Mani Pedi Day

April 25th: National Mani Pedi Day

Several spas and nail salons are offering deals today for National Mani Pedi Day! Spend a few extra minutes doing something for yourself today and get a manicure, a pedicure, or both!

How I’m Celebrating

Today is my day off between two weeks of extra long shifts. I decided to pamper myself today by getting a massage. I would have loved to have gone to get a mani pedi this afternoon too, but I couldn’t really afford that much pampering.

I decided to just give myself a manicure instead. My toes are still in good shape since it’s only been a couple of weeks since my last pedicure. I borrowed some nail polish from my sister. I very rarely paint my nails so I don’t have any nail polish of my own anymore. Thankfully Rachel has a really good selection of colors. I picked Essie’s “Hi Maintenance” color because it’s pretty neutral. It’s such a light color that I had to do several coats. I love how they turned out and hopefully they’ll last a while before they start chipping.

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New Kids on the Block Day

April 24th: National New Kids on the Block Day

New Kids on the Block is a boy band from Boston, Massachusetts. The group currently has five members and they were popular from the late 80s to early 90s. Fans abbreviate their name and commonly call them NKOTB. The group broke up in 1994 but recently got back together in 2007.

New Kids on the Block Day became a holiday in 1989 during the height of their career. The holiday originated in Boston and is now celebrated nationwide.

How I’m Celebrating

The New Kids on the Block were a little bit before my time. I’m not really familiar with any of their songs. I do remember a recent episode of Fuller House where the girls meet the New Kids on the Block. I listened to several of their songs today for National New Kids on the Block Day, and I actually recognized one from the episode. Their hit song You Got It is featured on the show as part of their comeback tour.

I listened to a couple more of their songs today as well. I like their sound and their music videos are actually really cool. They have really good choreography and catchy lyrics. They remind me a lot of the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC (well I guess New Kids on the Block came first). I might even add one of their songs to my throwback playlist.

Lost Dog Awareness Day

April 23rd: National Lost Dog Awareness Day

Lost Dogs of America is an organization that was formed in 2011 to help pets find their way back to their homes. In 2013 they launched this holiday to remind us to keep looking for lost dogs and to always take any found pets to the vet to scan for microchips. This day is dedicated to helping lost fur babies find their way home. They have reunited over 42,000 pets with their families since they were established.

How I’m Celebrating

We got Ellie microchipped as soon as we adopted her. It was really cheap (only like $20). The microchip gives me peace of mind knowing that if she’s ever lost without her collar, she’ll still have her information with her.

Another tip that the Lost Dogs of America organization gives is to always have up to date pictures of your pet. This one is super easy for me. I take at least one picture of Ellie every day. She’s always doing something cute that I wanna remember or show Adam when he’s not home.

Today I also joined the lost and found dogs Facebook group for Fountain City. It’s a group for anybody to post pictures of lost or found pets. Social media is a great way to distribute pictures of missing pets. The more people that see your post, the better chances you have of being reunited with your dog. I already followed Young Williams Animal Shelter on Instagram. They do a great job of posting pictures of found pets that come in to the shelter. They also scan every pet for a microchip when they come in.

Hopefully I will never lose my baby. She has our phone number and address on all of her collars and is microchipped. Thankfully she usually listens to us pretty well and stays close by. If she ever does get lost, we know what steps to take to try and bring her home.

Earth Day

April 22: Earth Day

By: Rachel Pilkay

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Today is the 48th annual Earth Day. Earth Day 2018 is focusing specifically on ways to reduce plastic pollution. Plastic is detrimental to the health of ecosystems all around the world. Animals are killed every day by ingesting plastic materials and getting caught in man made items. Since plastic is around for essentially forever, all that has ever been made still exists somewhere on the planet. As it begins to break down, plastic turns into tiny pieces of microplastic that will further pollute the food chain. Almost all fish caught today for consumption contain microplastics. They are now found even in bottled water and in sea salt.

There are various ways to reduce our plastic consumption to keep the problem from becoming even worse. Most of the changes are small scale, and it is easy to wonder if these tiny acts will make enough of a difference. If everyone is willing to do their part, these little changes can add up to big change for the planet overall. Over the next year, consider trying out some of the following:

  • Switching from single-use plastic grocery bags to carrying your own reusable canvas bags. Keep them folded up in your purse, in your car, or by your door so you actually remember them before going shopping.
  • Refuse single use plastic straws in restaurants. Emily already talked about this tip on National Drinking Straw Day earlier in the year. Not using single use straws is one of the easiest changes to make that can leave a big impact. If you hate not drinking out of a straw, consider buying a metal, bamboo, or even a plastic straw that you can carry around to use instead.
  • Stop drinking water from single use plastic bottles. I realize that this is not a viable option for people who live in areas where tap water is not safe to consume. If you can consume the water in your hometown, consider buying an all metal refillable water bottle to carry with you. If you drink bottled water just because you like the taste better, consider buying a filter to put on your sink or a pitcher with a filter to put in your fridge. That way you can always have great tasting water to take with you on the go.
  • Buy more unpackaged local food. Instead of going to your local megamart for all of the food you eat, try going to a local farmers market. You’ll be buying healthier food (mostly fruits and veggies), get to know the people that grow your food, cut down on plastic packaging, and cut down on the CO2 emissions it takes to transport your food from the farm to your kitchen.
  • Buy everything that you can secondhand. This is both cost effective and keeps lots of items out of the landfill. Americans throw away tons and tons of clothes every year. Try to find clothing from thrift stores and yard sales that are good quality and will last you for years to come. This doesn’t just apply to clothes either. My mom, my sister, and I love looking for secondhand household items such as furniture and dishes as well. You are likely to find something more unique and better quality for a much lower cost when you shop secondhand. Emily got this great corner cabinet at a yard sale for even cheaper than she could have gotten it new.
  • Start using a bamboo toothbrush. Toothbrushes are not recyclable. Dentists recommend you switch out your toothbrush once every three months. That’s four toothbrushes a year each person sends to a landfill. A bamboo toothbrush can be easily recycled or composted (using a heat composter) once the bristles are pulled out. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing materials on earth, so this is the most sustainable option for brushing your teeth as of right now.

If you want to go one step further, get involved in encouraging your local government to putting policies that will help educate people in your area about reducing their waste or putting more recycling and composting bins in public areas.

How I’m Celebrating

I am working on going “zero waste”. Our current economy is not set up to allow consumers to truly be zero waste, but the zero waste movement is about reducing your waste as much as possible. Today specifically, I will be walking around and picking up some of the trash I find in green spaces, the street, and on sidewalks. A lot of this trash can be very harmful to animals, so I will try to recycle it if possible and throw it away otherwise.

You can do this any day by yourself, or you can see if there are any community organized cleanups in your area using this link:

https://www.epa.gov/cleanups/cleanups-my-community

Husband Appreciation Day

April 21st: National Husband Appreciation Day

In our busy lives it can be hard to recognize just how much husbands do for their wives every day. From doing the dishes to mowing the yard, husbands do so much for us to be thankful for.

How I’m Celebrating

I haven’t been home a lot today to hang out with my awesome husband. This morning we went to a dress fitting for my sister’s wedding dress and I had to leave for work right when we got home.

Adam does a lot around the house that I appreciate. He always does the dishes when I cook and he does everything in the yard. He takes care of Ellie and takes out the trash. There are tons of things that he does for me that I probably don’t always notice.

Tonight when I got home from work Adam gave me a back massage. On a day that I’m supposed to be celebrating him, he’s still thinking of me. Since I was so exhausted after a long week of work, I plan on celebrating this holiday more tomorrow. I’ll make Adam supper and get lots of housework done to show him how much I appreciate him.

Cheese Fries Day

April 20th: National Cheese Fries Day

Cheese fries have been around since at least 1978 when this holiday was created, but the combination of potatoes and cheese goes back hundred of years.

How I’m Celebrating

So I had plans to make my own cheese fries when I got home from work. I was going to bake the fries in the oven and then smother them with cheddar cheese and bacon. I had something like this picture in mind for my cheese fries.

Unfortunately, I had to work much later than I thought that I would. It was almost midnight when I left work so I decided to go with Plan B. Cook-Out is on my way home from work and I knew that they had cheese fries so I decided to try them out. I got cheese fries and a burger with no bun since I hadn’t eaten supper yet.

I took my food home and was super excited to eat. I opened everything up and was extremely disappointed in my cheese fries. On a day that is supposed to celebrate this yummy snack, my experience just let me down.

High Five Day

April 19th: National High Five Day

Spread good vibes and give everyone a high five today!

How I’m Celebrating

I worked a very long shift today but I got to work with some of my favorite people. After 12 hours of work it was time to high five one of my besties for a job well done. Christina helps me out so much and I appreciate how much of a team player she is! Teamwork makes the dream work!