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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!
Save a tree, save a buck.
Buy Used Books!

September 1, 2021

Manners Matter! A list of Children's books to read.

Mind Your Manners, Please!

Teaching children a few basic manners goes a long way.

    I am always trying to find a great lesson to teach my daughter. She is homeschooled, so it is my job to be mom and teacher. One thing we have always taught our daughters, is manners.
Yes, I am the mom who says things like, "That's not ladylike." You can call it old fashion or sexist, or whatever you want. I use it, it works, and we believe in it.

Manners are so important in everyday life. It should be a habit that is universal, but it has to be taught. Manners aren't something children are born with or something they just know.

"Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it."
Proverbs 22:6

Teaching manners could be as simple as reminding a child to say please and thank you.
It can also be more difficult, as in teaching them not to interrupt someone when they are in a conversation.

There are a ton of manners that are fairly common and universal.
1. Say please and thank you
2. No hitting/biting
3. No screaming
4. Respect yourself and others.
5. Try to share
6. Table manners. Sit still, don't play with your food, etc
7. No burping or slurping
8. Use kind words
9. Help others
10. Do not stick out your tongue or roll your eyes

I'm fairly certain we all want children to understand and follow these, but we need to teach them.

As you all know, I am a total Book Nerd! Books are my go to for so much.
Teaching is one of the ways I use books daily.
Here is a fun list of a few books we either own, have read, or will be getting here soon!
I think my favorite one is the Dude, That's Rude!
You'll definitely have to check some of these out.

These are just a few of the many books available.
I almost always buy my books from
I just love old books!
Buy used!
Save a tree. Save your money!

I hope you find the perfect book for you to teach a child about manners.
Do you already have a favorite? I'd love for you to share.

August 22, 2021

"Making Time" What does that mean?

Making Time 

If you've come here to read my post, thank you for making time(pun intended) to read it.
This has really been on my mind lately. 
How do you make time? 
Last time I checked, I'm not God; creator of all things...including time.
It just isn't humanly possible!

Then we get people who are thinking, "Well, Trema, it isn't to be taken literally."
No? You don't think so. I have heard and seen so much about people having to make time.
They say things that tell people, if you want time, make it.
Here are a few quote/memes that I came across.

"Don't force someone to make time for you. If they really want to they will."
I'm calling total BS on this one! I cringe every time this meme pops up.
There are a ton of times during my day or week that I would love to sit and chat or visit with family or friends. Lack of doing so has 0% to do with me making time for them.

"It's not about having time. It's about making time."
Again, I'm not God.

"We all make time for what we feel is important in our lives."
Again, I can't make time. There are so many people and things that I value and think of as important, but I just don't have time. 
I'd love a whole girls' day, a day to take a 3hr nap, time to have full conversation without having to multitask or cut it short, a night to actually finish a board game with my kids.

My point is this.
We live in a time when over multitasking or over crowding our lives and schedules has taken over.
We make ourselves and others believe, if we feel unacknowledged, unwanted, or unimportant, that it must be because someone didn't make time for me.
If we didn't finish the laundry, dishes, or a book. If we didn't play long enough with our kids or ask them about their day, then we obviously just didn't make time for them.

It is so draining and unnecessary to any human to make them feel uncaring for not being able to MAKE TIME.
Our mental health today is horrible. People wake up every day already stressed out and anxious because of all they have to figure out how to accomplish before their head hits the pillow again tonight!(Let's not even start on insomnia! Thank You!)
You wonder why some say, "I didn't even want to get out of bed today."
This may be why. Ask them? Do you have a lot going on? Can I lighten your load?
And if you do ask, then mean it. 
Everything we do, or don't do; is constantly being judged.
We slept too late.
We ate too much.
We didn't spend time with 400 family members last Thanksgiving.
We don't teach our kids life skills anymore.
We preach this or that.
We don't include God anymore.
We don't spend one on one time with our spouse/partner.
It just goes on and on!
Whether it is mental or physical time, sometimes it just cannot be done.

Please, stop feeling guilty because you didn't or can't make time for whatever it is.
We all get just 24 hrs in a day.
We all have 100% different lives. Even others in your own household do not live the exact same 24hrs that you do. 
Cut people some slack and yourself too!
Smile, pray, hug, love
Less stressed, more blessed!

August 20, 2021

I've Been Reading: Book Reviews


Hey all,

I hope everyone is getting more reading time in than me. I feel like I am pulled in so many directions lately. My favorite things to do for myself are crochet, write/blog, and read! The latter I haven't found much downtime to do.

I used to be able to zone the world out and be completely engrossed in anything I was reading. Now, it seems every little thing irritates me when I'm trying to read. The train or traffic outside, phones ringing, kids arguing, T.V. up too loud, or just my brain in over-drive.

Lately, I've been depending on audiobooks to get in my reading. Our library has an adequate amount of books you can download through the Libby/Overdrive app, and it is 100% free! Bonus! Libby also has ebooks. There are several other apps. Audible, Scribd, NOOK, Storytel are a few I've seen on Google Play store.

The last two books that I have really enjoyed are,

Songteller: My Life in Lyrics by Dolly Parton

This is Dolly's latest book. Did you know she has written 7 books? Including two children's books. I had no clue!
It's no secret that Dolly Parton is so loved in our household. My 8-year-old wants to BE Dolly Parton when she grows up. No joke.
I came across this book while scrolling through Libby. It always shows books that may interest you, based off previously read audiobooks. I read a ton of memoirs, bios, and autobiographies. It is one of my favorite genres.(people's stories/lives fascinate me)
Then I download it and realize Dolly is also the narrator of the audiobook! Yes. Bonus!

This one really does make you feel like Dolly is right there with you. Just chatting away. She is so confident and comfortable in herself. I just love her.

Her message has always been, everyone is different. Everyone has their own story. Everyone makes mistakes. Don't judge, love more. Love life, love each other.

I definitely recommend the audiobook over the physical book. 

The Loyal Wife by Natalie Barelli

Another of my  favorite genres is definitely Thriller/Suspense/Mystery.
This one has it all.

Mini synopsis:
Trusting her wasn't a mistake. Betraying her was.
She thought she had the perfect marriage...
Tamra knows something about Mike. Something he did. Something evil. And she was prepared to carry the secret to her grave.
Not anymore.

This is the first book I have read by this author, but it probably won't be my last.
She definitely can grab you from the start. The middle got a little slow and ehh, but it did have a twisty ending. 
Again, this one I chose the audiobook, so maybe the narrator during multiple characters is what got fuzzy for me. It was still a 4/5-star book for me.
I hope you'll check these out. I'm glad I found them. Audio or physical, maybe even ebook(I haven't done those much), I recommend them both.
I actually did begin reading an actual book this week, When August Leaves by Amy S. Foster.
Hopefully, I'll get it read and be able to post a review.

Do you prefer audio to physical books?
What's your favorite genre?
Happy reading!

August 12, 2021

National Vinyl Record Day

 National Vinyl Record Day!

How cool is that?
I've always been pulled back into my childhood when I think about vinyl records. Being born in 1980, to me, it was the time of change between 8 tracks and records. Although, that really isn't factual.
8 tracks actual came out in September 1965, and records were out way before that. Almost 100 years before that.
My mom had/has a TON of records. Have you ever seen a picture or scene in a movie where the girl is laying in her room with records everywhere? Piled or strewn around as she listens. Yup! That was my mom,...and my sister and me.

The first record ever made wasn't even made of vinyl. Nope, it was made from shellac. Many inventors had been trying for years to find a way to record sound and be able to play it back.
Thomas Edison actually did record himself saying a piece of the nursery rhyme, Mary Had a Little Lamb, on a phonograph in 1877.
10 years later in 1887, German inventor, Emile Berlinger created the first device that recorded and played back sound on a lateral-cut flat disc, the forerunner of the modern record.
He founded the United States Gramophone Company in 1894.

It really is fascinating. Whether you speak German or not, it is pretty cool to hear the first recorded record.

In 1948, Columbia Records released the first actual record made from Vinyl.(Shellac records stopped being produced completely in 1960)
Vinyl is Polyvinyl Chloride(PVC)
This was a huge upgrade. Prior to vinyl, shellac records could only hold/record 1 song on each side. Approximately 5 minutes of music. Vinyl made it possible to record whole albums of songs.
Can you imagine being a teenager during this time?
It would be like in the 90's when we didn't have to rewind or fast-forward our cassettes. We could just choose a number of the song we wanted on a CD and play it right where we wanted it to start.
These kids would be mind-blown!

There are now, 7 main types of records.
LPs-long playing
10 inch(long playing microgroove records)
7 inch-singles
12 inch-albums(single cut at 45 RPM)
EP-extended play(somewhere between single play and LP)
Flex Disc(flexible, super thin disc)
Dub Plate(popular with DJs)

From 1887 until the 1960s records and record players were improved and standardized, with 33 and 45 RPM records supplementing most other formats in the years after WWII.
What we see today is pretty much been the standard record since around 1970.
Even with records remaining and being considered durable, we've still been through 8 tracks, cassettes, CDs, and MP3 players.
Surprisingly, in 2020(wasn't a total bust), vinyl record sales actually surpassed the sale of CDs.
Surveys have shown it isn't Gen X or Boomers doing the majority of buying, either. It actually is Millennials doing all the vinyl record buying!
Retro is in, I guess. I'll take it. 
Again, there is something totally nostalgic about a vinyl spinning out our favorite tunes.
A couple of the biggest selling albums today are,

If you don't have a record player, there are tons of options available from new, vintage or used.
Shut. The. Front. Door!
Check out this vintage looking gramophone!
I would love it!
I could also go for something more modern and retro, like this

Both are beautiful, and I can see myself listening to records for hours!
What is your favorite style?
Do you still own any "Vinyl"?
I hope you've enjoyed learning as much as I have. Happy National Vinyl Day!

July 19, 2021

National "Get Out of the Doghouse" Day!

 National Get Out of the Doghouse Day!

Why do we use this phrase, and where did it even start?

I'm so glad you asked. I'm going to fill you in soon. I have always been one of those people that like to know the how's and why's before I share any information. I have to at least try to dig into the history or facts about what ever it is. 
 E.g. Why do people say someone is "piss poor" or that it is "raining cats and dogs"?
Those are a couple of fun ones I looked up. You'll have to do your own digging on those and maybe some others.

Now, back to today's fun saying.
"Get Out of the Doghouse"
It is celebrated every year on the third Monday of July.
The phrase is known to be used when someone(spouse, friend, other), is in trouble or out of favor with the other. It is used as a punishment for their transgression. A shaming tactic.

I'm sure we all know what it means or how it is used, but do you know why we say it or where it started?
Would you believe it began in a classic children's book we all know, fairly well, I'd say?

It all started in 1911 in the story of Peter Pan, written by J.M Barrie.
That's right!
In chapter 16, Mr. darling is feeling guilty that the children flew away, and he consigns himself to the "doghouse" or kennel, as is the case in the book.
"When the children flew away, Mr. Darling felt in his bones that all the blame was his for having chained Nana up, and that from first to last she had been wiser than he. Of course, as we have seen, he was quite a simple man; indeed he might have passed for a boy again if he had been able to take his baldness off; but he had also a noble sense of justice and a lion's courage to do what seemed right to him; and having thought the matter out with anxious care after the flight of the children, he went down on all fours and crawled into the kennel. To all Mrs. Darling's dear invitations to him to come out, he replied sadly but firmly:
"No, my own one, this is the place for me.""
This may be why we associate the phrase more toward men. Who knows?

This is where the phrase or the idea originated, but the first actual printed "in the doghouse" verses Mr. Darling consigning himself to the kennel; actually can be found in James. J. Finerty's 1926 glossary of the language of criminals, Criminalese, in which being "in the doghouse" is described as being "in disfavor"
Not a big gap between Children's class literature and Criminal language.
Funny how that happens. 

The next confirmed print of the term is found in 1933 in an Iowa newspaper, Waterloo Daily, in which the "poor French ambassador" is being described as "still in the doghouse."

Books used for references:

I think the phrase has definitely become more popular, and widely used, over time.
We've probably all said it once or twice, whether we put someone there, or were there ourselves.

I hope you've enjoyed today's post and our fun facts about our National Fun Holiday.

July 12, 2021

National Different Colored Eyes Day!

 National Different Colored Eyes Day!

Y'all! I am so, so super stoked to do this one! 
If I had a dollar for every time someone has looked straight at me and asked, "Do you know your eyes are two different colors?"(Here's your sign!)
I would be one rich momma! Yup!
Yours truly!
This day was meant for me!

The medical term is actually Heterochromia. It means a variation in color of the iris. The word is derived from Ancient Greece where "heteros" means different and "chroma" means color. 

Heterochromia is determined by the production, delivery, and concentration of melanin(pigment). It may be inherited, or caused by genetic mosaicism, chimerism, disease, or injury.
According to the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information center, most cases of heterochromia of the eye occur sporadically in people with no family history of the condition.
Most cases are present from birth and are called genetic heterochromia.
People who develop it later on in life due to illness, injury, or medication are considered acquired heterochromia.
There are 3 types of Heterochromia.

Central heterochromia:
It is when the irises match each other but have a ring of different color around the pupils. Although not as striking as the other two types, central heterochromia is the most common type. For instance, someone with blue eyes may have an inner brown ring around the pupil.

Segmental heterochromia:
It is also known as heterochromia iridis, occurs when a patch of different color appears in one iris. Most common is blue eyes, with one having a brown speck or patch in the iris. This type is usually the most noticeable do to the drastic difference from one eye to the other due to the patch of color showing in only one eye.

Complete heterochromia:
It is also known as heterochromia iridum, occurs when the two irises are completely different colors.
This is the rarest type and most likely to be genetic and born with the condition. Less than 200,000 Americans have been found to have complete heterochromia.
(This is the type that I have)

There are quite a few celebrities that actually have heterochromia. Some are extremely noticeable, as in David Bowie(complete), while another like Simon Pegg's(segmental) are not as extreme.
A few more to list are:
Mila Kunis
Jane Seymour
Dan Aykroyd
Joshua Henderson
Kiefer Sutherland
Elizabeth Berkley
Christopher Walken
There are several more you can read about and learn the types they have, which were born this way and which acquired it from injury or other.

I learned that even with all of these well known people, and myself having heterochromia, it is still considered a rare condition. 
Heterochromia affects less than 1% of total human population!

I know some of you are thinking...because, I have heard this a million times.
"Wow, I've seen dogs with that!"
Yes, I'm sure we've all seen a dog or cat with different colored eyes. It definitely is more common in animals. I just didn't want to get into a whole other part of DNA and genetics with this post. You can learn more about heterochromia in animals by clicking the link a little farther down the page.

Since, I do actually have this, I wanted to learn more and share what I found.
You can always do some extra digging to find out more.
Here are just a couple refs. I pulled up.

I hope you've enjoyed today's post and maybe even learned something new.
I know I found a few statistics I didn't know and a few celebrities I wasn't aware had heterochromia.
Do you know anyone with this condition?
I'd love to hear about it.
Share pics/email or just comment and let me know!

Here's my little selfie collage!

July 9, 2021

National Sugar Cookie Day!

 Ohhhh, Sugar Sugar... Cookie

Today is National Sugar Cookie Day!

To celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day, I thought I would share a little about myself and my family before getting into our history and fun facts' part of the post.

I don't know about anyone else, but sugar cookies are a staple food in my family! We have a secret Mamaw recipe. Don't ask for it, I won't give it out, but I guarantee you, if you come over on ANY holiday, there will be sugar cookies to taste!
I'm not even kidding. My Mamaw has 3 of those Christmas variety popcorn tins absolutely full of cookie cutters. She also has given a few to the grandkids to use in their homes. I could easily guess, she has 100s of cookie cutters.

If she is rockin' her shower cap and whips out the rolling pin, it is on!
Go time!

It is such a special time for all of us. Not only is it fun and yummy, it is a great time to be with family. It is also a pretty good skill to know. Baking!
Well, I didn't exactly master that one. If it was my job to bring cookies to the school party, you'd be getting store bought. I just cannot do it! I, either end up with one huge pancake cookie or they are dry and burnt.
I'll leave the baking to the family pros and stick with the easy, cheater kind if we aren't having a family cookie party soon.

The sugar cookie is believed to date all the way back to the mid-1700s in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
German Protestant settlers created round, crumbly and buttery tasting cookie that came to be known as the Nazareth Cookie. The sugar cookie is, basically, what I call the "original cookie". It really is amazing just as it is. Warm, sweet, and just soft enough to melt in your mouth.
Don't look at it as a plain, basic cookie. Look at it as the base or starting point of a ton of cookies!
Take your "basic" sugar cookie dough and add to it.
Add peanut butter= peanut butter cookie
Add chips=Chocolate chip cookie
Add cinnamon=Snickerdoodle
Add oats and raisins= Oatmeal/raisin cookies
You get the idea. One other way to jazz up your sugar cookie is icing it.
Today, sugar cookies have become an art form, with making and decorating for people of any age.
Cookie decorating dates even farther back than the sugar cookie. It seems around the 14th century, Switzerland had cookie molds that they used to impress biblical designs into cookies.
If you are the type to put "icing" on your cookie, it may be fun to know that icing actual came before frosting.
Icing was first used around 1683, while frosting was first attested in 1750.
I am a fan of old-fashioned buttercream icing.
It could be, just nostalgia, but it will always be my favorite.
What type do you prefer? Frosting, icing, buttercream, cream cheese, whipped.
If you aren't a baker, be sure to click the highlighted link above to grab some easy break and bake sugar cookies!
Do you have a certain holiday that brings out your baking skills?
I'd love to hear about it. Any tips for the non-bakers out here?

Have a great day and go celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day!

July 5, 2021

National Bikini Day!

 National Bikini Day!

Hello, and welcome to our next National Fun Holiday.
I actually found out a ton of interesting things about the bikini. I was trying to figure out the best way to give you all this information and keep it in order. Since I found bits and pieces all over, I didn't want to give it to you that way. I've decided to do this post in a written timeline sort of way. Bear with me, we'll get there!

When asked, when did the bikini start or How old is the bikini most people, myself included, probably assume around the mid 20th century.
Well, we aren't completely wrong.

Let's get started on this timeline.

5600 BC~ Evidence of bikini-style women's clothing has been found that far back. Illustrations of women wearing these garments during sporting or competitive events in the Roman era have been found in several locations, the most popular being, Villa Romana del Casale.

I'm not great with numbers, so I hope I'm putting these in the correct order. biggest first, lowest later? Is that right? Until AD?

1400BC~two-piece garments worn by women for athletic purposes are depicted on Greek urns and in paintings.
Active women of ancient Greece wore a breastband called a mastodeton, which continued to be used as an undergarment into the middle ages. Bottom garments were called subligaria. Which is similar to the "high waisted" brief style.

286-305 AD~ During an excavation in the 1950/the 60s there was a mosaic artwork floor discovered depicting 10 women in athletic style garments in an obvious competition. 
It has actually been dubbed, "Bikini Girls".
Nowhere in history, to this point indicated "bikinis" were made or used for swimming or sunbathing. they were more likely a sporting uniform garment.

Jumping forward. I honestly couldn't find anything else until the 1900s. 

Now, we get to the actual BIKINI!
July 5, 1946, in Paris, the bikini made its debut.
French designer Louis Reard named this new two-piece swimsuit after Bikini Atoll, where the USA conducted atomic tests. Thinking it would make an explosive statement. (He wanted to name it "atom") True story, although I don't think it would have become as popular.
Europe enthusiastically donned the new two-piece swimsuit, other countries, including the United States, weren't quite ready for such an immodest garment.
Several countries actually banned the buying and wearing of any such garment.
There are still a few that it is illegal to, even today.

Actress Carole Landis

 French film The Girl in the Bikini starring Brigitte Bardot, showed one of the first bikinis ever seen on television. Bardot has been credited with popularizing the bikini and making it a classic summer style.

By the 1960s the United States and other countries had gone bikini bonkers!
Beach-themed movies poured out in abundance!
~Where the Boys Are
~Gidget Goes Hawaiian
~Bikini Beach
~How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (I'm a bit scared to ask about this one)
~Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine
~For Those Who Think Young
~The Horror of Party Beach
~Blue Hawaii
~Beach Blanket Bingo
~A Swingin' Summer
~Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (Y'all, I can't make these up.)

I'm sure there are a ton more! It is clear that the United States lost all public modesty in the 1960s!

By then, the original designer had died, and his company had folded. Still, the bikini made up 20% of swimwear purchased that year.

With people becoming more conscious about UV rays and skin cancer, the more modest "tankini" or fuller tops became popular. 1997, Malia Jones appears on the cover of Shape Magazine wearing the halter top two-piece bikini for rough waters. Setting, a short-lived hype.

People seemed to move away from the risks and bikinis again became skimpy and revealing

~ the 2020s
Most popular bikini styles for today's women
One strap top/Hipster bottoms
Squareneck top/Standard Bikini bottom ~ this one is my personal favorite.

Today, you can find just about any type of bikini.
Skimpy, sporty, modest, thong, string, strapless...
They say there is a swimsuit for every girl and every body type.
I have a few styles that I'm comfortable in, but it definitely is a struggle. Our bodies sometimes change as quickly as fashion. (or the image of our bodies, more likely)
Anyway, I say
Have fun. Be comfortable. You go do your thing!

I really do have so much fun getting pulled down the rabbit hole with these posts!
Please, like, love, comment, share!
I love feedback. 
To celebrate National Bikini Day!!!
It's going to be 92F here in Ohio today!
I definitely will be rockin' my bikini, hangin' out in the kiddie pool today!

July 1, 2021

International Joke Day!

 Today is

International Joke Day!

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Water who?
Water you asking so many questions for, just open up!

A joke by definition is a display of humor in which words are used within a specific and well-defined narrative structure to make people laugh and are not to be taken seriously.
Jokes come in a variety of styles, themes, and subjects.
Riddles, knock knock, Yo momma, wit-wordplay, what do you call a... , the blonde, the rabbi, satire, puns, why did the chicken cross the road...
There probably is a joke about everything! From corny to raunchy, there is some type of humor for everyone.

Want to hear the oldest "Yo Momma" joke? (Ancient Rome, between 63BC to 14AD)
"The Emporer Augustus was touring the Empire, when he noticed a man in the crowd who bore a striking resemblance to himself.
"Intrigued he asked: Was your mother at one time in service at the palace?'
"No your Highness,' he replied, 'but my father was.'"
Ouch! Burn!

Have you ever wondered how jokes got started? Who was the first to have a sense of humor?
Historic researchers have dated the earliest written joke back to 2300B.C., during the Old Babylonian period. 
The joke goes, "Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap."
Y'all men have been telling fart jokes and cracking on their wives since 2300B.C.!
Guys, you weren't funny back then, and you still aren't! (usually) Ha!

The oldest joke book dates back to the 4th or 5th century AD.
Philogelos (Greek for love of laughter), is a collection of 265 jokes. The book is not attributed to a single writer, but many.
You know the phrase, that's the oldest joke in the book?
Well, it's not THE oldest joke, but one of the top 10 oldest jokes actually is
"An intellectual came to check in on a friend who was ill. When the man's wife said that he had departed, the intellectual replied: 'when he arrives back, tell him that I stopped by.'"
and it's in the book!

During the 15th century, the printing revolution spread across Europe following the development of a movable type printing press. Printers turned out "jestbooks" along with Bibles to meet both lowbrow and highbrow interests of the people.

Did you know jokes are good for your health?
It's true.
Laughter really is the best medicine!
Laughing is a natural stress relief. Laughter can lighten your mental stress, but it also causes physical changes.

Some short term results are:
1. stimulating your organs by intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulating your heart, lungs, and muscles
2. Releases endorphins
3. Activates and relieve your stress response helps regulate your heart rate
4. Soothe tension. laughter stimulates circulation and aid muscle relaxation

Long term effects:
1.Improve your immune system. Positive thoughts can release neuropeptides that help fight stress.
2. Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
3. Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations
4. Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illness. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier.

There you have it! The history and benefits of jokes!
If you're looking for new material or just to brush up on some old ones, check out a couple of these joke books.

What is your sense of humor "type"?
Corny, witty, dry?
I'm definitely a corny joke type. Although I can handle a good "adult" joke at appropriate times.
What is your favorite joke?
Be sure to comment and share with us. 
Have a Happy International Joke Day! Make someone laugh!
I will leave you with this one.
"What do you call a three-humped camel?"
Not the best, I know. Send me a better one!

June 29, 2021

National Waffle Iron Day!

 National Waffle Iron Day!

Not to be confused with National Waffle Day, which is August 24th

I want to start off by saying, this post subject is one that I really got into researching. I'm a geek for useless(and not-so) facts!
I love discovering history. 

Who was the first to...
How was X started.
Where was the first X
I have so many questions!

I found the history of the waffle iron quite fascinating.

Culinary historians believe what is now called waffles and the iron to make them can be dated back to ancient Greece
Chefs roasted flat cakes called obelios between metal plates attached to long wooden handles over a fire and they weren't as sweet as a modern waffle.

Around the 14th century, wafer irons were flat, sometimes circular, and usually made to imprint elaborate patterns, including coat of arms, landscapes, and religious symbols.
Over time, these wafers became thicker and were more of the modern waffle. Early waffle irons were hot, heavy, and dangerous.
Many people suffered serious burns due to lifting and trying to turn the hot irons.

In 1869, Cornelius Swarthout patented a new and improved stove-top waffle iron!
His invention looked nothing like modern electric models. Fashioned to sit on wood or gas stoves, the cast-iron plates were joined by a hinge that swiveled in a cast-iron collar.
Quote from his patent "
The nature of my invention consists in providing a handle, connected with and forming part of a waffle-iron, by means of which the same may be readily turned over without danger of slipping and without the possibility of burning the hand. It also consists in providing a device, by means of which the upper covering portion of a waffle-iron may be raised, so as to expose the interior, for filling, or for removing the waffle when done without danger of the cover slipping back, and without burning the hand."

The next big upgrade was in 1911 when General Electric developed a prototype of the first electric waffle iron. They didn't start production until 1918.
From then on, waffle irons have been upgraded and improved.

We've come a long way with the waffles.
In doing the research, I found a ton of antique waffle irons on both Ebay and Amazon.
I have to say, this little one is my favorite. Modern technology with a retro charm.
or even this one
I hope you've had as much fun as I have learning all about the history of the waffle iron.
How do you like your waffles?
1. Traditional, butter, syrup and/or powdered sugar
2. Freshened up with fruit and whipped topping
3. Trendy with the chicken and waffles crowd

June 22, 2021

National Onion Rings Day!

 It's National Onion Rings Day Y'all!

(I promise, not all the National Day posts will be about food. I hope!)

I gotta be honest with you all. Up until about seven or so years ago, I would've been all... "Uh, ew! Onion rings?!"
I have no idea why. It just wasn't my thing. I'd always choose fries. I mean seriously, who wouldn't if given the choice? ("Would you like french fries or onion rings?")
Fries, definitely, fries!
Okay, so now I may choose onion rings, but I'm still pretty picky about them.
It has to be the right texture, size, and flavor.
It's either a yes or a big Nope for me. I definitely prefer an actual onion ring versus the minced onion.
There are a few local places that can really persuade me with their recipes.
Jolly's is a local root beer drive-in joint that has some pretty good, golden crispy, just salty enough onion rings. 5/5 for them!
Mad Mike's burgers is another local place that has some pretty good ones. I'd have to go 4/5 for them. Only because they are one of those that have jumped on the "onion rings go on a burger" wagon, and I'm just not feeling that.
Red Robin is my big chain choice for onion rings.
I'm going to have to call out Sonic and Burger King as my No-Go onion rings.
I don't know if it's the whole pre-made, packaged bit or what, but I just can't do them.
Sorry, not sorry.

I've also found a wonderful, keto-friendly recipe for Air Fryer Onion Rings!
London has some great recipes. Make sure to check her page out.

If you don't own an air fryer yet, go grab this one!
Seriously, this is amazing. Easy to use, easy to clean, and it is a 6 in 1!
You can use it as an air fryer, broiler, roaster, dehydrator, baking, and also reheating foods.
Start out using it to celebrate National Onion Ring Day. Tomorrow, try something new!
Let me know how it goes! I'd love to hear feedback and share pics!
Do you have a favorite dipping sauce? I'm pretty basic with Ketchup. What should I try?

June 21, 2021

Dear America Book Series


Dear America Book Series

I know this isn't my usual spot for book reviews. You can view those here: A Novel Experience 

 I wanted to do a little showcase on these great books. I'm calling these a series, although they actually are stand-alone. I definitely recommend buying as many as you can!

I have 3 daughters, am a self-taught history buff, and an unapologetic book hoarder.
According to Goodreads, there are 43 books. We probably own 15 or so and have read more of them.

These historical fiction books are fascinating. They are full of wonderful information on some of America's biggest historical moments!
While the protagonist is usually a fictitious, young girl writing in her diary, the historical events are factual and many of the names are also real people.
I actually just finished reading another one of these books, which is mainly the reason for this post.
I wanted to hop on here and share this one.
The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen
Washington, D.C, 1917
written by: Kathryn Lasky
I honestly was just drawn into this book from the beginning. There is so much information that I learned.
A few of the things I am taking away from this book.
The suffragette movement was so much more than just women wanting to be legally allowed to vote.
Women were not allowed to sue anyone, have mortgages, and were often denied higher education. Women were also required to quit their jobs once they became married at one time in history.
Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the first to hold a meeting for woman's rights in her home. The meeting, held in July 1848 held over 300 women and 40 men, including Frederick Douglas.

Lucy Burns was arrested with many other women. In 1917, she led many of the women prisoners on a hunger strike that eventually led to their pardons and release from jail.
President Wilson did not support the Women's movement and often refused to listen or acknowledge the picketers and spokespeople.

Women picketers were called unwomanly, pathological, diseased, dangerous, among other things.
Women today still fight for equality.
As you can see, this book alone is full of wonderful history.

I would love for you to check out more of these books here.

Have you read any of them?
Which is your favorite?

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