Holiday Gift Guide

Dash Through Your List Faster with Our Holiday Gift Guide.
We are a LOCAL magazine and are committed to support local small businesses. Now it’s your turn! This special guide has gift ideas for all the names on your “good list.” Frequenting local shops creates jobs and supports and invests in our communities. Explore these specialty shops & discover deals in our neighborhoods!

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BOUTIQUE – UNIQUE CLOTHING & SPECIALTY GIFTS
Elegant Essentials provides products for after breast surgery from fashionable bras, pajamas, specially engineered clothing (NO BRA NEEDED), extensive line of hats and headwear to jewelry, ornaments, tokens and decorative items, you will find an extensive selection of items. Find your loved ones a special gift while going through their cancer journey or treat yourself to bra fitting and an elegant essential! Gift certificates available.

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Elegant Essentials
5164 Normandy Park Dr., Suite 300, Medina
8510 Mentor Avenue, Mentor
1-800-350-5053 • www.ElegantEssentialsOnline.com

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CROOKED RIVER CENTER
Your place for a one-hour vacation to escape the stress and distractions of everyday life. Step into our beautiful T’ai Chi classroom where a certified T’ai Chi Master leads you thru the meditative motions of this gentle Martial Art. Or, choose a one-hour relaxing and therapeutic massage provided by a licensed professional. Gift Certificates available.

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Crooked River T’ai Chi Center
5921 Broadview Road, Parma
216.410.7645 • www.crookedrivertaichi.com

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A DESTINATION EXPERIENCE, FEATURING DELICIOUS DINING & THREE UNIQUE STORES
It is unsurpassed with the blend of Miss Molly’s TEA ROOM, GIFT SHOP, FASHION BOUTIQUE and MEDINA FUNTASTIC TOYZ, all under one roof! Escape the crazy world we live in and enjoy excellent quality and service at affordable prices in lavishly decorated settings. Events, activities, shopping and dining at these diverse businesses is a special experience for every age and every need. Visit our website for details and rewards and discounts.
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Miss Molly’s Tea Room, Fashion Boutique, Medina Funtastic Toyz
140 W. Washington St., Medina
330.725.6830 • www.missmollys.net

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Looking for the Best Experience?
Give Linda a call to schedule your personal time with Santa in the comfort of her home!

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Linda’s Lenses Photography
440.570.3983 • www.lindaslenses.com

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The Holidays can be a stressful taking a toll on the body, mind and spirit. Acupuncture is a natural, pain free way to ward off the side effects of stress. Shannon Caperton is a licensed and a nationally certified Acupuncturist. Shannon invites you to learn how the gift of Acupuncture can help your loved ones reduce stress, improve sleep, immunity and digestion. Schedule a complimentary consultation for you and a loved one in October/ November and receive a gift from Standard Process.

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Shine Acupuncture and Wellness
20525 Center Ridge Rd #400 • Rocky River

315 West Liberty St • Medina
330.242.5633
Learn about Acupuncture and classes on The Women’s Journal Blog

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Easy “Green” Thanksgiving Ideas

Screen Shot 2017-11-05 at 7.46.32 AMThanksgiving is a time to give thanks and share special moments with family and friends. While the original Thanksgiving might have taken place during a time when food was sparse, today it often involves excessive amounts of food, with more food ending up in the garbage than in guests’ bellies. The United States Department of Agriculture projects that Americans will throw away more than 200 million pounds of edible turkey meat this Thanksgiving holiday, which typically ushers in a period of wastefulness. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says American households produce roughly 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than during the rest of the year.

Reducing waste is a worthy goal year round, but especially during the holiday season. Use fine china and silverware when serving meals instead of disposable plates and utensils. Besides adding a touch of elegance to meals, china and silverware is less wasteful than disposable items. Cloth napkins and other table linens are also more eco-friendly than paper napkins. Decorate using natural items, which can be turned into wreaths and garlands. Vases filled with pine cones and acorns make for beautiful, inexpensive, and festive decorations. Shop locally and organically for poultry and grains whenever possible. Resist the urge to buy more than you need. Skip some of the less-popular dishes that are used only to make the table seem full. Buy a small turkey or think about only serving turkey breasts, which tend to be the most popular cuts of the bird. Use reusable shopping bags to carry items home and reduce waste even further.

Eat by candlelight to reduce energy consumption and turn off lights in other areas of the home that are not in use. Start a new tradition and invite nearby friends and family over for Thanksgiving instead of traveling long distances. According to Use Less Stuff , a resource for eco-conscious men and women, if each family reduced gasoline consumption by one gallon (about 20 miles), they could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one million tons. Send each guest home with some leftovers. Then the refrigerator isn’t left full of items that will end up uneaten. Don’t let recycling fall by the wayside. Remember to recycle all applicable items. Just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean recycling habits should be forgotten. Encourage guests to pitch in by clearly marking recycling bins.

Thanksgiving can be less wasteful without detracting from the enjoyment and true meaning of the holiday—being grateful!

From our Family to Yours, Happy Thanksgiving from The Women’s Journal!

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