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LIBRARY SHELFIE DAY

On January 22nd if you need a break from the Impeachment Trial, Library Shelfie Day, offers a unique opportunity for book lovers.

Some collectors of books tend to arrange their collections so their spines can be admired pleasantly. Others have a system of organization that results in an alternative art form. However our books are organized on the shelf, they are meant to be photographed and shared on social media.

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Library Shelfies offer book stores, libraries, schools, and individuals an opportunity to express their reading preferences through a single photograph. Whether they frame their favorite authors, titles, genres or cover art, readers share a bit of their library in creative ways. With or without dust jackets, signed and unsigned, dogeared and in mint condition, bibliophiles love books of all kinds.

HOW TO OBSERVE #LibraryShelfieDay

Whether you have a small library with a few select favorites or are a true bibliophile, arrange your collection on a shelf and take a picture. Some suggestions include:

  • Arrange by color
  • Order books by height, thickness, width
  • Arrange book titles so they send a message
  • Stack books artistically
  • Place books in the order in which they were read
  • Rely on the good ol’ alphabetical order by author
  • Display a biography only shelfie

Once you’ve taken your library shelfie, visit a local library and check out theirs. You might find they’ve developed clever ways to entice you to new books and old ones, too. Don’t forget to use #LibraryShelfieDay to share on social media.

LIBRARY SHELFIE DAY HISTORY

The New York Public Library founded Library Shelfie Day as a way to observe various national holidays by displaying shelfies representing books from each day.

You can combine this with Blonde Brownie Day also recognized today. A good cup of coffee or tea, a blonde brownie, and a great book. Curl up in your favorite spot. There is no better way to enjoy a cold winters day. (It’s 30° in Florida. Trust me this is cold for us.)

NATIONAL HUGGING DAY

National Hug Day or National Hugging Day occurs on January 21st and is officially recognized by the United States Copyright Office, but is not a public holiday.

The purpose of the day is to help everyone show more emotion in public. The only way to celebrate the day is by offering a hug to anyone and everyone you want. While National Hug Day and the Free Hugs Campaign share many similarities, there is not an association between the two.

Whether you hug a family member or a stranger, the mental and physical health benefits are the same. From the day we are born, hugs or touch improve our sleep. Hugging, like cuddling, releases oxytocin. On its own, this hormone provides tremendous health benefits. Not only does it gives us feel-good hormones, but it reduces pain. Receiving a hug helps reduce stress, lowers blood pressure and lowers the risk of heart disease. It also eases anxiety.

Origins Feel Good Hug Stress Releasing Shoulder Wrap - Peppermint Eucalyptus Lavender

by Origins
Origins Feel Good Hug Stress Releasing Shoulder Wrap – Peppermint Eucalyptus Lavender

by Origins


In my research to help my husband, I came across the benefits of these marvelous creations. The weighted blanket feels like a hug and quiets things like anxiety, helps reduce the symptoms of restless leg syndrome, and helps you get a deeper, better nights sleep. So I got him one for Christmas. He uses it every night. Instead of waking 10 times a night, he sleeps through the night. The Restless leg syndrome has quieted, he is no longer jerked awake by overactive nerve activity in his legs and feet.

I was skeptical that this would work,  but after months and months of interrupted sleep and medical avenues not providing any relief, we were getting desperate.  I figured what have we got to lose?  I highly recommend this especially to anyone dealing with similar symptoms or issues.

ZonLi Adults Weighted Blanket 20 lbs(60''x80'', Grey, Queen Size), Cooling Weighted Blanket for Adult, 100% Cotton Material with Glass Beads

by ZonLi
ZonLi Adults Weighted Blanket 20 lbs(60”x80”, Grey, Queen Size), Cooling Weighted Blanket for Adult, 100% Cotton Material with Glass Beads

by ZonLi


HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHuggingDay

Give someone a big hug. Or, if you need one, ask for a hug and reap the benefits.  Use #NationalHuggingDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL HUGGING DAY HISTORY

The holiday was founded by Rev. Kevin Zaborney on March 29, 1986, in Caro, Michigan.

NATIONAL MICHIGAN DAY

On January 18, National Michigan Day recognizes the Great Lake State.

Surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan has more shoreline than any of the contiguous 48 states. Of the 50 states, only Alaska has more.

First explored by the French, the area became a U.S territory in 1783.  Flush with iron and copper, Michigan would become a center of industrial activity.

Lake Michigan separates the upper and lower peninsulas of the 26th state granted statehood, making Michigan unlike any other in design.  To move from one peninsula to the other, ferries used to carry travelers back and forth.  But in 1957, the Mackinac Bridge connected the two sides making the journey more convenient and safer.  At 26,372 feet long, it is the third longest suspension bridge in the world.

Industry and Music

Industry dominated the early 20th century in Michigan. From logging, shipping, rail and automotive, the population grew with an influx of workers during war and peacetime. Influenced by skilled trades, engineering, and manufacturing, employment exploded.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, assembly workers were in high demand all across the country. The Willow Run plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan built B-24 Bombers. As the epicenter of the automobile industry, Michigan was ripe for the increased production.

Rosie The Riveter We Can Do It Art Print Poster - 11x17 Fine Art Poster Print by J. Howard Miller, 11x17
Rosie The Riveter We Can Do It Art Print Poster – 11×17 Fine Art Poster Print by J. Howard Miller, 11×17


One of the Willow Run factory workers became a Rosie the Riveter spokesperson wearing the iconic bandana and flexing her muscle to sell war bonds. Rose Will Monroe’s efforts, as well as thousands of other women in Michigan and across the country, changed the course a war and the image of women for generations.

Known for its Motown sound and legendary music makers, Michigan and Detroit launched some of the most memorable names in jazz and gospel music.  From Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross to the Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder, the birth of Motown was the launching of an era.

101 Motown Anthems / Various

Box Set, Import

VARIOUS ARTISTS (Artist)  
101 Motown Anthems / Various

Box Set, Import

VARIOUS ARTISTS (Artist)  

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMichiganDay

Join National Day Calendar as we recognize Michigan’s industrious spirit and natural beauty. Uncover hidden treasures and explore all Michigan’s history, lakes, and peninsulas!

Use #NationalMichiganDay to share on social media.

For a complete list of Michigan State and National Parks & Historic Sites visit www.michigandnr.com and www.nps.gov. Check out a few of the featured sites around the state below.

Isle Royale – Houghton

Motor Cities – Detroit

Pictured Rocks – Grand Marais

Agate Falls Scenic Site – Trout Creek

Bond Falls Scenic Site – Paulding

Colonial Michilimackinac Historic State Park – Mackinaw City

Hoffmaster State Park – Muskegon

Ionia State Recreation Area – Ionia

Ludington State Park – Ludington

Tahquamenon Falls State Park – Paradise

MUSEUMS

Grand Rapids Public Museum – Grand Rapids

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum – Paradise

Hitsville U.S.A. – Detroit

Yankee Air Museum – Belleville

Automotive Hall of Fame – Dearborn

Michigan Science Center – Detroit

R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts – Kalamazoo

Air Zoo – Kalamazoo

The Henry Ford – Dearborn

Michigan Iron Industry Museum – Negaunee

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History – Detroit

Notable Auto Industry

While the horseless carriage was invented in Germany and France, Michigan laid claim to production, design, and innovation earning Detroit the Motor City nickname Motown.

Attracted to the machine industry and availability of shipping to large metropolitan areas of Chicago and New York by rail and water, Michigan made an ideal place to set up shop. Businessmen like Henry Ford and Ransom Olds didn’t have far to go; they were born in the great state of Michigan. Others made their way to the Great Lake State from as near as New York and as far as Europe. Those with names we recognize today. Businessman, machinists, inventors, and designers. Horace and Elgin Dodge, Henry M. Leland, Louis Chevrolet, William C. Durant, David Dunbar Buick.

Notable Motown
Pontiac – Ottawa Chief – (1720 – April 20, 1769)
Edna Ferber – Author – ( August 15, 1885 – April 16, 1968)
Edna Ferber: Five Complete Novels Hardcover – June 1, 1981

by Edna Ferber  (Author)
Edna Ferber: Five Complete Novels Hardcover – June 1, 1981

by Edna Ferber  (Author)


Charles Lindbergh – Aviator – (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974)
The Spirit of St. Louis Paperback – December 9, 2003

by Charles A. Lindbergh  (Author), Reeve Lindbergh 
The Spirit of St. Louis Paperback – December 9, 2003

by Charles A. Lindbergh  (Author), Reeve Lindbergh 


Alfred Hershey – Geneticist – (December 4, 1908 – May 22, 1997)
Norman Shumway – Surgeon – (February 9, 1923 – February 10, 2006)
Della Reese – Singer/Actress – (July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017)
Della Reese
Della Reese Be sure to catch some of her great performances in Touched by an Angel Series.
Touched by an Angel: The Complete Series

Box Set

Roma Downey (Actor), John Dye (Actor), Multiple (Director) 

Della Reese
Touched by an Angel: The Complete Series

Box Set

Roma Downey (Actor), John Dye (Actor), Multiple (Director) 

Della Reese
Francis Ford Coppola – Director – (April 7, 1939 -)
Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection (Apocalypse Now/Apocalypse Now Redux/One From the Heart/Tetro/The Conversation) [Blu-ray]

Box Set
Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection (Apocalypse Now/Apocalypse Now Redux/One From the Heart/Tetro/The Conversation) [Blu-ray]

Box Set


Robert G Heft – Educator – (January 19, 1941 – December 12, 2009)
John Hughes – Director – (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009)
John Hughes Yearbook Collection (The Breakfast Club / Sixteen Candles / Weird Science)

DVD

Box Set

Molly Ringwald (Actor), Anthony Michael Hall (Actor), & 1 mor
John Hughes Yearbook Collection (The Breakfast Club / Sixteen Candles / Weird Science)

DVD

Box Set

Molly Ringwald (Actor), Anthony Michael Hall (Actor), & 1 mor


Alexa Canady – Physician – (November 7, 1950 -)
Earvin Johnson – Basketball Player – (August 14, 1959 – )

NATIONAL CUDDLE UP  DAY Jan 6

Each year on January 6th, National Cuddle Up Day encourages us to snuggle up with someone for the health benefits and more!

January is typically some of the coldest days of the year, so what better way to stay warm and reap the health benefits of cuddling on National Cuddle Up Day? Whether it’s a three dog night (a night so cold it takes three dogs to cuddle up with to stay warm) or only slightly chilly, there are multiple benefits to cuddling with human or canine or other pet.

Pinzon Faux Fur Throw Blanket - 63 x 87 Inch, Frost Grey  by Pinzon by Amazon
Pinzon Faux Fur Throw Blanket – 63 x 87 Inch, Frost Grey

by Pinzon by Amazon

Cuddling releases oxytocin. This hormone alone has tremendous health benefits. Besides giving us warm and fuzzy feelings, oxytocin reduces pain. So when the cold has made those muscles and joints ache, cuddling can help reduce those aches and pains.

Oxytocin also helps reduce heart disease, lowers blood pressure, stress, and anxiety. If it weren’t free, insurance carriers would probably cover cuddling since it’s such a huge health benefit!

Communication is more than just e-mails, texts, or conversation. Physical touch can communicate trust, commitment, safety, and reassurance. This goes for human to human contact as well as human to pet contact. Cuddling expresses all these things, which are vital to a healthy relationship.

Boyfriend Pillow The Original Boyfriend Body Pillow Blue

by Boyfriend Pillow
Boyfriend Pillow The Original Boyfriend Body Pillow Blue

by Boyfriend Pillow


Cuddling also boosts sexual desire. Dopamine is released, stimulating the brain to seek pleasure. But dopamine also can improve memory and focus as well.

Don’t have someone to cuddle up with?  Make an appointment for a massage.  Studies show massage provides similar benefits.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCuddleUpDay

Cuddle up with someone you love. Invite your pet up on the sofa for a snuggle session. Schedule a massage. Use #NationalCuddleUpDay

January 1, 2020! New Years Day

Happy New Year! If your bleary eyed and looking for Asprin, that was an energetic whisper instead of a yell…

Pensacola Pelican Drop with great friends.
The Pelican Drop may be gone but the memories live on!  Happy New Year! 

Well 2020 is officially here. Now if I can just train myself to write that year, on important things like billing, receipts and checks. If you haven’t adjusted your organizer, calendars, and yearly to-do lists, it’s a good day to spend quietly preparing to rejoin the world. (If you’re lucky enough to have time off to do so.)

First make it a point if you’re not totally digital to transfer any dates, notes, or important information to this tears planner. Sync the digital, worlds of desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile so you have your information handy. You should do a complete backup of your contacts, calendars, and any other vital information.

For digital media burn real back up disks. I know, it sounds old fashioned today, but that thumb drive, external hard drive, micro sd card can all be wiped out. The wrong delete command can undo all your hard work. What would you do if you lost all those irreplacable photos?

The Cloud?

Ok, like most of us I have cloud storage. So why do I need to do anything physical like a real disk? Cloud storage has gotten better but, experts still agree if you go with this method, you need more than one. A physical disk also lets me keep my private files…Private!

Data breaches happen all the time. Google, Banks, Stores where we shop, they appear in the news all the time. Sensitive information like credit cards, financial records, taxes, contacts, and any photos, you don’t want out there don’t store it anywhere that has network access. Yes, it makes it easier for you to get to your files but internet security is really only good until the next hacker breaks it. Do you really want to learn through social media that “That” photo is out there. With identity theft rates going higher, do not want to take chances with your sensitive information?

Staying on Track

As a blogger, and in charge of the family finances, I safeguard this information. I use a variety of both physical and virtual tools to make my life easier. To keep my days on track and remember appointments I still use a paper planner. Everything from holidays, birthdays, and planning for both my family and my blog go here. I find it easier to stay focused, complete tasks in a timely manner and use things like alarms on my phone for special reminders.

Blue Sky 2020 Weekly & Monthly Planner, Flexible Cover, Twin-Wire Binding, 5" x 8", Laila

by Blue Sky
Blue Sky 2020 Weekly & Monthly Planner, Flexible Cover, Twin-Wire Binding, 5″ x 8″, Laila

by Blue Sky


Outside of that and a secret stash of sensitive login information I’m fully digital.  We use app named Prism to keep track of paydays, bills, credit cards and so on. It let’s me track and make payments easily with an easy to understand interface that covers everything. It reminds me when the water payment is due. Keeps my bank balance, tells me the car insurance is next week and keeps up with my automatic payments. With bank-level security and automatic locking features even if I lose my phone no one else can get in.

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NATIONAL EGGNOG DAY Christmas Eve

National Eggnog Day is observed once a year on the day before Christmas.  Also known as egg milk punch, eggnog is a popular drink throughout the United States during the holidays.

Eggnog is a sweetened dairy-based beverage traditionally made with milk and cream, sugar, whipped eggs, and spices.  When served at parties and holiday get-togethers, liquor is often added to the eggnog, such as brandy, rum, whiskey, bourbon, vodka, or any combination. The full glass is typically garnished with a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin spice. We did taste tests and our recommendation is actually Publix Eggnog and if you’re not driving add some bourbon, or brandy. Talk about adding some warmth to a cold night.

Also used as a flavoring, eggnog creates delicious coffees, teas, baked goods, and puddings. 

So as you hang your stockings with care and finely get the kids to bed before Santa’s arrival, maybe an adult beverage like this will make sugar plums dance in your head. At least until the wee hours when the kids wake up. From our home to yours have a safe, warm and very Merry Christmas!

Even though the origin of the eggnog drink is debated, many believe that the drink initially developed in East Anglia, England. However, others believe it originated as a medieval European beverage made with hot milk.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalEggnogDay

While gathering together with family and friends, enjoy a glass or two of eggnog! Other ways to enjoy the day include baking eggnog flavored goodies. Make a seasonal ice cream or another holiday treat to share.

Use #NationalEggnogDay to post on social media.

Whiskey Cinnamon Infused Cranberry Sauce

This treat for Thanksgiving will need 2 days of space in your refrigerator to infuse before serving. We prefer the jellied style for our Thanksgiving. You can use the whole berry or any recipe you prefer. I used a shallow glass dish big enough to keep the jelly whole. Using a lidded container also gave a great use of the space in my fridge as we stocked it with other treats for our Thanksgiving holiday meal. This is an adult twist on a classic so make sure you have some plain for the kids.

Ingredients

1/2 cup whisky
2 tsp cinnamon
2 cans jellied cranberry

Directions

Mix whisky and cinnamon together.  Add whole cans of jellied cranberry careful to keep intact.
Seal in glass container with lid and refrigerate for 2 days.

Slice into 1/4 slices and serve well chilled.
Save any leftover whiskey mixture to add to hot chocolate for a unique treat that reminds you of home.

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