Shopgirl: Wake up in new year in a more natural way

Philips The Philips Wake-up Light uses a combination of light therapy and sound to wake you in a more natural way.

If you’ve got a little bit of Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket, I’ve got a gadget that I think would be of interest to just about anyone.

 

Philips (the light bulb people) has a line of Wake-up Light alarm clocks that use sunrise simulation technology to gently wake you up with a light that starts very low and increases in brightness.

It’s gotten rave reviews, and has been clinically proven to wake you up with increased energy and an improved mood.

Find the Philips H3520 on Amazon or any kind of home utilities store.

WHAT’S TRENDY: You may not know the names Maddie Ziegler or Millie Bobby Brown off the top of your head, but I’ll bet you’d recognize their faces in a heartbeat.

Maddie Ziegler is the young dance phenom who was first featured on Dance Moms and then became artist Sia’s muse (and music video focal point), and Millie Bobby Brown is the young breakout star of the Netflix series Stranger Things (which debuted over this past summer – she played the part of Eleven, the shaved head, Eggo-loving heroine).

The two young women have been at the helm of Maddie by Maddie Ziegler, a fashion line aimed at providing trendy yet age-appropriate looks for girls in their young teen years (think 12 to 15 years old). Maddie has acted as head mastermind and design boss, inspired by her friend and muse Millie Bobby.

The line is aimed at providing comfortable, wearable and stylish clothing that teenage girls will want to wear (and parents will be OK buying). You can find the line at www.MaddieStyle.com and in select Nordstrom stores.

WHAT’S AFFORDABLE: If hauling your Christmas tree away is a chore you procrastinate for a while, consider calling Boy Scout Troop 643 in to save the day. For a $15 donation to the troop, they will come to your home on Jan. 7 and take your tree away to be recycled.

All you have to do is call (706) 373-8922 or email getmytree@knology.net, and they’ll put you on the list. Be sure to include your name, email, contact info and neighborhood when you get in touch with them.

What a great way to delegate an annoying chore for a good cause!

 

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