Happy Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday!!!
Today is the day to celebrate; it is the last hoorah before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Which means it is time to get those indulgences out-of-the-way before tomorrow. My indulges include, and in no particular order……
Fat Tuesday means Paczki, pronounced (poonch-key). Paczki are traditional polish pastries that are deep-fried, sugar-coated, glazed, or iced and filled to the point of bursting with fruit or cream filling. In terms of a historical perspective Paczki are a special indulgence and tradition on Fat Tuesday because the idea was to use up all the fat, sugar, eggs, and fruit before the fasting of Lent begins.
Shopping….(I might not have to give this up thanks to Sneakpeeq)
Hello!! What women amongst us doesn’t enjoy perusing the mall or web for stylish (insert favorite fashion ensemble or accessory here) and/or delectable treats to eat? Well, I have a confession; I might have found a loophole for this one. I planned on giving up shopping due to the financial strain it can cause and throwing money out the window is not good. But, what if there was a way to nurture the fashionista or foodie inside of you without breaking a sweat or your pocketbook (Really!?! Who says pocketbook anymore? But you get the point).
GIVEAWAY….So here is the deal
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To receive your 20% off and enter the $25 gift card giveaway you must CLICK HERE and join sneakpeeq! Winner will be announced on my blog March 9th, 2012. Happy Shopping Ladies!!
Skinny Girl Margaritas…..
I’ll be honest; I do enjoy a glass of Skinny Girl Margarita at the end of the week, often Friday evening once the kiddos are in bed. I can sit down and sip on this refreshing and less guilt margarita while daydreaming of a tropical beach somewhere, just me and my hubby, (and my flat pre-babies belly of course) just laying on a beach soaking up some sunshine (there is no need to worry about skin cancer or wrinkles in a daydream) it is beautiful!! Goodbye to my daydream inducing sipping pleasures.
Girl Scout Cookies…
We just picked them up yesterday, time to hurry up and load up on my Samoas before tomorrow. Funny Story….Our preschooler came downstairs this morning and was greeted by this site.
His eyes opened wide and he exclaimed, “I love Fat Tuesday”. I had to laugh, I could contain myself. I then of course explained to him that they are not all our cookies, they do belong to other people.
Hello Old friend. For Lent I will be giving up Starbucks. To clarify this means I will not walk into a Starbucks OR drive through the Drive-thru (Wow! That was difficult to type; I can only image how difficult it will be to drive past).
I have decided to make time with my children an even stronger priority during Lent. This means reading more books (yes, even the same book 8 times), playing more games, and doing more crafts.
In recognition of Mardi Gras I am including a fun craft you can do with your kiddos, simply click here.
How are you celebrating Fat Tuesday? What are your Fat Tuesday indulgences?