Have you been watching the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament? There sure have been a lot of upsets! My husband watched a lot of the games, and he said they were really exciting. (I like watching the women’s tournament. Can anyone stop UConn?)
Now that we’re down to the Final Four, we were wondering who YOU thought would win the championship. So please select one of the choices below and see what your fellow panelists have to say.
Well, spring has sprung, and to many that means Spring Cleaning! We recently surveyed our panelists asking them their opinions about spring cleaning. Here is some interesting information from the survey.
A total of 39,169 people responded to the survey
83.1% of survey respondents were women
38.7% said they follow a tradition of spring cleaning their home when spring arrives.
52.8% responded that other members of their household help with spring cleaning
57.4% said they use environmentally friendly products to do their spring cleaning
While we’re on the subject of spring cleaning, remember if you make any spring cleaning-related purchases, or buy any cleaning supplies, always give the product’s barcode a quick scan. Some of these items may include:
St. Patrick’s Day is almost here – and you don’t even have to be Irish to celebrate!
One of the fun things I like to do with my family is prepare a traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal, which for us is corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread. (Of course, my husband and I may have an adult beverage or two!)
Here are some fun facts about the day:
The world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade occurred on March 17, 1762, in New York City, featuring Irish soldiers serving in the English military.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 33.1 million people, or 10.4% of all U.S. residents claimed Irish ancestry in 2014. This number was more than seven times the population of Ireland itself (4.6 million).
Going out to celebrate? There are plenty of places to go. According to the Census Bureau, in 2013 there were 235,701 full-service restaurants and 41,582 drinking places (bars and taverns) in the U.S.
According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), more than 125 million plan to celebrate the day and are expected to spend an average of $35.37 per person. Total spending is expected to reach $4.4 billion.
There are many ways to celebrate. According to the NRF, 82.1% of those who responded to a survey said they will wear green to show their Irish pride, 31.3% plan to make a special dinner, 28.7% will head to a party at a bar or restaurant and 21.1% will attend a private party. In addition, 22.8% plan to decorate their homes or offices in an Irish theme.
According to the NRF, 56.5% of those celebrating will purchase food and beverages, 28% will buy apparel or accessories, 23.3% will buy decorations and 17.2% will buy candy.
As you can see from my avatar, I’m certainly in the spirit! I hope you enjoy the holiday, too. But remember to be safe in whatever you may do.
On Sunday, March 13, at 2 a.m., we turn the clocks ahead and that means, among other things, more daylight in the afternoons. But it also means one less hour of sleep. I’m tired just thinking about it!
Here are some other things to think about when it comes to Daylight Saving Time.
It’s actually “daylight saving time,” not “daylight savings time.” (I learned this as soon as I started looking up information for this blog.)
Two states, Arizona and Hawaii, don’t observe daylight saving time.
Daylight saving time was first used during World War I, to help to conserve fuel. The thinking was that using daylight more efficiently saves fuel and energy because it reduces the nation’s need for artificial light.
About 70 countries around the world observe Daylight Saving Time.
According to a University of Colorado at Boulder study, there is an increase in fatal motor vehicle accidents the first six days after the clocks spring ahead.
There’s a spike in heart attacks during the first week of Daylight Saving Time, according to studies. Scientists have speculated that the loss of an hour’s sleep may make people more susceptible to an attack. When Daylight Saving Time ends in the fall, heart attacks briefly become less frequent than usual.
Daylight Saving Time also means spring is around the corner. For many, that means it’s spring cleaning time! So, we want to know your opinion about spring cleaning. Be on the lookout for a Just For Fun survey regarding your spring cleaning habits.
Last week I talked about how much I was looking forward to watching the Oscar broadcast. Well, it certainly was an interesting broadcast.
Nielsen reported that this year’s broadcast had 34.4 million viewers, which declined by about 8 percent from last year’s telecast. This was the lowest-rated Oscars in eight years, according to Nielsen, and the third-lowest since Nielsen began tracking viewership in the mid-1970s.
Did you watch the broadcast?
You may remember that we were running an Oscar promotion, where we asked you to select who you thought would win in several categories. (FYI: We’ll be awarding points to those who participated in the next day or two.) But I wanted to reveal how you, our panelists, voted for each category. Check it out! (Winners are in bold.)
Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Bridge Of Spies
Very interesting results, don’t you think? Thanks to all who participated.