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5 Hot Topics for Thanksgiving 2014

Well, Thanksgiving has crept up on us once again.

In lieu of this holiday, we thought we would touch on 5 hot topics!


1. Thanksgiving Recipes

With the impending food coma lurking, I thought why not share a few of our favorite recipes here at BALI Construction.

Butternut Squash Soup (Giada De Laurentiis)

Soft Frosted Pumpkin Spice Cookies 

Most people don’t think of soup when they think of Turkey Day. However, I think it’s a great way to change up the tired Thanksgiving food traditions we are almost all a little sick of. My family members responded positively to the addition, and since have requested it each following year!

We don’t have a favorite stuffing recipe around here, but this list wouldn’t be complete without a Thanksgiving staple dish. So, here are some super yummy looking stuffing recipes from Pinterest! (Not taste-test approved)


2. Thanksgiving Traffic

Word to the wise! San Francisco Bay Area residents, leave town before 2:00 PM on Wednesday or wait until after 6 PM to leave. Traffic is supposed to be smooth sailing on Thanksgiving Day, if you can wait until then. I don’t know if this is surprising or not, but the traffic is said to be worse this year. Doesn’t it get worse every year? Hmm…

More information on this week’s traffic 


3. Thanksgiving Fitness 

If you don’t want to feel like a stuffed turkey on Thanksgiving, I recommend spending a little of your day off getting outside and enjoying the fresh air. Even if you aren’t a runner, just taking a brisk walk will keep you feeling refreshed later when your day gets a little hectic. (Can you say extended family?) The roads are quieter in the morning on Thanksgiving Day, which also makes it nice to be outside early.

There is usually a local race on Thanksgiving called the Turkey Trot. If self-motivation isn’t really your thing, sign up for a local race! Walking the race is always an option as well. That tends to be more appealing after all since getting dressed and cooking after running a race is not ideal. If you are into that, more power to you!

Although we are lucky in the SF Bay Area to not have to worry much about dressing for freezing weather, those early morning winter activities require some extra layers when getting dressed. Check out these cold weather workout gear ideas !


4. Thanksgiving Decorations

There is something satisfying about making something yourself. I guess being in the construction business makes us a little biased! But, when it comes to seasonal decorations, it is popular to DIY (do it yourself) these days. It probably has something to do with the fact that these seasonal decorations are just that. They aren’t around the house for more than a few months at the most.

So, here are 15 DIY Thanksgiving decorations you can make just in time for Thursday!


5. Black Friday

The amount of money people save by shopping these crazy deals the Friday after Thanksgiving is pretty awesome. But, waking up at the crack of dawn is the major downfall. Some people even leave to get in line on Thanksgiving night! To each their own, right?

What’s cool is that a lot of retailers are already giving the same discount that they offer on Thanksgiving. They aren’t making us all fight for that cheap sweater in the store! Rejoice!

But in all seriousness, this link has great info on who is offering what discounts, both in store and online!

If you are passionate about shopping local and at small businesses, definitely check out what deals your local stores are offering. A lot of small businesses are now participating in what’s called Plaid Friday. The deals aren’t promoted as much online, but if you’re out shopping this Friday, don’t forget to stop at a small business! (Again, we might be biased!) But, it is true that you can find some more unique items in these stores. Apparently some of the participating stores will be giving a discount to customers wearing plaid. How awesome is that?

What Black Friday deals are you going to take advantage of?



What are your family traditions for Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments!



Dogs: Our Companions at Home and the Office

Most people can only wish their dog could join them at their office. 

If you work in an office, the chances that you have a dog at work are pretty low. You secretly start hoping someone invents a “Bring your dog to work” day, so at least once a year your furry companion could join you in the office.

At BALI Construction, we have an official office mascot, named Yogi. We recognize there are benefits to bringing your dog to work and with her in the office, we notice our stress levels as a team remain low.  She is very quiet and well-behaved so our work-flow is not affected. One of her favorite things to do is sun bathe on the door mat. She even reminds us that it’s important to get out of the office and take short walks throughout the day.


There are too many positive reasons why we should have her at the office for us to leave her at home. There is a lot of research that proves this, like this study.

Training for all dogs is essential; I think we can all agree no matter how cute the dog is, if it cannot behave appropriately, they are not too fun to be around. If your dog is going to be joining you at work, make sure Fido (What’s the new, trendy name for dogs these days?) has been trained enough to listen to more than just your commands. Here are some great training tips from Cesar Milan, professional dog trainer.

Dogs love to be off-leash. Can you blame them? It’s not natural to be tugged around everywhere. Dog parks provide the perfect environment to allow your dog to play off-leash while socializing with others. There are plenty of dog parks in the San Francisco Bay Area for you to explore and find the right one for you and your four-legged friend. Use this list to get started. Don’t forget to bring a few things your dog might need such as a water bowl and water, potty bags, and a toy or ball.

Our office dog, Yogi, is a rescued dog from a family that could no longer keep her. Rescuing an animal is one of the most self-rewarding things you can do. Doing good for others is also healthy for your overall happiness, so it’s a win-win.

It is so easy to find a local shelter to rescue a dog. But, here are a few local shelters to get you started in finding your next furry companion. SFSPCA , Berkeley Humane Society , and ARF in Walnut Creek, CA. If you are unable to rescue a dog, but still love to spend time with these special animals, you might want to consider volunteering at one of the above mentioned shelters.

Trending: Spoil your dog by supporting a great cause. If you’re into supporting good causes (You are, right?) then you have to check out this awesome subscription for dogs called Barkbox. You pay a monthly fee for what is essentially a box of fun for your dog. They send things like toys, healthy treats, and accessories.

Barkbox raises money so they can donate their boxes to dogs who can’t otherwise get them. They also donate 10% of all their profits to dogs in need. The list goes on for how much good this company really does.

Home-made dog treats: Check out this blog for some recipes for home-made dog treats. A concern you may have with bringing your dog to work is that people could be feeding your fur child things you don’t want them to have. An easy way to control that is by implementing a dog food policy. Make sure everyone is on board with only giving treats or snacks that you bring. If you keep the office stocked with a few of these, then your colleagues should have no excuse for respecting your request.

There are also a lot of foods that are harmful to dogs. Be sure to educate everyone at work about these. 

Oh, and here’s a cool dog magazine I stumbled upon. Modern Dog Magazine.

Do you currently have a dog at the office? We’d love to hear about it! 

Tell us how you plan on bringing your dog into the office in the comments!