June Fun Facts
- Named after the Roman goddess Juno; who was the equivalent of the Greek goddess Hera
- Flower: Rose
- Birthstone: Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite
- Zodiac Signs: Gemini Twins (May 21/June 21) / Cancer Crab (June 22/July 22)
- Northern Hemisphere Full Moon Names: Rose Moon, Flower Moon, Strawberry Moon
- Southern Hemisphere Full Moon Names: Oak Moon, Cold Moon, Long Night’s Moon
I always combine tasks with awareness events and fun events. Below is a list of awareness days (as close to the actual date as possible), mixed with some tasks to consider doing in and around your home, and also some fun things to do and in some cases, foods that are commonly served around awareness events.
1. National Dairy Month / Got Your Diary Today? Drink a glass of milk or plan a trip to a dairy creamery to enjoy some quality ice cream. Enjoy a new recipe featuring cheese, milk, cream, yogurt, or another form of dairy.
- If you want to do something easier, make your own butter. No, you do not need to churn it. You can do it with your own blender. Some recipes are at The Hungry Mouse, Frugal Living.About.com, or Living Well, Spending Less.
- Cheese and Nutrition
- 30 Days of Dairy
- Make Change Nutrition Quiz
- 33 Tasty Dairy Tips
- Add Breakfast to Your Playbook
2. Schedule your kids’ annual physicals right now so that you can get your choice of appointment times. Most people wait until July or even later to schedule the appointments and by that time, the medical providers’ schedules are pretty much completely booked. While you are at it, schedule your own annual physical and also your spouse or significant other. Then, reward yourself for being this organized.
3. Sun Safety Week: prep for spending time outdoors this summer.
4. National Zoo and Aquarium Month: Preserving America’s Wildlife. Find a location of a zoo or aquarium near you with this link from Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Make a point of learning about wildlife that is around us. There are many species that are either endangered or almost extinct. Take this time to learn something about the birds and animals on the endangered list and make just one revision in your life to help these precious creatures to grow and live. There are many, many benefits to having wildlife around. In fact, consider combining one thing from National Zoo and Aquarium month with National Camping Month (which I listed next – on June 5th).
- Find a campground that is out in the country so that you can watch the stars at night. There is a thrill that I cannot put words with when you see how many millions of stars are in the sky that most of us never see because of the city lights.
- Another thing that we LOVED doing was to sit around a campfire at night. The smell of the wood and the sound of crackling as the wood burns was great fun. We spent time making “fire pies”, roasting hotdogs or marshmallows, and the list goes on and on.
6. D-Day: Make time to remember, and honor, those brave troops that helped to secure the Decisive Allied Victory when on June 6, 1944 more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard trek across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops. Were it not for those brave men who marched onto Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, today, we might have been under German rule. In fact, do consider visiting the National D-Day Memorial that was established in Bedford, Virginia and feel the awe yourself. The memorial was established in Bedford because it was the community that suffered the highest per capita D-Day losses in the nation. The D-Day.org official website says that visitors can expect both an educational experience as well as an emotional one as they learn a clear understanding of the scale and sacrifices that were made during the largest amphibious landing that the world has ever seen.
7. World Environment Day: The 2015 theme for World Environment Day is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”. Through WED, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) enables everyone to realize not only the responsibility to care for the Earth, but also reminds one and all of their individual power to become agents of change. Every action counts, and when multiplied by a global chorus, becomes exponential in its impact.
8. Horseradish Days: make homemade horseradish; however, keep in mind that fresh horseradish is MUCH MORE POTENT than that they you purchase in a supermarket. The other thing to keep in mind is when you grind the fresh horseradish root and add vinegar, keep your face away from the blender because it will burn your eyes and nose. This is a recipe for plain horseradish from Food, and this is a recipe from All Recipes is for creamy horseradish sauce.
9. Update the inventory of items in your freezer; highlight the items that will expire so you use them first.
10. Visit a local farmer’s market to check out all the fresh fruits and vegetables in peak season. Not only will you get great prices for fruits & veggies, but you will also support your local economy.
12. Alex’s Lemonade Days: consider making a point of helping out Alex’s Lemonade Days to help with the fight of childhood cancer.
13. National Pet Preparedness Month: Your furry friend will be totally helpless if a natural disaster occurs. Spend some time giving back to your furry friend. Think of all the great joy that you get from your pet, and in particular, dogs. No matter how bad my day is at work, the INSTANT I step foot in my door, my dog makes things all better. She is ALWAYS excited to see me. Even if I have to go back out to run an errand right after I get home from work, when I get back again, she is just as excited to see me as she was before I ran the errand.
Therefore, set up a duffle bag or other type of bag so that you can GRAB AND GO if there is an emergency.
14. Flag Day. Spend a few minutes today learning about the history of Flag Day and why we celebrate Flag Day on June 14th. I really like the description that is on History Rocket: The national Flag Day not only celebrates the flag, but also the feelings behind it. Military and war veterans are honored for their contribution and ensuring that ordinary people enjoy their freedom and peace. This day helps people understand the meaning of peace, freedom and living in a free society without oppression.
15. Back up information on your cell phone. Have you ever heard of someone who lost or broke their SmartPhone or cell phone and all of their information was in it? Would you be able to reconstruct that information? Why worry about it. Rather, back up your information onto a USB drive and put someplace for safe keeping.
16. Check your sunscreen to be sure that you have enough for the summer. Replace sunscreen that is more than one year old and replace everything that is older.
17. Once/quarter wipe televisions, stereo fronts, etc., with a lightly moistened antistatic dryer sheet such as Bounce to get rid of the dust that clings to the front.
18. If you have not already done this, make a point of deciding what you will do over the 4th of July weekend. Check the Farmers’ Almanac so you will know what type of weather to expect. FYI: when my son and granddaughter were both young, rain never – ever – stopped us. In fact, all we did was to prepare for the rain and then went out and purposely jumped into mud puddles and kicked water at each other. We danced and played in the rain. In fact, we almost felt like the pied piper because other kids joined us when they saw us laughing and splashing!
19. Pick your own strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries while they are in season. U-Pick or Pick Your Own farm prices are equally as expensive as supermarkets; however, one thing that does not have a price on it is the memories that you make with your families. Additionally, you can freeze your fresh-picked berries and enjoy them during the winter months.
Two tricks that I learned:
- While you are still in the parking lot of the U-Pick farm, rinse the berries in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water (of course you will need to bring those items) to keep the berries fresh longer; and
- To freeze the berries, do NOT re-rinse them at home; however, lay them out on a cookie sheet and put the cookie sheet in the freezer overnight. The next morning, remove the berries (which will be frozen individually rather than clumped together) and put them in a re-sealable bag. The reason for freezing berries individually is to prevent them from being mushy when you that them.
20. Plan a picnic or barbecue to celebrate Father’s Day tomorrow. Choose your Dad’s favorite location to hold the picnic and bring along some outdoor games to spend some quality time with your Dad.
21. Summer Solstice at 10:51 GMT, longest day of the year and the official start of summer. On Summer Solstice, the North Pole receives 24 hours of daylight and the South Pole receives 24 hours of darkness
- Happy Father’s Day: take your Dad out for a picnic or barbecue (see yesterday’s task for prep)
22. Lightning Safety Awareness Week: 22-28 (Last Full Week).
23. Baby Boomers’ Recognition Day.
24. Review your calendar: Plan several months ahead for normal purchases so you can buy in bulk and take advantage of sales. This includes food staples, paper goods, toiletries, clothing and gifts.
25. Take a look at your menu for next month and intentionally schedule some recipes that will need no heat, whether from the oven or stove, so that you keep your kitchen as cool as possible. There are even ‘no bake’ cookies that you can make.
26. The end of June marks the end of the first half of the year. Review your goals and New Year’s resolutions to see how you are doing. If you need to tweak things to keep you on task, make those adjustments so that you can catch up before the end of the year. Set actual deadlines in your calendar and check those dates monthly to keep yourself on schedule.
27. Watermelon Seed Spitting Week (June 26 thru 29).
28. Make your mattresses last longer by alternating turning and rotating them every three months. Example: turn in June, rotate in September, turn in December, and rotate in March. This works because by turning or rotating your mattresses, your body weight will compress different areas of the mattresses.
29. Spend just 5 minutes every day – JUST 5 MINUTES – and EVERY DAY – picking up stuff. Set your timer for only 5 minutes and go into super power mode as you pick up clutter, put things away, fold clothes, match socks, put dishes in the dishwasher or putting them away.
Two things will happen if you do this:
- You will continue to nibble away at clutter and keep your home organized.
- You will amaze yourself at how much you can get done in just 5 minutes.
30. Put away all winter blankets. One trick that I learned which takes up virtually zero space is after I have washed or dry cleaned the winter comforters and/or blankets, I fold them in half and then put them underneath the mattress so they will be ready in September when you prepare for the upcoming winter months.
Best Time of the Year to Shop for Key Purchases
Off-season and post-peak times are the best time to save money on many purchases. Consider stocking up on supplies that you use most. Timing your purchases to coincide with manufacturer discounts, clearance sales and off-season discounts will take out the stress of finding a good price on almost anything. Combination Technique: also use coupons where available.
Appliances, Large (refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers)
Electronics (early summer)
Fathers’ Day specials
Hardware (Father’s Day)
Iced tea mix and bags
Lingerie, sleepwear and hosiery
Tools (around Father’s Day)
Please leave a comment to share some of the tasks and events that you complete in June.