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10 Reasons Why Fall Is Mankind’s Favorite Season


10 Reasons Why Fall Is Mankind’s Favorite Season

The summer season has finally come to a close. Now the fall breeze will sweep in as the rest of fall culture begins to take hold. Between the behemoth of summer vacation and the ever expanding snowy period of Christmas time, the wonders of fall may get lost in the mix. Here are a few reasons why fall isn’t just as great as summer and winter, but perhaps even better!

1. Fall picnics

A sweeping field in a park during the fall wouldn’t be complete without a pleasant picnic out on the cool grass. Having a picnic is basically a rite of passage as we go into the fall. Such a thing is not only a wonderfully romantic pastime, but also a great activity for families to enjoy a meal in the fresh air. Having a meal outside can come with a crop of safety concerns though. Be smart about your picnic and check out some great safety tips here.

2. Nature changes colors

Not that there isn’t something refreshing about a sea of vibrant green leaves, but little can compare, in terms of beauty, to an ever-changing forest of yellows, oranges, and reds. If you live near a mountain, take a look at it in the fall. Chances are, it will look like a gargantuan painting of rich and vibrant colors. There is also much fun to be had with this beauty. Jumping into a pile of fallen leaves with friends or family can make for a joyful time.

passionate love in the autumn park

3. It finally cools down

The blistering heat of the summer time has finally come to an end. Coming in to replace it will be a cool fall breeze and a pleasant temperature that will make going outside fun again, before the bitter cold of winter finally takes hold. The innocuous chilly air makes for a great reason to cuddle on a park bench. This also means that hot drinks will become a comfortable beverage once again, because a hot coco on a fall evening will warm you to the core in the most wonderful way.

hay rides in the fall

4. Hay rides

There is only one time of year that one gets to partake in the innocent joys of a hay ride through the countryside, and that would be the fall season. This is the perfect activity to enjoy with a close sweetheart, or to take with a close friend who will fill the ride with laughter. A hay ride is a great way to have a nostalgic, community-based experience on a fall afternoon.

5. Halloween

The start of fall signifies the kick off of Halloween season, which may well be the best holiday of the year. Despite its origins, the modern day incarnation of Halloween is a holiday for everyone, rather than a religious holiday that is restrictive to one demographic of the population. This time of year brings scary movies, fun costumes, and even the opportunity to go on a spooky ghost hunt. To those who get burned out by the stress that many other holidays bring, Halloween is their favorite holiday!

6. Thanksgiving

No matter how fun Halloween can be, that’s not all that the fall season brings! Thanksgiving, apart from offering what may be the best meal you have all year, is the culmination of almost everything fall related. It’s a low-key, earthy holiday that brings people together to remind them of all in their life that they have to be thankful for. It has the same themes of family and togetherness as a holiday like Christmas, but without all the consumerist headaches.

pumpkins outdoor

7. Pumpkins

The September-October period brings the harvest season of one of the healthiest and most versatile vegetables that can be had, Pumpkins. This soulful delicacy can be enjoyed pies, soups, coffees, beers, and even just served up all on its own. All of these things especially popular in the fall. Eating pumpkins can improve your eyesight, and the seeds even reduce your cholesterol. They are also a wonderful addition to the fall festivities, as no Halloween night would be complete without an assortment of jack-o-lanterns to light the way.

8. Fall Fashion

Fashion during the summertime is often a way of finding out how much you can get away with wearing as little as you can. And there really isn’t much of an option, because it is devilishly hot. When fall hits, the options really open up! Fall fashion brings back scarves and jackets, as well as leggings and boots. The colors that come back in are also fun and calming all at once; a very earthy palette.

9. Camping is even better

Much more of your day is bearable to spend outside in the fall, after the heat loses its edge. This means that camping is a much more enjoyable activity during this time of year. The less you are experiencing exhaustion from the sun, the more you can spend doing things outdoors that are actually fun. Fall is the perfect time to warm up by the fire, as the night brings a calming cool with it. Also, nature is absolutely stunning in the fall time, meaning your trip will be filled with even more beauty.

10. Apple Season

Apple season and fall season pretty much kick off at the exact same time. This means all sorts of goodies of the apple variety will be available to enjoy. Taking a walk in an orchard during apple season can be great activity to do with the family, and it comes with a tasty snack. A date to a cider mill can also make for a lovely time. And apple cider donuts may be the best dessert that one can get in this hemisphere!

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Great Deals and Coupon Codes


Express Coupon: 10% Off

This October, stock up on top Fall styles from Express! The popular men’s and women’s apparel and accessory retailer carries a wide selection of the most popular styles of the season like cozy sweaters, chic outerwear, denim and cool-weather accessories. Save on your Fall shopping when you shop conveniently online at this season by taking a 10% discount off your entire order with promo code on website! Hurry and shop today! This promotional event ends on 10/31!



Gift Tree Coupons: UP to 20% Off

Save time and money on the perfect gift for every occasion and event this Fall by shopping conveniently online at This October, save on your purchase with up to 20% off Halloween flowers and gifts! In addition to holidays, also carries gifts for anniversaries, birthdays, congratulations, sympathy and more! Shop online today at to find exactly what you are looking for this season. Shop today and save. This promo ends on 11/1/15!



Hammacher Schlemmer Coupon Code: Free Shipping

Hammacher Schlemmer is your source for unique and creative purchases. Shop the retailer’s popular products in their retail stores, through their catalogue or conveniently online at This Fall, find the coziest heated throw blankets when you shop conveniently online and save with FREE SHIPPING on your purchase of $99 or more with code on website! Visit today to find exactly what you are looking for this Fall. These savings end on 12/31.



Harry and David Promo: 15% Off $75

Save time and money on the perfect Fall gifts for every occasion when you shop with popular gift retailer Harry & David. With retail stores throughout the nation and convenient online shopping at, you are certain to find exactly what you need, no matter what the event! This October, save on your gift purchase at by taking 15% off your order of $75 or more! Show you care with the perfect gift today! These promotional savings end on 10/31.


starbucks Promo Code: UP to $100 Cash Back

Fall is here, and it is time to start planning cool-weather getaways! Save money on all of your travel arrangements this season when you shop conveniently online at! This popular online travel retailer offers the lowest rates on accommodations, flights and package deals. This Fall, save on all hotel bookings with up to $100 cash back rebate with code! To participate in this amazing deal, book your trip by 12/31 and travel by 1/31!



Home Shopping Network Promos: $20 Off $40

Find the best deals on everything that you are looking for this Fall when you shop with the Home Shopping Network. Shop the retailer’s popular deals and steals conveniently online at today to save with $20 off your next order of $40 or more! This month, save on apparel, shoes, home goods, electronics, toys and more during this amazing promo! Save on the retailer’s Merry Happy Gift Shop, Today’s 10 Faves and more during this event. Shop fast! This promotional event ends on 11/2/15.



Jos A Bank Coupons: UP to 70% Off

Save on stylish menswear this season when you shop at popular men’s apparel retailer Jos A Bank. Shop in stores across the nation and conveniently online at to save big when you shop the retailer’s Clearance Center! In this section you will find deeply discounted deals that can save you up to 70% off your purchase! Shop and save today and as supplies are limited! Even better, receive FREE SHIPPING on all online purchases!



Kay Jewelers Coupon: $100 Off $300

In the market for some fine jewelry? Save on engagement and wedding bands, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, watches and more when you shop with trusted jewelry retailer, Kay! This Fall, save on the retailer’s already low prices when you receive $100 in instant rewards for every $300 that you spend in retail stores or online! Redeem this deal in retail stores throughout the nation or hassle-free online at now through 11/30. Save on something special today with Kay!



Life is Good Promo Code: 25% Off

No matter what you are shopping for this Fall, you will find something perfect at Life is Good! With optimistic, fresh apparel and lifestyle products, Life is Good has something for everyone in the family. This October, save on the retailer’s popular lifestyle products by taking an additional 25% discount off all sale products with code at! Shop online today to save during this sale! This incredible promotional event lasts now through 10/31/15!



Loft Coupons: Free Shipping

Save on all of the Fall’s top trends when you shop with women’s retailer Loft! Shop stylish must-haves from Loft in retail stores throughout the nation or hassle-free online at Stock up on Fall trends like plaid, cardigans, ponchos, corduroys and more this season at Loft. When you shop online at, save on the retailer’s already low prices with FREE SHIPPING on your purchase of $125 or more. Stock up on everything you need for the coming Winter weather at while this promo lasts!



Starbucks Promo: 10% Off

Stay cozy and warm this Fall with coffee, drink ware, pumpkin-flavored products and more from Starbucks! Bring the warmth of your favorite coffee shop into your home with these delicious, quality products. Shop conveniently online at to save 10% off your order (for new customers) this Fall! This offer excludes Verismo machines and pods. Stock up on everything that you need to make your home cozy and warm this Fall at


starbucks Coupon: $15 Off $75

Find all of your skin care, makeup, hair care and more all in one place when you shop conveniently online at! carries a wide selection of all of you favorite brands like Bare Minerals, Origins, Urban Decay, Butter, Paula’s Choice and more! Save on the retailer’s already low prices this Fall by taking $15 off your order of $75 or more with promo code! Stock up on all of your Fall beauty must-haves during this amazing promotional event. This offer ends on 11/28.



Avenue Promo Code: $25 Off $100

Save on stylish, high-quality plus-size clothing this Fall when you shop at! Avenue carries a wide selection of the top trends of the season and has everything that you need for cool weather. This Fall, save on all of your seasonal must-haves by taking $25 off your purchase of $100 or more. Stock up on jackets, denim, sweaters, boots and more during this promotional savings event. Shop now! Cool weather is quickly approaching.



Clarks Coupon Code: 20% Off

Find stylish, high-quality footwear for the Fall weather at Clarks! Shop the popular shoe brand in stores or conveniently online at This October save on all of your purchases from Clarks by taking 20% off your entire order! Even better, save with FREE SHIPPING and FREE RETURNS every day! Stock up on stylish boots, booties and more for the coming Winter during this promo. Shop and save today! This amazing offer ends 10/25/15.



Alloy Promo: 15% 20% 30% Off

Save on stylish, juniors fashions for the Fall when you shop at popular clothing retailer, Alloy! Shop the trendy brand online at this month to save 15% off your purchase of $0-$99.99, 20% off your purchase of $100 to $149.99 and 30% off your purchase of $150 or more! This amazing offer is valid now through 10/16/15! Stock up on colored jeans, cozy sweaters, stylish boots and more during this incredible savings event at



Mikasa Promo Code: 20% Off

The Holiday season is almost upon us, and it is time to spruce up your dinnerware and other home décor items. Save on everything that you need for the season, at timeless retailer, Mikasa this Fall. Shop the high-quality, trusted brand conveniently online at this Fall and save with 20% off one item with code! Some exclusions to apply. Makeover your current dining collection and dining décor during this promotional event and save. Hurry! These savings end on 10/31/15.



Teavana Coupon: $10 Off $40

Teavana’s new Fall arrivals are here! Shop in stores or online at today to browse the tea retailer’s new drinkware and perfect-for-Fall varieties of tea. When you shop this October, save on your purchase with $10 off your order of $40 or more with code! This promo cannot be combined with other offers and is not valid on Breville, Tea of the Month Club or Sale items. Try new mulled pomegranate cider herbal tea, pumpkin spice brulee oolong tea and more during this promotional savings event.



Steve Madden Coupons: 15% OR 20% Off

Save on stylish accessories and shoes for the Fall during Steve Madden’s current promotional event! Now through 11/1, shop the popular brand at to save 15% off your purchase of $100 or 20% off your purchase of $150 or more! Save time and money when shop the most popular trends of the season at, and save even more with FREE SHIPPING on your order during this promo! Shop today! This offer ends on 11/1.


starbucks Coupon Code: 10% Off

Shop online at America’s #1 perfume website, today to save on a wide selection of the most popular fragrances! When you shop at, save on brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Guerlain, Calvin Klein and more! This Fall, save on’s already low prices by taking 10% off your purchase! Even better, receive FREE SHIPPING and FREE RETURNS on your purchase. Shop today and save. This promotional event ends on 10/31.



Home Depot Promo: 10% Off

Save on all of your home improvements this Fall by shopping for all of your necessities at Home Depot. With retail stores conveniently located throughout the nation and hassle-free online shopping at, you are certain to find whatever you need at Home Depot. This October, save with 10% off appliances of $396 or more when you shop at Home Depot. Save on brands like LG, Samsung, Kitchen Aid, Maytag, Electorlux and more when you shop during this clearance event!


Avon Accessories – ‘this is not your grandmother’s Avon’

Avon Accessories – ‘this is not your grandmother’s Avon’

If you read this post that I wrote back in 2013 but still haven’t seen an Avon Catalog lately, then may I once again suggest that you go online at to check out some of the wonderful clothes and accessories now available at Avon.

accessories from Avon

If I heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times, “I didn’t know Avon sold dresses and shoes”. Well they do and as an Avon Independent Sales Rep for over 10 years, it still amazes me how Avon evolves to keep current with the times even after 125 years.  Yes, Avon has been in business for over 125 years! Now that’s a track record you don’t normally hear about, especially in today’s economy.

 Avon Accessories

Anywho, I wanted to show you just a few items that are available in the Avon catalogs and why it pays for you to check it out.  This black dress, goldtone tote, wristlet, watch, ring necklace, bracelet and watch are all from Avon!

accessories from Avon

With the upcoming holidays, now is the perfect time to start shopping for gifts for your family and friends. Avon has everything from Halloween decorations to Hanukkah Dreidels and you can shop 24 hours 7 days per week from the comfort of your home!  

Check out the lastest catalog at  

dress from Avon

Oh and by the way, if you or someone you know is interested in becoming an Avon Rep, please send me your email address and I’ll submit a “REFER A FRIEND” request directly to Avon.  

It’s a great way to earn a little extra cash every month and add some cute accessories to your wardrobe, AND you can sell online – so there’s no “Ding Dong Avon calling” door knocking required. There’s only a one time investment fee of $15.00, so why not become an Avon Rep today?

Have you shopped Avon lately?


Slow Cooked Breakfast Frittata

This shop has been compensated by Safeway.  All opinions are mine alone.  #StockUpOnPace #Safeway #CollectiveBias

There’s a nip in the air and the holidays are right around the corner, so now is the best time to break out the Crock Pot and begin making some wonderful meals for the family.  Cooking in the Crock Pot not only saves you time in the kitchen but it can also create fun family memories.


I am a night owl so when the boys were younger, I enjoyed staying up late to do chores and prepare meals for the following day.  One of my favorite slow cooked meals was breakfast frittatas.  It was great because the boys would help me shop for the ingredients then put them all into the Crock Pot.  The only problem with this slow cooked breakfast is the aroma; the wonderful smell would always wake us up earlier then we had planned on rising.  The boys couldn’t wait to rush downstairs to eat and then head back to bed for a few more hours of sleep.

Safeway is having a Stock Up sale on Pace Picante Sauces and Salsas so I headed over to pick up a few jars to make my Crock Pot Breakfast Frittata for last Sunday’s brunch.  Pace Picante kicks up the flavor in this breakfast meal and with the 16 oz varieties being on sale at Safeway for 2/$4, it was the perfect time to stock up.

Stock up at Safeway

Family breakfast doesn’t have to be boring bowl of cereal and if you make this the night before it will free from the stove giving you more family fun time around the table.  As you know, both of my sons are now in college and with time flying by so quickly, spending as much time with them is important especially during the holidays.  Stock up at Safeway Ingredients:

1 – 16 oz package frozen spinach, thawed and drained

1 Jar Pace Picante Sauce

8 eggs beaten

1 – 20 oz package cooked Hash browns

1 package pre-cooked sausage (links or patties diced or crumbled sausage)

1/2 cup shredded cheese

1/2 cup scallions diced

Cooking Spray



Spray the Crock Pot generously with cooking spray

Place spinach, hash browns, sausage, scallions, beaten eggs, and Picante Sauce into Crock Pot.  Toss slightly to mix all ingredients then top with shredded cheese. 

If cooking overnight use the 6 hour setting or cook 2-3 hours on high if preparing in the morning, check to ensure it is well set.  Allow the breakfast frittata to cool slightly before cutting into equal square portions, serve with a breakfast biscuit or an English Muffin.


Note: You can freeze leftovers or reheat in the microwave for 30-45 seconds.

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During the Stock Up Sale at Safeway I also purchased a few other flavors that will be great for chicken Crock Pot meals especially the Peach Mango.

Stock Up at Safeway

This Slow Cooked Breakfast Frittata is by far one of our favorite family holiday meals and a tradition that I hope my boys will continue with their own families. 

traditional breaksfast

Do you have a favorite Crock Pot Meal?  If so, please leave a comment below and I might try and make it as well as feature it as part of myBrunch with Blake” YouTube series.

eCommerce Sales and Marketing Workshop

Last week I attended a 2 Day eCommerce Sales and Marketing Workshop jointly sponsored by Downtown Delaware, the Delaware Emerging Technology Center, all programs within DEDO and USDA Rural Development held on the campus of Delaware Technical Community College in Dover. 

This no cost education and training program provided small business owners a comprehensive array of eCommerce and Social Media information.  There was more than enough information provided to aid in either establishing an eCommerce business or to supplement current internet sales practices.

DEDO eCommerce sign

The eCommerce Marketing Workshop was jam packed with presentations from experts in all things social media and eCommerce.  Their primary goal was not only to inform and educate but to also provide strategic uses of social media tools in order to sell products and market our businesses.

Bernice Whaley

Welcome from Honorable Bernice Whaley, Cabinet Secretary, DEDO

There were presentations by Ken Grant, Marketing Director, Epic Marketing; Whitney Hoffman, Owner, Hoffman Digital Media LLC; Darnyelle Jervey, MBA, Incredible One Enterprises, LLC; Diane Laird, State Coordinator, Downtown Delaware; Brook Miles, President, Delaware shoutout; Demetrius Pinder, Owner/Project Manager of Nuts and Bolts Web Design, LLC; Alec Shekhar, President,; Bradford Wason, Visual Design Manager,; Mark Weidel, General Manager, DBC Interactive and Steinman Marketing Solutions; Mark Wise, Founder and Owner, Netforce Performance Marketing and Joe Zilcosky, Business Development Leader for Kent County.

Ken Anderson, Director, Entrepreneurial & Small Business Support for the Delaware Economic Development Office, (DEDO) kicked off each morning with a warm welcome and gave us all an opportunity to introduce ourselves then later allocated time for a “5 minute shameless plug” for those who wanted to promote their business.

Ken Anderson

Throughout the day there were several Raffle drawings, giveaways, product samples and a networking table full of displays and business cards.  The Continental breakfast, lunch buffets, mid-morning and afternoon snacks really kept our energy levels high as we listened to various topics ranging from “How to Get Started Selling Online” to “Loans, Grants,  Free Money and How the Government Can Help Your Business”. 

Networking table

Apparel Designers

Governor Jack Markell stopped in for a few minutes to offer words of encouragement and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of small business owners who make a significant impact in today’s economy.  The Governor is a huge supporter of entrepreneurs and small business owners in the State of Delaware, we all appreciate his support and always look forward to seeing him at these workshops and other business events. 

eCommerce Workshop

eCommerce Workshop

At the end of Day 2 we were each presented with a Certificate of Achievement then we all got together and took this great group photo.  The eCommerce Sales and Marketing Training was a wonderful event that will greatly assist in the success of online marketing for many of the small business owners in attendance.


Group Photo



Delaware Shoutout eCommerce workshop

eCommerce Workshop eCommerce Workshop

eCommerce workshop New Client Very Venetia, Inc.

Have you ever attended an eCommerce Marketing Workshop?

Amazon gets an “A” in Education

Amazon gets an “A” in Education

Amazon never ceases to amaze me, once a little start up selling books over the Internet founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994, then launched in 1995; now has on-site classroom training available at several of their fulfillment centers including the one in our little town of Middletown. Amazon fulfillment center in Middletown

The e-commerce distribution center in Middletown, Delaware offers on-site classroom instruction to it’s employees with courses being taught by Delaware Technical Community College instructors.

Employees of Amazon who wish to continue their education can now do so right after work, which for many is very convenient especially after working a 10 hour shift. Instead of driving miles to a local Del Tech campus, they can simply clock out after their shift is done then walk down the hall to their classroom.

Delaware Technical college

The Delaware facility is just one of only eight Amazon fulfillment centers to offer on-site classroom instruction for their workers and it definitely benefits many of our state’s residents.

Amazon’s Career Choice education program launched in 2012, gives it’s employees an incentive to pursue a degree or certification program because they pre-pay up to $3000.00 per year for tuition, textbooks and college fees even if they chose to attend another college or university.

We all know how expensive college can be so this is definitely a great opportunity for many even if they decide to stay on at Amazon or leave to pursue other career choices.

on site education training

In order to qualify for the Career Choice Program, Amazon workers must be employed at the company for at least a year. Workers must also enroll in a degree or certification program that prepares them for a career designated as “high demand” by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Delaware Tech and Amazon are now in talks to provide credit courses on site, possibly starting in 2016.

Would you enroll in an on-site classroom if your employer offered it?

Saving Stores Coupons and Deals


Advance Auto Parts Coupons: 30% Off

Need auto accessories and parts, but don’t want to hassle with going to the store? Shop conveniently online with the experts at! When you shop online at Advance Auto Parts, you have access to the best prices on high-quality auto parts. Even better, you can ship directly to your house, or select to pick up in a store nearby. Shop online this Fall at to save 30% off your order of $50 or more with promo code!



Amazon Coupon: Only $29.95

Save time and money on everything that you need for you home with online retailer,! Now through 11/7, make your bed more comfortable and safe with a Queen-Size premium hypoallergenic waterproof mattress protector from SafeRest which is currently discounted at Amazon for only $29.95! In addition to being comfortable and quality, this mattress protector is also vinyl free! Visit today to save on this discounted mattress protector and other discounted home and bedding essentials.



Children’s Place Coupon Code: 5% Off

Cool Fall weather calls for new cool-weather clothing and accessories for your children! Save on everything that you need for your kids this Fall when you shop at The Children’s Place! Shop in retail stores throughout the nation, or conveniently online at to shop the best prices on quality outerwear, long-sleeves, denim and more! Become a PLACE card member to save an additional 5% off every purchase that you make for your children at The Children’s Place!



Columbia Coupons: Free Shipping

Save on everything that you need for outdoor Fall adventures at popular sporting goods retailer, Columbia. Shop the popular, trusted outdoor brand in stores throughout the nation, or hassle-free online at! Save even more when you shop online at by signing up for the retailer’s email newsletter. When you sign up, you will receive FREE SHIPPING and other EXCLUSIVE member offers! Visit today to sign up and save on all of your outdoor activity essentials!



Crabtree and Evelyn Promo: Buy 2, Get 1 Free

What could be better than saving on luxury body care products from Crabtree & Evelyn? Shop your favorite products from the spa-inspired retailer this Fall and save! Now through 11/30, buy any two 100g hand therapy products and receive a FREE 100g hand therapy! Shop in the retailer’s popular, relaxing stores, or hassle-free online at to save during this amazing promotional event! Stock up on all of your favorite hand therapy scents, like Nantucket Briar, Rosewater, Lavender and Summer Hill during this savings event!



Dermstore Coupons: BOGO Free is your online source for professional-quality skin care and beauty essentials! Save on the retailer’s already low prices on Tuesdays, with BUY ONE GET ONE FREE deals! During this event, get TWO of the same products for the price of ONE! Even better, save with’s FREE SHIPPING and FREE SAMPLES with every purchase! Hurry and save on whatever you need on BOGO Tuesdays, as quantities are limited! This promo cannot be combined with other offers



Disney Store Promo Code: 25% Off

October is almost here, and Halloween is quickly approaching! Find everything that you need for you Halloween festivities this season at the Disney Store! The Disney Store is currently offering savings of 25% off select costumes and costumes accessories! Shop in Disney Store locations or save time by shopping online at! Save on costumes of your child’s favorite Disney characters like Jasmine, Elsa, Cars, Thor, Planes and more during this promo! Hurry and shop today. These savings end on 10/5.



Expedia Coupons: Up to 75% Off

Book your perfect Fall Getaway with savings from Expedia! Popular online travel retailer, saves you money on all of your travel bookings from hotels, to rental cars, to flights. Save even more when you book with during their Fall Promo! During this savings event, save up to 75% off your purchase AND get 2x Expedia+ Points! Finally plan that trip you have been waiting to take during this promotional event! Hurry! This offer ends on 11/2/15!



Footsmart Coupons: $20 Off $125

Find your favorite comfortable Fall footwear trends at great prices when you shop online at! is your online source for all of your favorite cooler-weather footwear styles like boots, booties, clogs, moccasins and more! Top comfort brands carried at include Vionic, Clarks, Propet, Merrell, Stretchies and more! Shop this October and save with $20 off your purchase of $125 or more, as well as FREE SHIPPING! Some brand exclusions apply, as well as Smart Buys. Hurry and shop! This promo ends on 10/4.



Gander Mountain Coupon: $5 Off $50

Gander Mountain, your source for discounted, overstock clothing, supplies and accessories for outdoor activities and adventures, is letting you save even more this Fall! When you shop at this season, save by taking an ADDITIONAL $5 off every $50 or more spent on gear! Save up to $40 on your purchase during this promo event at! Stock up on supplies for outdoor hobbies like fishing, boating, camping and more during this amazing sale!



FragranceX Promo: Save 10%

Looking for a new fragrance at a great price? Save on all of your perfume and cologne purchases from your favorite brands with discount fragrance retailer,! Shop your favorite luxury fragrance brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Burberry and more conveniently online at to save big! This Fall, save even more on your fragrance purchases at by taking an ADDITIONAL 10% discount off the already low prices with code!



Ghirardelli Promo Code: 15% Off $100

Looking for the perfect gift for an upcoming event or occasion? What could be better than giving the gift of chocolate from gourmet chocolate retailer, Ghirardelli? Shop the popular chocolate brands delicious products conveniently online at Shop online to browse gift options perfect for any occasion, including unique gift baskets for every life event. Shop for the perfect chocolate gift basket this Fall at and save 15% off your purchase of $100 or more!


starbucks Promos: $20 Off $100

If you are looking for a wide selection of home lighting options at great prices, look no further that! The popular online lighting retailer carries top brands and styles of ceiling lights, outdoor lights, wall lights, lamps, fans and more, all at discounted rates! Shop online this Fall at to save on the retailer’s already low prices with $20 off your order of $100 or more! What are you waiting for? Hurry to today and save on all of your home lighting needs.



Cherry Moon Farms Coupon: 15% Off

Online retailer, Cherry Moon Farms, is your online source for luxurious gift options including fruit baskets, gift baskets and spa gifts! Find the perfect gourmet gift for anyone in your life by shopping this popular gift retailer’s products conveniently online at today. When you shop this Fall, save with 15% off your purchase of $29 or more. Shop by occasion, product type or price to find exactly what you are looking for this season at



Oneida Coupons: 10% Off

In need of a kitchen overhaul? Let quality and trusted dining and cookware brand, Oneida save you money everything that you need this Fall. Oneida carries a wide selection of high-quality cookware, dining sets, flatware, storage & organization items and food preparation essentials. Shop online at this Fall to save on your purchases with a discount of 10% off your entire purchase! Visit today to redeem promo code and save on kitchen must-haves.



JCPenney Coupon Code: 15% Off

Save on everything you need for your family and home this Fall with JCPenny! JCPenny offers great prices on apparel, footwear, accessories, home goods and more! Shop in the retailer’s stores throughout the nation, or conveniently online at Save on the retailer’s already low prices when you shop hassle-free online by taking 15% off your purchase! This promo excludes Sephora, gift cards, services, service plans, current/prior purchases, and combination with other discounts. Shop and save today!



Charming Charlie Promo: $20 Off $75

Stay stylish this Fall with stylish accessories from Charming Charlie! Find jewelry, scarves, handbags, shoes and more for the new season in stores or conveniently online at When you shop online today through 10/4, save with $20 off your purchase of $75 more! Refresh your wardrobe for the cooler-weather with trendy, fun accessories and jewelry from Charming Charlie. Shop online today to see how you will save! Hurry and save! This promo ends on 10/4.



FragranceNet Promos: 15% Off

In addition to carrying a wide selection of the most poupular fragrance brands, also offers a variety of skin care, make up, hair care and aromatherapy products, all at great prices. Discover all that offers for yourself by shopping online this Fall. When you shop online at this season, you will save 15% off your purchase! Save on brands like Guerlain, Calvin Klein, Dior, D&G and more during this promo event. Hurry and shop today!



Orvis Promo Code: 50% Off

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Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken

In celebration of my 54th Birthday last month and in anticipation of Crocktober I wanted to try a new Crock Pot recipe.  I found one online at Billy Parisi’s website and put my own little twist onto it to make this easy and inexpensive meal which was by far more flavorful than I anticipated.


Slow Cooked Chicken recipes


  • 1 package of chicken thighs browned in olive oil
  • 2 cans of whole tomatoes and juice
  • 1 can of chick peas, strained and rinsed
  • 1 small diced small yellow onion
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 cup of assorted pitted Mediterranean olives
  • 2 tablespoons of capers
  • 2 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • 6 cups of cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 cup (or more) white cooking wine (optional)
  • Fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • Feta cheese for garnish

ingredients for Mediterranean chicken

Cook the chicken thighs in a little olive or vegetable oil until browned, as this will add more color and flavor to the dish.

Put all ingredients into a slow cooker coated with cooking spray and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours. Before serving sprinkle on a little salt and pepper to taste then serve over cooked brown rice and garnish with Feta cheese

browned chicken thighs

serve over cooked brown rice

This was such a flavorful dish that both my son and I went back for seconds and it was more than enough for leftovers for the following day.  

Check out my YouTube channel to see this recipe in action!

Slow Cooked Mediterranean Chicken

I used the entire jar of olives however, you can use less if you prefer. You can also freeze any leftovers just make sure you allow it to cool first.

Do you have any Crocktober recipes to share?

Wearing White is Alright After Labor Day

Wearing White is Alright After Labor Day!

Would you wear white after Labor Day?   I did and so should you! Just like being sleeveless after fifty, you can also wear white after Labor Day because it is no longer considered a fashion faux pas.

fashion after fifty casual Friday

On a warm end of the summer casual Friday, I wore my favorite white pants for only the second time in the season.  Not only was I cool, comfy and casual, I didn’t spill a thing on them and you know that I am afraid to wear white – remember this post?

Wearing White is alright after Labor Day Wearing White is alright after Labor Day

So what about you, have you worn white after Labor Day?