Thursday, February 14, 2013
If you haven't already, it's time to start thinking about a Valentine's Day gift for your sweetheart. Here are some creative ideas that can be bought at Lake Forest and Lake Bluff shops.
It's better late than never when it comes to Valentine's Day gifts. Here are a couple creative ideas for gifts—including some that you can pick up locally and others you can order online. 1. SOMETHING TO WARM UP THOSE COLD WINTER NIGHTS... Consider a fine sipping liquor for your gentleman. Someone Grand Cru Wine Merchants, Courtyard Wines or Wisma can recommend something great. 2. CARS If you're not sure what your guy would like, a nice gift certificate to one of the Lake Bluff or Lake Forest auto stores could work, too. 3. THE WAY TO A MANS HEART… Why cook? Select a complete gourmet dinner at one of the many Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Retaurants. 1. BIG THINGS IN LITTLE PACKAGES You can't go wrong with jewelry. Check out any of the …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Little gestures of love on Valentine's Day for the whole family
Since having kids, Valentine's Day ha changed from trendy restaruants 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 …
Orphans of the Storm Sets Up Shop at Northbrook Court.
When looking for a Valentine’s gift, why not give one that will love you back? That is what Riverwoods based Orphans of the Storm is making possible at Northbrook from noon to 7 p.m. through Feb. 18 at Northbrook Court. Volunteers from the organization are staffing an adoption center and gift wrapping facility on the lower level of the mall. If that does not work, the Riverwoods shelter, with more than 500 dogs and cats, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
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, February 7, 2013
Get inspired by the love stories on display all month at the First Bank of Highland Park. Share your own love story with Patch!
Don't have a valentine this year? You need some inspiration! Take heart in the heartwarming love stories on display throughout February at First Bank of Highland Park. The ode to romance opened on Feb. 2. Local seniors from the Highland Park Senior Center, Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Senior Center and Weinberg Community for Senior Living visited the bank to view the exhibit, which includes their personal love stories and photos, reported the Chicago Tribune. Marvin Bloom, who resides at the Weinberg Community for Senior Living with wife Doreen, wrote, "She was so gorgeous and I was so in love. I was afraid that if I didn't propose she would get picked up by someone else." The exhibit is on display at the Ruth Fell Wander Community Art Wall, …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Lake Forest candy and ice cream store offers creative gifts for Valentine’s Day.
With Valentine’s just over a week away, Sweets of Lake Forest is full of gift ideas. Most of them are edible and a few are not. Ranging from less than $2 to extravagant special orders, Sweets has a wide assortment of gifts for the holiday in its store. Take a look at some of the possibilities and feel free to let us know in the comments which one you will select. For complete Lake Forest News, sign up for our free newsletter, "like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
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 …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Modern Valentines could take some tips from the tried and true.
Lake Bluff residents Joan and Hal Jones have been married 54 years. They have raised three children, seen the world and made a home everywhere they went. In time for Valentine’s Day, the Jones shared their ingredients for a long-lasting, solid relationship: “Start off with love and respect. Learn to do things together. Don’t go to sleep on arguments, and respect each other’s space,” said Hal. The City Girl and the Country Boy When Joan met Hal, she was a young nurse from Queens, N.Y., vacationing in Switzerland. He was a Harvard graduate from Gates Mills, Ohio, vacationing with his family during his father’s sabbatical. The two met at a dance in Interlaken. When they were back in the states — Hal in California for graduate school, Joan …
Monday, February 13, 2012
How do you feel about this romantic holiday?
Valentine's Day. It can be a romantic dream come true — a nice night out, holding hands with your companion, maybe some wine and candles. And it can be irritating, regardless if you're alone or not. If you're alone you can feel like you're less of a person. Yes, you can join a group of single people for an anti-Valentine's Day gathering, hating everything pink and telling nasty stories about relationships. But let's be honest, you'd take a romantic holiday over a mean one any day, right? If you're not alone the pressure can be too much. Your wife has friends at work that got flowers and candy. Her sister was treated to a show and expensive dinner. Nuts! You have a pizza delivery menu and you rented Die Hard. How do you feel about Valentine…
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Cynthia Wisbey, owner of Cynthia's Sweets in Grayslake shares some affordable ways to make your own Valentine's Day chocolates.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Want to do something fun with the family this Valentine’s Day? How about make chocolates for your loved ones? Cynthia Wisbey of Cynthia’s Sweets, 206 Barron Blvd. (Route 83), Grayslake, just north of Center Street, shares three ideas for making affordable sweets. While Wisbey’s store makes all its sweets onsite from the chocolates to caramels to custom orders, she says that ingredients for simple homemade Valentine's treats can be found at any grocery store. Ingredients: