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Frame USA’s Annual Halloween Party

On Tuesday, October 31st Frame USA once again hosted it’s annual Halloween party! The party features festive food, snacks and drinks and there is a pumpkin decorating (we’ll call it decorating instead of carving because some pumpkins were painted) contest as well as a costume contest.

The origins of carving pumpkins at Halloween began in Ireland in the 19th century. Originally people hallowed out turnips to act as lanterns and often carved them with obscure faces. Jack-o’-lanterns were said to represent the spirits or supernatural beings (used by people to frighten others),or were used to ward off evil spirits (set in places to keep harmful spirits out of one’s home).

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In addition to all these wonderfully decorated pumpkins we crafted, there was also a costume contest which many of our employees participated in. It is thought that wearing Halloween costumes began in Scotland in 1585 with the custom coming from Celtic festivals. Halloween costumes were traditionally based on supernatural or terrifying characters but by the 30’s, costume trend took a turn with more of them being based on characters in mass media, film and literature.

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We hope everybody have a safe Halloween and enjoyed it as much as we did!

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St Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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St Jude Children’s Research Hospital

“St Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded in 1962. St. Jude’s is a pediatric treatment and research facility that is focused on children’s catastrophic diseases. The hospital costs around $2.4 million a day to run and there is no cost to be treated. 

Since St Jude was established, the survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which is the most common type of childhood cancer, has increased from 4% in 1962 to 94% today. Also during this time the overall survival rate for childhood cancers has risen from 20% to 80%. St. Jude has treated children from across the US and over 70 countries, with doctors across the world consulting with St. Jude on their toughest cases.

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in appreciation for your online order for the month of November.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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National Food Day

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October 24th, 2017 is National Food Day in the USA. This day is all about showcasing healthy food and encouraging people to change their diets for the better. The whole idea is to help people Eat Real, which means limiting the amount of pop and sugary drinks, extremely salted foods, factory farmed meats and other unhealthy items and increasing the intake of fruits, sustainable raised protein, vegetables and whole grains.

National Food Day was started in 2011 by The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). The CSPI provides advice and advocacy for a healthier food system by educating the public and pushing for government policies that are enforce what we know about the dangers of the food we intake.

Some of the biggest changes they’re looking to make with Nation Food Day includes:

  • Keeping junk food out of schools
  • Reducing the consumption of soda
  • Reducing sodium in processed food
  • Ensure accurate and honest labeling on food packages
  • Decrease the amount of junk food marketed to children

“The typical American diet is contributing to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Those problems cost Americans more than $150 billion per year. Plus, a meat-heavy diet takes a terrible toll on the environment. Eating Real can save your own health and put our food system on a more humane, sustainable path. With America’s resources, there’s no excuse for hunger, low wages for food and farm workers, or inhumane conditions for farm animals.”

So do your part and start today! Eat a healthier dies and put your family’s diet on track for success.

Frame USA’s Annual Chili Cook-Off

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On Friday the 13th, Frame USA once again hosted it’s annual chili cook-off! This year there were three different competitors who brought their own homemade chili recipes for us all to tryout. There was chicken chili, turkey chili and a spicy beef chili that the entire company feasted on.

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All three chilies were delicious and attempting to select a winner tore the company apart. In addition to the chili we also had people bring in very tasty side dishes including homemade cornbread, jalapeno cornbread, black bean brownies and spinach artichoke dip among other things.

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Take a look at how the employees were enjoying the feast!

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Columbus Day 2017 — Monday, October 9

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Columbus Day is a national holiday which celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus landing in America on October 12, 1492. It wasn’t until 1905 in Colorado that Columbus Day first became an official state holiday, it later became a federal holiday in 1937. Fast forward  33 years (October 12th 1970) and Columbus Day has been fixed to the second Monday in October.

Recently there has been opposition to Columbus day. Citizens are opposed to celebrating Columbus, as he was someone who brutally exploited, kidnapped and enslaved native people he encountered, as well as the decimation of indigenous people of the Americas from disease and conflict with European colonists.

That resulted in the creation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, this is a holiday celebrating the native people of America. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is an official city and state holiday in numerous cities across the US with the intention of honoring Native Americans, their history and culture. Indigenous Peoples’ Day began in Berkeley, California in 1992 and later spread to Santa Cruz in 1994 and then to other cities and states in the mid-to-late 2010s.

Framerica’s Corners for the Cure

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Corners For The Cure

“Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. The tumor is malignant (cancer) if the cells can grow into surrounding tissues or spread to distant areas of the body. Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get breast cancer too. 

Symptoms of breast cancer include a lump in the breast, bloody discharge from the nipple and changes in the shape or texture of the nipple or breast. One out of every eight women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime because it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to Framerica’s Corners for the Cure breast cancer awareness in appreciation for your online order for the month of October.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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It’s Back! Frame USA Retail Store’s Annual Tent Sale Returns!

If you’re in the Cincinnati area you’ll be happy to know that it’s that time again! Frame USA is having its annual tent sale. Our September tent sale has always been about saving hundreds in art, wall decor and framing.

Now, while we are also the type to hold off to get the best possible savings, waiting until Sunday does limit the number of frames available. At these prices, everything sells fast!

Save up to 50% off of our closeouts and custom size frames, we have almost any size you could need or imagine. Also enjoy up to 75% savings on our matting options.

Our staff is knowledgeable and ready to help answer any and all questions about art and framing. Stop by and join in on the fun!

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Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones is a TV show that has taken over the nation! Game of Thrones is an HBO show created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and is an adaptation of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels written by George R.R. Martin. The show first premiered on April 17, 2011 and its 7th season premieres this Sunday, July 16th and will conclude with its eighth and final season the following year.

Game of Thrones is set in the fictitious Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the continent of Essos. The series is all about the struggles between the noble families and their fight to rule the kingdom and sit on top of the Iron Throne.

George R.R. Martin began writing the series A Song of Ice and Fire in 1991 and had the first book published in 1996. Amazingly, over 20 years later and Martin has only published five of the even planned novels in the series. Fans of the book have been in an uproar because finally the TV series has surpassed the book and will potentially ruin secrets that have yet to be revealed in the book.

Head on over to our sister site Poster Service and browse our selection of Game of Thrones inspired posters so you can frame and hang your fandom. We know you’ll be watching with us.

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July 4, 2017 – Independence Day

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The 4th of July aka Independence Day is a federal holiday (an authorized holiday that has been recognized by the United States government) marking the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.

The Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress which announced that the thirteen colonies considered themselves as independent sovereign states and that they were under British rule no more. The thirteen colonies decided to form new nation, the United States of America.

The 4th of July is marked by patriotic displays. Just like a lot of other summer events, Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors and people often celebrate by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue; many take advantage of the day off and, in some years, a long weekend to gather with relatives or friends. Decorations (e.g., streamers, balloons, and clothing) are colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades are often held in the morning, before family gatherings and fireworks occur in the evening.

4th of July Fun Facts:

  • Only John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed at a later date.
  • The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies.
  • The average age of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. The youngest was Thomas Lynch, Jr (27) of South Carolina.  The oldest delegate was Benjamin Franklin (70) of Pennsylvania. The lead author of The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, was 33.
  • The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.
  • Barbecue is also big on Independence Day. Approximately 150 million hot dogs and 700 million pounds of chicken are consumed on this day.

 

 

Father’s Day – Sunday, June 18

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Father’s Day is the 4th largest card sending holiday (behind Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day) and is a day where we celebrate fathers and fatherhood.

The celebration of Father’s Day dates back to the Middle Ages and originally took place on March 19th. It wasn’t until 1910 when the day was moved to June thanks to Senora Smart Dodd. She proposed the idea after hearing a church service dedicated to Mother’s Day; she realized there wasn’t a day to celebrate her Civil War veteran father who single-handedly raised her and her five siblings. The day eventually became a national holiday in 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed it into law.

The US census shows that there are over 70.1 million father’s in the United States and two million of them are single dad’s. Yet no matter how many father’s there are, Mother’s Day spending still trumps Father’s Day buy nearly $9 billion!