NATIONAL GIVE SOMETHING AWAY DAY
Most of us have the benefit of having more than we need to live. National Give Something Away Day on July 15 gives us an opportunity to share some of our bounties.
In the United States, giving is on the rise. According to Giving USA, giving rose in all nine major categories in 2016 – religion; education; human services; giving to foundations; health, public-society benefit; arts; culture and humanities; international affairs; and environment and animals.
On this day, broaden your goals and organize a give something fundraiser. Look around your community and identify the places that need you the most. Focus your energies there.
HOW TO OBSERVE
In the spirit of the occasion, consider paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line. Clean out your closet or garage and make a donation. Donate to the local food pantry or little library. Volunteer your time or skills. Teaching someone gives them the opportunity to pay it forward. Create gift baskets for shelters. Post on social media using #GiveSomethingAwayDay.
Linda Eaton Hall-Fulcher founded National Give Something Away Day. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Give Something Away Day to be observed annually on July 15.
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NATIONAL GET OUT OF THE DOGHOUSE DAY
Occasionally, we all need a free pass. National Get Out of the Doghouse Day on the third Monday in July offers the fast track home we all need once in a while.
Generally, when you are “in the doghouse,” you have fallen out of favor with someone, usually your spouse or significant other. However, you can also be “in the doghouse” with a friend or your boss at work. This day uses all those good cliches to get you back in the big house where you belong.
Here are some tips to get “out of the doghouse.”
- Put down the technology. – If this is on your naughty list, don’t use email, texting, or other technology to apologize. A face to face or handwritten apology is best.
- Meet at a favorite coffee house – The purpose here is to start talking. Listen to what the other person has to say and do not be judgmental or defensive. Find out why you are “in the doghouse” and give suggestions on how to you can improve or fix the issue.
- Send flowers, chocolates, or an appropriate gift – Include a hand-written note about how you are committed to fixing the issue. Do this AFTER you have already spoken. You will win extra brownie points as this will be unexpected. (Including brownies will garner additional points!)
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL GET OUT OF THE DOGHOUSE DAY
Whoever is in the doghouse, let ’em out. The day pardon’s their transgression. However, if you’re in the doghouse, any or all of the above-suggested tips would be acceptable. Share your best methods for your ability to #GetOutoftheDoghouseDay on social media. Help a person out!
HISTORY OF NATIONAL GET OUT OF THE DOGHOUSE DAY
Heidi Richards Mooney of Ft. Lauderdale, FL founded National Get Out of the Doghouse Day in 1999.
NATIONAL I LOVE HORSES DAY
On July 15 we recognize the love of one magnificent creature. Today is National I Love Horses Day!
With over 200 breeds, these spirited animals give humans much to love. Their loyalty and devotion throughout history may only be a portion of the reasons to love them. Not just a means of transportation, horses cleared fields, fought wars, and moved cattle. Beyond their utility, their companionship was indispensable long lonely trails. Cattlemen, pioneers and more recognize horses as cornerstones of survival in a burgeoning nation.
The tallest horse breed is the Shire. The stallions of this draft horse breed tower at 17 hands above the tiny Falabella, which grows to only eight hands and is the smallest breed of horse.
The phrase “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth,” is a reminder to be grateful for the gifts, opportunities or kind gestures that come our way. The phrase comes from inspecting a horse’s teeth to determine its health and value. If the horse was a gift, such an inspection would be considered an insult.
The quarter horse, named for its speed on a short track, is one the of three fastest breeds of horses. Thoroughbreds follow quarter horses for longer distance, but Arabians outlast both breeds for endurance on the longest races.
A horse can see almost 360° at once. Because of this, it’s difficult to sneak up on a horse. Their only blind spots are directly behind them and in front. However, don’t approach a horse from behind; their powerful hind legs can do serious damage if they decide to defend themselves with a kick. Because horses have such an excellent range of vision, they can be easily distracted or startled. Trainers will place blinders or blinkers on their harness to block the horse’s view from the side. The small piece of leather helps the horse to focus their vision forward.
Just like human hair and fingernails, a horse’s hooves are made of the same protein – keratin. Farriers specialize in caring for horses’ hooves. They not only fit horses with shoes, but they trim their hooves and make recommendations for hoof care and foot health. Since horses spend an enormous amount of time on their feet, the care a farrier provides is instrumental to their overall health.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL I LOVE HORSES DAY
Celebrate by visiting a local stable for a horseback ride. Seek a view of wild horses in a national park. Spend time riding your own horse if you have one. Post on social media using #NationalILoveHorsesDay.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL I LOVE HORSES DAY
We were unable to find the creator of National I Love Horses Day.
NATIONAL PET FIRE SAFETY DAY
National Pet Fire Safety Day is observed annually on July 15th. Just like fire drills, pets need consideration when preparing for unexpected fire emergencies.
Our pets are as much a part of our family as any other member. This day stresses the importance of protecting them. Taking preventable measures now can both save your home and your pet. Many times our pets can cause a fire if we don’t take the proper steps.
PET FIRE SAFETY TIPS
- Extinguish open flames. Pets are curious and certainly not cautious. Wagging tails haphazardly knock over candles. Curious kitties will paw at sizzling grease, quickly sending a kitchen up in flames.
- Remove knobs from the stove. When not in use, they will not accidentally get turned on.
- Consider flameless candles for ambiance and backup lighting in the event of a power outage.
- Replace glass water bowls with metal or plastic. Outside on wooden decks, they can heat up and actually start a fire.
- Store leashes and collars near the entrance of your home. When away, have your pets in the main living area for easy rescue.
- Secure young pets when away from home. This can help avoid fire hazards. Pet kennels or in a pet-proofed room are options.
- Fire alert window clings help firefighters identifying the room your pets are located and identify the number of pets in the home. Add one to the window of the room you keep your pets when you are away. Keep it updated with the number of pets who reside with you and your current phone number.
- Have a plan when you are home. Know which family members will be responsible for each pet.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL PET FIRE SAFETY DAY
Put the tips into practice and have a fire drill. Keep your pets and your humans safe! Use #PetFireSafetyDay to post on social media.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL PET FIRE SAFETY DAY
The American Kennel Club in association with ADT Security Services declared National Pet Fire Safety Day in 2009 to educate pet owners on how to take steps to prevent fires and to plan for unexpected emergencies effectively.
NATIONAL TAPIOCA PUDDING DAY
National Tapioca Pudding Day on July 15th encourages us to dig into this pudding dish enjoyed around the world!
Tapioca is a starch derived from the cassava root. While the root is similar in shape and color to a sweet potato, in its natural form cassava contains cyanide. Grinding down the root produces a flour or powder used as a thickening agent. It can also be made into pearls. Also known as manioc or yucca, cassava is cultivated around the world. A part of the Euphorbiaceae (spurge) family, this woody shrub is native to South America but is also grown in Asia and Africa.
Once a staple in early American households, tapioca was dehydrated to survive long sea voyages without spoilage and even still have a long shelf life. To make a truly homemade tapioca pudding takes planning. The pearls must be soaked overnight.
For those sensitive to gluten, substitute tapioca in place of flour as a thickening agent in recipes. Tapioca is also an excellent source of vitamin B, manganese and iron. If you’re having trouble gaining weight or have a sensitive stomach, tapioca is both gentle and helps to gradual add healthy weight.
The minute and instant tapioca puddings have made the process easier. A quick parfait with layers of fruit and whipped cream may make a perfect celebration, too. However, another way to enjoy tapioca is also found in Boba tea, a Taiwanese tea-based drink.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL TAPIOCA PUDDING DAY
Try a variety of tapioca recipes. Pudding isn’t the only treat tapioca will make. From tea to soups and more, there are many ways to use this versatile ingredient. However, pudding is one delicious way to go. Give this one a try: Homemade tapioca pudding and post on social media using #TapiocaPuddingDay.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL TAPIOCA PUDDING DAY
Our research was unable to find the creator of National Tapioca Pudding Day.
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