Friends Forever

 

“A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.”

~Douglas Pagels

We crave connection with others. We’re connected to our friends, family, co-workers – even our pets! The friendships we cultivate keep us going during the day-to-day.

After a rough day, we happily collapse into the waiting arms of a spouse or parent. Nothing alleviates stress better than a warm hug and the reassurance from a loved one that you’re going to be OK. You emerge from their strong arms feeling renewed and able to move past your troubles.

You also have your best friend who you can always turn to in good times and bad. You meet after work for a drink and swap stories for hours. It’s freeing to chat, laugh and joke around. You share a similar sense of humor and finish each other’s sentences. You’re like two pieces of a friendship puzzle, which together, form a complete picture.

Then there’s another type of friend who loves us unconditionally – man’s best friend! A loyal, loving pet is always happy to see you, listen to your stories and cuddle up beside you day or night.

Limelight Deals believes friendships make a bad day good, and a good day magnificent. Today, show your friends how much you appreciate them. Invite them to dinner, go for a walk downtown or talk on the phone. We’re never alone when surrounded with friends. Reach out to yours and celebrate the awesomeness of friendship.

 

 

 

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Random Acts of Kindness

February 17th marked Random Acts of Kindness Day. On that day we embrace kindness, show compassion and help others. Limelight Deals is a huge believer in random acts of kindness. A simple smile to a stranger on the street could have positive impacts beyond your wildest dreams. It’s like tossing a stone into a lake and watching the ripples stretch on forever.

However, Limelight Deals believes random acts of kindness shouldn’t be limited to one day. They should happen all the time! One small act of kindness can completely change your attitude. Hasn’t that happened to you before? A stranger opens a door for you, someone returns the key you didn’t know fell out of your pocket, or you receive a friendly smile. Then your day goes from average to extraordinary.

Even though the official Random Acts of Kindness Day has passed, Limelight Deals has suggestions for nice things you can do anytime, anywhere.

  1. Write a complimentary note to family, friends or co-workers.
  2. Volunteer for a local organization in your community.
  3. Treat a friend to lunch. Talk, share and spend the afternoon together.

An act of kindness can change someone’s day. If they were driving to work in a funk, a friendly wave from a fellow driver changes their mood. Later that day, they’ll help a co-worker who’s having computer problems. Then that person will share their notes with someone who missed an important meeting. And the chain of kindness goes on and on without limit.

Today, Limelight Deals asks you to show kindness to everyone. Open the door for someone as you’re leaving your tanning appointment. Surprise your spouse by helping with the housework. The smallest of actions have the biggest impact on our days and lives. You may never know how far your acts of kindness reach, but know that your actions have a truly positive effect on everyone around you.

 

 

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Once Upon A Valentine’s Day

Today, Limelight Deals is sharing a story – the love story of Jude and Julie.

Jude and Julie met in high school, but weren’t high school sweethearts. Julie knew she liked Jude from the first class they shared but never approached him. It didn’t seem possible someone so amazing could ever feel the same about her. Little did she know Jude liked her too, but he never said anything.

Time passed and they went down different paths. But fate had better things in store for these two.

One night, Julie felt compelled to call Jude. She did and the friends reconnected after many months. Everything that followed was a whirlwind. They spent more time together. They created a life together and enjoyed every day they shared.

Now, many years later, Jude and Julie were still together. Their love for each other had grown and matured through the years. But as time had passed, it felt like life got in the way sometimes. It seemed like quality time was at a premium because much of their time was taken up with work, friends or chores.

Like many couples, Jude and Julie made plans for Valentine’s Day. In the past they ate dinner at nice restaurants, toured local breweries, enjoyed a morning coffee together, and bought gifts for each other such as gift cards to local clothing stores or stuffed animals. All these things were great but Jude and Julie wanted to try something new. While many couples celebrated Valentine’s Day, some fell into the clichés associated with the holiday. Jude and Julie didn’t want to be one of those couples.

This year it should be special, but not overdone. The focus should be on love and their love for each other. So Jude and Julie thought about what they liked best. Both of them loved food (who doesn’t, right?) and just wanted to spend quality time together. Suddenly, they had their answer to the perfect Valentine’s Day.

During the day, a warm, gooey macaroni and cheese recipe brewed in the slow cooker. Julie whipped up some homemade pretzels as dinner cooked. When the food was nearly finished, Jude lit the largest candle they had in the house, laid down a blanket on the living room floor and poured their favorite red wine. Jude and Julie settled down for their indoor picnic and laughed and talked as they enjoyed a homemade meal.

Jude and Julie had found their ideal Valentine’s Day. It focused not only on love, but specifically on their love and everything that made it special.

Limelight Deals wishes you a happy Valentine’s Day. Celebrate all forms of love and relationships: romantic, family, friends, and the love you have for yourself. Celebrate them all enthusiastically because each is important and unique.

 

 

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Stay Calm

A green meadow with rolling hills. Rushing rivers and babbling brooks. Wispy, white clouds drifting across a blue sky. These are the sights and sounds associated with peace.

But you might see and hear something a little different. Maybe your days are like this: constant phone calls and emails, kids screaming, problems at work and a messy house. It’s the opposite of peace but probably what most of us are familiar with.

Limelight Deals has some good news. You aren’t tied to that scenario. Even amidst chaos you can be a beacon of peace. You can embrace calm. Soon you’ll be lying in that green meadow staring at the blue sky – the exterior noises a distant memory.

Knowing where to begin is a difficult hurdle to overcome. The process starts with you. Don’t let chaos reign. Take small steps to create and embody calm. Find the places or things which relax you. Maybe the gym is your happy place because you feel invigorated after a lively workout.

Or what about another favorite type of relaxation – a massage? Treat yourself to a soothing massage or bring along your spouse for a couple’s massage.

When you find the calm amidst the crazy, life suddenly looks brighter. It’s no longer a list of bad things and problems you remind yourself of all day long. You can move past those incidents and enjoy the moment. Don’t harbor on the negative when there’s so much good awaiting you. There’s positivity in every moment. We just have to clear away the bad to see and experience the good.

Limelight Deals hopes you’re ready to live peacefully and happily. Take time for yourself – you deserve it! We all work hard. Now it’s time to relax.

 

 

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Better than Ordinary…Extraordinary!

January is almost over! Where has the time gone?

Holiday parties and festive meals are in our rearview mirror. A path filled with new opportunities lies ahead but most of us see only our regular, ordinary schedules. Nothing exciting. Monotony has clouded our vision and we can’t see through the mental fog of our daily routines.

We’re clearing a path for you. This week, Limelight Deals is your flashlight to navigate through the fog. It’s time to step out of thoughts of boredom and spice things up. It’s all about variety, right? A little change is good; it brings exhilarating new opportunities we hadn’t thought of before.

Most weeknights we don’t feel like cooking. Whether you had a long work day, spent the day cleaning or shuffling the kids from place to place, you’re tired. You don’t want to cook and as a result, your meals are mediocre and lack effort. If you feel like your weeknight meals are average, don’t despair. There are always new and exciting recipes you can use to liven up your food. If cooking isn’t your thing, we can help you there too. Don’t resort to driving to the nearest fast food joint. Grab the family and bring your dining experience to the next level. Rather than have another meal at the same old restaurant, take a trip around the world! Sample the exotic, warm flavors and foods of Hawaii, or indulge in the homemade pasta and sauces of Italy. Now your meal is more than a plate of food; it’s an experience to celebrate and savor.

Now that your appetite is satiated, we need to pamper the outside too. It’s time to relax – no cell phone, email, or calls. Treat yourself to a day of beauty. Rejuvenate your skin with a facial, relax with a massage, and feel fabulous after a wax, all in one convenient and affordable package. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, it’s all yours!

Limelight Deals hopes you feel more positive about the upcoming days. If you fill each day with joy and passion, there won’t be any room for mediocrity or boredom. Joyful days are within reach for everyone. All you need to do is shift your focus and find the fun and happiness in the present moment.

 

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Choose Magnificence

Hello, 2015!

Did you ring in the New Year with your sweetheart beside you and kiss at midnight? Share a toast with friends and family at home? Or you ventured out to different restaurants and welcomed 2015 in the company of other patrons. However you celebrated, that’s only the beginning.

In addition to celebrating, many of us made resolutions as 2014 became 2015. This year, Limelight Deals has a challenge for you. Rather than be resolved to something, make a declaration. Declare it loudly and proudly and then make the conscious decision to make it your reality. Rather than resolve to do something later, bring your declaration into the present. Create a vision, believe it, and make it happen. We think this will help you reach your goals and live magnificently in 2015.

Don’t know what to envision or declare? We have some ideas.

If you want to lose weight, don’t resolve to start later. Choose to start exercising and eating right today. Or maybe you want to start with something simpler. If you’re unhappy with your current hairstyle, choose to find a great stylist who can help you achieve the hairstyle of your dreams. Your declaration could also be overcoming a fear. Afraid of the dentist? Do the research and choose a professional, local dentist. You’ll not only have healthy teeth, you will conquer a fear.

Doesn’t that sound like a great way to live this year?

2015 is a new year with new beginnings. We can choose to do the same old things and repeat past patterns. Or you can decide to shake things up and live marvelously every day. Wake up each morning feeling inspired and motivated. A new year is upon is. Rather than get stuck in a rut, choose brilliance and passion every day.

 

 

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The Holidays Have Arrived

Christmas is less than one week away! When did that happen? And how did it sneak up on us so quickly? Regardless how it happened, the holidays are almost here.

Fortunately, most of the work is done. You set up and decorated the tree, decked the halls, planned the holiday meal and have gifts nestled under the tree. The kids are counting down the days until Santa visits the house, bearing gifts and his jolly smile.

Limelight Deals congratulates your preparation. You’ve conquered the holiday chaos and are ready to relax. However, we know others out there are less prepared. Maybe you have some last-minute shopping to finish. If that’s the case, we can help. Captain Limelight is steadfast in his promise to bring you the best Southern Oregon deals. He works extra hard during the holidays to find the best deals for you, your friends and family.

There’s no need to worry if a last-minute gift list is hanging over your head. Don’t know what to get your Uncle Joe? He can be kind of picky, but no one is a bigger fan of Mexican food than him. How about a gift he can use at his favorite Mexican restaurant? He’ll enjoy every bite! Or maybe you can’t decide on a present for your co-worker and her kids. You know they’re an active family, so you can give the gift of exhilarating fun and togetherness in the valley’s premier indoor trampoline park. If you know someone struggling with chronic pain, you can give the healing gift of acupuncture.

Whatever your gift needs, Captain Limelight has your back. He loves to give, share and bring joy to homes all across Southern Oregon.

 Merry Christmas from Limelight Deals to you and your family!

 

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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like…

The holidays are more than “on their way.” They’re almost here! Stores and streets are decorated, the aroma of cinnamon-scented pine cones welcomes you into grocery stores, and radio stations have played Christmas songs for weeks. There’s no denying it: the holidays are in full swing.

You see trees strapped to cars during your commute from work and people in the stores searching for gifts for friends and family. It seems like when you finish one holiday task you need to complete three more. Limelight Deals sympathizes with your busy schedule. We finished our 12 Days of Deals holiday shopping extravaganza yesterday. But our work doesn’t stop there. We’re constantly searching for the best Southern Oregon deals and bringing those to you every day.

But we all need a break from the chaos. You can only run so many errands, shop and wrap gifts, work, bake and finish all the other chores before you feel exhausted. If you’ve reached that point, it’s time to step away from the holiday errands. You need to relax now so you feel 100 percent when the holidays finally arrive. You want to be at the top of your game for your friends, family, and especially yourself.

So how do you go about relaxing during the busiest time of the year? We suggest creating a list of tasks you need to finish so you can check them off one by one. But don’t worry if you don’t finish everything on a particular day; you can always go back to it later. Second, ask for help. The kids are home from school soon, right? Well, appoint them your special holiday helpers. They can wrap gifts (not their own, of course!), decorate indoors, and help with a few extra chores around the house. When you share the burden, it’s lighter and more manageable.

You can also set aside the holiday to-do lists and chores for a day. We think you deserve a day’s rest and peace. You need a time of total tranquility. Let the world go by for a day while you indulge in relaxation. Trust us; you’ll feel like a new person once you do.

We all work hard and need a break from our schedules and errands. When that time comes, embrace it. You’ll feel ready for the holidays, and joyous inside and out while you celebrate.

 

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A Time for Tradition

The holidays are a time of tradition. We eat turkey during Thanksgiving, adorn the windows with Christmas lights, and carefully hang strands of Tinsel on the tree. Festive colors fill the house and you can spot speckles of red and green in neighboring homes. Beautiful lights twinkle at night and brighten homes on every street. Soon you’ll see a Santa Claus set up in the front yard along with lifelike reindeer grazing beside him.

Tradition also comes in the form of food – food which engulfs the house in the warm aromas of winter. There’s the smell of cinnamon wafting in from the kitchen, popcorn strands on the tree, wine reducing on the stove to make a scrumptious sauce, or a honey-glazed ham in the oven. These smells permeate every space in our homes and hold a special place in our hearts. They bring back memories of cooking with our parents and anxiously waiting for dinner.

We hold traditions near to our hearts. We repeat these customs each year and relive the memories through photo albums and stories after the season ends.

Limelight Deals thinks traditions are great. They bring us together to celebrate joyous times and create new memories. We know the holidays are busy with shopping, decorating the house, cleaning the car, and visiting out-of-town relatives.  But we think it’s important not to let these special times fly by just because you’re busy. Before you know it, the holidays are over and we don’t want anyone wondering where the time went or what they could have done to make the holidays special.

Find the time to get together for an exciting family outing. Gather around the dinner table to share a meal and lively conversation. Cherish the memories of these days for a lifetime. Others may let the days pass in a blur and miss the little moments. We recommend you stop, take a moment and enjoy every second of the season with the people you love most. That’s the most important tradition of all.

 

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‘Twas the 12 Days of Deals…

It’s the day after Thanksgiving.

You feasted, watched football, and fell asleep on the couch. You were up before dawn today shopping and scouring all the Black Friday specials. You braved the cold weather and crowds to find the best deals in all of Southern Oregon. You’re a super shopper and we’re in awe of your dedication and skill.

But here at Limelight Deals, we think there’s an easier way.

Wouldn’t you rather shop from the comfort of your own home? We’re proposing you can finish all your holiday shopping at home, in your pajamas, with a cup of coffee in one hand while sitting on the couch. If it sounds too good to be true, trust us, it’s not. Limelight Deals has brought you the ultimate Southern Oregon shopping experience: the 12 Days of Holiday Deals!

Twelve fabulous deals are ready and waiting for you to purchase them. In the spirit of the holiday, all of these deals are available through December 10th so everyone has an opportunity to purchase everything they could want or need.

We have prepared for you a glorious 12-day shopping extravaganza, and it all takes place in your cozy home. Want some tender, juicy, smoked ribs? Or maybe a mani and pedi is more your style. You can even get money toward a new bike or go to the sauna. If you want it, we’ve got it. And it’s all at your fingertips.

Trade in your winter coat and boots for slippers and a robe, because you’re shopping at home this year! Limelight Deals has gathered together twelve spectacular deals for you; they’re also great gifts for friends and family. So grab a blanket and a cup of hot cocoa and let the shopping begin!

 

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