Each September 21, we’re reminded of what we’re all striving for — to live in a world full of peace, love, and joy. Whether you’re using this International Day of Peace (a.k.a Peace Day) as encouragement to resolve a disagreement with someone in your personal life or to promote global peace, there’s really no wrong way to celebrate it. But if you’re stuck on ways to get involved, we’ve got a few ideas below that will make you and everyone you meet feel loved.
Dorm rooms aren’t exactly known for their open spaces and lavish comforts. So you may be thinking to yourself, “I can barely get my bed and clothes in my room, how am I supposed to fit a garden?” But, luckily for you, we’ve got all the tips and tricks you’ll need to set up a beautiful garden right in the comfort of your new home away from home.
Why You Should Start a Garden
The benefits of having greenery in your room are surprisingly extensive. From improving your health to boosting your mood, these are just a few of the many things plants can do for you:
Increase productivity. Is your new change of scenery making it difficult to concentrate? Studies have shown that when workers can see just one plant from their desk, it makes them more creative, attentive, and productive. Continue Reading…
Children and their grandparents have a special bond unlike any other. After all, who else are you going to turn to when mom and dad say no? But in addition to being the ones who take your side and sneak you extra cookies, grandparents offer unconditional and unwavering love and support. In honor of National Grandparents Day on September 10th, 2017, it’s time to flip the script and start spoiling them!
The History of National Grandparents Day
It wasn’t until 1978 that President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the first Sunday after Labor Day to be National Grandparents Day. Though President Carter officiated the day, it was Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a West Virginia native, who truly began and popularized National Grandparents Day. And it’s clear to see why — together with her husband, she had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild before passing in 2001.
Whether you truly live your life based on the stars and the moon, or you just enjoy reading your horoscope from time-to-time — we all find some fun in knowing our zodiac sign. But have you ever heard of birth flowers? As you may have guessed from the name, your birth flower is the flower associated with your birth month — a “floral zodiac,” if you will.
Whether your meaning is spot-on, or completely off, there’s no denying that knowing someone’s birth flower makes for a beautiful and personal gift the next time their birthday rolls around!
Birth flower: Carnation
Small, cramped, poorly lit, and drab — all words that have become synonymous with a college dorm room. While you may not be able to do anything about the size of your room, there’s plenty you can do to add a personal touch and a pop of color. Yes, we’re talking about incorporating plants and flowers into your dorm room! But not all plants have what it takes to make it through the year (or four). That’s why we’ve compiled a list of low-maintenance plants that will brighten any dorm.
Succulents are a college student’s best friend. These plants may be small, but they’re incredibly tough. Not only will they survive on infrequent waterings, they’ll actually thrive on them. Just be sure to leave them on your windowsill, since they do need a decent amount of sunlight.
Whether in our ice cream, cookies, or coffee creamer, most of us enjoy the sweet, sugary taste of vanilla almost every day. But have you ever thought about where this delicious flavoring comes from? Believe it or not, vanilla actually comes from one very specific kind of orchid — yup, that tropical, free-falling flower we all love.
No day is more anticipated by dog lovers (and probably the entire internet) than National Dog Day! Colleen Paige founded the August 26 holiday back in 2004, and every year it seems to become even more popular. While many of us use it as a way to celebrate man’s best friend, the goal of the day is also to raise awareness about the importance of adopting dogs, and caring for them properly.
In honor of National Dog Day, here are a few ways you can celebrate as a dog owner or enthusiast.
For the thousands of students heading off to school this month, it’s probably the first time they’ve ever been away from home. So needless to say, they’re going to need a little bit of help from mom and dad. Enter: care packages — the foolproof way to let your loved one know you’re thinking about them.
Whether it’s their first year or their last, here are a few care package ideas that will help any student survive the school year.
Since most dorm rooms and apartment complexes won’t let you paint the walls or hang anything up, students have to find other ways to add some color to their bedrooms. That’s where flowers come in! Even a small bouquet can add new life and a pop of color to any room. Continue Reading…
Ask any little kid what their favorite day of the year is and they’ll probably say, “My birthday!” Though your love for birthdays may have soured a bit since you were a kid (especially when you hit the big 3-0 or 4-0), birthdays are a universally beloved tradition that nearly everyone on the planet celebrates in one way or another.
Other than the fact that yours comes around once-a-year, how much do you really know about birthdays? Don’t blow out the candles too soon, and check out these birthday fun facts: Continue Reading…
Let’s face it — any day that it’s your birthday is a great day. After all, what more could you want in a day than presents, cake, and good friends? But those of you lucky enough to have been born in August enjoy a few extra perks that some of us will never know. From the beautiful weather to the freedom that summer brings, here are just a few reasons why August birthdays are wonderful.
You’re one of the youngest of your friends.
When you had to wait an excruciating six months to turn 21 after all of your friends, your August birthday seemed like a curse. But once your friends started turning 30, you realized that an August birthday is basically a blessing. Continue Reading…