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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?

, E

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

 

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!

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.

Image Reborn Foundation

Greetings Breezles,

Last week a couple of my friends attended the Gala for the Image Reborn Foundation and couldn’t stop talking about wonderful the charity is.   The Image Reborn’s Living Beyond Breast Cancer program offers retreats designed and facilitated by a highly professional staff with backgrounds and experience in addressing the special concerns of women with breast cancer. The program includes a women’s support group, education, nutrition, exercise, journaling, massage therapy and rejuvenation time all at no cost.  My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer four years ago, so I was elated to hear about the program and couldn’t wait to tell her.  She signed up immediately and is already planning on attending one of the events.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I find it so amazing there is a program like this for woman who are surviving or have survived breast cancer.  When you are living with a disease like cancer is it so important to look forward to something and a retreat like this gives people something to be excited about.  If you would like to learn more about Image Reborn please visit  Image Reborn.  

I was surprised my mom and I didn’t know this program was available because it is in our own backyard.  I would love to hear what other programs you know about for women who are surviving or have survived breast cancer?

, E

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October is National Rescue Dog Month

Greetings Breezles,

Did you know October is National Rescue Dog Month?  When my husband and I were looking for a dog it was very important to us to rescue because there are so many wonderful dogs who are in need of a forever home.  The local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality, but if you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter you can go online to find a legitimate breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters.  We found Bella at a rescue group in Colorado called Mile High Lab Mission and they were absolutely wonderful to work with.   If you choose to rescue from a specific rescue group make sure to fill out all of the required paperwork as soon as possible because it can take weeks to be approved.  I chose the quote below because dogs have always been a part of my life and I couldn’t wait to bring a dog into our little family.   Bella has helped make our home complete and I couldn’t imagine our life without her. 

What is your favorite dog breed?

, E

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An Exceptional Cocktail For Your Oscar Party

Greetings Breezles,

Are you looking for the perfect cocktail for your Oscar party this Sunday?  During the Sundance Film Festival I was lucky enough to speak with one of the West Coast Brand Ambassadors for Grey Goose and he showed me how to make one of their newest cocktails, the Grey Goose VX Martini Exceptionelle.  Below is a video explaining a little about the Grey Goose VX and directions on how to make this exceptional martini.

 Have you tried Grey Goose VX yet?

, E

 Ingredients:

2.5 oz. Grey Goose VX

Absinthe rinse

Spray of honey water

Garnish or skewer of frozen grapes

Method:

Rinse absinthe in glass, stir VX over ice and strain in martini glass, spray honey water into glass and garnish with frozen grapes peach slice or no garnish at all.

Fifty Shades of Gray

Greetings Breezles,

My husband and I were lucky enough to be a part of a  gorgeous photo shoot with some very talented women.  The photographer, D’arcy Benincosa is working on a series based on real couples and their weddings, so I wore my wedding dress and Mike wore his white suit. When we were married we chose a different color palette, so it was very fun to be styled very differently than our original pictures.  A few photos from this stunning shoot are below, but if you would like to see the entire gallery you can go to Style Me Pretty.

What is your dream wedding?

, E

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 Team:

Photographer: D’arcy Benincosa

Hair and Makeup: April Benincosa at Vintage Rouge

Gown: Augusta Jones, but redesigned by Mary Rino

Styling: Tiffany Blake Fox

Cake: Le Loup Cakery

Flowers: Rachel Osguthorpe

Location: Washington School House Inn in Park City, UT

 

5 Books to Read Before Their Movie Adaptations Hit The Screen

Greetings Breezles,

  You are probably catching up on all of the must see movies before the Oscars this Sunday, but what about all of the amazing books there are to read?  A lot of books are getting movie adaptations in 2015, so I put a list together of 5 books to read before the movies hit the big screen this Spring. 

What movie adaptation are you looking forward to the most?

, E

“In the Heart of the Sea” Coming to Theaters March 13th

“Insurgent” Coming to Theaters March 20th

“Serena” Coming to Theaters March 26th

“The Longest Ride” Coming to Theaters April 10th

“Far From the Madding Crowd” Coming to Theaters May 1st

Infinite Love

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Greetings Breezles,

One of my favorite jewelry designers, Julie Miles just came out with a new collection called Infinite Love and any of these pieces would be a perfect Valentines Day gift for anyone in your life.  Julie says, “The infinity symbol resonates deeply with me because I am a Stage 4 Cancer Survivor. This simple symbol gives me divine hope and inspiration for the endless possibilities in my life. It reminds me that my being is both part of the finite world we understand and also the mysterious infinite realm we struggle to understand yet which we intuitively know exists. It helps me maintain a sense of spiritual love, peace of mind, love of humanity and empowerment in all that I do. Even on those darkest days of the fight for my LIFE, I was reminded by those loops that there is no beginning and end in life, just a vast, sacred continuum of love and energy that radiates forever.”

Sales from each bracelet go directly to a cancer patient in need of financial help for treatment. Support this worthy cause by purchasing an Infinite Love bracelet at just $30.00 or $150.00 for sterling silver.  You can purchase them by visiting or calling Grace Clothiers in Park City, UT.

To share the love this Valentine’s Day Julie and I teamed up to give away 6 infinity bracelets! To enter: 1. Follow both @juliemiles4 and @iamerinevans on Instagram and tag three friends on this photo. Every friend tagged after 3 is an additional entry. 2. Since the infinity bracelet is a sign of hope and inspiration take a photo of what inspires you and make sure to tag #infinityLOVEbracelet.  Winner announced on Monday, February 16th. We can’t wait to see what inspires all of you and good luck!

, E