Welcome to the Holidaze
Holiday Giving Suggestions and Updates
Welcome Back to the Holidaze!
Hey y'all! Ya girl is back from hiatus to bring y'all what you need this holiday season. This year has been a struggle for many of you- me included. When the holidays come around, we tend to put more stress on ourselves and spend money we may not have- don't I know that feeling. Remember the season should be about giving, not necessarily presents but your time, a listening ear, love, and other moneyless essentials. If ya fam and friends don't like it, they can suck it. Your mental, emotional, and financial well-being is upmore important than spending money on things.
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If you have money to blow, or you're more financially secure, or just want some suggestions here is a list of things to help a person out:
Find their wishlist on Amazon and buy something off of it.
Surprise them with a meal. This time of year is when people are experiencing food scarcity.
Support their small business! If it's something you would enjoy, buy a membership or purchase a product. If someone else in your life would enjoy it, gift it. If neither, send a tip- like buymeacoffee, words of encouragement, share with friends, family, and extended network.
Don't pressure or expect a gift from them. Let them know you understand and that you would rather have their company than something material.
Surprise them with a gift card and/or cash. Bills are due and money's tight- help someone not have to decide between rent or food or paying the electricity bill or water bill.
If they have kids, gift them a sitter or volunteer to watch the kiddos while they do something for themselves- even if it is catching up on sleep.
For the rest of December, I will be sharing my usual-recipes, books, gift ideas, and general randomness.
Starting in 2023, I will have a paid post around a restaurant/recipe that includes a recipe, personal story, and history if the restaurant isn't around anymore. Confirmed post are Bacco and their Lobster Ravioli; La Rivera garlic bread and signature dish; The best Sangria ever.
I would love for y'all to subscribe and support not only me but the memory of restaurants past and the connection they bring/brought people.
Author interviews and shared recipes will also be part of the paid membership. Below are a few books I will be sharing with y'all in 2023:
How Not to Kill Yourself by Clancy Martin
An A-to-Z of Pasta by Rachel Roddy
Mind over Batter by Jack Hazan
Against the Currant by Olivia Matthews
Mastering the Art of French Murder by Colleen Cambridge
Based on the titles, who would you like me to interview?
As always, thanks for rocking with ya girl. This year has been rough mentally, emotionally, and financially-sharing things I love with y'all has been a saving grace.
Until next time,