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Celebrate

“Celebrate every day like a birthday.” ― Jordan Hoechlin

Did you know that when we celebrate special occasions we boost our well-being? Planning a party gives us something to look forward to. We feel more optimistic when we are mindful of these happy events – both large and small – and that makes us feel good. I hope the ideas below will help you celebrate life in all the big and tiny ways!

 

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Mardi Gras

Easy and Delicious Mardi Gras Cookies

Easy and Delicious Mardi Gras Cookies

This is a recipe for cream cheese spritz cookies, but I'll give you a little backstory on this. I made the dough for these spritz cookies that I wanted to make at Christmas time but when I loaded it into my cookie gun and it was so stiff that it just basically broke...

Our Community Coffee Red Bag Family Tradition

Our Community Coffee Red Bag Family Tradition

This post is sponsored by Community Coffee, however all opinions are my own.Red bags. He always gave the red bags of Community Coffee at Christmas. That’s my dad. When he moved to Louisiana, he immersed himself in the culture. And being the professor/avid coffee...

How to throw a Louisiana-style Crawfish Boil

How to throw a Louisiana-style Crawfish Boil

If you’ve ever lived in Louisiana – and then somewhere else – there are a few unique experiences that you will miss deeply after you’ve left the state. No matter how hard you try to recreate them elsewhere, they will pale in comparison to the real thing in the real...

Mini King Cake Recipe

Mini King Cake Recipe

In our house, Mardi Gras is a holiday. It has a dedicated storage bin in the attic solely dedicated to it alone. We’ve even been known to decorate a tree for it. We may be too old and lazy to drag ourselves down to St Charles Street to claim optimal...

Mardi Gras Tree

Mardi Gras Tree

Oh yes I did. I finally won the battle of the beads. I convinced the hubs to let me leave up the Christmas tree and decorate it for Mardi Gras. It didn’t hurt that he has a low opinion of our current tree and its “pre-lit” status. Or that he was not on board with...

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

So the hubs comes home from work one night and says he has to take cupcakes to the office. "Say what? Why?!" "Because I've been bragging on your cupcakes and it's time to put up or shut up."Oh goodness. The pressure. What was I going to make? We had already past...

Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey Cake

Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey Cake

First world problems: our liquor cabinet is overflowing at the moment, and we have an impending move looming on the horizon. My job is to purge all unnecessary items from the house -- and while the hubs would argue that whiskey is COMPLETELY necessary and should be...

St. Patrick’s Day Pots of Gold at the End of a Rainbow

St. Patrick’s Day Pots of Gold at the End of a Rainbow

Well blimey! We got visited by a lucky leprechan who left us a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! How cute are these tiny pots of gold??? I may have mentioned around Valentine's Day, how much in love I was with these little apothecary jars? Yes, well, they come in...

Lucky Leprechaun cocktail recipe

Lucky Leprechaun cocktail recipe

Happy St Patrick’s Day! If green beer isn’t your thang today, how about you try my “Lucky Leprechaun cocktail?” It’s the perfect drink to cheer your Erin Go Bragh spirit! And besides, if you’re carrying this lovely around, no one will pinch you -- they might steal a...

Easter

Easy Easter Egg Decorating Hack

Easy Easter Egg Decorating Hack

Here’s a quick and easy Easter egg decorating hack. No paint or water involved but the eggs come out beautifully. Click through to see how.

Easy Easter Chick Cupcakes

Easy Easter Chick Cupcakes

Are you looking for a fast and easy Easter cupcake idea? All you need to make these cute chicks are the basics: a little food coloring, canned frosting, yellow cupcakes, coconut, some edible eyeballs, and M&M's. It's a quick one, that you can do on the fly at...

Easy Easter Bunny Project – Hobby Lobby Dupe

Easy Easter Bunny Project – Hobby Lobby Dupe

This simple, super cute boxwood Easter bunny with gingham ears is perfect for Easter and is as about as easy a project as you can get! It comes together in minutes! Feel free to substitute whatever colors, fabrics, or ribbons, to match your decor. This was inspired by...

Mess-free Easter Egg Hack!

Mess-free Easter Egg Hack!

Decorating eggs is a mess. Easter eggs and stained hands go hand in hand, right? Whether you’re dyeing real eggs with food coloring or you are decorating fake eggs with decoupage or paint, or my favorite, alcohol inks.Is there a Mess-free Easter Egg hack? Is there a...

Last minute Easter Entertaining ideas

Last minute Easter Entertaining ideas

Girl, you know it's Easter this weekend! Are you ready? Are you? I was on KTEN in Denison this morning with anchor Gregg Watson and we were getting the low-down on last minute bunny issues. Specifically, how to step up your Easter entertaining game.  In case you...

Decorating Plastic Easter Eggs

Decorating Plastic Easter Eggs

The thing about Easter eggs is this: No matter how you dye them, it’s a hot mess. The more fancy you want the design to be, the messier they are, right? Oh, and they’re BREAKABLE. So there’s that. And how about the massive number of hard-boiled eggs you then...

Teacher Appreciation Week

The Gifts Teachers Really Want on Teacher’s Appreciation Week

The Gifts Teachers Really Want on Teacher’s Appreciation Week

When it comes to Teachers' Appreciation Week, I emphatically agree with my BFF of a thousand years, Molly who said, “I’m not giving teachers lotions and soaps and food crap anymore!”. Molly recently had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in an elementary school...

Easy Teacher Gift

Easy Teacher Gift

SOMETIMES teacher giving sneaks up on you. Even when think you're prepared, there's something about May that tosses chaos into the planning for absolutely anything. It's also times like these when I am so glad that I am a crafter and keep supplies on hand. If you're...

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...

Teacher Appreciation Day – easy ideas and free downloads

Teacher Appreciation Day – easy ideas and free downloads

Y’all. It’s Teacher Appreciation Week. You need gifts! With cute tags. Because we all know that the packaging is what makes a gift, right? I’ve got your back because we are all so last minute and we are in this together! Here’s a roundup of my favorite free download...

Flowers for Teacher Appreciation Week

Flowers for Teacher Appreciation Week

Flowers for Teacher Appreciation Week are a fat-and-calorie-free way to say thank you. They are cute for sure, but if you'd prefer something that is cute and sweet, take a look at my apple cupcakes.Sometimes, the Princess Cupcake and I don’t see eye-to-eye on our...

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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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