Saturday, March 30, 2019

National Crayola Day (March 31)

According to Wikipedia, Edwin Binney (November 24, 1866 – December 17, 1934) was an American entrepreneur and inventor, who created the first dustless white chalk, and along with his cousin C. Harold Smith (born London, 1860 - died, 1931), was the founder of handicrafts company Binney and Smith, which marketed his invention of the Crayola crayon. (See More)

Bing Search Engine says that then Edwin Binney, working with his wife, Alice Stead Binney, developed his own famous product line of wax crayons beginning on 10 June 1903, which it sold under the brand name Crayola. The Crayola name was coined by Alice Binney who was a former schoolteacher.

Click HERE to see how crayolas are made.

Celebrate Crayon Day by buying a box of Crayons today!

Crayola 64 Crayons

Crayola 64 Crayons

Regular 3 5/8 x 5/16Dia. 64 colors in a flip-top box with sharpener in back. AP Certified.

Adopt a Ferret Month (April)

The month of April is adopt a ferret month.

This book explains both the good points and the not-so-good points of keeping a ferret as a pet. Find out about the basic requirements of having a ferret, such as housing, food, water, and exercise needs.



This book explains both the good points and the not-so-good points of keeping a ferret as a pet. Find out about the basic requirements of having a ferret, such as housing, food, water, and exercise needs.

April Fool's Day (April 1)

According to a page on Infoplease, one explanation of the origins of April Fools' Day was provided by Joseph Boskin, a professor of history at Boston University. He explained that the practice began during the reign of Constantine, when a group of court jesters and fools told the Roman emperor that they could do a better job of running the empire. Constantine, amused, allowed a jester named Kugel to be king for one day. Kugel passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day, and the custom became an annual event.

The Number one April Fool's Hoax of all time was April 1, 1957: The respected BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Huge numbers of viewers were taken in. Many called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this the BBC diplomatically replied, "place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best." Even the director-general of the BBC later admitted that after seeing the show he checked in an encyclopedia to find out if that was how spaghetti actually grew (but the encyclopedia had no information on the topic). The broadcast remains, by far, the most popular and widely acclaimed April Fool's Day hoax ever, making it an easy pick for number one.

To see more Great April Fool Hoaxes, click HERE

Adopt a Greyhound Month (April)

In 2008, the Greyhound Project produced a series of public service announcements to promote greyhound adoption. One of the spots, seen here, featured a black greyhound named Cal who was looking for a long term commitment. Fortunately for Cal, he was adopted soon after filming. But there are thousands more pleasant and adorable greyhound just like him waiting in adoption groups around the world for their forever homes. For more information about greyhounds and where to find an adoption group near you, please visit The Greyhound Project



The Greyhound ranks #127 in dog registrations by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and is a sweet and personable companion who is known for his sharp vision and incredible speed. This all-inclusive care and health guide covers the breed-specific ins and outs of caring for an adopted Greyhound as well as the distinct qualities that make him a beloved family pet.

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Alcohol Awareness Month (April)

Alcohol Awareness Month is a public health program organized by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence as a way of increasing outreach and education regarding the dangers of alcoholism and issues related to alcohol. The program was started in April 1987 with the intention of targeting college-aged students who might be drinking too much as part of their newfound freedom. It has since become a national movement to draw more attention to the causes and effects of alcoholism as well as how to help families and communities deal with drinking problems. Read more about Alcohol Awareness Month by clicking HERE

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Golden Rule Week (April 1-7)

April 1-7 is Golden Rule Week.
What is the Golden Rule?

The author of the Golden Rule was Jesus Christ.

Let's be kind to ourselves by being kind to each other!

Laugh at Work Week (April 1-7)

Job stress got you down? Try laughing the tension away. Besides being fun, humor makes work seem less like work in a number of ways. Laughter stimulates the release of endorphins, which are your bodyÂ’s natural relaxants. A good laugh increases productivity, teamwork, employee retention, and job satisfaction. Humor also increases communication throughout the workplace and decreases stress levels.

Celebrate National Laugh at Work Week by bringing humor into your workday with these five tips from Jacki Kwan, humor therapist and author of Almost Home: Embracing the Magical Connection Between Positive Humor & Spirituality (Cameo Publications, $14.99, ISBN 0-9715739-1-3):

  • Listen to a funny audiotape or radio show on your drive to work. Then, remind yourself of the jokes you heard throughout the day.

  • •Clip a comic from the newspaper and post it on your desk or workspace. Pick a new comic every week to keep your spirits high.

  • •Share a joke with a co-worker. Make sure itÂ’s appropriate, of course, and it will keep you both in a good mood for the whole day.

  • Take a walk on your lunch break. Moving your body will lift your mood, get your blood pumping, and relieve tension.

  • •Get some funny props: a clown nose, a rubber chicken, an outrageous wig...

  • whatever keeps you laughing. Keep the props in a desk drawer and break them out when things get too serious.

  • When used appropriately, humor can give every situation a positive spin, even the stress of your workday. Let National Laugh at Work Week be your excuse to add some humor to your day. But donÂ’t stop there; use these tips throughout the year. Remember, positive humor has absolutely no negative side effects.

    Since 1994, Jacki Kwan has helped people enjoy the positive effects of laughter as a licensed Social Worker at the Clinical Level, a Master Practitioner of Neuro-linguistic Programming, a Registered Laughter Leader with the World Laughter Tour, and a Therapeutic Clown. She uses humor to heal patients in assisted living facilities and nursing homes in the Washington, D.C. area

    Friday, March 29, 2019

    National Pencil Day (March 30)

    According to Bing search engine, Hymen Lipman received the first patent for attaching an eraser to the end of a pencil on this day in 1858. The majority of these writing utensils made in the United States are painted yellow.

    In recent years, pencils have been made in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Colored pencils are used for adult coloring books to lessen stress in the ever increasing pace of society today.

    Today, we celebrate pencils.

    Colorations Primary Pencils With Eraser

    Colorations Primary Pencils With Eraser

    Better quality than name brand competitors for a portion of the cost! Made of finest renewable linden wood and No. 2 grade graphite. Perfect for both sketching and writing. Jumbo primary pencils are 5/16Dia. Choose a set of 12 or set of 144.

    Thursday, March 21, 2019

    6 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Finances

    by: American Bankers Association

    Washington, D.C. - March 21, 2019 - (The Stuff Gazette) -- With the arrival of spring, the American Bankers Association is encouraging consumers to add a very important item to their spring cleaning to-do list: organizing their finances. To help, ABA has highlighted six tips for rearranging your financial house.

    “Spring is the season of renewal, which means it’s time to sweep away your winter bills and tidy up your spending habits,” said Corey Carlisle, executive director of the ABA Foundation. “Taking time to balance your budget today will set you up for sunny financial days throughout the rest of the year.”

    ABA recommends these six tips to help consumers organize their finances:

  • Review your budget. A lot can change in a year. If you’ve been promoted, had a child, or become a new homeowner or renter, be sure to update your budget. Determine what expenses demand the most money and identify areas where you can realistically cut back. Develop a strategy for spending and saving – and stick to it.

  • Evaluate and pay down debt. Take a look at how much you owe and what you are paying in interest. Begin paying off existing debt, whether that’s by chipping away at loans with the highest interest rates or eliminating smaller debt first.

  • Set up automatic bill pay. By paying recurring bills automatically on the same day each month, you’ll never have to worry about a missed payment impacting your credit score. Plan out your automatic payments to ensure your checking account has an adequate amount of funds when the payments are scheduled to be withdrawn.

  • Save for emergencies. About 40 percent of Americans are positioned to cover a $400 emergency expense. You can prepare by opening or adding to a savings account that serves as an “emergency fund.” Ideally, it should hold about three to six months of living expenses in case of sudden financial hardships like losing your job or having to replace your car.

  • Go digital. Converting to paperless billing will help keep your house—physical and financial—more clean and organized, and will help protect you from fraud. Utilize your bank's mobile app to check your balance, pay your bills, transfer funds, deposit a check and send money to friends from wherever you are.

  • Check your credit report. Every year, you are guaranteed one free credit report from each of the three credit bureaus. Take advantage of these free reports and check them for any possible errors. Mistakes can drag down your score and prevent you from getting a loan, or cause you to pay a higher than necessary interest rate.

  • About the American Bankers Association
    The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $17.9 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard nearly $14 trillion in deposits and extend more than $10 trillion in loans.

    About the ABA Foundation
    Through its leadership, partnerships, and national programs, ABA’s Community Engagement Foundation (dba ABA Foundation), a 501(c)3, helps bankers provide financial education to individuals at every age, elevate issues around affordable housing and community development, and achieve corporate social responsibility objectives to improve the well-being of their customers and their communities.

    Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    March 18-24: Shakespeare Week

    Shakespeare Week is a national annual celebration giving primary school aged children opportunities for enriching and enjoyable early encounters with Shakespeare. Schools, families, home educators and cultural organisations can register now to access free resources and events listings.

    Complete Works Of Shakespeare

    Complete Works Of Shakespeare

    This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

    March Is Child Life Month