Did you smell the sea salt on the air this morning? Hear the faint clang of a ship's bell when you got into your car? Bypass the grocery store and set a course for Tortuga? Answer "Aye aye" to any question? That's because it's everyone's favorite holiday: National Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Captain Jack Sparrow Approved

Captain Jack Sparrow Approved

Yes, every September 19th, we roll out the "ARRRRrrrrr MATEYs" and "Thar she blows" for a celebration of all the scurvy scallawags and rum runners that ever furled a sail on the open sea.

Here are a few ideas for you landlubbers:

Polish up on your pirate talk with this English-to-Pirate translator or this pirate primer.

Making a paper pirate hat (use newspaper or craft paper for a larger sized hat)

Rum balls for after dinner? Try these from A Taste of Home.

Recommended for You

from www.tasteofhome.com

from www.tasteofhome.com

Sword fighting tips!

Wrap up some lost treasure and lose it someplace in your home or garden. Draw a treasure map for your little mateys to find their swag!

pirate treasure

Or maybe it's just the day when you have your mateys swab the deck. Every man for himself.


National Talk Like A Pirate Day

National Talk Like A Pirate Day 2013

Ahoy me hearties! It's Talk Like Pirate Day 2013! Aaargh!

Image placeholder title

Talk Like A Pirate Day….Scurvey Dog!

ARGHHH Mateys!! September 19th marks one of our favorite days.

AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura

Talking to Kids About the Japanese Earthquake

Once you become a mom, tragedies make your heart race and ache at the same time. Immediately you think about what you would do with your own little ones if the tsunami warnings blared.


Talking to Kids about Martin Luther King Jr.

Kids are remarkably perceptive, and with your input, they can deal appropriately with the differences they see--learning to see differences as normal, not as something that determines a person's value.

Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Let's Talk About Last Nights Oscars

What was your favorite part of last night's Oscars?

Grilling at summer weekend

Happy Labor Day!

We hope you're off enjoying Labor Day, but just in case you need a few links to tide you over...

memorial day photo

Memorial Day Plans for 2011

Memorial Day is the start of the summer driving season, but with gas prices heading north of $4 a gallon, are you still planning on hitting the road? Where do you go when you pack up the family?