Six tips to make party planning less stressful

(Disclosure: this post was created in collaboration with Paperless Post; all opinions are my own.)

Take the stress out of party planning (and save more time for the main event) with these six tips to keep you organized and on time, from the first invite to the final thank-you note.

I don’t know why, but there’s just something about the holiday season that suddenly makes me want to entertain. Maybe it’s the Pinterest-worthy decor ideas I find online, or the drool-worthy themed menus in my favorite magazines. Whatever it is, I’ve suddenly got the urge to celebrate, and I know I’m not the only one, which means it’s time to start planning! After all, it’s nearly October! (I know, I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by, either!)

As much as we all love browsing ideas online and Pinning our perfect parties, if you’ve ever played hostess IRL, then you know a perfect party takes more than a great slow-cooker cider recipe and some hand-painted pumpkins. It takes planning! From managing your invite list to post-party thank you notes, a little organization goes a long way to ensuring your fete goes off without a hitch. Here are six tips to take the stress out of party planning and let you enjoy the event itself. Continue reading “Six tips to make party planning less stressful”

Tarte cosmetics giveaway! (International!)

Tarte cosmetics giveaway

ITS FALL, Y’ALL! I am soooooooo excited for the start of September! While I find something to love about every season, there’s no denying that autumn is my favorite. Pumpkin lattes, cozy scarves, and long hikes through autumn leaves—I love it all!

I know the official start of fall is still a few weeks away, but I couldn’t wait any longer to start celebrating. I’ve also been wanting to do a little giveaway to celebrate getting back into blogging. And finally, school is starting back up—and whether you’re heading off to school yourself or packing up your kids for another year of classes and activities, I bet you could use some new beauty goodies to freshen up your routine for a busy new season!

So, I’m giving away a bundle of beauty loot from Tarte! One lucky reader will win a Tarte Dream Big Eyeshadow Palette, Leave Your Mark Eyeshadow Palette, Maneater Self-Sharpening Liner in Black, Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara in Black, and Arch Architect Brow Pencil & Gel. The Tarte cosmetics giveaway is open internationally and will run through September 10th; you can enter as many times as you like using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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Top Ten Tuesday: short books you can finish in one sitting

Top Ten TuesdayIt’s been months since I linked up for Top Ten Tuesday, and I’ve really missed it. I really enjoy talking about books and seeing what everyone else is reading and recommending!

This week’s prompt is “top ten recommendations for __________”. We’re heading into the last stretch of summer and trying to maximize those last precious days lounging on the beach or in a hammock, soaking up the sun. I know I’m not the only one who loves a good beach read, but since we don’t have much time left to finish those books before school starts up again, I thought I’d round up ten of my favorite short books that can be easily read in one sitting. (This is similar to a prompt I followed earlier this year, but all of these titles are under 300 pages.)

There’s a little something for everyone in this list, from mystery to rom-com to nonfiction. In order by length, here are some of my favorite short books to enjoy this month, whether you’re relaxing poolside, taking a train to a weekend vacay destination, or parked in front of a fan trying to beat the heat! Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: short books you can finish in one sitting”

I’m over the body positivity movement

I feel better than ever about my body, but I'm over the body positivity movement. Here are five reasons why.(photo by Patrick Hendry via Unsplash)

Ooh, unpopular opinion time. Because if there’s one thing that seems to have really become “in” over the past few years, it’s body positivity: loving your physical form exactly as is, basically giving a big ol’ middle finger to society’s established norms of acceptable beauty, weight, and body shape. It’s a nice idea on paper, but IRL, although I now feel better than ever about my body, I’m over the body positivity movement. Here’s why.

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