Cyber Monday is Here.

Well, in a season of Black Friday (which really seemed to be Black Friday week), online retailers are hoping you’ll plug into Cyber Monday as you return from the turkey coma you’ve been in all weekend.

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If you’re planning to shop online today, here are some Cyber Monday tips.

Stay secure. Be sure to make your credit card purchases on a secure site. Shop with retailer who use an SSL (secure sockets layer) security. The easiest way to know if you’re on an SSL site is that you’ll see the URL begins with “https:” and not “http:.” That one little letter of “s” indicates the site is secure.

Know your retailer. So often, SPAM emails will penetrate your inbox. Cyber Monday is the hacker’s paradise. Be sure to know the retailers with whom you’re clicking links. Better yet, don’t click the link within an email you’re not quite sure about trusting.

Watch for too good to be true offers. As with the previous of clicking only retailer links you know and trust, watch out for the deep discounts which are bogus in attempt to lead you to an unreliable site. Shop wisely.

Prepare a shopping list. Websites such as Bradsdeals.com, CyberMonday.com and Slickdeals.com help you make your list of must-haves. With a list handy, you’ll avoid impulse purchases that Cyber Monday deals may entice you to take part of.

Have fun shopping!

 

 

 

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Santa’s Mailbox in Fishers.

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it’s time to switch gears to Christmas!

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The City of Fishers invites children in fourth grade and younger to write letters to Santa!

Once your child has written his or her note, be sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your letter to Santa so the jolly ‘ol elf himself can write back to your child.

Drop off locations are available inside City Hall (1 Municipal Drive) or inside the Fishers Parks & Recreation office (11565 Brooks School Road).

Have fun making your wish list for Santa!

 

Black Friday Tips.

Well, one of the most famous shopping days of the year is just a few days away.

If you’re one of the many people who will be standing in lines, zooming around town and shopping for those incredible door-buster deals, here are some tips to make your day go as smoothly as possible.

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Make your list. Narrow down a list with “must haves” so that you can be sure to get those knocked off your list first. Do your research ahead of time to shop the stores for particular items you’re looking to buy to see where the best deal will be. Even plan ahead for in which order you’ll visit stores.

Research name brands. If you’re looking to make a big purchase, such as a major appliance, television or entertainment system, be sure to know which brand(s) you truly want to own. Sometimes the Black Friday “too good to be true” deals may be just that once you get those purchases home. It may be wiser to buy the brand you really desire, even if its sale price is higher than others. And, watch for old models. Black Friday is a great way for retailers to rid of outdated merchandise.

Shop ahead. Many retailers are posting Black Friday sales this week. Take advantage of the extended promotion and avoid the hustle of Black Friday for those items.

Be an online shopper. With the ease of direct-to-your-door from the computer, be a savvy shopper to buy items that are free to ship or that you are comfortable buying online. Many online retailers are offering free or discounted shipping to lure in shoppers. Take advantage of it!

Make a budget. If you plan to venture out on Friday to hop from store to store, plan your budget ahead so that you don’t end up making impulse buys that leave your budget busted.

Plug into promos. Retailers give email, social media and credit card holders of their companies special incentives and discounts. Be sure to check yours before you make purchases. Take advantage of those offers.

Have fun and be safe! Happy shopping!

 

 

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The Year of the Bicentennial.

Next year, Indiana will be celebrating 200 years! In this bicentennial celebration, many events and activities will be planned to have all of our state’s citizens take part.

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As 6.5 million Hoosiers reside in Indiana, one key event will be the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Run, which will make its way through Hamilton County on October 13, 2016. Torchbearers will travel statewide via bike, car, train, foot, fire engines, tractors, boats, helicopters and more.

The Torch Run will make a five-and-a-half week journey and travel over 2,300 miles, through each of our state’s 92 counties. The Run will begin on September 9 in Corydon and conclude on the grounds of the statehouse downtown Indianapolis on October 15. Specifically, the Hamilton County route will end on the Noblesville Courthouse Square.

In total, nearly 2,000 torchbearers will be honored to carry the torch. In effort to find torchbearers within our county, Hamilton County seeks nominations of people who are hometown heroes…those who are really making a difference within our county. Nominees may be current or former Hamilton County residents.

The criteria for nomination includes:

 

  • Exceptional public service to their county and/or community
  • Achievement and excellence in their profession
  • Acts of heroism
  • Exceptional volunteer service and leadership to their neighborhood, community, region or state

 

Click here to view the form. The nomination period will close on December 31st.

 

Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving. Go.

Are you hosting family and friends for Thanksgiving? It’s a lot to balance the meal prep, table presentation, seating and overall flow of events on this fun holiday centered around food, family and fellowship!

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So with that in mind, here are some tips to making your Thanksgiving great!

1. Delegate. If Aunt Susie offers to bring the green bean casserole, let her. Part of the beauty of having a house full of family and friends is sampling the “go-to” recipes they make. Let people help you with bringing food.

2. Stage Early. Plan ahead for all of the non-food prep, such as table decorations, table placement, china, serving plates and silver and table wear. Get things washed, polished and placed as best you can a day or two before Thanksgiving to alleviate that from your list of “to dos.”

3. Skip the appetizers. Let’s face it, Thanksgiving is about the main course. Keep the apps to a minimum. Have chilled wine or beverages ready for your guests and maybe a few apps, but don’t overdo it.

4. Go with tried-and-true recipes. Did you find a recipe on Pinterest you just HAVE to make? Well, give it a test run this week to be sure it’s table-worthy so you’re not spending Thanksgiving day fretting over a new recipe.

5. Make a list. Write down the dishes you’re going to serve (and make the shopping list), the people who will be attending (gives you a better head count) as well as the flow of the events of the day so you’re prepared.

6. Relax. Thanksgiving is really a day to enjoy time with your favorite people. Be sure to be present that day. Take a deep breath and sit down with your family to eat when they do. The dishes can wait.

Happy Thanksgiving from my home to yours!

 

Small Business Saturday Is November 28!

During this season of gift-giving, meal preparing, taxi cabbing to and from celebrations with family and friends, remember to SHOP LOCAL to support the small businesses, restaurants and artisans within our community.

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This year, Small Business Saturday is on Saturday, November 28th. From local boutiques and eateries to art shops and small businesses, remember to spend some of your holiday budget with them.

The ease of online shopping allows many of us to check off our gift lists from the comfort of our sofas, but please get out and support our local stores in Geist, Fishers, Hamilton County and beyond. Check in or hashtag your fave local stores and restaurants on social media to encourage others to check them out too.

Shop local! Support our community.