Archive | February, 2013

National Hoodie Hoo Day

February 20 is National Hoodie Hoo Day!

National Hoodie Hoo Day is meant to scare away the winter chills and hopefully make springtime come a little quicker. At noon on February 20, people go outside and wave their hands over their head chanting “Hoodie Hoo” to chase winter away. Take a few minutes today to participate in National Hoodie Hoo Day; you’re sure to scare away something!

Sources: Yahoo, Holiday Insights

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Chocolate Mint Day

February 19 is Chocolate Mint Day!

The US National Confectioners Association has declared February 19 as Chocolate Mint Day, so let’s celebrate! Chocolate mint is a type of flavored chocolate created by combining a mint flavoring with chocolate. Most commonly, peppermint, spearmint, and crème de menthe are used.

Chocolate mint is found in candy, cookies, ice cream, hot chocolate, and many more edible goodies. Enjoy today by treating yourself to some delicious chocolate mint confections!

Here is a list of recipes featuring chocolate mint that you could try! Plus, it’s Girl Scout Cookie season, so a box of Thin Mints is a perfect way to celebrate!

Sources: Wikipedia

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Vanna White’s Birthday

Today is Vanna White’s Birthday!

Vanna White was born on February 18, 1957 in Conway, South Carolina. She is most recognized for her time spent as the hostess of the hit game show, Wheel of Fortune.

Before joining the Wheel of Fortune team in 1982, Vanna White worked as a professional model. For the past 30 years, she has been a staple of the show, uncovering letters on the game show’s large puzzle board. White is also the mother of two children, an actress, an avid knitter, and a philanthropist.

Happy Birthday Vanna!

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography.com

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Michael Jordan’s Birthday

February 17 is Michael Jordan’s Birthday!

Michael Jordan, known by fans as “MJ,” is a former professional American basketball player, who is known as one of the greatest athletes of all time. Born on February 17, 1963 as Michael Jeffery Jordan, he started out his basketball career in high school, even though he didn’t make the team until his junior year.

MJ received a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and helped lead the Tar Heels to a national championship in 1982. In 1984, he was drafted to the Chicago Bulls and helped them win NBA championships in 1991, 1992, 1993. After a brief period of time spent as a baseball player, he returned to help them win championships again in 1996, 1997, and 1998.

During the length of his basketball career, Michael Jordan amassed several awards. He won five MVP Awards, three All Star Game MVP Awards, six NBA Finals MVP Awards, the 1988 Defensive Player of the Year Award, and the 1999 ESPN Greatest North American Athlete of the 20th Century, among others.

Check out this YouTube video that shows Michael Jordan’s Top 10 slam dunks of all time.

Happy 50th MJ!

Sources: Wikipedia

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National Almond Day

February 16 is National Almond Day!

It is fitting that February is also known as American Heart Month and National Snack Food Month, because almonds are heart-healthy AND delicious!

Almonds are extremely nutrient rich as they include antioxidants, protein, fiber, Vitamin E, and more. Almonds have been proven to benefit heart health by lowering bad cholesterol in the blood, but the health benefits are endless.

Make yourself an almond infused snack today and soak up the benefits that this healthy nut has to offer. Almonds taste great in salads and yogurts, but they also taste perfectly delicious on their own!

Sources: Punchbowl, Wikipedia

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Nat King Cole Dies at 45

Legendary crooner Nat King Cole died on February 15, 1965.

Born Nathaniel Adams Coles on March 17, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama, his musical talent was obvious from an early age. His family moved to Chicago, Illinois where he learned how to play the organ from his mother and began performing live at jazz clubs as “Nat Cole” with his brother when he was a teenager. He earned the nickname “King” during his time playing the piano at theseChicagoclubs.

During these years, Nat King Cole would only sing between instrumental numbers, but at the request of audiences, he incorporated more vocal pieces into his repertoire. His group, the King Cole Trio, signed with Capitol Records and began writing and cranking out hits.

As a solo artist, Nat King Cole churned out number one singles like “Unforgettable” and the immensely popular holiday classic “The Christmas Song,” among many others. Nat King Cole was the first African American entertainer to host a variety show on television, titled The Nat King Cole Show.

Just a few months after discovering he had lung cancer, Nat King Cole died in his Santa Monica, California home. He will always be remembered for his immense contributions to the music industry, as his songs have truly stood the test of time.

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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National Organ Donor Day

Today is the day to give your heart to someone. No, not because it is Valentine’s Day, but because February 14 is also National Organ Donor Day!

At any given time, over 100,000 people are waiting for an organ that could save their lives, but each day, 18 people die waiting for an organ. National Organ Donor Day was set in place in 1998 to raise awareness surrounding organ donation.

Organ donation focuses on five major areas: organs, tissues, marrow, platelets, and blood. National Organ Donor Day draws attention to ways people can help others by becoming organ donors, singing up for blood donations, as well as giving marrow and tissue donations. Visit http://www.organdonor.gov to find out more.

Sources: Huffington Post

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Ash Wednesday

In 2013, Ash Wednesday falls on February 13!

Ash Wednesday is a Christian holiday that marks the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days prior to Easter Sunday (which falls on March 31 this year). Lent is the period of preparation for the resurrection of Christ, and provides Christians with a time for self-examination.

Usually, practicing Christians choose something that they enjoy to “give up” for lent; it could be a particular favorite food, alcohol, caffeine, etc. This exercise allows people to give up a vice of theirs and in turn become closer to God. Another option is for a person to give up something that occupies too much of their time, such as TV. The idea is to then use that extra time to study the Bible, pray, volunteer, or do some other activity that helps others or deepens their faith.

On Ash Wednesday, it is common for Christians to attend church services in which a priest marks their forehead with black ashes in the shape of a cross. The ashes are usually blessed, and are reserved for the “foreheads of the faithful,” who don the ashes until they wear off. Ash Wednesday is also a fasting holiday, in which Christians are asked to abstain from meat.

Sources: Wikipedia

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Custom Social Photobooks

We are now offering our customers the ability to quickly create photobooks with images from Facebook, Instagram, or your computer.

All social photobooks are 5 x 7, square saddle-stitched and printed on high-quality paper. There are currently four themes to choose from: Baby, Halloween, Winter, and Generic. Each book contains backgrounds that match the theme and has 18 pages with over 40 images. Best of all, the photobooks are only $9.99!

You can autofill your book with pictures from particular Facebook albums, or with images tagged of you and another person or people. You can also take a little longer on your photobook and customize it by placing specific photos in certain spots.

We’ll be adding more themes soon, so check it out and build your personalized social photobook today!

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Fat Tuesday

Today is Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday!

Fat Tuesday changes every year depending on Easter, and in 2013, we celebrate on February 12! Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday, is all about overindulgence and feasting prior to lent, which begins the following day. Today marks the end of the Carnival season and people celebrate with music, parades, and parties.

Mardi Gras celebrations began thousands of years ago in medieval Europe as a pagan ritual to celebrate springtime. Christian leaders decided they would integrate Mardi Gras by recognizing it as a period of excess right before the Christian fasting holiday of Lent.

The first American Mardi Gras was reported to have taken place on March 3, 1699, when two French explorers settled in Louisiana. The Twelfth Night Revelers introduced the throwing of beads and other trinkets to crowds of people in the 1870s. Carnival has grown into wild and hedonistic celebrations, the largest of which occur in Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Laissez les bon temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

Sources: Mardi Gras New Orleans, NOLA

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