ADKISTLER's SparkPeople Blog ADKISTLER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Cheer Up the Lonely Day Cheer Up the Lonely Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : July 11th <BR> <BR> Cheer Up the Lonely Day is an opportunity to make a lonely person happy. Any time you can make someone happy, you've done a good thing, and should be proud of yourself. <BR> <BR> Lonely people have few friends and loved ones. They may have lost loved ones over the years. They may be elderly. They see people on an infrequent basis. <BR> <BR> <img src... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:12:53 EST Teddy Bear Picnic Day Teddy Bear Picnic Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : July 10th <BR> <BR> It's Teddy Bear Picnic Day. Spend the lunch hour on a blanket under a shade tree with your Teddy Bear. <BR> <BR> Stuffed Teddy Bears are a kids favorite. Children receive Teddy Bears early in their childhood. Children cling to them throughout their teenage years. Many bears are kept, even as you become an adult. As you read this article, many of you adul... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:07:58 EST National Sugar Cookie Day National Sugar Cookie Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : July 9th <BR> <BR> National Sugar Cookie Day is a day to satisfy your sweet tooth. Popular with young kids, and old kids, sugar cookies usually don't last long around the house. <BR> <BR> It's pretty easy to see how Sugar cookies came to get their own special day. Almost everyone has had them. Many people are hooked on them. Put out a plate of sugar cookies, and you ca... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:02:21 EST National Video Games Day National Video Games Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : <BR> <BR> Video Games Day - always on July 8th <BR> <BR> National Video Games Day - always on September 12th <BR> <BR> Video Games Day celebrates popular video games that stormed onto the market, and changed the way your kids play games. From Atari to Nintendo to Xbox, video games provide all too many hours of playing time on your television set. <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 03:17:29 EST Chocolate Day Chocolate Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always July 7th <BR> <BR> Chocolate Day is the perfect opportunity to eat you favorite chocolates in ample portions. Do you really need another excuse to over indulge with your favorite food treat? <BR> <BR> Chocolate is America's favorite flavor. It's the flavor of choice in candies, ice cream, cakes, breakfast cereal, toppings, and a whole host of desserts. Unequaled in popularit... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:46:05 EST National Fried Chicken Day National Fried Chicken Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : July 6th <BR> <BR> National Fried Chicken Day is day to enjoy crisp and tasty, finger licking good fried chicken. <BR> <BR> Fried chicken is one of America's favorite meals. Sure, we all know that fried foods are not good for us. But, fried chicken tastes ohhhhh so good. We just can't resist having it on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> There's just one thing you need to ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 07:41:49 EST Work-a-holics Day - even though everyone is on holiday Work-a-holics Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : July 5th <BR> <BR> Today is Work-a-Holic Day. It recognizes the guy, or gal, who works all of the time....... even during holidays. While just about everyone is enjoying the Fourth of July holiday, the Work-a-holic is off working on some project. He can't relax. It's not in his nature. He's addicted to work. It's not necessarily work out of need. It's work because there either ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 01:07:25 EST Independence Day, the 4th of July <em>232</em> Independence Day <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When: July 4th. <BR> <BR> The fourth of July is the birthday of our nation. Today, we celebrate and enjoy the freedom that comes with the event that made this day so special. <BR> <BR> Thomas Jefferson, is the author of the Declaration of Independence. He led a committee that crafted the declaration between June 11-28, 1776. Jefferson and ot... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 02:18:11 EST Stay Out of the Sun Day Stay Out of the Sun Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : July 3rd <BR> <BR> Stay Out of the Sun Day encourages us stay cool in the shade, and to give our skin a rest from the hot, damaging rays of the sun. <BR> <BR> The sun is directly over head. We're in the middle of summer, when the temperatures are the hottest, and the sun is the brightest. It's not a bad day to take a break from catching all of those rays and stay out of... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 01:46:04 EST I Forgot Day I Forgot Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : July 2and <BR> <BR> I Forgot Day, by definition, today is not a day to remember. So, just what are you forgetting? Can you even remember? Is it important? Hopefully, not. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some days are days to remember and to cherish all of our lives. Others, like today, are ones to be forgotten. If you are hav... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 02:07:39 EST International Joke Day International Joke Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : July 1st <BR> <BR> International Joke Day is a very funny day. Its a real laugher. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There's plenty of problems, trouble and unhappiness in the world. Dontcha think the world would be a far better place if we'd all just chill out a little and laugh a whole lot more!? 'Ya never know. If p... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 01:50:54 EST Meteor Watch Day Meteor Watch Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 30th <BR> <BR> We sure hope that the weather in your area calls for clear skies tonight. Today is Meteor Watch Day, a time to look to the skies for meteor showers. Will you be lucky enough to see meteors streaking across the night sky? We sure hope so. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meteors are space dust and... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 01:17:10 EST Hug Holiday Day Hug Holiday Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 29th <BR> <BR> Hug Holiday Day encourages us to give hugs to those who need them. On this day, people go out and give hugs at senior citizen centers, hospitals, and other places. The focus is upon elderly, sick and invalid, lonely people and anyone who needs the warmth, cheer, and love that a hug provides. <BR> <BR> This very special day was created by the "Hugs for H... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 01:59:16 EST Insurance Awareness Day Insurance Awareness Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 28th <BR> <BR> Insurance Awareness Day has got to be one of your top holidays, right!? Now, at this point, one must be asking... Why Insurance Awareness Day? Good question. <BR> <BR> Insurance, be it home, auto or life insurance, offers you peace of mind that if something happens, you will be financially protected. Of course when it comes to life insurance, if... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:46:45 EST Sunglasses Day Sunglasses Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 27th <BR> <BR> Sunglasses Day is a shady day for your eyes. <BR> <BR> Summer is in full swing. The sun is high in the sky. It's blindingly bright. A pair of UV protection sunglasses is definitely in order. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 01:47:21 EST Beautician's Day Beautician's Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 26th <BR> <BR> Beautician's Day is your chance to show your appreciation to those who make you look beautiful and stunning. <BR> <BR> Beauticians include your hair stylist, as well as manicurists. Their talents and training transforms the everyday you into the beautiful woman you always knew was inside of you. They make you glow, and feel great about yourself. The g... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 01:12:00 EST National Catfish Day National Catfish Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 25th <BR> <BR> It's National Catfish Day. It's a day to enjoy some tasty, fried catfish. Or, enjoy catfish cooked to your favorite recipe......yummy. <BR> <BR> Guess who said: "More and more Americans are discovering a uniquely American food delicacy -- farm-raised catfish." For the author, read on below to the "Origin of National Catfish Day". <BR> <BR> <img... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 03:01:36 EST Swim a Lap Day Swim a Lap Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : June 24th <BR> <BR> Swim a Lap Day is good for your health. And, it's a fun day, too! <BR> <BR> Summer has arrived. It's time to enjoy all that summer has to offer, including plenty of time in and around the pool. What better way to enjoy the early days of summer, than by taking a lap or two (or three) around the pool. In addition to the fun, it's great exercise to help keep you ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 02:45:42 EST National Pink Day National Pink Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 23rd <BR> <BR> It's National Pink Day, a day where everything should be basking in pink splendor! <BR> <BR> It's especially a day for the ladies, as pink is a girl's favorite color. Guys, you can participate in National Pink Day, too. Just get in touch with your feminine side, and display a dash of pink. Note: the girls will love you for it! <BR> <BR> It's easy t... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:28:33 EST National Chocolate Eclair Day National Chocolate Eclair Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 22 <BR> <BR> National Chocolate Eclair Day is a sugary, sweet way to start your day. It's a sweet, tasty way to end your day, too. Eclairs are a light, crisp pastry filled with a pastry cream. They are most often eaten as a dessert. They can be eaten at every meal, or as a snack. <BR> <BR> We hope that you are not on a diet, or watching calories, carb o... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 01:08:07 EST Summer Solstice Summer Solstice <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When : June 21, 2014; June 21, 2015; June 20, 2016; June 21, 2017 <BR> <BR> Summer Solstice is sometimes referred to as "Midsummer" Litha". It's the longest day of the year. The amount of daylight only goes down from here....for the next six months (more on that later). Summer Solstice is the meteorological start of summer. It's time to enjoy vacations, great weather, pools, baseba... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 10:14:47 EST Take Your Dog to Work Day Take Your Dog to Work Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Friday after Father's Day <BR> <BR> Today is Take Your Dog to Work Day. And, we've just gotta ask "Why!?" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They say every dog has it's day. Well, that day has arrived. Today, your dog gets to join you at work today. Of course, this assumes that your (wonderful) boss will allow it. <... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:43:26 EST World Sauntering Day World Sauntering Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 19th <BR> <BR> World Sauntering Day is a day to saunter here and there, wherever you go. <BR> <BR> You can spend your life walking through life, jogging through life, or being dragged through life. But, life is far more enjoyable, if you saunter through it. Its doubly true if you saunter with a friend or loved one. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:23:46 EST Go Fishing Day Go Fishing Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 18th <BR> <BR> Today is Go Fishing Day. Now, this is my kind of day! It's a day to go out and bring home a healthy, tasty, meal for the family. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fishing is hard work. The pressure to bring home a "mess of fish" to feed the family is almost unbearable. After all, as the "Hunter-gath... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 03:11:03 EST Eat Your Vegetables Day Eat Your Vegetables Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date when held : Always June 17th <BR> <BR> Strategically created in the middle of National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, this day is the perfect opportunity to re-introduce a healthy portion of vegetables into your diet. No doubt about it, Eat Your Vegetables Day was created to promote a more healthy diet.......for life! <BR> <BR> On this day, you are encouraged to eat veg... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 02:25:52 EST Fresh Veggies Day Fresh Veggies Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 16th <BR> <BR> Today is Fresh Veggies Day. Take a vow to eat healthy today (and everyday), with fresh veggies for every meal, and for snack, too. Better still, be a vegetarian for a day. Your body will like it. <BR> <BR> Fresh vegetables are tasty, far better tasting than canned or frozen vegetables. They are also healthy and highly nutritious. This makes it easy t... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 01:19:26 EST Father's Day Father's Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When: Third Sunday in June <BR> <BR> A day to honor Dad. NO. Rather, it is a day to enjoy time with Dad and appreciate all he does for you. What Dad really wants is healthy, happy and successful kids. And, he wants you to spend a few moments with him on Father's Day. Today's life style is busy for both dads and kids. So, a little time with dad on Father's Day is just what he wants. <BR> <... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 01:09:27 EST Flag Day <em>232</em> Flag Day <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 14th <BR> <BR> Flag Day, is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, its designers and makers. Our flag is representative of our independence and our unity as a nation, under God, indivisible. Our flag has a proud and glorious history. It was at the lead of every battle fought by Americans. Many people ... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 02:42:45 EST Blame Someone Else Day Blame Someone Else Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : The first Friday the 13th of the year. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> What a great time you can have on this day. Imagine all the problems, errors, and mistakes you could heap on someone else today. On this day you don't have to take responsibility, or the blame, for any faux pas on your part. On the downside, this day come... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:02:06 EST National Peanut Butter Cookie Day National Peanut Butter Cookie Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When: Always June 12th <BR> <BR> Today is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day! The Aztecs invented peanut butter in the 14th century, but peanut butter cookies didn’t become an American favorite until the early 1900s. In 1916, George Washington Carver began promoting the peanut and its many uses. As part of the campaign, he published three peanut butter cookie recipes in ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:00:38 EST Red Rose Day Red Rose Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 12th <BR> <BR> Red Rose Day is a time to enjoy and appreciate America's favorite flower.....the red rose. A red rose signifies love. A June setting for Red Rose Day is very appropriate, as this is by far the most popular month for weddings. And, they are in bloom in the gardens across America this month. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 11 Jun 2014 01:39:19 EST National Iced Tea Day National Iced Tea Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 10th <BR> <BR> With the official start of summer just a few days away, the timing is perfect for National Iced Tea Day. <BR> <BR> Chances are, it is already hot in your area. Today may serve as a good reminder to make and enjoy your first (of many) Iced Tea drink of the season. Have it plain, add a little lemon, or sweeten it with sugar. Iced Tea is certainly a... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 02:14:36 EST Donald Duck Day Donald Duck Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday, Donald. We hope that Daisy Duck bakes you your favorite cake! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Donald Duck Day in honor of Donald Duck's cartoon debut. Donald first appeared in "The Wise Hen" on June 9, 1934. While Donald is over 70 years old, he doesn't act a day over 20. Donald is one of Disney's most famous and ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:16:47 EST Best Friend Day Best Friend Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 8th <BR> <BR> Best Friend Day is a time to enjoy and appreciate your best friend. It's a day to honor and cherish the relationship. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you're lucky, you have a best friend. If you are real lucky, you have a number of best friends. Best friends are very, very special people. You ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 02:33:50 EST National Chocolate Ice Cream Day National Chocolate Ice Cream Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 7th <BR> <BR> National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is a great day to eat America's favorite flavor of ice cream. <BR> <BR> National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is a field day for ice cream makers. However, we probably don't need any additional incentive to eat Chocolate Ice Cream. And, with the arrival of warm, summer weather, cooling off with a little (or a ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 02:06:12 EST National Doughnut Day National Doughnut Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always the first Friday in June <BR> <BR> National Doughnut Day honors the Salvation Army "Lassies" of WWI. It is also used as a fund raiser for needy causes of the Salvation Army. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The original Salvation Army Doughnut was first served by Salvation Army in 1917. During WWI, Salvation A... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 09:06:16 EST World Environment Day World Environment Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 5th <BR> <BR> World Environment Day focuses attention on important environmental issues. According to the United Nations "World Environment Day is commemorated each year on June 5th. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action." <BR> <BR> Each y... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 01:29:50 EST Hug Your Cat Day Hug Your Cat Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : June 4th <BR> <BR> Today is Hug Your Cat Day. Go ahead and give your cat a big, furry hug. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cat lovers can really get into this day. If you're a cat lover, you can really appreciate the warm, cozy feeling you get when you curl up on a couch or chair, and hug your cat. The only problem is, y... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 01:17:49 EST Repeat Day (I said "Repeat Day") Repeat Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 3rd <BR> <BR> Repeat Day is an opportunity to do things over and over again. Repeat Day is an opportunity to do things over and over again. (hee, hee) <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hopefully you will choose to repeat things you enjoy doing. Pick a wide array of foods, snacks, and activities, and re... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 07:32:43 EST National Rocky Road Day National Rocky Road Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 2nd <BR> <BR> National Rocky Road Day is all about eating ice cream...... specifically Rocky Road ice cream. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Want to make your own Rocky Road Ice Cream? Just add nuts (almonds and/or pecans), mini marshmallows, and chunks of semisweet chocolate to your favorite ice cream... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 09:09:52 EST Dare Day- a Challenging Day Dare Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always June 1st <BR> <BR> Dare Day is a day to challenge someone, and to do a dare yourself. It's a day that daredevils truly relish. Today is definitely a call to action. It is not a day for procrastinators or for hesitation. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dares take all forms and shapes. The type of dare is almost limitless. ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 10:33:11 EST Save Your Hearing Day Save Your Hearing Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When: Always on May 31st <BR> <BR> Save Your Hearing Day reminds us that our hearing is vital, and needs to be protected. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Many hearing loss problems are avoidable. Hearing loss can result from a variety of reasons, including: health, genetic and environmental causes. On the environmental side... Sat, 31 May 2014 09:14:00 EST Water a Flower Day Water a Flower Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When: Always on May 30th <BR> <BR> Water a Flower Day is a reminder to water your flowers...all of them. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sure, we know that this day reads Water "a" Flower (singular) Day. It clearly indicates that a flower should be watered. But, in today's world of equal rights and non-discrimination regulatio... Fri, 30 May 2014 08:59:20 EST Learn About Composting Day Learn About Composting Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When: Always May 29th <BR> <BR> Learn About Composting Day is a great opportunity to "Go Green" and help the environment. Composting is easy. It makes you feel good, knowing you are doing your part to keep our environment a little bit cleaner. You may be surprised at how easy it is to compost. And, everyone can compost. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 29 May 2014 01:18:43 EST Amnesty International Day Amnesty International Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When: Always on May 28th <BR> <BR> Amnesty International Day recognizes the need to protect human rights around the world. The Amnesty International organization strives to accomplish these goals by providing awareness and recognition of the issues. They work to publicize local and regional problems, and to arouse citizens, governments and politicians to action. <BR> <BR> <im... Wed, 28 May 2014 01:11:11 EST Sunscreen Protection Day Sunscreen Protection Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated: Always May 27th <BR> <BR> Sun Screen Day educates and brings awareness to the importance of using sunscreen to protect yourself and your children from harmful UV rays from the sun. This day is held on May 27th, just in advance of the summer and vacation season. <BR> <BR> Ultraviolet rays from the sun is a serious risk to your health. With the steady depl... Tue, 27 May 2014 01:18:33 EST Memorial Day Memorial Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated: The last Monday in May. <BR> <BR> Memorial Day is officially celebrated on the last Monday during the month of May. Memorial Day is dedicated to service men and women who gave their lives for freedom and country. It is also a time to remember loved ones who have passed away. The roots of Memorial Day observance, goes back to 1865 and the end of the Civil War. <BR> <B... Mon, 26 May 2014 01:36:39 EST National Missing Children Day National Missing Children Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When: Always on May 25th <BR> <BR> National Missing Children Day is your chance to play a part in finding missing and exploited children. There are a whole lot of reasons why a child goes missing. And, none of them are good. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, child abductions can happen to any child, any family. No one is immune to child predators. We don't say this to scare you. W... Sun, 25 May 2014 01:55:27 EST National Escargot Day National Escargot Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When: Always on May 24th <BR> <BR> It's National Escargot Day. Let's go out and eat some snails. It's considered a delicacy by some. For many others, the thought of feasting on snails is just too yucky. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The approved way of celebrating National Escargot Day is by eating a plate of Escargots. Fo... Sat, 24 May 2014 08:39:31 EST Lucky Penny Day Lucky Penny Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When: Always on May 23rd <BR> <BR> It's Lucky Penny Day. Perhaps a Lucky Penny will be lucky for you today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Taken at face value, a penny doesn't buy you much, if anything. It used to. During your parents and grandparents days, a penny bought a lot of things. Most notably, Penny Candy got its name ... Fri, 23 May 2014 08:55:59 EST