Archive for February 11th, 2009

Did You Know? Facts & Figures About Valentine's Day 02/11

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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Did You Know? Facts & Figures About Valentine’s Day

Join us as we countdown to Valentine’s Day with an interesting mix of facts, figures, and folklore about the day of love!

Did you know that the expression “wear your heart on your sleeve” comes from a Middle Ages Valentine’s Day tradition? Young men and women would draw the name of their Valentine from a bowl. They would wear their selected name on their sleeves for one week.

With less than a week to go we’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to February 14th! So stop by again tomorrow or for those with no patience you can visit our Valentine’s Day celebration for our list of Did You Know? Valentine’s Day facts.

Great Gift Ideas for Celebrating a Frugal Valentine's Day : #7

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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Money Can’t Buy You Love – How to Celebrate a Frugal Valentine’s Day

Last year, Americans spent nearly $18 billion on Valentine’s Day — that’s an average of $120 per Cupid’s arrow!

But with the economy tanking and job losses hitting an all time high, even lovebirds might not be in the mood to sing. The good news is that romance doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are plenty of ways to woo your Valentine while appealing to a pocketbook of any size. So join us as we take a look at frugal and imaginative gift ideas for Valentine’s Day.

7. Save on Dinner, Splurge on Dessert
The average dinner for two runs $85 – $250 on Valentine’s Day. But you don’t need to kill your food budget in one night just to have a romantic restaurant experience. Rather than a fancy four-course meal, try skipping straight to dessert.

Not sure what to order? Chocolate has long been considered a powerful aphrodisiac. In fact, during Mesoamerican marriage ceremonies, the couple would share a cup of cocoa to increase their luck in love. If hot cocoa isn’t on the menu tonight, why not try the hot chocolate fondue? For two, of course!

For more great and non budget-busting Valentine’s Day gift ideas check out our article – Money Can’t Buy You Love – How to Celebrate a Frugal Valentine’s Day.

(February 11) Today we're celebrating . . .  Be Electrific Day

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009


Be Electrific Day
Pay tribute today to the electrifying Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor of — among other things — the lightbulb.

Did You Know? Countdown to President's Day 2009 (02/11)

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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Did You Know? Countdown to President’s Day
Facts & Figures About Five Great American Presidents

February 11 : 05 days till President’s Day

Originally intended to celebrate the birthday of the first US President, George Washington, the President’s Day holiday has become a general celebration of all past US Presidents. 

So in honor of this upcoming holiday join us as we countdown to President’s Day with  little know facts, figures, and folklore about America and its Presidents!

gw 05: Did you know that George Washington, according to some historical accounting, was actually the eighth president of the United States, and not the first president?

Washington was sworn in as President on April 30, 1789 at the age of 57. He was the first president elected after the passage of the U.S. Constitution in 1788. From 1781 to 1788, however, the United States had been governed by a document known as the “Articles of Confederation,” which set out that there should be one house of Congress without an executive branch.

During that eight-year time period, Congress elected its own president. The first Congressional president was John Hanson, who served a two-year term. Hanson was succeeded by six other Congressional presidents, causing some historians to argue that George Washington was in fact the eighth president of the United States.

 

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to February 16th! So stop by again tomorrow.

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