Just Where Did “Black Friday” come from? TT Friday Special

Hey all my fabulous fashionistas!  Today is a great day for businesses.  BLACK FRIDAY!

Big or small, doors were open for retail business this morning.  Some as early as yesterday afternoon.  :OUCH:  The good part about online selling is that you have a chance to shop from the comfort of your home without fighting the crush of the busy Black Friday shoppers.  Want to shop right now?  Go Visit Trisha Trixie’s website for some truly awesome deals.

But I got all distracted.  Where did “Black Friday” come from?  Did you know that it has been around for quite some time…just not called “Black Friday” right away.

From www.blackfriday.com:

“The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season.

In the 1960’s, police in Philadelphia griped about the congested streets, clogged with motorists and pedestrians, calling it “Black Friday.” In a non-retail sense, it also describes a financial crisis of 1869: a stock market catastrophe set off by gold spectators who tried and failed to corner the gold market, causing the market to collapse and stocks to plummet.”

So, way back in 1924…the Friday after the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade…people began thronging to the stores in hope of getting a great deal on something either they wanted/needed or someone else wanted/needed.

Since then, the furor has grown, and through thick and thin, Black Friday has stood the test of time.

Until recently.

More and more over the last few years, Black Friday has become less spectacular in the eyes of many, myself included. Stores are rushing the season…starting mention of Black Friday at the beginning of November.  Even so much as taking over THANKSGIVING in their rush to making the almighty dollar!  What the heck?

I have always been of the opinion that Thanksgiving should be left as a day of rest, peace and enjoying family.  Not all service industries have the day off…imagine if Nurses, Doctors, Pharmacists, Police Officers and Firefighters took the day off?  Uh, yeah…not gonna happen.  I have never counted the Whipped Cream as a MUST HAVE…if I didn’t remember it until Thanksgiving Day.  You just went without.  Apparently, I am in the minority though…because most (not all, thank goodness!) Grocery Stores and Retail Shops are open on Thanksgiving at some point.  Sad, really…

A good portion of many people’s shopping nowadays is done online.  I can get fully behind shopping online…until Aunt Penny (fictitious name, of course), decides that you are still 18 and not 38…and sends you clothing way too small, inappropriate for you or…let’s face it, just isn’t for you.  Thankfully, if you contact retailers online and explain the problem, some will work with you…though most likely you will have to send back said item.  Which is okay…if you cannot really see the purpose of having a Barney 2T sweatshirt in your life…and need to get rid of it ASAP.

Usually, I just regift…or donate said item to the church.  If your aunt asks how you like it…”Oh, Aunt Penny…it was just way too small…so I gifted it to a kiddo that can use it.”  This will make you look good to Aunt Penny AND you really have likely helped out a kiddo in need.

Until next time, my beauties…In whatever you say or do, stay true to you.

Sandra Bee

Fabulous Friday: Guest Blog: Bold & Fabulous at Home

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Be Bold & Fabulous at Home

After Trisha Trixie shared her Vintage Kitchen Dreams with our community last week, we here at Drake Homes, simply had to respond!

As a Des Moines home builder and with the “be brave, be bold, be fearless, be fabulous” tagline that Trisha Trixie rocks around here, we’re here to share some thoughts on how these positive and individualizing characteristics can be applied at home.

As we shared in our recent Beautiful Living article, living in Des Moines is a treat.  One great aspect of living here in Iowa is the wonderfully low cost of living.  In many cases, extra income allows people to more often consider new home construction in Des Moines.  With new construction, there are so many unique things one can implement into the home of their dreams.  Whether it’s Trisha Trixie’s vintage kitchen ideas, an entertainment mecca for all your friends, or something in between, it’s always fun hearing people’s new home building ideas.

With that in mind, here are a few bold and fabulous features from a variety of new homes we’ve built recently.  Paint colors, flooring, and custom features can all make a house your home, so we hope they inspire some fun ideas for you!

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Like what you see?  Well, you’re in luck.  Drake Homes have plenty more where that came from!  Connect with them on Houzz, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more bold and fabulous home design inspiration.  Cheers!

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Living Rooms by Drake Homes

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ben McDougal is the Marketing Director at Drake Homes.

As one of the finest home builders in Des Moines, Drake Homes provides new home construction and a variety of beautiful floor plans for families all around Des Moines.  Please visit www.DrakeHomesIowa.com for additional details and check out the Drake Homes Portfolio for more great home design ideas!

Fabulous Friday: Is It Time to Be Fabulous Yet?

Nope, but we are not far off!

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Next week, August 2nd is our First Be Fabulous Friday to kick off my  NEW Be Fabulous Campaign aka Course for Fabulousness!

Want in on this? I still have room in my BETA group for the first round. Join the BE FABULOUS Facebook Group here!

What will be in store for you? Each of these are up to you to participate if you desire. I will give you the tools and info. You have to have the desire. The following week we will be sharing our thoughts, comments, awareness’s, and if you like any images you also choose to share from what you created. I have listed the basics of what I plan to offer you and if you choose to create any of the items what you will need for each week. Some people in my other courses I have taken sometimes even like to make one BIG Journal and clip, post and paste everything in one. This is YOURS. I want you to do whatever YOU want to do.  I will have info and print outs for each week. None of these things are set in stone. You can do online or handmade. You can just read them. You can do nothing.

BE FABULOUS in YOUR OWN WAY!

  • Week 1: Be Fabulous 

Envisioning Guided Fabulous Mediation by HypKnowTherapy Solutions with Betsy Bicsak, CHt 

You will receive an audio to download or listen to online (cd’s can be purchased for $10 which includes shipping and handling in the US)

We will discuss what is means to Be Fabulous and open your mind to what it might mean to you

We will be making a Be Fabulous Collage/Vision Board. I will give you some sheets you can print out for ideas and cut outs. It will be up to you to purchase or use materials as you desire. This could be a card, a poster board, a canvas, it it up to you.

If you desire to make a Pinterest Board or other online Board that is fine as well.

Items Needed:

Poster Board, Bristol Paper, Piece of Cardboard, Wood, or whatever you desire to put you Vision Board Collage on. I use Canvas Boards or Bristol Paper with a heavy thickness. You can use anything you just need something to glue your items on.

Magazine tear outs of things that you feel or are connected to as FABULOUS. This could be words, images, pictures, designs, etc.

ModPodge or Glue Sticks

Glitter if you want it or other embellishments

My printout for the week

  • Week2: Be Grateful

Week two we will talk about being Grateful and I will give you instructions on making a Mini Gratitude Journals you can carry with you so you can write down all the things you  are grateful for or notice to Be Grateful for during the day. I will also give you some sites for some Online Journals if you prefer to keep track that way.

Items needed:

Mini Composition Journal (you can buy a 4 pack at Target or Walmart generally for $1-$2)

Scrapbook paper

Modpodge or Glue Sticks

Other items you want to add (i.e. stickers, glitter, etc)

  • Week 3: Be Strong

In week three we will discuss Toxic People and how they affect us and how to overcome this with some hints tips and tricks from my OWN life. We will go over jealously, saboteurs and haters and how to move past those who try to deter you from your Fabulous journey. I will give you a few book ideas as well as some other quotes and info from others I have learned throughout the years.

(We will not be making anything this week but you can make a Pinterest Board or another Vision Board here if you like. I will share my Strong Vision Board with you all for suggestions)

  • Week4: Be Enlightened

In week four, our FINAL WEEK, we will discuss how our lives have changed. How you can Be Enlightened and stay enlightened.  I will share some of my favorite sites, people and things that will help you and guide you along your path to continued power and positive thinking so you can always carry that Be Fabulous attitude with you.

The final thing you will receive is the Be FABULOUS Mantra. I have a mantra I have made FOR YOU but desire you to add to it and make it yours as well. I hope that you will print the Mantra out and post it where you can see it so you will be able to Be Fabulous every day! You can also collage it and frame it or have it online. As long as it is something you will see, read and feel in your heart regularly.

Is it Time to Be Fabulous for you?

Come join our group of nearly 50 participants now! CLICK HERE to JOIN!!

All items for this will be posted in here. I am currently offering this for FREE to test it out, get your input and feedback and make this the best course ever with YOU in mind!

Want a great way to remember to Be Fabulous? Order this “Time to Be Fabulous Hourglass Double Ribbon Necklace” and wear it with pride! This can also be Converted to a Zipper Pull or whatever you desire. Custom Orders are encouraged.

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Until Next Time,

Xoxo Be Fabulous

Trisha Trixie