How to Stay Organized and Motivated with The Happy Planner

A new year means it’s time for a fresh start, getting organized and setting goals.  I'm one of those people that loves the start of a new year and all the promise of hope and change that come with it.  I love how a new year motivates me to get organized and set new goals. To kick off the new year I've partnered with Michaels to show you just how easy it is to get organized, set goals and stay motivated. One of my favorite things about a new year is getting a new planner.  I literally could … [Read more...]

DIY New Years Eve Ball Drop

This year we are staying in for New Years Eve, but I can't help myself and started planning a small get together with friends.  Last year we spent a cozy night in as a family, so this year I thought it would be fun to ring in the new year with our friends. I thought it would be fun to create our very own DIY New Years Eve Ball Drop to count down to 2017. I feel like 2016 flew by at warp speed.  It was such a busy and exciting year for us, and I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store for us. … [Read more...]

Christmas Morning Breakfasts

After all of the magic and excitement on Christmas morning you and your family are sure to have worked up an appetite. My family has a tradition of eating scones with honey and butter on Christmas morning, it's one of the things I look forward to every year.  But, my husband has requested that there be a little bit more substance (think bacon and eggs) this year.  Whether you are looking for sweet or savory, these Christmas Morning Breakfasts ideas are all delicious and something that everyone … [Read more...]

Easy New Year’s Eve Party Appetizers

Are you staying in to ring in the New Year? Even if you don't have big party plans this New Year's Eve you can make the evening extraordinary and get your 2016 celebration off to a rocking start with our easy southern inspired New Year's Eve Party Appetizers. These memorable appetizers will have guest partying past midnight and you are going to love how easy they are to prepare with just a few off our favorite New Year's Eve party essentials.  This year we are hosting a small get together to … [Read more...]

Mini Pecan Brie Bites

Can you believe it's time to ring in a new year?  We think 2015 was an incredible year full of exciting opportunities and lots and lots of extraordinary memories. We can't wait to see what 2016 has in store, but one thing is certain we plan to start it off on a sweet note with these delicious Mini Pecan Brie Bites! We are planning to stay in this year for New Year's Eve, but that doesn't mean we won't be celebrating in style.  And we all know the key to a great celebration is fabulous food! … [Read more...]

Mini Shrimp and Grits Tasting Spoons

Do you have plans for New Year's Eve yet?  Are you getting all dressed up and hitting the town or do you plan to have a low key evening at home?  This year we are ringing in the new year at home, but that's not going to stop me for embracing our southern roots and making some easy New Year's Eve party appetizers to help us celebrate.  Topping the list will be a tried and true southern favorite with a twist, Mini Shrimp and Grits Tasting Spoons. If you are from the south nothing says comfort … [Read more...]

Chocolate Caramel Puff Pastry Bites

Do you have big plans for the holidays?  I love entertaining friends and family during this time of year and have several events including our annual Favorite Things Party, Christmas Eve dinner and our New Year's Eve party to plan for.  Fortunately, I have a "go-to" solution for making creative and delicious dishes that will transform the ordinary into EXTRAORDINARY!  Thanks to today's sponsor, Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry, I'm going to share my entertaining secret and these delicious recipe for … [Read more...]

Top Posts of 2013

It's the last day of 2013 and while I'm eager to usher in the new year I thought I'd take a moment and reflect on what an incredible year 2013 has been for Giggles Galore. We've had lots of new adventures, created new traditions and made lots of super sweet memories.  It's always fun to see the top visited new posts on my site and 2013 had quite a few creative parties and crafts that made the list.  Here's a look at my top 13 post in 2013: DIY Octopus Costume|Back to School Interview|Apples … [Read more...]

Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

I'm excited about closing out 2013 and ringing in a new year full of new adventures, new opportunities and lots of new memories!  New Year’s Eve events are often adult-only events, but the kids get excited about ringing in the New Year too!  And at a time when babysitters are scarce why not celebrate at home with the kids.  Whether you decide to invite friends over and make it a party or just cozy up with your family, you can make it a memorable New Year’s Eve with these tips for a kid-friendly … [Read more...]

Paper Plate New Year’s Eve Noisemakers

You can't ring in the New Year without a bunch of noise.  If your kids are anything like mine they are already pretty good at making lots of noise, but it never hurts to have a fun craft project they can make to get ready for all of the New Year's Eve festivities.  I made these easy New Year's Eve Paper Plate Noisemakers with my kids and originally shared the craft on Name Bubbles.  But with NYE tomorrow I thought I'd share it with my readers here.  :) New Year's Eve is a time to reflect on the … [Read more...]