The Pursuit of Happiness Week!

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The second week of November has been designated as National Pursuit of Happiness Week. What better time to reflect on how happy you are and what you need to do to pursue complete bliss? In 1776, the Declaration of Independence gave us the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” In 2014, Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy” has become the anthem of many who need the inspiration to become happy.

So what defines happiness? To many, happiness is determined by living a good life or flourishing in their quality of life and well-being. Research has produced many different views of happiness but no validated method has been found to improve long-term happiness. When I asked my son what would make him happy, his answer was, “Money. And lots of it.” So my response to him was the words and tune of The Beatles song, Can’t Buy Me Love.

Wikipedia states that psychologist Martin Seligman provided an acronym, PERMA, to summarize the key factors to happiness. He says humans seem happiest when they have:

Pleasure (tasty food, warm baths, etc.)

Engagement (or flow, the absorption of an enjoyed yet challenging activity)

Relationships (social ties have turned out to be extremely reliable indicator of happiness)

Meaning (a perceived quest or belonging to something bigger)

Accomplishments (having tangible goals)


National Men Make Dinner Day

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Calling all men! Don’t know the difference between a strainer and a spatula? Don’t know how to ‘pre-heat’ your oven? Read on! This holiday is dedicated to all the men who don’t cook on a regular basis. It serves as your opportunity to step up to the plate and try your hand at making dinner. Some say there are a few rules for National Men Make Dinner Day: they include no grilling, no take-out, and no dishes left in the sink. For men who are comfortable in the kitchen, you can submit your best recipe on the National Men Make Dinner website. Officially this holiday is celebrated on the first Thursday of November, which falls on November 6th this year. So men, GET COOKING!


One-Hit Wonder Day

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Some artists only get that “five minutes of fame” and today is a day to celebrate those artists who gave us an amazing one-hit wonder. This holiday was established back in 1990 by a journalist named Steve Rosen. Below is a list of some one hit wonders that we still (hopefully) find catchy even now! What’s your favorite one-hit wonder?

  1. 8675309 by Tommy Tutone
  2. My Sharona by The Knack
  3. Mambo #5
  4. Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas
  5. Mickey by Toni Basil
  6. Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners
  7. I’m Gonna Be (500) Miles by The Proclaimers
  8. Electric Avenue by Eddy Grant
  9. Who Let the Dogs Out by the Baha Men
  10. I’m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred


Above: Kevin Rowland with Dexys Midnight Runners in 1982. Photo credit Rex Features.

National Cheeseburger Day

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Yes! It’s National Cheeseburger Day! What’s better than a hamburger topped with cheese? Two hamburgers topped with cheese! The history of cheeseburgers may be false but the story goes that in 1926 a homeless man walked into “The Rite Spot”—a sandwich shop in Pasadena, California—and asked to put a slice of cheese on top of his hamburger order. Lionel Sternberger, chef and 16 year-old son to the owner of restaurant, dropped a slab of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger and the cheeseburger was born. Other restaurants claim to have invented the cheeseburger. In 1935, a trademark for the name “cheeseburger” was awarded to Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver, Colorado but according to Steak’n Shake archives, the restaurant’s founder, Gus Belt, applied for the trademark on the word in the early 1930s. We honestly don’t care who invented the cheeseburger but are very glad someone did!


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September 11th

Remembering the Day

Okay, we are not exactly celebrating this day (September 11th) but simply remembering the tragedy that happened 13 years ago, in 2001, when the Twin Towers were attacked at the World Trade Center, killing nearly 3,000 people. Who could forget?

Recently, my family went to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. The memorial is beautiful and very peaceful. There are two reflecting pools that are nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The twin pools sit where the Twin Towers once stood. The names of every person who died in the 2001 attacks (and the 1993 WTC bombing) are etched in bronze panels edging the Memorial pools. At night the two pools have beams of light that illuminate the skyline.

The Museum was not as peaceful. In fact, it was devastating and sad to see the photographs, hear the videos and view burnt and damaged belongings to those who have perished. The one good thing that seemed to come out of this horrible day was the way America has come together to love, honor, and respect their country like never before. Firefighters, police, military, and response teams have become our superheroes and get the respect they deserve from their courage and brave acts they do on a daily basis. We now see people donating food, giving blood, flying flags and being truly proud of our wonderful country. This is what we celebrate… the hope.

“September 11th is no longer just about mourning, but about community, giving back, and hope,” via +Forbes.


National Wildlife Day

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All across the globe there are many endangered animal species that need to be rescued if they are to survive for future generations. National Wildlife Day is a day to bring awareness for these animals as well as to acknowledge the organizations and sanctuaries that work hard to save them.

Founder Colleen Paige, a pet lifestyle expert, encourages people to stand up for the animals that do not have a voice and let others know about the difficulties these animals face. To learn more about the National Wildlife Day and the founder please click here.


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National Peach Month

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Did you know that August is National Peach month? The peach (Prunus persica) is a fruit tree native to Northwest China where it was first domesticated and cultivated dating back to 1100 BC. It bears an edible juicy fruit called a peach. The species name persica refers to its widespread cultivation in Persia. Alexander the Great introduced the fruit into Europe after he conquered the Persians. Peaches were well known to the Romans in first century AD. Peaches were brought to the Americas by Spanish explorers in the 16th century and eventually made it to England in the 17th century, where it was a prized and expensive treat.


To celebrate the day, here is a Peach Cobbler recipe courtesy of Paula Deen.


  • 4 cups peeled, sliced peaches
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • Ground cinnamon, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine the peaches, 1 cup sugar, and water in a saucepan and mix well. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Put the butter in a 3-quart baking dish and place in oven to melt.
  4. Mix remaining 1 cup sugar, flour, and milk slowly to prevent clumping. Pour mixture over melted butter. Do not stir. Spoon fruit on top, gently pouring in syrup. Sprinkle top with ground cinnamon, if using. Batter will rise to top during baking. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.
  5. To serve, scoop onto a plate and serve with your choice of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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National Aviation Week

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National Aviation Week is celebrated during the third week of August, which also encompasses the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birth, August 19. Wright was an aviation pioneer who, together with his brother Wilbur, is credited with producing the world’s first successful airplane in 1903. From 1905 to 1907, the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. The Wright brothers were the first to invent the aircraft controls that made the fixed-wing powered flight possible.

We’ve come a long way in 100 years. According to, there are about 87,000 flights per day in the United States alone.

In honor of Aviation week, we’re going to put some paper airplanes together and see who’s will fly the farthest in the office!…after all, we are celebrating the day!

Aviation Week

National Creamsicle Day!

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It’s National Creamsicle® Day! This enjoyable frozen treat is the perfect way to sit back, relax, and cool down on a hot August day. The combination of vanilla cream and fruity ice is pure genius! Especially frozen and on a stick!

Creamsicle® is now a registered trademark. But according to me it’s more of a flavor than a product. I remember having Dreamsicle’s Push Pops as a kid. Creamsicle® popsicles are not the same as Dreamsicles but they are basically the same flavors of cream and orange flavor. Now you can get cakes, pies, alcoholic drinks, and Oreo cookies all in the same wonderful flavor. And the brand Creamsicle® Popsicles have that same creamy inside for orange, raspberry and blueberry. We’re celebrating National Creamsicle® Day, are you?


National Lighthouse Day

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On this day in 1789, the US Congress approved an Act “for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers.” This commissioned the first Federal lighthouse, which was constructed at the entrance of Chesapeake Bay. Two hundred years later, Congress designated August 7th as National Lighthouse Day. Currently the United States has approximately a thousand lighthouses, as well as light towers, range lights and pier head lights. Michigan has the most lighthouses with over 150 past and present lights. Lighthouses were first built and maintained by the United States Lighthouse Board (1852-1910) followed by the United States Lighthouse Service (1910-1939). Today they are built and managed by the Coast Guard. Here, in Texas, there are 14 ‘light stations.’ “Be a beacon of light to someone!” an old Sunday school teacher once told me. “You must behave like a lighthouse and shine day and night for the goodness of everyone.”