These are a Few of My Favorite Things: July

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS: JULY

There are so many talented Social Media influencers. Every month I try to keep track of the really great posts I see and share them with you.

I hope you enjoy these posts and find a few accounts to follow and share.

 

TWITTER

 

I think I had a little too much fun on Twitter this month. These are the best of all the posts I retweeted 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTAGRAM

 

I need to pull it together. RP from one of our very faves, @modernmomprobs Go follow her now!

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Please. Shut it. Go follow the hilarious @perfectpending for more funny and TRUTH!

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Pinterest

 

Housewife How To’s

No Place Like Home

Listotic

Graceful Little Honey Bee

Mom Deals

The Bub Hub

What Moms Love

Holly Homer: Kids Activities Blog

Glue Sticks Gum Drops

I Heart Arts and Crafts

 

Facebook Pages

 

Real Time Mom

And Then There Were 2

Mommin’ it up

Mish Mash Mommy

 

Blogs

Rockin’ Mama

Scary Mommy

Rants from Mommyland

Redefining Mom

Mom Spark

 

This has been the July edition of my favorite things.

 

Have you seen any funny or interesting social media posts this month? Let me know in the comments 🙂

 

Please, check out a few of these great people and their social medias. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am moving on because this list could get feisty.

Some romantic Mother’s Day gifts.

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

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

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

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

Okay, that’s enough of that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

mother's day gifts

 

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

 

 

Now this one is just over the top…. 

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

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

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

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

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

mother's day gifts

Have a wonderful week and Happy Mother’s 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.

Official List of the awesome stuff I loved in April

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I have really come to enjoy collecting my favorite Social Media posts and other internet related things as a blogger.

All through the month, I save the things that speak to me. Whether that be emotionally or mentally or even spiritually.

It is so much fun and even relaxing to like and then share great posts from talented people, even if they are not bloggers.

This month is no different, I have compiled a list of really great posts that I really loved.

I like to start with a few quotes to bring the mood up and motivate those mommies who are having a bad day.

I hope this post gives you some inspiration and maybe even a laugh or two.

So, let’s get into my official awesome April list…

QUOTES

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

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” (always my go to for the bad days)

My own….. “Everything I need to know I learned in kinder…. No… everything I need to know I learned from my mother… and that is the truth”

“The time spent on the family is not a sacrifice. You are living a life with choices; when you make the right ones, you have a good life.”

“Your most valuable parenting skill is learning to manage yourself first”

“And remember that behind every successful woman is a basket of dirty laundry”

“Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about, but the hardest thing in the world to do”

 

TWITTER

https://twitter.com/awsmnss29/status/857991889114542080 *****

 

INSTAGRAM

 

 

FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/Elissathemom/

https://www.facebook.com/thedrunkmom/

https://www.facebook.com/singlemumstyle/

https://www.facebook.com/littlemissblg/

https://www.facebook.com/OrganizingMotherhood/

https://www.facebook.com/momalwaysknows/

https://www.facebook.com/OneAwesomeMomma/

https://www.facebook.com/alliesmommy7/ *****

 

BLOGS

http://www.momadvice.com/post/amys-notebook-04-26-17

http://familycorner.blogspot.com/2017/04/happy-homemaker-monday-04172017.html

Hobbies From Home: Fun, Productive Ideas for Busy Moms

Dads, Be Tender With Your Children

Sometimes We Have to Step Back For Parenting to Come Into Focus

Stay-at-Home Mom Resources and Advice You’ll Love

http://alliesmommy.com/ *****

PINTEREST

https://www.pinterest.com/thebettermom/

https://www.pinterest.com/stayasahm/

https://www.pinterest.com/the1dergirl/

https://www.pinterest.com/agnesrhodes/

https://www.pinterest.com/reneearbia/

https://www.pinterest.com/prosahm/

https://www.pinterest.com/ReluctantlyHome/

https://www.pinterest.com/alliesmommyblog/ *****

 

*****shameless plugs… because this is the first time in my blogging journey {over a year} where I’m actually proud of my content.

Thank you for reading 🙂

So this has been the…

I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed putting it together!

What have you enjoyed this month? Anything new and special you’ve done that you would like to share? Let me know in the comments.

If you enjoyed this post please share to your friends and family.

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.

The imperfect parent: What should I be doing?

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The Imperfect Parent

Being an imperfect parent is scary. Most of us struggle with parenting every day. Yes! It’s true, the parents who love and care if their child will be happy and healthy as they grow up, struggle with the decisions they make every day. You are not alone!

I am an imperfect parent. And I’m okay with that. Usually.

I struggle every day with the simplest things. Am I feeding Allie the right foods? Do I interact with her enough? To much? Am I letting her watch too much T.V? What could I be doing better?

Am I a good parent?

So, in order to understand what a “good parent” is, we need to look at what a “bad parent” looks like.

We all know that a bad parent is usually:

  • intolerant
  • constantly critical
  • more interested in their own affairs, and
  • seems like they would rather be doing anything else

(this does not include the extreme cases of abusive parents. If you know of any children in abusive situations please let the authorities know)

Now, I have a question for you.

Are you satisfied with being a “good enough parent”?

I believe that you definitely want more for your child than just average. We all want our children to have “more than we ever had”.

But, you need to think about what will make you happy as well. Coming up with that balance of happy mom happy kids is difficult.

Here are a few tips to get you started on the right track as an imperfect parent. Take them as a jumping off point to come up with your own plan for a happy life for your family.

  1. You are human: Be humble. Recognize that you have a lot to learn. We all do. Be willing to learn from your mistakes. You cannot do everything, be everywhere, or know everything. You have your own issues and that is okay. The key is not to be perfect but to have the right attitude.Forgive yourself for your mistakes. Celebrate your successes.
  2. You are playing a percentage game: We know these stories all too well. The children from the most abusive, deprived backgrounds somehow manage to be huge successes. While the children from the very best families somehow go off the rails into drugs and crime. In reality you, the parent, are only one factor in your child’s upbringing. You cannot (as much as you try) control all the variables. Nothing in life is guaranteed.Your success as a parent is NOT determined by how well your children turn out. It is, however, determined by whether you did all you reasonably could to do the right things and make the right decisions for them, with the knowledge you had at the time.
  3. Your children are not the only things in your life: We seem to be obsessed with the idea that the interests of the children come first, before anything else. By putting them first in everything we run the risk of creating a selfish “me first” generation. (Which we see all too often). They could grow up believing that the world owes them a living.Sometimes, children have to take second place, and that is an important life lesson.Make up your own mind as to what would be best for the family as a whole.
  4. Long term view: Raising children is a long process. How do you want them to be as adults? What qualities and skills do they need to learn?What experiences do they need along the way to learn those skills and character traits?
  5. Look for positives: They will make mistakes. Forgive them. Correct them gently and move on. Children crave their parent’s attention. If you pay attention to what they do wrong, they will do more of that.Pay attention to what they do right and they will be eager to please you more.
  6. Stick to your guns:Believe in yourself. There will be times when you make decisions and you are challenged on them, either by your children or others. Do Not be swayed!And don’t be afraid to say NO…. to your children and your relatives.

Are you an imperfect parent?

imperfect parent

Your children are watching you.

Watching how you deal with life, How you make decisions, how you cope with adversity, how you believe in yourself, and stand up for yourself and your family. The easiest way to learn is observing.

Be a good example for them.

I hope this post helped you to feel a little bit better about your parenting style and get some motivation for the future.

If you enjoyed it please share and let me know which tip you liked the most. If you have anything to add that has helped you please comment below, we can all learn from each other.

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.

March Favorites: The things I’ve enjoyed

There are so many talented people in the world. I find beauty in pretty much everything I see.

From artists to authors, to architects… so much creativity all around.

Even on the internet… there are so many sites where you can see the beauty of life and art.

Some are blogs written by very intelligent, wonderful people.

Others are social media accounts that follow the lives of these talented people.

And then, there are MOTHERS who, I believe, are the most beautiful people.

They care for their children with a passion and tenacity that you can see in their pictures.

Their sense of humor can make even the grumpiest person giggle a little.

Today, I give you my favorite posts from other moms. Some are just everyday moms and some are bloggers.

All are great!

 

 

INSTAGRAM

Come on, girl… this shit is taking too long!!! #laborpains

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Can I get an "Amen?" #naturesbestfloral #greenbay #greenbaywisconsin #ashwaubenon #momproblems #mom #truth

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TWITTER

 

PINTEREST

Habits of a highly Happy SAHM

How to be an Organized SAHM

Managing Mommy Melancholy

Practicing Patience with Preschoolers

MOM MEMES

Blogs

Forever within numbered Days

Explore Oklahoma

I’m the Dorkiest Mom, and that’s okay

Something I read: “What did you fail at?”

Mom needs a break

The Perfect Kid Friendly Breakfast: Ham and Egg Cups

Instant Pot Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Parmesan

Mother-in-Laws, Grief & Boundaries

 

Quotes

“It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.”
“Child rearing myth #1: Labour ends when the baby is born.”
Motherhood has taught me the meaning of living in the moment and being at peace. Children don’t think about yesterday, and they don’t think about tomorrow. They just exist in the moment.
Motherhood has relaxed me in many ways. You learn to deal with crisis’. I’ve become a juggler, I suppose. It’s all a big circus, and nobody who knows me believes I can manage, but sometimes I do.
All those cliches, those things you hear about having a baby and motherhood – all of them are true. And all of them are the most beautiful things you will ever experience.
Motherhood is wonderful, but it’s also hard work. It’s the logistics more than anything. You discover you have reserves of energy you didn’t know you had.

 

Party Stuff

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Shop for unique birthday party favors

Embossed Favor Bags with Handles                                 Decorate Your Own Heart Box

                    

Art Journaling

I have just recently taken to art journaling. It is said to be very calming and also fun.

 

Art Journaling 101
Composition book art journals
Defining Art Journaling

Art Journaling Page Video

 

This has been my favorite things for the month of March. Hopefully, you stumbled on something you like on my list.

Let me know your favorite blogs to read, instagram feeds to scroll, pinterest boards to pin from, or Twitter accounts to follow. I would love to know what you have been liking this month.

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.

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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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.

Valentine’s Recap: A week in the Life

This is going to be a running diary… Valentine’s Recap of the past week.

Friday February 10 2017

This week has been pretty full. We did a lot of projects and had a lot of fun.

Allie and mommy did not make the crafts we planned to do because I did not have the supplies we needed. So we improvised and made some quick Valentine’s for the family.

Valentine’s Day Scrapbook page

 

 

 

 

Allie decided to take a break and have a snack.

 

Saturday February 11 2017

Allie’s daddy and I celebrated Valentine’s Day together. Allie spent the night with her mom-mom and cousin Kaila.

We stayed the night at a Courtyard Marriot Suite. Which I will say now was really not worth the money we spent for one night. But, if you don’t mind spending a chunk of money to sleep and shower it was a pretty nice room.

Sunday February 12 2017

Went to my moms with breakfast for everyone. Sat around and talking and relaxing for a bit before going home.

Monday February 13 2017

Today, I woke up feeling like death warmed over. I got nothing done and pretty much just relaxed and drank lots of hot tea.

Tuesday February 14 2017

It isn’t even 8:30 on this Tuesday morning and I am at the bottom of my coffee cup contemplating another. Allie isn’t yet awake and I should still be in bed. But I am a masochist…. no, not really. I just wanted to get some things done before she woke up…

Breakfast is made and waiting for her. The pan I used to cook is clean. A load of laundry is started.

And the geese are celebrating Valentine’s Day. There are two, right now, out back in the field. They are honking like crazy just walking along next to each other. Honestly, if the sound wasn’t so annoying I’d say it was pretty romantic.

If Allie doesn’t wake up by 9:00 I am going to have to wake her up myself. I don’t like the idea of that, but if I don’t she will take a very late afternoon nap and then be up all night. The sacrifices we make as moms.

How was your Valentine’s Day? Did you celebrate yet or are you waiting for the weekend?

Are you planning a family celebration or are you having a romantic evening out?

Whatever you plan to do, I hope you have a wonderful, loving experience.

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.