Hopping...Double Time!

9:30 AM Elizabeth Seckman 74 Comments


I'm doing a double hop today! Visit one or visit both! 

Click Here for Koopman's Fest

Scroll down to visit both hop 
entries or click under the picture and go to that post only. 

(Might I suggest a wee bit
o' both?) 

Got Green Blogfest 2.0

Mark Koopman, my favorite Irish immigrant, is hosting a hop about St. Paddy's Day. Me? Shockingly, this full blown American mutt doesn't have a bit o' Oirish! Hard to believe, I know. So, instead of my own traditions...I gathered some of my favorite facts from the web:

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland           

St. Patrick wasn't Irish. He was British. 

He was abducted from his home in England and taken to Ireland.

He escaped, but had a dream in which he felt God was guiding him back to Ireland.

St. Patrick is credited for the first Celtic cross. 

St. Patrick passed away March 17, 461 A.D. 

It is estimated that there are 34 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry


The first St Paddy's Day parade was held in Boston, USA 1762

The largest St. Paddy's Day parade is held in New York, USA. It boasts200,000 participants and 3,000,000 spectators

Population of Ireland as of 2012 was 4,722,028

                                                                                                                                   



The Lucky in Love Blogfest!!!

Carrie Ann is hosting this fest and give-away…and what a give-away it is!

1st Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

2nd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

AND Most participating bloggers are also giving away individual prizes!

I’m giving away signed copies of my books. One lucky winner gets book one and book two of the Coulter men series.  (they’re marvelous, trust me ;)
*ALL WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED FROM COMMENTS
if you want to be in the running, leave an email address!




 

Pretty aren't they?

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Now, since you were kind enough to stop by, I think I should share a little about being lucky in love…

Bow chick a wow wow…

*Did you know in early Irish custom, newlyweds were gifted with a fermented 
honey drink (or meala, aka mead) as a boost to the new couple’s virility and fertility? They were given enough to last them a month…hence the HONEYMOON… was born!

*We can also thank the Irish for the term, “tying the knot” due to the custom of ceremoniously binding the hands together. 

 photo credit: Lawrence OP via photopin cc

74 comments:

  1. St. Patrick was British? You are going to blow Mark's mind with that one.

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    1. That's all right, no one will be able to tell the difference. (Oh, I hope he sees that!!!)

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  2. You're a busy lady today!

    I like the comparison of NYC celebration and the population of Ireland. :-)

    I just talked about my family traditions. No story.

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    1. Hey, we're America...we do everything BIG!

      Sadly, I have no family tradition, I always have to dig for something! Can't wait to read yours.

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  3. Love the new look and website. Yay Elizabeth!

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  4. The NYC St. Paddy's day parade is always synonymous with the beginning of spring for me!

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    1. And that is definitely something to celebrate!!!

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  5. I LOVE YOUR NEW PAGE!!! And anyone who wins your books is tooooo lucky!!

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    1. Thanks Tammy! It is a pretty page and I'm partial to the books too ;)

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  6. Interesting trivia about St. Pat's Day. Learned a few things, and I am Irish:)

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  7. What a clever post - both of them. Kudos!

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  8. *waves 'howdy' from the blog hop*

    Neat info on St. Patrick and I had never heard the origins of 'tying the knot', though I have been known to 'tie on one' in St. Patrick's Days past...o.k, well not really, but it sounded funny in my head :)

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    1. It's funny in comments too Mark! :)

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  9. Oy, and I have not complimented you on your new look. Reminds me of sugar cotton but don't worry, I won't eat you. You're too much fun!

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    1. Well that's good to hear...besides, I hear dragons are partial to gold, not sugar!

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  10. thank you a lot for sharing those facts with us i love to learn

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    1. I do too. Researching the topic made the nerd in me very happy.

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    2. oups forgot the eamil^^;; because i do want to enter ;)
      happy St Patrick's day

      isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. The books sound and look excellent. Going on my "To Read" list for sure! Great St. Patrick's Day facts! I don't think I knew most of them (actually probably didn't know any of them but I didn't want to admit that so don't read this part!)

    Thank you for the chance to enter :D Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone :)

    Shelly H
    booski24@hotmail.com

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    1. I know you knew most of them (I pretended not read the other part either!)

      Thanks for the to read add!

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  12. Interesting tidbit about honeymoon. Chik a bow bow. lol Have a wonderful weekend.

    mpaxauthor@gmail.com

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  13. Thanks for the hop!
    My e-mail is strwberrysuprise@hotmail.com
    strwberrysuprise[at]hotmail[dot]com

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    1. It's my pleasure Kirsty! Best of luck to you!!

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  14. I'd never heard that honeymoon story--how sweet!

    xo_veronica16[at]hotmail[dot]com

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    1. I thought is was a neat fact. Funny how we lost the origins of what we say!

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  15. I didn't know that about tying the knot. Cool. I'd love to be entered in your contest.

    donnahole@gmail.com

    Loved both posts :)

    ........dhole

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    1. Thanks Donna! It was fun to hunt up some cool facts!

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  16. I love learning new things about other customs. Very cool.

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    1. I do too! So much to learn in this life!

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  17. Wow. That's a lot of cool green facts! Thanks for sharing.
    Heather

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  18. I'm one of the 34 million US residents that have Irish decendents (great grandmother was Irish). Thanks for the history on St. Patrick.

    hms7213@comcast.net

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    1. Lucky you! I'd like to have even just a spot of Irish...such a fun heritage!

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  19. Thanks for participating in the hop.

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  20. I had no idea he was British. Great info here.

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    1. I didn't either. Talk about turning lemons into lemonade!!

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  21. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy St.Patrick's Day!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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    1. My pleasure! Happy St. Paddy's day to you too!

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  22. Lovely post! Thank you for sharing!
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. My pleasure! Have a great St. Paddy's day yourself!

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  23. Nice book covers.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

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  24. Thanks for the great giveaway and for joining the hop!!!!
    Ashley A
    ash_app(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  25. We have great corned beef and sandwiches and chill. Not big on the whole parade and hoopla. Definitely wearing green though…don’t want to get pinched…although a spanking would be a different story!
    I have not yet been lucky in love, ie finding my soulmate, but hope springs eternal!
    grapeapril75(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Sounds like a fun way to spend the holiday!

      And best of luck finding the soul mate...my mom always said love happens when you forget to look...I think she may be right!

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  26. Love the names and covers. Happy St Patty's Day.

    Judy P
    strawberryrose@earthlink.net

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    1. Thanks much!!! Happy (belated) day to you too!

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  27. Not lucky yet. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Just a matter of time! Best of luck finding that special someone!

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  28. Interesting post! Thanks for sharing and thanks for participating in the hop.
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. It was my pleasure! I love giving things away :)

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  29. Great history! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    divajeffersonATgmailDOTcom

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  30. Great post! Thanks for sharing!
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  31. I always love to learn something new.
    Thanks for the chance to win. Happy Saint Patty’s Day!

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I love to learn new things too. Makes me a real Trivial Pursuit contender!

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  32. A fermented honey drink?? I'm a big honey fan (in the mornings with me tea) so I'd love to try it.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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    1. It would be cool to try it. Another reason to add a trip to Ireland to my bucket list!

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  33. Wow, I didn't know about most of that! Thanks for the great giveaway and for the chance to win

    june111(at)att(dot)net

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  34. I am lucky in love mrsbrinius@comcast.net thanks!

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    1. Yay!!! That's more special than hitting the lottery!

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  35. What a great giveaway hop! I have yet to be lucky in love but I'm working on it. My favorite love book is "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. Jamie Fraser is amazing and beautiful. I enjoy St. Patty's Day and this year I'm spending it with my best friend. We're going to two Irish Pubs and also some dance clubs. I am also wearing green and am not a fan of getting pinched. I'm not Irish either, but many people think I am because my hair is red, my eyes green and my name is Meghan, but I'm not at all. I won't be telling anybody that, however… let them believe I'm Irish.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

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    1. Love it! I'd totally be telling people I was Irish if I had all of that going for me. I've never read "Outlander". I'm sadly waaaayyyy behind on my reading list. Sigh. So many good books, so little time.
      Hope you find that lucky love soon!

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  36. There is a chance you're qualified for a complimentary $1,000 Amazon Gift Card.

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