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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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