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Five Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

11 Feb

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun day that’s celebrated by those who are Irish (and those who are a “wee-bit Irish” for the day!).  We’ve put together some fun ways to celebrate this beloved holiday. But why do we always see four-leaf clovers and shamrocks every St. Patty’s Day?

According to Better Homes & Gardens, four-leaf clovers commonly appear in centuries-old legends as symbols of good luck. The Druids (Celtic priests), in the early days of Ireland, believed that when they carried a three-leaf clover or shamrock, they could see evil spirits coming and have a chance to escape in time. Four-leaf clovers were Celtic charms, presumed to offer magical protection and ward off bad luck.  So how does this relate to St. Patrick’s Day?  As a priest, St. Patrick traveled back to Ireland to bring the word of Christianity to the Irish people. It’s said that he used shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) to the Irish people, which is why shamrocks are a popular St. Patrick’s Day decoration now.

 

5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

1. Make Irish Food

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Celebrate the day with traditional Irish dishes such as classic corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and Irish soda bread. We found great recipes on FoodNetwork.com to inspire you in the kitchen.  We are also inspired by the dessert/treat recipes we found on GoodHousekeeping.com.  You can bake shamrock cookies, whip up shamrock shakes, enjoy grasshopper bars or Bailey’s brownies.  So many fun ways to get the family together in the kitchen to celebrate.

2. Irish Party Supplies

Deck out the house with Irish decor!  Hang shamrock garland from the fireplace or in the kitchen.  Add green shamrock cut-outs on windows or on tables.  Add more fun with personalized St. Patrick’s Day party supplies like napkins, plates and cups.  Top off the day with fun hats, shamrock necklaces and wearing your favorite green top.

3.  Enjoy Green Beer

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You don’t need a crowded bar to enjoy this tradition.  Enjoy your favorite beer with some green food dye. Whether it’s a pint of Guinness or something else, why not raise your glass and say an Irish toast?

“May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness come through your door.”

4.  Watch an Irish Movie

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After enjoying a traditional Irish meal, why not relax and watch an Irish movie?  You can explore the 50 best Irish films ever made from the Irish Times to get ideas.  Some classics are The Quiet Man, My Left Foot and Brooklyn.   Don’t forget to make some green popcorn to enjoy during the movie!

5.  Watch a Parade

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Whether you go to a parade or watch virtually, a St. Patrick’s Day parade is always a lot of fun. Ireland’s  St. Patrick’s Festival has a virtual option on a dedicated TV channel and website. You can celebrate by watching musicians, artists, and of course, marching bands.

Do you have any St. Patrick’s Day celebration traditions?  Tell us in the comments below!

XO,

Jennifer

New Home? Announce it with a Holiday Card!

7 Dec

New Home

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Did you move this past year?  Send your friends and family a personalized holiday moving card to let everyone know your new address while also sending seasons greetings!  The holiday season is the perfect time to reconnect with friends and family and what better way then sending a personalized holiday card?   We have a thoughtful and fun collection of holiday moving announcements and wanted to share some of our favorite and popular designs.

Ho Ho Home Flat Moving Announcements

Our Ho Ho Home Flat Moving Announcements feature a fun design that’s whimsical and cheery.  The design is both modern and rustic at the same time.


Tree of Boxes Holiday Moving Announcements

The Tree of Boxes Holiday Moving Announcement features a fun stack of moving boxes to resemble a Christmas tree.  This is our most popular new design!


New Year New Home Photo Announcements

Our New Year New Home Photo Announcements feature your picture and has a gorgeous, modern foil border.  The back side features a photo as well.


Corner Roses Photo Moving Announcement

The Corner Roses Photo Moving Announcement is a beautiful way to announce your new address and features a modern yet classic design.


Colorful We've Moved Moving Announcements

Our Colorful We’ve Moved Moving Announcements are a bright, fun way to let people know you’ve moved.  You can choose your color scheme for more bright colors or holiday-themed colors.


While ordering your holiday cards, it’s also the perfect time to restock on addressing essentials like stampers, address labels and new stationery.

Happy Holidays in your new home!

XO,

Jennifer

A+ Holiday Gift Picks for Teachers

18 Nov

Holiday Gift Picks for Teachers

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If you’re looking for a teacher gift this holiday season, consider something personalized.  Whether it’s an individual gift from your child or a group gift from the class, a personalized gift leaves an impression on someone who does so much for kids.  We’ve put together our five favorite gift ideas for gifting this holiday season. These would also make wonderful end-of-year gifts as well.

Bookshelf Flat Note Cards

Our bookshelf flat note cards are not only adorable, but so useful, too.  Your teacher will love these with his/her name on them and can use them throughout the year to write thank you notes for gifts, special notes to students and much more.


Personalized Cutest Little Tote Bag

Our cutest little tote bag is such a great gift idea for both an individual gift or from the classroom.  You can fill the bag with goodies for the holiday break like movie gift cards, candies, a water bottle.  Or if you know your teacher loves a certain show or has a hobby they love, you can fill the bag with items that center around those ideas.  Your teacher can use this bag again and again for lunch, toting notes or really anything!


Apple and Pencil Border Post-It Pack

We love our Apple and Pencil Border Post-It Pack because what teacher doesn’t need their own sticky notes?  Great for writing quick notes, bookmarking pages, adding notes to homework, etc.  You can order the optional acrylic holder so all his/her notes can sit nicely on their desk for easy access.


Highland Tablet Desk Set with Holder

Our Highland Tablet Desk Set with Holder is a thoughtful gift since it has personalized notes with your teachers name on it and also has a place for your teacher to store their pens and pencils.  The holder keeps all their notes neat and tidy!


Our Apple Shaped Bookmark and Tassel features an iconic teacher apple shape and can be used for books and daily planners.  With everything online these days, a teacher can appreciate the the value of an actual book.  They’ll love the personalization and it’s a great price point, too!


No matter the gift you choose, you’ll love our selection of teacher gifts that will make them feel appreciated for all that they do!

XO,

Jennifer