Labor Day 2017

Imagine working 12 hours a day 7 days a week. I know it seems crazy, but that’s what Americans did during the Industrial Revolution. Later, women stepped into the workforce to compensate for the men of WWII. ‘Rosie the Riveter’ and other women who worked tirelessly on assembly lines paved the way for the women workers of today.
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 QVC Program Host, Courtney Cason dressed as ‘Rosie the Riveter.’ Adorable, right?!

Times have changed thanks to the Labor Union, more specifically the ‘Eight-Hour Day Movement.’ The movement pushed for eight hours of work, eight hours of recreation and eight hours of sleep (boy, that sounds great ;)). Thus, Labor Day was born celebrating the American workers and their achievements.

My husband, Bill and I, are extremely grateful to the men and women who work at Relios creating all of the beautiful jewelry we share on-air at QVC. With each passing year, our designs become increasingly more intricate, our quality standards go higher and the gemstones we use are rarer. We are so proud of the passion and dedication of our 200 plus employees who work with us in our production facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We are also grateful for the many people at QVC who make it all possible. We’re also grateful for YOU – you who appreciate, embrace and celebrate the quality of American designed and made jewelry. There are lots of spokes within this beautiful wheel and because we all work together, it rolls smoother.

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A handful of our dedicated employees at Relios who feel more like family.

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Not only is Labor Day a time to honor the American worker, it is also a time to celebrate the last weekend of the summer. Hot dog sales are at a record high while millions of people enjoy barbeques, weekends at the beach and an extra day of rest and relaxation. There are also millions of critical workers such as doctors, nurses, police officers, etc. who selflessly work on Labor Day. To you, I take my (cowboy) hat off, celebrate you, and thank you for your extra effort. I also hope you get an extended weekend soon. You are appreciated.

For those of you who host with red, white and blue flair, here is a recipe from

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You will need three different juices/drinks in red, white, and blue. Really, you can use ANY red, white, and blue drinks that you think will taste okay together. The catch is that all three need different sugar contents per ounce. And, the larger the sugar content difference, the better your drink will layer. That’s because this involves a little kitchen science–density to be exact. So you’ll need to read your labels and do a little math for this recipe!

To get the layered effect, you’ll need to do a few things:

  1. Start by filling the glass about 1/4-1/3 of the way up with the drink with the highest sugar content per serving (red in this case).
  2. Then, fill the cup FULL with ice.
  3. Pour the drink with the next highest sugar content (white in this case) veryslowly over the ice. You’ll use the ice as a sort of buffer – pouring directly on to the ice with a very slow pour (small amount). If you just pour a whole bunch in quickly, the colors will combine.
  4. Repeat with the last layer (blue in this case)
  5. Snip the ends off of a Twizzlers candy and place in the drink for a straw. For some added fun, you could take some of the red, white, and blue TwizzlersPULL ‘N’ PEEL candy to add a little edible bow or tie to your straw.


How will you spend Labor Day 2017? Let me know in the comment section below. I love getting to know all of you a little better.

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With love, labor and loyalty,

Your friend,






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