Tips and Tools for Productivity

Lately, due to sickness, I have been less than productive. However, I am usually pretty productive.
I like to get things done and I like to do a lot of things. My freelance work has also had me juggling a variety of different responsibilities. Being a mom is busy. In general… I have a permanent to do list that will never, ever be finished because I keep adding items to it!

I am always utilizing a variety of tools to help keep me organized and on track. Hopefully some of these items will be as useful to you as they are to me.

{What a Weekend} Featuring Lindsay of Hey Normal Day

This post is a part of my new weekly Linky Party {Weekend in Review}. Each week I’ll share some of my favorite posts from the week before. Link up anytime from Monday to Saturday on each new week’s linky party with an Instagram photo, tweet, or blog post about your weekend! Life is a party… this is one way we are going to celebrate it! 


Lindsay from Hey Normal Day shared about her family’s Easter weekend

I loved both of the entries in this week’s Linky party. (Although, come on readers… we can do better than two entries!) However, I just had to share about Lindsay’s Easter weekend. It was filled with great family time and enjoying last week’s amazing weather here in Portland.

Chocolate anyone? Photo from Hey Normal Day

About Hey Normal Day:

Lindsay’s blog is a journal of her everyday life as a stay-at-home mom and wife for her friends and family. She just made the move from Oklahoma to Oregon (something we have in common) and shares her experiences through the blog.

Some of my favorite posts from Hey Normal Day:

Thank you Lindsay for sharing your weekend!

{Real Party} Portland Bloggers’ Strike a Pose Event Pt. 1

Disclaimer: This post features companies that donated to the Portland Bloggers meet-up group and items that I received free of charge. All opinions are my own.

Almost a month back we had our latest Portland Bloggers’ meet-up. If you have no idea what I am talking about then check out the Portland Bloggers’ website and hop back on over here! This will be a photo heavy post with some beautiful images from Portland Photographer Macey Snelson of Motormouth Studio. Read on for my review of the event and links to more about the event and Portland Bloggers!

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The CRAVE Company Portland: In a Relationship with My Blog

Tomorrow evening I am speaking at The CRAVE Company’s meet-up titled, “In a Relationship with My Blog.” I’m speaking with four other blogging professionals and I am so excited to have been asked to speak!

We’ll be talking all about blogging….from beginning blogging, blogging tips, blogging for business, and building a brand. I spent the evening preparing some of my thoughts about it all and now I am just BUZZING from it all.

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{What a Weekend} Featuring Kat’s Almost Purrfect World

This post is a part of my new weekly Linky Party {Weekend in Review}. Each week I’ll share some of my favorite posts from the week before. Link up anytime from Monday to Saturday on each new week’s linky party with an Instagram photo, tweet, or blog post about your weekend! Life is a party… this is one way we are going to celebrate it! 


Kat from Kat’s Almost Purrfect World shared a banner that she made for Easter! I’m sure it ended up being beautiful decor for this weekend’s festivities. I like the cute little tulips with vintage photos on them!

Kat’s Almost Purrfect World is a blog that features cute vintage inspired craft projects. A lot of the projects are perfectly timed with upcoming holidays.

Thank you Kat for sharing your weekend project! 
 
I’m hoping to see a lot of great Easter filled weekends in this week’s linky party.
Please feel free to share the linky party with bloggers you know!

{What a Weekend} Featuring Ashlee of Twenty Something Bows

First off….
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 
Wishing you a little Luck of the Irish today! 
And now, back to regular programming…
This post is a part of my new weekly Linky Party {Weekend in Review}. Each week I’ll share some of my favorite posts from the week before. Link up anytime from Monday to Saturday on each new week’s linky party with an Instagram photo, tweet, or blog post about your weekend! Life is a party… this is one way we are going to celebrate it! 


I was super excited to see that someone celebrated with a party over the weekend last weekend. You know me… I have a party weakness!

Anyways, meet Ashlee of Twenty Something Bows! She submitted her Bachelor season finale party for last week’s {Weekend in Review} linky party.

Twenty Something Bows features Ashlee’s chalkboard drawings, paintings, mantels, and parties. Check out these great posts from Ashlee:

Thank you Ashlee for sharing with the 
{Weekend in Review} Linky party! 

{What a Weekend} Featuring Jenn of The Elsewhere Blog

This post is a part of my new weekly Linky Party {Weekend in Review}. Each week I’ll share some of my favorite posts from the week before. Link up anytime from Monday to Saturday on each new week’s linky party with an Instagram photo, tweet, or blog post about your weekend! Life is a party… this is one way we are going to celebrate it! 

 

So sorry I’m posting this late…but, I didn’t want your to miss out on visiting one of the great blogs that linked up to last week’s {Weekend in Review} linky party! Today I’ll be sharing a bit about Jenn and her weekend last weekend that included a thwarted date night that ended up sounding like a great evening and a trip out to see Yo Gabba Gabba live.

Jenn’s blog is a lifestyle blog that delves into all kinds of fun updates. She has a sweet, sassy writing style that is so true to her as a person. Check out her beautiful photography skills, stories of motherhood, and office fashion posts all on her blog, Elsewhere: Live from Portland.

Check out some of my favorite posts from Jenn:

Thank you Jenn for sharing with the 
{Weekend in Review} Linky party! 
 
Check back later today for my weekend in review and a new linky party!

{What a Weekend!} Featuring Kayla of Fit Life Forward

This post is a part of my new weekly Linky Party {Weekend in Review}. Each week I’ll share some of my favorite posts from the week before. Link up anytime from Monday to Saturday on each new week’s linky party with an Instagram photo, tweet, or blog post about your weekend! Life is a party… this is one way we are going to celebrate it! 


Last week, the first of the {Weekend in Review} linky parties we had a fun post from Kayla letting us know about her Fulfilling Weekend and the meal plan for this week.

Check out her post to read all about her weekend that included an 18 mile run as well as a wine & chocolate tasting.

Kayla’s blog is a fitness and lifestyle blog with witty writing and informative posts. Other awesome posts of Kayla’s that you might like:

I love that Kayla shared her meal plan for the week. It is a great way to stay a little bit more motivated to stick with it.

Readers: Do you like to meal plan? How do you go about planning out the meals for the week? 
 
Thanks for sharing your post with us Kayla! 
Want more to read? Check out my post on tips for successful meal planning (and, free menu planning printable).

{Weekend in Review} Valentine’s Day Prep, Party, and Portland Bloggers Meet-Up

I’m always amazed with how quickly the weekend flies by… and, then I sit down to write a “Weekend in Review” post and I realize that there was a good reason for the quickness— I’ve been busy!
This weekend I prepped and help host a Valentine’s Day Ladies’ Night over at my friend Suzannah’s beautiful home. I spent my Friday evening making fabric roses, hand-lettering signs, and prepping Valentines. I have some fun projects from the party to share with you this week, and of course, photos from the party itself!
Saturday was all party, party, party. We invited a few friends over and had a blast chatting, snacking, crafting, and taking photos in the photo booth. (see animation above) These ladies have STYLE! You can look at any of them to get some ideas for something to wear this upcoming Valentine’s Day!

I also secured some final details on the March 10 Portland Bloggers’ meet-up and set up the ticket sales for the event. If you are a Portland-area blogger then you will certainly want to get your ticket before they sell out… this event is going to be AMAZING! Attendees are going to get the chance to pose for Portland photographers, learn tips on how to make their photos better, and more. Click here to purchase your $10 ticket!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I’ll be back tomorrow to share some more Valentine’s Day fun!

Free Printable Blog Planner

We hear over and over again that planning is the key to successful blogging. For some people, it is! Planning and organizing out blog posts, collaborations, affiliations, sponsors, and the like can get overwhelming easily. It is a good idea to keep your plans all in one central location whether it be on your computer, online, or on paper. For people out there that LOVE the feel of paper in hand, or want a place that is non-tech based to hash through post ideas, or even have a way of posting up your schedule so that you can see it everyday… I made these printables!

I created a set of free printable blog planning sheets for the Portland Bloggers’ January Meet-Up from this past weekend. I’ve been utilizing them in my own planning now and am finding them super helpful. Check them out and hopefully you’ll find one or two that can help make your blog planning go a little more smoothly.

Photo taken by The Boho Mama and used with permission from Portland Bloggers

Photo taken by The Boho Mama and used with permission from Portland Bloggers

The free printables in the blog planning package include:

  • Monthly Blog Post Planning Calendar— Each sheet has an open month calendar so that you can put the month and dates in. Each day on the calendar has popular social networking symbols with check boxes so that you can check off when you’ve promoted a post.
  • Weekly Blog Post Planning Calendar— Some people prefer to plan out their blog posts in more detail and on a weekly basis. The weekly calendar also has social networking symbols. It also has an area for weekly blog maintenance and SEO planning prompts.
  • Events and Holidays— A list of events and holidays. This is not a comprehensive list by any means… it also has all of the dates for the upcoming Portland Bloggers’ Meet-Ups.
  • Blog Post Brainstorming Worksheet A blog post planning sheet
  • Blog Collaboration Worksheet A place to track collaborative projects and responsibilities.
  • Blog Resolutions Tracker— A place to write and track blog goals and resolutions
  • Finance Tracker— A place to record income and expenses
  • Affiliate Programs— A place to track affiliate programs
  • Sponsors— A place to track sponsors, payment, and responsibilities.
  • Stats & Analytics— A place to record your stats and analytics monthly
 
The above links go to a downloadable FREE PDF of each sheet of the printable planner. Download the ones you need!
(PS. I’d love to know what you think of the free blog planner, what items you’d like to see on an update, and how you are using them for your blog!) There will be a new set of printables out near the end of the year, so get your suggestions in soon!
 
This project has been linked up to the following linky parties:


http://salttree.net/KraftyCardset.
* I created these free printables for personal use only. The printables were first featured on the Portland Bloggers’ website (also owned by me).

Loving all these free printables and want to fuel more free printable designs?

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Weekend in Review: Portland Bloggers’ Meetup, goal making, blog design

Ahhh… what a weekend! I was BUSY, as usual… but, it was such fun and so refreshing! This weekend I enjoyed a Girls Night with some old friends, met up with the Portland Bloggers’ group, helped a friend refresh her blog design, and did some major blog planning for my own blogs. While I am now EXHAUSTED I am also feeling super excited about all my goals and plans.

Saturday’s Portland Bloggers’ Meet-Up was better than I could have imagined. I actually anticipated the meet-up to be a smaller one because it is the first one of the year… but, we had double the people I guessed we would. There were old faces and new faces… lots of great input on our theme, “Give Your Blog a Buzz in 2013!” I’ll be posting a full review on the Portland Bloggers’ website later this week. I’ll also be posting some free printable blogging planners that I created. Speaking of…

I used the printables to FINALLY work on some plans and lists for my blogs. I’ve got a lot of changes in store for this little blog. I promise they will be grand though! I’m getting around to resolutions late this  year. I’m still recovering from the holidays. But, as I finally have the next few weeks planned out… let me tell you that you’ll be seeing some fun Valentine’s Day items coming soon!

Finally, I helped my lovely friend Sam from Sam Rosen refresh her blog design. She has fabulous tastes and I loved that she went with such a simple design so that her images and posts really stand out. If you love a little sparkle in your life, some really great outfit ideas, and some fun party images then head on over to Sam’s blog and FOLLOW!

So, friends… what did YOU do this weekend?

If you do a weekend in review post then I’d love to see it! Feel free to link it up here:

Readers’ Poll: What to do in A Well Crafted Party Redesign!?!

Happy January! Boy oh boy…. has the last couple of weeks KICKED my butt. Combine visitors, head colds, stomach flu, and a toddler all together and you can imagine what my January has looked like so far. I’m so happy to be back to 100% healthy again. Now to get back into the swing of everyday life and catch up on everything I put off while sick. Yes, my Christmas decorations are still up.

A Well Crafted Redesign and ReThinking:

I’ve finally gotten around to writing out my resolutions for the year and making goals. One of my BIG goals is to redesign this website and *possibly* make the move to WordPress. I love Blogger and think it is the best blogging platform out there for beginning bloggers. So much to offer! However, there are a lot of fun abilities on WordPress that I just can’t do here. It is a big move though with a lot to think about. It isn’t going to happen quickly!

One of the things I’m mulling over with this redesign is making “A Well Crafted Party” a blog that is more than just parties. I love writing about celebrating events and making the everyday a little more special. However, I have a lot more going on in my life. And, some of it, people may want to read! Currently I am writing/designing/producing content on two different blogs. But, it means that my content for both blogs is sporadic at best. It also means I am juggling a whole bunch of different calendars and to-do lists.

My first blog header… I cringe now when I see it! 
First Blog “Redesign” created by Smitten Blog Designs in 2011. Love it still…. but, it is time for something new! 

Life is a party, right? 

I think making A Well Crafted Party into a full-on lifestyle blog with emphasis on celebrations and crafts would work. But, I am not my reader. I am coming to you for your thoughts on this. Do you like reading about the lives of the bloggers you read? Do you want to be able to visit one blog and see parenting tips one day and fun party tips the next? Or, would you prefer to visit this blog for party goodies only, even if it is less often?

I’d love to read your comments on this matter… If you want to just push a button then please let me know how you feel via this poll below. Thank you!



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Reflection: Sometimes Weird Stuff Happens

I’m almost done with the reflecting over 2012 posts! I promise. But, as I was reflecting I noticed something odd. In the year 2012 I wrote the same number of posts for both A Well Crafted Party and Leave the Laundry for Later. It certainly wasn’t intentional… but, it is strange, right?

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PNW Holiday Blogger Meet-Up is Today!

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Today is the Pacific Northwest Blogger Meet-Up!

I’m SO looking forward to the opportunity to network with 75+ bloggers from the area.
If you are going then please tweet me or add me on Instagram so I can follow you… 
I have it on good authority that we’ll be using both those social networks along with all our real life networking!
(Both my Instagram and Twitter handles are @JenniBost) 
The PNW Holiday Meet-Up event is made possible by the hard work of The Paper Mama 
and these incredible sponsors
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** The above sponsors do not sponsor A Well Crafted Party. They have worked with the Pacific Northwest Bloggers for a Holiday Meet-Up. I am a PNW Blogger an I just wanted to give the above companies a bit of a shout out! Thanks all!**

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