Are you Ready for Black Friday?

Greetings Breezles,

Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year and it can be difficult to navigate your way around the stores to find the best deals, so here are 5 tips to help you take advantage of those once a year sales.  

What have you found to be helpful when shopping on Black Friday?

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1. Make a List. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for loved ones, you will be able to check more items off your list by doing your research and knowing which items you want to purchase ahead of time. 

2. Use Apps to Find the Best Deals. Apps are one of the best features on our smart phones and there are many apps that will be useful on Black Friday.  The best apps I found for Black Friday are TGI Black Friday and Shop Savvy.    

3. Price Match with Prices Online. Many of the chain stores will price match, so why not use stores found on the internet to score the best deals without having to wait for it to ship.  Amazon and Overstock are two online stores where you can find great deals year round and their prices only get better for Black Friday, so use those stores as additional stores to price match.

4. Make a Budget and Stick to It. A lot of people tend to overbuy when there are so many great deals because they think they are saving money, but if you don’t have the money to spend then you are not doing yourself a favor.  Make sure to set a limit to what you want to spend and don’t go over it no matter how good of a deal it is. 

5. Map Out the Stores you Want to go to. After you have made your list of what you would like to purchase make a list of where you would like to buy your gifts.  By making a map of where you want to shop, you can narrow down the time spent at each store, so you will have solid game plan for the day. If you are a coupon er make sure to place them somewhere you won’t forget when you are ready to go shopping.

6. Bring snacks and water. With all of the shopping who has time to go find somewhere to eat?  Don’t forget to stay hydrated and nourished throughout the day by bringing a little snack you can place in your bag or car.  I always like to have a granola bar or piece of fruit in my bag in case I am in a situation where I need a little energy.  

7. Use Credit Cards With Cash Rewards. If you are using credit cards to purchase gifts why not get some type of reward in return?  If you are planning on making big purchases with a credit card go with the one that has the most rewards.

 

Shopping on Black Friday can be fun, but it’s definitely not for everyone. Luckily you can find more deals on Cyber Monday. There’s nothing better than shopping from the comfort of your own home without the hassle of standing in long lines and pushing your way through the crowds. Cyber Monday, which is on December 1st this year has amazing prices as well, so keep an eye out to see if any items on your list go on sale.

Happy Shopping!

 

 

Photo: Neiman Marcus holiday book 2011

 

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A Classic and Easy Stuffing Recipe

Greetings Breezles,

My husband and I are in charge of stuffing and mashed potatoes this year for Thanksgiving dinner, so I came up with a wonderful homemade stuffing recipe that is sure to please everyone. A great thing about stuffing is you can add whatever you want to make it your own, so here is a basic recipe you can add meat, vegetables or fruit to without having to change the directions. 

What do you like to add to your stuffing?

, E

 

Ingredients

1 loaf Whole Grain Bread (you can use gluten free bread if you would like)
1 loaf of White Bread
1/4 cup of Parsley

Olive Oil or Butter

2 Tablespoons of Sage
Salt and Pepper to Taste
2 onions (or 1 large onion)

1 cup of mushrooms

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups chicken broth

 

Directions

Lightly spread each side of the slices of bread with olive oil or butter. Broil the slices of bread until they are slightly brown/toasted.  It took us about 7 minutes for each side. Allow bread to cool completely on a wire rack

 

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After you have boiled the bread preheat the oven to 325 degrees and begin to cut the bread into small pieces or put into a bag and break it up bread crumbs. Place in bowl with parsley, sage, salt and pepper.

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Cook onions, mushrooms and any other veggies you would like to add until they have softened.  

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Transfer vegetables to bowl with the toasted bread crumbs. Add eggs and chicken stock, and gently toss. Transfer mixture to a buttered shallow baking dish.

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Bake, covered, in middle of oven for 30 minutes at 325 degrees. To brown the stuffing, uncover and bake for an additional 20 minutes.

 

I hope you find this recipe helpful!

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Thanksgiving Outfit Inspiration

Greetings Breezles,

Whether you’re hosting a low-key Friendsgiving or packing your bags to celebrate with the family, two things are certain: A big meal is imminent, and a festive outfit is in order.  Below is a little outfit inspiration for your Thanksgiving wardrobe. 

What are you going to wear this Thanksgiving?

, E

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10 Gifts For Your Favorite Hostess

Greetings Breezles,

With Thanksgiving about a week away, the holiday party season is officially here.  It is always nice to show your gratitude to your gracious host, but how?  If you’re looking for fun, creative gift ideas for the ladies who host during this festive time I have got you covered.  Below are 10 presents for those who love to entertain.

What is your favorite hostess gift to give?

, E

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Halloween Work Outfit Inspiration

Greetings Breezles,

  Halloween lands on a Monday this year, so many people are working.  I love holidays and like to be festive, but not go overboard.  Below is a little outfit inspiration for when you are working on Halloween.

Are you allowed to wear a costume to work on Halloween?  If so, what are you going to dress up as?

, E

Halloween

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10 Fun Facts About Halloween

Greetings Breezles,

Many people celebrate Halloween because it’s fun to dress up and ask for candy, but I wanted to know a little more about Halloween and why we celebrate it, so I scoured the web to find some random facts about the creepy holiday.   My 10 favorite facts about Halloween are below.

Do you have a fun fact about Halloween?

, E

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1. Orange and Black are the traditional Halloween colors because orange represents the beginning of the fall harvest and black represents the death of summer.

2. Witches carry broomsticks because older woman who were convicted of witchcraft were usually very poor and could not afford horses, so they needed an aid of walking stick, which was sometimes replaced by a broomstick.

3.  Carving Jack O’ Lanterns originated in Scotland and Ireland.  People would carve scary faces into turnips or potatoes and would place them into windows or door ways to scare away evil spirits. 

4. The name Jack O’ Lantern stems from the story about Stingy Jack and the tricks he played on the Devil.  Soon after Stingy Jack died God would not allow such a person into Heaven and the Devil was still upset about being tricked by Jack, so he would not allow him into Hell.  Instead, he sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”

5.  According to the National Confectioners Association almost three quarters of a trick or treater’s treasure is made up of chocolate

6. Halloween has had many names throughout the ages.  It has been called, All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool Snap-Apple Night, Samhaim and Summer’s End. 

7.  Tootsie rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America

8.  The fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia.  Samhainophobia stems from the word,  Samhain, which was a ceremony held by the ancient Celts to celebrate the end of the harvest season.  Many believed  the dead roamed the earth on Samhain, so they would dress in costumes and leave treats on their front doors to appease the roaming spirits. 

9. Black cats were once believed to protect the powers of witches.

10. Halloween was a day to find your “soulmate”.  In Ireland some would celebrate the holiday by playing romantic fortune telling games that would predict who they were going to marry. Bobbing for apples is one of these games.  Bobbing for apples came about with the combination of the goddess of the fruit tree, Pomona and the pentagram (a Celtic fertility symbol). When an apple is sliced in half, the seeds form a pentagram-like shape and it is thought that the manifestation of such a symbol meant that the apple could be used to determine marriages during this time of year. During the annual celebration, young unmarried people try to bite into an apple floating in water or hanging from a string and the first person to bite into the apple would be the next one to be allowed to marry.

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7 Items You Can Buy To Help Support The Fight Against Breast Cancer

Greetings Breezles,

 While you are shopping for items to fill your closet for Fall why not buy something that also goes towards a great cause?  Below are 7 items that help the fight against breast cancer by having a percentage of their purchase price go towards breast cancer research, education and support.

When buying clothing or accessories does it make a difference to you if some of the purchase price goes towards a good cause or not?

, E

 

Bright Pink Demi // Ivy Cross Body Bag // Pink Lifestyle Set // Layered Gemstone Necklace // Pink Pony Cotton Polo // Sleeper Set // Slip On’s

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Pretty In Pink Outfit Inspiration

Greetings Breezles,

 Have you seen a lot of people wearing pink lately?  It could be because October is breast cancer awareness month and pink is the color for breast cancer awareness.  Wearing the color is an easy way to show your support without saying a word, so I put together an outfit centered around pink.

Do you like to wear a color to support and spread awareness for a type of cancer?  If so, which color?

, E

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