Tuesday, January 3, 2012
According to a recent report, 21 percent of holiday shoppers said they planned on buying gifts from their smartphones. Were you one of them?
If you used your smartphone, or deals you found on Twitter or Facebook, to shop this holiday season, you were not alone. According to Deloitte, a national auditing firm with offices in Detroit, Midland, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, 21 percent of holiday shoppers said they planned on buying something from their smartphone in 2011. Meanwhile, according to ComScore Inc., which tracks digital business analytics, 91.4 million people in the United States owned smartphones during the last three months of 2011 and of that number, those access social networking sites or blogs jumped to 33 percent of total smartphone users. Downloadeded applications, such as apps, were used by 44 percent of smartphone users. This trend isn't new to …
Monday, January 2, 2012
It's about time to take down those holiday decorations, so here's how to do it safely and without burning down the house.
Looking to get rid of that Christmas tree now that the holidays are over? Don't leave it leaning against your garage until April Fool's Day (it is a fire hazard, after all). Here's all you need to know about recycling those Douglas firs and Scotch pines, as well as safely putting your holiday decorations into storage. If you live in the city, Birmingham waste management services will pick up your tree Jan. 2-13. Simply leave your tree on the curb, but don't be surprised if the trash man leaves your tree behind. According to the city's website, a separate service is used to dispose of Christmas trees, so collection may not be at the same time your trash is picked up. The trees will be ground into wood chips and compost, so make sure to …
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Today's not the only day people around the world celebrate New Year's. From the Chinese New Year to Ethiopian New Year, here's five celebrations that don't occur on Jan. 1.
Although most of us in western culture celebrate New Year's day on the first official day of the Gregorian calendar — Jan. 1 — there are many different unique dates to celebrate New Year around the world. Here are five of them:
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Sort through the myths and remedies for a night of partying.
Are you actually thinking ahead about how much you want to have fun tonight but don't want to get a hangover? Or maybe you partied a little too much last night and now you have a whopper of a hangover. What to do? Let's start with how to ward off a hangover in the first place. The best advice, of course, is don't drink any alcohol or stay out late. That's the first thing. But if you do intend to drink and ring in the New Year, Henry Ford also offers tips on preventing a hangover: Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital Emergency Center Dr. Edward Walton is a big fan of drinking a lot of water and eating hardy foods to keep a nasty hangover away. "You should make sure that you don’t drink on an empty stomach and if you are drinking, try to have a glass…
Of 24 finalists in the holiday lights contest, one will earn $100,000 for their public school district.
The local winners of the Deck the House holiday lights contest have been narrowed down to 24 national finalists, eligible to win a $100,000 donation for their public school district. Although there are no Michigan homes in the final pool of 24, we celebrate the local winners, including: To vote for one of the homes competing nationally to win a $100,000 donation for their lucky public school district, visit www.deckthehouse.patch.com/entries. A special thank you to everyone who entered and/or voted. You've made our dark nights more festive and "oooh-worthy" this holiday season. National voting continues through 9 p.m. ET Jan. 8.
Scattered showers and gusty winds are expected most of the day Sunday.
Heading out to celebrate the New Year this weekend? Make sure to bring a windbreaker, along with your party hat, before you head out the door. According to the National Weather Service, Saturday's forecast calls for partly sunny skies, with a high near 36 degrees. Winds will be between 8 and 11 miles per hour, coming out of the northwest. On New Year's Eve night, temperatures will dip down to 34 degrees under mostly cloudy skies, according to the forecasting agency. On New Year's Day, things turn a little wetter. The NWS forecast calls for scattered rain and snow showers before 1 p.m., then scattered snow showers the rest of the day. The skies will be cloudy, with a high near 40 degrees. Take a windbreaker if you head out though; wind …
Tips from a Matt Prentice restaurants expert on everything picking the right glassware to serving it at just the right temperature.
Ready for New Year's Eve? Eric Djordjevic, chief operating officer of Matt Prentice Restaurant Group, has a five Champagn tips and tips for party-givers and partygoers: By "clean" I don't mean free of dirt and debris, but instead free of soap residue, as many liquid detergents don't rinse off completely. Aside from imparting undesired lemon and lavender scents in your wine, they will cause Champagne to go flat faster or prevent your wine from adhering to the glass and releasing aromatic qualities. Tip: For hard to clean decanters use a nonscented denture cleaner. After a little soak and good rinse, your crystal is good as new. Each wine has various qualities and aromas; science has proven that these molecular compounds release …
Fitness experts, business coaches, entrepreneurs and others weigh in with New Year's resolutions and tips on how to make them stick.
A quick survey around town reveals some intriguing 2012 promises and resolutions that may inspire you to make a few of your own. Before we checked in with various area residents on their New Year’s resolutions suggestions, we received some insights from motivational coach Steve Frank of evolution360° in Birmingham, and fitness coach Ryanne Moroschan of Sola Life & Fitness, Beaumont Health System's medically based fitness center in Rochester Hills. As founder and “chief motivational officer” of evolution360°, Frank works as a personal and business coach. He helps clients with goal setting, work-life balance, transition, leadership and team dynamics. “For this new year, consider making only one resolution: Resolve to set clear, actionable …
Friday, December 30, 2011
We've got your movie times at the Palladium 12 and Birmingham 8 for Friday through Sunday.
Looking to take in a movie this weekend? There will be fewer showtimes on Saturday in honor of New Year's Eve at both the Palladium 12 and Birmingham 8, but if you want to get in the spirit of the season, there's no better time to catch New Year's Eve. Friday Film Rating Showtimes (p.m. unless otherwise noted) Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked G 11 a.m.; 12:30; 2; 3:05; 4:20; 5:15; 6:45; 10:30 Hugo PG 2:15 J. Edgar R 1:30 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol PG-13 11:30 a.m.; 1:15; 3; 4:15; 5:15; 6:15; 7:30; 8:30; 9:30; 10:45; 11:40 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows PG-13 11:45 a.m.; 2:45; 4:30; 5:45; 7:20; 8:45; 10:15; 11:45 The Adventures of Tintin PG 11:15 a.m. The Adventures of Tintin 3D PG 12:45; 3:30; 6:15; 9; 11:35 The Darkest …
Whether you're staying at home, partying in in town or somewhere else, we want to know what Birmingham will be up to on the last night of 2011.
There's a lot going on in Birmingham, and throughout Metro Detroit, this New Year's Eve. xxx>what's going on<xxx Or, perhaps it's more your speed to stay home. Will you be watching Dick Clark's Rocking New Year's Eve in your pajamas, or will you be hosting your own party complete with streamers, party hats and more. So you tell us: what will you be up this New Year's Eve?