Thursday, November 25, 2010

$25 Statement Credit TOMORROW November 27 From American Express


On November 27, comes the first-ever Small Business Saturday – a day for holiday shoppers to support the nearly 28 million small, independently-owned businesses!
American Express is offering cardmembers a $25 statement credit on any purchase of at least $25 on Small Business Saturday at any locally-owned independent small businesses that accept American Express. All you have to do is register your American Express Cards at facebook.com/smallbusinesssaturday.
In addition, for every person who “likes” Small Business Saturday on Facebook, American Express is donating $1 (up to $500,000) to Girls Inc. to empower young women to be entrepreneurs. You can also follow @AmericanExpress on Twitter for the chance to win Amex Gift Cards.

Thanks, MyDFWMommy!

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 24

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!

Columbus thought that the land he discovered was connected to India, where peacocks are found in considerable number. And he believed turkeys were a type of peacock (they’re actually a type of pheasant). So he named them “tuka”, which is "peacock" in the Tamil language of India.


You thought this was fun and interesting?  Wait and see what we have planned for Christmas.  If you thought it was annoying, guess you gotta know us to love us ;)  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 23

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!

Wild turkeys, while technically the same species as domesticated turkeys, have a very different taste from farm-raised turkeys. Almost all of the meat is "dark" (even the breasts) with a more intense turkey flavor. Older heritage breeds also differ in flavor.

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 22

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!

The Guinness Book of Records states that the greatest dressed weight recorded for a turkey is 39.09 kg (86 lbs), at the annual "heaviest turkey" competition held in London, England on December 12, 1989.

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Hasbro Toys Rebate Still Available

Don't forget about the Hasbro Toy Games Rebate STILL going on at Toys R Us- which means if you buy any of the games on the Toys R Us/Hasbro Rebate List this weekend- you are going to score some HOT deals! My Tip - buy the Hasbro games separate if they will let you since you have to send in the receipt.

Thank you My CNY Mommy!



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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 21

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!

Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey.

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 20

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!

Thomas Jefferson thought the concept of Thanksgiving was "the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard."

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 19

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!

Turducken, a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken, is becoming more popular in Thanksgiving (originated in Louisiana). A turducken is a de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The cavity of the chicken and the rest of the gaps are filled with, at the very least, a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture (although some versions have a different stuffing for each bird).

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 18

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!

Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 17

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!

The traditional cornucopia was a curved goat's horn filled to brim with fruits and grains.

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 16

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!

The feast shared with the Wampanoag Indians and the first mention of Thanksgiving are really not the same event. During the first winter in 1621, 46 of the 102 pilgrims died. Thankfully, the following year resulted in a plentiful harvest. The pilgrims decided to celebrate with a feast that would include 90 natives who helped the pilgrims survive during that first winter. One of the most celebrated of those natives was a Wampanoag who the settlers called Squanto. He taught the pilgrims where to fish and hunt and where to plant New World crops like corn and squash. He also helped negotiate a treaty between the pilgrims and chief Massasoit.

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 15

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!
The typical American consumed 13.3 pounds of turkey in 2006 and 4.6 pounds of sweet potatoes.

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Macy's Believe and Make a Wish Foundation and Mailing Letters to Santa

This wonderful Santa Mailbox is setup in Macy's stores around the country.
This is a tradition for my family and we just love mailing out our letters and I know that we are paying it forward, so it is a win win for everyone!
Macy's has a terrific program which donates up to $1 million to the Make -A-Wish Foundation. They count up all the stamped letters throughout the country and donate $1.00 per letter. They do even deliver them to the post office! To find a mailbox near you click here.

Here is their wonderful stationary that Macy's has too. Simply print it out and have the kids write their letters. Mine colored and I wrote. We all pack up and head to mail our letters. Parents should do one too, the kids love that. Plus, we are raising money for Make-A-Wish too! Remember to put a stamp (they will be brought to the post office) and take pics for the memories! They also have an activity guide on the site, which has coloring pages in it. I like to do that with the boys on the same day. To read more about Macy's Believe project visit the Believe site here.

To make this even better, I wait about one week and mail them a letter back from Santa.You can also get your kids a letter from Santa here!
 I love this site for free santa letters. They do offer a printed envelope too for an additional cost, $2.99. But the actual download and standard print or email or FREE!!! They even have all the Christmas Stories - a good bedtime read!

Here is another thought on mailing. If you're doing your own,
you can send your letters to a number of different post-offices to have holiday Postmarks.
For example, RUDOLPH, WI or North Pole, AK .
Directions:Print the Letter.
Place it in an envelope addressed to your child with your address.
Place a Christmas stamp on the envelope.
Place that SASE (Self Addressed Stamp Envelope) in a Larger Envelope and mail it to:
Post Master- Christmas Cancellation
City, State, Zip (see list below)
Include a note that you would like the letter Post-Marked with their Special Christmas Post Mark.
To ensure delivery in time for Christmas, items should be received at the post office by Dec. 15th.
Here is a list of US Cities with Holiday-Themed Names and has special postmarks.

Antler ND 58711
Bethlehem GA 30620
Bethlehem PA 18016
Carrollton MO 64633
Christmas Valley OR 97641
Frost MN 56033
Holly CO 81047
Holly MI 48442
Hope ID 83836
Hope KS 67451
Hope MN 56046
Nazareth PA 18064
North Pole AK 99709
Saint Joseph MI 49085
Saint Marys WV 26170
Santa Claus IN 47579
Santa ID 83866
Star ID 83669
Star MS 39167
Star NC 27356
Starlight PA 18461

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 14

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national holiday of thanksgiving. President Franklin Roosevelt later specified that Thanksgiving should be the fourth Thursday, not the occasional fifth Thursday, to encourage earlier holiday shopping.

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Get the Entertainment Book at 30% Off This Weekend Only

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It's the Entertainment Book Cyber Weekend Super Sale! This weekend only, they're offering the 2011 Entertainment Book for 25% off plus an additional 5% off at checkout for a total savings of 30%! Show your loved ones you really care and get them the gift of saving for their best price yet! Great deals on dining, vacation, shopping and entertainment await this holiday season.  Hurry over!  This offer expires on November 30!

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 13

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!

Contrary to popular belief, even though wild turkeys were around during the first Thanksgiving feast, they were not served.  Instead, the Native American Indians and Plymouth colonists feasted on various seafood, deer, corn, eggs, squash, spices, popcorn and squashed cranberries.

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To you:

 We hope you all have a safe,
fun and family filled 
Thanksgiving!


Betsy and Ann

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 12

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!
Cross-border travelers can celebrate Thanksgiving twice, because Canada celebrates its own Thanksgiving Day the second Monday in October.

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 11

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!

For a festive few, even turkey takes a backseat to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, originally called the Macy's Christmas parade, because it kicked off the shopping season.
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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 10

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!
For many U.S. citizens, Thanksgiving without football is as unthinkable as the Fourth of July without fireworks.  NBC Radio broadcast the first national Thanksgiving Day game in 1934, when the Detroit Lions hosted the Chicago Bears.  Except for a respite during World War II, the Lions have played—usually badly—every Thanksgiving Day since. In this year's game, the 71st, they take on another team with a bit of a Thanksgiving theme—the New England Patriots.


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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 9

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!

Wild turkeys can run some 10 to 20 miles (16 to 32 kilometers) an hour and fly in bursts at 55 miles (89 kilometers) an hour. Domesticated turkeys can't fly at all.

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 8

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!
Pilgrims had been familiar with turkeys before they landed in the Americas.  That's because early European explorers of the New World had returned to Europe with turkeys in tow after encountering them at Native American settlements. Native Americans had domesticated the birds centuries before European contact.

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 7

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!
Each year at least two lucky turkeys avoid the dinner table, thanks to a presidential pardon—a longstanding Washington tradition believed to have originated with U.S. President Harry Truman.  Since 1947 the National Turkey Federation has presented two live turkeys—and a ready-to-eat turkey—to the President, according to federation spokesperson Sherrie Rosenblatt.  "There are two birds," Rosenblatt explained, "the presidential turkey and the vice presidential turkey, which is an alternate, in case the presidential turkey is unable to perform its duties."  Those duties pretty much boil down to not biting the President during the photo opportunity with the press.

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 6

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!

It's the 1621 Plimoth Thanksgiving that's linked to the birth of our modern holiday. The truth is the first "real" Thanksgiving happened two centuries later.  Everything we know about the three-day Plimoth gathering comes from a description in a letter wrote by Edward Winslow, leader of the Plimoth Colony, in 1621.  The letter had been lost for 200 years and was rediscovered in the 1800s.  In 1841 Boston publisher Alexander Young printed Winslow's brief account of the feast and added his own twist, dubbing the 1621 feast the "First Thanksgiving."  In Winslow's short letter, it was clear that [the 1621 feast] was not something that was supposed to be repeated again and again. It wasn't even a Thanksgiving, which in the 17th century was a day of fasting. It was a harvest celebration.  But after its mid-1800s appearance, Young's designation caught on—to say the least.

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 5

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!

The first "real" U.S. Thanksgiving wasn't until the 1800s.  U.S. President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving Day a national holiday in 1863. He was probably swayed in part by magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale—the author of the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb"—who had suggested Thanksgiving become a holiday, historians say.

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 4

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!

But if you overeat at Thanksgiving dinner, there's a price to be paid for all this plenty: the Thanksgiving "food coma." The post-meal fatigue may be real, but the condition is giving turkeys a bad rap.  Contrary to myth, the amount of the organic protein tryptophan in most turkeys isn't responsible for drowsiness.  Instead, scientists blame booze, the sheer caloric size of an average feast, or just plain-old relaxing after stressful work schedules.

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 3

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!

U.S. farmers will also produce 735 million pounds (333 million kilograms) of cranberries, which, like turkeys, are native to the Americas. The top producers are Wisconsin and Massachusetts.

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 2

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about! Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!

About 46 million turkeys will end up on U.S. dinner tables this Thanksgiving—or about 736 million pounds (334 million kilograms) of turkey meat, according to estimates from the National Turkey Federation.

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Let's Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts That Everyone Oughta Know! Number 1

We thought you might all like to know a few facts this Thanksgiving that you can share with your families and friends in those awkward silent moments...yes, you know what we're talking about!  Avoid those awkward moments and fill them with these facts!

Minnesota is the United States' top turkey-producing state, followed by North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, and Virginia.

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