Will March come in like a lion and go out like a lamb, with wintry weather blasting the beginning of the new month? Or will the month come in like a lamb and go out like a lion, with sunshine and blue skies as March begins?
However the month of March begins, there’s a lot to love in the month of March. If you live on the West Coast, make plans to attend Expo West. The 35th annual Natural Products Expo West, held March 4-8 in Anaheim, California, is the world’s largest event devoted to natural and specialty food and beverages, organics, supplements, health and beauty, natural living and pet products.
If paleo and protein, coconut water, vegan foods, local products and clean living appeal to you, Expo West is for you. Among the 2600 exhibitors, you’ll find Seton Farms Pistashio Chewy Bites, packed with pistachios, cranberries and all-natural goodness; The New Primal, healthy beef jerky and other on-the-go natural snack foods; Munk Pack ready-to-eat oatmeal fruit squeezes for kids of all ages; Hnina Gourmet Chocolates, Boulder Granola products and many other products to help improve your health and the health of the earth.
Be sure to check out two vendors offering reusable water bottles. Hydro Flask makes reusable stainless steel water and food flasks, double-insulated to keep liquids hot or cold for an extended period of time. Klean Kanteen began making eco-friendly stainless steel water bottles in 2004, and the line has expanded to include baby bottles, food canisters, sippy cups and tumblers too. Whether you’re a hiker, runner or outdoor enthusiast, go green with your hydration in 2015.
March is a month filled with special foods too. Celebrate National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day on March 1, National Cereal Day on March 7 and International Waffle Day on March 25.
One of the favorite food days of March is National Pancake Day, celebrated on March 3. Visit any IHOP restaurant and enjoy a free short stack of pancakes to celebrate. While you’re there, donate money to a local charity. Since 2006, IHOP restaurants have raised more than $16 million for charity on National Pancake Day.
In early March, we celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day. Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Seuss Giesel on March 2, 1904.
The first bestselling book Seuss wrote was “The Cat in the Hat,” which was published in 1957. Dr. Seuss wrote 48 books for children and adults which sold over 200 million copies.
In schools, libraries, bookstores and malls across the United States, Read Across America events will take place to honor Dr. Seuss. You may find the Cat in the Hat in person at your local library.
Continue the Dr. Suess fun with your kids or grandchildren at Seussville.com. Kids will find fun activities and adults will enjoy the crafts, games, recipes and other resources at this site.
Daylight Savings Time starts on March 9. Spring ahead by turning your clocks ahead by one hour before you go to bed on March 8. Longer days mean more time to enjoy outdoor activities and that’s always good.
Celebrate the International Day of Awesomeness on March 10. Whether you’re 30, 60 or 90, celebrate your awesomeness. Kids love anything that’s awesome, so be sure to include kids or grandkids in the celebration.
Spring sports season begins this month in many communities. Enjoy your favorite sport at high school or recreation level. College basketball fans love March Madness. The NCAA tournament action begins on March 15 with Selection Sunday. First round action begins March 17-18 on the road to the National Championship on April 6.
March is a great month for outdoor activities. Visit your local park, work in your garden, ride bikes or take a hike or nature walk to find spring flowers and trees in bloom. March is made for outdoor lovers.
Math lovers celebrate Pi Day every year on March 14. Pi is the symbol used in math to represent a constant, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, which is approximately 3.14159. Visit the website to learn more about Pi Day. Some schools and colleges will hold special Pi Day activities.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17. In cities across America, parades, dances and rivers dyed green will honor the patron saint of Ireland. Be sure to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day so you don’t get pinched.
The first day of spring is on March 20. If your winter’s been anything like ours on the East Coast, you’ll be happy to see the season of spring pop through the grey slush.
Enjoy the great month of March with family and friends as you celebrate the special fun activities and events that make March one of the favorite months of the year.