Black Friday Deals Worth Braving the Crowds For

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Image via gamesided.com

Hey Ya’ll,

I’m not one to shop on “Black Friday” but if you are there are plenty of good deals to score this year. In fact, some of them are already LIVE and can be purchased online! Click HERE for a list of coupon codes that have already hit the web for “Black Friday” 2013.

Earns Wal-Mart StoresClick HERE for The Huffington Post‘s list of the top “Black Friday” deals at Walmart. What’s the best deal they’ve got? Walmart is offering to give YOU $26 dollars for an iPhone 5C ($49 on contract + $75 gift card).

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Image via cnet.com

And for all of the tech-lovers on your shopping list (or for yourself!), be sure to check out Cnet‘s list of the best tech deals available this “Black Friday” at stores like Target, Best Buy, Staples and Amazon. Click HERE for their reviews of each product/deal.

tg-lead-targetFor those of you who love Target as much as I do, Tom’s Guide has an excellent list of the best tech deals to score at Target, HERE. According to Tom’s Guide, “Target opens at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and doesn’t close until 11 p.m. on Black Friday. That’s 27 straight hours of continuous shopping. On top of its many sales, Target is also offering a 20 percent off coupon valid Dec. 1-7 for those who spend more than $75 on Black Friday. Plus, if you have Target’s “REDcard” credit card, you can take an extra 5 percent off the sale price.”

Lastly, Lifehacker has a great list of the items you should buy on “Black Friday” vs. “Cyber Monday”. Click HERE to check it out.

Please share any great deals you’ve seen advertised in the comment section below. Good luck and have a SAFE shopping day everybody!
-Brian

What’s Your Favorite Holiday Pie?

Hey Ya’ll,

I’ve often heard it said, that there’s nothing more American than apple pie…

So I guess it makes sense that during the American holiday season, pies become the grand finale and shining star of Thanksgiving dinners and holiday spreads all over the United States.

In fact, the Pilgrims and early settlers brought their pie recipes with them to America, adapting to the ingredients and techniques available to them in the New World.

The very first American pies were based on berries and fruits pointed out to them by the Native North Americans.

As a kid growing up in Texas, I remember my mom having these great pie plates that had a different recipe for different pies printed on them. Now they are being sold as vintage on websites like Etsy! Anyhow, we had a set of three and the cheesecake was always my favorite… yum!

So, on the heels of Thanksgiving Day, I thought it would be fun to do a “Pie Poll”, by having all of you answer a few questions in the comment section below.

1) What is your favorite kind of pie and do you like to bake it yourself or buy it from a specific store?

2) Do you like to eat your favorite pie à la mode (with a scoop of ice cream) or all by itself?

I can’t wait to hear about your favorites and find out how each of you and your families celebrate the holidays with classic American pies. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving, everyone!
-Brian

P.S. Click HERE for the recipe to make this DELICIOUS looking pie that I found on a Gluten-Free baking blog called, www.glutenfreespinner.com. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Inspiration for Your Table and Mantel

Hey Ya’ll,

I’m traveling to and from NYC this week, but I decided to put together a quick post featuring some really stunning seasonal design I’ve seen online. Image

I hope these ideas inspire you as you decorate your home for Thanksgiving! Send photos of your favorite mantel designs or leave a creative idea for a Thanksgiving dinner place card in the comment section below.
-Brian