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Small Biz Saturday (& Cyber Sunday)

I have a love hate relationship with being a small business owner. I LOVE that I get to let my creativity loose and provide my idieh-ers with the best in #girlboss lifestyle products. I also love that *beyond* the incredible community I get to hang out with on the daily, I’m also surrounded by inspiring & super rad small biz owners.

What I sometimes get bogged down with are the always-too-regular late nights planning, prepping, designing, organizing (okay, maybe I do get some kind of sick enjoyment out of it), but those late nights and busy days mean that I’m extra thankful to have such an amazing community that supports and encourages me to do what I love.

That’s what makes this time (& more specifically, this week) so magical. It offers an opportunity to stop. An opportunity to breathe and just be. A chance to catch up with family, friends, and reflect on how rad our lives really are. And then, we get to celebrate the gift of small businesses (and I’m able to give back and thank YOU for your awesomeness)!

This year, we have something big in the works! We’re only going big on small biz Saturday (and what we’re calling “cyber Sunday” for the non-locals). We’ll be taking Friday to enjoy time with family and Monday to recover from the weekend (holla!). For Phoenix locals, on Saturday, you can catch us at Phoenix Flea from 10 am – 5 pm in Heritage Square. We have plans to share a special code for the day, so make sure to follow us on our social (Facebook and Instagram)! Then on Sunday, head to the shop for more deals for those of your who aren’t local or can’t make it to the Flea as we have FLASH SALES in the works! Got it down? Make sure to keep watch on social media all this weekend for the announcements of the special code & limited time *FLASH SALES*. It’s gonna be GOOOOOOD!

Want to get all the details delivered to your inbox on Friday in order to prep for the weekend?! Make sure to sign up for our party mail as we’ll be sending out all the details EARLY to our VIPs. EEK! (Yep, you’ll know what flash sales are happening when. What the what?!)

And, if you’re still prepping to host this year’s Turkey Day, but feeling a little behind, let me Martha Stewart-fy you with these turkey tips here:

Enjoy the holiday with your loves!  And enjoy this pic of me from last year’s #SmallBizSaturday


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3 Ways To Outsmart The Black Friday Madness

Some people love the thrill of camping out or staying up for days on end just to be one of the first people in line to nab that killer Black Friday deal. If this is you, then awesome! Enjoy it :) For the rest of us though, we need our rest and can’t handle the thought of dealing with the crowds on top of dealing with everything else that the holidays bring. This is why I put together a quick hit list for the three ways you can outsmart Black Friday and still score some amazing deals! (Plus, you can do all of these while sitting in your PJs)

(1) Shop Online

While there are some stores that do in-store exclusive deals, many of these deals are also available online. While this may require you to stay up late (for me, that was 4am last year), you can then sleep in the rest of the day. Be sure to check out websites like BFAds and Hip2Save who have the advance copies of the Black Friday ads. You can check to see which stores are offering the same deals online and then make your list accordingly.

(2) Use Ebates

If you are shopping online, you HAVE to use Ebates. I have mentioned Ebates before, but in case you missed it – here’s the rundown:

Ebates was one of the best things that someone ever told me about. I started using it in October of 2010, and I have earned almost $800 back over these past 5 years.


How it works (image copyright of Ebates):


I know you’re probably reading that and thinking – there’s no way this can be true. This has to be a scam.

That’s what I thought when I first read it as well. However, I saw that it had been featured on CNN, USA Today, The Business Insider, Today Show, and Good Morning America, as well as the fact that it has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Not to mention, almost every store you can think of is on there. Examples include: JCPenney, Bloomingdales, Old Navy, Sephora, Amazon, Nordstrom, Wal-Mart, Macy’s, Levi’s, and on and on and on. All of these things convinced me to give it a try – and I am SO glad I did!

One of the best ways to use it is when they do the “Double Cash Back” promotions. One of my favorites is around the holidays, will run a 50% cash back promo. My mom LOVES People Magazine, and it can be expensive for a year-long subscription ($126, I believe). BUT – if you order it when they are doing 50% cash back, you will only end up paying $63 for a year (which is around $1.15 an issue). These kinds of deals are available for a wide variety of stores, and they usually go all out to promote them closer to Black Friday and Holiday Shopping time.

A final Ebates hack is also to use the Google Chrome extension:


Since you have to click through to the Ebates website to get the cash back, there were times I would forget to do that and would miss out on the money. Once I got the extension though, it pops down to remind me to activate it before purchasing. Since then, I haven’t missed a cash back opportunity!

(3) Take Part In #SmallBusinessSaturday

It seems lately that people are much more interested in hand-crafted or smaller scale and more unique items than mass produced ones. With that in mind, you can score unique and amazing  gifts by searching the hashtag #smallbusinesssaturday for the Saturday after Black Friday. These items, from candles to paper goods, can be the perfect gift for that person on your list that already has everything that someone might need.

So there you have it! Those are the best three ways to outsmart the Black Friday madness! I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving!

And if you know of any other tips, please let me know in the comments :)

Color coded love and all of mine,




Egg in a Hole


One of my favorite late night snacks in college was what we referred to as “a hole in one”, or as most people know it, egg in a hole. My sorority sister from Iowa taught me how to make them, and when I get to feeling nostalgic, or just need a good hearty breakfast, I go to the classic. But I decided to take it one step further, because a single slice of bread wasn’t enough to mop up all of the delicious egg yolks, so I went to the bigger, badder carb. The bagel. One bagel serves 2, or 1 if you just walked laps around the mall looking for the perfect fall booties and blanket scarf. Either way, this is sure to be one of the easier breakfasts to make on a lazy Sunday morning alongside some mimosas and fresh fruit.


Egg in a Hole

  • 1 bagel, split in half
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a large skillet, melt 1 tbsp. of butter and place the bagel cut side down. Carefully crack the egg into the center of the bagel. It may overflow, and that’s okay! Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until the whites are opaque and the yolk is the consistency that you like.


DIY Thanksgiving Table Decor

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Got turkey on the brain? Us too! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we’re all amidst in the hustle and bustle of setting our tables and prepping our homes for the warmth of the holiday season. One thing I’m thankful for this year is my Cricut Explore™ which is helping me create the perfect additions to my turkey table this year. And you can use it too!

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Brighten up your turkey table top with this cheeky Shake Your Turkey Feather Art Print! All you need is a frame and some card stock to add to your cornucopia decor. MAKE IT NOW

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Kick your dessert up a notch with the Tribal Piece of Pie Stencil. Pumpkin, apple, cherry, whatever floats your pie boat. Sift powdered sugar or hand color your pies to leave your guests oooing and ahing over your confections. MAKE IT NOW

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No one ever has to convince me to eat more pie, but these quirky messages don’t hurt! Give your guests an added treat with the Tribal Pie Box. The pieces will be gone before they’re packed! MAKE IT NOW


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Get your turkey on with these bold and bright Thanksgiving statements:

It’s so easy to create with CRICUT EXPLORE

For more projects visit my Cricut Design Team project page.

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This post was created in partnership with Cricut. All content and opinions are that of my own! We only promote brands we heart.

Free Thanksgiving Place Card Design Printable


Are you already thinking about your table setting for Thanksgiving!? I have your place card design covered for this special occassion. All you have to do is add names!

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Click HERE for a Pdf you can download with 4, 2.5×3″ folded place cards ( with a 1/4″ inset on top and left side)! Happy Thanksgiving, eat like you have never ate before!

Keep Creating,


Thanksgiving Turkey Tips

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Say that 10 times fast! With Thanksgiving only two Thursdays away, yes, that’s right, only two! I am here to give you the lowdown on all of your essential turkey cooking tips, like how long you need to thaw a frozen turkey without risking your health, and how long to cook the turkey to get that perfectly crispy skin without drying out the meat. I don’t let anything go to waste in my house, so see how to use up the pan drippings, and the turkey bones after the big day!

  • The quickest, but still safe, way to thaw a fully frozen turkey is to place it breast side down in an unopened wrapper with enough cold water to cover the turkey completely. Change the water every 30 minutes to keep the turkey chilled. It will take 30 minutes per pound of turkey to thaw. Have a 12-pound bird? Allow yourself 6 hours of thawing time. Otherwise, thaw a frozen bird in the fridge, but remember that it takes 4 days to thaw so plan accordingly.
  • Allow your bird to come to room temperature before roasting it. This allows for even cooking, and moist meat.
  • Start the baking temperature high for crispy skin, then lower it. Start the oven out at 400 degrees F for the first 30 minutes, then lower it to 325 degrees F. Allow 15-20 minutes of baking time per pound of meat. 8-12 pound birds take about 3 hours to cook, 12-14 pounds takes 3-3 3/4 hours, and 14-18 pounds takes 3 3/4- 4 1/4 hours.
  • A 12-pound turkey will feed 8 people, so plan accordingly. Also, plan for leftovers (aka the BEST part of Thanksgiving!)
  • Don’t throw out the juice that collects in the bottom of the roasting pan. Use it to make gravy! Whisk the turkey drippings with flour and butter to create a flavorful and easy pan gravy!
  • A whole turkey is ready to eat when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F on an instant read thermometer. The most accurate place the check the temperature is in the innermost part of the thigh and wing, or the thickest part of the breast.
  • Don’t cut into the turkey right away. Cover it with foil, and allow it to rest for 30 minutes to an hour while you prep the rest of dinner, then carve!
  • Lastly, use the carcass (such a weird word), to make homemade turkey broth. Simply add the bones from the turkey to a large soup pot. Fill with water and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cover for an hour. Remove from heat and strain, discarding the bones and meat. Keep the broth in an airtight container in the fridge, or freeze in an ice cube tray.


Happy turkey day!

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