Pumpkin PieWhat is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is a federal holiday for giving thanks for whatever it is you’re thankful for that year and celebrating your blessings with a bountiful meal. Traditionally celebrated to give thanks for the food collected at the end of a good harvest season, Thanksgiving originated in 1621 when the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians shared a three-day autumn harvest feast to celebrate the success of their first harvest in the New World. Today, the 1621 feast is acknowledged as the first Thanksgiving.

Learn more about the history of Thanksgiving and controversies surrounding the holiday by clicking here.

When is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. In 2015, we celebrate Thanksgiving on November 26.

How do people celebrate Thanksgiving?

Government offices, schools and businesses are closed on Thanksgiving and sometimes on Friday. People celebrate Thanksgiving by gathering with family and friends for a delicious meal traditionally consisting of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls and pumpkin pie.

Did You Know…Each year, the U.S. president “pardons” one or two Thanksgiving turkeys from being slaughtered and sends them to a farm for peaceful retirement.

How much do you know about Thanksgiving? Find out with Thanksgiving: Fact or Fiction.


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More than Monopoly, it’s a love story.

What’s your favorite board game?

The internet is abuzz today with a board game love story that made us swoon. Redditor Justin, justinlebon26, created a personalized marriage proposal for his girlfriend Michal that leaves many other proposals lacking and makes us want to break out the Monopoly board!


Justin recruited a good friend of his to help design his custom Monopoly board and even used vintage Monopoly sets when constructing it. He personalized the game’s properties to correspond to places that meant something to the couple (the first game space is which is where the couple met online).

Michal was given the board as a present on Christmas morning. Initially the present went over wonderfully, Michal was please and began playing immediately. After rolling a seven with specially-made dice (one had all 3′s and the other had all 4′s so Michal would be sure to roll the seven she needed to), she drew a Chance card and realized this was more than just a great present.

Monopoly Love Store.

Michal, of course, advanced to Luxury Tax where Justin got down on one knee and proposed! Once his girl said yes, Justin popped open the secret door built under Luxury Tax and scooped out her diamond ring.

Read the entire story here then head over to for some board game inspiration and get building!

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Create Your Own Watermelon Strawberry Frozen Pops

Agua FrescaWatermelon by most is known as a fruit but it is actually classified as a vegetable! It is part of the cucumber, pumpkin and squash family. Arguments can be made for both sides however everyone can agree its summer’s juicy favorite, with the average American eating 15 pounds of it a year!

Read more about this sweet debate here…
What About Watermelon

Try our favorite watermelon recipe!

Watermelon Strawberry Frozen Pops


  • 8 Ounces strawberries, stems removed (about a pint)
  • 2 cups diced seedless watermelon
  • Juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 4-5 Tablespoons of sugar

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until well pureed. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze overnight. Enjoy!

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May 18th is Visit Your Relatives Day!

Visit Your Relatives Day

My Family 2015 Photo Calendar

What is Visit Your Relatives Day?

In between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, time some time to think about your extended family. Visit Your Relatives Day is about staying in touch with close relatives, and taking a day to remind them they’re still in your thoughts.

When is it?

Visit Your Relatives Day always falls on May 18th.

How would you celebrate this holiday?

While this holiday is about visiting your relatives, our busy schedules or long distances doesn’t always make this possible. If this is the case, then give your relatives a call or send them a beautifully-written card. Better yet plan a family reunion on this holiday for a memorable event your whole family will enjoy.

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May 3rd is Garden Meditation Day!

Garden Meditation Day

In The Garden 2015 Wall Calendar

What is Garden Meditation Day?

People have been practicing garden meditation for centuries now. It’s the perfect form of being one with nature, and using its resources to calm and soothe the soul. If gardens can sustain life on this planet, then why couldn’t it sustain the spirit as well. Garden Meditation Day is about finding that soothing environment and allowing you to focus in a stress-filled world.

When is it?

Garden Meditation Day always falls on May 3rd.

How would you celebrate this holiday?

Take some time on May 3rd to tend to your garden and take a breather – whether it’s for a short break or more than an hour. If you don’t have a garden to visit, go visit a neighbor’s garden or visit one of your city’s natural attractions. It’s also a great opportunity to start your own garden and enjoy the spoils of your garden for next year’s Garden Meditation Day.

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Employee Appreciation Day Superlatives

On March 6th, we celebrate Employee Appreciation Day! It’s the perfect day for managers to show how much they value their employees by showing their support or rewarding them something special. Here at we’re rewarding our employees with fun superlatives.

Most Likely to Break into Song          Most Likely to Freestyle Haikus

Christi Graybill                             Jessica Gillespie
Christi G.                                                              Jessica G.
Check out our other employees here

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Celebrating the Year of the Sheep – Happy Chinese New Year!

Red Lanterns for Chinese New Year KK 5
What is the Chinese New Year?

The Chinese New Year celebrates the beginning of the New Year according to the lunar calendar. Traditionally, the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, was a time to honor household and heavenly deities and ancestors and to gather with family for elaborate feasts. Although the Chinese typically celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1 ever since China’s adoption of the Western calendar in 1912, the Chinese New Year is still widely celebrated and remains an important social and economic holiday in China.

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Black History Month

What is Black History Month?

On Black History Month, or National African American History Month, we celebrate the achievements of black Americans while remembering the important people and events that helped reshape American history and culture.

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Why Waste Wednesday? DIY Project #3

DIY Project #3

Turn your Old Calendars into a Spongebob Party


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Why Waste Wednesday? DIY Project #2

Wrapping Gifts

For this week’s Why Waste Wednesday, we’ll teach you another easy way to recycle your old calendars. Old calendars are an excellent alternative to wrap gifts for your friends and family. Whether it’s a birthday or anniversary you can make your gift stand out with a personal touch.  You can even make bows out of them!  Check out the tutorials below to learn more:

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