Last Chance for BBQs & Fireworks!

July 23, 2013

Hello everyone! My name is Shannon, and I’m the Home and GM manager at Harmons Draper. The GM stands for General Merchandise, so if you find yourself in need of batteries, light bulbs, school supplies, etc. etc. you’ll be shopping in my neck of the woods. So what does the “Home” part of the department include? That’s the fun part! I get to play with all of those things that can help you turn your house into a home! And that just so happens to be one of my passions in life! I love decorating, entertaining, and creating. I try to add a personal touch to everything I do. So Harmons is the perfect fit for me.

I think what sets Harmons apart from other stores is our attention to detail. That is also what will set your home apart from every other house on the block. Attention to detail turns a basic ho-hum BBQ into something that everyone is talking about. It’s what makes your kids remember birthday parties as some of the best moments of their life. It’s what tells your family and friends that you are happy that they are a part of your life. The details are where memories are created. At least that’s what I tell myself when I’m obsessing over every last detail preparing for a simple BBQ with friends.

Now, I haven’t always worked for Harmons . . . in fact there was a time not so long ago that I would have called myself a “Homemaker”. But now that I am spending so much time in my second home (Harmons), does that mean I don’t want to make my family’s home special? Of course not! But it does mean that I don’t always have as much time as I’d like to do that. That’s the beauty of my job though. I am surrounded by fun merchandise that inspires me to entertain and make my house a home. And I don’t have to go to 10 different stores to do it.  We are all looking for ways to simplify our lives, right? I know I am. And if that means picking up all the fixings for a “Home Cooked Meal” plus the plates to put it on in one easy stop, well then I’m all for it!  So after much deliberation, I have settled on a basic theme for this blog. I’m going to focus on making your house a home; creating memories for your family; simplifying your life so you can live more and stress less. I look forward to becoming more focused on these principles as I write about them. I’ve got to practice what I preach, right? So stay tuned in coming weeks for more articles and ideas. I welcome your ideas as well! I know there are so many clever people out there who have this life figured out so much better than me . . . I know you’re out there . . . I see you all on Pinterest!  So please, share your tricks of the trade with me, and I’ll try to share a few with you.

As my first act of business, I would like to remind everyone that the 24th of July is tomorrow! This will be the last opportunity for a block party or family BBQ that includes fireworks for a long time! You would be amazed at how big and beautiful some of our aerial fireworks are! And fountains and novelties just keep getting better and better too. I have such fond memories of exciting warm summer nights around the 4th and 24th of July as a child, that I want my kids to be able to look back with that same fondness when they’re grown. However, there is one memory I would love to wipe away – the memory of picking up a burned metal sparkler and blistering the palm of my hand. Be sure to read about firework safety here and be diligent in following safety rules. Of course we hope that no one is ever injured, but as a parent I know that boo boo’s are just part of life. Stubbed toes and skinned knees go hand in hand with childhood. I recommend ALWAYS keeping Otter Pops in your freezer. These little gems are essential to toddler first aid. Whether you’re dealing with a smashed finger, a fat lip, or heaven forbid a sparkler burn on the hand, holding and eating an Otter Pop is a perfect icepack in disguise.  Kids never want to keep ice on a wound, but I haven’t met too many kids who would turn down a tasty frozen treat!  I hope this makes someone’s life easier out there!

Have a safe and exciting 24th of July!

4 Responses to “Last Chance for BBQs & Fireworks!”

  • I was wondering if Harmon’s will have a birthday celebration in august like in the past? please let me know.

    Posted by linda Hansen | July 23, 2013 at 10:57 pm
  • Yes! We’ll start celebrating our 81st Birthday starting on July 29th. Look for fun stuff in the stores and pie and ice cream on Fridays & Saturdays.

    Posted by Harmons1 | July 24, 2013 at 11:38 am
  • Wonderful blog. You must be a wonderful mother and homemaker.

    Posted by Bonnie Oswald | July 24, 2013 at 8:18 pm
  • Thanks Mom! I don’t know if I am a wonderful mother and homemaker. I just know I grew up with an excellent example.

    Posted by Shannon Hansen | August 5, 2013 at 7:48 am