Saturday, February 16, 2013
Gwinnett offered free weddings and vow renewals in Lawrenceville, Ga.
While some couples exchanged gifts on Valentine’s Day, others exchanged vows. Brides and grooms came to the Historic Courthouse in downtown Lawrenceville Thursday to celebrate their love with their families and friends. The free February 14th weddings are now an annual tradition in Gwinnett County. Lionel George and his wife-to-be Caitlyne Tucker of Lawrenceville are full of nervous excitement. The young couple passes the time in the decorated lobby by playing a game together on their Nintendo DS. Caitlyne is wearing a strapless, tea-length dress in white lace. Her something blue is the feathered barrette in her hair. The two dated five years before coming down to the courthouse. “It was time,” said Caitlyne when asked why they decided …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Here's are 10 gifts to steer away from on February 14 -- courtesy of one Patch editor.
So, Valentine's Day is Thursday, but you haven't planned, bought, or made anything special for the one you love? I'm single, so I call this day -- Too-Many-Chocolate-Hearts-in-the-Candy-Shop Day. Or, some other name that means anti-Valentine's Day. What really gets me is that stores have programed so many of us to rush out and buy something, beginning right after the New Year. STOP, just stop right there. Most of these things are cheesy. Even when I had a boyfriend on Valentine's Day, I didn't want those things. So, here's my own personal, don't-shoot-the-messenger advice of things not to do. No. 10 Do NOT buy a teddy bear from the grocery store, the gas station, or dare I say, from some guy selling stuff in a parking lot out of his van. …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Try these tips for your child for Valentine's that are creative and kind to the environment.
Valentine’s Day can be lovely for a sweetheart. But with tons of candy to consume and generic, store-bought cards that will be tossed rather than treasured, it can be a holiday to dread for parents. Here are 10 tips to make your child's 2013 Valentine’s Day celebrations more memorable -- and kinder to the environment. And there are business in Suwanee and Gwinnett that can help. 1) Consider ditching the candy and handing out something small, special and fun. This year, my son will be giving his classmates Ninja pencils and Fuzzy Wuzzy pencils, available from Amazon.com, instead of cheap candy. 2) Make chunky, recycled crayon hearts to give to classmates. Follow directions here, or you can buy them at Lil' Artist Crayon Box. 3) …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Taking a look at how much the average American consumer is expected to spend and what people are expected to buy.
Monday, February 11
A CBS News report says 60 percent of people plan to celebrate Valentine's Day this year. That number comes from the National Retail Federation, which says the average consumer will spend $130, with 51 percent gifting candy, 36.6 percent buying flowers and 19.7 percent springing for jewelry — $4.4 billion worth. The National Retail Federation is the world’s largest retail trade association, which represents retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad. It estimates total Valentine's Day 2013 spending on cards and gifts this year at $18.6 billion. That's with consumers spending $10.5 billion on a significant other, almost $3.8 billion on gifts for other family members -- and even $815 million on pets. -- How much do …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Gwinnett Parks & Recreation Department calendar lists events for families, sweethearts, and senior citizens.
February is filled with Valentine's Day celebrations at Gwinnett Parks everywhere in the county. There are Daddy-Daughter Dances in Suwanee and Norcross, a Family Valentine Dance in Lawrenceville, a romantic Valentine Day Dinner Dance for Sweethearts in Lawrenceville. For senior citizens, there is a Valentine Day Breakfast in Lawrenceville and a Valentine Day Tea, also in Lawrenceville. And a bit later in the month, there’s a family Masquerade Ball in Buford for Mardi Gras. Here are the dates, details and registration links. Art Show · January 2 – February 27· Free! The Buford Artists' Group will gather for a memorable showcase of their finest art works, challenging one another to further express their creativity. George Pierce Park …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Share some love with these heart-shaped treats.
Thursday, February 7
Why settle for a box of chocolates when you can get your Valentine some heart-shaped doughnuts now and cards that will let him or her enjoy more doughnuts late? Through Feb. 14 at the Krispy Kreme stores in Gwinnett, get 12 free Valentine cards -- each redeemable for a free doughnut-- with the purchase of a dozen doughnuts, including the new Krispy Kreme Sprinkled Heart, Valentine Sprinkles and Chocolate Iced Heart doughnuts. -- Is your business doing something for Valentine's Day? Post it in the comments below. "Whether it's a special treat for your sweetheart, or for your BFF, you can't go wrong with a tasty assortment of our heart-shaped and sprinkled doughnuts," said Ron Rupocinski, Krispy Kreme Corporate Chef in a released statement…