And just like that, February is here! While it may be the shortest month, there is much to celebrate in February. From exchanging heartfelt cards with loved ones on Valentine’s Day to honoring Black History Month by recognizing the contributions to society made by generations of African Americans, there is something for everyone to enjoy this month.
Heart-shaped doodads will be in abundance for Valentine’s Day. But don’t forget to keep your own heart in mind. February is American Heart Month, which is dedicated to focusing on cardiovascular health. Women are especially at risk for heart-related illness and death due to increased risks from life events like pregnancy and menopause. You can help protect yourself against heart disease in many ways, such as adding movement to your day or choosing heart-healthy foods. Start by checking out these simple and good-for-you recipes from the American Heart Association.
Super Bowl LVIII kicks off on February 11th. The big game has it all – football, amusing commercials, an excuse to indulge in greasy snacks, and an entertaining halftime performance. Whether attending a watch party or hanging out at home, consider making one of these unique yet delicious appetizer recipes. Feeling nostalgic about past Super Bowls? Enjoy this playlist of the 20 best Super Bowl commercials of all time. Fun fact: this year, advertisers will pay an average of $7 million for a 30-second commercial airing before and during the game. And that’s just for the time slot!
2024 is a leap year. Whether the groundhog sees its shadow or not, we will have at least one extra winter day this year, thanks to Leap Day on February 29th. Because the Earth takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds to fully rotate around the sun, it is necessary to add an additional day to the calendar every four years to stay synchronized with the astronomical year. Leap Day is known for some fascinating traditions. According to Irish lore, St. Bridget lamented that women were not allowed to propose to men. In response, St. Patrick designated Leap Day as an acceptable day for women to be allowed to do so. In 1288, Queen Margaret even passed a law that any man who refused a proposal on Leap Day would be fined! In Greece, February 29th is considered an unlucky day. According to Greek superstition, a marriage on Leap Day is likely to end in divorce, while a divorce on this day means the divorcees will never find love again.
In this month of love & romance, be sure to show your finances some love by reviewing your accounts and investments. By taking time to assess your financial situation, you can ensure it continues to align with your budget and goals and adjust as needed; just contact us to set up a review appointment. As always, if there’s anything we can assist you with, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re always happy to help. Sending you warm wishes for a fantastic February!