Have you seen the celebrations already going on? Mardi Gras is tomorrow.
I swear this year is flying by fast.
Was it not just yesterday we celebrated Christmas and New Years?
Now we find ourselves getting ready for Mardi Gras.
Most understand Mardi Gras as a huge wild drunk street party.
However what most might overlook is that there is actually history
associated with that amazing wonderment that is Mardi Gras.
Did you Know
Did you know that the celebration of Mardi Gras is thousands of years old.
Many believe the holiday steams from Pagan celebrations of spring and fertility.
Like the majority of Pagan holidays as Christianity grew the powers that where decided to combine the celebrations of spring and fertility into one holiday aka Mardi Gras. It was meant to bring unity rather to further religious division.
How are Lent and Mardi Gras related
Lent is a religious celebration that is held between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.
Many refer it to a time of remembrance for the 40 days that Christ fasted in the dessert.
Those who take part Lent may do it in one of the following ways:
2. Giving up of a self indulgence or extravagance
3. Daily devotional
( in order to grow closer to god)
Mardi Gras is the day used to do the things that you may not necessarily be able to do during the Lent season. It is also known for being as a day to prepare for the beginning of your 40 day quest.
Mardi Gras and its Many Names
Mardi Gras is in fact celebrated worldwide.
Being so the holiday finds itself referred to by many names. You might hear the holiday be referred to as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday. Other names are Pancake Tuesday, Pancake Day, Martes de Carnaval, Fastan, Martedi Grasso, and Karneval. All of which refer to the day that you mostly likely know it as Mardi Gras.
When the Spanish took over New Orleans they decided that change was in order for the citizens of New Orleans. One of the ways the Spanish asserted their power was by banning all Mardi Gras celebration. This ban was not lifted until the state of Louisiana joined the union in 1812.
However you chose to spend the day. I hope that it is riveting and sensational.
You could be like me and plan to have a nice quiet evening at a home accompanied with a few glasses of wine. Be kind and share how you chose to spend Mardi Gras. Remember we love hearing from you. Leave a comment below or use #ThavinMarcob.
Your different Social Media accounts can be hard to manage. Especially if you have different goals in mind for those individual pages. When you want to post on any of your accounts just keep in mind there is a difference between personal social media pages
and business social media pages. Today I have decided to dedicate this article to helping you discern what kind of content that should be posted on which.
Personal Social Media
Personal social media is a way to keep in touch with family and friends who you may not see in everyday life. Here would be the place you share your triumphs, your heartache, and your failures. Your personal page is a place for your friends and family to show their support for you as well as a place for you to vent. It is the place where they can congratulate you on your personal successes and console you on intimate hardships you face.
Your Personal Social Media pages are perfect for:
1. Family Photos
Go ahead and share all the selfies you want. Your friends/family will love to see them.
2. Your Real Name
Your are not trying to plug your brand. Go ahead and use your birth name.
3. Personal Conversations
This is also the place to talk about your nieces milestones and your family vacations. Share your everyday life with those closest to you, even if they happen to be oceans away.
Your friends and family support you in all that you do. So of course they would want the opportunity to know that you are starting a new business. Share this new and exciting adventure with them. Even if you don't feel comfortable divulging a ton of information with them. At least include your company name in your bio.
Its a great way to let them know your starting a new adventure without them feeling pressure to purchase anything from you.
Business Social Media
Your business social media is about networking and growing your brand awareness.
This is the page you use to promote your business as well as connect with others in business.
Hopefully as you grow your accounts you will be able to connect not only with others in business, but also with those who share the same goals. This is accomplished by being professional. Being professional is highly determined by the type of business your in. If you blogging about your kids and your family. Then yes you will end up using family photos, but if you are in retail. Then your pictures should be product based.
Keep them in line with your brand image. You are projecting towards consumers and fellow business.
2. Your Company Name
Utilizing your company name helps in two ways. First it gives your media page a professional feel. Second it also allows every post you make to be associated with your brand.
(The more people see your brand the more comfortable they become with you)
3. Professional Conversations
By keeping your conversations professional you allow others to witness how you interact with other professionals and with customers. This is a helpful and easy way for you to develop and grow trust with your consumers.
Every once in a while it is OK to share a little bit of your personal life on your business page. This enables you to more closely interact with those interested in your band and yourself. Go ahead and share your hobbies/interests. I love sharing my passion for hiking. While hiking dose not pertain to my brand in really any way. I still chose to share it because it helps possible consumers and other business to develop a mind set of who I am as a person. You should try to weave pieces of yourself into your business, but make sure that your business and personal life do not become one.
I started by pulling out the ugly. Anything that was bought, but never worn. Mostly because right after you lost the receipt you realize you have made a terrible mistake. Also any piece of clothing that you would not proudly wear out in public. Or any piece of clothing that was heavy in a tend that now must be forgotten. All of those items must go. Say good riddance and toss it into your box.
Now we all do it. When that shining moment rained down on you and you find yourself with that perfect piece of clothing that magically hugs your body just the way you want it to. In fact you love it so much that you purchased it in multiple colors. So that you can wear it multiple times a week in different fashions. While it is fun to have possession of these perfectly styled pieces. I find that I only really ever wear the original piece. So go ahead and toss the duplicates.
3. Love it OR Hate it
4. Love it leave it
Have you worn that in the last year?
Does it have an emotional attachment?
If you answered yes to either of those two questions then it becomes a leave it piece and goes back into the closet. If you answered no to both, you might want to rethink your decision to keep it.
If your closet is extremely full you may discover new pieces of clothing that you forgot you had. If you kind of like them, go ahead and keep them. You might find that you will work them into your wardrobe now that your closet is cleaned out.
Remember that we love to hear from you. Let all of us here at Thavin & Marcob know how your spring cleaning journey went. Feel free to use the comment section below or to use #ThavinMarcob on any other social media.
The purpose of random act of kindness is to let others know that they are important. It is also a great way for you to feel included within in your community. Today we like many others have put together a quick list of random acts of kindness.
- Make toiletry bags for shelters
- Donate your unwanted books to a senior center
- Pay it forward and pay for the person behind you at the lunch counter or coffee house
- Drop a gift off to a friend
- Call your grandparents
- Have a conversation with a stranger
- Share your favorite recipe with your social media contacts
- Introduce yourself to neighbors
- Call your parents
- Leave a motivational note somewhere
- Read a book to a classroom
- Send a postcard to your grandparents
- Smile at a stranger
- Pull over and help a person in need on the side of the road
- Write a letter to your parents
- Give a random person a complement
- Clean up your neighborhood park
- Send a letter to your favorite teacher
- Give out free hugs
- Hold a door open
- Offer to help someone who seems overwhelmed
- Bake cookies for a local shelter
- Leave a thank you note for your mailman
- Start a friendly conversation with yourcashier
- Leave a note in your library book when you return it for the next reader
- Leave an extra tip in the tip jar
- Help carry someone's bags
- Place change in someone's meter
- Leave a book at the bus stop
- Bring muffins into work
- Let someone cut in front of you in line
- Be courteous
- Share your umbrella
- Hold the elevator open
- Give you seat up to someone standing on public transportation
Till next week,
I also decided that I would bring you along in this DIY project.
I would like to make note that this is not an endorsement or a sponsored post. I came across this type of paint organically and chose to use it for this DIY redecorating project to see if it was capable of all it claimed to be.
I did forget to take before photos. I was just too excited to get to work on my transformation.
The first piece was originally used as an entry table by my front door. It was painted in a white chalk paint and held a lightly distressed look. I painted the outside of the dresser using my one step black paint.
Here is what I discovered:
1. The paint did not go on as smoothly as I would have liked.
2. I had to use two coats of paint to accomplish the look I wanted.
3.The paint dried extremely fast, within forty minuets to an hour I was able to apply the second coat.
Since it was my first time using this paint. I did air on the side of caution and waited tad bit longer than it stated on the container. Once the frame was completed I moved onto the drawers. The drawers were sanded and then stained in Varathane - dark walnut.
I personally like to keep the bangs and dings in my furniture. It is a small way that I am able to keep and cherish memories. For instance the ding in the top corner occurred while we were moving my oldest daughter out of her first college apartment.
The second piece was originally painted in this awfully bright blue color. I used the same colored paint for both the frame and the drawers of all the furniture pieces. The Amy Howard at home paint did go on smoothly the first time, but I still needed a second touch up coat to get the look just right. At the start I was using a brush that left bristles behind after every stroke. If I had used a better quality brush to start with it may have not need two coats.
This piece also holds a cherished memory. So like the earlier piece I chose not to fix the dings. I found this adorable piece on a road trip last summer with my husband. We picked it up at a yard sale in Butte Montana.
This one was the magical piece of furniture. The paint worked exactly the way the paint container described.
This pieces is a 1970 press wood. It only needed one coat of the Amy Howard at home paint. This piece did have its original varnish on it. I also did not take the time to sand or prime it. I simply just cleaned it off and started painting.
This piece like the others has a sense of sentiment. I was fortunate enough to have found this piece by surprise during a family day adventure.
This was my Do It Yourself project for the month. The Amy Howard at home has so far turned out to be a fairly decent product. I was able to do all three of this pieces with one can of paint. Leaving me with a little less then half a can left over. The paint was a little cheaper than my go to chalk paint. However the difference was only a few dollars. Truthfully I would purchase the Amy Howard at home paint again. Although I did purchase one of the brands cheaper brushes, which I believe is not necessary purchase. That was the brush kept leaving little bristles behind. Requiring my to dedicate more time than necessary to cleaning up after each stroke of the brush.
The project in total cost me roughly $135.00 for all three pieces and supplies. This was a project that was collectively built up. Meaning I obtained the pieces and supplies at different times over a period of time. Our project breakdown is listed above. Your future project will be determined by how much your comfortable paying for furniture. Craigslist and thrift stores are great places to start, but don't forget to check out your local Buy Sale Trade Facebook pages.
I already had sandpaper, wax, and clear coat at home. So I did not factor those into the total cost of the project. If you do need to pick these items up add another $25-30 dollars to your project. If you don't have the waxing or clear coating you can always just forgo these items and use the furniture as is. If your interested or curious I was able to pick up the Amy Howard paint at my local hardware store.
If this article inspired some inspiration for you and your creative side, which I'm hoping it did. Make sure to comment and share your pictures with us. Either here in the comments section below or by using #thavinmarcob.
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day if you have been putting off planning out a gift for that special someone.
Now might be the time to stop procrastinating and really think of that one special thing that will make your significant other smile.
Earlier this month I recommend that instead of just celebrating Valentine's Day to turn it into a Love Week.
If your interested and still looking for some ideas, check out that post for some inspiration.
Wallet Friendly Ways to Show Your Love
on Valentine's Day:
1. Make and Surprise your love with breakfast.
2. Bew their favorite coffee or tea in a Valentine's day inspired mug.
3. Make their bed for them in the morning.
4. Find their shoes for them in the morning.
(This gift is great for either your significant other or you child.)
5. Warm up their car for them before they head off to work.
6. Make them a sandwich and cut it into the shape of a heart.
(Also a great idea if your have children.)
7. Leave a sticky note for them to find telling them how much you love and appreciate them.
8. Make them a Berry Delicious Valentine's Day smoothie.
9. Stop by their work and bring them a mid day snack.
10. Text them funny Valentine's Day jokes throughout the day.
11. Wear matching Valentine's day socks with them.
12. Scream I Love You at random times.
13. Make your own chocolate covered strawberries.
14. Go for a night walk.
15. Tell them how much they mean to you.
If your looking for date ideas feel free to look over our Love Week blog Post. Pick a day/activity that sounds the most fun to you and make that your special Valentine's Day date.
Remember to share what you ended up doing here in the comments section or by using the #thavinmarcob.
We would love to see how your Valentine's Day went.
Just For Fun
Valentine's Day Quotes
Today's post is written with a celebratory heart for those who have come before us.
For those who suffered and have risen above oppression.
In order to create a better world and to encourage the youth of today.
The History of Black History Month
Many say that his goal was to inspire the African American students of that time to lead successful lives.
He wanted to share African American history with students at a time when it was a non existent topic in public classrooms. In February of 1976 Negro History Week became what we all now recognize as Black History Month
Taking The Fashion Industry By Pure Willpower
She also was successful in purchasing her son George out of slavery.
Elizabeth had to pay a total of 1,200 for the both of them. She earned the money for her freedom by picking up odd jobs as a seamstress
With her freedom Elizabeth was able to not only created a full time job for herself as a seamstress , she was also able to expand her clientele to include the belle of the balls.
She jumped at the opportunity on to create Mrs. Lincoln's dress for President Abraham Lincolns inauguration.
Mrs. Lincoln enjoyed Elizabeth's skill so much that Elizabeth became Mrs. Lincoln's personal seamstress, during her time in the White House.
Ann Lowe was an amazing fashion designer.
Ann learned the majority of her sewing skills from her grandmother as well as her mother.
In 1917 Ann registered for classes in the segregated school of
S.T. Taylor Design.
Due to the segregation Ann spent the majority of this time alone in classrooms.
After graduation she opened her first store in Tampa Florida.
Once Ann was able to save enough money in Florida, She decided to closed up shop and move New York for new opportunities.
While in New York she opened her second successful shop.
Although this second store was eventually lost to past due taxes, Ann did however did manage to open a third store right there in New York. She catered to a very elite group of clients. You may in fact have even seen her work. Ann designed and created Jacqueline Kennedys wedding dress.
Inventors that Rocked It
Sarah H. Goode
Sarah designed an amazing piece of furniture named the Folding Cabinet Bed.
She was born into a large family, in fact she was one of seven children.
At the end of the Civil War Sarah and her family relocated to the city of Chicago for a fresh start at a new life.
While in Chicago she embarked on an adventure into entrepreneurship with her husband.
The two of them enjoyed a successful business within the field of furniture making.
As she created relationships with her customers she realized the need for smaller compact furniture.
It was this entrepreneurial experience that influenced Sarah's design of the Folding Cabinet Bed.
On July 17,1888 Miriam Benjamin was granted paten number 382,289. For her design and creation of the
Gong & Single Chair.
This design is still used today. In fact you have probably used it and never realized the history of this particular design.
The Gong and Single Chair
was a chair that was designed with a button. Its purposed was for hotel use.
It allowed customers to push the button to get the attention of the staff. A way for customers to Single the staff that they needed additional assistance.
Is it starting to sound familiar? It is the same thing you use while flying to get the attention of the flight attendant.
.Miriam was born a free woman and taught in a school within the segregated municipal school system.
I love hearing about the people who came before us.
Especially about those who strived to meet success no matter what the circumstance.
The people of our past are the inspirations of today.
Keep striving towards your goals and keep moving forward even in the face of adversity.
You have the ability to improve the lives of those around you.
Keep your heads up high!
Today is National Wear Red Day.
Which was created in support of Heart Disease Awareness
The day was created to inspired everyone to live a healthier lifestyle.
As well as raise awareness for Heart Disease.
You may also hear today being referred to as Wear Red for Women.
Today also goes by this name because Heart Disease is the number one cause of death for women.
Causes of Heart Disease
3.Excessive Alcohol intake
5. Lack of Physical Inactivity
1. Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your health.
2. Improve your diet, even if you just start with one meal a day.
3. Improve your physical activity. A simple 5 minute walk will help you both physically and mentally.
3. Find a support group to keep you heading towards your goal.
4. Don't forget to head back to the doctor, so they can monitor your progress!
My Favorite Oatmeal Breakfast
I would love to hear your favorite heart healthy recipes.
Here is mine
1/2 cup oats
(Follow the directed cooking directions)
Once done cooking
Add 1 tablespoons Maple Syrup
( I like mine really sweet so I use 2 Tablespoons)
Top your oatmeal with
Almond Slices and Dried Cranberries
Then simply enjoy!
(* I do not know how heart healthy this recipe is. Therefore I can not guarantee its heart healthy nutrition value.)
National Wear Red Day is a Headline worthy event, that I hope all of you participate in.
In the event you are uncomfortable wearing red or are unsure how to toss in that pop of color for the day.
Head on over to last Wednesday's Article.
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Always Growing is our motto!
We cover lots of different topics therefore if you have something you want to see just
let us know!