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Ideas To Keep You Busy In September

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For some of us, September means back to school. School runs will come back with a bang and the chaos of making packed lunches, washing uniforms and PE kits and trying to manage our kids social lives will keep us busy this month. However if you are looking for more there are some ideas to keep you busy in September. 

september drawing


Read A New Book Month
Reading is something I have really enjoyed over the past few months and I actually joined a Monthly Book Club. If you have one local to you or if a group of friends could set one up I would definitely recommend. It opens you up to a variety of genres and you all get to talk about it at the end of the month, giving your thoughts and opinions. 

Friendship Month
Make time for your friends this month. Arrange a lunch, a meet up for a coffee or go for a nice walk in the park. It's nice to have a catch up and friendship month is a gentle reminder to make time for people who are important to us. 

Lazy Mum's Day (3rd)
It's only the 3rd day of September and already us mum's out there need a lazy day. Take advantage and get someone else to take the kids to school or make the dinner. Enjoy your day. 

Cheese Pizza Day (5th)
Today is the day to celebrate the cheese pizza. Head to the shops and pick up a cheese pizza for dinner. If you are feeling creative why not make your own. If you don't fancy making dough out of flour then you can always but a pre made base. It's actually a great activity to try with the kids too. 

It only happens in the movies book


Read A Book Day (6th)
As it's read  a new book month today is the day to make sure you actually sit back, relax and read a few chapters of your latest book. 

Beer Lovers Day (7th)
There are lots of ways you can celebrate the day dedicated to beer. Stay in and enjoy your favourite beverage, head out to the local pub for a pint or two, enjoy a brewery tour or try a new beer. 

Star Trek Day (8th)
Fans will enjoy this day to celebrate everything Star Trek. Binge watch your favourite series. 

boy buried by teddies


Teddy Bear Day (9th)
A teddy bear is one of the most popular children's toys ever. I think at some point we have all had that favourite teddy that we couldn't sleep without. Do you still have yours? Give it some love today and look back on all the memories you shared together. 

Grandparent's Day (12th)
Grandparents day, we can celebrate the wonderful people that are grandparents. We tend to celebrate on Mother's Day or Father's Day but if you don't then today is the chance to celebrate. 

Roald Dahl Day (13th)
Today is Roald Dahl's birthday and this day was created to honour the amazing writer he was. Enjoy a Roald Dahl story today, throw a themed party or watch a movie. 

Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day (13th)
Another chance for us to sit back and let someone else cook the dinner tonight. 

Play Doh Day (16th)
Do we really need an excuse to play with some dough? We love play doh here, lots of fun using our imaginations to create and it's a great activity for fine manipulative skills too.

First Love Day (18th)
Who was your first love? Take a trip down memory lane and remember your first love. Do you still know each other? Maybe you married and are still together now.

Wife Appreciation Day (19th)
This day sounds good to me. A day to celebrate all the wives out there and recognise what amazing people we are.

Pepperoni Pizza Day (20th)
Another day dedicated to the Italian favourite, pizza. This time it's Pepperoni. 

Woods


Autumn Begins (22nd)
Today is the beginning of one of my favourite seasons, Autumn. There are many reasons why I love Autumn but my favourite reason is that Christmas will soon be here. 

Car Free Day (22nd)
Leave the car at home today and choose to walk or take public transport.

Hobbit Day (22nd)
A day to celebrate the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. This year also celebrates 20 years since Lord of The Rings movie was released so it's even more important fans celebrate on this day. 

ice cream


Ice Cream Cone Day (22nd)
Ice cream cones are usually a popular after dinner choice here for little J every day but am sure we will all enjoy a cone today. 

One Hit Wonder (25th)
Some of my favourite songs over the years have been one hit wonders, what's yours?

Family Day (27th)
Life can be busy so make sure you make time for each other today, come together and celebrate family day. It could just be making sure you all sit down for dinner together, watch a movie or just chat. 

Ask A Stupid Question Day (30th)
The phrase 'there is no such thing as stupid question' springs to mind however I know I have been too shy to ask questions in the past in case it sounds silly. Today is the day to ask those questions and don't be shy.

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Ideas To Keep You Busy In May

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Other than December, May is one of my favourite months. Not just because it's my birthday month but because the weather is always warm, we have lighter evenings and we get to enjoy two bank holidays. There are also lots of other reasons to enjoy May and here are some ideas to keep you busy. 

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This month is Get Caught Reading month and also Bike month.

Get Caught Reading
The idea behind Get Caught Reading month is some people see book readers as book nerds, as secluding themselves away in a fantasy world and not living in the real world. If you are a book reader you will know that reading a book is so much more than that. It's a chance to relax, step away from the screen and yes you are whisked away into another world for a short period of time, but so what. Get Caught Reading month is the chance to show your friends, family and other people that reading might not be for everyone but it is for you. 

Bike Month
Riding a bike has become so popular over the years as a way to get to and from work, a way to get fit or just a fun activity getting you out and about. Bike month is the chance to appreciate your bike and use it more. If you haven't ridden a bike in a long time, dust it off and get back on the saddle again. 

Bank Holiday Monday (3rd)
The first if two bank holidays this month. Unfortunately this doesn't mean an extra day off for everyone but if you do have a day off then I hope you enjoy it.  However it does look like it will be a wet one. 

boy hugging a wookie


Star Wars Day (4th)
May The 4th is known as Star Wars day. Star Wars has been a huge part of our lives both individually and as a family and I'm sure we will celebrate Star Wars day by playing some Star Wars games we own and watching a movie too. 

Revenge Of The Fifth (5th)
If May the 4th wasn't enough for you to show your appreciation to Star Wars then you have another day to celebrate. Revenge of the Fifth was created to extend the Star Wars celebrations and see who will turn to the dark side?

Big J's Birthday (6th)
A personal one for us as today we will be celebrating big J's birthday. 

Password Day (6th)
Today will definitely keep you busy as it is password day. It's a day when you are supposed to sit down and change all your passwords. Make your passwords strong, add special characters and numbers to help protect you online. 

Nurses Week (6th - 12th)
I'm sure in our lifetime we have all benefited from the help and care from a nurse. This week we can show our appreciation to all the nurses out there who have helped us especially those risking their own lives and spending time away from their families over the past year. 

My Birthday (7th)
Another personal celebration for us as I celebrate my birthday. 

Golf Day (10th)
Whether you're a regular golfer, new to the sport or would just prefer a round of mini golf, today is for you. 

Stay Up All Night (10th)
I may have pulled a few all nighters when I was younger but I couldn't think of anything worse now especially on a school night. For those that are up for a challenge, good luck. 

Eat What You Want Day (11th)
Eat what you want day was originally created and founded by Thomas and Ruth Roy. The idea behind the day is to help people break away from the constant reminder from magazines and now social media that we should all be on diets and have the perfect body. Take today to just eat something that you may have wanted for a while or just something you really enjoy. 

National Dinosaur Day (15th)
A day dedicated to Dinosaurs and the perfect day for all dino lovers to express and enjoy their love for Dinosaurs. 

Bring Flowers To Someone Day (15th)
I'm sure flowers have many many purposes but I think their main purpose is to make someone smile. If you hand someone a bunch of flowers their face will instantly light up and a smile will appear. If someone needs cheering up then I would definitely recommend using today to bring flowers to someone. 

boy baking
World Baking Day (17th)
World baking day is the chance for us to head in to the kitchen and spend some time baking. Some people find baking very therapeutic and others like to bake with the kids. If you don't have time to bake today maybe head to a local bakery and support them by buying some freshly made bread or cakes. 

Roadmap Step 3 Begins (17th)
Today is the day we see some of the restrictions lifted as part of step 3 of the roadmap. The restrictions on gatherings outside will be lifted and although they have said to use your own common sense on the level of risk, gatherings over 30 will be illegal. Indoor hospitality can reopen as can cinemas and children's play areas. Hotels can reopen and indoor gyms and classes can resume. For a full list just head to the gov.uk website.

Work From Home Day (17th)
Today would have been something we all would have loved over a year ago but now working from home is our new normal and some may even want to return back to work.

Visit Your Relatives Day (18th)
Now that the restrictions have been lifted for outdoor gatherings plan some time when you can visit your family today and have a much needed catch up. 

Be A Millionaire Day (20th)
Unfortunately today doesn't mean we will all become millionaires overnight. The day was created to remind people that anything is possible and if your dream is to become a millionaire, today is the day you can start making your dream come true. You need to start off by reviewing your spending habits, look at your debts and see how you can make better money choices in your life. 

Bike To Work Day (21st)
Riding your bike to work has proven to help with better performance, helped towards your personal health and fitness, saved you money and also saved the planet. 

Pizza Party Day (21st)
Fridays for us usually mean fish and chips however today we may make an exception and eat pizza instead. 

Lucky Penny Day (23rd)
We have all heard of the saying 'See a penny pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck'. Whether you believe pennies are lucky or not today is lucky penny day and I know we could all do with a little bit of luck sometimes. There are so many superstitions abut pennies and how they can bring you good luck at certain times. Would you pick up a penny or walk straight past?

brothers on a trampoline


Brother's Day (24th)
One we will definitely be celebrating here. Brother's Day is a day to appreciate the bond between brothers. Eleven years between our two and they are the best of friends. 

Sun Screen Day (27th)
Today is just a reminder of how important sun screen is. It should be part of your daily routine whatever the weather. You only get one skin so we should protect it as much as possible. 

Hamburger Day (28th)
No fish Friday again for us this week as I know the boys would much rather have a cheeseburger. 

Put A Pillow On Your Fridge Day (29th)
This day is a result of an old tradition where people would place a piece of linen or nightwear in their larder. As it was an item from the bedroom they believed it would bring them good luck with fertility. Over the years and the power of social media it has now turned in to a special day and people do believe it brings them good fortune. 

Bank Holiday (31st)
What a great way to end the month with yet another bank holiday. 

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Ideas To Keep You Busy In April

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We have made it in to the second quarter of the year. How have you found this year so far? As much as I have enjoyed the restrictions being lifted with more to follow this month I really do hope we will still embrace the simpler days of walks in the park and exploring our local area. Here are a few things to keep us busy in April.

spring flowers


April Fools Day (1st)
Play a trick on your family and friends. Can you fool them?

Good Friday (2nd)
The first of two bank holidays this month and depending on your religion today is the day we remember Jesus dying on the cross. 

Boy holding an Easter egg


Easter Sunday (4th)
Easter is celebrated in so many ways. For Christians, Easter Sunday is the day we celebrate Jesus rising  from the dead. Amongst the younger generation Easter is a day when the Easter Bunny arrives to give out lots of chocolate eggs.

Grand National (10th) 
One of the biggest sporting events in the UK, the Grand National will take place behind closed doors this year after cancelling last year due to Covid-19.

The three day racing event will run from 8th-10th April with the main race taking place live at 5:15pm and available to watch on ITV.

boys sat on a bench overlooking a runway


National Siblings Day (10th) 
Whether you are young or old today is the day to reflect on the bond between siblings. You may not always get along with your sibling, they may not be with us anymore or maybe you are best friends. Today is a day to remember the bond you share. 

Roadmap Step 2 Begins (12th)
April 12th is a date that has been on our minds for sometime now. It's the day when non-essential retail, personal care venues, gyms and most outdoor attractions can open as part of the easing of restrictions in the UK. 

Anniversary Of The Titanic Sinking (15th)
If you are looking for something to watch tonight then maybe you could watch Titanic to mark the anniversary of the day it sank. 

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Finale (23rd April)
For Marvel fans the 6 episode mini series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier finale will air on Disney+ on the 23rd April.

What are you looking forward to in April?

Michelle

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Ideas To Keep You Busy In March

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If everything goes to plan in the world, we can start to look forward to being able to do more things and have a lot more freedom starting in March. It's crazy to think it's been a year this month since the craziness began but hopefully we can start to put it behind us. Here are a few things that can keep us busy in March. 

Dandelions


World Wildlife Day (3rd)
Head to your local woodlands or forest. Each year a new theme is introduced to help celebrate and raise awareness of World Wildlife Day. In 2021, the new theme is Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet. This theme looks to shed light on the links between the state of our planet’s forests and woodlands and the preservation of the many livelihoods that depend on them. 

World Book Day (4th)
World Book Day was created by UNESCO on 23rd April 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. It is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. It is usually celebrated in schools with children dressing up as their favourite character from a book. However as most schools are closed except for a select group of children we will just have to celebrate at home this year. 

Stem

British Science Week (5th-14th)
British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. You may have your own ideas on how you can celebrate all things STEM but if you are looking for some inspiration, head over to  https://www.britishscienceweek.org. You can download activity packs and even make your own poster. 

WandaVision Finale on Disney+ (5th)
For all the Marvel fans out there you may not want this date to come around as it means it is the WandaVision finale. Just 9 short episodes of Marvel brilliance and it all comes to an end tonight. There are lots of theories but no-one truly knows what exactly is happening in Westview but I am guessing we will get some answers in the final episode.

Raya And The Last Dragon on Disney+ (5th)
Available on Disney+ Premier Access Raya and the Last Dragon can be streamed through the app for £19.99.

Back to school chalk board


Back To School (8th)
The 8th of March is the date given that all children will return to school. Everyone has their own opinion on this date. Whether you think it's the right or wrong time for the return, I think only time will tell.

Meet A Friend (8th)
You will be allowed to leave home to meet a friend in a public place, such as a park today as part of the lockdown easing plan.

International Women's Day (8th)
Marked annually on March 8th, International Women's Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness about women's equality, lobby for accelerated gender parity and fundraise for female-focused charities.

Assembled - Making of WandaVision on Disney+ (12th)
For all you who are missing WandaVision you can watch Assembled - Making of WandaVision on Disney+

Yes Day on Netflix (12th)
Imagine saying yes to your kids to everything they ask for one whole day. Yes Day starring Jennifer Garner premieres on Netflix today.

Mum label

Mother's Day (14th)
Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. 

St Patrick's Day (17th)
Dress up and decorate your house in green as Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Red Nose Day (19th)
Red Nose Day is a campaign to end child poverty, one nose at a time. There are lots of ways to get involved by raising money and awareness to ensure children who need our help the most are safe, healthy and educated around the world.

bed and bedside table


World Sleep Day (19th)
March is National Bed Month so it's the perfect time to catch up on some zzz's and get some much needed beauty sleep. We all know sleep is good for our health both physically and mentally so we need to make sure we are getting enough of it. 

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (19th)
The new Marvel mini series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier premiers today on Disney+.

International Day Of Happiness (20th)
International Day of Happiness is a day to remember how important it is to be happy. Do something for you today, do something that makes you happy. 

Spring (20th)
Today the sun will rise at 6:14am and set at 18:25pm, giving us 12hours and 11 minutes of daylight to mark the first day of Spring. 

Odd socks

World Down Syndrome Day (21st)
Pop on a pair of odd socks today and help raise awareness for Down Syndrome. 

Debt Awareness Week (22-28th)
Time to sort our your finances this week for debt awareness week. 

World Water Day (22nd)
World Water Day is held on 22 March every year since 1993. It is a day to remember how lucky we are and help to raise awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water.

Tolkien Reading Day (25th)
The 25th of March each year is known as Tolkien Reading Day and it was created to encourage people to celebrate the author J.R.R Tolkien. For fans of Lord of The Rings you may recognise the significance of the date 25th March, this date was the fall of Sauron and Barad-dur. 

Rule of 6 is Back (29th)
From today you will be able to meet in larger groups again, but only outdoors - including in private gardens.

The rule will be that up to six people can meet, or a larger number as long as you all come from just two different households.

football on grass

Outdoor Sports (29th)
Outdoor sporting venues (such as tennis clubs) will be opened and people can take place in outdoor sports.

Stay Local (29th)
The stay at home order will end today, but the advice will be to stay local rather than travelling long distances. We are lucky to have lots of parks, beaches and forests locally.

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Ideas To Keep You Busy In January

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January is probably most famous for new starts. New years resolutions are a good way to give yourself a kick up the bum. Whether you want to try a new hobby, lose weight or anything else January is a great starting point as it's the beginning of a whole new year. I am so glad to see the back of 2020 and I am looking forward to keeping busy in January and here are a few ideas. 

Happy New Year
Dry January (1st-31st)
If you are still feeling the effects of your Christmas drinking then you can take part in Dry January. Ditch the hangovers, reduce your waistline and save lots of money too.

Make Some Resolutions (1st)
Are you making any resolutions this year? Now is the time to write them down and start the year fresh.

Disney Fix (2nd and 3rd)
You can get your Disney fix on the BBC this weekend with Big Hero 6, Planes: Fire and Rescue and Saving Mr Banks showing on BBC1 and BBC2.

cup of tea
Catch Some Extra zzz's (3rd)
Festival of Sleep Day is designed to give everyone some extra shut eye. This is almost near impossible though if you have kids... What's sleep again?

Back To Normal (4th)
Over the Christmas holidays there is always that period of time when you actually have no idea what day it is. I love being home with my family over Christmas but I also love that feeling when the kids go back to school and I return to work and we can have some normality and routine again. 

Bye Bye Christmas (6th)
If you follow the 12 days of Christmas then you will be able to take your decorations down on the 6th January. We usually take ours down after New Year so we can start the year fresh.

Friday Night is Date Night (8th)
Date Nights have been none existent for most of us in 2020 due to lockdowns and tier restrictions. Why not arrange a date night even if it's just watching a movie or cooking a meal for each other. 

boys walking
Head Outdoors (9th-10th)
No matter what tier you are in you should try to get outside for some fresh air and exercise. There are lots of parks and open spaces you can head out to as long as you stay safe and socially distance. 

Houseplant Week (11-17th)
I have never understood houseplants but I know how popular they are and how much people enjoy having them in their home. If you want to start a new house plant collection then you can start today as it's officially Houseplant week. 

Premier League Returns (12th)
After a short break the Premier League matches return this week with Sheffield Utd v Newcastle. 

Half Way There (15th)
We made it! We are half way through one of the worst months of the year. It's Friday let's celebrate and maybe order a takeaway. 

holding a cup of tea
Brew Monday (18th)
If 2020 taught us anything it would be that staying in touch with family and friends can get you through even the darkest of days. Brew Monday has been created by the Samaritans to encourage people to stay connected even if just virtually. Pop the kettle on and have a cuppa with a friend or family member over Zoom or on the phone. 

Blue Monday (18th)
The third Monday of January is known as Blue Monday and is supposed to be the most depressing of days when people suffer from post Christmas blues. Why not get in touch with a friend or plan something for yourself and family to keep you busy. 

Winnie The Pooh Day (18th)
Today we appreciate the loveable and huggable bear, Winnie The Pooh. Read one of the many stories of the adventures of Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood or head to Disney+ for lots of bear adventures. 

Smear For Smear 2021 (18th-24th)
Let’s face it, the last year has been a challenge with lots of things in life changing and becoming more difficult. But some things haven’t changed - The importance of cervical screening (smear tests)

Join #SmearForSmear during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week to share a tip, a story or a reminder – you could help one of your friends or family book a test that could save their life. 
Here's how you can get involved.  Share a message of support, smear your lipstick and post it on social media with #SmearForSmear.

It's Cold Outside (23rd-24th)
Towards the end of January heading in to February it's so cold outside and some places may even have snow. It's natural to want to stay in your PJ's all day in front of the fire watching movies but it's also good to get outdoors. Pop on your coat, hat, scarf and gloves and head out on an adventure this weekend. Being outside in the open air is great not only for your physical health but your mental health too.

Burns Night (25th)
Burns Night marks the anniversary of Robert Burns' birth on 25 January each year. It's celebrated mainly in Scotland but can also be celebrated anywhere.

Pay Day (29th)
For many this will be the first pay day of the year. Will you be saving or spending?

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New Years Resolutions Update (30-31st)
January is done. How did you get on with your resolutions? Now is the time to reflect and see what went well, what didn't and what can you do to improve in February. 

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