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Living natural and healthy on a simple budget

Project 365: Week 36 July 1, 2012

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Having some cider with the girls


Really Google?


Watching the movie Brave downtown


One of my friends last days in TN. Trivia at Barleys.


View of the city


Obama health care passes.


This is a puffer fish at the Coral Reef store. He kept moving so fast I couldn’t get a good picture.


Harry Potter Fun Facts July 13, 2011

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I have made this the offical Harry Potter week and to get ready for the big movie I have some fun facts to share:

  • As of 2008, Harry Potter books have sold over 400 million copies and have been translated into 67 languages.
  • A picture of Gandalf the Grey (from The Lord of the Rings) can be seen in the collection of great wizards in Professor Dumbledore’s study in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  • Rowling is the first person to become a billionaire (U.S. dollars) by writing book
  • The actress who played Moaning Myrtle is actually 37 years old and is the oldest actress to portray a Hogwarts student.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released on July 21, 2007, and sold 11 million copies on the first day of its release, breaking Rowling’s earlier records for the fastest selling book of all time.
  • Harry’s birthday is July 31, 1980. Rowling’s birthday is also July 31—but in 1966.
  • Rowling says the idea of Harry Potter just “strolled into her head” during a four-hour train delay.
  • Daniel Radcliffe wore out  60-70 wands during the making of the Harry Potter films.
  • Every wand that you see in any of the Harry Potter films is created on-site. No two wands are alike…not even the Weasley twins’!
  • Wands are 13-15 inch long and haven’t changed in length, so the actors have had to grow into them over the years.
  • Dumbledore’s wand was a very elaborate design, even though its significance of being the Elder Wand was far from being known when made.
  • Over 25,000 items of clothing have been used on Harry Potter.
  • The scenes with the largest number of cast and extras to dress have been the battle scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with 400 Death Eaters and Snatchers and the Great Hall scenes with 400 children and teachers present.
  • 250 body casts have been made of actors for deaths, petrifications and stunning spells.

Hope you enjoyed!


Wedding Travia and Facts February 9, 2011

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Average Age

In 2000, the average bride was 24 years old and the average groom was 28.

Bridesmaids Curse

Thrice a bridesmaid, never a bride is an old charm that can be broken by being a bridesmaid seven times.

Dressing Matters

The tradition of bridesmaids dressing the same as each other and in similar style to the bride comes from ancient days when it was believed that evil spirits have a more difficult time distinguishing which one is the bride and putting a hex on her.

Engagement Length

The average engagement period is 16 months, which is up from 11 months in 1990.

Engagement Rings

74% of all brides receive a diamond engagement ring. Of those, 60% are involved in picking out their ring, while 3% actually pick it themselves.

Engagement Rings

The practice of giving or exchanging engagement rings began in 1477 when Roman Emperor, Maximilian I, gave Mary of Burgandy a diamond ring as an engagement present.

Formal or Casual

80% of brides plan formal weddings.

Internet Wedding Planning

8% of all Internet users are engaged to be married.

It’s Popular to be Unlucky

According to English folklore, Saturday, the most popular American choice, is the unluckiest day to marry!

Number of U.S. Weddings

The number of marriages in the U.S. has averaged 2.25 – 2.4 million every year for the past 20 years.

Oldest Bridal Tradition

The veil dates back to ancient Rome, when it was flame-yellow, always worn over the face, and called a flammeum.


For the past 20 years, 2.25 to 2.40 million weddings have taken place each year in the United States; a third of them are remarriages.

Second Weddings

In almost half of U.S. weddings either the bride or groom has been married previously.

Something Blue

In the rhyme ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’, “blue” is symbolic of the blood of royalty, since both the bride and the groom were once considered to be “royal” on their wedding day.

Strange But True

In Pennsylvania, Ministers are forbidden from performing marriages when either the bride or groom is drunk.

The Kiss

The kiss that is given by the bride to the groom at the end of the wedding ceremony originates from the earliest times when the couple would actually make love for the first time under the eyes of half the village!

The Wedding Party

The most frequent number of bridesmaids is 4 (including the maid of honor). 62% of weddings have a flower girl, while 56% have a ring bearer.

Wearing a Wedding Ring

The reason that the engagement ring and wedding band is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand is because the ancient Egyptians thought that the “vein of love’ ran from this finger directly to the heart.

Wearing White

Queen Victoria made white the bridal color of choice when she wore it to wed Prince Albert in 1840.

Wedding Costs

The average wedding costs $18,874 with 186 guests.

Wedding Costs

The average wedding in the United States costs between $20,000 to $25,000.

Wedding Costs – 2nd Time Around

The average second wedding costs $12,000, but couples spend nearly double first time couples on their honeymoons.

Wedding Guests

In the United States, an average of 189 guests attend each wedding.

Wedding Industry

Weddings comprise a $25.3 Billion dollar industry.

Wedding Location

In the United States, 85% of all weddings take place within a church or synagogue.

Wedding Month

August is the top month for weddings, with an average of 10.2% taking place. June comes in a close second with 9.9%.

Wedding Planning

37% of all brides plan their weddings for 7 to 12 months.