Aaaaannd…I’m done!

by nicholmom3 on December 13, 2010

Last night I made a last minute decision to go Christmas shopping, and I’m so glad I did! I slogged through the torrential downpour, battled the high winds…and had the stores practically to myself!

I went to the Christmas Tree Shoppe in Foxboro, Ma first. I had seen a few items in the flier that I was interested in. An hour later I walked out with a full cart, and great deals! I finished up the shopping for my oldest, and mostly finished for the two younger. A couple quick clicks online will finish them up. I also got some great deals on the gift for my mother. I decided to go with a “pampering” theme this year. I found a fabulous bath robe that is so soft and warm, spa socks, a wire head massage, a hair wrap, and a great monogrammed tote bag. All for about $26! I’ll add a gift certificate to her salon for a facial and I think that will make a nice gift.

The CTS also had an incredible deal on books for my daughter. She is just getting into the Magic Treehouse series. They had hundreds of them for only $3 each! I picked her up a bunch. I also got 12 heavy ceramic loaf pans decorated in christmas scenes. They are perfect for mini loaves, and freezable to boot! I’ll be doing plenty of baking this week. They will make great hostess and “surprise guests” gifts.

I’d write about the great deal for my husband but he reads these silly little notes so I’ll abstain for now :)

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Small Business Owners

by nicholmom3 on December 13, 2010

In the coming year I’ll be experiencing some big changes in my life. I’ll be paying off the rest of our debt…!!!!….and leaving my current full time job. I’ll be joining the ranks of stay at home moms again, something I look forward to. My plan is also to start my own business by the end of next year. Obviously I’ll be doing the ground work all year, between drafting business models and raising capital…

One of the best tools I think a small business owner can have is a solid website. Even before the business itself is launched, a clean detailed website can aid in everything from drawing investors to loan procurement. I don’t think I’ll be able to attain those goals with a basic WYSIWYG site (what you see is what you get), so I’ll be going with a professional website builder. I want my website to start off basic and clean, and as I get closer to the opening I want it to grow with multiple functions. I’ll also want it to have a mobile function, so people can have easy access on a mobile phone. I think that is very important in today’s mobile culture.

If you have a small business, make a new website a new year priority.

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It doesn’t look like Christmas…yet

December 6, 2010

At least where I am. I feel like the snow is hitting everywhere BUT the east coast of Massachusetts! Maine has snow…Pennsylvania has snow…the midwest got clobbered. but all we are getting is a bone chilling wind. My sister is home for the week from Arizona, and I know she would like nothing more than [...]

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Active Recipe: Breakfast Potatoes

December 6, 2010

I don’t normally eat a large breakfast. It’s mainly a bowl of oatmeal or a small egg sandwich for me. This weekend I broke out an old standby for the crowd I was cooking for. It got rave reviews, so I thought I’d share it here. Caveat: It it a time consuming dish, so good [...]

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Giving

November 8, 2010

I would like to take this opportunity to remind my readers how important it is to give to others this season. With the cold weather advancing (it SNOWED this morning!) and food banks stretched to their limits, every little bit helps. I practice what I preach, of course. Every time I go food shopping, I [...]

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Protecting your family

November 4, 2010

If you have read my blog this year, you may recall that both my husband and I revisited our insurance needs. I was able to get a great rate, while my husband was able to increase his amount while staying close to the same monthly payment. I want to remind everyone how important life insurance [...]

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

November 3, 2010

MMmmmmm…. This recipe was sent to me by a friend, and man are they ever good. Preheat oven to 375 Cream together: 1 cup butter or shortening (I use butter flavored shortening) 1 cup sugar Add and mix well: 1 cup cooked pumpkin 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla Sift together and then add to above [...]

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This is the year!

October 29, 2010

The year I finally get the camera I’ve been dreaming of for YEARS! We’ve worked it into the budget and everything, so it’s practically a done deal. The camera in question is the queen of digital cameras, The Canon Rebel DSLR. Now I am getting one of the older models, I just can’t justify spending [...]

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My what a list this year

October 27, 2010

I have quite the gift list this year. Mind you, these are gifts for other people, not for myself. I’ve given up on that list. The items requested have been very interesting. Some items I would never have guessed were a want/need. Some are extravagant, some are very inexpensive, and some will cost nothing but [...]

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Rushing the season

October 24, 2010

I was discussing with my husband this morning retail’s tendency to rush the seasons as much as possible. They start the back to school sales in June. They put out Halloween candy in August. They put out a few token thanksgiving decorations, and overwhelm them with three rows of Christmas decorations. My husband is guilty [...]

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