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My Word of the Year + Party of Sarah Blog’s 1st Birthday!

Believe it or not, it’s PartyofSarah.com’s 1ST BIRTHDAY! Well, you can probably believe it. I totally cannot. Starting this blog was on my to-do list for several years before I finally launched on January 2nd of last year. The blogging world comes with a lot of initial overwhelm, so if you’re interested in learning more about how to get over the hump you can visit this post with links to my free “mini” eBook on getting your blog off the ground. I know most of you aren’t bloggers. But you ARE a fabulous, talented, ambitious woman with your own list of dreams …

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10 Things To Pack For All Your Christmas Travels!

Like many of you, I’m packing up and heading out of town on Saturday for the holidays! The mister and I are driving to Austin, TX to spend Christmas with his entire family. I’m excited, but since it’ll be a long trip and I’ll be meeting some of his family for the first time, I put more thought into what to pack. You know, as opposed to throwing my clean laundry in my suitcase twenty minutes before I leave. Who does that? Not me. Anyway, I thought I would share my packing list to help anyone else who’s hitting the road this …

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The Procrastinator’s Guide to Christmas

Let’s just get right to it, shall we? Because if you’re reading this post, then time is of the essence. Onward, procrastinators. How To Finish Your Christmas Shopping– FAST. With only a few days left until Christmas, shopping is an actual nightmare. And at this point, I wouldn’t bet on shipping to come through on time. No, sweet friend, you need the mall. Procrastinators’ Tip #1: Complete your shopping in 1 trip, and only make said trip first thing in the morning or late at night. Not just because the crowds suck. But because time is of the essence, and EVERYTHING will …

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The Definitive Guide to the Most Binge Worthy Christmas Movies on Netflix

The Made-For-TV Christmas Movie. Until recently I underestimated how vital this particular class of movie was to the holiday season. But then Netflix’s The Christmas Prince happened, I watched it on a Tuesday over a too-large bowl of pasta, and now here we are. Netflix, my friends, is the holy grail of the most binge worthy, made-for-TV holiday trash. You know what I mean: the ones with basically the same plot every time (#girlboss exec falls for small-town farmer and also quits her high power job so she can run the local inn). AND YOU STILL LOVE THEM ANYWAY. Between Hallmark and …

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Gratitude and Social Media: The Secret to Loving Your Life (just the way it is!)

A couple of months ago, my BFF turned my attention to a local Instagrammer with a seemingly perfect life. She had a beautiful house, a gaggle of adorable children, a witty way about her, and a successful business. She had it all, according to her Instagram feed. Intrigued by the sound of her success and rags-to-riches story, I dove headfirst into her feed when I got home. And then I cried for forty-five minutes. Now, quick disclaimer about those tears. I was in the thick of a huge transition into a new job, totally overwhelmed, worried about never achieving my blogging/book-writing dreams, …

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The Ultimate Guide to Avoiding Holiday Overwhelm

Two years ago, I spent the vast majority of Christmas Eve with rubber gloves and a sponge. It was the worst.   And ya’ll, I don’t even have kids. I don’t even have my own house. And I still spent my favorite day of the year cooking, cleaning, throwing gifts into tattered gift bags, and feeling anything but Christmas cheer. So, what went wrong? What goes wrong for so many of us women, who feel like we have to make this holiday? It’s the usual culprit: overwhelm. We’re continuing our series on overwhelm (first post here) by talking about all the many …

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10 Amazing Ways to Treat Yo’ Self This Halloween

I’ll tell you straight: I don’t really like dressing up for Halloween. I know. THAT, from a former theatre teacher? What kind of person (who used to dabble in costumes for a living) wouldn’t like to dress up for Halloween? I’ve decided it’s because October is always so busy for me that it catches me by surprise, and I never have time to get anything together. I really do love the fall season and Halloween is part of that, but I don’t yet have kids to take treat-or-treating. And if Halloween is on a week night, I can’t go out anyway. In …

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5 Signs You’re Living in a Constant State of Overwhelm

Overwhelm. My least favorite feeling. Nothing stops me in my bouncy, productive tracks like the sudden feeling of being overwhelmed. And I’ll admit, I think I struggle with overwhelm on a more than average level. Not because my life is busier than everyone else’s (everyone is busy), but because I lived with overwhelm as my norm for years. So now, the mere feeling of being overwhelmed throws up all kinds of red flags and before you know it, I’m convinced that my whole life is falling apart. If you’re living in a near constant state of overwhelm, you need to know about it, …

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How I Use My Simplified Planner To Keep on Top of the Crazy

When I bought my first Simplified Planner from Emily Ley, I was full of ideas for how I would use it to have the most organized year of my life. So, I used it for three beautiful days, and then I didn’t open it up again for four months. Have you ever done this? Or abandoned your latest organizational system? Here’s my theory on why we leave our grand organization plans by the wayside… At the end of the day, organization itself takes time and effort. Writing in a planner consistently takes time. Writing down your appointments instead of stashing them in …

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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 …