How to actually keep those resolutions

So…let’s make them attainable!

You made a resolution. Or two or three. Maybe you had a touch too much Champagne when you came up with them but now that we’re a few days past the revelry and euphoria about starting anew in 2013, it’s time to get down to business.  We have some tips to keeping some of those New Year’s Resolutions like getting to the gym and eating right!

Get real.

Make sure your goals are actually attainable. Telling yourself you’re going to get to the gym every day when you haven’t been for ten years probably won’t cut it. Start small, achieve big.  Really think about your lifestyle. Cutting out all “bad foods” might not be realistic. Allow yourself your favorite indulgences, but in moderation and as a reward for not picking up that cigarette or for taking a 30 minute walk at work. You’ll set yourself up for success!

Make a plan.

You made those vows quickly but now it’s time to make a plan. How will you handle the devil on your shoulder when he or she tempts you to have another piece of cake or skip the gym because Real Housewives of New Jersey is on TV? You might want to make a pact with a friend and call them when temptation hits or practice a mantra that supports your new goals.

Keep Track

Setting smaller goals will help you achieve them but you also need to keep track. Focus on losing that first 5 pounds rather than the 40 you blurted out on New Year’s Eve. Make a chart of what you are eating which really helps with losing weight. Cut 5 sodas a week to 1 and cross them off the chart. Days without a smoke can be charted too. How good will that feel when you’ve crossed off 365 days!

Make a list, check it daily.

Better, yet, make a poster. Put a “pro” and “con” list  up on your wall in the kitchen, the boudoir and at work to remind yourself about your goals. You can even get other folks to help add to it to give you more ideas about why it’s great to quit smoking (your taste buds will come back), or get fit (more energy in that boudoir, perhaps? ). Look at it to help keep your motivation going.

Make it public.

Resolutions should not be a secret. Sing out loud and proud about your goals because that way you’ll get support from family and friends. It’ll keep you “honest” too. You don’t want folks saying, “Hey what about that resolution?” all the time.

The Reward System.

Remember the stars you got when you did well in elementary school? Well think up the grown-up equivalent of those stars. Lose five pounds, go to the movies. Finish that novel finally, take a dream trip (even if it’s to a favorite restaurant nearby). Make up a chart that says, “If I (insert goal here), then I get (insert wonderful reward here)”

It’s ok to slip

Don’t berate yourself if you don’t achieve a goal, just get back on the horse and ride like the wind once again.  You’ll get the hang of it. Just keep trying and start over if you slip. Resolve to make your life changes a year ‘round goal!

 

At Limelight Deals, we have plenty of ways to help you keep your resolutions like gym memberships, deals for wonderful restaurants with healthy food, for outdoor activities and for businesses that will help you spend more time with family and friends!

 

 

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The Art of the Hostess Gift

 

In your 20′s if you  asked the host/ess of a party if you  could “bring anything” you were probably asked to bring a six-pack or a bottle of tequila and chips. Other guests brought similar items. Things were simple then -before the hostess gift stage of life. Ah, passages. Now that you’re older, it’s customary to bring something to a gathering or party even without being asked.  It’s called the “Hostess Gift” a term used back in the days when yes, indeed, women were the homemakers. Now anyone can be the Host (ess).

So, what are the rules, the etiquette of the Hostess Gift, especially during the holidays when open houses and parties are rampant?

Bringing food

Your host/ess probably has  the whole party or dinner orchestrated and is very proud of that and wants to create this whole wonderful project themselves, so don’t bring anything to make them feel they would have to open it up and serve right then. They’ve got a theme, a strategy, and if you show up with a slice of brie and say “Here, why don’t you put this on the hors d’oeuvres table” which you have now realized is all laid out like some work of art, then you have messed with the universe.

 

Bringing wine

So, no food to be eaten right then without prior arrangement should be brought. But what about wine? Maybe. Under certain conditions. Don’t bring wine to a planned wine and cheese tasting/pairing party – those are definitely orchestrated.

In a dinner party situation if you bring wine as a gift don’t expect to drink it. It is considered a gift (unless otherwise arranged for immediate consumption). Your host/ess has probably planned that part too, and you don’t want to put them in the position of having to serve a wine that may not go with the dinner.
Guests should oooh and ahhh over the host/ess’ wine selection, not yours, no matter how big of a cork dork you may be. Just say something like “I’ve chosen this for your cellar, it’s quite drinkable now, but will be even better in a few months or years.” If your host wants to pour the wine you brought, don’t try to stop them.

You can also call ahead to see if your wine will go with whatever they’re serving, or even the mood of the party. If the party is casual taco night with sangria don’t show up with that bottle of Opus One. In general it’s best not to get involved with the menu planning. And it’s fun letting the experience the host/ess has planned take you on a journey.

 

How much and what else?

So what do you bring and how much should you pay? Is that what Hostess Twinkies are for? Sadly, no.
If you don’t know the host/ess well, bring a box of good quality truffles, or cool wine charms you use to ID your own glass. Flowers are fine, but don’t make the host/ess have to go around hunting for a vase. Give a decorative candle or some spiced tea. If your host/ess is into wine then some of those pretty wine stoppers are nice. Fancy napkins are fun; just be sure they’re tasteful.

Bring a bakery item and tell them it’s for the next day (again-no pressure to eat it after dinner) or a bottle of fancy olive oil or vinegar if the host/ess is a cook. Interesting salt and pepper shakers are nice too. A potted plant is good. Or a nice picture frame if your host/ess is a photo bug. And always attach a card.
In the normal flow of this dance, hand the nicely wrapped gift to the host/ess, who thanks you and quickly whisks it out of the way so as not to embarrass those who have not brought a gift.

And if the host/ess does open the gift at the party, they should do it in the gifter’s presence but not in the presence of the other guests. So says Elizabeth L. Post, granddaughter-in-law of the legendary Emily Post.
As for cost – usually under $20, but you can certainly find really appropriate lovely and fun items in all our local shops at any price, even just $5.  Be sure to keep checking out our Limelight Deals each day because we have deals on many things that would make terrific host/ess gifts like treats and items for the home,  or deals for shops where you can pick out the perfect item for your wonderful host or hostess. That brings the cost down too, especially during our 12 Days of Holiday Deals!  Enter here to win an iPad Mini (which you should definitely NOT give as a Host/ess Gift).

Just for fun, keep an eye out for the “recycled hostess gift,” especially if you go to these sorts of parties and see the same circle of people. It’s funny to see a gift you’ve given to one host/ess in the hands of another and in the same wrapper months later.

But don’t say a word. It’s bad manners.

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Artisan Made Gifts Top the List!

Getting Handy!

Somewhere in your home is an object made by a kid in your life. It was presented with such  pride and such a widely beaming smile that it brought tears to your eyes! You have  that picture of a turkey made from the tracing of a little hand or a coffee mug, painted and glazed with the “signature” of a budding Rodin underneath. Maybe it was a poem printed on a slab of stained wood. Getting a handmade, artisan gift is something we always look forward to, whether it’s made by a child, a grown up you know or a talented artist or crafts person you don’t know. That’s why taking the time to find artisan, handmade gifts and giving them to those you care about this holiday season is one of the best ways you can say, “ I really care.”

Now, if you don’t make arts and crafts yourself, it’s ok to be an admirer of handmade art, jewelry and more. It’s always so much more interesting than cookie cutter objects d’arte. Find locally made arts and crafts at the many holiday craft shows in your area or try the local arts association which usually holds special gallery nights for artists and art lovers.

World crafts are popular now too. Finding a unique gift from somewhere faraway can be a great conversation piece whether it’s something you wear, or something that adorns the home. Another trend this year are gifts for foodies. Make your own beer, Kombucha tea and even cheese with easy-to-use kits. Find exotic salts and syrups hand harvested and crafted for a chef’s repertoire.

You can shop online as well for handcrafted gifts at many artisan shops.   Try the online artisan community atwww.Etsy.com, where artists from many countries offer their crafts and art for sale. You’ll find out all about the artist and give something that has a history and a unique origin. There, you can find something for any budget.

Cutique.com has many handmade gifts including toys, clothing and bath and body products all made by artisans.Artfire.com is another great source. They even have a special Christmas shopping section with plenty of supplies to help folks decorate their homes. You’ll find vintage items and fine art too. At Novica.com, World goods are offered. Working in association with National Geographic, this company gives loans to artisans to make their crafts. You’ll find jewelry, clothing, even musical instruments from all over the world as well as tableware, paintings and linens, each unique.

On Fab.com, you’ll find many unique items and while many are not strictly handmade, they come out of the minds of some very creative artists and craftspeople. Find innovative and modern kitchen gear, vintage objects turned mod and jewelry like you’ve never seen before.

Keep an eye out for Limelight Deals featuring handmade or do-it-yourself gifts, too. Our 12 Days of Deals begins on November  29 and you’ll find gifts for everyone on your list. You get to shop locally and get something unique and beautiful for everyone on your list.  We have plenty of pottery and jewelry making classes, home brew supply gifts and even events where you can find art and gorgeous objects made by the talented artists right in your own home town!

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Take the Shop Local Pledge!

Think Local This Holiday Season

When you look at your holiday gift list, try to think of gifts you can get locally to put next to the names of all your family and friends. When you Buy Local,  you support the people in your own community who are working to  ensure we all live in a better place.  When you buy food at the local Farmers’ Market, you know that will help us have great fresh food all year long, for decades to come.  When you go to your local bookstore and peruse the rows of Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction and Cookbooks, then buy a few books and get them wrapped for under the tree, you’re helping to make sure independent bookstores stay open. When you dine at a restaurant that’s been in the community for 30 years, you help ensure that your favorite spot will be around for another 30 years. Buying Local helps and enriches us all.

At  Limelight Deals, we’re all about Local. We bring you deals from  businesses right in your community, owned by people you know–your friends, family and neighbors. We talk with them to find out just what’s important about their business–the things they want you to know–and when we create the deal that you read and buy from, you know that we listened to that business owner to find out what they’re all about and thought about what’s important to you, too. After all, Limelight Deals comes to you from your local newspaper company, Southern Oregon Media Group,  and  making sure our local businesses are successful  is very, very important to us.

When you buy local this holiday season, you’ll help the Stockton area  thrive and that’s why we’re dedicated to bringing you deals from businesses right in your community, staffed by your family and friends. Make that list, check it twice and Shop Local this season!

(In case you’re sleep deprived, so long, Daylight Savings. Hello, Limelight Deals Save $5 by using code DS2012FB upon checkout during your next deal purchase. 1 use per customer. Expires 12/14/12.)

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Our Holiday Plan For You

Let’s get rid of those two back there and get out and dance, huh, Babs?

At  Limelight Deals, we want to encourage you to start thinking about the holidays as soon as possible, not because we just want you to buy, buy, buy all of our great deals at 50% to 90% off and give them as gifts, but because we want you to be able to get through that holiday gift list early so you can just relax. Go to the spa, get your nails done, or do some winter golfing. You might even want to go to a fine local restaurant, one you got a  Limelight Deal for, and chat up the cute bartender as you sip a martini.  You ladies will  probably wear the jewelry you got with a  Limelight Deal to accent that cute little black dress you bought at half off  with a Limelight Deal. You’ll want to show off the new hair style you got with a Limelight Deal and that rockin’ new body you got from working out in the gym you got with a Limelight Deal.

Oh, did you get laser hair removal with a  Limelight Deal and a chemical peel, too? Well, you look about ten years younger so go ahead and talk up that 30-something dude at the end of the bar.  Go for it. Who knows, we have deals on engagement rings sometimes and flowers for your wedding. Or maybe just a deal on a hotel room. Let’s just take it slowly.

Yes, use  Limelight Deals to get your holiday gift list all taken care of early, then give yourself the gift of a night on the town and more with all the money you saved. That’s our plan!

 

 

 

 

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Back to School? Back to YOU!

We know you can tear a phone book in half, too!

You have a three day weekend to prepare for Back to School (some of those kids have already started, huh?) and after that it’s YOU time. With the kids out all day instead of raiding the fridge, tramping in mud and throwing laundry all over, you have more time for you. And your sweetheart.  Now, more than ever, it’s time to gear up for the new year with great deals on the things YOU love to do. And that means  Limelight Deals.

 

Right now, we have lots of great deals this week and coming up soon. First off, are you craving a grilled cheese sammy? We are! Get a deal for great clothes at Morrissey’s in Medford and soon, you’ll get the chance to tone up and lose weight with a great 6-Month program.  Look for more deals for 50-90% off on massages, salon services and of course, gift ideas for the holidays. You deserve your YOU time and Limelight Deals has the way to make the most of it!

 

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Happy Anniversary, Limelight Deals!

 Click Here to Watch Me Dance in Joy for Our Anniversary! 

Yes, it’s the 1st Anniversary of Limelight Deals! It’s hard to believe that just a year ago today we started off with a bang and our amazing deal for a some tasty treats from Cupcake Creations!  And the hits just kept on coming.  We’ve found out so many things about what you like to buy at 50-90% off and what deals we need to send  you. We do know you love the Pita Pocket sandwiches at Pita Pit too! 600 of you got that deal. You like rafting on the Rogue River and giving your best friend some RandR.   You like frozen yogurt, getting your hair done and spa pedis galore! Oh and Brunch at Gogi’s? You love it!

You followed our Tweets and checked in on Facebook for special promotions where you could earn LimeBucks to use for a deal!  You even got some today just for being a Limelight Deals customer this past year.

So thank you, Southern Oregon Limelighters and all the wonderful businesses who participated this year. Tell all your friends to sign up for Limelight Deals! because year two is going to be even better!

 

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The Limelight Deal Olympics

Is that Michael Phelps?

We’ve been watching the Summer Olympics day and night over here in Limelight land (Captain Limelight is a synchronized diving fan) and we have a few deals that will make you feel like you’re taking home Gold just about every day.   If there was an Olympic sport for creating the world’s best sandwich  record holders with our deal for a bagel sandwich from Ahuva Bagels–two for $5.98!

And domestic arts? Our deal for A Guaranteed Clean Carpet takes home the team World Record for great ideas! Find deals for sin care and for admission to the Josephine County Fair next week and you’ll be taking home the Gold with Limelight Deals!

 

 

 

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Songs of Summer!

 

Summer Nights (hello Travolta and Olivia, except here it’s done with legos) , Summer in the City (The Lovin’ Spoonful, of course) Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Summer Breeze by Seals and Crofts (makes me feel fine), anything by Jimmy Buffet and the Beach Boys, Summertime Blues, Wipeout (you can hear that drum riff now, can’t you? Learn how to play it right here.  )..all are great summer songs we all remember that invoke those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer (Nat King Cole). Ooh ooh..Sly and the Family Stone–Hot Fun in the Summertime! Like with this great contest to win a Hellgate Jetboat  adventure!  

 

And of course, summer means getting out and into the spirit of all of those songs, bikini included. You can do that  better with Limelight Deals. Did you think we couldn’t tie that in? Oh, we always can! How about this?  Summertime, and the living is easy. Fish are jumping (on your fun rafting trip)  and the Golf scores aren’t high (because you’ve been practicing with the great Limelight Deals for golf you got)  Oh, your Daddy’s rich (because he saves money on Limelight Deals) and your Momma’s good looking (she got a bunch of spa and hair salon deals)  , so hush little baby, don’t you cry (because we have deals for the kiddies,  too) Get out your iPod, turntable, 8-track, cassette player or Bose hot stuff sound system and get ready to rock this summer, Limelight Deals style!

And right now you can enter to win the chance to experience the Northwest’s #1 river trip with this contest from Hellgate Jetboat Excursions and Limelight Deals. What better way to spend a summer day, boating along the Rogue River with the wind in your hair and your favorite person by your side. All for free!
Limelight Deals will be awarding three prizes with this contest. First place is two tickets to the fabulous dinner excursion cruise. This 4-hour, 36-mile round trip through Hellgate Canyon stops down river at the OK Corral, an old homestead, for an all-you-can-eat country banquet. Yum! Second place is two tickets to the popular lunch excursion cruise. This prize includes a 3-hour, 36-mile round trip through Hellgate Canyon, stopping down river a the OK Corral, an old homestead for an all-you-can-eat country banquet. Third place is two tickets to the scenic cruise for 2 hours including 36-mile round trip from Grants Pass through Hellgate Canyon. An all-time favorite for adventure & wildlife!
Contest ends July 22, 2012. Make sure to enter and tell your friends!

 

 

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Father Knows Best

Awwww…Kitten!

Yes, that’s Jim Anderson from Father Knows Best up there. He’s adored by his wonderful family. There are many great fathers in TV history–Mike Brady, Dr. Heathcliffe Huxtable, Ward Cleaver and Homer Simpson to name just a few.

Father’s Day has been around nearly as long as Mother’s Day and this year, it’s time to make just a big of a fuss as you did for Mom. Dad doesn’t need flowers,  but he sure would like something he can really use, something he needs…like a massage, a car tune up and oil change, time off from mowing the lawn, a night out at a sports bar or some great new clothes. All of this and more can be found at  Limelight Deals for 50-90% off from now until June 17 and beyond. Get thinking about his big day now…he does know best and deserves some pampering! Find all those Limelight Deals  right here in the weeks to come!

 

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