Saint Patrick’s Day: How to Make your DIY Shamrock Shake

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The Shamrock Shake is a favorite seasonal dessert served at McDonald‘s in early winter thru Saint Patrick’s Day (and a few weeks after)

All you need is four ingredients: Vanilla Ice Cream, Peppermint Extract, Half & Half and green food coloring. It would only take 5 minutes top!


Add two heaping scoops of ice cream to a blender, pour in one quarter of a cup of half & half,  add 5 drops of peppermint extract and 5-6 drops of green food coloring for the green tint. If you want, you can add one more ingredient: a cherry to garnish on top. Oh yeah, and whipped cream to top.

Voila! PopSugar did a simple video to show you how:

20+ Blogs with Family Friendly Saint Patrick’s Day Crafts & Ideas

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While everyone knows that St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday, it’s unlikely that many know the story behind St. Patrick’s Day.

In a nutshell, a man named Patrick converted a large group of Irish people from Paganism to Christianity and was made a Saint.  Now considered the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick used the shamrock as the symbol of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The color green is used because of the rich green hills that are found all over Ireland.  You may be wondering how St. Patrick’s Day turned into a day for drinking, and there is a reason for that too.  St. Patrick told a bar owner who was cheating his customers by pouring short glasses of liquor that there was a demon in his basement and that the only way to be rid of it was to be generous.  After that, St. Patrick said that everyone should celebrate with some of the hard stuff on St. Patrick’s Day. However, the holiday isn’t solely reserved for those of legal drinking age; there are plenty of family-friendly things to do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day too.


Check out these 20+ blog entries to find craft projects to make with the kids, decorations for your home, recipes to make for your family and other activities to do as well.

Crafts

Make these simple crafts with your kids as part of your celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.  This often overlooked holiday can be really entertaining if you make a point to celebrate it just like you would other holidays with special crafts, decorations and food.  These five blog posts will share some craft projects you can enjoy with your kids.

Decorations

Up your house’s festivity factor this St. Patrick’s Day by decorating in plenty of green and gold. Some of these decorating ideas are appropriate for younger children, while others are better suited for the older kids.  Get together as a family and enjoy some creative time together decorating your home.

Meals

All things green are up for grabs on St. Patrick’s Day.  What, you don’t think your kids will be excited about spinach and kale and other green leafy food?  No problem! Just make regular food green instead and see what the kids think of it.  It doesn’t have to be just for dinner, enjoy these five blogs that have breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas.

Desserts

While green is definitely the star color for St. Patrick’s Day, it isn’t all confined to just that color. After all, you can’t forget about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  Make some rainbow inspired desserts instead of just green ones this year.  For some inspiration check out these five blog posts.

Activities

What kind of things can you do as a family or with the kids for St. Patrick’s Day?  Some cities have St. Patty’s Day parades, so you might see if your city is having one.  Or you might decide to have a party for the kids in the neighborhood.  Take a look at these five blog articles for some ideas on activities that your kids or your family might enjoy.

Saint Patrick’s Day: 10 More Celebrities with Green Hair (PHOTOS)

Kendall Jenner
It’s Saint Patrick’s Day and in keep with a Bellyitch tradition of sharing pics of celebs in green hair, here are pics of 10 more celebrities.

Beyonce

Demi Lovato

Nicki Minaj
Kirsten Stewart

Lady GaGa



Lil Mama

Katie Perry



Amber Rose

Kelis

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Saint Patrick’s Day: 25 sites to visit for crafts, recipes & other ideas

Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Educators, parents, nannies and craft lovers who want to celebrate the day may be looking for crafts, and other ideas for kids. Our partners at Babysittes.net want you to check out these 25 blogs with Saint Patrick’s day craft, party decorations, meals, desserts, and activities  ideas for the children to do for the Irish holiday:

Crafts
Make these simple crafts with your kids as part of your celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.  This often overlooked holiday can be really entertaining if you make a point to celebrate it just like you would other holidays with special crafts, decorations and food.  These five blog posts will share some craft projects you can enjoy with your kids.
Decorations
Up your house’s festivity factor this St. Patrick’s Day by decorating in plenty of green and gold. Some of these decorating ideas are appropriate for younger children, while others are better suited for the older kids.  Get together as a family and enjoy some creative time together decorating your home.
Meals
All things green are up for grabs on St. Patrick’s Day.  What, you don’t think your kids will be excited about spinach and kale and other green leafy food?  No problem! Just make regular food green instead and see what the kids think of it.  It doesn’t have to be just for dinner, enjoy these five blogs that have breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas.
Desserts
While green is definitely the star color for St. Patrick’s Day, it isn’t all confined to just that color. After all, you can’t forget about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  Make some rainbow inspired desserts instead of just green ones this year.  For some inspiration check out these five blog posts.
Activities
What kind of things can you do as a family or with the kids for St. Patrick’s Day?  Some cities have St. Patty’s Day parades, so you might see if your city is having one.  Or you might decide to have a party for the kids in the neighborhood.  Take a look at these five blog articles for some ideas on activities that your kids or your family might enjoy.

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10 Snarky St. Patrick’s Day Maternity Tees


 Saint Patrick’s Day
is coming!
Check out the Lucky 7 Funny Saint Patrick’s Day and Irish-inspired maternity T’s below.
They crack me up! Many can be found on CafePress.com or  Zazzle.com just search “Irish maternity”


 



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7 Saint Patrick’s Day cuties (PHOTOS)

In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, we present lucky 7 little cuties in GREEN! 
Enjoy!


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50 St. Patrick’s Day FREEBIES & DISCOUNTS


Tomorrow is Saint Patrick’s Day! Take advantage of some of the Freebies, Discounts and other specials various restaurants, brands and companies are offering to entice lovers of GREEN! We’ve curated a list from around the web for you!
Enjoy!
FREEBIES
  1. Arby‘s will have buy one get one free deals on corned beef beef Reuben sandwiches, if you bring a printable coupon.CLICK HERE for coupon or go to www.arbys.com.Arby’s will have buy one get one free deals on corned beef beef Reuben sandwiches, if you bring a printable coupon.CLICK HERE for coupon or go to www.arbys.com.
  2. 7-Eleven: Text ”DIETCOKE1″ to 711711 to get a small free Diet Coke Slurpees.
  3. Olive Garden: A free dessert will come with the purchase of entree when patrons use this coupon through 3/30.
  4. Claire’s: St. Patrick’s Day 2014 items are buy one, get one free. Expires 3/17, no coupon code needed.
  5. Del Taco: Buy a bacon or sausage Egg & Cheese Muffin and get a second free with their on-site coupon. Good through 4/2.
  6. ThinkGeek: Get a free St. Patrick’s Day Shirt with an order of $40 or more through 3/17, with the code ELVISH. Or buy the t-shirt by itself for only $5. And in honor of Pi Day and Einstein’s birthday, the site is also offering a 20% discount on orders of $40 or more with the code PINSTEIN. All offers expire 3/17.
DEALS AND DISCOUNTS

  1. Sonic Drive-Ins will have half price cheeseburgers on March 17.
  2. 1-800-Baskets: Get 15% off select St. Patrick’s Day gifts with the promo code LUCKY15 through 3/17.
  3. 1-800-FLOWERS: Promo code LUCKYSVNTN will get shoppers 17% off St. Patrick’s Day flowers and gifts through 3/18.
  4. Bonefish Grill: This coupon is good for $10 off a purchase of two lunch entrees through 3/29.
  5. Carvel: Get $2 off any cake (excludes small squares) at participating locations with this coupon. Expires 3/31.
  6. Cheryl’s: This cookie gift seller offers a range of St. Paddy’s Day-themed sweets, and promo code SPRNGSHIP will get shoppers free shipping through 5/11.
  7. FTD.com: This gift site’s St. Patrick’s Day Sale has marked down gifts for the holiday, including chocolate-covered strawberries, Irish-themed jewelry, and flower bouquets. Markdown already applied, no coupon needed.
  8. Honey Dew Donuts: Get a green Pistachio Muffin for $.99 with coupon at participating locations through 3/31.
  9. Kay Jewelers: Select styles of St. Patrick’s Day-themed, gold and green jewelry is discounted up to 50% for the jeweler’s St. Patrick’s Day Sale, through 3/17.
  10. Mimis Cafe: Buy one lunch or dinner entree and two beverages, and get a second entree free with this printable coupon. Valid through 3/23.
  11. Papa John’s: Promo code SAVE25 will apply a 25% discount to all regular-priced menu items on an order placed on the pizza chain’s website.
  12. Quiznos: Get $1 off a large sub or salad purchase with coupon, through 3/21. Coupon available on Quiznos website.
  13. Red Lobster: Get a coupon for $10 off two Lobsterfest entrees by filling out a form on their website. Coupons expire 4/13.
  14. Regal Cinemas: Coupon is available on this link to claim a free small popcorn from the theater’s concession stand through 3/27.
  15. Scoutmob Shoppe: Promo code STPADDY10 will get shoppers 10% off a collection of beer- and whiskey-themed items to honor St. Paddy’s Day. Expires 3/17.
  16. Shari’s Berries: Get 15% off a $29+ order of St. Patrick’s Day chocolate-covered strawberries, pretzels and cake pops.
  17. Things Remembered: Get a set of four monogrammed Irish Coffee Mugs on sale for $25 through 4/6.
  18. American Apparel: 25% off St. Patrick’s Day styles when using promo code LUCKY at checkout. Offer ends 3/17.
  19. BCBGeneration: Select items are up to 40% through 3/17 for the store’s St. Patrick’s Day sale. Plus, use the coupon code WELCOME2013 at checkout to get 20% off the order.
  20. Champion: Use promo code OFFER75 to get 20% off orders of $75 or more.
  21. Expedia: For a last-minute St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Expedia is offering steep discounts on hotel rooms in Chicago for the holiday through 3/17.
  22. EXPRESS: Through 3/16, get 30% off online or in-store purchases with promo code 1258.
  23. HarryPotterShop.com: Harry Potter-themed apparel and collectibles are 17% off through 3/18.
  24. H&M: Get 20% off one item with coupon code 1616.
  25. PETCO: Get 17% off a $49+ order and free shipping through 3/17 when you use the promo code SHAMROCK.
  26. Roaman’s: Promo code RDSTPATRICK will get choppers 30% off any order through 3/17.
  27. Samsonite: Get 20% off select items with an order of $100+, along with free shipping, by using promo code STPATS20. Expires 3/17.
  28. SmartWool: A 17% discount is applied to an entire order with promo code O’WOOLIES. Expires 3/17.
  29. Sperry Top-Sider: Purchase of green items earn shoppers free shipping with promo code GREENFS through 3/17.
  30. Stride Rite: This children’s shoe retailer is offering 17% off one regular-priced item with the promo code GREEN17 on St. Patrick’s Day only.
  31. Target, Corp.: Save up to 30% on home items. Use the code SAVE10 to get $10 off a $50+ purchase through 3/22.

Several online resources have FREE Saint Patrick’s day print outs, games and colorables:
  1. KidzPages
  2. The Teacher’s Guide
  3. Coloring.WS
  4. ToolsForEducators


It might be too late for this, but if you were having a Saint Patrick’s Day party, HowDoesShe.com has FREE printables that you can use to put on water botlles, appetizer trays and other elements to your Green-themed party!

Also, check out SodaHead‘s slideshow of Saint Patrick’s Day e-Cards. 

Rose and Cook has a recipe for this delish looking Spinach cupcake.

Or if you like to eat your drinks, Martha Stewart has a nice recipe for an Irish Coffee cupcake.
Family Fun has a few fun games the kids can play today.

And if you can’t be in Northern Ireland to partake in the various activities and events going on today, go to SaintPatrick.com which has assembled a list of parades and other events around the world. You can also check the online version of your local magazine for events ideas.

Going out tonight and want to look festive? We spotted this cute trio of outfit ideas on Pinterest.

Staying in? Here’s a nice drink recipe you can whip up! A CopyCat  recipe of McDonald’s Shamrock shake! 

Or check out Google for a listing of places giving away free glasses or pints of Guiness Stout, the official drink often associated with Ireland, today!
ENJOY! HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY, from BELLYITCH!

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Saint Patrick’s Day: 8 Celebrities Rocking Green Hair

Nicki Minaj

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Here is a repost from Posh The Socialite featuring celebrities who have rocked green hair in the past including  Nicki MinajKaty PerryPharellLady Gaga & More!

Pharell

Amber Rose

Angelina Jolie

Katy Perry

Willow Smith

Avril Lavigne

Lady Gaga

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Green Products: It’s not easy being green, but…

…on Saint Patrick’s Day you can fake it by just wearing green or carrying around a green product!

Like…

…this gorgeous silk evening gown that Crash actress Bahar Soomekh  wore on the red carpet to the 18th Annual Environmental Media awards back in 2008…

or by pushing baby in this green Aprica umbrella stroller that RightStart sells for about $200 bucks!…

or


…donning this green draped maternity dress that Angelina Jolie famously wore on the 2008 Cannes music festival red carpet back in 2008 when she was pregnant with her twins…

…or by carrying the infant in this Baby Bjorn in Leaf Green carrier, which is pretty though not necessarily the best for a developing baby as a sling is…

…or by donning this gorgeous Isabella Oliver Empire Wrap dress that Big Love  actress Anne Dudek work to the 6th annual BAFTA Tea Party back in 2008….

or by strolling the youngings about in this green Baby Jogger Double Stroller Elite….

…HA! It’s worth a try! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Shop Kate Middleton’s Saint Paddy’s Day Look!

Kate Middleton‘s Emilia Wickstead coat is custom made but you can get a similar look for less.  Try Relss’ Leo Fit and Flare coat in green on sale now down from $555 to $222, a steal! Also, go with Nine West pumps in a sensible heel, now down from $79 to 58.99. Be careful about those grates though mamas to be.

For that classic Sunday hat look, check out BCBG Generation‘s Mesh Overlay cap for $38 and underneath Alice+Olivia‘s dress with a leather collar is a good bet, down from$396 and now available at $198.

Reiss, Nine West, BCBG MAX AZRIA, Alice + Olivia

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