Wednesday, December 26, 2012
If you got a new smart phone this holiday season, be sure to add these apps to help make life a little easier while you're on the go around town.
A smartphone makes a great gift for yourself or for someone else. But receiving a smartphone is a bit like buying a pet: the fun parts also come with some work and some adjustments. Downloading apps that make life easier and incorporate local information is like training a puppy. It results in less hassle and more fun. The major difference between a smartphone and your computer is that it’s tough to see the whole Internet on that little screen. Apps are simply ways of displaying something you usually do on your computer’s web browser, but in a simpler and more elegant way that makes sense on a little screen. Each app is represented by a small square icon that you touch once to launch its features and functions, whether it be GPS navigation…
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
We've got travel tips, recipes, and more for all your Christmas Day needs!
Happy Christmas Day University City! Are you looking to go out today? Check out our roundup of what's open today in U City and the Delmar Loop. Are you traveling today? Find the cheapest gas prices in the area here. If you are flying, check out our tips on making it through the airport without losing your mind. After dinner You deserve to put your feet up and watch a movie. We've got info on the newest releases showing in our neighborhood. Remember you can read any of our holiday recipes and other stories by going to University City's Holiday Guide. Have a wonderful and safe holiday!
A few fun holiday video clips celebrating the holidays in University City and the surrounding areas.
Happy holidays! In honor of Christmas, we thought we would share some warm holiday greetings from around University City and its neighbors. The video clips include:
Help us bring $100,000 to a St. Louis area school district by voting in our holiday lights contest.
Patch is holding a national contest to find the best "decked" house, and a St. Louis area home has made the finals! The Dolans, a family in Affton-Shrewsbury Patch, are in the Top 25 of the Deck the House contest, fighting for votes to win the $100,000 grand prize for the Affton School District. VOTE HERE! To win, they'll need your vote! Here are the top five reasons why you should vote right now and every day for the Dolan's dazzling holiday light display: 5. The Dolans won 5th place in the Deck the House contest last year. Being so close to victory has only pushed this family to work harder! 4. The Dolans use so much electricity to power their holiday lights that they added a second electrical service to the house. Otherwise, they couldn…
Monday, December 24, 2012
Hitting the theaters this holiday weekend? See which ones are having opening day between now and Christmas.
The box office is busy this time of year, and several new films are coming to theaters for the Christmas holiday weekend. If you are looking to go out with family and friends around University City, be sure to check listings at the Tivoli Theatre, AMC Esquire 7, Galleria 6 Cinemas or Hi-Pointe Theatre. Patch has a quick round-up of the movies opening in theaters Dec. 21-25. Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes.com and Flixster. This is 40 Release date: December 21 MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, crude humor, pervasive language and some drug material Genre: Comedy Run time: 2 hours, 14 minutes Starring: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow Rotten Tomatoes rating: 62% of critics liked it Zero Dark Thirty Release date: …
Bryan Blasingame, Director of Visual Design, has all the best tips for the holidays.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Monday, December 24, 2012
Information was provided by Butler's Pantry Catering: When hosting friends and family for the holidays, not only do you want to “wow” your guests with the menu, you also want your home to look festive and well-decorated for the season. Butler’s Pantry Director of Visual Design, Brian Blasingame, offers decorating tips for the holidays. For more tips and decorating ideas this season, visit www.butlerspantry.com.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Check out Santa's reindeer in the days before they head out to deliver presents.
Kids can take a peek at Santa's reindeer via a live feed at reindeercam.com. The live camera shows several of Santa's reindeer grazing and hanging out at the North Pole. The reindeer are both male and female. Santa comes out to feed the reindeer everyday at 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. CST until Monday, Dec. 24. In addition, a sign shows a list of children who are on the "Nice" list. Learn more about how to get your name on the nice list here.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Here are ten ways to have fun and spread holiday cheer in Ladue and Frontenac without breaking the bank.
This year’s holiday season can be special for you and your family regardless of your budget. Here are some fun tips for creating new holiday traditions while saving money. Try them out.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Here's a list of some great local items you can purchase for those on your holiday shopping lists.
There is nothing like buying local, supporting the local economy and local businesses. Here are a few gift ideas for this holiday season from a local shop. The products were created here in the Show-Me State. Missouri Mercantile's original location is at St. Louis Outlet Mall in the City of Hazelwood. Missouri Mercantile owner Bill Olwig recently opened a second shop on Main Street in St. Charles.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to answer your questions about shopping and maintaining a budget during the holidays in the latest installment of Ask the Patch Pro.
It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comments section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions. This week we're talking about sticking to a budget for the holiday shopping season. Patch wants to help find the answers to all your questions about wise holiday spending, but we needed a little help. We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts: