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St. Patrick’s Day Fun

17 Mar

When I was pregnant with my daughter I had this vision of the kind of parent I would be. I thought I would be the mom who never gave her child processed food, who would never use a TV as a babysitter for a moment, who was easy breezy and would let my children freely express themselves creatively regardless of the messes that would be created, etc. But things do not always go the way we invision them. Although the thought of my daughter painting anywhere on my property makes my skin crawl (yes, I’ve discovered I have a slight OCD issue with messes) and I just can’t seem to get around to making all my family’s food from scratch I have made a concerted effort to be a ‘fun mom’. Now note I don’t want to be a ‘cool mom’ i.e. a mom who lets their kids get away with everything and anything. I would like my kids to grow up and remember the fun and surprising things that I would do for them and with them. To that vein I have decided to make a big deal over all the holidays- even the silly ones.

For St. Patrick’s Day I decided that the leprechauns would come by to our house to bring something special to the kids- but I let my daughter know that leprechauns only come to bring treasures to little girls who wear green nail polish. So I picked up some forest green polish at Target (yay clearance).

Which she loved- she calls them ‘leprechaun nails’. I picked up a couple little things for the leprechauns to leave her, a green shirt, necklace, and a green My Little Pony. I did just a little decorating since I made them and I picked up some little gifts for my coworkers.

A lucky charm treat for my coworkers. I made little ‘rainbow seeds’ packs for my student workers and some white chocolate dipped pretzels with green sprinkles for my little munchkin. 

My mom used to always make Irish Soda bread for us when we were growing up so I decided to make some for my family. I cannot wait to try it tonight with the Irish Stew I have going in the crockpot!

Even though St. Patrick’s Day is not a major holiday for us, I still thought it would be fun to make a big deal and create some family traditions and memories. Maddie was so excited to wear her new green shirt and necklace and play with her pony- not to mention eat her treats!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Birthday Weekend & Holiday Decorating

9 Dec

We had gone through a rough holiday season last year in the middle of a double move, lost our cat Riley, had to miss out on holiday celebrations due to illnesses, etc. So with this being our first holiday season in our new home I wanted to make sure it’s full of fun, celebration, and lots of happiness.

This past weekend I celebrated my birthday in my typical style- casual and lots of good food! I went to brunch with my girlfriends, dinner at Paul Martin’s with my hubby and Madeline and then had lunch with my family the next day complete with mini cupcakes from A Sweet Design.

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After going back and forth about whether to get a real Christmas tree or to get a ‘reusable’ tree we decided to go with the natural option this year and I can say that it just smells so nice! With the Arctic front that is chilling the western states right now, it definitely felt like Christmas when we went to the tree lot- it was freezing!
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If you have read any of my posts, you will know that I love Pinterest and I use it to get great recipes I would have not otherwise seen and craft ideas, etc. I generally don’t do gifts friends for the holidays but I wanted to make a little something for my girlfriends so when I saw these two ideas I thought- that’s perfect! I love most things that are white a gold, so when I saw this idea to design a mug for my coffee and tea loving girlfriends I had to make it: Tidy Mom’s hand painted holiday mugs. And then I saw what turned out to me SO amazing, decadent and just plain easy- Peppermint Oreo Truffles! I had a couple snaffues with the white chocolate- it did not cooperate, so I did half in white chocolate and half in semi sweet chocolate, which ended up looking nice anyway. I love polka dots too, so I made the mugs with gold polka dots and wrote one of the pet names I call everyone “lovey”. I popped a couple of these in each bag and put them in the decorated cappuccino cups.
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I had so much fun making these gifts and was happy to have a couple left over to snack on (and so was my hubby). I am still working on decorating our little tree and will post on that soon! I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season so far!

Madeline’s First Trick-or-Treat

31 Oct

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This Halloween fairy is pretty excited to go trick or treating but this momma is even more excited to take my candy surcharge, lol.