Ok, I have to admit some of these are strictly for fun and amusement…but that is certainly useful as well. You can’t be serious all of the time…
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve included some history, some sources for coloring sheets, and other related tidbits:
- http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day History.com does a wonderful job with the history of St. Patrick’s day (go figure!). They also include links to related articles on traditions, facts, and recipes as well.
- http://www.theholidayspot.com/patrick/historyofpatrick.htm The Holiday Spot is another good source of “facts”, tidbits, recipes, songs, games, wallpapers, and more. They even have coloring pages for kids …and ringtones. (I can’t say that it ever occurred to me before this that I might WANT a St. Patrick’s Day ringtone!)
- How could you possibly look for St. Patrick’s Day information and bypass http://www.st-patricks-day.com/ ? At any rate, they include a countdown, which might be useful a little farther out from the holiday…as well as information on Irish pubs worldwide, shopping, Irish dancing, Runs and Walks, and parades and events, among many other selections.
Another seasonal topic – colds, flus, and allergies…unfortunately all three seem to be all too common at this time of year. Sources of good tips on how to prevent/avoid/lessen the effects of that I have found include the following (keeping in mind I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV…:-D):
- Of course, one of the first places I go is WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/features/preventing-cold-and-flu-how-doctors-keep-germs-at-bay. That article has tips that I had never even thought of: eating your sandwich with a napkin or paper towel around it to avoid contaminating it with germs that might be on your hands, wiping pens that are on your work desk or work areas down with alcohol or wipes daily, and getting regular exercise to boost your immune system are three that really stood out.
- Everyday Health has tips for boosting your immune system: http://www.everydayhealth.com/colds/boost-immunity.aspx . There are other interesting articles on basics, prevention, treatment, and management as well as tips on ways to save money on cold medicine!
- Real Simple has some good articles as well – “Skip Getting Sick in Three Steps” is a particularly good one – and brief.
And now that we’re moving away from snowy days…we are moving straight to rainy days…sigh. As the mother of a 2-1/2-year-old and a 4-1/2-year-old, I can testify that children with stretch your creative abilities. So, I decided to seek out some ideas for rainy days. Some are for the kids, some are for us bigger kids:
- Associated Content has a wonderful article: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/63195/twenty_things_to_do_on_a_rainy_day.html. As a matter of fact, they have a fantastic selection of articles. You can register with their site and contribute, in the form of articles, videos, images, or audio.
- Activity Village is a wonderful site – it has selections of coloring pages, downloads, crafts, games, jokes, and even recipes. Kids Activities – 10 Inspiring Ideas for a Rainy Day caught my attention but the rest is really good. I highly recommend taking a look!
- 101 Things to Do Inside on a Rainy Day or During a Thunderstorm has ideas for everybody: romantic, active, creative, relaxing, productive and more.
- Frugal Families has a great list: http://frugal.families.com/blog/a-kids-frugal-guide-to-rainy-day-fun. This is a wonderful list of ideas – and simple things, too. I highly recommend taking a look around the rest of the site as well. There are categories such as parenting, family, and entertainment, and there are forums as well.