a wee bit irish

i have a confession:  i am pretty bad about celebrating holidays.  its not that i have anything against them, i just don’t tend to think creatively on how to create traditions with them, or feel like making the effort for the decorations.

we spent the night with dear friends last night, and they have a cool mom.  like, really, really cool.  totally put me to shame.  totally put this mom of irish kids to shame.

our story begins on wednesday when lily first hears about leprechauns and is terrified by them.  she thinks he’s going to take all her money!   she made a leprechaun trap at school but had no idea what it was or how to use it.  she was very upset.  why hadn’t i ever told her about them?  she kept asking, “why did God make leprechauns?!”  my only answer was, “because its fun!  we get to use our imaginations!”  i really need to prep my answer better for next year.

the kids were welcomed in the morning with shamrock stickers stuck to their face, that leppy the leprechaun had left on them.

that silly, messy leprechaun had also knocked over the cereal (lucky charms, of course).

the table was decorated with every st. patty’s day find you would ever see in the dollar section, and my kids were elated!

leppy had left them each a note and fun gifts to remember him by.


he also left a few signs that he had been in the house.

but somehow he managed to escape the trap set the night before!

breakfast consisted of lucky charms, clover shaped donuts, and chocolate gold coins.  i felt a little silly saying, “eat your donut before you eat your candy”!

silas kept asking questions about the “little guy”.

lily is no longer afraid of leppy the leprechaun.  she now knows how much fun these holidays can be, if only she had a mom that had the time and energy to celebrate them in such a fun way!

and to make our day even more amazing, we saw a double rainbow! ohmygoodness – what does it mean?!?! ;)


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    This is brilliant! I am going to do this next year. Thanks for the great ideas.

    Best wishes,

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    oh my gosh what table, love the little footprints!! what a brilliant idea :) I feel like a bad momma now, even this irish living momma didnt decorate like that, though my house stinks of cabbage now!! going to give this a go next year…….hanging head in shame! xx

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    Oh, that is a fabulous way to celebrate with kids. I’m going to bookmark this for next year. St. Patrick’s Day completely slipped my mind this year.

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    So adorable!

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    This is BRILLIANT!!! I LOVE it!!!!! Totally going to bookmark this page!! :) Have a fantastic Friday!! xoxo

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    For someone who doesn’t really do that kind of stuff, you sure did do a great job. That is just too cute!!!

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    Wow! What a fun St. Patrick’s Day. You really pulled it off. So cute.

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    well you just put my rainbow waffles to shame:) i LOVE LOVE LOVE this! i want to make every effort to make special memories with my kiddos. you have definitely done this with yours and i will be saving this idea for next year:))

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    How cute! I love the “leprechaun” tracks on the tiolet…very original. I never would have thought of doing that in a thousand years.

  10. 10

    I love it…
    I only decorate for Halloween and Christmas
    my kids way lack the fun mom too!

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    Oh my goodness…the “footprints” on the potty made me laugh out loud. She’s a creative momma indeed.:) Glad your girlie got over her fears!

  12. 12

    this post cracked me up. and made me laugh out loud for real.
    you and your precious family are just that…..precious. :)

  13. 13

    how fun! what a fun memory for your kids.

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    Don’t worry…I won’t probably ever pull out stops like that. Phew seems like a lot of effort – even if it’s a lot of fun. I recommend just joining this family for holidays LOL

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    how fun is that! so cute! i need to slow down and do stuff like that with my kiddos!

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    Looks like so much fun! love the little feet print

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    Ohhh my goodness this is absolutely adorable! I need to store these ideas away in my head for when/if God blesses us with our own kiddos! Love it! :)

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    this has kim damato all over it!

    my kids got lucky charms and green “crack”er candy.

    i’ve considered the food coloring footprints BUT, NO WAY (that goes against every clean bone in my body)!

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    I think I will have to add this to our traditions. I posted about our little traditional dinner we do each year, but it’s nothing compared to this. I do something like this on Easter though. We do things like the signs the Easter Bunny has been in the house. We leave cotton balls all over in a trail all the way up to the Easter Baskets! It’s so cute, (although this year I will have to pick up very quickly since little bit is in the stage of putting everything in her mouth, LOL!). Great ideas.

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    what a fun mom you are!!! i wish i had thought of some of those ideas. i might have to borrow some of them for next year. too cute!!!

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    This makes me feel so bad for working full time. I feel like I miss so many opportunities to make memories for my kids. I wonder when I stopped doing this kind of thing (okay, my celebrations with my 20yr old son when he was little didn’t quite look as nice as yours but…).

    The kids are going away this weekend to spend time with their grandparents. I think I am going to try to have a First Day of Spring celebration waiting for them when they come home.

    Thanks for the inspiration and motivation I have been lacking!

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    Well I’ve never seen a St. Patty’s day celebration like that! And here I was thinking I was so clever for serving green milk with dinner last night! :) You’ll have to repost this next year before the 17th so we can all be inspired again!

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    How fun! I can’t wait to start holiday traditions with my little guy :)

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    Oh my gosh, do you know how darn cute that is? I thought I was doing good to buy shamrock dinner plates and cups, etc… and serve corned beef and cabbage for dinner. I’ll have to adopt your cute ideas.
    Good on ya Lindsey.
    BTW…Where do you get your camers strap?

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    My fingers were typing too fast, I meant camera, not camers. Duh

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    Brought back good memories. The year the leprechaun took my daughters doll out to the front door and filled her sink with shaving cream got her planning for a better trap the next year:)She was furious! It’s our biggest party of the year always fun.

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    What great ideas! I forget to celebrate little holidays with my kids all the time, these are adorable ideas I must try next year :) Thanks for sharing!!

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    SO CUTE! And a double raindbow! AWESOME! You are so creative!

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    I always miss out on the “fun” of these days too. But, my question is…why should we do all the work when we can CLEARLY take them to some other mom’s house (who LIKES to do all that work) and let them have fun there instead?! I just wish I lived closer to the fun mom I know LOL

    But really, I love that Leppy pee’d in the toilet – that is way too cool and something my boys could get into.

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    I totally know what you mean! I can get in to the major holidays, but I just don’t have the energy or creativity to celebrate all of the minor holidays…not to mention decorate my house for each occasion! I am put to shame by all the creative bloggers out there who manage to do it all!

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    Suzanne Culp-Veldpaus says:

    Absolutely love this! I really hope I remember to do this in a few years when my kids are older. My husband is part Irish so I should definitely make it special for them.
    Thanks for sharing!

  32. 32

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  33. 33

    soo cute! I am going to have to take some of those ideas for next year!

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    Thanks for sharing! I, too, don’t do holidays much…try to keep it simple however accidentally we had lucky charms (on super sale a few weeks back) in the cereal cupboard :) Yeah…wish I would have thought to “spill” them out…that is a really cute idea! :)

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    lucky charms! what a great idea!

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    omgosh! super cute idea!

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    That looks like so much fun! I’m with you though, I don’t have the energy to do that much!

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    that is too funny!! i love picturing you saying eat your donut before the candy. ;)

  39. 39

    I feel better now that I am not the only one who is failing on these fun holidays. Thanks! Love the footprints!

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    wow so amazing.. love the toilet… great touch! xo

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    that is adorable! i love all the little details. my kids were lucky i dressed them in green. but you’ve inspired me for next year to do something cool for the girls!


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    … You know from now on you’ll need to spend the night before St. Patricks Day with this family, right? My kids heard from friends at school about all the crazy things leprechauns did to them, and on the way home they all discussed it. “Why don’t leprechauns ever come to our house?” So sad. So I dumped some green glitter into a toilet and said a leprechaun came over, peed, and didn’t flush. It worked! They were all jazzed. And that, my friend, is just about the extent of my celebrating. :-)

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    So cute! I adore the pictures! How creative!

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    How completely fun!

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    ohhhh how stinkin adorable!!! i bet your little ones were in AWE! so cute!!!

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    Oh my goodness – you went all out! Love it!

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    You are the best mom ever!! Adopt me? lol

    My favorite part is the green “footprints” on the toilet seat. Clever.

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    How did you do the “footprints” on the toilet? ADORABLE!!!! Can’t wait to do this next Patty’s day!!!

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    Oh my Word!!! I am still laughing out loud at Leppy’s visit to the bathroom! In fact I laughed so loud my eleven yr old son came to see what was up.The pressure is on, and he wants to know why we can’t do this too!!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

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