Friday, January 19, 2018

The Ultimate 2018 Holiday Celebrations List


It’s finally 2018, and I’ve resolved to have more little moments of celebration in the New Year. We all look forward to the big celebrations, like Christmas, New Year’s and July 4th. But did you know there are so many other quirky holidays on the calendar just begging to be commemorated? What about a slice of garlic bread for National Garlic Day? Some pet cuddles for National Cat Day?

I’m excited to share that I’ve partnered with viral holiday website National Today to share the ultimate 2018 holiday celebration calendar. Below, you’ll find the most exciting holidays in each month throughout the year — so you can party all year round with me.

I love celebrating at National Today because, not only do they clue me into each month’s holiday—they also give some fun holiday history, facts that will blow my mind, and helpful deals that help me celebrate in style.

Remember to mark these holidays on your calendar, and cheers to a 2018 full of celebration!

National Popcorn Day - January 19

JANUARY HOLIDAYS

Here are my favorite January holidays. The careful observer might notice they’re all about food!

Raise your hand if you’ve eaten an entire bag of popcorn in one sitting.

National Pie Day (Jan. 23)
Link holiday name to: https://nationaltoday.com/national-pie-day/
Did you know pecan is America’s favorite flavor of pie?

National Peanut Butter Day (Jan. 24)
Which do you prefer: chunky or smooth?

National Chocolate Cake Day (Jan. 27)
Devil’s (food) advocates of the world, rejoice!

Chinese New Year (Jan. 28)
Enjoy double the New Year’s celebrations.
National Pizza Day - February 9

FEBRUARY HOLIDAYS

Here are a couple classic February holidays. Galentine’s Day, anyone?

Groundhog Day (Feb. 2)
Will he see his shadow?

National Pizza Day (Feb. 9)
Pineapples on pizza, yes or no? The debate rages on.

Galentine’s Day (Feb. 13)
This classic holiday was made famous by Parks and Recreation.

Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14)
Let’s be real, isn’t all of February pretty much Valentine’s Day?

National Margarita Day (Feb. 22)
More like marga-need-a.
National Pancake Day - March 7


MARCH HOLIDAYS

Get ready to celebrate these 5 holidays … but remember to beware the Ides of March!

National Pancake Day (Mar. 7)
‘Pan’ I have a whole plate of these?

International Women’s Day (Mar. 8)
In my book, every day should be Women’s Day.

Ides of March (Mar. 15)
Did you know “ides” actually means “15”?

National Puppy Day (Mar. 23)
We all deserve a puppy (or five).

Red Nose Day (Mar. 24)
This holiday is huge in the U.K. — it’s comedy relief for charity!

National Beer Day - April 7

APRIL HOLIDAYS

These are the worst days in April (April Fool’s, they’re the best).

National Beer Day (Apr. 7)
I’m so hoppy we get to celebrate this day.

National Sibling Day (Apr. 10)
Love or hate them, you’re stuck with them!

Tax Day (Apr. 18)
Tax Day might be one of the most dreaded days of the year … but it still deserves some love!

Earth Day (Apr. 22)
I’m going to be hugging plenty of trees today.

Arbor Day (Apr. 28)
If you missed Earth Day, here’s another opportunity to connect with Mother Nature!
Star Wars Day - May 4

MAY HOLIDAYS

This month is all about the classic occasions, with the exception of Star Wars Day (but who could leave that one out?!)

May Day (May 1)
In this case, not a phrase of doom, but a joyous celebration!

Star Wars Day (May 4)
May the 4th be with you.

Cinco de Mayo (May 5)
Celebrate, but don’t appropriate.

Mother’s Day (May 14)
Consider this your official reminder to call your mother.

Memorial Day (May 29)
Did I hear the word barbecue?
National Donut Day - June 2

JUNE HOLIDAYS 

This month, we celebrate some of the most important relationships in our lives—fathers, best friends, and donuts.

National Donut Day (Jun. 2)
Do-nut mess with me before I get my donuts today.

National Best Friends Day (Jun. 8)
Now that “bestie-moons” are a thing, I know exactly what I’m doing to celebrate.

Father’s Day (Jun. 18)
I’m looking forward to all the dad jokes today.

Summer Solstice (Jun. 20 and 21)
Spend a long day outside with friends!

National Kissing Day (Jun. 24)
Who will you be kissing today?
Independence Day - July 4

JULY HOLIDAYS

Two of my favorite foods are celebrated in this month—ice cream and cheesecake.

Independence Day (Jul. 4)
If you didn’t get a barbecue on Memorial Day, here’s your chance.

National Ice Cream Day (Jul. 16)
We all scream for ice cream!

National Cousin’s Day (Jul. 24)
They’re just like siblings … except we love them more (shh).

National Cheesecake Day (Jul. 30)
Do it for the grahm.

National Dance Day (Jul. 30)
Just don’t dance right after you eat cheesecake.
National Dog Day - August 26

AUGUST HOLIDAYS

This month is the season of celebrating summer drinks — have a beer or lemonade on me!

National Girlfriend Day (Aug. 1)
Don’t worry, boyfriends also have their day — it’s in October.

International Beer Day (Aug. 4)
Do you like dark or light beers?

National Friendship Day (Aug. 7)
We’re so lucky to celebrate all types of relationships in August — not just significant others.

National Lemonade Day (Aug. 20)
Not just a classic Beyonce album.

National Dog Day (Aug. 26)
You officially have permission to show your friends 25 dog pics in a row.
National Coffee Day - September 29


SEPTEMBER HOLIDAYS

This month truly contains the most important day of the year: National Coffee Day. Bless the three cups a day that keep me running!

Labor Day (Sept. 4)
Find out some of the most exciting activities to fill your day off!

Constitution Day (Sept. 17)
This document truly defines America — we think that deserves a celebration.

Fall Equinox (Sept. 22)
Give thanks for the longest day of the year, and get your sweaters ready as the days start getting shorter.

National Coffee Day (Sept. 29)
Ah, the nectar of life — the wonderful liquid that keeps America sane.
Halloween - October 31

OCTOBER HOLIDAYS

Trick or treat! These are some of my favorite holidays in the leadup to Halloween.

National Boyfriend Day (Oct. 3)
It’s Bae Dae #2 — did you celebrate National Girlfriend Day?

Columbus Day (Oct. 9)
Also called Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Boss’s Day (Oct. 16)
We spend every day with them, but have you stopped to think about what makes them so special?

Sweetest Day (Oct. 21)
Learn about this little known candy holiday, and spread the celebration beyond the Midwest.

Halloween (Oct. 31)
Trick or treat, smell my feet!
Thanksgiving - November 23

NOVEMBER HOLIDAYS

I enjoy all the shopping holidays November brings … so I included all of them below!

Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11)
On Veteran’s Day, we commemorate those brave soldiers who fought for our freedom.

Thanksgiving (Nov. 23)
Do you actually know how this classic holiday started? Its origins might surprise you.

Black Friday (Nov. 24)
Everyone knows about it, but do you know the best deals? National Today does.

Cyber Monday (Nov. 27)
If shopping in stores stresses you out, shop without pants on with some of National Today’s featured promotions.

Giving Tuesday (Nov. 28)
This little known holiday encourages people to give to their favorite charities.
Christmas - December 25

DECEMBER HOLIDAYS

It might be the end of the year, but you can still fit in lots more holiday celebration before the New Year!

Winter Solstice (Dec. 21)
Did you know Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year?

Festivus (Dec. 23)
It all started with a Seinfeld quote — “A Festivus for the rest of us!”

Christmas (Dec. 25)
One of America’s most treasured holidays, you’ll find ideas to make the celebration even more special here.

New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31)
Which sparkly outfit will you wear to celebrate?
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Do you celebrate any of these occasions?
Which holiday do you find most fascinating or interesting?

I will receive products in exchange for this post.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids - Book Review and Giveaway


QUICK OVERVIEW:

How do I know the Bible is true? What does the Bible mean by “the kingdom of God”? How can God be three persons at the same time? Help the kids in your life find answers to their questions and deepen their faith with 365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids, a unique daily devotional full of biblical answers about God, the Bible, and Christian faith.

My Review:

I don't claim to know everything about the Bible or the Christian faith.  I know that I believe fiercely in both.  I'd like to say that I'm "average" when it comes to knowledge about the Bible and Jesus.  I'm no scholar by any means but know enough to answer the basic questions.

As an adult, I still wonder and ask about the history, teachings, and miracles surrounding Jesus.  So I can only imagine that children have as much wonderment, if not more.  365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids is an amazing resource to go to when your child has a question.  It's also a great devotional for your child to delve into.  In other words, a child's faith can be nurtured by reading a devotion each day.  Or they can use this book as a resource when they have a specific question.

Reading through 365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids, I learned a wealth of information myself.  The topics covered are extensive and interesting.  But, they're worded in ways that middle school children will understand.

Just some of the questions answered in this book are:

What is the Temptation of the Christ?
What is the difference between a disciple and an apostle?
Is it okay to write in my Bible?
What are the Twelve Tests of Abraham?
What are the Epistles?

The devotional is sectioned into groups of index topics.  They are:
Time
God
God's Promises
Jesus
God's Holy Spirit
The Bible
The Bible: Old Testament
The Bible: New Testament
Christianity
Prayer
The Church
Christian Seasons, Holidays, and Traditions
Being a Christian Here and Now
Being a Christian Forever and Ever
Big Questions
Famous Christians

Like I said, it's pretty comprehensive!  I will admit there are a few devotions that I don't particularly care for and that's because they don't align specifically with my Christian faith.  For instance, I don't believe in praying to other saints and holidays that honor saints.  I do recommend that an adult read this book before their child or alongside with them to maybe discuss practices that aren't a part of your teachings.

365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids is a hardcover book that includes a ribbon marker.  Each of the devotions have a date at the top, a topic of discussions, a commentary from the author with a scripture verse or two, and a short prayer.  At the very bottom of each devotion you will find references to pages that may direct you to another day pertaining to that same topic.


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One person will win a hardcover book copy of 365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids.

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I received book for review from Tommy Nelson.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
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Three More January Winners

A few of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been randomly drawn.

The winner of the LEXO Smart Mug giveaway is #73, Shelly Leatham.

The winner of the Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze Snacks giveaway is #55, msrodeobrat.

The winner of the $10 Old Navy gift card giveaway is #215, Kim Pinch.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  I appreciate all who take the time to enter my giveaways.  Be sure to check out all the currently active ones going on.  They're listed at the top left hand side of my blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

Three Dental Care Life Hacks for Parents

Nearly 20 percent of children aged 5-11 have at least one cavity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In honor of Children’s Dental Health Month approaching next month (February), Great Expressions Dental Centers is sharing three dental care life hacks for parents to use to keep cavities at bay.

·         Keep gums clean beginning with newborns. Your child may not even have teeth yet, but it’s critical to keep gums healthy for proper development of future teeth. Gently wipe the gums with a clean baby washcloth and gently brush with a soft baby toothbrush once you see the first tooth. For older children, use a rice-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste to brush teeth.

·         Bottle-less bedtime. This common mistake not only overloads your child’s teeth with sugar, it also increases their chances of choking. Instead, provide your child with a bottle prior to putting them to sleep and wiping their teeth with a soft baby toothbrush before their head hits the pillow. For older children, make sure they avoid sugary drinks like soda or juice packs right before bedtime.

·         Prevent fear of the dentist. It’s recommended that children visit the dentist twice a year to keep teeth as healthy as possible. Because many children fear the dentist, it’s important for parents to make the process stress-free for their kids. We recommend using music, a favorite stuffed animal and educating children on dental visits with a children’s book prior to the visit. Doing this from an early age will minimize, if not eliminate stress, ultimately making trips to the dentist less stressful for the remainder of their lives.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 105

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I believe in a God that hears prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 105. If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sni.ps: Get Paid to Create, Promote and Share


Whether you're an occasional Tweeter, avid blogger, or just love to post pictures on Facebook, Sni.ps is a cool influencer network. Now you get paid for the social value you create, just by sharing great content, promoting brands, or running online contests and giveaways. And with the real-time analytics, it's the perfect tool to help you gauge your audience reach and better understand what appeals to them.

I joined Snips a month ago and have already started earning.  It's not a get-rich-quick system by any means, but the money slowly adds up if you have a little patience.  This social media management platform allows influencers to share content or instantly schedule posts across their social channels, track audience engagement in real-time, and monetize their influence across all of their social networks. It's free to join, so check it out and sign up to be a part of the Snips influencer network today!
This post contains a referral link.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

UpSpring Panties for Pre and Post Natal Care - Review

Charcoal Fusion Belly Slimming High Waist Panty

It's been several years (18 to be exact) since I've given birth.  The first was a natural birth and the two after were via C-section.  I've got the telltale scar across the bottom of my abdomen, and the muscle surrounding it is long dead.  Although it's been some time ago since I had a c-section, I recall all too well the pain and problems that came with it.  

I received a pair of C-Panty Classic Waist underwear from UpSpring.  I can't vouch for how well they work for women who are recently recovering from a cesarean but I think they could be beneficial. 

C-Panty Classic Waist

C-Panty is the only patented postpartum undergarment that provides everything you need for C-section recovery. Made just for C-section moms, C-Panty provides a clinically determined safe level of compression to help your body recover faster.* It also helps you stay comfortable as you recover, whether you’re going back to work, chasing after kids, or just enjoying your new baby. 

C-Panty has a medical-grade silicone panel that minimizes scarring, helps reduce itchiness, and helps minimize the possible chance of infection around the delicate incision area.* The silicone is durable,  washable, and integrated into the panty, eliminating the need for scar gel or scar gel pads. C-Panty also helps to reduce swelling, supports weakened muscles, and banishes that incision bulge.* 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

I definitely could have used the C-Panty when I had my two sons.  It seemed that most everything I wore rubbed against my incision and make it more irritated.  I remember wearing these horrible white mesh-type undergarments.  They were uncomfortable and didn't want to stay put.  If you know you are going to have a c-section or recently had one, this undergarment may be just the thing to help you look and feel a little more human.


The Charcoal Fusion Belly Slimming High Waist Panty can be used by any woman, any stage of life.  UpSpring’s Charcoal Fusion High Waist Panty combines cutting edge bamboo charcoal fiber technology with moderate medical-grade compression to help you lose inches and slim your figure.*

The panty is made with bamboo charcoal fiber, one of the latest breakthroughs in natural health and wellness. Bamboo charcoal contains unique therapeutic properties that help to increase blood flow, which can then increase circulation and metabolism to help you lose inches faster after baby.*

Bamboo charcoal is produced by burning bamboo at 1500° F. The resulting charcoal is then ground into fine nano-particles, fused with polyester, and spun into fiber. Bamboo charcoal naturally emits far infrared light. When infrared light interacts with the heat of your body, it helps to increase blood flow, speed healing, and reduce swelling. This therapeutic effect is above and beyond the beneficial effects of compression alone.

I'd never heard of Bamboo charcoal before owning these panties.  I think it's an interesting concept and have been willing to work with it.  Of course, as common sense should tell you, proper diet and exercise are the most effective ways to lose weight.  But, the Charcoal Fusion High Waist Panty is something I like and will continue to wear.  Body heat reacts with the bamboo charcoal to stimulate greater blood flow.  So, once in a while, I can feel heat emitting where I am wearing the panty.  If anything, it keeps my muffin top from bulging and gives my stomach a more slimmed look.

UpSpring provides clinically-backed solutions for moms and babies in the areas of breastfeeding, postpartum recovery, baby care and more.  UpSpring offers more than 40 products ranging from vitamins, supplements and body after baby shapeware to help moms and babies stay happy and healthy. 

I received products for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.