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Easy life upgrades for the new year

Eight simple things you can do in the new year (we won't use the 'r' word) for a tastier, healthier, more fun 2016.
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Whatever your goals for the year—saving money, finally getting organized, sleeping better—small changes can make a big impact. We got the scoop from experts on how to make the tiny corrections that will pay off big time this year:

MASTER ONE NEW COCKTAIL
Ivy Mix, co-owner/head bartender at NYC’s Leyenda and Tales of the Cocktail’s American bartender of the year, suggests learning to make a michelada … with a spin. Here’s how to do it: Rim a glass with salt and stir in 2 ounces of carrot-orange juice, ½ ounce of lime juice, a pinch of salt, a pinch of dry chili powder; then add ice and a splash of beer. Instant brunch.

SAVE TIME AND CASH
L.A.-based personal finance expert Vanessa McGrady says you should pay for Amazon Prime. At $99 a year, the membership includes free two-day shipping, an ad-free music library and more than 800,000 free e-books. Most importantly: It saves time and gas you’d spend shopping for basics.

UPGRADE YOUR DESK
Stash all the motivation you need to get through the workweek in Dream Cheeky’s mini one-can USB-powered desk fridge. Come Friday, you’ll have a perfectly chilled beer waiting to reward your efforts. $22.50 dreamcheeky.com

BE A BETTER FAN OF TEAM USA
To track the progress of our elite athletes leading up to the Olympic Games, wrestler Adeline Gray, the 2015 U.S. Open Champion and World Cup Champion at 75 kg, suggests using social media: “I post about my workouts, my nutrition and the great beer I’m having in different places,” says Gray, who’s also avid beer fan. Her go-to brew? Left Hand Milk Stout.  For more information about Adeline visit teamusa.org.  The Olympics begin on August 5.

LEARN THE 2015 BJCP STYLES
Last year, the Beer Judge Certification Program updated its beer style guide-lines: The new standards better reflect the current beer landscape, including all the American wild ales and specialty IPAs on shelves these days. Giving them a read will make you a more educated drinker.

ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE (WITH AN APP)

Any.do is your free personal assistant: It reminds you when to be where, what to do when you get there and what you need to pick up on your way home. Share to-do lists with your family, or assign projects to your colleagues in just a few taps.

GET BETTER SLEEP
According to Dr. M. B. Khan, a neurologist and sleep specialist, you should have your last alcoholic beverage at least six hours before you try to sleep. While alcohol helps you to initially fall asleep, it ultimately disturbs the deep, restorative rest you need. “So it’s like you’re floating on the surface … it ruins the depth of sleep.”

BROWSE SMARTER
Organize the websites you read regularly and find your next favorite blogger with an RSS reader. These free digital services (we like Feedly) organize all the sites you read into a single, constantly updated page, even suggesting new sites you may like based on what you already read.

 

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