Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Trick or Treat! Trick or Treat!
Give me something good to eat.
Give me candy. Give me cake.
Give me something good to take.

Boo! Wishing everybody a very spooky Halloween 
 Jim & Dominique at the Jimmo Shirts

Jimmo Shirts

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Get Ready for Halloween!

 Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin carved by Jimmo!

On October 31 once again we are celebrating Halloween. This fun holiday has its roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain that marked the end of Summer and the beginning of the dark season. Halloween also coincides with the Christian holiday of All Saints and is very popular with children in the Anglo-Saxon world, especially in the USA.

Did you know that the practice of dressing up in costumes and begging from door to door for treats on holidays dates back to the Middle Ages? The modern trick-or-treating resembles the late medieval practice of souling, when poor people would go from door to door on November 1 - the day of the Hallowmas  - begging for food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day - November 2. The tradition originated in Ireland and Britain, although similar practices were found as far south as Italy. Shakespeare mentions the practice in his comedy "The Two Gentlemen of Verona", when Speed accuses his master of "puling - whimpering or whining - like a beggar at Hallowmas."

Agatha the Friendly Witch - Halloween T-Shirt designed by Jimmo

The custom of wearing costumes and masks at Halloween goes back to the Celtic tradition of attempting to placate evil spirits. In Scotland, for instance, the dead were impersonated by young men dressed in white garments with their faces masked, veiled or blackened.

On Halloween Eve, the kids wear costumes and proceed from house to house asking for sweet treats with the question, "Trick or treat?" The "trick" part is a threat to play a trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given.

Stores all over the country, and almost everywhere else, are full of Halloween decorations, sugar candy, and costumes. Jimmo Shirts does not sell candy or costumes, but we have created a Halloween Collection that will definitely add some fun to your Halloween celebrations. There are attractive t-shirts and hoodies, environmentally friendly, reusable  trick-o-trick bags, and mug for your spooky Halloween concoctions. 

Since trick-or-treating is one of the main customs of the Halloween celebrations, those who live in neighborhoods with children should have some candy ready if they do not want to become victims of a trick or two...

To make your shopping experience at Jimmo's less spooky we have decided to offer you a great bargain. Type FALL15 at checkout and get 15% off on all items in the store. Boo! Don't be frightened, order now!

By Dominique Allmon, Marketing Assistant at Jimmo Designs

Please also visit Jimmo's Halloween Collection on Redbubble

Friday, October 7, 2016

It's Pumpkin Spice Season

Instead of doing cinnamon, nutmeg, and all those baking spices I'll have one spice that's for sweets, and that' pumpkin pie spice. - Sandra Lee

Pumpkins! Pumpkin pies! Pumpkin spiced lattes! Bright colors everywhere! As much as we love summer, many of us have to admit that fall is a welcome season. Especially, when summer was as hot as this one.

Here in Roswell, New Mexico, at the end of the first week of October, it still feels like summer, but the days are shorter and cooler, and so much more pleasant. No one needs to wear a sweater yet and everybody enjoys the change of season.

One can catch the scent of pumpkin spice in the air here and there, but nothing can match the scent of roasted green Hatch chile. Yet, interestingly enough, green chile, salsa, and breakfast burritos do not necessarily contradict the love for pumpkins and pumpkin spice that are omnipresent even in Roswell.

To satisfy your pumpkin spice cravings Jimmo has created many products featuring pumpkins. In the Fall Collection you will find something for every taste. There are pumpkins for pumpkin spice lovers, spooky pumpkins for Halloween, and beautiful Thanksgiving pumpkins. Go and feast your eyes on the beautiful pumpkin art created by Jimmo.

I really hope that all is well in your corner of the world. If you are living in the northern hemisphere you probably share my love for the early fall season. We are no longer as carefree as we were in July or August, but not yet as melancholic as we can sometimes become in November.

October is a time for play and joy. So sit on your porch, take a deep breath, feast your eyes on nature's vibrant colors, and enjoy your pumpkin spiced potions as time passes by. Take a moment and consider that you will have to wait another twelve month to do just that.

By Dominique Allmon, Marketing Assistant at Jimmo's

To view all the pumpkins designed by Jimmo please click here.

Pumpkin magnet by MagnetQueen

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Like every year women around the world become aware of this deadly disease when October comes. The statistics are terrifying despite the growing awareness and health information available to us:
  • About 1 in 8 U.S. women (just under 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
  • In 2011, an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 57,650 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
  • About 2,140 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2011. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
  • From 1999 to 2005, breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. decreased by about 2% per year. The decrease was seen only in women aged 50 and older. One theory is that this decrease was partially due to the reduced use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by women after the results of a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002. These results suggested a connection between HRT and increased breast cancer risk.
  • About 39,520 women in the U.S. were expected to die in 2011 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1990 - especially in women under 50. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.
  • For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
  • Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. Just under 30% of cancers in women are breast cancers.
  • White women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than African-American women. However, in women under 45, breast cancer is more common in African-American women than white women. Overall, African-American women are more llkely to die of breast cancer. Asian, Hispanic, and Native-American women have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer.
  • In 2011, there were more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the US.
  • A woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. About 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.
  • In men, about 1 in 10 breast cancers are believed to be due to BRCA2 mutations, and even fewer cases to BRCA1 mutations.
  • About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.  
For most people the diagnosis comes as a shock. To many it is a death sentence. And yet, breast cancer, like many other cancers, is a symptom of a life strategies gone wrong. It can be prevented! Prevention means a drastic change of lifestyle - a step that relatively few people want to take. At least not before they are diagnosed with a deadly disease. 

The importance of early detection of breast cancer cannot be stressed enough. It takes only a few minutes a day to perform self-examination. 

Healthy nutrition is vital in prevention of any disease. Just consider that a better health is only a meal away. It really is this simple!

Wishing everyone a magnificent time in October, in radiant health - Dominique Allmon, Marketing Assistant at Jimmo Shirts

Also of interest: 

How to Prevent Breast Cancer

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