Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Random Tuesday Thoughts - TV and Leggings

If you've been reading my blog for some time now, you now what Tuesday means - Random Tuesday Thoughts.  Hosted by Stacy Uncorked, it's a linkup of all things random.

I finally jumped on the Amazon Prime bandwagon.  The perks, including free shipping, are great.  But that's not the original reason I signed up.  I got tired of watching my cable bill skyrocket through the roof.  So, we purchased a Fire Stick and hooked it up to the boob tube.  Now we can watch tons of movies and TV shows without having to rob Peter to pay Paul.  Have any TV or movie recommendations?
I tried looking at the bright side of life...but it hurt my eyes.

There cannot be a crisis next week.  My schedule is already full.

Last week I went through a crisis that threw me for a loop for a full four days.  Somehow, someway, I got a corneal abrasion in my left eye.  In laymen's terms, I scratched the entire upper portion.  I've never had it happen before and will die a happy person if it never happens again.  The pain level was definitely a high 9.  

I was first diagnosed at a walk-in clinic and given antibiotic eye drops.  The next day I was in my own personal domain of pain.  I even resorted to going to the ER to get a pain shot or pill because I couldn't stand myself any longer.  But, I decided the 4-6 hour wait wasn't worth it.  Finally, I was able to get in to an eye doctor who patched me up like a pirate and gooped my eye with ointment.  A couple days later I was all good.

I can see clearly now, the rain pain is gone.
My Thoughts Exactly! #TheBachelor

I've been intently watching three TV shows this season:

America's Next Top Model - I've only ever missed one season.  So far, my vote is for Rio or Jeana. Do you have a favorite? 

MTV's The Challenge - I'm a total sucker for any of MTV's The Challenge and have watched them for years.  I grew up watching Real World and this is an extension of that part of my life.  Johnny Bananas (with the most season wins) may not be everyone's favorite but that man knows how to play the game like a boss.

The Bachelor - Okay, so, the seasons are always hit or miss for me.  I'm all in for this one, going to the end.  I really liked Krystal in the beginning but I've decided she's Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.  My least favorite, though, is Bekkah (aka Rizzo).  It has nothing to do with her age.  She just grates my nerves.  Who are you rooting for this season?

I like Arie and all but I can't help but think how each and every woman has kissed each and every woman by proxy.  Arie's jaw has gotta hurt as much tongue action he gets.

Whether you watch The Bachelor or not, you've gotta check out Sheaffer Told Me To blog and read her recaps of the show.  She tells it like it is, and I guarantee you'll laugh.
stock photo from site

Through another blog (wish I could remember which one) I discovered an awesome shop called Simple Addiction.  They sell the cutest apparel and accessories, at great prices.  I purchased 9 pieces (tees, leggings, a watch and a beanie) in the clearance section and paid a little under $40 total.  I do remember that the blogger's first name was Whitney because I was able to use the code Whitney10 at checkout to receive 10% off my order.  Go check out the site, seriously!
Onesie Twinsies
(with the friend's man)

Jason was away on a hunting trip so I called a gal pal up to see if I could crash at her house.  She obliged and even told me I could show up in my pajamas.  Didn't have to tell me twice!
Well, there you have it!  Another RTT in the books.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Intiñan Solar Museum: Explore the Equator and Ecuador Life

our tour guide standing next to a real anaconda
My anaconda don't want none unless you got buns, hun (yeah, I totally went there!)

Back in September, while on a mission trip, our group took a break from volunteer work and spent a couple of hours at the Intiñan Solar Museum in Quito, Ecuador.  I found it to be very interesting and educational.

Intiñan Solar Museum is an outdoors museum with guided tours.  The entire experience lasts just a little under two hours, and I walked away loaded with information and boggling tidbits.  Guided tours are available in English.  Our tour guide answered any questions we had and was very personable.  She also liked to say "penis fish"....a lot!

shrunken head of a sloth on the left
shrunken head of a 12 yoa boy that was in line to become a chief

Our group was led through several different themed exhibits.  The museum’s main attraction revolves around the museum’s zero-latitude magnetic equatorial line.  We also learned about ancient civilizations, Ecuadorian culture, and cocoa beans.

Our tour guide wouldn't give us ALL the gory details but did clue us in on the process of tzanza (shrinking heads).  This process still carries on today with the Jivaroan peoples, a tribe that's partly located in eastern Ecuador.  There are approximately 60,000 head shrinkers left in the world.  That's about 60,000 too many for me.

one of the few shops located at the museum
This particular one had handmade goods and decor created by one single family

We toured the Totemic Forest area and saw displays of intricately carved totem poles. They represent the beliefs of ancient cultures of the Americas, such as the Mapuche, Maorí and Rapa Nui people.  A model of the Galapagos Islands gave us insight of the archipelago’s main islands and wildlife. We learned of an ancient burial ritual where if a man died, he was buried in a large dirt opening with his possessions.  If he was married, his wife was also buried with him.  Didn't matter if she was alive or not, she was going in with him.  Glad that's been outdated!

We visited reconstructions of indigenous huts to glimpse into the rural life of Ecuador’s ancestral cultures. Corralled in one hut were a couple guinea pigs.  If you recall me stating in an earlier post, guinea pigs are considered a delicacy in Ecuador.  For approximately $35 you can get a dish of roasted guinea pig that arrives fully in tact (minus the fur), looking like a pissed off bat.  Jason actually ordered guinea pig at a restaurant, and we ate it.  #DontJudge

me and Jason kissing on opposite sides of the Equator
It's crazy how close we were, yet on different sides of the world.

Not far away from this museum is a "middle of the world" monument.  Tourists still flock there for pictures.  But, the actual location was determined by GPS several years later and visitors can be right smack dab in the middle of the world when they come to the Intiñan Solar Museum.  

There's not a big gap between one side of the world to the other but you can definitely notice a difference in things when you're standing right at the equator.  For one, we witnessed the Coriolis Effect by seeing water rotate clockwise and counter-clockwise depending on what side of the equator line it is on.  

The real deal...middle of the world

It's not particularly easy to balance an egg on a nail head, and even harder on the equator.  If you can accomplish that feat, you'll received a signed certificate of accomplishment.  Walking a straight line without losing your equilibrium is almost impossible.  No one would pass a DUI test, that's for sure.  

Jason's stronger than I am but I was able to loosen a tight grip from his fingers and easily knock his hands down while on the equator.  The force is not strong there.

coco fruit

At the Cocoa Hut exhibit we learned the process of turning coco fruit into chocolate.  We all got to taste a raw cocoa bean.  People, they're gross!  The beans are white in color and there's a slimy coating that you can taste when you pop one in your mouth.  I imagine it's like eating the entrails of a slug. (guinea pig - yes, slug - no). 

The experience was redeemed when we got to try samples of organic Ethiopian chocolate in different flavors.  I'm sure the Heavens parted!  The chocolate tasting was a straight-up foodgasm.  Some of the best I've ever consumed.  

Me and Jason with a masked dancer

We were in Ecuador during an equinox season, a reason to be celebrated.  A traditional dance was done in front of our group by a female wearing a mask.  She grabbed some people out of the crowd to dance with her and Jason was one of them.  The dance was amazing and mesmerizing in its own right.

Kenny, an employee of Pan de Vida
How he dealt with our crazy group for almost a week is beyond me!

I know that Ecuador isn't usually on the top of a person's vacation list but if you ever decide to visit I definitely recommend a tour at the Intiñan Solar Museum.

Three More January Winners

Three of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been randomly drawn.

The winner of the God Bless My Family children's book giveaway is #31, Brittany Carter.

The winner of the SUCKA FREE Moisturizing Shampoo giveaway is #73, Susan Smoaks.

The winner of the Swimmables Eye Pencil giveaway is #40, Leela.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  If you haven't already, be sure to check out and enter the current giveaways going on.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

String of the Art - Review and Giveaway

I don't consider myself to be particularly crafty but can usually create a project if it's included in a kit.  It's hard for me to think outside-of-the-box and make a Pinterest worthy piece all on my own.  But, I'm all for following in someone's footsteps.

I was recently introduced to a company that sells DIY String Art Crafting Kits and was elated to try one myself.  String of the Art is a company located in the USA that sells these kits in a variety of designs.  Personally, I want them all!

instructions and materials for string art kit

Each string art kit comes equipped with a 16" x 12" wooden board, embroidery floss, and nails. They also have step-by-step instructions and a pattern template to help you every step of the way during your creative process. You can even request alterations on floss color and board for a kit.  If you want a smaller version of a kit, the company also offers mini versions that take a little less time to complete.  The only thing not provided in a kit is the hammer.

Of all the beautiful designs available, I received the White Daisy Picture Frame String Art Kit.  This should go without saying, but be sure to read the instructions first.  There are a few different ways that you can string the art and there's instructions on how for each one.  My husband, Jason, and I worked together on this kit.  We went with the X style of stringing the floss.

The first thing you have to do is place the template down on the wooden board.  We kept it in place with a couple pieces of tape.  Using a hammer, we put all the nails in the designated spots.  The nails should all be uniform in height.

Once the nails are in place, the template can be removed and the process of stringing the floss can begin.  It took a short bit to get a hang of it but, after that, it was fairly simple to do.  After the entire daisy was done, I nailed the two included clips to hang photos.  I found a couple of pictures that are near and dear to me and clipped them on.  Both photos were taken about three years ago.  One is of my daughter and mother.  The other is me with two of my sisters.  The entire string art project took us about 2.5 hours from start to finish.  We ended up with a few nails and some floss left over.  I like that because it means it would have been available to us if there would've been a mistake or if we would've lost a nail.

I absolutely love my finished piece because it's a labor of love between me and my husband, and it looks fantastic hanging up in my living room.    

Jason stringing the floss onto the nails

I'd also like to mention that this is a company located in the USA and it's run by a guy named Lawrence who hand selects the designs himself.  Communicating with Lawrence, he seems personable.  He's very hands-on with his company, and String of The Art was recognized in a Buzzfeed article as the #1 do-it-yourself art kit for the holidays in December 2015.

my completed string art kit

a Puppy Love String Art Kit that I'm also fond of

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Become A Bakery Fresh Friend for Sunbelt Bakery for Fun and Prizes

I know I've mentioned it on my blog in the past but I wanted to tell you about being a Bakery Fresh Friend, in case you haven't heard of it yet. 

I've been a Bakery Fresh Friend for Sunbelt Bakery since September 2015 and encourage you to join too!  Bakery Fresh Friends are people who share the latest news and information like blog posts, events, contests, and more using social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.  Become a Bakery Fresh Friend by connecting one of your networks using the buttons on the sign-up page.

You will receive an email when there's new and exciting content to share. Each email contains a status update and link to the content.  Once you press the click to share button, the status update will automatically post to the social networks you selected.

By becoming a Bakery Fresh Friend, you have the chance to earn points to get prizes.  You earn Points by sharing content and generating traffic. The more people take action (like, retweet) on links shared through SocialToaster, the more Points you rack up. You can also earn Points for each unique comment posted on your SocialToaster link. Additionally, earn Points for recruiting your friends to join the program. Prizes you can potentially receive are tote bags, dinner kits, and more.

Right now when you sign up to become a Bakery Fresh Friend you will receive a 'Buy One, Get One Free' coupon for Sunbelt Bakery food.  And that's just for signing up!  It's free to join.

Become a Bakery Fresh Friend now and get started on earning those points.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

ZAK DESIGNS New Year Sales

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Woody Woodpecker - #WoodyWoodpecker DVD Giveaway

Making his live action debut, Woody Woodpecker arrives on DVD, Digital and On Demand on February 6, 2018 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Blending a mix of live action and CGI, Woody must find a way to stop a greedy lawyer from destroying his forest home. Packed with fun special features that showcase the illustrious history of the animated character, Woody Woodpecker is a a great title to start the year off right.

Chaos ensues in the all-new family comedy, Woody Woodpecker, coming to DVD, Digital and On Demand on February 6, 2018, from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film blends live action and CGI animation to tell the crazy and humorous story of an all-out turf war between the mischievous prankster and a big city lawyer who wants to build his dream home in Woody’s backyard. Directed by Alex Zamm (Inspector Gadget 2, The Little Rascals Save the Day), Woody Woodpecker stars Timothy Omundson (“Psych”), Thaila Ayala (“Rio Heat”), Graham Verchere (“Fargo”) Jordana Largy (Monster Trucks) and Eric Bauza (The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water), as the voice of Woody. The Woody Woodpecker  DVD and digital features deleted scenes and an exclusive inside look at the making of the film as well as the evolution of Woody’s iconic cartoon character.

Woody Woodpecker is back with his signature laugh, wacky antics and wisecracks in his first ever live-action/animated film. Woody must protect his forest home from Lance Walters (Omundson), who starts building his dream mansion in the forest with his son, Tommy (Verchere), and fiancée, Vanessa (Ayala). To make matters worse, Woody must avoid the clutches of two grizzly poachers. With a series of crazy hijinks to sabotage their plans, Woody proves he’ll stop at nothing to defend his turf. Get ready for laughs in this hilarious comedy about everyone’s favorite woodpecker!

Woody Woodpecker is a legendary icon created by Walter Lantz in 1940. Woody Woodpecker & Friends have entertained kids for more than 75 years! Woody Woodpecker cartoons appeared in theaters until they debuted on television in 1957. Woody’s popularity resulted in new shows airing across several decades. “The Woody Woodpecker Show” has been broadcast in over 155 territories and 105 languages worldwide. He is one of the most memorable cartoon characters in animation history, featuring the little red –headed bird with the unforgettable laugh, who’s forever pecking his way out of trouble. Woody has evolved from a cartoon TV character to a Pop Culture Icon with his fearlessness, crazy antics and smarts.


Guess Who? The Evolution of Woody – Woody Woodpecker is one of the world’s most iconic animated characters. In this featurette, we explore how Woody’s look and personality have changed since his introduction in 1940.
The Making of Woody Woodpecker – Filmmakers and cast discuss why this version of the Woody character is so appealing and how his brand of physical humor translates across audiences.
Working with Woody – Filmmakers, cast and crew reveal the specific challenges of filming a movie whose main character is CGI.
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Airospa Face-Down Pillow - Review

Jason taking a short snooze

 I know some 'As Seen on TV' items aren't worth their weight in gold.  I've either purchased or reviewed my fair share of 'As Seen on TV' merchandise.  One that I most recently had the chance to try is the Airospa Pillow.  While I don't think it's the best thing since sliced bread, I do like the pillow for the most part.

The new AiroSpa™ Pillow is a unique, multi-purpose stress reliever and aromatherapy pillow that can be used at home and travel anywhere. With its built-in and patented fan, air-flow vents and face-down angled construction, the AiroSpa™ Pillow can be used as a home/office/travel massage experience enhancer with a partner or all on its own for a calming and relaxing experience.

The AiroSpa™ Pillow comes complete with a simple to inflate, padded, face-down pillow, a patented insertable fan to provide air flow and to disperse the included pure-essential oils. 

The entire set retails for $29.95 plus shipping and handling and includes three pure essential oils (Lavender, Chamomile, Geranium). For a limited time, the AiroSpa™ Pillow will come with three additional pure essential oils (Jasmine, Rose, Ylang-Ylang), normally a $30 value, at no extra charge.
fan, sponges, and essential oils

Before using the Airospa Pillow, you first need to insert four AA batteries into the battery panel of the fan.  Batteries are not included.  Then you need to inflate the pillow by blowing into the valve.  It takes about 15 seconds for me to completely blow the pillow up by mouth.  Then you have the hard decision of choosing which essential oil you want to use.  I like them all but the two I've been using the most are Jasmine (for relaxation) and Chamomile (to soothe nervous tension).  

Each essential oil has its own sponge.  Place 1-3 drops of oil into a sponge and insert it into the correct chamber in the fan.  Insert the fan into the designated opening of the pillow and turn it on.  Then place your face into the pillow and enjoy your experience.

The Airospa Pillow can be used for several reasons:

A Reduction or Resolution to Snoring
Massage experience
Enhanced Breathing
Better positioning for those who prefer sleeping or napping face-down
A healthful and relaxing aromatherapy session
Tan while you lounge face-down

What purpose would you use this pillow for?

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 106

Photo by Michael Heuss on Unsplash

I believe in a God that hears prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 106. If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Bacon Cheese Dip - Recipe

If you're looking for a low-fat recipe, this isn't it.

My sister found a recipe for Bacon Cheese Dip online and made it at a gathering.  I liked it so well that I've made it a couple times since.


1 3/4 cup sour cream
1 cup cream cheese, softened
21/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, split
1 cup cooked bacon bits
1/4 cup chopped spring onions
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper


Preheat oven to 350ºF.

In a large bowl, mix together sour cream, cream cheese, 2 cups cheddar cheese, bacon, spring onions, salt and pepper.  Transfer to a baking dish, sprinkle with remaining cheese and cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes then remove foil and let sit for 5 minutes.

Serve with garlic bread, toast, or crackers.

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Ultimate 2018 Holiday Celebrations List

It’s finally 2018, and I’ve resolved to have more little moments of celebration in the New Year. We all look forward to the big celebrations, like Christmas, New Year’s and July 4th. But did you know there are so many other quirky holidays on the calendar just begging to be commemorated? What about a slice of garlic bread for National Garlic Day? Some pet cuddles for National Cat Day?

I’m excited to share that I’ve partnered with viral holiday website National Today to share the ultimate 2018 holiday celebration calendar. Below, you’ll find the most exciting holidays in each month throughout the year — so you can party all year round with me.

I love celebrating at National Today because, not only do they clue me into each month’s holiday—they also give some fun holiday history, facts that will blow my mind, and helpful deals that help me celebrate in style.

Remember to mark these holidays on your calendar, and cheers to a 2018 full of celebration!

National Popcorn Day - January 19


Here are my favorite January holidays. The careful observer might notice they’re all about food!

Raise your hand if you’ve eaten an entire bag of popcorn in one sitting.

National Pie Day (Jan. 23)
Link holiday name to: https://nationaltoday.com/national-pie-day/
Did you know pecan is America’s favorite flavor of pie?

National Peanut Butter Day (Jan. 24)
Which do you prefer: chunky or smooth?

National Chocolate Cake Day (Jan. 27)
Devil’s (food) advocates of the world, rejoice!

Chinese New Year (Jan. 28)
Enjoy double the New Year’s celebrations.
National Pizza Day - February 9


Here are a couple classic February holidays. Galentine’s Day, anyone?

Groundhog Day (Feb. 2)
Will he see his shadow?

National Pizza Day (Feb. 9)
Pineapples on pizza, yes or no? The debate rages on.

Galentine’s Day (Feb. 13)
This classic holiday was made famous by Parks and Recreation.

Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14)
Let’s be real, isn’t all of February pretty much Valentine’s Day?

National Margarita Day (Feb. 22)
More like marga-need-a.
National Pancake Day - March 7


Get ready to celebrate these 5 holidays … but remember to beware the Ides of March!

National Pancake Day (Mar. 7)
‘Pan’ I have a whole plate of these?

International Women’s Day (Mar. 8)
In my book, every day should be Women’s Day.

Ides of March (Mar. 15)
Did you know “ides” actually means “15”?

National Puppy Day (Mar. 23)
We all deserve a puppy (or five).

Red Nose Day (Mar. 24)
This holiday is huge in the U.K. — it’s comedy relief for charity!

National Beer Day - April 7


These are the worst days in April (April Fool’s, they’re the best).

National Beer Day (Apr. 7)
I’m so hoppy we get to celebrate this day.

National Sibling Day (Apr. 10)
Love or hate them, you’re stuck with them!

Tax Day (Apr. 18)
Tax Day might be one of the most dreaded days of the year … but it still deserves some love!

Earth Day (Apr. 22)
I’m going to be hugging plenty of trees today.

Arbor Day (Apr. 28)
If you missed Earth Day, here’s another opportunity to connect with Mother Nature!
Star Wars Day - May 4


This month is all about the classic occasions, with the exception of Star Wars Day (but who could leave that one out?!)

May Day (May 1)
In this case, not a phrase of doom, but a joyous celebration!

Star Wars Day (May 4)
May the 4th be with you.

Cinco de Mayo (May 5)
Celebrate, but don’t appropriate.

Mother’s Day (May 14)
Consider this your official reminder to call your mother.

Memorial Day (May 29)
Did I hear the word barbecue?
National Donut Day - June 2


This month, we celebrate some of the most important relationships in our lives—fathers, best friends, and donuts.

National Donut Day (Jun. 2)
Do-nut mess with me before I get my donuts today.

National Best Friends Day (Jun. 8)
Now that “bestie-moons” are a thing, I know exactly what I’m doing to celebrate.

Father’s Day (Jun. 18)
I’m looking forward to all the dad jokes today.

Summer Solstice (Jun. 20 and 21)
Spend a long day outside with friends!

National Kissing Day (Jun. 24)
Who will you be kissing today?
Independence Day - July 4


Two of my favorite foods are celebrated in this month—ice cream and cheesecake.

Independence Day (Jul. 4)
If you didn’t get a barbecue on Memorial Day, here’s your chance.

National Ice Cream Day (Jul. 16)
We all scream for ice cream!

National Cousin’s Day (Jul. 24)
They’re just like siblings … except we love them more (shh).

National Cheesecake Day (Jul. 30)
Do it for the grahm.

National Dance Day (Jul. 30)
Just don’t dance right after you eat cheesecake.
National Dog Day - August 26


This month is the season of celebrating summer drinks — have a beer or lemonade on me!

National Girlfriend Day (Aug. 1)
Don’t worry, boyfriends also have their day — it’s in October.

International Beer Day (Aug. 4)
Do you like dark or light beers?

National Friendship Day (Aug. 7)
We’re so lucky to celebrate all types of relationships in August — not just significant others.

National Lemonade Day (Aug. 20)
Not just a classic Beyonce album.

National Dog Day (Aug. 26)
You officially have permission to show your friends 25 dog pics in a row.
National Coffee Day - September 29


This month truly contains the most important day of the year: National Coffee Day. Bless the three cups a day that keep me running!

Labor Day (Sept. 4)
Find out some of the most exciting activities to fill your day off!

Constitution Day (Sept. 17)
This document truly defines America — we think that deserves a celebration.

Fall Equinox (Sept. 22)
Give thanks for the longest day of the year, and get your sweaters ready as the days start getting shorter.

National Coffee Day (Sept. 29)
Ah, the nectar of life — the wonderful liquid that keeps America sane.
Halloween - October 31


Trick or treat! These are some of my favorite holidays in the leadup to Halloween.

National Boyfriend Day (Oct. 3)
It’s Bae Dae #2 — did you celebrate National Girlfriend Day?

Columbus Day (Oct. 9)
Also called Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Boss’s Day (Oct. 16)
We spend every day with them, but have you stopped to think about what makes them so special?

Sweetest Day (Oct. 21)
Learn about this little known candy holiday, and spread the celebration beyond the Midwest.

Halloween (Oct. 31)
Trick or treat, smell my feet!
Thanksgiving - November 23


I enjoy all the shopping holidays November brings … so I included all of them below!

Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11)
On Veteran’s Day, we commemorate those brave soldiers who fought for our freedom.

Thanksgiving (Nov. 23)
Do you actually know how this classic holiday started? Its origins might surprise you.

Black Friday (Nov. 24)
Everyone knows about it, but do you know the best deals? National Today does.

Cyber Monday (Nov. 27)
If shopping in stores stresses you out, shop without pants on with some of National Today’s featured promotions.

Giving Tuesday (Nov. 28)
This little known holiday encourages people to give to their favorite charities.
Christmas - December 25


It might be the end of the year, but you can still fit in lots more holiday celebration before the New Year!

Winter Solstice (Dec. 21)
Did you know Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year?

Festivus (Dec. 23)
It all started with a Seinfeld quote — “A Festivus for the rest of us!”

Christmas (Dec. 25)
One of America’s most treasured holidays, you’ll find ideas to make the celebration even more special here.

New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31)
Which sparkly outfit will you wear to celebrate?
Do you celebrate any of these occasions?
Which holiday do you find most fascinating or interesting?

I will receive products in exchange for this post.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.