Archive for November 2013

Shop Small Day 268: The Magic Tree Bookstore

Supporting small businesses today? Good for you! Here’s another great store to visit while you’re out shopping. There’s no better place for opening the magical world of books to kids than The Magic Tree Bookstore. A neighborhood staple since 1984, Magic Tree Bookstore  is dedicated to kids (and kids at heart). I’m a strong believer... Read more »

Shop Small Day 267: Small Business Saturday

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Had your fill of Black Friday craziness? If you’ve waited all year for Small Business Saturday to shop small, thanks for finally joining us! Time to shop local and bring some love to our neighborhood stores. Throughout the year I’ve found some incredible shops for everyone on your list. You could, quite easily, finish all... Read more »

Shop Small Day 266: Green Home Experts

You may have figured out by now, I’m kind of earthy-crunchy. Making green choices, though, doesn’t have to be difficult or mean hanging all of your clothes to dry. Whether you’re new to green living, looking for great products (that happen to be eco-friendly), or want one spot to shop, you’ll find it at Green... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 265: Gifts for the Sports Fan

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It’s that time of year…holiday shopping.  Hopefully you’ll add a few small shops for your gift buying.  I’ve found so many great shops along the way, so I thought I’d help gather a few of them by theme to make life (and shopping) easier.  Looking for a store I featured but can’t remember the name?... Read more »

Shop Small Day 254: International Dinner

A couple of years ago I hosted Christmas Eve for my family. Since it was at my house, I figured I could put a little spin on the menu. So, in my natural “tree-hugging” spirit we created a Peace on Earth/Christmas Around the World International dinner. The meal was less about making sure all of... Read more »

Shop Small Day 253: Holiday Markets, part 2

Ok, city friends. Part 2 of favorite holiday markets is a little closer to home for you. Shopping small stores is fantastic, especially this time of the year, but markets are cool too because you find a ton of people passionate about their crafts. The more support these vendors receive at these markets may lead... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 252: Holiday Markets, part 1

If you’re one of the over-achieving “I’ve been done with my shopping for weeks” people, this probably isn’t for you.  I’m trying to be organized this year (you can follow my Stress-Free Holidays checklist here!) If you like giving unique gifts, or just finding really cool one-of-a-kind items for yourself, here are 4 upcoming markets... Read more »

Shop Small Day 251: The Patio

I am incredibly grateful that my kids are good eaters. I always know, regardless if we’re at a restaurant, in someone’s home, or in a different country, that they will try anything. Believe me, I know how fortunate I am. At the same time, going out to eat with them is never cheap; there’s no... Read more »

Shop Small Day 250: Paris Bistro

Ready for a quick trip to Paris that doesn’t require a passport or all of your vacation savings? I found a spot for you! Granted you’re going to a restaurant, it really does feel like you’re transported out of everyday suburban life, and far from the strip-mall. No need to pack your bags, just your... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 249: Tony's Finer Foods

In some aspects, shopping small hasn’t been that big of a change. I can’t remember the last time I shopped in a department store, and it’s been years since I did a grocery trip to Jewel or Dominicks. Huge stores make me a little panicky and over-whelmed: too many people and too many choices. So,... Read more »