BlackRefer.com - tons of info about black/african americans & holidays

HOME
black holidays

Websites most recently added to this page.

Custom Search
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


blackrefer.com video section
divider-line
divider-line
Stop celebrating these pagan
holidays so called black people
divider-line
ALL NEW African American Holiday Card Collection from Shades of Color, LLC
divider-line
2013 Holiday Barbie
African American from Mattel
divider-line
divider-line








    The ‘Love Diet’ for Valentine's Day

    www.hallongevity.com


    As we celebrate St. Valentines Day, wouldn't it be nice to know how to turn up the "heat" and make our loved one's passions boil? One way to get those juices flowing is to use an aphrodisiac, which can be thought of as any substance that increases libido when consumed. Aphrodisiacs are distinct from substances that address fertility issues such as impotence or sexual dysfunction. From the Greek word aphrodisiakon, or "pertaining to Aphrodite," the idea comes from the goddess of love. But really, is the notion of using an aphrodisiac a bit too silly to make the bedroom pop?

    According to Dr. Michael Hall, a board certified anti aging specialist and director of the Hall Longevity Clinic in Miami Beach, "This concept is really entirely based upon science, as traditionally it is known some foods possess chemical properties that could increase pheromones and heighten our interest and others may indirectly boost testosterone or estrogen levels, thereby increasing human sex drive, obvious some are considered virile because of their sensual appearance."

    In honor of Valentine's Day, Dr. Hall shares some of the foods commonly believed to have aphrodisiac powers.

    Classically, to be considered an aphrodisiac, a substance should:

    Consumed orally
    Reliably increase libido or sexual desire (no placebo effect, no diminished libido)
    Take effect in a relatively immediate time frame (minutes or hours, not days or weeks)

    THE TOP APHRODISIAC DELICASIES

    Oysters
    One of the most infamous aphrodisiacs, as their appearance mimics the labial folds of a vagina; oysters are high in zinc and have a reputation for being great for love and fertility. Researchers recently found that oysters contain amino acids that trigger production of sex hormones. Dr. Hall says that, "Oysters offer a lean source of protein to help give you energy all night long and, in addition to offering the body zinc, which helps blood flow and nourish sperm, there's scientific evidence that an amino acid found in oysters may directly raise sexual hormone levels."

    Bananas
    With their phallic shape, bananas already look tempting and sensual; but they also contain bromelain, an enzyme which Dr. Hall says triggers testosterone production, and the fruit's potassium, vitamin B elevate energy levels and the high sugar content gives the brain a kick!.

    Honey
    Honey is made through pollination and secretions of many fertile bees worshipping their queen, just what everywoman wants and symbolizes nature's procreative pinnacle. Birds and bees ring a bell? In fact, the word 'honeymoon' got its name from mead, an alcoholic beverage made from honey given as a libidinous elixir to the happy and horney new bride and groom. Drizzled on certain body part can be fun too...It has a number of vitamins and it also contains boron, which helps regulate estrogen and testosterone levels and the sweet and sappy sweetness provides a natural energy boost.

    Coffee
    The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant that ups the heart rate and makes the blood flow. One study conducted with female rats and published on scientific journal suggested that coffee could put women in the mood for sex. Its smell has a delicate and sensual aroma too.

    Watermelon
    According to sciencedaily.com, this 'lycopene king' may have a Viagra-like effect on the body, as it relaxes blood vessels and improves circulation. It's super sweet and the perkiness and color of the fruit drips sensuality.

    Pine Nuts
    High in energizing zinc and fatty acids, which has been linked to a healthy sex drive, pine nuts are also considered aphrodisiacs because of the effort required to procure these oily gems from pinecones.

    Arugula
    According to Dr. Hall, "This peppery tasting plant has been documented as an aphrodisiac since the first century A.D. The bite of the aromatic leaf might get you in the mood. The minerals and antioxidants found in dark leafy greens like arugula have also been proven to block environmental contaminates that could negatively harm libido."

    Olive oil
    Packed with antioxidants, olives and their oil have been used for centuries for health. The Greeks believed they made men more virile as well. "Olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are critical for a healthy heart, smooth blood flow and stable hormone production, all needed to keep the brain, prostate and penis in good shape!" says Dr. Hall.

    Figs
    Eaten by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the fig has forever paradoxically symbolized both sexuality (the ripe fruit with seeds representing fertility) and modesty (the fig leaf). They are full of potassium and are an antioxidant powerhouse, sweet and delicate when eaten and feel like a testicle.

    Chai Tea
    Skip the coffee after dinner and reach for a cup of Indian chai tea. The typical spices in this brew include ginger, cloves and cinnamon, all come from exotic places and certainly will get the blood flowing, and it has almost no caffeine so the stimulant effect is less than coffee, so you'll still be able to drift off to sleep with your lover after your lovemaking!

    Pomegranate
    These bright gems enclosed in a thick rose-colored husk are filled with tangy sweet antioxidants, which support blood flow and clear thought. One study by The Male Clinic in California found that pomegranate juice had a positive effect on erectile dysfunction.

    www.hallongevity.com

    Missouri native Dr. Michael Hall, MD has pursued knowledge for over twenty five years and in 2007, established the Hall Longevity Clinic. Dr. Hall explains his role, as a healthcare professional is to "balance the mind, body and soul". Confident and caring, Dr. Hall is intensely interested in searching the globe to find the best remedies and procedures, aiming at increasing longevity and slowing down the process of aging. After attending medical school at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Dr. Hall completed internal medicine at Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation and studied ophthalmic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College-The New York Presbyterian Hospital. He obtained a degree in health care management from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service-New York University and in 2004 he went on to complete a community and family medicine residency at Truman Medical Center-Lakewood where he became a diplomate in the American Board of Family Practice. To pursue his interest in holistic healing, Dr. Hall recently completed further training from the Institute of Functional Medicine-University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Hall's approach to life embodies the true essence of achieving balance and good health. Caring for people, he organized relief and aided victims of 2004 Boxing Day tsunami by founding a medical mission in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. Working with indigenous peoples in Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Hawaii, Montana, Maine and other states, he has learned how Americans can benefit indigenous and natural healing in order to live better and become more responsible for their health. Dr. Hall is the author of "The American Gentleman, A Contemporary Guide to Chivalry".


    ooOoo


    The articles on this website are provided for information purposes only. BlackRefer.com does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content on this site or reliance by any person on the site's contents. Use at your own risk.

    No Implied Endorsement:
    BlackRefer.com does not endorse or recommend any article on this site or any product, service or information found within said articles. The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to BlackRefer.com belong to them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of BlackRefer.com.



    Valentine’s Day Nail Lacquers


    The New Year is here, which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Pamper yourself head toe with SpaRitual’sYuzu Rose Signature Collection, launching February 1, and their gorgeously festive nail lacquers.

    Available as a Sugar Scrub, Bath Salt, Soak Tonic, moisturizing Body Butter and 4 Lip Gloss shades, the Yuzu Rose Collection is a tantalizingly infused with aromatic notes of Mandarin, Tangerine, Lemon Satsuma, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Bergamot and Oak Moss.

    Valentines Day


    Additionally, treat yours nails to the mani they deserve with a light pink crème (Vibration), a pink crème (Pink Prediction), poppy red crème (Poppy), a brick red crème (Hunk of Burnin' Love), a red crème(Hot Blooded) and a duo chrome glitter (Artisan).

    Valentines Day



    ooOoo


    The articles on this website are provided for information purposes only. BlackRefer.com does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content on this site or reliance by any person on the site's contents. Use at your own risk.

    No Implied Endorsement:
    BlackRefer.com does not endorse or recommend any article on this site or any product, service or information found within said articles. The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to BlackRefer.com belong to them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of BlackRefer.com.



    A Thrill of Hope - A Dog’s Key to the True Meaning of Christmas

    by Douglas Green




    I was walking Shirelle, my husky-mix, through the chilly neighborhood, taking in the holiday decorations. Some charming, but most of them atrocious, completely missing the true meaning of Christmas. Which of course is the virgin birth of the foretold messiah, along with carols and love, eggnog parties and trees with stars, which all together means what exactly?

    “What do you think it means?” I asked the mutt.

    She ignored me, as usual, focusing on smells and potential sounds around the corners.

    “I mean, Hanukkah and Kwanza still make sense. But after all this time, and all we’ve done to it, there still seems to be some core meaning to Christmas that we all yearn for, regardless of religious beliefs. We see it in kids sometimes, but what exactly is it?”

    She suddenly lunged against the leash, almost pulling me over, and started barking to raise the saints. A man across the street was walking his Maltese, and Shirelle was giving her usual zealous reaction to a foe she could devour without chewing.

    “What’s your problem, Shirelle?” I groused. “It’s not such a big deal.”

    But she disagreed. Completely, which got me thinking. For me, that little dog was no big deal. But to Shirelle, for some unknowable reason, it’s stop-the-presses cataclysmic. Could she be answering my question about the yuletide?

    Think about it. A few years ago, astronomers came across likely evidence that, a couple thousand years before, Jupiter and Venus appeared so close together in our skies that they looked like a giant star – an occurrence that might well have been the Star of Bethlehem.

    And today, if a young woman were admitted to a hospital with a pregnancy, with proof she’d never been inseminated, the medical profession would consider it an anomaly, a case for study, and it would most certainly end up a plot point on a few nighttime medical dramas.

    But the Star in the East and the Virgin Birth were and are considered miracles, because the people at that time saw them as such. The shepherds and wise men saw those planets and determined they’d seen a miracle expressing new hope. A sign of the most important event in history.

    Just like Shirelle, ecstatic at the idea of a new tail to sniff, pulling on me as if it were, well, the most important event in history.

    Isn’t that miracle of hope the constant of the holiday? The pre-Christian winter solstice rituals celebrated the idea that winter wasn’t the end; that, in cold darkness, faith promises the coming of spring. Even our modern traditions of gift-giving, mall Santas, and saturated advertising all suggest that there’s something amazing just around the corner so you better not pout, and you better not cry!

    Here’s this knucklehead dog by my side, who lives in that mindset all the time, always checking for what miracle, what new hope, is ahead. While we, jaded and overwhelmed, wish we could feel that too. Could a pooch teach us something about how to achieve it?

    The answer is yes, but verbally-challenged tailwaggers don’t present lectures. Rather, like Bing Crosby reforming the sinners and fuddy-duddies in Going My Way, a pup achieves this through example, by simply being herself. (Though admittedly, Crosby also had the ability to sing that “Would you rather be a mule” song. But we’ll have to make do with what the mutt can offer here.)

    Canine Miracle Awareness isn’t instant; it takes steps. Maybe it’s best to think of it as an Advent calendar, but one with just four windows. Once you’ve mastered what’s in one, you get to move to the next.

    The first opens to reveal the world around you. Compared to dogs, we got gypped in the sense-of-smell department. When we walk outdoors, we’re likely to be hit by only one or two smells, not the four-star menu a pooch sniffs. But we have eyes to put theirs to shame. So the next time you’re on a busy city sidewalk, take a moment and look around. After all, any pup can tell you – there’s a miracle on every street, not just 34th.

    And as you do, like those ancient stargazers, note what most affects you. Perhaps you’ll be struck by the sight of a beautiful woman in a lovely outfit, a rare car, or a great window advertising a sale.

    But then let your brain run – aren’t all windows miraculous? Who came up with the idea of how to make glass, and how did they do that? Isn’t every car amazing, with the technological precision it takes to run an engine? And isn’t every person a miracle? Their lives, their minds, their struggles, their achievements?

    In truth, every new thing you see out there is astounding, if you let yourself realize it. Each is a beautiful gift, from…well, if you choose to believe so…from Santa Claus.

    Crack open the next window, and you’ll see things that you don’t like at all. Or at least, so you think.

    Because dogs’ smaller brains keep them living in the moment, they are far less ruled by preconceptions than are we. We plan for a picnic and state the day was ruined by rain. A dog plans to go outdoors, is surprised by precipitation, and then relishes the new smells the moisture creates.

    So many of our favorite modern Christmas songs tell of this. Rudolph’s nose causes him nothing but shame, till it’s valued for the miracle it is. Snow and cold cause colorless misery, until one appreciates the winter wonderland and Jack Frost nipping at your nose. And, the most popular of all, tells of Irving Berlin’s melancholy at spending December 24th in warm colorful Beverly Hills instead of trapped in a frozen blanket like the ones he used to know.

    Instead of sitting back and waiting for a miracle to come in the way you want, why not sniff around and discover the ones resplendent in all your annoyances and disappointments.

    When you’ve graduated from windows one and two, you can bend open the next panel, to approach a dogs’ true state of grace: seeing miracles in the everyday. Like Jimmy Stewart realizing how much he loves his plain home town and dysfunctional family and friends, or Scrooge breaking past his inner pain and embracing the people he’s feared and despised, you now can live surrounded by awe and majesty – right where you are.

    Once you’ve tasted that, you have the right to break open the final portal, which will simply show your heart – which now explodes puppylike at every reunion with your family and friends, with the unbridled Home Alone ecstasy that what was lost has returned, what was gone forever is back, a thrill of hope the weary world rejoices.

    What do you think? Do you want to go Shirelle’s way, living life fully in joy at the miracles around her? Or would you rather be say...a Grinch?

    You see, you could be swingin’ on a star. Even if you’re on a leash.

    Douglas Green is a psychotherapist, specializing in helping kids and teens build lives they can be proud of. He is also the creator and writer for AskShirelle.com, which helps kids, teens, parents, and others around the world with advice from the point of view of a friendly dog, and is the author of The Teachings of Shirelle – Life Lessons from a Divine Knucklehead. Learn more about Green at and connect on Facebook and Twitter.


    ooOoo


    The articles on this website are provided for information purposes only. BlackRefer.com does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content on this site or reliance by any person on the site's contents. Use at your own risk.

    No Implied Endorsement:
    BlackRefer.com does not endorse or recommend any article on this site or any product, service or information found within said articles. The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to BlackRefer.com belong to them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of BlackRefer.com.



    7 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress and Make The Season More Enjoyable

    by Steve Siebold


    Steve Siebold, a psychological performance and mental toughness coach who is author of 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of The World Class, says, “The change from everyday routines, the large gatherings, the decorating, shopping and more can make many people feel overwhelmed and stressed this time of year.”

    His tips to reduce the stress of the holidays and make it more enjoyable:

    - Slow down: Life is challenging enough as it is, and with all the extra commitments and things that have to get done this time of year, it can cause panic and chaos for even the most mentally tough people. When you find yourself moving a million miles an hour, take a step back and slow down. Instead of getting overwhelmed in everything you have to do, focus on one task at a time. Looking at one thing in front of you compared to the big picture makes it much more manageable.

    - Ask for help: There’s no reason you have to do everything by yourself during the holiday season. Ask for help. If you’re hosting Christmas dinner, for example, ask your spouse or children to help with the shopping, coking, decorating, setting up the guest bedroom, taking out the trash, walking the dog, etc.

    - Don’t feel bad about saying ‘No:’ There’s only so much time in a day, and with all the extra commitments at the holidays, don’t feel guilty about telling people ‘no.’ A very simple response to soften it is, “I would normally love to help; however, I already have so much on my plate right now. I’ll have to pass on the offer. I would love to help another time.”

    - Take a break: If the holiday season gets to be too much, take a break. Put everything down for a day and go do something you really enjoy. If you feel a day is too long, take 30 minutes to an hour and go for a walk, spend time doing something fun with a friend, take your kids to the park, read a new book, work on your business plan for the New Year, watch TV or whatever it is that will take your mind off of the holidays.

    - Talk it out: It’s never a good idea to keep your feelings bottled up inside. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed out, talk to a close friend you can confide in, a therapist or try journaling. In fact, become your own best means of support and talk to yourself. Put things in perspective and tell yourself the craziness of the holiday season will only last for a few weeks and then life goes back to normal. Tell yourself it’s only temporary and that you can hang tough a little longer.

    - Lower your expectations: Many people have ridiculously high expectations of what the holidays are supposed to be like. Stop paying attention to what you see on TV. Stop being influenced by those holiday catalogs. Take the pressure off and just let the holidays play out naturally.

    - Focus on being rather than doing: One of the best ways to find happiness this time of year is to focus on being rather than doing. Make a list of the 10 things you are most grateful for in your life, and review them every morning for the month of December. Monitor how this simple activity impacts your emotions.

    www.mentaltoughnesssecrets.com


    ooOoo


    The articles on this website are provided for information purposes only. BlackRefer.com does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content on this site or reliance by any person on the site's contents. Use at your own risk.

    No Implied Endorsement:
    BlackRefer.com does not endorse or recommend any article on this site or any product, service or information found within said articles. The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to BlackRefer.com belong to them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of BlackRefer.com.



    A Holiday Budget Guide for Couples

    DON’T MAKE MID JANUARY YOUR WORST FINANCIAL NIGHTMARE


    By Pam Friedman, CFP®, CDFA and author of I Now Pronounce You Financially Fit: How to Protect Your Money in Marriage and Divorce, published by River Grove Books and available December 2015.

    One of the most famous holiday budget battles in history occurred between then President Bill Clinton and speaker of the house Newt Gingrich. As both sides argued over funding for various government programs along with raising the debt ceiling, the government ran out of money. The government shut down for a period of 27 days through the holiday season of 1995. Each side blamed the other for the debacle and increased partisanship became the most lasting byproduct of the fight.

    Similar budget battles occur in households across America as the stress of the holiday season conjoins with the increased financial burdens that the season of giving places on us all. According to the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts, money issues are the third leading cause of divorce. Having a good holiday budgeting strategy is not only important to your pocket book but also may be vital to your marriage. Here are some helpful tips that will keep you and spouse operating in a bi-partisan fashion.

    Discuss
    You may think that talking about your gift and holiday spending budget is about as fun as wet socks on a long walk. You don’t want to feel like you are asking your husband or wife for permission to spend. But think about the alternative. The alternative is having to confront (or admit to) maxing out the credit cards come January.

    Complete transparency is a must. Buying gifts on a secret credit card, giving monetary gifts that haven’t been discussed, or fibbing about the true cost of a gift are recipes for conflict and future acrimony. Before you spend dollar one make a list, check it twice, and share it with your spouse. Just pretend you are having another wedding with a limited number of invitations. Set a dollar maximum per person and try to locate gifts in advance of the holidays that fit into the budget. It is also a good idea to have a last minute gift budget for people you missed or who unexpectedly provided you with a generous gift. As for each other? Find something that you and your spouse can both enjoy together, like a concert event and purchase the tickets as your presents to each other.

    Already spent a wad while under the influence of a cinnamon bun at the mall? Does all that spending make you feel like hiding? Don’t. Talk with your spouse about your indiscretion. Failure and slip ups are inevitable in life. Nobody is perfect. There may be something your spouse has been waiting to admit to you. By discussing how to handle money together, by being vulnerable, you can make a plan to work together to fix it – growing closer in the process. But you’re not off the hook yet. Promise to make amends by returning what you can and avoiding the mall (and the Internet, too).

    Plan Ahead
    Watch out for special deals on items that can be purchased throughout the year that would make great gift ideas. If you are really on your game, you can go ahead and wrap the present and use a yellow sticky to label the intended recipient. You should also put a description on the sticky just in case you forget what is inside the wrapper.

    Don’t Always Throw Money at It
    Seasonal gifts don’t have to be budget breakers. If you have a special skill, are good with arts and crafts, you may be able to leverage that skill and your spare time to create gifts that are well-received and within budget. We have a family friend that makes holiday tamales for her close friends and family. While these delightfully wrapped presents are eagerly anticipated, they cost pennies to produce.

    Watch Out for Year-End Shockers
    The end of the year can provide some budget surprises that shouldn’t be surprises. Property tax bills, home owners insurance, and other large expenses are commonly due toward the end of the year. If you don’t have an escrow account to cover these, then make sure you are setting aside a monthly amount to cover the year end.

    Pam Friedman, CFP®, CDFA is the Founder of Divorce Planning of Austin and a Partner at Silicon Hills Wealth Management. She is the author of I Now Pronounce You Financially Fit: How to Protect Your Money in Marriage and Divorce, published by River Grove Books and available December 2015.

    Investment Advisory services offered through Silicon Hills Wealth Management, LLC, a registered investment advisor. Neither Silicon Hills Wealth Management nor Divorce Planning of Austin provide legal or tax advice. Please consult the appropriate professional regarding your individual circumstance.


    ooOoo


    The articles on this website are provided for information purposes only. BlackRefer.com does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content on this site or reliance by any person on the site's contents. Use at your own risk.

    No Implied Endorsement:
    BlackRefer.com does not endorse or recommend any article on this site or any product, service or information found within said articles. The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to BlackRefer.com belong to them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of BlackRefer.com.



    Timely Article: Advice from a Turkey Dog by Douglas Green


    The word is out. There’s something wrong with Thanksgiving.

    As with so many other holidays, we have ruined its original concept with enforced “traditions:” Macy’s parade, turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, televised football. Don’t get me wrong, I like all of these traditions, I just don’t know what they have to do with gratitude, or with immigrants thanking locals for helping them survive.

    The secret to re-legitimizing the day isn’t the food, or even family. It’s the name. Can we return to actually giving thanks?

    To find a way, I turn to the greatest teachers on gratitude I’ve ever known: dogs. Never unselfish, but habitually giving credit whenever they see it due.

    So, from their pure integrity, here are some canine keys to a true Thanksgiving:

    1. Sit in your front doorway and look around. A clever pooch knows this is the best place to relax. He can watch everything going on outside, while poised to jump if any food should drop. And it’s a perfect first stop on the gratitude trail.

    What sort of home do you have? Do you rent or own? Does the doorway reveal a Downton Abbey landscape or a parking lot? Whichever, sit on that threshold and find twenty things you appreciate about your shelter and the astounding world outside it. If you can’t, you’re not looking hard enough.

    2. Pretend that everyone in your life didn’t have to be there, or do what they’ve done for you. Then realize that’s the truth. We laugh at the enthusiasm pups show over the simplest things – their human, a treat or leash. But only because we take those sights for granted. What if you never assumed the one who’d cared for you would come home? What if you harbored doubts about ever tasting another cookie?

    Then look at your present relationships. Your parents, your spouse, your friends, and even your dog. Take a moment to ask what your life would be like with any of them not there, or not caring about you.

    Scary? Then take it further; focus on your love for them. Feel it till your heart could burst. That appreciation, that pain, is what dogs feel for us all the time. When they’re staring up from the floor, unable to intellectualize their feelings as we do. That’s being alive.

    3. Whatever your religious beliefs, pretend you’re wrong. Dogs lack dogma. Their brains aren’t big enough to perceive a rationale for the universe. Dogs are neither theist nor atheist, sectarian nor agnostic.

    Instead, they just appreciate. Do any of us honor the sun like a pup who shifts her sleeping to follow the rays? Do we run out after rains to absorb every enhanced scent?

    Take a breath, close your eyes, and forget all that you believe about why the world is. And when you free your brain from the “why,” let it all roll over you: The enormity of outer space, the miracle of an ant, the luck of our proximity to the sun, the breathtaking complexity of your own body. And just try not to feel grateful.

    4. Even if you absolutely, 100%, know it’s completely and totally wrong, pretend for just a wee moment that things are actually better today than they were a year ago. And see how many of them you can count. Have we ever been told as often that our world, our leaders, our lives are horrible? News channels screaming, rants on Facebook, forcing us to focus on lousiness. And then all the great people who’ve died, all the pollution, and get a load of what the kids listen to – it’s just garbage!

    But if we put aside that all these worst-politicians-ever just lie and cheat, maybe we could remember that most of them, most of the time, are trying to do their best, and often get things right.

    And are you happy about anyone who was born this last year? And how many new inventions reduce pollution? And have you noticed that all the music you like is still around, and maybe you’ve actually enjoyed one new song? So then, things are better, right?

    Okay, maybe that argument doesn’t hold, but just give a moment to thanking the few things that you can agree have improved. If you can’t think of any, then admit that you have less brain than any dumb mutt, who has no trouble saying, “Right now, at this moment, that mushroom gravy I smell from two houses down is the most glorious creation ever!”

    5. Embrace everyone, in the way they can accept. True gratitude should glow, not just in feeling thanks, but in expressing it, as dogs do every waking moment.

    Now that doesn’t mean jumping onto the white dresses of frightened strangers. Own your social intelligence, like an obedience-school graduate, and treat people as you believe they would wish. Greet that work colleague with a warm handshake and smile. Embrace that chic friend with a peck-almost-on-the-cheek, that child with a warm hug, and your significant other with the passion you’ve stifled since Labor Day.

    And who knows? Maybe these actions will give you more to be thankful for next year.

    Now these canine behaviors create their own rewards, but there’s a higher goal here, too. And again, I learned it from a dog.

    My pooch, Shirelle, had a fatal cancer, and was supposed to have died already; I lived in fear every time I left her for even a few hours. So this Thanksgiving, I gently took her with me to the home of some neighbors for their family celebration.

    This couple had lost their own dog a couple of years before, and had embraced mine with an openness like grandparents. And Shirelle adored them, always lunging toward their door on our walks. I’d wondered why.

    After chatting with some of their relatives, I realized the dog was missing. I checked room after room, until finally looking across at the open doorway to the kitchen.

    There stood “Grandpa,” carving the turkey, with my big mutt sitting oh-so-politely at attention next to him. He carved slowly, methodically, putting one slice onto a platter for the family, handing the next slice to her, the next slice to the family, the next slice to her…spoiling the being I loved most just rotten.

    Months of emotion welled up in my eyes. It was too goofy, too beautiful. He was thankful for her and she was thankful for him and I was thankful for both and for their gratitude to each other.

    That should be our goal for the day. For thanks to go all the way around – everyone beholden to everyone – and the emotion overwhelming with its simplicity to where you realize that this is really the way the whole world should be, the way all of life should be.

    Douglas Green is a psychotherapist, specializing in helping kids and teens build lives they can be proud of. He is also the creator and writer for AskShirelle.com, which helps kids, teens, parents, and others around the world with advice from the point of view of a friendly dog, and is the author of the upcoming book, The Teachings of Shirelle – Life Lessons from a Divine Knucklehead. Learn more about Green at www.CavalleriaPress.com, and connect on Facebook and Twitter.


    ooOoo


    The articles on this website are provided for information purposes only. BlackRefer.com does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content on this site or reliance by any person on the site's contents. Use at your own risk.

    No Implied Endorsement:
    BlackRefer.com does not endorse or recommend any article on this site or any product, service or information found within said articles. The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to BlackRefer.com belong to them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of BlackRefer.com.



    Ladies' Holiday Gift Cheat Sheet! Put A Big Smile On Your Partner's Face!


     Mantry



    Wondering What To Get Your Man This Holiday Season?

    Here’s Your Holiday Gift Cheat Sheet!

    The holidays are round the corner and for those that are clueless as to what to get their man can relax because relationship expert and TV personality Damona Hoffman is here with the Girl’s Holiday Gift Cheat Sheet! Whether it’s a new interest or a lifelong partner that you’re looking to gift, Damona has you’re the perfect him to make him smile this holiday season!

    DAMONA HOFFMAN - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9iIjO4F9hE

    Damona’s new reality show, #BLACKLOVE, airs this December 9th and takes you into inside the world of five women and their search for their soulmate – including returning to the scene after divorce, pursuing same-sex love and negotiating interracial relationships. With her guidance they hope to find the love of their lives.

    The online dating specialist is also a regular contributor to Huffington Post, J-Date and Match.com, among others.

    With the Holidays around the corner women are already stressing out about what to get their men. If you want to keep your relationship strong, here are 4 tips on what to buy your guy this season:

    1. FOCUS ON EXPERIENCES – If you get your man tickets to the basketball game that’s an experience you can share and a memory you can create together (or an opportunity for him to spend that important time with the boy.

    2. GET HIM MORE OF THE SAME – Sometimes a woman subtly tries to shift her boyfriend’s behavior by buying something that she thinks he needs or wishes he would do rather than what he actually wants or needs. Men are creatures of habit. Rather than trying to be too clever, he will be impressed if you buy him more of something he already uses.

    3.LET HIM BE PAMPERED –Women incorporate self-care, beauty and pampering into our regular maintenance routine. Many men have never had a massage let alone a professional shave or facial. Give him an opportunity to get pampered.

    4. FILL HIS BELLY – There’s a reason they say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Cook him a delicious four course meal or buy him gourmet treats and he’ll literally be eating out of the palm of your hand.


    ooOoo


    The articles on this website are provided for information purposes only. BlackRefer.com does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content on this site or reliance by any person on the site's contents. Use at your own risk.

    No Implied Endorsement:
    BlackRefer.com does not endorse or recommend any article on this site or any product, service or information found within said articles. The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to BlackRefer.com belong to them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of BlackRefer.com.



    Mantry


     Mantry



    Father's Day is around the corner. Just sending a tip about Mantry (The Modern Man's Pantry), an American Artisan Food-of-the-Month Club that comes in a handmade wooden crate, and is 100% made in the USA.

    Website: http://www.mantry.com


    ooOoo


    The articles on this website are provided for information purposes only. BlackRefer.com does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content on this site or reliance by any person on the site's contents. Use at your own risk.

    No Implied Endorsement:
    BlackRefer.com does not endorse or recommend any article on this site or any product, service or information found within said articles. The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to BlackRefer.com belong to them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of BlackRefer.com.



    This Mother's Day, Give Your Mom a Gift That Keeps on Giving!


     Erase MS



    No need to stress about finding the perfect gift this Mother’s Day, we’ve got you covered! This Mother’s Day, ditch the flowers and overpriced spa treatments and give your Mom a gift that keeps on giving!

    This May, join Race to Erase MS as they team up with Alex and Ani, Sweet E's, Donni Charm, Peace & Love by Nancy Davis, Invicta and many more to support the fight to end multiple sclerosis. Portions of the proceeds will help fund the foundation’s Center Without Walls Program, a selected network of the nation’s top MS research centers. From accessories to baked goods, there is something for every Mom to enjoy!

    For a full list of products please visit: http://shop.erasems.org/collections/may-campaign-collection

    About Race to Erase MS
    Race to Erase MS is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of multiple sclerosis (MS). Funding research is the core focus of the foundation, and significant strides have been made to find the cause and cure of this debilitating disease. All funds raised support our Center Without Walls program, a network of the world’s leading MS research scientists currently representing such institutions as Harvard, Yale, Cedars-Sinai, University of Southern California, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins. This unique collaboration of physicians, scientists and clinicians has led to innovative research and recent breakthroughs in therapeutic approaches to treat MS. Visit the website at http://www.erasems.org.


    ooOoo


    The articles on this website are provided for information purposes only. BlackRefer.com does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content on this site or reliance by any person on the site's contents. Use at your own risk.

    No Implied Endorsement:
    BlackRefer.com does not endorse or recommend any article on this site or any product, service or information found within said articles. The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to BlackRefer.com belong to them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of BlackRefer.com.



    ANTHONY HAMILTON's "Home for the Holidays"


     Anthony Hamilton



    HAMILTON's holiday album features a total of 14 track and appearances from Grammy Award-winning icon, Chaka Khan and Grammy nominated producer, Gavin DeGraw. The New York Times reviewed the album saying, "The soulful implications of home and hearth provide a productive raison d’être for Anthony Hamilton...A winner all around." The LA Times stated, "The R&B singer brings welcome grit to many of the tracks here, in contrast to the glistening shimmer that often envelops R&B holiday sessions."


    ooOoo


    The articles on this website are provided for information purposes only. BlackRefer.com does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content on this site or reliance by any person on the site's contents. Use at your own risk.

    No Implied Endorsement:
    BlackRefer.com does not endorse or recommend any article on this site or any product, service or information found within said articles. The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to BlackRefer.com belong to them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of BlackRefer.com.



    HALLOWEEN INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION (HIA) AND URBAN EXPOSITIONS PARTNER TO ACQUIRE THE HALLOWEEN & PARTY EXPO FROM H&P EXPO

    HIA and Urban Will Take Over Management, Production of Event Following the 2015 Show in New Orleans


    KENNESAW, GA (November 25, 2014)-- The Halloween Industry Association (HIA) and Urban Expositions announced they are to acquire Halloween & Party Expo from its current owners, H&P Expo, LLC. The upcoming event, scheduled for February 6-9, 2015 at the New Orleans Convention Center, will be operated by H&P Expo. HIA and Urban will take over the event immediately following the 2015 edition.

    Under the new partnership, Urban Expositions will be responsible for managing all aspects of the event including sales, operations, marketing and promotion with guidance and expertise provided by the Halloween Industry Association.

    "Our membership is thrilled to have Urban Expositions as our partner for the Halloween & Party Expo. The HIA is passionate about the event and looks forward to its partnership with Urban Expositions, a company with a great deal of trade show knowledge and customer focus," said Marc Beige, Chairman of the HIA board and CEO of Rubies Costume Company. "This is an exciting opportunity for members to lead the premiere buying event with proceeds to fund industry initiatives."

    Urban and HIA will focus their efforts on increasing awareness of the event, expanding the selection of the product mix and growing and expanding the show into an internationally recognized event for the Halloween industry. In the U.S., where Halloween is an extremely popular holiday (2nd largest commercial holiday), expenditures on Halloween products top $7.4 billion. On costumes alone U.S. consumers spend $2.8 billion annually with the average consumer spending $77.52.

    Doug Miller, President and Partner of Urban Expositions, states, "Along with our partners at the HIA, our plans are to build upon the great success of the show that Jonathan and Walter Erwin have created and developed. We are very excited about this tremendous opportunity to work with the wonderful members of HIA."

    Jonathan Erwin, of the H&P Expo, LLC, states, "The transfer of show ownership to the HIA and Urban partnership is a natural evolution for the show. We look forward to a smooth transition and to supporting and attending the show for years to come."

    Future editions of Halloween & Party Expo will also take place in New Orleans with dates of:

    January 20 - 23, 2016
    January 14 - 17, 2017

    About Urban Expositions
    Urban Expositions, which is based in Kennesaw, GA, produces and manages a portfolio of 34 events covering six sectors. Urban Expositions was founded in 1995 with the Philadelphia Gift Show and built its business in the regional Gift & Souvenir industries. In 2008 Urban began to diversify outside of Gift & Souvenir and now produces events in sectors including Art, Aviation, Foodservice and Gaming. Urban also produces one publication, Airport Revenue News, focused on the airport concession industry. Outside of Kennesaw Urban also has offices in Shelton, CT and Boca Raton, FL, as well as many remote employees based in areas that are rich with customers. For more information visit www.urban-expo.com.

    About HIA
    The Halloween Industry Association (HIA) was formally incorporated in 2005 as a 501(c)(6) trade organization to promote and build the celebration of Halloween in the United States. HIA represents businesses involved in the manufacture, importation or distribution of Halloween products including costumes, décor, novelty items and party supplies. HIA has grown to become the premier authority on Halloween and serves as a non-profit voice of the industry. For more information on HIA, please visit www.hiaonline.org or contact hia@ahint.com.


    ooOoo


    The articles on this website are provided for information purposes only. BlackRefer.com does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content on this site or reliance by any person on the site's contents. Use at your own risk.

    No Implied Endorsement:
    BlackRefer.com does not endorse or recommend any article on this site or any product, service or information found within said articles. The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to BlackRefer.com belong to them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of BlackRefer.com.



    7 Ways To Reduce Holiday Season Stress

    It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but as the holiday season is upon us again, for many it’s the most stressful time of the year. From visits with family and out-of-town guests, buying gifts for everyone on your list, cooking, decorating and more, the holidays sometimes bring more stress than they do joy.


    Colin Christopher, a clinical hypnotherapist certified by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, and author of Success Through Manipulation, offers these tips to reduce stress and make it through the next few months:

  1. - Don’t procrastinate: You can reduce stress with a little bit of planning and getting an early start. If you wait until the last minute and find yourself pressed for time, you’re going to experience more stress.

  2. - Learn to say ‘no:’ If you have a hard time telling people ‘no,’ you’re going to find yourself overcommitted, tired, unable to do the things you really want to do and stressed out. It’s ok to say ‘no’ if you don’t want to do something or don’t have the time to do it.

  3. - Get plenty of sleep: The holidays are an exciting time, but people tend to neglect getting enough rest due to travel, staying up late with family, overeating and feeling overwhelmed. Make sleep a priority during the holidays and you’ll enjoy the season more.

  4. - Take a moment for yourself: During the holidays, we have so many commitments to our family, friends, visitors, office parties and more, and people tend to forget about themselves. Even as little as 20 to 30 minutes each day to do something you enjoy or to go for a walk by yourself will refresh you, relieve stress and help you enjoy the holidays.

  5. - Breathe: If you’re feeling overly anxious or stressed, take a few minutes to slow your breathing down. Breathe in through your diaphragm (stomach area), hold for a few seconds, and slowly release through your mouth.

  6. - Stand back and appreciate the moment: We tend to get so caught up in the moment that it’s over before we know it. Take time to step back and enjoy the time with your family, playing in the snow with your kids, and just be thankful for all you have. You’ll naturally feel less stressed and more satisfied when you are thankful for everything around you.

  7. - Lower your expectations: Some people place very high expectations on the holidays. They picture everything playing out in a specific way, and find themselves disappointed and stressed out when things don’t go according to plan. Lower your expectations and just let life happen. You’ll feel less stressed and have more fun.

    www.colinchristopher.com
    www.stmbook.com


    ooOoo


    The articles on this website are provided for information purposes only. BlackRefer.com does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content on this site or reliance by any person on the site's contents. Use at your own risk.

    No Implied Endorsement:
    BlackRefer.com does not endorse or recommend any article on this site or any product, service or information found within said articles. The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to BlackRefer.com belong to them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of BlackRefer.com.



    Book Helps Readers Self-Talk Themselves through Their Holiday Blues

    "Self-Talk for a Calmer You" by The Human Behavior Coach™ Beverly D. Flaxington, reveals how people can use positive self-talk to control anxiety and live a happier, more relaxed life


    MEDFIELD, Mass. - Oct. 29, 2014 - While the holidays are a time of happiness and celebration for millions, many people find them more mournful than joyful. Loss of a spouse, child or family member, divorce, or dealing with difficult relatives can make the holidays feel like the worst of times.

    "During the holiday period, the problems we have, or losses we feel can be especially overwhelming," said The Human Behavior Coach ™ Beverly D. Flaxington, author of "Self-Talk for a Calmer You." (Adams Media; $15.95; paperback; 223 pp; ISBN 13: 978-1-4405-6480-2)

    While feelings of upset are perfectly normal and expected, those feelings are often exacerbated by what Flaxington calls negative self-talk.

    "Negative self-talk is a running voice in the person's mind that tells the person they will never feel okay again, or their life no longer has any purpose, because of what's happened to them," Flaxington said. "The continual flow of negative self-talk takes a bad situation and intensifies it. People lose any chance they might have to find a small ray of happiness."

    The antidote to negative self-talk, Flaxington said, is positive self-talk. Positive self-talk consists of positive, analytical statements and affirmations which uplift, enhance, and encourage individuals, and help them to reach a goal, accomplish a task, or improve their life. These positive, self-authored stories announce what good things are going to happen in a person's life before they happen.

    "The anxiety or depression caused by the death of a loved one, divorce, or job-loss at the holidays can be gradually lifted by enough of the right kind of positive self-talk," Flaxington said.

    In her book, Flaxington lays out detailed step-by-step approaches with powerful positive exercises designed for those who have experienced great personal losses, and who wish to use positive self-talk to move past their grieving and seek out new relationships. With certain sectors of the economy experiencing high unemployment, and a record number of Americans on welfare, another holiday anxiety that can be somewhat soothed by positive self-talk, is the general worry about personal finance and job security, Flaxington said.

    "It's important to first write down the beliefs you have about how this situation could affect your life, such as, 'If I lose my job, I can't pay the mortgage or send my kids to college, and we'll starve,'" Flaxington said. "Then realize that these outcomes are all conjecture fueled by your negative self-talk. Instead, you want to quickly shift any catastrophic self-talk about being doomed to something more positive and powerful."

    The best strategy for maxed-out personal finances, and a shaky economy is to get busy identifying the resources and the attributes, skills, support systems, intellectual abilities, and strengths you possess that could help you deal with the situation, Flaxington said. The following positive self-talk - and other appropriate affirmations from the book - should be recited frequently: 'I am bigger than any situation I face. I was made to deal with my life and everything that comes to me.'

    "The positive self-talk response to stress is not just to look on the bright side, but to allow yourself some time to be calm and not drained by streams of negative self-talk when you need your full attention to handle difficult situations," Flaxington said.

    Besides chapters on easing anxieties connected to the loss of loved ones and job security, "Self-Talk for a Calmer You" contains information about:

  • easing stress in a marriage

  • removing anxiety caused by lack of resources and difficult personalities in the workplace

  • job hunting

  • anxiety connected to public speaking, major life changes, or managing stressful situations

  • anxiety caused by weight loss failures or work overload

  • the "secret" to sticking to a New Year's resolution

  • advice for defining and attaining "your bliss" in life


  • "The book helps you compile a personal toolkit that you can use in any situation to stop negative self-talk in its tracks and put you on a more successful path to the positive outcomes you desire," Flaxington said.

    About Beverly D. Flaxington (selftalkforacalmeryou.com) Beverly D. Flaxington, The Human Behavior Coach™, is a two-time bestselling and gold-award winning author. She is a corporate consultant and trainer, executive coach, successful entrepreneur, hypnotherapist and hypnosis trainer, college professor, motivational public speaker, and a certified behavioral-and-values analyst. Her work has been featured in hundreds of media outlets including, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, Reader's Digest, USA Today, and many others. She is also devoted to animal rescue and currently has eleven pets of her own in addition to multiple fosters. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three children.

    ooOoo


    The articles on this website are provided for information purposes only. BlackRefer.com does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content on this site or reliance by any person on the site's contents. Use at your own risk.

    No Implied Endorsement:
    BlackRefer.com does not endorse or recommend any article on this site or any product, service or information found within said articles. The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to BlackRefer.com belong to them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of BlackRefer.com.



    WITH OVER 50 DAYS AND 500 HOURS OF CHRISTMAS PROGRAMMING, “EVERYTHING YOU LOVE ABOUT CHRISTMAS” IS ON UP UP Presents Its Most Impressive Holiday Slate Yet, Full of All-New Original and Premiere Movies

    New UP Original and Premiere Movies, Including Naughty & Nice with Haylie Duff; Paper Angels with Matthew Settle and Josie Bissett; The Tree That Saved Christmas with Lacey Chabert; and Marry Us For Christmas with Malinda Williams, Victoria Rowell and Karon Riley


    EVERYTHING YOU LOVE ABOUT CHRISTMAS



    ATLANTA – September 22, 2014 – Beginning Sunday, November 2, “Everything You Love About Christmas” will be UP’s (@UPtv, #ChristmasMovies) newest holiday season theme as the network kicks off its annual Christmas programming slate with over 50 festive days and over 500 hours of uplifting Christmas movies, Christmas music specials and marathons with some of television’s most beloved family-favorite series. Filled with Christmas programming the whole family will love, “Everything You Love About Christmas” launches Sunday, November 2 and runs through Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

    "At UP, we celebrate the things our viewers and their families love about Christmas, including families sharing time with each other, the spirit of giving, and the true meaning of this glorious season,” said Charley Humbard, president & CEO, UP. "This year's schedule of original and premiere movies is our biggest yet.”

    Highlights include UP Original Movies and World Premiere Movies, including Naughty & Nice, Paper Angels, The Tree That Saved Christmas, Marry Us For Christmas, Nativity!, Nativity! 2: Danger in the Manger, 12 Dog Days Till Christmas, Christmas in Palm Springs and The Christmas Tree Miracle. In addition, back by popular demand are the UP Original Christmas Music Special K-LOVE Music City Christmas Special and 25TH Anniversary Special: A Very Special Christmas.

    Emphasizing holiday movies, memories and magic, UP’s Thanksgiving and Christmas season program highlights include the following. All times are EST. See local listings for encore broadcasts:

    NAUGHTY & NICE – UP Premiere Movie
    (formerly announced as Mistletoe Radio)
    Premiere: Sunday, November 9 at 7 p.m. EST

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Los Angeles and commuters have Pepper Sterling (Tilky Jones), a cynical and funny radio comic, to keep them entertained. When Pepper's latest radio antics anger an important advertising executive, he gets shipped over to a sister station, KBRG in Idyllwild, Colorado, to serve out his suspension until the dust blows over. Sandy Love (Haylie Duff), following in her father’s footsteps, loves radio and came home to Idyllwild to host her own talk show. She is unapologetically romantic and nostalgic, especially at Christmas. Thrown together as co-hosts on her show “Dr. Love in the Morning,” she is immediately at odds with Pepper, who never met a sentiment he couldn’t twist into a punchline and has no use for Christmas. When Samantha and Pepper’s “war of words” catches the attention of the small town, their joint show becomes a hit and they start to see something in each other. Stars: Haylie Duff (Napoleon Dynamite), Tilky Jones (“Nashville”), Maureen McCormick (“The Brady Bunch”) and Terrence “T.C.” Carson (“Living Single”).

    PAPER ANGELS – UP Original Movie
    Premiere: Sunday, November 16 at 7 p.m. EST

    In Paper Angels, abused wife Lynn (Josie Bissett) leaves her alcoholic husband Darryl, with her two kids, Thomas and Sara, and moves to another town where she works as a waitress to make ends meet. In that same town, we meet Kevin (Matthew Settle), whose marketing & design company is on the brink of shutting down due to the economy. Plus, Kevin’s wife Jenny is in a difficult pregnancy with twins. Thomas starts a new school and becomes the target of a bully who is threatened by how well Thomas plays basketball. Unable to join the high school team, Thomas goes to the community center where he meets Kevin and the two of them become unlikely friends through pickup basketball games. Little do they know the tremendous impact they will have on each other’s families this Christmas through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. Inspired by the hit country Christmas song featured in the movie, “Paper Angels,” by country music star Jimmy Wayne and the same-titled book by Wayne with Travis Thrasher. Wayne also has written and performed two new songs for the film. Stars: Matthew Settle (“Gossip Girl”) and Josie Bissett (“Melrose Place”).

    CHRISTMAS IN PALM SPRINGS – UP Premiere Movie
    Premiere: Sunday, November 23 at 7 p.m. EST

    Parents separated and heading for divorce living on opposite sides of the country are brought together in Palm Springs by their kids, who are doing everything to get them back together before Christmas with a little help from a guardian angel. Stars: Patrick Muldoon (Starship Troopers), Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers), Ian Ziering (Sharknado) and Bill Cobbs (Night at the Museum).

    A CHRISTMAS TREE MIRACLE – UP Premiere Movie
    Premieres: Wednesday, November 26 at 9 p.m. EST

    For the George family – accustomed to the luxuries of a privileged suburban life – Christmas has become a season of taking rather than giving. With dad preoccupied with work, mom on edge, and self-involved teens Nick and Natalie fixated on their ever-growing wish lists, the youngest, six-year-old Nina, is the only one with any true Christmas spirit. When their dad loses his job just before the holidays, the family ignores the severity of the situation and continues to live above their means. When the consequences catch up with them, they are left with nothing and nowhere to turn. Taken in by an eccentric Christmas tree farmer, the family learns that miracles can come true…if you believe! Stars: Kevin Sizemore (“Resurrection”), Terry Kiser (Weekend at Bernie’s) and Jill Whelan (“The Love Boat”).

    THANKSGIVING WEEKEND – Four Exclusive World Premieres – Friday, November 28-Sunday, November 30:

    12 DOG DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS – UP Premiere Movie
    Premiere: Friday, November 28 at 7 p.m. EST

    When a foster teenager, who can’t seem to stay out of trouble, is assigned to work at a no-kill animal shelter for his community service, he finds a sense of responsibility and real connection to the true spirit of Christmas for the first time in his life. The shelter’s owner finds that she can no longer afford to fund the shelter and the clock begins to tick to get all the dogs placed in loving homes before Christmas. Stars: Reginald VelJohnson (“Family Matters”), Vincent Giovagnoli (“Passport to Explore”), Lexi Giovagnoli (“Passport to Explore”) and Lunden D’Leon (UP’s Somebody’s Child).

    NATIVITY! – UP Premiere Movie
    Premiere: Saturday, November 29, 7 p.m. EST

    This Christmas, primary school teacher Paul Maddens (Martin Freeman) is charged with producing the school's nativity play. Competing against the posh rival school for the honor of best reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when Paul idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer (Ashley Jensen), a Hollywood producer, is coming to see his show with a view to turning it into a film. The only trouble is they haven't spoken in years. With eccentric assistant Mr. Poppy (Marc Wootton) fueling his “little white lie,” Maddens suddenly finds himself a local celebrity and at the center of quarreling parents and over-excited children desperate in their bid for fame and fortune. Maddens' only hope is to get back in touch with Jennifer and lure her to town so that everybody's Christmas wishes come true. Stars: Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), Marc Wootton (Arthur Christmas) Ashley Jensen (“Ugly Betty”) and Jason Watkins (The Golden Compass).

    NATIVITY! 2: DANGER IN THE MANGER – UP Premiere Movie
    Premiere: Saturday, November 29, 9 p.m. EST

    This Christmas, the unforgettable pupils of St. Bernadette's have set their hearts on competing in the national choir contest, “A Song For Christmas.” But with the headmistress not in favor of the plan, new class teacher Mr. Peterson (David Tennant) has his hands full trying to curb the enthusiasm of the kids, not to mention Mr. Poppy (Marc Wootton). Stars: David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) and Marc Wootton (Arthur Christmas).

    THE TREE THAT SAVED CHRISTMAS – UP Original Movie
    (formerly announced as Christmas Tree Farm)
    Premiere: Sunday, November 30 at 7 p.m. EST

    Imaginative, hard-working Molly Logan (Lacey Chabert) grew up on her family’s generations-old Christmas tree farm in rural Vermont and would often write stories about individual trees as they shipped out, her favorite being a “Charlie Brown” tree struggling to grow. One day, after hearing the roar of buzz saws used to clear the woods of sickly saplings, nine-year-old Molly ran to save her favorite – even after her father Gordon and his crew had made a gash in its trunk. She knew that someday this little tree would have a tale to tell. Now 29, Molly is pursuing her writing career in Manhattan. Unfortunately as Pendant Publishing CEO Walter Dunlap’s assistant, Molly has no life and little chance to write. She's devastated to learn from her architect brother Ryan that the bank is foreclosing on her parents’ heritage tree farm. This will be her family’s last Christmas there. However, a frustrated Molly can’t make it home thanks to obligations to her boss and his young daughters. Much to her shock, Molly discovers that the Christmas tree she ordered for the Dunlap home is that same one she saved years ago. Certain that it is the same tree from her youth – and a sign – Molly drags the pine back to her Vermont home and embarks upon a plan to save the family farm – with some surprising, inventive help from her brother and former boyfriend/banker Lucas. Stars: Lacey Chabert (“Party of Five”).

    MARRY US FOR CHRISTMAS – UP Original Movie
    Premiere: Sunday, December 7 at 7 p.m. EST

    In the sequel to last year’s popular UP Original Movie Marry Me For Christmas, it’s a year after Marci (Malinda Williams) and Blair (Karon Riley) declared their love for each other and decided to tie the knot. But as the big day approaches, Marci is so consumed with work that she hasn’t had time to plan her wedding. To make matters worse, she may have to team up with former assistant/fake fiancé Adam to win a project she’s been vying for – a little tidbit she hasn’t shared with Blair. But Blair, as it turns out, has a secret of his own. Thanks to years of doing pro bono work for financially-strapped clients, he quickly is running out of cash and might have to accept an offer to work for his longtime nemesis, Marci’s manipulative cousin Preston. Meanwhile, Marci’s mother Stephanie (Victoria Rowell) is making some rather bold moves of her own with her sexy salsa teacher, Antonio, who’s more than a little smitten with her — and about 20 years her junior. Will there be a wedding for Christmas? Better yet - whose wedding will it be? Stars: Malinda Williams (“Soul Food”), Victoria Rowell (“The Young and the Restless”) and Karon Riley (35 and Ticking).

    Other featured programming includes popular UP Original and Premiere Movies, including Christmas Angel, The Heart of Christmas, Guess Who’s Coming To Christmas, Christmas For A Dollar, Marry Me For Christmas and Silver Bells.

    CHRISTMAS MUSIC
    Starting on Monday, November 3 and running through Friday, December 26, all of UP’s music blocks will feature all genres of Christmas music.

    YULE LOG
    Beginning December 24 at 7:00 p.m. EST, UP will present its annual Yule Log, featuring 24 toasty hours of Christmas music with limited commercial interruption and some surprises in store.

    TOP SECRET SANTA
    This year, Top Secret Santa – in all his red track suit splendor – will suit up again! Top Secret Santa and his helpers will roll-out to surprise and delight unsuspecting people throughout the holidays, as well as encourage others to Uplift Someone else to make the holiday bright. This campaign is part of UP’s pro-social initiative “Uplift Someone,” which reminds and inspires people to do simple acts of kindness. Additional details will be announced.

    ABOUT UP
    UP is the television network dedicated to uplifting viewers every day with original and acquired movies, reality and dramatic series, comedies and music specials. One of the most trusted family-friendly networks on cable, UP can be seen in 67 million homes on cable systems and satellite providers across the United States in both standard and high definition. Along with its mission to entertain, uplift and inspire viewers, UP’s pro-social initiative “Uplift Someone” reminds and inspires people to do simple acts of kindness. Based in Atlanta, UP is a division of UP Entertainment, LLC, which also offers gMovies, the first faith-friendly streaming movie service and provides sales and operations services to the ASPiRE network.

    Follow UP on the Web at www.UPtv.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UPtv, Twitter on @UPtv and Instagram at UP_TV.

    ooOoo


    The articles on this website are provided for information purposes only. BlackRefer.com does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content on this site or reliance by any person on the site's contents. Use at your own risk.

    No Implied Endorsement:
    BlackRefer.com does not endorse or recommend any article on this site or any product, service or information found within said articles. The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to BlackRefer.com belong to them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of BlackRefer.com.



    Carla Hall's Petite Cookies


    Carla Hall's Petite Cookies



    About Carla Hall's Petite Cookies
    Carla’s Cookies are bite-size cookies that look like a snack, but pair boldly and beautifully with any beverage. Here you’ll find familiar flavors with a surprising twist, such as the Pecan Shortbread with Vanilla Salt and Goat Cheese with Dried Cranberries with a hint of rosemary. Perfect for entertaining.

    Our artisan cookies are made in small batches. We roll, shape, cut, bake and package all of our products by hand in our Silver Spring kitchen. Our cookies contain only the finest ingredients—European-style butter, unbleached sugar & flour, couverture chocolate, artisan cheeses, fresh nuts, premium spices…and they wouldn't be made by Carla Hall without the most important ingredient: LOVE!

    Carla Hall's Petite Cookies



    About Carla Hall
    Carla Hall is a co-host of ABC Daytime’s lifestyle series, “The Chew,” seated alongside restaurateurs and “Iron Chef America” stars Mario Batali and Michael Symon, entertaining expert Clinton Kelly, and health and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz.

    Carla is best known as a competitor and fan favorite on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” where she won over audiences with her fun catch phrase “Hootie Hoo” and philosophy to always cook with love. Carla is the owner of Alchemy by Carla Hall, an artisan cookie company that specializes in creating sweet and savory “petite bites of love.” Her approach to cooking blends together her classic French training and Southern upbringing for a twist on traditional favorites. Carla is committed to health and balance in everyday living.

    A native of Nashville, TN, Carla received a degree in Accounting from Howard University, but traveling through Europe awakened her passion for food, and inspired a new career path. Carla attended L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland where she completed her culinary training, going on to work as a Sous Chef at the Henley Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. She also served as Executive Chef at both The State Plaza Hotel and The Washington Club and has taught classes at CulinAerie and her alma mater L’Academie de Cuisine.

    Carla is a true believer that, “If you’re not in a good mood, the only thing you should make is a reservation.”

    When not in New York recording The Chew, Carla lives in Washington, DC with her husband Matthew Lyons and stepson Noah.

    http://carlahall.com/

    ooOoo


    The articles on this website are provided for information purposes only. BlackRefer.com does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content on this site or reliance by any person on the site's contents. Use at your own risk.

    No Implied Endorsement:
    BlackRefer.com does not endorse or recommend any article on this site or any product, service or information found within said articles. The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to BlackRefer.com belong to them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of BlackRefer.com.



    Women of Color Day


    Please read the complete press release via the link below and support this effort:

    http://www.prweb.com/releases/womenworldculture/womenofcolorday/prweb11727562.htm

    President Bachelet-Chile; President Mujica-Uruguay(Nobel Nominee); Mayor Brown-Compton, CA; Carlos González Gutiérrez, Consul General Mexico Honored @ Women of Color Day

    Women of Color Day/Diversity Event to Honor Local Sacramento/Northern California Women and Men, noted State and International leaders and Celebrate Communities in Americas. Event also Launches WomenWorldCulture, New Global Network.

    Thank you,

    Suzanne Brooks, CEO International Association for Women of Color Day and WomenWorldCulture Former Philadelphia, PA Police Officer; Former California Licensed Private Investigator Office: (916) 483-9804

    ooOoo


    The articles on this website are provided for information purposes only. BlackRefer.com does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content on this site or reliance by any person on the site's contents. Use at your own risk.

    No Implied Endorsement:
    BlackRefer.com does not endorse or recommend any article on this site or any product, service or information found within said articles. The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to BlackRefer.com belong to them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of BlackRefer.com.



    Opportunities Include Commissioner Selig Keynote, Welcome Reception at Yankee Stadium And Roundtable of Baseball Leadership

    Below are media opportunity details surrounding activities at the 2014 MLB Diversity Business Summit, a one-of-a-kind sports diversity employment and business opportunity trade fair. This premier event, which is co-hosted by Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees, will be held at the Manhattan Center in New York City on Monday, April 14th and Tuesday, April 15th, which is Jackie Robinson Day throughout Major League Baseball.


    FOR CREDENTIALS: Please email steven.arocho@mlb.com and Jennifer.zudonyi@mlb.com.

    The MLB Diversity Business Summit provides attendees with unprecedented access to human resource and procurement executives from MLB’s Central Office, all 30 MLB Clubs, MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media and Minor League Baseball Clubs. Event information and registration is currently available at MLB.com/diversitysummit.

    WHERE: Manhattan Center, 311 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001
    Yankee Stadium, One East 161st Street, Bronx, NY 10451

    CREDENTIAL PICK-UP DETAILS:

    · Monday, April 14th: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. @ Manhattan Center, Hammerstein Ballroom (Foyer)
    · Tuesday, April 15th: 7:00 a.m. to Noon @ Manhattan Center, Hammerstein Ballroom (Foyer)

    EVENT SCHEDULE AND DETAILS FOR MONDAY, April 14TH:

    MLB Diversity Business Summit Opening Remarks

    · Time/Place: 8:00 a.m. @ Manhattan Center, Grand Ballroom
    · What: Opening remarks welcoming attendees to the 2014 MLB Diversity Business Summit.
    · Who: Randy Levine (President, New York Yankees), Wendy Lewis (Sr. Vice President, Diversity & Strategic Alliance, MLB), Brian Smith (Sr. Vice President, Corporate & Community Relations, New York Yankees)

    Job Seeker Trade Fair

    · Time/Place: 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. @ Manhattan Center, Hammerstein Ballroom
    o *B-ROLL & ATTENDEE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY*

    Procurement Trade Fair

    · Time/Place: 2:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. @ Manhattan Center, Hammerstein Ballroom
    o *B-ROLL & ATTENDEE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY*

    Welcome Reception @ Yankee Stadium

    · Time/Place: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    EVENT SCHEDULE AND DETAILS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 15TH (JACKIE ROBINSON DAY):

    “The Business of the Game” – Executive Leadership Roundtable

    · Time/Place: Appx. 8:30 a.m. @ Manhattan Center, Grand Ballroom
    · What: Panel featuring high-ranking baseball executives discussing importance of diversity in business.
    · Who: Hal Steinbrenner (Managing General Partner & Co-Chairperson, New York Yankees); Stuart Sternberg (Principal Owner, Tampa Bay Rays); Thomas Ricketts (Chairman, Chicago Cubs); Bob Bowman (Chief Executive Officer, MLB Advanced Media); Jonathan Mariner – Moderator (Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, MLB).

    Remarks by Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig

    · Time/Place: 2:00 p.m. @ Manhattan Center, Grand Ballroom
    · What: Commissioner Selig will address the attendees of the 2014 MLB Diversity Business Summit.
    o Also in attendance will be members of the Jackie Robinson Family and the Nelson Mandela Family.

    Greetings and Reflections by Sharon Robinson

    · Time/Place: Appx. 2:30 p.m. @ Manhattan Center, Grand Ballroom
    · What: Sharon Robinson, daughter of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, will greet the crowd and discuss the importance of this event, especially being held in New York City on Jackie Robinson Day.

    Additional Activities for Attendees

    · Showing of the film “42” following remarks by Sharon Robinson
    · All registered attendees will be eligible to receive a game ticket to the Interleague match-up between the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs at Yankee Stadium on Jackie Robinson Day.



    ooOoo


    The articles on this website are provided for information purposes only. BlackRefer.com does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content on this site or reliance by any person on the site's contents. Use at your own risk.

    No Implied Endorsement:
    BlackRefer.com does not endorse or recommend any article on this site or any product, service or information found within said articles. The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to BlackRefer.com belong to them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of BlackRefer.com.



    Colorblind Cards


    Color blind Cards




    If you have been thinking about generating your own income, why not take a look at our Color blind Cards Community Trader Scheme. Watch this video to learn how easy it is to start selling Color blind Cards and create an extra income for your family! (video)

    ooOoo


    The articles on this website are provided for information purposes only. BlackRefer.com does not accept any responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of the article content on this site or reliance by any person on the site's contents. Use at your own risk.

    No Implied Endorsement:
    BlackRefer.com does not endorse or recommend any article on this site or any product, service or information found within said articles. The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to BlackRefer.com belong to them alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of BlackRefer.com.





AFRICAN AMERICANS & HOLIDAYS - CELEBRATIONS
   

  1. African American Holiday Association...
    People of color holiday list. Commemorative Days, National, International or Local Celebrations.

  2. American Holidays...
    Official information and services from the U.S. government. Americans celebrate a variety of holidays throughout the year. American holidays can be secular, religious, international or uniquely American. With the wide variety of holidays and the many levels of American government it can be confusing to determine what public and private facilities are open on a given holiday.

  3. Decorating : African-American Holiday : Home & Garden Television...
    Meet a homeowner whose heritage is evident in her holiday decor.

  4. DLTK's Crafts for Kids...
    Black History Month / African American Section.

  5. History of Juneteenth...
    Electronic Village: Juneteenth...The African American Independence Day!

  6. Holiday of Jonkonnu...
    For a few nights each December, revelers dressed in furs and rags lend a festive air to New Bern, North Carolina, as they celebrate the African- American holiday of Jonkonnu.

  7. Holidays in America — Infoplease.com...
    The major federal, religious, traditional, and informal holidays celebrated in the United States.

  8. It's A Black Thang.com...
    African American Christmas decorations.

  9. Juneteenth...
    Juneteenth: The Birth of an African American Holiday. The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed.

  10. Juneteenth Celebration A Local Legacy ...
    It is the name for a holiday celebrating June 19, 1865, the day when Union soldiers arrived in Texas and spread the word that President Lincoln had delivered his Emancipation Procalamation.

  11. Juneteenth Legacy Theatre...
    Ron Himes, Founder/ Producing Director of St. Louis Black Rep and Jamboree Guest Artist, discusses the Annual Jamboree and the significance of Juneteenth Legacy Theatre.

  12. Juneteenth San Antonio...
    Freedom in 1865 meant no more slavery. Today, that freedom includes education, economics, and social opportunities. Our children need to understand the importance of Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) as the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery here in America.

  13. Juneteenth World Wide Celebration...
    Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

  14. Kwanzaa...
    Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture - The Official Kwanzaa Website by Dr. Maulana Karenga, founder.

  15. Kwanzaa...
    Kwanzaa is a non-religious African American holiday which celebrates family, community, and culture. Learn about the history of Kwanzaa, the seven principles, the seven symbols and more on History.com.

  16. Kwanzaa on the Net...
    Kwanzaa on the Net - Welcome to a Celebration of Kwanzaa.

  17. National Juneteenth Observance Foundation ...
    "To bring all Americans together to celebrate our common bond of freedom through the recognition, observance and historic preservation of Juneteenth in America."

  18. Twin Cities' Juneteenth...
    Freedom Rings: Remembering The Past, Celebrating the Future.










Jobs from Indeed








amazing blacks

divider of content


black city info
 




Terms of Use    Privacy Policy