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December 07th, 2010 | Author:

“Where did the time go,” is usually something you hear old people say.  But even for me, I wonder where this whole year went too.  It seems like it was summer not too long ago and that I just started high school last week.

With Christmas right around the corner, I  just finished my 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Fundraiser for Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California.  Through the support and generous donations from people all over the country and even a few in Japan, I was able to raise $1,475, including my own money, to buy 500 teddy bears for the kids.  Although we didn’t reach last year’s amount, I know each bear will make a difference in someone’s life.

Bears of all sizes, colors and shapes have been ordered and should arrive by the end of this week. They get unpacked from their boxes, sorted, and then my parents and I will tie a donation tag on each and every bear with the name of the person that donated. After each one has their special name tag around their neck, they are neatly packed again in larger bags ready for their trip to San Diego on December 18.

500 bears will be fill about 10 large bags.  Since we don’t have a mini-van, we contacted our local Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Temecula, California.  They were generous and offered to give us a half-price deal on a rental and said they would check to see if they could make a full donation. So hopefully, by the time the delivery date comes, they will be able to do that.  Either way, I appreciate their support and help toward this effort.

Thank you to every person who donated to this great cause. I couldn’t have done this without you. To see a list of the supporters, please visit Pencil Bugs. After we deliver the bears, I will post a short video and update to this story. The video is now online on my YouTube Channel.

Charity should not be just at Christmas. Since I started my business, I have been donating to help kids in various ways throughout the year. There are so many good causes and people that need help in different situations. 2011 may be the start of something new in my charitable efforts. Stay tuned.

January 05th, 2010 | Author:

My 12 Days of Christmas Trivia has come to an end.  I’ve had a lot of fun finding little-known facts and trivia about Christmas.  I hope you had fun reading them too.

This last bit of Christmas trivia is good to remember all year long since it is health-related.  It is estimated that 400,000 people become sick each year from eating tainted Christmas leftovers.  I read this on several websites but couldn’t find the actual source to verify it but if you’re like most families, there was lots of food set out during the holidays.  Everyone seems to take more time eating holiday meals than regular meals any other day of the year so food sits on the table or counter a lot longer. Then there are the people who like to keep eating all day long so some munchies sit out for hours.  But how long should food be left out before it starts to go bad?

This ABC News/Health story explains how to tell if food has gone bad and how long you should keep leftovers.  It’s good to remember all year long, not just during the holidays.

My parents have a saying, “When in doubt, throw it out” because it’s better to be safe than sorry.  And who would want to get sick between Christmas and New Years just because you ate some bad leftovers or food that set out too long?  Even your favorite leftover turkey or stuffing wouldn’t be worth it.  And if you’re not sure if it’s spoiled or not, please don’t feed it to your pets either.

Happy New Year to everyone!  Eat healthy!

If you missed any of my 12 Days of Christmas Trivia, just scroll down to read the rest.

December 30th, 2009 | Author:

This was a real surprise to me because I thought Christmas was always an official holiday in the United States but it wasn’t until 1836 when Alabama was the first state to declare Christmas a legal holiday.  Other states followed and by 1907, Oklahoma was the last state to make Christmas a legal holiday.  More fun facts from the Farmers’ Almanac.

Scroll down in my blog to read more Christmas trivia from days 1-6.

December 30th, 2009 | Author:

When someone says berries, we think of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc and they are all really good to eat.  But there are many berries that are poisonous.  One of them is the holly berry that we associate with Christmas.  Eating more than three holly berries can cause severe and prolonged nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, as well as drowsiness.

According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, each fall they receive about 5 to 10 calls for the poison control center because a child ate some poisonous berry or seed.

Morale of the story: Just because it looks good, doesn’t mean it is good.

If you’re reading this trivia today and wondering why I’m still on the 12 Days of Christmas after Christmas, scroll down in my blog and read Day 1 which explains the 12 Days of Christmas.  You can also catch up on the days you missed.

December 29th, 2009 | Author:

Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that grows in trees and shrubs.  Mistletoe basically means “dung-on-a-twig.”

Several hundred years ago, people used to think that it was formed from bird poop.   Now we know that’s not true because otherwise there would be mistletoe everywhere that bird poop lands.   It still needs the right kind of host to start growing. The seeds are spread in the fruit which is eaten by birds.

When you think about it, it’s kind of weird that people use it during the holidays to kiss under.

Source:  Bellarmine University