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Did You Know? Facts & Figures About Valentine's Day 02/12

Thursday, February 12th, 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 in Colombia, Valentines Day is celebrated in September? And Brazil, Valentine’s Day, otherwise known as the Day of the Enamored, is on June 12. In Israel, Tu B’Av is the holiday of love, celebrated in late summer. While Qi Qiao Jie, the Chinese Valentine’s Day, is celebrated during the month of August.

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.

(February 12) Today we’re celebrating . . .  the 200th Anniversary Birth of Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

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Birth Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln
Its the 200th birthday of America’s 16th President. Lincoln successfully led the country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union and ending slavery. As the war was drawing to a close, Lincoln became the first American president to be assassinated.*

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was the first Republican elected to the nation’s highest office?

Lincoln also differed from his predecessors in that he did not come from a family of means. The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln’s mother died when he was just ten years old. Lincoln married Mary Todd and together they had four sons, but only one survived into adulthood.

Lincoln also struggled initially as a politician, losing his run for the Senate in 1858. Just two years later, however, Lincoln was elected president of the United States. He presided over the Union Forces in the Civil War (1861-1865) and, in 1863, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, ending slavery in America. President Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, the first of four U.S. presidents to be assassinated.

 

*source: Wikipedia – Abraham Lincoln

Did You Know? Countdown to President's Day 2009 (02/12)

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

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

February 12 : 04 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!

al 04: Did you know that Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was the first Republican elected to the nation’s highest office?

Lincoln also differed from his predecessors in that he did not come from a family of means. The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln’s mother died when he was just ten years old. Lincoln married Mary Todd and together they had four sons, but only one survived into adulthood.

Lincoln also struggled initially as a politician, losing his run for the Senate in 1858. Just two years later, however, Lincoln was elected president of the United States. He presided over the Union Forces in the Civil War (1861-1865) and, in 1863, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, ending slavery in America. President Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, the first of four U.S. presidents to be assassinated.
 

BTW – Today is the 200th Birth Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln.

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

Great Gift Ideas for Celebrating a Frugal Valentine's Day : #8

Thursday, February 12th, 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.

8. Bloom Where You’re Planted
Americans buy and send 110 million roses for Valentine’s Day every year. The tradition started long ago — in fact, legend has it that the red rose was a favorite of Cupid’s father, Venus (AKA the god of love).

Of course, florists are wise to the power of the rose, which is why they raise the price 50% or more on Valentine’s Day. With the average cost of sending a dozen roses on February 14th now hovering around $70, Venus’ favorite is definitely not the most frugal choice.

Instead of plucking some blooms, why not try planting them? Take a trip to your local nursery and pick out a flowering perennial together. Then get down and dirty in your backyard planting a living, breathing, growing reminder of your love.

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 12) Today we're celebrating . . .  Darwin Day

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

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Darwin Day
An international celebration honoring Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. A day for promoting and recognizing the importance of science. Observed on the day of Darwin’s birth.

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