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Holiday Invite: Father's Day on the Net

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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Happy Father’s Day

 Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to join our celebration of Father’s Day. Come celebrate with us as we honor our dear old dads.

At our special Father’s Day celebration, Father’s Day on the Net, you can learn all about the history of Father’s Day and then test your knowledge of father-related facts & figures. You might even get some inspiration on original ways to celebrate your dad by reading what the President (AKA Dad-in-Chief) has to say about fathers across America.

Or, if you are looking for ways to get your children involved in celebrating Father’s Day, you will definitely want to check out our collection of dad-inspired crafts and coloring pages. Plus, we have a flush list of gift suggestions, with options to fit any budget.

For a real Father’s Day treat, try winning the way to his heart with one of our super special daddy-friendly recipes. We have everything from sweet treats for breakfast to hero sandwiches for lunch to BBQ with all the fixins’ for dinner.

Are you a fan of famous fathers? Whether it’s TV dads (everyone from Ward Cleaver to Tony Soprano) you like, or real-life celebrity dads you prefer (Brad Pitt, anyone?), we have you covered!

In America (and 53 other countries around the globe), Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. In 2009, we will be toasting our dear dads on June 21st. We look forward to seeing you in the coming days as we gear up for a most special celebration of fatherhood!

 

Happy Holidays,
Holidays on the Net

 

 

Holiday Invite: Mother's Day on the Net

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

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Happy Mother's Day!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to join our celebration of motherhood, Mother’s Day on the Net. Come learn about the history of Mother’s Day in America, and then discover how moms around the world are celebrated. For example, did you know that British mums were honored a few weeks ago during Mothering Sunday?

Speaking of “did you know?”, be sure to check out our fun-filled article on the facts, figures and folklore of motherhood and Mother’s Day. At Holidays on the Net, you can also discover the special way in which Americans pay tribute to bereaved military moms (hint: it’s during the September holiday of Gold Star Mother's Day)

If you want to make Mother’s Day an extra-special celebration of your one-of-a-kind mom, we have plenty of resources for you. For example, check out our Guide to Mother’s Day Gifts, where we offer a trove of creative gift ideas for all kinds of moms — and all kinds of budgets. If homemade gifts are more your style, don’t miss our step-by-step instructions to Mother’s Day crafts. Simpler yet, help your children create personalized homemade Mother’s Day cards by using one of our mom-themed coloring pictures.

Or, how about making mom the best treat of all?! Breakfast in bed. (And don’t forget the clean-up! Nothing says, “I appreciate you” like a sparkling sink!) If you no longer live at home, you can still drop off a basket of mouthwatering muffins at her front door!

If you find yourself at a loss for words about dear-old Mom this Mother’s Day, Holidays on the Net can help. Read the inspirational proclamations of past U.S. presidents, who annually share their thoughts on the pivotal role that moms play in raising up our nation. Or simply let Holidays on the Net find the words for you, by sending one of our free e-cards.

Mother’s Day 2009 will be celebrated on Sunday May 10th. We can’t wait to share this special occasion with all of you, so be sure to stop by!

 

Happy Holidays,
Louie & the Holiday Elves
Holidays on the Net

White House Easter Egg Roll

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

The White house has just released details of the 2009 White House Easter Egg Roll.

The annual White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 13, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the South Lawn of the White House.

For the first time, tickets for the Easter Egg Roll will be distributed online so that more children and families from across the United States have the opportunity to experience this event. Tickets will no longer be distributed on the Ellipse the weekend before the event. Tickets and more information about the ticketing process will be available through www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll beginning on Thursday, March 26th.

This year’s theme, “Let’s go play”, encourages America’s youth to lead healthy and active lives. The White House will open the South Lawn to children age ten and under, along with their families, to enjoy sports, cooking classes, live musical performances, storytelling and the traditional Easter egg roll.

Souvenir White House Eggs

Visit the National Park Foundation online to purchase your 2009 White House Easter Egg Roll souvenir eggs. Do not miss a historic opportunity to purchase this commemorative item. Each wooden egg is expertly crafted, painted, and includes the signatures of the President and First Lady. Order your souvenir White House Easter Eggs at www.nationalparks.org/WhiteHouseEasterEgg.

White House website: Easter Egg Roll

photo credit: via flickr

Great Gift Ideas for Celebrating a Frugal Valentine's Day : #9

Friday, February 13th, 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.

9. Mix It Up
Remember back in high school, when you and your beau would make mix tapes for each other? You carefully picked each song for its weighty symbolic value. Thanks to the advent of iTunes, you no longer need a double cassette recorder to create a compilation of love ballads. And, they don’t even need to ballads. (Down with mushy remakes of Mariah Carey — halleluyah!)

If you’re stumped for ideas, try visiting artofthemix.org. Upload the mix to his mp3 player and leave a heart-shaped note to enjoy on his morning commute.

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.

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.

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.

Great Gift Ideas for Celebrating a Frugal Valentine's Day : #6

Tuesday, February 10th, 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.

6. Say I Love You in a Thousands Different Ways
Or at least 365. Hallmark stores would have us believe that the only time for romance is February 14th. But the truth is that any day can — and should — be inspired by love and courtship. Help spread Cupid’s magic around by making your Valentine a love jar. Fill it with 365 slips of paper that share another reason you love your partner.

Or, if putting pen to paper is not your thing, count out 365 candy hearts or Hershey kisses — one for each day that your sweetheart makes your life sweeter!

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.

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