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In most states, it's a day like any other - people go to work and school if it's a weekday, and if it falls on a weekend, they likely participate in fun activities and get family errands done.But in Massachusetts and Maine, Patriots' Day is a holiday that commemorates a special day in American history. It was then that the first shots in the Revolutionary War were fired when...more
In many homes, children wake up on Easter morning to find colorful baskets filled with chocolate in the shape of eggs and rabbits that their parents tell them were brought by the Easter Bunny. One of the traditional activities they may participate in during the Easter holiday is decorating hard-boiled eggs with dyes and various embellishments. They might have an...more
Stores everywhere are already preparing to stock Easter-themed decorations, gifts and cards. Surprise your family and friends with a considerate basket or gift bag this season. Here are some things an Easter basket or gift bag shouldn't go without!Candy It may seem obvious, but never forget to consider allergies when buying Easter candy! There's nothing like a trip to the...more
No matter where you live, you've probably experienced frustration by unexpected changes in the weather. Maybe you've walked outside in your favorite spring blazer, only to find that's it's a mere 30 degrees. Spring brings sunlight and warmth, but its early stages can feel as cold as winter. If you've been searching for a way to successfully...more
April showers bring May flowers, and along with them, spring fever. It's no joke: Spring fever is the combination of a renewed excitement for life and the search for love. According to Scientific American magazine, this phenomenon manifests itself in a flushed face, increased heart rate, loss of appetite, restlessness and daydreaming."Spring fever is not a definitive...more
St. Patrick's Day is traditionally celebrated with parades and Guinness - but there's more to the holiday than wearing green! Whether or not your ancestors hail from the Emerald Isle, honor St. Patrick by partaking in some of these classic Irish dishes. Stout stew Even if you don't drink Guinness, you can still celebrate the Irish stout by cooking with it....more
Spring is here, and now's the time to get your home ready for the summer by doing a little spring cleaning. Over the past few years, people have become more concerned about the chemicals that are present in their homes, particularly those that can be found in cleaning products. If you find yourself among this group, you can choose eco-friendly alternatives to harsh...more
The modern-day perception of Cupid has evolved quite significantly since the days of Ancient Greece. While Cupid is commonly depicted as a cute, loveable matchmaking baby, the Greeks' portrayal of our beloved Valentine's Day mascot was much different. You may be seeing more images of Cupid as Feb. 14 approaches, but upon learning about his origins, you will realize...more
Let's face it - romantic dinners and boxes of candy might be classic Valentine's Day gifts, but they're not exactly creative. In fact, falling back on the old standbys might lead your honey to wonder whether you put enough thought into your Valentine's Day plans. So, if you really want to let your sweetheart know how much he or she means to you,...more
Winter is rough on cars. Even when the snow, cold temperatures or ice aren't fighting the car, the salt and sand on the road can pit, clog and corrode the vehicle. But there are steps every car owner can take to help their car stay in good shape throughout the winter months and keep themselves, warm, safe and unstuck. Check your fluids This may be the least...more