Penny's Passion: Five on Friday - March 31, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Five on Friday - March 31, 2017

Happy last day of March!  It's hard to believe that one-fourth of this year is already behind us.  I don't know about you, but I'm excited for this next quarter because we should be facing warmer weather and longer days.

Wondering what my five will be for today?  Wonder no more ~

1.  National One Cent Day
Since my name is Penny, I thought I'd mention that tomorrow is National One Cent Day. With tomorrow also being April Fool's Day, not many people think of April 1 as National One Cent Day.  Thought I'd share some facts about the penny straight from National Day Calendar - "The United States first issued a one-cent coin produced by a private mint in 1787. It was designed by Benjamin Franklin. On one side it read “Mind Your Business” and the other “We Are One”. This coin was made of 100% copper, was larger than today’s penny and came to be known as the Fugio cent.  It wasn’t until 1792 that the United States Mint was first created. The first coins struck by the newly established mint were called Chain cents, or Flowing Hair Chain Cents by collectors today. On one side of the was coin a circle of 13 links of chain representing the 13 colonies. On the reverse side of the coin was an image of a woman with flowing hair, otherwise known as Liberty.  The one cent coin was reduced in size in the 1850s to make the coin more economical and easier to handle. In 1856, the mint produced the Flying Eagle cent with a wreath on the reverse side.  This coin was soon replaced with the Indian Head cent in 1859 which quickly became popular and remained in circulation for decades.  Today’s one cent coin is made of copper and zinc and has borne the image of President Abraham Lincoln since 1909. From 1959 to 2008, the reverse featured the Lincoln Memorial. Four different reverse designs in 2009 honored Lincoln’s 200th birthday depicting various scenes from his lifetime and a new, permanent reverse – the Union Shield – was introduced in 2010."  Now you should be ready for any trivia question they ask about the penny!

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2.  SnapPower Guidelight - Outlet Coverplate with LED Night Lights
I'm so intrigued by these outlet covers.  They have lights on the bottoms!  I think I'm going to have to get one (or a few) and give them a try.  They look so cool in the pictures I've seen on the plug ins above the counters. The material says it installs within seconds and requires no wires or batteries.  They are designed to look like a standard outlet cover by day with beautiful LEDs that provide ambient lighting at night.  Want to give them a try?  Click HERE for more info.

3.  The Zookeeper's Wife
This movie is opening today and it's definitely on my "want to see" list.  Here's the synopsis from Movie Insider, "The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned – and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl). To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk."

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4. Crayola Says Goodbye to Dandelion
Today is National Crayon Day, but also the day we have to say goodbye to a Crayola color.  Dandelion is being retired!  Not to worry ~ a new color is being unveiled today at a Crayola event in Times Square.  You can be one of the first to hear, and probably see, the new color if you watch the livestream on Facebook.  Is the suspense killing you??  RIP Dandelion.  We will miss your golden glow.

5.  Parenting....
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Have a fabulous weekend!  We don't have a ton going on over the next couple days.  The St. Louis Cardinals are playing at home Sunday night and I'm so excited for the start of baseball season.  Can't wait to hear the crack of the bat!  It's a sure sign that summer is coming.  See you back next week.

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  1. HAPPY PENNY DAY!! <3 <3 And that is indeed fun trivia to know about the penny.
    I like the parenting style. I imagine that's the kind of parent I will be!

  2. I didn't know there was a Penny Day! That is awesome! I think those wall plates look really neat too! And I will miss Dandelion but I'm excited to see what color is next!

  3. Interesting facts about the penny--who knew!?

    I really want to see the Zookeeper's Wife--what a fascinating story and remarkable woman <3

    Ha, just heard about the crayon kerfuffle on the radio :)

    Xoxo and hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Happy Penny Day!! Sidenote... My Dad wanted to name is Penny Jo. My Mom wanted Kimberly Jo. She won. Have a great weekend, almost name twin.

  5. I never knew there was a national penny day! That's so interesting! Thank you for sharing that. Also I am so sad to see good ol Dandelion go. It was a pretty color. I am interested in seeing what the new color is. I went to the Crayola experience in Easton, PA last year, and it was so much fun to see all the colors! Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Happy almost Penny Day! Those outlets are really cool looking!

  7. Happy Almost Penny Day! I had no idea about that holiday. :) The outlets look awesome - it's like a really cool night light!!!


  8. Happy Penny Day! Thanks for all the cool facts about Pennies :)
    The Zookeeper's Wife is on my TBR list, I have to read it before I watch the movie.
    Have a great weekend!

  9. Ha! I love that last parenting quote! My son's name is Penn, and we often call him Penny, so we'll have to celebrate tomorrow too :)

  10. That picking up toy quote is the best! When I was a nanny I would do something similar, except since I couldn't really get rid of toys, they would just end up in a container, hidden for the rest of the day.

  11. Such a fun five!! Happy Day to you!! How facts! And The Zookeeper's Wife is on my "to see' list too!!

  12. Great blog post, happy to run across it.

  13. I always thought it be fun working for Crayola!

  14. Penny,
    I hope you had a wonderful weekend. :)
    Fun fact: Canada did away with the Penny maybe two years ago? Nor, we round up or down to the nearest 5 cents.
    I LOVE those coverplate lights. They're subtle but useful. I'll have to find me some of those for the hallway.

    I HAVE to see The Zookeeper's Wife. Totally up my alley.

    Have a fantastic week my friend. xo