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April Amazing Mind Bender and Solution

Spoiler Alert! This puzzle the April 7th puzzle from Amazing Mind Benders, and the solution is below.

This puzzle is from Amazing Mind Benders—the calendar that’s like a playground for your brain. Perfectly balancing difficulty, solvability, and visual appeal, these puzzles get every day off to a smart start. 

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97 + Ways to Make Your Pet Love You Even More!

Our pets are so loveable (even the naughtiest Bad Dogs® and Bad Cats®!), and boy do we love to love them back!

If you want some great ideas to make your dog and cat love you even more, have some fun with 97 Ways to Make A Dog Smile and 97 Ways to Make A Cat Like You

Fun activities for dogs!

  • “Subliminal Advertising.” Sneak a favorite word like cookie into an otherwise boring rant.
  • “In a Nutshell.” Play this  classic sleight-of-hand game by hiding a treat under one of three plastic cups. 
  • “The Lawrence Welk.” Dogs love to chase soap bubbles even more than toddlers do. Get fit while playing.
  • “Hansel and Gretel.” For an afternoon of fun, scamper about the house leaving a trail of plain popped popcorn in your wake.

Fun activities for cats!

  • “Eye on the Ball.” Record a tennis match or a Ping-Pong game on TV to play back for your cat when he needs a bit of exercise. 
  • “Cat Burrito.” Wrap your cat in a towel, burrito-style, which is particularly good for anxious pets or trips to the vet.
  • “Boing, Boing!” Wind pipe cleaners around a pencil in a spiral shape to create springs. Carefully slide off the pencil so the spirals go “boing” when pressed.
  • “Tickle, Tickle.” Tickle Kitty under her chin and softly say “gitchy, gitchy, gitchy” in your highest-pitched voice.

97 Ways to Make a Dog Smile97 Ways to Make a Cat Like You

For other great pet tips, and even more ways to treat your dog and cat, browse our other educational and entertaining pet care titles. Which one is right for you and your furry friend? 

Herbal Cat Care  Herbal Dog Care  Happy Cat, Happy You  Happy dog, Happy You

How to Toilet Train Your Cat  Complete Healthy Dog Handbook  The Cat Behavior Answer Book  Training the Best Dog Ever

Kitten Owner's Manua  The Puppy Owner's Manua  Real Food for Cats  Real Food for Dogs

 

 

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

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

Tucker is a six year old Maine Coon mix that lives in San Diego, California, with his Mom & Dad Susan & George & his brother Joey. He loves to snuggle and play and drink out of water glasses and faucets!

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

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

 

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

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

Travis lives in Germantown Hills, IL. He likes to do agility, sheep herding, biking, hiking, kayaking, camping, and lots of ball playing. He howls like a wolf when he hears coyotes or owls! He has a lot of personality and lots of energy to go with it!

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

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

 

Enter for a Chance to Win The Positivity Bundle Sweepstakes!

Scroll down to enter for a chance to win The Positivity Bundle Sweepstakes, featuring seven inspirational books that are sure to put a spring in your step!  

Enter for a Chance to Win The Positivity Bundle Sweepstakes

One (1) winner will receive The Positivity Bundle Sweepstakes prize featuring seven inspirational books!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to US residents of the 50 states, age 18 years as of 04/15/15. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on 04/01/15 and ends at 12:00 a.m. ET on 04/16/15. Click here for full rules. Void where prohibited. 

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About Think Happy, Be Happy

The gift of art, the gift of inspiration, the gift of joy. This dynamic illustrated book is brimming over with encouragement and wisdom and delivered with a fresh, modern twist. Pairing quotes with original graphic art that brings the words to life, Think Happy, Be Happy is a gallery of beauty and cheer inspired by the letterpress and screenprint art that’s hot on Etsy and pinned and re-pinned by Pinterest’s millions of fans.

About You Are Doing a Freaking Great Job and Other Reminders of Your Awesomeness

The perfect gift, and the easiest gift—because we all know someone who deserves a pat on the back, a big thumbs-up, or just a special thank-you! You Are Doing a Freaking Great Job is a vibrant, colorful, pocket-size book of encouragement.

About The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion

Who hasn’t asked the question “How can I find and follow my true calling?” Elle Luna frames this moment as “standing at the crossroads of Should and Must.” “Should” is what we feel we ought to be doing, or what is expected of us. “Must” is the thing we dream of doing, our heart’s desire. And it was her own personal journey that inspired Elle Luna to write a brief online manifesto that, in a few short months, has touched hundreds of thousands of people who’ve read it or heard Elle speak on the topic. Now Ms. Luna expands her ideas into an inspirational, highly visual gift book for every recent graduate, every artist, every seeker, every career changer.

About Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer

As the obituary writer in a spectacularly beautiful but often dangerous spit of land in Alaska, Heather Lende knows something about last words and lives well lived. Now she’s distilled what she’s learned about how to live a more exhilarating and meaningful life into three words: find the good. It’s that simple--and that hard.

About 14,000 Things To Be Happy About

Something to be happy about: This mesmerizing bestseller is revised and updated. Originally published 25 years ago (happy anniversary!) from a list that Barbara Ann Kipfer started making as a child, it’s the book that marries obsession with happiness. And it now has 2,000 fresh and more current reasons to be happy:

Rabbit tracks in the snow. Kiteboarding and kitesurfing. Caramel gelato. Scoring super-high on a Scrabble turn. Babies burping. Summer storms.  White cupcakes with multicolored sprinkles. Big red barns. 20 minutes all to yourself.

About Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program

Thousands of years prove it, and Western science backs it: Meditation sharpens focus. Meditation lowers blood pressure, relieves chronic pain, reduces stress. Meditation helps us experience greater calm. Meditation connects us to our inner-most feelings and challenges our habits of self-judgment. Meditation helps protect  the brain against aging and improves our capacity for learning new things. Meditation opens the door to real and accessible happiness. 

About The Book of Nice: A Nice Book About Nice Things for Nice People

Nice is the secret ingredient to a better life. It makes us happy. It may even be what makes us civilized—when we say thank you, shake hands, send flowers, we’re doing the nice things that bring people together.

 

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Holidays and Observances - Positivity is Popping in April!

April Holidays and Observances - Page-A-Day

At Page-A-Day, we don't just want to bring you beautiful, amazing calendars — we also want to help you fill them too! Check out all the exciting holidays and observances coming up in April.

Some monthly observances in April:

  • National Poetry Month: Fall in love with poetry with Love Poetry Out Loud.
  • National Garden Month: April is the perfect time to start your summer garden in most areas, so buy some bulbs and get to planting! Browse The Flower Recipe Book for inspiration.
  • Keep America Beautiful Month: Celebrate the Keep America Beautiful Foundation and their core issues of preventing litter, reducing waste and beautifying communities in April by volunteering to keep your part of America beautiful. You can make beautiful fun with Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg. 
  • ASPCA April: April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and each year, the ASPCA urges supporters across the country to “Go Orange for Animals” to raise awareness. If you adopt an animal this month, see all our great pet reference titles, including Dinner for Dogs and Happy Cat: Happy You.

Love Poetry Out LoudThe Flower Recipe BookBeautiful Oops!Dinner for DogsHappy Cat, Happy You

April has some exciting weekly celebrations as well:

  • Golden Rule Week (April 1-7): Do unto others as you would do unto yourself, especially this week. If you need some inspiration, see the books we featured in The Positivity Bundle sweepstakes — like The Book of Nice!
  • National Park Week  (April 18-26): Visit one of America's lovely national parks during National Park Week! Our Audubon National Parks calendar is filled with breathtaking views and can bring the national parks to your home or office. Learn more on the National Parks website.
  • National Karaoke Week (April 19-25): Let loose, grab the mic, and become a music icon. The Frog Trouble Bundle by Sandra Boynton can get your sing-along started. The CD accompanying Boynton's famous board book features songs by Brad Paisley, Dwight Yoakam, Alison Krauss, Josh Turner, Kacey Musgraves, and other top Nashville singers and musicians — plus the adorable plush Zeke the Frog!

Audubon Nature Engagement CalendarThe Frog Trouble BundleThe Book of Nice

April 5th is Easter!And, of course, the daily observances to fill your Page-A-Day calendars with some extra excitement!

  • April 1st is April Fool's Day: Whether you're the fool or the prankster, everyday can be "Fool's Day" with the hilarious 1,000 Unforgettable Senior Moments.
  • April 3rd is Passover: Each year people of the Jewish faith commemorate Passover with a Seder dinner. Get some modern take on Passover classics from Balaboosta and Nosh On This.
  • April 5th is Easter: Celebrate Easter Sunday with a fun egg hunt in the park and Sandra Boynton, whose book The Bunny Rabbit Show book makes an egg-cellent Easter Basket gift.
  • April 7th is National Beer Day: Quite possibly the best observance of the whole year. Browse our beer books and pick a brew (and a book!) that's just right for you.
  • April 14th is National Library Workers Day: Tell your favorite librarian how much you appreciate him or her.
  • April 22nd is Earth Day: Celebrate our earth today by planting a tree or flower. Volunteer to help clean up the neighborhood today, or simply lay in the grass for a moment, smell the spring air, and appreciate nature's beauty.
  • April 25th is National Dance Day: Hear music everywhere, and spot all the Dancers Among Us.
  • April 30th is Adopt a Shelter Pet Day: America's animal shelters are brimming with pets that need good homes, so get out there and find a forever-friend today. Page-A-Day has loads of fantastic pet reference titles, including Herbal Cat (and Dog) Care

1,000 Unforgettable Senior MomentsBalaboostaThe Bunny Rabbit Show BundleDancers Among Us

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

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

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

Caro was rescued when he was only 4 weeks old and weighed 1 1/4 lb! His name comes from the business where we found him that spells CAR....well Car sounded weird, so we added the "o" like we did to my husbands name Dano. His middle name is "Texan" because we found in on the back tire of a car with Texas plates. His "Indian" name is Thunderpaws......when he runs on the hardwood floors it sounds like little thunder claps! That was 8 years ago. Caro has been a real blessing to our household: he and the dog play like they don't know one is a cat and the other a dog. Caro comes for a walk with the dog and I each morning and even expects his treats when he comes in from outside. Caro is not just a pet, he's family!

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

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

 

Caturday: Cutest Cats of the Week

Happy Caturday! Relax with your furry feline and these gorgeous kitties from this week's 365 Cats and Bad Cat Page-A-Day Calendars. 

What a purrrfect way to spend the best day of the week!

From 365 Cats Page-A-Day and Digital Calendar (Cats rule. And celebrating 30 years— 365 Cats still rules as the #1 bestselling Page-A-Day calendar):

Caturday - 365 Cats - March 28, 2015

From Bad Cat Page-A-Day and Digital Calendar (Me-yeowza! Ten years of off-the-wall behavior, poor grooming, and nasty attitudes!):

Caturday - Bad Cat - March 28, 2015

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

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

Little Miss Fancy must have been ditched in the country because she showed up to my Uncle's house as just a baby kitten. He bottle-fed her back to life. My cat of 15 years got cancer and I had to put her down. This little kitten reminds me of my Ricky so much and I'm so happy that God blessed me with her presence. We didn't know if Fancy was even going to survive and look at her now.

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

 

Caturday: Cutest Cats of the Week

Happy Caturday! Relax with your furry feline and these gorgeous kitties from this week's 365 Cats and Bad Cat Page-A-Day Calendars. 

What a purrrfect way to spend the best day of the week!

From 365 Cats Page-A-Day and Digital Calendar (Cats rule. And celebrating 30 years— 365 Cats still rules as the #1 bestselling Page-A-Day calendar):

Caturday - 365 Cats - March 21, 2015

From Bad Cat Page-A-Day and Digital Calendar (Me-yeowza! Ten years of off-the-wall behavior, poor grooming, and nasty attitudes!):

Caturday - Bad Cat - March 21, 2015

Enter for a Chance to Win The Bunny Rabbit Show Sweepstakes!

Scroll down to enter for a chance to win The Bunny Rabbit Show sweepstakes, featuring a signed board book and adorable plush, George the Bunny, a soft and loveable 8” plush toy. 

Enter for a Chance to Win The Bunny Rabbit Show Bundle Sweepstakes

"We are ten terrific rabbits
And we like to dance and sing.
Ten terrific rabbits.
We can do most anything."

Listen now to adorable The Bunny Rabbit Show song!

Seven (7) winners will receive The Bunny Rabbit Show Bundle Sweepstakes prize featuring a signed copy of Sandra Boynton's The Bunny Rabbit Show and George the Bunny plush toy!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to US residents of the 50 states, age 18 years as of 03/23/15. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on 03/06/15 and ends at 12:00 a.m. ET on 03/23/15. Click here for official rules. Void where prohibited. 

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Meet George, a cute and cuddly Boynton bunny, straight out of the indefatigable chorus line of The Bunny Rabbit Show! Like the bunnies of the story that are “not so good at stopping,” he will accompany his child owner everywhere, all the time. George is a perfect gift for any time and has been safety tested for all ages!

The Bunny Rabbit Show Bundle

 


Sandra Boynton Author PhotoAbout Beloved Children's Author Sandra Boynton: Sandra Boynton has been a bestselling Workman author for more than 30 years, selling millions of copies of board books, book-and-CD sets, and 16 years of Mom's Family Calendar. Sandy has raised four delightful children, all of whom come home to Western Connecticut from time to time. 

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

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

Scooter has been with the family for the last 5 years, ever since he showed up for dinner and never left. He is adventurous and always ready for a ride in the car as long as he can look out the window. He is very calm, loves people and is the first to welcome a guest into the home. He is showing off his new scarf in the photo I submitted.

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

 

March Mensa® Brain Puzzler and Solution

Spoiler Alert! This puzzle the March 24th puzzle from Mensa® Brain Puzzler, and the solution is below.

This puzzle is from Mensa 365 Brain Puzzlers 2015 Page-A-Day Calendar —the bestselling calendar that delivers a year of engaging and entertaining mental conundrums tough enough to be sanctioned by Mensa, the internationally famous high-IQ society. Every day is a logic game, math riddle, word puzzle, or spatial challenge guaranteed to make the brainiac sweat. 

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Caturday: Cutest Cats of the Week

Happy Caturday! Relax with your furry feline and these gorgeous kitties from this week's 365 Cats and Bad Cat Page-A-Day Calendars. 

What a purrrfect way to spend the best day of the week!

From 365 Cats Page-A-Day and Digital Calendar (Cats rule. And celebrating 30 years— 365 Cats still rules as the #1 bestselling Page-A-Day calendar):

Caturday - 365 Cats - March 14, 2015

From Bad Cat Page-A-Day and Digital Calendar (Me-yeowza! Ten years of off-the-wall behavior, poor grooming, and nasty attitudes!):

Caturday - Bad Cat - March 14, 2015

Smoke-Roasted Brisket Corned Beef Recipe by Steven Raichlen

If you're looking for a recipe guaranteed to delight your entire family for Easter or Passover, look no further than Steven Raichlen's brisket recipes! Featured below, see the Smoke-Roasted Brisket Corned Beef Recipe (this is a also great recipe for St. Patrick's Day on March 17th).

Barbecue, Brisket, Corned Beef, Smoke-Roasted, Steven Raichlen

Smoke-Roasted Corned Beef
Recipe by Steven Raichlen

Advance Prep: 6 cups wood chips, preferably oak, soaked in water to cover for 1 hour, then drained

1 gallon cold water

1-1/4 cups coarse salt (kosher or sea)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Irish whiskey
4 tablespoons prepared pickling spice
1 tablespoon pink curing salt (see tip)
1 3- to 4-pound beef brisket flat, preferably grass-fed

Step 1: Combine the water, salt, brown sugar, whiskey, pickling spice, and curing salt in a large nonreactive container. Bring to a boil on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Let cool to room temperature. Add the brisket. Cover and refrigerate for 3 days, turning the meat twice daily. (Weight the meat to keep it submerged in the brine with a bag of ice or a heavy plate.)

Step 2: Drain the brisket and discard the brine. Soak the meat in cold fresh water, then drain again.

Step 3: When ready to cook, set up a charcoal grill or smoker for indirect grilling and preheat to 250 degrees F. Toss 1-1/2 cups of wood chips on the coals.

Step 4: Place the brisket fat-side down on the grill grate and smoke the meat until the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F, about 5 hours, replenishing the charcoal and smoking chips as needed. Wrap the meat in butcher paper and continue smoking 1 hour more, or until the internal temperature reaches 195 degrees.

Step 5: Place the corned beef in its butcher paper in an insulated cooler and let rest 1 hour. Transfer to a cutting board and slice the meat against the grain into 1/4-inch slices. Serve withbarbecued cabbage.

Tips:

Curing salt, also known as pink salt, Prague powder, or Insta-Cure #1, can be purchased online or from retailers who carry sausage-making supplies. While not strictly necessary, it gives corned beef its traditional pink color.

For another great grill flavor, click over to BarbecueBible.com for Raichlen's Lean and Mean Texas Barbecued Brisket recipe (adapted from How to Grill), if that's more your style this spring.