From Terri, Carol, Sheryl, and the Comedy Team, to you and yours!
This is the stocking stuffer/small gift follow-up to our really popular "6 Unique Gift Ideas" blast.
NY Times Monday Crossword Puzzle Book
For the crossword lover in your life who enjoys the Times' easiest puzzles so can't wait for Monday to roll around...a collection of favorite start-of-the-week puzzles in one portable package.
Relative Insanity Party Game
Featured on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON, RACHAEL RAY SHOW and others. It’s a hilarious game about crazy family members and even crazier situations...perfect for game nights with friends and family.
Mouse Pad Hand Warmer
Your recipient will never suffer from ice-cold hands at work again. This hand warmer plugs into a USB-port to keep things toasty while she does her computer stuff (comes in pink only...unfortunately).
Himalayan Salt Night Light
Before investing in a full-size Himalayan salt lamp (they can be kind of pricey), introduce your recipient to the trend with this small (but mighty) night light, which helps purify air, boost mood, and promote sleep.
Chocolate Video Game Controller
Perfect for the gamer in your life, this made-to-order chocolate almost looks too good to eat...almost.
Stainless Steel Straws
Plastic straws are out; reusable straws are in. For a practical and environmentally-friendly gift, add this set of four stainless steel straws to her/his stocking.
3-in-1 Avacado Slicer
Gift this to the person with the killer guac recipe. The tool splits and pits avocados on one end and scoops out even slices on the other.
Bring Me Some Wine/Coffee/Beer Cotton Crew Socks for Men/Women
These one-size-fits-all fuzzy socks speak from the sole. Choose the color combination/message that best suits the wine/coffee/vodka/beer lover in your life.
Silk Therapeutic Eye Mask
Made from 100% Mulberry silk, it aced the Good Housekeeping Institute's fabric-strength and abrasion-resistance tests, plus it's temperature-regulating and moisture-wicking to keep them cool.
Lightweight Medium Crossbody Bag
Their editors plus 1,400 other reviews swear by this bag. It comes in 22 different colors, so whether your recipient's style is more neutral or bold, there’s a color option for everyone.
Breakfast Sandwich Maker
You have been officially alerted....
Yes, it's true: we were the first generation to go "trick or treating" so, in essence, Boomers (and our parents) invented Halloween traditions as we know them.
And we know how to do Halloween right.
"Halloween originated in Ireland and was called Hallow E’en, or All Hollows Eve among the sober people. But, who are we kidding...we’re talking Ireland; there are no sober people...
Folk lore has it that during this pagan holiday the veil between the living and the world of the dead was (veeerry) thin... Because of this, the dead just walked right through the veil to visit the living, which was more thrilling for the dead than the living, who would hide under their beds chugging whiskey.
Just in case being nice didn’t work, the frightened people would carve out turnips and rutabagas, and place embers in them to ward off the evil spirits, who would often laugh and joke a great deal before eating the family dog.
The Roman Catholic Church got a little fed up with all this foolishness and created All Saints Day, also called Hallomas, on Nov. 1 and All Souls Day on Nov. 2 in an effort to get rid of this Hallow E’en craziness. However, it didn’t work and the Druid Holiday is bigger now than it has ever been."
So...given that we were the first generation of trick-or-treaters, we are the first generation of grandparents who have trick-or-treated ourselves. Of course, the NCA study gives another reason Boomer abodes are the best place for good treats: we're also most likely to be home. While 51% of the 18-to-29 year olds will most likely be attending a Halloween party, only 14% of the 60+ generation will be partying away from home.
So to all those out kids who get their trick-or-treat bags full to the brim of all the good stuff, we Boomers gladly say, “You’re welcome!”
You have been boo-fficially alerted....
PS: If you want to hand out candy made in America, go with:
- Mike & Ike's,
- Tootsie Rolls,
- all Hershey's products,
- Butter Fingers,
- Jelly Belly's & Jelly Belly's Candy Corn, and
- Dum Dum pops.
To have a Happy Independence Day!
(and take our quick quiz...read on!)
So...with that in mind, herein lies our tribute to the United States of America to take you into this most festive and wonderful of national holidays!
Then, after you've viewed each major benchmark of change, take our quick quiz; match the "anti" sentiment to the correct action/law named here!
July 4, 1776
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...."
September 17, 1787
September 22, 1862
August 18, 1920
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."
July 2, 1964
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”
Marriage is a “keystone of our social order,” Justice Anthony Kennedy said, adding that the plaintiffs in the case were seeking “equal dignity in the eyes of the law.”
Match the following "anti" sentiment to the correct issue/law/action named above:
1. "...it is unwise to risk the good we already have for the evil which may occur."
Senator J.B. Sanford
2. “...servile, slavish, self-interested fear is the foundation of Toryism.”
3. "To drive him away, and thus deprive the South of his labor, would be absurd and monstrous as for a man to cut off his right arm, the better to enable himself to work."
Senator Stephen Douglas
4. "I find no constitutional basis for the exercise of Federal regulatory authority in either of these areas; and I believe the attempted usurpation of such power to be a grave threat to the very essence of our basic system of government, namely, that of a constitutional government in which 50 sovereign states have reserved to themselves and to the people those powers not specifically granted to the central or Federal Government."
Senator Barry Goldwater
5. "I think it's a conundrum. If we have no laws on this, people take it to one extension further, does it have to be humans, you know?"
Senator Rand Paul
6. "The rights of conscience, trial by jury, liberty of the press, all your immunities and franchises, all pretensions to human rights and privileges, are rendered insecure, if not lost, by this change..."
Patrick Henry, Governor of Virginia
No cheating allowed as who said what, when, gives you enough clues! Good luck!
Email us your answers
Well...it's a new year. How about turning that greeting "Happy new year!" into the real thing?
Laugh; Listen; Let Go.
So, in this three part series, I'll get you on track for a truly happy 2018...starting this week with laughter.
Easy and fun, this requires just setting aside a bit of time each day to read or watch something that makes you laugh; bookmark the routines of your favorite stand-up comic (easy to find on YouTube), watch a favorite sit-com episode or late-night opening monologue (don't stay up that late?...no prob...that's why God created DVR's...), or find some funny quotes from famous folks (also easy to do via Google). Whatever you know gets you all a-chuckle, imbibe in a bit of it every day.
To get you started, I'm turning this week's blast over the the Comedy Team (I do work hard...). Enjoy, and see you in two weeks with "listen"...
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