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.

Days in May to Celebrate with the Kids

“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today”

The weather is getting warm, the kids are getting antsy to be outside. But, what can you do as a family that everyone can enjoy together.

May is the best time of year, in my opinion. It gets warmer outside but not hot, the flowers are blooming, and everyone seems to be in a good mood.

As with March and April, I have looked up the different national days for the month of May and chosen the ones that I think would be nice to celebrate as a family.

So, without further ado I give you… kids celebrate May

National Days of May to Celebrate with the Kids

National Mother Goose Day is observed each year on May 1st.

This day honors Mother Goose, the imaginary author of a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes we loved as children.

Mother Goose is often illustrated as an elderly country woman in a tall hat and shawl, but she is also sometimes depicted as a goose wearing a bonnet.

Enjoy two different versions of Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater:

(Originally dated in Mother Goose’s Quarto c1825)

Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
Had another, and didn’t love her;
Peter learned to read and spell,
And then he loved her very well.

(Most well-known version)

Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
Had a wife and couldn’t keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he keeps her very well.

What to do:

In honor of Mother Goose Day, revisit those wonderful childhood stories with your children.

HISTORY

Charles Perrault is believed to be the initiator of the fairy tale genre when he published his fairy tale collection in 1695.

His publication marks the first authenticated starting point for the Mother Goose stories.

Mother Goose Day was founded in 1987 by Gloria T. Delamar in tandem with the publication of her book, Mother Goose; From Nursery to Literature. For more information on National Mother Goose Day visit The Official Home of the Mother Goose Society.

National Truffle Day is observed annually on May 2nd.  On this day, the deliciously sweet chocolate truffle gets the spotlight.

This chocolate confectionery is traditionally made with a chocolate ganache center coated in chocolate, icing, cocoa powder, chopped nuts or coconut.

The truffle may be filled with other fillings such as cream, melted chocolate, caramel, nuts, fruit, nougat, fudge, toffee, mint, marshmallow or liqueur.

N. Petruccelli of Chambery, France is believed to be the inventor of the chocolate truffle in December 1895.

Truffles became much more popular in 1902 when Prestat Chocolate Shop opened in London.

What to do:

Enjoy the following tried and true recipes.

Easy OREO Truffles
Easy Decadent Truffles
Basic Truffles
Chocolate Truffles

Each year on May 3 it is National Two Different Colored Shoes Day.

This is a day to stand out from the other 364 days of the year. Celebrate your uniqueness and put it on display on May 3rd.

Wear two different colored shoes and see where they take you.

What to do:

Encourage the kids to wear two different colored shoes for a fun silly day.

HISTORY

National Two Different Colored Shoes Day was created by Dr. Arlene Kaiser.  Kaiser created this day to recognize and celebrate human diversity.

According to Kaiser, “The simple act of wearing two different colored shoes proclaims your individuality.

By taking this ‘positive risk,’ you can demonstrate your willingness to be different, and show your appreciation for the unique people in your life”.

To learn more visit

www.nationaltwodifferentcolordedshoesday.com.

May 4 recognizes National Orange Juice Day, America’s most popular breakfast drink.

People have been waking up to a glass of orange juice for many years and enjoying the health benefits it gives them.

One 8 ounce serving of orange juice has 124 mg of vitamin C and also supplies potassium, thiamine and folate.

That little bit of sunshine in the morning can add a boost to your day.

Another excellent way to add orange juice to your diet if you are watching your sugar intake is to include it as an ingredient in a recipe.

Orange juice can add great flavor to smoothies, whole grain waffles or french toast.

National Space Day is observed annually on the first Friday in May.

This day is dedicated to the extraordinary achievements, benefits and opportunities in the exploration and use of space.

The goal of National Space Day is to promote math, science, technology and engineering education in young people to inspire them to pursue a career in science, especially a career in space-related jobs.

What to do:

Teachers, students, space-related organizations, groups and agencies hold celebrations, demonstrations and educational programs each year on National Space Day.

National Space Day has grown so fast in recent years; the day is celebrated worldwide as International Space Day.

HISTORY

National Space Day was created in 1997 by the Lockheed Martin Corporation as a one-day event.  In 2001, due to its extreme popularity, former astronaut and Senator John Glenn expanded Space Day to International Space Day.

Each year on the first Saturday in May, National Scrapbook Day is observed.

Also known as National Scrapbooking Day, this day will gather thousands of people all over the country to celebrate with scrapbooking parties and share their talents with others. Scrapbooking dates back to the 15th century.

Scrapbooking is a method for preserving family history, personal momentoes, photographs, newspaper clippings, artwork and other memorabilia.

Journaling is often included to describe the journey or to maintain the story for future generations.

Scrapbooking has become a popular hobby and those who enjoy it may develop a strong social network, swapping tools, advice and techniques.

They often gather together at each others’ homes and even join each other at conventions or retreats.

NATIONAL LEMONADE DAY

National Lemonade Day is observed the first Sunday in May.

Not only is National Lemonade Day a time to enjoy a refreshing glass of lemonade, but more importantly, it is a day to give youth an opportunity to experience the taste of success.

Through LemonadeDay.org, millions of kids around the nation learn what it takes to run a business in a fun and constructive way.

The days leading up to Lemonade Day are full of preparation by small but budding entrepreneurs.

They attend workshops, check their stock and scout out their locations.

On Lemonade Day, they will be ready to set up shop and sell the freshest, coolest lemonade their side of the block!

What to do:

To participate in National Lemonade Day visit www.lemonadeday.org. Help the kids make a  lemonade stand on National Lemonade Day.

History:

National Lemonade Day was founded by Michael Holthouse in 2007 in his hometown of Houston, Texas. Today he and LemonadeDay.org is partnered with Google to continue to bring the entrepreneur spirit to the youth of the America.

 

National Coconut Cream Pie Day is observed annually on May 8. This day was created in honor of the delicious pie made with a sweet coconut cream filling.

What to do:

Follow a tried and true recipe for homemade Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie

National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day, is observed on the Tuesday of the first full week in May. This day is part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is the first full week in May of each year.

The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day

Teachers play a critical role in educating and shaping our children: the future leaders of our country.

They are kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated and understanding professionals that mold our children’s lives in a positive direction.

We entrust our children with the teachers, and they affect their lives on a daily basis.

What to do:

It is time to say Thank You to the special teachers that you know.  Let them know that they are appreciated for all that they do.

HISTORY

Political and educational leaders first began discussions for a day to honor teachers in 1944.  In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim National Teachers’ Day.

Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day. The National Education Association continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May.

The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.

National Clean Up Your Room Day is observed annually on May 10.  This is a day parents appreciate much more than do their children.

National Clean Up Your Room Day isn’t just for kids to clean their rooms.  It is about picking up, straightening up and cleaning up.

It is a day to do some serious spring cleaning and make your surroundings more pleasant.

Clean out a cluttered closet and donate or throw away those things you are not using.

Help your children make their beds, clean their rooms and eliminate the toys and clothing they have outgrown.

What to do:

Spend some time getting your home looking and feeling clean and fresh for summer

but also…

National School Nurse Day is always the Wednesday of National Nurses Week. National School Nurse Day honors all school nurses who care for the children in the schools every day.

School nurses promote learning through healthy children.  The theme for the 2016 National School Nurse Day is School Nurses: Better Health. Better Learning. 

School nurses are often the first place a student thinks to go when they don’t feel well or have been hurt, but they provide a wealth of information that supports a successful education as well.

On National School Nurse Day, remember all the reasons the nurse is available to your school.

HISTORY

On July 4, 1968, the National Education Association established the Department of School Nurses (DSN), an association dedicated to the advancement of school nursing practice and the health of school-age children.

Over the next few years, each state established its own school nurses association under the umbrella of the Department of School Nurses.

In 1974, President Ford proclaimed the fourth Wednesday in January as National School Nurse Day.

School nurses are now nationally recognized and celebrated for contributing to the health and well-being of the nation’s students.

For more information on this day visit the National School Nurse Day website. 

Always observed on May 11, National Twilight Zone Day is that mysterious day highlighted with eerie background music and unexplainable occurrences.

The television show The Twilight Zone was created, written and narrated by Rod Serling. It premiered on October 1, 1959.

The episodes were wildly popular, stretched the imagination, and captivated viewers. The show aired from 1959-1964.

What to do:

What’s your favorite episode of The Twilight Zone? If your children are old enough share this great show with them.

Observed annually on May 12, National Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of English artist, illustrator, author and poet Edward Lear (May 12).

Lear is known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry, prose and limericks.

National Limerick Day also celebrates the limerick poem.  Limerick poems were popularized by Edward Lear’s book “Book of Nonsense” in 1846.

A limerick is a very short, humorous, nonsense poem. Within a limerick, there are five lines.

The first two lines rhyme with the fifth line and the third and fourth line rhyme together.

The limerick also has a particular rhythm which is officially described as anapestic trimeter.

THERE WAS A YOUNG LADY


By Edward Lear

There was a Young Lady whose chin
Resembled the point of a pin;
So she had it made sharp, and purchased a harp,
And played several tunes with her chin.

What to do:

Sit down with your kids and write a few limericks together.

Annually the second Saturday in May recognizes National Miniature Golf Day.

This day is separate fromMiniature Golf Day, which is celebrated worldwide on September 21.

Similar to the sport of golf, but as the name suggests it is a miniature version of the game. While still played with a series of 9 or 18 holes, miniature golf courses are shorter, usually themed and have a variety of obstacles which add to the difficulty of the game.

There isn’t any need to call “FOUR” since only putters are used in this version.

The distances are too short (usually about 10 yards) to use any of the other clubs in golf.

The courses are made mostly of concrete or artificial turf so there are no divots to replace, either! The game is also known mini-golf, midget golf, putt putt and peewee golf.

Some of the more challenging miniature golf courses have waterfalls, caverns and castles with drawbridges as part of their obstacle course.

What to do:

Take the family to your local miniature golf course and have a fun-filled day!

Everyone has one or has someone who is like a mother to them.

On the second Sunday in May, we honor those women who are our mothers.

Whether we shower her with gifts, take her to a fancy dinner or make her a homemade card, what most moms really want is to be surrounded by the love of their family.

Knowing the people they love are safe, sound and healthy is a mom’s number one priority.

What to do:

Remember to put mom first on Mother’s Day and relax as your children take care of you.

HISTORY

Mother’s Day has been celebrated around the world since, well, since motherhood.

In the United States, Julia Ward Howe inspired the first movement toward a national Mother’s Day during the Civil War.

Appealing to the public for a “Mother’s Day for Peace” after witnessing the devastation left by war, Howe went on an international crusade.

While her efforts never gained formal recognition for an official observance, she was acknowledged posthumously in 1988 for her achievements and her efforts for women’s rights.

It was in 1905 when Mother’s Day was finally introduced successfully by Anna Jarvis, the daughter of Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis who had followed Howe’s campaign and had pursued her own volunteer efforts during the Civil War.

Her mother died May 9, 1905, and she missed her greatly. She started a dedicated letter writing campaign to declare an official Mother’s Day. Through Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, the first Mother’s Day was observed on May 10, 1908.

This day, to honor Anna Jarvis’s mother grew into a National Observance until in 1911 every state participated.

Soon it was spreading internationally and on May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day a national holiday to be held on the second Sunday of May.

On May 15th, we recognize a morsel of a thing.  It’s National Chocolate Chip Day!

Have you ever wondered if an ingredient would work in a recipe? It is hard to imagine where we would be without the invention of chocolate chips.

In 1937, Ruth Graves Wakefield of Whitman Massachusetts must have been curious what a little bit of chocolate would add to her cookies.

While working at the Toll House Inn, she added cut-up chunks of semi-sweet Nestle chocolate bar to a cookie recipe.

The cookies were a huge success and in 1939 Wakefield signed an agreement with Nestle to add her recipe to the chocolate bar’s packaging.

In exchange for the recipe, Wakefield received a lifetime supply of chocolate.  The Nestle brand Toll House cookies were named for the Inn.

Nestle initially included a small chopping tool with the chocolate bars. Starting in 1941,  Nestle and other competitors started selling the chocolate in chip or morsel form.

Semi-sweet was the original flavor of chocolate chips.  Today the chocolates come in bittersweet, semi-sweet, mint, white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white and dark swirled.

The imagination is the only thing limiting what recipes chocolate can be used. Today chocolate chips are used in a variety of baking methods from sweet to savory.

Had Ruth Graves Wakefield never wondered what a few chopped up chunks of chocolate would be like in her baking, we wouldn’t even have chocolate chip cookies.

May 16 of each year honors National Love a Tree Day.

On this day, trees are celebrated and recognized for the wonderful gift that they are to us. National Love a Tree Day is in the middle of Garden for Wildlife Month.

Most species of trees tend to be long-lived. There are actually some trees that live to be several thousand years old.

The tallest known tree is 379 ft. tall.

Trees provide more than just beautiful landscapes and a shady canopy on a sunny day.

They play a significant role in reducing erosion and moderating the climate as well as give us oxygen.

Large quantities of carbon are stored in their tissues as trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

What to do:

Trees are a vital part of nature.  This is a good day to plant a new tree or spend some time enjoying the beauty of the trees that are all around you

National Cherry Cobbler Day is dedicated every May 17th to the delicious tart dessert that many enjoy with ice cream.

In the United States, cobbler refers to a variety of dishes that consist of a fruit filling (cherry being a popular choice ) covered with a batter, biscuit or pie crust that is then baked.  Some cobblers have both a top and bottom crust.

Cobblers originated in the early British American colonies.

It was because of the lack of suitable ingredients and proper cooking equipment that the English settlers were unable to make their traditional suet puddings, so to improvise, they covered a stewed filling with a layer of uncooked biscuits or dumplings.

A cherry cobbler differs from a crisp as a cobbler lacks oatmeal. Sometimes the cobbler is topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

May 18 marks a fun holiday, National No Dirty Dishes Day.  This is a day that gives us all a break from the regular daily routine.

There are two options for this day.  You can eat all meals out. If that is possible, would also be a bonus treat.

Or, you can use disposable paper plates, cups and silverware.  To stay earth friendly, choose ones that are biodegradable.

What to do:

Go out to lunch or dinner with friends or have a barbecue and serve everything on paper plates with disposable utensils.

Each year on the third Friday in May, millions of pizza lovers across the nation join in extolling the qualities of pizza on National Pizza Party Day.

Celebrate by inviting friends and family to share a night of fun at your favorite pizzeria.

Another way to celebrate is with a homemade pizza with fresh toppings or by having one delivered.

  • In ancient Greece, Greeks enjoyed bread covered with oils, herbs, and cheese.
  • 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.

Every May 20 National Pick Strawberries Day is observed.   There is something special about the taste of a sun-warmed strawberry picked straight off of the vine.

Strawberry picking time is usually between late April and throughout the summer, depending on what part of the United States you live. When harvesting strawberries, you want to look for the bright red, firm and plump ones.

  • Strawberries are members of the rose family
  • Strawberries are the only fruit with their seeds on the outside
  • Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C
  • Strawberries are low-fat, low in calories and a good source of fiber, folic acid and potassium
  • Strawberries help can help fight bad cholesterol and may reduce inflammation
  • The first strawberries were grown in France in the late 18th century.  Prior to the 18th century, wild strawberries were collected and commonly used as a fruit source.

What to do:

Enjoy some freshly picked strawberries and other treats with the kids.

Kids, you work hard every day.  It’s time to show your parents just how hard you work.  After all, your primary job is to play, and the third Sunday in May is National Take Your Parents to the Playground Day!

Outdoor play offers the obvious benefit of physical activity helping to build strong muscles and bones.  It also engages the child’s imagination which contributes to developing creativity as well as self-confidence.

But, a child’s work doesn’t stop there.  Playing with others includes games, focus, and attention.  As a result, playing teaches leadership and negotiation skills.  The more children play, the healthier, smarter and happier they are.

Include all these benefits with National Take Your Parents to the Playground Day, and the value of play is increased exponentially because the whole family is involved.

What to do:

Find the closest playground and take your parents to work.

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HISTORY

PDPlay first founded Take Your Parents to the Playground Day on April 4, 2009, to motivate children to get outdoors and take their parents to their workplace.

Take Your Parents to the Playground Day follows Children & Nature Awareness Month, an event established by the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) to call attention to the importance of providing opportunities for all children to experience frequent, regular play in natural outdoor settings.

National Take Your Parents to the Playground Day provides an excellent opportunity to continue the initiative’s message with families throughout the year.

May 22nd is the day we recognize National Vanilla Pudding Day.  Enjoy it with a delicious dish of cold, creamy vanilla pudding.

The puddings we enjoy as desserts today are not what was commonly known as pudding at ancient dinner tables.

Most medieval puddings were meat based and seasoned with herbs and spices. Even sweetened, they were usually served hot.

Toward the end of the 18th century, puddings were more likely made from a grains or day old bread with nuts, fruit or meats. These puddings were used to stretch meals for a large family.

The creamy pudding we are more familiar with today is related to the custard, minus the eggs.

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but spouses who are chemists are the inventor.

When you are Alfred Bird and your wife is allergic to eggs, that is very true. In 1837, Bird invented an egg-free custard powder using flavored cornstarch.

The earliest packaged pudding in the United States was marketed by My-T-Fine in 1918.  This and other puddings like them still required cooking on the stove.

The instant version came along in the mid-1940s.  On its own or as an ingredient in a larger recipe, pudding can be enjoyed in a variety of flavors.

What to do:

Give the following creamy vanilla pudding recipes a try:

Homemade Vanilla Pudding
Moms Chocolate Chip Cookies
Strawberry Delight Cake
Dessert Pizza

National Lucky Penny Day is observed each year on May 23rd.

 

See a penny, pick it up… All day long you’ll have good luck.

When you are out and about, look on the ground for pennies.  It just might be your lucky day!

Years ago a penny was able to buy something.

(Check out National Taffy Day – to see what we used to get for a penny.)

Today, due to inflation, the penny does not buy much of anything. The metal value and cost of minting pennies exceed their face value.

Many nations have stopped minting equivalent value coins and efforts are being made to end the routine use of pennies in several countries including the United States.

1793 – The first pennies in the United States were made of copper.

What to do:

See how many pennies you can find! Make it a game with the kids to find as many as they can.

Marked annually on May 24, National Scavenger Hunt Day is set aside as a day to enjoy the good ol’ fashioned fun of a scavenger hunt.

American gossip columnist, author, songwriter and professional hostess Elsa Maxwell (May 24, 1883 – November 1, 1963) is credited with the introduction of the scavenger hunt for use as a party game in the modern era.

A scavenger hunt is a game where teams are challenged to “scavenge” for a list of odd items. Participants are not allowed to buy the objects and depending on where the hunt takes place may have to beg, barter or work for them.

Some scavenger hunts add riddles to each item increasing the difficulty of the game.  The team with the most items, or the first to complete the list, wins.

What to do:

Scavenger hunts have become popular at weekend get-togethers, parties, family gatherings and holidays.

However, this would be a great day to have a scavenger hunt at the office or put one together for the neighborhood kids and let the fun begin

National Brown-Bag-It-Day is observed each year on May 25.

Taking your lunch to work or school is an effective way to save money and to ensure you and your family are eating healthy.

If a refrigerator is available, there are more options.  Yogurt, salads, cottage cheese and leftovers can all be stored until lunch time.

Insulated lunchboxes with an ice-pack are also an option when a refrigerator is not available.

When neither is an option, there are still many health choices such as peanut butter, fresh fruits and vegetables, and protein bars.

A thermos is also a good source for taking warm food with you for your lunch.

Each year on the Friday before Memorial Day, it is National Don’t Fry Day.

The goal of National Don’t Fry Day is to raise awareness of all the risks of overexposure to the sun.  It is important for everyone to remember to use sun protection and sun safety practices.

Unfortunately, skin cancer is increasing in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer.

The risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage to the skin increases as we spend more time enjoying the outdoors now that warmer weather is upon us.

We need to take precautions when we are outside in the sun.

Using a good sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are a few ways to get started with sun safety.

Skin cancer is curable if it is found early.  Be aware of changes on your skin with growths and in moles.  See your doctor if you have any concerns.  Be safe!

For more information see: http://skincancerprevention.org/programs/dont-fry-day

What to do:

Make sure to use sunscreen and teach your children how important it is to protect their skin.

HISTORY

National Don’t Fry Day was created by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.

May 27 calls for warm weather and sunshine so we can recognize National Grape Popsicle Day.

In San Francisco, California, in 1905, 11-yr-old Frank Epperson was outside on his porch, mixing water with a white powdered flavoring to make soda.

Upon going inside, he left it there on the porch with the stirring stick still in it.  That night the temperature reached a record low and the following morning, Frank discovered the drink had frozen to the stick.

Years later, in 1922, Epperson introduced his treat at a fireman’s ball where it was a huge success.

Then in 1923, he made and sold his frozen treat-on-a-stick at an amusement park in Alameda, California.  Epperson applied for a patent in 1924 for his frozen confectionery, which he called “Epsicle” ice pop.  He then renamed it “Popsicle“.

Popsicles are one of summertime’s favorite treats for kids of all ages. National Grape Popsicle Day honors one of the most popular flavors!

National Hamburger Day is observed each year on May 28.

This day celebrates a summer-time grilling favorite and National Hamburger Day is part of National Hamburger Month.

Hamburger.  Seasoned ground beef, grilled and placed between two slices of bread or a bun. Top with sauteed onions, peppers, pickles, sliced onions, or cheese.

Add condiments such as ketchup, mustard or mayo. Any one of these combinations would create a modern American version a hamburger.

It is most likely that the hamburger sandwich first appeared in the 19th or early 20th centuries, but there is much controversy over its origin. Over the years, the hamburger has become a culinary icon in the United States.

The world’s largest hamburger was prepared on September 2, 2012, in Carlton, Minnesota by Black Bear Casino Resort and weighed in at 2,014 pounds.

National Paperclip Day is observed each year on May 29.

Yes, even the paperclip has its own day of honor. It is about that well-known piece of curved wire that keeps our papers together and helps keep us organized.

While there are much earlier claims to the invention of the paperclip, according to the Early Office Museum, the first patent for a “bent wire paper clip” was presented to Samuel B. Fay in the United States in 1867.

The original intention of Fay’s clip was to attach tickets to fabric. However, U.S. patent 64,088 recognized that it could also be used to attach papers together.

There were as many as 50 others that received patents for similar designs prior to 1899. One other notable name receiving a patent for his paperclip design in the United States was Erlman J. Wright in 1877.

At that time, his clip was advertised for use in fastening newspapers.

The Gem paperclip, which was most likely in production in Britain in the early 1870s by The Gem Manufacturing Company, was never patented.

It is the most common type of wire paper clip and is still in use today.  It was introduced to the United States around 1892 and in 1904, Cushman & Denison registered a trademark for the “Gem” name in connection with paper clips.  Paperclips are still sometimes called “Gem clips.”

Today, paperclips come in various sizes, shapes and colors and can make your paperwork look more fun and lively.

Paperclips are not just for holding papers together. There are many other things that you can do with them!

  • Replace a zipper tab
  • Unclog a spray bottle
  • Unclog a single serve coffee maker
  • Hem holder
  • Emergency hooks for broken necklaces

Recognized each year on May 30 is National Water a Flower Day.

This time of year, our flower gardens should be in full bloom.

Be sure to keep them hydrated. Not just one, but all of them.

On National Water a Flower Day, it is also an opportunity to care for the gardens of those who may be home-bound or in the hospital. The time to visit a friend who may need some cheering up by bringing them some freshly watered flowers.

National Speak in Complete Sentences Day is observed annually on May 31st.

This day is dedicated to using proper sentence structure while speaking.

In fact, you could celebrate the day while texting as well.

So no LOL or ASAP on May 31.

So if you must Laugh Out Loud As Soon As Possible, you will need to say or type it out completely.

 

 

I love this list for May days so much. It is my favorite of this series so far. So much great stuff to do with the family.

I hope you have found a few activities that you can do, and enjoy, with your family.

If you have enjoyed this post please leave a comment or share on your social media.

I hope you have a healthy and happy May!!

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

Celebrate February with the Kids

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

National Days to Celebrate with Kids

Celebrate February

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

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

This is also…

NATIONAL GROUNDHOG DAY

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

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

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

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

 

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

Try this recipe to celebrate National Carrot Cake Day:

Frosty’s Carrot Cake

 

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

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

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

FUN FACTS:

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

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

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

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

 

World Nutella Day

celebrate february with these national days

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

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

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

Make these recipes with your child for a fun dessert option

Nutella Banana Bread

Nutella Bread Pudding

 

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

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

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

Get the kids involved in making these great Frozen treats:

Creamy Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Cherry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Be sure the kite is assembled correctly.

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

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

Be safer. Don’t fly in the rain.

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

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

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

Kite Event Calendar

Kite Festivals

 

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

Here are some interesting facts about pizza:

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

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

17% of all US Restaurants are pizzerias.

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

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

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

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

Perfect Pepperoni Pizzas

Margherita Flatbread Pizza

 

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

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

Interesting Umbrella TidBits:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Tortellini Crock Pot Meal

Cheesy Italian Tortellini

Broccoli and Tortellini Alfredo

Tortellini Rose’ (Tortellini with Tomato Cream Sauce)

Tortellini Bacon Broccoli Salad

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In cookies

Decorate cakes or cupcakes

In popcorn cake

For crafts

For gifts

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

Enjoy one of these colorful recipes:

Gumdrop Cookies

Popcorn Gumdrop Cake

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Random Acts of Kindness Week

A Few Quotes of Kindness:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mint Frosting for Chocolate Cake

1 package cream cheese (8 0z), softened

1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened

3-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon mint extract

Green food coloring

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Super Easy Sticky Buns

Butterscotch Sticky Buns

Easy Caramel Sticky Buns

 

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

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

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

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

Give these sweet potato recipes a try:

Louisiana Sweet Potato Pancakes

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Sweet Potato Pineapple Casserole

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Another popular dish made with tortilla chips is nachos.

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

Following is a list of the primary clam chowder variants:

New England clam chowder

Manhattan clam chowder

Rhode Island clam chowder

Delaware clam chowder

New Jersey clam chowder

Hatteras clam chowder

Minorcan clam chowder

Long Island clam chowder

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Tell a Great Story:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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