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Holiday Gift Giveaway – Card Cubby

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..the holidays are upon us!

And, why not join in the fun and add to the ‘buzz’ and excitement of the holidays, by offering a few gift giveaways! 

I am very excited about this one….the Card Cubby!

Card Cubby

I raved about this product last year during the holidays, as well as throughout the year. I LOVE it! I have the card cubby and the coupon cubby. Both, are awesome sources of organization for me. Awesome! And, if you know me, you would know this is important! Have you seen my purse? 

You know how every retailer offers ‘reward cards’, ‘loyalty cards’ or whatever they want to call them these days? And, where do you keep them all? I had them shoved in every pocket in my wallet and purse. And, when it came time to find the one I was looking for, do you think I could find it? No! 

Card Cubby

With the Card Cubby, I have all of my ‘loyalty’ and ‘reward’ cards (or whatever you want to call them) in one place. Now, when I go into my purse, I know exactly where to find them. Both, the card and coupon cubby, have been lifesavers over the last few weeks as I try to shop for the holidays. 

There are a wide variety of colors and styles, but, I have to admit, I’m loving the Really Red Croc style. The bright red is easy to see in the car and/or in my purse. As well as, it is a good reminder to live a heart healthy lifestyle. Red is the color of the American Heart Association and the Go Red for Women campaign. (I have a special place in MY heart for his cause.)

So, don’t you want to run out and get one (or two) for yourself? Well, guess what! YOU have the opportunity to enter and win a Really Red Croc Card Cubby too! It’s a perfect gift idea. And, I didn’t say WHO the gift would be for…give to a loved one or keep for yourself! (I won’t tell!) 

The giveaway runs from December 12 – December 17, 2012.

Go to this link and enter for your chance to win! Good luck!

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Surviving the Biggest Shopping Weekend of the Year….

 

The holidays are upon us! Thanksgiving is THIS WEEK! Where does the time go? 

Ok, I’m the first one to tell you that I LOVE turkey day. And, I am thankful for so much. But, I’m not going to lie, Thanksgiving weekend is also about SHOPPING for me. Black Friday! Small Business Saturday! Cyber Monday! I mean, come on, if you can’t find a deal over the weekend, I don’t know WHAT to tell you!

Black Friday can be chaotic and crazy! Small Business Saturday is a great way to show support for local business. And, Cyber Monday is a perfect option to shop from the comfort of your own home. 

But, remember a few things before you grab your wallet this weekend: 

1. Make a List – Who are you buying for and what are you buying.

2. Stick to your Budget – Decide what you can spend per item.

3. Research – There are a ton of websites available to help you search out Black Friday/Cyber Monday steals and deals in addition to the specific store websites. Do your homework ahead of time to insure a great deal! As well as, there are smartphone/computer apps too! 

Websites: TGIBlackFriday.com, TheBlackFriday.com, Bfads.net, CyberMonday2012.com, Dealio.com, CyberMonday.com

Phone/Computer Apps: TGIBlackFriday/TGICyberMonday, Bfads.net, FatWallet.com-Black Friday Deal Finders

4. Beware of ‘Bundles’ – Some stores will ‘bundle’ items together as a way to show savings. Check the price of each item, individually, to insure savings. 

5. Beware of ‘Bait and Switch’ – Some stores will use the ‘doorbuster deals’ to get you in the door and then up sell you on a more expensive item. 

6. Buy the Item you Want/Need – Just because it’s a ‘steal’ in savings doesn’t mean it’s the right item for you. For example, if you are shopping for a TV, most of your ‘doorbuster deals’ are not going to have all the ‘bells and whistles’ that everyone is looking for as their main TV, but, might be good as a secondary TV. It’s a good deal, but, not good for the long term goal. 

7. Refund/Warranty Policies – Be aware of policies that might change due to specific Black Friday/Cyber Monday specials. 

8. Additional Shopping – Just because you saved money on one item doesn’t mean you should ‘over shop’ on unnecessary items. 

9. Be Kind – It is so important to be kind to others on days like this and every day. It can get crazy, but, remember the ‘true reason for the season’. 

Let the turkey be served and the shopping chaos and craziness begin….Happy shopping, everyone! 

Another Designer Goes Target…

Another designer goes Target…I’m beginning to think that will be the new “slang phrase” in the fashion world…”Going Target”! I mean, wow, more and more big name designers are hitting the mass merchants.

Zac Posen is not the first one to do this. There have been many designers that have gone this route following in the foosteps of the pioneer, Isaac Mizrahi.

This particular line by Zac Posen is extremely trendy and very fun! The dress in the pic, for example, is two dresses in one. The ruffled skirt can come off of the dress and then it becomes more of a straight skirt option. How great is that! Designer fashion at affordable prices with an added bonus! Two dresses in one!

What does the world say? Or, better yet, what do, you, fashionistas have to say to the big name designers hitting the mass merchants? My guess is the answer will come out split. I’m actually split on this particular subject.

The majority of me LOVES the fact that big name designers are bringing their fashions to a more practical level. Why not let the masses of the world have access to the same designer fashions as the societal elite? As well as, who wouldn’t love that option with the economy these days. But, the other part of me, the smaller porton, feels like it’s taking away the mystique and mystery of a big name designer label. It takes away from the underlying mystery of WHY so many people covet various designers and how they set goals and dreams for owning certainly pieces of their favorite designer. They have to work for it, because of the high end price tag with the big name designers, the true fashionistas will do what it takes to get their hands on those coveted pieces. Now, by being in the mass markets, are you taking some of that away?

I really do love that more designers are offering high fashion items at more affordable prices. It’s a fun way to follow the trends without emptying your pocketbook.

What do you think? Are you “for” or “against” big name designers hitting the mass merchant stream?

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