Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor from Minnesota surprised to find myself on an island in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three younger children (the oldest is attending college in Chicago), and two dogs.

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St. Patrick’s Day Printable

(photo via One Charming Party)

Look what the creative ladies at One Charming Party have come up with to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. I love their idea of putting one on everyone’s plate at dinner. Go here for your St. Patty’s Day printables and instructions. They have lots of other great ideas, too. Like a green smoothie that, with a little luck of the Irish, I might be able to get my kids to drink.

I found gold coins at See’s Candies at the Mall of America yesterday and I have some small cellophane bags left over from the holidays. But you could use baggies and green M&Ms or jellybeans or gum. Or if you want to stay away from candy, you could fill the bag with little toys. Green playdough would be fun. Whatever strikes your fancy.

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  1. Marilyn says:

    One Charming Party has such cute downloadables.

    When I read this post, one of the “You might also like” posts was “Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.” The suggestion was spot on – I’m also in the middle of that one! I’m really enjoying it. I’m going to wait until I finish it before I read your review, but I’m looking forward to comparing notes

    We live north of NYC proper, so we commute into the city for work each day. It’s a very new experience for me. The move was a big decision for us. We deliberated on it for about four months and right now are very much in the “getting our bearings” stage. I’m making a list of all the places I want to visit or have been recommended to me, but I haven’t started tackling the list yet.

  2. Shannon says:

    You’re reading that, too, Marilyn?! I laugh because I was just telling Tim that I need more hours to read. Huge stack of books waiting for me, and they keep making more.

    Now, I don’t want you to be disappointed by my Bird by Bird review. I don’t think it even qualifies as a review because I mostly talked about the back cover. You’ll see what I mean!

    Growing up, my BFFs and I always wanted to live in a brownstone in Manhattan. Two of us ended up in Washington, D.C., instead. Which was great and accomplished the same purpose (adventure) for me. I’ve had a few weekends in New York and loved the city. Would you ever consider posting some “day in the life” photos for fun?

  3. Marilyn says:

    Hear, hear! There are never enough hours in the day to read as much as I’d like. Up through grad school, I would often read into the wee hours of the night, finishing a book I just couldn’t put down. I can’t remember the last time I did that. One of the downsides of being practicial, I suppose.

    Here’s another funny coincidence for you…we just moved from DC. đŸ™‚ We were back there this weekend, tying up some loose ends with our house, which looks like it’s going to sell. I ended up really loving DC, even though I wasn’t sure that I would. The cherry blossoms will be blooming soon.

    I’ve been thinking about a “day in the life” photo essay, but I need to really focus on it. It’s much easier for me to photograph the extraordinary rather than the ordinary. Have you ever done one? I’d love to see it.

    On an unrelated note, the “Child’s Play” photo is completely charming.

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