Interesting Facts About Friday the 13th

Did you look at the calendar? Another Friday the 13th is here! Are you superstitious? Do you look at the date and instantly feel a sense of dread? You are not alone. Millions of people worldwide fear Friday the 13th.

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Facts about Friday the 13th

Superstitions always bring curiosity. The problem with Friday the 13th is the origin or the lack of concrete history about the date. No one can pinpoint the exact moment that the fear of the date began. Of course, the unknown brings more fear to the date.

One possible belief of the fear centers around the day of the crucifixion of Jesus, a Friday. The number 13 focuses on The Last Supper in combination with the day. The night before the crucifixion Jesus ate his final meal with his 12 disciples. Together the two events form Friday the 13th.

Others believe the fear derived from a book published in 1907, Friday the Thirteenth by Thomas Lewson. In some cultures, the 13th is not unlucky at all. In Italy, 17 is the unlucky number.

Despite the unclear history, and the fear of Friday the 13th, communities, organizations, and individuals are cautious on the day and avoid using the number. Here are a few other interesting facts about the date and the number:

  • The fear of Friday the 13th is known as friggatriskaidekaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia. The fear of the number 13 is triskaidekaphobia. Can you pronounce those?
  • Many long-standing communities do not have a 13th street or 13th Avenue.
  • When building high-rises, hospitals, or other structures, building planners skip the 13th floor.
  • Many hotels do not have room 13.
  • Airplanes do not have a row 13.
  • Every year, the calendar has at least one Friday the 13th but can have up to three.
  • For the month to have a Friday the 13th. The first day must start on a Sunday.
  • Businesses and airlines suffer financial losses on Friday the 13th.
  • The date is the inspiration for a successful movie franchise.  

The question remains, is Friday the 13th unlucky? People who fear Friday the 13th often call into work, avoid going outdoors, and simply wait for the day to pass. The big question is what do you believe?

10 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Today, May 8th is Mother’s Day! Did you forget? Don’t worry. There is still time to do something for your mom for Mother’s Day. If you need inspiration, check out the following last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas.

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  1. Mother’s Day Card: Purchasing a greeting card is one of the simplest ways to acknowledge Mother’s Day. If you have time, create your own card.
  2. Go Out to Eat: Take your mom out to her favorite restaurant.
  3. Cook for Your Mom: Take over the kitchen and cook your mom’s favorite meal.
  4. Take Out: Are you on your way to visit your mom for Mother’s Day? Grab her favorite take-out and eat together.
  5. Buy Flowers: A potted plant, cut flowers, or a hanging basket are always wonderful gift ideas for Mother’s Day.
  6. Print and Frame: Do you have cute photos of your mom on your phone or camera? Print and frame your photos. Consider purchasing a collage frame to add multiple photos.
  7. Gift Card: Does your mom have everything she needs? Pick up a gift card for her favorite store, boutique, or restaurant.
  8. Do Something for Her: Does your mom need help to mow the lawn or weeding the garden? Or perhaps, the garage, basement, or spare room needs a good cleaning.  
  9. Class: Has your mom always wanted to attend an art or cooking class? Sign your mom up. Enrichment classes always make good gifts.
  10. Your Time: The best gift is your time. Just go and spend the afternoon with your mom.

Happy Mother’s Day!

7 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day After She is Gone

Mother’s Day, May 8th, celebrates and honors mothers. When your mom passes away, the annual holiday becomes a reminder of your loss. But you still can recognize the wonderful woman who cared and prayed for you.

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If you are searching for ways to celebrate Mother’s Day after she is gone, check out the following list for ideas.

  1. Plant Trees: If you have the yard space, plant a tree in your mom’s memory. Trees are beneficial to the environment.
  2. Plant Your Mom’s Favorite Flower: What was your mom’s favorite flower? Plant flowers near your house as a remembrance. Or put her favorite flower on her gravesite. If you do not remember her favorite flower, plant a rose, peony, or other types of flowers that come back yearly. When you continue to plant flowers in her memory, you will eventually have a colorful garden to remind you of her.
  3. Send Bouquets: Send your mom’s favorite flowers to another mom in your life. Consider sending flowers to an aunt, sister, or another motherly figure.  If you cannot think of another person, send flowers to a local nursing home. Ask the delivery to go to someone who may not otherwise get any mail or gifts.
  4. Get Cooking or Baking: Did your mom have a favorite family meal or dessert that she just loved to make on a special occasion? Dig out the old family recipe for a special Mother’s Day treat to honor your mom. If you do not have a recipe, look up her favorite on Pinterest.
  5. Light a Candle: Lighting a candle is an easy way to remember your mom on Mother’s Day. What was your mom’s favorite scent? Burn a candle to honor and remember her.
  6. Donate: Did your mom have a favorite charity? If you do not know, donate money in her name to a local food bank, pet rescue, church, or other reputable organization.
  7. Make a Scrapbook: Do you have photos of your mom stored in boxes? Get crafty. Create a scrapbook to honor her. Or print out photos to hang on your wall.

Not having your mom around on Mother’s Day is difficult. But, you still can honor her memory each year.

Happy Mother’s Day!

25 Quotes for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8, 2022. Are you searching for the right words to say or write to your mom? If you need inspiration, check out the following quotes for Mother’s Day.

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  1. “Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.” –  Susan Gale
  2. “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.” —Meryl Streep
  3. “She raised us with humor, and she raised us to understand that not everything was going to be great—but how to laugh through it.” —Liza Minnelli
  4. “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” — Abraham Lincoln
  5. “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” — Oprah Winfrey
  6. “My mother is a walking miracle.” — Leonardo DiCaprio
  7. “Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion. These are the things my mom taught me.” — Lady Gaga
  8. “My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.” —Michael Jordan
  9. “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” — Robert Browning
  10. “Because I feel that, in the Heavens above / The angels, whispering to one another, / Can find, among their burning terms of love / None so devotional as that of ‘Mother’” —Edgar Allen Poe
  11. Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes
  12. “Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.” –  George Eliot
  13. “A mother’s hug lasts long after she lets go.” – Unknown
  14. “It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?” – Mahatma Gandhi
  15. “Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind.” – Kahlil Gibran
  16. “If I were hanged on the highest hill / Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine! / I know whose love would follow me still / Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!” — Rudyard Kipling
  17. “Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love, and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” — Stevie Wonder
  18. “Love as powerful as your mothers for you leaves its own mark … to have been loved so deeply … will give us some protection forever.” —J.K. Rowling
  19. “A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.” – Unknown
  20. “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.” – Maya Angelou
  21. “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” – Unknown
  22. “No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother’s love.” – Edwin Chapin
  23. “A mother understands what a child does not say.” – Jewish Proverb
  24. “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness, and children sleep soundly in them.”—Victor Hugo

“The best medicine

47 Hashtags for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Are you trying to draw more followers with the use of hashtags? If you are searching for inspiration for hashtags for Mother’s Day, check out the following list.

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  1. #MothersDay
  2. #MothersDay2022
  3. #HappyMothersDay
  4. #MomsDay
  5. #MomsDay2022
  6. #HappyMomsDay
  7. #MomsofInstagram
  8. #May
  9. #May8
  10. #MomVibes
  11. #MyMom
  12. #MothersDayGifts
  13. #MothersDayGiftIdeas
  14. #MothersDayWeekend
  15. #MothersDayFlowers
  16. #MothersDaySpecial
  17. #MothersDayBreakfast
  18. #MothersDayBrunch
  19. #MothersDayDinner
  20. #MothersDayCake
  21. #MothersDayPresent
  22. #MothersDayCard
  23. #Mum
  24. #Flowers
  25. #MothersDayBouquet
  26. #MothersDayTreat
  27. #MothersDayEveryday
  28. #MothersDayLove
  29. #Family
  30. #Mom
  31. #Mother
  32. #MomLife
  33. #Mommy
  34. #Mama
  35. #FirstMothersDay
  36. #WorldsBestMom
  37. #MomandDaughter
  38. #MomandSon
  39. #BestMomEver
  40. #ThanksMom
  41. #ILoveMyMom
  42. #MyMomIsBest
  43. #WorldsGreatestMom
  44. #MomSelfie
  45. #MomandMe
  46. #MyBestFriend
  47. #MyFirstFriend

Happy Mother’s Day!

Ways to Celebrate Star Wars Day

Today, May 4th is Star Wars Day. Celebrating George Lucas’ Star Wars, May 4th is known as May the Fourth Be with You. For diehard fans, the catch slogan is a clever play on words to the catchphrase “May the Force Be With You.” A general wish of good luck or goodwill as a person leaves to go on a mission.

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Beginning in May 1977, Star Wars enticed theater and drive-in movie goers around the globe. Through the years, other installments were released only to further the storyline. Today, fans enjoy movies, animated series, and an ongoing series, The Mandalorian. Later this month, a new weekly series, Obi-Wan Kenobi will debut. The latest installments add to the excitement of being part of the Star Wars fandom.

  • Binge-Watch: From the first Star Wars, the prequels, and the sequels, there is plenty to binge to celebrate May the Fourth Be With You. Not to mention, the series on Disney+, The Mandalorian, centering on The Child, the show provides hours of entertainment.
  • Read: The Star Wars Universe has numerous books and comics. Grab a favorite or buy a new book.
  • Audio Books: If you are cleaning or doing yard work, try listening to Star Wars. The different stories are brought to life in an entertaining way.
  • Play Games: Do you have a Star Wars-themed video game or board game? Today is the perfect day to play. Gather your family together for game night, make snacks, and enjoy the day.
  • Cosplay Photo Shoot: Using a sheet or blanket as a backdrop, set up your own photo session. Wear your Star Wars apparel, act out scenes, and have fun.
  • Make Crafts: Star Wars is full of unique characters and creatures. Use the different species as inspiration for crafts. For example, make homemade modeling clay (the recipe is on Pinterest). Use the clay to make a Star Wars-themed creature of your own.
  • Cook a Meal or Dessert: Ever tried galactic meatballs or out-of-this-world spaghetti? Adding a space name to any food is an excellent way for children to enjoy the day without a lot of added fuss. Use your imagination to prepare an entire meal or snack with different names.
  • Listen to Soundtracks: The Imperial March by John Williams is a recognizable tune for all Star Wars fans. Turn up the music and enjoy.
  • Lego: Grab a new Star Wars-themed Lego set to put together. Legos are a great family project. You can put the Lego set together while watching the movies.

Happy Star Wars Day! And as always, May the Force Be With You!

Ways to Celebrate International Harry Potter Day

Are you a Potterhead? Did you know today, May 2nd is International Harry Potter Day? According to the Wizarding World timeline, the Battle of Hogwarts occurred on this day in 1998. The history of the day is the reason to celebrate Harry Potter. If you are looking for ways to celebrate International Harry Potter Day, check out the following ideas.

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  • Movie Marathon: Gather your friends or family to have a movie night. Make popcorn, order pizza, or bake some goodies.  Pick your favorite Harry Potter movie or two to watch. Yes, you can binge-watch the entire series.
  • Read: Cozy up with your favorite Harry Potter book and revisit the magic of the Wizarding World. Use today to start the series over by reading the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
  • Listen to the Books: If your schedule is too busy to sit and read. Listen to the audio version of the books.
  • Harry PotterThemed Food: In J.K. Rowling’s, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Remus Lupin stated, “Eat, you’ll feel better.” Of course, this was after an encounter with a Dementor. Make Harry Potter-related snacks, chocolate frogs, a cake, licorice wands, or bake an entire feast to go with movie night.
  • Host a Harry Potter Craft Day: Create your own wand. Use clay to make a chocolate frog or Wizarding World coins. The possibilities are endless.
  • Play Games: Host a Harry Potter board game night. Or play video games.
  • Listen to a Podcast: Revisit old favorites or find a new podcast focusing on Harry Potter.
  • Play Soundtracks: Listen to the soundtracks from the movies.
  • Lego: Pick up a new Harry Potter-themed Lego set for an impromptu family night creating a piece from the Wizarding World. From the Hogwarts Castle to Hagrid’s Hut, you can find all types of projects to piece together. For added fun, watch the movies while putting the new Lego set together.
  • Online: Find and chat with other fans in your favorite Harry Potter group.

Remember to have fun! Happy International Harry Potter Day!

Harry Potter Drawing Prompts

Today, May 2 is International Harry Potter Day. For die-hard fans, the date also marks the famous Battle of Hogwarts, the final conflict of the Second Wizarding War. Are you spending the day with a Harry Potter movie marathon? If you are searching for a way to keep busy, check out the following Harry Potter drawing prompts.

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Drawing Prompts for International Harry Potter Day

  1. Your Letter
  2. Favorite Store in Diagon Alley
  3. Wand
  4. Hogwarts Express
  5. Castle
  6. Sorting Hat
  7. Your House
  8. Crest
  9. Favorite Teacher
  10. Favorite Course
  11. Broomstick
  12. Troll
  13. Ghosts
  14. Self Portrait in Robes
  15. Favorite Scene
  16. Hippogriff
  17. Giant Spider
  18. Potion Bottle
  19. Ink, Quill, & Parchment
  20. Owl
  21. Portraits
  22. Dormitory/Common Room
  23. Trunk
  24. Pygmy Puff
  25. Favorite Character
  26. Weasley’s Clock
  27. The Burrow
  28. Feast
  29. Quidditch
  30. Triwizard Cup/Maze/Task
  31. Harry Potter

Happy International Harry Potter Day!

Drawing Prompts for May

Welcome, May! Who is ready for a new set of drawing prompts? Whether you draw for yourself or host a family night, creating art is a fun activity for everyone. If you need inspiration, check out the following drawing prompts for May.

  1. Self-portrait
  2. Magic
  3. Castle
  4. Villain
  5. Hero
  6. Wild Animals
  7. Out a Window
  8. Happy Mother’s Day! (USA) Draw a picture of a mom.
  9. Planets
  10. Sunrise or Sunset
  11. Flamingo
  12. Flowers
  13. Friends
  14. Favorite Movie Scene
  15. Bright Colors
  16. Shapes
  17. Trees
  18. Patterns
  19. Comic Book Hero
  20. Time
  21. Water
  22. Skyline
  23. Ship
  24. Lighthouse
  25. Eyes
  26. Food
  27. Bugs
  28. Hot Air Balloon
  29. Adventure
  30. Favorite Cartoon Character
  31. Artist’s Choice

Have a great month!  Happy Drawing!

Self-Care Ideas for May

Happy May! The month brings warmer weather, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day weekend, and much more. But remember, the most important thing is taking care of yourself. If you need inspiration, check out the following self-care ideas for May.

  1. Make a commitment to take better care of yourself. Write your affirmation out on paper to view.
  2. Practice positive thinking.
  3. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water!
  4. Make healthier food choices. Eat your fruits and vegetables.
  5. Learn to say, “no” to extra work without feeling guilty.
  6. Create a vision board.
  7. Get outdoors. Go for a walk or a hike.
  8. Happy Mother’s Day! (USA) Celebrate! If you are a mom, take a moment just for yourself. Or celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom or motherly figure in your life.
  9. Buy yourself something. If your budget is tight, go to your local dollar store. Buy a new book, craft materials, or a scarf.
  10. Create something.
  11. Take a nap.
  12. Create a new playlist for your morning commute.
  13. Check into a hotel for the night, order room service, and just relax.
  14. Take a long hot shower.
  15. Burn your favorite scented candle.
  16. Call an old friend to chat.
  17. Go out to lunch at a new restaurant.
  18. Volunteer.
  19. Clean out your old clothes to donate.
  20. Declutter one room.
  21. Make your favorite dinner or order take-out.
  22. Read a book.
  23. Visit a museum or art gallery. Be a hometown tourist for a day.
  24. Go on a day trip to a new location.
  25. Plan your dream vacation.
  26. Get a new hairstyle.
  27. Give yourself permission to do nothing for an afternoon or the entire day.
  28. Write in a journal.
  29. Try a new fitness routine. (YouTube has wonderful beginner videos)
  30. Meditate or pray.
  31. Your choice! But make the activity about you.

Have a great month!

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