November all through the holiday season is an important time to be thankful, but it’s also a great time to give back to others. Whether you donate to charity, volunteer, or simply perform random acts of kindness, paying it forward as you are able, the little things we do in life really do matter. These simple, selfless acts can put a smile on someone’s face, lessening their load, or really making a big difference in their life. From the smallest kinds of giving to the most involved, every little bit helps to make our world a better, more beautiful place. Continue reading #GivingIsMyStyle – Thanks and Giving for the Holiday Season
The company that makes PEEPS® Brand Candies, Just Born, is located in Bethlehem, PA. I’ll be the first to point out I have a bias for my “hometown” foods-soft pretzels, tasty cakes, and of course, cheese steaks of all varieties. However, that does not mean that they aren’t worthy of my praise and affection. The brand has expanded into an online shop and even recently opened a hometown store, which I always liken to a mini-Willy Wonka’s factory.
Whenever I think of the fluffy marshmallow PEEPS®, I’m brought back to springtime, pastels, and bunnies. I was very pleasantly surprised when I received my products to review and opened a box filled with what seemed like an endless supply of wintertime variety.
The complete holiday collection features seasonal flavors, seasonal shapes, and even seasonal plush PEEPS® chicks! The candies are available in Christmas flavors like peppermint, chocolate, candy cane, sugar cookie, mint, and gingerbread.
The traditional PEEPS® chicks come chocolate dipped and regular. Mint flavored trees are available completely covered in chocolate. These treats are individually wrapped so you can one up for your personal indulgence. Another individual sweet treat is the PEEPS® pop- four chicks on a stick.
For a colorful addition to the dessert table or a sugary gift for someone sweet, consider the bigger PEEPS® packages. Stars, snowmen, trees are available in counts of nine. Gingerbread men and reindeer come in a package of six.
Find out what stores you can purchase these candies here.
With Thanksgiving weekend nearly at the door, you’re probably frantically searching for ideas and tips on decorating your house or apartment for the upcoming festivities. You’re thinking of seating and table arrangements for the Thanksgiving dinner, making room for all the guests, decorations to make the place look not just presentable but amazing, what to cook, what to wear…
Most if not all of us know just how hectic it can be to plan a memorable and successful event, much less a special holiday meal for the whole family and extended relatives. Sometimes everything comes together perfectly, sometimes nothing does. With this in mind, we would like to ask you to stop panicking, take a deep breath, and relax, because we are about to make your worries just a little bit lighter.
For this year’s decorating ideas, we have decided to concentrate on Feng Shui, the ancient art of decoration that is ofttimes incorporated for maximum positive energy and harmony in a living environment as well as great aesthetic appeal. To present you with the best possible advises and tips, we have taken the help of an expert, ChicagoHealers.com Practitioner Dr. Andie Pearson, DMD, as well as some of our own smart ideas. With our help, Thanksgiving can be a fond memory instead of a traumatic experience!
Clean, clear, and analyze your environment
First things first – Get rid of the mess and clutter that is surrounding you and create space that will both make your home seem less crowded and more open and welcoming. “No matter what the occasion, the first step in Feng Shui is clearing clutter and cleaning the area,” says Pearson. Maybe you can fit a person or two more than you thought in your house, huh?
After you made your house spotless and created the extra space you’ll be needing, it’s time to start planning for the event. How many people are coming and who exactly will be there? What kind of a gathering are you having? “You need to decide on themes, purpose, how many people will be invited, who will be there, and what activities and foods will you have,” Pearson explains. “This should help you with the rest of your planning.”
When planning, you have to think on every guest’s personalities and preferences. If your cousin Grace is bringing her three little children, make sure you have some room where they can play and keep all the grown-up stuff where they can’t reach things. If Uncle Bob really likes your brownies, try and find the time to bake them. You may have to put in a lot of effort to make everybody happy, but at least you know that it will pay off in the end.
Decorate with warm and relaxing colors, but keep it minimal
Since Thanksgiving is in the middle of fall, seasonal colors will feel best for this occasion. “Use goldenrod, earthy greens, tans, amber, deep rich reds or maroons, etc. You want a color scheme that will be both relaxing and welcoming. Fall and Thanksgiving colors lend themselves to this very well.”
Be careful though and try not to over-decorate. If you exaggerate, not only will your home look tacky, but it will also feel cluttered and crowded – and with all those people, you really don’t want that. “Flower arrangements on the table or throughout the room should be conservative and moderate to short. Anything big or tall will not allow for conversion across the table. Because people will be visiting and talking, music would be very nice, but needs to be low and soft so that it doesn’t compete with everyone there,” Pearson suggests.
It’s also advisable to use side lighting instead of overhead one. If you have table lamps or candles, consider lighting these up to create a warm, mellow atmosphere that is both relaxing and makes your guests feel right at home. A bright overhead light might make them anxious and this would seriously disrupt the positive environment you’re trying to create.
What kind of an event are you having?
It’s very important to keep the traffic low, to avoid crowding as well as frustration and the anxiety that can come from that. Planning out the event thoroughly and systematically can be crucial for its success or failure. “Ask yourself – Are you having an actual sit down event, buffet, or cocktails with appetizers?”
“If you are having a formal dinner, have that room separate from the rest of the party, allowing the rest of the party area to be designated as the place for social gathering,” Pearson instructs. “For a buffet-style Thanksgiving, have an area for the food and a section for drinks,” she adds. “You will also need to have seating scattered about in organized fashion that doesn’t block flow of traffic. A Thanksgiving party that is just snacks, appetizers, and cocktails has a bit of free flow. You can arrange several areas for food and drinks scattered throughout the room so that people can stroll from place to place and socialize.”
These tips are very simple, yet they have the power to make your Thanksgiving party into a memorable experience. Still, no matter what you do, the most important thing is to enjoy and be thankful for the company you have around you and have a great time!
About the Expert:
Dr. Andie Pearson, DMD, is a practitioner at ChicagoHealers.com. She practices holistic dentistry, general dentistry, craniosacral therapy, body-based orthodontics, and dental homeopathy. For more information, please see http://holisticdentalchicago.com.