Archive for April 27th, 2009

Did You Know? Countdown to Mother's Day 2009 (04/27)

Monday, April 27th, 2009


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore:
Motherhood & Mother’s Day

April 27 : 13 days till Mother’s Day

Did you know that the first official celebration of mothers in the United States took place in 1858?

Anna Reeves Jarvis campaigned for a Mothers’ Work Day in her home state of West Virginia to raise awareness about local sanitation issues. When Jarvis passed away in 1905, her daughter Anna pursued a national mother’s day in honor of her own activist mom. Anna’s efforts paid off when in 1914, Mother’s Day was recognized as a national holiday by Presidential proclamation.

Mother’s Day is a time of commemoration and celebration for Mom. It is a time of breakfast in bed, family gatherings, and crayon scribbled “I Love You’s.” So join our Mother’s Day festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Mother’s Day on May 10th!

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Did You Know? Countdown to the Month of May 2009 (04/27)

Monday, April 27th, 2009


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore about
the Month of May

April 27 : 04 days till May

Did you know that May is Older Americans Month?

Originally designated as Senior Citizens Month by President Kennedy in 1963, May was renamed Older Americans Month in 1980 by President Carter. The celebration is intended to honor America’s growing elderly population.

Over the next forty years, the number of people over the age of 65 living in the United States is expected to increase from 12% of the population to more than 21%, a total of 86.7 million people.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to the the month of May! So stop by again tomorrow.

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

Monday, April 27th, 2009


Hollywood moms may be better dressed, have personal trainers and come with an entourage of childcare stuff, they’re no different than you and me when it comes to matters of the heart. And there’s nothing closer to the heart of a mom than her kids.

And in honor of Mother’s Day, join us for a 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

Nicole Ritchie
Until recently, Nicole Ritchie was known for little more than being Paris Hilton’s bosom bud and Lionel Ritchie’s daughter. Then the frighteningly thin 27-year old announced her pregnancy (the baby’s daddy is her fiance Joel Madden) and in less than a year, Nicole completely reinvented herself as a nurturing mother. Nicole started by gaining a healthy amount of weight during her pregnancy – the first sign that she had learned to put her baby’s needs before her own.

Throughout her pregnancy, Nicole and Joel sponsored a number of fundraising events for low-income mothers and children, and even kicked off their own foundation, the Richie Madden Children’s Foundation. Since the birth of her daughter Harlow in January 2008, Nicole has been nothing but the devoted mother. While it hasn’t been easy, the former Simple Life star is committed to making it work because “that’s what’s best for Harlow.” Way to turn it around, Nicole!

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

photo credit: via flickr

(April 27) Today we're celebrating . . .  Babe Ruth Day

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Babe Ruth Day
Play ball, Babe! On this day in 1947, the ailing Babe Ruth was honored in ballparks around the country.

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