Friend Makin’ Mondays: St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day



If you’ve taken part in FMM before then you are familiar with the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to read and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

And yes I realize that it is no longer Monday, but if I can look pass it, you should too….




1. Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Not really

2. Do you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?  If so, post a picture of what you plan to wear tomorrow or have worn in the past that is green. I’m actually doing this a bit late it’s acutally St. Pats and I’m not wearing a stitch of green, but wait I have a green bathrobe… hold on. Does this count?.

3. Do you go out drinking for St. Patrick’s Day? Nope, I don’t get to participate in the drinking of the alcohol. Liver transplants….. what cha gonna do?

4. Have you ever had green beer? No, these questions are starting to depress me

5. Are you of Irish decent/heritage? Uhm, no…. there is some Welsh somewhere …. far down there though

6. Have you ever been to Ireland or do you ever plan to go? The dream is to take a European vacation and Ireland is one of the stops

Dunguaire Castle, Ireland


7. Have you ever searched for a 4-leaf clover?  If so, did you find one? No, but someone gave one to me

8. Have you ever been to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City? Yes, I have, they were doing renovations at the time because the Pope (Pope Benedict XVI ) was coming



9. Have you ever been to a St. Patrick’s Day celebration like a Celtic music festival (or other)? No, but I did see the Coors perform….. I think that totally counts


10. Have you ever met anyone from Ireland or do you have a friend from Ireland? I have, I swear Graduate School was a melting pot, I meat people from all over….



Tairiscint mé tú saol agus dea-shláinte le fada, go dtí an chéad uair eile ,

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Nail Polish Lottery Club – Week 63

Since St. Patrick’s Day (Lá Fhéile Pádraig, The Day of the Festival of Patrick.. how ever you choose to call it ) was yesterday I feel like it was meant to be that this was my pick this week was a lovely green shade. I absolutely love that I live in a city that loves this holiday. The Parade and Dying the Chicago River is a really big deal in these parts….





Alternate number 2 + 8 + 3 = 13

Ulta Salon Formula Nail Lacquer’s Limelight


Eek!!! I got 13… will it be unlucky for me???



Are you still not sure what the Nail Polish Lottery Club let me give you a quick rundown; It’s a club for nail polish lovers. Do you have lots of nail polish you never used before? Put all your untried polishes into an excel sheet and  every week we pick a random number and wear a different nail polish, then we post the results on our YouTube channel, blog, or on the NPLClub Facebook page! Totally easy right? If you’d like to join us feel free, we’re all totally  cool!!

Nail Polish Lottery Club guidelines link :
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Nail Polish Lottery Club Twitter hashtag: #nplclub

Limelight is (as the name implies) a lime green crème, and it’s the type of green that’s cute and trendy and something that you could incorporate into different season, when I initially purchased this polish it was intended for the fall, it never occurred to me until I pulled this polish as this week’s pick that it’s perfect for the spring/summer…
This color reminds me of grass, not sure if that actually the case of just a bit of wishful thinking since it’s still cold and dreary here in Chicago , and where there isn’t snow there is frozen, brown, grass *sad face*.


20140315_225143Be careful with this polish it’s on the thin side, so if you want a polish that is quick to put on before you go out on the town, this is NOT the polish for you. This polish takes between 3 to 4 coats to be opaque. When I put on the first layer, I was SHOCKED at how this it was, I knew that I hadn’t had the polish for this long, and I recently reviewed another Ulta Salon Formula polish and it wasn’t that thin at all. I put on the first layer and I was seriously about to pack it in… it was so thin you could barley see the polish at all on my nails. So I went to work on something else, while I allowed the polish to dry, and by the time the second layer was put on it didn’t seem like a complete loss. Turns out this polish was a shocker… by the fourth layer (yeah I know) I had seriously fallen in love with this color. But I kept wanted to add more layers of polish because it seemed like there was a some streakiness on some of my nails.. It’s trendy (I said that already), vibrant, 20140315_225207totally St. Pat’s AND it looks fantastic with my skin tone… I think that has something to so with the lack of yellow in this particular shade of green.


So let’s get down to the nitty gritty although my previous experience with brand of polish it’s clear that there is no real consistency across the board. Honestly as much as I love the color it takes a long time and a lot of coats for me to get the look that I wanted, and to me that seems like I’m getting less value for the money that I spent on it; and the color is simply not unique enough for me to recommend this polish to others.

If this polish was a little bit thicker and able to get the look that I wanted in coats, it would have scored a 10… that’s how much I loved the color, but it takes a lot of time, there is potential for streaks and smudges and you have to be REALLY careful with this… so I sadly have to give this polish a 4 out of 10 *sad face*

I really want to know if ?I was the only one who had this particular issue with this polish? Is it possible that I simply got hold of a bad bottle? Hopefully next  week’s pick will give me something fantastic… this was really a downer.

Until Next Time…
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Friend Makin’ Mondays: Holiday Traditions

I’m said that Kenlie is going to continue her blogging break for another month, but I get it! Real life comes first and although we miss (and love you) we all totally understand…. take as long as you need girl! So for the time being we are stuck with Sarah (I kid, I kid…) and here’s the best part she’s asking for topics… dude seriously, I got a billion ideas….So for any reason that you’re hesitating go over to Losing Weight and Having Fun and join the fun!!

I’m luck I live in a city where St. Patrick’s Day is SERIOUSLY celebrated… People of Irish decent and the Irish at heart get together. Ever since I was a little girl I would look forward to the Chicago River turning green (as the people in the city like to call it “our modern day miracle”… it add a little fun and whimsy to the holiday… and people come out every single year to see it happen…

Capture111So this is how it started, “In 1961 Stephen Bailey was approached by a plumber who was wearing some white coveralls, they knew this only because they could see some of the original color. These coveralls had been mostly stained or dyed a perfect shade of green, an Irish green to better describe it. It was when Stephen Bailey asked how the coveralls got this way, that they discovered that the dye used to detect leaks into the river turned green, not just any color green, but the perfect color green. “

Two miracles appear that day, the river turns a perfect shade of green something that many other cities have tried but have not been successful at doing, and the second miracle by starting with the 2356color orange giving the impression that river will be orange only to convert the river to that true Irish green. We believe that is where the leprechaun comes in.

As the late Stephen Bailey has said, the road from Chicago to Ireland is marked in green. From the Chicago River to the Illinois River, then to the Mississippi, up the Gulf Stream and across the Atlantic you can see the beautiful green enter the Irish Sea, clearly marking the way from Chicago to Ireland.


Holiday Traditions


If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

1. Do you celebrate St Patrick’s Day?

imagesGenerally I do a little something for St. Patrick’s Day. I went to an engineering college, and I’m a sorority for women in Engineering and Technical Sciences and St. Patrick is the patron saint on Engineers… so

But usually I’m wearing some green, eating a bit of corn beef, cabbage and potatoes. This year, non of that.. since it’s on a Monday and the only thing I usually do on Monday’s is clean… I guess I can find a bit of green to wear when I go to the gym this evening…


2. Which is your favorite holiday to celebrate?

Halloween hands down! I love it . I think it’s the one holiday that everyone can have fun dress up be silly and have a bit of candy!


3. Do you have a favorite ‘holiday’ food?

Every since I was a little girl I associated Carmel Apples with Halloween, and for a long time you could only findimages (1) this in the fall seasons….now I see them in the store all year round… and they sort of lost their appeal to me. Another food that I totally associate with the holidays…. wait it’s not even food is it and I hate the sight of it… but it’s Egg Nog, my youngest brother used to call it “Christmas Milk” and even though he’s in his twenties when ever the holiday season comes around I ask him should I pick up Christmas Milk for him…


4. What do you think of holiday parades?

I love parades , they sort of take me back to my childhood… but as a grumpy adult I don’t like to deal with the crowds, the people pushing, not being able to see and having to deal with getting out of the area… so I just watch them on TV… now I live in a city that loves it’s parades… and I watch every single one of the them… from the Christmas Parade to the Gay Pride Parade… I get my snacks…. turn off the phone and watch like I’m 7 years old.


5. Have you ever been part of a parade?



6. Do you decorate your house for the holidays?

  The last few years I haven’t celebrated

7. Do you send holiday cards?

Yes, it’s sort of a tradition…. but as I’ve gotten older I’ve noticed that I tend to get less and less…I think that a lot of people would use the holiday season to reconnect with people they don’t speak to on a regular basis… and now that there’s Facebook… you can write a little message on there wall and that’s it; doesn’t have the same sentiments but you do save on postage


8. Are there any holidays that you celebrate that are traditional in another country, but maybe less well known in the US?

I have a lot of Canadian friends so I do observe Canadian Thanksgiving (any day when people can take time out to be thankful for the things around them is alright by me)


So I’m full of holiday cheer… then I read this….   it’s like the day you find out there is no Santa Claus, what the heck???

Until Next Time….

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