Childcare Provider Day
Whether it's a daycare center, nanny or in-home sitting service, less than one-third of the children in America have a full time stay-at-home parent. In fact, childcare is now considered the norm, with parents sharing their childrearing responsibilities with carefully-chosen childcare professionals.
Here are some other interesting childcare facts:
* In 1975 more than half of all children had a full time stay-at-home parent.
* 23.4 percent of children under five are in some sort of organized childcare.
* A year's cost of childcare for an infant in a child care center is more than a year's tuition at most four-year public colleges.
The Friday before Mother's Day is "Childcare Provider Day." It's a day to recognize and honor those who take care of your children, and thank them for the important role they play in the life of your family. Once that's done, why not gather the family to watch the 1964 musical classic "Mary Poppins" starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews? You can check out the trailers on Yahoo! Movies.
You no longer have to make a trip to The Netherlands to see a landscape dotted with windmills. The United States is finally jumping on the wind energy bandwagon and wind farms are springing up all across America.
At the end of 2012, the U.S. had a total of 60,007 megawatts of utility-scale wind power capacity. A full one-third of that capacity was added in 2011 and 2012.
* Roscoe Wind Farm - Roscoe, TX: 627 wind turbines and 781.5 megawatts capacity
* Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center - Taylor and Nolan Counties, TX: 421 wind turbines and 735.5 megawatts capacity
* Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm - California: 705 megawatts capacity
National Shrimp Day
One of my earliest food memories is enjoying freshly caught peel-n-eat shrimp at a relative's home in North Carolina. Since then shrimp has continued to be one of my all-time favorite foods.
At only 84 calories per serving, shrimp also offer up 18 grams of protein and 15 percent of our daily value of iron. Add that to how quick and easy they are to prepare, and you have a culinary homerun!
Today is "National Shrimp Day" and you can celebrate by cooking up one of these easy shrimp recipes from Yahoo! Shine: