Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you! I’ve definitely got some Irish in my blood, and I also had the pleasure of enjoying a wonderful trip to Ireland with my grandma and sister when I was a teenager, so I love to celebrate this holiday a little. Truth be told, I’ve never had even a sip of Guinness before (who am I?!), as our Ireland trip was well before the drinking age. But I do love the Irish spirit and have incredibly fond memories of our trip to that beautiful, green country!

Growing up, my parents (my mom, specifically) would dye our breakfast milk at all of the major holidays – pink for Valentine’s day, blue for the days my sister and I were both accepted into UNC, and, of course, green for St. Patrick’s Day! It’s such a fun and simple tradition, though it is a little weird to drink brightly colored milk. I love this idea of serving Lucky Charms (which are traditionally deemed too sugary for a typical breakfast) with a side of green milk for St. Patrick’s Day! I love that our parents instilled so many family traditions, both big and small, into our lives from a young age, and I can’t wait to continue so many of these traditions in the future, too!

St. Patrick's day, as alwaysvia Thoughtfully Simple

Valentine’s Goodies

It’s Valentine’s month! I love a holiday dedicated solely to love, and what a gift it is to celebrate the gift of love with family, friends, and significant others. Here are some of my favorite Valentine’s goodies to treat those you love:

Valentines

Always & Forever card | Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies | Conversation Heart Cookies | gold embossed LOVE card | Pink Heart Rice Krispie Treats

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? Do you have any big plans, surprises, or traditions for the day? I think you’d be a big hit with any friends, co-workers, or family members you bake any of the above treats for! I just put my Valentine’s cards in the mail, and it’s so special to spread just a little extra love around.

My grandparents (on my Mom’s side) have a tradition of going to White Castle in Ohio for Valentine’s Day every year, and I love this sweet tradition! White Castle even takes reservations for a sit down dinner on Valentine’s Day, which I adore. I love that my grandparents have such a long-standing tradition (and have passed it down through the family!) and that their plans are meaningful without being extravagant. In fact, I’m headed to Ohio to visit all four of my grandparents that weekend, so I also get to partake in the family tradition of eating Whities on Valentine’s Day!

These same grandparents have mailed, for every single year that I recall, an ‘anonymous’ Valentine to me! It really is the little things in life that bring me such joy, as I eagerly anticipate the Valentine that arrives in my mailbox with a big red question mark on the back of it. I may be in my mid (or late..) twenties, but this tradition is so special, and I hope to continue it one day!