Are you planning your social media posts for St. Patrick’s Day? Whether you are posting on your personal or your business account, using hashtags is essential. Unique hashtags draw more people to your posts expanding your target audience. If you are searching for inspiration, check out the hashtags for St. Patrick’s Day.
Honestly, I have never heard of the story or legend of the Pepper Pot, which I find difficult to believe since I am such a history buff. The story goes on that on this day (December 29) in 1777, a soup which was spicy and warm was served to the Continental Army on the orders of George Washington.
The era was the time of the Revolutionary War; the Continental Army had set up camp Valley Forge during the winter. The legend states that George Washington himself had asked the cook to serve up something special since the men had been enduring such harsh wintery conditions. George Washington wanted a special meal that would not only keep the Army warm but would also help boost their morale.
Having experienced ice storms and frigid temperatures in the past in the mid-Michigan area, I can just imagine how cold these soldiers must have…
A new month is a perfect time to commit to taking care of yourself. Work, school, family, and other commitments often lead to chaotic schedules. Spending time on yourself is critical for your overall well-being. If you need inspiration, check out the following self-care ideas for October.
Make your monthly commitment or affirmation to take care of yourself. If needed, write out your intention for better self-care to display.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water.
Create a fall-inspired playlist.
Write in a journal.
Attend a festival. Try something new.
Burn an aromatherapy candle or essential oils.
Go out to lunch with an old friend.
Order take-out on a busy day.
When you feel overwhelmed, take long deep breaths.
Spend an afternoon reading a book.
Practice recognizing toxic situations. Set boundaries when you realize the situation or person is not helping you grow.
Take an online class. Even if you just watch YouTube videos to learn more about something, give yourself permission to grow.
Create a vision board for the future.
Happy Sweetest Day! Spend time with the one you love. Or snuggle under your favorite blanket and binge-watch Netflix.
Volunteer at a local pet shelter or animal rescue. Dog walking is great physical activity. The dogs love the extra attention.
After a long day, give yourself permission to rest and relax.
Meditate or pray.
Plan a spay day.
Get plenty of sleep. Take a nap, sleep in, or go to bed early.
Limit your screen time.
Go to the library.
Watch YouTube videos.
Take a long drive.
Cook your favorite homemade meal or try a new recipe.
Go on a long nature walk or try hiking a new trail.
Take steps to improve your diet. Eat healthy foods.
Let out your inner child and carve a pumpkin.
Happy Halloween! Get dressed up or hand out candy.
The 3-day holiday weekend is here. Millions of people travel during Labor Day weekend. Are you heading out or did you decide to stay home? Don’t worry; you are not alone. Many people decide to spend the long weekend at home. Even if you are staying close to home, there are still plenty of things. The best part, many of these staycation ideas are free or have minimal costs to enjoy.
If you are looking for inspiration for staying home on Labor Day weekend, check out the following ideas.
Explore Hiking Trails: Get outdoors and enjoy nature. Find a new trail to hike. Hiking is a great activity for the entire family. Grab your camera to take lots of pictures. Make a day of hiking, pack a lunch, and bring lots of water.
Go to the Beach: Pack a picnic and spend an entire day at the beach.
Go to a Local Winery: Many wineries allow free taste testing. Gather your friends, enjoy the sights, and sample different wines.
Host a BBQ: Invite your friends, family, or neighbors over for a holiday BBQ.
Classic Game Night: Dust off your favorite Monopoly or other board game for a fun night of friendly competition. Don’t forget the snacks.
Picnic in the Park: Pack your favorite goodies and head to a local park for an afternoon.
Host a Bonfire Night: Beautiful weather calls for a bonfire night. A chance to sit around a warm fire with family and friends is always a good idea. Don’t forget the S’mores.
Go Stargazing: Pack a blanket, snacks, and your favorite beverage to spend an evening outdoors. Looking at the stars is a great way to spend an evening.
Host a Themed Movie Night: Host a family night or invite friends over. Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or Marvel movies are just a few of the many superb movies to watch over the 3-day weekend. Add to the fun by ordering pizza, making popcorn, or ice cream sundaes.
Do Crafts for the Holidays: It’s never too early to start holiday crafts. Many stores already have Autumn, Halloween, and Christmas crafting items out. Make a trip to your favorite spot to find everything you need for a crafting day.
Spend Time Reading: How long has that book been setting on the shelf? Labor Day weekend is a great time to snuggle under a cozy blanket and read. If you do not have a new book, reread a favorite.
Go to a Local Sporting Event: Many sporting events are starting over the holiday weekend. Go to a local college football game or watch the game on television with friends and family. Do not forget to tailgate. Delicious food is a major part of any sporting event.
Attend Community Events: Parades, concerts, and other events are generally part of the Labor Day weekend. Many local events or festivals are free which is great for your bank account.
Volunteer: MDA and other organizations use the 3-day to collect funds. Volunteer to help locally. Networking with new people has benefits beyond the weekend.
Make a Homemade Meal: Try a new recipe. Make an entire meal from your recent purchases at your local farmer’s market. Bake a dessert. Make a meal as a family.
Go on a Day Trip: Travel closer to home. Visit sites in the next town over from yours. Or go on a long car ride to see the scenery.
Ride Bike: Get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. Before cold weather sets in, go for a long bike ride.
Go Somewhere New: Is there a new cafe, restaurant, or other local business in town? Go check out the establishment. Who knows you may find a new favorite spot. Remember to be patient during the holiday weekend. Many establishments are short staff.
Be a Hometown Tourist: When is the last time you visited your hometown tourist sites? Go to your local park or historical site. Take pictures. Act like a tourist from another area. Have fun.
Declutter and Organize: The holiday season is slowly approaching, spend time organizing your living space. Set up a homework area for your kids. Or reorganize your home office. You can always tackle a major task and clean out the garage.
Feel Free to Do Nothing: There’s no harm in doing absolutely nothing over the Labor Day weekend. Stay in your pajamas for a day, get extra sleep, and just relax.
Have fun! Enjoy time with family and friends. Remember to be safe over the Labor Day weekend!
Christmas in July is a unique way to celebrate the seasonal holiday in the summer. Many people love the second chance to celebrate Christmas including singing carols, decorating a tree, and receiving a visit from Santa. Others use Christmas in July to start planning for the festive season in December.
Planning for Christmas in July
If you are looking for ways to take advantage of the Christmas in July holiday season, check out the following.
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Make Lists (and More Lists): Use a notebook or your favorite app to start making lists for Christmas. Gift ideas, cards, and donation recipients are a great place to start with lists. Use your lists as part of the planning process for Christmas.
Take Advantage of Sales: Christmas in July ads are on television, radio, social media, and print. Finding a deal is always a significant step toward finalizing your Christmas shopping lists.
Shop Prime Days: Amazon hosts Prime Days in July. The two-day event, July 12-13 is a great way to start your holiday shopping. Purchase items early. The holiday season often brings shortages of favorite products.
Shop Back-to-School: In July, department stores begin filling shelves with back-to-school supplies. Markers, crayons, paint, paint brushes, paper, desk lamps, computers, and bags are generally on sale. The savings are perfect for buying early Christmas presents.
Plan Tentative Events: Make a revisable schedule for the holiday season. Plan social gatherings, teas, dinners, and other festive fun. Creating a tentative schedule allows you to make lists for supplies, gifts, and more.
Christmas in July is a great way to get a head start on the holiday season. Have fun! Take advantage of the seasonal sales.
Who is ready for a whole new month of drawing prompts? June is a fantastic month. The weather turns warmer, and the days grow longer. Grab your favorite sketchbook and go outside to find your creative spot. If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following drawing prompts for June.