How To Keep Your Holiday Packages From Getting Stolen-As we shop online more, crooks are at the ready to take advantage.
If you want your stuff to be safe and sound, here are some tips to follow.
- If you order from Amazon, they will hide your package, go to your “My Orders” section to give special delivery instructions. You can also set up “photo on delivery.”
- Contact the carriers shipping your goodies to set up special instructions or have it delivered to one of their stores/delivery centers.
- Have your neighbor accept the package.
- If you must, have your items shipped to your work address. Check with the boss first.
Why You Shouldn’t Drink Champagne From A Plastic Cup
When there’s not a wine glass handy, almost any vessel will do to hold your vino in a pinch. But when it comes to bubbly, if you don’t have a Champagne flute nearby, don’t go reaching for a plastic or styrofoam cup instead. It turns out it could have a negative effect on the taste of your fizzy beverage.
A new study from Applied Research Laboratories at the University of Texas at Austin looked at whether the type of bubbles affects the taste of champagne. And researchers found that bubbles act differently in different kinds of containers, which does affect the taste.
“It turns out the bubble formation process on styrofoam is completely different that on glass,” explains lead study author Kyle S. Spratt. “So if you ever have to resort to drinking champagne out of a styrofoam cup, the bubbles will be quite different.
And it’s true for plastic as well. The bubbles actually stick strongly to the walls of the plastic and get bigger before they lift off. The study finds that bubbles in more expensive sparkling wines are smaller and more active, and presumably that tastes better. If bubbles stick to the sides and get bigger, research shows the sparkling wine doesn’t taste as good. And nobody wants that, so stick to bubbly from a glass from now on.
Source: Cosmopolitan UK
News Flash!! Caffeine Only Works If You're Sleeping Well
If you’re using coffee as a band-aid for when you’re not getting enough sleep from day to day, maybe you should take a day to recover before you continue. It turns out there’s some science to suggest that the caffeine won’t even be as effective until you’re caught up on your sleep schedule.
A study from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research looked at how much caffeine worked over time, and the people tested that had less sleep in their systems reported coffee being less effective. (Not to mention how unhealthy it is to use caffeine instead of just catching up on Zs!!)
Coffee won’t take you as far as you think! Get some real live sleep before you live off of the stuff!
Today is National Cotton Candy Day
December 7th is National Cotton Candy Day! Today celebrates this sweet carnival treat! For the record, cotton candy was invented by William Morrison and John C. Warton in 1897, but they didn’t start selling their product until the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. It is safe to presume that they didn’t start selling it because they couldn’t stop eating it all!
Until 1920, Cotton Candy was referred to as “Fairy Floss” because it was made with Flossine sugar. In some European countries, Cotton Candy is called “Old Woman’s Hair!”
It may not be county fair season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pick up some Cotton Candy from your local grocery store and enjoy it! And heck, if you’re one of the industrious folks that owns a home machine, you had BETTER make some!
Today is Letter Writing Day
December 7th is Letter Writing Day! When is the last time you wrote a good ol’ fashioned letter and sent it in the mail? Today is your opportunity to spill your inner most thoughts and feelings on the blank page and send it to somebody important to you!
A fun way to celebrate this day is to write a love letter to the guy or gal in your life! Fellas, make sure to channel your inner-Shakespeare to really get the tone right. A nice touch for the ladies sending letters is to spray the paper with perfume! Just remember to make your grade school teacher proud with proper punctuation, spelling, and of course… penmanship!
Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
December 7th is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. It was 76 years ago today, that Japanese forces attacked the U.S. naval fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor, causing the U.S. to enter into World War II. Over 2400 servicemen and 68 civilians tragically lost their lives during the attack. On top of that, 18 American ships and almost 300 airplanes were either destroyed or damaged by the Japanese bombing.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt described it best, as “a day that will live in infamy.” Today, it is not only important to remember those lost in the attacks, but also important to realize the sacrifices that all men in women in the armed forces make for our country. If you see someone in uniform, or if you know a veteran, thank them for their service! We salute you!
*LIST* Everyone Secretly Hates These Holiday Cookies
Now that the tree is up and decorated, it’s time for one of our favorite things about the holidays: cookies! Some seasonal favorites are good enough to eat by the dozen, but others are still lingering on the plate long after the Christmas party ends. These are the holiday cookies no one really likes, but won’t admit it.
- Jam thumbprints - Sure, they look festive, but haters say jam belongs on toast, not cookies.
- Crinkle cookies - They don’t always turn out as pretty as the ones on Pinterest and the powdered sugar coating doesn’t really help the flavor.
- Shortbread - Fine for a cup of tea, but they’re just a little weak for the Christmas cookie game.
- Florentines - Their lacy edges and layer of chocolate are appealing at first glance, but when you bite into the candied orange peel, it’s too much like fruitcake to enjoy.
- Snowball cookies - These little powdered sugar-covered goodies are so pretty, but they’re messy and the crumbly, nutty center is kind of a letdown.
- Molasses cookies - While some love these old fashioned cookies, others complain they taste like tar.
- Pignoli cookies - An Italian classic, these nut-filled treats are not too sweet and just not as festive-looking as other Christmas cookies.
- Biscotti - Tasty for dipping in your coffee, but holiday cookie-worthy? Maybe not so much.
- Spritz cookies - These dry, bland cookies are made with a cookie press and who has room to store one of those things anyway.
- Cinnamon stars - A classic German cookie that’s lovely to look at but not sweet enough to hit the Christmas cookie bliss point.
- Candy cane cookies - These just always end up looking like a kid’s play-doh project, not something you want to devour.
- Sugar cookie cutouts - Unless these are topped with frosting and candy, we’re not interested.
What Percentage of Your Shopping is Retail Therapy?
A new survey of 2,000 people across the country found that the average American polled spends a whopping $1,652 per year on purchases just to cheer themselves up. The new poll, conducted by Swap.com, looked at the way Americans shop and found that the typical person buys 12 retail items per month in stores and six online, with shopping itself taking up 65 hours per year online and 90 hours per year in stores. The average retail therapy session sets an American back $70.60 and happens close to twice a month.
- How much do you spend on retail therapy a year or even a month?
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