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carnation Flower - Carnation (signifies deep love and fidelity)

Alternate Flower - Snowdrop

Birthstone - Garnet (signifies fidelity and constancy)

Name Origin - named for Janus, Roman god of gates and doorways

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January 1
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balloons New Years Day - This has been celebrated on January 1 in most English-speaking countries since the British calendar act was passed in 1751. Before that it had been observed on March 25. The first time the ball was dropped at Times Square in New York City was in 1908. See New Year Scrapbook Ideas.

rose Rose Parade - The first rose parade, with horse-drawn carriages decorated with flowers, was in Pasadena, California in 1890. For more info see the Tournament of Roses. If the first is on a Sunday, the parade is on the second.

Z Day - People whose name starts with 'Z' get to go first for a change!

Baby-Boomer Day - The baby boom officially started on this day in 1946. See the Baby Boomer Headquarters.

Daydreamers Day - Daydreaming is a normal altered state of consciousness. Highly creative people (about four percent of the population) spend more than half their time in elaborate daydreams. Generally psychologists consider daydreams as positive because they can help you deal with guilt or anxiety, reduce tension, escape from intolerable situations, combat boredom, and process information into long term memory. Of course, they can also keep you from focusing on the task at hand.

car Buckle Up Day - The first mandatory seat belt law went into effect in New York in 1985. Kids are less likely to complain if adults buckles up as well, make it a rule that your car doesn't move until everyone is buckled up.

pedigree chart Ellis Island Day - Ellis Island first started processing immigrants in 1892. For more info see Ellis Island History.

red, white and blue ribbon Betsy Ross Day - For info about this seamstress and flag maker who was born on this day in 1752, visit the Betsy Ross Homepage.

red, white and blue ribbon Paul Revere Day - This patriot and silversmith, born on this day in 1735, was made famous by Longfellow's poem The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. For more info see The Paul Revere House website.

money bag Income Tax Day - The first U.S. income tax was put in place in 1862. I would link to the IRS website but probably no one is interested in celebrating this day! See Tax Humor.

money bag Traveler's Check Day - The first traveler's checks were issued in London in 1772 by the London Exchange Banking Company according to First Things First.

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January 2
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mailboxPositive Postcard Day - Many people feel a let down after the holidays and an unexpected postcard might be just the thing to cheer them up.

money bag Thrift with Flair Day - Shop at your local DAV or Goodwill store. You might be surprised at the quality of some of the items you find.

Fairmount Park Bridge Day - The first wire suspension bridge for cars opened in Fairmount, Pennsylvania in 1842.

book Science Fiction Day - The birthday of writer Isaac Asimov in 1920.

speed limit sign 55 mph Speed Limit - This law was passed in 1975 to conserve fuel and save lives. Unfortunately, it proved unpopular and won't likely come back until the next major fuel crises.

rose Rose Parade - In years when the first is on a Sunday, the parade is on the second.

flag Georgia Admission Day - Georgia became the fourth state in 1788. See Georgia Poems and Quotes.

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January 3
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lemonade Drinking Straw Day - Drinking straws were patented by Marvin Stone in 1888. Sit back and relax with your favorite drink or do some Drinking Straw Crafts.

Silly Putty® Day - Silly Putty® was created by accident in 1943 by an engineer trying to create a synthetic rubber. It was introduced to the market in 1950 by Peter Hodgson.

zzz Festival of Sleep Day – If you were celebrating this correctly you wouldn't be sitting in front of the computer! To learn more about sleep visit the National Sleep Foundation and Sleep Scrapbook Ideas.

candyNational Chocolate Covered Cherry Day - See a great Cookie Recipe and Chocolate-Covered Cherry mice instructions.

Brooklyn Bridge Day - Work began on the bridge in 1870.

badge Missing Persons Day - New York television broadcast the first missing persons report in 1943. See The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

red, white and blue ribbon National Write to Congress Day - See beBUSINESSed for addresses, phone numbers and tips on contacting members of Congress.

flag Alaska Admission Day - Alaska became the 49th state in 1959. See Alaska Poems and Quotes.

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January 4
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Trivia Day - If you enjoy trivia games, go to 123facts.com.

fork and spoon Spaghetti Day - See Spaghetti Recipes and Food Poems and Quotes.

blender Blender Day - The blender was invented in 1910. A milk shake or smoothie sounds good right now.

telescope Sir Isaac Newton Day This highly influential physicist, mathematician and astronomer was born on this day in 1643. See Sir Isaac Newton for more info.

medical symbol Louis Braille Day - Louis Braille was born on this day in 1809. This blind teacher developed a system of reading and writing for the blind that has proved very beneficial.

medical symbol Appendectomy Day - The first appendectomy was performed in 1885 in Iowa by Dr. William Grant. Celebrate if you haven't had one!

cross Elizabeth Ann Seton Feast Day - The only saint born in the U.S. She is the patron saint of seriously ill children, in-law problems, orphans, and lapsed Catholics.

flag Utah Admission Day - Utah became the 45th state in 1896. See Utah Poems and Quotes.

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January 5
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cross Twelfth Night – This marked the end of Christmas festivities in medieval times (eve of the Feast of Epiphany). See The Season of Epiphany.

at symbol Get on the Computer Day - If you're reading this you're already in the spirit. See Computer Scrapbook Ideas.

music note FM Radio Day - The first FM radio was broadcast in 1940.

coat National Second-Hand Wardrobe Day - Don't think of second-hand clothes as used or 'hand-me-downs', think of them as 'broken in' so they are not stiff or scratchy like new clothes often are.

fork and spoon Can Opener Birthday - Tin cans were developed in 1813 as a way to preserve food. For many years people used whatever was handy to get the cans opened, often a hammer and chisel or sharp hunting knife. One of the earliest U.S. patents for a can opener was on this day in 1858 by Ezra J. Warner of Connecticut.

parakeet National Bird Day - A day established to emphasize the plight of captive birds and draw attention to the exploitation of birds in the U.S. pet industry. Organizers suggest we reflect upon the conditions of birds held in captivity. See Bird Poems and Quotes.

Divorce Day - The first legal divorce in North America was granted to Anne Clark in 1643. See DivorceSupport.com.

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January 6
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heart Cuddle Up Day - So what are you doing on the computer?

cross Feast of the Epiphany (aka Three Kings Day) - See the Epiphany website.

cross Birthday of Joan of Arc - Saint Joan of Arc was born on this day in 1412. At age 19 she was burned at the stake for her beliefs. See Saint Joan of Arc Center. You have to wonder how she would feel having a gift shop and CD in her honor.

book Sherlock Holmes Day - Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The first story about Holmes was published in 1887. See sherlockian.net and Quotes about Authors.

pedigree chart National Smith Day - There are more than 2.3 million families with Smith (or its variants) as a last name. Unfortunately there is no place big enough to have a party that big so you will have to get together in small groups to celebrate.

telephone poles Telegraph Day - Samuel Morse first demonstrated the telegraph in 1838. See the History of Samuel Morse.

flag New Mexico Admission Day - New Mexico became the 47th state in 1912. See New Mexico Poems and Quotes.

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January 7
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I'm Not Going to Take it Anymore Day - Make a list of things big and small that really bother you. Brainstorm with friends and family to find ways to eliminate or lessen the impact of at least one item on the list.

telephone Really Long Distance Day - The first transatlantic telephone service was started between New York and London in 1927. It cost $75 for a five minute call. See AT&T History.

mailboxRampant Inflation Day - The cost of a U.S. postage stamp went from five cents to six cents in 1968. See Postal Rate History.

money bag First Bank Day - The Bank of North America opened on this day in 1782. It was the first commercial bank in the U.S. See the Wikipedia article.

Old Rock Day - See Fossils, Rocks and Time.

hot air balloon First Balloon Flight across the English Channel - This was in 1785. See The History of Hot Air Balloons and The National Balloon Museum for more info.

red, white and blue ribbon Birthday of President Millard Fillmore (born in 1800) - He was the thirteenth president.

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January 8
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bubble Bubble Bath Day - According to the Online Etymology Dictionary the first written record of the phrase 'bubble bath' was in 1949. See How to Make a Chocolate Bubble Bath and Bubble Bath Scrapbook Ideas.

candyNational English Toffee Day - See Desserts and Sweets Scrapbook Ideas.

heart Secret Pal Day 2017 (second Sunday) - Send a friend who is down about something a 'cheer up' card or bouquet of flowers.

desk National Clean off Your Desk Day 2018 (second Monday) - See How to Clean Up Your Desk.

milk carton Milk Carton Day - Milk was first packaged in cartons in 1929. See Beverage Scrapbook Ideas.

female symbol Male Watcher Day - Have Fun!

music note Rock and Roll Day - Elvis Presley was born on this day in 1935.

globe Around the World Day - The earth's rotation was proved in 1851 by French physicist, Jean Foucault according to this Wikipedia article.

It All Adds Up Day - The tabulating machine was patented by Dr. Herman Hollerith in 1889 as detailed in this Wikipedia article.

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January 9
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male symbol Stepfather's Day - If you have a wonderful step-father, let him know how much you appreciate him. See Step-Family Scrapbook Ideas.

house Organize Your Home Day - The first step to organizing is to unclutter. You can't have everything in its place if there isn't a place for everything. See Clutterers Anonymous.

desk National Clean off Your Desk Day 2017 (second Monday) - See How to Clean Up Your Desk.

Word Nerd Day - See Word Play.

newspaperDear Abby - Abby's column was published the first time on this day in 1956. See DearAbby.com.

television Gilligan Day (birthday of Bob Denver) - If you have fond memories of Gilligan's Island, why not join Bob Denver's Gilligan Fan Club.

female symbol Rape Survivor Day - If you know anyone who has been raped, visit What to Say to a Rape Survivor (and what not to say). Also see Survivor Scrapbook Ideas.

flag Connecticut Admission Day - Connecticut became the fifth state in 1788. See Connecticut Poems and Quotes.

red, white and blue ribbon Birthday of President Richard Nixon (born in 1913) - He was the thirty-seventh president.

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January 10
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silly smilie Peculiar People Day - Thanks to whoever started a day especially for me!

hamburger Where's the Beef? Day - The first time Wendy's used their famous slogan was in 1984.

record 45-RPM Day - The seven-inch phonograph record was introduced by RCA in 1949. See Music Scrapbook Ideas.

unicycle Unicycle Day - A hundred-mile unicycle speed record of 9 hours and 21 minutes was set in 1981 by John Severin. See Biking Scrapbook Ideas.

money bag National Cut Your Energy Costs Day - There are many websites with quick and easy ways to save energy. Not only will you save money but you will also help the environment.

camera Aerial Photography Day - The first aerial photograph was taken by Major Jimmie Erickson in 1911 while flying over San Diego, California. See Aviation Poems and Quotes.

red, white and blue ribbon Ethan Allen Day - This Revolutionary War hero was born on this day in 1738.

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January 11
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gift box Thank You Card Day - If you haven't sent your Christmas thank you cards yet, today is the day. See Gratitude Poems and Quotes.

umbrella Jump in a Puddle and Splash Someone Day - Whoever created this day much live somewhere other than Kansas. All our puddles are frozen in January! See Rain Poems and Quotes.

milk bottle Milk in a Bottle Day - On this day in 1878 milk was delivered in bottles for the first time. Drink Up! See Beverage Scrapbook Ideas.

pie Rhubarb Day - Rhubarb pie is great but rhubarb can also be used in muffins and other desserts. The first rhubarb was shipped from London, England to the U.S. in 1770 by Benjamin Franklin to a friend back home in the colonies. See The Rhubarb Compendium.

baseball Designated Hitter Day - American League baseball adopted the 'designated hitter' rule in 1973. See Baseball Scrapbook Ideas.

medical symbol Smoking is Bad for You Day - The Surgeon General of the U.S. officially declared cigarettes hazardous to your health in 1964. Many doctors and researchers had already figured out that cigarettes were bad for you years before. See The American Cancer Society.

Tattoo Pride Day - I know a lot of people who got tattoos and very much regretted it later--either they wish they hadn't got it at all or that they had got something quite different. Anyone thinking of getting a tattoo might want to first talk to people at least ten years older who have a tattoo to get their thoughts. See Tattoo Quotes.

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January 12
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skates Roller Skating Day - See Skating Poems and Quotes.

Museum Day - The first public museum opened in Charleston, South Carolina in 1773. Check out the museums in your area.

quill pen National Handwriting Day - This was established in 1977 by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association to honor the birthday of John Hancock (born in 1737). He was first to sign the Declaration of Independence. See Scrapbook Journaling Ideas.

pharmacy symbol National Pharmacist Day - See the American Pharmacists Association.

boxing gloves Joe Frazier Day - This champion heavyweight boxer was born on this day in 1944. See Boxing Poems and Quotes.

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January 13
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Make Your Dream Come True Day - Even if your dream seems impossible you will never know unless you try. See Dream Poems and Quotes.

Blame Someone Else Day 2017 (first Friday the 13th of the year) - Unfortunately some people seem to celebrate this every day.

frisbee Frisbee Day - Fred Morrison sold his idea for a plastic flying disc to the WHAM-O company for $1 million, it would later be called a Frisbee.

fork and spoon Dinner Day - Go out to dinner and then look at some Food Scrapbook Ideas.

music note Turn Your Radio On Day - The first radio broadcast was in 1910.

music note Accordion Day - The accordion was patented in 1854 by Anthony Faas of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

International Skeptics Day (or so they claim) - This is also listed as October 13th or the first Friday the 13th of the year.

car Lighter Car Day - In 1942 Henry Ford patented a lighter weight plastic-bodied automobile. See Car Scrapbook Ideas.

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January 14
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dog National Dress Up Your Pet Day - See Pet Scrapbook Ideas.

Assembly Line Worker's Day - Thanks for all you do! See Occupation Poems and Quotes.

heart Secret Pal Day 2018 (second Sunday) - Send a friend who is down about something a 'cheer up' card or bouquet of flowers.

medical symbol C-Section Day - In 1794, Dr. Jesse Bennett performed the first successful Cesarean Section (on his wife).

red, white and blue ribbon Ratification Day - The Revolutionary War ended on this day in 1784 with the ratification of a Treaty establishing the U.S. as a sovereign entity. See Patriotism Poems and Quotes.

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January 15
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red, white and blue ribbon Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. - King was born on this day in 1929. The holiday that honors him is observed on the third Monday. See The King Center website and Tolerance Poems and Quotes.

ice cream cone Strawberry Ice Cream Day - Have a 'berry' good day. See Ice Cream Scrapbook Ideas.

glass of juice National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day - Your children would have great fun squeezing juice for their breakfast. See Beverage Scrapbook Ideas.

red, white and blue ribbon Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2018 - King was born on January 15 but the holiday is observed the third Monday. See The King Center website and Tolerance Poems and Quotes.

basketball Basketball Day - On this day in 1892, the rules of basketball were first published in Springfield, Massachusetts. See Basketball Scrapbook Ideas.

football First Superbowl Anniversary - The first Superbowl game was played on this day in 1967. The Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs. See Football Scrapbook Ideas.

8-ball Willie Hoppe Day - On this day in 1906, 18-year old Willie Hoppe won his first world billiard championship. See Cue Sports on WikipediA and Pool Quotes.

4-leaf clover 4-H Anniversary Day - 4-H started in 1902. Many people think you have to live on a farm to be in 4-H but that is incorrect. See 4-H USA.

television Happy Day - The TV show Happy Days premiered in 1974.

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January 16
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dragon Appreciate a Dragon Day - See Dragon Poems and Quotes.

skates Everett Barney Day - On this day in 1866 Everett Barney was awarded a patent for a roller skate that clamped on the sole of your shoes and was tightened with a key. That is the kind of skate I had as a kid in the fifties. They were adjustable so you could use the same ones for several years. See Skating Poems and Quotes.

red, white and blue ribbon Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2017 - King was born on January 15 but the holiday is observed the third Monday. See The King Center website and Tolerance Poems and Quotes.

fig newton Fig Newton Day - Newtons now come in serval different flavors so you can pick your favorite.

tire Inflatable Tire Day - The birthday of Andre Michelin who invented the inflatable auto tire. See Car Scrapbook Ideas.

cross National Religious Freedom Day - On this day in 1786 Thomas Jefferson's Statute for Religious Freedom was adopted by the Virginia General Assembly. This statute formed the basis for separation of church and state that gave freedom of religion to all Americans. See Faith and Religion Poems and Quotes.

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January 17
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Forget Your New Year's Resolution Day - Most people have probably forgotten them long before now. However, if you have managed to stick to a resolution this long don't stop. If you can do something for seventeen days there is a good chance it will soon become a habit.

golf cart Golf Day - See Golf.com and Golf Scrapbook Ideas.

camera Photo Developing Day - An automatic film-developing machine was patented by Anatol M. Josepho in 1925. See Photography Scrapbook Ideas.

puppet Shari Lewis Day - Shari, born on this day in 1933, was a puppeteer, ventriloquist and author. She is most remembered for her puppet 'Lambchop'.

boxing gloves Birthday of Cassius Clay (aka The Greatest) - Clay, born in 1942, was a boxer who later took the name Mohammad Ali. He won the heavyweight champion title in 1964, 1974, 1978. Many people do not know that he recorded a pretty good version of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" in 1966. See Boxing Poems and Quotes.

fork and spoon Rid the World with Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day - Talk to your doctor or a nutritionist about the best weight loss plan for you.

Cable Car Day - A cable car system was patented by Andrew S. Hallidie of San Francisco, California. It was put into operation in 1873.

at symbol Customer Service Day - Thank those who provide good customer service. But please do not ask for a supervisor to tell them what good service you just received. In most call centers, reps are graded down for long call times, transfers and holds. And in most cases they do not even keep track of when a customer gives you kudos.

money bag J.C. Penney Birthday - J.C. Penney Company was incorporated on this day in 1913.

red, white and blue ribbon Operation Desert Storm Anniversary - Operation Desert Storm began on this day in 1991.

red, white and blue ribbon Birthday of Benjamin Franklin - Franklin, born in 1706, was a very well-rounded individual. Not only was he a political figure but he invented bifocals, the lightening rod, the Franklin stove, and many other useful things.

cross Saint Anthony the Great Feast Day - Saint Anthony the Great lived from 251 - 356. He is called on for help against infectious diseases, especially skin diseases.

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January 18
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book Winnie-the-Pooh Day - Alan Alexander 'A.A.' Milne was born on this day in 1882. He is best remembered as the author of Winnie-the-Pooh. See Teddy Bear Poems and Quotes.

Tell the Truth Day - The modern polygraph was invented in 1951. See Honesty Poems and Quotes.

book Thesaurus Day - Peter Mark Roget was born on this day in 1779. He was a physician and inventor but is best remembered for compiling a thesaurus.

bread Unsliced Bread Day - From this day in 1943 until the end of WWII, commercial bakers sold whole loaves of bread only and the consumer had to slice it.

Metric System Day - Unfortunately the metric system has still not been adopted in the U.S. This means millions of children having to remember that one foot is twelve inches but one pound is sixteen ounces and many other complicated units of measurement.

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January 19
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heart Whisper "I Love You" Day - See Love Poems and Quotes.

puzzle piece Puzzle Day - See Puzzle Scrapbook Ideas.

hat Hat Day 2018 (third Friday) - Go shopping for a new hat and then see Hat Poems and Quotes.

tree Florida Arbor Day 2018 (third Friday) - January is a better time than April to plant trees in Florida. See Tree Poems and Quotes.

fork and spoon Tin Can Day - Tin cans were patented in 1825. Try making all your meals today from canned food.

neon sign Neon Sign Day - The neon tube sign was patented by George Claude of Paris in 1915. Imagine Las Vegas without his invention.

book Edgar Allen Poe Day - Poe was born on this day in 1809. Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore". See Quotes about Authors.

flags Birthday of Robert E. Lee - Lee, born in 1807, was a great Confederate Army general.

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January 20
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cheese National Cheese Lover's Day - Cheeseburger, macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza . . . need I say more?

candyNational Buttercrunch Day - Great for dessert after your cheese burger.

hat Hat Day 2017 (third Friday) - Go shopping for a new hat and then see Hat Poems and Quotes.

tree Florida Arbor Day 2017 (third Friday) - January is a better time than April to plant trees in Florida. See Tree Poems and Quotes.

camcorder Camcorder Day - It's hard to believe the camcorder wasn't invented until 1982.

penguin Penguin Awareness Day - See Penguin Poems.

Stay Young Forever Day - You're as young as you feel! You really aren't of course, but just because you get older doesn't mean you have to act older.

eagle Bald Eagle Appreciation Days 2018 - (third weekend). Get more info at the Keokuk, Iowa website. The bald eagle is our national bird.

ski gear Learn to Ski Day 2018 (third Saturday) - Be careful! See Winter Sports Scrapbook Ideas.

stop sign Stop! Yield! Day - The first traffic rules were published on this day in 1900. See Vehicle Scrapbook Ideas.

red, white and blue ribbon Presidential Inauguration Day - If the 20th is Sunday, the inauguration is held on the 21st.

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January 21
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heart National Hugging Day - This was created in 1986 by Rev. Kevin Zaborney from Caro, Michigan. See Hug Poems and Quotes.

granola bar Granola Bar Day - They're not too bad with a glass of milk to wash them down.

eagle Bald Eagle Appreciation Days 2017 - (third weekend). Get more info at the Keokuk, Iowa website. The bald eagle is our national bird.

ski gear Learn to Ski Day 2017 (third Saturday) - Be careful! See Winter Sports Scrapbook Ideas.

pistol John Moses Browning Day - Browning, born on this day in 1855, invented the single shot rifle and automatic pistol. See Gun and Hunting Scrapbook Ideas.

squirrel Squirrel Appreciation Day - Christy Hargrove from Asheville, North Carolina started this day on January 21, 2001. Christy, a wildlife rehabilitator, is affiliated with the Western North Carolina Nature Center. See Squirrel Poems and Quotes.

flags Birthday of Stonewall Jackson - This Confederate general, known for tactics, was born in 1824. His death was a major setback for the Confederacy.

Concorde Day - First flight of the supersonic Concorde in 1976. See Aviation Scrapbook Ideas.

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January 22
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fork and spoon National Blonde Brownie Day

bikini National Polka Dot Day - Wear something with polka dots. If you don't have something put dots on an old t-shirt, or each other, with a marker. Use a washable marker, of course!

cat Talk to Your Cat Day - It's hard to tell if my cat likes to be talked to but she rarely argues with me. See Cat Scrapbook Ideas.

scrabble Come in From the Cold Day - Instead of just watching TV until it is warm enough to go outside again, find some indoor hobbies, games and activities to participate in. Winter is a great time for scrapbooking. See Winter Scrapbook Ideas.

Celebration of Life Day - Be thankful your mother chose life.

Speak Up and Succeed Day - See Success Poems and Quotes.

book Lord Byron Day - Poet, George Gordon Byron, was born on this day in 1788. See Poems and Quotes about Poetry.

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January 23
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pie Pie Day - Pie Day was created by the American Pie Council. It started in 1986 to commemorate Crisco's 75th anniversary of "serving foods to families everywhere." If you have never made a pie from scratch try it today. It isn't as hard as you might think. See Pie Poems and Quotes.

foot print Measure Your Feet Day - Trace both feet on paper and see how they compare. Most people will find differences. See Feet Poems and Quotes.

mittens Brrr! It's Cold Day - In 1971 the temperature in Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska was 80 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. That is the lowest temperature ever recorded in the United States. See Weather Poems and Quotes.

target Archery Day - The National Archery Association was established in 1879. Archery is fun as well as good exercise.

female symbol Women in Medicine Day - In 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in the U.S. to receive a medical degree.

Better Business Communication Day - If you have an idea, speak up. The worst your company can do is ignore it.

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January 24
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smilie Compliment Day - This was started in 1998 by authors, Kathy Chamberlin and Debby Hoffman, both of New Hampshire. Just for today compliment every person you see. Hopefully the results will encourage you to continue. See Kindness Poems and Quotes.

fork and spoon Microwave Oven Birthday - The microwave oven was patented on this day in 1950 by Percy Spencer. This has to be one of the top ten inventions of the twentieth century.

ice cream bar Eskimo Pie Day - The Eskimo Pie was patented by Christian K. Nelson of Iowa in 1922.

music notes Birthday of Betty Marie 'Maria' Tallchief - Maria, born in 1925, was a prima ballerina. See her page on the National Women's Hall of Fame. Also see Ballet Scrapbook Ideas.

music notes Square Dance Day (also celebrated November 29) - After you 'do-si-do' and 'allemande left', check out Dosado.com and Dancing Scrapbook Ideas.

money bag Gold Rush Day - Gold was discovered at Sutters Mill, California in 1848.

medical symbol Heart to Heart Day - The first heart transplant surgery was in 1964.

television TV Game Show Day - Mark Goodman, long time game show host was born on this day in 1915. There is a long list of game show hosts on Wikipedia.

beer Beer Can Appreciation Day - The first canned beer was placed on sale by the Krueger Brewing Company in Richmond, VA in 1935. See Beer Quotes.

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January 25
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apple Elementary School Teacher Day 2015 (fourth Monday) - Thank your child's teacher, or better yet, volunteer to help a few hours a week. See Teacher Scrapbook Ideas.

National Opposite Day - Kids really get into the spirit of this and find it quite fun to say the opposite of what they mean.

camcorder 101 Dalmatians Birthday - The original 101 Dalmatians movie was released on this day in 1961.

medical symbol Women's Healthy Weight Day 2018 (Thursday of the third full week) – This is part of Healthy Weight Week. Check out BodyPositive for ideas on being healthy and happy at the weight you are and finding your ideal weight.

telephone Long Distance Day - The first transcontinental phone call was in 1915 between Alexander Graham Bell in New York and his assistant, Thomas Watson, in San Francisco. Call a friend from another state and then see Phone Poems and Quotes.

heart Wedding March Day - Mendelssohn's Wedding March was used at a wedding for the first time in 1858 for Queen Victoria and the Crown Prince of Prussia. See Wedding Poems, Quotes and Scrapbook Ideas.

dress Clashing Clothes Day 2018 (fourth Thursday) - Some people seem to celebrate this holiday every day.

nurse's cap Intravenous Nurse Day - See Medical Poems and Quotes.

ski gear Winter Olympics Anniversary - The first Winter Olympics started on this day in 1924.

book Robert Burns Day - The Scottish poet and lyricist who wrote Auld Lang Syne was born on this day in 1759.

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January 26
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Bubble Warp Appreciation Day 2015 (last Monday) - Bring out that bubble wrap you were saving for packing and have fun. Walk on it, see who can pop bubbles the loudest or the quickest, etc. Some people find that popping bubble wrap relieves stress. See the Bubble Wrap Appreciation website.

medical symbol Women's Healthy Weight Day 2017 (Thursday of the third full week) – This is part of Healthy Weight Week. Check out BodyPositive for ideas on being healthy and happy at the weight you are and finding your ideal weight.

heart Spouse's Day - Make lists of the three things you most like about each other. See Marriage Poems and Quotes.

dress Clashing Clothes Day 2017 (fourth Thursday) - Some people seem to celebrate this holiday every day.

peanuts National Peanut Brittle Day

television Television Birthday - The television was invented in 1926. Sometimes I am not sure if that is something to celebrate or not.

tree Rocky Mountain National Park Anniversary - On this day in 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill that created Rocky Mountain National Park.

toothbrush Dental Drill Day - The electric dental drill was patented by Dr. George F. Green of Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1975. Having a cavity drilled is not fun but try to imagine what it would have been like with a non-electric drill! See Dentist Poems and Quotes.

flag Australia Day - This commemorates the first British settlement in Australia in 1788. As with Columbus Day in the U.S., the holiday if not celebrated by native Australians. See more info on WikipediA.

flag Michigan Admission Day - Michigan became the 26th state in 1837. See Michigan Poems and Quotes.

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January 27
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cake Chocolate Cake Day - Almost everyone likes chocolate cake. I prefer it with caramel icing like my grandmother used to make. See Dessert Scrapbook Ideas.

lightbulb Let There Be Light Day - The electric incandescent lamp was patented in 1880 by Thomas Alva Edison of Menlo Park, New Jersey. Try going a full day with no artificial light.

book Birthday of Lewis Carroll - Carroll best known as the author of Alice in Wonderland was born in 1832. His real name was Charles Dodgson. See Quotes about Authors.

music notes Mozart Day - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, born on this day in 1756, was a musician and composer. If you don't have any classical music, do a search online for some to listen to. You might be surprised at how much you enjoy it. See the Mozart Project and Music Poems and Quotes.

National Activity Professionals Day - A good activity professional can greatly improve the quality of life of care home residents.

book National Geographic Day - The National Geographic Society was founded in 1888.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day - This was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005. It is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. If your parents or grandparents have told you personal memories from that time, encourage them to write them down, or have you write them down. It is important that we never forget what happened. For more info see the Holocaust Memorial Day.

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January 28
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pancakes National Blueberry Pancake Day - If you are in a hurry you can put blueberry syrup on regular pancakes. See Food Poems and Quotes.

Chinese New Year 2017 - Year of the Rooster

daisy Daisy Day - Someone you know would probably appreciate a bouquet of daisies or seeds to plant in their garden. See Flower Poems and Quotes.

music notes National Kazoo Day - Alabama Vest of Georgia conceived the idea for the kazoo in the 1840's and had Thaddeus Von Clegg make it to his specifications. Commercial production didn't start until 1912. Kazoos are easy to play. Simply hum a tune into the kazoo.

Make Your Point Day - When you have something important to say it often helps to list the key points and practice ahead of time.

Serendipity Day - Read this article on Wikipedia and then discuss moments in your life where serendipity played a part.

telephone Number Please Day - The first telephone exchange was established in New Haven, Connecticut in 1878 with twenty-two subscribers. See Phone Poems and Quotes.

smilie Fun at Work Day - Be careful not to have so much fun that you get fired! See Business Humor.

red, white and blue ribbon Coast Guard Day - The Coast Guard was established in 1915. For more info see Coast Guard History and Military Scrapbook Ideas.

globe Christa McAuliffe Day - The space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launching in 1986, killing six professional astronauts and school teacher Christa McAuliffe. McAuliffe had been chosen from a long list of volunteers to ride along.

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January 29
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ice cream cone Sugar Cone Day - A machine to make rolled sugar cones for ice cream was patented by Carl R. Taylor of Cleveland, Ohio in 1924. Even if it's cold outside you can still enjoy an ice cream cone inside where it's warm. See The History of Ice Cream Cones and Ice Cream Scrapbook Ideas.

corn chip National Corn Chip Day

puzzle piece National Jigsaw Puzzle Day - Jigsaw puzzles are fun to do on a day when it's too cold to be outside. See Puzzle Scrapbook Ideas.

baseball Baseball Hall of Fame Day - This was established in 1936. See Baseball Scrapbook Ideas.

television Birthday of Oprah Winfrey - Well-known talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, was born on this day in 1954.

guide dog Seeing Eye Dog Day - The Seeing Eye was incorporated in 1929 in Nashville, Tennessee to train guide dogs for the blind. See The Seeing Eye for more info.

red, white and blue ribbon Freethinkers Day - Thomas Paine was born on this day in 1736. He was the author of The Declaration of Independence and the first to use the phrase 'these United States of America'. He was one of the earliest advocates for freeing slaves and for basic human rights.

flag Kansas Admission Day - Kansas became the 34th state in 1861. See Kansas Poems and Quotes.

red, white and blue ribbon Birthday of President William McKinley (born in 1843) - He was the twenty-fifth president. Carnations were McKinley's favorite flower and a patriotic group dedicated to preserving his memory is known as The Carnation League of America.

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January 30
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croissants Croissant Day - A Croissant is good any time. Have one for breakfast with strawberry jam. Have one for lunch, split with ham, cheese and mayo. Have one for dinner with your steak and potato. Have a glazed one for dessert (check your grocer's bakery section or use the same glaze you would on donuts).

dinosaur Draw a Dinosaur Day - Submit your drawing at Draw a Dinosaur Day.

music notes Bye Bye Beatles Day - The Beatles made their last public appearance in London in 1969. Though the group was active for less than a decade, they made a lasting impression on millions of fans.

cell phone National Inane Answering Machine Day - If you like to amuse your friends with your voice mail message, scroll down this file for some ideas.

money bag Cash Register Birthday - On this day in 1883 James and John Ritty were granted a patent for a cash register. One purpose was to add sales correctly but the main purpose was to keep the employees in Jame's saloon from stealing profits. The cash drawer couldn't be opened except by pushing the total key. A bell would ring every time the total key was pressed to alert him to watch that the money went in the register and not in the employee's pocket. See Money Poems and Quotes.

mask Lone Ranger Day - The show was on the radio the first time in 1933. There is still a Lone Ranger Fan Club. For several years there has been talk of a Lone Ranger movie but it is not yet in production as of 2010.

Jackhammer Day - The pneumatic jackhammer was patented in 1894 by Charles B. King of Detroit, Michigan.

red, white and blue ribbon Birthday of President Franklin D. Roosevelt (born in 1882) - He was the thirty-second president.

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January 31
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Backwards yaD - Start in the morning by having your child put their shirt on backwards and have dinner foods for breakfast. End the day by having cereal for dinner and wearing a t-shirt and shorts to bed. In between they can sit backwards on a chair, walk backwards, etc. I am sure they will be able to think of lots of fun things to do.

paints Inspire Your Heart with Art Day - Encourage your child to draw or paint a picture with no direction, suggestion or correction from you. Even better create along with them. See Art Scrapbook Ideas.

Hell is Freezing Over Day - Make a list of things you have said or thought in the past that you would never do. Think about each one to see if you still feel the same way (you may have already done some of them!).

baseball Jackie Robinson Day - Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on this day in 1919. He became the first black professional baseball player when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. See his page on the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Also see Baseball Scrapbook Ideas.

thermos Thermos Bottle Day - The American Thermos Bottle Company was incorporated on this day in 1907.

bottle Twist Off Cap Day - The twist off bottle cap was invented in 1956. That took the place of the clamped-on bottle cap, invented in 1892, that required an opener to remove. Previous to that corks were used.

money bag Social Security Day - The first Social Security check, for $22.54, was issued on this day in 1940 to Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vermont. That would be $350.92 of buying power in 2010 dollars. She had paid in $24.75 between 1937 and 1939 on an income of less than $2,500. See the U.S. Inflation Calculator and Social Security History.

Child Labor Day - The next time your child complains about having to take out the trash, go to The History Place and show him/her what life was like for many children a hundred years ago in America (and sadly still is in some countries).

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Month-Long Events

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balloons Celebration of Life Month - Celebrate the fact that you and your loved ones were born and discuss all your blessings. Better yet, create a Gratitude ABC Album.

It's OK to Be Different Month - This month is dedicated to all those who 'march to the beat of a different drummer' - whether because of different abilities or personal choice. There is a wonderful book by Todd Parr for ages 4 - 8 called It's Okay to Be Different. There is another book with the same title for children 8 – 12 by Joyce Williard Teal. It is more subtle but still a good book. See Tolerance Poems and Quotes.

camera National Hobby Month - As declared by the city of Santa Clarita, California in 2000. Congress has had joint resolutions asking for other months to be declared hobby month but I couldn't find that a president signed them. See Hobby Scrapbook Ideas.

Get Organized Month - As declared by the National Association of Professional Organizers. The first step to organizing it to unclutter. You can't have everything in its place if there isn't a place for everything. See Clutterers Anonymous.

watering can National Mailorder Gardening Month - See Gardening Poems and Quotes.

Life Balance Month - It can be very difficult to balance the various parts of your life. Even if you think you have a good balance you will need to rethink things as your life changes - getting married, having children, children leaving home, getting divorced, changing careers, retiring, etc.

music notes National Radio Month - See The Radio Entrepreneurs website for stories about the history of radios and the people who made it all possible.

suitcase Senior Women's Travel Month - See AARP Travel, Travel Safety Tips for Women and Women Traveling Together.

International Get Over It Month – Talk to a counselor, talk to a friend, make amends, or do whatever needs to be done to put the problem behind you. See Forgiveness Poems and Quotes which also includes 'letting go' as an alternative to forgiving.

lightbulb International Creativity Month – Several people have designated a 'creativity month'. One of them is author, Randall Munson. He helps people and businesses get ahead by using creativity and innovation.

dog Walk Your Pet Month – Walking your dog is fun and good exercise. See Dog Scrapbook Ideas.

book National Book Blitz Month – This is a time for authors to promote their own books. Write to your favorite author. The publisher will usually forward a letter if you don't have an address. See Quotes about Authors.

book Love Your Independent Bookstore Month – If you are lucky enough to have an independent bookstore in your area, take the time to visit. It will likely be a relaxing and rewarding experience.

book Reference Book Month - Education World is a great reference website.

at symbol Clean Up Your Computer Month
Here are some sites that will help:
(disclaimer: if you're not sure about something, let an expert do it)
      Norton Internet Security - McAfee is also good
      Registry-Mechanic shareware program to clean your registry
      Password Corral helps you keep track off all those passwords
      Ad-Aware helps get rid of adware and spyware
      Spybot Search and Destroy another spyware remover

at symbol National High Tech Month - This was designated by Congress in 1985 as being in October but most calendars now list it in January. The earliest mention I could find of it being in January was in 1999 on a now-deleted page of the Richard Bland College Library website. See Technology-Related Poems and Quotes.

Yours, Mine and Ours Month - See:
        Successful Stepfamilies
        Parenthood in America
        The Stepfamily Network
        Step-Family Scrapbook Ideas.

comb Careers in Cosmetology Month - See Hair Related Poems and Quotes.

Human Resources Month – This is a time for HR Departments to honor their own staff.

money bag National Financial Wellness Month - Take a little time to set up a filing system for next year's taxes and you will save a lot of time at the end of the year. Create a budget that will help pay off debts early and save on interest. See Finance Poems and Quotes.

money bag Poverty in America Awareness Month - See Poverty in America - One Nation, Pulling Apart.

National Mentoring Month - Mentoring is a great way to give back to your community. See Mentoring.org for more info.

School Board Recognition Month - Learn more at the Texas Association of School Boards website.

person kicking National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month - The first mention I find of this being celebrated was in 2004 on a now-discontinued website. For info see No Nonsense Self-Defense.

badge Crime Stoppers Month - See Crime Stoppers International and form a Neighborhood Watch group in your area.

bread Bread Machine Baking Month - See the Food Reference Website for recipes and info.

fork and spoon Fat Free Living Month - For ideas see How to Turn a Regular Recipe Into a Low-Fat Recipe.

fork and spoon National Fiber Focus Month - See BRG Health Solutions.

fork and spoon National Oatmeal Month - See Quakeroatmeal.com for info and recipes.

fork and spoon Prune Breakfast Month was started by the California Prune Board - now called the California Dried Plum Board.

bowl of soupNational Soup Month - The most well-known soup in America is Campbells.

cup of coffee International Coffee Gourmet Month – Save money and time by making your own gourmet coffee at home. There are mixes available but you can make your own using these Recipes. For using coffee in desserts see INeedCoffee. Also see Coffee Quotes.

teapot National Hot Tea Month - Relax with a cup of tea as you browse around on The Tea Association of the USA. Also see Tea Poems and Quotes.

fork and spoon Family Fit Lifestyle Month – Get the entire family involved in eating a healthy diet and exercising for fitness. Set a specific time to bike, hike or run together, take turns preparing healthy meals, look up tips on the internet, give prizes, set goals, etc. See Fitness Poems and Quotes.

glasses National Glaucoma Awareness Month - As observed by the National Eye Institute.

glasses National Eye Care Month - Get more info at the Eye Care Council website. Also see Eye-Related Poems and Quotes.

firefighter hat Home Fire Safety Month – See Be FireSmart for info on how to prepare yourself and your family for a fire. Also see Fire Safety Tips

medical symbol Bath Safety Month - For photos of baby's first bath you need one person to take photos and one to do the bathing. See Bath Time Scrapbook Ideas.

medical symbol National Volunteer Blood Donor Month - Find more info at American Red Cross and America's Blood Centers.

medical symbol National Birth Defects Prevention Month - Get more info at National Birth Defects Prevention Network and the March of Dimes website.

medical symbol Cervical Health Awareness Month - See the National Cervical Cancer Coalition.

medical symbol Clinical Trial Awareness Month - Clinical trials are scientific research studies testing ways to prevent or treat diseases. Patients with terminal or life-altering medical problems may find this their only hope if other treatments don't work.

medical symbol National Radon Action Month - This was designated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

medical symbol Thyroid Awareness Month - As designated by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. They focus on a different aspect of thyroid problems each year.

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Week-Long Events

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medical symbol Lose Weight, Feel Great Week
(1 - 8)
See WeightWatchers.com or JennyCraig for ideas. For a humorous look at dieting see Dieting Poems and Quotes.

smilie 'Someday We'll Laugh About This' Week
(first full week)

female symbol Women's Self-Empowerment Week
(first full week)
See the International Museum of Women.

badge Law Enforcement Training Week
(first full week)
See Law Enforcement Scrapbook Ideas.

pizza Pizza Week
(second week)
Order in some pizza and look at Food Poems and Quotes.

stop sign School Crossing Guard Week
(second week)

cow Thank a Cow Week
(second week)
Have a glass of milk and browse Farm Animal Poems and Quotes.

gift box Thank You Week
(second week)
If you haven't written your Christmas thank you notes, now's the time.

No Tillage Week
(second work week)
Minimum tillage is very helpful for both the environment and the soil.

mailboxUniversal Letter Writing Week
(second full week)
See Tips for Writing Effective Emails, The Letter Writing Guide, and Letter Writing Poems and Quotes.

quill pen National Handwriting Analysis Week
(week that includes the 23rd, John Hancock's birthday)
See The Handwriting Analysis Group.

medical symbol Special Education Week
(third week)
See 'Special' Children Poems and Quotes.

medical symbol Graves Disease Awareness Week
(third week)
See the National Graves Disease Foundation.

skates Skating Week
(third week)
See Skating Poems and Quotes.

female symbol Man Watchers Week
(third week)
Feel free to celebrate this all year!

smilie Hunt for Happiness Week
(third week)
See The Secret Society of Happy People and smile ;-).

Reminiscence Week
(third week)
See Memory Poems and Quotes.

medical symbol Healthy Weight Week
(third full week)
Here is a site where you can calculate your Body Mass Index. Be sure to read about the "limitations of the BMI".

National Activity Professionals Week
(third full week)
See the National Association for Activity Professionals.

No Name-Calling Week
(third work week)
I don't know who wrote "sticks and stones can break your bones, but words will never hurt you", but we all know it isn't true.

money bag Creative Frugality Week
(fourth week)
There are many websites to help you live well for less. For frugal scrapbooking ideas, see Thrifty Paper Use.

hot air balloon Hot Air Balloon Week
(fourth week)
I used to live where there were a lot of balloonists. My horse was terrified of hot air balloons so I am not a fan. If you are a fan, there's no better place than Albuquerque.

Junior Achievement Week
(fourth week)
See the Junior Achievement website.

nurse's cap Nurse Anesthetist Week
(fourth work week)
See American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

medical symbol National Folic Acid Awareness Week
(fourth work week)
If you are of child-bearing age, make sure you get enough folic acid.

horse Hoof Care Week
(fourth work week)
See Horse Scrapbook Ideas.

cross Catholic Schools Week
(24-30)

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