The History of Valentine’s Day

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Like many of our traditional holidays, Valentine’s Day has origins that don’t really have much to do with the love and joy that we associate with it today. Its origins don’t have much to do with the cute SpongeBob SquarePants cards you send to school with your second grader!


In ancient Rome from February 13-15, the citizens engaged in a rite that was intended to increase fertility. Although the link between Lupercalia and our modern Valentine’s Day is disputed, during these two days, available men and women would be matched and animal sacrifices would be made to guarantee that the union of the participants would be fruitful. (more…)

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Throwing an Awesome Super Bowl Party

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How to throw an awesome super bowl partyThe Super Bowl is without a doubt one of the most beloved sporting events in the United States. Each year, millions of people indulge in fine food, sip on frosty beers and put on their foam fingers all in aid of the eagerly anticipated football game. As the second most-watched sporting event in the world, it’s not surprising that stadiums around the country overflow with excited fans. If you like to take on the role of host, consider throwing an awesome Super Bowl party!

Pointing your furniture towards the television is the first step you need to take before the fun begins. Once you have handed out invitations to your football fan friends, prepare for the shenanigans with the following five tips:

1. Themes and Decorations – Transform your home into a football stadium by adorning the walls with Super Bowl-themed decorations. You can make your own (more…)

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How to Throw an Awesome New Year’s Eve Party

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We all want to start the New Year off on the right foot, and an enjoyable New Year’s Eve party can help to do that. When deciding how to throw a New Year’s Eve Party, try not to take the night itself too seriously; instead, focus on the most important thing: the people with whom you are going to enjoy it. Spending the night at home with close friends and family can be as exciting and fun as a night out on the town, in addition to costing a lot less money. Good parties have to be planned; if you want to know how to throw a New Year’s Eve Party, consider the following elements:

• A Theme

This is not essential, but having a theme around which the party is focused can liven things up a bit. Consider costumes or theme-related (more…)

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Christmas Gifts on a Budget

Christmas Gifts on a Budget

Some folks make ingenious decisions when buying Christmas gifts. They’ll compare prices, maybe start their shopping very early in the year, or get very methodical about their purchases. Regardless of how you choose to prepare for gift giving, we have several tips to help you give Christmas gifts on a budget!

Make a Budget and Stick To It

After the Christmas season, we always hear folks talking about the credit card debt they’ve incurred because of the gifts they purchased. You can easily avoid this by sitting down before you even buy your first gift and decide exactly how much money you can afford to spend. This is the same budget concept that many people use when grocery shopping. Though you may want to get Uncle (more…)

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Halloween on a Budget

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A glowing Jack O Lantern in adark mist Forest on Halloween...Halloween is a wonderful holiday. You get to dress up, freak out the ones you love and eat candy. Could there be anything better? However, lately it seems like the holiday has gotten out of hand. With all of the things people want you to buy, Halloween can be spooky for your wallet. Never fear, with these great tips, you can enjoy Halloween on a budget.

Halloween on a Budget: Costumes

You do not need to go to a fancy costume shop to come up with a great costume. Here are a few creative costumes you can make from items which you already own:

• If you are going to a Halloween party with your spouse, dress as him or her. (more…)

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How to Throw an Awesome Fourth of July Party

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One of the most popular options for celebrating the Fourth of July is with a social gathering. There are many options for throwing the perfect 4thof July party. While it is nice to have so many choices, it can also make the party planning process stressful. The good news is that there are a few simple tips that will allow anyone to throw an awesome Fourth of July party. From planning the details of the party to rounding up all of the food, decorations, and additional supplies, you’ll have everything that you need.

Time and location

One of the most important aspects of how to throw an awesome Fourth of July party is figuring out when and where the party will take place. Many people plan their 4thof July events around a fireworks show. (more…)

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International Picnic Day

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What better way to spend a summer day than spreading out a blanket with yummy food and enjoying a picnic with friends, family, or even that special someone in your life. But, did you know that there is an actual International Picnic Day? Who knew you could celebrate a picnic on the actual holiday, which falls on June 18? Unfortunately, International Picnic Day is not officially recognized by Congress, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy the day.

Origin of Picnics

In Medieval times, social banquets were quite popular with the wealthy families, and in fact, were a result of a successful hunt. Fast-forward to the Victorian era, picnics were quite the spectacle. Young women and men relished those days, which usually lasted all day, to wine and dine their intended with picnic baskets filled with food (more…)

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