A Covid Holiday Reality Check!

A Covid Holiday Reality Check!

This weeks tip is about the realities of shopping these days; what’s available, prices and raising shipping costs.
Our changing retail experience and dramatic halts in manufacturing means the holiday season could look very different this year. Manufacturing as a whole was completely shut down for weeks world wide in the first and second quarter of the year as we saw both luxury brands like Rolex and Louis Vuitton and more common brands like Levi’s halt production completely.  Many companies and retailers are struggling to get their orders made and delivered.
As a result, we are seeing empty shelves, less variety, lower stock levels and sparse retails experiences.; if the stores are even opened. This is sure to be the same or worse for the Holidays.
In addition to low and no stock issues, we should all be planning on more expensive shipping with longer delivery times. Two day and overnight delivery on high demand items may simply not exist. We have to plan better.
So there are two things we should be doing to prepare for the Holidays.
1. Start shopping early this year to insure optimum inventory, timely delivery and lower prices. High demand and scarcity is what causes price increases.
2. Shop for used and 2nd hand goods.  The resale market is booming. Quite often when you can’t find something from a retailer, you can find a “gently loved” version on a resale site. Don’t be afraid to buy and gift a resold item. As products become harder to get, a used version is sure to be cherished gold.
So start your holiday planning and shopping extra extra early this year. It’s a small step to keeping things a little normal in these unusual times.
You can do this!
Andy Paige
Clean Your Face with OIL?!

Clean Your Face with OIL?!

OCM…also know as the oil cleansing method!
Cleansing your face with oil has become a fabulous trend in skin care. OCM recipes for the best oil combinations for your skin type and needs are all over the internet and social media. Oils like macadamia, Rose hip, caster oil and argon are known to be great for your skin, so why not remove makeup and cleanse with them?
If you have acne prone or oily skin, do not be alarmed, there are oils for you as well. The benefit of cleansing with an oil is the nutrient rich supplement it offers your skin.
It’s suggested you use a hot washcloth to open your pores once you’re messaged the oil or oil recipe into your skin and released your makeup and daily dirt. The results can be pretty spectacular.
I’ve been using an oil cleanser for most of this year and I love it. I dissolve the day with my oil cleaner and then wipe it all away with a clean cloth. My skin is left squeaky clean without being dry or tight.
You can of course buy an oil cleanser from popular skin care lines or you can create one at home!
Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. With the weather changing, I think you’re going to like this!
You can do this.
Matt Stafford and the Cheerleaders

Matt Stafford and the Cheerleaders

Well, the game didn’t go as he had hoped, but Matt Stafford had a pretty exciting encounter with a few cheerleaders BEFORE the game!

Peach Butter

Peach Butter

I absolutely LOVE fresh peaches. They’re SO GOOD this year. And for the first time EVER, I decided to make Peach Butter. (you know, like Apple Butter…but with peaches!) And it turned out SO delicious, I wanted to share it with you!



  • 15 Ripe Peaches
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Cloves
  • 1/8 tsp Allspice
  • 2-3 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1.5 cups sugar


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil, and place peaches in the water for 1 minute. (it’s best to use ripe peaches)
  • Immediately place the peaches into a bowl of ice water for 2 minutes. Then, slide the skins right off! (You can use a regular peeler and skip the boiling/ice method, if you prefer)
  • Cut the peaches into slices, and place in blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Place the pureed peaches and lemon juice into your Crock Pot, stir, and then top with cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and sugar. DO NOT COVER!
  • Cook on LOW until it reaches the thickness you want. Anywhere from 3-6 hours is good.
  • I used half-pint jars, and left about 1/4 inch at the top. Wipe the top edge of the jars to make sure it was nice and clean so those lids seal well!
  • Keep the lids in hot water until ready to use.
  • Once the jars are filled with peach butter, put the hot lids and rings on them and place them in a hot water bath. Make sure the jars are covered by an inch of boiling water. Let them cook for 15 minutes.
  • Carefully lift the jars out of the boiling water, (I used tongs to get them out) and let them cool overnight so the jars aren’t touching. You can make sure they sealed correctly by pressing your fingers on the lid. If it doesn’t pop up and down, they’re good. Tighten the rings all the way.

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