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10 Great Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day with Kids

10 Great Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day with Kids

When “married with children,” the lines often blur together between time spent as a couple and time as a family. Occasional date nights made possible by babysitters keep the spark alive, yet sometimes the most outstanding moments lived as a family are the ones that fuel the fire. This treasured time having children at home only lasts so long until the kids grow up and begi... »

Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins: they’re unsightly, sure—but do they constitute a serious condition? Where do they come from? Can you get rid of them? Dr. Hei Jin Chung, MD, FACS, RVT, is a vascular surgeon and vein specialist in Phillipsburg, New Jersey who answered these questions—and many others—about this common condition. Lehigh Valley Marketplace: Dr. Chung, we’ve all heard of “varic... »

Ain’t Nothin’ But A Groundhog

Ain’t Nothin’ But A Groundhog

Groundhog Day is known as February 2: the day an unassuming groundhog has the ability to forecast the next six weeks of weather (and, to many, a classic movie from the ‘90s starring Bill Murray). Although the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club calls it “a day to take everything a little less seriously,” there is surprisingly some logic behind how this annual event started. As Feb... »

Sweet Talk: The Original  Conversational  Candy

Sweet Talk: The Original Conversational Candy

The candy company Necco, or New England Confectionary Company, was founded in Boston in 1847 by a man named Oliver Chase. The first confection candies were in the shape of sea scallops. Instead of messages printed on them, they contained a message inside much like a fortune cookie. Other shapes that made up Necco’s assortment of confection candies included baseballs, horse... »

Best I Ever Had: Pano’s Omelette at Billy’s Downtown Diner

Best I Ever Had: Pano’s Omelette at Billy’s Downtown Diner

Omnivorous omelette fans questing for an ideal form of this classic dish—one that’s both warmly comforting and sufficiently hearty to help power through a busy day—need to tuck into the lead item on the list of Signature Breakfasts at Billy’s Diner. Initially unveiled at the flagship Bethlehem eatery 18 years ago, Pano’s Omelette has achieved cult-level status at all three... »

Where Did The  Heart-Shaped Box Originate?

Where Did The Heart-Shaped Box Originate?

Although Valentine’s Day can be traced back to Roman times, the tradition—or some would argue, requirement—of giving chocolate to a loved one on this holiday is a much more recent idea. Up until the early 1800s, chocolate was primarily consumed as a drink: think hot chocolate. However, at this time Europeans were starting to get over chocolate due to its greasiness, until ... »

10 Reasons to Visit the Christmas City this Holiday Season

10 Reasons to Visit the Christmas City this Holiday Season

Look closely and you’ll find dozens of reasons to visit the Christmas City during the holidays. Here are 10 of our favorites: 1. HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES  From November 23 – December 30, experience the old-world romance of the Christmas season as you enjoy a tour of Bethlehem’s downtown National Historic Landmark District by carriage. historicbethlehem.org/carriage-rides... »

Family Tree Harvest – Celebrating “Famous” Family Recipes

Family Tree Harvest – Celebrating “Famous” Family Recipes

Food informs the narrative of life, and positive emotional memories are forged at the table. The sight, smell, and taste of favorite dishes, whether trotted out for holiday feasts, backyard barbecues, or birthday bashes, serve as enduring connections to the people who prepared them. Recreating the special recipes used by those family members—whether that designation is by ... »

An Honest Approach to Selling Handmade Furniture with HomeSquare Furniture

An Honest Approach to Selling Handmade Furniture with HomeSquare Furniture

Our fathers and grandfathers always seemed to know a quality product when they saw it. Today, despite the amount of information we have at our fingertips, we often know very little about the work and care that goes into the products we buy. And, although most companies opt for increasing productivity or profitability, there are still companies working to put quality and re... »

Books Make Incredible Gifts

Books Make Incredible Gifts

If you are a person of a certain age, then you can remember what it felt like to pick up a book. It was very tactile—you felt the weight of it, and the thickness of the pages. It may have had an interesting book cover, or been on your parents’ nightstand.  Maybe there’s a dog-eared paperback on your bookshelf by J.D. Salinger, Thomas Hardy, or Emily Dickinson that you hang... »

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