Archive | February, 2013

National Make a Friend Day

February 11 is National Make a Friend Day!

Today we celebrate the value of friendship by cherishing old friends and making new ones as well. Reach out to someone new, whether it is a coworker, acquaintance, or someone you just met. You can never have too many friends!

We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.

~ Orson Welles

Sources: Holiday Insights, Examiner

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Chinese New Year 2013

Chinese New Year is February 10!

Chinese New Year is as important to China as Christmas is to many Western nations, and the same basic ideas are upheld; the holiday is all about being with your loved ones, giving gifts, and eating food!

Since the 20th Century, Chinese New Year has been referred to as Spring Festival. This continues to be the most integral social and economic holiday in China. Chinese New Year lands on a different day each year, and the Year of the Snake begins on February 10, 2013. The holiday always lasts 15 days, with different celebrations and traditions for each day.

Legend says a beast called Nian would terrorize ancient Chinese towns and eat people. The townspeople were able to make the beast go away with loud firecrackers and bright red decorations (red is thought of as a lucky color by the Chinese). A more reasonable explanation behind Chinese New Year is that it originated as an end-of-harvest celebration where people would give thanks to the gods and celebrate the end of winter and beginning of spring.

Some common Chinese New Year traditions are Jie Cai Ceng, Yuan Xiao Jie, Hong Bao, and the Dancing Dragons. Jie Cai Ceng is when business owners set off firecrackers to welcome the gods of Wealth and Prosperity. Yuan Xiao Jie is the Festival of Lanterns that marks the end of Chinese New Year. Red Envelopes filled with money called Hong Bao are given to children and unmarried adults. The dancing dragons represent prosperity and good fortune.

Celebrate Chinese New Year by learning about some great Chinese New Year recipes and what each food symbolizes.

Sources: Go China,

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Bill Haley Dies at 55

Bill Haley, known as “The Father of Rock and Roll”, died of a heart attack on February 9, 1981.

Haley was born William John Clifton Haley on July 6, 1925. He is known as one of the very first rock and roll musicians and is credited with popularizing the genre in the 1950s and beyond. His band, Bill Haley & His Comets, released the first rock and roll song to hit American charts and “Crazy Man, Crazy” peaked at #15 on Billboard.

In 1957, Haley toured Europe, making him the first major American rock and roll singer to do so. Haley is also responsible for such groundbreaking hits as “See You Later Alligator,” “Shake Rattle and Roll,” and “Rock Around the Clock” which sold 25 Million copies worldwide.

We put country and western together with rhythm & blues, and that was rock.

– Bill Haley

Sources: Rock Hall, Wikipedia

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Boy Scouts Day

February 8 is Boy Scouts Day!

W.D. Boyce integrated the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910 with the help of Edward S. Stewart and Stanley D. Willis. This American youth organization was modeled after the Boy Scout Association that existed inEngland.

Today, the Boy Scouts of America program boasts nearly three million youth members and one million adult volunteers. The main goal of the Boy Scouts of America is to train youth members in conscientious citizenship, character growth, and self-reliance by way of involvement in outdoor activities and educational programs.

According to, the Scout Oath (or Scout Promise) is as follows:

“On my honor I will do my best/To do my duty to God and my country/and to obey the Scout Law/To help other people at all times/To keep myself physically strong,/mentally awake, and morally straight.”

Sources: Wikipedia, Scouting

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John Deere’s Birthday

February 7 is John Deere’s Birthday!

John Deere was born in Vermont on February 7, 1804 and is best known as an American blacksmith, plow manufacturer, and the founder of Deere & Company. After his apprenticeship as a teenager with a blacksmith inVermont, Deere entered into the blacksmith trade for himself when he moved toIllinois.

Given his expertise with metal, he noticed the inefficiency of the cast-iron plow in the tough Midwest soil and got to work on a prototype for a cast-steel plow. He sold his first three plows in 1838 and extended that number to 1,000 plows by 1846. In 1847, Deere moved to Moline, Illinois where he had the advantages of water access and cost efficient transportation. By 1855, Deere’s company had sold over 10,000 plows.

Deere left the everyday affairs of his company to his son Charles and focused his time on building up the community, even serving as the mayor of Moline for two years. He died at his home on May 17, 1886 at the age of 82. Deere & Company has gone on to be one of the most successful businesses in America and celebrated their 175th anniversary in 2012.

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Monopoly Goes On Sale

On February 6, 1935 the board game Monopoly was first sold to the masses.

Although Charles Darrow is credited with its creation, Elizabeth Magie patented a basic version of the game in 1904. Many varieties of board games much like Monopoly were created in the 1930s. Most centered around buying and selling property, but it wasn’t until 1935 that Parker Brothers agreed to mass produce Monopoly. It has since become one of the world’s most popular board games!

Monopoly is played by moving around the game board buying and selling or trading properties, acquiring homes and hotels, and collecting rent. The properties on the game board are based on real locations in and around Atlantic City,New Jersey. The game equipment includes: Chance and Community Chest cards, property deeds, dice, houses and hotels, money, and metal tokens used as pawns.

Called “The Fast Dealing Property Trading Game,” Monopoly has sold more than 275 Million games worldwide, and has been produced in 111 countries in more than 40 languages.

Take out your Monopoly set today and have a family game night in memory of the first day the game was ever sold. Don’t have the game? Check out all the versions of Monopoly for sale at!

Sources: Searchamelia, Wikipedia

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World Nutella Day

February 5 is World Nutella Day!

Nutella is a brand name chocolate hazelnut spread invented in the 1940s and introduced to the market in 1963. Nutella is manufactured by Italy-based company, Ferrero, and the spread’s main ingredients include hazelnut, cocoa, and skim milk.

World Nutella Day is an occasion where Nutella lovers all over can unite based on their love of the sweet spread. Celebrate by dipping fruit in Nutella or spreading some on toast to jumpstart your breakfast. Participate in the Nutella discussion by using Twitter hashtag #nutelladay.

Sources: Nutella Day, Wikipedia

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Thank a Mailman Day

February 4 is Thank a Mailman Day!

Today, you have an opportunity to thank the reliable postal worker who never fails to deliver your mail. The first organized mail system inAmericawas established in 1775. The motto of the first ever mailman was “Neither rain, nor snow, nor death of the night, can keep us from our duty”.

Leave a small gift in your mailbox or thank them personally if you can. No gesture is too small; they’ll just be happy to be appreciated!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Punchbowl

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When is the Chinese New Year in 2013?

February 10, 2013

Learn more about the Chinese New Year.

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We’re On Pinterest!

Is your household using Pinterest yet? If so, are you among the nearly 10,000 people who follow on Pinterest? You ought to! We’ve tried to compile items you would like to see through 24 boards and more than 7,700 pins.

To make it easier for our customers to stay organized, we’ve also added a ‘Your Organized Life’ board. This board is full of pins that showcase how our customers organize their lives and the fun gadgets and ideas that help them stay that way.

Use this board to find out how to turn plastic rain gutters into a fun reading corner, learn fun ways to keep your pantry organized, and even find your favorite calendar!

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