New Year's 2012 Roundup

Hey gorgeous! Happy New Year!

Here are my favourite New Year's & end of year roundup posts from around the web:

You can never go wrong with these posts from Gala Darling-- awesome New Year's Eve inspiration.

Catsparella's "The Best Maru Moments of 2011" had me laughing & 'awwing'... What a purr-fectly splendid (I couldn't resist!) post.

This sentiment from Neil Gaiman is simply magical!

If you're going out tonight, see my post from last year, "What's in your NYE party bag?" for tips on what to bring with you!

And start 2012 off right by entering the giveaway!

Squee! Happy New Year from Zooey Deschanel & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

These two together are ridiculously charming & beyond adorable!! Here's Zooey and Joseph's performance of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve":

Goodbye, "Occupy"!

Lake Superior State University's annual List of Banished Words is out. Since 1976, the university has compiled a list of the most overused, misused and generally useless words in the English language, garnering press for their college & thrilling logophiles everywhere.

Here are this 2011's most terrible words:

-Baby Bump
-Shared Sacrifice
-Man Cave
-The New Normal
-Pet Parent
-Win The Future
-Thank You In Advance

What would you add?

Check out all 37 lists (1 for each year since '76!) here.

What's a Dragée?

In confectioners' terms, a dragée is a delicious type of candy used to decorate baked goods. Dragées used to contain mercury (early in the 20th century), so they were incredibly dangerous. Now, though, they're yummy, sparkling, decadent & elegant-- what better pet name for my wonderful readers?

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How To Make & Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

1 Set measurable goals. Instead of resolving to eat healthier, try eating at least 4 servings of veggies each day. If you're able to see the improvements, you'll be more confident in your ability to stick with your resolutions.

2 Make your resolutions challenging, but keep-able. Giving yourself a challenge pushes you to become an even better you. Having attainable goals means your goals are likelier to be met.

3 Make sure your resolutions are YOUR resolutions. Don't pledge to lose weight just because your self-conscious aunt says you should. Don't promise to cut down on watching TV if it makes you happy & you lead a productive life. Do be sure to make resolutions that will impact your life positively-- forget others' ideas of what makes a good resolution.

What are your new year's resolutions for 2012?

"My heart's beating better alone..."

How can you let yourself fall when you're terrified of getting hurt? I can't explain it, even though I've been in love. I've fallen. Hard. Scared beyond words, I've fallen in love.

Alexz Johnson's latest single, Skipping Stone is about exactly this. Of the song, she writes, "I wanted to try and capture the intimacy, pain and realness that often accompany being in love. If a heart were to get broken, there's a tendency to move forward pretending we weren't really hurt that bad after all. I think it takes incredible courage to let yourself fall. If you have, this song is for you".

Here's Skipping Stone:

You can download the song for free (!!) at

My heart's beating better alone
And if it is broke why let you know?
This heart's not your skipping stone
If I'm sinking water than why even bother
Leave it alone
This hearts not your skipping stone

Merry Christmas From Mother Monster

Lady Gaga promised an extra-special gift to her Little Monsters- a new song. She exclaimed "I love you all so much, you're the greatest gift to me".

Of the song, she tweeted "I wrote it in Minnesota after the Monster Ball on the tour bus" & "We recorded it in one shot. Fernando on guitar, Paul on Drum Machine. I wrote, sang it, and freestyled the last minute + a half of the song".

The Huffington Post describes Gaga as a "raw, hyper-sexualized Santa Claus, slinking down the chimney to mingle with the flames of your yule log". What a delicious description!

Here it is, 'Stuck on Fuckin' You' by Lady Gaga:

What To Eat for Christmas Dinner

Food is a hot topic year-round, but when the holidays approach, women begin to feel especially guilty about their food intake.

The delicious aroma of Christmas Dinner, the mouthwatering desserts on the table... It can be hard to resist. So here's my advice: Don't.

If you're calculating calories or banning dessert, how can you enjoy yourself? The holidays are supoosed to be festive and fun, not fraught with guilt and anxiety over what you eat & how you look.

Enjoy what you eat. Eat when you're hungry. Stop when you're full. And most importantly, have a wonderful time!

No More Fishbowls

Back in 1959 the design was called "The New Look", but in 2011, the buses Torontonians affectionately call "Fishbowls" are outdated, finally replaced by modern TTC buses as of 16 December.

To read more, visit The Grid & Transit Toronto.

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