Spring is in the air! And so are my allergies. Achoo!
March brings the First Day of Spring (Mar 20th), St. Patrick's Day (Mar 17th), and some much-needed sunshine. The weather is starting to turn, and the flowers are thinking about blooming. Let's see what else March has to offer us…
1st National Peanut Butter Lover's Day - You scream. I scream. We all scream for Peanut Butter! I may have this one a little mixed up… but honestly, my love of peanut butter rivals my love for Ice Cream. Today celebrate that buttery goodness with a PB&J or Ants on a Log or a giant spoonful next to a glass of milk. Really, is there anything that doesn't pair well with peanut butter? Broccoli… maybe broccoli.
2nd National Read Across America Day, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss Day (If on the weekend, moves to closest school day) -
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss
A journey to a magical world or a silly little story that makes us giggle, reading can take us on epic adventures from our favorite comfy chair. Sparking a love for reading can change how we look at the world and teach us life lessons without ever leaving the safety of our living rooms.
3rd National Anthem Day - During the battle of 1812 (Sept 14th, 1814 to be exact), Francis Scott Key penned the words to what is now known as The Star Spangled Banner. Originally called the "Defence of Fort McHenry," it was over 100 years before the song was adopted as the national anthem of the United States on Mar 3rd, 1931.
5th National Cheese Doodle Day - Just in case you needed an excuse to stock the pantry with some cheese puffs.
11th National Johnny Appleseed Day - A popular figure in American Folklore, John Chapman (1774 – 1845), better known as Johnny Appleseed, is credited with introducing apple trees across Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Of course, Disney has a beautiful telling of the Legend of Johnny Appleseed, but if you are looking for a more down-to-earth version, this telling even has a crossword puzzle for the kiddos.
12th Daylight Saving Time (Second Sunday in March) - Don't forget to Spring Forward today. The sun will rise and set a little later today. The reasons why? Something to do with saving money on candles? I dunno. The original motivation seems lost in our technology-filled world, but we may not have to worry about it much longer. A bill is floating around congress to make Daylight Savings Time permanent. Will it pass? Only time will tell.
13th National Napping Day (Day after Return of Daylight Savings Day) - Yep. We may have changed the clocks on the wall, but our internal clocks need a little help adapting. Do yourself a favor and take a nap today.
14th National Children's Craft Day - The possibilities are endless. Grab some construction paper, scissors, and glue, and let your little one's imaginations run wild. The internet is a treasure trove of crafting ideas, but if you are stumped, here's just one list out of millions.
16th Absolutely Incredible Kid Day (Third Thursday in March) – This holiday is meant to encourage adults to acknowledge how Absolutely Incredible the kids in their life are. Founded in 1996, the original intention was to write a letter to tell your kids just how wonderful they are. However you choose to do it, take a moment today, hug your babies, and tell them just how marvelous they are.
17th St. Patrick's Day – Every year, on Mar 17th, adults and children deck themselves out in green to avoid getting pinched. It is a childish activity we all participate in, and it warms my heart every year. We could all do with a little more whimsy in our lives, and the simple silly act of wearing emerald takes us back to our schoolyard days. Fun fact: prune your fruit trees by this day!
19th National Let's Laugh Day - "What did the snail say while riding on the turtles back?" "Wheeeeeeee!" Laughter truly is the best medicine, so whatever it is that tickles your funny bone, find it, share it, and heal the world with laughter today.
28th National Something on a Stick Day – Obviously, my brain went straight to corn dogs… but wait, there's more! Popsicles, Shish Kabobs, Fruit Kabobs, lollipops, suckers, cotton candy, caramel apples, cake pops. Heck, you can skewer almost anything! Go crazy today… eat all of your food with a toothpick... I think it counts.