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Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Spending your Turkey Day in St. Louis and looking for a family-friendly activity? Skip the Black Friday lines and watch a movie on Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is here, which means it's time to stuff your face with pumpkin pie, play with Thanksgiving crafts and watch some NFL football. And unless you're preparing for Black Friday deals, Turkey Day also serves as a great day for movie-goers. If you decide to stay home, Moviefone published a list of the Top 21 Films About Thanksgiving for you to consider, including 1987's Steve Martin classic Planes, Trains and Automobiles and 1995's Home for the Holidays. But if you're looking to go out to the movies with family and friends, here's a list of movies that are opening the week of Thanksgiving: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II Anna Karenina Silver Linings Playbook Life of Pi Rise of the Guardians Red Dawn Of course, there are …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Did you decorate your house for the holidays this year? Enter our "Deck the House" contest and you could win $100,000 for your local school district and $500 to pay your electric bills!
We’re launching our annual Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America—the best “decked” house in the country—the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s. If this sounds like your house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16: Deck the House Contest - Wentzville and Lake Saint Louis Entries Only residents of Patch towns are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from them, pick one grand prize winner. Patch will pay up to $500 of the utility bill for each finalist, while our national winner will have $100,000 donated to his or her local school district. Our …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Books make great holiday gifts for young kids.
Commercials and toy catalogs have children begging for the latest new toys, but a bounty of books also appeal to kids’ varied interests while honing early reading skills. As Dr. Seuss wrote “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” Open a new world of understanding while pushing your kids to the top of the class with these literary picks. Head to Barnes and Noble to find these great books that fit your children’s interests. For the budding artist: The Wall Street Journal recommends What is Contemporary Art? A Guide for Kids from New York’s Museum of Modern Art. A great book to prompt further discussion, kids and parents can share their impressions of the contemporary artwork …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Don't let Halloween candy go to waste.
Halloween has come and gone, but now you’re left with a cauldron of candy. Yes, you can nibble your way to New Year’s, but maybe you are looking for more creative ways to use it up. With the holidays right around the corner, how about turning that candy into holiday treats? We’ve browsed the web for some of the most tempting suggestions to transform that candy into something almost unrecognizable. What about you? How have you used leftover Halloween candy to turn into a holiday treat? Share your ideas!
Friday, November 2, 2012
Who says you have to spend a ton of money on the holidays?
As you look over the list of gifts you need this holiday season, an unsettling feeling starts. How will I pay for all these gifts? Gift-giving is meant to be a time for sharing how much you appreciate others, but rising prices and tight budgets take the feel-good vibes right out of gift-giving traditions. This year, take the money stress out of the holidays by turning to homemade gifts. Homemade gifts are a great way to show you appreciate someone while also adding a personal touch. Gifts don’t need to be expensive to be special. Get the family involved in the fun and you will be creating memories while making unique gifts for those who mean the most in your life. Let’s explore the homemade holidays in hopes that you will find something to…
Monday, October 15, 2012
Techies are in luck this holiday season.
Techies will love the almost unlimited options available this holiday season. From affordable tablets to the newest cell phones, there is sure to be winner on this year’s list of the hottest in all things techie. Small tablets are becoming a major seller as consumers look for options packed in smaller packages. Apple has dominated the larger tablet industry with its iPad, and the iPad 4 will be released Nov. 2 with a starting price of $499. But competition is heating up in the smaller tablet market, with four worthy competitors vying for market share. Gaming systems are continually being updated and reconfigured. If there’s a gamer on your list, maybe a new system is high on their list. eReaders are turning paperback enthusiasts into …
Looking for toys? We've got you covered.
Every holiday season, the mailbox fills with the latest toy catalogs. Children peruse the pages as they scribble their lists, daydreaming about what they will find under the tree come Christmas morning. Parents pull out their pocketbooks, spending hard-earned cash as they anticipate the joy on those little faces. What will be the runaway favorites this year is always a guess, but here are some of the latest trends, mixed with tried-and-true perennial favorites. Most of these toys can be found at Walmart, Target, or Toys "R" Us. jChews Smartphone teether by Jellystone No tears for parents or babies. Babies love nothing more than to gum Mom and Dad’s cell phone, but now they’ll be too intrigued with their own smartphone to chew on. The …
Sunday, December 11, 2011
The St. Louis Better Business Bureau gives tips on how to avoid being duped by con artists and other seasonal Grinches.
Shoppers are not the only busy folks during the holiday season. The season to be jolly and joyous also is the season for scammers, warn St. Louis Better Business Bureau officials. Here are five common scams to watch out for throughout December: 1. Online shopping scams When a website offers big ticket items or electronics at prices that are too good to be true (a $20 iPhone 2, really?) be suspicious. There could be hidden costs. The BBB advises: 2. Snagging hot toys and gadgets online If stores sell out, people turn to the Internet to pick up items, often at sites like Craigslist or eBay, and pay steeper prices. But some sellers take the money and run. The BBB advises: 3. Identity theft in stores When you’re loaded down with …
Friday, December 9, 2011
Your Wentzvile Patch editor is engaging in a friendly competition with fellow Patchers to help the Salvation Army ring in donations for people it serves in Wentzville and throughout the St. Charles and St. Louis area.
The holiday season is arguably the most giving time of year. However, it also is the busiest. Many of us give back by tossing our leftover grocery store cash and coins into our neighborhood Salvation Army red kettles. Now until Jan. 31, there is a way to do even more—with your own personal virtual red kettle. Eight Patch sites, including this one, are proud to feature their very own Online Red Kettles. Click here to donate via the Wentzville Patch Online Red Kettle. So which community will come out on top in this friendly Patch-off? There is no registration fee to participate and everyone who donates to an ORK will receive a printable email for tax purposes. Last year, the Salvation Army served more than 30 million people in need, …