Early Holiday Shopping

It’s the middle of October and the holidays are inching ever closer. Soon you’ll replace Halloween decorations with Thanksgiving centerpieces, and those with Christmas wreaths and trees.

If you’re like some of us at Limelight Deals, every year you promise to get all your shopping done early. You absolutely will not wait until the last minute. Even with all those good intentions, sometimes we still procrastinate and hurry to finish shopping. This year, we want to help you avoid the last-minute rush by providing some tips and early gift suggestions.

First, write a list of everyone you need to shop for: spouse, kids, relatives, friends and co-workers. Also, seeing individual names might spark some creative gift ideas.

Let’s start with your spouse. With errands, chores, and taking the kids to after school activities, it seems like an eternity since you had any alone time. You can’t even remember the last time you had dinner together that wasn’t leftovers or takeout. It’s time to take matters into your own hands. Instead of waiting for things to slow down, create your own relaxation. There’s a cozy little inn nestled safely away from the modern world. And it’s only a short drive away.  You book a one-night stay; plus, you can both enjoy a romantic dinner and scrumptious breakfast the next morning. Satisfied, you check this gift off your list. Now, who’s next?

You want the kids to have new experiences. They spend too many weekends in front of the TV or glued to the couch. But getting them out and about for a fun activity will require a little finesse. You don’t want to do something you’ve done a hundred times before. And it shouldn’t feel forced. You need an outing that’s fun, cool, exciting and new. A friend tells you about a business in Jacksonville where people ride Segways. You didn’t think there was anything like that in Southern Oregon! Elated, you know without a doubt this is the ideal gift for your kids.

As you’re checking names off your list, you almost forgot one person: you. Giving to others is important, but so are you. You shouldn’t let the holidays pass without something for yourself, too. Luckily, you know exactly what you like.

But maybe you’re thinking, It’s only October…why shop now? You should shop now because the holidays will be here before you know it. It happens every year. One minute it’s Labor Day and the next you’re preparing Thanksgiving dinner. This year, don’t get caught unprepared. Continuously search for great deals and work on your shopping list a little at a time. Then when the holidays arrive, you can relax because you shopped early.

 

 

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When Life Gives You Lemons…

At Limelight Deals, we talk a lot about the importance of relaxation, “me time,” and other things which keep you (and your sanity) a top priority. We never want to see anyone put themselves last.

But we also know perfect weeks filled with ultimate luxury and relaxation don’t happen all the time. More often than not, days and weeks are stressful. You probably have times where you handle a crisis, or multiple crises, before 8:30 a.m. In those times, it’s important to stay calm and make the best out of a potentially bad situation. Sometimes our most trying times lead to the best outcomes. It all depends on your reactions.

So when life hands you some lemons, do you smash them into pieces or make cool, refreshing lemonade?

Imagine this: You bought a new bike. It’s fast, sleek, and gleams in the sun. Perfection in the form of a bike. Next week you start bicycling to work rather than driving, and feel great about your new initiative. Then Monday morning rolls around and your child missed the bus. You let your little one ride your bike in order to arrive at school on time. You think, What’s the harm? It’s just this one time.

You arrive home from work later that day to find your bike scratched and your child in tears. What do you do? You could get angry, or you could get your bike repaired without a fuss. You opt for the latter because you know of a friendly, local bike store that can help. And by not letting stress rule the day, you’re happy, your child is happy, and your bike is better than new.

You survived the Bike Scratch Scandal of 2014 with grace and poise. Nothing else could go wrong, right? Feeling optimistic you return to your normal routine. It’s dinnertime so you decide to bake some chicken for the family. You relax with a good book while dinner cooks. Then you smell it. Smoke. You race to the kitchen and yank a dish of blackened chicken out of the oven. How could this happen? You never burn anything! Defeated, you throw everything out. As you resign to the couch, your family rushes to your side for support. They mentions it’s been a while since you all enjoyed a night out together. The suggestion makes you smile. So everyone piles into the car and you’re off to your favorite restaurant which has all the tastes and comforts of home. All in all, it’s a good night.

Do either of these scenarios sound familiar? If stress has gotten the best of you before, that’s OK. Limelight Deals understands and we sympathize. But don’t let stress overtake you. Find a time, even if only a moment, to relax. Practice deep breathing, read a book, sneak in a weekend pedicure, meditate – the options are endless. Don’t give into stress. Find a way to make lemonade.

 

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Autumn Has Arrived!

What do you love most about fall? Is it the leaves changing color? Or maybe it’s the faint scent of pumpkins, apples, and spices in the air. Whatever it is, Limelight Deals loves fall and we hope you do too. Now that we’re in October, autumn is in full swing. Southern Oregon may have a couple more days of warm weather up its sleeve, but you can’t ignore the crisp chill in the air.

Fall is a season full of possibilities. We stroll through the park as the sun sets on a quilt of red, orange, and yellow leaves. Our kitchens are filled with the tastes and smells of comfort food, tempting neighbors and passersby. You and a friend play nine holes of golf against a beautiful autumn backdrop. The family goes on a last-minute camping trip before winter, and the kids share ghost stories at school in preparation for Halloween.

All of these things (and more) create a season which wraps its arms around us. This year, Limelight Deals wants you to enjoy the embrace of fall. Relax with family and friends in the comfort of home. Turn off the TV and gather around the table for a hot drink and pleasant conversation. Go out and breathe in the fresh autumn air. Find a day to sneak away to your favorite spa for a massage, and then return home to a cup of cocoa or gooey dessert.

There’s no right or wrong way to celebrate the arrival of autumn. As long as you’re relaxed, cozy and comfy, then you’ve truly embraced the soul of the season.

 

 

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Fall Into a New Season

As the weather changes, Limelight Deals knows your priorities vary too. But however your schedule changes, we encourage you to find time for yourself amid the chaos. Spend time with family and take pleasure in the little things.

Next week, autumn arrives. It’s the start of a new season and a flurry of activity. The first day of fall marks the beginning of the holidays and the end of summer. The BBQ goes back in storage while crates of decorations are pulled out and dusted off. The leaves are changing and falling, blanketing the streets in their warm, familiar colors.

As the season changes, so do your responsibilities. It’s time to hang up the sundresses and shorts, and unfold sweaters and winter jackets. Instead of planning summer vacations you’re driving the kids to soccer practice and preparing lunches for school.

There are other changes in the air, too. Summer backyard baseball becomes Monday night football. You use your hockey tickets and take the family to watch the local team. During the day, you have a pot of heartwarming stew cooking which has the house smelling fabulous by dinnertime. And on the weekend, you’re busy baking something yummy for everyone to share. Or, you make an early morning trip and return with a dozen delicious donuts. Either way, as the leaves are falling outside, sweet and savory aromas are filling the house inside. It’s the perfect time of year.

Enjoy this comfy, cozy season surrounded by friends and family. It only comes around once a year and you want to savor every second.

 

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Busy Week Survival Tips

How do you survive a hectic week? Are you constantly planning, rescheduling, and looking ahead? Your calendar at home is probably overflowing with appointments and shorthand that looks like a secret code.

Crazy days happen. One moment you’re going along peacefully and then WHAM! All of a sudden you have a million things to do and don’t know where to start.

Picture this: On Sunday night, you get a call your in-laws are coming into town. You’re excited because you haven’t seen them in a while. Then you’re told they’re arriving tomorrow evening. Your stomach hits the floor. How are you going to get everything done in time? You start prioritizing what needs to get done; first and foremost you’ll spend the day cleaning. What about dinner? You decide to surprise your in-laws with a night on the town. You want a warm and welcoming place with great food, service, and prices. You know just the place!

Your in-laws stayed for a couple days and everyone had fun. Success! Now you need to continue planning for your vacation next week. All you can think about is the tropical paradise awaiting you. But what will you wear? Your swimsuit is so last season and you want some additional outfits for everyday wear. You go to the best, and only, swim specialty store in Southern Oregon. The friendly staff helps you find what you need quickly and efficiently, so you save time and money.

You’ve successfully shopped for your vacation. But you just remembered you’re providing the food for your   friend’s bridal shower this Saturday. You want something local and authentic so you choose a platter of 30    scrumptious beef, chicken, and pork tacos. Your friends will enjoy the selection and fresh ingredients. You  have the food done but you need to focus on yourself, too. You have the perfect outfit, but what to do with your hair? It’s time for a different style with highlights, or maybe a whole new color.

The party is over. The food was a hit and your hair looks fabulous. It’s the day before your vacation and you’re exhausted. It’s finally time to relax and embark on a new adventure.

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And the Award Goes to…

We have announced the nominees. The votes are coming in. You know what time it is. The Emmys? The Oscars? Nope.

It’s the Mail Tribune Reader’s Choice 2014! With your help, we gathered a pool of nominees and the voting period is open until September 10th. Submit your votes for your favorite local businesses in Southern Oregon. The results will be announced in a special Readers’ Choice Section October 26, 2014.

You may ask yourself, “What’s in this for me?” First, you get the satisfaction of supporting local businesses. Second, there are prizes! You can win 1 of 9 $100 gift cards from the top three local businesses with the most votes in these categories: Best Local Restaurant, Best Local Spa, and Best Grocery Store.

But what does Readers’ Choice have to do with Limelight Deals? Great deals, of course! This week we featured two local businesses which are also Readers’ Choice nominees.

You can vote for your favorite theater and score two-for-one tickets to a fabulous show. Or is an outdoor activity more to your liking? Imagine sitting on a soft blanket, watching the last days of summer fade into fall as you sip wine and listen to live music with a friend.

But don’t stop with our deals. While you’re voting, look through all the businesses. Is there one you didn’t know of but sounds intriguing? If so, take a drive and see them! Readers’ Choice is all about the community supporting its neighborhood businesses. While not everyone can win, we know all these businesses are top-notch. It’s always good to have your list of favorites, but venture out to new places too.

Today, Limelight Deals encourages you to vote and shop local. Support Southern Oregon’s businesses and our blossoming community.

And don’t forget to share your favorite businesses on our Facebook page!

 

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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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