In preparation for the crazy
week ahead, I decided to take a different turn on a shopping/fashion post!
Surprisingly, A LOT of people
don't know what Small Business Saturday is.
So I decided, I am here to help
SMS was started a few years back
by American Express. It is always the Saturday after Black Friday and it is a
way for consumers to support small business owners. Too many times we get so
wrapped up in the big retailer sales, lining up at 3:30am and now getting in
even earlier and hustling on Thanksgiving night (HATE THIS) that we
forget how important it is to shop smaller, help our economy in a different
way, support the other guys and take a step back from the hustle and bustle of
If you have an American Express
Card you can register your card here
and earn a $10 statement credit
when you make a purchase of $10 or more at a qualifying small business location
on Nov 30. Once you register you can search near your location for
participating small business locations.
Even if you don't have a card,
you can still look-up locations andshops around your area and participant in such an amazing program!
If you are a small business owner, you are more than welcome to register your business and be added to list!
As a small business owner
myself, and a HUGE supporter of small, hometown/mom and pop shops I think this is
such a great way to support smaller businesses and show our appreciation for
homemade, crafted, hard working businesses. Like I said, all too often we are
so wrapped up in the big retailer sales and mumbo-jumbo, but it is also fun to
find some other great things while doing something great at the same time.
Please understand, I am not
biased towards Black Friday shopping, but I think more people need to go out on
Saturday and well...shop small!!
This weekend was a smorgasbord of events. We
had nothing really planned this weekend, but ended up falling into plans and
actually having a pretty great time!
On Friday night was spent under the lights! We
headed down to our town football field to watch the Aviators play for a spot in
the State Championship Game at Met Life Stadium Giants Stadium in
December! (I have not broken the habit of calling it that...blame me?)
Thankfully it was not cold Friday night. Thankfully times two that Luke's aunt
and uncle had gotten there really early for a good seat, or any seat for that
matter. I haven't been to our high school football games since my first year of
college when I headed back for our Thanksgiving Day. Long time ago. Anyway, the
game was PACKED! Packed is an understatement. There were so many people there
from our little (mile/mile) town, plus people from the surrounding towns coming
to support our team or just watch to see the outcome of the game!
This game was so much fun! The boys played
great and it was so much to get excited for my hometown team and spend time
with family! Here are a few shots of the orange and black!
Congrats Aviators! See you at the Stadium!!
Saturday we ventured up to NY to
start on our Christmas Shopping at the Palisades Mall in Nyack. It's only about a 25 minute drive and
they have some great stores! When we arrived it was a little chilly, but we
were NOT expecting what we saw when we walked out. SNOW! It was such a surprise
to see it snowing, and it was coming down pretty hard for a little while.
Unfortunately, it stopped shortly after, but the cold decided to linger.
If its going to be 20 degrees at least let it
snow right? Plain ol' cold is just no fun in my book!
At the mall we ended up purchasing this GEM. Haha! I die every time I look at this picture. We don't
usually dress up this little mama, but when we saw this outfit we just couldn't
resist. I mean come on?!! She is all ready to be Santa's Little Helper! Looking
like a little man! Gahh!!
Speaking of the pet store, Luke
thought it was hysterically coincidental how much our friend looked like the
guinea pigs. Judge for yourself :)
After an obnoxious amount of laughs and WAY too
much fun in the pet store (is that even possible to say?!) We headed to the
movies to see the Catching Fire. I read the books about 3 years ago and I
really liked them. So happy the movies are very similar to the books and I give
this one 5 stars! GO see it now! :)
Sunday was spend
keeping warm from the fridged weather that decided to linger on all weekend
long and never leave us! Fireplace, candles, snuggles and Giants....does it get
much better than that on a Sunday??
Yes, yes it does. A
Giants win would have been much much better. Frustrating!
How was your weekend?! Hope it was warm and
Sooo I had my first blogging fail this week and I am pretty embarrassed to admit it but it is necessary so I can laugh about it later..in a month.. or a year. Fool. So I have been commenting on all the adorable and funny blogs that I follow and I begin to wonder why I never receive any reply messages back. Granted some comments did not deem a reply but sometimes I had a question or two about what the post was related to. I understand that we all have lives outside of blogging and life gets busy BUT I know that comments are typically replied back to.
I let it go for a week, then another week, and another but I still continued to comment on the cute outfits, funny posts and mouth watering receipes I couldn't wait to try. HOW the heck can NOT ONE person reply back to me?!! Am I an outcast in the blog world? I know I'm fairly new to this whole adventure so maybe I am doing something wrong? Maybe there is some unspoken code about writing comments on other blogger posts?! What the heck was I doing wrong?!
I was about to quit! Shut this baby down! Stop reading blogs and expand on my online shopping addiction to ease the rejection of it all. And then, some little inkling of a memory came back to me that I CHANGED MY EMAIL ADDRESS FOR THE BLOG!!!! Are you kidding me Courtney?! How in the world did you manage to forget that you changed the email address and have been neglecting to check any possible emails you may be receiving.
Well low and behold I checked that email address and would you look at that, I had an entire inbox filled with reply comments back from all they amazing ladies I have commented in the last few weeks. Again, FOOL.
Sooo if you have responded back to any of my comments and I have not responded back I APOLOGIZE!!! I had no idea you had responded back to my comments and was just floating on through blog life with no idea what was going on around me.
Hope I didn't make anyone mad or insulted. I promise to be ontop of my game now!
This past weekend we celebrated the boy's birthday... allll weeeekend looong! Hey, he deserves it more than anyone plus I LOVE celebrating birthdays. Mine lasts for about a week.. or more...not ashamed of it! Anyway, we dined out and drank our hearts out all weekend but on Saturday we headed to The Stony Hill Inn.
This restaurant is sitting atop a hill a few minutes from our house and it's one of those places you drive past for years and always say you're going to head in to check it out but never get the chance. Well, birthday celebrations call for special occasions so we got all dolled up and headed there for dinner with friends. If you live in Northern New Jersey or visit family or are just in the area you have to eat here. It used to be an "Inn" back in the day and it was converted into a restaurant and same banquet hall. It is so quant with little private rooms for dining with fireplaces and it just has a cozy atmosphere, especially around the holidays. To say the food is to die for is an understatement! Everything we ordered was over the top delicious and everyone was pretty statisfied!
I failed to take pictures.. SORRY food was just too good to stop for the camera, but you can check out their website here.
one :: This weekend is my love's birthday weekend! We have plenty of things planned and I am soo excited to celebrate him!
two :: Speaking of...we are going out tonight and tomorrow! Tonight we are headed to a new restaurant and I have heard nothing but great things! Tomorrow we are going to a restaurant I frequent with the fam but the boo hasn't been there yet. It's a little fancy pants so we are all excited to get dressed up! Nothing but the best for this guy!
three :: I believe it is WAY TOO COLD for November. I mean I feel like I've been bundled up for far too long and it's only the 15th! Get it together mother nature!
four :: I am afraid I have taken my online shopping problem...... OKAY addiction to a whole new level. Embarrassing, just a little but Christmas is only 6 weeks away and I swore I wouldn't wait till last minute to panic to run around for presents. Plus I am finding some great deals so that is a positive right? Right?!
five :: Well since these wonderful 5 things all seem to relate in some way lets keep that going. As this last Friday topic relates to Christmas and cold weather, I need to get this out I LOVE FALL! Don't get me wrong I love Christmas and singing and cookies and presents and everything Christmas has to offer BUT it is a tit bit ridiculous that Christmas stuff have been out since the day after Halloween. I mean November needs love too! Thanksgiving must not be forgotten in all this holiday madness. I refuse to make it feel like the Cinderella step-child of holidays! So I will continue to drink my pumpkin coffee and admire fallish decorations because Thanksgiving is a pretty important holiday and life is too short to rush through yet another month.
I cannot believe that we are
pretty much halfway through November already! What the heck is happening to
2013! It is literally blowing past me and I can't seem to keep up! Although I
am still keepin' on with some fabulous fall wear, I find some days are already
a bit chillier then others, especially in the morning but I can't seem to get
used to the idea of winter clothes! Here are a few things I am LOVING right now
that I think will be the perfect transition from fall to winter.
one :: Chunky
Sweaters! This sweater I found at H&M Online and I
am so loving it! For some reason this year I am loving the chunkiness! I can't
seem to pull my eyes away from the cozy warmth of a big sweater! Definately
going to add to this collection.
two :: AlexanderMcQueen Sunnies! I spotted these at the mall last week and the desire to own
them is unimaginable! I try not to spend too much on sunglasses because I find
it too easy to lose them, break them or drop them a continuous amount of times.
However, I always make sure I have one good pair and these just won me over.
Come on with those gold studs!
three :: Black Plaid
Shirt. I have seen these all over lately and I think it is a perfect piece to
go with just about anything. I plan on pairing it under a sweater for a cozy
work look, or with jeans and some boots on the weekend.
four :: Palmer'sSwivel Stick! Oh My Lanta! This baby..is my baby. I have been using this stick
since high school and I have to say it is the only chapstick I own. I have
gotten a few strange looks and the follow-up question whether I was using a
glue stick, BUT it is amazing! Plus it lasts long and you will never lose it!
To say the last week was busy is an
understatement! Thankfully, this past weekend was a breath of fresh, quiet air
and relaxation along with a whole bunch of nothing is exactly what I did!
I debated recapping some events, but I knew I
couldn't pass up sharing our pretty awesome Halloween Costumes! So we were
trying to keep it cheap, fun and epic this year, so we decided on
On Halloween, we decided to head into the city
to watch/try to get into the parade. I have mentioned the boy is obsessed with
Halloween right? I thought so, hence why we had to make several attempts to get
ourselves into the parade. Unfortunately, fortunately that didn't
happen. We did in fact have a pretty great time with some pretty great friends!
These rock star buddies of ours surprised us
with these out of control costumes and we were hysterical laughing most of the
night just looking at how ridiculous we all looked! Don't you just love nights
of continuous laughter...for no apparent reason...just a good time!
Such a spoiled Rock Star...couldn't even figure
out the subway system!
Those pants though!! I DIE!!!
Some creepster in the street
Due to our failed attempt to get into the
parade..we ended up at a random bar (of course) because drinks are always a
necessity. For a random dive bar, we had one of the best times! Always works
out that way don't ya think? Spontaneity is my favorite!
As if the laughter didn't kill us now, we ran
into our twins! Haha! Out of all the places to stop, we stopped at this random
bar and ran into another Wayne & Garth!
(Ignore my drunk, blinded, squinty eyes)
They looked pretty amazing and it was so much
fun to hang out with these ladies for a little while! We were reciting lines to
the movie and just doing weird things - hey it's Halloween! I do have to admit
though, we ended up on the dance floor and it is EXTREMELY awkward dancing in
guys clothing. Just didn't feel right at all! Just another good laugh for the books!
Being a dork and acting like a rock star groupie!
And we had all had enough of the wings for the night!
That Saturday, November 2, the fam, the boy and
I all headed down to Delaware to visit more familia and to get a firsthand look
at Punkin' Chunkin'. I am a city girl, I LOVE everything about the country
however I have never heard of such a thing. YouTube it people...please. It is
this crazed all weekend event where people come from all over…for years… and it’s
The drive down was pretty amazing. The trees
were all sorts of colors and changing ever so quickly, we were lucky to have a
little time to just drive past and take it all in before the winter takes over.
I told you, this is no joke. Apparently people
come from all over the country to set up their cannons and catapults to chuck
their pumpkins as far as they can. It was an interesting event to attend, but I
think that I would much rather watch it on TV, with a beer :)
After all the excitement....we headed back to
my cousins house to have our own event! We drank delicious beer, played lots of
corn hole and got to spend time with my Delaware cousins that we don't get to
see that often. This was the best part of the day, because my aunt, who rarely never
drinks, decided to get a little wastey face and place corn hole with us.
For a first timer she was pretty dang good, and
VERY excited! Hahaa!
Delaware is INFESTED with these furry little
Cute little Zippy dyed green for Halloween!
Aside from all that excitement, last week at
work was busy busy and coming home late and running errand, Dr. appointments
etc kept me even more busy. This past weekend I did JACK! Not complaining at
all and I love every second! Finally, we had a weekend of nothing and I could
not have spent it any other way than on the couch cuddled up with my puppy boo!