Yes another year had com and gone. Not quite sure where it went and If I accomplished all I wanted to, but on to 2018!Every Single Year People Make Brand New Resolutions, and They Hope Against Hope That They Will Somehow Stick to Them. Somehow that doesn’t always happen does it?
Instead of writing New Year Resolutions create a Bucket List this year– and fill it with all of the fun things you want to do in the upcoming year.
Instead of a Bucket List Some people write down things that they don’t want to forget on little pieces of paper throughout the year, and then they put the scraps of paper in a “Memory Jar”. On the 31st of December they take out their “Memory Jar” and they go through all the memories that they recorded for the year.
The first day of the new year is a perfect time to clean out the old and bring in the new. I know it is hard because we downsized to our last home and my husband just wants to hang on to everything. (I Won We Gave a Lot Away 🙂
To make it easier just choose three or four items in your home that need to be replaced. It is amazing how good you will feel when these items are gone.
Throw a New Year’s Eve Bash filled with lots of FUN! Make sure to have paper party hats and tiaras, party blowers, and lots of confetti.
Create a playlist of FUN music to listen to on the last day of this year and all day on January 1st.
Enjoy these words from Veronica Hay…..
A New Year, A New Beginning.
A fresh start once again.A golden treasure box of waiting dreams? unopened.An untouched pathway of freshly, fallen snow.
Where will your footsteps go?Another chapter in the story of your life, to be written on crisp white paper, with purple ink.A song unsung, waiting for the melody of your heart.
When will you start?A meadow bright with dew kissed flowers, reaching for the light, and waiting?
This New Year, I give to you my friend,A clean slate and canvas to paint upon your life.
May your picture be colored with new found joys, brushed with the wonder of simple things, and framed in gentle magic!
Happy New Year.Blessings to you and your New Year Beginning!
May it be the very BEST year of your life so far!
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Mother’s Day is a special day where mothers all around the world are recognized and celebrated. The celebration takes many forms from house to house, and country to country, but for the most part it is a day where mothers get the chance to put their feet up and be well and truly spoiled!
I just came from visiting my dear mom who is now 86 and so bent over and almost blind. She is still trying to be so independent and wishes she could be years younger. It is an honor to be able to take care of her as she ages.
I have learned so much from her in her later years and she is a Wonderful Mother. Tell your MOM this year how much she means to you.
If you wrote your mother a message… Would she be able to find it?
Top reasons to celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day.
She wore your macaroni necklaces with pride to work, the grocery store and the mall.
She had a knack for finding missing objects such as your blankie, pet frog, retainer, lucky marble, homework, or belly button lint collection. Unfortunately she is still looking for the remnants of her mind, memory, and body that once fit into size 4 jeans.
She willingly baked five dozen cupcakes for the bake sale you “volunteered” her for, and which you told her about at 8pm the night before.
She is a human calendar, keeping track of every doctor appointment, birthday, anniversary, parent-teacher conference, field trip, play date, spelling bee contest, lesson, team practice, first word or bowel movement anyone in the family has ever had.
She put up with your “self-expression” years whereby you dyed your hair, pierced body parts, tattooed strange things upon your skin, wore strange clothing and makeup, and used the word “righteous” ad nauseam.
She sacrificed going back to work just so she’d have time to be your Girl Scout Leader, PTA president, field trip chaperone, and chauffeur to every sporting event or karate lesson you ever took.
Even when you were too upset to verbalize what was bothering you, she always knew exactly what was wrong based on the volume and urgency of your heavy sobs or the amount of boogers that ran from your nose.
She loved you even when you flushed her earrings down the toilet, set the living room rug on fire, practiced writing your letters in red marker on the living room couch, or used the contents of your diaper for wall art.
She has spent the majority of her adult years in two places: the kitchen and the laundry room.
She has never had a vacation, comp time, sick day or other “break” from motherhood, and even if she were given the opportunity for one, probably would never take one.
Remember to thank your Mom on Mother’s Day. There is no love that goes deeper or which transcends time and space more than a mother’s love.
If Mom isn’t one for full-on spa treatments, then a simple homemade body scrub is still a nice gesture, and something she’ll appreciate for a long bath. This Homemade Citrus Scrub is light, refreshing and perfect for spring.
Give Mom a Coloring Book…….From beloved author and Hallmark Channel favorite Debbie Macomber, this special adult coloring book features forty-five original illustrations depicting scenes from the Rose Harbor and Blossom Street series. Unplug and let the creativity flow!
All Natural Mists…..A refreshing spritz of fragrant water is a great way for mom to keep cool this summer. To create sprays, simply fill mist bottles with water and a few strips of julienned cucumber or sprigs of lavender and mint.
The month of March means the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, and whether or not you’re Irish, this is a fun day to celebrate!
Every year on March 17, millions of people gussy themselves up in green attire, hold big parades all in the name of an old Irish saint.
Bet You Didn’t Know Some Of These Fun Facts ?
1962 marked the first time Chicago dyed their river green for St Patrick’s Day. It takes 40 tons of dye to get the river to a suitably festive shade!
Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.
Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000.
Another little-known fact from Irish lore: Leprechauns earned that gold they’re guarding. According to legend, leprechauns spend their days making and mending shoes. It’s hard work, so you can’t blame them for being territorial about their pots of gold.
If, by chance, one did happen to find a mystical pot at the end of a rainbow this St. Patrick’s Day, and it contained 1,000 gold coins weighing one ounce each, WalletHub estimated the total current worth at $1.26 million.
March 17th Is Almost Here So Let’s Get This St. Patrick’s Day Party Started With Some Fun Ideas.
For a lot of people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of summer. But why is it called Labor Day?
Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894.
Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.
Here are a few ideas on how to enjoy your Labor Day weekend:
Visit a Festival, Street Fair or Other Public Celebration
Neighborhood Block Party: Get to know your neighbors with an old-fashioned block party. Ask people to bring games and food to share.Take the kids to a discount movie that they really wanted to see but missed.
Day Trip It: Pull out a map, pick a tourist destination within 2-3 hours, and plan a day-long adventure to your new destination!
Why not Pack Up The Tents and hit the nearest Campground for some much deserved rest and relaxation? Family campgrounds will often host a variety of events just for the holiday, but plan early.
Most campsites book quickly for holiday weekends, so reserve your space well in advance.
Throw up our feet, start up the grill, toss on the ‘burgers and we’ll all eat our fill.
Put up the tools, watch the grass grow, forget the leak and the commode overflow.
The dishes can wait; go out and play. There’s good reason to be lazy… it’s called Labor Day!
Author: Nancy Hughes
How About a DIY Backyard Quidditch Game For Little Muggles.
Have you ever sat around 54 wooden blocks stacked in rows of 3’s, strategically pulling blocks out one at a time, waiting for the tower to fall over so you can throws your hands in the air and yell “JENGA!”
Well if you answered yes, you’ve probably played Jenga and chances are you’re a good player too!To make a DIY outdoor version for this Labor Day get out some 2×4’s and cut them into approx 10 ½ ” long pieces.
Once you have 54 pieces, sand them up a little, stack ‘em, and challenge everyone to a match.
On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to
freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues
across the country.
So Get Out That Red-Checkered Tablecloth, Fire Up The Grill and Have a Wonderful Fourth Of July!
The 4th of July and barbecues go hand-in-hand, so it’s probably no surprise that over an estimated 150 million hot dogs are consumed in the United States each Independence Day.
On that very first day of independence in 1776, the meal for John Adams and wife Abigail included turtle soup, poached salmon, peas and boiled potatoes (which, strangely enough, happens to be among the ingredients in some hot dogs).
For dessert, the couple had a treat called apple pandowdy, similar to apple cobbler.
No reports of a scoop of ice cream on top of that pandowdy, however.I wonder what they would think of a table like this below…..
I Have Found a Few Ideas That Might Help You Celebrate The Birthday Of Our Country This Year….ENJOY!
Best Hotdog Marinade!! “Left out of the oil, the remaining ingredients became a light BBQ sauce. Glazed with the marinate/sauce during cooking and it crusted oven the hot dogs very well. This recipe is a must try that you and your kids will love.”
Don’t Your Love These Bandana Cushions? No-sew pillow covers crafted from contrasting bandannas. Sandwich one cushion between two scarves, then join each corner together with a rubber band and hide bands with thin ribbon, as shown.
If you are having a family gathering this 4th of July, you could make your croquet set fun and festive with star garland.Croquet is fun for both kids and adults, and it can add to your patriotic decorations. Just tightly wrap the wickets with the star garland and your lawn will sparkle with red, white and blue.
America, My Hometown“When I travel about this great nation, I never cease to frown,….
for wherever I seem to land and settle, I call……
America, my hometown When I cross the Golden Gate in Frisco Bay, the westernStates,the Rockies and great plains, my heart wells up with pride,….
from emotions felt deep inside, and my tears become so hard to hide. America, my hometown.
From the golden shores and shining cities of the west and along the sandy shores towns and villages of the GARDEN STATE things still look simply great.
all through colonial new England and up to rugged coastline of the great State of Maine. our peoples’ quest and dreams of liberty ,and freedom still remain the same. for justice,freedom and liberty for all, still ring true today,…..
just as the liberty bell, in our founders’ yesterday. America, my hometown.Along the mighty Mississippi from Minneapolis to New Orleans,…
.our country’s morality and patriotic spirit is alive and well, just as all our other great and noble dreams. America,my hometown.
Happy Birthday America!
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Marking its landmark 45 on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Earth Day will be celebrated by millions of people.
Earth Day is a day on which people around the world gather to participate in activities aimed at raising public awareness about a variety of environmental issues including air pollution, water pollution, habitat destruction, sustainable energy, climate change, and environmental policies.
Taking Care Of The Earth Is Not Just A Responsibility–It’s A Privilege.
Earth Day is a great opportunity to teach our children the importance of the air we breathe, soil needed to grow plants, water we drink….basically our natural surroundings!
Use Earth Day as a way to celebrate with your family and even teach a few important lessons about the world around us. Let me share a few ideas what families can do on this day.
Slather a few pinecones with peanut butter and roll them in bird seed to hang on your trees for a bird-sized snack.
Build a compost bin to reduce the amount of trash your family creates and make feeding your plants more affordable and efficient.
You don’t need an expensive setup to start a compost bin, and starting a small compost pile in your backyard this Earth Day is the perfect way to teach your kids about recycling — nature’s way.
Taking the quiz will be an eye opener for you and your kids.
You create a little avatar that looks like you and then walk through a process of looking at your lifestyle and then finding out what impact you have on the environment
What better place than the zoo to discover the animals we share our planet with, and learn about their habits and habitats? Many zoos around the country have special celebrations planned (which often include free or discounted entry). Walk with (or near) the animals in the great outdoors — there’s a lot to learn!
Invite the neighbors over for an Earth Hour Party and make it an annual event.
Earth Day is the perfect reminder to get outdoors and enjoy the Earth and your family more often. Turn off all of your electronics for one day and get outside for a hike, bike ride, picnic or nature walk with your family. You will be amazed to see how much easier it is to connect with your loved ones, when the only buzzing that you hear is that of the bumblebees.
Get your “om” on…Take your yoga mat outside and do your workout alongside Mother Nature. Can you feel that inner peace?
Plant a garden. Grab the kids, a shovel, and some seeds and hit the dirt with your family. Whether you plant one tomato plant in a pot or a large garden of fruits and veggies, gardening with your kids wil teach them about the cycles of nature and the beauty of growing your own food.
This Earth Day, parents can have their little ones help pack a box or bag of old clothes and toys they are no longer using. Donating these items ensures they will find new life through new owners or by being recycled, and avoids further clogging our nation’s landfills.
Save electricity. After the sun goes down, don’t turn on the lights, play “In the Dark” hide-and-seek.
Play online Earth Day games.After learning more about the environment, visit The Kidz Page Earth Day Games Page where you can clean up your virtual world.
Recycle. If it’s not already a habit, make it one this month.
**History Of Earth Day**
Create a jar full of ways your children and your family can help the Earth beyond Earth Day this year.
What you’ll need:
scrap paper and/or paper bags
large mason jar
What you’ll do:
Cut small strips from paper bags or scrap paper.
Write down simple things you can do on a weekly or monthly basis to help the Earth.
Draw one piece of paper each weekend or once a month — depending on what you decide.
Examples of what to put in your jar:
Plant a tree.
Sew your own towels to replace paper towels.
Volunteer at a recycling center or recycling event in your community.
Make a home movie about what you do to help the Earth, and share it with friends and family.
Get involved with conservation groups or programs in your area (aquariums, the zoo, etc.)
Earth Day Network Earth Day Network is the coordinating body of worldwide Earth Day activities, founded by the organizers of the original 1970 Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson and Denis Hayes. Under Events, you’ll find thousands of international Earth Day events to attend, and the opportunity to add your local event. Resources include Environmental Fact Sheets and an Ecological Footprints Quiz.
Planet Pals – Kid-friendly community with fun facts, activities, and resources for learning more about planet Earth, recycling & conservation, and lots of links to Earth Day information around the Web.
Crafts for Earth Day – Fun for kids of all ages with Earth Day Coloring Pages and ideas for making kites and “Litter Bugs” from recyclables, and complete instructions for melted crayon and tissue paper globes, nature place mats and more.
Earth Day is the perfect day to talk to your kids about the green steps you take around the house to protect the planet and how they can help. Turning off lights and faucets, recycling, keeping the heat and air down low, and cleaning green are great ways to teach your kids about your family’s impact on the planet, and the steps that you can all take to minimize it.
Go Green This Earth Day. Lend a Helping Hand Towards Mother Nature.
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For many people, the first big party of the summer season is July 4. From backyard BBQs to beach trips, there are many ways to celebrate this day!
The Fourth of July marks our country’s birthday. On this day in 1776, the members of the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, adopting the final draft of the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming our sovereignty from Great Britain.any ways to enjoy the holiday.
As you begin to fire up the grills, take a few minutes to remember the history of the Fourth of July and what it means for our country. This uniquely American holiday is a time to reflect on the greatness of our Nation and its people.
Let Me Help You Celebrate With Some Fun Ideas For The Fourth of July……..
Share your patriotic sentiments with guests by labeling oversize buckets with vinyl letters (find them at office supply or crafts stores). Fill the buckets with ice to keep beverages cool during a hot 4th of July celebration, or use them to hold boxes of sparklers.
How much fun would it be to have your kids make their own wind streamer?
All you need are some empty oatmeal containers… or just some hardy cardstock.