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National Senior Citizens Day

August 21 is National Senior Citizens Day!

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan issued a Presidential Proclamation designating August 21 as National Senior Citizens Day, a day to honor, recognize and show appreciation for senior citizens and the contributions they have made to their families, communities and country.

For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older – places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity.

- Ronald Reagan, Proclamation 5847

Celebrate National Senior Citizens Day by spending time with senior citizens, whether relatives, neighbors or residents of a senior center, assisted living facility, retirement home or nursing home.

Sources: holidayinsights.com, reagan.utexas.edu, kidscare.org
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National Lemonade Day

August 20 is National Lemonade Day!

Lemonade is a classic sweet and sour but cool and refreshing summer beverage consisting of lemon juice, water and sugar. However, the term “lemonade” can refer to “clear” lemonade, “cloudy” lemonade or “fizzy” lemonade, depending on what part of the world you live in. Learn more about lemonade around the world by clicking here.

While you can certainly make lemonade with a powdered mix, which is the most common type of lemonade in the U.S., take the time to make freshly squeezed lemonade in honor of this refreshing beverage. We’ll even pass along a lemonade recipe that contains the secret to making the perfect lemonade!

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org
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Bad Poetry Day

August 18 is Bad Poetry Day!

Bad poetry happens, whether you intend to create dreadful verse or not. As irritating as it may be to write a new poem only to toss it when you realize how bad it is, a bad poem every now and then never hurt a poet. At the very least, the act of writing the poem, no matter how bad, may have helped you get through a tough time.

It might seem silly to celebrate bad poetry, but bad poems serve their purpose…For example, how would we know the good poetry from the bad poetry without the bad poetry to compare it to?

Celebrate Bad Poetry Day by writing a bad poem, heading to a poetry reading (because you know you’ll hear a couple of cringe-worthy poems), or check out “Very Bad Poetry,” an anthology compiled by Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras that contains 131 poems – by well-known poets – that are so bad, they’re brilliant.

Bad Poetry is copyrighted by Wellcat.

 

Sources: wellcat.com, holidayinsights.com, theultimateholidaysite.com
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National Thrift Shop Day

August 17 is National Thrift Shop Day!

Thrift shops are stores that sell second-hand products, such as clothes, furniture, toys and home decor, at a discounted price. Many of these goods are donated by the public.

While the thought of using second-hand goods may not sound appealing at first, thrift shopping has a lot of benefits: you’ll save money and help the environment, and you might just end up finding one-of-a-kind treasures.

Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day by donating some of your old clothes and other belongings to a local thrift shop or by spending the day thrift shopping with a friend. Never shopped at a thrift store before? Take a look at “A Basic Guide to Thrift Store Shopping” before you head out.


Sources: theultimateholidaysite.com, holidayinsights.com, wikipedia.com
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Madonna’s Birthday!

2013 Madonna Calendar

On this day in 1958, Madonna Louise Ciccone was born. 54 years later, Madonna Louise Ciccone has transformed into Madonna: American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, entrepreneur, and one of (if not the) most influential female figures in contemporary music. Since releasing her debut album in 1983, Madonna has released a 12 albums, starred and/or appeared in 19 films, embarked on 9 concert tours, and stirred up plenty of controversy through her constant experimentation and reinventing of her music and her image. In addition to singing, dancing, and acting, Madonna has ventured into fashion design, writing children’s books, and film directing and producing.

Celebrate Madonna’s birthday by listening to her music or making a playlist of all of your favorite Madonna songs to share with your friends. Then throw a Madonna dance party!

Learn more about Madonna at her official website.

Sources: Wikipedia

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National Relaxation Day

August 15 is National Relaxation Day!

Stressed? Overworked? Sleep deprived? Luckily, today is National Relaxation Day: a day to avoid all stressful activities and partake only in your favorite or much-needed relaxing activities.

Ok…so you probably can’t ditch every stressful activity, like school or work, but set aside at least an hour to relax. Spend time at a spa, lounge in a hammock or next to the pool, head to the beach, catch a movie, read a book, sweat away stress with a yoga routine, take a bubble bath, catch up on sleep, or do absolutely  nothing but laze around.

Just remember that Relaxation Day isn’t just about being lazy. Taking time to relax reduces not only the mental symptoms of stress but the physical symptoms as well. Click here to learn more about relaxation techniques that can help you relieve stress and maintain good mental and physical health.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, mayoclinic.com
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Wiffle Ball Patented

On August 14, 1953, the Wiffle ball was patented. Invented by David N. Mullany, the Wiffle ball is a thin, hollow ball made of plastic and perforated with eight oblong holes on one hemisphere. Mullany designed the ball for his 12-year-old son and his friends after watching them struggle to give their ball a little curve while playing a game of baseball in the backyard. Little did Mullany know that the Wiffle ball itself would be so popular but that it would lead to an indoor or outdoor variation of baseball, also called Wiffle ball.

Celebrate the invention and patent of the Wiffle ball by reading about the Wiffle ball’s invention and surge in popularity.

Or you can get your friends and family together for a friendly game of Wiffle ball. Find the rules of the game at wiffle.com.

Sources: Wikipedia, The New York Times

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National Filet Mignon Day

A steak cut taken from the smaller end of the tenderloin, filet mignon, or “dainty fillet” in English, is the most tender cut of beef…and also the most expensive. If you’re lucky enough to enjoy filet mignon regularly, today is just another day. But, for those who dream of indulging in this high quality cut of steak, go ahead and splurge on dinner tonight…after all, National Filet Mignon Day comes just once a year on August 13.

Today also happens to be the day that Julia Child died, in 2004. Celebrate National Filet Mignon Day while honoring the woman who introduced French cuisine to the American public by cooking your own filet mignon at home. Not a fan of steak? Cook up one of the many delicious recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Source: Slashfood, The Ultimate Holiday Site, Wikipedia

 

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Susan Winget

Susan Winget graduated from UNC at Chapel Hill with a fine arts degree and got a job painting watercolors for furniture stores, galleries, and gift shops. After having children, Winget began selling her artwork from home. In 1982 alone, she sold and shipped 9,000 watercolor paintings! Since she first began licensing her artwork in 1987, her business has grown substantially. Winget’s artwork now appears on a variety of products, including calendars, stationery, fabric, dinnerware, and other home décor and giftware items produced by Lang and a variety of other manufacturers.

Since 1987, Susan Winget’s heart-warming artwork has filled many homes with love, joy, and nature through her partnership with Lang Graphics, which has made the award-winning watercolorist’s work accessible to everyone through their high quality calendars.

Winget’s passion for country life, nature, and traditional values in rural America is evident in her work. Her versatile subjects and themes include beautifully captured wildlife, vibrant florals, rich wine themes, and simple scenes of classic symbols of America. Constantly surrounded by nature on her North Carolina farm, Winget never fails to find the inspiration to create artwork that is fresh and accessible while maintaining her signature style.

Check out the selection of Susan Winget Calendars!

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Lazy Day

Today is Lazy Day! In honor of this strange but kind of awesome holiday, we’ll keep this short and sweet so we can all go back to being lazy.

We’re not sure who created this brilliant holiday or why (does it matter?), and we’d love to increase our research efforts, but that would defeat the purpose of Lazy Day.  Surely whoever created this day wouldn’t want that.

Celebrate Lazy Day by simply being lazy today. No, you don’t have to call in “sick” or spend the whole day in bed (though, if you can and want to, awesome!) Set aside as little time as an hour today to do absolutely nothing or to do something relaxing and that you enjoy, like finishing that book you’ve been too busy to read, taking a warm bath, soaking in rays while lounging on a hammock, or hitting the couch for an all day marathon of your favorite TV show.

Sources: Holiday Insights, Yahoo! Shine

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