Five Friday Finds: St. Patty’s Edition

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1. Please, please, please do not put on the ever-haunting shamrock t-shirt for tomorrow’s festivities. Yes, you can get saucy, but why not look sexy while you’re doing it?

2. St. Patty’s Day, a day to celebrate the centuries upon centuries of spirited drinking [[or so my generation thinks]]. A day to be started with this extra strong, Irish whiskey-infused cocktail.

3. What kind of St. Patty’s Day post would this be if I didn’t teach you how to Irish tap dance?

4. Irish Coffee Cupcakes. Just another way to incorporate alcohol into the day.

5. These shoes. These shoes. These shoes. If I have any Irish luck, these Charlotte Olympia Sandals will be in my closet by the time I wake up tomorrow.

Happy holiday to my Irish friends…and to the my-great-grandma-twice-removed-had-an-affair-with-a-man-that-claims-his-father-was-a-leprechaun folks as well. I know we all wish we could be Irish this weekend:)

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Ornamenting

My family has a very special tradition.

This tradition is six years strong and something I am always proud to share. With three siblings and historically bare wallets, Christmas was often a time when mom would help finance each of our presents for one another. Sure, it was nice to see that Liz got me an awesome toy or shirt, but in the end there was little sentimental value attached to any of those things.

Six years ago, my mom came up with an amazingly special idea. Christmas gift exchange became an ornament swap, where each of us would make ornaments for the other siblings. Each ornament had to be about something special that happened that year. My mom felt this new tradition was a great way to build collections of meaningful ornaments for when each of us grew up and had our own Christmas tree.

I guess it’s true, a mother is always right. Since this tradition began, I have received ornaments about many special milestones: the year I got my driver’s license, the year I was accepted into Madison, the year my baking frenzy began, and many many more. I can’t wait to share these stories with my own kids when I decorate my own tree.

I’ve figured out what ornaments I am going to make for each of my siblings this year, and I would SO clue you in…. but there is a very, very small chance that my brother and sisters are reading this, and I cannot risk ruining the surprise just because I so badly want to share it with all of you! I can, however, give you some great DIY ornament ideas if this is a tradition you’d like to adopt…afterall, tis the season of giving and sharing ;)

Joy Ornament by {Wild Olive}

Fabric Balls by {Martha Stewart}

Glittering Musical Box by {Salt Tree}

Snowy Balloon Ornament by {Martha Stewart}

Christmas List Ornament by {Craft Snob}

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College Gifting

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It’s no hidden secret, college students are broke. Dwindling finances (especially after this weekend in Chicago) should not mean that I/we have to resort to dollar store presents and white elephant gifts. We are so above that. Miss Desirée of 36th Avenue gets us, which is why I love her 25 handmade gifts for under $5. The tea-cup candles, coffee cup sleeves, and book marks are just a few of my faves.

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Food Comas and Family

It’s true.

Thanksgiving would not be complete without turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, a fridge full of leftovers, and a well-deserved food coma. And I would be lying if I said I didn’t care about the heapings of mashed potatoes or the green been casserole. Yet, it seems like we all tend to get caught up thinking that the food is what makes Thanksgiving different than any other day. We so often forget that Thanksgiving is so much more than what we get to eat. It is about the time we get to spend with the people we care about most.

 

In college, family time is few and far between. Even time with all of my high school friends is limited. Thanksgiving break has been one of the few opportunities that I get every year to give appreciation to the ones I care for most.

This year, I made sure it was no different. I was able to bake this amazing ginger cake (with toasted marshmallow filling, brown sugar swiss buttercream, and candied pecans…..can you say heavenly?) with my mom; I was able to relax with my best friend McKaye; and I was able to soak up some time with my sisters and cousins. I love Thanksgiving for just that – it gives me time to remember what matters most in life. I hope everyone was able to find love and appreciation throughout their weekend festivities.

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A Holiday Bucket List

finish Christmas puzzle

watch 2 Christmas movies a week

make a snowman

watch the Holidazzle Parade

ice skate oustide, at night

drink hot cocoa

read a book by the fireplace

admire Christmas lights

donate time and/or money to a holiday cause

bake sugar cookies, wreaths, and spritz cookies galore

try eggnog (for the first time ever)

Minnesota has had her first snowfall of the year. And before Thanksgiving, no less! Still, the delicate layer of frosty glitter covering my surroundings has thrown me into total magical bliss. With hardly 30 days of the holiday season, there is no time to waste. Between finals, holiday shopping, and quality time with the people I love, I need a list to help me stay true to my favorite time of the year.

What is on your Holiday bucket list?

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