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St. Patrick’s Day!!!

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You know what time it is??!!! It’s the celebration for all of us Irishmen! We definitely love our Irish heritage and sport our green for Ireland on March 17! Thanks to Walmart and the local Dollar Tree, I was able to score some awesome “loot” to help the kiddos celebrate! Missing from this picture is my son’s green leprechaun hat, four more pairs of shamrock socks, Sweet Pea’s larger shamrock drop earrings, and two more scarves. My kiddos always get super excited and then race away with their loot. I’ve been know to hang on to stuff so that they actually know “where it is” come Thursday….hahaha.

I try and integrate the holidays into every aspect of our lives.  With St. Patrick’s Day, this is no acception, Pinterest always has a ton of ideas.  If you want to see some of the things we have done in years past, you can check out another blog I did on St. Patrick’s Day here.

Let me take a second to be “real” about holidays. Holidays can be so fun to celebrate and some years we just do as much as we can. However, other years…I am glad to just watch the day pass without doing anything. Then, some years I just do something simple that the kids will enjoy. So…when you are reading a blog for holiday ideas, pick and choose what you want. Don’t feel the need to do everything. It’s suppose to be helpful not burdensome.

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(Back when they were little….)

School work/Activities: 

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I wish I had remembered that these great books were in my amazon “cart” on Monday when I sent my mom her birthday present. When I opened my St. Patrick’s Day tote from the basement, I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t invested in any good books for the kiddos. After the large number of books I have for St. Valentine, I’m definitely lacking with St. Patrick. Well, with these two purchases, we will be well on our way in getting our library for this holiday established.

 

I love all the Tomie De Paola books and am super excited to add this one to our collection.

This book looks like a great way to introduce St. Patrick to young children.

I have also found that super teacher worksheets is invaluable for me as a homeschooling mom when I am looking to cover holidays or different concepts with my kiddos. At $19.99 for the year, I feel like it’s a great deal. I can easily gather worksheets using Math, Readiing Comprehension or puzzle-making skills to celebrate any holiday. The great thing about this site is that you can save the worksheets onto your computer for the next year!

Here are some of the ones we used this year:

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Really beautiful St. Patrick coloring page. Free to print!:

Catholic Heritage Curricula has this awesome coloring page available here.

I also did a quick activity teaching the little girls about the Trinity here.

 

The children typically wake up to their place set along with Lucky Charms and some green blueberry muffins. Let me go on the record as saying that I hate Lucky Charms….but my kids have developed their father’s love for sugar cereal and since this is a once-a -year treat…they indulge!

Lucky Cereal Graphing freebie:

This year we are going to be using our knowledge of tallying and graphing along with our Lucky Charms. This is a link to the graphing page. It will redirect you to the teachers pay teachers website. Now….I totally understand if you find this frustrating…because I do too. I just want to be able to push a link and print out a cute worksheet. However, I have found many benefits to using this website. First, it’s free to sign up and if you “save” your login information on your computer, no worries of forgetting. Plus, many of the Pinterest worksheets are now found on this system. In addition, every few weeks they send me a link of several “free” downloads for the week. They are usually time-related and I typically download most of them.

  • Here are some updated pictures that I took after we completed the activity:

Let’s chat food:

This year it’s Guinness Shepherd’s Pie for dinner:

Guinness Shepherd's Pie:

Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread Allrecipes.com:

I’m going to give this project to Sweet Pea. She will love to try her hand at some Irish Soda bread, and the little munchkins will gobble it up while they complain about the shepherd’s pie and beg for dessert….haha.

This year we are going to try our hand at these Irish potatoes for dessert.

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I will probably make sure to have a little bit of mint chocolate chip ice cream in our fridge as well….because ice cream is my weakness!

If a tea party is more your speed, Lacy over at Catholic Icing has a great blog about that here. 

Irish Blessing Subway Art-blog size

You can get this awesome printable here, which I used in our living room with some more Irish decorations.

UPDATE:****Here are some of our pictures from St. Patrick’s Day!*****

Wishing you a great St. Patricks’ day! May we be bold like St. Patrick in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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5 Simple and Cheap Ways to Decorate for a holiday!

Decorating for a holiday doesn’t have to be super stressful or require a lot of work. I am the Queen of procrastination and if decorating requires more than an hour or two…I can’t make it happen.

And that’s the truth. I wish I had tons of time to put into decorating but it’s not my priority but it’s something that I enjoy…… so I make time for it.

 I know that my children love to come downstairs to see what fun decorations I have put up overnight.

So…lets talk about 5 Simple and Cheap ways to decorate for any holidays :

******( This post has my St. Patrick’s Day decorations)********

1.) Keep it Simple.

When I am decorating, I like to keep stuff really simple. I have several areas in my house that I focus decorating on….my breakfast room table, a side table in my family/living room, and my family room mantle. On major holidays like Christmas, I extend the decorating throughout the house. For my table, I like to keep my plates, and cups really simple and expand my décor with cute napkins, flowers or a center piece, straws, and a table runner. I purchased a plain white set of 8 plates and bowls from BJ’s for $20 which I use for every holiday. I also purchased 8 clear “root beer float” type mugs from the dollar store which I toss a cute straw in or tie a cute bow on. I try to keep my mantle and side table pretty simple as well.

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2.) Use old holiday pictures of yourself, loved ones, and/or the kids.

I love to use old pictures of the kids from the previous years’ holidays in my decorating. Check out these cute pictures of the kids from St. Patrick’s Day past. I have framed photos for Valentine’s day, Halloween, and Christmas as well.

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The kids love to look at these and see how they were “decorated” as well. I purchased about 10 of these black picture frames from the dollar store and use them for various holidays. Holiday photo books are also a great addition to coffee tables as decorations.

These pictures, below, will also make great pictures or I can send them into Shutterfly to make cool coffee mugs for next year!

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3.) Hit the clearance rack after the holidays.

Many of my favorite “holiday” pieces were purchased after the holiday and then saved for the next year. I love to hit up Homegoods, Marshalls, Joanne Fabrics, and Michael’s craft store for fun additions. In this picture,  I purchased the cross, little pillows, and shamrock hanging banner at Joanne fabric store last year. When I opened my “St. Patrick’s Day” storage tote this year, they were a welcomed surprise. I also would recommend checking out your local dollar tree….I often get inspired to create something new with whatever I find there. Target is also a great place to stock up on decorations. I will often hit their dollar days bins and collect “favors” for upcoming birthday parties, fillers for Easter baskets, small decorative pieces and Christmas stockings.

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4.) Steal things from other rooms in your home!

The “Faith, Love, and Hope” sign, pictured above, is actually a sign that I keep on a shelf in my breakfast room. That room has more of a country style and I often borrow items from that shelf. I am constantly walking through my house and grabbing other candles, candlesticks, and baskets to aid in my decorating. When I am decorating for first communion or baptism parties, I often take statues and religious items from the children’s dressers for display. Action figures, and toys can also be great additions to kids’ tables at parties, and as cake toppers.

5.) Use your food presentation as a decoration too!

Food presentation can be so fun! Check out these fun Irish flags that I found at a teacher store over the summer. I knew these would come in handy!! I also dyed these blueberry muffins green so the kiddos loved them for their St. Patrick’s Day breakfast!

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Pinterest is always full of fun food ideas. I found this great Irish food tray

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from Shower of Roses. I replaced the cauliflower and sugar snaps with green grapes and marshmallows since I know that my kiddos would eat those better. And….what an awesome presentation for my family.

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I wish I could say that my cucumber tray came out like this but it didn’t. So…I posted this picture from Pinterest that was even better.

What an awesome, consumable decoration….haha.

Decorating can be fun without all the stress if you have a game plan! Keep it simple and have fun! Reuse what you already have available…and buy stuff when you can get a great discount on it!

Happy Decorating!!!

God bless,

Tammi