The things I’ve enjoyed this month: June

Going through the month interacting with social media is interesting and fun. But, how many of those “likes” do we really remember?

This is my way to give those social media influencers a little bit of a boost. Because I know a lot of them help each other as well.

Here are my favorite social media posts and accounts (with a little silliness) for the month of June.

Hopefully, you enjoy them as much as I have this past month,

 

SAHM Hacks

Mom Strategy

Life Hacks for Stay at Home Moms

Household Hacks

Motherhood

Parenting

Life Hacks for Mommy

 

 

 

Laundry, dishes, cleaning… I think I'll sit this one out guys… 👸🏼🖤✌🏼 #hotmessmoms

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Mummy Confessions

SoFlo Moms on the Go

Wine In Mom Blog

Are those your Kids?

Julie Hoag Writer

Babies to Bookworms

The Mama Zone

 

Life of a Southern Mom

The Blessed Mess Blog

Her View from Home

 

 

Here I have some inspiring/humorous quotes for those hard days 🙂

 

“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” – Phyllis Diller

“I know how to do anything – I’m a Mom.” – Roseanne Barr

“It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.” – The Golden Girls

“Cleaning up with children around is like shoveling during a blizzard” – Unknown

“There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one” – Jill Churchill

“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” – Sophia Loren

“She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.”– Margaret Culkin Banning

 

 

Mom Parody of the Month

 

And, with that, I bid you ado.

 

I hope you have a wonderful week 🙂

 

If you enjoyed this post share it with your friends and let me know in the comments what was your favorite part.

 

 

 

Days of the Month to Celebrate with Family: July

Days of the Month to Celebrate with Family: July

This has got to be my favorite month of the year. Not only because it contains my birthday AND Independence Day (which happens to be the same day).

I love July because there is so much life and fun outside.

The birds are singing. The squirrels and wild rabbits are out in droves. The dogs are running around with their families. The kids are outside actually enjoying the sunshine!

This is, in my opinion, the most wonderful time of the year.

Let’s see if we can have a little fun in the coming days of July.

 

July 1

National Postal Worker Day is observed annually on July 1st.  This is a day to appreciate and thank the numerous men and women who work consistently and diligently to deliver all of our mail and packages.  These employees suffer some of the harshest working conditions, yet continue to persevere six days a week.

Across the United States, postal workers walk an average of 4 to 8 miles carrying a full load of letters and packages and delivering them promptly to each of our doorsteps. They work in all kinds of weather including extreme heat and cold, rain and sleet and blizzards, too.

 

Besides severe weather, they have also dealt with unusual packages.  In 1913 the postal service started delivering packages up to a maximum 11 pounds.  The most surprising package to arrive for delivery was a small child.  Barely under the weight limit, James Beagle was mailed at a cost of 15 cents to his grandmother just a few miles away.  This practice continued for just over a year until the postmaster general was able to put regulations in place prohibiting it. 

Take time to thank your local postal worker. Encourage the kids to get the word out and make every postal worker’s day.  

National Postal Worker Day was established in 1997 by a Seattle-area carrier who wanted to honor fellow employees.

 

July 2

World UFO Day is an awareness day for people to gather together and watch the skies for unidentified flying objects. The day is celebrated by some on June 24, and others on July 2. June 24 is the date that aviator Kenneth Arnold reported what is generally considered to be the first widely reported unidentified flying object sighting in the United States, while July 2 commemorates the supposed UFO crash in the 1947 Roswell UFO Incident.

The stated goal of the July 2 celebration is to raise awareness of “the undoubted existence of UFOs” and to encourage governments to declassify their files on UFO sightings.

People are known for looking at the sky together during this day and doing other UFO themed activities. For instance watching UFO movies together even meditate in groups on the subject. The most important thing is that people collectively open their minds to the subject for one day. 

The World UFO Day Organization aka WUFODO organizes get-togethers in many countries. If you’d like to know if they organize something near you be sure to check out the World UFO Day Event map.

 

July 3

National Eat Your Beans Day is a “live healthy” holiday observed every year on July 3.  

This day celebrates the bean vegetable in all sizes, shapes, and colors.  Beans or legumes are one of the longest-cultivated plants dating back to the early seventh millennium BCE.

Now, just as throughout the Old and New World history, beans are a major source of protein.  A very healthy choice for any meal or snack, they are also an excellent source of fiber,  low in fat and high in complex carbohydrates, folate, and iron.

  • There are approximately 40,000 bean varieties in the world.
  • Only a fraction of these varieties are mass-produced for regular consumption.

To celebrate, enjoy a fava bean dip with goat cheese and garlic dip or black bean chili recipe.

Other than Independence Day and MY BIRTHDAY 🙂  

July 4 is also National Barbecued Spareribs Day.

One of the most popular days to barbecue and grill, July 4th will have the back yards, patios and beaches heating up and smoking with the flavors of spareribs.  These inexpensive cuts of pork or beef ribs can be seasoned with spice rubs or with sauces and slow cooked over low heat on the grill or in the oven.

Give this sparerib recipe or dry rub recipe a try and enjoy the Independence Day weekend! 

 

July 5

National Apple Turnover Day is observed on July 5.  To celebrate, enjoy this delicious American treat which was first served in the 19th century.

Also called hand pies because they are so portable, apple turnovers are a pastry made by placing apple filling on a piece of dough, folding the dough over, sealing it, then baking them. Although most turnovers are baked, they can also be fried. 

To celebrate National Apple Turnover Day, try this Apple Turnover recipe and share them with your family and friends. 

 

July 6

In the United States, National Fried Chicken Day is observed each year on July 6th.  On this day, fried chicken lovers across the country celebrate this American favorite at a nearby restaurant, home or an outdoor picnic.

After its introduction to the American South, fried chicken soon became a staple. Over time, seasonings and spices were added to enrich the flavor of the chicken.

Fried chicken is a dish that consists of chicken pieces which have been floured or battered then pan-fried, deep-fried or pressure-fried. The breading adds a crisp coating to the exterior of the chicken.

Traditionally the chicken is fried in lard.  However, corn oil, peanut oil, canola oil or vegetable oil are also frequently used.

To celebrate, try this fried chicken recipe!

Invite some friends over, make some fried chicken and get the kids involved in breading the chicken.

July 7

On July 7th, it is time to indulge on National Strawberry Sundae Day.  Each year on this day, Americans combine vanilla or strawberry ice cream, strawberry sauce, fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

Make several strawberry sundaes, and enjoy this delicious treat with friends and family.

Set up a strawberry sundae bar and invite the neighbors to make their own.

 

July 8

National Chocolate with Almonds Day is observed annually on July 8th. What a great combination to enjoy. It is also filled with added health benefits!

When it comes to adding almonds to chocolate, the options are plentiful. From cakes to chocolate bars, puddings to cookies we can celebrate National Chocolate with Almonds Day with snacks and desserts galore!

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALMONDS:

  • reduce the risk of heart attack
  • lower ‘bad’ cholesterol
  • protects artery walls from damage
  • help build healthy bones and teeth
  • provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss
  • lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals
  • help provide good brain function
  • nourish the nervous system
  • alkalize the body

To celebrate here is a Chocolate Almond Cake recipe for you to enjoy with your family.

 

July 9

Observed each year on July 9, National Sugar Cookie Day honors the ever popular and delicious sugar cookie.

A holiday favorite and very easy to make, sugar cookies are sure to disappear quickly once they come out of the oven.  Made with sugar, flour, butter, eggs, vanilla and either baking powder or baking soda, most people have the ingredients on hand at all times and can have the kids help make a batch on any day.  The fun just begins with cutting the dough with fun shaped cookie cutters and then getting creative by decorating with icing and sprinkles. 

The sugar cookie is believed to have originated in the mid 1700′s in Nazareth Pennsylvania.  It was there that the German Protestant settlers created the round, crumbly and buttery cookie that came to be known as the Nazareth Cookie.

To celebrate here is a sugar cookie recipe for you to make with your little ones.

 

July 10

Teddy Bear Picnic Day. Spend the lunch hour on a blanket under a shade tree with your Teddy Bear.

Stuffed Teddy Bears are a kids favorite. Children receive Teddy Bears early in their childhood. Children cling to them throughout their teenage years. Many bears are kept, even as you become an adult. As you read this article, many of you adults know exactly where your Teddy Bear is.

On this gorgeous summer day, take your teddy bear (or teddy bears) out for a day in the sun. It’s time for a Teddy Bear Picnic! Have mom make a few PB& J sandwiches, some cookies, and a jug of Koolaid. Take a  blanket out under a  shade tree, and enjoy lunch with your Teddy.

Origin of the “teddy bear”

During the early 1900s, President Theodore Roosevelt was in office as President of the United States. He was a hunter. While hunting in Mississippi in 1902, he refused to shoot a small bear. The Washington Post picked up on this story and made a cartoon of the event. Toy store owners, Morris and Rose Michtom, wrote to President Roosevelt for permission to call their stuffed animals “Teddy Bears”. Teddy bears became wildly popular. Their company went on to become the Ideal Toy Company, one of the largest toy companies in the world.

 

July 11

Whether it is for breakfast or a snack, blueberry muffins are melt-in-your-mouth delicious and are honored each year on July 11th, National Blueberry Muffin Day.

Give these blueberry muffin recipes a try!

 

 

July 12

Eat Your Jello Day is observed annually on July 12.

Jell-O, trademarked in 1897 by Pearle Wait of Leroy, New York in 1897, is the novel and fun dessert loved by millions. Francis Woodward, who later purchased the recipe and trademark, eventually made Jell-O a household name.With 21 different flavors, Jell-O satisfies every taste and can be enjoyed in numerous combinations.

Whether it is molded, layered, mixed with fruit or vegetables, Jell-O makes a flavorful dessert or salad that neither breaks a budget or a diet.

Give Jell-O recipes a try such as Judy’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad (I absolutely love this one)or this Applesauce Salad

 

July 13

Each year on July 13, many people will participate in National French Fry Day by enjoying one of the many varieties of the classic food.

French fries, also known as chips, fries, finger chips or French-fried potatoes, are batons of deep-fried potatoes and are common fixtures at fast food restaurants that are loved by adults and kids alike!

A wide selection of condiments such as ketchup, ranch dressing, vinegar, mayonnaise, honey mustard, cheese and many more compliment French fries. Sweet potatoes make an alternate, healthier offering of fries found on menus around the country.  Other varieties are baked and come in unusual shapes such as curls, waffles, crinkle or tornado cut.

The expression “French Fried Potatoes” first occurs in print in English in the 1856 work Cookery for Maids of All Work by E. Warren.

It is believed by some that the term “French” was introduced to the potatoes when the American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War I and consequently tasted Belgian fries.  It is suggested that they called them “French” as it was the official language of the Belgian Army at that time.

To celebrate National French Fry Day, share some French fries with your kids and have them seasoned, cut and shaped how you like them.

 

July 14

One of the classic comfort foods earns a place of honor on July 14.  It is National Mac and Cheese Day!

Made with macaroni noodles, cream or milk, and the golden goodness of cheese, mac and cheese shines as a side dish but can stand on its own as a main dish as well. From the classic mac and cheese with cheddar or American cheeses to the spicy cowboy mac with bacon and jalapenos, there’s a combination for everyone.  Mix up the cheeses or load up on seasonings, set the broiler for a couple of minutes at the end of the cooking time and let the cheese get a nice toasty crust.

 

July 15

Most of us have the benefit of having more than we need to live. National Give Something Away Day on July 15 gives us an opportunity to share some of our bounty.  

Whether we choose to buy a meal for someone serving our community, donate new shoes or a coat to someone less fortunate or give flowers to brighten someone confined to their home, giving something away will have a positive impact.

In the spirit of National Give Something Away Day, consider paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line. Consider cleaning out your closet or garage and making a donation.  Make a donation to the local food pantry as well. 

HISTORY

National Give Something Away Day was submitted by Linda Eaton Hall-Fulcher. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Give Something Away Day to be observed annually on July 15.

 

July 16 is National Corn Fritters Day! Corn fritters are tasty bites of fried or baked corn batter.

These bright crispy morsels make great additions to summer barbecues and backyard gatherings.  The main ingredients include corn, meal, egg, milk, and butter. While they may have originated in the south, corn fritters can easily be changed up with peppers, onions or herbs to give them regional and seasonal flair.

Paired with other vegetables and a pan-fried fish filet, these versatile cakes can be added to a lightly toasted bun for a unique fish sandwich.  Don’t look at this dish as just a side, but a functional part of a complete dish.  

Head to your local Southern-style restaurant or grab your frying pan to whip up some homemade fritters! Here are a grilled corn fritter and a fresh sweet corn fritter recipe for you to try.

 

July 17th is National Peach Ice Cream Day.

Fresh peaches are at their prime during the month of July.  So, it makes perfect sense to celebrate National Peach Ice Cream Day in July.

Grab your ice cream maker and get the kids to help. Invite your friends and neighbors over for an old-fashioned ice cream social!

 

July 18

On July 18 the lip puckering, eye-watering flavors enjoyed by children and adults alike are featured on this holiday. It is National Sour Candy Day!

In the candy world, sour candy is the young, energetic and fun member of the candy family. With its taste bud-awakening flavors, it adds a punch of youthful energy and a twist of fun to every flavor combination out there. Sour candy comes in a variety of fun shapes and sizes from chewy twists and ropes to sweet bite-sized pieces and straws which can be slipped into a favorite drink.

On National Sour Candy Day, instead of trying regular old candy, celebrate by trying sour candy. It’s like having a birthday and not getting any older!  If you’ve tried sour candy before, try a new flavor or finding out which one makes your mouth pucker the most! Will it be Cherry or Watermelon or maybe a combination of Tangerine-Lemonade? National Sour Candy Day on July 18th is the perfect day to share any of the variety of flavors the American Licorice Company has to offer.

Brighten up your families day with some sour candy 🙂

 

July 19

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has designated July as Hot Dog Month and July 19 as  National Hot Dog Day.

Over 25 million hot dogs are sold at baseball stadiums each year.

Whether they are grilled, boiled, broiled, pan-fried, rotisserie cooked, cooked on a stick over a campfire or any other way, hot dogs are a favorite summertime staple.  They are loved by children and adults alike plain or garnished with one or a combination of mustard, ketchup, onions, mayonnaise, relish, cheese, bacon, chili, or sauerkraut.

On May 31, 2012, a world record was set for the most expensive hot dog. The “California Capitol City Dawg” sold for $145.49 at Capitol Dawg in Sacramento, California.  

The “California Capitol City Dawg” features:

  • A grilled 18″ all-beef, in natural casing frank from Chicago
  • served on a fresh-baked herb and oil focaccia roll spread with white truffle butter, then grilled
  • topped with whole grain mustard from France, garlic and herb mayonnaise
  • sauteed chopped shallots, organic mixed baby greens, maple syrup
  • marinated/fruitwood smoked uncured bacon from New Hampshire
  • chopped tomatoes, sweetened dried cranberries, chopped tomato
  • expensive moose cheese from Sweden
  • basil olive oil/pear-cranberry-coconut balsamic vinaigrette and ground peppercorn
  • Proceeds from the sale of each 3 lb. super dog were donated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

7-Eleven sells the most grilled hot dogs in North America – 100 million annually.

Have a hot dog any way you want it and get the family together.

HISTORY

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council created National Hot Dog Day.  The first National Hot Dog Day was established in 1991 to coincide with a hot dog lunch on Capitol Hill every year on the 3rd Wednesday in July.

 

July 20th, National Lollipop Day, is an annual observation of this popular and flavorful treat.

Ever delightful and sweet, lollipops have been satisfying the sweet tooth for generations and possibly for centuries. They may have been a way to preserve nuts and berries in honey during prehistoric times.  Much later when sugar was plentiful, lollipops appeared 16th century Europe.  

In the United States, confectionaries and medicine shops as early as the 1860s sold lollipops in various forms, but it wasn’t until 1908 that George Smith gave lollipops an official 20th-century story.   He gets credit for inventing the modern style lollipop and in 1931 trademarked the name which he claims came from his favorite racing horse, Lolly Pops.

They range from the small size, which can be purchased by the bag full and are also given away at banks, barber shops, and parades, to the very large ones that are made out of candy canes twisted into circles.

LOLLIPOPS IN POP CULTURE

1934 – In the movie Bright Eyes, Shirley Temple sang the song “On the Good Ship Lollipop”.

1939 – The Wizard of Oz brought us a world of characters, including the Lollipop Guild. Armed with a giant spiral sucker, The Lollipop Guild welcomed Dorothy to the Land of Oz.

1969 – How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop. The Tootsie Pop (the trademark name for Tootsie Roll’s lollipop) commercial debuted on U.S. television. The 60-second commercial included a boy, cow, fox, turtle, owl and the narrator.

1973-1978 -The lollipop-loving detective, Kojak, from the TV series of the same name, softened the tough guy while at the same time, toughened up the lollipop.

Get the kids help to make some lollipops with this Jolly Rancher Lollipop Recipe

 

July 21

Each year on July 21st we observe National Junk Food Day.  This day is dedicated to the foods that everyone loves to snack on.  Junk foods by definition are usually high in fats, sugars, salt, and calories and contain very little nutritional value.

Celebrate by consuming your favorite junk food (in moderation). Have a junk food party with the kids where they make their own mix of chips, pretzels, and other junk food items.  You can also celebrate by taking a walk or doing some yard work to burn off those extra calories.

 

On July 22 relax in the shade and enjoy the summer day as it is National Hammock Day.

A hammock, used for swinging, sleeping or resting, is a sling made of fabric, rope or netting, which is suspended between two points such as posts or trees.

  • Developed by natives of Central and South America for sleeping.
  • Were later used aboard ships by sailors for comfort and to maximize space.
  • Early hammocks were woven out of the bark of trees. 

Hammocks are a symbol of summer, leisure, relaxation and simple easy living.  

Have fun trying to stay on a hammock. Make it a game with the kids and give points for how long they can stay on in different positions. It should make for a silly fun day with the family.

 

July 23

National Parents’ Day honors all parents on the fourth Sunday in July. 

In May we celebrated mothers, and in June we celebrated fathers.  It follows that in July we can bring all our parents together and show them some appreciation all at once.  Parents play a vital role in the lives of children.  From the day we are born, parents are our protectors, teachers, providers and role models.  As families, they are the core of our communities.  On National Parents’ Day, we honor all parents do every day to raise up their children in a world that is constantly changing and challenging.

Spend some time with your parents or visit someone who was like a parent to you.  

Milk this one for all its worth! Get the kids to do their chores with no arguments.

HISTORY

National Parents’ Day was established in 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into Law for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.”  The bill was introduced by Republican Senator Trent Lott. 

 

July 24

National Cousins Day is observed each year on July 24.  This is a day to let all of your cousins know how much you appreciate them.

Cousins often spend much time together at family reunions, holidays, birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries and many other countless family get-togethers.  They entertain each other, play and bond while adults are busy with other things.  Cousins often end up being lifelong friends.

Reach out to your cousins or get together with them to let them know they are important to you and your family.

 

July 25 is a day associated with carnival music and children’s laughter as we annually celebrate National Merry-Go-Round Day.

The merry-go-round (also known as a carousel) is an amusement ride that consists of a rotating circular platform with seats on it for its riders.  Its seats are traditionally in rows and are made up of wooden horses or other animals mounted on posts.  Many of they animals are made to move up and down to stimulate galloping and are accompanied by circus music.

-Names of the animals normally consist of Galloper, Jumper, Roundabout, Horseabout and Flying Horses.

Any rotating platform may also be called a merry-go-round. On a playground, it is usually a child-powered rotating platform with bars or handles to which children can cling while riding.

  • The earliest known depiction of the merry-go-round is in 500 A.D. in the Byzantine Empire, which depicts baskets, carrying riders, suspended from a central pole.
  • In the 1840s, Franz Wiesenoffer created the first merry-go-round in the United States in Hessville, Ohio. 
  • July 25, 1871 – The first carousel patent.

To celebrate, find a merry-go-round and have fun. They are not just for the kids, and there is a kid in all of us!

HISTORY

July 25 was chosen as the celebration day for National Merry-Go-Round Day as it coincides with the first United States patent that was issued for the modern carousel.  That patent was awarded to William Schneider of Davenport Iowa on July 25, 1871.

 

July 26

Aunt and Uncle’s Day is observed annually on July 26th.  Spending holidays together, special family times and sometimes sleepovers, aunts and uncles often hold a special place in our hearts. They fill our lives with fun, laughter, love and wonderful memories.  

National Aunt and Uncle’s Day provides an opportunity to spend time with those relatives we trusted and leaned on growing up.  It would be a good time to get out the old photograph albums and look through the pictures, reliving memories of earlier days around the Christmas tree or at the 4th of July picnic or maybe at the beach vacation that was spent with your special aunts and uncles.

To celebrate National Aunt and Uncle’s Day, give them a call, stop by for a visit, send them a card or a bouquet of flowers or maybe take them out for a nice dinner

 

July 27

Each year on the last Thursday of July, hot dog lovers across the United States top their hot dogs with delicious chili to participate in National Chili Dog Day.

Also known as chili con carne or a coney dog, chili dogs often have additional toppings such as onions, cheese, and hot sauce.  There isn’t a limit to the condiments or the heat that can be added to sausages.  Add a little or a lot!

Following are some chili dog recipes for you to enjoy:

 

 

July 28

July celebrates chocolate on the 28th, it is the ever popular National Milk Chocolate Day!  Solid chocolate when combined with either powdered, liquid or condensed milk, is known as milk chocolate.  The most popular of all candy bars sold contain milk chocolate.  Milk chocolate is also a popular ingredient in baking, in specialty coffee drinks and hot chocolate.

Milk had sometimes been used as an addition to chocolate beverages since the mid-17th century, but in 1875 Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate by mixing a powdered milk developed by Henri Nestlé with the liquor.  

Enjoy your favorite milk chocolate.  Create a special treat with one of these recipes:

 

July 29

National Dance Day is observed each year on the last Saturday in July.  Created as a day to raise awareness about and to encourage Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity.

National Dance Day achieved national recognition when in 2010, a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, American Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, introduced a National Dance Day resolution to promote dance education and physical fitness.

Turn on your children’s favorite song and dance around the living room and just be silly.

HISTORY

National Dance Day was launched in 2010 by  “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe.

 

July 30

National Cheesecake Day is observed annually on July 30th.  Cheesecake is a delicious dessert that is loved by millions around the country.  It is a sweet dessert that is a mixture of soft fresh cheese, cream cheese or cottage cheese, eggs and sugar on a crust made from crushed graham crackers, crushed cookies, pastry or sponge cake.

Cheesecakes can be prepared baked or unbaked, can be flavored and are often served topped with fruit, fruit sauce, chocolate or whipped cream.  There are many flavors in which cheesecakes can be prepared, some of which are blueberry, strawberry, pumpkin, chocolate, key lime, lemon, orange, raspberry or toffee.

It is possible that an ancient form of cheesecake may have been a popular dish in ancient Greece.  It has been found that the earliest attested mention of a cheesecake is by Greek physician Aegimus, who wrote a book on the art of making cheesecakes.

James Kraft developed a form of pasteurized cream cheese in 1912.  In 1928, Kraft acquired the Philadelphia trademark and marketed pasteurized Philadelphia Cream Cheese which is now the most commonly used cheese for cheesecake.

North America has several different styles of cheesecakes:

  • New York-style cheesecake
  • Pennsylvania Dutch-style cheesecake
  • Philadelphia-style
  • Farmer cheese cheesecake
  • Country-style cheesecake
  • Lactose-free cheesecake
  • Cheesecake Kludys
  • Chicago Style Cheesecake
  • Savory cheesecake

 

July 31

National Raspberry Cake Day is jubilantly feasted each year on July 31.  A raspberry cake is a cool and refreshing dessert that is a summertime favorite around the United States.

Raspberries are the edible fruit of a multitude of plant species in the genus Rubus of the rose family.  The name also applies to the plants themselves.

  • Raspberries are woody stemmed perennials. 
  • Raspberries are widely grown in all temperate regions of the World.
  • Raspberries are a very important commercial fruit crop.
  • At one time, raspberries were a midsummer crop. However, with new technology, cultivars, and transportation,
    they can now be obtained year-round. 
  • An individual raspberry weighs 0.11 – 0.18 oz.
  • An individual raspberry is made up of about 100 drupelets.
  • One raspberry bush can yield several hundred berries a year. 
  • A raspberry has a hollow core once it is removed from the receptacle.
  • Raspberries are a rich source of vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber.
  • Raspberries contain vitamin B1, vitamin B3, folic acid, magnesium, copper and iron.

Enjoy the following  Raspberry Cake recipe and share it with your friends and family!

 

This is July’s edition of “National Days to Celebrate with the Family. I hope you enjoyed this months selection of day celebrations. Look out for next month’s post on the 26th of July.

Did you find a few things you would like to celebrate with your family? If so. let me know in the comments.

I hope you have a great summer with your family and friends!

 

 

 

Summer Activities: 83 ideas for the family

The summer time can be a lot of fun. But, other than going to the pool with the kids, what can you do for the almost 90 days of Summer?

I have compiled a few ideas for you to celebrate these hot days with the family.

Also, Summer is not just for the kids, I have added in a few ideas for adults to enjoy the summer as well.

I’m not going to go into much detail on this list, you can run with these ideas as you please. Just trying to give you a list of ideas that you might not think of on your own.

 

SUMMER ACTIVITIES for the Family

    1. Hike a new trail
    2. Create a nature scavenger hunt
    3. Visit a nature center
    4. Check out the state parks
    5. Have a water fight in the backyard (use sponges instead of balloons to avoid choking hazards and plastic waste)
    6. Go to a matinee of drive-in movie
    7. Put bubble solution in a kid pool and use a hula hoop to make giant bubbles
    8. Have a lemonade stand
    9. Catch fireflies at dusk
    10. make fruit popsicles
    11. Have a luau
    12. Watch a movie outside with a projector and a wall
    13. Have a picnic in the yard
    14. Make a fairy garden
    15. Stay up late and look for constellations
    16. Go fishing
    17. Visit a museum
    18. Play frisbee
    19. Play in the rain
    20. Turn on some oldies and have a dance party in the living room
    21. Make a slip and slide in the yard
    22. Go to a ball game
    23. Make homemade ice cream
    24. Make simple origami
    25. Finger paint outside
    26. Draw with sidewalk chalk
    27. Have a puppet show
    28. Make necklaces
    29. Make bird houses
    30. Go to the zoo
    31. Play in the sprinklers
    32. Go to the lake
    33. Check out the Free Kids Workshop at Home Depot
    34. Learn a new card game
    35. Have a backyard campout
    36. Teach kids how to jump rope (or let them teach you)
    37. Fly a kite
    38. Build a fort (inside with blankets or pillows or outside with sticks and leaves)
    39. Join the library’s summer reading club
    40. Make and race paper airplanes
    41. Play flashlight tag
    42. Go to the beach and build sand castles
    43. Play some board games
    44. Play hide and seek
    45. Make some pinwheels (see video at bottom of this list)
    46. Make smoothies
    47. Hunt for bugs
    48. Try skipping stones
    49. Tie-dye some t-shirts
    50. Look for shapes in the clouds
    51. Watch a fireworks show
    52. Go on a boat ride
    53. Get some colored sand and make some sand art bottles
    54. Create your own comic book
    55. Take a mini road trip
    56. Have a family pillow fight
    57. Watch a parade
    58. Go berry picking
    59. Visit an aquarium
    60. Have a build your own pizza night
    61. Make root beer floats (or cream soda floats for those who don’t like root beer)
    62. Go on a family bike ride
    63. Make a sun catcher Suncatchers
    64. Play mini-golf
    65. Build an obstacle course
    66. Have a Beach Boys dance party
    67. Have a watermelon eating contest
    68. Play charades
    69. Light up the dark night with some glow sticks (spin them around and take pictures, they make really cool effects in the dark of the image)
    70. Paint some rocks
    71. Go to the carnival
    72. Have breakfast for dinner and invite the kids to help mix pancakes or dip french toast
    73. Have a banana split party
    74. Play leap frog
    75. Play hopscotch
    76. Make s’mores
    77. Have a BBQ
    78. Make homemade Sno-Cones
    79. Decorate plain flip-flops for the pool
    80. Make your own Wind Chimes
    81. Go roller skating
    82. Make some homemade musical instruments
    83. Volunteer to clean up a local park

 

Take the family dog on a few of these fun activities too. You will all have a great time together.

A Few Summer Activities for Adults this Summer

  • Get Crafty
  • Host a movie night for your adult friends
  • Watch the sunrise/sunset
  • Take a selfie every day to document your summer
  • Jump in the car and try to get lost
  • Start a journal
  • Try out Frisbee golf
  • Go Geocaching Around the World
  • Netflix and relax
  • Go to a Farmer’s Market in your area
  • Plant an herb garden
  • Make a time capsule
  • Take a random weekend road trip
  • Have a yard sale (declutter your home a make a few extra bucks for summer fun)
  • Rent a jet ski
  • Go to a fair or festival
  • Take a hot air balloon ride (or if you’re afraid of heights, just watch them soar by in the sky)

 

Have you found a few ideas to add to your summer fun schedule? I hope so.

I hope you and your family have a wonderfully fun summer!!

Let me know in the comments what you like to do on those hot days of summer.

 

 

 

 

 

Who you gonna call?!? Ghostbusters Party Ideas

Tomorrow (June 8) is Ghostbusters Day!

I have gathered some fun ideas and activities to celebrate Ghostbusters Day with the kids (and a few tips for adults as well)

You don’t have to use them for tomorrow. If you have a Ghostbuster fan in the family, these would be great for an upcoming birthday party or other celebration.

“What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath-of-God type stuff.
Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies. Rivers and seas boiling.
Forty years of darkness. Earthquakes, volcanoes…
The dead rising from the grave.
Human sacrifice, dogs, and cats living together – mass hysteria”.

Party Ideas

1- Mini stay puft marshmallow men…

All you need is large and mini marshmallows and some vanilla frosting to keep them together. Have the kids build their own mini versions of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

Have the kids build their own version of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

2- Hire a Ghostbuster for your child’s party. (They are also fun for adult parties as well) 10/10 do recommend. There is most likely a group in your area. They also help each other out when needed.
Eastern Seaboard Ghostbusters (Bill McNeill)

Bill is a close friend of mine and is an all around awesome guy. Very outgoing and has a great sense of humor. Would be a perfect addition to a Ghostbusters themed party.

“Eastern Seaboard Ghostbusters are a cosplay group with a love of the Ghostbusters and the 1980’s in general”.

With Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore)

“Best Group”  at Chicago ComicCon

https://www.facebook.com/EctoSUV/

Any of the Ghostbuster cosplay groups would be great for your child’s next party.

3- Watch Ghostheads on Netflix:

Ghostheads is a documentary that explores the extreme side of the Ghostbusters fandom and looks back at the impact the franchise has had on the world over the past three decades. Through interviews with key cast and crew, including Dan Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman, Ernie Hudson and much more, as well as with Ghostbusters fans all over the world, Ghostheads presents countless humanizing stories that will connect with audiences about comradery, overcoming obstacles, and that no one should ever feel alone or isolated. Ghostheads will show what really separates a fandom from the rest. Every Ghosthead is unique. Every Franchise is its own.”

4- Make slimer goo:

  • Add a few drops of green food coloring into 1 cup of warm water.
  • Pour the water into a bowl filled with 2 cups of cornstarch.
  • Mix everything together with your fingers.
  • Add more water/cornstarch, if needed.
  • Make as many batches as you need
  • Place each batch into small mason jars to give to each child.

5- Make edible “slime”: Just mix up some Lime Jell-O and allow to set in small 1 serving cups.

6- Watch the original movie and make it a game.

Example:

Assign each child a word or phrase (Ghostbusters, I ain’t afraid of no ghost, slimer or who you gonna call? etc.) and they get a point every time that word/phrase is said in the movie.

Have cute little Ghostbuster themed prizes for the winners.

 

 

7- Coloring pages:

Ghostbusters Day for Parents

Have a nice cocktail and relax while the kids run around “bustin'” ghosts.

ECTOPLASM VODKA COCKTAIL

Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 Smirnoff Red, White & Berry 50 ml Shot
  • 1 Lemon Lime Jell-O Cup 5.5 oz
  • 2 Hi-C Ecto Cooler Drink Boxes
  • Lemon Slices
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Crushed Ice
Instructions
  1. In a medium size saucepan over med-high heat, add one (1) lemon-lime Jell-O cup and two (2) Hi-C Ecto Cooler drink boxes.
  2. Using a whisk, stir until the jello completely dissolves.
  3. Pour the mixture into a large measuring cup and chill in the freezer for thirty minutes (30 min).
  4. Prepare glasses by placing a thin slice of lemon into the bottom of each glass and adding crushed ice.
  5. Remove the jell-o/juice mixture from the freezer; the mixture should be slimy but drinkable and add one (1) Smirnoff Red, White & Berry 50 ml shot and stir slightly. Place back into the freezer for ten (10) minutes.
  6. Remove the green slime from the freezer and pour over crushed ice.
  7. Garnish each glass with a slice of lemon and a sprig of fresh thyme.
  8. Serve.

Ecto-Slimer Drink

Ingredients:

  • Lemon Lime Gatorade
  • ice
  • melon liqueur
  • vodka
  1. Mix a large amount Sky vodka with Midori liqueur
  2. Add lemon/lime Gatorade powder and stir
  3. Rookies add ice
  4. Be CAREFUL the electrolytes will rush the vodka into your bloodstream faster than you think.

 

Drinking Game Rules

One shot of your choice when:

  • The protection grid is turned off
  • They cross the streams
  • Venkman gets slimed

Drink during the duration of:

  • Anytime a trap is open
  • The Ghostbusters commercial (good luck)

One drink every time you see:

  • A knit vest
  • A Ghostbuster smoke
  • Ghostbusters being “discreet”
  • Louis get locked out
  • A pole
  • Ted & Annette Fleming
  • Bogus Science
  • A PKE meter
  • A hellhound
  • Stay Puft
  • Religious people praying for salvation
  • Ghostbuster swag

One drink every time you hear:

  • Pseudoscience jargon
  • “Gatekeeper”
  • Winston speak (per scene)
  • “Mass sponge migration”
  • “Scientist”
  • “Storage facility”
  • “keymaster”
  • Egon deadpan a joke
  • “Gozer”
  • Ghostbuster theme music
  • “Zhuul”
  • The Ghostbusters refer to each other by name

For those hardcore drinkers:

  • Drink every time Venkman is sarcastic
  • Drink every time you hear “Ghostbusters”

I hope you got some fun ideas from this post. Whether it be for a fun kids party or an adult gathering.

 

Happy Ghostbusters Day!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating National Days in June with the Kids

I love finding the information for these posts. Usually, I use the National Days Calendar Website.

There are a few different ones to choose from on each day of the month. I pick out the best (in my opinion) that can be celebrated with children.

Mostly, I look for activities on each day that our children would be happy to participate in with us.

This month I found one day where it is just the “adults” who will be celebrating. Read on to find out what I mean by that.

Also, if you would like to find out what the other days are, feel free to go to the website I cited above.

Now, onto the National Days for June…

 

Observed each year on June 1st, Thursday is  National Pen Pal Day is a way to let your pen pals know how much they mean to you. The day is the perfect day to send special letters and gifts to your pen pals.

A pen pal is someone with whom you correspond by writing letters, sharing personal events and many times have never even met.

In this age of technology, I think it would be a nice change of pace to teach our children how to write a proper letter. Ask your child to choose a friend from school to write a letter to and hopefully, they will start a pen pal friendship.
HISTORY
National Pen Pal Day was created by American pen-palist, Rosie Tholl, who has traveled around the world to meet some of her pen pals. She was also the co-coordinator of the Illinois Pen Pal Picnic Reunion and is co-found and co-coordinator for Pen Pals United.

 

Each year on the first Friday in June, this year June 2nd people participate in National Doughnut or Donut Day. This day celebrates the doughnut and honors the Salvation Army Lassies, the women that served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI.

In 1917, the original “Salvation Army Doughnut” was first served by the ladies of the Salvation Army. It was during WWI that the Salvation Army Lassies went to the front lines of Europe. Home cooked foods, provided by these brave volunteers, were a morale boost to the troops.

The doughnuts were often cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers. American infantrymen were then commonly called “doughboys.” A more standard spelling is donut.
On this day, many bakeries and coffee shops in the United States offer doughnut deals to their customers. So take the kids out for a nice treat.

HISTORY

National Doughnut Day was created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served the doughnuts to soldiers in World War I. This day began as a fund-raiser for Chicago’s Salvation Army. The goal of their 1938 fund-raiser was to help the needy during the Great Depression.

 

Observed on June 3rd, National Repeat Day could be an opportunity for some and a bad omen for others.

Repeating a foot massage or a day with a dear friend would make this holiday special. Repeating a root canal or surgery are not suggested for this day.
Another way to celebrate is by repeating some of the simple tasks of the day. Wash the dishes twice. Make the same meal for lunch as you do for supper. Watch the same movie twice. The 1993 film Groundhog Day comes to mind. Send duplicate text messages. Play a game with the kids that entail repeating different tasks.

Have a great day! Have a great day!
National Cheese Day is observed annually on June 4th.

Cheese is produced from the pressed curds of milk. The milk can come from cows, buffalo, goats or sheep. Temperature and aging affect the flavor and texture of the cheese as well as spices and other seasonings added during the process.
Excellent as a snack on its own, cheese is also a perfect ingredient in pasta, soups, souffle and many other recipes.
There are many ways to celebrate National Cheese Day. Add cheese to a sandwich, enjoy a pizza or try a new variety of cheese on crackers.

Give your children the job of coming up with fun recipes for cheese snacks to enjoy together.

Many people are familiar with the gingerbread house at Christmas time, however, there are some delicious gingerbread bread, cake, bars, biscuit and cookie recipes that are perfect any time of the year. Each year on June 5th, gingerbread lovers across the nation observe National Gingerbread Day, a day that was created to bring attention to gingerbread.
The term “gingerbread” originally referred to preserved ginger, later referring to a confection made up of honey and spices.
Gingerbread is a sweet food that typically uses honey or molasses rather than just sugar and is flavored with ginger. Gingerbread foods range from a soft, moist loaf cake to something closer to a ginger biscuit.

It is believed that gingerbread was first brought to Europe in 992 by an Armenian monk. He lived there for seven years teaching gingerbread cooking to the French priests and Christians until his death in 999.

Sources indicate that in 1444, Swedish nuns were baking gingerbread to ease indigestion.
In the 17th century, gingerbread biscuits were sold in monasteries, pharmacies and town square farmers markets. During the 18th century, Gingerbread became widely available.

Following are a few gingerbread recipes for you to make and enjoy with the kids!

Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread
Gingerbread Pancakes with Fruit Topping
Gingerbread-Cupcakes

 

Every year on June 6th we recognize the fun holiday, National Yo-Yo Day. This day celebrates this historic toy. It is the perfect day to get out your yo-yo’s and try your hand at The Sleeper, Walk the Dog, Shooting the Moon, Around the World or Hop the Fence.

A yo-yo is an object that consists of an axle connected to two disks and a length of string looped around the axle. It is played by holding the free end of the string, allowing gravity or the force of a throw to spin the yo-yo and unwind the string, then allowing the yo-yo to wind itself back again. This is called “yoyoing”.

It is believed that the yo-yo was first invented in ancient Greece. There is a Greek vase painting, from 500 BC, that shows a boy playing with a yo-yo.

The yo-yo was made popular in America when Donald F. Duncan, Sr. manufactured the Duncan Yo-Yo in the early 1900s. The name “Yo-Yo” was first registered as a trademark in 1932.

In 1999, the Duncan Yo-Yo was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York.
The National Yo-Yo Museum is located in Chico, California.
Yo-yoing is a term often used to describe a person fluctuating between two difficult decisions.

HISTORY

Founded in 1990 in Arcade, NY by Daniel Volk, National Yo-Yo Day celebrates the yo-yo on June 6, the date of Donald F. Duncan’s birth in 1892.

Volk once worked for Duncan Toy Company as a talented yo-yo demonstrator from 1976-1978, touring the western part of the United States. As a result, Volk had the opportunity to impart some of his yoyoing wisdom to two talented comedians.

The Smothers Brothers later produced The Yo-Yo Man Instructional Video. Mr. Volk demonstrates right along with the comedians in the video. In conjunction with National Yo-Yo Day, the Hummingbird Toy Company produced the first of several Smothers Brothers brand yo-yos.

In conjunction with National Yo-Yo Day, the Hummingbird Toy Company produced the first of several Smothers Brothers brand yo-yos.

Buy your children a yo-yo and one for yourself. Learn how to do some tricks together.

 

To observe National Chocolate Ice Cream Day on June 7th all you need is chocolate ice cream. Who says you have to stop there, though? You can have it in a cone or make it from scratch. Add sprinkles or syrup or whipped cream.
Chocolate ice cream is the second most common flavor, surpassed only by vanilla. The chocolate flavored ice cream has been in existence well over a hundred years and has been popular in the United States since the late 19th century.

Cocoa powder is blended in with eggs, cream, vanilla and sugar to make chocolate ice cream. The cocoa powder is what gives the ice cream a brown color. Other flavors, such as rocky road or triple chocolate chunk, use chocolate ice cream in their creation.

Have an ice cream social at home. Use chocolate ice cream and a bunch of different toppings. Have the children make their own sundaes.
Each year on June 8th, National Upsy Daisy Day is set aside to encourage you to face the day positively and to get up ‘gloriously, gratefully and gleefully’ each morning.

Every day is a gift and if we remember that as we rise each morning, it will help us carry a good attitude throughout the day, whatever the day may bring us. Life is full of challenges and bumps in the road, and it is our attitude that helps us over the bumps and through the challenges to move onward with a smile. This is a great day to teach our children these lessons.
Give it a try. Be grateful and thankful for what you do have such as a bed to sleep in, food to eat, friends and family. Try a smile and see how it feels. It may surprise you that it feels good on the inside also and how other people will smile back. You may just brighten up their day! Upsy Daisy!

HISTORY

National Upsy Daisy Day was created by Stephanie West Allen is 2003. Her desire in creating National Upsy Daisy Day was to make humor, laughter and a positive attitude part of the Upsy Daisy Day way.

National Donald Duck Day is observed annually on June 9th. This day commemorates the birthday of the funny animal cartoon character, Donald Duck. Donald made his first screen debut on June 9, 1934, in The Wise Little Hen.

Donald Duck usually wears a sailor suit with a cap and a black or red bow tie and is most famous for his semi-intelligible speech along with his mischievous and irritable personality.

Donald Duck has appeared in more films than any other Disney character. Donald was also declared in 2002 by TV Guide as one of the 50 greatest cartoon characters of all times.

It was in Donald’s second appearance in Orphan’s Benefit that he was introduced to his comic friend, Mickey Mouse. Donald’s girlfriend, Daisy Duck, along with his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, were introduced shortly after that.

In addition to animation, Donald is also known for his appearance in comic books and newspaper comic strips.

One of Donald Duck’s famous sayings is “Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy.”

Get the kids togehter and watch some old Donald Duck cartoons.

 

National Iced Tea Day is observed annually on June 10th. This day is set aside to celebrate one of the summer’s favorite drinks. Whether it is sweetened or unsweetened, with or without lemon, it is loved by many and enjoyed by the glass full all summer long.
Iced tea can be found in many flavors including lemon, peach, raspberry, lime, passions fruit, strawberry, and cherry.

An alternative to carbonated soft drinks and quite popular in the United States, iced tea makes up about 85% of all tea consumed. It can be readily found in restaurants, convenience stores, vending machines, grocery stores and self-serve soda fountains.
Recipes for iced tea have been found dating back to the 1870s. The Buckeye Cookbook, published in 1876 and Housekeeping in Old Virginia, published in 1877 both contain iced tea recipes.

It is believed, however, that iced tea started to appear in the United States in the 1860’s and became widespread in the 1870s where it was found offered on hotel menus and was on sale at railroad stations.

The popularity of refreshing iced tea drink grew rapidly after it was introduced at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

Green tea has been suggested to be used for a variety of positive health benefits.

-Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease
-Some forms of cancer
-Oral health
-Reduce blood pressure
-Weight control
-Antibacterial and antiviral activity
-Protection from solar ultraviolet light
-Anti-fibrotic properties
-Neuroprotective power

Teach your children how to brew and enjoy a pitcher of iced tea. Experiment with different flavors… like lemon, lime, peach, or raspberry.

 

National Making Life Beautiful Day is observed annually on June 11th. It is a day dedicated to encouraging and celebrating men and women who are making life beautiful. Whether you’re creating beauty through building relationships or helping others achieve personal success, one small action can lead to a ripple effect, making life beautiful not just for yourself, but for those around you, too.
Making Life Beautiful Day was submitted by Apriori Beauty and declared by the Registrar of National Day Calendar in April 2015. The date was chosen because Apriori Beauty launched their mission to help men and women look and feel beautiful with their availability of their internal and external approach to beauty on June 11, 2009.

Take this chance to teach your children a valuable lesson about being nice to others. Help someone you know to achieve a personal goal, donate time to a worthy cause, help someone less fortunate or just do something nice for someone.

 

The second Sunday in June (this year June 11th) is known as National Children’s Day in the United States.

A day to honor the children in our lives, National Children’s Day is a time to slow down our fast paced lives, turn off the tech and refocus on the important things.

Taking one day may not be enough, but using it as an opportunity to redirect our family’s lives may be an important step in a child’s life.
Cherish our children, spend time with them.

HISTORY

Reverend Dr. Charles Leonard of the Universalist Church of the Redeemer in Chelsea, Massachusetts started Children’s Day in 1856 as a special day to Baptize children. He originally named it Rose Day. In 1995, President Clinton proclaimed National Children’s Day as October 8th. He was later followed by President Bush in 2001 who declared the first Sunday in June as National Child’s Day. However, National Children’s Day is generally celebrated the second Sunday in June or October 8th.

Celebrate this day in any way you choose. Take your child to their favorite restaurant or let them have some special treat for dessert. Anything they want 🙂

Peanut butter cookie lovers across the United States annually observe National Peanut Butter Cookie Day on June 12.

Alabama’s American agricultural extension educator, George Washington Carver, was the most well-known promoter of the peanut. Carver compiled 105 peanut recipes from various cookbooks, agricultural bulletins, and other sources.  In 1916, he put together a Research Bulletin called How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption. Included in this Research Bulletin were three recipes for peanut cookies calling for crushed or chopped peanuts as one of its ingredients.

“It was in the early 1920s that peanut butter was found listed as an ingredient in cookies.”

Homemade peanut butter cookies would just not be right without the traditional forked crisscrosses on them!

Make a few batches of yummy PB Cookies with your children. Let them get their hands a little dirty in the mix.

National Weed Your Garden Day is observed annually on June 13th. This day is set aside for all gardeners to take an extra 5 or 10 minutes while weeding their gardens.

One of the best gardening tips is to stay in control of your garden. Weeds grow fast, very fast, and can soon become overwhelming. If you stay on top of them, it is much easier to maintain your garden. Weeding 5 or 10 minutes each day will make the job seem bearable. It might even be enjoyable. This way you will be in control, and the weeds will not!!

Excessive and unwanted weeds will crowd out plant roots and steal the nutrients that are needed for the plants to grow nice and healthy.

Get the kids involved and make a game of it. Whoever pulls the most weeds in the quickest time without making a big mess, gets a prize.

Helpful tips on reducing weeds in your garden:

-Cover the soil along rows and between plants with mulch.
-Make sure to keep all weeds away from young plants.
-It is okay to plant your plants closely together to leave less room for weed growth.
-Have soil weed-free before planting.
-Make sure you do not let any of the weeds go to seed.
-Keep the edges of your yard mowed low to lessen the invasion of weeds onto your property and into your garden.

 

June 14th is set aside to observe National Pop Goes the Weasel Day. On this day people dig back into their memories to the nursery rhymes, they learned as children and celebrate the day singing “Pop Goes the Weasel.”

The origins of this nursery rhyme are believed to date back to the 1700s.

The original version went as such:
Half a pound of tuppenny rice,
Half a pound of treacle.
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.
Up and down the City road,
In and out the Eagle,
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.

“The Eagle” in the second verse may refer to The Eagle freehold pub which was once at the corner of Shepherdess Walk and City Road in London. Its second life, in 1825, was as a music house. Then in 1901 it was demolished and rebuilt once more into a public house. It bears a plaque with this version of “Pop Goes the Weasel” along with the history of the pub.

An alternative version:

A penny for a spool of thread,
A penny for a needle.
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.

This version is interpreted as the “weasel” being a shuttle or bobbin, as used by silk weavers, being pawned in a similar way as the suits or jackets owned by the Cockneys.

There are many different versions of this nursery rhyme, and they are all fun, with the same catchy tune.

Have your children come up with their own “weasel” rhymes 🙂

 

June 15th is the day we observe National Smile Power Day. This is a day for everyone to share the power of the smile.

From the good morning greeting and the first “How may I help you?” present yourself with a smile. No matter where you are employed, job seeking, retired or looking for new horizons starting the day with a smile is certainly more empowering than a pout or grump. Starting with a smile first is easier than trying to get there later in the day.

Starting with a smile first is easier than trying to get there later in the day.
When you smile at someone, you are telling them that they are valued and worth the smile that you just gave them. Smiles are moral boosters and confidence builders.

Research has proven that smiling really does increase attractiveness and likability between humans. Smiling creates a greater trust and increased interpersonal cooperation. Smiling at someone can help them to relax and relieve their stress while at the same time, it will make you feel right. Smiling (even if you do not feel like it) will lift your mood and can make you a happier person.

Smiling at someone can help them to relax and relieve their stress while at the same time, it will make you feel right. Smiling (even if you do not feel like it) will lift your mood and can make you a happier person.
Challenge yourself to smile more often today. Use a smile to disarm a tense situation, or simply smile during your daily tasks.
Each year on the third Friday in June (this year June 16th), it is National Flip Flop Day! Find your flip flops and wear them!
In 2007, Tropical Smoothie Cafe created National Flip Flop Day to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Every year on this date, customers who come into participating Cafes across the nation wearing flip-flops receive a free Jetty Punch Smoothie. Tropical Smoothie then gives proceeds of a $1 paper flip flop from customers to send ill children and their families to Camp Sunshine.

Camp Sunshine is based in Casco, Maine, and their mission is focused solely on addressing the effects of a life-threatening illness on every member of the immediate family — the child, the parents and the siblings. This year-round program is free of charge to families.

In 2015, $1 million was raised by Tropical Smoothie Cafe for Camp Sunshine. The total amount raised since the beginning in 2007 is over $3.7 million making National Flip Flop Day a successful fundraiser for Camp Sunshine.
National Eat Your Vegetables Day is observed annually on June 17th. June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, and National Eat Your Vegetables Day is one more opportunity to remind everyone to continue with this part of a healthy diet.

Vegetables are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.

As part of the main meal or as a snack, vegetables can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Each vegetable has its own nutritional content though generally, they contain a little protein or fat and varying proportions of vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin B6, provitamins, dietary minerals and carbohydrates. They also contain a variety of other phytochemicals, some of which have antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anticarcinogenic properties. Many vegetables also contain fiber which is important for gastrointestinal function. Another benefit is the essential nutrients that vegetables contain that are necessary for healthy hair and skin.

They also contain a variety of other phytochemicals, some of which have antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anticarcinogenic properties. Many vegetables also contain fiber which is important for gastrointestinal function. Another benefit is the essential nutrients that vegetables contain that are necessary for healthy hair and skin.

When eating a diet consisting of the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, it may help lower the risk of heart diseases and type 2 diabetes. These diets may also help to decrease bone loss and protect against some cancers. The potassium provided may help prevent the formation of kidney stones.

These diets may also help to decrease bone loss and protect against some cancers. The potassium provided may help prevent the formation of kidney stones.

It is recommended by the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, to consume 3 to 5 servings of vegetables per day. This recommendation may vary, however, depending on age and gender. For most vegetables, one serving is equivalent to 1/2 to 1 cup and can be eaten either raw or cooked.

This recommendation may vary, however, depending on age and gender. For most vegetables, one serving is equivalent to 1/2 to 1 cup and can be eaten either raw or cooked.

Make sure you consume your recommended daily allowance of vegetables as an example to your children. We all know how difficult it can be to get them to eat.

 

Father’s Day is observed annually on the third Sunday in June. This day (June 18th) is set aside to honor the role that fathers play in the family structure and society.

After the success of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day observations began to appear. The road to this national observance was not easy.

The first recorded celebration of Father’s Day happened after the Monograph Mining Disaster, which killed 361 men and left around 1,000 children fatherless in December 1907. Grace Golden Clayton suggested to her pastor Robert Thomas Webb a day honoring all those fathers. On July 5th, 1908, a gathering in honor of these men took place at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church, in Fairmont, West Virginia.

On July 5th, 1908, a gathering in honor of these men took place at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church, in Fairmont, West Virginia.

Grace Golden Clayton suggested to her pastor Robert Thomas Webb a day honoring all those fathers. On July 5th, 1908, a gathering in honor of these men took place at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church, in Fairmont, West Virginia.
In 1910, the YMCA in Spokane, Washington recruited several clergymen with the help of Sonora Smart Dodd to honor fathers throughout the city. The date was set for June 5th but was later changed to June 19th (the 3rd Sunday in June) as many of the clergies needed more time to prepare.
Harry C. Meek, a member of Lions Clubs International, claimed that he first had the idea for Father’s Day in 1915. Meek argued that the third Sunday of June was chosen because it was his birthday. The Lions Club has named him “Originator of Father’s Day.” Meek made many efforts to promote Father’s Day and make it an official holiday.

The Lions Club has named him “Originator of Father’s Day.” Meek made many efforts to promote Father’s Day and make it an official holiday.
After a visit to Spokane in 1916 to speak at a Father’s Day celebration, President Woodrow Wilson wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted fearing that the observation would become too commercialized.

President Calvin Coolidge stopped short of issuing a national proclamation in 1924.
Sonora Smart Dodd continued to work to make Father’s Day a national observation. In 1938, she collaborated with the Father’s Day Council, a group of New York Men’s Wear Retailers for the commercial promotion of the observation. Many Americans resisted the holiday for decades because of these attempts to commercialize the day.

In 1938, she collaborated with the Father’s Day Council, a group of New York Men’s Wear Retailers for the commercial promotion of the observation. Many Americans resisted the holiday for decades because of these attempts to commercialize the day.
In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers on the third Sunday in June.
President Richard Nixon signed into law a permanent national holiday in 1972 over 50 years after Mother’s Day came into existence.
Father’s Day is now celebrated in many countries around the world.

This one is self-explanatory. Treat dad to a nice day with the kids.
This is one just for the parents to take a nice break from the kids…

On June 19th, shake up some gin and vermouth with some ice and add a lemon twist. It’s National Martini Day!

This adult beverage has grown to become one of the best-known mixed alcoholic drinks. A cocktail made with gin and vermouth, the martini is normally garnished with an olive or lemon twist.

James Bond, the fictional spy, sometimes asked for his vodka martinis to be “shaken, not stirred.”
Some people prefer to have their martinis served “on the rocks”, which is the ingredients poured over ice cubes and served in an old-fashioned glass.

Dirty martini – Martini with a splash of olive brine or olive juice and is typically garnished with an olive.
Over the years, the traditional martini has had a number of variations added to it and other flavors have evolved such as the cosmopolitan, chocolatini or appletini.
Mix your favorite martini and drink responsibly.
National Vanilla Milkshake Day is happily enjoyed by many people on June 20th of each year. You can celebrate this day by making a homemade vanilla milkshake for you and your family today.

The first time the term “milkshake” was used in print was in 1885. This milkshake was a concoction of cream, eggs, and whiskey which was often served with other alcoholic tonics such as lemonades and soda waters.
By 1900, a milkshake was often referred to as “wholesome drinks made with chocolate, strawberry or vanilla syrups.” A few years later in the early 1900s, people began asking for this new treat with a scoop of ice cream. It was then by the 1930s that milkshakes were a popular drink in malt shops everywhere.

Maybe you want to top off your vanilla milkshake with a little whipped cream and a cherry on top!!

Give these delicious recipes a try:

Vanilla Milkshake by Paula Deen – Food Network

Creamy Vanilla Milkshake

 

National Daylight Appreciation Day is observed each year on June 21st. This day recognizes summer solstice (the longest day of daylight in the northern hemisphere) and encourages people to celebrate the many benefits of the sun.

This day recognizes summer solstice (the longest day of daylight in the northern hemisphere) and encourages people to celebrate the many benefits of the sun.
National Daylight Appreciation Day is also a day to learn more about the importance of daylighting. Daylighting is using skylights, windows and other architectural openings to natural light interior spaces. Doing so helps not only to reduce energy consumption but may also have health benefits.

Daylighting is using skylights, windows and other architectural openings to natural light interior spaces. Doing so helps not only to reduce energy consumption but may also have health benefits.

Some areas are designed with automatic dimming systems when natural light is present, which reduces the amount of artificial light required. The process is known as daylight harvesting.

Daylight has positive psychological effects; it can boost your mental health and help to lower depression as well as help with increased energy levels. The Vitamin D that we naturally get from the sun has many health benefits for us.

Enjoy the summer solstice, enjoy the sunshine and let the sunshine into your home!

HISTORY

National Daylight Appreciation Day is sponsored by Solatube International, Inc., a manufacturer of Tubular Daylighting Devices.

 

June 22nd recognizes a batter dipped and deep fried bite of deliciousness that runs rings around other appetizers. It’s National Onion Rings Day!

Also found in Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and some parts of Asia, onion rings exact origin are unknown.

A recipe called “Fried Onions with Parmesan Cheese” is included in John Mollard’s 1802 cookbook The Art of Cookery Made Easy and Refined. Within the recipe, it suggests cutting onions into 1/2 inch rings, dipping them into a batter made of flour, cream, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese then deep frying them in boiling lard. It recommends serving them with a sauce made of melted butter and mustard.

Within the recipe, it suggests cutting onions into 1/2 inch rings, dipping them into a batter made of flour, cream, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese then deep frying them in boiling lard. It recommends serving them with a sauce made of melted butter and mustard.
Some believe that a recipe for French Fried Onions (not claiming to be the originator of the recipe) appeared in the Middletown, NY Daily Times on January 13, 1910.
The Pig Stand restaurant chain, founded in Oak Cliff, Texas in the early 1920s is one of the claimants to the onion rings invention.
A recipe for deep-fried onion rings that are dipped in milk then dredged in flour appeared in a 1933 Crisco advertisement in The New York Times Magazine.
In the 1960’s, the A&W restaurant is credited with popularizing the onion rings in fast food restaurants.
June 22nd recognizes a batter dipped and deep fried bite of deliciousness that runs rings around other appetizers. It’s National Onion Rings Day!

Also found in Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and some parts of Asia, onion rings exact origin are unknown.

A recipe called “Fried Onions with Parmesan Cheese” is included in John Mollard’s 1802 cookbook The Art of Cookery Made Easy and Refined. Within the recipe, it suggests cutting onions into 1/2 inch rings, dipping them into a batter made of flour, cream, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese then deep frying them in boiling lard. It recommends serving them with a sauce made of melted butter and mustard.
Some believe that a recipe for French Fried Onions (not claiming to be the originator of the recipe) appeared in the Middletown, NY Daily Times on January 13, 1910.
The Pig Stand restaurant chain, founded in Oak Cliff, Texas in the early 1920s is one of the claimants to the onion rings invention.
A recipe for deep-fried onion rings that are dipped in milk then dredged in flour appeared in a 1933 Crisco advertisement in The New York Times Magazine.
In the 1960’s, the A&W restaurant is credited with popularizing the onion rings in fast food restaurants.

 

The games get intense under the hot summer sun. On June 23rd, National Hydration Day reminds us to replace fluids lost in the heat of battle.

The human body contains more than 60 percent water. Maintaining that balance while training is a challenge, doing it during the summer months is a practice that must be consistent. Becoming overheated or dehydrated can lead to heat stroke and possibly death.
There are ways to help prevent dehydration. Being hydrated before a workout even begins is important. If you are under hydrated before you start it is hard to catch up once the sweating starts. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the training. These can include sports drinks which contain electrolytes (Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium and Potassium) to replenish the essential minerals the body loses through perspiration.

For some sports, there is also a product like FuelGard™ Mouthgard and Electrolyte Tablets, which has the dual duty of protecting the athlete as well as providing essential electrolytes for maintaining hydration balance while the athlete trains.

After the workout, your body will continue to need to replenish fluids.
Whether you are an athlete or not, stay hydrated on these hot summer days. Use #NationalHydrationDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

Founded by SafeTGard Corporation in honor of football Coach Victor Hawkins (September 1, 1964 – June 23, 2012) who invented a mouthguard that releases electrolytes to keep his players hydrated during games and practices. This day honors Coach Hawkins’ contributions to athlete health, safety and success. SafeTGard Corporation founded National Hydration Day to increase awareness of the importance of proper hydration to athletes everywhere. The day was approved by the Registrar at National Day Calendar in 2016.

SafeTGard Corporation founded National Hydration Day to increase awareness of the importance of proper hydration to athletes everywhere. The day was approved by the Registrar at National Day Calendar in 2016.

 

National Pralines Day is observed annually on June 24th. This day honors the praline, a confection made from nuts (whether in whole pieces or ground) and sugar syrup. Pralines may also refer to any chocolate cookie containing the ground powder of nuts.

There are a variety of pralines to be enjoyed:

Belgian Pralines – contain a hard chocolate shell with a softer, sometimes liquid, filling.
French Pralines – a combination of almonds and caramelized sugar.
American Pralines – contain milk or cream and are softer and creamier, resembling fudge.
At the Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte during the 17th century, French sugar industrialist, Marshal du Plessis-Praslin (1598-1675), originally inspired the early pralines. These first pralines were whole almonds, individually coated in caramelized sugar.

The powder made by grinding up sugar-coated nuts is called pralin. This is an ingredient in many types of cake, pastries and ice creams. When this powder is mixed with chocolate, it becomes praliné in French, which gave birth to what is known in French as Chocolat praliné.
The French settlers brought their recipe into Louisiana, an area of the United States where both sugar cane and pecan trees were plentiful. During the 19th century, New Orleans chefs substituted pecans for almonds, added cream to thicken the confection and thus created what is known throughout the Southern United States as the praline.

Create your own batch with this recipe for pralines. We enjoy this Louisiana tradition so much we found another recipe for pralines for you to celebrate. Of course, you can stop by your favorite confectionery and enjoy a few with friends and family.
National Strawberry Parfait Day is observed annually on June 25th.

Parfait is French for perfect. The traditional parfait is a dessert of ice cream or frozen custard layered in a tall glass stemmed glass with fruit and topped with whipped cream.

Today, the ice cream is often replaced with yogurt or pudding and additional layers of granola are added. Strawberries are in season during the month of June, so it is a good time for National Strawberry Parfait Day.

Strawberries are in season during the month of June, so it is a good time for National Strawberry Parfait Day.
Enjoy one at your favorite restaurant or a one you make at home! You will enjoy this Strawberry Parfait recipe.
The food holiday National Chocolate Pudding Day is observed each year on June 26th. Chocolate pudding has been loved by children and adults for many years. Usually eaten as a snack or dessert, chocolate pudding is also used as a filling for a chocolate creme pie.

Historically, chocolate pudding is a variation of chocolate custard, using starch as a thickener instead of eggs. The 1903 edition of Mary Harris Frazer’s Kentucky Receipt Book and the 1918 edition of Fannie Farmer’s Boston Cooking School Cook Book both have recipes for the earlier version, using both eggs and flour.

The 1903 edition of Mary Harris Frazer’s Kentucky Receipt Book and the 1918 edition of Fannie Farmer’s Boston Cooking School Cook Book both have recipes for the earlier version, using both eggs and flour.

In 1934, General Foods (Jello) introduced chocolate pudding mix as “Walter Baker’s Dessert.”
In 1936, it was renamed “Pickle’s Pudding.”
Chocolate pudding is usually made with milk and sugar, flavored with chocolate and vanilla then thickened with flour or cornstarch. Some recipes do use eggs when making the pudding.

Chocolate pudding can be purchased ready-made and sold in grocery stores, convenience stores, and gas stations. The popular brands include Jell-O by the Kraft Foods Corporation and Snack Pack by Hunt’s.

Enjoy some delicious Chocolate Pudding as a dessert or as a snack. Try this homemade Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding recipe.

 

Celebrated each year on June 27th, National Sunglasses Day is becoming more and more popular, especially as organizations like The Vision Council try to inform people about the dangers of UV exposure and why wearing sunglasses should be more than to just make a fashion statement. So in honor of the holiday—and to help you pick out a pair of your own—we present the top 10 sunglasses styles that have stood the test of time.
Most known for their appearance in the 1963 Academy Award-winning Italian film 8 ½, these glasses are anything but old fashioned. They were first introduced by Prada as Prada model SPR07F, but the design has undergone some changes since the 60’s.Regardless, these sunglasses might be one of the only designs that can not only be worn with a suit, but that make a suit look so good.

They were first introduced by Prada as Prada model SPR07F, but the design has undergone some changes since the 60’s.Regardless, these sunglasses might be one of the only designs that can not only be worn with a suit, but that make a suit look so good.

For National Sunglasses Day this year, decide which of the personalities or looks you’d like to emulate and grab a pair of sunglasses to match.

 

On June 28th we remember fondly the tales of big blue ox and a mighty lumberjack. It is National Paul Bunyan Day!

Described as a giant and a lumberjack of unusual skill, Paul Bunyan is one of the most famous North American folklore heroes. In the tales, Paul Bunyan was almost always accompanied by his companion, Babe the Blue Ox.
First appearing in print in 1906, in a story published by Northern Michigan journalist James MacGillivray, Bunyan’s character originated in folktales circulated among lumberjacks in the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada. One account states that the tales began during the Papineau Rebellion of 1837. In 1914, the stories were reworked by William Laughead, for a logging company’s advertising campaign, and found a new widespread popularity. It was the 1922 edition of Laughead’s tales that inspired many others and soon the character was widely known across all of the United States and Canada.

In 1914, the stories were reworked by William Laughead, for a logging company’s advertising campaign, and found a new widespread popularity. It was the 1922 edition of Laughead’s tales that inspired many others and soon the character was widely known across all of the United States and Canada.
The Paul Bunyan legend tells that it took five storks to carry him as a newborn and as he was a little older and clapped and laughed, it broke windows. The legend continues that he sawed off the legs of his parents’ bed, in the middle of the night, when he was only seven months old and that the Grand Canyon was formed as he and Babe the Blue Ox walked through dragging his ax behind him. The myth of the Great Lakes being formed by Bunyan needing to create a watering hole for Babe to drink from is another popular one told by many.

The legend continues that he sawed off the legs of his parents’ bed, in the middle of the night, when he was only seven months old and that the Grand Canyon was formed as he and Babe the Blue Ox walked through dragging his ax behind him. The myth of the Great Lakes being formed by Bunyan needing to create a watering hole for Babe to drink from is another popular one told by many.

The myth of the Great Lakes being formed by Bunyan needing to create a watering hole for Babe to drink from is another popular one told by many.

Read the story Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox to the kids.

Enjoy a summertime favorite on June 29th, It’s National Bomb Pop Day! Invented in 1955 in Kansas City, Missouri, Bomb Pops are known to people as the red, white and blue Popsicle. Having one of these frozen treats is a great way to kick off the upcoming 4th of July celebrations in your community!

Invented in 1955 in Kansas City, Missouri, Bomb Pops are known to people as the red, white and blue Popsicle. Having one of these frozen treats is a great way to kick off the upcoming 4th of July celebrations in your community!

Enjoy some cool bomb pops with the family on these hot days.

National Meteor Watch Day is observed every year on June 30th. Also known as National Meteor Day, on a cloudless night, people turn their eyes to the heavens in hopes of spotting the glow of a falling star.

Daily there are millions of meteors that occur in the Earth’s atmosphere.

When space debris, such as pieces of rock, enter the earth’s atmosphere the friction causes the surrounding air to become scorching hot. This “shooting star” streaking through the sky surrounded by flaming hot air is a meteor.

The majority of the meteoroids that cause meteors are only the size of a pebble.

Meteors sometimes occur in showers. National Meteor Watch Day is an excellent time to plan for a meteor watching party. Whether it is to catch a few stray falling stars or to watch an entire meteor shower, gathering the kids or a few friends to map the constellations while waiting to make a wish or two is sure to be a fun time.

Whether it is to catch a few stray falling stars or to watch an entire meteor shower, gathering the kids or a few friends to map the constellations while waiting to make a wish or two is sure to be a fun time.

In the Northern Hemisphere, one of the most active meteor showers is the Perseids. Named after the constellation Perseus where the majority of the activity takes place, the meteors are caused by particles released by the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. Active from mid-July to late August, the Perseids are known to put on a dazzling display at its peak, especially when the skies are clear and the moon is new.

Active from mid-July to late August, the Perseids are known to put on a dazzling display at its peak, especially when the skies are clear and the moon is new.

Meteors are usually observed at night and are visible when they are about 34 to 70 miles above the Earth, and they often disintegrated at about 31 to 51 miles above. Their glow time is usually about a second.

A small percent of meteoroids hit the Earth’s atmosphere and then skip back into space.

The chemical composition and the speed of the meteoroid will cause different hues to the light. Possible colors and elements producing them include:

Orange/yellow (sodium)
Yellow (iron)
Blue/green (copper)
Purple (potassium)
Red (silicate)
A list of meteor shower dates as well as a guide to successful watching can be found on the EarthSky website.

Plan your night. Gather some friends together, a blanket and find a place far from the city lights on a cloudless night.

June is a great month to get outside and have some fun with the family!!!

Let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these days 🙂

I hope you have a wonderful summer!

 

May birthday celebration and favorites for the month

MAY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

AND MY FAVORITES FOR THE MONTH

The month of May has been a fun-filled whirlwind of activity. Especially so for this past week.

Allie turned 3 on May 21 and we took a 2 night trip to Baltimore, Maryland for her birthday celebration.

The first night we just relaxed in the hotel room and had a nice, quiet dinner from a place called Dinosaur Barbecue.

We got a family meal of brisket, chicken, and spare ribs along with mac and cheese, collard greens (which I absolutely LOVE) and fries. Everything was so good! 10 out of 10 do recommend 🙂

Then the next morning we had a nice little breakfast in the hotel before we left.

We walked from our hotel to the Baltimore Aquarium. Allie loved seeing all the little fish, especially the ones that looked like Nemo and Dory!

She liked the Turtle that was missing a flipper…

Also loved seeing the Dolphins (which are mommies favorite). She did not enjoy the sharks so much. But, we made up for that by getting her a plush Nemo at the gift shop. She carried it around for the rest of the day and most of the night 🙂

Then, we went to a few of the stores at The Inner Harbor. One of which was Barnes and Noble where we got Allie a few books for her birthday and Mommy and Daddy got some much-needed coffee.

We walked back to the hotel to rest for a few hours before dinner. Allie was very tired from all the excitement, so she took a pretty long nap.

When she woke up we decided that we wanted to walk back to the Inner Harbor to go to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner.

It was a great day for all. Allie had a wonderful time.

The next morning we went to breakfast at the hotel again. Then we checked out and headed to the Maryland Zoo at Baltimore.

We had never been to this particular zoo. We were very excited to see all the animals here.

Mommy was especially excited to see the baby giraffe Willow and her mommy and daddy. I was not disappointed 🙂

  birthday celebration and favorites list

Willow and her Aunts on the Left (Willow’s Mommy, Juma, on the right)

Willow on the left (she is so cute!) (Willow and her Aunts on the right)

These last two are Willow and her mommy Juma! So pretty 🙂

We also saw a rhinosaurus who was more active than the one at the Philadelphia Zoo, which was very cool.

Mommy and Allie saw an elephant for the first time. Allie was not that into the elephant though.

We also saw an Arctic fox for the first time and he was so cute!

I highly recommend going to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

They have some really wonderful animals. The habitats for these animals are not only great for viewing, but they also seem very happy living there.

The enclosures are large and look much like what I believe they would in the wild.

The animals are much more active because I believe that they are less anxious being in such a natural area. There is very little noise pollution from highways since the Zoo itself is so far back in the woods.

All in all, we had a great time in Baltimore as a little family. The trip was a huge success and Allie had a wonderful Birthday.

Some more of the things I enjoyed this month…

TWITTER

The tweets I have retweeted this month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTAGRAM

The Instagram posts I liked this month

 

Another day, another way to find beauty ✨ #VishaSkinCare #VishaLifestyle

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Perfection is a tool of the enemy designed to steal our joy. Kids don't want perfect moms. They don't want immaculate houses. They don't want gourmet meals. They want moms who make hard decisions for them. They want moms who stop to listen to them. They want moms who act fun and stupid. They want moms who love them unconditionally. They want moms who are present in their lives. Be that mom. #autism #autismmom #autismland #autismblog #momlife #momsoninstagram #lovebeingtheirmom #MothersDay2017 #momblog #momblogger #wahm #dancemoms #homeschoolingmama #hsbloggers #homeschool #momsoninstagram #momboss #momlife #mompreneur #dancemoms #autism #autismmom #autismblog #autismlife #autismland #dohardthings

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There's a huge difference between a #specialneeds #child having hard time in public places than a normal child giving hard time to a parents. You can tell a normal .. to stop ✋.. if you get lucky they listen 😂😒 .. when you have #nonverbal child ; it's not that easy..As parent We have seen both sides.. But when you have special needs child, it's harder on parents because anything can make a child uncomfortable.. breaks my heart when I hear people say.. " can you please get your child to stop crying or can you tell her/him to stop crying 😡😒 .. really? I dare people.. go 24hrs without speaking.. see how it feels. nonverbal children's all over the world go through hard time try to communicate. Can you imagine being 3,5, 6 ,7.. years old child; when all the kids around them talking ,laughing , communicate.. But they can't. Please let us be humble and understandable help out when we see parents with special needs children's. I am proud mom of special needs child.. my son NEVER give me hard time.. #besupportive #bekind #momlife #motherhood #parenthood #parentinglife #autism #autismkids #kidswithautism #publicplace #proudmom #autismmommy #parentingquotes #quotes #crying #childrens #veganmom #mommy #momlife

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Raising kids can be tiring but it is worth every minute of it!

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Even better than a manual!💜 #DaisyNapMats #Motherhood #Quotes #MomProblems

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The story of our lives. #lol #motherhood #truth via @motherplaylist

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 BLOGS

Mom Advice I have put this blog in my favorites before. This is a great blog, especially the weekly Notebook on Wednesdays.

Viva Veltoro such a great blog with wonderful stories and fun stuff.

Everything Mommyhood mom life, reviews, giveaways, recipes, DIY, and more.

We’re Parents! mom and dad natural parenting blog.

 

 

This has been an installment of my monthly favorites with the addition of a birthday celebration for Allie.

I hope you enjoyed reading along with what I’ve enjoyed this month, Hopefully, you got some enjoyment out of this post as well.

If you have then please share it with your mom friends 🙂

Drop a comment below letting me know what you’ve enjoyed this month!!!

Hope you have a wonderful week 🙂

 

Next week’s post is on the National Days of June. Get ready to plan some fun activities for the family to enjoy!

 

 

What I want for Mother’s Day Gifts? No not that!!!

 

In all my almost 34 years I have never heard of anyone asking a mother what SHE wants for Mother’s Day.

Yet, I see so many articles and blog posts boasting about what mom REALLY wants this time of year.

I have read numerous of these posts and I have come to a startling conclusion… they are all full of lies (in my honest opinion).

I only say this because most of the posts that I have read are all about fashionable clothing and jewelry and extravagant spa days.

But, I know that most of the mother’s that I have encountered in my life want none of that! I know what Mother’s Day Gifts I would want.

So, I have decided to write my own post about those things I know other mom’s like me would appreciate this Mother’s Day.

I also took into account the silliest of the internet “Mother’s Day” gifts. Which, I will admit, made me chuckle a little too much.

I had to reel myself in because the internet is a dangerous place sometimes. I found myself in a dark hole of padded underwear and knee high rainbow socks.

Here are a few things on my list that are figurative so to speak

  1. Sarcasm font: for those times you have to text someone who is on your last nerve but you can’t be as blunt as you would like at that moment.
  2. A literal THANK YOU for everything I do all day every other day of the year.
  3. For people who do not have children to keep their 2 cents to themselves and let me parent my child.
  4. For mothers to just STOP judging each other! Everyone is different and your parenting style is just that… yours.

I am moving on because this list could get feisty.

Some romantic Mother’s Day gifts.

Now, let us delve into a few romantic gifts/things to do. I am not one for sappy romance but some of these are nice.

  • A weekend getaway: Now I’ve had a few of these and depending on where you go, it can be a lot of fun.
  • Links of Love Necklace honestly I know I said I didn’t want jewelry, but if I had to pick something this would definitely be the one. This is such a simple yet beautiful piece and the contrast is so pretty to me.

  • Tea Bag Pocket Mug I mean what is better than a practical gift? I drink at least one cup of tea a day. It is so annoying when I sit down to enjoy my cup and I have to get up to throw away the tea bag because I don’t want to set in on the table as that will leave a wet mark. I’m all about making less work for myself.

  • Farm Fresh Spa Experience Kit this one is also a little contradictory, But, hear me out. Giving mom a spa gift card puts a time limit on her gift and she feels pressured (I know I would). This puts the decisions in her hands as to when she wants to do this and it’s more relaxing in your own home.

Okay, that’s enough of that.

Let us get to the fun part (at least it was fun for me to find all these silly things).

Alrightie, I’m going to start off with one that is sure to please any mom who has to deal with their significant other or teenagers.

  • Bandelettes Now when I first saw these I thought it was a joke…. they are real. And after further inspection, they make sense, but certainly not as a mother’s day gift!

  • Novel-teas going back to the cute tea bag pocket mug… these are NOVEL-TEAS 🙂 In their words ”bookish tea bags tagged with wry quotes from literary greats”.

This next one is a “What the what?” moment for me. So I thought maybe you would get a kick out of my confusion.

  • The Pee Pocket yes… you read that correctly The PEE POCKET! I have oh so many questions… 1- Why did I find this in a search for Mother’s Day Gifts? 2- In what situation would this be an acceptable way to relieve yourself? And 3- What the WHAT?!?!!

mother's day gifts

 

  • Instant Audience I could never say it as well as they do… “Let’s face it, you’re a star who deserves your own audience! Even if friends and family don’t agree. You can have your own audience in your pocket with the Instant Audience sound effects box. You will be loved and adored, and always the funniest one in the room. If someone tries to upstage you, just hit the “crickets” or “boo” sound button to let them know they’re not as funny as you.” YES!!!

 

 

Now this one is just over the top…. 

  • Complaint Sticky Notes Now I like this one. Use this sticky note pad to write a complaint and hang in on the fridge and I will then cover it with artwork drawn by the children 🙂

  • Custom Bobblehead I don’t think that there is another thing in this entire world that is more narcissistic than having a bobblehead made of yourself :/

And now I have to stop before I dig myself even deeper into the pits of interweb hell.

I hope you got a nice chuckle and maybe some actual good ideas for Mother’s Day.

Hopefully, you don’t receive a remote control bottle opener or a PEE POCKET for your Mother’s Day gifts!!!

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Have a wonderful week and Happy Mother’s Day!!!