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St. Patrick’s Day Family Memories

Happy March!  I feel like we’re getting into the time of year where we’re having warmer days and spring is around the corner.  St. Patrick’s Day is a great way to kick it off! And why not make some easy memories while you’re at it?

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I had a realization recently.  It’s going to take a minute to get there, so sit back and read through the backstory.

My husband and I try to regularly work on our marriage.  This has taken the form recently of asking the question “what is something I could do better for you right now?”

We ask the question knowing that whatever the answer is might upset us.  But we have to hear each other out and take the constructive criticism.

On Valentine’s Day my husband asked me that question and it prompted an answer I hadn’t thought of before.

I told him that I felt like creating memories and gifting fun things to our kids has fallen mostly on my shoulders as the mom.  He took it well and gave me some advice that we both could work on.  Shocker, it boils down to communication.

See, I had gotten a little gift for each of our kids for Valentine’s day and had made pink pancakes for breakfast, heart shaped pizza, etc.  Little things that I hope they will remember.  Or traditions we can do every year.

All of that to say, I realized that I like celebrating the “little holidays.”  You know the one’s like Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Earth Day, etc.

So if you’re like me and want to make some family memories or celebrate a “little holiday” today’s post is for you.

Little Ways to Make St. Patrick’s Day Memories

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St. Patrick’s Day Memories with Food

One of the first ways to make a memory with your family is through your food.  St. Patrick’s Day offers so many great options to make something that fits the theme of the day.

This is also a great way to make a tradition that you and your family look forward to every year.

One of my favorite ways to make these little holidays extra special is with pancakes.

We do pink pancakes for Valentine’s Day, green for St. Patrick’s Day, and sprinkles and whipped cream on birthdays.

It’s a simple way to do the same thing every year because we already have to eat, so it doesn’t take much extra time or effort to jazz up some pancakes.

Green Pancake Recipe

Here’s my quick green pancake recipe:

  1. Blend 1 cup of water or milk with a couple handfuls of spinach until there are no pieces of spinach.  Just green liquid.  I use my immersion blender for this.  I love that thing.
  2. Mix green liquid with 1 cup of pancake mix and 1 egg.
  3. Once it’s mixed and smooth, cook pancakes on a griddle or pan.

Super easy addition to the pancakes you’re already making for breakfast.  Plus, you’re getting some vegetables in your family without them even knowing.

Don’t have spinach?  You can always just add a few drops of food coloring to your pancake batter.

Make them even more fun with whipped cream and green sprinkles.

Dinner Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

There are a ton of ways to incorporate a fun St. Patrick’s Day tradition with food.  Try some of these:

  • Classic corned beef and cabbage
  • Shepperd’s pie.  I love this recipe and use it frequently.
  • Pot roast with carrots and potatoes
  • Shamrock shaped pizza
  • Pasta with a pesto sauce (great way to make something green;)

St. Patrick’s Day Activities

Long gone are the days of drinking green beer with droves of people after a St. Patty’s parade.  Now with kids, I’m trying to find appropriate fun things to do with them.

I haven’t done any sort of activity in the past, but created one for you today.  I think it’s going to be a big hit and doesn’t require much work from you.

Just click on the picture below and download the printable.  Once you have a hard copy cut the shamrocks and rainbow out.

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You’ll use the shamrocks in a scavenger hunt around your house that leads to the rainbow.  Put a little treat with the rainbow and your kids will find their own version of a pot of gold.

I’m not planning any elaborate rhyms or clues for my scavenger hunt.  I’ll be doing something age appropriate for my four year old.

Some options I’m thinking about:

  • Writing the letters of her name on each shamrock and she’ll have to find them and put them in order to spell her name.
  • Numbers that she’ll find and put in order
  • Her sight words
  • Her birthday or our address (that’s what they’re working on in Pre-K this month)

For even younger kids try this:

  • Colors
  • Shapes
  • Animal pictures
  • Cartoon characters

And let’s be clear.  By scavenger hunt, I mean that I’m going to place the shamrocks around one area of my house (like the living room) in very visible spots that they can’t miss.

We’ve done some activities like this before and both my kids love it, so I’m sure they’ll think this is fun too.  And bonus that they’ll get a little treat when they’re done!

St. Patrick’s Day Treats

Another way I like to make a memory on these little holidays is by doing a themed treat.

I love sweets, so this might be my favorite way to make these memories.  Plus, my daughter usually helps me and it’s a great way to bond together.

We tried our hand at some green and gold themed Oreos earlier this week.  They’ll make the perfect sweet treat for St. Patrick’s Day and they’re super easy to make.

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We just bought a package of double stuff Oreos and some green Wilton candy melts.

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I love those candy melts because you can just warm them in the microwave for about a minute then snip the corner of the package and use it to drizzle onto anything.  How easy and convenient is that?

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I actually opened the package all the way to pour the melted chocolate in a bowl making it easier to dip the Oreos in.

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Super easy directions to create your own green Oreo St. Patrick’s Day treat below.

  • Melt green candy melts according to the package
  • Pour melted candy melts into a bowl
  • Dip half of an Oreo into the melted candy ensuring you cover both sides and the gap between the cookies
  • Place on parchment paper and sprinkle with gold sprinkles
  • Let dry and firm up for a few minutes
  • Enjoy!

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My Thoughts on Making Family Memories

Just to wrap up I wanted to make sure I shared that it’s easy to make these family memories and celebrate the “little holidays.”

All you need to do is jazz up one or two things that you’re probably already going to be doing for the holiday or theme.

It doesn’t take much time or money to do them either.  And if you do them year after year, your kids will love the tradition.

I’m firmly embracing the realization that I enjoy celebrating these little holidays and plan to do all three of the things that I suggested above.  But here’s permission to do you.  If you don’t have time or don’t care about making a St. Patrick’s Day tradition, it’s totally ok to pass on these ideas.

If you do try any of these, I’d love to see what you do.  Print out the shamrock printable, make a sweet treat, or jazz up your meals.  What are you planning on doing?

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Printable Valentine’s Day Daily Love Notes

Hey friends, did you see the Valentine’s Day Date Night packages I posted yesterday?  I’m getting tons of feedback about how great they are, so you should definitely check them out.

Today I’ve got even more Valentine’s Day goodies for you in the form of love notes.  I’m just all about sharing the love this week!

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For a few years now I’ve been writing little love notes every day from February 1st through Valentine’s Day for my daughter.

I usually just use some paper hearts I pick up from the store. Or make my own using scrap paper at home.  But this year I decided to make my own and share them with you.

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Every day I write a new message, encouraging note, or praise for something my daughter has done well and post it on her door.  She loves waking up and finding new notes every morning.

This year I may focus on incorporating more of her sight words.  She’s been very excited anytime she sees some of them so hopefully she’ll be as excited to see them on her door every morning.

The love notes I made this year, and am sharing with you, have a few prompts to make coming up with something to say even easier.

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I specifically put four cards on one sheet so each day I can print one sheet and write notes for everyone in my family.  I’ll use one for my daughter, one for my son, and one for my husband.

Who knows? I may even write myself an encouraging note each day with the fourth one.  But I may be secretly hoping someone else in my family will write me a note too.

Why Moms Need to Write Love Notes to Their Kids

What I love about doing this is that it forces me to really think of the good things throughout the day.

A lot of times, especially as stay at home moms, we are in the trenches and are just trying to survive the day.  It’s nice to pause and reflect on the good things that happened instead of all the things that went wrong, didn’t get done, or ways that we had to discipline our kids.

I hope these easy, print at home cards make it easy for you to show those in your family how much you love them.

I know they’ll appreciate it and it will be good for you too.

It also spreads out the celebrating throughout the month.  Which just shows that you don’t need to rely on one day to show someone how much you care.

Valentine’s Day Love Note Challenge

Now here’s my challenge to you.  Print out a bunch of these cards. Every few days post a picture on social media of the love notes on your kids’ doors with #tdhlovenotes

I’ll be checking the hashtag and will give you a shout out when I see your cards displayed proudly.

Just click the picture below to sign up for our resource library where you can download your own love notes.

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Once you put your email in, you’ll have access to these love notes. And all of our other printables in our resource library.

Now get to printing and writing!  And don’t forget to share your love notes on social with #tdhlovenotes

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Gift List Tracker to Help Organize Holiday Shopping

Happy Black Friday eve!  This is a strange time for me to popping in here.  But I couldn’t let you go into Black Friday shopping without planning for it! Here’s a gift list printable just for you!

Tomorrow marks the official start of holiday shopping.  And although I’m happily still eating Thanksgiving dinner and not thinking anything about what gifts to buy.  I know some of you crazies get out to get those deals.

I wanted to give you a little something to help stay organized and on track when buying.

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Holiday Gift List Printable

I’ve gone Black Friday shopping like twice in my life.  I’m pretty sure both of those times I ended up just getting stuff for myself because I didn’t have a clear plan on what to buy for others.

This free gift list printable is the perfect way to track everyone you need to buy for and what you plan on buying.

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The gift list tracker can even help you save money.  If you know what you’re buying then you can find the best sales for that item.

There’s a space to track how much you want to spend or how much you actually paid for it.  Add it all up to help you stick to your holiday budget.

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This gift list can even help you remember to wrap and deliver your gift to the recipient.

I feel forgetting what you bought and for who is an issue when you buy so much all at once.  Maybe you even hide gifts or put them away so nosy little kids can’t find them.

Remember that scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation when Chevy Chase is stuck in the attic hiding gifts and finds gifts from previous years?

Yeah that won’t happen with this because you’ll be able to know whether or not you’ve wrapped and delivered each gift.  And hopefully you won’t get stuck in the attic either.

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I hope this helps Black Friday shopping or any shopping you do this weekend and throughout the season to be a little more planned and on track.

Use Your Gift List to Shop Small on Black Friday

If you want to stay home to avoid the crowds and craziness of Black Friday (raises hand), try shopping online with a bunch of my fellow small business owners.  If you click here, join the group to see some amazing vendors with sales and giveaways of their products and services.

I’ll even be having a sale on my virtual party plans and mobile gift wrapping service.

New Resource Library on the Blog

Did you see that I created a central space for all of these fun, easy, and helpful printables?

No!

See here, right at the top of the blog there’s a new Resource Library tab.

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You may even notice that the blog has a bit of a different look these days.  I think it’s a fun new direction.

So about the resource library.  I’ve been adding lots of downloadable printables to that area.  It’s a great place to go if you need help planning a party, a cupcake topper, or even party decor.

The Resource Library is password protected, so be sure to go here to get the password.  It will add you to my list and once you do that, you’ll never have to put the password in again!

I hope you’re liking the changes you see here as I’m always trying to give you the best of what I have.  Offer you the best, most helpful services, and grow the blog and reach more people that like to party.

Happy Thanksgiving!

And finally, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.  I love this day because we can reflect on what we’re grateful for with our family and friends around the table with us.

It’s such a great time to gather together, love one another, and remember to be thankful for those that are with us and those that can’t be.

I hope you have a wonderful day full of gratitude and turkey/pie/potatoes/stuffing/cranberries!  Enjoy the day celebrating!

And be sure to start planning your holiday gifts now!

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2018 Thanksgiving Cooking Timeline Printable

It’s that time of year again!  Thanksgiving and ALLLLLLLL the cooking.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love all the cooking and gathering people around the table to celebrate together.  That’s the main reason I love hosting so much.

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We typically host at our house, but haven’t the last couple of years because other friends’ have, so I’m excited to do it again this year.

Surprisingly, I haven’t put a ton of thought into the day yet, but I have my menu planned out.  I never do Thanksgiving without this sweet potato casserole and this stuffing.

Here’s the thing though with cooking so much all in one day.  Your oven is basically on all day.  Plus, it’s a delicate dance to figure out when you need to put certain things in the oven, at what temperature they need to be cooked, and how long they need to cook.

So every year, I come up with a fun and super handy Thanksgiving cooking timeline printable.   You can see all the past ones here, here, and here.

And here is this year’s cooking timeline!

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I don’t have two ovens, but the one I do have does some heavy lifting on Thanksgiving.  However, everything still has to be ready at the same time.  So, I have to write it all down and figure out what cooking order makes the most sense.

See, delicate dance!

Thanksgiving Oven Rotation Cooking Timeline Printable

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Here’s how I use my printable to make sure everything gets cooked and on the table at the same time.

First, I double check all of my recipes to see how long everything needs to be cooked and at what temperature.

I write that all down, then figure out in what order things should be cooked.  I use my tips below to help me figure that out.

Next, I start working backward from the time that I plan on eating and write in the time that each dish should go into the oven and come out of the oven.

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I typically do this a few days before Thanksgiving so that I’m prepared the day of.  More importantly it lets me figure out if there are any parts of the dishes that I can make ahead of time.

Thanksgiving Oven Rotation Tips

To make cooking everything and having it all done around the same time with just one oven easier try some of these tips below.

  • Cook the dish with the highest temperature first, so all day you’re just turning the oven down and not wasting time waiting for the oven to preheat.
  • Bake as much the day before and just reheat on Thanksgiving.
  • When the turkey is out and resting, use that time to warm everything back up that you cooked the day before or earlier in the day.
  • Reduce the number of times you’re opening and closing the oven so you don’t lose heat.  Just turn on the oven light and check things through the window.
  • Cook savory things together and sweet things separately so flavors and aromas don’t mix.

Thanksgiving Cooking Timeline Printable

Be sure to click here or on the picture below to download your own cooking timeline printable.

What I love about this is that if you have it out in your kitchen, it’s pretty enough for your guests to see.

Hosting such a big holiday focused on food can be stressful.  But with a little planning and this printable I hope it can help relieve some stress of the day.

 

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Free Printable Watermelon Party Invitations

I’m wrapping up this watermelon week with some super cute free printable invitations.  We talked so much about how to invite the neighbors over and enjoy the end of summer with watermelon here and here.

Now you have a formal way to invite them!  And by formal, I mean a printable invitation that isn’t formal at all.

I'm wrapping up this watermelon week with some super cute free printable invitations. We talked so much about how to invite the neighbors over and enjoy the end of summer with watermelon here and here. Now you have a formal way to invite them! And by formal, I mean a printable invitation that isn't formal at all. watermelon party ideas, watermelon themed party invitations, party invites, watermelon party ideasI love the cute watermelon seeds all over this invitation.  The fun colors make me excited and cheery.  All you have to do is click here or the picture above to download and print your own invitation.

Then just fill in the information of when and where your party is.  Circle whether it will be a day or night event and then deliver!  There are a few extra lines to include an RSVP, location, or any other information about the party.  Maybe you want your guests to bring a watermelon themed dish or drink?  Include it in the invitation.

This type of invitation takes me back to when I was a kid and buying invitations at the store where you can write in all of the party information.  Plus, I can’t tell you how many times lately I’ve printed off invitations or other things only to find typos after their printed.  It’s frustrating to have to reprint them.  With this invitation you won’t have to worry about that.

Giving your neighbors an actual printed invitation makes your party extra special.  Plus, how exciting is it to receive actual invitations vice another Facebook request for an event?  I think we’ve gotten away from mailing notes, invitations, and letters.  This watermelon party invite, or any party invite is a way to get back to that.

One good thing about inviting your neighbors over though is that you don’t have to spend money on a stamp.  Just deliver to their front door!

My goal with a lot of things here at The Daily Hostess is to give you ideas that are simple to implement, but make your party extra special.  Something your guests will remember.  Doing those small little touches make people feel special, loved, and cared for.  If they feel loved they’ll come back to celebrate with you again.  Or better yet, invite you to a celebration.  Celebrating with others is so much better than not celebrating at all.

Take it from me, being on a work trip without much work, and lots of down time by myself is pretty boring.  It always happens this way doesn’t it?  I get excited to be kid free, and then a couple days in to a trip and I miss them like crazy.

All of that to say that I think you should invite your neighbors over for a fun end of summer party.  Enjoy the time together, it will make up for those times when you’re by yourself on a work trip and tired of being alone.  And eating watermelon like this or this is yummy so you should share it with others.

Don’t forget to download the invitation here or click on the picture below to print it out.

I'm wrapping up this watermelon week with some super cute free printable invitations. We talked so much about how to invite the neighbors over and enjoy the end of summer with watermelon here and here. Now you have a formal way to invite them! And by formal, I mean a printable invitation that isn't formal at all. watermelon party ideas, watermelon themed party invitations, party invites, watermelon party ideas

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little watermelon series.  And I hope your end of summer is memorable and fun!  I’ll be back next week with some back to school organization that your kids will love!

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Celebrating everyday!