TGIFractionista-Happy Chinese New Year & Wear Red!

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Xin Nian Kuai Le (shin yen kwi luh) or Happy New Year!

Chinese New Year’s Day is celebrated on Sunday, February 10. Traditionally, the New Year is a time for a succession of family gatherings held at home. Try this link to 26 of the most popular Chinese takeout dishes, and save money by preparing them yourself. Most are  quick and easy, so you can relax afterward by popping in a movie like Year of the Dragon (R), The Last Emperor (PG-13) or Mulan (G). Tipping the chef (instead of the delivery guy) is encouraged!


Bloomingdale’s celebrates Chinese Culture

If you have a hankering for some retail therapy, Bloomingdale’s is hosting some Lunar New Year-themed events at their 59th St., South Coast Plaza, San Francisco Centre, and the Chicago locations, North Michigan Ave. & the Medinah Home store. Through February 10, customers can pick a red envelope with a chance of drawing a special-edition shopping tote, a bMoney gift card valued from $8-888 or other prizes.


Bloomingdale’s will have pop up shops for some apparel and home brands in store. There are a bunch of free activities for adults and kids celebrating traditional Chinese music, dance, folk art, and cuisine. Go here to check out the happenings at the store near you.  I want to snag a limited-edition reusable “Little Red Bag” inspired by Bloomingdale’s iconic brown bag for myself!

Macy’s deals & events for Heart Health Month

Macy’s is offering several ways to support the Go Red for Women initiative, which marks its 10th anniversary this year. If you visit the store and buy a Red Dress pin for $2, you will receive a 20% discount on your purchases. The discount is just 15% for some departments like fine jewelry, but if you haven’t finished your Valentine’s Day shopping, this might work out pretty well for you!red dress pin

If you’re looking to wear something to show your support of Women’s Heart Health, check out The Go Red Shop. The dresses and pendant have reasonable price points, and Macy’s will donate a portion of each sale to the American Heart Association‘s Go Red for Women movement.

If you’re looking for other merchandise to support the cause, try the Go Red for Women online store. Other national sponsors and ways to contribute are at this link. These may not be the most romantic gifts for Valentine’s Day, but they make perfectly thoughtful & practical gifts for your mothers, sisters & others.


And if you’re in Chicago, it’s a busy time for bargain-hunters…


Black History Month events at Chicago Public Library!

The Chicago Public Library is commemorating Black History Month with free events for the whole family. Activities include films, storytelling, crafts, lectures, and author-moderated book discussions. Encourage your 5-12 year old to enter the Poetry or puzzle contest for prizes.

CPLmainniteBookmark this page and support your local branch this month. These wonderful free resources need to be taken advantage of, or budget (and jobs) will be eliminated! Break out of your routine your routine and patronize!



Choice deals on Chicago’s amazing  theatres!

Living Social has two interesting theatrical deals for Black History Month & Chicago Theatre Week, if you haven’t made plans for a special evening yet. The Harold Washington Cultural Center in Bronzeville has performances of “Imitation of Life” at a 50% discount. I love the old movie with Lana Turner, this story should make for great live theater!livnscllgo

If you want to treat your kids to some culture, half-price vouchers for “Bud, Not Buddy” at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts are available for February 15-18. It is based on the Newberry-Award winning book of the same name, a perennial pick by Children’s Literature experts.

****Remember, there’s still time to enjoy the Chicago Park District & Chicago Restaurant Week events that I hyped in last week’s edition!


  1. John says:

    I actually was there for this event. It was a fun time! I often take my daughter to the Conservatory and it was unusual to see so many people there. It was great and I highly recommend people to check out this gem!

  2. Marie says:

    Great low-cost ideas since I’m saving for Valentine’s Day!!

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