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Fun Activities for Summer

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You don’t have to go on vacation to have fun during the summer. There are plenty of daytime and nighttime activities you can do with your family to make the most of the season. Consider doing some things right in your own city!

Find a drive-in movie theater or outdoor movie and take the whole family. You can sit in the car, bring lawn chairs or use an outdoor blanket for a picnic feeling. Pack your own snacks and relax under the stars. Many cities show movies at local parks every weekend during the summer – browse the internet for outdoor movie experiences near you.

Book a boat tour! If you live near a body of water, chances are there are daily boat trips you can take. You could go sailing or try out a kayak. There are rental companies that rent kayaks and canoes daily.

Fly a kite. This is a great activity to do with children, or relax and fly solo. Kites are typically welcome at the beach or in a park. Just make sure there is wind and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. When not in use, try hanging the kite on the wall as a bonus decoration!

Camp out in your backyard under the stars. Make your own fire or use a fire pit if allowed or use a hibachi grill. Enjoy cooking hotdogs and s’mores over an open flame!

Rent a convertible for a day or two. There is no better way to enjoy a beautiful summer day than in a convertible. Set out to tour the city you live in or have fun driving to different locations. Take a local scenic route and drive at your leisure.

Pick berries and other produce at a local farm. This is a fun way to buy produce! It sure beats selecting fruit from the grocery store. If you have kids, take them and allow them to hunt for the best fruit. Many farms sell fresh homemade ice cream and other treats to eat after picking produce. Make it a fun summer outing.

Find out what your city has to offer and make the most of the summer season!

Huntley and Woodstock Chamber of Commerce Mixer

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Please join us April 2, 2015 from 5:00pm – 8:00 pm at our Woodstock location for free food and drink, ceramic tile installation seminars and representatives that will be able to answer any of your flooring questions!

We will have special offers on April 2nd only — make sure to ask about them!

 

 

Valentine’s Day Rhinestone Rescue!

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Major retailers of jewelry across the globe have convinced us that in order for Valentine’s Day to be a success there must be diamonds. If you can afford them they are certainly impressive. Go for it and enjoy! But, if they’re not financially within reach you don’t necessarily have to forego a great dose of sparkle for your loved one. Instead, opt for rhinestones! Traditionally they have been associated with embellishment of garments or costume jewelry for formal events. These days, however, a lot of very beautiful rhinestone goods are available, including tasteful jewelry.

Here’s a list of suggestions so you can choose the perfect, affordable gift for the person in your life whose eyes light up at the sight of something sparkly. Are you the one with a heart desirous of some glimmer? Share this post with the one who needs to know!

Jewelry: brooches, bracelets, beads, earrings, charms, necklaces, rings, pendants, watches

Figurines: zodiac signs, butterflies, birds, animals, cartoon characters, holiday, flowers

Fashion Accessories: handbags, sunglasses, card holders, key rings, scarves, mobile device accessories

Home Accessories: candle holders, picture frames, ornaments, vases, dining items

Stationary: pens, stylus, USB pens/drives

Super spectacular: A tiara for the princess or crown for the queen in your life!

As you can see there are far more options with rhinestones than most of us realize. From the list above you’re sure to be able to find something for any personality type. Does the object of your affection have a deep love for animals? Offer up a lovely figurine of a favorite creature. Or maybe it’s someone who has a very busy and structured life that entails a nearly permanent attachment to the mobile phone. Who better to give smart phone case covered in rhinestones?

Last, consider wowing the object of your affection a little more by including some facts about rhinestones. Even though they aren’t diamonds, they still have an intriguing history that will add glamour to your gift! Rhinestones were first rock crystals that were collected from the Rhine, which explains their name. Later, a jeweler tried coating the underside of glass with powdered metal and they were thus manufactured.  In modern times manufacturing is so advanced that rhinestones have nearly the same dazzle as a diamond when exposed to sunlight. The largest supplies come from Austria and the Czech Republic.

Want one last unique, slightly silly idea? Lavish your gift upon your loved one with the song “Rhinestone Cowboy” playing in the background! Best of luck!

Halloween Party Games For Kids Ages 10 and Under: Spider Web Indoor Maze

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This game is time consuming to set up, but it is always a huge hit with the kids. It also keeps them busy for awhile, which is of course, a big hit with the parents. But don’t stray too far away while they’re having their fun. Watching this game go from serious to silly is super funny!

Spider Web Indoor Maze

  1. You are going to create an indoor spider web that fills an entire room. Decide which room you are going to use so that you can estimate how much yarn to buy. This will not be a perfect science.
  2. Purchase a package of yarn for each participant. Select a different color for each child and opt for colors appropriate to the holiday.
  3. Begin building the web at any random point in the room. You are going to create a pattern for each child by stringing one color of yarn back and forth across the room. Move up and down in a zigzag pattern around the room. At each touch point, lightly wrap the string to change direction. 
  4. When all of the colors have been strung, you should now be seeing a massive spider web.
  5. Show each child the end of his or her part of the web. Instruct the child on how to find the other end of their yarn by navigating the entire web.
  6. Emphasize that they can’t just pull hard on the yarn or they’ll pull the whole web down. They have to go to each touch point and unwrap the string and then proceed.
  7. Whoever finds the end of their yarn first wins a prize. Or, you can have first, second and third place prizes if it’s a large group.

Enjoy watching the shenanigans unfold. Watching the children try to untangle the yarn while running into each other is priceless! 

Labor Day Plans

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Events, Family, Hints and Advice, Holidays

14663731_SFor those of us who are not having Labor Day weekend parties but have instead planned camping trips here are a few tips to make the holiday as enjoyable as possible. Labor Day is such a busy camping time that it’s crucial to make reservations at the campground of your choice in advance. Waiting until the last minute is likely to leave you scrambling to find a spot for the weekend.

Please check the weather. Your local television station will have up-to-date forecasts. Pack clothing and camping gear depending on the weather. If it’s predicted to be cold, pack warm clothing, long-sleeves and pants. If the weather is going to be hot, opt for shorts and tank tops. But, keep in mind that you’ll need to pack at least one warm outfit for each person, because nights can be cool during Labor Day weekend.  It’s also imperative to pack bug spray, wet wipes, toilet paper and a first aid kit.

Plan your menu. Do you have a camping stove or will you be cooking directly over the fire? This is an important difference. If you are cooking over an open fire, pre make many of your meals as possible, wrap them in foil and reheat. Burritos are an especially easy option in this situation. If you have a stove, the world is your oyster. Don’t forget to pack paper towels and dish soap for easy cleanups. A huge container of water for cleaning, drinking and brushing your teeth is also a necessity.

Since you will be “unplugging” from the real world you’ll want to bring a deck of cards, a football or a Frisbee for entertainment.

And most importantly, bring marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate. It’s never a good camping trip without making smores.

Creating Traditions: Family Movie Night

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7776408_SAlong with family game night, creating a night for family movies is a great way to bring the entire family together.  With today’s busy go-go-go lifestyle, getting everyone into the same place at the same time can seem impossible.  Setting aside a night once a week or even once a month for a family activity like playing games or watching a movie is a wonderful way to spend time together as a family. Family movie night is much more economical than going out to the movies so this is a budget friendly option too.

Family movie nights can take place in the living room, family room or even in mom and dad’s bed. If you have a home theater, even better! Or if you have surround sound and a big flat screen you can create the feeling of a home theater in the living room. A sectional sofa comes in really handy for family movie nights so everyone can sit together.  Or kids can sit and sprawl out on the floor. Cushions and pillows can be piled on the floor (a must for hardwood or tile floors) for extra seating. Throws and blankets are great for cuddling and can also be spread out on the floor for an impromptu picnic of movie snacks.

Movies can range from current kid friendly films to classic family films like Sound of Music or Wizard of Oz.  Rotate who gets to choose the movie so everyone feels included.  And don’t forget the popcorn and sweets!

Cookie Decorating Party

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Christmas, Family, Holidays

16228315_SCookie decorating is a great holiday activity for the kids, your friends, and pretty much anyone involved.  Make it a cookie decorating party!

Baking Cookies: You could bake the cookies the night before so there’s less hassle the day of the party.  Another option is to have everyone bring his or her own special batch of cookies so you have a variety of holiday cookies.

Decorating Stations: Have everyone pick a few cookies and set up stations so people can get up and move around to mingle with everyone.  Set up an icing station with multiple icing colors in containers, a sprinkles space, and an area for miscellaneous cookie decorations.

Include the Kids: Set a table up just for the kids with all of the essential decorating tools in the middle so everyone can enjoy.  If you keep the cookie decorations in one place it helps with the clean up, too.  Put down a plastic tablecloth or one that you won’t mind getting a little dirty, just in case.

Adults Only:  If you would prefer a more grown up approach to the cookie decorating party, just add a drink station for adults only.

Cookie decorating is fun for everyone!  To make the party a little more interesting, have a prize for the best-decorated cookie at the end of the night.  It’s always nice to see your friends and families’ creative talents on a delicious cookie that can be devoured in a few bites!  We hope you’re enjoying this time of the year!

Holiday Planning

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‘Tis the season to get ahead on your holiday decorating.  It’s officially December and if you haven’t already started the home decorating process, here are just a few quick tips that may help you this year!

Make lists: Figure out what tasks you need to complete.  Ask the kids what they want to do and make a to-do list for them.  This will help you spread the joy and have everyone do a little something for the house.

Set Deadlines: Make each task in your list have a deadline.  It’ll make the holiday decorating process a little less daunting, and it always feels good to complete something!

Plan ahead: Remember when you’re taking out all of the decorations for this holiday season, that you’ll need to put them back.  Make it easy on yourself and make a note of where the decorations all go.  After the season, remember what a pain it was taking everything out of their boxes and take the time to package them up the way you want.

Organize Decorations: Put them into piles according to which room they will go in and get the kids to help put them up! It’s great for you and makes it a family affair, which can eventually become a fun family tradition.

It’s a great time of the year so have fun with your decorating this year!