The Gateway Arch illuminated in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness, by Shealah Craighead [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Think Pink: LED Lights for Breast Cancer Awareness

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PinkWhiteHouseOctober” by Eric Draper – WhiteHouse.gov. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

We all know that pink is the color for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  • Pink ribbons, inside and outside, on cupcakes, in your hair
  • Pink lights wrapped around trees and in the branches
  • The Gateway Arch in St. Louis turned pink
  • Runners with pink shirts, and pink hats, racing for the cure
  • Even the White House was turned pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • October is the month to “think pink” for breast cancer awareness

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Tips to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Your Halloween Celebration

Americans have many great holidays, and holiday traditions, including Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween. Many of us celebrate these holidays by decorating, having parties, giving gifts, and traveling to be with family members. Americans love our holiday celebrations, and they wouldn’t be the same without the long-standing accompanying traditions, like turkey on Thanksgiving, trick-or-treating on Halloween, or Christmas lights on Christmas. However, most of our holiday traditions and customs result in a lot of excess consumption and other activities, that have an adverse impact on the environment. One of my favorite holidays, Halloween, is right around the corner and our celebrations of this great fall holiday will have a large adverse impact on the environment. It is estimated that Americans spend over $6.5 billion dollars on Halloween each year. Most of this money is spent on candy and Halloween costumes. Although much of the candy is presumably consumed, the candy packaging is not, and many of the costumes will be disposed. These are just two small examples of the environmental impact of Halloween. We are not advocating that we do away with Halloween candy or Halloween costumes; however, there is a lot we all can do to limit the impact our Halloween celebration has on the environment. Continue reading Tips to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Your Halloween Celebration

Soft Lighting Keeps Monsters Away

As autumn descends into Fall, and long bright days pave way to dark evenings, a lot of parents are going to be awakened by their small child’s newly developed fear of darkness. According to WebMD, fear of the dark typically manifests itself around the ages of 2-3 when children reach the stage of brain development where the imagination takes off, but isn’t yet experienced enough to discern reality from non-reality. Continue reading Soft Lighting Keeps Monsters Away

Decorate Your Fall Festival With Themed Halloween Lights

You know it’s time for the annual fall festival when warm summer days turn to crisp autumn nights, and the leaves begin to turn a kaleidoscope of colors. A fall festival offers a family-friendly alternative to traditional Halloween activities, and they are the most anticipated fall event for school fundraisers, church get-togethers, and neighborhood celebrations. Continue reading Decorate Your Fall Festival With Themed Halloween Lights

Labor Day New York 1882" by Author not known, but more than 100 years old, Image edited - http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/history/hist225g/images/WCF26.html. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

Celebrate Great Workers: Laborers and LEDs

Though Labor Day is now celebrated as a day of rest and relaxation at summer’s end, it really is a yearly tribute to American workers and their achievements—people who work hard and work efficiently—people who don’t easily quit. Labor Day was started by either Peter McGuire, general secretary of Carpenters and Joiners, or by Matthew Maguire, a machinist. It was first celebrated as a holiday in September 5, 1882 in New York City. It became a national holiday in 1887 and was originally celebrated with parades, picnics and speeches. Continue reading Celebrate Great Workers: Laborers and LEDs

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Dorm Room Decorating: 6 Things You’ve Got to Pack

You’ve just arrived and are figuring out how to decorate an 8 x 5 foot space with cinderblock walls so it doesn’t look dull. There are many dorm room decorating products in stores, and numerous ideas on the internet. Here are a few of our favorites because they won’t break the bank and they won’t break school rules (usually). Each has great potential for creativity and fun. Get Mom or Dad to ship them for you (Express Mail)! Continue reading Dorm Room Decorating: 6 Things You’ve Got to Pack

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Football Parties – Raising The Bar

Football season is upon us and if there’s anything better than watching your favorite team, it’s watching your team surrounded by your friends! Great football parties take work, combining a fantastic party with the king of all spectator sports. You can’t control the outcome of the game, but you can host a top notch event! Here’s how to make sure your football party is the highlight of the season: Continue reading Football Parties – Raising The Bar