Memorial Day, the unofficial kickoff to summer, is this weekend and it’s time to start having big fun without spending big funds!
We just survived a holiday with my in-laws, and when I say in-laws I don’t just mean Daddy-o’s parents - I mean ALL of the in-laws.
At the top of the family pecking order is the grand matriarch, Oma. She has five grown kids, one of whom is Daddy-o. The total headcount for this communal holiday was: 1 Oma, 10 adults, and 17 grandchildren under the age of 13 years old.
For the past several decades, Groundhog Day has held a place as a legitimately celebrated holiday on the North American calendar, thanks in large part to the tradition of Punxsutawney Phil, the famous Pennsylvania groundhog.
Over the past 125 years, since 1887, on Feb. 2 Phil has predicted the weather for the second half of the winter, according to folklore and his handlers of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.
Why is Feb. 2 celebrated as Groundhog Day?
What's on your holiday shopping list? Here's mine:
I spent this week gingerly checking in with all my married girlfriends.
It felt like that first call you make to someone after the funeral of a relative. Important but dreaded. My calls were to see how they survived the first hurdle of the annual holiday marathon.
Rosh Hashanah - the celebration of the Jewish New Year - started at sundown last night.
The holiday is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve and also marks the proclamation of God as the King of the Universe.
During the Days of Awe (the 10 day period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur), the Jewish community reflects on their relationship with God and focuses on repentance.
Did you know that September 12th is National Chocolate Milkshake Day?
It's true -it's the day of the year officially dedicated to indulging your sweet tooth.
Although the concept of milkshakes have been around since 1885 (back then, the recipe called for a shot of whiskey!), the modern incarnation was invented by a Walgreen's employee in Chicago in 1922.
According to CNN, this brilliant inventor "added two scoops of ice cream to a drink called a malted milk."
And, thus, history was made.
Labor Day is one of those holidays that makes it hard to throw a themed party. There’s no specific color scheme, like Valentine’s Day, or set theme, like Halloween, to help you plan the celebration.
But there's a silver lining - the lack of established guidelines frees you up to do whatever you want! Here are a few fun theme ideas for a Labor Day party or BBQ:
Everyone’s heard the phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” But regardless of what life has given you, get your pitchers ready!
Why? Because August 20th is National Lemonade Day!
To celebrate this sweet occasion, here are a few of our favorite lemonade recipes:
Growing up doesn't have to mean forgetting the fun of a good knock-knock joke! August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day - so take a minute to lighten up :)
Not only will sharing a laugh with your friends, family, and co-workers lighten your mood, it’s good for you, too! Studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between laughter and good heart health. (And chocolate, too!)