Holidays

 

Since our nation’s beginning 241 years ago, more than 1.1 million sons and daughters have died in wars. Those deaths have touched generations and are why we commemorate a special day for the fallen on Memorial Day. One way to honor the fallen on Memorial Day is to fly the flag at half-staff until noon, and then raise...

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About 3.5 million students are expected to graduate from high school during the next few weeks, says the National Center for Education Statistics.  After leaving the nest, it’s normal for a bout of homesickness in the first few months at college. Dormitory life doesn’t have to cause angst for those students who...

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Looking for ways to show the moms in your life how much they are truly appreciated and loved this Mother’s Day?  Whether it’s your mom, stepmom, grandma or like-a-mom, here are five easy tips to make this a memorable holiday for the ladies in your life. Above all else, remember this day is dedicated to mothers,...

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On St. Patrick’s Day, everybody’s Irish and looking to celebrate. So plan a party! Bust out something green to wear, invite your guests to do the same and get into the spirit on Friday, March 17. St. Patrick’s Day is all about traditions and there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate Irish heritage and...

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This guide is sure to lead you to a Valentine’s Day like none you’ve had before, but it takes at least one day of planning. I promise it will be fun for both parties and will mix up your Valentine’s Day. Scavenger Hunt – Start the morning with a scavenger hunt. Put the first clue somewhere easy to find. From...

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If you’ve ever hosted a party around the holidays, you know how much planning and prepping goes into putting on a fabulous soiree. This year, though you may be off the hook with all the prep work, you still have a duty as a gracious guest to get your host a little something-something to thank them for all their hard...

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The holidays are here. With holidays comes holiday parties. With holiday parties comes holiday guests. Want to be totally ready for those guests? Here’s how: Floor mats: There is a good chance your guests will be rushing in from the cold and snow and all of that melting snow and ice is going to drench your floors....

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The first night of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve land on the same day in 2016.  The first night of Hanukkah falling on Christmas Eve is so rare that it has only happened 4 times in the last 100 years. It is often said that blue represents a generosity of spirit or for those who seek wisdom and honesty.  And it...

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Don’t stress out about hosting a holiday party. With some organization and a few tricks/tips, you can have a party that everyone can enjoy…even you! Cocktail party or a sit-down dinner? The first thing to think about when planning a party is the format. A sit-down dinner is more formal, but intimate and usually much...

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Finding the perfect gifts for family and friends can be a challenge, especially around the holidays. To make the task a little easier, I’ve compiled a list of Chicagoland’s and Milwaukee’s best holiday shopping locations. Chicagoland MAGNIFICENT MILE SHOPS – Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL If you’re looking for...

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