If you’re itching to do something Irish in the coming week or on St. Patrick’s Day, here are a few events in Kansas to consider:

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Lawrence, Kansas

A tradition that began almost 28 years ago, the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Lawrence, KS is an event you don’t want to miss! And it’s all for a great cause as well! The St. Patrick’s Day committee in Lawrence has donated almost $850,000 to local children’s charities just by hosting various events centered around this ‘holiday’. Events like golf tournaments, the Shamrock Shuffle (fun run), auctions, bowling tournaments, and SO much more!

Check out their website for a list of event times and locations.

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Shawnee, Kansas

Start your morning off with a hearty breakfast and then shop ‘til you drop at the downtown merchants. Then head on over to catch a spot for the 34th annual Irish Trifecta parade. It’s a great place to shake off those winter blues. Want to know more? Click here.

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Topeka, Kansas

A Topeka tradition for the past 37 years – events like, the Great Topeka Bed Race and street fair followed by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at noon and additional festivities throughout the day in downtown Topeka. Don’t forget to enjoy the Irish flair at Celtic Fox and other downtown establishments. Find out more here.

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Wichita, Kansas

Join fellow KSWB bloggers, Natalie with Mermaid of the Plains (as she rides with her Coasters Bicycle Club) and Katie Schroeder-Campbell with Katie Loves Kansas (who is an ICT Roller Girl) at the 10th annual Wichita, KS St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the historic Delano District– as well as unique floats, and characters, etc. On either side of the parade you’ll be able to find food, drink and entertainment to take you from breakfast past dinner and into the evening. Shamrock Lounge will be serving up their version of a traditional Irish breakfast casserole served with Potatoes O’Brien and Shamrock Sausages for just $7.50 a plate. They open at 9 a.m. After the parade, they’ll be serving Beef and Guinness Stew over mashed potatoes – same price as the breakfast!

There will be other events going on in Delano on that Saturday too. To see them all and for more information about the parade, visit the Historic Delano website for more info!

OH! And don’t forget to wear your GREEN!

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Katie with Katie Loves Kansas and a couple of the other ICT Roller Girls. How awesome are they?!

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Did I miss one?  Make sure to let me know if your Kansas hometown hosts a special St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

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Lara Ketter, KSWB Blogger of the Month Nov. 2015By Lara Ketter, Blogger of the Month for November

I married into a large, fun and crazy family. Farmer Husband is the fourth of seven children — four boys and three girls — and all but one live in Kansas. This means our annual Thanksgiving gathering includes an abundance of people crammed into tight spaces, more food than you can shake a turkey leg at, laughter bouncing off the walls and ceilings, and bushel baskets full of love.

The Ketter Kids

The Ketter Kids

Abundance is the perfect word to describe November — a month that signifies gratitude, bounty, and plenty, as tables overflow with Thanksgiving goodies and families gather to give thanks and stuff themselves with turkey and pumpkin pie. What’s more American than that?

Abundance is defined as “extremely plentiful … more than enough … overflowing fullness … ample … bountiful.” The word can be viewed positively and negatively, and November is the perfect example of both.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because, unlike Christmas, its focus is on gratitude and family — not gifts. It’s the epitome of abundance at its best — thankful hearts, family, love and FOOD, of course! There’s relatively little to buy, and no one expects a present, thank goodness! Pop a turkey in the oven, throw a few sides together, ask Aunt Ina to bring her famous sweet potatoes and Cousin Suzy to whip up her yummy pumpkin pie, and you’re set to go.

Abundance is measured not by the number of gifts shared, but by the number of laughs shared.

Black Friday — another American tradition — is almost here, and it’s the perfect example of over-abundance. Picture huge discount stores packed with Cheap Stuff from China — store after store, aisle after aisle, shelf after shelf — most of it we don’t need, lots of it we want, want, want. We line up early and race for the Christmas gift bargains even as our basements and storage units are stuffed to capacity and Goodwill stores overflow with the stuff we get rid of so we can buy new stuff.

I’m as guilty as the next gal. My children are to the point where they struggle to come up with Christmas gift ideas because they already have so much stuff. I press them to “come up with something” so they have gifts to open Christmas morning. What does this teach them? Are they truly better off than the children “less fortunate” than them? I’m not sure anymore.

My sister-in-law and her husband hatched a genius plan — since their children are teenagers and already have everything they need and want, they stopped buying gifts for Christmas and birthdays. Instead, they save the money for a fun family vacation. This is one of the best ideas I’ve ever heard. The focus is turned from stuff to a memorable family experience — an abundance of love and experiences instead of more things.

My youngest isn’t old enough for this yet –- at 8 years old he still expects Santa to make a house call -– but I’ve put this plan in the “Future Ideas” file of my brain. It would take some real guts to follow through and not buy presents, and I’m not sure I could actually do it. But for those who can, I applaud them wholeheartedly.

The minimalist movement focuses on living simply with only what you need, and that by doing so you’re happier by letting go of stuff –- in other words, more abundance of happiness due to less abundance of stuff.

I’d be a lousy minimalist; I love Hobby Lobby too much. I like to think I’m a healthy balance between a minimalist and a hoarder. But I can always do better. My plan is to set aside the stuff, metaphorically speaking, and focus the word abundance on gratitude, family, and love.

Maybe I’ll even work on my own overflowing storage spaces, clean house, and take a bag of Cheap Stuff from China to the local Goodwill store, spreading the abundance around. Because the best thing those of us with over-abundance can do is share it. An abundance of generosity is good for everyone!

May your Thanksgiving be filled to overflowing with gratitude, love, family … and turkey!

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Meet Lara Ketter, Blogger of the Month

November 17, 2015
Lara Ketter

Hello! My name is Lara, which rhymes with Sarah, although I answer to anything that starts with the L-sound – a common occurrence in the world of hard-to-pronounce names. I’m not what you would call a “warm and fuzzy” writer. My writing is closer to “warped and funny” when it comes right down to it. […]

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Sunday Link-Up {Aug. 16, 2015}

August 16, 2015

Welcome to the Sunday Link-Up! This is the place for our members to post their best work of the week. Remember to visit & comment on your KSWB sisters’ blogs and leave a comment to let them know you found them on KSWB! To add your post, use the “Click here to enter” link below. […]

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Sunday Link-Up {Aug. 9, 2015}

August 9, 2015

Welcome to the Sunday Link-Up! This is the place for our members to post their best work of the week. Remember to visit & comment on your KSWB sisters’ blogs and leave a comment to let them know you found them on KSWB! To add your post, use the “Click here to enter” link below. […]

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Sunday Link-Up {Aug. 2, 2015}

August 2, 2015

Welcome to the Sunday Link-Up! This is the place for our members to post their best work of the week. Remember to visit & comment on your KSWB sisters’ blogs and leave a comment to let them know you found them on KSWB! To add your post, use the “Click here to enter” link below. […]

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#ShineICT: Love What’s Local {Blogger of the Month}

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#ShineICT - Verita Coffee

By Natalie Olmsted, Blogger of the Month for July 2015 I’ve enjoyed the opportunity as Blogger of the Month for Kansas Women Bloggers. I close the month of July with my final post about my hometown, Wichita. As stated in my bio, I’m an advocate for this growing city and its people. The ICT (as […]

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Sunday Link-Up {July 26, 2015}

July 26, 2015

Welcome to the Sunday Link-Up! This is the place for our members to post their best work of the week. Remember to visit & comment on your KSWB sisters’ blogs and leave a comment to let them know you found them on KSWB! To add your post, use the “Click here to enter” link below. […]

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Raw Berry Crisp {Foodie Friday}

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Raw Berry Crisp

By Amanda Topinka, Co-Editor, Kansas Women Bloggers / Whole Foods Ambassador The sweet summer sun makes for even sweeter summer recipes — and this one from Whole Foods is ohhh so berry sweet!  And best of all, it doesn’t require an oven!  I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did. Photo Credit: […]

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Kansas Shine {Blogger of the Month}

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Kansas Shine: Hay Fields

By Natalie Olmsted, Blogger of the Month for July 2015 The political climate in Kansas these days is tumultuous, at best. There are days of frustration, anger, and disappointment as we fight amongst ourselves for what we believe is right, and struggle against our current government whom many feel have alienated the majority of Kansans. It’s very difficult […]

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