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Oh, friends, do I have pictures for you.  Tonight, before Joe and I forced ourselves to go work out because it’s good for us, we stopped at One of a Kind, which is truly a one of a kind shop right next to Barnes and Noble at the Cherry Vale Mall. 

The Christmas Open House at One of a Kind is going to be from 7am to 9 pm on Friday November 23rd, Saturday 8am to 9pm, and Sunday, from 11am to 6pm.

For every $50 you spend, you’re entered into a drawing to win a basket positively stuffed with good schtuff, and if you spend $25, you get to spin for a gumball and if you get the purple one, guess what.  You’ve automatically won a $5 gift card to One of a Kind.

There are tons of things to see at this store.  I will share some pictures:

This is all kinds of aromatic bath salts and lotions.

You should probably have some coffee beans on hand to give your nose a good clearing out so that you can go on to the next thing to sniff.  Trust me, it’s hard to choose between scents.

candles, lovely, good smelling candles.



and you can never have enough jewelry.



Here are some pics of the cutie pie tie dye.  I’m such a poet.

she’s saying, take me home!  I belong on your windowsill where I will watch you wash dishes!

Here are some of Linda’s bottles!

Embellished Accents.  A great addition to your holiday table!
toward the back of the store, where there are bows, bottles, and handmade cards.



Here’s a shot from the back of the store toward the front, with Judy blissfully unaware that she’s having her picture taken.  You’re welcome.

So a big thank you to Judy for letting me come and disrupt her business to snap pics everywhere and ask question after question, all the while exclaiming over all the cuteness that is One of a Kind.
My mother and I will be there on Saturday to begin our Christmas shopping.  Come join us!  See you there!



You can smell the heather and freshly cut grass in the air.  The sun is shining down; the wind is blowing the perfect breeze to ruffle your hair just the littlest bit.  There are ducks and geese in the lake, some with downy babies comically following behind them. 
There are families fishing, people reading on the shores of the lake or on one of the many picnic tables or gazebos.  Many, many people are walking, biking, or rollerblading on the bike path, some with leashed dogs.
Where is this magical place, you ask?
It’s Baumann Park. 
Baumann Park is located at 300 South Walnut in the quaint, charming village of Cherry Valley.  It’s where lots of people go to enjoy the beautiful setting it presents…pretty much any time except winter, although I’m sure you could take some gorgeous pictures and go for a brisk walk in January, too.



Cabin in the Woods.  haha
It’s only about 10 short minutes from Rockford, and actually accessible from a bike path that runs parallel to Harrison Street.
Although you can’t put a boat in the water there, you can fish; the lake is stocked with bluegill, bass, and northern pike.  Be sure to have a fishing license, as there are policemen who actually come by and check. *  There are limits posted here and there so you know what exactly you can take home and fry up.



The Kishwaukee River.  Where I will never be.



On the other side of the bike path is the Kishwaukee River, where throngs of people are found on warm weekends during the summer putting anything that floats in the water and having one heck of a good time.  (author’s note:  I’m not exaggerating about how many people do this…sometimes it’s hard to find a parking spot…and they sure do make it look fun!)
It’s also an extremely popular spot for wedding parties and prom goers alike, due to the picturesque setting. 
Close to the bike path is also a baseball diamond.  For those with small children, there’s also a little playground; sometimes people grill their lunch of hot dogs or hamburgers nearby under the pavilion (which is for rent).  It makes those walking pretty hungry sometimes!
The total picture is really something else.  It is the complete embodiment of summer.  People tubing, the smell of hot dogs on the grill, the sun reflecting on the lake, squawking or singing birds, walking alone, as a couple, or with their dogs, the unbelievably fresh smell in the air…it is so nice.  Visiting this park definitely charges up your batteries as it’s one of the most serene parks this author has ever visited.
Get your pedometer or rollerblades; put on your walking shoes and sun block.  Go shake loose the stress of the day.  Grab some water to bring with you and enjoy the amenities of Baumann Park.  You will be glad you did.
*the police checked on fishing licenses for my daughters once.  They really do check.




It’s probably much, much greener now…2 months later.


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  • Mary Fran Says: Thank you for contributing to Sweeps Week! We make a great team. Maybe we'll collaborate in our next lives? SISTERS! lol :)
  • Mary Fran Says: What's better than a Baby Shower aka Early Baby Birthday Party? Baby's FIRST Birthday Party! (Although it's hard to call them "baby" by one! They grow
  • Ann Jones: I'll have to check it out, thanks for the heads up!

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