From the “Really Irish” to the “Irish for the Day” Irish, St. Patrick’s Day is a time for us all to get a wee-bit green! Back in the hay day, I was known to celebrate the holiday pub-hopping in downtown Chicago with a green beer in each hand, dressed in the most obnoxious St. Patrick’s swag I could find. Nowadays, I’m at home constructing leprechaun traps and it’s my little one wearing the Kiss Me I’m Irish t-shirt instead of me. Oh how times have changed!
And thanks to Pinterest, times really have changed. There are so many fun St. Patty’s Day ideas available to us now. Sure, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the “are these really necessary?!” projects and food preparation ideas… but as a SAHM looking for new and exciting ways to entertain my son during the time we’re stuck in the house, I welcome the manageable. That’s the key for me when it comes to Pinterest– appreciate the beauty and skill behind all the contributions, but only attempt to tackle the projects within my comfort zone.
Here are a few St. Patty’s Day pins we’ve put on the Mama Dish board. They range from “no problem, I can totally do that” to “I’ll keep that in mind… for next year. Maybe.” There are no hassle treats for the kiddos, and decadent NOT-AT-ALL for the kiddos treats (hello Guiness cupcakes with Bailey’s frosting!) But they are created in good fun, and hopefully will bring you a little luck o’ the Irish! If you have any other fun St. Patty’s ideas to share, please link them up in the comments!
** If you’ve found yourself on Pinterest, but you’re not quite sure what to do… We’d like to direct you to a wonderful website (The Happy Housewife) that we came across recently, that gives a step-by-step tutorial on everything from how to sign up for Pinterest (you must be invited by someone who’s already on), how to pin while on the site, and how to add pins from other sites. I highly encourage you to check it out. We would have written it out for you here, but why reinvent the wheel, right?!
Once you’re on the site, you can spend hours (and we’re not joking!) perusing photos/ideas via Pinterest’s categories, or use the search tool to look for something more specific (ie., “mac n cheese recipes”). And because it’s a social site, you can find your friends (via Facebook) and begin following their boards, or follow boards of people you’ve never even met. You can also invite friends not on Pinterest by adding them via email. I know, I know, you need another social network like you need a hole in the head, but this is really different. I promise. And it’s actually very, very useful.
Have fun, and get pinning!