children

VALENTINE’S DAY

Valentine’s Day began as St. Valentine’s Day, a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus.  February 14th first became associated with romantic love during the High Middle Ages as the tradition of courtly love was then flourishing. During 18th century England, this day evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending Valentine cards. 

Ancient History

Mixed opinions prevail regarding who or what was celebrated in mid-February. Some point to martyred saints by the name of Valentine or Valentinus. The most popular story tells of the saint who defied a decree by Emperor Claudius II who outlawed marriage for young men because he believed single men made better soldiers. St. Valentine, preferring young lovers to be wed than have them sneaking around (or believing in the power of love), would marry them in secret. However, it may have been another Valentine who performed the marriages. Either way, at least two of them were beheaded for their actions.

Another possible origin for Valentine’s Day takes us back to a pagan festival called Lupercalia. As a way to discourage participation in the fertility festival, the Christian church placed St. Valentine’s Day in the middle of February.

Modern Celebrations

Since the Renaissance, we’ve been exchanging Valentine’s cards. These handmade missives of romance grew into a more commercial venture by the Victorian era. Today, school children exchange Valentine greetings, too. They prepare for the day by making unique boxes to receive their many hearts, cupids, and pun-filled rhymes. 

Here are some great ideas for couples.  Use them to make Valentine’s or any special date.

Chocolates and candy have also become a part of the celebration. While couples tend to be the focus of the day, singles celebrate being single, too. Friends take each other out or reject the overall notion of Valentine’s Day. Dinner and a movie, candlelight, and flowers also fit the bill for couples. It’s one of the busiest days of the year for florists. 

Check out these great gifts.
VALENTINE’S DAY

Last minute gift?

HOW TO OBSERVE #ValentinesDay

You can surprise your special someone with flowers, chocolate or a card. Bring a smile to their face with an original poem or homemade meal.

Get Recipes that will impress without spending days in the kitchen. Many can be done at the last minute if needed.

Jen’s Fettuccini Alfredo Caprese
Garlic Butter Steak bites
Winter Arugula Pear Salad
Spinach, Blue Cheese, Beef Wellingtons

Get something special for your Valentine and use #ValentinesDay to post on social media.

Today is also National Donor Day, and

International Book Giving Day

VALENTINE’S DAY HISTORY

Credit is traditionally given to Pope Gelasius for declaring February 14th as Saint Valentine’s Day around the year 496 to separate the church from the Roman celebration of Lupercalia, an ancient pagan fertility festival which occurred on February 15th.  

Brides and grooms will receive the following key benefits: *Up to 20% completion gift off most products on Amazon *World's largest selection, plus Amazon's reliable fast shipping and world class customer service *It's universal - add items from other websites with the universal button * Fast, free shipping - Free shipping on orders over $25 or fast, FREE delivery on millions of items with Prime.
Brides and grooms will receive the following key benefits: *Up to 20% completion gift off most products on Amazon *World’s largest selection, plus Amazon’s reliable fast shipping and world class customer service *It’s universal – add items from other websites with the universal button * Fast, free shipping – Free shipping on orders over $25 or fast, FREE delivery on millions of items with Prime.

NATIONAL DONOR DAY

Observed each year on February 14th, National Donor Day (also known as  National Organ Donor Day) is a day to increase awareness about organ donation and the lives that can be saved. In the United States, more than 120,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ donation.

Today is also Valentine’s Day, International Book Giving Day and a great night for a date.

Give the gift of Life.

The observance focuses on five different types of donations:  Organs – Tissues – Marrow – Platelets – Blood.  Many nonprofit health organizations sponsor blood and marrow drives and organ/tissue sign-ups across the nation. Approximately every two seconds, there is someone in the U.S. who needs blood, which translates to the need for over 41,000 daily donations.  

Of Course I'm An Organ Donor Who Wouldn't Want A Piece Shirt

 
Of Course I’m An Organ Donor Who Wouldn’t Want A Piece Shirt

 

Each type of donation saves lives. While blood, platelets, tissue, marrow, and some organs may be donated at any time, most organs are donated upon death. A single donor can save up to 8 lives and help more than 75 people.

Some blood donors have been making donations as young as the age of 17. They can donate a pint of blood every 53 days. One pint of blood can save up to three people. If you’ve never thought about donation, you’re of the 17 percent of non-donors. However, only 37 percent of the population of the United States is eligible to donate blood.

Return to Me

David Duchovny (Actor), Minnie Driver (Actor), & 1 more
Return to Me

David Duchovny (Actor), Minnie Driver (Actor), & 1 more


HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDonorDay

If you’ve received the gift of an organ, tissue, marrow, platelets or blood, share your story.  Several year’s ago blood transfusions saved my life. I wish I could donate.

Look into becoming a donor.  Visit donatelifenw.org and organdonor.gov for more information on organ donation.

Use #NationalDonorDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL DONOR DAY HISTORY

National Donor Day was started in 1998 by the Saturn Corporation and its United Auto Workers partners, with the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and many nonprofit health organizations.

Our membership program offers special benefits for a low monthly fee: *Prime members can add subscription services like HBO, Showtime, STARZ and more to their membership *Manage subscriptions via Amazon Video on any device *No cable or satellite account necessary *Watch popular TV shows and blockbuster movies

International Book Giving Day, February 14, 2020

Devoted to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children and providing access to books for children in need, Book Giving Day calls on volunteers to share their favourite book with a young reader. Although the holiday originated in the UK, book lovers around the world now join in the celebrations every year.

Book Giving Day has few organised events. Instead, individual volunteers are encouraged to give a favourite book or books to children. This can take many forms; some people give books as gifts to their own children or to those of friends. Others donate books to children’s libraries, schools or charities. Still others leave books in places where they’ll be found, such as doctors’ waiting rooms or coach stations.

The organisers of Book Giving Day support the holiday by sharing participants’ stories and offering bonuses such as downloadable holiday bookplates to use in gifts.

#BookGivingDay

https://bookgivingday.com/

Don’t miss these book holidays.
World read Aloud Day, February 5
National Library Lovers Day February 12.
International Book Giving Day, February 14

Support These Literacy Organisations

Brides and grooms will receive the following key benefits: *Up to 20% completion gift off most products on Amazon *World's largest selection, plus Amazon's reliable fast shipping and world class customer service *It's universal - add items from other websites with the universal button * Fast, free shipping - Free shipping on orders over $25 or fast, FREE delivery on millions of items with Prime.
Brides and grooms will receive the following key benefits: *Up to 20% completion gift off most products on Amazon *World’s largest selection, plus Amazon’s reliable fast shipping and world class customer service *It’s universal – add items from other websites with the universal button * Fast, free shipping – Free shipping on orders over $25 or fast, FREE delivery on millions of items with Prime.

WORLD READ ALOUD DAY

Every year during the beginning of February, World Read Aloud Day highlights the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. This year it falls on February 5,2020. Participants are encouraged to select a book, find a friend, and read aloud. The day also encourages parents to read aloud to their children.

The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury: Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud Hardcover – September 14, 1998

by Janet Schulman  (Editor), Profusely illustrated (Illustrator)
The 20th-Century Children’s Book Treasury: Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud Hardcover – September 14, 1998

by Janet Schulman  (Editor), Profusely illustrated (Illustrator)


It’s never too early for parents to start reading to their children. When parents read aloud to their kids, it helps foster language development and social-emotional learning. Additionally, reading aloud promotes happiness in children. When parents read to their children, it creates a spark in children to become joyful readers themselves. Also, both children and parents enjoy the special bond that gets created when parents read to their children.

365 Bedtime Stories and Rhymes Hardcover – October 2, 2018

by Cottage Door Press  (Author, Editor)

365 Bedtime Stories and Rhymes Hardcover – October 2, 2018

by Cottage Door Press  (Author, Editor)

Other benefits of reading aloud include:

  • helping children acquire a larger vocabulary
  • building a connection between the spoken and written word
  • helping to increase attention span
  • strengthens a child’s cognition
  • providing a safe way to explore strong emotions

When reading aloud, parents should not read books that are too difficult or too easy. They should also find a place to read where there are minimal distractions. Parents should ensure they allow enough time to read the book. It’s important to read the book from beginning to end.

For older children try collections like Harry Potter. We read the book several nights in a row.

Harry Potter Books 1-7 Special Edition Boxed Set Paperback – August 28, 2018

by J.K. Rowling  (Author), J. K. Rowling  (Author), & 2 more
Harry Potter Books 1-7 Special Edition Boxed Set Paperback – August 28, 2018

by J.K. Rowling  (Author), J. K. Rowling  (Author), & 2 more


HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldReadAloudDay

Millions of people in over 170 countries celebrate this day. In 2019, the special day of reading was on the top trending hashtags on Twitter. Celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Chelsea Clinton have participated in the event.

It’s easy to participate. Simply find someone or a group of people to read a book to. Parents can read to their children. Kids can practice reading aloud by sharing their favorite story with friends or family. Some people even read aloud to their pets. If you want to participate in a read-aloud event in your community, check with the library or bookstore.

To spread awareness for the day, use #WorldReadAloudDay on social media. Be sure to post a pic of the book you read aloud! Remember, this is one day that parents and children can #CelebrateEveryDay.

Don’t forget other great book celebrations this month. International Book Giving Day on February 14. National Library Lovers Day on February 12.

WORLD READ ALOUD DAY HISTORY

LitWorld, a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy, created World Read Aloud Day in 2010. Their mission is to strengthen kids and communities through the power of stories. The well-known book publisher, Scholastic, sponsors World Read Aloud Day.

NATIONAL LIBRARY LOVER’S MONTH

The entire month of February is dedicated to the people who love whole buildings devoted to the reading, housing, organizing, categorizing, finding, studying and otherwise loving books.  It’every  s National Library Lover’s Month!

Start a liflinf love of reading.
Start a lifelong love affair with reading!

Check out some of these fantastic Authors and their books. I’ve said for years “Hollywood needs a library card. Guess someone finally heard me. ”  They currently have Movies or series based on the books.

Outlander

Books by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander Season 5

Season 5 premieres February 16 on Starz. Add Starz to your Amazon Prime

The Bridgertons

Books by Julia Quinn

Coming to Netflix in 2020

Game of Thrones

Books by George R. R. Martin



Stephanie Plum

Stephanie Plum

Books by Janet Evanovich


There are lots of great authors and books I cannot begin to list them all here. Make sure you bookmark and like our site for more.

Libraries provide so much more than a place for us to enjoy great novels or to discover amazing adventures and untold history.  Yes, they help us ace our research papers and provide a quiet space to study, but they do so much more.

For preschoolers, libraries entertain them with theater and hands-on activities exposing them to music, art and their first friendships. Many communities rely on their libraries for meeting space for public forums, socials, fundraisers and classes.

Libraries lend not only books but music and movies. Rotating art displays give local artists exposure to the community. Larger libraries provide preservation services, preserving some of the most treasured books, periodicals and documents for future generations.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Find a Library close to home. This directory is the most up to date for Libraries in America.

Continue enjoying your library, but consider volunteering your time, too.  If you don’t have a library card, it’s never too late!  Visit your library to get one!  Use #NationalLibraryLoversDay to share on social media.

Of course, if you’re even a fraction addicted to books as I am you may have to start your own library. Mine is currently occupying four bookshelves with some still boxed. Since I like to reread mine I use them frequently. As I usually read a full novel in about two days I have to carry a small ton from my local library or draw from my own. I wish ereaders had been around when I started.

If you want to pass this gift to others February 14th is also International Book Giving Day.

Our membership program offers special benefits including: * Instantly watch thousands of movies and TV episodes * Borrow Kindle books * Get unlimited FREE two-day shipping (no minimum order size)
Our membership program offers special benefits including: * Instantly watch thousands of movies and TV episodes * Borrow Kindle books * Get unlimited FREE two-day shipping (no minimum order size)

NATIONAL CREAM CHEESE BROWNIE DAY

On February 10, National Cream Cheese Brownie Day shines a spotlight on an irresistible dessert bar. Combining chocolate and cream cheese has long been a favorite in the bakery. When it’s added to a brownie recipe the results are spectacular. 

The brownie has been around since the 1800s but was first documented in 1906 in The Boston Cooking School Cook Book.  There are hundreds of cream cheese brownie recipes. However, we also enjoy them cut up into parfaits or mixed into ice cream. Add a dollop of whipped cream, berries or a sprinkle of nuts and fruit and they become a decadent dessert in their own right. 

Adding cream to the batter once it’s poured into the pan and swirling it around with a knife gives the finished product an elegant look. It even suggests a celebration when you look at it! No matter how you enjoy cream cheese brownies, we are sure that you will find one that you like.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CreamCheeseBrownieDay

Maybe you would like to bake a pan of these delicious brownies and share them with your family and friends! Enjoy my fun easy recipe. If you missed these Easy Loaded Brownies this recipe is great the whole year through.

These are a good way to reward yourself for cleaning out your computer and making sure your memories are safe. The computer working better and faster is good reward as well.


.

Use #CreamCheeseBrownieDay to post on social media.

Brides and grooms will receive the following key benefits: *Up to 20% completion gift off most products on Amazon *World's largest selection, plus Amazon's reliable fast shipping and world class customer service *It's universal - add items from other websites with the universal button * Fast, free shipping - Free shipping on orders over $25 or fast, FREE delivery on millions of items with Prime.
Brides and grooms will receive the following key benefits: *Up to 20% completion gift off most products on Amazon *World’s largest selection, plus Amazon’s reliable fast shipping and world class customer service *It’s universal – add items from other websites with the universal button * Fast, free shipping – Free shipping on orders over $25 or fast, FREE delivery on millions of items with Prime.

NATIONAL PIZZA DAY

National Pizza Day is observed annually on February 9th. This year it happens to fall on the weekend. A Sunday as it happens.

Whether it is thin crust, Chicago-style, deep dish or anything in between, pizza is an American favorite.

Here are some interesting facts about pizza:

  • Pepperoni is the most popular pizza at 36% of all pies ordered.
  • Over 3 billion pizzas are sold in the USA each year.  Add another 1 billion on frozen pizzas
  • 17% of all US Restaurants are pizzerias.
  •  Antica Pizzeria, the first Pizzeria, opened in Naples, Italy, in 1738.
  •  Gennaro Lombardi, the first Pizzeria in the United States, opened in 1895 in New York City.
  • Americans consume on average 23 pounds of pizza per person each year.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Throw a pizza party and give the following recipes a try:

Mom’s Homemade Pizza with fun memories

Mom’s pizza dough recipe

Use #NationalPizzaDay to post on social media.

KitchenAid KC113OHAQA Classic Pizza Wheel, One Size, Aqua Sky

by KitchenAid
KitchenAid KC113OHAQA Classic Pizza Wheel, One Size, Aqua Sky

by KitchenAid


including: * Instantly watch thousands of movies and TV episodes * Borrow Kindle books * Get unlimited FREE two-day shipping (no minimum order size)
including: * Instantly watch thousands of movies and TV episodes * Borrow Kindle books * Get unlimited FREE two-day shipping (no minimum order size)

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPizzaDay

Your Very Special Offers:

  • Blaze Pizza – Two Pepperoni Pizzas for $10 with online orders.
  • CiCi’s – With coupon, carry out three one-topping pizzas @ $5 each.
  • Marco’s Pizza – Feb. 9, 2020, only, free medium cheese pizza with the purchase of any large pizza. Use promo code BOGOCHZ.
  • Round Table Pizza – Get their bounce-back coupon to celebrate with one free personal cheese or 1-topping pizza with any dine-in purchases. Limit one per order. See the website for more details.
  • Einstein Bro. – Offering 2 slices for $3 from February 3-9th.
  • Patxi’s Pizza – Buy one get any 10-inch specialty thin crust for $9.
  • Caulipower – This offers you a unique way to give the gift of pizza to friends or family who’re expecting on National Pizza Day. Visit BornOnPizzaDay.com to send a year’s supply of Caulipower pizza to the lucky family.
  • Slice of The Burg – offering buy any 18″ pizza get a 14″ 2 regular topping pizza for $5 all day on Feb 9, 2020.
Brides and grooms will receive the following key benefits: *Up to 20% completion gift off most products on Amazon *World's largest selection, plus Amazon's reliable fast shipping and world class customer service *It's universal - add items from other websites with the universal button * Fast, free shipping - Free shipping on orders over $25 or fast, FREE delivery on millions of items with Prime.
Brides and grooms will receive the following key benefits: *Up to 20% completion gift off most products on Amazon *World’s largest selection, plus Amazon’s reliable fast shipping and world class customer service *It’s universal – add items from other websites with the universal button * Fast, free shipping – Free shipping on orders over $25 or fast, FREE delivery on millions of items with Prime.
%d bloggers like this: