Small Business/Local Holiday Specials…

There are so many places to go, but, why not ‘shop local’ when and where you can during the biggest holiday shopping weekend of the year! 

A few of my friends, from some of my favorite retailers around town, contacted me to let me know what’s happening in their stores this weekend. Check them out!

Gleeful Peacock Merchantile – 30% off purchases, as well as select items in store. (Check out their online store on Monday for awesome Cyber Monday deals)

Happy First – 20% off purchases plus free shipping. Online only – through Cyber Monday. 

Tawnini – 25% off purchases. Online(facebook) – through Cyber Monday. 

Posh: Special merchandise sales listed on their facebook page.

Saks Fifth Avenue (Tulsa) – 8:00 – noon: 60% off sale merchandise/Spend $100 in beauty – get a $25 Saks gift card

Little Black Dress – Spend $100+, receive 10% off purchase. Spend $250+, receive 15% off purchase. Spend $400+,  receive 25% off purchase.

 Splash-of-Fash: 25% off all bling (Black Friday)

Donna’s Fashions: Buy one, get one at 50% off. (Details on facebook page)

Happy Shopping! For tips on Black Friday, please scroll down for a previous post!

Happy Thanksgiving – and Happy Holidays!


Thanksgiving – Kid Style

The Kid Table

Remember the good ol’ ‘kid table’ over the holidays? I remember being at my Grandma’s for the holidays and the kids were always assigned to sitting around the folding tables in the living room while the adults sat around the dining room table. And, now, as an adult at holidays, I still hear kids asking, “Where do I get to sit?” And, you hear the answer, “At the kid table”. 

But, why not make the kid table fun? AND, why not have the kids help decorate the kid table? 

Here is my first suggestion. Wrap the kid table in brown craft paper. It’s perfect for kid’s to draw and color on while the adults are wanting to squeeze in just a few minutes more of good adult conversation. As well as, when they are done drawing and eating, you can throw it away. 

The rest of the crafts were easy, fun, and cheap! Everything we used, we already had at home. 

Paper Towel Turkey

Needed: Empty paper towel roll (cut in half), construction paper, glue, markers, hands

Trace hands and cut out of construction paper. Glue to paper towel roll. Add turkey face to paper towel roll. 

Harvest Popcorn Cobs

Needed: Construction paper, popcorn, glue.

Cut out the corn cob silhouette in green and yellow construction paper. Glue popcorn onto the yellow cob. Let dry. 

Leaf Turkey Name Cards

Needed: Leaves, construction paper, glue. 

Have the kids gather various leaves from outside. Glue leaves onto construction paper to make it look like turkey feathers. Cut out body/head of turkey and glue over the leaves. Add names of the kids sitting at the kid table. 

The Thankful Tree

I think my favorite homemade decoration is the Thankful Tree. Have the kids gather branches. Stick them in your favorite jar/vase. Make paper leaves out of construction paper. The leaves say “I’m Thankful For….” and have the guests write their answer on the leaves and hang on the branches. Just a friendly reminder of why we celebrate the holiday and to remind ourselves to give thanks!

And, why not have the kids help you with some yummy Thanksgiving treats too….

Easy Thanksgiving Treats

Pilgrim Hats

Needed: Fudge stripe cookies, frosting, peanut butter cups. 

Place cookie face down, drop frosting in the middle, and put peanut butter cup on top. 


Needed: Mini nutter butters, frosting, hershey kisses, mini chocolate chips

Separate nutter butters, put frosting on each half and place hershey kiss. Take frosting and put mini chocolate chip on top. 

Rice Krispy Turkeys

Needed: Rice Krispies Treats (make as directed) rolled into balls, fudge stripe cookies, frosting, candy corn

Place cookie face down, put frosting on it and place rice krispy ball on top. Put frosting on second cookie, add candy corn for turkey feathers and place on back of rice krispy ball. Use one candy corn for face of turkey. 

With these decorations and yummy treats, I guarantee ‘the kid table’ will be the cool place to be! 

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! 


Phone/Computer Apps: TGIBlackFriday/TGICyberMonday,, 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! 

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