Photo by Chris Dunn
Cue the holiday shopping panic. Are visions of store receipts and gift cards dancing in your head?
Before you drive all over in search of the perfect present…
Before you click “buy” and pay for last-minute shipping and handling…
Take a look at all the gifts available in your own backyard.
We asked area store owners to share a few of their favorite things to wrap up just in time for the holiday season.
Give your friends and family a taste of York County with these local finds.
Posted in Holidays
Tagged gifts for her, holiday gift guide, holiday shopping guide, Kimman’s, lily & val, lily and val, local shop directory, park street pantry, shop local, Small Business Saturday, Sunrise Soap Company, york pa shopping, york wallcoverings factory store
Last weekend, as I volunteered in the children’s ministry at my church, the sing-along song we were learning encouraged the kids to reach down and touch their toes.
I’m not a flexible person.
I got down to about my shins, and then my hamstrings seized up and I involuntarily bent my knees so my hands could meet my feet.
Posted in Health and fitness, Yoga
Tagged church, health, hot yoga, lessons from yoga, life lessons, No Sweat York, sarah chain, yoga, yogi, York, York PA
It started with a simple question. Dan Beard was sitting with his grandson, Ryan, at Christmas more than a decade ago when Ryan asked his “Poppi” why Santa didn’t leave any tracks.
“He had some brains to him,” said Beard, a West Manchester Township writer and former president of Beard Printing and Publishing.
Intrigued, Beard wrote a poem in an attempt to answer the question. When he found the poem again in January last year, he decided to clean it up a bit.
In August, he published it as a children’s book, “Santa’s Magic Bootprints.” In the story, Mrs. Claus worries about Santa’s spotty memory and decides to create a way for him to trace his route and never forget a house for future Christmas Eves.
“I kind of did it to do something, and one thing led to another,” Beard said.
Posted in Books, Books to read, Family, Holidays
Tagged book buzz, Christmas, dan beard, footprints, santa, santa claus, santa's magic bootprints, West Manchester Township
Fran Monbray and her daughter Stefanie Moyar shop at Toys R Us on Black Friday last year. (File photo)
My favorite shopping day of the year is a toss up between Black Friday and the day after Christmas.
The key to Black Friday is to have a plan. After you are in a turkey coma on Thanksgiving Day, surround yourself with those ad circulars, a notebook and a pen.
Each page in your notebook will represent a separate store. Go through the ads and take note of the deals at each store. Make a notation any time there are restrictions for certain items (i.e. “early bird specials” that only run 5 to 7 a.m.).
Once the list is made you need to prioritize it.
Posted in Consumer choice, Holidays, How I Pinch a Penny, Money, Money smart
Tagged Black Friday sales, black friday tips, holiday shopping, How I Pinch a Penny, Sarah Mock, saving, shop, shopping, what to buy after christmas
Photo by Jason Plotkin
We love the ideas of tablescapes
— centerpieces that expand to fill the length of your dining table. So we grouped several homemade gourd tea light holders together, anchoring them with a seasonal flower arrangement and some burlap in place of a table runner.
Recreate this festive look in time for Thanksgiving dinner to display your miniature pumpkins for one last time this fall. Your guests will love sitting around this “gourdeous” Pinterest-worthy table.
Posted in Crafts, holiday crafts, Uncategorized
Tagged centerpiece, centerpieces, craft, DIY, gourd candle holders, gourd tea light holder, gourd tea lights, gourdeous candle holders, tablescape, tablescapes, thanksgiving, thanksgiving centerpieces, thanksgiving crafts
Photo by Matthew Mead — Associated Press
The big day is almost here. Here’s what you need to know to get the turkey on the table:
How much turkey?
Plan on buying 1 pound of bird for every guest, including children, to have enough for dinner and some leftovers. If you want a lot of leftovers, figure 1 ½ pounds per person.
Posted in Baking, Cooking, Food, Holidays
Tagged butterball hotline, cooking thanksgiving dinner, how to cook a turkey, thanksgiving, thanksgiving dinner, thanksgiving turkey recipe, turkey, turkey tips
image courtesy of flickr user desegura89
Almost as inevitable as the Thanksgiving turkey coma is that most dreaded dinner party casualty: spilled red wine.
Red stains, whether from wine or punch or magic marker, are the most difficult to remove, and the sugars in wine make the stain even more stubborn, said Steve Boorstein, who owned a high-end dry cleaning business for 16 years and now dispenses garment care advice as The Clothing Doctor.
How you treat a red wine stain depends on a host of factors, including the type of fabric and the color of the garment, but one key ingredient to success is consistent, Boorstein said: patience.
Posted in At Home, Holidays, Home and garden, Uncategorized
Tagged cleaning, holidays, home, how to clean wine stains, how to get red wine stains out, red wine, spills, stains
Photo by Paul Kuehnel
Shopping with her family the day after Thanksgiving is something Melanie Kinney looks forward to every year. She has gone shopping on Black Friday for as long as she can remember.
“My mother used to drag me out years ago, and now it’s the other way around,” she said.
She also takes her children along for Black Friday shopping. Her 12-year-old daughter looks forward to purchasing things with her own money, while her 9-year-old son is excited to see what’s on sale at Toys R Us.
Kinney’s husband usually catches up with them later in the day.
Posted in Holidays, Smart woman
Tagged Black Friday, black friday deals, black friday shopping, Kohl's, melanie kinney, Old Navy, smart woman, stay at home moms, stay-at-home mom, target, walmart, www.bfads.net, www.blackfriday.com
Photo courtesy of Emily LeFever
I got lucky when it came to finding our wedding florist.
A friend of my mom’s takes on about three to four weddings a year just because she loves flower arraigning. She makes for a bargain florist because she simply charges for the cost of the flowers — not the labor she puts into the whole thing.
Photo courtesy of Emily LeFever.
My mom, my sisters and me went to her home this past weekend for the first meeting. My youngest sister, a bridesmaid in my wedding party, will be helping with arrangements for table centerpieces. She’s worked as a professional gardener at Longwood Gardens and has an eye for these things (her beautiful photos are in this post). I don’t have those skills, so I’ve recruited the people around me to help out.
I brought a couple photos of bridal bouquets I liked. And that was it.
What followed was a slew of questions I wasn’t really prepared to answer. I relied on the expertise of my new florist, but you might want to be better prepared for your own first meeting. Continue reading