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Mark Your Calendars — February Holidays and Observances

February Holidays and Observances - Page-A-Day

We check quite a few sites each month to gather the best observances and holidays to share with you. Here's the cream of the crop.

February is for Feelings!

February is chock full of feelings! 

  • International Flirting Week: If you haven't met that special someone, put your feelers and do some flirting starting on February 14th through the 20th.
  • International Friendship Week: Cupid may not be calling this year, but there's still an opportunity to connect with someone you care about starting on February 10th.
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week also starts on the 14th! Find a way to share the love and pass it forward through the 20th.
  • Love Your Pet Day: One of our ultimate favorites all year 'round falls on February 20th!

Some other exciting monthly observances in February 2015:

  • Library Lovers Month 
  • National Haiku Writing Month
  • National African American History Month
  • American Heart Month
  • International Boost Self-Esteem Month

And some weekly ones as well: 

  • Dump Your Significant Jerk Week - Get rid of the jerk you've been dating before Valentine's Day and then pamper yourself! (Feb 7 - 13)
  • Freelance Writers Appreciation Week - If you work with a freelance writer, give them a hug—or maybe some fabulous moisturizing lotion for those overworked typing fingers. (Feb 7 - 13th)
  • National Entrepreneurship Week - Spend this week developing that idea for a startup you've been sitting on. (Feb 20 - 27th)

And the daily observances that you may want to jot down:

  • Feb 7th: Super Bowl Sunday. Get the nachos, chips and dip and 5-foot long sandwiches ready and throw a party! Who are you rooting for today?
  • Feb 2: Groundhog Day and World Play Your Ukulele Day both fall on 2/2. Why not play your Ukulele in hopes of a short winter prediction from Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog! 
  • Feb 5: National Nutella Day. Celebrate by putting Nutella in everything!
  • Feb 9: Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, is a party you can't miss. Travel to New Orleans or Rio de Janeiro to celebrate Carnival! 
  • Feb 20: Let's all get together and give our furry friends a big squeeze on Love Your Pet Day. Share the love with our 365 Dogs Page-A-Day and 365 Cats Page-A-Day calendars.
  • Feb 23: National Dog Biscuit Day. Give that dog a bone for cryin' out loud! 
  • Feb 26: For Pete's Sake (Day), it's obvious what we're doing on National Bacon Day

Whatever you're celebrating or observing in February, mark it down in your Page-A-Day Calendar so you don't forget...

If we missed any, leave them in a comment below! We'd love to celebrate whatever you're celebrating this mont. 

Meet Scout: Our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Scout, Our Page-A-Day Dog of the Week

Scout is very social and happy and loves the camera. He believes it's perfectly fine to wear white pants year round. He'll strike a pose with no notice at all and his head tilts tell his many thoughts and ideas.

Congratulations to Scout, our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® dog calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Gracie: Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Gracie - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest Winner

This is Gracie, who discovered she likes long walks on the beaches of Florida, after moving with her owners from Minnesota! And this picture of her captures those purrty green eyes and heart-shaped face!

Congratulations to Gracie, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Roadie: Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Roadie - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest Winner

Roadie was dumped as a 5 week old, very sick kitten. Even with her cataracts, she can see just fine and is a VERY busy girl. She has become a "Velcro" kitty. Love this little cutie pie!

Congratulations to Roadie, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Sadie: Our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Sadie, Our Page-A-Day Dog of the Week

Sadie was born in Pennsylvania and raised in New Jersey, where she currently resides. Her hobbies include barking, nipping, and being groomed. She has been herding various family members for over nine years.

Congratulations to Sadie, our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® dog calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Moose & Squirrel: Our Page-a-Day® Cats of the Week!

Moose & Squirrel - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest Winner

Moose was rescued at the holidays and went to live with grandma and grandpa. They passed him down to us but one cat is never enough so we rescued squirrel. They could easily be related by blood but they are not - they are definitely related in spirit.

Congratulations to Moose & Squirrel, our Page-a-Day® Catsof the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Tucker: Our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Tucker, Our Page-A-Day Dog of the Week

Tucker is a 4 month old Border Collie with a great personality and an even more adorable face. He is tri-colored and is learning how to play frisbee. He already knows how to sit, spin, lay down, stand, roll over, stay, leave it, and shake. He is also very loved by his owners!

Congratulations to Tucker, our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® dog calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Willow: Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Willow - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest Winner

Willow is an adorable 6 week old Maine Coon. His eyes are currently changing from blue to a deep green, and he is getting bigger every day. He loves to play with his toys and chase his older companion Rex around. Willow is quite the climber to get up on couches where he loves to nap. Being quite adventurous, you'd often see Willow exploring his surroundings and and keeping himself busy with play.

Congratulations to Willow, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

A few ways to beat the odds—an excerpt from How to Retire with Enough Money

How to Retire with Enough MoneyIn her compact, easy-to-follow book, How to Retire with Enough Money, author Teresa Ghilarducci explains that one of the smartest decisions you can make is to put off the day you start collecting Social Security. The government pays a maximum benefit at age 70, so working longer can mean thousands of dollars over the course of your retirement. But how can you ensure that you'll be employed—and employable—until age 70? 

Here are a few ways to beat the odds.

One, stay technologically literate. “Hey, don’t look at me,” you might be saying. “It’s not like I’m still on MySpace.” But technological proficiency isn’t a destination, it’s a journey. An ongoing one. You might feel you’re up to speed now, but someday you’ll tell a younger coworker that you’re going to text them, and they’ll say, “What is this, 2016? Don’t text me, just brainwave me on my neurotenna!” It’ll happen before you know it. Don’t spike the ball on the 40-yard line. Keep moving forward.

There are advantages to tech literacy that go beyond how hirable you look to an employer. First, advances in technology tend to make jobs easier, not harder—if they didn’t, they wouldn’t replace old methods. Second, jobs that require technological proficiency tend to be desk jobs, which will be the kind you’ll need if you have age-related physical limitations.

Two, get midcareer education. You wouldn’t want an operation to be done by a surgeon who finished his residency in 1998 and then never updated his skills; you’d want somebody who’s kept on top of new procedures and techniques. What applies to medicine applies to many other fields. It isn’t just elite professionals who need midcareer education. Software and technological devices are used in a great many fields, and they’re constantly changing. And that’s not all. New machines, new markets, new techniques, new ideas, new priorities . . . You’ll face some or all of those over the course of a long career. Be interested, be engaged, and embrace change.

Three, make and keep friends in your line of work. Yes, networking was one of the most ubiquitous buzzwords of the 1990s. But networking was a popular concept for a reason: It paid off. It still does. If you’ve been laid off, connections and goodwill are incredibly important to getting that next job. People will pick up the phone and talk to someone they know and like. They’re much less likely to answer a phone message with an unfamiliar name and number attached.

Four, scale back your expectations. As we’ve already noted, it’d be ideal to keep working in your chosen field, the one in which you’ve spent most of your career. But that may not be possible. Statistics tell us that employers in manufacturing, finance, insurance, wholesale trade, scientific and technical services, arts and entertainment, and the recreation industry all have a strong bias toward hiring younger people. However, older workers may find jobs in home health care (quite the irony: old people taking care of old people), retail trade, management, administrative support, waste management services, education, health care, and the social assistance sector.

The point: The job that’s open may not be the job you want. You might be thinking, I’ll pack it in and retire before I work behind a bakery counter. That’s your prerogative. But always remember the 30 percent reduction in your Social Security check that you face if you retire at age 62 on the one hand, and on the other, the premium you’ll get by staying employed until 70. The government is giving you an incentive to stay in the workforce; it’s in your best interest to take it. For that reason, you’ll need to be both determined and humble when job hunting.

How to Retire with Enough MoneyMore about How to Retire with Enough Money

Here is a single-sit read than can change the course of your retirement. Written by Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci, an economics professor, a retirement and savings specialist, and a trustee to two retiree health-care trusts worth over $54 billion, How to Retire with Enough Money cuts through the confusion, misinformation, and bad policy-making that keeps us spending or saving poorly.

It begins with acknowledging what a person or household actually needs to have saved—the rule of thumb is eight to ten times your annual salary before retirement—and how much to expect from Social Security. And then it delivers the basic principles that will make the money grow, including a dozen good ideas to get current expenses under control. Why to “get rid of your guy”—those for-fee (or hidden-fee) financial planners that suck up valuable assets. Why it’s always better to pay off a loan or a mortgage.

There are no gimmicks, no magical thinking—just 116 pages of financial common sense that really works.

Meet Klaus: Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Klaus - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest Winner

Klaus is a very smart boy! He wanted into our home last winter on one of the coldest days, begging for food and a warm place to sleep. He is now very loved and cared for.

Congratulations to Klaus, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Bruce Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Bruce - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest Winner

We rescued Bruce after he was declawed and abandoned. He is the sweetest, cuddliest, gentlest love bug that we have ever come across and we are so lucky to have him in our lives.

Congratulations to Bruce, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Elly and Chase: Our Page-A-Day® Dogs of the Week!

Elly and Chase, Our Page-A-Day Dog of the Week

Elly and Chase delight in the festivities of the season. Well, maybe not? Usually the life of the party during the holidays, Chase takes on a bit of a "hum bug" approach.

Congratulations to Elly and Chase, our Page-A-Day® Dogs of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® dog calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Vincent Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Vincent- This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest Winner

Vincent is a now 1.5 year old male and likes to visit our closed garden. He is very gentle,likes to cuddle but every time he is outside it's hard to convince him that it's time to return to the appartement again.

Congratulations to Vincent, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

10 Sacred Exercises from Younger Next Year: The Exercise Program.

Younger Next Year: The Exercise ProgramTake the challenge and get YOUNGER next year! Yes, you read that right—you can turn back your biological clock. 

The key point of Younger Next Year: The Exercise Program is that weight loss, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and other age-related illness is not really aging. It’s decay. And it is optional.

It’s a choice you make by how you live. You can choose to grow instead, and have a vibrant, meaningful life almost all the way through. Sadly, decay has become the norm for the majority of Americans.

The key to changing those decay signals back to growth is consistent, daily exercise. Exercise is the master signal for growth because it is the language of the physical brain, which runs our bodies and our metabolism. And there’s surprising new information on that front as well. Exercise literally changes the gene expression in the muscles, joints, and cells throughout the body.

Get moving and get younger! Check out Younger Next Year: The Exercise Program by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D.

A snippet from the book to get you started... 10 of the 25 Sacred Exercises featured in the book. Note: These pages are excerpted from the entire book, which of course has a lot more context and instruction. Please speak to your doctor before changing your exercise routine.

Younger Next Year: The Exercise Program. The 25 Sacred Excercises.

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Meet Powderpuff: Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Powderpuff - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest Winner

PowderPuff was rescued out of a shelter along with her littermates and driven 300 miles to her foster home (my house). She is an impossibly adorable little girl who beat the odds and now lives with a mom who loves her very much. She was very lucky that Forever Home Cat Rescue saved her life - and so is her mom.

Congratulations to Powderpuff, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Seneca and Marlow: Our Page-A-Day® Dogs of the Week!

Seneca and Marlow, Our Page-A-Day Dog of the Week

Seneca is my parents beautiful 12 year old Belgian Sheepdog. Marlow is her sister, Lilly's 6 week old puppy. Just another day playing in the backyard! Seneca loves those puppies like they're her own!

Congratulations to Seneca and Marlow, our Page-A-Day® Dogs of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® dog calendar is right for you?