Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Little gestures of love on Valentine's Day for the whole family
Since having kids, Valentine's Day has changed from trendy restaurants with candlelight dinners to making heart-shaped pancakes for the kids. That's OK with my husband and I because after all, our kids are the biggest expression of our love. So, instead of celebrating Valentine's Day with just one night of romance,we find that Valentine's Day is the perfect day for small surprises that say "I Love You!" There are an endless number of small ways to show your family love this Valentine's Day but here are a few fun and creative ideas to inspire you and make this Valentine's Day extra special. 1. A Sweet Treat. Make your family one of their favorite sweets. Maybe a favorite cookie to take in their lunch box or that Dad can take to work. Last …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The average person will fork out $130.97 on Valentine's Day gifts, according to a national survey. That's up slightly from last year. How much do you plan to spend on your Valentine?
Love — and money — are in the air this time of year. Americans are expected to spend $18.6 billion on Valentine's Day gifts this year, according to the National Retail Federation, citing a survey by BIGinsight. That comes out to $130.97 per person, which is up from $126.03 last year. Perhaps not surprisingly, men will outspend women, with an average of $175.61 each compared to $88.78, according to the survey. While most of that spending is going toward significant others, 20 percent of people plan to buy a Valentine's Day gift for their pet. Yet there's hope for those who place a premium on quality time together instead of gifts. According to a study by Discover Financial Services, a majority of couples prefer to spend time together than …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Simple ways to put the kids to work and still have a Romantic evening at home
No babysitter for Valentine’s Day this year? Don't worry about it! You can still have a fun and romantic evening at home, even with the kids. When our kids were young, we could never get a babysitter for Valentine’s Day. But we recovered by putting the kids to work. That’s right. Putting the kids to work. I asked my kids if they could help put together a romantic evening for Daddy and I. Even though they were 7 and 9 years old, they took it on as a challenge and were quite creative. Here's how it worked. 1. Decide whether you are going to cook a romantic meal or order in from one of your favorite restaurants. We enjoy cooking but if you don’t, treat yourself and get carry out. Fancy food, not a big mess to clean-up, and a much less …
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
This week, MOAD found a bevy of winter clearances in addition to some pre-Valentine’s Day deals. Be sure to check with retailers for additional conditions.
We're all watching our family budgets these days. Whether shopping with coupons or looking for two-for-one deals, we're taking advantage of all sorts of offers and savings that help us stretch our dollars. This column will be dedicated to giving you five great local deals each week that will help your family’s bottom line, and since we do the scouting for you, you can save time as well as money. You are a big part of this column. Let us hear about the deals you've seen. Just add them to our comment box. Then come back each week and see what we've uncovered together. 1. SHIRISE Deal: Get 20 to 40 percent off all jewelry. Good through: Feb. 14, 2011 2. FOODSTUFFS Deal: Get lobster for $13.99/lb (regularly $16.99/lb). Good through…
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Here's a deal for some fun alone-time in your week.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Katy Heider
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Your teens are holding a car wash at the high school Saturday. The grandparents volunteered to take the younger children to a movie Sunday afternoon. Your tweens take tap on Wednesday evening. It’s your time. Take it. Each week, we’ll tell you about one great idea to give you a much deserved break, and make your life a little easier. Maybe a whole lot easier. Today comes a Valentine’s Day offer from Corner Cooks in Winnetka. On Wednesday, Feb. 9 from 12-2 p.m., join a cookie demo with Malika Ameen of Top Chef Just Desserts fame! Lunch will be Malika's quiche recipe, salad and selection of cookies. Coffee and tea are included. The cost is $30 per person, $25 for AIWF members. Attendees can also get a discount on Malika's creations. Visit …