Sunday, February 7, 2016

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History of St. Valentine's Day

February 14th is Valentine's Day, also know as the feast day of St. Valentines.

For visual presentations of the love month, check out breadnbeyond's and WatchMojo's below:

[ Video: The History of St Valentine's Day by breadnbeyond, on YouTube ]


[ Video: The History of Valentine's Day by WatchMojo.com, on YouTube ]



Happy Hearts' Day to all!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

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Bubble bath day (2 photos)

January 8th is Bubble Bath Day.

The worldwide web, however, has no information of its origin. Some say it began with a yearning for that kind of relaxation coming from a good bath.  Who knows?  It could also be an "ultimate stinker" who decided that this day would be his bubbly soap redemption.

Whatever or whoever thought of this idea, we could care less.  Just as long as you could easily find your way to the bath tub then fill it with lukewarm water and flavorful bubbles, that should be it!

Alright, these two adorable cuties below have already started their bubble bath fun.  Relax and get yourself bubbly, too! :)

Lily 365 Day 53 by Carina Gomez, on Flicr
Lily 365 Day 53 by Carina Gomez, on Flicr

Bubble Bath by Jesus Villalobos, on Flickr
Bubble Bath by Jesus Villalobos, on Flickr

Happy Bubble Bath Day!

Friday, January 1, 2016

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New Year's Day history (2 photos + 2 videos)

new year by Sally Mahoney, on Flickr
January 1st is New Year's Day and it simply marks the beginning of another year.  With a new round of twelve calendar months, people only hope and look forward to good tidings ahead.  So, whether by belief, tradition or thirst for good (bottled) spirits, this popular event is mostly celebrated with loud merry-making and bountiful festivities among friends and relatives on New Year's eve.

[ Photo: new year new year by Sally Mahoney, on Flickr]



Brief History of New Year's Day

The name, January, was derived from Janus, Roman god of beginnings and transitions; of doors and passages.  This deity, either depicted with or without a beard, has two faces that look at opposite directions - past or old year and present / future or new year.

Julius Caesar, a Roman statesman, instituted New Year's Day on January 1st to honor Janus.  This was after he introduced the Julian calendar, which is based on the sun as opposed to the lunar calendar.  Then during the middle ages, with the spread of Christianity, it was realized that this day was of pagan nature.  Christians began celebrating the new year on December 25th, the birth of Jesus Christ.  Others, however, celebrated during the feast of the Annunciation on March 25th.

It was in 1582, after establishing the Gregorian calendar, that New Year's Day was restored on the first of January.

For a visual history of New Year's Day and how it is celebrated around the world, please watch YouTuber VideoLifeWorld's cool video.  And, bet you didn't know more; so check out HISTORY's entertaining presentation far below.
Happy New Year! by Malena Fryar, on Flickr
Happy New Year! by Malena Fryar, on Flickr

[ Video: Brief history New Year Celebration around the World by VideoLifeWorld, on YouTube ]

[ Video: Bet You Didn't Know: New Year's Eve | History by HISTORY, on YouTube ]

Have A Prosperous Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

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Post-Christmas playing cards (10 photos + 1 video)

December 28th: Card Playing Day

[ Video: Magic Trick: Basic Playing Card Levitation by cutlerylover, on YouTube ]

During those times when gadgets were not so high-tech and the cold weather was not permitting, playing cards may have been the second best thing aside from tv. Maybe these kids who possibly grew tired of their new toys (just three days after Christmas?) chose to play card games with families and friends. Or, it could be that a deck-shuffler opted for a quite solitaire on a snowy day.

Well, that can still be the case today for card-lovers. Sans the classic paper cards, we know that handy electronic solitaire versions are fantastic time killers in all waiting rooms.

Vintage playing cards by crackdog, on Flickr
[ Vintage playing cards by crackdog, on Flickr ]

Magic hands - The cards within... by drasir, on Flickr
[ Magic hands - The cards within... by drasir, on Flickr ]

Ace of Hearts Playing Card by GoodAdvice.TV, on Flickr
[ Ace of Hearts Playing Card by GoodAdvice.TV, on Flickr ]

Following the Edges of the Snub Icosidodecahedron by fdecomite, on Flickr
[ Following the Edges of the Snub Icosidodecahedron by fdecomite, on Flickr ]

Chinese Playing Cards by dou_ble_you, on Flickr
[ Chinese Playing Cards by dou_ble_you, on Flickr ]

deal by jianhui, on Flickr
[ deal by jianhui, on Flickr ]

Miscellaneous Playing Cards by incurable_hippie, on Flickr
[ Miscellaneous Playing Cards by incurable_hippie, on Flickr ]

Playing cards mosaic by Raincloud☁, on Flickr
[ Playing cards mosaic by Raincloud☁, on Flickr ]

You are nothing but a pack of cards! by windrosie, on Flickr
[ You are nothing but a pack of cards! by windrosie, on Flickr ]

Playing Card Cupcakes Gift Box by lilycupcake, on Flickr
[ Playing Card Cupcakes Gift Box by lilycupcake, on Flickr ]

Happy Card Playing Day!

Monday, December 23, 2013

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Happy holiday cookies (15 photos)

The festive mood of the holidays is screaming for equally festive cookies and treats. If you have a sweet tooth or hungry for tasty treats, browse and you will be hungrier. I, myself, am indeed craving for these yummy goodness. So colorful, so cheerful and so eye-delicious!

Fall in love with the yuletide season once again and indulge for awhile . . . visually, at least. :) 

Holiday Cookies by lauratrevey, on Flickr
[ Holiday Cookies by lauratrevey, on Flickr ]

Holiday Cookies by lauratrevey, on Flickr
[ Holiday Cookies by lauratrevey, on Flickr ]

christmas_fondant_cookies by hands off my pho, on Flickr
[ christmas_fondant_cookies by hands off my pho, on Flickr ]

christmas tree cookies by Tifty, on Flickr
[ christmas tree cookies by Tifty, on Flickr ]

BOLACHAS DE NATAL:CHRISTMAS COOKIES by fati dream cakes, on Flickr
[ BOLACHAS DE NATAL:CHRISTMAS COOKIES by fati dream cakes, on Flickr ]

BOLACHAS DE NATAL:CHRISTMAS COOKIES by fati dream cakes, on Flickr
[ BOLACHAS DE NATAL:CHRISTMAS COOKIES by fati dream cakes, on Flickr ]

christmas cookies by PASTA TASARIM, on Flickr
[ christmas cookies by PASTA TASARIM, on Flickr ]

Honey christmas cookies by Akane86, on Flickr
[ Honey christmas cookies by Akane86, on Flickr ]

Gingerbread rye cookies by Akane86, on Flickr
[ Gingerbread rye cookies by Akane86, on Flickr ]
Still in holiday mode,

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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A day to bake cookies (13 pictures + 1 video)

Baking Theme Cookies by SweetSugarBelle, on Flickr
Bake Cookies Day is December 18th.

The history of this non-official holiday is vague. But it is possible that the person who created BCD might have written this down on a calendar as a reminder to bake home-made cookies for the holidays.

Yes, baking for the holidays. That makes perfect sense to those who celebrate Christmas because the 18th is just 7 days away from their most anticipated day of festivity.

[ Photo: Baking Theme Cookies by SweetSugarBelle, on Flickr ]

But then again, no one knows exactly what event this sweet calorie-building note is for. So, it is safe to assume that cookie-baking day is simply the day to make your kitchen smell like heavenly baked goodness (...or burnt sorry-try-again dough mess. Good luck to that.)

Alright then, to the celebrated bakers out there, baker-wanna-bes (could be me), mother-daughter baking teams (could be Sophia and me) or whatever-baker-you-want-to-call-yourself (could be hubby), cheers to all of you!

Happy Bake Cookies Day!



P. S. Christmas sugar cookies, anyone?

[ Video: How To Make Cookies: Make Christmas Sugar Cookies by Howdini ]

Cookie anyone? by kobolt, on Flickr
[ Cookie anyone? by kobolt, on Flickr ]

Steps to the Perfect Sugar Cookie 2 by Sweetapolita, on Flickr
[ Steps to the Perfect Sugar Cookie 2 by Sweetapolita, on Flickr ]

cookie suckers by Creature Comforts, on Flickr
[ cookie suckers by Creature Comforts, on Flickr ]

Baking Cookies! by mmmfruit, on Flickr
[ Baking Cookies! by mmmfruit, on Flickr ]

Baking cookies by Sil Falqueto, on Flickr
[ Baking cookies by Sil Falqueto, on Flickr ]

Cookies | 020:365 by mfhiatt, on Flickr
[ Cookies | 020:365 by mfhiatt, on Flickr ]

Baking cookies by Rendiru, on Flickr
[ Baking cookies by Rendiru, on Flickr ]

Skywalker Family Fun - Baking Christmas Cookies by DigiNik13, on Flickr
[ Skywalker Family Fun - Baking Christmas Cookies by DigiNik13, on Flickr ]

Baking Cookies by Brenda's Cakes - Ohio, on Flickr
[ Baking Cookies by Brenda's Cakes - Ohio, on Flickr ]

Baking Cookies by Brenda's Cakes - Ohio, on Flickr
[ Baking Cookies by Brenda's Cakes - Ohio, on Flickr ]

Freshly baked cookies now in the tin by Jay Tilston, on Flickr
[ Freshly baked cookies now in the tin by Jay Tilston, on Flickr ]

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wear brown shoes day (12 photos + 1 video)

December 4th is wear brown shoes day, a non-official holiday. This post is a tribute to brown shoe lovers or to all shoe lovers in general.

Cheers for our happy feet! :)

[ 105 / Old Brown Shoe by Alyssa Jiosa, on Flickr ]

old brown shoes by ohrfeus, on Flickr
[ old brown shoes by ohrfeus, on Flickr ]

Old brown shoes by avantiurania, on Flickr
[ Old brown shoes by avantiurania, on Flickr ]

Old brown shoe by hcorper, on Flickr
[ Old brown shoe by hcorper, on Flickr ]

B365-78 Mommy & Me Shoes by SewPixie, on Flickr
[ B365-78 Mommy & Me Shoes by SewPixie, on Flickr ]

Shoe polish by frasse21, on Flickr
[ Shoe polish by frasse21, on Flickr ]

brown and cream baby booties with Miffy motifs by Funky Shapes, on Flickr
[ brown and cream baby booties with Miffy motifs by Funky Shapes, on Flickr ]

Brown Shoes 1 by michaeljoakes, on Flickr
[ Brown Shoes 1 by michaeljoakes, on Flickr ]

Shoes. by juliaelise., on Flickr
[ Shoes. by juliaelise., on Flickr ]

Vegan Earth shoes by *sfw*, on Flickr
[ Vegan Earth shoes by *sfw*, on Flickr ]

I love them by redstarpictures, on Flickr
[ I love them by redstarpictures, on Flickr ]

Oxford Style Shoes by Leah Christine Imagery, on Flickr
[ Oxford Style Shoes by Leah Christine Imagery, on Flickr ]

oxford shoes by anft, on Flickr
[ oxford shoes by anft, on Flickr ]

Happy Wear Brown Shoes Day!

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