Your Guide to September

September days are here!

Labor Day

It’s summer’s last hurrah! Enjoy the long weekend as we transition to fall weather and activities.



9/11 Remembrance Day

On this National Day of Service and Remembrance, we can honor those we lost by giving back to our communities.



Grandparents’ Day

Here’s to all the grandparents! For the many ways they love, support, and spoil us, say thank you today.




Rosh Hashanah

This holy day on the Jewish calendar marks the beginning of the new year, celebrated with festive meals, self-reflection, and other time-honored traditions.



First Day of Fall

Get ready to turn over a new leaf: Fall is here! Enjoy the harvest season.




National Voter Registration Day

Your vote counts! Register to vote and make sure your voice is heard in the upcoming election.

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Your Guide to August

Book Lover’s Day

Being a bookworm has a lot of benefits, like better focus, less stress, and a bigger vocabulary. Trade your screen time for a page-turner today!


Vinyl Record Day

Vinyl is making a big comeback these days. Maybe it’s nostalgia, or maybe it really does sound better than digital. Dust off the record player and decide for yourself.

Financial Awareness Day

Are your current money moves setting you up for future success? Re-evaluate your financial goals and make sure you’re on track to meet them.


National Relaxation Day

Ignore your to-do list today and kick up your feet. Here’s another chance to get lost in your new favorite book, or spin your latest vinyl record find!

National Dog Day

Celebrate (hu)man’s best furry friends and the joy they bring to our lives! Show your pup some love today with an extra treat, belly rub, or walk to the park.

Women’s Equality Day

This year marks the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote and honors the historic victory of the suffragette movement.

With summer winding down and the new school season just around the corner, August offers the perfect reprieve to check in on yourself and your well-being. Take a little “me time” this month to ensure you’re staying healthy and happy.

Get Plenty of Sleep.

You’ve heard this a gazillion times, but how often are you guilty of sacrificing sleep for something less important? (We’re looking at you, Netflix, and you, too, mindless Facebook scrolling.) Chronic lack of sleep leads to all sorts of health issues, such as mood disorders, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, so make snoozing a top priority. Schedule a nightly routine that you can follow, such as turning off the TV and phone an hour before bed. Read a book, write in your journal, or meditate to calm your mind instead. Avoid eating or drinking close to bedtime, and use room-darkening curtains to create a restful environment and minimize distractions.

Stress less.

Stress can wreak havoc on your physical and mental health if left unchecked. While there’s no magic switch to turn off stress, there are things you can do to manage it better. Setting goals and creating daily or weekly to-do lists can give you a better sense of control over your responsibilities and help you feel less overwhelmed by them. Also, limit your time on social media. You may think checking your IG for the 37th time today gives you a mental break, but the constant overstimulation, access to information, and added social pressures can do more harm than good. Be sure to move often, preferably outside if you can. Sunshine, fresh air, and exposure to green spaces offer psychological benefits that help reduce stress. Remember to eat well, and get support from friends and family when you need it.

Make time for what matters.

Practicing self-care is about more than bubble baths and breakfast smoothies. Taking good care of yourself means prioritizing the things in your life that are important to you so that you can enjoy your life to the fullest. Perhaps that’s spending more quality time with the kids, finally re-decorating your home office, or maintaining an active social life. But remember to take time out for just you, too. Allowing yourself to recharge helps avoid burnout and enables you to continue to care for others, whether that’s your family, your home, your work, or all three. Make time for the things that make you happy, and remember that sometimes, it’s ok to do nothing.

The information in this article is not intended to replace the care and advice of your doctor.

Your Guide to July

Cool dates for a hot month.

National Postal Workers Day

There’s a lot that goes into delivering each piece of mail to your doorstep. Thank your mail carrier for the important work they do to keep the mail moving day in and day out.

Independence Day

“Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” — Louis D. Brandeis.


National Video Game Day

Did you know the first video game, Tennis for Two, was created by a nuclear physicist in 1958? Another win for science!


National Kitten Day 

Who can resist the adorableness of a fuzzy li’l kitten? If you’re looking for a purrrfect furry friend to add to the family, consider adopting a kitten today. Share the love with #NationalKittenDay.


Tax Day

The tax filing and payment deadline was extended this year. Be sure to file by July 15 (if you haven’t already).


Harry Potter’s Birthday

Celebrate “the boy who lived” and the magical story that inspired a generation. Disapparate into the wizarding world to explore quizzes, crafts, and all things Harry Potter!.

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In honor of flag day!


As a child of career military father, a flag was always present at our home and I proudly display mine at my home.

People show their love for America by displaying flags along streets, hanging them from porches, and proudly carrying them in the town parade. Old Glory is everywhere. But did you know there are official rules on properly displaying the U.S. flag? This guide from USAGov, based on the Federal Flag Code, can help you show respect for the flag:

  • When: You can display the flag outside from sunrise to sunset. If you want to fly it after dark, it will need to be lit. Don’t fly the flag during bad weather, unless it’s an all-weather flag.
  • On the porch: The union of the flag–the blue section with white stars–should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is suspended from a rope on a pole extending from a house, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.
  • On the wall or the window: When the flag is displayed on a flat surface like a wall, the union should be at the top left.
  • On the street: The flag should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street. The flag should never touch anything beneath it, so make sure it’s hoisted at the proper height.
  • At the office: Suspend the flag vertically with the union to the observer’s left upon entering. If the building has more than one main entrance, the flag should be suspended vertically near the center of the corridor or lobby with the union to the north when entrances are to the east and west, or to the east when entrances are to the north and south. If there are entrances in more than two directions, the union should be to the east.
  • On a vehicle: The staff should be fixed firmly on the right side of the vehicle. Do not drape the flag over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or a boat.
  • Half-staff: During periods of mourning, it is common to see the flag flying at half-staff. Only presidents can proclaim such periods for a national remembrance. Governors can also declare mourning periods at a local level. In some cases, heads of federal agencies can order the flag flown at half-staff on grounds under their supervision. Traditionally, states and local governments follow the president’s proclamation during a period of national mourning.

Take care of your flag. Many dry cleaners will clean U.S. flags for free during the months of June and July. Store your flag in a well-ventilated area. If it gets wet, make sure it’s completely dry before storing it. If the flag is damaged or worn out, it should be burned and disposed of with dignity.  Many American Legions will hold a disposal ceramony on flag day if you need a place to drop of your old flags.

This Flag day, show your patriotism by proudly displaying the old Red, White and Blue!

How to fold the Flag

Step 1

To properly fold the Flag, begin by holding it waist-high with another person so that its surface is parallel to the ground.

Step 2

Fold the lower half of the stripe section lengthwise over the field of stars, holding the bottom and top edges securely.

Step 3

Fold the flag again lengthwise with the blue field on the outside  .

Step 4

Make a triangular fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open (top) edge of the flag.

Step 5

Turn the outer (end) point inward, parallel to the open edge, to form a second triangle.

Step 6

The triangular folding is continued until the entire length of the flag is folded in this manner.

Step 7

When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should be visible

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