What I Miss About The Black Friday’s Of The Past

Black Friday's Of The Past


Black Friday is soon approaching, and just like you, I enjoy finding the savings online, but, if I’m being honest, I kind of miss the Black Friday’s of the past and here’s


Thanksgiving Day


Thanksgiving Day was a time for spending with your family and friends, and you didn’t leave your warm, toasty, home to get the deal of a lifetime.

Now, if you ate too much, and want to go as a family to find those savings then have at it, other wise, I try my best to stay home.  LOL



Turkey Day Newspaper


On Turkey day, I would get up in the wee hours of the morning, put my bird in the oven, and head to the gas station to get the massive newspaper, that was full of

colorful ads, and the anticipation of savings.

My mom and I would circle the items that we wanted to buy, plan out a route, and away we would go with that newspaper guiding the way.


Up At The Crack of Dawn


I can remember getting up at 3:00 in the morning, to go stand in line at the store, freezing my butt off, but as soon as those doors opened, it was time to become a team

and get that Black Friday deal!  Whoop! Whoop!


Get That Gift



This was the time you had to dive right in the middle of a swarm of people, and get that gift.

Sure, there were some people who weren’t very nice, but the majority of people were kind, and willing to help others too.


Hiding The Presents


At the end of the shopping day, your mission wasn’t over, you had to bring your gifts into the house and put them in secret spots.

Now, whether my family found these gifts, I will never know, because they always acted surprised on Christmas Day.


The Big Nap


And finally, after all that shopping on Black Friday, I would take a well deserved nap, with a smile on my face, because of all the savings that I got.



Sit And Click


Now, I’m sure that some people reading this think that I’m crazy to miss the Black Friday’s of the past, because today you can buy all those savings online.

In fact, certain websites share weeks in advance, what’s going to be on sale, and you can take advantage of the door-busters savings as you sit and click.

This really is great for those who have to work on the holidays, or can’t physically get around.


Time Well Spent


For as long as I can, I want to spend Black Friday with my mom, and hopefully, my daughter one day.

It doesn’t matter to me how we do it, just as long as we do, because it’s time well spent, which is priceless.

How To Support Kids With Food Allergies This Halloween Season

Believe it or not, some kids can’t eat all those Halloween treats due to severe food allergies.

A great way to support these kids on Hallows eve, is by placing a teal pumpkin outside, which lets these trick or treaters know that you have non food treats.




Here’s our Teal Pumpkin Project display at our Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center office in Maryville, TN.


Please visit TealPumpkinProject.org for more information, and free printable signs in both English & Spanish.


Also, here’s a list of Non-Food Treats to hand out to the kids.


I hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween season and please share this with your family and friends.

Super Halloween Hats, Shirts, And Skirts


I may be in my 50’s but I still get a kick out of dressing up for Halloween.


Here’s some simple, budget friendly, work wear costume ideas that anyone can wear below.



Spider Head Band



Plus Size Long Sleeve Spider Web Printed Poncho Top



I wanted to share something a little different, and in plus sizes.


This spider poncho top goes so well with the spider headband above.  LOVE this top. 


6 Pack Of Assorted Halloween Head Bands



This is great for all those slackers who show up to work with out a costume on Halloween!
You can hand them out like candy!  LOL

Pumpkin Beanie Hat




Keeping it simple with this pumpkin beanie hat!  A costume in a flash with this one!



Halloween Steampunk Spider Witch Mini Top Hat



Peasant Blouse Vintage Boho Pirate Shirt




Steampunk Skirt 






A little steampunk fun, and heck, I would wear that peasant shirt outside of the Halloween season.




Star Wars Porg Pumpkin Patch Halloween Graphic T-Shirt




BORG Bigface Pom Beanie Hat



I just had to put some Star Wars love in this list of tees!

How cute would this shirt be with this beanie hat above!  Insta costume, it’s what I’m all about!


Men’s Western Cowboy Costume T-Shirts




Beistle Cowboy Hat Headband



This one goes out to my hubby, who thinks he’s a cowboy.  NOT!

Halloween Off The Shoulder Sweatshirt



Going retro with this sweatshirt, and of course you need to add some leggings like the ones below.  Large sizes on these!!

Halloween Spider Web Pattern Fashion Legging




Ok….I’m done being scary with all the sharing!

I hope that you see some costume ideas for yourself or another.


More importantly, have a safe Halloween with your family and friends.

How To Use That Digital Camera You Just Bought!


A couple summers ago, I took a beginner’s photography class to learn what all those little symbols were on my digital camera.  


At the very first class the instructor told us to buy a book called, “The Digital Photography Book” by Scott Kelby!  


(This is now available in a 5 part boxed set) 




He knew that we were going to probably forget half of what half of what he said, and needed a go-to guide once we left his class. 

Mr. Scott Kelby is the president of KelbyOne and Editor-in-Chief of Photoshop User magazine.

He also serves as training director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and is the technical chair of the largest Photoshop gathering in the industry, Photoshop World.  (Just giving him some props as to why my instructor chose this book).  🙂




I really enjoyed taking this class in person, but many of us need some flexibility when it comes to learning something new.  If this is you, it’s time to go online and highly suggest you try Bluprint.  



The best part of an online series is that you can stop and start whenever you want to, ask questions, and share your work.

Check out these FREE classes at Blueprint!



Watch woodworking classes at myBluprint.com


So, now that you have learned how to take some super pics, what the heck do you do with them? 


We’ll if you wanted to edit them a bit and add some flare, you can load them to PicMonkey or Canva. 

Both places have plenty of templates and editing tools.


Dial up your pic power with PicMonkey's simple, sassy photo editing tools.


Well…by cracky, what can’t you do with those photos today?


You can transfer them to canvas prints, mugs, t-shirts, and even blankets for goodness sakes. 


Places like Canvas POP, PrinterPix, or Calenders.com offer unique ways to share those pics.     

Also, when the holidays role around it’s worth signing up for their email list, to get in on the deals.  


Honestly, I can’t think of a better gift, then pics of your family, friends, or co-worker memories.  


So, here’s to taking happy snap shots!  


Super “It’s Fall Y’all” Decor And More

I don’t know about you, but I am so happy that the fall season is almost here.


It’s been hot as hades here in East Tennessee, and it’s time for some, as they say here in the south, “Fall Y’all”!


So here’s some super fall time decor ideas below:


Change Your Pillows Seasonally


 I love this retro pillow design above, but check out these

Set of 4 Fall Pillow Covers below:



What a super way to save for the holiday seasons!

I’ve seen these decorator pillows go for a mint, and it just makes savings cents to buy a plain starter set and change the holiday designs out seasonally.



Harvest Time Decor


My favorite part of Fall decorating is seeing what my neighbors come up with each year.

Scarecrows, hay bales, and corn stalks are usually the way most of us start building our Harvest decor themes.


Super Saving Tip:  Home Depot & Lowes will have a huge semi truck out front, full of hay bales for around $4 – $8 bucks.


For instance, I sprayed a corn stalk with some burgundy paint, added a scare crow and ribbons from the Dollar Tree a few years ago.  Cheap and cute….


Places like Wal-Mart, Target, and your local home improvement stores have really stepped it up when it comes to decorating for the fall season.

Fake pumpkins, gourds, and don’t even get me started on the the velvet decor that’s hot this year.


Velvet Me Please


Ok….I like a little bling, but add in some velvet & lights and it’s mine!  I love the velvet pumpkins this year!



For $44 at Walmart, you can get this beautiful lighted garland.  Trust me….this is a deal, because these velvety pumpkins can run you

$40, without all the extras!

Fall, Thanksgiving, Harvest Set Of Four Velvet Plush Slouchy Pumpkins



These beauties are available at Amazon, with Prime shipping, but there almost gone, so other people must love velvet too!  🙂




Finally…if your not into decorating, and would rather just add a lighted wreath, well I’m into that too!  LOL





Just add these three things together above, and you have a designer wreath with timed lights for around $62.  Bam…your done.  🙂


I hope that some of these ideas inspire you to enjoy all that the Fall season has to offer.

Carving pumpkins, candle making, making cider, and spending time with your family & friends around a fire is really what the fall season is all about.



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