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COATT necklaces can spell out your message of love in Morse code. The designer also sells bracelets.  SPECIAL
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COATT necklaces can spell out your message of love in Morse code. The designer also sells bracelets.

Gyms and fitness centers are packed out right now, with everyone promising to work out more this year. No, seriously.

There are a few iPhone apps I have noticed that might help make your resolution (even your regular routine) more streamlined and easy.

Gold’s Gym has the best gym app I have found, with a clean interface and good features. The app has class schedules, a goal countdown, calorie counter, gym locator and a motivation feature that shows an inspirational quote after a shake of your iPhone.

There’s also a flipbook feature – you take a photo of yourself every time you work out, and then see your improvement.

Another interesting app I saw is GymPact – it makes more than just your body pay for missing the gym. Users commit to a workout schedule and agree to a fine to pay if the goals aren’t kept. There’s an exciting payoff: if you go to the gym as regularly as you wanted, you get cash rewards.

WHAT’S AFFORDABLE

It’s not too early to start thinking about creative Valentine’s Day presents, and most people can’t afford to rent out the Staples Center to watch a movie like Justin Bieber.

COATT is one of my favorite jewelry designers, and their signature Morse code necklace works for anybody. Starting at only $36, a Morse code message made out of dot and dash beads is spelled out on silk cord that comes in bright, beautiful colors.

Messages range from “love me do” to “peace,” and you can create a customized necklace with up to 30 characters. COATT also sells Morse code bracelets.

WHAT’S NEW

Turn Back the Block, an initiative of Augusta-Har­ris­burg Fuller Center for Housing Inc., is holding a Blue Jean Ball on Jan. 21. to raise awareness and support.

Turn Back the Block is a nonprofit that works to build a sense of community and pride in Harrisburg by increasing home ownership. Volunteers renovate properties, and the organization sells them at low or no interest to applicants who earn sweat equity by working alongside volunteers before they move in, making the home truly their own.

The Blue Jean Ball will be an open house with oysters, barbeque, boiled peanuts and drinks with music by Blue Dogs. Tickets cost $60. More information is available at www.turnbacktheblock.com.


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