Find Ideas and Inspiration Celebrating For St Patrick’s

Join-us-for-ideas-and-inspiration-to-plan-and-celebrate-st-patrick-daySt Patrick’s Day-What Does it Mean-When Did it Start
St Patrick The Saint
Have you ever wondered……Actually, it started back in 385 AD and as the story goes Patrick was born and later became a Patron Saint and eventually there was a celebration/feast day and a celebration of the Irish Heritage by Christian faith. And as I have read there are many myths about Patrick, here are a few fun facts:
♣ March 17th is the day since St. Patrick’s death.
♣There is a myth that he drove all the snakes in Ireland …
♣St Patrick was not Irish and not born in Ireland but in Britain around 385 AD
♣ St. Patrick’s color was not green….But blue, changed in the 17th century
♣The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York City in 1762.
♣ He was a slave at 16 kidnapped and kept in slavery for 10 years tending sheep ran away at age 22 to a monastery in Gaul for 12 years. Where he studied for the priesthood and was ordained a bishop. And later took his teachings back to Ireland and for 30 years where he was determined to convert the country to Christianity, according to his Bio. Source

If you would like to learn more about the history St. Patrick’s Day History

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in Ireland and today and here in America, we celebrate with parades, parties, good food like the stews and corn-beef.

Through a request I made last year to bloggers I had them link up to share some great inspiration for recipes and fun projects…plus a few I found when visiting other blogs!!

St-Patricks-Day-Wreath-Across-the-BlvdA great St. Patrick’s Day wreath, I love it, from
// Across the Blvd

Sparkling chewy sugar cookies recipe From the Family With LoveGreat Sugar Cookies // From The Family With Love

21-St-Patricks-Day-RecipesJust Us Four // 21 St Patrick’s Day Recipes
 A Sprinkle of this and That♣ A Sprinkle of This and That \\ That Pot O’ Gold \\Easy Mini Minty Brownies \\
Irish Soda Bread Pudding \\ Frozen Creme de Menthe Cupcakes
Double Dipped Mint Shortbread Cookies

Four Leaf Clover Printout♣ Blog Aquarian //
Print out a lucky four-leaf clover card as a fun St. Patrick’s Day activity

Lucky-Print-♣ Bombshell Bling // “Lucky” St. Patrick’s Day Free Printable

Luck of the Irish Rice Krispie Treats.♣ Oh My Creative // St Patrick’s Day Irish Crispy Treats

Double Pistachio Cake

♣ Memories by the Mile // Double Pistachio Cake

And that’s it I hope you find some great inspiration from my St Patrick’s Day Features!!
And if you have more, please feel free to add here to share!!

DIY Stovetop Potpourri Recipes For The Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Holiday cheer is in the air and everything is bright and shining. There are bright lights outside and everyone is smiling with cheer. Whether you’re in the snow or just enjoying the season’s greetings, the holiday season is a time to relax and appreciate what we have. To add even more cheer during the season, try making some holiday stovetop simmer pots!

These do-it-yourself projects are a fabulous way to customize your home with the perfect holiday scent you’ve been trying to create with premade candles or wax Simmer pots like this are longlasting and permeate through an entire house — making them cozy and cheerful for many hours at a time. They’re also safer than most candles, which is a great plus. A classy option for house parties, too!

All the recipes below curated by FragranceX can be made with a simple, general recipe.

First, measure out 5 cups of water. After, pour this water into a pan or crockpot. Some materials can stick on the pot you chose, so try to have a potpourri-specific one.

After these materials have been gathered, add your ingredients of choice. I’ve attached an infographic below for holiday recipes that are especially festive for this time of year. Lastly, turn on your oven or pot and let it simmer! You’ll start smelling the magic within minutes.

As for ingredients, get creative! Think of baking Christmas cookies, holiday stocking stuffers or family holiday meals for some inspiration. One of my favorites is the “Red Nose Delight” blend. No, it doesn’t smell like reindeer, but rather a homestead warm hearth. The blend uses cardamom and ginger to create a scent that is both sweet and woody. Dried cranberries are added for a slightly fruity accent.

Another great option is “Nordic Fairytale.” This blend has ingredients straight out of a Norwegian lullaby and is relaxing beyond your wildest dreams. The key material in this blend are elderberries. These berries give off an aromatically sweet yet thick scent. Once your simmer pot gets cooking, it’ll be hard to imagine you’re not in a Narnian land.

Regardless of your aromatic wish, you can find all 10 recipes below. Again, all follow the same instructions to make! Happy holidays!
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The Best Family Christmas Activities in Houston

What-To-do-in-Houston-Texas-for-ChristmasWith the holiday season in full swing, Houston is coming alive with stunning light displays downtown and special family-friendly events to celebrate the season. This year, don’t miss these four must-see Christmas events the whole family will enjoy.

1. Lights in the Heights

An annual family event, Lights in the Heights will be held on December 14th this year. Stroll through the pedestrian-friendly lane taking in sights of twinkling lights and colorful scenes. Hear Christmas carols and jazz bands – all playing on the front porches and yards of your neighbors.

Homes along the Lights in the Heights route go all-out to wow passersby and compete for the “Best Block” award.

The holiday street party runs from 6 pm through 9 pm, but the festivities have been known to carry on well into the night.

Be sure to download the Lights in the Heights map and be aware of street closures.
Please enjoy the festivities responsibly. Every 29 minutes, someone in Texas is killed or injured in a DUI accident.
The LITH committee has partnered with Lyft to give 50% off 2 rides for the event using the promo code “LIGHTSRIDE.” 

2. Ice Skating at Discovery Green

Take in the glittering lights of downtown Houston while gliding across the ice skating rink at Discovery Green. Available from November 15, 2019 through February 2, 2020, the rink is open daily for families to enjoy.

  • Monday-Friday: 5-10 pm (11 pm on Fridays)
  • Saturday: 11 am through 11 pm
  • Sunday: 11 am through 8 pm
  • Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve: 11 am through 7 pm
  • Christmas Day and New Year’s Day: 1-7 pm

General admission is just $11, and skates are available for rent for $4. Members get a free skate rental.

Enjoy special theme nights throughout the season, like Ugly Sweaters, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Super Heroes and more.

Some of Houston’s top figure skaters will also be on the rink throughout the season to show off their skills.

Check out Discovery Green’s website to learn more about special ice skating events and more.

3. Christmas Village at Bayou Bend

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents Christmas Village at Bayou Bend, with Santa and all of his reindeer.

Stroll through the Bayou Bend Collection and Garden to take in thousands of twinkling lights, and enjoy family-friendly activities on the 14-acre estate. Holiday-themed tours guide you through Ima Hogg’s mansion, with live actors, stunning Christmas decorations and special theatrical effects.

Running from December 12-30, Christmas Village has something for the whole family:

  • Take a ride down the faux-snow slide
  • Throw cotton snowballs at your friends
  • Watch the model train circle the 15-foot Christmas tree
  • Play games like antler rings, or participate in scavenger hunts
  • Listen to live music from holiday carolers

Christmas Village is open daily. Non-member adults pay just $15 to get in, while those aged 5-12 pay $10 (non-members). Members pay just $13 for adults and $8 for youths.

4. Christmas Cruise on Buffalo Bayou

The Buffalo Bayou Partnership is celebrating the season with Christmas cruises throughout the month of December.

Take a cruise on a festively-lit boat along the Buffalo Bayou with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Hot chocolate will be provided by Katz Coffee to keep everybody merry and bright.

Tours run every 45 minutes from 5:30 pm through 8:30 pm every Friday and Saturday evening through Christmas. The cost is just $15 for adults and $10 for children aged 4-12. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted to ride on the pontoon boats.

These four events are sure to put smiles on the kids’ faces – and yours, too.
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Festive Christmas Party Outfit Ideas for a Stylish Celebration

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The holiday season is creeping upon us, and it’s finally time to plan and perfect our fun and festive Christmas attire. Embracing the spirit of the season, the holidays are all about embellishments, glitter, glitz, and glam this year – nothing is off-limits, and ‘more is more’ seems to be the seasonal mantra. No matter where you’ve decided to celebrate Christmas this year, these festive outfits will have all eyes on you at every party you attend:

Sparkly bottoms

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The holidays are the perfect time of year to wear something drenched in sequins and sparkles. So, feel free to choose a pair of high-waisted sequined trousers or a sparkly maxi skirt, to give the classic cocktail outfit fun and whimsical twist. To add some balance and symmetry to the look, pair these daring bottoms with an elegant turtleneck or a silk camisole in a neutral color, such as black or white, as well as a pair of high heels in the same color. Just don’t forget to complete the outfit with some eye-catching jewelry pieces that will pull the whole look together.

Shimmer and shine

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If you’re a big fan of sequins and sparkles, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t fully embrace them and go all out this holiday season. Instead of a simple bottom or a top, dare to wear a head-to-toe shimmery ensemble, as this is truly the only season when you can easily get away with such a bold outfit. Choose a sequined dress or even a sparkly jumpsuit, and then balance the lookout with a pair of nude heels and a clutch in the same shade. It can’t hurt to let yourself shine every once in a while.

Upgraded everyday dress

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Take yourself from a work desk to a Christmas party by strategically adding a few elegant and festive accessories to your everyday outfits. If you opt for beautiful party dresses in more casual, daytime styles, elevate the outfit with a sophisticated velvet blazer or even a sparkly cardigan, and then complete the look with a statement headband, a pair of fancy heels and some dainty jewelry, all in the same shade of gold or silver. When it comes to the holiday season, more actually is more, so don’t be afraid to pile on the glamour. 

Tonal metallic sheen

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Metallic shades are a big trend this season, and a perfect look to try out during the holidays. If you want to fully embrace the metallic sheen this Christmas, try pairing two different shades, such as a gold top and bronze trousers, to add more interest and dimension to your look. If you’re aiming for a more subtle approach, however, pairing an all neutral ensemble with one metallic piece is the perfect way to make a statement, whether you opt for a gold skirt, a silver camisole or a bronze blazer. Simply complete the look with a pair of nude heels, and you’re ready to hit the dance floor.

Velvet separates

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Being a modern take on the classic tux, a black velvet blazer is a chic yet sexy piece that’s ideal for elevating any party outfit. However, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go a step further during the Christmas season and opt for beautiful velvet trousers as well, preferably in rich jewel tones, such as burgundy or forest green. Pair it with a festive top in a contrasting neutral color, and you’ll have the perfect party outfit you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with, and wear over and over again during the holidays.

The timeless option

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When in doubt, you can never go wrong with that perfectly fitting little black dress – it’s a classic piece for a good reason. Sleek, elegant and effortlessly stylish, the LBD is the perfect option for any occasion. However, since it is the holiday season after all, it might be a good idea to upgrade it with a few festive details. Opt for metallic or sparkly heels in combination with a matching clutch, and then top the look off with some crystal or diamond jewelry pieces, to achieve that fun yet sophisticated Christmas party look.

If anything calls for glitz and glam, it’s the holiday season. So, don’t be afraid to go all out this Christmas with these incredibly festive party outfit ideas.
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