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Christmas Gifts for the Men in Your Life

This curated Christmas list from Mind Body Green will have you checking the men in your life off your gift list! There are a ton of great ideas! Click through for the full article and to see all the picks!

For all the men in your life who do so much for you, why not show a little appreciation this holiday season with a thoughtful, useful, mindful gift? Whether you're shopping for your new-to-yoga nephew or your dad who just realized he's into foraging, we've got something for everyone. Now get to shopping!

via Holiday Gifts For Every Man In Your Life – mindbodygreen.com.

CMA Country Christmas on ABC

CMA Country Christmas on ABC

Make Holiday Memories With Your Favorite Country Stars!
 
 
Enjoy the magic of the holidays with your favorite Country stars, as they perform classic Christmas songs. It’s a night of celebration guaranteed to get you in the spirit! Watch “CMA Country Christmas” Monday, Dec. 10 at 8|7c on ABC!
 
NASHVILLE – Iconic entertainer Reba McEntire will return for a second year as host for the ninth annual “CMA Country Christmas,” the two-hour music celebration that airs on ABC during the holiday season. Marking her third time performing on the show, a lineup of legendary acts and Country favorites will also take the stage for a night filled with Christmas classics and festive one-of-a-kind collaborations.

Joining Reba for “CMA Country Christmas” are Tony Bennett, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Amy Grant, Diana Krall, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Michael W. Smith, Lindsey Stirling, The Isaacs and Brett Young.

 

 
Deck the Halls!

Deck the Halls!

The rustic Christmas scene that she pulled off is amazing! This is the sort of vignette that inspires me to "Deck the Halls"! Beautiful!

 

Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m usually a get my Christmas decor up December 23 type of girl. I don’t know why the holidays always seem to sneak up on me. But this year is entirely different! Not only is the Loft fully decked out {on December 1st no less}, but this year I did my very best to create the ultimate yuletide feeling. Though I did have a bit of an incentive!

via Apartment 34 – Your ultimate source for style, fashion, living and beauty.

small business holiday season

Your Small Business and the Holiday Season

Small business owners know that sales from the Holiday Season can be a defining factor in the overall success of your business. Make this the year that you get a "leg up" on next year's business! We've curated several excellent articles to act as a resource for your Holiday Season planning and hope you find them encouraging and helpful! Let us know if any of the resources made the difference for you this season!

1) 30 Unique Holiday Promotions for Your Small Business. Kabbage.com

The holidays will be here before you know it. But instead of panicking about how much there is to do before then, get excited! There’s still plenty of time to plan a creative holiday promotions calendar and make an impact on this year’s profits. Tons of little (and big) holiday promotion ideas are out there to leverage in your brand’s marketing efforts as the end of the year approaches. So here are some of the most fun ways to create buzz around your company:

2) Keep Your Employees Focused this Holiday Season! BusinessKnowHow.com

 Between shopping, decorating, and readying for visits with family, it's no surprise that many employees are less than focused on work during the holidays. So how can an employer keep distractions down and productivity up? Here are five tips that can help.

3) How to get your business ready for the holiday season. SucceedAsYourOwnBoss.com

 Whether you run storefront business, or or strictly sell ecommerce, it’s time to create a holiday sales strategy. If you make the bulk of your profits between November 15 and January 15th as in Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, or the day after Christmas, it time to make sure that your business is ready for the holiday sales rush. 

4) 6 Tips To Slay Sales This Holiday Season. p2Bi.com

 Now is a great time to do a quick audit of your website to make sure that everything is working as it should be. The importance of omnichannel retailing has grown exponentially and you want to make sure that your customer can find your products not only on the shelves of your store or your retailers’, but also online and more specifically from any smartphone. Stats show that in 2014 mobile accounted for over half of all holiday shopping traffic. Make sure your website is compatible with laptops, smartphones, and tablets alike. Also, you can use a tool like Google PageSpeed Insights to quickly test and solve for any issues on your website that could be slowing down its performance.

free printable advent calendar

Free Printable Advent Calendar from Ella Claire

Free Printable Advent Calendar

This adorable free printable Advent Calendar is amazingly charming. With endless options to customize, you can definitely make this project fit any decor! Please visit EllaClaireInspired.com for more beautiful pics and the full tutorial! 

I have been wanting to create an advent calendar for a couple of years now, and I finally got to it this year! When I was a kid, I loved those little ones with the candy in all of the slots. I wanted my babies to have something fun to be excited about each day too. It is no secret that I love vintage typography and that is the direction I went with these. I love vintage Christmas!

Source: Free Printable Vintage Christmas Advent Calendar – Ella Claire

Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts

Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts – 50th Annual!

Tempe Festival of the Arts – Fall Event!

50th Anniversary!
 
November 30 – December 2  | 10AM – 5:30PM

www.tempefestivalofthearts.com

The Tempe Festival of the Arts spring and fall events each attract nearly 250,000 visitors to the Downtown Tempe over the course of a 3-day weekend.

Quality artists are fundamental to the success of the event. Each year, the Festival receives more than 1,000 applications from artists across the country. From these applicants, a jury comprised of members of the local art community. They select the top artisans in each category to participate in the Festival. During the Festival, a new jury then selects the best overall artist and the top artist in each category.

Participants are separated into 18 different artistic categories for judging. They range from woodwork to photography to ceramics and even wearable art. More than 400 artist booths line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets presenting unique, and hand-made artwork that offers visitors a distinctive shopping experience.

While the Tempe Festival of the Arts primarily focuses on art and the artists that create it. There are also a wide variety of other activities for guests to enjoy. Live entertainment stages provide musical entertainment for festival-goers. Performances by a number of well-known local musicians keep audiences in high spirits throughout the day. Past performers have included the Gin Blossoms, Walt Richardson, Margo Reed, and Hello Swindon. In addition to the scheduled entertainment, street performers, vendors, sponsor exhibits and entertainment booths are set up for the amusement of Festival visitors. In addition to arts and entertainment, the Tempe Festival of the Arts offers support to the Tempe community. A portion of the proceeds raised at the Festival benefits local charities.

 

Above view of thanksgiving dinner and family eating at table

Lessen the Effects of Thanksgiving Dinner!

While I would never suggest that you skip your favorite  Thanksgiving goodies, this article shares some sensible tips to make the festivities a happy memory rather than a regret! 
 
We're not suggesting you roll up on your sofa, here are a few suggestions.
 
Prevent the desire to lie down:
 
We all know after an over-stuffed dinner is to lie down and rest. Instead take a short walk after your meal helps your digestion over drinking coffee.
 
Digestif Bitter:
 
Drink some digestif bitter which is produced in Rheinberg in Germany by Underberg AG, made from aromatic herbs from 43 countries.
 
Most European counties create a bitter herbal digestive liqueur that's sipped after meals. (Italy produces hundreds of different types of Amari.
 
Try Digestive Enzymes:
 
Keep on hand a natural digestive enzyme for after the feast. 
 
Aloe Vera Juice:
 
We suggest drinking 2-3 ounces of certified pure aloe juice immediately after your Thanksgiving feast. Aloe juice is found at natural foods stores
 
Chew Some Ginger:
 
There are reasons ginger is often used to for stomach upset: It works! 
 
Thanksgiving is a holiday of gratitude and family, indulgence and indigestion. Embrace the former while ditching the latter with these actionable ways to limit your belly-bulging binge at this month’s high-calorie celebration of appreciation and appetite.
Thanksgiving Salad

Thanksgiving Salad

Arugula and red onions and cashews and dried cranberries and wild rice and lemon dressing, comin in hot. ♡

I mean, wow! Already? Tis the season!

When it comes to Thanksgiving, there are two types: the type who makes a turkey, and the type who brings a salad. Do I even need to tell you which type I am? Bjork’s aunt called us yesterday and asked if I would rather bring a salad or a vegetable side. umm, HELLO. How could I ever NOT bring a salad? It is my Thanksgiving destiny. I have a feeling that so many of us are twinning on this issue.

via Thanksgiving Salad with Wild Rice and Lemon Dressing – Pinch of Yum.

Brussels sprouts make a delicious and colorful gluten free side dish.

Gluten-Free Holiday Side Dishes

Worried about the gluten-free sides you'll be serving at Thanksgiving this year? No need to stress about that part of the menu! Here are 10 healthy and delicious options that will do your meal justice. Both gluten-free eaters and gluten-lovers will enjoy one (or a number!) of these additions to your table.

via Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes | POPSUGAR Fitness.

veterans day

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect). 

The United States also originally observed Armistice Day; it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954.

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.

Most sources spell Veterans as a simple plural without a possessive apostrophe (Veteran's or Veterans').

Here's a list of what will be open and closed for Veterans Day on Wednesday.

•    Banks: Closed.
•    Financial markets: Closed.
•    Government offices: City, county, state and federal offices are closed.
•    Libraries: The County's central library and all city branches are closed. Suburban branches vary. 
•    Mail: No mail. Post offices are closed.
•    Parking: Parking at city meters is free.
•    Trash collection: City trash pickup will be on schedule. Other municipal and private haulers may work on a different schedule.

 

Butternut Squash Curry

Fall Recipe, Butternut Squash in Green Curry

This simple fresh curry paste takes only minutes to prepare. It envelops sweet, golden chunks of butternut squash with a beautiful and savory green sauce in the time it takes the accompanying rice to cook. Try making it with any prepared curry paste for an even simpler dish.

Blending shallots, garlic, ginger, green chiles, and cilantro together produces a wonderfully fresh and vibrant curry. Make extra of this paste and stash in the freezer to pave the way for future easy weeknight meals.

via Recipe: Butternut Squash in Fresh Green Curry — 5 Fall Soups and Stews from Nancie McDermott | The Kitchn.

International Day of the Girl

International Day Of The Girl 2018

International Day Of The Girl 2018

Did you know there was such a thing? While we firmly believe in encouraging the girls in our lives every dayit's nice to know that the UN has set aside an entire day to honor girls!  

International Day of the Girl was first recognized in 2011, when the United Nations general assembly voted to set aside Oct. 11 as a day to honor girls and work to improve their lives. It's a day for sharing inspiration and spreading awareness. This year's celebration centers on the theme "Girls' Progress = Goals' Progress: What Counts for Girls."In the United States, President Barack Obama took International Day of the Girl as a moment to shed light on Americans' work to get more young women involved in the historically male-dominated science, technology, engineering and math fields, push for equal pay and campaigns to curb sexual assault on college campuses.

So today, take extra time to inspire, enliven, and encourage all the girls in your life!

Source: International Day Of The Girl 2016: Quotes And Facts To Celebrate, Empower Young Women

EMMY AWARDS®  - SEPTEMBER 17 | MONDAY 8ET/5PT

70th EMMY AWARDS® – SEPTEMBER 17 | MONDAY 8ET/5PT

EMMY AWARDS – SEPTEMBER 17 | MONDAY 7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT
 
 
ABOUT THE SHOW
Television's biggest night is back on America's No. 1 network! The best and brightest will be on hand for this prestigious evening, as top honors go out to the talented men and women who leave their unforgettable mark on the entertainment we love. Glamorous attire, hilarious sketches, heartfelt speeches and memorable moments add up to an awards show that continues to surprise and delight audiences and nominees alike. Hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost from SNL's "Weekend Update" will bring their unique wit to an evening that will undoubtedly become the talk of the town – and can't-miss television! Presented LIVE from the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles and complete with a red carpet pre-show, this year's Emmys® prove that the small screen has never been bigger
 
labor day for Craftswomen

Labor Day for Craftswomen

What is Labor Day for Craftswomen?

For much of the United States, Labor day is a time to relax, bar-b-que and have a beer or two. Officially, Labor Day is held the first Monday in September and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

As a Craftswoman, you know that this is the time of year to make and sell! Summer shows are nearing an end and Holiday sales are about to start.

This Labor Day, if you haven't already, take the time to complete this short checklist to make sure you're ready for the season ahead!

Holiday Readiness Checklist

  • Do you have plenty of supplies for your business? Not just creative supplies, think cleaning, packing and shipping. 
  • Are you offering gift wrapping? This is a great way to add value to your product. 
  • Have you replenished from your summer sales?
  • If you are doing shows, are all of your show supplies (tent, brochures, business cards) in good supply and repair?
  • Depending on your show schedule, you may need additional help. During the holidays, it might not be easy to find someone to "cover" your breaks. Start looking for "seasonal help" now!
  • On a personal note, make sure you've got all your laundry done! I don't know about you but this is the time of year that it just piles up for me! 

I hope you've found this article useful and encouraging. Don't forget to take time for yourself and you family this holiday season. Remember to share your "outtakes" with us in the Showcase! We love to see your pictures!

Also, check out this helpful article on Clearing The Clutter before the holiday season hits. 

 

Women’s Equality Day 

Women’s Equality Day 

 In a perfect world, Women's Equality Day wouldn't even be a thing. On August 26, 1920 women in America were first legally given the right to vote. Fifty years later,  Congress commemorated the day by designating August 26th as Women's Equality Day.

The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971
Designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the certification of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.

Source: Women’s Equality Day | National Women's History Project

Bike ready for summer

Get Your Bike Ready For Summer!

Is your bike ready of summer? If you're not sure, this article from ExpertEnough.com  will get you started on your way to a road ready bike!

We all know that it's important to get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. That doesn't have to mean a costly gym membership or grueling episodes on the elliptical in your basement! Why not haul the bike out of the garage and get the family out of the house for a ride!  

Have you ever thought about doing your own bicycle maintenance, but were not sure where to start? Or maybe you felt that you were not really the bike mechanic type.
If you love cycling, learning to do your own bike maintenance and repairs is worth the effort. It allows you to get to know the workings of your bike better, and you will have a better understanding on how to keep it running at tip top shape. You do not need to know how to take apart your whole bicycle and reassemble it.
Becoming an expert at home bike mechanic is like anything else, you take one small step at a time. Here are 3 simple steps to get you started.
#1: Keep Your Bicycle Clean
Sounds simple, but it is half the battle. A regularly cleaned bicycle will last longer and ride better.
Some people simply use a hose as well as an old toothbrush to get at the hard to reach places. There are a few tools that I would recommend to do the job even better though:

Bike cleaning brush
Chain scrubber
Degreasing Solvent
Chain lubricant
Rags and Sponges

Use all of the above with some soap and a water hose. My Dad used to always say that his car ran better when it was clean. So does our bike. Everything in our life needs a little regular love and attention to keep it working properly.

From: expertenough.com

enjoy father's day together

How Kids & Dads Can Enjoy Father’s Day Togethery

Happy Father's Day! To celebrate Dad and family today,why not enjoy Father's Day together! This article lists a few creative ways to celebrate and enjoy Father's Day together this year. Remember, you don't have to wait for a special holiday to gather up the family for a fun day together. So after Dad's breakfast in bed, load up the family and head for the great outdoors! 

It is rumored that Ben Affleck recently dressed up as Batman for his son’s superhero-themed birthday party, which must have scored super-cool points on the playground. But don’t worry, dads; you don’t need to don a bat suit for your kids to know you are the superhero in their life. The special relationship between father and child—the "dad effect”—refers to the profound impact on children when fathers spend quality time with them. The positive long-term effects on their well-being, happiness, and self-worth are astounding.In honor of Father’s Day, we’ve rounded up five active ways for kids and dads to spend quality time together. They’re guaranteed to strengthen bodies and bonds!

Source: 5 Active Ways Kids & Dads Can Celebrate Father's Day Together – mindbodygreen.com

51st anniversary of The Beatles' classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

51st anniversary of The Beatles’ classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

51st anniversary of The Beatles' classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

It was 51 years ago today that The Beatles officially released their landmark LP Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in the U.K., though their label rushed copies into some stores six days early on May 26. (It went on sale in the U.S. on schedule on June 2.) Whenever you want to mark that anniversary, the record has been a point of reference for popular music ever since.

How To Take Great Product Pictures

How To Take Great Product Pictures

Want to know how to take great product pictures?

In order to convey the awesomeness of your creations, you need great pictures. This post will share tips on how to take great product pictures.

1. Be sure to set aside enough time to get the job done.

Any job that is rushed is probably not going to be your best work. It makes sense that if you want to get great results, you have to put some time into it.  Try to make this time uninterrupted. Pets and children should be otherwise occupied!

2. Gather all your products to be photographed well in advance.

You’ve worked so hard to set this time apart, make the most of it! Gather all products, cameras and props well in advance of your start time. This will ensure you don’t have to waste precious time.

3. Take multiple pictures of each item.

You may think you are getting great pictures. The truth is that you won’t really know until you sit down to edit them. Take multiple pictures and from different angles. This way, when you finally get ready to edit you won’t have to settle for “good enough” because you’ve already put all your materials away.  Make sure to get a really good close up!

4. Edit your pictures!

Even basic editing, such as cropping, can make a huge difference. If you’re taking pictures with your smartphone, it probably comes with built in editing. If not, consider downloading an app such as Instagram. It’s free and you will not be disappointed!

5. Use natural light.

Take your pictures near a window if possible. Avoid using artificial light and never use the flash on your camera as it will not convey the true colors of your item.  If your schedule precludes taking pictures during the day consider buying or making a light box. Check our "Sellers Tutorial" page for how to make a light box of your own!

 

 

From: thepreparedmother.wordpress.com