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#Black Friday…Yay or Nay?

Are you standing in line first thing the Friday morning after Thanksgiving? Or Thanksgiving night? I’m not. I just don’t buy into all of the hype and feel like those jokes running around Facebook about being thankful on Thursday and greedy on Friday really hold some truth.

I can’t stand to read stories about people being trampled in stores and even gun fights. To me, even as a frugal Mom, no sale is worth any of that. And, I prefer to teach my children that the season’s hottest toy is either within reach or not. I’m not going to fight for something that really, in the greater scheme of things, has no value. Luckily, they understand.

I do often take advantage of a couple of other promotions around this time of year like “Small Business Saturday” where local business are patronized rather than the big box stores. I truly believe that these local stores, especially in smaller communities, really support the structure of our downtowns and put dollars back into the community. Plus, some of these small stores have the neatest gifts that really jump out at you with someone’s name on them. Much more fun than shopping isle after isle of household goods trying to find something for that hard to buy for person in your life.

Of course, I’m not a total prude. There certainly are things that my kids ask for that can’t be bought in these local shops, especially electronics and video games and the like. For those items, I’m a huge fan of Cyber Monday. Great deals online and no crowds. That’s my kind of shopping!

Whatever avenue you chose to shop, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a safe weekend! Please do be grateful for what you have and foster the spirit of giving and caring. You don’t need a single cent to check in on someone, smile at your neighbor and wish someone a happy Holiday!



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Anti-Conformist aka Faux Pas

Erica fact #1…I don’t conform. Trends are for trendy people, business suits are for women that make enough money to afford them (I don’t) and sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

I don’t mind grtting dirty, i climb mountains topless (in my Jeep of course). I “ain’t no Barbie”…im thick and curvy and tired of trying to fit in (to cute clothes especially!) I don’t promote obesity, I promote self-esteem!! Love the body you have! Try to be healthy but be you!!! A friend of mine recently shared this this photo on Facebook.I love it!!

I love hard and fierce and hurt just like anyone else. I will fight for what I believe in and have no tolerance for people/things that hurt my children directly or indirectly.

Love me or hate me, I AM me and at the end of the day I am the only one who gets to judge. Just sayin!


Sparkling Clean Spaghetti

AKA the "Spaghetti Washer"

I was recently asked to participate in a liquid hand soap study. Soon after agreeing to do so, I received a bottle of liquid hand soap and an automatic dispenser. I placed the bottle into the dispenser and put it near the kitchen sink. This soap is great stuff but the ease in which I can dispense exactly the amount I need just by running my hand beneath the sensor is incredible. The same amount of soap every time means less waste with the kids and never having to touch the dispenser means fewer germs running around the house (and, cold season IS just about here!).  I fell in love. Until tonight, that is.

Perhaps the soap and I were on our honeymoon? More likely, I should be more careful about where I put the dispenser in an effort to ensure that Mr. Auto-Soap and I will continue on in our blissful relationship for years to come. As you may have already guessed, I dumped the pot of spaghetti into the strainer in the sink, right BELOW the soap dispenser. When I heard the electronic “I’m going to squirt soap at you” warning, there wasn’t nearly enough time. Soap squirted straight down into the center of two pounds of hot, freshly cooked pasta. Rinse, rinse, rinse…and Repeat. Ladle on some sauce, eat and enjoy plenty of wine! The good news, no soapy after taste!


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