Free Printable Blog Planner 2015 Edition

It’s here! If you are a subscriber to the newsletter then you’ve already seen that I’ve released the 2015 edition of my free printable blog planner. If you haven’t subscribed, then what are you waiting for!? The newsletter doesn’t go out too often and when it does it always has a free printable for you! Some printables are blogging related and others are just about celebrating life in general.

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Free Printable Blog Planner 2015 from A Well Crafted Party

Free Printable Blog Planner 2015 from A Well Crafted Party

Here is what is new in this year’s set of free blogging printables:

I created this printable file with the same basic bright colored designs from the past two years. That way, if you have already printed out pages previously of the original design, then they should coordinate! That is all well and good… let’s get on wit what is NEW!

  • Option to download only the pages you want or a huge file of a basic planner already put together for you! The whole point of this planner is to build the planner that will be most useful for your blog, not try to make someone else’s dream planner work for you.
  • Six new brainstorming and planning pages
  • Cover pages! A whole schlew of new cover pages for the months or sections of your binder.

Free Printable Blog Planner 2015 from A Well Crafted Party

The full list of pages available to download this year:

Brainstorming for Your Blog:

  • Blog Resolutions
  • Focus your blog worksheet
  • Post Brainstorming Worksheet
  • Year of Ideas NEW!

Tools for Maintaining Your Blog:

  • Affiliate Program Tracker
  • Finance Tracker
  • Pitchminder
  • Project Budget Worksheet
  • Sponsor Tracker
  • Collaboration Tracker
  • Stylesheet Worksheet
  • Password Tracker NEW!
  • Analytics Tracker

Planners for Your Blog:

  • Month at a Glance Planner  (List) NEW!
  • Monthly Blog Post Planner (Calendar View)
  • Weekly Blog Planner (7 Days)
  • Three Posts Weekly Planner (3 Days) NEW!
  • Three Posts Daily Planner (For those over-achievers out there or large blogs out there) NEW!
  • Single Post Planner NEW!

Covers:

  • 2015 Blog Planner Cover
  • Plan the Work, Work the Plan
  • Money, Money, Money
  • January 2015
  • February 2015
  • March 2015
  • April 2015
  • May 2015
  • June 2015
  • July 2015
  • August 2015
  • September 2015
  • October 2015
  • November 2015
  • December 2015
  • January 2016

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Update and Upcoming Wedding and Food Events in Portland

I promise that I didn’t just redesign my site to only let it sit here stagnant. I’ve been working on a bunch of posts and projects to help bring consistent content to these virtual pages over the next few months. I’ve talked before about it being difficult for me to find balance with work/home/blog/life. In my goals for 2015 I really promised myself that I’d focus on prioritizing parts of my life. While my blog is a priority… it just isn’t quite as high as shaping my relationships with family and friends. Thankfully, often my blog life and my friendships and personal goals are often entwined! Like with these upcoming Wedding and Food events in Portland!

FoodWorx - The Future of Food Event // A Well Crafted Party Blog

Tomorrow I’ll be out all day long with 300+ delegates and 24 speakers all discussing the future of food at the Portland FoodWorx event. I’m going to be geeking out about it all day long on my Instagram and Twitter so be sure to check in! And, if you are in the Portland area I’d highly recommend you checking it out. There are different tickets available for the event. I’d love for you to say hi if you are going!

I’m really looking forward to the “Know your Oils” discussion with Julie Briley from National College of Natural Medicine, “Rewriting your Food Story” with Ian Rubin from Whole Self Wellness, and Food & Aging from Miles Hassell M.D. from Providence.  For a full schedule of events check out the FoodWorx Conference website!

Portland Wedding Shows - Toast Curated Wedding Showcase // A Well Crafted Party Blog

 

I’m thrilled to have been asked to participate in the Elli.Com Toast: A Curated Wedding Showcase event.

Myself and a team of amazing local vendors are going to design a inspirational wedding space along with other teams from the area. I cannot WAIT to show you what we’ve got up our sleeves and see what the other vendors have come up with! My team is comprised of these amazing vendors:

The Toast event is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 from 5 PM to 9PM. This evening will be filled with all thing wedding and all things Portland! Tickets are currently on sale!

From the Elli.com site:

“The Toast handpicks vendors to collaborate on a range of style vignettes such as rustic chic, classic and vintage and create an experiential atmosphere where couples can meet vendors while enjoying a fun filled, festive evening.

WHAT YOU’LL ENJOY

  • Complimentary Appy Couple wedding website and app.
  • Entry into drawing for chance to win a free engagement photo shoot.
  • Gorgeous and festive photo booth pics courtesy of Happymatic.
  • Bridal style showcase with looks for events leading up to your big day.
  • First 125 attendees receive a gift bag full of surprises.
  • Complimentary food and drinks.

This premiere event is hosted by Elli whose mission is to help brides bring to life a truly one-of-a-kind celebration.”

I hope to see you there!

 

 

Portland: St. Jude Autumn Harvest this Saturday!

St. Jude Autumn Harvest Event in Portland Oregon // A Well Crafted Party

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 4, is the Autumn Harvest fundraising event for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Some of Portland’s top chef talent will join together to give a progressive Autumnal tasting in hopes of raising funds and awareness for the hospital. The evening will feature live entertainment, flights from local mixologists, and an auction and the chance to experience St. Jude first-hand through local patients. It will also showcase Portland’s finest during a tasting led by 2014 James Beard Award recipient Naomi Pomeroy of Beast. Other featured chefs include:

  • Aaron Barnett, St. Jack
  • Jason French, Ned Ludd
  • Gregory Gourdet, Departure
  • Josh McFadden, Ava Gene’s
  • Sarah Schafer, Irving Street Kitchen

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a hospital where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel or food. They believe that all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Personally, I can’t even begin to tell you how important this is… this last year we have been dealing with possible health problems with my toddler son. Our doctors thought he had Cystic Fibrosis . We spent a lot of time in doctor’s offices and even more time on the phone trying to get in to see specialists and dealing with insurance. Now we will be paying off those bills. It has been a lot of worry and stress in our lives. We recently got the news that he does not have Cystic Fibrosis, but they aren’t sure what is causing him to get sick so often and so badly. I felt a small (minuscule) part of what many families are feeling and my heart will be forever changed because of it. Any and all support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will go far in helping families who are in a world of hurt and worry.

I’m excited to be able to share my experience with readers. Look for a blog post about it soon! But, in the meantime… check out more information about St. Judes by visiting the St. Jude website or click over to donate to this cause today.

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?

{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!

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

Free Weekly Menu Planner from Leave the Laundry for Later

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

Portland Bloggers

{Real Party} Zombie Apocalypse

Photo used with permission from Angela of Party Scribbles

I’m super happy to be featuring an AMAZING (and creepy) real party that was done by the amazing Party Scribbles.  And, Angela has offered to do a giveaway to her Etsy store as well. More on that tomorrow!

I typically am not a bloody Halloween type fan. But, this party is SO full of amazing details! Angela created an awesome Zombie-themed 40th birthday party. The party (and party package) would be a fabulous party for many different aged birthdays or an awesome Halloween shin-dig.

Here is what Angela said of the party:They say life ends at 40, so for my 40th birthday I held a zombie end of the world party. (It’s a warm fuzzy feeling to know I have friends who will dress up as zombies in the middle of the summer for me.) Our theme was a safe house that had been over run with zombies. It was for adults and kids, so we tried to keep it from being too gory.”




Decor Details: We used rolls of plastic sheeting (available at home improvement stores) to decorate the walls. I unrolled them outside and had the kids splatter paint and paint “bloody” handprints all over them with red paint. I also used unpainted plastic sheeting to cover furniture, as if the safehouse was over run by zombies and any survivors left in a hurry. It was the best party not to worry if things would be spilled on my couches! We also pushed furniture up against the windows and my husband built wood frames to put over them as if the windows had been boarded up, but really they just sat in the windowsill.”


The Food: Brain Matter (Guacamole), Grave Mud (Bean Dip), Bone Marrow (Turkey & Ham Wraps), Severed Toes (Prosciutto & Mozzarella), Flayed Skin (Salami Wontons), Teriyucky Eyeballs (Teriyaki Meatballs), Finger Bones (Pretzel sticks with dip), Brain Dip (Pesto Cheeseball), Veggies From Hershel’s Farm (Veggie Tray) and cupcakes

The Drinks: Spinal Fluid (Sprite) and Safe House Water

The Favors:

I made labels for hand sanitizers, toxic sludge, mini candy bars and from Oriental Trading we found great squishy brains and growing brains.”


Thank you SO much to Angela for sharing this creative party with us! Check back tomorrow to see the giveaway that Angela and Party Scribbles are hosting for A Well Crafted Party fans!

*This is NOT a sponsored post. I contacted Angela after seeing her party on-line. 

Wordless{ish} Wednesday: Smile

These are his puppy dog eyes. Break my heart.

I decided this week to enter in The Paper Mama’s Photo Challenge. The subject was “smile.” Now, my kid smiles all the time unless I ask him to. :) Taking these photos I fell in love with my kid all over again. He is pretty amazing. I still can’t believe that he is my son. I am a very lucky woman.


Doctor’s orders: Qi Gong

I had to get a new doctor due to my move. I was pretty thrilled that I had several options at my new doctor’s office. The lady I picked is a MD, OB, and Acupuncturist. While I have never even considered acupuncture before, I suspected that she would be more whole body health centered than just the throw medicine at a problem type of doctor.

And, I was entirely right. I’ve been having a lot of health and pain problems recently. While she is getting me some blood work and has given me quite a few diet suggestions. She also highly recommended QiGong to help with my pain issues and lose weight. She said it would work “magic” in decreasing my stress levels as well. And, that little bit sold me on at least giving it a shot.

She suggested that I try Qi Gong for Low Back Pain with Lee Holden and 7 Minutes of Magic – AM & PM Routines with Lee Holden.

While those are on order I’ve been trying to do a few moves I’ve found on YouTube. I always feel silly doing yoga-like moves. But, I can’t deny how much better I feel afterwards.

What is your favorite type of low-impact exercise?  Have you done types of yoga before? What about acupuncture?

I’ll most likely let you all know how Qi Gong goes for me as time moves on. Here is hoping for the best!

Got the Hair Did

Photo by Motormouth Studio


I’ve got a new hairdo to ad to my collage of hair. I’m pretty happy with the new hair. 
I got a coupon in the mail for Great Clips…. and, while I am all about paying good money for a good hair do, sometimes money isn’t lining my pockets and my hair still grows. I was lucky enough to have a really awesome little stylist doing my hair (I can always tell if I will like them by how their hair looks. She had the CUTEST short pixie-cut. So cute I thought about asking her to cut my hair like that!) 
Anyways, she did a great job and got my unruly hair back to fighting shape. Ended up going with a very subtle inverted bob. I’m hoping my front layers grow long soon so I can go a tad more dramatic with it. 
Then I went to my friend’s house for a ladies night and got experimental with my color! I talked a little about how I wanted to add in a fun color. I was hesitant to do too much. I did just a peek-a-boo highlight of magenta and dyed the rest of my hair a dark brown. 

In case you ever want to DIY your hair color I compiled a few tips from my experience:

1) Ask for help at the beauty supply store. I looked at the huge array of hair dye at the supply store and was seriously dumbfounded. No clue what I was doing (and I have dyed my hair before). The worker helped me get all of the tools I needed and the right dye and bleach for my goal. 
2) Wear clothes you don’t care about and stay in a space that is easily cleaned when dyeing your hair. I got dye all over the counter (serious bleach power got it cleaned up). I remembered to wear a shirt I didn’t care about. But, I totally wiped my hands on my jeans and pretty much ruined them. :( 
3) Take your time. Be careful. Read all the directions through completely. 
4) Have an extra pair of hands ready and willing to help. I was able to do quite a bit by myself. But, when it came to foiling and painting on the dye I would not have been able to do it without my friends. 
5) Don’t expect professional results. I like the way my hair looks. Would it have looked better if a professional did it? Yes. The pink is already fading fast because I didn’t leave the bleach on quite long enough. I missed a couple of hidden spots with the pink, so my hair has a bit of blonde peeking through every now and again. Did I save money and have fun doing it the DIY way? Sure did! 

Please excuse this awful phone pic.  Argh. Bad Blogger.

How I did it: 

1. I made sure I had clean, dry hair. I washed it that morning and wore it that way all day. I don’t think it is good to dye your hair when it is super dirty (lots of oils) or directly after shampooing. I’m not an expert… just what works for me.
2. I separated out a diagonal section of hair under the top layer of hair. I combed it out and placed it on top of a piece of foil. I used the salon type of foil for my hair. I’m not sure if regular foil works or not, but I assume it does. 
Another phone pic. 
3. I then put a bleach mixture ( Manic Panic Flash Lightning Hair Bleach Kit works well and has directions) on my sectioned off hair. I made sure it didn’t touch my other hair.
4. I did the strand test after the suggested time and I thought my hair was lightened enough, so I rinsed it out. I then dried it completely. I ended up realizing that it was more yellow than I wanted. I should have taken the step to highlight it again. But, I opted out. Which is part of the reason why my color is losing its brilliance already.
5. After drying my hair completely, I sectioned out my hair again. This time it was super easy because part of my hair was bright yellow and the rest was brown. I folded the foil underneath the bleached portion of hair again. I painted on the magenta color (I used Ion Color Brilliance Bright Gel in Magenta)
6. I folded the foil up to protect the hair. After about 15 minutes I put in the dark brown hair color on the rest of my hair. I used a simple box of hair dye from the local grocery store. 
7. After my hair soaked it all in for the allotted time (around 40 minutes) I hopped in the shower to rinse it out. It was suggested that I use cold water anytime I rinse my hair.


What I wrote: Week of Oct. 8

I’m trying to do better about writing here and my other blogs. I also want to share my writings with everyone who reads my work already. So, I’m going to TRY my best to update once a week what and where I have been writing. Maybe you’ll find something you missed!

A Well Crafted Party

Photo by Motormouth Studio

Woot! I wrote all week! I put a lot of effort and love into my son’s first birthday party. It was a wonderful and emotional time. I’m glad that we will always have the images and memories from the special celebration. I had a LOT of posts for you about the party.

Monday: {Real Party} You Are My Sunshine Party
Tuesday: {Recipe} Kid-Friendly Banana Cupcakes
Wednesday: {Recipe} Italian Pressed Sandwiches
Thursday: First Birthday Activity Ideas
Friday: {Friday Finds} Toddler Food Trays

Next week…. look forward to: First Birthday Favor Ideas, Sunshine Party Free Printables, A Creepy Zombie Party, A Giveaway and MORE!

Leave the Laundry for Later

I wrote over here all week as well! I’m on FIRE. 😉 If you didn’t know about my personal blog… then I’d love for you to pop over and see what it is about. I’ve been going back and forth about whether I should keep two blogs or have one blog that covers everything. I’m not sure still… but, I’d love to know what you think about the blog!
Monday: First Birthday Party (photos of the adorable guests and the birthday boy)
Tuesday: First Birthday Surprise (Idea for a special Birthday surprise)
Next Week… look forward to: Saving Money by Brown Bagging, Yoga that my Doctor ordered, and more!

Portland Bloggers’ Blog: 

Next Week… look forward to information about the SEO event on November 17 and Review of the Bloggers’ Night Out! 
Gotta Get Paid
Awesome Portland Events
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Super Sponsors
Check This Awesomeness Out
Past Posts
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