December Blog

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December is known around the world as a family time of celebration honoring cultures, religions and traditions that have been with humanity for hundreds of years.

This is why we have gathered a list of places you can visit this month with family, friends or just by yourself. 

 

Boulder, Colorado

Boulder is most famous for its fantastic view of the Rocky Mountains, making it a unique winter destination.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park is a highly recommended travel destination in December because of how beautiful, peaceful, and quiet it is.

Stowe, Vermont

Stowe is one of the best places to visit in December in the USA, especially if you are looking to enjoy a cozy romantic getaway with your significant other.

 

Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth takes Christmas seriously, and the lighting and the ornaments decorating the town are a beauty to behold. 

 

Breckenridge, Colorado

Walk through the town and enjoy the beautiful sights of the festive season with buildings decorated with holiday ornaments. 

 

Burlington, Vermont

If you want to have a magical Christmas in a scenic city, Burlington is one of the best places to spend your December vacation in the US, let alone all of North America.

 

Lake Tahoe, California

There is a mix of outdoor and indoor activities you can do at Lake Tahoe. Some outdoor activities include snowboarding, skiing, going on candlelit cruises, and catching the sunset from sleigh rides. 

 

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  • Sweden celebrates Christmas with a giant, straw Yule Goat.
  • The longest-running Santa Claus parade happens in Illinois.
  • One of the oldest Christmas markets dates back to the 1600s.
  • “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” was recorded by a 13-year-old.
  • Brazil set the record for the world’s largest floating Christmas tree.
  • In Ukraine, spiders are considered symbols of good luck at Christmas.
  • There is a Christmas tree in Spain worth $15 million.
  • Eggnog dates back to medieval times.
  • Americans expect to spend around $837 on Christmas gifts this year.
  • Americans spend nearly $2 billion on holiday treats every year.
  • Decorating Disney World involves 8.5 million lights.
  • The tradition of putting up Christmas trees is more than 500 years old.

 

 

10 tips on preparing your home for Winter

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Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to prepare your home for cold weather. These steps, most of which you can do yourself, will help lower your utility bills and protect your investment.

 

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Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans living or dead but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

19 million living veterans served during at least one war as of April 2021.

11 percent of veterans are women.

5.9 million veterans served during the Vietnam War.

7.8 million veterans served in the Gulf War era.

Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 240,000 were still alive as of 2021.

933,000 veterans served during the Korean War.

As of 2021, the top three states with the highest percentage of Veterans were Alaska, Virginia and Montana.

 

THANKSGIVING FUN FACTS

  • The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.
  • Americans eat 704 million pounds of turkey every Thanksgiving.
  • The Butterball hotline answers 100,000 turkey-related questions every year.
  • Female turkeys don’t gobble.
  • “Jingle Bells” was originally a Thanksgiving song.
  • Franklin D Roosevelt once moved Thanksgiving up a week.
  • The first Thanksgiving lasted three days.
  • The woman who got Thanksgiving reinstated as a national holiday also wrote “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
  • More people travel to Orlando, Florida than anywhere else on Thanksgiving.

HISTORY OF SCARECROWS

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In Germany, scarecrows were wooden and shaped to look like witches. Witch scarecrows were supposed to hasten the coming of spring. In medieval Britain, young boys and girls were used as live scarecrows or “bird scarers.” They would patrol the fields of crops and scare away birds by waving their arms or throwing stones. In later times, farmers stuffed sacks of straw, made faces of gourds, and leaned the straw man against pole to scare away birds.

In the United States, immigrant German farmers made human looking scarecrows called “bootzamon,” which later changed to bogeyman. They were dressed in old clothes with a large red handkerchief around their necks.

OCTOBER 26TH – NATIONAL PUMPKIN DAY!!

There’s one thing that represents October more than anything else, and it’s not Halloween (though it’s involved). That thing? The pumpkin. It starts appearing on shelves and farmers market’s stands on the last week or two of September and is the herald that lets you know that Pumpkin Pies, Jack-o-Lanterns, and all the joys of fall are just around the corner. National Pumpkin Day celebrates these noble squashes, and the history and tradition tied up in their iconic orangeness.

let’s learn a little bit about the Pumpkin in honor of National Pumpkin Day, starting with what the word pumpkin means. It’s pretty simple, as it comes from the Greek word pepon, or ‘Large Melon’, but it didn’t go straight to the pumpkin. First, it was pompon to the French, and then pumpion to the British. It was the Americans that finally changed the word to its present Pumpkin, and so it’s been ever since! National Pumpkin Day is a great opportunity to add this delicious squash to your diet.

 

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  • Pumpkins are a definitive part of the thanksgiving meals ever since it was served in the first of the Thanksgivings in the 1620s.
  • Pumpkin is probably the only one to grow in almost every continent excluding the icy Antarctica of course.
  • The country of the US alone produces nearly 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins every year

AUGUST THE WOMEN EQUALITY MONTH

AUGUST THE WOMEN EQUALITY MONTH

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Women’s Equality Day, celebrated every August 26, commemorates the passage of women’s suffrage in the U.S. and reminds us of the hurdles overcome by the heroic women who faced violence and discrimination to propel the women’s movement forward.

In the early 19th century, American women, who generally couldn’t inherit property and made half of a man’s wages in any available jobs, began organizing to demand political rights and representation.

Women aren’t done fighting for equal rights. Today, the wage gap between men and women still impacts women’s economic power, and gender-based discrimination still plagues workplaces and business transactions.

To remind us of the struggles of the past, present, and future, Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day in 1971.

Women’s Equality Day is all about uplifting and empowering women, and marveling at how far women have progressed, defying all odds and oppression.

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“BY THE NUMBERS”

18 – the number of countries where husbands can legally prevent their wives from working.

39 – the number of countries where sons and daughters do not share equal inheritance rights.

1 in 5 – women and girls have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse by a partner.

13% – the percentage of women globally who are agricultural landholders. 

40% – the percentage drop in girls getting married in childhood in Southern Asia since 2000.

4TH OF JULY – INDEPENDENCE DAY

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You may wonder, “Why do we celebrate the 4th of July? What does it mean?” Well, this day is incredibly significant in American history, as it marks the day the United States officially became its own nation. The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4th, 1776.

American citizens celebrate America’s birthday with festivals, parades, fireworks, barbecues, sparklers, and other festive activities.

If by any chance you’ve ever wonder where the idea of the fireworks on July 4th came from, I think I found the answer:

 

JOHN ADAMS MAY HAVE BEEN THE FIRST TO SUGGEST FIREWORKS!

Some people think the idea of marking major events with fireworks originated with Founding Father John Adams. In a letter to his wife and political advisor, Abigail, he suggested that “illuminations” be part of the future Independence Day celebrations, the first of which was held in 1777.

 

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE 4TH OF JULY

 

 

THREE PRESIDENTES DIED ON JULY 4TH 

 

 

-THOMAS JEFFERSON— JULY 4TH, 1826

-JOHN ADAMS———— JULY 4TH, 1826

-JAMES MONROE ——- JULY 4TH, 1831 

 

 

  • FIREWORKS 

 

Each year Americans light about 200 million pounds of fireworks! And most of them are imported from China – $247,100,000 worth. 

 

 

  • AMERICANS WILL ENJOY 150 MILLION HOT DOGS DURING THE 4TH

 

 

 

  • JULY 4TH WAS NOT DEEMED A FEDERAL HOLIDAY UNTIL 1870, NEARLY 100 YEARS AFTER THE NATION WAS FOUNDED.

 

Here’s a simple dessert we can make for your gathering this holiday!

 

 

FIRECRAKER MILKSHAKE

 

 

INGREDIENTS

1 half g. vanilla ice cream

3 drops red food coloring

3 drops blue food coloring

 

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Soften ice cream to a soft serve/yogurt texture. Evenly divide ice cream into three bowls.
  2. Place red food coloring in one bowl and blue food coloring in the other, using a whisk beat each bowl until color is well blended.
  3. Layer bottom of glass with red ice cream, then plain vanilla and blue ice cream, using long spoon or knife drag it from the bottom to the top, stirring in between to mix the color (do not overmix).
  4. Optional decorating idea: Finish with whipped cream and red, white and blue confetti

 

JUNE – NATIONAL CAMPING MONTH

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Camping is one of America’s favorite outdoor activities and National Camping Month is observed in June every year. Be it with friends, family, or even by yourself, camping is the perfect way to reconnect with nature and yourself. Camping is also a very popular summer activity that keeps young children engaged outside of school. Enjoy camping however you want and rough it by leaving all modern amenities behind to get a detox from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

 

HISTORY OF NATIONAL CAMPING MONTH

National Camping Month has been celebrated every year in the month of June since the 1970s. The month aims to increase participation in outdoor activities, especially among the youth. People are encouraged to join camps or go camping with their loved ones.

 

NATIONAL CAMPING MONTH ACTIVITIES

 

 

  • CAMP AT HOME It’s not always possible to go camping but you can always camp at home. Camping in your backyard and minimizing screen time is still a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors.

 

 

  • GO CAMPING  Pick a weekend during National Camping Month to go camping with your loved ones. Remember to pack adequately and enjoy your time outdoors.

 

 

  • ENJOY CLASSIC CAMP FOODS Camping means delicious food! Serve up some barbecue, roasts, and s’mores for dinner and celebrate camping without having to leave the house.

 

10 PLACES TO VISIT FOR NATIONAL CAMPING MONTH

 

  1. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana
  2. Yosemite National Park, California
  3. Glacier National Park, Montana
  4. Grand Canyon: Arizona
  5. Disneyland, California
  6. Disney World, Florida
  7. Cedar Point, Ohio
  8. Chicago Blues Festival, Illinois
  9. Coney Island Mermaid Parade, New York
  10. Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Tennessee

 

National parks allow you to camp at the site for about 14 days.

 

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”

 

Mother’s Day Around the World

While versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated worldwide, traditions vary depending on the country. In Thailand, for example, Mother’s Day is always celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen, Sirikit.

Another alternate observance of Mother’s Day can be found in Ethiopia, where families gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood.

 

In the United States, Mother’s Day continues to be celebrated by presenting mothers and other women with gifts and flowers, and it has become one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending. Families also celebrate by giving mothers a day off from activities like cooking or other household chores.

 

While you may only have one mother, there are a million different ways to say “Mom.” The word “Mother” has a very special meaning for people from various cultures. While English speakers may refer to their mother as “Ma” or simply “Mom,” others may call their mom “Okaasan” or “Maji.” Whether you want to find a new nickname for your mom, impress her by saying mom in another language, or say mother in her native tongue, this guide is sure to help! Here’s how to say mom in 56 different languages from around the world!

 

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The Ultimate Cleaning Guide for Busy Moms:

  • Step 1: Dust Your House
  • Step 2: Clean Furniture Fabric
  • Step 3: Clean Mirrors and Glass
  • Step 4: Clean Surfaces
  • Step 5: Clean the Kitchen and Bathroom
  • Step 6: Clean Floors
  • Step 7: Vacuum the House

 

Don’t forget to call us for a totally free estimate on house cleaning!

Phone: 775-686-6338

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April Blog

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Allergy season is among us!! Have you decluttered and gotten the dust out of your home? If not, now’s the time!! Call us today for a special on your home cleaning!

 

 

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Baseball is back! Take the family out and support our local baseball team. The first home game of the season is April 14th against the Sacramento River Cats. 

 

 

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Here’s some fun spring activities to enjoy with the family!

  • Plant a spring garden 
  • Look at cherry blossoms 
  • Have a picnic at the park
  • Go for a run or bike ride 
  • Take a hike 
  • Walk along the beach 
  • Go horseback riding 
  • Fly a kite
  • Listen to the rain 
  • FEEL THE SUN ON YOUR FACE AND THE GRASS BETWEEN YOUR TOES 

 

Hello March!

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Spring is almost here! Time to start getting out and prepping for the nice weather. Here are some things to declutter your home, fun activities outside the home and some stay home activities. 

 

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6 Tips for Successful Spring Cleaning

  • Clean Room by Room. Approaching your house room by room is the most effective way to deep clean it. …
  • Organize and Clear the Clutter. One of the biggest parts of spring cleaning is often getting rid of clutter. A systematic four-step approach can be helpful for this.
  • Get the Household Involved. Make spring cleaning a household endeavor. Even young children can be excellent helpers. Assign age-appropriate chores, so everyone feels included.
  • Tackle the Seasonal Chores. Many chores need to be done seasonally, especially in preparation for warmer weather. …
  • Keep Cleaning Products to a Minimum. If you need to shop for new cleaning products for spring cleaning, keep your items to a minimum

 

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The Leprechaun crawl on March 12th is taking place between 8pm-2am. The festivities start at Siri’s Casino or at Hookava in downtown Reno. This is a great time to hang out with friends and mingle! There will be 19 different bars and casinos participating in this event. Hope to see you there!

 

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Staying indoors isn’t always a bad thing! Try some of these ideas to keep the family entertained. 

  • Indoor/Outdoor scavenger hunt
  • Costume party 
  • Film a “newscast” or cooking show
  • Plant seedlings 
  • Have a karaoke night
  • Make some jewelry
  • Laser maze throughout the house 

Good Bye January. Hello February!

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Reno always has some exciting things going on. Check out these activities going on around town this month. The Reno Wine Walk will be taking place February 19th. This is a good way to meet new people and of course get a good buzz going while doing so. 

 

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Ingredients 

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup strawberry preserves

Directions 

  1. Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in flour. Divide dough into four portions. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm enough to roll, about 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. On a floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-in. round cookie cutter. Place half of the circles onto ungreased baking sheets. Place 1/2 teaspoon preserves in the center of each circle; top with remaining circles and press edges lightly with a fork to seal. Cut slits in the top of each cookie. Bake until edges are light brown, 7-9 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.