I thought it would be fun to start a little monthly series highlighting some fun ideas and ways to make memories and add a little festive fun to your month. If you’ve been here a hot minute or follow along over on Instagram, then you know that celebrating and traditions are my jam. I love to make fun seasonal joy lists and look for ways to add a little fun or festiveness to our days. Please do not think that means our house is always happy and festive! We have our fair share of struggles and grumpiness, I think my passion for looking for joy in the ordinary and sprinkling a little extra in here and there is my antidote for getting lost in the endless cycle of laundry and snacks and all house pick ups. The ideas are simple, but I hope that you find a little something to add to your month, or that it inspires you to find your own ways to celebrate and make memories together!
Each month I’m going to share: Some days to celebrate (real and not so real), Festive Books, Some fun ways to make memories, Festive Eats and some fun acts of kindness to do as a family.
March has a lot to celebrate- St. Patrick’s Day, the first day of Spring, and the beginning of Holy Week actually falls at the end of the month. You probably have a little Spring Break in there somewhere, a staycation would be a great time to make some extra fun memories! Plus, aren’t we all looking forward to a little sunshine and outside time? Try some of the ideas shared below or come up with your own ways to make March magical.
Days to Celebrate
- 17th- St. Patrick’s Day; Wear green, eat something green, read a few books, learn about St. Patrick and why he is the patron Saint of Ireland. Try a traditional Irish dish.
- 20th- Spring Equinox; We love to welcome the new seasons with a little family “party”. Pick a festive snack, play spring bingo, make a family joy list of activities you want to do together this Spring.
- 25th- National Waffle Day; this is an easy one—waffles for dinner or breakfast. If you are brave give chicken and waffles a try, or try a new recipe.
- 26th- Make up your own holiday day; I think that this could be a pretty fun day, I plan to give my boys a chance to come up with a holiday—we will see what the day holds.
- 30th- Take a walk in the park day; Go to your favorite park, try a new park or do a “park crawl” and spend the afternoon hitting parks. Fingers crossed for a beautiful day!
Feast Days (if you celebrate feast days in your home here are some feast days you might plan to celebrate this month)
- March 19th- Solemnity of St. Joseph. Check out this post for some ideas on how to celebrate. Last year we created our St. Joseph Altar out of magnatiles—use what you have!
- March 28th- Palm Sunday
Memory Making Ideas
- Host your own Welcome Spring Party
- Get outside and enjoy nature. Find a nature trail near you and spend an afternoon exploring together.
- Splash in some puddles. Wait for a Spring Rain and then go splash in some puddles. If you really want to make it memorable for your kids, join in!! I bet they will always remember the day mom/dad jumped in puddles.
- Play a few rounds of hide and go seek. My boys love it when we play as a family, and I have some great memories of playing growing up!
Books to Checkout
St. Patrick- Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePalaola is an interesting read about the life of St. Patrick and a few of the legends surrounding him.
Bunny Book Club by Annie Silvestro is a sweet story about a bunny who loves books and learns how to share this love with other animals. The illustrations make me think of Spring.
Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson is a funny story about a selfish rabbit and who loves carrots just a little too much.
William Wakes Up by Linda Ashman is a little twist on the Little Red Hen and what happens as William and his friends wake up from a winter nap.
Abracadabra, It’s Spring! by Anne Susan O’Brien and Susan Gal is a new book to us. We recently checked it out from the library, and were charmed by the beautiful illustrations and the fun, whimsical text.
For St. Patrick’s day try whipping up some shamrock sugar cookies. No need for a shamrock cookie cutter, just make your favorite sugar cookie recipe, add green food coloring, then roll three little balls of dough. Place them together on a cookie sheet and press with a glass to create the shamrock shape, and add a little stem!
To celebrate Spring whip up a batch of dirt cake! Never had dirt cake? Check out this recipe, and don’t forget the worms!
Acts of Kindness
One of my favorite ways to celebrate a new season is by sharing the joy with others!
- Use sidewalk chalk to write kind/encouraging messages around town or on your friend’s driveways.
- Send a care package to brighten someone’s day by using only yellow items- starburst, juicy fruit gum, peanut m&ms, a yellow mug, socks, lip balm, etc. It’s kind of like a scavenger hunt if you walk the aisles of target looking for yellow items, my kids actually enjoy getting in on the fun, too!
Here’s a printable to keep handy so that you can make March Magical! There are two versions- one with the feast days and one without!
I hope these help you have a little more joy this month! Do you have any fun traditions for March?