Visiting Trax Farms at Christmastime

Visiting Trax Farms at Christmastime

For over 150 years, and six generations, Trax Farms has been growing fruits and vegetables in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. They also have a large garden center, deli,bakery and antique loft.

Trax Farms Snowman

And while I love it all, it’s my annual fall and Christmas shopping excursions I most look forward to.

Like Old Allegheny Shoppe in Previewing Favorite Christmas Shop Kicks Off the Season, Trax Farms is one of my favorite places to visit and shop for special holiday decorations, décor, gifts, tableware and ornaments.

Join me while I show some of the wonderful things I found there on a recent excursion.

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6 Reasons Toy Gift Giving Gives Back

6 Reasons Toy Gift Giving Gives Back

Annual Toys for Tots Shopping
toy gift giving pin

Santa is on a hiatus from visiting my home these days, so the elf in me gets it’s fix by toy gift giving.

Since I’ve had the empty nest, my favorite Christmas shopping is for the annual Toys for Tots drive to help other parents and grandparents ensure their children have toys under the tree. I absolutely love shopping for the kids and doing so fills me with a special kind of holiday happiness.

Today, I’m sharing my six reasons why it’s the perfect combination of playing Santa, retail therapy, and spreading a little goodwill. (more…)

Previewing Favorite Christmas Shop Kicks Off the Season

Previewing Favorite Christmas Shop Kicks Off the Season

Christmas Shop at Old Allegheny’s Open House

Old Allegheny Christmas display
It’s that time of year again, when many of my favorite specialty stores host a Christmas shop open house. There’s always beautiful and enticing holiday displays of decorated trees, tableware, gifts, floral arrangements and other festive décor. My first stop took me to Old Allegheny Shoppe, which features country and traditional furniture and home accessories.

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