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July 2015

Named after Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.

National Ice Cream Month
Bring it.  When I was in Italy I made it a goal to eat gelato every day and to try a different flavor each time. I think with this month it should be ice cream everyday and many flavors!

Picnic Month
When did picnics become a thing to do?
Spectacular Picnic Spots Nationwide
Tips for a Great Picnic from The Weather Channel
The Best and Worst Picnic Foods According to The Smithsonian 
All Things Picnic...Literally! 

Independent Retailer Month
Support your local businesses!  It's good for the local economy and community.

Horseradish Month
What is Horseradish?
Horseradish is more than a Prime Rib accompaniment 
Homemade Horseradish Recipe
Horseradish Cream Sauce Recipe
My mouth is watering, I love horseradish!

National Cell Phone Courtesy Month
In my opinion most of these courtesies are "duh" but apparently not since there are so many articles out there about it!
Emily Post's Top Ten Cell Phone Manners
Cell Phone Etiquette
23 Totally Inexcusable Breaches of Cell Phone Etiquette
The do's and don'ts of cell phone etiquette

National Blueberry Month
Blueberries, blueberries, blueberries!

National Anti-Boredom Month
Beat the Boredom Blues
8 Anti-Boredom Kits for Kids
This is not your ordinary coloring book!
10 Ideas to Bust Your Boredom

Unlucky Month for Weddings

National Hot Dog Month
Americans consume approximately 818 hot dogs per second between Memorial Day and Labor Day, with the prime time being the Fourth of July holiday; hence July being named National Hot Dog Month.  During the July 4th weekend alone (the biggest hot-dog holiday of the year), 155 million will be downed.

Week 2: Nude Recreation Week
              Huh. Because it is so hot out? That's why people are nude? Oh my.


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Today I want to celebrate transformation - the work we have each put in day after day, month after month, year after year to become not who we were. Let me say this - there is no shame in who we were because that was the hurt us - the baggage laden us - the angry us. And we've done the work so let's celebrate who we aren't and who we now are!  The song above is all about being transformed - from the choices to let go of pain and find healing. It inspired something called cardboard testimonies which I personally love. A way to share your story in one or two sentences/phrases. I don't know about you but I love not being who I was. I still have work to do but I love looking back and seeing the transformation I've gone through thus far. 

Here's some inspiration - yes, a lot of it is faith based (okay maybe all of it) but if you don't subscribe to a faith that's okay! You still have a cardboard testimony. 


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Today's #FRIENDSFriday is all about how well do you, or I, know the show? It's time for a little Friends Trivia!

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of or prompted by feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia.

Watching my brothers become Uncles - thanks to my oldest redhead - has been one of the best things in my life. It was through their interactions with her from the moment she was born until present day that made me see the men they were growing up to be and what kind of Father's they would be to their own children someday. It takes nothing at all for me to think back to those days when she was an itty-bitty and my brothers - who had no experience with babies - took on soothing her when she cried, changing her diapers, helping feed her, and just snuggling. Mushy gushy heart.

What makes you sentimental today?