Sarah Hoeft and Echo - Fasions - Summer Travel - Matt Sapaula
Monday, July 25
His and Hers Fashions
The Shops at North Bridge
520 N. Michigan Avenue
The fashions shown are available at:
Nordstrom, Benetton, Forever 21 and The Art of Shaving
Tuesday, July 26
Kendra Thornton - Summer Travel
Beaver Creek, Colorado
Looking to cool off from the summer heat? The RockResort Osprey at Beaver Creek located in Beaver Creek, Colorado provides the cool shelter of the mountains. Now offering their 1.2.3. Let's Tee Off Start package at $274/night in August when you book a three-night stay. The package includes two rounds of golf at the Beaver Creek Golf Club or Red Sky Ranch Golf Club and a welcome amenity of Titleist ProV1 golf balls. Golfers will especially love that golf balls go farther on the drive due to the higher altitude of the Rocky Mountains so a great way to improve your score card. Renowned for extraordinary courses designed by some of the greatest names in golf, you are guaranteed a challenging round, superior facilities and breathtaking views. Package available now through October 9, 2011. Fly from Chicago into Denver for $297 round trip and then take a 2 hour scenic drive through the Rockies up to Beaver Creek. The Osprey also offers the Colorado Mountain Express shuttle service if guests choose not to rent a car. For more information, go to ospreyatbeavercreek.rockresorts.com.
From Apple Vacations, 6 nights at Miramar at Waikiki Beach from $699/person, including round-trip air on Delta. Kids 17 and under stay free. Valid for travel on Tues/Thurs from now through November. If you're looking for an endless amount of adventure, Oahu is the island; plus, the trade winds this time of year make it a comfortable beach destination. Take a submarine tour and see the coral reef and the remains of sunken ships, take a trip to Pearl Harbor and visit the Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri, sail away on a Catamaran and watch the sun set on the Hawaiin coastline, or take a hike and discover the island's lush rainforest. For more information, go to www.applevacations.com or call Royal Travel at 1-800-747-7695.
Mackinac Island, MI
Situated between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan, Mackinac Island offers an oasis of tranquility and temperatures nearly 10 degrees cooler than Chicago this time of year. The Island House is Mackinac's oldest hotel and its Victorian charm, familial atmosphere, and stunning views of the harbor make it a perfect escape. Whether you are golfing at Wawashkamo Golf Club, one of the last links courses in America, taking a tour of the island by horse-drawn carriage, or sailing, it is guaranteed to be enjoyable. Available from August 4-20, the Island House is offering a "Mackinac Summer Saver Package" where guests may stay for just $159/night, and a two-night minimum stay is required. All bookings include discount coupons for ferry tickets, Island shops and dining. Visit www.theislandhouse.com/ to take advantage of this special offer.
With an average high temperature in the low 60s in August because its winter in South America make Uruguay is the perfect place to cool off in August. Located 12 miles northeast of Punta del Este, Jose Ignacio is quickly becoming one of South America's premier destinations thanks to its pristine beaches, rugged landscape and relaxed, bohemian setting. The Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio, located in the countryside of Jose Ignacio, is a 50,000 square foot Spanish colonial hotel offering beautiful suites starting at $500 USD. A self-sustaining property, guests may reside in harmony with the wild horses, ostrich, armadillo, and other native wildlife that roam on the open expanse of property the hotel is situated on. Spend your time watching professional South American polo players or take lessons from the experts, dance until dawn, canoe down the river, kite surf, ride thoroughbred Arabian horses, learn to barbeque like the gauchos, or reenergize with yoga on the terrace overlooking the natural beauty. Playa Vik is accessible via the Punta del Este airport, and air fares are running $1500 round trip out of Chicago. To book your South American retreat, visit www.vikhotels.com.
To book your next vacation, contact Royal Travel & Tours at www.royal-travel.com or 1-800-747-7695.
Matt Sapaula - Financial Tips
Minimize against risks
Use your retirement money in a way that helps you avoid stock market losses. Old 401k plans should be rolled into an IRA. Call former employers and gather all your 401k's.
Good time to refinance home
Interest rates will rise. This is a good time to refinance your house to lock in low interest rates. Contrary to that, use your ira to invest in real estate. The value of real estate may drop, which makes it a good time to buy.
Don't ignore your debt
Work out a plan with creditors.
Begin Personal Financial Pension
Don't count on your employer or Social Security checks to take you to the Promised Land.
Create your own business
Tap into the skills, talents and relationships we have to begin a consulting career or service business, direct sales or home-based enterprise. Not only is it more rewarding, it comes with added tax breaks.
It's a good, but trendy investment. Predictions suggest it will bottom out soon.
Wednesday, July 27
Insects and Bites
Wear light clothing (bugs are drawn to dark colors), don't' wear perfume or heavily scented antiperspirants (they attract mosquitoes and other insects), wear long-sleeved shirts and tuck in your pant legs (doing so will prevent ticks from burrowing their way into your skin.) If you sustain a bug bite, use a bite treatment to alleviate itching and swelling. Over-scratching of insect bites can easily lead to infection, requiring a trip to the hospital.
Make sure you look for a sunscreen that's at least SPF 15 and that protects against both types of rays. If you're unsure if it does, ask your pharmacist or family doctor.
Getting Lost in the Great Outdoors
Survival beings at home. Before you head out the door, make sure you:
Let someone -- a family member/friend/neighbor -- know exactly where you're going. Leave a detailed trip map and date you're due to return. If you don't show up, rescuers will know where to start looking.
Always camp, travel, hike with a friend -- there's strength in numbers, especially if one of you gets hurt.
Get your MacGyver on! -- Carry a survival kit with basic tools for building a fire (fire starter + tinder), navigation (compass) and signaling (rescue whistle and signaling mirror -- one that can be seen from at least 20 miles away)
Observe the 'Rules of Three' -- You can survive three hours in extreme temperatures, three days without water and three weeks without food. Prioritize accordingly -- make sure you carry shelter that reflects and retains body heat (emergency blanket), a means to purify water (water purification tablets or pump), instruments (fully functioning knife) for food gathering.
Don't forget the 'Bear Necessities' of avoiding and surviving Bear Attacks. Bear attacks are increasing in National Parks. Keep a keen eye out for signs of bears -- look for their tracks, bear scat, smell of decaying meat -- and hike elsewhere. Cook food a hundred feet from your campsite. When you're done cooking, store your food in a 'bear bag' and hang it safely from a tree. CARRY PEPPER SPRAY. There has been some success in thwarting bear attacks when people use pepper spray.
Thursday, July 28
Just B Natural
Kendall County Fair
August 6 @ 5:30 p.m.
Friday, July 29