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73. Seven Easy Exercises to Raise Financially Aware Kids

 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.
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.
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.
They’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.”
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.”
 
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

 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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308. Great Gifts of “Warmth” and “Time” at Solisq

 If you’re looking for something unique for the special woman in your life, there’s a brand new vintage inspired jewelry and accessories store in Barrington’s Ice House Mall. It’s called Solisq, and it’s only been open for a few weeks.

You’ll find so many special pieces at Solisq that you’ll be sure to find that great one-of-a-kind gift. “I try to make all of my items in my collection very unique,” says owner Gina Ahn.  “I just try to choose designs that you can’t really find at a mainstream mall.”

We asked Gina what’s one great gift idea for this holiday season and she immediately shared the idea of giving “the gift of warmth” or “the gift of time” with several very creative suggestions, starting with her cashmere scarves.

She says they’re a great way to keep warm and stylish this winter and they’re on special for $34!   “It’s a little pop of color in a luxurious material.”

Solisq carries hats and gloves as well as an array of fashion scarves with varying details featuring a two-sided finish or those that turn into an infinity loop.  “Even though they’re a small item, it’s something you can have with you and always think of the one who gave it to you.  Or if you gift it to yourself, it makes you feel special.”

And as for the gift of time, Gina offered another clever suggestion……

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297. Marketplace: Fitness for All Ages at CrossFit Barrington

 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 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.
“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.”
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”.
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 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.
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

 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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275. Barrington Family Prepares for ACE Hardware Opening Day

 Starting this week, you’ll have fewer excuses to delay finishing those home improvement projects. ACE Hardware opens for business in Barrington at 8 a.m. this Tuesday, November 13. Longtime Barrington resident, John Brown, is opening Barrington’s new ACE Hardware where the Fisher Nuts store used to be on Northwest Highway.  He recently purchased the property to bring a much needed hardware store to the area.
Brown says Barrington’s new ACE will make life easier for local homeowners, tradespeople working in the area and others with projects of all shapes and sizes.  “This is a core hardware store. It will have everything someone expects from a hardware store.”
Barrington’s ACE Hardware will offer 27,000 items in seven major categories……

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