Small Business Saturday: Stop and shop at mom-and-pop stores on Main Street

While consumers are searching for the best bang for their buck during the annual Black Friday shopping event, business owners across America are hard at work promoting their businesses as well. Once again, a special shopping day is also getting quite a bit of buzz! An annual "holiday" observed on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, smack dab in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is almost here! It's Small Business Saturday (SBS). Small Business Saturday, launched in 2010 by American Express, celebrates and supports small businesses across the nation. Each year, businesses all over the country participate in the annual event by offering a variety of special deals and discounts, free products

Black Friday quotes: Silly & sarcastic sayings about holiday shopping frenzy

With the big holiday season right around the corner, retailers across the nation are gearing up for the busiest shopping season of the year! Yep - Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost here! But this year, some retailers are offering holiday steals-and-deals earlier than ever! In fact, some stores aren't waiting until the "traditional" Black Friday. Despite the controversy, many are opening their doors on Thanksgiving! While many bargain hunters may appreciate the extra shopping hours, some folks just aren't buying it! Many Americans believe the national Thanksgiving holiday is a day of thanks. A day that should be celebrated with friends, family and loved ones - not for shopping. For man

Buy Nothing Day: No purchase required!

As retailers around the nation have been getting ready for the busiest shopping season of the year, millions of consumers are anxious to find the best bang for their holiday bucks. Whether you plan on getting up at the crack of dawn on Black Friday or prefer to shop for the hottest steals-and-deals online and on your mobile devices during the big Cyber Monday event, the holiday shopping madness has arrived. But if you are sick-and-tired of the commercialization of the holidays, put away your wallet and hide the credit cards! Buy Nothing Day (BND) is an annual international day of protest against over-consumption and consumerism. Canadian artist and actor Ted Dave founded BND in 1992. Legend

Top 10 Black Friday shopping tips: Get the best bang for your holiday bucks on BF

Can you believe the biggest shopping season of the year is almost here? While Black Friday officially arrives on the day after Thanksgiving , retailers across the country have been busy slashing prices in preparation of the big shopping extravaganza and millions of Americans have been pouring over the latest ad leaks and releases trying to find the best holiday steals-and-deals. But before you even get a chance to head over the river and through the woods and dust off those sugar plums, the “Christmas Creep” is alive and well. Whether you plan on hitting the stores at the crack of dawn on Friday or plan on waiting until Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday, savvy shoppers across the land

National French Toast Day

If you’re looking for a wonderful way to start your day, go grab your fork. Nov. 28 is National French Toast Day, an annual food holiday dedicated to delicious French toast. While the origins of this particular holiday are unknown, French toast has been enjoyed for centuries. Traditionally made with bread and dunked in an egg, milk and extract flavoring mixture, the bread is then cooked in a skillet until the center is done and both sides are a beautiful golden brown hue. Then the bread is slathered with butter, syrup and/or topped with fruit. While French toast usually was served for breakfast, today’s French toast can be eaten any time of the day or night. Today's French toast can be serve

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving Quotes, Sayings & Toasts

One of the most beloved and celebrated holidays in the entire year is finally here. While millions of Americans have been busy pouring over the plethora of Black Friday ads trying to score the very best bang for their holiday bucks, the traditional Thanksgiving holiday is just days away. Thanksgiving is not only a time to spend with family, friends and loved ones, but is a time to reflect and give thanks for our many blessings and for the special folks who are near-and-dear to our hearts. Whether you plan on spending the day enjoying a delicious feast, watching the parade, shopping with your BFFs, volunteering or kickin’ back and watching a few games on the big screen TV, happy Thanksgiving!

Tie One On Day: Put the thanks back in Thanksgiving by tying one on

With Thanksgiving and the highly-anticipated Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events just a few days away, another special occasion is shining the spotlight on the holiday spirit. Tie One On Day (TOOD) is an annual holiday that takes place on the day before Thanksgiving. While Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks and Black Friday is all about steals-and-deals, Tie One On Day celebrates the spirit of giving. Best-selling author EllynAnne Geisel came up with the idea several years ago to celebrate one of the world's most recognized articles of clothing, the apron, and to celebrate the spirit of the women who wore them. And with over 600 aprons under her "belt," Geisel has become a bit

National Cake Day

When it comes to holidays, today takes the cake! Literally! If your taste buds are screaming for a sweet treat to eat, go grab your fork. Nov. 26 is National Cake Day in the U.S.A. While the origins are unknown, this annual food holiday celebrates one of America's most beloved desserts. The first cakes, which were more like bread, go way, way back. Early cakes were unleavened bread which were often sweetened with fruit, nuts and honey. The word “cake” is derived from the Old Norse word “kaka,” which means baked flour confection. In the mid-17th century, many people enjoyed their cake with a nice glass of wine or tea. When baking powder was “invented” in the 1840s, cake baking became much ea

Shopping Reminder Day

‘Tis the season - the shopping season, that is. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the highly anticipated (or dreaded) shopping day extravaganza is almost here. Nov. 25 is Shopping Reminder Day, an annual “holiday” that reminds weary shoppers that we have one month left to purchase all our holiday gifts. Whether you will hit the stores at the crack of dawn on Black Friday, will support Small Business Saturday or will avoid the crowds and lines altogether by shopping online, now is the time to find the best steals-and-deals for holiday gifts. It’s time to make that naughty and nice list and check it twice - you’ve got one month to time to shop before you drop and get those rears in ge

National Espresso Day ‘buzz’: Grab a cuppa popular Italian-style coffee

Have you heard the latest “buzz?” A very tasty beverage holiday is here and Americans are in the mood to celebrate! If you need a little something to get up and go, go grab your cup. Nov. 23 is National Espresso Day in the U.S.A! The annual beverage holiday celebrates espresso, the bold Italian-style coffee that millions just can’t seem to get enough of. Many believe espresso is a type of bean, it isn’t. It is actually the way it is brewed that makes it espresso. Legend has it that Luigi Bezzera “invented” espresso after being frustrated at just how long it took to make a good cup of coffee. He figured out that by adding steam pressure to the coffee process, it produced a much stronger cup o

Eat a Cranberry Day

It's time to pucker up, America! Just in time for the holidays, Nov. 23 is Eat a Cranberry Day! Whether you prefer yours fresh, dried or in a refreshing beverage, the little red fruit packs quite a punch! Whether you are a fan or, well, not so much, cranberries are good for you! Some studies show cranberries may help prevent urinary tract infections, gum disease and ulcers. Cranberries are low in sodium, cholesterol-free and have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits, too. Today is also National Espresso Day.

Go for a Ride Day

If you’re feeling a little stressed out these days, today may be right up your alley! Nov. 22 is Go for A Ride Day, an annual “holiday” that serves as a reminder to live a little! While the origins of this holiday are unknown, Go for a Ride Day provides the perfect excuse to stop what you are doing and go for a nice ride. Planes, Trains and Automobiles In honor of the special occasion, why not hop on the car, bike or motorcycle? Heck, you could even hitch a ride on a boat, ferry, train, carriage or horse! And if you happen to have snow in your neck-of-the-woods, why not get out the ole’ sled or go for a sleigh ride? A skateboard or Pogo stick could also do the trick. Or how does a ride in a

World Hello Day: Universal greeting promotes world peace

Hello! Today is World Hello Day, an annual "holiday" that promotes peace by encouraging people around the globe to "greet 10 people for peace." For more than 40 years, people all around the globe from 180 countries have celebrated World Hello Day on Nov. 21. Brian McCormack and Michael McCormack created the event back in the early 70s during the Egypt and Israel conflict. Since then, many world leaders, politicians and celebrities, including President Bill Clinton, President Ronald Reagan, President Jimmy Carter, President Gerald Ford, Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa, have written letters of support for World Hello Day. In 1992, former Secretary of State, Colin Powell said,: "Some peop

Beautiful Day: Life is beautiful – when you take the time to look

When it comes to beautiful days of the year, today takes the cake. Nov. 20 is Beautiful Day, an annual “holiday” that celebrates all things beautiful. Let’s face it. Life can be hard. With all the negative things going on in the world today, life can be difficult. And with Thanksgiving and Black Friday just a few days away, this time of year can be downright stressful. Beautiful Day serves as a reminder to slow down and stop and smell the roses. How to Celebrate Beautiful Day Although it may be difficult, skip the hustle-and-bustle of the busy holiday season today. You can get back on track tomorrow. Take a hike, regardless of the weather! Turn off all those electric devices and pay attentio

Happy Have a Bad Day Day: (Un)special day for grumps, grouches & Debbie Downers

With the big holiday shopping season right around the corner, folks around the nation are in the mood for some Christmas cheer and are ready to get into the holiday ‘spirit.’ Well, most people, that is. A very (un)special day of the year is here. Nov. 19 is Have a Bad Day Day. Bah humbug! Created by Ruth and Thomas Roy at Wellcat, the annual “holiday” was created in an effort to provide a “brief respite” to folks who have to tell their customers to “have a nice day.” Whether you live with one, work with one or happen to be one, Have a Bad Day Day is dedicated to those less than cheery souls who make life a bit more challenging for the rest of us. Yes sir, today is a day even Oscar the Grouch

International Men’s Day: Controversial event celebrates men around the world

It's time to give those male friends, co-workers, fathers, brothers and sons a resounding shout-out and high-five, folks! Nov. 19 is International Men’s Day (IMD), an annual event that shines the spotlight on men’s and boy’s health and well being, male suicide, the positive role male role models play, improving relations between the sexes and the positive contributions men make to society. First held in 1999, IMD is observed in more than 60 nations today Each year, folks from near and far celebrate IMD by participating in seminars, various initiatives, marches, debates and discussions. Men, women, girls and boys are encouraged to join in on the annual celebration. It’s the perfect opportunit

Take a hike: It’s National Take a Hike Day

If you’ve been holding off telling someone in your life to take a hike, this may be your lucky day! November 17 is (National) Take a Hike Day! Benefits of Hiking Whether it’s a solo walk in the park, a hike along your favorite trail or leisurely stroll with the family around the neighborhood, this annual “holiday” provides the perfect excuse to head for the great outdoors and get some fresh air. Not only will you see the sights and breathe fresh air, hiking is good for your body and mind, too! Did you know hiking can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, lower the risk of some forms of cancer, decrease cholesterol levels, reduce depression and stress? Hiking can also help prevent diab

National Unfriend Day: Buck the trend and press ‘unfriend’ on social media

A not your typical ordinary, run-of-the-mill "holiday" is here. While spring cleaning season has come and gone, Nov. 17 is all about cleaning up. It’s National Unfriend Day (NUD), an annual event that encourages people to narrow down that ever-growing list of “friends” on your social media accounts. Comedian and television host, Jimmy Kimmel, came up with the idea a few years ago in an effort to trim the “friend fat.” Let’s be frank, shall we? When is the last time you took a good look at your friends list? Are all those folks really your friends? Heck, some may be people you don’t even know, much less ever met in “real-life.” In honor of the occasion, why not trim the friend fat today and w

Homemade Bread Day: The best thing since sliced bread

Let’s talk bread. No, not the slang for money or the famous rock group – but the most widely consumed food in the world. Nov. 17 is (National) Homemade Bread Day. Affordable, compact and easy to carry, baking bread has been common practice for centuries. In fact, some suggest humans have been baking bread for more than 30,000 years. Bread has come a long way over the centuries. Bread was originally sold in whole loaves to be sliced at home. In 1917, Otto Rohwedder invented the first mechanized bread slicer but companies were convinced housewives would not be interested in pre-sliced bread. It would take more than 10 years for the machine to be installed in factories but within two years, 90

National Fast Food Day: In the Mood for Fast Food on the Run & On the Go

If you’re in the mood for food, you’re in luck. Nov. 16 is National Fast Food Day in the U.S.A! Fast food is not only tasty and convenient, it’s, well, fast! With over 300,000 fast food restaurants in America, chances are pretty good you’ll find exactly what you are looking for. Whether you prefer fried chicken, tacos, wings, pizza pie or a burger and fries, eight in 10 Americans eat at fast food restaurants at least once a month. A Gallop study found that young adults consume fast food more often than older folks, as fast food intake declines with age. Fast food is often blamed for the growing rate of obesity and many Americans are cutting back on fast food. According to Gallop, many Americ

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