There's a movement to keep people from rushing away from the dinner table on Thanksgiving and rushing the stores for pre-Black Friday sales.  I'm not saying consumerism is evil, I totally get working on the holidays -- not everyone gets Thanksgiving or Christmas off, and working holidays means you're able to afford gifts and time off to spend with loved ones. But I am for the idea of not using the stores being open on holidays as an excuse to skip out on time with family and friends. Let's spend at least one day being thankful for the people around us -- this year has left me with the indelible feeling that life is short, too short.


I have a love/hate relationship with Pumpkin Spice -- it doesn't help that it's become an unstoppable craze, starting to inundate the senses as early as August. I allow myself one pumpkin spice latte for the fall season (OK, maybe two), and it must be within the months of October through November, AND THAT'S IT. So for the rest of the non-pumpkin spice latte days, I would like to suggest ways to celebrate pumpkin spice in an everyday, visually flattering way, that doesn't make you smell like an air freshener. 


On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the armistice signed by the Allied nations and Germany went into effect, ceasing hostilities in 1918 during the Great War. It's a memorable collection of 11's to help remember the importance of this date, and I admit, it's surprising how many people don't realize the historical significance of the date. While we should never forget the sacrifices of those who gave their lives during World War I, nor those who continue to take up arms in defense of their nations today, it's important to realize why Veteran's Day is also known as Armistice or Remembrance Day. It's a day shared by the world.