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Tuesday, 15 December 2015 18:10

A lot like Christmas

Each year Christmas gets exponentially better. The first couple were a blur of the kids not really understanding what was going on or caring about anything beyond the wrapping paper and the boxes that some of their presents came in.

Last year, there was some excitement and some fun to be had during the buildup towards and celebration of Christmas. But this year is different. This year they know. This year it matters.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 00:02

Giving thanks with lights

The Hathaway house is one of the most decorated homes in the Bangor area each Christmas. The family doesn't use hundreds of lights, they use thousands to decorate their house, garage, shrubs and trees. It's their small way of celebrating the holiday while also displaying their heartfelt gratitude to Eastern Maine Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or NICU.

"It's a lot of work and definitely a lot of love [to put up all the lights] but there's a reason behind what we're doing. We're collecting money for the NICU," explained Rick Hathaway.

Published in Livin'
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 23:38

Have a Merry Moosey Christmas' this season

When the holidays roll around everyone wants a vacation sometimes even Rudolph. That's the premise for 'Merry Moosey Christmas' ($17.95, Islandport Press), written by Lynn Plourde and illustrated by Russ Cox.

Every year all the children across the world wait in breathless anticipation of Santa's arrival listening for the jingle of silver bells and 'trip-trap' of reindeer paws on the roof. Well, Rudolph wants that too, and decides to petition the Big Man for a year off. But who will lead the sleigh?

Published in Style

By this time of the year, most kids have a pretty good idea of what they'd like Santa to bring them for Christmas. When it comes to small business owners, though, the same question can be a puzzle. Bigger budgets and ROI aside, what should industrious, innovative marketers ask for this season? Since Santa has an age limit to his North Pole gifts roster, here are a few gift ideas to help diligent entrepreneurs reward their inner marketers.  

Shiny new wrapping. Every business has its challenges don't bang your head against the wall over the trials you faced this year. Even major setbacks can be opportunities to boost brand loyalty and support in the long run. This year, instead of looking back on your mistakes, focus on looking ahead for the best ways to turn these valuable learning experiences into positive growth.

Published in The Marketing Edge
Thursday, 27 December 2012 18:47

Best toys ever

I bought my 10-year-old nephew Twister for Christmas. Remember Twister? A game that includes a mat with circles of bright colors? Your spin determines on which circle you need to put your hands, feet whatever you can. The last person standing wins! Playing this with my niece and nephew has been a blast and a reminder of the best toys of days gone by. Twister was introduced in the late '60s and became a popular party game. It was the first game that made the players the actual game pieces. Sixty-five million of us have bent our bodies in unusual ways on Twister mats!

Published in Local Business
Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:07

The Legend of Noel

Where Christmas and gaming combine

It's staring at us, mockingly existing in the digital space, taunting us from its fortress of my parents' 32', 4,000 pound CRT beast. The gentle Wii menu music chimes around our mental anguish, flowing like a river around two stones. We know it has to be done, but we fear pain, we fear frustration, we fear defeat. We aren't the stone-cold bundles of reflexes and Pixie Sticks that we once were back in the mid-'90s, when it was still okay to have an NES and 'Boy Meets World' was still in production. It's haunted us for years, a black mark on our gaming records, but today, we move forward unto a new dawn.Today, we shall play 'Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.'

Published in Tekk
Thursday, 13 December 2012 14:30

When is it okay to re-gift?

We've all opened that one gift that makes us say to ourselves, 'What am I going to do with this?' Maybe you already have that item and don't really need another one. Yes, you could ask for the receipt and return it. However, it can be very awkward so we rather just put it away or you wait until next Christmas and give it away. I've done it, more than once.

Now don't judge me as I see it, I'm getting rid of unwanted stuff sitting around the house. Plus it can save you some money, time and the shopping hassle.

Published in The Frugal Edge
Thursday, 13 December 2012 14:23

Add a little sparkle

I can't help but notice all of the shiny, sparkly things all around this time of year. If you need to stock up on sequins, now is the time. All of the shiny pretty things grab my attention, and I also think it is the time to make sure that your hair is one of those things that sparkle and shine through the holiday season.

This time of year also gets colder and drier, which takes its toll on us. Our mood, health, hair and skin are all affected. There is a lot you can do to hydrate your hair and keep it that way throughout the winter. Hydrated hair equals shiny hair, and who doesn't want that? Salons always offer great deep conditioning treatments, which also usually include some scalp massage and relaxation time - my top recommendation. If that is not an option for you right now, go grab some olive oil or coconut oil. Heat up a small amount in the microwave and apply to dry hair. Wrap your hair in plastic wrap and/or a warmed up towel. Leave this in for at least 30 minutes (the longer the better). Shampoo and style as usual. This treatment does wonders, and this time a year once a week or once every two weeks is ideal.

Published in Get Ginafied
Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:56

Deb's 12 days of BizMas (sing along)

On the first day of Christmas my business gave to me

A season of profitability

On the second day of Christmas my business gave to me

Two new ideas

and a season of profitability

Published in Local Business
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 16:21

Fa La La Land

As we all rush into this holiday season, it settles me to know that to my children, there's nothing essentially different about Christmas. You didn't expect me to say that, did you? The pat response to the yuletide is something like this: 'It's a magical season of joy and giving.' Yeah, yeah, yeah. There is joy. There is giving. We all know they're excited about the presents. My kids love singing a good 'Jingle Bells, Batman Smells' just as much as the next kids do. But, kids, they live in 'fa la la' land all year long.

Published in Style
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