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Oh May! A time of honoring our Mothers and our history. Spring is in full swing and the weather is just right for celebrating with family and friends. With Cinco De Mayo and Mother's Day just around the corner it's time for some good old fashioned family time! This month Welcome Home magazine brings you the ultimate checklist for your next move to a new home. Need a Realtor, but scared by all the horror stories out there? Check out our great tips for finding one that's reliable. Wondering how to deal with that pesky Mother-in-Law of yours this Mother's Day? We have a few ideas to help you out! Last but not least, check out 'Why Cardboard Boxes?' and find out what all the fuss is about. Please enjoy this issue of the magazine! Have a marvelous May, and as always, Welcome Home!

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Welcome Home! Table of Contents 4

Recipe And Design A tasty recipe and a stylish home design how to.

5 Don’t Read This If You Love Your Can’t stand her? Then this is for you! 6


Cinco De Mayo! How to teach the younger generation about their heritage.

Welcome Home is for entertainment purposes only. The advise contained therein is not in anyway intended to substitute for that of trained professionals. Please read responsibly.

In The Kitchen. Tasty Sweetness: Heart Lace Crepes


Health and Wellness. Chia Seeds - A true super food.


All pictures courtesy of or unless otherwise noted. Thanks to Wikipedia for Random Fact information and aid.

Editor in Chief - Phly Jambor 10


Moving Checklist: Just A Smart Reminder

How NOT to go crazy while moving to your new home.

Quotes for Mother’s Day Simple sayings to warm a mother’s heart.


Why Cardboard Boxes? The top reasons why you should buy cardboard packing boxes.


Finding A Reputable Real Estate Agent 6 tips to help you find your perfect agent.


Products To Love! Hot trends and technological wonders of tomorrow.


City Spotlight Jekyll Island, GA - Experience the luxury of the Gilded Age.


DIY Project - May

Mother’s Day cuteness - Tin Can Treats!


Businesses That Make A Difference Target, a company with a bullseye on change.

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Recipe and Design Peach-Raspberry Jam

Freestanding Photo Collage

Ingredients • • • • • •

2 cups chopped fresh or frozen peaches 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 lemons 2 tablespoons plus 2 tsp. powdered pectin 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger (optional)

Preparation 1.



Stir together fruit and sugar in a 4 1/2-qt. saucepan. Let stand 10 minutes. Meanwhile, zest 1 lemon to equal 1 tsp. Cut lemon in half; squeeze juice from lemon into a bowl to equal 2 tsp. Peel and section second lemon, removing seeds and chopping segments. Stir pectin and, if desired, ginger, into fruit mixture, and bring to a rolling boil over medium heat, stirring often. Boil, stirring constantly, 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low; stir in lemon zest, chopped segments, and lemon juice. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes; remove from heat. Cool 10 minutes. Pour jam into 2 (8-oz.) canning jars, and cool completely (about 30 minutes). Cover with lids, and refrigerate up to 1 month.

Southern Living MAY 2014

Give Mom a fun trip down memory lane with this freestanding collage you can make in minutes.

Supplies • • • • •

14-20 photos 14-20 pieces of 4x4 Heavy Cardstock Modge Podge or Adhesive Strips Paint brush (for Modge Podge) Craft Knife

1. Select 14-20 photos that are special to you and Mom, and crop them into 4-inch squares 2. Print onto photo paper 3. Using adhesive strips or Mod Podge, carefully adhere each photo to a thick piece of white cardstock (the paper has to be thick enough to stand on its own). 4. Use a crafts knife to cut out each photo, leaving a small border. 5. On all four sides of each photo, cut small slits as shown. 6. Assemble your photo collage by fitting the photos together using the cut slits. Courtesy of Better Homes and

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Mother-In-Law! Just in Time for Mother's Day If you have never wanted to play a little joke on your mother-in-law then maybe this gift guide isn't for you. On the other hand, if there has been no love lost in your relationship and you want to make your mother-in-law's life as miserable as she's made yours, here are a few ideas to satisfy that dark side and have a little fun in the process. Complicated Universal Remote No universal remote, that we're aware of, configures itself but some of these devices can drive people crazy. One unit that comes up below average in value and user sentiment ratings is the Philips SRU9600 which gets mixed reviews and costs just under $100. Some users complain about the ease-of-use on Sony RM-AX4000 which costs a little over $100. You can provide hours of frustration and misery for your mother in-law as she tries to configure or use one of the remotes. Just About Any Wireless Router Dump a wireless router in the lap of your mother in-law, tell her all about the joys of wireless computing and then split. Just don't answer the phone for a few days while she tries to configure the router to get it to talk to the ten pound laptop you recommended she buy. The Linksys WRVS4400N gets below average sentiment ratings along with the Netgear WNR854T. Save those phone messages too! They may provide hours of entertainment enjoyment to you and all your friends. GPS Devices Guaranteed to Get Your Mother-in-Law Lost Whether it's a small handheld GPS or one on the car dashboard, GPS devices are supposed to make it easy to enter destinations and then get to them. The Magellan Triton 1500 and Alpine PMD-B200 show up on the bottom of most lists for good value and ratings. So when your mother in-law complains about the GPS you bought her, just say, "I've never had any trouble using my GPS." Cameras That Takes Blurry Pictures Buying a digital camera that takes lousy pictures may be harder than you think. Most cameras are idiot proof and some of the better cameras with image stabilization and face technology make it downright hard to take a bad picture. So providing your mother in-law with an idiot-proof product that can make her feel like an idiot is priceless. Most websites can recommend a couple of real bargains in the extreme low-end camera category that will most likely take a less than perfect picture. The Argus DC1512 barely has enough mega pixels to be called a camera and can be purchased for under $30 while the Micro Innovations 3120 costs even less at $10.80 and also gets low ratings. Cheap MP3 Player Your mother-in-law won't be the envy of her bridge club with these low-end MP3 players and they probably won't sound that great either. The Coby MP-C756 MP3 player barely has enough memory to hold a few songs and doesn't get the greatest ratings while the Nextar MA933A holds even fewer songs than the Coby and gets low marks for the display quality. One reviewer notes that the font was "too small for older eyes." Perfect! Now Seriously Folks. . . We all know you would never do anything like this to your poor old mother-in-law so just in case you want to get yourself or someone you love the best values in gadgets or gear, you can find reviews and manuals for all popular electronics like GPS, HDTV, Digital Cameras, Camcorders, and more on Written by Theresa Della. Courtesy of

Sharing History: Cinco De Mayo Even though the holiday originated in Mexico, it has become very popular in the United States; so well, as a matter of fact, that it is more widely and enthusiastically celebrated here than it is in Mexico! There are both historical and cultural reasons for this difference - and of course, you will want to get your students up to speed while keeping them engaged in learning a little more about Mexican and US history at the same time. Depending on the age of your students, the activities and information you will include in your lesson plans will vary. Very young children won't be too likely to retain all of the dates and names which relate to the history of this holiday, but you can still get them thinking about Cinco de Mayo through some fun activities such as making red, white and green tissue paper flowers, which are a popular decoration (as well as fashion accessory) worn by men and women alike in the parts of Mexico where Cinco de Mayo is celebrated. You can also use the opportunity to teach even the youngest of students a little bit of basic Spanish by making a Spanish bingo game as part of your Cinco de Mayo lesson plans. If you're teaching older children, then you have a lot more options available to you and while you may want to include some enjoyable activities as part of your lesson on Cinco de Mayo, you'll definitely want to teach the history of this May 5th holiday and its context in the Maximilian Affair and how this event relates to American history as well.

As you already know, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. A lot of people think that the holiday is Mexico's Independence Day, which of course, it is not - think of this as your chance to educate the next generation about the real history behind the holiday. It is a great starting off point to teach your class some lesser known facts about the US Civil War in your Cinco de Mayo lesson plans. Your students may be intrigued to know that the 5th of May was the beginning of Mexico's resistance to France's invasion; resistance which kept Napoleon III's army too busy to assist the breakaway southern states in the Civil War, with whom France was allied. The US repaid the favor following the Union victory in the Civil War, putting a naval blockade in place to prevent the French from resupplying their troops or sending reinforcements as well as sending armaments and other supplies to our allies south of the border. Cinco de Mayo is in many ways a celebration of Mexico and the contributions that Mexican-Americans have made to our own culture, at least for those of us in the United States; and including some of these facts in your Cinco de Mayo lesson plans can add some educational value to this fun and festive day. Written by Mat Raya. Courtesy of

In The Kitchen

Heart Lace Crepes This recipe puts whimsy back into breakfast foods– with a squeeze bottle and a little finesse, you can make your own lace crêpes. You’ll find that this crêpe batter is a little bit more fluid than the traditional recipe. The reason being is that the batter needs to be thin enough to flow out of a small tip squeeze bottle. One trick that also helps is to strain your crêpe batter through a fine sieve to remove any clumps that might get stuck when you try to pour your batter onto your pan.

Directions: Lace Crêpe Batter (makes ~ 15 x 5”crepes)

Ingredients: - 1/2 cup flour - 1 egg - 1 cup milk - 1/2 tablespoon sugar - 1/8 teaspoon salt - 1 tablespoon butter (melted) + Non-stick frying pan + plastic squeeze bottle  + icing sugar + fine sieve

1.In a large bowl, mix ingredients together (wet-dry method). Whisk, or blend until the batter is smooth and there are no large clumps. 2. Pre-heat a lightly buttered non-stick pan on medium heat. Tilt and pour your batter onto the pan, creating a freehand “lace” pattern. There is a little bit of a learning curve, but after the first 2, I found it quite easy and fun to make random patterns. 3. Cook the crêpes until golden on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until golden. Because of the lace pattern, you can’t exactly fill these crêpes– instead, you can lightly dust them with sugar, or pour your favorite syrup or compote on top. Et Voila! Courtesy of

Health & Wellness

Chia Seeds Chia seeds are one of nature's truest super foods. They contain a large number of vital nutrients and are virtually hypoallergenic. They are an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, protein, fiber, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc as well as antioxidants that can help your body perform better and more efficiently. As a matter of fact, they provide more essential omega-3 and omega-6 than eating fish, and are a great alternative source of these nutrients for vegetarians and those who simply don't like fish. Chia seeds have a long shelf life and are able to be stored for several years without souring or losing potency. This makes buying bulk chia seeds one of the most cost effective solutions. The human digestive system can easily process these seeds without having to grind them down like flax seeds and have a very mild flavor, which allows them to easily be added to any dish without altering the taste or consistency. The organic chia seeds offer the additional nutritional benefit in that they are grown and harvested without the use of harmful pesticides and herbicides, allowing consumers to truly benefit from adding them into their everyday diet plans without the worry of side effects from chemical use. The organic label also means that there are no preservatives or other artificial ingredients added after growing to enhance the color, flavor or shelf life of the seeds. Organic farmers and distributors

adhere to the highest standards for chia seed production that prohibits them from using chemicals of any kind. It is important, however, that consumers look for certified organic chia seed farmers and distributors as this will ensure that the suppliers are following these guidelines. Studies have shown that organic chia seeds have energizing properties that can boost your metabolism and energy to help promote weight loss and provide you with the energy you need to perform at optimal levels all day. The energy provided by chia seeds is released over time, so users experience a stable, constant level of alertness rather than the ups and downs they get from caffeine and sugar. In addition to revving up the metabolism, chia seeds also offer overweight individuals the ability to naturally suppress their appetites. Because the fiber in chia seeds is water soluble, they slow the body's digestion of carbohydrates and provide the feeling of being fuller longer, reducing cravings and appetite. This also aids in the digestive process as more water and fiber will allow solid waste to be more efficiently removed from the body. Those individuals looking for nutritional insurance for their diets but don't want to take a bevy of supplements, those looking to shed a few pounds and even those looking for a natural energizer than promotes digestive health need look no farther than chia seeds. Written by Get Chia. Courtesy of

Moving Checklist: Just a Smart Reminder

You bought a new property. After a long wait, you finally found your dream house. Now, it is time to organize all your belongings and stuff and move it to your new property. But how to do it without getting crazy?

Optimize your time with the following moving checklist reminder and some smart tips. Inventories and Quotes • Vital: set an inventory of existing goods, specially where there are often a lot to check. E.g: the basement or the attic. • Be sure to have ready packing materials. • If you have pets, find out about special vans for them if needed. • Get 2 or 3 quotes from moving companies and ask what is it included in the price and what not. If you will make the move, hire moving trucks in advance, specially if you will move during the weekend. • If you need it, hire a temporary storage company. • Have your new home ready prior to your arrival: get all the painting done, as well as the plumbing, decoration, etc, if needed. Paperwork • Make address changes in your services bills: electricity, gas, etc. Don’t forget to ask for possible last month deposits. • Also send your new address and telephone number to your family and friends by email or regular post cards. • If you have expensive objects to carry, it is good to get them appraised prior to move them to your new house in case they get damaged by the moving company or truck. • Find out what costs does your insurance company cover in case your belongings get damaged. • Keep all your quotes, receipts and similar papers all together for when you need them. • Keep all your personal records together: medical, legal, school and veterinary records and label them carefully. • Get information from local news papers to know what it is going and future events in your new home town. • At your new place of residence, find out where the important institutions

are located: banks, hospitals, police station, etc. • Do you know if you need moving permits? • It is strongly recommend to check about property restrictions with the local authorities. Precautions • If you are moving to another state, make auto registration for transfer. • For the moving day, have somebody ready to take care of your children. • Get rid out of items you don’t need anymore for any reason: you could organize a moving sale. • If your new property is an apartment or if you are leaving it, let your neighbors about elevator’s use. • If you are traveling by car, check with your mechanic everything is working properly so no surprises arise during your trip to your new home. • Take your pets to the veterinary prior to the trip to your new house and give him/her all the necessary vaccines. This will prevent possible local diseases. • Pack any kind of supplies that might be needed as soon as you arrive. • If you take any type of medicine, make sure you take it with you during your trip. • Get your important stuff in your hand bag: identity card, credit cards, keys of your new home, a medical kit, etc. • Disconnect all the appliances from electricity before you leave your old house. • 1 day before leaving, call your moving company or truck and confirm their arrival time just in case. • Traveller’s checks could be useful for security reason, specially for long journeys. And finally… Home (new) sweet home • Control that all your good arrived in good shape to your new home if you hired moving services • You will surely have to pay in cash to the movers or some kind of check so don’t forget this important issue • Enjoy your new home! Written by Charlene Clark. Courtesy of

Quotes on Mother’s Day

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers. ~ Rudyard Kipling

It's not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it. ~ The Golden Girls A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, "where mother is." ~ Keith L. Brooks The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new ~ Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men - from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam. ~ Henry Bickersteth A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after. ~ Peter De Vries Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together. ~ Pearl S. Buck

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love. ~ Mildred B. Vermont A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~ Tenneva Jordan The sweetest sounds to mortals given Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven. ~ William Goldsmith Brown Nobody knows of the work it makes/to keep the home together. Nobody knows of the steps it takes/ nobody knows but mother. ~ Unknown There's a lot more to being a woman than being a mother, but there's a hell a lot more to being a mother than most people suspect ~ Roseanne Barr All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. ~ Abraham Lincoln No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you - life ~ Unknown

An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest ~ Unknown Who ran to help me when I fell, And would some pretty story tell, Or kiss the place to make it well? My mother ~ Ann Taylor The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world ~ Unknown A mother is a mother still, The holiest thing alive ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom. ~ Henry Ward Beecher The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. ~ Honore de Balzac I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother. ~ Abraham Lincoln A mother understands what a child does not say. ~ Unknown Written by Peter Chan. Courtesy of

Why Cardboard  Boxes?

Residential move is quite a tedious and hectic job. The most irritating and time consuming part of relocation is packing and storing the belongings to be delivered safely to the right destination. In that you need to look for safe and durable cartons to store your valuables. Cardboard packing boxes are most convenient materials to pack different types of goods to be transported. 1. Light weight One of the biggest advantages of such containers is that these are light in weight and can be transported easily. Also, these can be recycled so you can also contribute to the good cause of the environment. 2. Items it stores Cardboard packing boxes can be used to store light weight and nonbreakable goods like: - clothes, stationery items, and a variety of small size and light goods. Avoid storing fragile and delicate goods which have the risk of getting damaged. Or if you want to, use bubble wraps and robust packing materials to cover the items properly. Also, do not over stuff these cartons and always use heavy duty tapes to let the items stay intact and remain damage free. 3. Store other goods Aside from storing your residential or commercial goods; you can also store small bits and pieces or probably random items to de-clutter your space. Buying these types of cartons is a good idea to better organize your space and make it more presentable. 4. Cost effective solution Cardboard packing boxes are quite affordable in contrast to buying plastic boxes or containers made up of other materials. Since these are re-usable in nature, it wouldn't create a hole on your pocket. No matter how many pieces of cartons to purchase. 5. Easy labeling These reusable cartons can be labelled easily with the aid of permanent markers. You may also paste stickers about the contents of the box. For example: - you can label each box with the type of goods it contains- wardrobe, fragile items, stationery goods, documents and files, etc. This will help you easily unpack your cartons without any fuss. So if you urgently require something in specific, you can unpack that container with immediate effect. 6. Varieties available You can find a wide variety of sizes, shapes, designs and colors of cartons to suit your specific moving needs. So if you want to store your clothes, you can buy specially designed wardrobe boxes, archive boxes to pack important items you want to preserve, bedroom moving pack box to pack your bedroom stuff, medium size containers to pack specific quantity of goods and large size cartons if you have several things to be packed and relocated. So if you want to safely shift your valuables from one location to another, order for cardboard packing boxes, available at exciting prices on the web. Written by Simon Kelly. Courtesy of

Finding A Reputable Real Estate Agent 6 Tips To Help You Find Your Perfect Agent

One of the most important things to do when purchasing a home is to find a great real estate agent to make the process flow smoothly and effectively. A question many people ponder is how to find a good real estate agent.  The best agent may not necessarily work at one of the top ten agencies in the area.  The agent who will work best for you would be an experienced agent who will listen to your needs, act in a professional and ethical manner and knows the market in your area. 1.)Word-of-Mouth or Referral Most real estate professionals attract a sizable amount of business because of a satisfied client who recommends them to a friend, family member or neighbor.  When you are thinking of purchasing a home, it is a good idea to ask those around you who they have used and ask them to elaborate on their specific experience with the real estate agent in question.  Successful real estate agents strive to make customer satisfaction their number one priority and will do everything they can to facilitate a good experience for a customer.  Try to find an agent that has a proven track record and reputation for delivering quality service, customer satisfaction, and have experience in the neighborhoods that you are looking in. 2.) Do an Online Search For Real Estate Agents There are many online resources available when searching for a real estate agent referral, but this by no means ensures quality.  The agents referred online may have paid a fee to the website owner to be listed in the directory.  Performing a Google search of the top agents in your area and then reviewing their websites will give you a good list of agents to interview.  Agents who have experience in the field will tell you, but a newer agent will more than likely have the extra time to spend working with you.  Review any customer testimonials or feedback about an agent you may be interested in retaining. 3.) Visit Open Houses in the Area You should visit some area open houses where you can actually meet with a potential agent in a non-threatening manner.  Here you can see how they work, collect business cards, formulate an opinion and talk with them on a personal basis.  If you are thinking about selling a

home, pay close attention to how the agent presents the home. Make sure the agent is polite, informative, approachable and professional.  Does the agent promote the home by handing out professional looking feature sheets or other related materials?  Is the agent trying to play up the features that make the home more enticing?  Or is the agent in the corner, back turned and uninvolved in the whole scenario?   4.) Pay Attention to Real Estate Signs Carefully monitor the real estate signs in your neighborhood.  Observe how long from the day they go up until the home is actually sold.  An agent who has a high sales turnover might be a better choice than an agent who has lots of for sale signs but few sold signs.  An agent who gets results is what you want. 5.) Why Agents Use Printed Advertising There are two main reasons real estate agents use printed advertisement.  First is to advertise and sell a specific piece of real estate.  Secondly, advertising is used to promote the agent handling the transaction.  By checking the local Sunday real estate ads in your neighborhood and then checking the agents website, you can find the agents who may specialize in your particular neighborhood.  Contact the agent and inquire about their expertise and ask any other relative questions you may have. 6.) Seeking Recommendations from Other Real Estate Professionals Ask around and seek out other real estate agents for a referral.  Most agents are happy to refer a buyer or seller to another associate, if the service you require is not a specialty they can provide.  Some agents only specialize in resale property, while others work predominantly with the sale of new homes.  Other agents work exclusively with commercial or investment properties.  Mortgage brokers are a great resource for agent referrals; many brokers have first-hand knowledge and can point you in the direction of a topquality real estate agent and remember professionals tend to refer like-minded peers. There is also typically a referral fee involved for the referring professional so be careful that they refer you to the best Agent not the one that pays the highest referral fee.

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Products To Love In May New Book Gives Advice for People On the Move... How to Move Without Losing Your Mind or the Remote Control takes a personal and humorous look at the trials of moving with some practical helps from someone who has been there, done that bringing some much-needed laughter to a stressful and tense situation, as well as providing creative ideas and insights. If you re moving, or about to move, this book will be an indispensable guide, paying for itself many times over while bringing a chuckle along the way! Please click here for more information.

A great gift for mothers, grandmothers, sisters, godmothers and aunties, this touching sterling silver heart-shaped locket features a loving mother-figure and child at the clasp area to serve as a reminder of those held closest to the heart. The filigree detailing on the locket allows the included Swarovski crystal birthstones to shine through. Lovely locket measures 1 inch L x 1 inch W and can display 12 to 15 birthstones, far more than the average mother's locket. NOTE: only 12 Swarovski crystal birthstones come included with the locket. The locket comes ready to wear on a 24 inch L sterling silver chain. Our jewelry is proudly made in America with US and imported parts. We do our part for the environment by crafting our jewelry from recycled genuine .925 sterling silver. Loving Family GIFT BOX is made in China.Please click here for more information.

After years of incredibly bad dates, Charlie (Jennifer Lopez) thinks she's met the perfect man...until she meets his possessive and merciless mother! Jane Fonda returns to Hollywood to play the worst mother-in-law ever who will do everything she can to break up the happy couple! Please click here for more information.

Products To Love In May

Bring spring into the life of someone you love this Easter! Shower someone special with 75 fresh blooms, straight from your favorite garden. Soft hues of daisy poms mixed with mini carnations, asters and alstroemeria make the perfect bouquet. Please click here for more information.

Medium Moving boxes (10-Pack) Top Seller - This bundle is the workhorse of any move! Quantity: 10 medium moving boxes. Pro Quality Certified 32 ECT Quality - 65 lbs. Maximum Gross Weight Capacity Made In The USA. Size: 18" x 14" x 12". Ideal for packing most household items including books, kitchenware, clothes, linens, small appliances, toys and more Please click here for more information.

Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker Eau De Parfum Spray 3.4 oz for Women Lovely is the latest from Coty, a Sarah Jessica Parker fragrance for women, this gorgeous perfume is a beautiful blend of mandarin, rosewood, lavender, apple martini and bergamot. The heart is of orchid, patchouli and finishes off to cedar, white amber, woods and musk. Please click here for more information.

City Spotlight

Jekyll Island, GA

If you have Georgia on your mind, or in particular, a historic and scenic slice of Georgia with enough activities to keep you and your family busy for the duration of a satisfying holiday, then consider a trip down to Jekyll Island. Located in the southwest corner along the Atlantic coast, this jewel of a place holds its own along with the rest of the charming and ideal vacation locations in this area. Known specifically for a colorful history that includes mention of Native Americans, English colonization, French ownership, and a group of wealthy landowners know as the Jekyll Island Club, it is now largely designated as a historical landmark district, and can be toured and explored in order to uncover all the influences and hidden personality quirks that make it so rich today. The district can be investigated on one’s own, or guided tours are available to fill you in on all the details. If affluence and high society interest you, the gilded era, which found the island inhabited by the country’s elite during the winters, can be revisited by means of museums and shuttles that navigate through what is known as “Millionaire Village.” Restored cottages will allow you see how the lucky ones lived, and the well-educated tour guides will tell you all about the customs and habits of this fascinatingly out-of-theordinary group of people. If you’re here for the beaches, you’ll have ten miles of shell-filled, peaceful coastline at your disposal. Lounging in the sun and swimming away the afternoon are the perfect pursuits for a Jekyll Island vacation, so be sure to properly appreciate the gifts of this barrier island. It is also designated an “Important Birding Area” by the Georgia Audubon Societies, so keep your eyes open for any number of exotic and migrating species that may be sitting in the trees or searching the surf for their next meal. To get up close and personal to the salt marshes and estuaries, take a plunge and rent a kayak or a canoe. Guided tours will point out all the sights of this interesting ecosystem, but don’t be afraid to head out on your own for a peaceful adventure filled with unfamiliar yet inviting glimpses of a whole new world. The Tidelands Nature Center will allow you to further acquaint yourself with the marine life, particularly the shy creatures like

alligators, snakes, sea turtles, and hermit crabs. Wandering the dunes, chartering a sail boat, and heading out on horse back are a few more ways to see the untrammeled beauty of this protected island. You won’t necessarily feel like you’re out in the wilderness every second of the day, however, being that there are plenty of golf courses, tennis courts, and shopping opportunities to keep you busy in a different way. Expansive greens, clay surfaces, and antique and specialty stores distinguish Jekyll Island from so many other tourist traps, a feature you’ll come to appreciate more and more as your stay goes on. Twenty miles of paved bicycle paths make for another fun and healthy way to spend your day. They can be rented or brought from home, either way making for a fresh-air filled and family-oriented means of transporting yourselves from one end of the island to another, perhaps stopping for a picnic at your halfway point. A water park will further please the kiddies (and the young at heart) and if you’re up for day trips, consider traipsing over to one of the other vacation hotspots. St. Simons Island, Darien, St. Mary’s, Cumberland, and others would all be worth a look, so if the wandering spirit overtakes you, go for it, and still be home in time for supper. A number of special events will further entice you to get out and enjoy the view from Jekyll Island, so hopefully your stay here will correspond with a fun celebration or gathering. The annual Beach Music Festival is a big one, and organized turtle and hatchling walks are frequent occurrences that illustrate the lives of the island’s precious wildlife while educating the public as well. It’s a vacation all year round here, so you’ll surely feel like making merry no matter what the season. Finally, to top it all off, consider renting a vacation property for your Jekyll Island holiday. The amenities and conveniences of a beach home or poolside condo are unrivaled, and we all know that things just go better when everyone has enough space. Set yourself up for success and earn the praise of your fellow travelers by going online to reserve a Jekyll Island Vacation Rental that will complete your Georgia getaway. Written by Caitlin Moore, Courtesy of

DIY Project - May Tin Can Treats

Tin Can Treats Supplies: canned fruit with tab tops, suggested size 7-8oz candies for filling tissue paper hot glue gun decorative paper ribbon 1. Use a can opener to remove bottom (non-tab top side) of can, but leave it attached at one point. 2. Wash cans thoroughly and dry completely. 3.  Fill with candies/treats/trinkets, leaving about 1/2 inch space at top. 4.  Fill remaining space with tissue paper. 5.  Use glue gun to secure lid back to can and let dry completely. 6.  Measure a strip of decorative paper the same height as can.  Wrap around the can and secure with tape or glue. 7.  Tie decorative ribbons through the tab on top of can. 8.  Attach tag if desired. Courtesy of

Businesses That Make A Difference

Target Corporation is consistently ranked as one of the most philanthropic companies in the US. It

ranked #11 in Fortune Magazine's "Top 20 Most Admired Companies" for 2007, largely in part to the donation efforts of the company as a whole. Target donates around 5 percent of its pre-tax operating profit; it gives over $3 million a week to the communities in which it operates. It also gives a percentage of charges from its Target Visa to schools designated by the cardholders. To date, Target has given over $150 million to schools across the United States through this program.

During disasters, Target has been a major benefactor for relief efforts.

Further evidence of Target's philanthropy can be found in the Target House complex in Memphis, Tennessee, a long-term housing solution for families of patients at the city's St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The corporation led the way with more than $27 million in donations, which made available 96 fully furnished apartments for families needing to stay at St. Jude over 90 days.

Target provided monetary and product donations during the September 11 attacks; it also donated money for relief efforts for the 2004 tsunami in South Asia and donated $1.5 million (U.S.) to the American Red Cross in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It also allowed its store properties in the affected area to be used as command centers for relief organizations. It also donated supplies such as water and bug spray. Check out to find out more.

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day-the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico-which is celebrated on September 16. Events tied to Cinco de Mayo also occur outside Mexico and the United States. As in the United States, celebrations elsewhere also emphasize Mexican cuisine, culture and music. For example, Windsor, Ontario, holds an American-style "Cinco de Mayo Street Festival", some Canadian pubs play Mexican music and serve Mexican food and drink, and a sky-diving club near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, holds a Cinco de Mayo skydiving event, In the Cayman Islands, in the Caribbean, there is an annual Cinco de Mayo air guitar competition. and at Montego Bay, Jamaica, there is a Cinco de Mayo celebration. The city of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, holds an annual Mexican Festival to honor the day, and celebrations are held in London and New Zealand. American-style celebrations of the day can also be found in Paris. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Tokyo, Japan in Yoyogi Park Event Space as a celebration of all the Americas and not just Mexican culture.

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