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  • Leap Year 2012 Fun Facts ~ What is Leap Day?

     

    It's Leap Year again! You know that it comes around every 4 years but do you know why? What are some of the traditions associated with the holiday? What do people do who are born on February 29th do -- that's got to be a little strange, right? What would happen if we decided to do away with Leap Year all together? Well, in honor of the day we thought we could help by answering a few of those questions and also provide you with a few fun facts you can share with your friends come February 29th.

     

     

     

    First, we'll start with the Days of the Month Poem in Honor of Leap Year. I found 88 versions of the traditional Mother Goose Poem On the website LeapYearDay.com but this is Version 68:

     

    30 days hath September,
    April, June, and November.
    All the rest have 31--
    Just a minute, we’re not done!
    February’s the shortest one.
    With 28 most of the time,
    but in Leap Year twenty-nine.

     

     

     

     

     

    Leap Day Facts

     

    ~ Supposedly around the 5th century the tradition of women proposing men on Leap Day began. Folklore states St. Patrick officially set aside February 29th as the one day that women could break from tradition and propose marriage to their fella. Leap Day is not to be confused with Sadie Hawkins Day, which is November 15th.

     

    ~ Born on Leap Day? Lucky you! It is said that people born on February 29th  posses special talents. What's yours?

     

    ~  There are a few issues with being born on Leap day, some Leap Year babies report that their parents wanted the birth date to be changed to either February 28th or March 1st. There have been some computer issues noted as well. When those born on Leap Day try to enter their birth date some programs won't recognize February 29th as a valid birthday! In addition, some folks have been teased and experienced licensing issues

     

    ~ The ancient Egyptians discover that the man-made calendar didn't match up with the solar year. The reason for this is because it takes the Earth a little longer that a year to make its way around the sun -- as noted on the Cliff.com website it exactly  takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds.

     

    ~ Also noted on that same website - is that leap year was to occur very four year but the Gregorian calendar  implanted a more precise formula stating that only years divisible by four would be included. This meant that were divisible by 100 would not be included but those divisible by 400 would be. Confusing? Maybe, but it keeps us on track. At least for the next thousand years or so.

     

     

  • Happy 2012 ~ New Year Fun Facts

     

     

    New Year's Eve the end of one year and the beginning of the next. Many folks gladly welcome the New year  as a time to celebrate last year's accomplishments and/or to put behind them and to look forward to the new year. We generally look forward to the year ahead with hope, excitement and great anticipation for things to come. It's a time to start a new, clear out the cobwebs, get organized and make resolutions that can help us to grow and become the people we want to be. Whatever you are planning for  this New Year - 2012, we hope you have fun, celebrate responsibly and receive many blessings throughout the year ahead.

     

    Today on the Charming Chick Blog we are going to feature a few New Year's Eve Fun Facts for your reading pleasure.

     

     

    It was once believed that the first people you saw in the New Year would bring you good or bad luck depending on if those people were friends or enemies, for this reason most people generally celebrate with friends and family.

     

    If the first person to visit you in the New Year was a tall dark haired man, this was believed to be especially lucky.

     

    Serving food in a ring shape represents coming full circle and is thought to be good luck for the year ahead. So make sure you eat a lot of "ring food" tonight!

     

    The current New Year's ball that drops in New York City's Times Square is made of Waterford crystal and weighs over 1,000 pounds. The ball begins to drop at 11:59pm and continues down until it reaches the bottom at 12:00am January 1st.

     

    December 31st 1907 mark the first ball drop in Times Square.

     

    The act of celebrating the New Year dates back over 4,000 years. Back in those days the celebrations would last 11 days! However, it was usually celebrated during the Spring Equinox.

     

    It was Julius Caesar that set January 1st as the beginning of the New Year but not all cultures celebrate it as the New Year.

     

    Some of the most popular New Year's Resolutions today are to:

    * Lose Weight/get healthy

    * Deduce Debt/save money

    * Get Organized

    *Try new things

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The History of Labor Day

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    Most of us view Labor Day as the last real weekend of summer. If they haven't done so already, this is the time when the kids go back to school and fall is about ready to begin. We are also advised not to wear white and soon we will notice the crisp, cool smell of autumn in the air. Labor Day is a popular time for those last out-of-town or camping trips as well but some of you may be wondering -- what exactly is Labor Day? What is it for and when did it begin? On the Charming Chick blog today we will answer some of these question and provide a few fun facts along the way.  

      

     

    Labor Day is observed on the first Monday of September. This holiday is dedicated to the hard-working men and women of our country -- that means YOU! It is a celebration all the social and economic contributions of the American peope. On May 18th, 1882 cabinetmaker Peter McGuire attending a meeting at Central Labor Union and proposed a holiday for all those who labor. The first Labor Day was help on September 5, 1882. However, 1883 few workers were given this holiday off so over 10,000 New York workers showed up to take a stand against employers not willing to recognize the holiday. Actually, at that time it was more of an unoffical holiday though.

     

    In 1887 Oregon was the very first state to recognize Labor Day as a holiday. It didn't become a national holiday until 1894 but by that time 30 states were already officially observing it.  President Grover Cleveland rushed the request to make Labor Day a national holiday through congress -- where it was unanimously approved. The reason they were in such a hurry, had to do with several tragic deaths during heated labor disputes. It was an attempt by President Cleveland prevent further violence from erupting due to labor issues.

     

     

    Labor Day is usually a time for rest, for parties and for just enjoying the extra day off. Did you know that the time between Memorial Day a Labor Day is considered hot dog season? It's true! Labor Day is actually the 3rd most popular holiday for grilling right behind Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

     

    All of us here and Charming Chick wish you a fun, relaxing and safe Labor Day weekend!!!!! Enjoy!

     

  • Baby Shower for the Dad-to-Be ~ By Guys for Guys!

     

    Oh yes -- you did read that right! Expectant dads deserve to have baby showers too! No, you don't have to sit around with your buds, munching on tiny triangular cucumber sandwiches. You don't have to spend your time playing games such as finish the baby rhyme, pass the dirty diaper, or name the baby food (unless of course you really want to). 

    No, the Father's Shower is not put together by wives, mothers -- or friends of your wife or mother. We are talking about a party for guys -- hosted by guys. Think bachelor party -- baby edition. A much tamer version of an old favorite.

    Invitations can include a note  --  requesting each guest to bring a favorite children's book and a card, which includes parenting advice for the Dad-to-be. Let guests know that if they bring these items they will be treated to some FREE beer -- if not, they should just BYOB or be left out in the cold! Trust me when I say, they will bring the items. Also, if a guest is coming who isn't a father himself yet, he is still asked to provide parenting advice. This usually gives those who are already dads, a nice chuckle!

    It's always great to have a little extra fun with the dad-to-be. Perhaps making him wear a neon green, yellow, blue or pink shirt that declares "Dads are Rad" can be entertaining. It also makes for some memorable photos. You never know, he may like it so much that he'll wear it to the hospital when the baby is born.

    As we stated earlier, you don't have to play the traditional baby shower games -- unless you want to. Instead, have a fierce jam session playing Rock Band or Guitar Hero. Now that's fun! If you - or one of the other guests - has a Wii, there are tons great games you all can play. For added fun you can place bets or hand out prizes to the winners such as; a free round of golf, a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant, or a six-pack of exotic beer.

    Oh, and we can't forget the food! Skip the petit fours and order some spicy buffalo wings, deep dish pizza and anything fried. This is a special occasion after all. Throw caution - and your diet - to the wind, and enjoy!!! Put together a Superbowl spread and your guest of honor, will be mighty impressed!

    So what do you buy for the expectant dad? At Charming Chick we have several new and very masculine diaper bags that would make the perfect gift! Gag gifts can be hilarious and fun. You could also put together a "Daddy survival kit" which could include anything YOU think a dad should have on hand at all times -- extra wipes, diapers, pacifiers, burp clothes, ear plugs...wait! Did that say ear plugs? You bet it did! Have fun with it but include some really useful items in there as well. He'll be thanking you every time he has to reach for one of the items you included.

    Most of all have FUN!!!

  • Throw a Fun and Festive Fourth of July Bash!

     

     

    The Fourth of July will be here in a couple of weeks. This is a time when we - as Americans - come together to celebrate the birth of our great Nation. On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed. The thirteen colonies  - which had been engaged in a war with Great Britain - signed the official document to declare that they were independent states and no longer a part of British Empire. One of the most well known - and powerful sentences included in the Declaration of Independence is:

     

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." (via US History.org)

     

    Around the country, the Fourth of July is celebrated in many ways. Some folks attend parades or political events, host BBQs, set off fireworks, have picnics, and pretty much anything else they can think of to commemorate this special day in our history.

     

     

    Today we will provide a few simple tips that can make your Fourth of July BBQ, picnic or potluck fun for the whole family!!!

      

    Plan Your Menu

    No matter what type of event you are planning this fourth of July -- it is sure to involve food. Yummy food!  You can make this as simple or elaborate as you would like. If you are planning a BBQ -- hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, ribs and fish are quite popular. There are usually salads, chips, aked beans, soda and those types of items included as well.

    If you ask each guest to bring an item, it can help cut down on what you have to prepare. It's always fun to taste and see what your guests will bring. This adds wonderful diversity to the table.

     


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    Plan something fun for dessert. It doesn't have to be fancy or complicated, to be to be a crowd pleaser. Root beer floats, ice cream sandwiches, cakes cookies, and snow cones are some examples of delicious and simple desserts.

     

    Plan Fun Activities

    There are so many fun things you can do during BBQs, potlucks, picnics, etc. Games are always a fantastic idea. A little friendly competition is not only a great ice breaker, it also makes for a really fun and memorable event. It is especially important to plan games for the kiddos. Having some little prizes can make things even more fun. You can even let your guests know that you are having a contest to see who can dress the most patriotic attire.

      

    Decorate

    Since it is the Fourth of July, you'll probably want to decorate using a lot of red, white, and blue. Have fun with it! Use colorful table cloths, streamers, confetti and other festive decor. You can create gorgeous centerpieces using fresh fruits, veggies, flowers, leaves, and branches. It is also a good idea to0 include citronella candles to help keep bugs away. 

    Don't forget the BANG

     For many Americans, fireworks are a must for any Fourth of July get together. Always remember to practice firework safety

     

  • Happy Father's Day!!!!!

    In honor of all of the WONDERFUL father's, daddys-to-be, grandfathers, step-dads, and all the other father figures who work so hard to nurture, love and support their children -- we will share some Father's Day trivia and quotes with you. Enjoy!

    Father's Day Facts 

     FACT: Moms got their special day before the Dad's did. Mother's Day was proclaimed a holiday in 1914 and became nationally recognized in 1924 but Father's Day didn't become an "official" holiday until 1972! However, Sonora Smart Dobson first proposed the idea of Father's Day in 1909. She came up with the concept of Father's Day in honor of her own Father - a civil war vet - who raised six children on his own. Sonora is also known as the "mother of Father's Day."

    FACT: The rose is designated as the official flower of Father's Day. You can wear a red rise to honor your dad -- but wear a white rose in memory of a father who has passed on.

    FACT: The Romans used to honor their Father's every February.

    FACT: An estimated 40% of Dads say they would take a pay cut if it meant they could spend more time with their children.

      

    Father's Day Quotes 

    "Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers and fathering is a very important stage in their development." ~David Gottsman

    "To her the name of father, was another name for love." ~Fanny Fern

    "If the new American Father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right." ~Bill Cosby

    "A father is a man who expects his children to be a good as he meant to be."  ~Carol Coats

    "The most important thing a father can do for his children, is to love their mother." ~Henry Ward Beecher

  • Soap and Spa Essentials -- Mommy Needs a Time Out!

    Do you know a new Mom, busy Mom, or super Mom? Does she do it all but never seems to take a moment for herself? Then doesn't she deserve the gift of a "time out?" Of course she does -- and here at Charming Chick we have several products to help her feel relaxed and restored.

    Forget Calgon – our Mommy’s Time Out gift set is far better! The deserving Mom you decide to give this gift to, will indeed feel pampered. This magnificent spa set includes; bath caviar, bath gel, body lotion, four beautiful soap roses, and a loofah. With its light and relaxing green tea scent, the all the stress of the day will instantly melt away.

    Mommy’s Time Out Spa Set is packaged in a cute plastic carrying case. Whenever she feels the need to be pampered, she can just grab her little plastic suit case -- and retreat to the tranquility, of her own bathroom. She is sure to emerge renewed and rejuvenated.

    Another great spa product we carry is Mommy’s Time Out Bath Confetti. This is a wonderful addition to the set but it also makes a great gift on its own. It comes in the same soothing and refreshing green tea scent. The clear plastic box holds 60 grams of fun shaped confetti.

    If you are looking to add a really nice personal touch to your gift, you can also include any of our personalized soaps. These decadent soaps are available in several scents and can be personalized with a name or initials. This is a great gift that any lady would love to receive.

    We also offer our persoanlized soap, in gift sets as well. One of our most delicious sets -- is Chocolate Covered Cherries. With its rich chocolate and the sweet cherry scented bars, it is the perfect combination. These soaps not only look and smell fantastic; sugar crystals will gently exfoliate and rich shea butter will leave her skin feeling amazing!

    Give the gift of spa.

  • Tell Time in Style - Ceramic Style Watches

    At Charming Chick we are delighted to introduce into our collection a new and fabulously, fashionable watch!  Nothing says style like our Black Ceramic Style Watch is not only stylish, but affordable as well. Those are two things that go really great together -- don’t you think?

    You have probably seen ceramic watches adorning the wrists of the celebs or advertised in magazines. They are really fun and certainly chic, but if you have ever seen the price tag on one of the designer ceramic watches – you might think you could never afford such a luxury.

    At Charming Chick we say -- think again! You won’t have to break the bank, to look amazing.

    Our Black Ceramic Style Watches look fantastic and they are very affordable. You wouldn’t know it to look at them though. With the dazzling Swarovski crystal bezel that frames the watch face, and the chunky, soft silicon band - which looks as great as the designer brands do - you will be amazed how something so striking, could be so reasonably priced.

    Are you wondering what this low price could be? Well, it’s no secret -- $15.99 is all it costs to add this beautiful piece of jewelry to your collection.

    The best part is, that our “Ceramic Style” watch not only comes in black, it is also available in brown as well. The brown is a wonderful addition to the black -- because it means you’ll have a watch to go perfectly with just about any outfit you own!

    The watch face measures 1” in diameter. The band is adjustable which means it can fit a variety of wrist sizes. Many people like to wear these a little loose so they fit like a bracelet but you can do whatever is most comfortable for you.

    So treat yourself, treat someone you love, and pick up one of these fashionable watches today!

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