Banana Day Facts And Fun

The third wednesday of April is Banana Day; and even though it was totally made up by college students we can still have fun with it. 

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I’ve never tried these interesting banana tips so do so at your own risk. If you have tried one of these I’d love to hear about it in a comment – ’cause frankly I’ve never heard most of them…and it’s guys giving them so I’ve got to wonder.

On the serious side here are 10 Health Benefits of bananas:

 

On the totally fun side my kids and I love to laugh at the Minions from Despicable Me. In this short video we learned that they really love bananas:

 

And then we laugh at The Banana Song – every time we watch it. I had to share it with you.

Do you have any bananas at your house? Any way you want to celebrate Banana Day?

Siblings Of Kids With Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month. Unless you live with someone with autism you don’t realize how much it affects the whole family, including the siblings. These videos are from the unique angle of a brother or sister of an autistic child.

From a young boys perspective:

 

 

From a 18 year old view:
This video made me smile…and get teary eyed. He talks then plays a song and then he talks some more. If you don’t want to listen to the song make sure you skip through until he starts talking again. It blessed my heart.

 

 

From a grown ladies perspective: This one is sad, yet happy to watch. It’s sad because she tells the story of her grown brother that was locked away all of his life due to no one knowing how to deal with autism. It’s happy because she found him and visited him after 50 years. She rejoices in the advances that medical science and the public has made in this area.


I love the stories of how special people touch so many lives, and it starts with the family and siblings. Do you have a special person in your life?

Rainbow Day Celebrations

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April 3rd is “Find A Rainbow Day.” Why did I not know about this day before!?! It certainly sounds like a fun day to celebrate. There are many, many ways you can celebrate rainbows.

First the scientific route and what makes a rainbow:

Now that we have the boring stuff out of the way… FOOD!

I didn’t realize how many foods you could make into a rainbow theme! YoYoMax12 on YouTube has a whole playlist of rainbow themed foods. If you click the word “Playlist” at the bottom left of this video widget you can see thumbnails of the different video and choose which one you want to watch. The videos include unicorn poop, panna cotta, as well as normal things like cakes, cookies, and bread in the colors of the rainbow.

 
We can’t leave out sports so here is how to do the rainbow in soccer:

 
Lastly, songs with “rainbow” in the title! Again – if you want to scroll through the playlist and pick a video to watch click the word “playlist” in the bottom left corner.

Just in case you don’t know the colors of the rainbow I’ll leave you with this final tip. If you remember Roy G. Biv you’ll always know the colors of the rainbow and the order they go in - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. It’s great for impressing your kids too.

Did you ever make rainbow themed food? Do you have any special rainbow memories you can share with us?

Magic Tricks To Impress Your Kids [Video]

March 29 is Smoke and Mirrors Day. That made me think of magic tricks and how much fun it is to play them on my kids. It’s also good to have some up your sleeve for times when you have an unexpected wait; you can distract the kids and make the wait time go much faster.

smoke and mirrors day

Here’s some easy sleight of hand tricks that don’t need special equipment and could be done just about anywhere.

All you need is a penny or small coin for this old, but good one. Make a coin disappear:

 

I think this one is clever yet so simple. He uses pencils, but mentions that you could use French fries or some other small objects. Crazy pencil trick:

 

This one might need a little practice with a rubber band, but looks like fun. Rubber band through thumb:

 

I’ve found that it’s fun to awe my kids with what I can do, then after they beg a little bit I show them how to do it. Then they spend a while practicing it themselves. And that’s one of the ways I distract my children or nieces & nephews when we have to wait for something and there’s nothing fun to do.

How about you? Any tricks to distract kids? Any magic tricks you like to do?

Chickens And Poultry Day

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There are many serious ways to celebrate Poultry Day.

  • You could look up what “poultry” actually is: “Poultry meat is domestic or wild fowl that is grown or harvested for human consumption.” from ehow.com
  • You could read about the best ways to raise ducks, geese, chicken, or turkeys; and maybe even emu, ostriches, and peacocks.
  • You could find new recipes for ways to cook poultry.
  • You could find out that there is a Poultry festival in Versailles, Ohio, that is celebrated in June – not March.
  • You could even learn that Poultry Day is the same as National Chocolate Caramel Day so it should be easy to plan a main course and dessert for March 19.

Instead of being serious you could celebrate Poultry Day by being silly.

If you like jazz –  sing along with Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens:

 

Fan of the Muppets? Watch The Swedish Chef prepare Spring Chicken – emphasis on the spring:

And don’t forget to do the chicken dance on Poultry Day. Although I don’t think I would have wanted to get all dressed up for a wedding and dance like a chicken – these people had fun with it:

How are you going to celebrate Poultry Day? Do you like to do the chicken dance?

Proof Reading Is ‘Sew’ Important

If you’ve used any word processing program you no that spell checker is only a minimal help and there are many mistakes that it can’t catch. Nothing is better than proofreading your important work several times yourself – and then asking someone else to check before you publish it.

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Here’s some Proof Reading Day Video fun:

“The The Impotence of Proofreading”

I think the worst of these signs in this next video is “Child Beer;” and I feel really bad for the company with the Reliability sign.

The 5 Worst Typos of History that includes one in the U.S. Constitution and the Bible. Watch for yourself:

Did spell checker ever mess with ewe? Leave a comment and tell tell us!

Parody Of Call Me Maybe: Call Mom Baby

When you were growing up, did your mom tell you, “Call me when you get there?” I certainly remember mine saying that. [It was BC – before cell phones.] Through the years, I’ve felt like it has taken me forever to grow up, but now that I’m on the other side of things, I can tell you my own kids are growing too fast!  Maybe that’s why this Call Me, Maybe parody has me cracking up…whatever it is I hope this helps get you ready for the weekend! I know it did me!

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“Birthdays flying at me…Mom needs nighty nighty…” and other great lyrics are in this parody of “Call Me, Maybe” by Mamalode. I like how they use all age levels from K-5 through college.

I just can’t get enough of the hilarious parodies that seem to just come out of the woodwork on Youtube, share your favorite parody video in the comments!

Winter Sports And Why I Avoid Them

Winter Sports Videos

Winter is almost over and this is the time when parents start feeling a little overwhelmed and kids succumb to cabin fever.  Do you need a break from being indoors? There are lots of snow activities you can participate in. If you can’t afford the fancy places – improvise! I was surprised how many ways there are to improvise with winter sports. [just Google it]

Have you tried any of these winter sports?

  • Snowkiting
  • Snowshoe running
  • Skiing
  • Hockey
  • Sledding
  • Snowtubing
  • Ice Skating
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowboarding
  • Ice Fishing
  • Snowball fights
  • Building snowmen or snow forts
  • or of the varieties of many sports and activities listed.

I have decided to avoid all of them after watching this snow sports blooper video:

Really, they involve cold and wet and I’m fine here by my fire with a good book. :)

Share your favorite winter sport in the comments with us!

Get In The Valentine’s Spirit With Romantic Movie Clips

movie clips for valentines day

I like cheesy romance. There I said it. In the afternoon when my brain turns to mush I can hide out in my room, put my headphones on, and watch some cheesy romantic videos on my laptop.

Surely, I’m not the only one…anyone? After I goe lost in Fantasy Land, I can put the laptop down and head back out to dishes, laundry, and more.  With a smile.

Here’s some that that make me smile or give me a warm, fuzzy feeling.

First a short film from Disney:

The line from the classic Princess Bride: “Death Cannot Stop True Love.”

Of course I have to include something from Pride & Prejudice. But what scene to pick? I like the second proposal in the early morning light as well as the scene at the very end where she is “Mrs. Darcy;” but I think that my favorite is when they dance together and everyone else disappears.


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This is a 6 webisode series. Very cute.

What’s your favorite romantic movie?