Christmas

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.

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...

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How to prepare for Elf on the Shelf

It’s time to prepare for elf n the shelf.  Yes, Moms, I know.  It’s a fun but hard few weeks. Lots of creativity, lots of things to remember. It’s so worth it every morning to see your kids happily find the Elf on the Shelf in its new location and up to...

Gifts and Gift Subscriptions for Pets

This post is sponsored by Just Right Pets by Purina. All opinions are my own.  We all struggle to find the perfect gift for our friends, am I right? This time of year, especially, the pressure is high to wow the people that mean the most with standout gifts that...

4th Annual Reliant Gingerbread House Competition

It's become tradition. Every December, I eagerly await the invitation from Reliant Energy to participate in their media showdown for Gingerbread House decorating. It's feeds my inner desire to be on Cake Wars, Cupcake Wars, Halloween Wars, Great British Bake Off,...

Family Holiday Fun at Enchant Christmas

This post was sponsored by Enchant Christmas. All opinions are my own. Prepare to be WOWED. Enchant Christmas is a family experience you don’t want to miss. Making it’s first US debut, this incredible holiday experience is really all that.   There are 23+ foot...

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

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

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

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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Make Your Own I Caught Santa Photos

Make Your Own I Caught Santa Photos

Wait, what? Photo proof that Santa was in YOUR living room? Yes, you can make your own I caught Santa photos too. Someone caught Santa leaving presents under your tree. (wink, wink) This is so much fun and adds to the magic of Christmas for the wee ones. I know you...

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Elf on the Shelf Roundup

Elf on the Shelf Roundup

We’re 12 days into our yearly visit from the Elf on the Shelf. I honestly don’t know how they come up with something new each night. They must be so exhausted! (*wink*) In case you’ve missed our famous Elf on the Shelf duo, Chintz and Jewel, and their crazy antics on...

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The love-hate relationship with my Elf

The love-hate relationship with my Elf

I feel your stress. I do. It's nearly 10 p.m. and I have yet to move the Elf on the Shelf. There are small pets that require less commitment than an Elf. I have a list of ideas, of course I do. I wrote a book on Elfing, but mustering the energy to execute is a whole...

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109 Best Elf on the Shelf Names

Naming your elf is a very. big. deal. You could be stuck with a name like Hokey Pokey or (gasp) Elsa for many, many years if you don't get in front of this whole Elf thing. You know that’s a strong possibility, right? Especially if you find you are a natural at the...

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Christmas Advent Calendars for Everyone

Christmas Advent Calendars for Everyone

As a child, we didn’t have shelves at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby draped with green and red to signal that Christmas was around the corner. Our official countdown to Christmas began four Sunday’s prior when we lit the first candle in the Advent wreath at church. It had...

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Snowflake Shortbread Cookies

Snowflake Shortbread Cookies

My roommate in grad school used to call me the Cookie Monster so… I might know a thing or two about addictive cookies. I caution you. What I’m about to share with you is dangerous. Dangerously good tasting and dangerously bad for your waistline. Dangerous in that if...

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Everyday should be a party, but that would be EXHAUSTING! I do like to plan for a big bash though. Here’s a few ways that we like to level up holidays and celebrations!

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