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 [...]

Simplifying Your Child Care Search


The importance of safe, loving, quality child care can never be underestimated. Placing your infant, toddler, preschooler, or older child in the care of someone outside your immediate family may feel like one of the most difficult tasks facing a new parent. Even if you or a partner plan to stay home to care for your [...]

Deciding The Where and What of Your Next Trip

Trip and Event Planning|

With such a wide variety of lodging options available today, such as Airbnb  and Couchsurfing, budget is not necessarily always the deciding factor on where to go on your next vacation. In addition to an array of more affordable choices, mega deals, and specials, like Groupon and LivingSocial, increasingly today’s travelers are planning experiences that offer [...]