September National Days: New and Interesting Activities

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

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

 

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

September 1st is…

National Lazy Mom’s Day!

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

National Wildlife Day is observed annually on September 4th.

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

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

 

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

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

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

Enjoy these cheese pizza recipes:

Easy Cheese Pizza
Zucchini Goat Cheese Pizza 

 

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

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

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

Sit back, relax and read a book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW…

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

Celebrate National Ampersand Day by having fun with the ampersand:

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Herbed Chicken Nuggets
Yogurt Sundaes

 

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

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

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

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

Challenge yourself to start your own Live Creative initiative.

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

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

 

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

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

Enjoy these delicious linguine recipes

Linguine with Clam Sauce
Chicken and Onions Over Linguine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phone: 720.985.8600
Email: info@nationalcleanupday.org

 

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

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

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

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

Mountain Dew Apple Dumpling
Apple Dumpling Cake

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

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

There are other claims of the invention of the cheeseburger:

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

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

or….

Enjoy one of these tasty recipes:

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

What is your favorite way of snacking on string cheese?

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Grab an ice cream cone

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Enjoy this Cherries Jubilee recipe.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Pancakes are also known as flapjacks or hot cakes.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Mix up some chocolate milk to drink

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

30 Incredibly Fun Fall Activities for the Whole Family

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Every year around this time we start to get a little antsy. The season is changing, summer is ending, the air is getting a little cooler, and the kids are starting/going back to school.

It’s a lot to take in all at once, so we don’t really think about what to do as much.

I have put together a list of things to do that the entire family can enjoy doing together.

31 Fall Activities for the Whole Family

 

  1. Take a drive in the country
  2. Plant bulbs in the garden for next spring
  3. Go apple picking
  4. Get lost in a corn maze
  5. Go for a hike
  6. Go on a hayride
  7. Collect colorful Fall leaves to use in an art project (ideas)
  8. Make a pine cone bird feeder (directions)
  9. Jump in a pile of leaves
  10. Buy something from a bake sale
  11. Borrow a book from the library
  12. Watch geese fly south for the winter
  13. Learn to knit (tutorial)
  14. Go antiquing for the day
  15. Listen to the sounds of leaves crunching under foot
  16. (Adult) Tour a Winery (Winery List)
  17. Breath in the cool crisp air
  18. Carve your own pumpkins (directions)
  19. Give out candy to trick or treaters in costume
  20. Throw a Halloween Party (see link at the bottom for ideas [affiliate])
  21. Make your kids Halloween costumes or pick a family theme (check bottom of post for my”find costume” link [affiliate])
  22. Get spooked at a haunted house/walk
  23. Eat a slice of warm pumpkin bread (recipe)
  24. Drink hot spiced cider (or cold) (recipe)
  25. Bake an apple or pumpkin pie (Apple recipe) (Pumpkin recipe)
  26. Make butternut squash soup (recipe)
  27. Make and eat a caramel apple (recipe)
  28. Collect pine cones and display them as a decoration Tutorial
  29. Go to a Fall Festival in your town
  30. Go around the table telling each other what you are thankful for

 

When we think of our little ones going off to school it can be a bittersweet feeling. We are so glad they are growing and learning but, we miss them being with us all the time.

To lessen the blow, pick a few, or all of the activities from the list and spend some time together as a family.

Our kids grow up so fast, it’s like we blink and they are 16, talking back and trying to spend as little time as a family as possible.

How do you spend time with your family? Do you have any special activities that you like to do each year?

Let me know in the comments 🙂

 

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63 Family Activities to beat the heat this Summer

We all know, the summer heat is not going away anytime soon. So, your kids may be spending a lot of their time inside the house.

Here are some DIY craft/activities to keep the kids busy.

12 DIY Crafts

-Wooden Peg Dolls are all the rage but it can get expensive to buy individual dolls, especially if you have more than one child. They are very easy to make and the materials are inexpensive. Check out this tutorial to make your own wooden peg dolls.

-Felt boards! A twist on paper dolls… Felt Monsters you don’t have to make them into monsters you can make princesses or knights and dragons. Your children’s imagination has no limits 🙂

-Homemade musical instruments… kids love making noise, what better way to teach them that with musical instruments? Tin Can Drums

-Choose your child’s favorite colors and make these cards. Craft Foam Sewing Cards

-These ABC Game Pieces are a fun learning tool for tracing or letter learning.

-Are you a mom of an infant? This is a great learning tool. Infant Sensory Boards Bright colors, a variety of textures, and fabric colors.

-Two words…. Homemade Playdough

-A Marble Run is a great way to prevent boredom. Hours of fun and laughter with this great activity.

-Make learning fun with this Sight Words Treasure Hunt. Somewhat like a scavenger hunt, but they are looking for letters to spell out the words.

-Always a winner with young children is Homemade Finger Paints.

-The Hot Air Balloon Craft is a really fun activity for kids and parents to enjoy.

-Tic-Tac-Toe is a fun game for everyone. Make this DIY game set out of durable fabric so you and your children can enjoy it time and again.

51 Activities for Hot Days

  1. Run through the sprinklers
  2. Visit a water park
  3. Take a picnic to the beach, Pack lots of cold, refreshing drinks.
  4. Visit an ice cream parlor
  5. Fill water toys with ice cold water and chase the family outside
  6. Go to the bookstore and browse all the great new releases
  7. Go to the movies
  8. Read a book together
  9. Make your own ice pops
  10. Rent a DVD or stream a Netflix movie for the whole family
  11. Let the kids have fun washing the car (with your supervision)
  12. Go to a Baseball game
  13. Help the kids set up a lemonade stand
  14. Go to a bowling alley
  15. Visit a local aquarium
  16. BOARD GAMES
  17. Box fans are great for robot voices
  18. Go to the library and show your kids your favorite old books
  19. Get the kids together and do a random act of kindness
  20. Get out the coloring books and color in silly ways
  21. Play a game of hide and seek
  22. Build a fort with pillows and blankets
  23. Do some baking
  24.  Get the kids interested in dusting by making it a game
  25. Dance (make up silly moves and have a contest)
  26. Learn a new song
  27. Have an indoor picnic
  28. Legos
  29. Have a tea party
  30. Make roads on the floor with painters tape and race toy cars
  31. Play kitchen and pretend to cook for each other
  32. Dress up       
  33. Put together a large puzzle (put it in a place where it can stay out for a while and work on it a bit every day)
  34. Create your own song with your kid’s toy instruments and encourage them to use their imaginations
  35. Sticker Collage (have the kids put stickers on paper n any way they want
  36. Take a nap (Hot air can make you very tired.  Drink a glass of water and then take a nap with the kids)
  37. Have a painting party with watercolors
  38. Play a card game
  39. Guess what? (put an object in a paper bag, and have your children close their eyes and they feel it and try to guess what it is)
  40. Grocery Store (let kids “shop” around the house and chek out with fake money)
  41. Go see some local indoor attractions
  42. Set up a small tent in the house and pretend to go camping
  43. Put on a puppet show
  44. Play with a train set
  45. Make a craft basket (anything that can be used to craft goes in the basket. whenever they are bored they can get the basket and make something
  46. Take silly pictures       
  47. Make shadow puppets on the wall
  48. Balloon toss (make sure the balloon doesn’t touch the ground
  49. Gather some medium sized rocks. Wash them and paint them into “pet rocks”
  50. Scavenger Hunt
  51. Push each of the kids around in the laundry basket (extra points for getting them to help with folding and putting away before the fun ride in the basket).

 

 

Extremely hot days can be boring for the kids. Hopefully, this list gave you some ideas for fun family activities to fight the boredom and the heat.

 

Is there anything not on this list that you like to do on those hot summer days?

Let me know in the comments and please share if you enjoyed this post.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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

11 Spring Crafts and Activities for Kids

The first day of Spring is fast approaching. The days are getting longer. The weather is getting warmer. The kids are getting antsy.

They are excited because warmer weather means summer is coming. Soon they will be out of school and able to hang out with friends and go to the pool or do whatever other fun activity they love to do in warm weather.

Channel that new found energy into some fun Spring crafts and activities. It is a great bonding experience between you and the kids.

Not only will you be putting their energy into something productive and fun. You will also be teaching them new skills and motivating them to be creative while using their imagination.

 

spring crafts and activities for kids

These are some really great and fun spring crafts to do with your little ones. I chose these because I think Allie would have a blast trying them. I’m sure your little ones will get a kick out of these as well.

This first one shows the kids “blowing paint”. It is a bit of an advanced technique but, I’m sure you, or your child, could just paint the tree normally and it will still look beautiful.

Spring Cherry Tree

This one requires baking some cupcakes but then your child can do the rest (after the cupcakes cool) with instruction from you.

Flower Pot Cupcakes

This one is an especially great one for us. We use a filter basket instead of actual filters. But, we still have a few packs of filter papers that are just sitting around.  Can’t wait to try this one.

Coffee Filter Flowers and Butterflies

I love any craft/activity that re-uses something we always have in the house. This is a great recycle and it comes out so cute!

Egg Carton Turtles

Also, another recycle craft for all those toilet paper rolls and also could use paper towel rolls cut in half.

Spring Butterfly

I really like this idea to use puzzle pieces that we would normally throw away because of missing or broken pieces.

Puzzle Piece Frame

This egg stacking activity is great for developing those motor skills. You could also incorporate some counting lessons and color play.

Egg Stacking

This is a great craft to teach your children about birds and nature. Also, another great recycle.

Milk Carton Bird Feeder

This is just a really cute craft for decorations. They come out so pretty.

Paper Flower Garland

This is a wonderful lesson on shapes and colors. Also a cute little caterpillar craft.

Shape & Color Sorting Caterpillar

A sensory activity for your little ones. Also, a great way to teach color coding and size differences.

Discovery Box: Plastic Eggs

 

I ordered this Easter craft set from Amazon. Should be a lot of fun to do with Allie. 🙂  If you would like to order this for your child just click the image. (affiliate link)

 

Our order of this little craft bundle arrived. I wanted to share with you, our mini spring crafts session.

First, we put together the Easter Bunny Egg wreath.

spring crafts to make with the kids

spring crafts to make with the kids

Then Allie wanted to make the hatching chick from the egg magnet.

The process to make these things is silly easy. Obviously, since they are for kids. But, it was a lot of fun for me to help Allie put them together.

She was so excited for the finished product 🙂

Next, we made the Picture frame bunny magnet.

This one was my favorite. Allie had a blast putting the nose, ears, bowtie, paws, feet, and dots on the bunny and the frame.

spring crafts bunny magnet picture frame

Last, and the one I did not like… the Easter egg “basket”.

While it is cute, there isn’t much to it. You just take the popsicle sticks and stick them to a piece of foam and add the egg sticker, the bow, and the pipe cleaner. Not really engaging.

This is a great resource for more fun Spring Crafts for kids. (affiliate link)

What is your favorite craft to do with your little ones? Let me know in the comments.

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