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Saturday, September 17, 2022

EXCITED TO BE AWAKEND

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I haven’t been this excited about a product in a long time! 🙌🏻 Actually, probably never and I have been with my fair share of health and wellness companies. This is going to be life-changing for sooo many people! 🎉

If you are like me and you’re tired of those extra pounds that you can’t seem to lose no matter how much you exercise and diet, you’re going to want to read this. 👇🏻

Whether it’s because you put on extra weight during quarantine time or whether you’re in peri/pre-menopause, maybe your hormones are out of whack or maybe you just simply can’t get to your goal weight, this may be for YOU! 👀

Here is an explanation as to why you may be gaining weight no matter what you do:

As we gain weight, our fat cells and leptin levels increase. This increase creates what is known as LEPTIN Resistance. This increased LEPTIN disrupts the communication to our brain and therefore causes us to over eat. 

Snacking, looking for food in the pantry even after you had dinner, incessant nighttime food cravings, feeling hungry all the time? 

Sound familiar? 

This disrupted communication from excess leptin, tells us to keep eating and store more fat instead of “stop eating and burn fat,” which consequently results in eating more and unwanted weight gain. It’s a vicious circle of hormonal imbalance.

The good news is…I have a product that can help with this! 😎 I partnered with a company that has the exclusive global rights to this product, that helped the average participant lose 21.3 pounds in a clinical study. 

It is an all-natural fat-loss accelerator that specifically targets LEPTIN Resistance, with no stimulants, no caffeine, and is gluten-free, & soy-free. 

🎯 If you too, are carrying more pounds on your body for your height, you may be leptin resistant.

This product is not only effective but it is backed by science with an eight week clinical trial and the formula has a double patent and is made in the USA! 🇺🇸 We are launching in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and Canada too! 

No matter where you live, if any of this resonates with you, or you know someone who may be impacted by this positively,  let’s chat so we can get your order in now while we are still in pre-launch mode. Once the word spreads on this, it will go viral just like before! 🔥 You can comment here, send a direct message or email me at: LissetteRo@gmail.com

We have been settling for the status quo for way too long! It is time to get to “A Fit Place” and awaken our mind, body and soul! ✨ And that starts with the decision to say yes, a commitment to continue and the decision to be disciplined!  

Let’s crush this wellness journey and step up our game! It’s a lifestyle to be this Awakend.





Wednesday, July 13, 2022

GLOBAL WELLNESS TREND


One of the best things for me about being in the wellness industry is being able to make a positive impact in the lives of others.  In my opinion, we have come a long way since the pandemic, (and even a few years before that,) in terms of how we view wellness.

Most people, who are in the wellness industry or on a holistic health journey, are no longer willing to just “pop“ supplements without “evidence-backed immune health information.”  After a couple of years of living with the pandemic (Cv19,) most of us have learned that indeed, good health is wealth and we are demanding more of it. 

And on that note, shifting to a business perspective, I have to point out that the global wellness economy, is valued at $4.4 trillion, (as cited in the 2020 Global Wellness Institute) with the mental wellness industry being a $131 billion industry
within that category. This industry is not only growing but has gained momentum not only in our country but worldwide - it is a global trend. 

(Note: Specifically in the U.S., we are the largest market, at $1.2 trillion–nearly double the size of the second-largest market, China, at $683 billion. In fact, the US accounts for 28% of the entire global wellness market, while the top ten markets represent 71% of the world total.”)

Below are 10 Wellness Trends for 2022:

  • Dirt-y Wellness: The Health of the World’s Soil–and the Impact of Soil Exposure on Human Health–Become More Important
  • Toxic Muscularity Comes Clean
  • From Wellness Tech to Technological Wellness
  • Senior Living Disrupted
  • Wellness Travel: Seekers, Welcome
  • Innovative Tech Closing the Gender Gap in Medical Research
  • Urban Bathhouses & Wellness Playgrounds
  • Next-Gen Naturalism: The Return of Self-Reliance
  • Health & Wellness Coaching Gets Certified
  • Wellness Welcomes the Metaverse 
As we lived through our new collective reality, people began to recognize that strengthening their immune system was key to good health and protecting themselves as much as possible.  


However, many people did not have all the facts straight in their efforts to do so. 

Since then, there have been many developments in the wellness industry and in scientific research as well. 

According to an article in the Global Wellness Summit of 2021, the number one thing that can strengthen our immunity (personally and as a culture) is: to focus relentlessly on sensible, science-backed diets that drive metabolic health (and stop the profusion of trendy, complex ones that don’t).

As well as, to focus on the microbiome - that has an incredible 70% of our immune system headquartered in our “gut!” A healthy microbiome is an integral part of a health body.

The microbiome is “an outrageously complex system, and researchers are trying to crack the microbiome code, and testing will get better, with A.I. and machine-learning helping apply your byzantine gut data for personalized nutrition.”

It is this kind of information that reaffirms my alignment with that being in the health and wellness industry is the right place to be.

The Health and Mental Wellnes field is where it’s at. 

The world needs more love, more healers and more people willing to make a difference!

To learn more about some of the companies I am partnered with, visit my website and how you too can improve your hormone health, mindset and maintain a healthy work/life balance. 

Feel free to reach out to me: Lissette . My personal email is: LissetteRo@gmail.com



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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

THE SIGNS ARE THERE

Uvalde School Shooting

PARKLAND, FL - Once again we are left with so many questions. Once again we are left heartbroken.  How does it start? How does an 18-year-old get to the point that he would wear tactical gear and arm himself with weapons and ruthlessly kill his own grandmother, 19 children and two adults? There are no words and no justification for this. What I can tell you is that this did not happen overnight. The 18-year old did not become a “killer” from one day to the next. The signs were there but no one said anything, no one did anything, he just fell through the cracks,  as so many have. Perhaps he was suffering silently with his anger or hate or insecurities? Only God knows and whether you believe his emotional well-being had anything to do with his actions or not, the fact is, in his mind, they did. 
Here we are as a nation, heartbroken at the news that young children (younger than we are use to since Sandy Hook,) were shot and killed in school in Uvalde, Texas on May 23, 2022. 

Just another day in America.

They were just little kids, ages 8-11 years old. And their teachers - my goodness, all they did was walk into work with the hopes of making the lives of their students a little better, and now 2 of those teachers are also dead. 

Now what? It’s been 4 years since the Parkland (2/14/18) school shooting and what have we done to keep our children any safer in schools? Anything that really makes a difference?

Students deserve to learn and to live without the fear of getting shot in their school or their neighborhoods. Wouldn’t you agree? 

Less than two weeks ago, a white supremacist shot and killed multiple Black people in Buffalo, New York, adding to the list of shootings and targeted violence in this Country. We have had over 200 mass shootings and it’s only the 144th day of the year. We can no longer even keep track of how many shootings and who to mourn for. It is a disgrace on a global scale. 

Again, where does the anger and hate come from? 

People will blame guns. They will argue that access to guns is way too easy in this Country and I have to say, I do agree. Then you have the other sector of society, that believes we need more guns to protect our kids in school- more police, more resource officers, more weapons, more militia etc..but how much is too much?

When you look at all the points they seem valid in their own way but why haven’t we really delved into WHAT & WHY?

What causes someone to snap and commit such evil crimes? Why did they get to this point in their lives? I have been writing about this since before my child became a survivor in a school shooting. I have always wondered why? 

I will tell you why. It is because in most cases the signs were there ever since these perpetrators were children and as parents, teachers and a community, we chose to overlook it. In some cases, it was simply because there was a lack of resources, a poor school system, or bureaucracy that got in the way.  And when you add the component of easy access to weapons, we have a volatile combination. This is the current recipe for disaster that we are living in this country.

We are allowed to believe that BOTH those factors play a role in the crisis we have on our hands. I can only hope that we are all in agreement that we cannot continue to live like this, with our children growing up in fear.

So, what are the solutions? What can we do as a nation, as a society, and as parents? 

One of the hardest jobs in the world is to be a parent. We often see our children going through things and we always believe they will “grow out of it” and almost always, they do. 

You wonder, is your angry teenager going to grow up and be an angry adult? Are their hormonal outrages something bigger - something to be concerned about? 

These are troubled waters we must navigate as parents but there comes a time when we have to recognize if something is really wrong with a child. And in my opinion, as a parent, you know. What you do thereafter is completely on your shoulders. 

We cannot continue to ignore mental health issues, nor can we promote access to weapons to children who have not fully developed in their brains. 

According to studies the development and maturation of the pre-frontal cortex, responsible for executive functions of the brain, does not fully develop until age 25. This only supports the argument that an 18, 19, 20 year old is not mature enough intellectually to make certain decisions. And in my opinion, that would include owning a weapon. 

How many times have we seen across social media platforms specifically on Twitter, families flaunting their Xmas pictures or family photos with their children holding weapons? How is this okay? 

Don’t get me wrong this has nothing to do with the Second Amendment. I am all for the right to bear arms.  However, where do we draw the line? Where does common sense begin and end? What are we teaching children when we encourage them to hold and flaunt military style weapons in family photos? You can do whatever you want but at what point do we say, society has to do its part? We can disagree on many things but we have to be in agreement that our children deserve better. No?

The right to bear arms should not outweigh the right for children to be safe in their own schools. You can be a law-abiding citizen, who owns a weapon but what I will never understand is gun owners who are not in agreement for background checks and restricting easy access to weapons. 

I don’t get it, but I digress. While I strongly believe that there must be some common sense gun reform, the purpose of this writing is to shine a light on mental wellness or lack there of.  

I worked briefly at a place that was dedicated to focusing on the cognitive behavior of children with ADHD, autism, defiance disorder and other issues that were affecting them in school and in their relationships. I chose to work there because I felt it was somewhere that I could make a real difference. I learned a lot during my brief time there.

I learned that there are parents who are really trying to help their children that have issues but that it also comes at a very high price, literally. This program cost hundreds of dollars sometimes thousands. There were many parents that seemed desperate for help but just couldn’t afford it. 

I began to question, what happens if these kids cannot enroll in the program or do not follow through in the program once enrolled? Do they get worse? Do they grow out of their troubles or could they possibly become the next school shooter? Sounds a little dramatic right? 

I saw more than a handful of kids walk through that program, that had all the tell-tale signs of being potential “trouble.” And that is not profiling - that was based on test results, behavior and past records. Of course, not all the kids were in such dire straights but those very few - those were the ones I wondered what would become of them if no one truly intervened. Those are the ones that frightened me. 

As the parent of a child who survived a school shooting, I can tell you that the perpetrator in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida was a troubled child and a bully since early on - there is evidence and testimonials to concur.  Where was the intervention then? Why did the system keep passing him along ignoring the real issues? Not every “bully” becomes a school shooter but we do have to address the fact that way too many young kids and teens are suffering in silence with their mental health. 

We are failing them somewhere along the line. Is it because of their family life? Their friends, or lack of friends, is it because of faith or lack of faith, is it because of video games or social media? It could be one of these or all of these. The questions and possibilities seem endless but doing nothing about it should not be an option. 

When are we going to step up to the plate and help troubled kids and teens? And for that matter, adults who suffer with mental health. 
It is true that there are many wonderful programs and organizations out there focused on helping these such issues but we have to DO MORE as a Country and as a collective because right now, we are failing this course in humanity. 

As a mother, as an American citizen, as a humanitarian and as a writer, I am going to do everything in my power to advocate and change the narrative around mental wellness. 

We may have grown up in a generation where this was not an issue we discussed and we didn’t know how to address it, but here we are, in 2022, in a Country broken by division, hate and a mental health crisis of epic proportions. 

It is possible to advocate for common sense gun reform, while also advocating for mental health awareness. I believe that they are intertwined.  

It is because these perpetrators have mental health issues from early and they know that they have easy access to weapons - this combination, in my opinion, breeds the atrocities we see happening that are mass shootings. 

At what point do we stop arming ourselves to the tee? Do we not realize we’re the only country that has the level of mass shootings that we do? Obviously, more guns is not the answer. 

Over 200 mass shootings and we are okay with it? Actually, not okay, but sometimes apathetic about it. The answer is not to have more guns, nor to stack schools up with more police officers. In my opinion the answer should lie in getting to the root cause of how and why did a child grow up to have such evil in their heart? Or why does an adult have so much hate in their heart that they would turn to violence? We can definitely protect our schools and our children while simultaneously addressing the root cause of the mental health issues. 

It is just like a person who is not feeling well and goes to the doctor.  If you keep giving them medicines and putting on “band-aids,” eventually the diseased body will erupt at some point, if you don’t get to the root cause of what is actually causing the problem, it will continue. 

We can no longer keep ignoring the signs we see in troubled children. We can’t save every troubled teen but they do say it “takes a village,” and it is time for that village to come together. 

The village does not mean that others will raise your child for you. Obviously, parenting is the responsibility of those who chose to have children, however, as a society and anyone with a moral compass, we should take a vested interest and do what we can to help others whether that is a child, a teen or an adult, who is struggling with their mental health. 

If we are not here to help each other and live better lives, then why are we here? 

You might think the problem is too big or we’ve gone too far to turn back. I am here to tell you that is not the case. Every piece of this puzzle counts and if you have an opportunity to lay down a piece and make a change please do so, even if that just means being a little kinder to your fellow neighbor, colleague, classmate, co-worker or anyone you think is struggling. 

So how do we begin to address this problem?  

Let me just reiterate that not only do I think there is a major mental health epidemic in this Country, but I also whole-heartedly believe that the problem is exacerbated because of easy access to weapons! And BOTH of those issues MUST BE ADDRESSED on a national level.  

In the meantime, what can we do:

✅ Vote for common sense gun reform.
✅ Call out politicians who support the NRA.
✅ Vote with your pockets/money. 
✅ Volunteer in charities that make a difference. 
✅ Advocate for better resources in our schools.
✅ Advocate for mental health awareness.
✅ Speak up or write how you think we can make positive changes.
✅ Be kind to your fellow human beings, regardless of their color or race and at the very least do not hurt them. 
✅ Thank the teachers who everyday, now put their lives on the line for our children.
✅ Ask for help! If you or your child are struggling with mental health issues, please do not be afraid to ask for help or seek holistic health solutions.
✅ Promote positivity and kindness whenever possible. 
✅ Be a mentor to a child, tween or teen - you could be the one to literally save their life. 

And in my opinion, one of the most important things we can do as parents and guardians is:

✅ Teach your children: empathy, compassion and  tolerance! 

Don’t ignore the signs. We can turn this “ship” around in many ways. It is long overdue but we need to TAKE constructive ACTION.  As my husband said the day after the Parkland shooting to the politicians: 
DO SOMETHING.” 

And now I urge you as citizens of this country, as parents and as members of society, it’s time that we ALL do something to leave a better nation and world for future generations.

-Lissette Rozenblat 


(UPDATE: Article edited sadly, with an updated count of children who were killed.)

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

KIDS AND TEENS MENTAL WELLNESS

 (Originally posted in The Power to be Happy blog)

We all know what a temperamental tween or teen is like - not only if you are a parent, but because we have all been there! However, there is a huge difference between a typical moody teenager and what seems to be happening more and more.


There is an epidemic in this country and it directly affects our children in one way or another, especially after the global pandemic we all went through. As a matter of fact, the Surgeon General warned of a mental health crisis among our youth.  


According to an article in the New York Times, “Depression, self-harm and suicide are rising among American adolescents.” Tweens and teens have a variety of reasons why they may be struggling with their mental health but the Covid pandemic, coupled with social and racial inequalities, as well as an increase in cyber-bullying, may all be contributing factors.


[NOTE: This article in no way serves as medical advice. If you or your child is suffering from a mental health crisis, please seek professional help immediately.]
Parents often ask and wonder how they can help their teens struggling with mental health. And more often than not, there are those parents, who do not always want to put their child (teen) on medication, if they can avoid it.

This is where natural, plant-based holistic alternatives come into play. Supplements like saffron, theanine, NZ pine bark, & specific strains of probiotic bacteria are helping kids/teens flourish. More than ever there is scientific evidence correlating the connection between gut health and the brain - the gut-brain axis. There are unique blends of natural remedies targeted to enhance overall mental wellness, specifically, Kids Fundamentals. 


Dr. Shawn Talbott, Chief Scientific Officer|Author|Professor|PhytoNutritionist, explains, what Kids Fundamentals does: “We want to be able to deliver comprehensive gut-brain axis SOLUTIONS for our children to help them improve their mental wellness, just like we do for adults,” and Kids Fundamentals does just that.”


Here are a few tips as well, according to Dr. Nadell from Mount Sinai that we may suggest to our children: 

To learn more about alternative options for kids and teens all-in-one gut-brain axis nutrition, visit: KidsandTeensMentalWellness.com

 

 


 

 

(Sources: New York Times,Harvard Edu. Blog, AmpProject, Amare Global)

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-mental-health-crisis-among-children-and-teens-how-parents-can-help-202203082700
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Author:

Lissette Rozenblat
Founder, The Power to be Happy|Blogger|Amare Wellness Partner




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Friday, April 15, 2022

HOW TO MAKE AUTHENTIC CUBAN COFFEE

This post is for the coffee lovers out there, like me! And if you know, you know that a good Cuban coffee (un cafécito Cubano,) is one of the most delicious coffees you can have and will keep you wired for a while. 

Growing up in Miami and in a Cuban household, coffee was an integral part of life and social gatherings.  I remember Saturday mornings as a kid, watching cartoons and having a mug full of café con leche (with Cuban coffee of course,) and Cuban bread with butter. Still my favorite breakfast!  I am not even going to address whether that was a healthy choice or not. LOL!  Even now, I know that drinking too much coffee is not the healthiest option for me, but I LOVE it!

I love to drink coffee, especially a café con leche, but I don't usually make Cuban coffee myself. I had a family member tell me recently how difficult it was to find good Cuban coffee in their city, and it got me thinking, maybe it's easier (and cheaper) to just make it at home.  It might not be as delicious, let's say, as a "cortadito" (see below for recipe) on the corner of Versailles in Miami but you can get pretty authentic café if you learn how to make it properly and have the right tools and ingredients! Personally, the Cuban coffee I always had growing up was Cafe Bustelo.  You can choose whichever you like but try to stick to real Cuban coffee, so you can get the authentic taste.

So, in an effort to get you started on having your own cup of delicious café Cubano, here is a video that shows you the steps on how to make it at home.  The only thing different from when I was growing up is that now, there is the option of using an electric Cuban coffee maker, which I think is a great idea. You can see that in the second video below.  I think I will actually order one for my own home and get my Cuban coffee tradition going again. And another interesting option that they didn't have when I was growing up or even in recent years, is a "cafetera" with a handle!  Now, that's convenient. I can't even tell you the number of times I burned my hand trying to twist the bottom of the coffee maker.

 

 MAKING CUBAN COFFEE:


 

Below is a more detailed tutorial I found on YouTube on how to make Cuban coffee:


How to make Authentic Cuban Coffee Recipe Espresso /
Receta café Cubano auténtico cafetera eléctrica

 

Once you've made your Cuban coffee you can drink it straight up from one of those little cups they serve at restaurants or a shot glass or if you want to be fancy or having guests coming over and you want to impress them with your Cuban swag, you can serve the café in classic "tasitas." And if you prefer a more latte-like experience, you can add frothed milk, and have it as a café con leche.  Just pick a mug and enjoy!

The electric Cuban coffee maker mentioned in the video (shown below) comes with an option to make 3 or 6 cups.

                                           

            

 

 

How to Make a Cortadito:

  • 2 shots of espresso
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • Steamed milk
  • Serving cup
  • Spoon or small whisk

Instructions

  1. Add the sugar to the serving cup and set it aside
  2. Pull your double shot of espresso
  3. Pour a small amount of coffee into the sugar and whip until light and fluffy
  4. Add the remaining coffee to the cup and stir to combine
  5. Top with an equal amount of steamed milk   
 
(Source: Homegrounds)

 
 
NOTE: If you want to stick to old school "cafetera" (Cuban coffee maker,) you can always find one easily, like the one below:
 

 





PRODUCT LIST: (includes affiliate links, which does not cost more, simply supports content creator.)


 -Cuban coffee  (or decaffeinated option)
-Milk frother (optional)
-Froyo Spoon (as mentioned in tutorial video)



Saturday, April 9, 2022

MENTAL WELLNESS AND MOMENTUM

DID YOU KNOW that the mental health field will be the next trillion dollar industry?!😳 
 
I have to share this with you all! You all know I love social media, love marketing, love the health field and love making a difference!!! Well, I have partnered with a mental wellness company that is helping me do all of that! This momentum is taking over just like they said it would!

I am living in my purpose and ready to make a difference! I am so excited to be a part of something like this where:

  • People are winning more than a paycheck! 
  • People are making healthy changes in their life and improving their overall health and mental wellness!!
  • People who have never had success in #NWM are now having more success than ever before!
  • There is a massive movement in the area of gut-brain connection!
  • Moms are able to stay home with their kids and earn some extra income!

🚀 We have access to a system that is easily duplicated. Literally, a step by step action plan to make sharing these products and business model so easy. All you need to do is plug in.

Our corporate & marketing team is awesome! Some of the platforms and systems they have created are incredibly user-friendly and super easy to navigate for customers as well! The marketing tools and sale sheets are on point and you guys know I LOVE sales & marketing!

I am blown away that there is actually a company out there that encompasses all the things I love and is having massive success!🤯 They are totally having an upward turn and the momentum is building.

I love being able to be a part of something where I can make a difference in people's lives, not only with their gut health but especially with their mental wellness. It is such a big difference to be surrounded with like-minded people, who want to serve other people in the right way and are authentic with their desire to help others as well. 💜
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There is so much potential with these products and opportunity with this mental wellness company, which actually isn't shocking because there is such a huge need in the area of mental health. Never in my lifetime, have I seen as many people (specifically in America) in such need to find something to improve their MENTAL WELLNESS (re: stress, anxiety, depression etc...) and overall health during these very trying and uncertain times. I am still a big proponent of using CBD as an alternative health option but what I have learned during my health journey and research, is that the gut-brain connection is so powerful, as it relates to our overall health, that these products are literally life-changers!
 
 
After all the health issues I (and some of my family members have been through) it is my mission to help change the world for the better. If I can help just ONE person that is one less person who has to struggle and one person whose life will have improved! It is an incredible feeling when a customer shares their improvements and texts on how much better they are feeling.  The truth is so many people struggle silently, while others are crying for help, whether it is with their mental health, sleep, anxiety, depression, gut health issues or weight-loss resistance.
 
How many of us have felt like we are in an endless cycle of trying to lose weight, trying to feel better, only to end up feeling depressed when we don't lose the weight we want and then the vicious circle begins of poor eating that results in poor gut health. At the end of the day, I think we all want the same things, to be HAPPY and to be HEALTHY! And we want the same for our loved ones. 
 
It is time to focus on feeling well from the inside out!  The mental wellness company has an amazing line-up of products that can help with all the issues mentioned above and more.

And it’s all happening just like they told me it would! Our team stats just blew me away:

💜 263 people earned free product in the first 15 days in the (last) month.
💜 121 earned an additional $500 with a special program we offer monthly.
💜 1730 new people joined our team (509 of them were business building partners)
💜 We celebrated 293 promotions on our team!


The benefits that these products offer are amazing
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 ✔️ Increases energy levels
 ✔️ Nourishes good gut bacteria
✔️ Improves your microbiome
✔️ Helps control appetite
✔️ Supports healthy muscle mass
✔️ Increases feeling of fullness


We can all benefit from these supplements especially if you are looking to improve your gut microbiome, overall health and mental wellness! If you haven't read up on it yet....please go research (or Google) about the GUT-BRAIN CONNECTION!

If you know anything about momentum, you know it is all about TIMING! You don’t want to miss this!! The time is now! "You don't find the happy life, you make it!"

If you are interested in improving your gut health and mental wellness, let’s chat!! I have something for you and everyone in your family (kids & teens!)

***If you want an INVITE to join the"Future of Mental Wellness" group, just so you can look around and read testimonials and info for yourself, you can email me at: LissetteRo@gmail.com
 
 


 

Thursday, March 31, 2022

HOW TO THROW A PARTY WORTH CELEBRATING

As the founders of one of the newest and most popular ways to celebrate events, we are constantly asked by our friends and family to share some of our favorite party planning and celebration tips. As we get ready for World Party Day on April 3rd, we thought we would combine the advice we give to our loved ones in one place for others who love to throw a good party!

 

Be a strategic planner. As moms turned CEOs, we can tell you that being smart and thoughtful when it comes to planning your party or event is going to give you the results you want with as little stress as possible. Before we throw any event, we sit down and write out the goal, the type of event, our top wants and must-haves and deadlines and timelines for each task.

 

Menu is key. If your family and friends are anything like ours, the food will be key to your guests enjoying themselves. Once you determine the type of party you’re throwing, determining multiple options for food is paramount to a successful shindig. These days, with so many different dietary restrictions, a buffet style table with several platters allows everyone to fill their plate with something. Just don’t forget, even at a child’s birthday party, parents need to eat too! If a more formal event, be sure to pick more than one entree choice to provide to your guests.

 

Master the music list. The number one thing to consider here is what age group you will be entertaining. Are you playing background music, or is it meant to keep the energy up? If conversation is a priority, keep it quiet. If you’re doing something later in the day, keep the music upbeat so people don’t get sleepy! Regardless, curating playlists in advance on your preferred music streaming platform will set the exact vibe you want your guests to experience.

 

Make a bold statement. We are proud Texans, and as they say, “everything is bigger in Texas!” A great way to celebrate an event with a more custom approach, but also a unique and bold approach, is to book a Card My Yard. The whole neighborhood can celebrate someone’s birthday with a creative and colorful large yard “Happy Birthday” sign or your own special message. A yard sign can also help guests find your location and super-sized frames make for a perfect photo op!

 

Set the scene. Depending on the event, you may be able to go “all out” with a theme. If that is the case, we have found that you can save money—and these days, shipping times—by shopping or ordering from a local business or franchise. Additionally, repurposing outfits, and researching and creating your own indoor party decor, can be great ways to personalize an event. If there isn’t a theme, and it is an adult party, detailed but simple, is a safe way to go—especially if you are planning on a shorter timeline. Things like personalized name cards, table decor or a signature drink can ensure your party is memorable.

 

If you’re throwing a kids party, ask yourself if your little guy or gal is really into a certain movie? Or does he want to play with cars all day? We have found decorations are what awes children the most and leave a lasting impression. Make the party feel like a scene from Frozen or even a racetrack. Children also tend to be mesmerized by their heroes; consider dressing up as your kiddos’ favorite character. Even if it's not the most authentic costume, they won’t notice!

 

Make more memories. Pictures and videos are the greatest way to capture the memories made at your event. Having a way for guests to snap a few photos is always a great idea, especially in today’s world of social media. Options include renting a Polaroid instant-print camera, creating an event-specific hashtag or setting up a D-I-Y photo booth. As moms, we know the value of being present, especially if throwing a party for someone in your family. Consider hiring a photographer or videographer. Often, local colleges or high schools may have more affordable opportunities for their talented students to gain experience.

 

We hope whatever celebration you create brings you great joy and that these tips make planning it a little simpler.

 

Amy Arnold and Jessica Stanley are the founders of Card My Yard. Founded in 2014, Card My Yard is America’s premier yard greetings service with 450+ franchise locations in 45 states and a national headquarters in Austin, Texas. Catering to special occasions, events and milestones, the company has transformed celebrations across the country and continues to make a positive impact in communities nationwide. For more information, visit www.cardmyyard.com and stay connected @cardmyyard.

 

 


 

 

Guest Post:  Amy Arnold, co-founder and chief brand officer, and Jessica Stanley, co-founder and chief marketing officer of Card My Yard.