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Happy National Day of Unplugging
Yes, today is that day…National Day of Unplugging.  What doe it mean, exactly?  Sprouting from the Sabbath Manifesto, where our ancestors would take one day a week to unwind, relax, unplug and reconnect with family and loved ones, National Day of Unplugging is just that!

From sundown tonight until sundown tomorrow evening, just HANG!  Step away from the smartphone.  Leave the tablet to charge.  Spend time with your family and friends.  Don’t check social media accounts or stare into the television set. See if you can do it…it’s only 24 hours.

Download your Unplug Sign HERE.

Check out the latest news on the Unplug campaign and comment below if you are going to participate.  I’d love for you to upload to my Facebook page a picture of yourself and your Unplug sign (before sundown please!).

I found this concept of Taking Stock on a fellow blogger’s site and thought it would be a great way for you to get to know me a little better…please feel free to post your “taking stock” responses in the comments section – I’d love to read it! (more…)

I can’t thank you enough for completing my short reader survey!  My goal is to get to know what’s on your mind – what you like to read, want to see more of…you name it!  I thought maybe you’d like to see what the overall results were.  I found them very interesting and helpful in planning out my blog for 2015.

Pellerini Proclaims Reader Survey Results
Oh, and a big congrats to Samantha for winning the $25 Starbucks e-gift card.  I hope you are enjoying your drink(s) of choice!

Most of you heard about Pellerini Proclaims from the Facebook page and others via friends.  If you are not already a “fan” on my Facebook page, you can click HERE!  Besides posting when a new blog post is up, I also share some cool articles and videos.

Over half of you have been reading my blog for over 6 months – thank you!!

When asked what other things could make Pellerini better, your responses were:

  • More pictures of outfits
  • Time management for the full-time mom
  • Coupons/discounts
  • Kids’ activities
  • Healthy quick recipes
  • Restaurant reviews
  • Product reviews
  • Giveaways

I can totally provide all of the above!

Your favorite posts, in order from most fave to lesser fave (is that English?!):

  • Fashion on a Budget
  • Product Reviews
  • Recipes
  • Beauty Picks
  • How To’s
  • Book Reviews

Last but not least, when you were asked what your favorite social media platform is, you responded (from most fave…)

Please click on any (or all) of the platforms above if you’d like to connect with me on them!

Please don’t wait until the next survey comes out to tell me what you’d like to see!!

Gong Xi Fa Ca!  

February 19, 2015 marks the year of the sheep. This is the most important of the Chinese holidays, celebrated by over 1.3 billion people in China and by millions of Chinese around the world. It’s a celebration that lasts for 15 days, culminating with the Lantern Festival.  Worldwide, Chinese, Koreans, Vietnamese and other Asians celebrate the beginning of a new year on the second new moon after the winter solstice. It’s a time to bond with family, honor ancestors and eat delicious food!

In China, the Gregorian calendar is used for day-to-day life. But Chinese calendar dates are continually used to mark traditional holidays like the new year. It’s also used astrologically to select favorable dates for weddings and other special events.

Chinese New Year red envelopes, used for giving money to children, at Dihua Market, Taipei, Taiwan. Image credit: BCody80 via Wikimedia Commons.

Chinese New Year red envelopes, used for giving money to children, at Dihua Market, Taipei, Taiwan. Image credit: BCody80 via Wikimedia Commons.

Chinese New Year celebrations lasts 15 days, from the first day (during a new moon) to the 15th day (a full moon). Every day is symbolic and varies according to the local traditions. Before the new year, homes are thoroughly cleaned to sweep away bad fortune and to welcome good luck. On New Year’s Eve, there are family gatherings to celebrate and enjoy sumptuous traditional feasts, and to greet the new year with fireworks at midnight.  My coworker, William, is going to celebrate with the local church, which is hosting a potluck celebration – such a great way to celebrate the New Year!

The celebration ends on the 15th day with the Lantern festival, which falls on the night of the full moon.  Families socialize in the streets carrying lighted lanterns, creating a beautiful light display.

When I was younger, my aunt took me to a Chinese New Year dinner.  There must have been 10 people around this round table with a “lazy susan” in the middle.  the food displayed was amazing, and it kept coming.  This was the first time I tasted eel (still a favorite) and duck.  It was a great experience for me.  (I also learned how to drive on one-way streets in NYC).

Do you celebrate the Chinese New Year?  Do you know what year you were born in according to the Chinese calendar?  Click HERE to find out!

Since today is Random Acts of Kindness Day, below are some ideas of things you can do to spread the kindness!  (Although I recommend kindness every day, today I’m going to go a bit above and beyond!)

random acts of kindness day

  • First and foremost, smile at people as you pass them in the store, office, anywhere.  Not to sound cheesy but I always find that a smile brightens my day.  Seriously!
  • Volunteer to pick up trash at a local park or beach.
  • Pay it forward and buy the person behind you in line a coffee or snack.  Starbucks is notorious for this!
  • Send someone you care about a little note (email, text) telling them how much they mean to you, that you’re thinking of them!
  • If you can, make a small monetary donation to the charity of your choice.
  • Volunteer an hour or so at a local charity.
  • Give a bottle of cold water to the crossing guard, bus driver, gas attendant.
  • Let someone go in front of you on line whether it is at the supermarket or the highway.
  • If you go out to eat today and you can do it, leave a bit more of a tip with a smiley face on the receipt.
  • Post a nice comment on someone’s blog.  hee hee
  • Thank your coworkers and/or employees for doing a great job.
  • Send out a care package to the troops overseas.
  • Clean your room.  Could someone please tell my boys about this one?
  • Donate books to the local library or shelter.

There are SO MANY MORE ways you can show kindness…please share your ideas below!