Today, March 20, 2022, is the first official day of Spring. Are you and your family ready for Springtime adventures? If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following ideas for your Spring bucket list.
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The first official day of spring, March 20 is only a couple of days away. Who is ready? Spring brings warmer weather, outdoor adventures, flowers, and a great time to post on social media. If you are looking to enhance your posts to reach a wider audience, check out the following spring hashtags for social media.
Did you ever notice around late February or early March, people walking around with an ash cross marking or smudge on their foreheads? Most people realize the ritual is part of a religious ceremony for the upcoming Lent season. Every year, 40 days without counting Sundays before the Easter holiday, Ash Wednesday occurs. Primarily a Catholic holiday, the day signifies the beginning of Lent or the Easter season.
On Ash Wednesday, also known as the Day of Ashes, many churches hold special services. The sermons generally focus on repentance and prayer. Often the pastor or priest will provide long periods of silence for the worshippers to engage in personal devotion to confess sins.
Using the ashes of palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday, the ashes not only symbolize death but also repentance. Many church attendees use the ceremony as a way to profess their love or recommit their lives to God before Easter. The priest or pastor says, “From dust you came and from dust you will return.” Then places the ashes on the person’s forehead.
When Lent begins, many Christians will use the time for fasting and self-sacrifice by giving up specific luxuries. For example, a person may give up sugar or soda until Lent is over. Also, on Ash Wednesday and every Friday of Lent, faithful followers may forego eating meat.
The rules of Ash Wednesday greatly depend on your personal faith. Many believe Ash Wednesday involves attending services, receiving the cross of ashes, quiet prayers, and personal reflection. No matter how you choose to begin the Lent season, the day should focus on a Christian’s personal spiritual beliefs and relationship with Christ.
Do you celebrate Lent? What traditions do you follow?
Are you ready for March? The month brings St. Patrick’s Day, Daylight Savings Time begins, and the first day of Spring? The time is perfect to get out and photograph the world around you. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for March.
Are you looking for ways to take better care of yourself? Engaging in daily self0care activities is beneficial to your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following self-care ideas for March.
Accomplish one small goal today. Clean out your closet, mop your floor, or rearrange your room.
Commit to daily entries in a journal. Try writing in different locations. Go to your favorite café or sit outdoors.
It’s World Wildlife Day! Grab your camera and spend time outdoors.
Read quotes for inspiration. Copy your favorites to hang on the bathroom mirror or refrigerator door.
Make hot cocoa or tea. Sip slowly and watch the sunset.
Go to your favorite local bookstore or library. Browse the books to find a new favorite read.
Wear your best dress clothes for no reason.
Create a vision board.
Spend time meditating or praying.
Hang eucalyptus before taking a long, hot shower.
Drink plenty of water. Remember at least 8 glasses daily.
Stay off social media for a day. Unplug and enjoy.
Daylight Savings Time begins. Create a local bucket list for spring.
Enjoy a slow stroll through your favorite museum or art gallery.
Grab a friend and take a dance class.
Turn on your diffuser with your favorite scent to fill the room. Next, play classical music and enjoy the atmosphere.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Wear your favorite green shirt! Buy yourself a St. Patrick’s Day themed cookie, donut, or dessert from your local bakery.
Try cardio drumming or other new workout routine.
Listen to TED Talks or other inspirational videos on YouTube.
It’s the first official day of Spring! Get outdoors! Go for walk or hike!
Try a new craft. Pinterest has wonderful ideas for spring crafts.
Order your favorite take-out food.
Commit to breaking a bad habit.
Spend an afternoon binge-watching your favorite movie or series.
Go on an impromptu day trip.
Go for a ride, turn up the radio, and sing to your favorite tunes.
Create a playlist of songs from your high school days.
Sort, print, and create a scrapbook with photos on your phone or memory card.
Write a letter to a friend.
Get plenty of sleep, go to bed early, sleep in , or take an afternoon nap.
Today, March 1st is Fat Tuesday! When you are shopping at your local bakery or supermarket, you probably see signs for Paczkis and other rich treats for Fat Tuesday? Do you know the meaning of Fat Tuesday? For many, Fat Tuesday is a day of celebration and indulgence.
Facts about Fat Tuesday
More Than One Name: Fat Tuesday goes by many names including Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, and Pancake Tuesday. The French translation of Fat Tuesday is Mardi Gras.
Significance of the Date: The holiday marks the last of Carnival and the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lenten season.
Carnival Celebrations: The Christian carnival celebrations begin on the Epiphany and ends on Fat Tuesday.
Time to Eat: During Lent, many people abstain from specific foods and other activities. For followers, Fat Tuesday is the last day to indulge. Many celebrate the day with delicious meals and extravagant desserts.
Stricter In the Past: Faithful Christians would abstain from all meat, fatty foods, and rich indulgent treats throughout the Lenten season.
Official Colors: The colors for Mardi Gras are purple, gold, and green. Purple stands for justice, green for faith, and gold for power.
Floats and Parades: In New Orleans in 1857, floats became part of the Mardi Gras parade for the first time. But the parades date back to 1838. Anyone who rides a float must by law wear a mask.
Popular Dessert: Selling over 500,000 yearly, theKing Cake is the most prevalent sweet of a Mardi Gras. Named after the three kings who travel to visit the baby Jesus, the King Cake is rich in flavor of vanilla and cinnamon. Hidden inside of the cake is a plastic baby, the finder has good luck for the year.
It’s March! The month brings warmer weather, St. Patrick’s Day, and the first official day of Spring. March is often a rainy month. If you cannot get outdoors, spend time drawing. If you need inspiration, check out the following drawing prompts for March.
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.
Draw, trace, or print a blank shamrock. Use the shamrock as a template.
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.
Irish Lamb Stew
Irish Soda Bread
Corned Beef and Cabbage
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.
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.
“St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time — a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic. —Adrienne Cook
“May the roof above us never fall in. And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.”—Irish Blessing
“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
“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
“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
“May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow. And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”—Irish Blessing
“May the blessings of each day be the blessings you need the most.” —Irish Blessing
“Ireland is a land of poets and legends, of dreamers and rebels.” –Nora Roberts
“Luck is not chance / It’s Toil / Fortune’s expensive smile / Is earned.”—Emily Dickinson
“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
“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
“A best friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.” —Irish Proverb
“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
“Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world that offers fewer and fewer supports.” —Kenneth Branagh
“For the whole world is Irish on the Seventeenth o’ March!” –Thomas Augustine Daly
“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
“Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.” –Pope John Paul II
“Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.”—Norman Reedus, “The Boondock Saints”
“Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don’t want to press your luck.” —Irish Proverb
“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.” — Irish Blessing
“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
“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
“There is luck in leisure.” —Irish proverb
“May you only grow old in the face, be treasured and cared for with grace.” —Irish blessing
“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