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Too ambitious for my own good??
Well this NEVER happens, but I let it happen today..
Am I sometimes too ambitious, is it that I just don't value my sleep as much as I should, could it have been that I didn't want to be so far away from the leftovers (lol) or was it something else?
I made the executive decision to postpose our getaway to Catalina Island. Not sure until when - because each and every weekend is booked from now until mid June (after we return from our trip to Europe). Unless I decide to squeeze it in as a day trip on January 3rd, 2016...Hmm that might work!
Although it was my choice to change plans - I always have this uneasy feeling in my gut when things don't go "as planned" - guess that's my inner control freak!
Well folks it's the weekend and the plans were for the four of us to head out at the crack of dawn and show the kiddos around Catalina Island!
The only thing is that as of last night we were contemplating even going at all this weekend.
I thought about the logistics and although it could've worked - it also could've been a day that the kids didn't actually enjoy. So after discussion with them last night I think that it was best to postpone the journey and let them and Dave sleep a bit more this morning.
Yesterday on the other hand went semi as planned...We did everything that was planned (just with slight adjustments):
Getting my nails done...I'm back with Ivy (my nail girl) and I love the new color!
Dave was successful in finding and picking up Birthday gifts for Dominic (his birthday is tomorrow).
What a silly guy!
We went to the movies - thought we were going to see The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 2 (which we'll see tonight), but instead opted to go as a bigger group with Andrew, Jet, Chaplin, and my mom to see The Good Dinosaur - which was a really good and sweet movie - definitely better than I expected!
And we all had Thanksgiving dinner part II, however our guests couldn't make it.
So here we are today, and since we were all looking forward to doing some Christmas shopping in Catalina, we figured that although we aren't in Catalina that we'd still do some shopping.
TODAY happens to be SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY and according to Co-OpCreditUnions.org Here are 6 Really Important Reasons to Shop on Small Business Saturday:
1. You’ll help create jobs in the community. Money spent in the community will go back into it in the form of creating employment opportunities. According to the Small Business Administration, the 28 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all sales in the U.S. Plus small businesses have provided 55 percent of all jobs and 66 percent of all new jobs since the 1970s. When you make a purchase at a small business, you are doing your part to stimulate the local economy.
2. Your tax dollars stay local. Shopping at small businesses helps keep money within the neighborhood. A series of studies by the research firm Civic Economics found that 48 percent of purchases at local independent businesses go right back into the community, compared to less than 14 percent of sales made at chain stores. Your tax dollars stay locally, going toward public services, better schools, and libraries.
3.Small businesses give back to the neighborhood. Small businesses go beyond writing a check to a local cause. They’re more likely to develop partnerships and strengthen ties with people in the neighborhood. Brick and mortar establishments can serve as community hubs, such as the coffee shop that holds open mic night or the pizza parlor that sponsors little league fundraisers.
4. Shopping at one local business helps other local businesses. By shopping at a business in the neighborhood, you’ll most likely stop by other independent retailers in the vicinity. On top of that, some small businesses tend to offer products that are made locally, creating a ripple effect in the local economy. You can use this handy store locator tool to find businesses in your neighborhood that will be participating in this year’s SBS.
5. Small businesses offer more unique products. You can get away from the mass-produced items found at big box chains by shopping at an independent retailer. You’ll be able to find locally made gifts that are perfect for your significant other or enjoy a one-of-a-kind specialty drink at the local watering hole.
6. It helps keep communities diverse. Sure, we all love and go to the mainstream retailers, but can you imagine what it would be like to live in a place with nothing but non-descript strip malls? By participating in Small Business Saturday, we’re making sure independent businesses thrive by adding to the vibrancy and uniqueness of a community. It would be tough for the charming trinkets shop or the mom and pop deli around the corner to stay afloat without your patronage.
Let's all do our best to try and support Small Businesses! We'll see ya out there!
Time to go Shop :) -T
Elisa's Daily Scoop NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: 20 DAYS
Sick on Small Business Saturday
Good day folks!!
Well, it appears, after reading Tanya's blog, that we both had to make some unexpected executive decisions today.
Yesterday, when I arrived home from the barn with the girls from a lesson, I started to feel a bit under the weather.
Our original plan was to hit the mall or at least DSW Shoe Warehouse, as Gianna is really in need of some dress shoes and boots.
In any case, the fact that we all were pretty mangey from being at the barn all day, we decided to make a pit stop at home to freshen up and change.
Well, folks, as soon as I got into the house, I literally deteriorated. I felt achey all over - even my feet - and I was FREEZING!! Just completely chilled.
I literally could not get warm. Wearing a tank top, long-sleeved tee shirt, a hoodie sweat shirt, I threw myself on the couch in the den and proceeded to cover myself in not one, not two, but three blanket throws!!
And I was still cold!! I fell into a slumber for close to 4 hours and had a raging headache when I awoke. It was then, I began to accept the fact that I was sick with some sort of a virus.
I HATE BEING SICK!! I know no one really enjoys it, but I'm the worst. I am impatient. I try to will myself to get better. I get all nervous and hypochondriacal that "I'm dying" and that I've contracted some deadly disease, instead of a virus.
It's not a pleasant experience for those around me lol.
So, as fate would have it, we did not go to the barn for the girls regular Saturday riding day.
I know they were upset, but they were so cute and caring that mommy was sick!
Yesterday was a much better day as we made it out east for the girls to ride. The weather could not have been better!!!
Sunny, breezy and mild.
Both girls did amazingly!
I will say, I'm a little jealous of Tanya right now -- she is on her way to go shopping!!
Please take the time to read her column about Small Business Saturday. Have you ever thought about how important it is to support local businesses?
According to the Small Business Administration, the 28 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all sales in the U.S. Plus small businesses have provided 55 percent of all jobs and 66 percent of all new jobs since the 1970s.
Please read Tanya's Daily Scoop to find out why shopping local and supporting small businesses benefit your community and the economy as a whole. <---<---<---<---<---<---<---<---<---<---
Well, maybe tomorrow! Today, I'll be resting all day, trying to get rid of this nasty virus!!