Black Friday Bicycling – Making it Tolerable

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Some people really look forward to the holidays, and everyone has their own reason. Maybe you just love to drink eggnog. Or maybe your favorite meal is slightly-too-dry turkey. And maybe you are one of the good people in the world and you really just look forward to spending quality time with your family. There is one huge sub-section of American that looks forward to the holidays for one thing – Black Friday. Let me tell you why this Friday after Thanksgiving I will be Black Friday Bicycling.

You see, my sister loves to get up super early the morning and go hit up all the classic stores. You know, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Sports –Mart – pretty much any place that has the word “Mart” in it is on her radar. And a long time ago I lost a bet, which we definitely don’t have time to go into right now, and I have been forced to go with her on her Black Friday shopping spree. I am 4 years into a 10 year sentence.

And every year it gets worse and worse. Stores open earlier, more people line up beforehand. There are more and more “Mart” stores every year! The only way for me to maintain my sanity is to go Black Friday Bicycling.

Instead of driving with my sister and listening to her gloat about her victory a little under 5 years ago, I will ride my bike from store to store. And knowing how ridiculous traffic gets on Black Friday around these parts, I fully expect to beat her to every store. Maybe this Black Friday Bicycling will show her how awesome riding is. Maybe she’ll even buy me something while she is out shopping – maybe something like the Pablo Two Bike Rack with Shelf. It would look great in my closet and maybe numb the sting of defeat just a little bit.

Black Friday Bicycling

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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decorations

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dcenterpiece.jpgThanksgiving is probably the easiest of all holidays when it comes to decorating. No purchase necessary, simply gather things you have around the home, inside and out, for a natural, beautiful display. No need to go overboard like you might on Christmas, just a few touches on the mantel, entryway table and in the dining room are all you need for a cozy, homey feel.

To make, simply gather any of the materials below or substitute your own. Read more

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Up your Entertaining Game with these Five Party Pieces

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Every year around this time I like to upgrade one piece in my entertaining arsenal. With all of the holiday parties coming up, it’s a great time to take stock of what you as a hostess have, need, or simply need to upgrade.

Here are our top five, most important serveware helpers, from appliances to furniture, and even something for a little over-the-top fun:

Wine Cart with Stemware Rack
A wine rack is a must, but a wine rack with built in glass holders and casters? That’s a bonus. Thankfully the Wine Cart with Stemware Rack has a slim profile and is inexpensive, a great choice for rolling from kitchen to dining room to living room, depending on where you want the guests to flock! Read more

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Pre-Thanksgiving Cleanup!

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Artisan Hand VacuumOnly seven days to go! Get your home in party-ready shape by following our guide below. We have split up the cleaning over seven days so that you can focus on all things fun when the big day comes: family and turkey! The only thing we don’t mention is when to shop as everyone has different ideas about this. My personal favorite is to send my husband to the store with a very detailed list.

Tonight:

  • Finalize the Menu
  • Confirm with Guests what they are bringing
  • Make the official shopping list
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    Setting Up a Bar – 10 Essentials

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    Hotel de Paris Footed Centerpiece BowlPlanning a party this season? Setting up a bar in your home is a quick and easy way to make guests feel at home and comfortable. And most importantly, it allows them to serve themselves which in turn allows you to enjoy yourself! There is no need to go to a lot of trouble or spend a lot of money, simply clear off a surface or add a folding table with cloth, look around the kitchen for items you already have that can be used as serveware for an eclectic vibe, add the beverages and voila! You are ready to entertain!

    Here are our top ten must-haves at your bar this holiday season:

    1. Wine Glass CharmsRead more

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    Holiday Storage from Honey Can Do – On Sale for Five Days Only!

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    There are just four weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year instead of five. Many of us will start setting up Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving. Take this opportunity to take stock of your holiday storage needs so that you are ready for a quick and easy take-down come January 1st.

    Right now, our complete collection of Honey Can Do home storage (including Christmas decor storage) is on sale! Sale ends November 24th, 2013.

    40
    If you purchase just one thing this Christmas that is storage related, let it be the 40″ Canvas Gift Wrap Organizer. Inexpensive and featuring a sleek underbed-friendly design, this gift wrap organizer has a spot for everything. Read more

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