Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Little gestures of love on Valentine's Day for the whole family
Since having kids, Valentine's Day ha changed from trendy restaruants with candlelight dinners to making heart-shaped pancakes for the kids. That's OK with my husband and I because after all, our kids are the biggest expression of our love. So, instead of celebrating Valentine's Day with just one night of romance,we find that Valentine's Day is the perfect day for small surprises that say "I Love You!" There are an endless number of small ways to show your family love this Valentine's Day but here are a few fun and creative ideas to inspire you and make this Valentine's Day extra special. 1. A Sweet Treat. Make your family one of their favorite sweets. Maybe a favorite cookie to take in their lunch box or that Dad can take to work. Last …
Orphans of the Storm Sets Up Shop at Northbrook Court.
When looking for a Valentine’s gift, why not give one that will love you back? That is what Riverwoods based Orphans of the Storm is making possible at Northbrook from noon to 7 p.m. through Feb. 18 at Northbrook Court. Volunteers from the organization are staffing an adoption center and gift wrapping facility on the lower level of the mall. If that does not work, the Riverwoods shelter, with more than 500 dogs and cats, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Monday, February 11, 2013
The average person will fork out $130.97 on Valentine's Day gifts, according to a national survey. That's up slightly from last year. How much do you plan to spend on your Valentine?
Love — and money — are in the air this time of year. Americans are expected to spend $18.6 billion on Valentine's Day gifts this year, according to the National Retail Federation, citing a survey by BIGinsight. That comes out to $130.97 per person, which is up from $126.03 last year. Perhaps not surprisingly, men will outspend women, with an average of $175.61 each compared to $88.78, according to the survey. While most of that spending is going toward significant others, 20 percent of people plan to buy a Valentine's Day gift for their pet. Yet there's hope for those who place a premium on quality time together instead of gifts. According to a study by Discover Financial Services, a majority of couples prefer to spend time together than …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Get inspired by the love stories on display all month at the First Bank of Highland Park. Share your own love story with Patch!
Don't have a valentine this year? You need some inspiration! Take heart in the heartwarming love stories on display throughout February at First Bank of Highland Park. The ode to romance opened on Feb. 2. Local seniors from the Highland Park Senior Center, Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Senior Center and Weinberg Community for Senior Living visited the bank to view the exhibit, which includes their personal love stories and photos, reported the Chicago Tribune. Marvin Bloom, who resides at the Weinberg Community for Senior Living with wife Doreen, wrote, "She was so gorgeous and I was so in love. I was afraid that if I didn't propose she would get picked up by someone else." The exhibit is on display at the Ruth Fell Wander Community Art Wall, …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Simple ways to put the kids to work and still have a Romantic evening at home
No babysitter for Valentine’s Day this year? Don't worry about it! You can still have a fun and romantic evening at home, even with the kids. When our kids were young, we could never get a babysitter for Valentine’s Day. But we recovered by putting the kids to work. That’s right. Putting the kids to work. I asked my kids if they could help put together a romantic evening for Daddy and I. Even though they were 7 and 9 years old, they took it on as a challenge and were quite creative. Here's how it worked. 1. Decide whether you are going to cook a romantic meal or order in from one of your favorite restaurants. We enjoy cooking but if you don’t, treat yourself and get carry out. Fancy food, not a big mess to clean-up, and a much less …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Speed-Dating Event Results in Bookish Hook-Ups
Friday, February 10, 2012
Downtown restaurants make staying close to home all the more worth it.
Where are you taking your Valentine for dinner? If you haven't made a reservation yet, it's not too late to make one in Highland Park. Check out the dining deals available right in downtown. Real Urban Barbecue Highland Park's fastest-growing barbecue restaurant will transform into a romantic dinner setting on Valentine's Day beginning at 4 p.m. Come for the candlelit tables, stay for the filet mignon with veal demi glaze for $28 or the pan-seared salmon for $18. Real Urban Barbecue also now offers wine by full or half bottles and will have champagne available. 2nd Street Bistro Highland Park's newest bistro offers a four course Valentine's Day Tasting Menu for $52 per person. The farm to table, organic-focused restaurant has been making …
Still looking for a gift for that special someone? You don't need to go far.
Still looking for a gift for your Valentine? Well, you're in luck. The Downtown Highland Park Alliance has corralled a list of downtown stores that are offering deals for Valentine's Day. Everything from jewelry to spa treatments can be found right in town. Check out the list below. Home Dècor Citywoods offers hand blown heart paperweights starting at $43. Adesso will gift wrap all Valentine's Day purchases. Fashion Betty Schwartz's Intimate Boutique offers a Valentine's Day sale that includes 20 percent off purchases made between Feb. 13 and 18. Blue Rose Gallery offers Pashmina scarves for 30 percent off until Feb. 14. My Best Friend's Closet offers 15 percent off any item bought between Feb. 10 and Valentine's Day. Spa Olga's Day Spa …
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Highland Park's newest barbecue spot hosts a Valentine's Day dinner.
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Saturday, February 12, 2011
Each week, Highland Park Patch picks a great restaurant either in town or nearby that is worth checking out. Here's this week's choice: Still trying to figure out your Valentine's Day dinner plans? If you're thinking something along the lines of pork chops, then Real Urban Barbecue has got you covered. Highland Park's newest restaurant hosts BBQ by Candlelight this Valentine's Day with a special menu that includes savor smoked chicken wings, homemade chicken gumbo, a house salad with Boston Bibb lettuce as well as entrées like Fire Roasted BBQ Salmon or double cut smoked pork chops. To top it all off, the dessert includes a Moon shiner’s Chocolate Cake with Smoked Chocolate Ganache. The best part? It's BYOB (that's bottle as in wine, not …
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Highland Park merchants have some stellar deals throughout February.
Merchants all over Highland Park are offering discounts and deals to celebrate Valentine's Day. Here are 10 of the over 20 events and promotions taking place throughout the month.