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!

 

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.

A Final Goodbye to 2016: Family Year Review

Family Year Review of the things we have been doing for the past year.

Around this time of the holiday season I find myself thinking over this past year as sort of a family year in review.

So many things happen in the short span of a year. We seem to easily forget and/or rush through many of these things. It is a nice exercise to go back and reminisce on our experiences with family and friends.

In the spirit of the Holidays, I got to thinking about the things we have done this year. I would like to share with everyone my experiences.

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In February, for Valentine’s Day, Allie’s daddy took mommy to the Art Museum. I really enjoyed it. The talent of these artists through the years is so inspiring. I had an amazing time and I can’t wait to go again.

 

We got a hotel room for the night in a very swanky place. We ordered room service and watched a few movies. While Allie was hanging out with mom-mom for the night. It was a much needed time of relaxation and fun.

 

The next thing for this year is that I started this blog on March 9. It is still greatly in its infancy. But, I take it in stride because everyone works at their own pace. I can do this in my own time. Mostly, I get distracted by this pretty face.

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But she is obviously a welcome distraction. She is of course my reason for this blog.

Early in the year was very relaxing and we did not have much to do the first couple of months. Although, we were preparing for a Wedding. Allie was the Flower girl in Uncle Andrew and Aunt Kait’s Wedding on April 2. She did such a great job!!!

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Then on May 21, 2016 my baby girl turned 2!

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Our little girl is growing up so fast. She has greatly exceeded our expectations. Allie is so very smart at just over 2 1/2 years (31 months).

Next, we had planned to move out and into our own place around the middle of June. That plan had fallen through at the last minute. We are still living with Allie’s daddy’s mom. We do plan on getting our own place in the not to distant future. Right now we are saving money.

A few months go by and we have a pretty relaxing time.

Then we went to a 4th of July (also happens to be my birthday) party. My mom and niece watched Allie so we could have a good time without worrying.

I had such a good time that I neglected to take any pictures. That I am very sad about…

Then a little more time goes by, hanging out with my beautiful little girl.

        

 

Then, we went to the zoo a few times. Allie and mommy really love the zoo, especially the giraffes.

 

Then, Halloween snuck up on us so quick.

We went to a Halloween party similar to the 4th of July party,  only we wore costumes and it was at night. 🙂 Also had a good time that I didn’t take any pictures. Again, I am very sad about it.

Allie had a really fun time Trick or Treating this year. She walked up to almost every house with daddy close behind. Said Trick or Treat and Thank you to everyone.

If you give Allie more than one thing at a time, she will take 1 at a time and say thank you after each one. So, needless to say, any house that we went to who thought she was the cutest kitty decided to give her 4 or 5 pieces of candy. So for almost a full 40 seconds she would stand there taking one at a time and putting it in her bag. Every person got such a kick out of it.

She also had to pet every dog that was any where near her at any given time.

Allie was dressed up like a pretty Kitty Cat (Allie Cat). She loved her costume very much.

    

Thanksgiving is pretty much the same every year. We go to my brothers and have a great dinner that his wife cooks. She is a great cook!

Then we go shopping on black Friday. This year, just like last year, we got almost everything on our list. We had just a few more things to purchase for our family and friends.

Christmas Eve came and we went to my brothers for the gift exchange to the nieces and nephews. Allie got some great toys from her Aunt’s and Uncles, also a very nice Princess Castle from Mom-Mom.

Christmas Day lasted two days for Allie’s Daddy’s side of our big family. We all got some great gifts and enjoyed spending time with each other.

This year has been a whirlwind of ups and downs. Everyone has their own experiences. Most of the year has been very pleasant and enjoyable.

A scrapbook for all your memories each year. Scrapbooking is a great way to save your pictures, trinkets and, keepsakes in a cute way. Especially when you have little ones.

This is my scrapbook page for Halloween. Not much going on because I just like the simple look sometimes.

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Christmas this year was so much fun! Allie really got into the opening of presents. She still asks if we have any more presents for her. “More presents for me now?”.

 

The Things I enjoyed this year

From blogs to songs to quotes to Pinterest boards

These are all the things I have loved this year

In no special order

Blogs:

I have listed a lot of these in my blogs to follow posts but they are such great blogs that they stand another mention:

Mom Advice – specifically her Notebook that she posts every Wednesday about the things she has done that week

Lady and the Blog – especially everything

The Every Girl – I love her Coffee Talk under the Wellness category

Modern Mom – Anything under her Parenting category

Vintage Revivals – I check out this blog when I’m looking for décor inspiration

Okay, I am going to preface this with something. I am a 33 year old woman with a 2 1/2 year old daughter. That being said, I hate “adulting”.  So, I hold on to some seemingly “young”? things.

And, as such….. I am completely “fan girling” over this guy.  (fan girl: behave in an obsessive or overexcited way).

Ladies, I am not kidding right now. I commented on 2 of his Instagram posts and HE LIKED MY COMMENTS.

This is a normal everyday guy who just happens to be known pretty well for his Vines. Also, He is a very talented rapper outside of that. He also has a Snapchat that I check constantly. (hence fan girl).

J. Cyrus…….

Check him out!

Quotes

Always the #1: “This too shall pass” my mom

“Cheerfulness is the atmosphere in which all things thrive”

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best”

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started”

“Everyday brings new choices”

Allie’s Mommy and Daddy’s song:

 

 

I do not believe in New Year’s resolutions…

Why wait for a certain day to better your life? If you have something about yourself that you personally do not like, then do the things you need to do to change it now.

We all need to look at ourselves and evaluate the things that make us happy or bring us down. If there are things in our lives that do not help us move forward we need to move past those things. Life is more precious and important than what hinders us. Whether it be a person or an object or a habit. Take back your life.

Here is to hoping that 2017 is all that you need and want!!!

 

 

What is the one thing that you experienced this past year that you enjoyed the most??

I hope everyone has a happy healthy New Year!

Allie’s Mommy

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.

Chores for Toddlers: If they can walk they can help

“Housework is what a woman does that nobody notices unless she hasn’t done it”

Chores for Toddlers’

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Chores for todlders are a very good idea. There is no doubt that children are messy. It seems that they always leave a path of destruction in their wake. We are constantly picking up after them. It is a never ending story of stepping on Lego’s and doll parts.

But, if they can walk, they can help! Start giving your child little things to do around the house. Depending on their age, there are a lot of things they can do to make life easier. Also, it will teach them the value of having a clean place to enjoy with the family.

There are a bunch of things toddlers can do to help around the house. I’ve chosen 12 chores that Toddlers can do with supervision. This list should help get things done faster and hopefully make it more fun.

These chores for toddlers should be a big help for you and the family.

Chores Toddlers’ can Tackle

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1- Pick up and put away their toys

to make this easier, have a cubby system at their level so they know where their toys go and it’s easy to sort them

2- Put their dirty clothes in the hamper (laundry basket)

this is easy enough just put the clothes in the basket when they take them off

3- Help sort the laundry

this one is pretty easy just dark and lights, also helps with learning colors

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4- Unload the cooled down dryer

Allie loves helping mommy take the clothes out of the dryer 🙂

5- Help get the mail

they can put outgoing mail in the mailbox and bring in the mail for the house

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6- Dust unbreakable items around the house

this is especially good for the meticulous child who likes things just so

7- Unpack and put away unbreakable groceries

Allie really enjoys putting the boxes in the pantry for mommy

8- Sweep the floor with a small broom and dust pan

they will get a kick out of pouring the dirt and dust in the trash

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9- Tear lettuce for salad

a very easy and fun task to prepare for dinner

10- Water the outside plants

having their own small water pitcher makes this a fun experience

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11- Pull weeds

this is a fun chore with supervision so they don’t pull everything

12- Snap green beans

Allie loves doing this with Mommy, she  thinks  it’s silly to hear the snap each time

Including the kids in helping with the chores teaches them responsibility and takes some of the work off of your back.

Knowing how to keep things clean is a great lesson. Children also really love to help out wherever they can. They love to be included in the daily happenings.

I’m sure you can figure out a few more chores for toddlers to help  around the house.

Here is a link for a great chore chart to get you started with your toddler

Wishing you stress-free house cleaning and more fun with your children.

Are there any chores that your children love to tackle? Maybe there are some they absolutely hate? Let me know in the comments.

Have a Wonderful week!!!

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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.

Random list of the things I know I don’t know

A Random list of things I just don’t know

I’m not ashamed, I’m human

“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail”

Random list of things I don’t know.

If you don’t know… you can learn.

I have realized recently, that I have been going about this blogging thing all wrong.

I have been trying to portray a personality of knowing much more that I actually do. In doing so, I sounded fake and uninteresting,

I have decided to re-do what I shouldn’t have done in the first place.

Also, I would like to apologize to anyone who may have read my blog in the past. I know it must have been excruciating to get through. I know that you did it in order to be nice and give feedback. I greatly appreciate it.

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So, in order to make amends, I would like to explain the things I do NOT know.

First, I am doing this in the “stream of consciousness” style. While I am writing this a few days before it will be published, I will not be editing excessively. I want to show all of you the real me.

I am not in any way an expert blogger. I learn new things every day. I don’t want to act like I have it all together anymore. BecauseI most certainly do not.

This is me. I’m here for all of you. I want to help other SAHM’s like me, the best I can.

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If you are here to genuinely help me and learn with me every day, Thank you so much!

I love being a mom and a homemaker. I try very hard to do the right thing for my little family.

If you get through this post and you realize that you are like me, please subscribe. It would help me out a lot.

I have been doing this for about 8 months and I have 1 subscriber.

I have put a heck of a lot of work into this blog and I want to be able to help people with it.

Enough about what I want.

Random List of…

Things I DON’T know…. yet

1- Schedules:

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  • I do not handle schedules well.
  • I couldn’t even tell you the last time I actually followed a schedule. High school maybe.
  • Schedules with a toddler is just so funny to me.
  • How do mothers with a young child, especially those with more than one, stick to a strict schedule?
  • I just can’t.
  • It is very rare when I wake up before 8 in the morning. (and I have a 2-year-old)

2- Diet:

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  • Huh?
  • My diet is horrible
  • If you don’t believe me- ask my love handles and saddle bags (as my mom likes to point out frequently)
  • I barely have enough time/energy to cook the food let alone make fresh/organic meals
  • Don’t judge me, monkey.
  • It’s not all bad, I eat fruits and veggies on a regular basis
  • But, if you tell me I’m supposed to have 4-6 servings of each a day, I’m gonna laugh in your face.
  • Cause, who actually does that?

3- Exercise:

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  • My exercise routine consists of going up and down the steps a few times a day in order to get the laundry done.
  • Maybe I’ll take Allie for a walk to the park if its warm outside.
  • Other than that, I don’t do much of anything.

4- Blogging:

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  • Yup. I have no idea what I am doing.
  • I want to learn everything I can so I can offer a great resource.
  • I love doing this
  • I need to buckle down and do it right.
  • My heart is completely in it

5- Socializing:

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  • I don’t do it by choice
  • I have not been diagnosed
  • But, I have some sort of anxiety problem
  • I get very anxious around large groups of people
  • I tend to avoid social situations in any way possible
  • I do not answer the phone if I don’t now whois calling
  • A lot of the time I don’t call ANYONE, EVEN IF I know them
  • My Anxiety is hard to explain
  • Most of the time I don’t even know the cause of my panic attacks

6- Working:

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  • The only job I’ve ever had was at a boy scout camp working in the kitchen as a salad prep/special needs liaison/cook
  • The reason for this goes back to my anxiety with social situations
  • I have extremely bad panic attacks when dealing with anything that has to do with talking to strangers.
  • Especially, in a professional capacity
  • Which is why I need this blog to be successful
  • This is my chance to contribute to my little family and take some of the stress off of my SO
  • Right now he is paying for everything I need to make my blog better
  • He has been paying for it for the past 8 months
  • And everything else we need

7- Life:

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  • It’s difficult, to say the least
  • Life can cut you down when you least expect it.
  • I try to Get up and keep going
  • It will get better
  • My mom always says… “This to shall passs”
  • I hang on that hope every day

 

And that was the random list :/

 

This has been very hard for me to get through. I can only hope by putting myself out here to you, I can get some feedback and really start helping other moms like me.

The one thing in my life that I know I am doing right is raising my beautiful daughter.

Allie is my everything and without her, I would be lost. She gives me purpose. She wakes me with a smile every day. “Mommy, I’m awake!”

Everything I do is for Allie. Which is why I named my blog Allie’s Mommy. Being her mother is the one thing I am completely confident about. No one can take that away! She is my heart and soul.

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Thank you so much for being here with me.

Is there anything in this post that you can relate to? Let me know in the comments and maybe we can help each other.

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy

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.

Eating and your Toddler: 27 Tips to hopefully make it easier

Eating and your Toddler:

Getting your toddler to eat can be pretty difficult. If your one of those parents who can’t seem to work it out maybe some of these tips will help you. Hopefully, some of them will give you the confidence to stick it out and figure out what works for you.

I think, I lucked out as far as not having a “picky eater” Allie loves most foods. She will eat pretty much anything I give her. But, I have noticed recently, after only a few minutes she gets bored with it and wants to go play. Now, that may be a result of being able to run around the house easier and get into everything.

I have tried a lot of different things to get her to sit and finish a meal but I have yet to find the right combination that clicks for her and the rest of our family.

I researched a few different techniques and have compiled my own list of tips I think might work for me. Hopefully. some of them will help you and we can share in mutual success 🙂

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  27 TIPS TO GET YOUR TODDLER TO EAT (AND FINISH) A MEAL

  1. First of all, let us just be clear… As long as your child is eating SOME of their food it is a great accomplishment. Especially around age 2 when they want to do anything but what you ask them.
  2. Allow only two to three snacks a day. Such as fruit, cheese, crackers or raisins. Children who over snack will not be hungry for meals. snacks
  3. Avoid to much juice or milk as it takes up their calorie intake for the day. (16 oz. milk and 6 oz. juice) banana-juice-in-glass-13929203836Q6
  4. Give your child smaller portions and only give more if they ask. To much can overwhelm and discourage. Also, giving them this little bit of control will make them want to do it for themselves.
  5. Try to incorporate all four food groups at each meal. (Carbs, fruit, veggie, and meat)
  6. Try, as much as possible, to eat as a family. When the child see’s others eating and enjoying themselves they will want to do the same.
  7. Maybe, change the appearance of the food to peak the child’s interest. (use cookie cutters for fun shapes)
  8. Avoid negative reactions or even positive praise. The child should want to eat to please themselves not anyone else.
  9. If you feel like your child just isn’t getting enough try a multivitamin.
  10. Don’t judge from just one day, as long as your child is getting a variety of foods over a week long period, they are fine.
  11.  As a rule, only make one meal for the entire family.Show that if you are eating the meal everyone else eats the same food.
  12. One bite rule, at least try each thing once.
  13. No substitutes! They must have the same meal as everyone else.
  14. Don’t offer any snacks at least two hours before dinner. To insure they are hungry for the meal.
  15. Get them excited for the meal.  “Almost dinner time, lets set the table!” table-setting
  16. Try to have a tray stocked with anything you might need for the meal. Constant up and down to get forgotten items disrupts the flow and children tend to get distracted fast. eating tray for the table
  17. Offer special rewards for eating a certain amount like stickers or dessert. educational-rewards-prizes-poster
  18. No punishments. but make the rules clear. They must try at least one bite of everything at every meal no exceptions.
  19. Keep your expectations low. These things take time. One day might be great and they eat most of their food and everyone has a great meal, and the next day spaghetti is on the wall and in your hair and the dog ate most of the food. The more you do it and stick to your guns it will get easier.
  20. Keep your eye on the prize. That being, a smooth family experience, not etiquette school. Since it is your house you get to decide what the difference is for your family.
  21. Keep the meal short. As we all know, children have very short attention spans. Get to know your time frame and try to stick within that time slot.  look-blocky-text
  22. Try to make after dinner dessert more of the fruit variety. Cakes and pastries will give them a sugar rush. fruit-mix
  23. Don’t give up! It takes time to form a good habit. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, keep up with it.
  24. Keep offering new and different foods. No matter how many different times, you never know when they will be in the right mood to try and like a new food.
  25. Do not try to put so much effort into the preparation of your toddlers food. They will most likely reject a lot of it. Don’t feel defeated, it happens!
  26. Be sure to have dinner long before bed time. Tired children are notorious for being very cranky and not wanting to eat anything no matter how hard you try to feed them.big-ben-wall-clock
  27. Don’t get to crazy! If you hit the end of your rope its okay to give in and make a PB&J. (but only once in a while)

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Keep your head up! We can’t all be stepford wives 🙂

So, these tips may not work for everyone. But, I do believe they are a great starting off point to find what works best for you and how you would like your meals (and overall life) to be for your family.

That is all.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I hope I didn’t bore you to much. Have a great day and a wonderful week!

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy 😛

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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.