The time has come, everyone! We survived the end of the world, so yes, it’s time to celebrate big and ring in 2013. This past year we enjoyed the 2012 Olympics and once more were overcome with awe and fascination by all of the superb athletes across the world, we experienced one of the most controversial presidential elections in years, we lost one of the biggest pop icons, we made great strides in the scientific fields and so much more. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the good and the bad, since it’s what’s molded who we are at this very second. What are you grateful for at the end of 2012? And what are you looking forward to in 2013?
The first day of “fall” officially took place over the weekend. It couldn’t have felt further away from autumn, though. Was it the same for you? I think it’s just strange to see the leaves on the trees morphing into beautiful fall shades while the weather outside doesn’t match. It’s almost like watching a movie with delayed audio. Regardless, we must still decorate accordingly in order to be prepared for the new fall season. Curl up with the new season of your favorite show and brainstorm ideas for your dining room table. Continue reading
Oktoberfest is generally celebrated in late September, going into early October, obviously. It’s a two week festival, the largest fair in the world, that originated in Munich, Germany and one which inspired many German immigrants to start large festivals here in the US and across many other countries as well. Thank you, Bavarian culture for sharing such a fun event! We’re talking large quantities of amazing beer and traditional delicatessen. Our downtown community puts together an awesome international food and beer festival and I highly recommend making a pit stop by Germany. They’re not playing around. Continue reading
I can’t believe the holidays are here! Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we hope all of our My Paper Shop.com-ers had a great holiday feast with lots of love, food and family. Christmas is officially less than a month away. Kudos to those that got a head start on their shopping lists during Black Friday or Cyber Monday. As for the rest of you, we need to get a move on! This winter season, I was really interested in volunteering for a charity or soup kitchen, just to help our family really get in the spirit of giving. I’ve done it before and I truly recommend it. Not only that, but because of our unhealthy economy, our time is something we are able to donate. Continue reading
Although Thanksgiving is a holiday we celebrate in order to give thanks for the blessings we have received, preparing for the celebratory meal can become quite stressful for the hosts (not so much the guests). Actually, guest stress can build if you’re say traveling out of town/state/country to spend the holiday with relatives so scratch that, there are potential stressful situations on all fronts. Continue reading
The Easter Bunny’s arrival is on our heels…literally. There are less than two weeks before Easter–for some that translates into less than two weeks of Lent left and for others it may translate into less than two weeks before a day of egg art at the park. Regardless of what Easter celebrations you may partake in, I have a yummy carrot cupcake recipe for you that is both festive (since bunnies love carrots) and delicious. I’m not positive about the nutrition facts, but there are carrots involved and that’s sort of healthy, right? Or, as a wonderful comic strip once put it: “If you put a crouton on it, it’s a salad.” Continue reading
Spring Break is around the corner and hotels/resorts everywhere are getting ready to welcome wild college kids everywhere. Welcome or dread, that is. Local destinations are definitely popular this year since the economy isn’t doing too great just yet. Here in Los Angeles, popular places include anything that ends in “beach,” Palm Springs, Hollywood, Vegas–the usual. Continue reading
It’s official. The FIFA World Cup 2010 officially began on Friday and soccer fever will not be over until the last goal has been scored. This tournament is the most widely viewed sporting event…no matter what time zone you’re in.
Host a brunch party for friends and family for whichever (if there’s one in particular) match you are most passionate about. Choose breakfast/lunch foods that are authentic dishes from the country you are rooting for and make it an affair to remember. Spice up your guests’ viewing and dining experience with Soccer themed party tableware.
Little League baseball is in its last weeks (if it isn’t over for your little one already) and MLB is well into its second month. Sporting events are so exhilarating and entertaining – whether you’re playing or witnessing history (pitcher throws a perfect game during his debut…on Mother’s Day).
My youngest sibling’s last game is this weekend and the Team Mom is working on putting together that last get together for the boys. If your child will continue on to the All Stars (congratulations!), then get ready for more early games and tons of practice.
Celebrate the end of the season or the fact that it is the season. Shop our Baseball Party Supplies to create a team atmosphere for your up and coming athlete or to set the mood when hosting your next game night!
Easter is the first weekend in April this year. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I feel like Easter was only a couple months ago. Time flies.
With Lent in full mode, all of that time spent away from those dark vices should be spent gearing up for this big holiday. Might I suggest using your spare time and energy to plan a fun Easter egg hunt for the kids? That weekend is the perfect family weekend and what better way to celebrate then at the park with food, games, family and friends?
Ask family members to pitch in with different materials like stencils, food coloring, hard boiled eggs and any arts and crafts tools that would enhance the experience. Others could be in charge of hiding the eggs while others help the children make baskets in which to collect their eggs. Make sure and set up festive Easter table covers or pastel colored plastic table covers to make the clean up easier. Easter decorations can range from anything like a giant basket to clever centerpieces and bunny accents.Enjoy the treats, the fun and the bunny talk!