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Black Friday

My potatoes are boiling for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving meal at our place, so I wanted to pop in quickly and say hello. I won’t be around tomorrow for Thankful Thursday since I’m hosting turkey day at our house. My husband pre-ordered a local turkey from our market and I picked it up today. He ordered a 26-pounder. For 8 adults. You do the math– looks like we will be having leftovers for days (which is totally fine with me).

Apparently I’m going to need to wake up at 3 am to put the bird in the oven since we are having an early lunch at noon. I’m not very good at math, but my master chef friend Heather informed me that it’s going to take a while to cook that sucker. I’m excited to host our family & friends, despite not being a Martha Stewart I absolutely love entertaining.

Here’s our menu for tomorrow, items with a * are being brought by a guest:

2012 Thanksgiving Menu:

Our turkey from a few years ago, at my cousins’ in VT

I bought a 3 pot slow cooker buffet server and was totally bummed when I unpacked it this afternoon to see that the crock pot portion is tiny. I need to have a better grasp of what 1.5 qt means when I buy something. Oh well, I’ll make it work! I’m making the mashed potatoes and green bean casserole today while the turkey brines in a cooler over ice.

What are you making for Thanksgiving?
Do you have any special traditions for this holiday?
Will you be shopping Black Friday (not me!)

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Nordstrom Rack Opening at Warwick Mall!

Nordstrom Rack

Tonight some Rhody Bloggers (pictured: Kristin, Liza & Heather) and myself braved a Nor’easter to go a sneak peek of the new Nordstrom Rack in Warwick, RI. Let me tell you, I would drive in a blizzard to get to a Nordstrom Rack now that I have experienced one. They hosted a party for VIP shoppers and social media types like myself (me being social media, I’m definitely no VIP shopper, unfortunately). They had a DJ spinning (sorry for the shot from the back but that was the only one I got!), cocktails and hors d’ouvres for shoppers to snack on- such a fun time!

I’ve been a Nordstrom’s fan for years since we have on at nearby Providence Place Mall. My favorite thing about them has always been their superb customer service. Now I am lucky enough to experience their second-to-none customer service in addition to AMAZING deals. Seriously amazing. Here are a couple items I bought tonight:

My fav item tonight? Hunter boots– ONLY $39.97, marked down from $135. Everyone in the family got a present because there is something for everyone! Sidney has her first North Face jacket ($38.97 marked down from $65), I got Jackson a pair of Stride Rite sneakers for 30% off and I found a pair of Nikes for my husband to play basketball in- $54.97, down from $110. WOW!

Every shopper loves a deal, but what is special about Nordstrom Rack is that everything is clean and organized. There is no “digging through piles of misshapen, irregular clothes to find a gem.” Everything is placed in an easy to find location and their friendly staff is always available to answer any questions that could arise. I can’t wait to take my Mom shopping there next time she is up from Florida because this is the store for her: nice stuff, great prices and incredible customer service. Even a non-shopper like her would have an enjoyable experience!

If you live in Rhode Island, the Warwick Mall Nordstrom Rack opens tomorrow.┬áCheck it out, I think you’ll love it as much as my girlfriends and I did!


*Disclaimer: I was invited to the event and provided a goody bag and refreshments. All opinions are my own, I bought everything with my own money and I am in serious love with the Nordstrom Rack!