Month: December 2018
Give the Gift of an Experience

Give the Gift of an Experience

Having trouble figuring out what to give someone.  Give an experience rather than some thing.

Our Directory is full of wonderful activities in The Arts, with The Environment, fun activities for kids and adults.

You can give tickets for a theatrical and musical production at local theaters like: 

Two River Theater or State Theatre or Hurdy Gurdy Music Club

In addition, there are all kinds of interesting activities in our Directory like:

Tewksbury Balloon Adventures and Grape Beginnings and Cape May Whale Watcher

There are gifts for all ages from all the unique companies in our Directory:

Garden State Rocks has indoor rock climbing

Liberty Science Center is one of the most popular places to go.

Similarly, there are even more scientific activities in places like the Alice and Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium at the Newark Museum.  

Finally, there’s great fun to be found at:

TopGun Paintball or Delaware River Tubing or Sterling Hill Mining Museum.

Many businesses are giving holiday sales; most have gift certificates available.

Search our Directory for what interests you for what’s near you.  That’s what AwareNewJersey is for, Finding the Unique in New Jersey.

Winterize Yourself

Winterize Yourself

Tips to be more comfortable through the Winter

I’m not a winter person.  I don’t like to be cold.  Everything seems more difficult and to take longer during the Winter.

It seems like, this time of year, it’s necessary to change my personal care routine.  I suspect it may be the same for you.

Winter air is decidedly drier. Consequently, skin becomes drier and itchy.  Nasal passages are often dry and irritated.  Hair is drier, goes flat and fly-away.

Also, drier air often means static, giving us shocks, making our hair stand on end and making a variety of things cling when and where we don’t want them to.

Furthermore, dry nasal passages can lead to sneezing and even irritated sinuses, raspy throat and even nose bleeds.

So, what can be done?

First of all, recognize how cold, dry winter air affects you.

Skin care

For dry itchy skin get yourself a good body moisturizer and slather it on after your shower.  I prefer light lotions to the waxier types.

Be sure, when you wash your hands, you pat them dry, don’t rub them and apply hand lotion as needed. It’s good idea to keep one of those travel-sized tubes of hand lotion in your purse or briefcase.

Likewise, keep lip balm everywhere, in your purse, in your pocket; everywhere.

Nasal passages

Another good practice is to use a nasal saline spray in the morning and before bed to help keep your nasal passages moisturized.  If your nose gets sore from sneezing or wiping it, you can use a little moisturizing lotion on the irritated tissue to keep it from getting too chapped.

Hair care

You may want to wash your hair a little less often and use a little cream rinse to reduce static.  I find that synthetic, wool and even silk fabric for scarves and hats create static, so I like cotton.


Static is an electrical charge.  You’ve felt it, I’m sure.  Wool, acrylics and plush fabrics, even silk, create static.  It can make your hair stand on end or go flat and, every once-in-a-while, you can get a “bite” from static build up.  Cotton doesn’t conduct electricity/static very well and, consequently, is a great fabric for winter.

House and Car

I think it’s a good idea to keep a snow shovel in the car.  Likewise, a rubber squeegee, a scraper for frost, and a long-handled brush to get snow off windows and roof.  I’ve read that a spray bottle of 3 parts vinegar, 1 part water will remove frost and keep it off for a while.  Similarly, I’ve read the same about a like mixture of isopropyl alcohol; it does have a lower freezing temperature.

You might also want to keep an extra pair of gloves in the car and even a lap blanket, for emergencies.

Wet and dirty snow boots quickly create more work in the house, for that reason, you might want to have a boot tray in your entrance and a few, small, washable rag rugs to catch water and mud.


I keep throat lozenges around during the winter. 

I pay more attention to weather reports.

I leave more time to do most things because of having to wear layers of clothing, having to shovel snow, having to warm up the car or other things.

And, I practice gratitude and patience to counteract my automatic reactions to the inconveniences and discomforts of cold, winter weather.

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