Jan. 17: Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day, Kid Inventors’ Day, Hot Buttered Rum Day

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Ditch New Year's Resolutions Day

How long do you keep your New Year's resolutions? Evidently, there are some of us who don't keep them for long, because today is "Ditch New Year's Resolutions Day!"

A FranklinCovey survey revealed that 35 percent of resolvers break their New Year's resolutions by the end of January. About 40 percent of those say they just have too many other things to do.

Losing weight and quitting smoking are always among the top New Year's resolutions. For 2013, here are the other eight resolutions that round out the Top 10: drink less, learn something new, maintain a better work/life balance, volunteer, save money, get organized, read more and finish those around the house to-do lists.

Kid Inventors' Day

If you're a parent, you already know that the mind of a child is a wondrous thing indeed. Because they are not encumbered with the bias and prejudice that we accumulate later in life, their ability to be creative and to think outside the box is uninhibited.

Kids have been responsible for inventing a number of items that we use in our everyday lives. Here are just a few of the more common examples:

* At the age of 15, Louis Braille invented Braille, an alphabet for the blind that uses a system of raised dots.

* In 1930, 16-year-old George Nissen, a member of his high school gymnastics and diving teams, invented the trampoline in his parent's garage.

* 15-year-old Chester Greenwood invented the earmuffs in 1873 to keep his ears warm while ice skating.

Today is "Kid Inventors' Day." You can celebrate by encouraging the children in your life to be creative and imaginative. Who knows? You might just be responsible for nurturing another Benjamin Franklin or Leonardo Da Vinci!

Hot Buttered Rum Day

Nothing is more soothing on a cold winter's day than a hot beverage to warm your hands and chase away the bitter chill. Today is "Hot Buttered Rum Day," and if you've never had one, you should give it a try.

Rum is distilled from molasses, which is a byproduct of refined sugar. It originated in the New World and was being made by settlers in the American colonies by the 1650s. Toddies, cocktails made with boiling water, sugar and spices, originated in Northern Europe. So when the Colonists began distilling rum, the rum toddy -- or hot buttered rum -- was born.

You can celebrate this warm holiday by making a hot buttered rum for yourself. Here's a recipe from Yahoo! Shine.

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