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Last Minute Shopping? Here’s your Get Out of Jail (Gift) Card

Posted by Jeff on Dec 21, 2015.

If you’re reading this you have no time to be reading this article about great last minute gifts. So let’s get to it, alright? You’re probably thinking about the old standby, the gift card. Not a bad idea--except for the lack of effort and complete absence of personality.... It’s OK! Put a little thought into it and you’ll turn the bland into something with a bit of bling--or at least not be boring. First, skip the specialty stores and opt for a prepaid American Express, MasterCard or Visa card. It’s easier for you AND for them. Now, here’s the trick. Instead of sealing the Gift Card int..

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Keeping Kids Busy Over Winter Break

Posted by Jeff on Feb 15, 2016.

Winter break! Who doesn’t love time off from school? After jumping back into their semester, the chance to do whatever they want to do is exhilarating...For about a day. Every parent knows that cabin fever is just around the corner. To avoid the meltdown, make sure you have a lot of cool stuff to do! Figuring out places to go and activities to do over winter break isn’t the hard part. That’s what Google is for, right? But actually getting out of the house is the challenge. Treat the break day the same as a school day. Instead of rushing to the car or the bus stop, rush to the car o..

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The Ultimate Shopping Holiday Wish List

Posted by Jeff on Dec 01, 2015.

Kids are great at it. Santa has trained them the world over to write out a detailed list of every item and toy they want. And guess what? Every kid gets some of those items during the holidays. How strategic are you in the way you ASK for gifts? Chances are the significant people in your life have asked, ‘What do you want?’. Being ready is something that will help them make better choices and help you deal with zero returns. It’s the thought that counts. But in this case you putting in some thought makes everyone happier. To give you some insights into how you might handle your Wish List..

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Ho-Hum Holiday? Get Away Instead!

Posted by Jeff on Dec 17, 2015.

Sometimes the yuletide cheer kind of subsides and leaves you with that sinking feeling we call the Ho-Hum Holiday Doldrums. This not only isn’t cool, it is totally unnecessary. You might be too far from your family. Or maybe last minute workloads kept you office-bound. Don’t let the Grinch grab your holiday spirit. An easy and affordable holiday getaway is just the ticket. And lucky for you, there are a number of deals on great accommodations during the holidays. Here’s the secret formula: Find the nearest big city. For example, if you live in Milwaukee, you’d want to think about Chic..

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The (Not So) Dark Side of Chocolate

Posted by Jeff on Feb 12, 2016.

This is big!!!!  Dark chocolate has a lot of healthy benefits. Let’s put aside the fact that it high in fat, and jump into the good stuff. Your Heart likes Dark Chocolate Eat a small amount of dark chocolate two or three times each week and you might just lower your blood pressure. That’s because dark chocolate improves blood flow. It might even help prevent the formation of blood clots and hardening of the arteries. Your Brain likes Dark Chocolate Dark chocolate has been shown to increase blood flow to the brain--which will improve cognitive function. There are also a few chemic..

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QuickStick Ode to Fall 2015

Posted by Jeff on Nov 25, 2015.

It’s official. Daylight Savings was weeks ago. The first snow hit most of the country. But with the early weather there are still lingering leaves. Here are our last memories of the fall, that gave us such a great 2015. ​     ..

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It’s Ugly Sweater Party Season!

Posted by Jeff on Dec 17, 2015.

So you decided to throw a Holiday Bash….now what? Here are a few simple tips to have you ready to throw a super festive fete with minimal effort. Pick a Fun (or Ugly) Theme The big winner this year so far is the Ugly Holiday Sweater Party. Urban areas across the country have reported sightings of the most hideous combinations of red, green, sparkles and bejewelled knitware. No doubt the sweater theme will give you a unique “look and feel” that will make your next choices for décor, food and drink etc. a lot easier. In fact, the sweater theme is really a natural hodgepodge--so anything y..

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What’s your last minute Valentine’s Plan?

Posted by Jeff on Feb 12, 2016.

Even if you’re not the most romantic person, you have to admit that the world can always use another smile or two, right? You can make that happen. Even if it’s the last minute and you haven’t planned anything, here are a few go to gifts that will turn any frown upside down.  The key is to take the classic gift of chocolate and up the ante. Don’t settle for the usual box of chocolates. That might have been OK for Forest Gump, but when your love is on the line you need to go all-in. We suggest truffles, or chocolates with a little bit of truffle if your budget is thin. You don’t ne..

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