Thursday, January 18, 2018

Celebrate National Today with the Simply Me Blog

My life sometimes feels like an endless list of to-do items.  Laundry, work, dishes, cooking, cleaning, shopping and on and on it goes.  Rinse, dry and repeat day in and day out.  It can get rather depressing!  But here is the thing, it doesn't have to!  You can find fun everyday.  Dance when you do your dishes, sing as you fold your clothing.  After a long day at work plan to have a huge ice cream sundae at home! 
Don't sit around waiting for life to happen, make it happen.  And if you don't have any ideas you need to check out National Today


 Where every single day is a holiday

 I love celebrating at National Today because, not only do they clue me into each month’s holiday—they also give some fun holiday history, facts that will blow my mind, and helpful deals that help me celebrate in style.

Remember to mark these holidays on your calendar, and cheers to a 2018 full of celebration!

JANUARY HOLIDAYS

Here are my favorite January holidays. The careful observer might notice they’re all about food!

National Popcorn Day (Jan. 19)

Raise your hand if you’ve eaten an entire bag of popcorn in one sitting (we have).

National Pie Day (Jan. 23)

Did you know pecan is America’s favorite flavor of pie?

National Peanut Butter Day (Jan. 24)

Which do you prefer: chunky or smooth?

National Chocolate Cake Day (Jan. 27)

Devil’s (food) advocates of the world, rejoice!

Chinese New Year (Jan. 28)

Enjoy double the New Year’s celebrations.


FEBRUARY HOLIDAYS

Here are a couple classic February holidays. Galentine’s Day, anyone?

Groundhog Day (Feb. 2)

Will he see his shadow?

National Pizza Day (Feb. 9)

Pineapples on pizza, yes or no? The debate rages on.

Galentine’s Day (Feb. 13)

This classic holiday was made famous by Parks and Recreation.

Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14)

Let’s be real, isn’t all of February pretty much Valentine’s Day?

National Margarita Day (Feb. 22)

More like marga-need-a.


MARCH HOLIDAYS

Get ready to celebrate these 5 holidays … but remember to beware the Ides of March!

National Pancake Day (Mar. 7)

‘Pan’ I have a whole plate of these?

International Women’s Day (Mar. 8)

In my book, every day should be Women’s Day.

Ides of March (Mar. 15)

Did you know “ides” actually means “15”?

National Puppy Day (Mar. 23)

We all deserve a puppy (or five).

Red Nose Day (Mar. 24)

This holiday is huge in the U.K. — it’s comedy relief for charity!


APRIL HOLIDAYS

These are the worst days in April (April Fool’s, they’re the best).

National Beer Day (Apr. 7)

Really not my thing, but I could always sip a root beer on this day!

National Sibling Day (Apr. 10)

Love or hate them, you’re stuck with them!  Oh no a day to celebrate my younger brats day lol!!

Tax Day (Apr. 18)

Tax Day might be one of the most dreaded days of the year … but it still deserves some love!

Earth Day (Apr. 22)

I’m going to be hugging plenty of trees today.

Arbor Day (Apr. 28)

If you missed Earth Day, here’s another opportunity to connect with Mother Nature!


MAY HOLIDAYS

This month is all about the classic occasions, with the exception of Star Wars Day (but who could leave that one out?!)

May Day (May 1)

In this case, not a phrase of doom, but a joyous celebration!

Star Wars Day (May 4)

May the 4th be with you.  Okay Star Wars marathon at my house! 

Cinco de Mayo (May 5)

Enchiladas or tacos...  hmmm how about both!

Mother’s Day (May 14)

Consider this your official reminder to call your mother.

Memorial Day (May 29)
<3


JUNE HOLIDAYS

This month, we celebrate some of the most important relationships in our lives—fathers, best friends, and donuts.

National Donut Day (Jun. 2)/
Do-nut mess with me before I get my donuts today.

National Best Friends Day (Jun. 8)

Now that “bestie-moons” are a thing, I know exactly what I’m doing to celebrate.

Father’s Day (Jun. 18)

I’m looking forward to all the dad jokes today.

Summer Solstice (Jun. 20 and 21)

Spend a long day outside with friends!

National Kissing Day (Jun. 24)

Who will you be kissing today?


JULY HOLIDAYS

Two of my favorite foods are celebrated in this month—ice cream and cheesecake.

Independence Day (Jul. 4)

If you didn’t get a barbecue on Memorial Day, here’s your chance.

National Ice Cream Day (Jul. 16)

We all scream for ice cream!

National Cousin’s Day (Jul. 24)

They’re just like siblings … except we love them more (shh).

National Cheesecake Day (Jul. 30)

Do it for the grahm.

National Dance Day (Jul. 30)

Just don’t dance right after you eat cheesecake.


AUGUST HOLIDAYS

This month is the season of celebrating summer drinks — have a beer or lemonade on me!

National Girlfriend Day (Aug. 1)

Don’t worry, boyfriends also have their day — it’s in October.

International Beer Day (Aug. 4)

Do you like dark or light beers?

National Friendship Day (Aug. 7)

We’re so lucky to celebrate all types of relationships in August — not just significant others.

National Lemonade Day (Aug. 20)

Not just a classic Beyonce album.

National Dog Day (Aug. 26)

You officially have permission to show your friends 25 dog pics in a row.


SEPTEMBER HOLIDAYS

This month truly contains the most important day of the year: National Coffee Day. Bless the three cups a day that keep me running!

Labor Day (Sept. 4)

Find out some of the most exciting activities to fill your day off!

Constitution Day (Sept. 17)

This document truly defines America — we think that deserves a celebration.

Fall Equinox (Sept. 22)

Give thanks for the longest day of the year, and get your sweaters ready as the days start getting shorter.

National Pancake Day (Sept. 26)

Do you like your pancakes with butter or syrup best?

National Coffee Day (Sept. 29)

Ah, the nectar of life — the wonderful liquid that keeps America sane.


OCTOBER HOLIDAYS

Trick or treat! These are some of my favorite holidays in the leadup to Halloween.

National Boyfriend Day (Oct. 3)

It’s Bae Dae #2 — did you celebrate National Girlfriend Day?

Columbus Day (Oct. 9)

Also called Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Boss’s Day (Oct. 16)

We spend every day with them, but have you stopped to think about what makes them so special?

Sweetest Day (Oct. 21)

Learn about this little known candy holiday, and spread the celebration beyond the Midwest.

Halloween (Oct. 31)

Trick or treat, smell my feet!


NOVEMBER HOLIDAYS

I enjoy all the shopping holidays November brings … so I included all of them below!

Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11)

On Veteran’s Day, we commemorate those brave soldiers who fought for our freedom.

Thanksgiving (Nov. 23)

Do you actually know how this classic holiday started? Its origins might surprise you.

Black Friday (Nov. 24)

Everyone knows about it, but do you know the best deals? National Today does.

Cyber Monday (Nov. 27)/
If shopping in stores stresses you out, shop without pants on with some of National Today’s featured promotions.

Giving Tuesday (Nov. 28)

This little known holiday encourages people to give to their favorite charities.


DECEMBER HOLIDAYS

It might be the end of the year, but you can still fit in lots more holiday celebration before the New Year!

National Ice Cream Day (Dec. 13)

As if you needed a reason to celebrate America’s favorite food!

Winter Solstice (Dec. 21)

Did you know Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year?

Festivus (Dec. 23)

It all started with a Seinfeld quote — “A Festivus for the rest of us!”

Christmas (Dec. 25)

One of America’s most treasured holidays, you’ll find ideas to make the celebration even more special here.

New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31)

Which sparkly outfit will you wear to celebrate? 



The days I listed about are only a few days!  You so need to check out National Today where ever day is a celebration :)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Eqyss @EQyss

I was given products in this post for hte purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review,

My little Rufus has skin issues!  It seems his skin is always dry, itchy and loosing hair.  My vet gives his medication, but he can't be on it all the time (It has steroids and it makes him sick if he is on it for long bouts of time)  So my vet and I started to do natural treatments!  Oatmeal baths, coconut oil sprays and so much more.  We are always looking so something new for him and I think I just found a new brand to add to our collection EQyss.  They use raw material, which is what my Rufus needs.  Anything with scents of perfumes makes his skin even worse!

Rufus personally was able to try their Avocado Mist

Wet or dry leave on spray excellent for long hair breeds . A leave on conditioning spray that maintains the moisture balance within the hair shaft and prevents the coat from becoming dry, and damaged. Reduces shedding. Does not contain silicone, wax or synthetic polymers. Shines and conditions the coat with a unique formula that combines extracts of avocado and aloe vera. Detangles without the heaviness common in most conditioners. Anti-static and alcohol free. Weightless Conditioning Spray Enhances Shine Won’t burn eyes Safe to breathe Smells Great Repels Dust and Dirt Non-Toxic 

I have to say I am pretty impressed that my Rufus seems to be itching a little less and this spray is healing up some of the redness!!  The bottle does cost 11:99, but it is huge!!  I can see this one bottle lasting us a long time.  So for us it is totally worth it!

To learn more and see the other products they offer check out my link below: 
https://eqyss.com/

LEAP!

I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.
Over the holidays my boys and I had the privilege of watching the all new movie Leap!
  Sadly we were not impressed, and I really wanted to be.  This movie lacked a good story line and likeable characters.  Overall it was very lackluster-ed.  The plot was kind of all over the place and even the funny parts just seemed out of place.

About the movie:

Eleven-year-old orphan Félicie (Fanning) has one dream — to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend, Victor (Wolff), an imaginative, exuberant boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own — to become a famous inventor. In a leap of faith, Victor and Félicie leave their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But there’s a catch: Félicie must pretend to be the child of a wealthy family in order to gain admittance to the prestigious and competitive Opera Ballet School in Paris. And with no professional dance training, she quickly learns that talent alone is not enough to overcome the ruthless, conniving attitudes of her fellow classmates, led by the devious Camille Le Haut (Ziegler). Determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette (Jepsen), who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.

Truly we watched this film once and now I will most likely give it away or let it collect dust on a shelf.  I wanted to like this movie, they had the potential to be something really good....  But in the end it all just fell flat

 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties

I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.
As you all may know my family loves to read, well my kiddos and I do.  Not so much my hubby.  My boys get upset when I am sick because that means no bed time story!  I use to read them short books and we would finish them within 10 minutes.  Now that they are older they like when I read them longer chapter books.  Every night I sit on the chair in their room and read.  We are always excited to see what is happening next to our favorite characters.

Some of our favorites are of course the classics.  But my boys also love the newer books too, like Captain Underpants, The I survived series, Goosebumps and they also love Dog Man.    

Our newest book is Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties. 


 Now even though we are only a few pages in my boys already love it.  It happens to be book 3 in the series.  So they were already pretty much in love with Dog Man and his adventures.
He was the best of dogs... He was the worst of dogs... It was the age of invention... It was the season of surprise... It was the eve of supa sadness... It was the dawn of hope... Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, hasn't always been a paws-itive addition to the police force. While he can muzzle miscreants, he tends to leave a slick of slobber in his wake! This time, Petey the cat's dragged in a tiny bit of trouble -- a double in the form of a super-cute kitten. Dog Man will have to work twice as hard to bust these furballs and remain top dog! 

As always my kids giggle non stop when I read.  Of course as mom I have to give each character their own voice.  For my kids this just adds so much more fun!!  I know it is a good book when my boys beg me "Please mom one more page PLEASEEEEE"  and of course I give in and read another page.  The book arrived just a few days ago and I have a winter cold!  I was able to read the first night, but by night two my throat was sore.  My oldest son (Brandon) came to me and asked if he could please read to me and Quinn (my youngest).  I smiled and said of course.  My son read the book just like I do, he even tried to make the same voices I make.  I couldn't stop smiling!  One because he voice was cute and two because I realized just how much they love the little things I do when we read.  He even made faces, I never knew this, but my kiddos informed me that when I read to them I make a lot of facial expressions.  And after I read a page I always turn to show them the photos.  In Dog Man we LOVE the comics and A Tale of Two Kitties is FILLED with them!!

And like I said we are only a pages in, but this book has us giggling and hanging on the edge of our seat to see what happens next.  I cannot wait to see how Dog Man handles this new super cute threat!

If you have a little one that just seems not to be into reading, you def. want to check out graphic novels.  Not only do you get them reading, but they seem to like it more.  I think because of the comic book type feeling.

The Lego Ninjago movie

Disclaimer I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.
Stop what you are doing right now!!  You may think you are done Christmas shopping, but The Simple Me Blog has 2 more gifts to share with you.  The first one is the all new LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE!

In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu. 
 
My kids LOVED it!!  Not only did they giggle the entire movie, but after words the acted out some of the scenes and were pretending to be the Ninjas from the movie. 
So from the description you can see it is a group of young Ninjas who have to take on the big bad WarLord Garmadon.  He is Lloyd's dad, and most of the people who know Lloyd are just waiting for him to turn bad like this dad.  IN an attempt to win everyone favor Lloyd tries to be a hero, but it all goes horrible wrong.  To try and undo what he did he must travel with his friends to the hidden temple.


There is a lot of cool action scenes, the jokes are funny and even the music is catchy!