for your best year ever! Head to this website to find out what you need to do to make 2017 the best year yet!
Being home for the holidays is something we all love. As we are surrounded by family and friends we share laughs and memories together. Holiday treats, goodies and snacks are everywhere. This Christmas, liven up your homemade treats by adding a bit of spunk! Check out these five fun holiday treats that we’re sure you and your family will love!
#1 Christmas Tree Brownies
Making a box of brownies can get boring real fast. Liven up your brownies this year by adding some color! These Christmas Tree Brownies are an easy treat to make this holiday season. Simply follow the brownie box directions as followed and once those babies are cooled its time for the fun part. Cut your brownies into triangles and start by making a green swirl on the tree with frosting. Add sprinkles on the frosting and a piece of a candy cane for the tree trunk. We promise these brownies will be delicious!
#2 Snowman Donuts
Making a snowman outside can be fun, but how about making one inside instead! This Christmas season, try making these fun snowman donuts! All you need are some mini packaged powdered donuts, craft paper, ribbon, glue and a marker. Cut out hats and scarves with the ribbon and paper. Attach the hat and scarves to the snowmen and use the marker to draw on faces. Enjoy your cute festive snowmen!
#3 Christmas Light Cupcakes
Light up your cupcakes this Christmas by adding some color. Cook your cupcakes as followed on the box. Once your cupcakes have cooled, grab the frosting. Using a bag of icing, frost the icing in a swirl on top of the cupcake. Use black icing to create the string for the lights. Lastly, add M&M’s to create colored Christmas lights. These cupcakes will not only be delicious but will look delicious too!
#4 Rice Krispy Gingerbread Pops
Who doesn’t love a gooey delicious rice Krispy treat? Take your rice Krispy treats to the next level by making them into festive gingerbread men! Simply follow the directions step by step in the recipe below. Make sure to add cocoa powder to your rice Krispy treats to make them look like gingerbread men! After the treat has settled, use cookie cutters to cut out the gingerbread men. Decorate them with icing and M&M’s. Add a Christmas colored paper straw or popsicle stick to make your gingerbread man come alive!
#5 Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms
It’s time to get the peppermint out! These delicious chocolate peppermint blossoms will leave your mouth watering and wanting more. Simply follow the recipe below for the cookie instructions. Once your cookies have cooked and cooled a little, add a Candy Cane Kiss. Serve on a platter or deliver a plate to your friends! We promise you can’t eat just one!
With the Christmas season just a few days away, everyone will be hustling and bustling to get home for the holidays. Here at The Village, we want everyone to make it home safe and sound this Christmas! Driving on snow covered roads can be dangerous so make sure you are ready and prepared to make your trip home. Here are just a few safety tips to remember before making your journey home.
Scrape Car Windows
Although it is annoying, scraping your frozen car windows is very important. Make sure to scrape both the front and back windows so that you can see the cars in front of you along with the cars behind you. Don’t’ scrape just enough for you to barely see out the window. Scraping your car windows will help eliminate blind spots so that you can travel safe.
Always Wear Your Seatbelt
Wearing your seatbelt is something that you should always do, no matter the time of the year. This winter, especially make sure to buckle up and wear your seatbelt. Driving in snow can be dangerous and it is important to always be safe. Accidents are more prone during the winter due to the icy roads. Make sure to keep yourself safe by buckling up!
Avoid Driving When Tired
Trying to balance your life with school, work, finals, and dating can be a lot. Let’s just say that by the end of the semester, everyone looks like zombies walking around campus. Sleep is something that you tend to get less and less of the closer you get to the break. Make sure to not let this lack of sleep affect your driving. Instead, make safe driving plans so that you can be alert and aware on the roads. If you’re too tired to drive, maybe take a power nap beforehand or get a good nights sleep and start your drive early the next morning.
Keep Gas Tank at Least Half Full
You never know when something could suddenly go completely wrong. To help keep yourself safe this winter, make sure to always keep your gas tank at least half full. You may get lost, get stuck or even find yourself in an accident. It is always wise to have gas in your car to help keep you warm. Keeping a blanket in your trunk is another wise think to carry during these cold winter months.
No Cruise Control on Slippery Roads
As much as we all love cruise control, we need to remember to be very careful driving with it during the winter. It’s hard to see when the roads are icy and you never know when you might hit some black ice. If you can tell the roads are snowy and icy, you may not want to risk it driving with your cruise control on. Instead be alert and aware by driving with your foot on the gas and keeping close to the breaks.
The most important key to driving safe during the winter is to DRIVE SLOW! Many people think that they can still go the speed limit or drive as fast as they normally would. You need to remember to allow yourself extra time wherever you go. Driving in the snow takes more time and you need to be more cautious than you think. When accelerating and decelerating, make sure to do both of those slowly as well.
Know Your Brakes
Many people underestimate the power of their breaks during the winter months. When driving, it is your first instinct to slam on the breaks when you suddenly need to stop. Although this was a great idea in the summer, it’s not during the winter. Slamming on your breaks can cause you to slide or spin out. Remember to go slow and to decelerate slower. When decelerating, pump your breaks. Pumping your breaks can keep your car from sliding or spinning out. As long as your take things slow, you should be fine!
Brr it’s freezing outside! Don’t let the cold get you down this winter! Instead of staying cooped up inside watching movies and drinking hot cocoa, it’s time to get outside and play in the snow. You don’t have to go skiing or snowboarding to enjoy the snow. Instead, here are a few fun things that you can do in the snow this winter!
First things first, who doesn’t love sledding? Relive your childhood memories this winter by going sledding with family or friends. You don’t have to have a fancy sled to have a good time sledding. Instead, you can buy cheap sleds in the local area or use random household appliances such as trash can lids or plastic storage containers. Make the most of the snow this winter.
Have you ever tried snowshoeing? If you haven’t, then this winter is the perfect time for you to go! Spend the afternoon out adventuring in the mountains or at a nearby park. You can rent snowshoes at the ORC on BYU-I’s campus for cheap. It’s only $11 for adults and $7 for juniors for a 24-hour period. Mark your calendars to spend the day snowshoeing out in the snow!
If you like to ski or snowboard, then you’ll love night skiing! This winter spend an evening at the slopes! Enjoy skiing down the lit up ski slopes with your friends! Not to far from Rexburg, you can enjoy night skiing at Kelly Canyon. Their prices are pretty affordable for a ski pass or ski rental. Head to their website to find out more!
Have a little fun this winter by drawing or making snow sculptures on your car! Grab your friends and have fun decorating each others cars. Draw eyes and funny faces on your cars to look like characters from the movie Cars. Be creative!
Build a Snowman
It’s time to take your snowman building to the next level! This winter, you can have fun in the snow by building a huge, gigantic snowman. You’re going to need all the help and the snow you can get. Start rolling and packing the snow together to make the snowman. Once you’re about finished, add branches, rocks, a hat, and a scarf to make the finishing touches.