Friday, January 4, 2013
Check out some statistics and weigh in on those yearly commitments to achieve goals or reform bad habits.
You've had a week to recover from Christmas and think about the year ahead. Have you made any resolutions for 2013 or do you steer clear of do-or-die, once-a-year goal setting? What began as a tradition of performing simple, good deeds, according to 43Things.com, has become a modern-day practice of resolving to break bad habits, such as smoking, or eat healthier and exercise, or get out of debt—all tasks that are "easier said than done," according to some experts. After all, "The best laid plans o' mice and men [often go astray]," as Poet Robert Burns wrote in the ever-popular Auld Lang Syne. Maybe we should resolve to stop making New Year's resolutions. Of the 45 percent of Americans who usually make resolutions and the 17 percent who …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Check out these interesting fun facts and trivia about the New Year's holiday.
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Tuesday, January 1
Impress your family and friends with this New Year's trivia: Have great New Year's trivia of your own? Tell us in the comments! Share your New Year's photos with us by clicking "Upload Photos and Videos" or use the camera icon on our mobile apps.
If you could make a New Year's resolution for Cartersville or Bartow County, what would it be?
More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money. As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Cartersville and Bartow County to make it an even better place to live? City and county officials, along with the local Chamber of Commerce, say they're focused on creating jobs. Last month, voestalpine broke ground on a $62 million auto parts manufacturing plant expected to create more than 200 jobs in an industrial park that sat vacant for some time and was refinanced with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Take a look back at some of the biggest stories of the year in Cartersville and Bartow County.
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Monday, December 31, 2012
We took a look back at our archives to determine Cartersville Patch's top 12 stories of 2012. Excluding recurring or special posts, such as our Death Notices, daily crime blotter and elections results, the 2012 stories that, so far, have gotten the most looks this year are: What do you think are the biggest Cartersville stories of 2012? Tell us in the comments, share your photos and videos, and don’t miss any of the local news you care about—subscribe to Cartersville Patch's newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Happy New Year from Cartersville Patch. Check out our ideas for how you can celebrate the holiday in town.
For at least 4,000 years, we've been celebrating the start of each new year, according to the History Channel. We've settled calendar problems, set Jan. 1 as New Year's Day and nowadays many begin celebrating on the eve of the New Year, Dec. 31. Around the world and across the country, revelers enjoy food and drink and engage in various traditions, all with the hope for good luck in the coming year. People bolt down grapes to symbolize their hopes for the months ahead in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries, according to the History Channel. In Sweden and Norway, they serve rice pudding with an almond hidden inside; it's said that whoever finds the nut can expect 12 months of good fortune. In America, perhaps the most iconic …
Five tips to help you keep your resolution.
Are you making a resolution this year? Do you want to lose weight, gain a new skill or organize your house? Whatever your resolution is, here are some tips to help you stick to it throughout the year. 1. Make it attainable. Be sure that your resolution is attainable. Sticking to your monthly budget is attainable—making a million dollars may not be. 2. Tell everyone. If you tell everyone about your resolution, you are more likely to keep it. If you want to quit smoking, you can even go as far as telling your friends that you'll give them $50 if they catch you lighting up. 3. Be specific. If you want to get fit in the new year, set a specific goal. For example, instead of saying you want to get fit, say you want to lose 10 pounds and tone …
If your New Year's resolution is to live a greener lifestyle, check out these 20 tips to help you stick to your plan.
If you want to be kinder to the planet and save some money at the same time, here are 20 ways to go green in 2013. Tell Us: Do you think you could stick to a green New Year's resolution? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments sections below. Share your pics and clips by clicking "Upload Photos and Videos" and don’t miss any of the local news you care about—subscribe to Cartersville Patch's newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Choosing the appropriate sparkling wine for New Year's Eve can make you dizzy before the first sip. Here's a handy guide to the intoxicating world of bubbles on a budget.
The pop of the Champagne cork is as much a part of the New Year’s Eve soundtrack as "Auld Lang Syne" and fireworks. The tiny, tickling bubbles evoke celebratory moods. With so many sparkling wines to choose from, picking the best bottle can be daunting. Prices for sparkling wine range from less than $10 to more than $500 per bottle. Keep in mind that while you usually get what you pay for, there are some great options for those of us on a budget. Large “negociant” champagne houses that purchase much of their fruit, such as Veuve Clicquot, Bollinger, Roederer, Taittinger, Perrier Jouet and Nicolas Feuillatte, dominate the market. However, in the last decade or so, Champagne from small growers has gained some traction with Champagne …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
If your New Year’s resolution is to get your finances in order, these guidelines will help you get started.
In this economy—and especially during this time of year—many of us are facing our very own fiscal cliff. While we may not be able to raise revenue as easily as the federal government can, these five steps may help you reach solvency and put savings in the bank, financial planners say. Once you’re free of debt and ready to grow your savings, you can look to financial services companies for investment advice, including banks (Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Cartersville's Century Bank), insurers (State Farm, Allstate and others) and brokers (Edward Jones, for example). Good luck! Tell us what you think in the comments, share your photos and videos, and don’t miss any of the local news you care about—subscribe to Cartersville Patch's …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Is your New Year's resolution to de-stress already stressing you out? Here are some tips to help you unwind.
2013 will bring lots of New Year's resolutions, and the stress of keeping them up along with it. Dr. Megan Hood, a clinical psychologist with an expertise in stress management at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, said trying to attain a more stress-free existence is a pretty popular goal around the holidays and the new year. But staying away from stress is not as simple as making a New Year’s Eve wish. “That tends to be a common goal, a nice broad goal,” Hood said. “But it also tends to be challenging.” Still, Hood has some tips to keep stress at bay. Tell Us: How do you de-stress? Are you resolving to stress less in 2013? Share your pics and clips by clicking "Upload Photos and Videos" and don’t miss any of the local news you …