73. Seven Easy Exercises to Raise Financially Aware Kids

Raising Financially Aware Kids with Barrington Wealth Management

Money matters… no matter your age.  That is why David Andrews and Ed Scoby of Barrington Wealth Management say it is never too early to start teaching children about watching their dollars and cents.

Raising Financially Aware Kids with Barrington Wealth Management
Raising Financially Aware Kids with Barrington Wealth Management

After many years working as investment advisers and financial planners with larger firms, David and Ed joined Barrington Wealth Management as partners in 2010 where they help clients create, preserve and pass-on substantial wealth, using a global toolkit with a local focus.  But their brand of building wealth is based on building relationships; with businesses, with families and with individuals of all ages.

To help parents tackle important money topics with their children, the partners of Barrington Wealth Management are inviting adults to an upcoming free seminar offering smart & simple strategies for teaching kids to appreciate the value of money.

Ed Scoby, CFP®, and David Andrews, MBA, CFP®, at Barrington Wealth Management
Ed Scoby, CFP®, and David Andrews, MBA, CFP®, at Barrington Wealth Management

The seminar is inspired by the award-winning book, Yes You Can Raise Financially Aware Kids, by Jack Johnathan.  It is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. upstairs at Makray Memorial Golf Club, 1010 S. Northwest Highway in Barrington.

While the program is for parents and grandparents, they’ll be concentrating on how to discuss money matters in a meaningful way with children ages 3 to 18.

Post - Yes You Can Raise Financially Aware KidsThey’ll also be joined by Casey McCarthy from American Century Investments to discuss a number of topics which include:

Should we give our children an allowance?

How do we help them make wise spending decisions and create savings goals?

At what age should they have access to a credit card? 

Ed says, “Kids will learn about money one way or another.  This program is for parents who want to be intentional and proactive about it.”

For a taste of the tips they’ll discuss at the seminar, we asked David and Ed to share a short-list of easy things parents can do daily to help kids develop good money habits.  First, they let us in on a few personal techniques that have worked in their own homes.

David, for example, says he set up his own form of a 401k for his two boys, Graham, who is 15, and Justin, who is 13.  “So if they go out and make 20 dollars babysitting or cutting lawns and they put it in the bank, I match it.”

David Andrews with his Family
David Andrews with his Family

Ed, who has two sons Andrew, 23, and Will, 17, along with an 11-year-old daughter, Bella, says he works hard to make his children stop and think about what they want to spend their money on instead of making impulse purchases.  “For a lot of people — even adults — one of the hardest things is to develop delayed gratification.  But now, if I can get my kids to delay a purchase, to really think about it, I’ve succeeded as a parent.”

Ed Scoby with his Family
Ed Scoby with his Family

 

Beyond these two personal approaches, David and Ed offered 7 Easy Exercises to help kids become more financially aware and responsible…

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38. Marketplace: Say “Oui” to Healthy Winter Skin with Votre Vu

Votre Vu Ambassador, Amanda Hines

Word-of-mouth buzz and a growing number of local fans are causing a new trend in skin care among women of all ages in Barrington.  Last fall, Fox Point mom, Amanda Hines, discovered Votre Vu.  It’s a 4-year-old American company offering a naturally-based, upscale collection of premiere cosmetics and skin care products handcrafted in France.  Their luxury line is more affordably priced than comparable products and Amanda Hines says the results speak for themselves.

Votre Vu Ambassador and Barrington Mom, Amanda Hines
Votre Vu Ambassador, Amanda Hines

Amanda is a Votre Vu Brand Ambassador, sharing the line with others interested in better skincare.  She hosts in-home Votre Vu parties or “soirées”, offering an opportunity for guests to sample and experience the products on their own skin.   “Our goal at Votre Vu is to change peoples’ lives for the better with professional-grade products that promote healthy skin and in turn, a renewed sense of confidence for our customers.”

Votre Vu Brand Ambassador, Amanda Hines, explains the products - Photographed by Julie Linnekin
Votre Vu Brand Ambassador, Amanda Hines, with Clients

Votre Vu offers products for both women and men and all of the company’s skin care is handcrafted in a private lab in France that caters to upscale European spas.

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All Products Developed in France

Amanda says Votre Vu’s skin care is  custom created for effective results using the highest grade of botanicals and highly sought-after marine agents.

Votre Vu Portrait Collar Creme
Votre Vu Portrait Collar Creme

After falling in love with the products herself and the results she noticed with her own skin, Amanda decided she had to share Votre Vu with others.  “I just really love the way the products work.  The line sells itself and the price is very reasonable.”  And Amanda says women in Barrington particularly love that they can couple the skin care options with Votre Vu’s handcrafted line of naturally based French Accents cosmetics.

Amanda Hines Sampling Votre Vu Skincare Line
Amanda Hines Sampling Votre Vu Skincare Line

Votre Vu’s French Accents face basics include a tinted moisturizer, tinted lip and cheek stain, soft eye liner, eyelid smoother, brow definer, mascara, bronzer, powder and brushes.  And the icing on the cake is that Votre Vu donates $1 from every French Accents product purchased to pediatric cancer treatment.

Votre Vu Cosmetics
Votre Vu Cosmetics

To put our best face forward during these last cold and drying days of winter, Amanda says our skin needs nourishment now more than ever.  So she let us in on the four simple steps she recommends for a systematic approach to a more healthy complexion…

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307. Marketplace: A Taste of Italy in Barrington at Frantonio’s Deli & Café

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We have uncovered a delicious option for you if you’re looking for someone to cater your holiday party, your next corporate event or simply your weeknight dinner. It’s Frantonio’s Italian Deli, Café and Catering, a longstanding local restaurant that’s preparing to celebrate 20-years in business in 2013.  The popular lunch and dinner spot on Northwest Highway is owned by Franco and Patti Bruno and has recently increased their dining space, expanded their catering service and are now offering the option to have your order delivered to your doorstep.

Frantonio’s Italian Deli and Cafe – 421 N. Northwest Highway

Frantonio’s food and the man behind the menu, owner and chef Franco Bruno, are among Barrington’s best-kept secrets.

We are excited to welcome Frantonio’s as the most recent member to join the Barrington Online Marketplace here at 365Barrington.com because we feel privileged to share the offerings that await you just a short drive or a phone call away from home.  Franco recently took us behind-the-scenes at Frantonio’s to show us how he creates some of his most popular homemade foods.  We’ll share details and a generous helping of photos in a minute.  But first, in case you’re new to 365Barrington.com, here’s how our Marketplace works..

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At the beginning of each workweek, we introduce you to the latest local businesses, professionals & organizations to join our Barrington Online Marketplace by featuring them here at 365Barrington.com and via our weekly email newsletter. If you’d like to receive those emails, which will also include information about upcoming events in Barrington, just enter your email here and click “Submit”.

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You’ll find the new community resource at 365Barrington.com/Marketplace. To have your business, organization, home or event featured, visit 365Barrington.com/Advertise for more information or call Liz at 847-691-3150.

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Now back to Franco Bruno’s signature brand of convenient, delicious and homemade Italian dining at Frantonio’s in Barrington. The restaurant is a popular spot to grab a quick lunch or dinner in Barrington and their sandwich menu offers an exciting selection of classic Italian subs.  Deciding on one sandwich is the hardest part, with choices like the Buon Appetito, Calabrese, A La Delecto and the popular Magnifico sub, with layers of Prosciutto, homemade mozzarella, basil, tomato and Italian spices. They offer dozens of homemade salads, gourmet meats, pizzas and hot pasta dishes to choose from with friendly counter service and easy seating to ensure hot, homemade meals without a wait.

And, as of recently, they now offer home deliveries of food ordered by phone.  And their catering menu is also extremely popular, especially as the holidays approach….

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297. Marketplace: Fitness for All Ages at CrossFit Barrington

CrossFit Barrington Workout - Courtesy of Julie Linnekin

If a renewed focus on fitness will make your list of new years resolutions for 2013, there’s one guy in Barrington who you should meet.  His name is Brian Niven, he’s one of the owners and a head coach at CrossFit Barrington and he’s the kind of guy you go to when you’re ready to commit to shaping up.

CrossFit Owner Brian Niven with His Dog, Bodie – Courtesy of Julie Linnekin

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program used by many professional athletes, police academies, tactical and military operations teams.  Brian is a Barrington High School graduate who returned to Barrington to start a family after college, grad school and serving as an active duty infantry officer with the U.S Army’s 10th Mountain Division. He was deployed to Iraq for 6 months in 2004 and also served in Afghanistan in 2006 & 2007 before retiring from active duty later that year.

Brian Niven in Afghanistan

“The military gives you a structured way of life.  You’re developing soldiers to survive, to work as a team, to focus on a specific mission, accomplish tasks and get things done.  From a CrossFit standpoint, I’m developing my clients to live a better life through fitness and healthy eating and thinking about their general fitness throughout life.”

Brian Niven Coaching at CrossFit Barrington – Courtesy of Julie Linnekin

We’ll share a few thoughts from members who rave about CrossFit in just a minute, but first, we’re happy to welcome CrossFit Barrington as the newest member to join the Barrington Online Marketplace here at 365Barrington.com.  If you’re new to this website, here’s how the Marketplace works.

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At the beginning of each workweek, we introduce you to the latest local businesses, professionals & organizations to join our Barrington Online Marketplace by featuring them here at 365Barrington.com and via our weekly email newsletter. If you’d like to receive those emails, which will also include information about upcoming events in Barrington, just enter your email here and click “Submit”.

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You’ll find the new community resource at 365Barrington.com/Marketplace. To have your business, organization, home or event featured, visit 365Barrington.com/Advertise for more information or call Liz at 847-691-3150.

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Now back to CrossFit and the gym’s beginnings here in Barrington.  Brian Niven first started training people with CrossFit methods in a gym he built in his home garage.  The business grew and he and his friend, Chris Bluse, opened the area’s only CrossFit training facility at 28066 Commercial Avenue in Lake Barrington in September of 2011.

CrossFit Barrington – 28066 W. Commercial Avenue in Lake Barrington, IL

Brian says their brand of CrossFit is designed for people of all ages and fitness levels…

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283. Marketplace: Dr. Reinhold Llerena on the Power of Prevention

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As we get close to wrapping up 2012, the new year is on the horizon and resolutions are already on our minds.  (Not to rush the season. We still have all of December to indulge!)  But in the coming weeks, we’ll be getting to know more about some of Barrington’s very own experts in health, fitness and fresh starts, starting this week with family physician and Alexian Brothers associate, Dr. Reinhold Llerena.

To learn a little more about Dr. Llerena, we paid him a visit in his office, which is located in a highly traveled spot in town.  It’s right by Barrington’s drive-thru Starbucks on Northwest Highway.

We asked Dr. Llerena for a few tips to a healthy new year and the conversation quickly turned to five health issues that he says can be prevented or more easily managed with early detection.  We’ll get to Dr. Llerena’s list of 5 Most Preventable Diseases in just a minute.

But first, we’re excited to introduce Dr. Llerena as the first medical professional to join the Barrington Online Markplace here at 365Barrington.com. In case you’re new to this website, here’s a quick look at how the Marketplace works…

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At the beginning of each workweek, we introduce you to the latest local businesses, professionals & organizations to join our Barrington Online Marketplace by featuring them here at 365Barrington.com and via our weekly email newsletter. If you’d like to receive those emails, which will also include information about upcoming events in Barrington, just enter your email here and click “Submit”.

Fill out my online form.

You’ll find the new community resource at 365Barrington.com/Marketplace. To have your business, organization, home or event featured, visit 365Barrington.com/Advertise for more information or call Liz at 847-691-3150.

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Now back to our newest Marketplace member.  Dr. Llerena grew up in a household of teachers. Which is probably why, as a family practitioner, it is almost second nature for him to teach his patients how to best take care of themselves to prevent or minimize disease as they age.

“If you are exercising and eat a healthy diet, then keep it up,” said Dr. Llerena. “And see a family doctor every couple of years. After age 50, see your doctor every year because things crop up a lot quicker.”

Dr. Llerena says he takes it hard if a patient he sees regularly comes down with an illness.

“If someone has a heart attack, stroke, an ulcer, or something I know was preventable and I find out they get sick, I take it personally. So, my drive is to make sure people know why they should be having preventative tests, why they should be having certain vaccines.”

Diet and exercise are important to prevention, but Dr. Llerena says so are the appropriate medical tests and checkups.  Here’s what he says are the 5 Most Preventable Diseases More Treatable with Early Detection …

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272. Marketplace: Beer Business Booming at Onion Pub & Brewery

Post - Mike Kainz Behind the Bar at Wild Onion Brewery in Lake Barrington

On the main level, the Onion Pub and Brewery in Lake Barrington has the feel of a traditional English Pub, with giant timbers dating back 250 years overhead in the bar and dining rooms and a burning fireplace warming guests enjoying beers brewed on-site.

Patrons Toast Over Beer at the Onion Pub & Brewery in Lake Barrington – Courtesy of Julie Linnekin

But there are few clues to the scale of the brewing operation going on down below and the plans this 15-year-old, family-owned business has to expand its brewing business.  So we recently took a tour with Brewmaster and owner, Mike Kainz, to find out what’s in the works.

Brewmaster, Mike Kainz, Behind the Bar at Onion Pub & Brewery in Lake Barrington, Courtesy of Julie Linnekin

Mike grew up in Tower Lakes and graduated from Barrington High School in 1983.  He started brewing beer while serving in the Peace Corps in North Africa in his early twenties, where he worked to grow food to feed orphans in Morocco…

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267. Marketplace: Craft Corner Wednesdays with Wool Street & Wild Onion Brewery

Wool Street & Onion Pub & Brewery Owners, Mark Green, Mike & John Kainz - Courtesy of Julie Linnekin

When it comes to the art of brewing, serving and sampling craft beers, there are a few experts on the subject right here in Barrington. The owners of Wool Street Grill & Sports Bar and The Onion Pub & Brewery are teaming up to bring you locally brewed BEER, in a whole new way, on Wednesday nights!

Craft Corner Wednesdays Featuring Wild Onion Brews at Wool Street – Courtesy of Julie Linnekin

Starting this fall, Wool Street is now offering on tap six craft beers currently produced at The Wild Onion Brewery in Lake Barrington, and it gets even better…

Wool Street Bartender Serving Wild Onion Beer on Tap – Courtesy of Julie Linnekin

They’re also hosting a regular “Craft Corner” beer event on the last Wednesday night of each month, featuring locally brewed beers and guest beer experts, like Onion Pub owners, brewers and distributors, Mike and John Kainz.

Wild Onion Brewery Beer Flight at Wool Street – Courtesy of Julie Linnekin

It’s a new partnership that’s all about encouraging us to “drink local” and enjoy locally sourced and locally sold craft beers. “This concept of offering a locally brewed craft beer night with food pairings and education is totally new and unique to Barrington.”…

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