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Four Places to Shop and Save on Black Friday

Updated Oct 12, 2019

The countdown to Thanksgiving begins right after Halloween. While some folks crave turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie, others salivate thinking about shopping after the big feast. The biggest shopping day of the year, known as ” Black Friday” is a time when retailers offer steep price cuts on electronics, apparel, kitchenware, and toys.

As you’re inundated with an avalanche of Black Friday commercials, catalogs, and coupons, it can be tough to determine which stores will have the competitive offers.

1. Macy’s

Macy’s is practically synonymous with Thanksgiving, thanks to its Thanksgiving Parade in New York City, along with its legendary doorbusters. Macy’s 40-page 2018 Black Friday circular had 950-thread-count sheet sets for $29.99, men’s sport and suit coats for $99.99, and $14.99 pajama sets. The 2019 Black Friday circular is anticipated to run the first week of November.

2. J.C. Penney Corp., Inc.

As you devise your shopping strategy, JCPenney (the branded store name) may not be the first store on your itinerary⁠—but maybe it should be. From clothing and jewelry to home furnishings and cookware, this national retailer serves up some of the best deals and steals on Thanksgiving.

JCPenney tied Kohl’s for the top spot on WalletHub’s Best Stores for Black
Friday in 2018, with an average discount of 65.1%. And 2019 looks to be another year of significant savings. While the retailer's 28-page circular for Black Friday isn’t out yet, big savings are in store for customers.

3. Target

Whether you’re looking for deals on toys, clothing, electronics, furniture,
entertainment, or office supplies, you can’t go wrong with Target.
WalletHub reported that Target offered an average Black Friday discount of
34.8% in 2018.

This one-stop-shopping destination ramps up holiday savings well before
Thanksgiving. To sweeten the deal, Target also offers a price match policy in
stores and online

4. Kohl’s

Although sometimes overlooked, this specialty department store offers significant deals during Thanksgiving weekend. In 2018, Kohl’s shoppers enjoyed an average Black Friday discount of 60.8%.
The retailer advertised deep discounts on everything from jewelry, apparel, and kitchenware to game consoles and toys in its 2018 Black Friday circular. Plus, the leaflet contained a coupon for 15% off your entire in-store or online purchase, except for some of the higher-end brands. The 2019 Black Friday ads should be out towards the end of October.

The Bottom Line

In the days directly before and after the Thanksgiving holiday, hundreds of
retailers advertise rock-bottom prices and out-of-this-world deals. If recent history is any indicator, however, you’ll probably get the biggest bang for your Black Friday buck at these popular four retailers.

Robson Resales Relistate Statistics from October 2019

Please call or email me if you have any questions that I can help answer about these stats.

Carolyn Thomas, Realtor

Hardest house plants to kill.

  1. Asparagus fern
  2. Spider plant
  3. Heart leaf philodendron
  4. Dracaena

I can get you a dream house. Then you can fill it with these hard to kill house plants. Contact me so that we can get started on finding your next home! – Carolyn Thomas, Realtor

SOURCE: https://www.wellandgood.com/good-home/easy-houseplants/

Habits that zap brainpower.

Here are the four habits that are probably lessening your cognitive function.

SOURCE and full article: https://www.fastcompany.com/90372808/these-4-harmless-habits-are-sapping-your-brain-power


Most of us like to know what’s going on in the world. Once upon a time, we’d wait for the evening news or the next day’s headlines in the morning newspaper. However, now we can access breaking news anywhere and anytime from our phones. This setup has conditioned us to check in all the time to find out what’s happening and remind us to stay informed.


Toxic comparison is a habit that’s as old as time. Sure, social media has given us more raw materials to compare to, but there’s nothing new about the urge to compare. As humans, we’re hardwired to compare ourselves to others in our group; to benchmark our successes and failures against others. It’s an evolutionary hangover from times when we lived in tribes and understanding our place in the social order was key to survival.


The phrase “comfort eating” conjures an image of one consuming a pint of Ben & Jerry’s in their pajamas. But comfort eating can also be triggered by boredom: it’s something to do when we’re idle. Eating can also be a self-soothing activity. For some people, food is a coping mechanism for stress or anxiety.


When you’re trying to juggle what seems like a million responsibilities, multitasking might seem like a necessary evil. But research shows that when we multitask, our brains suffer. Each time we try and batch unrelated tasks together, we tax our brain and use up energy in the transition. The more complex the tasks we are switching between, the higher the cognitive cost.

Quotes that challenge you to do more for our environment.

Get inspired to ask the question ‘What else can I do?’ with these 9 quotes on what it really means to be a steward of the environment.

1. “We are such spendthrifts with our lives, the trick of living is to slip on and off the planet with the least fuss you can muster. I’m not running for sainthood. I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out.”

― Paul Newman

2. “We need to defend the interests of those whom we’ve never met and never will.”

― Jeffrey D. Sachs

3. “The great challenge of the twenty-first century is to raise people everywhere to a decent standard of living while preserving as much of the rest of life as possible.”

― Edward O. Wilson

4. “Every profession bears the responsibility to understand the circumstances that enable its existence.”

― Robert Gutman

5. “We should have high importance and have a sense of urgency to do our part in being excellent stewards of our environment.”

― Janna Cachola

6. “…despite myriad differences in beliefs and value systems, people have the capacity to acknowledge that the one constant across the board is the Earth. Her health is our health. Her life is our life.”

― Heidi Barr

7. “…the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.”

― Wendell Berry

8. “The master of the garden is the one who waters it, trims the branches, plants the seeds, and pulls the weeds. If you merely stroll through the garden, you are but an acolyte.”

― Vera Nazarian

9. “The rule of no realm is mine, neither of Gondor nor any other, great or small. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail of my task, though Gondor should perish, if anything passes through this night that can still grow fair or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. For I also am a steward. Did you not know?”

― J.R.R. Tolkien

Start your new positive habit of practicing self-accountability for improving the environment by asking yourself every day, “What else can I do?”

ARTICLE SOURCE and full article: https://www.inc.com/partners-in-leadership/9-quotes-that-challenge-us-do-more-for-our-environment.html

Robson Resales September Relistate Stats 2019

Have any Questions about the Robson Resales Real Estate Stats for this month? I’m the one to ask. I’ll get back to you in a timely manner.

Thanks, Carolyn Thomas

Must-read psychology books

Looking for your next read? Wanting to understand people around you more? Check out this booklist that I found on the Sparring Mind website.

If you need real estate advice I’m here to help. – Carolyn Thomas

1. The Social Animal

2. Influence: Science and Practice

3. Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Persuasive

4. Thinking, Fast and Slow

5. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

6. The Art of Choosing

7. Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value

8. Stumbling on Happiness

9. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

10. Predictably Irrational

11. Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation

12. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

13. Numbers Rule Your World: The Hidden Influence of Probabilities and Statistics on Everything You Do

14. The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone (Especially Ourselves)

15. The Power of Habit (Why We Do What We Do)

16. Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince

17. Neuromarketing: Understanding the Buy Buttons in Your Customer’s Brain

18. The Branded Mind

19. The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less

20. Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds

21. The Compass of Pleasure

22. The Buying Brain

23. The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us

24. Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)

25. Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking

26. The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

27. Obedience to Authority

28. The Optimism Bias

29. Mindfulness

30. Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

31. Redirect

32. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving

33. You Are Not So Smart

34. What Makes Your Brain Happy (and Why You Should Do the Opposite)

35. Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

36. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

37. Out of Character

38. Blink

39. The Person and the Situation

40. The Psychology of Attitude Change and Social Influence

41. Situations Matter

42. The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works

43. Beyond Culture

44. The Tipping Point

45. The 48 Laws of Power

46. How to Win Friends and Influence People

47. Strangers to Ourselves

48. Sleights of Mind

49. Why We Buy

50. The Invisible Gorilla (How Our Intuitions Deceive Us)

See full article here: https://www.sparringmind.com/psychology-books/

Things you realize as you learn to let go of what you can’t control

  1. The most powerful changes happen in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over everything you don’t.
  2. Most people make themselves unhappy simply by finding it impossible to accept life just as it is presenting itself right now.
  3. If you worry too much about what might be, and wonder too long about what might have been, you will ignore and completely miss what is.
  4. When you are lost in worry, it is easy to mistake your worries for reality, instead of recognizing that they are just thoughts.  Mindfulness is the remedy.
  5. The biggest obstacle to growth you’ll ever have to overcome is your mind.  Once you can overcome that, you can overcome anything.
  6. Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a little while, and that includes YOU.  (Read Wherever You Go, There You Are.)
  7. You won’t always have it easy, but there is always a reason to be grateful.  And the greatest gift of your gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.
  8. The secret to getting ahead is to focus all of your energy not on fixing and fighting the old, but on building and growing something new.
  9. Letting go doesn’t mean you don’t care about something or someone anymore.  It’s just realizing that the only thing you really have control over is yourself in this moment.
  10. In most cases, you can’t calm the storm – it’s not worth trying.  What you can do is calm yourself, and the storm will pass.
  11. You can always control the way you respond to what happens, and in your response is your power.
  12. Oftentimes letting go is simply changing the labels you place on a situation – it’s looking at the same situation with fresh eyes and an open mind.
  13. There is absolutely nothing about your present circumstances that prevents you from making progress, one tiny step at a time.
  14. The day you “understood” everything, was the day you stopped trying to figure everything out.  The day you find peace and freedom again will be the day you let everything go.
  15. You must let go of certainty.  And you must remember that the opposite of certainty is not uncertainty, it’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace life as it is, rather than resisting it.  The ultimate challenge is to accept yourself exactly as you are, and accept life just as it is, but never stop trying to learn and grow to the best of your abilities.
  16. Underneath it all, the hardest part is not really letting go, but rather learning to start over.
  17. Stepping onto a brand new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation that no longer fits, or no longer exists.
  18. Sometimes it takes a little heartbreak to shake you awake, help you let go, and show you that you are worth so much more than you were settling for.
  19. When it comes to social drama, letting go of other people’s rude remarks is the best step forward.  Most haters don’t really hate you; they just hate where they are in life, and you’re a reflection of what they wish to become.  (Angel and I discuss this in detail in the “Relationships” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)
  20. Your heart might be bruised, but it will gradually heal and become capable of feeling the beauty of life once again.  It’s happened to you before, and it will happen again – life is always changing.  When something ends or someone leaves, it’s because something else or someone else is about to arrive – you will feel alive and whole again soon.

Excerpt from Hack Life: Mark and Angel. Read the full article here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2015/11/08/things-you-learn-as-you-let-go-of-the-uncontrollable

You can’t control everything, but you can make the choice to work with a realtor who knows what they are doing. I can steer the process of buying a home in Robson Ranch right to success. – Carolyn Thomas

The Rundown for Fall Irrigation

The calendar may say it’s fall, but the temperatures right now are still very summer like. We need to keep watering 2 days per week, 15-20 minutes per zone. If the lawn is still struggling, please run the system in the morning and early evening.

Once the evening temps cool off into the 60 degree range, turn off the evening watering schedule. If water sits on the turf all night, it can cause disease issues. Hopefully we will get a few rain showers to supplement our watering cycle.

If we have a hard freeze this fall/winter, please make sure to water the lawn and landscape deeply before it hits. A dry freeze will cause dieback, and or death to plants and turf. Don’t forget to water and cover any plant material you have in pots.

My thanks to Terri and Jennifer for the info on Fall Irrigation.

Feel free to contact Terri at Proscapes Landscaping if you have any questions.

Terri Loddick
Proscapes Lawn and Tree Care Inc.
817.337.3336 Office
817.337.3318 Fax 817.992.2494 Cell

Color Personality Quiz


You’ve got to try out this silly but fun personality quiz based on color preference! Let me know your results. – Carolyn Thomas