Christmas Holiday Waffle Bar with FREE Printables!

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Christmas is coming! My house is going to be filled to the brim with family, which is fantastic! I want to make their holidays memorable. Would you believe that I can help you create a beautiful brunch table like this Waffle Bar with just a few easy steps? It’s true! You see, I have a few hacks that make styling parties SO much easier.

The Canon PIXMA TS8320 is one of those easy-to-own and easy-to-use items that I use on almost every event to add a little style and flair. Read through this article and see the Christmas Holiday Waffle Bar with FREE Printables. Plus, I will talk about all the other easy ways to make your event look professional!

Christmas Holiday Waffle Bar with FREE Printables!

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Colorful Seaside Birthday Party

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Suit up and splash into this Colorful Seaside Birthday Party by Alissa Hussey Productions, out of Manhattan Beach California!

Sand-packed with beach-front fun, this bright joint birthday celebration is a wave you won’t want to miss!

So hop on your surf board and paddle out and check out these fab party ideas:

  • Sand Castle Happy Birthday Sign
  • Sea Themed Birthday Cakes
  • Color-coordinated Candy Buckets
  • Surf Board Cookies
  • Beach Umbrellas with Chairs
  • Rainbow Balloon Columns

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Happy Habits: Tips for Getting Stuff Done

I recently finished listening to the audiobook Atomic Habits by James Clear, and it is such a brilliant book! Have you read or listened to it yet? It shares tons of useful tips that helped me clarify my thinking and habit process. (Spoiler alert! It focuses on establishing systems.) It is a book that I already want to read again. The last non-fiction book to resonate that much was this one, also fantastic. The book got me thinking about what systems I already have in place and which ones I can improve. With all of our incredible technology out there, I want to share practical apps that have helped me set up time management systems, and I would love to hear what works for you too!

Happy Habits | Oh Happy Day

1 – Make lists to stay organized, then execute. For digital lists and organization, (I have tried a ton!) the two digital options I keep coming back to are Todoist and TeuxDeux. Sometimes good old fashion post-its help make things happen, or paper systems work too, pick what works for you. This customizable paper looks impressive, and here is another beautiful one if you are tactile and the type to want to hold it in your hand.

2 – Timed tasking. A method that my husband and I use all the time and love is the Pomodoro Technique. It is breaking down your workday into 25-minute chunks (or whatever time increment works for you), and then you take a 5-minute break (to stand up, stretch, etc.) in between. An app we have liked for this method is Focus Keeper.

Happy Habits | Oh Happy Day

3 – Track where the time goes. The app Toggl is a simple one that helps track where the time goes while on the computer, which you can also use on your phone. If you have different projects, it is easy to switch back and forth, and it is helpful to see where your time is going for various projects and clients on the screen. It tallies the time up to see where you have been spending time all day or even all week.

4 – Build and maintain good habits. The Streaks app is a rad to-do list that encourages you to form great habits. Let’s say you want to meditate or drink eight glasses of water, or workout; this app helps you track those goals individually and has a daily running streak to help you accomplish them. It is motivating because it challenges you to keep that digital chain alive consecutively or it will reset back to zero, and you don’t want that!

What apps and time management systems do you use?

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Pops of Pink

The Autumn colors are super beautiful, cozy and all over the place, yet pink is also showing up this year in a big way for fall, and it is super fun! We’re feeling all kinds of pops of pink today!

Pops of Pink | Oh Happy Day

1 Pink Dress | 2 Lunch in Paris | 3 Clever Gum Packaging Concept | 4 Brilliant Crayons | 5 Pink Lake | 6 Pink Elephant Chocolate Bar | 7 Pom Pom Sweater

First Birthday Luau

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If your in the mood for tropical deets decked out in glam then this First Birthday Luau by Quintina Ricks of Flare Event Design, out of Baton Rouge, LA is sure to please!

Filled with elements bright and fun, this celebration is packed with tropical details you have to see!

So sway your hips and take a look and be sure to check out these favorite ideas as you do:

  • Tropical Balloon Garlands + Runners
  • Gold Pineapple Cups
  • Candy Apple Hedge Backdrop
  • Tropical Luau Cake
  • Pink Flamingo Gable Boxes

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Top 30 New Years Party Ideas

Whether you are celebrating with just your little family or inviting the whole neighborhood, New Year’s Eve is a time to party! Plus, it won’t be for another ten, yes 10 years, that we will get to celebrate a new decade. So why not live it up? We’ve got a collection of the Top 30 […]

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Tricks or Treats

Halloween is three weeks away, can you believe it?! It is such a strange holiday that people often have strong opinions about, and this year we are on team ‘happy’ Halloween and wanted to share some last-minute tricks and treats ideas to inspire you to make something fun and get your creative juices flowing.

There are also well over sixty (!!) different costume ideas in our archives if you are looking for something unique and DIY for those upcoming kid’s costume parties! Check them out here.

Oh Happy Halloween | Oh Happy Day

Row One: 1 | 2 | 3

Row Two: 1 | 2 | 3

Row Three: 1 | 2 | 3

Row Four: 1 | 2 | 3

3 Sensational Soups for You!

As the weather shifts cooler, I transition to soup making; totally my favorite. Read on for three approachable and delicious recipes. I have made these soup recipes so many times, I feel like I could make them blindfolded.

Sensational Soups | Oh Happy Day

The winning story of all of these soups is threefold. One, they are adaptable to make meatless, or even vegan if you want. Second, my kids (the fiercest critics) enjoy them, and others ask for the recipes whenever they have a bowl. Lastly, most of the ingredients you can have stocked in your pantry or freezer, and you will be almost good to go whenever you want to make them. One of my tips for arriving guests is to have one of these delicious standbys simmering on the stove after their long journey, and they are all heart-eyes — something deliciously welcoming about a warm bowl of soup. What are your go-to soup recipes? I would love to hear about them!

Sensational Soups | Oh Happy Day

1 – White Bean Turkey Chili. This recipe is quick to make and delicious. The toppings added at the end (especially with lots of limes) elevate this soup to the next level! Ellie Krieger has an incredible knack of making healthy food taste amazing, and I love many of her other recipes too.

2 – Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup. This soup had me at the lemons. My kids beg me to make this one all the time, and it is an excellent alternative to mix it up from chicken noodle.

3 – Instant Pot Creamy Mexican Chicken Soup. A newer one of our soup favorites, yet since I found this one several months ago no joke I have probably made it ten times, and no one is tired of it yet! Give me a soup recipe that can transform frozen ingredients into an incredibly creamy and healthy soup in a pressure cooker in no time, definitely a win-win! With a few food sensitivities in our family, Danielle Walker has been my go-to girl lately, and her most recent book is fantastic. A tip for this recipe is to try different tomatillo salsas, I like to look for ones with clean ingredients, and I have also made homemade tomatillo salsa which is the best!

Chic Paris Party

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Je suis amoureux with this Chic Paris Party by Ashley Washington, out of Memphis, TN!

Filled with beautiful pink blooms and classic chic decor, this celebration is one charming event to explore!

So off you go to attend this elegant affair, but be sure to stop off at these details that are a favorite flair:

  • Gold Eiffel Tower Cake
  • Parisian Party Invite
  • Floral Eiffel Tower Install
  • Elegant Pink Linens
  • Cascading Balloon Installs + Garlands
  • Parisian-inspired Paint + Art Tables

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Lavish Baby Sprinkle

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If you are looking for a party you won’t forget, get ready!  This Lavish Baby Sprinkle by Kyree Harvey of Miss Kyree Loves will have you swooning and cooing in an instant!

Overflowing with gorgeous blooms and a whole lotta sweet details, this event is certain to please!

So scroll down, do not wait and be sure to check out these amazing party ideas + elements along the way:

  • Baby Themed Sugar Cookies
  • Gorgeous Grazing Table
  • Quilt & Pillow Seating
  • Flower-topped Naked Cake
  • White Plates paired with Gold Flatware
  • Cane Drink + Beverage Stand
  • Baby Sprinkle – Baby Block Sign
  • Color-coordinated Balloon Install

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