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Editor Dad: Don’t shy away from a challenge – News – The …

“When things are hard, you should try to do them anyway,” she said. “I want you to think about that.”

As I left for the gym one day, my 4-year-old held me up for a minute. She motioned me closer with her finger.

“Is there something that you don’t like to do?” she said.

“Sure,” I replied, building a list in my head.

“At the gym, I mean,” she continued. “Is there something at the gym that you don’t like to do?”

I nodded.

“Well, even if you don’t want to do it, you still should,” she said.

I told her that was sage advice.

“When things are hard, you should try to do them anyway,” she said. “I want you to think about that.”

I’ve been thinking about it for a few weeks.

When you become a parent, you realize that every moment is a teaching moment. For little kids, like mine, the lessons are as much about safety as anything.

“Don’t eat those berries off of the bush, it’ll make you really sick.”

“Just because it fits in your nose, doesn’t mean you should put it in there.”

Sometimes you wonder how much they really absorb.

When we taught my 2-year-old to put garbage in the trash can, it stuck a little too well. When she started throwing away her dirty dishes, we taught her that not everything goes in the trash can, including the dinnerware.

Everything is so new to them it’s to be expected not all lessons will stick. But you hope they at least are learning the important lessons you are trying to teach them.

I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions because I am terrible at keeping them. Why set your year up for disappointment? Instead, I try to appreciate the valuable lessons I’ve learned in the past year and stick to them. This line of thinking came with my kids, because they see everything. And I realized that my lessons go only as far as my actions.

So I went to the gym and I did push-ups, which I didn’t want to do. And I spent time huffing and puffing on the stair climber, too.

And the next day, I told her about how I put her advice to good use.

She gave me a sticker.

“Good job,” she said. “Don’t worry, Dad, I can teach you all sorts of things.”

David Manley is a husband and father of two. He also is the visual content editor at The Canton Repository. Share your stories with him at david.manley@cantonrep.com and follow him on Twitter: @DaveManley.

 

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Holiday deals of the day include $120 off TV, $50 off Kitchenaid

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but holiday deals can still be found around the internet.

Online retailers are offering new product sales each day leading up to Christmas to help shoppers find the perfect gift for everyone on their list.

Here’s a rundown of some of the top deals for December 1.

Save $120 on a Roku Smart LED TV

 

 

At $169.99, the TCL 32-in. 720p Roku Smart LED TV (2015) model is a great deal for anyone looking for a home entertainment system. A Roku system is built right into the TV, providing access to Netflix, HBO GO and many other  free and subscription based programming services. Amazon’s deal slashes $120 off the regular price. 

$50 off KitchenAid slow cooker

 

Slow cookers are all the rage right now and Amazon has a special on a 6-qt. KitchenAid slow cooker with an easy serve glass lid. Users can program the slow cooker for a delayed start or to use as a normal timer. High, medium and low cooking settings are also available. 

Cannon Fleece Throws for only $2.99

Everyone loves snuggling up with a soft blanket during the holidays and Kmart has Cannon fleece throws for only $2.99 each. Choose from seven winter-themed designs.

Arizona men’s flannel shirts

 

 

Flannel shirts blend comfort and warmth. Whether you like the traditional plaid pattern or want something a little more contemporary in style, JCPenney has some significant savings on Arizona flannel shirts, starting at just $11.99

Colorforms Original 60th Anniversary Edition

 

 

How about a vintage toy for the holidays? Colorforms released a commemorative set just like the original released in 1951. Parents may want to keep this oldie but good for themselves instead of giving it to the kids to unwrap. Amazon is offering the set for $17.99 (55 percent off) through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 1.

30 percent off select clothing at Macy’s

Macy’s is hosting a “friends and family” sale where name brands such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Rachel Roy are 30 percent off. This discount can be used on top of sale prices already offered on many of these items, such as jeans, sweaters, coats and tops. Just use the code FRIEND when checking out your order to redeem the discount.

 

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Interior designer Katie Malik on bringing the outdoors indoors

07:00 31 December 2016

Katie Malik’s recent nature-inspired project

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A house or an apartment? Old or new? These are some of the dilemmas every homeowner faces at some point when making a purchase decision. Some of my clients enjoy the challenge of redecorating and redesigning existing spaces, while others prefer to move into a brand new space which they need to decorate.

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An armchair from Katie Malik’s nature-inspired project

For some, having a blank canvas is indeed a perfect option. However, others need some help with their vision of turning those empty walls into a home.

In one of my very recent projects in central Cambridge, I was asked to turn a monochromatic, brand new one-bed into a colourful, nature-inspired apartment. My client was very specific about colours that were meant to be introduced in furniture and soft furnishings: green and aubergine, which I decided to break with tangerine orange.

The apartment came with a fitted kitchen and bathroom, but we still needed to consider the flow in the space very carefully. First of all, we needed to ensure there was a dining zone, a desk zone and of course a living space which also had to double as a guest area.

We created a lovely breakfast bar which connected perfectly with the kitchen. We used aubergine kitchen accessories and a white bar table was brought to life by four tangerine orange stools which arrived all the way from Italy. We also managed to fit a small desk and two tree-trunk bookcases.

Katie Malik’s recent nature-inspired project

In the living zone, we introduced a sofa bed, which is always a good idea for one-bedroom apartments, a funky armchair, upholstered in a lovely velvet which combined all the colours my client wanted in the apartment.

In the bedroom, as there were no fitted wardrobes, we needed to think about clothes storage and opted for a very classy smoked glass doors wardrobe, which helped us achieve the feeling of spaciousness. We also decided to make a statement with a headboard and had it made in a stunning ombré velvet.

Last but not least, we wanted to create the right impression in the entrance hall. We picked a lovely raw oak bench, a beautiful oak console with drawers and some eye-catching coat hooks made from reclaimed wood. With a few accessories, they created a fantastic nature feel in the entrance hall.

Katie Malik’s recent nature-inspired project

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Getting the most from your cookware

For leading chefs and casual home cooks alike, a little skill and talent goes a long way toward creating each mouthwatering culinary masterpiece. But as many chefs will tell you, the end result is only as good as the tools you use in the kitchen. Pots and pans that have been treated with care are essential for quality cooking.

Not only are scratched and dinged pots and pans unsightly, these blemishes can actually adversely affect your food preparation.

Learn how to keep your cookware in top performing condition with these three tips.

Cook with care. Keeping your pans in good condition starts with how you use them on the stove. While most high-quality pots and pans can withstand a range of temperatures, the threshold may vary for mid-range versions. If you’re not sure, consult the manufacturer’s instructions for specific guidance, but it’s always a good idea to begin heating a pan at a medium heat for better cooking control and to avoid burning.

Also give special care to the utensils you use for handling food within the pans. Opt for wooden or silicone kitchen tools rather than scratch-inducing metal and always avoid using knives.

Clean with care. Proper cleaning for your pots and pans depends upon the material. For example, cast iron and stainless steel should never be soaked, while soaking is perfectly acceptable, even preferable, for ceramic or other coated surfaces.

Avoid harsh scrubbing on coated vessels and forgo soap with cast iron, which is porous enough to absorb it. You should always check if your cookware is dishwasher safe before loading it in for a wash, as sometimes detergents can ruin pots’ finishes. Even if pots are dishwasher safe, best results will often be seen by handwashing first.

Store with care. Stacking pots and pans haphazardly in a drawer or cabinet is a surefire path to scratches and other damage. Look for storage solutions that let you neatly organize your vessels and their matching lids.

A couple of handy options include Revere Copper Confidence Core Stainless Steel Cookware and Revere Clean Pan Hard Anodized Aluminum Non-Stick Cookware. Both of these recently released lines from the cookware brand, include an exclusive patent-pending NestProtect feature.

By updating the functionality of the traditional hanging rings, these interlocking handles elevate your pots and pans above one another to protect the interior and exterior finishes, while storing conveniently and efficiently without scratching.

– Family Features

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These Commandos lift spirits | Indiana | www.journalgazette.net

SOUTH BEND – Cheri Middleton and her late husband, Bill, used to hang Christmas ornaments together on a dogwood tree in their front lawn as a holiday tradition.

This year, Middleton – whose husband died from a heart attack six months ago – couldn’t bring herself to put up the ornaments without him.

The task was unexpectedly done, however, by an anonymous group who visited her home on Christmas Eve.

Along with adorning the tree, Christmas Commandos left behind a large box of gifts and a park bench to warm her spirit.

Middleton had been playing a board game with a neighbor and her mother when she heard lots of noise outside. When she opened the door, she saw several people scrambling from her home and into a handful of vehicles, including a U-Haul truck.

“They all scattered like little thieves in the night,” said the 54-year-old, adding that the first thing she noticed was a small angel statue on her front porch.

Middleton hadn’t previously heard of Christmas Commandos, which visited more than 100 homes across the Michiana area on Christmas Eve to deliver gifts for bereaved families.

Founded in 1998, the group relies on numerous volunteers to buy, wrap and deliver gifts for those who’ve lost loved ones. Names of gift givers, however, are never left behind.

A note left by the group for Middleton states: “We know how difficult it must be for you this Christmas. We want you to know that so many people care about you and that you are never alone.”

The director of Christmas Commandos, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said more than 300 volunteers were involved in the effort this year.

Anonymity has always been important to the group, which tracks down bereaved families on its own and with outside nominations.

“When families receive gifts from us, they wonder who it is that loves them. And their hearts begin to open because they’re letting that love pour into them,” the group’s director said on Monday. “Christmas can be a time where they can’t possibly think of celebrating. But when someone comes in the middle of the night like Santa Claus and brings them things, it helps them open up their hearts and find joy.”

Middleton believes one of her friends nominated her to receive gifts from the group.

Among other things, she received kitchen accessories, including a cutting board and mixing bowl. Those will come in handy because she recently launched a catering business and is taking classes to earn chef certification from Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend.

There were also gifts for her sister, who is partly paralyzed and lives at a local nursing home. Even her dog, Ziggy, was given toys and treats.

Middleton’s mother, Margo Phillips, said her daughter and her husband were best friends who did everything together.

But, she said, the unexpected gifts have helped her daughter find peace, showing her the community cares.

Middleton was married 21 years to her husband, whom she described as a sweet person who was an avid University of Notre Dame football fan.

“I think I was in denial that I was in such a depression and didn’t want anyone to know,” she said. “But this just pushed all the sorrow out and put joy in. I know there are people who love and care about us.”

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House to home: Welcome in a new look – Observer



As much as I enjoy all the festivities and the mad rush of the holiday season, I equally anticipate the much-needed lull that follows in January.



Now is the time to take a breath, return to yoga, roll back the sugar intake and luxuriate in simple, quiet pleasures. I don’t make resolutions per se, as I don’t need the angst of not following up on my promises. In the interior design and decor world, I review the trends that we loved in the past year, look at those that will endure and see what the future holds.



If you are dreaming of decorating during this new year, this month I will be highlighting colors and products that have arrived in full swing on the scene.



We are moving away from bland pastels into darker shades of green that invite the outside in, pink and orange terra cottas, and plum purples. However, white and off-white walls are always in style. A good way to update your decor is by adding a colorful piece of furniture, a painted table and a blast of color through well-placed accessories and lamps that contrast perfectly with a neutral background.



Rather than a change of address, renovating has fast become the chosen path to updating our homes. It may be as simple as repainting some rooms and adding a fresh piece of furniture or art. Larger challenges – expanding kitchens, revamping the bathroom or building an addition – take lots of planning.



An increasing popular request is to create a quiet nook at home where you can go to unplug, read, play with family or just sit. Surround yourself with warm, restful materials, wooden bookshelves and paneling, soft materials on comfy seating, squishy cushions – bean bags are back in fashion in bright, primary school colors and Asian prints. This inviting decor will help you relax and rejuvenate.



Recycling is part of the mainstream now. Salvaged wood is seen everywhere, from dining tables to wall panels, and even lighting. See houzz.com for chandeliers and lamps made with salvaged wood, driftwood and rusted iron.



Leather is a handsome and durable material that transcends trends. However, over the past decade its popularity has expanded from the familiar and tactile den sofa and office chair to include floor tiles and countertops, furniture, wall panels and cabinets – all using recycled leather products. EcoDomo (www.ecodomo.com) is a company that has seen this trend grow.



Their creativity and style with leather tiles and wall panels fashioned from recycled leather remnants is remarkable. They have recently joined Formica with a new product called dECOLeather that is a leather veneer that has all the best qualities of leather – the look, feel and aroma – joined up with the ease of fabrication.



Shown here is a stunning headboard that demonstrates the versatility in design and style. dECOLeather’s Crocodile in ivory and toffee-colored Walrus veneers offer a unique character to the bed. Tradesmen work with dECOLeather in the same way they do with other veneers. Visit www.formica.com and use search word “dECOLeather” to learn more about this trend.



The rosy gold shades of copper are inspiring this year for the bath, kitchen and accessories. You’ll find examples of products that highlight the warm glow of copper on its own, and also paired with marble and glass at williams-sonoma.com. Copper is now the new chrome in kitchen and bathroom fixtures – a trend that will last for many years.



Trends are only a guideline; the best advice is to go with your heart, and enjoy your decorating journey this year and for years to come.



Email your questions to house2home@debbietravis.com.

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800 flip copper pans 2-in-1 cookware for … – Procurement Details

Cherokee Nation Entertainment, LLC, (CNE), a wholly owned tribal company of the Cherokee Nation, is seeking qualified bids for 800 Flip Copper Pans 2-in-1 cookware, see the picture attached. Items should be delivered to zip code 74954, in hands, no later than 1/31/17.

****BIDS DUE NO LATER THAN 3:15 PM ON Thursday, January 5, 2017**** Submit bids to Katrina.blevins@cnent.com OR mail to the attention of Katrina Blevins at 777 West Cherokee St. Catoosa, OK 74015. Proposals MUST include a copy of your TERO Certification, front and back, to qualify for TERO preference.

Please note that winning bid(s) will be published. Cherokee Nation Businesses, LLC (“CNB”) reserves the right to issue one award, multiple awards, or reject all bids; any award is subject to the approval of the required funds. Responding bidders are not allowed to withdraw their bid for a period of 90 days after submittal. At the time of award, the successful bidder(s) will be required to work with the Cherokee Nation Businesses, LLC Accounting department to discuss account coding for invoices. All bids are subject to negotiation prior to award. Awards may be issued without discussion of bid received, and bids should initially be submitted on the most favorable terms from a price and technical standpoint. Any award resulting from this RFP will be subject to CNB Terms and Conditions. Your bid should indicate hourly ($) rate (when applicable), individual work effort, delivery schedule or time of completion. Any item(s) with exceptions, substitutions, exclusions, additions or qualifications must be noted and clearly indicated on return bid. Any request for information concerning bid posting is to be submitted in writing via email to Buyer listed; no verbal communication is to be initiated.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST – In accordance with Cherokee Nation Law, , 28 C.N.C.A. §20 no contractors or subcontractors of any Cherokee Nation entity may contract with any business owned by a first degree relative of any elected official of the Cherokee Nation.

TRIBAL EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS OFFICE – This procurement is subject to Cherokee Nation Tribal Employment Rights Office (“TERO”) regulations that include a fee of ½ of 1% of total contract award and, if applicable, the completion of a TERO Labor Agreement and payment of associated fees. The successful bidder’s award will be published on the Cherokee Nation’s procurement website and their performance will also be measured, recorded, and reported to the Cherokee Nation. The complete Act is available by contacting the TERO OFFICE at Tahlequah 918-453-5000. TERO bidders are required to provide a copy, front and back, of their TERO certificate with return bid(s) and failure to do so will result in such bidders not receiving the TERO preferences afforded TERO bidders under the CNE procurement and contracting policies and procedures.

CHEROKEE NATION GAMING COMMISSION (CNGC) – This requirement may be subject to CNGC policies and procedures. Licensing requirements may be required of the successful vendor(s) to be coordinated with the CNGC. These requirements may include licensing fees as well security and background checks of vendor(s) employees. Current policies and procedures can be found on the Cherokee Nation website or by contacting the CNGC office at 918-207-3834.

BONDING NOTICE – CNB generally requires payment and performance bonds for all construction contracts in excess of $100,000. However, qualified TERO-certified firms are encouraged to bid, regardless of bonding capability.

INSURANCE – CNB generally requires Worker’s Compensation, Commercial and/or Comprehensive General Liability, and Automobile insurance for all awarded bids. Please refer to the Bid Documents for the specific coverages required for this bid.

DEBARMENT – By submitting a response to this Request for Proposal, the Contractor certifies to the best of their knowledge and belief that the Subcontractor, the firm, or any of its principals are not presently debarred, suspended, or proposed for debarment by any federal, state, local or tribal entity. This certification is a material representation of fact upon which reliance was placed when making award. If it is later determined the Subcontractor rendered an erroneous certification, in addition to other remedies available to CNB or its entities, CNB may terminate the contract resulting from this Request for Proposal for default.

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