Thursday, June 30, 2011

National Ice Cream Month

Celebrated every July, National Ice Cream Month was proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan, through a Presidential Proclomation, on July 9th, 1984. In that same proclamation, President Reagan also established National Ice Cream Day, which is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of July each year. President Reagan asked all Americans to "observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and activities". 
In the month of July, we have several opportunities to experience and enjoy that wonderful creation called ice cream.
July 1 -  Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
July 7-   National Strawberry Sundae Day
July 17 - National Ice Cream Day
July 17 - National Peach Ice Cream Day
July 23 - Vanilla Ice Cream Day
July 25 - Hot Fudge Sundae Day 
I am crazy for Ice Cream, it's my favorite treat in the world, so, in honor of National Ice Cream Month I will be posting something that has to do with ice cream every day of the month. Be sure to come back for more ice cream fun!

Image: Ice Cream Van, Covent Garden.
Originally uploaded by Jansos

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Fourth of July Fun

It's time to celebrate the creation of this wonderful nation! On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of America's independence from Great Britain. Subsequently on July 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted and our independence was born.

Hooray for the USA!

Here are some fun July 4th crafts that you and your children may enjoy doing together. For more cute ideas visit Lisa Loves Holidays too.

A Patriotic Crown from:

Let Freedom Ring from:

Patriotic Candy Box from:

Red, White, and Blue Tee from:

DIY Patriotic Beads from:

Patriotic Bracelet from:

Tin Can Windsock from:

Edible Eagles from:

Red, White, and Blue Juice Pops from:

Adorable Rice Krispie Treats from:

Star Spangled Jello from:

Red Vines Bundles from:

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Father's Day Ideas

Father's Day is just around the corner, and if you have little ones, you need some fun ideas to do for Dad. Here are a few that I've found during my search for Father's Day funness.

Father's Day Coupons
More Coupons
(The Living Locurto ones cost a little $, not much, & they're so cute)

More Paperweights (Easy Peasy!) (these would be cute with a picture of your child)

Candy Bar Wrappers:

Popsicle Stick Picture Frame from

Gel Transfer Puzzle from

Loving Notes Jar from

Magnetic Ribbon Bookmark from

You're Out Of This World from

Monogram Painted Hammer from

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Great Outdoors

School is out and the official start of summer is just around the corner. The beauties and wonders of the earth offer many opportunities for families and individuals to get up, get out, and get moving, and the month of June is jam-packed with all sorts of out-doorsy celebrations to enjoy.

Here is a look at the various outdoor observances held in June:

Great Outdoors Month
President Barack Obama has proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month. Great Outdoors Month was created as a time to focus on protecting our outdoor environment through various efforts such as conservation, as well as a time to get out and celebrate all that the great outdoors has to offer.

In the proclamation, President Obama said, "Our public lands and other open areas provide myriad opportunities for families and friends to explore, play, and grow together -- from hiking and wildlife watching to canoeing, hunting, and fishing, and playing in a neighborhood park. These activities can help our kids stay healthy, active, and energized, while reconnecting with their natural heritage." It is President Obama's hope that we, as Americans, will resolve to protect our great outdoors, as we discover their wonders and share them with loved ones.

June is Perennial Gardening Month
Perennials are plants that continue growing each year until they reach maturity. June is the month to tour perennial plant gardens and to tend to the perennial plants growing in your own garden. If you do not yet have a perennial garden, June would be a good time to research what plants would be good in your area and then create a plan for your perennial garden space.

National Camping Month
Sponsored by The North Face, National Camping Month was created to "inspire and encourage individuals, and their family and friends to embrace the outdoors in the simplest form -- sleeping beneath the open skies". offers tips on how to get outside this June.

National Rivers Month
Each June, American Rivers sponsors National River Cleanup, a time when thousands of volunteers clean up rivers and waterways across America.
11- National Get Outdoors Day
National Get Outdoors Day, or GO Day, is a toddler of a holiday, just celebrating it's fourth year. Each June since 2008, sponsors of Go Day have teamed up with federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the recreation industry to organize events featuring traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities at sites across the country to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun for American families. The primary focus is to reach first-time visitors to public lands and to reconnect our youth to the great outdoors.

The official GO Day song for 2011 is "Let's Go Outside" performed Joe Reilly.
20-Ride to Work Motorcycle Day
Ride to Work Motorcycle Day will be celebrated on June 20th this year. The following video was made by Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, for a previous year.

21-Go Skateboarding Day
Go Skateboarding Day was begun in June of 2003 and was founded by the International Association of  Skateboard Companies.  It was created as a day for skateboarders from all around the globe to "celebrate the pure exhilaration, creativity, and spirit of one of the most influential activities in the world by blowing off all other obligations to go skateboarding".  Some skateboarding communities hold fundraisers, contests, protests and demos on this day. Their on-going mission statement is: "Have Fun, Go Skateboarding".

25- Great American Backyard Campout
The Great American Backyard Campout is an event brought to us by The National Wildlife Federation. The idea behind the Campout is for families or neighborhoods to register with The National Wildlife Federation to hold a neighborhood Backyard Campout "party" of sorts. This is a fundraiser in which the NWF uses 80 percent of the funds to support programs that address the problems of America's indoor childhood and the health risks associated with them.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Have a Rotten Birthday Oscar the Grouch!

Oscar the Grouch's birthday is today, June 1st. 

Oscar the Grouch is a grumpy Muppet character featured on the long-running children's television show Sesame Street. Oscar is a furry, green creature referred to as a Grouch, not only because of his disposition, but because it is his species origin as well. Although he is the son of Canadian born parents and now resides at Sesame Street, Oscar's hometown is Grouchland, USA. Oscar debuted in Sesame Street's first season in 1969, which would make him 42 years old, but just as Big Bird will forever be 6 yrs. old, Oscar has always been, and will always be 43.

Like all Grouches, Oscar loves trash, so much so that his home is in a trash can, and, like all Grouches, Oscar's grand aim in life is to be completely and utterly miserable, it's what makes him happiest, which he doesn't like at all! Oscar's long-time companions include his pet worm, Slimey, his pet elephant, Fluffy (who both live in the trash can with him) and his girlfriend, Grundgetta. Oscar does a great job at being a Grouch, but every once in awhile, to the disappointment of his family (and himself), his kinder, more gentler side shows through. 

The Creation of Oscar
Oscar's character came about when Jim Henson (creator of the Muppets) and Jon Stone (involved in the creation of Sesame Street) went to a restaurant and were waited on by a man who was so rude and grouchy that it surpassed annoying and became funny to the two men. Oscar's character was based on the waiter.

Carroll Spinney has been the performer (puppeteer) of Oscar the Grouch ever since the beginning in 1969. Spinney, who also performs the Big Bird character, came up with the voice for Oscar, when on the first day that he was to perform the character, he rode in a New York taxi cab and the Bronx taxi driver snapped, "Where to, Mac?" Spinney patterned Oscar's voice after the cab driver's voice.

Jim Henson originally intended for Oscar's fur color to be purple, but cameras of the day did not capture the color right, so Oscar was changed to orange. After about a month of taping, Oscar was revamped and his color was changed to green. Oscar's explanation for the color change was that he had vacationed at Swamp Mushy Muddy, and due to the dampness there, his orange fur had grown a covering of moss, which he quite liked, and decided never to wash off.