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!

Harry Potter Drawing Prompts

Today, May 2 is International Harry Potter Day. For die-hard fans, the date also marks the famous Battle of Hogwarts, the final conflict of the Second Wizarding War. Are you spending the day with a Harry Potter movie marathon? If you are searching for a way to keep busy, check out the following Harry Potter drawing prompts.

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Drawing Prompts for International Harry Potter Day

  1. Your Letter
  2. Favorite Store in Diagon Alley
  3. Wand
  4. Hogwarts Express
  5. Castle
  6. Sorting Hat
  7. Your House
  8. Crest
  9. Favorite Teacher
  10. Favorite Course
  11. Broomstick
  12. Troll
  13. Ghosts
  14. Self Portrait in Robes
  15. Favorite Scene
  16. Hippogriff
  17. Giant Spider
  18. Potion Bottle
  19. Ink, Quill, & Parchment
  20. Owl
  21. Portraits
  22. Dormitory/Common Room
  23. Trunk
  24. Pygmy Puff
  25. Favorite Character
  26. Weasley’s Clock
  27. The Burrow
  28. Feast
  29. Quidditch
  30. Triwizard Cup/Maze/Task
  31. Harry Potter

Happy International Harry Potter Day!

Drawing Prompts for May

Welcome, May! Who is ready for a new set of drawing prompts? Whether you draw for yourself or host a family night, creating art is a fun activity for everyone. If you need inspiration, check out the following drawing prompts for May.

  1. Self-portrait
  2. Magic
  3. Castle
  4. Villain
  5. Hero
  6. Wild Animals
  7. Out a Window
  8. Happy Mother’s Day! (USA) Draw a picture of a mom.
  9. Planets
  10. Sunrise or Sunset
  11. Flamingo
  12. Flowers
  13. Friends
  14. Favorite Movie Scene
  15. Bright Colors
  16. Shapes
  17. Trees
  18. Patterns
  19. Comic Book Hero
  20. Time
  21. Water
  22. Skyline
  23. Ship
  24. Lighthouse
  25. Eyes
  26. Food
  27. Bugs
  28. Hot Air Balloon
  29. Adventure
  30. Favorite Cartoon Character
  31. Artist’s Choice

Have a great month!  Happy Drawing!

Family-Friendly Activities: Earth Day

Earth Day, April 22, is today. But in reality, Earth Day should be every day! Are you looking for family-friendly activities? If you need inspiration, check out the following suggestions of family-friendly activities for Earth Day.

  1. Go Hiking: Get outdoors and go hiking. If you first starting out, research local hiking trails in your area. There are numerous trails just 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: 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 birdbath, birdhouses, and bird feeders to a safe area to attract birds. Make your own bird feeders with pinecones, peanut butter, and birdseed.
  5. Go Bird Watching:  If you cannot set up your own backyard 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. Sign yourself or your entire family up to volunteer. Many areas hold community cleanups, especially around rivers and streams. Joining the cleanup effort as a family helps the environment and gets everyone outdoors for the afternoon.
  7. Go for a Bike Ride: Dust off your bicycles and go for a ride.          
  8. Go on a Digital Detox: Shut down your computer and other electronic devices. Spend an hour or the entire day away from electronics.
  9. Take Photos: Grab your phone or favorite camera to photograph the world around you. Share your pictures on social media. Ask others to join you by posting pictures to celebrate Earth Day.
  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 in your area. Share on social media. Invite others to make videos, too.
  12. Make an Eco-Friendly Pledge: As a family, make a pledge or a commitment to do better for the environment. Then, create a list of ideas to help you keep your promise. A cleaner Earth is better for everyone.
  13. Watch Documentaries: Make your favorite snacks and watch documentaries about nature and the planet.

Happy Earth Day! What are you doing to protect the planet?

20 Drawing Prompts for Earth Day

Every year on April 22, millions gather to celebrate Earth Day. If the weather is not the best, focus on the beauty of the Earth through drawing. Creating art is a great way to celebrate the planet. Drawing is great for a family project. Make posters to hang in your window. Or photograph your art to share on social media.

If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following drawing prompts for Earth Day.

  1. An Outdoor Self-Portrait
  2. Earth
  3. Trees
  4. Nature Scene
  5. Water Scene
  6. Mountains
  7. Volcano
  8. Underwater
  9. Grass
  10. Current Weather
  11. Landscape Scene
  12. Sunset or Sunrise
  13. Paths or Trails
  14. Rocks
  15. Leaves
  16. Flowers
  17. Birds
  18. Wild Animals
  19. Butterflies or other insects
  20. Don’t Pollute

Tips on Hosting a Last-Minute Easter Dinner

Do you realize Easter is only a few days away? Easter like any holiday is a perfect time to gather friends and family together. Did you decide to host an Easter dinner at the last minute? Do not panic; start planning. Here are some tips on hosting a last-minute Easter dinner.

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Who is Coming to Your Easter Dinner?

The guest list is essential to your planning. Reach out to friends and family members to get a headcount for Easter dinner. Make a list of your Easter dinner guests to help in the planning process. A bigger guest list is always fun, but it means more work for you.

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Formal or Informal

What type of Easter dinner are you going to host? Remember there is no right or wrong way to host an Easter dinner. The dinner should focus on gathering people together. Consider one of the following types of meals for Easter.

  • Traditional Sit-Down Meal
  • Brunch
  • Light Snacking and Desserts
  • BBQ
  • Pot-Luck Style
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Menu

After deciding on the type of meal, start planning your menu. If you are serving a large crowd, ask your guests to help. Remember to write down the dishes or desserts your guests are bringing to Easter dinner. Keeping a list allows for a variety of different dishes. Or if you love to cook, you are welcome to do the entire meal prep yourself.

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Grocery List

Carefully go over your menu. Take an inventory of items you have on hand for your Easter dinner. Now, write out a detailed grocery list. Relax and imagine going aisle by aisle in your grocery store.

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Decorate Early

Decorating is not a necessity for Easter dinner. But, if you do decide to decorate, do it early. Getting your children to help make the decoration is always a fun task. Homemade placemats, place cards, and small table decorations are fun additions to the Easter table.

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Cook or Bake in Advance

If possible, cook or bake part of your Easter dinner early. By starting early, you do not have to hurry to complete the meal.

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Set Table the Night Before

Unless you are eating outdoors, set the table the night before your Easter dinner. Set up your entire eating area including decorations, tablecloths, plates, silverware, glasses, and napkins. The early setup process allows you to look for any shortages. A quick run to the supermarket is easier the night before than on Easter Sunday.

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Dinner Day

Despite all the prep work, preparing dinner may still feel chaotic. Do not worry.

  • Create a checklist of everything that needs to be cooked, baked, warmed up, and served.
  • Designate tasks to others who arrive early. (You may need to call them in early).
  • Cook everything as directed. Do not skip steps to get your meal done quickly.
  • Send children out of the kitchen to avoid accidents.
  • Enjoy yourself. Take photos of the preparation process. Unfortunately, you never know who will be missing from your next holiday meal.
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Enjoy Your Meal

You made it. After all of the planning and hard work, your Easter dinner is ready. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy your meal. Do not fret about the things that did not go as planned. On Easter Sunday, gathering with your family and friends is all that really matters.

Happy Easter!

36 Easter Movies for the Whole Family

April 17th is Easter. What are you doing to celebrate? Coloring eggs, Easter egg hunts, and watching your favorite shows are wonderful ways to enjoy the holiday. Do you want an Easter theme for family movie night? If you are looking for Easter movies for the whole family to enjoy, check out the following list for ideas.

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  1. Hop (2011)
  2. It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (1974)
  3. VeggieTales Double Feature: ‘Twas the Night Before Easter/An Easter Carol
  4. Peter Rabbit (2018)
  5. Peter Rabbit 2 (2021)
  6. An Easter Story (1984)
  7. The Dog Who Saved Easter (2014)
  8. Daffy Duck’s Easter Egg-Citement (1980)
  9. Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Easter Adventure (2012)
  10. Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (2016)
  11. Yogi: The Easter Bear (2016)
  12. Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971)
  13. Peppa Pig: The Easter Bunny (2018)
  14. Baby Looney Tunes: Eggs-Extradinary Adventure
  15. The New Adventures of Peter Rabbit
  16. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit (2005)
  17. Rise of the Guardians: (2012)
  18. Easter Bunny Adventure
  19. Guess How Much I Love You: An Enchanting Easter (2018)
  20. Easter Someday (2021)
  21. The First Easter Rabbit (1976)
  22. The Easter Promise (2006)
  23. Curious George: Egg Hunting (2017)
  24. The First Easter Egg (1999)
  25. Easterland (2019)
  26. An Easter Bunny Puppy
  27. Bugs Bunny: Easter Funnies
  28. Easter With Max & Ruby
  29. Rolie Polie Olie: An Easter Egg-stravaganza
  30. An Easter Egg Adventure
  31. The Tale of the Bunny Picnic (1986)
  32. The Lion of Judah (2011)
  33. Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo (2004)
  34. Rabbit School: Guardians of the Golden Egg (2017)
  35. Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza
  36. Baby Huey’s Great Easter Adventure

Happy Easter!

20 Easter Drawing Prompt Ideas

Are you celebrating Easter? Do you want to incorporate the holiday into your daily drawings? Or are you looking for a family-friendly Easter activity for your children? Drawing is an easy way to bring your imagination to life. If you need inspiration, check out the following Easter drawing prompts.

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  1. Easter-themed self-portrait
  2. Happy Easter!
  3. Easter scene
  4. Easter Bunny
  5. Easter eggs
  6. Easter basket filled with goodies
  7. Jellybeans
  8. Peeps
  9. Chocolate bunny
  10. Easter bonnets
  11. Easter flowers
  12. Tomb
  13. Cross
  14. Church
  15. Baby animals
  16. Chickens hatching
  17. Lamb
  18. Bunnies
  19. Cottontails
  20. Artist’s choice

Happy Easter!

Easter 2022: The Extra Easter Basket

The last couple of years has been tough for many individuals. Easter time is a great way to spread love and joy with friends, family members, or others in your life. As you attend church services, participate in Easter egg hunts with your family, and other community events, think about all the people around you.  Do they need extra kindness this Easter?

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For many, creating Easter baskets is a major part of the holiday celebrations. As you begin to play the honorary role of the Easter bunny, consider making an extra Easter basket to share with others. One simple act of kindness may have a positive impact on someone’s whole day or even week.

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Are you wondering who may need an Easter basket? Consider all the people; you encounter daily. If you still need inspiration for an extra Easter basket, consider the following.

  • Friends: Yes, you can make adult-themed Easter baskets with wine or lots of chocolate.
  • Extended Family Members: Do you know an older relative who is living alone? Or perhaps, do you have elderly neighbors who always greet you with a smile? Surprise them with an Easter basket.
  • Children: Do you know a family who is struggling? Are they able to give out Easter baskets? Giving a child an Easter basket creates a lasting memory.  (Remember you may need to ask permission to give a child an Easter basket. Some foods and toys may not be allowed.)
  • Teacher: The pandemic, health guidelines, switching between online and in-person learning, teachers are remarkable and deserving of an extra Easter basket.
  • Bus Driver: Every day, you trust the bus driver to get your child safely to school. The person deserves an Easter treat.
  • Childcare Provider: High-quality childcare providers are in demand. If you are lucky enough to find a great person to care for your child, brighten the provider’s day with an extra Easter basket.
  • Dog Walker: Rain or shine your dog walker is always on time to take your precious four-legged friend for a walk. For added fun, make the extra Easter basket from your dog.
  • Your Dog’s Pal: When you go to the dog park, does your dog pal around with another dog? Give your dog’s pal an extra Easter basket filled with doggie treats (and you can give one to the owner).
  • Customer Service Representative: An extra Easter basket for the barista who always gets your morning order correct. Or the cashier who always seems to be happy.

When passing out extra Easter baskets, the list of potential receivers is endless. Surprising someone at Easter is a wonderful way to celebrate.

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