Celebrate Special Moments with Hallmark & Dollar Tree

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Have you ever been to the Dollar Tree? If not, you are missing out! The Dollar Tree is this magical place where everything, is only $1! It’s a place where you can discover new treasures, have fun shopping, and find what you need at an affordable price. My kids LOVE going to the Dollar Tree because they know that they can pick out any toy of their choice, because everything is only $1, (as far as limiting how many items they get is another story lol!) Mommy loves shopping there too but I do tend to go overboard, especially around the holidays! During the holidays it’s so fun to find what cute stuff I can decorate with.

The Dollar Tree carries a variety of products including many trusted brands at extreme values. Some of the products you’ll find at Dollar Tree include housewares, glassware, dinnerware, cleaning supplies, candy, snacks, food, health and beauty, toys, gifts, gift bags and wrap, party supplies, stationery, craft supplies, teaching supplies, books, seasonal décor, and more! Everything you need for every day, every holiday, every occasion… and every single item is only $1 (or less)!

Not only do I love going to the Dollar Tree for Holiday Decor, but I also love to go when I am preparing for a party. There is a variety of party decor, tissue paper, gift bags, balloons, candles, and cards available. The Dollar Tree is always my first stop for all my party needs. Planning a party adds up and us Moms need to save when we can.

Since I was already a fan of the Dollar Tree, I was so excited to become an affiliate for their amazing company. I was even more excited to be able to share some BIG news with you! As of Aug. 30, Hallmark is bringing HUNDREDS of new cards to the Dollar Tree! This is a big deal for me, as I already love to get all my cards from the Dollar Tree. So I was anxious to see what samples were coming my way. I was sent two of the main types of cards that will be hitting stores Aug. 30th, Hallmark Expressions & Hallmark Heartline.

Both sets of cards had a variety of prints for every occasion. Birthday cards, Thank You cards, Baby Shower cards, and Sympathy cards, are just some of the many new cards available. All of the cards came in bold, colorful prints and designs. There is really something for everyone in this new collection from Hallmark!

There are over 6,500 Dollar Tree stores nationwide and on August 30th every store will carry Expressions from Hallmark, $1 each and Heartline a Hallmark company, 2 for $1. With hundreds of new greeting cards to choose from, you can celebrate every moment with your friends and family without breaking the bank!

Whether it’s a Birthday for Dad, a Graduation for your son, or a Retirement party for your co-worker, the Dollar Tree & Hallmark has got you covered with the quality you love and prices you can’t beat.

So make sure you head to your local Dollar Tree as of Aug.30th, to check out the new cards and any other goodies you find along the way.

Don’t forget you can always shop online at the link below!

Affiliate Link >>>>>> Everything Is Just $1 At DollarTree.com!

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Say Hello To The All-New Gymboree! #madeyousmile

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Gymboree has some BIG News and they wanted me to share it with you! If you haven’t already heard, Gymboree has completely recreated its brand with all new looks for your little ones!

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What’s new at Gymboree? EVERYTHING! These fresh new styles will make your kids feel great inside and out! With the same quality, you have come to love and the same great savings.

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With back-to-school around the corner, now is the perfect time to check it out. Whether it’s the first day of school, picture day, a birthday party, or a play date, there is a style for every occasion. These new outfits can be mixed and matched allowing kids to create their own looks! Gymboree asked modern moms and families what they wanted most for their kids’ clothes, and they delivered.

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From babies to pre-teens, Gymboree has you covered with an all-new collection of clothing fit for every occasion! Of course, there is still Gymboree Rewards, Gymbucks, and all the fun sales you love!

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Make sure to sign up for Gymboree emails to receive special offers, updates, and more!

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Indoor Activities For Summer

Summer is here! As much as we are enjoying the picnics, trips to the beaches and parks, some days it is just too hot out. We are also in Hurricane season, which means lots of rain. So for those days when we can’t go outside, having a list of indoor activities on hand is essential!  Here is a round-up of some of my favorite summer crafts and other fun activities for when you’re stuck inside with the kids.

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These are activities I found browsing Pinterest, so make sure you follow the links to get the instructions for each activity.

Paint Splat Ice Cream Cones

I scream You scream, we all scream for Ice Cream! How yummy does this craft look? Head to the link below for the instructions!

https://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2018/04/paint-splat-ice-cream-cones-kid-craft.html

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Photo Credit via Glued To My Crafts Blog

Shaving Cream Fireworks –

This patriotic craft is perfect for the Fourth of July! I know my daughters will enjoy making this on the next rainy day. Head to the link below to find out more.

https://www.icanteachmychild.com/shaving-cream-fireworks/

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Patriotic Adverb Word Search

3 cheers for the red, white, and blue, as kids search for adverbs in this fun patriotic word search. The practice continues at Education.com along with games, printables, and even more learning resources.

Download Word Search Here >> Patriotic Adverb Word Search

Answer Sheet >> Patriotic Adverb Word Search Answers

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Paper Plate Flamingos

Flamingos are a summer icon here in Florida, and they are just the cutest! Head to the link below to find out how to make them!

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TISSUE PAPER AND PAPER PLATE TURTLE CRAFT

My daughter loves turtles, so I know she will enjoy making these. Head to the link below for the directions!

https://www.firefliesandmudpies.com/tissue-paper-and-paper-plate-turtle-craft/

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Cotton Swab Letter Writing

Practicing letters doesn’t have to be boring, use some paint instead to make it more interesting. See the link below to find out more.

https://thestay-at-home-momsurvivalguide.com/learning-to-write-alphabet-with-cotton/

Homemade Playdough Recipe

Making your own playdough is easy, inexpensive, and fun! Head to the link below to see how!

https://tinkerlab.com/rainbow-play-dough/

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Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Last but not least, an indoor scavenger hunt! I know my kids will have a blast with this activity. Head to the link below to get all the info!

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These are just some of the many things you can do to entertain your kids when you’re stuck inside this summer. Try them out and let me know how it goes! Good luck!

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Little Nut Peanut Butter for Baby & Toddler.

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Did you know that the new guidelines from The American Association of Pediatrics recommend introducing peanut-containing foods to babies around 6 months of age to prevent a peanut allergy from developing? Peanuts and Peanut Butter can be choking hazards so giving a pureed version is best. Luckily, Little Nut World has made a peanut butter made especially for babies to safely introduce peanut butter – Little Nut, Peanut Banana Nut Butter.

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The Little Nut Peanut Banana Nut Butter is made with a nutritious blend of peanuts, banana, and coconut. It also has 3g of protein, no added sugar, non-GMO, and nothing artificial so you can feed it to your kids worry free! It melts in the mouth making it easy and safe for babies and toddlers to enjoy.

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Little Nut also gives back! 100% of proceeds help Edesia end malnutrition worldwide. Edesia’s mission is to help treat and prevent malnutrition in the world’s most vulnerable populations.

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Little Nut Peanut Butter comes in 16 convenient squeeze packs that are mess-free and great for on-the-go. They are perfect for the diaper bag while out with the kids. I know my kids are constantly wanting a snack when we’re out and about, so having some healthy snacks packed are essential. The convenient squeeze packs are also great for lunch boxes for school and snacks at home.

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What’s great is the Little Nut Peanut Butter can be enjoyed by kids of all ages! My toddler and my older daughter both enjoyed eating it on some toasted bread for a healthy snack. I love that I can give to them knowing it is both healthy and delicious.

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Easy on-the-go snack, Great Introduction to Peanut Butter, Yummy Protein, Healthy Ingredients, and Picky-Eater approved! I highly recommend Little Nut Peanut Butter to every parent of little ones. Make sure you head to Amazon to order yours today!

Amazon – Little Nut, Peanut Banana Nut Butter, Baby and Toddler Snack, 16 Squeeze Packs

Head to https://www.littlenutworld.com/ to find out more!

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Summer Styles with Gymboree

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The countdown is on! School is coming to an end and Summer Vacation will be here before we know it. Living in Florida is perfect for Summer, although it does get HOT! Luckily, we are surrounded by beaches and parks so we can have fun in the sun all Summer long.

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This Summer we are going to stay close to home exploring all the local parks and beaches and getting outdoors. There is nothing quite like fresh air and sunshine to boost your mood. Plus, with three kids it helps them burn off some of their energy and get some exercise. By the time we get home, they are usually ready to relax and hopefully take a nap!

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Some of the outdoor fun will be in our own backyard this Summer with all the activities I have planned.

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Water balloons, sidewalk chalk, water guns, hanging in the kiddie pool, bubbles, and more! Of course, indoor crafts are a must as well. My daughter is kind of obsessed with arts n crafts so I plan on looking up lots of fun stuff we can do together. Playdates with friends, splash parks, swimming, BBQs, the possibilities are endless! I am looking forward to having so much fun with my girls this summer.

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Of course, we can’t be Summer ready without new fun styles from Gymboree! We want our kids to be comfortable but looking great, so we always follow the sales going on at Gymboree so we can stock up on all the essentials.

With Memorial Day right around the corner, it means finding all the perfect outfits for every outing. There are so many fun styles from Gymboree that are great for cook-outs, picnics, block parties, and more!

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What plans do you have for this summer? Will you be staying close to home and becoming a #locallegend? Or will you take a family trip out of town? Let me know in the comments below!

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Exploring with our Milo & Gabby Backpack

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I am happy to announce I am the newest brand ambassador for Joli Moli! Joli Moli offers fun products for babies, toddlers, and kids! They also carry Milo and Gabby products including the Animal Backpacks. I ordered the Lola Bunny Animal Backpack for my toddler and it is seriously the cutest! It has realistic 3D features that my daughter loves to play with and snuggle.

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As soon as my toddler saw it she fell in love with it! We packed it with some of her favorite toys to go exploring at one of our local parks.

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We had so much fun exploring the park with our new Milo and Gabby Toddler Backpack. It fit my toddler perfectly and even included a detachable safety strap. It also has 3-D air mesh padded adjustable shoulder straps and backing that provides breathable cushion and comfort.

It was very easy to open and close to access all her toys and even included an inside pocket to hold extra books. I love that the backpack is also insulated, so next time we can pack some snacks and drinks and have a little picnic. When she starts school she could even use it as a lunchbox and I can write her name on the outside name label. There are so many ways to use it for on-the-go. The fact that its water resistant makes it very durable and will make it easy to spot clean as needed.

If you are a Mom of a toddler and are in search of the perfect backpack, this is it! Whether it’s for home, school, the library or the park this lil backpack will carry it all. My toddler has been bringing her new backpack everywhere and we have used it for toys, snacks, drinks, books and more. She couldn’t be happier and we look forward to more adventures with our Lola Bunny Toddler Backpack.

Check out the video below to see our fun at the park! Thank you for stopping by!

 

Mother’s Day Giveaway

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Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th! Setting aside a day to honor Mother’s is a tradition going back centuries. Most celebrate by spending the day with their Mom and exchanging gifts.

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As a Mom and a daughter, this day means a lot to me. I became a Mom at a very young age and although it wasn’t planned, it changed my life for the better. I now have three kids. I will admit being a Mom of three kids is a lot more challenging than I expected. I’ve had good days and bad days. I have even gone through postpartum depression (more on that later). It hasn’t always been easy. Yet, I wouldn’t change it for the world. The sleepless nights, the tears, the stress are worth those moments that remind me why I would do anything in the world for them. Becoming a mom has been the best thing to ever happen to me.

So many times you feel like you've failed. But in the eyes, heart, and mind of your child, you are SUPER MOM.

Let us all try and remember all the Mother’s in the world and make their day as special as possible. They may act like it’s no big deal, but I guarantee you it is. Acknowledge them and make them feel appreciated because being a Mom is one of the hardest jobs in the world.

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Whether it’s for yourself, a friend, or a loved one make sure to enter our Mother’s Day Giveaway! I have teamed up with 4 awesome women to give away 5 prizes to one lucky winner. To enter just head to my Instagram Page. Entries close Wednesday, April 25th and the winner will be announced on Friday, April 27th. Good Luck!

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How do you plan on celebrating Mother’s Day? Let me know in the comments below! If you are a Mother, I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

If you are stuck trying to come up with Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day, make sure you check out my post Give Her the BEST Mother’s Day Gift. I hope you are able to share this special day with the people that mean most to you!

Ju-Ju-Be Black & Bloom with Sakura Swirl

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Ju-Ju-Be Diaper bags are a must-have for every Mom or Dad! They have a collection of bags and accessories in a variety of styles and prints. I recently purchased a Black and Bloom BRB and Sakura Swirl Be Light and they are both absolutely gorgeous!

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Left Sakura Swirl Be Light, Right Black & Bloom Be Right Back

Everyone went crazy last year for the Ju-Ju-Be release of Rosy Posy  and it sold out in minutes. Everyone has been begging for more florals ever since. Ju-Ju-Be listened and gave us more floral and now rose gold hardware! After Rosy Posy, I knew I had to get my hands on these brand-new prints.

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The Ju-Ju-Be Black and Bloom print launched 3-6-18 which just happens to be my birthday month. So as a birthday present, my husband got me the Black & Bloom Be Right Back.

The Be Right Back is one of my favorite bags from Ju-Ju-Be. It holds a ton and is perfect for packing for more than one kid. I have a 1-year-old and a 7-year-old, so I usually pack extra clothes, tons of snacks, diapers, wipes, crayons, toys, coloring books etc. What I pack depends on the outing but those are usually the basics. I love to use it at the zoo and at theme parks so I can pack everything I need and be hands-free to deal with the kids.

Features include:

  • Padded back panel with breathable mesh
  • Ergonomically curved and padded shoulder straps
  • Quick grab handle
  • Cell phone pocket
  • Mommy pocket
  • Exterior bottle pockets

The BRB is convenient and comfortable. I am loving it in Black and Bloom.

Black and Bloom is from the Onyx Collection so it includes Black hardware. I have noticed a difference in the zippers. They definitely seem to open and close a lot smoother than bags from the other Ju-Ju-Be collections.

The bright watercolored flowers of black and bloom go so well with so many prints. It’s also the perfect print for Spring!

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As you can tell I have a thing for florals. I have two daughters so I am all for the super girly prints. Rosy Posy, Sakura Swirl, and Black & Bloom were all super limited prints from Ju-Ju-Be. I am so glad I was able to get what I could while it was around.

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Sakura Swirl launched 4-3-18 and was very hard to get. The only way I managed to get one is that I went to a local trunk show and was lucky enough to grab the one and only be light available. Retailers only got a handful of the Rose Gold collection.

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Sakura Swirl, Whimsical Watercolors, and Rose Colored Glass are all part of the newest Rose Gold collection from Ju-Ju-Be. They all came with beautiful rose-gold colored hardware.

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I can’t wait to use my new Sakura Swirl Be Light! The light pops of color against the white make it simple yet elegant. Another bag perfect for Spring! It is gorgeous!

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The Be Light is another favorite of mine. For either quick trips with the kids or just to use on my own as a mom bag. This bag is the lightest yet holds a ton! It’s easy to carry and you can attach D-rings to it to attach messenger straps.

Other features include:

  • Two insulated pockets
  • Inside zipper pocket
  • Main zipper closure
  • Light-colored linings

You can pack it with set pieces like I do or use an insert for the inside.

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So what makes these bags different than all the others? One main feature is the Teflon fabric protector that helps repel stains. I don’t baby my bags so this is essential. Another is the Antimicrobial linings that kill germs, mold, mildew, fungus, bacteria, etc. And lastly, all the bags are machine washable. As a mom, all of these features make a huge difference. Collecting the prints is fun and the quality will last years.

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B.F.F. Diaper Bag – Sakura Swirl

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B.F.F. Diaper Bag – Rose Colored Glass

 

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B.F.F. Diaper Bag – Black and Bloom

 

I hope that you are able to find yourself something new in black & bloom or the rose gold collection.  Make sure you subscribe to my blog and follow me on social media, for more!

 

Easter Deals at Target

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Spring is here and the Easter Bunny is on his way! Are you ready for Easter? If not, you’re in luck because Target is having a ton of sales on must-have Easter essentials. There are so many reasons why I love to shop at Target. Who doesn’t love the variety of quality products at a great price? Combine sale prices, with the cartwheel app and your Target REDcard and you are guaranteed to save money and even earn some gift cards. Most products can also be bought online and picked up in the store within a few hours. Most shopping trips with my two girls can get chaotic, so I order online and pick up in the store often. I also, make sure I checkout using Ebates so I can make some money while shopping online.

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One of the deals going on now at Target is a Free $5 Gift Card when you spend $25 on baskets, eggs, decor, and more.

Easter Baskets

There is a variety of fun Easter basket options available. It’s always fun to buy empty baskets to fill yourself because every kid is different and enjoys different things.

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Plastic Eggs

I always end up buying new plastic eggs as they all get cracked and broken eventually. I fill the eggs with candy, toys, and stickers to hide around the house. The girls are always so excited to wake up in the morning to find all the hidden eggs the Easter Bunny left behind. There are so many different styles of plastic eggs available, in many different sizes.

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Egg Decorating Kits

Usually the night before Easter, we color and decorate eggs as a family. It’s a tradition that we continue every year and the kids love it.

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Easter Grass

Easter Grass may be messy but it is a must for filling baskets. It makes the basket look pretty and the kids love playing with it.

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Easter Decor

Decorating for Spring is one of my favorites! The bright colors and floral designs make my home feel ready for Easter. You can also save 20% on Easter Decor online. Just pay online and pick up at the store to get it today.

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Games & Toys

Save Big on basket-worthy games and toys! Select toys are on sale now.  Spend $50 save $10, or spend $100, save $25.

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Baby Toys

It can be difficult to know what to give a baby for Easter, but small baby toys will fit perfectly in an Easter basket. Select Baby Toys are Buy One Get One 1/2 off  now.

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Books & Movies

Books and movies are great options for Easter gifts.

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All this and more is available now at Target!

Time is running out, so get your order ready now for all your last-minute Easter essentials. Don’t forget you do have the option to make an online order and do a store pick-up, find out more here >> Order Pick-up at Target

I hope you find everything you are looking for and that you all enjoy a wonderful Easter Sunday!

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The Luck of the Irish

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St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal in our family. We have Irish on both sides of our family so we go all out in celebrating. In the morning, I usually make little messes around the house and put green food coloring in the toilet so the kids think a leprechaun came by. My older daughter makes a little trap with money inside in hopes of catching one. The girls get so excited when they wake up and think a leprechaun stopped by. Find more creative ideas here.

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I also make some delicious St. Patrick’s Day pancakes for the kids. They are easy to make and taste good too. Find the recipe here.

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After breakfast, we get everyone ready and dressed up in green! We then go to a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day event. The kids love watching the live bagpipers and Irish dancers. There is usually kid games, crafts and of course tons of food.

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After our family outing, we come home and watch one of our favorite movies, Darby O’Gill, and the Little People.  The kids love the music and the leprechauns. After the movie is over, the kids start getting restless waiting for dinner to finish cooking. I try to find some fun crafts they can do to keep them busy and entertained, find some ideas here.

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I also include some fun yet educational activities from education.com. They have a variety of worksheets and activities that my girls really enjoy! Here is a free sample for you to try. Just click the attached links to download the PDF files.

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Make spelling practice fun this St. Patrick’s Day as students use their skills! Be sure to check out Education.com for more fun learning resources.

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We always end the day with my favorite homecooked Corned Beef and Cabbage. We put it in the crockpot in the morning and let it cook all day. When it’s done it tastes amazing! Check out my favorite recipe here.

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Overall, we end up having a really fun day celebrating being Irish! What fun traditions do you have for your family?May your troubles be less and your blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through your door. 2