September National Days: New and Interesting Activities

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

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

 

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

September 1st is…

National Lazy Mom’s Day!

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

National Wildlife Day is observed annually on September 4th.

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

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

 

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

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

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

Enjoy these cheese pizza recipes:

Easy Cheese Pizza
Zucchini Goat Cheese Pizza 

 

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

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

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

Sit back, relax and read a book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW…

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

Celebrate National Ampersand Day by having fun with the ampersand:

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Herbed Chicken Nuggets
Yogurt Sundaes

 

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

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

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

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

Challenge yourself to start your own Live Creative initiative.

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

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

 

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

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

Enjoy these delicious linguine recipes

Linguine with Clam Sauce
Chicken and Onions Over Linguine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phone: 720.985.8600
Email: info@nationalcleanupday.org

 

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

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

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

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

Mountain Dew Apple Dumpling
Apple Dumpling Cake

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

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

There are other claims of the invention of the cheeseburger:

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

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

or….

Enjoy one of these tasty recipes:

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

What is your favorite way of snacking on string cheese?

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Grab an ice cream cone

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Enjoy this Cherries Jubilee recipe.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Pancakes are also known as flapjacks or hot cakes.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Mix up some chocolate milk to drink

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

30 Incredibly Fun Fall Activities for the Whole Family

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

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

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

31 Fall Activities for the Whole Family

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Let me know in the comments 🙂

 

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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.

Who you gonna call?!? Ghostbusters Party Ideas

Tomorrow (June 8) is Ghostbusters Day!

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

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

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

Party Ideas

1- Mini stay puft marshmallow men…

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

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

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

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

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

With Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore)

“Best Group”  at Chicago ComicCon

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

3- Watch Ghostheads on Netflix:

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

4- Make slimer goo:

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

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

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

Example:

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

Have cute little Ghostbuster themed prizes for the winners.

 

 

7- Coloring pages:

Ghostbusters Day for Parents

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

ECTOPLASM VODKA COCKTAIL

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

Ecto-Slimer Drink

Ingredients:

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

 

Drinking Game Rules

One shot of your choice when:

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

Drink during the duration of:

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

One drink every time you see:

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

One drink every time you hear:

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

For those hardcore drinkers:

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

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

 

Happy Ghostbusters Day!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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 April Days with the kids

We are always looking for new and educational things to do with our children.

Here I have some ideas for the month of April. Read through and see which ones your family might like to celebrate.

I have added in some suggestions on how to celebrate a few of the days.

I encourage you to put your own spin on these celebrations for your family.

Celebrate April Days

National Love Our Children Day is observed annually on the first Saturday in April as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This day honors all children and encourages us to develop loving, respectful relationships with our children.

Love Our Children USA sponsors and promotes this day annually.  This day focuses on prevention of child abuse and violence against children as well bringing awareness and helping put in place support tools and resources for communities.

OBSERVE

Take time to make the life of a child better.  Educate yourself on the prevention of child abuse. Teach your children to always tell you or another adult when they see someone hurting another child. Make sure they know not to go anywhere near them but to run and tell someone.

HISTORY

The first annual National Love Our Children Day was held on April 3, 2004, by Love Our Children USA.  For more information visit www.loveourchildrenusa.org.

 

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day is celebrated annually on April 2nd.  This food holiday is a classic favorite of many.  The average American will have eaten over 2000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time they graduate from high school.

Peanut butter was considered a delicacy in the early 1900s and was only served in New York City’s finest tea rooms.  In a May 1896 article published in the Good Housekeeping magazine, a recipe “urged homemakers to use a meat grinder to make peanut butter and spread the result on bread”.  That same year, in June, the culinary magazine Table Talk, published a “peanut butter sandwich recipe”.

It is thought to be that the first reference of peanut butter paired with jelly on bread, to be published in the United States, was by Julia Davis Chandler in 1901.  In the late 1920s, the price of peanut butter declined and the sandwich became very popular with children.

According to the Peanut Board, during World War II, both peanut butter and jelly were part of the United States soldiers military ration list.

In 1968, The J.M. Smucker Co. introduced Goober, a jarred product which combined alternating vertical stripes of peanut butter and jelly.

OBSERVE

It may be a good day to try something “outside the box”.  Following are a few ideas to help you out!

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Pie
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Donuts
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Fudge

 

National Find A Rainbow Day is observed annually on April 3rd.

There are people that see rainbows as an artistic masterpiece in the sky, to others it is a sign of hope and to many a sign of promise.
It can be all three; beauty, hope and promise.    (Jill Magnus) 

A spectrum of light in the form of a multicolored arc, appearing in the sky, is caused by both reflection and refraction of light in water droplets in the Earth’s atmosphere. These rainbows always appear directly opposite of the sun.  The light is refracted (bent) when it enters a droplet of water, then is reflected inside on the back of the droplet and refracted again when leaving it.

Red is the color that is visible on the outer part of a rainbow and violet on the inside of a primary rainbow. Children learn in science class the mnemonic ROYGBIV to help them to remember the sequence of colors in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Many forms of airborne water can cause rainbows including, rain, mist, spray and dew.

OBSERVE

Find yourself a rainbow or use the garden hose or a prism to make one yourself.

National Walk Around Things Day is observed each year on April 4. This day is open to interpretation as our research found little information regarding this holiday.

This day may be looked at both figuratively and literally. Literally, one would not walk through a puddle of water or mud, one would walk around it. One would not walk under a ladder or over broken glass, one would walk around it.

Figuratively, one would “walk around” avoiding certain problems or potential problems. One would also “walk around” avoiding arguments, certain situations or unwanted or uncomfortable conversations.

Another possible intent of this day could very well be to walk around things such as a neighborhood, park or the shopping mall.

OBSERVE

Make a point to walk around things today.

 

 

Annually, Read a Road Map Day is observed April 5.

The earliest road map, Britania Atlas, was drawn by cartographer John Ogilby in 1675. Fast forward a few centuries, and my how things have changed!  With satellites, GPS and voice commands do we really know how we get anywhere anymore?

National Read a Road Map Day reminds us to take some time to sharpen those map reading skills.  Take notice of your surroundings.  Do you know north from east?  If not, it’s a good time to learn.

OBSERVE

Put away the electronic devices and unfold a traditional road map.  Familiarize yourself with it and take a little trip.  Do you have a knack for using a map?  Teach someone else to read a map

 

Each year on April 6 is National Caramel Popcorn Day.  In January, we celebrated National Popcorn Day.  We now add delicious caramel popcorn to the calendar, one of America’s favorite snacks.  For many people, this chewy caramel popcorn treat is an all time favorite.

Combining popcorn and molasses began in the early 1800s. Caramel was popular as well and with the production of Cracker Jack, the popularity was ever increasing.

There are many commercial brands and forms of caramel corn available in grocery stores, cinemas and convenience stores.  There are also specialty brands available in stores, gift catalogs and online.

OBSERVE

Give this recipe a try: Easy Caramel Corn recipe.

 

 

National No Housework Day is observed annually on April 7th.

Looking for an excuse to get out of doing housework?  Well, here it is.  On April 7th, do absolutely no sweeping, dusting, laundry, dishes and all the other items that fall into the housework category.  Catch up on a book, have coffee with friends or anything else that you enjoy.

OBSERVE

Do anything but housework today.

HISTORY

National No Housework Day was created by Thomas and Ruth Roy at Wellcat.com.

 

 

Each year on April 8, National Zoo Lovers Day is observed.  This would be a perfect day to visit a zoo and be one of the millions of people who visit them each year. Enjoy seeing your favorite animals swinging from the trees or splashing in the water and have a fun-filled day.

A few zoo facts:

  • The Vienna Zoo is the oldest existing zoo and was opened to the public in 1765.
  • The United State’s first public zoo, Central Park Zoo, opened in 1874 in New York.
  • There are 350 zoos in the United States
  • Approximately 175 million people visit a zoo each year.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom has had more than 9.8 million annual visitors.
  • More than 3.2 million people visit the San Diego Zoo each year.

OBSERVE

Visit your local zoo with the family and teach them about all the animals.

 

National Name Yourself Day is observed each year on April 9.   To celebrate, you are allowed to give yourself a new name for one day.

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to have a different name, this would be the day to find out.  If you like your name and do not want to play along, you can try a nickname instead. The nickname might just stick with you.

OBSERVE

Pick yourself a new name

 

 

Observed annually on April 10th, National Farm Animals Day was created as a day to raise awareness about the plight of slaughtered animals and to find a home for the abandoned and abused farm animals.

Observe

Take your child to a petting zoo and tell them a little bit about each animal that they see.

HISTORY

National Farm Animals Day was created in 2005 by Animal Rescuer, Vegetarian and Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert, Colleen Paige. For more information regarding National Farm Animals Day, visit www.farmanimalsday.com.

 

 

National Library Workers Day is observed annually on the Tuesday of National Library Week.  This day is designated to honor all library staff and the valuable contributions that they make.  This day is part of National Library Week sponsored by the American Library Association.

Libraries do so much more than house the books we can borrow nearly any time of the day or night. (Yes any time, day or night. Online reservation is highly popular.)

Today as always, library workers are masters of research. They can find the obscure quote (or partial misquote as the case may be) to help you correctly annotate your research paper.

Often, libraries are the keep of local history.  The names of pioneers and settlers names are often recorded in books and newspapers of the era.  Those books and papers are often still located at the local library.

Libraries are the champions of our youth. They foster creativity and are a wealth of diverse opportunities for growth.

Despite all libraries and their employees provide to their communities their budgets and salaries continue to shrink.  This day is designed to bring awareness to this continuing trend.

OBSERVE

Take your children to the library and make it a point to thank the librarian for her work there.

HISTORY

National Library Workers Day was first celebrated in 2004.  It was started as a way to raise support for better benefits and salaries at a time when they had been stagnant for years. National Library Workers Day Continues to promote increased benefits and salaries for the services provided by library workers every day.  For complete information regarding National Library Week and National Library Workers Day: http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks

 

 

National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day is observed annually on April 12th.  Listed in a reader’s opinion poll, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are among one of the top comfort foods in the United States.

According to food historians, cooked bread and cheese is an ancient food, enjoyed across the world in many cultures.  The United States modern version of the grilled cheese sandwich originated in the 1920s when inexpensive sliced bread and American cheese became easily available. Originally it was made as an open-faced sandwich.

United States government cookbooks describe Navy cooks broiling “American cheese filling sandwiches” during World War II.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are versatile thanks to the ability to mix and match cheeses, bread, and seasonings.  Adding sauteed vegetables or herb-infused oils can elevate this simple comfort food to a whole other level.

OBSERVE

Enjoy the following tried and true recipes.

Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

National Scrabble Day is observed annually on April 13th. Originally named Lexiko and then Criss-Cross Words, Alfred Mosher Butts eventually settled on the name Scrabble.  The amateur artist and unemployed architect developed the word game in the midst of the depression.  Still, it wasn’t until 1948, a final name change and a trademark that Butts finally began to produce the game.

Scrabble is played with two to four players who score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a game board marked with a 15 x 15 grid.

In the United States, the name Scrabble is a trademark of Hasbro, Inc. Scrabble is sold in 121 countries with 29 different language versions. Worldwide, over One hundred and fifty million sets have been sold with sets being found in nearly one-third of American homes.

  •  1984 – Scrabble became a daytime game show on NBC
  • 2004 – Scrabble was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame
  • Some cities sponsor Scrabble tournaments on the weekend closest to National Scrabble Day
  • The word “scrabble” means to “grope frantically”.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Have a family game night and play a game or two of Scrabble along with a few of your other family favorites.

 

 

 

National Reach as High as You Can Day is observed annually on April 14th.

We can define “reach” many ways.  Search Guinness World Records for ‘highest reach” and Guinness gives us 322 results.  We can reach for our dreams or our goals.  Reach for the stars or the sky.  We can even reach for the balloon floating away from us much like the one that carried the Wizard of Oz away from Dorothy.

Of course, records can be set for the oldest or the youngest to reach a particular location, age, height or status.

While this day may not be about setting records, it is certainly about reaching high; higher than we think we can.  We often become complacent.  National Reach as High as You Can Day is just a reminder on the calendar not to let your dreams go adrift. Reach for them.  Reach as high as you can!

Observed each year on April 15th is National Take a Wild Guess Day.  This is a day you may want to guess how many jellybeans are in the jar or how many coins are in the tube.  It is a day about hunches and guesses.

 

HISTORY

National Take a Wild Guess Day was created by Jim Barber (TheBarbershop.com).

National Bean Counter Day on April 16 is every accountant’s favorite day of the year. After the flutter and the flurry of preparing taxes right up until the stroke of midnight, these diligent number crunchers are well past due for a day off.

All the receipts have been tallied.  All the various tax forms in duplicate and triplicate have been submitted.  The last couple months have been a whirlwind of debits and credits. It is time for all bean counters to take a well-deserved break.  April 16th is the accountant’s day to turn off the phone and return to a more normal routine.

OBSERVE

Don’t call, text, e-mail or visit your accountant on National Bean Counter Day. If you are a bean counter, take the day off! If you happen to see one send a “thank you” his or her way.

For the kids…. make a game of counting and sorting different colors and types of beans.

HISTORY

National Bean Counter Day was founded by Kevin Wenig, a CPA from Trumbull, Connecticut, to insure April 16th is an official accountant’s day off.

 

 

April 17 recognizes the food holiday National Cheeseball Day.  There are two ways a cheeseball can be served:

  • A cheese spread in the shape of a ball served with crackers, most often around Christmas in the U.S.  This cheeseball is commonly made with softened cream cheese and other ingredients.
  • Cheese puffs, which is a puffed corn snack, coated with a mixture of cheese or cheese flavored powders.  Cheese puffs are manufactured by extruding heated corn dough through a die that forms the particular shape, most likely a ball shape.

OBSERVE

Celebrate National Cheeseball Day by making a cheeseball for friends and family.  Remember to share a picture of your cheeseball on Social Media using #NationalCheeseballDay.

Easy Bacon Cheeseball recipe

2 – 8 oz packages cream cheese (softened)
2-1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
1 pkg ranch dressing mix
1 small pkg real bacon pieces
1 cup finely chopped pecans

In a medium bowl, smooth cream cheese.  Mix and blend dressing mix, cheddar cheese, and bacon into cream cheese.  Shape mixture into a ball shape.  Roll into nuts until covered.  Chill at least 2 hours.  Serve with crackers.

 

National Animal Crackers Day is observed on April 18.

This day brings us back to our childhood memories and the many boxes of Animal Crackers we shared with our friends.  Animal Crackers refer to a type of small cookie baked in the shape of a circus or zoo animal, such as a lion, tiger, bear or elephant.  The most common variety are light-colored and slightly sweet. However,  chocolate and frosted varieties are also available.  Even though animal crackers are made with layered dough much like crackers, they are sweet like cookies.

OBSERVE

National Animal Crackers Day is the perfect day to celebrate that childhood memory again. Pick up some animal crackers at your local grocery store and share them with family and friends.   Share your photos of your Animal Crackers Day celebration using #NationalAnimalCrackersDay.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Animal Crackers Day.  It did locate information confirming in the late 1800s animal shaped cookies were imported to the U.S. from England.  In 1902 animal crackers officially became known as “Barnum’s Animals” and evoked the familiar circus theme of the Barnum and Bailey Circus.  Later that year, the now-familiar box with a string was designed for the Christmas season made to hang from the Christmas tree.  They were a big hit in 1902 and still are today. (http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2012/04/18/national-animal-crackers-day/)

 

 

Each year on April 19, Project Laundry List works with hundreds of other organizations to sponsor National Hanging Out Day.  This day was set aside as a day to encourage communities to learn about the benefits, both financially and environmentally, of using a clothesline for drying laundry.  According to Project Laundry Lists’ website, clothes dryers account for an astonishing six to ten percent of residential energy consumption.  Hanging your clothes out has several benefits:

  • Good for the environment.
  • Saves you money
  • It is therapeutic because being outdoors in the fresh air has benefits to your health.

(http://laundrylist.org)

OBSERVE

Celebrate National Hanging Out Day by hanging out your clothes to dry with your little ones and teach them how the wind will dry the clothes.

 

 

Each year on the third Thursday in April, we observe National High Five Day.  This is a fun day where you can “High Five” everyone that you see.

 

HISTORY

In 2002, college students at the University of Virginia, Conor Lastowka (San Diego, CA), Sam Miotke (Corvallis, OR) and Wynn Walent (New York, NY) together created National High Five Day.

The National High-5-A-Thon For Cancer Research:   http://www.nationalhighfiveproject.org/

 

 

National Jelly Bean Day is observed each year on April 22.

While candies made in a similar manner existed before the jelly bean, Boston confectioner William Schrafft made them popular during the Civil War.  With their firm exterior, jelly beans were the first candies to be sold by the pound. Schrafft encouraged his customers to send them to Union soldiers.

During the 1930s, jelly beans became closely associated with the Easter holiday but are now enjoyed year round.  Jelly Beans were Ronald Reagan’s favorite treat.

OBSERVE

Enjoy a handful of your favorite jelly bean flavor with the kids and ask them to tell you the different colors. Have them try each one and pick their favorite.

 

 

April 23rd is a day for everyone to enjoy a meal outside.  It is National Picnic Day!

There are a variety of ways to take part in a picnic.  This meal hearkens back to mid-18th century al fresco French dining when all you needed was a bottle of wine, a loaf of bread, some cheese and fruit and you could have a party under the sky.

From the French, for piquenique, picnic means a meal eaten outdoors.

From barbecues to simple cold plates, picnics are light informal affairs meant to be relaxing and fun for everyone to enjoy the day.

OBSERVE

Celebrate this day by having a picnic of your own.  If the weather does not cooperate, have a picnic in your home on the living room floor!

 

 

On April 24, observe National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day with just a few ingredients.

Celebrated across the world, the term often refers to a variety of different dishes. In the United States, Pigs-in-a-Blanket are often hot dogs or sausages wrapped in biscuit or croissant dough and baked.  Pigs-in-a-Blanket are generally served as an appetizer or as breakfast. However, it can be served any mealtime!

OBSERVE

Share your version of Pigs-In-A-Blanket with the kids.

 

 

On April 25th, we observe National Telephone Day.

The correct answer to a trivia question like “Who invented the telephone?” is the name on the patent. In this case, the whole world knows the answer is Alexander Graham Bell. Had his attorney been delayed by foul weather or poor planning, the answer may be a different name.

It was February 14, 1876, when Marcellus Bailey, one of Bell’s attorneys rushed into the US Patent office in Boston to file the patent for what would be the telephone.

Later the same day, Elisha Gray filed a patent caveat for a similar device. A caveat is an intent to file for a patent.

There is also a third contender. Antonio Meucci filed a caveat in November of 1871 for a talking telegraph but failed to renew the caveat due to hardships.

Because Bell’s patent was submitted first, it was awarded to him on March 7, 1876. Gray contested this decision in court, but without success.

Born March 3, 1847, in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Bell was an instructor at a boys’ boarding school. The sounds of speech were an integral part of his life. His father developed a “Visible Speech” system for deaf students to communicate. Bell would later become friend and benefactor of Helen Keller.

Three days after the patent was approved, Bell spoke the first words by telephone to his assistant. “Mr.Watson, come here! I want to see you!”

By May, Bell and his team were ready for a public demonstration and there would be no better place than the World’s Fair in Philadelphia. On May 10, 1876, in a crowded Machinery Hall a man’s voice was transmitted from a small horn and carried out through a speaker to the audience.

One year later, the first telephone was installed in the White House. The telephone revolution began.

Bell Telephone Company was founded on July 9, 1877, and the first public telephone lines were installed from Boston to Sommerville, Massachusetts the same year.  By the end of the decade, there were nearly 50,000 phones in the United States.  In May of 1967, the 1 millionth telephone was installed.

OBSERVE

Celebrate National Telephone Day by having your child call someone and wishing them Happy National Telephone Day!

 

 

National Pretzel Day is observed annually on April 26.  A bag of nice crunchy, salty pretzels or a big, warm, soft, cinnamon pretzel is the question of the day.  Either one is an excellent choice.

There are a few different accounts of the origin of the pretzel.  Most people agree that it does have a Christian background, and they were invented by the monks.  According to The History of Science and Technology, in 610 AD, “an Italian monk invents pretzels as a reward to children who learn their prayers.  He calls the strips of baked dough, folded to resemble arms crossing the chest, pretiola (little rewards).”

Another source puts the invention in a monastery in southern France.  The looped pretzel may also be related to a Greek Ring bread from the communion bread used in monasteries a thousand years ago.  In the Catholic Church, pretzels had a religious significance for both ingredients and shape. The loops in pretzel may have served a practical purpose: bakers could hang them on sticks, projecting upwards from a central column, as shown in Job Berckheyde’s (1681) painting.

The Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants introduced pretzels to North America in the 19th century.  At this time, many handmade pretzel bakeries populated central Pennsylvania and their popularity quickly spread.

It was in the 20th century that soft pretzels were very popular in areas such as Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York. 

  • Today, the average Philadelphian consumes about twelve times as many pretzels as the national average.
  • Pennsylvania is the center of American pretzel production for both hard and soft pretzels, producing 80% of the nation’s pretzels.
  • The annual United States pretzel industry is worth over $550 million.
  • The average American consumes about 1.5 pounds of pretzels per year.
  • Philadelphia opened a privately run “Pretzel Museum” in 1993.
  • Hard pretzels originated in the United States in 1850.

OBSERVE

Following are a few “tried and true” recipes for you to enjoy:

Caramel Pretzel Brownies (these are my personal favorite)
Buttery Soft Pretzels
Jan’s Pretzel Dogs
Judy’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad

 

 

National Tell a Story Day is observed in the United States each year on April 27th.   People of all ages are encouraged to share all kinds of stories on National Tell a Story Day. Whether it’s read from a book, one from your imagination or an actual story from a childhood memory, April 27th is the day to gather friends and family and share those stories.

Libraries around the country participate in National Tell A Story Day with special story telling times for children.

Storytelling is an ancient practice used to hand down knowledge from one generation to the next.  It’s a wonderful way to pass on family traditions, histories, and long told tales and can be entertaining as well as educational. Some of the very best stories come from real life experience.

Many people enjoy listening to their grandparents share their stories about when they were growing up (back in the day).  Spending time telling stories with family, friends and loved ones is a time for all to learn from each other, to remember and to grow closer together.

OBSERVE

On National Tell A Story Day, it does not matter if the story is a short story or a long story, fiction or nonfiction, a tall tale or folklore. This is a day for them all.  We encourage you to tell your stories

 

 

National Teach Children to Save Day is observed every April.

Bankers across the country volunteer every year to teach children to save.   Developing these habits at a young age creates a foundation for a lifetime of saving.

Teach your children the value of money and how to save it. Use #TeachChildrenToSaveDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Sponsored by the American Bankers Association, National Teach Children To Save Day has been helping young people since 1997 when the program started.

For more information, go to Teach Children to Save

This is also…

National Superhero Day to honor superheroes, both real and fictional.

Batman, Superman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, Hulk, and Spiderman are just some of the superheroes whose names we recognize.  Even though they are fictional, these superheroes are great role models for our children.  They serve and protect while fighting evil.

Our real-life superheroes may not have super powers or wear capes, but they are also great role models who serve and protect while fighting evil.  Military personnel, police officers, and firefighters are just a few of the heroes who protect us on a daily basis.

OBSERVE

Take your favorite superhero to lunch and say thank you for all they do. Ask your child who is their real life super hero, make sure they know it doesn’t necessarily have to be you or dad.

 

 

National Zipper Day is observed each year on April 29th.  This day celebrates something that we often do not think about and just automatically take for granted.

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It was first in 1851 that Elias Howe, the inventor of the sewing machine, received a patent for an “Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure”. Howe never made an attempt to market his invention and missed the recognition he may have received.

Forty-two years later, Whitcomb Judson began selling the “Clasp Locker”. Being very similar to Elias Howe’s patent, this device served as a more complicated hook-and-eye shoe fastener.  Judson started the Universal Fastener Company where he manufactured his new device and debuted it at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 but was met with little success.  Because Judson put his invention before the public for sale, he earned credit as its creator.

In 1906, Gideon Sundback, a Swedish-American electrical engineer, was hired to work Universal Fastener Company.  He was highly skilled and known for his devotion to the company.  In 1913, he invented the modern zipper. The patent for the “Separable Fastener” was issued in 1917.

By 1923, B.F. Goodrich popularized the word zipper as it applied to use in the boots and pouches it made.  The company even copyrighted the name for a time.

 

April 30 is National Honesty Day in the United States.

We know the different kinds of lies. We’ve spared someone’s feelings or fudged the truth just a little or maybe told an all out whopper. Unless we walked on water, we’ve all told a lie or two.  National Honesty Day challenges us to be truthful in all we do.

Celebrate National Honesty Day by answering questions truthfully all day long.

HISTORY

The author of The Book of Lies, M. Hirsh Goldberg, created National Honesty Day in the early 1990s.  Former press secretary to a Maryland governor selected the last day of April in contrast to all the foolishness the first of the month brings. National Honesty Day is often used as a campaign for prevention against the most deceitful lies in history.  This day also urges politicians to stay away from lies and tell the truth.

 

I hope that you and your family have some fun when you Celebrate April Days. Look out for next months post! National Days of May.

Do you do anything special with your family in April?

 

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Hope you have a wonderful week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Organizing for Dummies…. Not really

Organizing your home can be very stressful. Especially if you haven’t been keeping up with all the random stuff you collect throughout the years.

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I know I love to collect lots of different things. I love home goods. Kitchen appliances and decor seems to be my favorite.

So, in order to organize all the things you may have lets go through some of the top organizing tips I’ve found so far,

First of all, I thought I was organized until I ran out of space. But, that is always how it works out. Once you run out of space things just seem to come out of the woodwork. Most things you didn’t even know you had in the first place.

There are a lot of things organized people do… apparently…

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  1. Organized people write things down
    1. When I write things down I usually wind up losing the paper or forgetting I wrote it down in the first place.
    2. I try very hard to remember to bring a notebook with me every where I go but that doesn’t always happen.
  2. Give everything a home.
    1. My mom used to say “A place for everything and everything in its place”. I obviously don’t follow that as much as I should.
    2. Obviously, this picture shows how truly unorganized I am, No matter how many times I clean and organize the things on this dresser it always seems to look like this in a few short days.
  3. Keep up with yo’ stuff:
    1. Stuff does not keep itself organized, keep it in check
    2. Always put things back where you found them, this will make it a lot easier to find them again and look a lot better as well.
  4. Keep only what you need.
    1. Now, this one makes me a little uneasy. I don’t NEED my Dolphin/Giraffe collection but I like them a lot and I will keep them no matter what. They make me happy.
    2. Less is more or whatever. Easier said than done… I love stuff!
  5. Work smarter, not harder.
    1. If you do it right the first time you won’t have to go back and do it all over again.
    2. It might seem to take longer but it will definitely save more time in the long run.
  6. Give yourself a reward/treat when you accomplish a task, to motivate yourself (this is my favorite step of all)
    1. Pretty much self explanatory
  7. Keep things you use everyday within reach and those once-in-a-while things out of site.
    1. Obvious
  8. Have a donate box in the car for things you don’t need
    1. Utilize it
  9. When in doubt… have lots of hooks for hanging things…
    1. nothing on the floor makes the home look much more organized
  10. Slow and steady wins the race
    1. You don’t need to organize everything in one day. Take your time.

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Organizing an entire home is an art form.

I recommend this book…

Move your stuff Change your life: How to use feng shui to get love, money, respect and happiness

Move your stuff, change your life: how to use feng shui to get Love, Money, Respect, and Happiness

It is engaging, informative, joyful and funny. A must read for those who need to organize in a deliberate way to feel more at peace.

You’ll be organized at more at peace with your life in no time.

That is all for now. Thank you so much for reading. Have an incredible Day.

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy 😛

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