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AUGUST 10, 2019 | NATIONAL S’MORES DAY | NATIONAL LAZY DAY | NATIONAL SHAPEWEAR DAY | NATIONAL GARAGE SALE DAY | NATIONAL BOWLING DAY | NATIONAL CONNECTICUT DAY

National S'mores Day - August 10
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NATIONAL S’MORES DAY

National S’mores Day on August 10th recognizes the most popular campfire treat! Millions of people of all ages love this gooey, toasted treat. 

S’mores consists of a roasted marshmallow with a layer of chocolate bar sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker.

The origin of this tasty snack is credited to the entrepreneur Alec Barnum. However, the first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the 1927 publication of Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.  Even though the Girl Scouts were not the first ones to make s’mores, Girl Scout groups describe them in their reports as early as 1925.  Earlier recipes used the name “Some Mores.”  It is unclear when “S’mores” became the more common name.

Today, many variations on the original s’more find their way around a campfire.

  • Try spreading peanut butter on the graham crackers before adding the other ingredients.
  • Substitute peanut butter cups in place of the chocolate bar.
  • Replace the graham crackers with fudge-dipped cookies.
  • Add banana slices. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSmoresDay

Try this S’more Bar recipe at home. Enjoy and share with your friends and family. How many different ways can you make a s’more? Use #NationalSmoresDay to post on social media. 

NATIONAL S’MORES DAY HISTORY

National S’mores Day origins are currently unknown. 

NATIONAL LAZY DAY

On August 10th, National Lazy Day gives us permission to relax and kickback. So, we’re going to be a bit lazy here.

As you can see, there is not much information regarding this annually celebrated holiday as we do not feel like doing any research. Actually, we do not feel like doing anything at all.  Consequently, we are in our hammocks with a couple of good books and glasses of lemonade and iced tea. Yes, it is a Lazy Day. We choose to be lazy rather than tell much more about this day.

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You can’t teach people to be lazy – they either have it, or they don’t. ~ Dagwood Bumstead

Take this test to prepare yourself for the day. Lazy people fact #72432143726413424. If you were too lazy to read that number, you’re ready to celebrate this day.

The number one rule of any lazy day is if you can’t reach it, you don’t need it. Don’t break the rule.

We assigned an alternative word for lazy for the day. We call it very relaxed.

What is the official exercise of National Lazy Day? Diddly squats.

For some tips on how to enjoy a successful lazy day visit A Pint Sized Life Blog. We were too lazy to give you our own list.

The creator and origin of #NationalLazyDay could not be found.

National Shapewear Day - August 10
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NATIONAL SHAPEWEAR DAY

National Shapewear Day on August 10th celebrates the history, current trends, and continued use and evolution of body shaping garments. The day recognizes what has been a long-standing important, and at times, essential, article of clothing building confidence and poise for centuries. 

HISTORY OF SHAPEWEAR

The history of shapewear parallels the development of clothed civilization itself. As far back as Greek and Roman times, evidence exists from archaeological drawings depicting women in corset-like garments.  However, during the 16th-century corsets and shaping undergarments ascended to the status of required fashion. Then, royalty typically led to trends and the current style of the era. Many changes and shifts in clothing fashion accompanied the ubiquitous corset – perhaps the most recognizable item in a woman’s ensemble.

Modern Shapewear

Fast forward to the 21st century, and shapewear becomes barely recognizable. Once the constricting, cumbersome, and impractical garments worn by our predecessors, today’s shapewear meets the varied and sophisticated needs of modern society. And it’s created from some of the most advanced materials available. Today’s shapewear is constructed of breathable, flexible, and durable fabrics. Additionally, it comes in almost any style and shape imaginable. To that point, easily customfit shapewear to any wardrobe

Today’s versatile and practical shapewear smooths and supports. It even targets the most stubborn spots on the body. When men and women don business wear, formal attire or even casual clothes with shapewear beneath, they share a more polished look to the world. The resulting confidence they exude thanks to their modern supporting shapers does not go unnoticed.  Whatever the occasion, shapewear will have you covered.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalShapewearDay

If you think shapewear is the uncomfortable and restrictive garment of the past, check out the latest styles. Times have most certainly changed, and shapewear is now one of the most versatile articles of clothing, making them suitable for use during all seasons and occasions. Use #NationalShapewearDay to share on social media.

NATIONAL SHAPEWEAR DAY HISTORY


The Pink Room founded National Shapewear Day to celebrate and generate interest in the ongoing advancements, improvements, and benefits of foundation garments.  Empowering people by making them feel confident and beautiful in their own skin with a little help from shapewear!

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Shapewear Day to be observed annually on August 10.

National Garage Sale Day - Second Saturday in August
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NATIONAL GARAGE SALE DAY

National Garage Sale Day on the second Saturday in August recognizes the perfect time to sell our good, but used items. Set up the tables and price your things. Or, head out around the neighborhood looking for great deals.  

A successful garage sale requires a little planning and organization.

  • Sort like items together.
  • Keep prices reasonable, but don’t undersell. Also, don’t price anything less than a quarter. Who wants to make small change?
  • Clearly price items.
  • Be willing to negotiate. You don’t want to pack up the items again, do you?
  • Wash and fold the clothes. Clean items sell more quickly that musty, wrinkled clothes.
  • Place clearly marked signs in ideal locations. (Check your local ordinances. Some cities only allow signs on boulevards or not at all.)
  • Be prepared with plenty of small bills.
  • If you advertise, be clever. A humorous note about your vast collection will catch garage sale hunter’s eyes more quickly than the ho-hum, everyday ad.

For the savvy shopper, garage sales offer an inexpensive way to update their decor. They also help young families obtain gently used items for their children and homes. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGarageSaleDay

Get out and seek some deals. Or better yet, clean out the attic and basement. Put some price on those antiques and make some money. No matter how you celebrate, be sure to use #NationalGarageSaleDay to share your great deals on social media.

NATIONAL GARAGE SALE DAY HISTORY

C. Daniel Rhodes of Alabama created National Garage Sale Day in 2001. After seeing neighbors having sales on different weekends, Rhoades thought coordinating sales on the same weekend would be convenient. He is also the founder of Mulligan Day and Brother’s Day.

National Bowling Day - Second Saturday in August
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NATIONAL BOWLING DAY

On the second Saturday in August, National Bowling Day encourages everyone to set up the pins. Now go throw strikes!

While bowling style games likely existed in ancient civilizations, we probably owe the modern game of bowling to Germany. Kegels were used much like batons for protection or sport. Participants would place the kegels at then of an alley. Each person then rolled a stone, attempting to knock down the kegels. It was believed that by knocking down the kegel, their sins would be forgiven.

Other lawn games such as bocce and petanque may also be precursors to bowling. One such bowling game was called ninepins. American literature first mentions ninepins in Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle.

Bowling, like many sports, attracted gamblers. As a result, the game came under the scrutiny of legislatures and city councils. In 1841, Connecticut passed a law prohibiting ninepin bowling alleys. Circumventing the law, alleys added one pin to the line-up. Very little about the game has changed since.

In 1905, the game introduced the first rubber compound bowling ball. Up until then, players threw wooden balls made of lignum vitae. However, this modern ball launched a whole new era of bowling.

During the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea, bowling was featured as a demonstration sport. However, the game never returned to the Olympics again. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBowlingDay

Gather a group of friends and family and go bowling together. Throughout the country, bowling alleys offer discounts and deals to celebrate the day. Whether you decide to go during the day or at night, bring several friends. It doesn’t matter how well you play either. The point is to have fun. Use #NationalBowlingDay to post on social media and alert others.

Men's Bowling Socks - Black
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Men’s Bowling Socks – Black

NATIONAL BOWLING DAY HISTORY

The Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, Inc. sponsored the first National Bowling Day in association with the General Cigar Company and NBC-TV in 1956. Attracting millions of bowlers, the event raised money for the American Red Cross through hundreds of bowling tournaments in 48 states. On October 14, 1956, the televised Final Bowl Off on National Bowling Day in Macon County, Illinois featured bowling stars Bill Lilian and Anita Cantaline of Detroit.

The event never repeated, but National Bowling Day traditions have started once more. Continuing in the same spirit as the 1956 event, the modern era National Bowling Day takes care of others while taking down those pins. One example was the Million Pin Challenge.  Donations helped provide half a million meals to Feeding America to fight domestic hunger.

NATIONAL CONNECTICUT DAY

Woven into the fabric of this state’s historic landscape, we find revolutionaries, innovators, and philosophers.  On August 10, National Connecticut Day recognizes the contributions of the fifth state to join the United States of America.

Like other colonies of the region, the Dutch first explored and founded trading posts in Connecticut.  In 1633, Puritans from Massachusetts established the first permanent settlement.   From the outset, the industry established a means to prosperity in the colony.  Production of brass buttons and munitions placed the colony in a position to later supply the Revolutionary Army.  The colonial governor of Connecticut, Jonathan Trumbull, was the only governor who supported independence.

All three Connecticut delegates to the first Continental Congress continued their representation of the colony at the Second Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence.

In fact, Roger Sherman is the only person to have signed the Continental Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution. Eliphalet Dyer served the state of Connecticut as chief justice after the revolution.

Silas Deane served as a spy during the war and was for a time branded a traitor along with another Connecticut native, Benedict Arnold. He died penniless, but decades later in 1840, his granddaughter would petition Congress to review his records. His name would be cleared.

Connecticut’s small but full landscape holds countless revolutionary stories and adventures along New England’s National Scenic Trail. Through every season and every era, there’s something for every generation to enjoy!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalConnecticutDay

Explore all the adventures Connecticut has to offer with National Day Calendar and share your favorites by using #NationalConnecticutDay on social media.

RECIPE OF THE DAY

S'more Pizza Recipe
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Name: S’more Pizza

Perfect for National S’mores Day!

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 9-12 minutes

Total Prep: 42 minutes
Servings: 24

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 egg
1 1/2  cup graham cracker crumbs (approximately 1 1/2 sleeves graham crackers, crushed)
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips (substitute dark chocolate as an option)
1 cup marshmallow whip
4 crumbled graham cracker squares
1/2 cup miniature marshmallows

Instructions:

Heat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add vanilla and egg. Mix until well combined. In a medium bowl, combine graham crumbs, flour, soda, and salt. Gradually add to wet ingredients. 

Press cookie dough onto a pizza pan or stone. Bake for 9 -12 minutes or until cookie is just done. Edges will be slightly firm but center will be soft. Baking times will vary. I prefer a baking stone for this recipe for a more even baking result. 

Place marshmallow whip in the microwave for 10 seconds to soften. While cookie is still warm, spread marshmallow whip over entire surface. 

Sprinkle marshmallows over the cookie. Set oven to broil and place cookie in oven to lightly toast the marshmallows. Watch closely. Remove cookie from the oven. 

Melt 3/4 cup of chocolate chips in microwave for 30-60 seconds. Drizzle over the cookie.

Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over the cookie. Add crumbled graham crackers. 

Using a pizza cutter, slice the pizza into squares of pizza slices to serve. 

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