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Will you be my Valentine?

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Heart shaped balloons, chocolates, flowers. Not to knock the gesture, but it's the same things year after year. Wanting to think a little "outside of the cup" this year? Joy's Teaspoon has some wonderful ideas for alternative gifts!

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Fine Loose-Leaf Teas and...PB&J?

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by Naomi ROsen  It's our final installment featuring Japan's Golden Week and I am a firm believer that they saved the best for last!  Children's Day, celebrated every May 5th, honors the children in the family as well as their mothers.  Enacted in 1948, it has actually been celebrated unofficially for centuries. Originally, the holiday celebrated the boys in the family (don't worry little ladies...your holiday was March 3rd).  Thus, Japanese families with sons would hang koi shaped flags from their homes to symbolize courage, perseverance, success and strength; traits all boys exemplify.  Legend has it that a koi managed...

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