January 2021

The new year brings a wave of resolutions. From new exercise routines and better habits to living a more sustainable lifestyle or trying a new hobby, each personal New Year’s resolution brings about a month of doing good and being your best self.

 
Golden retriever laying in the snow

“I’m not a photographer, I just enjoy taking photos when the opportunity arises,” says Samu Miller, who received second place for his submission titled Her Favorite Season, in the Pets category for Woodbury Magazine’s annual photo contest. 

 
A beautifully arranged cheese board

Kelsey Heimerl was once a leasing agent in Woodbury and frequently hosted wine tasting events for residents living in the community where she worked.

 

Alma Flor Ada’s ribbon cutting ceremony was held in August 2020 and officially opened its doors the following month, therefore creating new opportunities for Woodbury families to have bilingual preschool education and cultural exposure.

 
Child having fun painting at Kidcreate Studio.

Focused on relatable art education for kids, Kidcreate Studio offers weekly classes, along with camps, workshops and birthday parties, and many types of different art mediums from clay classes to drawing, canvas art and even snow globe making.

 
Lavender essential oils ready to use.

Humans in most every culture have long sought the potential benefits of medicinal plants. In contemporary society, essential oils have gained traction as a go-to remedy for conditions like headache and insomnia, and we wanted to know more. So, we asked Lynn A.

 
Hemp recipes for relief

Ever since his start in the field of human physiology some 20-something years ago, Woodbury native David Sutton has been intrigued by the potentials of cannabidiol (CBD) therapy.

 
Holding fish caught while ice fishing.

With a motto that aptly states, “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” well, we all know just how important those glistening and gleaming bodies of water are to us in the bold north. We swim in them, we boat on them, we picnic around them, we catch fish in them.

 
Running on a treadmill at home.

Establishing or renewing fitness goals is characteristic of our collective optimism when entering a new year. Clean slates and fresh starts are often exactly what’s needed to inspire movement toward improved health and wellness.

 
Candles to help hygge.

Evening settles over the tundra early in January when Minnesotans experience only eight hours of daylight, half of what we get to enjoy in the summer months.

 
Using an acupuncture needle.

The health of the human body revolves around its interactions with the surrounding environment—creating the yin and yang philosophy.

 
Flexologist assists with stretches during stretch session.

Fitness recovery is the latest health trend and taking the time to slow down plays an important role; after all, we perform our best when we feel our best.

 
Food prep in the kitchen.

My New Year’s resolution last year was, “Never touch something twice when touching it once will do.” As much as 2020 gave me loads of time to get things done, I gained great satisfaction in learning culinary shortcuts and kitchen time savers.

 
Dog ready for the snow.

When we make New Year resolutions for ourselves, it is an opportunity to include our dogs. If you want to get more exercise you can take your dog on a walk. If you want more quiet time, there is doggie yoga and meditation.

 
Teacher supervising social-distanced children.

“Real learning, real culture” is the motto at Alma Flor Ada, says founder Lucilla Dávila. Alma Flor Ada, a year-round Spanish Immersion Early Learning Academy, isn’t your average early learning center.