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10 Fun Easter Facts

The World's Largest Chocolate Egg - Easter

Easter Eggs are associated with Easter because eggs are a symbol of starting new life. It’s believed that eggs have been given to celebrate the spring equinox for more than 2 millennia.

The World’s Largest Easter Egg, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was just over 25-ft high and was made of chocolate and marshmallow. The egg is said to have weighed in at a whopping 8,968 pounds. and was supported by an internal steel frame.

Chocolate Eggs were first made in Europe in the early part of the 19th century and remain one of the most popular Easter candies today.

Krashanky is the Ukrainian word meaning “to decorate” and also refers to boiled eggs dyed in a single color (with vegetable dyes), which are blessed and eaten at Easter.

World’s Largest Jar Of Jelly Beans was unveiled on October 15th, 1999 and weighed 6,050 pounds.

Approximately 600 Million Eggs are sold in the United States during the months of March and April.

$2.1 billion of Easter candy was bought in the United States over the Easter 2012 period.

Around 90 Million Chocolate Bunnies are made for Easter each year. The Easter Bunny tradition made its way to the US in the 18th century. It is believed to have originated in Europe where it was actually the Easter Hare.

16 Million Jelly Beans will be eaten during the Easter season in the United States.

137th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll takes place Monday, April 6th, 2015 on the South Lawn of the White House. In its press release, the White House states this year’s theme is “#GimmeFive,” and more than 35,000 people will gather on the South Lawn to join in the celebrations. Keeping history alive, the event will feature sports and fitness zones, cooking demonstrations, and Easter classics such as the egg roll and egg hunt, live music and storytelling.


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Has Winter Dried Out Your Skin? – Top Dry Skin Tips

In winter, and its low humidity, your skin can easily dry out. Here are some tips on how to prevent dry skin or keep it from getting worse.

  • Do not use hot water. Hot water removes your natural skin oils more quickly. Warm water is best for bathing.
  • Use a gentle cleanser. Soaps can strip oils from the skin. Stop using deodorant bars, antibacterial soaps, perfumed soaps, and skin care products containing alcohol, like hand sanitizers. Look for either a mild, fragrance-free soap or a soap substitute that moisturizes.
  • Limit time in the bathtub or shower. A 5- to 10-minute bath or shower adds moisture to the skin. Spending more time in the water often leaves your skin less hydrated than before you started. Do not bathe more often than once a day.
  • Moisturize right after baths and showers. To lock in moisture from a bath or shower, apply a moisturizer while the skin is still damp.
  • Before you shave, soften skin. It is best to shave right after bathing, when hairs are soft. To lessen the irritating effects of shaving your face or legs, use a shaving cream or gel. Leave the product on your skin about 3 minutes before starting to shave. Shave in the direction that the hair grows.
  • Change razor blades after 5 to 7 shaves. A dull blade bothers dry skin.
  • Use a humidifier. Keep the air in your home moist with a humidifier.
  • Apply cool cloths to itchy dry skin.
  • Soothe chapped lips. At bedtime, apply a lip balm that contains petrolatum. Other names for this ingredient are petroleum jelly and mineral oil.
  • Cover up outdoors in winter. In the cold, wear a scarf and gloves to help prevent chapped lips and hands.
  • Be good to your face. If you have very dry skin, cleanse your face just once a day, at night. In the morning, rinse your face with cool water.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology.

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How does a young man turn his life around and get a fresh start?

by Linda K. Bourassa.

At the early age of 9 years old, the young man of our story was lured into a gang. Gang life led him to criminal activity, trouble with the law and gunfire attacks on his family’s home. His distraught mother was able to get him relocated to another state to live with relatives in order to save his life. Sadly, his difficulties continued and he lived with an assortment of family friends, then in a series of unsuccessful placements with foster care and group homes.

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All that changed when he landed at Youth Villages here in Memphis at the ripe age of 17, and found placement in another foster care home. Through the programs at Youth Villages which provide counseling to help youth with their goals in education, employment and finding housing, our young man is on track to graduate from high school this coming May. His goal upon graduation? He wants to leave behind his difficult youth and join the military.

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His Youth Villages transitional living specialist, Cason Crain, took him to a local recruiting office for information where he was told they do not accept recruits with tattoos visible below the middle of the elbow. That would be a big problem as his arms were heavily tattooed, first with gang markings and then later with art to cover and hide them.

Now, Crain had taken another Youth Villages teen to get a small tattoo removed at Dermatology Realm in Germantown. This was a whole different story. The extensive arm tattooing would take many treatments over months or years to completely remove. Dr. Adam Baker, owner of Dermatology Realm, was moved by the youth’s difficulties from such an early age and admired his determination to turn his life around, so he offered to provide the tattoo removal services at no charge for the youth.

Denise LaForce, medical aesthetician at Dermatology Realm, recently provided the first of the removal treatments. A young man can turn his life around and get a fresh start. He just needs the right support systems like those provided at Youth Villages and a little help from amazing friends like Dr. Adam Baker. Dr. Adam Baker was moved by the youth’s difficulties from such an early age and admired his determination to turn his life around, so he offered to provide the tattoo removal services at no charge for the youth.

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