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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! 

Easy Halloween Crafts – Video (GDGC)

Fun and easy Halloween crafts to do with the kids! If I can do them, YOU can certainly do them too! :)  

Kid-Friendly Halloween! (Product List – GDGC)

Ghosts, Goblins, and Witches…Oh My! It’s that time of year, again…..Halloween! 

Where kids get dressed up, the house gets ‘creeped out’ and, it seems, the scarier the better! 

Halloween seems to truly be a kid’s holiday – so, make sure to include them in the festivities!

Alternatives to Pumpkin Carving

If you are like me, I cannot stand pumpkin carving. I have no desire to scoop ‘the guts’ out of a pumpkin and attempt to make some sort of recognizable design with a ‘pumpkin carving kit’, that never seems to carve correctly, without cramping your fingers and leaving you with some blisters. SO, why not come up with some alternative options? I’m in!

We have an 8YO boy who is all about super heroes these days. He received the Captain America Pumpkin “Push Ins” for a birthday gift. Done! It’s adorable! And, why not let your kids be creative by painting a pumpkin or, the newest trend, ‘junkins’, which is where you decorate your pumpkin with things you find around the house. Brilliant! No cost – other than the pumpkin (unless you have your own garden). 

Fabric Pumpkins

Maybe, you don’t want to deal with the ‘real’ pumpkins at all. I can relate to that too. So, why not make fabric pumpkins? Find some  fabric, take a roll of toilet paper (yes, a roll of toilet paper), and wrap the fabric around the toilet paper. Use brown paper for the stem and green felt/pipe cleaners for the leaves. It’s super easy and really cute! And, no one has to know you used toilet paper! 

Food Fun!

This is where I excel when it comes to the holidays – FOOD! Ok, not necessarily MAKING food. But, DEFINITELY eating food! Once again, I turned to my dear friend, Pinterest, for some Halloween food fun! The ideas were endless. But, these were a few that ‘jumped out at us’. 

Mini Marshmallow Ghosts:  Fill skinny plastic pretzel bags (you can find in candy making section of Michael’s, etc) with mini marshmallows. Tie with black ribbon and two eyes and a mouth for a face. Can use black marker, construction paper, or felt. 

Ghost Suckers:  Take your favorite suckers and cover with white fabric. Tie with ribbon and add a face with black marker. 

Bloody Band-Aids: Graham cracker. Place white frosting square in middle of graham cracker. Add red frosting (I used a red frosting writer) to the white square. 

Creepy Q-Tips: Place mini-marshmallow on either end of toothpick. Melt butterscotch chips. Pick one end of toothpicks with marshmallow and dip into melted mixture. Let dry. Will look like Q-tip with ear wax. 

Witch Hats: Fudge stripe cookie placed face down. Place orange frosting in middle of cookie and put a hershey kiss on top of frosting. Press slightly for some frosting to ‘ooze’ around hershey kiss (creating a colored band on the hat). 

And, for a little more decorative flair, serve your goodies in clear bowls/vases and make faces on them too – to create a ghost (when serving ‘white’ food) and a pumpkin (when serving ‘orange’ food).  Make faces from construction paper and/or felt. 

 

Whatever you do, involve the kids (and grandparents too) and have fun! It’s a great way to spend some time together, have a few laughs, and get those ‘creative juices’ flowing! 

We had a blast working on all of our projects – and certainly had some laughs! 

Thank you to my awesome helpers too – our 8 year old, Nicholas, and Grandma Nancy. It was fun to work on all of these with you! 

Happy Halloween! 

 

Resources: 

Pinterest

Target

Michael’s

Hobby Lobby

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