Five Stunning Chicago Restaurants for Your Holiday Party

Trip and Event Planning|

You’ve been tasked with booking a fabulous place for your holiday party and you want to make a great impression. These gorgeous Chicago venues won’t let you down. Avec at 615 W. Randolph Street is a former wine bar that grew into a full service restaurant, but wine still takes the spotlight. Its second floor [...]

Holiday Stress Reducers: A Great Gift for Employees

Business Support, Meaningful Perks|

The holidays can be a wonderful time of year, but let’s face it – there is plenty of stress to go around. Stress is no fun, but it also detracts from employee performance. Start planning now to build in some holiday stress reducers to your end-of-year routine. What causes holiday stress? Some of it is [...]

Supporting Adoptive Families Through The Cradle

Family, Meaningful Perks, Paying it Forward|

SAVING Grace is rolling out a new service that companies can offer their employees during the busy holiday season. Learn more about SAVING Grace’s mobile gift wrapping time-saving perk here. A portion of the proceeds for this service will help support The Cradle, an adoption agency in Evanston, IL, which made a significant impact in [...]

Employee Retention Ideas for HR Managers – Personal Perks Resonate

Business Support, Creative, Meaningful Perks|

You’ve invested time and money in finding, hiring, and training staff. With the labor market tightening in the greater Chicago area, now you need to make sure you keep them. New employee retention ideas that resonate with today’s workforce focus less on tangible “stuff” and more on the personal touch. The good news is [...]

Holiday Gifts in a Jar


There is no better way to gift a convenient meal or treat that is a recipe that has been in the family or one that you enjoy yourself to share with others. I love the concept of jars containing dry ingredients that typically require 2-5 steps in order for the recipient to enjoy in typically [...]

Guilt Free Popsicles


To my mommies, there is a great way to introduce to your children that you can still have a smoothie popsicle without all of the unneeded fillers. Adults can dig in as well as this recipe calls for just three ingredients: banana, almond milk and spinach for all under 40 calories for a 1/3 cup [...]

Paper Invites Make a Return With Custom Options


Paper Invites Make a Return With Custom Options sweet-succulents-cat-image Your special events are unique, so why not make them extraordinary with custom invitations? The development of free services, like Evite in 1998 and later Punchbowl in 2007, have given party planners a simple way to send out instant invites to events without the need for [...]