Last minute ideas for Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day! Do you have plans yet? Even if you don’t have a special Valentine – don’t let that stop you from planning a little fun! Here is a list of some fun ideas that you can do with your loved one, your kids, or your best friend.

  1. Set up a tent indoors. Pop some popcorn. Hang some twinkly lights inside the tent and pretend you are camping under the stars.
  2. Buy Valentine’s Day pajamas. Get comfy and have a lounge fest.
  3. Surprise someone with affirmation sticky notes. Tell them how much they mean to you or what you appreciate about them.
  4. Draw a bath, and throw rose petals in the tub. Just because. I promise – it will make you feel fancy.
  5. Put up a Valentine’s Day tree. This works especially well if you still have your Christmas tree up.
  6. Buy yourself flowers. They don’t have to be roses. Anything will do to brighten up your house.
  7. Make candy jewelry and then eat it.
  8. Have a Valentine’s Day Brunch and invite all your besties.
  9. Make cupcakes and eat them all.
  10. Make chocolate covered strawberries and put them on the cupcakes and then eat them.
  11. Watch old love story movies.
  12. Host a wine tasting.
  13. Make heart shaped pizzas.
  14. Dress up your dogs in cute valentine’s day outfits.
  15. Order the pink drink at Starbucks.

Small Biz 518 – J. Foley Photography

We recently sat down and learned more about J. Foley Photography for our latest Small Biz 518.

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Jeff and Jeanette Foley make up J. Foley Photography (JFP), which is located in Saratoga Springs. They love chasing the once-in-a-lifetime moments of a wedding day together.

JFP has won WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Award for the past five years. The company also was voted Saratoga Photographer of the Year in 2014 (Adirondack-Albany Wedding Association’s Regional Choice Awards), and JFP won the Best of 2009 Portrait Award (Capital Region PhotoCenter).

Jeff has photographed more than 400 weddings, and he also draws from his experience as a freelance photographer for newspapers (Newsday, Albany Times Union). He has made portraits of athletes such as Eli Manning (New York Giants) and musicians such as Matt and Kim.

Jeff said, “This is the only job I’ve had that I have not gotten bored. It’s always challenging. It’s ever-changing. When we meet with clients – it’s not about what we do as photographers – it’s about them.”

Jeff describes his business as a team. He owns the business with his wife Jeanette. The couple also has three kids and they all work together to make the business work. Their son has assisted them on engagement sessions, and their teenage daughter has watched their baby daughter when the couple is working.

Jeff says, “It is really cool to know that we have built something that our kids can participate in, and will hopefully provide for them and their families as well.”

Jeff explains, “Our best days end with somebody giving us a hug at the end of the night, and saying, ‘Thank you for being there. It was like having friends document our wedding.'”

For more information about J. Foley Photography, visit here.

Small Biz 518 – Capital Roots

We recently met with Amy Klein, CEO of Capital Roots.

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Capital Roots started in 1975 as a community service project of Garden Way, the former manufacturer of Troy-Bilt Lawn and Garden Equipment.

Their vision for the future is of a Capital Region where every person has access to fresh, affordable, healthy food.

Today Capital Roots works to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in New York’s Capital Region by organizing community gardens, providing healthy food access, offering nutritional and horticultural education for all ages and coordinating urban greening programs in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga Counties.

Amy explains that the organization really tries to bring healthy food to people who don’t have access to it and they really support local farmers, as about 55% of the food is locally produced.  She says, “The Veggie Mobile serves about 60,000 people per year, and produce is about half the cost of what you can buy it for in the supermarket.” In addition she says, “Capital Roots as a whole will serve about 300,000 people in 2019.”

One of the agency’s programs is the Urban Grow Center, which is a regional food hub where the power of local agriculture is being channeled for the social, economic, and physical benefits of the entire Capital Region.

Through increased and improved produce storage and distribution capacity, the Urban Grow Center enables Capital Roots to supply more people with more food from local farms, improving access to nutritious food in urban areas while helping regional farmers cost-effectively reach new markets. The facility also includes a produce stand which serves a neighborhood without access to fresh food.

Other programs that Capital Roots offers include: Produce Project, Taste Good Series, Farm to School, and Squash Hunger.

Amy says, “There are so many ways to get involved with Capital Roots, whether it be volunteering on the Veggie Mobile, or at the Urban Grow Center, getting involved with our expansion project…We are really the kind of organization that you can really dig in with, and we look forward to have you part of our family.”

For more information on Capital Roots, visit here.

380 Hamilton – New Listing

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