Father’s Day is coming up quickly (Sunday, June 21) and finding activities that dad likes can be challenging. But rest assured there is plenty to do right here in World Golf Village for dad’s big holiday this year. Here are some ideas guaranteed to make his day great!

U.S. Open Week at World Golf Hall of Fame – From Thursday, June 18, to Sunday, June 21, the Hall of Fame is celebrating U.S. Open Week. Go on a scavenger hunt through the Hall of Fame and have your photo taken with the U.S. Open trophy. In addition to its numerous exhibits, the Hall of Fame will also be showing the tournament throughout the museum during regular business hours.

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For Floridians, a pricey electricity bill during the summer is just par for the course. According to the Florida Public Service Commission, the cost to cool your home can increase 12% for each degree setting below 78 degrees. But, there are relatively simple and effective ways to help keep your AC costs down without having to adjust your thermostat at all.

1. Create shade for your roof. Much of the heat that enters your home from the sun comes in via the roof. Planting shady trees around your home will help block out some of that heat. Head to a nursery and find some strong 15 or 20 ft. shade trees, and within a few years, your trees will provide your home with significant shade from the hot sun.

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Have you ever painted a room only to find the color is all wrong? Or installed new tile and later wondered what you were thinking? These are the types of mistakes Donna Mancini can help you avoid.

As Designer and Principal of Donna Mancini Staging & Redesign (soon to be Donna Mancini Interiors and Flooring), the design veteran has helped clients evade costly design mistakes and create beautifully exquisite spaces that are tailored to their personalities and functionality needs. She also specializes in staging for homeowners who want to make their homes ready sell.

And now, Donna is preparing to open a new showroom and design center on US1. We recently caught up with Donna to learn more about her business as well as her new showroom.

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Mother’s Day can be hard to plan for…what to do? Where to go? What to buy her? Luckily, this year there is a LOT going on right in our own backyard for the whole family to enjoy. Make this Mother’s Day a “staycation”!

Black and Blue Grill: Did you know Black and Blue Grill just won Best Family Restaurant by the Taste of St. Augustine? They are offering a delicious Mother’s Day menu from noon to 9 pm on Sunday, May 10th. Reservations recommended! Find more information on their Facebook Page.

The King & Bear Clubhouse: Enjoy a Mother’s Day brunch buffet at the King & Bear Clubhouse from 11 am to 3 pm. The buffet includes everything from an omelet station to raspberry glazed salmon and a prime rib carving station! Non-members welcome. Reservations required – (904) 940-6207.

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As Americans, we love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with green beer, wacky shamrock sunglasses, corned beef and festooned parades. But if you are one of the 33.3 million Americans who claim Irish ancestry (or you’re just curious), why not spend this St. Patrick’s Day in a more traditional Irish way? Here are four ways to spend your St. Patty’s Day in the way of the Irish of yesteryear:

 1. Skip the parades and hullabaloo.  For centuries, the Irish honored the patron saint of Ireland St. Patrick by observing March 17 as a holy day with a feast. This included attending mass and gathering for a large family meal. In fact, until the 1970s, many of Ireland’s pubs were closed on St. Patrick’s Day in observance of St. Patrick, who died on March 17, AD 461.

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If you have ever planned a romantic Valentine’s Day date, you’ve probably heard, “Sorry, we’re all booked” more than a few times. Waiting too late to make reservations can make your dining and entertainment options dwindle – fast.

With this year’s Love Day falling on a Saturday, it is especially important to put your name in early at the First Coast’s most popular Valentine’s Day destinations. Here are some popular reservation-only options that are running fantastic V-day specials. Reserve your spot today!

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15

Your Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by: Cathy Eng in Tips
 

At this point in the holiday season, most of us have scoured the outlets and trekked through the Jacksonville malls in search of great holiday gifts. We’ve also passed the internet shopping window in which we are guaranteed to receive our orders by Christmas.

So what are we to do for those last few people on our list that are just too difficult to shop for? No need for resorting to the gift card rack at Walgreens for your last-minute gifts. Here are some ideas for people with all types of interests!

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Winston Churchill once said, “Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.” The art of Thanksgiving cooking is certainly no exception.

Mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce (often tin can shaped) and roasted turkey will make their way to most of our tables this Thanksgiving, but there are other equally delicious ways to innovate traditional dishes. Here are some ideas to shake up turkey day for your family!

1. The turkey – reinvented. There are several methods other than roasting to cook a delicious, full flavored turkey. More and more people are freeing up oven space and opting to cook their birds outside through a variety of methods. Here are a few.

Grilled Turkey: For a more casual meal, you can grill your turkey in parts on your outdoor grill. Your bird must be separated into breast halves, leg quarters and wings since they all cook for varying durations, but that saves carving time later.

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Halloween is one of the year’s most fun-filled, candy-coated holidays. It’s always exciting for kids to sift through their bounty after trick-or-treating… and for parents to swipe their favorite fun size candy bars for themselves!

While these treats are positively delicious, I’ve been looking for easy and healthful treat options to keep around that balance the good with the bad. Looking at online resources like Pinterest.com, it’s not hard to find creative and delicious recipes that everyone will love. Here are just a few super easy and healthy options disguised as devilish treats!

Apple Monster Mouths
2 large red or green apples
2 cups peanut butter
1 bag mini marshmallows

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For most of us, investing in our future is a lot like maintaining a healthy diet: we know we should do it and it certainly benefits us long-term, however most of us have room for improvement! Well, much like a personal nutritionist, Charles Schwab‘s investment professionals provide the personalized help to you need to make smart and healthy decisions with your money.

We recently sat down with Jim Gallagher, Manager of the Jacksonville Branch of Charles Schwab, to learn more about the company and how they can help you.

I see you’re located in the St. Johns Town Center. How long has your branch been open? We’ve been in the Town Center for almost three years – the branch opened in December 2011. Through my conversations with clients, I’ve seen first-hand how important it is for people to have local access to actionable investing help and guidance that makes sense for their specific financial goals. Schwab has been an advocate for the individual investor since its founding, and our branch is proud to play that role in Jacksonville.

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