Celebrate

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

Did you know research proves that celebrating boosts 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!

 

Travels with My Father – Netflix Review

Travels with My Father – Netflix Review

I’ve been crushing on a Netflix originals show and telling everyone IRL to watch. It’s got bad language, and it is completely inappropriate at times, (okay, a lot of the time) and that typically would make it flag it as “not suitable” for MommyUpgrade, but -- I’m...

Fun ideas in DFW to get dads excited about Father’s Day!

Fun ideas in DFW to get dads excited about Father’s Day!

Are dads really indifferent about Father's Day celebrations? Did you know that according to Hallmark, roughly 141 million Mother's Day cards are purchased in the U.S. each year? You would think the numbers would be similar for Father’s Day, right? You’d be wrong....

Behind every great Girl Scout, is a great cookie mom

Behind every great Girl Scout, is a great cookie mom

The postman has nothing on a Girl Scout mama. Through wind, rain, sleet, heat, snow, ice, she's voluntarily out there with blankets, umbrellas, sun screen and a smile,  all to help her kid hustle cookies. Her groceries ride in the passenger seat because her...

Mother’s Day Wonder Woman Breakfast

Mother’s Day Wonder Woman Breakfast

I read a Facebook post this week from someone about Mother’s Day and how they would answer when their kids ask what they want. It was long and I’m sure you can find it (grab the tissues), but the jist of it was that Moms just really want to be with their kids when...

Mother’s Day Top 10 Wish List

Mother’s Day Top 10 Wish List

“Let’s see when Rio 2 is playing. Dang, it’s already started. I wonder if there are any other movies you can watch. Hmm. Mary Poppins? Really? At Studio Movie Grill?” “I WANT TO SEE MARY POPPINS” “Uh… (grumble) okay. Let’s see when it’s playing. (Tap, tap, tap) It’s...

Why is there money on graves?

Why is there money on graves?

“Whoa. That’s a lot of graves.” “That’s a cemetery where soldiers are buried.” My daughter was pointing out the window with wide eyes as we drove past Chattanooga’s National Cemetery. We detoured in to pay our respects. As she walked past the headstones, one in...

DIY Fabric Ruffle Flag

DIY Fabric Ruffle Flag

I love featuring my Craft Exchange peeps and their incredible projects. Here's the latest one from Debbie -- she's one of our expert sewers, but this project doesn't HAVE to use a sewing machine. You can make this by hand, it would just take a little bit more...

Election Day Rice Krispy Treats

Election Day Rice Krispy Treats

Well, I’m glad that’s over. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had to have a Facebook moratorium while the criers and the gloaters get it out of their system. The only leftovers from this election that I want to talk about are these cool treats I made for the preschool...

Deco Mesh Wreath for the 4th of July

Deco Mesh Wreath for the 4th of July

I guess I am officially a deco mesh junkie. Ever since I made this Christmas deco mesh wreath, I’ve had the bug. I made another wreath for Mardi Gras, a red and white deco mesh garland at Christmas too, and now to kick off summer, a Memorial Day red, white, and blue...

How to Make an Easy American Flag Banner

How to Make an Easy American Flag Banner

With Memorial Day being the “official” kick-off to summer, what better way to recognize our fallen heroes than with a American flag banner to hang on your door? (See here for deco mesh wreath instructions) This flag banner was sooooo super easy to make and the...

Red, White and Blue – Dipped Strawberries

Red, White and Blue – Dipped Strawberries

Now that I've learned that strawberries are going to change my life for the better, I have finding all kinds of new ways to incorporate them into my diet. This might be one of my favorites -- although I'm not sure it's quite what the David Grotto had in mind. Oh well....

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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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