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What is National Compliment Day?

On January 24, celebrate National Compliment Day by going all out with praise. The power of a compliment is pretty remarkable: either giving or receiving one can boost your happiness and confidence — making the act a win-win. You never know when someone could use some good vibes, so spread the positivity by giving someone a reason to smile!

History of National Compliment Day

Complimenting people on a good job, or praising them for work we admire, is so engrained in human nature that we do it without even giving it a second thought. Which is why we believe it’s important to compliment a good compliment! So, without further ado, here’s 3 of our favorite compliments in history:
1. George R.R. Martin’s fan letter.
Before he was a best selling author, Martin was a teenage fan boy in love with the world of comics. In 1964, he wrote a letter addressed to Stan Lee and Don Heck. In his letter, he praised the latest two issues of The Avengers and Fantastic Four, saying he had “finally come to the decision to have both mounted in bronze and set on a pedestal in the center of my living room.”
2. Maurice Sendak’s tasty art!
In 2011, Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, told NPR that a child once expressed his love for the writer’s work by devouring it. The young boy had sent Sendak a charming card with a little drawing on it, which Maurice adored. In response, he sent a card and drew a picture of a Wild Thing with the words “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Sendak soon received a letter back from Jim’s mother saying “Jim loved your card so much, he ate it.” 
3. Clyde Barrow to Henry Ford
Famous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde’s preferred getaway car was reportedly the Ford’s V-8 powered Model B. In fact, they even died in one, after law officers showered their stolen Ford with more than 130 rounds of steel-jacketed bullets. Clyde wasn’t well practiced in writing, but between heists he took the time to send a letter to Henry Ford, proclaiming ” what a dandy car you make.”

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With cold days and snow blanketing the ground, plan some fun activities for you and the family close to home! While some trails may be snow-covered and inaccessible and with temperatures falling, you may be hesitant to head out on a hike. If that’s the case, you can still enjoy some snow play from your own home or neighborhood. Here are ten ways you can still enjoy the snow this winter and get some fresh air and exercise with your children.

10 SNOW PLAY IDEAS FOR WINTER

1. Winter Scavenger Hunt

Hide some objects in the snow for your children to find (picking brightly colored objects may help make finding the objects easier for young children). If you’re up for more of a challenge and want to leave your own yard, get this scavenger hunt printable and head around the neighborhood or to the park and use your senses to experience all the wonders winter has to offer. You could also make colored ice cubes inside and hide them outside for your little ones to find.

2. Build a Snowman

A classic winter activity, building snowmen is fun for the whole family. Get creative and make a snow family, complete with snowmen, snow women, and snow children! Bring out old hats and gloves to accessorize your new snow family. Kids may be excited to see if you can build a snowman taller than them! Let your creativity fly with this timeless activity. You can also play “pin the nose on the snowman” when kids are blindfolded and need to best place a carrot or piece of coal on the snowman while blindfolded.

10 Ways to enjoy the snow by Jessica Nave for Hike it Baby

3. Paint in the Snow

While the snow can be beautiful in and of itself, make it your canvas to further the beauty. This site recommends using tempera paint powders for an eco-friendly, non-toxic option. The beauty of painting the snow is that with each new snowfall you’re left with a blank canvas.

4. Build a Snow Fort

If your ambitions take you beyond building a snowman, try making a snow fort! Your young builders can start by designing their fort on paper and then making that design a reality outside. You can even use your beach toys that are normally filled with sand and fill them with snow instead to help create details on your fort!

5. Make a Target

If your kids like to throw snowballs, but a snowball fight is not something you want to start, practice pitching instead! Draw a target, complete with a bulls-eye, on some cardboard and place it somewhere outside. Throw the snowballs at the target to try and get a bulls-eye!

6. Play Tic-Tac-Toe

Head outside, grab a stick, and draw a Tic-Tac-Toe board! Use sticks to mark your Xs and Os. When the game is over, you can find a fresh patch of snow and play again!

7. Look for Animal Tracks

Take a walk around the neighborhood, down your driveway or maybe just in your backyard. Do you see any tracks? Maybe you’ll spot dog paw prints, deer tracks or footprints from birds!

8. Create a Construction Site

If you have vehicle-loving children, take them outside with one of their construction trucks. (Or if you happen to see older model construction toys for sale at a garage sale, buy some for outdoor use.) Kids love to push the snow around and make piles with their construction vehicles and even race trucks down the snow piles.

9. Blow Bubbles

Another part of summer fun doesn’t have to end just because the weather changes! If you’re in an area where the weather drops below 32 degrees, try blowing bubbles outside! Watch them freeze in the air or on the bubble wand.

10. Explore a Favorite Trail

If the roads and trails are passable, head to your favorite trail that you usually see with new tree buds or autumn colors and explore (if the trail is clear enough for hiking). Note the differences on trail in the winter. Maybe you’ll spot different animals, see tracks or discover creeks iced over. It’s fun to see the changes that take place on trail as the seasons change.

10 Ways to enjoy the snow by Jessica Nave for Hike it Baby

 

What kind of snow play activities do you with your kids? Let us know in the comments below.

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Even as children we knew there was great power in being a teacher. Remember playing school and fighting over who was going to lead the group? Future Teachers of America Day, celebrated annually on November 20, was made to celebrate just how great teachers are. It’s sponsored by The Future Teachers of America, an organization that helps future educators prepare for the classroom and become a part of a professional community. Through mentorship and teaching opportunities, they help teachers hone their skills and become wonderful educators. So won’t you celebrate with us?

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What is Mickey Mouse Day?

Mickey Mouse first appeared publicly in the short film “Steamboat Willy” on November 18, 1928, the day fans officially recognize as Mickey Mouse’s Birthday. It must be fun to celebrate your birthday when you never age! Mickey reminds us of the magic of childhood — a time when dreams had wings, and our imagination made everything possible. 

History of Mickey Mouse Day 

Mickey Mouse is more than just a character, he’s an iconic figure for the Disney brand. But he almost didn’t exist. Mickey Mouse was only created as a replacement for Walt Disney’s original successful creation, Oswald the Rabbit. Oswald was made by the Disney studio for Charles Mintz, a film producer and distributor through Universal Studios. With so much success from Oswald, Disney asked Mintz to increase the studio’s budget, but instead Mintz demanded Walt take a 20 percent cut. He then reminded Disney that Oswald was owned by Universal and that he had already signed most of Disney’s current employees to his new contract. Disney refused to sign the new contract, finished the final Oswald comic of his contract, and ended his work with Universal. 
With just himself and two loyal animators, Ub Iwerks and Les Clark, Disney had to start from scratch. From this experience, he learned to make sure he owned all the rights to characters produced by his company. His inspiration for Mickey came from a tamed mouse at his desk at Laugh-O-Gram Studio in Kansas City, Missouri. The original name for the character was Mortimer Mouse until his wife, Lillian, convinced him to change it, ultimately creating Mickey Mouse.
 On May 14, 1928, Mickey appeared in a test screening of the cartoon short “Plane Crazy”, but failed to impress audiences and attract distributors. Walt then produced a second Mickey short called “The Gallopin’ Gaucho”, which also suffered from a lack of distributor interest. “Steamboat Willy”, first released November 18, 1928 in New York, was co-directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. Intended as a parody of Buster Keaton’s “Steamboat Bill, Jr.”, it was the third Mickey film produced and the first to find a distributor, serving as Mickey’s debut.