The Amazing Glue Dot and a St. Patty’s Day Game

**I was provided free product from Glue Dots to review.  All of my opinions about this product are my own and they are completely TRUE.  I sincerely love Glue Dots and hope you go buy some today.**


Can you hear them?

They have been taking over my blog since I am clearly not doing much around here. :-)

I miss you, dear bloggy friends!

I can’t even tell you how many times a day I have to surrender my desire to write in order to make sure I am doing all the other things the Lord wants me to do first.

Tonight, however, I had to get this post up because the good people over at GLUE DOTS are counting on me!

glue-dots-4.jpgHave y’all ever used a Glue Dot before?

{{Insert me looking at you with shocked face of disbelief if you responded, “No.”}}

Your life is about to change.

Glue Dots is seriously the new way to glue.

We live in the 21st century.  We don’t like to wait for things.  Waiting for white glue to dry can sometimes feel like waiting for Christmas to happen.

Enter the Glue Dot – a small double-sided adhesive dot that is easy to use, mess free, and has absolutely no dry-time.

Let me show you how Glue Dots helped me out at our recent MOMs meeting at my church.

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up next week, I wanted to have the moms participate in a fun game to get our meeting off to an exciting start.

glue-dots-6.jpgSo I picked up a piece of blue poster board from the Dollar Tree, some colorful balloons, and printed off my FREE Printable St. Patrick’s Day Conversation and Joke Cards.

glue-dots-9.jpgWe rolled up the FREE Printable Conversation and Joke Cards and put one inside each balloon.

Then we blew those balloons up (Note – I am trying to look cute while blowing up a balloon but this is an impossible task.  You will always look like a chipmunk while blowing up balloons).

glue-dots-2.jpgI grabbed a package of Glue Dot Adhesives made especially for Posters.

glue-dots-12.jpgI placed 5 dots on the poster board in the shape of a rainbow.

glue-dots-11.jpgglue-dots-14.jpgglue-dots-15.jpgThen I stuck a balloon on top of each dot.

glue-dots-18.jpgI was so happy that all my balloons stayed in place on the poster board!glue-dots-19.jpg

We put several more Glue Dots on the back of the poster board and hung it on the wall (which was very impressive as our wall was made out of bricks).

When the meeting began I explained that the game would need 5 volunteers to come up, pick a balloon, pop it with a pin, and then read the conversation card or joke card from inside the balloon out loud to the group.

It was so funny!

glue dots presentation1.jpgglue dots presentation4.jpgSome of the volunteers told us hilarious jokes.

glue dots presentation2.jpgWhile others had to answer super thought-provoking questions like, “What are the colors in the rainbow?” or “If you found a pot of gold, what would you do with it?”

glue dots presentation3.jpgOur last guest had the privilege of doing her best performance of an Irish Jig.

She nailed it.

I had great prizes for everyone courtesy of the Dollar Tree, like glittery shamrock table scatter, leprechaun window clings, and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day banner.

But for me, the best prize was getting to see my Glue Dots in action!

I hope the next time you are at the store (you can find Glue Dots at these stores) you will pick up a package of Glue Dots.  Because whether you play this fun game at home with your own family for St. Patrick’s Day this year, or you need a quicker solution than white glue for your next craft project, or your teenager suddenly tells you he has to put a science poster together for tomorrow’s fair, I think you will find yourself STUCK on this fabulous product!


Happy Glue Dot-ing! :-)

*Thank you 1313 Photography for these amazing photos!!! Xoxo*

**I was provided free product from Glue Dots to review.  All of my opinions about this product are my own and they are completely TRUE.  I sincerely love Glue Dots and hope you go buy some today.**

Keepin’ It Real – St. Patrick’s Day

keepin' it real2Occasionally a reader or mom I know will say to me, “Your Happy Buddies are so lucky to have a mom like you!” or, “I’ll bet it’s just so fun living in your house!”

These kind of comments usually make me cringe because if y’all only KNEW! :-)

There’s one other comment, though, that really gives me a twitch and that’s, “Do you do ALL of the ideas you post?”

Mommies, hear me out.

I’m just like you (with the exception of fairy wings and an absurd amount of glitter).

I am busy, overwhelmed most of the time, forgetful, easily given to impatience, I serve chicken nuggets for dinner more often than I care to admit, and my house is forever looking like something akin to what’s happening on the bottom of my oven.

I seriously finally broke down this week and cleaned our bathroom because it was becoming hazardous to our health.

When I do get a spare minute to craft, either the Happy Buddy is at preschool or he is deciding that he doesn’t want to do any of the crafts I suggest.

He’d rather just sit with a piece of paper, a glob of paint and a paintbrush.

So, with all that said, NOPE – I definitely do not do all of the ideas I post.

I like gathering a million different ideas and putting them all in one place with the hopes that as my buddies grow, I will have a constant source of inspiration whenever I may need it.

Also, Happy Home Fairy celebrates the fact that every family is DIFFERENT.  What works for some, may not work for others.

And that is always changing as we start and end the various seasons of motherhood.

For example, I know for a fact that as much as I would have loved to dye the Happy Buddy’s cereal milk green for St. Patrick’s Day, he never in a million years would have eaten it.  In fact, he probably would have looked at that bowl as if the world he knew had betrayed him.

But some of you dyed your Happy Buddy’s milk green AND maybe even streaked their hair green too.

And they LOVED it (and I am so happy that I helped you find a fun idea!)!

Maybe one day it will work for the Happy Buddy, but right now his little 3-year-old-heart needs stability with that daily bowl of cereal.

You have to know your kids and then you also have to know your limits, too.

I’m not going to break my back making a big fuss over something that the Happy Buddy will probably forget in a few seconds.

Case in point.

It’s the night before St. Patrick’s Day.

I realize that the Happy Buddy and I had talked a lot about making a leprechaun trap but it was now bedtime and we never actually got around to making one.

So I slap some green socks on the Happy Buddy and whisper that maybe a leprechaun will visit us anyway.

I wasn’t about to spend an hour using paint to draw tiny little leprechaun footprints all over the kitchen counters – although absolutely awesome (as seen HERE), but I dug through my bin of holiday fun and found a few things.

keepin' it realI hung a St. Patrick’s Day banner.

keepin' it real3And I made a small rainbow of M&Ms on a shamrock napkin with a sprinkling of shamrock confetti all around.


Something fun for the Happy Buddy to wake up to – something easy for mommy to put together at the last second because, to be honest – even with my blog to keep me accountable – I almost completely forgot!

As you can see, nothing fancy or spectacular goin’ on over here. :-)

You know what else, though??  Even though I love holidays and all the ideas I share on this site, I have noticed that a lot of our happiest Happy Home memories are not the holiday crafts or holiday decorations, or grand holiday traditions, but they are found in the tiniest little things in between the holiday magic (which don’t require a website for help).

It’s when I snuggle my boys a little longer before bed, or read them an extra story, or take them on a long walk, or start a tickle fight, or randomly shout, “OH NO!” in the house and then when I have everyone’s nervous attention I say, “Mommy loves you!”


So, there you have it, friends!

Just keepin’ it real and keepin’ it simple.

– Julie xoxo

Shamrock Smoothie

shamrock smoothie at - filled with delicious fruits, spinach and flaxseed - yummy!

I literally eat the same thing for breakfast EVERY MORNING.

Lately I have been feeling the nudge to break out of the box a bit.

So when I saw THIS smoothie recipe, I thought – I can do that!

AND it has amazing things like spinach hidden in it that you seriously can not even taste.

I made a few tweaks to what I threw in my blender and thought I’d share it with you not only because it’s delicious, but it’s the perfect color drink for your St. Patrick’s Day festivities. :-)

Who knows?  Maybe your Happy Buddies will go for it in the name of all things Irish!

shamrock smoothie ingredientsIngredients

1 banana

6-8 strawberries, frozen

6-8 peaches, frozen

A few handfuls of spinach

Almond milk – I kind of just eyeball this.  Pour in more if you like a thinner smoothie.


shamrock smoothie flaxI love these individual-serving-sized flaxseed packets I get at my local Publix.  Talk about ease.

shamrock smoothie blenderThrow everything into a blender.

And turn that baby on.

Our blender isn’t super powerful (I am trying not to be jealous of all you people who own those Vitamix things), so I have to pick the thing up and shake it around a bit to help it all get chopped up.  The Happy Hubby says it looks like I am wrestling a chicken.

shamrock smoothie mixedBut eventually it will look like this.

shamrock smoothie at happyhomefairy.comAnd then like this.

And then it will be all gone and in your belly and you will feel like a million bucks because you consumed most of your fruit and veggie servings before the sun is even up!

shamrock smoothie at!Don’t they look festive?

Happy Shamrock Smoothie-ing! :-)

St. Patrick’s Day and the Pepper

green pepper snacks for st. pat's dayWho would have thought that a pepper could bring so much St. Patrick’s Day fun???

Check out these ideas…

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All you have to do is slice a green pepper in half widthwise, add some dip, and tada!  An adorable, healthy shamrock-shaped snack!

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Or add that sliced pepper to a toasted English Muffin with melted Cheddar Cheese… Mmmm!  The luck of the Irish can’t top that yumminess!

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Then there’s these tasty looking Shamrock Pizzas from Blissfully Domestic.

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Who knew that a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow could be so delicious??

Those rainbow arches are made out of peppers!!

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And, finally, this last idea makes a terrific craft.

Slice the top of a green pepper off and then let your Happy Buddy dip in paint to make some really sweet shamrock stamps.

Hop over to Family Fresh Meals for the how-to.

Grab a pepper at the store and have a wee bit o’ fun with it!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Pepper-ing! :-)

An Inspirational St. Patrick’s Day Windsock

an inspirational st. pat's day windsockI never meant to become so obsessed with windsock crafts.

It seems that every month, however, we make a new one that I enjoy sharing with y’all!

The thing I like about windsocks is that they are generally very easy to create and they make a lovely statement when hung in the right spot in your Happy Home.

This windsock came together very quickly yesterday afternoon when the Happy Baby was napping and the Happy Buddy asked if we could paint.

So, I apologize that I don’t have a tutorial of step by step photos for you.

Sometimes it’s good to just be in the moment of the craft with my boy instead of hanging over his head with a camera. :-)

windsock 2We simply painted 2 white paper plates black.

Then we stapled them together, adding rainbow-colored streamers across the bottom.

We cut off the top part of the plates to make it look like a pot.

Next we cut out some rounded gold coins from yellow paper and taped it to the inside of the plates.

an inspirational st. pat's day windsock with poemWe glued on THIS SPECIAL LITTLE FREE PRINTABLE from HERE and talked about how God loves us more than a leprechaun loves his gold.

Finally, we taped a piece of green ribbon to the back of the plates.

windsockNow our windsock is hanging in the kitchen as a reminder that we are, indeed, God’s most treasured possession!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Windsock-ing! :-)

Green Scavenger Hunt

Are you looking for a little something fun to do with your Happy Buddies after school one day this month in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day?

Go on a Green Scavenger Hunt!!

I saw this idea somewhere in blog world last year – if it’s yours, let me know – and I thought it was too cute not to make into a little something you can print and take on the go.

Snack that is green?  Veggie Straw.  Fruit?  Kiwi.

Think you can handle it? :-)

Gather all your items in a big pile and celebrate with a little Irish Jig once everything is found!

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Happy Green Scavenger Hunt-ing! :-)

Recipe – Kentucky Potatoes

potato casserole at - perfect dish for potlucks - never any leftovers and SO easy!!!St. Patrick’s Day tends to bring out the potato-lover in many of us.

THIS POST has a bunch of great spud-themed crafts and treats for St. Patrick’s Day, but I realized that I have never shared my mom’s famous Kentucky Potato recipe here on the blog.

It’s about time!

Trust me, friends, this casserole is amazing.  It is so easy to make and it tastes great alongside ham or turkey (if you’re starting to plan your Easter dinner menu) or simply with a spoon in the middle of the night.

potato casserole ingredientsIngredients:

1 bag of frozen Potatoes O’Brien with onions and peppers

3 cans Cream of Potato soup

16 oz Sour Cream

2 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded


potato casserole combineStep 1 – Pour everything in a big bowl.

potato casserole mix it up!Step 2 – Mix everything up.

potato casserole dishStep 3 – Dump into a 9×13 casserole dish.

(You can see – this is not rocket science.) :-)

delicious kentucky potatoes by happyhomefairy.comStep 4 – Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

Don’t they kind of look like a big pot of gold???

Maybe we should call them Pot of Gold Potatoes instead!

Better than anything a leprechaun could bring – if you’re the kind of person who likes food more than money. :-)

Happy Kentucky Potato-ing!