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Tips for moms to be happy in the new year

New year, new you, new mom

Every year, we make those familiar inner promises to ourselves — we vow to eat healthier, to make more time for our families, and to cut back on all that diet soda or coffee. But, it really is no secret that every woman has her slip-ups when trying to cling to her resolution. I know I’ve snuck bites of my sons’ chicken nuggets and fries, and sat in Starbucks with a book and a gigantic iced coffee after vowing to cut out some carbs and drink more water. I get it — trust me. It feels inevitable to break those promises. But, if you don’t take care of yourself to the fullest and respect your own wishes, you can’t possibly be your happiest “you” in 2013.

This is your year, DivaMoms — and this year is going to bring great things. One of these great things you’re going to try is a spin class at Flywheel sports; I can feel it. You’re going to take an amazing class with instructor Danielle, and you’re going to love it. Flywheel’s third-floor studio at East 67th Street and Third Avenue on the Upper East Side is humming. This amazing facility features everything that sets Flywheel apart: stadium-style seating, personal performance-tracking technology, and all the extras we don’t consider extra — complimentary towels and shoes with every ride! You will not regret making spin class a central part of your new-and-improved 2013 schedule — or, as I like to call it, your “13 Routine.”

Every FabULyss mommy needs to treat herself once in a while to some downtime that includes a lot of pampering. This is why you are going to get an incredibly relaxing, renewing, and rejuvenating facial at Vicki Morav on Madison Avenue, and then get your much-needed haircut at the Roy Teluck salon on East 57th Street with the (in my world) wonderfully famous Olivier. Plus, you will allow yourself to indulge in some true celebrity gossip magazines while you get your locks washed, cut, and colored. Believe me — you need and deserve it!

So, about that family time you crave: what kid doesn’t love to ice skate? Better yet, what mom doesn’t? Come on, ladies; we all know you were the star skater in that ice skating class you took when you were 10, just like Jill Zarin! So, grab the kids (and the husband, if he’ll oblige), bundle up, and hit the rinks at Bryant Park or the famous Rockefeller Center! We live in New York City, so let’s not forget to take advantage of all that we have at our fingertips to make beautiful, lasting memories.

Here’s the one you’re waiting for: date night! Try visiting one of the DeLysscious Felice restaurants (Felice 64, Felice 83, or Felice 15 Gold Street). Hire your favorite babysitter, kick back, and enjoy some wine, good food, and music.

Whatever you do this year, think of yourself. You are a mother, and that automatically qualifies you for Divahood. And, of course, remember the wise, wise words of everyone’s best girlfriend, Madonna:

“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.” Happy New Year!

Flywheel [201 E. 67th St. at Third Avenue on the Upper East Side, (212) 327–1217]; Viki Morav [762 Madison Ave. at East 66th Street on the Upper East Side, (212) 744–4753]; Roy Teluck [5 E. 57th St. between East 57th and East 58th streets in Midtown, (212) 888–2221]; Felice restaurants [www.felicenyc.com].

Lyss Stern is the founder of DivaLysscious Moms (www.divamoms.com) and co-author of “If You Give A Mom A Martini … 100 Ways To Find 10 Blissful Minutes For Yourself.”

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