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.

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

12 Easter Basket Ideas for Your Dog

Let’s face it; your dog is a valuable member of your family. For many, a dog or two is your constant companion. Creating an Easter Basket for your four-legged friend is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday.

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Easter Basket Ideas for Your Dog

  1. New Collar: After the long winter, your dog’s collar may need replacing. Consider a brightly colored one for the warmer months ahead.
  2. Bandana: A new, holiday-themed bandana to wear around on Easter Sunday is the perfect addition to your dog’s basket. When you’re picking out one, grab a couple extra for summer. Bright colors are always fun for the upcoming warmer weather.
  3. Squeaky Toys: A new squeaky toy may annoy you but your dog will love it.
  4. Dog Biscuits: Nutritional value dog biscuits are an ideal snack for your favorite dog to enjoy.
  5. Dog Bones: Dogs love bones. If you are uncertain on the type to buy your favorite four-legged friend, consult your veterinarian.
  6. Dog Treats: A bag of your pup’s favorite dog treats are perfect for the Easter basket. Or feel free to make your own.
  7. Doggie Fashion Wear: Shirts, coats, hats, and even pajamas are all available for your dog to enjoy.
  8. New Ball: A ball or a Frisbee is perfect for playing catch with your pooch. The extra exercise is good for your dog and you.
  9. New Stuffed Toy (Dog Approved): A stuffed bunny or other dog toy is fun for your dog. In many cases, the dog is not really stuffed. But you get the idea.

Okay, these do not technically fit into your dog’s Easter basket but you get the idea.

  1. Visit the Doggie Park: A trip to the doggie park, a hike or a walk is a great way to release energy. The extra exercise will tire your dog (and you) out for a good night sleep.
  2. Attend a Pet-Related Easter Event: Many pet food suppliers or other pet-friendly establishments host Easter community events for dogs. Try something new. Due to COVID restrictions, remember to call ahead to get details of the event and social distancing guidelines.
  3. Photo with the Easter Bunny: Many organizations host Easter Bunny photos for pets as a way to raise funds. As a pet owner, you will get a memorable photo of you and your dog. At the same time, the price of the photo goes to a good cause.

Whatever you do for Easter, take time to cuddle and love your faithful companion.

Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Activities

St. Patrick’s Day usually brings large parades, community events, and other social activities. Unfortunately, the ongoing pandemic restrictions mean the yearly events are canceled. Are you looking for last-minute activities to safely celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Check out the following St. Patrick’s Day ideas for you or your entire family to enjoy.

Make a Leprechaun Trap

St. Patrick’s Day would not be complete without tales of leprechauns. Use the tales as inspiration to make a leprechaun trap. Cereal boxes and craft materials are perfect supplies to build a trap. Get creative. Take photos and try to catch a leprechaun for his gold.

Shamrock Art

Draw, trace, or print a blank shamrock. Use the shamrock as a template.

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  • Paint or color the shamrock.
  • Glue glitter, split peas, yarn, sequins, macaroni, or other material to your shamrock. (If you do decide to glue items to your shamrock template, use card stock to print the outline)
  • Decorate and hang your shamrocks around the house.
  • Use your decorated shamrocks as placemats for a traditional Irish meal.

Traditional Irish Meal

Preparing a traditional Irish meal is one of the best ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Pinterest has numerous recipes to follow. Whether you prepare the meal yourself or involve the entire family, try something new.

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  • Colcannon
  • Dublin Coddle
  • Irish Champ
  • Irish Lamb Stew
  • Irish Soda Bread
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage
  • Guinness Cake

Watch St. Patrick’s Day Movies

St. Patrick’s Day is a great day for family movie night. (Yes, you and your cat count.) Make popcorn, eat green candies or order pizza. And watch a great movie to celebrate the day.

Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day. Buy green carnations or pots of clover. Don’t forget to look for a lucky four-leaf clover.

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25 Quotes for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is only a few days away. Do you need a quote, blessing, or a toast for St. Patrick’s Day? Check out the following St. Patrick’s Day quotes and sayings for inspiration.

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  1. “St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time — a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic. —Adrienne Cook
  2. “May the roof above us never fall in. And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.”—Irish Blessing
  3. “Whether I drink often or just once in a while; I’m always sure to raise a glass to the dear old Emerald Isle.” — Pat Maloney
  4. “May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold—and at the end of your rainbows may you find a pot of gold.”—Old Irish Blessing
  5. “You gotta try your luck at least once a day because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it.”—Jimmy Dean

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  6. “May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow. And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”—Irish Blessing
  7. “May the blessings of each day be the blessings you need the most.” —Irish Blessing
  8. “Ireland is a land of poets and legends, of dreamers and rebels.” –Nora Roberts
  9. “Luck is not chance / It’s Toil / Fortune’s expensive smile / Is earned.”—Emily Dickinson
  10. “Here’s to you and here’s to me, I pray that friends we’ll always be, but if by chance we disagree, the heck with you and here’s to me.” — Irish Toast
  11. “The list of Irish saints is past counting; but in it all, no other figure is so human, friendly, and lovable as St. Patrick.” — Stephen Gwynn

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  12. “A best friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.” —Irish Proverb
  13. “Imagine if we were all magical leprechauns, and every wish ever made on a four-leaf clover obliged us to help others obtain their wishes. Now imagine if people simply lived like this were true.”—Richelle E. Goodrich
  14. “Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world that offers fewer and fewer supports.” —Kenneth Branagh
  15. “For the whole world is Irish on the Seventeenth o’ March!” –Thomas Augustine Daly

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  16. “For each petal on the shamrock, this brings a wish your way: Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day.”—Irish Blessing
  17. “Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.” –Pope John Paul II
  18. “Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.”—Norman Reedus, “The Boondock Saints”
  19. “Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don’t want to press your luck.” —Irish Proverb

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  20. “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.” — Irish Blessing
  21. “St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate our green heritage. The ancestry of Ireland. It is a day to celebrate what it means to be Irish and of Irish descent.” — Anthony T. Hicks
  22. “May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road downhill all the way to your door.” —Irish Blessing
  23. “There is luck in leisure.” —Irish proverb

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  24. “May you only grow old in the face, be treasured and cared for with grace.” —Irish blessing
  25. “I am of Ireland, / And the Holy Land of Ireland, / And time runs on’ cried she. / ‘Come out of charity / And dance with me in Ireland.” William Butler Yeats

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