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Sassy Sauce

How have I not shown you this yet?  My sister Sarah Jane made sauce for everyone as one of her Christmas gifts.


Sarah Jane's Sassy Sauce

She made sassy and spicy sauce from scratch.  With amazing packaging, I must say.



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Christmas Cards: Here We Come

I decided I wanted to create photo holiday cards this year.  I then decided Portobello would grace the cover.  No, I am not a crazy cat person. While I could not quite execute my original plan, I was pleased with the result.  Here are a few of the pictures that didn’t make the cut:

I was going for a scenic holiday look.  He was going for a hunter/prey look.  The prey being beads and ornaments.

Not surprisingly, he was more than happy to play in the decorations.  He was on the hunt.

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Personal Shopping Lockdown

One of my kitchen magnets

I’ve put myself on a money lockdown until the end of the year.  Seriously.  This means no new pairs of boots, bags, dresses or fall coats.  None.  The fantasticly slouchhy Steve Madden boots I just purchased (at a fantastic price, I might add) hold the place as the last item I’m buying for myself in 2010.

Nonetheless, we are entering into the holiday season.  I’ll admit I’ve even started Christmas shopping.  My money-saving methods are carrying over into the holiday arena – I’m hunting for the best gifts at the best price.  Makes sense, right?  Even though I tend to spend more than I want on shopping at times, I pride myself on typically staying within budget over the holidays while not skimping on gifts – no one better disagree with me. : )

Tips for Holiday Saving:

  1. Determine your budget and stick to it – I don’t set a FIRM budget down to the cent because sometimes you see things you know someone will love, but I DO set a budget.  I make a list of who I need to shop for and almost tier them out according to dollar amounts.  For example, Mom and Dad take up more of the budget than some of my girlfriends.  I determine what  I will spend on each person and do my best to hold true.
  2. Know how to find the best price – Check multiple shopping sites before making a final decision.  For fashion and apparel, sites like Shop It To Me aggregate different shopping sites into one so you can find the best price.  For other items, Google Shopping does a really great job of helping to find the best prices.
  3. Make a running shopping list – I literally have a running email draft entitled “CHRISTMAS” with links of things I’ve seen for different people.
  4. Shop with cash when possible – Bring cash if you’re planning on shipping at the mall vs. online.  It’s harder to part with cash than plastic. : )

Anyone else already getting in the Christmas spirit?

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It's Christmas Time :)

As I sit here in my living room, listening to Christmas music & having the first real snow storm fall outside the window, I can’t help but feel like it’s Christmas time. 🙂  Christmas of course feels different than it does when you’re 5 years old (or 10…or even 15?) waiting with what feels like endless anticipation of what you’ll receive under the tree.  Other things matter more than which Barbie Santa brought you.  It’s even nicer to see family & friends whom you cherish.

This year hasn’t felt quite  like previous years: how is it already Christmas??  While I think I’ve bought presents for more people than normal (nieces this year!) & shopping for people always makes me happy & feels like Christmas to me,  it just doesn’t FEEL like it’s almost Christmas.

I blame summer. I blame the fact that we didn’t get a real summer – just cold days & rain.  Then fall was unusually warm, then BAM last week the frigid air strikes.  Then last night the first “storm” of the season started.

Anyway…regardless of why it didn’t feel like it was almost Christmas before, I’m glad it does now!  With less than a week to savor the feeling, I’m glad it’s finally here.

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