It’s that time of the year when you might be thinking about giving a tip to your service providers and like me, may be confused as to how much is appropriate or even if it’s necessary.
I normally leave a cash tip for the trash collectors but never know how many are on the truck; the mail carriers, but they change so often and sometimes don’t arrive until after dark; and the newspaper deliverer who throws my paper under the tree instead of in the driveway!
So this year, instead of cash, I am thinking about giving them Wawa gift cards which can be used for either gas or food – what do you think?
In yesterday’s paper there was an article by Jonnelle Marte of The Washington Post with some suggestions from the Emily Post Institute that may help with that decision.
The holiday tip can be a way to say thank you to the people who don’t hear it much from you throughout the year.
But figuring out whom to tip and how much to give without breaking the budget can be stressful, especially for people who aren’t already in the habit of doing so.
About 30 percent of people are not planning to tip for the holidays, according to a survey by Care.com, a website that pairs families with caregivers. Of those who are giving, only 41 percent of people said they budgeted for it. About 30 percent are tipping cash only and 60 percent are giving cash and gifts.
The list of whom to tip will be different depending on where you live and what your relationship is with the service provider. If you can’t tip everyone, prioritize the people who truly make your routine easier, says Lizzie Post, author and spokeswoman for the Emily Post Institute. “You want to think about who is it that has really been in your life,” she says.
Think about tipping your baby sitter, especially if she is always available when things come up at the last minute, Post says. For some pet owners, now may be a good time to thank the dog walker who makes the rounds with your furry friend every day. People in big cities might want to thank their apartment building manager who holds packages for them at the front desk. For someone with a house in the suburbs, it may be more important to tip the garbage man or the gardener.
But don’t feel the pressure to tip everyone the same way, Post says. For the people you already tip regularly, it may make more sense to give them a small gift instead, she says. Don’t go into debt if you don’t have the cash to tip everyone on your list. Small gestures such as a homemade gift, a baked good or a handwritten note can still make a difference.
If you aren’t sure how much to tip, a general rule of thumb is to give as much as the cost of the service or of one week of pay, depending on the person. Here are some suggestions from the Emily Post Institute:
▪ Gardener: $20 to $50 each
▪ Trash collector: $10 to $30 each
▪ Doorman: $15 to $80 (If you have more than one, give $15 each or a small gift.)
▪ Newspaper delivery person: $10 to $30
▪ Dog walker: Cash worth up to one week of pay or a gift
▪ Personal trainer: Cash up to the cost of one session or a gift
▪ Hair stylist: Cash up to the cost of one visit, divided among the staff; if you tip regularly, consider a small gift instead
▪ Barber: Cash up to the cost of one haircut or a gift
▪ Housekeeper: Cash up to one week of pay or a small gift
▪ Day-care worker: A gift or $25 to $70 for each person who works with your children
▪ Baby sitter: Cash up to one night’s pay with a gift from your children
▪ Live-in nanny: Up to one week of pay and a gift from your children
I will be the first one to admit that as much as I like cooking, I am not much of a baker, however, I couldn’t pass up trying the recipe shown on the back of the box of the Limited EditionTriscuit Cranberry & Sage crackers.
Sweet Potatoes are a Superfood packed high in calcium, potassium, and vitamins A and C and during this time of year they are very inexpensive. Sweet potatoes are often confused with yams, but yams are large, starchy roots grown in Africa and Asia.
Sweet potatoes contain an enzyme that converts most of its starches into sugars as the potato matures. This sweetness continues to increase during storage and when they are cooked so when you add just a little brown sugar – POW – Sweet Goodness!
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Hello friends, I just opened my 2nd Rocksbox Jewelry Subscription Box and I’ll have to admit that I like the pieces in this one much better than in the first. Check out the video below to see each piece up-close and personal and you’ll know why.
In this month’s Rocksbox, my stylist Eleanor, chose the following pieces:
Abby Necklace in Blue
Teardrop Bangle in Blue Chalcedony
Lee Earrings in Iridescent Drusy
I am not sure which piece from this box that I’ll be purchasing, but it definitely will be one…two…or maybe all three! Don’t forget to check out the website www.rocksbox.com/invite and subscribe to this unlimited jewelry rental program so you too can choose pieces from top designers including Kendra Scott, Gorjana and more.
“If Loving Jewelry is a Crime, We Plead Guilty”
Each personalized box is curated by a team of stylists and you can leave feedback and “wish list” for specific pieces. Special discounts and member rewards towards purchases, not to mention FREE prepaid shipping both ways.
So after watching the video go sign up so that you’ll have a few designer pieces for those upcoming special events beginning with next month’s New Year’s Eve festivities.
Which piece did you like the best from this month’s box?
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias. Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
During this time of the year when the boys were younger we would spend hours in the kitchen baking cookies, brownies and Gingerbread Houses but our all time favorite sweet treat was Crock Pot Peanut Clusters.
Now that Malik, our youngest is away at college and Tayair is no longer interested I don’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen baking. However, this year, I will be making several batches of Slow Cooked Peanut Clusters but not just for hubby and myself but for some very special nurses at the Helen Graham Cancer Center. Theyhave made these past few months a little bit more bearable during my husband’s chemo treatments.
Crock Pot Peanut Clusters make great gifts
While shopping at Walmart last weekend for the ingredients I also picked up a few packs of Rubbermaid TakeAlongswhich are perfectly sized containers for gifting these sweet treats. The Mini Deep Square reusable container can hold 4-5 Peanut Clusters and the Quik Clik Seal™ lid is soft yet grips tightly so I can transport the clusters securely and the nurses can store and stack them neatly in the refrigerator at work or at home.
Rubbermaid TakeAlongs in Walmart
Ingredients – Yields 2 dozen
16 oz Jar Unsalted Dry Roasted Peanuts
11.5 oz package of Milk Chocolate Chips
Peanuts and Chocolate Chips
Crock Pot Peanut Clusters are an easy breezy treat for anytime of the year but because it takes less than 2 hours to make you can get some holiday decorations done while they slow cook.
For easier cleanup, first coat the inside of the Crock Pot with a Cooking Spray.
For easy cleanup use a Cooking Spray
Pour in half the jar of peanuts followed by half a bag of chocolate chips.
Pour in the remaining peanuts and chips, cover and cook on low for 1 hour.
Combine Chocolate and Peanuts
Once the chocolate has softened, stir it thoroughly to mix in the peanuts.
Stir to coat peanuts with chocolate
Use a spoon or an Ice Cream scoop to dollop out medium size clusters onto a non-stick baking sheet or a platter covered with Parchment Paper.
Scoop clusters onto non-stick pan
Refrigerate for one hour to harden.
Refrigerate clusters for an hour
If you will be sharing tasty treats with your family, friends, co-workers or just “paying it forward” to a total stranger, make sure to stock up on the Holiday Rubbermaid TakeAlongs containers. They come in a variety of festive holiday colors and prints including Red and Green, oh, and by the way, there is a $1 Off Ibotta Rebate when you buy 2 Rubbermaid TakeAlongs products, exclusive to Walmart shoppers.
These Crock Pot Peanut Clusters are all mine!
The tasty treats in the 17 oz Mini Deep Squares will be given to our special friends at the Helen Graham Center, and hubby’s are in the Rectangle but these in the Rubbermaid TakeAlongs23 oz Square are all mine!
Do you have a favorite Holiday Sweet Treat that you like to share?
Our youngest son was home from college during the Thanksgiving break and you would have thought that a full meal plan wasn’t included in his tuition (it is), or that he hadn’t eaten since leaving in August (he doesn’t look like he’s skipped any meals!)
Almost every night hours after dinner was done and the kitchen was cleaned, I would hear him downstairs rummaging through the frig. Opening up the freezer door and looking through the pantry trying to find something else to eat…oh and it would be taken into his room and not eaten at the table…you know that “dorm life“.
Anywho, I know how much he loves desserts, so I wanted to make sure that he could have all that he wanted. However, I didn’t want to find an empty pie tin in his room, on the dresser or under the bed, leaving us with no dessert the next day so I came up with a creative way to serve it.
I went shopping at Walmart before the holiday to stock up on a few Marie Callender’s® Dessert Pies and a can of Extra Creamy Reddi-Wip®. Since both of my sons love Marie Callender’s® Dessert Pies, I purchased two, a Dutch Apple and a Cherry Crunch to satisfy them both.
I usually bake these dessert pies hours before cooking dinner because it allows them time to sit and cool and to be at the right temperature to keep the Reddi-Wip® from melting too quickly.
Oh and by the way, before baking the pies, wrap a little piece of Aluminum Foil around the edges of the crust to keep it from burning because it cooks faster than the pie’s filling.
This year our Turkey Day was low key, but that’s exactly how we needed it to be. Hubby has two more Chemo treatments, the last one will be 12/23 and we are looking forward to entering 2016 Cancer FREE!
Malik arrived home from Bowie State University on Saturday evening. Thankfully, his aunt drove him home so I didn’t need to make that trip down and it was wonderful to see him when I got home. I couldn’t believe how much my ‘baby’ had grown since August…just look at those “guns”
It was a leisurely Turkey Day which started by watching the Macy’s Day Parade, cooking the Jennie-O Turkey which was delicious and then relaxing with Tayair while he and his father watched football and the Eagles lost again!
This is a great turkey!
Philadelphia Eagles lost again!
I am not one who ventures out on Black Friday, so no bargains were had for us, instead we all watched movies together in the family room and munched on Thanksgiving dinner leftovers. It was a lazy two days!
selfie with the sons
Saturday the mini men and I headed to a matinee at Westown Movies to see “Creed” and it was definitely a good movie. I loved the storyline, the actors but best of all, hanging with my sons.
The last movie we saw together was Polar Express and the last time I was at Westown was to cover their Grand Opening, remember this post?
Our neighbor, Kyla works at the theatre and she was glad to see the guys as they are now all at different colleges.
they all grew up together
Creed at Westown Movies in Middletown
After the movie we went to Ruby Tuesday for dinner and had a great meal, the Apple Cider Spritzer was very refreshing, I actually drank two glasses!
I ordered the Asiago Sirloin and Fried Shrimp, something that I haven’t done in over a decade. I don’t normally eat red meat and never fried shrimp, but it was the holiday so I splurged a little and it was worth it!
Tayair’s meal was plated better than mine so I took a picture of his.
We popped over to Walmart, Marshalls and Kohl’s before heading home for the evening. Walmart had several of their Statement necklaces on clearance for $2.00 and a few Frank’s Red Hot sauce gift ideas on display as well as over at Kohl’s.
Frank’s RedHot Gift Set
Frank’s RedHot Recipe Book
It was definitely a great Saturday night to be out and about hanging with my mini men.
What I wore to the movies
It’s tough getting both of them together to pose with me, but hubby and I were able to capture a few shots before I drove Malik back to school and the very last one he “allowed” me to take was when I dropped him off on campus.
a soda and a smile made my day
me and my mini men
my sons, the loves of my life
see ya later son!
Well that was my Weekend Wrap Up, how was your Thanksgiving Holiday?
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Disclosure Statement: I was provided with a Kia Optima LX Turbo for a week to review, however, all opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. #Kia #DriveKia #DriveShopUSA
Two weeks ago a 2016 Kia Optima LX Turbo was driven into my driveway and needless to say, I was over-the-top excited to have her a as loaner for the entire week.
Thank you @Kia #DriveShopUSA and you can plainly see, we definitely belonged together as she complimented my outfit quite nicely! #kuteinaKia
Later in the day hubby and I sat inside listening to jazz on the Sirius Satellite Radio while checking out the bells and whistles, some of which included:
Then together, we took a slow, leisurely drive around the neighborhood before the sun set for the evening.
Wednesday, I left her in the driveway as I also did on Thursday because of the drenching rains. Having driven a small compact car (Bloggy Buggy) for the past 2 years, I was a bit apprehensive about driving this larger, more luxurious vehicle to work. I work in West Chester, PA, which is a 100 mile, 3 hour daily round trip commute.
The 32 MPG highway gas mileage for the Kia Optima LX Turbo is awesome, therefore, I doubt that I would have needed to stop and get gas to fuel up had I driven it to work those two days.
Friday was a vacation day from work but not a day off without a purpose as I attended a Friday Fuel Up, sponsored by Troy Farmer, www.tfarmerforeva.com This wonderful Women in Business event was enlightening and definitely rewarding as a new business owner.
Oh, I forget to tell you that I had officially launched my own business, A.Blake Enterprises, Social Media Management on the 13th of November. I will bring you up to speed with all the details but in the meantime, check out the website www.ABlakeEnterprises.com for more information.
After the empowerment session, driving home on a bright and sunny mid-afternoon, I took my time, leaned to the side and cruised along listening to Jazz playing on the Watercolors station from the Sirius Station. All the while thinking “I could get used to driving a car like this!” I pulled into the driveway, picked up hubby then we headed to the Dutch Country Farmers Market to get a late lunch.
Not wanting to buy too much because it was the week before Thanksgiving, we just bought some wings and pasta salad for the weekend and a few pounds of Oxtails for next week’s Slow Cooked Oxtail Stew – stay tuned for that recipe.
The Smart and spacious trunk of the Kia Optima LX makes it easy to load packages when your hands are full.
The MSRP on this fully loaded Kia Optima LX is $27,415 and these are just a few of the many standard features:
USB/Auxiliary Input Jack and 12 Volt Outlet
Bluetooth Wireless Technology
60/40 split-folding rear seats which are perfect for travel back and forth to college or a quick trip to your local Home Improvement Store
Push Button Start / Smart Key / Smart Trunk
The additional LX Technology Package Features on this vehicle included:
Dual Zone Auto Climate Controls with Rear Vents
Navigation System with 8” Display
Memory Driver’s Seat and Mirror Position
Blind Spot Detection System
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Rear Parking Assist System
Auto-dimming Rear view mirror
There are many safety features in the LX Technology Package which are definitely of benefit to me because I spend a lot of time on the road. With so many distracted drivers and others who need a remedial Driver’s Ed course, having these options are a definite plus especially the “Blind Spot Detection System”.
Saturday, hubby was feeling well enough to take another “Road Trip to Retirement” which was a regular feature on my YouTube channel before he began his chemo treatments. Check out the latest video of this visit to the Village of Eastridge, a 55+ Community in Smyrna.
I had an evening appointment with a Venetia Thompson, a small business owner in New Castle, who is featured this year on my blog in honor of #ShopSmall Saturday. When I got home there was another surprise…our youngest son was home from college.
He had come home early for the Thanksgiving break with a big bag of laundry, fortunately he has been washing his own clothes since the age of 10 so it was not my responsibility to handle!
The Kia adventure continued into Sunday when my oldest son and I went shopping and then created this mini video, once again touting a few of the cool features of the Optima LX.
On Monday hubby had a chemo treatment, so the Kia spent the day parked at the Helen Graham Cancer Center, then Tuesday morning, I had to say, “See Ya” to the Kia.
It was definitely a fun filled, wonderful way to spend the week with a Kia. Now it’s your turn to tell me what you would do if you had a week with a Kia Optima LX Turbo…where would you go, leave a comment below.