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May Photo Prompts

Happy 1st day of May! Are you ready for some photo prompts to inspire you throughout the month? Check out the following list for inspiration.

  1. Selfie
  2. May Flowers
  3. Favorite Thing
  4. Family
  5. Old
  6. Reflection
  7. Nature
  8. 3 of a Kind
  9. Mother
  10. Low Light
  11. Broken
  12. 4 pm
  13. Whimsy
  14. New
  15. Colorful
  16. Favorite Meal
  17. Fuzzy
  18. Monochrome
  19. Clouds
  20. Love
  21. Water
  22. Shapes
  23. Patterns
  24. Sunset/Sunrise
  25. Ground Level
  26. Eye Level
  27. Rooftop
  28. In-Between
  29. Streets
  30. Movement
  31. Black & White

Celebrate Earth Day 2021

Today, April 22, is Earth Day! Started in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day is an annual event. Earth Day focuses on the growing need to take care of the environment for future generations.

Do you want to do your part to help the environment? Keep in mind; the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. If you need further ideas to help celebrate Earth Day beyond April 22, check out the following list.

Image by r1g00 from Pixabay
  1. Set Up Recycling (Buy bins to set up a recycling area in your home or business. When the bin is full, simply drop off the contents at your local recycling center.)
  2. Reduce Energy Consumption Use Cold Water for Laundry
  3. Hang Clothes on a Line to Dry
  4. Shop for Eco-Friendly Products
  5. Use Reusable Cloth Not Paper Towels
  6. Invest in Rechargeable Batteries
  7. Install Energy Efficient Lightbulbs
  8. Join a Carpool (if possible)
  9. Go Paperless with Monthly Billing Statements
  10. Recycle Unusable Electronic Devices
  11. Plant a Garden, Trees, or Flowers
  12. Shop at a Farmer’s Market
  13. Serve a Meatless Meal (at least once a week)
  14. Become a Secondhand Guru (Skip buying new when possible)
  15. Set Up a Garage Sale
  16. Volunteer for Local Community Cleanup Projects or Garden Projects
  17. Skip Single-Use Plastic
  18. Donate to Environmentally Friendly Causes
  19. Become an Advocate for a Cleaner Environment
  20. Get Outdoors and Enjoy

Family Friendly Earth Day Activities

Earth Day, April 22, is only a couple days away. Engage in family activities to mark this year’s Earth Day. Are you looking for some ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day 2021 as a family? Check out the following suggestions.

  1. Go Hiking: Get outdoors and go hiking. If you first starting out, research local hiking trails in your area. There are numerous trails for beginners. The easier trails are perfect for a family outing. Remember to take the necessary equipment, start slow, and enjoy the scenery.
  2. Go for a Nature Walk: Another way to enjoy trails at local parks is going for a nature walk. Make a list of items you hope to see in nature. Play a game to find different types of animals, leaves, rocks, insects, plants, and more.
  3. Plant Flowers: Buy seeds to plant flowers in pots or outdoors. For added fun, paint or decorate the pots before planting the seeds.
  4. Bird Feeding Station: Create a bird feeding station in your yard. Add a bird bath, bird houses, and bird feeders to a safe area to attract birds.
  5. Go Bird Watching:  If you cannot set up your own back yard bird sanctuary, find a local park to search for birds in your area.
  6. Join a Cleanup: Check out your local Earth Day community events and volunteer. Numerous areas are holding community cleanups. Join the cleanup effort as a family project.
  7. Go for a Bike Ride: Dust off your bicycles and go for a ride.          
  8. Unplug: Shut off your computer and other electronic devices for an hour or the entire day.
  9. Take Photos: Grab your phone or favorite camera and photograph the world around you.
  10. Hug a Tree: Yes, seriously, hug a tree. Discover the different trees in your area. If the weather permits, take a picnic. Just sit and enjoy your time outdoors.
  11. Make a Video: Document nature and the environment.
  12. Make an Eco-Friendly Pledge: As a family make a pledge to do better for the environment, then come up with a list of ideas.

Remember, have fun!                                          

Earth Day Drawing Prompts

An annual event, Earth Day occurs on April 22. If you cannot get outdoors to celebrate Earth Day or participate in a community cleanup event, focus on the beauty of the planet through art. Drawing is a wonderful way to celebrate the planet Earth. Turn Earth Day into a family activity, make posters, and share your art on social media.

 Do you need some Earth Day drawing inspiration? Check out the following prompts to get you started.

  1. Earth
  2. Trees
  3. Deer
  4. Volcano
  5. Fish
  6. Grass
  7. Turtle
  8. Ladybug
  9. Sun
  10. Water
  11. Mountains
  12. Pinecone
  13. Clouds
  14. Paths
  15. Rocks
  16. Bear
  17. Weather
  18. Leaves
  19. Flowers
  20. Bird
  21. Wild Animal
  22. Squirrel
  23. Nature Scene
  24. Butterfly or Dragonfly
  25. Frog
  26. Recycle
  27. Don’t Pollute
  28. Cleanup

20 Earth Day Photo Prompts

April 22, 2021 is Earth Day. The annual holiday recognizes the need to preserve the planet for future generations. Grab your camera or cell. Go outdoors and document the beautiful world around you. Share your photos on social media to help promote the natural beauty of the Earth.  

Do you need some photo inspiration? Check out the following Earth Day photo prompts.

  1. Photo of yourself outside
  2. Clouds
  3. Weather
  4. Trees
  5. Hiking or Walking Trail
  6. Rocks or Stones
  7. Wild Animal (Remember to keep a safe distance)
  8. Leaves
  9. Wildflowers
  10. Birds
  11. Landscape
  12. Waterscape
  13. Hills or Mountain
  14. Blades of Grass
  15. Sunrise or Sunset
  16. Night
  17. Butterfly or Other Flying Insect
  18. Dirt, Mud, or Sand
  19. Frogs or Turtles
  20. Need for Conservation

Inspirational Quotes for Earth Day

Are you looking for inspiration to celebrate Earth Day? Check out the following quotes. Each are perfect for Earth Day, April 22, 2021.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 
  1. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  2. “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”-John Muir
  3. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”-Gandhi
  4. “I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.”– Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  5. “When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money.” —Alanis Obomsawin
  6. “Time spent among trees is never time wasted.” —Katrina Mayer
  7. “Most of us are familiar with recycle and reusing, but how often do we think of the third R – REDUCE? ‘Reduce’ is probably the most important of the three Rs because, if we reduced, it would limit the need to recycle and reuse.” -Catherine Pulsifer
  8. “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”-Rachel Carson
  9. The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” —Lady Bird Johnson
  10. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” —Albert Einstein
  11. “Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place.”Scott Peters
  12. “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” -Henry David Thoreau
  13. “A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children.” —John James Audubon
  14. “An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.” —David Attenborough
  15. “Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”-Walt Whitman
  16. “We need the tonic of wildness—to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground.” —Henry David Thoreau
  17. “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’” —Sylvia Plath
  18. “Earth laughs in flowers.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  19. “The good man is the friend of all living things.”Gandhi
  20. “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” Theodore Roosevelt
  21. “Nature never hurries: atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work. The lesson one learns from yachting or planting is the manners of Nature; patience with the delays of wind and sun, delays of the seasons, bad weather, excess or lack of water.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  22. “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall
  23. There is a pleasure in the pathless woods. There is a rapture on the lonely shore. There is society, where none intrudes by the deep sea, and music in its roar. I love not man the less, but nature more.” – Lord Byron
  24. “To leave the world better than you found it, sometimes you have to pick up other people’s trash.” —Bill Nye
  25. “Man is still the greatest miracle and the greatest problem on this earth.”-David Sarnoff

Rebecca Reviewed It: Accio! The House Pride Box

Today’s unboxing review is of the Accio! Box: The House Pride box. Now, this is only my second subscription box from Accio. So far, I am enjoying the products. I even continued my subscription for next month. For me, continuing a subscription is high praise.

Last month, the box arrived late due to manufacturer’s delay. But, I loved the communication from Accio. I received emails describing the delay. And, for a bonus the Accio team enclosed a special treat in their April Box. I found the entire process extremely professional. Of course, I loved receiving the extra surprise. I plan to snack on the candy while watching, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows later tonight.

April’s Accio! Box

Now, if you have not received your April’s box, please stop reading. Because the rest of the blog contains spoilers.

House Pride Pennant Sticker

The sticker an Accio! box exclusive. Since I am a proud Hufflepuff, my sticker is yellow and black.

House Shield Sunglasses

At the temple of these sunglasses is a small badger representing Hufflepuff. I like these sunglasses. Reminds me of the cheesy sunglasses I use to buy at the fair or dollar store. I am definitely going to wear this pair of sunglasses over the summer.

House Mascot Cotton Backpack

The high-quality backpack is perfect for day trips or overnight stays.

Wizard Sports Striped Socks

I can never have too many socks especially in House colors.

Varsity Letter Patch

I love the varsity letter patch. I am going to have to get a jean jacket or other type of outer wear just to add the patch.

House Unity Tee

The high-quality t-shirt designed by Lauren Fairweather is my favorite addition to April’s Accio! box. I just love the message.

As I mentioned, I already subscribed to next months box. I am curious to see the upcoming theme. Yes, I fully recommend this subscription box to any Harry Potter fan.

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.

Image by SilviaP_Design from Pixabay 
  • 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.

Image by Terri Cnudde from Pixabay 

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).

Image by Dean Moriarty from Pixabay 

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?