Who Really Started Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day really started as an anti-war statement, however the battle still rages on when it comes to its actual origin.

Anna Jarvis is the woman who is often most credited as being the founder of Mother’s Day in America. President Woodrow Wilson announced that Mother’s Day would fall on the second Sunday in May back in 1914; however, various aspects of Mother’s Day have spread around the globe with some meddling with the local traditions.

Julia Ward Howe, best known as the author of, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” was responsible for promoting a Mother’s Day Peace Day back in 1872. For Howe and the other activists who were against war, Mother’s Day was a way to help promote global unity after the Franco-Prussian War in Europe and the Civil War in America.

Howe wanted women to gather once every year in social halls, churches and parlors to sing hymns, pray, listen to sermons and to present essays all to promote peace and unity.

New York, Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia held their annual Mother’s Day services on June 2 until about 1913. However, the early Mother’s Day activities faded when the promoters started taking center stage. Most notable was Frank Hering, a former football coach who started promoting an earlier version of Mother’s Day becoming famous for Kidnapping Mother’s Day.

The former faculty member and Coach from the University of Notre Dame proposed the idea of Mother’s Day before Anna Jarvis did.

In 1904, Mr. Hering urged the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Indianapolis to support Mother’s Day in the memory of both motherhood and mothers. Although no particular day was suggested, he did say that it should fall on a Sunday. The local Fraternal Order of Eagles took the challenge with the organization still calling themselves the, “True Founders of Mother’s Day.

Of course, Anna Jarvis did not like the idea of Mother’s Day having a father and blasted him in a statement back in the 1920’s with the headline, “Kidnapping Mother’s Day: Will you Be an Accomplice?” Jarvis, who was never a mother herself, was probably acting out of ego when she signed everything as Anna Jarvis, Founder of Mother’s Day.

This year take a moment to think about all of the people who take credit for Mother’s Day and just be glad that it is still celebrated.

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All Natural Skin Care for Pets

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All natural skin care for pets really is available, but not at your local pet store. Only SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can give your dog, cat, horse, ferret, or even your pet chicken relief from itchy, dry skin.

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The all-natural skin care line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is perfect for every member of your family, and if you are like most animal owners, you only want the best for Fido and Fifi. Luckily, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has the answer with all natural skin care for pets.

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The Herbal Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is a wonderful blend of herbs that work in conjunction with each other to help speed up the natural cell replacement process and help expedite the healing process.

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Buy a few bottles of the multi-purpose healing gel from SOUHTWEST SUNSHINE and you will be prepared, especially now that poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac are beginning to wake up after a long winter.

The Herbal Gel from SOUHTWEST SUNSHINE helps sooth chapped, itchy and dry skin. This is especially important now that your furry friends are spending more time out in the sunshine.

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If your feathered friend is having skin issues keep a bottle of the all-natural Herbal Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE on hand. The Herbal Gel is perfect for quick relief if the itching is driving Polly crazy.

The non-oil based Herbal Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can be used on every inch of your body, including your face.

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This spring keep your pets and your family happy with nearly instant relief from burns, skin irritations, rashes, bug bites and just about any other skin ailment you can think of and order the Herbal Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. Buy four bottles and SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE will pay your postage.

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13 Fun and Interesting Facts about Easter

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Most people know why Easter is celebrated, but SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has some interesting little know facts about Easter.

In 2007, a very special egg sold for nearly 18 million in the UK. Covered in diamonds, a little bird also made of jewels, pops out from the egg every hour making a crowing noise while nodding its head and flapping its wings.

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Made in Italy in 2011, the tallest Easter egg was made out of chocolate and was slightly taller than a giraffe, at just over 24 feet, and as heavy as an elephant weighing in at 15,873.28 pounds.

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Although Good Friday is an official holiday is other parts of the world, only 12 states call it official in the United States. Those states are Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Good Friday is also a holiday in Texas but is optional.

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The Easter flower is a white lily, which is the symbol celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Easter truly is a movable feast as Passover is determined by the phases of the moon.

Exchanging Easter Eggs is older than Easter as the custom symbolizes spring rebirth in many societies and cultures.

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During Medieval times, an egg throwing festival was a custom that churches held with the priest throwing an egg at one of the boys in the choir who would then toss the hardboiled egg from one boy to another. When 12:00 came around the choirboy that had the egg when the clock struck was the winner keeping the hardboiled egg as his prize.

Over 700 million of those delicious marshmallow peeps candies are purchased in the United States over the Easter Holidays making them the most adored non-chocolate Easter treat.

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The White House Easter Egg Roll began back in 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes and continues on the front lawn every year.

During the Easter holidays, egg farmers across America donate over 11 million eggs to those in need to local food banks.

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In the United States, more than 16 million Easter jellybeans are enjoyed. That’s enough jellybeans to go around the planet over three times.

Speaking of candy, 91.4 billion eggs, 90 million chocolate bunnies and a whopping 700 million peeps are made in the United States every year with 76 percent of people eating chocolate bunny’s ears first.

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The oldest Christian holiday and the most important day for the church, Easter celebrates Christ’s resurrection three days after his death on the cross.

As you sit down and enjoy your family and friends this Easter take a moment to remember why you are celebrating.

Happy Easter everyone from the folks at SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

A New Skin Care Routine in 2016

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2016 has arrived and if taking better care of yourself was one of your New Year’s resolutions, start it off the right way and order a skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE only uses natural ingredients unlike some of those other so-called all natural skin care product lines that you will find all over the planet.

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When you order a skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE you will not have to pay a fortune. Those high priced systems that you find in your local department store or pharmacy may have names that you recognize, but chances are those high priced skin care systems have a few ingredients that you cannot even pronounce.

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE only uses herbs, vitamins, and minerals in every product whether you are cleansing your skin with the all-natural SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE cleanser, or treating yourself to an HERBAL PROTEIN LIFT MASK; you will feel the difference once you start using all natural products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

When you order a skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, everything you need for your skin care regime is included. Unlike those department stores that sell every product separately at outrageous prices, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE gives you the option of buying products together or on their own.

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Best of all, you will not pay more than $12.00 for each product if you do decide to purchase them separately. Depending on your routine, you may need to buy the HERBAL GEL or the MOISTURIZING LOTION before you need to replenish your supply of the HERBAL THERAPY SHAVE GEL or the CHAMOMILE LIP AND EYE CREAM. If you were buying replacements for those high-priced department store skin care systems, you would be paying upwards of $30.00 or more for each product.

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Christmas around the World

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It’s Christmas Day and if you are enjoying your time with family and friends, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE would like to continue sharing some little known facts about Christmas traditions around the world.

In Australia Christmas occurs at the beginning of the summer. School holidays begin from the middle of December to the early part of February. Because it is so warm in Australia during the summer, most families forgo cooking and opt for a barbecue cooking up lots of seafood. Australians also celebrate with Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve with celebrations occurring in every state across the country. Australians also decorate their homes with the native, “Christmas Bush.”

Only one percent of the folks who live in China are Christians. That means that most people don’t know much about Christmas. With that being said, a fairly new tradition that is becoming popular in China is called, “Ping’an Ye,” meaning a quiet or peaceful evening, it involves people handing out apples to family and friends.

Christmas trees are popular in Greece, but an older tradition that families still follow features a shallow wooden bowl. These wooden bowls have a piece of wire suspended around the rim with basil wrapped around a cross that hangs down from the wire. The bowl holds a small amount of water that keeps the basil fresh and alive. Once a day, mom will dip the basil and the cross into holy water before sprinkling it around each room of the house.

Just like Australia, Costa Rica’s school holidays begin in December with families decorating their homes with tropical flowers. The Pasito, a nativity scene, sits in the center of every homes display. Cypress branches, ribbons, and red coffee berries are used to make Christmas wreaths.

Armenia celebrates Christmas on January 6, which is also the day of Epiphany, meaning the public revelation that Jesus Christ was indeed God’s son.

As you celebrate Christmas with your family and friends this year, take a moment to appreciate other countries traditions and enjoy! Merry Christmas everyone!

Treat Your Pets for Christmas

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According to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, Christmas is for the entire family including your fur sons and daughters, especially when it comes to the all-natural skin care line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

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The all-natural HERBAL HEALING GEL, the staple of the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE product family, is perfect for dogs, cats, horses, and even guinea pigs. That’s right the all-natural HERBAL HEALING GEL from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE works wonders for your animals.

Your fur family suffers from skin disorders just like you do and according to your vet can have problems anywhere including around the lips, on the edges of the ears, the bottom of the paws and the nose.

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Pet skin disorders are quite common, but can be helped the natural way with the all-natural HERBAL HEALING GEL. Skin disorders are very hard to ignore, as it can be difficult watching your fur family lick, chew, scratch, drag, or scoot along the floor. Other signs that your pets could be in need of the all natural herbal healing gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE include a thinning or dull coat, a bad odor and even hair loss.

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The all-natural HERBAL HEALING GEL from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE works on all kinds of skin issues whether Rocky has a bad case of fleas, or mites.

Other problems that could cause skin disorders in pets include ticks, lice, food allergies, warts, scabs, endocrine diseases, tumors, and even cancer. Treat your pet’s skin allergies with the all-natural HERBAL HEALING GEL from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE and make an appointment with your vet even if you are able to determine that fleas, ticks, or mites are causing the skin rash. There may be an underlying reason that Lucky is scratching.

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If your vet recommends a steroid, you may want to get a second opinion, as there may be side effects from pet prescription drugs. In the meantime, try the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE all natural HERBAL HEALING GEL as it may help with the rash or skin allergy.

Take care of your family, including your pets, and order an extra bottle of the all-natural HERBAL HEALING GEL for every medicine cabinet in your home. Order 4 and shipping is free.

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The Most Unique Gifts for 2015

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This year the most popular Christmas gifts, according to the leading retailers in the United States, are certainly not surprising. The latest gadgets, electronics and toys are hot, hot, hot, but not everyone wants to buy the most popular item on the must have Christmas gift list. If you are one of those people, why not buy your presents from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

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Although not as unique as they were a few years ago, Camera Drones with live video action are a big seller. Once the drone is in the air, the operator will receive a live feed right back to a Smartphone. Camera Drones make the perfect gift, as long as the receiver doesn’t live next door.

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Back in the 70’s and 80’s Sand Art was all the rage. Making a comeback, it is much like an Etch a Sketch in that when it is flipped over a beautiful piece will begin to form right before your eyes.

Most people have had a love, hate relationship with the humble alarm clock, but thanks to the new Sunrise Simulator Alarm clock, people can wake without an annoying sound as the clock helps you wake up with a simulated sunrise.

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If that isn’t unique enough for you, how about the Entertainment Platter. This ingenious gift allows you to take dinner from the oven straight to the table thanks to the soapstone slab. The slab keeps your meals nice and hot so that you and your guests can enjoy food the way it was meant to be served.

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There is nothing like fried zucchini or a delicious piece of fried chicken, however, the oil isn’t the best thing if you are watching your waistline and want to eat healthier. The oil free air-frying machine uses air instead of oil to cook. Less fat means healthier food.

Of course, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home or office in search of the perfect gift when you shop online with SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has the best selection of all natural products for all of your friends and family, and best of all, you will not have to spend a fortune to help keep their skin healthy, soft, and supple. Order your SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE all natural skin care products in time for Christmas today.

Christmas Facts that you May Not Know

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As you decorate your tree and wrap up your Christmas gifts SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE would like to share a few things about the holidays that you probably aren’t aware of.

Although people all over the world celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December, the Bible does not mention a date for Jesus’ birth. Most historians actually believe that Jesus was born sometime during the spring, which would explain the description of the shepherds who were herding their animals. Pope Julius decided on the Feast of the Nativity in the 4th century declaring December 25th as Jesus’ birthday.

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During WWI, after a grueling five months of battle, the Western front took a Christmas Eve break from fighting in order to sing Christmas carols to each other across the bloody battlefield. The allied troops called out, “Merry Christmas, in English. Thank goodness, it wasn’t a trick with dozens of fighters from Britain greeting and shaking hands with the enemy. Some even exchanged cigarettes as gifts. Dubbed the 1914 Christmas Truce, it was one of the last known examples of chivalry during wartime.

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Just like the popular Energizer bunny, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was created by Montgomery Ward. The advertising gimmick was devised to lure Christmas shoppers into the department store in 1939. Copywriter Robert L. May was hired to write a short story that would later be turned into a song thanks to his brother in law who loved the short story so much that he decided to write a song about it. Burl Ives recorded it in 1949.

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Frosty the Snowman was originally used to showcase whiskey in 1890. After Prohibition, the snowman quickly became the star of alcohol ads and appeared in Miller beer, Jack Daniel’s, Schlitz Beer, Chivas Regal Scotch, and Mount Whitney beer to name just a few.

According to Teutonic and Celtic legend, the mistletoe that you kiss under is actually magical as it can increase fertility, heal wounds, ward off evil spirits, and bring you good luck. The kissing tradition didn’t actually begin until the Victorian era, which is quite surprising if you consider how stuffy and repressed the behavior was at the time.

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Christians weren’t the first to decorate trees. Even before Christianity hit the scene, Germans would decorate the evergreens to brighten up the gloomy and dark days of Winter Solstice.

This Christmas take a moment to remember what it must have been like during the holidays and rejoice in the fact that you don’t have to leave your home or office to order something from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE for everyone on your list.

Is Black Friday Really the Biggest Shopping Day?

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For millions of people all over the United States, Black Friday has become an annual tradition. Black Friday happens on the day after Thanksgiving and is one of the largest shopping days of the year in America, and although it is not officially recognized as a US holiday, many people take the day off.

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For millions of Americans it is time to begin holiday shopping the minute Thanksgiving is over, in fact, some are skipping the day of thanks all together in favor of standing in line at their favorite department store for the, “Bargain of the century.”

Coined as Black Friday in the 1960’s, the day after turkey day marks the kick off to holiday shopping season. The, “Black,” in Black Friday symbolizes retail stores going in the black or turning a profit.

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These days it is becoming more popular for stores to open the door on Thanksgiving evening, or at midnight giving those hungry shoppers an early start to the festive season, however, not everyone is happy to pull out the credit cards while still enjoying Thanksgiving leftovers.

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As SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE explains, there are two camps when it comes to holiday shoppers. The procrastinators and the Black Friday die hard go-getters.

Those who brave the mall on Black Friday are usually subjected to endless drives around the parking lot looking for a space before elbowing their way down the store aisles and having to endure a seamlessly endless line at the checkout. Black Friday fans say that is well worth the hassle as many retail stores actually strip down the prices to help move merchandise. For that main reason, Black Friday is proclaimed as being the busiest day of the year for shopping.

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Nevertheless, what about those holiday shoppers who could care less choosing to sleep in instead of waiting in line for Black Friday. Are they the ones that battle the procrastinators choosing to shop on Christmas Eve? Possibly, but even the customers who are finished with their shopping before Halloween will most likely forget someone on their list forcing them to head out for a last minute purchase the day before Christmas.

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Black Friday is the day where you expect every store to be packed with shoppers who are searching for the perfect deal, and that is usually the case with about five percent of holiday sales happening on the day after Thanksgiving. In 2014, average shoppers spent an average of $380.00 over the entire Thanksgiving weekend with 51 billion in retail spending.

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With that being said, the biggest shopping day of the year still goes to the procrastinators who wait until the Saturday before Christmas. Even with all of those people shopping on Black Friday, the sales do not follow suit. Surveys show that although there are plenty of people, not all will drive home with a trunk full of gifts with a high percentage of those same Black Friday shoppers actually buying items the next day.

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If lining up at the crack of dawn, or waiting until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping isn’t your style, shop for affordable gifts for everyone on your list from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. Shop now.

Five things you Probably Don’t Know about Thanksgiving

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When you gather your friends and family together for Thanksgiving this year, give a thought to the pilgrims and the Native Americans as you sit down to enjoy your annual feast.

According to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, there are probably a few things that you didn’t know about one of America’s favorite holidays. As hard as it may seem to believe, nearly every belief about Thanksgiving has either changed or developed into new facets and traditions.

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These days the first thought about turkey day is stuffing yourselves with great food; however, Thanksgiving wasn’t also about feasting. Before the 17th century, Thanksgiving was more about mediation, prayer, and hold on to your hat for this one, fasting.

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Historians are still scratching their heads when it comes to Thanksgiving, as there are no recorded instances of the colonists sharing a feast with the Native Americans after harvests, or any other time for that matter. The pilgrims and the Native Americans had a long history of violence so it is quite unlikely that the two groups gathered together for Thanksgiving.

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Eating turkey doesn’t make you fall asleep. Contrary to popular belief, it is most probably the wine and other alcoholic libations that make you sleepy. Tryptophan, the ingredient in turkey that supposedly makes you go to sleep needs to be consumed on an empty stomach and even then the amino acids that are in the protein will reach your brain before it can take effect. According to National Geographic, soybeans contain much more tryptophan than turkey does. No wonder people who go on a tofurkey binge are the first to pass out. For those that are unaware, tofu is the main ingredient in tofurkey and tofu is made from soybeans.

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The first TV dinner actually came from an overabundance of turkey when a company known as Swanson and Sons found themselves stuck with about 250 tons of turkey. A salesman by the name of Gerry Thomas came up with the idea to form an assembly line where employees used spatulas and ice-cream scoops to fill 5,000 aluminum trays full of turkey, corn-bread dressing, peas and sweet potatoes creating the first ever TV dinner. Mr. Thomas admitted to getting the idea from those packaged airline food trays.

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The popular Christmas Carol, Jingle Bells, was originally a Thanksgiving song. Composer James Pierpont wrote the song for children celebrating turkey day in 1857. It became so popular that it was repeated at Christmas as well with people singing it again, and again.

This Thanksgiving SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE would like you to take a moment to be thankful for family, friends, and everything that you enjoy on your table. Happy Thanksgiving!