Whole Foods’ Top 10 Wine & Beer Twitter Parties

This past week the hubby and I had the awesome opportunity to go check out Whole Foods’ Top Ten Wines and Ten & Friends Beer. Last Thursday, our anniversary, we joined in for the wine twitter party with four other social media mavens at the Pearl Whole Foods location for a complimentary wine and cheese tasting. Then, on Saturday, we visited the Bridgeport Whole Foods location to do a complimentary beer and BBQ tasting. Both were awesome. But, the thing I took home from both events was a list of some really awesome wines and beers for affordable prices. I had to share with anyone out there that need a good recommendation!

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Fashion: Anniversary Dress and eShakti Review

I thought it would be fun to dress up a bit for my anniversary on Thursday. We didn’t do anything overly special (my poor husband had a bit of a cold) but, we did step outside and enjoy the sun a bit. It was the perfect opportunity for me to wear the eShakti dress that I was sent earlier this year!

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Toddler Boy Style: 7 Days of Style with 7 for All Mankind Review

Last week I challenged myself to try creating seven new toddler outfits using three pairs of jeans provided by 7 for All Mankind. I had such a great time challenging myself with the first 7 Days of Style challenge (originally created by Lauren of The Little Things We Do) that I was super excited to try it again. When 7 for All Mankind sent him some complementary new threads and their Fall 2013 Lookbook I set out to style seven different outfits and share them through my Instagram stream with the hashtags #AWCPtoddlerstyle and #7FAMKids. Boy clothing tends to be pretty boring— t-shirts and jeans usually. I hope that some of the toddler boy style ideas help others when trying to find stylish new looks for their toddlers.

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Portland Bloggers’ Meet-Up: Social Strategies for Bloggers

Just a couple weeks ago I helped host another Portland Bloggers’ meet-up. I’ve LOVED being a part of this growing community. It is so fulfilling! We have area meet-ups every other month. We try to do four educational events and two events that are purely for socializing. Our past event was a workshop on Social Media Strategies for Bloggers. I learned a lot and have been putting much of the info to use (check out the slideshow from the event to get some tips for your own social media straegies!) and have seen actual results already! Read on to see the beautiful images and learn more about the event.

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Seven Days of Toddler Style with 7 for All Mankind

My little guy likes to get dressed up (no, really… he does!) He often asks for his hats or stands in front of the mirror primping his hair. So, when 7 for All Mankind sent him some complementary new threads and their Fall 2013 Lookbook I got inspired to do another swing at seven days of toddler style. This week’ I’ll be styling seven different outfits and featuring them on my Instagram stream with the hashtags #AWCPtoddlerstyle and #7FAMKids. I’ll feature the finished styles on here next week!

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{Beauty} Romantic Up-Do How To

This is a sponsored post through BlogHerTV and Olay. All opinions are my own.

I’m growing my hair out (again) and am always looking for new ways to style the awkward mop that resides on my head. It is currently several different lengths. It is too short to fit in a pony tail, but it is too long to wear down without some work. So, when BlogHerTV sent me a few videos on how to style hair for a promotion with Olay…. I just had to say yes! (Check out my first post for the promotion) I hope the videos help you out as much as they did me.

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{Restaurants} Urban Farmer— Holy Cow!

Disclaimer: This post features a local Portland restaurant and PR company that invited me to a meal at the restaurant and a tour of their facilities. A post was not promised in exchange for the visit. I did receive the meal and tour free of charge. However, all opinions are my own. Warning, those who do not like images of meat should skip reading further in today’s post. Those who enjoy a good steak… be prepared to get very hungry!

A couple of weeks ago I visited Urban Farmer with other Portland food bloggers and a couple of representatives of Little Green Pickle PR company. Oh me, oh my… was it a fun night! I will try my best to summarize my evening and share only a portion of the many fun photos taken that evening. At the end of the post is a list of bloggers that I got to spend my evening with… check out their posts about the evening as well!

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No Commitment Bangs

Disclaimer: This post is a sponsored post through BlogHerTV and Olay. All opinions are mine.

I’m an average, every day girl with a lot of interests. Part of my blog rebranding is to incorporate more of the everyday things in life worth celebrating. While I don’t consider myself super fashionable or trendy, I do love fashion, makeup, and hair-styling. You’ll be seeing more and more posts about fashion and beauty. I will still be posting plenty of parties… but, you’ll also get a little glimpse into the everyday (and special occasion) beauty and fashion secrets of an average lady. Hopefully they will inspire you or at least entertain. :)

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Sponsor Spotlight

This blog, like most every blog, takes time and effort to produce content. The sponsors of the blog, and you my lovely readers, are the only things that keep this blog a goin’. So, I’m starting a new monthly post to introduce my sponsors to you. Please take a moment to visit the blogs/ companies that look interesting to you and say, “Hello, I found you at A Well Crafted Party!” If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for A Well Crafted Party, then feel free to visit my sponsorship page or feel free to email me to receive my media kit. My rates are super affordable.

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{Giveaway} My momiform, a dapper dude, and a Cushe Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received a free pair of Cushe shoes to review for this post and one pair to give away to my readers. All opinions are my own.

Lately it has been a challenge for me to get dressed most days. I often opt for sleep rather than getting up and showering before my son’s very early waking hour. I wait until nap time to shower and change, unless I have work to finish. Embarrassingly often, I’ll still be unshowered and in my yoga pants until my husband gets home in the afternoon.

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{Friday Finds} Portlandia

Instagram photos from my evening at Urban Farmer

Today’s {Friday Finds} it totally about the Portland area…. sorry to those who don’t live here! However, bookmark this post in case you plan on visiting soon.

I moved to Portland six years ago. And, while it is much more expensive and has a limited job market compared to my mid-western home, it is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been. Living in Portland is like living in a big city that has the feel of a small community. We live about an hour from the mountains, an hour and a half from the coast, a few hours from the dessert, and close enough to get away to Canada if things get really rotten. ;-) This post may wax a little poetic about this town I’ve grown to call home.

So, here are some of my Portland {Friday Finds}:

  • Last night I had the opportunity to tour the kitchen, see a demonstration, and eat dinner at Urban Farmer. Urban Farmer has been on my list of restaurants to visit for some time now. I love their sustainable practices and the fact that they use organic, local food whenever possible. Last night’s experience confirmed it as an awesome dinner destination. I’ll be posting about my visit next week…. but, if you’re looking for a delicious steak dinner PLEASE visit Urban Farmer. You will not be disappointed if you get even a fraction of the experience that I had last night. I even ate beets there…. I am not usually a beet fan! (Although, I once made Beet Pierogies that were fairly tasty.)
  • After dinner at Urban Farmer you should totally check out the bar upstairs called Departure. It is like walking into a space ship. A space ship that serves good cocktails and has a beautiful patio with a view of the city!
  • The creative community here is one of the biggest reason’s that I am IN LOVE with this city. There are so many opportunities to build connections, do creative collaborations, or just be inspired by some pretty amazing creative people. If you are in the Portland area check out these awesome groups: Portland Bloggers (gotta plug it), Creative Connection (a women-only group of creatives), Portland Preservation Society (canning group… I can’t wait to be more involved with it), and The Crave Company (women entrepreneur group).
  • The Timbers (Portland’s MLS team) have started playing. I haven’t been able to get tickets to games yet, but it has been fun listening to updates and seeing my friends post photos from the game. I can’t wait to bring the little guy to a game.
Also,
  • Spring is near… and, with that the tulips are coming out! Today, Friday, March 8, all Whole Foods Markets are selling 3 10-stem tulip bunches for $10…. that is 30 tulips for $10. If, [cough, cough], someone’s husband thought to grab a bunch after work today then I’m sure it would make his wife extra happy.
And,

Happy International Women’s Day!

* I did receive a free meal from Urban Farmer curtesy of the PR firm, Little Green Pickle, however no promises for positive reviews were given. I really enjoyed it and want to tell everyone I know about it! No other compensation was given for this post. *

Breast Feeding Series: Giveaway!

I love it when we have something fun to giveaway! 
Megan, from The Boho Mama, has offered to giveaway a copy of her eBook “More Milk Naturally.”
(See Megan’s part of experience in our breastfeeding series here!)

The book covers: 
- Foods nursing mothers have eaten for over 2,000 years to support
   and increase supply
- Why what you eat (and how much) really matters
- Why eating the right kinds of fat is important for you and your
    baby
- Recipes to increase your milk quantity and quality
- Troubleshooting beyond foods for low milk supply
And more! 


How do you enter? Easy! Use this handy dandy Rafflecopter app to put in your entries. A random winner will be chosen on Sunday, Nov. 18!

{Giveaway} $25 to Party Scribbles

Today I have an exciting post to share… Party Scribbles (the genius behind yesterday’s Zombie Apocalypse Real Party) has offered to host a giveaway for a $25 credit to her shop! 
I love all of the fun printables, labels, and favors for a variety of parties that Party Scribbles stocks. I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan and was thrilled to see great items to throw an amazing Harry Potter party.
Check out some of the awesome items in the Party Scribbles store:
Angela, from Party Scribbles, also sent me a couple of the printables to use for an upcoming party. Each set of printables came with a great set of instructions. The print quality was fabulous as well.
SO, if you would like to win a $25 credit to Party Scribbles enter in the Rafflecopter widget below.
The giveaway starts right now and will end in 1 week!

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*This is a sponsored giveaway as the giveaway items and review items were given by Party Scribbles. I  do not agree to post positive reviews for products. If I have chosen to promote a product in my posts on my blog then it is because I genuinely like the product.

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