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All I Want for Christmas is
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a Good Night’s Sleep
Like it or not, Christmas will be here before we know it. Thanksgiving is just days away. Quick check…are the extra rooms in your home ready for those extra guests? If not, we’ve got you covered. But that’s not what I want to discuss here. For many of us, these holidays represent a time of joy spent with loved ones, family, and friends, being thankful for what we have. However, it’s pretty easy to take for granted some of the “essentials.” Things like the food we eat, the home we live in, and yes, the bed we sleep on. Last year, we received this email from Holiday Hope:
Hello, I was directed to Gardner’s from a friend who said you might donate to our cause to help at least 2 of the children on my list for Christmas. I am a volunteer with Holiday Hope where we provide Christmas to those who might otherwise not have one. On one of my lists is the need for beds for a woman’s sons. I was only asking for 2 twins but, she has 3 sons and it looks like they may all be sleeping in a full size bed. It would be a blessing if there were a bunk bed set and maybe a twin to go along with it. If you find that you may be able to donate to this cause, please call me or text me at the number listed or email is fine. We have many children that believe it or not, beds are on their list for gifts. Many Blessings! I don’t know if your eyes stayed dry, but when we read that email last year, ours did not. Three boys, sleeping in the same full size bed, asking for new beds for Christmas. How very sobering. I don’t know about you, but I never asked for a bed for Christmas. I have two brothers myself, and while we certainly didn’t have fancy things, we didn’t have to worry about where we slept. I want to back up and acknowledge Holiday Hope and make you aware of the wonderful things they do for Lancaster County
families during the holiday season. Like the email said, they help “provide Christmas to those who might otherwise not have one.” They are a non-profit organization who realizes that Christmas is stressful and certain for many families and they strive to help them as best they can. Imagine being a parent and Christmas is right around the corner. Maybe you lost your job this past year or had unexpected medical expenses. After paying the bills, there is absolutely nothing left. You are heartbroken for your children. What will you do? The kids don’t understand, and may be disappointed on Christmas morning. They are good kids and they deserve more than this. These are the stories behind Holiday Hope. Needless to say, we were compelled to step in and help out this family with three boys sleeping in the same bed. Gardner’s donated a bunk bed and a separate twin bed, complete with mattresses, pillows, protectors, and sheets. On December 22nd while the boys were still at school, our delivery crew secretly set up the beds and were still there when the boys got home. You can imagine their response! While what we did last year was great, we want to do more. And this year, we’re asking for your help. Every year, Holiday Hope gets anywhere from 8 to 12 requests from families with children asking for beds as a gift. How great would it be if we could help all of them make their 2013 Christmas special? That’s precisely the goal of our annual charity event “All I Want for Christmas is a Good Night’s Sleep.” (continued on pg2...)
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Nutrition Nuggets by Lindsay McClure Sweet Potato Casserole
Makes 10 servings (about a ½ cup each) • Active time: 30 minutes • Total time: 1¼ hours The holidays are a time of tradition, but have you ever considered a healthier twist on some of those classic holiday dishes? Trade in your traditional sweet potato casserole for this slimmed-down version. This recipe gets its flavor from freshly grated orange zest and honey rather than a stick of butter. This new version is lower in fat and calories.
1 tablespoon honey
2½ pounds sweet potatoes, (3 medium), peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
1/2 cup low-fat milk 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Try these other tips to make your thanksgiving dishes lower in fat, calories, and sugar. No one will notice the difference! • Use fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey • Use applesauce in place of oil in baked goods • Try plain yogurt in place of sour cream in dips, mashed potatoes, and casseroles (continued from pg1...) Through the month of November till December 8th, 2% from each and every purchase made at Gardner’s will be used to purchase bunk beds, twin beds, and mattresses for the youth supported by Holiday Hope. That being said, having a mediocre November will only get us halfway to reaching our goal. This is where you can help, and it’s truly a win-win situation. This season, we’re strongly encouraging you to update your current mattress to one that better suits your sleep needs so you can wake up happy and pain free every day. By doing so, you’ll be helping Gardner’s and our friends at Holiday Hope reach our goal of providing beds for each and every child who asks for one for Christmas. The more we sell, the more beds we can provide! Perhaps you’re not ready to invest in a new bed, but you’d still like to help out. Stop by Gardner’s between now and December 8th and purchase a set of sheets, pillows, or mattress protector for a child and we’ll wrap and give them to the children as a gift from you to them! Maybe you’d just like to make a donation to Holiday Hope to be used towards the purchase of beds. Well, you can stop by Gardner’s and do that too. Every cash donation or accessory purchase qualifies as a tax deduction and we’ll have Holiday Hope donation slips for you when you help out. Man, what a great feeling it will it be to know that we helped every child who says this season “All I Want For Christmas if a Good Night’s Sleep.” To learn more about Holiday Hope, please visit: HolidayHopeLancasterPa.com For more info on our annual Bed Donation Event, go to: SleepLancaster.com/Hope To your (and every kid’s) better sleep,
Ben & Jeff
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Insurance with a View:
Pam Zablocki was in the brokerage business for 11 years before she decided to settle down (you know how those insurance brokers are). She was a stay-at-home mom for the length of two babies and one husband before she eventually went back to work. Her new job dealt in insurance a topic she had always been aware of but never got into. However, having Pamela M. Zablocki, President been newly introduced into the realm of motherhood, Pam was suddenly struck by the concept of protecting what she worked so hard to build. She realized that if something were to happen, it could really wreck her finances...and her family’s. She decided to go with her gut and pursue insurance full time, “it just felt like a good thing.” In January, 2011, Pam opened her own insurance business - Grandview Insurance Brokers. She wanted a way to help people protect their hard-earned assets. Grandview offers both life and health insurance (although they specialize in the health part) and Gardner’s is happy to say that they used Grandview for all their health benefit
Topping: 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
4 teaspoons frozen orange juice concentrate
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Directions: 1. Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain well and return to the pan. Mash with a potato masher. Measure out 3 cups. (Reserve any extra for another use.) 2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square (or similar 2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. 3. Whisk eggs, oil and honey in a medium bowl. Add mashed sweet potato and mix well. Stir in milk, orange zest, vanilla and salt. Spread the mixture in the prepared baking dish. 4. To prepare topping: Mix flour, brown sugar, orange juice concentrate, oil and butter in a small bowl. Blend with a fork or your fingertips until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle over the casserole. 5. Bake the casserole until heated through and the top is lightly browned, 35 to 45 minutes.
Brokers needs. The two companies met at a networking group and have been taking care of business ever since. Pam claims there isn’t anyone at Gardner’s that she doesn’t enjoy talking to, “they’re all extremely knowledgeable about what they do.” The two business owners operate on the same mindset; get to know the customer on a personal level, and figure out what they really need. Pam knows that the way to a customer’s satisfaction is through their heart, and Gardner’s agrees.
Grandview Insurance Brokers P.O. BOX 10981, Lancaster, PA 17605 cell (717) 682-7265 fax (717) 435-8455 www.facebook.com/ grandviewinsurancebrokers
John loves working for Gardner’s – but he really loves his mattress! He’s our operations manager and has been with Gardners for over ten years!
“Four kids? You must be crazy! How do you do it?” If we had a dime for every time we heard that, we would be a lot closer to taking the kids to Disneyworld. Maybe we’re crazy, but our family of six has picked up a few things along the way that helps us manage the chaos - and our Tempur Pedic Grand Bed is one of them. Every parent knows the value of sleep – we’re talking uninterrupted, dreamless, REM sleep. Our Grand Bed has been a welcome asset as we attempt to maximize the moments of a peaceful night’s sleep. It allows us to fall asleep quickly and sleep soundly through the night without tossing and turning (unless someone has a bad dream). My wife, Kyla, even said that her latest pregnancy was easier than the others because she was far more comfortable than she was on our previous mattress.
Saturday mornings. To make the most of our time, we typically end up with all of the kids in bed either snuggling or having a “daddy vs. sons” wrestling match. They are some of our favorite moments each weekend (unless someone gets overzealously kicked in the head). Is the Grand Bed a magic carpet to dreamland? Yes. Does it make our family perfect? Certainly not, but it gives us something to look forward to at the end of a busy day and helps us rest-up in preparation of another exciting adventure in parenting.
Because we love our bed so much, it’s become a difficult task to get out of it on
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