Wednesday, February 13, 2013
If you haven't already, it's time to start thinking about a Valentine's Day gift for your sweetheart. Here are some creative ideas that can be bought at Crystal Lake shops.
It's better late than never when it comes to Valentine's Day gifts. Here are a couple creative ideas for gifts—including some that you can pick up locally and others you can order online. 1. SOMETHING TO WARM UP THOSE COLD WINTER NIGHTS... Consider a fine sipping liquor for your gentleman. Cardinal Fine Wine & Spirits, 305 W. Virginia St. in Crystal Lake, and Binny's Beverage Depot, 844 S. Randall Road in Algonquin, and can recommend something great. Village Vintner, 2380 Esplanade Drive in Algonquin, and Exclusively Napa, 35 N. Williams St. in Crystal Lake, has a wide selection of fine wines. 2. AHHHH! Consider the gift of relaxation and stress relief with a 60-minute gift certificate for a massage. Try Infinity Day Spa, Distinction …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Did we leave out your favorite romantic restaurant? Let us know in the comments' section.
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching. If you are looking for a romantic setting — or, perhaps, a more laid-back and cozy atmosphere — we have got some ideas for the best restaurants to check out in Crystal Lake this Valentine's Day. Be sure to make your reservations early for your Feb. 16 dinner as area restaurants are sure to be packed. Which area restaurant do you think is the best for a romantic dinner? Let us know in the comments' section. Address/Phone: 397 W. Virginia Ave. in Crystal Lake, (815) 356-1776 1776 Restaurant is an eclectic neighborhood restaurant specializing in "great wines, wild game, locally sourced foods, and gluten-free dishes," according to its website. 1776 will be offering a special Valentine's Day menu and…
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 …
Monday, February 13, 2012
How do you feel about this romantic holiday?
Valentine's Day. It can be a romantic dream come true — a nice night out, holding hands with your companion, maybe some wine and candles. And it can be irritating, regardless if you're alone or not. If you're alone you can feel like you're less of a person. Yes, you can join a group of single people for an anti-Valentine's Day gathering, hating everything pink and telling nasty stories about relationships. But let's be honest, you'd take a romantic holiday over a mean one any day, right? If you're not alone the pressure can be too much. Your wife has friends at work that got flowers and candy. Her sister was treated to a show and expensive dinner. Nuts! You have a pizza delivery menu and you rented Die Hard. How do you feel about Valentine…
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Let us know by commenting what restaurant in McHenry County is the best for a romantic date.
Valentine's Day is right around the corner. With that in mind, this week's Chowdown Showdown will be focused on finding the most romantic restaurant in McHenry County. This is the place you turn to when you want to impress a date. Where you take your significant other when you are celebrating an anniversary. Let us know which restaurant in the county you think fits this bill by commenting below. We will take votes through 5 p.m. Tuesday. From there, we will select finalists to square off in the finalist's Showdown. Voting will start Wednesday morning for the finalists' Showdown and continue through noon on Friday. The weekly champion will be announced in an article on the McHenry County Patch.com sites Saturday morning. This is all about…
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
8 fun ways to surprise and show your love for your family this Valentine's Day.
- VALENTINE'S DAY GUIDE
- Sue Kirchner
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Since having kids, Valentine's Day has changed from trendy restaurants 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 just one night of romance, we enjoy several days of doing little things that tell the kids "We 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. The Power of a Flower Every year on Valentine’s Day, my daughter gets 1 rose from her Dad, which puts the biggest smile on her face. The first year he brought one to her at daycare, she showed it to everyone in the building. Read more …
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Moms, and others, weigh in on different topics
Q: Valentine's Day Dilemma: To help your child celebrate Valentine's Day in their school classroom, tell us: Are paper Valentines good enough? Some moms have gone several steps and several dollars further, attaching goody bags filled with candy those paper valentines for all 27 kids in the class. Where do you fall? Is it more fun to go bigger? Or are you "old school" and think paper is plenty? A: You tell us. Log in and give our readers your insights. If you haven signed up, do so in the upper right-hand corner. It's free and easy. The Crystal Lake Moms Council will be sharing their insights along with you. Discuss.