Five Things About Me

I posted this on Instagram a while back. But, I really like the idea behind it, so I am posting it here with a little more info. The photo was taken by Macey of Motormouth Studio (she did my head shots recently) and then I added the text via an iPhone app.

Five Things about Jenni Bost: 
  1. I write romance novels. Well, that is part of the truth. I write as a ghost writer for several different companies. I have written several short stories and two novels now that are pretty much right there in the romance category. Personally, if I ever get around to finishing my own novel, I’d write a novel in the fantasy genre. I’ll be participating in Novel November… but, I just got a job ghost writing a novel SO I’ll be working on that one instead of my own. I figure all of this ghost writing is really good practice!
  2. My hubs and I were set up by two friends while we were in college. That is just the tip of a complicated love story. I wouldn’t change a second of our story though. So thankful to our friends that set us up! (Shout out to Amanda and Loni!)
  3. Spell check is my second best friend. (My hubs, and editor, is my first best friend.) I actually can catch poor spelling in other people’s writing (even worked as an editor for a newspaper) but, I cannot catch spelling mistakes in my own writing. Some words I refuse to write because they give me so much grief.
  4. I read really, really fast. I am not bragging… it is just a fact. I’ve always loved reading and I have always read quickly. (I finished Harry Potter 7 in 8 hours.) If I am really into a book, then I can’t put it down. I devour it. Don’t ask me to read aloud though, I stumble over pronunciations of things bad!
  5. I think about parties ALL THE TIME. In my brain right now I have ideas for at least 4 upcoming parties/events. We just finished our annual Halloween party and I am dreaming about my birthday. Just how it is!
Now, YOUR TURN! 
Tell me 5 interesting or unknown facts about you! 

Free Halloween Printables in Use

Remember the Halloween Printables I created for all my lovely Facebook fans? Well, I decided to use them in my Halloween party this year as well! I think they really turned out cute in print! Photos were snapped by my good friend Macey from Motormouth Studio while she was off-duty. It is great to have talented friends!

The free printables are still available for download. Create some quick cupcake toppers or a Happy Halloween banner on the fly!

Click here to download the free Halloween printables

Weekend in Review: Microsoft, Babysitters, Halloween, and Anthropologie OH MY

I don’t think I stopped for one moment this weekend. It was all fun, but I’m exhausted today!

1) Friday, during the day, I met with my new friend Chelsey, from The Paper Mama, to check out the new Microsoft Surface. We had a nice little lunch and our kids behaved amazingly as we chatted with the Microsoft person about the new tablet. I also picked up the cutest pair of pants for the kiddo from H&M (style post coming sometime soon, I’m sure!) 2) Friday evening our friends Suzannah (from Adventures in Dressmaking) and her husband Jason picked up the kiddo and brought him out while the hubby and I stayed home to prep for our Halloween party. It was weird being at our home without our son. It was also really nice to get something done! 3 &4) Saturday was all about our Halloween Party. Check out A Well Crafted Party this week to see real party posts about the event! 5 &6) Sunday I had the awesome opportunity to craft some of the items for Anthropologie’s holiday window displays! I also was lucky enough to meet up with Macey (Motormouth Studio), Abby (Cheers), and Sam (Sam Rosen).

What did YOU do this weekend?

{Sneak Peek} Halloween 2012

Just a quick sneak peek of the upcoming {Real Party} Halloween post.
Check in over the next two days to see more pictures and get some last minute ideas before the holiday!
These great black & white photos were snapped by my friend Macey of Motormouth Studio.

My Favorite Pair of Jeans

I’ve discovered the awesomeness that are the Old Navy Rockstar skinny jeans. I’m not much for putting up style posts. I often feel silly when taking “style” photos. Haha… getting dressed daily is kind of a HUGE feat most days. But, these jeans have become my go-to pants and I felt like sharing.

The jeans come in a multitude of colors. They are super comfy and fit great…. that is, if you try them on. Each pair of mine are either a different size or different fit. I once ordered three in different colors, but the same size, and they all fit differently. I felt like goldilocks of pants.

So, while I recommend the jeans… I do also recommend going into the store and trying them on. Don’t even trust the fact that you have another pair in the same size.

Rockstar Jeans in Dark Blue Denim
Rockstar Jeans in Grey (photo by Motormouth Studios)
Rockstar Jeans in Purple
Do you have a clothing item that you buy several in multiple colors because you love it so much? 

{Recipe} Raw Vegan Party Menu

My friend Suzannah did all the amazing food for her birthday party. She is on a mostly raw/vegan diet and, while she wanted to make her friends and family comfortable at the party, she also wanted to eat the majority of the party food at her own party!

** Not all of the food on the table was raw/vegan because Suzannah wished to make her guests who were not raw/vegan more comfortable.

I was a little concerned when she said that the party food was going to be mostly raw/vegan. Not going to lie— my hubby and I ate a snack before heading over. :) But, the party food ended up being incredibly tasty and filling! So much, in fact, that I asked Suzannah to share the links to her recipes with you. So, below is a raw/vegan party menu with recipe links. I dare you to try one or two of the recipes at your next party! (There are nuts in a lot of raw/vegan food… if you are having a party where you don’t know if someone has allergies then it might be a good idea to label the food!)

Raw/Vegan Party Menu:
Cabbage Wraps with Taco Nut Meat
Raw Vegan Sour Cream*
Fresh Veggie Plate 
Fresh Fruit Plate
Almonds
Mushrooms
Fresh Guacamole
* Suzannah mentioned that she didn’t like using the Olive Oil in the Sour Cream recipe. She felt like it didn’t taste quite right. I liked it… but, she did add that she has used the following recipes and liked them:
** This was my favorite part of the meal (go figure, dessert!) I forgot to get the recipe that Suzannah used. But, I found this one and it looks to be pretty much what I remembered her saying about the recipe. 

What food restrictions do you work 
with when creating your party menus? 
I just found out that my son is allergic to peanuts… I’ve got a whole new ball game coming with menu planning in the future!

{DIY} Quick Party Decor with Glitter Tape

In creating some of the decor items for Suzannah’s Glitz and Glamour 25th Birthday Party I discovered the wonders of glitter tape. AWESOME. 
You can get pre-glittered tape or pre-glittered ribbon to make these quick DIY decor items work for your next shin-dig. If you are using glitter ribbon then use glue or double sided tape to help make things stick. I’ve got two super quick and super easy DIYs for you here. Paired with the pretty sequin vases and you’ve got yourself a Parrrtay. 

Glitter Toothpick Flags How To:

  1. Gather supplies: toothpicks, glitter tape, and scissors.
  2. Cut off a two-inch section of glitter tape.
  3. Press glitter tape on top of each other, sealing it on top of the toothpick. 
  4. Repeat several times to make a set of flagged toothpicks! 
These are great for decking out cupcakes, appetizers, and floral arrangements!

Glitter Tealights How To:

  1. Gather supplies: tealights, glitter tape, and scissors.
  2. Cut off a two-inch section of glitter tape.
  3. Wrap the glitter tape around the metal container of the tea-light candle. Press to adhere.
  4. Repeat several times to make a nice set of candles!
Place in glass tea-light holders around the party venue. It makes for easy, disposable, and inexpensive party decor.

What is your easy, go to party decor? 



Fall Tradition of the Pumpkin Patch and Toddler Style

We went to the Pumpkin Patch when X was only about two months old. We decided on that trip that the Pumpkin Patch would be a yearly tradition. This year’s trip was even more fun than last year’s trip, because the little guy was totally into it. He was amazed by everything, and everyone, around him.
Plus, I got to dress him up in a super cute hat and scarf. He is my lil’ stud.
Not sure if the clothes he is wearing are still available.
But, the links below go to the sites of the stores I purchased his clothing at!
(Hat: Old Navy, Scarf: Dollar Tree, Shirt: Target, Jacket: Old Navy, Skinny Jeans: Old Navy, Shoes: KMart)

What is your favorite Fall tradition?

{DIY} Sequin Vase with Floating Flower Centerpiece

I love when I go into a party and I see fresh flowers. But, I also know that fresh flowers can be expensive! Lately, I’ve been really into creating floating floral centerpieces because they are more cost effective and just plain gorgeous.

Yesterday I shared a few photos of my friend Suzannah’s Pink and glamorous 25th birthday party. One of my favorite DIY decor elements was the sequin vases filled with floating flowers.

This simple DIY only cost me around $2 per centerpiece! Using only some round vases from the Dollar Tree, a little glue, a bag of sequins from the local craft store, and a small bunch of roses I was able to create several of these little beauties.

How to create your own sequin vases with floating flowers:

  1. Gather your supplies: 1 vase, glue, paint brush, sequins, water, flower, and scissors. I used Elmer’s glue. Mod Podge would also do well. I also prefer roses for this type of centerpiece, but many other flowers would look just as gorgeous. I just happen to love how the rose looks all opened up and floating in water.
  2. Using a paintbrush, paint a thin layer of glue on the bottoms and sides of the vase.
  3. Pour sequins in vase and shake until covered. Let dry.
  4. Prep flowers by cutting the flowers at an angle at the place that the head of the flower meets the stem.
  5. Pour water into the dried vase. Some of the sequins will come loose and float to about an inch or two from the top of the vase. I like this and left it that way for the party.
  6. Drop the flower head into the water with the petals facing upwards. If you are using a rose and it hasn’t opened up just yet, lightly fluff the petals with your fingers or open the bud with running water. Be careful not to open the bud too quickly, as it may fall apart. 
Have fun creating these fun, inexpensive, and beautiful floral arrangements! I’d love to see a photo if you do this at one of your future events! 

Another Cleaning Method

Want to know a secret? Well, maybe not a secret since by blog’s name is “Leave the Laundry for Later,” but I hate housework. 
I don’t like living in a mess either…. but, I really hate housework. 
I tend to focus all of my energy on my projects, my son, and cooking tasty food, that when it is time to do housework, I feel like it is pulling me away from what I’d like to do.

When we moved to our new place we gained a lot of extra storage space, an extra bedroom, and a huge outdoor space. But, we lost a dishwasher and lots of great counter space. So, the above picture is what my kitchen tends to look like after a day of cooking/eating/drinking.

Oh, and notice the crazy amount of “cleaning supplies” up in the left hand corner. I’m a habitual hand washer so we always have hand soap on hand. Then of course we have dish soap, a sponge, and a brush. A total cluttered mess in order to do our daily cleaning.

I was asked by a Whole Foods if I’d like a sample of the newest addition to the Method household cleaning line I jumped at it. I love Method and use their all-purpose cleaner throughout my house. The thing I really liked about this particular sample? It is a dish soap and hand soap all in one! I know, I know… I could probably use my dish soap as a hand soap, but I don’t like how soapy it makes my hands feel. Anywho… I was surprised when this cute little grey bottle showed up at my door. I thought I’d be getting a little packet of soap that would wash a sink full of dishes.

The dish + hand soap has a whole “ocean” vibe with the sweet water and sea minerals scents. The bottle is also made of recycled ocean plastic.

And, no big surprise here… it cleaned my dishes! Well, with some small scrubbing action on my part that is.

By the by… if anyone makes a dish soap that can do the dishes for me then I will totally be on board!

My hands didn’t feel gross after the dish cleaning. I think I’ll try the sweet water scent next time. I found the sea minerals scent a little bit like a nice smelling cologne.

NOW… to find someone to put the dishes up!

What is your favorite chore? Least favorite?

*I did receive a free bottle of Method dish + hand soap. I did not agree to post about the product. I do not promote items on my blog that I don’t use myself. 


{Real Party} Pink and Glamorous 25th Birthday Party Decor

I’m going to let the photos talk today on this Pink and Glamorous 25th Birthday Party I helped throw for my friend, Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking. I’ll be going over some great recipe ideas for a vegan bash, DIY decor elements, DIY favors, and party activities throughout the week. 
BTW, the party took place in her beautiful new house that she is blogging all about over at her blog! 

25 Reasons We Love Suzannah Guest “Books”
The Bar

Goofy photo from the “photo booth” area

Lots of pink, glitter, and sequins for this fabulous 25th birthday girl! 
Oh, and yeah… she made that dress! 
Check back tomorrow for some easy, and pretty, DIY decor! 

Sunshine Needed

I’ve been feeling down lately. Stressed. Tired. WORN OUT.

I honestly thought this was a side effect to parenthood. I have wondered on many, many occasions whether I was even cut out to be a mom if this was the way I felt. (No longer feeling that way, btw.) I went to my new doctor the other day and she gave me some suggestions to help me in the day to day and she also ordered some blood tests.

The results are in… I thankfully didn’t have diabetes or thyroid issues (two things she tested for) but, did however have low iron and very low vitamin D readings.

She said that a lot of people in the Pacific Northwest have low vitamin D levels. (Go figure… it is raining here most of the time.) I had a score of 11 when average levels begin at 50.

My doctor prescribed a whole slew of vitamins, diet change, and exercise. Hopefully, my new vitamin regime will help with the lethargic feeling I’ve been experiencing and the anxiety attacks due to feeling overwhelmed. She said said to expect a change in days!

I’m so happy to finally have a reasonable answer that has a reasonable plan to fix the ways I’ve been feeling. I had a horrible bout of Postpartum Depression around month three of becoming a parent and I was beginning to feel that it was coming back, just a little different.

Funny thing? People tell me all the time that I am getting ridiculous amounts of stuff done. But, I’m just not feeling it right now. I’m hoping to feel like my normal, over-achieving self again soon!

Have you ever been tested for a Vitamin D deficiency? How did it affect you? How did you treat it?

What I Wrote: Week of Oct. 15

Free Party Printables from A Well Crafted Party

A Well Crafted Party

Whoooo… this has been a fun week over here at A Well Crafted Party! I finished up my Sunshine Birthday Party with favor ideas and free printables. Then I reminisced over a Portland Bloggers’ event. I ended up the week with a zombielicious real party and a GIVEAWAY!

Monday, Oct. 15: First Birthday Favor Ideas
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Free Printables—You Are My Sunshine Party
Wednesday, Oct. 17: Portland Bloggers’ Night Out
Thursday, Oct. 18: {Real Party} Zombie Apocalypse 
Friday, Oct. 19: {Giveaway} $25 Shop Credit for Party Scribbles, {Friday Finds} Free Halloween Printables 2012

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Leave the Laundry for Later

I haven’t just been sharing up a storm here on my party blog. I have had a lot of fun things going on in the part of my life that isn’t wearing a party hat. Topics over at Leave the Laundry for Later this week including DIY Peek-A-Boo highlight tips, weekly menu planning, and Qi Gong. Ever so varied. 
Monday, Oct. 15: Got My Hair Did
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Doctor’s Orders: Qi Gong
Wednesday, Oct. 17: Wordless{ish} Wednesday: Smile

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Friday Finds: Free Halloween Printables 2012

I’m sort of addicted to printables. I use them in EVERY event I throw and sometimes even in my more simple dinner parties. It is just such an easy and inexpensive way pull an event together. While I do believe that a person who wants to invest in creating a beautiful/creative party should consider purchasing well-done printable sets. I also whole-heartily believe in free printables.
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