I'm just quickly checking in. This week is a bit different in my postings as I'm still recovering from Thanksgiving. LOL
Yesterday I kept my promise (although I never actually promised & I always keep my promises) and we took Cosette to go visit Dream beam.
We had also stopped into Steinmart to pick up something that Dave had been eyeing. I finally did go and get my lovely manicure - which was MUCH NEEDED, and we also went to go see the movie Fantastic Beasts and where to find them.
Boy was the theater packed - six of us went and we couldn't even all sit together, four of us actually sat in the very front row! We all still managed to quickly adjust and enjoy the film.
Then we came home to another HUGE dinner - but without all of the hard work and effort - we all sat together, filled our tum tums and enjoyed most of the leftovers...yes there is still more!
So far today I've kinda just been lazy and sitting around working on some online shopping, but since Today is Small Business Saturday I'll actually soon be heading out...
Green Saturday LA Green Saturday happens the Saturday after Black Friday and will feature cruelty free gifts, crafts, vegan, and vegetarian treats! Shop for yourselves or your loved ones! You don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to enjoy veg or cruelty free goods. All are welcome to our event!
A portion of proceeds from Green Saturday LA will be donated to the Whiskers & Tails Foundation, a local organization that rescues and adopts various animals, from cats and dogs, to ducks, pigs and goats.
Time & Location: 11AM – 5PM Alpine Village – 833 West Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90502 Admission: Children are free, $5 (per adult), or FREE with a donation of cat or dog food, new cat or dog toy, or a clean blanket for The Whiskers and Tails Foundation
And then later this afternoon we are all planning on going to yet another movie and today it will be the new Disney film - Moana.
WHY IS SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES SO IMPORTANT? This here is a repost from what I blogged about last year on Small Business Saturday - 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!