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Cocoa Beano Race: Running for Chocolate and giving back to children

I’m a woman who thrives for days on chocolate, a little bit of coffee, de-stressing, and running. It is the perfect balance to creating a healthy lifestyle balanced with some moderation. Personally, I know a lot of people feel the same. How would we get along in our crazy lifestyles without taking a break to embrace our active java and chocolate junkie lifestyles?

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Holiday Downtown Celebrations 2016

This is a magical time leading up to the holidays.  In the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, many of the historic downtown districts decorate for the season and celebrate with events, parades, shopping, fireworks, living windows, and Christmas walks.  Thousands of people come to ring in the holiday season at these events.

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Running on Traditions (Part 3): Cocoa Beano

Next to coffee, what gets you through the day best? Chocolate, of course! As a Pre-K teacher, I’m constantly in the discussion, debating with my co-teachers over who is going to buy the monthly chocolate purchase to save a little of our sanity on those “off days.”  Of course, along with chocolate and coffee, exercise is part of that ultimate combo-pack to boost your overall daily attitude and well-being.

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The Art of Shopping In The Village of East Davenport

Today was a crisp and sunny December afternoon so I decided to head over the I-74 bridge from Illinois into Iowa to do some holiday shopping in the Village of East Davenport. The Village, which was first established in 1851 as a logging town, is a sixty square block district. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

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Shop Local! What Our Bloggers Found

I’m sure you’re aware of how many shopping days until Christmas (9 by the way). This weekend is the last Saturday before Christmas which can be the biggest shopping day of the year.

To give you some local help on where to look (and you won’t have to worry about shipping), here’s where our bloggers liked to shop this past year.

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