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September 17, 2021

Constitution Day 2021

 The History of Constitution Day

We The People...

 Origins and fun facts

There is quite a history and a lot of changes to what is today's Constitution Day.

Originally called I am an American Day, which began being celebrated every third Sunday in May 1940.
This was started by the suggestion of a NY news tycoon, William Randolph Hearst and was presented by President Harry Truman, setting aside this date to honor the American people, with those just immigrating into the United States.
With Hearst's popularity and efforts through the United States Immigration and Naturalization, in 1944 he sponsored a 16-minute film titled, I am an American. It became a hit.
In the next 5 years, the governors of the existing forty-eight states had issued state proclamations in agreement with the national holiday.

In 1952, Olga T. Weber petitioned to have the date changed to September 17th, in honor of the date the constitution was signed. She went all the way up to the United States Congress, and in 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it. Changing the name to Citizenship Day and moving it to September 17.
Louisville, Ohio was the first city in the United States to celebrate Citizenship Day on September 17, 1952.

Louise Leigh studied the Constitution in her courses and was inspired to spread her knowledge and love of the Constitution. In 1997 she founded a nonprofit organization called Constitution day, Inc. to spread recognition of this important national holiday. Through her efforts, Constitution Day became an official holiday alongside Citizenship Day in 2004. 

The Constitution of the United States of America
We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

It is the supreme law of the United States of America. This founding document originally comprising seven articles, delineates  the national frame of government.
The Constitution was written during the Philadelphia Convention-now known as the Constitution Convention.
The purpose of it was to create a government that had enough power to act on a national level, but not so much power that fundamental rights would be at risk.
The signing took place on September 17, 1787 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

There were 39 delegates, representing 12 states, at the signing.

When the Constitution was signed, the United States population was 4 million.

The oldest person to sign was Benjamin Franklin(aged 81 @signing)

The youngest was Jonathan Dayton(26) of New Jersey

Patrick Henry was elected as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, but declined.

The word "democracy" does not appear in the Constitution

Daniel Webster, of Massachusetts, was called the "Expounder of the Constitution"

Thomas Jefferson nor John Adams signed the Constitution, as they were both serving out of the country.

George Washington and James Madison are the only two presidents to sign the Constitution.

It took 100 days to actually "frame" the Constitution

Pennsylvania is misspelled in the Constitution. (Pensylvania)

Those are a few of the fun facts I learned today. You can go through them all here:

I'm always fascinated by history. No matter our feelings or beliefs, on any matter, I feel knowledge is still our best asset.
Today, we celebrate Constitution Day.
I choose to be proud of the dedication, work, and thoughtfulness of the Founding Fathers.
Although, I may not agree 100% with all the Constitution, it is one of the greatest documents.
It may have been just the beginning. We don't know how they felt about the timeline or changes to be made. For them, it was a starting point. It was a document to give order and peace to The United States of America.
Our country has come a long way in 234 years.
Enjoy your day!

September 9, 2021

10 Essentials For Your First Apartment: Don't forget these

 10 Essential Items for Your First Apartment

Things you probably forgot you needed

Hey y'all.
I hope everyone is doing well today.

Have you ever gotten home from shopping and realized you forgot something?(We all have).
If it's not a necessity, you probably won't be too bothered by it. Just laugh it off and move on.
I cannot tell you how many times I've done this.
As a momma to 3 girls, there are thousands of times I have forgotten something they needed or wanted.
Every day, one of them has a list of things they need.
My two oldest are 23 and 18(senior HS).
I've been talking with my middle daughter that will be graduating in 2022. She is determined to stay on campus. I like to think of myself as a fairly organized person. I keep telling her I want her to be prepared. We all worry about our babies leaving home and not having everything they need.
This has had me thinking and wondering. What things will she need in a dorm, or even for her first apartment?
I wanted to make sure I thought of all the things she would never think of. 
All the things we never really have to worry about at home or as a teenager or young adult.
All the items you've always had that were magically, just there!
I tried to think of practical and functional things.

10 Must Haves for your first apartment

1. Spare key
You don't want to be locked out! Locksmiths are crazy expensive!
Also, if you have pets and vacation, someone will need access into the apartment to care for them.
It's always a good idea to give one to a family member, friend, or trusted neighbor.
(please DO NOT place it under the door mat)

Use It! I cannot stress this enough!
You don't want to be late because you've searching for your keys for half an hour.

Everyone needs one. Find something cute or to match your decor. We keep one under the end table. Drop random things in it(spare change, pens, extra phone chargers) and go through it occasionally. Or use it for your daily items(phone, wallet, glasses)

You'll want several. 1 for a door mat, 2 if you have a patio, 1 for bathroom, 1 or 2 for kitchen. I like area rugs also for bedrooms and living/dining rooms

5. Coat Rack
You'll want this, or extra hangers in your coat closet. Guests won't find it welcoming if you just toss their coat over a chair, on the bed, or leave them awkwardly holding them at the threshold.

6. Multipurpose wipes!
You'll use them on EVERYTHING! 
Great for quick cleanups when you're busy or having guests over soon. Wipe down tables, counters, any surfaces that gather dust.

Even if you don't cook often, these are just great storage to hide things laying on your counter. Aside from the typical flour, sugar, coffee, you can use them to store snacks, sugar packets, tea bags, singles packets(Crystal Light), receipts if you don't have another place 

These are small, convenient, and energy efficient for single people or a couple of people.
Great for bagels, mini pizzas, cinnamon rolls, break and bake cookies. Really any quick bread you'd want in small quantities and quicker than heating up the whole oven.

Candles, lighter, matches.
I suggest multiple. Place them in different rooms for easier access when needed.
You do not want to be stuff in complete darkness for any length of time. Always be prepared!

I'd suggest a small one in kitchen and bathroom
Have multiple size bandages, gauze, and Neosporan. Wound spray, alcohol pads, cotton balls, Q-tips, extra tweezers for splinters, latex gloves, etc
You never know when you'll need it when living alone.
You can't just yell, "Mom, I need a band-aid!"

I am always going to be adding to the list of what I consider my kids' needs, as I am sure you will.
Hopefully, this list at least will give you a good jump start and guideline to help make the transition 10 things less stressful.
Start your need and wish list now.
My daughter has even considered asking for some of these as graduation gifts, or gift cards to places she can buy up most of these things.
I'd love to hear what you think.

I forgot hammer and nails! 
Trust us, you'll need it!
We'll just slip #11 in here.

September 7, 2021

10 Books Titled "Never Let You Go" : The List I made

 10 Books Titled, 

Never Let You Go

by a variety of authors

Hey y'all.
Have you ever been looking for a certain book, but you can't exactly remember the Title? You just kind of have a vague idea of what it was called or what the main theme was.
I honestly do that a lot. I am constantly seeing #bookcoverporn, some great review posted, ads for new books coming out, or someone sends me recs.
I love it! I love it all! I know on my last day, my TBR list will still be in the hundreds. I read 2 or 3, and add 5 more before the week is done.

That is exactly how this post came about. I remembered this book that I wanted to post over on my Facebook page, but I could not think of the title!
Never Go Away?
Never Let Her Go?
You'll Never Go?
You get the idea. So I'm scrolling through my Goodreads app(I get distracted looking through all the books I want to read.), and then I just decided to go look over on Thriftbooks.
I just typed in Never Go titles and a whole page of books titled...
Never Let You Go or I'll Never Let You Go pops up. 
The very first one is the one I had been searching for! Yes!
Then, I couldn't just ignore 9 other books RIGHT THERE baring the same title! All different authors. A slew of genres. From suspense to children's books.

Hence, my list of 10 books titled:
Never Let you Go

There actually were more than 10, but I was trying to keep the list fun and manageable.
I hope you enjoy this list!
Happy Reading!
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