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A Look Back on This Week in History

It is that time of year where 2018 is drawing to an end and we look forward with anticipation to all that 2019 will bring.  Many of us are coming down from the Christmas hustle and bustle.  It is a great time to unwind and reflect on the year in review.  I thought that this would be a good time to write a post that highlights some notable moments that occurred this week in history.  Trivia buffs rejoice!  For those of you lucky enough to still be spending some time with friends and family, this post will be fun to share around a fire or at the local watering hole!

So let's get to it, here are some events from this week in history that I have found interesting enough to share with all of you!

1620- Construction began on Plymouth Settlement in what will become Massachusetts

1776- General George Washington led beleaguered American Revolutionary troops across Delaware River to attack British and Hessian soldiers in Trenton, NJ

1814- War of 1812 ended with the signing of the Treaty of Peace and Amity between Britain and U.S.

1831- HMS Beagle departed with Charles Darwin on board on five-year survey of southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans

1845- Texas joined the Union as the 28th state

1888- Van Gogh cut off the lobe of his ear in a fit of dementia

1908- Jack Johnson became first African-American heavyweight boxing champion after defeating Canadian Tommy Burns in 14 rounds

1914- “Christmas Truce of 1914” WW1 German soldiers ceased fire, emerged from trenches and began singing Christmas carols.  They approached Allied forces across no-man’s land, extending a greeting of ‘Merry Christmas’, the opposing troops exchanged gifts, sang carols, and even played a friendly game of soccer

1923- Calvin Coolidge lit the first National Christmas Tree

1932- Radio City Music Hall opened

1962- To Kill a Mockingbird film debuted

1966- Jimi Hendrix wrote "Purple Haze" - the song that would later launch Hendrix’s fame in the U.S. and become one the most popular songs of all time

1968- Apollo 8 returned safely, completing the first manned mission to the moon

1969- Curtis Flood challenged the MLB’s reserve clause, paving the way for modern day free agency

1986- American aviators Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager completed the first global flight aboard the aircraft Voyager, circumnavigating the entire globe in 9 days on one load of fuel- with only 5 gallons to spare upon landing

1988- “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison reached #1, driven by airplay on MTV

2002- Katie Hnida became the first female to play in a Div. 1 college football game

(Note: all information was borrowed from The History Channel editors, www.history.com/this-day-in-history)

As you can see, this week in history had a lot of interesting and notable moments.  Some of which have helped shape culture and society today.  Are there any I missed?  Feel free to reach out and share some of your own!

-Tim Mavroules

My go-to Christmas gifts that you can buy on Amazon!

Hello all,

Christmas is approaching, and if you're like me, you aren't done with shopping for gifts yet (oops)! Thankfully, in our digital age, we can get perfect gifts shipped to us in the blink of an eye, very commonly thanks to Amazon Prime. Here is a little list of gifts I've bought through Amazon this year; perhaps you can use it for inspiration in your last-minute shopping!

 

1. A really warm winter hat

If you have anyone in your life who's outdoors a lot regardless of weather, I'd recommend this hat! It keeps snow out of their eyes, and protects their ears from the cold. I got this for my dad, as he is an avid tinkerer, and is often out in his garage he built next to our house (which doesn't have stellar heating). Buy it here.

 

2. An adorable mermaid tail blanket

One of my best friends is always snuggling with her two adorable kittens, and they LOVE blankets. So when I saw this super cute mermaid tail blanket, I knew it would be the perfect addition to their snuggle time! Buy it here.

 

3. A comfy-cute sleep mask

Full disclosure: I ordered this for myself, but hey: treat yourself! This is a super comfy sleep mask that blocks out extraneous light to help you sleep. It's made of a silk material as well, which means it won't wrinkle or irritate your skin! Highly recommend. Buy it here.

4. Dr. Plotka's Toothbrushes!

Of COURSE I have to include our amazing toothbrushes, because there's no better gift than a healthy smile! I love giving brushes to my friends and family; once they try them, they never go back! Buy them here.

5. The Default Gift: CHOCOLATE!

There's no better fall-back gift than some tasty chocolate! My family loves the Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffles; we give them to each other every year! Buy them here.

 

I hope this list gives you some inspiration for last-minute Holiday shopping; best of luck!

 

--Meg

My Top 5 Holiday Travel Essentials!

Hi All!

The holidays are just around the corner, which is crazy! Time seems to fly as soon as October ends, and then it’s a mad dash to the end of the year.

I don’t know about you, but I no longer live near home—I’m about 2.5 hours north of where my parents live—so the holiday season means traveling back and forth throughout the next few weeks. Since traveling can be a pain (+ we often have our brains scrambled/occupied by so many other things), I’ve compiled a list of my Top 5 essentials for traveling this time of year! I hope this list is helpful (and keeps you from forgetting any important things while packing!)

1. A foldable hair brush

I am very low maintenance with my hair, but a hair brush is still essential! No matter what kind of hair you have, it’s important to get all snags and tangles out a couple times per day, plus it’s good for your scalp to brush your hair, as the contact of the bristles encourages circulation! I don’t like packing heavy when I travel, so a must-have for me is the Wet Brush Foldable Hair Brush

2. Comfy Socks

Travel (for me) means lots of driving, and my feet can get sore from the hours spent on the road—not to mention that the holiday season here in New England means brisk, chilly weather! A comfortable and warm pair of socks is a necessity for me. My favorite ones are Bombas! They support your arches and also give pairs to those in need when you purchase.

3. A Portable Face Toner

I’m a skincare junkie! I often have breakouts, plus when the cold weather rolls around your skin can get dry so easily. When I’m tuckered out from travel I don’t always want to go through a whole extensive skincare regime, so having a quick, easy, and portable option helps a bunch. I’ve been loving the Neogen Real Cica Pads—They have a smooth side and a more exfoliating side, so you can really get a good clean/scrub if you’ve decided to slack on cleansing, etc and just want to get to bed.

4. A Great Travel Toothbrush

Traveling is no excuse for slacking on dental hygiene! During the holiday season, people are always taking pictures, so you want your smile to be in tip top shape. I always make sure that I have my Dr. Plotka’s travel toothbrush!!! The flossing bristles make sure every spot gets a thorough clean, and the antimicrobial properties of the brush are even more necessary during travel—I can rest assured knowing that my toothbrush is clean and bacteria-free even after bouncing from my travel bag to various bathrooms/hotels back to home. I never travel without it!

5. A Good Neck Pillow

Most folks associate neck pillows with traveling on airplanes, but when you drive (or maintain any posture) for a long amount of time it can strain your neck! When I drive I have a very “forward” posture, so once I’ve arrived at my destination, relaxing with a good neck pillow really helps to ease the muscles and get everything back into position. My favorite neck pillow is memory foam!

 

I hope this list was informative and helps you piece together your packing list for wherever the holiday traveling season may take you!

 

Best,

 

~Meg