The Paulding County home was crowned the best decked house in the U.S. and the winner of $100,000 for local schools.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Is your New Year's resolution to de-stress already stressing you out? Here are some tips to help you unwind.
2013 is less than a week away, and it will bring lots of New Year's resolutions, and the stress of keeping them up along with it. Dr. Megan Hood, a clinical psychologist with an expertise in stress management at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, said trying to attain a more stress-free existence is a pretty popular goal around the holidays and the new year. But staying away from stress is not as simple as making a New Year’s Eve wish. “That tends to be a common goal, a nice broad goal,” Hood said. “But it also tends to be challenging.” Still, Hood has some tips to keep stress at bay. -- TELL US: How do you de-stress? Are you resolving to stress less in 2013?
Monday, December 31, 2012
Stay safe this New Year's when handling sparklers.
The Gwinnett County Fire Department held a demo earlier in December 2012 to show how to safely use fireworks and sparklers this season. According to the department, statistics show that in 2010, there were an estimated 8,600 injuries caused by fireworks treated in the U.S. hospital emergency rooms. While the only type of fireworks legal in Georgia are sparklers, the National Fire Protection Association reports that sparklers can cause serious burn injuries. They burn at about 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and are typically viewed by parents as relatively harmless fireworks for children, according to Gwinnett Fire. Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, Gwinnett Fire Marshal/Assistant Chief Steve Hrustich and Georgia State Fire Marshal …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Here are some ideas on tasty ways to use up your Christmas dinner leftovers.
Santa is back at the North Pole, and he's left a bunch of toys, games and a whole lot of food. Don't let those leftovers go to waste; here are a few quick ideas to use what's left of your holiday feast. For more on this article, visit Peachtree Corners Patch. -- Got any good recipes for leftovers? Share them in the comments below.
Here are just some of the events taking place this weekend in Gwinnett.
Looking for something to do on the final weekend of 2012? Here are the top 10 events taking place this weekend in Gwinnett County: Be sure to check the Suwanee Patch event calendar for more events. Have an event you would like added to the calendar? Click here to post it.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
There are several locations available. Also, volunteers are needed.
Now that Christmas 2012 has come and gone, what to do with that old tree? Rather than just dragging the tree to the curb, why not give it a second life? Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful is asking you to bring your old tannenbaums to their annual "Bring One for the Chipper" tree recycling campaign. From now until January 18, 2013, Gwinnett County residents can take their undecorated Christmas trees to one of several locations for recycling. One location is Sims Lake Park in Suwanee. Click here for other locations across Gwinnett County. On January 26, the collected trees will be taken to Bethesda Park in Lawrenceville, where they will be shredded. Much of the mulch will then be used to help keep Gwinnett County Parks beautiful. Volunteers are …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Be sure to add these apps to help make life a little easier while you're on the go around town.
Did you get a smartphone for Christmas? Receiving a smartphone is a bit like buying a pet: The fun parts also come with some work and some adjustments. Downloading apps that make life easier and incorporate local information is like training a puppy. It results in less hassle and more fun. The major difference between a smartphone and your computer is that it’s tough to see the whole Internet on that little screen. Apps are simply ways of displaying something you usually do on your computer’s web browser, but in a simpler and more elegant way that makes sense on a little screen. Each app is represented by a small square icon that you touch once to launch its features and functions, whether it be GPS navigation, local business listings, …
Monkey bread, breakfast casserole and hash brown casserole are crowd favorites.
Christmas Day 2012 is here. Santa has visited, there have been dinners and parties, and lots of memories have been shared. But what about Christmas morning? You know the time I am talking about. Now I don't know about you, but, as a mom, I don't really like to miss the festivities to play chef in the kitchen. Even if you don't have kids at home, maybe you have out of town guests. You could head to Waffle House on Christmas Day, but, if you want a simple, home cooked breakfast, check out my favorite Christmas morning breakfast recipes below. You can have them all or just your favorite one. Prepare these dishes evening before and pop them in the oven in the morning. Then you'll have the prefect answer when they ask, "What's for breakfast…
Monday, December 24, 2012
Christmas Eve has arrived. Make sure to leave a treat that Santa Claus (and all his helpers) will enjoy.
Christmas Eve is here. If your children are looking forward to a visit from Santa Claus, then they are probably making plans to leave some cookies and milk out for the big guy. This year, why not skip the store-bought cookies and try one of these delicious homemade cookie recipes? Santa -- and everyone else in the family -- will thank you. If you are not sure which one to try, watch the video to see what Santa Claus recommends. CHEWY BROWNIE COOKIES (Taken from Santa’s Favorite Cookies) 1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar 2/3 Crisco stick or 2/3 cup Crisco all vegetable shortening 1 tablespoon water 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon baking soda 2 …
NORAD and Google both offer ways to check on St. Nicholas.
Want to know when Santa Claus will be in Suwanee and Gwinnett? There's a Santa tracker for that. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has you covered. Also, in the digital era, Google will be checking on Santa, too. For more than 50 years, Norad has been tracking Santa around the globe, and a team of volunteers will be back at it on Christmas Eve. "Each and every day throughout the year, all of us here at NORAD work diligently to defend and protect our nations," says Gen. Charles H. Jacoby, Jr. NORAD commander. "It is an honor for us to take one day each year to expand our missions to share goodwill and holiday spirit across the globe through the NORAD Tracks Santa program." -- Will you use Google or NORAD to track Santa? …