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March 17th, 2014 at 6:44 am

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

stpattysdayKnock Knock
Who’s There?
Irish Who!
Irish you a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Has the leprechaun been tricky and visited your home yet today? Our leprechaun does some tricky things like turning our milk green! He’s a sneaky little fellow! He can show up any time so if he hasn’t appeared yet, be aware!

In our house we will be eating lots of green foods today! Think kale, sugar snap peas, green M&M’s, spinach, and more! We also like to make some foods green that aren’t usually green. Ever have green pancakes or green floats?  Check out this rainbow treat with gold at the bottom of it. An adorable treat for the kids or a great item to send to friends! I also think this rainbow of fruit may have to make its way to our dinner table.

As my boys get older, it might be more fun to do a treasure hunt for the leprechauns gold. Check out some of these great ideas:

Lucky the Leprechaun Treasure Hunt

St. Patricks Day Limerick Scavenger Hunt

St. Patricks Day Hunt for the Gold

Remember to leave a little treat from the Leprechaun like a lucky penny, some chocolate gold coins or a box of Lucky Charms cereal.

Here’s a few more sprinkles of laughter to bring fun to St. Patricks Day.

What is Irish and left out on the lawn all summer?
Paddy O’Furniture

What happens when a leprechaun falls into a river?
He gets wet!

Why do frogs like St. Patrick’s Day?
Because they’re already wearing green!

Why can’t you iron a four-leaf clover?
Because you shouldn’t press you luck!

I’ll send you off with an irish blessing:

Here’s to me, and here’s to you. And here’s to love and laughter.
I’ll be true as long as you. And not one moment after.

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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March 13th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

St. Patrick’s Day Fun



You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s an excuse to have some fun with the kids…make some treats, do some crafts, maybe watch a parade. Dress up in your best green gear and check out this list of St. Patrick’s Day fun!




Leprechaun Cupcakes

Lucky Charms Cookies

Leprechaun Hat S’mores

Mint Chocolate Pretzels

Green Ombre Rice Krispy Treats 

Pot ‘O Gold Rainbow Fruit Platter 



St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt

Leprechaun Visit – Footprints

Hanging Rainbow Pot ‘O Gold Craft

Fingerprint Rainbow Pot ‘O Gold Craft

Paper Plate Leprechaun Craft 

Handprint 4-Leaf Clover Craft



Coloring Sheets

Gift Tags


Quote Printables


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March 15th, 2013 at 10:35 am

St Patrick’s Day Crafts

Even though my family does not have an Irish bone in its body, we love to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We aren’t the green beer partying types, but do like to make it a fun family event. You may remember my post last year about some of the fun we have! This year we are decorating the house with some crafts inspired by leprechauns, shamrocks, and the rainbow! I wanted to share some of the fun things you can make to decorate your home.

Pictured above is an easy craft that requires only a few supplies. Some green paint and paper help to make some great painted shamrocks. Just draw a shamrock shape and have the kids go crazy painting them. I like them whole, but you could easily cut them out also.

We are also hoping to fill the house with rainbows. An easy way to do this is to take a paper plate and paint it gold or yellow. Then take leftover crepe paper strips in different colors and glue or staple about a foot at the end of the plate trailing off. In addition to a decoration this makes a great item to hold and dance. Another fun craft involves your child handprint. You can find the instructions and a photo here.

A cool craft that you can use as a gift involves jars and skittles. Have your child sort the skittles by color, then layer in a jar to make a rainbow. Attach a fun tag saying Here is a little St. Patty’s Day in a jar for you! Distribute to teachers, grandparents, friends or neighbors. Who doesn’t love a bright colored rainbow of candy to brighten their day!

Feel free to check out other St. Patricks Day ideas on both Garanimals’ board and my board on Pinterest! Everyone is a little Irish on St. Patricks Day!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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March 13th, 2013 at 5:00 am

St. Patrick’s Day Activities


St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend and we’re going green! This is an easy holiday to enjoy with your kids… you don’t have to worry about cooking for family or wrapping presents, so there’s no excuse not to celebrate (and you DON’T have to be Irish to do so)! Here are some great St. Patty’s day activities:

Plan a Leprechaun Visit

The leprechaun is the “mascot” of St. Patrick’s Day, so it’s fun to get kids excited about the mischief he causes during his “visit” to your house. Much like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny, the Leprechaun often leaves evidence that he’s been at your house. Green food coloring in the toilet where he’s done his “business,” tiny little letters, chocolate gold coins left throughout the house (be careful of your pets eating them!), green footprints, “magic milk” and more. A leprechaun visit is always tons of fun!

Read a Holiday-Inspired Book

We recommend:

Make (and Eat) Some Green Treats

Family Craft Time (St. Patrick’s Style)

St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt

Use cute limericks as clues to direct your kids and help them fine the hidden pot of gold!

There once was a little green guy,

Whose rainbow was high in the sky.

To find his gold,

Before he got old,

He looked where the sleeping dogs lie. 

(Next clue hidden in dog’s bed.)

You can use this St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt Guide as a reference.

What are your plans for St. Patrick’s Day?

Photo Credit: Rust & Sunshine

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March 12th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Making St. Patrick’s Day Fun for the Kids

My kids always look forward to St. Patrick’s day because we have quite a tricky little leprechaun that comes and visits our house. When my youngest son was almost two, I started a tradition of dyeing our milk and toilet water green. Just a little green food coloring does the trick! The leprechaun also left a little treat at the breakfast table like a pair of St. Patty’s Day socks, a shamrock straw or a book about leprechauns. Just last year, when my oldest had just turned six and my youngest almost four they decided that they needed to catch this leprechaun so they built a trap.

They put some gold coins under the box that we had leftover from a pirate birthday party we had just held. The next morning the trap was down and they insisted we must have caught him. When I lifted the top it was empty and that tricky leprechaun had left again. They are already talking about the trap they want to make this year so he can’t do anything silly to our stuff.

Thanks to Pinterest, I have all kinds of things planned for this year. It is a Saturday so it makes it a little easier to do things due to more time in the morning for the kids. Here’s some of the ideas I am working on:

Feel free to check out my St. Patricks Pinterest Board for more ideas and while you are there be sure to stop by the Garanimals St. Patricks Day Pinterest Board. What fun child themed things do you have planned for St. Patricks Day?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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March 2nd, 2012 at 7:30 am

St. Paddy’s Day Fashion: 5 Ways to wear your GREEN

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th this year. 15 days. Considering I’m 25% Irish, I live the day up! One thing I love about St. Patrick’s Day is that everyone gets in the festive mood, even if you’re not Irish! My father is 100% Portuguese and he wears green from head-to-toe every single St. Patrick’s Day. The cool thing about it this year, my sons’ school is asking all the kids to wear their GREEN. My 2nd son (who I have named my fashionisto in the family) started to panic, “Mom… I don’t have anything green, do I?”

Yes… he has tons of green in his closet, but sometimes I like to have a little fun and think outside the box with him. I know most kids will be wearing green tees and sweaters, so I thought it would be fun to share some ways that your kids could wear their GREEN, but in a different and fun way.

Here’s 5 ways to bring the GREEN on for St. Paddy’s Day:

1) BAG it!

I love a good handbag… so why not let our kids have a little fun, too? Bring on the green bags for school on St. Paddy’s Day! Your girls could easily bring a green tote and your boys could pack a green backpack! They have their bags on them all day, so it would add a punch of color!

2) Accessorize!

How adorable are these? Let your green shine through in your daughter’s hair or through a tie for your son. Believe me, my son Alex will be wearing a green tie on St. Paddy’s Day! I think it’s such a cute way to wear it all!

3) Monochromatic style!

Oh, yes… would you child dare? Wear green from head-to-toe? I’ll tell you what, it’s thinking outside the box and it’s quite the way to make a St. Paddy’s Day SPLASH! The best part is to have some fun with some different shades of green!

4) Scarf and/or Suspenders!

OK, this is why I love these 2 “S’s”… they’re so super chic, even if you’re 10 years old! I think when you’re trying to dress up on purpose in a particular color, it’s always fun to wear something a little different — just so people know (for sure) that you’re dressing up for the fun of it. Green suspenders for boys are insanely CUTE!! I’m just obsessed with them for my son Alex, he loves a good suspender!

5. Layer up!

Layer it on up girls and boys! I’m all about the 2-tones, so have a little bit of fun layering 2 green tees that you have – one long, one short sleeved. It’s just a casual and trendy way to wear your green and show some St. Paddy’s love! It’s also one of those styles that ANYONE can pull off!

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