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May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve. — Unknown

Need some Christmas celebration inspiration? We’ve got everything from glittering decorations to gingerbread house building tips, eggnog recipes and elves, to family fun events. Even your inner Grinch will find food and drinks that Santa will love year after year.

Reliant Gingerbread House Challenge

Reliant Gingerbread House Challenge

Gingerbread house decorating does not get more intense than the annual Reliant Energy Gingerbread House Decorating Charity Challenge and this year we had 45 minutes to create an award-winner.  No pressure. I mean, there are only thousands of dollars on the line! This...

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Christmas Gifts Checklist

Christmas Gifts Checklist

It seems like every time I walk into a store in the past month, I've seen something that would make a great Christmas gift -- for SOMEONE. I can't remember WHO all I'm buying for, but I'm pretty sure it would be PERFECT for (fill in the blank when I remember). ...

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How to watch Hallmark Christmas Movies

How to watch Hallmark Christmas Movies

It’s go time. November 1. Let’s do this holiday thing baby! It’s the official kick-off to Christmas and you’ve got to get your head right. Are you mentally ready to take on the rigors of the wreath season? And how exactly do you do that? With a good ole Hallmark...

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How to make a Grinch Holiday Door Decoration

True Story: When my husband and I were newly married, he used to be a real stick in the mud about the holidays. We were always bickering about when to put up the tree(s), whether they should be real or fake, how many holiday decorations inside and out. Just the...

Holiday Planning the FUN Way!

Don’t stress when the holidays roll around. Get started early with this FUN step-by-step guide!

Reliant’s 5th Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Challenge for Charity

December has me all giddy for gingerbread. It likely has a lot to do with the Reliant Energy®'s 5th Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Challenge which took place earlier this month. Big love to Reliant for inviting me to participate, as it provides such a fun...

15 Ways to “Give Back” During this Holiday Season

The holidays are crazy, I get it. But let's slow down for a minute a remember why we're all dashing about making our flocked trees Insta-perfect and our 1st world lattes all junipered up. As important as it is to find that perfect gift, let's make an effort to show...
Minty Chocolate Eggnog

Minty Chocolate Eggnog

If you read my recent interview with Stephanie Hollman, you'll know that we were talking about the holidays. Well, egg nog and the holidays. Seems we both have a shared appreciation for the egg drinks this time of year. She is responsible for me craving her recipe for...

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Stephanie Hollman talks about the Holidays

Stephanie Hollman talks about the Holidays

Aside from entertaining us on the hit Bravo TV show, the Real Housewives of Dallas, Stephanie Hollman off camera is a breath of fresh air. Beautiful, down to earth and big hearted, she shared a few minutes of her crazy schedule to chat with me about the upcoming...

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Tips for Decorating A Gingerbread House

Tips for Decorating A Gingerbread House

How cute are all the gingerbread houses that kids decorate each year?! They’re adorable and nothing is more fun than family time for this team project. Well, and eating the candy, right? Half for the house, half for our bellies? Some kids approach decorating a...

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How to make snow globe ornaments

How to make snow globe ornaments

Oh my heart. How I love these snow globe ornaments with little miniature vignettes in them! I’m slightly obsessed with making them, maybe because I stockpiled ornaments when they went on sale last year? Or maybe because they are so stinking cute?! Either way, get...

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Easy to make teacher ornaments

Easy to make teacher ornaments

Are you making your shopping lists for the teachers this year? It's so hard to give them something memorable, right? While I typically resort to gift cards, I like to add a little something personal as well. Last year, I made these simple ornaments to go with their...

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Time for Elf on a Shelf

Time for Elf on a Shelf

Okay, so I have some good news and I have some bad news. The good news is that it is time to get started with Elf on a Shelf. The bad news is that it will soon be time to get started with Elf on a shelf. Yes, you heard me right. Much as I love this particular...

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Harry Potter gift ideas

Harry Potter gift ideas

We are legit Harry Potter fans so it's only natural that I'd be on the hunt for Harry Potter gift ideas for Christmas this year. Don't tell the Cupcake, but several of these may find their way to under our tree this year (for either her or myself). Below, I've got...

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Harry Potter Christmas Tree Theme

Harry Potter Christmas Tree Theme

We have a lot of muggle love for all things Harry Potter in our house. The Cupcake and I have been known to decline phone calls while driving just so it wouldn't interrupt us when we are listening to our Harry Potter audio books. She's named her new soccer team the...

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Christmas holiday decorating without the attic hassle

Christmas holiday decorating without the attic hassle

This post brought to you by At Home. The content and opinions expressed below are that of MommyUpgrade. Don’t hate me because I have a jump on holiday decorating. Yup. I have Christmas tree up already. I couldn’t help myself! The calendar is just a blur and I swore...

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DIY Decorative Glass Block Crafts

DIY Decorative Glass Block Crafts

Decorative glass block crafts are my favorite new DIY project. Just look at these blocks. Pretty cool, eh? I made a boatload of them at the holidays to give as gifts, smaller ones like these monogram blocks. And larger ones: They are so customizable, like this special...

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