As we leave March behind, we find that spring flowers have started to bloom, the days are getting longer and winter's chill is fading away. Still need more reasons to celebrate? We've created an April calendar full of holidays and other quirky reasons to make your month a little bit happier.
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April 1 - Easter and April Fool’s Day
As always, April Fool's Day falls on the first, so you can kick off the month with some lighthearted pranks. These April Fool's Day pranks for dads are sure to get your kids laughing. Remember that pranks can sometimes escalate, and not everyone enjoys being the butt of a joke, so take care to respect the wishes of those people who don't want to participate. A practical joke that everyone can enjoy? Prep some fake-out foods like a mashed potato "sundae" or "fried egg" cake.
Oddly enough, this year, April 1st is also Easter (but don't feel compelled to fill those plastic eggs with anything but candy–that would just be a mean prank!). Hosting an Easter brunch or dinner? We've rounded up our favorite ways to decorate the table, some fun DIY projects for kids (and adults!), plus some delicious dishes to cook for brunch or dinner. Now what to do with all those hard-boiled eggs...
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Peanut butter and jelly is a lunchroom staple, so it's no wonder the sweet and savory sammie gets its own day of celebration. Browse our favorite ways to enjoy this flavor combo.
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Both airy and decadent, chocolate mousse makes for a romantic dessert, whether you're prepping dessert for two or looking to impress a crowd. This particular chocolate mousse recipe originated in Hungary and has a backstory as seductive as its flavor.
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Though you may shudder at the thought of them lurking in your kitchen, rats actually make great pets! They are intelligent, social animals that are easily tamed and trained. Still not convinced? Learn more about Rattus norvegicus and find out if they are the right pet for you.Continue to 5 of 30 below.
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On this day we celebrate a classic chewy candy. Learn how to make classic caramels from scratch or try your hand at one of our favorite, more unusual, caramel candy recipes.
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Believe it or not, Twinkies have been around for nearly 90 years (and some folks claim that Twinkies actually last forever). Despite Hostess filing for bankruptcy in 2012, it looks like Twinkies are here to stay. Looking for a more decadent version of this 1930s treat? Find out how to deep fry Twinkies, just like the ones available at country fairs.
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Beer has come a long way from its early days as a watered down, bitter beverage and the craft beer movement has introduced people to varieties beyond the standard American lager. To celebrate National Beer Day, skip your go-to six pack and opt to try a new brew. From stouts to sours, there are 90 different styles, and thousands of different beers to sample. For those of you who "don't like beer", we ask that you give the humble brewski one more shot, and try a style of beer with characteristics like your favorite beverage.
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April 8 - Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
Spring means more green, more flowers, and more birds! Whether you're an enthusiastic backyard birder or a dedicated hobbyist, almost everyone enjoys catching sight and sound of a pretty bird. Put your pencil to paper to capture the moment today. You don't have to be artistic to enjoy this activity–this moment can be just about taking some time for yourself–you deserve it!Continue to 9 of 30 below.
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We've said it before: bacon makes every recipe better. April is actually bacon MONTH, so what better time to learn the right way to cook perfect, crispy bacon or try a new recipe that incorporates America's favorite breakfast meat. To celebrate, we've rounded up seven tasty ways to cook with bacon. Some might sound a little odd (bacon muffins, anyone?), but trust us—you just can't go wrong with bacon.
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From the humble goldfish to towering quadrupeds, pets are there to comfort us when we're feeling low, provide unconditional love and often entertainment. Sure, they might be a little weird and sometimes misbehave, but here at The Spruce, we consider pets to be part of our families. Give your furry (or scaly, or feathered) friend a little extra love (and some treats!) today!
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Whether we're talking about a simple slice of American cheese on white bread or aged brie on sourdough, grilled cheese always makes lunchtime awesome. Whip up one of these grilled cheese sammies for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert to celebrate.Continue to 13 of 30 below.
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April 13 - Scrabble Day
"Wait, is 'quijibo' really a word?" Over the years, we've had our fair share of surprise triple word scores, heated dictionary deliberations and maybe some tile throwing (see: National Siblings Day). To pay homage to this game for logophiles, we've got some high-value words to help take your Scrabble game up a notch, plus some essential tricks from self-proclaimed Scrabble nerds.
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April 16 - National Eggs Benedict Day
What's brunch without Eggs Benedict? Rich Hollandaise sauce, a perfectly yolk-y egg, a fluffy biscuit, and thick slices of Canadian bacon make up the classic dish that'll have you licking your lips before noon. Unsure how to poach an egg? No need to worry, we'll help walk you through the process, step by step.Continue to 17 of 30 below.
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Okay, doing your taxes isn't exactly fun, but our pals over at The Balance have all the info you need to get back your biggest return ever. Learn about common tax filing mistakes, and find out when you can expect your tax refund plus advice on how to make the most of that extra cash. Once you've dropped the forms off at the post office (or hit submit online) it's time to celebrate—you won't have to worry about itemizing your deductions until next year.
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April 18 - Pet Owners Independence Day
Do you own a pet? Then this holiday is all about celebrating YOU! Whether you're a cat lady, a dog dad, or have a whole family of tail-wagging, purring, all around cuddly friends, you'll surely enjoy taking a day to lounge in a sunny spot, walk in the park, or do whatever it is that your pet loves doing, too!
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April 19 - National Garlic Day
After butter and salt, this vegetable ranks among our favorite ways to add flavor to a dish. Garlic is surprisingly simple to grow, and can thrive in a vegetable garden or planters. Learn the right way to crush garlic and the best way to roast it to add layers of umami to your meal, like in this garlic roasted chicken leg recipe.
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April 20 - National Garden Month
April is National Garden Month, and what better way to celebrate than by planting some flowers or veggies. For those folks born without a green thumb, try your hand at low maintenance perennials like coneflowers or these hard-to-kill houseplants. No yard? Learn how to create an indoor herb garden or grow your favorite plants on your balcony or porch in containers.Continue to 21 of 30 below.
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April 21 - 60 Days Until The First Day of Summer
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April 22 - Earth Day
Our Mother Earth may only officially get one day a year, but we should try to protect our plant every day. See our favorite ways to live greener today, creative ways to upcycle old items and simple tips to start composting. Learn some interesting facts about Earth Day and plan some fun activities with your family.
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April 24 - Pig in a Blanket Day
Pigs-in-a-blanket may feel a bit dated, but adding a few tweaks to the hot dog + wrapper formula totally changes the dish. Try these breakfast pigs-in-a-blanket, this Filo wrapped frank or a whip up a traditional British sausage roll for a fun take on the classic appetizer.Continue to 25 of 30 below.
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April 26 - Pretzel Day
Pretzels may a go-to snack for modern-day sporting events, but origins of this baked good can actually be traced back to monks in the Middle Ages. Delicious dipped in mustard or chocolate, wrapped around a hot dog or shaped into a roll, this salty baked good is a bit tricky to make from scratch but well worth the effort.
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April 27 - Arbor Day
Established in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, Arbor Day is a holiday where people are encouraged to plant trees. While you may not be able to plant a towering oak tree in your backyard, consider donating to the Arbor Day Foundation, or volunteering to help plant trees in your local parks or community.
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April 28 - World Vet Day
Going to the vet is never very fun (for your pet or your bank account), but veterinarians are essential—not only by keeping your pet healthy but also by monitoring and treating animal disease in the community, which keeps everyone, human and animal, safe. Learn more about different kinds of vets.Continue to 29 of 30 below.
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April 29 - Peace Rose Day
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April 30 - Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
If you're looking to add a pet to your home, visit your local shelter or use a service like PetFinder to see what animals are available for adoption in your area. Shelters often deal with an influx of kittens and puppies in the spring and may even offer reduced adoption fees to help place more animals in homes. If you don't have the space for another critter you can still help—by volunteering to walk dogs or by donating old linens, newspapers and other items.