Benefits to Giving Freebies – ISTARBLOG: Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

Giving away freebies is a way of advertising a business. This method is a way to allow consumers to try products/services, both old and new, that they want to promote. For a business, giving away freebies has many advantages. Not only do they have a chance to introduce their products to new market groups but also keep old customers happy. Free samples and trials are likewise beneficial to consumers. Not only do they receive something without spending a dime, giveaways are a great way to try new products consumers may not have normally considered to buy. People often discover truly worthwhile products through free samples.

There’re long term benefits to giving away freebies. Consumers are more likely to buy once they discover that the products are reliable and worth spending on. Those who receive free offers are likely to remember this and associate it with generosity and will most likely be appreciated. There’s also the possibility that they’ll share their experiences on social media. This is good advertising that’s free, and people tend to trust personal recommendations. Furthermore, they can go viral and as a result, more people will learn of the product and purchase it.

For those who want to get freebies, there’s a trusted website that you can visit and that’s Gratisfaction ( They have all the best freebies, flash bargain deals, and money saving voucher codes from the UK. Not only do you get the best deals, you’ll also get the latest deals because they’re always updated. This fastest growing freebies website provides offers everyday, all throughout the day. There’re so many categories to choose from such as Appliances, Bedroom, Bathroom, Books, Computers, Cosmetics, Fashion, Food, Gadgets, Home & Garden, Kitchen, Music, Pets, Travel, Sports and many more, all from popular brands. So whatever freebie it is you’re looking for, you’ll certainly find it at Gratisfaction.

Mixing Old with New… | The Blue Hydrangeas – A Petite Fashion and Lifestyle Blog

Something Old and Something New

The first day of spring is here, but where I live Mother Nature didn’t quite get the memo. The temperatures are slightly warmer, but a jacket and sweater are still definitely needed (and likely will be until the middle of April). So when it comes to wearing pieces during that transition time, I am always looking for new ways to style older, more classic winter items. With the addition of a new piece or two, it can be a great way to add new life to your wardrobe!

Topshop Leather Biker Jacket

I’ve had this Topshop leather jacket since 2017 and it is one my most-worn pieces in my closet (see here, here, and here). I purchased it during one of the Nordstrom Anniversary sales a couple of years ago, and this jacket has certainly stood the test of time! Every few months or so I like to pull it out of my closet again to style in a different way. This leather biker jacket is one of those staple pieces that you can’t go wrong with!

This black leather biker jacket is great for layering. It is thick enough to keep you warm on a chilly spring day. At the same time it isn’t so bulky that you can’t wear something under or over it. And this coat give an edgy look to whatever you are wearing!

J. Crew Pleated Leopard Midi Skirt

Leopard has definitely continued to be in vogue this season. I can see why as it is such a classic print that stands the test of time. So when I saw this J. Crew leopard midi skirt, I knew it would be perfect to style with a black turtleneck and my leather moto jacket. This skirt is fabulous! The print is lovely, and I just love the way this skirt looks. And even though it doesn’t come in petites, this leopard skirt isn’t too long. Right now J. Crew is offering 30% off all purchases so you can get this skirt at a really good price. The waist does run a bit small, so I sized up from my typical 0 to a 2. If you are looking for a skirt that is more geared toward spring, then this one also by J. Crew is a nice option. If you are looking for one that is even more affordable, then this leopard skirt from H&M is a nice option too. 

Black Mary Jane Block Heels

The oldest part of my outfit are actually my Mary Jane block heels. I bought them several years ago from Via Spija. I love the look of Mary Jane’s, and they are a nice change from the typical black pump. My shoes have long since sold out, but these Marc Fisher ones look very similar. And I also like these Marc Fisher ones with a slightly thicker strap. 

Overall this is just a fun outfit that works for the office or for an evening date. And it is a great way to mix pieces I already had in my closet with one new piece. 

As always, thanks for stopping by!

xo | April

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Wij mochten er een weekje van genieten, de nieuwe Nederlandse MINI Cooper-S… Wat een wagen!

Ik heb eigenlijk niet zoveel met auto’s maar oh wee als ik in een auto rij waarvan ik het gevoel heb dat die niet bij mij past. Dan voel ik me echt ongelukkig en ga ik nog liever op de fiets. Ik rij zelf in een Volvo 850r, een sportieve klassieker maar toch gedistingeerd en een in Fiat 500, de auto die ik meteen wilde hebben toen die uitkwam. Misschien vind ik een auto toch belangrijker dan ik eigenlijk dacht. En dat vermoeden werd duidelijk bevestigd toe ik in de nieuwe MINI reed.

Samen met mijn dochter, die net haar rijbewijs heeft, hebben we de MINI opgehaald. Een rijk uitgeruste wagen, zo’n beetje alle opties die wenselijk zijn zitten in deze auto. Zóveel dat je ook wel een aardige tijd nodig hebt om alle features te leren kennen. Automatisch inparkeren, achteruitrijcamera met een groot scherm, cruisecontrol met automatisch afstand houden, ‘head-up display’ waarop informatie als snelheid en route op worden geprojecteerd… om maar wat te noemen.

Het was mooi weer en het eerste wat we dan ook deden was het dak open zetten. Dat geeft een lekker cabriogevoel en je voelt je toch veilig. Heerlijk toeren maar.

Ik heb de MINI altijd gezien als een kleine auto maar dat gevoel heb je echt niet als je in deze auto rijdt. Nu deed het prijskaartje dat eigenlijk ook wel vermoeden… Het is een stoere wagen waar je veel bekijks in hebt.

Mijn man heeft het ‘damesauto-imago’ ook losgelaten. De bijna 200pk maakt van deze auto een racemonster waar hij en zijn vrienden allemaal even van moeten genieten. Mooi speelgoed voor de jongens dus 🙂

We hebben ‘m met pijn in het hart weer ingeleverd. Hij staat hoog op mijn verlanglijstje…

9 Colorful Dresses You Need for Spring | LuxMommy | A Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

I’ve been shopping for fun colorful dresses for an event I have next month and I’ve come across so many options that I had to share some with you. So, here are 9 colorful dresses you need for Spring and yes I’ve bought a few already…lol.

1 – I actually shared this one in a recently haul video and fell in love with the color. It actually comes in a ton of colors and is perfect for any upcoming Spring events or even the office. You can actually see some pics of me wearing it down below. It’s so cute and hits at the perfect length. You can also wear a cami underneath if you want it to be more professional.

2 – Talk about Spring/Summer perfection. This is too good not to get for your upcoming beach trips. I’ve been looking for a dress like this just to grab for Spring and Summer, plus it’s affordable.

3 – I am loving gingham lately and you know yellow is one of my favorite colors so I had to share this wrap dress with you. It’s just too cute for words and honestly would be perfect for Easter, showers or whatever you having coming up.

4 – This color is seriously amazing. It also comes in a colorful striped print but I had to share this pop of color with you. If you prefer a longer length or you are on the taller side, this one is perfect.

5 – You can honestly never go wrong with a classic wrap dress and this one is too good in this orange color. I love the flowy sleeves and the classic but laid back vibes of this one.

6 – You’ve seen this dress every where, but it’s a favorite silhouette of mine and comes in a TON of colors. Bonus, it’s under $35 so it had to make the list. You’re gonna want to grab a couple of these. Trust me!

7 – Okay, so this one I need to order ASAP. The color, the button detail and it’s a wrap dress…ummmm yes please!

8 – Yes, it’s another wrap dress(they are one of my favs) but I love the ruffle detail of this one. Plus, that color is seriously perfection.

9 – I’ve seen a lot of floral prints for this upcoming season(big surprise) but this one was my favorite. It’s soft, feminine and flirty, the perfect combination.

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Happy Monday y’all!! We are back to our normal schedule this week. Spring break was great. We had a lot of fun and did a lot of relaxing too, best of both worlds. It’s nice to get back to the weekly grind though. Hope to be back to my normal LuxMommy schedule soon. Missed you guys! XOXO

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Jacobs #Genussoffensive: Mein Kaffeemoment mit Kapselvielfalt! – Kleidermaedchen: Fashion, Beauty und Lifestyle Blog aus Deutschland

Die klitzekleinen Momente, die den Tag versüßen. Jeder kennt sie und jeder liebt sie. Sei es das Lesen in einem ganz besonderen Buch, das Betrachten von Familienerinnerungen oder einfach das Zusammensein mit Freunden. Für mich gehen diese zuckersüßen Momente einher mit einem leckeren Kaffeegenuss. Deshalb möchte ich euch heute die Jacobs Espressokapsel in 7 verschiedenen Sorten vorstellen und mit euch meine ganz individuellen Kaffeemomente begießen. Vertraut mir, für jeden Anlass gibt es genau die richtige Sorte. 

Dieser Beitrag ist in Zusammenarbeit mit JACOBS entstanden. Der Inhalt des Artikels entspricht zu 100 % meiner persönlichen und ehrlichen Meinung. Mehr zum Thema Transparent auf Kleidermaedchen.

Meine Leidenschaft für Kaffee hat sich bereits in jungen Jahren entwickelt. Kaum 14 geworden, habe ich es geliebt, das koffeinhaltige Getränk zu schlürfen. Es gab mir das Gefühl, mich ein wenig mehr „erwachsen zu fühlen“ und war für mich Ausdruck von Rebellion und Individualität. Denn ich war damals schon ein kreativer Freigeist. Es gibt eben Dinge, die ändern sich nie – zum Glück!

Zusammen mit meiner Familie testete ich mich bei jeder Gelegenheit durch unterschiedliche Kaffeemarken und Sorten. Beim klassischen Filterkaffee angefangen, über den kräftigen Espresso, meistens normal, selten in der doppelten Variation. Aber auch die leckeren Kaffee Varianten haben wir damals schon für uns entdeckt, wenn wir unterwegs waren.

Eine Brand, die mir damals sowie heute im Kopf geblieben ist, ist Jacobs. Wer kennt sie nicht die „Krönung“, die die Familiengeburtstage einfach ein bisschen schmackhafter werden ließ. An solchen ereignisreichen Tagen, genehmigte man sich oft auch einmal 3 – 4 Tassen, denn wer wusste schon, wann die „Krönung“ das nächste Mal am Kaffeetisch angerichtet wird. Dieser Kaffee wurde bei uns nur zu ganz besonderen Anlässen aus dem Schrank geholt und hatte dadurch den denselben Stellenwert wie Omas gutes Porzellan – bis heute!

Die 7 Kapselvarianten von Jacobs #Genussoffensive zum Probieren!

Meine Liebe zu Kaffee wurde früh geprägt und bis heute hat meine Oma eine Packung Krönung im Schrank, wenn ich zu Besuch komme. Diese genieße ich nach wie vor sehr gerne. Er erinnert an die guten alten Zeiten.
Doch meine Liebe zu Kaffee ist mittlerweile vielfältiger geworden, ich würde sie als multidimensional beschreiben. Ich bin immer auf der Suche nach neuen leckeren Genussoffensiven, die mir neue Geschmacksexplosionen aufzeigen. Perfekt sind diese vor allem dann, wenn ich sie ganz leicht um die Ecke bekommen kann. Am besten im Supermarkt, zwischen Erdbeer-Marmelade und Roggenbrot.

Kaffeeliebhaber aufgepasst! Jacobs hat diese 7 unterschiedlichen Espressokapsel-Varianten in Deutschlands Supermärkte gebracht, die mit der Nespressomaschine* kompatibel sind – und das zu einem erschwinglichen Preis. 

Lungo 4 Leggero: Der milde Kaffeegenuss am Morgen

Eine der ganz neuen Jacobs Kapselsorten ist Lungo 4 Leggero. Psst, diese Kapseln sind mein Geheimtipp für den Morgen, um gut in den Tag zu starten. Ich mag das milde ausgewogene Aroma so gerne, weil es einen förmlich von innen wach macht. Fast wie ein kleiner Sonnenstrahl, der einen am Morgen an der Nase kitzelt und einen dazu bewegt gut gelaunt in den Tag zu starten. 

Diese Kapselsorte zeichnet sich durch ein mildes, ausgewogenes und liebliches Aroma aus, das für alle Kaffeegenießer geeignet ist. Doch genug geschwärmt. Habt ihr Lust den leckeren Lungo 4 Leggero zu probieren? Dann schnappt euch eines der Lungo 4 Leggero Probiersets von Jacobs

Decaffeinato 6 Lungo: Der Entkoffeinierte für den Abend

Ich als Kaffeeholik beende gerne meinen Tag mit einem leckeren Kaffeegenuss am Abend. Vor allem nach dem Essen, ist für mich ein kleiner Kaffee als Nachtisch ein absolutes Muss. Dabei setzte ich gewöhnlich auf den Decaffeinato Lungo von Jacobs. Der entkoffeinierte Kaffee ist fruchtig und elegant in seiner Note und rundet jeden Abend auf gekonnte Weise ab. Er eignet sich auch noch super für den Abend, da er einen nicht vom Schlafen abhält. 

Der Umwelt zur Liebe!

Die Umwelt ist auch ein wichtiger Aspekt, der hier angesprochen werden soll. Die Jacobs Kapseln kommen in einem hochwertigen Aluminiumgehäuse daher. Dies hat natürlichen den Vorteil, dass Aromen optimal konserviert werden und der intensive Geschmack erhalten bleibt. 

Nach Verwendung können die Aluminiumkapseln einfach im gelben Sack oder gelben Tonne entsorgt werden und gelangen dadurch in den Recycling Kreislauf. Das Material, aus dem die Kapsel gefertigt werden, kann zu einem hohen Anteil zurückgewonnen und in den Aluminiumkreislauf zurückgeführt werden. 

Kennt ihr die Espressokapseln von Jacobs schon? Welche der 7 extravaganten Sorten ist euer Favorit? Lasst es mich gerne in den Kommentaren wissen! Ich bin gespannt auf eure Meinungen!

* Markenzeichen eines Unternehmens, das mit JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS nicht in Verbindung steht. 

Polka Dots Cami & Leopard Print Wedges | PinkSole South Florida Fashion Focused Lifestyle Blog

Happy Monday! I’m actually happy the new week is here because I have a long weekend coming and I cannot wait. Did you guys have a good weekend? Mine was spent running errands, reading, doing chores and eating yummy food. I made myself a very indulgent cacio e pepe with bacon, I made enough for one dinner. I know myself and I know better. I also made this yummy white chicken chili so I can enjoy it throughout the week.

I finally have a new look from South Florida and I loved this outfit. It was put together, cute and most of all very comfortable. I’ve had this jacket for a while now and I swear by J.Crew denim jackets. You will have them for years, I only had to upgrade once because of fit. My old one got too tight. They look better with age and are so soft. I love Equipment camis, I got one last year and picked up this polka dots print one during the last Shopbop sale. You know polka dots are on my radar for Spring/Summer. I wore it here as well, I wear them to work all the time paired with my favorite cotton cardigan or a blazer. Talking about blazers, I have my eyes on that one in pink, I have this style in two other colors but I’ve wanted a hot pink blazer forever. Trying to decide if it’s worth it.

What I’m Wearing: Jacket // Cami // Shorts // Wedges // Bag // Sunglasses

These wedges are worth the hype, I placed an order at J.Crew and they were the only item I kept. I love them and they are so comfortable, I’ve worn them to work as well. Will show you how I styled them for work in a future post.

I’m thinking of putting together a fun Spring/Summer styling series, think multiple ways to wear your existing basics with a sprinkle of new stuff. So far I’m thinking, white jeans, chino shorts, basic white button down and so on. If you have any pieces you would like me to feature please let me know in the comment section, email me ( or you can even dm me on instagram. I love to hear from you guys.

This week, I’m back to my regular blog schedule MWF. So see you back on Wednesday, I have a fun post planned. Have a great Monday and thanks for stopping by.

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5 Blazers Under $50 | LuxMommy | A Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

I get asked all the time for workwear ideas, but specifically affordable workwear and you guys know I love me a good blazer so I thought I’d share 5 blazers under $50 that I am currently loving. When it comes to blazers they can be hard to find under $100, so it took a while to find 5 good blazers that I think are worth the price and still a great value.

1 – This is the blazer that I am wearing in all the pics below and I LOVE IT guys! It is seriously so nice and the fit is great. I did go up a size to a size 4, which I think is such a great idea when getting a top layer. I don’t usually go for double breasted but this one is flattering and perfectly tailored for a casual or professional look.

2 – I had to share a classic blazer and this one if my favorite when talking about budget blazers. It’s a classic cut and fit which can be dressed down or polished for the office. I actually have this blazer in two colors and love it, size up with this one too.

3 – My newest blazer and I AM OBSESSED! I love the modern fit and chic vibes of the pockets. It might be my favorite of the bunch, either way it’s a MUST IMO. The sizing is small in this brand, so I am in a US 4 as well. I’d say I am usually a size 2 in everything, so size up as this brand runs small.

4 – Another classic one for you, but this one is a little more casual feeling. I love that is comes in regular, tall and petite. I still go for regular in tops even though I am short, but I love that more brands are offering that option.

5 – One of my favorite styles of blazers is this nautical vibe blazer. This is such a fun style to add to your wardrobe if you want something a little different than a classic blazer but still a flattering silhouette. It pairs perfectly with casual chinos, jeans or of course the dressiest pants for the office.

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Happy Friday y’all! For some of us, it’s the end of Spring break and others it’s the beginning of yours. Either way, I hope y’all have a great weekend. It’s been a great week. I didn’t get as much done as I was hoping, but we had loads of fun. The boys all went to play golf today, which means I have the day to myself and I think I am going to order Uber eats and watch movies all day, yes this is my idea of the perfect day…lol. Who else?!? XOXO

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Should I Invest Or Pay Off Debt? – Kirin’s Lifestyle Blog

Got Some Extra Cash Laying Around; Should I Invest Or Pay Off Debt?

Have you ever put on a pair of jeans or a jacket and found a surprise $20 in there? Let’s say you’re lucky to stumble upon some extra cash, or ended up with more than usual after budgeting; should you use that extra to invest in stocks or use it to pay off your debt?

Should you use this money to invest to earn a high return to cover for the interest accrued on the debt and pocket the leftover gains? Or would it be better to pay off your debt completely to avoid having any interest charged on your balance?

One method has a higher risk, but a potentially higher return over the other, but the other is safer and guaranteed. Which shall it be? Continue reading and hopefully, this blog post will help you decide if you should invest or pay off debt!

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Think About The Rate of Return When Considering Whether To Invest Or Pay Off Debt

The first thing you need to consider when deciding whether you should invest or pay off debt is about the rate of return vs the interest rate.

The only time it makes sense to invest rather than pay off any debts is when you can earn a higher return to cover for the interest accumulated.

For example: If you decide to invest in the stock market and your portfolio only earns you a total return of 3% while your personal loan is charging you 5%, then you’re better off paying the loan. Let’s say you earn a return of 10%; then it makes sense to invest.

Here’s the catch,

Investing is very unpredictable and can be very volatile. The return on your investments is unsure and you can never guarantee what the outcome will be, but the interest that you accrue on your debt is guaranteed. I’m no mathematician, but if you have a balance of $1000 on your credit card at an APR of 20%, you will be accruing 20% interest on top of that balance.

If you’re deciding whether to invest or to pay off debt then consider your risk tolerance. If everything goes well, your investments will provide you a greater return than the interest accumulated on your debt which will allow you to either pocket the rest or to pay off your debt faster than you anticipated.

On the other hand, if things go to shit then your investments will not cover your owed interest, and worst-case scenario you lose out on your investments entirely. This causes your debt to accrue even more interest, putting you in a position where you’re worse than before. It’s a double wammy, and not one you want to get yourself into.

Note: Always pay off your credit card balance first. Credit card rates can go up to as high as 20%, and the chances of you earning 20% on your investments is not impossible, but it is very difficult. Play it safe and don’t fall into credit card debt. Pay it off before thinking about investing. 

How Much Time Do You Have When Deciding To Invest Or Pay Off Debt?

Time is the biggest factor in any investment and, also, debt. The longer you hold your investment, the greater the return with the compound effect and the Stock Market Gods on your side. The longer you hold onto your debt, the more interest you will accrue; and no, it’s not the good type of interest.

Generating a high return on any investment takes time. Don’t put all of your money in the stock market and expect to be able to pay off all your debt and retire within the same year. It takes years and years of dividends, gains, and compounding before you see any massive results.

So, what does that mean for you?

If you’re old and looking to retire soon, then definitely pay off your debt first. The stock market is very unpredictable and you’re better off playing it safe. If you decide to invest, and the stock market crashes, then it’s game over for you.

If you’re young, you have many years ahead of you for the market to bounce back. Your room for error and tolerance for risk is not as sensitive than someone who is nearing retirement.

You should only decide to invest if you’re looking to stick with it for the long haul.

Which Will Bring You More Happiness and Better Health?

Everyone is so caught up with the dollar figure to the point that not many people think about their personal and physical health when it comes to their personal finances.

According to this article written in Independent, one of the top things that worried married couples were financial issues. A good percentage of divorce was due to having money issues relating to their partner either not sticking to a budget or overspending.

Your health is #1 priority; if being in debt is causing your marriage to be broken, affecting your health, or simply because you’re not happy then take out the debt first rather than investing.

Debt is stressful, and stress is pretty much a common feeling amongst all of us, and it’s not a good one. If this baggage is weighing down on your happiness, then deal with your debt first and worry about investing later.

Don’t bother trying to invest your money in the stock market to earn a higher return than your accrued interest. If your health is on the line then definitely tackle the biggest thing that is causing you to become unhealthy and unhappy. Break those chains and shackles off of you, and you can finally feel at eased and free when you get rid of that nasty debt.

Investing? My tips to help you get started.

Should I Invest Or Pay Off Debt? Conclusion.

If you’re deciding whether you should invest or pay off debt then consider the potential return, the time frame, and your overall health. If you can tolerate risks, have many years ahead of you, and you’re perfectly healthy and happy, then you can take the chance to invest. However, if risks make you uneasy, or you don’t have much time on your hands, then take out the culprit causing your potential stress: debt.

This is just my opinion and I hope you found this helpful! Let me know what other factors you look into when deciding whether to invest or pay off debt first.

Prepare A Traditional Irish Breakfast | Julie’s Floral Lifestyle Blog

Irish Breakfast Green Roses in Tea CupTop O’ The Mornin’ To Ya!

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day and what better way to start the day than with a plate of hot homemade Irish soda bread scones, a cup of Irish tea, and an Irish Eyes cocktail? Add some unique Irish inspired floral decor and you’re ready for the perfect Irish breakfast!

“Green Tea” Roses & Irish Soda Bread Scones

In this case, the tea is a bouquet of fresh “green tea” roses, to go along perfectly with the Irish breakfast tea of your choice! Match your tea and the tea cup of green roses, with Irish Soda Bread scones (recipe below), and you have the perfect start for your Irish breakfast!

Traditional Irish Soda Bread with Raisins Scone Recipe:

Here’s a traditional Irish soda bread scone recipe with raisins that you might want to try. Let me know how they turn out!
Irish Soda Bread Scone Recipe
1 lb. flour
¼ pint of buttermilk
1-cup raisins
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 oz of Irish butter

Sift the flour, baking soda and powder into a bowl. Rub in butter. Add in the sugar and raisins. Stir with a wooden spoon. Make a well in the mix and work in the buttermilk. Turn on to a floured board and knead briefly. With a wooden rolling pin, roll out the mixture till it is one inch thick. Use a cookie cutter, or an upside-down plastic tumbler, to cut out the scones from the dough. Glaze with a beaten egg. Bake in a hot oven (425°F) for 15 minutes.

Tricolo(u)r – The National Flag of Ireland

Irish Flag Made of Green, White & Orange Flowers
I’m embarrassed to admit that I never knew the meaning and lasting relevance of the Irish flag. I’ve held it high on many occasions without even knowing what the three colors represented. In case there are any others of you like me, let me take this opportunity to share my new-found knowledge, as well as my floral tribute to this piece of Irish hope and pride.

The three equal stripes illustrate the Irish political landscape, as accurately today as in 1848, the year the Irish flag was first unfurled.

The Wearing of Green!

Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century. Keep the tradition alive by having green carnations available for your guests to pin on when they arrive at your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Fill an interesting and appropriately themed container, such as the old Bailey’s tin that I used here, with green carnations that are cut short and ready to be adorned with a ribbon or pinned on a lapel. The carnations I’ve used are a natural green variety called Prado. It is one of my favorite flowers, because of its beautiful pale green color and its availability year round.
If you really want to impress your special Irish lad or lass, look into their eyes as you pin on their carnation and say the Gaelic phrase, “Tá tú go h-álainn” (you’re beautiful).

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling!

This cocktail is called Irish Eyes and is similar to the vodka based White Russian. Crème de menthe adds just a hint of mint and gives the finished drink its light green color. A few of these and you’ll be singing “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and no one will care what key it is in!

Irish Eyes Cocktail Recipe

* 1 oz Irish Whisky
* ¼ oz crème de menthe
* 2 oz cream
* Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.

* Shake well.
* Pour into glass
* Enjoy and may the luck o’ the Irish be with you!

Life Lately – Three Little Ferns – Family Lifestyle Blog

Hello, strangers! My goodness! I just can’t stay consistent here!

This post was originally intended to showcase all the fun we had sledding a few weekends ago, but my media library just would NOT cooperate. I tried moving on to try to work on a little craft tutorial post, but I ended up not being able to insert my direction cards either. I tried and tried to troubleshoot the issues with no success. 

And now here we are. The website magically fixed itself–like it always does, but it’s taken a while to find the motivation to sit and get to typing. So much going on lately! John will be gone for a few weekends soon, which will hopefully give me a good opportunity to catch up once the girls go to bed.

Much of my time lately has been spent house hunting and and trying to learn as much about our future duty station as possible! We’re still stuck on whether or not to live on or off post. Off-post housing has been tricky, due to high prices. Even with O4 BAH (basic housing allowance), most rentals start right at BAH and just go up from there. Then you also have to account for the cost of utilities, although from what I’ve been told, they aren’t too terrible.

I’ve loved our experiences with living on post so far, so that’s where I’m leaning. My one hesitation is that the houses on Fort Riley don’t come with fenced back yards. You can rent a 4-foot chainlink fence, but Caesar can jump right over those. After having to accompany Caesar for every single potty break since last summer, I’m really just wanting the freedom of opening our back door and letting him roam unsupervised. 

Before we head out of Newport though, we have a promotion to take care of! The original plan was to DIY the promotion ceremony, and hold it at our neighborhood community center. The views from the deck are spectacular (see above) and there is tons of space and even a full kitchen inside.

Unfortunately, the community center is being updated with no date of completion. John also wasn’t too keen on DIY the food and all that, even though we pulled off his change of command pretty easily. SO, to the O-Club we go! 

Even though I’d love for this to be a hands on experience, it will be nice to sit back and let someone else take care of everything. Especially since at that point, we’ll only be a few weeks away from moving to Kansas. We found a catering package that will fit out budget perfectly. Plus, the O-Club still has those beautiful views of the bridge and sunset. 

OH, and just for funsies, I just clicked order on a whole bunch of items to revamp my kitchen for the last 3 months we’re here. 

My super talented friend has the BEST home decor! I keep pushing her to start a blog *hint*hint* because she always has the most beautiful looking house, and does it all on an affordable budget! I’ve found myself walking around her home and snapping photos for my own inspiration. Her style has clearly rubbed off on me, because who redecorates months before a PCS?!

Along with updating the look of the kitchen, I’ve also been working on getting the pantry organized! Our pantry here is slightly smaller that what we’ve been use to, so any space we can gain is important! I’ve been using OXO pop top containers for a few years, so I’ve been stocking up on extras at HomeGoods recently. I love how easy they are to stack together and how clean they make the pantry look! I’ll be sure to share if I ever get it looking exactly how I want it! 

That’s about it for now! It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and it looks like things will get a bit crazy here! Stay safe if you’re out and about!