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Archives for November 2014

Small Business Saturday Deals

Today is Small Business Saturday. The weather is lovely and it’s a perfect day to get out and do some holiday shopping. Shopping locally helps your community in many ways and today you will find many great sales at local stores. Below are some we have found.

Shop Local in Oklahoma

Backyard Bounty (OKC)- Grab some food and coffee while getting your shopping done at Urban Agrarian. For one day only Backyard Bounty has a pop up cafe in the store.


Urban Agrarian (OKC)- Check out their build-your-own gift basket station to make a beautiful gift.

Green Bambino (OKC)- Get a scratch off card which is worth at least 10% off your entire purchase. There are even some cards that will make your purchases free.

Shop GOOD (OKC)- Buy one get one 1/2 off on all Shop Good tee shirts. 20% off all men’s & women’s clothing, shoes & bags. Buy one get one free clearance rack. Plus a free gift with your $50+ purchase (while supplies last) and complimentary hot coffee.

Collected Thread (OKC)- 3rd Annual Shop Garage Sale, Love Well Handmade sale as well as 10% off the entire shop.

The Changing Table (OKC)- Earn double Baby Buck Loyalty Rewards.

Ragsdale’s Conversation Emporium (Ada)- All books, vintage clothing and fabric, games, and selected art 50% off. Small business Saturday only.

The Woodland Emporium (Sulphur)- First 10 customers that spend $45 or more on Small Business Saturday will receive a free gift. Other deals going on as well.

SMITH’s Okie Twister Co. (Sulphur)- All fall items are 40% off.

Owl & Drum (Tulsa)- All fabric on sale. 20-50% off select gifts.

2nd Hand 3rd Eye (Tulsa)- 20% off of the whole store.

Okie Crowe (Tulsa)- Free Okie Crowe soap with $20 purchase in-store and online while supplies last. One per customer.

The Bookerie, the Favoring Brave store (Tulsa)-  Get a free mini print with a $30 purchase.

Theraganics (Tulsa)- Spend $25 and get a free canvas tote. Every purchase gets a free gift, a shower pouf, soap sack or face brush.

Old Pink Truck (Tulsa)-  20% OFF

Garden Deva Sculpture (Tulsa)- 40% off Holiday, 25% off all in-stock metal art.

This Land Press Store (Tulsa)- Grand opening! First 50 guests will receive a complimentary stocking stuffer, and purchases over $50 will come with a gift subscription. Cider and cookies, as well as new merchandise and special offers throughout the store

Grogg’s Green Barn (Tulsa)- Get cash back for the spring.

River City Trading Post (Jenks)- Drawings for $25 prepaid America Express gift cards. Spend $100 or more and your name goes in for the drawing. Free totes while supplies last.

The Vintage Phoenix Vendor Mall (Broken Arrow)- 5% – 60% off.

Bouncing Woolies (online)- Dryer balls as low as $5 in FUNK style. Free shipping on all USA orders of $100+


Have you seen other deals around your town? Share in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And share the graphic above on your social media to encourage your friends to shop local this holiday season.

Keystone XL Pipeline Fails to Pass U.S. Senate

Keystone XL PipelineThe controversial pipeline failed to pass the Senate on Tuesday, by one vote. The vote comes after the House voted to approve the bill last week.

The southern route for the pipeline, which goes from Cushing, Oklahoma to the U.S. Gulf Coast, has already been built and is flowing. TransCanada, the pipeline’s owner, is waiting on approval to build the northern route which crosses the U.S.- Canadian border.

Proponents of the bill say it will create around 42,000 jobs. However, this number includes many indirect jobs and most are temporary. It will only create around 50 permit jobs.


Concerns surrounding the pipeline include many environmental ones. The pipeline will go over the Ogallala Aquifer, which provides drinking water for people in eight states, including Oklahoma. It also provides as much as 30% of the nation’s ground water used for irrigation.

Before oil even started flowing in the southern route of the Keystone XL, TransCanada had to repair 125 dents and sags in the pipeline.

Even if the vote had passed, experts believed President Obama would veto the bill. The Obama administration had delayed its review of the pipeline back in April until a lawsuit in Nebraska, addressing questions about a state law dealing with the pipeline’s route in the state, is resolved.

“It certainly is a piece of legislation that the president doesn’t support because the president believes this is something that should be determined through the State Department and the process that is in place to evaluate projects like this,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

Photo credit: shannonpatrick17

House of Representatives Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

keystone xl pipelineThe House has voted 252 to 161 to approve a bill that would direct the federal government to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline. The Senate is scheduled to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 18th, that vote could send the measure to President Obama’s desk.

This is the ninth time that the House has voted for a measure to force the approval of the pipeline. And there is thought to be little change that this vote will matter. The Democrats have a majority in the Senate until the Republican take over in January, and it’s unlikely that the bill will attract 60 votes, enough to avoid a filibuster. President Obama has also signaled he will possibly veto the bill if it does reach his desk.

“While the White House has not issued a formal veto threat, it has indicated it is prepared to reject the House bill; press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Thursday it has recommended vetoes against similar bills in the past. And barring an extraordinary legislative maneuver forcing his hand next Congress, according to individuals familiar with the administration’s thinking, Obama is likely to reject a final permit when the matter comes before him.” – Washington Post


While the status of the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline is still in the air, the southern leg that runs from Cushing, Oklahoma to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast, is already up and running. Though many are still fighting it in Oklahoma and Texas.

Due to many environmental and property rights concerns the Keystone XL has faced many delays. TransCanada Corp. of Calgary, Alberta, the pipeline owner, first submitted the application more than six years ago to the State Department.

The Obama administration had delayed its review of the pipeline back in April until a lawsuit in Nebraska, addressing questions about a state law dealing with the pipeline’s route in the state, is resolved.

Photo credit: shannonpatrick17

Easy Ways to Winterize your Home

With just a few easy steps you can get your home ready for winter and save on your heating bill. 

With just a few easy steps you can get your home ready for winter and save on your heating bill. This post contains affiliate links.

After a mild start to fall, Oklahoma is starting to see cooler temperatures. This means it’s time to think about ways to winterize your home. We want to keep the energy we use to heat our homes in our homes and reduce the overall amount needed.

Winterizing you home can help you save money on your heating bill and stay warmer this winter. It’s important to do this each year to keep your home in good shape for the winter.

8 Steps to Winterizing Your Home


 

  • Stop the draft. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates drafts can waste 5% to 30% of your energy use. You can use a rolled up old bath towel, buy draft stoppers, or make your own out of scrap fabric.
  • Hang heavy curtains or shades to help insulate windows and keep heat in.
  • Change your furnace filter. A dirty filter restricts air flow and increases energy use.
  • Also be sure to have your heating system serviced, so you know it’s running as efficiently as possible and is safe.
  • Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning to help prevent heat loss.
  • Turn your ceiling fans around. Having your ceiling fans move in a clockwise direction helps push hot air from the ceiling towards the floor.
  • Insulate your water heater with an insulating blanket. This is especially important if your hot water heater is in your garage. Check out this video for more information.
  • Get out the sweaters and blankets. The cheapest way to save money this winter is to use less heat by dressing warmly. Keep nice warm blankets around the home and be sure family members have comfortable warm clothing to wear at home.

 

field peas and ham soup
Bonus Tip- Cook up some of this yummy field peas with ham soup, it’s sure to keep you warm!

 

Thanksgiving with the Oklahoma Food Coop

thanksgiving with the oklahoma food coop

Thanksgiving will be here soon and the Oklahoma Food Coop has many great items available to help make your meal delicious. Shopping at the Oklahoma Food Coop also allows you to help support local Oklahoma farmers and businesses.

There are lots of free range turkeys now available from the coop. They range in size from 6.61 pounds to 15.49 pounds.


rolls

Don’t want to have to make rolls but would like warm rolls? Try warming one of the many great roll options available from the coop. There are whole wheat and white options.

pumpkin puree

Want to make some pumpkin desserts? Try the pumpkin puree made from Oklahoma pumpkins from Backyard Bounty Bakery.

sweet potatoes

You will find sweet potatoes from several Oklahoma farms or sweet potato puree from Backyard Bounty Bakery, great for Thanksgiving sides.

green beans

Making a green bean casserole? Try the green beans from Wagon Creek Creamery.

pumpkin pie

There are many great pies to choose from, including pumpkin pie from Backyard Bounty Bakery.

There are many other great items available from the Oklahoma Food Coop this month and orders are open now. Orders close November 13th and will be delivered on November 20th. Get your order in soon to be sure to get all of the goodies available for Thanksgiving.