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!
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!
Russian winter: What it’s like?
Winter in Boston vs Winter in Siberia (based on personal experience).
Hello all! Violetta is here and I have to say that I LOOOVE winter. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that for 5 years before coming to the United States I’d lived In Siberia, Russia. What do you think when you hear Siberia? You automatically think cold weather, snow all year long and … vodka! Ha ha. But if you’d like to know a little more -> read this up!
Besides hurtful words that can make your heart bleed,
Or warm kisses that make its wounds heal,
Did you know that mouth and heart are closely linked?
In fact, periodontal disease and heart disease are intertwined.
I might be a -bad- Poet and certainly no Doctor, but I work in the dental field, read the news and keep myself fairly informed, and it is no news that oral care is linked to diseases and health issues, such as diabetes, Alzheimers, and even breast cancer, just to name a few.
Studies have shown a direct link between the frequency and length of brushing as well as flossing and the risk of having a heart attack, failure or stroke. And it is for this reason patients with gum disease cannot undergo brain surgeries!
This is how I explain it with my bad-Poet-no-Doctor words:
- Some bad bacteria live in the mouth.
And those are not simply linked to badmouth.
- If not eliminated by proper oral care, they harden into dental plaque.
Almost as hard but definitely not as pretty as your Shellac ;)
- Plaque is in direct contact with the gum.
And here begins all the fun…
- Gum are tissues with tons of blood vessels, that connect to more blood vessels…
That’s why they should be treated like little Angels…
- Vessels transport blood to and from the Heart.
- The Heart pumps bacteria-filled blood.
Now I’m gonna throw-up.
- Bacteria cause blood clots, leading to hear attack or stroke.
And don’t pretend you are choked.
=> AVOIDABLE WITH GOOD ORAL HEALTH!
Alright, the last one is a bit dramatic, but I wish more people would understand and take seriously the impact of poor oral care on their heart. In conclusion: <3 Happy Teeth , Happy Heart <3
It's Jackie reporting in, and I hope you're all having a smooth week! We are just DAYS away from one of my favorite days of the year, and I'm sure yours too! That's right... THANKSGIVING. This is one of the warmest and heartfelt holidays of the season, and I'm happy this is a short week for everyone to enjoy!
I just wanted to jump right in to today's blog and talk about some of my favorite things about Thanksgiving:
1. Traveling 🚘
Now it would be nice if I meant traveling to a different state/country for a vacation, but I think traveling to see your family/friends comes close to beating that! Personally, traveling isn't something I do during the holidays because I don't live too far from my family or my friends, but I'm still just as eager to see them (as if I didn't see them the other week, lol!). So I can only imagine the feeling of excitement for those who don't really get to see their loved ones as often.
2. Quality time ☺️
You know I had to slide in some quality time in this blog. I am very family oriented; I grew up with a HUGE family. I was always told "family is everything" while growing up, but I think I really started to grasp that concept on my own when I started college (and that was only a few years ago!) I came to the realization that not only are we getting older, but so are our loved ones around us. So definitely cherish the times you have with them now! ❤️
3. The FOOD 🍽️
A girl loves to eat, ha! I'm happy that I did not grow up a picky eater at all. I'll eat anything as long as it's edible lol. I think my all time favorite thing on the table has to be MASHED POTATOES. Second best would be cranberry anything. Not sure why I love cranberries so much, but also not complaining!
4. Black Friday Sales‼️
I know we all like to look for some deals while we're shopping, but how nice is it to have one day where every store has a sale going on! Don't get me wrong, Black Friday shopping is very hectic but a lot of online stores are holding a sale on their website as well! So you get to save money from the comfort of your home. An example being... US 😉
Make sure to check out our Black Friday sale: Buy 1 Get 1 FREE on Manual and Travel Brushes/Packs! Just make sure to add the extra item(s) to your cart!
I hope you enjoyed this blog and that it makes you just as excited for the holidays as I am! Talk to y'all soon 👋 -- Jackie