I’m off to bed now, but I’ll add suggested “crafts” for some of the celebrations when I log in tomorrow.
I hope some folks will join me in celebrating every day and being inspired to create some themed stuff
As promised, some resources and suggested activities/crafts for some of the celebrations in January. If you do any of the suggested activities, or any other activities related to the celebrations, post here so we can celebrate together
All resources I’ll share in this thread are just some links I’ve collected over the years; I have no relation to these sites, unlessotherwise specified (there are a couple lonkd from my websites here and there). If links are not allowed, please let me know! Also, if you find any broken links, please let me know, and I’ll remove them.
Soup Month Ideas
- Make your favourite soup recipe this month
- Make a new soup recipe this month
Soup Month Resources
65 Best Homemade Soup Recipes for Cold Weather from food.com
35 Vegan Soup Recipes from Taste of Home
Sunday Supper Month Ideas
- Cook something with your family
- Cook something new
Resources for Sunday Supper Month
10 Reasons Why You Should Carve Out Time for Family Meals (article from EatingWell Magazine)
The Benefits of Eating Together for Children and Families (article from HealthLink BC)
Eat Together, Eat Better Resources from Washington State University—resources for parents, nutrition an health educators.
Ideas for Hobby Month (do we really need these, lol?)
- Choose your hobby (or hobbies) for each week of January
- Schedule time for your hobbies
- Try a new hobby or a hobby that you’ve been intimidated by
- Pick up a hobby you had set aside and miss
Resources for Hobby Month
Six Reasons to Get a Hobby (article from Psychology Today)
Why You Should be Scheduling Your Free Time: How Hobbies Improve Your Creativity and Productivity (article from Rescue Time blog)
Here’s the Secret to Finding “Hidden” Time for Your Hobbies (article from Take Lessons blog)
Why Teenagers Should Have Hobbies (article from Evolve Treatment Centers
Resources for some of the Daily Celebrations in January
Hopefully in the future these will be a tad more organized, but for now I hope they’re at least somewhat helpful
New Year’s article on History.com
New Year’s Day Wikipedia Entry
Introversion (article from Psychology Today)
Goodreads Summary of the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
JRR Tolkien Encyclopedia Britannica article
The Tolkien Society
JRR Tolkien The One Wiki to Rule Them All Fandom
Spaghetti and Its Sauces (article from History.ca)
How to make homemade pasta with and without pasta machine (article and video from All Recipes)
Birds of the World, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Avibase - The World Bird Database
History of the Bean from vegetablefacts.net
Fossil Rock Anthem
Words from the Wild - It’s Geo Time, video from the Kingston Frontenac Public Library for ages 5 and up
Rocks Facts from National Geographic
Rocks: Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary (article from Geology.com)
51 Vision Board Ideas for Your Important Goals—article from Develop Good Habits blog, contains an explanation of what a vision board is and how to create one.
What is Static Electricity? (article from LiveScience)
What Causes Static Electricity? (article from LiveScience)
How can I stop getting static shocks? (article from McGill University Office of Science and Society)
For Science! Why are static shocks so bad during the winter? (auto-play video from The Weather Network; text below video).
How to Get Rid of Static Electricity in Blankets (article from Hunker blog)
Caring for House Plants (links to several plant-care articles on Better Homes and Gardens
Indoor Plant Care 101 from plants.com
Best Indoor Plants for People with Asthma (article from Verywell Health
Why You Should Talk To Your Plants, read with a grain of salt; 10 participants is hardly a large enough sample. But there’s no harm in giving your plants some extra love.
How to Organize Your Desk - 5 Essential Tips, blog post from Almost Practical, a professional organizing blog.
How to Keep Your Desk Clean and Organized, blog post from 10 Desks, a website for finding the best desk for your work or business.
10 Tips to Keep Your Desk Clean, Organized, and Productive, blog post from Time Management Ninja, a blog about time management and productivity. Though I’m not sure how a desk can be productive…
History of Marzipan, article by Hermine’s Old World Confections.
What Is Marzipan?, article from Taste of Home, includes instructions on how to make it.
What is Marzipan? Plus, How to Make it From Scratch, article from FOOD52.
Marzipan Recipe: 3 Ways to Use Marzipan, article from Masterclass, includes an explanation of 5 different types of marzipan, 4 ways (not 3) to use it, and an explanation of how marzipan differs from almond paste.
History of Kites, article from the American Kitefliers Association
Complete History of Kites, article from Now You Know Daily
How Kites Fly, article from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, includes a video of some super cool indoor kite flying
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Mary Poppins, Kites, and Physics, a snippet of an interview with the renowned physicist on the StarTalk Radio Show. Only 3 minutes long and super worth watching, because this guy is really funny
How to Make a Simple Kite, a 2 and half minute video from Inner Child Fun Media, showing you how to make a simple kite with easy to find materials.
A [British] History of Hats
Evolution of the Hat: A Historical Timeline, includes an embedded GQ video entitled 400 yeas of hats in 3 minutes.
7 Real-Life Dragons that Live Up to Their Name, article from National Geographic
Dragons: A Brief History of the Mythical, Fire-Breathing Beasts, article from LiveScience, includes a brief mention of real-life komodo dragons
Bearded Dragons, fact sheet from National Geographic
How to Draw a Dragon - 50 Best Dragon Drawing Tutorials from Easy Drawing Tutorials
How to Draw All Kinds of Dragons: Art Projects for Kids
Interventional Initiative page on Interventional Radiology and MIIPs. Content Advisory: embedded video contains images of Minimally Invasive, Image-Guided Procedures.
What Are MIIPs? article from the Interventional Initiative website
Content advisory: video of Minimally Invasive, Image-Guided Procedures: Without a Scalpel: The Secret World of Interventional Radiology.
11 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know Were Invented by Kids, article from Mental Floss magazine
10 Great Inventions Dreamt Up by Children, blog post on Great Business Schools website
Let’s Invent Something Together!, article from Scholastic giving tips for parents and caregivers to encourage young ones to invent
6 Ways to Encourage Young Inventors, article from InventHelp Blog
Martin Luther King Jr. Biographical page on the Nobel Prize website
Martin Luther King Jr. Day article on Encyclopedia Britannica
5 of Martin Luther King Jr’s Most Memorable Speeches, article on Washington Week. Includes embedded videos of all 5 speeches
I Have a Dream…, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Historic Speech in full text, includes embedded video
This Is How the First Thesaurus Got Started, Reader’s Digest article
10 Fascinating Fats about the Thesaurus for Thesaurus Day, Mental Floss article
The History of Popcorn, article on The Spruce Eats
How Popcorn Became a Much-Loved Snack, article from BBC Future
A bunch of popcorn recipes from AllRecipes
19 Best Flavored Popcorn Recipes, article on Taste of Home
How to Make Popcorn at Home. I make it in a brown paper bag in the microwave all the time! No oil needed and done in 3 minutes! And cheaper and healthier than the store-bought microwave stuff
A Chronological History of the Disc Jockey 1887-1988, article on Flow Music blog
What Does a DJ Do?, article on Career Explorer
What Exactly do DJs Do Live?, article on Live About
The Most Influential DJs of All Time according to Ranker.
The Best DJs in the World right Now according to Ranker
Wikipedia Article on Blonde Brownies
Blondies & Brownies: What is the Difference? (article from Chowhound blog)
Blonde Brownies Recipe from the Midnight Baker blog
Blonde Brownies Recipe from taste of Home
Vegan Blondies Recipe from Simply Bakings blog
Blog Post on Creative Market: How to Improve Your Handwriting in 30 Days: The Challenge
Free Printable Worksheets for Handwriting Practice for both adults and kids
8 Ways to Improve Your Handwriting (Plus a Free Worksheet), post on The Postman’s Knock Blog
Global Belly Laugh Day website
The Health Benefits of Laughter (article from VeryWell Mind)
The Science of Laughter (article from Psychology Today)
Laughter is the Best Medicine (article from HelpGuide)
The Health Benefits of Laughter (article from VeryWell Mind)
Laughter Yoga (New Delhi, India) YouTube Video
The Accidental Invention of Bubble Wrap (article from Smithsonian Magazine)
Is Bubble Wrap Recyclable? (article from Recyclebank blog)
Why Is Popping Bubble Wrap So Satisfying? (article from The Cut)
Even robots like popping bubble wrap (YouTube clip from Wall-e)
How to Handle Vacation Plans (Including Your Summer Vacation) During COVID-19, article from RealSimple Magazine
How to Travel When You’re Broke (article from LifeHacker)
Don’t leave millions of vacation days on the table (article from CNN about using your paid time off, if you’re lucky enough to have it, even if there’s nowhere to go)
23 Armchair Travel Ideas: How to Travel Without Leaving Home (article from INSIDE Travel Lab)
Armchair Travel: How to Master Travelling the World From Home (article from Wanderlust Movement)
Armchair Travel: 45 Fun Ideas to “Travel” Without Leaving Home (post from WildJunket blog)
20 Great Staycation Ideas for Vacationing at Home (article from The Cut)
Shameless promotion advisory: Here’s a post I wrote about armchair travelling Poland.
Architecturally Bound: 20 of the World’s Most Stunning Libraries, according to Popular Mechanics
10 of the Most Beautiful Libraries in the World, according to Galerie
The 29 Most Beautiful Libraries in the World: Indulge Your Library Lust (post on Wayfaring Views blog)
The 15 Coolest Libraries in Canada, according to Chatelaine
The Most Amazing Libraries for Kids in the U.S., according to Tinybeans blog)
The Most Impressive Libraries in each USA State, according to Reader’s Digest. I think the Apache Junction library in Arizona should be on that list, too
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