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.**

Crickets.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

DONE.

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

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 happyhomefairy.com - 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

Directions:

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!

Guess You’d Better Pick Up Some Lucky Charms, Too

several fun ways to celebrate st. patrick's day using lucky charms cereal! love this!Yesterday we explored all the things you can do with Froot Loops for St. Patrick’s Day.

If you didn’t think that was enough sugar, then allow me to usher you into the world of magic a box of Lucky Charms can bring your Happy Home this March 17th!

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I love this sweet little St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast (FREE Printable included!) from The 36th Avenue.

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Or you could make the milk green and use this adorable note from Thoughtfully Simple.

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I know a certain little someone in our Happy Home that would go crazy for these Top O’ the Morning Lucky Charms Pancakes from Little Miss Bossy.

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Print this sweet note from Blue Skies Ahead and attach to an individual-sized box of Lucky Charms as a special little gift for those precious Happy Buddies in your life.

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Y’all know I’m a sucker for all things crunchy.

This St. Patrick’s Day Snack Mix from Sweetology is so festive-looking AND tasty!

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This impressive-looking Irish-Style Dirt Cake from Quick DishTablespoon makes my mouth water!!

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These FREE Printable I’m So Lucky Treat Toppers from eighteen25 are the perfect little favor to pass our to your neighbors, friends, and family.

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And, finally, look what a happy cupcake decoration Lucky Charms can be!

Go HERE for the recipe.

In case you’ve started to worry, I won’t make you spend over your grocery budget this month.

I simply promise that you will think it worth the extra 4 bucks because of all the magically delicious fun you will have!!

Happy Lucky Charms-ing! :-)

Add Froot Loops to Your Grocery List This Week

why you need a box of froot loops to celebrate st. patrick's day - such cute ideas!I remember when I was a little girl that getting a box of Froot Loops was an unbelievably rare occasion.

There was something so magical about eating a bowl of those sugary o’s.

But now I’ve come to find that Froot Loops serve many other purposes beyond the occasional breakfast treat.

And these purposes happen to be closely linked to the holiday that is coming up on March 17th because of the cereal’s rainbow-like appearance.

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I am a huge fan of these easy Froot Loop Rainbows from One Artsy Mama.

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Sprinkle a few on top of your favorite cupcakes and you’ve got a great St. Patty’s Day snack.

See Whimsical Cookery for the how-to.

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Thoughtfully Simple slipped a few Froot Loops onto a stir stick and into a glass of green milk to make a sweet little breakfast for her Happy Buddies to enjoy.

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Dana Made It says these Froot Loop Treats are like Rice Krispie Treats on steroids. :-)

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Here is a version of the traditional Froot Loop Rainbow Necklace from the incredible girls over at eighteen25.

Such a fun activity for Happy Buddies!!

And, finally, I found these words to be quite inspiring today… :-)

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St. Patrick, himself, was good at being a Froot Loop – you should check out THIS POST to read more about the guy that March 17th is all about.  It’s very inspiring.

Happy Froot Loop-ing! :-)

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

9 EASY St. Patrick's Day Crafts at Happy Home FairyI’ve been busy this week putting together my presentation for our church’s monthly MOMs meeting.

If you ever wonder why things get a little quiet around Happy Home Fairy at the end of the month – that is why!!!

Now that our March meeting is behind us, I am ready to dive into some fun ideas to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Easter in your Happy Homes.

Today I am featuring a round-up of all the great St. Patrick’s Day crafts we’ve shared here over the years.

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Last year, the Happy Buddy had a blast doing some Shamrock Cookie Cutter Stamping.

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Our entire Happy Home got in on making these Treasure Pots.

It was a great way to reflect on all the ‘treasures’ God has put in our pots- er, I mean lives! :-)

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I am over the rainbow for my Happy Buddy AND this cute Paper Plate Rainbow Photo Frame craft.

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We made this Leprechaun Finder a few years ago to try and locate those lil’ sneaky shoemakers in our Happy Home.

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We also tried to catch a leprechaun with these helpful Leprechaun Trap Tips.

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I love a good recycled toilet paper roll craft, so these Shamrock Friends were easy and fun to make!

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I used to make these hilarious Blarney Stones with my 2nd graders every year when I was teaching.

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This Pot of Gold craft is a great gift idea.

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And, finally, this Lepre-Cutie craft just melts me – look at that face!!! :-)

I hope you found something simple and fun to do with your Happy Buddies to keep you busy this month!

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

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, sweet Happy Home Friends!

I am feeling rather lucky blessed to have each of you in my life!

The last couple of days we got to spend with our cousins in Orlando – it was a crazy quick trip, but it was fun to be with family.

Even though we weren’t at home, we still had a small visit from a sneaky little leprechaun.

This is what my nieces, nephew and the Happy Buddy discovered when they came out of their room this morning…We didn’t get any gold this year, but I would imagine that the Happy Buddy thought an M&M rainbow was a wayyy better treasure.

I would love to hear how everything went for your Happy Homes today!

Were there any Leprechaun Shenanigans at your house?  Or did you use the Conversation Cards at an Irish feast??

And if you aren’t wearing green – consider this a little cyber pinch! :-)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day-ing!