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For a lot of people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of summer. But why is it called Labor Day? Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894.

Labor unions themselves celebrated the first labor days in the United States, although there’s some speculation as to exactly who came up with the idea. Most historians credit Peter McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, with the original idea of a day for workers to show their solidarity. Others credit Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J.

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The first Labor Day parade occurred Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. The workers’ unions chose the first Monday in September because it was halfway between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. The idea spread across the country, and some states designated Labor Day as a holiday before the federal holiday was created.

Now that we know the history, why not celebrate? Making a party doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are some cute ideas to celebrate the day in addition to the July 4th Ideas that can be enjoyed on Labor Day as well (see below post)

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Getting together with family and friends? Lets barbecue! I love the corn on the cob party favor with the slab of butter-it’s too cute! Here is the link so you can make it yourself.

http://www2.fiskars.com/Crafting/Projects/Entertaining-Parties/Decorations/Labor-Day-BBQ#.UiCbxjYtqTU

Red White and Blue

Here is another neat idea-Take a red and white dishtowel and some pretty blue hydrangeas, arrange and wow-the results are amazing! Enjoy and Best wishes for a Great Labor Day weekend.

 

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school cafeteriaSummer is winding down. While we are still basking in the sunshine, and frolicking in the sand, many principles, teachers and staff are feverishly preparing for back to school. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes and the staff must do their utmost to ensure that the transition back to school is as smooth as possible.

Schools have a lunchroom or cafeteria where school lunch is offered. Have you ever wondered why schools offer a school lunch program or when and why the school lunch program was created? President Harry S. Truman began the national school lunch program in 1946 after reading a study that revealed many young men had been rejected from the World War II draft due to medical conditions caused by childhood malnutrition. Since that time more than 180 million lunches have been served to American children who attend either a public school or a non-profit private school.

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In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson extended the program by offering breakfast to school children. It began as a two years pilot program for children in rural areas and those living in poorer neighborhoods. It was believed that these children would have to skip breakfast in order to catch the bus for the long ride to school. There were also concerns that the poorer families could not always afford to feed their children breakfast. Johnson believed, like many of us today, that children would do better in school if they had a good breakfast to start their day. The pilot was such a success that it was decided the program should continue. By 1975, breakfast was being offered to all children in public or non-profit private school. This change was made because educators felt that more children were skipping breakfast due to both parent being in the workforce.

Lunchrooms and cafeterias need tablecloths that can wipe up spills easily. They need to withstand the daily use. Vinyl tablecloths are reusable and long lasting. They make a great choice for schools and cafeterias.

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Since breakfast and lunch are so important, schools are trying hard to make a nutritious as well as tasty school lunch menu that appeal to children. This way they can concentrate, do well in school, and become our future leaders.

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When playing cards a smooth clean place to play is needed. Our galaxy vinyl tablecloths are great as card table covers since they are a perfect fit over the table. While doing so your table is protected by a 6 mil thickness of the tablecloth and the soft flannel backing protects the table from scratches. You can have a pretty lace tablecloth as an overlay and then take it off and keep the vinyl table covers on for poker nights. There are so many Galaxy colors to choose from it can match the decor of your home or event.
poker card tableOne of the most popular card games is poker. But there are so many different ways of playing cards. Here are some very interesting facts about cards and the meanings behind it.

1. Some say the card game originated in China around 12th century, where paper was invented.

2. The two colors – black and red represent night and day

3. Four suits to represent four seasons

4. Thirteen cards per suit to represent lunar months in a year

5. Twelve court cards to represent the calendar months of the year

6. If you assign 1 to the value of an ace, two to a two, three to a three, eleven to a jack, twelve to a queen and thirteen to a king you will get a total of 364. This happens to be the number of days in a lunar year which is 13 months, each comprising 28 days. Add a joker for 365 being the number of days in a year and another joker for a leap year!

7. The French used to tax the Ace of Spades so a lot of space was given for this card so that it could be stamped to show the tax was paid! Nowadays, card manufacturers stamp their own logos instead.

8. King of Hearts represents King Charlemagne first Holy Roman Emperor born around 742 (and only King in the deck without a moustache), King of Clubs – Alexander the Great, King of Diamonds represents Julius Caesar and the King of Spades – King David of Israel

9. Queen of Spades represents Athena, the Greek goddess of war

10. Jack of clubs represents Sir Lancelot

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Do you play cards? Let us know and if so, what is your favorite game?

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Its way past noontime and you’re at your desk working, working, working. The deadlines are looming, all projects must be completed. You are trying to figure out the numbers so they add up. You are sitting there so long your feet are feeling like lead. You must clear you head and are oh so famished.

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A walk to the breakroom might do the trick. You need to stretch your legs and get a bite to eat. The break room has a nice appeal to it. It is clean and airy. You sit by the break room tables and relax a bit. The table covers are a nice bright color and it picks up your mood. You feel so much better now and are ready to take on the rest of the day.

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Studies show how important it is to take a break from our workload. It gives us time to rejuvenate and helps you concentrate and be much more productive throughout the day. Federal law does not require meal or rest breaks, but many states do. The same principles apply to rest breaks: there’s no federal requirement, but many states do mandate such breaks. The state laws that do exist tend to specify a 10-minute break that accrues every four hours or every eight hours, or something in-between.

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The Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth.

Since break time is so important, check out you state rules and make sure to take advantage of the breaks that are allowed. You deserve it.

 

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