Kiosk Christmas Causes Chaos

Christmas at the Kiosk Causes Chaos Stacey Gustafson

As the refrain from “The Twelve Days of Christmas” echoes through my head, I wander the mall avoiding eye contact with kiosk employees. And I ask myself, "What am I doing at the mall just days before Christmas? The most chaotic time of the year? It's a kiosk Christmas! God help me!!" Twelve Days of Christmas On the sixth day of Christmas, the mall gave to me, six angry sales teams, five new languages, four aroma pillows, three tubs of sea salt, two hair straighteners, and a partridge in a pear tree. The kiosk guys eye me like a polar bear on a hunk of meat. Who hasn’t been stopped midstream by perky cell phone employees begging, “try our service” or “switch today”? Who … [Read more...]

Is Flipping the Bird a Holiday Tradition?

Is Flipping the Bird a Holiday Tradition? Stacey Gustafson

My guest blogger for December is Elizabeth Flora Ross.  Her stories are relatable, sweet and humorous to boot. We both grew up in St. Louis and have that Midwest vibe going on. This gal has a passion for writing that rings true. She writes about her own experiences as a way of connecting with and inspiring others. Plus, she's received critical acclaim and recognition from National Geographic. Her pictures are beyond amazing (see the holiday lights picture below). Today I am thrilled to share her holiday story with you! A Different Kind of Holiday Bird by Elizabeth Flora Ross My parents were married 53 years. They went through lots of good times, and plenty of not-so-good. Through … [Read more...]

Ultimate Book Lover’s Gift Guide 2014

Christmas at the Kiosk Causes Chaos Stacey Gustafson

Ultimate Book Lover's Gift Guide 2014 If you have book lovers on your holiday list, look no further than "The Ultimate Book Lover's Gift Guide" for ideas. This list features 20 books in a wide range of topics sure to please everybody on your list from inspirational, thought-provoking stories, fun reads, new moms, children, tweens and teens. Watch the YouTube video now!     Happy Holidays and Happy reading! This gift guide was compiled by Audrey van Petegem and Suzanne Letourneau of the ballyhoos, who support Indie Authors with their Branding and Marketing needs.   The Holidays are coming and you know what that means…..It is … [Read more...]

Get Me Out of Here! Mom Skips Thanksgiving

Get me out of here! Mom skips thanksgiving stacey gustafson

Happy Thanksgiving! By now, like Sleeping Beauty, my family is waking from a deep slumber, wiping the crust from their eyes as they stumble into the kitchen in search of coffee. I bet it’s about 10:00 a.m. and they’re starting to wonder, “Where’s Mom?” Well, surprise, I have three words, “At the movies.” I've decided to skip Thanksgiving. Getting My Movie On I’m exhausted by the thought of another Thanksgiving Day, spent in the scullery, sweating it out like Bikram Yoga. Enough with hot ovens, boiling pots and disgusting turkey giblets already. I’m Getting My Movie On, sitting in a comfy chair, hogging a whole box of popcorn and a large Diet Coke. Ha ha! Time Off Now … [Read more...]

Magical Holiday Evening Author Book Signing Towne Center Books

Magical Holiday Evening Author Book Signing towne Center Books Stacey Gustafson

Author Book Signing Let's help support our local favorite indie bookstore!!  Meet me at Towne Center Books in downtown Pleasanton on November 22 from 5-7 pm during the Magical Holiday Evening, the annual open house including a visit from Santa. The streets will come alive with the sights and sounds of the holidays. This event coincides with the second annual Holiday Spirit Stroll. Twenty-one downtown merchants will be paired with local breweries, wineries and bars for a festive night sampling beer, wine and cocktails. Support your local stores today by shopping at locally owned businesses! We are celebrating the little guys today and encouraging everybody to shop small today - and … [Read more...]