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3 easy steps to sweeten someone’s Valentine’s Day

VAL-3-easy-stepsCreative gift solutions offer a simple way to show you care

 

(BPT) – Nearly everyone has more than one special person in their life. Whether it’s a neighbor who lets the dog out, the friend who watches the kids in a pinch or a colleague who makes Mondays a little more bearable, loved ones make our days better. A simple thank you or a small thank you gift can go a long way in showing those people just how much you appreciate them.

A recent survey revealed that most people do have multiple “loves” in their lives. In fact, significant others aren’t the only ones who get Valentine’s Day gifts these days. This survey, which was commissioned by Rich Products, a leading provider to foodservice, in-store bakery and retail marketplaces, showed that Valentine’s Day now extends way beyond that one special person. Forty four percent of people said that they purchase gifts for multiple people on Valentine’s Day. When asked to identify their “other loves,” friends were at the top of the list; and surprisingly, among their favorite gifts were fresh baked goods ranging from cookies, cupcakes and other sweet treats. -

So to sweeten your relationships all year round, small thank you gifts are both welcomed and appreciated. And keep in mind it’s not the size of the gift that matters. Survey results show that good things come in small, personalized packages.

Give the gift of deliciousness.

To get started, remember showing your appreciation doesn’t have to be expensive and time consuming. Gifts can be purchased on your weekly (or daily) trip to the grocery store then personalized and decorated with things that you have around the house. You can stock up on these inexpensive supplies at your local craft store.

Here are some simple, low-cost steps to show someone you care:

Step 1: Visit the bakery department in your local grocery store for a variety of fresh and delicious options. From frosted cookies, to cinnamon rolls, cupcakes and doughnuts, you’ll find a treat to please everyone on your list – and there’s no baking involved.

Step 2: Personalize each gift by selecting a baked good and using basic art or wrapping supplies (think ribbon spools and tissue paper leftover from Christmas) that you have around the house to dress up your gifts.

Step 3: Attach a personalized, handwritten note on a piece of construction paper or cardstock. Cut the paper to size, punch a hole to thread a ribbon through and tie it to your gift.

Other ideas for a quick and easy do-it-yourself ways to dress up your gift:

* Homemade gift bags: Cut hearts out of construction paper and glue onto a lunch bag.

* Decorative plates: Find inexpensive, seasonal or colored ceramic plates at your local discount store and wrap with cellophane and a bow.

* Sweet surprise: Grab a small gift box, place some tissue inside, add your selected baked good and tie with a colored bow. Make sure that the baked good is secure in the box. You don’t want it to crumble.

For more simple and creative gifting and packaging ideas, visit the Bakery Because Pinterest board at www.pinterest.com/bakerybecause.

 

 

 

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Christmas Coloring Contest Winners

Winner for  Age Group 3-4 yrs: Paige Metzger age 4 of Cedar Springs

Winner for
Age Group 3-4 yrs:
Paige Metzger
age 4
of Cedar Springs

Winner for  Age Group 5-7 yrs: Grace Olivia Ader age 7 of Sand Lake
Winner for
Age Group 5-7 yrs:
Grace Olivia Ader
age 7
of Sand Lake

Winner for  Age Group 8-10 yrs: Ariana Watkins age 9 of Cedar Springs

Winner for
Age Group 8-10 yrs:
Ariana Watkins
age 9
of Cedar Springs

 

 

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Merry Christmas from The POST

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Santa spotted in Sand Lake

N-Santa-Sand-Lake-Rostic-webOlivia Rostic 2, was all smiles with Santa at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library last Saturday, December 14. Olivia had a lot to share with Santa and told him all about what she wanted for Christmas. To see more Santa photos click here.

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Kids enjoy Sand Lake fun

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Berkley, age 3, and Sullivan Armstrong, 8 months, are shown enjoying the festivities at the Sand Lake VFW Friday night, December 13. They reportedly loved the bounce house, hot wheels track and decorating star cupcakes with their grandma and grandpa Ruth and Donald Armstrong.

 

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Gingerbread houses a hit

N-Gingerbread-webFamilies flocked to the Cedar Springs Public Library last Saturday, December 14, to join in the fun tradition of making gingerbread houses for Christmas.

According Library Director Donna Clark, 107 people came to the library, with 28 children decorating the houses with either parents or grandparents.

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Santa visits Cedar Springs and Sand Lake

Santa heard lots of wishes from boys and girls last  weekend when he visited at both Family Fare in Cedar Springs and the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library.  If you missed him, you can see him at Classic Kelly’s Restaurant on Main Street on Sunday, December 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

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Tour of Lights

There’s nothing like the warm glow of Christmas lights this time of year to give you a good dose of Christmas cheer! Pack up the kids, go for a ride, and enjoy the decorations your friends and neighbors have put up this year. We’re sure you’ll find a few other treasures along the way!

427 Northland Drive, near the corner of South Street and Northland. See the 90-foot evergreen Christmas tree at the Reep family home.

65 E. Muskegon, corner of First and Muskegon Streets. The home of Larry and Audrey Young is a classic home decorated with style.

Downtown Cedar Springs is aglow with lights and decorations on the lampposts and the town Christmas tree is at the corner of Main and Ash.

2207 15 Mile Rd, one block west of Algoma Ave. Nolan Patin, 12, set up a Christmas display to music. Tune your radio to 95.1, and don’t forget to make a donation to him to support the Cedar Springs Historical Museum.

830 19 Mile Rd, Burt and Wanda Drent. Go west on 17 Mile to Algoma, then two miles to 19 Mile, and 2 Miles on 19 Mile to home.

The corner of Beech and Maple Streets in Sand Lake. The display of Bob and Tracey Fitzgerald lights up the whole town! The kids will love it.

The Prairie Run and Pines subdivisions off Pine Street, and the subdivision just off 18 Mile, east of Main Street, all have some great lights.

White’s Winter Wonderland, 14181 Macclain Street, Gowen, has a musical light show you’ll be sure to enjoy.

 

 

 

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Baby’s First Christmas

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Season’s Greetings

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