Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Friday June 4, 2010

Today is Friday June 4, 2010

National Donut Day

Ah, the donut. Deep-fried, sweetened, and sometimes frosted but always delicious. Did you know that National Donut Day started as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army? During the Great Depression as a way to help the needy and honor the Salvation Army, the “lassies” of World War 1 served donuts to soldiers behind the front lines. Good to know our boys were fed well! Enjoy National Donut Day by indulging in a fresh donut or by picking up a box of donut holes to share with others.

Today is also National Hug Your Cat Day & National Cheese Day & National Frozen Yogurt Day
June is Gay Pride Month & Great Outdoors Month

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On this day in History:
1717 - The Freemasons were founded in London.

1911 - Gold was discovered in Alaska's Indian Creek.

1942 - Glenn Wallichs for Capitol Records came up with the idea of sending out "promotional" copies of records to radio announcers around the U.S.

1942 - The Battle of Midway began. It was the first major victory for America over Japan during World War II. The battle ended on June 6 and ended Japanese expansion in the Pacific.

1984 - For the first time in 32 years, Arnold Palmer failed to make the cut for the U.S. Open golf tournament.

1984 - Bruce Springsteen released his "Born in the U.S.A." album.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life"I believe that the ultimate in self-actualization is when a person is confused about the difference between employment and recreation."

--Ken Blanchard


Felt Circles

1. Secure slinky garments. Stick a felt circle onto each arm of a hanger to keep clothes from sliding off.

2. Anchor a cutting board. Place a circle under each corner of the board so it stays put while you slice and dice.

3. Prevent tabletop scratches. Attach a circle to the bottom of a vase so it doesn’t scuff surfaces.

4. Keep your kitchen quiet. Hush a banging cabinet door by sticking a circle on a corner on the inside of the door.

5. Protect the walls. Position felt on each corner of a picture frame so the edges won’t mark the paintwork.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Today is Tuesday May 25, 2010

National Wine Day

A whole day dedicated to wine? Sounds like a pretty good idea. Wine has been enjoyed for centuries in various cultures around the world.

The oldest bottle of wine was discovered in 1867 at a dig site in Speyer, Germany inside of two Roman stone sarcophaguses. It's estimated that the bottle dates back to 325 AD! This astounding discovery can be seen today on display at the History Museum of the Pfalz in Germany.

Red, white, pinot, or cabernet, what's your favorite type of wine? There are over 20 million acres of wine grapes planted around the world ready to make the various types of wine used for cooking and consuming.

Wine is also guilt free as it contains no fat and nearly no cholesterol. There are even some health benefits to drinking wine—all in moderation, of course. All the more reason to enjoy it!

To celebrate National Wine Day, check out events going on at local wineries or host your own wine tasting party for you and your friends to enjoy!

Today is also National Brown-Bag-It Day & National Tap Dance Day

This week is National Frozen Yogurt Week

May is National Bike Month & National Strawberry Month & National Hamburger Month

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On this day in History:
1787 - The Constitutional convention opened at Philadelphia with George Washington presiding.

1927 - Ford Motor Company announced that the Model A would replace the Model T.

1935 - Babe Ruth hit his final homerun, his 714th, and set a record that would stand for 39 years.

1961 - America was asked by U.S. President Kennedy to work toward putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade.

1968 - The Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, MO, was dedicated.

1968 - The Rolling Stones released "Jumpin' Jack Flash."

1977 - "Star Wars Episode IV- A New Hope" opened and became the largest grossing film to date.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life"It is not how much you do but how much love you put into what you are doing."

--Mother Teresa

QUICK TIP: Uses for Everyday Items - Toothpicks

1. Label meat. Are these burgers rare or well-done? They all look the same on the outside. Identify just-off-the-grill meats with different-colored toothpicks and they won’t get mixed up.

2. Find the end of the roll. When you’ve finished using tape, wrap the end around a toothpick so you can easily locate it the next time.

3. Glue beads and sequins. Use the sharp ends to apply teensy items to a craft project.

4. Sew a better button. Place a toothpick between the button and fabric so it doesn’t go on too tightly and end up tough to fasten.

5. Press a gadget’s Reset button. What fits perfectly into that tiny hole? You guessed it.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Today is Monday May 24, 2010

National Escargot Day

Escargot is a tasty appetizer or entree made of cooked snails. Snails have been consumed by humans for centuries. Not all species of snails are edible and the taste of the snails vary among species. The first written recipe dates back to the ancient Roman times, found in the cookbook of Apicius. Snails are a healthy food to eat being high in protein and very low in fat content.

To cook escargot, the snails are removed from their shells, gutted, and cooked with garlic butter. Once cooked, they are then poured back into the shells to be served. Did you know that the French consume 40,000 metric tons of snails annually? If you've never tried escargot before, what better reason to try them than on National Escargot Day!

Today is also Victoria Day

May is National Bike Month & National Strawberry Month & National Hamburger Month

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On this day in History:
1830 - The first passenger railroad service in the U.S. began service.

1844 - Samuel F.B. Morse formally opened America's first telegraph line. The first message was sent from Washington, DC to Baltimore, MD.

1962 - The officials of the National Football League ruled that halftime of regular season games would be cut to 15 minutes.

1980 - Iran rejected a call by the World Court in The Hague to release American hostages.

1986 - Montreal won its 23rd National Hockey League Stanley Cup championship.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on LifeThe future will be better tomorrow.
- Dan Quayle

QUICK TIP: 7 New Uses for a Penny

1. Curtain Straightener

Make an opening in the bottom hem, slide in a penny or two, and sew the hem back up to keep curtains hanging level and stick-straight.

2. Tread Checker

Insert a penny into a groove of a tire with Lincoln’s head pointing into the tire. If the groove covers part of his head, you’re safe to drive; if the head is in full view, it’s time for new wheels. (The distance between the rim of a penny and Lincoln’s head is 1/16 of an inch―the minimum suggested tread depth.)

3. Table Anchor

If you dine out and the table is unsteady, put a coin under the leg to restore balance.

4. Game Token

Misplaced the thimble? No problem. Sub in a cent.

5. Reader Tip: Makeshift Screwdriver

Use a penny to screw open a toy’s battery pack.
Caroline Brant, Collegeville, Pennsylvania

6. Reader Tip: Icebreaker

Hand out pennies at your next gathering and ask each guest to share a story that happened during the year his or her penny was minted. If the coin predates a friend, let the person improvise.
Rachel Harrison Massa, Stamford, Connecticut

7. Reader Tip: Birdbath Cleaner

To ward off algae, toss in a few pre-1982 coins; the high copper content retards growth.
Suzanne Wesley, Terre Haute, Indiana

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

For Immediate Release
Burgin Construction, Inc. of Santa Ana Honored With Big50 Award

Santa Ana, CA - May 11, 2010 - Brad and Rhonda Burgin, owners of Burgin Construction, Inc., have been selected by Remodeling Magazine to join the Remodeling Big50. The Big50 awards will be presented at a gala dinner at the Remodeling Leadership Conference in Alexandria, Va., on May 14, 2010. The 2010 Big50 winners are featured in the May issue of Remodeling, a national trade publication read by more than 80,000 professional remodeling contractors.

Each year since 1986, the Remodeling Big50 inducts 50 owners of 50 remodeling companies across the country that have set exceptionally high standards for professionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship, and impact in their community or the industry at large. Big50 remodelers run successful, often growing, companies of various sizes that have taken the lead in raising industry standards.

The Big50 selection process has become increasingly rigorous in recent years, and the result is one of the strongest classes to date. All 2010 inductees "stood up to detailed examinations of their businesses and their books, and they all demonstrated an admirably deft ability to restructure, retrench, and flat-out hustle to remain viable in a challenging and extremely difficult economic climate," according to the magazine.

"We are honored to be included among these elite companies," says Brad Burgin. "This award recognizes excellence and leadership, and we are privileged to be named to this select group of remodelers."

Remodeling editors, columnists, industry leaders, and the companies themselves make the nominations each year. Following a lengthy evaluation and interview process, the editors select the owners of 50 companies. They are individuals who exemplify the best of the industry that year, and who have something to offer other remodelers in proven practices. Winners are selected in these categories: Business Savvy, Fine Design, Industry Impact, Market Wise, Movers & Shakers, Niches, Sales & Marketing, and Teamwork. Burgin Construction was selected for the Sales & Marketing category due to their longevity and their foray into new, technological marketing areas such as Social Media.

Brad and Rhonda began Burgin Construction as a small woodworking business in 1989. They decided from the very beginning that the number one focus of the company would be the quality of service they provided their clients. This remains unchanged today and is, they believe, the main factor in their success. "We treat each of our customers with respect," says Rhonda Burgin, Vice President of the company. "We understand what a tremendous amount of trust is involved in allowing someone into your home and we never want to lose sight of that. It's not just a tag line, the first thing we build with our clients really is trust."

Examples of Burgin Construction's work can be found on their website at, along with their weekly blog and information about every facet of residential remodeling. They offer tips, explanations and resources for anyone thinking about a home remodel. For more information or questions, they can be reached Monday through Friday from 7am to 5pm at 714-558-1094 or by email at

Remodeling Magazine, published by Hanley Wood Business Media, LLC, is the leading publication in the home improvement industry. Designed to address the specific concerns of residential remodeling pros, the magazine is both a business tool and an industry leader for a market that topped $300 billion in 2009. You can see the magazine online at

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For More Information, Interviews or More Photos Related to this Release, Please Contact:

Shannon Sharesky - Marketing Director
Burgin Construction, Inc.
2323 N Tustin, Ave #122
Santa Ana, CA 92705

714-558-1094 ext. 707

Monday, May 10, 2010

Today is Monday May 10, 2010

Clean Up Your Room Day

Today's the day to do some spring cleaning, it's Clean Up Your Room Day! Clean out your closet, pick up the piles of laundry off of the floor, and take out the vacuum. Won't it be nice to be able to see the floor of your room again?

The best part about today is that it is something that everyone can participate in! Parents, children, roommates, students, teachers, and co-workers, they all can get together and have a good old fashioned day of cleaning their rooms. So go ahead and turn up the music and start getting to work. Put the clothes away in the drawers and the coats back on the hangers. Get out the cleaning supplies and rent an industrial sized dumpster if you have to. After you are finished, don't forget to reward yourself for all of your hard work!

Today is also National Shrimp Day

May is National Bike Month & National Strawberry Month & National Hamburger Month

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On this day in History:
1773 - The English Parliament passed the Tea Act, which taxed all tea in the U.S. colonies.

1869 - Central Pacific and Union Pacific Rail Roads meet in Promontory, UT. A golden spike was driven in at the celebration of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S.

1924 - J. Edgar Hoover was appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

1965 - The Rolling Stones produced their very first recordings when they recorded "Come On" and "I Wanna Be Loved" from the album "Out of Our Heads."

1969 - The National and American Football Leagues announced their plans to merge for the 1970-71 season.

1974 - Eric Clapton recorded "I Shot the Sheriff."

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life"Life is playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on."

--Samuel Butler


Uh-oh, did your blouse just make the acquaintance of a fine Cabernet? Salt helps take red-wine stains out of washables. Stretch the fabric over a bowl, cover the stain with salt, and carefully pour boiling water over the area.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Today is Friday May 7, 2010

National Roast Leg of Lamb Day

Lamb has a delicious, strong flavor and can be cooked in a variety of ways. A popular way too cook and eat lamb is to roast it. Crisp on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside, it's no wonder why so many people prefer lamb over other types of meats.

Lamb has been raised for food for more than 10,000 years. People in Central Asia discovered that sheep was not only a good source of food, but clothing as well. During the Middle Ages, farmers learned that sheep were the most productive crop because they supplied wool for clothing, skins for parchment, milk for butter and cheese, and of course meat for consumption. Lambs also have many religious connotations. They were ritually used as sacrifices in many different religions to a variety of gods. To celebrate National Roast Leg of Lamb Day, enjoy a tasty roast leg of lamb cooked to perfection!

May is National Bike Month & National Strawberry Month & National Hamburger Month

This week is National Pet Week

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On this day in History:
1789 - The first U.S. Presidential Inaugural Ball was held in New York City.

1847 - The AMA (American Medical Association) was organized in Philadelphia, PA.

1940 - Winston Churchill became British Prime Minister.

1945 - Baseball owner Branch Rickey announced the organization of the United States Negro Baseball League. There were 6 teams.

1955 - "Rock Around The Clock" was released by Bill Haley & His Comets.

1968 - Reginald Dwight decided to change his name to Elton John.

1994 - The Edvard Munch painting "The Scream" was recovered after being stolen 3 months earlier from an Oslo Museum.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life"I think there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business."

--Henry David Thoreau


Rubber Bands

1. Open jars with ease. When a small lid won’t budge, wrap a rubber band around it several times to give you a better grip.

2. Decorate Easter eggs. Arrange rubber bands in a pattern around hard-boiled eggs, then dip them into dye. Remove the bands when the eggs are dry.

3. Bring order to your dishwasher. Tether stemware and other delicate, wobbly items to the rack.

4. Wrap a gift. Use multiple colored rubber bands instead of ribbon to add modern flair to a small present. (Particularly handy when you can’t find the tape.)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Today is Thursday May 6, 2010

Nurses' Day

Nurses are a vital element to any hospital or healthcare facility. Without them, hospitals would not be able to run and patients would not be cared for properly. Today, we celebrate the contributions and commitments that nurses make each and every day.

In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland of the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, sent a proposal to President Eisenhower to declare a National Nurses Day. Though the proclamation was never made, Nurses Day began to be observed the following year. In 1974, President Nixon proclaimed an official National Nurses Day. Activities that take place on National Nurses Day typically include banquets, recognition dinners, state and city proclamations, continuing education seminars, and other community events. If you know any nurses, thank them today for all of their hard work and assistance!

Today is also National Crepes Suzette Day

May is National Bike Month & National Strawberry Month & National Hamburger Month

This week is National Pet Week

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

This sign will be in Laguna Beach, could be in your city next.
What can Burgin do for you?
Kitchen? Bath? Addition?
Give us a call
(714) 558-1094

Today is Wednesday May 5, 2010

Cinco de Mayo

Celebre! Today we commemorate the history, culture, and ancestry of Mexico. Cinco de Mayo has been a celebrated holiday since May 5, 1862 after the unexpected victory over the French army. The Mexicans were considerably outnumbered and the French were significantly better equipped. Secondly, this was the first battle since the Battle of Puebla that a country in the Americas was invanded by an army from another continent.

Cinco de Mayo is primarily celebrated in Mexico, but celebrations also take place in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands. Join Mexico in celebrating its unity and patriotism by attending a parade, listening to mariachi music, and practicing folkloric dancing! You could even host a Cinco de Mayo party complete with colorful decorations, Mexican cuisine, and of course, margaritas!

Today is also National Hoagie Day

May is National Bike Month & National Strawberry Month & National Hamburger Month

This week is National Pet Week

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On this day in History:
1809 - Mary Kies was awarded the first patent to go to a woman. It was for technique for weaving straw with silk and thread.

1847 - The AMA (American Medical Association) was organized in Philadelphia, PA.

1900 - "The Billboard" (later called "Billboard") began weekly publication instead of monthly after six years of publication.

1966 - Willie Mays broke the National League record for home runs when he hit his 512th.

1968 - Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" was released.

1986 - It was announced that Cleveland, Ohio, had been chosen as the city where the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame would be built.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on LifeDo not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
- Albert Einstein


Spray a light coat of starch over the interiors and exteriors of canvas or nylon sneakers before wearing them to repel dirt and grime―and protect the just-out-of-the-box look.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Today is Tuesday May 4, 2010

National Teacher Day

Teaching is the profession of shaping young minds into the future leaders of the world. Have you ever had a teacher who has had a great influence on your life and who went above and beyond the standard to increase your personal growth and development? If you have ever had a teacher like this, it is time to show them that you appreciate all that they've done for you.

Around 1944, Wisconsin teacher Ryan Krug wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt about the need for a national day to honor teachers. In 1953, Mrs. Roosevelt persuaded Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day, and the rest is history. National Teacher Day is celebrated around the world, though in different countries it is observed on different days. Send an custom eCard to say thank you today to your current or former teachers for all of their hard work and patience.

Today is also National Homebrew Day

May is National Bike Month & National Strawberry Month & National Hamburger Month

This week is National Pet Week

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On this day in History:
1715 - A French manufacturer debuted the first folding umbrella.

1776 - Rhode Island declared its freedom from England two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

1927 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.

1932 - Al Capone entered the Atlanta Penitentiary federal prison for income-tax evasion.

1964 - "Another World" premiered on NBC-TV.

1976 - KISS performed their first concert in their hometown of New York City.

1979 - Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first woman prime minister.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on LifeMy idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
- Benjamin Disraeli


Pick the Perfect Purse

When choosing a handbag, stay away from those with handles that are not stitched along the edges of the straps. Handles that are only glued will eventually separate.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Today is Monday May 3, 2010

National Two Different Colored Shoes Day

Three hundred sixty four days a year, people wear matching shoes because it is considered socially acceptable that your footwear match. But not today, it's National Two Different Colored Shoes Day!

This day was founded by Dr. Arlene Kaiser as a way to recognize and celebrate uniqueness. Pay tribute today to the diversity of humanity by wearing two different colored shoes to show your willingness to be different and take a risk. It can be as simple as wearing a black shoe and a brown shoe or as outrageous as wearing a flip flop and a boot! However you decide to express yourself today, do so with pride!

Today is also National Raspberry Tart Day

May is National Bike Month & National Strawberry Month & National Hamburger Month

This week is National Pet Week

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On this day in History:
1802 - Washington, DC, was incorporated as a city.

1921 - West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.

1937 - Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for "Gone with the Wind."

1971 - New York City's Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center announced that it would begin presenting rock, pop and jazz concerts as well as classical.

1976 - Paul McCartney made his first American stage appearance in 10 years. The "Wings Over America" tour began in Ft. Worth, TX.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life
Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four.
- Katharine Hepburn


Chill Out

To de-grime nonstick cookware, put the pan in the freezer for at least 30 minutes after it has cooled; the burned-on mess should come off easily.