Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. (First is skin cancer.) About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. At Seeds of happiness we are ALL big supporters of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, including the male species. See the proof below!
The original ‘smiley’ was created by commercial artist Harvey Ball in 1963. Concerned about the commercialization of the iconic graphic, Harvey established Smile Day, which encourages you to participate in acts of kindness and to smile and make others smile. Since that first World Smile Day® in 1999, it continues every year in Smiley’s hometown of Worcester, MA and around the world.
Octoberis National Breast Cancer Awareness Month which is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of screening and the early detection of breast cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women. Right now there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. The good news? Many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early.
All we are saying is give peace a chance. — John Lennon
SEPTEMBER 21 – International Peace Day
International Peace Day seeks a global cessation of violence and war. Each year on this day, celebrations are held in hundreds of countries, all with the same goal in mind….to stop war and violence. Created and sponsored by the United Nations, this day seeks to end war, starting today.
I think that anyone that smiles automatically looks better. —Diane Lane
National Smile Week is celebrated during the second week of August and was established to promote dental health and the maintenance of a brilliant smile. But smiling has a positive effect on more than just your looks. It can be therapeutic and can also create a friendlier environment wherever you may be.
What’s even better is that smiling is contagious, the more you smile, the more others will smile with you!
A smile is the most universally recognized social expression. Smiles translate into every culture, language and social context and can be recognized up to 300′ away.
So make sure to smile today, smile tomorrow and smile every day…turn smiling into a daily habit!
110 Years ago today, JULY 23, 1904, a tasty treat was invented in our town:
St. Louis, Missouri, Home of the First Ice Cream Cone
Do you love ice cream? How about an ice cream cone? Did you know that the first cone was introduced at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904?
Charles E. Minches of St. Louis, Missouri fills a pastry cone with two scoops of ice cream, and the ice cream cone is invented.
The story goes that when the ice cream vendor ran out of paper cups and spoons, he put the ice cream in a rolled up waffle that the man in the next booth was selling — and an invention was born — by accident!
So you can thank Chuck for giving us one of American’s favorite desserts…one scoop or two?!? 🙂
To commemorate this special day, we are featuring the Smiles Behind the Smiles, Part 7. Seeds of Happiness has partnered with Canterbury Enterprises, Inc. to produce the molded balls of clay which are then sculpted at the Seeds of Happiness studio. Canterbury is a sheltered workshop in suburban St. Louis. Their mission is to produce high quality work through a dedicated workforce primarily comprised of people with disabilities. We are fortunate to have a very dedicated, hardworking AND fun couple working on our project.
Rosemary & Larry
Your job at Canterbury: Rosemary cuts the clay and inserts the pieces into a mold. Larry uses the press to form the little balls of clay. In addition, they work on assembling mailings.
How long have you worked at Canterbury?: Four years. And we like to work TOGETHER!
What you like about working on Seeds of Happiness: $$$!!!
How long have you been married: Rosemary and Larry will celebrate their SILVER wedding anniversary this fall. Congratulations on 25 years!
What you like to do on your days off: We like to go to different places around St. Louis. And, Rosemary does the driving; Larry is chauffered!
Favorite ice cream: Rosemary likes all flavors, but vanilla is her favorite. However Larry is NOT an ice cream lover, but his favorite foods are hamburgers and bratwurst…picnic food!
What to get Dad for Father’s Day? Hmmmmm? The traditional tie doesn’t really work anymore with our increasingly casual society. But a Smile…yeah! As Mark Borella, aka The Seeds of Happiness Guy always says: “You can’t go wrong with a Smile.”
* Maybe he is a baseball fan: How about a Big Baseball Seed of Happiness?
* He can always use a baseball cap, and we guarantee that when he opens this gift he will be smiling! (p.s. AND they are on sale right now; 20% off!)
* Your dad can start his day with a Smile in his coffee mug. * Or, we have two different sizes of tumblers to hold his hot AND cold beverages.
So, there are lots of fun choices for your dad…let the shopping begin!
Memorial Day is a holiday which typically marks the beginning of summer vacation…bbq, floatrips, picnics, and many more fun and relaxing outdoor activities. It’s a federal holiday, most people are off work for a three-day weekend…yea!
But, we should not forget the reason we have a day off work and are out having fun. Memorial Day is a day of remembering those courageous men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials to honor those who made the greatest sacrifice while serving our country. To those men and women, we salute you.
March 25 is INTERNATIONAL WAFFLE DAY. Waffle Day began in Sweden as Våffeldagen; this day historically marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated by the eating of many waffles.
This remarkable dough-based gridded cake can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner, snack or dessert.
Take this day to explore the variety that the world of the waffle has to offer you: topped with fried chicken or stacked and drenched in sugary maple syrup, dusted with confectioner’s sugar or coated in chocolate or cream…yum!
A Few Waffle Fun Facts:
* The word “waffle” is from the Dutch, meaning “wafer.”
* In the late 1800’s, Thomas Jefferson returned from France with a waffle iron.
* Eggo Waffles were introduced in supermarket freezer sections in 1953.
* Since its founding in 1955, the Waffle House chain has sold more than 500 million waffles.