Archive for May 8th, 2008

Dispatches from an American in Israel: Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)
The sun has set on Israel’s 60th Independence Day celebrations, but my ears are still ringing from the fireworks shows last night – and my belly is still stuffed from the barbeques today.

Last night, at 8 p.m. Israel officially said goodbye to Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) and kicked off the start of the 60th Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day) in grand fashion. Every municipality across the country hosted multiple fire works shows – in fact, from my rooftop balcony, I was able to catch at least 4 different displays from neighboring towns.

The rest of the night was like one big traveling band: Israel’s favorite pop artists from today and yesteryear headed out on their annual one-night-only tour. Popular singers like Danny Sanderson and Gidi Gov knocked out 30-minute sets and then quickly moved on to the next city – which I guess is one of the advantages of being a super star in a country where 80 percent of the population lives within 2.5 hours or each other.

Today, every single soul in Israel celebrated independence in precisely the same fashion: With a barbeque. Not the most vegetarian-friendly holiday, Yom HaAtzmaut is universally celebrated over a plate of charred skewers. (My barbeque host ironically called today “The Festival of Beef”.) While many patriots prefer elbowing with their fellow countrymen for space at one the country’s national parks, I took the cushier route and accepted an invitation to a cookout in someone’s backyard.

Earlier in the day, there were parades and more concerts – and even a fun local exhibition of the Tank Corps. Soldiers let kids clamor up to the top of their armored vehicles and demonstrated krav magah techniques.

Whether you’re a die-hard patriot or not, the 60th Yom HaAtzmaut was undoubtedly a moving day – filled with the comraderie that comes from being a part of something bigger than yourself. That, and eating too many hotdogs.

Countdown to Mother’s Day 2008: Mother's Day Coloring Pictures

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

As we countdown to Mother’s Day (T-3 days), join us for a selection of easy gift and craft ideas, Mother’s Day coloring pictures, tasty recipe ideas for the big day as well as other ideas for a great holiday. Stop buy each day for a new holiday suggestion.

Today we’re highlighting a selection of  Mother’s Day Coloring Pictures from our holiday craft site – Holiday Arts & Crafts on the Net – to help celebrate your Mother’s Day. Just print them out and all you’ll need to bring are the crayons!

For these and other Mother’s Day coloring pictures please visit our holiday craft website – Holiday Arts & Crafts

Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for another Mother’s Day holiday suggestion.

Countdown to Mother's Day 2008: Top 10 Celebrity Moms: #2

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

In honor of Mother’s Day, join us as we continue our countdown of the Top 10 celebrity moms. We’ll be highlighting 1 mom daily leading up to the big day, and to our #1 Celebrity Mom herself!

A Top Celebrity Mom

Julia Roberts
From Pretty Woman to mother to three, Julia Roberts can do it all. After her 2002 nuptials, Julia and cameraman Danny Moder settled down to grow their family . The couple lives full-time on their New Mexico ranch, which lends to their reputation as down-to-earth, “real” people. In fact, even though Julia has a nanny to help out with her kids, she is by all accounts, an incredibly hands-on mom to Phinneas and Hazel, age 3.5, and Henry, age 1.5.

The Earth Mother-type, Julia has also become an advocate for green living. She even used eco-friendly Seventh Generation disposable diapers with her twins and got turned on to the flushable g-diapers with Henry. (Some celebs are going even greener, like mom Maggie Gyllenhaal, whose daughter Ramona’s tush is swathed only in organic cotton.)

Check back each day for another celeb mom (or you can cheat and check out our whole top 10 list here).

Photo Credit: Julia Roberts (flickr)

(May 08) Today we're celebrating . . .  No Socks Day

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

No Socks Day
Hey gang – its time warp Thursday! Lets make believe its 1985 all over again. I’m sure somewhere in the back of your closet you can find that Don Johnson inspired pastel hued suit. The one you wore with a colored T-shirt and, of course, no socks. Yes, now that was the height of foot fashion!

And by not wearing socks today, you can help the environment by doing a little less laundry.

And on a personal note, I think men wearing shoes without socks is just plain ugly. And creepy. And uncomfortable too!

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