I have always loved newspapers, so I was really excited when I saw a little newspaper tree in a shop window in Savannah, Ga., last year.
What a great idea and a great way to give newspapers a place of honor at the holidays.
I decided I had to have one, so when I came home I made one for myself.
I started with a 16-inch-tall Styrofoam cone from a craft store. Then I cut strips of newspapers – to give it some color I used the holiday sale sections, too.
The strips measure about 1½ inches wide by 4 to 8 inches long. I found some old tacks we weren’t using and used those to attach the strips to the cone. Then I topped it with a little angel I already had. Voila!
This would be a good craft for children, as long as they are old enough to handle tacks. Tape or glue might work, but I haven’t tried them.
Purchasing books for a loved one can be a tricky endeavor. Will she like it? Will he read it? Does she already own it?
This holiday season, whether you’re seeking a gift for the office exchange or your picky 14-year-old niece, York County librarians have a few suggestions.
Younger kids should enjoy the interactive aspects of “Oh, No!” by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann, said Deborah Van de Castle, director of branch services for the York County Library System.
The read-aloud book “will have children exclaiming ‘Oh, no!’ each time an animal takes a tumble into a deep, dark hole,” Van de Castle said.
Posted in Books, Books to read, Holidays
Tagged best books to give as gifts, book buzz, book smarts, holidays, popular gifts, sarah chain, York, york county libraries, York PA
There are still gifts to buy. Cookies to bake. Parties, concerts, recitals to attend. A visit to Grandma’s. Plus work and a mile-high mound of laundry. Oh, and the in-laws are coming.
Perhaps it’s time to stop and take a philosophical approach to the holiday craziness: Relax.
That’s the advice of Steven Gimbel, chairman of the philosophy department at Gettysburg College. His street cred on the holidays stems from a blog post for Psychology Today titled, “Can’t Think of a Good Gift? Give a Bad One.”
Ties at Top Shelf Menswear in New Cumberland (Photo by Kate Penn)
As we approach the holidays, our thoughts turn to gifts for the men in our lives. Panic often ensues.
Does he want tickets to a sporting event? Does he need another tie? What was that gadget he said he needed?
Ladies, it doesn’t have to be a hassle to shop for your husband, boyfriend, son, dad or brother.
Area business owners are ready to assist women who could use a little help crossing guys off their holiday shopping list.
Posted in Holidays, Style
Tagged electronics, gifts for guys, gifts for men, holiday, holiday shopping, new cumberland, radio shack, shop local, sol republic, top shelf menswear, virginia nut shop
Photo by Rebecca LeFever and Of Pots and Pens.
I am in heaven.
Combining two things I really, really love, such as creamy and crunchy baked mac and cheese with sweet and tangy (and, come on, fatty) pork ribs and there you have it. Heaven. In my kitchen. About to be in my belly.
We bought a rack of Louisiana-style pork ribs at a crazy good price on Monday. I threw them in the oven and cooked them up for a couple of hours but the DEPRESSING part is we weren’t that hungry. We’d eaten buffalo wings only a few hours before. I mean, they were delicious, but they were filling.
So we nibbled on the ribs. You should never nibble on ribs.
To redeem myself, I decided to use the leftovers to make this glorious creation.
To see more photos and the recipe, visit Of Pots and Pens.
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