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A Day in the Life of a Lifestyle Blogger

On Wednesday, a kind reader (and aspiring blogger) emailed me to ask what it was like being a lifestyle blogger. My knee-jerk response? It’s insane. It’s editing images, obsessing over the Instagram algorithm, taking too many pictures of myself, writing, writing, and more writing. Did you know that the blogging world has a HUGE learning curve? Even for a lifestyle blogger? So of all the things that blogging is, it’s really about learning. All the learning. It’s also the most fun I’ve ever had. If you’ve been around here for a bit, you know that I am NOT currently blogging full-time, though that is …

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6 Inexpensive Ways to Glam Up Your Room

Recently my little niece was coming upstairs to my room. She doesn’t come upstairs often since it’s less toddler-proofed and the stairs are no joke. Not the best for a 4 year-old. Anyway as she’s walking up she squeezes my hand, looks up at me and says, “I can’t wait to see what colors your room is THIS time, Aunt Sarah!” So like I might have a redecorating problem. I love home decor and could happily redecorate three times a year if I had the funds. Keyword being: funds. (The fact that there is a Target within 1/4 mile of my house …

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The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly of Changing Careers

As far as careers go, I’ve had four of those in the four years since I graduated from college (LOLZ). I nannied in beautiful Boston first, and then moved back to Tulsa to intern for a teaching job which I eventually took up as my full-time gig for the next two years. Before that, I taught ballet and spent the bulk of my day in leg warmers. I don’t regret a thing. The thing was, I never wanted to be a person who was afraid to turn the page. During my senior year of college I sat and listened to my friend …

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We’re on Summer Hiatus!

We’re taking a little summer hiatus on the blog (and by “we” I mean yours truly). Don’t worry though, it’s all good things over here! I have recently transitioned jobs, which I’ll write more about when we’re back to our regularly scheduled party, and since I want to give my blog only the best, I’m going to step away while I make a few adjustments. First of all, I need to adjust to my new job! While I’m all about change, I struggle a bit with major transitions. I need a lot of rest, and find that I get stressed far easier …

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The 5 Best Single Girl Pasta Recipes

Happy Friday, y’all! If you’ve been keeping up with me on Instagram, you know I’m in New York on a work trip right now! Packing for (and being in) a foodie city has me thinking about my one of my favorite things in the whole world:  A bowl of pasta. God’s gift to single women. And everyone else. But, especially us. ‘Single Girl Recipes’ have to meet some pretty special qualifications around here, which you’ll be familiar with if you’ve read this past spring’s 5 Amazing Single Girl Recipes or The 2017 Single Girl’s Guide to Summer Party Snacks, from this past Wednesday. …

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The 2017 Single Girl’s Guide to Summer Party Snacks

Sipping lemonade, lying in the sun, swirling your toes in a clear, cool pool…. Guys, it’s summer. A pretty big chunk of my pals are either not working (teachers!) or score 3-day weekends over the summer, which means lots of pool time, game nights, and time with my people. And any time I get to entertain? Oooh, y’all. I love that. But feeding a party while living the single girl lifestyle has some pretty unique requirements. If you read this spring’s 5 Amazing Single Girl Recipes, you know that our 2017 Guide to Summer Party Snacks had to follow strict Single Girl …

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An Open Letter to You, High School Grad

Dear Graduate, Throwing my red cap in the air in the spring of 2009 was one of the happiest moments of my life. The tassel got caught in my earring and I was across the arena (alphabetically and otherwise) from my friends, so I was feeling pretty salty about that, but man, I was so happy to throw that cap in the air. I didn’t even care about how much I was sweating beneath my red polyester gown anymore. High school was done. Now it’s 2017 and I’m 26. I survived college, and now the first few years of my grownup life. And …

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6 Months In! A Blog Update

Someone asked me last week if I was excited about hitting the six-month mark with PartyofSarah.com. I’m sorry, what? Six months? Like, six?  Since starting this blog has been a dream of mine for literally years, it really is hard to believe that I could be on my sixth month. One the one hand this is a milestone that I’m thrilled about, but on the other hand, I have a lot of goals to make the next months even more successful than the first. Whether you’re a blogger, an aspiring blogger, or just a pal, here’s my heart on the last 6 …

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Embrace the Messy Bun

 My students used to think something was wrong with me when I had my hair in a messy bun at school. I insisted on looking just so in my classroom because I wanted them to think I had it all together. Unsurprisingly, this leeched out into the rest of my world as well. I remember that whole season of my life as being one in which I was convinced that I needed to look perfect all the time. That messy bun was reserved for the 20 minutes before I went to bed and the occasional lazy Saturday, and that was it. Listen, having your …

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5 Tips for Getting Inspired (plus a recap of DFWCon 2017!)

I don’t always feel inspired. Lately, I haven’t felt inspired at all. I know this blog is all confetti and pink, but that doesn’t mean I’m not just as vulnerable to the mean reds as the next girl (Oh Holly, you know us so well). I want to be a person that encourages you, and I don’t believe I can do that without being real. And being real means telling you that it’s been tough getting out of bed for the last several weeks. Last week I shared here about how I lost my sweet kitty in early April, which totally threw …