Are you continuing your commitment to self-care? Or perhaps you are just starting your journey to take time for yourself. Self-care is essential for your overall health and well-being. If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following self-care ideas for June.
- Make a commitment to self-care. Consider writing out your dedication and place it in a spot where you can see the affirmation every day.
- Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water or try herbal teas.
- Get enough sleep.
- Walk away from drama.
- Practice saying, “no” to extra work or other commitments you do not want to do.
- Spend time with positive people who lift you up and believe in your dreams.
- Go on a nature walk (Don’t forget your camera)
- Try yoga.
- Eat healthier meals.
- Write in a journal.
- Call an old friend.
- Binge-watch your favorite show.
- Go hiking.
- Try a new recipe.
- Join a club.
- Learn a new skill.
- Go on a picnic.
- Take a long warm shower.
- Go to an art gallery or museum.
- Meditate or pray.
- Soak in a warm bubble bath.
- Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
- Plant something.
- Make smoothies from fresh fruit.
- Turn off your devices.
- Create a new playlist.
- Set goals.
Have a wonderful month! Take care of yourself.
Are you ready for June? The official start of summer, Father’s Day, and lots of opportunities to get outdoors. Try to document June or your adventures with your camera. If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for June.
- Begins with “W”
- Up Close
- Out of Focus
- Something Old
- Another Photographer
- Photographer’s Choice
Have a fantastic month!
June is here! The month ushers in the official start of summer and Father’s Day! Do you need a creative outlet? Drawing is an easy hobby to start. The possibilities are endless. If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following drawing prompts for June.
- Favorite Hobby
- Beach Scene
- Water Scene
- Favorite Place
- Cartoon Character
- Out the Window
- A Place You Want to Visit
- Caricature of Yourself
- Father’s Day (USA)
- Video Game
- Amusement Park
- New Planet
- Design a Statue
- Artist’s Choice
Have a great month!
A new month is only a couple days away. Are you ready to add hashtags to your social media posts? Hashtags are essential for drawing attention to your business or personal platforms. If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following hashtags for June.
Have a great month!
Memorial Day is more than the unofficial start of summer, cookouts, and traveling. The day is set aside to remember and honor all the brave military men and women who never came home. If you are using your social media to show your respect for the fallen, consider adding one of these quotes for Memorial Day.
- “Whether we observe the occasion through public ceremony or through private prayer, Memorial Day leaves few hearts unmoved. Each of the patriots whom we remember on this day was first a beloved son or daughter, a brother or sister, or a spouse, friend, and neighbor.” – George H.W. Bush
- “And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.” – Lee Greenwood
- “Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay.”- Barack Obama
- “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion, that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.” – Abraham Lincoln
- “This is the day we pay homage to all those who didn’t come home. This is not Veterans Day, it’s not a celebration, it is a day of solemn contemplation over the cost of freedom.” – Tamara Bolton
- “The brave die never, though they sleep in dust, their courage nerves a thousand living men.” – Minor J. Savage
- “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
- “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.”- George S. Patton
- “For love of country, they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”- James A. Garfield
- “America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels.”- Claudia Pemberton
- “…And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.” – Ronald Reagan
- “May we never forget our fallen comrades. Freedom isn’t free.” – Sgt. Major Bill Paxton
- “On this Memorial Day, it is right for us to remember the living and the dead for whom the call of their country has meant pain and sacrifice. A grateful nation is in their debt.” – Lyndon B. Johnson
- “In Flanders fields the poppies blow; Between the crosses, row on row; That mark our place; and in the sky, the larks, still bravely singing, fly; Scarce heard amid the guns below.” – John McCrae
- “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” – Winston Churchill
- “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” – Harry S. Truman
- “It’s better to fight for something in life than to die for nothing.” – Gen. George S. Patton
- “If you want to thank a soldier, be the kind of American worth fighting for.” – Unknown
- “Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.”- John Adams
- “Ceremonies are important. But our gratitude has to be more than visits to the troops, and once-a-year Memorial Day ceremonies. We honor the dead best by treating the living well.” – Jennifer M. Granholm
- “Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.”- Wallace Bruce
- “And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” – Joseph Rodman Drake
- “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
- “Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” – Unknown
- “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell
- “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.” – George S. Patton
- “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.” – Thomas Campbell
- “I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it.”– John Thune
- “I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.”– Bob Riley
- “Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring veterans, it’s honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that’s a reminder of when we come home, we still have a responsibility to serve. It’s a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it.” – Pete Hegseth
Happy Memorial Day!
If you are in the mid-Michigan area (or up for a road trip), go check out the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival at the John Ball Zoo. You will not be disappointed. The event is hosted by Family Fare.
The Lantern Festival started on April 19th but it runs through June 11th. The festival illuminates the zoo Wednesdays through Sundays from 7 pm to 11 pm.
If you are a non-member, like me, the cost of the ticket is $22.00. Or for members, the cost is $19.00. But trust me, the price is worth the cost. Children under the age of 2 are free. The tickets are staggered which means your ticket is for a specific time slot. But once you enter the zoo area, you are free to enjoy the exhibit at your own pace.
Absolutely beautiful set up of lanterns throughout the zoo. Some of the lanterns move which made my night.
- Easy walking area. But be aware the walk throughout the zoo area is at least a mile long.
- Wheelchair and stroller accessible.
- Beverage and food areas are open.
- The gift shop is open.
- Bathrooms are available.
Well, if you are not used to walking, the exhibit can seem long. But there are rest areas to stop and take a break if needed.
- For younger children, you may want to use a stroller or wagon.
- Dress appropriately. The weather was a little on the cooler side the night we went. So, I would take a jacket along.
- Rain or shine. It’s Michigan. There are no refunds for rainy days.
Would I go again?
Most definitely. The lanterns lit up against the evening sky were almost magical. The music playing added to the atmosphere of the evening. I would not have any objections to going to this exhibit or a similar one again.
Go check out the Lantern Festival at the John Ball Zoo. Let me know what you think of the experience.
Are you looking to stay close to home over Memorial Day weekend? Don’t worry; you are not alone. Heavy traffic, large crowds, high gas prices, added expenses, and other factors are just a few of the reasons people choose to stay home.
Deciding to stay close to home does not mean a boring weekend. On the plus side, many of these activities are low or no cost which is perfect if you are on a tight budget. Are you searching for inspiration? Check out the following staycation ideas for Memorial Day weekend.
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- Go Hiking: Check out your local trails. Get outdoors and enjoy nature.
- Go Stargazing: Grab a blanket, your favorite snacks, and spend an evening looking at the stars.
- Picnic in the Park: Pack a picnic basket or cooler and spend the day there.
- Indoor Picnic: Rainy weather? Have an indoor picnic in your living room.
- Host a Bonfire: Invite family and friends over for a bonfire. Roast hotdogs and S’mores.
- Plan a Movie-Themed Weekend: Watch an entire series of movies. For example, X-Men, Marvel Universe, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Transformers, Fast and the Furious, Indiana Jones, or Ice Age are perfect for multiple movie nights.
- Classic Game Night: Yes, video games are fun. But host a classic game night with board games.
- Host a BBQ: Prepare your favorite foods on the grill. Can you smell the grilled burgers already?
- Ice Cream Fun: Create a sundae bar or make root beer floats. If you want extra fun, make homemade ice cream. Remember, ice cream is an excellent treat after a BBQ.
- Watch the Sunrise or Sunset: Take time out of your schedule to watch the sunrise or sunset.
- Pizza Night: Host a pizza night. Order in from your favorite place. (Remember to tip generously; not everyone gets the weekend off). If you do not want to order in, make homemade pizzas.
- Create an Indoor Fort: Create a fort out of blankets, sheets, and pillows. Kids of all ages enjoy forts.
- Be a Hometown Tourist: Go to the art gallery or museum. Eat at a new café or restaurant.
- Community Event: Attend a local activity. Many communities host special events for Memorial Day weekend.
- Go on a Bike Ride: A family bike ride is a great way to spend time together.
- Read a Book: Do you have a new book to read? Go ahead, and spend your entire weekend reading your book.
- Pool Time: Do you have a swimming pool? A long weekend is a great time to set up and get your pool ready for the summer.
- Go to the Beach: Spend an afternoon at the beach.
- Go on a Virtual Tour: Don’t feel like leaving the house? Go on a virtual tour. Enjoy new locations from the comfort of your couch.
- Bake or Cook: Make a special dessert. Try a recipe from a different culture. Or make a family favorite.
- Volunteer: Do you want to give back to the community? Volunteer your time over the weekend.
- Clean and Declutter: A long weekend is a wonderful time to clean and declutter your living space.
- Crafts: Try a new craft. Paint, draw, or make something.
- Plant a Garden: Growing a garden is a great outdoor activity plus you get fresh tomatoes.
- Unplug: Spend the weekend away from your electronic devices. Unplugging for a few hours, a day, or an entire weekend is great for your overall well-being.
- Sleep: If you have been busy with work or school, catch up on sleep. Take naps or sleep in.
- Do Nothing: It’s okay not to make plans. Relax and enjoy your weekend.
Have a safe Memorial Day weekend.
Are you posting photos to your personal or business page for Memorial Day weekend? Using hashtags is the easiest way to draw attention to your social media posts. If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following hashtags for Memorial Day.
Have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!
The day may vary, but each year the second Sunday in May is Mother’s Day. The annual holiday celebrates and honors all mothers. When your mom passes away, the yearly tradition reminds you of your loss. Finding ways to honor the wonderful woman who cared and prayed for you on every Mother’s Day is possible.
If you are searching for ways to honor your mom on Mother’s Day after she is gone, check out the following list for inspiration.
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- Plant A Tree: If you have yard space, plant a tree in your mom’s memory. Trees are beneficial to the environment. Consider planting fruit trees. After a few years, the tree will provide a yearly harvest.
- Plant Your Mom’s Favorite Flower: Do you remember your mom’s favorite flower? Plant flowers near your home to honor her memory. If you do not remember her favorite flower, plant a rose, peony, or other flowers that flourish yearly.
- Send Bouquets: Send your mom’s favorite flowers to another motherly figure in your life. 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.
- Cook or Bake: Did your mom have a favorite family meal or dessert that she loved serving on a special occasion? Even in her absence, Mother’s Day is still a special occasion.
- Host a Lunch or Dinner: Gather your siblings or friends together to celebrate all the moms in your life.
- Make a Toast: If you host a dinner, make a toast to all the moms who are no longer at the table. Simple gestures are a comfort.
- 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.
- 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.
- Make a Scrapbook: Do you have photos of your mom stored in boxes or on your computer? Create a scrapbook to honor her memory.
- Decorate the Gravesite: Take fresh flowers, an outdoor ornament, or other sentimental items to decorate the gravesite.
- Say a Prayer or Affirmation: Thank your mom for everything she did in the past.
Celebrating Mother’s Day without your mom is difficult. But with planning, you can still celebrate the annual holiday.
Happy Mother’s Day!