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Happy Holidays…

25 Dec

So it is Christmas and it seems 2011 has simply blown by….. I am still sitting here in complete shock. Many of you are un-wrapping Christmas gifts,  sharing smiles and laughter with family/friends, enjoying a fabulous meal or just giving thanks to the Lord our Saviour for carrying you through another year…. It is funny that in 6 more days me and my writers will be celebrating  the anniversary of this site….. Just to think it began as a way for me to express my love of fashion, food, culture and simply life. I feel blessed in knowing I survived my first year.

It has been a rough road but with patience, endurance, hard-work, dedication and constant prayers we are here…. I just want to thank all the readers, subscribers, bloggers and family/friends who have supported the site!!!! You are all appreciated… I would also like to thank all the beautiful, humble and dynamic people we have interviewed who have allowed us an intimate walk into their lives and business…. We are grateful for your contributions in making Simply Studded what it is today!!!!! I just want to send everyone a personal, warm, heartfelt, MERRY CHRISTMAS, Happy Hanukkah and Kwanzaa….

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Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.   –Luke 2:11

Black Friday Or Cyber Monday?

25 Nov

“Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” are the two most lucrative days for business owners and big retail giants to cash in on consumers shopping for the holidays. This year is predicted to be one of the biggest. Due to the crumbling economy items are even more discounted. The sale on big electronic items, clothing, jewelry etc., are a better deal than in the past to bring in more consumers into the stores. Retail giant, Walmart is opening as early at 10 pm tonight and others are opening at midnight.  In the prior years, “Black Friday” sales are usually early Friday morning and not on the night of Thanksgiving.

The method behind the madness is to start the sales early and get consumers rushing in to increase revenue. Some retailers use many different tactics to have people lined up in front of the store prior to the sale. For example, they advertise a big item just to get the consumers in the store and then cash in on them purchasing other smaller items as well. Best Buy, Walmart and Target are the biggest retailers who earn the most revenue. There are other smaller retailers and businesses who also participate in the “Black Friday” sales and try to cash in on additional revenue apart from what they normally sell throughout the year.

Besides the consumers who rush through the doors of these retailers, there are others who patiently wait on “Cyber Monday” sales. Personally, I love online shopping and I rather stay home, log online and load up my shopping basket. “Cyber Monday” has its advantages and disadvantages. You may not get to purchase a big ticket item for an extremely low price but there are plenty other items you can get for a great deal right in the comfort of your own home.

I would love to hear from my readers to know if and where they will be shopping this year. What is your big ticket item that you must have and what extras are you going to grab or are you patiently waiting for “Cyber Monday. If you will be out grabbing those sales tonight or tomorrow, have a safe “Black Friday” studded fans!

♬ Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart… ♬

24 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving from the Simply Studded Family

I realize that Thanksgiving is a day when family and friends gather together to celebrate and break bread.  But it is my hope that we do not forget the main purpose for the day…It is to give thanks to God for His blessings in our lives, for waking us up every morning and carrying us on our way.  For being there for us even when we don’t feel Him near. We have a lot to thank God for whether we are thanking Him for the modest blessings or the more grandiose blessings in our lives, He deserves thanks for them all. God is my everything, and I never cease to give Him thanks.

What are you thankful for today?

One thing that I am thankful for is LEFTOVERS! 🙂  The following days after Thanksgiving most people do not even want to think about cooking.  So my lovely people, I took it upon myself to find some gobble sandwich recipes for you to enjoy.  These all sound very delicious to me.  Try them out and tell me how your leftover experience went.

Turkey, Cranberry and Fontina Panini...Turkey, Fontina cheese, Cranberry Relish, Arugula Leaves, Olive Oil, and Whole-Grain Bread

Bistro Turkey Sandwich...Turkey Breast, Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese, Pear, Basil Leaves, Red Onion, Boston Lettuce, Apple Cider, Cayenne Pepper, Dijon Mustard

Turkey with Salsa Verde and Rembrandt Cheese Sandwich… Turkey, Italian Salsa Verde, Chili Sauce, Yellow Bell Pepper, Onion, Rembrandt Cheese, Oregano Leaves, Olive Rosemary Bread

Hot Italian Turkey Sandwich… Turkey, Roasted Red Peppers, Sautéed Mushrooms and Onions, and Creamy Pesto Mayonnaise

Mmm take a bite out of that! 

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Jumping Over The Gift Giving Hurdle!

23 Nov

Whether we realize it or not the holidays are approaching faster than we can buy gifts. This time of year can be very costly in terms of gift giving for friends and loved ones and let’s not forget entertaining. Procrastinating is not a characteristic to having during the holidays which will leave you buying alternate gifts that you know will have no use to the receiver. While shopping for gifts there are certain things to keep in mind. Gift giving can be very challenging in terms of your budget, knowing whether the person on the receiving end will like the gift and most importantly will they use the gift.

Tackling the holiday hurdle is no easy task but getting a head start before the rush can make your holiday shopping a breeze. Browse the assortment below which includes a few gifts that are inexpensive and will definitely be used by almost anyone and absolutely perfect especially for the holidays.

Nest luxury soap can be purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue-$32.00

The “Family Meal Cookbook” is named one of the best cookbooks and can be purchased at Amazon- $22.99

Chalkboard candle pot can be purchased $25.00

Sommelier-5-pc.-wine-bottle set can be purchased at $19.95