Monthly Archives: March 2016

Link Friday: The 2016 Easter Edition

Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2016 by Kate

Let’s be honest, Easter is kind of all over the place when it comes to its symbols. Let’s take a break from marketing this week to explore what’s going on with all these Easter traditions.

  • Ever wonder what the heck chocolate eggs have to do with Easter? It’s a long story but my sweet tooth is glad it played out the way it did.
  • Secular Easter revolves around a rabbit delivering eggs and candy to humans. Say what? Well, this one started in the 1600s and sounds an awful lot like the premise of Santa Claus, if you ask me.
  • Did you know dyeing Easter eggs goes back 60,000 years? It’s a tradition that’s been carried out since Neanderthal times!
  • If you love Peeps (we can’t be friends), this article will give you plenty of interesting conversation starters for Easter dinner. That way you can avoid talking about politics. Plus it’ll get you in the mood to try some of these weird Peeps flavors (like fruit punch, cake or sour watermelon! Amazing, I didn’t know they could get grosser than they already are!)
  • According to the National Confectioners Association, enough jelly beans are made for Easter in the U.S. to fill a giant egg measuring 89 feet high by 60 feet wide. Ancestors of the jelly bean showed up in biblical times, but they only became associated with Easter in the 1930s, thanks to their egg-like shape.

The more you know.

Link Friday: The 2016 Spring Break Travel Edition

Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 by Kate

It feels a little early to say we’re out of the woods on another winter, but it’s been feeling pretty spring-like, so this week, we’re talking spring break travel.

  • Spring means spring break, and if you want to travel, but don’t want to pay the outrageous rates that come along with it, check out this article about the cheapest places to travel and when during this season.
  • Air travel is expected to hit a record 140 million passengers this spring, thanks to more reasonable fares. In return, airlines are bringing out bigger, newer jets and hiring more employees to meet the demand.
  • While spring break used to mean hitting a beach with thousands of your closest college friends, it seems kids these days (yeah, I’m old enough to say that) are looking for a more worldly experience – often heading to Europe or more culturally complex cities in the U.S.
  • In fact, Americans in general seem to be looking beyond their own borders when it comes to where they’re headed this spring, with destinations like Canada, South Africa, India and China rounding out the top ten most popular spots.