NATIONAL RELAXATION DAY
National Relaxation Day on August 15th encourages us to slow down and unwind. It’s a day to focus on taking care of ourselves and take a moment to relax.
National Relaxation Day is an important day as we all need a break from the fast-paced and often hectic lifestyles we live. Taking time to recuperate and rejuvenate our tired minds and bodies may help prevent many health risks. Like the founder of this day suggested, too much work can make us sick, run-down, tired and that’s just wrong.
But he was right! It has been proven that stress can be harmful to our health, both mentally and physically. Most doctors will agree that finding ways to relax and finding ways to reduce stress will improve overall health.
What is your favorite relaxation activity?
- Reading a book
- Fishing with a friend
- A picnic in the park
- Walking along the beach
- Taking a drive in the country
- A movie
- Window shopping
- Lunch with friends
- Drinks with friends
- Watching sports
These are just a few of the many possible relaxation ideas that you may want to use to celebrate this holiday.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRelaxationDay
Take a deep breath, unwind while viewing your favorite TV show or just find a quiet spot in a park and enjoy the summer breeze. Use #NationalRelaxationDay to post on social media and spread the word.
NATIONAL RELAXATION DAY HISTORY
Sean Moeller founded National Relaxation Day in 1985 as a fourth-grader. In an interview with Valerie Monson in The Des Moines Register Sean suggested people shouldn’t do anything of real value. Cleaning and real work are not part of relaxation.
NATIONAL LEMON MERINGUE PIE DAY
National Lemon Meringue Pie Day on August 15th gives pie lovers and lemon lovers a chance to celebrate. Tart lemon curd and delicate meringue sing together in this deliciously bright pie.
When making a lemon meringue pie, the crust is usually made with shortbread pastry. The filling for the pie is lemon curd. Of course, the topping is a fluffy and crisp meringue topping.
Whip egg whites to stiff peaks to make a meringue. Add sugar to make it sweet. Meringues are baked in a slow oven so when they’re finished, they come out crisp and golden.
When life throws you lemons, make lemon meringue pie!
Since meringue is versatile, it can be baked into individual servings with fruit fillings. Pastry chefs also like to make meringue cookies, too. By adding cocoa, coffee or any number of flavorings, the light, airy cookies melt in your mouth. The same applies to meringue pies.
The meringue was perfected in the 17th century. Meanwhile, lemon meringue pie as we know it today was developed in the 19th century.
HOW TO OBSERVE #LemonMeringuePieDay
Whether you make a pie yourself or go out for a pie, invite someone to join you. Pie is so much better when there is someone to share it with you. Have a cup of tea or coffee with it and some good conversation. Try this Lemon Meringue Pie recipe. Be sure to share your favorite recipes with us and use #LemonMeringuePieDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL LEMON MERINGUE PIE DAY HISTORY
Our research was unable to locate the creator of the day.
NATIONAL LEATHERCRAFT DAY
National Leathercraft Day on August 15th honors the rich heritage, artistry, and skill of leathercrafting.
The versatility of leather has proven to be artistic and utilitarian since ancient times. In the hands of a skilled craftsperson, leather can be transformed into many items. From hard-working saddles and stylish boots to supple clothing or beautiful artwork, the options are endless. Perfected over time, specialty techniques and designs give mankind a durable material. And today, leather continues to be as fashionable as ever.
The day recognizes the dedication and creativity of leather workers. Passionately, their inspiration comes alive through their designs and time-honored traditions. When a leatherworker designs a piece, expect outstanding quality and skill.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLeathercraftDay
Take a leathercrafting class to create your own cherished pieces that will become family heirlooms. Appreciate the leatherwork around you from luxurious upholstery to classic clothing, taking note of the finest details from the stitching to the smoothly burnished edges. Find the piece you’ve been seeking. Wear the durable, superb quality of leather.
Share your preferred leather styles and stitches. Do you have a favorite leather piece? Use #NationalLeathercraftDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL LEATHERCRAFT DAY HISTORY
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Leathercraft Day to be observed annually on August 15.
About Tandy Leather
Founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1919, Tandy has become synonymous with leather and leather crafting. A century later, the company, sitting headquartered in Fort Worth, lives by its mission statement “to teach and inspire the art of leather crafting one person, one class, one neighborhood, one community at a time.”
For more information, go to www.tandyleather.com.
Recipe of the Day
Perfect Piña Colada
Prep: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 cups
2 cups fresh pineapple, peeled, cut into 1½-inch pieces (ok to use frozen)
½ cup pineapple juice
6 ounces sweetened cream of coconut
2 ounces unsweetened coconut milk
¾ cup rum (you can use light or dark rum or split them)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Ice for texture
Pineapple wedges for garnish
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until slushy. Add ice to your desired slushiness. Place pineapple wedges on the edge of the glass to garnish.
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