National Hugging Day

Come on, I know you like my silly unofficial holidays!
Today is National Hugging Day and I know you want to celebrate it!

Let me start- here is a cyber hug from me to you!

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National Hugging Day was started in 1986 by Kevin Zaborney in Michigan. It is recognized as a day to encourage hugging amongst friends and family. If you want to hug a stranger, ask first!

NationalHuggingDay.com provides some ideas on how to celebrate today: create a hugging chain, hold a hug-a-thon, break the guiness world record for hugging, or substitute hand shaking for hugging.

They also have some different forms of hugging for you to choose from: Back to Front Hug, Bear Hug, the Cheek Hug, the Side to Side Huge, and the Heart Centered Hug. Visit their website to read about the different hugs!

Fun Facts about HUGS ♡

• It is recommended that EIGHT hugs a day will make you happier

• Hugs can lower the risk of heart disease, can reduce stress, fight fatigue, boost your immune system, fight infections, and ease depression.

• The average person spends an hour a month hugging

IQ development is delayed in children who do not receive hugs

• A brief hug with a romantic partner is equivalent to 10 minutes of hand holding

• People crave 13 hugs a day- but don’t always receive them

• A hug normally lasts 9.5 seconds

• Hugs teach us how to give and receive

• Hugging relaxes muscles

• Hugs connect you with your heart and your feelings

So, with that being said- hug someone today!
Share the love and the happiness.
Happy National Hugging Day ♡

This Week in LA 1/19 – 1/22

Needs some ideas for your free time this week?
Here are some events going on this week in Los Angeles!

Monday:

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Snow Flower Ice One Year Anniversary (10% off your order!)

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Dirty Birdie Story Hour

Tuesday:

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TACO TUESDAY

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Queer of Hearts – Speed Dating for Lesbian & Bi Women

Wednesday:

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10th Annual Focus on Female Directors

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NEW Harry Potter Collection at the Hollywood Museum

Thursday:

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LA Art Show 20 Year Anniversary

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photo la | The 24th Annual International LA Photographic Art Exposition

Check back here Friday morning for events this weekend! ♡

House Plant Appreciation Day

Yes, I love these silly unofficial holidays. Today is House Plant Appreciation Day and it is in celebration of house plants around the world. House plants can be used for therapy and can also be training for a future pet adoption!

Consider these three plants that are hard to kill and are air-purifiers

Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)

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Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

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Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum Wallisii)

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This Week in LA

Hey guys, Happy Monday!

This week in Los Angeles there are tons of awesome things to do. Below are just SOME of things that are going on in LA. Hope you enjoy ♡

Monday

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Pershing Square Ice Rink

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Around Impressionism LACMA tour

Tuesday

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Full Moon Yoga & Gong Meditation

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Now That’s What I Call Burlesque! Vol. 2

Wednesday

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Andy Warhol: Shadows Exhibit

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People’s Choice Awards 2015 (Tickets still available!)

Thursday

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Downtown LA Art Walk

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Comedy Smash the New Year

Stay tuned, Friday morning I will post events for Fri-Sun ♡

Festival of Sleep Day

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Yes, it is a real thing. I envy you if you’re still asleep or at least still in bed right now. Festival of Sleep Day was created for those who need some extra sleep after the holidays. Though it is not a official holiday, I am sure many people celebrate it. I wish it was an official holiday and I’m sure many of you wish it was too! Especially those who are at work already.

So, if you’re sleeping… enjoy your sleep, if you’re just waking up… Good morning sunshine! If you’re at work… I’m sorry.

Happy Festival of Sleep Day!

Jessica ♡

Happy Hanukkah!

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Good afternoon readers, I hope you are having a good Tuesday.
Happy first day of Hanukkah to those who celebrate!

Hanukkah/ Chanukuh/ Festival of Lights

These eight days are to commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt, lead by Judah Maccabee, against the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century BC. It was believed that there was only enough consecrated oil to last one day, but to their surprise it lasted eight days. That is why this celebration is observed for that period of time. Hanukkah is also to remember the Jewish people’s struggle for religious freedom and the survival of their religion.

32nd Annual Long Beach Parade of Lights

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The parade route will begin outside Shoreline Marina, move toward Island White, circle near the beach, move into and through Shoreline Marina and on to Rainbow Harbor past Parker’s Lighthouse Restaurant, Pine Avenue Pier, Gladstone’s departing Rainbow Harbor passing by the Queen Mary. Best viewing will be in Shoreline Village, Rainbow Harbor and from the Queen Mary. The public is invited to participate as a spectator or by entering a boat in the parade. The parade is presented by Shoreline Yacht Club of Long Beach but is open to all participants. Club membership is not a requirement.

When: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Where: 401-435 Shoreline Village Dr
Long Beach, CA 90802
Admission: Free