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.
Looking for the perfect Rosh Hashanah centerpiece or accent? Take inspiration from the star of the menu – apples – and turn them into wow-worthy décor with a few simple steps!
Using just a knife and flowers, we turned this go-to Rosh Hashanah treat into a conversation starting decoration. After creating your apple flowers, you can turn this DIY idea into place cards for a table setting (just tie a nametag around the apples), a juicy and vibrant centerpiece, or sweet accent pieces when you spread several throughout the room.
As this is a vase made from a fresh fruit, it is best to make these beauties the night before or morning of, if possible. Each apple takes about five minutes to make. 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.
To all of you September babies – Happy Birthday! Did you know that in the Roman calendar, September was once regarded as the seventh month of the year? After all, septem, which was the month’s original name in Latin, means seven! So when did it become the ninth month, you ask? Well, the truth is that it officially became month number nine when King Numa Pompilius added the first two months to the calendar.
More September Fun Facts
Due to the calendar’s alignment each year, September always starts on the same day of the week as December. Additionally if you were born in September, you share the same birth month as Beyonce, Adam Sandler, Jimmy Fallon, Will Smith and even Prince Harry! How cool is that?
September Birthstone: Sapphire
Known to provide protection, the sapphire is the beautiful birthstone for all those born in September. With its popularity growing around the Middle Ages, many medieval clergy were known to wear this precious gem as a symbol of heaven. Do you wear one today?
Although sapphires are available in multiple colors (like July’s Ruby), September is typically represented by variations of blue stones. And which ones are most sought after? Those that are found in medium or medium/dark blue, and those that display a hint of violet.
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…
They were there when you took your first steps, when you moved into your college dorm, and when you walked down the aisle on your wedding day. Yup, we’re of course talking about your parents! Needless to say, they’ve been there through it all, so it seems only right that they deserve a little something extra this weekend, in honor of National Parents’ Day.
A Bit About Parents’ Day
The United Nations may have proclaimed June 1 to be Global Parents’ Day, but hey, don’t our parents deserve two days? In 1994, President Bill Clinton declared the fourth Sunday of July to be Parents’ Day, for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.” Continue Reading…
Retirement is a big deal. Most of us work our entire lives with the goal of one day retiring. So why not celebrate it in a big way?! While many people throw themselves a party with friends and family after their last day, more and more companies are honoring their retirees in the office as well. Congratulate the retiree in your life with these nine ideas.
Looking for a creative Parents’ Day gift Mom and Dad will love? Take inspiration from your famous macaroni frames and create a one-of-a-kind handmade gift with a grown-up twist!
Here are some of our favorite DIY gifts for Mom and Dad that they’ll love showing off! Pair these gifts with a home-cooked meal and a wow-worthy bouquet of Parents’ Day Flowers to make you their favorite.
DIY Gifts for Mom and Dad
Make it Cozy with Permanent Marker Mugs
Using cheap mugs and permanent markers, create one-of-a-kind mugs for Mom and Dad to use at home or take to work! Decorate your mug according to Mom and Dad’s personalities; they’ll treasure this unique gift for years to com.
The words may be different, but the love you feel when someone wishes you a happy birthday is universally known. Birthdays aren’t just about streamers, balloons, and cake (though those certainly don’t hurt!), they’re about coming together to celebrate your loved one’s past, present, and future.
The next time it’s your friend or family member’s birthday, surprise them by wishing them a happy birthday in one of these 50 different languages. Continue Reading…