Call your girlfriends now and plan to be in downtown Lebanon for the Chocolate Rendezvous on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. Buy a $7 passport at the visitors’ center, then stop at local merchants on St. Louis Street for a chocolate treat until 4 p.m. From 4 to 9 p.m., there will be drink and food specials to keep you shopping. Don’t miss the yummy chocolate truffles at Ahner Florist, 120 W. St. Louis St.
Hop over to Fezziwig’s in O’Fallon on Saturday or Sunday for a Spring Open House. You’ll find new wreaths, terrariums, linens and new gourmet foods, as well as prizes and tastings. Sample honey recipes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, brought to you by the Savannah Bee Co.
Winter hair tricks
I was at Macy’s the other day and talked with a makeup artist working at one of the cosmetic counters. She gave me three amazing hair tricks I have to pass along:
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1. When telltale roots start to show, an emergency coverup is to dab on a small amount of powder eye shadow using a cotton swab. You can figure the best color to use.
2. Use a toothbrush to put errant strands of hair back in place. Mist the bristles with hairspray, then gently brush down any frizzies or flyaways along your hairline or at the top of your head.
3. Are you a bobby pin user? If your hair slips and slides out of them, flip the pins so the wavy side is against your head.
I think of green as the color of spring, not just St. Patrick’s Day. Here are some area businesses with green springing up on their shelves:
At HomeGoods, embossed everyday goblets are $3.99 each, while open-weave, round plastic placemats are four for $7.99. They look like giant flower petals. A set of four rectangular cloth placemats with four coordinating checkered napkins is $9.99. A glazed terracotta casserole with a ruffled edge from Italy is $14.99.
Next door at Hobby Lobby, a large distressed metal wall container with a tall handle, perfect for spring flowers, is $20. A big umbrella in graduated colors from light green to purple is $19.99.
Check the dollar section of Target stores for faux straw fedoras with green bands, each $3. Shamrock headbands are a buck. Hat sizes are small.
No more mess
Living with a cat or dog means dealing with messes. Neater Feeder is a mess-proof pet dish for dogs and cats of all sizes. It separates and contains spilled food and spilled water, keeping floors and walls protected. The feeder comes in various sizes and also sits off the floor so it’s a better way for pets to eat. Look for them at Petco in Fairview Heights with prices from about $24 to $35, depending on size.
Keep on truckin’
I’m not sure why I think hand trucks are necessary items in any home, but I do. Wheelbarrows are nice, but they can’t hold stuff upright, such as a big potted plant I always move outdoors in late spring. Or to take that old cast-iron sink out of the basement. So, when I saw the two-way convertible one at Sears, I saw all kinds of uses for it, vertical (two-wheel) and horizontal (four-wheel). It can hold up to 800 pounds and is made by Milwaukee. It’s on sale at Sears Hardware in Belleville and the mall location in Fairview Heights for $49.99; that’s $30 off. Offer is good through March 31.
Through March 27, The Children’s Place at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights has two deals for you: Make a purchase of $20 and get a $10 Place cash coupon. No limit. Or, buy a gift card and get the same deal.
You have until Sunday to take advantage of the deal at Victoria’s Secret at the mall: Spend $75 (not hard to do on lingerie anywhere) and get a free travel case.