Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First celebrated on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

In 2010 the holiday was conceived and promoted by American Express via a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign. That year Amex bought advertising inventory on Facebook, which it in turn gave to its small merchant account holders, and also gave rebates to new customers to promote the event.

American Express publicized the initiative using social media, advertising, and public relations. At least 41 local politicians and many small business groups in the United States issued proclamations concerning the campaign, which generated more than one million Facebook “like” registrations and nearly 30,000 tweets under the Twitter hashtags #smallbusinesssaturday (which had existed since early 2010) and #smallbizsaturday.

Cinda Baxter, founder of The 3/50 Project, was national spokesperson for Small Business Saturday its first year. The 3/50 Project encourages consumers to commit to spending $50 of their current monthly budgets with independently owned small businesses they care about.

The Twitter hashtag #SmallBusinessSaturday has existed since early 2010 and was used to promote small businesses on any Saturday (not solely that Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday). The hashtag is used in a manner similar to #FollowFriday to highlight favorite local businesses.
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The Hunt is On – Cont.

Black Friday iPhone and iPad cover blowout.

Over 45 styles to choose from.


AMAZING DEALS don’t stop with Black Friday!




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November 1 – National Men Make Dinner Day!


Today is “National Men Make Dinner Day”


This day is for the man who’s not afraid to show off his culinary skills. It’s not for the man who burns water.

Men you do not need to go overboard with a recipe from the internet, but you should have the major food groups and use as fresh as possible ingredients.
But I’ve Had A Hard Day At Work … I Cannot Participate In “National Men Make Dinner Day”

Tough, have you seen your spouse’s workday, especially if you have been blessed with kids? So suck it up and act like a man. Besides, the last Thursday of the month is National Women Slave In The Kitchen Day (alternately known as Thanksgiving) that keeps a women cooking from dawn till dusk and then some, so the least you can do is cook today. [1]

Need a little bit of incentive? If you live in California, you are facing a divorce rate of about 75.54% … avoid becoming part of that statistic by showing your spouse you care and appreciate her contribution to the family and the dinner table. A little humility goes a long way.[1]
Rules for the men:
1.) No BBQ’ing.
2.) No ordering food by phone.
3.) No pouting, if your spouse picks at your burned toast and claims to have had a huge breakfast – last week.
4.) No help allowed. You’re all on your own men.
5.) All groceries must be shopped for and paid for by you. (FYI men, check the cupboards and fridge before you shop)
6.) Meal must be well balanced.
7.) Use the ‘clean as he goes along’ rule!
8.) You must set the table
9.) You must clean up after dinner
Now a little humor:


10. While cooking, you can still wear your tool belt, simply replace the hammer with a whisk.
9. Several recipes include beer as a legitimate ingredient.
8. The blender, the electric mixer and the food processor are loud enough to drown out anyone in the house who is learning a musical instrument.
7. Whoever is cooking always gets the most attention from the dog.
6. Whatever recipe you choose, you can name it after yourself. Example: tonight’s dinner is called ‘Doug’s Surprise’.
5. Discovering that ‘250 ml’ is the same as ‘8 ounces’ AND ‘1 cup’ is half the fun.
4. Since YOU choose the recipe, it can be a turnip-free night.
3. Some desserts, such as Crème Brule, require the use of a propane torch. How much fun is that?!
2. Since other husbands in your neighborhood are also cooking dinner, ironically this could be the ultimate male bonding experience
1. Participating in ‘National Men Make Dinner Day’ gives you optimum points with your wife. Use those points wisely!

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5 Days til Halloween

For all you DIY’ers or last minute costume shoppers, I’ve put together this list of DIY costumes that can be done in a couple of hours over the weekend.

Instructions for some of these are not included due to being pretty self explanatory. I have added notes to some of the costumes.
1.) Lego Costume – Use either plastic cups or plastic bowls to tape to the box and spray paint

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2.) Artist – This one could probably be done in an hour. Use a piece of card board cut out as an artist pallet, different colors of paint, ribbon and paint brush.

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3.) Will Work for Candy – Use old clothes, a piece of a cardboard box for sign and face paint for beard.

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4.) MP3 Player – Pretty self explanatory

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5.) Bat – I love this one. It’s more complicated then the above costumes so here is the link to the website for instructions.

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