Coming off Thanksgiving, this is the season to give thanks for the wonderful things we have in our lives. But sometimes we forget, letting a bad day in the office, a fashion mishap or getting caught in the rain overshadow what’s actually going right. If you are having a hard time showing gratitude and desire to change or need a pick-me-up, try a book, specifically one that exudes appreciation, cheerfulness and peace. Here are a few thankful-themed book recommendations from local librarians that can help you get back on the thankful train. Each of these books can be found (or ordered)
We are on the cusp of many holiday parties so I thought I would share a few do's and don'ts so you can enjoy a season of spirited soirees... DON'T forget to RSVP. This will help the hostess keep track of who's attending, as well as ensure there is enough food, drinks and parting gifts for everyone. DO Bring a hostess gift. While a gracious hostess should not expect a gift, it is a wonderful gesture to someone who has invited you to their soiree. I suggest bringing something that can be easily put aside and doesn't require immediate attention.
Despite the perceived ease and convenience of online shopping, site performance is where the rubber meets the road in this highly competitive space, according to new research from digital performance intelligence firm Catchpoint. More than four out of five (81%) frequent online shoppers say they have previously been frustrated with slow-loading websites, mobile sites or native mobile apps—with over three quarters (76%) saying if a retailer’s website or mobile site performs poorly, they’re very likely to avoid shopping there again. The negative business impact of slow or unavailable retail websites, mobile sites and apps was further reinforced with the survey
Consumers will utilize social media, research and online shopping more than ever this holiday season, and they aren’t afraid to move across channels for a better experience. Forty-three percent of shoppers will buy more than half of their holiday purchases on Amazon, according to new research from digital commerce agency Astound Commerce. The firm’s 2016 Omnichannel Holiday Shopping Survey found that retailer success in 2016 is crucial to consumer choice in 2017, and uncovered additional consumer preferences and behavior. “While the holiday shopping season has always been a critical time for retailers, this research shares an in-depth perspective