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The holidays are quickly approaching and there are only a few weeks of shopping left! To help you find something for everyone on your list, Layla Grayce is offering 15% off holiday giftsthrough 12/15 with promo code HOLIDAYS.
Don’t miss your chance to shop and save on candles, home decor, fashion accessories and more. Happy Shopping!
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I See Me Holiday Gift Guide!
Sports Fans… Fanatics is your one stop gift shopping headquarters… ESPECIALLY if you’re like us, at our house, and big college football fans!! Specialty wear, tons of great gift ideas! Everything you can imagine!! Follow the links to some of the most popular teams!
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Bags, Accessories and fashionable must haves I am sure you can not live without!
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Holiday shopping savings: Save 10% on your ENTIRE order AND get free shipping!
Daily Boutique Deals at JANE
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Shop with a purpose…pairing social responsibility with art, it’s a winning combination~ not to mention GORGEOUS pieces. Stand out, stunning jewelry that will IMPRESS!
Ok, I’m totally digging this llama tee… or is it an alpaca? Who care’s it’s hysterical! ModCloth is THE place to shop for totally cool, unique items you can’t find anywhere else, HUGE fan!
Unique Christmas Ornaments from The Ornament Shop make meaningful gifts that will be cherished for years to come whether they’re celebrating an engagement, a wedding or a 1st anniversary…
Theyre’s many styles to chose from and you’re sure to find that ideal gift for that special someone~much care and attention to detail goes into each one. Whether made from clay, class, lace or wood. They’re all beautiful and keepsake quality.
Ornaments from The Ornament Shop can be personalized and would
I hope you’ve enjoyed Goosie’s little compiled gift guide! A lot of thought went into bringing you the products (and savings) I thought our readers would find the most beneficial and most unique. These are products you don’t find at the local big box stores… have fun shopping! We’ll be doing another gift guide so stay tuned!!
xo , Goose and The Apprentice!
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Create Something One Of A Kind with Blurb
People love getting really creative, one-of-a-kind books for Christmas. Books that elicit a “where did you find this?” response. As the leading indie- and self-publishing platform, Blurb has an entire online bookstore full of unique books by an incredible array of undiscovered, self-published authors, artists, and photographers. And while these books probably aren’t in your recipient’s bookshelf, many of them should be. So, if you’re thinking of giving unique gifts this year, consider these titles. Each costs around $40 USD or less:
Cookie Cravings by Maria Lichty and Heidi Larsen
We all have cookie cravings. Popular food blogger Maria Lichter decided to put them into something deliciously original: A baking book featuring 30 recipes you won’t find anywhere else.
Dog by My Side by Adam Schnitzer
This charming collection of original, vintage photos shows us that as long as there have been cameras, we’ve wanted to photograph our canine best friends. As a special bonus, there’s a glossary of the early photographic methods used in the original images.
Around the World with a Toy Camera by Giorgio Giussani
Perfect for the photography or graffiti-art fan on your list. This book is an explosion of gritty color that explores the wonders of street art and analog photography.
Food Stories by Elena Scott
A short, wonderfully illustrated collection of recipes (and food stories) that will inspire you to pick up the knife and spatula—or just pen and paper.
Things I Love by Carol Nehls and Jessica Rose
Illustrated and written many years apart by a mother and daughter, this sweet rhyming story told by a fox is pure joy for all ages.
Patent Pending by Jordan Natyshen
Chicken goggles, air-conditioned rocking chairs, monkey jockeys for greyhounds… humankind has invented and sought to patent some amazing and crazy things. Illustrator Jordan Natyshen illustrates some of the strangest in this history of odd inventions.
Tiny Horses are Everywhere by Thea Lux
The perfect stocking-stuffer for fans of off-beat humor, this undeniably nutty book is based on a Tumblr blog and combines simple photo collages of small horses in human environments with incredibly funny captions.
Rouleaux by Anastassia Elias
What can you do with an empty roll of toilet paper? If you’re French artist Anastassia Elias, you create tiny dioramas inside of the discarded tubes. Inspired by art and movies, these pieces are beautifully crafted, fun, and unbelievably detailed.
Low Fidelity by Bobby Grossman
If you, or someone you love, listened to New York punk and new wave in the 70s, chances are your favorite artist can be found in this book. Bobby Grossman photographed Iggy Pop, David Byrne, The Ramones, Debbie Harry, Andy Warhol and many more. This book is a time capsule of—and a love letter to—a legendary time, place, and sound.
Take a second and head over to Blurb to see if you can end your search for that perfect gift this season! There’s a book for everyone on your holiday shopping list at Blurb, if you can’t find one you like from my wishlist, create your OWN!! From baby books, to wedding books to family history and cook books. There’s something for all of your loved ones! Just click here:
I have ONE rule about Christmas in my little Goosie world… Absolutely NO holiday music being played in the house OR car (even if we are holiday shopping) BEFORE the Thanksgiving turkey graces our table. BUT I have a confession… I broke my rule this year! I happened along a fabulous Christmas CD by Dahna Bender and omgosh, it’s super wonderful! The majority of the music is traditional, but she’s done it in her own way, sweet spoken word with children before a couple of the tracks makes it very kid and family friendly… but here’s the best part… creating this CD was a labor of love for a great cause!! (so that made me feel okay about breaking my own rule! hehe)
Saving Puppies through Christmas Music.
(As if you need another reason to love puppies RIGHT???!!)
According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million animals enter shelters nationwide each year ‹ 3 million to 4 million of which are euthanized. There are so many reasons you should add a shelter dog to your family, and we’re not even talking about the possibility of owning the next Internet-famous pooch.
However, if owning dog is not for you, you might want to contribute to a shelter who works with animal rights ad saving dogs from puppy mills.
Bender has partnered with National Mill Dog Rescue , a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that¹s rescued, rehabilitated and placed more than 7,300 dogs. With this fully self-funded project, Bender will donate 100% of the profits of her new CD, which will be released in time for the holiday 2013 season to the Colorado based organization.
A singer with a rich, golden voice, Bender is working with Airgo Music and Grammy-nominated producer, songwriter Jimmy Greco, who helped to create success for superstars Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears among others and wrote several Billboard #1 songs. Producer Russ DeSalvo, who worked with icons Celine Dion and Lionel Richie, is also collaborating with Bender on her latest CD.
The CD is called Christmas: Giving the Hearth II, and it is a collection of holiday classics include Silent Night, Sleigh Ride, O Holy Night and more. It will be made available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers along with a hardcopy CD that can be ordered through Argo Music (http://www.airgomusic.com) and on Dahna Bender¹s Website (http://www.dahnabender.com) with national distribution coming soon. What a GREAT idea for the pet lover on your Holiday shopping list… eh??
To win a copy of this BEAUTIFUL holiday cd produced with SAVING PUPPIES in mind:
1.) leave a comment on this blog post with your email address
2.) invite 10 of your friends to our Facebook Group :
3.) once they join our facebook group, ask them to please post in the group who sent them~ (i.e. YOUR name)
We will draw one winner at random from the comments on this blog and send it to you in the mail!
This is a fantastic way to help me, I have tried to help, mentor and promote so many other small businesses over the years, and it’s been my PLEASURE to do so and I want to continue to be able to do this and join up together to get around and
spread the word about my work, the positive vibe I try to put out there and help me expand my reach and help even more other small businesses/brands despite facebook’s undermining of visibility of pages for small businesses such as mine. I’m not Coca-Cola, I’m not Hollister, I’m not IBM… I don’t have an unlimited advertising budget, and I’m sure you or your friends who are work-at-home moms don’t either, so let’s all band together and rock this sh*t!!!!
Team Goose 4-Ever!
Chicken Soup For Your Soul!
It can be really hard buying books for people as gifts. After all, you never know just which books they already have. And then when you do find the right book and give it to them, how do you make it really personal? Put in a book plate? Write an inscription? How do you make the whole thing totally them?
These personalized “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books are one really great way to do it. Not only do you get to choose from five different story themes (from “Christmas Stories” to “Giving thanks”), you can personalize it in ways you just can’t with a conventional book. As the title suggests, these are stories meant to comfort and heal.
Your custom “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book will truly be a book for them because the book is printed with their name on the cover, as the recipient. And it’s truly from you because your name is printed on the cover as the giver. You can even include an inscription inside the book and on the back cover. Even add a photo to the back.
There are other nice options to choose from, like the type of cover you’d like and the type of paper. It takes just about five minutes to make it a truly custom book. And chances are, it’s something they’ll love forever. And a 60-page book starts at just $24.95.
There’s a quick video here: Chicken Soup for the Soul that shows you how to fill in all the info using a simple online tool. The books are all done by Blurb, so you know the quality is going to be great.
Get started here: Blurb’s Chicken Soup for the Soul Book
Small Business Saturday is coming November 30th, Goosie Girl fully supports the Shop Small and Shop Local Movements!
This information is provided courtesy of American’s Express’s Small Business Support Team.
Forget price as a marketing tactic and instead begin thinking about strategies to raise prices. Here are five strategies to raise your prices and increase your profit right now:
1. Price to pain
Consumers will always pay to solve their pain. What is the value of the pain being solved? Charge enough money to cover this. Exhibit A: Why can movie theaters charge $4.75 for a bottle water when the consumer can get 32 bottles of water at Costco for the same price? Location, location, location. A company can move from being a commodity by changing time or place like the movie theater or food on an airplane.
2. Price to premium
Even in a difficult economy, premium or luxury goods are still selling well. For example, Killerspin, a premium maker of table tennis equipment sells their branded “Revolution” table for $3,500. This is in contrast to paying $200 for an entry level table at the local sporting goods store. People buy it not just for table tennis, but as a prestigious piece of furniture.
3. Price for better class of service
Some consumers always pay for better customer service. Think a fancier restaurant, a suite hotel or first class airplane service. Eslide, a presentation design and visual consulting firm charges a value based rate structure by having a higher price for work that needs to be completed for the customer faster. The tighter the deadline, the higher the level of service needed to meet the deadline and therefore the rate goes higher. This allows eSlide to have the expensive design talent available when customers need them to meet critical deadlines and still run a profitable company.
4. Price annual raises
Consumers have become conditioned to prices going up every year. It is far better to raise company prices a small amount annually than do large increases. This will condition the consumer that the raise is always coming. Health insurance, rent and college tuition are good examples of this type of model that go up (sometimes a lot) every year.
5. Price with surcharges
Special market volatility produces temporary surcharges. A raise on gas prices have necessitated a wide variety of fuel surcharges. When wheat prices were rising rapidly years ago, some restaurants even had a surcharge on bread. While this will not be viewed by the consumer as positive, if the issue that the price raise is based on is widely seen as a problem, then they will accept it for a short period of time.
How have you successfully raised your prices this year? If not, isn’t it time you did?
The 1st step in most 12 step programs, is admitting you have a problem… Well, here I am to confess. I must admit it.
My name is Goose and I’m addicted to
Have you visited their website? If you haven’t … DON’T DO IT!! It will suck you right in like a giant crazy straw!! You will NOT be able to get off there without buying SOMETHING!! Whether you need something for an office Christmas party, or the perfect gift for a niece in college (oh wait, that would be me we are talking about now, isn’t it? hehe) …I’m ashamed…I just can NOT hide it anymore… It began with looking for dresses for my sister’s upcoming wedding~ and THEN it spiraled out of control when I happened upon their awesome Holiday Gift Guide . OMGosh I am giggling, and pointing and squealing with delight… I swear there is something for everyone & a gift from the items in their gift guide definitely would make SOOOO many people happy that are on my gift list!!
Here are my TOP FIVE faves from their holiday gift guide:
OOOH my Jack Jack would LOOOVE this!!. Tis The Sizzle Ornament He’s the baconator at our house!
OMG a MANATEE just hangin’ there!! haaa! I’m dying!! So stinkin’ cute!
“All My Friends Are Dead” Book. Just the title made me LOL!
It would kinda suck to be a dinosaur, wouldn’t it? Awfully lonely job…hehe
Vintage Hair How-To Book!
Squeeeeee!!! If Santa is reading my blog, I need this book in my stocking this year!!