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PIONEER PRESS NEWSPAPERS - 11.25.09 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION 3 ★ gift guide

Systematic

organization

thwarts a

nightmare

before Christmas

Keeping yourself and your family organized during the

hectic holiday season can be the ultimate testament to your

ability to multi-task. Perhaps no time of year presents a bigger

challenge than the holiday season. The list of obligations

increase but the amount of time in the day, unfortunately,

remains the same.

Staying organized can be a great way to save time and

some of your sanity this holiday season. To do just that,

consider the following tips.

1. Create a holiday calendar. This calendar will be solely

devoted to the holidays. Fill it with all your parties,

shopping lists and anything else pertaining to the holidays.

That way, you’ll have it all in one place.

2. Create a meal plan. Map out what meals and

goodies you’ll be making this season. Write a list of

ingredients you’ll need to have ready in the pantry and

bring the list with you to the market.

3. Write a list of chores. Organize your home by

creating a list of what needs to be decorated, what

rooms need cleaning, etc.

4. Rely on gift lists. Don’t risk having to visit

the toy store more than necessary just because you

forgot one or two items. Make gift lists for every

person on your list. On each list, write down what

the recipient wants, gift ideas, clothing

sizes, favorite colors, hobbies or anything

else related to that person.

5. Make a holiday binder.

Don’t just stuff all those mile-long

gift lists and other organizational

items into a drawer. File them

away in a holiday binder. Pack

the binder away with the holiday

decorations each year

so it’s ready for the next

season.

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to create a level of fulfi llment that stops cravings.

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• Unique programming for partner training.

• Incorporates boxing and kickboxing.

• Resistance training with an emphasis on

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• Created Cardio Burst program to

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Also, with a background in coaching Ryan

works with young athletes by working

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power, speed, strength and endurance

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gift guide ★ 4

by Tracy Evans • Special to Pioneer Press

As the temperature continues to drop and

daylight hours get shorter, it’s hard not to

notice our body’s reaction. Fatigue, aches and

nagging sniffles are all part of the seasonal

transition to winter. Before penciling in your

sick days, consider these simple tips for staying

healthy during the dark months ahead.

Stop germs where they spread

These days, we’re confronted with

reminders about public places, such as work

and school, airlines and shopping malls,

where germs are easily spread. The CDC has

published a list of easy-to-follow recommendations,

starting with the seemingly obvious:

wash your hands. In the absence of soap and

water, alcohol-based hand wipes and gels help

sanitize your most vulnerable body part.

“Germs love hands, and anything you can

do to keep your hands clean will be most

effective in prevention,” says Dr. Jonathan

Maks of North Shore Physicians Group, who

recommends reciting the happy-birthday song

twice, which is the equivalent of about 20 seconds,

to wash effectively.

In addition to hands, our noses are a major

filter for germs and allergens in the air.

Mucus in the nose helps to flush out impurities.

In winter months when cold air and

heating systems threaten to dry out nasal passages,

dry noses can cause mucus to thicken

and viruses or bacteria to multiply at this

entry point. While outdoors, use mufflers to

protect the mouth and nose from direct exposure

to the cold. Indoors, provide instant

moisture with saline solution nasal sprays,

which also help to instantly flush out dust

and allergens.

Your diet makes a difference

Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, supports

cells by protecting them from harmful

infection-causing free radicals. Another

herbal remedy that helps to boost circulation,

an important antidote to congestion, comes

from ginger and cayenne. The body reacts to

their warming properties, which improves

blood flow. Ginger also acts as both a stomach

soother and an anti-inflammatory agent.

Most health-food followers are no

strangers to the immune boosting properties

of Echinacea. However, few are familiar with

the Chinese herbal relative known as

Astragalus. This herb is celebrated for its

anti-viral properties and support for white

blood cells.

Above all, consume plenty of water.

Staying hydrating will keep your cells and

immune system working properly to flush out

viruses and allergens.

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At the onset of cold or flu symptoms,

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response to illness a clue to achieving a

speedy recovery. By simulating a fever, the

immune system kicks into overdrive and helps

kill viruses before they multiply.

ChicagoHealers.com practitioner Dr.

Martha Howard recommends a hot water

bath. Wrap your body in a blanket or sweatshirt,

and immerse your feet and legs in the

hottest bath that your skin can tolerate. The

body will be forced to sweat.

“A hot environment increases your circulation

and kills viruses,” Howard says. “Fevers

are part of the body’s defense against

microbes.”

Howard recommends a heat therapy session

of at least 30 minutes to drastically

reduce the duration of a cold.

Another home remedy based on a similar

concept is the wet sock method. Pull on a

pair of cotton socks soaked in ice water.

Then, put on a dry pair of thick wool socks.

According to ChicagoHealers.com practitioner

Dr. Melody Hart, ND, the method causes

the body to feel under attack, which initiates

a fever-like response. This stimulates the

immune system and increases circulation.

Increased circulation raises white blood cell

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throat or respiratory infection. Hart says this

preventative tactic can be used regularly.

Know when to say when

Sometimes, even the best home remedies

can’t beat a winter bug. Maks advises his

patients to reassess symptoms after five to

seven days. If the conditions don’t change,

make an appointment. Other red flags to look

for are persistent fever (100.5 degrees or

higher), shortness of breath or chest pain, loss

of appetite or, for the elderly and small children,

behavioral signs such as confusion.

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Teatime

Give This Musical Gift to Family,

Drinking tea can provide much needed

relaxation during the hustle and bustle of

the holiday season. Moreover, tea contains

as you review your shopping list or go over

your packed holiday calendar.

Holiday teas can turn the hard-to-buy-

Friends, or Yourself for Your Own

Musical Enlightenment

polyphenols and antioxidants that help for person on your list into the one

provide protection against the cold and flu checked off first. For your babysitter, your

viruses.

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teas are inspired by classic holiday

also appropriate host gifts.

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Package a box of tea with a tea set,

homemade cookies, a handmade ornament

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or a framed family photo, and you’re sure

to warm the heart of the recipient.

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gift guide ★ 6

Gift Guide 2009

Finding the perfect gift can be a true

challenge. Consider these hot new options.

For the Foodie:

Add Le Creuset Stoneware to your

favorite chef ’s collection. The open-bowl

serving dish is ideal for stove-to-table

cooking. The cook will thank you when

he or she realizes that it’s also dishwasher

safe.

For the kitchen library, Williams

Sonoma’s Tools and Techniques is a reference

bible with 500 chef tips and a forward

by acclaimed chef Thomas Keller.

Perhaps you have friends that would

rather curl up and watch the Food

Network than slave over a hot stove.

Give them a pair of tickets to take in a

traveling road show with their favorite

celebrity chef. Both Guy Fieri and

Anthony Bourdain have recently booked

gigs in the Chicago area.

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by Tracy Evans • Special to Pioneer Press

For the Techie:

A recent survey issued by the Consumer Electronics

Association found that four out of five adults planned to

buy electronics this holiday season. E-Readers are one

gift edging out portable music this year. Several brands

such as iRex and Sony join the original Kindle. Readers

can download everything from the hottest bestsellers to

today’s paper in one compact instrument that is ideal for

the busy commuter.

For the home-movie fanatic, check out reduced pricing

on blu-ray players, known for a superior high-definition

picture compared to standard DVDs.

Finally, Apple geeks will be happy to see yet another

incarnation of the iPod eliminating the click wheel altogether

in favor of a touch screen. The new iPod will also

include Wi-Fi access.

For a Cause:

Consider shopping for gifts at a fair

trade retailer such as Ten Thousand

Villages that has locations nearby in

towns such as Evanston and Oak Park.

Its goods support the livelihood of

artists in countries as far reaching as

the Middle East, Asia and South

America. Fifty percent of an order is

For Your Cubicle Mate:

Grandma Got Run

Over Martini

Glass by Lolita.

courtesy of

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For the

Little Elves:

Video games are popular for

teens and even the young at

heart. Look for the third edition

of Guitar Hero that now offers a

variety of performance venues as

well as guitar battle mode.

Take on the turntables with

the first ever DJ Hero, available

at stores such as Wal-Mart and

Best Buy.

For the youngest on your gift

list, the nostalgic-brand Radio

Flyer recently announced a new

EZ-Rider scooter. The extrawide

wheels and low deck allow

for optimum balance and steering.

The model also features an

adjustable three-height handle

bar perfect for ages ranging from

three to eight. Most local Target

stores carry the brand as well as

local toy stores such as Foster

Toys in Hinsdale.

sent upfront to struggling artists to

help cover difficult costs such as labor

and materials. The goods range in cultural

influence and style, and they are

ideal to include in stocking stuffers or

grab bags. The store stocks unique jewelry,

candles and soaps, as well as exotic

fabric purses and desk adornments, sure

to make a statement both in appearance

and meaning.

The office grab bag is a tricky

assignment. Whether your office

pals listen to your coffee break confessions

or just take your coffee order, a

small token of recognition is a must during

the giving season. Check out F.U.N Cards &

Gifts in Glenview for the perfect variety of gift

ideas, with many under $20.

“We’re value-driven,” says the owner, Rob Oswald.

“Everyone can find something magnificent within

their price point.”

Look for universally popular gifts such as Lolita

hand-painted martini or pint glasses, holidayinspired

scented votive candles or the ever-popular

photo album to capture holiday memories. Oswald

says the store’s monogram services, often available on

a same-day or next-day basis, give stationary and

other desktop musts that special touch.

For the

Fashionista:

“This season its all about glitz!” says

Lena Lurie, owner of ENAZ boutiques in

Highland Park and Northfield. “Adding a

little sparkle to your wardrobe is a great

way to dress up any outfit.”

She suggests sharing gifts your loved

ones can use to update their winter

wardrobes or holiday party attire. Avora’s

rhinestone cuffs and glittery bangles are

some of her top picks. She says metallic

cosmetic bags and clutches can update an

outfit with bold style.

For a stylish yet practical gift, clothing

designers have turned to the great outdoors

for inspiration. Lurie recommends T-shirt

scarves with touches of gold or fringe from

designers such as Michael Stars.

Feeling generous? Give your stylish

friends or siblings a fabulous sweater coat

or even a pair of colorful rain boots with

toasty liner socks from Hunter. Even bad

weather won’t stand in the way of a night

on the town now! • PP

courtesy of www.enaz.com


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Shopping trends in the new economy

The resurgence of layaway, neo-haggling and

bartering can help consumers afford the holidays.

by Tracy Evans

Special to Pioneer Press

This holiday season, a

tight budget doesn’t have to

mean your loved ones miss

out on the time-honored tradition

of giving and receiving.

Retailers are working

harder than ever to gain

shopper’s favor with creative

and budget-friendly tactics

that recall days of yore.

The Return of

Layaway

During the Great

Depression, long before the

advent of credit cards, layaway

was created out of a

need to pay for items with

cash that simply wasn’t available

in one chunk. When

many department stores and

chain retailers began to furnish

their own credit cards,

the process faded away.

Today, with wallets tightening

once again, layaway has

Did you know?

reemerged to help shoppers

budget for larger purchases

over a longer period of time.

The selected items, typically

electronics, computers and

other weighty purchases,

remain on hold until the

retailer receives full payment.

For many stores, such as

Toys R’ Us, which is testing

out layaway on big ticket

items for the first time this

year, the agreement also

eliminates overstock and

saves space in the store.

Items held on layaway are

shipped to a storage facility

where they are held until

fully paid.

Typically, layaway requires

Black Friday online spending increased

in 2008. Researchers are curious to see

what happens this year.

Despite an economy that had begun to falter, 2008 did bear

witness to an increase in Black Friday online spending compared

to the previous year. Known as Black Friday, the day

after Thanksgiving is a day many instantly associate with shopping,

particularly at the malls and large electronics retailers.

However, while it appears Americans are still doling out

dollars the day after Turkey Day, they appear to be doing so

online. According to comScore, Inc., a marketing research

company that provides data and service to Internet retailers,

Americans spent $534 million on e-commerce shopping on

Black Friday in 2008. That’s a one percent increase from 2007,

despite the widespread knowledge, or even panic, that the

economy was beginning a downturn. Many credit the positive

Black Friday performance of 2008 to aggressive promotions

and discounts many retailers offered as a means of countering

the fears associated with the sagging economy. 2009 figures

will offer an even better portrait of how efficacious such promotions

are, as much of the country has adopted lifestyle

changes wherein a greater emphasis has been placed on saving

money.

Perhaps no day, however, will prove more interesting for

online retailers than Cyber Monday, the Monday after

Thanksgiving, which is widely considered the first official day

of the online shopping season. Should the economy truly

affect online retailers, Cyber Monday 2009 will be a good

indicator as to whether the season will be good or bad for

online retailers.

courtesy of Metro Creative

some money up front to hold

the items. For many, a nominal

fee is required to enter

into an agreement. The

online business,

eLayaway.com, partners with

online retailers including

Best Buy and Apple, in a

modern online mall. The site

requires monthly payments

that can be set up automatically

through the site and a

transaction fee of 1.9 percent

of the total purchase. Others,

such as Toys R’ Us, require

20 percent upfront.

Sears, long known as a

pioneer in layaway services,

has reintroduced the program

as well as online layaway

During the Great Depression, long before the

advent of credit cards, layaway was created out

of a need to pay for items with cash that simply

wasn’t available in one chunk. When many

department stores and chain retailers began to

furnish their own credit cards, the process faded

away. Today, with wallets tightening once again,

layaway has reemerged to help shoppers budget.

available for the first time

this year. Targeting techsavvy

shoppers, the Web site

flags items eligible for the

installment method of payment

and simply requires a

$5 initiation fee. To ensure

shoppers stay on track, Sears

enforces a $10 cancellation

fee and a one-week grace

period after payment due

dates. When layaway installments

can be scheduled and

paid online over the course of

eight weeks, saving wisely

seems as easy as a click of a

mouse.

Open-Market

Philosophy

Purchase power has shifted

as more budget-conscious

consumers look selectively on

goods they need. Despite the

omnipresent sale signs, shoppers

have learned how to

manipulate a recession to

their benefit. Neo-haggling

— a new method of shopping

around, researching

competitors and asking for

discounts — is an art form

revitalized by vulnerable

retailers. Nothing is off-limits

to hagglers, who chip

away at price tags to receive

even a minimal discount. It’s

the mentality of the street

vendor when the importance

of moving goods outweighs

greed.

Bartering is another

ancient sales tactic used more

for services than goods today.

Perhaps the swap is Web

design services in exchange

for construction services.

Now more than ever, a nonmonetary

exchange of goods

or services goes far. The bartering

technique might

sound very quaint, but consider

when two new entrepreneurs

are involved and

both parties stand to profit

from an exchange of skills.

Perhaps there is a lesson to

learn by revisiting the spending

techniques of yesterday

— a lesson built on savvy

shopping, responsible budgeting

and thoughtful, more

meaningful purchases. • PP

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Special catering menu,

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Dos and Don’ts of online shopping

Shopping online, especially

during the height of the holiday

season, can save time, money

and headaches. The fact that

you can purchase gifts for

everyone on your list at any

time of the day or night in the

comfort of your own home is

enough of an incentive for

DO

Verify that you’re dealing

with a reputable retailer.

To ensure that you’re dealing with a trustworthy

merchant, always confirm a physical

address and phone number you can use to

contact the seller in the event that you have

problems or questions.

Make sure that the

Web site is secure.

Always scan online shopping sites for evidence

that they are secure. Some sites feature

a lock icon in the browser’s status bar

while others might have a Web site address

that begins with “https:” (the “s” at the end

stands for “secure”).

Get all of the facts

about your transaction.

Make sure you know what you are buying

and the total cost of the item, including

shipping and handling fees. Verify that the

item can be returned for a full refund if you

are not satisfied and who is responsible for

the return shipping cost. Next, determine if

the seller charges a restocking fee for

returns and when you can expect to receive

your purchase.

Pay with a credit card

or online payment service.

When you make online purchases using a

credit or charge card, the transaction is protected

by the Fair Credit Billing Act, which

gives consumers the right to challenge and

dispute unauthorized charges. Some online

retailers also guarantee that cardholders will

not be responsible for unauthorized charges

made on the Internet.

Print and save your order

confirmation and receipts.

For returns or to dispute charges, it always

pays to have a paper trail.

Compare online prices.

In most cases, multiple online retailers sell

the same item, so be sure to check around

for the lowest price. An easy way to comparison

shop is by visiting one of several

reputable online price-comparison sites.

Look for free shipping deals.

If you’re making multiple purchases, look

for Web sites that offer free shipping for

larger orders.

many Internet-savvy shoppers

to stay far away from the mall

from Thanksgiving through

New Year’s.

For shoppers going green

this holiday season, a 2009

study by the Carnegie Mellon

Green Design Institute showed

that shopping via the Internet is

not only more energy efficient,

but also its carbon footprint is

one-third smaller than that of

bricks-and-mortar retail establishments.

Whether you’re shopping

online to save time or save the

planet, it pays to take note of a

few simple guidelines.

DON’T

Submit any financial

information other than

your credit card number.

If a message asking for financial information

such as your Social Security number or

bank account information pops up while

you are shopping or checking out, cancel

the transaction immediately and leave the

site. Reputable online retailers will never

request that kind of information.

Pay with a debit card,

cash or wire transfer.

These types of transactions can be difficult,

even impossible, to refute or reverse. When

shopping online, stick to credit or charge

cards.

Buy from spammers or scammers.

Never make purchases in response to emails

with tempting offers that seem too

good to be true. Most likely, they are.

Buy from a Web site that

doesn’t feel legitimate.

Go with your gut. If the site doesn’t feel

right, don’t go through with the transaction.

For more information on online shopping

safety, visit the Federal Trade Commission

(FTC) Web site at www.ftc.gov.

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Charitable

giving

Statistically speaking, Americans are

extremely generous. Consider the fact

that in 2008, charitable giving in the

United States exceeded $300 billion for

the second year in a row despite the

economic strains.

One of the reasons that charitable

giving has remained strong is many

donations are tax deductible. Here are

some of the most common and convenient

ways to give.

• Write a check. Traditionally, this has

been the most common way to donate.

Many organizations hold annual

fundraising campaigns through the mail

or the media, and writing a check once

or more each year is still convenient for

many people. Make sure the organization

you’re supporting is legitimate.

Never send money to an organization

that you’re not familiar with or whose

solicitation materials are suspect.

• The gift of goods. Many people

donate their used or unwanted items to

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These donations are typically taxdeductible;

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Donate old musical instruments to a

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• Shop for a cause. An increasing number

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as the Product(Red) items from Apple,

the Gap, Starbucks and other major

retailers that trigger donations to fight

AIDS in Africa) to brand-specific programs

(such as the commitment by

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• Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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in their wills. These bequests can be in

the form of a specific amount of money,

a portion of an estate, a particular asset,

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