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!

75 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Are you making Easter baskets for your loved ones this holiday? Creating baskets to give on Easter morning is a fun tradition. If you are searching for non-candy Easter basket ideas, check out the following list for inspiration.

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  1. Gift cards (great for teens)
  2. Money hidden inside Easter Eggs
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Hat
  5. Bandana
  6. Flip Flops
  7. Socks (Themed ones are always fun)
  8. Baseball and Glove
  9. Baseball cards or non-sports trading cards
  10. Kazoo
  11. Watch
  12. Toy Binoculars
  13. Butterfly Net
  14. Bug Catchers
  15. Art or Sketching Paper
  16. Colored Pencils
  17. Markers
  18. Water Paints
  19. Acrylic Paints
  20. Paint Brushes
  21. Glitter and Glue
  22. Construction Paper
  23. Scissors
  24. Model Clay
  25. Rubber Stamps and Ink Pad
  26. Bubbles
  27. Umbrella
  28. Bouncy Balls
  29. Sand Toys
  30. Water Toys
  31. Sidewalk Chalk
  32. Balloons
  33. Playdough
  34. Slime or Silly Putty
  35. Slinky
  36. Comic Books
  37. Drawing Books
  38. Coloring Books
  39. Books or Magazines
  40. Magnifying Glass
  41. Lego
  42. Hot Wheel or Matchbox Cars
  43. Stuffed Animal
  44. Travel Games
  45. Puzzles
  46. Posters
  47. Movie Tickets
  48. Doll or Barbies
  49. Animal Figures
  50. Toy Dinosaurs
  51. Bracelets, Necklaces, Earrings
  52. Hair Ties and Accessories
  53. Travel Cup
  54. DVDs
  55. Frisbee
  56. Journal
  57. Writing Pens
  58. Washi Tape
  59. Stickers
  60. Bubble Bath
  61. Wind Up Toys
  62. Jump Rope
  63. Kite
  64. Temporary Tattoos
  65. Punch Balls
  66. Yo-yos
  67. Ear Buds
  68. Wallet
  69. Coin Purse
  70. Flashlight
  71. Perfume/Cologne
  72. Make-up
  73. USB or SD cards
  74. Expandable Washcloths
  75. Coupons for fun adventures.

Happy Easter!

Books for Kids to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. Are you looking for easy ways to celebrate the annual holiday? Reading books with your kids is a quiet and rewarding way to explore the long-standing Irish tradition. If you are searching for books for kids to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, check out the following list.

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  1. “How to Catch a Leprechaun” (2016) – Adam Wallace
  2. Liam the Leprechaun Loves to Fart” (2021) – Humor Heals Us
  3. “The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day” (2009) – Natasha Wing
  4. “The Berenstain Bears’ St. Patrick’s Day” (2021) – Mike Berenstain
  5. “Leo the Farting Leprechaun and the Great Rainbow” (2022) – Emma Sill Publishing
  6. “Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Curious George” (2014) – H.A. Rey
  7. “I Spy St. Patrick’s Day Book: St Patrick’s Day’ (2022) – Flora Sootie
  8. “St. Patrick’s Day” (1994) – Gail Gibbons
  9. “The Secret Life Of Leprechauns” (2020) – Luna James
  10. “Rosco the Rascal at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade” (2017) – Shana Gorian
  11. “St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning” (1983) – Eve Bunting
  12. “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover!” (2012) – Lucille Colandro
  13. “Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland” (1992) – Tomie dePaola
  14. “Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato’ (1997) – Tomie dePaola
  15. “That’s What Leprechauns Do” (2009) – Eve Bunting
  16. Pout-Pout Fish: Lucky Leprechaun” (2019) – Deborah Diesen
  17. “Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase” (2019) – James Dean
  18. “Ten Lucky Leprechauns” (2013) – Kathryn Heling
  19. “Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk” (1992) – Gerald McDermott
  20. “Lucky Day” (2020) – Matt Donnelly

Enjoy! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Celebrate: Inspire Your Heart With Art Day

Today, January 31st is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day. The arts cover a broad range of subjects including music, painting, sculpture, literature, theater, cinema, and other genres.  Do you have a favorite type of art? Or are you looking to introduce more art into your personal or family life?

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Ways to Observe Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

Use today’s unofficial holiday to explore the many different forms of art. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following list of ways to celebrate Inspire Your Heart with Art Day.

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Set Up an Art Space

If you are trying to introduce art into your personal or family life, consider setting up a designated art space in your home. A small corner works perfectly. Set up a table or art easel. Provide different materials to create art.

  • Markers, Drawing Pencils, Crayons, Colored Pencils
  • Paint and Brushes
  • Sketch Pads
  • Poster Boards
  • Canvas
  • Drawing Paper
  • Art Books
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Go to a Live Performance

Attend a live performance of your favorite musician, theater production, ballet, or other performance. Due to the ongoing health issue, many venues are canceling or delaying live performances. Others may require specific guidelines for entering the establishment, always check in advance for the latest updates.

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Visit an Art Gallery

Spend a day just marveling at all the art in your local gallery. If you do not have an art gallery in your area or want to attend a new one, go virtual. Many art galleries offer virtual tours.

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Attend a Lecture, Class, or Workshop

Check with your local art gallery or music studio for upcoming classes. Learn a new art technique. Or learn how to play an instrument. If you do not have the time for in-person learning, check out online options.

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Watch Inspirational Films

Search for inspirational films to watch on your favorite streaming platform. If you find a family-friendly movie, use the film as part of family night. Or you can always use your creative outlets to make your own film.

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Listen to Music

Some days turning on your favorite musical artist makes everything better. Go ahead spend the afternoon listening to music.

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Read a Book

Go to the library or your local bookstore to find a book to read. Or reread your favorite classic. Go ahead and make yourself a hot cup of tea or cocoa. Curl up under your favorite fuzzy blanket and read for the rest of the day.

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Enjoy art. Spend the day exploring different art genres. Art has a way of expanding your creativity to higher levels. There are no limits on your imagination. Go ahead and find ways to Inspire Your Heart with Art.  

20 Christmas Gift Ideas for Writers

Do you have an inspiring writer on your list? Or do you want to encourage someone to pursue writing? It’s okay to admit, it’s you. Buying yourself a Christmas gift is always a good idea.

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Do you need Christmas gift ideas for all the writers on your list? Check out the following list. There is something for everyone.

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  1. Journals: Writers tend to carry some sort of writing paper wherever they go.
  2. Pens: Every writer needs a good pen.
  3. Online Courses: Check out Udemy or other online courses to help inspire and educate your inspiring writer.
  4. Books on Writing: From publishing markets to correct grammer, books on writing are always a good resource tool.
  5. Literary Magazines: Yes, a writing magazine is a great gift that last throughout the year. But you can also purchase magazines that interest the writer.
  6. Noise Cancelling Headphones: Sometimes you just need to tune the world out and write.
  7. Writer’s Mug: Hot tea or coffee is a great companion when you are writing your thoughts.
  8. Kindle or Other E-Reader: For writers, reading is just as important as writing.
  9. Bookends: Who doesn’t love a creative pair of bookends?
  10. T-Shirts: Time to be comfy.
  11. Post It Notes: Get ready, you may find sticky notes everywhere.
  12. Planner: Time to get organized.
  13. Messenger Bag: A nice bag is essential when trying to find inspiration at a local coffee shop or park.
  14. Writer’s Gloves: Writer months require warm hands to type.
  15. Paperclips: Be careful, you may spend more time stringing the paperclips together than using them in your writing.
  16. Pencil Sharpener: A box of pencils and an electric pencil sharpener are a wonderful gift.
  17. Desk Lamp: Proper lighting is critical for spending long intervals at the computer.
  18. Book Light: Yes, a book light is a great Christmas gift. Many writers like to relax at the end of the day by reading a book in bed.
  19. Desk Organizer: A useful tool when you have multiple projects going at once.
  20. Editing Software: A great resource tool to catch errors before turning your writing piece into a professionsl.

Happy Writing! Merry Christmas!

25 Halloween Books for Kids

The weather is cooler, the days are growing short, and Halloween is just around the corner. Do you want to surprise your kids with Halloween books? Or do you need a list for your next trip to the library?  Check out the following list of fun Halloween books for kids.

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  1. “Creepy Carrots!” – Aaron Reynolds
  2. “Big Pumpkin” – Erica Silverman
  3. “Too Many Pumpkins” – Lina White
  4. “Ten Timid Ghosts” – Jennifer O’Connell
  5. “Pumpkin Countdown” – Joan Holub and Jan Smith
  6. “Little Witch” – Anna Elizabeth Bennett
  7. “The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt” – Riel Nason
  8. Room on the Broom” – Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  9. “Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan” – Catherine Hapka and Loryn Brantz
  10. “Stumpkin” – Lucy Ruth Cummins
  11. “The Halloween Moon” – Joseph Fink
  12. “Rosco the Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch” – Shana Gorian, Ros Webb, and Josh Addessi
  13. “The Little Kitten” – Nicola Killen
  14. “The Scariest Book Ever” – Bob Shea
  15. “The Little Blue Truck’s Halloween” – Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry
  16. “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” – Linda D. Williams and Megan Lloyd
  17. “Gilbert the Ghost” – Guido Van Genechten
  18. “Goodnight Goon” – Michael Rex
  19. “Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete” – James Dean
  20. “A Halloween Carol”- Sean M. Hogan
  21.  “How to Make Friends with a Ghost” – Rebecca Green
  22. “The Halloween Moon” – Joseph Find
  23. “The Witches” – Ronald Dahl
  24. “The Halloween Tree” – Susan Montanari
  25. “Snowmen at Halloween” – Caralyn M. Buehner

With all the books available, you’re certain to get into the Halloween spirit. Older children may like the Harry Potter series too. Have fun! Keep reading! And Happy Halloween!

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40 Halloween Candy Alternatives

Halloween is almost here! Are you ready for your trick-or-treaters? Are you thinking about handing out something other than candy this year? Perhaps you only get a handful of trick-or-treaters? Or you know some of your neighbor children cannot have candy. Due to allergies or other restrictions, many children are on strict diets.

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Alternatives to Halloween Cany

  1. Halloween Pencils/Erasers
  2. Temporary Tattoos
  3. Halloween Stickers
  4. Vampire Teeth
  5. Bouncy Balls
  6. Spider Rings
  7. Stampers
  8. Bubbles
  9. Lego Figures
  10. Mini Art Kits
  11. Halloween Activity Pads
  12. Halloween Color Books
  13. Halloween LED Rings
  14. Halloween Glasses
  15. Foam Putty
  16. Glow Sticks
  17. Slime
  18. Stretchy Skeletons
  19. Slap Bracelets
  20. Play Doh
  21. Rubber Duckies
  22. Slinkies
  23. Punch Balloons
  24. Halloween Wind-Up Toys
  25. Yo-Yos
  26. Whistles
  27. Kazoos
  28. Mini Paratroopers
  29. Finger Puppets
  30. Bookmarks
  31. Books
  32. Plushies
  33. Mini Flashlights
  34. Mini Fidget Spinners
  35. Halloween Crayons
  36. Spin Tops
  37. Hot Wheel or Matchbox Cars
  38. Halloween Jewelry
  39. Mini Nail Polishes
  40. Punch Balloons

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20 Motivational Quotes for Monday

It’s Monday again! Where did the weekend go? Are you looking for some inspiration to start your work week?  Keep reading. Here is a list of motional quotes for Monday.

  1. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”– Thomas A. Edison
  2. “Mondays are tough only for those people, who don’t know how to spend them cheerfully. Get up and have fun today!”-Unknown
  3. “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”– Albert Einstein
  4. “Hey, I know it’s Monday. But it’s also a new day and a new week. And in that lies a new opportunity for something special to happen.”- Michael Ely
  5. “Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.” – Will Smith
  6. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”– Babe Ruth
  7. “If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  8. “Mondays are the start of the work week which offer new beginnings 52 times a year!”- David Dweck
  9. “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.” —Thomas Carlyle
  10. “It’s Monday. Get a new perspective. Whatever obstacle you’re facing—it’s not permanent.”-Unknown
  11. “This should be the spirit every Monday. Know that something good will always happen.”- Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
  12. “I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” —Henry David Thoreau
  13. “Your Monday morning thoughts set the tone for your whole week. See yourself getting stronger, and living a fulfilling, happier and healthier life.”-Germany Kent
  14. “Candy is nature’s way of making up for Mondays.”- Rebecca Gober
  15. “This is your Monday morning reminder that you can handle whatever this week throws at you.”-Unknown
  16. “The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” —Tricia Cunningham
  17. “When someone tells me ‘no,’ it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.” —Karen E. Quinones Miller
  18. “I really need a day in between Sunday and Monday.”-Unknown
  19. “Live today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Just today. Inhabit your moments. Don’t rent them out to tomorrow.”-Jerry Spinelli
  20. “Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” —Farrah Gray

Have a wonderful week!

Rebecca Reviewed It: Accio! Box | The Steadfast Friend

June’s Accio Subscription Box centers around Ronald Weasley, the Steadfast Friend. From the start, Ron’s friendship with Harry Potter was a major part of the storyline.

Now, if you have not opened your June’s Accio! box, please stop reading. The rest of the blog contains major spoilers.

The Steadfast Friend Unboxing

Deluminator Print

An Accio! box exclusive, the print is a great addition to my wall. Ron knew he wanted to return the moment he left. The deluminator brought him back to his friends.

Angry Letter Sticker Notes

Who does not remember the howler? The sticky notes are a cute copy of the howler sent to Ron by his mother, Molly. I will definitely use the sticky notes. I am always jotting down stuff to remember. Now, only if I can remember to grab my lists before I leave the house.

Another Weasley

The Sorting Hat knew exactly where to put “Another Weasley”. The hologram sticker is a great way to remember the Sorting Hat’s choice. I love stickers. (Yes, I am still a kid at heart). I plan on putting my sticker on my address book.

Protector Stained Glass Pin

The second in the series, the pin shows off Ron’s Patronus, a Jack Russell Terrier. Featuring both the Golden and Silver Trios, I cannot wait to view all six of the pins together.

Chudley Team Tee

The orange tee displays Ron’s favorite Quidditch team, the Chudley Cannons. I like the simple sports team design. I will keep this tee to wear. Often, if I do not like an item, I give the product away. Now, the tee shirts are true to size and made from high-quality material.

Ron’s Sweater

Who wouldn’t want a Weasley sweater? The Accio! box exclusive is a bottle sleeve. Perfect item to keep my pop cold on a warm summer day in mid-Michigan.

Invisibility Booster

The Invisibility Booster is actually a car outlet USB charger. The red button item is my favorite in the box. I cannot wait to use this in my car.

Am I going to purchase the next Accio! box? Yes, I plan to continue my monthly subscription. I want to collect the entire set of pins.

Did you get June’s Accio! box, the Steadfast Friend? I would like to hear your feedback. What was your favorite product?

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