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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Find it here — small-town shopping 6 Personalized wrapping paper 8 Skip the hostess stress 10 Local woman offers dÊcor tips 15 This year’s seasonal trends 16

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One small town has big things to offer this Christmas shopping season. Granville, with its college-town environment and New England-style ambiance, boasts the highest concentration of locally owned small galleries and shops in the county. At 180 members, the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce represents a host of retail choices, director Maggie Barno says. One of those is Readers’ Garden Book Store, established in 1998 as an independent bookstore and the only remaining bookstore in Licking County, owner Joanne Geiger says. Michael Egan glass Readers’ Garden carries new and used books, but perhaps the most valuable Sarah Houde pottery quality of the bookstore is the personal connections Geiger and her staff make with customers. The store is a popular place for just stopping by to talk about books, and “you can’t do that on Amazon,” Geiger says. New to Granville this summer is Maggie Sobataka, owner of Gallery M Collections on Prospect Street. She points out hand-blown glass bowls, stoneware pottery, silk scarves and paintings. “Everything here is created in the United States,” she says. “I know many of the artists and love to display and sell their work.” She can tell you all about them. Like most small-shop owners, Sobataka is careful when she prices items. “There is glassware for $8 and glassware for hundreds of dollars,” she says. Vintage is in, and Barbara Franks has a hit with Foot Loose, established in 1999. Clothing, estate jewelry, housewares, handbags and linens are among the treasures she selects and assembles in the Prospect Street house that is her shop. “When you can buy a rhinestone bracelet for $5, it makes you feel pretty Grouper bowl by Ron Korczynski good,” she says. “The whole country is being educated by our economy,” she says. “People who used to ignore vintage are now willing to look. And they like what they see.” Kussmaul Gallery on Broadway began in 1988 as an upstairs gallery to display owner Jay Young’s paintings. “Then I added framing, then jewelry and then we had to move downstairs,” he says. Handmade pewter ornaments, switch covers, measuring spoons and nightlights from an Ohio artist, hand-blown glass ornaments, candles and diffusers are among his unique gift items. Barno urges a look at small-town shopping this holiday season. “Find that special gift locally at unique shops in small towns that deserve more than a drive-by glance while heading to the big city,” she says. 6


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Department store shelves are beginning to brim with rolls of wrapping paper featuring everything from Christmas trees to cartoon characters. If you’re looking to take your gift’s originality to the next level, consider personalized wrapping paper, which lets you jazz up the less-than-exciting-shirt-and-tie gift for Yours Truly with a photo, special message or both. The trend is beginning to catch on the Web, where several sites offer services to help you make your gift wrap truly one-of-a-kind. Have a look — and if you personalize, don’t forget to double-check your spelling!

Beau-coup

www.beau-coup.com Choose from a selection of gift wrap designs that can be customized by adding a personal message — up to 37 characters in the font and color of your choice — or a two- or three-letter monogram. Printed on 60-pound heavyweight paper. Available in two roll lengths — 12 and 24 feet, both 30 inches in width. Cost is $30 per 12-foot roll.

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www.giftskins.com What better way to dress up a gift than with your kid’s, dog’s or loved one’s photo? Giftskins offers designs that incorporate images loaded by you into any of a large variety of holiday-themed designs.

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www.thestationerystudio.com From birthdays to holidays, napkins to gift tags to popcorn bowls, The Stationery Studio has your customization needs covered. Images and messages can be added to gift wrap designs online — you select the font and color. One 12-foot roll wraps about five or six shirt boxes and costs $36.

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www.namemaker.com This Atlanta-based company uses a nine-step process to produce each roll of wrapping paper, from setting the typeface and wording by hand to creating embossed lettering. Messages of up to 37 characters can be included. Available in rolls of 6, 12 and 24 feet. Sixfoot rolls are $19, 12foot rolls are $28 and 24-foot rolls are $50.


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Playing hostess this year?

Follow these tips for a stress-free soirée, from start to finish Not surprisingly, advanced planning can go a long way toward making your next holiday gathering a success. But sometimes, hostesses-to-be aren’t aware of just how much can be done before party time. Emilie Duncan, a wedding and event planner in Dublin, has a few favorite tips that should save you a great deal of stress before your celebration — and even if your careful planning efforts go unnoticed (not necessarily a bad thing!), you at least will have been spared some serious nail biting and last-minute hitches. GET READY EARLY First: “Do everything ahead of time that you can,” says Duncan, who in addition to her years of wedding planning also has helped with smaller events such as baby showers. Advanced prep can include everything from making cookies and other foods ahead of time and freezing them, if possible, to arranging furniture to getting out decorations. If your family can deal with navigating around extra chairs in the living room for a few days, it will be worth it — they won’t have to worry about helping move furniture at the last minute. And don’t forget to set out the decorations. As long as they’re unique for your guests, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve been looking at them since last week. “You might get sick of looking at them, but your guests aren’t going to,” Duncan says. DELEGATE Another tip: if people ask you if they can help with any aspect of the party, take them up on it. Make sure if you do delegate tasks, however, that your instructions are specific, Duncan says. Do you need someone to make the punch? Bake the cookies? Bring one more standout piece of décor? (Stock photos)

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Art is subjective and is limited only by our imagination. We all were artists when we were children â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have you ever wondered why we stopped creating when we grew up? You easily can create a piece of art for yourself and others with items around the house. Holidays are a great time to create handmade gifts and decorations to share with others. These five projects can be created in just an evening. Be green while also putting a smile on the faces of family and friends!

Project 1: Rustic tin can luminaria

Things you need: Used tin can, ribbon, greenery, votive candle, sand, drill, protective eyewear What to do: Besides recycling the tin cans, you can make them into cool luminarias. Drill some holes into the top rim of the can or be creative with the pattern you want to pierce onto the can with a large nail and hammer. If you use a nail and hammer, fill the can with water and freeze it before you pierce holes into it. Fill the can with sand and add a votive candle. Tie a ribbon around the can and tuck a small piece of greenery between the can and bow.

Project 2: Colorful glass jar luminaria

Things you need: Used glass jar, buttons, votive candle What to do: If you do not have any tools at home, try making luminarias with used glass jars. Spaghetti sauce jars are a good size for this project. Fill with non-flammable, colorful items, such as buttons, marbles or hard candies. Add a votive candle.

Project 3: Warm mitten welcome doorknob

Things you need: Lonely mitten or glove, ribbon, greenery, tissue paper, candy canes, wire, wire cutter, protective eyewear What to do: Have you ever lost a mitten or glove? Then this is the project for you. Stuff the lone mitten with tissue paper. Tie a bunch of small candy canes with a ribbon, then put greenery and candy canes in the mitten. Add a wire hanger or ribbons to both sides of the top of the mitten. 12

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Things you need: Brown paper bag, paper scraps, small ribbon, scissors, paper punch (or decorative-shaped paper punches), craft glue What to do: If you ask for paper bags at the grocery store and have saved them for future use, bravo. Instead of buying wrapping paper and gift bags, why not make your own? You can decorate the bag with handmade snowflakes in white paper or wool fabric. Use whatever you have around the house and be creative. Then make a gift tag with paper scraps, ribbon and a paper punch.

Project 5: Elegant money gift frame

Things you need: Small photo frame, money What to do: If you prefer to give money as a gift, try folding it and putting it into a small photo frame instead of buying a gift card. Surprise your family and friends by leaving it on their table. Also, be sure to leave a note from you! Angie Palmer is the owner of Skye Public Relations, www.skyepublicrelations.com. She also is the founder of Ohio Green Specialists, www.greenspecialists.org.


           

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As the temperature cools and our thoughts turn to the holidays, we begin to think about the seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festivities and plenty of wonderful decorations and lights to set the right mood. As beautiful as those embellishments are, many of us dread dragging out wilting cardboard boxes of tangled tinsel and lights. A small investment in the right storage solutions can make packing, storing and retrieving seasonal decorations a pleasure, leaving more time for making memories. Clear plastic bins are a great choice for most decorations. They come in a variety of sizes, and their transparency makes it easy to identify contents. Group items by season, holiday or decoration type for easy retrieval. Choose a brand that fits your size needs and is easy to find for a consistent look. Zippered storage bags are perfect for large, light items such as artificial greenery. Made of canvas or plastic tarp, bags also include handles for easy carrying. Be sure to place bags on top of your storage area to avoid crushing the contents. Cord holders and winders are perfect for taming strings of lights. Choose between a variety of styles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from simple, inexpensive plastic to intricate winding models â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and you will thank yourself next year for not having to untangle last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mess. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an extra tip: Wind the strand with the male plug on the outside end for easy testing. Ornament storage boxes protect those treasured keepsakes, and they stack and store more easily than the original packaging. Most styles also have trays with dividers, making it easy to find your favorite ornaments when decorating. Wrapping-paper caddies keep all your wrapping essentials in one handy place. Select one that holds a variety of paper and includes a compartment for tape, scissors, name tags, ribbons and bows. Another quick tip: If you are running low on supplies, after-Christmas sales are a great time to stock up. Just be sure to limit yourself to what you will need next year and to what will fit in your caddy.

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Decking (and re-decking) the halls BY ABBEY ROY

Local woman offers tried-and-true tips

When it comes to holiday décor, Tracy Rizor is an advocate of organization. That’s why each year when she takes down her holiday decorations, she carefully packs them in boxes and labels each with which room it came from. Christmas trees get special treatment: Photos of each decorated tree get taped to the boxes so Rizor will know next holiday season how to make the tree look just right. Of course, each year changes a bit, she says, but it’s nice to have something to go by. “Some years you really get into decorating, and other years you’re not so into it,” she says. But even if some things are skipped now and then, she adds, “You’ve got the pictures, so you know where everything goes.” Rizor says her system is especially useful for helping her husband, Ed, sort out decorations each year so boxes can be placed in their respective rooms. “If you have a lot of decorations, it’s a lot easier to get it to the individual room,” she says. Thanks at least in part to her organization, Rizor is able to have fun with decorating each year according to theme. The Rizors’ basement, for example, is home to the sports tree, whose limbs are decked out with paraphernalia from the Steelers and Bengals, as well as relics from a number of sports. Collecting those ornaments throughout the years is part of what makes the tree so special, Rizor says. “That was a lot of fun between the kids and I,” she adds. Other trees throughout the house have themes that match each room’s color scheme: Gold, pearls and white in the foyer; burgundy, gold and green in the living room and so on. The family room is home to the live tree, which is decorated with handmade ornaments and other keepsakes. Rizor says she rarely goes shopping exclusively for or-

Tracy Rizor of Granville

(Matthew Berry)

naments or decorations, but when she happens across something she likes, she’ll add it to her collection. Her ideas come from magazines, books and one other very important source: “I get a lot of inspiration, I think, from my mom,” she says. Aside from the trees, Rizor likes to deck her home’s halls with garland on the banister — accented with bulbs and ribbons — and greenery. Although the look of her home during the holidays is similar from year to year, Rizor isn’t too strict about sticking to an overall theme, she says. “I think in the end, it’s how you decorate it,” she says. “It can be a blend.”

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BY LOIS WHYDE

Over-the-top is in for holiday décor Decorating your home for the holidays has gone beyond just the hearth and Christmas tree. Several new trends suggest this is the year for over-the-top opulence. “I really think there is a broad assortment of choices out there,” says Aimee Beatty, Pier 1 Imports stylist, “whether it is a classic, traditional or new trend.” “If you want to go all out, you can. Or you can just get a few nice pieces and incorporate them into the everyday home décor,” says Mandi Broadfoot, Hobby Lobby spokeswoman. “There are so many items that can fit so many different budgets and styles.” The local market also agrees. “I think (this season) is a lot of sparkle, big diamonds and a lot of colors,” says Beth Davis, department manager at Michaels Stores in Heath. “They are off-the-wall colors, not just green and red. There are dark purples and browns.” Because of the current economic climate, more people are decorating their homes but are spending less, Davis says. Kids crafts — including homemade ornaments and wreaths — also are popular. Another trend is finding a new look for traditional themes, such as nativities and other religious symbols. Broadfoot considers this one of the fun challenges at Hobby Lobby: to update the traditional.

Pillows

A wide assortment of pillows is available this holiday season, incorporating different details — from stones to beading to feathers. “Pillows are a fun item to throw on the couch and change the whole feel of the room,” says Mandi Broadfoot, Hobby Lobby spokeswoman. “They are so innovative now. It is no longer about solid beautiful pillows. It’s all about the details.”

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Metallics

The biggest trend this holiday season is metallics whether on glassware, hurricane lamps or candle holders, says Aimee Beatty, Pier 1 Imports stylist. “The sheen in gold or silver is really popular,” she says.

Embellished Candles

Candles also are getting a makeover, with embellishments of glitter, jewels and brooches. “It’s a whole new beautiful element to the candle we haven’t seen before,” Beatty says. “It’s playing off the sparkle factor.”

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Whimsy

Whimsical themes — portrayed in figurines and dinnerware — create a more playful way of decorating for the holidays. 17


Merry & bright

Plan a trip to one of these dazzling displays BY ANNA SUDAR

Holiday Lights on the Hill Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton (near Cincinnati) When: Nov. 19-Jan. 2; 6 to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 6 to 10 p.m. Friday-Sunday Cost: $15 per car MondayThursday; $20 per car FridaySunday FYI: (513) 887-9514 This drive-through light display features more than 2 million lights, says Rick Batdorf, office manager at Pyramid Hill. The 250-acre park is decorated with animated displays and illuminated sculptures. Some of the more popular displays are Candy Cane Lane and a skating pond with illuminated figures. “It’s miles and miles of smiles,” Batdorf says. “It’s quite a spectacle.” 18

Wildlights The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Road, Powell When: Nov. 19-Jan. 1; 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 5 to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday Cost: Parking, $5; admission, $7.99 to $12.99 per person FYI: www.colszoo.org Families go wild for this colorful light display at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. In its 22nd year, Wildlights features 3 million lights, including several animated light shows, says communication manager Jennifer Wilson. Guests also can visit with Santa Claus and have their picture taken with a reindeer. In the new Polar Frontiers Exhibit, the magical Timbernackle Forest Chorus will sing Disney songs. Visitors also can decorate a cookie in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen and spend some time with the zoo’s animals.

Fantasy of Lights Alum Creek State Park Marina, 4000 Hollenback Road, Lewis Center When: Nov. 19-Jan. 2; 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. SundayThursday; 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday Cost: $10 per car MondayThursday; $15 per car FridaySunday. The week of Dec. 20, all cars are $15 FYI: www.alumcreek.com/fol Santa and his reindeer are the focus for this drive-through light display that features more than 2 million lights and 132 big light displays, says Stephanie Fox, event coordinator. In its 11th year, Fantasy of Lights features several animated displays including “The 12 Days of Christmas” and a 30foot tunnel of lights. “We have Santa and his reindeer skiing and camping,” Fox says. “And the kids love the tunnel.”


trend travel Nothing puts you in the holiday spirit like looking at Christmas lights. Ohio offers plenty of opportunities to see twinkling lights and sparkling surprises. Whether you want to pile the family in the car or spend the evening strolling with your sweetie, these light displays are some of the best — and brightest— around.

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With winter approaching, nothing says comfort like a warm, satisfying supper. Try these recipes for a duo of ravioli in a garlic cream sauce and pumpkin and caramel layer cake.

BY PERSONAL CHEF MEAGAN WORTHCAPPELL, Chef’s Delight, a Personal Chef Business www.mychefsite.com/meagancap (Eric George)

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1 box yellow cake mix 1 small box vanilla pudding 1/2 cup granulated sugar 6 ounces caramel sauce 6 ounces pumpkin filling 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 1/2 cups Vitamin D milk 3 eggs

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Sausage filling: 2 links spicy Italian sausage (turkey works best) 1/4 cup roasted red peppers, finely chopped 1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled 1 teaspoon fennel 1 egg

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Spray two round 10-inch cake pans and set aside. Preheat oven to 325 degrees (low fan). It takes longer to bake at lower temperatures, but the cake better retains its moisture. In a mixing bowl, add pudding, cake mix, two eggs, oil, sugar and 1 cup milk. Once the mixture is smooth, place half in a separate bowl. To that mix, add caramel sauce. To the other mix, add brown sugar, 1/2 cup milk, egg, pumpkin and spices. Mix each until smooth. Place each mix into a greased baking pan. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, making sure the cakes come clean with a toothpick or knife before removing from the oven. Cool on a baking rack. In another mixing bowl, completely cream the cream cheese; once it’s smooth, add cold butter. Once these are smooth, add

Icing: 1 pound cream cheese, room temperature 1/2 pound butter, cold 1 pound powdered sugar, sifted to remove lumps 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 cup sugar 1 cup warm water

1/2 cup heavy cream 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon Pinch ground cloves Salt and pepper to taste

Cream sauce: 3 cups heavy cream 1 tablespoon garlic, minced 1/4 cup olive oil Butternut/pumpkin filling: 1/3 cup unsalted butter 1/4 butternut squash, cleaned Shredded Parmesan to top and roasted for 45 minutes 1/2 cup pumpkin filling Pasta: 1 tablespoon fresh sage, 6 cups flour chopped 4 eggs 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon white pepper


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trend recipes For each filling, combine all ingredients in separate bowls. For the squash filling, puree in a blender until smooth. You might need to add a bit more cream, until blended. Refrigerate both fillings. To make pasta, place flour, salt and pepper on the countertop. Form into a volcanic shape, with a hole in the center for the eggs. With a fork, slowly whisk eggs into flour. Once the dough begins to form, lightly flour your hands and begin kneading. Have cold water on hand, if you need extra moisture to form the dough. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t over-knead it, as the dough will become tough. Wrap dough in plastic and let it rest on the counter. After 30 minutes, split the dough in half. Lightly flour the countertop, and roll dough paper thin. (The easiest way is to use a pasta machine. Start at No. 10, and drop one number after each cycle.) Set dough aside on a sheet pan. Cut dough in half, set aside the other half for the tops. Choose two different cookie cutters to differentiate fillings. Evenly space filling (about 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons) on the dough. Mark off the dough by making a small outline with your cookie cutters. Brush water around each filling, which will help seal the raviolis. Place the top sheet to encase the filling. Remove any air pockets by pressing with your knuckles around each filling, then punch out the ravioli with your cookie cutter. Repeat steps for the second filling. In a large saucepan, boil water and 3 tablespoons kosher salt. Add ravioli, one kind at a time, for about 3 minutes. Once they float, the ravioli are ready to be strained. While the second set of ravioli is cooking, heat a large skillet to medium/medium high. Melt oil and butter, and let it become hot. Add in both ravioli. Sear them for about a minute, or until a beautiful golden brown, then turn. After 30 seconds, add garlic and stir until it is aromatic. Add cream â&#x20AC;&#x201D; allowing it to heat, slightly reduce and thicken â&#x20AC;&#x201D; then season to taste with kosher salt and white pepper. To give this dish an extra hint of fall love, top with roasted vegetables.

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Fitness begins before you make your first move

(Matthew Berry)

Mention the word “fitness,” and what comes to mind? Exercise, eating right and taking care of yourself, right? All true. Consider this critical first step before you take any step at all — good posture. What is “good posture”? The short answer is your mother was right: Good posture is standing up straight. More scientifically, it is proper spinal alignment. Basically, the goal is a straight line — from the middle of

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your ear, through your shoulder, down your leg, to the front of your ankle bone. Why is standing straight important? Right off the bat, it conveys confidence and poise. Plus, it’s healthy! Good posture can help prevent injury, decrease back-pain issues and avert muscle tension in your back and neck. In short, it not only looks good, it feels good. So what “stands” in our way? Overused, tight muscles from certain activities revolving around repetitive motion can throw off our best attempts at good posture — like a volleyball player who spikes the ball repeatedly and develops one shoulder that’s higher than the other. Weak muscles also can make it difficult to maintain straight posture — like a writer who sits with rounded shoulders in front of a computer screen all day and then finds it hard to stand with their shoulders back and wide. Injuries and bad habits, such as slouching, also can lead to poor posture. Generally, the way we live our lives — how we sit, stand, exercise, walk, drive and sleep — influences our posture. The trick is to make that influence positive. Some exercise classes specifically focus on improving posture. Pilates and yoga are particularly good. Be mindful, however, that a professionally trained instructor is important to your success, and all certifications are not created equal. Check out what kind of training your instructor has received. Poor instruction can reinforce bad habits or even cause injury. So, stand tall! You don’t need a nagging mother or a strict ballet instructor to get you there; just put posture on your radar, and keep at it. It’s your best first fitness focus! Christy Plaugher is a fitness professional with more than 20 years experience in the fitness industry. She is the founder of Granville Fitness, where she currently serves as group fitness director.

Improve your posture

1. Simple body awareness: Start to notice how you sit and stand. Begin to train your muscles to support and maintain a healthy posture. 2. Try this: Sit tall for five minutes and see how tired your muscles get. Target-train those tired spots to get stronger, and soon you’ll be able to support straight posture automatically and naturally. 3. If you walk or run for exercise, pick a couple of days each week where your training includes a specific focus on your posture. 4. Drive with good posture, making sure your seat and headrest settings are helping the cause! 5. Stuck in line? Make it a posture-training session while you wait.

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Tame the coupon BY EMILY FREDRIX

Getting coupons never has been easier with the growth of Twitter, mobile phones and online marketing. But all those sources make keeping track of them a nightmare. “In order to save money, you have to be mindful of what you’re doing, and you have to be diligent,” says Sarah Humphreys, executive editor of Real Simple magazine. “There’s a real payoff if you stay organized.” Since your time also has value, it shouldn’t take more than an hour or so a week. Here are some tips:

FILE IT

The key to using coupons is knowing what you have, Humphreys says. For paper coupons, get a small binder or accordion file. Organize it by expiration date, store or product category, such as groceries or clothing. Get in the habit of checking your stash before you go out. Take the coupons along in a purse or wallet, or stow them in the glove compartment so they’re always handy. Go through the file regularly, perhaps once a week, and move coupons nearing their expiration date to the front. Don’t forget your online coupons, too. It might stop you from paying full price in the store.

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Get rid of any discounts you’re not going to use, and don’t save coupons for items you don’t want, no matter how good the deal. Give them to friends, neighbors or fellow shoppers. You can even sell coupons, discounts or loyalty rewards online through auction sites like eBay. Toss anything that’s expired. It’s as simple as going through folders while watching television. “Be realistic about the coupons you know you’re going to use,” Humphreys says. “The more you have in your stack, the more overwhelming it’s going to be.”

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Download applications to organize these online coupons and other discount cards. Try the free KeyRing application for your iPhone or Droid phone and ditch those little loyalty cards on your key ring. Register an account and enter your loyalty card numbers online to link your accounts with hundreds of retailers such as Best Buy, Kroger and Nordstrom. When you’re at the store, call up the barcode on your phone and scan it at the register. Try websites such as cellfire.com, where you can find coupons online and link them to your loyalty card. You don’t even need a smart phone for this. Many coupon applications also use your phone’s GPS to find nearby deals, such as The Coupons App or Coupon Sherpa. Look for new applications regularly.

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Time is central to successful couponing. Use your calendar to track expiration dates for particularly good deals. Use a paper calendar — but it has to be one you check regularly. Or try a free online calendar, from Google for example. Set reminders for a few days before one expires. E-mails can effortlessly bring you the latest discounts, but only if you can retrieve them quickly. Register for e-mails from your favorite retailers, and organize them in your inbox by moving them to separate folders or creating a label such as “discount.”

AUTOMATE YOUR RESEARCH

Finding coupons can take time, so use electronic tools to make them come to you. Go to your favorite coupon blogs or aggregators such as couponmountain.com or dealcatcher.com and look on the page for an RSS feed. The same goes for Twitter. Follow brands, chains or coupon bloggers on the micro-messaging site and make a “list” for them, separate from your friends, family and others you follow. Or check out sites such as Tweetdeck.com, which let you organize the feeds you follow by category. — Associated Press


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Donna Carpenter BY LINNEA GOLD

If you find yourself at a Licking County event or function, don’t be surprised to run into Donna Carpenter, executive director of United Way of Licking County. Donna has been with United Way for 10 years and has committed her life to serving people and building community connections. The pace of her work week has not slowed since retiring from the banking industry after 33 years. “It’s definitely not a 40-hour work week,” she says with a laugh. Donna routinely puts in 52 hours each week — not including after-work and weekend events. A job such as Donna’s requires getting involved and building strong community relationships. She is fortunate to have a dedicated staff — more than 100 volunteers and 25 board members to help identify and evaluate the community’s needs and support its 26 United Way programs. Despite a struggling economy, Donna is optimistic United Way will exceed its $1.94 million goal. This time of year — which includes the annual fundraising campaign — is busy for Donna and her team, but she noted it is rewarding to see how individuals and businesses rally together to make a difference.

Day in the life of Donna Carpenter 6:45 a.m.: Get caught up on local news via the radio during drive to work. 7 a.m.: Stop by River Road Coffeehouse on North 21st Street. 7:15 a.m.: Check e-mail, schedule and voicemail. 7:30 a.m.: Head to Park National Bank to speak at United Way kickoff. 9 a.m.: Attend executive committee meeting. 10 a.m.: Attend operations meeting. Noon: Make five drop-in visits to health carerelated areas. Stop at Bob Evans for lunch. 2:30 p.m.: Have weekly debriefing with loaned executives to check on number of calls made and to address any concerns. 4 p.m.: Prep before United Way board meeting in a few days. 5:30 p.m.: Dinner with Mary, a friend and director of Community Mental Health and Recovery Board, to strategize about community needs. 7 p.m.: Spend time with husband, listening to music and reading The Advocate and The Columbus Dispatch cover-to-cover.

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Olivia Haas & Mary Jo Spinks

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Have you ever wanted to know what other people carry in their bags?

Two moms. Two bags. Two styles. One business. Local entrepreneurs Olivia Haas and Mary Jo Spinks are co-owners of Tickleberry Moon — a natural, modern baby specialty store in downtown Granville. “We are known for practical and useful items for baby and mom,” Olivia says. “A lot our products are organic or natural.” Olivia is mom to 2 1/2-year-old Harrison and 8-monthold Harli. She carries a JJ Cole collection swag baby bag from her own store, along with a Hugo clutch bag she bought in Chicago. “I love my Hugo bag,” she says. “The size of the bag fits nicely right inside my baby bag. I also carry it alone when going out shopping without kids.” Inside the Hugo bag were a set of keys, pen, receipts, matching change purse, a Verizon Droid cell phone and e.l.f. lip gloss, given to the new mom as a gift.

Olivia Haas, left, and Mary Jo Spinks, right.

“My friend gave (the lip gloss) to me because the baby always gets the new stuff and she wanted me to have something special,” Olivia says with a laugh. Mary Jo, mom to 4-year-old Ruby, carries a homemade bag with reversible pockets, a gift from her mother-in-law. “My bag is a throw-all, so I just purchased an organizer for it,” she says. “It’s called the Travelon bag, and I got it at T.J. Maxx. The Travelon bag has a place for everything, and it’s such a time saver when you want to switch to another bag.” Tucked inside her organizer were an iPhone, Clif kids’ energy bar, CleanWell hand sanitizer, Neutrogena lipstick, Arbonne dual lip gloss, keys and a Kenneth Cole wallet, which contained receipts, stamps, credit cards, cash and, of course, extra Tickleberry Moon business cards. 29


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