Mardi Gras

Today is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday)! As a college student and mother it may not be possible to travel to a Carnival Celebration or even to New Orleans to celebrate today. However, there may be a celebration on your schools campus.
Take time in between classes to join in the celebration. Make sure that you get a piece of the “King’s Cake” that is a braided baked Danish dough topped with purple, green and gold sugar topping. In every cake there is a tiny baby and the person who receives the baby is asked to host the next King’s Cake party.

If you do get a chance to celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans, make sure to catch a parade. New Orleans Parade Schedule.

For family friendly Mardi Gras in New Orleans check out Family Gras.

For those who are unable to attend the parades, have a Mardi Gras Party at home to include the entire family. Make mask and head dresses and have a parade of your own.

The official colors of Mardi Gras: purple, a symbol of justice; green, representing faith; and gold, to signify power.

Did you know Mardi Gras relation to the Christmas season? Check out the Catholic roots of Mardi Gras.

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Holiday… School’s out… College is In

So it’s a holiday, the banks are closed and the kids are out of school… However, colleges are still open. President’s day is tomorrow. There are several sales going on. As a woman, who loves deals, it would be great to be able to enjoy a day off to shop. However as a student, my day will be spent in school. As a mother in college I have a routine and throwing off my routine can be hazardous to me. Normally I’m dropping off the children and headed to class by 7:45, but on holidays when the schools are closed, my everyday life is altered.

Make sure to plan ahead…
-Get a sitter for the kids.
-Buy groceries… Normally my children are given lunch money, but lunches are packed on holidays.
-Stick to normal bedtime… Just knowing there is no school the next day, children like to stay up, which can throw off the parents sleep as well.

Even though you don’t get a day off like the kids, take some time to relax when you get home. Instead of making dinner, dine out, or order in. Treat yourself on this holiday.