The Gateway to Summer

 

On Memorial Day weekend we barbeque, camp and visit with family. And we have an extra day in our weekend to do so! In Southern Oregon we never quite know what our weather will be, or how often it will change, but we plan our weekend anyway. Who hasn’t checked the weather daily to ensure the sunny weekend forecast you saw yesterday is still there today? It’s the Oregonian way!

Fortunately, The Powers That Be are predicting warm, sunny weather this weekend. Spirits are high and a fun-filled weekend lies ahead.

Now that the weather is cooperating, it’s time to work on step two of your Memorial Day weekend plan. Step two is all about deciding what to do. You want activities the whole family will enjoy. You need to find family friendly places. Luckily there are plenty to choose from!

When’s the last time you played dodge ball while jumping on a trampoline? Never? Now you can! Southern Oregon’s premier indoor trampoline park is fun for all ages. You can jump, dive, duck, bounce and play with the kids, all in safe and friendly environment.

If you’re craving more family time, set your sights on the local bowling alley for open play bowling. Rent your shoes, find a good ball and choose your lane. Bowling is an American classic. There’s nothing more thrilling than watching the ball spin end over end down the lane and crashing into all those pins.

You can’t let Memorial Day weekend pass without an all-American meal. You need burgers, BBQ, beer and milkshakes. Or indulge in a breakfast of biscuits and gravy and a stack of fluffy pancakes. Head out to the beautiful country which surrounds our humble city for a hearty, country meal.

By the time Monday rolls around, you’re exhausted! At least you have this extra day to relax at home with your family. Heat up some leftovers and gather everyone for dinner and movie. Enjoy the closeness and company of your loved ones. It’s a golden way to end your awesome weekend.

 

 

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L is For…

L isn’t just for the way you look. It’s also the beginning of one of our favorite words: luxury. Today Limelight Deals is all about luxury. So often we get caught up in the day-to-day drama. How can we give our best if we lose focus on our wellbeing?

 

We believe you can have your cake and eat it too. Why just dream about opulent spa days filled with relaxation and pampering? That can be your reality! All you have to do is choose. Make a conscious decision to relax. You may not know what the journey holds, but we guarantee you’ll get there.

 

The road to luxury looks blurry at best. You can’t see yourself relaxing happily on the other side. You must clear away the fog. Imagine yourself driving down that lavish road and all the stops along the way.

 

Right away the first exit you see is for a nail gel polish. Excellent! You’ve wanted to add some flair to your fingers for a while now. You’re feeling more confident so you roll down the windows and enjoy the fresh air and sun during your drive. But all the wind has created a frizzy mess atop your head. What to do? Zip along to your favorite salon for a deep conditioning treatment and trim.

 

After that you’re back on the road. Your new fingernail gel polish gleams as you grip the steering wheel and you occasionally catch glances of your new hairdo in the rearview mirror. Things are looking up.

 

What’s this now? A flat tire? There’s no spare in the trunk. You’re walking. You finally arrive at a friendly auto store which retrieves your car and fixes the flat. You’re relieved and exhausted; the long walk wore on your feet. Fortunately, the receptionist advises you there’s a place a couple miles down the road which offers complete spa pedicures. You kindly thank the receptionist, pay your bill and are on your away.

 

Your drive is uneventful for a while. You appreciate that after the flat tire incident. Your final stop is home again. After parking the car in the garage you collapse onto the bed. The familiar feel of your pillows and blankets welcomes you after your long journey. It was quite eventful but you’re thankful for every stop, surprise and person you met. You don’t feel life’s daily dramas tugging at your feet anymore. You traveled down the road of luxury and returned a totally different, joyful person.

 

 

 

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Mom is Our Hero!

Remember who was there to put a Band-Aid on your skinned knee? Or who made your favorite sandwich when you were sick? She never even so much as bat an eye when you requested a bologna sandwich on white bread with mayonnaise, mustard and Barbeque-flavored chips inside (for texture, of course). She wipes away our tears after a bad day and there’s nothing more comforting than one of her hugs.

So who is this multi-talented, unconditionally loving person?

Mom, of course!

With Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, we’re all focused on finding the perfect gift for Mom. How do you show your appreciation for a lifetime of hugs, kisses, support and love? Just the thought is overwhelming! Finding something seems nearly impossible. Fortunately, Limelight Deals has the inside scoop on how you can show Mom she’s the best.

Our moms work tirelessly for us all day, every day. Show your appreciation with an ultimate day of luxury. You can handle things at home while she has a day filled with relaxation and pampering. With all our crazy Oregon weather – wind, rain and sun all in one week! – it’s difficult to maintain a hairstyle that survives the elements. A Brazilian blowout leaves hair soft, silky and frizz-free no matter what the weather. And after a morning at the salon, treat Mom to a soothing 70-minute revitalizing facial. She’ll return home with a glowing face and gorgeous new locks. What an awesome day!

Even though we have a specific day set aside for Mom, show your gratitude and love every day. Share a meal together, see a movie, or spend the afternoon talking over coffee. You’ll both cherish those times forever.

 

 

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Do You Want Cheese with Your Wine?

Today kicks off a month-long, statewide event centered on wine. 31 days of wine tasting, wine events, special offers, live music and more. Too good to be true, you say? Oregon Wine Month is as real as the glasses in your cupboards and it begins today!

For all wine lovers (in Oregon and elsewhere), May is your month. You can find the best deals and enjoy the finest varietals at vineyards across the state.

Traveling from winery to winery, sipping and tasting your way across the state, is the dream of any wine aficionado. We have so many wonderful vineyards in our own backyard, making Southern Oregon the perfect home base for your wine adventures.

Before beginning your journey, you need to have all your ducks in a row. The bills are paid, the house is clean and you’re feeling 100 percent. A soothing massage helps guarantee mental, physical and emotional readiness. Then you can hit the ground running with wine glass in hand! You also need a good spot to unwind after a day of wine tours and tasting. Relax with a meal at your favorite, authentic Mexican restaurant and relive the highlights of the day.

Oregon Wine Month is about so much more than wine, though. When we savor a glass of Chardonnay on the porch after dinner or toast with Merlot, we’re making memories. You’re not just drinking; you’re creating, living and celebrating. So wherever you are in Oregon, raise your glass.

 

 

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Weekend Impossible

What are you doing this weekend?

Hiking upper Table Rock? Watching a baseball game? Tasting a selection of the finest craft beer and whiskey in Southern Oregon?

For those of you who work diligently during the week, it’s your duty to rule the weekend. This is your time. No work, emails or deadlines; just two days of pure awesomeness. Kick those work shoes under the bed and trade them for sandals or sneakers. Your assignment begins Friday at 5 p.m.

Your mission (should you choose to accept it), is to have the best weekend ever.  And then repeat your successful mission each weekend thereafter. This will put an end to weekend restlessness and indecisiveness once and for all.

Don’t know where to start? That’s OK! Limelight Deals will help get your mission off the ground. We know everyone’s definition of a great weekend is different. You don’t need to spontaneously fly to a tropical island to have an incredible weekend, although we like that you’re thinking big!

For some, a good weekend means staying inside. Maybe you’ll bake everything you’ve wanted to for months but always put off until “next weekend.” You can fill the house with the aromas of bread, brownies, cakes and cookies. If you don’t want to pull out your trusty stand mixer just yet, then head to the heart of Medford for a casual, fine dining meal.

Or you can try something completely new. With warm weather on the horizon we’re spending more time outdoors and in the water. If you want to get up close and personal with life under the sea, how about scuba diving lessons? You can even bring your spouse or friend and have twice the fun!

Whatever you crave – outdoors, indoors or a little of both – it’ll be great. Don’t just do “the usual” this weekend. Make it memorable. Do the extraordinary.

 

 

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Spring Cleaning: Revisited

 

Previously we discussed spring cleaning; why it’s important, how it affects us, and the results of a productive cleaning session. Today we’re revisiting spring cleaning. But this time we’re not talking about cleaning your house, apartment or office cubicle. We’re focusing on you! Limelight Deals wants you to clean the cobwebs out of your head. It’s time wiggle free from winter and burst into spring with a renewed passion and joy.

Ready to jump into spring? We certainly hope so!

If you want to defrost from winter, the best – and most fun – way is finding opportunities to pamper yourself. Nothing prepares you for the latest spring fashions like a fabulous manicure and relaxing pedicure for your hands and feet. We’re entering the season of sundresses and sandals so you need to prepare now. Your sleek gel polish will glimmer under the daytime sun and nighttime stars. Passersby can’t help but smile as you go through your day confident and empowered.

There’s something else in the air, too. It wafts above the newly blooming trees and small army of downtown food trucks. What is this elusive “something else”? Why, it’s love, of course! Couples walk together in the park at twilight, share meals on the porch and tour local wineries. Book a room for a romantic getaway and get lost in nature together.

Anything is possible during spring. It’s a time for renewal and new beginnings. Let go of winter and start the season with a “spring” in your step.

 

 

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The Season for Cleaning

Break out the brooms, mops and buckets. Grab the duster and vacuum. Make an action plan. Why? It’s spring cleaning season!

Whether you’re working through every room in the house or organizing your desk at work, everyone is in cleaning mode. It’s the perfect time to rummage through your clothes and find things to give to Goodwill. Maybe you have furniture or wall decorations you don’t use or want. If so, then donate those too!

Spring cleaning is about more than dusting bookshelves and washing the kitchen countertops. It’s the time of year when we reassess which of our material possessions we actually need. If you never got around to making a quilt on the sewing machine you bought at a yard sale, it’s time to donate it. Things we don’t use anymore (or never did) should go to a good home.

At Limelight Deals we use this time to shake off the winter doldrums and purge the home or office of stuff we collected but don’t need any more.

This spring, go through your belongings and see what you can give to others. While you’re having the carpets professionally cleaned, journey up to the attic. There are probably boxes and boxes of sweaters you don’t wear but could benefit someone else this winter. And if it keeps raining, they could help someone right away!

When we remove the excess, a weight is lifted. You feel lighter when you unburden yourself from what doesn’t belong.

 

 

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How to Practice Patience

“I want patience, and I want it NOW!”

Doesn’t sound very patient, does it?

We live in a time where we get everything we want instantaneously. We watch TV from any device with a screen, text friends in another country, and buy our morning coffee from a drive-thru window. Most days we don’t wait long for whatever we want. And when we do wait, well, sometimes the results aren’t pretty.

Limelight Deals knows having patience isn’t easy. All of us have acted impatiently before but it’s not the end of the world. Awareness is half the battle. The other half is practice, practice, practice! To make the transition smoother, here are a few things worth waiting for and enjoying leisurely.

  1. Books and CDs – Thumb through a soft paperback. Listen to an audio book or CD while cleaning the house. Travel with your favorite characters as they adventure through dangerous lands or catch a killer. We don’t often take time to escape the constant buzz of our fast-paced, need-it-now world. Reading a book or listening to a CD removes us from the chaos and gives us with much needed peace and quiet.
  2. A Fine Meal – We’re not saying dress up and make a reservation at a five-star restaurant, although that does sound fun. A fine meal is whatever you’re craving: burgers and fries at the local greasy spoon; a hand-tossed thin crust pizza; a gooey brownie with vanilla ice cream; or an assortment of handcrafted sushi.
  3. A New Type of Medicine – Balance is a key factor in life. Internal balance is just as important as the external. Total body wellness, inside and out, changes your life. There are plenty of new, alternative healing methods which awaken energies that bring joy, passion and enthusiasm into your life. Return balance to your life; you’ll feel and think better! And we believe better thinking leads to an easier time practicing patience.

Patience is elusive in the modern world. Everything happens in an instant, nearly eliminating all forms of waiting. We should practice patience, even in a time of lightning-fast technology. After all, you never know when someone might perceive you as the person taking “too long” in line, but someone else acts patiently and kindly toward you. Be that person. Be the person with patience.

 

 

 

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Three Cheers for Today!

Last week ended with an allegedly unlucky day, Friday the 13th. Then our luck started to turn with Pi Day on Saturday. After all, who doesn’t love math and pie? Nobody here at Limelight Deals would refuse the chance to celebrate pie! Then on March 17th we embraced the luck of the Irish.

St. Patrick’s Day is a personal favorite of Captain Limelight, especially since his favorite color is any shade of green. But St. Patrick’s Day isn’t all about the color green and delicious Irish food. It’s about a sense of community and how we create that in our own lives.

When a fun holiday rolls around we don’t hesitate to grab our friends and family for a night on the town. When a holiday is absent, we forgo this excitement and passion, spending the night inside binging on Netflix. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with that (House of Cards marathon, anyone?), but we must remember every day is worthy of a spectacular celebration, not just special holidays.

Did your son or daughter get good grades in school? Ace an impossible test? Then celebrate! Take the kids bowling on the weekend, or to the only drive thru wild animal park in Oregon where you can wash and feed the elephants. Maybe you got a promotion at work or closed a big deal. If so, call up your friends. Meet for drinks. Toast to a job well done and share your good news. What about a wedding, graduation, or the birth of a new baby? These are all reasons to celebrate.

Let’s not forget life’s little victories, either. If you mastered a new skill, successfully cooked your first meal or finally finished all those annoying, tedious chores, then celebrate that too. Pat yourself on the back, relax on the couch with a good movie, or treat yourself to a special dinner.

When we celebrate each and every day, there will always be good. Even if you have something stressful on the horizon, we bet there’s a silver lining hiding in there somewhere. Live joyously. Find and celebrate the good.

 

 

 

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Are You Superstitious?

A black cat eyes you walking to the office, so you cross the street and take the long way. You pass through an empty lot which is undergoing extensive construction. You’re careful not to walk underneath any ladders. Now it’s starting to rain! You pull your umbrella from your bag and rush toward the door. Knock on wood – you didn’t get wet. You dutifully cinch your umbrella shut and walk inside.

If any of that sounds familiar then you’re at least a little bit superstitious. And if you’re a tad superstitious, you know what today is.

Friday the 13th.

The unluckiest day of the month. Well, allegedly it’s the unluckiest day.

For some, Friday the 13th conjures up images of black cats, scary guys in masks, and old-fashion bad luck. For others, the day is considered lucky. And still there are others for whom the day has no meaning attached to it whatsoever. What camp do you fall in?

If you don’t already, Limelight Deals suggests you put a positive spin on this day. There’s nothing scary about Friday the 13th – unless you’re going to Camp Crystal Lake this summer. Horror movie references aside, Friday the 13th is just a day and nothing more. Why attach fear to something so harmless?

Instead of fearing Friday the 13th, embrace it! Believe it’s a good, lucky day and you won’t have anything to worry about. Your mind is a powerful tool.  You can change your reality by changing your thought process. And then today, and every other day, will be a happy day.

 

 

 

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