St. Patrick’s Day Game: Gold Coin Minute to Win It

    My mother's grandmother was Irish so she always told her stories about her life back in Ireland when she was growing up.  One of the most fond memories that she has of her is how she always made a grand affair of celebrating St. Patrick's Day every year.  She would pin my Mom and her siblings with green shamrocks and decorate the house festively.  She said that everyone has the luck of the Irish on this special day!     If you are looking for a fun and exciting St. Patrick’s Day party game, this Gold Coin Minute to Win It should fit the bill! You can create your own version for just pennies, and the end result is a game that kids will love to play. Here is how you can get started. 

Supplies needed: Timer or watch Bowl 
Chopsticks or Green paper straws (these paper straws are sturdy and make great chopsticks for this game!) 
Assorted plastic gold coins ($1 a bag at Dollar Tree) Directions: 1. Begin by placing all of the gold coins in the bowl. The average bag … [Read more...]

Tips For Planning Your Outdoor Memorial Day Party! @DollarTree #Ad

*Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Dollar Tree. However, all opinions expressed are my own.       Around our home, Memorial Day weekend is a special time because it signals the beginning of the Summer.  More importantly, however, it is the day for remembering the men and women who died serving in the Armed Forces for the United States.  My brother and husband both served in the Army and my Sister in Law is currently serving proudly in the Navy and we are very serious about commemorating our fallen soldiers.     Most people like to hold family gatherings and barbeques on Memorial Day because it is a long holiday weekend and many are off from work.  Dollar Tree has everything that you need to plan and host your Memorial day gatherings.  They have a full selection of themed patriotic holiday supplies to put all of your guests into the holiday spirit.  The best part is that everything they offer is just $1!  That price is definitely music to … [Read more...]

What Does It Mean To Truly Serve? #BestMates #Ad #Giveaway

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Outback Steakhouse.  All opinions are 100% mine.     In a few weeks, most of us will be celebrating July 4th and spending time with our loved ones outdoors barbecuing and watching fireworks.  Many times we forget the true meaning of some of these holidays as we get caught up in the festivities.  Since this particular day is dedicated to celebrating our independence, I thought it fitting that I pay tribute to the service member in our family who selflessly helps protect our freedom and the freedom of all Americans through her service in the United States Navy.     I've known my Sister in Law, Ebony, since she was a 13 year old girl and I began dating her older brother whom is now my husband for the past thirteen years.  I was immediately drawn to her sparkling personality and her ability to light up the room with her smile.  While my husband was stationed at Fort Bragg during his military service, she and I would spend girl time … [Read more...]

Celebrate Your Dad’s Smile With Oral-B This Father’s Day! #PowerOfDad #Ad

  #spon: I'm required to disclose a relationship between our site and Oral-B. Oral-B may have provided us with content, product, access or other forms of payment. All opinions are my own.     Dads are known for having the power to bring smiles to the faces of their children but, this Father's Day, it's our turn to bring the smile back to dads everywhere with the help of Oral-B.  It's about time that we gave back to all of the deserving fathers who work tirelessly to support their families and never complain about any of the sacrifices that they make.     My own Dad has always made me smile because of his sense of humor.  Although he has always been a strict disciplinarian, he always managed to be funny and silly at just the right times when we were growing up.  It was always a treat to see his smile or to hear his laughter and he has maintained this sense of humor to this day.  It has always reminded me that he is always there for me, even when we disagree about something.     … [Read more...]

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with Hormel Foods! #HormelFamily

          I have always enjoyed hearing stories that my mother tells about how they used to celebrate St. Patrick's day in her house when she was growing up.  You see, my maternal great-grandmother was Irish and she helped my grandmother raise my mother and her siblings.  Every single year, she made sure that St. Patrick's Day was a special day in their home.      The first thing that she would do, according to Mom, is take her unique St. Patty's lapel pins out from the china closet so all of the kids could wear them to school.  She would also sit them down and tell them stories about the old country which they enjoyed hearing in her Irish accent.  Their favorite part of the whole day was the special meal that Great-Grandma prepared for them of corned beef and cabbage.  It's a tradition that my mother has continued every year since.     St. Patrick's Day is a great holiday because it not only provides us with an excuse to celebrate and be merry with family and friends but … [Read more...]