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Eleventh Hour Gifts Without Shopping

December 15th, 2017 by tisner

If you’re beginning to feel the pressure of running out of time to find the perfect gift, here are a few suggestions that may not be on their “list” but will certainly be appreciated.The perfect gift-300.png

The gift of really listening without interrupting, daydreaming or planning your response can be exactly what people want when they have something important to say.

The gift of affection with appropriate hugs, kisses and pats on the back can demonstrate your love for family and friends better than words.

The gift of laughter by sharing articles, cartoons and funny stories will say “I love to laugh with you.”

The gift of a simple, written note shows sincerity and real heartfelt sentiment that may be remembered for a lifetime and could even change a life.

The gift of a sincere compliment supports a person’s need to be accepted and appreciated. “You look great in that color”, “That was outstanding” or “I really enjoyed that” can make someone’s day.

The gift of random kindness or good deeds like holding a door or allowing someone to move ahead of you in a checkout lane shows respect for others.

Your smile, however, may be your most rewarding gift. Invariably, the person receiving the smile will in turn, smile back. The gift you gave will now be given back to you. It will be the right size and you can always use one more smile.

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Fun December Activities!

December 13th, 2017 by tisner

The best thing about the holidays in December is getting together with family and friends.  Adults and children alike can enjoy most of these activities: 

  • Cookie swap:  This is a gathering that benefits everyone.  Invite several friends who will choose a cookie recipe to pre-bake, and bring the batch to a central location.  Sample the treats, with cocoa or coffee, and have packaging available so attendees can take home small batches of their favorites.  
  • Ugly Sweater Crafts:  Instead of wearing an ugly Christmas sweater, use it to make a stocking, pillow, or small ornaments.  Have invitees bring one snack or drink each so you won’t have to worry about a lot of food prep. Get inspiration from these ideas from Better Homes and Garden’s website.  
  • Hanukkah Cupcake party:  Each party goer bakes a dozen cupcakes, and brings them unfrosted to the party.  Have frosting, frosting bags and tips, sprinkles and candies available, and everyone gets to dress up their cupcakes themselves.  Swap them out so they can take home a variety.  
  • Kids Christmas ornament party:  purchase clear shatterproof ornaments specifically for filling and have artificial snow, small toys, artificial greenery–anything small enough to fit in the ornament– along with ribbon, craft paints, and stickers, and have them create their own ornament.  Use adult supervision with very small children, or if using adhesives, especially hot glue. 
  • Gingerbread house decorating:  Lucky guests get to make and take their own cookie house!  This can be a simple venture with a gingerbread house kit, or using graham crackers, candies and royal icing, or more advanced with home-baked gingerbread cookies and decorations. This is another fun activity for the children as well as the adults. 
  • Dreidel craft:  Have the kids come over and make dreidels from craft kits or from modeling clay, skewers cut into 2” lengths and blue markers.  There are also many  inexpensive paper kits available on etsy. After the dreidels are finished, have some gelt ready, and host a spin-off tournament with prizes! 
  • Kalah game for Kwanzaa:  This is something kids will enjoy.  Cut the lid off an egg carton, then cut the lid in half.  Tape each half to the end of the bottom of the egg carton to form a tray.  Using 36 pebbles, dry beans, or pasta, play the game of kalah. 

For these casual get-togethers, send invitations via email, create an event on social media and invite friends, or use an online website to help–evite can help you design a free e-invitation, and can help you track RSVP’s. Add snacks, a cocoa or coffee bar, and make it merry! 

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Things To Do Orlando: Christmas Re: Created

December 11th, 2017 by tisner

Friday, December 15, 2017 – 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 17, 2017 – 9:30 AM & 12:00 PM

Northwest Church Auditorium
5495 Clarcona-Ocoee Rd.
Orlando, FL 32810

Directions

Free

Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Free nursery/childcare (up to age 5) is available during Sunday performances.

Experience the back-story of Christmas through an illuminating dance of light and shadow in this incredible show for the whole family. From the first days of Creation to the brokenness of relationship, a glimmer of hope appears. Enjoy contemporary, jazz and tap dance with 3D interactive elements and illusions that will create a full-on sensory experience. Northwest Dance Company performers young and old come together with Peter Sabasino of SYTYCD Season 6 as “Adam” and Sarah Swindell, Director of Northwest Dance Studio as “Eve” to form stunning shapes and scenes behind a large screen, occasionally appearing in a colorful display during pivotal encounters. Come be a part of this inspiring celebration of Christmas like you’ve never seen before. This is Christmas…ReCreated!

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Giving Back!

December 6th, 2017 by tisner

With a little less than a month left in the year, many begin to think about charitable donations.  Once you’ve decided on an amount to give, there are a few things to keep in mind: 

  • Did you give last year?  Do a quick check of the organization’s website, or give them a call to see what sort of strides they’ve taken.  If you’re not satisfied, or don’t see progress, consider another charity. 
  • As difficult as it can be to narrow your donation to one organization, a larger gift can be more beneficial as one gift, instead of spreading your donations around. 
  • Keep in mind that there are thousands of charities who don’t have it in their budgets to advertise.  Consider giving to a local charity, or a national one that’s lesser known. 
  • Once you’ve narrowed down your list, call the charities if you can’t find their mission statements online, and ask questions.  It’s the best way to get the information you need. 
  • Although there’s nothing wrong with giving to your alma mater or the hospital that took such great care of a family member, find out if your local homeless or domestic violence shelter needs help.  These kinds of organizations usually struggle to make ends meet in providing services.   
  • Make sure your charity is legitimate, and it’s very important to check their finances. Charity Navigator’s website will let your search a charity’s name and get feedback. 
  • Because donations are tax-deductible, the IRS has a search tool that allows you to see what organizations are eligible for tax-deduction gifts. There are other handy options, such as seeing what organizations are no longer allowed to be considered exempt. 
  • Avoid scams–charitable giving is at a high at the year’s end, and crooks abound.  Use the above IRS search tool to make sure your charity is a legitimate charity. 
  • Keep receipts, check stubs or letters of thanks for when you’re filing taxes.  If your donation isn’t monetary, but something valued at over $5,000, the IRS requires an appraisal for your deduction. 
  • Do you volunteer? Any out-of-pocket directly related expenses–even mileage–are tax deductible.  
  • Keep in mind that last-minute online donations made December 30-31 are eligible for a tax write-off.  

Deciding who should benefit from your generosity can be a tough or easy decision, depending on what you already know. Just look for charities that depend on your generosity to keep their doors open, or who need your physical presence to be successful.  Giving isn’t always about money.  

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Gift Ideas for the New Homeowners

December 5th, 2017 by tisner

A friend or family member has bought their first home, and they realize that there are a few items that would really come in handy for projects, homekeeping, maintenance or yardwork. There may even be a few things they don’t necessarily need, but would be fun to have.  Here are some gifts ideas that go from practical to over-the-top: 

Practical Gifts 

  • Well-stocked tool kit or tool box 
  • Fire extinguisher 
  • Long-lasting LED lightbulbs 
  • Home maintenance diary 
  • Portable generator 
  • Drywall repair kit 
  • Lawnmower 
  • Garden tools 
  • Rain barrel 
  • Picture hanging kit 
  • Address numbers or display plaque 

Smart Home Gadgets 

  • Video peephole viewer 
  • Voice controlled home assistant (Amazon echoGoogle Home) 
  • Smart locks 
  • Learning/smart thermostat 
  • Climate Manager 
  • TV streaming stick and video subscription 
  • Robot vacuum cleaner 
  • Amazon Prime for a year 

Something More Personal 

A Little Extravagant 

Owning a home for the first time can be a bit overwhelming with all of the new costs. The perfect time to give a new homebuyer something they can use, something they want, or something completely unnecessary is now! 

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Things To Do Orlando: Winter Spark at Baldwin Park

December 4th, 2017 by tisner

Saturday, December 9, 2017 | 3:00-9:00pm

Schedule of Events
Festival in Harbor Park. 3:00-9:00pm

Musical Performances at Main Stage
Roberto’s Performance Dolls | 3:45pm
Victory Martial Arts | 4pm
Lake Howell Jazz Band | 4:15pm
Daniel Anthony | 5pm

AFTER PARADE

Edgez Dance Performing Team | 7pm
Brite Star Twirlers | 7:15pm
Shay Reney | 7:30pm

Parade on New Broad Street beginning at 6:00pm
(Common Way Road to Lake Baldwin Lane)

Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus
(in Harbor Park, 3-5:30pm)

About the Festival…​

·         Artists & Vendors

·         Food Trucks | Holiday “Cheer” Garden

·         Musical Performances

·         Parade

·         Photo Opp with Santa & Mrs. Claus

Event Website

Directions

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Safely Decorating with Outdoor Lights!

November 29th, 2017 by tisner

It’s time to get the holiday house decorating in high gear, and you may have bought new light strands, but plan on mixing them with ones you have, or adding LED lights.  Safety is important this time of year, and making the days merry and the nights bright means taking a few precautions. 

  • Check your old lights for frayed wires, nicks or cuts along the outer cord, and broken bulbs. Broken bulbs can be replaced, but toss the frayed strands, or those with cuts. 
  • Decorating the exterior of your house means the lights you use must be made for outdoors.  Check the packaging or tag on the string to make certain. 
  • Use clips or hangers that are UL-approved–do NOT nail, tack, or staple lights to any fixture. 
  • If you’d like to light a tree in your yard, make absolute certain no power lines run through the branches, and keep any lighting at least ten feet from power lines. 
  • Make sure your extension cords are specifically made for outdoor use, and have a three-pronged ground plug.  Your receptacle should be a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet in case of electrical overload, it will shut off power.  Portable outdoor GFCI’s are available for very little cost at Amazon. 
  • Read and heed all labels when it comes to connecting strings of lights.  If the label says only three can be connected to one another, start a new chain of lights after the third strand is in place.  Also keep in mind that only strands with the same number of bulbs should be connected–in other words, don’t connect a 100-strand with two 25-strands. 
  • Keep extension cords away from high-traffic areas, and out from under welcome mats or pavers. 
  • Many people start decorating long before Christmas, but be aware that most non-commercial light strands are only safely exposed to the elements for 90 days.  Any longer, and deterioration to the insulation will begin.   
  • Avoid using a metal ladder if you’re having to get up high with your lights–use wooden or fiberglass instead. 
  • Never leave lights on when you’re not at home, or asleep.   
  • If you’re considering adding LED’s to your holiday display, make sure you don’t mix connecting with incandescent.  Going all-LED will be costlier upon start-up, but will save money on your power bill, as well as in replacement costs–LED’s can last up to twenty years. 

You don’t want a friendly neighborhood competition to turn into disaster, nor do you want a classic Clark Griswold power outage at home.  Know your home’s electrical limits, and use common sense and care while you’re decorating. 

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Pets and Holiday Food!

November 27th, 2017 by tisner

The time of year is upon us when we gather together and indulge in our favorite foods.  It’s so easy to slip Fido or Kitty a little scrap now and then, but it may not be such a good idea.  See this list for human foods that may or not be good for your pets. 

  • Turkey may be an ingredient in some pet foods, and a bite or two of cooked, white meat is a nice treat. The skin, however, contains fat as well as spices that can cause an upset stomach, or worse, pancreatitis.  If they get turkey, remove the skin. 
  • If you’re celebrating with prime rib, or ham, a few bites of meat without herbs or spices is a nice snack.  
  • Bones of any kind can be a real danger because of splintering, and could cause choking as well as a perforated digestive system. 
  • Gravy is a yummy treat poured over their regular food, but limit it to a few tablespoonsful.  Gravies are usually too salty for animals, and are high in fats. 
  • Before you turn your baked sweet potatoes or pureed pumpkin into pies, pass a spoonful or two along as a treat.  Both are rich in vitamins and high in fiber, and are a great anytime snack. 
  • Onions are a definite no–they contain thiosulphate, which is quite harmful to dogs and cats. 
  • Stuffing may not only be too carb-rich, but the onions, garlic and spices that most stuffing’s contain can be toxic your pets. 
  • Going sugar free? Make sure your artificial sweetener doesn’t contain xylitol, and if it does, make absolute certain your pet doesn’t eat anything it’s an ingredient in. 
  • Baked goods contain too much sugar, or may have chocolate, which shouldn’t be fed to either cats or dogs in the slightest amount.  Call your vet if you think they may have eaten anything containing chocolate. 

We usually end up going a bit overboard on Thanksgiving, but it doesn’t have to include our pets.  The extra people in the house and hustle and bustle in the kitchen and can be a bit much for pets, anyway.  Provide a quiet corner for them so they can get away for a while.  When you sit down for your meal, make sure guests know not to feed the four-legged beggars with the sad eyes.  If you really want to include your beloved canine in your family meal, try this little doggy casserole from The Bark, and cats will enjoy these turkey jerky nibblers that are easy to make! 

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Things To Do Orlando: City of Orlando Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 27th, 2017 by tisner

The annual Tree Lighting Celebration will be held on Friday, December 1 at Lake Eola Park. This free event will feature Mayor Buddy Dyer helping to light the 72-foot Christmas tree, performances by Trinity Lutheran School and The Crew, vendor booths and food available for purchase from TheDailyCity.com Food Truck Bazaar.

Performances begin at 5 p.m. at the Amphitheater, and the Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Following the tree’s first lighting of the season, the Holiday Celebration Stage Show finale will begin.

The Salvation Army will be at the event collecting monetary donations in their classic red kettles, as well as conducting a text-to-give campaign. Donations will supply toys for children in need this holiday season.

Portions of the Tree Lighting Celebration will be broadcast live on News 6 WKMG for those unable to attend the event.

Entertainment Schedule

5 p.m. – Trinity Lutheran School Choir
Trinity Lutheran School students will share holiday music favorites as the festival kicks off with delicious food and beverages available for purchase from TheDailyCity.com Food Truck Bazaar.

6 p.m. – Performance by The Crew
7 p.m. – Tree Lighting & Holiday Celebration Stage Show

Parking and Transportation Information

Parking is available for a fee at all Downtown parking garages, lots and Smart Meters.

The free LYMMO circulator is recommended for Downtown residents and attendees parking at garages other than the Library Garage (112 East Central Blvd).

Downtown Parking Locations

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23rd, 2017 by tisner

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