Black and Orange for Halloween-How did it Come to be?

Saturday, October 31, 2015

  What is the origin of Halloween colors?  

Have you ever wondered about the origin of Halloween colors? It is the custom of the celebration to use orange and black in decorations and costumes. Retailers embrace this holiday because it’s one of the most lucrative of all.

As the Celtics are given the most credit for beginning the holiday as the festival of the harvest, a color of autumn is used. Orange, being the most prevalent autumn tone, is derived from the pumpkin and leaves.

Many people use pumpkins hollowed out as urns or vases to hold masses of fall mums or carve them into ghoulish or scary jack-o-lanterns with lit candles or mini electric lights inside to cast an eerie glow.

The color orange also signifies strength and endurance. We don’t know if that is for the holiday or strength and endurance at the harvest time. Since the Celtics were involved in wars with Julius Caesar, they may have believed the color orange gave courage to those who wore the color during battle. Little is know about this idea.

Halloween was once (and still may be in some areas) a festival of the dead. Death is usually associated with darkness and absence of light signified by the color black.

Black cats, witches hats, cauldrons, and streamers are a few of the items that are reminders of the holiday. Most candies at this time of year are in black and orange wrappers.

Traditionally, Halloween is always celebrated after sunset. The blackness of the night cloaks the revelers and hides their misdeeds or tricks if they don’t receive any treats.

Walking into any retail store that carries Halloween costumes, candy, or decorations, you will find masses of black and orange items. You know that it’s Halloween time, because the distinctive color combination is only used for this season. Not too many people use this color combination for their house or clothing!

The exact origin of Halloween colors is unknown but we all know that with practice and use, the uncommon becomes commonplace.  

Continue to Support the Fight

Friday, October 30, 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness month is coming to an end.October maybe coming to an end however; my plea to you is PLEASE KEEP SUPPORTING Breast Cancer Research. You can donate to your local Komen For the Cure anytime. Many businesses raise funds year round, Yoplait is donating funds through it's yogurt codes -all you do is purchase a specially marked container , get the code then log into their website and enter it Yoplait will make a donation to breast cancer research.

I Went to See the BEARS

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Saturday Oct. 24th was busy for me . I attended a women's Conference in the morning at New City Church, then went home changed and made it to enjoy the  Mercer University HomeComing game and support my alma mater MERCER UNIVERSITY. I graduated from Mercer with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Environmental Science . My time at Mercer was as a working student whose employer paid tuition along with a scholarship from my Water Organization. I also used my remaining funds from my GI Bill from my service in the U.S. ARMY to pay tuition. I am proud of my time at Mercer University as it is a nationally ranked and recognized institution. #BetheBear 

Rescue Mission of Middle Ga. - a Community Asset

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Rescue Mission of Middle Ga. 

I frequently shop at  our local  Rescue Mission Bargain store. The store carries a variety of items  . They carry great furniture , shoes and clothing at great prices. Rescue Mission uses a weekly tag color tag  program to offer shoppers even more savings, tag color for the week allows half off the already  reduced priced  shoe or clothing the bears  that tag color. The staff at the Rescue Mission Bargain store are always courteous and willing to assist shoppers. I love the purpose that store proceeds support. I will always be a supporters and shopper. I encourage Central Ga. residents to visit the bargain store located at 3375 Napier Ave. Macon . Store hours are 9:30am- 7pm  Monday through Saturday.

 MISSION of the MISSION from their website.

Providing a Path of Hope, Redemption and Empowerment through Jesus Christ.The Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia Bargain Center is a thrift store that serves as an important resource for the Mission and the Middle Georgia community. Every dollar spent at the Bargain Center goes back into the Mission’s life changing programs, financing a significant portion of our work. Through the Bargain Center, the Mission is able to provide emergency relief to local people in need through clothing and furniture vouchers for fire victims and individuals referred to us by partner organizations.
By way of this community’s generous donations, the Bargain Center offers quality furniture, electronics, clothing, household items, antiques, collectibles and more. Customers can find a wide variety of items with inventory changing on a daily basis. Shoppers can enjoy a clean, friendly environment and take pride in knowing their purchases help to support the programs and ministries of the Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia.

My First Black Girls Run Outing!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

In my quest to get fit over the next year,  I decided  to join the local group of Black Girls Run! I wore my thrifted Danskin dri-fit pants and my thrifted long sleeved pink shirt and thrifted exercise undershirt and thrifted Saucony running shoes! I managed to complete the 3.06 mile course that consisted of hills, curves and long flat stretches! My group is specifically named Black Girls Run Middle Ga. I think I'm gonna like this addition to my fitness plans! #aspiringrunner, #aspiring2run !

My Thrift Trip-- Teen Challenge East Dublin Ga

Monday, October 19, 2015

I was recently passing through Dublin Ga. and decided to check out the thrift store scene,
By mistake as I was trying to find the GoodWill Store, I made a series of wrong turns and happened up on Teen Challenge Thrift Store. I shopped there got a few houseware pieces cheap for brand new bowls and cups. The proceeds of the store benefit kids who need special assistance. I love shopping when tne funds help benefit a good cause .

Goodwill Does Good Work

One of my thrifting spots is Goodwill. I always find great household and clothing items at any Goodwill store that I happen to drop by. Goodwill's mission is to help train people for the workforce. Our donations make that possible. Goodwill hosts a few major fundraisers each year. I love the idea that Goodwill host at least two major job fairs in central Ga. each year. Do not leave Goodwill off your list of thrift shops. They support the "cause" of helping people become self-sufficient and employable!

Here is more about Goodwill in their own words. Info retrieved from their website.

Goodwill strives to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by helping people reach their full potential through education, skills training and the power of work.
Goodwill meet the needs of all job seekers, including programs for youth, seniorsveterans, and people with disabilitiescriminal backgrounds and other specialized needs. Last year, Goodwill helped more than 26.4 million people train for careers in industries such as banking, IT and health care, to name a few — and get the supporting services they needed to be successful — such as English language training, additional education, or access to transportation and child care.

GoodWill's Mission
Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.

Do you shop at Goodwill?

ABBA HOUSE- Developes Women's Skills

Monday, October 12, 2015

Downtown Perry Thrift Store Abba House

I recently traveled to Perry to check out ABBA House Thrift store. I like the mission and purpose behind this store. I arrived there in a large parking lot and a huge store. Inside I found a massive amount of store space, there was a lot of  everything in ABBA HOUSE Thrift. The store was well organized and laid out very neatly. I found all the ladies and girls to be very friendly. There was a lot of furniture and a MAN CAVE area of men's clothing cute little children's section of all things for kids!

Developing Leadership Skills through Retail Management

At Abba House, the primary goal of every project and industry is the ultimate benefit to the ladies in the program. Although the sales from the Thrift Stores allow us to keep tuition at an extremely low rate, the purpose of the Thrift Store far exceeds a way to generate income. While in the program at Abba House, the ladies will hold various positions of leadership and obtain countless real world job skills. The Thrift Stores are structured in such a way that ladies are accountable for different departments and the ladies within those departments. The ladies learn the value of a hard day’s work and how to submit to authority in a job setting.
When you visit our stores, you’ll see that the ladies are also learning how to take pride in their work and reap the rewards of a job well done. The ladies are responsible for everything in the stores, from the merchandise on the floor to the way it’s displayed, to the atmosphere the customers experience when they shop with us.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: ABBA HOUSE November marked the official launch of Abba House Perry, as four women, two student leaders and Chris Sharp moved to Perry to become the initial core leadership group for many women who will come there to find peace. We opened the Perry AbbaHouse Thrift Store .Our thrift stores provide about 50 percent of our revenue and are the training tool to equip women with leadership and job skills as well as a good work ethic.
In 2014 Abba House opened a new location for the Perry Thrift Store, located in downtown Perry. This location has more than 25,000 square feet of sales floor.
1309 Main Street Perry, Ga 31069
Monday – Saturday from 9:00am – 5:30pm

Yoplait Supports the Breast Cancer Fight

Saturday, October 10, 2015

                  Friends in the Fight

Several months ago I tried the Yoplait Greek Yogurt is only 100 calories and high in protein content . I tried various flavors and fell in love with strawberry flavor. I  eat it twice a day sometimes adding  cranberries and walnuts to give it the consistency of a parfait. I  eventually took a minute or read the peel off lid and saw that Yoplait would donate to breast cancer research f I took,time to go on their website and enter the code from the lid! 

After more research I learned that:
Since 1997, Yoplait and General Mills has donated more than $35 million to the cause through the Friends in the Fight program, Race for the Cure and other initiatives.
Over fifteen years ago, an employee at our Carson City, California, Yoplait plant lost a family member to cancer and helped organize the plant’s support for a local cancer race. The goal of Save Lids to Save Lives is to support the millions of people who have been impacted by breast cancer by raising awareness and funding to fight the disease.
Breast cancer statistics continue to be staggering. One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, and for the United States in 2012, more than 250,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women (source: American Cancer Society).
Find out how you can join General Mills in making a difference in the fight against breast cancer at

I Participated in the Inaugural Sista Strut 3k in Macon Ga

What is Sista Strut? V101.7 and 97.9 WIBB are proud to be sponsors of this great event to help raise awareness of breast cancer and to celebrate the women who have battled it. 

Sista Strut is a 3k Walk to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer and specifically how it affects the African American community.  This is the inaugural year for the walk in Macon, GA but the event has been held in other iHeartMedia markets such as Memphis, Nashville and St. Louis.  

Sista Strut Macon will take place on October 10th at 10am at the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds.

Did You Know?

• African American Women In The Us Have A 41% Higher Death Rate From Breast Cancer Than White Women.

• African American Women Are More Likely Than White Women To Be Diagnosed With Breast Cancer Before Age 40 And Are More Likely To Be Diagnosed With Larger Tumors Than White Women.
•  Awareness Of These Issues Will Help Survival Rates With Earlier Diagnoses.

The Thrifty Lizard- Thrift Spot I Recently Stumbled Up On!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

I was in Carrollton Georgia back in August. I stumbled upon a really nice thrift store
called "The Thrifty Lizard".They had a nice selection of high end pieces. I snagged a cute necklace and a pair of great black pants and a sweater for this winter.
The staff at the lizard were so friendly and helpful. I will definitely shop there again ,
I make it my business to shop thrift anytime I'm on business or vacation around the state and

Do you thrift on business and vacation???

I am Hosting a Community YARD SALE !

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

On Oct. 17th several TCGA members and I will be hosting our Community Wide Yard Sale. The sale helps members sell off some of their thrift overflow, while offering great deals to the thrift yard sale shoppers in the community.

* I am encouraging members to donate unsold items to the Salvation Army. There is a Salvation Army donation area around the corner from our sale location .The donation area is staffed , so donors can get a tax donation receipt for the donation.

I Supported Historic Macon and Their Cause!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

I practice what I preach, I really do get out and "Shop For a Cause " , Shop Local . I went downtown Macon on Saturday and shopped at Historic Macon 38th Annual Flea Market. I found long lines of eager shoppers  waiting outside to enter the huge sale space. Once inside I found lots of great goodies priced from $10.00 and up. I might mention, I also attend the Summer Flea Market they had a few months ago on Cherry St. I will definitely  stay tuned for ALL their Flea Markets and other sales from now on!#shop4acause, #ShopLocalMacon

Historic Macon Foundation's vision is to lead Middle Georgia as the premier preservation organization.
Our Mission is to revitalize our community by preserving architecture and sharing history.
Imagine: tomorrow’s lifestyle in yesterday’s places.

As Written by Emily Hoskins in her weekly Blog for Historic Macon.
Did I mention that 77¢ of every dollar you spend at the Flea Market goes straight back to Historic Macon’s operating expenses? That means 77¢ of your dollar goes directly to the work that we do best -revitalizing our community by preserving architecture and sharing history. You can rest easy in that new-to-you bed or chair from the Flea Market knowing you got an incredible deal and you also supported an organization committed to making Macon a better place.

 I even got snapped by the Macon Telegraph photographer  ( Jason Vorhees) !!

Shop at ULTA - Donate to Breast Cancer Research - Win a Big Beauty Bag

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Shop at ULTA BEAUTY this month, donate $1.00  for a chance to win a HUGE BEAUTY BAG valued at $598.00. 100% of that donation goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.There is a second way to donate to breast cancer research at ULTA. You can also donate $5.00 and get a cute Pink fashion clutch full of goodies! Enjoy your clutch knowing that 50% of the donation goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation! So get out and go to your local ULTA BEAUTY STORE try one or both of these opportunities to enhance your beauty arsenal and support a great cause.
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