Top 5 Tips for Surviving Black Friday

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Get your credit cards at the ready! Here we go–another round of Black Friday mayhem is about to commence!

There’s just something about the magical phrase “70-percent off” that sends humans into a crazed state of frenzy, so if you’re one of the brave souls heading out (or camping out) into the wee hours today, here are some helpful tips for surviving the shopping day to end all shopping days.

  1. What to wear Leave the stilettos at home– this is no time for high fashion. You gotta’ wear your comfortable, all-day-traction trekkers to stay ahead of the black Friday race (or even–dare we say it?!) crocks with socks!
  2. Sustenance: Munch early and often; the last thing you want is to become hungry, dehydrated, and irritable and lose valuable shopping energy. Keep a water bottle and snacks in your purse, or deck yourself out with one of those hat helmets with straws for hands-free sippin.’
  3. Buddy System: Shop with a friend! A buddy can take your place in line in you have to go to the bathroom, OR you can wear an adult diaper so you can hold your place in line while not having to hold your bladder. No one will know, and who cares—you just scored 80% off; that’s worth secretly peeing in your pants for. (We kid! We kid!)
  4. Know your territory: You might THINK you know the store layout, but on a day as huge as this, big ticket items often get moved to the end of aisles or put up closer to the front, so make sure you keep your eyes moving as you make your mad dash thru the store or you just might miss out on the deal you slept all night in a parking lot for.
  5. Get Appy: The last thing you want is to lug your huge flat screen to the curb and have no idea where you parked your car. Use a GPS car-locator app so you’re not stumbling around a crowded parking lot. Or better yet—have your buddy meet you curbside for easy loading of all your goodies.

Most importantly—keep calm, be kind and carry on shopping!

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Pass Around Warm Thanksgiving Wishes

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Thanksgiving is all about the good things in life–home, friends, and family, and what better way to connect with them all than with a Thanksgiving card to let them know how much they mean to you.  You’ll find warm and wonderful wishes in the card aisle, or you may prefer to be creative and make your very own.

Our Print at Home cards offer a large selection of designs to choose from, and you can personalize them with photos of special memories, decorative accents, and even add your own thoughtful messages for a homemade,  one-of-a-kind wish.

You can also find a great collection of Thanksgiving cards, like the “Gobble” design shown above, at a store near you!

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Our Great Holiday Debate: Do you ‘Respect the Turkey?’

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The minute those Jack-o-lanterns are extinguished, it seems that it’s become the beginning of an all-out merrymaker showdown between Thanksgiving and Christmas!

In one corner, we have the sound of witches cackling spinning on their heels and transforming magically into strains of Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas.” In the opposing corner, the hunt for one’s favorite Halloween candy quickly shifts to a seriously-focused itinerary of looking for just the right turkey, cranberries, and those crunchy fried onions for the ever-popular Thanksgiving string-bean casserole.

With the holidays approaching earlier and earlier each year, these two sides fuel the great debate about “respecting the turkey” and giving Thanksgiving its due diligence, or diving head-first into Tinseltown and all things twinkly.

So, where do you stand? Do you defiantly refuse to listen to the jingle jangle of Christmas music until the day after Thanksgiving, thus giving Thanksgiving its rightful spot on the calendar? Or are you just so uber-excited to get your Christmas on that you blare those holiday tunes loud and proud and go to town decorating  like Buddy the Elf the minute October waves goodbye?

Let us know—we’ll be here waiting with a turkey leg in one hand and a candy cane in the other!

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A letter from Kathy Davis: Thanksgiving every day

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As I prepare to send my Thanksgiving greeting cards, I’m thinking about how much I love this special time of year! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, not just because of all the great food, but because it’s about gratitude.  Lately, I’ve been trying to be a little more mindful about the idea of gratitude, and I’m trying to be thankful every day.

Some of the things I’m thankful for right now? The blaze of mums blossoming and brightening the landscape. The amazing late afternoon sunsets and the harvest moon. Fresh picked apples and spiced wafers. Lighting candles and sitting by the fire on a chilly evening. And the anticipation of sharing the all-American holiday of Thanksgiving with our family.

One of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions is watching the parade. Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest one in America! Our parade dates back to 1920, and it’s a great event – a visual feast filled with imaginative floats, giant balloons, marching bands and of course, celebrities.

And every year when our family gathers for Thanksgiving dinner — before we carve the turkey and dip into the cranberry sauce — each person at the table says a few words about what he or she is thankful for. It’s a great tradition, because for me, it always provides inspiration to think about the blessings I may have forgotten to appreciate.

Wishing each one of you an abundance of Thanksgiving blessings!

What are your favorite family traditions at Thanksgiving?

- Kathy Davis

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Happy November Birthday!

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We’re sending out our biggest, happiest wishes to all of you celebrating your birthday this month! If you’re lucky enough to be born in November, it means you’re dynamic, brave, and generous—and we’re not surprised one bit!

Here are some other fun facts about your glorious month:

• The magnetic Scorpio (Oct 24-Nov 22), and one of the luckiest signs, Sagittarius (Nov 23-Dec 22) are the dynamo duo that rule this month.
• The two gems for November are the Topaz and Citrine.
• Your flower is the Chrysanthemum which, according to Feng Shui, brings laughter and happiness to the home.
• Love fall football? On November 6, 1869, the first intercollegiate football game was played in the U.S. between Rutgers and Princeton.
• Not only is Thanksgiving celebrated this month, but it’s also Peanut Butter Lovers Month and National Pepper Month!
• What stars are celebrating with you this month?—Jenny McCarthy (11/1), David Schwimmer (11/2), Matthew McConaughey (11/4), Ethan Hawke (11/6), Leonardo DiCaprio (11/11), Anne Hathaway (11/12), Martin Scorsese (11/17), Jodi Foster (11/19), Tina Turner (11/26), Jon Stewart (11/28), and Billy Idol (11/30).

We hope you have a glorious birthday and that it’s just the start to an amazing, happiness-filled year!

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