March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers! Despite what you may have heard in your favorite nursery rhyme, there's a lot more to celebrate in March than wind! From fun foodie holidays, like National Something on a Stick Day, to everyone's favorite reason to drink beer at 10 AM on a weekday–we mean, St. Patrick's Day–here are 31 reasons to smile in March.
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March 1 - National Peanut Butter Lovers' Day
Peanut butter goes with classic American meals like, well, peanut butter and jelly. Whether you dig into a good ol' peanut butter and jelly sandwich, homemade peanut butter cookies or Thai peanut sauce you'll want to put on everything from toast to noodles, there's no wrong way to enjoy peanut butter.
Are you team creamy or crunchy?
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March 2 - National Doodle Day
Doodling and coloring have been linked to reduced stress, better mood and improved cognitive function–so grab your colored pencils and get doodling! Even if you're not a regular Picasso, you'll still reap the benefits of this easy, relaxing activity.
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March 3 - What if Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs? Day
- If he/she could speak, what would his/her human voice sound like?
- Does he/she know I was truly sorry when I stepped on his/her tail?
- What amazing (yet scary) things could my pet accomplish, if only he/she had opposable thumbs?
Don't even act like you haven't spent considerable time pondering these queries.
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March 4 - National Pound Cake Day
Here's some baking trivia for you: Pound cake got its name because, traditionally, it's made with one pound of each of its four ingredients–flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. Pair it with some freshly brewed coffee for a deliciously decadent breakfast or drizzle homemade glaze over the top for a sweet dessert.Continue to 5 of 31 below.
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March 5 - National Cheese Doodle Day
Today, we honor the snack responsible for millions (if not billions) of streaky, orange stains on clothing, upholstery, pets and basically any surface that can grab onto its orange dust–cheese doodles! If you go a little too hard celebrating, check out these simple ways to remove stains.
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March 6 - National Oreo Cookie Day
What do baseball, zippers, Frank Sinatra, and Oreo cookies have in common? They all hail from the great state of New Jersey! The first Oreo cookie was sold on March 6th, 1912, to a grocer in Hoboken, New Jersey. Since then, they've become one of America's favorite cookies–and have been turned into pies, blended into milkshakes, crushed over ice cream, and even deep fried.
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March 8 - International Women's Day
There's no doubt about it: From business women, to stay-at-home moms, to world leaders, to change makers, women are freaking amazing. Today (and every day), honor all of the smart, hardworking, kind, hilarious, compassionate women in your life. You might even consider making a donation to a woman-friendly charity in your favorite lady's name.Continue to 9 of 31 below.
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March 9 - National Meatball Day
You finally have an excuse to shout, "That's a spicy meatball!" for no reason. Alternately, you can celebrate National Meatball Day by indulging in a mountain of spaghetti, topped with homemade meatballs. Want to get a little more creative with your cooking? Try these grape jelly or sweet and sour meatballs.
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March 11 - Johnny Appleseed Day
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March 12 - National Plant a Flower Day
Even if you don't have a green thumb, you can still celebrate National Plant a Flower Day. Try adding some blooms to planters in your backyard, window boxes, or hanging baskets to give your home a pop of color. And who doesn't love to admire some pretty flowers, anyway?Continue to 13 of 31 below.
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March 13 - Organize Your Home Office Day
If you have a home office, there's a good chance it's a mess of old receipts, sticky notes, coffee cups, and opened mail. Take some time today to clean it up! A tidy office will help you think more clearly when it's time to get to work.
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March 16 - National Artichoke Hearts DayContinue to 17 of 31 below.
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March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
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March 18 - National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day
Never heard of lacy oatmeal cookies? They're the thin, super crisp alternatives to the fat, raisin-packed oatmeal cookies your grandma made. They're amazing dipped in coffee or chocolate, or jammed into the side of a scoop of vanilla ice cream. So, what are you waiting for? Get baking!
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March 20 - National Ravioli DayContinue to 21 of 31 below.
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March 21 - National Flower Day
Nothing can cheer you up like a bunch of beautiful, colorful flowers. Today, stop and smell the roses, pick a few daisies, or just treat yourself to a bouquet of freshly cut stems.
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March 22 - World Water Day
World Water Day is celebrated each year to highlight the importance of universal access to clean water and sanitation. How can you help? Consider donating to your favorite humanitarian charity, like Charity: Water.
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There are some celebrations that don't call for a good cocktail, but National Cocktail Day definitely is not one of them. Drink up a classic with one of these 20 simple recipes.Continue to 25 of 31 below.
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March 25 - International Waffle Day
Waffles just might be the perfect food. Why? They can be incorporated into every meal! Drench them in butter and syrup for breakfast, top them with tomato sauce and mozzarella for lunch, mash a burger with cheese and all the fixins for dinner, and make an ice cream sandwich for dessert!
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March 26 - National Spinach Day
If you need an excuse to eat some greens (like the rest of us), a national holiday is a pretty good reason. Fortunately, spinach doesn't have to be boring! Make a spinach salad with bacon, stuff it into chicken thighs with feta or, if you really want to negate all of the nutrition in spinach, make some spinach and artichoke dip!
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March 27 - National Spanish Paella Day
Perfectly cooked rice with seafood, beans, roasted tomatoes, and olive oil–what isn't there to like about Spanish paella?
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March 28 - National Something on a Stick DayContinue to 29 of 31 below.
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March 29 - National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day
This light, airy cake is made with oil–not butter–so it won't harden when refrigerated. Top it with homemade frosting and lemon zest for a tangy, delicious dessert.
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March 30 - Take a Walk in the Park Day
Exercise (like walking) is linked to lower weight, reduced stressed, and improved brain function. And some studies say spending time outdoors can also reduce stress, improve mood, and boost productivity. So, what are you waiting for? Get to your favorite local park and get walking!
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March 31 - National Tater Day
Spuds may grow in the dirt, but they're basically a treasure when it comes to cooking. Why? They have so many uses in the kitchen! Shred some potatoes to make your own hash browns or tater tots, slice them to make creamy potatoes au gratin;,cube 'em and roast them with your other favorite root veggies, or mash them into delicious, creamy mashed potatoes. See? A billion uses.