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Welcome to our blog! Here you'll find our weekly dog and cat contest winners along with the inside scoop on some of our favorite calendars and more. 

Wildlife Conservation Day

It's Wildlife Conservation Day! Today is a day nationally recognized as a day to help animals all over the world. This special day exists to bring attention to the wildlife that desperately needs our intervention in various parts of the world, not just in our own backyards. From the elephants of Africa to the tigers of Siberia, and even the birds of America need our help to thrive. (Tiger photo from worldwildlife.org)

National Wildlife Conservation Day

Wildlife Conservation Day is about more than just saving large endangered animals like elephants, rhinos, and Amur Leopards in the wilds of Africa, it is also about helping park rangers, local communities that depend on wildlife for tourism, and preventing black market trade of wildlife.

Even Secreatary of State Hillary Clinton is joining the efforts to observe this day and make a difference for endangered animals! The WWF, World Wildlife Federation, and other organizations like the National Audubon Society decidate their missions to saving endangered species. 

Audubon - 2015 Birds Gallery CalendarThere are over 25 endangered birds on Audubon’s endangered species list, as well as 11 bird species that are currently threatened to be endangered if great care isn’t taken to preserve the species. (Photograph of Rainbow Lorikeet from Birds Gallery Calendar 2015. Note: these Rainbow Lorikeets are actually not endangered, but several species of Lorikeets are endangered or vulnerable.)

Take the Wildlife Conservation Pledge or donate to the conservation organization of your choice, like Audubon, today to help save animals all over the country and make this National Wildlife Conservation Day count.

By supporting Audubon, you give threatened and endangered birds a chance to thrive again, a better chance at being protected. Donating to Audubon has never been more simple. Check out their lovely gift guide for the 2014 holiday season and get a gift for a loved one, while supporting Audubon at the same time!

December Mind Bender and Solution

Spoiler Alert! This puzzle the Decmeber 5th puzzle from Amazing Mind Benders, and the solution is below. 

It's the calendar that’s like a playground for your brain. Printed in vibrant full color, the Amazing Mind Benders Calendar treats puzzle lovers to a daily word, number, or spatial challenge. Can you navigate the maze in Pathfinder? Rearrange the dominos in Spot Check? Decipher the code in Form Letters? Perfectly balancing difficulty, solvability, and visual appeal, these puzzles get every day off to a smart start. Stumped? Don’t worry—answers are printed on the reverse side of each page.

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December Amazing Mind Bender

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The Fashion and Art Calendar Sweepstakes

December Sweepstakes: the Inspiration Bundle

Find high fashion and fine art at Page-A-Day! We're strutting our stuff and offering a chance to win a collection of our fashion and art calendars. Our Metropolitan Museum of Art calendars (available in Gallery or Wall format) will make art lovers feel as though they're walking the halls of the most famous art museum in America and New York City’s #1 tourist attraction. Similarly, our fashion calendars are sure to make any fashion buff feel like they're in the front row at a live runway show.

One (1) winner will receive a copy of the following calendars: 365 Days at the Met Wall Calendar, 365 Days of Shoes Wall Calendar, 365 Days of Watches Wall Calendar, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar, Fashion Engagement Calendar, Handbags Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar, Jewelry Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar, Shoes Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar, Shoes Mini Wall Calendar, Dancers Among Us Wall Calendar. Approximate retail value (ARV), $160.00.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to US residents of the 50 states, age 18 years as of 12/31/14. Sweepstakes begins at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on 12/5/14 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on 12/31/14. Click Here for official rules. Void where prohibited 

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Did you know this Christmas Tree Trivia?

Rockefeller Center Christmas TreeToday's the day! The annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has been a tradition since 1933. Fun fact about the Rockefeller Center Tree, it has been topped with a 550-pound Swarovski Crystal star since 2004. Tonight, December 3rd, the famous Rockefeller Center Tree will be lit in New York City. About 45,00 LED lights will illuminate the 85-foot-tall Norway spruce, which was donated by a couple from central Pennsylvania this year. Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Cyndi Lauper and other music stars will perform at tonight's event.

National Christmas Tree LightingAnother world-renown tree, the National Christmas Tree, which stands in President’s Park year round will be lit this Thursday, December 4th. Watch the lighting of the National Christmas Tree from the comfort of your couch with a mug of hot cocoa by tuning into the lighting live stream at thenationaltree.org. Not only can you live stream the event Thursday evening, you can follow The National Tree on Twitter at @TheNationalTree.

Christmas Tree Trivia:

  • There are approximately 350 million Christmas trees growing on U.S. farms.
  • President Coolidge started the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the White House lawn in 1923.
  • The first decorated Christmas Tree appeared in Latvia in the year 1510? It’s true. Decorating Evergreen trees has been a winter tradition since 1510, even before the birth of Christ. Thankfully, we don’t usually use lit candles to decorate trees anymore (hello, house fires!), but decorate instead with twinkling lights and creative bulbs and baubles.
  • Thomas Edison's assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882. Christmas tree lights were first mass-produced in 1890.

(These facts are from the article "Great Moments in Christmas Tree History" on the University of Illinois Extension site.)

Watch the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree or the National Christmas tree in Washington, D.C., and have a wonderful holiday season filled with many beautifully decorated trees.

(Photo of the Rockefeller Center Chirstmas Tree by Spencer Platt/Getty Images. Photo of the National Christmas Tree from whitehouse.gov.)

Meet Josie: Our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Josie, Page-A-Day Dog of the Week

We adopted Josie from the Petfinder website. She was transported from Louisiana to Rhode Island. We got her when she was one and she's now six and still just as active as when she was just a puppy. Although she's a Lab, she hates baths and rain and loves her favorite pink ball and stuffed (or not so stuffed anymore) goose.
 

Congratulations to Josie, Our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

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Meet Kipper: Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Kipper - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest Winner

Kipper is 4 years old. She was adopted along with her sister from a local animal shelter as a 9 week old kitten. Kipper loves her catnip carrot and carries it around with her from room to room meowing loudly. She presents her carrot as a "gift" several times a day and I make sure I thank her with lots of praise and a little treat!
 

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6 Perfect Gifts for Very Busy Women

Put down the deeply discounted blender and dust-buster. Step away from the summer sausage gift set. Drop the smelly lotion set or scented candle. 

This post is about gifts for all the women who deserve a thoughtful, kind gift because they work tirelessly to make your life awesome. It's about taking the time to choose just the right gift to delight her, and help her relax for five minutes before she's on to the next project, craft, kid, mission, or cause. 

Though each woman is a snowflake and you'll have to put in the work to choose the perfect gift, here are some suggestions from Page-A-Day—and let me assure you, we know busy, passionate, dedicated women. Every single person on our staff either is or is married to a busy woman, and these gifts officially get our team's stamp of approval. 

Two Tickets to a Show1. Tickets to a Show ~$50

Take her to a live show—not too sad, not too silly, with just enough singing and dancing. Which show? Do a search and find what's playing downtown, or at your local theater. You could even consider high school or college productions if you'd like to try something fun and new. Since very busy women have very busy schedules, ask her ahead of time to reserve the night before buying tickets... and if you want to make it really special, you should be the one to line up the babysitter!

Islands Gallery 365 Calendar2. Islands 2015 Gallery Calendar  - $16.99

Perpetual sunshine, warm sand between your toes, a gentle breeze, water in all varieties of blue. This is a vision of relaxation, calm, peace, and quiet—something that all busy women need more of. Your favorite busy lady can keep this Islands 2015 Gallery Calendar on her desk and practically smell the sea breeze. 

Purse Organizer from Baggitz3. Purse Organizer from Baggitz - $33

This purse organizer lays flat to allow for perfect organization, then rolls up and goes into any size bag! Make it easy for your on-the-go friend to change purses as quickly as possible. Handmade by Etsy shop Baggitz, this purse organizer comes in many different colors to compliment any and every purse.

Mom's Family Desk Planner4. Mom’s Family 2015 Desk Planner - $14.99

Is the busy women in your life a parent? Mom’s Family Desk Planner will give mom, kids and spouse their own section every day, allowing your Host/Hostess to keep their lives organized. Help keep the busy women in your life totally organized by giving her the gift of total family organization!

Gift basket5. Customized Gift Basket - $15-30

Hit a thrift store and find a super cool basket. Then fill it up! Start, probably, with a bottle of champagne. Add a box of her favorite chocolates. You could then go for infused olive oils, spreads, caviar... or how about some new nail polish, a scented candle, and an elegant scarf? Presto! Mix and match your special busy lady's favorite things to create a perfectly customized gift basket — without breaking the bank. Add in some dried flowers or other decorations to make it gorgeous and totally giftable. 

For Women Who Do Too Much6. For Women Who Do Too Much Page-A-Day Calendar - $13.99

Slow down, take stock, remember what truly matters in life. For Women Who Do Too Much is the perennial bestseller that, like a good friend, is always ready with a supportive word, valuable nugget of advice, or refreshing dose of humor. Finding the sacred in every day. Learning to unlearn bad habits (like working too much). And uplifting quotes: “Courage: fear that has said its prayers” (Dorothy Bernard). Daily meditations to help women break the cycle of doing too much, based on the million-copy bestselling book. 

Thanksgiving Trivia and Conversation Starters

Getting together with friends and family on Thanksgiving can be heartwarming and fun! Sometimes it can all feel like a blur with delicious flavors, hilarious laughs, and more than a few awkward moments. On those occasions when the conversation slows and the food coma starts to kick in, it's vital to have some quick and easy fall back conversation topics, and nothing fuels conversation better than a good, "Hey, did you know..." trivia fact.

Here are a few facts from our 2014-2015 trivia calendars to keep dinner conversation this Thanksgiving flowing, or at least entertain you during your post-feast food coma.

Spoilers printed upside down (on the scanned pages) or at the bottom of the full post!

 

From Uncle John’s TV Trivia Challenge! 2015 Calendar

TV Trivia 2015 Calendar from Uncle John's 2015 Uncle John's TV Trivia Calendar

 

From Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader 2015 Calendar

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From The Official 365 Sports Facts-A-Year 2015 Page-A-Day Calendar (see answers below)

The Official 365 Sports Facts-A-Year 2015 Page-A-Day Calendar  The Official 365 Sports Facts-A-Year 2015 Page-A-Day Calendar

 

From 365 Days of Amazing Trivia 2015 Page-A-Day Calendar (see answers below)

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Woof Wisdom! Our Thanksgiving Mantra — Help Yourself

Some #WoofWednesday love, and the perfect Thanksgiving mantra, from the new book Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me. This book is tender, funny, warm, and utterly inspiring. 

If you love dogs, and we're guessing you do, check out the hashtag #DogsKnowBest on Twitter and tap into a world of cute, cool canines and perfectly imperfect pups.  

Help Yourself!

Check out the book: Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me.

Pairing an irresistible photograph with just the right sentiment, every page delivers a life lesson that appeals as much to our hearts as our minds.

It reminds us again and again of what’s important, like love: “Be there when others need you.”

Compassion: “Even the smallest act of kindness matters.”

Perseverance: “Keep going until you find your way home.”

A healthy sense of self: “Make it squeak until someone pays attention.”

Living in the present moment: “Scratch where it itches, when it itches.”

And that happiness is a choice: “Leap higher than you have to.”

 

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Keep Calm and Gobble On!

Keep Calm and Gobble OnThis year marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the original "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster created by the British government in 1939. At the start of World War II, the British people were dreading the start of another dehabilitating, heartbreaking conflict. This concise, uplifting slogan was designed to help raise citizens' morale.

Interestingly, though many were printed only a few of these posters were hung in England during this time. In the year 2000, a bunch of the posters were discovered and since then, the slogan and its offspring have been popping up left and right in popular culture, including our gorgeous Keep Calm and Carry On Mini Wall Calendar, Page-A-Day Calendar, and Poster Calendar.

While “Keep Calm and...” may have originated in a time of great conflict, it's been adopted and tweaked to motivate people through all sorts of sticky situations.

You might even say this appropriated motto has become the slogan of the year—certainly this holiday season!

Keep Calm and Cranberry On  Keep Calm and Bake Pies Keep Calm and Have an Attitude of Gratitude

Check out our Keep Calm and... Pinterest board and send us any other pins we should add!

Meet Morgan: Our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Morgan, Page-A-Day Dog of the Week

Morgan was a stray picked up by the local county shelter. He was very thin and sick with pneumonia and Valley Fever. Rescue A Golden of Arizona New Hope helped him out of the shelter and placed him in our home for lots of love, intensive nursing care, and to await placement in his new forever home. After a month of nursing him back to good health, we became "Foster Failures." Morgan was already home. We especially love his "Place Cookie Here" spot on his tongue.
 

Congratulations to Morgan, Our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

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Meet Jack: Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Stella - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest Winner

Jack is a stray that showed up on my porch and now has a forever home. He is a very curious cat, especially when he first came into my house. He discovered the washing machine running and was curious about the clothes spinning inside. I couldn't help but think he was hoping his new caretaker didn't wash cats in that thing.
 

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Organize Your Holiday Gift Shopping

As a calendar company, we can't help but be big, huge, enormous fans of organization!

Earlier this week, we put together a pretty handy guide (if we don't say so ourselves) for prepping for Thanksgiving like pros. Thanksgiving, however, is small potatoes compared to the behemoth gift-centric holidays of Christmas and Hanukkah. Thanksgiving is the warm-up round.

That's why we're gifting you this holidays game plan well in advance of the big hurrahs in December. There are about five weeks until Christmas (December 25), and only four until Hanukkah (December 16)—let the countdowns begin!

You'll need to use your calendar for this one. We like an inspiring wall calendar hanging prominently in the kitchen to remind us of our goals and deadlines. That way, at least three times a day, we get a gentle reminder of where we should be in holiday prep mode. An engagement calendar can also be a great way to stay on top of pre-holiday planning since it's always in your purse or briefcase. Plus, in our engagement calendars, there's space to map out all your planning lists—from gift ideas, to grocery lists, to songs that absolutely must make the playlist. 

Everyone knows that while togetherness and gratitude and bonding are the pillars of the holiday season, gifts are all the glitz. Take a look at our tips for organizing holiday gift giving.

Page-A-Day's holiday gift-giving guide

WHO: since we all know the why, we'll start with the who. Start a running list with names and gift ideas. You can write down ideas or notes about each recipient, and add to it whenever you have a brainstorm. Getting these thoughts on paper are the first steps in knocking your gifts out of the ballpark. 

WHAT: the easy-to-shop-for friends and family-members are just that: easy. They may have a collection you can add to, or they're very outdoorsy, or only like one brand of Champagne, or have something they've been hinting at for months. Good. Cross them off the list early. The harder-to-shop-for friends need some extra consideration, so look around, research online, or ask around to generate new gift ideas. Don't forget the appeal of just the right calendar!

HOW: if you have loads of aunts and uncles and cousins, consider buying in bulk. A sentimental, beautiful gift for the home is always appreciated. You can usually buy online and have each gift shipped directly to the recipient, which makes it easy to get the extended family out of the way.  Consider crafting too! A quality homemade holiday gift will be treasured for years to come. If you're buying personalized gifts, make sure to set a budget so you don't overspend. No one wants to receive a gift that you feel conflicted about buying, so don't feel bad about staying within budget. 

WHEN: the sooner the better. Create a stress-free holiday season by aiming to get most of your shopping done by the first week of December. Watch for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other sale prices to help round out your gift list, and by the time you're handed your first cup of eggnog, you'll be finished shopping for the season.  

WHERE: once you get your gifts wrapped and labeled, you have to answer two major WHERE questions to answer.

WHERE will you hide them (especially from nosy kids)? Under the bed and in the closet are the first places they'll look, so get creative!

The last question you should ask... WHERE's the party?! If you haven't been invited to one, it's obviously because you should host. Break out the mistletoe or the dradles (or both!), and get festive.

Have yourself a stress-free holiday season with a little bit of planning and a little love from your trusty calendar.

5 Gifts for Hard to Shop For Friends

Shopping for the perfect gift for friends or family members is fun when you have an exact idea of what you want to get them.

It's significantly less rewarding when they're the hard to shop for type—the type that already has everything, or the type that is casually snobby and jokingly critical about everything, or the type that is annoyingly anti-materialistic. 

Luckily, there are a few things they probably don’t have and that they desperately need...!

Hangin’ with Sloths 2015 Wall Calendar

1. Hangin’ with Sloths 2015 Wall Calendar

Look. Seriously, look at these sloths. They are cute-ugly and their little noses and their huge claws are just simply amazing. This Hangin' with Sloths 2015 Wall Calendar is a gift that is sure to delight even the most discerning recipient. 

 

Padded Laptop Sleeve

2. Padded Laptop Sleeve from MioMode

For the entrepreneur in your life, this padded laptop sleeve is both sleek and sophisticated. Handmade in Washington by MioMode, this laptop sleeve will serve anyone with a propensity toward technology or a habit for typing on-the-go! An essential piece of baggage, the laptop sleeve will protect your friends’ computer in the most stylish way.

 

Personalized Dog Bed Duvet Cover from Furlap

3. Personalized Dog Bed Duvet Cover from Furlap

Does that friend who has everything happen to have a dog, too? How cute are these dog bed duvet covers from Furlap? These doggie duvet covers are completely handmade, reversible, washable and completely customizable. When you can’t think of something to get your friend that has everything, get his or her dog a little something special!

 

Zoo Portraits 2015 Calenda

4. Zoo Portraits 2015 Page-A-Day® Calendar

Do you have a friend who loves art and pop culture? If you have trouble figuring out what to get the person who knows everything about everything, the Zoo Portraits 2015 Page-A-Day® Calendar will make a great gift. Artist Yago Partal’s Zoo Portraits have gained a passionate following and has been acclaimed in a number of publications including The Huffington Post. Zoo Portraits will delight even your most pop-culturally savvy pals.

 

Today is Going to Be a Great Day! 2015 Page-A-Day Calendar

5. Today is Going To Be A Great Day! 2015 Page-A-Day® Calendar

The eternal optimist will love anything you gift to them, because they love any gift they are given. Gift the Today is Going To Be A Great Day! 2015 Page-A-Day® Calendar to your own optimistic friend and give them a daily pep talk. The words of encouragement will put a smile on your friends face and a pep in their step, not to mention, they’ll love the confidence they get from a tiny pep talk every morning.

 

 

 

Celebrate the Art of The New Yorker at a 35% Discount!

Celebrate the art of The New Yorker with two new calendars featuring iconic cover art from the last eight decades. Choose between a wall calendar with frameable images or a desk calendar featuring a new cover image every day of the year, both priced at 35% off (only $11.04 each) this week only! 

The New Yorker Poster Calendar 2015The New Yorker Covers Poster Calendar presents a dozen covers beautifully reproduced on large-format pages designed to be framed and displayed. These covers, spanning eight decades and including the work of Roz Chast, George Booth, and Jean-Jacques Sempé, among others, are iconic covers from a iconic magazine. A poster calendar is the best of both worlds – a distinctive and pleasurable way to mark the months, and a collection of twelve pieces of art to enjoy again and again. Images are printed on heavy, FSC-certified acid-free paper, perforated at top and bottom for easy removal, and fit any standard 11” x 14” frame.

Priced at $16.99 — $11.04

Back cover and interior images:

The New Yorker Poster Calendar 2015 Back ImageThe New Yorker Poster 2015 Calendar Interior Image 1The New Yorker 2015 Poster Calendar - Interior Image 2

 

The New Yorker Gallery CalendarThe New Yorker 365 Days of Covers is a brand-new Gallery calendar spanning eight decades of iconic design. Here are hundreds of beautifully reproduced covers— exploring themes ranging from love to literature, from sports to the seasons—by extraordinary artists, including Maira Kalman, Roz Chast, Jean-Jacques Sempé, George Booth and many others.

Each cover reflects both its era and The New Yorker’s singular style. The clear plastic box opens into a desktop easel for a sleek and simple desk display. 

Priced at $16.99 — $11.04

Back cover and interior images:

The New Yorker Gallery Calendar 2015 - Back ImageThe New Yorker Gallery Calendar 2014 - Interior Image 1 The New Yorker Gallery Calendar 2015 - Interior Image 2

Woof Wisdom! Love Is an Action Word

Some #WoofWednesday love from the new book Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me. This book is tender, funny, warm, and utterly inspiring. 

If you love dogs, and we're guessing you do, check out the hashtag #DogsKnowBest on Twitter and tap into a world of cute, cool canines and perfectly imperfect pups.  

Love is an Action Word!

Check out the book: Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me.

Pairing an irresistible photograph with just the right sentiment, every page delivers a life lesson that appeals as much to our hearts as our minds.

It reminds us again and again of what’s important, like love: “Be there when others need you.”

Compassion: “Even the smallest act of kindness matters.”

Perseverance: “Keep going until you find your way home.”

A healthy sense of self: “Make it squeak until someone pays attention.”

Living in the present moment: “Scratch where it itches, when it itches.”

And that happiness is a choice: “Leap higher than you have to.”

 

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Flower Recipes for Holiday Centerpieces

Here we go! Only a week and a half until Thanksgiving—are you ready with your game plan? Getting in the spirit for the holidays is easy once you start decorating. This year, when you decorate your table for holiday gatherings, create your own DIY original gorgeous, natural centerpiece from a floral recipe that will charm and impress even the most scrutinizing dinner guests.

Based on the bestselling book praised by The New York Times and Martha Stewart Weddings, The 2015 Flower Recipe Calendar delivers a year of beautiful arrangements you can make yourself. Follow the step-by-step photographs from the November and December to come up with the perfect DIY centerpiece that is seasonal and spectacular.

  

Get inspired by The Flower Recipe Calendar in 2015 and decorate your home like a pro in every season. The full calendar spreads are below in all their glory, but you can create gorgeous and artful centerpieces out of any seasonal flowers from your local market.  Like a cookbook, this calendar first pleases the eye with a gorgeous photograph and then showcases a simple recipe, including an ingredients list (which blooms and how many) and step-by-step photographs and instructions.

If you make your own centerpiece this holiday season, please share your photo and "recipe" with us on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter! We'd love to see what you create.

  

The Flower Recipe BookAbout The Flower Recipe Book

Flower arranging has never been simpler or more enticing. The women behind Studio Choo, the hottest floral design studio in the country, have created a flower-arranging bible for today's aesthetic. Filled with an array of stunning, easy-to-find flowers, it features 400 high-resolution photos,more than 40 step-by-step slideshows,and tappable pop-tips throughout.

The arrangements run the gamut of styles and techniques: some are wild and some are structured; some are time-intensive and some are astonishingly simple. Each one is paired with a "flower recipe"; ingredients lists specify the type and quantity of blooms needed; clear instructions detail each step; and hundreds of photos show how to place every stem. Readers will learn how to work with a single variety of flower to great effect, and to create vases overflowing with layered blooms. To top it off, the book is packed with ideas for unexpected vessels, seasonal buying guides, a source directory, a flower care primer, and all the design techniques readers need to know.

Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo are the founders of Studio Choo, a San Francisco-based floral design studio that serves up fresh, wild, and sophisticated flower arrangements for any occasion. Their work has been featured in publications such as Sunset, Food & Wine, and Veranda and in the blog Design*Sponge.

Meet Stella: Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Stella - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest Winner

Stella is 3 years old. She is sassy but loveable and has a heart like a lion. She loves playing outside in the warm sunshine.

Congratulations to Stella, Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

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Teacup Pig Power at Pennywell Farms

Cuteness overload alert! Did you know there's a farm in England by the name of Pennywell that is pretty much guaranteed to melt every visitor's heart. Taking children to Pennywell Farm comes with a warning: they will never, ever, ever want to leave! In this Kingdom of Cute, you will find miniature pigs and piglets famous the world around along with orphan lambs and tantalizing turtles.

Pennywell Farm lets you do a lot more than just ogle at all these adorable creatures. They let you milk the goats, bottle feed the lambs, have tea with a tortoise (we're not sure if the tortoise actually drinks the tea or not), and cuddle with the pigs. That's right—swimming with dolphins is soooo last year. They also have majestic falcons that fly about, ferrets racing each other, and owls.

It's kind of the perfect place for a day of family fun, a kids' birthday party, a school field trip, or for just a group of animal-loving adults to de-stress and take in all the adorable-ness. Our favorite thing about Pennywell—without a doubt—are the pigs. After all, we do have a Pocket Pigs Page-A-Day(R) calendar. Yes, these little piggies actually are tiny enough to fit in your pocket. They also fit in a teacup, if you were wondering. Call them micro pigs, mini pigs, or pygmy pigs, they're just so sweet looking it's actually hard to look at them without cracking a smile.

If you're sold on tiny pigs, you might just want to add Devon, England on your shortlist of places to visit!

Also, if you're now so enchanted by these adorable pigs that you're considering adopting one as a pet, know that they should get along with your pup just fine. Need proof? Read all about the unlikely friendship between a dog and a piglet. Now that's getting piggy with it.

More about the Pocket Pigs 2015 calendar! This little piggy strums a guitar. This little piggy enjoys an ice cream. And this little piggy rides in a wheelbarrow whee, whee, whee all the way home. Fuzzy, palm-sized, and oh-so-irresistible, the diminutive pigs of Pennywell Farm are naturals in front of the camera. Pocket Pigs is a year of portraits to make us squeal with delight. Sweet captions increase the cuteness factor.

Pocket Pigs: The Famous Teacup Pigs of Pennywell Farms  Pocket Pigs 2015 Calendar Pennywell Farms

Pocket Pigs Teacup Pigs Pennywell Farm  Pocket Pigs Teacup Pigs Pennywell Farms