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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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.

Family Fun Days in March: Celebrate with the kids

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything”

I have always found it difficult to think of new and fun things to do with Allie. Which is why I started doing these National Days posts to help you find some family fun days. It’s a great way to find interesting things to do with the kids.

National Days Calendar has a complete list of fun ideas for the year. It is very interesting to learn all of the different day celebrations and the history as well.

I have gone through the National Days for the month of March and chosen the ones I thought would be fun to celebrate with little ones.

There are so many different ones and I highly recommend checking out the site.

Go here to get some more inspiration for activities to do with your little ones.

Family Fun Days to Celebrate in March

National peanut butter lover’s Day is celebrated March 1st and many of the ways peanut butter has been paired for sizzling and delicious results.

The creamy, nutty goodness is so amazingly delicious that when we pair it with creamy and dreamy chocolate we almost have bacon. Well, at least we would think perfect and perfect would equal bacon.

Another great love is peanut butter ice cream. Blended smooth with a few chopped nuts and a drizzle of peanut butter syrup is a peanut butter lover’s dream come true.

The slang term for peanut butter in World War II was “monkey butter”.

 

Fun Peanut Butter Facts:

  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • Peanut butter was first sold in the United States at the Universal Exposition in St. Louis by C.H. Sumner.  He sold $705.11 of the “new treat” at his concession stand.
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup was introduced to America in 1928.
  • The oldest operating manufacturer and seller of peanut butter has been selling peanut butter since 1908.
  • Peanut butter was the controlling secret behind “Mr. Ed,” TV’s talking horse.
  • Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter.
  • January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day.

OBSERVE

Fall in love with some peanut butter or a new peanut butter combination. Try peanut butter and apples. Or maybe fried peaches and peanut butter.

 

 

Read Across America, an initiative on reading that was created by the National Education Association.

Each year, National Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. However, if it falls on a weekend, it is observed in the school systems on the school day closest to March 2nd. This day is a motivational and awareness day, calling all children and youth in every community across the United States to celebrate reading.

OBSERVE:

Pick up an interesting book and read it. More importantly, read with a child.

 

family fun days domt worry be happy

This day was created as a day encouraging us to do something to make others happy.

OBSERVE

This day is very easy to celebrate and get the kids involved in making someone else smile. A flower here, a silly knock-knock joke there. Buy the person’s coffee standing in line behind you. Remind your kids how much you love them. Leave a sticky note for a co-worker telling them to have a spectacular day, a happy day. Draw a happy face in the snow for a stranger to come across later. Give someone a hug. Or even just a smile to a stranger walking by can really brighten their day.

 

According to Global Language Monitor, the estimated number of words in the English language is 1,025,109. There is some controversy over that number, but it’s safe to say it is over a million.Language is something to celebrate. Some people might suggest that grammar is a set of rules for language, but really it is a system for understanding a language; how the words are structured. Understanding the system and the structure helps us to better understand the language and can help us to learn new languages.

OBSERVE

Do your best to use proper grammar on this day.

HISTORY

Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, designated National Grammar Day in 2008.

For more information and ideas on ways to celebrate National Grammar Day, visit the website at http://nationalgrammarday.com/

March 5th is the annual celebration for the cheddar cheese coated, puffed or crunchy, fried or baked snack food.

The actual inventor of Cheese Doodles is under debate.

Generally, the credit goes to a man named Morrie Yohai who made a variety of extruded snack foods in the 1940s for his family’s company called Old London Foods. Other sources show patents for similar products in the 1930s and still other competing accounts in Wisconsin and in New Orleans as well.

These crunchy, orange delicious treats are enjoyed around the world! They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and flavors and 15 million pounds are produced annually.

OBSERVE

Grab a bag (or tub) of cheese doodles and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Grab your glass of milk right now because it is National Oreo Cookie Day. This day is recognized across the nation each year on March 6th.

The Oreo sandwich cookie is made up of two chocolate disks containing a sweet cream filling and is loved by millions. Since it’s introduction, the Oreo cookie has become the best selling cookie in the United States.

The National Biscuit Company (today known as Nabisco) first developed and produced the “Oreo Biscuit” in 1912 at it’s Chelsea factory in New York City. Today, the block on which the factory was located is known as “Oreo Way”.

  • The name “Oreo” was first trademarked on March 14, 1912.
  • The first Oreo cookies in the United States sold for 25 cents a pound in clear glass topped novelty cans.
  • In 1912, the Oreo Biscuit was renamed to “Oreo Sandwich”.
  • In 1948, the Oreo Sandwich was renamed to “Oreo Creme Sandwich”.
  • William A. Turnier developed the modern-day Oreo design in 1952 to include the Nabisco logo.
  • Nabisco’s principal food scientist, Sam Procello, developed the modern Oreo cookie filling.

OBSERVE

Grab a glass of milk and a handful of Oreos to enjoy with your little ones.

 

 

family fun days cereal

Break out the bowl and get your spoon ready because March 7th is National Cereal Day. Since the end of the 19th century, cereal has become America’s most popular breakfast food.

Do you remember mornings eating a bowl of cereal, reading the back of the box and trying to find the toy inside?

Cereal is eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even a before bed snack. Cereal is also used in many cake, cookie and bar recipes. The most popular one is Rice Crispy Treats.

Some cereal History:

** Ferdinand Schumacher, a German immigrant, began the cereal revolution in1854 with a hand oats grinder in the back room of a small store in Akron, Ohio. His German Mills American Oatmeal Company was the nation’s first commercial oatmeal manufacturer. In1877, Schumacher adopted the Quaker symbol, the first registered trademark for a breakfast cereal.

** Granula, the first breakfast cereal, was invented in the United States in1863 by James Caleb Jackson, operator of Our Home on the Hillside, which was later replaced by the Jackson Sanatorium in Dansville, New York. The cereal never became popular since it was inconvenient as the heavy bran nuggets needed soaking overnight before they were tender enough to eat.

** The cereal industry rose from a combination of sincere religious beliefs and commercial interest in health foods. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg experimented with granola. He boiled some wheat, rolled it into thin films, and baked the resulting flakes in the oven; he acquired a patent in 1891. In1895 he launched Cornflakes, which overnight captured a national market.

** Charles W. Post introduced Grape-nuts in 1898 and soon followed with Post Toasties.

** Because of Kellogg and Post, the city of Battle Creek, Michigan is nicknamed the “Cereal Capital of the World”.

 

OBSERVE

Have a bowl of your favorite cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner today.

 

 

Melted chocolate mixed with peanuts make a perfect combination for sweet and salty deliciousness!

Two things had to happen for peanut clusters to even exist. First, a process had to be invented for the cocoa bean to be processed and transformed into what we know as chocolate. The process wasn’t widely used until about the late1890s and just about the same time the second important thing happened; agriculture found a way to grow the peanut and bring it to the public with steal tools and steam power.

It didn’t take long for confectioneries to add the now readily available peanuts to melted chocolate. The sheer simplicity of the salty peanuts added to sweetened chocolate is a mouthwatering temptation few can resist.

OBSERVE

Peanut clusters are an easy to make snack that can be ready in just minutes.

All you have to do is melt the chocolate, Add the peanuts and stir them together. Drop them by spoonfuls into a “cluster” on waxed paper or foil and let them harden and then ENJOY!! Remember to share!

 

It is not clear how this day got started, but who can resist the idea of celebrating National Meatball Day? There are many different ways to celebrate meatballs:

  • Spaghetti and meatballs
  • Swedish Meatballs
  • Meatball Sub
  • Meatball Pizza
  • Turkey Meatballs
  • Lamb Meatballs
  • Porcupine Meatballs (made with rice)

..the list goes on and on.

There is a restaurant in New York that has 54 different kinds of meatballs. Not only do meatballs allow for variety, but they move from appetizer to side dish to main dish quite easily. Meatballs can be made the night before and put in the crock pot, or days before and kept in the freezer.

 

OBSERVE

To celebrate, some restaurants give a free side order of meatballs, while others are donating money to homeless shelters.

Get your kids involved in making your favorite meatballs or go out and order some from a restaurant near you!

family fun days pack your lunch

Packing your lunch has benefits you may not expect. It can help you make healthier choices for lunch. Instead of choosing fast food or something from the vending machine at work, you have a chance to plan ahead to add a fruit or vegetable that might not be available on those other menus.

By packing your lunch you also save money. Depending on the menu item, you can save several dollars by packing a lunch instead of ordering off a take-out menu.

  • Mickey Mouse was the first licensed character to appear on a lunchbox in 1935.
  • The 1950 Hopalong Cassidy lunchbox was the first lunchbox based on a television show.

 

OBSERVE

Bring a packed lunch that you and your child packed with each other: to work, school or a friend’s house.

National Johnny Appleseed Day celebrates a kindly legend who lived by sage teachings and labored to bring the shade of fruit trees across much of the United States.

In Fort Wayne, Indiana in Johnny Appleseed Park there is a grave marking the spot where the legendary sower of apple seeds rests.

Today is a great day to teach your children the story of Johnny Appleseed.

He was born John Chapman on September 26, 1774, in Leominster, Massachusetts to Nathaniel and Elizabeth Simons Chapman. Not much is known about his early life other than his mother died when he was two. His father packed up Johnny and his sister (an infant brother had died the previous year) and moved to Springfield, Massachusetts. His father served as a Minuteman and fought at Bunker Hill.

Then in 1797, Chapman shows up in northwestern Pennsylvania propagating his apple seeds and working his way steadily into the frontier of West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and eventually as far west as Illinois and Iowa and as far north as Michigan and Wisconsin.

In his wake, he left orchards and the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish spiritual leader whose books he would buy with whatever payment he might receive for his endeavors. In turn, Johnny would give the books away as he traveled and planted.

Mostly, though, he planted his seeds and seedlings for free along with his wisdom, his broad-brimmed pasteboard hat keeping the sun from his eyes as he went. Often shoeless, he traveled mostly by foot and sometimes by horseback or canoe. His appearance was nearly as noteworthy as his accomplishments, but so was his kindness. There was always a place at the table if Johnny Appleseed were to come visiting.

There are many stories told that the man would travel many miles to nurse an ailing orchard when word would reach him of its poor condition. Bringing the trees back to health would be his chief endeavor while dispersing wisdom, care and kindness as he did.

 

 

National Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated in many elementary schools across the country.

Each year this day is dedicated to the planting of flowers and looking forward to the spring season. Flower gardening has become a hobby to many, young and old, and National Plant a Flower Day is a start to the new season each year.

Marigolds and Daffodils are the flowers of this month.

It’s good to know the zone you live in to determine which flowers grow as perennials (those that grow back every year) in your area and which are considered annuals (those that require planting every year). To find out more check out the USDA site for Hardiness Zones.

Seeds can be started inside and set in a sunny window. When the weather is nicer, move those plants outside. Keep the soil moist, but not wet and follow the instructions on the seed package for proper germination of the seedling. For those who can’t wait, get out those seed catalogs and start planning your next flower garden.

Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul. ~Luther Burbank, botanist (1849-1926)

Are you in a warmer climate? Then it’s time to get out the trowel and the garden gloves and start turning over some new soil. Sow some new seeds, bulbs or plants and nurture those blossoms into a brilliant blaze for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.

OBSERVE

Tips for Starting a Flower Garden

  • Start with a potted garden. If you aren’t ready to tear up a patch of lawn this is a good way to go. They do require more watering, but less care over all.
  • Select plants that grow well in your spot. Some plants grow well in shade and others prefer sun. Others love both!
  • Did you know gardeners who prefer perennial gardens have to thin their flower beds every couple of years? They also love to share the extra bulbs and seeds with those who are new to gardening, so if you know someone with a green thumb, get to know them better.  You might get some free plants, advice and a budding friendship!
  • Local greenhouses stock plants that grow well in your area. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions and shop there frequently.
  • Get your kids to work together by planting a flower and helping make the world a more beautiful place.

 

 

A great day to teach your child to help others is National Good Samaritan Day.

National Good Samaritan Day is observed on March 13th. This day is also known as Good Samaritan Involvement Day. This is a day for unselfish actions to help those in need and to celebrate kindness.

The term “good Samaritan” comes from the Bible parable where a Samaritan helped a stranger who had been robbed and beaten and left to die by the side of the road. The Samaritan not only cleaned the man’s wounds and clothed him, but took him to an inn where he paid for the man’s care.

The term is used today to describe those who perform acts of kindness for those in need, especially those who are strangers.

OBSERVE

Encourage your child to help someone who is struggling or having a problem.

 

This day is an attempt to bring awareness of crafting to children. By opening children’s eyes to the world of crafts their imagination is sparked and from there, the possibilities are endless. National Children’s Craft Day is part of National Craft Month.

Crafting can give children a sense of accomplishment as well as help build their self esteem. As with adults, in children crafting is also a stress reducer.

Craft stores hold special classes throughout the month of March, so there are opportunities for children to get involved.  It’s also an opportunity for children to interact with others, to learn something new and to have fun without electronics or television. When stimulating a child’s creativity, we encourage their curiosity and use of tactile skills as well.

It doesn’t cost a lot to get a child involved with crafts. Many common household items can be used for crafts.

I couldn’t resist adding this one for March 14th as well.

Spring and summer are right around the corner so it is a good time to take a few minutes and learn something new about butterflies and appreciate their beauty.

Butterflies need our help to survive as they rely on flowers and other natural sources for survival.  We can help them by planting more flowers.

  • There are more than 20,000 types of butterflies worldwide
  • Their wing spans can range from 1/2 inch to 11 inches.

 

  • Butterflies in their adult stage can live from a week to nearly a year, depending on the species.
  • Many butterflies migrate over long distances.  Particularly famous migrations are those of the Monarch butterfly from Mexico to northern USA and southern Canada, a distance of about 2500 to 3000 miles.

 

OBSERVE

Read up on butterflies in this book or find a good sunny spot to watch some.

 

500 million children, teens and adults around the world do not have a pair of shoes to wear and despite the terrain and the climate, they have to walk barefoot everywhere. It is a struggle each day that we cannot begin to imagine. Having to live a daily life without protection on your feet can lead to a lifetime of problems including pain, injury, cuts, sores, infections, parasites, banning from schools and other places and the list goes on.

It is sad to say that we will call this lucky, but there are a few that are lucky enough to have one pair of shoes even though they are much too big for them.  This way, their shoes will last for many years, as they grow, and they are only allowed to be worn for very special occasions. In other cases, they may have one pair of shoes that are too small and tight for them (they will make them work) but to have a pair at all is a luxury.

OBSERVE

National Shoe The World Day is a day created to bring awareness, to everyone across the nation, of the incredible need to help those people around the world that do not have shoes to wear and then to take action in helping.

Buy a pair of these Toms shoes for your child and they will donate a pair to a less fortunate child.

 

HISTORY

National Shoe The World Day was inspired by Donald Zsemonadi and the United Indigenous People in Fontana, California in March of 2014.

 

You get to feel good about everything that you do.

OBSERVE

When you are right, you’re right. There is no wrong way about it. Take the good with the bad and a have a right kind of day.

Teach your child to “do the right thing” in any way you see fit today.

Have a Safe, Legal and Fun Everything You Do Is Right Day.

 

 

Obviously, today is Saint Patrick’s Day but it is also oddly enough….National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day. This seems to be fitting for St. Patrick’s Day in the United States.

To “corn” something is simply to preserve it in a salty brine (the term corn refers to the coarse grains of salt used for curing).

Corned beef is a salt-cured beef product. In the traditional Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage recipes, salt pork or bacon joint were used instead of corned beef. Sometime in the mid 1800s when the Irish immigrated to America, they found that Jewish corned beef was very similar in texture to bacon joint (pork). It was then that corned beef was used as a replacement for the bacon when preparing corned beef and cabbage meals. Soon after, Irish-Americans began having Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day.

Corned beef and cabbage remains a popular food in many areas of the United States.

In Ireland today, the serving of corned beef is geared toward tourist consumption. Most Irish in Ireland do not identify it as native cuisine.

  • In the United States, corned beef is often purchased ready to eat in delicatessens.
  • Smoking corned beef and adding spice mixes produces a smoked meat such as pastrami.
  • Corned beef can be found sold in minced forms and in cans.

 

OBSERVE

Try one of the following recipes:

Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
Corned Beef and Cabbage with Beer Recipes
St. Patty’s Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

 

 

 

One of America’s all-time favorite hot sandwiches, it is often made with ground beef, onions, tomato sauce, brown sugar, cola or maple syrup to sweeten it and seasonings to spice it, all served up on a hamburger bun or roll.

At the Ye Olde Tavern Inn by Abraham and Bertha Kaled in Sioux City, Iowa, that had a loose meat sandwich on their menu in 1934.

Whoever brought the Sloppy Joe to the world, it was made more convenient when in 1969 Hunt’s put it in a can and called it Manwich.

Today many families have their own secret recipes that make their Sloppy Joes special. Whether it’s an unusual spice, a unique sweetener or a homemade tomato sauce, a Sloppy Joe lends itself to originality and personality. A new flavor is just around the corner.

In the south, you might come across a barbeque flavor while in the north Sloppy Joe might be a little sweeter. Whatever your flavor, it is certainly an all-American food holiday!

OBSERVE

Enjoy one of the following Sloppy Joe recipes with your family. Maybe get the kids involved mixing the meat and choosing different toppings.

Super Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Joes
Crockpot Sloppy Joe Sandwiches for a Crowd
Sloppy Joes II
Gumbo Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Joes with Chicken Gumbo

 

The corn dog started out as a sausage or hot dog baked or deep fried in a cornmeal breading and served as a sandwich. In the late 1930s or early 1940s, this sandwich became a convenient fair food when the whole meal was put on a stick before being deep fried. Fair goers could then eat their corn dog while taking in the exhibits.

The convenience of the corn dog and other fried foods on a stick continues today. From sports arenas to amusement parks, state fairs and concerts, Americans can get their corn dogs and dipping sauces to go and not miss out on a moment of the game.

OBSERVE

Make some homemade corn dogs with the kids using this recipe.

 

HISTORY

Created in 1992 by Brady Sahnow and Henry Otley in honor of the saving grace of corn dogs and the March Madness that is basketball.

For more information visit their website at www.corndogday.com

 

 

Spring begins on the  vernal equinox, which is when the amount of sunshine is approximately 12 hours long. The amount of sunshine will increase until the first day of Summer.

The vernal equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator. This is the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator, from south to north. This happens on March 19, 20 or 21 every year.

The time the sun crosses the equator marking the Vernal equinox is different for each time zone. For those in the Pacific, Mountain and Central time zones, this will occur on March 19th. For those in the Eastern time zone, spring begins on March 20th at 12:30 a.m.

For more information visit almanac.com.

OBSERVE

Get ready for longer days and increased sunshine. Tune up the lawn mower. More sunshine means the grass will be growing.

 

This day was created to honor and recognize the hard work, devotion and sacrifices of single parenting. Raising children can be challenging.

 

OBSERVE

We all know of a family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker or someone who is a single parent. Support and appreciate them. Make this day a special one for the single parents that you know. If you are a single parent Happy National Single Parents Day! Celebrate your awesomeness with your little ones.

 

National Goof Off Day is a day to relax, enjoy and goof off. Do something fun and leave the work until tomorrow. Everybody needs to take a break from time to time. It is often so easy to get so involved in the work and pressures in our lives. So stop, take a break, find something that you really enjoy doing and do it!

 

OBSERVE

There are many different things that a person could do. Strictly speaking, goofing off is the avoidance of work. So whatever you do on National Goof Off Day, try not to look like you are working.

 

This day recognizes the tiny, yet powerful chia seed that has earned its reputation as being one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. Revered by the Maya and Aztecs for their amazing healing powers and natural energy, chia seeds have become a trusted staple for people around the world and can be enjoyed in many foods and beverages!

High in Omega-3s, antioxidants, fiber and complete protein, chia seeds are neutral in flavor and can be added to virtually any recipe to boost the nutritional profile.

Nutrition Facts:

  • 8x more Omega-3s than salmon
  • 25% more fiber than flaxseed
  • 30% more antioxidants than blueberries
  • 2x more potassium than bananas
  • 6x more calcium than milk

 

OBSERVE

Add chia to your diet on this day (and every day) to enjoy the strength and vitality that these seeds bring to your life. Start your day with chia granola, power through the day with chia bars, and enjoy chia beverages anytime.

Also, to get the kids involved in the celebration you could buy a Chia pet and let them set it up and watch the magic happen.

What better way to raise money for children in some of the poorest communities in the world than to do it while having fun? That’s precisely the goal of Red Nose Day.

 

 

What better way to raise money for children in some of the poorest communities in the world than to do it while having fun? That’s precisely the goal of Red Nose Day.

On March 24, 2017, Red Nose Day encourages us to don red noses, donate and get involved. By organizing fun, silly or downright hilarious fundraising events, you too can be a part of Red Nose Day.

Need some inspiration on how to get involved? Visit walgreens.com for some fun ways to get involved.

 

OBSERVE

Visit rednoseday.org to get started. Stop by Walgreens or Duane Reade stores to buy your Red Nose. Watch the Red Nose Day NBC special.

 

HISTORY

Writer-director Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, About Time), created Red Nose Day in 1988. It was first launched in the United Kingdom and came to the United States in 2015.

 

J.R.R. Tolkien (Jan. 3, 1892 – Sept. 2, 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist and university professor. He was best known as the author of the classic works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarrillion as well as Roverandom and Farmer Giles of Ham.

 

OBSERVE

Read some of Tolkien’s works today.

 

HISTORY

This day was started in 2003 by the Tolkien Society to encourage the readings of J.R.R. Tolkien. March 25th was chosen as the date to honor the fall of Sauron in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

Not only are there so many delicious ways that you can enjoy spinach, it is also extremely good for you!

An annual plant,  spinach is native to central and southwestern Asia. Thought to have originated in ancient Persia, Arab traders carried spinach into India, and then it was introduced into ancient China where it was known as “Persian vegetable”

During her reign as queen of France, Catherine de Medici was well known to have enjoyed spinach so much that it was served at every meal. To this day, dishes made with spinach are known as “Florentine” reflecting Catherine’s birth in Florence.

Spinach is:

  • Eaten raw or cooked and is available  fresh, frozen or canned.
  • One of the best sources of iron.
  • A great source of calcium, folic acid, fiber, protein, calcium and vitamins A, C and K.
  • Is loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants.
  • Believed to help improve cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health.

Types of spinach:

Savoy: dark green color with curly leaves; usually sold in fresh bunches.


Flat or Smooth Leaf: broad smooth leaves; mostly grown for canned and frozen spinach as well as soups, baby food and processed foods.


Semi-savoy: a hybrid variety with crinkly leaves: is sold fresh and processed.

  • Following China, the United States is the world’s second largest producer of spinach.
  • California, Arizona and New Jersey are the top spinach producing states in the United States.

 

OBSERVE

You might want to have a fresh spinach salad or a spinach pizza or maybe a warm delicious spinach dip. If one of those is not your choice maybe it would be a dish of creamed spinach or spinach lasagna. There are many ways to add spinach to your daily diet and partake in its health benefits with the family.

 

According to the Social Security Administration, the name Joseph was ranked No. 6 from 1893 to 1899 behind John, William, James, George, and Charles. In 1910, it moved to No. 5. From 1911 to 2005 it was ranked No. 12 or lower.

 

OBSERVE

We found this day has a few different versions as to how it is celebrated.

1. Honor all people with the name “Joe”.
2. For the day, change your name to a name of your choice.
3. Everyone change their name to “Joe” for the day. Women and girls may use “Josephine” or “Jodie”.

If your child has a form of “Joe” in their name this is a great day to celebrate them.

 

Once you get started, the possibilities are endless. Foods that come on a stick are fun and easy to eat.

There isn’t much that can’t be put on a stick when talking about food. Soup might be that one exception, though if it were flavorful frozen we might make an exception.

From cool summer treats like the Popsicle to frozen food staples like the corn dog, food on a stick is one of the world’s great inventions. Fresh fruit kabobs and skewers of grilled veggies and meat are both summer favorites.

Street fairs and food trucks have created a variety of recipes made to go on a stick that take us from breakfast to after party hunger with flavor combinations that sometimes make us wonder why we haven’t tried that before! Whether it is fresh and healthy or breaded and deep fried, menu choices are broad and plentiful for National Something on a Stick Day.

 

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Get inventive and create your own combination. How about  grilled pear on a stick? Or perhaps meat and cheese squares or brownie and marshmallows bites? Have a creative breakfast, lunch and/or dinner and have fun with the day!!

This is a day worthy of making memories and celebrating the power of imagination, as adults and children alike can enjoy time together with a little red wagon.

For nearly 100 years, Radio Flyer has been bringing smiles to kids of all ages and creating warm memories that last a lifetime. As a brand, Radio Flyer has always supported unstructured outdoor play and its positive impact on children. With their 100th anniversary on the horizon, Radio Flyer would like to establish a day that not only celebrates kids’ imaginations but the vehicles that help them explore it – their wagons.

This iconic toy is one of the most enduring toys of all time. For generations, children have led little red wagons down Independence Day parade routes, carried out countless imaginary missions and voyages of childhood fantasy. It is not unusual for a little red wagon to be handed down from one generation to the next, treasured like a family heirloom. The adventures are enjoyed by all, regardless of age.

 

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As the weather gets warmer and spring officially begins, use National Little Red Wagon Day to encourage kids to get outside, get active and go wherever their imaginations take them.

 

After a long busy day, a calming and therapeutic way to relax would be a nice, leisurely walk in the park.

Taking a walk at a local park is definitely a good way to clear one’s mind from the stresses of the day, re-energize yourself and at the same time, help to improve your health.

Make sure you take a camera with you during your walk as parks offer many opportunities to photograph nature. There is the possibility of capturing some great pictures of birds or other wildlife, flowers, budding trees, clouds or the sunset.

 

OBSERVE

Take the kids out for a walk in the park. Enjoy nature’s beauty and being outside with the family.

 

Every March 31st children and adults alike open up a box of crayons and enjoy coloring. What a better way to take part in National Crayon Day?

Wax and chalk based crayons have been used by artists around the world for centuries. The brightly colored crayons we are familiar with today were invented by Edwin Binney. He was part owner of Binney & Smith, a company that produced products such as paint, pigments and slate pencils for schools.

In 1903, Binney & Smith created the Crayola Division and produced colored wax crayons for children for the first time. Then in 1904, they presented their An-Du-Septic chalk at the Colombian Exposition in St. Louis winning a gold medal. The chalk was designed to be dustless at many teachers’ requests as was an immediate success.

 

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Get out your crayons and create something beautiful with the little ones!

 

 

Celebrating silly days of the year is a great way to get the kids up and moving around. It is a great bonding experience for the whole family.

 

Take these suggestions and put your own spin on them to make a fun enjoyable time for the family.

 

Do you have any traditions for March? Do you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with your family? What is something special you do every year in March?

 

Have a happy and healthy March!!!

 

 

 

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.