Thread the Needle Day

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I love random holidays. Today is National Thread the Needle Day!

Thread the Needle Day

Can you thread a needle?

Thread the Needle Day is July 25th. Sewing and needlecraft enthusiasts can pinpoint this occasion as a prime time for plying their trades and pursuing their hobbies.

To the rest of us, Thread the Needle Day may be an occasion for walking fine lines between two polarities. Have you found yourself in a sticky spot, torn between two extremes or between the proverbial rock and a hard place? If you have, then July 25th is tailor-made for you. It’s Thread the Needle Day.

[source: Yahoo! Voices]

Along with this holiday, today’s post is totally random.

When I realized it was “Thread the Needle Day,” I naturally starting thinking about sewing. My mom taught me how to sew at a young age (I wanted to make my own Scrunchies) and that skill has come in quite handy over the years””fixing loose buttons, repairing ripped/snagged linens, etc. Then, I started thinking about other (random) skills I learned as a kid that have proved helpful in my adult years. Here are some:

  • How to sew (and knit)
  • How to set up a tent
  • How to plant a garden
  • How to quickly and easily locate all of the “middle” states in the U.S. (my 5th grade teacher taught our class a catchy jingle that I’ll never forget)
  • How to do my own laundry (I taught more than one gal in my freshman year dorm at college how to do laundry. I guess not everyone learns as a kid!)


Last night’s dinner was a “garbage salad” topped with chicken. In the mix: romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, green bell pepper, black olives, avocado, homemade croutons (from leftover sandwich crusts from our party), balsamic vinegar, and truffle oil.

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A few hours later, I got hungry again, so I snacked on some strawberries and then some almonds and raisins.



This morning, I woke up pretty hungry, so I went a little crazy with the nut butter. It’s one of the foods I can always count on to fill me up and satisfy me for hours and hours””I swear, it sticks to my ribs.

For breakfast, I made a whole wheat wrap with peanut butter, banana, and cinnamon inside. On the side, I filled the rest of the banana with almond butter. Nut butter heaven.


Once I finished eating my wrap, I poured myself a glass of iced coffee (Red Velvet flavor from Fresh Market) with soy milk. Recently, I’ve been drinking water (and my probiotics) with breakfast and then enjoying my iced coffee after breakfast while I work.

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Question of the Day

What skill(s) did you learn as a kid that have helped you in your adult years?

P.S. I’m giving away Birthday Cake Oreos on Trading Up Downtown!!



  1. Sewing was always one of my favorite activites when I was young because it allowed me to completely zone out.
    My grandmother who is an amazing seamstress taught me to cross stich and then I learned more practical methods in my “Advanced Home Ec” class in 8th grade. I still use those skills today though!

  2. I’m in my 30s and if I lose a button, I still take it to my mom to get it fixed. I guess it’s her fault she didn’t teach me! However, my mom is a great cook and I’ve pretty much got that down. 🙂 I love garbage salads….had one last night too. For the dressing I mixed salsa and cottage cheese. I had never done that before and it was really good.

  3. How’s the red velvet flavor from Fresh Market? I just bought of bag of their limited edition chocolate peanut butter cup coffee (thought you might be interested) and it’s pretty good! But I’m debating my next flavor move from there, haha

    1. I brewed the first batch kind of weak (by mistake), so it’s a little hard to tell, but it definitely has potential. It smells a-mazing!

  4. Your “garbage” salad sounds wonderful and it’s how I treat leftovers some time. Top fresh produce with it haha!

    I know how to sew simple things but I’ve always wished I was a better sewer.

  5. I learnt a lot of useful stuff as a kid: sewing, replacing plugs, chopping wood, plus cooking and other chores.
    Will you disclose the 5th grade jingle??Please?

  6. I am so NOT domestic. 🙂 I can do my own laundry and cook basics but I can’t thread a needle to save my life nor can I knit despite my nana and my mum trying to teach me. I do not have that kind of hand-eye coordination! I did learn how to check my oil when I was a Girl Scout, but apart from that, I didn’t retain much.

  7. I wish I knew how to sew! But I’m grateful to my parents for teaching me so many kitchen skills from a young age. I was surprised when I got to college and had roommates who didn’t know how to cook eggs or use knives properly! 😛

  8. Baking has been most valuable – my mom and I used to make cupcakes, cookies, etc from scratch all the time. Also, roasting a turkey, making cabbage rolls, etc. I’m with you on the nut butter – nowadays, I don’t even really care about sugar, I want almond butter! I have so much sustained energy when I fuel up with fats.

  9. I was taught how to sew early on in my life and I’ve always enjoyed it since. I used to sew by hand (I once sewed an entire pillow by hand!) but now mostly use the sewing machine. It’s a great skill to have!

  10. Seriously, who comes up with these “holidays”? I’m glad you mentioned your breakfast, because I totally forgot how yummy pb/banana wraps are. I must incorporate them back into my weekly breakfast meals.

  11. The middle states?! Lol at least you know what they are, one of my best friend’s in college (I went to school in SC) said anything west of the Mississippi was just open space! Haha I still love her. Skills? Pitching a tent, building a fire, sewing, swimming… I’m sure there are more but that’s all I can think of!

  12. i would love to learn that middle state jingle! Have you ever played the game where you have to name all the US states in 2 minutes or less? it’s nearly impossible. I always end of forgetting one of the Dakotas. My Grandma actually taught me how to sew when I was younger – I must have made a hundred tiny pillows!

  13. That tortilla looks SO good.

    I’ve been on a scrambled egg kick these days. I make them with fresh peppers and onion, topped with hot sauce, salsa and avocado. DELISH.

    I can’t think of a thing a learned as a kid that is applicable now. Perhaps never to cross my mother. Still a good one. 🙂

  14. Kind of similar to yours, I learned a song in 5th grade that taught me all 50 states in alphabetical order. As an adult, it serves as a pretty interesting party trick and has won me a bet or two, 🙂

  15. My mom definitely did NOT coddle me as a child, so I learned pretty much everything early on. I remember standing on a step stool to do dishes because I wasn’t tall enough to reach the sink! I grumbled about all the chores and such, but I’m so happy I learned to keep the house clean, cook, do laundry and do yard work early on.

  16. Red velvet coffee!?!?! Sign me up! haha! I love flavored coffee. I learned how to cook via watching my grandma and how to make coffee. I am a coffee addict. Have a great wednesday 🙂

  17. I’ve always wanted to learn to sew. My mom sewed all our halloween costumes and Easter dresses and everything. Hopefully I can learn before I have kids!

  18. When I hear ‘Thread the needle’ I think of the side plank variation before I think of sewing! Maybe today is a reason to get those obliques working!

  19. My family consists of seven kids and my mother was not much on housework etc. At the age of 10ish we were shown the washer and dryer and she never did our laundry again. We also learned to cook because Sunday nights were free for alls and if you wanted to eat you had to make it. Both skills were very valuable and even the guys in the family are great cooks. I had to laugh about the showing that gal how to do laundry in college. I also had to show a guy in college. He was in the laundry room holding his wash and staring at the washer cause he had no clue what to do!

  20. I’m a fourth grade teacher who teaches states and capitals in my social studies class. I’m curious about the “middle” states jingle. Please share! 🙂

  21. Fun! I also learned how to sew a bit when I was little and have now moved up to using the sewing machine for all sorts of projects (my hardest was a duffle bag I made for a friend). I also learned a lot about computers from my dad. When something goes wrong, I can generally figure out what it is and fix it myself. Saves me tons of money!

  22. hmm not really sure what exactly I was taught as a child.. it kinda just came naturally.. my parents were big on letting me and my sister grow up on our own pace. I kinda learned by watching what they did. BUt I will admit.. as embarrassing as this is I still have no idea how to do laundry lol always have to call my mom 😉

  23. that looks like an amazing breakfast! Yesterday you mentioned that the maranatha almond butter tastes bad in comparison to the Teddie nut butter that you so love. I haven’t found a place in Manhattan that sells Teddie so have two questions:
    1) do you or your blog buddies know of a place in NYC that sells it?
    2) what other brands do you like? I’m iffy on the maranatha at times but don’t know what others to try…

  24. I did my own laundry and was pretty independent/self sufficient growing up because that’s what my mother taught us and expected out of us. I only wish my fiancé’s mother would have done the same for him. ugh. mothers of boys everywhere–PLEASE STOP DOING EVERYTHING FOR THEM. For the insanity of future wives/mothers.

  25. Answer: Knitting, sewing, crocheting, baking, cooking. I’m quite crafty and it’s very handy that I can almost do/make anything myself. The outcome isn’t always perfect, but I don’t mind =o)
    Question: I’m new to reading your blog and I have gone thru quite a few posts here. I have been trying to find out how many calories approx. you eat per day to maintain your weight. Is it somewhere around 1800-2000 kcal/day? I need to loose 5kg and therefore I only eat 1400 kcal/day.

  26. Your salad looks great! Need to eat I lighter dinners (and yours always look great), we get home late, workout, when eat after 7:30. When do you usually have dinner?

  27. As a kid, I learned how to repair almost anything with a screwdriver or a hammer. One or the other, though. Hardly ever does the job call for both. You’d be amazed how much can be fixed by either tightening it or tapping it. That’s why you don’t get to watch machanics actually work on your car. It’s not really that difficult to fix things 🙂

  28. Interesting post! Learning to knit’s been on my agenda for years.

    Tooting my own horn, I am extraordinarily excellent at planning and accomplishing goals. My mom used to drive me super crazy making plans for my school year, but I surprised myself as an adult by utilizing that same skill to get myself through college without much help from counselors, in the workplace and fitness ambitions. I always have a vision on where I’d like to be in a few years, and those skills definitely helped me accomplish my ambitions.

  29. My parents owned a restaurant so I learned to waitress, make change and deal with any customer problems. These skills have kept me in 2nd jobs as often as I like and have helped me to work out any issues that people at school have in a calm way.

  30. I too learned how to sew (small things), clean my room/bathroom, do the dishes, and do laundry. My mom believed in all of us kids helping out–and it is a HUGE blessing. Our apartment is always pretty clean 🙂 My husband loves it! I also learned to serve others

  31. I learned to sew at a very young age. My grandma is incredibly talented with a sewing machine and used to make doll clothes for me as a kid and made every one of her kids a quilt when they got married, and my sister and I a quilt for our 16th birthdays. But the crazy thing is, I first thought you meant “thread the eye of the needle” (aka the yoga pose) and I was all excited to get on my mat and do some yoga. HA! 😉

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