Global Hug Your (grand)Kids Day! Plus, GRAND Social No. 311 link party for grandparents

Global Hug Your (grand)Kids Day! Plus, GRAND Social No. 311 link party for grandparents

Global Hug Your (grand)Kids Day!

Today is the third Monday of July which means, of course, that it's Global Hug Your Kids Day

Global Hug Your Kids Day was created by Michelle Nicholes in honor of her son Mark, who died in 1998 from brain cancer at 8 1/2 years old. As there's nothing in the official certification of said day that requires hugs be given solely to one's immediate kids, I propose handing out some big ol' bear hugs to your grandkids today, too!

Why hug any kids today, grand or otherwise? Because…

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Kid inventors and their day! Plus, GRAND Social No. 286 link party for grandparents

Kid inventors and their day! Plus, GRAND Social No. 286 link party for grandparents

Kid inventors and their day!

Time to celebrate kids and their creatively clever pursuits! This Wednesday is, as every January 17 happens to be, Kid Inventors' Day. The day — appropriately designated on the birthday of master inventor Benjamin Franklin — is set aside for celebrating and encouraging the achievements of youngsters. 

Said achievements are many! Take a look:

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Celebrate Your Name Week! Plus, GRAND Social No. 246 link party for grandparents

Celebrate Your Name Week!

Time to note yet another nutty national — or, as is the case today — international event few folks know exists despite the fun to be had in its name. I'm talking Internation Celebrate Your Name Week, which runs this week, March 5-11, 2017. Oh, yeah! 'Tis true!

You can find all sorts ideas for celebrating the special week dedicated to "making sure your name is a respected, celebrated part of your personhood" on the official International Celebrate Your Name Week website

One way I'm celebrating it is by sharing this video of the top baby names of the past many, many decades... up through 2013. Oh, yes I am! And I'm happy to say that my name, Lisa, was the No. 1 name the year of my birth. Woot!

How about yours? Check out the video below for your birth year. And, as so few of us were born in the 1800s, even the earliest 1900s, please note that a helpful reference point for searching your year is that 1950 appears at 3:30 minutes into the video. Search backward or forward from there for yours.

Oh, what fun it is celebrating our names, right!? And to think the week...

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Trivia Day! Plus, GRAND Social No. 188 link party for grandparents

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Trivia Day

So you thought the holidays were done and over? Oh, no, no, no. Today, in fact, is another holiday. Of sorts. One you've perhaps never heard of. I minor one, I do admit, yet a holiday just the same.

Sort of.

You see, today is...

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