Archive | December 2015

Cousin Belle’s Most Read Posts of 2015

Just thought I’d post some of the top posts of 2015:

Chocolate-Covered Marshmallow-Filled Treats – A Racist History

Healthy Fast Food Chain “D’Lites” of America – Remember When?

Direct Sales Opportunities That Are Free or Cheap to Start

Ripley’s “The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic” – The Gatlinburg Experience

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: D/2 Biological Solution For Cleaning Headstones

WARNING – Don’t Ever Post Your Info On Careerbuilder!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

❤ Belle

ZAZZLE SALE: 20.16% Off All Orders – The New Year is Almost Here, Celebrate with Something New! Ends Tomorrow!

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ShoesThatFit.org – I Donated 2 Pairs!

ShoesThatFit.org

Dear Readers – I hope I brought some joy to 2 kiddos in need this Christmas! I spent $10 each for a couple of kids to get new shoes so they can wear them with pride, and comfort.

If you’ve read any of my past posts, you know how difficult it is to find shoes to fit my extra-wide feet, so how wonderful it was to find a charity that takes the time to measure and fit them!! YASSSSSS!!

Here’s how they work:

Simply put, Shoes That Fit helps kids improve their self-esteem. How do we do this? By providing them with much-needed new shoes so that they can go to school in comfort and with dignity and focus on their studies rather than their circumstances.

First, we match sponsoring groups with nearby schools that have children in need. A sponsor can be any group of people; a business, school, church, civic organization or simply a group of caring friends. Next, a sponsoring group decides how many children they can help. Their chosen school identifies the children most in need of new shoes and then measures these students for proper size and fit with materials we provide.

Finally, the sponsoring group uses this information to buy exactly what each child needs and makes the much-appreciated delivery to the school. By using this model with every sponsoring group across America, volunteers are making a direct impact on the children in their own communities.

Specifically, I did the Nordy thing – was buying a gift card at the customer service counter and saw a Christmas tree with some different gift cards on it…they had children’s names on them, and OMG, you know I had to help! Seriously, I’m very moved by kids who would otherwise “do without” and I can’t bear the thought, so I asked the lovely man at the counter about the program. A $10 gift card buys a child in need a brand new pair of New Balance sneakers…so I bought two!

Wishing so much happiness to those children and their families this holiday season, and, for the rest of their lives…

Feelin’ the love and joy,

❤ Belle

Restaurants Open Christmas 2015

 

Christmas Eve & Day 2015: What Restaurants Are Open?

 

Boston Market – call ahead


Buca di Beppo


Denny’s – Holiday Shopping Hours.


Golden Corral


IHOP


Kobe Japanese Steakhouse


McCormick & Schmick’s


Ruth’s Chris Steak House


Sheetz


Smith & Wollensky


Waffle House


Check local fast-food franchises like:

Domino’s Pizza

Dunkin Donuts / KFC

Sizzler

Huddle House

McDonald’s

Shoney’s

Many Asian restaurants – also check “family owned”, local restaurants – you never know!