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CIJ: Stocking Stuffers July 16, 2009

Posted by texasheartland in Beauty, Candles, candy, chocolate, Christmas, Christmas in July, Gift Ideas, gifts, holidays, shopping.
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I love Stocking Stuffers. To me, they are always useful in one way or another. Even if it’s for entertainment, I consder it well worth the heavy stocking.

In fact, one thing I love to receive in my stocking in candy. Every Christmas, Mom puts chocolate  in our stocking, which makes a great breakfast. If someone is allergic to chocolate in your family or (yikes!) doesn’t like chocolate, put in some of their favorite candies in their stocking and a few in the others so that they don’t feel left out because they can’t have/don’t want chocolate.

Books and CDs are another wonderful stocking stuffer. As a bookworm and music lover, any books by my favorite author or CD by my favorite band are always welcome. Books are a great stocking stuffer for children who are learning to read, and music is a great item for those who have a deep love for music. Either way, books and CDs should always be on a stocking stuffer list.

Hair accessories and beauty products will always be a wonderful Christmas gift, whether it’s under the tree or in a stocking. Women already know what it feels like to receive those items at Christmas, because we are always looking for ways to make our hair look better or our skin. Some women might be offended if given beauty products they don’t use or hair accessories that they don’t enjoy, but a lot of women accept them with open arms. I personally love hair accessories, but not so much beauty products. So ask them if they enjoy beauty products or hair accessories before taking that plunge- you don’t want to upset a woman on Christmas!

Believe it or not, a TickleMe Plant is probably one of the COOLEST gifts ANYONE could receive! If you don’t know what a TickleMe Plant is, it is a plant that closes its fronds when you touch it. I  am not lying! Go to TicklMe Plant.com, look for the I Love My TickleMe Plant video and watch it. I love the TickleMe Plant and have always wanted on! At the website, you can actually get party favors so you can get one for each kid or even get a few for your friend’s kids! Pretty cool, huh?

Of course, we can’t forget the scratch-off lottery tickets and gift cards. I know I am hard to shop for, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I got a gift card every Christmas. And with the lottery tickets, it just makes it that much more fun scratching the stuff off and realizing you’ve won $10- on Christmas morning! True, you’ll have to wait until Dec. 26th or later that evening to cash it in, but hey, that’s $10 you didn’t have before!

Candles and Incense are another great stocking stuffer. No, this isn’t a way of telling your friend her house stinks. It is the gift of light and smell, even for those who have no sense of smell (Anosmia). Most candles these days are beautiful to look at and incense just brings a calming  sensation over the person(s) within 5 feet of the scent. There are TONS of places to buy candles and incense, especially on the web.



Need Chocolate… March 30, 2009

Posted by texasheartland in Animals, Beauty, Body Lotion, Candles, chocolate, computer, Computers, family, Feelings, life, Pets, Products, Soap, thoughts.
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It’s official- I need chocolate. Let me back up and set the scene for you:

I received a gift basket I had won from FiberOne this morning (I won it from a blog but for the life of me, I can’t remember where. I’m sorry!) and it had a chocolate scented candle, chocolate scented soap, chocolate scented hand & body lotion, and chocolate scented bath beads. I hadn’t had anything to eat yet and all I was smelling was chocolate. Oh the chocolaty goodness!

So I waited until I got into the bedroom to light the candle. Bad idea! The whole room started smelling like chocolate, which was making me drool. Then after a shower, I put the chocolate lotion on me. Oh why must I torture myself like this? I need chocolate!

On a serious note, Zeusey isn’t feeling too well. He threw up yesterday morning and threw up this morning. He’s not eating but it’s not like he’s totally incapacitated. We think he may just have a small stomach bug. Let’s hope so.

Still no computer- we’re not even sure WHEN we will get it back. This is frustrating! I need chocolate.

Halloween is afoot! September 27, 2008

Posted by texasheartland in funny, Halloween, holidays, learning, Pop culture, Popular, random, thoughts.
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I know it’s not even October yet and here I am talking about Halloween. For me, this is a yearly thing. On MySpace, I post a series of Halloween blogs that range from horror movie trailers to facts to stupid shit. Why should this year be any different? Well, it won’t! I wanted to share some facts (along with my commentary) that you may or may not know about the beloved Hallowe’en!

Since 1995, trick or treating in the town of Sandusky, Ohio, has been against the law for anyone older then 14. (Aww, but why?? I want free candy!)

It is very rare for a full moon to occur at the same time as Halloween. It has only occurred in – 1925, 1944, 1955, and 1974. The next time it is said to occur is 31 October, 2020. (Damn, that’s a long time! But that would be awesome!)

The word Halloween appeared in the Dictionary in the 1700s. (It took THAT long?)

Dunking for apples arose from a practice of divining the future. It was believed that if you could hold an apple between your teeth you would have a fulfilling romance with whomever you choose. (Then why are a lot of people still single?)

According to ancient superstitions, if you stare into a mirror at midnight on Halloween, you’ll see your future spouse. (Not true… you only see a vampire.)

The pumpkin is one of the best sources of Vitamin A. (Who wants more pumpkin pie?)

Halloween is correctly spelt as Hallowe’en. (And whoever wrote this cannot spell. It’s SPELLED. What the hell is “spelt”?)

When Christianity came to England and the rest of Europe, 1 November became All Saints Day – a day dedicated to all those saints who didn’t have a special day of their own. They performed a mass called ‘All hallows mass’ and the night before became known as All Hallows E’en and eventually Hallowe’en or Halloween.  (If you say so.)

When the Romans conquered England, they merged Samhain with their own festivals, a harvest festival called Poloma, and a celebration for the dead called Feralia. (I prefer Samhain.)

In Mexico, they celebrate El Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead starting the evening of October 31. (I’ve learned about this. It’s pretty cool!)

It is thought that the colours orange and black became Halloween colours because orange is associated with harvests (Halloween marks the end of harvest) and black is associated with death. (“Thought” being the keyword. They actually have deeper meanings.)

Black cats were originally believed to protect witches’ powers from negative forces. (True, and how they became “bad” luck still escapes me.)

A pumpkin is really a squash, and comes from the same family as the cucumber. (Well, duh! Look at it!)

About 99% of pumpkins sold are used as Jack O’ Lanterns at Halloween. (Ya think?)

The biggest pumpkin in the world tipped the scales at a whopping 1,446 pounds. This gigantic gourd was weighed in October 2004 at a pumpkin festival in Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada. (Holy hell!)

The record for the fastest pumpkin carver in the world is Jerry Ayers of Baltimore, Ohio. He carved a pumpkin in just 37 seconds! (I wonder what it looked like. 37 seconds and detailed? We shall see.)

The very first jack o’ lantern was made out of hollowed out turnips. (Yummy!)

Ringing a bell scares evil spirits away. (Yes, and Pagans still use it in rituals.)

If you see a spider on this night, it could be the spirit of a dead loved one who is watching you. (Don’t tell my sister that!)

To meet a witch, put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night. (Or just type in Wiccan community in Google.)

If your pumpkin lantern shrivels up, you can restore it by soaking it overnight in water to re hydrate it. (Or make pumpkin pie out of the innards.)

Of all the candy sold annually, one quarter of it is sold during Halloween time (September – November 10) making it the sweetest holiday of the year. (Next to… what, Christmas?)

Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America. (Let’s do the Tootsie Roll!)

The number one candy of choice for Halloween is Snickers. (My favorite!)

There are an estimated 106 million potential treat-or-treat stops. (My house included.)

– Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday, beat out only by Christmas. (Well, duh!!!)

– The U.S. consumer spends upwards of $1.5 billion on Halloween costumes annually and more than $2.5 billion on other Halloween paraphernalia, such as decorations, crafts, etc. More than $100,000 of that is said to be spent online. (I can see why. They have better costumes.)

– Candy sales in the U.S. for Halloween average $2 billion annually. (Only $2 billion? Somehow, I expected it to be higher.)

– Halloween is the third biggest party day of the year behind New Year’s and Super Bowl Sunday, respectively. (FOOTBALL!)

– 86% of Americans decorate their homes at Halloween. (That’s a pretty big percentage!)

Halloween is the 8th largest card sending holiday. The first Halloween greeting is dated back to early 1900 and today consumers spend around $50 million dollars on Halloween cards each year. (Can anyone guess the largest card sending holiday?)