Who Loves Coffee? We Do!

“Coffee is a hug in a mug.” ­– Author Unknown

Coffee keeps us going throughout the day. Brewing coffee is the first thing you do in the morning. While you’re busy getting ready for work, making lunches for the kids, or trying to get everyone out the door on time, the savory smell of coffee wafts through your house and tickles the noses of everyone nearby.

Whether you prefer light or dark roast, instant or grind the beans yourself, you’ve probably experienced the morning cup of coffee phenomenon. It’s the perfect moment right after turning on the coffee pot. The coffee is brewing (and smells delicious), and you’re standing in the kitchen as the morning light trickles into through the windows. For a brief moment, it’s like starring in your very own Folgers’ commercial.

Then reality comes screaming back, jolting you out of your moment of peace. But that’s what the coffee is for, right? It’s there to jumpstart your day. However, we’re probably all guilty of multiple-cups-of-coffee days, which look similar to this:

7:00 a.m. – Wake up. Brew coffee. Go to work.

11:00 a.m. – Your 15-minute break. Grab some coffee from the break room.

2:30 p.m. – Mid-afternoon drowsiness. Walk to your local coffee shop and buy coffee and a snack.

6:00 p.m. – It’s too late for coffee. Brew a cup of decaf tea to unwind from your busy day.

So, has that been your day before? If so, you may need more than coffee. Coffee can help start the day, but sometimes, you need to set aside your mug and breathe. Relax. Spend a day at the salon. If some personal TLC has dropped off your to-do list, put it back! And make you a top priority.

We all love coffee. We sip it while reading the morning paper or grab a cup on the way to work. It’s our wakeup call or mid-afternoon reward for working hard. But don’t forget to splurge on other great Southern Oregon deals, too, courtesy of your friends at Limelight Deals.

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Daydreaming: Three Easy Steps

Has anyone ever told you to get your head out of the clouds? To stop daydreaming and return to the real world? Today, Limelight Deals is telling you the opposite. We want you to daydream. It relieves stress, improves your overall mood, and even motivates you to get your chores done.

Daydreaming is a powerful tool when used correctly, but so often, people do it wrong. Maybe you’re guilty of playing “Angry Birds” on your phone, or mindlessly flipping through the TV channels, and calling that daydreaming. Unfortunately, those are just more distractions. We think genuine daydreaming is when you’re staring blankly at the nearest wall; your eyes glazed over and a small smile on your face.

To make it simple, we’ve outlined a few steps for streamlined daydreaming.

WHEN TO DAYDREAM

Don’t schedule your daydreaming, just let it happen. Maybe it’s right after the kids leave for school and the house is so quiet you can hear a pin drop. That’s a good time for daydreaming. So don’t think about the three loads of laundry and pile of dishes waiting for you. Lie down on the couch, close your eyes, and fantasize about the next manicure you’re going to get or possible plot twists on Game of Thrones.

WHERE TO DAYDREAM

Can you daydream at work? Well, we don’t want to get you into any trouble, so we’ll leave that decision up to you. But we’re certain at least one of your co-workers has succumbed to that 2:30 drowsiness and fallen into a daydreaming session. Fortunately, your choices for daydreaming locations are pretty limitless. Find a patch of green grass in your yard, a chair by the pool (or one of those inflatable chairs you lay down on in the pool), the couch, or a soft recliner and let your daydreams take you away.

WHAT TO DAYDREAM

This is the easiest part, but so many of us get stuck at this point. You’ve found a good time and comfortable place; you close your eyes…and then nothing. Your mind goes totally blank. Don’t get frustrated because you can’t think of anything. Just relax and a good daydream will come to you.

It’s important to daydream whether you think about traveling abroad, seeing all your favorite live concerts, or being a superhero. At least for a little while, let your imagination run wild.

 

 

 

 

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Break Through Back to School Barriers

Back to school. It’s easy as ABC and 123…right? Not necessarily.

Between shopping for school supplies, new clothes, and fitting in last-minute summer trips, back to school is a busy and stressful time. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Limelight Deals is giving you our ABCs to a successful, and relatively peaceful, back to school season.

Attitude

A positive attitude, that is. Staying positive through hectic schedules, crazy shopping crowds and who knows what else will bring you some peace. You’ll be the center of calm in the back to school storm. Your family will not only appreciate your level head, they’ll follow your lead! Before you know it, back to school will have come and gone. You might see others come out the other side frayed and frazzled, but not you. Your positive attitude made for a smooth back to school transition.

Balance

The key to surviving any stressful time is balance. You need to balance work with play and schedules with spontaneity. There are many natural ways to achieve balance. Back to school is a good time to practice finding balance. You’re pulled in multiple directions and there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. On those days, find your center. Take a moment: step back from the chaos and put life back into balance.

Cherish

During all the chaos, we need to remember what’s most important: time with family. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily hustle and bustle. For many families, the best time to bond is while sharing a meal together. Many problems have been solved, and advice given, over a plate of scrumptious food. As you move through the back to school season, don’t forget to connect with your family.

Back to school is practically upon us. It ushers in a new time of year with different activities and schedules. It’s an exciting time for parents and children, so treasure each day, whether it’s busy or not. Capture the special times so you’ll remember them always.

Back to school. It may be crazy, but now that you know your ABCs, you’ll be a success!

 

 

 

 

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Once Upon A Time…

…there was a captain.

Our story begins with a young Captain Limelight; years before he put on his cape and discovered his passion for finding great local deals.

Like so many of us, when he was little our hero didn’t know what he wanted to be when he grew up. He jumped from idea to idea but nothing stuck. His excitement quickly fizzled out and he was on to the next idea. Although he changed his mind many, many times, young Captain Limelight always found comfort in one particular thing: his love for books and reading.

 

 

 

 

 

Every week he journeyed to the local library. He checked out so many books he could barely see over the top of the stack.  Although he loved many genres, little Captain Limelight was especially fond of fantasy books. He loved reading about the hero who helped the city or the knight in shining armor who saved the princess. While reading these books our young captain finally found his passion. He would become the local deals hero of Southern Oregon!

How many of you also discovered what you loved within the pages of a book? Maybe you traveled alongside great adventurers or hunted for clues with Nancy Drew. Here at Limelight Deals, we believe reading changes lives because it takes us on a lifetime journey. We start in the children’s section with Wishbone and The Hardy Boys, then move excitedly into the young adult novels, and finally, into the adult section with authors like Stephen King or George R. R. Martin.

Every book we read is an opportunity to go on a grand adventure. We laugh, we cry, we struggle and find peace together with our favorite fiction characters. And non-fiction books reveal new opportunities or shake the dust off old dreams we had forgotten about many years ago.

Today, Limelight Deals wants you to grab a book and read. It can be paperback, hardcover, or an e-book on your Kindle. Put aside the day’s craziness and lose yourself in another world. And while you’re reading, look out the window and you may see the glint of a blue cape in the sky as Captain Limelight continues to bring you more great Southern Oregon deals.

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Part 2: How to Stay Cool in 100 Degree Weather

Welcome back, Southern Oregon, to Part Two of “How to Stay Cool in 100 Degree Weather.” After another week of hot days, Limelight Deals is suggesting more ideas on how to stay cool.

We’re starting with water again, but this time, in a completely different form. Previously, we talked about    drinking water to stay cool and hydrated. But now, instead of drinking water, we want you to dive into your  nearest pool or lake. Nothing beats the heat like a dip in a cool pool. Even if you don’t have a pool, there are  ones which are open to the community. You can bring the family and enjoy a nice swim on a hot day.

Or, if pools aren’t your style, pack up the family and drive down to your favorite lake. You can swim or rent a boat and zip across the water. It can be a one-day trip or, if you grab the camping gear, make it a fun vacation.

But we understand the outdoors isn’t for everyone. So for the lovers of the great indoors, we have ideas for you too. Staying inside is usually an easy way to stay cool. But how many days can you binge on Netflix before you’re bored out of your mind? There are plenty of ways to stay indoors without being confined to your house. Summer is the season for good movies. Whether you love action, romance, comedy or drama, the movie theater has something just for you.

If you prefer more lively indoor activities, the local wineries have indoor tasting rooms. Invite a couple of friends and spend the day touring Southern Oregon’s wine country. You can bask in the cool indoors while enjoying wine and good conversation.

Even though it sounds like the opposite of staying cool, we suggest attending the local festivals.  It may be outdoors but you can still stay cool and have fun. A covered tent or shade tree allows  you to enjoy the festivities without getting too hot. Southern Oregon hosts a variety of unique  festivals – ranging from a brew fest on the beach to celebrating Oktoberfest in August!

Don’t let the heat get you down this summer. There’s lots of ways to stay cool and active, no matter how hot it is. And if you think there’s anything we missed, share your ideas with us!

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These Are a Few of…

…OUR FAVORITE THINGS

 

  

 

 

 

When the dog bites, or the bee stings, it’s important to remember your favorite things.

We want you to take it one step further. Instead of just remembering, Limelight Deals wants you to go out and do your favorite things and visit your favorite places.

We think every day is a reason to celebrate and enjoy our favorite things. And it doesn’t have to be something extravagant. Some of us get lost in a good book or listen to music. Others want to eat a scrumptious meal or play a board game with family.

If you’ve hit a mental roadblock trying to pick a favorite thing (or things), we understand. Sometimes it’s not easy deciding what you like to do best. But when you do, it will feel great to find your passions and follow them to new adventures.

For example, your trusted local market has the freshest summer produce and the bottle of wine you’ve searched high and low for. If food and drink are some of your favorite things, then seize the opportunity and buy what you love. You can enjoy your purchases for days and weeks to come. And it’s all because you decided to embrace your favorite things rather than letting indecision rule the day.

Or maybe your favorite thing is something more active. You imagine the sun warming your back as you gaze at the beautiful greenery of your favorite golf course. And, your best friend is standing beside you, ready to share your golfing adventure. The perfect day? You bet!

But don’t stop there – keep brainstorming! Go on a shopping excursion, take a day trip to the lake, or spend the weekend in the city seeing a show. When you open your mind to new experiences, you’ll see your list of favorite things continue to grow.

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How to Stay Cool in 100 Degree Weather

The heat has been relentless this week. We’ve all cranked up our A/C just to make the days and nights bearable. But constantly running the air conditioning gets expensive. That expense eats into your money for summer trips, the county fair, date night, a fabulous pedicure, and more. And we think that is unacceptable. There must be other ways to beat the heat!

Fortunately, Limelight Deals has the inside scoop on easy, cheaper ways to stay cool this summer.


 

 

 

Drink water! Simple, easy, and affordable. Whether you use the water fountain at the park, carry a water bottle, or fill up a glass from your kitchen sink, water keeps you cool and hydrated. But after a while, water gets boring. The same old ice water day after day, hour after hour, leaves your taste buds feeling abandoned. How about a cool snack with a little zing?

 

 

 

Snack on a frozen treat like ice cream, yogurt, gelato or shaved ice. A snack like ice cream cools you down and tastes delicious. You can wave your waffle cone in defiance of triple-digit temperatures. And, unlike water, ice cream comes in a variety of flavors so it’s never boring. Choose a different flavor for every day of summer.


 

 

 

 

Limelight Deals knows Southern Oregon cares about the environment and saving energy. We also know you like saving money. With that in mind, you will love this tip. When you’re home, turn off all the lights you aren’t using or don’t need. Or if you walk past a room with the lights on, switch them off. Not only does this save energy (and money), it helps you stay cool. Unnecessary lights equal unnecessary heat. When the temperature is topping 107 degrees, you don’t want extra heat. So turn off your lights and bask in a dimmer, cooler room.

After a scorcher of a week, we hope these tips help you stay cool the rest of summer. You don’t want the heat to keep you from camping, hiking, sight-seeing, or grabbing a slice of pie on your lunch break. And if you have any tips on how to stay cool, let us know. We’d love to add to our list!

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Three Paths on the Road to Relaxation

You don’t usually think of relaxation as an art. But for many people it takes lots of practice before perfecting your own preferred method of relaxation. It should be something we practice and enjoy regularly. But for some, it’s become a forgotten art.

How do you revive the art of relaxation in your life? You go back to basics. We suggest starting with…

 

  1. The Massage

 

Relaxation doesn’t get any simpler, or better, than a massage. And it can be any type of massage – back, shoulder and neck, or your entire body. Limelight Deals likes to think of massage as the ultimate form of relaxation. Massages relax your body and clear your mind. All those pesky, stressful thoughts disappear and all that’s left is a calmer, happier you. Even though we here at Limelight Deals love massages, we understand it might not be for everybody. Don’t worry. We have more relaxation suggestions.

 

  1. The Dinner

 

No, not a dinner you cook at home! Just thinking about cleaning pots and pans and scrubbing all those dishes is exhausting. The dinner we’re talking about is simple, local food served to you at your favorite restaurant. You know the place. It has food you love and a warm and welcoming ambiance. We all have a restaurant “home away from home” which offers our favorite dishes, whether it’s Mexican, Italian, BBQ, fine dining, or great sandwiches.

 

  1. The Wine

 

Now that you’ve dined, you must have some wine. Southern Oregon has several wineries which make this method of relaxation easy. You can enjoy a glass of a winery’s best vintage while at the vineyard or in the comfort of your home. You can share a glass of crisp white wine with friends on the porch on a hot summer night, or during the winter sip a glass of your favorite full-bodied red while staying warm under a fuzzy blanket.

 

Hopefully you feel more relaxed just by reading these suggestions. But there’s one more method which is sure to be successful.

Close your eyes…take a deep breath…and relax.

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Celebrate the 4th of July with Southern Oregon

Happy 4th of July, Limelight Dealers!

The Fourth of July celebrates a historic time. It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of our country’s journey. During this time we honor our heritage. We celebrate our triumphs, remember the struggles, and look forward to the future.

We also spend quality time with friends and family. How many of you are inviting friends over for a BBQ this weekend? It’s a good time to gather around the table, relax, and talk. There aren’t many times you can forget about everything else and focus on catching up with your loved ones.

The Fourth of July is a time for celebration. In Southern Oregon, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate this weekend. There are parades, fireworks displays, and much more. Or if you want to stretch your legs and support the local cross country teams, there’s the Fourth of July Run in Ashland. But if running isn’t your specialty, don’t worry.

If your idea of fun is something more exciting, like fireworks, we have you covered. Not only is there a spectacular fireworks show in our own backyard, it’s the largest fireworks show in Oregon. Red, White, & Boom 2014 is free to everyone and the biggest Fourth of July event in Southern Oregon.  The fireworks display will amaze you. Once again, Southern Oregon rises to the top!

But what if you want to do something more subdued this weekend? After all, you cherish every three-day weekend, especially after working hard all week. And this time, you want something different from your regular Fourth of July festivities. You still have lots of options. You can go on a romantic getaway at your favorite inn. Or maybe sharing a special meal with the family at your favorite local restaurant is what you want. This weekend is all about celebrating freedom and independence, so the choice is yours.

However you decide to celebrate the Fourth of July, have a safe and fun weekend. We’ll return on Monday with more Southern Oregon deals. See you then!

 

 

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Local Delights at the Growers Market

 

When summer begins, it brings a cornucopia of new things to try. One place everyone must visit, especially if buying local is important to you, is the local Growers Market. Southern Oregon is fortunate because there are multiple markets on multiple days. If you have a couple hours to spare, you can peruse the market for local Southern Oregon goods.

The Growers Market is an extraordinary experience. It brings together the community and shows what our local businesses and farmers offer. But it might seem overwhelming to someone who’s never been to the Growers Market before. If you’re that person, never fear! Limelight Deals has some insider information to make your first Growers Market experience a pleasant one.

Be Early

Growers come to the market with a certain amount of product. When it’s gone, it’s gone. Get there early so you don’t miss any of the great products they’re offering. Arriving earlier in the day allows you to see everything that’s available and buy everything on your list.

Be Prepared

Even in the middle of summer, Southern Oregon weather is unpredictable. A warm afternoon can start cold. And, if you arrive early, you’re likely to encounter a chillier morning. Dress in layers so you’re comfortable throughout the day. Also, know in advance what food is in season so you can shop accordingly.

Be Adventurous

Have you ever tried kale? What about snow peas or beets? There are so many delicious foods and the Growers Market is the perfect place to find and try them all. If you’ve always been wary about a certain fruit or vegetable, don’t be! You can change up your regular recipes, or create new ones, just by expanding your food knowledge and tastes.

Be Curious

Talk to the growers. They love sharing their stories. If you don’t know how to cook something, just ask. Or maybe you want to know how to get the best value for your money or how to introduce new vegetables into your family dinners. No matter what your question is, the growers want to share their experience and help you make the healthiest, and tastiest, food choices possible.

And Now, You’re Ready!

Hopefully you feel more confident about exploring the Growers Market. The market is brimming with friendly merchants, your friends, and neighbors. It’s a place where the community comes together to support one another – and enjoy fresh, local food. So this weekend, go to your local Growers Market and experience Southern Oregon’s best local offerings.

 

 

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