5 Easter Dessert Recipes the kids will Love!

Easter may be my number one favorite holiday, second only to Thanksgiving. I love the pretty pastel colors and I absolutely love the candy! But, my most favorite part would have to be the Easter DESSERT Recipes!!

So many different things you can do with the bunny theme for desserts on Easter.

I have chosen five of my top favorite Easter dessert recipes to share.

Easter Dessert Recipes

This first dessert is very kid oriented. Getting them involved in making these cute little cupcakes is, even more, fun.

 

PEEPS Chick Surprise-Inside Cupcakes

Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil, and eggs called for on cake mix box
1 cup assorted mini candy-coated chocolate candies, jimmies or confetti candy sprinkles
1 container Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy frosting (any flavor)
Green food color
Green colored decorating sugar
24 yellow PEEPS brand marshmallow chicks

(they use the peeps chicks in this recipe, but if you like the bunnies better, you can change it up a bit to use those.)

Steps

  • Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  • Make cake batter as directed on box. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups (about two-thirds full). Bake as directed on box for cupcakes. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • Using a melon baller, scoop out the center of each cupcake, about 1 inch deep. Fill each with 1 heaping teaspoonful candies.
  • Spoon frosting into medium bowl; stir in enough food color until desired green color. Frost cupcakes with frosting; sprinkle with colored sugar. Top with yellow PEEPS® chick. Store loosely covered.

Next up is this Rainbow Ring Easter Cake.

Rainbow Ring Easter Basket Cake

Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist white cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box
Yellow, red, blue and green food color
1 container (12 oz) Betty Crocker Whipped fluffy white frosting
2 cups shredded coconut
Betty Crocker Decorating Decors multicolored candy sprinkles

Steps

  • Heat oven to 325°F. Generously grease 12-cup fluted tube cake pan with shortening or cooking spray. Make cake mix as directed on box, using water, oil and egg whites.
  • Divide batter among 3 small bowls. Add few drops yellow food color to 1 bowl; mix well. Add red food color to second bowl to make pink. Add red and blue food color to third bowl to make purple. Pour half of the yellow batter into cake pan. Carefully pour half of the pink batter over yellow batter. Carefully pour half of the purple batter over pink batter. Repeat layers (do not mix colors).
  • Bake as directed on box until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Place cake on serving plate.
  • Divide frosting among 3 small microwavable bowls. Microwave 1 bowl on High about 5 to 10 seconds; add few drops yellow food color and stir until frosting is smooth enough to drizzle. With spoon, drizzle yellow frosting back and forth over cake in striping pattern until all frosting is used (allow some frosting to drip down onto plate in middle of cake, if desired). Microwave second bowl of frosting; add red and blue food color to make purple. Drizzle frosting over cake in same striping pattern. Repeat with last bowl, adding red food color to make pink frosting. Decorate cake with sprinkles.
  • Place coconut in resealable food-storage plastic bag; add few drops green food color. Seal bag and toss until coconut is evenly tinted. Sprinkle coconut on serving plate around the cake and in the center for “Easter grass.”

Now, this is the cutest cake that I may have ever seen!

Bunny Butt Cake

Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist yellow or white cake mix
Water, vegetable oil, and eggs called for on cake mix box
Tray or cardboard covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil
1 container Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Red food color
1 large marshmallow, cut in half
3 cups shredded coconut
Green food color
2 strawberry or cherry stretchy and tangy taffy candies (from 6-oz bag)
1 roll Betty Crocker Fruit Roll-Ups® punch berry chewy fruit snack (from 5-oz box)
3 green-colored sour candies, separated into strips
Construction paper

Easter dessert recipes

Steps

  • Heat oven to 325°F. Grease 1 1/2-quart ovenproof bowl (8 inches across top) with shortening; coat with flour (do not use cooking spray). Lightly grease 3 muffin cups in regular-size muffin pan.
  • Make cake batter as directed on box. Pour cake batter into 3 muffin cups, filling two-thirds full. Pour remaining batter into 1 1/2-quart bowl.
  • Bake cupcakes 17 to 21 minutes, bowl 47 to 53 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove cakes from muffin cups and bowl; place rounded sides up on cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour. If necessary, cut off rounded tops of cakes.
  • Spoon frosting into large bowl. Add red food color to make desired pink color. Place bowl cake on tray cut side down; spread 1/3 cup frosting over cake. Use frosting to adhere cupcakes to bowl cake for feet and bunny tail. Use toothpicks if necessary. Place marshmallow halves, cut sides down, on tops of 2 cupcakes to make heels of feet. Spread a thin layer of frosting over side and top of the cake to seal in crumbs. Freeze cake 30 to 45 minutes to set frosting.
  • Spread remaining frosting over cake. Sprinkle with 2 cups of the coconut; press gently to adhere. Shake 1 cup coconut and 3 drops green food color in tightly covered jar until evenly tinted. Surround bunny with tinted coconut. Use a rolling pin to press strawberry candies into 2 large rectangles. Cut 2 large ovals and 6 small circles out of candy. Press onto bottoms of bunny feet, using frosting if needed.
  • Roll up fruit snack to make carrot shapes. Cut green sour candies in half crosswise; press into the large end of each carrot to make greens on carrot. Cut ears from construction paper; wrap ends that will be inserted into the cake with plastic food wrap. Insert into the cake. Remove ears, plastic wrap, and toothpicks before serving. Store loosely covered.

Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist devil’s food cake mix
Water, oil, and eggs called for on cake mix box
1 container Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy chocolate frosting
1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
1 can (6.4 oz) Betty Crocker green decorating cake icing
8 to 12 PEEPS marshmallow bunnies
1 can (6.4 oz) Betty Crocker orange decorating cake icing

Steps

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray. Make cake as directed on box for 13×9-inch pan. Cool in pan on cooling rack until completely cooled, about 30 minutes.
  • Spread chocolate frosting on top of cake; sprinkle with chocolate cookie crumbs. Use green icing to make garden rows. Insert toothpick halfway into base of each PEEPS marshmallow bunny. Insert bunnies, toothpick side down, into cake.
  • Use orange and green icings to make carrots on cake. Cut into 4 rows by 3 rows to serve.

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
1 container Betty Crocker Whipped fluffy white frosting
Green-colored sour candy separated into strips
Jelly beans or other desired candies

Steps

  • Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  • Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 24 cupcakes. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • Frost with frosting. Use candy strips for the handle on each. Decorate with candy as desired. Store loosely covered.

Those are my picks for my favorite Easter dessert recipes. I really hope you try out at least one of them.

If you do, please share this post with friends and family. And let me know how you liked the recipe in the comments.

I hope you and your family have a happy and wonderful Easter!

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Celebrate April Days with the kids

We are always looking for new and educational things to do with our children.

Here I have some ideas for the month of April. Read through and see which ones your family might like to celebrate.

I have added in some suggestions on how to celebrate a few of the days.

I encourage you to put your own spin on these celebrations for your family.

Celebrate April Days

National Love Our Children Day is observed annually on the first Saturday in April as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This day honors all children and encourages us to develop loving, respectful relationships with our children.

Love Our Children USA sponsors and promotes this day annually.  This day focuses on prevention of child abuse and violence against children as well bringing awareness and helping put in place support tools and resources for communities.

OBSERVE

Take time to make the life of a child better.  Educate yourself on the prevention of child abuse. Teach your children to always tell you or another adult when they see someone hurting another child. Make sure they know not to go anywhere near them but to run and tell someone.

HISTORY

The first annual National Love Our Children Day was held on April 3, 2004, by Love Our Children USA.  For more information visit www.loveourchildrenusa.org.

 

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day is celebrated annually on April 2nd.  This food holiday is a classic favorite of many.  The average American will have eaten over 2000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time they graduate from high school.

Peanut butter was considered a delicacy in the early 1900s and was only served in New York City’s finest tea rooms.  In a May 1896 article published in the Good Housekeeping magazine, a recipe “urged homemakers to use a meat grinder to make peanut butter and spread the result on bread”.  That same year, in June, the culinary magazine Table Talk, published a “peanut butter sandwich recipe”.

It is thought to be that the first reference of peanut butter paired with jelly on bread, to be published in the United States, was by Julia Davis Chandler in 1901.  In the late 1920s, the price of peanut butter declined and the sandwich became very popular with children.

According to the Peanut Board, during World War II, both peanut butter and jelly were part of the United States soldiers military ration list.

In 1968, The J.M. Smucker Co. introduced Goober, a jarred product which combined alternating vertical stripes of peanut butter and jelly.

OBSERVE

It may be a good day to try something “outside the box”.  Following are a few ideas to help you out!

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Pie
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Donuts
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Fudge

 

National Find A Rainbow Day is observed annually on April 3rd.

There are people that see rainbows as an artistic masterpiece in the sky, to others it is a sign of hope and to many a sign of promise.
It can be all three; beauty, hope and promise.    (Jill Magnus) 

A spectrum of light in the form of a multicolored arc, appearing in the sky, is caused by both reflection and refraction of light in water droplets in the Earth’s atmosphere. These rainbows always appear directly opposite of the sun.  The light is refracted (bent) when it enters a droplet of water, then is reflected inside on the back of the droplet and refracted again when leaving it.

Red is the color that is visible on the outer part of a rainbow and violet on the inside of a primary rainbow. Children learn in science class the mnemonic ROYGBIV to help them to remember the sequence of colors in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Many forms of airborne water can cause rainbows including, rain, mist, spray and dew.

OBSERVE

Find yourself a rainbow or use the garden hose or a prism to make one yourself.

National Walk Around Things Day is observed each year on April 4. This day is open to interpretation as our research found little information regarding this holiday.

This day may be looked at both figuratively and literally. Literally, one would not walk through a puddle of water or mud, one would walk around it. One would not walk under a ladder or over broken glass, one would walk around it.

Figuratively, one would “walk around” avoiding certain problems or potential problems. One would also “walk around” avoiding arguments, certain situations or unwanted or uncomfortable conversations.

Another possible intent of this day could very well be to walk around things such as a neighborhood, park or the shopping mall.

OBSERVE

Make a point to walk around things today.

 

 

Annually, Read a Road Map Day is observed April 5.

The earliest road map, Britania Atlas, was drawn by cartographer John Ogilby in 1675. Fast forward a few centuries, and my how things have changed!  With satellites, GPS and voice commands do we really know how we get anywhere anymore?

National Read a Road Map Day reminds us to take some time to sharpen those map reading skills.  Take notice of your surroundings.  Do you know north from east?  If not, it’s a good time to learn.

OBSERVE

Put away the electronic devices and unfold a traditional road map.  Familiarize yourself with it and take a little trip.  Do you have a knack for using a map?  Teach someone else to read a map

 

Each year on April 6 is National Caramel Popcorn Day.  In January, we celebrated National Popcorn Day.  We now add delicious caramel popcorn to the calendar, one of America’s favorite snacks.  For many people, this chewy caramel popcorn treat is an all time favorite.

Combining popcorn and molasses began in the early 1800s. Caramel was popular as well and with the production of Cracker Jack, the popularity was ever increasing.

There are many commercial brands and forms of caramel corn available in grocery stores, cinemas and convenience stores.  There are also specialty brands available in stores, gift catalogs and online.

OBSERVE

Give this recipe a try: Easy Caramel Corn recipe.

 

 

National No Housework Day is observed annually on April 7th.

Looking for an excuse to get out of doing housework?  Well, here it is.  On April 7th, do absolutely no sweeping, dusting, laundry, dishes and all the other items that fall into the housework category.  Catch up on a book, have coffee with friends or anything else that you enjoy.

OBSERVE

Do anything but housework today.

HISTORY

National No Housework Day was created by Thomas and Ruth Roy at Wellcat.com.

 

 

Each year on April 8, National Zoo Lovers Day is observed.  This would be a perfect day to visit a zoo and be one of the millions of people who visit them each year. Enjoy seeing your favorite animals swinging from the trees or splashing in the water and have a fun-filled day.

A few zoo facts:

  • The Vienna Zoo is the oldest existing zoo and was opened to the public in 1765.
  • The United State’s first public zoo, Central Park Zoo, opened in 1874 in New York.
  • There are 350 zoos in the United States
  • Approximately 175 million people visit a zoo each year.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom has had more than 9.8 million annual visitors.
  • More than 3.2 million people visit the San Diego Zoo each year.

OBSERVE

Visit your local zoo with the family and teach them about all the animals.

 

National Name Yourself Day is observed each year on April 9.   To celebrate, you are allowed to give yourself a new name for one day.

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to have a different name, this would be the day to find out.  If you like your name and do not want to play along, you can try a nickname instead. The nickname might just stick with you.

OBSERVE

Pick yourself a new name

 

 

Observed annually on April 10th, National Farm Animals Day was created as a day to raise awareness about the plight of slaughtered animals and to find a home for the abandoned and abused farm animals.

Observe

Take your child to a petting zoo and tell them a little bit about each animal that they see.

HISTORY

National Farm Animals Day was created in 2005 by Animal Rescuer, Vegetarian and Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert, Colleen Paige. For more information regarding National Farm Animals Day, visit www.farmanimalsday.com.

 

 

National Library Workers Day is observed annually on the Tuesday of National Library Week.  This day is designated to honor all library staff and the valuable contributions that they make.  This day is part of National Library Week sponsored by the American Library Association.

Libraries do so much more than house the books we can borrow nearly any time of the day or night. (Yes any time, day or night. Online reservation is highly popular.)

Today as always, library workers are masters of research. They can find the obscure quote (or partial misquote as the case may be) to help you correctly annotate your research paper.

Often, libraries are the keep of local history.  The names of pioneers and settlers names are often recorded in books and newspapers of the era.  Those books and papers are often still located at the local library.

Libraries are the champions of our youth. They foster creativity and are a wealth of diverse opportunities for growth.

Despite all libraries and their employees provide to their communities their budgets and salaries continue to shrink.  This day is designed to bring awareness to this continuing trend.

OBSERVE

Take your children to the library and make it a point to thank the librarian for her work there.

HISTORY

National Library Workers Day was first celebrated in 2004.  It was started as a way to raise support for better benefits and salaries at a time when they had been stagnant for years. National Library Workers Day Continues to promote increased benefits and salaries for the services provided by library workers every day.  For complete information regarding National Library Week and National Library Workers Day: http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks

 

 

National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day is observed annually on April 12th.  Listed in a reader’s opinion poll, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are among one of the top comfort foods in the United States.

According to food historians, cooked bread and cheese is an ancient food, enjoyed across the world in many cultures.  The United States modern version of the grilled cheese sandwich originated in the 1920s when inexpensive sliced bread and American cheese became easily available. Originally it was made as an open-faced sandwich.

United States government cookbooks describe Navy cooks broiling “American cheese filling sandwiches” during World War II.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are versatile thanks to the ability to mix and match cheeses, bread, and seasonings.  Adding sauteed vegetables or herb-infused oils can elevate this simple comfort food to a whole other level.

OBSERVE

Enjoy the following tried and true recipes.

Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

National Scrabble Day is observed annually on April 13th. Originally named Lexiko and then Criss-Cross Words, Alfred Mosher Butts eventually settled on the name Scrabble.  The amateur artist and unemployed architect developed the word game in the midst of the depression.  Still, it wasn’t until 1948, a final name change and a trademark that Butts finally began to produce the game.

Scrabble is played with two to four players who score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a game board marked with a 15 x 15 grid.

In the United States, the name Scrabble is a trademark of Hasbro, Inc. Scrabble is sold in 121 countries with 29 different language versions. Worldwide, over One hundred and fifty million sets have been sold with sets being found in nearly one-third of American homes.

  •  1984 – Scrabble became a daytime game show on NBC
  • 2004 – Scrabble was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame
  • Some cities sponsor Scrabble tournaments on the weekend closest to National Scrabble Day
  • The word “scrabble” means to “grope frantically”.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Have a family game night and play a game or two of Scrabble along with a few of your other family favorites.

 

 

 

National Reach as High as You Can Day is observed annually on April 14th.

We can define “reach” many ways.  Search Guinness World Records for ‘highest reach” and Guinness gives us 322 results.  We can reach for our dreams or our goals.  Reach for the stars or the sky.  We can even reach for the balloon floating away from us much like the one that carried the Wizard of Oz away from Dorothy.

Of course, records can be set for the oldest or the youngest to reach a particular location, age, height or status.

While this day may not be about setting records, it is certainly about reaching high; higher than we think we can.  We often become complacent.  National Reach as High as You Can Day is just a reminder on the calendar not to let your dreams go adrift. Reach for them.  Reach as high as you can!

Observed each year on April 15th is National Take a Wild Guess Day.  This is a day you may want to guess how many jellybeans are in the jar or how many coins are in the tube.  It is a day about hunches and guesses.

 

HISTORY

National Take a Wild Guess Day was created by Jim Barber (TheBarbershop.com).

National Bean Counter Day on April 16 is every accountant’s favorite day of the year. After the flutter and the flurry of preparing taxes right up until the stroke of midnight, these diligent number crunchers are well past due for a day off.

All the receipts have been tallied.  All the various tax forms in duplicate and triplicate have been submitted.  The last couple months have been a whirlwind of debits and credits. It is time for all bean counters to take a well-deserved break.  April 16th is the accountant’s day to turn off the phone and return to a more normal routine.

OBSERVE

Don’t call, text, e-mail or visit your accountant on National Bean Counter Day. If you are a bean counter, take the day off! If you happen to see one send a “thank you” his or her way.

For the kids…. make a game of counting and sorting different colors and types of beans.

HISTORY

National Bean Counter Day was founded by Kevin Wenig, a CPA from Trumbull, Connecticut, to insure April 16th is an official accountant’s day off.

 

 

April 17 recognizes the food holiday National Cheeseball Day.  There are two ways a cheeseball can be served:

  • A cheese spread in the shape of a ball served with crackers, most often around Christmas in the U.S.  This cheeseball is commonly made with softened cream cheese and other ingredients.
  • Cheese puffs, which is a puffed corn snack, coated with a mixture of cheese or cheese flavored powders.  Cheese puffs are manufactured by extruding heated corn dough through a die that forms the particular shape, most likely a ball shape.

OBSERVE

Celebrate National Cheeseball Day by making a cheeseball for friends and family.  Remember to share a picture of your cheeseball on Social Media using #NationalCheeseballDay.

Easy Bacon Cheeseball recipe

2 – 8 oz packages cream cheese (softened)
2-1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
1 pkg ranch dressing mix
1 small pkg real bacon pieces
1 cup finely chopped pecans

In a medium bowl, smooth cream cheese.  Mix and blend dressing mix, cheddar cheese, and bacon into cream cheese.  Shape mixture into a ball shape.  Roll into nuts until covered.  Chill at least 2 hours.  Serve with crackers.

 

National Animal Crackers Day is observed on April 18.

This day brings us back to our childhood memories and the many boxes of Animal Crackers we shared with our friends.  Animal Crackers refer to a type of small cookie baked in the shape of a circus or zoo animal, such as a lion, tiger, bear or elephant.  The most common variety are light-colored and slightly sweet. However,  chocolate and frosted varieties are also available.  Even though animal crackers are made with layered dough much like crackers, they are sweet like cookies.

OBSERVE

National Animal Crackers Day is the perfect day to celebrate that childhood memory again. Pick up some animal crackers at your local grocery store and share them with family and friends.   Share your photos of your Animal Crackers Day celebration using #NationalAnimalCrackersDay.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Animal Crackers Day.  It did locate information confirming in the late 1800s animal shaped cookies were imported to the U.S. from England.  In 1902 animal crackers officially became known as “Barnum’s Animals” and evoked the familiar circus theme of the Barnum and Bailey Circus.  Later that year, the now-familiar box with a string was designed for the Christmas season made to hang from the Christmas tree.  They were a big hit in 1902 and still are today. (http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2012/04/18/national-animal-crackers-day/)

 

 

Each year on April 19, Project Laundry List works with hundreds of other organizations to sponsor National Hanging Out Day.  This day was set aside as a day to encourage communities to learn about the benefits, both financially and environmentally, of using a clothesline for drying laundry.  According to Project Laundry Lists’ website, clothes dryers account for an astonishing six to ten percent of residential energy consumption.  Hanging your clothes out has several benefits:

  • Good for the environment.
  • Saves you money
  • It is therapeutic because being outdoors in the fresh air has benefits to your health.

(http://laundrylist.org)

OBSERVE

Celebrate National Hanging Out Day by hanging out your clothes to dry with your little ones and teach them how the wind will dry the clothes.

 

 

Each year on the third Thursday in April, we observe National High Five Day.  This is a fun day where you can “High Five” everyone that you see.

 

HISTORY

In 2002, college students at the University of Virginia, Conor Lastowka (San Diego, CA), Sam Miotke (Corvallis, OR) and Wynn Walent (New York, NY) together created National High Five Day.

The National High-5-A-Thon For Cancer Research:   http://www.nationalhighfiveproject.org/

 

 

National Jelly Bean Day is observed each year on April 22.

While candies made in a similar manner existed before the jelly bean, Boston confectioner William Schrafft made them popular during the Civil War.  With their firm exterior, jelly beans were the first candies to be sold by the pound. Schrafft encouraged his customers to send them to Union soldiers.

During the 1930s, jelly beans became closely associated with the Easter holiday but are now enjoyed year round.  Jelly Beans were Ronald Reagan’s favorite treat.

OBSERVE

Enjoy a handful of your favorite jelly bean flavor with the kids and ask them to tell you the different colors. Have them try each one and pick their favorite.

 

 

April 23rd is a day for everyone to enjoy a meal outside.  It is National Picnic Day!

There are a variety of ways to take part in a picnic.  This meal hearkens back to mid-18th century al fresco French dining when all you needed was a bottle of wine, a loaf of bread, some cheese and fruit and you could have a party under the sky.

From the French, for piquenique, picnic means a meal eaten outdoors.

From barbecues to simple cold plates, picnics are light informal affairs meant to be relaxing and fun for everyone to enjoy the day.

OBSERVE

Celebrate this day by having a picnic of your own.  If the weather does not cooperate, have a picnic in your home on the living room floor!

 

 

On April 24, observe National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day with just a few ingredients.

Celebrated across the world, the term often refers to a variety of different dishes. In the United States, Pigs-in-a-Blanket are often hot dogs or sausages wrapped in biscuit or croissant dough and baked.  Pigs-in-a-Blanket are generally served as an appetizer or as breakfast. However, it can be served any mealtime!

OBSERVE

Share your version of Pigs-In-A-Blanket with the kids.

 

 

On April 25th, we observe National Telephone Day.

The correct answer to a trivia question like “Who invented the telephone?” is the name on the patent. In this case, the whole world knows the answer is Alexander Graham Bell. Had his attorney been delayed by foul weather or poor planning, the answer may be a different name.

It was February 14, 1876, when Marcellus Bailey, one of Bell’s attorneys rushed into the US Patent office in Boston to file the patent for what would be the telephone.

Later the same day, Elisha Gray filed a patent caveat for a similar device. A caveat is an intent to file for a patent.

There is also a third contender. Antonio Meucci filed a caveat in November of 1871 for a talking telegraph but failed to renew the caveat due to hardships.

Because Bell’s patent was submitted first, it was awarded to him on March 7, 1876. Gray contested this decision in court, but without success.

Born March 3, 1847, in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Bell was an instructor at a boys’ boarding school. The sounds of speech were an integral part of his life. His father developed a “Visible Speech” system for deaf students to communicate. Bell would later become friend and benefactor of Helen Keller.

Three days after the patent was approved, Bell spoke the first words by telephone to his assistant. “Mr.Watson, come here! I want to see you!”

By May, Bell and his team were ready for a public demonstration and there would be no better place than the World’s Fair in Philadelphia. On May 10, 1876, in a crowded Machinery Hall a man’s voice was transmitted from a small horn and carried out through a speaker to the audience.

One year later, the first telephone was installed in the White House. The telephone revolution began.

Bell Telephone Company was founded on July 9, 1877, and the first public telephone lines were installed from Boston to Sommerville, Massachusetts the same year.  By the end of the decade, there were nearly 50,000 phones in the United States.  In May of 1967, the 1 millionth telephone was installed.

OBSERVE

Celebrate National Telephone Day by having your child call someone and wishing them Happy National Telephone Day!

 

 

National Pretzel Day is observed annually on April 26.  A bag of nice crunchy, salty pretzels or a big, warm, soft, cinnamon pretzel is the question of the day.  Either one is an excellent choice.

There are a few different accounts of the origin of the pretzel.  Most people agree that it does have a Christian background, and they were invented by the monks.  According to The History of Science and Technology, in 610 AD, “an Italian monk invents pretzels as a reward to children who learn their prayers.  He calls the strips of baked dough, folded to resemble arms crossing the chest, pretiola (little rewards).”

Another source puts the invention in a monastery in southern France.  The looped pretzel may also be related to a Greek Ring bread from the communion bread used in monasteries a thousand years ago.  In the Catholic Church, pretzels had a religious significance for both ingredients and shape. The loops in pretzel may have served a practical purpose: bakers could hang them on sticks, projecting upwards from a central column, as shown in Job Berckheyde’s (1681) painting.

The Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants introduced pretzels to North America in the 19th century.  At this time, many handmade pretzel bakeries populated central Pennsylvania and their popularity quickly spread.

It was in the 20th century that soft pretzels were very popular in areas such as Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York. 

  • Today, the average Philadelphian consumes about twelve times as many pretzels as the national average.
  • Pennsylvania is the center of American pretzel production for both hard and soft pretzels, producing 80% of the nation’s pretzels.
  • The annual United States pretzel industry is worth over $550 million.
  • The average American consumes about 1.5 pounds of pretzels per year.
  • Philadelphia opened a privately run “Pretzel Museum” in 1993.
  • Hard pretzels originated in the United States in 1850.

OBSERVE

Following are a few “tried and true” recipes for you to enjoy:

Caramel Pretzel Brownies (these are my personal favorite)
Buttery Soft Pretzels
Jan’s Pretzel Dogs
Judy’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad

 

 

National Tell a Story Day is observed in the United States each year on April 27th.   People of all ages are encouraged to share all kinds of stories on National Tell a Story Day. Whether it’s read from a book, one from your imagination or an actual story from a childhood memory, April 27th is the day to gather friends and family and share those stories.

Libraries around the country participate in National Tell A Story Day with special story telling times for children.

Storytelling is an ancient practice used to hand down knowledge from one generation to the next.  It’s a wonderful way to pass on family traditions, histories, and long told tales and can be entertaining as well as educational. Some of the very best stories come from real life experience.

Many people enjoy listening to their grandparents share their stories about when they were growing up (back in the day).  Spending time telling stories with family, friends and loved ones is a time for all to learn from each other, to remember and to grow closer together.

OBSERVE

On National Tell A Story Day, it does not matter if the story is a short story or a long story, fiction or nonfiction, a tall tale or folklore. This is a day for them all.  We encourage you to tell your stories

 

 

National Teach Children to Save Day is observed every April.

Bankers across the country volunteer every year to teach children to save.   Developing these habits at a young age creates a foundation for a lifetime of saving.

Teach your children the value of money and how to save it. Use #TeachChildrenToSaveDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Sponsored by the American Bankers Association, National Teach Children To Save Day has been helping young people since 1997 when the program started.

For more information, go to Teach Children to Save

This is also…

National Superhero Day to honor superheroes, both real and fictional.

Batman, Superman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, Hulk, and Spiderman are just some of the superheroes whose names we recognize.  Even though they are fictional, these superheroes are great role models for our children.  They serve and protect while fighting evil.

Our real-life superheroes may not have super powers or wear capes, but they are also great role models who serve and protect while fighting evil.  Military personnel, police officers, and firefighters are just a few of the heroes who protect us on a daily basis.

OBSERVE

Take your favorite superhero to lunch and say thank you for all they do. Ask your child who is their real life super hero, make sure they know it doesn’t necessarily have to be you or dad.

 

 

National Zipper Day is observed each year on April 29th.  This day celebrates something that we often do not think about and just automatically take for granted.

celebrate april days

It was first in 1851 that Elias Howe, the inventor of the sewing machine, received a patent for an “Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure”. Howe never made an attempt to market his invention and missed the recognition he may have received.

Forty-two years later, Whitcomb Judson began selling the “Clasp Locker”. Being very similar to Elias Howe’s patent, this device served as a more complicated hook-and-eye shoe fastener.  Judson started the Universal Fastener Company where he manufactured his new device and debuted it at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 but was met with little success.  Because Judson put his invention before the public for sale, he earned credit as its creator.

In 1906, Gideon Sundback, a Swedish-American electrical engineer, was hired to work Universal Fastener Company.  He was highly skilled and known for his devotion to the company.  In 1913, he invented the modern zipper. The patent for the “Separable Fastener” was issued in 1917.

By 1923, B.F. Goodrich popularized the word zipper as it applied to use in the boots and pouches it made.  The company even copyrighted the name for a time.

 

April 30 is National Honesty Day in the United States.

We know the different kinds of lies. We’ve spared someone’s feelings or fudged the truth just a little or maybe told an all out whopper. Unless we walked on water, we’ve all told a lie or two.  National Honesty Day challenges us to be truthful in all we do.

Celebrate National Honesty Day by answering questions truthfully all day long.

HISTORY

The author of The Book of Lies, M. Hirsh Goldberg, created National Honesty Day in the early 1990s.  Former press secretary to a Maryland governor selected the last day of April in contrast to all the foolishness the first of the month brings. National Honesty Day is often used as a campaign for prevention against the most deceitful lies in history.  This day also urges politicians to stay away from lies and tell the truth.

 

I hope that you and your family have some fun when you Celebrate April Days. Look out for next months post! National Days of May.

Do you do anything special with your family in April?

 

If you like this post please share with your friends and family.

 

Hope you have a wonderful week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Daycare: No other person is more of a mother to your child

daycare no greater warrior

I am not sure exactly where this post is going to end up. This will definitely be a stream of consciousness type post and may go in many directions. The idea of daycare has always been a scary thought to me.

There has been an incident at a daycare not far from where I live. I know there is a large need for daycare for many people. I also know that there are many very good ones around.

But, I will never put Allie in daycare. You absolutely can never tell if someone working at a daycare will have a really bad day and snap on your child.

Seeing this video was incredibly disturbing. She actually looks up at the camera and then acts as if she is helping the child down the stairs.

There were many comments of people saying, “If that were my child that woman would be dead”. I can’t help but feel alarmed by that. How far will we go to assert our strength? Yes, it is an atrocity what this woman did. But, threatening to kill her?

I would definitely take action and press charges against her. On the other hand, setting an example for my child is part of my job as a parent. I must take the high road and not inflict any more violence or hate.

daycare post

That being said, my daughter will know that, if anyone harms her in any way, she will be able to tell me and I (and her daddy) will protect her AT ALL COSTS.

Allie is my #1 priority. No matter what, my job is to protect her from harm and teach her to be strong and kind.

I need to stop here because I am getting emotional.

Tell me something your child did today that made you smile? What is something that makes all the hard times worth it?

I hope everyone is having a great day!!

Kristen

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Family Fun Days in March: Celebrate with the kids

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything”

I have always found it difficult to think of new and fun things to do with Allie. Which is why I started doing these National Days posts to help you find some family fun days. It’s a great way to find interesting things to do with the kids.

National Days Calendar has a complete list of fun ideas for the year. It is very interesting to learn all of the different day celebrations and the history as well.

I have gone through the National Days for the month of March and chosen the ones I thought would be fun to celebrate with little ones.

There are so many different ones and I highly recommend checking out the site.

Go here to get some more inspiration for activities to do with your little ones.

Family Fun Days to Celebrate in March

National peanut butter lover’s Day is celebrated March 1st and many of the ways peanut butter has been paired for sizzling and delicious results.

The creamy, nutty goodness is so amazingly delicious that when we pair it with creamy and dreamy chocolate we almost have bacon. Well, at least we would think perfect and perfect would equal bacon.

Another great love is peanut butter ice cream. Blended smooth with a few chopped nuts and a drizzle of peanut butter syrup is a peanut butter lover’s dream come true.

The slang term for peanut butter in World War II was “monkey butter”.

 

Fun Peanut Butter Facts:

  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • Peanut butter was first sold in the United States at the Universal Exposition in St. Louis by C.H. Sumner.  He sold $705.11 of the “new treat” at his concession stand.
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup was introduced to America in 1928.
  • The oldest operating manufacturer and seller of peanut butter has been selling peanut butter since 1908.
  • Peanut butter was the controlling secret behind “Mr. Ed,” TV’s talking horse.
  • Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter.
  • January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day.

OBSERVE

Fall in love with some peanut butter or a new peanut butter combination. Try peanut butter and apples. Or maybe fried peaches and peanut butter.

 

 

Read Across America, an initiative on reading that was created by the National Education Association.

Each year, National Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. However, if it falls on a weekend, it is observed in the school systems on the school day closest to March 2nd. This day is a motivational and awareness day, calling all children and youth in every community across the United States to celebrate reading.

OBSERVE:

Pick up an interesting book and read it. More importantly, read with a child.

 

family fun days domt worry be happy

This day was created as a day encouraging us to do something to make others happy.

OBSERVE

This day is very easy to celebrate and get the kids involved in making someone else smile. A flower here, a silly knock-knock joke there. Buy the person’s coffee standing in line behind you. Remind your kids how much you love them. Leave a sticky note for a co-worker telling them to have a spectacular day, a happy day. Draw a happy face in the snow for a stranger to come across later. Give someone a hug. Or even just a smile to a stranger walking by can really brighten their day.

 

According to Global Language Monitor, the estimated number of words in the English language is 1,025,109. There is some controversy over that number, but it’s safe to say it is over a million.Language is something to celebrate. Some people might suggest that grammar is a set of rules for language, but really it is a system for understanding a language; how the words are structured. Understanding the system and the structure helps us to better understand the language and can help us to learn new languages.

OBSERVE

Do your best to use proper grammar on this day.

HISTORY

Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, designated National Grammar Day in 2008.

For more information and ideas on ways to celebrate National Grammar Day, visit the website at http://nationalgrammarday.com/

March 5th is the annual celebration for the cheddar cheese coated, puffed or crunchy, fried or baked snack food.

The actual inventor of Cheese Doodles is under debate.

Generally, the credit goes to a man named Morrie Yohai who made a variety of extruded snack foods in the 1940s for his family’s company called Old London Foods. Other sources show patents for similar products in the 1930s and still other competing accounts in Wisconsin and in New Orleans as well.

These crunchy, orange delicious treats are enjoyed around the world! They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and flavors and 15 million pounds are produced annually.

OBSERVE

Grab a bag (or tub) of cheese doodles and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Grab your glass of milk right now because it is National Oreo Cookie Day. This day is recognized across the nation each year on March 6th.

The Oreo sandwich cookie is made up of two chocolate disks containing a sweet cream filling and is loved by millions. Since it’s introduction, the Oreo cookie has become the best selling cookie in the United States.

The National Biscuit Company (today known as Nabisco) first developed and produced the “Oreo Biscuit” in 1912 at it’s Chelsea factory in New York City. Today, the block on which the factory was located is known as “Oreo Way”.

  • The name “Oreo” was first trademarked on March 14, 1912.
  • The first Oreo cookies in the United States sold for 25 cents a pound in clear glass topped novelty cans.
  • In 1912, the Oreo Biscuit was renamed to “Oreo Sandwich”.
  • In 1948, the Oreo Sandwich was renamed to “Oreo Creme Sandwich”.
  • William A. Turnier developed the modern-day Oreo design in 1952 to include the Nabisco logo.
  • Nabisco’s principal food scientist, Sam Procello, developed the modern Oreo cookie filling.

OBSERVE

Grab a glass of milk and a handful of Oreos to enjoy with your little ones.

 

 

family fun days cereal

Break out the bowl and get your spoon ready because March 7th is National Cereal Day. Since the end of the 19th century, cereal has become America’s most popular breakfast food.

Do you remember mornings eating a bowl of cereal, reading the back of the box and trying to find the toy inside?

Cereal is eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even a before bed snack. Cereal is also used in many cake, cookie and bar recipes. The most popular one is Rice Crispy Treats.

Some cereal History:

** Ferdinand Schumacher, a German immigrant, began the cereal revolution in1854 with a hand oats grinder in the back room of a small store in Akron, Ohio. His German Mills American Oatmeal Company was the nation’s first commercial oatmeal manufacturer. In1877, Schumacher adopted the Quaker symbol, the first registered trademark for a breakfast cereal.

** Granula, the first breakfast cereal, was invented in the United States in1863 by James Caleb Jackson, operator of Our Home on the Hillside, which was later replaced by the Jackson Sanatorium in Dansville, New York. The cereal never became popular since it was inconvenient as the heavy bran nuggets needed soaking overnight before they were tender enough to eat.

** The cereal industry rose from a combination of sincere religious beliefs and commercial interest in health foods. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg experimented with granola. He boiled some wheat, rolled it into thin films, and baked the resulting flakes in the oven; he acquired a patent in 1891. In1895 he launched Cornflakes, which overnight captured a national market.

** Charles W. Post introduced Grape-nuts in 1898 and soon followed with Post Toasties.

** Because of Kellogg and Post, the city of Battle Creek, Michigan is nicknamed the “Cereal Capital of the World”.

 

OBSERVE

Have a bowl of your favorite cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner today.

 

 

Melted chocolate mixed with peanuts make a perfect combination for sweet and salty deliciousness!

Two things had to happen for peanut clusters to even exist. First, a process had to be invented for the cocoa bean to be processed and transformed into what we know as chocolate. The process wasn’t widely used until about the late1890s and just about the same time the second important thing happened; agriculture found a way to grow the peanut and bring it to the public with steal tools and steam power.

It didn’t take long for confectioneries to add the now readily available peanuts to melted chocolate. The sheer simplicity of the salty peanuts added to sweetened chocolate is a mouthwatering temptation few can resist.

OBSERVE

Peanut clusters are an easy to make snack that can be ready in just minutes.

All you have to do is melt the chocolate, Add the peanuts and stir them together. Drop them by spoonfuls into a “cluster” on waxed paper or foil and let them harden and then ENJOY!! Remember to share!

 

It is not clear how this day got started, but who can resist the idea of celebrating National Meatball Day? There are many different ways to celebrate meatballs:

  • Spaghetti and meatballs
  • Swedish Meatballs
  • Meatball Sub
  • Meatball Pizza
  • Turkey Meatballs
  • Lamb Meatballs
  • Porcupine Meatballs (made with rice)

..the list goes on and on.

There is a restaurant in New York that has 54 different kinds of meatballs. Not only do meatballs allow for variety, but they move from appetizer to side dish to main dish quite easily. Meatballs can be made the night before and put in the crock pot, or days before and kept in the freezer.

 

OBSERVE

To celebrate, some restaurants give a free side order of meatballs, while others are donating money to homeless shelters.

Get your kids involved in making your favorite meatballs or go out and order some from a restaurant near you!

family fun days pack your lunch

Packing your lunch has benefits you may not expect. It can help you make healthier choices for lunch. Instead of choosing fast food or something from the vending machine at work, you have a chance to plan ahead to add a fruit or vegetable that might not be available on those other menus.

By packing your lunch you also save money. Depending on the menu item, you can save several dollars by packing a lunch instead of ordering off a take-out menu.

  • Mickey Mouse was the first licensed character to appear on a lunchbox in 1935.
  • The 1950 Hopalong Cassidy lunchbox was the first lunchbox based on a television show.

 

OBSERVE

Bring a packed lunch that you and your child packed with each other: to work, school or a friend’s house.

National Johnny Appleseed Day celebrates a kindly legend who lived by sage teachings and labored to bring the shade of fruit trees across much of the United States.

In Fort Wayne, Indiana in Johnny Appleseed Park there is a grave marking the spot where the legendary sower of apple seeds rests.

Today is a great day to teach your children the story of Johnny Appleseed.

He was born John Chapman on September 26, 1774, in Leominster, Massachusetts to Nathaniel and Elizabeth Simons Chapman. Not much is known about his early life other than his mother died when he was two. His father packed up Johnny and his sister (an infant brother had died the previous year) and moved to Springfield, Massachusetts. His father served as a Minuteman and fought at Bunker Hill.

Then in 1797, Chapman shows up in northwestern Pennsylvania propagating his apple seeds and working his way steadily into the frontier of West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and eventually as far west as Illinois and Iowa and as far north as Michigan and Wisconsin.

In his wake, he left orchards and the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish spiritual leader whose books he would buy with whatever payment he might receive for his endeavors. In turn, Johnny would give the books away as he traveled and planted.

Mostly, though, he planted his seeds and seedlings for free along with his wisdom, his broad-brimmed pasteboard hat keeping the sun from his eyes as he went. Often shoeless, he traveled mostly by foot and sometimes by horseback or canoe. His appearance was nearly as noteworthy as his accomplishments, but so was his kindness. There was always a place at the table if Johnny Appleseed were to come visiting.

There are many stories told that the man would travel many miles to nurse an ailing orchard when word would reach him of its poor condition. Bringing the trees back to health would be his chief endeavor while dispersing wisdom, care and kindness as he did.

 

 

National Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated in many elementary schools across the country.

Each year this day is dedicated to the planting of flowers and looking forward to the spring season. Flower gardening has become a hobby to many, young and old, and National Plant a Flower Day is a start to the new season each year.

Marigolds and Daffodils are the flowers of this month.

It’s good to know the zone you live in to determine which flowers grow as perennials (those that grow back every year) in your area and which are considered annuals (those that require planting every year). To find out more check out the USDA site for Hardiness Zones.

Seeds can be started inside and set in a sunny window. When the weather is nicer, move those plants outside. Keep the soil moist, but not wet and follow the instructions on the seed package for proper germination of the seedling. For those who can’t wait, get out those seed catalogs and start planning your next flower garden.

Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul. ~Luther Burbank, botanist (1849-1926)

Are you in a warmer climate? Then it’s time to get out the trowel and the garden gloves and start turning over some new soil. Sow some new seeds, bulbs or plants and nurture those blossoms into a brilliant blaze for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.

OBSERVE

Tips for Starting a Flower Garden

  • Start with a potted garden. If you aren’t ready to tear up a patch of lawn this is a good way to go. They do require more watering, but less care over all.
  • Select plants that grow well in your spot. Some plants grow well in shade and others prefer sun. Others love both!
  • Did you know gardeners who prefer perennial gardens have to thin their flower beds every couple of years? They also love to share the extra bulbs and seeds with those who are new to gardening, so if you know someone with a green thumb, get to know them better.  You might get some free plants, advice and a budding friendship!
  • Local greenhouses stock plants that grow well in your area. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions and shop there frequently.
  • Get your kids to work together by planting a flower and helping make the world a more beautiful place.

 

 

A great day to teach your child to help others is National Good Samaritan Day.

National Good Samaritan Day is observed on March 13th. This day is also known as Good Samaritan Involvement Day. This is a day for unselfish actions to help those in need and to celebrate kindness.

The term “good Samaritan” comes from the Bible parable where a Samaritan helped a stranger who had been robbed and beaten and left to die by the side of the road. The Samaritan not only cleaned the man’s wounds and clothed him, but took him to an inn where he paid for the man’s care.

The term is used today to describe those who perform acts of kindness for those in need, especially those who are strangers.

OBSERVE

Encourage your child to help someone who is struggling or having a problem.

 

This day is an attempt to bring awareness of crafting to children. By opening children’s eyes to the world of crafts their imagination is sparked and from there, the possibilities are endless. National Children’s Craft Day is part of National Craft Month.

Crafting can give children a sense of accomplishment as well as help build their self esteem. As with adults, in children crafting is also a stress reducer.

Craft stores hold special classes throughout the month of March, so there are opportunities for children to get involved.  It’s also an opportunity for children to interact with others, to learn something new and to have fun without electronics or television. When stimulating a child’s creativity, we encourage their curiosity and use of tactile skills as well.

It doesn’t cost a lot to get a child involved with crafts. Many common household items can be used for crafts.

I couldn’t resist adding this one for March 14th as well.

Spring and summer are right around the corner so it is a good time to take a few minutes and learn something new about butterflies and appreciate their beauty.

Butterflies need our help to survive as they rely on flowers and other natural sources for survival.  We can help them by planting more flowers.

  • There are more than 20,000 types of butterflies worldwide
  • Their wing spans can range from 1/2 inch to 11 inches.

 

  • Butterflies in their adult stage can live from a week to nearly a year, depending on the species.
  • Many butterflies migrate over long distances.  Particularly famous migrations are those of the Monarch butterfly from Mexico to northern USA and southern Canada, a distance of about 2500 to 3000 miles.

 

OBSERVE

Read up on butterflies in this book or find a good sunny spot to watch some.

 

500 million children, teens and adults around the world do not have a pair of shoes to wear and despite the terrain and the climate, they have to walk barefoot everywhere. It is a struggle each day that we cannot begin to imagine. Having to live a daily life without protection on your feet can lead to a lifetime of problems including pain, injury, cuts, sores, infections, parasites, banning from schools and other places and the list goes on.

It is sad to say that we will call this lucky, but there are a few that are lucky enough to have one pair of shoes even though they are much too big for them.  This way, their shoes will last for many years, as they grow, and they are only allowed to be worn for very special occasions. In other cases, they may have one pair of shoes that are too small and tight for them (they will make them work) but to have a pair at all is a luxury.

OBSERVE

National Shoe The World Day is a day created to bring awareness, to everyone across the nation, of the incredible need to help those people around the world that do not have shoes to wear and then to take action in helping.

Buy a pair of these Toms shoes for your child and they will donate a pair to a less fortunate child.

 

HISTORY

National Shoe The World Day was inspired by Donald Zsemonadi and the United Indigenous People in Fontana, California in March of 2014.

 

You get to feel good about everything that you do.

OBSERVE

When you are right, you’re right. There is no wrong way about it. Take the good with the bad and a have a right kind of day.

Teach your child to “do the right thing” in any way you see fit today.

Have a Safe, Legal and Fun Everything You Do Is Right Day.

 

 

Obviously, today is Saint Patrick’s Day but it is also oddly enough….National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day. This seems to be fitting for St. Patrick’s Day in the United States.

To “corn” something is simply to preserve it in a salty brine (the term corn refers to the coarse grains of salt used for curing).

Corned beef is a salt-cured beef product. In the traditional Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage recipes, salt pork or bacon joint were used instead of corned beef. Sometime in the mid 1800s when the Irish immigrated to America, they found that Jewish corned beef was very similar in texture to bacon joint (pork). It was then that corned beef was used as a replacement for the bacon when preparing corned beef and cabbage meals. Soon after, Irish-Americans began having Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day.

Corned beef and cabbage remains a popular food in many areas of the United States.

In Ireland today, the serving of corned beef is geared toward tourist consumption. Most Irish in Ireland do not identify it as native cuisine.

  • In the United States, corned beef is often purchased ready to eat in delicatessens.
  • Smoking corned beef and adding spice mixes produces a smoked meat such as pastrami.
  • Corned beef can be found sold in minced forms and in cans.

 

OBSERVE

Try one of the following recipes:

Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
Corned Beef and Cabbage with Beer Recipes
St. Patty’s Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

 

 

 

One of America’s all-time favorite hot sandwiches, it is often made with ground beef, onions, tomato sauce, brown sugar, cola or maple syrup to sweeten it and seasonings to spice it, all served up on a hamburger bun or roll.

At the Ye Olde Tavern Inn by Abraham and Bertha Kaled in Sioux City, Iowa, that had a loose meat sandwich on their menu in 1934.

Whoever brought the Sloppy Joe to the world, it was made more convenient when in 1969 Hunt’s put it in a can and called it Manwich.

Today many families have their own secret recipes that make their Sloppy Joes special. Whether it’s an unusual spice, a unique sweetener or a homemade tomato sauce, a Sloppy Joe lends itself to originality and personality. A new flavor is just around the corner.

In the south, you might come across a barbeque flavor while in the north Sloppy Joe might be a little sweeter. Whatever your flavor, it is certainly an all-American food holiday!

OBSERVE

Enjoy one of the following Sloppy Joe recipes with your family. Maybe get the kids involved mixing the meat and choosing different toppings.

Super Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Joes
Crockpot Sloppy Joe Sandwiches for a Crowd
Sloppy Joes II
Gumbo Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Joes with Chicken Gumbo

 

The corn dog started out as a sausage or hot dog baked or deep fried in a cornmeal breading and served as a sandwich. In the late 1930s or early 1940s, this sandwich became a convenient fair food when the whole meal was put on a stick before being deep fried. Fair goers could then eat their corn dog while taking in the exhibits.

The convenience of the corn dog and other fried foods on a stick continues today. From sports arenas to amusement parks, state fairs and concerts, Americans can get their corn dogs and dipping sauces to go and not miss out on a moment of the game.

OBSERVE

Make some homemade corn dogs with the kids using this recipe.

 

HISTORY

Created in 1992 by Brady Sahnow and Henry Otley in honor of the saving grace of corn dogs and the March Madness that is basketball.

For more information visit their website at www.corndogday.com

 

 

Spring begins on the  vernal equinox, which is when the amount of sunshine is approximately 12 hours long. The amount of sunshine will increase until the first day of Summer.

The vernal equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator. This is the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator, from south to north. This happens on March 19, 20 or 21 every year.

The time the sun crosses the equator marking the Vernal equinox is different for each time zone. For those in the Pacific, Mountain and Central time zones, this will occur on March 19th. For those in the Eastern time zone, spring begins on March 20th at 12:30 a.m.

For more information visit almanac.com.

OBSERVE

Get ready for longer days and increased sunshine. Tune up the lawn mower. More sunshine means the grass will be growing.

 

This day was created to honor and recognize the hard work, devotion and sacrifices of single parenting. Raising children can be challenging.

 

OBSERVE

We all know of a family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker or someone who is a single parent. Support and appreciate them. Make this day a special one for the single parents that you know. If you are a single parent Happy National Single Parents Day! Celebrate your awesomeness with your little ones.

 

National Goof Off Day is a day to relax, enjoy and goof off. Do something fun and leave the work until tomorrow. Everybody needs to take a break from time to time. It is often so easy to get so involved in the work and pressures in our lives. So stop, take a break, find something that you really enjoy doing and do it!

 

OBSERVE

There are many different things that a person could do. Strictly speaking, goofing off is the avoidance of work. So whatever you do on National Goof Off Day, try not to look like you are working.

 

This day recognizes the tiny, yet powerful chia seed that has earned its reputation as being one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. Revered by the Maya and Aztecs for their amazing healing powers and natural energy, chia seeds have become a trusted staple for people around the world and can be enjoyed in many foods and beverages!

High in Omega-3s, antioxidants, fiber and complete protein, chia seeds are neutral in flavor and can be added to virtually any recipe to boost the nutritional profile.

Nutrition Facts:

  • 8x more Omega-3s than salmon
  • 25% more fiber than flaxseed
  • 30% more antioxidants than blueberries
  • 2x more potassium than bananas
  • 6x more calcium than milk

 

OBSERVE

Add chia to your diet on this day (and every day) to enjoy the strength and vitality that these seeds bring to your life. Start your day with chia granola, power through the day with chia bars, and enjoy chia beverages anytime.

Also, to get the kids involved in the celebration you could buy a Chia pet and let them set it up and watch the magic happen.

What better way to raise money for children in some of the poorest communities in the world than to do it while having fun? That’s precisely the goal of Red Nose Day.

 

 

What better way to raise money for children in some of the poorest communities in the world than to do it while having fun? That’s precisely the goal of Red Nose Day.

On March 24, 2017, Red Nose Day encourages us to don red noses, donate and get involved. By organizing fun, silly or downright hilarious fundraising events, you too can be a part of Red Nose Day.

Need some inspiration on how to get involved? Visit walgreens.com for some fun ways to get involved.

 

OBSERVE

Visit rednoseday.org to get started. Stop by Walgreens or Duane Reade stores to buy your Red Nose. Watch the Red Nose Day NBC special.

 

HISTORY

Writer-director Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, About Time), created Red Nose Day in 1988. It was first launched in the United Kingdom and came to the United States in 2015.

 

J.R.R. Tolkien (Jan. 3, 1892 – Sept. 2, 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist and university professor. He was best known as the author of the classic works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarrillion as well as Roverandom and Farmer Giles of Ham.

 

OBSERVE

Read some of Tolkien’s works today.

 

HISTORY

This day was started in 2003 by the Tolkien Society to encourage the readings of J.R.R. Tolkien. March 25th was chosen as the date to honor the fall of Sauron in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

Not only are there so many delicious ways that you can enjoy spinach, it is also extremely good for you!

An annual plant,  spinach is native to central and southwestern Asia. Thought to have originated in ancient Persia, Arab traders carried spinach into India, and then it was introduced into ancient China where it was known as “Persian vegetable”

During her reign as queen of France, Catherine de Medici was well known to have enjoyed spinach so much that it was served at every meal. To this day, dishes made with spinach are known as “Florentine” reflecting Catherine’s birth in Florence.

Spinach is:

  • Eaten raw or cooked and is available  fresh, frozen or canned.
  • One of the best sources of iron.
  • A great source of calcium, folic acid, fiber, protein, calcium and vitamins A, C and K.
  • Is loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants.
  • Believed to help improve cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health.

Types of spinach:

Savoy: dark green color with curly leaves; usually sold in fresh bunches.


Flat or Smooth Leaf: broad smooth leaves; mostly grown for canned and frozen spinach as well as soups, baby food and processed foods.


Semi-savoy: a hybrid variety with crinkly leaves: is sold fresh and processed.

  • Following China, the United States is the world’s second largest producer of spinach.
  • California, Arizona and New Jersey are the top spinach producing states in the United States.

 

OBSERVE

You might want to have a fresh spinach salad or a spinach pizza or maybe a warm delicious spinach dip. If one of those is not your choice maybe it would be a dish of creamed spinach or spinach lasagna. There are many ways to add spinach to your daily diet and partake in its health benefits with the family.

 

According to the Social Security Administration, the name Joseph was ranked No. 6 from 1893 to 1899 behind John, William, James, George, and Charles. In 1910, it moved to No. 5. From 1911 to 2005 it was ranked No. 12 or lower.

 

OBSERVE

We found this day has a few different versions as to how it is celebrated.

1. Honor all people with the name “Joe”.
2. For the day, change your name to a name of your choice.
3. Everyone change their name to “Joe” for the day. Women and girls may use “Josephine” or “Jodie”.

If your child has a form of “Joe” in their name this is a great day to celebrate them.

 

Once you get started, the possibilities are endless. Foods that come on a stick are fun and easy to eat.

There isn’t much that can’t be put on a stick when talking about food. Soup might be that one exception, though if it were flavorful frozen we might make an exception.

From cool summer treats like the Popsicle to frozen food staples like the corn dog, food on a stick is one of the world’s great inventions. Fresh fruit kabobs and skewers of grilled veggies and meat are both summer favorites.

Street fairs and food trucks have created a variety of recipes made to go on a stick that take us from breakfast to after party hunger with flavor combinations that sometimes make us wonder why we haven’t tried that before! Whether it is fresh and healthy or breaded and deep fried, menu choices are broad and plentiful for National Something on a Stick Day.

 

OBSERVE

Get inventive and create your own combination. How about  grilled pear on a stick? Or perhaps meat and cheese squares or brownie and marshmallows bites? Have a creative breakfast, lunch and/or dinner and have fun with the day!!

This is a day worthy of making memories and celebrating the power of imagination, as adults and children alike can enjoy time together with a little red wagon.

For nearly 100 years, Radio Flyer has been bringing smiles to kids of all ages and creating warm memories that last a lifetime. As a brand, Radio Flyer has always supported unstructured outdoor play and its positive impact on children. With their 100th anniversary on the horizon, Radio Flyer would like to establish a day that not only celebrates kids’ imaginations but the vehicles that help them explore it – their wagons.

This iconic toy is one of the most enduring toys of all time. For generations, children have led little red wagons down Independence Day parade routes, carried out countless imaginary missions and voyages of childhood fantasy. It is not unusual for a little red wagon to be handed down from one generation to the next, treasured like a family heirloom. The adventures are enjoyed by all, regardless of age.

 

OBSERVE

As the weather gets warmer and spring officially begins, use National Little Red Wagon Day to encourage kids to get outside, get active and go wherever their imaginations take them.

 

After a long busy day, a calming and therapeutic way to relax would be a nice, leisurely walk in the park.

Taking a walk at a local park is definitely a good way to clear one’s mind from the stresses of the day, re-energize yourself and at the same time, help to improve your health.

Make sure you take a camera with you during your walk as parks offer many opportunities to photograph nature. There is the possibility of capturing some great pictures of birds or other wildlife, flowers, budding trees, clouds or the sunset.

 

OBSERVE

Take the kids out for a walk in the park. Enjoy nature’s beauty and being outside with the family.

 

Every March 31st children and adults alike open up a box of crayons and enjoy coloring. What a better way to take part in National Crayon Day?

Wax and chalk based crayons have been used by artists around the world for centuries. The brightly colored crayons we are familiar with today were invented by Edwin Binney. He was part owner of Binney & Smith, a company that produced products such as paint, pigments and slate pencils for schools.

In 1903, Binney & Smith created the Crayola Division and produced colored wax crayons for children for the first time. Then in 1904, they presented their An-Du-Septic chalk at the Colombian Exposition in St. Louis winning a gold medal. The chalk was designed to be dustless at many teachers’ requests as was an immediate success.

 

OBSERVE

Get out your crayons and create something beautiful with the little ones!

 

 

Celebrating silly days of the year is a great way to get the kids up and moving around. It is a great bonding experience for the whole family.

 

Take these suggestions and put your own spin on them to make a fun enjoyable time for the family.

 

Do you have any traditions for March? Do you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with your family? What is something special you do every year in March?

 

Have a happy and healthy March!!!

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Valentine’s Recap: A week in the Life

This is going to be a running diary… Valentine’s Recap of the past week.

Friday February 10 2017

This week has been pretty full. We did a lot of projects and had a lot of fun.

Allie and mommy did not make the crafts we planned to do because I did not have the supplies we needed. So we improvised and made some quick Valentine’s for the family.

Valentine’s Day Scrapbook page

 

 

 

 

Allie decided to take a break and have a snack.

 

Saturday February 11 2017

Allie’s daddy and I celebrated Valentine’s Day together. Allie spent the night with her mom-mom and cousin Kaila.

We stayed the night at a Courtyard Marriot Suite. Which I will say now was really not worth the money we spent for one night. But, if you don’t mind spending a chunk of money to sleep and shower it was a pretty nice room.

Sunday February 12 2017

Went to my moms with breakfast for everyone. Sat around and talking and relaxing for a bit before going home.

Monday February 13 2017

Today, I woke up feeling like death warmed over. I got nothing done and pretty much just relaxed and drank lots of hot tea.

Tuesday February 14 2017

It isn’t even 8:30 on this Tuesday morning and I am at the bottom of my coffee cup contemplating another. Allie isn’t yet awake and I should still be in bed. But I am a masochist…. no, not really. I just wanted to get some things done before she woke up…

Breakfast is made and waiting for her. The pan I used to cook is clean. A load of laundry is started.

And the geese are celebrating Valentine’s Day. There are two, right now, out back in the field. They are honking like crazy just walking along next to each other. Honestly, if the sound wasn’t so annoying I’d say it was pretty romantic.

If Allie doesn’t wake up by 9:00 I am going to have to wake her up myself. I don’t like the idea of that, but if I don’t she will take a very late afternoon nap and then be up all night. The sacrifices we make as moms.

How was your Valentine’s Day? Did you celebrate yet or are you waiting for the weekend?

Are you planning a family celebration or are you having a romantic evening out?

Whatever you plan to do, I hope you have a wonderful, loving experience.

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Celebrate February with the Kids

Every day is a chance to do something fun with our little ones. Set aside some quality time to share with your children. These are a few fun National Days to celebrate and enjoy with your little ones.

National Days to Celebrate with Kids

Celebrate February

February 1 is an opportunity to share inspiring stories of perseverance; it’s a reminder to pick ourselves up when we’ve fallen and give it another go! January is National Skating Month, when rinks across the country bring communities together to experience the joys and benefits of skating. One of the first lessons every figure skater learns is how to fall and to get back up. This day isn’t just about skating, though. It’s about celebrating that “Get Up” spirit that applies to every aspect of life and inspiring others through stories, pictures, videos and social media. More importantly, February 1 reminds all of us to Get Up when we stumble. We never know when our efforts to overcome an obstacle will encourage another to do the same and is a great life lesson for young children.

National Heavenly Hash Day is observed annually on February 2nd. When it comes to defining Heavenly Hash, the only ingredient that seems for certain is a variety of marshmallows, marshmallow creme or whip. Nearly every brand of ice cream has their version of Heavenly Hash and recipes range from fruity salads to chocolate bars with nuts.

This is also…

NATIONAL GROUNDHOG DAY

Will he see his shadow or will he not? For a nice welcomed break during the winter, on this day the groundhog awakens from his nap and goes outside to see if he can see his shadow. It is believed by many that if the groundhog sees his shadow that there will then be six more weeks of winter. If this is so, he then retrieves back into his den and goes back to sleep. If he is not able to see his shadow, the groundhog remains outside to play and people celebrate believing that spring is just around the corner.

The tradition of predicting the length of the remaining winter is intertwined with the Christian holiday, Candlemas. Clergy would bless candles symbolizing the ‘light of the world’ to give to their congregations. Another tradition associated with this day is eating crepes. Germans practiced the art of predicting the winter with a hedgehog until their arrival in the United States when they settled in the hills of Pennsylvania, and the groundhog became the official predictor.

Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania has been chosen as the site for the annual Groundhog day event. Thousands of people come to the town of Punxsutawney on Groundhog Day for this day of celebration.

Although already a well known day, Groundhog Day received widespread attention as a result of the 1993 film Groundhog Day, which was set in Punxsutawney and portrayed Roger Rininger as the groundhog.

 

National Carrot Cake Day is observed annually on February 3rd. It gives us a chance to have our cake and eat our veggies, too!

Try this recipe to celebrate National Carrot Cake Day:

Frosty’s Carrot Cake

 

There is mail in your mailbox six days a week because of one person, so let’s take time out of our day to thank that person who is responsible for getting it there!

Thank A Mailman Day is always observed on February 4th. It is a reminder of just how important mail carriers are to our everyday lives.

The motto of the Pony Express riders, who were the most famous early American mailmen, was “Neither rain, or snow, nor death of night, can keep us from our duty.” This motto is believed to be taken, in part, from a motto dating back to ancient times. The most popular variation of this motto is “Through rain or snow, or sleet or hail, we’ll carry the mail. We will not fail.”

FUN FACTS:

In 1775, the Second Continental Congress established the Constitutional Post–the first organized mail service in America. As the nation’s first Postmaster General, Benjamin Franklin established many of the conventions we are accustomed to today. Postage stamps were invented in 1847.

On April 3, 1860, the famous Pony Express officially took off.

In 1863, free city delivery started, and in 1896, free rural delivery began. In 1963, the Zip Code began.

Give your mail carrier a big thank you, a friendly smile, a token of appreciation or find some way to let them know that they are appreciated.

 

World Nutella Day

celebrate february with these national days

When hazelnuts and chocolate collide, interesting things begin to happen. For example, World Nutella Day is celebrated by millions around the globe on February 5.

It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention and adding hazelnuts when cocoa is hard to come by may have been an Italian trick during hard times. In the 1800s, in the northern Italian city of Piedmont, they made a paste of chocolate and hazelnuts at a time when the nuts were abundant, but the cocoa was not.

It wasn’t until 1951 that Ferrero made the paste into a spreadable form. We wouldn’t even recognize the spread by name until 1964 when Ferrero’s son Michele gave the jar of creamy hazelnut and cocoa the name Nutella.

Make these recipes with your child for a fun dessert option

Nutella Banana Bread

Nutella Bread Pudding

 

National Frozen Yogurt Day is celebrated annually on February 6th. Frozen yogurt sales are increasing every year as people want a healthier alternative to ice cream. The explosion of flavors and topping choices add to the popularity of frozen yogurt.

Frozen yogurt was first developed 1970 in the United States as a soft-serve treat produced by H.P Hood called Frogurt. Humphreys and Dannon soon followed with their own versions of the treat. Its popularity grew in the 80s, mostly due to frozen yogurts “health food” status. Ice cream manufacturers soon caught on, offering low-fat options.

Frozen yogurt is again making a comeback as consumers have begun to prefer the tart taste of yogurt.

Get the kids involved in making these great Frozen treats:

Creamy Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Cherry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt

 

 

We often think about our friends. wonder how they are, miss them and remember fond memories  of times shared. Always observed on February 7th, National Send A Card To A Friend Day is the day to send our friends a card and let them know that we are thinking of them! It is always a nice surprise to receive a card from a friend.

Send a card to your friends. With the technology we have,we can also send Ecards. You can buy cards at a store or you can make them yourself. Whichever way you choose, set aside a few minutes to write a note in a card and send one to make a friend’s day!

 

Observed annually on February 8th, National Kite Flying Day is celebrated by kite flying enthusiasts across the country.

Kites date back to China in 470 B.C. China is full of lore and histories on the origins of the kite. Many are related to the way wind affects the leaves on the trees, the shelters they lived in, blowing away the sails on their ships and the hats they wore upon their heads. The stories also tell of kites being invented to spy upon their enemies or to send messages.

Early kites were constructed from bamboo or sturdy reeds for framing, leaves, silk or paper for the sail and vines or braided fibers for the line or tether. While they were initially used as tools, they were also ceremonial as well. Used to send messages into the heavens or to lift offerings up to the gods, kites had a symbolic place in the culture.

Today kites are popular both as hobbies and for outdoor fun. They range from a simple diamond kite to more complex box kites and giant sled kites. Stunt kites, also known as sport kites, are designed so the operator can maneuver the kite into dips, twists and dives with dramatic effect.

Tips for Getting Your Kite Up in the Air and Keeping it There

Be sure the kite is assembled correctly.

Check the wind. Some kites require more wind and others less. Picking the right day for your kite is key. A light breeze (5-20 mph) is generally optimal.

Be safe. Don’t fly the kite near power lines, trees or other sky high obstacles. Wide open spaces are best.

Be safer. Don’t fly in the rain.

When launching the kite, be sure to have your back to the wind. If the wind is light, have a friend hold the kite down wind and hold your line taught, reeling in slowly until the kite launches.

Don’t let the line out too quickly. Let the line out at the same pace the kite is gaining altitude.

Go outside and fly a kite if weather permits. If not, make one inside. In some parts of the country the time of year may make it difficult to fly a kite. There are kite festivals at various times of the year.

Kite Event Calendar

Kite Festivals

 

National Pizza Day is observed annually on February 9th. Whether it is thin crust, Chicago style, deep dish or anything in between, pizza is an American favorite.

Here are some interesting facts about pizza:

Pepperoni is the most popular pizza at 36% of all pies ordered.

Over 3 billion pizzas are sold in the USA each year.  Add another 1 billion on frozen pizzas

17% of all US Restaurants are pizzerias.

Antica Pizzeria, the first Pizzeria, opened in Naples, Italy, in 1738.

Gennaro Lombardi, the first Pizzeria in the United States, opened in 1895 in New York City.

Americans consume on average 23 pounds of pizza per person each year.

Throw a kids pizza party and give the following recipes a try:

Perfect Pepperoni Pizzas

Margherita Flatbread Pizza

 

National Umbrella Day is celebrated across the nation each year on February 10th.

On this day, we honor one of the world’s most convenient inventions, the umbrella! Not only does the umbrella help keep us dry from the rain, it also protects us from the heat of the sun. Umbrellas can also be used as a fashion accessory.

Interesting Umbrella TidBits:

The word umbrella comes from the Latin word umbra, meaning shade or shadow. Brolly is a slang word for umbrella, used often in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Bumbershoot is a fanciful Americanism, for umbrella, from the late 19th century.

The basic umbrella was invented over four thousand years ago. There is evidence of umbrellas in the ancient art and artifacts of Egypt Assyria, Greece and China.

It was the Chinese that first waterproofed umbrellas for use in the rain. They waxed and lacquered their paper parasols in order to use them for rain.

The first of all umbrella shops were called “James Smith and Sons”. The shop opened in 1830 and is still located at 53 New Oxford Street, London, England.

Umbrellas have also been fashioned into hats as early as 1880 and as recently as 1987.

Get a few solid color umbrellas and have a party with the kids where they decorate their own umbrellas.

 

 

National White Shirt Day, also know as National White T-Shirt Day, is always observed on February 11th.

 

This unofficial national holiday honors the men and women who participated in the strike at General Motors in 1937.

The United Auto Workers (UAW) union was helped by these autoworkers to become the sole bargaining agent for General Motors autoworkers.

White Shirt Day is best known in Flint, Michigan, and other cities that have a GM auto plant.

Use this day as an excuse to recycle all those old white undershirts. Get the kids together and tie dye them in different fun colors.

 

Enjoy your favorite tortellini dish on February 13th, as it is National Tortellini Day. This unofficial national food holiday is observed each year on this day. Tortellini lovers across the country will make their favorite recipes or order a tortellini dish at their favorite pasta restaurant.

Tortellini is a signature dish from the Italian region of Bologna, where they claim to have created these tiny stuffed pastas. Ravioli, tortelloni and tortellacci are all part of the same family of stuffed pastas. The most common fillings for tortellini are ham, white meat and Parmesan cheese.

An organization called The Learned Order of the Tortellini in the city of Bologna has its members wear to the meetings red and gold hats that are shaped like tortellini. They also wear a ribbon, around their neck that has a gold shaped tortellini hanging on it. The Learned Order of the Tortellini has a large membership that is dedicated to the preservation of the traditional tortellini.

There are many ways to prepare a tortellini dish. You may want to top it with a cheese sauce, cream sauce, pesto or tomato sauce, or follow one of the thousands of recipes available for a great tortellini meal.

Get the kids involved and enjoy one of these tortellini recipes:

Tortellini Crock Pot Meal

Cheesy Italian Tortellini

Broccoli and Tortellini Alfredo

Tortellini Rose’ (Tortellini with Tomato Cream Sauce)

Tortellini Bacon Broccoli Salad

 

Of course February 14 is Valentine’s Day, but it is also… the annual observance of National Ferris Wheel Day. This unofficial national holiday is held on this day to honor the birth of the inventor of the Ferris Wheel, George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr.

Preparations for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition began in earnest in 1891. Director of works for the fair, Daniel H. Burnham, laid out the challenge: create a centerpiece to the fair that will rival the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Erected the year before, the Eiffel Tower was quickly becoming a world attraction. Ideas were tossed about, plans presented and plans rejected.

George Washington Gale Ferris was inspired. He contemplated several ideas but it wasn’t until one evening in a Chicago chop-house that he struck on an idea that could fit the challenge. After sketching out the idea on napkins he proceeded to develop his plans.

When presented with the idea Burnham balked, doubting it could safely carry people to such heights. Ferris persisted. Spending $25,000 of his own money he paid for safety studies, obtained $600,000 more from investors, hired engineers and built the 250 foot diameter wheel and hoisted it up between 140 foot twin towers.

It was a colossal success at 26 stories tall and making a whopping $726,805.50. In 1893 that was a hefty profit for the fair.

Despite the wheel’s success, Ferris struggled after the fair. Lawsuits over who owed whom bankrupt him. His wife left him. Then in 1896, a few short years after the fair, he died at the age of 37 of typhoid fever.

The original wheel suffered similar fate. In 1906 it was destroyed with dynamite for scrap metal. The idea has lived on and wheels continue to be enjoyed around the world.

If you are near a Ferris Wheel, take the kids and catch a lift up to the top and enjoy the view.

Observed on February 15th, National Gumdrop Day, recognizes a favorite candy of many; the gumdrop! On National Gumdrop Day, there is no question as to what to do. Eat gumdrops and eat as many as you want!

Gumdrops are a tasty, colorful, chewy candy that are made with gelatin and then coated with sugar. They come in a variety of flavors, either from the fruity category or the spice category. These little candy treats have been popular for many years in decorating gingerbread houses.

The classic board game, Candy Land, features both a Gumdrop Pass and a Gumdrop Mountain.

Besides enjoying them by the handful, there are many other ways to use gumdrops:

In cookies

Decorate cakes or cupcakes

In popcorn cake

For crafts

For gifts

You can also make your own gumdrops. According to many of the recipes, you would need vegetable oil, sugar, corn syrup, fruit juice, powdered fruit pectin, baking soda and food coloring.

Enjoy one of these colorful recipes:

Gumdrop Cookies

Popcorn Gumdrop Cake

 

 

Everyone knows a grouch and some of us may even be guilty of being one. I’m sure there is someone your child thinks is a grouch, probably a teacher. February 16th is a call to kindness in the name of a grouch. On this day, you can do something to maybe make their day much better. It would be a nice life lesson to have your child think of a kind act to make the “grouch” happy.

For some, it’s in their nature to be grouches all of the time while others may just be having a rough day or two. On National Do a Grouch a Favor Day, we have an opportunity to turn the grouches frown upside down!

The grouch that you know might be a friend, relative, co-worker, boss, neighbor or someone that you live with.

The favor you do on National Do a Grouch a Favor Day can be simple or elaborate. Either way doing them a favor is going to feel good for you!!

As defined in Merriam-Webster dictionary, a grouch is a habitually irritable or complaining person, a grumbler.

Maybe it would be a great day to think of ways to cheer up Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street if your child likes that show.

Let’s make it a better day for your favorite grouch!

 

February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day has grown in popularity each year. It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness.

It is a favorite day to many, as people everywhere are enjoying doing these nice things for others. Not only is it special for the receiver, it also feels good as the doer!

Random Acts of Kindness Foundation celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Week. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness.

Random Acts of Kindness Week

A Few Quotes of Kindness:

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” (Mark Twain)

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” (Aesop)

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” (Scott Adams)

Kind words and actions can seem so small, but their effects are truly endless.” (Author Unknown)

 

Get a charge out of National Battery Day! Observed each year on February 18th, this is a day to appreciate the convenience batteries provide to our everyday lives.

 

Today we would be hard pressed to find someone in the United States who doesn’t benefit from a battery. Even those who live “off the grid” have battery operated devices such as a flashlight, radio or watch.

A battery is used to change chemical energy into electricity by bringing the different chemicals together in a certain order. When correctly ordered the electrons will travel from one chemical to another creating an electrical current.

Gradual improvements were made by various scientists and inventors over time until in 1896, when the National Carbon Company (later known as the Eveready Battery Company) manufactured the first commercially available battery called the Columbia. Two years later, National Carbon Company introduced the first D sized battery for the first flashlight.

The first battery operated watch was produced in 1957 by the Hamilton Watch Company.

Today batteries are available for an innumerable number of purposes. In our modern age, portable electricity isn’t something we think about everyday because it is so readily available. We charge the batteries on our phones by using the batteries in our cars as we travel down the road.  We even have portable chargers that can charge our batteries where ever we are.

To celebrate National Battery Day, get your kids together and do the potato battery experiment Potato Battery

and it is a good idea to check all of your smoke alarm batteries!

(Also a great day to read and share this post… Batteries)

 

Recognized by the US National Confectioners Association, National Chocolate Mint Day is observed annually across the nation on February 19th. This holiday has been set aside for all the chocolate mint lovers to eat their favorite treats all day long.

The Aztecs and Mayans are given much credit for their ways with chocolate, and while chocolate was brought back to Europeans, they were not fond of the dark, bitter bean, and it was used more for medicinal purposes.

As it was mostly consumed as a hot beverage, Europeans mixed mint, cinnamon and other spices to make it more palatable. Over time, sugar was added and the combination of chocolate and mint became fashionable.

Fast forward to the mid-1800s when inventions and improvements in processes made it possible for confectioners to begin mass producing chocolates. Even then, small candy shops served a local public. Advertisements for mint chocolates, or chocolate mints, did not start showing up in newspapers until the turn of the century.

The International Dairy Foods Association states that mint chocolate chip is the 10th most popular flavor of ice cream.

One of the earliest mass producers of chocolate mints was Huyler’s in New York, which had a chain of stores across the country.

Today we find mint chocolate in everything from ice cream to brownies, cookies and candies, liquors and sauces. Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies were first sold in 1953 and are still their most popular cookie.

Mint chocolate is also the name of an herb with edible leaves that taste like chocolate and mint.

Below is a favorite frosting recipe for chocolate cake. It looks great decorated with chocolate mint candies, a perfect to celebrate National Chocolate Mint Day!

Mint Frosting for Chocolate Cake

1 package cream cheese (8 0z), softened

1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened

3-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon mint extract

Green food coloring

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. On low speed, beat in mint extract, 2 to 3 drops of green food coloring and 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar until mixed. Beat on medium speed until fluffy. Store frosted cake in refrigerator.

 

On February 20th, pet lovers everywhere observe National Love Your Pet Day. This unofficial national holiday is a day set aside to give extra attention to and pamper your pets. This is a good day to focus on the special relationship that you and your children have with your pets.

Did you know that most households in the United States have at least one pet? In the United States, dogs are slightly more popular than cats, but not by much. Pets are not limited to the canine and feline categories. There are quite a few who prefer the companionship of birds, reptiles, fish or rats. Whoever your pet companion is, we are sure you will enjoy spending a little extra time with them on National Love Your Pet Day and reap the benefits, as well such as stress relief and lower blood pressure. Soon February 20 (and everyday) show your appreciation to your pets!

Bring your pet a special treat, take an extra long walk or give them more attention on National Love Your Pet Day. Whatever you decide to do, spoil and appreciate your pets!

 

National Sticky Bun Day is celebrated annually on February 21st. Originally known as “schnecken” and still considered to be a Philadelphia specialty, it is believed that the sticky bun’s origin in the United States began in the 18th century when the German settlers brought baking tradition with them when they began settling near Pennsylvania.

Most often served for breakfast or as a dessert, sticky buns generally consist of rolled pieces of leavened dough that often contain brown sugar and/or cinnamon. Prior to the dough being placed in the pan, the pan is lined with its sticky ingredients such as: maple syrup, honey, nuts, sugar and butter. When the buns are finished baking, they are then flipped upside down so that the sticky bottom then becomes the topping.

Famous cousins to the sticky bun are the cinnamon roll, caramel roll and monkey bread.

If you are craving this delicious sticky sweet delight, try making some of your own with one these sticky bun recipes:

Super Easy Sticky Buns

Butterscotch Sticky Buns

Easy Caramel Sticky Buns

 

National Cook A Sweet Potato Day is celebrated across the United States each year on February 22nd. The sweet potato is eaten and loved, each day, by millions of people across the nation.

The sweet potato is an excellent source of vitamin A, which supports good vision, the immune system and bone growth. Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin B-6, magnesium and vitamin C.

It’s also great for the complexion. High in fiber and low in fat and calories, this root vegetable is a healthful alternative to snack foods when prepared without added butter, sugar or salt.

Unlike other potatoes, sweet potatoes like long, hot growing seasons. Which might be why it is the state vegetable of North Carolina.

Give these sweet potato recipes a try:

Louisiana Sweet Potato Pancakes

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Sweet Potato Pineapple Casserole

 

Would you believe the humble toast would have its very own day on February 23rd? But it is so very versatile. It carries a multitude of jams, jellies, marmalades and fruits compotes. But we don’t stop there. Toast transports proteins and veggies, sprouts and soaks up sauces and drippings.

Perhaps we have overlooked the necessity of toast, and it shall have its due.

I’m sure, like Allie, your little one loves toast. Give them an extra piece today.

 

National Tortilla Chip Day, a day set aside for the crunchy snack loved by millions across the nation, is observed annually on February 24th.

The tortilla chip is most commonly served with salsa, chili cheese, guacamole, or other dips.

Tortilla chips are made from corn tortillas that have been cut into wedges and then fried. The corn tortillas are made from corn, vegetable oil, salt and water. Typically made with yellow corn, tortillas can also be made with white, blue or red corn.

Even though tortilla chips have always been considered to be a Mexican food, known as tostados, they were first mass-produced in Los Angeles in the late 1940’s. It is said that the triangle-shaped tortilla chips were made popular by Rebecca Webb Carranza as a way to use the misshapen tortillas that were rejected from the automated tortilla manufacturing machine that she and her husband used at their Los Angeles deli and tortilla factory.

The United States is one of the main markets for tortilla chips.

Another popular dish made with tortilla chips is nachos.

The dish was first created around 1943 by Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya. Nachos are tortilla chips served with melted or shredded cheese and often additional toppings are added, such as meat, salsa, refried beans, tomatoes, diced onion, lettuce, olives, jalapenos, guacamole and sour cream.

Go and get your favorite dip and enjoy some tortilla chip with the kids.

 

 

Each year on February 25th people across the nation have a bowl and spoon ready to be filled with clam chowder as they prepare to participate in National Clam Chowder Day.

A clam chowder in its simplest form is a soup or stew containing clams or fish. The most common type of chowder includes milk or cream as well as potatoes, though the Manhattan clam chowder has tomatoes.

The origin of the word “chowder” is up for a little bit of debate. The French word for cauldron is “chaudiere”. The English word “jowter” means fish peddler. Both are on the hook for possible origins.

In chowder, along with the clams, it is common to find diced potatoes, onions (often sautéed in pork or bacon drippings) and celery.

Following is a list of the primary clam chowder variants:

New England clam chowder

Manhattan clam chowder

Rhode Island clam chowder

Delaware clam chowder

New Jersey clam chowder

Hatteras clam chowder

Minorcan clam chowder

Long Island clam chowder

To observe National Clam Chowder Day, enjoy a nice clam chowder with the family.

 

On February 26 have a happily ever after kind of day. It’s National Fairy Tale Day. This is a great one to do with young children.

What were once oral histories, myths and legends retold around the fire or by traveling storytellers, have been written down and become known the world over as fairy tales.

The origins of most fairy tales were unseemly and would not be approved or rated as appropriate for children by the Association of Fairy Tales by today’s standards. Most were told as a way to make children behave, teach a lesson or to pass the time much like ghost stories around a campfire today.

Many of the stories have some basis in truth. For example, some believe the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is inspired by the real life of Margarete von Waldeck, the daughter of the 16th century Count of Waldeck. The area of Germany where the family lived was known for mining. Some of the tunnels were so tight they had to use children – or small people such as dwarfs – to work the mines.

Margarete’s beauty is well documented, and she had a stepmother who sent her away. She fell in love with a prince, but died mysteriously before she could have her happily ever after.

As the stories evolved they took on a more magical quality with fictional characters such as fairies, giants, mermaids and gnomes, and sometimes gruesome story plots.

The brothers Grimm collected and published some of the more well known tales we are familiar with today. Jakob and his brother Wilhem together set out on a quest to preserve these tales at a time in history when a tradition of oral story telling was fading. In 1812 they published their first volume of stories titled Household Tales.  Their stories had a darker quality and were clearly meant for an adult audience.

Rumpelstiltskin is one of the tales they collected. There were several versions and the little man went by many names in different parts of Europe. From Trit-a-trot in Ireland to Whuppity Stoorie in Scotland, Rumplestiltskin was one difficult man to name.

While some story tellers have a long and sometimes ancient history such as Aesop (The Fox and the Goose, The Ant and the Grasshopper), other story tellers are more recent like the Grimm brothers.

Hans Christian Andersen first published in 1829 and brought to us written versions of the Princess and the Pea, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid and many more. Where Grimm’s tales could take on a darker cast and were clearly written with adults in mind, Andersen’s stories are sweet and warm.

How to Tell a Great Story:

Engage your audience. Children like to participate. Have them quack every time the Ugly Duckling is mentioned, or make the motions of climbing Jack’s bean stalk.

Use repetition. This will also keep the kids engaged. It not only helps them to remember the story, but sets them up for the next round of the repeated phrase or stanza.

Give your characters a voice. Nobody likes a monotone story teller. Buehler, Buehler, Buehler. No, not even children like the monotone. Varying your voice for each character and inflecting excitement, sadness and disappointment will create drama and stimulate the imaginations of the little minds listening to you.

Ask questions as you go. It’s a good way to keep your story flowing and to gauge the children’s listening skills.

Find out if someone has a story of their own. You might be in the presence of a great story teller!

Share your favorite fairy tale with friends and family. Try relating them from memory as this has long been tradition. Visit a library or local book store for story time.

 

 

National Polar Bear Day, also known as International Polar Bear Day is observed on February 27th. It is a day to learn more about the polar bear and conservation efforts where the polar bear is concerned.

Polar bears can reach a height of 9 ft tall and a weight of 1400 pounds. They have large front paws, which are slightly webbed, that are used to paddle as they swim.  As they are very strong swimmers, some polar bears have been seen swimming hundreds of miles from land, however, some of the distance may have been covered by floating on sheets of ice.

The polar bears have a warming layer of fat which is covered by their thick coat of insulating fur. This helps them live in the colder environments.

There are organizations that use this day to raise awareness of the declining number of polar bears worldwide. It is believed by many that these beautiful creatures are threatened due to global warming and the consequential loss of their natural habitat. Groups around the world gather together to find ways to make a difference and  spread information to others.

Teach your kids about the polar bear, its environment and how it lives.

 

February 28th is a day to look back on the history of one of dental care’s little helpers and to keep encouraging our children to develop good dental hygiene. It’s National Tooth Fairy Day.

Like some of the mythological creations who oversee children, the tooth fairy is a relative new comer to the world of child fantasies.

In the mid-1920s fairies were used for all sorts of health education from bath fairies to fresh air fairies as a way to get children to remember to eat their vegetables, wash behind their ears and get a good night’s rest. Like toothpastes today that advertise fruity flavors and sparkles to get kids excited to brush their teeth, in 1925 it was probably quite a bit more difficult considering the pastes were mostly peroxide and baking soda.

Then in 1927, Esther Watkins Arnold printed an eight-page play-let for children called The Tooth Fairy. It was the same year Sir Arthur Conan Doyle “proved” his claim that fairies and gnomes are real and has pictures of two little girls surrounded with fairies “verified”. So the world was ripe with imagination and primed to have a tooth fairy about to come collect the lost teeth of little boys and girls and leave a coin or two behind.

Arnold’s play began to be performed in schools the following year and the tooth fairy has been slipping into homes ever since. She (or he) started leaving nickels and dimes under the pillows of sleeping children. Over the years there have been variations on the theme. In 1942, in an article written by columnist Bob Balfe in the Palm Beach Post, his children received War Stamps to put in their books when they lost a tooth. It was a popular alternative during a time when giving to the war effort was a motivating factor. Today, the tooth fairy jingles much less then ever.

 

Those are the National Days I think would be fun to celebrate with kids for the month of February. If you want to check out more fun things to celebrate go to National Days for more information.

 

Are there any traditions you celebrate during February? Maybe you do some craft or activity with the kids for Valentine’s Day. Let me know in the comments.

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Parenting Differences: Then and Now

Parenting Differences:

Then and Now

Considering I am only 33 I don’t have very much knowledge of the parenting differences in the past 50 years. I was wondering what the big differences were from then to now. I decided to take a survey and do a little research to see how different the styles of parenting really are now.

Why do we have a fixation with parenting?

One possible explanation comes from the issues parents face in raising children in today’s society.

The media regularly report national statistics such as:

  • every 1 second a public high school student is suspended
  • every 9 seconds a child drops out of school
  • every 4 minutes a child is arrested for drugs
  • every 3 hours a child is a homicide victim

Parents are also frequently reminded by the media that child-rearing issues faced in the 1950s—such as children chewing gum in class, talking out of turn, and not cleaning their rooms—have been replaced with more serious issues such as drug addiction, suicide, violence, and teen pregnancy.

These messages can scare parents into the perception that parenting styles and methods today are more important than in past generations. Concerns about the importance of parenting in today’s society are strongly reinforced through our exposure to prevention efforts in the areas of drug abuse, violence, and teen pregnancy.

While parents should play a critical role in prevention efforts, these ideas indirectly suggest parents are the cause of many of the problems facing youth today.

The “parents are to blame” belief is further reinforced in the way the media portrays modern parenting styles.

Television has moved from Ozzie and Harriet and Leave it to Beaver to more controversial programs such as South Park, The Simpsons, and Keeping Up with the Kardashians. It is no wonder that many in our society perceive parents as unable to “control” youth.

 

What do you Think?

I asked on my various social media platforms what other moms thought about this subject, And reflected on their answers.

Here are some of their answers:

Facebook

The Coffee Mom commented:

“…one of the biggest changes is that, we as parents are more involved with our children. Especially fathers now are more loving and involved, many are even SAHD (stay at home dads)

My thoughts on this specific comment:

I do agree to a point. I also think that the reasoning behind those SAHD is more the effect of those men not being able to find a job, and not having another choice but to let their wives/SO become the sole bread winner. Which, some people might think is a good thing, I believe that its easier for women to be the stay at home partner (not because I think women “should” be the domestic) but, because we are the nurturer and its ingrained in us to be the homemaker.

Rebekah Martin from My Circus My Monkeys commented:

“…the amount of freedom and independence we give (or don’t give) to our children…. I remember riding my bike around for hours and just had to be home for dinner.

My thoughts on this: Yes, I completely agree with this comment. Even just about 15 years ago I remember being able to go outside for hours at a time. I would have to be in the house by the time the street lights came on at night. Nowadays, there are almost no children out riding bikes or hanging with friends.

Marielle Petkoff from The Resplendent commented:

“I think technology is the biggest difference. It affects so many aspects of parenting and the way children are raised. … With everything on the news and Facebook, we are much more of a fear-driven society.”

My thoughts: I also agree with Marielle. This day and age we are bombarded with news stories of missing and abducted children. It is so easy to be afraid and just keep our little ones close to us. They need to be able to be children and explore and learn the world.

Amaris Bannon Beecher from Crumbs and Glamour commented:

“More couples probably stayed together. I wish the divorce rate was lower. Children need both parents at home.”

My thoughts: While I agree very much with this comment. Having both parents together would be ideal, it is just not possible. Staying together for the kids is probably what most couples did back then. But, when two people are no longer happy together the tensions can be very high. Arguing in front of children was a big problem back then. While it is very sad divorce is a necessary part of life.

Instagram

@stephanielovelacehome says:

“chores are far less extensive and physically demanding, boredom is more prevalent”

My thoughts: Absolutely! I remember not being able to go out on any night, let alone a school night, if my homework/chores were not done. Also, on a side note, if I claimed to be sick and didn’t go to school, my butt was NOT going outside at all that day.

@simplymaderecipes says:

“I wish parents would be more strict nowadays like my parents and grandparents were”

My thoughts: YES! Parents these days want to be their childs “friends”. And hang out with them. Go get mani/pedi’s while sipping on vente Starbucks half caff latte’s or whatever. I am not my child’s friend, I am her parent and I will treat her as such until the day I die. I will always know better no matter how old she gets. 🙂

@jahoag15 says:

“I like that we don’t force kids to finish their plates… we need to teach them to listen to their bodies when they are full.

My thoughts: Yes, I always tell Allie that she needs to eat a little bit of everything. Then I ask her twice if she is sure she is done. In my opinion forcing children to eat forms a negative relationship with food and can lead to a problem in the future.

@21flavorsofsplendor says:

“kids being able to play outside all day and you didn’t have to worry”

My thoughts: Agree (refer back to Rebekah Martin’s comment from FB)

@lifeofaministermom says:

“I think there are a lot of people with the perception that discipline is somehow cruel and there are so many children that are entitled because rules aren’t enforced”

My thoughts: Yes, completely! This says it all.

@lifeofaministermom says:

“I think there has been a definite decline in the respect department”

My thought: Yes, the lack of discipline and structure these days has led to children disrespecting any type of authority figure, especially their own parents”

@undeniably_tk says:

“I wish that parents spent more time with their kids and not so much time allowing electronics babysit them.

My thoughts: I absolutely agree. It is very sad the way technology has taken over for parenting these days.

 

 

Twitter

@dawnjdmb says:

“Kids are exposed to too many things way to early”

My thoughts: I agree. This day and age there are way to many “adult” type things that we are giving to our young children.

I did some research on the effects of societal changes in the past 50 years and here is what I learned.

 

There is a trend for families to live very disconnected lives in our society. The factors that lead to this trend, include:

  1. young families moving away from extended family members;
  2. the increased rate of single parents; and
  3. free time limitations due to the work schedules of dual-income or single-parent families.

We as parents spend more time working to provide for our children’s basic needs and less time providing for their emotional needs. Because of this, we are participating less in social and community activities and interacting less with family members and friends. Which means we are receiving less emotional and mental support in raising our children.

It is important to remember that, in addition to parenting, children are impacted by various influences occurring at the individual, family, community, and social level. Parenting is not solely at the family level but within a larger network of interdependent sections. Parenting and families do not develop independently, and they typically reflect the problems of the larger society.

Whether at the individual or social level, stress can negatively impact parenting. Parenting styles are also influenced by the popular advice of the times. There have been several parenting experts who have influenced large numbers of parents. Social factors such as politics, religion, and media often influence the advice provided by experts. Thus, the advice offered by experts is often conflicting, and parents are left confused by the different advice they are offered.

We all deal with stress on a day to day basis. When we think of the effect of stress on people in general, we think of problems like headaches, hypertension, heart attacks, increased smoking/drinking, strokes, and various other medically related problems. But, stress can also have a large effect on parenting.

Actually, stress may be a major contributing factor to many of the parenting changes occurring in our society. Because of this, it is clear parenting in today’s society is occurring in an increasingly stressful atmosphere.

Parenting stress inducing points include:

  • high workloads

  • low social support

  • negative life events

  • daily hassles

  • and difficult child temperament

Parenting stress coincides with:

  1. inconsistent parenting (lax or overcompensating)
  2. more negative communication
  3. decreased monitoring/supervision of children
  4. setting unclear rules and limits on children’s behavior
  5. being more reactive and less proactive and
  6. increasingly harsh discipline

As the stress increases, the parent-child relationship suffers, and we are less involved with our children. Parent-child relationships often become more problematic when parents are stressed by minor “daily-hassle” events.

 

My final thought:

It is easy to be critical of other parents and their efforts; but, there is much more involved than simply they must not care or are obviously doing the “wrong thing.” This parenting thing is difficult under the best of circumstances. For more and more parents these days, the stresses in our society are making it very difficult to parent effectively. It is important to remember that parenting occurs within the context of a society, not in isolation, and parenting problems often reflect society’s problems. And, we all know how that is currently working out.

So, the next time you see a mom in the grocery store in pajamas or in line at Starbuck’s with a child on her hip, remember we are all in this together. Don’t judge her because you don’t know her story.

We all need to start loving each other instead of spreading so much hate.

It doesn’t matter what decade we are in or what country we come from or what religion we worship or the color of our skin, we love our children with every fiber of our being.

If you had to give one piece of advice to someone who was becoming a first time mom this year, what would it be and Why do you think that advice is important?

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.