If you want to get your daughter some sort of hair decoration, this printable is a nice backer for it from the Detail Oriented Diva. You can find it here. What a great idea. Someone else suggested you could give your son a hairbrush or hat. Great idea for keeping things focused on Christ.
I am ready for Spring. It has been a long, cold Winter. I loved this adorable bird cage with flowers inside from Home Talk. You can find it here.
Karin Lidbeck-Brent is one of my absolute favorite designers from magazines. When I looked through her work I actually found some photos I remembered tearing out of old issues of magazines.
How Does She makes this clever Spring wreath with lemons. I actually thought these were real items, but it is all artificial, so it should last a long time once you put it together. You can find directions here.
I need to decorate more with my beautiful tea cups. They are inexpensive and you can find them at garage sales and thrift shops if you don’t have your own collection. I have seen more cute things you can do with them.
This is inexpensive and beautiful. Cut tulips, jars, paper doilies and string. You can find it and others here at brit.co.
I really don’t think about just finding a container I love and sticking some sort of plant inside. Maybe I should. I get so much pleasure from http://juliasvitadrommar.blogspot.com. I don’t understand 99% of it, but it sure is pretty.
Now that my daughter is 11, this might be awesome or it might just generate the dreaded eye-roll. Either way, I think it is still fun to have some green pasta with parmesan cheese.
The Twisted Shamrocks are a perfect treat if you need to bring something to scouts or school. You can find them here at VTPinspiration.
If you have a few Sprites around, you can make these drink treats from Homemaking Hacks.
These Irish Potato Candies from Moms Who Think actually look like potatoes, but are not from Ireland and contain no potato according to Wikipedia. (Yes, I know you shouldn’t use it as a real source.)
I thought this old school potato candy would be fun to make with my daughter. She isn’t allergic to peanut butter, so we should be fine making these. I think she will be amazed that potatoes can make a sweet treat. This recipe is from AllRecipes.com. You can find it here.
The Seven Year Cottage shared their fun Magically Party Mix. You can find the recipe here.
Most years I don’t even decorate or so anything for St. Patrick’s Day. It is shoved between Valentine’s Day and Easter, and 99% of the time we are on Spring Break from school. Easter is so much more important in our house that we often overlook March 17th as just another day of the week. This year we have extra time between the two holidays, so my green is coming out. And this Irish girl might even do a fun craft or two to get in the spirit.
One thing I usually do is buy a Shamrock plant. Last year I found them cheap at Trader Joe’s, so if you have one of those nearby you might want to pick one up. You can usually find one at your local grocery store during this time of year, but they weren’t nearly as inexpensive as Trader Joe’s. The technical name is the Oxalis plant. I love this picture from Better Homes and Gardens. I used mine on as a table decoration, but they are fun put all over the place. Barbara Pleasant has this page about the care of your plants.
I really like this wreath from Etsy. It is a Boxwood wreath, which I usually consider a Christmas thing, but it is stunning for Spring also.
If you are the slightest bit crafty, these dish towels from Blue Cricket Design looked easy to make, and fairly inexpensive. Start looking for cheap dish towels.
So it is January 1st once again. I have all these delusions of grandeur and resolutions. I want to get healthy. I want to get closer to God. I want to get organized. I want to get my house cleaned. I want to catch up on my scrapbooking. I want to cook new things. I want to travel. You know, all the typical ones. There is nothing wrong with any of those resolutions, but I’ve made them all before. While January is a time of new pages and new choices, it might not be the best time to try to make changes.
Diet and health are difficult because it is cold. It is hard to exercise when it is freezing outside. Yes, it is always hard to motivate yourself to exercise, but a warm bed and twenty degrees aren’t a good combination. As for dieting, my house still has tons of Christmas goodies around. I’ve tried to rid the house of most of them, but when kids are home they want junk. Other things are hard because moms have kids at home until at least the 6th of January. Excuses, excuses.
In 2014, I am going to make one month goals. Surely I can stick with something a month. If it doesn’t work in January, there is always February – and it is an even shorter month! My January goal is to incorporate more vegetables in our diet. That might require getting healthy and cooking new things. Let me know if you have any favorite vegetable recipes that kids and husbands will tolerate.
As for scrapbooking, 5th grade is the end of elementary school. I am going to have to get some pictures together for the school video, so I might as well print those out while I am gathering. Surely I can just commit to one day a month or heck one whole week to do 2013 – start with yesterday and go back. That is much less overwhelming than trying to do 2003.
Do you still make resolutions? Are the helpful or hurtful for your self-esteem?
This year I will start with a day. Today I will try and get in my 10,000 steps on my Fitbit. I will try and not eat anything horrible and delicious – vegetable soup anyone? I will try and do a devotion. I will get one room cleaned, the bathroom downstairs is really small. And most importantly, I will spend the day with my family and not beating up on myself for what I don’t accomplish today.