Checking one of my email inboxes this morning (I have several) made my heart race and my head spin. Hundreds of messages all related to BLACK FRIDAY.

Then I checked my news feed and the blaring headlines and accompanying photo made me slightly nauseous: Full-grown, visually mature adults fighting over TVs at Walmart.

Black Friday Shoppers

Look, I’m all for saving money, which should come as no surprise. But there has to be a better way.

I don’t know if it’s my self-inflicted aversion to crowded malls and stores (a story for another time) or my inner rebellious self, but this is a day that kinda’ makes me want to pull the covers up over my head with instructions to wake me when it’s over.

Better yet, I believe I’ll turn on some lovely holiday music and enjoy the day by getting the house all dressed up for Christmas!

Which brings me to the subject of today’s post, which admittedly has nothing to do with Black Friday (thank goodness!) or even Christmas unless this sparks for you, a very practical homemade gift idea: how to make your own mixes.

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