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Make Quality Time Thanksgiving’s Secret Ingredient erhaps more than usual, the centerpiece this Thanksgiving won’t be Pcasserole the turkey, the stuffing or even family-famous recipes for sweet potato or pumpkin pie. Instead, when gathering around a table with
loved ones, the precious moments of togetherness will be what many families treasure most. This year, give yourself permission to savor the holiday and all its pleasures as a participant, rather than a harried host. Make the prep part of the party. If you’re hosting a small group of friends or family, invite a few guests over early to fill your kitchen with laughter and plenty of able hands to help prepare the meal. If space is at a premium, enlist help by asking guests to do some of the prep work at home or simply plan a potluck meal with everyone bringing a dish that’s ready to serve. Ditch cleanup duty. More casual celebrations are in the plans for 65% of people this season, according to a survey conducted by the Chinet® brand, and more than 80% of respondents agreed using disposable tableware can help reduce stress that may arise during the holiday season. Cleanup may be a necessary evil after a large Thanksgiving meal, but it need not take hours from your day. Instead, rely on a disposable option like Chinet Classic White plates, which are strong enough to serve the heaviest, messiest meals with style. The convenient, microwave-safe line makes cleanup easy since you can simply toss them when you’re done. For example, dinner and compartment plates and trays are perfect for enjoying fullscale meals along with platters, bowls and napkins. Or, if your family prefers a more casual get-together with snacks and treats, appetizer and dessert plates offer easy ways for guests to serve themselves.
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Stick to the essentials. Instead of giving into your urge to serve everyone’s favorites, limit your menu to a few crowd-pleasers. One style of stuffing will do, and it’s unlikely anyone will notice if you skip a few sides. Tone it down to the must-haves and let the others fall away. You may be surprised by how much time you can save. After all, you probably don’t need five different pies when you’ll end up serving just a slice or two from each.
Shop for shortcuts. If there is a dish or two that everyone counts on, go ahead and honor tradition. Otherwise, shop for time-trimming alternatives at the store. The salad bar typically offers a wealth of prepped ingredients like chopped onion and crumbled bacon, and there are a wide range of prepared foods you can simply heat and serve. Also check into the deli’s holiday specials; many stores offer bulk orders of freshly prepared items like mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce and salads.
Simpler serving. Using your fine china can lead to a time-consuming effort in both setting it all out and cleaning those dishes at the end of the night. With an option like Chinet Cut Crystal plates, cups and wineglasses, you can add a touch of style to any event. The fully coordinated line of tableware allows you to dine in style then toss it all and move on to enjoying the rest of the day.
Make Way for New Traditions Although there’s plenty of comfort to be found in holiday traditions, this year is the perfect excuse to mix things up a little and infuse some new ideas into your celebration. Pass on family recipes. A traditional turkey dinner complete with a variety of seasonal sides and desserts is a staple for many families. To help ensure the tradition continues, use the extra time you may have together to teach older children how to prepare specific dishes that have been passed down through the generations. You could also have different family members like siblings or adult children take over making specific dishes, such as the turkey or pumpkin pie. Share your good fortune. It’s been a rough year for many, in several different ways. If you and yours are able, dedicating a portion of your day to helping those who’ve fared worse can be a powerful bonding experience. Not only do you share the feel-good vibes that come from helping others, the experience can open your eyes to the many blessings you and your loved ones share.
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Learn a new skill. Discover something new about your loved ones by inviting one or two (or more) to share a special skill with the group. You can develop a new appreciation after an afternoon chatting while learning how to crochet, perform magic card tricks or make DIY decor for the holiday season. Make a game of giving thanks. Ask each guest to jot down something they’re thankful for as they arrive. Later, after everyone has settled in, take turns drawing the cards, reading them aloud and letting everyone guess whose good tidings they’re hearing. It can be an easy way to catch up and allow you to celebrate special moments with one another.
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Grateful for the Goodness in our Lives Novelist and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel noted that “when a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.” There is a duality in this statement – when we do not have gratitude in our hearts, it is a sign of emptiness in our humanity, but when we do not receive gratitude for the goodness we give to others, it can also leave us empty. I’ve always believed that trouble comes to those who need it most, and I’ve recently wondered aloud with friends and family if the difficulties we’ve all faced this past year were somehow part of a bigger message. Were we being reminded to slow down? Were we being asked to reexamine our priorities? Had we lost focus or lost sight of the important parts of our lives – the most important people in our lives – while allowing insignificant things to pull us away from what matters most? In just a few short months, this entire community has shown me how strong we are together, and I am grateful for the hospitality my family and I have received as we joined this district and this great city. I am grateful for the Celina ISD staff who selflessly welcomed our kids back into our schools in the midst of a health crisis so our kids could experience some semblance of normalcy and the opportunity to play together and to just be kids again. I am grateful to the teachers and aides who have taken on the enormous task designing and teaching impactful lessons for both virtual and in-person learners, sacrificing time with their own families to serve others. I am grateful for the patience and kindness our families have shown with masks and safety protocols, or when a child had to be quarantined, or when computer glitches and power outages made online teaching and learning more difficult. And I am grateful for the city staff, our district leaders, our community volunteers, and all who stepped in when our district needed assistance to keep our systems running smoothly. Celina is truly connected. In this season of Thanksgiving, may we all remember to be grateful for the goodness in our lives, yes, but may we also take the time to pause and show gratitude to the people who have blessed our lives. Please take time to pause and consider those who have blessed you this year, and please reach out to let them know how much they have impacted you. If you are a CISD parent, I would be so grateful if you would please consider the educators in your child’s life and take the time this season to let them know how much you appreciate them. I’ve been told that “thank you” is the simplest gift we can give. Perhaps it is also the greatest.
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Playing Time: Nobody Rides the Bench at Professional Black Belt Academy
ince March of this year, most parents have come to know that sports and physical activity are extremely important to their children’s development as complete people. They’ve got tons of energy and truly need something else to focus on as they round out their education. Unfortunately, many team sports require a balance of hefty levels of time with the team but also a lot of observation on the sidelines, because the vast majority of kids aren’t the ones getting in the game for long stretches. Among many other reasons, this downside of team sports prompted ninth degree black belt Master Buddy Hudson to share his passion for martial arts with others by creating a one-of-a-kind curriculum over 40 years ago that joins character building with physical agility. Along with his wife Pam, Master Hudson has not only built a network of martial arts schools across the United States, he has achieved this with the endorsement of two important figures in the international community of martial arts. J. Pat Burleson is the father of American Karate, and Grand Master John Rhee
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is the Father of American Taekwando, both of which have honored Master Hudson for his unique contribution to the martial arts family. Master Hudson’s curriculum is the only one in the world that is endorsed by both institutions. And the best part is, he and Pam have centered their focus on two school locations in Texas, Celina and Prosper. Celina’s location at 401 S. Oklahoma Drive next to Frontier Golf Carts, while the Prosper location is at 1180 E. Prosper Trail, Suite #10, next to Driver’s Edge car care. Executing such an honored and unique curriculum requires an honorable and unique skill set from instructors and staff, and both locations boast an impressive team for local kids. “It’s like a family,” says program director Alica (Miss Aly) Parsons, “and that’s evident in the life-long friendships that are forged through common goals and healthy competition in each class. Each student gets to have one hundred percent participation every single time they attend class.”
Head Instructor of the Celina school, Mr. Joseph Carlile also believes in what PBBA is doing for students’ ability to grow into well-adjusted adults. “I think it’s pretty great when my students are excited to tell me about their day, good or bad. It is really rewarding to watch my students break out of their shell and grow in confidence. They may start out pretty shy but after a few classes they really grow in every way.” It certainly is a family affair for PBBA. Master Hudson’s son Jared is an instructor, and along with Celina native and Hudson’s daughter-in-law Kayla, the two handle day to day execution of the business. Mr. Carlile and his sister, Bethany, both teach at the Celina location. Miss Aly, as the kids and staff have come to call her, says that it’s also about the families that allow them to teach their kids. “One of my favorite things about this job is getting to know our parents and students on a personal level. Many of our families are my neighbors and I have great pride in getting to be part of enriching this community. I feel the responsibility and don’t take it for granted. We have the most amazing parents and kids, and I get to see them multiple times every single week. Everyone is welcome!” It’s easy to see why Master Hudson’s curriculum resonates in North Texas and why it’s becoming such a gem in this community. The Celina location had its official grand opening in September, and has since added adult classes, personal protection classes, birthday parties, and after school programs that offer pickup from local elementary schools. In the summer, they’ll offer karate kid summer camps. Additionally, PBBA sponsors community events that partner with PTO and invests in other community relationships, most recently with Helping Hands of Celina, an organization that provides basic necessities to kids and teens in our community. Each student who steps with bare feet onto the mat for the first time does so in wide-eyed wonder, and it’s easy to see how their parents behave similarly at the value offered to the community. Students of PBBA display better behavior in the home and more focus in school, as well as the expected physical coordination, balance, and endurance that each student gains from structured class times each week. For more information for yourself or one of your students, feel free to reach out to Aly Parsons, program director for PBBA at 469.333.2470, visit us at www.ProfessionalBlackBeltAcademy. com or find us on Facebook at Professional Black Belt Academy of Celina.
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Get Your Home Ready for Work and School this Winter Although preparing your home for winter is a fairly consistent process year-to-year, many homes have seen significantly more use this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. If your home will serve as your office or school throughout the winter months, it’s important to address issues that may have been noticed but tolerable during winters past. Consider these tips from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry to help ensure your home is ready before winter weather strikes. Improve Indoor Air Quality Beyond proper physical and structural considerations of winter preparations, the increased daily usage of your home naturally increases the importance of indoor air quality. Since windows and doors will likely be closed more often, moisture levels within your home can be significantly affected. Use a humidifier, if necessary, to maintain a relative humidity between 45-50%, which is healthier and can feel more comfortable. It can also keep wooden doors and windows functioning properly and wood furniture and floors looking good. Get Your Furnace Checked To keep your furnace from failing when you need it most, get it inspected 14 | Celina LifeAndLuxuryMagazine.com
by a professional before you need to rely on it to heat your home in the dead of winter. If you’re not leaving the house and turning down the thermostat each day, this will be especially important this year. Regular tune-ups can prolong your furnace’s life, help prevent carbon monoxide leaks and ensure your unit is working at maximum efficiency. If a wholehouse humidifier is included as part of the heating system, also inspect the humidifier and replace the element, if necessary. Seal Leaks Around Windows and Doors Air infiltration is one of the largest culprits of reductions in a home’s efficiency. Small air leaks can add up to significant heat loss and a corresponding increase in energy consumption. If replacing window screens with storm windows and installing a storm door on your house isn’t realistic, increase energy efficiency by sealing gaps around window and door moldings with caulk to help keep heat from escaping. If any pipes or ducts travel through an exterior wall of your home, you can also use caulking and weather-stripping to help block potential entry points for cold air. Check Your Gutters Improper drainage away from the home is one of the biggest causes of water leaking into basements and crawlspaces. Gutters and downspouts have the single purpose of routing water away from your home to
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help prevent damage to your foundation. Once leaves have fallen and before the first snow, ensure your gutters are properly secured and clear of debris. Clogged gutters can lead to improper drainage and potential overflow, ice damming or other water-related issues. Also adjust downspouts so they direct water at least 5 feet from the house to help minimize the possibility of water run-off back toward the foundation. Prep the Plumbing When water freezes, it expands. Any residual water in pipes that is exposed to freezing temperatures, including interior lines located in exterior walls or unheated areas, can burst. Start by disconnecting hoses and shutting off exterior faucets, draining any water that remains in them and storing hoses indoors to prevent cracks. Drain any other pipes, valves or in-ground sprinklers that may be exposed to the elements and, for an extra layer of protection, wrap water spigots with covers to prevent damage. Sometimes a simple trick like keeping a cabinet door cracked open to allow warm air into the space can prevent frozen pipes. Find more expert tips to get your home ready for winter at RemodelingDoneRight.com.
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Great Time to Transplant Trees and Shrubs Transplanting young trees and shrubs that you have just purchased from a nursery appears an easy task…deceptively so! Many new plants die because they’re not planted properly. Likewise, if you’re about to give a facelift to a landscape design that has been neglected for years, then you will need to move existing plant matter, whether for relocation or for disposal. If you opt for transplanting the trees and shrubs, you must take steps to improve the likelihood of survival. Here’s How: Location, location, location! First determine whether the tree or shrub likes sun or shade, and what its spacing and watering requirements are. For instance, don’t locate a plant that craves water next to one that prefers dry conditions; their needs will be incompatible. Dig the new hole before you dig up the tree or shrub. Once you dig up the plant, the longer its roots go without a home, the lower your chances for a successful transplanting.
Begin digging out the tree or shrub selected for transplanting. But don’t start digging right at the base of a mature tree or shrub. Rather, start digging about 3’ out from the base, all along the perimeter. Get a feel for where the main mass of roots lies. Also begin to judge what the weight will be of plant, roots, and soil clinging to roots. You may need someone to help lift it! The idea is to keep as much of the rootball intact as possible. But the larger the plant is, the chances of getting anything close to the entire rootball will diminish -- and you wouldn’t be able to carry it anyhow! Usually you will have to cut through some roots on a mature plant, either with a sharp shovel or with pruners. Make a good, clean cut. Once you’ve removed enough soil from around the sides of the plant, you’ll eventually be able to slip your shovel under it and begin to loosen the plant’s grip on the soil below it. After it’s loose, spread a tarp on the ground nearby and gently move the tree or shrub onto the tarp.
Measure the width and depth of the rootball. The width of the new hole should be two to three times that of the rootball. The depth should be kept the same as that of the rootball. If anything, make it a bit shallower, to avoid puddling and consequent rotting.
Using the tarp as a transporting medium, drag the tree or shrub over to the new hole. Gently slide it into the hole and get it straight. Shovel the excavated soil back into the hole. Tamp this soil down firmly and water it as you go, to eliminate air pockets. The formation of air pockets would cause the tree or shrub to sink, inviting puddling and consequent rot.
When you reach the bottom of the hole, resist the temptation to break up the soil beneath. You would think that this would help the tree or shrub, allowing its roots to penetrate deeper. Instead, it could cause the tree or shrub to sink, inviting rot.
Mound up the soil in a ring around the newly transplanted tree or shrub, forming a berm that will catch water like a basin. This will help you achieve your main objective from here on out -- keeping the new transplant’s roots well-watered, until it becomes established.
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Spread approximately 3-4” layer of mulch around the new transplant. But keep it a few inches away from the base of the tree or shrub, to promote air circulation and so as not to invite rodents from nibbling on the trunk. Rodents become emboldened by the cover mulch provides.
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Then water, water, water. The first season would be a difficult one for the tree or shrub to weather unless it gets plenty of water. When Should you Conduct your Transplanting? For most trees and shrubs late winter or early spring are the best times for transplanting. Fall would be the second-best time. In summer it’s not advisable (too hot). In the dead of winter, it’s almost impossible -- unless you’ve done all your digging ahead of time before the ground freezes. The time given for most transplanting projects is 2 hours. However, that will depend greatly on the circumstances. To dig a mature tree or shrub out of rocky soil, especially in cramped quarters, is back-breaking work. How long it takes you will largely depend on your health and on how much you’re willing to push yourself. Question: Jimmie, I recently had a foundation company out to my house to check our foundation and they recommended I add soil all around my house to raise the existing levels. What type of soil would you recommend I install? Thank you for all your advice and information you provide to all of us in your columns. – Tiffany T. in Celina
Answer: Hi Tiffany! You will want to use sandy loam around your foundation to raise the existing level to proper grade. At that point you might want to consider installing sod or shrubs on top of your new soil to hold it in place and keep it from washing out. If you choose shrubs remember that sandy loam is good for your foundation but has no actual nutrient value for planting shrubs in. You would need to add organic soil conditioners to your loam before you would plant shrubs. Good Luck and until next time…Happy Gardening!! – Jimmie
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In what’s certain to be a holiday season unlike any other, you can transform your seasonal menu in 20 minutes of prep time or less by incorporating flavorful ingredients that make ordinary dishes extraordinary, ensuring the holidays are as special and memorable as any other year. Stress-free holiday entertaining at home begins with ingredients like Holland House Cooking Wines that add an extra boost of flavor to recipes like Tuscan White Bean Soup. Perfect for chilly evenings, this recipe combines pantry staples and enticing seasonings for an easy-to-make soup that simmers in the slow cooker. This Sherry, Ham and Cheese Brunch Bake is another delicious and convenient recipe to feed your family on early holiday mornings. This simple, tasty brunch bake can be easily prepped the night before. While holiday gatherings may be smaller this year, spending time with family can be made even more special when sharing a homemade, holiday-inspired meal. Sherry Cherry Pork Loin Roast, made in a time-saving slow cooker, provides an easy way to bring your family together for a flavorful holiday meal. This festive season, Holland House Cooking Wines provide an easy way to delight your family. They’re available in four flavors – Marsala, Sherry, White and Red – made using fine grapes and blended seasonings, aged to perfection, to offer bold flavor to your holiday cooking.
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SHERRY CHERRY PORK LOIN ROAST Recipe courtesy of Cate Meade of “Cate’s Kitchen Fit” 7 tablespoons avocado or grapeseed oil, divided 2 large Vidalia onions, halved and thinly sliced 4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided 1 pork loin roast (4-4 1/2 pounds), trimmed and patted dry 3 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided Sherry Cherry Sauce: 3/4 cup Holland House Sherry Cooking Wine 5-6 cloves garlic 1 cup frozen Bing cherries, divided 1 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard powder 4 tablespoons Holland House Balsamic Vinegar 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 bunch fresh parsley, large stems removed, plus additional reserved for garnish 3 tablespoons cornstarch (optional)
In large slow cooker on high heat, add 2 tablespoons oil, sliced onions and 1 teaspoon salt. Season roast evenly on all sides with 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Place large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil to pan. Sear pork loin 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Transfer roast to slow cooker on top of onions.
SHERRY, HAM AND CHEESE BRUNCH BAKE Recipe courtesy of Jillian Wade of â€œFood, Folks & Funâ€? 8 tablespoons salted butter, melted, plus additional for greasing pan, divided 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 large shallots, minced 1/2 cup Holland House Sherry Cooking Wine 1 package (20 ounces) frozen hash brown potatoes
Cover and cook on low 3 hours.
1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper
To make Sherry Cherry Sauce: In blender, blend sherry cooking wine, garlic, 1/2 cup cherries, mustard powder, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, parsley, remaining olive oil, remaining salt and remaining pepper until smooth; set aside.
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After pork loin cooks 3 hours, add Sherry Cherry Sauce around pork roast. Cover and cook 2-3 hours on low. To glaze, brush roast with warm sauce 3-4 times in last hour of cooking. Once pork reaches internal temperature of 145 F, remove and let rest 15-20 minutes before slicing. To finish sauce, remove 1/4 cup cooking liquid and mix with cornstarch to make a slurry. Whisk slurry and remaining cherries into sauce. Cook in slow cooker on high 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Slice roast 1/2-inch thick, garnish with fresh parsley and serve with Sherry Cherry Sauce and braised onions.
1 1/4 cups whole milk 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill 1 teaspoon fresh chopped dill, for garnish (optional) 2 teaspoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish (optional) Move oven rack to middle position and preheat to 400 F. Generously grease 9-by-13-inch baking dish with butter; set aside. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, add olive oil and preheat pan over medium heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring often, until softened and golden, about 7-8 minutes. Stir in cooking wine and cook until liquid is evaporated, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add frozen hash browns to prepared baking dish. Pour melted butter over potatoes and add salt, pepper and caramelized shallots. Use spoon to mix well. Bake 30 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through and some edges are beginning to brown. Remove potatoes from oven and reduce temperature to 325 F. Sprinkle cheddar cheese and 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese evenly over potatoes followed by ham. In large measuring cup or small bowl, vigorously whisk eggs, milk, mustard powder and dill until fully combined and eggs become frothy, about 1 minute. Pour egg mixture evenly over potatoes, cheese and ham. Store covered in refrigerator if prepping night before. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until edges of casserole are golden brown and center of casserole is set. Cool 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Serve with chopped dill and grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
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Weekday To Weekend Sweater Dressing Finally! It’s sweater weather. This season, we’re loving the mash-up of various textures, fabrics and fits. From chunky sweaters and cable knits to plush pullovers and mock turtlenecks, sweaters are the easiest way to update your cold-weather wardrobe. We say the more the merrier, but really, just one sweater styled multiple ways can take your look from pulled-together weekday go-getter to casual lounge-loving weekender. THE CLASSIC CABLE The next best thing to hitting the snooze button and crawling under the covers on a chilly weekday morning? Wearing a super soft cable knit sweater in a dreamy creamy color. This timeless pattern feels very of-the-moment when paired with a mid-length skirt, plush suede booties and a colorful clutch. The combination says smart and professional, yet not too buttoned-up. Swap the skirt for a pair of black leggings and thigh-high boots, and you’re set for Saturday night. THE STATEMENT SLEEVE SWEATER Nothing says fall like a palette of leaf-turning hues. Go for colors that don’t necessarily match but do complement each other. Top a pair of olive denim pants with a statement-sleeve, burnt orange sweater and finish with contrast-heel black booties. Add an on-trend animal-print and you have instant style “savoir faire.” (That’s French for “know-how” and English for “know wow!”). Create your own unique version of this look and be weekday- or weekend-ready for anything. THE CHUNKY KNIT Raised, marbled, pebbly, or fuzzy––texture adds visual interest and dimension to your outfit. Especially if you sport a chunky sweater in a spirited hue that sits front and center. Surround it with neutrals: a simple thin-striped cotton button-down that doesn’t compete with the same-patterned knit skirt, even if you let it peek out (for a touch of old-school yet very “now” prep). Complete the look with a pair of stacked-heel booties and a taupe and black cross-body bag. Swap the skirt for a pair of distressed cropped jeans for an instant weekend-worthy dress-down. THE TRIED & TRUE TURTLENECK Whether close-fitting or slightly oversized, a turtleneck adds a sophisticated 70s minimalistic vibe to any outfit (the wider the neck, the better). We love a soft beige, loose-fit, box-cut sweater paired with a contrasting bright blue, textured mini skirt. Dainty pointed flats pair well with the shorter skirt length. Top it all off with a heavy-duty coat. Add tights and booties if you’re still feeling the chill, or swap in black-wash jeans for a weekend-worthy look. THE SOPHISTICATED SWEATER DRESS The chic cameleon, a sweater dress is like no other dress in your closet (stretchy and figure flattering at the same time). Pair it with an always-modern moto jacket and take your look from office hours to after hours in the time it takes you slip it on, ditch your pumps for booties and grab your snakeskin tote. THE NOT-BE-KNOCKED MOCK TURTLENECK It may have gotten a bad rap in the early 80s and 90s, but the mock turtleneck, with its pretty, necklengthening silhouette, is back on track this season. Loose-fitting and low-key, it’s the perfect antidote to a hectic week. Pair it with boyfriend jeans and a blanket scarf soft enough to make you want to curl up on the couch with a favorite book. Feeling antsy? Throw on a jacket and tennies, and stroll to brunch with your besties. THE HIP HOODIE SWEATER Weekends were made for sporting something soft and comfy––like a sweater, leggings and loads of layers (particularly if you’re looking for creative ways to save on your heating bill!). A favorite go-to this season, athleisure wear says kick-back and relaxed, but still looks polished and put together. Stick with a neutral legging (black is the be-all, end-all) and top it with a super soft, hooded pullover layered under a striped knit top. Step outdoors in a nubby fleece jacket, sleek sneaks, and a stylishly small backpack. One sweater, many options, or dare we say, many sweaters, even more outfits! Either way, ask your Stylist for a few of these toasty toppers. Article compliments of Stitch Fix. Visit http://www.stitchfix.com to schedule your fix!
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How Family Travel Has Changed Throughout the Last 25 Years While 2020 has brought some definite and dramatic changes to the way people travel, there have actually been numerous changes in the travel industry throughout the course of the last 25 years. Travelers have become increasingly savvy, thanks to technology that allows them to thoroughly research their destinations and plan vacations to an unprecedented level of detail. Consumer reviews have also changed the way people travel, as insights from others heavily influence decisions on everything from attractions to local restaurants. This year, in honor of its 25th anniversary, Vrbo has compiled some of the most notable changes in the travel industry over the past 25 years:
Communication and Photography: A few decades ago, it was common to drop a postcard in the mail for loved ones while on a trip so you could share the scenery and say a quick hello (although the postcards didn’t always arrive before you returned home). Today, between smartphones and social media, it’s possible to share moments from your journey with family and friends back home instantaneously. Phones and digital cameras are now the primary tools for photography, so there’s no more waiting for film to develop and hoping you captured that sunset just right.
Booking and Comparison Shopping: Transportation and Route Guidance: A couple decades ago, airfare was significantly more expensive. Now, due to lower fuel costs and larger planes that allow for efficiency, fares are considerably lower than in the past. Other changes in transportation include the return of family road trips. Although gas prices have created some fluctuation, Americans still tend to appreciate the flexibility of road trips and the ability to set their own pace. Newer technologies such as GPS and other route guidance resources have also made it easier to take a road trip, from not only finding directions from one point to the next, but also attractions, lodging, food and more along the way.
Accommodations: When thinking about lodging, traditional hotels and quaint bed-andbreakfasts automatically come to mind. However, vacation rentals and holiday homes have been around for decades, too. Thanks to online platforms, access to private, whole-home accommodations like condos, cabins and other homes has grown exponentially. For example, Vrbo started as a modest classified ads-style website for online vacation rentals and today offers more than 2 million unique places to stay across the globe. 22 | Celina LifeAndLuxuryMagazine.com
In the past, booking travel meant looking at classified ads for rental properties or contacting travel agents or visitor centers to gather information about a destination. Now, you can compare prices for everything from car rentals to flights and accommodations online, read reviews from former guests and book and pay for those reservations with a few taps on your keyboard or smartphone. For example, Vrbo began as a website for vacation home owners to list and advertise their properties for travelers to find and rent, and now offers a multitude of tools such as search filters, Trip Boards, Virtual Tours and reviews to help you compare vacation rentals and find the perfect one for your trip.
Attractions: Travel used to be largely driven by must-see destinations and stand-out attractions at popular places. More recently, travelers seek out unique experiences that align with their personal interests and look to explore places off the beaten path. There’s also an increased focus on learning about new places and embracing how the locals eat and live. Learn more and get started planning your next vacation at vrbo.com.
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