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25 free Valentine’s to give your love this year

Published: Thursday, January 01, 2015 @ 6:02 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 01, 2015 @ 6:02 PM

It is an American proverb that has been crooned by singers from Frank Sinatra to Janet Jackson, and is truest concerning matters of the heart: “The best things in life are free.”

Toward that end and in honor of this heart-shaped, candy-coated occasion, here are 25 things you can do for your beloved on Valentine’s Day this year — all for free.

1. Write love notes. Put them in unexpected places, like under her windshield wiper, taped to his deodorant or in her lunchbox.

2. Complain less. Focus on the positive all day. More readily give compliments. This might be especially good for married valentines.

3. Make a collage. Put together a collage of pictures of the two of you, family and/or friends.

4. Write a poem. It can be heart-felt or silly (or both), but taking the time to put your words about that person on paper can be a beloved gift. For bonus points, read it aloud to your valentine.

5. Dedicate time. Set aside a night for your valentine to pick what he or she wants to do, and help them do it. The time is free, and you can make any guidelines you wish.

6. Spell out “I love you” in Cheerios on the breakfast table, in lipstick on the mirror or in socks on the floor.

7. Carve a heart into a tree. Either using initials or names, etch your love in wood for all to see.

8. Make a gesture. Depending on where you are in your relationship and how you feel, consider making that next step: Asking him to go steady, making her a key to your place, saying “I love you,” etc.

9. Clean the house or garage. This is a good gift if it is something your valentine usually does or would like to have done. You also can offer to do it together. Other chores can work as well.

10. Request “your” song. Call your valentine’s favorite radio station and dedicate a song to him or her.

11. Make a homemade card. Pretend you’re 5 years old and incorporate macaroni and glitter.

12. Give kisses. Or hugs. Or whatever will best express your love.

13. Draw a picture. This can be as simple as a big red heart and as complex as a relationship timeline. Note romantic and important dates you shared.

14. Make a promise. Has your beloved been after you to quit smoking, lose weight or even just put your clothes in the hamper? Make a promise to concertedly work toward that goal, and do it.

15. Take a walk together. Especially near the beginning of a relationship, just spending time together, walking and talking can be fun and romantic. Make sure to leave your cell phones at home.

16. Give a massage. Make it last at least 15 minutes.

17. Make him or her breakfast. Take your time cooking his or her favorite breakfast and enjoy the morning together.

18. Make a CD. Express your love with music like you did with mixed tapes when you were in junior high.

19. Cook together. Make cookies. Make dinner. Make a cherry pie. Get messy and have fun with it.

20. Set up a movie fest. Tape movies on your DVR, borrow DVDs or scroll through your collection to set up a cozy night at home.

21. Have a game night. Either with just the two of you or with other couples, get together and play cards or board games.

22. Serenade your date. Sure it’s corny and old-fashioned, but it can be pretty cute.

23. Go to church together (if you don’t already). Sharing this time can be a loving, heart-felt gesture.

24. Draw a bath. Carve out the time, put in some bubble bath, light some candles and draw a bath for your valentine. You also can make it a bath for two.

25. Share the love. Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romantic love. Call your parents, kids, old friends or anyone else who is important to you and tell them how you feel.

How not to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Published: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 @ 11:28 AM

Cinco de Mayo is Friday, and before everyone gets ready for happy hours and parties, it helps to go in with a plan.

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There are plenty of ways to celebrate the day, which commemorates Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5 1862, during the French-Mexican war.

Make sure you do not do any of the following:

Dress up in sombreros and fake mustaches

There is no need to "dress up" for this day, but if you do, do not wear a sombrero, mariachi suit, serape, fake mustache or anything of the sort if you are not a member of that culture. Those things have historical and cultural significance, and donning them just for a day caricatures and stereotypes people. That's not fun.

Go out and get drunk

There is nothing wrong with drinking in moderation and doing it socially, but responsibility is key. What is the use in celebrating a day if you get sick or can't remember it?

Make English words Spanish by adding an "o" on the end

Not only does it not make any sense, but by doing this, it makes fun of another language and turns it into a joke. The same goes for plays on the holiday name, so no parties or themes like "Cinco de Drinko."

You can make a margarita cupcake or a fun cocktail, or have dinner at a family-owned Mexican restaurant. There are plenty of ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo without doing any of the three above.

Woman turns son's hospital bed into giant Easter basket

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 5:14 PM



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A woman turned her son’s hospital bed at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, into a giant Easter basket, and social media loved it.

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The hospital posted the image on its Facebook page on Monday. Within 24 hours, the post has nearly 2,000 likes and nearly 400 shares.
“The lengths great parents will go to for their precious children,” one commenter wrote. 

The family is showing support for the post and have commented that they hope this becomes a trend for patients at the hospital every Easter.

Why is it called Good Friday and what’s so good about it?

Published: Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 12:14 PM

Pictured is a mosaic of Jesus Christ inside Messina Cathedral on the Piazza del Duomo in Messina, Sicily.
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Christians believe Jesus was mocked publicly and crucified on a solemn Friday two thousand years ago. Today, the calamitous day is celebrated as Good Friday.

But what’s so good about that?

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One answer is that at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion, “good” may have referred to “holy” in Old English, a linguistic theory supported by many language experts.

According to Slate, the Oxford English Dictionary notes the Wednesday before Easter was once called “Good Wednesday.” Today, it’s more commonly known as Holy Wednesday.

And Anatoly Liberman, a University of Minnesota professor who studies the origins of English words, told Slate if we consider the alternative names for Good Friday, such as “Sacred Friday” (romance languages) or “Passion Friday” (Russian), this theory makes a lot of sense.

Another possible reason for its moniker — a theory supported by both linguists and historical evidence — refers to the holiday’s ties to Easter Sunday, which celebrates the resurrection of Christ.

Because Jesus couldn’t have been resurrected without dying, the day of his death is, in a sense, “good.”

“That terrible Friday has been called Good Friday because it led to the Resurrection of Jesus and his victory over death and sin and the celebration of Easter, the very pinnacle of Christian celebrations,” the Huffington Post reported.

A third answer, some believe, is that the “good” in Good Friday was derived from "God” or “God’s Friday” — the way the term “goodbye” comes from a contraction of the phrase “God Be With You.”

Still, not everyone refers to this day as Good Friday. For example, 

The Catholic Encyclopedia mentions that, in the Greek Church, the holiday is known as "the Holy and Great Friday." In German, it's referred to as "Sorrowful Friday."

And as aforementioned, “Sacred Friday” and “Passion Friday” are also used.

In addition, because the holiday is also commemorated with a long fast, Good Friday was also referred to as “Long Friday” by the Anglo-Saxons.

Check out the best April Fools' Day 2017 pranks

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 3:18 PM
Updated: Saturday, April 01, 2017 @ 3:25 PM

The beginning of April brings a slew of pranks to mark April Fools' Day. Here is a collection of some of the best pranks for 2017.

If you need ideas for your own April Fools’ Day mischief, check out the resources below.

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