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August 2015

Originally this month was called Sextilis (from sextus, "six"), but the name was later changed in honor of the first of the Roman emperors, Augustus Caesar in 8 B.C. (because several fortunate events of his life occurred during this month).

National Golf Month
The Timeline of Golf
Invention & History of Golf Equipment

Admit You're Happy Month (also called Happiness Happens Month)
10 Ways to Embrace Happy Moments
The Secret Society of Happy People

Family Fun Month
31 Ideas that are budget friendly
7 Secrets of Fun Families
Healthy Activity Ideas for Family Fun

National Catfish Month
The Catfish
Not a fan, they are bottom feeders. BOTTOM FEEDERS. EW!

National Eye Exam Month
Eye Exams are Important for Your Overall Health

Peach Month
Recipes using peaches

Romance Awareness Month
21 Uncommon Romantic Gestures That Would Make Any Girl Melt
The Life Span Of Romantic Gestures
Romantic gestures your man will love
7 Uncommon Romantic Gestures That He'll Love

Water Quality Month
The link provides great information and resources for water quality.

Week 1: National Simplify Your Life
              3 tips that have nothing to do with the clutter on your countertops 
              10 simple things you can do this week to set up simplifying your life

Week 2: National Smile
              All Sorts of Smiles

Week 3: Friendship
              Celebrate your friendships this week and maybe make a new friend or two!

Week 4: Be Kind to Humankind


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