Wild Times in Southern Oregon

Take a walk on the wild side.

This week, Limelight Deals wants you to free your inner wild animal: the tiger, lioness, bear (oh, my!) or whatever else lurks within.

The weeks preceding the holidays are stressful. You plan meals, schedule trips, work, and complete your regular chores too. It’s a busy time for everyone. Keeping the stress bottled up inside doesn’t do you any good. You need to let it out – let’s hear you roar! Today, leave the shopping list at home. Go out and have fun. It can be a day all about you or include the entire family. Or, why not both? After all, you are walking on the wild side now.

Don’t know where to start? First, you need to go where the wild things are; deep in the jungle, forest, and desert terrain. But you’re thinking, This is Oregon. What wild animals?  Fortunately, everyone in southern Oregon is just miles from the only drive-through wild animal park in Oregon. Amazing! It’s the perfect place to let down your hair and go wild. See species of animals from all around the world, and even get up close and personal with the elephants and giraffes.

But maybe that’s a little too wild for you. You want to be like the lioness lying regally in the desert sun: relaxed and serene. If that’s your type of wild, then seek out a place with warmth, sun, and a sense of calm. It’s easy to bask in the sun all year long, and maintain a gorgeous glow, with multiple tanning sessions. It’s just that easy to feel like the king or queen of the southern Oregon jungle.

Now your inner animal is bubbling just below the surface like an expectant volcano. Free your wild side with a throwback to an old favorite. Bowling! Grab a few friends and gather for open play at the local bowling alley. Nothing beats the rush of pins crashing and bowling balls speeding down the lanes. Friends cheer when you score a strike and console you when you hit one pin. It’s a wild time for everyone, with memories that last a lifetime.

Today, take a break and feed your inner wild animal. Eat an indulgent dinner, go on a weekend getaway, or take the family on a trip. You work hard and deserve to spend a little time walking on the wild side.

 

 

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Brrrr! It’s Cold Outside!

This week we experienced our first hint of winter. We had a very chilly morning with a bit of frost covering ours cars. Cold mornings and frosty windshields are just another reminder that winter and the holiday season have arrived in Southern Oregon. It’s time to think about winter preparations: snow tires, indoor activities, shopping for gifts and more.

Limelight Deals believes prepping your car for winter weather is one of the most important things you can do. This means buying snow tires, de-icer spray, an ice scraper, and a first aid kit to keep in your trunk. You need food, water, blankets, and a flashlight handy if you’re caught in bad weather.

Now that you have the outside of your car prepped and ready, you need to take care of the inside. If you can’t recall the date of your last oil change, it’s time to make an appointment. Are your tires fully inflated? Engine running normally? It’s probably time to drop in for a radiator flush and some new coolant. All these check-ups will give your car top-notch performance and bring you some welcome peace of mind during the winter months.

Once your vehicle is in fine working order, you can move on to other things. Late fall and early winter brings new challenges. One of those challenges is the holiday break. The kids are home from school for a while and you want to keep them occupied. But keeping them in the house the entire time may cause some cabin fever. To avoid the winter blues you need a safe activity which is also fun and exhilarating.

How can you keep the kids safely indoors without them climbing the walls? Unless…maybe climbing walls is exactly what they should do. It suddenly becomes so obvious: rock climbing! There’s an indoor climbing gym just a few minutes away which has everything you need to keep your kids active and inside when it gets cold.

The sound of ice scrapers against windshields in the morning is a reminder that winter is coming. Our days begin with frosty mornings and end with chilly nights. It’s a good idea to get your car, home, and schedule prepared for winter before it arrives. Once all the prep is done, you can enjoy the beauty of the season.

 

 

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OK, Here We Go!

Are we rushing toward the holidays, or are the holidays rushing toward us?

The first week of November has come and gone. Now the countdown to the holidays begins. There’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and any other celebrations in-between. It’s a flurry of activity until January 2015 when we can finally take a breath and relax.

With the holidays inching closer every day, Limelight Deals suggests you get swept up in the brilliance of the season. The next couple months bring feelings of warmth and togetherness. There are lights twinkling on balconies , Christmas trees carefully decorated with presents underneath, and the aroma of cinnamon-scented pine cones as you enter the grocery store. We might even have a blanket of white snow as the days and nights get colder.

Limelight Deals also knows we can get caught up in the stressful parts of the holidays. There’s fighting crowds at the stores, planning trips out of town, and battling inclement weather, among other things. But these challenges should not detract from the wonder of the season.

If you need to, find a way to circumvent the stress and refocus on the season. Maybe you had a fight with a friend or family member. We suggest extending an olive branch and moving past the fight. Maybe you can go out for a nice dinner or treat your buddy to a day on the golf course. Now is a season of celebration: celebrating friends, family, and all the good things in our lives.

But if you’re still caught in the whirlwind of things you need to finish, take a moment to step back from it all. You deserve to relax too. In fact, why not take a day and go to your favorite skin clinic and get a rejuvenating treatment for your skin? After the hot summer and impending cold winter, you need a treatment which keeps your skin beautiful. Besides, you want to look fabulous for all those up-coming holiday parties you’re attending.

With the holiday season in full swing, enjoy all the delights of the season. Chores and errands will always be there, but the holidays only come around once a year.

 

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Trick or Treat!

Candy and costumes…ghouls, goblins and ghosts. A chill in the air, bare trees, and gray skies means one thing: it’s Halloween!

A whirlwind of activity starts tomorrow. Bowls are filled with candy. Kids dress up in their favorite costumes and trick or treat. Plastic skeletons and paper ghosts hang from houses and twist in the howling, Halloween winds.

Limelight Deals loves Halloween. It’s a time for tricks, treats, and scary surprises. There are haunted houses to visit, candy to eat, and costume contests to win. It’s the one time of year when you see Batman and the Joker walking side-by-side, laughing like old friends. Parents dress up their youngest in their first costumes, or let the oldest ones go out on their own for the first time with friends.

Halloween brings fantasy and fiction to life for one night. You can choose to believe that noise is just the wind knocking around the trees…or maybe it’s something else. There are an abundance of thrills and chills – but all in good fun, of course. It’s a night to indulge our wishes; you can be a superhero, your favorite movie or book character, or even an inanimate object! Costume options are only limited by your imagination.

Halloween memories are special. Who doesn’t remember their favorite costume, the houses with the best candy, or lining up with classmates for the inevitable Halloween day class parade? Those memories stay with us always.

Even with all the great things about Halloween (and there are many), Limelight Deals always advocates for a safe night, as well as a fun night. To ensure Halloween is fun for everyone, practice tried and true safety measures like walking in large groups, trick or treating early, and checking candy for anything which looks suspicious.

This year, have the best Halloween ever. Dress up, go out, get candy, and enjoy! After all, this hallowed evening only comes around once a year.

 

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Let’s Celebrate!

Do you have a birthday coming up soon? Or know someone who does? Well, then, it’s time to celebrate!

Birthdays are happy times when we celebrate another year of life. We realize how far we’ve come, the challenges we conquered, and look forward to the future.

We celebrate birthdays in a variety of ways: big parties, small family gatherings, with cake, a cool venue, and more. Some of us like giving cards, while others prefer calling or meeting in person. You might go all-out baking a fabulous cake and decorating or decide to keep it simple. The options are endless and so are the ways to tailor a birthday celebration to your specific likes.

Limelight Deals celebrated our third birthday a couple months ago, but we love birthdays so much, who can wait another year to celebrate? Of course we’re not celebrating our birthday again; we’re celebrating birthdays everywhere! We guarantee no matter how near or far your birthday is you know someone who has one coming up. And gathering together to celebrate another year of life – whether it’s your own, a relative, or friend – is truly special.

What are your favorite ways to celebrate? Maybe you’re the resident baker and are always busy baking cakes or other treats for parties. If you’re not a baker, that’s OK. Some people are avid decorators. They take a space and create a birthday wonderland with whatever supplies are available. The decorators create a unique, fun place for the celebration to take place.

Now that you have food and decorations done, what about gifts? You want to find a gift without breaking the bank. You’re such a savvy shopper, that’s no problem for you. The only problem is finding the perfect present. One option is to make something. You love to knit and winter is coming, so that’s a possibility. Or maybe the person you’re shopping for says they never have time to relax. How about buying a facial? 60-minutes of luxury and relaxation will cure anyone’s stress.

All gifts, parties, decorations and cakes aside, birthdays are always special. They’re a yearly marker of what happened during the past year and the beginning of whatever comes next. So if you know someone with a birthday coming up, wish them a happy day and celebrate the occasion the best way you know how. After all, birthdays are best when surrounded by friends and family.

 

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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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