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10 Ideas To Keep You Busy In February

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February may be the shortest month of the year but there are still plenty of things to help keep you busy. From awareness days, weeks and even the whole month. 

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LGBT+ History Month, February 1st - 29th 2024
LGBT+ History Month 2024 is a month-long, annual celebration of the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The aim of this month long awareness is to promote both equality and diversity.

Time to Talk Day 2024, February 1st 2024
Time to Talk Day is an annual event that raises awareness of the importance of talking. Time To Talk Day helps to encourage people of all ages to talk about their mental health and wellbeing, saying exactly how they are feeling. 

Children's Mental Health Week, February 5th -11th 2024
Children's Mental Health Week is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness about children and young people's mental health. This important event is a brilliant opportunity to open a discussion about mental health and wellbeing with children and young people.

Safer Internet Day, February 6, 2024
Safer Internet Day is an event organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, which aims to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. The event has grown year-on-year, and it is now celebrated in approximately 170 countries worldwide!

Chinese New Year. February 10th 2024
Chinese New Year 2024 will take place on the 10th of February, with the beginning of the year of the Dragon. Celebrations will last from the 9th of February (New Year’s Eve) until the 15th day of the New Year. It's a great opportunity to look at the culture and history and if you are local you can even visit Chinese restaurants in Liverpool and Chinese Restaurants In Manchester.

Half Term, February 12th - 17th 2024
Although these dates may not be for every school the children will enjoy their first break this year. Why not plan a week away or some fun days out. It may still be cold outside but there are usually lots of fun things to do over half term no matter what the weather. 

Pancake Day February 13th 2024
If you are a pancake lover then today is your day when you can show off you 'flipping' skills. There is just one question to ask 'what's your favourite topping?' Sugar? Lemon? Strawberries or Chocolate?

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Valentine's Day, February 14th 2024
Valentines Day is a day dedicated to the one you love. 

Random Acts of Kindness Day, February 17th 2024
It's nice to show kindness to others when they least expect it. Random Acts Of Kindness day gives you the opportunity to spread kindness. It doesn't mean you have to rush to the shops to buy gifts you could take a friend out for a coffee, offer to babysit for someone who is in need of a night out or even just help a neighbour with bringing their shopping in to the house.

National Chip Week February 20th - 26th 2024
Chips are known for being the nations favourite fast food item. Why not pop to your favourite fast food restaurant and treat yourself to a portion of chips this week. 

As you can see there are lots to celebrate or think about in February.


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17 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 looking forward to keeping busy in January and here are a few ideas. 

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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-31st)
Are you making any resolutions this year? Now is the time to write them down and start the year fresh.

Start Saving For Christmas (1st-31st)
I know Christmas has just gone but now is the time to start thinking ahead and planning for next Christmas. Check out our Ideas To Help You Save For Christmas post for lots of hints and tips.

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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?

Friday Night is Date Night (5th)
At Christmas time we spend some much time and energy making others happy that sometimes we need to just take a step back. Why not arrange a date night with your partner even if it's just watching a movie or cooking a meal for each other. 

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.

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Head Outdoors (6th-7th)
You should try to get outside for some fresh air and exercise before the kids go back to school. There are lots of parks and open spaces for the little ones to burn off some energy. 

Back To Normal (8th)
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. 

Houseplant Week (8th-14th)
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. 

Almost Half Way There (13th)
We made it! We are half way through one of the worst months of the year. It's Saturday let's celebrate and maybe order a takeaway. 

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Brew Monday (15th)
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.

Blue Monday (15th)
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. 

It's Cold Outside (20th-21st)
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 (26th)
For many this will be the first pay day of the year. Will you be saving or spending?

New Years Resolutions
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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Ideas To Keep You Busy In September

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Last Updated September 2023

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. 

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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 (1st)

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. 

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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. 

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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. 


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. 

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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 October

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We are officially in the last quarter of 2023. Does anyone else think this year has flown by? This month we can expect darker mornings and darker nights. The Autumn wind will make it a little bit colder than September and we will just want to curl up on the sofa. However if you are looking for some ideas on how to keep busy in October then check out below. 


Vodka Day (4th)
Vodka which is translated as 'little water' is my choice of spirit. I usually only enjoy it at the weekend however I might make an exception for Vodka Day.

Improve Your Office Day (4th)
So many people are still working from home so you may be working from an office, a spare room at home or from the dining room table. Wherever you do your work, todays the day to give your office a clean and a declutter to improve your working space. 

World Teachers Day (5th)
Teachers do an amazing job with our children every day throughout the school year, developing them in to the adults they will become. Today is the day to show our appreciation. 

Mad Hatter Day (6th)
Celebrate Mad Hatter day by watching Alice in Wonderland. Which one will you choose? I prefer the original but the remake featuring Johnny Depp was also great. 

Bathtub Day (7th)
The first bathtub was created on this day in 1828. Why not turn your tub in to a mini spa today and chill and relax.

Beer and Pizza Day (9th)
This may be a normal Saturday night combination for you but if not why not give it a try tonight.

Handbag Day (10th)
I don't really need an excuse to buy a new handbag which you may have guessed if you recently saw my Disney Loungefly collection on Instagram. If you don't fancy buying a new bag today maybe give your bag a clear out. 

Cake Decorating Day (10th)
The perfect way to spend an afternoon. 

Face Your Fears Day (10th)
We are all scared of something - what is your fear? Maybe you could try and face it today?

No Bra Day (13th)
No bra day was created to raise awareness of breast cancer which affects 1 in 8 women. Maybe use today to check your boobs and get rid of the bra. 

Dessert Day (14th) 
I will be enjoying a huge slice of rainbow cake to help celebrate Dessert Day today. What dessert will you choose?

Global Handwashing Day (15th)
Making sure we are continuing to wash our hands has been one of the main focuses over the past 20 months. Let's not get complacent and use today as a reminder how important washing our hands is. 

Department Store Day (16th)
Department stores can make life so much easier offering everything under one roof. Maybe pay one a visit today and start some early Christmas shopping. 

Chocolate Cupcake Day (18th)
Again I really don't need an excuse to enjoy any type of cake but today I will choose a chocolate cupcake. 

Pumpkin Day (26th)
Head out to your local patch today to pick a pumpkin. If you've already got one why not enjoy some pumpkin soup, pie or a pumpkin spiced latte. 

Happy Halloween (31st)
However you are spending today I hope you have a Happy Halloween


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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. 

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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. 

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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 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?

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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.

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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.

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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?


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