Archive for May, 2008

(May 11) Today we're celebrating . . .  Mother's Day

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a time of commemoration and celebration for Mom. It is a day for breakfast in bed, family gatherings, and crayon scribbled “I Love You’s.”

So join us for our Mother’s Day celebration – Mother’s Day on the Net.

 For your entertainment you’ll find fun Holiday things for you, your mom and your family. We’ve got some stories to read, recipes to make and muffins to bake, pictures for the kids to color, and holiday craft gift ideas! So bring the kids and tell your friends.

(May 10) Today we're celebrating . . .  Letter Carriers Food Drive / Stamp Out Hunger

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

Letter Carriers Food Drive / Stamp Out Hunger
The time of year is here again when millions of Americans combine forces for Stamp Out Hungerâ„¢ —the nation’s largest annual single-day food drive!

On Saturday May 10th, letter carriers in more than 10,000 communities will collect food items and deliver them to local food banks to help some of the millions of Americans, including an estimated 13 million children, who face hunger every day.

Since 1993, families have donated more than a half-billion pounds of food to Stamp Out Hungerâ„¢. You can help make this year our most successful ever.

Simply place bags filled with nonperishable food items like canned meats and fish, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice next to your mailbox this Saturday, May 10th.Your letter carrier will pick up the bags and deliver them to your local food bank.

To learn more, visit

Holiday Invite : Mother's Day on the Net

Friday, May 9th, 2008

 Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is the time to celebrate your one-of-a-kind mom. If you’re stumped for creative ways to show her just how much she means to you, don’t worry: We have plenty of great suggestions. Our Guide to Mother’s Day Gifts has a trove of unique gift ideas for all kinds of moms (and all kinds of budgets). If homemade gifts are more your style, then you’ll want to check out our step-by-step instructions for Mother’s Day crafts.

We’ve also got the perfect brunch menu, with easy-to-make recipes - so there’s no excuse not to make her breakfast in bed. Or to surprise her with an elegant afternoon tea party, where you can serve one of our mouthwatering muffin recipes.

At Mother’s Day on the Net, you can also learn all about the history (or should we say “her”story) of this special day, plus how the British celebrate their moms on Mothering Sunday, and how bereaved military moms are honored on Gold Star Mother’s Day. And you can read why the President of the United States thinks America’s 85 million moms are so special!

We even have the inside scoop on ten of Hollywood’s hottest moms – who may have the world at their feet, but when they become a mom are brought to their knees just like the rest of us.

Mother’s Day 2008 will be celebrated on Sunday May 11. We look forward to celebrating this special day together with you, our readers. Here’s to our moms!

Happy Holidays,
Holidays on the Net




Countdown to Mother's Day 2008: Muffins. Muffins. Muffins.

Friday, May 9th, 2008

As we countdown to Mother’s Day (T-2 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.

Mother’s Day is the perfect occasion to bake a sweet treat that shows your mom how much she means to you. These muffin recipes aren’t just delicious – they’re also healthy. And they’re easy for dads and kids to bake together.

 Cheese Muffins
1 c all-purpose flour (substitute: 1/2 cup whole wheat flour for an equal amount all-purpose flour)
1/2 c cornmeal
2 T sugar
2 t baking powder
3 ounces grated reduced cheese – either Cheddar or Swiss work nicely
3 T vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten
1 c low-fat milk
1/2 c instant grits

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Carrot Orange Muffins
This muffin is full of flavor, but low on calories, fat and carbs, with the suggested substitutions.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh baked banana muffins wafting through the house. This delicious recipe even has chocolate chips – making it a favorite with everyone in your family.

Breakfast Muffins
These healthy and delicious muffins are the perfect way to say good morning to your mom on Mother’s Day!


For these and other Mother’s Day recipes check out our holiday recipe site – Holiday Eats




(May 09) This week we're celebrating . . .  National Nurses Week

Friday, May 9th, 2008

National Nurses Week
This week, which honors the important contributions of nurses to the health care of all Americans, coincides with the birthday of world-famous nurse, Florence Nightingale.

photo credit: via flickr

Countdown to Mother's Day 2008: Top 10 Celebrity Moms: #1

Friday, May 9th, 2008

In honor of Mother’s Day we’ve been counting down the Top 10 celebrity moms. And today’s the final day. So who is our #1 Celebrity Mom?

Well honestly. Who else could it be?

Drum-roll please…

The Top Celebrity Mom

Angelina Jolie
The 31-year old Angelina Jolie has traveled a long road to motherhood. But after a string of failed relationships, battles with depression and more tattoos than you can count, the award-winning actress is now the happy mom to her growing brood. She and Brad Pitt have four, soon to be five, kids together. (Pssst… Angie’s due in July if you somehow missed the news!)

As if that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Angelina is also the UN Goodwill Ambassador and international do-gooder, helping millions of children in crisis around the globe. Despite her sorted background, Angelina’s got a heart of gold and clearly puts mothering at the top of her list of priorities.

Angie and Brad’s kids are 6.5 year-old Maddox (born in Cambodia), 4.5 year-old Pax (born in Vietnam), 3 year-old Zahara (born in Ethiopia), and almost 2-year old Shilo (the couple’s first biological child, who was born in Namibia). No word on which way the gender balance will tip for the Jolie-Pitts come July, but if Angie’s to be believed, this baby will be far from their last. In fact, Angelina recently said on the John Stewart Show that she wants anywhere from seven to 14 kids!

Well thats our are list of 2008 celebrity moms. We hope you’ve enjoyed it. If you’ve missed any of our series – you can find all our Top 10 Celebrity Moms here.

Photo Credit: Angelina Jolie (flickr)

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.

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