Gobble, Gobble, Gobble. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.
I am very grateful for all the people in my life, my health, the opportunities that found their way to me over the past year, the lessons learned and all the moments (good and bad) that led me to where I am today.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
If you’re struggling to find the motivation to brave the big retail stores during the holiday season, you might want to think small then shop small. There are definitely perks to shopping from small businesses. Skip Black Friday shopping and all the crowds and save your gift buying for our December Girl's Night Out, where there will be over 20 PopUp Shops to find something for everyone on your list!
Here are four good reasons to attend the Girl's Night Out December Social on Dec 19th to shop small this season:
1. You will Find Unique Gifts
Finding the perfect holiday gift can be difficult when you keep seeing the same stuff in every store. No one wants to give people a gift they’ve received from someone else or an item they’ve seen everywhere. Small businesses often offer unique gifts, especially if they are selling their own handmade products. Think of shopping small as an opportunity to wow everyone on your list!
2. You Will Be Supporting Your Community
Shopping at small businesses helps provide jobs for your community, and it puts money into the local economy. Plus, the small businesses at our annual Holiday Sip and Shop are all women dreamers. These local women businesses had a dream and made it happen by creating a business form their passion. When you support them you are support a local woman's dream. And what is more amazing than that?!
3. You Will Get Personalized Customer Service
Good customer service can be hard to find during the holidays because retail employees are often stretched thin. Small businesses can offer a more enjoyable and personal shopping experience that allows time for more browsing and exploring, rather than scrambling to beat other shoppers to the shelves. Also, small-business employees may have more knowledge of the products and services they’re selling because it's their personal passion and/or livliehood.
4. Less impact on the environment
Shopping local is better for the environment because small businesses have lower shipping costs. Many large businesses ship products from overseas factories, but small businesses often create their products using local resources. And if you attend the Girl's Night Out Holiday Sip & Shop Social there are NO SHIPPING COSTS or affects on the environment.
After the initial back-to-school chaos, we can now breathe and have some family fun as we approach the holidays. In South Florida, we don't really have a drastic change in the weather nor do the leaves have a huge color difference I personally love bucket lists. Bucket lists are a great reminder to slow down, and take time to just enjoy some quality time with the kids.
I’ve got 15 awesome ideas for you to enjoy the fall season (even in Florida) with loads of family fun!
Decorate the house with fall decor
Bake an apple pie together from scratch
Create a thankful jar
Have a family picnic
Make pine cone bird feeders
Build a scarecrow
Make Blessing Mix and give to friends
Eat caramel apples
Pick out new fall candles
Donate food to a local food bank
Visit a farmer’s market
Go for a walk in the woods
Plan Thanksgiving dinner (each family member picks two items)!
Fall is a wonderful time to take a moment with the kids to reflect on the year so far. Talk about what made it special. What else you’d still like to do. And what things each member is thankful for. It can just be a chat while walking or a serious toast at Thanksgiving. 2019 is almost over, enjoy the last two months making fun memories!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MANDY CARTER
Mandy manages the South Florida and SWFL Communities of Housewives In the City as well serving as the South Fl & Midwest Regional Manager. She is mother of two who loves to travel, shop and try new cocktails. In addition to planning events and blogging for Housewives In The City, Mandy Carter is a published writer, working model, freelance event producer & marketer at itsmandymichelle.com as well as a family travel columnist & blogger at Acupful.com.
This is for my mommy friends... If you are like me, you may need to help Santa eat some cookies tonight. Skip the milk and go for the wine!
Here is a little cheat sheet to help you out! ENJOY these 8 Christmas Cookie and Wine Pairings. Try some of these wine-and-cookie combinations and let me know which is your favorite.
Hi, I'm Mandy!
I am obsessed with traveling, could eat tacos everyday, can sip wine or shoot whiskey, trying new restaurants gets me excited and my children fill the days with joy, laughter and challenges!
I share fun things to do in the in and around the Fort Lauderdale area plus host monthly events at local businesses and cannot wait to meet all of you!
Aside from Housewives In The City I am a freelance writer, Family Travel Blogger + Influencer and Publisher for a SWFL Church.