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

Memorial Monday Menu

I would hope you a ll know by now, I love to bake, cook, be in the kitchen, be a hostess and have parties. I am a sucker for holidays, manufactured ones too.   At this point I don’t even care if I “know” people are coming over or not. I have decided in my 40’s now that I am going to cook for me and my man and if people want to stop by I invite the misfits, the exiles and any and all who want to come and if they show up GREAT if not, “oh well”.   So this weekend my menu I decided I wanted to do consisted of things “I” wanted to make and create.

I bought a new grill (and put it together all by myself thank you oh and I tested out the grill Friday night and I even got it started all by myself nyah!)

Menu:   Frog Eyed Salad http://allrecipes.com/recipe/frog-eyed-salad/

Potato Salad made with Sour Cream instead of Mayhttp://www.inspiredtaste.net/22809/simple-potato-salad-recipe/

My man doesnt like Mayo so I used this alternative instead. Very yummy)

Premade Buffalo Wings from Fareway (Appetizers)

Premade Shrimp Bites (Schwans)

 

Chips and Salsa:  Target Peach Pineapple Salsa and a tad Queso. Yummm

Trixie’s World Famous Devilish Eggs : (Make like a normal Recipe, but add a hint of special vanilla. I use Tahitian or Madagascar) PS Also made with Sour Cream. No Mayo

Burgers :  I add Tastefully Simple”s “Everyday Grillin Seasonin, then flatten out. Add a touch of Big Daddy’s BBQ sauce then grill over coals (get yours from my pal Kara)

Brats:  For my man. I am not a Brat person but he likes them

Chicken Breast: Fareway had some great deals so I figured I would toss those on the grill too

Pasta Salad:  Rotini Pasta, cook al dente, add pesto or italian dressing. I like this simple recipe. You can also add ranch http://allrecipes.com/recipe/simple-pasta-salad/ I also mixed my own version of this Italian Dressing Recipe up http://allrecipes.com/recipe/italian-dressing-mix/

Rhubarb Pie: HOMEMADE WITH FRESH RHUBARB…need I say more??? This week I remember I had a TON of Rhubarb in my backyard so I cut that all up and froze some and saved some out to make a pie for today.

Then for the finale of flavors I made Sweet Chai Tea: Black Tea, Roobis, Cinnamon, Cadramom, Ginger, Cloves, Black Pepper, touch of nutmeg. Steep loose teas and flavors together for 10 minutes or more. Make enough pots to make a BIG pitcher. Cool in fridge or add ice to glass and enjoy. For a creamy version adda hint of milk or cream. And I saw this Recipe for Strawberry Syrup to make Sodas so I made my version but did it with

Rhubarb Syrup for Rhubarb Soda. Very yummy. Try it out! mmmm http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Strawberry-Soda-Syrup/Detail.aspx?src=VD_Summary

Of course, I got one last thing (and we just had to try it out ahead of time… SMORES

No matter what your plans, grillin, hangin, chillin, going to memorial services, or whatever… take at least SOME time and remember WHAT this weekend is for… To remember thoe we lost in the wars they served  

 

Until next time,

XoXo Trisha Trixie

Throwback Thursday: Interesting Nature Facts

Dragonflies

Dragonflies fly up to 20 miles per hour!  They also hover and fly backwards.  They are great for gardening, as they devour insects.

Shade Trees

Planting two to three shade trees in your yard can save you $100 to $250 a year in energy costs.

Onion

Ancient Egyptian laborers ate onions to give them strength while building the pyramids.  Onions were used, in the past, to treat infertility, impotence, headaches, hair loss and muscle aches.  Perhaps, we should be eating more onions?

 

Crickets

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Did you know that you can tell the temperature outside based on the sound of the cricket?  Really!  I learned this from my grandmother.  Count the number of chirps in 15 seconds and add that number to 37.  This will be the approximate temperature in degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Night Blooming Plants

My grandmother bought a night blooming plant this year.  I wondered what the real purpose of these plants was.  Not only are they beautiful, but the attract night flying pollinators.  This helps your plants to grow stronger!

What are some fun nature facts that you know?  Please comment on the site, we’d love to hear them.

Flylady Friday: Baby Steps

So, this weeks challenge was to clean the bathroom and a guest room(the one where you throw all your clutter)

First things first, you really need to sign up for the flylady emails.  Daily tips and tricks are going to fly your way.  I only took the time to read the emails written by Kelly.  Those from her viewers are about how well the program and products she offers (the purple rags and drain clogger are sure to be mine soon) work may be more beneficial as I continue to work the program.  However, my focus is just to do what I can and try not to whine.  Flylady says that saying, “I don’t have the time,” is the same as whining and we must get rid of this “stink in’ thinkin'”  So, I take the time to read the “flight plan” emails.

On Mondays, FlyLady offers a weekly plan;

This week we are in the bathroom and another room. The other room will be our Guest Room/ area! This means whatever room that you have that is your dumping ground. For most people it would be the guest room/area.

Bathroom:

Clear off the Hotspots that have gathered on the back of the tub and the
bathroom sink tops.

Guest/Extra Room

Grab a bag and do a 27 fling boogie of things to throw away. The things that
are obvious trash. We are not doing anything other than getting rid of things
to toss. Set your timer for 15 minutes and do as many 27 flings as you can!
Have fun with these missions!

 

 

I couldn’t do all of her flight plan tips, but I tried a few.  But, I do have clutter.

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1. I took 15 minutes and through away product, cleaning supplies and empty bottles.  I was amazed that I filled a garbage sack.  So heavy the man had to take it out!

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2. Then, I was inspired to reorganize.  My boyfriend said, “Everything is put away and not on the counters, but I can find it.”  That made me smile.

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3.  I then cleaned all the back spots of my tub, sink and toilet.  Not in the same day and I did it in 15 minute increments.  I mean who doesn’t have 15 minutes?

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Impressively, It has stayed fairly clean.  🙂

So, the guest room.  In my house, we call it the dog room.  It is the room where we throw everything.  The man keeps his clothes there and dirty stuff and junk piles up.  I’m sorry it is the room I keep the door closed on for a reason.  I wasn’t willing to take pictures during the process, but in 15 minute increments I did get it clean!

1. I went in and picked up the garbage.

2.  I picked up anything that should have a home in another place in the house.  Yes, including the laundry.  I even washed several loads of his clothes!  (I think the boy might like my new Flylady trial!)

3. I wiped furniture down, swept and made the bed.  All in just 15 minute increments throughout the week.

With little tricks and trips throughout the week I was able to make a big difference.

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And look I added a hamper to room to help us maintain organization!

My cousin asked to come stay this weekend and I didn’t have to turn him down, because I was embarrassed of the space.  But as you can see, he will have to share the dog room!

For next week I am going to try to maintain a morning and evening routine.  There are a few things I can’t complete such as making the bed every morning or unloading the dishwasher as my man sleeps much later than I do.  He might be agitated if I make the bed with him in it!  But I think a routine will benefit me.

Fly on ladies and have a great week!

Wednesday What Not: Birthday Traditions

We are celebrating the birthday week of TrishaTrixie.

I thought it would be fun to reflect on some birthday traditions.

Cake

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There are many theories as to why we have the birthday cake!

  • The greeks were thought to take cakes to the gods at the beginning of a full moon and a birthday represents one full moon!
  • In Germany, it was a tradition to make bread in the shape of the baby Jesus’s swaddling clothes.

But why do they put candles on the cake?

  • Again, this looks at ancient Greek times.  When the cakes were brought to the God’s they were lit with candles to look like the moon.
  • The German’s were the first to use small candles on their cakes, as they were good candle makers.
  • Candles were used in the center of cakes to represent the “light of life”
  • Some cultures believed that the smoke from the candles would send your wishes up to heaven.

The Birthday Party

A party is usually had so that treats can be shared and presents can be given.  However, this was not always the case.

  • The earliest parties were planned because people thought that evil spirits would visit them on their birthdays.  Friends and family stuck close so they could keep the spirits away.
  • Later, they became traditions where people would come together and celebrate the life of the person having a birthday.

Birthday Luck

A good luck birthstone, good luck flower and good luck color have been assigned to each month of the year.

Wrapping Gifts

A tradition that we hold is the custom of wrapping gifts.

Check out this video on how to wrap a perfect gift.

Saturday Special: Last Minute Ideas for Mother’s Day

Procrastination?  Yes, we have all been there and help is on the way.  

Hallmark has an amazing new product that you can do with the little ones called magic prints.  The products range from $9.95 to $24.95.  They are sure to melt any mother’s or grandmother’s heart.

Just Like You Magnet  Girl Double Frame with Sentiment

Of course TrishaTrixie designs has lovely jewelry designed for the fashionista in mom.  The products range from $10.00 to $20.00.

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Better Homes and Gardens has some great DIY projects for the kids to complete.  My personal favorite is the pen/pencil holder.  Who else is always looking for a pen?

Mother's Day Pencil Holder and Frame

Does your mom like to bake, craft, garden or just look gorgeous?  Check out these fun, vintage inspired aprons!

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Martha Stewart might not be the perfect ideal housewife anymore, but she has some great ideas!  Why not make mom a nice meal for Mother’s day?  This heart-shaped egg toast is sure to get a smile out of mom!

Heart-Shaped Egg in the Hole

What woman doesn’t love shoes?  There are so many various possibilities.  Does mom like comfy, flat or a nice heel?  Why not spoil her and shop now!

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Is mom eco-friendly?  Does she do what she can to save the world?  Then check out these repurposed items for mom.  The photo cubes would be so cute on a desk!

Photo: Tara Dennis

Does mom like scarfs to brighten up her outfit?  The choices are unlimited and usually reasonable in this category.  Shop for mom!

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We hope we were able to provide you with some last minute ideas.  At TrishaTrixie designs we would like to stop and thank all of the women in the world who take time to care for our future.  We are all blessed to have you as a part of our community!

FlyLady Fridays: Getting started on the declutter

How many times do you open a closet, a drawer or a back room and say, “I need to reorganize?”  Well, it happens to me almost daily  

I’ve had girlfriends ask me for help, because they think I must be organized because my house looks neat and put together, but I don’t let them into the closets!  

Does your junk drawer look like this?  

I’m going to begin to try to fix these messes in my home and the first suggestion from the FlyLady is to join her email.  So, I’d recommend that you do the same.  I’m going to read the newsletters and continue to highlight suggestions on how to implement some “baby steps” to organize myself.

To begin with I thought it would be good to start with the

FlyLady’s 11 Commandments 

1. Keep your sink shiny and clean

2. Get dressed every morning, even if you don’t feel like it. Don’t forget your lace-up shoes.  Don’t forget your Trishatrixie designs!

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3. Do your morning and before-bedtime routine everyday.

4. Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked by the computer.

5. Pick up after yourself. If you get it out, put it away.

(So you don’t end up looking overwhelmed)

6. Don’t try to do two projects at once. ONE JOB AT A TIME.

7. Don’t pull out more than you can put back in one hour.

8. Do something for yourself everyday, maybe every morning and night.
9. Work as fast as you can to get the job done. This will give you more time to play later.
10.  Smile even when you don’t feel like it. It is contagious. Make your mind up to be happy, and you will be.
11. Don’t forget to laugh everyday. Pamper yourself; you deserve it!
Check back for more helpful hints. I’ll include my trials and you might even get to see my messy closet!  Have a great weekend.