The Most Popular Family Halloween Costumes of 2017

I think that this may very well be my favorite time of year. The weather is (usually) cooler and more bearable. The trees and other parts of nature change in such vibrant ways. We all seem to get a little boost of energy with the brisk Fall air around us.

But, my very favorite part would have to be HALLOWEEN!!!

I love seeing all the decorations and the pumpkins carved into silly or scary faces, or even just painted with such artistic ability it is amazing.

The best part of Halloween, in my opinion, is all the cute costumes the kids choose every year. I just can’t get over how cute they are as little cows, pumpkins or princesses.

So, here are my choices for the most popular costumes of 2017, just in case you haven’t had a chance to get your child’s or even your own yet.

 

THE MOST POPULAR FAMILY HALLOWEEN COSTUMES OF 2017

First on my list, is this incredibly cute little cowboy costume. I love the hat and the belt buckle!!

 

I really love Mickey and Minnie costumes, this one is especially cute 🙂

This is the cutest little Superman I have ever seen 🙂

Wonder Woman is all the rage right now so I know this is going to be a very popular costume for young ladies.

This dinosaur costume seems to be very popular. It is so funny especially when the wearer tries to run 🙂

I absolutely love this cute baby-sized Supergirl Costume! I really like the headband bow and the little booties.

Here is a tasteful choice for mom… 🙂

And a silly one for dad…

 

You can even get a costume for your dog 🙂

 

 

You can get all of these Halloween costumes and more including decorations at Find Costume dot com.
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Has your child already chosen their Halloween costume for this year?

Let me know what they are going to dress up as in the comments.

I love to hear about all the great costume ideas everyone has every year 🙂

Allie is going as Shimmer from Shimmer and Shine

Here she is trying on her costume…

Have a happy safe and fun Halloween!!!

 

 

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.

Favorite Things in the internet world during September

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

—Dr. Seuss

This is the time of the month where I really enjoy looking back. Not really at everyday life, but at my social media history.

That seems so basic. But, a lot of the time, I get a nice little pick me up from the humor and realness of other mom’s lives.

We are not alone in this motherhood journey! We are doing a great job and we can get through it.

It is hard, but we can rely on each other when we need a little break…

Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine (whatever you choose) and take a trip through social media with me 🙂

 

favorite things september

 

TWITTER

I really love Twitter. It took me a while to warm up to it, and I’m still learning. But, I can get lost in the “never-ending scroll” sometimes. There are so many funny posts!

This month I have also added in some nice activity posts as well. Fall is starting to become my favorite season and I can’t resist a nice craft 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is so cute!

 

 

 

 

I don’t drink wine, but I’m sure this is relatable to many of you 🙂

 

 

 

 

No thanks, I’m good without :/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTAGRAM

Instagram kind of goes along the same line as twitter, very easy to get lost in the scroll.

 

Dear family the kitchen and laundry do not get magically done! #momlife #momproblems #parentingtips

A post shared by Michelle McVittie (@momthemanager) on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FACEBOOK

Facebook is a little hit or miss for me. I usually only follow mom and cooking pages. I’m a little boring when it comes to Facebook, I must admit.

 

I cannot be the only one who has kids that get nutty without a nap ?!? #momproblems #momlife #fitmom #momof4

Posted by Fit Hiit Mama on Sunday, September 24, 2017

 

#MomProblems #MomLife #ImJustSayin

Posted by Housewife Plus on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

 

 

"Don't even ask me about showering 🤦🏻‍♀️"#momlife #parenthood #momproblemsReposted from @mayavorderstrasse

Posted by Mrs. Patel's on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

 

#Repost @mayavorderstrasse・・・So no, I don't shower often. #momproblems 🙋🏻💧😩😂😅

Posted by KCT Kinesiology Tapes on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

 

Just in case you feel like you're the only one who can't enjoy a coffee. This happened. And yes, that's Daniel Tiger in my coffee. 👶🏼🤦🏼‍♀️☕️#toddlerlife #danieltiger #momproblems

Posted by The Honorable Mom on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

 

PINTEREST

I love Pinterest! I don’t really know what else to say. It’s just so incredibly great.

Mom Problems

Trying not to be my mom, problems

Stay at Home Mom Problems

Girl Mom Problems

Moms Corner

 

Facebook Page, I Love

That’s Inappropriate  (started a new section #HotMessExpress GO CHECK IT OUT on That’s Inappropriate)

 

So, this has been what I’ve loved on the interwebs for the month of September.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post as much as I have. Share it with your mom friends who need a bit of a pick me up or a chuckle.

Leave me a comment about something online that has made you chuckle or inspired you in some way.

 

Have a wonderful day!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Super Fun Days in October to Celebrate with the Family

My favorite season, in general, is summer. But, I do find the month of October to be beautiful and full of wonder.

I love all the Fall decorations and it seems that you can use most of the Autumn crops in your decor at home. In my opinion, no other season is quite like the Fall.

Although, there is something I do not like about this time of year…… PUMPKIN SPICE EVERYTHING! Please, just stop.

Obviously, Pumpkin Spice and I are not friends but I do appreciate a nice slice of pumpkin pie or 1, 2 or 3 apple cider donuts with my French Vanilla Coffee.

I especially like the Fall Festivals and activities that seem to happen in October.

And that leads us to this months edition of NATIONAL DAYS…

October

National Fire Pup Day on October 1 recognizes the canine firefighters that have long been members of fire departments across the country.

While the Dalmation’s origin is unknown, their use in firehouses began during the 1700s. Trained as a carriage dog, the Dalmatian’s agility transferred quickly to horse-drawn fire engines.  In the days of the horse-drawn fire carts, they provided a valuable service, having a natural affinity to horses.  The Dalmatians would run alongside the horses, in front of or beneath the wagon axles and clear the way for safety.
Long after the red engines replaced horse-drawn wagons, the Dalmatian remains a recognizable tradition in fire stations across the country.  They serve as firehouse mascots, educate the public about fire safety and represent past fire pups in honor of their heroism.

Child Health Day is a United States Federal Observance Day held each year on the first Monday in October.

 

 

 

Each child deserves to be the healthiest he or she can be.  On National Child Health Day, we are reminded of all the ways children grow healthy and strong.  From the food they eat to the words they hear, children require support and opportunities to grow.

Each year since 1928, under a Joint Resolution of Congress, the President of the United States has proclaimed Child Health Day.  This day was originally observed on each May 1 until 1960 when the date was changed to the first Monday in October of each calendar year.

In a response to a plea from both the American Federation of Labor and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs to proclaim the day, United States President Calvin Coolidge was the first president to issue a Child Health Day Proclamation while the resolution was still pending in Congress.

To celebrate Child Health day, go for a walk, play in a park, do some yard work or participate in activities to promote child health.

 

October 3 is National Look at the Leaves Day.

In early October, the leaves really start to change and fall from the trees making beautiful scenes all over the ground.

When it starts to get cooler outside and the sun does not shine for as long each day, trees know it is time to start storing up food for winter. To do that, the chlorophyll in the leaves starts to break down and the food that the leaves have been making is stored inside the tree instead of in the leaves.

Now that the chlorophyll is gone, instead of being green, the leaves become all the pretty colors of fall, like orange, yellow, red, or even purple! These colors have actually been in the leaves all summer long, we just couldn’t see them because the green from the chlorophyll was blocking them.

Take the kids outside and rake up the leaves if only to jump in and spread them all around again.

 

National Taco Day is observed annually on October 4.  Tacos are loved and eaten by millions each day in either hard or soft shell with a variety of fillings.

The history of tacos predates the arrival of Europeans in Mexico. Anthropological evidence shows the native people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico traditionally ate tacos filled with small fish.  At the time of the Spanish conquistadors, Bernal Diaz del Castillo documented the first taco feast enjoyed by Europeans.  This meal was arranged by Hernan Cortes for his captains in Coyoacan. It is unclear why the Spanish used the word taco to describe this native food.  One suggested origin is the word ataco, meaning stuff or to stuff.

Many restaurants offer specials for National Taco Day. Go out for tacos or make them at home. There are many traditional varieties of tacos.

 

Each year on October 5, people across the nation observe National Do Something Nice Day.

National Do Something Nice Day is very similar to National Random Acts of Kindness Day, which is celebrated on February 17. (Celebrate February)

It would be ideal if everyone lived their lives doing kind things on a daily basis and without thinking about it. Today serves as a reminder to us all, as it is easy to get caught up with hectic schedules and fast-paced lifestyles, to stop for a moment and do something nice.

“Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.” ~Frank A. Clark

Do something nice. Get the kids involved.  The something can be anything from buying a cup of coffee for someone in line at the coffee shop to giving a compliment to the tired clerk.

Maybe the day calls for sending flowers with a card that says “just because,” or asking the neighbors over for a barbecue in the backyard or mowing the lawn for someone.

 

Noodles come in many varieties, and National Noodle Day, which is observed each year on October 6, recognizes them all.

The word noodle derives from the German word nudel.

Noodles are made by rolling unleavened dough out and cutting into a variety of shapes.  While long, flat noodles may seem to be the most common, they come in a variety of forms, names, and textures.  Each kind of noodle will pair differently with different kinds of sauces and meals.

Found in regions all over the world, noodles are made from a variety of flours.  In Asian cuisine, root vegetables, such as yams and potatoes, beans, rice, wheat, and buckwheat are all found in a wide assortment of noodles. Europeans make most of their pasta from durum or semolina flour, though potato noodles are enjoyed as well.

In 2002, archaeologists along the Yellow River in China found an earthenware bowl containing some 4000-year-old noodles which had been well preserved. That’s impressive!

Let the kids choose which type of noodles they would like to eat.

Have different types of toppings like:

  • shredded cheese
  • beans
  • croutons or goldfish
  • crackers
  • sauces
  • chili
  • etc

 

National Inner Beauty Day is observed annually on October 7.  Everyone has a story, a passion that expresses who we are as individuals.  Our strength lies in embracing that story without filtering it through someone else’s definition of beauty.  When our core values are reflected on the outside we have truly given the world the gift we were born to give.

 

This day was created by Roma Newton, owner of 6Degrees Management in partnership with National Day Calendar to celebrate the beauty we all have, beginning with what is on the inside. In partnership with Saving Innocence, an organization that helps victims of human trafficking aspires to bring beauty and wholeness to a world that may not yet understand its own self-worth.

 

National Pierogi Day is observed annually on October 8. This is a day to enjoy this delicious dish.

Pierogi is the plural form of the rarely used Polish word pierog. The word Pierogi can be found spelled several ways including perogi and pierogy. However you choose to spell it, pierogi are dumplings made up of unleavened dough that is first boiled then sometimes baked or fried in butter.Usually semicircular in shape, they are traditionally stuffed with a mashed potato filling,

Usually semicircular in shape, they are traditionally stuffed with a mashed potato filling, potato and cheese, (which is my personal favorite)  potato and onion, cheese, cabbage, sauerkraut, ground meat, mushroom, spinach or fruit.

Pierogi are often served with melted butter, sour cream, fried bacon crumbles, sauteed mushrooms, and onions and/or green onion (this is the way I make the majority of my pierogi). The dessert variety, those filled with a fruit filling, can be enjoyed topped with applesauce, maple syrup, chocolate sauce and/or whipped cream.

The dessert variety, those filled with a fruit filling, can be enjoyed topped with applesauce, maple syrup, chocolate sauce and/or whipped cream.

It was the Eastern European immigrants that popularized pierogi in the United States.  At first, pierogi were a family food among the immigrants and were also found in ethnic restaurants; Freshly cooked pierogi became a staple fundraiser for ethnic churches in the post-World War II era.  By the 1960s, pierogi were being marketed for the frozen food aisles of grocery stores in many parts of the United States.

At first, pierogi were a family food among the immigrants and were also found in ethnic restaurants; Freshly cooked pierogi became a staple fundraiser for ethnic churches in the post-World War II era.  By the 1960s, pierogi were being marketed for the frozen food aisles of grocery stores in many parts of the United States.

By the 1960s, pierogi were being marketed for the frozen food aisles of grocery stores in many parts of the United States.

While pierogi are eaten as a main dish in other countries, Americans typically consider them to be a side dish.

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates hold a pierogi race at every home game.  Six pierogi costume-wearing runners (Potato Pete, Jalapeño Hannah, Cheese Chester, Sauerkraut Saul, Oliver Onion, and Bacon Burt) race to the finish line between innings.
  • Whiting, Indiana celebrates an annual Pierogi Fest each July.
  • Glendon, Alberta, Canada is home to a 6000-pound pierogi which stands 25 feet tall and is made of sturdy fiberglass and steel. Piercing the giant pierogi, which was built in 1991, is an equally giant fork.

Get together with the family and kids and get a little dirty making these starchy delights.

Here are a few recipes to get you going:

Homemade Pierogi

Pierogies

Dessert Pierogi

 

National Chess Day is observed on October 9th.

Chess is a strategic game between two competitors played on a checkered board containing 64 squares. Each player makes moves with 8 pieces each.  The objected of the game is to capture the opponent’s king through a series of strategic moves. When a king is captured, the game ends with checkmate.

The origins of chess are uncertain, but modern chess gained popularity during the Renaissance in Europe.  As complex as the game of chess is from the perspective of a checkered battlefield, it is even more so when considering the nuances of the social underpinnings of privilege, power, trust, rank, an advantage. Each maneuver plays out pawn by pawn, rook, and bishop until the last knight is standing. Until
checkmate!

National Chess Day was declared by President Ford on October 9th, 1976 as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration. More information can be found on this day due to the work of David Heiser.

For both professionals and amateurs, chess is a game that sharpens the mind, tests human faculties and encourages healthy competition. It has captivated the attention of players and specators world-wide and will continue to do so as long as competition and excellence challenge mankind. ~ President Gerald Ford ~ October 1976

If you know how to play then get the family together and teach the kids this great brain-building game.

 

National Cake Decorating Day is observed annually on October 10. Celebrate with a cake decorated for National Cake Decorating Day!

Many professional cake decorators started their careers as hobbyists. It allows you to express yourself in edible form.  We make or purchase decorated cakes for many of life’s events, from baptisms and birthdays to weddings and anniversaries. Decorated cakes help carry out the theme of any party or event.

It allows you to express yourself in edible form.  We make or purchase decorated cakes for many of life’s events, from baptisms and birthdays to weddings and anniversaries. Decorated cakes help carry out the theme of any party or event.

We make or purchase decorated cakes for many of life’s events, from baptisms and birthdays to weddings and anniversaries. Decorated cakes help carry out the theme of any party or event.

Decorated cakes help carry out the theme of any party or event.

Do you have a party or event coming where you need to make a cake?

Take this opportunity to practice making and decorating a cake or 2 with your kids. Could be a really fun time together.

 

National Fossil Day is observed annually on Wednesday of the second full week in October (11th).

This day was established to promote the scientific and educational values of fossils.

This nationwide celebration was first held on October 13, 2010, during Earth Science Week.

The National Park Service and over 270 partners, including museums, institutions, organizations and other groups hosted events across the United States allowing the public opportunities to learn more about the world’s fossil heritage.

Each year a new National Fossil Day logo is created depicting a prehistoric organism. The logos help to promote National Fossil Day and provide educational opportunities to share more information about fossils. The original National Fossil Day logo was created in 2010 and featured a fossil mammal known as the titanothere. In 2011, the marine reptile known as the mosasaur was used in the National Fossil Day logo. During 2012, the mammoth was featured in the annual logo. For 2013, a Paleozoic invertebrate known as the eurypterid is highlighted in the annual logo.

Each year a new National Fossil Day logo is created and is unveiled in mid-January on the event website. The new logo will highlight another interesting story related to the fossil record of life.

The 2015 National Fossil Day artwork features prehistoric mammal known as a chalicothere depicted in a Miocene prairie grassland.

In 2016, the National Fossil Day artwork features a saber-toothed cat, long-horned bison, and a condor – all Pleistocene (ice age) animals.

Take the kids to the museum and teach them a little about fossils and how they are formed.

 

A day of honor is very much deserved to all of the hard-working farmers.  National Farmer’s Day is observed annually on October 12th as a day for them and to pay tribute to all farmers throughout American history.

National Farmer’s Day was previously known as Old Farmer’s Day.

From very early in American culture, a farmer’s endless hard work has been an example to all of us, and on National Farmer’s Day, we thank them for their contributions to our economy.

There are some cities and towns across the United States that have their own versions of Farmer’s Day, with celebrations and festivals on various dates throughout the year.  Many of them are held in September and October.

October does seem fitting for celebrating National Farmer’s Day as it is near the end of the harvest.  Many farmers will be able to take a rest from their hard labor to join in the celebration of this holiday.

Involve your kids in thanking a farmer for the hard work they do to supply us with good nutritious food.

 

National Train Your Brain Day is observed annually on October 13.

This day was created to encourage everyone to expand and exercise their brain and use more of its potential capacity.  There are many different ways to train your mind and improve your cognitive skills such as reading, word puzzles, number games, brain teasers, trivia games, riddles and word games.  Learning something new is another practice that is a benefit to everyone’s brain on National Train Your Brain Day (as well as any other day).

When the question is asked to American scientists as to how much of the brain is used, the answer varies. However, many of them believe that it is only a small percentage and that there is room for expanded learning and knowledge within everyone.

Do some logic puzzles, brain teasers and riddles to train your brain. Also, test yourself with your children’s school work. See how much you remember. Get them to quiz YOU on this day.

 

People around the country indulge every October 14th on National Dessert Day!  Celebrated by way of the local bakery, grandma’s house or chocolate shop, National Dessert Day includes candies, pies, ice cream, fruits, cookies, pastries, cobblers, and donuts, too.

The available ingredients affect the range of desserts made in each region. The very first desserts required minimal effort or preparation since ancient cultures were more focused on the nutrition in foods to survive. Over the years, desserts have changed from natural candies and nuts to complex souffles and multi-layered cakes. In modern culture, there are many more options available in desserts.

Celebrate this sweet day by going out to a dessert shop or restaurant and indulge in a treat or try one of these delicious recipes.

Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
Chocolate Mint Cookies
Hot Fudge Ice Cream Bar
Lemon Cake

 

 

National Grouch Day is observed annually on October 15.  If you are a grouch today is your special day. According to Sesame Street Magazine, National Grouch Day was created for all grouches to celebrate their way of life. Sometimes grumps give backhanded compliments. “Your house looked horrible until you painted it.”  Other times they don’t give them at all.

Sometimes grumps give backhanded compliments. “Your house looked horrible until you painted it.”  Other times they don’t give them at all.  Noise, silence, general activity will make a grouch generally unpleasant.

A grouch is described as:
  • a person who complains frequently or constantly
  • a habitually irritable or complaining person

It seems that a grouch may be happy (although they would never admit it) only when others are unhappy and grouchy.

It is then that they feel most comfortable with having others share in their grumpy, cantankerous, surly world with them.

National Grouch Day would be a good time to send a grouch e-card and then ask a friend, whether they be a grouch or not, to come on over, sit back, share some popcorn, relax and watch the movie Grumpy Old Men!

This Sesame Street inspired holiday has been celebrated since at least 1976.

Do you have a grouch in your family? Celebrate this grouchy day by trying to cheer them up or at least make them smile.

 

National Dictionary Day is observed annually on October 16.

Celebrate by learning a little bit of dictionary history and about Noah Webster:

In 1806, American Noah Webster published his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language. In 1807 Webster began compiling an expanded and fully comprehensive dictionary, An American Dictionary of the English Language; it took twenty-seven years to complete. To evaluate the etymology of words, Webster learned twenty-six languages, including Old English (Anglo-Saxon), German, Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Arabic, and Sanskrit.

Webster completed his dictionary during his year abroad in Paris, France, at the University of Cambridge.  His book contained seventy thousand words, of which twelve thousand had never appeared in a published dictionary before.

As a spelling reformer, he believed that the English spelling rules were unnecessarily complex so in his dictionary he introduced American English spellings, replacing “colour” with “color”, substituting “wagon” for “waggon” and printing “center” instead of “centre”.  Webster also added American words such as “skunk” and “squash” that did not appear in British dictionaries.  He believed The United States “should be as independent in literature as she is in politics.”  Some of his changes didn’t catch on, however.  Dropping the silent “e” from the end of some words like the word imagine.

Webster took a more phonetic approach to the development of his dictionary.  Interestingly, the word didn’t appear when Webster published his dictionary in 1828 at the age of seventy. However, of the 70,000 entries, the word phonics is one. The dictionary sold 2500 copies. In 1840, the second edition was published in two volumes. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary is available online.  By entering the modern-day spelling, the website will produce Webster’s 1828 version.

Make a game with your kids. Think of words that are spelled in a silly way and look them up to see if they’ve always been sp[elled that way. Try to make up words that you don’t think are real and see what happens.

 

October 17th is National Pasta Day.

Pasta lovers celebrate!
Pasta is a type of noodle of traditional Italian cuisine, with the first reference dating to 1154 in Sicily and first attested in English in 1874. Typically, it is made from unleavened dough of durum wheat flour that is mixed with water or eggs and formed into sheets or various shapes. It can then be served fresh or dried to be stored for later use.
The versatility of pasta lends it to sweet and savory dishes.  It can be featured as the main dish, a light, fresh side or even the anticipated rich finish as the dessert.
Fresh pasta was originally produced by hand but, today, many varieties of fresh pasta are commercially produced by large-scale machines and the products are widely available in supermarkets.
  • Dried and fresh pasta come in a number of shapes and varieties.
  • There are 310 specific forms known variably by over 1300 names having been recently documented.
  • In Italy, names of specific pasta shapes or types vary with locale.
  • Example:  Cavatelli is known by 28 different names depending on the region and town.

Learn more about pasta from the National Pasta Association at http://ilovepasta.org/

 

 

National Chocolate Cupcake Day is observed annually on October 18. With a dollop of frosting, one sweet serving will satisfy chocolate and dessert lovers!

Cupcakes have also been known to be called:

  • Fairy Cakes
  • Patty Cakes
  • Cup Cakes (different from Cupcakes (one-word)

Cupcakes can be traced back to 1796 when there was a recipe notation of “a cake to be baked in small cups” written in American Cookery, by Amelia Simmons.  The earliest known documentation of the term cupcake was in 1828 in Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats in Eliza Leslie’s Receipts cookbook.

Cupcakes were originally baked in heavy pottery cups.  Today, some bakers still use individual ramekins, small coffee mugs, large teacups, or other small ovenproof pottery-type dishes for baking their cupcakes.

To celebrate National Chocolate Cupcake Day, try one of the following tempting recipes while watching an episode of the Food Network reality-based competition show, Cupcake Wars.

Cream Cheese Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Do you have a seafood lover in the family? Anyone that doesn’t particularly like seafood? Get them onboard with National Seafood Bisque Day is observed annually on October 19. Seafood lovers celebrate by enjoying a bowl of tasty soup made from the catch of the day!

Seafood bisque is a smooth, creamy and highly-seasoned soup of French origin.   Based on a strained broth of crustaceans, it is made from lobster, crab, shrimp or crayfish.

The name “Bisque” is likely derived from Biscay, as in Bay of Biscay. However, the crustaceans are certainly bis cuites, meaning “twice cooked”, as they are first sauteed lightly in their shells, then simmered in wine or cognac and aromatic herbs before being strained.

To celebrate National Seafood Bisque Day, try one of the following Seafood Bisque recipes or take the family out to your favorite seafood restaurant.

Elegant Seafood Bisque
Simple Seafood Bisque

 

Let’s get a day for the parents to relax and enjoy. National Brandied Fruit Day is observed annually on October 20.

Brandied fruit is fresh, sweet fruit that is soaked in brandy and sugar, which is then used as a topping on pies, cake or ice cream. Brandy, which has been around since about the 12th century, is distilled from fermented fruit.

To celebrate National Brandied Fruit Day, enjoy one of the following recipes:

 

Each year on October 21, people across the nation observe National Reptile Awareness Day.  Created not only for reptile lovers to celebrate, but National Reptile Awareness Day also promotes education, conservation, and appreciation for reptiles. It is a day to learn about their natural habitats and the ecological threats that they are facing.

A reptile is any amniote (lay their eggs on land or retain the fertilized egg within the mother) that is neither a mammal nor a bird, is cold-blooded, has scales or scutes (thick bony or horny plates which form the dermal layer of such reptiles).  There are more than 10,000 species of reptiles.

Take the kids to the zoo to see some reptiles or do some research on them and have some fun coloring these reptile pages.

 

 

National Color Day is observed annually on October 22.  Color has the power to affect a mood, draw attention, even cause alarm.

It is hard to imagine the world without color. Without color, we would nearly be blind.  Doctors check for health through the color of a patient’s skin.

On a cool late summer morning, sparkling frost and leaves changing from green to vermillion signal a change of seasons.

A flush of color in the cheeks of friend sends a cue of her embarrassment.

The street light turns from green to yellow, to red.

Color accents our homes and feeds our creativity, allows us to express ourselves.

Open a box of crayons or watercolors and artists of any age loose themselves in a world of their own creation for hours.

Different colors are perceived to mean different things. Following is one rendition of perceived meaning of the various colors in the United States.

  • Red:  Excitement – Love – Strength
  • Yellow:  Competence – Happiness
  • Green:  Good Taste – Envy – Relaxation
  • Blue:  Corporate – High Quality
  • Pink: Sophistication – Sincerity
  • Violet/Purple:  Authority – Power
  • Brown:  Ruggedness – earth
  • Black:  Grief – Fear
  • White: Happiness – Purity

Encourage the family to dress in their favorite bright colors today and admire all the wonderful colors around you.

 

National Boston Cream Pie Day is observed annually on October 23.  Let’s celebrate the cake with an identity crisis! Boston Cream Pie is a chocolate frosted, custard filled cake that is loved by millions.

In 1856, at Boston’s Parker House Hotel, Armenian-French chef M. Sanzian created this pudding and cake combination which comprises two layers of sponge cake filled with vanilla flavored custard or creme patisserie.  The cake is then topped with a chocolate glaze, such as a ganache or sometimes powdered sugar and a cherry.

In 1996, Massachusetts declared the Boston Cream Pie as their official dessert.

Celebrate National Boston Creme Pie Day with a slice of homemade Boston Creme Pie made from one of the following recipes:

Boston Cream Pie
Outrageous Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes
Boston Cream Pie Minis
Boston Cream Poke Cake

 

Each year on October 24, people across the nation make a sandwich to take part in National Bologna Day.  This would be a good day to have a bologna sandwich for lunch.

  • Sometimes spelled baloney (as it is pronounced), Bologna has been one of the more popular luncheon meats for decades.
  • Favorite bologna sandwich garnishes are mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, cheese, lettuce, pickles, tomato, and onion.
  • Bologna is derived from and is somewhat similar to the Italian mortadella (a finely hashed/ground port sausage) that originated in Bologna, Italy.
  • United States government regulations require American bologna to be finely ground and without visible pieces of lard.
  • Bologna can alternatively be made out of chicken, turkey, beef, pork, venison or soy protein.
  • Bologna Bowl – When a slice of bologna is heated, the fat renders and the round slice takes the shape of a bowl which may be filled with cheese or other fillings.

There is a variety of different types of bologna:

German Bologna
Kosher or halal bologna
Lebanon bologna
Lauantaimakkara
Rag bologna
South African polony
Vegetarian

To celebrate National Bologna Day, encourage your family to try something new and enjoy one of  these bologna recipes:

Fried Bologna Casserole
Fried Bologna, Egg on Challah Bread with an American Cheese Rarebit Sauce
Big Daddy’s Prize Winning Bologna Sandwich
Barbecued Bologna

 

Those watching the scale beware. Augment the diet for National Greasy Foods Day on October 25th.

Although not the healthiest of choices, every once in awhile it is okay to enjoy some greasy food.  From fried chicken, pizza, nachos, and french fries to bacon and hash brown potatoes, we all like a treat in our regular diet.

Cooking oil types include:

Olive oil – Palm oil – Soybean oil – Canola oil – Pumpkin oil – Corn oil – Sunflower oil – Safflower oil – Peanut oil – Grapeseed oil – Sesame oil – Agran oil – Rice bran oil – Other vegetable oils – Butter and lard.

Oil may be flavored with aromatic flavorings such as herbs, chilies or garlic.

Greasy foods can be prepared with healthier oils and with much less than normal amounts of oil used when cooking, making them much healthier choices.

Indulge yourself a little with some greasy foods. You could try some of these recipes:

Perfect French Fries

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Skillet Fried Chicken

 

 

We recognize a favored autumn decoration and food on October 26th that is used in a variety of recipes, competitions, and festivals. It’s National Pumpkin Day!

By October 26th, we are in a frenzy of pumpkin obsession. We cannot wait for the big November holiday for pumpkin pie.  No siree, we need pumpkin ev-ery-thing! (We already know how I feel about this) Bars, cookies, coffee, cheesecake, pasta and oatmeal.

Pumpkin Chunkin’, pumpkin patches, festivals, bake-offs and television specials. Let’s not forget jack-o-lantern carving, too! This fruit grabs American’s attention.

As it should be.  This squash is native to  North America. The oldest evidence of pumpkin-related seeds dates back to somewhere between 7000 and 5500 BC to seeds found in Mexico.

Within recent years, white pumpkins have become more popular in the United States.

The United States produces 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins, with Illinois producing more than any other state.

Go out to your favorite Pumpkin patch and pick a few good sized pumpkins and enjoy one of the following recipes:

Pumpkin Lasagna
Savory Pumpkin Raviolo
Pumpkin Pudding

Or you could try your hand at carving those pumpkins with these tutorials:

How to carve a pumpkin

How to carve the perfect Halloween Pumpkin

 

 

October 27 may be National Black Cat Day, but it is all about celebrating the beauty of these sleek creatures.

 

 

While this time of year black cats may decorate many thresholds for Halloween and windows for spooky decor, these felines deserve the love and attention just as much as their tabby counterparts.

Old notions have given these furry critters a bad reputation.  National Black Cat Day is about turning that reputation around.

If you are a cat lover and considering adopting, don’t overlook the ebony to go with your ivory.

Knock those irrational fears to the door and open your home to the dark side!

Cats Protection, an animal charity in the United Kingdom, founded National Black Cat Day to raise awareness concerning the lower rates of adoption for black cats.

Show the kids that cats, especially black cats, can be very nice and sweet.

 

 

National Make A Difference Day is an annual community service event which is held on the fourth Saturday in October.

Millions of people have united in the common mission to improve the lives of others.

USA Weekend is a national weekend newspaper magazine which is distributed through more than 800 newspapers in the United States and published by Gannett Company as a sister publication to USA Today.  USA Weekend’s focus is on social issues, entertainment, health, food and travel. USA Weekend, along with Points of Light, have been sponsoring National Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of community service, for more than twenty years.

National Make a Difference Day was created in 1992 by USA WEEKEND magazine and joined by Points of Light.  Together they have sponsored the largest national day of community service for more than twenty years.

Get the whole family involved and do what you can to make a difference.

 

National Oatmeal Day is observed annually on October 29th. This is a day to enjoy one of America’s favorite breakfast foods. 

There are many health benefits to eating oatmeal.

  • A bowl of oatmeal daily can lower cholesterol.
  • It may reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • It may reduce your risk for cancer. (according to the American Cancer Society, eating a diet high in fiber may help reduce your risk for cancer)
  • Oatmeal is low in fat.
  • Oatmeal is low in calories.
  • Oatmeal is a good source iron and fiber.

Some favorite oatmeal toppings include brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, nuts, and granola.

Oatmeal has a long tradition in the state of Vermont which originated within the Scottish settlement.  Although there were many variations, most oatmeal recipes began with steel cut oats.

The oats were soaked overnight in cold water, salt and maple syrup. Early the next morning, the cook would add ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon and, occasionally, ground ginger.  The pot was then placed over heat and cooked for approximately 90 minutes. The oatmeal was served steaming hot with cream, milk or butter. 

The Quaker Man is one of the oldest advertising mascots in America.  He was registered by the Quaker Oats company as the first trademark for a breakfast cereal in 1877.

Enjoy a nice bowl of oatmeal this morning.

 

National Candy Corn Day is observed annually on October 30th.

Candy Corn was created by George Renninger of Wunderle Candy Company in the late 1800s. He created this sweet treat to represent the bright colors of corn kernels.   Originally, Candy Corn was yellow, orange and white, but it has become popular in other colors as well.

This confection was originally made by hand using corn syrup, sugar, water, marshmallows, fondant and carnauba wax (a wax made from the leaves of a palm tree), but it is now produced using machines.  The original ingredients are still used in the recipe.

Whether you want to go whip up a batch or go and purchase a bag, go and enjoy National Candy Corn Day.

Homemade Candy Corn

 

 

On October 31st ghouls and goblins, creatures and strange folk come creeping about the neighborhood seeking favors over trickery. This holiday tradition has become known as Halloween.

Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted house attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories and watching horror films.

In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular.

Although, in other locations, these solemn customs are less pronounced in favor of a more commercialized and secularized celebration.

Because many Western Christian denominations encourage, although no longer require, abstinence from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, the tradition of eating certain vegetarian foods for this vigil day developed, including the consumption of apples, colcannon, cider, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.

Dating back to an ancient pagan harvest festival marking the end of summer and beckoning the beginning of winter, seasons overlapped during Samhain (pronounced sah-win) and revelers believed the worlds of the living and the dead crossed. To interact with the spirits, the living would wear costumes and light bright bonfires to help protect them.

To interact with the spirits, the living would wear costumes and light bright bonfires to help protect them.

Similar celebrations honoring the dead took place in Roman traditions which were gradually blended and soon replaced the Celtic ceremonies.  All Martyrs Day established by Pope Boniface IV in 609 A.D. was eventually moved by Pope Gregory III to November 1 which later became known as All Saint’s Day. The eve of this celebration became known as All Hallows Eve or Halloween.

Through the Colonial era in America, Halloween celebrations were considered taboo due to religious beliefs. By the Victorian era, though, Halloween traditions featured fall festivals,

 

By the Victorian era, though, Halloween traditions featured fall festivals, parties, and foods involving communities and neighborhoods.

 

I hope everyone has a happy and safe October. Be especially careful while you’re out celebrating your Halloween festivities.

Let me know in the comments what days you will plan to celebrate this October.

Share this with your Fall loving friends and family.

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.

9 Best Cleaning Tips for Busy Parents

Guest Post by John Stuart of dailypoppins.co.uk

9 Best Cleaning Tips for Busy Parents

Having one child (or more) is oftentimes a full-time job. You have to prepare three meals every day, help with homework, plan weekend activities, and run errands all the while keeping your home clean and comfortable. It seems impossible to be able to achieve all of these things and still get eight hours of sleep every day. But, in fact, it’s not impossible!

As soon as you find a routine that you are comfortable with, you will discover that things run smoother, you are more efficient, and your kids are happier. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of hand-picked, tested and tried cleaning tips. Not all of them will work for everyone, but you will definitely find a few that stand out from the crowd and suit your lifestyle, needs, and preferences.

1. Take the Time to Clean 10 Minutes a Day Every Day

Do you want to know the best way to keep your house clutter-free and make it easier to clean at the end of the week? It’s by cleaning a few minutes each day. You can easily stay on top of things if you allow ten minutes for tidying up in the morning or in the evening.

Not only will your house look impeccable and ready to receive guests at a moment’s notice, you will also have to work less on weekend cleaning sessions. To make it easier, you can use a printable home cleaning schedule that contains daily cleaning tasks for the entire house and you can assign some of them to your kids.

2. Declutter, Donate, Recycle

If you’re in the habit of keeping old items lying around the house just to gather dust, it’s high time you decluttered your house. The fewer things you have, the less time you have to spend cleaning.

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As a busy parent, you want to prioritize your tasks and spend as much time with your kids as possible. Once you have decluttered, donated or recycled the unwanted or unnecessary items in your household, you will have more room for activities, plants or new toys.

3. Don’t Feel Afraid to Ask for Help

Whether you are an employed or a stay-at-home parent, you should never be embarrassed to ask for help or reach out for professional services. We all need help from time to time. Whether you choose to book professional home cleaning services, a nanny or someone to tend to the pool and the lawn, always do what’s in your family’s best interest.

4. Get Your Children Involved

As a child yourself you might have had specific household chores you had to fulfill every day or every week. You can use the same technique with your kids and get them involved in cleaning the house and keeping it tidy. Their assignments can vary according to their age. From simple tasks of gathering the toys and putting them in their place for two-year-olds, to cleaning the closets or doing the laundry for 12-year-olds.

Cleaning does not have to be seen solely as the parents’ (or mom’s) job. Children can pitch in and start contributing from early ages. Not only do they help keep their room spic and span, they also learn a valuable lesson about responsibility and tidiness. Having a printable calendar with their chores will help them stay organized, become efficient and self-sufficient.

5. Clean Green

Cleaning products like sprays, waxes, powders, and gels are not only expensive but they are also harmful to the environment and for your health. It’s a common misconception that you need a different product to clean different surfaces in your house when, in reality, you don’t.

Having a single DIY product to clean with all around the house will make cleaning faster. In addition, the kids can help without you worrying they will come in contact with chemicals that can burn their skin or irritate their eyes.

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At the same time, ditch paper towels and start using cotton towels or old shirts repurposed as rags. Paper towels are not only expensive, but they also create waste. Replace them with microfiber cloths that are multipurpose and come in handy in every room whether it’s to clean up spillages, to dust the shelves or to wipe down the kitchen counters.

6. Multitask While You’re on the Phone or Watching a TV Show

Busy parents have a rough time trying to stay on top of meal prep, play time, and cleaning the house. Once you master the art of multitasking, you will be able to kill two birds with one stone.

If you have weekly calls with family or friends (on the phone or on skype) use a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones. This allows you to walk around the house while you’re on the phone, putting things back in their place, dusting the books or cleaning the kitchen sink. What is more, preparing breakfast or dinner and cleaning up afterward won’t seem such a tedious chore if you watch your favorite YouTuber or TV show while washing the dishes.

7. Complete a Job as Soon as You See It

If you’re a busy mom or dad you know how tempting it is to postpone certain chores. Why do the dishes now when you can do them tomorrow morning before dropping the kids off at school? Of course, when the time comes, you might find something better to do and the pile of dirty dishes will just grow higher and higher.

Getting in the habit of cleaning as you go will make your life much easier. A tidy house is more welcoming, relaxing, and healthy for you and your kids. By making an extra effort to complete a job as soon as you see it, you are helping your future self-be more relaxed and organized. A good trick is to never leave a room empty-handed. Are you getting up from the living room sofa and headed to the kitchen? Grab dirty glasses, used napkins, and food leftovers and take them with you. Are you going from your bedroom into the bathroom? Take your hand cream and body lotion and put them back in their place. Once you start abiding by this rule you will notice your house will remain tidier and more organized with less effort from your part.

8. Establish a Place for Each Item in the House

Take the time to find a dedicated home for all of your items, especially your kids’ toys. It will become much easier to have a neat home that is organized and clean at all times. This way, when you are cleaning or tidying up, you will know exactly where to put your laptop bag, the Kindle charger, your sunglasses, or your kid’s vast Lego brick collection. As a result, you will not spend any energy on moving things aimlessly from one drawer to another.

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9. Clean Your Entire House on a Friday

Most of us are in the habit of cleaning on weekend days. If you are a busy parent with a full-time job, this makes sense. But do you really want to spend your free time cleaning around the house? Wouldn’t you want to wake up on a Saturday to a clean, tidy house and indulge in the activities that you truly love?

To achieve this, try to clean the house on Friday evenings. The whole family can pitch in and the tasks can be finished in one hour if you follow the rule mentioned in the first tip of this article. To make your efforts worth it, treat yourself, your partner and your kids with take-out food like pizza or ice-cream for dinner. This can easily become a ritual that doesn’t necessarily have to be tedious and time-consuming but fun and fast.

 

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.

Crazy Easy Organizing Tips for the Busy Mom

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We all have that one (or more) area of our house where we sort of throw random stuff. Maybe it’s a junk drawer, closet, or a corner of a room. We tend to forget about those things and then it gets so big that we feel overwhelmed.

I have gathered a list of really great organizing tips that will tackle your clutter and make your house feel more like a home again.

 

Crazy Easy Organizing Tips

These are in no particular order. Just some tips I’ve seen online and other things that have helped me through the years to be better organized.

-First of all, figure out what part of the house you need to start first. That is the hardest part.

-Store cans on their sides in your pantry with these racks

-stretch freezer space with inexpensive plastic bins

 

 

-Shopping bags in old tissue boxes

-To save space in your closet double and triple your hangers with can tabs

– Organize your hair dryer, straightener, and hair brushes with magazine holders

-Use cd holders in your container cabinet to hold the lids neatly

-Use clear plastic boxes to organize crayons, pens, and markers for your kid’s homework area

-Use on the door racks for EVERYTHING (great for spices and cans in the pantry)

-Bag up bath toys

-Use a picture frame as a dry erase board (Dry Erase Picture Frame)

-Use hanging file holders for gift bags and wrap

-And use bag holders for wrapping paper

-Get a few of these cube organizers for your kid’s rooms (they can organize shoes, sweaters, toys or books)

-Add flair to your entry way with a simple but elegant bowl on a small table to catch your keys, pocket change, and mail.

-Use a dish rack to make a coloring station for your little ones (put the coloring books in the slots and some pencils or markers in the utensil holder)

-make a point of putting things away as soon as you are finished with them

-Use votive candle holders for toothpicks or q-tips and slightly larger ones for cotton swabs

-Set a timer for 10 minutes, quickly remove clothes that you absolutely no longer want from your closet

-Have someone to help on the organizing projects that are too heavy, too emotional, or too time-consuming.

-In your bedroom, eliminate anything that isn’t related to dressing, sleeping, or relaxation. Relocate items to other rooms or closets. Add fresh flowers or a candle.

 

I hope you get some useful information from this list of organizing tips. It’s very difficult in our busy lives to keep every thing neat and organized. It has been said that clutter causes anxiety and depression.

What do you do in your home to keep things organized and tidy?

Let me know in the comments and share this post with your somewhat unorganized friends.

organizing tips for busy moms

 

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.

The Stuff I loved: August Favorites

“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer”

Helen Hunt Jackson

I have come to the realization that I may need to make a post solely for the Twitter status’ I like for the month.These monthly posts have become increasingly Twitter filled with a little bit of Instagram and some other random stuff.

Anyway, here are the internet things I’ve been liking on this month.

The Stuff I Loved: August Favorites

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Yea, I hate almost anything Pumpkin! The only pumpkin flavored thing I like is Pie and MAYBE cheesecake but that is where I draw the line!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39 Tweets!!! I need a life 🙂

 

Moving on…

 

INSTAGRAM

 

 

 

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A post shared by Jessica Young (@jessicalillianyoung) on

 

 

 

 

 

 

So true. Via @mamasdoody – go follow her!

A post shared by Kate Hall (@katewhinehall) on

 

I do this ALL of the time! Can’t be good for the bladder :/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, a few Facebook pages I’ve liked this month.

 

FACEBOOK

Shay it ain’t so

Mrs. New Mom MTL

Motivation for Mommy

 

Next, I have some great Pinterest boards for the coming Fall season that I just love. Also, check out this post I did last year around this time on some great Fall decor using Gourds. Gourd Crafts and Recipes

PINTEREST

Fall Decorating

Fall Y’all

Fall Tips & Tricks

FALLING for Autumn

Holiday – Halloween & Fall Crafts and Decor

Seasons: Fall Crafts and Decorating Seasons: Fall Crafts and Decorating

FALL RECIPES

 

 

So this has been the list of my August favorites on social media and beyond.

I hope you have enjoyed these posts as much as I have.

Let me know what social media you have been loving this past month. I love to see what everyone likes these days.

 

Have a wonderful week!

 

August favorites

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.

September National Days: New and Interesting Activities

This is my second favorite post I blog about every month. I really enjoy researching the National Days and choosing which ones for each day (there are at least three different for every day) would be good for a fun family activity or lesson.

This month did not disappoint. There are so many fun things to do in September.

 

I am completely in love with the first of September National Days! And here is why….

September 1st is…

National Lazy Mom’s Day!

Moms around the country view this day in different ways.  The majority view the day as a holiday from laundry, dishes, car pools and bathroom cleaning.  Take a break.  Delegate the chores. Place a moratorium on family feuds. That’s how moms celebrate National Lazy Mom’s Day. Well, that’s how I am going to celebrate this year. Or, at least, I’m going to try.

 

National Blueberry Popsicle Day is observed annually on September 2nd.  Whether you decide to purchase a box of blueberry-flavored Popsicles or make your own, it’s sure to be a tasty treat!

Popsicles were invented in 1905 by an 11-year old boy named Frank Epperson.  One day he left a glass of a fruit-flavored drink with a stirring stick on his porch.  When he woke the next morning, unusually frigid temperatures froze beverage solid – hence the beginning of the Popsicle!

 

Each year league bowlers across the United States recognize U.S. Bowling League Day on September 3rd.

Primarily an outdoor sport until around 1840, bowling was called the game of ninepins and popular with gamblers. To snuff out the gambling, the state of Connecticut banned the game in 1841 which led the newly indoor lane owners to add one pin to their alleys to circumvent the law.

Clubs tried organizing and creating set rules, but it wasn’t until 1895 when the American Bowling Congress came together at Beethoven Hall in New York City. The American Bowling Congress established a maximum score of 300 which still stands today. Other rules, such as lane length, widths, and distances between pins were also determined.

Today, leagues of men, women and mixed teams of all ages play in bowling competitions around the world. Weekly league bowling is a great social outing as well as great physical activity.

 

National Wildlife Day is observed annually on September 4th.

National Wildlife Day is an opportunity to learn more about endangered species, preservation and conservation efforts around the world.  Zoos, aviaries, and marine sanctuaries provide a variety of ways to get involved.  From participating in presentations and volunteering to fundraise for rehabilitation services, these facilities have something for everyone to learn.

Colleen Paige, a Pet Lifestyle Expert, and author founded National Wildlife Day in 2005 in memory of wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin.  The day serves to bring global awareness and education concerning the number of endangered animals and the need for conservation and preservation.

 

On September 5th, one of the most popular varieties of pizzas gets its day of honor.  Hold the toppings, please. It’s National Cheese Pizza Day!

  • In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs, and cheese which some believe is the beginning of the “pizza”.
  • In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled â€œÏ€ÎŻÏ„Î±â€, pita, meaning pie. 
  • A sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves was developed by the Romans.
  • The modern pizza had its beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
  • The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant which was produced in the surroundings of Naples.
  • It was estimated that the annual production of pizza cheese in the United States in 1997 was 2 billion pounds.
  • The first United States pizza establishment opened in 1905 was in New York’s Little Italy.
  • Pizza has become one of America’s favorite meals.

Order up or bake up your own cheese pizza to celebrate National Cheeze Pizza Day!

Enjoy these cheese pizza recipes:

Easy Cheese Pizza
Zucchini Goat Cheese Pizza 

 

National Read A Book Day is observed annually on September 6th.  On August 9th, we all celebrated National Book Lovers Day.  While these bookish days may seem similar, National Read a Book Day invites us ALL to grab a book we might enjoy and spend the day reading.

Don’t keep it to yourself.  Share the experience!  Read aloud either to children or to grandparents.  Read to your pets or to your stuffed animals and plants.

Reading improves memory and concentration as well as reduces stress.   Older adults who spend time reading show a slower cognitive decline and tend to participate in more mentally stimulating activities over their lifetime.  Books are an inexpensive entertainment, education and time machine, too!

Sit back, relax and read a book.

National Acorn Squash Day is observed annually on September 7th.  This day celebrates the food holiday of a winter squash that is also known to some as a pepper squash.

Even though it is considered a winter squash, acorn squash belongs to the same species as all summer squashes including zucchini and yellow crookneck squash.

The acorn squash that is dark green, often with a splotch of orange on its side or top, is the most common variety. However, there are newer varieties including the Golden Acorn and the White Acorn.  They can also be variegated in color.

The shape of the squash resembles that of its name, an acorn.  They usually weigh between one to two pounds and are generally between four and seven inches long.  Acorn squash is a hardy squash that keeps for several months when stored in a cool, dry location.

Prepared in different ways for consumption, the acorn squash can be baked, microwaved, sautéed or steamed.  It is often stuffed with rice, meat, cheeses or vegetable mixtures.  The seeds of the squash can be toasted much like pumpkin seeds.

Acorn squash is a good source of dietary fiber and potassium and also has some vitamin C and B, magnesium and manganese.

To celebrate National Acorn Squash Day, enjoy one of these acorn squash recipes:

Roasted Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing
Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash
Basic Roasted Acorn Squash

 

Who doesn’t love the fun & functional ampersand? From jotting a shorthand “and” to branding corporate names, this curly, quirky little character is ubiquitously useful. It’s also quite aesthetic, as you’ll see at AmperArt.com, featuring “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art.”

National Ampersand Day was founded by designer & typographer Chaz DeSimone in 2015. His monthly design project, AmperArt, features “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art.”

To acknowledge & applaud this great little glyph, National Ampersand Day is observed annually on September 8th.

DID YOU KNOW


The ampersand used to be the last letter of the alphabet?
The ampersand is a ligature of “e” & “t”? That’s “et” in Latin, meaning “and.”
The word “ampersand” is a slurring of “real words” run together over time?
The plus sign is actually an ampersand?

Celebrate National Ampersand Day by having fun with the ampersand:

Use lots & lots of ampersands!
Substitute “&” for “and” in everything you write.
Think of syllable replacements such as &roid, c&elabra, b&.
Send friends whose names contain “and” a special note — &y, &rea, Alex&er, Gr&ma.
Design new styles of ampersands. (Remember, the ampersand represents the letters “et.”)
Visit AmperArt.com.

 

 

National Teddy Bear Day is observed annually on September 9th.  We have all had a special cuddly teddy as a child.  Some of us still have our teddy bear from our childhood.  Whether or not you still have your childhood teddy, today is the perfect day to celebrate your childhood friend!

In 1902, American President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub while hunting in Mississippi.  This incident made national news. Clifford Berryman published a cartoon of the event in the Washington Post on November 16th, 1902.  The caricature became an instant classic.

The Berryman cartoon of Teddy Roosevelt and the cub inspired New York store owner Morris Michtom to create a new toy.  Morris Michtom wrote President Roosevelt to ask permission to name the new toy a “Teddy Bear”.

 

National Swap Ideas Day, which is observed annually on September 10th, encourages us to share creative or helpful ideas with someone and trade them for their ideas in return.

Swapping ideas today does not have to be done on a one-on-one basis.  It would be fun for a group of people to get together and share ideas.  People could share their thoughts and concepts and also learn from each other, while gathered in a social grouping.

Groups of people benefit from the skills of others, and the energy of brainstorming compounds the efforts of the entire team.  Often an idea shared by one person generates two or even three new concepts within the group creating opportunities for everyone.

Throughout the day, make sure to swap your ideas with others.

 

National Make Your Bed Day is observed annually on September 11th.

Do you want to get a better night’s sleep?  According to the National Sleep Foundation, making your bed can help improve your sleep by reducing the amount of tossing, turning, and restlessness which in return, can be good for your health.

A great night’s sleep can dependon the comfort you feel in your bedroom environment. – National Sleep Foundation

At a Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, participants learn that the sleep environment is a major component to a restful night’s sleep. In a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, people who make their bed daily more often have a better night’s sleep.  Fresh sheets, dark and cool rooms, and comfortable mattresses and pillows also play a factor in mastering sleep comfort.

Make your bed. If not in the routine of making your bed, use National Make Your Bed Day as an opportunity to start this healthy habit.  Encourage the entire family, especially small children, as creating healthful habits early in life can last a lifetime.

 

The second Tuesday in September (12th) of each year is National Ants On A Log Day.  This day recognizes this iconic and healthy food snack enjoyed by millions of people across the USA and around the world.

Ants on a log is a snack made by spreading peanut butter on celery and placing raisins on top.  The snack name was first used in the 1950s.  The typical peanut butter version of ants on a log is recommended as a healthy snack by the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Early September is a time when kids are headed back to school and more importantly, back to studying. To keep them (and their parents) fueled with brain food is an important tool for staying focused.  The designation is to celebrate and encourage healthy snacking using one of the most iconic treats that both old and new generations enjoy.

 

National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day is observed on September 13th.

Kids and teens across the country are called to take over their kitchens on this day using their favorite recipes and make a meal for their family!  (Adult supervision and assistance as required for the younger bakers and chefs in the house!)

The objective of this mission of the Young Chefs Academy (YCA) is to empower kids and teens to become more actively involved in the planning, preparation, and cooking of meals.  The YCA is fostering family bonds and actively fighting the battle against the many serious health and social issues related to youth’s eating habits in today’s time.

Try one of these kid-friendly recipes to get your children cooking!

Herbed Chicken Nuggets
Yogurt Sundaes

 

National Live Creative Day is observed annually on September 14.  Let the world see your creativity on National Live Creative Day!

To Live Creative allows for the exploration of imagination.  Celebrate National Live Creative Day by taking the time to invent, discover and dream. Infusing creativity in our lives through a variety a media from painting and graphic art to music and gardening all have an impact on our lives. By expressing our passions and living creative lives, we experience the world.

Stepping into the Live Creative world includes a boundless sense of freedom. Rules tend to fall away when the imagination is unleashed. Authors and artists have long suspended reality in support of their work, to the satisfaction of their imagination. They live creative.

We don’t have to be a master sculptor to Live Creative. Blending a dash of creative into moments of our everyday life can have a powerful effect. Simply being exposed to the arts inspires ideas at home and in the workplace.  Renewing a hobby reduces stress just by being purely enjoyable.  Teaching someone else the craft nurtures personal expression and offers an opportunity to see the world through another’s eyes.

Challenge yourself to start your own Live Creative initiative.

National Live Creative Day was submitted by Creative Promotional Products in April of 2016.  The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared it will be observed annually on September 14.

Creative Promotional Products was founded in 1994 and has started an initiative called Live Creative.  They are a creative company with creative employees, and they want their lives to show that Creativity – they want everyone to show their creativity. Their tagline is Live Creative – This is the year you can change your world!

 

Observed annually on September 15th, National Linguine Day is a favorite of young and old alike.

From the Liguria region of Italy, linguine means “little tongues” in Italian. Made from durum semolina flour, linguine is one of the world’s oldest kinds of pasta. Fettuccine and linguine developed around 400 years ago.  While both are thin, flat noodles, linguine is more narrow and elliptical in shape causing it to be a more delicate pasta.  As a result, linguine is paired with thinner, lighter sauces.

Enjoy these delicious linguine recipes

Linguine with Clam Sauce
Chicken and Onions Over Linguine

On the third Saturday in September (16th), National CleanUp Day encourages all of us to take action to make the entire country a better place to live. Just think, what if everyone just picked up one piece of litter?
From coast to coast, organizations and individuals alike join forces to clean up parks, trails, beaches, mountains, and open spaces.

Outdoor spaces that are free of trash and litter are a more enjoyable experience for everyone. Preservation of our forefathers’ legacy is up to all of us.

Litter, debris, and trash mar the beauty of our natural landscapes. National CleanUp Day puts litter in its place – in the trash and recycle bins. National CleanUp Day provides an opportunity to make those messes right and give the landscape a fresh, clean sweep! Communities, corporations, civic organizations, parks and recreation departments and private citizens will all be uniting together to make National CleanUp Day a success.

By participating on this special day, you will be helping to send a message to your communities that you care about keeping our natural surrounding clean throughout the year. Won’t you join us to make your community beautiful?

Create a team or just bring a friend to remove litter from your favorite outdoor spaces. Spread the word! Join in and be part of the solution. Use #NationalCleanUpDay or #SeaToShiningSea to share on social media.

National CleanUp Day was founded to celebrate the importance of uniting to care for our outdoor spaces and remove litter so our trails, parks, and community spaces remain pleasant and unmarred by waste.

Donations to National CleanUp Day may be tax deductible through our partnership with Clean Trails, a national 501(c)3 non-profit.

Social Media and Contact Us
www.NationalCleanUpDay.org
www.Facebook.com/nationalCleanUpDay
www.instagram.com/nationalCleanUpDay
www.twitter.com/nationalCleanUp

Phone: 720.985.8600
Email: info@nationalcleanupday.org

 

National Apple Dumpling Day is observed annually on September 17th.  These delicious filled pastries are typically made by putting cored and peeled apples on a piece of dough, sprinkling them with cinnamon and sugar, then folding the dough over the apples to form a dumpling.  The dumplings are then oven baked until tender.

Apple dumplings are believed to be native to the northeastern United States, around Pennsylvania.  Often found among the delicious Amish recipes, it is frequently eaten as a breakfast item. However, they are also regularly eaten as a dessert and sometimes served with ice cream.

Perhaps you can enjoy eating some apple dumplings while watching the 1975 Walt Disney movie, The Apple Dumpling Gang. 

Celebrate by enjoying the following recipes for breakfast, snack or dessert!

Mountain Dew Apple Dumpling
Apple Dumpling Cake

America’s favorite sandwich is honored on September 18th with a slice of cheese.  It’s National Cheeseburger day!

There are many theories to the beginning of the cheeseburger dating back to the 1920s.  One story suggests that Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have invented the cheeseburger in 1926 while working at his father’s Pasadena, California sandwich shop, The Rite Spot.  During an experiment, he dropped a slice of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger.

There are other claims of the invention of the cheeseburger:

  • A cheeseburger appeared on a 1928 menu at O’Dell’s, a Los Angeles restaurant, which listed a cheeseburger, smothered with chili, for 25 cents.
  • Kaelin’s Restaurant – Louisville, Kentucky says it invented the cheeseburger in 1934.
  • Denver, Colorado – 1935 – A trademark for the name “cheeseburger” was awarded to Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In.
  • According to its archives, Gus Belt, founder of Steak n’ Shake, applied for a trademark on the word “cheeseburger” in the 1930s.

To celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, gather some friends together, and grill up some burgers – with cheese, of course!

or
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Enjoy one of these tasty recipes:

Perfect Bacon Cheeseburgers
Family Friendly Stuffed Cheeseburgers
Mushroom Cheeseburgers
Swiss Cheeseburger with Caramelized Onions on Toast

 

Talk Like A Pirate Day sails away annually on September 19th.

All you bilge rats, Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrgh! As you are out and about on September 19th, don’t be surprised if people are saying, “Ahoy Matie,” “Avast,” “Aye, Aye Capt’n,” “Land Ho!” “Hornpipe,” and many other pirate-like phrases, because it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Anchor’s away! Get your sea legs and a barrel o’ rum. Feel free to join in anytime with your own version of Pirate-ese. Learn more on how to talk like a pirate here.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day was founded by John Baur and Mark Summers (aka Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy) in 1995.  Click here for the entire story!

 

It’s time for America to stand together in support of our love for String Cheese. Join us as we celebrate National String Cheese Day on September 20th. Whether you call it String Cheese, Snack Cheese or Cheese Sticks
there’s no denying that you call it delicious!

Pack it for a picnic. Have it on a hike. Pass it out for a family snack. And of course, no lunch is complete without this tasty treat. You’ve got to hand it to String Cheese—it’s the fun, easy and protein-packed food that is portable and mess free, Usually made with mozzarella, String Cheese melts easily when heated making it an excellent addition to recipes, too.

Perhaps the most enjoyable part of String Cheese is deciding how to eat it. Most people go for the classic “peel down and chow down” method—separating each stick into thin strands. (After all, it is kind of fun to play with your food!) Others prefer the “get down to business” approach of removing the wrapper and biting into the stick. (Why wait to get that delicious cheese into your belly?) However, you choose to eat it, get your hands on some every September 20th!

What is your favorite way of snacking on string cheese?

Galbani Cheese founded National String Cheese Day in 2017 to celebrate America’s love of String Cheese.

 

Each year on September 21, people across the United States celebrate National Pecan Cookie Day.

This delicious cookie can be eaten and enjoyed the morning, noon and night by hungry snackers everywhere. Another pecan related celebration is National Pecan Day on April 14. Pecan is an Algonquian word, meaning “a nut requiring a stone to crack”. A member of the hickory family, the pecan is native to central and southern United States.

To celebrate National Pecan Cookie Day, try one of the following”tried and true” Pecan Cookie recipes:

Doris’ Pecan Powdered Sugar Drops
Butter Pecan Cookies
Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

 

National Ice Cream Cone Day is observed annually on September 22nd.

While there is some controversy as to who invented the ice cream cone, one of the earliest mentions of them showed up in French cookbooks around 1825.  Originally referred to as “little waffles”, ice cream cones were waffles rolled into the shape of a cone.

Ice cream cones first became popular in the United States in the late 1800s.  Confectioners turned the first cones by hand. The ice cream cone made its debut at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904.  In 1912, an inventor from Oregon obtained a patent for a machine to make them. He sold his company to Nabisco in 1928, and they still make ice cream cones today.

The ice cream cone continues to be a popular treat for children and adults alike as more flavors of ice cream continue to be made available to please our palates.

Grab an ice cream cone

 

National Great American Pot Pie Day is observed annually on September 23rd.  A baked savory pie typically with both a bottom and a flaky top crust is often served to a hungry bunch.  Be it frozen, from a restaurant or home-made, it is sure to please those taste buds.

The filling of a pot pie varies from many different ingredients, some of which are beef, chicken, turkey, gravy, and seafood.   Many vegetables like potatoes, carrots, green beans, and peas are also popular choices.

To celebrate National Great American Pot Pie Day, enjoy a delicious pot pie.  Use #GreatAmericanPotPieDay to post on social media.

National Great American Pot Pie Day was created in 2002 by the pot pie and frozen food company Marie Callender’s.

 

National Cherries Jubilee Day is observed annually on September 24th.  Smitten with this simply elegant dessert, cherry lovers celebrate National Cherrie Jubilee Day with delight.
Auguste Escoffier receives the credit for the Cherries Jubilee recipe. Knowing the queen’s fondness for cherries, Escoffier prepared the dish for one of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebrations. The original recipe didn’t include ice cream.  Instead, the chef poached the cherries in a simple syrup and poured warm brandy over them.  Then just before serving, dramatically set the alcohol aflame.
Later recipes added the liqueur Kirschwasser and ice cream.

Enjoy this Cherries Jubilee recipe.

 

Every year on September 25, comic book readers, collectors, lovers, and fans participate in National Comic Book Day.

First popularized in the United States, comic books are also called comic magazines. Published in the form of sequential, juxtaposed panels that represent individual scenes, comic books often include descriptive prose and written narratives. From the earliest comic strips that later gave birth to comic books, dialogue displayed in bubbles or balloons above characters’ heads. The art form weaves intricate designs using all the elements of text, dialogue, personalities, color and imagery to form storylines that over time have distinguished eras, artists, genres, and themes.

In 1933, a comic book, Famous Funnies, appeared in the United States and is believed to be the first real comic book.  It was a reprinting of earlier newspaper comic strips which established many of the story-telling devices used in comics.

The term “comic book” comes from the first book sold as a book reprinted of humor comic strips.  

Despite their name, comic books are not all humorous in tone and feature stories in all genres.

Comics as a print medium have existed in America since the printing of The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck in 1842 in hardcover, making it the first known American comic book.
In 1896, a comic-book magazine was published in the United States featuring The Yellow Kid in a sequence titled “McFadden’s Row of Flats”. The 196-page book, which was a black and white publication, measured 5 x 7 inches and sold for 50 cents.
People who collect comic books are known as pannapictagraphist.

 

The table is set, the batter is mixed, the griddle is hot, and the butter and syrup are ready.  This means you are prepared for National Pancake Day.   This food holiday is observed each year on September 26th.

You may not have time to make a pancake breakfast, but that is okay, pancakes make a great dinner as well. Pancakes can be served at any time and with a variety of toppings or fillings from sweet jams and syrups to savory meats and sauces.

There is archaeological evidence suggesting pancakes are probably the earliest and most widespread breakfast food eaten in prehistoric societies.

Pancakes are also known as flapjacks or hot cakes.

To celebrate National Pancake Day, enjoy one of the following pancake recipes:

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes
Banana and Pecan Pancakes with Maple Butter
Applesauce Pancakes
Buttermilk Pancakes
Pumpkin Pancakes

National Pancake Day’s humble beginnings in 2005, originally started as Lumberjack Day. Marianne Ways and Collen AF Venable sought an excuse to eat pancakes and waffles with friends and as it was one week after “Talk Like a Pirate Day” and that theme had been worn out, eating lots of pancakes like a lumberjack seemed a better holiday than ever.

 

Across the country, folks enjoy a tall, frosty glass on National Chocolate Milk Day which is observed annually on September 27th.

Invented by Hans Sloane in the late 1680s, today chocolate milk can be purchased premixed or it can be made at home with either cocoa powder and a sweetener or with melted chocolate, chocolate syrup or chocolate milk mix.

While Sloane was in Jamaica, he encountered a beverage the locals drank made with cocoa mixed with water. After trying it, he reported the flavor to be nauseating.  After some experimentation, Sloane found a way to mix the cocoa with milk to make it more pleasant tasting. He brought the chocolate recipe back with him upon his return to England.  Now people enjoy this delicious drink every day.

Mix up some chocolate milk to drink

 

National Good Neighbor Day is observed annually on September 28th.  This day was created to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of a good neighbor.

It is a blessing to have a good neighbor, but it is even a greater thing to BE a good neighbor. Good Neighbors often become friends. They watch out for each other, lend a helping hand and are there for advice when asked.  Neighbors offer that cup of sugar when we are short, collect our mail when we are on vacation, watch our homes and sometimes watch our children and our pets. Simply put, being a good neighbor makes good neighbors and develops lifelong friendships.

To celebrate National Good Neighbor Day, do something nice for your neighbor today.

National Good Neighbor Day was created in the early 1970s by Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana.  In 1978, United States President Jimmy Carter issued Proclamation 4601:

 “As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation and the nations of the world. For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family
I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Whether getting one to go or lingering over a second cup, on September 29th be sure to observe National Coffee Day!

Ah, the perfect cup of java.  According to an expert cupper (a professional coffee taster), there are four components of a perfect cup: aroma, body, acidity, and flavor.

From the moment the average coffee lover opens a fresh bag of coffee beans, the aroma beckons, percolating the senses. Even those who don’t drink coffee tend to enjoy the fragrance a roasted bean casts.

When determining the body of a coffee, the bean, the roast, and the brew are all factors. The bean affects the texture of the coffee, whether it’s silky, creamy, thick or thin on the tongue and throat. However, the darker the roast and how it is brewed will alter the feel of a coffee’s body, too. Grandpa’s motor oil blend versus the coffee shop around the corner’s silky smooth, well-practiced grind have entirely different bodies.

The region a coffee is grown determines its acidity. The higher the elevation the coffee grows, the higher the quality and the acidity. These coffees are considered brighter, dryer, even sparkling by cuppers.

When it comes down to it, coffee lovers cherish the flavor as well as the caffeinated boost this roasted bean gives morning or night, black or with cream and sugar. Hot or cold it provides enjoyment even when decaffeinated!

There are many legendary accounts of how coffee first came to be, but the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or the knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi monasteries around Mokha in Yemen.  It was here coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, much like they are prepared today. Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland from Ethiopia and began to cultivate the seed.

In 1670, coffee seeds were smuggled out of the Middle East by Baba Budan, as he strapped seven coffee seeds onto his chest.  The first plants grown from these smuggled seeds were planted in Mysore.  It was then that coffee spread to Italy, to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and the Americas.

Brazil produces more coffee in the world than any other country followed by Colombia.  More than 50 countries around the world grow coffee, providing a delicious variety for the indulgence of steamy cups of the black drink for connoisseurs to consume.

National Family Health & Fitness Day is observed annually on the last Saturday in September (30th).

National Family Health & Fitness Day USA  promotes family involvement in physical activity in support of one of the goals of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health.

Find events and activities at fitnessday.com to join in the celebration and use #FamilyHealthAndFitnessDayUSA to post on social media.

Family Health And Fitness Day USA is organized by the Health Information Resource Center.  The day was started in 1996.

 

 

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