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November 24, 2016

Save Big at Black Friday Sale

My first stop for Black Friday deals this year is!  It’s Thanksgiving Day and I’ve started my Black Friday shopping.  Once again, the Black Friday deals are the best you’ll find all year.  This year I decided to reward myself first.  Among all the deals I’ve scoped out for Black Friday, one of them is something for me from!


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The Key to a Great Wardrobe

What’s your “go to” wardrobe item?  I’d have to say my answer to that question is any pieces which can be layered.  Tees and camis under cardigans will never go out of style, these are the must have in your wardrobe all year round.

This year,’s Black Friday deals rank at the top of my list.  I just can’t pass them up.  The reason I can’t pass them up is because there are very few things which get me more excited than finding a great buy on basic wardrobe items.

At long last, my ratty “old lady” sweaters and my beat up and worn out boots will be a thing of the past.  I’m replacing a few of my sweaters with two new Agiato Cascade and Drape Cardigans in my favorite go-to black.  Finally, after almost ten years, my old boots will hit the curb and be replaced with a brand new pair of silvery gray DAWGS 9-inch microfiber boots.

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Years ago, I worked in big city offices which required me to wear dresses, suit, and high heels.  If you fast forward to today, you’ll notice that is no longer the case.  Our family’s move to a smaller, less cosmopolitan area has allowed me to focus my wardrobe around more comfortable, functional, and many times, fun pieces.  What’s my favorite look?  It has to be a comfortable black pants and a t-shirt or camisole topped off with a cardigan or jacket.  I love to layer a variety of versatile pieces.  As you can tell from my personal choices, women’s boots and apparel top my list of favorites!

Black Friday 60% OFF Discount and FREE Shipping

Here’s where comes in.  This Black Friday, is offering our readers an exclusive 60% discount site wide and a FREE SHIPPING by using DAWGS coupon code SB60.  It’s easy to take advantage of this special offer.  Simply follow this link and fill your cart with items for everyone on your holiday list.  You’ll quickly find something for everyone on your list.  Finally, whether it be shoes or boots for toddlers, kids, men, and women or apparel for both men and women, has it all.  In the end, no matter what you are looking for, you’re sure to score a great deal.

September 9, 2016

You Have to Admit, We All Do It!

People Watching… You Have to Admit, We All Do It!

People Watching

Who are all these people — the ones waiting in the doctor’s office, in line at the grocery store, the DMV, or wandering aimlessly through the shopping mall? My mind starts to wander and suddenly I realize I’m doing it again. PEOPLE WATCHING! You have to admit, we all do it! How many times have you found yourself waiting somewhere with nothing better to do than watch people and start conjuring up what their lives are like? A friend recently posted on Facebook her perception of what she saw in the people waiting with her in the service department of a car dealership. It went like this:Continue reading

How To Save On Lawn & Garden Watering

Having a beautiful lawn is tough when it is costly.  That’s why we are sharing those great tips for How To Save On Lawn & Garden Watering this year!  Whether you are landscaping your front lawn or trying to grow beautiful flowers or vegetables these are great tips!

Don't miss our tips for How to Save on Lawn & Garden Watering this year!  Your lawn can be beautifully lush and green despite the budget and area!

Is it really possible to save money watering your lawn?  It depends on what part of the country you live in.  In our area, the summers are hot and humid with frequent afternoon thunderstorms.  In other areas, the weather is hot and dry necessitating your lawn be regularly watered to maintain any semblance of green.

One of our biggest issues with watering our lawn is that water is very expensive in our area.  My parents live in a large city and their water/sewer bills average around $35 a month.  On the flip side, our bill each month averages about $120!Don't miss our tips for How to Save on Lawn & Garden Watering this year!  Your lawn can be beautifully lush and green despite the budget and area!

How To Save On Lawn & Garden Watering

  • If you water by hand, do it in the evening or before the sun comes up.
  • Water your lawn early in the morning.  Did you know that 14% of the water you put on your grass evaporates before ever reaching the roots?  By watering your lawn in the early morning, you can save an average of 87 gallons per week.  That’s an average of 4,524 gallons of water a year.  If every household in the U.S. did this for a year, it would equal nine times the annual rainfall in Seattle.
  • If you have an automatic sprinkler system, program it to begin watering at 4 a.m.
  • Consider upgrading to a digital timer to save money watering your lawn.  This is particularly economical when you need to water more than once a day in order to establish a sod or new seed lawn, or when overseeding.
  • There are even rain shutoff devices and soil moisture sensors which can be attached to a sprinkler timer to come on when the grass needs to be watered or when the ground is dry.
  • Utilize rain barrels and waste water (from baths or dishes) to water your lawn and gardens when drought is an issue.
  • Invest in quality irrigation or sprinkler systems that will water without wasting money.  An up front investment can make a huge difference in long term costs.

These are just a few basic tips to save money on lawn and garden watering this summer! Having a lush lawn despite the heat and drought is possible without spending a fortune.  Utilize our tips above to make sure your lawn looks amazing while staying in budget!

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June 26, 2014

Social Media Debate: Is It Still Okay to Call Someone Ma’am?

Social Media Debate


If you have a social media account such as Facebook or Twitter, you have probably found yourself involved in at least a debate or two about an issue that appeared on your feed. Sometimes these issues revolve around national, local, or community politics. Others may be centered on questions posed about child rearing. Still others may involve your favorite sports team or a celebrity scandal.

Social Media Debate: Is It Still Okay to Call Someone Ma’am?

This past week, a personal friend posted an article from the Huffington Post entitled “Dude, Don’t Call Me Ma’am.”  Needless to say, a heated discussion in the comments of the post ensured.  The people who commented were from all over the country.  The comments ranged from insisting that the use of the term “ma’am” is outdated and inappropriate in this day and age to those who firmly believed it was a sign of respect.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

I understand that when people use “Ma’am,” they probably intend for it to be a sign of respect, and also that the term is more commonly used in other parts of our country. In fact, a friend from South Carolina once told me that his child got in trouble for saying, “Yes Ma’am,” to his teacher at his new Los Angeles area school. My friend had to convince the principal that his son was not being smart-mouthed and was just using the Southern manners they had taught him.

But out west, people only use “Ma’am” for women of a certain age. I’d feel genuinely silly calling a 20-year-old “Ma’am.”

At work, we’ve eliminated the distinction between married and unmarried women by using the title Ms. on emails and letters. I wish we could somehow eliminate the distinction between young and old women when we speak.

There needs to be another option, a term that could be used when speaking to women of all ages — the young, the old and the in-between — regardless of marital status.

Personally, having lived the better part of my life south of the Mason-Dixon line, I see the use of the term “ma’am” as a sign of respect.

What do you think, is it Okay to Call Someone Ma’am?

Share with us your interesting social media debate, leave a comment below.

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May 29, 2014

Maya Angelou Famous Quotes

Maya Angelou Famous Quotes

Do you believe things happen for a reason? Well, over the years, I have come to believe they do. As I was contemplating what to write for today’s Thought Provoking Thursday post, I remembered seeing headlines and brief posts about a writer and poet who passed away yesterday. It dawned on me that this woman’s contributions could be the basis of my post.

Before leaving work today, my office manager showed me a list of quotes she was bringing to a small group study she attends on Thursday nights. Lo and behold, the quotes were all from Dr. Maya Angelou, the woman I had been planning to write about!


You may be familiar with the book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” the 1969 autobiography of African-American writer and poet, Dr. Maya Angelou. Dr. Angelou passed away yesterday leaving a legacy of a peace. According to her official website, “[s]he lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace.

I have never read any of her writings but after this “things happen for a reason” moment today, I’ll be making a point of exploring her writings soon. I’ll start with these Maya Angelou Famous Quotes which were given to me:

Maya Angelou Famous Quotes

“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.”

“I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”

Maya Angelou Famous Quotes

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

“I’ve learned people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go kick ass.”

“The love of family, the love of the person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society.”

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

“Nothing works unless you do.”

“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.”

“I have learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

Do you find any of these maya angelou famous quotes relevant to you life?  What “things happens for a reason” moments have you experienced recently?

April 21, 2014

Get Kids to Save Money: Jobs Kids Can Do

Get Kids to Save Money

Get Kids to Save Money

Once children are old enough to understand the concept of money, they are old enough to learn ways to make money. There are always jobs kids can do, particularly jobs around the house.

In our family, each child is assigned age-appropriate chores to complete each week.  They are not provided an allowance for doing these chores.  Here are some ideas for toddler chores and school age kid chores.

If our kids would like to earn some money, we keep a list of additional household chores which they can do and be paid.  Some of the items on the list include:  cleaning baseboards, dusting the china cabinet and pictures on the walls, mopping the kitchen floor, sweeping the garage, cleaning the inside of the refrigerator, and washing kitchen cabinet doors.

In addition to these household chores, our children have come up with all kinds of jobs they can do outside the house to make money.  Our son made money mowing lawns, washing cars, dog sitting, and repairing computers.  His most lucrative venture was developing a website and subsequently selling it for thousands of dollars.  Generally, the sky’s the limit when it comes to a kids’ imagination.  Let them decide what they want to do earn money but be aware of whether it is age appropriate.

Get Kids to Save Money

Once they are earning money, it is important to teach them about saving money.  It’s not always easy to get kids to save money, but it’s an invaluable lesson they need to learn.  One reason our children are willing to save money is because there are things they want which we are not willing to pay for.  That doesn’t mean we won’t contribute to the cost of the item.  We just feel they should contribute something toward it.

For example, let’s take the $100 pair of Nike shoes our son insisted he just “had to have.”  By requiring him to earn half the money for them, he appreciated them and took better care of them.  By requiring them to contribute to the cost of these items, we are teaching them to find ways to make money, to save money, and to make good choices with their money.

What are your tips to Get Kids to Save Money?

What jobs have your children done to earn money?  Let us know as we love to pass your tips on to our readers!

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