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Light Up Your Christmas Tree And Indulge In Decadent Chocolate!

Sending Christmas cards have become a vital part of our holiday season. We exchange cards ranging from pre printed reindeer to personalized family photos, that we then send out to friends and family. The messages we depict inside the cards range from simple Merry Christmas and a happy new year, to full biblical poems and scriptures. The cards are a significant part of Christmas time cheer. Take this day to get in the creative mood to send a sweet message to all your loved ones!

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After you get all your cards sent out and decorations put up, don’t forget the most important part to bring everything together, Christmas tree lights! On December 22, plug in those colorful lights to have a magical Christmas Tree Light Day. Perhaps your preference is frost white lights or blinking colors, no matter the choice the magic is apparent. An instant rush of Christmas feeling is felt when your tree is first lit up, nothing compares to familiar feeling.

Keep the spirit up by indulging in sweets that only come around once a year. Those special, delectable desserts that you look forward to every holiday season! No matter which sweets you like, take a moment for some chocolates on Chocolate Day, December 24. Perhaps you stave off sweets all year long, now is the time to live a little and share a little. A piece of chocolate is the best indulgence you can let yourself have this season.

This season, admire the twinkling lights, send out your favorite message and most definitely take a bite out of rich chocolate. Let your holidays roar with laughter and praise. Most importantly, have yourself a very merry Christmas!

December 15, 2014   No Comments

Happy Hanukkah and Season’s Greetings This Week!

Summer time may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean ice cream has to disappear with it! Holiday pie wouldn’t be the same without a scoop of delicious ice cream! On December 13 we celebrate Ice Cream Day Worldwide. Go out and grab a pint of your favorite flavor!

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Following such a delicious day is a very important holiday. December 16 starts the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. For eight days, there is a celebration to commemorate the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem. The first day of Hanukkah changes every year, as it marks the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar.

There are a few wonderful traditions that come along with Hanukkah. Mainly: lighting the eight candles, eating oil-based foods and playing with a dreidel. The tradition of eating oily foods during this celebration derives from the oil that was used to keep the candles burning in the temple during the eight days. It was a tiny flask that lasted over a week, said to be a miraculous event and thus commemorated with the observance of Hanukkah. Some traditional foods eaten during this time are potato pancakes known as latkes and jam filled doughnuts known as fritters. Both of these items are deep fried in oil.

Along with traditional food, there is the well-known game of dreidel, commonly associated with the Jewish holiday. The dreidel is a children’s toy with four sides that spins. Each side has a Hebrew letter on it, referring to the miracle of the oil in the temple. The story behind the dreidel is that the Jewish people created the game to hide the fact that they were studying the torah (Hebrew bible), when soldiers would come the Jews would hide their Torahs and pretend they were gambling.

Everyone has his or her own traditions and celebrations, take this time to share season’s greetings with friends and family. Embrace the differences we share and make this holiday season a warm and happy time!

December 9, 2014   No Comments

Appreciate The Winter Flowers While Making Cookies For St. Nick!

Cookie Day is on December 4 and that means its time to break out the baking goods and create some of your favorite batches of fresh cookies! Whether you like traditional chocolate chip or good old-fashioned peanut butter, throw some dough in the oven and make your sweet tooth very happy! Did you know the word cookie is derived from a Dutch word meaning little cake? Cookies are just a crunchier version of fluffy cake!

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Cookies are an important part of the holiday season, it’s the one time of year we get indulge in all sorts of different holiday sweets! There is also a tradition in which children leave fresh baked cookies for St. Nicholas on Christmas Eve, sometimes even with a glass of milk! On December 6, we celebrate St. Nicholas Day. It is a mostly European tradition in which a festival is commemorated for children to show their appreciation for St. Nick and his reputation for gift giving.

Another beautiful tradition that can be seen around the world during the holidays is a very unique decoration. Poinsettias can be found everywhere during Christmastime, their gorgeous bright red leaves are very recognizable. Did you know the poinsettia is indigenous to Mexico and Central America? The plant was first introduced to the United States in 1825 and has been a holiday staple ever since!

The holidays bring a sense of warm, cozy feelings. Ignite the cheer by adding some of your favorite cookies! Don’t forget to appreciate the tradition that is St. Nick and complete your holiday decorations with a poinsettia.

December 2, 2014   2 Comments

Be Thankful On Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving celebrations can be dated all the way back to the 1620’s when settlers first made the journey to Plymouth, that’s how the story goes anyway. However, it wasn’t proclaimed nation-wide as a holiday until our first president George Washington declared it so on November 26 1789. This holiday has always been a day in history where we are thankful for the past years harvest and celebrate with a feast. That part of the Thanksgiving tradition has never changed. So, because the original date was never set in stone, its celebrations varied from state to state until the late 19th century. In 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed that Thanksgiving be celebrated on the last Thursday of November for every state.

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This changed again in 1941 when President Roosevelt amended the national holiday to be commemorated on every fourth Thursday in November. His reasoning for the change came down to what he believed would be an economic boost for the country. I can only imagine that shortly after is when we invented Black Friday.

Now, don’t get me wrong, for I am all for economic boost, but I chose to stay indoors on this day, for fear of the shopping madness that occurs. I’m more of a cyber Monday kind of guy; I enjoy the peace and quiet of finding great sales from the safety of my computer.

On Thanksgiving I’ll be feasting on glorious turkey and stuffing as everyone else should also be doing. Be grateful, be cheerful and don’t forget to be thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

November 24, 2014   1 Comment

Let’s Give Recognition To Our Positive Male Role Models!

International Men’s Day is on November 19. Men and woman are seen as equals to each other, with this day we celebrate the gender equality and pave the way for outreaching male role models in our communities. Just as we search for strong female leaders, we also strive to find the male counterpart. Someone to teach the younger generations how to be a great man in this world and take part in creating good values for generations to come. On International Men’s Day, I suggest sending a reminder to a good man in your life showing gratitude for things they do and portray. The day is here to highlight positive male role models, and be the best man you can be!

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Maybe you have a really great friend of whom you want to express gratitude for. I know I have a couple. Adrian, my roommate proves to me everyday the greatness of men. With his every supportive attitude and fine tuned mannerisms, he’s become a real great guy to have around. When you surround yourself with great people it propels you to achieve greatness and keeps the motion flowing. It’s important to nurture those friendships and spend time with the people who help make you great.

On that note of great friendships, Cake Day is on November 26 and a great opportunity to have a baking party with friends! Find a new and intriguing recipe to try like: a holiday inspired citrus cranberry layer cake or a elevated carrot cake. The cake possibilities are endless!

Celebrate all the great men in your lives by baking a spectacular cake! Or just send an inspiring and uplifting card. Either way, your appreciation this week!

November 17, 2014   1 Comment

Shower People With Kindness And Flowers!

Need to find the perfect bouquet of autumn flowers to really make your kitchen table shine this November? My neighbor Ms. Bradley knows a thing or two about flowers. She has the best the garden I’ve ever seen. She suggested bright orange dahlias, not only for my table but to also give to anyone with a birthday this month!

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I find that Dahlias are one of the most gorgeous flowers that bloom in the fall. Orange is the perfect color for this season, however they grow in an array of colors to match any color scheme you are going with this season. Find a fresh bouquet at your nearest flower shop and get into the seasonal spirit.

With all the lively cheer we see spreading in the spirit of the holiday season, it’s the perfect time to show an act of kindness on November 13 for World Kindness Day. There are so many acts you can entertain that you wouldn’t consider out of your way or daily routine. Some suggestions would be to, give up your seat on the subway or help a neighbor with her heavy groceries. No matter how little or how big the act, it means something to someone and is greatly appreciated. World Kindness Day is also a day to remind us to be kind every day; kindness and positivity go much farther than angst and negativity. Happy smiles can be spread for miles.

Wrap up a beautiful arrangement of unique dahlias to give away in kindness to a dear friend! There is plenty of opportunity to give thanks this month.

November 10, 2014   2 Comments

Appreciate All Soldiers This Veterans Day!

Did you know it was the year 1919, shortly after World War 1 ended, that Woodrow Wilson declared the first Veterans Day, which was originally referred to as Armistice Day. Wilson created the day to reflect with pride on those soldiers who had fallen in the war. However, it wasn’t until 1938 that the day became a national holiday. Even then, it wasn’t until 1954 that Armistice Day was replaced by Veterans Day to honor not only those who had fallen during World War 1, but to celebrate all veterans.

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Every year on Veterans Day, I hang out with my dear friend Fred. Since his favorite thing to do is create and read poetry, I take this time to head over to his favorite live poetry sets. While he expresses a world unknown, I like to imagine what it must have been like. Fred has always been up for changing history to make things better for everyone.

This Veterans Day I prepare to make things better for at least one veteran, whether it is an act of giving or just keeping Fred company. I truly have come to appreciate the freedoms we have and admire men and women who have fought for those freedoms to ring true.

Visiting a lost Veteran? Chrysanthemums are beautiful flowers that come in a variety of colors, helping to honor those who have fallen.

Celebrate Veterans Day this week and keep giving thanks all month long!

November 2, 2014   No Comments

Celebrate National Cat Day, Chocolate Day And Halloween!

There is something to be said for how much we love cats. Not only do we love our cats; we love chocolate and of course we love Halloween. All of these fantastic events occur this week, so let’s find a great way to celebrate the days!

To start this delicious week off we have Chocolate Day on October 28, perfect timing for Halloween. Pick up your favorite bag of Halloween candy before they leave the shelves, and share it with your friends. All your favorite candy is offered in bite size selections, perfect to last long after Halloween has past.

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Cats and chocolate don’t necessarily go hand in hand, unless your cats name is Coco. So although these holidays are close together, we will be celebrating them separately. But man, do we really do love those furry little balls of fluff. Cats, I mean. We love our furry cats. If we have cats of our own, we spend our days taking videos and pictures of our cats. If we don’t have cats, we spend our days watching cat videos on the Internet. National Cat Day on October 29 gives you all the reason in the world to lose yourself in those addicting cat videos. While you’re at it, send all your friends a furry cat card to commemorate your love for your feline friends!

Probably the most popular costume in Halloween history is a black cat. I have lost count on the number of cats I see at every costume party I attend. Though most of the world believes black cats bring good luck, European and North American countries believe in the opposite that black cats bring evil and are associated with witchcraft. Halloween comes but once a year and so do all the seasonal attractions that come along with it. This is the season for candy apples, roasted pumpkin seeds and sweet corn, so celebrate until you’re satisfied.

Indulge in some dark chocolate or make a funny cat video, but either way make sure you have a Happy Halloween!

October 27, 2014   1 Comment

Friendship, Family And Flowers!

Friends are always there for you, in happiness, in sadness and in everyday situations. I know if I am having a terrible day, I can call any one of my truly amazing friends and talk through it. Megan is my voice of reason; she is first person I always call when I need advice on a tough situation. She is also the first person I call when I have exciting news to share. The other day, I called to let her know life was going great and give her the appreciation she deserves for being a loyal and fantastic friend. I love all my friends and I try to remind them how important they are each and every day.

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My friends are just as important as my family. Friends are the family I chose, and family is equally there for you when you need them. Although my parents live far away, my sister and her awesome niece are close to me. So close, we try to meet once a week or so to hang out and connect. Family is very important and never something to be taken for granted. If I am having a busier than usual week at work, I try to send my mom a short note to remind her I am always thinking of her. I’ll send a card with her favorite pink lilies on the front, and warm wishes on the inside.

I like to send a card with flowers on it, because sometimes certain flowers are not in season and very hard to find. This way I can send favorites all year around. In the fall, and even winter, surprisingly have some of the best flowers that bloom. Mrs. Bradley introduces me to new species every year. I walked into her backyard recently and saw the warm orange, yellow and red flowers that flooding her garden.

With the fall season already here, we are starting to gear up for the holidays that follow. It’s the perfect time to get in touch with friends and family.

October 20, 2014   1 Comment

Love Thy Friendship!

Friendship and Love are not short things to come by. I have always found that if I choose someone to be important in my life, whether that be in friendship or more than that, then it is my virtue to nurture that relationship. It’s not just the big acts of the kindness that show your emotions, but the small every day things too.

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Since Mrs. Bradley is my neighbor and my friend I sometimes bring her mail in for her or help her by grabbing some groceries, when the weather has dropped to shivering temperatures. These little things really help her out and I know that if I ever needed her to watch Kong or water my plants, while I was away for business she would gladly. I cherish my relationships that I have with the people I surround myself with.

I haven’t always been able to be so very caring. Megan, my wonderful friend, has helped me to see the other side love and friendship. From my past relationships, I’ve learned that it is not just one person’s fault, that something happened, but rather that it takes two, to create a beautiful and lasting relationship full of love and happiness. The idea of a relationship is to work in harmony and be there for one another, in both good and bad times.

I’ve mentioned that this goes for everyday friendships and the ones that you hope will last forever. The best way to help something last, is to stay in touch. Our busy lives can get the better of us, however we can find a snippet of time to send a cute card or a quick email. A few minutes out of your entire day is all that is needed to help fill and nurture your continuing friendships and relationships.

Take that moment to send that cute card and watch your love and friendships keep growing.

October 15, 2014   3 Comments