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GIft Giving on a Budget

Giving gifts is great, going broke isn’t; so here are some ideas to be generous this year without breaking the bank:

 Baked goodies are a great gift, plus they can be made in bulk. The cost to buy ingredients for 12 dozen cookies is about $15 (depending upon the type of cookies), that 12 gifts for less than $2 a piece. If you want to elevate your gift, consider placing your baked good on a platter the recipient can keep.

 If you don’t want the mess or time of baking, put the dry ingredients for a favorite recipe in a jar (you can stir the ingredients up if it’s a family secret) and label with cooking instructions and any wet ingredients needed; Your recipients will appreciate having this jar on hand when an unexpected guest arrives

 Consider crafting, prowl websites like Etsy for idea of what’s in and what you can make. Tip: Burlap door hangers are all the rage right now, they retail for $35 put cost less than $10 for materials!

 Buy in bulk. Gift sets can often be split up into …

Holiday Shopping

One of my favorite things about the holiday shopping season is the sales; I guess that makes me a bad person because I feel I'm supposed to be filled with the warmth of giving to other. I'm a gift giver to others too but I love a good self gift. Here are some of my favorites:

Black Friday DVD sales. Last year I was dumb enough to forget that Wal-Mart is open 24 hours and they put the non big ticket items out before midnight. This year I plan on being there 10pm Thanksgiving night to stock up on $3, $5 and $7 (last year's prices, could be better this year) DVDs and then get in line so I can check out right at midnight when the prices go into effect in the computer.
Black Friday at Vera Bradley. With $100 purchase you can get a purse in a current patten (Suzanni for 2011) valued in the $40 to $50 range. I have one of these purses and love it - and it is the same quality as other VB purses. Today they released their seasonal gifts available. VB also has great after Xmas sales …

Tigers Around Town

Earlier this year, the University of Memphis unveiled the Tigers Around Town Project. In honor of the University's centennial celebration 100 tigers were decorated and sponsored. For now, all 100 tigers are on campus and in 2012 they will move to their permanent location. For many tigers, this will remain on campus but for others they will be moved into the Memphis community.

I love this project because it's a fun art exhibit and a nice way to commemorate the University's history.  I hope many of you will get a chance to visit the tigers as well while they are still in one place where they are easy to see.

Here are some Tigers I find extra special:

Young Alumni Committee
Highland Hundred

Future Alumni

Fogelman College of Business

Signature Tiger

I think the signature tiger is actually sponsored by a bank around town. I love it because members of the alumni association were given the opportunity to sign the tiger and our signatures make up the stripes. I'm excited to g…

Thanksgiving Meal Plan of Attack

I work on the newsletter for my department at work. It's lots of fun but I never know if people like the stuff I write. So I'm testing an article out on y'all. This has a dual purpose becuase I'm already trying to get my plan of attack ready for the holidays. I'm super disappointed in the difference 8 years makes in the ability to find success on the south beach diet so I'm evaluating my other options - weight watches as the leading plan right now. Point being, the article below is my potential thanksgiving food article. Obviously, plan 1 is not for me . . . but the other are under consideration. How are you going to avoid the holiday weight gain this year?



Avoiding packing on the holiday pounds this season can simply be a matter of awareness. Here are the real life servings and calories for some of your favorite thanksgiving foods:


Food Serving Size Calories

turkey 6 oz 450
ham 3 oz 150
mashed potatoes 3/4 cup 171
dinner rolls 1 84
sweet potato casserole 1/2 …

Ode to the Agenda

I love my iphone, even with its broken screen and short battery life. But I must admit that my enthusiasm for the iphone is dampened by my sadness over the loss of my former staple – the agenda.

In case you can’t tell, I love, love, LOVE planning things. I’m also in a lot of organizations – which means lots of meetings and organizational events. For years, my planner was always with me, telling me where I had to be and why I had to be there. I didn’t just love my planner because it kept all my information – I loved the actual book. I’ve had a perwinkle leather binder type, a lilly Pulitzer notebook, a pink Coach leather binder, and my all time favorite a bound momAgenda (no, I don’t have kids, but they are pretty!). It’s been two years since I have carried a physical agenda with me and I miss it so much. I miss the way the soft leather felt in my hands, the cute event stickers in the Lilly agenda, the embossed personalization on the pearlescent momAgenda, the way it felt to turn the …

Entertaining on a Budget

Anyone who knows me knows i love to entertain. The fall and winter seasons provide many opportunities to celebrate, but wining and dining loved ones can be costly. This year, with a little creativity you’ll be throwing the best bash while sticking to your budget with these helpful hints:

Party Themes:

Consider going outside the box and having a non dinner party. Thanksgiving themed tapas, holiday desserts, brunch, and wine and cheese events are a great way to throw a fun festive event without provided a whole meal. Also, have your party at non-meal times so guests will understand they should not expect a full meal.

Drinks:

If you have friends / family that does not drink you just scored by eliminating the single biggest party expense. However . . . many people do like their adult beverages when out and about. If you are inviting people to your home and preparing all the food, there is nothing wrong with making the event BYOB. This is also a great way to try new items without committi…

it's not that bad . . . I promise

I’ve come to the conclusion that there is a serious lack of work ethic in our country. Just think of all the millions spent on entitlement programs and charitable contributions. No think of what would happen if every able working bodied American woke up each day, went to work, did their job to the best of their ability and went home. That’s it, no extra effort – just do you job and go home. Think of all the money that would be available to help those that are truly in need, think of all the things we could do with all that money and all those hard working people. Wow, what an amazing place our country would be. Ok, pipe dream over, now come back to reality. I had the unfortunateness to spend a year working in staffing. Yuck, what a terrible year that was; and an eye opening one. I’ve heard every excuse from not looking for a job for 6 months because that’s how long unemployment last, not working because half of the money goes to three different baby mommas anyways so it’s better to …

Get Motivated!

Recently my company allowed everyone in the Memphis office to go to the Get Motivated! Seminar that was advertised all over town. I couldn’t help myself, I was curious. It was like an all day pep rally of feel goodness. The seminar provided an interesting experience of speeches, motivation and a lot of common sense. Common sense of course, that every now and then it is good to be reminded of. Steve Forbes spoke on success and by pointing out that some of the most successful people of our time and in history were made successful not by inventing something but rather by improving upon and existing product or idea. The surprisingly funny Terry Bradshaw spoke of finding our own happiness, reminding us that each of us has our own personal problems we must deal with, but that it is our responsibility to make ourselves happy. Gratitude was a big theme of the day that and something that Bradshaw touched on by saying “everyone has someone to say thank you to”. Rudy Giuliani took the stag…

Beauty Favorites

Lately there have been several new beauty products I have tried out and a few that I had given up and returned to. First off, I have been hitting up the gym on a more regular basis. Because chemical and paints can only do so much, nothing is free and I have to work on things myself. So far for 2011 I am down 4 lbs. I really wish it was more and have been a little discouraged at the slow pace of weight loss but I am optimistic that little by little the weight will come off. As I previously blogged about, the sit at your desk for 8 hours (or more) a day job caused me a little weight gain. At the gym I have discovered this nifty machine that is a cross between an elliptical and a stair climber. As I have the philosophy of getting in and getting out at quickly as possible when it comes to the gym I am a big fan of this machine. However, weight loss takes time so I’ve also been working on some immediate results items. My friend BCS has turned me onto the facial peel. I got my first one…