How to Celebrate National Unicorn Day

Did you know today, April 9th is National Unicorn Day?  A legendary horse-like creature dating back to the 5th century, a unicorn has a single spiraling horn protruding out from the forehead. Are you wondering how to celebrate this incredible magical being? Check out the following ideas for celebrating National Unicorn Day.

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  • Write a Story: Have you been considering writing a book centering around a unicorn. Today is the perfect time to write your unicorn story.
  • Write Your Child’s Story: If you have younger children, ask them to tell a story about a unicorn. Writing down or recording the story is a great keepsake. Who knows, the story may be the building blocks to a future novel.
  • Draw or Paint: Draw or paint a unicorn picture. Create a whole scene around your unicorn. For example, where does your unicorn live? What does your unicorn eat? What magic powers does your unicorn have?
  • Read A Book: Go to your local library or download a story about a unicorn. The story can be for yourself or read to your young children.
  • Do Crafts: Time to get creative. Modeling clay is a great medium to use to create a unicorn. Air dry clay is inexpensive and easy to use. Simply shape the clay into a unicorn, allow to dry, and paint.  If you need additional crafting help, check out Pinterest for unicorn ideas.
  • Watch a Unicorn Movie: Turn National Unicorn Day into family night (yes, your cat counts as family). Do not forget to make your favorite treat or order pizza.

Whatever you decide to do, enjoy National Unicorn Day.  Celebrate the simple unofficial holidays.

5 Last-Minute Easter Activities

Easter is here. Are you ready? Did the holiday just sneak up on you this year? Well, do not worry there is still plenty of time to do last-minute activities for your entire family to enjoy. Check out the following list for inspiration.

1. Attend Church Services

Regardless of your religious background, attend a local church service. Many churches hold special services on Easter Sunday. The church may have special readings, singing, plays, and children’s events. Just remember to check the church’s website or Facebook page before going. The church may have social distancing and other restrictions in place.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, numerous churches are holding virtual services if you do not want to attend church. Attend a church service right in your home, you can even watch while eating breakfast.

2. Color Easter Eggs

Yes, you can buy a kit. Or you can use food coloring from your baking supplies. Dyeing Easter eggs is a great activity. Mix different colors, make patterns or add designs. Coloring eggs is a long-standing Easter tradition.

3. Easter Egg Hunt or Scavenger Hunt

Whether you use your dyed eggs or hide plastic ones, an Easter egg hunt is fun for everyone. Now to make the hunt more interesting for older children, turn the activity into a scavenger hunt. Provide clues to your hidden eggs or Easter baskets.

4. Easter Meal

Find a way to make your meal special for Easter.

  • Sit together at the table. Bring out your good dishes, add candles, make an Easter centerpiece, or add flowers. Remember to turn off your devices.
  • Add a special dessert.
  • Bake the meal together as a family.
  • BBQ outdoors.
  • Order in from a nearby restaurant.
  • Have a picnic.

Just enjoy your time together as a family.

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5. Family Night

Turn your Easter into family night. Eat leftovers or order pizza.

  • Watch movies together. It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (1974) is always a great family show to watch.
  • Play video games.
  • Play board games.
  • Have a bonfire.

Journal Writing Prompts for April

April is here! Are you finding time to keep up your journal writing? Make writing in your journal a habit. Try to sneak a few minutes out of each day to get your thoughts down on paper (or type on the computer).

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Are you ready for new journal writing prompts? Check out the following 30 prompts for journal writing in April.

  1. How did March go for you, your friends, family, work, and home life? Write about your highs and lows of each area of your life.
  2. What do you want to accomplish this month? Make a list of at least 5 goals.
  3. What is your biggest dream for your personal life, work, family, etc.?
  4. Happy Easter! Did you celebrate? Write about your day.  How did you celebrate?
  5. Write a gratitude list of at least 10 things.
  6. Start a paragraph with the words, “Happiness is.” Then continue to write at least 2 paragraphs. Or make a list of 10 things.,
  7. Name a person or event that has made the biggest impact on you in the first 3 months of 2021. Explain your choice.
  8. What or who made you laugh today? What happened?
  9. Free write for at least 10 minutes. Or try a new goal of 20 minutes.
  10. What do you do to relieve stress? Why does this help you?
  11. Write about your day from an outside perspective.
  12. Think about all the people you encounter daily. Write down each person’s best characteristic trait that you admire. Then, write down a trait or habit you wish each person would change. Why did you pick these traits?
  13. Who gave you a compliment recently? What were the circumstances leading up to the praise? How did the compliment make you feel?
  14. If you could write a letter to your teenage self, what would you say? Remember the more details the better.
  15. Do you find yourself blaming others for your unhappiness? Who? Why? What can you do to change the situation?
  16. Do you worry about what others think about your personal life, work, family, or friends? Why does this bother you?
  17. If you could hold any job in the world, what would you pick? Why?
  18. What is your worst habit? Why? What can you do to change it?
  19. Make a list of your top best traits. (Yes, there are at least 10).
  20. Write about your day in intervals. What were you doing at 8am? 10am? Noon? 3pm? 5pm? 10pm?
  21. What amazes you about yourself, family, community, friends, or work? Is this a good or bad thing? Why?
  22. Was there a difficult moment in your life that later turned out to be a hidden blessing? Describe the event.
  23. Write about a recent news event. What happened? Why do you feel so strongly about this event?
  24. What do you do to show people you care?
  25. What past decision changed your life?
  26. What song always makes you turn up the radio to sing along? Why?
  27. What is your idea of a good day?
  28. What was your last vivid dream? What do you remember the most about this dream?
  29. What do you hope people will remember you by when you are gone?
  30. What are you looking forward to in May?

April Photo Prompts

Spring is here. Flowers are starting to bloom. Days are slowly growing longer. The nicer weather is perfect for being outdoors and taking pictures. Whether you use your phone or a camera, use your imagination to create beautiful images.

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Do you need some inspiration? Check out the following photo prompts for April.

  1. Selfie
  2. Birds
  3. Easter Décor
  4. Happy Easter!
  5. Nature
  6. Insects
  7. Family
  8. Weather
  9. Trees
  10. Flowers
  11. Bubbles
  12. Food
  13. 2 pm
  14. Low Light
  15. Patterns
  16. Lines
  17. Historical
  18. Black and White
  19. Faces
  20. Colors
  21. Landscape
  22. Earth Day
  23. Bright Light
  24. Shadows
  25. Home
  26. Water
  27. Movement
  28. Culture/Art
  29. Street
  30. Random

Self-Care Ideas for April

Are you engaging in self-care? Taking time out for yourself is essential for your emotional and physical well-being. Check out the following for ideas to help you engage in self-care.

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  1. Get Outdoors! Spring is here. The weather is improving. Go for a walk, go for a hike, or simply sit under a tree at lunch time.
  2. Buy yourself flowers. Or plant a few flowers in a pot.
  3. Deep clean your entire living space.
  4. Happy Easter! Eat the chocolate bunny.
  5. Take an afternoon nap.
  6. Practice saying “no” to extra work.
  7. Call or zoom a friend.
  8. Order take-out from your favorite restaurant.
  9. Turn the music up and sing along.
  10. Listen to an audio book.
  11. Go for a Sunday drive.
  12. Go on a picnic.
  13. Write in a journal.
  14. Learn a new craft.
  15. Take a virtual tour of a foreign destination.
  16. Write letters.
  17. Take a long hot bubble bath.
  18. Hang lavender from your shower head. Then take a long hot shower. The smell is amazing.
  19. Pray or meditate. (YouTube has excellent choices of music for meditation),
  20. Print photos off your phone and create a scrapbook.
  21. Binge-watch your favorite series.
  22.  Try a new dessert recipe. Or stop by your local bakery for a treat.
  23. Stay hydrated. Add fruit to sparkling water for a tasty treat.
  24. Volunteer as a dog walker at your local animal shelter or rescue.
  25. Cuddle under a cozy blanket and just relax.
  26. Get a new haircut. Or try a new hair color.
  27. Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
  28. Draw or paint.
  29. Create a mood board.
  30. Make bucket lists, one local destinations and the other for grander plans.

April Drawing Prompts

Are you looking for something fun to do on rainy days in April? Or just to relax and spend quiet time with your family. Get creative. Grab your markers, crayons, or colored pencils and draw. Do you need some inspiration? Check out the following drawing prompts for April.

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  1. Self-Portrait
  2. April Showers
  3. Kite
  4. Happy Easter!
  5. Garden
  6. Water
  7. Friendship
  8. Caterpillar
  9. Family
  10. Food
  11. Weather
  12. Trees
  13. Flowers
  14. Bubbles
  15. 4
  16. Snail
  17. Owl
  18. Baseball
  19. Patterns
  20. Gnome
  21. Mushroom
  22. Earth Day
  23. Home
  24. Doorway
  25. Keys
  26. Fairy Tale
  27. Nighttime Scene
  28. Bike
  29. Rain Gear
  30. Your Choice

Easter Drawing Prompts

Easter is the perfect time to get creative. Drawing is one of the simplest ways to bring out your inner artist. In fact, with a few inexpensive tools, drawing is a great activity for the entire family to enjoy.

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Yes, using crayons on paper is a wonderful way to create an original Easter masterpiece. But do not limit your creativity. Draw on other materials including construction paper, sandpaper, poster board, and boiled eggs. A hard boil egg is the perfect canvas for your Easter creation.

Now, what to draw? Consider the following drawing prompts for Easter.

1. Cross

2. Tomb

3. Easter Bunny

4. Easter Eggs (Drawing different patterns, use multi-colors, or add names)

5. Flowers

6. Baby Chickens

7. Lamb

8. Jellybeans

9. Easter Candy

10. Easter Sunrise

19 Journal Writing Prompts for Easter

Easter is only a few days away. The holiday is a perfect time for reflection. Do you need some extra inspiration on what to write in your journal? Check out the following writing prompts for Easter.

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  1. What does Easter mean to you?
  2. Do you attend church services during this Holy Week? On Good Friday? Or on Easter Sunday? Why or why not?
  3. Write a prayer list for this Easter.
  4. Did you attend Easter Sunday services as a child? What was your most vivid memory?
  5. Did you dress up for Easter as a child? Describe what you would wear to Easter Sunday.
  6.  Do you still dress up for the holiday?
  7. Are you hosting an Easter dinner this year? What is your Easter menu?
  8. What do you have planned for Easter with your family or friends? Or even you favorite pet?
  9. Is there a family favorite that you only cook or bake on Easter? Why is this dish important to serve?  
  10. Did you change your annual Easter plans due to the pandemic? Why?
  11. How is this Easter different from 2020 at the height of the pandemic?
  12. What is your best childhood memory of Easter?
  13. Did you get Easter baskets as a child? Describe your typical basket on Easter morning.
  14. Did you attend any Easter egg hunts as a child? Describe the events.
  15. Did you dye eggs for Easter? What was your favorite part about coloring Easter eggs?
  16. Do you plan to dye eggs this Easter? Why or why not?
  17. What was an Easter tradition from your childhood?
  18. Do you carry on the tradition with your family today? Why or why not?
  19. After Easter, write down how your day went. Go into complete details. Even the silliest moment from your day can turn into a treasured memory.

The Extra Easter Basket

Easter is a great way to spread joy with friends, family members or casual acquaintances. Attending church services, Easter egg hunts, and other community events are generally a normal part of the holiday weekend. Due to the pandemic many annual events may not be held.   

For many, creating Easter baskets is a major part of the celebrations. As you begin to play the honorary role of the Easter bunny, consider making an extra Easter basket to share. The simple kind gesture may have a positive impact on someone’s whole day or even week. One spark of kindness may set a chain reaction without end.

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Sharing the Extra Easter Basket

Are you wondering who may need an Easter basket? Consider all the people; you come in contact with on a daily basis. Still, need ideas? Check out the list below.

  • Friends
  • Extended family members
  • A child who you know is not getting an Easter basket due to financial restraints. (Remember you may need to ask permission to give a child an Easter basket. Some foods and toys may not be allowed.)
  • Teacher
  • Bus Driver
  • Child Care Provider
  • Dog Walker
  • Coach
  • Classmate
  • The barista who always gets your morning order correct.
  • Your dog’s pal at the park.

The list is endless. Just think of someone who may need an extra smile this time of year.

Non-Candy Easter Basket Fillers

Easter is just around the corner. Are you starting to buy Easter basket fillers? Do you want something different than candy? Check out the following list for inspiration.

  1. Bubbles
  2. Books
  3. Bookmarks
  4. DVDs
  5. Color Books
  6. Crayons
  7. Markers
  8. Drawing Paper
  9. Construction Paper
  10. Hard Cover Sketch Book
  11. Drawing Pencils
  12. Colored Pencils
  13. Watercolor Paint Set
  14. Craft Kit or Supplies (Feathers, googly eyes, beads, string, glitter, wooden plaques, etc.)
  15. Air Dry Model Clay
  16. Lip Balm
  17. Jewelry (A cross necklace is always a good idea for this holiday)
  18. Sidewalk Chalk
  19. Stickers
  20. T-Shirt (Roll the shirt up to place down into the basket)
  21. Socks
  22. Playdough
  23. Toy Figures (Farm animals, dinosaurs, etc.)
  24. Sunglasses
  25. Beach Towel
  26. Flip Flops
  27. Beach Bucket and Shovel
  28. Hat
  29. Swimming Pool Toys
  30. Keychain
  31. Bath Toys
  32. Bath Bombs
  33. Magazines
  34. Comic Books
  35. Hair Ties
  36. Head Bands
  37. Nail Polish
  38. Nail Embellishments
  39. Shoelaces
  40. Expandable Washcloths
  41. Stickers
  42. Temporary Tattoos
  43. Golf Balls
  44. Tees
  45. Baseball
  46. Baseball Glove
  47. Softball
  48. Yo-Yo
  49. Travel Games
  50. Toy Cars
  51. Gift Card
  52. Money (Roll up dollar bills inside plastic eggs)
  53. Jump Rope
  54. Umbrella
  55. Glow Sticks
  56. Writing Journal
  57. Pens
  58. Calligraphy Pens
  59. Trading Cards
  60. Ear Buds