Dec 04 2013
10 Ideas for Yankee Swap Gifts
Tis the season for holiday parties which means it's time to break out our thinking caps. Choosing a gift for a yankee swap can be tough since you have to choose something that will appeal to all types of people. Take a look at the list below for help in choosing the perfect gift!
1. iTunes gift card
2. A bottle of wine
3. A holiday movie on DVD
4. Lottery Tickets
5. Coffee (Starbucks & Dunkin' Donuts can be bought by the pound)
6. A holiday ornament
7. A gas card
8. Amazon.com gift card
9. A box of chocolates
10. A car scraper & brush (this always comes in handy in New England)
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Nov 22 2013
Watch the video below to learn how to make your own DIY dry erase board using just 2 materials!
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Nov 20 2013
Thanksgiving is only about a week away and we have you covered when it comes to pulling off a perfect Turkey Day!
Make Sure To Get a Head Count!
It's important to get a firm commitment from those who will be attending your feast. Write down the menu that you plan to feed to your guests (and always plan for leftovers). There’s nothing more embarrassing than running out of food or drink!
Stick with what You Know!
Thanksgiving dinner isn't the right time to try a new oyster stuffing or tofu turkey! Make sure to cook classic foods that your family and friends will recognize and enjoy.
Practice any NEW dishes!
Trying a new recipe for blueberry pie? Test it out this weekend so you can be sure it's worthy of the Thanksgiving Day menu!
People will always ask "what can I bring?" Take them up on their offer and let them prepare some appetizers and desserts so you can take some pressure off of yourself.
Nail Down the Decor!
Start thinking about what dishes, linens, glasses, and silverware you plan to use. As you start to think about this, you’ll know if you need to borrow any of these supplies from a family member or friend. Order any flower arrangements for the tables early!
When in Doubt - Eat Out!
If all fails and the stress is getting to you just pick up the phone and make a reservation. There are plenty of restaurants that would be happy to host you and your family this Thanksgiving!
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Nov 17 2013
I went to Trader Joe's here in Portland ME about two weeks ago to do my regular grocery shop. It was a Tuesday night at 6:15, needless to say it was crazy busy. I almost got run into twice with a cart, someone walked into me because they were on their phone not paying attention. I was frustrated and beyond annoyed. I thought I had everything on my list and then I realized I forgot something. I went back to get what I needed, and as I was walking back up to the registers, I noticed an envelope falling out of someone’s pocket. I started to yell to get their attention. They did not hear me, I left my cart in the aisle ran to the person that dropped it. He was very grateful and said you have no idea how much this means to me, his rent money was in it. The envelope had cash in it and it said rent on the front of the envelope. He kept thanking me and we walked off. I finished shopping and was waiting in line at the register, the man in front of me was telling the cash register attendant what just happened. The man turned around and said, it was you; you were the one that picked up the envelope, and he kept shaking his head and said he just could not believe it. Then they both started clapping, and more people started clapping. It was really nice but I was a little embarrassed and I feel my face on fire. I honestly felt like, is this really happening? It was something you see on TV or in a movie. I left Trader Joe's thinking I made some people believe for just a moment, that there are decent and honest people still out there in the world. There is no greater feeling than that!
Nov 09 2013
The most important day of shopping is almost upon us! BLACK FRIDAY! Throughout history there have been many Black Fridays (as in 1945, Hollywood Black Friday was named after a riot broke out at the gates of the Warner Bros. Studios!) but the one we all know, and maybe love, is happening this month on November 29th.
I have participated in one Black Friday and I personally do not understand the hype. Why spend a wonderful holiday with family and friends stuffing your faces, dozing on the couch, and reminiscing about that one time Grandpa caught his pants on fire, just to end it all to head over to your favorite local store or mall to sit outside and freeeeeze for hours? Now I know some people live for Black Friday; they’ve got it down to an art. They have all the right camping gear, a planned out schedule of what stores to hit and when. Statistically, more people do their shopping on Black Friday than any other day of the year. The amount spent on this momentous day has been steadily climbing over the years.
Check it out:
2007 – $34.6 Billion 2010 - $45 Billion
2008 – $41 Billion 2011 - $52.5 Billion
2009 – $41.2 Billion 2012 - %59.1 Billion
That’s a lot of billions! So yes, I get it. It’s a big deal. But what about Cyber Monday? Now that sounds like more my style! I can stay home, in my pajamas, and snuggled up to my laptop and shop til my fingers bleed! There’s not an official date of the first Cyber Monday, but instead it’s been a trend that retailers have noticed an increase in sales on the Monday after Thanksgiving. (According to Wikipedia, “’The term made its debut on November 28, 2005 in a Shop.org press release entitled 'Cyber Monday Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year’”.) So why the sales are not as high as those of Black Friday, the popularity is increasing nonetheless.
2007 – $733 Million 2010 - $1.028 Billion
2008 – $846 Million 2011 - $1.25 Billion
2009 - $887 Million 2012 - $1.46 Billion
By the way, all my numbers came from Wikipedia as well. Anyway, I think this year I’m going to give Cyber Monday a go. And just think, the more popular the day gets, the more sales and discounts retailers will offer us! So enjoy your Black Friday, but save some of that dough for Cyber Monday!